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Market Update – July 30, 2010

July 30th, 2010 2 comments

This week’s overview of what’s happened in the M Coupe market.

Currently Listed: 76
S52: 51
S54: 25
Average Asking Price: $23,959.71
S52: $19,355.36
S54: $33,168.40

Most Popular Sales Listings

These are the cars that have been viewed most often this week:

1999 Boston Green over Dark Beige in Santa Cruz, CA

1999 Boston Green over Dark Beige
Santa Cruz, CA - $14,000

2002 Steel Gray with Imola Red Interior in Arvada, CO

2002 Steel Gray over Imola Red
Arvada, CO - $49,500

1999 Cosmos Black over Black in Greensboro, NC

1999 Cosmos Black over Black
Greensboro, NC - $12,000

1999 Arctic Silver over Black in Santa Monica, CA

1999 Arctic Silver over Black
Santa Monica, CA - $13,500

Best Deals

These are what I think are the best deals still available that are not already on the most popular list.

1999 Arctic Silver over Imola Red in Kennett Square, PA

1999 Arctic Silver over Imola Red
Kennett Square, PA - $17,250

1999 Arctic Silver over Estoril Blue in Murrieta, CA

1999 Arctic Silver over Estoril Blue
Murrieta, CA - $18,900

2002 Estoril Blue over Black in New Hyde Park, NY

2002 Estoril Blue over Black
New Hyde Park, NY - $25,800

2000 Imola Red over Imola Red in Alexandria, VA

2000 Imola Red over Imola Red
Alexandria, VA - $16,900

Sold This Week

Here are the cars that appear to have gone to lucky new owners this week. Me being the luckiest :-). It’s also the first time that all the sales have been S54s.

* Sold within the week

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Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

July 28th, 2010 13 comments
2002 Steel Gray M Coupe

My New Coupe!

…And I’ve waited a long time. Since starting my search almost 6 years ago I’ve gotten married, bought a house, bought a family car (Audi A3), and had 2 kids. But the wait is almost over. Earlier today I put a deposit on the coupe pictured above. This will officially be the last post in the “My Search” category.

2002 M Coupe Interior

Imola Red Interior

My search took so long because I was so picky. Ever since seeing an M Coupe in steel gray with imola red and black interior at the 2001 Denver Auto Show, I’ve wanted that exact color combination, and only that color combination. After not seeing another one in almost 9 years, I started to grow tired of the search and started thinking of opening my search to other colors. Glenn cured me of that notion when he let me come see and later drive his coupe (see Ruined for Anything Less). I was immediately re-hooked and the search continued.

Glenn’s M Coupe only has 7,000 miles and is one of the most original and well cared for coupes out there. It also happens to be just 1 of 2 in this color combination without a sunroof. I thought very long and hard about trying to buy his, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to save up enough to give him the price he deserves for his car. We are definitely planning a photo shoot with our coupes after I get mine and before he sells his.

I came across this coupe on Sunday when checking sales listings on my phone from Lake McConaughy, NE while at a family reunion. My phone was my only source of Internet at the house we were renting, so I immediately tethered it to my laptop to make sure my eyes were not playing tricks on me. Sure enough, there was a steel gray over imola red M Coupe for sale with Colorado license plates. I called immediately to get more details and have been working on securing financing since getting back in town on Monday.

S54 Engine

S54 Engine

This coupe is literally exactly what I had in mind when starting my search (if not a little nicer). It’s a 2002 with less than 30,000 miles. It’s completely stock besides a clear bra (which I love), clear corner lights (which I would have done anyway), and “M” valve stem caps (sure, why not?). The previous owner works for Adam’s Polishes, so I know it’s been well cared for by nice products. I love how wet the paint looks in the photos; I can’t wait to see it in person.

This coupe is actually registered just 40 miles away from me in Boulder, CO. Two days before posting it for sale, the current owner shipped it to his dad’s dealership in Delaware. It will now have to make the long trip all the way back to Colorado. It probably won’t see that many miles again for some time. It’s supposed to arrive in Delaware on Friday. Gambacorta Motors will inspect it, send me the report, and then ship it back to Colorado. I probably won’t have it in my possession until at least the end of next week if not the week after. I have a feeling those 10-14 days will feel longer than the 6 years I’ve been waiting already.

I’ve had a lot of help with my search and need to give some people credit:

  • Glenn – for reigniting my search for the color combination I’ve always wanted
  • Bob – for helping put things in perspective and giving great advice in all areas of the transaction
  • Eric – for helping figure out financing and making me aware of this cars existence before it was even listed
  • Jeremy – for solid advice and helping hold me over through the years with t-shirts, bumper stickers etc.
  • Josh – for your wealth of knowledge of these cars as well as great thoughts and advice
  • MY WIFE (most of all) – for letting me spend so much time looking and being almost as excited as I am now that we’ve finally found one

You can see more information and photos of the car by clicking here.

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Market Update – July 23, 2010

July 23rd, 2010 1 comment

This week’s overview of what’s happened in the M Coupe market.

Currently Listed: 74
S52: 47
S54: 27
Average Asking Price: $24,535.92
S52: $19,697.19
S54: $32,958.89

Most Popular Sales Listings

These are the cars that have been viewed most often this week:

1999 Boston Green over Dark Beige in Chester, NJ

1999 Boston Green over Dark Beige
Chester ,NJ - $22,999

2002 Steel Gray over Black in Cincinnati, OH

2002 Steel Gray over Black
Cincinnati, OH - $31,990

2002 Steel Gray with Imola Red Interior in Arvada, CO

2002 Steel Gray over Imola Red
Arvada, CO - $49,500

1999 Cosmos Black over Black in Greensboro, NC

1999 Cosmos Black over Black
Greensboro, NC - $12,000

Best Deals

These are what I think are the best deals still available that are not already on the most popular list.

1999 Arctic Silver over Imola Red in Kennett Square, PA

1999 Arctic Silver over Imola Red
Kennett Square, PA - $17,250

1999 Arctic Silver over Estoril Blue in Murrieta, CA

1999 Arctic Silver over Estoril Blue
Murrieta, CA - $18,900

1999 Boston Green over Dark Beige in Santa Cruz, CA

1999 Boston Green over Dark Beige
Santa Cruz, CA - $14,000

2000 Imola Red over Imola Red in Alexandria, VA

2000 Imola Red over Imola Red
Alexandria, VA - $16,900

Sold This Week

Here are the cars that appear to have gone to lucky new owners this week.

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Market Update – July 16, 2010

July 16th, 2010 Comments off

This week’s overview of what’s happened in the M Coupe market.

Currently Listed: 76
S52: 49
S54: 27
Average Asking Price: $24,198.66
S52: $19,351.18
S54: $32,995.93

Most Popular Sales Listings

These are the cars that have been viewed most often this week:

2002 Estoril Blue over Black in New Hyde Park, NY

2002 Estoril Blue over Black
New Hyde Park, NY - $29,000

2000 Evergreen over Dark Beige in Arlington, VA

2000 Evergreen over Dark Beige
Arlington, VA - $20,000

2002 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue in Zionsville, IN

2002 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue
Zionsville, IN - $38,950

2000 Alpine White over Dark Beige in Bronx, NY

2000 Alpine White over Dark Beige
Bronx, NY - $18,900

Best Deals

These are what I think are the best deals still available that are not already on the most popular list. The lesson is to act fast as a lot of the cars I would put on this list don’t make it till the next Friday before being snatched up.

1999 Arctic Silver over Imola Red in Kennett Square, PA

1999 Arctic Silver over Imola Red
Kennett Square, PA - $17,250

1999 Arctic Silver over Estoril Blue in Murrieta, CA

1999 Arctic Silver over Estoril Blue
Murrieta, CA - $18,900

2002 Titanium Silver over Black in Pearland, TX

2002 Titanium Silver over Black
Pearland, TX - $29,500

2000 Imola Red over Imola Red in Chandler, AZ

2000 Imola Red over Imola Red
Chandler, AZ - $16,500

Sold This Week

Here are the cars that appear to have gone to lucky new owners this week.

* Sold within the week

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Production Information and VIN Lookup

July 13th, 2010 Comments off

I recently added a few new features to the sales listing and research sections.

Production Information

In my sales listing comments, I often make reference to the number of coupes in a similar color combo to the one for sale. I decided to make this information more available to everyone. Now, when you look at a sales listing you will see “Rarity: 1 of …”. This will show you the number of coupes produced in the same color combination, in the same year, and with or without a sunroof as the listed coupe. Below this line you’ll see a link to “View Product Information”. If the VIN is available on the listed coupe, you will be taken to a page that will show you the coupe’s original colors, year, production date, engine, notable options, a link to get a vehicle history report, a variety of production statistics and its sales history. For those that I do not have a VIN for, it will just show you the general information and production statistics.

The production statistics include:

  • Total Number with the Same Engine
  • Total Number in the Same Model Year
  • Total Number in the Same Exterior Color
  • Total Number with the Same Interior Color
  • Total Number in the Same Color Combination
  • Total Number in the Same Color Combination with or without a Sunroof
  • Total Number in the Same Color Combination with or without a Sunroof and with the Same Engine
  • Total Number in the Same Color Combination with or without a Sunroof and in the Same Model Year

If you have ideas for more, please send them to me and I’ll add them.

VIN Lookup

Under the new tab “Research”, you will now find the new “VIN Lookup” page. This will allow you to input any M Coupe VIN and see the production information listed above for that coupe.

Forced Induction

The last change I made is highlighting those coupes with superchargers or turbos. I’ve noticed that is a feature some shoppers are looking for specifically, so I thought I’d make it easier for them. It will also help explain the price premium on those coupes versus the naturally aspirated ones. They are now noted with a “Forced Induction” tag. You may also query the coupes for sale or sold by this tag.

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Market Update – July 9, 2010

July 9th, 2010 Comments off

This week’s overview of what’s happened in the M Coupe market.

Currently Listed: 78
S52: 51
S54: 27
Average Asking Price: $24,024.86
S52: $19,079.59
S54: $33,365.93

Most Popular Sales Listings

These are the cars that have been viewed most often this week:

2000 Alpine White over Dark Beige in Bronx, NY

2000 Alpine White over Dark BeigeBronx, NY - $18,900

1999 Imola Red over Black in Washington, DC

1999 Imola Red over BlackWashington, DC - $25,000

2002 Steel Gray over Dark Gray in Cincinnati, OH

2002 Steel Gray over Dark GrayCincinnati, OH - $34,990

2002 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue in Zionsville, IN

2002 Estoril Blue over Estoril BlueZionsville, IN - $39,900

Best Deals

These are what I think are the best deals still available that are not already on the most popular list. The lesson is to act fast as a lot of the cars I would put on this list don’t make it till the next Friday before being snatched up.

1999 Arctic Silver over Black in PA

1999 Arctic Silver over BlackPA - $15,000

2000 Imola Red over Imola Red in Chandler, AZ

2000 Imola Red over Imola RedChandler, AZ - $16,500

1999 Arctic Silver over Black in Cincinnati, OH

1999 Arctic Silver over BlackCincinnati, OH - $16,990

2000 Titanium Silver over Estoril Blue in Providence, RI

2000 Titanium Silver over EstorilProvidence, RI - $17,000

Sold This Week

Here are the cars that appear to have gone to lucky new owners this week.

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Market Update – July 2, 2010

July 2nd, 2010 Comments off

This week’s overview of what’s happened in the M Coupe market.

Currently Listed: 74
S52: 50
S54: 24
Average Asking Price: $23,880.11
S52: $19,363.16
S54: $33,290.42

Most Popular Sales Listings

These are the cars that have been viewed most often this week:

2002 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue in Zionsville, IN

2002 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue
Zionsville, IN - $39,900

2000 Imola Red over Dark Beige in Fitchburg, WI

2000 Imola Red over Dark Beige
Fitchburg, WI - $14,000

1999 Arctic Silver over Dark Gray in Laurel Canyon, CA

1999 Arctic Silver over Dark Gray
Laurel Canyon, CA - $18,500

1999 Arctic Silver over Dark Gray in Bedford, TX

1999 Arctic Silver over Dark Gray
Bedford, TX - $23,499

Best Deals

These are what I think are the best deals still available that are not already on the most popular list.

2000 Imola Red over Imola Red in Chandler, AZ

2000 Imola Red over Imola Red
Chandler, AZ - $16,500

2000 Titanium Silver over Estoril Blue in Providence, RI

2000 Titanium Silver over Estoril
Providence, RI - $17,000

1999 Arctic Silver over Imola Red in Kennett Square, PA

1999 Arctic Silver over Imola Red
Kennett Square, PA - $19,850

1999 Estoril Blue over Dark Beige in Woodland Hills, CA

1999 Estoril Blue over Dark Beige
Woodland Hills, CA - $23,000

Sold This Week

Here are the cars that appear to have gone to lucky new owners this week. Some of these sold earlier, but I only heard about them this week.

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