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Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

July 28th, 2010
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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  1. Linds
    July 28th, 2010 at 23:20 | #1

    Dear brother, I am so excited for you!! I am expecting a ride when it arrives. 🙂 Also- nicely written article. I’m impressed and Mrs. Henry would be proud.

  2. July 29th, 2010 at 00:51 | #2

    Congrats Jon! So excited for you. I had a similar wait for my LSB M Coupe. Except, it was nearly a month from the time I sent a deposit until it finally arrived. It was worth the wait.


  3. Kevin
    July 29th, 2010 at 06:50 | #3

    You pulled the trigger, schweet. Congratulations.

  4. Davin
    July 29th, 2010 at 08:53 | #4

    Congratulations!!!! That’s absolutely fantastic! Beautiful car! I hope you still keep the website active (especially, the Sale Listings) – I’m still looking for my future M coupe!

    • July 29th, 2010 at 09:50 | #5

      Thanks. Yep, searching for M Coupe listings is so ingrained in me now that I don’t think I could stop if I wanted to. The site will continue on as is. The only thing that will be different is I’ll start a new article category for things I’m doing to my coupe and the “My Search” category will come to an end.

  5. Will
    July 29th, 2010 at 18:30 | #6

    Congrats Jon. Please keep posting listings for the rest of us who have yet to realize our dream.

  6. Kim (Mom)
    July 30th, 2010 at 17:38 | #7

    Congrats! Excited for you and happy your LONG search finally paid off. 🙂

  7. Luke
    August 1st, 2010 at 17:14 | #8

    Congratulations!! It looks great! I can’t wait to check it out next time I’m in CO!

  8. Mike (noooooooooope)
    August 8th, 2010 at 17:12 | #9

    Congratulations Jon. I am glad you were finally able to purchase the exact car you have been waiting for. I’m excited to see some more pictures of it. That’s truly great that your wife was supportive during the search and purchase. I just recently married and I was lucky enough to have a wife that supported my obsessions 😉 . Again, I love this site and check it regularly, keep up the good work!

    • August 8th, 2010 at 22:05 | #10

      Thanks Mike. Congrats on getting married. Supportive wives are about the most important thing over the long run. Glad you found one too. 🙂

  9. jawad
    August 14th, 2010 at 15:33 | #11

    Congratulations Jon !
    On ur,s D rea M car purchase.
    keep this website running it will pay up in 2023 . on silver jubilee of z3 m.

    best of luck.

  10. Jim Post
    August 27th, 2012 at 09:12 | #12

    As the Brits would say, “Good show, Jon,”. I am just starting my M Coupe journey, had not paid attention to the gun metal gray color, and then saw the paint on your car. Hooked! But, I can’t wait six years (I’m 78 n might be in a box by then!). Wanna sell yours? Nah, probably not. Enjoy her. Thanks for maintaining the site. We all appreciate that.

    • August 28th, 2012 at 11:34 | #13

      Hey Jim. Nope mine is not for sale :-). I’ll keep an eye out for other steel gray for you though.

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