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Happy Halloween 2012!

October 29th, 2012 Comments off

M Coupe Pumpkin 2012

Keeping the tradition alive. I carved my 3rd M Coupe related jack-o-lantern. This time I went for the side gill. All was well until the 3rd stripe of the “M”. It’s not too bad though.

M Coupe Pumpkin 2012

Work in Progress

M Coupe Pumpkin 2012

Pumpkin Family

If you’d like to give it a try, here’s the template I made:

Side Gill Template

Previous Years

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Market Update – October 26, 2012

October 26th, 2012 2 comments

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

Currently Listed: 62
S52: 45
S54: 17
Average Asking Price: $24,584.07
S52: $21,519.07
S54: $31,638.82

Most Popular Sales Listings

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

2000 Imola Red over Dark Gray in New Brunswick, NJ

2000 Imola Red over Dark Gray
New Brunswick, NJ – $20,000

2000 Titanium Silver over Black in Sherrills Ford, NC

2000 Titanium Silver over Black
Sherrills Ford, NC – $16,200

2000 Titanium Silver over Black in Highlands Ranch, CO

2000 Titanium Silver over Black
Highlands Ranch, CO – $15,000

1999 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue in Portland, OR

1999 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue
Portland, OR – $14,750

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 Kyalami Orange in Lawndale, CA

1999 Arctic Silver over Kyalami
Lawndale, CA – $20,000

1999 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue in Worcester, PA

1999 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue
Worcester, PA – $11,000

2000 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue in Arlington, TN

2000 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue
Arlington, TN – $14,000

2001 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue in New York, NY

2001 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue
New York, NY – $19,000

Sold This Week

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

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Market Update – October 19, 2012

October 19th, 2012 Comments off

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

Currently Listed: 69
S52: 51
S54: 18
Average Asking Price: $24,070.51
S52: $20,987.65
S54: $31,658.89

Most Popular Sales Listings

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

1999 Arctic Silver over Kyalami Orange in Lawndale, CA

1999 Arctic Silver over Kyalami
Lawndale, CA – $20,000

2000 Alpine White over Estoril Blue in Addison, IL

2000 Alpine White over Estoril Blue
Addison, IL – $24,000

1999 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue in Chicago, IL

1999 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue
Chicago, IL – $16,000

1999 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue in Worcester, PA

1999 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue
Worcester, PA – $11,000

Best Deals

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

2000 Estoril Blue over Black in Fall River, MA

2000 Estoril Blue over Black
Fall River, MA – $18,950

2000 Titanium Silver over Black in Highlands Ranch, CO

2000 Titanium Silver over Black
Highlands Ranch, CO – $15,000

2000 Cosmos Black over Black in Philadelphia, PA

2000 Cosmos Black over Black
Philadelphia, PA – $15,000

2000 Titanium Silver over Black in Sherrills Ford, NC

2000 Titanium Silver over Black
Sherrills Ford, NC – $16,200

Sold This Week

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

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Market Update – October 12, 2012

October 13th, 2012 Comments off

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

Currently Listed: 62
S52: 43
S54: 19
Average Asking Price: $25,239.42
S52: $22,067.62
S54: $31,466.32

Most Popular Sales Listings

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

1999 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue in Chicago, IL

1999 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue
Chicago, IL – $16,000

2001 Titanium Silver over Black in Pasadena, CA

2001 Titanium Silver over Black
Pasadena, CA – $25,000

2000 Alpine White over Estoril Blue in Addison, IL

2000 Alpine White over Estoril Blue
Addison, IL – $24,000

2000 Titanium Silver over Black in Mooresville, NC

2000 Titanium Silver over Black
Mooresville, NC – $16,200

Best Deals

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

1999 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue in Worcester, PA

1999 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue
Worcester, PA – $11,000

2000 Titanium Silver over Black in Highlands Ranch, CO

2000 Titanium Silver over Black
Highlands Ranch, CO – $15,000

2001 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue in New York, NY

2001 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue
New York, NY – $19,000

2000 Cosmos Black over Black in Mississauga, ON

2000 Cosmos Black over Black
Mississauga, ON – $16,000

Sold This Week

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

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My Coupe / 18

October 6th, 2012 Comments off

1/18 BMW M Coupe Model

I bought my first 1:18 scale model car way back in 3rd grade. Since then my collection has grown quite a bit including several dealer edition M Coupes. It has always felt like something was missing though. I have found that the problem of having a rare color combination is that model companies will never build one like yours. I was very aware that I did not possess the skills to get it done. Thus began a long search for a 1:18 scale steel gray over imola red M Coupe.

Custom 1/18 BMW M Coupe
Custom 1/18 BMW M Coupe
Custom 1/18 BMW M Coupe

I first crossed paths with this coupe way back on May 15, 2011 when Jeremy posted it to his Coupe A Day site; I was immediately smitten. It had been built by model builder 3er_driver and posted on modelcarforum.de (the build thread). He painted the model sterling gray, painted the seats and door panels imola red, added some black interior carpet, and put it on 19″ BBS wheels. I’m not sure what color is was originally, but it appears to have had full black interior, so it may have been silver? It was not perfect, but it was as close as I’d come to a replica of my car.

In December, I randomly came across it’s listing on Ebay.de. The seller did not show that he was willing to ship to the U.S., so I just put it in my watch list and stared longingly at it as it went to someone else. Lucky for me, it happened to have been purchased by an acquaintance of mine from Israel who posted his purchase on Z3MCoupe.com. I immediately put my name out there in case he ever decided to resell it.

After a few emails back and forth over the months, the model’s new owner, Sasha, said he was willing to let it go. He also asked if I’d be interested in having him switch out the interior for a full two-tone imola interior from a donor car and switch the wheels back to roadstars. Ummm…YES!

Thus began customization #2. Sasha dissected it back to it’s basic components, pulled the interior and roadstars off another model, and reassembled it. Lucky for me he got really in to the project. Not only did he do the agreed upon modifications, but he printed off a matching 1/18 scale Colorado license plate and did a 1/18 scale engine swap. Yes, my new model has an S54! He came across one on Ebay randomly, painted it to match and made it fit.

1/18 BMW M Coupe Model     1/18 BMW M Coupe Model     1/18 BMW M Coupe Model     1/18/ BMW M Coupe Model     1/18/ BMW M Coupe Model     1/18/ BMW M Coupe Model

I told my wife on the scale of things I’ve purchased in my life, the list of favorites goes something like this: her engagement ring, my full size coupe, our house, my last computer, this model. Sasha’s daily progress photos just got me more and more excited. I even mailed him an empty dealer edition box just to make sure it had a safe trip, and it arrived after its long trip from Israel safe and sound. I know it’s not exactly steel gray, but only I notice that :). What more could an M Coupe fanatic want?

1/18 BMW M Coupe Models

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Market Update – October 5, 2012

October 5th, 2012 Comments off

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

Currently Listed: 58
S52: 40
S54: 18
Average Asking Price: $25,767.54
S52: $22,511.81
S54: $32,222.78

Most Popular Sales Listings

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

2000 Titanium Silver over Black in Mooresville, NC

2000 Titanium Silver over Black
Mooresville, NC – $16,200

1999 Alpine White over Dark Gray in IN

1999 Alpine White over Dark Gray
IN – $49,999

2000 Estoril Blue over Dark Beige in Gainesville, GA

2000 Estoril Blue over Dark Beige
Gainesville, GA – $13,880

2002 Steel Gray over Black in Hercules, CA

2002 Steel Gray over Black
Hercules, CA – $40,000

Best Deals

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

1999 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue in Corona, CA

1999 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue
Corona, CA – $18,500

1999 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue in Lawrenceville, GA

1999 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue
Lawrenceville, GA – $15,800

2001 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue in New York, NY

2001 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue
New York, NY – $19,000

2000 Cosmos Black over Black in Mississauga, ON

2000 Cosmos Black over Black
Mississauga, ON – $16,000

Sold This Week

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

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Market Update – September 28, 2012

October 2nd, 2012 Comments off

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

Currently Listed: 63
S52: 43
S54: 20
Average Asking Price: $24,929.78
S52: $21,433.77
S54: $31,625.50

Most Popular Sales Listings

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

2000 Titanium Silver over Black in Mooresville, NC

2000 Titanium Silver over Black
Mooresville, NC – $16,200

2001 Porsche Orange over Black in Philadelphia, PA

2001 Porsche Orange over Black
Philadelphia, PA – $22,500

2000 Imola Red over Imola Red in Pelham, AL

2000 Imola Red over Imola Red
Pelham, AL – $14,994

1999 Laguna Seca Blue over Black in Rye Brook, NY

1999 Laguna Seca Blue over Black
Rye Brook, NY – $13,000

Best Deals

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

1999 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue in Corona, CA

1999 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue
Corona, CA – $18,500

1999 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue in Lawrenceville, GA

1999 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue
Lawrenceville, GA – $15,800

2001 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue in New York, NY

2001 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue
New York, NY – $19,000

2000 Cosmos Black over Black in Mississauga, ON

2000 Cosmos Black over Black
Mississauga, ON – $16,000

Sold This Week

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

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