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Chasing Unicorns – The Z3 M Coupe

April 29th, 2013 Comments off

Neil recently purchased this coupe, but his coupe history is pretty epic. Read about it below. Thanks for sharing Neil and welcome (back) to the Coupe Cartel!

Originally posted at: discommon.com/2013/04/my-eleanor-the-z3-m-coupe/.

Neil with His New Coupe

It’s the tiniest of memories, but it’s still there. Mum and Dad sitting up in bed on holiday in the North of Scotland, still in PJ’s, eating bowls of cereal, unraveling The Sunday Times. It’s a big newspaper, The Sunday Times, but my dad and I fought over only one small section – Motoring.  Somehow it seemed like the paper always got folded in a different order…that, or we just were not smart enough to predict it.  I was unfolding section after section and probably got stuck with something worthless like The Style (I had none of that at all, that’s for sure).  My dad found it first, but instead of a victorious snort, a puzzled look came over his face. “Humphh… well then, what do we think THIS is? How do you like that, Sue? That looks like the golf clubs might even fit!” he said as he thrust an ad on the front page in front of her.

…Now I should pause to say that at the time my dad had his first real sports car – a 2.0 Liter Alfa Romeo GTV Twin Spark (to be precise).  I LOVED it, but I was seriously outgrowing the hopeless excuse for a back seat.  Meanwhile, my dad was outgrowing Alfa’s unique customer service that involved regularly finding dirty rags or indeed tools in the engine bay AFTER picking the car up from a service.

I grabbed the paper and it made an impression that I still remember.  In perfect side profile, a squat, low-slung, big-assed, shoe looking car was essentially being “served” across a desert by a tennis racket with the tag line along the lines of “Real cars are powered from the rear”.  I was sold at first look.  Sure it was awkward, why on earth was it a mini-wagon? But those hips and those muscles, this car was all business.

BMW M Coupe

I’m sure the memory has simplified itself over time, but as my dad and I sat looking at it, I swear I can remember just knowing that we were going to own it.  Dad just had that kind of cock-eyed look, with a hint of a grin.

My next memory of the car was sitting in the dealership explaining that I had to be part of this decision process and that in order to be involved, I should be allowed to pick the interior. Dad must have been drunk on excitement, because nobody seemed to mind when I picked the complete Imola Red interior. Funnily enough, I think it turned out to be one of dad’s favorite pieces of the car. The interior really was great looking.

From there, my love for the car only grew.  Dad traveled a lot and indeed often went to work before I even woke up. However, my room was by the garage, and my bed was up against the adjoining wall. I’d awaken to the garage door rolling up, wait 15 seconds for the clunk of the drivers door to open and then give a “dum, dada, dum dum” knock on the wall. Something my dad and I did for years back and forth as a father/son little “hello”.  But that wasn’t the best bit.  No no no.  Give it 5 seconds more and the door would thunk closed, only to be followed by the cold and raspy bark of that glorious 100 horsepower per litre straight six, coming alive in our tiny garage. My wall would shake and the pictures rattle as he pulled out to go about his day. That right there is how a passion for the internal combustion engine grows.

BMW M Coupe

Insurance in the UK is really tough for a “kid”, so I never really got to drive the Coupe on the road, but at weekends, dad would pick me up off the bus home from University at the end of a private road that ran the length of a driving range.  He’d then let me sit at the bottom of the road in the drivers seat, eying up my own personal runway and setting my best 0-80mph run up the hill every time. It was awesome…but far too short.

5 years into dad owning the still pristine car, I was 21 and getting really close to being able to convince my Mum that the still astronomical insurance on the car was now worth it to let me drive.  I felt like I had paid my dues, as my daily driver was a raspberry red Skoda Felicia 1.3i (strangely I still miss that thing).  Then the phone call came.

I was walking to class with by best friend and my dad rang. “Neil, I’ve got some bad news. Nobody is hurt, but the dealership wrecked the coupe.”

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Wait what? How does that happen? They are the BMW dealership, they don’t wreck things!?  Well, it happened rather spectacularly.  While in for an inspection, one of the technicians was taking it for it’s MOT test and used 2nd gear a little too thoroughly going through a roundabout and ended up making out with an embankment and some trees. The front was hit, the back was hit, the sides were hit and I think he got the roof too.   The car was dead and I never drove her on the road. the Z3 M Coupe become my Unicorn, the beast I never tamed, never owned and was always just outside my reach.

Fast-forward 9 years of  watching classifieds and doing sensible things like buying a house. I finally found my unicorn and bought her. She’s all mine, is currently on a transporter from Atlanta, GA and I couldn’t bee more excited.

Now I have to tame it. To Be Continued.

My Imola Red S54 BMW Z3 M Coupe

My Imola Red S54 BMW Z3 M Coupe

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Market Update – April 26, 2013

April 26th, 2013 Comments off

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

Currently Listed: 55
S52: 47
S54: 8
Average Asking Price: $23,478.53
S52: $21,766.63
S54: $32,680.00

Most Popular Sales Listings

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

2002 Black Sapphire over Imola Red in Cincinnati, OH

2002 Black Sapphire over Imola Red
Cincinnati, OH – $55,990

2000 Alpine White over Evergreen in Portland, OR

2000 Alpine White over Evergreen
Portland, OR – $32,995

1999 Evergreen over Evergreen in Bogart, GA

1999 Evergreen over Evergreen
Bogart, GA – $17,500

2000 Titanium Silver over Black in West Valley City, UT

2000 Titanium Silver over Black
West Valley City, UT – $6,900

Best Deals

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

2000 Alpine White over Dark Beige in Happy Valley, OR

2000 Alpine White over Dark Beige
Happy Valley, OR – $18,000

2000 Imola Red over Imola Red in Surrey, BC

2000 Imola Red over Imola Red
Surrey, BC – $16,900

1999 Cosmos Black over Dark Beige in Burlingame, CA

1999 Cosmos Black over Dark Beige
Burlingame, CA- $16,500

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 – April 19, 2013

April 20th, 2013 Comments off

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

Currently Listed: 62
S52: 50
S54: 12
Average Asking Price: $23,291.08
S52: $21,102.96
S54: $31,861.25

Most Popular Sales Listings

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

2001 Black Sapphire over Black in Portland, OR

2001 Black Sapphire over Black
Portland, OR – $22,995

1999 Cosmos Black over Black in Shreveport, LA

1999 Cosmos Black over Black
Shreveport, LA – $7,200

2000 Dakar Yellow over Black in Burbank, CA

2000 Dakar Yellow over Black
Burbank, CA – $17,750

2002 Black Sapphire over Imola Red in Cincinnati, OH

2002 Black Sapphire over Imola Red
Cincinnati, OH – $59,990

Best Deals

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

2000 Alpine White over Dark Beige in Happy Valley, OR

2000 Alpine White over Dark Beige
Happy Valley, OR – $18,000

2000 Imola Red over Imola Red in Surrey, BC

2000 Imola Red over Imola Red
Surrey, BC – $16,900

1999 Cosmos Black over Dark Beige in Burlingame, CA

1999 Cosmos Black over Dark Beige
Burlingame, CA- $16,500

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 – April 12, 2013

April 13th, 2013 Comments off

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

Currently Listed: 48
S52: 36
S54: 12
Average Asking Price: $24,081.02
S52: $21,413.51
S54: $31,861.25

Most Popular Sales Listings

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

2000 Alpine White over Dark Beige in Happy Valley, OR

2000 Alpine White over Dark Beige
Happy Valley, OR – $18,000

2001 Black Sapphire over Black in Portland, OR

2001 Black Sapphire over Black
Portland, OR – $22,995

1999 Imola Red over Imola Red in Windermere, FL

1999 Imola Red over Imola Red
Windermere, FL – $26,000

2001 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue in New York, NY

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

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 Yorba Linda, CA

1999 Arctic Silver over Imola Red
Yorba Linda, CA – $17,000

2002 Titanium Silver over Black in Encino, CA

2002 Titanium Silver over Black
Encino, CA- $25,800

1999 Cosmos Black over Dark Beige in Burlingame, CA

1999 Cosmos Black over Dark Beige
Burlingame, CA- $16,500

2000 Imola Red over Imola Red in Surrey, BC

2000 Imola Red over Imola Red
Surrey, BC – $17,900

Sold This Week

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

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Market Update – April 5, 2013

April 9th, 2013 Comments off

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

Currently Listed: 45
S52: 33
S54: 12
Average Asking Price: $24,703.18
S52: $22,062.82
S54: $31,964.17

Most Popular Sales Listings

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

2002 Black Sapphire over Black in Ridgewood, NJ

2002 Black Sapphire over Black
Ridgewood, NJ – $25,730

1999 Arctic Silver over Imola Red in Yorba Linda, CA

1999 Arctic Silver over Imola Red
Yorba Linda, CA – $17,000

1999 Imola Red over Imola Red in Windermere, FL

1999 Imola Red over Imola Red
Windermere, FL – $26,000

2002 Titanium Silver over Black in Nanaimo, BC

2002 Titanium Silver over Black
Nanaimo, BC – $29,500

Best Deals

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

2000 Alpine White over Dark Beige in Happy Valley, OR

2000 Alpine White over Dark Beige
Happy Valley, OR – $18,000

2000 Cosmos Black over Black in Chattanooga, TN

2000 Cosmos Black over Black
Chattanooga, TN – $20,500

2001 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue in New York, NY

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

2002 Titanium Silver over Black in Encino, CA

2002 Titanium Silver over Black
Encino, CA- $25,800

Sold This Week

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

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“Best Product We Ever Made”

April 3rd, 2013 Comments off

I get to hear lots of good coupe stories, so I thought I would start posting them in a new category. This first one is from Maurice who is currently looking to purchase back his original coupe as shown above.

When the car was about 6 months old, I drove it from Houston to Spartanburg (I went to college in Spartanburg and make the trip back frequently).  I was working for BMW in Houston at the time and stopped in Atlanta at the southern region headquarters to have lunch with some of the regional managers.  We drove to lunch in another car and when we were pulling back into parking lot afterwards, one of the BMW guys in the car spots my M Coupe and got as excited as a kid on Christmas morning.  He said “Where did that M Coupe come from?  Who drove that today?”  I raised my hand from the back seat and said it was mine.  We parked next to it and everyone had to get out and take a look at it.  One of the guys in the group said “I love these.  That’s the best product we ever made.”  I don’t think I would have gotten that much attention if I had pulled up in an M1.

If you have a good coupe story to share, send it to me at jon@mcoupebuyersguide.com.

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