The Z3 M Coupe, or BMW ‘Breadvan’ or “Clown Shoe” as many refer to it was very much an oddball and all the better for it, the Z3 M Coupe follows no model lineage and wasn’t replaced when production ceased, but what a wonderful hiccup in the corporate product line this car was. Here was a BMW that sent a high voltage shock through the normally slick but slightly conservative BMW range of the time. The lead engineer for the M Coupe, Burkhard Goschel, must have been very influential and smooth of speech to gain approval from the BMW Board of Directors. After all, the ingredients were unorthodox to say the least. Take the Z3 roadster, turn it into a fixed head coupe with a hatchback, drop in an E36 M3 engine and make sure it was a cost effective to produce. No easy task for BMW Motorsport division at the time.
The resulting production car, internally designated as E36/8 M Coupe, was a weird and wonderful creature that polarised opinion but was universally and unmistakably cool. For the experienced, it was a great car to drive as well, boasting a massive increase in torsional stiffness over the Z3 roadster and becoming a cult car within its own lifetime. First unveiled at the 1997 Frankfurt motor show, M Coupe production started in 1998. All M Coupes were fitted with the straight-six developed by BMW M for the E36 M3, in either US spec S52B52 or European spec S50B32, depending on where the car was destined.
In 2001, the M Coupe received the S54B32 3.2-litre engine from the newly introduced and heavily lauded E46 M3 in all regions. The original M Coupé housed the fabulous straight six engine from the E36 M3 in a smaller body based upon the two-seat Z3. If you’re in the market for a performance car that looks like nothing else, and goes like the clappers, but think a TVR may let you down, then this could be the car for you. Not for the faint hearted, this model built up until April 1999 is known as the S50 pre-facelift car and developed 321bhp.
This Ex 1 owner time warp car with just 20K kms on the clock is possibly the best and lowest mileage example in the World. Finished in the desirable colour scheme of silver with blue over black interior and described to be in immaculate condition throughout.