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An electrifying BMW Z3 M roadster with 52,889 miles from new.
M Sports suspension, M Modified underfloor, M Roadster rear view heated mirrors, two twin polished steel tailpipes, extra-wide air scoops, polished steel wing vents, rollbars, airbag for driver and passenger, heated screen-washer nozzles and driver’s door lock, Chrome-Line interior, chrome rings on instrument dials, leather M steering wheel, M Roadster sports seats, power assisted seat adjustment, seat heating, two tone leather fascia with colour coded centre console. Factory options; Metallic paint, windscreen with green shade band, Dark Blue hood, headlight wash, air conditioning, BMW Business CD RDS, Harman Kardon Hi-Fi, cruise control. Dealer accessories; Rear turbulence deflector, carpet mats.
The legendary M cars from BMW need little introduction and this wide-bodied and muscular Z3 M Roadster is no exception. Finished in factory optional Estoril Blue Metallic, (Code 335), a somewhat signature colour for performance M cars and a firm favourite for enthusiasts, the paintwork looks stunning. The uniform finish is superb and only light age-related touched in front end stone chips and some small scratches can be seen. The factory fitted headlamp plastic lenses display very light markings and the original optional three-layer soft-top in Dark Blue cloth, (Code 391-Dunkblau), remains tight displaying some small nicks to the outer fabric. Factory stickers in the door apertures and inner boot lid affirm this as an unmolested example, and features such as M Roadster tread plates and the two twin polished steel tailpipes remind you this is no ordinary Z3.
Remaining precisely as BMW intended is the delightfully 1990’s BMW interior. The Nappa leather upholstery in matching Estoril Blue/Schwarz Black, (Code Q6ES), is clean and fully intact with firm bolsters. Hairline creases and some colour loss to the driver’s outer bolster are visible. Famous M styling notes are visible such as bright red/blue M Sport stitching to the leather M steering wheel and M emblem on the chrome line gear knob still illuminating red when the lights are turned on. The dashboard is perfect with fully functioning equipment including the heated seats and factory optional cruise control. The original BMW Business stereo system is supplied with the car. Originality seekers with be delighted to see the factory supplied compressor, full toolkit, first aid kit and the BMW Tyre sealant bottle still in the plastic packaging. Even the small felt jack locator sticker is still attached to the boot carpet!
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
‘Never-ending acceleration all the way to the horizon’, the words of BMW in the marketing literature. BMW’s legendary and time proven inline six-cylinder engine displaces 3201cc with a power output of 321bhp and 350Nm torque to achieve 0-62mph in 5.3 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155mph. The spotless and unmolested engine bay displays factory plates and stickers. The five speed manual short throw gearbox is light and precise. Crouching low with a wide stance, the perfect configuration for the tremendous power offered.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Mighty 17-inch M RoadStar alloy wheels with BMW centre caps and M badges are in excellent order with only very light markings. Matching premium Dunlop tyres have plenty of tread remaining and are size 225/45 ZR17 front and 245/40 ZR17 rear. The ABS braking system comprises of compound version M disc brakes to the front and inner-vented rear discs all replaced along with new pads in May 2019 to offer superb stopping power.
Supplied new by BMW Main Dealer, Castle Motors of York, this rare BMW Z3 M roadster was registered new on 19th March 1998 and has covered a documented 52,889 miles from new. A BMW factory print out confirms the exact build details including factory options and the build date of week 51 in 1997. The original BMW black leather wallet houses the stamped service booklet as well as handbooks and guides issued when new. The most recent service carried out by a BMW specialist was at 51,870 miles. A further file contains many previous MOT certificates and further invoices for vehicle aftercare. Two BMW keys and remote alarm fobs keys are present along with an original sales brochure. Wearing the hallowed M badge, this is the ultimate Z3 Roadster and has become highly collectable.