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A breathtaking BMW E46 M3 Coupe with 55,797 miles and two owners
M Aerodynamic Bodystyling, M exterior & interior mirrors, M Mobility System, ID (impact-depending) airbag system, side airbags, automatic stability control + traction (ASC+T), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Xenon headlamps, automatic headlamp activator, front air dam, rear apron, headlamp wash system, heated door mirrors, heated screenwasher nozzles, Park Distance Control (PDC), M leather multi-function steering wheel, M sports seats with electric adjustment and memory preset, electric backrest and lumber support, automatic climate control, remote key memory, ISOFIX, follow-me-home function, electric rear quarter light windows, on-board computer, cruise control, auto wipers, boot warning triangle and tool kit. Factory options; Electric folding mirrors, front centre armrest, professional nav and TV, loudspeaker system, 6-disc changer, M double spoke 67M 8/9.5J alloy wheels, Tracker Monitor, BMW carpet mats.
Distinguished by the very rare and highly sought-after non-metallic colour, Laguna Seca Blue, (Code 448), this striking factory original paint finish is simply magnificent with a brilliant polished shine and uniform presence throughout. All trim sections and discreet BMW M badging are in flawless condition and the supplying dealer number plates and rear screen sticker remain. Extremely faint stone chips to the lower front bumper and bonnet can be detected confirming the original nature of this example. The front screen still has the running in sticker attached and a small chip. Probably one of the best unmolested examples and every inch a reflection of its low owner, low mileage cherished credentials. An absolute must for any performance BMW aficionado.
Soft luxurious nappa leather in matching Laguna Seca Blue, (Code N5LS) with Black interior trim is the perfect combination for the vivacious exterior colour scheme. Hugely supportive M sports seats and the driver inclined cockpit hint towards the race breed pedigree of this awesome machine. The beautifully clean upholstery portrays all the hallmarks of a fastidious ownership and devoted upkeep with only tiny hairline creases to the driver’s seat bolster barely worthy of mention. The spotlessly clean carpets have been protected by BMW floor mats from new and the M leather multi-function steering wheel clearly displays the M blue and red stitching confirming just how special this BMW is. All functions, gauges and information systems perform seamlessly and the unused boot area with factory supplied ancillaries even includes the often pilfered leather pouch containing one litre of Castrol TWS BMW recommended oil!
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
A ferocious performance legend, the 6 cylinder in-line powerplant with advanced technological marvels is nothing short of a genius in engineering. Performance figures of an electronically limited top speed of 155mph and 0-62 time of just 5.2 seconds are quoted from the 346bhp engine. Under bonnet splendour is guaranteed as the area is spotlessly clean, exactly as it left the production line. The factory standard four stainless steel tailpipes protruding subtly emit an intoxicating bark when stirring the dynamic ultra-smooth 6-speed manual gearbox.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Factory optional expensive M double spoke 67M 8/9.5J alloy wheels polished and forged can withstand scrutiny with no curb damage. Continental Contisport Contact tyres measuring 225/40 ZR19 and 255/35 ZR19 front and rear respectively have excellent tread remaining and are the correct type made specifically for the car with the M3 logo on the side. The high performance braking system featuring compound disc brakes safely masters the staggering power and is everything you would expect of this ultimate driving machine.
A simply tremendous history file sets this example well above the rest. Supplied new by Murketts BMW on the 1st March 2002 to first keeper Mr Esson who kept the car until November 2013 with only one further keeper since. Supplied at a cost of £42,099 it remained serviced religiously and to the manufacturers specification with the supplying dealer with no fewer than 15 visits recorded. An Inspection 2 service was also carried out by BMW Specialists, Geoff Steel Racing, at 50,686 miles. The vitally important running in check required within 400 miles of the 1,200 mile marker in order to maintain the manufacturer warranty was carried out and stamped at 1,224 miles. A letter from BMW United Kingdom confirms all the Safety Recalls have been carried out including the replacement of the front passenger airbag module announced in June 2015. An A4 file with all vehicle related paraphernalia and the A5 leather wallet with all original book packs, dealer staff business cards and two remote keys are present. A BMW M umbrella is to be passed over to the new owner.
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