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1999 BMW Z3M Coupe

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  • Mileage~71,042
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine3.2L
  • LocationBirmingham


1999 BMW Z3M Coupe

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Glyn Parry
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The Z3 M coupe is a fascinating car but it's not just the unmistakable styling that packs a punch.

Officially called the M coupe, or more colloquially the “clown shoe”, this car still splits opinion today. With its distinctive “breadvan” styling and an M3 drivetrain packed into a wheelbase shorter than a 911. There's no doubt, however, that BMW’s skunkworks engineers, working after hours and initially without official sanction, came up with a legendary car that turns heads and offers driving thrills unlike anything else this side of Blackpool. Loosely based on the Z3 roadster, the coupe addressed all its weaknesses with a much stiffer chassis (courtesy of the tin top) and significantly more power courtesy of BMW's astonishing S50 straight-6. This engine, which also powered the E36 M3, was the first naturally aspirated production engine to produce 100BHP per litre.

Just under 1,000 Z3 M coupes were imported into the UK and they quickly became the stuff of legend – love or loathe the looks, they were utterly unique at the time. Combining BMW's 90s build quality, strong engines, and muscular looks, the Z3 M coupe is already fast becoming a modern classic. There has been a steady appreciation in value since the last one left the production line in 2002, and values have been climbing apace in recent years.

The 1999 example you see here has a great service history, including the all-important running in service, and has had the Vanos replaced and the boot floor strengthened– both of these are issues that, whether you buy this particular car or not, you absolutely must check with any seller. Having covered 71,000 miles, this is considered a relatively low-mileage M Coupe with many having covered over 100,000 miles, and that lower mileage shines through in the condition.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Glyn Parry after meeting Sanj the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

I've only covered 500 miles in the car, but with another child on its way, it is time to sell - unfortunately!

Sanj's wife is expecting, so the criteria of a two-seater sports car are now surplus to his needs. As a result, it's not being used as it should be. He bought the car around a year ago and has only added 500 miles to it, and 200 of those were driving from the previous owner's house! As a car man, he will be looking to replace the car with something equally as rewarding but a bit more suited to his family's needs.

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Wheels and Tyres

The wheels have been refurbished fairly recently and are in excellent condition, although they are missing the M Sport logo.

The tyres are all Falken branded, and have been fitted relatively recently, they have plenty of life ahead of them.


The bodywork presents well, with no significant issues. These cars are known to have weak boot floors, and this example has had reinforcement work to prevent this becoming a problem.

There is evidence of slight bubbling under the paintwork on the lower edges of both front wings. There are also signs that the metal on the front leading edges of the sills has been exposed to stone chips and is now starting to show surface corrosion. Take a look at the video review for a more in-depth report.


The coverage of paint is good and even across the car.

One small point to note are signs of very light scuffing on some panels but this may buff out with a good machine polish.

The front bumper has holes for the registration plate, and there is a paint chip on the rear bumper.

Glass and Trim

No major problems with the glass, with no significant chips or damage to be seen.

The rubber trim and fittings are generally in good order, with the right headlamp washer showing some signs of age.


The interior presentation on this car is exceptional, belying the age of the car.

Seats and Carpets

The condition of the interior has to one of the key highlights of this car. The seats are in excellent condition, with the lightest of wear on the driver side. They were an upgrade over the standard Z3, and featured large, supportive bolsters that are electrically adjustable.

The carpets are in very good order too, as the mats have taken much of the wear from use. The condition of the boot is similar; it has clearly only been lightly used.

The headlining and door cards are excellent.


Beautifully presented and reassuringly analogue, the dashboard is in pristine condition. The leather, M dials, and chrome really combine to give the Z3MC a premium feel.

It has the upgraded headlight switch from the S54 model, and delightfully the original “unleaded fuel only” sticker remains in place by the fuel gauge!

There are no signs of damage, cracks, or age on any of the controls or switches. All the dials and other electrical items are in full working order.
The passenger door speaker has some wear which catches your eye in the dark interior of the coupe.

The original toolkit and CD changer remain in place in the boot.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The steering wheel is in excellent condition, with very limited signs of wear.

The gear stick cover shows signs of misting plastic, but overall the item is in good condition.


This car has seen an extensive renewal of the suspension to keep it driving as it should – fantastically!

Engine and Gearbox

The engine starts up with no drama from cold, and sounds tight without any excess ticking or knocking. Importantly, the Vanos unit on this example has been replaced, something that the new owner won't need to think about again.

The presentation of the engine bay could be improved with a bit of time, but that would make an excellent winter project – though this is a car that's all about the driving experience.

Suspension and Brakes

The car benefits from a suspension overhaul to include new bushes, springs, and shocks. As a result, Sanj assures us the ride quality and performance are excellent.

The Drive

You’re sat right on top of the rear wheels in this car, and it feels all the more exciting for that. Combined with a stiff but remarkably comfortable ride, M3 engine, and limited-slip differential, the M Coupe is always a treat to drive.

Whilst some prefer the S54 engine that was fitted to later cars, we prefer the cable-actuated throttle and raw noise of the S50.

Electrics and Other

All controls and dials are said to be fully operational.

The exhaust is an aftermarket item and the original stereo has been replaced with a recently fitted Pioneer DAB unit.

Are the original head unit and exhausts available? The HU is shit, but this is entering classic territory so would benefit from originality.

History and Paperwork

No blots on the Z3 M coupes history textbook, it has been meticulously serviced.

The Z3 M coupe comes with a pleasing amount of service history and has been well maintained from the day it was sold. Sanj informs us that the two big issues with this car, the Vanos and boot floor, have both been attended to over the years.

The car came with a number of optional fitments, including a luggage compartment net, warning triangle and first aid kit, smokers package (seemingly unused), Air conditioning, CD changer on top of its standard equipment.

A noisy water pump was replaced at 63,834 miles and suspension components replaced which included a set of new Spax springs, 15mm wheel spacers, suspension struts and absorbers to match the refurbished alloys.

The most recent items have been a new battery and a DAB radio. The car will come with its previous stereo too.

We have actioned check on the follow; seller ID, V5, HPi and visited the vehicle.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
18-06-1999 Service 1,458
09-09-2000 Service 8,886
07-02-2001 Service 10,926
12-04-2002 Service 17,672
27-11-2003 Service 26,960
23-11-2004 Service 30,007
24-11-2005 MOT 32,578
01-04-2006 Service 36,749
12-05-2008 MOT 46,284
24-04-2009 MOT 49,589
05-08-2009 Service 51,099
29-04-2010 MOT 55,919
31-05-2010 Service 55,949
10-05-2011 Service 61,921
10-05-2011 MOT 61,922
11-05-2012 Service 65,031
12-05-2012 MOT 65,031
15-05-2013 MOT 67,226
01-10-2013 Service 67,685
21-05-2014 MOT 67,856
27-09-2014 Service 68,047
12-06-2015 MOT 68,642
03-10-2015 Service 68,721
13-06-2016 MOT 69,080
07-10-2016 Service 69,157
29-07-2017 MOT 69,308
10-08-2018 Service 69,408
17-08-2018 MOT 69,939
09-05-2019 MOT 70,137
05-09-2019 Service 70,700
08-12-2020 MOT 71,050
Key Details
  • ModelZ3 M Coupe
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date1999
  • CC3,201
  • Mileage~71,042
  • HistoryExcellent
  • ColourArctic Silver
  • Interior ColourBlack Nappa
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #WBSCM92070LB29296
  • Engine #60311874
  • Last Service05-09-2019
  • RestoredNo
  • Engine RebuildNo
  • MOTYes Exp. 07.12.21
  • MOT ExemptNo
  • Road Tax ExemptNo
  • HPi ClearYes - Clear
  • Former Keepers8
  • Tyre BrandFalken
  • Tyre Age2016
  • # of Keys3
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned1 Year
  • Key FeatureOriginality

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£21,000 bid by Alibrack 17.12.2020 @ 18:43:20
£20,250 bid by psingh 17.12.2020 @ 18:07:23
£20,000 bid by BDD3 17.12.2020 @ 17:39:46
£19,000 bid by Alibrack 17.12.2020 @ 17:20:20
£18,500 bid by psingh 17.12.2020 @ 16:29:02
£18,000 bid by BDD3 16.12.2020 @ 22:54:30
Jaspal Manku
Jaspal Manku

Hi Sanj, would you accept £15k. I’m really interested

£13,000 bid by psingh 15.12.2020 @ 21:22:40
£12,500 bid by greg3227 15.12.2020 @ 18:08:23
£12,000 bid by psingh 14.12.2020 @ 22:17:16
£11,500 bid by A6khu 14.12.2020 @ 12:31:05

When and where was the very last service and any recent work

£11,000 bid by psingh 13.12.2020 @ 19:16:13
£10,202 bid by A6khu 13.12.2020 @ 19:10:47
£10,000 bid by psingh 13.12.2020 @ 16:09:14
£4,701 bid by A6khu 11.12.2020 @ 15:15:41
Rob Parry
Rob Parry

Hi Sanj

What’s the reserve on the car ?


Kulraj Salh

Hi Rob,

All reserves on cars are not disclosed prior to the auction ending. If a car doesn’t have a reserve price, we make it as “No Reserve”.

Hope that helps.


Kulraj – Trade Classics

£4,500 bid by sussexautocare 11.12.2020 @ 14:32:47

Hi Sanj

looking at the history and photos the cars had plenty of services which is good, but it appears the cars first MOT was in 2005 should it not have been in 2003?

Sanj K
Sanj K

Hi Derek, iv looked through all the paperwork and i cant find the 2003 MOT. The gov website only became electronic in 2005 thats why its showing as the earliest MOT.Looking through the history the car was serviced and looked after by Vines of guilford BMW through those years and the 2005 MOT was done there. i would assume the first MOT in 2003 was done there too, im sure if they were called they would be able to confirm this. Thanks


Hi Sanj,

Can you advise of the make of the exhaust , audio head unit and the latest suspension components ?



£3,708 bid by A6khu 10.12.2020 @ 23:58:45
£3,501 bid by darrenlang 10.12.2020 @ 20:56:02
£3,300 bid by A6khu 10.12.2020 @ 11:47:25
£3,000 bid by wildman0609 10.12.2020 @ 11:05:24
£1,500 bid by A6khu 09.12.2020 @ 19:41:52

Hey buddy, do you know how much of her original paint she’s wearing?


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