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HomeAutoHunterAutoHunter Spotlight: 1998 BMW Z3 M Roadster

AutoHunter Spotlight: 1998 BMW Z3 M Roadster

This immaculate BMW Z3 M Roadster is show ready

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Featured on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by ClassicCars.com, is this restored 1998 BMW Z3 M Roadster with only 23k miles from new.

When it was introduced to the world in the James Bond film Goldeneye, the BMW Z3 was an immediate hit with waiting lists for cars, and the entire 1996 production run literally sold out in weeks. Reviewers praised the car for its retro styling, driving dynamics, and fit and finish but also criticized the car for being underpowered as it was initially delivered with the only engine option being a 1.9 liter 4-cylinder. In 1997 BWW added an inline 6-cylinder engine to the Z3 lineup which did a lot to improve power and torque, but they saved the really special version of the car for the 1998 model run when the Z3 M Roadster went on sale.

The M Roadster took everything that was great about the original Z3 and then turned the volume up to 11. Instead of the 190 horsepower of the 2.8 liter inline-six, the new Z3 M Roadster has a S52 inline-six under the hood producing 240 horsepower giving the car a 0-60 time of 5.4 seconds and a 14 second flat 1/4 mile time. This combined with a chassis with lots of parts taken from the M3 made the Z3 M Roadster a kind of German-built Shelby Cobra. Yes, BMW did upgrade the Z3 M in 2001 with the 315 horsepower S54 engine, but either of these cars is a ton of fun to drive with great performance.

The 1998 BMW Z3 M Roadster featured here is stated to have covered a total of only 23,702 miles from new and in exceptional original condition.

The listing for this AutoHunter car is truly well done. It covers every detail you would want to know about this car.

It states that it is a one-owner 1998 BMW M Roadster has been driven 23,702 miles since being purchased by the seller from Co’s International Motor Cars in Greeley, Colorado. It is powered by an unmodified S52B32 3.2-liter I6 mated to a five-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential.

This Z3M Roadster is painted in BMW’s iconic Estoril Blue Metallic that has been ceramic coated and is equipped with a black power-retractable soft top over a black leather interior. The car has been garage-kept its entire life and is offered with extras that include a valet key, a BMW car cover, a cockpit tonneau cover, a sun shade, and touch-up paint. It also has a recent 58-point inspection report, owner’s manuals, service records, a window sticker, a clean CARFAX report, and a clear title in the seller’s name.

This Z3 M Roadster has zero damage history and a totally complete CARFAX report with no gaps. The exterior, interior, engine compartment, and wheels all look to be in perfect condition and likely what the car looked liked new, as it looks like it was really that well cared for. If you are looking to buy a BMW Z3 M Roadster to show at the highest levels, as well as to drive, this car looks to fit the bill perfectly.

The auction for this restored 1998 BMW Z3 M Roadster ends Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 11:30 a.m. (PDT).

Visit the AutoHunter listing for more information and photo gallery

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Andy Reid
Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

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