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SOLD on or around February 8, 2021

84,119 miles

Asking Price: $16,275
1998 BMW M Roadster in Imola Red 2 over Black Nappa
  • Exterior Color Imola Red 2
  • Interior Color Black Nappa
  • Soft Top Color Black
  • Engine S52

Seller Description

This 1998 BMW M Roadster is finished in Imola Red over a black Nappa leather interior and is powered by a 3.2-liter S52 inline-six paired with a five-speed manual gearbox and a limited-slip differential. Factory equipment includes a black soft top, air conditioning, a Harman Kardon stereo, heated power-adjustable sport seats, and staggered-width 17″ wheels. Modifications include a Kenwood head unit, a cold-air intake, an Active Autowerke performance chip, and an aftermarket exhaust system. This M Roadster is now offered at no reserve with spare parts and an Indiana title in the seller’s name.

The M Roadster featured wider fender flares, revised valances, altered side vents, and a lower ride height compared with the contemporary Z3. This example is one of 725 produced in Imolarot II (405) over black leather and features a power-operated and manually latched black soft top. The front roundel badge shows wear, and scratches are visible on the underside of the front lip spoiler.

Staggered-width 17” Style 40 wheels are mounted with 245/40 front Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 tires and 275/40 rear Toyo Proxes R1R tires. A tire inflator is mounted in the trunk.

The cabin is trimmed in black Nappa leather on the seats, door panels, dash, and center console. A Kenwood head unit is installed, and additional equipment includes air conditioning, cruise control, a Harman Kardon stereo, a trunk-mounted CD changer, heated sport seats, and power windows, mirrors, and locks.

The leather-wrapped M Sport steering wheel fronts chrome-ringed instrumentation including a 160-mph speedometer, an 8k-rpm tachometer, and gauges for fuel level and coolant temperature. A VDO analog clock and auxiliary gauges monitoring voltage and ambient temperature are mounted in the center stack. The digital odometer shows 85k miles, 20k of which were added by the seller.

The 3.2-liter S52 inline-six features VANOS variable valve timing, dual overhead camshafts, and four valves per cylinder. Modifications include a cold-air intake, Samco intake boot, and an Active Autowerke performance chip.

Power is sent to the rear wheels through a ZF five-speed manual gearbox and a limited-slip differential. The factory catalytic converters have been removed, and an aftermarket exhaust system is fitted.

The removed factory radio and exhaust mid-pipe, including the catalytic converters, are included in the sale along with a color-matched spoiler, a shift knob, and four oxygen sensors.

The Carfax report shows no accidents or damage and lists a Not Actual Mileage title issued at the time of the seller’s purchase in September 2009. A redacted copy of the title is included in the gallery.

Make sure to check out Road & Track’s September 2000 comparison road test featuring the M Roadster. The article includes specs and performance numbers, as well as driving impressions and comparisons to the Honda S2000, Audi TT, and Porsche Boxster S.


Indianapolis, IN

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Posted: 2/8/2021 3:39:03 PM by Jon Martin

Sold to a high bid of $15,500 or $16,275 with buyer fee which is very strong for the mileage, color combo and title questions.

Posted: 2/8/2021 2:47:22 PM by Jon Martin

Bidding up to $11,250 with 45 minutes left

Posted: 2/3/2021 2:21:56 PM by Jon Martin

Bidding up to $3,800

Posted: 2/3/2021 11:06:44 AM by Jon Martin

Bidding up to $3,100

Posted: 2/2/2021 10:39:50 AM by Jon Martin

Bidding up to $3,000

Posted: 2/1/2021 9:13:37 PM by Jon Martin

Now on Bring a Trailer with no reserve which should be intersting. Bidding up to $2,600 so far.

Posted: 2/26/2020 11:41:55 AM by Jon Martin

It has a mileage brand on the title which is unfortunate, but is most likely just a mistake. it looks to be mostly stock besides the exhaust and intake as mentioned in the listing as well as a aftermarket stereo.

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