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1998 BMW M ROADSTER

80,300 miles

$18,800
1998 BMW M Roadster in Estoril Blue Metallic over Estoril Blue & Black Nappa
  • Exterior Color Estoril Blue Metallic
  • Interior Color Estoril Blue & Black Nappa
  • Soft Top Color Blue
  • Engine S52

Seller Description

1998 BMW M Roadster
Estoril Blue Exterior (335)
Estoril Blue / Black Nappa Leather Interior (Q6ES)
Dark Blue Soft Top
Estoril Blue Hard Top
80,300 Miles
S52B32 Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
5-Speed Manual
1 of 334 Triple Blue Estoril Blue 1998 Model Year M Roadsters
M Leather Steering Wheel
Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
Sport Seats
Heated Seats
Alpine Stereo w/ Subwoofer
Harmon Kardon HiFi Sound System
Limited Slip Differential
Roll Bar Protection System
Power Soft Top
Cup Holder
Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
Aftermarket Headlights w/ Angle Eyes
100% Stock
17-Inch Style 40 Roadstar Wheels
Continental ExtremeContact Tires
Clean Carfax / No Accidents

Recent Mx:
Preventative Cooling System Overhaul
Stewart Water Pump
Accessory Belts and Rollers
Clutch Kit
Shiftpin Detents
Valve Cover Gasket
Spark Plugs
Center Switch Console
Rear Convertible Top Window

Background

The BMW M Roadster was the M variant of the BMW Z3. The Z3 made its public debut in 1995 in the Bond film GoldenEye with a young and dashing Pierce Brosnan behind the wheel. The scene with 007 and Natalya (Izabella Scorupco), her hair blowing in the wind, was the picture of top-down motoring. Initial Z3 sales were strong, but it soon became apparent that a more aggressive iteration was in order. BMW M GmbH solved this problem in 1998 with the M Roadster. At its heart was the E36 M3’s 245-horsepower S52B32 inline 6-cylinder engine. Power reached the ground through a manual gearbox (the only option), M-tuned suspension, and a limited slip differential. When it was time to stop, M3 brakes made short work of the job. The exclusive exterior kit featured a bold front splitter, M badges, staggered Style 40 Roadstar wheels, and a quad exhaust—the first BMW M car to get one. Inside, the exclusivity continued with M Roadster lettering on the doorsills and instrument cluster, an illuminated gearshift knob, and chrome ringed gauges, including an oil temperature gauge. The end result was one of the best retro-classic roadsters ever made. It had the fluid and graceful lines of a proper British sports car, with the raw power and driving dynamics that can only be found in a BMW M car. And because it was based on the Z3, it was produced right here in the good ‘ole USA in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Summary

This 1998 BMW M Roadster is finished in one of the most desirable Z3M color combinations, Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue and Black leather with a Dark Blue top. Estoril Blue suits the unapologetic sports car nature of the M Roadster without being outlandish. In addition to the standard M Roadster kit outline above, it also features aftermarket headlights with angel eyes, an Alpine stereo, and the optional matching blue hardtop. The latter adds rigidity and transforms the lines into one of the best looking Z3s there is. With only 80,300 miles it is in excellent condition too, but not so perfect that it can’t be used without guilt. We took it on trade from a Glen Shelly regular in exchange for an S54 / M3 wagon who had owned it since 2019. Prior to that it belonged to a local enthusiast whose ownership tenure lasted twelve years. It has been in Colorado since 2004. The records date back to 2000, which are augmented by the Carfax. In preparation for sale we did an extensive round of maintenance and housekeeping to bring it up to our standard. The work included a comprehensive preventative cooling system refresh including an upgraded Stewart water pump, accessory belts and rollers, valve cover gasket, spark plugs, and replacing the gearbox with one we had in inventory with fresh shift pin detent bushings (to address typical 5th gear lean) along with a fresh clutch kit. Cosmetically we replaced the rear window, a cracked center console switch surround (our local dealer said it was one of the last Estoril Blue one available), and an updated Alpine stereo to match the previously installed system with an upgraded subwoofer. As it sits, this is a turn-key M Roadster with some desirable options and upgrades ready to be enjoyed by its new owner.

Exterior

Estoril Blue is one of those colors that always looks good, even when it’s dirty, and even better when it’s clean! The paint on this example is in excellent condition and gauges between 4 and 5 mils, it appears to be original. There are no significant dents or dings, but there are typical Colorado rock chips on the lower valance, along with some scuffing on the lower lip corners. The rear bumper has a handful of deeper scratches but is presentable. Both would be relatively easy to fix by repainting the front and rear bumper covers. There is no failed clear coat, zero rust, and all VIN tags are in place. The rear window panel has no creasing or discoloration, thanks to being recently replaced. The top has no tears or failed stitching. The windshield is crack-free with minor pitting; the side glass is in great shape. All trim is present with minor UV fade. The headlights are aftermarket units with “angel eyes.” They are clear and have minor pitting. All indicator lenses and taillight housings are clear and crack-free. The Style 40 Roadstar staggered wheels (17” x 7.5” front and 17” x 9” rear) are very nice, only minor imperfections and some light curb rash. They are wrapped in Continental DWS tires, which good tread remaining, but 2010 DOT dates. The rubber is not hardened and there is no dry rot.

Interior

The interior is one of the M Roadster’s most striking design features. The carpets have no stains or tears. The dashboard is clean with no cracks or warping. The seat leather is in good condition with no tears, stains, or failed seams; there is moderate wear on the driver’s bolster. All seat motors work, as do the seat heaters. The seat belt guides are not broken. The 3-spoke steering wheel has no excessive wear. The instrument cluster has no blown out pixels and all gauges work correctly. The Alpine head unit is dated, and some of the speakers do crackle. It could be easily be upgraded with modern components. The lower switch panel has no cracks in the switch backing plate thanks to recent replacement. The auto-dimming rearview mirror has no fluid leaks. The glove box sags slightly (a common issue). All interior functions work correctly; the power windows, power door locks, cruise control. The heat blows warm and the air conditioning blows cold. There is minor shrinkage on the upper corners of the door cards near the side mirrors, but it is much better than most. The convertible top functions correctly. The trunk tool kit is complete and the owner’s manuals are present.

Mechanical

This is a turn-key M Roadster; all major and preventative maintenance items are up to date. It has clearly been properly owned and benefitted from regular oil changes and routine maintenance. The most recent maintenance items are listed in the summary paragraph. The S52 engine is one of BMW’s reliable power plants, having none of the rod bearing issues or needing the valve adjustments that later S54 powered M Roadsters did. The engine idles smoothly, pulls strong, and has no VANOS issues. It does not leak, drip, or spot. The clutch has recently been replaced, as have the shift pin detent bushings so there is no 5th gear lean. The brakes are firm, the suspension is compliant, and there are no driveline or wheel bearing vibrations or whine. The suspension bushings are firm. The rear trunk floor has no failed spot welds and the rear differential ear has no tears. Like any M Roadster, it will need and deserves the preventative care and maintenance that all BMWs of this vintage do, but at present it is properly sorted and ready for its new home.

VIN Decode

Vehicle Identification Number: WBSCK9333WLC86494
Type: CK93
Model: M Roadster - USA
Development Code: E36 (7)
Chassis: Roadster
Steering: LL
Doors: 2
Engine: S52
Displacement: 3.20
Power: 240 Horsepower
Drivetrain: Rear
Transmission: Manual
Color: Estoril Blue Metallic (335)
Upholstery: Nappa Leather Black, Leder Walk Nappa/schwarz – Q6SW
Production Plant: SPARTANBURG
Production Date: 6-4-1998

Options:

209 Limited Slip Differential 25%
243 Airbag for Front Passenger
260 Side Airbag for Driver and Passenger
314 Door Mirror and Driver Lock Heated
354 Green Windscreen Stripe
380 Hardtop Preparation
391 Softtop Dark Blue
395 Roll-bar Protection System
398 Power Soft Top Operation
410 Window Lifts Electric
481 Sports Seat
494 Seat Heating
530 Air Conditioning
540 Cruise Control
674 Hifi Loudspeaker System Harmon Kardon
687 Radio Preparation
692 Cd Changer I-bus Preparation
710 M Sports Steering Wheel
785 White Direction Indicator
853 Language Version English

Glen Shelly is a low volume auto brokerage focused only on the highest quality vehicles. We are airline pilots, mechanics, and auto enthusiasts who bring a high level of professionalism and attention to detail to the automobile business. Our philosophy is to keep our inventory small so that we can focus on thorough mechanical and cosmetic preparation of the vehicles we select. We have over 20 years of experience restoring and repairing automobiles and are intimately familiar with our cars. We do the inspections, service, detailing, and corrective maintenance using only OEM parts and service manuals. We offer an informed and low-pressure sales environment resulting in a premium buying experience. Find out more about us at www.Glenshelly.com.

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Glen Shelly Auto Brokers
Erie, CO

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Posted: 6/29/2021 8:43:49 AM by Jon Martin

Price reduced to $18,800 from $19,800

Posted: 5/30/2021 9:00:11 AM by Jon Martin

We saw this roadster for sale privately earlier this year. I still love the hard top, and I still don't love the head lights. The price seems alright and you can always feel confident buying Z3Ms from Glen Shelly.

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