There are lots of collector cars out there that aren't really meant to be driven regularly. Sometimes they take awhile to start, and aren't always the most reliable. This Z3 M coupe is the perfect compromise between collectability and drivability. You should buy it.
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The Z3 M is a weird car in that it has a two-door, two-seat shooting brake layout—something not many other production cars have. Basically, it's a wagon-esqe sports car. Like the convertible, it got the M3's straight-six engine, as well as a six-speed manual gearbox. Its unusual shape is why so many BMW enthusiasts desire it, and why prices have begun to creep up recently.
The 1999 example shown here is . Despite having the less desirable S52 engine from the E36 M3 rather than the E46's S54, it still commands a $29,800 asking price. That's thanks in part to the car's surprisingly good condition, Estoril Blue paint job, and low 54,000-mile odometer reading. That may sound like a lot of money at first, but once you remember how much E30 M3 prices have spiked, you'll understand why the price is where it is.
But it's not like you're just paying for the looks—you get some performance too. That straight-six engine puts out 246 horsepower, allowing for a sprint to 60 mph in under six seconds, and a quarter-mile time of 14 seconds. For a car from 1999, those are some pretty good stats. And unlike most of today's new performance cars, you won't have to worry about steep depreciation.
This Z3 M coupe is for sale on eBay Motors in Aurora, Illinois via Collector Cars Chicago. .