This LS-Swapped BMW Z3 Is the Sleeper Muscle Convertible You Deserve

That's a whole lot of firepower under that clamshell hood. And it can be yours.

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The Z3 isn't the most memorable BMW, but it's still nice to drive—especially versions built by the company's M division. This Z3 takes things one step further, packing a 400--hp LS1 V-8 under the hood. The best part? It's . You should buy it.

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This car started out life as a pre-refresh, non-M 2000 Z3 roadster before being transformed into this beast. From the outside, it doesn't look like much—the only things that have changed are the wheels and the area around the shifter. Other than that, everything's factory, right down to the fading tan leather seats and awkward-looking steering wheel. There are a couple of shots of the engine bay, including one looking up from the bottom, which give you a good idea of how much work was put into this thing.

The seller claims the 5.7-liter Chevy engine is making around 415 horsepower thanks to upgraded cams, pushrods, valves, and an intake system from a later LS6. It sends thrust to the rear wheels via a rebuilt Tremec T-56 manual transmission.

The seller currently with an asking price of just $14,500. That's not a bad price at all considering how clean the car looks, and how well it looks like it was put together. We'd probably ask for a video of it running and driving before we booked a flight out, though.

Hat tip to Kevin McCauley .

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