Now available for auction is this 2001 BMW E36/8 Z3 3.0 Coupe finished in Cosmos Black Metallic over Black and Walnut Nappa leather. This 2001 example is reported to be the only North American Z3 Coupe to have been ordered in this particular color combination with a factory sunroof delete for the 2001 model year. It also features optional fine wood trim, Sports Seats, an M Sports steering wheel, rear differential lock, a 5-speed automatic transmission, and an M54 straight-six engine. Originally a California car, this Z3 is said to have been relocated to Michigan in 2017 before it was acquired by the current owner in the Fall of 2020. Accompanied by a collection of maintenance records, this rare Z3 Coupe is now being offered for auction by its seller out of Michigan while showing approximately 65k miles on the odometer.
This Z3 is finished in Cosmos Black Metallic (303) and is distinguished as the higher-specification 3.0 model with a widened rear stance, a slightly more aggressive front fascia, and dual exhaust tips. The kidney grilles, fender vents, and fender-mounted emblems pay homage to the classic BMW 507 roadster. The seller reports very minor swirl marks throughout the exterior as well as one area of peeling clear coat on the rear spoiler. CARFAX suggests minor damage to have occurred in December of 2020, although the seller contests this as an error and is actively working with CARFAX to redact the statement. This Z3 rides on two-piece 17” BMW Style 42 wheels dressed in Hankook Ventus V12 Evo2 tires dated from 2017.
The cabin features Black and Walnut Nappa leather upholstery, optional Sport Seats, and fine wood trim. The chrome interior trim option also equips chrome rings around the gauges as well as a chrome finish to the door lock pins, door release levers, and the headlight pull knob. Driver amenities include air conditioning, power accessories, cruise control, the Harman Kardon Hi-Fi sound system, and a BMW Business CD stereo. The leather-wrapped M-Sport multifunction steering wheel sits ahead of a 155-MPH speedometer, a 7k-RPM tachometer, and gauges for fuel level and coolant temperature. Some normal signs of wear are noted on the driver seat and the seller reports that the driver’s seat has slight play and may need to be re-tightened. An aftermarket laser jammer has been integrated into the front bumper, and the seller confirms all original gauges and accessories to be fully functional.
This Z3 coupe is powered by a 3.0L M54 straight-six engine featuring double VANOS variable valve timing and a factory-rated output of 225 HP and 214 lb.-ft of torque. Power is directed to the rear wheels through a 5-speed automatic transmission and factory limited-slip differential. The performance is further enhanced with an upgraded SuperSprint muffler and AC Schnitzer intake and tune. Records provided by the previous owner show regular maintenance to have been carried out over the years and the seller reports that a complete fluid flush was carried out upon their purchase in 2020.
This sale will include a clean title. Incredibly fun to drive and increasingly sought-after by enthusiasts, this rare Z3 Coupe offers an exceptional value.