The Chicago Car Club is interested in classic cars of all makes and models, especially a 1998-2002 BMW M Coupe. We make the process of selling your 1998-2002 BMW M Coupe quick and painless. In just a matter of hours we will have your classic valued and, if you do so choose, turned into money in your pocket. All it takes is a phone call or electronic inquiry to get the ball rolling.
The BMW M Coupe, or “clownshoe” as it’s often called, was a high performance coupe produced between the years of 1998 and 2002. Its bodystyling and engineering, led by BMW Engineer, Burkhard Göschel, borrowed design elements and even body panels from the company’s Z3 roadster. This design was controversial at the time, gaining the car both praise and scorn. Still, it won awards such as Automobile Magazine’s “Design of the Year” for 1999 and Car and Driver magazine’s “Ten Best” list. Car and Driver called the design “Nerd chic” and Top Gear referenced it in their article about the best BMW’s ever made.
Even though the design was based on the M Roadster, the frame was designed with much more structural rigidity. The engineers liked the roadster but felt that the coupe addressed some of the structural problems and handling problems of the roadster. Adding a roof and more structural steel was the start of their solution, and the result was the M Coupe.
The most important changes were to the engine choices of the BMW S50, BMW S52, and the BMW S54, which were offered over the course of production. The later S54, carried over from the E46 M3, increased output to 315 hp with a 0-60 mph of just 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 170 mph.
The strange body styling was complemented by a wide variety of colors, including: Titanium Silver, Cosmos Black, Estoril Blue, Imola Red, Arctic Silver, Steel Gray, Black Sapphire, Alpine White, Boston Green, Dakar Yellow II, Oxford Green II, Evergreen, Laguna Seca Blue, Phoenix Yellow, Special (Sonderlackierung), and Hellrot Red. Some of these colors are quite rare and make a few cars more valuable than other. While it’s a small, sporty car, its large storage space in the rear made it an excellent daily driver.