Evaluation: Located in Italy. Five owners from new and showing 86,737 km (53,896 mi). Recent service. Repainted. Crack in the right taillight lens. Scratches on the wheels. Old tires. Minor discoloration on the rear window. Light wear on the driver’s seat commensurate with the age and mileage. Dirt and wear to the underbody but no major issues.
Bottom Line: The BMW M Coupe is one of those classic cases of cars getting watered down on their journey across the Atlantic. Here in the States, the first 1999-00 cars got a 240-hp version of BMW’s S52 engine, while European models like this one got a much more potent 316-hp S50. Eventually, though, we got M Coupes powered by the S54 engine from the E46 M3.
These “clown shoe” M Coupes are a hot item now but their sales were modest when new and many, like this one, were driven regularly. It isn’t neglected but it is used, and after 15 bids it settled at a reasonable number. With premium added it would have fallen within RM’s perfectly reasonable estimate range had it sold at the reported high bid.