Dakar Yellow M Car: 2000 BMW Z3 M Roadster – SOLD!

Jul 2021 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Sports Car Saturday

August 20, 2021 Update – we confirmed the seller of this Z3 “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

The Z3 M Roadster and M Coupe are well defined at this point as collector cars that will likely continue to appreciate for the foreseeable future. Good looks and great performance rarely fail to find fans, and the desirability factor is spiked even further when rare colors are involved. This 2000 BMW M Roadster in July 2021 in Largo, Florida is a rare bird wearing factory Dakar Yellow paint over a black leather interior, and has just over 55,000 original miles with an asking price of $23,997.   Comparing this price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his roadster priced right around the cost of an “Excellent” example, which is valued at $25,000. The M Roadster is arguably the less desirable of the pairing, at least as of late. The “clown shoe” design of the M Coupe has taken off lately, with collectors seemingly willing to part with more cash for the privilege of owning an M-powered hardtop. That only means the roadster is even more of a bargain in comparison, but cheap, it is not. Aside from the roof configuration, the Z3 M lineup is also distinguished by whether it was powered by the S52 engine or the more powerful S54, which came standard in the model beginning in 2001. The S54 was a game-changer, and even though the S52-powered cars provide respectable acceleration, the bump to 315 horsepower was indeed noticeable – but with this more desirable powertrain comes a healthy bump in price, too.

The car seen here is the earlier spec, with a 240 horsepower inline-six under the Dakar Yellow hood. If you’re a collector of this era of M car, you’ll likely know that in addition to the exterior paint code, the other way to make an example go from 1 of 200 to 1 of 20 in a heartbeat is if the leather interior features a two-tone design. This car skips such highly personalized touches, featuring a solid black leather interior. Truthfully, with the explosive exterior, the solemnness of the cockpit is a good thing. The seller reports there are no modifications, and zero evidence of prior paintwork. No word on maintenance history or recent repairs, but it does come with the factory parade boot and car cover. If you’re set on an M Roadster, finding one in a rare color or equipped with the S54 is the way to go. Good luck with the purchase if your garage needs some more color!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“This is 2000 BMW Z3 M in Dakar Yellow! This is a 2 owner car Carfax Certified accident-free car with only 55k miles ! The car is completely bone stock with no bodywork, or paintwork anywhere. The car has matching Kuhmos on all 4 corners with nice tread. The car has Factory Heated Seats, Harman Kardon Audio, Automatic Power Windows, and Cruise Control! I have the parade boot for the car as well as a car cover.”

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