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Re: Just one note on the Z3 coupe... (archive)

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Posted by kwillmorth on April 23, 2000 at 16:30:18:

In Reply to: Just one note on the Z3 coupe... posted by Ben on April 23, 2000 at 14:34:03:

Rare doesn't a collector valuable make. You have to have a buyer market who wants the car, of sufficient size to make a connection between sellers, when they are ready to sell. If rare was a truly operative qualifier, early Camaros, Corvettes, 49 Fords, 55-56 T-Birds, etc... would not be considered collectibles. The idea that a Euro car is rare in the USA is cool, but if nobody recognizes it, or want to pay for it, it's a moot point. If the 2001 US cars have the Euro motors, then the whole point becomes moot, no longer rare or exclusive, and if available, expensive compared to just buying a US model, new or otherwise. The Z3 coupe idea was speculation. It won't fly as a collectible, 'cause it fails most of the other tests (not a state of the art, or being, not the ultimate, not rare enough, etc...)

BMW has made a few cars that should be worth a ton, by ideal standards of classic/collectibles. The original turbo powered M3 cars, the M1, the 320ix 4WD cars, the 8 series cars, 6 series coupes, even the Isetta... none have really captured anyones interest, they can all be had for a fraction of their original value today, if they haven't been crushed. Enthusiasts like them and buy them and drive them. Colelctors, who drive the real values up have stayed away from BMW as a whole.

People drive their BMW's, and collect the Ferraris, Porsches and other stuff. Strange market indeed.

: Everyone thinks the Z3 Coupe is very rare, and if anything were to become classic that would be it. However, everywhere else in the world the Z3 Coupe far outsells the M Coupe. Thats because the M Coupe costs like $75000 with the Euro motor. I would think that if there were to become a rare collecters item, it would be the current euro M Coupe. Sure it would be difficult and expensive to get one in america, but if you did it would very rare. It has all the ingredients to make it desireable later on. Its got a powerful motor that is largly hand built with 6 individual throttle bodies. Also, it would only have that short 2.5 year production of the Z3 but be rare on a world wide level.

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