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BMW Z3M Roadster

1995 was an important year for BMW. It was the year that they launched their first mass-produced sports car and because of a convenient product-placement deal with the production team of Goldeneye they even managed to get James Bond to poodle around in one.

And poodle he did too because the Z3 was underwhelming. The new BMW ‘sports car’ was powered by a very humble 1.8 litre, four cylinder engine that produced a lowly 114 horsepower. You could buy a lawn mower with more pulling power. The car got slated by the press and Joe Public stifled a yawn. BMW die-hards didn’t think it was a BMW and to cap it all the Z3 was made in the US of A and not the Father Land.

The Z3’s design was also a tad contentious at the time. It seemed that the market wasn’t quite ready for such an avant garde styling exercise from conservative BMW but today the quirky shape seems to have been its main virtue and saving grace. It has aged well and might still encourage a second glance in a car park today.

The phallic length of the bonnet and the stubby rear-end was complimented by swoopy wheel arches, side-vents that imitated the gills of a shark and a comfy, tight cockpit that felt a nice place to be. The car still needed a decent engine though and quite frankly it wasn’t until the company installed a straight-six engine in 1999 that the car became an interesting driver’s car with a proper sporty exhaust note too. Especially when BMW decided to lift the 3.2 litre, 320 hp straight-six from the E36 M3 into the sporty-looking Z3 which could now sprint to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 155 mph. Enter the Z3M Roadster. That’s more like it.

Apart from the engine transplant a few cosmetic tweaks added a wider rear track, extra vents, exclusive alloy wheels and a delicious quad exhaust system. The interior had a mild-makeover too and bits of chrome were stuck on the dials plus a host of ‘M’ upgrades to differentiate the Z3M from the standard car.

The car was offered in some pretty wild colours too such as Laguna Seca Blue, Phoenix Yellow and our favourite, Estoril Blue.

So where does the car fit in with the ‘Modern Classic’ movement of 2016? Well E36 and E46 M3’s appear to have turned the corner and low-mileage examples are fetching up to £20k in decent condition. The ‘bread-van’ ZM Coupe is heading towards £40k which is remarkable because the odd hunchback-design is not easy on the eye.

The Z3M Roadster has been cheap for far too long but finding a low-mileage example right now is a tough task. These cars are pretty much bullet-proof and therefore owners tended to use them, a lot. The downside of having a great driver’s car is that you want to drive it as much as possible and therefore rack up the miles.

A budget of £10k was entirely feasible a couple of years ago but these days a low-mileage car will be just south of £20k. The Z3M Roadster has come of age and is now recognised as a truly great sports car from BMW. Its collectable status in the future is guaranteed and prices will only go one way from now on.

So how about a 1999 example with only 62,000 miles on the clock finished in Estoril Blue with two-tone blue leather interior? We have been asked to find a new owner for a particularly well cared-for example with excellent service history (BMW and specialist) and unusually the car has had only four owners from new.

This ‘T’ plate Z3M has all-electric heated seats, electric mirrors, power hood, 5-speed manual gearbox and a Kenwood single CD system.

The car has received a major service in October 2015, an air conditioning re-gas, all four original alloy wheels have been refurbished and the MOT expires in October 2016.

For further details or to arrange a viewing of this original Z3M Roadster give The Car Spy a call on 01892 506970 or email

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One way to get your hair dried quickly after a shower is to buy the new Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster. Take off the two-piece carbon fibre roof, stick it in the front luggage compartment, jump in, fire it up and get to 60 mph in 3 seconds. By the time you get to the top speed of 217 mph your hair will be nicely blow-dried. Price? From 300000 Euros plus taxes and should be on sale in Europe from Spring 2013. Start forming an orderly queue for one of the most desirable high-performance roadsters ever made!

For further details give The Car Spy a call on 01732 760699 or email

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Lots of news lately from Aston Martin it seems and today the company has released details of the new V12 Vantage Roadster. No major design changes to the very recognisable ‘Baby Aston’ shape but plenty of tweaks and additions to warrant the relatively high-price tag of this new addition to the line-up.

There is an abundance of carbon fibre to be found on the new model in the form of side strakes, front splitter, rear diffuser, mirror caps and rear lamp infills. Other unique features on the V12 Roadster include newly-designed forged alloy wheels, glass interior switches plus a ‘personalisation’ package which includes carbon fibre bits for the interior.

The V12 is the powerplant that has made the Coupe such a raucous, wild animal so its appearance in the Roadster was inevitable really. There is power aplenty with over 500 bhp and 570 Nm of torque which means that 60 mph comes up in around 4 seconds and top speed is in the order of 190 mph. The added benefit of the Roadster is the fact that you can now wallow in the glorious bark of the V12 without having to go looking for tunnels!

There is also a ‘Sport Mode’ function which gives the driver two options for driving dynamics – Normal and er…Sport. Normal makes the car feel a little more relaxed for town driving while the other option sets the car up for a more race-mode like experience. More torque is delivered earlier on in ‘Sport’ plus the exhaust system bypass valves are kept open longer to make the car even louder – nice!

No official delivery dates have been published for the car yet but we have been informed by a reliable source that the car will be made in limited numbers and possibly only 40 V12 Vantage Roadsters will be available for the UK market. Orders can be placed now, however, and the expected retail price is around £150000.

For further information regarding the new V12 Vantage Roadster or any other model in the Aston Martin range please give The Car Spy a call on 01732 760699 or email

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Finished in Designo Magno Allanite Grey with Single Tone Designo Porcelain Leather Interior this new, unregistered SLS Roadster comes with the following options in addition to the standard specification:-

Reversing Camera, Blind Spot Assist, Electric Drivers Seat, AMG Carbon Interior pack, High Capacity Battery, Soft top Black, 19/20″ AMG 7 Spoke Design Alloys, Bang & Olufsen Beosound, AMG Carbon Fibre Trim. List price £193750 inc VAT.

This SLS is available to purchase today at £190750 inc VAT (excluding Shipping/Delivery costs)

Please note this car is VAT qualifying.

For further details please give us a call on ++44(0)1732 760699 or email

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Finished in Tungsten Silver with Obsidian Leather Interior this new, unregistered Vantage Roadster comes with the following specification:-

Carbon fibre front splitter and rear diffuser, Ventilated, grooved floating disc brakes with ABS, Dynamic stability control (DSC) with Track Mode, Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), Emergency brake assist (EBA), Traction Control (TC), Positive Torque Control (PTC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), HID projector headlamps (dipped beam), Powerfold exterior heated mirrors, Rear parking sensors, LED rear lamps, Full-grain leather interior, Dual stage driver and passenger front airbags, Heated rear screen, Auxilliary audio input including integrated Apple iPod®, connector, Bluetooth® telephone preparation, Trip computer, Cruise control, Tyre pressure monitoring system, Alarm and immobiliser. Optional Extras: V-spoke cast alloy graphite painted wheels with diamond turned finish, Black brake calipers, Bright finish grille, Carbon fibre side strakes, Memory seats and exterior mirrors, Heated seats, 700W Aston Martin Premium audio system with Dolby® Pro Logic II® including six-CD autochanger, Satellite navigation system, Piano Black interior pack, Front parking sensors, Auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror, Alarm upgrade – volumetric and tilt sensors, Wind deflector. List Price £122527 inc VAT.

This Vantage is available to purchase today at £103000 inc VAT (excluding Shipping/Delivery costs)

Please note this car is VAT qualifying.

For further details please give us a call on ++44(0)1732 760699 or email