Thursday, June 25, 2015

DTO: Sraight Clown Shooter: 1999 BMW M Coupe

Tip and words from DT Contributor Andy L.  Here is an example of an awesome car that is getting rarer by the day, especially with mileage this low. Clean retail book for this car is $13000, but I don't think it applies to this car.  If you want to be one of the last remaining clown shoe jockeys, you are going to pay a premium.  Find this 1999 BMW M Coupe offered for $28,000 in Lincoln, NE via craigslist. The DTO (Daily Turismo Omologato) is a rare or interesting example of a DT-friendly classic or performance vehicle, but priced somewhere above the self imposed DT cap of $20k.


Sure, we can claim that structural rigidity is the only reason we like this over its ragtop equivalent.  If you are a dude, however, you might just prefer it because it looks a little more like a dude's car with a hard top. While the shape is polarizing, there is no doubt that the size, layout, and drivetrain together are what enthusiasts look for. 


While you can pick from a lot of faster cars for the $29K ask, you will not have an easy time replacing the driving experience.  For those who want to know what a refined, M3 engine with a flat torque curve will do in a tiny car, here is the answer.  And, yes, this bread van can do donuts.


 See another breadshoe for less?  Send it here: tips@dailyturismo.com

13 comments:

  1. Always keep a car cover handy to hide the ugliness!
    I hear a lot of positive comments on the driving manners and the view down the hood could be nice.
    However, I also hear the Z4 M-Coupe does everything better for the same price point and you can leave the car cover at home.

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  2. The only ugly thing about this are those stupid ugly wheels. If the car had big brakes those wheels would be sort of excusable but this just makes you wonder if there are any stupid modifications that you can't see.

    The Z4 M-Coupe ? You mean that thing from South Carolina that looks like a pickup truck sideswiped it? Now that's ugly.

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  3. Fun fact: the first-gen M-Coupe (E36/8) was also built in South Carolina. All of them were, even those shipped back to der Vaterland.

    The looks aren't for everyone but the driving dynamics are fantastic.

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  4. As a Z4 M coupe owner, I often think I'd rather have one of these. The trunk is way bigger, the rear visibility is great (compare to about nil), and they both provide about the same driving experience. I think you'd be a winner whichever way you go, but these are collectable today, and the Z4 hasn't really hit that point yet.

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  5. Friends don't let friends drive clownshoes.

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  6. Love the clownshoe. Don't much like the black wheels.

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  7. [img]http://i.imgur.com/Ux1arKF.jpg?1[/img]

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  8. Sorry guys, that's crackpipe money for an S52 M Coupe. S54, maybe.

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    1. So many cars, so little timeJune 26, 2015 at 10:34 AM

      Agree with you on that, but the idea that clean retail is $13K is equally laughable. If I could find good ones at that price, I'd be stockpiling as many as I could. As for looks, well, I fall in love all over again every time I look at mine. Then I drive it and it gets even better.

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  9. After having one for 4 years for free I really miss it . It fit me like a glove and always room for the dog. A perfect storage area for luggage and decent gas mileage made the weekend getaways easy.
    After washing and waxing the first time I really appreciated the looks and miss it more than the many other sports cars I have had.

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  10. Too much wheel on this one

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