A Quest to Find Rare BMW

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Sarah Fairfield stands at her 2006 BMW Z4 M Coupe, in Long Beach, Calif.

Photo:

David Walter Banks for the Wall Street Journal

Sarah Fairfield

de Long Beach, Calif., part-time stunt driver, racing driver and writer for the Donut Media YouTube channel, on 2006

BMW

Z4 M Coupe, as stated by A.J. Sound.

Seven years ago, I learned that the prices on Z4 M Coupes BMW were falling on what I might have. Since I first saw this car, I was drawn to a classic car sports style – long hood, short lines, elegant lines. But the cars were rare and hard to find. I saw a picture of Sepang Bronze's metallic paint and inside leather, and I wanted to find that combination. In 2012, I began to work hard.

Let me show how difficult this car would be to find: BMW has built the Z road for years, starting with the Z1 (in the late 1980s), then the Z3, and the current generation, the Z4. But the M cars are high performance motor versions, so they are more rare. But it is the Coupe version, rather than the road driver (two open seats), which left it hard to find.


Photos: The Rare Coupe From BMW

Sarah Fairfield shows her 2006 Z4 M Coupe at the Pacific Ocean

Sarah Fairfield at her wheel 2006 BMW Z4 M Coupe. Although many of Germany's Z4 open car car is relatively common, it is rarely a Coupe version and is well added.

David Walter Banks for the Wall Street Journal

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Between 2006 and 2008 BMW carried out only Z4 M Coupe. An enthusiastic database was created by Vehicle Identification Numbers, and according to this research, only 1,815 were sold in North America. Then there was the mix of colors and all the distinctive features I wanted, which reduced the area directly by car – on the whole continent.

One night after two months of searching, I got one on Kijiji.ca, which is like Craigslist for Canada. The ad was “for sale” old. I sent an email to the owner and I didn't hear it back. I was freaking out, thinking that this is my chance and I missed it! But then I heard from the owner. My boyfriend and now husband

Dave

and I flew to Toronto, I bought the car and went on the road back to California. We went to Niagara Falls, we visited friends in the Midwest, and we stopped at our favorite restaurant – Hell's Grill & Farm Backbone, in Boulder, Utah.

Since then, I brought the car several times to race tracks, and I sometimes used it as a daily driver. I even drove it up to the aisle at my wedding, which was racing race in California in 2015. When I bought the car, I paid $ 29,000. I have had 30,000 miles on it and I think I could sell it for the same price I bought it, because this model follows a cult.

I love the smooth engine straight it, the manual transmission and the connection of the car to the road. The driving experience is more important to me than is seen, so because it's so gorgeous, it's my star's star.

Write A.J. Audio at myride@wsj.com

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