This M Coupe was submitted by Ben H. Ben provided a nice writeup about his Coupe ownership, which I have copied below:
My ownership began in mid 2005 when the Coupe had 21,000 miles. A friend invited me along to attend the American LeMans Series race held at Lime Rock Park that July. It was my first live event and I was instantly enamored with the sights, sounds and atmosphere of Lime Rock. Tucked in the rolling hills of northwestern Connecticut, Lime Rock was built in the early 50s and is one of the most scenic tree lined tracks in the East. It is also home to famed Skip Barber Racing School. Having never driven a car on the track, I signed up for it’s 3-day racing school as an introduction and it was so fun I signed up for it’s 2-day advanced school at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
That fall my first track outing in the then stock Coupe was, to say the least, very disappointing. The Coupe pitched and rolled and the rear felt insanely disconnected from the front. All the corners I felt at home in a SB race car felt dangerous at prodigious speeds.
The Coupe needed a change and suspension was my top priority. TC Kline dual adjustable coilovers, adjustable front camber and caster plates, large H&R front sway bar, 500/600 pound springs, rear sway bar removed, Toyo RA1s comp tires and Carbotech pads were installed.
A few more track days revealed seats needed to be upgraded. Fatigue from bracing my body would set in and it didn’t take long before Recaro Pole Position seats were added, TRS harnesses and a 4-pt rollbar. The rollbar is worth noting. Designed by a freelance fabricator for TC Kline, it is the only bar that meets the unique contours of a M Coupe’s interior. Every line falls in the right place and details like expertly dime stacked Tig welding and matching color compliment an otherwise unaltered center console and trunk trim. The best compliment I ever received was that the bar looked like it rolled off the Spartanburg plant that way. A set of CCW Classics measuring 17×9 and 18×10.5 were added for street use.
It ran unchanged until this year’s biggest mod. Further fine tuning like high durometer bushings replaced every stock bushing and were paired with a once in a lifetime opportunity to assume a friend’s Active Autowerke Rotrex C38 stage 1 supercharger. It transformed the Coupe and would testify that the added horsepower did not upset the chassis. It rips at the track and on a well driven day it can take many a Goliath. The Coupe and I have shared Watkins Glen, VIR, Thunderbolt at NJMP, Monticello, NHIS and someday I would like to visit Road Atlanta, Mid-Ohio and Laguna Seca.
Exterior Color: Boston Green Metallic
Interior Color: Dark Beige Oregon
Production Date: Wednesday, August 19, 1998
Total Number with S52 Engine: 2180
Total Number in 1999 Model Year: 1076
Total Number in Boston Green Metallic: 73
Total Number with Dark Beige Oregon Interior: 314
Total Number in Boston Green Metallic over Dark Beige Oregon: 61
Total Number in Boston Green Metallic over Dark Beige Oregon with a Sunroof: 59
Total Number in Boston Green Metallic over Dark Beige Oregon with S52 Engine with a Sunroof: 59
Total Number in Boston Green Metallic over Dark Beige Oregon Produced in 1999 with a Sunroof: 59
Data source: mcoupebuyersguide.com
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