Indigo: the eye-gasmic G-spot found.
Whenever I’m asked what my favorite color is – which isn’t very frequently at all come to think of it – my answer is “indigo”. The majority of those few people finding themselves asking the question, are perplexed once they hear the answer. Curiously, more often than not I’m asked “what is that?” Better than me trying to describe a color, and much, much better than me explaining what an eye-gasm is, let’s use science to help answer that question.
If we look at the rainbow, we see that there are 7 colors. They are easily remembered by the mnemonic ROY G BIV. Please don’t make me tell you the names of each of those colors. Let me just help you out by mentioning that the R stands for Red. The I of the BIV is Indigo, sandwiched between Blue and Violet. Because it’s the penultimate color though, it doesn’t get much attention. Except from me.
Whenever I see the color – the perfect blend of violet and blue – particularly in the form of Christmas lights, it stops me cold as if someone just found “the right spot” if you catch my drift. OK perhaps that’s too much information. From here on out, let it suffice to say, I really REALLY like indigo and other similar colors. Like “Cobalt blue” or Interlagos blue”. They are eye-gasm inducing.
Now with that admission out of the way, I’d also like to submit that coupes are my thing. As if you hadn’t noticed by looking at the cars I highlight on this site. Particularly sporty coupes that have been tuned for performance. To me, the essence of the sport coupe distilled down to its essence is the BMW E46 M3.
Many car guys know that BMW uses an internal code to denote the various generation of a particular series. In this case we are talking about the 3-series that was produced by the hundreds of thousands between the years of 1997 and 2006. It just so happens that in my humble opinion – and I think there are a few out there that would agree – that the E46 variant (4the generation) of the 3-series is perhaps the most handsome BMW to my eye, and I’ll even go so far as to suggest that it’s one of the most handsome cars in it’s market segment ever built.
That opinion would include it’s coupe, sedan, convertible and wagon (“Touring”) formats. The hatchback doesn’t get the same love. Sorry dude. But of course my favorite is the coupe, because if you read the above, you’d know that coupes are my weak spot.
So when you take what I consider to be the most handsome rear-wheel drive (of course!) compact upscale coupe, add power and better handling, thus turning it into a sport coupe, you’ve got my attention. Coat it in eye-gasm blue and you have my attention and then some. That would be the M3 version of the E46, in fact this particular example.
Because it’s worth knowing, the E46 M3’s for sale in the US market came with the straight-6 S54 engine which was tuned to produce 333 HP, 262 lb-ft of torque and had a blissfully high redline of 8,000 rpm. But it’s common knowledge that BMW consistently under-rates the horsepower of their engines. The available transmissions were the 6-speed manual and the 6-speed SMG. Either one should make the car good for about a 5-second 0-60 time.
This example as I mentioned is dressed in eye-gasm blue (Interlagos Blue Metallic) over grey interior. It sports the SMG transmission, has a carbon fiber steering wheel, paddle shifters as well as the typical SMG shifter. The seller states that it comes with 19” wheels and cross-drilled rotors, bi-xenon headlamps, tinted windows, custom stainless exhaust, full hood and front fender clear bras, a cover and all records.
This extremely clean looking M3 located in California is said to have been well maintained and to have been garage kept. Milage is not disclosed in this ad, but you can query the seller HERE at the original Autotrader listing regarding this and any other questions you may have. And don’t mention my bit about this car having found my automotive G-spot. That’s just TMI.
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