1990 BMW 325i

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We have already bore witness to the E30 with historically low-mileage commanding top dollar; it was only a matter of time before the “restored” E30 began to chase the same pot of gold. In this case, it’s a sizable pot, with this 1990 325i sedan requiring $35,000 to drive a car restored by “…the most world-renowned BMW restoration firm on the planet – The Werk Shop of Libertyville, IL,” as noted by the seller. The thing is, I wouldn’t call this a $35,000 car, nor would I call it a $20,000 car. Perhaps a $15,000 car, and that’s ignoring the aftermarket exhaust; the non-factory color matching along the side sills and rear bumper; what appear to be old, faded turn signal lenses; and heck, not even a factory Premium Sound stereo. Sorry to pick nits, but for that much cash, you need to pick a desirable, well-optioned car to begin with, and then preserve its stock qualities while restoring every nook and cranny. This strikes me as a well-used car that got some paint, some maintenance, new rollers and a few casual upgrades like the steering wheel and shift knob (though again, I’m not sure that’s truly an upgrade over the classic – and OEM – leather unit.)

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 BMW 325i on eBay

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Year: 1990
Model: 325i
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 237,000 mi
Price: Reserve auction

THIS IS A 1990 BMW 325I SEDAN – the original #-Series Model that started it all for BMW! It has been fully restored by the most World-Renowed BMW restoration firm on the planet – The Werk Shop of Libertyville, IL

http://thewerkshop.com/

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A quick edit for those of you watching at home: this listing, despite indications otherwise, is not affiliated with the shop in question. The seller has not provided much detail to go on, so hopefully, they can respond as well and shed some light on their investment. As always, we’re glad folks are paying attention and encourage you to post and comment with reckless abandon! (Well, not too reckless…)

-Jeff

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13 Comments on "1990 BMW 325i"

  1. Is it April 1st?

    That chin spoiler is horrid, by the way.

  2. Jeffrey says:

    How is it the most basic of BMW’s is commanding this kind of price? I guess a Pontiac Grand Prix should be worth $10k for the same year.

  3. Ry says:

    I worked less than 2mi from there for a couple years and somehow never heard of “the most World-Renowed BMW restoration firm on the planet.”

    Also I’m really not sure that the e30 was “the original #-Series Model that started it all for BMW!”

    I might have to dock them some street cred for that hyperbole, even in the context of an ad.

  4. Steve says:

    This has got to be one of the most extreme cases of vehicle overpricing I have ever seen. As a long time e30 enthusiast, who has owned several pristine examples, my mind is thoroughly boggled. 200+k on the clock…and yes, restored…for $35K??? Oh…and it’s a four door as well…

  5. Greg says:

    An absolute joke. If it had 80k miles maybe it would be worth $10k. Who decided it was wise to spend $$ to restore a e30 sedan with 237k miles?? The Werke Shop is probably the most respected BMW restoration shop in the country, some of their work has been featured in Bimmer and Roundel.

  6. It’s not that a modest non-M E30 is incapable of commanding this kind of money (rare though it may be). It’s just that this isn’t that kind of ‘top of the market’ example by a long stretch.

    Can’t blame them for trying, though. The market will dictate what the car is worth.

  7. Jeffrey says:

    The guy that paid to restore this shouldn’t be allowed to purchase vehicles anymore.

  8. Ry says:

    @Greg, they’re not the most respected in the country, they’re the most respected on the planet. Get it straight. :-P

  9. Zach says:

    I am a employee of The Werk Shop, and I can tell you that this is a customer car, not ours. We only did a partial restoration on this e30 for a customer.

  10. Jeffrey says:

    I wasn’t questioning the work, I’m sure it’s first rate, but that car.

  11. ^^^ Not even the car, but the price. Same car for under $10k and you will not get a comment from me.

  12. Jeff says:

    Interesting. So the customer is possibly clouding some facts on the work performed. Zach, perhaps you can shed some light on what exactly was “restored”?

  13. Ry says:

    I just pulled up a map, I actually drove past this shop M-F for about 2 years in the late ’90s, maybe I had my BMW blinders on, or my memory is going, fast! I might have to check it out, looks like a nice shop and I actually have a (non-vintage) BMW that could use some restoring these days.