Welcome to Week in Review, where we’ll take a look at some of the vehicles featured on GCFSB over the last couple of weeks:
All posts in BMW
I always wondered why a convertible has never made its way into my stable. I’m the person you see around the neighborhood with the sunroof wide open on the Cooper S, windows down and heater on low when it dips below 50°F. For me, the cooler the weather the better, unless I’m near the ocean. Then I say, bring on the heat. But I digress. Maybe the idea of a convertible has been a bit unattractive due to the usual chassis flex and added weight. But what if you jam a performance engine under the hood and throw some go fast bits at a normal convertible? That’s what BMW did when they offered the E36 M3 in convertible trim, the first open-roofed M car to be marketed stateside. The purists still prefer the 2-door coupe and 4-door sedan, but maybe it’s time the convertible started getting its fair share of respect. If you ever wanted one of these, few come nicer than this low mileage, final year example for sale in North Carolina brought to our attention by our reader Ry.
Model: M3 Convertible
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 35,600 mi
Price: Reserve auction
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1999 BMW M3 Convertible on eBay
1999 E36 M3 Convertible manual shift with 35,600 original miles and matching factory hard top. New house with one less garage space forces sale of my special car I patiently hunted for. All paperwork back to window sticker. Great color combination of Silver over dove grey leather. New Coco mats. New Michelin Pilot Sports (500 miles). Perfect original top with clear rear window. This has always been a fair weather toy. Garaged every day and night of it’s life. Never intentionally in the rain. Dealer installed (which has the blessing of BMW to maintain it’s factory warranty) Dinan bits when new to what I believe is called stage one which is just cold air intake, chip and a cat back exhaust. Seats show minimal wear to match low mileage. Never smoked in. Finding a manual shift, low mileage example in a desirable color combination is getting difficult. This is as nice as I have seen. Hard top comes with it’s original rolling storage cart and cover. Slides neatly to side of garage. Every option except Vadar seats as I understand they were not available with the heated power seat option. Updates done to water pump and thermostat housing. Current service done. Plenty of good high res photos available. I have owned and properly cared for this great car for a little over three years and put 6000 miles on it in that time. Fly and drive an easy option to Asheville, NC.
Since I can’t imagine buying a car over the internet without actually talking to the owner, please call with any questions but between 9am and 10pm EST please. 828-658-9331
Normally, the E36 M3 Convertible doesn’t get me too excited. However, if you look beyond the obvious weight disadvantage, you are dealing with a final year, manual transmission E36 M car. Considering the low mileage and a color combination that isn’t polarizing, I’d suspect a car like this may pull around the $15,000 mark. If you want to get into a 1990s M car and not break the bank, these E36 M3 convertibles are not a bad place to start looking.
With the advent of 2014, yet another model year of forbidden fruit opens up to us car enthusiast. This time around, it’s 1989. We’ve seen a few of these BMW E30 Tourings arrive stateside so far, and this 1989 example is one for the driver with sporting intentions: a 325i with the 5-speed manual gearbox. The car is located near the port of Bremerhaven, Germany, making it convenient for anyone seeking to export the vehicle.
Model: 325i Touring
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 212,453 km (~ 132,068 mi)
Price: €5,990 (~ $8,140 USD)
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 BMW 325i Touring on eBay.de
Here is the quick family transporter of the E30 series for sale. No modifications, no tinkering, not run down, but a beautiful piece which had only three caring owners. Do a little Internet searching and you will quickly notice these cars are not as widespread as you think. The 325i Touring is one of the classic cars with enormous appreciation in value; the end is not yet in sight. This Touring here is in the most beautiful color, Diamond Black Metallic. Features include:
Sport seats with seat heating
15″ cross-spoke wheels
M-Technic steering wheel 1
Limited slip differential
In addition, the car was converted to Euro 2 and H&R sport springs mounted in combination with Bilstein B6 dampers. Thus, the car has a comfortable ride with firm road holding. While E30s are known to rust, there is none here!
Tailgate rust free
Doors rust free
Jacking and underbody rust free
Strut towers rust free
Rear plate rust free
Wheel arches rust free
Only minimal, small rust marks where, for example, small scratches on the paintwork are. Otherwise rust free and preserved. Summer + winter tires, recently changed timing belt, inspection and the steering gear were replaced. In addition, an entire folder of receipts since 1991, when maintenance was done.
No known technical defects, it is not a new car, but a very nicely preserved specimen. Thus, there are a reasonable amount of minor signs of aging. Visits are only possible by appointment. Please call with any questions.
Telephone: +49 (0)176 64619974
A 1988 320i Touring (6 cylinder) that we featured on our Facebook page recently sold for $10,000 on eBay. That car had less miles on the clock, so even though this is cheaper, expect to be up around the $10,000 to $12,000 mark by the time your shipping and related importation fees are squared away. That’s about what these five-door E30s are pulling in the US market right now, for the few that have made it to these shores. This is one of those cars high on my list to seek out and import. Hopefully there are other like-minded enthusiasts out there with the same idea, in the hopes that we might see a good numbers of these show up here in the next few years.
I’m guessing probably most of you feel the way I do about “stanced” cars, but will today’s 10K Friday contestants make you give pause to consider one? The BMW 540i is a favorite here at GCFSB; you get most of the M5′s performance at a lower price! The best of the bunch are the 6-speed variants, and while there aren’t any of the coveted “M-sport” versions appearing today I think it’s still an interesting face-off. Today we have a “stance” modified 1995 E34 against a stock 2001 E39; which would you choose? Let’s start with the lowrider:
Engine: 4.0 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 88,000 mi
Price: $8,500 Buy It Now
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 BMW 540i 6-speed on eBay
1995 BMW 540I WITH ORIGINAL 88K MILES ON THE MOTOR AND BODY ALL ORIGINAL SHINY PAINT 9/10
ALL FULL POWER PLUSH INTERIOR 9/10 NO RIPS NEW HEADLINER
ORIGINALLY AN AUTOMATIC TRANY CHANGED OVER TO LATE 90′S 6 SPEED TRANY WITH ALL OEM PARTS
ALUMINUM LIGHT WEIGHT FLYWHEEL AND PERFORMANCE CLUTCH.
ALL NEW EXHAUST SYSTEM 3 1/2 IN PIPING TWO NEW HI FLOW CATS AND AN AWSOME SOUNDING MUFFLER ALL MANDREL BENT WITH DTM STYLE TIP THAT YOU CAN NOT IGNOR.
ALL NEW COIL OVER SUSPENSION WITH BILSTINE INSERTS AND ADJUSTABLE MANOFIED CAMBER/CASTER PLATES
BIG BREAKE KIT WITH DRILLED/SLOTED ROTORS
17X8.5 BBS RS REPLICAS AND 17X10′S IN REAR WITH STRETCHED SUMITOMOS FOR THE STANCED LOVERS
ALL THE MODIFICATIONS ARE DONE BY MANOFIED IN SO CAL. THERE IS TON OF MONEY SPENT ON THE DRIVE LINE AND ITS A SOLID ZERO RUST WITH A NICE STIFF RIDE PLENTY OF POWER WITH BIG V8 WITH GREAT HANDLING AND A NICE SOUND ,WHAT ELSE CAN YOU ASK FOR
I PRICED THE CAR VERY MODERATE SO THERE IS NO ROOM TO NEGOTIATE
ALSO JUST THROWING OUT THERE, I AM LOOKING TO BUY A X5 4.8 is AS MY NEXT PROJECT
I LOVE THESE 4.8 V8 MOTORS
PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE.
So apart from a poor use of the letter “E” and atrocious overall spelling, this is an interesting car. It’s important to remember you’re not buying the seller when looking at these cars. What we have, then, is a manual converted 540i that has been lowered with what appears to be a trick coilover system and a rather silly looking exhaust. Otherwise, it wears some cheaper imitation BBS RSs and looks pretty spectacular in black over black. Raise the ride height a bit more in the front and a bit less in the rear and tone down that exhaust, and I don’t really see much of anything wrong here. But if Stance Nation scares you, there’s always stock to consider:
The E39 is – in my opinion – not as good of a looker as the E34 was, but it’s still a good looking car. This particular example is a post-facelift car, giving it the updated lights and M-sport wheels that make these look a bit more M-tacular. In often-specified silver over black, this is a fine looking example with lower average mileage:
Engine: 4.4 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 111,016 mi
Price: $8,995 Buy It Now
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 BMW 540i 6-speed on eBay
The mileage represented on this vehicle is accurate.This vehicle has a smooth shifting transmission.Overall, this vehicle’s exterior is clean.The interior is clean and in good condition. If you enjoy having total control of a powerfull vehicle, then dont look any further because this 540i can satisfy you’r desire! This car is in good shape and comes equipped with; Sport pkg, CD(Single), Dual air bags, Side air bags, Leather seating, Moon roof, Alloy wheels, Traction control, Air conditioning, Power windows, Power door locks, Cruise control, Power steering and Telescoping wheel. We offer easy financing and we are available 7 Days A Week! You can view our inventory at 2630 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, CA 90806 or phone us at (562) 424-1444!!!
There are some bells and whistles on the 2001 that weren’t on the 1995, so if you’re into the latest and greatest, I’m guessing the E39 is the car for you. If you consider it an M5 on a serious budget, it’s a great value. However, the same can be said for the E34, though E34 M5 prices are still amazingly less-than-silly and that would be the car I’d prefer. In spite of that, there isn’t one here as part of this comparison, so which of these two would I choose? Well, it may be surprising but I really prefer the early E34 in this duo. It just looks the part so much more so than the E39 to me, though both seem like good deals overall. Because the modifications aren’t overdone and I can easily envision how to “fix” them, the E34 gets my vote.
Which would you choose?
The E21 is a funny little beast, but some nice examples have cropped up over the last year or two. Today’s is about as odd as they come, with the interesting and non-US 2.0l 6-cylinder topped by the rag/convertible combo assembled by Baur and factory “is” upgrades. With just 56k miles, the seller is looking for the upper echelons of E21 money. Top-down motoring in an orange little speedster with the unique sounds of a small inline-6 sounds like a good time to me.
Model: 320/6is Baur
Engine: 2.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 56,000 mi
Price: $13,500 Buy-It-Now
Click for more details: 1982 BMW 320/6 Baur on eBay
Beautiful Henna Red #052, Euro 320/6 E21 Baur #4040 of 4595 total built, 3 series BMW in IS trim. Imported to California in late 1984, this wonderful time capsule only has 56,846 miles. Same owner since 1985. Stack of early import and service records. Serviced a Local Sacramento CA independent icon, Lubos BMW (916) 451-5826, for over the last 2 decades. Extremely rare car in the US.
Basic condition on this car is as you would expect from a car with such low miles. Very low original wear on original fabric IS optional Recaro seats. excellent Dash, glass, seals, etc. Brand new Michelin tires on flawless BBS 14″ rims. New front brake rotors just replaced a seized set from long term storage. Car is and always has been registered in CA and passes smog testing everytime. The rare, unavailable to the US 2.0L 6cyl runs fantastic with great torque and power. Equally rare 5 speed shifts in and out of all gears and reverse with ease. Car drives superb with no age related wind noise, rattles, smells or freeway wander. Cruises on the freeway confidently and very high speeds, achieved by the very tall 5th gear.
Paint and finish are above average and the car still retains much of it’s original finish. Front hood, period correct aftermarket front bumper and rear trunk have all been repainted however. No signs of accident, and if so, too minor to detect. 2 areas on the rear trunk have some pealing and are detailed in pictures attached. Prior owner remembers that they were created by the upholster when the rear window plastic was replaced. Painted areas are very old, and overall condition would rate a 7 out of 10. All door jams, trunk and engine compartments, seams, body panels, etc., look to be original, flawless and laser straight.
Baur top is in excellent original condition. Does not leak. surprisingly quite and calm when down/off. With windows up, it is as quite as a sunroof with no bothersome wind noise! Truly genius design and was advertised as such by Baur. Very unique rare car, that is a blast to drive and sure to appreciate. Almost couldn’t contain not adding some lowering/racing springs and set of vintage Alpina wheels myself!
Quite an odd little duck, but it’s rare and cool. Maybe not where my $13.5k is going, but when something this unique finds its next owner you can bet they’re going to enjoy it.