Colors are a fixation with me when I go to pick out a new ride. Oftentimes, the louder the better. In some cases, subtle hues will suit me just fine. When it comes to BMWs, it’s hard to beat Alpinweiss (Alpine White), but runner up to that in terms of desirability, at least for me, is Estorilblau (Estoril Blue). This color takes its name from the coast of Portugal that lies a stones throw from Lisbon, where the Tagus river meets the Atlantic and which the nearby racing circuit takes its name. I was fortunate enough to spend time on the beaches there for part of my Springtime holiday. As I peered out to the ocean, I could see the richness of the color in the water that has graced many a vehicle from Munich. One M car that is particularly suited to this color is the M Coupe, such as this example for sale in Arizona that was brought to our attention by our reader Ry.
Model: M Coupe
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 90,000 mi
Price: $18,500 Buy It Now
This extremely rare and very fun to drive BMW M Coupe is truly the ultimate driving machine. This beauty was only used as a weekend car by both the previous owner and the current owner. Lovingly maintained with all service records available. Excellent condition with only 2 minor flaws, the scratch above the right rear wheel well and the small piece of faded leather on the drivers seat from the driver sliding in and out of the vehicle. Upgraded to aftermarket Dinon suspesion to enhance the amazing handling ability this car already has. Kelley Blue Book on this car is about $22,000.
Bubble cars. These little runabouts are possibly the most confounding thing on the automotive scene for me these days. What was originally designed as low cost transport for postwar Germany have become the darling of the auction set, bringing huge sums for well restored and preserved examples of cars like the Messerschmidt, Goggomobil and perhaps the most famous of them all, the BMW Isetta. The Isetta was a curious little beast, with a unique front hinged door and variants produced in both three and four wheel formats. We’ve featured a couple of these small runabouts here on GCFSB over the years but this one is particularly stunning, given the fact that it is an untouched survivor with only 6,478 miles on it.
Model: Isetta 300
Engine: 298 cc single cylinder
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 6,478 mi
Price: $22,900 Buy It Now
1958 BMW Isetta 300 Absolutely ORIGINAL and in wonderful condition!!! At Speed Motors focuses upon investment-level Porsches…but sometimes BMW’s too! Please see my website atspeedmotors for your viewing pleasure! This Isetta has ABSOLUTELY ALL-ORIGINAL PAINT! I have been over and over the body with a paint meter and can’t find but very small touch-up spots from chips that are not original. That is beyond amazing for a 55 year old car. In addition, the rest of the car, including the interior, engine, trans, gauges, lights, etc. also all appear to be absolutely original. Yes, original and untouched!!! The odometer shows 6,478 miles and I have little doubt that is absolutely correct.
I purchased the car from a short-term owner (he had the car only 4 months) who bought it from the original owner who purchased the Isetta brand new. The car was shipped to the U.S.
Steve Dinan is a wizard at building monster BMWs, and as such managed to make it into the inner-circle as a dealer-approved modifier of BMWs. This extends not only to the base models but also to the already specialized and quick M models. No one who has driven a M Roadster will accuse it of being a slow car, but Dinan took the S52 motor to another level by adding a supercharger and a host of engine and exhaust upgrades to match. But it didn’t just end there; Dinan revised the suspension as well to better suit the increased power and offer more adjustability to the owners of these specialized cars. One aspect that I think is particularly nice about Dinan’s creations is that they often retain the mostly-stock look that makes sleeper performance cars so special. Plop that performance into a M Roadster and you have a ton of top-down fun:
Model: Dinan ISR3
Engine: 3.2 liter supercharged inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 27,179 mi
Price: $50,000 Buy It Now
2000 BMW Z3 M Roadster. 3.2L I6 EFI Gasoline Engine.
Extremely Rare Stealth “SuperCar” – Dinan ISR3
400 Horsepower BMW M Roadster
Only 27,179 miles – Looks and drives like new! Washington State Emissions Test passed 11-13
One Owner – Great Condition – Supercharged – Intercooled – Enhanced Low Back pressure Exhaust – Enhanced Suspension & Much More… This is Monster Road Machine in an M Roadster body! Check out the Road & Track and Roundel articles on this car – Internet links below.
Only 6 of these Supercars were made and even fewer are still in existence. This Dinan ISR3 was the 4th BMW M Roadster converted (out of a total of only 6 ISR3 cars created by Dinan Engineering).
Nate featured a Taiga Green BMW 535is a little over a week ago and I have to admit, I was taken aback by this color. I had rarely seen such a bright color on a BMW from the 1980s. There were a lot of bright colors on offer in the 1970s and the 1990s saw a bit of a resurgence in this trend, not just from BMW, but other manufacturers as well. It seems these days manufacturers are a bit less adventurous towards color than in the past. After visiting my local Mercedes-Benz dealer two weeks ago, I was hard pressed to find something other than black, white, silver or gray on the lot. Fairly depressing, if you ask me. This 1973 2002tii for sale in California has undergone a frame on restoration that included a respray and engine overhaul. This is a car that will certainly stand out in the sea of gray out there today.
Engine: 2.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 70,026 mi
Price: $32,500 Buy It Now
I’m selling my excellent condition 1973 BMW 2002 Tii, factory Sunroof, Original Taiga Green (Color Code: 072) exterior with Black color interior. I believe I am the third owner of the car. The car lived majority of it’s live in Oregon and then Connecticut as I have stack of maintenance records from previous owners. The car is solid and rust free as was pampered by previous owners.
The previous owner did the complete engine overhaul and the car has approximately 19,000 miles since overhaul. The car had the original paint when I purchased it 15 months ago, however the metallic paint was oxidized so I did the frame on restoration. The paint was striped to bare metal and then it was repainted to original Taiga Green using PPG paint quality.
Winter is upon us here in the Northeast, with some of us already experiencing the first snowfall. Audis are always a great choice for those of us who want performance and all-wheel drive capability. But in the late 1980s and early 1990s, there was a dark horse for those wanting power but the assurance of it going to all four wheels. The 325ix was the first foray for BMW into all-wheel drive, with a viscous coupling splitting power front to rear with a limited slip differential in the rear axle. Available in the US beginning 1988 as a two-door model, the four-door arrived a year later and were sold alongside other E30s until 1991. This two owner ’88 325ix with a full service history is on offer from Guten Parts + Service in New Jersey.
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 73,000 mi
For sale: enthusiast owned, mint condition 1988 325ix, 2.5L straight 6, manual 5-speed transmission, and ABS on 4-wheel disc brakes. This car is 4WD and the 4WD works perfectly. The 1988 model comes fully loaded with all of the “is” equipment: 13 button OBC, full check panel, automatic windows, automatic sunroof, central locking system, rear deck spoiler, premium sound system, sport seats, and front “is” lip. One owner from 1988-2011; I am the second owner. The car has always been garaged and has been washed and waxed regularly throughout the year (minimum of 1x per month – even in winter months). Completely rust free and in excellent condition. All mechanical items work perfectly. I have a binder full of receipts, including the original purchase receipt and window sticker for all work performed since 1988!
The 850CSi is one of those cars that both suffered from enthusiasts’ massive expectations; I have to admit, I’m one of the guilty. Why? I remember well the launch of this car – I studied the development and eagerly awaited the arrival of the M-powered coupe. I even remember my excitement the first time I saw one; Fall, 1994 at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut at a BMW event. I had passed by all of the E30 M3s, E28 and E34 M5s and countless other neat BMWs to stare at a midnight blue over tan leather 6-speed coupe. Then I ran towards the tower as the CSi went out on track; I even had a small video camera to document the event. Those were the days that you could get all the way out to the flagging station at start finish. With the CSi visible in the downhill, I clicked “record” and waited for the impending rush of noise and wind, for my mind to be blown by the vigorous display of speed. Instead, what I witnessed was a subtle BMW rolling near-silent by at highway speed. I was massively deflated.
Fast forward two decades, and it makes much more sense to me now. The CSi wasn’t a track monster and still isn’t. This car was aimed at executives who wanted a big, V12 coupe that could take on the 928 GTS, Aston Martins and even the odd Ferrari. They wanted to insert effortless speed into big luxury. Their owners were never going to be the folks doing smokey burnouts, sliding the car up mountain passes. And as a result, today we get to see these come up for sale in near perfect condition, such as today’s example:
Engine: 5.6 liter V12
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 70,000 mi
Price: $59,950 Buy It Now
1 of 255 units ever produced for the US market!
We like to feature as many E30 BMW M3s as we can here on GCFSB. Not only are we fans of this epic modern classic but it helps us keep track of their ever increasing values. But this 1990 M3 is something a bit more special, having been owned by the owner of Grassroots Motorsports. For those not familiar with it, this enthusiast publication is dedicated to the racing hobby, chronicling everything from budget builds to the latest in ready-made, track day vehicles straight off the production line. What better endorsement for your product that it has been a part of a collection associated with this magazine for so long?
Engine: 2.3 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 113,167 mi
Price: No reserve auction
You’re looking at a very rare, unmodified E30 M3 in a desirable color with only 113k miles. It’s Alpine White (Alpine Weiss) with Natur interior. This was part of my private collection as the owner of Grassroots Motorsports and Classic Motorsports magazines. It’s been garage-kept since I originally bought it 6 years ago, and I’ve never driven it on track or raced it. I bought it because it was original and unmolested. We fixed all its flaws when we bought it, and dyno-tuned it at Balanced Performance in Atlanta for a story in Grassroots Motorsports. It has original springs, shocks, anti-roll bars, wheels (including spare). The Yokohama S-Drive tires need to be replaced soon.
I bought it as a lightly damaged theft recovery with a salvage title and repaired all the small issues it had. It was also damaged on the rear quarter panel. There was no frame damage. This was going to be for my son as a high-school graduation present, but he decided he wanted a 4×4 truck instead.
Rarely a week goes by at GCFSB that we don’t feature an E30 BMW 3 series. These compact Bimmers weren’t the first 3 series to appear but popularized the idea that you could combine a healthy dose of luxury and sportiness in one neat, tidy package. To this day, this has been a template emulated by manufacturers the world over. So what is it about these eighties icons that makes them so appealing? This 1988 325is is a good place to dissect that question because outside of the M3, it is one of the most popular models amongst the fan base.
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 85,742 mi
Price: Reserve auction
For sale is a 1988 BMW 325IS with only 85k original miles. Comes with a clean carfax, title and books and manuals. All services are up to date with the most recent work completed within the last 200 miles. In excellent mechanical condition for a 25 year old car. Excellent specimen of this make and model. One of the nicest cars I’ve had. Runs and drives as good as it looks! Very hard to find in this condition.
Please contact me with any questions prior to bidding. Bid with confidence, serious bidders only please!
History: Hard-core BMW enthusiasts will fondly recall the year 1988, as this was the first year the original E30 M3 was sold in the United States. Originally built to take on Mercedes’ Cosworth-tweaked 190E 2.3-16 in FIA Group A racing, the M3 employed a 2.3-liter four-cylinder capped with a twin-cam four-valve head that was essentially one of the big six four-valve heads with two fewer cylinders. Dropped into a modified 3 Series two-door body shell (the flared fenders, more steeply raked rear window and higher trunk lid meant only the hood was left untouched compared with more plebian 3 Series coupes), the Bosch fuel-injected “M Power” four was rated at 192 hp at a wailing 6,750 rpm when it finally got to North America.
Back in May, Evan wrote up this 740iL that is a mean machine in both looks and performance. It’s been relisted for two grand less at just under $15k. Maybe it’s the price, or maybe it’s the mileage, or maybe those that are just can’t reconcile an Audi badge used on a Bimmer. Regardless, there are a lot of watchers on this gangster-lookin’ car so maybe it may be poised to sell.
The below post originally appeared on our site May 6, 2013:
I’ve always thought that the E38 BMWs can look just tops. From some angles these big bodies still look sleek and modern. This one has some nice touches that make it stand out.
Model: 740iL Supercharged
Engine: 4.4 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 135,745 miles
Price: $14,980 Buy It Now
This penultimate year of the E38 has almost all the refinements made over the seven year run. It has navigation and Xenon lights for instance. While this car isn’t the flagship 750iL model with the 5.4 liter V12, it has the tried and true 4.4 liter M62 engine. A Vortech supercharger bolted on gives the V8 400+ horsepower. While that might not seem huge in the world of German uber sedans now, remember how big a deal it was with this sedans contemporary, the E39 M5, putting out those same figures.
This is the personal car of the owner of the car dealership so you have to believe it was taken care of. If the list of add ons is any indication I think it is safe to say the owner cared about the car. The full list of upgrades is below, but of particular note are the additions that make this 7 series look better to my eye.…
We had a bit of a surprise a this past week in New England – snow fell early in November throughout most of the area. I promptly updated my calendar for this weekend to change over snow tires – always a bitter-sweet time of year. As much as moving all that snow is a pain, if you have the right car it sure can be fun to drive in! In my case, I’ve been suffering a 8 year quattro drought, but thankfully my wonderful wife lets me sling her Subaru Outback through some parking lots from time to time – and importantly, she lets me take it to winter driving schools. Winter driving schools in general are one of the best ways to learn car control. Effectively, the same things occur on ice and snow that occur on the track – they just occur at a much, much lower speed. Ice and snow point out both strengths and faults in the chassis. Few people drive away from these events without a giant smile on their faces, even when they arrive afraid of driving in the white stuff!
You can buy many cars that are good in the snow or you can slot snow tires onto your winter ride; but if you want to combine some sport, some utility, and fantastic performance in the snow into one package, few do it better than these two. Unfortunately for American consumers, the days of Audi wagons in the U.S. are gone; we’re currently limited to the A4 Allroad. BMW still offers the wagons but at over $40,000 new without options, they’re not exactly affordable for most folks. What’s a German car fan to do? Well, you can look back a few years and find some great options – such as today’s A4 and 328.…