Afternoon Accessories: E34 M5 Euro M-Tech Cloth Sport Seats

One of the items that grabs the attention of some M enthusiasts are the small details that didn’t make it to the U.S. on European M-models. In today’s case, this would be the cloth seat option called M-Tech cloth; it’s been equipped in a few European market M5s we’ve written up, but I haven’t seen a set of seats like this for sale in a while. While it’s unlikely many M owners would want to swap out their original leather seats, I can see these ending up in a neat Euro-build 540i or something similar::

Year: 1989-1995
Model: E34
Condition: Used
Price: $1800 Buy It Now

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BMW e34 M5 Euro Sport Seats M Tech Cloth Black Leather 525i 535i 540i 5 Series

Fits all e34 525i 535i 540i M5 Models
Pulled from euro Spec 1990 e34 M5 3.6 Litre
Rare Item Manual SPORT SEATS
Rare M tech Cloth Used on Early euro Spec e34 M5’s
Leather perfect M Tech Cloth perfect
Very Very difficult Item to find in this condition
I had washed the cloth and the driver side is still wet in the pic hence the darker shade
These seats are a 9.5 out of 10
Thanks !

If you’re into neat, rare Euro cars, you’re into neat, rare Euro details, and this is one of the best. Sometimes you have to have something just a little different, and these seats certainly fit the bill. The condition appears impressive and the seats are manual and cloth making them a little lighter. Sure, they’re not cheap, but you’ll certainly stand out at the next BMW meet…


Portuguese Preservation: Two owner 1974 BMW 3.0Si

After a run of bubble cars and compact, rear engine sedans in the 1960s, BMW decided to return to the large car segment with the “New Six” in 1968, which helped establish the company’s reputation for combining luxury with sport into one neat package. Over 200,000 of these sedans were made over a ten year span, taking BMW to the zenith of the 1970s in better financial shape than it had began. Today, these models serve as a touchstone for classic BMW design features evolved and they prove to be rather more affordable than you would at first assume. This beautiful 3.0Si is for sale in São João da Madeira, Portugal, southwest of the country’s second largest city, Porto. It is also a mere stone’s throw from where my family roots lie along the northern coast.

Year: 1974
Model: 3.0Si
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 102,000 km (~ 63,379 mi)
Price: €18,750 (~ $25,040 USD)

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Ultra original car. Always assisted in BMW main dealer. Always a Portuguese Car.

102,000 Kms. Two owners from new. Last Owner since 1981. Only repainted one time in the late ’80s. Never restored. Perfect Condition.

Unrepeatable opportunity to buy a super original car in perfect condition and never restored. Only for who wants perfect originality. Originality certified by The Portuguese Classic Car Club (F.I.V.A. Member)


I’ve seen a lot of 3.0CS coupes in this shade of blue, but the sedan really looks stunning in this color with the blue velour upholstery. Couple that with the fact that this car has been owned by the same person for the last 32 years and you have quite the piece. It’s rare to come across a car of this caliber, let alone in Portugal, which reminds you that you never know where serious collectables are hiding.…

1990 BMW 325i Convertible

One of my favorite movies from my youth was PCU. Kind of like an Animal House for the early 1990s, there were a lot of college hijinx in this flick, one of which included the destruction of a similar BMW 325i Convertible that we see here. Painful to watch for any E30 fan, surely. If you want to relive some eighties memories with what is possibly one of the icons of yuppie transport for the era, this Brilliantrot 325i Convertible with desirable 5-speed manual gearbox and under 88k miles is for sale in Northern Virginia.

Year: 1990
Model: 325i Convertible
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 87,500 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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Up for sale is a beautiful BMW E30 325i Convertible, Brilliantrot with low miles. The car is in perfect shape in and out. It is a rust free car and original paint (all panels have VIN tags). It’s all original and unmolested, something that is very hard to find.

Exterior of the car is very nice and shiny. It has a crack free dash and seats are in very nice shape. Engine runs very strong and smooth and transmission shifts through all gears very smoothly. Clutch feels very solid and strong and shifter also feels very tight. Tires and rims are in very good shape (14″ BBS).

Top is manual and is in great condition and rear window is very clear unlike all other convertibles and carpet is clean and free of any kind of stain. Stock radio and power antenna works fine, everything in this car works as it should including the power door locks, power windows, AC, heater, heated seats.

Under the car is very clean and dry and there are no leaks of any kind.

10K Friday: Big Coupe Off – 560 SEC v. 633 CSi v. 928

Today we’re going to have a slightly different flavor for 10K Friday – big coupes. All three of today’s cars represented the peak of their respective brands when they were new and all three have achieved cult followings and collector status. Yet all three do their jobs in very different ways. We’ve got a last of the breed 1991 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC, a beginning of the run European-model Porsche 928 5 speed, and a middle of the run E28 switch-over 1983 BMW 633 CSi. Which would be your Coupe du Jour? Let’s start with the Mercedes-Benz:

Year: 1991
Model: 560 SEC
Engine: 5.6 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 138,122 mi
Price: $9,000 Buy It Now

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Great Looking Vehicle!
Last of the lifetime W126 Models, last seven off the assembly line in absolute museum quality. This car has always been garaged kept. It also has new front & rear disc brakes, new calipers, new front & rear ceramic pads, and a completely new AC system. It runs & drives flawless with no issues. No dings, dents or scratches. Absolutely no rust, with a very clean interior, no rips or tears and the leather is in pristine condition. Perfect wood work with no cracks in the dash and the carpet is in excellent condition. The new high end Sony radio provides features such as: Pandora, USB, Ipod, remote. Please take a close look at all pictures and enjoy the beauty of this car!! Any questions call before bidding – Andy 561-714-6355.


This car certainly looks pretty clean in the photos, and miles are right about where you’d want them. Price seems to be really great for the condition and claimed “museum quality” status. While that may be an exaggeration, the car does appear well kept.…

1995 BMW 318ti with S52 swap

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BMW went a little funky in their 90s reach downmarket, docking the E36’s tail to make the stocky 318ti. Most were used and abused as BMW hoped – as a smaller, entry-level luxury-branded city car. Some have survived that ignominous fate, and swapping in the M3’s inline-6 for the puny four cylinder has become a popular and well-documented modification. Today’s claims to be a very professional job, and it looks (and costs) the part. This one has even gone for the later S52, and having those 240 silky horses in a tiny, well-appointed red demon will make you want to take this city car out of the confines of urbanity and onto some very twisty roads.

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Year: 1995
Model: 318ti
Engine: 1998 S52 inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 218k chassis, 50k drivetrain
Price: $15,099

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You are bidding on a 1995 BMW 318ti, M Tech, S52 swap.. Built by a BMW Factory Technician.. factory 4 cylinder engine has been replaced with a 1998 M3 6 cylinder engine.. engine compartment is so clean, you could eat off it.. this ti has a full harness swap from a low mile 1998 M3, including M3 Brakes, M3 transmission, power M3 factory Leather seats, front suspension, xbrace, rack, rotors, struts, swaybar, wheels, steering wheel, and clutch.. all M3 parts.. the rear has Koni Yellow with H&R springs.. New Continental tires.. new factory M Technic skirts, bumpers, and M door moldings.. new dry cell battery mounted in rear hatch.. AC is ice cold.. HVAC converted from analog to digital dual climate control, major job, only 1 or 2 TI’s anywhere have this.. she is a daily driver, but, really would make a better track car 🙂 car has been fully gone through, factory hellrot red paint is new and very nice, no scratches..

2002 BMW M5

There’s always something really appealing to me about a Black E39 M5. In black I find these cars to be a bit more of a sleeper. The dark color provides a nice fit for its subtly aggressive styling, which masks the visual cues that make known the fantastic power lying just under the driver’s right foot. To the uninitiated it looks like any other 5-series sedan, but those who know which details to notice will understand immediately that this is not a car to take lightly. Here we have a Black on Black 2002 BMW M5 located in New Jersey that has seen a scant 21,000 miles. Prices on the E39 have begun to rise so a low-mileage, well-maintained example such as this one may have a decent shot of appreciating. We’ve certainly seen the insanity that surrounds the E30 M3 and given the pedigree of the E39 M5 the coming years may see a similar trajectory for those cars.


Year: 2002
Model: M5
Engine: 4.9 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 21,079 mi
Price: $36,500


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Afternoon Accessories: BMW M88 Valve Cover

Looking for some garage art and a BMW fan? This valve cover off one of the highest regarded engines ever may suit the bill. The M88 was and is a fantastic motor, redefining the place of BMW amongst the great car makers of the world for enthusiasts. While it’s not so cheap to buy a M88 engine or M88-engined car, you can pick up this great looking valve cover to adorn a wall and pay tribute to that monster inline-6:

Year: 1978-1989
Model: M1, M635CSi, M6, M535i, M5
Condition: Used
Price: $175 Buy It Now

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This is the Valve Cover pulled from a 1985 M635 with 100k miles on it. The cover is in mint condition. The finish is in beautiful shape. One of the nicest I have seen.

This is for the Euro M88 motor – 1984 – 1987 e24 M635csi and e28 M5. It will not fit the North American S38

US Shipping is $16

Local Pickup is Welcomed.

International shipping is $70

Prefer PayPal. International Payment Must be via PayPal. Payment must be received within 3 days of end of auction or sale void. The photo of the merchandise is always the actual merchandise. Bidders with a high percentage of negative feedback will not be honored

I love the slightly worn but still very presentable look. It has just the right patina to make it fly as wall art. At $250, it’s not cheap, but as I said it’s a whole lot cheaper than buying a whole car!


1979 BMW 320i with 32k miles

With all the E30 frenzy, I think it’s an opportune time to entertain that 3 series legend’s predecessor, the E21. Slightly hampered by the fact it only offered two doors and a fuel injected four-cylinder engine of modest output, it was nonetheless a member of the “Ultimate Driving Machine” family. That is, to say, it had impeccable build qualily along with handling characteristics that would run rings around much of its contemporary competition. I’m not sure where or how cars like this 320i for sale in California crop up; it seems like such an unlikely specimen for preservation status. But for someone seeking 3 series genesis, you have hit gold.

Year: 1979
Model: 320i
Engine: 2.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 35,132 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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This is a very clean, original, and in its own right rare 1979 BMW 320i with 35,132 miles. This is a California car that has seen very little use and no neglect. The mileage is represented by the condition and originality of the BMW. Everything from the engine bay to the wheels represents a car that is very original and in very good/excellent condition. The date on the Micheline tires are from 1987 and look like they are new with no signs of cracking. The car drives very well with good power and quiet suspension. The car also has very little wind noise at highway speeds probably due to the softness of all the window gaskets. Please contact me if you have any questions. I will delete any bids from bidders with a ZERO score unless you contact me prior to your bid. This little car is very impressive and trully is a time warp back to 1979. Throw on your iZod shirt, grab a racket, and head to the club!

Afternoon Accessories: E23 7-Series Euro Front Bumper/Air Dam

U.S. spec bumpers on late 1970s and 1980s Audis, BMWs, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen products have to rate pretty high on the list of crimes against humanity. Not-so-affectionately known as “diving boards”, the 5 MPH bumper mandate may have saved some paintwork along the way but it killed the style in the process. Just park a Euro 5, 6, or 7 series next to the U.S. spec version and you’ll see how the NHTSB and DOT thoroughly undermined the original designs with such a seemingly minor change. There are solutions, however; with a little digging you can usually find a European market bumper for your car on Ebay. Today I found a nice E23 7-series front bumper, air dam and foglight combo:

Year: 1977-1987
Model: 7 series
Condition: Used
Price: $599.99 Buy It Now

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This setup seems to be pretty complete, and while there are acknowledged needs like new fog light lenses, it otherwise seems ready to roll. While it may not be cheap, it’s one of the best upgrades you can do to an older 7 to make it look a little more as it was intended.


Motorsports Monday: 1989 BMW 325is Track Car

With all of our posts about perfect 325s, crazy money M3s and import-status Tourings, it seems only fitting that Motorsport Monday should have a worthy E30 as well. Building a track car is like catching a virus; it makes you sick, it wipes you out, and afterwards you come out the other side saying that you could’ve done without it. A much smarter way to enter the track arena is to buy a car that’s already been built and sorted; yes, it costs more up front, but it you can find the right car it saves you a ton of headaches. Sure, you can buy a lower mileage E30 than today’s example and then spend a ton modifying it to the level of this car, only to be afraid to drive it at the end because it may be worth $100,000 some day in the distant future. Or, you could ante up and buy this one:

Year: 1989
Model: 325is
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-6 stroker
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 225,000 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

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1989 BMW E30 325is Street/Track Car w/ M20 Stroker


-Fully built bottom end with forged internals

-Reworked ported and polished head with 288 cam

-Turner/Conforti 173-300 chip

-Shorty ceramic coated headers (These are not cheap)

-Two into one custom 3″ exhaust

-Redone Getrag 5 speed with short shifter

-.410 limited slip diff

-228mm clutch w/ clutchstop

-Optima red top battery

-Cross Drilled and Slotted Rotors w/ Stainless Lines


-Ireland Engineering Spec E30 Racing Front and Rear Sway Bar Set

-Ireland Engineering Stage 3 Race Springs

-Ireland Engineering Front Strut Brace

-Aluminum M3 Front Control Arms

-Offset Urethane CAB’s

-Billet/Urethane Rear Shock Mount Set

-Urethane Motor Mounts

-New Nexen Tires


-Half race cage

-Corbeau Race Seat

-Schroth Harnesses

-Crack free dash

-Aftermarket head unit/wired for amps

-Gauge pod with oil pressure, oil temp, and air/fuel meter

This is one well done purist build that runs and handles better than any e30 I’ve ever driven.