1978 BMW e21 320i with 3.2L Big Six Swap: Is This Really the Second Car Dinan Ever Built?

This eBay auction for a red 87 BMW 333i swap states that is the second car the Dinan ever converted! Check it out here on eBayMotors with a buy-it-now of $8k!

quote from seller’s eBayMotors listing:

For those of you who know, this car needs no introduction. For those of you who don’t, this is the BMW tuner DINAN’s second car ever built.

1978 BMW e21 320i converted to 333i

Approximately 35,000 miles on the original odometer. The car came with a certificate of authenticity/validity of the odometer, but the OD stopped working shortly after purchase. This car has never been a daily driver though, so current mileage estimates are probably no more than 50k. The certificate is no longer available.

3.2L Turbo charged M30 “big six” motor, non-intercooled, no BOV or DV valve.

The turbo is a t3/t4 hybrid, currently boosting 9psi with full boost achieved at 2500 rpms

I’ve been following a discussion on BimmerForums about the car and most in the know agree it’s worth $8k, even if the pictures and exact details aren’t perfect. While I agree in terms of the effort that took place to assemble, but the interior pictures are a little scary with seats that need recovering, center console with wires hanging out, and a sad and worn steering wheel. But it would likely cost at least $8k to get a similar car together, and this one is low miles with a history.

As a tuner, Dinan is so respected that their parts are sold and installed at BMW dealerships in North America — and they don’t void the warranty! So if this car represents the early history of the tuner, it could be a really cool pickup and should be a car that climbs in value with the continued success of the company.…

1991 BMW e34 M5 For Sale in Red with 47k Miles

Stellar mileage on this very nice looking 1991 BMW M5 listed on eBayMotors:

quote from seller’s eBayMotors listing:

I am selling this car with a heavy heart. My first born is due to arrive on earth in March and so this is the only reason I am selling this car. Too many toys and this one is going.

About:
This is a 1991 E34 M5 US Model with 47,962 original miles to chassis and engine with matching numbers(the mileage will go up by a few miles as I drive it to keep it fresh). This car has not been modified in any way; it is one hundred percent stock down to the radio. There is no rust on this car. In very good condition with low miles.

For the most part the pictures show a great looking original car. The engine compartment could use some detailing, but aside from that, it looks really sharp in that red on light tan leather. I’d hope a car like this would have some records, but the ad doesn’t mention any specifically. But then the seller states right in the auction description that his reserve is only $17k. If a PPI checked out, I’d easily overlook that omission for a car with such low miles!

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Super Low Miles BMW e30 M3 For Sale

BringATrailer spotted this 4k mile e30 M3 earlier this summer and I blogged it as well on my old blog. It’s an interesting discussion piece as it’s likely one of the nicest survivors in the world, and carries an absurd asking price of $55k.

I post it again here for those who haven’t seen it yet and because my memory was sparked when a thread on VWVortex showed up and a lengthy discussion ensued concerning this car.

What’s your take?

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Update: This listing is pretty out of date. Consider one of these early e30 M3’s instead!

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1991 BMW e30 325iT Wagon For Sale in Calgary

For a number of years, I’ve remarked to my wife that I wished the e30 wagon had made it to the U.S. It would be the perfect dog car for us! Well here’s one for sale on eBayMotors from Calgary, and the seller notes he can assist U.S. buyers with a title…

1991 BMW 325iT Wagon on eBayMotors:

quote from seller’s eBayMotors listing:

Equipped with A/C, Power Windows & Locks, Power Sun Roof, 4 Speed Automatic Transmission, ABS. etc. Fun to drive with great utility. When was the last time you saw another?

This car has had some high quality paint work but has no accident history. At that time it seems they painted the body side mouldings, the bumper strips, rear spoiler, front air dam, side view mirrors and the side skirting. Combined with the 15” ABT alloy wheels, I think the car has a great stance and looks longer and lower than it actually is..

Mechanical Inspections welcomed, all repair orders are available for viewing. Bid with confidence, I am Mike Bennett a Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council Licensee.

Fly in and drive home. Or I can assist with shipping at a reduced rate at your expense.

For US purchasers, I can assist you in obtaining a US title. Please call on 403.815.1173 or email me for details.

I have some concerns about importing this car, but really my bigger concern is that the seller thinks it might be worth $9k with the buy-it-now listed. I know it’s rare in these parts, but that’s silly!

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BMW e36 M3 in Alpine White Wallpapers

I took most of the weekend off from blogging (and everything else technology in nature) to enjoy the 75 degree weather we got this weekend in the Willamette Valley. I apologize for the lack of posting and I offer these wallpapers in return. They were created from an old image I took of my previously owned Alpine White 1995 BMW e36 M3.

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1989 BMW e30 M3 For Sale with 71k miles

Alpine White is one of the best M colors in my opinion, and of course this holds especially true on e30 M3’s. Here is a 1989 BMW M3 with 71k miles for sale on eBayMotors:

quote from seller’s eBaymotors listing:

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EVO III splitter below the EVO II spoiler.

EVO rear flap spoiler.

EVO hood gaskets were installed front and back. A brand new extra set of EVO gaskets included.
The M3 has front and rear strut bars and Sport Springs
Brand new crossed drilled rotors, brake lines and differential cover installed…..all by South Bay Independent ( the leading West Coast M3 repair shop) We did not stop there the SBI custom short shifter was installed and just recently EVO red seatbelts and VDO gauges for Oil Pressure and Volts were added where the ashtray was formally.
From Turner Motorsport came OEM EVO front and rear wings while getting painted I had the front bumper re-painted and a new windshield installed ( no rust anywhere on this car).
The badges done in the mono scheme to stay in the Alpine/Grey/Black color .
The interior is 9/10. Leather is in EXCELLENT condition (just fantastic and rare for the tan interior cars). The back seats are perfect!!!…the fronts are in fantastic condition. The Steering wheel is a Momo Driver and a Hamman shifter and Momo boot. It also has the E30 arm rest.
A removable subwoofer resides in the back but factory speakers and amp are in place. A new Alpine cd player is installed and the factory OEM radio is included.
17″ Ronals that look great and the tires only have about 1000 miles on them.
ECU from Turner Motorsports.
E36 tension modification already completed.
EVO/European doorsills that bear the M3 logo…quite pricey.

Mechanically, the car is incredible. All maintainence and service history have been impeccably kept.

1972 BMW 2002tii For Sale in the Pacific Northwest: Project Car or Driver?

Here’s an interesting listing on Portland Craigslist for a 1972 BMW 2002tii in Sahara Beige:

quote from seller’s Craigslist ad:

Sahara 1972 2002 tii (the vin is correct for a 1972 tii). this is a tii that you will enjoy driving and not worry about parking downtown or in parking lots.

saddly, the body shows old body work and the many seasons in the nw weather. ive tried to take blantant photos of the numerous imperfections in the body. i do not believe any structural integrity is compromised in the floor of the car and the jack points. most of the rust seems to be in small patches around the car including the spare tire well and about a 2in strip on the left shock tower. a plus on the body is the original tii nose that does not have the passenger side snorkel.

the interior shows its age. the carpets and rear seat look great but the driver and passenger seat show years of use. the dash is cracked and the clock does not work. sunroof operates properly. all instuments work except the odometer, and the temp gauge reads high but that seems to be due to grounding issues because it is jumpy depending on the electrical load and engine load.

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i have owned the car for over 5 years, driven it alot, and have had very few problems, only needing to rebuild the injection pump. the odometer has not worked for the entire time i have owned it so i do not know the milage.
it is a blast to drive and certainly a good candidate to restore to perfection if so desired.
check out the pics
http://picasaweb.google.com/gobears45/20081007#

So as I suggest in the title, how would you treat this car? Address the rust and mask the paint to make an immediately approachable and cool driver, or would you take this one to the back shed for immediate tear down and restoration?…

1995 BMW 540i M-sport Dinan V8 6-speed blk/blk For Sale

A true e34 540i M Sport is a rare beast, and here’s one for sale in San Francisco for $15k on Craigslist:

quote from seller’s Craigslist posting:

This is a real 540i M-Sport. One of 200 made, last of the E34 body cars. Making this one even more rare, it has a manual transmission and all available options on top of the $7600 M-sport option. (ASC+T traction control, heated seats…) BMW went to the M5 parts bin with these M-Sport cars and put all of the M5 parts on it except for the Engine/Transmission, instead it recieved a 4.0 V8 mated to a 6-speed manual.

I think these are fantastic cars. But being in a used sportscar slump with the economy in the toilet, one has to wonder if the $15k asking of this car is a bit optimistic. After all, an e34 M5 of the same vintage, mileage, and condition trades hands in the same neighborhood. Sure the S38 will cost more in the long run, but how much more?

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1976 BMW 2002: Beautiful Resto-Modified Example For Sale

Isn’t that what the Barret-Jackson folks would call it, a resto-mod? A very well done restoration with a custom touch to make this one a one of a kind, while not straying far from the original BMW 2002 formula.

1975 BMW 2002 Custom 2002 on Roadfly:

quote from seller’s Roadfly listing:

1976 BMW 2002 Complete restoration 1996, three coats paint, five coats clear, Epoxy under carriage, Kamei front spoiler, blacked out trim. Custom interior featuring; Koenig two-tone seats, 4-point harness, rear seats and all panels to match. New carpet and head liner. Racing suspension; Ireland engineering coil over suspension, 400# springs front, 350# rear, anti sway bar set 22/19 rears adjustable, Wildwood calipers with slotted rotors, 250mm rear brake kit, tii master cylinder, front to back braided stainless steel brake lines, and biased control. Engine built by Korman Autoworks started as stage 2 S-10, upgraded with 304 cam, dual 45 Weber’s, offset cam gear, titanium valve spring retainers, steel alloy connecting rods, triple row radiator, aluminum flywheel, Jacobs electronic ignition, Braided stainless gas lines, rear battery mount, Stahl header, Ansa Exhaust, Aluminum strut bar, short shift kit, HRE Basket weave custom wheels, Yokohama AVS ES 100 155/50R15. , 2nd place BMWCCA Concours 1996, 1997, Peoples choice 1999. Quit after 1999, to difficult to enjoy driving and show, would rather drive. To see additional pictures go to; http://picasaweb.google.com/jjt.public.gallery/2002#

The beautiful paint choice with ‘shadow line’ trim treatment, spotless interior, period correct looking HRE wheels, and nicely warmed over Korman built motor make this car a standout. But with a $25k price tag, it stands amongst the most expensive company in used BMW 2002’s like this Turbo on BringATrailer. Like most cars that I post like this, I often wonder how the owner can part with it considering the effort and money invested.…

1985 BMW e24 M635CSi For Sale: aka RARE and Affordable!

There are lots of BMW e24 635CSi’s available in North America. However this example is European specification, which is rare to begin with, but the M model was exclusive to Europe until introduced as the M6 in North America in 1987. The only significant differences between the M635CSi and the M6 are the bigger (and uglier) bumpers and emissions controls. Otherwise, this 85 M635csi should be thought of an M6 with the right body work and easier breathing intake and exhaust. Long story short, a bargain with such low miles and an asking of $18k!

1985 BMW M635CSi For Sale on Roadfly

quote from seller after I emailed and inquired about pictures and listing the car on this site:

I am second owner, CA car has 81,500 miles, 5 speed manual trans, pearl leather interior in excellent condition, including dash and speaker pods on rear deck- no cracks. Original paint, diamond black. Original BBS wheels, Dinan chip and Dinan triple gauge cluster installed forward of shifter (see photos), Frank Fahey crank nut lock and cam crank hub upgrades, synthetic oil, 10.5:1 compression, sunroof, A/C, stereo upgrade “Eclipse” with CD/MP3, antitheft, alarm, all keys, drop down tool kit in trunk and trunk lid/liner all intact and like new, with all tools included in the drop down tool kit. All weather seals in very good condition, no leaks. Original crosshatch rubber floor mats. Original carpeting in excellent like new condition and all very clean.

What a fantastic car! If you’re interested and would like to inquire further, please click on his ad on Roadfly.

If you’d like to do more research on what separates the regular BMW e24 635CSi and the significantly improved M635CSi/M6, read more at the BMW Registry FAQ.

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