1984 BMW e30 Hardy & Beck 327S

Here’s a cool piece of e30 history. Check out this Hardy and Beck 327s on Roadfly (143k miles, $10.9k, California):

hardy_and_beck 327s

quote from the seller’s listing:

1984 E30 327S. – Built Jan 1984 as a Euro 323i 5-speed Euro bumpers – Imported and modified by Hardy & Beck (formerly “Alpina West”) in Berkeley, CA in 1984 – this is one of about 12 cars they built – Maybe the only original left – 2.7 bottom end, custom pistons and 323i head, some other performance modifications – Full H&B suspension – 3-piece H&B wheels 15×7 with 205/55-15 – original and perfect delphin grey paint, just clayed and waxed – original BMW cloth sport seats, very nice condition, rear headrests – el. windows and sunroof, A/C – Zender body kit (H&B installed) I bought the car in June this year, and have done the following (by Schatz & Krum in Sacramento): – Timing belt – waterpump – all hoses – new steering rack – control arm bushings – complete A/C overhaul (done by an expensive A/C shop in Auburn) – found and installed the super rare 3-piece H&B wheels to replace the Ronal LS – Italian period correct Dino steering wheel with removable leather center It drives like a dream, very fast (like an Alpina, H&B was named “Alpina West” before). Road & Track tested the car in 2/1985, and recorded a 0-60 time of 6.9s. I have a copy of the magazine. This car needs nothing. Car was serviced by H&B until a few years ago.

I couldn’t really find much quality information on Hardy & Beck and their history. Sounds like a pretty small operation that used to go by ‘Alpina West’ and modified cars with Alpina parts. Gets blurry from there. Anyone have any good information about these guys?

In any event, an interesting car for $10.9k.

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Nice Original BMW e30 M3 For Sale in San Diego

You know I can’t help myself when these come along! Check out this
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quote from seller’s listing:

70,768 Miles
All Regular Scheduled Maintenance Performed
Have Service Records
Have Original Manuals
No Known Mechanical Problems

The market seems to have softened a bit, so I’ll be curious to see where this auction ends up. With the low miles, documented history, and a great color combo, someone will end up with a rare find that looks like it has been well cared for and unmolested.

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Cash for Clunkers Weekend Reading

You may remember my “spirited” post over the Cash for Clunkers program a little while back.

Well as a follow up here is the official government list of  cars sent to their deaths through the program.

Of note are the 63 BMW 6 series cars, including 13 635csi models, a 850i, a M3, and a M5.

Mercedes suffered as well, can you imagine over 100 560SEC s crushed? That is literally tons of usable parts from one of the greatest Benz engines gone. Looks like 11 Merc V12 engines also have made their last trip. No wonder parts are so expensive. A pair of AMG cars, a C36 and a C43, were sent away too and gasp a 500E.

A number of high end Audi models also are on the list and a sprinkling of Porsches.

Most surprising, though not German, on the list is the 1997 Bentley (listed as a Rolls Royce) Continental R and great oogley moogley a Buick GNX, listed under ASC. If that was a true GNX it could have been rolled and burned and still probably brought more than the CFC allowance.

Post your thoughts or interesting finds after you peruse the list.

~Evan

1989 BMW 325i Widebody Convertible

This is not the first time I’ve posted a BMW 3 series oddity on this blog. This 1989 325i widebody convertible is pretty unique. The seller gives minimal description in the eBay auction. No mention of where the widebody kit parts come from or where they were installed. I’d hazard a guess at them being Zender parts maybe. The kit doesn’t look too shabby in my eye, but remember I’m a guy who likes Koenig Miami Vice style 80s Benzs. Love it or hate it those fender flares would be put to better use on something with a bit more power under the hood that could take advantage of the wide tires. $5,000 no reserve with questionable mileage in the 100,000 range.

~Evan

1988 BMW M5 For Sale in Portland, Oregon Black on Black

My friend Chuck emailed to let me know that he’s giving his e28 M5 one last chance at sale for a newly reduced price of $16500. Check out his latest listing on Portland Craigslist:

1988 BMW e28 M5 with Black Leather Interior For Sale in Portland, Oregon

quote from Chuck’s listing:

Lower price but still including $1000 of spare/extra parts. This is a classic BMW that really gets attention at any BMW event it is at. The black interior is something most BMW enthusiasts are caught by surprise with. Beautiful condition, great driving car and performance hard to match even in 2009 for a 4 door sedan. Had a very complete PPI performed that is available to inspect when viewing the car.

All engine checks were great, cam chain/rails looked “very good”

Leak down results were 6%-8%-4%-6%-6%-6%

Parts that were flagged have been replaced: fuel filter, coolent hose, lower ball joints, clutch slave cylinder.

I have also replaced the catalytic converter with Magnaflow unit

It now has 140,000 miles on it.

I chose to repost the picture of the driver’s seat because a) it highlights the very rare black leather interior on an e28 M5, and b) it really exemplifies how clean this car is — a real enthusiast owner takes care of the leather too, and you can expect the rest of the car has been cared for the in the same way! I just recently saw this car in person at a local track day event (Chuck wasn’t driving at the event by the way, just shooting pictures), and everyone at the driver’s meeting stopped and turned to see what was making that fantastic M powered sound! This car is really a great example and Chuck is hoping to find an appreciating enthusiast home for it.

Good luck Chuck,

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Beautifully Restored 1987 Hartge H5S on BringATrailer.com

Well I’m not going to lie: I’m not crazy about the brown. Now that we have that out of the way, this is a phenomenal example of one of the finest BMW e28 tuner cars there is. It enjoys a full restoration and a very tasteful list of departures from stock.

Check out this H5S, one of 5 believed to be imported, on BringATrailer.com:

1985 Hartge H5S BMW E28 For Sale

quote from Bring A Trailer:

This 1987 Hartge H5S has been extensively restored by the current seller including restoration of the engine compartment with the engine removed. When the car was re-painted its original color with all glass and trim removed, the plastic side skirts, lower rear valence, and decklid spoiler were also discarded. Those components tend to make M535i and tuner E28s look horrible, so this car really comes together nicely as a result. Most recently it won first place at the Central Coast BMW CCA Concours last month in Monterey. It is available in Southern California for $45k obo.

$45k is a chunk of change, but as one of the BaT commentors mentions, is there anything in the current BMW model range that you’d rather have for that money? Me neither!

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462 horsepower Euro 1986 Dinan BMW M5

The Last Detail of Chicago has this sweet one owner M5 for sale.

It is a full Euro spec car with only 24,000 miles. It has Dinan add ons including Stage III suspension, intercooled turbocharger, Borla exhaust, and Brembo brakes. Quite a bump up in horsepower from the stock Euro trim 286. One owner cars like this don’t turn up all that often.

I always have a soft spot for vehicles that once held the title fastest production sedan in the world.

Mercedes and BMW sure had the cool headlight wiper thing figured out. The twin arm design on the M5 is similar to that found in vertical orientation on another fastest sedan in the world, (and perhaps godfather of all the German Q cars) the 300SEL 6.3.

I’m not really sure if the modifications made to the car hurt its collectible value. I doubt it since they are contemporary with the time the car was new and done by a reputable BMW tuner.

Its expensive at a priced reduced $29,900, but I wouldn’t mind having it in my garage for sure. Its listed in Hemmings at $31,900.

From the seller:

1986 BMW M5. European specification model. Only 24,000 original miles! This superb example features flawless “Diamond black” paint with gorgeous brown water buffalo leather. With only one owner from new, this Dinan-prepared M5 features an inter-cooled turbocharger and Borla stainless exhaust system, the combination of which produces an impressive 462 horsepower! A stage III suspension package and Brembo F-40 braking system with drilled rotors makes this a true “Ultimate Driving Machine” experience. In addition, thermostatically controlled transmission and differential coolers have been fitted to the car. The usual 5-series amenities of air conditioning, power windows, door locks and factory sunroof add to the comfort and convenience of this ultra-high performance sedan – a true sports car with four doors. All EPA and DOT certification papers are available.

Our M5 was imported by its one and only owner and all certification paperwork comes with the car. Even the original German ownership document is available! All upgrades were completed in California by Dinan, the preeminent company for BMW performance enhancements. The turbocharger brings the horsepower up to 462! The differential has been converted to a 3:91 from the original 3:73. New clutch in 2005 and the turbo was rebuilt in 2006. Split Second control for air/fuel mixture has been installed in lieu of the air flow meter. Surely this is among the finest, lowest mileage early M5’s anywhere and could certainly be unique with its upgrades. Lastly, the car has been thoroughly inspected and completely detailed by the TLD staff.

~Evan

How about a March BMW GTP racer?

Not really our typical bag on this blog, but what the heck.

Buy this bad boy that needs some work now, sort it out over the winter, and you’ll be all set for next year’s vintage racing season. Or turn it into one hell of a street car, although I doubt unleashing close to 1000 horsepower through a race gearbox and suspension will result in something that could genuinely be called streetable.

It is up at $175,000, reserve not met, and it comes with a spare engine. Get yourself a piece of racing history, and then find a pit crew.

The seller’s description:

Driven by John Andretti, Davy Jones and David Hobbs This car only has two races on it therefore the chassis is perfect and not worn out. This was the test “mule” car that did much of the development work for the BMW program. This car has a new/fresh 2.1 liter turbo engine (over 900hp) and a fresh spare in one of the factory crates. Enough hard parts to rebuild at least two additional motors, MANY, many spares. This is a project that is un-assembled and is missing the two doors and part of the gearbox housing. Body needs fitting and paint. Unbelievable value for a GTP works car that represented the BMW factory.

~Evan

2002 Laguna Seca Blue S54 Z3 M Coupe For Sale in Burlingame, California

I present you with one of the most special, sought after, pure late-model Bimmers to be produced in this era: The M Coupe. The M Coupe was born from the brainstorm of BMW engineers soon after the Z3 coupe hit the streets. It’s a car built by the enthusiast for enthusiasts. This 2002 example is one of the last of the breed and features the all-important S54 engine. The first couple of years of the M Coupe came with the same S52 variant that my old 95 M3 had. The last of them, like this one, had the later e46 M3 engine boasting over 300hp! Having driven both variants I can tell you with 100% certainty the later model engine is a huge leap forward with incredible throttle response from individual throttle bodies, double VANOS, and and drive by wire technologies. The engine is represents the highest level of engineering on the base M50 motor and has won numerous awards.

Alvin’s car is listed on BayBimmerz.net (registration required). Here are some selected images and a complete excerpt of the listing:

excerpts from BayBimmerz.net:

Here is a rare opportunity to own one of the rarest M coupes in the world. If you do your research this is one of the best cars made by BMW similar to the world known E30 M3 very sought after and highly collectible . There where 690 S54 Z3 M coupes made between 2001 and 2002. What makes this car even more rare and desirable is its a factory S54 315hp and Laguna Seca Blue color same color and motor used for the E46 M3 and is a BMW motorsport color only . Only 41 S54 M coupes worldwide came with this color and less than 6 had no moonroof . I am a BMW collector and enthusiast. This car was never been abused or tracked. It never missed any service and has new Factory clutch and Motorsport brakes. It has 75k miles and it drives even better than new. It has a lot of tasteful upgrades and is California smog legal. Motor has always been bone stock except for a Turner chip which is 100% reversable. Never been in an accident and has a clean Carfax. All upgrades where installed less than 5k miles ago and everything was bought brand new from authorized dealers. Ill be glad to do a Pre Purchase inspection at any BMW dealerships at buyers expense. Upgrades alone cost over 20k (all authentic).

Details are

2002 BMW M coupe (final and best year)
S54 motor (315hp stock and 330hp with Turner software)
Laguna Seca Blue (LSB)
2 tone leather interior (blue / black)
No moonroof (most soughtafter rare feature)
5 speed manual
Power locks
Air Condition
Limited Slip (LSD)
Traction Control (DSP)
Power window (1 touch)
Power heated seats and side mirrors
Auto dim rear view mirror
Rear Defroster
Rear wiper
New Factory ///M floor mats (1 month old)

Here are a list of what has been done less than 2k miles.

Major service performed (Service B including new coils)
New factory clutch , preasure plate and flywheel
New rear main seal (replaced together w/ clutch job)
New BMW Motorsport rotor and brakes (Excellent upgrade)
New braided steel brake lines
Cooling system flushed
AC recharged and blows cold

List of after market parts that was added less than 5k miles. All parts are purchased new from Authorize Dealers.

Exterior / Interior :
AC Schnitzer cat back exhaust
AC Schnitzer front lip spolier
AC Schnitzer rear roof spoiler
AC Schnitzer pedals, e brake and ****er
H&R coilovers suspension (not too stiff and not too soft perfect for daily driving)
Front markers deleted
Projector headlamps with HID and LED angel eyes
Center armrest console with cup holders
Upgraded to LED (white) interior lights

Suspension:

H&R sway bars (front and rear)
Ground control sway links
Ground control rear shock mounts
IE rear sub frame bushings (a must to all coupes)
New Michelin Pilot sport tires

Jim Comforti Shark Injector Software upgrade (reversable) improves hp to 330hp, engine torque , airflow and great gas mileage 25mpg freeway.

Audio System: All cutom installed to maximize trunk space.

JVC single din AM/FM/MP3/CD w/ Navigation and iPOD controler (top of the line)
JL Audio 900w HD High Def amplifier (latest tecnology)
Boston Accoustics Pro Series Component speakers (top of the line )
JL Audio 10″ sub
Auto page alarm system ( Key fob pages up to 1 mile radius)
Hardwired for V1 (radar detector not included)

Priced to sell $29,000

This is a very special enthusiast car with very hard to get aftermarket parts. Even when these parts can be sourced, they are very expensive and will make the casual observer’s eyes water for sure. While this car won’t be for everyone, when the right buyer sees this ad, it will surely find it’s new home in short order. Good luck with the sale Alvin!

Sidebar: Alvin has patiently been waiting for me to post his gorgeous M Coupe for a while now. As most readers can tell, I’ve been very behind in my listings and have been heavily relying on Evan to pick up the slack. I sincerely apologize Alvin and am taking steps to get things back in gear around here.

dc

1984 Hartge H7S BMW e23 For Sale

When James P. forwarded this car to me, I was pretty sure I had already posted it, but going into the Hartge archives I couldn’t find it. Now I realize I posted it on my personal blog before I had ever started GCFSB. It’s been for sale by BimmerBrothers since late 2007 at least, and what’s interesting is that it was listed then for under $9k. Maybe it’s seen some love since then and thus the higher asking now at $10884. See the listing that is currently on Craigslist SF Bay:

quote from seller’s listing:

I am offering for an appreciating new owner this super rare and unique 1984 BMW Hartge H7S 5 Speed
IMMACULATE rust-free superbly-maintained example one of three believed in existence.
Hartge engine, suspension, wheels, stripes, shift knob and wheels. MUST SEE!

Doing a quick search Hartge H7S brings up hits on what I believe to be the same car that date all the way back to 2004 and 2007, which it suggests it has changed hands a few times. One of the previous owners chimes in on this thread on mye28.com. From what I can tell, it was originally being traded for under $5k and then each owner has added some work of some kind to make it a little better. What do you think — good enough to warrant $10k?

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