These little 6 cylinder, gray market import BMW’s are coming out of the woodwork all of the sudden. Of course at these prices I’d sell too!
First up is this 79 in Southern California on eBay. It is no reserve with 5 days to go, and only at $500 so far. 5 days is a while, but I think the result will give us an actual idea of what kind of premium the 6 cylinder car worth. This particular example looks good from most angles, but the paint and bodywork that is mentioned needs to be investigated. It has some older looking cloth Recaro’s that look like they’re worth saving, and the Panasport look-a-likes (are they real?) are a nice touch. The faux Alpina badging is not.
Next up is this 83 I spotted about a week ago on the San Francisco Craigslist (which by the way, is a gold mine for rare and affordable, cars and motorcycles). This car looks like it had a fanatical owner who loved the car for quite a while. It includes all the right performance upgrades that make the car better without loosing balance or class. This is a great looking prospect, but the asking price is $11k. Considering decent e36 M3’s trade hands for a bit more than this, I think the seller is a bit optimistic. But I’d have a hard time taking less if I were the owner considering the work in.
Finally this 82 323i came up on Roadfly this morning. It has 90k miles, looks fully federalized with the U.S. Bumpers, and the ad states that everything works. The current owner serviced the car since new as a BMW certified tech and has owned the car personally since 89. Talk about known history! His asking is $14.5k. It’s a nice car, but I guess I am still stubborn that this was e30 M3 money as little as 5 years ago.…
Here’s your chance to own a brand new 2000 M Coupe on Craigslist with only 28 miles!
quote from seller’s CL ad:
2000 bmw m coupe, 28 miles, silver with black interior, 5 speed, 6 disc changer, loaded, perfect condition
Even taking inflation out of the equation, $28k would’ve been a great deal on a brand new M Coupe in 2000. If this car looks and drives even close to brand new, and how could it not unless an unimaginable sin had been committed in storage, this car is a total buy!
I’ve had lots of inquiries about my newly acquired 1985 e28 535i, but these two 5’ers have similar condition but super low miles to boot. Ride in style in either of these two examples for less than $10k!
1980 BMW 528i For Sale in Portland (46k miles, $9k)
quote from Craigslist Portland:
1980 BMW 528i, this car is amazingly clean with only 46,xxx original miles. All original except for the stereo which has been replaced with a sony explode(although I have the original stereo and it will be included). 5 speed manual, 2.8 liter soch I6 engine w/ 169hp and 170lb-ft torque @ 4500rpm,power sunroof, power windows, vacuum locks, leather, A/C that works great, Bosch L-Je-tronic fuel injection. This bimmer has spent its entire life in a garage and every service record on this car has been kept. The leather interior is in beautiful condition being as since the car was purchased the driver and passenger seats have been covered with sheep skins. The headliner is in great shape as well. I cant say enough about how clean this car is. email or call me with any questions or if you would like to see more photos.
1986 BMW 528e For Sale in Portland (59k miles, $7800):
quote from Craigslist Portland:
This car is immaculate and clean. It generates compliments. 59,000 original miles. The color is called “bronzit” – original BMW factory paint color which is a metallic silvery goldish color. This car has always been garaged and well cared for. The paint is immaculate. The interior is immaculate. The engine and transmission are excellent. It has been regularly serviced and maintained. Some features of this car includes: automatic transmission, power windows and doors, sun roof, AC, original leather with no tears, immaculate factory floor mats, newer tires, battery, and alarm system.
Not many M Coupe’s under $20k to be found these days. Check out this 2000 BMW M Coupe on Roadfly:
excerpt from Roadfly listing:
New tires, factory CD & moonroof, tinted windows. Never raced, tracked, modified, or smoked in. Female-owned. Just inspected by BMW dealer, have report. BMW fog lights and subwoofer, heated seats, aftermarket xenon headlights. Car is in excellent mechanical shape, with regular synthetic oil changes. Scheduled 60K service performed last year at a cost over $1K, including all new fluids. Have all service records. Black leather interior. Car is very clean and if you didn’t know the mileage you’d guess it was a lot lower than 72.5K. If you’re reading this ad you know how rare these cars are, and this has to be one of the cleanest out there. If you haven’t driven one, you’re going to be amazed. Hate to sell this car, but need to make room for a new toy.
I like this car for under $20k. If maintenance and inspection check out, could be an easy buy.
A black e34 M5 for $19k with 59k miles… What’s the catch?
Update 9.15.08: – Now ad $17.5k. Links updated.
1993 BMW e34 M5 For Sale on Roadfly:
quote from Roadfly listing:
Low mileage, well-maintained M5. Drivetrain is stock except for DINAN chip and UUC short shift kit. Near new Michelin Pilot tires and Rondel wheels ( 5 ). New BMW OEM catalytic converters. All fluids changed within last 6 months. Interior and exterior are 8/9 out of 10. Price is firm. Serious inquiries only, please.
The only thing I take issue with are the aftermarket rims, which are probably inferior to the OEM originals. If this is in fact a clean survivor with some records, $19k sounds like a steal to me considering I’ve seen comparable examples in the low to mid 20’s more often than not.
Update: This post is pretty out of date. Why not consider one of these BMW M5’s that is currently for sale?!
[AffomaticEbay]1993 BMW M5[/AffomaticEbay]…
Here is an interesting car, and a damn fine looking one at that! It’s a gray market import that has been converted as an Alpina B9 tribute. It’s on eBay right now for $27k buy-it-now. Check out these beautiful pictures used in the listing:
Excerpt from the eBay listing for this car:
This is a 1982 BMW E28 528i (euro car) built as a tribute to an Alpina B9 3.5. It is not a real Alpina. It is not a clone, as it has not been built to exact standards, using exact parts and processes as Alpina did when they built the real B9 3.5 cars. This car was built using some Alpina parts, some modern parts and some just plain reliable parts…along with a lot of blood, sweat and…money. The car is not perfect. It has imperfections. They will be listed in this essay. This car was in Bimmer Magazine # 56
A gentlemen in Newport Beach by the name of Ron Perry built 95% of this car. He pretty much did all the visual Alpina Tribute stuff that you see today. Ron worked endlessly on the paint finish, installing the Alpina stripe kit, Alpina replica front spoiler and real Alpina rear spoiler. Ron had fabric made to closely match the Alpina pattern and then had the interior recovered in it. Ron installed the Alpina instrument cluster, Alpina leather steering wheel, Alpina wood shift knob and Alpina dead pedal.
Ron then moved to the engine bay. The engine is a euro M30B34 bored and stroked to 3.7L using Venolia pistons. It has been updated to later Motronic running a 059 ECU. I had a custom chip burned to take into account the 3.7L, 284 cam, 19lbs injectors and big headers. The chip never really worked well and I went back to a stock 059 chip.
Matt emailed me literally 5 minutes after I spotted his car for sale on Roadfly asking if I’d post it up. Of course I’d be happy to I replied. Especially one that has seen as much love as his has! It features a rebuilt motor, new paint, and a very long list of subtle performance upgrades that make this car look like a bargain at only $4500.
Matt’s e28 528 For Sale Page, also listed on Roadfly:
While there are some personal touches on this car I would likely change myself, there is no denying the amount of mechanical work, thoughtful upgrades, and overall condition of this car. Good luck with the sale Matt!
Update with message from Seller:
This car was a personal passion for few years in which I tuned and followed the E28 blogs to make the Ultimate E28. basically it’s done and I enjoyed the hell out of it. Time for a new project. Any enthusiast would be more than thrilled with this car. Anyone wanted to comment or ask about the work is welcome to call me [withheld, please follow links above for contact information.]
This seller’s model year, price, and mileage is almost identical to my old Alpine White e36 M3. But his is black on black, which is becoming increasingly rare, as is any unmolested e36 M3. The 95’s even more so because they’re still OBD-1 and easier to modify as a result. Take a look:
1995 BMW e36 M3 Cosmos Black on Roadfly for $13.5k (89k miles, Virginia):
quote from Roadfly ad:
Cosmos Metallic w/ Black leather Vaders
BMW CCA Adult owned and driven, Never abused, Always garaged, Low Mileage, (89,500)
Upgraded water pump
Koni Adjustable dampers
Nicely upgraded stereo (Alpine)
Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, Front tires 90%, Rear 60%
This is an almost perfect example of one of BMWs best chassis. This M3 is just about flawless. You will not find a better example for an almost 15 year old M3. Very low mileage with all maintenance performed and up to date. I have a stack of receipts with the car.
Good looking car for the right money. Someone go snag this and continue taking care of it!
For one, they’re a rare sight in the U.S. because of their gray market status. Second, because during this time period, Alpina still built performance cars for gentleman rather than the luxo, high dollar fashion pieces they produce today. As my friend Pat might say, I wouldn’t kick her out of bed, but today’s Alpina’s are really built with a different philosophy than the e30 featured here.
And look at it. That’s a hot looking modern classic car!
1985 Alpina B6 2.8 For Sale on Craigslist in Atlanta:
quote from Craigslist ad:
Exterior Color: Silver
Interior Color: Gray
Stock Number: 200351A
Transmission: 6 Speed
Features: #35 of 259 Made
But the plot thickens. If your initial reaction was, “an e30 Alpina for $14k?”, your reaction was pretty similar to mine. There’s a brief thread on S14.net about this Alpina on their message board where a previous owner comes forward with some history. Amongst his account is a picture from his ownership and the paint and cosmetics leave something to be desired – to say the least.
Now I need to state that I haven’t followed up with the owner, but if the car hasn’t been repainted or touched up, it needs it. It’s an Alpina for God’s sake! But if it’s seen refinishing since, $14k could be a pretty good deal in the face of today’s e30 M3 values and what has to be a rising collector car value for such a rare sighting: any classic Alpina for sale in the U.S.
Read more about the BMW e30 Alpina B6 at the Unofficial Alpina Pages hosted by M5Board.