1988 BMW M5 – Rare Black on Black For Sale

Amongst e28 M5 enthusiasts in North America, this color combo is the most sought after as nearly all of them came with black on tan. Here’s a chance to own one that’s for sale right in my backyard of Portland, Oregon.

1988 BMW M5 – Rare Black on Black on Portland Craigslist for $19k

quote from seller’s Craigslist post:

It is one of the 22 USA spec cars that came with the black buffalo hide interior.

Except for a newer clutch the engine, trans and diff are original. It does have new driveshaft and half-shafts. New upper/lower control arms with 750 bushings. The car has 139,000 miles on it but, as you see from the pictures, it looks nearly new.

Many parts and trim pieces have been replaced to improve the appearance. It has a complete tool kit of course. I have many other spare parts such as brake pads, original BMW cloth seat covers (I think they sold them to throw over your seats to protect the leather if you got dirty while you were out) and stock mud flaps (never installed, great for protecting the body but just to ugly)

Major changes from stock:

1) Euro Headlight conversion (I still have the original lights and grills)
2) Euro headers installed and new exhaust, including cats (it is pretty loud)
3) Limited edition Momo steering wheel released in the late 80’s for the M5/M6 (still have stock wheel)
4) 540 rear brake conversion
5) 17” wheels w/ Goodyear GS-D3 (Original wheels stored safely in garage, with tires)
6) J. Conforti chip upgrade

Previous owner installed Dinan suspension (springs, shocks, sway bars) cam gear and K&N air filter. I do have all the Stock suspension parts and air box

Check out more pictures of this 1988 BMW M5 Black on Black.

I wish my e28 was as clean as this car! The seats are perfect, mechanically has all the ‘right’ upgrades, and even all the stock parts are included.

Chuck submitted his car to be posted here, so if you have questions, leave a comment! If you have a car that needs to listed here, drop me an email!

Good luck with the sale Chuck!

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Silver BMW e39 M5 For Sale: Wow, When Did e39 M5 Prices Become This Attractive?!

I’ve driven my buddy Clayton’s e39 540i/6 a few times, and it never fails to impress. I can only imagine what the M5 delivers with a full hundred more horses and M tuning to suspension, transmission, and interior. Well maybe I can imagine as prices for low mileage examples are turning up in the low 20’s. What happened to the market for these?!

Here’s one that came up on Roadfly tonight, and even includes BBS RC wheels!

quote from listing on Roadfly:

Immaculate 2000 M5. Nice BBS wheels (All Ms are supposed to have BBS wheels right!), rare and extremely beautiful Anthracite gray exterior, black with silver inserts on seats and doors. Extended leather option includes leather on door uppers, dash and suede headliner. New dash OBC. Pirelli Pzero Rossos. Complete service history/records. BMWCCA member owned. $22,500 obo.

I’m going to take the next few posts to talk about other modern-classic BMW’s that are showing amazing value recently. With the suddenly gas-conscious American market, some models are looking very attractive to the enthusiast shopper hoping to maximize their budget and score the ride of their dreams.

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1973 BMW 2002 on Bring A Trailer

This is a cool spot by Bring A Trailer for a 73 BMW 2002 ’roundie’ with some tasteful modifications. Furthermore, the owner states that he’s selling the car to finance a trip to Targa Newfoundland.

There’s a lot of whining in the comments of that post about the modifications and the fit and finish. I think it looks great and appears very well sorted. And apparently bidders agree as there’s only 2 hours left and high bid is over $16k. Not bad for a car that’s not a tii and lightly modified!

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3 BMW e21 323i For Sale Listings: When Did These Become Valuable?

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. Again though, if I were the owner, I don’t know that I could let it go for less. Might as well keep it!

So do we have a surge or correction in the 323i market or just some proud owners? While significantly nicer than garden variety 320’s, are they that much nicer? Weigh in with your experience and leave a comment below.

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2000 BMW M Coupe with 28 Miles!!

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!

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1991 BMW e34 M5 in Alpine White

Alpine white on black leather. Does it get any better on an M car than this? I don’t think so either. This 1991 e34 M5 looks very clean for 104k miles, and if the documentation of upkeep holds up, $11k sounds like an absolute bargain for this legendary modern classic.

Listing on Roadfly for this 1991 BMW M5 in Alpine White in MA:

quote from Roadfly listing:

1991 BMW M5 The e34 M5 was a very special car. Each was hand built by a team of two skilled craftsmen. This one has been Garaged kept and is in excellent shape. It has 109K Miles. It is white with black leather interior. The car has upgraded Dinan supension, Dinan chip and cam gears. Absolutely Immaculate Interior and All power functions operational. A/C blows Strong and Cold. Extensive service history.

There are a lot of if’s when it comes to e34 M5’s, and there is homework that must be done for this car. But on the other hand, it wasn’t too long ago that cream puff e34 M5’s were in the $18-25k range. If it took a few thousand to get this car into really sharp condition, you’d still be ahead of the game.

BMW e34 M5 Resources:

And how about this killer vintage Motorweek spot on the e34 M5 from 1990!

Or this fantastic BMW promotional video:

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Two Uber Low Mileage 5’ers in Portland

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)

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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):

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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. Everything is factory original with the exception of the addition of a car alarm, and a new Am/Fm Cassette player. Recent service maintenance have also been performed. For those of you who are collectors of classic cars – it comes with the original owner’s manual and also a complete set of the original BMW tools located in the truck of the car.

Both of these cars are already modern classics and in lovely condition. Why buy a $10k Kia when you could pick up one of these beauts for less and arrive with much more presence at the same time!

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2000 BMW M Coupe: Silver on Black with 72k miles

Not many M Coupe’s under $20k to be found these days. Check out this 2000 BMW M Coupe on Roadfly:

2000 BMW M Coupe For Sale Silver Georgia

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.

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1993 BMW e34 M5 For Sale: A 59k Mile Steal!

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:

1993 BMW e34 M5 For Sale in Black

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.

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Update: This post is pretty out of date. Why not consider one of these BMW M5’s that is currently for sale?!

1982 BMW e28 Alpina B9 Clone

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:

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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. The engine has been able to achieve the best drivability tune with the stock chip, thus no further work was done on another chip. The 3.7L chip is included with the sale.

The modifications aren’t necessarily all Alpina sourced, but are where they need to be to convince most people. And the modifications probably add up to over the $27k asking when you consider the specialty parts and pricey performance upgrades, like the rebuilt 3.7 stroker motor with upgraded cam, engine management, headers, and injectors. Or the authentic cosmetic Alpina add-on’s all over the car. This car is amazing!

However, I have some issues that I need to note. First is that the actual mileage of the car is unknown. On top of the fact that it is a recreation car and not an original, knowing if the car was a 30k, 150k, or 400k+ mile car would make it easier to put a price on. And finally, I personally think part of what makes vintage Alpina values hover in the 20’s and 30’s these days is that they are sought after by extreme enthusiasts that want the real thing. Like 2002tii buyers who will pay huge premiums over regular 02’s. And while this car is clearly an amazing piece of work with some very expensive additions, and wonderful execution, it is someone’s project car at the end of the day. $27k is probably what it is worth to the seller. Of course it’s always tough to put a price on a car like this. But in this case I think high teens is a more likely to fetch a buyer. But on the other hand, if I had this car and this much work invested, I wouldn’t be in a rush to sell it.

Update 9.15.08 – It’s still on eBay from the same seller, but the buy-it-now has fallen to $15k. This is sounding much more realistic. Good luck to the seller!

Here’s a link to a VWVortex thread made by the photographer that has lots more pictures with links to hi-res.

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Update: This post is out of date and the item listed is probably not available any more. Why not take a look at these BMW Alpina’s and parts that are currently for sale!