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1974 Porsche 911

It’s not difficult for me to imagine a car as a family member. Both my E30 and E36 have beared witness to significant events in my life, and in my mind, they were as much as part of those moments as the people involved. That’s why I can appreciate the way the seller describes this clean 1974 Porsche 911 that is for sale in Iowa. A barn find of sorts, the car has been stored following the owner’s passing, and his daughter is winding down a small collection of European cars, including this driver-quality 911 that is originally from California. The seller’s father brought it to the Midwest in the late 70s and used it as a grand tourer, and I’m sure shuttled the family on many Sunday afternoon drives.

The car was formerly Ice Green, but now wears white paint that is presented as being amateur-level quality. There are a few rust spots bubbling, and the ignition currently has no spark, coupled with a few engine oil leaks. The seller has disclosed all of these issues, hence the realistic asking price of offers above $5,000. Although the engine is not original to the car, it is the more desirable 2.7 CIS pre-thermal reactor variety. The interior is still in very nice shape, with minimal wear-and-tear aside from a seam beginning to separate on the driver’s seat. This car sits in the sweet spot of being a restorable investment or just a few repairs away from a suitable weekend driver – either way, it’s ready for the next owner to make memories of their own.

Year: 1974
Model: 911
Engine: 2.7 liter flat-six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: True mileage unknown
Price: Accepting offer over $5,000

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1974 Porsche 911

A horse barn in central Iowa has been home to the 911 for over 35 years. The last car in a small collection of a Mercedes/Porsche enthusiast Joel, who sadly passed away in 2005. His daughter Judy is now moving to the city and so the Porsche must go to it’s next owner.

Originally a California car when new, Joel bought this 911 and brought it home to Iowa around 1977. In the years following it has been a summer tourer in the Midwest and has always been a family friend. It has a clean Iowa title and is currently registered.

The car deserves a full restoration but at the same time is very solid and could easily be a driver/project with just a little work. The car was a running driving example as late as last year but now has no ignition spark and a some engine oil leaks that need attention. The body is solid and was originally Ice Green. It was amateur repainted 15-20 years ago to White. It has some minor nose rust and a few areas of bubbled paint but for a car of this age it is very impressive. The Cork colored interior is very well preserved with a crack free dash, and besides the split in the driver seat could be cleaned up to a very high level. It’s a standard 911 with a 5 speed and mileage is unknown although it has been over 100k at least once It does have the period correct and more desirable 1974 2.7 CIS pre-thermal reactor engine but it is not claimed to be original to the car. Everything mechanical seems to work fine and it even has some oversized polished Porsche wheels that are in good condition. This 911 is just dying for some enthusiast attention and with basket case rust bucket parts cars being offered at insane prices this Porsche will be a great buy for someone that needs a good solid start to a Porsche project.

The market for 911s is hot, and like any car that prompts ambitious sellers to clean out their garages and storage units in hopes of cashing in, few cars are actually as honest and as straight as this 1974. It has been looked after and stored carefully, and now a new owner will need to step in and continue the legacy of preservation while using the car as its longtime owner intended.

You can contact the seller at witt@wildbluepella.org or via phone (641) 891-3571

-Jeff

Massive BMW Collection in Connecticut

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In Connecticut, a collection of significant BMWs is available for the first time in its history. Though the vehicles are all projects at some level – from bare shells to drivers in need of basic refurbishment – they represent significant cars in the BMW family and the owner is anxious for them to find new homes with caretakers that can bring them back to life. The collection features some of the most significant examples of BMW’s Motorsports family, as well as iconic models like the 2002 (including a shell of a Tii Touring) and a classic 502 sedan.

The collection snakes its way through connected mill buildings where many of the cars have been parked for years, as evidenced by a coating of dust and boxes on 6-Series and Bauer cabriolets alike. The highlights of the collection include two E28 M5s, one of which has a solid body while the other has sustained damage from a front-end impact. Both cars haven’t run in some time and will need refreshing, along with a European–market M635 that is complete with factory Recaros, euro bumpers and BBS basketweaves. Again, this car has not run in years so a thorough mechanical inspection will be required.

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Year: 1950s – 1990s
Model: 2002s, E28s, E30s, E34s, E36s, Motorsports, etc.
Engine: Various
Transmission: Various
Mileage: From low mileage to TMU
Price: Contact seller here

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Massive BMW Collection on Craigslist in Connecticut

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Many of the cars have been stored inside for years, such as the CS coupe and a silver BMW 502 sedan, parked nearby.

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The collection of 2002s alone consists of both round-tail lights and square-tail light models in varying levels of condition.

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This rare 2002 Tii Touring is a rolling shell but nearly 100% rust-free.

Upon touring the facility this weekend – which included far more vehicles than listed here – I learned that the owner was a long-time member of the BMW CCA and toured the popular tuning facilities in Germany on a special group trip in the 80s, including Alpina and Hartge, not to mention the Motorsports division. He has several rooms full of parts representing some rare stock he shipped home, so don’t hesitate to get in touch and ask if he has that elusive air dam or wheel set you’ve been hunting for.

-Jeff

1988 BMW M5

The seller of the BMW 2002ti featured two weeks ago has come to us at German Cars for Sale Blog with another stellar example of an oft favored BMW classic: the 1988 BMW M5. This car needs no introduction, as it was this vehicle, along with the original M6 and M3 that really begun to put the Motorsports brand on the map, after the demise of the M1 supercar in 1981.

This is a US model M5 residing in Canada, with Euro bumpers (which, in my opinion, clean up the look of the car). Overall, a nicely presented, well taken care of first generation M5.

I’ve found that with the E12 M535i that I recently purchased and the fact that it is winter in Calgary 11.5 months a year, I am not using the M5 enough and it’s too nice to let it just sit. The highlights are:

• 88,500 miles – sort of. The previous owner advised that the odometer was inoperative for a period but estimated that he drove less than 1000 miles in that time. No way of knowing for sure but he is the U.S. Attorney for North Carolina so I’m prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt.
• All original panels and paint. The only flaw in the paint is some touch up work done on a scratch near the door handle on the right front door. Very hard to see but it’s there.
• Euro M5 headers, jet hot coated.
• UUC stainless steel exhaust with Fahey track pipe.
• Timing chain, guides and all related components replaced at 80,000 miles, including cylinder head gasket, ignition wires. No issues – PO was very big into preventative maintenance
• Within the last 6000 miles or so the car has had new OEM leather dashboard and door caps, windshield, emblems inside and outside, Euro grills and headlights, taillights, steering wheel, rear window roller blind and rear package shelf, oil pan skid plate, front door cards, left and right, fire extinguisher and shift boot
• Dinan chip
• Fahey crank hub and cam gear
• New aluminum radiator from the recent group buy
• All suspension bushings replaced
• All interior seals replaced – windows, sunroof, trunk, etc.
• UUC pedal set
• Cross-drilled brake rotors
• Mason Engineering front strut bar.
• OEM rear strut bar (from trailer hitch package)
• Powerflex urethane sway bar bushings
• SLS system removed and replaced with Bilstein shocks/struts and MTechnic springs (original parts retained)
• North American bumpers removed and replaced with chrome Euro bumpers (original parts retained)
• New OEM front valance and Euro M5 airdam (original pieces retained)
• New Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec tires
– Valve adjustment within the last 500 miles.

Here is a link to some photos I’ve accumulated – you’ll see that photography is not high on my skill set but if anyone wants a shot of something specific, please let me know.

http://s71.photobucket.com/albums/i152/grbbenny/M5/

When I bought the car I had a PPI done at MPowered Automotive in Cary, NC – the tech was a Board member here. I’m happy to share that with anyone who’d like to see it. I can also send PDF copy of the receipts from the last seven years or so, when most of the expensive work has been performed.

This car is nearly flawless – fast, tight, rust free and, with the Euro bumpers, a great looking car. For the purists in the crowd, I retained everything needed to put the car back to US Spec if you so desire.

While the car is in Canada, it is a US car and therefore returning it to the US should be no problem. If you live in a state that tests for emissions, you are going to need to install a catalytic converter.

Price? I’m buried so deep in this car I’ll never see the light of day (you’re crying inside, I know you are) but given the low mileage, maintenance history and desirable upgrades, I’m going to say CDN $28,000.

If interested, please contact the seller here: grbennett@shaw.ca

-Paul

1990 BMW 325ic Offered by EuroWerkz

Every time an E30 BMW 3 series comes across on our site, I get nostalgic about my ’88 325is. I can’t think of a car that epitomized the optimistic atmosphere of the ‘80s more than the E30 3 series convertible. Introduced in 1987 amidst a rapidly expanding 3 series lineup, the convertible was offered with the 2.5 liter inline six found in the 325is producing 168 horsepower. This convertible became the face of BMW in the media almost in the same way the R107 Mercedes-Benz SL became the de rigeur Stuttgart darling. The convertible 3 series made appearances in a number of movies including PCU, Revenge of the Nerds and Pretty Woman, as well as television series such as Perry Mason, Columbo and Beverly Hills 90210.

Here is a very clean example for sale at EuroWerkz in Pleasantville, Iowa.

1990 BMW 325ic with 48k miles for sale at EuroWerkz

From EuroWerkz:

What is better than a barn find? How about a heated garage find? We have been trying to buy this car for two years. Finally early last winter we did and I spent many hours putting this ONE owner since new BMW back to as close to perfect as I have ever seen in a car like this. This car is like stepping back to the 90’s as not only does it look the part but it drives as new too. This was a fair weather third car for a Doctor in Des Moines and the rest of the time it spent in a climate controlled garage at his homes in the area over the past 21 years. The condition is nothing short of amazing and this could well be the nicest example of this car in the country. A once in a lifetime chance at a resonably priced beautifully preserved near classic.

This is by far one of the cleanest, lowest mileage E30 convertibles I’ve seen in a long time. The red paint appears flawless and suits the character of this car well. I’d be hard pressed to find a more original and well preserved example. For those looking for a classic, open top BMW tourer, the automatic transmissions is a logical pairing, especially for the US market.

This car’s iconic status was recently highlighted in an episode of Top Gear last season, as we see here. Thankfully, the boys didn’t get their hands on quite such a pristine original, like our subject car.

-Paul

Please note this is a sponsored listing. We welcome EuroWerkz as our latest sponsor and are proud to feature their inventory on the site. Please contact me directly with any questions about sponsored listings. Thanks for looking! -dc

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