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.

dc

Update: This post is pretty out of date.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

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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.

dc

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!

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1985 BMW e28 528 in White with Many Upgrades

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:

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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.]

dc

1995 BMW e36 M3: Clean and Original Cosmos

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):

1995 BMW e36 M3 Black on Black For Sale1995 BMW e36 M3 Vader Seats1995 BMW e36 M3 Cosmos Black

quote from Roadfly ad:

1995 M3
Sport Package
5-Speed Manual
Cosmos Metallic w/ Black leather Vaders
OBD-I

BMW CCA Adult owned and driven, Never abused, Always garaged, Low Mileage, (89,500)

All records
Upgraded water pump
Koni Adjustable dampers
Nicely upgraded stereo (Alpine)
Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, Front tires 90%, Rear 60%
Tinted windows

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!

dc

1985 Alpina B6 2.8: The BMW e30 You’d Consider Instead of an M3

1985 BMW e30 Alpina B6 2.8 For Sale

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:

1985 BMW e30 Alpina B6 2.8 Interior1985 BMW e30 Alpina B6 2.8 Gray

quote from Craigslist ad:

Year: 1985
Mileage: 78000
Exterior Color: Silver
Interior Color: Gray
Engine: 2.8L
Stock Number: 200351A

Transmission: 6 Speed
Features: #35 of 259 Made
Price: 14000

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.

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1988 BMW e30 M3: Alpine White on BBS, How Can You Go Wrong?

For $16k, this looks like a great compromise between an expensive beauty queen example and a full on track only modified car. Check out this 1988 BMW e30 M3 For Sale in Reno on Craigslist:

1988 BMW e30 M3 Alpine White For Sale1988 BMW e30 M3 Alpine White BBS Rims1988 BMW e30 M3 Alpine White Recaro Seats

quote from Craigslist ad:

1988 BMW E30 M3 ALPINEWEISS
128,xxx miles

Located in Reno NV, I’ve had the car since 2000. Car has been meticulously maintained and always garaged. Alpineweiss color with tan interior. Fresh fluids every 2500 miles with Mobil 1 and Redline oils with E36 chain tensioner upgrade. Lots of upgrades…

EXTERIOR

BBS RSII wheels 18×8.5 on KUMHOS 215/35/18 with less than 500 miles
H & R springs with BILSTEIN shocks
EIBACH strutbar
SUSPENSION TECHNIQUES swaybars with TURNER MOTORSPORTS swaybar reinforcements
Clear front turn signal lenses
STARTEC smoked taillights
CARBON FIBER DTM vented mirrors (from Markus)
EVO III wing with CARBON FIBER flap (from JedM3}

INTERIOR

RECARO Speed black on WEDGE ENGINEERING seat brackets
SCHROTH 4pt seatbelts red
MOMO champion steering wheel
MOMO shift knob
MOMO pedals
Double Pillar mounted gauges with VDO gauges {oil pressure and voltmeter}
BMP E30 diamond plate aluminum floor panels
///M black floor mats
KENWOOD KDC-8015 rotating cd deck
MTX AMPS {2} on custom amp rack with MONSTER CABLES all the way
POLK AUDIO separates front
POLK AUDIO 6 ½ rear
MTX 10” subs

ENGINE

S14 2.3L ENGINE with new MOBIL 1 oil every 2500 miles
E36 chain tension upgrade
RED spark plug wires
///M oil cap
K & N filter

16K OBO

Alpine White BMW’s are so beautiful, and this e30 M3 looks great with the BBS rims, smoked tails, and Evo spoiler. While I might normally take objection with the black cloth Recaro’s against the stock tan leather interior, a well maintained car with 108k miles and a $16k asking makes me think the better of it. Looks like a really fun way into an appreciating modern classic while being able to drive it in the manner it was intended: At weekend auto-x’s, track days and back road blasts through the mountains!

dc

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