1982 BMW 323i Widebody w/ 2.9 stroker

This 1982 323i was stock in 1999 and has since been built up into a one of a kind custom BMW. The car was purchased and built up in Germany before being imported. The stock engine was replaced with a 2.0 liter from a 1978 320i and that was stroked to 2.9 liters.  90,000 miles are listed, presumably as being on the chassis. The car has a fiberglass for looks on the outside. On the inside there is tons of electronic gear.

There is so much done to this car. It falls more on the show car end of the spectrum, rather than daily driver or track car. The complete package looks well put together and isn’t lacking or haphazard. Originality police stay away, but those looking for a stand out ride for your local coffee and cars show, opening bid is $14,500.

From the seller:

Motor Swap from 1978 320i
2.0L worked to 2.9L Stroker
Ported and Polished
Light Weight Flywheel
Thermostat Controlled Oil Cooler
E30 M3 Clutch
K&N Air Filter
AC Schnitzer Headers
Racing Resonator Replacing Catalytic Converter
3in Exhaust Split into 2.5in Duel Exhaust
Stainless Performance Mufflers W/ Double Square DTM Tips
Steel Braided Cooling and Vacuum Hose Covers
Orange Wire Loom around Wiring w/ Orange Wire Ties
Intake Manifold and Valve Cover Painted Black w/Polished Lettering
BMW M Logo Oil Fill Cap

3 Speed Automatic to 5 Speed Manual Conversion
Short Shifter (From 2006 BMW Z4 M Coupe)
3.64 LSD Differential W/ Gear Change to 3.91

Manual Rack and Pinion Steering Upgraded to Power Rack and Pinion
65A Alternator Upgraded to 95A (From 1991 BMW 325i)
Optima Blue Top Battery
Silver Positive and Negative Battery Terminal Clamps
Remote Start w/Door and Trunk Solenoids and Smart Power Windows

Ground Control Coil Over Kit w/ Eibach Springs
Bilstein Sport Shocks
Red Polyurethane Rear Control Arm Bushings
Red Polyurethane Rear Sway Bar Link Bushings
Hard Rubber Rear Sub Frame Mounts
Front Shock Tower Brace

Brembo Drilled Rotors
Pagid Blue Racing Brake Pads
Stainless Steel Braided Brake Lines (Front and Rear)
Calipers Painted Orange

Winter Sport Tuning Fiberglass Body Kit w/ Spoiler
Lamborghini Pearl Orange W/ Gold Flake in the Clear Coat
Shaved Door Handles and Locks
Exterior Trunk Latch Removed
Side Body Trim Removed and Holes Welded
Polished Aluminum Flush Mount Fuel Door
Rear Body Trim (Between Tail Lights) Removed and Welded Flush
BMW Hood and Trunk Badges Removed and Filled
Trunk Retaining Rods Removed and Replaced with Shocks
Air Vents Cut into Front of Hood and Backed w/Black Mesh
Front Air Dam Vents Backed With Black Mesh
Turn Signals and Tail Lights Painted From the Inside for Smoked Effect
BMW E30 Head Light Conversion w/ Angle Eyes and HID
7 Color LED Underbody Lighting

ATS Classic Wheels Powder Coated Smoked Chrome W/ Metallic Flake
15×9 (Front) 15×12 (Rear)
Hankook VENTUS R-S2 225 45 15 (Front)
Pirelli P-Zero 345 35 15 (Rear)

Black / Orange Lambskin Interior (Originally Blue Cloth)
Black Carpet (Originally Blue)
Black and Orange Racing Seats
Black Headliner (Originally White)
Corbeau 3-Point Retractable Harness Belts
BMW E30 M3 Black Leather Rear Seats
Diamond Plate Floor Mats
Custom Center Console Wrapped in Black Vinyl and Orange Lambskin
Custom Black Leather E-brake Boot
Black Leather Shifter Boot
NRG Innovations Carbon Fiber E-Brake Handle
MOMO Italy F16 EVO Shift Knob
MOMO Italy 280mm Steering Wheel
MOMO Italy Pedal Set
Carbon Fiber Look Single Gauge Pod
Carbon Fiber Look Triple Gauge Pod
Faze Performance Volt, Water Temp, Oil Temp, Oil Pressure Gauges
Orange Gauge Bezels
Custom Instrument Cluster Gauge Faces
Power Window Upgrade (From 1986 BMW 735i)
Pop Out Rear Windows (From 1980 BMW 320i)
Folia Tec Chrome Look Window Tint
Billet Aluminum Light, Turn Signal and Wiper Control Knobs
Aluminum Door Locks
Speedometer Converted From KPH to MPH/KPH
Carbon Fiber Look Lighted Power Window Switches
3 Socket Accessory Receptacle

Custom Console for Three Head Units Wrapped in Orange Lambskin
Sony Xplod Navigation Head Unit
Eonon DVD Player
Eonon 7in Motorized In Dash Monitor
7in Sun Visor Monitor x2
Sony Xplod 5 ¼ in Component Separates Front and Rear
Sony Xplod 800w 4 Channel Amplifier
Sony Xplod 1200w 2 Channel Amplifier x2
Sony Xplod 12in Subwoofer x2 in Sealed Box
Sony Xplod 15in Subwoofer Mounted in Spare Tire Compartment
25 Farad Capacitor
Cooling Fans x2
Rear Component Speakers Mounted on 3/4in MDF Rear Deck
Trunk Wrapped in Black and Orange Lambskin


2007 Mercedes-Benz C230

The W203 C class Mercedes isn’t the most interesting of German cars out there, but this one has an interesting story. Mainly because it is my personal car. While I’ve only advertised it for sale in the Mercedes-Benz Club of America’s magazine, The Star, I thought it would be a good idea to put up an advertisement on GCFSB before posting to a wider audience. I am not in a rush to sell, but personal circumstances have forced me to speed up the process. It has been a great car, but alas, it’s time to move on.

2007 Mercedes-Benz C230

More about the car:

Purchased new in July 2007 from Keenan Mercedes-Benz in Doylestown, PA. Built five weeks prior to the end of W203 C class sedan production (confirmed by Mercedes-Benz North America). Balance of extended warranty until July 2013 transfers to new owner. Car currently has 26,200 miles.

Features include:

-Granite Gray/Ash MB Tex
-2.5 liter V6, 201 hp, 7 speed automatic with manual shift mode
-Sunroof package: Glass sunroof, power rear sunshade, garage door opener, auto-dimming left side and inside rearview mirrors, rain sensing wipers
-Power driver’s seat/steering column with three position memory
-Dual zone climate control
-Heated Seats
-6 disc CD changer in dash

The wheels were swapped when car was delivered for a brand new set of 2006 C230/CLK sport wheels. In my opinion, the 2007 C230 sport rims weren’t as in line with the styling as were the ’06 wheels. The original floor mats have never been used and will be provided with the vehicle. I have opted to keep a set of rubber Hexomat floor mats inside, as they are durable and easy to clean: www.hexomatsfloormats.com.

This car has been regularly serviced at Keenan Mercedes. The only repair to arise was the replacement of the front brake rotors at 14,000 miles due to defective tempering of the metal in the rotors. This repair was covered under warranty. The car has a brand new rear pair of Michelin Primacy tires (tires are 245 width in the rear, 225 width up front). This car is washed at least twice a month and I have waxed it on a twice yearly basis using Griot’s Garage Best of Show Wax. The car has always been garaged and has been used mainly as a weekend vehicle and for long trips.

This car is fully documented and comes with a binder full of service records, original window sticker, dealer brochure, build sheet, and the like.

My C230 is located in Arlington, Virginia, right outside of Washington, D.C. and is available for viewing by appointment. Interested parties can contact me via the comment section of this post or at paulshenriques@hotmail.com. I am asking $23,000, which may seem a tad high for a last year W203, but I would challenge anyone to find a cleaner, more pampered C230 sport than this. And of course, there is the all important Mercedes-Benz warranty, of which two and a half years is left.


1999 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG

I continue to be inspired to research cars I see on the street. I walked past a C43 the other day and was impressed by the many little changes that give it an air of muscularity not present in the C-class until recently. Add to that the fact that it was the first V8-powered C as well as the first Mercedes to be completely assembled at AMG after Daimler gained total ownership in 1998, and this is an unassuming but rather special Benz. The 4.3 liter’s 306hp is tame by today’s insane nuclear-proliferation style power wars, but when you realize that it’ll do 181 miles per hour when delimited, it becomes clear just how adequate that much power can be.

The C-class is often overlooked when it comes to AMG badassness, but reviewing the numbers for this car makes me think that a Buy-it-Now of less than $10k, and with just 74k miles, this is a good deal. It may not be the most stylish Benz, and obviously not the fastest compared to the insane modern-day equivalent, but I’m betting even M-Bs invasive traction control can’t stop the 4.3 from having some fun with rear tires. I’d be interested to hear if anyone knows of reliability problems with these, but I’m guessing the V8 is plenty robust, giving this C43 the potential for a lot of fun miles out of the AMG bargain bin.


1981 BMW e21 Euro-Spec 323i Black on houndstooth

We had this car posted up on the site back in June, but it is back, still with the same owner.

It’s probably no secret by now that I’m 80’s fanboy and modified e21’s are a perfect fit in my mind, especially when restored to this degree. This car is so period correct in terms of upgrades and modifications, and being a Euro-spec 6 cylinder model it really stand out.

1981 BMW e21 323i Euro For Sale

quote from seller’s listing:

You are bidding on an extremely rare 1981 323i Euro. Very well documented, still retains much of the original paperwork when brought to the US including the EPA approvals and original German owners manuals. As we continue through the description and pics , you are seeing the results of over $15000 in restoration costs and while not factory stock, I think you’ll agree, this is one unique “ultimate driving machine”. The Euro model E21s differ quite a bit from the American spec versions: Larger, more powerful 6 Cylinder engine, fixed rear quarter windows, better suspension, slim bumpers, no side markers, different parking lights, better headlights, etc…) I’ve tried to cover as many particulars as I can in the following description but I’m sure I’ve neglected something so feel free to call.

Exterior: Vehicle was originally Brazil Brown, very high quality repaint with attention to detail. Current color is Cosmos Schwarz (Cosmos Black Metallic) . It would be very difficult upon inspection to determine that this was not the original color, vehicle was completely disassembled prior to paint.
* New OEM weather strip throughout
* New OEM rear quarter windows
* New OEM front windshield, Euro market green tinted glass
* New OEM front and rear bumper rub strips
* New OEM E30 style spoiler
* New Alpina style 15×6 wheels with Kumho Ecsta SX tires all around
* European H4/H1 Hella headlights

I’ve also included Euro style license plates, front and rear to help with the authentic look All exterior trim has received a “shadow-line” treatment as well, accented by professionally installed 30% window tint all around.

Mechanical: Stock European M20 2.3 liter 6 cylinder
* True Euro engine, no catalytic converters or unnecessary smog. All EPA/DOT paperwork included.
* All new vacuum lines, hoses and new air boot.
* New fuel lines and filters
* Bav Auto 8mm high temp plug wires
* New distributor cap and rotor
* Timing belt and water pump within the last 20000 miles
* 3.64 limited slip diff with redline fluids.
* New OEM BMW dual exhaust from manifold back.
* New axles and CV boots
* Front and rear Bilstein sports, front and rear H&R lowering springs
* K/MAC adjusted camber and caster plates
* All new bushings including front and rear sway bar bushings
* New tie rods and tie rods ends
* New steering knuckle and rag joint
* New calipers and vented rotors
* Korman Automotive rear strut-brace with integrated trunk-mount battery relocation

How cool is that interior? And the shadowline style trim? This car is very close to what I would build if I had a budget and talent for such things. Makes me feel like I’m 17 again and reading early European Car magazines!


Note from Evan:
Dan and I both found this car and double posted, my comments are:
For those looking for something a little more wild than this fairly stock black beauty check out the 323i widebody posted and for sale on the site right now.

This car looks very nice.
All Euro with H4 head lights, better breathing M20 2.3 liter motor.
This 323i is just begging for someone to complete the murdered out look, give it some black rims and smoke those tail lights and orange corners. It has newer Cosmos Schwarz paint, that looks like a quality job, the original color was brown.
The lines are just classic, the little touches like the dual exhaust and the little trunk lip spoiler are perfect and it comes with a proper manual transmission. The houndstooth interior looks fantastic, it even carries through into the trunk and looks good.. The seller has $15000 in receipts an documents.

The car presents very well for the mileage. This looks like a real nice find.

Bidding is up to $6,300 with the reserve not met. Pretty healthy pricing for an 80s vehicle with 100,000 miles that, while special, wasn’t exactly top of the range when new. It is unclear what the seller is looking for price-wise, don’t expect this one to go cheap. I imagine it will attract the eyes of a few Bimmer fans. It has my attention.

1989 VW GTI w/ Turbo’d ABA

We’ve seen some pretty serious vintage VWs here recently, including the restored MkI Scirocco and tuned MkI GTI, both in the $14k-range. While those are lust-worthy and amazing VWs, that is a hell of a lot of money for 25-30 year old Volkswagens, cars that are supposed to be affordable and tuneable German machinery.

Which brings me to today’s MkII GTI, the kind of car that shows the level of fun possible with moderate investment in a VW. Turbo fun on the torquey ABA 2.0 and “almost-there” aesthetics for under $3,000 is what Volkswagen tuning is all about.

From the seller:

Up for sale is my 1989 Volkswagen GTI. The 8v, 2.0 liter ABA engine currently has right around 57k on it. The chasis has about 177k on it. The car is in remarkable shape. The body is near perfect. No dents, dings, scratches. The car has a borgwarner t3/t4 S200 .60 trim turbo currently running right around 6 psi. It also has a Revtec FMIC, Blitz BOV, and Eurosport exhaust. It runs great and makes good power. The front left wheel bearing (which I have) needs to be replaced. It has Weitec springs and Koni shocks. The paint is faded on the roof, but is very alive on the rest of the car. The hood is now primed black. The interior is also in good shape. It has Monaco seats, and a Momo wheel. The sunroof works, but leaks a bit when closed, i’m sure it needs new seals/stripping. It also needs a headliner. Its a very solid car, and I would certainly trust it to drive anywhere. Its great to drive, and gets a lot of attention. It has no AC, but the heater works perfectly. The car has been very well maintained. I only used royal purple when doing oil changes. Thanks for looking!

57k miles on the new ABA! Yes, there are some minor, non-mechanical issues to deal with like a leaky sunroof and lack of headliner (both common GTI afflictions), but I consider those part of the fun part when you’re getting a swapped and turbo’d GTI with a lot of quality cosmetic things going for it, e.g. wheels, straight body, and perfect single-crosshair and GTI-lined grill. This is MkII Volkswagen at its best, with some great work already accomplished; a little work and personalization could make this a show-worthy VW with a fraction of the investment of any other comparably-fun German auto.


1988 BMW 735i 5 speed with under 40k miles

Clean, low mileage E32 7 series aren’t very common these days. Those with a manual transmission are even less common, no matter the condition. Here’s a clean 735i 5 speed with just over 37,000 miles out on Long Island.

1988 BMW 735i 5 speed on eBay

The seller states:

This beautiful, never abused, and always maintained driving machine has had two local (Hamptons) owners since new. It’s been diligently serviced right here at Joe’s Garage for many years and is no exception to our 27 year commitment to quality of offering ready to safely drive and own vehicles.

All original paint, with one small ding on left side door(no paint abrasion- see photos), all mechanics and accesories properly working, and ready to drive anywhere. Tires have most of ther original and evenly worn tread, but prudence would suggest replacement, purely because of their age(we can easily do that if you call us to arrange).

NADA is listing high retail at $5,000 for a 1988 735i. There’s a few bids and a couple days left in the auction, so I’d wager to say this number will be met and most likely exceeded, as examples like these are rare. This car also has a good, neutral color for resale, the manual transmission makes it attractive to enthusiasts and there is the advantage of this car not having the complex V12 and expensive repair bills.


1990 Jackrabbit (GTI based) VW

No matter how big of a car enthusiast you are, there’s always going to be some obscure vehicle you stumble across from time to time, having no idea it existed. This is one of those vehicles. According to the seller about 25 were made by Herb Adams VSE, also known for his customization of various GM products.

The seller states:

1990 Jackrabbit Very rare, One of 25 that were produced by Herb Adams and VSE in 1990. This car is built with it’s own steel tubular frame. This car is very comfortable to drive,and you will love the way this car handle,and it is fast,at 1500 pounds with a 1.8 liter 16V fuel injected engine with a 5 speed transmission,out of a 1987 VW scirocco with less than 20k miles. This car is in “EXCELLENT OVERALL CONDITION.” Car comes with a tan canvas bikini top. You can drive this car cross country with no problems.This car is all up to date. Car has a very good heater for a Convertible. This car is title as a 1983 VW Rabbit GTI.

It is impossible to place values on cars like these, since there are so few and never come up for sale often, but $6,800 seems a bit steep for a kit car, in my opinion. According to the promotional video below, 0-60 mph arrived in 9 seconds, which is surprising given the car only weighed 1,500 pounds. For someone living near the ocean in a warm climate, this might be an attractive alternative to your typical VW dune buggy.


Very clean, higher-mileage E30 M3 on eBay

It’s been a while since I’ve written an E30 M3 up, but on a bike ride yesterday I revisited a local example that’s nicely lowered on larger-but-period-correct BBSs and it got my M3 appetite going again. This led me to an M3 that looks respectable inside and out despite pushing 170k miles. An absence of rust throughout and a clean exterior make it worth checking out for any potential M3 buyer.

The seller gave lots of descriptive pictures but pretty worthless words. The biggest question here is how much the 170k-miles S14 has left in it. In reality, it’s going to need a rebuild anywhere from a week after it’s bought to 30k miles- soon. And that’s my biggest problem with the $16k starting price. The exterior and underbody seem clean, which is great, but it’s got the classic driver’s bolster wear on ALL of the seats, meaning this M3 has carted 4 people around more than most and will need full reupholstering at some point too. Looking at $7k for the rebuild and at least $1k for the interior this car is already pushing $25k for a clean bill of health. Despite the demand for and collectibility of these cars, I still think that’s too much for a baseline E30 M3. I still see the market as being $15k-$20k for a well-sorted and clean M3; with this many miles, I just don’t see how the seller can expect more than $12k for this car. I guess that’s why he has zero bids with 2 days left.

Personal preference note: you’ll also have to spend money to replace those ill-fitting wheels.


2003 Mercedes S55 AMG Kleeman headers pulley upgrade

We see a lot of fairly new cars that just get crushed with depreciation. That leaves some great opportunities for secondhand buyers.

This 2003 S55 had an M.S.R.P. north of $100,000 and now can be had for $22,500. 75,000 miles on the car, which looks pretty clean. The interior looks great considering its light color.

With the addition of a Eurocharged 180mm pulley, Kleeman headers and tune added to the already potent supercharged engine, your probably looking at close to 550 horsepower and gobs of torque.

Sure you could buy yourself a nice brand new car with a warranty for this price, but it certainly won’t have the presence of this top of the heap German luxury sedan. If you don’t mind paying top dollar here is another chance for instant gratification for the holidays.


1991 BMW 325i Touring for sale in Canada

I was in Canada this weekend and a slick snow-prepped E91 wagon caught my eye. While the sports sedan is the quintessential BMW, the extended lines of their wagons work for me better. All touring versions of Bimmers are rare stateside thanks to our well-documented and silly aversion to wagons, but as opposed to models like the E34 and E46, the caboosed E30 was never available here. Quite a shame, because its clean and concise lines create a nearly-perfect wagon. The seller of today’s example imported it to Canada 4 years ago, and importation to the US could prove to be a headache, as could a number of cosmetic blemishes. I’d stock up on Advil though as long as it meant I could rock this modified 80s-tastic wagon using Borbet Type As as god truly intended.

From the seller:

It’s a 1991 325i 5-speed. Arctic silver with light gray interior. I am the original owner in Canada. It was brought in Feb of 2006.

-AMS chipped ECU (have injectors that can be swapped in to take full advantage of the chip as well)
-5 speed manual
-power (front) windows and manual sunroof and no AC
-Koni adjustable shocks with H&R sport springs. Front has SpecE30 camber plates. Car currently sits with 2 deg neg camber all around and handles like it’s on rails!
-BORBET Type A 16×7.5 with nearly new Nexen tires (not included but can be arranged as an extra purchase) Original ‘bottlecaps’ will be included.
-rear MHW black taillights (hard to find anywhere!)
-Short shift kit
-updated E36 radiator
-HID 6500K kit

The car is not perfect. Has a dent in the front driver’s side fender. Small rust spot on the driver’s rear wheel well and a small spot under the driver’s taillight (where the rear panel meets the side) as well as the passenger side rocker. Underbody is clean and solid. The strut towers don’t have ANY rust not even surface!

Car drives well and needs nothing for safety (some mechanics might not like how low it is).

I have a few parts still for it but that can be discussed with a serious buyer as to what will be included in the sale.

Why settle for another BMW like the M3, E34, E36, E28, E46, M5, M6, E24, 318is, 320i, 328i, 328is, when you can have quite a unique imported model like this one and turn heads everywhere you go?

The importation process must take a toll on these cars because I have yet to see one as clean and decked out as we see other models of BMW. Or maybe the guys who take the time to import and make them that nice don’t sell them. Regardless, the seller’s last sentence says it all for me. I don’t know if it would turn everyone’s heads, but those who know would love it and, more importantly, I’d be craning my head every time I walked to or away from it. Cleaned up, this has an ideal mix of 80s, performance, and weirdness for me. Bidding is just over $1500 but hasn’t hit the reserve yet. Balancing the mods, necessary work, decent mileage and overall desirability, somewhere in the $3XXXs sounds like a good price for a cool and unique BMW with a lot of potential.

Bonus points if you can keep the license plate.