2 E28s for the price of 1 on eBay

Hooniverse led me to this eBay ad, selling a 1984 533i with a Dinan turbo system.  I love E28s with their could-only-come-from-the-80s styling.  Whether it’s the best looking 5 series is a matter of personal preference, but the negative rake on the front and rear and the pronounced Hofmeister kink reek of good times with 80s junk bond money and listening to Genesis.  I can’t quite wrap my head around the Dinan work on this one… 400 hp out of a 533i?  Terrifying.  The bonus here is that if you bump into something, it comes with a running parts car!  I like the 535is a lot with its M5ish body kit, and free is a great price, even if it has an automatic.

The Dinan car looks to be in good condition inside and out, though the body kit from the 535is/M5 would make it much sexier without losing much of its sleeper status.  The engine bay is amazingly clean, though 183k miles on a turbo engine, even the solid M30, is a lot.   The 535is looks fine if a little rough, also having worked its way pretty far up the odometer.

This is not going to be a work-free purchase.  That doesn’t mean it’s a bad one; if you’re prepared/experienced for some E28 maintenance, this could be an awesome find.  I can’t help thinking the Dinan car would be better served if it were advertised by itself, as I spent more time confused by the weird 2-for-1 deal than in awe of a 400hp E28.  Also weird, though cool, is the option to choose what wheels come on the cars (go for the BBSs!).  Weirdness aside, they’re cool cars that could give someone a fun time, though they sit on eBay at $8,000 at time of writing with no bids and 2 days remaining.

-NR

Please Welcome Our Newest Authors

You’ve probably noticed a few changes around here. Dan and I are glad to have landed several new authors who have fit right in with their posts. This will help us bring even more great cars to you at an increased frequency. We’ve put together an About Us page so you can read a bit about the new contributors. We still welcome the occasional guest post and are happy to hear about our readers’ own cars and finds, as well as any suggestions or feedback you might have about how we are doing. Shoot us an e-mail at dan@motoringblogs.com.

~Evan

1972 BMW 2002tii

Ben and Evan have sourced a few interesting BMW 2002s in the past few days and adding on to those, I have come across a strikingly original 1972 BMW 2002tii.


Short description from the seller:

Original California car with same owner for 25 years(with records). Rare Tii with working AC and Sunroof. White with original tan interior. Very good condition inside and out. Some small splits on dash and driver seat. Upgraded 5 speed tranny. Great running car!

While restored 2002tii’s are bringing well over $20,000 these days, this is a pretty honest original that, with a little bit of tidying up, could serve either as a daily driver or for weekend amusement. This particular example is made more desirable by the slim bumpers and round taillights, both hallmarks of early 2002s. It should be noted that the original color of this vehicle was not white, but Tundra, as witnessed by the color tag right above the build plate. This is evidenced most clearly by the picture taken of the engine bay.

-Paul

1988 E30 M3 for sale on eBay

The holy grail.  As far as epic German cars go, few exceed the desirability of the E30 M3.  If you need to know why, please ask, but I’m guessing most of the readers here need no further introduction to my favorite car, so I’ll let the pictures do the talking for now.

I’ve seen this exact M3 on eBay before, and while it’s not some racer/tuner/showcar, I like it a lot (perhaps because it seems like such a driver).  M3s look good in any color, but I like them in the classic German racing white.  146k miles is ok but not great, as I’ve heard E30 M3s with more than 100k are asking for some serious service.  This one looks well taken care of though, with a lot of thorough mechanical attention and upgrades.  Apparently it needs a cat before it’s CA legal, but if you’re in a state with less stringent emissions standards (read: all of them), leaving the header-back exhaust is probably a good and loud option.  Of note is the price:  people go on and on about E30 M3s going for $20k and up, but perhaps this $12.5k Buy-It-Now represents a softening in the market.  Soft or not, these cars are established collectors items and this is a killer deal on the best car ever.

-NR

Weekend Warrior 1972 BMW 2002tii racer

This 2002 is being sold by someone who appears to be new to eBay, it looks legit, but as with any low feedback sellers be wary.

The description is good about what has been done to the car, but is lacking in information about race history, which is crucial when selling a racer. We really need to know what series the car was campaigned in, if any, SCCA, SVRA, HSR, etc. How many hours/races are on the motor? Giving previous lap times at tracks also can be good to include when selling a race car.
The seller mentions that the sale includes a “vintage SCCA log book”, but it isn’t clear if this is just any old log book or if it shows history that this car was raced when young. Looking it over it does not appear that this car was raced years ago, but instead converted much more recently. A car with genuine vintage race history will bring a higher price and also be welcomed at more vintage racing events.

A new owner wanting to campaign this should really talk to the current owner and check the rulebook for any potential race organization they plan to race under. The preparation on this car definitely looks like a weekend wrencher so it is possible it was just taken out for rental track days. This might mean it will need a number of mods to qualify for a group like SVRA. A potential buyer could also see if the current owner has any spares stashed away that could be negotiated into the purchase.

The body does look solid and this could be pretty fun to zip around in off the track too.

From the seller, here is a description and a list of modifications:

Suspension
*Carerra Coil Overs Front with extra springs*Bilstein Shocks*Race Springs*Super Oversize Sway Bars*Rear Adjustable Oversize Sway Bars
*Adjustable Camber Plates Front
ENGINE
*300 Degree Alpina Euro Cam
*10 to 1 Dome Top Pistone
*Bored 20 or 40 over
*Modified Baffled Oil Pan
*32/36 Weber Carb
*Modified Jets in Carb
*Polished Intake
*Headers
*HOT Coil (Top End Performance)
*Carter Hi Volume Fuel Pump (Top End Performance)
*Pertronix Ignition
*Electric Radiator Fan
*Special “Tropical” Radiator (La Jolla Independent)
*Light weight fly wheel
*New Crank Bearings
DRIVETRAIN
* 5 Speed 275 Gertrag (320i transmission)
*Shortened and Balanced Drive shaft
*410 Locked Rear End
INTERIOR
* Reccaro Seats
*Performance Steering Wheel
*5 Point harness
*Roll Bar welded and bolted
*Roll Bar tied to the rear shock towers (Stiffens rear suspension)
*Large Dead pedal
*Gauges / Toggles / Push button start
*Stripped rear and no carpet
EXTERIOR
*Nice Race white paint
*NO RUST interior or exterior
*Vintage Wheels 2 sets
*Race slicks Hankook
*European Front Marker Lights (flush for better aerodynamics)
*New BMW logo’s
*On Off Battery Switch
OTHER
*Battery in trunk
*Stainless Steel Brake Lines
*Headlight Housings available
*Vintage SCCA LOG BOOK
*Front Spoiler with brake duct vents
*INCLUDED IN SALE IS THE Tii FUEL INJECTION
*NOT INCLUDED IN SALE but available is a tandem wheel trailer with electric brakes

~Evan

2005 Mercedes-Benz E55 wagon

After the glut of minivans and sport utility vehicles that have flooded the automotive landscape over the last two decades or so, the wagon, or estate vehicle, has become an afterthought in many people’s minds. Mercedes, however, has shown a steadfast commitment to the body style, as they have offered a wagon in their lineup every year for the past 32 years. Below is an example of how perfectly Mercedes-Benz blends style, performance and utility in one irresistible package.

The E55 wagon attained almost instant classic status when Mercedes announced they would be selling it here on U.S. shores, because everyone knew it had no equals and was meant as a limited production model. The E55 and E63 which followed accounted for a few hundred sales across the U.S. during it’s production run. Not many family haulers can brag about sharing a supercharged V8 engine with the legendary Mercedes-Benz SL roadster.

The seller states:

One of 129 (verified with Mercedes AMG Private Lounge – I’m a member/AMG nut with 2 other AMG cars) E55 Estates produced for the 2005 model year. In VERY RARE Platinum Blue Metallic with Black/Blue two-tone interior (has subtle blue stitching throughout), light grey headliner. 31.5k miles with 2 owners (AutoCheck is incorrect, 2 of the noted owners are Mercedes dealers).

This has to be one of my favorite Mercedes-Benzes of the last two decades, partly due to its rarity and the Q ship factor. This is a true multipurpose vehicle, as you can find yourself hauling a wardrobe while simultaneously clipping an apex at 75 mph. And if you are a parent and just can’t let go of your youth, this is the best way to have your cake and eat it while on your way to soccer practice.

-Paul

1964 Mercedes 220SE Leichenwagen / Hearse in Italy

Another unique opportunity here. Normally we keep the auctions to North America, but this was too good to pass up.

The bodywork is nice, but the interior is spectacular. Like the Langversion Merc I posted recently it will take someone with a interesting vision to take advantage of a car like this. Though keeping this just as is doesn’t seem like a bad idea. It is really too nice to turn into a German  Ecto 1.

The new owner would want to make sure to keep this away from anything that could damage all that custom glass in the back. Speaking of glass, I’m always a fan of the Euro headlights on all Benzs. In this case they replace the dual light vertical stack on the U.S. versions.

The original ask was $6500 Euros about $9400 and it didn’t sell. I wish there were more pictures. The folks over at Bring A Trailer also picked up on this ride.

I wonder if anyone famous got a ride in the back?

~Evan

Another 87 Mercedes 190 2.3-16 For Sale with Only 44k Miles!

It must be deja vu I think as I don’t believe this is the same car that was listed before on this blog. But here’s another very low miles 2.3-16 for sale on the left coast in Berkley, California for $11,500 (Craigslist):

Mercedes 190 2.3-16 For Sale

quote from seller’s listing:

This incredible 190E 2.3-16v is in impeccable original low-mile condition, and has had dealer service since new. For the last five years it’s been in the hands of a Northern California Mercedes Benz dealer family. This is not only a high performance car in great condition – it’s also an important bit of history. After developing its four-valve cylinder head with motorsport specialists Cosworth, as well modifying its suspension, transmission, aerodynamics, exhaust and interior, Mercedes unveiled the 2.3-16 at the Nurburgring in 1984 in a race that included several former and future Formula One champions, including Niki Lauda, Alan Prost and Ayrton Senna (who won), as well as Stirling Moss, who had famously driven for Mercedes in its heyday.

Most 16v’s available today are high mileage and/or modified cars. This one shows and drives as nearly new, to which we can attest as this is our third (our first having 17,000 miles on the odometer when it came through the dealership in 1989). 2.3-16’s were only available in the U.S. in only 1986 and 1987, and this `87 may be seen as an appealing “interim” model. It has the flushed-in headlights of the ‘87 models, but retains the simpler and more reliable sunroof and sunroof control of the `86 cars. Recent work includes a major service with upgraded-spec MB factory injectors; serviced rear SLS suspension and replaced front suspension ball joints; refurbished a/c; and four new Michelin Pilot tires. A December 2009 smog report shows unbelievably low emissions, attesting to the car’s impeccable mechanical condition. The bodywork is straight and clean with no signs of accidents or repairs. The original paint is very good for a 20-plus year old car, with good shine and few stone chips.

I love these cars! And not to sound like a broken record, but an e30 M3 of the same vintage would have a starting bid of twice the price. I realize you can make an argument that the M3 has a more sporting intent, and the winning pedigree, but not at twice the price. Someone go snag this fantastic deal!

dc

1987 VW Quantum for sale on eBay

I felt I was being a little too Bavarian-centric with my first posts, then all Porsches earlier this week, so I went looking for a good VW.  My oh my, did I choose the right day to look for Volkswagens!  Quantums are a rare breed in general.  The Passat progenitor had the simple lines of 80s VWs and was available with Syncro, the best named of all 4WD systems.  With Syncro it came with the Audi-sourced 5 cylinder.  Revered more for their capability than their looks, many of this generation are more 4WD beaters than clean machines.  This ECS Tuning Quantum bucks the trend and more, with a clean white exterior and a well-modified Ur-Quattro drivetrain conversion (!!!).

Some of the modifications from the listing:

THIS QUANTUM HAS HAD AN AUDI UR QUATTRO DRIVETRAIN CONVERSION.  DETAILS INCLUDE A SPECIAL BUILD HIGH COMPRESSION MC CODE AUDI SPORT 5-CYLINDER TURBO, AUDI SPORT INTERNALS, CUSTOM CRANKSHART, LARGER OIL PUMP AND COOLER, 411 GEARS WITH DUAL LOCKING DIFFS, SACHS RACING CLUTCH, NEW HYDRUALIC BRAKES, LARGER MASTER CYLINDER, WILLWOOD BRAKES WITH HAWK HPS PADS, POWDER COATER REAR CALIPERS, FULL GROUND CONTROL COIL OVER SET UP (POSSIBLY THE ONLY ONE IN THE US), ALL NEW POLY CONTROL ARMS, BATTERY RELOCATED TO REAR, BIGGER SECONDARY WATER PUMP, FULL STAINLESS EXHAUST (NO CAT), FULL STAINLESS DOWNPIPE FOR RS2 HYBRID KKK TURBO, RS2 HYBRID TURBO, CUSTOM SPORT QUATTRO WASTE GATE, CUSTOM BOOST PIPING, SEARCO INTERCOOLER, HKS SUPER SEQQUENTIAL BOV, AUDI SPORT CIS FUEL SYSTEM WITH ADJUSTABLE PRESSURE FOR DIFFERENT PUMPS, MIM 17 INCH WHEELS, ECLIPSE SOUND SYSTEM, BOOST GUAGE, MOMO STEERING WHEEL, AUDI SPORT INTAKE MANIFOLD, AUDI SPORT EXHAUST MANIFOLD (PORT MATCHED), HI REV VAVLE SPRINGS, CUSTOM HEAD WORK AND MUCH, MUCH MORE.

This really is an awesome car. Amazing drivetrain conversion, clean exterior, and only 72k miles. It could use some cleaner wheels and more tire (and ditch the nauseating hood pins), but hot damn. RS2 turbos? Wilwood brakes? Locking diffs? Forget that S4 fetish of mine; I want an RS2 Quantum!

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss

For those of you who find some of our under $10k cars a bit mundane here is opportunity for you.

With only 75 ever built perhaps one day this will be collectible, but for now I wouldn’t consider this a real investment grade vehicle, though someone is trying to turn a profit with the ask here being $1,800,000, which is several 100k over original MSRP. This is a chance to show up all those folks in their “standard” SLRs.

Lightweight and with 640 horsepower, 220 mph can be achieved if you find enough road. With no windows or windshield goggles would be a must.

It is really hard to fathom what exactly you would do with this, it isn’t street legal in the U.S., but you can probably get it through on show plates or just take it to track events. The seller says the car is currently in Germany.

Not bad looking, but not exactly beautiful. I suppose it is nice to know if you really want one they can be had. It is pretty cool for a company to pay homage to someone as important to their history, as Stirling Moss was for Mercedes, while they are still alive as well.

You would think if you were selling a 2 million dollar car you would add a bit more credibility to your sale by providing better pictures and description. Of course it sort of loses a bit of mystique just being on eBay in the first place.

~Evan