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!
“Hell Yes!” is what I thought the first time I blogged this car on my old blog. The car is available again and is currently on eBay:
1987 Mercedes-Benz 190-Series 190E 2.3-16 For Sale in PA on eBayMotors
quote from seller’s ad:
I have only owned the car since March 2008, driving 3,500 careful miles during that time and keeping it garaged. Due to a growing number of drivers (five) in my family, and a limited stable of vehicles, the 2.3-16 faces being pressed into daily-driver duty, to include wintertime. This car is too beautiful (and tricky on ice & snow, I would imagine) to have that occur, so I will instead seek a good home.
My car (previously owned by an automotive journalist) was featured in a February 2007 Automobile magazine article (“Second Hand Thrills”) comparing, contrasting, and singing the praises of the 2.3-16 and the original BMW M3. He had owned it for three-plus years, kept amazing records, and treated the car with upmost care. I have continued the meticulous care and careful record-keeping, although my primary entries onto the spreadsheet that he created have been fuel mileage (20 mpg city; 26+ highway) plus an oil change and a recharging of the A/C.
Strengths: Starts immediately, cold, warm, or hot, and idles & revs as intended. Clutch and shifter work perfectly, and there is no sign of synchro wear. Steering is precise, with no wandering or vibrations through the wheel. Brakes are excellent by any standard, and tires are as-new. Interior features perfect wood, completely crack-free and unblemished dash, leather seats in like-new condition, all lights & gauges in working order (even the factory-installed digital stopwatch) and climate control operates perfectly. Power windows, mirror (right side only; left side is manual), sunroof, and stereo/cassette fully functional. Body is completely straight, paint is excellent, and all aero pieces are in place and properly aligned.
These cars are only gaining in value and the negative’s the seller notes are all very minor. With only 44k miles, someone could snag a great potential investment. Or a car that is begging to be driven!
Good luck with the sale Matt!
I featured a couple of BMW‘s models that are worth keeping an eye on for good value, but how about some Porsches.
Ask any air cooled 911 owner what the best value in the range is, and 9 times out of 10, they’ll tell you to consider the Porsche 911SC from 78-83. Visually, it’s nearly identical to the later Carrera which commands quite a bit more cash, yet still retains a modern-classic look with body details that dates back to 74. And it’s no slouch with around 180hp. I’ve had the pleasure of driving my good friend Paul’s 1980 911sc on numerous occasions.
Here are a couple I spotted surfing Craigslist that caught my eye.
1980 Porsche 911sc Sweet Condition. Red Rocket! – $18900 (Boise, 85k miles)
1979 Porsche 911sc – $16500 (Eugene, 97k miles)
Early Porsche Boxster
Watch the reviews and it’s obvious the Boxster is a classic already. With prices well under $20k for well equipped models, they’re a serious consideration if you’re in the market for a sporty drop top.
2000 Porsche Boxster with only 46k miles – $16500 (Seattle)
1999 Porsche Boxster – $17000 (Beaverton, Oregon, 38k miles)
I had started a Porsche Boxster S FAQ at my old blog, but it’s still worth referencing for any early Boxster purchase. My buddy Paul tells me working on these cars is a PITA, but damn, it’s hard not deny the appeal and versatility of these cars.
As with any car I’d seriously consider buying, I’d do a Pre-Purchase Inspection and CarFax history report to begin the background check. But for under $20k you have your choice of either a classic 911 or a modern-classic Boxster to fulfill the Porsche fantasy.
We’ll start with dessert first, a 1983 Porsche 944 modified by Callaway Turbo Systems. The ad states it’s one of 20 examples ever made. At $80k listed, I have no idea if this is a good deal or pipe dream, but it sure is cool!
quote from seller’s CL ad:
This Porsche is one of only 20 ever built. 5 of these Porches are at the Porche museum in Stutgart, Germany. This vehicle has had a complete inspection, new brakes and rotors, multiple mechanical upgrades on 7/28/08. It is extremely fast and street legal, but could be raced under historic ranking since it has a full rollbar. All gauges work. I have performance specifications from Callaway Turbo Systems if desired. Best offer will be considered.
Like the look but a little outside your budget? Check out this mint 1984 Porsche 944 with 38k miles!
quote from CraigsList ad:
1984 Porsche 944.
38,200 miles. 5-speed. All stock and original except stereo.
PS, A/C, power windows & mirrors. Everything is in perfect working order. Clean carfax.
Rare dark “Kopenhagen” blue exterior. Immaculate black leather interior.
Newer tires, shocks, and struts. All manuals and complete maintenance records. Synthetics used regularly.
Timing and counter-rotating shaft belts replaced.
The car drives tight and strong.
In addition to being a very affordable and low miles Porsche, this looks like a nice investment opportunity as well. Excellence Magazine’s 944 Market Update in the April 08 issues indicates that an excellent condition 1984 Porsche 944 is worth $8k. In addition, the rare color and low miles would probably qualify for their additional 10% consideration, making this car look like good value at full asking. Their past analysis indicates the car was worth a low of $5k in 2005 and has been steadily increasing since.
Hmmm, Spokane is only three and half hours away…
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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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!
This car is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but for those who grew up in the Miami Vice era reading VW & Porsche will know what makes this car a standout. This auction recently ended with no sale at $20k, and a buy-it-now of $48k.
1988 Porsche Strosek 911 Turbo For Sale on eBayMotors
quote from seller’s eBay listing:
This great Turbo sets itself apart from all of the others due to it’s Strosek body kit, white gauge faces and Racing Dynamics wheels. A very striking look indeed!!
This car isn’t perfect, but this combination of original Strosek and Racing Dynamics aftermarket pieces are difficult to source today. $50k seems pretty high for a car with 60k miles, pitted bodywork, and stained interior. But this car could really serve as a childhood fantasy car project to rebuild or enjoy.
If I had half a brain, I’d buy this myself. 2.3-16’s aren’t as valued as e30 M3’s, but they’re clearly gaining value as a result of the surge in values related to those M3’s.
Mercedes 190 2.3-16 Black For Sale
Mercedes 190 2.3-16 Interior
Mercedes 190 2.3-16 For Sale
quote from eBay listing:
You will find that this car is not only beautiful but also has excellent racing pedigree. Latest articles/videos (in the past 12 months) on this car seem to indicate that its increasing collectability level is gaining momentum. Sports Car Market’s 2008 Price Guide (printed in Winter 2007) prices this car between $10K-$16K and showing an increase of 13% in the past year. At the rate collector cars are increasing, I would not be surprised if the prices have gone up a bit more during 2008. Just for comparison, I believe there are two 16V models for sale on ebay right now and have buy-it-now prices at $15K.
This particular car looks well looked after with a maintenance binder, original parts included, and appropriate upgrades like European lighting. For $13k, this looks like a sharp buy with a hard to find color combo.
The Mercedes 500E was the top of the line in the Merc E series W124 range. But that’s really an understatement when discussing the 500E. It is a very special car that was actually engineered and built in collaboration with Porsche. It is easily distinguished by it’s wider wheel arches and low, chunky stance.
The owner is listing the car on VWVortex for only $14k. In addition to a nice history of the model, lots of photos, and all the reference links, he also lists standard shipping cost to common ports in the U.S. ranging between $1-2k dollars.
The pictures look pretty good, but you know, I think this would best be inspected in person so you could make an excuse to hang out in Hawaii for a couple of days 😉 Good luck with the sale Brodie!
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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