Restomod BMW 1987 E30 325iS to M3

We’ve been talking behind the scenes here at GFCSB about the value of E30 M3s. One indication of a valuable vehicle is when folks start making clones of that model. What we have here is an extensive restoration and high end clone job. The folks that went to all the work on this BMW clearly understand that there is potential to get some of that investment back in the E30 Mr market.

The project started as a stripped rolling chassis and they went from there.  As the owner states, this isn’t one for the purists or concours divas.

It is a US spec, 1987 E30 325iS fully converted to E30 M3 body using all original metal OEM E30 M3 body parts, E36 M3 5 lug suspension, Porsche Brembo brakes, custom interior. Top quality work, all body/paint/engine/suspension/brakes are in excellent condition, everything is like new, everything work, there is no rust, no damage, no scratches, no blemishes, no leaks, no problems !!

ENGINE:

M20 motor was rebuilt using 2.7L block and 2.5L iS head, new gaskets, hoses, new timing belt, water pump, full tune-up (filters, plugs, etc..) DINAN chip. This motor pulls really hard, the car is very very quick with a nice power torque curve, it has a lot of power in low and high RPMs with nice mid range ooohmpp. There are no hick-ups, no dead zone in low RPMs (like the s14 motor), this car is fully capable of being a daily driver as well as canyon rocket, it can handle any kind of task you throw at it, this motor is surprisingly capable and is really fun. Motor has about 81k miles on it, no leaks, doesn’t burn any oil, no problems !

SUSPENSION / BRAKES

Full E36 5 Lug conversion, Front M3 Koni Adjustable Shocks, Vogtland Lowering Springs, Z3 Rear Suspension, Bilstien Sport Shocks, Porsche Turbo Brembo Front Brakes Cross Drilled Rotors, new pads, new engine mounts, new bushings, swaybar links, etc…
This car nadles like a dream and stops amazingly, everything works and everything is in excellent condition!

Time Capsule 1987 BMW M6 for sale

I mentioned the other day that I was more interested in writing about reachable German iron than “relative-creampuffs,” but there’s nothing relative about today’s M6 and I just couldn’t pass it up. With just 18k miles on the clock and near-perfect inside and out, this is a collector’s piece and is priced as such. The buy-it-now is $25k, about $10-15k more than a normal, decent M6.

From the seller:

Here we have a 1987 BMW M6 with 17805 original miles. The car has a clean white leather interior, and a solid black exterior. The has been garage kept since it was new. The car has been well taken care of, and adult driven. The vehicle has not been smoked in. The M6 drives like a new car and handles awesome. The car needs a new home for someone that can appreciate it. The only known flaw to my attention is that the a/c is not blowing as cold as it should, possibly needs a service done. The car has a BMW radar detector installed in the dash. There is one small door ding on the passenger rear quarter and a small scratch on the passenger front fender. The vehicles tires are in good condition and there is a new matching tire in the trunk.

There aren’t too many used M-cars out there with under 20k miles, let alone ones of 80s vintage, including the ultimate shark E24 M6. This is a great opportunity out there for someone with a big garage and a penchant for unsoiled M.

-NR…

First US Market BMW M6 (E24) for sale

While the BMW M6 debuted in North America in 1987, other markets had been enjoying this hopped up version of the E24 coupe under the M635CSi guise since 1983. While non catalyzed M6 engines were producing 286 horsepower, the North American market had to deal with “just” 256 horsepower. Here we have the very first M6 of 1,767 sold in North America.

The seller states:

1987 M6 First M6 built for US Market Serial Number 001:

This is the first BMW M6 ever built for the US Market. The vehicle is in all original condition. The engine was rebuilt a year and half ago and the car has had 100 miles put on it since. This is a very special vehicle due to the fact that it was the first one ever made. This car was actually a pre-production car and was held on to by BMW until 1988 when it was finally shipped to a dealer in California and sold. Being that this was a pre-production vehicle the car was built with out power seats and did not have the fixed rear center console.

The car lived in California until 2006 when it was purchased by a gentlemen in Washington DC. The car was then sold to a gentlemen in Rhode Island later that year. I purchased the car in the fall of 2007 and have enjoyed it ever since. I have all of the service records of the car through the years. The car has been maintained very well. To make the car into a show car the car would have to be repainted in its original Royal Blue Metallic paint color which is easily available and have the driver side bolster fixed where there has developed a rip.

The reason I’m selling the car is that I have other projects that I have gotten involved in and I’m not going to have time to get to this car in the near future.

1987 Mercedes 190E 2.3-16 Valve

Another Mercedes Cosworth special is up for sale. This black one has 79,089 miles and looks good.
This one has all original body panels and paint, but also has a lot of aftermarket additions. The seller also says they have all the original parts that were removed to make the performance updates possible.
Some of the upgrades to note are the Remus exhaust and the H&R suspension setup. Also some cosmetic upgrades to spruce up the look. The seller includes a ton of photos and a video of his car.
The dog leg shifter shows the signs of lots of fun use it surley is a blast to row through the gears on this car. As the seller notes it is too bad about the cupholders being drilled into the doors, but that is not really a huge deal. The seller clearly shows all the little scuffs and dings, which aren’t major at all. It is very satisfying to see such a complete honest advertisement that appears to leave no stone uncovered. It would be nice to try and get a set of fog lights that fit a little more flush than the ones that have been added, but again if these are the only two things detrimental to the car then a new buyer will be thrilled. You can see that the hood insulation has been pulled off. It is not uncommon on Benzs for that stuff to degrade and get pulled. It actually can make the engine run cooler with it gone. The hood could use some high temp matte black paint on the underside to clean it up. With the 190E hood being able to open 90 degrees it should be no problem to paint without having to remove.
I suspect the reserve is quite high for this auction it will be interesting to see how the pricing compares to a similar era BMW E30 M3.…

Euro 1987 Alpina B6 2.7 for sale

I give the E30 M3 a lot of love for many reasons.  Foremost, it’s my Eleanor, the perfect car that I’d give up all others for.  Its racing pedigree and gorgeous homologated shape only add to that desire.  But I think one thing that allows the M3 to be held in such exceptional regard is that it’s based off the quintessential, and thus ubiquitous, cheap German sports car, the BMW 3-series.  The fact that E30 318s and 325s are such regulars in beater race series like 24 Hours of Lemons and Chumpcar highlights their quick, cheap, and omnipresent nature.  The fact that the M3 explodes all of the good things about the E30 and is so hard to get ahold of leaves it on a misty pedestal while the lesser E30s pass as mundane.

Automobiles such as this Alpina B6 can distract some 3-series attention from the M3.  From the same North Wales seller as the B9 3.5 Coupe recently featured, this 2.7L sedan puts out more power than an M3 and has it’s own eye-catching styling.

The car looks to be in great shape and has covered just over 80k miles.  The silver Alpina stripes look absolutely awesome on Alpinweiss, and if you’ve read this site much, you know how I feel about those wheels (lust).  I also like the fact that it’s a 4-door.  The massive front spoiler looks like it could use some support via some other body pieces on the sides and back, but the railroad look is cool in its own way, and I love the old black lip spoiler out back.  The seller says it’s quicker than an M3, which it may be in a straight line but I doubt it can match the M3’s homologated suspension bits in the twisties.  …

Low-mileage 1987 BMW M6

I’m just going to keep rolling with the exceptional examples of older BMW M-cars I’ve been finding.  Though my personal tastes tend towards the hotted-up sedans and wagons (fast coupes are just so predictable), few grand tourers, 80s or not, match the sexiness of the E24 M6, aka M635CSi, aka landshark.  286 bhp from a race-bred inline-6 sounds pretty damn good today, let alone a quarter-century ago.  A private collection has decided to sell this immaculate, 27k-mile example on MunichEvo, ready to turn some lucky buyer into the coolest German gangster around.

27k mile 1987 BMW M6 for sale on MunichEvo

There’s a few nitpicky styling things I’d examine, i.e. immediate removal of the windshield banner if it’s still there, but overall this car is amazing.  White, notably the national racing color of Germany, makes 80s Bimmers seem even more proud.  27k miles is just mind-blowing, and I love that it has a carphone still.  It is the epitome of what the M6 can be, and shames the modern E63/4 version.  The main drawback is the price: $38,995 is a ton of money.  Yes, these cars are rare, and this is perhaps the best example out there, but it’d be much more attractive and reasonable closer to $30k, not 40.  And thus, it’s mostly just a fun reminder of how awesome BMW styling, especially on the M cars, used to be.

-NR…