There seem to be an increasing amount of E30s with later I6 swaps circulating these days. Engine swaps are quick to elicit suspicion, but it’s just about as easy to find a nice 325is with a swap as one with the original M20. Today’s takes cleanliness to a new level, most notably the Cinnabarot illustrating why these cars were so desirable brand new. A little eurotuner flair with slammed coilovers and blocky Keskin wheels, this may be the greatest 325 I’ve ever seen.
From the seller:
Exterior: One professional repaint approximately 5 years ago to its original Cinnabar Red color. Repaint was done by one of the few authorized BMW certified painters in Michigan, exceptional quality, all exterior trim was replaced with new at the same time (notice in the pics the exceptional fit of the rubber bumper guards and miscellaneous trim, none of the typical warping and misalignment you typically see on these old e30s). Other exterior improvements include: DDM HID / projector headlights, shadow-line style trim blackout, rare euro grill. Also has red-out treatment to factory tail lenses (covers the factory amber portion) looks much cleaner. Vehicle has a very nice stance thanks to new JOM coilovers with approximately 2.5″ lower ride height. Sits nicely on Keskin 16×7 et20 wheels wrapped in new performance radials. Overall exterior appearance is exceptional, and turns heads everywhere it goes.
Interior: Factory black Recaro sport interior, M-tech sport wheel, high-end Alpine head unit with ipod adapter, subwoofer, and amp hookups in trunk, new Sony Xplod speakers mounted in rear package tray. Factory gauge cluster was replaced with a custom unit with aluminum rings and high-contrast needles (please note that the mileage on that is not correct, actual mileage on car is appx 157000).
The Porsche 959 was one of the most legendary vehicles from the 1980s, if not the past century. Born out of the homologation rules of Group B rallying, the 959 enjoyed a four year production run and paved the way for future all wheel drive 911 models. The 959 was also steeped in controversy, as many folks tried, unsuccessfully to import them to the U.S., including Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Canepa Design eventually developed a modification package that included a reworked turbo, engine management system and exhaust, allowing the 959 to be road legal.
There is no telling whether this particular 959 is one of those U.S. legal examples, but these come up for sale too seldom, making it worth the feature.
The seller states:
1987 Porsche 959 supercar.
This is a rare one owner collectible, imported directly from Germany 1988 and kept in a private collection till now.
All service up to 5600 miles done by Stuttgurt Porsche factory, and it has only 7,800 miles. The paint still looks new and the interior is like a new car condition, a beatiful black leather.
This car comes with all books and tools from factory. Once it was over $1 million and it could go back sometime ……..it certainly a rare jewelry for a real Porsche enthusiast to own.
In total, there were 337 959s ever built, and prices reflect their rarity, accordingly. They are still relatively young in terms of a classic car and values seem to be all over the map. Originally costing $225,000 when new, Bonhams sold one for $204,000 back in 2004, and reports have it that Jerry Seinfeld had bought one for $700,000. The asking price of $375,000 seems to be right around the midpoint of the few I spotted for sale online recently.…
The W124 is one of those revered Mercedes-Benzes that has enthusiasts pine for the days of this German manufacturer’s engineering feats. Introduced in 1985 as a replacement for the equally legendary W123 lineup, the 300E was the bread and butter mid sized sedan for Mercedes and came equipped with the ubiquitous 3.0 liter straight six, producing 178 horsepower. Here we have an exceptionally well cared for, one owner early version of the 300E for sale in Maryland.
The seller states:
I am the original owner of this, garage kept, covered, hand washed, pretty day toy. Never driven in inclement weather. Not a mark, ding or dent on this car. Original factory spare, tools still in factor wrapper. New tires about 10,000 miles ago. Car has 58,000 miles. Dealer 60,000 mile service done within the last 2 months at a cost of $1,500. Automatic, cruise control, A/C, AM/FM Cassette player, electric adjustable seats with memory, sun roof, 6 cylinder 3.0 liter gas engine.
Getting ready to retire, and I currently have too many cars and am selling this one and an original owner 230SLK in the the same condition. This is a car that is known for longevity. I see them often with 200,000 plus miles on them. For the price of a used Honda you can have a virtually new Mercedes that has a lot of useful life left.
Like the 230E I featured a few months back, I believe this 300E represents the qualities that Mercedes-Benz built it’s reputation on: restrained luxury, timeless design and excellence in engineering. With less than 60,000 miles on the clock, this car has a lot of life left and even though $14,000 seems steep for a 24 year old sedan, the owner is willing to negotiate and honestly, I don’t think you could buy a more durable car for the price.…
An interesting combo here that looks pretty good. The price isn’t cheap, but this machine clearly was built up to a fine standard.
A Protomotive tuned 2006 twin turbo 3.8 is dropped into the 1987 930 chassis and then draped in a 993 look widebody kit.
The seller is claiming 850 horsepower and 0-60 in under 3 seconds with a 210 MPH top speed. I’m sure this thing is fast, but I don’t know about 200 MPH fast.
The transmission has thankfully been uprated to handle the power.
Monster 19″x 14″ rear wheels with 355/20/19 rubber fill out the wheel arches.
$75,000 ask price. Despite all the work that has gone into this car I suspect that this price won’t be reached, you Porsche guys might have a better sense on the value of such a “hybrid.” Questionable vanity license plate not included.
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 !!
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!
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.
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.
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.…
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. …
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.