1988 BMW M3

1988 BMW M3

It’s only been a little over a week since I last looked at an E30 M3. A 297,000 mile example with extensive rebuild work, it brushed up against $40,000 in bidding in the no reserve auction.

Clearly, M3 mania hasn’t died down all that much.

Sellers have taken note; at any given time, there are a plethora of E30 M3s available on the market. Today’s search yielded no less than eight examples on eBay; average asking price? About $64,000. But that’s nothing compared to the nine that Enthusiast Auto Group have, including no less than five Sport Evolutions. If you have to ask….

But not many sellers are laying it out on the line. If the market really is plum crazy for these cars, why are more people not rolling the dice and taking market value? For example, if a nearly 300,000 mile example hits the best part of $40,000, what would a much lower mile example bring?

We’re about to find out.

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1988 Porsche 930 Coupe

1988 Porsche 930 Coupe

I’m going to take a short break from my value shopping to present a 930 that I like quite a bit. It is not a good value. It is, however, a color combination I like a lot and don’t see that often.

Here we have a Marine Blue Metallic 1988 Porsche 930 Coupe, located in Kentucky, with what I believe is a Linen leather interior and 53,285 miles on it. The ad is very short on the details and while I don’t mind a concise ad a 50K mile 930 isn’t really a candidate for such a lack. So there’s legwork to be done on the part of any interested buyer, but it’s a really attractive car.

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Year: 1988
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 53,285 mi
Price: $125,000 Buy It Now

This is a beautiful 1988 Porsche 930 Turbo. Low mileage at 53,285. Runs and drives great. Exterior is a rare marine blau metallic. Interior shows normal wear for its age. This is a very special car and will not last long!

Every time I see a Linen interior I wonder if it’s a complete pain to keep clean. Some of the photos here kind of show the sort of thing that would worry me! Generally speaking this interior looks quite good and in good shape. There don’t appear to be any major problems like tears, scuffs, or cracks in the dash. It looks very clean. But a light colored interior like this will show dirt and imperfections much more than darker colors, even much more than tan, and here we see the evidence of that. Given how close up the pictures appear to be I don’t think it’s the sort of thing we’d get too upset about.…

1988 BMW 735i

1988 BMW 735i

You don’t see many E32s on the road anymore. Most have been consigned to the junk yard by now. That’s a shame. With this generation 7-series, BMW hewed close to the guiding principles that served it well back in the day, when it offered cars with simple, unfussy styling and a brawny but somewhat subdued road presence. The V12-powered 750iL was marvelous when running right but monstrously expensive to fix when it broke. The “entry level” 735i, on the other hand, was powered by the notoriously robust, inline six M30 engine. Displacing 3.4 liters, it’s the same motor that found its way into the 535i and 635CSi of the same period. With about 208 hp on tap to move around a car weighing about 3,500 lbs, it was no performance behemoth. But it certainly cost less to run than its larger-engined siblings. That makes this nicely kept 735i the perfect candidate for use as an interesting daily driver.

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Outstanding E32 Face Off: 1988 BMW 735i and 750iL

Outstanding E32 Face Off: 1988 BMW 735i and 750iL

Such was the depth of BMW’s great designs from the 1980s that often the E32 is overlooked. Unlike the E23 it replaced, the scaled-up Claus Luthe-inspired design really worked and the heavy-weight look of the 5-series in a fat suit was met with more aggression, yet still elegantly. As you’d expect from a car intended to challenge the W126, BMW threw the kitchen sink at the 7-series, upping not only the technology, luxury and interior materials utilized in the E32, but the engine offerings, as well – the M70 and later M73 V12s beat Mercedes-Benz to the market with silky smooth and powerful twelve cylinder motors that were the trump card with the Trump types.

Yet while popular and well built, finding good examples of especially early 7s has become quite difficult. Today we have two interesting examples to consider. Both are far from original, though each in their own way is compelling. For those who like subtle speed, there’s a M70-powered, low mileage 750iL Alpina B12 5.0 clone from Japan. If you’re a little more in-your-face and like to row your own, there’s a Racing Dynamics-inspired 735i 5-speed. Which would you choose?

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All Black Everything: 1988 BMW M5 Euro Clone

All Black Everything: 1988 BMW M5 Euro Clone

Let’s get the elephant in the room out in the open: this 1988 BMW M5 has 225,000 miles, and the asking price is $42,000. It’s also pretty far from original.

Still reading?

That’s good, because there’s really a lot to like in this particular example of the legendary chassis. First off, it’s one of the very, very few of the already scarce U.S. spec E28s that were imported with option 0232 – full black leather. That makes it one of 101 imported to North America as such, and of those only 30 were sold in the U.S.. That alone makes it quite desirable. But then this M5 goes a step farther, and by a step I mean several flights of stairs. Outside we have a European bumper and headlight swap; I know, some people prefer the U.S. setup in the same way that some people consider Marilyn Manson a musical artist. It’s also ditched the original M5 rolling stock for wider, modular and forged BBS RS wheels. And that high mileage? No worry, the S38 has been rebuilt and turned up a few notches, while the upgraded suspension has dropped down and stiffened the ride.

The result? Boy, does this look like one mean super sedan.

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1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

I’ve been on quite a run of 3.2 Carreras lately and for whatever reason it seems like almost all of them have been from the ’88 model year. I don’t know why that is. I can’t recall any recent sales of an ’88 that would draw other owners out of the woodwork to try and sell their ’88 911 as well. Even if that were the case I’d still expect just as many ’87s and probably even ’89s to pop up. Anyway, here we are and here we have another ’88, this time a Carrera Cabriolet and it’s parked next to the ocean, which means it will draw my attention immediately. We are well within the warmer months so this is as good a time as any to pick up a nice Cabriolet for summer top-down enjoyment. This one here is from the lower mileage portion of the spectrum so it won’t likely come at quite as reasonable a value as some of the others available, but with the market seemingly overflowing with ’88 Carreras perhaps one like this can be had for a little lower cost. It’s certainly worth a shot.

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Year: 1988
Model: 911 Carrera Cabriolet
Engine: 3.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 57,530 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

Goodman Reed Motorcars

805-202-4557

Please Note: The car was initially photographed prior to having a beautifully refurbished and correct steering wheel installed, which can now be seen in the interior photographs. The correct shift knob has also been ordered and will be installed prior to delivery.

Offered for sale is an exceptionally clean and mechanically strong 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet with 57k documented miles from new. Finished in striking and timeless Marine Blue Metallic over a Linen leather interior, the car is as mechanically sound as it is beautiful, a strong original example that comes with its books and manuals (including the stamped service booklet) and a clean CARFAX report documenting the car’s mileage history.

1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

There is a loose connection between this post and yesterday’s 1981 Porsche 930. The connection isn’t really between the cars and owners, but more in my sense of the value each might represent as capable driver-quality Porsches. Thankfully, there appear to be far fewer questions with this 911 than with yesterday’s 930 and while the 930 certainly possesses a ferocity and allure that is tough to match for a standard Carrera, a good classic 911 always has appeal. Perhaps even better, the reserve on this auction has already been met so we now proceed without worrying that the seller has set an overly optimistic reserve.

Here we have a Guards Red 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in North Carolina, with black interior and 121,985 miles on it. The pictures aren’t hi-res so we don’t get a perfect sense of its condition, but still it shows pretty well and appears to have been well cared for.

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Year: 1988
Model: 911 Carrera
Engine: 3.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 121,985 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

Regrettably I must sell my 1988 Porsche Carrera G50 coupe. It is bone stock, unmodified and original/unrestored . I have owned it for ten years. No dash cracks, few flaws all rubber soft and pliable. It appears to have been indoors since new. Paint is original but for the whaletail. All items Porsche I have are included in the sale,see pics. It is a wonderful car I feel privileged to have owned it. Pre purchase inspections on my turf are welcome and recommended. Call ,text or email for more info. Norm 863 443 2030 nglen@mail.co

Though this 911 is stated to be “unmodified and original/unrestored” that obviously is a slight fudging of things since the whale tail is not its original tail.…

Motorsports Monday: 1988 Volkswagen Scirocco 16V

Motorsports Monday: 1988 Volkswagen Scirocco 16V

Unlike the last string of cars, the Scirocco presented for your consideration this morning is not perfect. It’s not low mileage, and it’s not all original. If you’re into Amelia and Greenwich Concours, you’re not going to be invited onto the law.

But maybe you’re more the type that wants to roll up to those events, rev it to the redline and drop the clutch in a smokey burnout while you chuck the deuces up at the stiff upper lips?

I get it. Cars are meant to be driven, and driving can be fun. Can you believe that? So this 1988 Volkswagen Scirocco has been built to enhance speed rather than paint shine, lap times instead of originality, and performance opposed to preservation. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing!

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1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

I’m on a little bit of a 3.2 Carrera run lately. There have been some nice examples from across the model range. This one here though I think is the prettiest. It’s color combination provides the type of stormy look I’ve mentioned previously, which is one that I especially enjoy, though on this Carrera it’s a less dark version of the ocean storm mix. The combination here is Venetian Blue Metallic over a Linen leather interior. I think it provides a nice contrast to the ’89 Targa I featured earlier this week, which had a similar Linen interior but contrasted it with a Slate Grey exterior. Here, the body color matching Fuchs look especially good and that adds to the allure. I don’t know if there’s just something about Venetian Blue that works well as a wheel color, but it’s pretty clear not all painted Fuchs are created equal and this color is a step well above a few others. Overall, this is a really pretty 911 and it looks to be in nice condition.

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Year: 1988
Model: 911 Carrera
Engine: 3.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 95,188 mi
Price: $44,950 Buy It Now

1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

The 3.2-liter Carreras was one of the best Porsches built. They were extremely reliable and had all the creature comforts of a modern car: electric sunroof, electric windows, air conditioning, cruse control and power seats. These 3.2 engines are known to go 200,000 miles before needing a top end rebuild.

Very desirable and rare color combination Venetian Blue Metallic with a Linen Grey interior. Excellent mechanical condition. G-50 hydraulic 5-speed transmission. Very clean, 100% rust free and as straight as they come. Clean Carfax. Over $13,000 in recently service including New Yokohama RE71 performance tires and New Bilstein Sport Shocks.

Double Dose of Insanity: 1988 BMW M3 v. 1994 BMW 325i

Double Dose of Insanity: 1988 BMW M3 v. 1994 BMW 325i

In my usual searches I had an interesting dichotomous reaction to one number: $16,500.

The first I came across was a 1988 BMW M3 with a no reserve auction bid up to $16,500. “Wow! That’s actually pretty reasonable! I thought. Next, I saw a 1994 BMW 325i with a ‘Buy It Now’ of the exact same $16,500. “What the hell is the seller thinking?!? How absolutely ridiculous!” I scoffed.

Yet, neither car was as it originally seemed once the descriptions were opened, and suddenly a comparison was in order…

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1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

I think this 911 has been for sale for a while. I could be wrong, but I know this dealer has had a decent number of very-low mileage 3.2 Carreras and I’m assuming this one is part of that group. So why feature it now? Because it’s 4:30 am and I can’t sleep. I’m looking at cars and this one piqued my curiosity, to a degree clearly more than usual, and now I’m writing about it. The asking price, the mileage, and of course the interior. I love a red leather interior, a point that perhaps comes into focus during insomnia-fueled car trawling. It is in such moments of clarity that greatness can be achieved. Ok, so that’s probably a stretch, but I am realizing that I do like this 911. The interior isn’t for the fainthearted – the CoA is hard to read, but the color actually is Lipstick Red – and on a Cabriolet it stands out even more. There’s nowhere to hide, but that’s the idea.

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Year: 1988
Model: 911 Carrera Cabriolet
Engine: 3.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 19,330 mi
Price: $77,800 Buy It Now

1988 Porsche 911 Cabriolet
We have just added to our extensive exotic car inventory a beautiful 1988 Porsche 911 Cabriolet in Black with Lipstick Red special leather interior and only 19,300 miles. This 911 is equipped with: 5 speed manual transmission, full power left seat and four way power passenger seat, limited slip differential, steering wheel with raised hub, Blaupunkt Reno radio, 16″ forged light alloy wheels, automatic heating control, power operated top, cruise control, spoilers front and rear, alarm system, luggage compartment in black velour, complete books, extra keys, certificate of authenticity, tool kit and jack.

1988 Audi 80 quattro

1988 Audi 80 quattro

The Audi 80 quattro was a great replacement for the 4000 quattro in many ways. And, in many ways, it was a complete let down. It was more quiet with better interior materials and better technology. It also had more power with the 2.3 liter inline-5, but additional sound deadening and more technology all meant more weight, so the new 80 quattro felt slower than the 4000 had. That technology meant it wasn’t quite as “cool” as the 4000 had been, either – you could only lock one differential thanks to a new center Torsen unit, and then at 15 m.p.h. the rear diff would unlock electronically. BOOOO, Audi, BOOOO! How am I supposed to channel Hannu Mikkola if your electronic nannies are undoing my sick slide?

Did it matter that the second generation of quattro was probably better in most conditions for the majority of drivers? Not really. It didn’t matter that fundamentally the 80 was a better car, either. The 80 had three strikes against it before it even went on sale here. First was the price; at around $24,000 out the door with a few options, it was considerably more expensive than even the expensive 4000 quattro had been. Second was that it was no longer top fiddle; the 90 quattro was the upscale model, meaning that if you wanted body-color bumpers, for example, you needed to pony up even more for the “nicer” model. Heck the 4000 had body-color bumpers in 1985 for less money. What was Audi thinking? And to top it off, there was the whole 60 minutes fiasco.

Those factors combined to doom the B3 here, no matter how good it was. In 1988, with the release of a fresh model, Audi barely managed to outsell the antiquated 4000 quattro. The 80 and 90 quattro combined to sell just 94 more examples than the 1987 4000CS quattro had (3,023 v.…

1988 Porsche 930 Slantnose Coupe

1988 Porsche 930 Slantnose Coupe

A couple weeks ago I featured a 930 Slantnose Cabriolet. It was a pretty nice looking example of these wild Turbos and I mentioned in that post the way in which those cars sort of epitomized our sense of ’80s excess. It’s a car that would have been right at home next to the white Testarossa on Miami Vice. Truthfully, the Slantnose is a little too excessive for me in Cabriolet form. Well, excessive might not be the right word, but basically the look doesn’t really wow me even if I do think they are kind of cool cars.

The coupe seems way cooler. As a kid a Slantnose Coupe definitely would have qualified as a poster car. They’re over the top in all the right ways and while they depart significantly from the basics of the 911 design, they aren’t really a departure from Porsche design. Porsche racers long have featured massive wings and sloping fronts, foregoing beauty for functionality and aggression. The 930 Slantnose Coupe provides a showcase of that in road-going form. Here we have a really attractive example from late in 930 production and in a rare color combination of Nougat Brown Metallic over Mahogany leather.

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Year: 1988
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 51,852 mi
Price: $154,995 Buy It Now

Ferrari of Houston & Ferrari of The Woodlands present this special factory 1988 Porsche 911 Turbo Flat Nose with only 51,842 miles. Traded by a repeat client and recently serviced by our friends at Motorwerks Houston.

Production Completion Date for this original Porsche Factory 505 code “Flachbau” Flat Nose of February 29, 1988.

Featured on the cover of Excellence magazine in June 1988.

Complete with original tool kit, books, stamped warranty/service book, correct and original vin stickers on each body panel leading us to believe that all paint is original as delivered from Stuttgart.

1988 BMW M6 with 32,000 Miles

1988 BMW M6 with 32,000 Miles

What is the price for perfection? That’s a difficult question to answer, but increasingly when it comes to 1980s cars, the level of preservation, originality and lower miles in low-production, desirable models has translated into quite an exacting price. Yet while lofty asking prices have become the norm on many of the hottest performance models from the 1980s, are their figures always justified?

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1988 Porsche 930 Slantnose Cabriolet

1988 Porsche 930 Slantnose Cabriolet

It feels like it’s been a while since I featured a Slantnose. They aren’t incredibly common by any means, but we also come across them fairly frequently. Admittedly a lot of them aren’t in great shape or have completely insane pricing. This one still seems priced high, but it at least comes in at a point that we can work with and the condition looks very good. Among ’80s machinery the Slantnose typifies the excess that defined parts of that decade. I can’t recall whether the 930 itself was considered an exotic; relative to the Ferraris and Lamborghinis of the day a 930 is almost tame in its appearance. The Slantnose is a different animal though, and the Slantnose Cabriolet really takes those excesses to their limits. With the sloping front, a wide array of vents and strakes, and a massive whale tail, all found on a car where the top went down these definitely could be considered an exotic. It’s a car to be seen in and even today will attract plenty of notice.

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Year: 1988
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 51,796 mi
Price: $159,950 Buy It Now

1988 Porsche 911 Turbo (930) with the factory Slant Nose!!!

You are looking at a gorgeous, NUMBERS MATCHING, extremely well-kept, very exclusive and rare 1988 Porsche 911 Turbo Slant Nose.

This is one of perhaps less than 300 outfitted from the factory as a convertible, turbo and slant nose 930.

It has never been wrecked, flooded, salvaged, or anything of that nature. It is easy to see that it was loved and taken care of since day 1.

This Slant Nose looks, drives, and feels amazing.

The original Fuchs forged wheels are in excellent condition, correct in size, and with brand new tires.