Classic car roulette? Sleeping BMW E30 M3 with no reserve

I’m not quite sure this car falls into the full on project car roulette category, but there is enough sketch to raise my eyebrow. However depending on where bidding ends up there could be a decent upside. It has been parked, sleeping (or is it hibernating in Canada?) for eight years.

This 1990 BMW M3 showed up with a sparse description on eBay with no reserve and a low for an M3 opening bid. The car is in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, the seller is in Taiwan.
The car is a Canadian model with 120,000 kilometers, 74,500 miles.
The seller is clearly motivated to sell the ride and seems responsive to the questions he’s been asked. He has owned the car for 18 years.

The sketchy factor comes into play when you see that the car has been parked since 2002 and that despite “new battery, spark plugs and etc last week. The engine started but car runs rough.” Apparently whatever falls under “etc.” did not fix the rough running. After letting a car sit for this long the problem could be as simple as bad gas or water in the tank or rust that clogged the fuel filter. The seller isn’t clear as to whether it ran rough before it was parked. [DANGER]

The original paint looks decent in the photos, but the seller says “needs work to make it shine again.” A good rubbing compound and a proper buff out could do wonders if it is just cloudy from sitting or even age crazing, however later in the responses to questions the seller says it needs new paint. The car also was broken into through the driver’s window and had the radio stolen.

There are only 4 small pictures included with the ad, and the hood isn’t even closed all the way on the only exterior shot that would show front panel alignment.

Hopefully this really is a case of an honest enthusiast who loved the car and wanted to keep it, but just can’t and needs a hurried sale. Our experience with minimalist, vague, seems too inexpensive, used car offerings does make it a necessity to be particularly skeptical thanks to a few shady folks. Honest or not expect to spend some time on this ride to get it sorted, I wouldn’t want to fly in and drive this find home. Who knows what the salty sea air of BC has done to the brakes.

The M3 comes with original rims as well as the 17″ Racing Dynamics wheels it currently sits on.

The bidding is up to $10,000. With the Canadian dollar strong against its American counterpart now, shopping up north isn’t inherently thought of as bargain hunting as it once was, but perhaps this is a deal in the making. If two folks feel they both have to spin the roulette wheel on this one I could see the bid price getting dangerously high for what may turn out to be trouble. On the other hand… wishful thinking doesn’t make this one out to be a basketcase like other beaten and customized into an inch of their life E30s we’ve seen. If you buy this let us know how it turns out.


1990 Jackrabbit (GTI based) VW

No matter how big of a car enthusiast you are, there’s always going to be some obscure vehicle you stumble across from time to time, having no idea it existed. This is one of those vehicles. According to the seller about 25 were made by Herb Adams VSE, also known for his customization of various GM products.

The seller states:

1990 Jackrabbit Very rare, One of 25 that were produced by Herb Adams and VSE in 1990. This car is built with it’s own steel tubular frame. This car is very comfortable to drive,and you will love the way this car handle,and it is fast,at 1500 pounds with a 1.8 liter 16V fuel injected engine with a 5 speed transmission,out of a 1987 VW scirocco with less than 20k miles. This car is in “EXCELLENT OVERALL CONDITION.” Car comes with a tan canvas bikini top. You can drive this car cross country with no problems.This car is all up to date. Car has a very good heater for a Convertible. This car is title as a 1983 VW Rabbit GTI.

It is impossible to place values on cars like these, since there are so few and never come up for sale often, but $6,800 seems a bit steep for a kit car, in my opinion. According to the promotional video below, 0-60 mph arrived in 9 seconds, which is surprising given the car only weighed 1,500 pounds. For someone living near the ocean in a warm climate, this might be an attractive alternative to your typical VW dune buggy.


1990 Porsche 944 S2 Cabriolet, 20k miles

With just under 4,000 produced for 1990, the Porsche 944 S2 cabriolet is one of those classics you don’t see every day. Finding low mileage ones without the automatic transmission is even more difficult. Here we have a clean example that fits both of the above criteria. The S2 model also had the biggest production four cylinder engine of its time, at 3.0 liters. With the manual transmission, this was good for 0-60mph runs in the low six second range.

The seller states:

Nicest S2 convertible available!! No dents or dings, smoke-free, no fading, blue leather interior, all original, 3.0 liter 4 cylinder, new convertible top, stereo does not work.

If this car checks out on Carfax and is mechanically sound, it could be a fairly economical way into open air Porsche motoring. Having driven an earlier non-S2 944, I can attest that it was not a slow car, but one that wasn’t a hair raiser. Even though it isn’t an iconic 911 and has a broken radio (and who needs it) you surely would be the only one on the block with a 944 cabriolet.


Last Minute 1990 E30 BMW M3 No Reserve

This silver M3 auction ends in just a few hours. It is a nice no reserve auction, currently bid up to $18,400. The car has almost 100,000 miles. The previous seller does a nice job of detailing the $16,500 worth of repairs and maintenance items he has done since 2002 and he also says he throw in the 100k mike valve adjustment before the car sells. This looks like a real nice ride in gleaming silver. The no reserve auction gives us a chance to see some true market value.


1990 BMW Alpina B11 3.5

The word on the street is this 1990 Alpina that was offered by a Canadian seller on eBay back in 2006 is back on the market. The below photos are from back in 2006. I have no link, but perhaps the current owner can post a comment below with more details about the vehicles status. If you are interested post a comment and we’ll see if we can get some more info.


Clean BMW E30 M3 for under $15k

We’ve looked at the E30 M3 from a lot of angles here:  no-mile garage queens and clean but heavily modified examples selling for exorbitant amounts, overly-modified swappers or clean examples selling for a lot, and projects or beaters selling for *just* quite a bit.  Each offers a different approach to coveted inaugural-M3 ownership, but today’s comes in nicely just under the “clean example.”  It’s not perfect (in a minor accident a while back, the usual suspects of imperfections, 144k miles), but it’s pretty good (some recovered seats, rebuilt top end, running well), and it can be had for under $14k.

Don’t know where the reserve is set, but I’d say the buy-it-now of $13,995 is about right as far as E30s on eBay go.  Grabbed for less it’s a good deal, bought at that price it’s a fair deal.  Not perfect, but not beat to hell; I know for darn sure that I’d take it in my garage.


1991 BMW E30 325i 5 speed convertible High Mileage

We see a lot of low mileage beauty/garage queens and we see literally tons of high mileage ragged beaters in our quests. We don’t often find a mostly original 200,000 mile car we want to post, but this one I felt deserved a little press.

Reader Peter caught this 1991 325i that still sparkles. The 5 speed manual definitely helped in convincing me that you readers would appreciate this well traveled cabrio a bit more.

It looks to be well cared for, obviously, it is on its second timing belt, has a reconditioned soft top, and a new plastic rear window. The seller says it has no rattles, no leaks, no rust, and a strong clutch. The seller also says it “drives like a new car”. I don’t know about that with that high mileage on it I’m sure it feels a bit different than a new E30, however with that many miles it probably has all the kinks worked out and settled in to a sort of automotive stasis.

Apparently the odometer has stopped working, but when selling a car with a known 200k on the clock does the additional mileage matter other than for bragging rights and maintenance upkeep records?

The vehicle has a reserve on the price, it would be interesting to see what this would go for without a reserve or what the seller thinks it is worth. With 16 bids already and a price of $2300 it is hard to say how much higher it will go. I’ve said this before, I’m not a convertible guy so this doesn’t appeal all that much to me. I do suspect without a reserve some enthusiast with a budget would get a nice entry point into BMW ownership.

Does the mileage make you nervous or does the overall presentation and condition of the car assuage any fears you might have?


1990 Audi 200 DTM Racer

Here is a turn key race Audi DTM spec race car. The car comes with a 3.6 liter V8 good for 420 horsepower, but you also have the option of buying a spare 4.2 liter 450 horsepower Audi engine as well. All the major components look to be genuine Audisport items and it appears the car started out as a Audisport body in white, not a converted street car. The car has a six speed transmission and looks good.
The ask is $60,000. I bet this is a blast out on the track. It looks like there are plenty of spares to be had for the new owner too.

More pictures can be seen on the seller’s website here:


1990 Hartge H5SP For Sale in Vancouver, Canada

Check out this very cool e34 535i based ! I love almost everything about it: Incredibly exclusive, relatively low miles at 67k, and I’m a sucker for e34’s. The articles included state the car has 245hp and is a close match for the Alpina B10 (not to be confused with the biturbo).

Hartge H5SP For Sale

Videos from the seller. The walk-around:

And make sure to be wearing good headphones or a subwoofer before playing this clip:

quote from seller’s listing:

1990 BMW 535I : 1990 BMW HARTGE H5SP (535i). Super RARE – COLLECTIBLE BMW – Hartge H5SP. 3.5L automatic inline 6, Hartge Camshaft, Hartge Exhaust /headers, Hartge Suspension, Brakes and Muffler. Very powerful car. Black Metalic with Black Leather. Sunroof, and all options available. 67,000 miles / 114,000 km. Overall this is a fabulous running, driving and handling E34 sedan that is virtually irreplaceable.

I have owned the car for 5 years. This is a great investment on a very collectable car, the value will only go up if car is kept in the condition that it is now. My reason for selling is that i have too many collector cars and not enough storage space. Car always kept in heated garage. Originally Imported from Germany to Japan by a Consular and then Imported to Canada . In Dash Computer is in German Language.

The downside on this one is obviously the automatic transmission. It would be worth it to swap to a manual in my mind as I don’t believe any cutting is required to swap between auto and manual, so it’s originality could preserved for future owners if needed. And of course importing this to the U.S. will require a broker at the very least (if possible at all). Could make for an interesting restoration car/track day/show car for the next 5 years until it can be legally registered though — or move to Canada!


Clean and lower-mile 1990 Audi Coupe Quattro for sale

I’ve expressed my enjoyment of the Audi Coupe Quattro, a loveable nugget of a coupe packing all-wheel drive and a little 20V 5-cylinder.  It’s maybe not the most extreme Audi, but it does a lot of things well.  It looks good, if a little less taught than the ur-Quattro.  It should handle decently with some fun factory go-fast bits and a manual tranny.  And though a little coupe, it’ll get you where you need to go with all four wheels turning.  Every once in a while a nice example pops up, and this is a great, updated but unabused example from Utah.

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From the seller:

Garage kept, Summer driver, low miles 97,636. The car has many upgrades from engine, intake, exhaust, new ecu, suspension, wheels, brand new tires, paint, tint, stereo and so much more. I have a set of the original speedline wheels with tires, original air box,radio,and other misc parts. This has been a amazing car. You wont find too many out there like this.

Going to need some more investigation with a brief description like that, but this Quattro has a lot going for it.  It’s clean in and out, and the sub-100k miles is a very positive place to start.  I like the black molding instead of the singular exterior color a lot of these have, and the great Borbets are very fitting.  The one holdup here is the price; $7500 seems like a bit rich to start bidding for this 20 year-old Audi spacenugget, but perhaps further investigation will show that it’s even nicer than the ad suggests. -NR