A couple weeks ago I blog-drooled all over my computer when I found a red E34 on BMW double-spokes on eBay. While perusing MunichEvo, I saw another red E34 on the same wheels and thought “oh cool, it’s for sale somewhere else and cheaper!” A closer look revealed that this is, in fact, NOT the same car, as it has the black M5 body bits and about twice the miles of that first pristine example. It also has some nice Dinan bits, and leaves me painfully torn as to whether I think the black or body-color aero bits look better. You be the judge:
I think if it came down to it I might go body-color, but the black has an attractive just-another-5er quality to it. Either way, these owners have the same impeccable taste in wheels, not to mention cars and color. Some well-chosen Dinan bits (chip, cam sprocket, brakes, suspension, and a thankfully unused trunk badge) make it a little extra special, and while it’s not a 55k-mile cherry like the first, it certainly doesn’t show its 119k.
I’m still keeping up with this unique Mercedes gullwing theme I’ve had going on. If you thought the Styling Garage SGS or the Sbarro were scarce finds, this ups the ante once more. This fantastically rare find comes from reader Victor, awesome catch.
Isdera’s are one of the rarest cars in the world and you hardly ever have the opportunity to see one come up for public sale. For one reason or another this one has popped up on the Japanese Yahoo Auction site. These cars go beyond the standard supercars you people dreamed about. Isdera falls in with brands like Vector and the Cizeta in terms of early 90s exclusivity.
The 108i was built from 1984-1993, according to the auction this one has a date of 1991. The Imperators had their origins as a Mercedes concept car before being turned over to the Isdera company to develop privately. The name means commander in Latin stemming from Roman times. The seller states that this is one of two that was imported to Japan. With such a long, but limited production run, apx 30 cars, several different Mercedes power plants were used. The seller states that this one has a Mercedes 5.0. The engine cover looks like this is the 32 valve version found in the 500SL of the day. With Isdera modifications, 400 horsepower could be lurking in there. These cars were known as potent performers.
The seller is looking for 58,000,000 Yen which is about $650,000, half of the initial cost of 120,000,000 Yen. That makes the cost of that $90,000 Sbarro look pretty good.
Here are a couple of videos showing similar vehicles, you can see there is some variation. Note the roof mounted “periscope” mirror for backup driving on both these cars. Note that both videos show the car wearing the same license plate badge, with letters bb and CW311. CW311 was the name of the initial Mercedes prototype styling study, b+b is one of the German Mercedes tuning firms. Also pay attention how in one video the car is wearing all 3 pointed Mercedes star badges, but in the other these have been replaced with Isdera flying eagle badges.
First is an advertisement from Isdera for the 108i.
Second here is one out on the street. This one appears to have an earlier 5.6 Mercedes engine, it sure sounds fine.
At first I was excited about this post, but quickly I felt a small pang in my heart. I love E30 M3s, as I know many of us do, and I’ve seen people do some amazing modifications to them. So I’m posting this turbo-S52’d example because it’s impressive and interesting, but something inside says it’s a little bit wrong. Removing the S14 is a contentious issue among E30-lovers, so that hobbles the car from the get-go. Turbocharging is awesome in nearly all applications; but isn’t the only homologated M3 all about directness and uninhibited, naturally-aspirated glory? Then I think the final unsettling lemon-on-top is the exterior, namely the color and wheels. Alas, it’s an impressive exercise in E30 tuning, so I think it’s worth sharing.
I don’t hate this car, and it’s still hovering around $10k, so it’s not like it’s horribly overpriced. It’s just built based on different values and assertions than I hold with regards to what makes the E30 M3 so special. To each their own, and someone will love this. It’s just not me.
My favorite generation of the BMW M5 is the late 80s E28. That is, until I see an E39 roll menacingly by, then it’s definitely the E39. Well, until I see something like this beautiful E34 pop up on eBay. Damn, these are good looking cars. The last of the hand-built M cars, they also carried over the M1/M5/M6 inline-6, displacing 3.5 liters. Power was up to 315hp, and the clean early 90s styling make it one of the most subtle M cars. It’s beautiful and fast, exemplified by this low-mileage version that showed up on eBay.
This really is one of the most gorgeous E34s I’ve seen. Though I normally go for darker/subtle colors, I think the red is awesome. It’s wearing some of the best BMW wheels out there; I’ve seen these look amazing on everything from E30 M3s to E38 7-series. The Dinan chip and suspension are tasteful upgrades that make it a bit better without overdoing it. To top off the total package, it only has 55k miles. This total package comes at a price, however, and the Buy-It-Now is set at $20,750. A lot of money for sure, as there are other E34 M5s out there for 1/4 of the price. On the other hand, those cars probably suck. There are E34 540i’s going around $15k, and considering the nature and condition of this car, it’s not exorbitant. Hand-built, sexy 90s Teutonic speed for the price of a Honda Civic sounds good to me.
I am selling this car with a heavy heart. My first born is due to arrive on earth in March and so this is the only reason I am selling this car. Too many toys and this one is going.
This is a 1991 E34 M5 US Model with 47,962 original miles to chassis and engine with matching numbers(the mileage will go up by a few miles as I drive it to keep it fresh). This car has not been modified in any way; it is one hundred percent stock down to the radio. There is no rust on this car. In very good condition with low miles.
For the most part the pictures show a great looking original car. The engine compartment could use some detailing, but aside from that, it looks really sharp in that red on light tan leather. I’d hope a car like this would have some records, but the ad doesn’t mention any specifically. But then the seller states right in the auction description that his reserve is only $17k. If a PPI checked out, I’d easily overlook that omission for a car with such low miles!
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