Welcome back to Week in Review, where we recap the last few weeks of vehicles we have featured:
All posts tagged 3 series
It’s always fun to see what the creative engineers can come up with out there. The guys at CG Motorsports clearly wanted to show their building skills, so they went a roundabout way of making an E36 DTM-style M3 tribute, albeit in show/street-car guise. I will admit to a guilty love of wide-bodies, though this love is confusingly matched with a distaste for wings and overdone wheels. These guys took the basic-but-capable 318is and stuck M3 bits all over, including some body parts, suspension, transmission, and engine. Add a DTM-style widebody kit, and you’ve got a tuner’s show car! They’re selling it in a way that sounds like more trouble than it’s worth – offering the chassis and body alone, or with all of the running gear and additions – that just makes me scratch my head harder. Taste and selling tactics aside, it is a clean FrankenBimmer that, at least to me, has some potential.
Click for details: 1993 BMW 318is/M3 on eBay
Despite being known for its damp climate, there seems to be an inordinate amount of unusual vehicles in used-but-preserved condition throughout the Pacific Northwest. I’m not sure if it’s demographic-driven or some other factor, but I can’t get over how often I find VW Syncros, Honda CRXs, Volvo 240 Turbos, Subaru Brats and other specimens that have all rusted back into the ground if you live anywhere near the Northeast. This E21 is yet another example of a high-mileage car that has survived remarkably unscathed and resides near Bellingham, Washington. While it is a very bare-bones model, there is something inherently charming about such a simple, spartan car. When’s the last time you saw a car with nearly 200,000 miles look this good?
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1981 BMW 320i on eBay
If there’s one type of car that has a rabid following amongst enthusiasts it is wagons with a manual gearbox. The number of new cars available in this form is few. Good used examples are fast disappearing, with the folks who own and love them hanging on to them like the coin of the realm. The 2007 BMW 328xi Touring we featured early this month sold in short order to another enthusiast who contacted us directly seeking more information. Hopefully, we’ll soon have a recap of that story. In the meantime, if you missed the 2007 E91 Touring, here’s one of the last E91 Tourings for sale in Massachusetts sent to us by our reader Adam, painted in a lesser seen shade of Vermilion Red.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2012 BMW 328 xDrive Touring 6-speed manual at Topsfield Motor Company
This 1987 325is has popped up in eBay in the past, and I’m surprised to see it back up for grabs so soon. What happened here – too many needs? Searching for a quick flip? The E30 Touring in the background of one photo takes up too much space? Not only that, but it traveled all the way to Florida after last selling on eBay in California! I’m not sure what the story is, because this is one of my favorite E30s to come up for grabs in years. I love the color combo, the used-but-preserved condition, the optional Style 10 alloys, and the presence of the rare OEM bits like the spoiler and fog lights, premium sound speakers, and optional sun visor. It’s all there – even the battery expansion tank. If it goes for $7K or less, I’ll call it a good deal.