Welcome to Week in Review, where we’ll take a look at some of the vehicles featured on GCFSB over the last couple of weeks:
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I always wondered why a convertible has never made its way into my stable. I’m the person you see around the neighborhood with the sunroof wide open on the Cooper S, windows down and heater on low when it dips below 50°F. For me, the cooler the weather the better, unless I’m near the ocean. Then I say, bring on the heat. But I digress. Maybe the idea of a convertible has been a bit unattractive due to the usual chassis flex and added weight. But what if you jam a performance engine under the hood and throw some go fast bits at a normal convertible? That’s what BMW did when they offered the E36 M3 in convertible trim, the first open-roofed M car to be marketed stateside. The purists still prefer the 2-door coupe and 4-door sedan, but maybe it’s time the convertible started getting its fair share of respect. If you ever wanted one of these, few come nicer than this low mileage, final year example for sale in North Carolina brought to our attention by our reader Ry.
Model: M3 Convertible
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 35,600 mi
Price: Reserve auction
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1999 BMW M3 Convertible on eBay
1999 E36 M3 Convertible manual shift with 35,600 original miles and matching factory hard top. New house with one less garage space forces sale of my special car I patiently hunted for. All paperwork back to window sticker. Great color combination of Silver over dove grey leather. New Coco mats. New Michelin Pilot Sports (500 miles). Perfect original top with clear rear window. This has always been a fair weather toy. Garaged every day and night of it’s life. Never intentionally in the rain. Dealer installed (which has the blessing of BMW to maintain it’s factory warranty) Dinan bits when new to what I believe is called stage one which is just cold air intake, chip and a cat back exhaust. Seats show minimal wear to match low mileage. Never smoked in. Finding a manual shift, low mileage example in a desirable color combination is getting difficult. This is as nice as I have seen. Hard top comes with it’s original rolling storage cart and cover. Slides neatly to side of garage. Every option except Vadar seats as I understand they were not available with the heated power seat option. Updates done to water pump and thermostat housing. Current service done. Plenty of good high res photos available. I have owned and properly cared for this great car for a little over three years and put 6000 miles on it in that time. Fly and drive an easy option to Asheville, NC.
Since I can’t imagine buying a car over the internet without actually talking to the owner, please call with any questions but between 9am and 10pm EST please. 828-658-9331
Normally, the E36 M3 Convertible doesn’t get me too excited. However, if you look beyond the obvious weight disadvantage, you are dealing with a final year, manual transmission E36 M car. Considering the low mileage and a color combination that isn’t polarizing, I’d suspect a car like this may pull around the $15,000 mark. If you want to get into a 1990s M car and not break the bank, these E36 M3 convertibles are not a bad place to start looking.
With the advent of 2014, yet another model year of forbidden fruit opens up to us car enthusiast. This time around, it’s 1989. We’ve seen a few of these BMW E30 Tourings arrive stateside so far, and this 1989 example is one for the driver with sporting intentions: a 325i with the 5-speed manual gearbox. The car is located near the port of Bremerhaven, Germany, making it convenient for anyone seeking to export the vehicle.
Model: 325i Touring
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 212,453 km (~ 132,068 mi)
Price: €5,990 (~ $8,140 USD)
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 BMW 325i Touring on eBay.de
Here is the quick family transporter of the E30 series for sale. No modifications, no tinkering, not run down, but a beautiful piece which had only three caring owners. Do a little Internet searching and you will quickly notice these cars are not as widespread as you think. The 325i Touring is one of the classic cars with enormous appreciation in value; the end is not yet in sight. This Touring here is in the most beautiful color, Diamond Black Metallic. Features include:
Sport seats with seat heating
15″ cross-spoke wheels
M-Technic steering wheel 1
Limited slip differential
In addition, the car was converted to Euro 2 and H&R sport springs mounted in combination with Bilstein B6 dampers. Thus, the car has a comfortable ride with firm road holding. While E30s are known to rust, there is none here!
Tailgate rust free
Doors rust free
Jacking and underbody rust free
Strut towers rust free
Rear plate rust free
Wheel arches rust free
Only minimal, small rust marks where, for example, small scratches on the paintwork are. Otherwise rust free and preserved. Summer + winter tires, recently changed timing belt, inspection and the steering gear were replaced. In addition, an entire folder of receipts since 1991, when maintenance was done.
No known technical defects, it is not a new car, but a very nicely preserved specimen. Thus, there are a reasonable amount of minor signs of aging. Visits are only possible by appointment. Please call with any questions.
Telephone: +49 (0)176 64619974
A 1988 320i Touring (6 cylinder) that we featured on our Facebook page recently sold for $10,000 on eBay. That car had less miles on the clock, so even though this is cheaper, expect to be up around the $10,000 to $12,000 mark by the time your shipping and related importation fees are squared away. That’s about what these five-door E30s are pulling in the US market right now, for the few that have made it to these shores. This is one of those cars high on my list to seek out and import. Hopefully there are other like-minded enthusiasts out there with the same idea, in the hopes that we might see a good numbers of these show up here in the next few years.
I’ve been pretty focused on clean classics recently, but sometimes being careful is boring. Someday when I have more time I will go the thrasher-project car route, hopefully before all E30s are five-figure propositions. If it’s going to be a toy, it might as well have a toy paint job too, and I always wanted my toy cars to be red and black. Today’s E30 started out as 318i but is now significantly more potent with an E36 M3′s S52. Brakes might have helped, but springs and wings are present and will assist slowing down… right?
Engine: 3.2 liter S52 inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 180k mi on chassis
Price: Reserve-on auction
Click for more details: 1991 BMW 318i w/ S52 swap on eBay
This is a 1991 BMW 318i, Clear title, California car.
Lots of work done to this car from exterior to interior, and to the engine bay.
over $18,000 invested and hours upon hours in the shop.
Brand new briliantrot paint job with custom black paint job on top.
custom front side and rear moldings (no reflectors)
Carbon fiber hood
Carbon fiber trunk
Carbon fiber dtm adjustable spoiler with the big flap
Carbon fiber dtm mirrors
Carbon fiber grill
Lids over the lights
Carbon fiber fog light covers
custom side skirts
E36 m3 rear bumper converter and diffuser
Fender Flares (requires custom cutting on fenders and quarter panels)
Reupholstered recaro bucket seats (600 bucks each)
NGK full quick release
Brand new limo tint in rear and one shade lighter in front
original floor mats
no rips in the carpet
Speedometer is out with a cracked screen but it will be included
BF goodrich g force tires just installed in rear.
Bosch european head lights with HID (only made in Europe)
smoked out tail lights that aren’t made anymore.
D2 coilovers (36 way damp)
mason front and rear strut bars
SS (stainless steel) brake lines
Specially ordered wheels by the owner of DTM Body Works (Eurostopusa) wheel specs: 16×10, 15 offset, (you can’t buy these) light weight, less than 20 pounds a wheel with new tires.
S52 E36 M3 engine and transmission and driveshaft with obd1 management
S50 intake manifold
New intake boot
only 5w-30 BMW synthetic oil was used in this motor.
I have a lot of receipts stored away for this car.
Motor and drive train was taken out of a 1998 BMW M3 with approximately 85,000 miles.
No AC (saved weight)
I highly recommend the buyer inspects before buying. Sold as is.
The car starts up perfectly, drives, and does everything a car should do.
As usual with someone else’s project, I have some aesthetic changes I’d make immediately, mainly the wing. Once that was gone though, you’d have a unique and intriguing donut machine. The reserve price had better be significantly below the claimed $18k invested, but the owner will probably think he can get close for a few auction’s time. Not my standard taste in BMWs, but I’m in the mood to break out of the restrictive day-to-day.
BMWs have always been about performance, but there are some that want the image of performance with a side of comfort. For those consumers, there are plenty of options from the Munich manufacturer, especially with regards to the current lineup. Look back a few years, however, and there are few better cruisers than the 3 series convertible. Introduced in the 1980s, these cars became the object of desire for yuppies the world over. Fast forward into the 1990s and they began to feature more refinements and a greater list of options. This Marea Green 328i convertible for sale in Florida seems to be the perfect motoring companion in which to traverse the Sunshine State.
Engine: 2.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 65,645 mi
Price: Reserve auction
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1996 BMW 328i Convertible on eBay
Free Carfax upon request. This is an unbelievably nice 1996 BMW 328i Convertible. It is a one owner vehicle with only 65,645 original non smoker miles. It is literally the needle in the haystack. It is in such nice shape. I was so impressed. The exterior looks gorgeous. A fresh looking color that shows fantastic. Aside from two small chips on the right side (pic) the exterior looks amazing. The interior is extra clean and shows no wear or issues. The wood still has its luster and looks fantastic. Everything is in great working order including the air conditioning. To drive this vehicle is to fall in love. It is so tight and strong and very impressive. Rarely do cars come across with this one owner background and back it up with this ultimate condition. A really true find that is available now. The fog light is missing on the drivers side and will be replaced before being delivered. Call Andy with any questions you might have including our reserve and how to end the auction early on eBay. 954-658-0021
My uncle had an identical Marea Green 328i convertible and I have to say, it’s a pleasing color, if a bit indicative of the 1990s. He modified it slightly with the Style 22 M3 rims of the era, which gave it a more of an aggressive look without looking too out of place. Prices for these open roofed E36s have fallen into a nice, affordable realm for those wanting a lot of style on a budget. With 65k on the clock, there’s plenty of life left on this one. Expect to pay somewhere around $6,500 to $8,500 for an example like this.