Welcome back to Week in Review. We apologize for not getting this out sooner, but with GCFSB staff on the move with summer travels and your managing editor dealing with a move, we were a bit tied up. But let’s take this chance to recap the last month of vehicles we have featured:
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The 1994 BMW 530i Touring that we featured last month is still on offer at the same price. Is the seller being optimistic or will the right buyer come along this time around?
The below post originally appeared on our site May 21, 2014:
Click for more details: 1994 BMW 530i Touring on eBay
When I was young, a used car dealer specializing in off-lease Mercedes sold a few cars to my father. We were friendly enough with him that he showed off a car he bought for his wife – a late-model W124 E320 wagon in bright red over palomino. That always stuck with me: not only did he have a wagon that you didn’t see every day, but it was a red as Rudolph’s nose. Much like that Merc, this E39 wagon catches my eye in the same way. This particular car adds to the allure with a manual transmission and the optional BMW deep-dish mesh wheels. The interior appears very clean, and panels look laser straight – headlight washers indicate to me that this car has the requisite heated seats and mirrors, too, making this an ideal 4-seasons tourer. While I am a bit obsessed with white cars, I wouldn’t mind owning something this red someday.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 BMW 525i Touring on eBay
The last time I went to North Carolina, I came home with an E46 ZHP sedan. It was a bit of a gamble and I spent a touch more than I should have. But it made for an enjoyable journey home, and one that I’d happily make again for a car like this. In the process, I’d get a vehicle far more entertaining and prestigious, what with the allure of a hand-built Motorsports engine. Not to mention kick-ass turbine wheels and awesome rear bucket seats. I might try to work the price down a bit to compensate for the mileage, but overall, this is more than tempting.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1991 BMW M5 on North Carolina’s Craigslist
One of the people that really helped me see the legitimacy in having cars as a hobby is my uncle, who has had an eclectic collection of Chevys as long as I can remember. In my early days, many were Raiders-themed, from the black and white Nomad to a metallic black Chevy Van with fully-embroidered Raiders interior. The one that has lasted longest and remains one of the coolest, however, is an homage to old fire chief’s cars (he was an LA fireman his entire working life), made from a ’56 4-door Bel Air with goldleaf type, working sirens, and a V8 so loud I got my first experience of one car setting others’ alarms off. My M5 takes care of that last endeavor these days, but “Chiefy” does leave a soft spot in my heart for today’s E34 Firecar. The 2.0 liter may not be setting off any car alarms, but the utilitarianism of the various vehicles used as emergency assistance cars in Europe has always been cool to me. With less than 90k miles, three pedals, and an interesting cloth/leather interior combo, it would be a fun car. Probably not worth importing unless you’re a fireman who happens to be obsessed with BMWs – if you’re that guy, you’re my hero.