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.
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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.
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E34s are somewhat the unloved stepchildren of the BMW world, with 5-Series sedans trading for minimal dollars – even some in M5 guise, with higher miles and average maintenance. However, the rare spec like this ’95 540 equipped with a honkin’ V8 bolted to a manual transmission makes everything just a bit more special. The allure of a V8 engine with the luxury of rowing your own gears is strong, and wrapped in a still-handsome package like the E34 is a great way to drive in the classic Ronin tradition. This car sports a handsome-if-not-staid color combo and looks well cared-for. The one-owner status is unusual to find on what is, in most cases, a very cheap expensive used car (yes, both words were used intentionally). But if you’re going to take on an old German sedan, you might as well get one like this with the right transmission and engine combo that delivers the most smiles per mile.
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E39 M5s have quickly ascended to Holy Motor status among enthusiasts, especially those longing for a little less complication and bloat – two major weaknesses on recent BMWs. Their continually increasing desirability is lifting prices, and while bargain examples can be found, they are usually a bit rougher than one would want when buying such a nice car – especially one that is not immune to complication and prone to steep repair costs. Today’s M5 looks like it should be parked behind a wine and cheese table, providing a perfect backdrop with a burgundy exterior and caramel interior. In this guise, the car reminds me of a well-heeled guy in khakis and an oxford, but with a few buttons open in the Napa breeze. This car will party all you want, but can button it up and close the business deal whenever you need. With just 29k miles, there should be a lot less stress about the maintenance, but you’ll have to pony up some serious capital initially to snatch it from the rest of the drooling Bimmer enthusiasts.