About a month ago, I wrote up a 2002 M20 Turbo built by a company called Manofied. Well, the Manofied folks have been at it again, this time with a 535i. They’ve fully built the car in the style of the Alpina B9, replete with plenty of Alpina parts, some Euro bits, and what appears to be a fantastic individual throttle body engine. The downside? As with the 2002, the price for this build is quite high for a non-original car. But before you jump to conclusions, take a look:
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The E21 might have been the first BMW badged as a 3 series, but it is one of those rare instances where its successor became wildly more popular than the original. But, given that E30 prices are on the move, perhaps the E21 will become the new affordable BMW classic. This particular 320 is an early one, as production commenced in 1975. The E21 wasn’t the most visible BMW in motorsport, but it did make appearances in both the Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft (DTM) and Group 5 racing, where it would succeed the 3.0CSL. The E21 was also active in IMSA, and this particular 1975 320 was the first of its kind to win a race in that series.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1975 Miller & Norburn Alpina IMSA RS 320 on BMWCCA Classifieds
We have already bore witness to the E30 with historically low-mileage commanding top dollar; it was only a matter of time before the “restored” E30 began to chase the same pot of gold. In this case, it’s a sizable pot, with this 1990 325i sedan requiring $35,000 to drive a car restored by “…the most world-renowned BMW restoration firm on the planet – The Werk Shop of Libertyville, IL,” as noted by the seller. The thing is, I wouldn’t call this a $35,000 car, nor would I call it a $20,000 car. Perhaps a $15,000 car, and that’s ignoring the aftermarket exhaust; the non-factory color matching along the side sills and rear bumper; what appear to be old, faded turn signal lenses; and heck, not even a factory Premium Sound stereo. Sorry to pick nits, but for that much cash, you need to pick a desirable, well-optioned car to begin with, and then preserve its stock qualities while restoring every nook and cranny. This strikes me as a well-used car that got some paint, some maintenance, new rollers and a few casual upgrades like the steering wheel and shift knob (though again, I’m not sure that’s truly an upgrade over the classic – and OEM – leather unit.)
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 BMW 325i on eBay
One of the best ways to get into a classic race car is to buy a fully built replica. While everyone really wants the real deal, no one wants to step up to pay the bills; and even if you did, would you really have the serious coin necessary to race a near priceless original race car to the max? While undertaking one of these race replica projects can be entertaining to say the least, more often than not the best way to get into one of these cars is to buy one that’s done. Today’s CSL replica is no stranger to the interweb faithful; it’s been featured on sites such as Bring A Trailer multiple times, and it’s up for sale again. In one of the most recognizable liveries run on German cars from the 1970s, sit back and soak up this awesome visual feast:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1973 BMW CSL on eBay
As Paul noted nearly a year ago with his post on a 2002 Touring, they’re quite rare to see in the United States with very few imported and kept running. However, while perusing Ebay.de looking for cars for our “Party Like It’s 1989 Week”, I came across a very cool 2002 Touring that has been given the Turbo look and is ready for completion. With a host of upgrades and fresher bodywork and paint, this may be a worthwhile project for the right person to import even if it’s been legal to do so for nearly two decades! There isn’t much time to jump on this auction but it was simply too cool to pass up!