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.)
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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!
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1972 BMW 2002 Ti Touring on eBay.de
The BMW 2002 is a legendary car that defined the small sports sedan category by most accounts. Compact, rear wheel drive, and with enough power to have fun, you could drive the 2002 at 9/10ths most of the time without crashing at breakneck speed. Try pushing today’s cars to their limits; imagine if you could get a new M4 into a 4 wheel drift on an exit ramp – what speed would you have to be going? Probably faster than the original top speed of the 2002 is my guess, and the ability to drive a slow car fast is what makes some older cars so appealing. But for some people, that base small sedan just isn’t enough, and they go about upgrading the original car. I’m certainly not opposed to this, as it’s something I did with my Audi Coupe – take a later model, higher output motor that is in the same character as the original motor and Viola! Instant happiness. I can only imagine the smiles that this S14 motored 1968 1600 generates then:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1968 BMW 1600 S14 Swap on eBay
The Audis, VWs, and even Porsches featured this week were no real surprises as those companies have been associated with AWD for quite some time. BMW’s ix models have been around for a while, but the company will (hopefully) always be associated with rear-wheel drive sports cars. This means that the obscure Golf Rallyes or Countrys pale in comparison to the rarity of this Alpina, one of just 64 produced. Based on the 525ix, Alpina did their magic to bump the horsepower up 20% to a more-sufficient 231hp. Mixed with all-season grip, this is a unique Bimmer indeed.
Model: Alpina B10 3.0 Allrad
Engine: 2.5l inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Click for more details: 1995 BMW Alpina B10 3.0 Allrad on Mobile.de
ALPINA B10 3.0 Allrad (all wheel drive) Number 13 of 64
A rare, almost impossible to find Alpina 4×4, collectible, only 64 produced worldwide. Original 99,959 km! 100% accident free and in perfect condition. Alpina delivered and registered Number 13, complete maintenance history, seamless service book, garaged vehicle.
3-phase paint and polish. (Color 309 Artic Silver Metalic)
Underside chassis and body Dinitrol (rust proofing) treatment
Automatic transmission fluid flush
Four new tires, two new shock absorbers, whole new exhaust system
New battery, new E34 Business radio/CD
Extra: Two original, very rare, Alpina Recaro E34 sport seats.
Prepared for export
No crazy stripes or interior here (although it comes with Alpina Recaros, which should be installed ASAP), but the lovely bodykit and wheels are there. These days, our solitary Alpina B7 offering can be had with AWD, but this is a cool rarity as we reach the end of 4WD Week. It’s in the Netherlands and a ways away from importation, but if you’re an Alpina nut who likes the snow, this could open some interesting doors. They made some Tourings as well…