The standard bearer of sport sedans for many years has been the BMW M5. These are cars that literally reshaped the idea of what a sedan could do. Beyond these supercars in disguise, it’s easy to overlook other fast 5 series that BMW has cranked out over the years, like this 540i 6-speed manual for sale in San Francisco. With just a tick under 60,000 miles, this one is very well preserved executive express. For those who think the cooking variety 540i might be a little sedate and the M5 a bit too brash, the 540i with the 6-speed manual gearbox strikes a nice balance.
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While BMW was pulling out of the doldrums in the 1960s, few could have predicted that the 2002 would have been their sales savior well into the next decade. And so it went with the 2002’s replacement, the 3 series. This would be the bread and butter vehicle for BMW for years to come. By the time the 2002 was ready to retire, it had become saddled with the accoutrements of ever changing safety and emissions features for the US market, but it still offered the same honest charm that drew many aspiring folks to this brand in the first place. This example for sale in Oregon, while without documentation, has had a host of work done to it and looks to be representative of one of those storied West Coast survivors that East Coasters like me dream about.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1976 BMW 2002 on eBay
It’s a bit of a Euro-spec day here at GCFSB, and both of the featured cars are rare to see on this side of the pond. In the case of the earlier 420SEC, it’s rare to see them because there weren’t many produced and stateside we have the 560SEC that ran at the same time; in many respects, the smaller motor is a curiosity and a neat side note, but offers no real advantage to U.S. buyers. However, this example is very different; a Euro-spec 1994 M5. While the M5 left U.S. shores in 1993, it soldiered on for a few years in Europe with a revised and enlarged motor. Dubbed the S38B38, the new motor gained 25 horsepower but importantly 30 lb.ft of torque – it was now only 17 horsepower shy of 100 more than the U.S. spec E28 M5’s S38B35. That made up for some extra pounds that adorned the E34 chassis versus the earlier M cars and the M5 was even more of a flyer once again. A few of these 3.8 cars and motors have made their way stateside but they’re still quite rare to find. Usually, they have some neat oddities that we didn’t get here, such as this example’s Hurricane cloth interior. All in all, it makes for one tidy performance package that’s still quite discrete:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 BMW M5 Euro-spec on eBay
Even though it’s the best part of 70 degrees today in balmy New England, the forecast is unavoidable; in some areas of even Massachusetts, they are predicting snowflakes will be falling as soon as this weekend and temperatures will plummet into the 30s. Even while we’ve been enjoying this “Indian Summer”, I’ve been thinking about getting the snow tires ready to roll – and just because it snows doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun and be an enthusiast. I’ve taken this Wednesday Wheels post to round up some of the winter wheel/tire packages I found on eBay; all of them look like pretty reasonable deals, and some of them are pretty extraordinary! Those M3 wheels, for example, make me wish I had an M3 handy….but even if I bought them, I probably still wouldn’t drive it in the snow!
Happy Motoring, even in the white stuff!
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The 1994 BMW 740i we featured at the beginning of this month is back up for sale at no reserve. Tempted to treat yourself to a bit of luxury in your life? Well, this is one seriously nice E32 that needs to find a new home.