1990 BMW 325i Convertible

One of my favorite movies from my youth was PCU. Kind of like an Animal House for the early 1990s, there were a lot of college hijinx in this flick, one of which included the destruction of a similar BMW 325i Convertible that we see here. Painful to watch for any E30 fan, surely. If you want to relive some eighties memories with what is possibly one of the icons of yuppie transport for the era, this Brilliantrot 325i Convertible with desirable 5-speed manual gearbox and under 88k miles is for sale in Northern Virginia.

Year: 1990
Model: 325i Convertible
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 87,500 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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Up for sale is a beautiful BMW E30 325i Convertible, Brilliantrot with low miles. The car is in perfect shape in and out. It is a rust free car and original paint (all panels have VIN tags). It’s all original and unmolested, something that is very hard to find.

Exterior of the car is very nice and shiny. It has a crack free dash and seats are in very nice shape. Engine runs very strong and smooth and transmission shifts through all gears very smoothly. Clutch feels very solid and strong and shifter also feels very tight. Tires and rims are in very good shape (14″ BBS).

Top is manual and is in great condition and rear window is very clear unlike all other convertibles and carpet is clean and free of any kind of stain. Stock radio and power antenna works fine, everything in this car works as it should including the power door locks, power windows, AC, heater, heated seats.

Under the car is very clean and dry and there are no leaks of any kind.

10K Friday: Big Coupe Off – 560 SEC v. 633 CSi v. 928

Today we’re going to have a slightly different flavor for 10K Friday – big coupes. All three of today’s cars represented the peak of their respective brands when they were new and all three have achieved cult followings and collector status. Yet all three do their jobs in very different ways. We’ve got a last of the breed 1991 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC, a beginning of the run European-model Porsche 928 5 speed, and a middle of the run E28 switch-over 1983 BMW 633 CSi. Which would be your Coupe du Jour? Let’s start with the Mercedes-Benz:

Year: 1991
Model: 560 SEC
Engine: 5.6 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 138,122 mi
Price: $9,000 Buy It Now

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Great Looking Vehicle!
Last of the lifetime W126 Models, last seven off the assembly line in absolute museum quality. This car has always been garaged kept. It also has new front & rear disc brakes, new calipers, new front & rear ceramic pads, and a completely new AC system. It runs & drives flawless with no issues. No dings, dents or scratches. Absolutely no rust, with a very clean interior, no rips or tears and the leather is in pristine condition. Perfect wood work with no cracks in the dash and the carpet is in excellent condition. The new high end Sony radio provides features such as: Pandora, USB, Ipod, remote. Please take a close look at all pictures and enjoy the beauty of this car!! Any questions call before bidding – Andy 561-714-6355.


This car certainly looks pretty clean in the photos, and miles are right about where you’d want them. Price seems to be really great for the condition and claimed “museum quality” status. While that may be an exaggeration, the car does appear well kept.…

2002 BMW M5

There’s always something really appealing to me about a Black E39 M5. In black I find these cars to be a bit more of a sleeper. The dark color provides a nice fit for its subtly aggressive styling, which masks the visual cues that make known the fantastic power lying just under the driver’s right foot. To the uninitiated it looks like any other 5-series sedan, but those who know which details to notice will understand immediately that this is not a car to take lightly. Here we have a Black on Black 2002 BMW M5 located in New Jersey that has seen a scant 21,000 miles. Prices on the E39 have begun to rise so a low-mileage, well-maintained example such as this one may have a decent shot of appreciating. We’ve certainly seen the insanity that surrounds the E30 M3 and given the pedigree of the E39 M5 the coming years may see a similar trajectory for those cars.


Year: 2002
Model: M5
Engine: 4.9 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 21,079 mi
Price: $36,500


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Afternoon Accessories: BMW M88 Valve Cover

Looking for some garage art and a BMW fan? This valve cover off one of the highest regarded engines ever may suit the bill. The M88 was and is a fantastic motor, redefining the place of BMW amongst the great car makers of the world for enthusiasts. While it’s not so cheap to buy a M88 engine or M88-engined car, you can pick up this great looking valve cover to adorn a wall and pay tribute to that monster inline-6:

Year: 1978-1989
Model: M1, M635CSi, M6, M535i, M5
Condition: Used
Price: $175 Buy It Now

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This is the Valve Cover pulled from a 1985 M635 with 100k miles on it. The cover is in mint condition. The finish is in beautiful shape. One of the nicest I have seen.

This is for the Euro M88 motor – 1984 – 1987 e24 M635csi and e28 M5. It will not fit the North American S38

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I love the slightly worn but still very presentable look. It has just the right patina to make it fly as wall art. At $250, it’s not cheap, but as I said it’s a whole lot cheaper than buying a whole car!


1979 BMW 320i with 32k miles

With all the E30 frenzy, I think it’s an opportune time to entertain that 3 series legend’s predecessor, the E21. Slightly hampered by the fact it only offered two doors and a fuel injected four-cylinder engine of modest output, it was nonetheless a member of the “Ultimate Driving Machine” family. That is, to say, it had impeccable build qualily along with handling characteristics that would run rings around much of its contemporary competition. I’m not sure where or how cars like this 320i for sale in California crop up; it seems like such an unlikely specimen for preservation status. But for someone seeking 3 series genesis, you have hit gold.

Year: 1979
Model: 320i
Engine: 2.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 35,132 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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This is a very clean, original, and in its own right rare 1979 BMW 320i with 35,132 miles. This is a California car that has seen very little use and no neglect. The mileage is represented by the condition and originality of the BMW. Everything from the engine bay to the wheels represents a car that is very original and in very good/excellent condition. The date on the Micheline tires are from 1987 and look like they are new with no signs of cracking. The car drives very well with good power and quiet suspension. The car also has very little wind noise at highway speeds probably due to the softness of all the window gaskets. Please contact me if you have any questions. I will delete any bids from bidders with a ZERO score unless you contact me prior to your bid. This little car is very impressive and trully is a time warp back to 1979. Throw on your iZod shirt, grab a racket, and head to the club!

Afternoon Accessories: E23 7-Series Euro Front Bumper/Air Dam

U.S. spec bumpers on late 1970s and 1980s Audis, BMWs, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen products have to rate pretty high on the list of crimes against humanity. Not-so-affectionately known as “diving boards”, the 5 MPH bumper mandate may have saved some paintwork along the way but it killed the style in the process. Just park a Euro 5, 6, or 7 series next to the U.S. spec version and you’ll see how the NHTSB and DOT thoroughly undermined the original designs with such a seemingly minor change. There are solutions, however; with a little digging you can usually find a European market bumper for your car on Ebay. Today I found a nice E23 7-series front bumper, air dam and foglight combo:

Year: 1977-1987
Model: 7 series
Condition: Used
Price: $599.99 Buy It Now

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This setup seems to be pretty complete, and while there are acknowledged needs like new fog light lenses, it otherwise seems ready to roll. While it may not be cheap, it’s one of the best upgrades you can do to an older 7 to make it look a little more as it was intended.


Motorsports Monday: 1989 BMW 325is Track Car

With all of our posts about perfect 325s, crazy money M3s and import-status Tourings, it seems only fitting that Motorsport Monday should have a worthy E30 as well. Building a track car is like catching a virus; it makes you sick, it wipes you out, and afterwards you come out the other side saying that you could’ve done without it. A much smarter way to enter the track arena is to buy a car that’s already been built and sorted; yes, it costs more up front, but it you can find the right car it saves you a ton of headaches. Sure, you can buy a lower mileage E30 than today’s example and then spend a ton modifying it to the level of this car, only to be afraid to drive it at the end because it may be worth $100,000 some day in the distant future. Or, you could ante up and buy this one:

Year: 1989
Model: 325is
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-6 stroker
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 225,000 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

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1989 BMW E30 325is Street/Track Car w/ M20 Stroker


-Fully built bottom end with forged internals

-Reworked ported and polished head with 288 cam

-Turner/Conforti 173-300 chip

-Shorty ceramic coated headers (These are not cheap)

-Two into one custom 3″ exhaust

-Redone Getrag 5 speed with short shifter

-.410 limited slip diff

-228mm clutch w/ clutchstop

-Optima red top battery

-Cross Drilled and Slotted Rotors w/ Stainless Lines


-Ireland Engineering Spec E30 Racing Front and Rear Sway Bar Set

-Ireland Engineering Stage 3 Race Springs

-Ireland Engineering Front Strut Brace

-Aluminum M3 Front Control Arms

-Offset Urethane CAB’s

-Billet/Urethane Rear Shock Mount Set

-Urethane Motor Mounts

-New Nexen Tires


-Half race cage

-Corbeau Race Seat

-Schroth Harnesses

-Crack free dash

-Aftermarket head unit/wired for amps

-Gauge pod with oil pressure, oil temp, and air/fuel meter

This is one well done purist build that runs and handles better than any e30 I’ve ever driven.

Wagon Week: 2002 BMW 525i Touring

Walking home from work the other day, I spotted an E39 Touring on the street, which happened to be a 525i with a 5-speed manual. It was completely stock, resplendent in a dark blue metallic and I thought “has BMW ever had a more pleasing design than this Touring?” Even with lower mileage, these E39 Tourings are used car bargains nowadays, if you have the nerve and wherewithal to maintain them properly. This 525i Touring 5-speed manual for sale in Massachusetts is originally a California car and looks to have lived a well-cared for 150,000 miles.

Year: 2002
Model: 525i Touring
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 153,092 mi
Price: $7,900

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After eight great years (I’m the second owner), it’s time for me to move on and hand over this beauty to someone who will continue taking good care of it and enjoing driving it as much as I did. Relevant info: Exterior: Titanium silver Interior: Gray leather Options: ZPP, ZSP, PDC, Xenon Birth certificate (look here for the complete option list): http://www.bmwarchiv.de/vin/gd50411.pdf

Mods: – Autodim mirror (wasn’t available on 525s at that time) – Seat heater retrofit for driver’s seat (passenger seat is wired, but has no heating pads) – Euro armrest with slide and storage – Euro taillights with clear blinkers (works great with silver color – just look at the photos) – Euro mirror glass driver side – Bluetooth TCU retrofit for handsfree phone calls (complete OEM functionality, including voice dial). – No mechanical mods. First owner had it from April 2003 to September 2005. The car lived in Carlsbad, CA. I bought it sight unseen (well, I had some photos actually), flew there to pick it up, put it on a truck to Boston, and then drove it daily for eight years.

1986 BMW 325es with M20 Swap

The E30 craze is in full swing. There’s no denying it. From $40,000 M3s to ever rising 325is values, these compact Germans have somehow struck a chord with enthusiasts seeking simple motoring pleasures The Ultimate Driving Machine was known for back in the 1980s. Luckily, there are still E30s out there of all kinds for all budgets, like this 1986 325es with an M20 engine swap. This es model used to have the higher torque, more economical 2.7 liter eta six cylinder, but that has been exchanged for the higher horsepower 2.5 liter engine from the 325is. So what we have here is a hybrid of a different kind.

Year: 1986
Model: 325es
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-6 (M20 swap)
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 250,000 mi
Price: $6,700 Buy It Now

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This car came in to my hands in March of this year after spending the last few years being passed around by a couple friends of friends. Both of the owners loved the car but treated it poorly by putting on some serious miles with no supporting necessary maintenance. When I saw this car pop up for sale I knew I had to save it! What I originally thought was only going to be a rebuilt head and possibly some shocks/struts ended up turning in to a full blown project! As you can see by the list of modifications and maintenance below, no stone was left un-turned. I had every intention to keep this car for myself but with 6 cars I really need to let a couple things go! As you can see the modifications to the car are mild and tasteful. My motto during this build has been to make it The Ultimate Daily Driver E30.

1982 BMW 633CSi

In a world of $40,000 E30 M3s and $20,000 E28 M5s, where is one to turn when it comes to vintage BMWs that offer affordable thrills. One car to scope out is the E24 6 series coupe. This car is a bit of a curiosity, as they are well loved and praised for their shark nosed styling, yet prices have yet to skyrocket. Is it only a matter of time? This 633CSi for sale in Arizona is a two owner car with the 5-speed manual gearbox.

Year: 1982
Model: 633CSi
Engine: 3.3 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 105,300 mi
Price: $9,800 Buy It Now

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In Spring of 1977 BMW introduced a replacement for the aging 3.0CS and 3.0S models. The introduction of the all new E24 chassis 6-Series and 7-Series models marked a turning point for the company. A very contemporary and handsome styled Coupe’ and Sedan were offered to the public which was more in line with offerings from Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar. The 6-Series was a handsome business man’s Coupe’ and was offered in automatic or manual transmission mated to a very strong and reliable 6-cylinder BMW built engine. By 1980 the engine management saw improvements to the heating and the overall running of the system, it was more efficient and more powerful now offering 194hp. By the 1980’s, cars became more about consumer comforts and ease of driving and the 6-Series became more of a GT car as opposed to a sports car. Most of the 6-Series of the 1980’s had automatic transmission leaving the 5-Speed a very rare and desirable option for the 6-Series enthusiast.

European Motor Studio is very proud to offer this exceptional 2 owner Lapis Blue over Parchment leather 1982 BMW 633CSi 5-Speed Coupe’.