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

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 BMW 325is on eBay

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

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 BMW 525i Touring on BMW CCA Classifieds

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):

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

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 BMW 325es on eBay

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

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1982 BMW 633CSi on eBay

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’.

Wagon Week: 1993 BMW 525iT

For those seeking versatility without too great a sacrifice of performance buying a wagon has always been an admirable choice. While BMW has produced quite a few wagons throughout the years, I don’t think I can remember the last time I actually saw one on the streets. Relative to their German counterparts at Audi and Mercedes, BMW is almost a non-entity in this market. To a degree that’s unsurprising given their self-identification as the ‘Ultimate driving machine’, yet it’s also a shame because so many of the BMW designs have carried over remarkably well when transformed from sedan to wagon. Nonetheless, these cars do exist and the example featured here should be had at a very reasonable cost. Here we have a 1993 BMW 525i Touring located in Philadelphia. It is an automatic rather than a manual, but that’s a forgivable offense in a wagon.


Year: 1993
Model: 525iT
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 153,625 mi
Price: No reserve auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 BMW 525iT on eBay

We have been a licensed Automobile Dealership in Philadelphia, PA. for the past thirteen years. We are primarily an Auto Wholesale Operation supplying other dealerships, and we are now listing select vehicles for sale to the public as well. I am the internet/wholesale manager and my name is Chris. Please feel free to call me with any questions at 215 669-6400.
We offer our online customers a full guarantee on the purchase of any of our vehicles. If you come here to inspect this vehicle and then decide for any reason that you don’t want it, you will be excused from purchasing it. The stated auction terms must be observed to maintain this guarantee.

This is a very clean 1993 BMW 525i Wagon in excellent condition.

2002 BMW Z3 3.0 vs. 2000 BMW M Coupe

Given that it is wagon week, I was torn whether to include the two following Bimmers as examples of the breed. The M Coupe and Z3 Coupe do cut a bit of a shooting brake profile, but these are unique sports cars that were a creation not by committee, but rather, outright enthusiasts. The M variants of these three-doors are getting a bit on the pricey side, but the 3.0 liter Z3 Coupe offers lively performance at a lesser price. So which one would you choose? First, let’s look at the relatively rare Z3 Coupe.

Year: 2002
Model: Z3 Coupe 3.0
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 102,000 mi
Price: $14,000 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 BMW Z3 Coupe 3.0 on eBay

2002 BMW Z3 3.0 Coupe Location: Port Republic, MD, Mileage: 102K

Exterior: Titanium Silver

Interior: Black Leather

Drivetrain: 3.0 L, 225HP, 5 Spd Manual

Options: Sunroof, heated seats, Kenwood stereo, Ipod/Bluetooth ready. New floor mats. All stock, very clean car. Clean Title and history, clean Carfax, which is available on request. I have owned this car for three years, all maintenance up to date, records available. Just past 104K miles, this is my daily driver, so it will continue to go up. This has been a really great car, excellent performance with less cost and maintenance than an M Coupe. Serviced at a local independent Mercedes/BMW shop.

Recent Maintenance:

Replaced: HVAC baseplate replaced, repaired old filter housing leak, new thermosat, new battery (2010).

Tires: New Michelin tires at 75K. Plenty of tread left.

Brakes: Rear brakes, four wheel alignment, Brake flush, new belts at 75K.

Rear Hatch Wiring: Repaired a short in the hatch wiring.

Some Negatives: Normal wear and tear for an 11 year old car that is driven regularly.

Top of the Market: 1965 Porsche 912 and 1975 BMW 3.0CS


While we here at GCFSB usually try to find the best deal for your hard-earned money, the reality is that sometimes it’s hard to find mint-condition cars at a budget price. Increasingly it seems that we find lots of examples of really nice cars that investors and speculators are trying to capitalize on by setting the price in the stratosphere. Such is the case today; two lovely examples of two very opposite cars that are both priced well outside of their respective markets. The question is, what is uniqueness and perfection worth? Let’s take a look at the first, an impressive restored condition 912:


Year: 1965
Model: 912
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 68,935 mi
Price: $59,980 Buy It Now

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1965 Porsche 912 – Excellent condition, rust-free car with a fresh restoration. Rare 5-speed transmission. Shows beautifully and runs like a champ. Refinished in original Champagne Yellow with Green Leatherette interior. 68935 actual miles. Original motor redone during restoration; transmission was replaced with a correct 5spd. Recent Michelin XZX tires installed. Certificate of Authenticity included. An all-around stud that needs nothing to drive and enjoy.

Original Factory Options:



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Tinted Glass All Around

Ventilated Chrome Wheels

Talbot Mirror

Wheel Caps w/Crest

5 Speed Transmission

Dunlop Tires

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Motorsport Monday: 1969 BMW 2002 5.0 V8


Two weeks ago I wrote up one of the coolest replicas on the market, a build your own 917K. Well, at least to me it’s pretty cool, but not many people seemed to agree. Perhaps Porsche folks are a tad bit touchy about replicas, or perhaps it was a little too extreme for most tastes. In light of that, today I have something a little bit more “working man” but from the same era. Sticking with the tube-frame theme but going in a very different direction is today’s silhouette 1969 2002, powered by a 5.0 liter Ford V8. Interested? Read on:


Year: 1969
Model: 2002
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 30,398 miles
Price: Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1969 BMW 2002 5.0 Race Car on eBay

One-off Rally inspired Car
Titled as a 1969 BMW 2002

Built on a Cobra kit chassis VIN 1664243

This vehicle is anything but ordinary but guaranteed to out a smile on your face whenever you drive it. Built from the best of both worlds with a BMW 2002 body yet powered by a Ford 5.0L fuel injected engine shifted by a 5 speed. Just imagine taking a Cobra kit car with its tubular chassis, disc brakes, and mustang power plant and then positioning a BMW 2002 body reminiscent of the old rally cars on top.

This car is not for the purist but for the adrenaline junkie. With its lightweight body, powerful V8, suspension, and frame it feels like you are driving on rails. It has fiberglass flared fenders wrapped around its 16” wheels and tires. The more you look at this car, the more you will want to drive it and that I can tell you, is where the fun comes in. I have been around a lot of cars and to fully appreciate this car you need to drive it!!!

1994 BMW 530i 5-speed manual

The BMW E34 5 series is classic BMW. I think few models, barring the E30, embody everything this brand is about more so than this particular range. From the 525i Touring to the M5, there was a broad array of models that were on offer here in the US market to suit varying tastes. One interesting variant was the 530i, especially when equipped with the 5-speed manual gearbox. Nowadays we think of 3.0 designated the use of a six cylinder engine, but in the case of this E34, a small, 3.0 liter V8 was under the hood. This was the dawn of the modern V8 era for BMW and rarely could you find a V8 of such small capacity in a motorcar. Often looked over for it’s bigger brother, the 540i, this lesser variant is worth a second glance, especially when you come across a nice one like this which is for sale in New Jersey.

Year: 1994
Model: 530i
Engine: 3.0 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 153,000 mi
Price: $3,977 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 BMW 530i on eBay

One of the best cars I have had the pleasure of owning. Truly a STOCK, UNMOLESTED example of a near perfect E34 5-Speed V8. I will give a very detailed and honest description so read on!

Before I go further, I would like to share a bit of my opinion about serviced and maintained high mileage cars. If you are looking at this ad, then you are in the market for a E34. When weighing your options about a low mileage higher priced car and one such as mine that has higher, cared for mileage, please consider this. This car has had EVERY required service, almost everything has been replaced/serviced and is all DOCUMENTED.

1972 BMW 3.0 CSI

“Survivor” is a term that gets thrown about liberally in collector circles, but upon seeing this two owner E9 Coupe, this is a car that fits the bill. Imported in the early 1980s from Germany, this 3.0 CSI is a great example of the period in which BMW emerged from obscurity and into the mainstream luxury scene. While they were decidedly upmarket, these coupes offered a sporting edge and technology that few other manufacturers of the day could match.

Year: 1973
Model: 3.0 CSI
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 85,771 mi
Price: Reserve auction


1972 BMW 3.0CSi E9 Coupe. Finished in Chamonix White with Blue Velour interior, this extremely rare Bosch D-Jetronic fuel injected E9 Coupe is the one to own. Imported by it’s second owner from Munich on 03/26/82, this fully documented three owner example has been driven just 85,771 miles ( 138,036 Kilometers ) since new. Equipped with a factory sun roof, manual front and power rear windows ( common on Euro Spec cars ), five original factory alloy wheels, matching numbers engine and four speed manual transmission and much more. Since being imported by a BMW Club member and Concours judge, this car has spent it’s life in Texas in a climate controlled garage. It has won numerous club events taking 1st place many times. The spare tire has never been on the ground and the jack has never been used. All original tools are in perfect condition and accompany the car with it’s full service history since importation. It is without a doubt one of the best and most original CSi’s available anywhere. The car has just had a major service and has been fully sorted. It runs as well today as it did the day it left the factory.