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 535 is quickly becoming one of my favorite cars on the road. The proportions are dead on, it looks perfect on basketweaves, and the engines rival the M20 in terms of “Can’t kill it” quality. They’re also one of the last of the 80s models that is still relatively affordable to pick up for a project, but the incredible reliability also leads to problems: many of the E28s I’ve considered have well over 250K on the clock! That’s why this 1986 model with a dealer-added body kit and wheels is so attractive – it has just a tick over 100,000 miles, representing a relatively virgin e28 by today’s standards.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 BMW 535i on eBay
I wish I could say I was surprised that this car was found at a charity auction. There’s one in my neck of the woods that causes me to go into full peeping-tom mode from the highway, trying to peer past the green netting on a chain-link fence to see what has become of grandpa’s deposed treasure. Every now and again, I catch a glimpse of a minty VW Rabbit, or an otherwise clean-looking E30. It’s enough to make one want to set up a fake charity-auction business in order to collect prized cars from unknowing descendants of someone’s former pride and joy. In the case of this 533i, regardless of the tidy profit this seller is likely to make, I’m just glad he saw the opportunity to save a special car from an otherwise undignified end. Heck, there was a time when it was the fastest sedan on the roads, but I’m thinking that more likely commentary on the era in which it lived rather than its tire-smoking prowess. I’ll tell you what’s even more amazing – a full tool-kit with the factory cloth still intact. That’s $200 right there!
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1984 BMW 533i on eBay
It’s been a while since we’ve featured a collection of rare parts and accessories. It may STILL be snowing as I write this, but it’s never too early to consider upgrades for the spring. Here is a selection of interesting things out there this week: