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Week In Review

Welcome back to Week in Review. We apologize for not getting this out sooner, but with GCFSB staff on the move with summer travels and your managing editor dealing with a move, we were a bit tied up. But let’s take this chance to recap the last month of vehicles we have featured:

The 1997 Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG sold for $10,200: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

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1989 BMW 325i S52 Swap

I know most of you are used to me complaining about swapped E30s, but every now and again I have to make an exception. Perhaps it’s my love of Style 10 wheels that’s affecting my judgement, but I’ll live with that shame. The owner has shown some measured restraint in creating this car, a highly unusual feat when it comes to highly-modified E30s. The comfort interior remains, as does the stock steering wheel and radio. The trunk is free from subwoofers, and the minor styling tweaks the seller did undertake are just my style – OEM mudflaps, the aforementioned wheels, and a period-correct heckblende. Aftermarket exhaust always look “off” to me on E30s, but I suppose it’s there to let that S52 breathe a bit easier.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 BMW 325i on eBay

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Weekend Accessories Roundup

It’s the middle of summer and no doubt all of us are having fun with our German rides, enjoying the back roads and hitting the shows. We thought it would be an opportune time to search out some cool accessories to make the motoring experience even more fun.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Recaro Ideal seats on eBay

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1986 BMW M3

Not a bad way to buy an E30 M3 – travel to the land of sunshine and palm trees, find some quiet roads with small roadside stands selling native fruit, and then ship the beast home to wherever you lay your head. This ’86 M3 isn’t perfect and wears a few battle scars, but it’s got some cool Euro-market features like headlight washers and the German check panel. It should also have the Euro-market rear first-aid kit and warning triangle, but who knows if those have survived the years. The red striping is a nice touch, as are the M-stripes on the hood (whether those were a factory option or aftermarket application is unknown). However, the aftermarket stereo, flooded OBC screen and wrong-way facing rear speakers all speak to a car that’s had some miles put on her, so any long-distance buyers would be wise to get a proper PPI.


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1985 BMW 333i

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Ask anyone what the largest engine ever fitted to the E30 BMW 3 series was and you may get a few folks citing the M20 2.5 liter inline-6 in the 325is. However, South Africa received their own special edition by way of the M30 3.3 liter “big six” being slotted under the hood to create the 333i. These cars were built in collaboration with Alpina, all fitted with a 5-speed manual transmission and limited slip differential. Slotted front brake rotors, 16” Alpina wheels and optional ABS were other features on tap in this package. With 194 horsepower on tap, these were very potent machines in their day, capable of 0-100 km/h in the mid seven second range. A mere 204 were produced in 1986 but these special E30s, like this one for sale in Germany, have cemented their place in history amongst the E30 faithful.

Click for more details: 1985 BMW 333i on Classic Driver

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