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Week In Review

Welcome back to Week in Review, where we recap the last few weeks of vehicles we have featured:

The 1982 BMW 320is did not sell, failing to meet its reserve at $14,200: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

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1993 BMW DTM M3 Tribute

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It’s always fun to see what the creative engineers can come up with out there. The guys at CG Motorsports clearly wanted to show their building skills, so they went a roundabout way of making an E36 DTM-style M3 tribute, albeit in show/street-car guise. I will admit to a guilty love of wide-bodies, though this love is confusingly matched with a distaste for wings and overdone wheels. These guys took the basic-but-capable 318is and stuck M3 bits all over, including some body parts, suspension, transmission, and engine. Add a DTM-style widebody kit, and you’ve got a tuner’s show car! They’re selling it in a way that sounds like more trouble than it’s worth – offering the chassis and body alone, or with all of the running gear and additions – that just makes me scratch my head harder. Taste and selling tactics aside, it is a clean FrankenBimmer that, at least to me, has some potential.

Click for details: 1993 BMW 318is/M3 on eBay

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1997 BMW 318ti M-Sport

It seems like just yesterday I was writing up a clean 318ti M-sport. The condition was great on that particular example; miles were lower, it was all original and the color was nice. But there were several drawbacks, too – the California roof, while cool, was noted by one of our readers as a potential problem spot. Then there was the transmission; an automatic, it robbed a fair amount of the sport and fun out of the package. To top it off, there was the asking price – a staggering $13,000. As if to answer every single one of those points, another near-mint example of the rare to see M-Sport package has popped up this week; conventional sunroof, lower price and thank heavens a manual gearbox are the highlights here:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1997 BMW 318ti M-Sport on eBay

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1995 BMW M3 with 63k miles

There’s something about Alpine White on a BMW that looks just right. Just ask fellow GCFSBer, Jeff. He owns two Bimmers in this hue…if you could call white a color. This M3 Coupe for sale in California sent to us from a reader of ours, Jeff, is super clean and has covered just over 63,000 miles. Short of the ultra-rare lightweight, this one is close to E36 M3 perfection.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 BMW M3 on eBay

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1999 BMW M3 with 28,000 Miles

When we featured last week’s super low mileage E36 M3 convertible, most of you agreed that the automatic was a huge strike against an otherwise remarkably original car. Although this 1999 M3 coupe brings several desirable qualities to the table, such as a hardtop and manual transmission mated to the S52 – and has similarly impressive low-mileage – there are again, questions. The hood insulation was ripped apart by critters while in storage; first gear is “notchy” with no explanation offered; and the beautiful Fiske wheels are mounted to tires that need to be replaced. Then there’s all the random damage and paint work, which seems extreme for a car that has mostly been in storage as of late and seen low-use. Could just be bad luck, but hopefully the maintenance on this one has been strong to make up for all of its run-ins. Hats off to the seller for being upfront.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1999 BMW M3 on eBay

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