Federalized 1979 Euro BMW 323i for sale

The nice reader ride Aaron featured earlier this week was a very nice 323i, a car pleasantly unfettered by the rapidly increasing BMW numerical system. There was a 323i for the very first 3-series as well, but while the E46 323 was the base engine, in 1979 it was the top-of-the-line with an M20 pushing out a healthy 143 bhp. While the E21 320i’s shortcomings made the following E30 that much more awesome, the Euro-only 323i brought some fun party favors like Bosch fuel injection, 4-wheel discs, and an optional limited-slip differential. Today’s beautiful white example was imported from Germany and federalized at the beginning of its life in 1980 and is looking as good as new with tidy bumpers, great paint, and perfect Alpina open-lug wheels. We’ve had some steep E21s here with asking prices as high as $14k, so $4500 for this uber-ur-3-series with 125k miles seems like a solid deal.

1979 BMW 323i for sale on Craigslist Colorado


From the seller:

This is a great running and looking 1979 BMW 323i model for Germany. Imported and federalized in 1980. Have all records back to 1980 documenting extensive maintenance and low mileage of 125k (201,000 kilometers) Recent maintenance includes timing belt and water pump, wheels and tires, fuel pump, injectors, plugs, filters, distrubuter, coil. Has the 2.3l 6 cyl engine, 4 wheel disc brakes,and improved suspension compared to the 320i available in the US at the time. Air conditioning, 4 speed manual, Recaro cloth seats. $4500 obo.

I really dig this little car. The E21 will always be the underdog of BMWs, but with power and style, this one can hold its head high. I don’t really understand the long VW-esque pea shooters out the back, but that’s nothing a hacksaw couldn’t fix in about 5 minutes. Alpinas, small bumpers, and some bonus rarity make this low-mile import worth it.

-NR

1980 BMW Euro 323i For Sale

I don’t know, this Euro 323i looks sharp enough.  A mild restoration and some Euro goodness caught my eye.  See for yourself…

1980 BMW 323i For Sale:

From the seller –

“1980 BMW E21 323I MOTORSPORTS EUROPEAN MODEL ULTRA RARE FIND ALL ORIGINAL 5 SPEED TRACK READY

You are bidding on an extremely rare 1981 323i Euro. Very well documented, As we continue through the description and pics , you are seeing the results of over $10,000 in restoration costs and while not factory stock, I think you’ll agree, this is one unique “ultimate driving machine”. The Euro model E21s differ quite a bit from the American spec versions: Larger, more powerful 6 Cylinder engine, fixed rear quarter windows, better suspension, slim bumpers, no side markers, different parking lights, better headlights, etc…) I’ve tried to cover as many particulars as I can in the following description but I’m sure I’ve neglected something so feel free to call.

* New OEM weather strip throughout

* New OEM rear quarter windows

* New OEM front windshield, Euro market green tinted glass

* New OEM front and rear bumper rub strips

* New OEM E30 style spoiler

* New Dsw track style wheels

* European H4/H1 Hella headlights

I’ve also included Euro style license plates, front and rear to help with the authentic look All exterior trim has received a “shadow-line” treatment as well

Mechanical: Stock E30 2.7 liter 6 cylinder

* True Euro engine, no catalytic converters

* All new vacuum lines, hoses and new air boot.

* New fuel lines and filters

* High temp plug wires

* New distributor cap and rotor

* Timing belt and water pump within the last 20000 miles

* 3.64 limited slip diff with redline fluids.

* New OEM BMW dual exhaust from manifold back.

* New axles and CV boots

* Front and rear Bilstein sports, front and rear H&R lowering springs

* All new bushings including front and rear sway bar bushings

* New tie rods and tie rods ends

* New steering knuckle and rag joint

* New calipers and vented rotors

* Korman Automotive rear strut-brace with integrated trunk-mount battery relocation

*Recaro Seats etc

Vin # WBAAH3101B7792812

QUATTRO MOTOR SPORTS”

If you were smog exempt this would make a neat driver and part time racer, except…

Well, this car was knocking around the salvage auctions a few months back.  I am guessing this is why the seller does not list the VIN in the post, for shame.  To make matters worse this car has at least 165k on her, not 95k as listed.

Granted, these could be minor oversights and I will give the seller the benefit of the doubt.  Sure, they did a great deal of work to this 323 but much of that could be ignored based on its dubious past.

I bring all this up as a reminder to be careful out there.  We are all here due to our, sometimes irrational, love of fine German automobiles.  The problem with that is this love can cloud our judgement and those without our best interests in mind may take advantage of that fact.

This has been a public service announcement 🙂

~Aaron.

Hol-E30: 1984 Hartge H23

It’s always fun to see crazy-rare versions of ubiquitous cars like the 3-series, especially when they look as good as the Hartge H23. Hartge, like many German tuners, has gone a bit cartoonish these days, but their 80s cars kick ass and make Alpinas and M3s look common. This H23 is a grey-market import, one of fewer than 35 in the world. With power approaching E30 M3 territory and a great look, it’s hard to think of a cooler E30. The seller has put a ton of effort into “taking this car to the next level,” and it shows.

1984 BMW E30 Hartge H23


From the seller:

Well, I’ve tried to take the car to the next level. I feel such a rare car (1 of 35 worldwide I’m told) deserves it. Here is what I have done in the last two years:

1) Dogleg transmission. I added a dogleg sport box with a new clutch, pressure plate, throw-out bearing etc… I did it not because it needed it, but more for the way it was geared. The rearend is a 3:25 with a stock Getrag 260 box. The 242 sport box is geared much better for this rear. I bought one and put it in. So much better. While I had it out I replaced all of the bushings and the shift linkage. Filled the box with Redline MTL. Shifts beautifully. The old box will be included and has nothing wrong with it.
2) New rear Bilsteins along with new sway bar drop links front and rear. I also have a set of original “Hartge” marked bilsteins I may include.
3) New Behr radiator and shroud. Didn’t need it but it had some knockoff radiator in it. I replaced it.
4) Replaced every vacume line I could get at with new ones (from BMW).
5) All coolant hoses replaced.
6) New header tank and washer fluid tank. The old ones just didn’t look that good (yellowing).
7) New cap, rotor, plugs, plug wires, filter. Also recent oil change (Valvoline VR-1 and BMW filter)
New grill
9) Euro Smilleys – just look so nice
10) All new trim around the front euro bumper – euro front licence plate
11) Replaced all of the plastic splash guards in the front wheel wells
12) Treehouse racing control arm bushings
13) I replaced the 15″ Hartge Rims with 16″ Hartge Type A’s that have been refinished. They are running new BF Goodrich KDW2 in 225/45-16. I still have the 15’s and may include them.
14) On the interior I replaced some of the dash/door panel trim and the sill guards to freshen things up.
15) I replaced the US speedometer with a Hartge Speedo in KPH. When the car was Federlized they added a US speedo. Just didn’t seem right. Sourced a Hartge one from Germany. I took pictured of both to verify the mileage.
16) New BMW floor mats in grey which are no longer available
17) New BMW (white) Battery
1 Totally cleaned up the engine compartment with new stickers etc. Polished the strut tie bar

I’m sure I am forgetting some things, but I’ve put a ton of sweat (and tears) into this car. If you are interested you can read Ryan’s thread above and learn the history of the car etc. I will say that the person who bought it new checked pretty much every box possible. I think it has every Hartge option but the dead pedal.

I also have many extra parts, some of them very rare Hartge parts. I may include some of them if I get my price:
– Extra Hartge Front Spoiler
– Hartge rear spoiler
– Hartge 15″ type A rims/tires
– Original Hartge Deco Stripes in Silver – impossible to find new
– Original cassette deck from 84 – new in box
– lots of extra trim bits including new trim for the rear bumper

There are a few things that if I kept the car I would tackle. The sunroof still could use adjustment. Not hard but something I never got to. Not a sunroof guy. The oil pan was cracked at some point long ago and welded. I have a spare pan and planned to do it eventually. Has a small oil drip at the oil cooler line (into the engine). Probably needs a new seal. I would have the steering wheel recovered. Not terrible, but not quite up to snuff. Dallas wheels would do it pretty cheap. Last but not least would have been the A/C. It is all there and I’m pretty sure the compressor turns on. Needs to be gone through and either recharged (with R12) or converted to R134A. Converting isn’t an easy task and this was my big project for next winter.

Anyway, I am not in this thing to get my money out. It is all for the project. I would like to get 10,500 for it which is around what I paid. I would hate to put it on EBAY and have someone not worthy buy it. It deserves a good home.

Very cool car that has been brought to amazing shape. The larger Hartge wheels look great, and are indicative of the care taken to get the little things right to complete the package. He’s honest about selling at a loss at $10,500 for the love of the project, and I hope he finds it a worthy home.

-NR

1986 BMW 735i Euro 5-Speed LSD No Reserve

A find from the bargain bin here. This grey market 735i is up for sale on eBay with no reserve and a price currently well under $1,000. Sure the car has over 200,000 miles on it, but the seller seems very confident in its reliability. Several things set this 7 series apart from others including the Zender style body kit, limited slip differential, 5 speed manual, and the unique euro only interior appointments.

The car has a few things wrong with it, but nothing you couldn’t leave and just enjoy the car as is. A nice looking ride that will sell to the highest bidder.

 

~Evan

1981 BMW e21 Euro-Spec 323i Black on houndstooth

We had this car posted up on the site back in June, but it is back, still with the same owner.

It’s probably no secret by now that I’m 80’s fanboy and modified e21’s are a perfect fit in my mind, especially when restored to this degree. This car is so period correct in terms of upgrades and modifications, and being a Euro-spec 6 cylinder model it really stand out.

1981 BMW e21 323i Euro For Sale

quote from seller’s listing:

You are bidding on an extremely rare 1981 323i Euro. Very well documented, still retains much of the original paperwork when brought to the US including the EPA approvals and original German owners manuals. As we continue through the description and pics , you are seeing the results of over $15000 in restoration costs and while not factory stock, I think you’ll agree, this is one unique “ultimate driving machine”. The Euro model E21s differ quite a bit from the American spec versions: Larger, more powerful 6 Cylinder engine, fixed rear quarter windows, better suspension, slim bumpers, no side markers, different parking lights, better headlights, etc…) I’ve tried to cover as many particulars as I can in the following description but I’m sure I’ve neglected something so feel free to call.

Exterior: Vehicle was originally Brazil Brown, very high quality repaint with attention to detail. Current color is Cosmos Schwarz (Cosmos Black Metallic) . It would be very difficult upon inspection to determine that this was not the original color, vehicle was completely disassembled prior to paint.
* New OEM weather strip throughout
* New OEM rear quarter windows
* New OEM front windshield, Euro market green tinted glass
* New OEM front and rear bumper rub strips
* New OEM E30 style spoiler
* New Alpina style 15×6 wheels with Kumho Ecsta SX tires all around
* European H4/H1 Hella headlights

I’ve also included Euro style license plates, front and rear to help with the authentic look All exterior trim has received a “shadow-line” treatment as well, accented by professionally installed 30% window tint all around.

Mechanical: Stock European M20 2.3 liter 6 cylinder
* True Euro engine, no catalytic converters or unnecessary smog. All EPA/DOT paperwork included.
* All new vacuum lines, hoses and new air boot.
* New fuel lines and filters
* Bav Auto 8mm high temp plug wires
* New distributor cap and rotor
* Timing belt and water pump within the last 20000 miles
* 3.64 limited slip diff with redline fluids.
* New OEM BMW dual exhaust from manifold back.
* New axles and CV boots
* Front and rear Bilstein sports, front and rear H&R lowering springs
* K/MAC adjusted camber and caster plates
* All new bushings including front and rear sway bar bushings
* New tie rods and tie rods ends
* New steering knuckle and rag joint
* New calipers and vented rotors
* Korman Automotive rear strut-brace with integrated trunk-mount battery relocation

How cool is that interior? And the shadowline style trim? This car is very close to what I would build if I had a budget and talent for such things. Makes me feel like I’m 17 again and reading early European Car magazines!

dc

Note from Evan:
Dan and I both found this car and double posted, my comments are:
For those looking for something a little more wild than this fairly stock black beauty check out the 323i widebody posted and for sale on the site right now.

This car looks very nice.
All Euro with H4 head lights, better breathing M20 2.3 liter motor.
This 323i is just begging for someone to complete the murdered out look, give it some black rims and smoke those tail lights and orange corners. It has newer Cosmos Schwarz paint, that looks like a quality job, the original color was brown.
The lines are just classic, the little touches like the dual exhaust and the little trunk lip spoiler are perfect and it comes with a proper manual transmission. The houndstooth interior looks fantastic, it even carries through into the trunk and looks good.. The seller has $15000 in receipts an documents.

The car presents very well for the mileage. This looks like a real nice find.

Bidding is up to $6,300 with the reserve not met. Pretty healthy pricing for an 80s vehicle with 100,000 miles that, while special, wasn’t exactly top of the range when new. It is unclear what the seller is looking for price-wise, don’t expect this one to go cheap. I imagine it will attract the eyes of a few Bimmer fans. It has my attention.
~Evan

Euro 1987 Alpina B6 2.7 for sale

I give the E30 M3 a lot of love for many reasons.  Foremost, it’s my Eleanor, the perfect car that I’d give up all others for.  Its racing pedigree and gorgeous homologated shape only add to that desire.  But I think one thing that allows the M3 to be held in such exceptional regard is that it’s based off the quintessential, and thus ubiquitous, cheap German sports car, the BMW 3-series.  The fact that E30 318s and 325s are such regulars in beater race series like 24 Hours of Lemons and Chumpcar highlights their quick, cheap, and omnipresent nature.  The fact that the M3 explodes all of the good things about the E30 and is so hard to get ahold of leaves it on a misty pedestal while the lesser E30s pass as mundane.

Automobiles such as this Alpina B6 can distract some 3-series attention from the M3.  From the same North Wales seller as the B9 3.5 Coupe recently featured, this 2.7L sedan puts out more power than an M3 and has it’s own eye-catching styling.

The car looks to be in great shape and has covered just over 80k miles.  The silver Alpina stripes look absolutely awesome on Alpinweiss, and if you’ve read this site much, you know how I feel about those wheels (lust).  I also like the fact that it’s a 4-door.  The massive front spoiler looks like it could use some support via some other body pieces on the sides and back, but the railroad look is cool in its own way, and I love the old black lip spoiler out back.  The seller says it’s quicker than an M3, which it may be in a straight line but I doubt it can match the M3’s homologated suspension bits in the twisties.  Even if the seller is to be believed, the $12.5k Buy-it-Now price is fast approaching M3 territory, to say nothing of the importation worries.  Enticing, but my money would still be drawn to the boxed fenders before the train scoop.

-NR

1982 Euro Mercedes 280SL 4 speed

Very nice looking Euro 280SL twin cam. Despite being a Euro car it is registered in California so you can be sure it has been setup to pass emissions requirements.  The Euro car has the nice bumpers and headlamps. It also features the somewhat hard to find 4 speed manual for added entertainment. The interior looks wonderful despite 128,000 miles. It include the hard top as well as the canvas top. A great boulevard cruiser for summer nights. $12,500 buy-it-now price.

~Evan

1991 Mercedes 560SEC Euro

Number 2 in my last minute Easter Sunday posts is this Euro grey market 560SEC with only 62,000 miles. Sold by the same fellow who is selling the nice 500E that ends today. Perhaps if you buy both this and the matching charcoal black 500E you could get a deal.
Like the 500E this looks to be a very well maintained example. The Euro spec model has the nicer headlights and bumpers, as well as a Euro spec engine.
These are great cars and this is low mileage for the engine. The car is just old enough to avoid many of the electronic gizmos that can cause problems, but new enough that it has plenty of convience features modern Mercedes are known for.
Another fine unmolested example.

~Evan

Gray Market Goodness: 500E, 190 2.3-16, and CTR2

Some really tasty gray market goodies are for sale online right now. I had to get these posted fast, so I’m putting them all together. Enjoy!

Mercedes-Benz Euro W124 500E 1992 For Sale at EuroClassicMotors.com for $42000

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quote from their website:

Model: Mercedes-Benz Euro W124 500E 1992 Anthracite Grey Metallic/Black
Features: Fully loaded, Rare onboard computer! (Similar to E34 M5 )
Mileage: 89K since new, second owner car, imported from Germany 1993 by the original owner all the DOT/EPA is done, Currently the new home is Los Angeles area.
Availability: CURRENTLY FOR SALE $42000- call/email.
Technical Data: This is legendary M119 engine, Euro spec is 326hp 354 nm / 261.1 ft lbs @ 4900 rpm.
Exhaust: Custom made from the headers all the way to the Remus, the sound is awesome !!!
Soon will have dyno test on the car, estimated around 356hp at the crank…
Suspension: Koni yellow sport (adjustable).
Brakes: High-performance double-drilled and slotted rotors with high performance brake pads.
Transmission: Is set to start from 1st gear every time and
operates very sensitively in downshift mode with no lock moment… The result is impressive!
Differential: 2.47 LSD (Limited Slip Differential)
Wheels: 19” inch AMG (style) Front 245 35 19 Rear 275/30/19.

Is this the finest W124 500E for sale… anywhere?! It sure looks like it, and duplicating this car would surely cost more than the asking price. Make sure to check out their website which has probably 100 images on it. This car is beautiful!


1985 Mercedes 190 2.3-16 For Sale1985 Mercedes 190 2.3-16 For Sale1985 Mercedes 190 2.3-16 For Sale

quote from eBay listing:

This is the one! Anthracite gray with black leather interior, 5-speed manual with the higher horsepower, higher compression european spec engine. 75k miles and very tight. Very good to excellent condition throughout.

Yes, this is a 1985 model and that means it was produced for the European market and imported here. In the case of the Cosworth 190E, this means that this car has higher horsepower (185hp vs 167hp), torque and compression ratio.

This is a really nice example of a very desirable and collectible car. This is not a show car, but it certainly is in much better than average condition and has a relatively low 75,000 miles on it. It is probably too nice to take racing — even though it is a race car — but could make a great base for a project street car. Or do like me and just drive it! I have driven a lot of Mercedes in my life and this is the only one that really feels like a sports car. It’s nimble handling, high revving Cosworth engine and great exhaust note make this car a blast to drive. Please come buy it before I get into trouble!

• 75,000 Miles
• Five-speed transmission
• 4-cylinder 2.3 liter engine

I like the opening bid of $8000 and the honesty of this listing. While not quite as nice as this example posted a while back, the combination of European specification, recent respray, and very good miles, make me think this is a great example for an enthusiast. I wish I was in the market right now, I’d bid!


1997 Porsche Ruf CTR2 Sport for Sale at SunsetClassics.com

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quote from their website:

We have an exceptional Yellowbird Yellow 1997 Porsche Ruf CTR-2 Sport for sale. This RUF was the fastest production car in the world in 1997. This ultra rare Porsche Ruf CTR2 Sport ranks right up there with Ferrari’s F50 and Jaguar’s XJ220. The CTR2’s air-cooled engine whips out an impressive 580HP with 0-60 times under 4 seconds, and a blistering top speed of 217mph! There were only 16 of these street legal super cars made from 1995-1997 so this is obviously a really rare chance at owning a piece of automotive history. Not to mention it is one wicked car to drive.

This is the fastest car I’ve ever ridden in, and we didn’t even juice it anywhere near its full potential. This particular car was featured in the February 1998 issue of European Car magazine when it was owned by the previous owner Steve Beddor. This car has only 8k original miles since new, a beautiful sounding Blaupunkt stereo system and looks to kill. You are looking at a very fine investment opportunity for any Porsche enthusiast – and one fun sports car that craves some hard driving.

Not much needs to be said here. An opportunity like this doesn’t come along very often, and it’s appears to be titled! The real deal, not a conversion, and has only 8k miles. I’ve always said that I think the 993 series was the last of the real Porsche 911’s and this one is the ultimate tuner car of it’s generation. Sure it’s a Powerball fantasy for most of us, but if my ticket hits, this guy’s phone is going to blow up the next day! Make sure to click through and check out all the images they have and bunch of videos too.

dc

E30 M3 Hartge 3 Piece Wheels

Granted I usually post car classifieds, but these wheels are so rare I felt compelled to post them here. Feast your eyes on the uber rare 3 piece Hartge rims for sale in San Francisco on Craigslist:

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quote from seller’s Craigslist post:

Rare and hard to find. Custom 3pcs Hartge wheels and tires from my E30 M3. These wheels where purchased from Germany.

5×120 bolt pattern
17×8.5 et13 front and 17×10 rears
Custom polished wide lips
Condition is perfect like new
Toyo t1r tires
215/45 and 245/40/17
Used for no more than 500 miles
No spacers needed for E30 M3 application

If I was putting together the ultimate period piece modified e30 M3, these would be an insta-purchase on the credit card I’m not supposed to use! And the M3 pictured is an absolute beaut!

CL link updated 8.24.09 Price: $3200

dc

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