Restored ’69 BMW 2002 with an M20 6 Cylinder!

This car really strikes a chord with me. It has a striking period pose with subtle but tasteful upgrades that make me like to think this is exactly what I’d love to have in a BMW 2002.

1969 BMW 2002 for sale with M20 6 cylinder conversion

Many opponents of the M20 conversion state that it upsets the balance of the car, but everyone who has one says it just takes a bit more on the loud pedal to balance the car with oversteer. And with this setup from a 1989 donor car, it should behave amazingly well even as a daily driver.

And I really dig the upgraded interior and audio treatment. The kind of setup I used to read about in car audio mags in high school!

from the seller:

1969 BMW 2002 with a M20 6 cylinder engine out of a 1989 BMW 325i (E30). One of the cleanest, straightest, best performing BMW 2002’s around. Gets thumbs up everywhere the car is driven. Motor is strong, the sound of the engine/exhaust is AMAZING and the car rolls solid and straight.

The ground up restoration was completed in 2008 by a true BMW enthusiast with no corners cut. Since the rebuild, the car has been driven 15,700 miles without a problem. Speaks to the quality/reliability of the build.

Really this car totally does it for me. About the only thing I’d take issue with is the wheels, which look great but seem to modern for what is otherwise a smooth period-correct operator. A set of Minilites, BBS, or even Ti rims would fit a bit better if I was a buyer.

Bidding is currently at $17k+ with reserve not met. With a few days to go, how high will it go?

dc

US-Federalized E30 Touring for sale!

We’ve featured some awesome E30 wagons here before, but they’re usually in Canada. So close, yet so far away. Well, no such tease today with this 325iT located in southern Washington. It was imported just before the millennium and then converted from 1.8 to 2.5L. Now it’s a Euro unicorn in the flesh on American soil. But as you might assume, trapping unicorns is not child’s play, and this 325 Touring’s price is approaching E30 M3 territory.

From the seller:

This is for a very nice 1989 Lachssilber Touring (with BLK Shadowline Trim) that has ALL THE US FEDERALIZATION PAPERWORK in 1999. The car came into the US as a 318iT and in March of 2001 the engine was converted to a 325i (M20) engine at the 81,446 mileage mark. The work was done by LITTLE CAR SHOP in Milwaukee, WI at a price tag of $3045.50. Part of the paperwork included maintenance records. I purchased the car in March of 2008 with 106,072 miles and have loved every minute of it. Current mileage is 115,050. I have decided to sell this car in order to help thin out the herd of cars that I own. Below are the maintenance and additions that I have made to the car since 2008.

Maintenance:
1) Timing Belt, coolant, & parts – 5/2/08 106,231 miles 2) Spark plugs, wires, cap, & rotor – 1/1/10 113,580 miles 3) New Bilstein HD front and rear shocks 4) BMW Battery 2010 5) Front and Rear Brake pads and rotors – 7/10 6) Restored Zender 15×7 Wheels and 205/50R15 Michelin Tires

Upgraded Features:
1) BMW Factory Glass Moonroof 2) BMW M Tech 2 Steering wheel 3) Ellipsoidal Headlights 4) “is” Front spoiler lip/valance 5)Remus Exhaust 6) Blaupunkt Nevada CD Player 7) BMW Sport Seats Cargo Area Full Liner(removable) 9) Indoor Car Cover 10) 3.73 Limited Slip Differential 11) Replacement speakers in the cargo area.

There are very very few of these cars in the USA, especially ones that are legal registered ones. One of the things that I appreciate about this car is that besides cruise control and powerlocks, everything else is manual. Manual windows, no check contol unit, no A/C etc. Simple so that there is less to go wrong. As you will see in the pictures, the car is in very nice shape and is always garaged. The cargo area has the 2 compartments one that consists of the EURO triangle, first aid kit, jack tools. The other side has the factory tool roll. The car drives fantastic and has plenty of M20 power with the 3.73 rear end. Whether you are at a car show, the gas station, or just driving around, this car turns heads and sparks conversations.

This wagon is located in Vancouver, WA (Portland, OR area) and I am open to local pick ups, helping to have the car picked for shipping, etc. I hope to find a good home for this car.

What a sweet, sweet E30. Extremely clean on the inside and out, a nice, lower-mile engine swap, and some subtle and clean upgrades. Condition plus rarity equals pricey, and the Buy-it-Now is $15k. I wish it were cheaper to make the dream more realistic, but I can’t say it’s not worth it. A ton of work has been put into making this E30 clean and American. Someone with some cash is going to have the coolest E30 on the block.

-NR