We try to refrain from writing up total dumpster dives here on GCFSB, but sometimes it’s worth it to examine a car with potential – even if that potential ends up being parting out. This particular ruffian hits close to home, as my E28 M5 isn’t perfect but I will turn in my car-guy card if it ever gets anywhere close to this condition. The worst bits are the paint, lurking rust, and awful trunk that is minus one spare wheel/tire and carpet set but plus one hideous subwoofer. The seller claims it starts and runs cleanly, which is promising but not enough to dive in head first. I bought my 200k+ mile M5 to have a solid base that I could feel good about keeping on the road. If you are a BMW mechanic, this could be a cheap M5 for a long term project. Otherwise, it may end up as nothing more than a moneypit or a parts car.
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The E28 M5 was one of those cars that moved the chains forward in the automotive spectrum. These were sedans that would popularize the idea that a four-door car need not be boring family transport. The inaugural year for the M5 would be 1985, but North America would not see this performance sedan until the 1988 model year rolled around. At that time, all destined for that market would be painted black, replete with crash bumpers and most coming equipped with a tan leather interior. In other markets, the options were a bit more diverse, as is the case with this 1985 M5 for sale in Minnesota. With its slim bumpers and headlamp wipe/wash system, it has that Euro look so many strive for. In this case, however, the look is authentic. Also, the aftermarket McIntosh stereo is also a nice touch, given that these are not cheap systems and replicate the look of period head units quite nicely.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1985 BMW M5 on eBay
For years, yours truly has been keeping up a hobby rather quietly: slowly building up a collection of the very best 1:18 scale models out there. With the amount of money invested in my collection, I probably could have paid for a second 1:1 toy of modest means, but that’s beyond the point. For people like fellow writer Rob and myself who live in a big urban environment, space is at a premium. So then, what to do to sate your automotive appetite? Well, have a look at the following 1:18 scale German vehicles below.
I started collecting 1:18 scale cars in my formative years, when one of the few players in the market was Italian manufacturer Bburago. The art of scale models has come a long way in the last two decades or so, with makers such as Kyosho and AutoArt bringing incredible detail to ever expanding product portfolios of both vintage and modern cars. I’ve gathered up a few choice 1:18 diecast and resin models below that I felt would appeal to most GCFSB readers.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: Minerva Blue Porsche 928 by AutoArt on eBay
CLICK FOR DETAILS: Audi V8 by Best of Show on eBay
CLICK FOR DETAILS: BMW M1 Procar Niki Lauda by Minichamps on eBay
It’s a bit of a Euro-spec day here at GCFSB, and both of the featured cars are rare to see on this side of the pond. In the case of the earlier 420SEC, it’s rare to see them because there weren’t many produced and stateside we have the 560SEC that ran at the same time; in many respects, the smaller motor is a curiosity and a neat side note, but offers no real advantage to U.S. buyers. However, this example is very different; a Euro-spec 1994 M5. While the M5 left U.S. shores in 1993, it soldiered on for a few years in Europe with a revised and enlarged motor. Dubbed the S38B38, the new motor gained 25 horsepower but importantly 30 lb.ft of torque – it was now only 17 horsepower shy of 100 more than the U.S. spec E28 M5’s S38B35. That made up for some extra pounds that adorned the E34 chassis versus the earlier M cars and the M5 was even more of a flyer once again. A few of these 3.8 cars and motors have made their way stateside but they’re still quite rare to find. Usually, they have some neat oddities that we didn’t get here, such as this example’s Hurricane cloth interior. All in all, it makes for one tidy performance package that’s still quite discrete: