While my personal inclinations lie in having M-cars as close to the 80s as possible, there’s no question that the E39 and E46 combo are extremely desirable. The E46 M3 continues to grow on me as a relatively-analog total athlete. It’s not quite a top-5 “must buy” yet, but it’s certainly entering the conversation. Today, we have a remarkably similar duo, both examples dressed in the distinctive Laguna Seca Blue on black dubs with moderate modifications. The owners are clearly proud of their car, resulting in prices significantly higher than other E46s on the market.
All posts tagged Motorsport
It seems pretty impossible these days to find an BMW M car bargain, or at least one on which you won’t wind up spending a ton of money on repairs. The early ones, such as the E28 M5 and E24 M6 are rising in value and that’s before taking into account the stratospheric prices being asked for the original M3. Fast forward a generation on the M3 though, and you can still find a good E36 M3 for reasonable cash. Today we’ll look at three E36 M3 Coupes, all with 5-speed manual gearboxes. We’ll start with this 1997 Estoril Blue example for sale in Indiana.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1997 BMW M3 on eBay
The low mileage E28 BMW M5 that Nate wrote up last week got me thinking again about what kind of cars would fill out my collection if I struck it rich. Certainly it would be an M5, but which one? As sharp as the original M5 is, I’m still distracted every time I come across an E39 M5 in my travels. Much like the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, this is the sports saloon that is just right for me. It straddles the line nicely between modern and classic, packs a punch with the V8/6-speed manual combination and has just the right amount of aggression in an almost perfect sized package. Apparently I’m not the only one who finds this car to be “just right” given the values we’ve seen for these Munich monsters.
Both E39 M5s we’ll look at today are 2003 examples, the first being this sinister looking black example for sale in Maryland with just under 30,000 miles on the clock.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2003 BMW M5 on eBay
The Euro’d E28 M5 with just 62k miles Carter wrote up last week went for a reasonable $21k, showing that the market for M5s is strong but not skyrocketing. Extra-low mileage examples are few and far between, and today’s 28k-mile example is being sold by the notoriously high-pricing Enthusiast Auto Group. Forum guesses put the price as high as $80k, which may be what EAG is asking but is not what they’re going to get. While it certainly looks like a sheltered, sub-30k mile creampuff, the door-card speakers are a strikingly bad choice. Low mileage is great, but without full originality I don’t see the point.