1991 318is w/ supercharged s52

In my eyes the e30 is one of the most beautiful German cars of its generation, and this 1991 318is available in Bradenton, FL embodies everything I love about the e30.

The 318is was first launched in 1989, and touted the new M42 engine. This lightweight, and quick revving 1.8 16v, was a blast to drive, and was reminiscent of the S14 4 cylinder offered in the e30 M3.

Out of the box these were fun, peppy great handling cars, and you might think, how can one improve on that? Here’s how, the s52. S52 swaps are a pretty common transplant in to the e30 in the BMW community, as the e36 donors are plentiful, and the s52 makes nearly 100hp more. This would be enough for most, right?

Not the owner of this stunning 318is, he has taken things a step further, and added a Vortech V1 Supercharger. With the perfect combination of European styling, and raw power, the owner of this car certainly spare no expense in making this car a shining example of what a modified e30 can be…scratch that…should be.

1991 318is w/ supercharged s52 on ebay.com

Up for sale is my 1991 318is Slicktop with an OBD1 s52 swap. I have detailed all of the specifications that I could possibly think of. I would like to point out a few things that someone skimming the ad would miss out on:
Slicktop 318is : Pretty rare form factor for the e30. Lightest chassis available in the NA market. Water/Air intercooler AND oil cooler : I have searched far and wide and have been unable to find another supercharged s52 that has a water/air intercooler setup. Southern car, no rust. Low mileage s52, approximately 88k miles. Pulled the valve cover recently, looks brand freaking new. Professionally reupholstered interior, black leather
In the last 50 miles, I have done: New oil New plugs New woodruff key (old one sheared) Power steering flush Coolant flush
Car: 1991 318is Alpine White Black interior No rust
Under the hood: 1999 M3 s52 with obd1 swap approximately 88k miles Vortech V1 Supercharger (approx 1300 miles on it @ 105,000 odo) All new sensors New Water Pump New tensioner New idlers New woodruff key New valve cover gasket Getrag 260 resealed e36 M3 Clutch New JB lightweight flywheel, 10lb New slave and stainless line 3.73 LSD z3 shifter Euro Raceland headers Remus muffler Custom center section with twin Magnaflow resonators and X-pipe 12″ puller 16″ pusher IE Oil Cooler 804 HFM Forge diverter valve TRM Racing tuned Walbro Fuel Pump Water/Air intercooler with new Bosch pump Vortech v1 Supercharger pushing 6PSI RaceSkids skid plate Bosch #42 Injectors IE oil cooler Air/water intake cooler 2 electric fans, pusher/puller New thermostat New starter A/C converted r134a New rebuilt driveshaft from Driveshafts.com(Portland Driveline) New revshift aluminum flex disk
Brakes: Functioning ABS Massive booster delete Stainless steel brake lines all around Freshly rebuilt calipers front/rear Hawk HPS brake pads ATE Super Blue brake fluid New master cylinder New rotors
Suspension: Treehouse Racing Control Arm Lollipops AKG Motorsports Rear Subframe Mounts H&R Race Springs Bilstien Sport Shocks Powerflex Subframe Bushings RyanG Front Splitter 99 M3 steering rack New control arms New tie-rods e30 m3 sway links 22mm swaybar front 18mm eibach swaybar rear Rear camber/toe correction kit
Interior: Professionally reupholstered seats, front/rear Z3 Short Throw Shifter Custom oil PSI/temp gauges (replaces ashtray) Custom Boost Gauge replaces MPG gauge New odometer gears Chrome ring accents Alpine Speakers/tweeters front Euro analog clock Gray carpet Black rear deck Mint headliner Delrin shift knob Sparco ring steering wheel, 330mm Sirius satellite radio hookup
Exterior: Fresh Alpine respray (approx 1.5 years old) Staggered BBS RS 039/040 16×7.5 up front, 16×8 rear – absolutely no rash Euro elipsoid headlights Euro trim Euro grills Euro plate filler All red tail lights New BMW roundels New shadowline trim New iS lip iS Side Skirts splitter BMWMotorsport door handles
This car is a monster. Although it looks like a cushy daily, this is a very aggressive street setup. It pulls like a train and screams like a fucking demonic banshee.
With that said, there are a few minor issues:
1. I suck at arts and crafts. A chrome trim ring fell off while driving one day, so  I opened the cluster to glue it back on. In doing so, I somehow got superglue everywhere inside the cluster. It was not visible until about 45 minutes later when it started to dry. Honestly, it looks terrible and I would suggest getting a new cluster. Only reason I didn’t replace it was because of the custom boost gauge that replaces the MPG gauge.
2. Driveline shimmy at 20-25 MPH under slow acceleration and slow deceleration. Does not shake at any other speeds. I have had the car up to 145 MPH and it felt extremely planted and tight.
3. It took me almost 2 months of ownership before I realized there is some yellowing on the top of the car. It is barely noticeable, and honestly a prospective buyer would not even be able to see it if I had not pointed it out to them, but I want this to be a 100% transparent sale. I tried photographing it but it did not even come out in photographs. I am not a paint expert, but maybe some buffing would take it out?
4. No stereo installed. Never got around to putting one in, the car just sounds too good. It has all 4 speakers and even a sub mounted in the trunk, all wiring is in tact.
5. In the last 24 hours, the power steering pump has started to moan and groan. It was literally perfect as of, well, 24 hours ago. I think I may have got some ATF on the belt which is causing some slight slippage, I will continue to investigate this issue however.

As a rule of thumb, I tend to steer clear of cars that have been modified. Mods are very taste specific, and like most enthusiasts, i like to put my own stamp on my cars. This car however is so well done, that it will appeal to a broad audience of buyers from German car nuts, to hardcore BMW enthusiasts alike.

Now on to the $15,000 question, is this car really worth this sort of money? When considering the price on a car like this I like to answer the question with a question, Can you build it for that price? In this case I’d say certainly not.  With no reserve, and the $15,000 starting bid this coule be a well bought car, as long as the bid doesn’t go too far north of $16,000.

-Brian

 

1984 VW Callaway GTI

UPDATE: The seller writs us that since this was posted the car has now had a complete paint job and some other goodies added:

Older info: For years Callaway has been synonymous with Corvette performance, and to this day they produce some of the fastest turn-key vettes around. Turn back the clock to the 80’s, and Callaway was also heavily in to VW tuning.  This 84 VW GTI, is not only one of the cleanest remaining examples of the classic pocket rocket in its own right, it has been fully prepped R&A Applied Arts which, was and still is one of the most respected authorized Callaway Installers on the east coast.

R+A’s last Callaway: 84 Gti

Project started in 1996,
Engine + trans completed
Balanced Blueprinted + built by Collin @ TT
Stage two port + polish head job
int shift bearings set
piston set 81.5 G-60 Corrado
Rado rods
Bored + Hone block
Modi 8v Intake
Mani Pork + Polish + flowed
Aps 272 cam
Callaway turbo stage II ( last new pipes for ND ) Non AC
Jet hot coating 2000-4100 header pipe / Turbo housing 1300-2000
Water cooled conver.
Trans wide ratio 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
3.94 / .75 5th
quaife
And much more….

Road tested for 846 miles and counting as of November 2011… all receipts avail.

****Updated Installed Parts List from build date(ALL New/with receipts)**** 1/31/12
-Manual Steering Rack
-Autotech Baffled oil pan
-Trans parts: Bolt kit, diff&pinion Bearings,mainshaft bearing, 2&3 syncrows,drive flanges ETC..
-All HD motor mounts
-Autotech close ratio rack&pinion kit
-Autotech short shift kit
-Mocal 25row oil cooler kit
-Aps Euro T-Body
Callaway / ND inter cooler kit non ac
N/D Turbo Micro fueler kit
-VW/Bosch injection system
-TT Stainless Steel 2.25 exhaust with (16v)12in resonation,Borla muffler
-Vw fuel dist. unit
-VW Bosch Ing.Dist & Coil(GLI),knock Box, Ams knock sensior
-16v Sirocco master cylinder
-100mm Drive flanges
– Oem Control arms
– Oem Ball Joints
– Oem Tie Rods
– Oem Hubs
– Poly Bushings complete
– Oem Front Spindles
More work by Colin @ TT
-HD Valve springs
-Drill & tap Crank oil Galleys
-Diassemble & Assemble Short block, Install intermediate,bearings, o-rings

*I know I’m missing a lot more! but you get a clear idea of quality work done….

New parts list: As of Nov 2011- present
100mm Axles Empi
All new seals
Front Scirocco Carriers w/ new calipers 10.1 rotors, pads.
Rears Mk2 Gti/GLI Disc brake conver. All new calipers, rotors, pads.
E Brake cables
Vmaxx Coils
NOS Euro Bumpers , I have the amber lights and clips, just not installed
4 point lower stress bar
Tie rod flip kit
Fuel Filter
Alignment 4 wheel w/corner balance
NJ inspection Passed, good until 05/2013
BBS Rs’s All completely redone (6) Set on the car : F-15×8, 6’inner, 1.5 outer(BFI) R- 15×8.5, 5.5 inner, 2.5 outer(radinox) Plus.. (2) 15×7.5, 4.5 inner, 2.5 outer (radinox) w/o tires
BN toyo’s 195 45 15 on all 4’s..

I will also include OEM (2) BBS 3.0 lips Front, (2) 4.5 BBS Rears to use with the Berg Cup kit,
end note would be F 15×8, R 15X11 they were made that way by BBS for use with BCK’s & Reiger wide bodies..

Have but not installed : Callaway Valve Cover (polished) & Boost Gauge, NIB VDO Boost Gauge.
++++See pics for NOS parts that will be included in the sale++++

Asking $14,500 per forum rules.

In the past few years values of clean MK1 GTIs are certainly on the rise, but high retail is still only $4900.  While this clean example of a GTI is chock full of go fast goodies, and includes a ton of spare parts, at $14,500 it’s about $5K too heavy on price.  It’s going to take the right person to justify this top dollar, whether it be a Callaway enthusiast, or a MK1 GTI enthusiast. That being said, with only a tick over 113K miles, I think you’ll be hard pressed to find such a clean, complete example of the original hot hatch, let alone one that has the Callaway treatment.

-Brian

Concours Ready 1987 BMW M6

I can still remember the first time I saw a 6 series.  It was about 1986, and I was able to stay up late enough to watch my first episode of Moonlighting.  After watching David Addison thrash his E24 635csi, the car instantly became as iconic to me as Magnum PI’s 308, and Sonny Crockett’s Daytona.  I instantly fell in love with the 6 series, but love turned to lust once I saw the E24 M6.  From then on the shark nosed bimmers became one of my “bucket list” cars.  This pristine 51K mile example from North Carolina embodies everything that was great in BMW tuning for the late 80’s, from the Dinan stage 4 upgrades to the BBS RF wheels, it is truly a BMW tuning time capsule.

1987 BMW M6 on pelicanparts.com

Truly a collector car and award winner, it is in Concours condition inside and out. Runs excellent with zero issues, all electronics work as new. No warning lights on dash.
51,000 miles, California and Arizona car. Owned since April 2005 when it had 48,000 miles on the clock.
Royal Blue Metallic with Natural Leather. 100% original paint – no accidents, no touch-ups. Full Dinan Stage 4 Car (Headers, Exhaust, Chip, Suspension, etc) Full leather including a perfect dash with no cracks Smoker’s package (although it’s a non-smoker) Power front seats Rear passenger temp control Rear drink electric cooler (it will keep a 6pack cold!) Power everything Complete tool set California smog BBS 3 piece wheels in 17×9.5″ with Toyo Proxy tires (plenty of tread)
This is undoubtedly one of the best M6’s you will find available for sale any time soon, a true collector piece of investment quality.
33,000 Firm.
For more information, please call Patrick at 706.973.0169

The original Royal Blue paint, and flawless tan leather interior in this car are nothing but pure class, and with the stage 4 Dinan upgrades, this car will certainly hold its own on the streets.  To the right buyer, this car very well may fetch $33K asking price, however with the market for collector cars on the slide, a $25K price tag would seem a bit more in the realm of reality.

All things considered, this is likely one of the nicest examples of a Dinan equipped E24 M6 you’ll find, and from where I’m sitting it has only one major flaw.  With the pristine condition, and the high price tag, any buyer will be hesitant to drive this thing like David Addison did back in the 80’s, hard, fast, and often sideways.

-Brian

Please join me in welcoming our newest contributor to the team! This is Brian’s first post and we’re eager to see what he spots next! -dc