4 BMW M1s for the 4th of July

With July 4th being this weekend, a little red, white, and blue, is in order. So my thoughts were immediately drawn to some of the great BMWs that raced under the Motorsport tri-color livery. What better way to illustrate this than with a 1979 M1 in the proper Motorsport colors.

Red, White, and Blue 1979 BMW M1 on Craigslist

1979 BMW M1

This Craigslist offering from Munich Evolution, in Seattle seems to fit the bill perfectly. The seller says this vehicle has unique history, and if you are going to spend $175,000 a little unique history would be nice. The Procar body, this was a single make race series M1s raced under, on this M1 and the great color scheme enhance the value. If you really want BMW’s arguably first and only true supercar they can be had for less (see below), but this seems a fair ask price. The seller mentions that more info will be added about the car soon.

1981 White M1 Procar Widebody on eBay.

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If the patriotic paint scheme is not your thing, than why not start with a blank slate in this all white 1981 M1 widebody currently offered on eBay. $150,000 gets you a AC Schnitzer installed Procar bodied M1 with 22k on the clock. It looks pretty clean and check out that vintage Blaupunkt equalizer.

Lastly, two non-Procar M1s are available through Motorcar Gallery Inc in Fort Lauderdale Florida. Perhaps an homage to Michael Jackson we have a black 1980 model and a white 1981 model. They have the white one listed on Hemmings for $173,500.

1980 BMW M1

1981 BMW M1 B

All else being the same the Motorsport colors look the best to me and the black looks better than the white. Ah decisions.

Only 456 M1s hit the market. The rear mounted 3.5 liter 273 horse power engine makes the thrumming sound that comes from a big inline six. It is a bit more raucous sounding than the deep cabin cruiser yacht sound you hear from the 1st gen M5. This nice clip shows an M1 at Nürburgring with no silly music or voice over to wreck the exhaust note.

In race tune, where up to 850 horse power could be had, the sound is powerful, as witnessed by this M1 at Lime Rock Park.

Do you have examples of some patriotic U.S./German automotive collaborations to help us celebrate the 4th?

Happy BBQing.
~Evan

Chuck’s Black on Black e28 M5 is Back on the Market!

Chuck emailed me earlier this week to let me know that his beautiful black on black BMW e28 M5 is back on the market. Check out his earlier listing on this blog and his new Roadfly listing for more details.

And he now has a video of the car in action:

Look at how clean that car is! I’m a big fan of this car and I hope the right buyer can give this M5 a loving new home.

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1990 Porsche C2, 1988 BMW e28 M5, 1989 e30 M3 S50

Speed-linking the posts today because I’m swamped at work! Here we go:

1990 Porsche Carrera 2 on Portland Craigslist for $13k. This is a suspiciously low asking even with the bad clutch, oil leaks, respray, mileage, and low a/c. Then again, it will cost several thousand to correct all those issues. Is this just a case of a realistic seller? I didn’t they existed!

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quote from seller’s Portland Craigslist posting:

I’m selling my 1990 Porsche 911 C2 Coupe, 5 speed manual. guards red paint, black interior in good shape, 113,000 miles, original non smoker California car, clean carfax, aero mirrors, cup 1 wheels (replicas), dual exhaust, keyless remote door locks, new alternator, new alternator fan and belts, new starter, new battery, Alpine stereo, new paint, some records, no accident history. Starts up and runs great, no smoke at startup.
Needs new clutch, drips oil a drop or two, tires at about 50%, sunroof works strong, but needs some TLC, center of rear bumper cover has 6″ round spider web in the paint, AC needs a recharge.
$13000 OBO

This next one is for Jim! A super low miles BMW e28 M5 for sale in Ohio. Enthusiast Auto is well known for their large stock of e30 M3’s and now they have this M5 with under 6k original miles for $46,990!

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quote from Roadfly listing:

Schwarz Black over Natural Tan Leather
ONLY 5,125 Actual 1-Owner Miles!
It is a Garage Queen with Zero Scratches, Marks or Imperfections!
This car is in Concours Condition and is the Best Preserved, Lowest Mileage US-Production E28 M5 known to exist.
All History + Documentation! Nearly Perfect Example!
The car has been stored in a heated garage its entire life.

Finally we have this 89 e30 M3 with the S50 6 cylinder conversion. This one has a bunch of Dinan and aftermarket parts in addition to the swap.

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quote from eBay listing:

  • Dinan 3.0 liter S50 Conversion built by our Dinan Service Center in 2007 at The Gourmet Garage in Lexington, SC
  • Featured at 2007 BMW homecoming at the BMW plant in Greer,SC
  • Stage 3 Dinan Engine : Euro Air Mass, Stage 3 Dinan Chip, Dinan Fuel Pressure regulator, Strut tower brace,Dinan Badge
  • Lightweight 16lb flywheel,Stage 2 Competition Clutch, Short shifter conversion
  • The Cold Air Intake , Exhaust , Catalytic Converter , and wiring integration were custom fabricated in our shop.
  • New Bilsteins front and rear, New front control arms, E36 M3 quick ratio rack and pinion
  • BMW 3 piece 17″ wheels, were disassembled machined and powder coated by Alloy Wheel Specialists
  • Yokohama Parada Assymetrical tires 215/40ZR17
  • New leather installed on front Sport Seats
  • Hand painted “M” color pinstripes
  • Professionally repainted , wet sanded by hand , buffed and polished
  • AC converted to R134a
  • Speedometer rebuilt and set to 0 when Conversion was completed and sold to last owner in 2007
  • Current mileage shown reflects mileage since conversion 9,908 (Not actual miles on Body)
  • Dinan chip allows no speed limiter

I love doing this blog, but my full-time job and part-time clients are keeping me very busy. Anyone out there feel like co-authoring the blog with me?

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Strong e28 BMW M5 For Sale in New Mexico

Bruce alerted me that his e28 M5 for was going up for sale and naturally I asked if I could post it here as well; being an e28 fanatic myself. Check out his great looking example on Autotrader for $10K:

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quote from seller’s listing:

The 1988 M5 has been often referred to as the finest sports sedan ever built. This car was hand made with approximately 1370 brought to the USA. This car is incredible durable and reliable even though it is a very sophisticated machine. It has an engine that sounds like a formula racecar and the handling of this car makes this car a blast to drive. I have owned the car for 3 yrs having purchased this from a good friend who had the car in his family since new. It has always been very well maintained. Maintenance records are available since 1998. When I purchased it I invested $9k to have anything that needed repair or service taken care of. The front and rear ends are essential new. The rear suspension was changed to blistein kit (better and more durable than original self leveling system). The engine has European racing headers and a custom exhaust. The motor also has a high performance chip. The front windshield has a crack, the electric headrests are not working and the odometer is also not working. The interior is all original with some cracking of the seats (no tears) even the carpet is original. This is a car that can be driven daily or can be kept as a classic investment. I am selling the car because I have built a house in Santa Fe NM that is a mile down a dirt road and I do not want to subject the car to that wear and tear. I have over $19k invested in this car but will sell to appreciating new buyer for $10k

Personally, I think the e28 M5’s are great value right now considering the skyrocketing prices of e30 M3’s of similar vintage and collectability. This example isn’t perfect, but the service history is what makes this car desirable to me ($9K!) This isn’t an inexpensive car to maintain and many have been neglected. This one hasn’t and the upgrades are very tasteful and complimentary.

Good luck on the sale Bruce!

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Gorgeous Black 2002 BMW M Coupe S54 with Only 14k Miles!

There’s a dark gray S54 powered M Coupe trolling around town and it’s got my radar up. Then this very low mileage BMW M Coupe appeared in my feed reader from Roadfly. Only 14k miles, black on black, and with the absolutely wonderful S54 M3 motor. Take a look at these pictures from the gallery website:

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quote from seller’s Roadfly listing:

You will not find a nicer or lower mileage M Coupe than mine. It has always been garage kept, pampered, and only driven in nice weather. I am the second owner. Both myself and the first owner only ever used it as a weekend, drive-in-the-country toy (as the ultra low mileage suggests). It has never been abused or taken on the track. It has always been dealer serviced (by both myself and the first owner). I have all of the service records as does the national BMW registry if you want your BMW dealer to research the VIN for you. I always warmed the car up to temp before driving.

Since you are looking at this ad, you probably already know how rare the 2001 and 2002 M Coupes are. These were the only 2 years that BMW graced the M Coupe with the 315hp S54 engine… straight out of the (heavier) M3. With a total of only 690 of the 315hp (S54) M Coupes built for the North American market, mine is probably the lowest mileage, most pristine, non-modified example left in the country. Aside from regular dealer service, the only thing I had done to the car was a light window tint (35%) which was done with the best tint material (Formula 1 Pinnacle series), and it was done at Accutint in Bellevue, WA. It also has 4 Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires with less than 4,000 miles on them.

Sex on wheels should be the description for this car. After driving a 2003 e46 M3 with this motor, I’ll bet this smaller and lighter car absolutely flies with the same engine. Clean M Coupes with the earlier S52 motor seem to fall in the 18-22k range. The asking on this one is $24.5k, which sure seems like damn good value to me with the low miles and preferred motor.

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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

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1988 BMW M3 E30 Evo II For Sale in Canada

I so wish the U.S. used the 15 year exemption rule like Canada so we could get our hands on cars like these legally! Here is number #488 of 500 total built worldwide on eBayMotors with a buy-it-now of $35k:

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quote from seller’s eBayMotors listing:

My brother bought this car in England in February 2006. This is Evo II No. 488. Current mileage is 133,300 kms or 82,800 miles. Options from the factory are sunroof, heated seats, headlight wiper system, cruise control (currently inoperative – never saw the point in fixing it) and cassette holder. All standard equipment is intact including books, mats, first- aid kit and warning triangle. Only thing missing is the original sound system – this was replaced at some point with a AM/FM/CD system of decent but not outstanding quality.

The car is bone stock with the exception of Bilstein Sports, front strut brace, E36 timing chain tensioner and an oil pan baffle from Turner Motorsports.

There is currently only one issue with the car. There is a surface rust bubble on the sunroof panel about the size of a quarter. It has not grown in the last three years but nonetheless it exists as he was concerned about the ability to match the original paint. No other rust of any kind. The car has just had a valve adjustment and runs flawlessly.

Questions about the Buy It Now Price? We’ve searched all the popular European sites such as mobile.de, autoscout24 and Pistonheads and it appears that there are currently eight Evo IIs for sale in the world right now. Using current exchange rates, prices range from a low of US$33,000 to a high of US$46,000. That price is before you start the painful process of getting the car across the ocean to North America.

While the EVO II sports many improvements over the plain Jane e30 M3, my favorite on this particular car has to be that bad ass plaid interior! Love it!!

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Beautiful 1983 BMW e21 320i For Sale in Oregon

Richard contacted me about listing his 83 BMW 320i for sale on the blog, and how could I say no? It has the blessing of Paul from Sports Car Shop who recently told me that the car was “immaculate” after doing the recent service mentioned in the Craigslist post for the black e21:

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quote from Craigslist posting (Eugene/Portland):

Beautiful BMW 320i – $3200 (Eugene/Portland)

Selling my great little 1983 e21 because I’m traveling out of the country and feel bad about letting my car sit for a year. I just had a service review done at the Sports Car Shop in Eugene and they found very little wrong with the car. The crank case seal needs replacing along with the read diff seal. The motor mounts could stand to be replaced along with the various engine belts. The car has a long service history and really is in great shape. The engine bay is very clean, with no build up anywhere, the GETRAG 5speed gearbox shifts smoothly and the suspension is firm, with not seepage or leaks. I’m a BMW CCA member and the car won the 2007 BMW ACA Octoberfest People’s Choice award and Best Classic award. Email for more images and contact info. This car is located in Oregon, all transactions must be done in person and in cash.
196,700 Miles
5speed Manual
Flawless Paint (Black/Black)
4 brand new OEM wheels (from BMW Mobile Traditions) with good Turanzas
Sunroof

Paul went so far as to say he was almost considering buying this car himself, but was instead inspired to continue the work on his own classic BMW after seeing Richard’s car! Considering he’s only asking $3200, someone should snap this up cheap!

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Lovely and Original Alpine White 1991 BMW e30 M3 For Sale with 64k miles

Only a few days left on this sharp looking, Alpineweiss e30 M3 for sale on ebayMotors:

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quote from seller’s listing:

This two owner E30 M3 has been in our stable for a year while we have been perfecting it cosmetically and mechanically as a side project. This car is approaching true Concours show winning condition now, as we started with an extremely well taken care of example that had been driven easily by its two female owners, and it shows in how it looks and how it drives. I recently did a touring rally in this car and it was just a joy to drive and enjoy. We updated this car with its major Inspection II service and went over it with a fine toothed comb. We then cosmetically restored it with some PDR and minor touch-up, and a whole list of odds and ends. The result is a very close to 100% factory original and is also a model from the last year of production for the E30 M3, It has all the original VIN stickers and aside from a new front bumper cover and some hood paint in 1991 it is as it left Germany.

Quite honestly, if this car was any nicer I’m not sure you would want to drive it, and that would be a shame.

You know me, I’m a sucker for low miles. Make sure the maintenance has been tended to with a thorough pre-purchase inspection by a qualified BMW technician. This car is already over $17k, reserve not met. With 3 days to go, make your predictions!

(update 4.10.09 – now $19.1k, reserve not met, 2 days to go)

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Pretty Good Looking e30 M3 For Sale for only $13k

I’ve always thought the e30 M3’s looked really sharp in black on black. This one has a little over 100k miles and some visible wear on the seats, but otherwise looks like a pretty good little car for $13k.

Check out this 1988 BMW e30 M3 in Diamondschwartz on eBay:

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quote from eBay listing:

This auction is for the pictured 1988 BMW M3. It is Diamond black with black leather interior. It has only 116k original miles. No accident history and a clean carfax. The body is very straight with all vin tags and no accident history. A couple minor door dings and no rust. Everything works as it should. A/C blows cold and it drives strong. Door panels, headliner and dash are excellent. All gauges work. Tires and brakes are new with upgraded drilled rotors. Driver seat shows some wear as can be seen in the pics but the other seats are in good shape. Fog lights are cracked but i already have a set on order and will be included. Paint has nice shine but has some road chips /blemishes as can be expected. Overall Car is has relatively low mileage and is in good condition. This is a nice survivor that could easily be restored or just enjoyed as it is.Oil change and all maintenance has been completed. A compression test was recently done as pictured showing compression to be at 181 x 4

The owner even has a picture of him doing a compression test on the motor. Assuming the car needs a few things here and there and you had to drop two or three grand into it right away; could be a a really nice car in a pretty desirable color.

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