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:
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 engineâ€¦ 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.
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:
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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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:
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!!
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:
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.
Flawless Paint (Black/Black)
4 brand new OEM wheels (from BMW Mobile Traditions) with good Turanzas
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!
Only a few days left on this sharp looking, Alpineweiss e30 M3 for sale on ebayMotors:
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)
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:
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.
These two creampuff’s come courtesy of a BMW M3 Forum. One is an e30 M3 with 7k miles and the other is an e36 M3 Lightweight (LTW) with only 41 miles!
1988 BMW M3 For Sale on eBayMotors:
1995 BMW M3 Lightweight For Sale on eBayMotors:
Not to play that overused ‘economy’ angle yet again, but these seem like high prices to me in today’s market. On the other hand the owners clearly know the rarity of their cars and are counting on educated and wealthy buyers. Who knows when we’ll see examples like these for sale again.
I’ve referred to this super low miles, Henna Red e30 M3 that’s listed on eBay a couple times. But it never met reserve, reaching as high as $23,900. With a no reserve listing, do you think it will generate enough excitement to eclipse the previous high bid, or will the crap economy rear it’s head with a sub-20k closing? Leave a comment with your best estimate of where this auction will end!
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Check out this gorgeous and original Alpina B9 For Sale on eBayMotors:
quote from seller’s eBay listing:
1 Previous owner, Original engine, head, exhaust, suspension, interior and almost rust free!
This is an extremely rare opportunity to own a piece of BMW Alpina automotive history. The Alpina B9 was not simply a car with tuner add ons but a vehicle remanufactured by Alpina. Alpina started with the basic BMW 528 model and installed a modified 3.5 M30 engine producing 245hp. Also added were Alpina tuned springs and struts, 16″ Alpina rims, free flow Alpina exhaust with headers, sport shell seats with Alpina logo fabric, front and rear spoilers, and finally a Alpina decale kit. The cars were then numbered and sold directly by alpina. This particular example is one of under 600 and is probably only one of a handful that has survived in the past 25 years. It not only surviived it has been well preserved in a garage for 2 decades. I was lucky enough to find it and realized what a opportunity it was especially considering how original and complete it was. It has the original engine and head (will add numbers later), but also the original suspension, interior, spoiler, and even the original Alpina exhaust. The header did not survive, however it was replaced with a very similar quality Hartge example. Amazingly, I was also lucky enough to purchase it from the original owner (who purchased it while in the military in the 80’s) and have retained a copy of the original 1983 title. As it is a Florida car it is almost rust free. It’s floors, rocker panels, suspension points are all very clean (will add pics later).
The $14.5k buy-it-now option seems like a pretty good deal. There are very few real Alpina’s in this country anyway, and this one still has almost all of it’s original details. While I’m not an experienced collector, I have to imagine that 5-10 years from now, this car will have appreciated considerably. Then again, with over 100k miles and an approachable entry price, maybe it would be better to enjoy immediately. Can you imagine the response at your next BMW club day when you roll up in this?!
What’s not to love about this car? Especially for $4k!
I spied this 1976 BMW 2002 For Sale on Tacoma Craigslist:
quote from seller’s Craigslist posting:
Perfect BMW 2002 project, Built motor w/ Dual 40 Webers, 5 speed conversion, LSD, racing springs, urethane bushings, Recaro’s, Momo, real Alpina wheel
-Built motor with Dual 40 Webers
-5 speed conversion
-Limited Slip Diff installed
-320is radiator installed
-Bavarian Motorsport springs
-Most bushings replaced with urethane
-Drilled brake rotors
-Vintage 380mm MOMO steering wheel w/ BMW horn
-Vintage staggered Alpina rims, 13×6.5 & 13×6 very rare
-All signals, electrical and heater work
For the asking price, and the pile of rare parts that come with it, this could be a great little driver, a potential fixer-upper, or maybe even a weekend racer project. In any case, it’ll be a load of fun!