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Fake It ‘Til You Make It: 1986 BMW M3 Tribute

Let me go on record as stating that I personally have no problems with replica cars. Especially when you consider the price of exclusive originals or cars that are non-existent, tributes and replicas offer people the opportunity to see cars they would otherwise never get to experience. Several of the Auto Union Grand Prix cars, for example, have been built as exacting replicas of the originals that no longer exist; see them in the flesh, and they’ll make your spine tingle just as much as if Nuvolari or Rosemeyer had piloted them originally. But then there’s a secondary tier of making replica cars that are either just expensive or hard to come by; Sport Quattros, S2s, AMG and Ruf models as well as the exclusive RS have always been popular, and an increasing trend over the past few years has been replica M3s. Of course, when the real deal is only a few thousand dollars, making a replica isn’t economically viable. But prop the price up to near six figures, and suddenly the pain and expensive of creating a replica becomes not only popular, but perhaps even lucrative:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 BMW M3 Tribute on eBay

Year: 1986
Model: 325 “M3”
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 148,967 mi
Price: Reserve Auction


This is RARE opportunity to buy the car that looks 100% like the legendary E30 M3 with very powerfull e36 M3 s50 6 cylinder engine swap, coilovers, custom interior and much much more. Real E30 M3s in similar condition are going for over $40k, the only difference between this car and real M3 is the VIN number.

I have clean Title in my hands!


87k miles on refreshed s50 engine, 148k miles on chassis! ! This is an amazing e30 in unbelievable condition!

The idea behind this car was to built e30 M3 clone that would look absolutely amazing, would go fast, handle great and still be reliable and affordable to maintain. With real E30 M3s becoming super expensive and collectible, one can still drive this car and enjoy it without worrying 😉 the way it was meant to be driven – Fun and Fast!

custom built on 1986 325 chassis using all original e30 m3 metal OEM body parts (F/G quarters) as well as rare Euro Evo parts, shaved engine bay with uber clean S50 engine swap (by AMS Autowerks), 17×8.5 & 17×10 OZ Fittipaldi Modular 500 racing wheels with new tires (215/40/17 front and 245/35/17 rear), 2.93 LSD, totally custom (expensive interior), completely new brakes, Euro 320 booster, SS brake lines, New Coilovers! All new brake lines under the car, Euro smoked Hella style headlights with HID Xenon, custom music system. Full Paint job that looks amazing !

This car needs NOTHING Mechanically! Everything Works ! No Surprises !

Car will be sold with 17″ OZ Fittipaldi Modular 500 racing wheels with new tires.

Ultra rare custom 18″ BBS RS Racing wheels 8.5×18″ front & 9.5×18″ rear are available for $3k extra (brand new tires 215/35/18 Front & 235/35/18 Rear)

Everything works ! Ice COLD A/C !

I would not hesitate to drive this car across the country ! It’s super reliable and Lots of Fun!

car will be sold with 17″ OZ Fittipaldi Modular 500 racing wheels with new tires

Car is just amazing ! It would cost at least $35k & lots of time and patience to replicate – IF you could find all the parts! I spent good coin to get the car where it’s at right now. Yes, you can find real e30 m3 in this price range but it won’t be no where near my car in quality or have rare parts, new paint, custom interior, wheels etc my car has. I’m not in a hurry to sell it. Many people in BMW Community have seen this car at different car shows and I received nothing but compliments!

You will not regret owning / driving this beauty! Please keep in mind that you are not buying 2015 Honda Civic with warranty, this car is over 25 years old and although, most of the components were updated / upgraded, it is still a vintage BMW!

I highly suggest PPI (pre purchase inspection) to avoid any misunderstandings between the seller and the buyer! The car car is available for inspection in Maplewood, NJ 07040

Please Check My other Ebay auctions for more unique Euro Old School cars and merchandise !

If you’re going to do it right, utilizing OEM parts is a great start – but it’s not cheap. Still, anyone having dealt with fiberglass reproductions will likely tell you that if you can swing the expense it’s worth it. This car looks well constructed overall; the outward appearance is that of a customized M3 that would be hard to tell from the real deal. The O.Z. modular wheels that come with the car aren’t a great fit, but they’re worth a pretty penny and you could easily swap them for something of your choosing. The choice of the S50 makes plenty of sense – it provides plenty of power reliably and costs less to run than the S14. Even if the effect is different, driving this car should still be seriously enjoyable. Inside the seats and interior look awesome and well done. The overall effect is great, and importantly though it’s customized a real M3 didn’t die to create it. What’s amazing, though, is the price this car is commanding. Despite being titled as a 325, this car is already close to $20,000 – cheaper than the modifications could cost you, but getting close to the price of some restoration candidate real M3s. Which would I rather have? I think with values heading the way they are, I’d sport for the real deal over $20,000 even if it needed some work; but if it could be had in the teens, this is a great looking option to get the M3 experience without the bills and without fear of adding miles to the clock.



  1. audemars
    audemars November 10, 2014

    “fake it until you make it”….. is still a fake. Those who know, can see right through that.

  2. Ry
    Ry November 10, 2014

    At least it’s not a Pontiac Fiero w/ an M1 body kit…but, if I had an E30 chassis and an S50 engine lying around (and felt the need to combine them), I’d do it as is and forego the bodywork, cheesy looking rims (I don’t care how much they cost), and euro vanity license plate.

    The owner calls it a “tribute,” but that’s not the word I’d use. Ersatz, if I was feeling charitable. 😉

  3. MDriver
    MDriver November 11, 2014

    I have no issues with someone who wants to convert a car into a clone/tribute of something else…
    as long as you not try to pass it off as something it is not
    as long as it is done with quality materials & craftsmanship…
    hey its your $$$ and your free to do as you wish with it…
    the only issue I have with this seller is his claim that E30 M3 in similar condition are selling for 40k..
    first off…his car has a swapped motor w/87k on it and a chassis w/148k on it….you would be hard pressed to find anyone who would buy a E30 M3 for 40k w/a swapped out motor and high mileage chassis….a collector would take a pass and they are the ones pushing the market….

  4. John
    John November 11, 2014

    I’ve seen the car in person multiple times and it is well done. I know Vlad cars get a bunch of shit, most of it deserved, but this actually seems like a properly built car.

    I don’t think I’d pay $27k for it, and I’d much rather have a regular e30 with this swap, but to each their own. I’m sure someone will purchase it and enjoy the hell out of it

  5. Ry
    Ry November 11, 2014

    Am I crazy or does it have empty holes where the front turn signals and fogs go?

    And I just don’t get how someone can aspire for performance and then give a vehicle a low rider slammed stance with tires several inches too narrow to fit over the rims? That can’t handle well, I don’t care what kind of coil-overs are on it.

    $50 says the interior reeks of cologne and the owner also has one or more sportbikes. Rofl…just saying.

  6. Ry
    Ry November 11, 2014

    @John – this is the Vlad who made that car? Ugh, it makes sense now. He even has a history of shill-bidding on his own auctions. (a google search for “vlad e30” brought me to a page of results that would be the opposite I would like to have if I was in the car fixing/improving business)

    One or two of these things could maybe be a fluke, but to have enough to fill a meaty Jalopnik article . . .well. . .

  7. MDriver
    MDriver November 11, 2014

    ahh so this is a Vlad prepped car???… the “F” away from this guy…I have heard nothing but horror stories….the Red E30 M3 being one of the most outrageous….

  8. Ry
    Ry November 11, 2014

    “The only difference is the VIN #” is a bad quote for a guy with VIN swapping allegations in the past! Ha. The more I look into this vehicle or its seller the funnier it gets, I can’t believe he still has a business license.

    The pics of how he grafts those flares onto the fenders are hard to stomach – he must use a ton of body filler to smooth in all those lines.

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