1985 Mercedes-Benz 280SE

The 1980s were a boon time for gray market importers. This period left us with a lot of Mercedes-Benz models in the US that were not normally sold here. Such is the case with this 1985 280SE sedan. This model featured the M110 inline six, which was the final year for this engine in the S class, a powerplant which debuted in the 1974 R107SL.

This particular 280SE presents well with its low mileage, slimmer bumpers, flush headlights and tasteful velour interior.

1985 Mercedes-Benz 280SE on eBay

Presenting today: an exceptional 1985 Mercedes-Benz 280SE W126. This car has NUMEROUS outstanding attributes so we will start with some obvious ones… First, the 69,940 mileage total guarantees decades of use remains with the car. Second, the obviously garage-kept condition means that this car is FRESH. Panel fit, paint quality and chrome condition are above excellent. This car is a European delivery car, so it has the smaller integrated bumper system. Please note the original covered glass headlights: a superior lighting system that was usually removed during the importation process has been retained here. The paint has a truly deep luster, even better in person. The body condition shows a long-term high level of care, with an absolute minimum of chips or other minor imperfections.

Lighting, lenses and other body fittings are as good as the day this car rolled out of the factory. Tire and rim condition are near perfect and ready to roll. The transmission shifts perfectly through the gears, The brakes, suspension and steering are in top operating condition. Road handling remains exemplary. We bring our Mercedes-Benz cars to a Factory Trained Technician for evaluation, and he came up with first off a clean report, and also some interesting observations.

This car is equipped with the Twin Cam M110 six cylinder engine. 1985 is the last year of production for this engine and it’s 185 horsepower rating is the highest for this engine series, allowing the car to achieve a genuine 130 mph top speed. For comparison sake, the efficiency of this engine, due to the pent-roof or near Hemi combustion chamber, exceeds the output of V-8 engines with a full liter more displacement. A very similar valve arrangement can be found in the 911 Porsche engine, which accounts for the high performance characteristics of both engine families.

The long term previous owner was also a petite person, and thus the seats have NO sagging or other wear abnormalities. The dash is in near perfect condition. The console, carpeting, door panels and headliner along with the wood and instrumentation are almost pristine. European market cars came with a velour interior, that has comfort levels UNATTAINABLE with leather or MB-Tex coverings used in USA market cars. The feel is best described as perfection in seating. Carpeting is as new. All interior fittings (wood, door panels etc) retain a near unused condition. All mechanical, electrical and climate control systems are in proper working order. All windows operate and function properly. The air condition works like it should and blows strong cold air.

The problem with many cars from the 1970s and 1980s is that the color combinations can be rather loud and/or dated. I’m a big fan of this burgundy over tan combination; tasteful for the period. When I was shopping around for my first car about 15 years ago, I test drove a gray market 1981 500SE sedan. It was metallic green in color and I was amazed how solid the car felt with 80,000 miles on the clock. It was as if I stepped into a new car. Ultimately, I selected a 1988 BMW 325is over the S class, but that driving experience has stayed with me all these years. These W126 S classes are quickly gaining stature with collectors. Examples like these are getting harder to find, and with a little less than a week left in the auction, I’m curious to see where the bidding will end.


Reader Ride: 2008 E92 V8 M3 with Dinan and Active Autowerke Upgrades

Chris emailed me this week to let us know that his 2008 M3 is for sale. Normally we favor older cars for the blog but this is a well thought out e92 with an impressive list of enhancements.

2008 BMW M3 For Sale on eBay

From the seller’s listing:

I am selling my 2008 m3 coupe since I’m buying a new boat and will be downsizing to one car. I purchased this car new in 2008 from Vista BMW in Fort Lauderdale FL. The car has been a weekend car since I purchased it. I use another vehicle for work. This car is in perfect condition with no dings, scratches or imperfections. It has never been wrecked, painted, or abused in any way. It has only been washed by me and detailed by a very high end detailer who uses only Swissvax products. It was detailed one month ago at which time it was clayed, sealed, waxed, and full interior treatment. This cost $500. The car was just serviced with an alignment, balance, and oil change 1 month ago. The car has never been driven on a track or raced. Factory warranty until June-2012. The factory installed options include:

– Full Leather interior (including lower dash)
– Technology Package (navigation, electronic damper control, etc.)
– Premium Package
– Satellite Radio
– HD Radio

The car is fully loaded except for the cold weather package. Now to the fun part. I have installed very tasteful and high end parts that make this car drive and sound amazing! (I have all of the documents surrounding these modifications which were done at 10,000 miles)

— Dinan Stage 1 suspension with full custom Alignment ($1500 with installation)
— Ground Control adjustable front sway bar end links ($300)
– Active Autowerke Full Exhaust with X-pipe from header back and euro spec high-flow cats ($5000 with installation)
– Active Autowerke Air Filter ($150)
– Active Autowerke Short Shifter ($500)
– Active Autowerke Pulley Kit ($500)
– RAC RG 63 Champion Motorsport Forged Racing Wheels – 19×9 fronts with 255/35/19 Michelin PS2/19×10 rears with 275/35/19 Michelin PS2 ( these wheels were made custom for only the BMW e92 M3 by a local M3 racer and enthusiast and are 8000 ton forged press) (The tires and wheels cost $6500).
– Hawk HPS Brake Pads (They stop far better than stock and produce no dust)
– Challenge Stainless Steal Brake Lines
– Motul Brake Fluid
– Hardwires for Passport 9500ix with smart console professionally installed in ashtray
– BMW Performance Black front Grill & side gills

The e92 M3 is a potent car as is, but I have to say this list of upgrades fits with exactly what I’d dream of doing if I owned one. To have all those products already installed is a big plus in my mind — no need to negotiate those upgrades with missus, they’re already installed!

This exhaust in particular is equally impressive looking and sounding. Here’s the best clip I could find online with the x-pipe and exhaust (not the seller’s car):

Good luck with the sale Chris! If you have a great German car for sale, drop me an email so we can add it to the site.


2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK350 Coupe Grand Edition

From the Mercedes 230CE we featured a few days ago, let’s move on to a later, distantly related model: the CLK coupe. Here’s an example of one not often seen, the final year CLK350 Grand Edition.

Those that know me are aware of my penchant for Mercedes-Benzes. I’ve owned two C class sedans and between my mother, father and I, we’ve owned seven models from the marque. However, over the past 15 years, I’ve been less and less enamored with the styling direction on new models. Specifically, the E class coupe which replaced the CLK coupe in 2010. I was disappointed to see that it wasn’t a true pillarless coupe, as it has a small fixed window at the rear side corner. Also, a lot of new Mercedes-Benzes have a lot of chrome and LED lighting all over the place which makes them look a bit flash. Maybe this is attractive to some, but I prefer the more conservative days, such as when the W124 E class coupe roamed the showrooms.

I was, however, a fan of the CLK. My favorite was the Grand Edition coupe, a package offered only in 2009. For the coupe version, the sole color on offer was Palladium Silver with Tobacco leather and white stitching. I saw a new one in person at the dealership in 2009 and the color combination was striking. Nothing was excessive about the styling and it’s not an overtly large vehicle. Everything about this car just clicked for me. Unfortunately, the $57,000 entry price was too steep for me, even if the dealer had the car sit on their lot for several months and eventually marked it down to $44,000. Sadly, the car disappeared shortly after the markdown. I would love to own one of these someday, and here is a nice, low mileage example for sale.

2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK350 Coupe Grand Edition on eBay

You are viewing a very nice 2009 Mercedes CLK350 Grand Edition with the 3.5 engine. This car has been very well taken care of and it shows. It is a one owner, doctor owned. The mileage represented is actual. It has never been smoked in with a clean smell throughout. Not one door ding. The automatic tranny and V6 are both 100% with no signs of trouble. All electrical options are functioning properly. The very classy charcoal exterior is in great condition. No scratches or dings anywhere. The black/tan leather interior is also in great condition. No wear. Some of the options are: leather heated seats, sunroof, tinted windows and the 18 inch staggered AMG wheels. The tires have over 50% tread remaining for the new owner. This CLK will come with a full factory warranty. Extended warranty is available at the time of sale.

This particular CLK is priced a few grand higher than your run of the mill 2009 CLK350, as most lower mileage CLK350s I’ve spotted these days are averaging in the $24,000 to $28,000 range. If this car could be had for just a shade under $30,000, I’d consider it well bought. These are great long distance cruisers and after owning a W203 C class (the chassis of which the C209 is based), I would highly recommend the car, as these models split the difference between sport and luxury rather well.


Heathen Speed Redux

A while back, I wrote up an E30 M3 that gave me weird feelings – I couldn’t tell if it was awesome or terrible. Flat black with an S52 turbo swap and a rebuilt title, it was otherwise pretty straight and seemed to be free from the normal constraints of E30 M3 respect. Well, it’s back on the market, albeit this time with a new paint job and some more eurotuner-appropriate polished-lip, painted-center BBS RCs. Those are pretty much the only changes, other than some further confusion regarding the state of the title. It now stands more as an M3 pushed closer to 11 as opposed to a true oddity, but the core remains the same: it will be a less-expensive, blisteringly fast E30 M3.

1988 BMW M3 with S52 Turbo for sale on eBay

A straightforward description:

1988 BMW E30 M3
Diamondschwartz Black.
158K Miles
M52b25 Engine- 140MLS Headgasket with ARP Studs, New gaskets, seals.
e36 M3 cams, Excellent Compression
HID Headlights
255 Walbro Fuel Pump
GT35R ball bearing turbo
V-band External 3″ downpipe 42lb injectors
Super sequential blow-off valve HKS
OBX Wastegate Kit 44mm w/ V-band External WG
Treehouse Wiring Harness Adapter
Custom dyno chip
Power Steering
With 5 speed transmission
UUC Stage2 lightweight flywheel with less then 10,000k since install
RACING DYNAMICS Thick Sway Bars front and Rear
LSD Rear- 2.93
D2 RACING RS Coilovers: 36 levels of adjustable damping plus Height
Stainless Steel brake lines
Upgraded Rotors and Ceramic Brake Pads
RACING DYNAMICS Steering wheel
SPARCO Sport Seats
Alpine CD Player
BBS 17” Style 5 RC rims- Freshly Polished with Dunloop tires at about 50% tread life left.
Gauge cluster is 100% working
New windshield. Tinted Windows front and rear
Custom Vented Hood
Fresh Body work: Re-sanded, primered, block sanded and then painted, cleared all with TOP notch PPG Paint. Then Wet Sanded and Buffed out.

The Bad: Has a Salvage/Branded title. Bought it with no engine no interior. Didn’t care as this was a project car for me. Was not wrecked the only reason it’s salvage is because the tow yard could not provide a smog so to save them self’s they wrote the car off.

Biggest issues are fleshing out what the hell actually happened with the title and preparing to deal with scornful looks from the S14 faithful. I think the seller made a good choice getting the car painted in that deep Diamondschwartz, and while I might do without the vented hood and Evo II front lip, they certainly signal that this M3 is packing a lot more heat than the S14 could muster. The lack of S14 and provenance are its downfall as well, and the price will reflect that. Bidding is warm, with 14 bids pushing it close to $8k with 5 days left and the reserve still on. With the pros and cons factored in, I’d say this car is worth less than $15k, but not by much.


Cleaner Alpine’r: A yet BETTER E21?

The Hungarian red E21 was a fun writeup, and I enjoyed the comments regarding the style. Specifically, the detraction of the add-ons from the otherwise-pristine, untouched look that just 47k miles can do. Well, I found another E21 that has covered all of 83k miles and has a much cleaner, “how it shoulda been done” look that comes with simple and well-chosen Alpina upgrades. From the cream color to the front spoiler to the much-more correct rear spoiler to the open-lug classics, this is how an E21 should be. It outdoes the red’s cloth interior-with-seat covers as well, achieving the TKO via immaculate leather and Alpina wheel and shift knob. Bidding is at 1/3 of the Hungarian’s at $5,100, though the reserve hasn’t been met and there’s a week to go. No question, nicest E21 I’ve ever seen.

1983 BMW 320i with Alpina upgrades for sale on eBay


So this is a pretty rare little car here.
Purchased a few months ago while looking for a commuter vehicle that still had some vintage BMW appeal.

The car is truly a one of a kind. A true head turner, with a bit of spunk in it as well. There is literally nothing that this car needs.

This little gem showed up and was about 7 out of 10 based on running condition and maintenance. However, right off the bat, the starter died. I took it to BMW of Murray (yes, a dealer), who went over it with a fine tooth comb. They found a ton of tiny things wrong but nothing major. All work was performed by them including valve adjustments and factory recommended plugs (which were roughly $40 each), and a new starter. End result is that it purrs like a kitten and while its not a rocket off the line, it will cruises along at 110mph as smooth as a 7 series. (Yes, a good e21 will cruise at high speeds)
Discussions with the techs at BMW lead me to the conclusion that this was not a cloned car. Basically all its missing at this point is a euro motor. The suspension is a full Alpina spec set up. We looked at the installation and the parts, the work is just too old to be new.
It was his opinion, that the car was probably dropped at an Alpina tuning shop to get what upgrades were possible for a US spec car. He was also in awe of how clean it was, in, out, and under.

From that point I had the car professionally cut and polished at a very reputable local body shop. That did the final trick. The color came back with a vengeance and the paint is smooth like glass.

My problem now is that I live in a state infamous for its salt, snow and weather. Weather that will destroy a car like this. So its up for sale, to a new owner who can hopefully keep it well.

It needs absolutely nothing. Drive it anywhere.

A list of pro’s for the little e21:

Completely original. No crappy add ons.
Coolant overflow in Alpina method.
Front Strut tower brace
Rear strut brace with battery relocation
New YellowTop Optima
New starter
Boge Coilovers
3.93 LSD
No leaks, no oil, no trans, no nothing.
5spd Getrag Trans.
Full Ansa Exhaust
New ball joints in front
Front end gone over and all seals and bushings replaced.
All bushings in the rear replaced (links and such)
Interior is perfect.
All seats are 100%, no rips, splits or tears.
Carpet is green. thats all I can say.
AC works well and blows cold
Heater and fan are 100%
Defroster is working correctly.
Hazard switch is not broken.
Aftermarket Alpine headunit with IPod interface.
320is steering wheel
Alpina Dead Pedal
Alpina VIN tag (was in glove box)
This car really is too nice to daily drive. The only thing that keeps it from being an absolute 10 is the pin-striping is a little faded and there are a few tiny dings on the rear quarter panel. Difficult to see but they are there.

She starts and runs flat and true. Really does not need anything. Another item of note is that she is running all synthetics, and no leaks. If you have played this game before, you know that putting synthetics is most older cars will create leaks.

Questions, please ask. Its a true, rare collector piece and there aren’t a whole lot of e21s around anyway.

It will be very interesting to see where this bidding goes compared to the high Buy-it-Now of the red E21. Even for more money, this would be the one to buy if you are looking for the best E21 out there.

1984 Mercedes-Benz 230CE

I happened to watch the Top Gear special from Season 10 over the weekend, the episode where James May drove a 1985 Mercedes-Benz 230E across Botswana. The rugged nature of the W123 never ceases to amaze me. The coupe version was always a bit understated for such a personal vehicle, especially the diesel powered 300CD sold in the United States market. They are, however, just as reliable as their sedan and estate counterparts while adding a little bit of flair.

Here’s a 1984 230CE for sale near Hamburg, Germany, which would conveniently fall just under the 25 year importation requirement we are faced with in the US.

1984 Mercedes-Benz 230CE on eBay Germany

Mercedes-Benz W123 230CE in Petrol-Metallic with black leather interior.

Special features:
Black leather interior with rear headrests and center armrest, ABS (extra rare), electric Sunroof, heated seats, Becker Europa cassette radio, tinted glass, back lighting, height-adjustable seats, alloy wheels.

Demonstrator at Mercedes. Sold in August 1984 to a restaurant owner. Temporary change of ownership from 1988 to 1991. After 14 years in the hands of one owner in Hamburg, the car was sold to a 66 year old man, who is the last owner. To state: Non smoking vehicle. It appears to be always garaged, the parcel shelf is deep black and the leather is very well preserved. The car looks great. The paint seems to have been renewed once.

Technically the car is in good order and drives well. For immediate sale with TüV/AU, otherwise on request by appointment. Slight traces of the car’s age can not be overlooked. The defects I noticed: scratches on the front side windows and two porous seals the rear side windows. This can be renewed by agreement upon request. With buy it now, these will be new upon purchase.

Minimal rust can not be ruled out completely because of the vehicle’s age. But fear not, this car is solid from the ground up! The underbody makes a very good impression. Documents available are: vehicle registration, maintenance manuals, on-board portfolio with instructions, service book and radio manual. The service manual was not filled out, the mileage is not provable, but in relation to the condition of the leather it seems realistic.

I like the combination of rare options such as the ABS and heated seats along with the fact that this is a seldom seem four cylinder manual transmission model. Most W123 coupes you see for sale tend to be the 280CE models in Europe, while the US market was only offered the 300CD. After seeing a 280CE in new condition at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, I can’t get the image of that car out of my head. Someday I will own a Mercedes once again, and it certainly won’t be a new one. It’s going to be a classic, or perhaps even a youngtimer such as this 230CE, as they are referred to in Germany.


1975 Opel Manta B Irmscher GT/E

The folks over at BringATrailer caught this on Craigslist the same day I caught it on eBay.

This is not a usual site here in the states. The Manta B is not as identifiable to those who might casually be familiar with the Opel brand in the U.S. as say the Opel GT is, but to those more in the know it is unmistakably Opel. The Manta B is a neat looking car. Kind of like a time travel backwards breeding of Sierra Cosworth and BMW 6 series in terms of looks, though styling supposedly was based on the Chevy Monza if you believe wikipedia.

The cars received some attention in rally circles with some pretty hefty outputs coming from under the hood.

This particular car has what I presume is a bored out stock 2.0 liter to 2.2, which I would guess is putting out a little north of 100 horsepower coming from the dual carb setup. The car looks great with some tuning parts by Irmscher including body kit and exhaust work. The swept rear wing is a very distinguished look. It is also hard not to dig that plaid interior, which is in need of some repair. I also could do without the overhead speaker setup. Wouldn’t you rather listen to the engine as you rowed the gears anyway?

The car has 55,000 miles and the seller is asking $15,000 or best offer. That is a pretty hefty sum for a car that elsewhere in the world isn’t really rare, but when you have a pretty one of a kind vehicle stateside you can ask what you want. Too bad Buick didn’t continue to sell these like they did earlier Opels.

I wish the seller would include more description about the driving experience. I suspect some tail happy driving can be had with this. Lots of other neat cars in the background of the photos.

1975 Opel Manta B Irmscher on eBay


1994 BMW 740iL with 52k miles

Like the E38 740iL we featured last weekend, here is another interestingly colored 7 series, this time a final year E32 740iL in a striking shade of burgundy. With the parchment leather, it really looks rich and has been well cared for over the years.

1994 BMW 740iL on eBay

Here is a beautiful one of a kind one owner 1994 BMW 740iL with only 52K Original Miles.

This is a great car. You never see these cars this clean and with this low of miles. The 1 Previous Owner took amazing care of the car and it shows. The car runs great and the 4.0L V8 engine puts out plenty of power and makes the car a blast to drive. I have been driving the car around because it is very nice and tight car to drive. Inside and out the car is as clean as I have ever seen one of these. You will be very hard pressed to find a cleaner one. Everything on the car works and is just an awesome driving car. This is a 1 Owner Car that Only Has 52K Original Miles.

The exterior of this car is beautiful. It is a very nice Metallic Maroon color which is very rare and you don’t see very many of. The paint is in amazing shape and just shines in the sun. The car looks like it spent most of it’s life in a garage. It was probably used as a weekend driver. All of the trim is in excellent shape. There is maybe a ding or two but nothing major and you really have to look to see them. They even got the expensive factory Honeycomb Wheel Upgrade and they are wrapped in a very nice set of Pirelli P4000 Tires that have over 90% tread life left and even has the matching Tire on the spare which is brand new. You won’t find a cleaner one.


Automatic Transmission
4.0L V8
Power Windows
Power Seats
Power Locks
Power Mirrors
Side and Rear Sun Shades
CD Changer
AM/FM Cassette
Climate Control
Factory A/C
Traction Control

The interior is in amazing condition on this car. It has the tan that looks great with the darker red exterior. The leather seats are in great shape and show very minimal wear and don’t have any rips or tears in them anywhere. The carpets are about as clean as your gonna find. Has all of the factory Floor mats. The wood grain trim really sets off the inside of the car and gives it a really luxurious look. The car is fully loaded with all of the options that you could ever want. I just couldn’t believe how clean this car is inside and out and how well it has been taken care of.

This car is just a rare beauty that you won’t find another one of. They didn’t make many in this color along with the interior. This is just a low mile 1 Owner Car that is super clean and a great driver that has been well cared for.

I’m always an advocate of buying the final year of any model run, as even reliable models will have had the kinks worked out and generally more up to date powerplants and technologies are available. The 4.0 liter V8 in this particular car will surely be easier to maintain than the 5.0 liter V12. My only problem is, which 7 series do I like better? The E38 or the E32? I still think I’m going to have to go for the E38. But if I was in the position to do so, I surely wouldn’t turn down the chance at owning such a clean E32 as this one.


1969 Opel Kadett B Rallye

Not a whole of description on this Opel, but it looks like a neat little car. The Opel Kadett Rallye featured a 1.9 liter engine and a bit over 100 horsepower. Not really scorching performance, but with the manual transmission I’m sure spirited driving is possible.

This car features the extra rally lights, head work, new paint, clutch, shocks, brakes, bushings.

Judging from the nearly identical Kadett in the background it looks like the seller has found a niche in restoring these to daily driver status. The paint scheme is very time specific and can be a bit hard to get used to for those not really into the green/brown/yellow color.

65,000 miles on the car and bidding is up at $2,500 with the reserve not met. Perfect for the Opel fan that wants more room than the GT provides.

1969 Opel Kadett Rallye on eBay


Impeccable 47k-mile 1979 BMW 320i for sale

Though deservedly overshadowed by the subsequent E30, the E21 first generation of the BMW 3-series has a lot of charm. They led the charge for a whole new paradigm of sports sedans, and helped solidify a design language for BMW that lasted more than a decade. One of my best friends in high school drove a gold example that, while pretty janky, had a lot of good vibes. At the end of the day, he was still driving a BMW!

Today’s example is the nicest I’ve ever seen. The seller is turning it around after buying it from the original owner, who had it in Hungary as his “home” car, only driven when he was visiting while attending college in the US. Eventually it came over here after what sounds like some extended sitting, and today it has covered only 47k miles. The seller says he invested $10k to get the mechanicals back to 100%, whereas the exterior and interior already look amazing. It’s truly an unrivaled E21, but the real question will come down to how much can an E21, regardless of condition, be worth?

1979 BMW 320i for sale

From the seller:

This may be one of the most preserved E21 sedans around. Ebay will not accept 1979 Vin so for you real collectors: 5455376. I purchased this 320i from its original owner in an estate sale. The owner was originally from Hungary and naturalized to the US after attending Columbia University. He purchased the BMW to have to drive when he visited his parents in Hungary for the summer. Because the country was under USSR rule at the time, nobody else could drive the car and it had to be “put up” when the owner wasn’t in the country. (Battery Disconnected and police tape on the doors!)

The sport edition has recaro seats (still in absolutely great shape-see pics. the gray and black are custom fit covers that come off for shows and go back on for the occasional ride), sport M steering wheel, sunroof and AC delete. A BMW stamped rear spoiler is dealer added. The original paint still shines and is 90%. I did re-spray the nose that had suffered a little road rash over the years of limited driving. On one or two pics you will see a BMW OEM NLA bra. I have no idea what that could be worth.

The interior is original and flawless. no dash cracks of imperfections. The original co-co mats (red ones on a pic) finally fell apart a few years ago and I replaced them (black and gray) from cocomats.com. All lights, switches, etc in perfect working order. Clock keeps perfect time and rear defroster working.–two items that tend to fail over the years. I have custom fit seat covers on the car to preserve the NLA black velour seats. no a rip or stain. I did have the recaro factory supply me with material to repair driver bolster that is 95 percent correct–weave is slightly off but you can not tell from a foot away. I also had upholstery shop put new recaro bottom straps in to make the seats firm again. I have the original am/fm cassette but upgraded to a business CD that looks perfect (see pics) and replaced speakers for better sound but used the original covers so it looks factory. The business CD was a popular upgrade and cost $1,000 from the dealer.

Mechanically, I have spent around $10,000 to make her 100% road worthy. While body wise she was pristine, sitting for many years required some expense to get her running as she did in 1979. I have all the receipts but basically did it all. Suspension, brakes, replaced all belts, water pump, radiator, tune up, etc. She drives unbelievable! she gets a little whine in excess of 80 mph because of the 4 speed tranny but will run there and more all day long and the temp gauge stays right in the middle–not always the case with the E21’s. You can eat off the engine bay. This is a show quality car that drives like it’s brand new!

Have all the books, tools, warning triangles–even have the first aid kit but i’m sure the antibiotic salve has expired! haha! Let the pictures do the talking (they are not doctored taken from my casio camera) and email me with your questions. It has been stored in my air-conditioned/heated garage with my other collection. There is nothing to hide and this 320i needs a good home of a fellow collector that will display her proudly.

The BMW plant in SC rep told me that they rarely see 3 series sedans in this condition. If you are a BMW collector and want to add a E21 sedan to the collection, this in is it! Im selling this car for less than i have in it. This small business owner needs to free up some of the collection for some cash unfortunately. Happy Bidding.

Update: I have gotten numerous calls and want to address a few items: The rear spoiler is a Heckspoiler–manufactured by Zender GmbH serial # my apologies. It is correct year and is original rubber type material-not fiberglass reproduction. As stated, it was dealer installed accessory not factory. NOTE: I had the alloy wheels refinished due to long time brake dust accumulation–they were not bad but in the creases i couldnt get them 100% clean–the rest of the car was too pristine not to shine them up. They still had the original continental tires that I should have saved! They are the original wheels and the original color. I have the am/fm cassette with the microphone. I upgraded to a BMW Business CD and added an old school equilizer where the ashtray goes. I still have the ashtray and can go back in along with the cassette if you please. The color of the car is iberischrot 1872108. Absolutely NO RUST. All books, tools, etc. The pin stripe is BMW oem i had applied and to the best of my knowledge is no longer available part # 51149057070.

This car is beautiful, if a bit busy for my tastes. I’d prefer the E21 shape sans roof rack, fog lights, and Zender spoiler, but it really is a gorgeous example of the original 3-series. It’s been well loved by both the original owner and the seller, who sounds like a solid collector with his heart in the right place. I just don’t know if a 320i, even with 47k miles, can go for the $15k Buy-it-Now. Somewhere between that and $10k sounds a little more reasonable, but hey, if you want the nicest E21 out there, don’t let me stop you!