1991 BMW M5

We received the following listing from a reader of ours who has his E34 M5 for sale on MyE28.com. The second generation M5 needs no introduction on this site, as it straddles the gap between the limited run first generation and the legendary E39 M5 with its 400 horsepower V8. These E34s are not too common these days, but good ones do come up for sale here and there. This one, while well used, has an extensive service history and is ready to enjoy.

1991 BMW M5 on MyE28.com

The seller states:

Well, it has come time for me to move-on to another vehicle. I can hardly believe it has been less than a year since I bought this fine machine. However, I have the opportunity to purchase another well-kept vintage BMW model that I’ve always wanted but have never pursued. As it turns out, the right one has become available from a true BMW enthusiast. I would really prefer that this ///M5 go to another 5er fan. I have been favorably impressed with the e34 experience and would gladly own another. They are superb long-haul road cars with enviable build and design qualities.

Maintenance has been performed by independent shops and DIY. I purchased the car from an enthusiast in VA who bought it from his BMW technician / independent shop owner in Alexandria, VA. This car was in his small collection of ///M cars and is still shown on the splash page of his shop’s website…2nd from the left: www.martinmotorsportsinc.com .

Major work done in the past few years includes:
– Timing Chain Assembly (97k)
– Clutch and Flywheel (160k)
– Brake pads and Zimmerman cross-drilled rotors (130k)
– OE Water Pump (171k)
– Coolant reservoir (OE BMW)
– Thrust & Control Arms (177k)
– Tie-Rods (177k)
– OE Ignition Wires
– Bosch Cap & Rotor (~171k)
– S38b36 valve adjustment (~171k)
– Air Conditioning system upgraded (2009) — works very well even considering the extreme Florida temps & humidity during the summer

Performance & Cosmetic Modifications include:
-H&R lowering springs
-Bilstein Sports
-Self Leveling Suspension Delete
-850 bushings
-Turner Motorsport chip (+39hp +38tq 7500rpm rev limit)
-UUC Short Shifer (177k)
-UUC DSSR (177k)
– UUC “Rob Knob” Weighted Shift knob (177k)
– ///M-Sport Mirrors (OEM)
– e39 ///M5 low-profile rubber trunk lid spoiler (OE BMW)

I have performed the following work since buying the car (April 2010):
– Radiator (Sickens) and cooling hoses
– Drive belts (Continental)
– Dog Bones (Lemforder)
– New Tires (Sumitomo HTR-Z)
– Brake Fluid change (SuperBlue)
– RF caliper rebuilt
– Spark Plugs (Bosch OE)
– Bosch O2 sensor
– Half-shafts repacked and boots replaced
– Tail lamp gaskets (OE BMW)
– Rubber Door Pull Surrounds (OE BMW)
– New leather shift boot (installed)
– New leather e-Brake boot (not yet installed)
– Leather-clad center console, glove box, and dash from Euro ///M5
– Eurospec ///M-Tech 3-spoke steering wheel (note: I reserve the right to keep this for my next BMW, however)
– Installed protective headlight film (w/ “French” yellow on high beams) by www.XPel.com
– New rubber shift “donut” (OE BMW)
– New OE BMW under tray (not yet installed)
– Door Cards replaced with nicely kept used set
– Regular oil and filter changes (5k mile intervals; Valvoline VR1; Mahle filter cartridge)
– OE BMW Plush Floor Mat set
…and MORE (will add as I remember it)

Things to Consider & Points to Ponder:
My M5 has been driven by all of its previous owners. It is not a garage queen or show car. It is exactly what I wanted in an e34 M5…a “nicely preserved and maintained daily driver.” Exterior trim and paint have been well kept by me and the previous owners. At some point, the entire car was resprayed. I would consider it a good job but the prep work could have been a bit better in some places. Presently, I would rate the condition of the paint 7.5/10. The interior has been very well kept (8/10). There are no rips or tears in the leather. There is no rust or corrosion on the car. However, the heat shielding / sound proofing around the factory final silencer (muffler) is peeling off in places (see photos from PPI below). Also, the undercarriage is clean but some careless fool caused some jack damage to the forward frame rails (see link to PPI photos below). This could have been easily prevented with the judicious use of a wooden block. Finally, at the next valve adjustment (due @ ~186k miles), a source of minor oil seepage will need to be addressed at the front of the valve cover and/or at the gasket where the distributor housing attaches to the head. Again, this is minor but is annoying to me. At present, if the car is parked for 2 or 3 days, a nickel-sized oil drip is evident on the garage floor or driveway.

All original VIN tags in place except RF fender, which was replaced with a OE BMW unit at some point in the car’s history. The body is in nice condition. The car tracks straight / true and exhibits no unusual handling characteristics whatsoever.

This M5 ticks all the right boxes for me. Given this model’s rarity, you will oftentimes find ones with insanely high mileage that are clapped out, or cream puff examples with under 50k miles that you would be afraid to take on a long journey. This car hits the sweet spot and has the documentation to back it up. For around $10,000, it’s a hell of a lot of car and should have plenty of enjoyment left to give.

-Paul

1995 Mercedes Benz C36 AMG in Red

Not many of the 5200 C36 cars produced were in red. This model with 166,000 miles on it still looks nice and bright. The seller wants $5,000 to take it home. Not a bad price for what some consider the successor to the sporty 190E 2.5-16v. 1997 is the best year of the C36, but the earlier models, like this 1995, were just as exciting under the hood with nearly 300 horsepower from the M3 fighting inline 6. For a car with some hand built AMG craftsmanship the price seems like a bargain, however you may actually have some room to negotiate as high mileage C36s in more standard silver and black do change hands for less. The fact that this car has dealer service records, if they check out, it is worth paying the full $5k ask. The car is on Craigslist LA for $5,500. This C36 also seems to have avoided boy racer add-ons that clutter up the wolf in sheep’s clothes intention. People will look back at the C36 as one of grandfathers of what took AMG from specialty tuner to more mainstream masses.

~Evan

Low-mile, 2-owner perfect 1990 E30 M3

It’s been a while since I’ve felt like reiterating my unhealthy coveting of M3s. After posting a 530ix wagon with an auto, a car about as far from my bread-and-butter desires, I guess it’s a good time to get back to the basics.

This M3 is about as perfect an example as I’ve seen in a long time, and may just be as clean as you could find anywhere these days. With a low 73k miles and modifications limited to easily-reversible basics like great Racing Dynamics wheels and strut brace. The rest is beautiful, original, and untouched; this car has been doted upon in a good way. An inspiring rarity in the M3 market.

Similarly refreshing is an informative but concise description from the seller:

Up for bid is my 1990 BMW M3 E30. I’ve owned the car for approximately nine years and I’m only the second owner. I’ve enjoyed driving it from car show to car show as weather permitted during the summers. I have swapped out a couple items but I still have all the original equipment excluding the original wheels. The spare wheel and tire is original and has never been on the ground. I’ve added a front shock tower brace (Racing Dynamics bolt-in) I’ve changed the shifter knob and changed the headlights to european ellipsoid. The engine and suspension are in perfect running condition NEVER touched still in factory configuration! I have the original shift knob and headlights that will go with the car. The car spends it’s winter’s in heated storage.

Buy-it-Now is $21.5k, which seems fair considering the rare condition of this most desirable M car out there. All us E30 fanboys, this is the one we wish we could nab.

-NR

2007 Audi A3 ready for street or track

You don’t see too many A3s setup like this. Tasteful mods have this 25,150 mile Audi ready for light track or autocross duty, but leave it perfectly manageable for the spirited daily commute.
The car has a dyno slip showing 270 horsepower off the crank of the 3.2 liter V6, channeled through the quattro system. Despite the mods and the photos of the car on the track the seller says the factory warranty is still in effect through April and the transmission’s lifetime warranty is also still good.
Lots of mods and spare parts are included with the sale.
Along with these mods listed from the seller you also get all the stock parts:

Bilstein HD (Yellow) Shocks and Struts
H@R Sport Springs all corners
H@R Front Sway Bar 28 MM adjustable
AWE Tuning Pedals
Neuspeed Rear Sway Bar 26 MM adjustable
Neuspeed Rear Sway Bar Links
StopTech 228 Front Rotors with ST-40 four piston calipers in red finish
Stainless Steel Front brake lines
SuperBlue Racing DOT 4 Brake fluid flushed
Hawk DTC-70 Track Pads
Axxiss ULT Street Pads
Reiger Rear Valance color keyed to Lava Gray body color
TID Carbon Fiber Paddle Shifters
Gloss Black Titanium Package Trim installed on door panels and around shifter
Recaro Pole Position LRP Seats for use with factory, or 6 or 5 point harnesses (matching driver and passenger)
Recaro Side Mount Seat Brackets
Recaro Seat Sliders
Recaro A3 slider to floor mount brackets, factory holes
Red Hans-Spec 6 Point Schroth Harnesses(matching both sides) (bolt in and linked to cage configuration)
Behind Driver and Pass S-Line Red Powdercoated bolt in SCCA pec Roll Bar with harness guides. Custom built by S@W Racecars
Adjustable Brackets to bolt seat to roll bar( adjusts with sliders)
Rear S-Line Red Podwdercoated Shock Tower sway bar! Adjustable, bolt in. Custom built by S@W Racecars
Neuspeed Cold Air Intake With high flow cone style filter
Neuspeed Power Pully System
GIAC Flash Loaded Pump Mode(98 octane) and Race Mode(103 min octane)
GIAC Flash Reader/ profile selector
Gloss Black Side Mirror Caps
Gloss Black Painted Titanium Package Front Mask
De-badged
Black rear Audi Rings with Carbon Fiber inserts
4 O.Z Racing Ultralegerra Matte Black Wheels 18×8 with Continental Sport Contact2 XL 225/40 R 18
S-Line Painted Red OPods, Air duct vents and Tweeter screens
Front and Rear Audi, Red Tow Hooks
3 O.Z. Racing Ultralegerra Bright silver Wheels 18×8 with Continental Sport Contact3 XL 225/40 R 18 Very clean, two new
OSIR 2-sided Carbon Fiber Hood pre drilled for hood pins
Extra Neuspeed Sway Bar Bracket

Looks like fun. $31,700 is the ask, so far there are no bids at the opening reserve not met price of $23,000. The seller should know you never get your money back on mods like this when you sell a used car so anything over $30k is wishful thinking.

~Evan

1981 Mercedes-Benz 380SLC

Mercedes-Benz coupes have always been revered for their elegance, however, the SLC was an interesting beast. Based off the R107 SL, the chassis was stretched directly behind the door to create somewhat odd proportions. The 1981 model year represents the last year of the SLC, and the only year the 3.8 liter, all alloy V8 appeared in the coupe. Here is a clean example for sale in Florida.

The seller states:

This car has been well maintained and is in excellent condition. Full power everything. All working components and all original equipment. With only one previous owner, this automobile is ready for you. The mileage represented on this vehicle is accurate. This is a smoke-free automobile. There are no signs of prior damage on this vehicle. There is no damage evident on this vehicle. There are no noticeable dings on the exterior of this vehicle. This is a garage kept vehicle. This vehicle has a smooth shifting transmission. The engine on this vehicle is running properly. All power equipment is functioning properly. This vehicle has no known defects. The exterior of this vehicle is extra clean. Extra clean interior. Absolutely no rips, odors or abuse. There is approximately 75% of the tire tread remaining.

The price of clean R107 SLs is on the rise, but the SLC derivative is one of those obscure Mercedes models that proves to be a good value for savvy collectors. The asking price of $9,900 seems quite reasonable given the vehicle’s history and the fact that it comes from a sunny state. Sound investments are hard to come by these days, but this is one investment vehicle (literally) that you won’t lose your shirt on.

-Paul

1980 Volkswagen Rabbit diesel

There’s restorations, and then there are restorations. This Mk1 Rabbit (Golf) falls into the latter category. A labor of love by its owner, this German built Rabbit is about as close to buying a new Mk1 as you could get.

The seller states:

A weekend project that turned into an obsession, here is the result of three years of work on a car I intended to keep forever and built accordingly.

This is a German built car which was purchased and imported from Canada. I purchased the car from a couple in Palatka Florida who had brought it from Washington State where I suppose it originally made its way into the US.

No expense was spared in this restoration which involved over $9,000 in new German parts. Absolutely no re-built or used components were used for the assembly. For example, the CV axles are OEM Lobro units running about $400 per side. The brake calipers and master cylinder are new (not rebuilt) Ate units. There are over $300 in new nuts and bolts each matching the original hardness grade and yellow zinc plating other than the addition of stainless wherever strength isn’t required. Below is a list of some of the major parts that have been replaced though there are many more.

The paint is a single stage PPG Urethane in the original color. To be honest I feel that the paint is the weakest point of the car when compared to the thorough mechanical restoration. There are a few minor dents that the shop didn’t get completely out as well as a few places that could use more polishing. The most noticeable area is probably along the bottom of the rear hatch where you can see some waviness. There is also a small dent on the left side of the front skirt which occurred during the restoration on a lift that I never got around to addressing. In short, the paint is not concourse but still quite good by most collectors standards.

As you can see in the pictures I have not yet found an original Becker radio to install. The dash panel for it is in place and has the hole plugged with a vanity panel. The antenna mounting hole on the left front wing is plugged with the NOS VW rubber plug used on cars sold without the radio option.

The second item I never found was a new sun roof seal. The sunroof operates perfectly but I’ve sealed off the gap with polyurethane flashing adhesive until a new seal is found. As you can see in the pictures I did this very neatly so that you cannot tell by looking at it. If you are fortunate enough to find a new seal you would only need to pull away the adhesive and install it.

The mileage (or kilometerage) on the Odometer is accurate. Since the restoration I have driven it about 200 miles to ensure everything is operating correctly. Since every consumable component on the car is new down to the little light bulbs behind the dash you will not find any problems to speak of. The car runs and drives as flawlessly as the day it left Wolfsburg.

This car is bio-diesel ready meaning that all fuel hoses are J30R9 grade and the injector pump has been updated with new Viton seals.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email or call me at 352-562-2412 as there is too much to write without this becoming an essay.

New major components (I’ve noted the brand wherever I could remember):

Rear Suspension:
Spindles
Wheel bearings (Timken)
Brake drums (German Ate)
Brake Cylinders (German Ate)
All drum brake hardware
Parking Brake cables (GEMO)
Rear axle beam bushings (polyurethane upgrade)
Brake hoses
shocks and springs (sachs)
All hardware (original spec hardness and coatings)

Front Suspension:
Control arms (OEM)
Control arm bushings (OEM)
McPherson struts (OEM Sachs)
Strut bearings (FEBI)
Wheel bearings (Beck Arnley)
CV axles (OEM German Lobro)
Brake calipers (NEW OEM German Ate zinc plated)
Brake pads (OEM)
Brake hoses (German Febi)
Ball Joints (Beck Arnley)
Tie rod ends (Beck Arnley)
All hardware (original hardness and plating)

Engine and Trans:
All engine oil seals
All engine mounts
Injection pump resealed with viton gaskets (bio-diesel approved)
Glow Plugs/ relay
All fuel hoses replaced with Goodyear J30R9 (bio-diesel approved)
Metal fuel pipes
Clutch
Clutch cable
Transmission end cover
Transmission fluid (redline synthetic)
All Transmission mounts
All gear shift bushings/linkage
Throttle cable
Metal reinforced rubber valve cover gasket
valve cover studs with stainless nuts
Camshaft oil baffle insert update
Oil pan
All coolant hoses including NOS expansion tank hose
Hose clamps (Swedish ABA)
Timing belt
Timing belt tensioner
Water pump German Ate
accessory belt (NAPA lifetime)
Alternator (BOSCH)
Brake Master cylinder (German Ate)
Coolant expansion tank
heater core
heater valve
Vacuum pump diaphragm and check valves
Vacuum hose with check valve (NOS a rare find)
Rain tray (NOS VW )
New horn (German HELLA)
Exhaust system after down pipe (OEM)
Exhaust pipe hangars (OEM)
hood bumpers (NOS)
new MANN air Filter
new Mobil 1 oil filter
new Bosch fuel filter

Electrical:
Head lights Halogen bulbs
All light bulbs including dash

General:
Tires (Firestone FR380)

At the time of writing this, there’s a little less than four days left and no bids, with a starting bid of $8,000. There are much worse cars you could purchase for $8,000, and probably none are in such good shape as this diesel Rabbit. This car would garner more attention, of course, if it was a GTI, but then again, that’s part of the charm of this particular ride.

-Paul

What if my Audi wagon dreams came true… in a BMW?

Fun all-wheel drive wagons are my cup of tea, which directs my attention towards Audi and Subaru most often. I know there are others out there, but they seem few and far between. Thus I was surprised intrigued when I happened upon this 2006 BMW 530xi touring on eBay. It’s no S- or RS-wagon, but it’s a fun and useful AWD 5-door that could take on most any situation. I’ve never been smitten with the E60 5-series, but the M5’s beefed-up lines helped distract from its other styling shortcomings, and as usual the wagon helps balance things out in my eyes. Put those things together and you’ve got a pretty fine, more fleshed-out design as seen here. The 260hp I6 won’t blow minds, but will do just fine in getting the family up the mountain.

This is a newer car than I’m usually interested in, either for myself or for writing up, but something sounds appealing about cruising in a nice, big, capable BMW right now. I’d want the Competition rims in something other than chrome (satin or black please), but beggars shall not be choosers. Looking around at similar 5-series, it seems like the price is pretty reasonable for a car looking as good as this. Definitely proves that there are other enticing AWD wagons beyond the old guard of Audi and Subaru.

-NR

1975 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL with 46k original miles

The W116 is one of the lesser loved Mercedes-Benzes, not garnering the praise of the legendary W126 and falling into the trap of 1970s vehicles with bigger bumpers and emissions constraints that made them less attractive than their predecessors. Still, I must say that this particular W116 caught my eye, given its tasteful appearance and low mileage.

The seller states:

For sale by owner is this 1975 Mercedes Benz 450 SEL with 46,555 original miles. The car runs and drives beautifully with great V8 power and the 3 speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly. All of the vehicles ammenties function as they should and the AC blows cold and the heat blows hot through all the proper vents. The car is also equipped with an enourmous power moonroof (see photos) and all of the power windows operate perfectly, and even the original clock keeps accurate time. The original AM/FM Becker Stereo is present and works perfectly as does the power antenna. All of the original books and keys are present as well as the original spare tire which has never been down.

The car was very well maintained by both of its previous owners, and the car is exceptionally clean both inside and out. These W116 chassis cars were made to be driven and clean low mileage examples like this one are getting very hard to find.

The thing that is striking about this car for me is the color combination. While bright red may be a bit offensive to some, I think gray with red leather is one of the most classic color combinations and works well on older Benzes. I remember spotting a 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250S sedan at the Mercedes-Benz Club of America’s June Jamboree in Montvale, New Jersey in this exact same color combination, and I was smitten.

This car was obviously well cared for over the past 36 years and ranks right up there with some of the classic Mercedes-Benzes I’ve seen for sale at Mercedes’ own Classic Center in California. Clean, classic Benzes like this somehow speak to me and this S class very much deserves someone to act as a responsible custodian of it for at least the next decade or so.

-Paul

1992 Porsche America Roadster

Phillip dropped us a note to let us know about his very unique Porsche 964 America Roadster. Check it out:

The 964 Wikipedia page states:

A turbo bodied cabriolet version was released in 1992. This had the standard electric spoiler and turbo guards. Mechanically it was the same as the standard model apart from 17″ cup wheels and the brakes and suspension which were ‘Turbo’ specification. Only 250 of this variant were produced in total during the 1992 and 1993 model years.

quote from seller:

This is a 1992 America Roadster in Raspberry red on Raspberry red (himbeerrot metallic) 1 of only 4 ever built according to Porsche North America.

History of the car.

First owner was a wealthy Western Canadian Businessman, now retired, who had taken triple A ball into Calgary and at one time had a lease on the saddledome. (documentation held by way of original in service warranty registration). He traded the car in on new Porsche turbo and the dealership wholesaled it out – purchased by a Canadian broker who deals in air cooled, limited editions Porsche – good reputation.

Second owner who I bought the car from; Canadian retired Banker from Japan. He is a Classic Porsche enthusiast and very knowledgeable about Porsche. According to him the Porsche has always been garaged/kept warm, never seen snow, virtually not seen rain.

Original owner confirmed it was factory ordered, custom matching interior including back seats (found in many euro cars, but very unusual in American cars, which usually have cheaper rear seat delete.
Original owner reports post ordering and upon its arrival he agreed to allow Porsche North America to use the car on the auto show circuit.

Allers Autosport has serviced the car this yr. & last yr. Frank (an inductee into Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame) was formerly mechanic at MCL motors (Vancover Porsche Dealer) but for years has operated his own very small shop focusing on the aircooled Porsche (has no website) operates among aircooled 911’s crowd.

5/08 orig. owner replaced cab top cables, pulleys, gears, transmission $2847
5/08 orig. owner maintenance ck, oil service and new battery $560
8/08 custom audio install (alpine headset with i-pod dock, boston/pioneer speakers), sorry but original speakers, cd, radio….all were bad.
12/08 orig. owner full engine ck/mechanical ck (air filter, plugs, heat exchanger gasket $842
1/09 orig. owner, replaced DME relay and servicing $410
3/09: oil service and replaced front hood struts $323
3/10 mechanical ck/ck plugs/ck brakes, oil service and replaced distributor caps & rotors $875
4/09 broker replaced cab top (pacific auto trim ) $1995
4/09 broker had alloy wheels refinished $672
7/09 new tires ( z rated, 17’s stock sizes)

Mechanically the car is Perfect! Everything works and does not drip any oil! This Porsche has 66,000 miles and the odometer reads in KMS at 110,000kms. If someone buys it in the US I will Pay to have the Speedo converted to US MPH at Palto Alto Speedometer.

Interior/Exterior:
-Side panels, doors, turbo flares excellent. There are no dings/door marks/scratches. Same goes for door sills.
-Bumpers excellent (both resprayed last year for stone chips-front, scratches-rear)
-Hood / rear deck excellent. Overall excellent except for 2 small stone chips under front headlight which I inherited with car. The paint is in overall excellent condition
-Interior carpet is good to excellent.
-Door panels both carpet & leather – excellent
-Wheels newly refinished 17″ cups ( from the turbo model) excellent, no scuffs

-The seats are Porsche sports. Passenger seat is excellent, drivers seat is excellent but side bolster-entry side has approx 2″ wear mark).
-Shift boot/leather surround excellent
-Full leather dash (both upper/lower) excellent
-Brake lever, has small scar, approx 1/4″
-Rear seats/belts excellent
-Top new last yr., excellent
-Visors, excellent
-Steering wheel, excellent

If you would like to discuss the purchase please call Phone 702-556-9116

I have to say the car certainly looks well loved. Not to mention it’s a pretty rare model in the 964 range. Nicely presented, documented, and ready for a night on the town — where I’ll bet this color looks great under the city lights.

Good luck with the sale Phillip!

dc

2000 BMW 525iT 5-speed

For many enthusiasts that read this blog, the E39 BMW 5 series is revered as the consummate sport sedan before BMW went crazy with i-Drive and funky styling. The fact that E39 series sedans are readily available with manual transmissions in both 6 cylinder and V8 format makes them even more attractive to enthusiasts. But when is the last time you saw a 5 series wagon with a manual transmission. And one with less than 60,000 miles? Here’s one available in Pennsylvania.

The seller states:

2000 BMW 528iT Wagon, 5 speed. Sunroof, leather, heated seats, BMW Dealer serviced.

Given the cost of SUVs these days, this 5 series wagon offers a nice combination of style, utility and performance for a very reasonable price. Given what these cost new, this is an immense bargain and the proven mechanicals should provide years of blissful service. If I needed something more commodious than a sedan, this car would get my vote.

-Paul