2002 Laguna Seca Blue S54 Z3 M Coupe For Sale in Burlingame, California

I present you with one of the most special, sought after, pure late-model Bimmers to be produced in this era: The M Coupe. The M Coupe was born from the brainstorm of BMW engineers soon after the Z3 coupe hit the streets. It’s a car built by the enthusiast for enthusiasts. This 2002 example is one of the last of the breed and features the all-important S54 engine. The first couple of years of the M Coupe came with the same S52 variant that my old 95 M3 had. The last of them, like this one, had the later e46 M3 engine boasting over 300hp! Having driven both variants I can tell you with 100% certainty the later model engine is a huge leap forward with incredible throttle response from individual throttle bodies, double VANOS, and and drive by wire technologies. The engine is represents the highest level of engineering on the base M50 motor and has won numerous awards.

Alvin’s car is listed on BayBimmerz.net (registration required). Here are some selected images and a complete excerpt of the listing:

excerpts from BayBimmerz.net:

Here is a rare opportunity to own one of the rarest M coupes in the world. If you do your research this is one of the best cars made by BMW similar to the world known E30 M3 very sought after and highly collectible . There where 690 S54 Z3 M coupes made between 2001 and 2002. What makes this car even more rare and desirable is its a factory S54 315hp and Laguna Seca Blue color same color and motor used for the E46 M3 and is a BMW motorsport color only . Only 41 S54 M coupes worldwide came with this color and less than 6 had no moonroof . I am a BMW collector and enthusiast. This car was never been abused or tracked. It never missed any service and has new Factory clutch and Motorsport brakes. It has 75k miles and it drives even better than new. It has a lot of tasteful upgrades and is California smog legal. Motor has always been bone stock except for a Turner chip which is 100% reversable. Never been in an accident and has a clean Carfax. All upgrades where installed less than 5k miles ago and everything was bought brand new from authorized dealers. Ill be glad to do a Pre Purchase inspection at any BMW dealerships at buyers expense. Upgrades alone cost over 20k (all authentic).

Details are

2002 BMW M coupe (final and best year)
S54 motor (315hp stock and 330hp with Turner software)
Laguna Seca Blue (LSB)
2 tone leather interior (blue / black)
No moonroof (most soughtafter rare feature)
5 speed manual
Power locks
Air Condition
Limited Slip (LSD)
Traction Control (DSP)
Power window (1 touch)
Power heated seats and side mirrors
Auto dim rear view mirror
Rear Defroster
Rear wiper
New Factory ///M floor mats (1 month old)

Here are a list of what has been done less than 2k miles.

Major service performed (Service B including new coils)
New factory clutch , preasure plate and flywheel
New rear main seal (replaced together w/ clutch job)
New BMW Motorsport rotor and brakes (Excellent upgrade)
New braided steel brake lines
Cooling system flushed
AC recharged and blows cold

List of after market parts that was added less than 5k miles. All parts are purchased new from Authorize Dealers.

Exterior / Interior :
AC Schnitzer cat back exhaust
AC Schnitzer front lip spolier
AC Schnitzer rear roof spoiler
AC Schnitzer pedals, e brake and ****er
H&R coilovers suspension (not too stiff and not too soft perfect for daily driving)
Front markers deleted
Projector headlamps with HID and LED angel eyes
Center armrest console with cup holders
Upgraded to LED (white) interior lights

Suspension:

H&R sway bars (front and rear)
Ground control sway links
Ground control rear shock mounts
IE rear sub frame bushings (a must to all coupes)
New Michelin Pilot sport tires

Jim Comforti Shark Injector Software upgrade (reversable) improves hp to 330hp, engine torque , airflow and great gas mileage 25mpg freeway.

Audio System: All cutom installed to maximize trunk space.

JVC single din AM/FM/MP3/CD w/ Navigation and iPOD controler (top of the line)
JL Audio 900w HD High Def amplifier (latest tecnology)
Boston Accoustics Pro Series Component speakers (top of the line )
JL Audio 10″ sub
Auto page alarm system ( Key fob pages up to 1 mile radius)
Hardwired for V1 (radar detector not included)

Priced to sell $29,000

This is a very special enthusiast car with very hard to get aftermarket parts. Even when these parts can be sourced, they are very expensive and will make the casual observer’s eyes water for sure. While this car won’t be for everyone, when the right buyer sees this ad, it will surely find it’s new home in short order. Good luck with the sale Alvin!

Sidebar: Alvin has patiently been waiting for me to post his gorgeous M Coupe for a while now. As most readers can tell, I’ve been very behind in my listings and have been heavily relying on Evan to pick up the slack. I sincerely apologize Alvin and am taking steps to get things back in gear around here.

dc

1984 Hartge H7S BMW e23 For Sale

When James P. forwarded this car to me, I was pretty sure I had already posted it, but going into the Hartge archives I couldn’t find it. Now I realize I posted it on my personal blog before I had ever started GCFSB. It’s been for sale by BimmerBrothers since late 2007 at least, and what’s interesting is that it was listed then for under $9k. Maybe it’s seen some love since then and thus the higher asking now at $10884. See the listing that is currently on Craigslist SF Bay:

quote from seller’s listing:

I am offering for an appreciating new owner this super rare and unique 1984 BMW Hartge H7S 5 Speed
IMMACULATE rust-free superbly-maintained example one of three believed in existence.
Hartge engine, suspension, wheels, stripes, shift knob and wheels. MUST SEE!

Doing a quick search Hartge H7S brings up hits on what I believe to be the same car that date all the way back to 2004 and 2007, which it suggests it has changed hands a few times. One of the previous owners chimes in on this thread on mye28.com. From what I can tell, it was originally being traded for under $5k and then each owner has added some work of some kind to make it a little better. What do you think — good enough to warrant $10k?

dc

Mercedes Benz 600SEL a good choice for Labor Day

What better way to celebrate labor day then by looking at a car that was designed to take the labor out of the automobiling experience.
Do you remember the good old days when Mercedes put the letters describing their models after the numbers? Remember when those numbers and letters really stood for something instead of arbitrary model distinctions? 1992 was the last year before the switch. That year the king of the Mercedes line was the 600SEL. This was the first Mercedes V-12 since after World War Two. So at the time a Mercedes V-12 was much more a rarity than they are today.

Despite packing a V-12 this car was more than just a high power autobahn cruiser. It was packed with technical goodies that made it stand far above other models at the time.
The car had self closing doors, a power trunk handle, double pane power windows that stopped going up if your hand got in the way. Power front and rear head rests, heated headlamp washers, Bose stereo, the car even has a built in trickle charger. Perhaps most above and beyond were the two little antennas that popped out of the rear fenders when you went into reverse to help you see where the end of the car was. Remember this was well before the days of navigation, i-drive, and other now common technical gizmos.
1992 is also a significant year as that year the 48 valve V-12 put out 408 horsepower. Again remember, this is 1992 and that type of power was virtually unheard of in a sedan. By 1994 those pesky U.S. emissions requirements strangled horsepower down to 389 so the early 600SELs are the prize of the W140 bodied cars.

appears to be a fine, unmodified, low mileage example, only 59,000 miles. There should a ton of life left in the engine as long as the massive amounts of electrical components don’t cause a new owner problems. Not only is the car nice, the seller does a very good job with the ad text. This car was purchased new for $152,896.90. When you figure there is at least a $125,000 worth of depreciation to account for, purchasing a 600SEL today seems like a deal. Not a bad way to get a car in your driveway with V12 badges on the side. Just make sure you get the most well cared for example or you’ll be left with an empty wallet trying to fix peripheral items.

Here is a clip of a younger Jermey Clarkson talking about the 600SEL, scroll to 4:42 to see the over the top rear fender aerials in action:

~Evan

Low Miles 1988 BMW e30 M3 For Sale

I spotted this one yesterday on eBay. It’s an 88 with ~70k miles and it looks very clean and original. When I first saw it, the current bid was 11k reserve not met. Today it’s over $22k with 4 days remaining!

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quote from seller’s listing:

I recently purchased the car locally and have decided to go a different direction with my car collection. This car was always on my “list” of must haves. It is a wonderful, very low mile, original car. Paint is excellent, interior is excellent. All service records since new. I am technically the third owner but the 2nd owner only had it a couple of months. The car didn’t suit his daily driver needs. This car starts and runs perfectly.

Exterior: Lachssilber metallic
All panels OEM with tags except front bumper. Hood and front fenders have been painted, very well. As I was told, the car rolled into a fence from a parking lot, punctured the bumper and scratching the hood and fender. Upon inspection, there is no evidence of structural damage, only a cosmetic repair. Which was done extremely well. All sheet metal is original with v.i.n. tags intact. NO RUST on the car what so ever! Car has one very small crease just at the corner below the right rear tail light. I am including a picture but you really have to look for it. It measures about 1.5 inches in length.

Interior: Gray leather that is in great original condition. Recent Leatherique treatment and minor bolster wear, perfect carpets throughout with recently added new OEM mats. Perfect headliner.
Perfect glass and trim
All electrical systems work as they should.
Car is completely stock (except Pioneer radio/CD). Working OEM radio with code cards included.
Relatively new Yokohama Avid V4 tires on wheels. (2) with minor rash.
Clear CA title with ’88 plates, Complete service history from new and clean Carfax
70,020 California miles
No leaks or smoke, runs perfectly. New A/C compressor and charged. Works perfectly and blows very cold.
All manuals and tools included along with original keys.

It looks like e30 M3 fanatics are alive and well with the bidding getting this high so quickly. The only bargains left have to be the ones that are traded privately because the it seems like good, solid cars like this are always (in my opinion) absurdly priced publicly.

dc

Expensive 1972 Opel GT on eBay


$19,500 is pretty steep for an Opel GT. Even if it is a well restored 32,000 mile one. There are plenty of these out there in various conditions. These little Corvettes are good lookers.

The optional 1.9 liter engine put out enough to make the car fun. The roll around headlights aren’t prone to electrical failure of so many other cars with pop-up headlights because they are manually operated. Be careful not to confuse the Opel with a Saab Sonett.

If you are to believe the German advertisement for the Opel, the GT isn’t for everyone.

~Evan

Alpina B6 e21 For Sale in Georgia

Here is one of the more affordable stateside, early Alpina’s we’ve featured. A BMW e21 platform Alpina B6! This one has a 3.5L big six swapped in, but comes with the matching numbers Alpina engine as well.

Check it out on Atlanta Craigslist for $9000:

quote from the seller’s Craigslist post:

Alpina B6, all the right sounds – 3.5big six, close ratio 5 speed, 3.91 limited slip gear. Not fast but quick! Numbers matching Alpina motor comes with the car. Daily driver but has not seen rain in at least 10 years. 3 small spotrust spots (very small!). Alpina vin 6549828 Alpina B6 #89. Rare and fun!

According to the entry on the Unofficial Alpina Pages, the B6 had a massaged 2.8L originally that produced the same horsepower as the motor that now sits in this car. While it’s probably a touch heavier, it’s a period correct alternative that makes sense, and the added torque probably more than makes up for the weight.

Seems like a cool and easily attainable entry into genuine Alpina ownership!

dc

1983 Hartge H3 e30 For Sale in Washington

I’ve always been a sucker for BMW e30’s. They’re great little enthusiast machines with light weight, willing engines, solid handling, and rear wheel drive. Classic BMW formula for sure! The pick of the litter is the M3 of course, followed by the 325is model. But what if you wanted something in-between and even more rare than the M? Check out this 1983 Hartge H3 on Seattle Craigslist for $10k:

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quote from the Craiglist post:

[…]
The car is one of the 5 H23s imported through Performance Plus in Florida during the 80s. It is the only Hartge they imported in Burgundrot Metallic. Out of the 5 that came in, I can only guess how many are still around. I hear there is another in San Diego. Scott Epstein formerly of Performance Plus was able to verify that my VIN was in fact one of theirs and also provided me pictures of the car when it was brand new.

The car was ordered with just about all of the Hartge options.

– Hartge cylinder head and valve cover
– Hartge header and exhaust
– Hartge Oil Cooler
– Hartge suspension including sway bars and strut braces
– Hartge long range fuel tank in the trunk
– Hartge steering wheel, shift knob, extra guage cluster
– Hartge Mono Wiper
– Hartge Valance, rear skirts and decklid spoiler

The car has 171,000 miles on it. It runs very well. I wouldn’t hesitate to drive it anywhere. Over the last year I sourced Hartge sideskirts and 15″ wheels from the wonderful BMW community. They aren’t correct for an 83 but they look great. The originally came with BBS RAs and no skirts. The car received a nice complete respray a few months ago as well. Glasurit was used all the way from primer to clear. I also swapped out the very tired tan cloth interior for a beautiful grey cloth interior out of a Baur. I still have the original Recaro seats as well.
[…]

Considering clean and well looked after 325is models can fetch something in the neighborhood of $7-9k (if you can find one!) and M3 models often hover in the $20k range, this very rare and exclusive gray market import looks pretty fetching at $10k, even with 170k+ miles. Throw on these 3 piece Hartge rims and really look the business!

I had trouble finding information on the e30 H3 model. Can anyone provide any details about this model in the comments?

dc

1985 930 & 1995 993 RUF BTR Porsche

Here are a pair of different generation RUF BTR models. We’ve had a BTR on this blog before, but who doesn’t love the high power, low weight combo these cars provide?


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This is a collector opportunity with so little miles. You would like to image that the low miles would indicate a low likelihood of abuse. The car looks clean. The seller says he is the second owner and that he has all service, shipping, and original order documentation, which is nice. Car is up at $53,000 reserve not met.
From the seller the car includes:

* RUF BTR Engine Conversion
* 3.4 Liter Displacement
* RUF group “B” cams
* Twin intercooler conversion
* Tuned equal length stainless steel exhaust
* K-27 Turbocharger
* RUF 4-pipe turbomuffler
* Adjustable boost
* Ported & Polished heads with twin plug ignition
* RUF BTR suspension
* 10 speaker Nakamichi Stero with 480 watts of output
* RUF Speedline wheels (the real ones from Italy and not the Avus ones)
* RUF badges and steering wheels and RUF guages.


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Ok, so calling a BTR custom is kind of redundant since most RUF cars are done to some sort of owner specs. This one however has some additional modifications that set it apart. First off this particular car was featured in Car and Driver magazine in May 1997. It also has some unique options from the factory, sunroof and rear seat delete. Post RUF conversion the owner added some interior treatments and Porsche Bi-Xenon headlights. The is being sold by RUF Auto Centre in Dallas, the ask is $89,900. They say they just finished a complete engine rebuild on the car.
From the seller the car includes:

* RUF BTR Engine Conversion
* RUF Tranmission upgrade
* RUF Coil Over Suspension
* RUF Brake Upgrade
* RUF 18″ Wheels
* RUF Strut Tower Brace
* RUF Pedal Set
* RUF Steering Wheel
* RUF Shift Knob
* RUF Door Sills
* Leather Covered Roll Bar

Maybe not a good bang for the buck ratio here, but certainly a ton of fun if you can afford it. The price is more reasonable if you aspire for the rarer things in life.

~Evan

1991 Mercedes SL500 low mileage fair priced

You know how much I like it when sellers take a gamble and put up a vehicle for auction at a low or reasonable opening price and stay away from placing a reserve. When an ad like that goes on eBay and is away from the hype of a major Barrett-Jackson style event you really can peer into what fair market price is like. This is even more the case when the same car gets listed twice in a short period of time.

This nice blacked out Benz has only 36k miles, peanuts for the venerable 5 liter Mercedes engine. The black out trim and lights looks pretty decent on this. The treatment isn’t really complete, if it was triple black with all black interior and black rims it would look even better. It has some interior custom bits too. If I was the buyer I’d keep the hardtop on, the look is much nicer. I’ve always thought Mercedes did a better job than BMW 3 series in terms of the looks of a removable hardtop on convertibles. You have four different options here, hardtop, softop, neither with, or without roll bar.
Someone might get a deal here unless two crazed bidders get into a battle. The car “sold” last month for $9606. If anyone noticed this it should make the price a bit lower this time around as you always wonder why it is being relisted.

From the seller:

This is an ultra clean 500 SL. It has all original paint that is in excellent condition and is the beautiful color of Jet Black. The original paint has a beautiful luster and in great condition. The added AMG styling package is the only thing that has been painted on the car. It has a perfect, clean Car Fax and has never been in a accident. The original black soft top is perfect including the original hardtop which is also in excellent condition. It is sitting on a amazing looking set of 19″ staggered custom wheels with like new tires which gives this Benz a very aggressive look. This car is a true unmolested beauty!

Good looking car at a fraction of its new price.

~Evan

Looking for a Porsche 944 Turbo S For Sale?

Richard left a message that he was looking for a pristine 944 Turbo S for sale, and I’ve found a couple that might be worth taking a look at that are available right now!

Porsche 944 Turbo S Silver Rose For Sale

Limited Edition – Silver Rose
Low Production Count ( 500 Silver Rose )
Fastest – This was produced with the Turbo CUP Specification
Low Miliage – 51076
Garage kept (with cover)
Unique Interior – most are leather – this is Plaid Cloth.
Only mod I know about is the race suspension which makes it a little lower and tighter than stock.
Fire Extinguisher – added
Very thick custom car cover included.
Tires – like new. About 2k miles on it.
Engine – Strong and fast. Runs Perfect.
Drives solid. No rattles


A rare 1988 Porsche 944 (951S) Turbo S on Craigslist South Florida for $16500

1988 Porsche 944 Turbo For Sale in South Florida

The mileage is 86,600 original miles, exterior is black and interior is beige. I have all the original maintenance receipts from certified Porsche shops. The car has been garaged all of its life so the original paint is immaculate. I purchased the car from the original owner and have all of the books, records and the original window sticker.


Hope that helps Richard. Take care,

dc