As promised I am keeping with our theme of looking for E39 BMW M5s this week. I was looking around for an E39 to fill the slot of worst modified, but Ben claimed the same car I was going to talk about before me. You’ll see it tomorrow.
So I decided to make an attempt at the low mileage category with this nice 23,000 mile example.
Being a 2000 it is an early example of the E39 M5. With such low miles the car has hardly been broken in. The driver seat even looks almost new. Very pretty in silver, this unmolested original, will make someone a great driver for years to come. The crisp lines are satisfying just to look at and the bit of window tint adds a touch more sleekness.
Any ideas on what it will be bid up to? A premium will be paid for sure for this kind of mileage. Buyers be ware as the seller has low feedback.
This week we’re taking a moment to begin introducing theme weeks to the blog, and to get us started we’re featuring the fabulous e39 M5. These cars represent amazing value and have a proud place in the M5 lineage. We’ll include more information on the special features of this car as the week progresses.
Tonight we begin with a note I received from a friend of the site, Brooks from the M5 Video Guide, who wrote:
Unfortunately one of the M5 Video Guide customers recently lost his silver E39 M5 in a winter weather related car accident. The good news is that no one was injured, but sadly the car is a write-off.
He would like to purchase another E39 M5 and is willing to pay top dollar. His preference would be a 2003 M5 in either Carbon Black, Jet Black or LeMans Blue.
His request was very timely and fits nicely with our inauguration of the e39 M5 Theme Week. And with a generous budget, me and the guys got to work! Here are our picks:
The first is this stunning 03 M5 in Carbon Black on gorgeous Nappa Heritage Caramel leather. In addition to a low 40k miles, this car has tasteful Dinan upgrades and enthusiast ownership history. Check it out on Autotrader for $33k in Houston.
Another 03 in Carbon Black, but this one has the extended black leather package. Similar miles at 43k, reported all dealer service with records, and no mods except Dinan software and iPod controller. This lovely example is in Seattle on Autotrader for $29k.
Well I hope one of these work because after posting them all up, I’m more than a little worked up for e39 Theme Week. I mean even the most expensive one of the bunch is half of the original sticker price and these have all the bugs worked out and are ready to run.
The 560SEC was not a common car to begin with, as just a little over 5,000 were produced for the 1989 model year. In total, during its entire production run, almost 29,000 were produced. Considering Toyota makes over 400,000 Camrys a year, this kind of gives you a perspective on just how rare these W126 coupes are. Finding a clean one these days proves to be quite a challenge, however, there are still some out there. Take for instance this example, which has evaded the harsh Northeast climate, advertised in Hemmings Motor News:
1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC, Desert Taupe mettallic / Creme beige leather. FLAWLESS, only 48,000 documented miles. Spectacular original paint, clearcoat, glass. Impeccable interior, carpet, wood trim. Fully sorted by obsessive owner and his German born Mercedes (only) mechanic. NEW: A/C compressor, condenser (conversion to R134), water pump, valve cover gasket, brakes (rotors & pads), wheel bearings, tires, alignment, sway bar linkage, window regulators, steering shock, headrest guides. All electronics work perfectly including orginal Becker radio, sunroof, seatbelt extenders, antenna. Remote locking, alarm, 6 disc CD changer. Beautiful!
I haven’t seen one of these for sale with under 50,000 miles for a while, so $22,900 seems pretty fair, especially if it as well documented as the seller describes. This is a lot of car for the money, especially considering this was the most expensive Mercedes-Benz for sale in 1989.
Here is an interesting Porsche 911. A 1976 with a 993 turbo body kit and a built 350 Chevy stuffed in the back. Perhaps stuffed is not the right word as it doesn’t do justice to the amount of quality work that appears on this vehicle. Judging from the description the seller seems to be a straight shooter, which I like to see in car listings.
This car has a lot of time and parts put into it. The list of modifications is well done, purposeful, without being over the top. The seller claims there is 243 hours worth of work in the paint and body work alone. With 350+ horsepower and weighing only 2550 pounds it is good thing it has a full cage.
This car does look like serious fun and it will be one of a kind.
Here is the list of equipment:
Body: European 993 Turbo S body kit. Correct details down to the left hand wiper conversion. Need I say more?
Electrical: Early Porsches are not known for electrical engineering excellence. That is why I rewired the whole car with a modern Painless Performance racing fuse block using standard ATC type fuses. Everything is fused and I have even installed a Flaming River cut-off switch. Don’t forget the aircraft style starter switch…nothing but the best.
Interior: The interior was stripped down to bare metal (floor pans were perfect) and then sealed with a truck bed liner. Lightweight custom aircraft grade door panels covered in black leather with “Porsche” embossed. Did I mention the guy who has done interiors for Jay Leno did this interior? Race seats, 5-point harnesses, SCCA roll cage, and RS style pulls is just the start.
Stereo: You should be listening to the glorious sounds of V8 torque behind you. If not, a Sony CD player with auxillary input (think IPOD, or SAT radio) with 280 watts should suffice.
Engine: Race bred Corvette 350 V8 with a healthy cam. Blueprinted, balanced, forged crankshaft & connecting rods, and even painted to match the car. MSD racing ignition system, rev limiter, FlowMaster 40’s, Custom headers, everything Jet Hot coated to the tips in chrome.
Drivetrain: This is what separates the men from the boys. I have a Renegade Hybrids 915 racing 5-speed transmission with the sought after 8:31 ring and pinion. But wait, it gets better… It is a true MAGNESIUM cased tranny with solid Billet inserts and modifications. Only 100 pounds dry! (I know, I shipped it out Fed Ex) The engine is only running 350+ HP and 375+ Torque. This tranny is built to take 450 HP+. Extra tall 1st and 5th gears, 930 bearings, and 930 diff. cover. It has been purpose built from the start with one thing in mind: put the horsies to the pavement! Wevo short shift kit, Redline Fluid and topped off with a chrome Porsche shift knob.
Clutch you ask? Why sure – it is a KEVLAR clutch and custom pressure plate. Why Kevlar? It simply is the best. It takes a long time to break in (500 miles) and must be done carefully. Trust me, after the coin I dropped, it was broken in by the book and you will enjoy my restraint for years to come.
How do you stop such a beast? I was hoping you would ask. I installed a complete Boxer Motorsports racing brake kit. This is often referred to a “Big Red” brake kit. The rotors and pads are actually common racing “Outlaw” and “Hawk” parts – easily sourced, if needed. I also rebuilt the master cylinder and upgraded to stainless steel brake lines. It wouldn’t be complete without the ATE Super Blue racing fluid. I was convince I would need a brake “bias adjuster” to properly set up my car. However, the system was so perfect right out of the box that it was not needed. During the prescribed break-in ritual for the brakes, I performed numerous hard stops, terrified my neighbors, and then returned home to shoot rotor temps with a laser thermometer – 250 degrees. They were not even breaking a sweat. The brakes are simply one of the most gratifying aspects of this car.
Suspension: Since the V8 is actually 50 POUNDS LIGHTER than a 930 turbo motor, I was forced to modify the suspension. The 30mm hollow core racing torsion bars held the car too high. Solution = more racing components. Each corner of the car is fully adjustable. It is currently set at 20% lower than European ride height. Did I mention the car only weighs 2550 pounds? It has the power to weight ratio of a rocket. All new polygraphite bushings, tie rods, ball joints, front strut brace, bump steer kit as well as any other component that can be replaced. The Porsche dealer then spent SIX hours aligning the car to my specs – and I was there the whole time. The car handles absolutely fantastic with instant feedback. Want to hang the tail out – no problem. Flip the car around a corner – yes. It stays flat, level, and begs for more. You will become a better driver just by testing this car.
Wheels & Tires: The wheels and tires you see are BRAND NEW with ZERO miles. I had some comments on my old wheels (see video link). To show everyone that this is truly a “no holds barred, cost no object project” I bought all new 19″ rims AND tires. They are mounted, balanced, and FILLED WITH NITROGEN. The STICKERS ARE STILL ON THEM…for now. I may take the car out and put a few miles on them. However, I have averaged less than 500 miles a year, so don’t expect many miles, if any.
Protection: Ah yes, you want to come back to the car where you parked it. No worries here – there is a fully functioning FM remote paging alarm with a ridiculous range and a full vehicle display.
The seller even includes a video of the car so you can hear it fire up. The idle is pretty lumpy you can tell it has a hot cam.
The seller is looking for $45,000 plus, and I find this hilarious, a 12 pack of Rolling Rock “to help drown my sorrows when you peel out of my driveway and I never see her again!”
Flying the Gulf colors, this vintage racer’s paint almost looks too clean to take to the track.
The car comes with known history back to 1965 and $136,000 in receipts. The blueprinted engine has less than an hour on its current build. The Solex carbs and JE pistons setup has the engine bumping out 171 horsepower.
As the owner says, with all the history the car has racing it should be well sorted and the documentation should help keep that way.
I am a long time Scirocco nut. I had a ratty 77 that I beat up thoroughly in high school (class of 92). It took tons of abuse, but the willing little 4 cylinder and light weigh was a lot of fun for a kid my age to be driving back then. But my car was a heap compared to the MKII a friend’s older brother owned. It was black with black striped interior. And it was lowered on Momo rims, low profile tires (when 50 series was considered low profile!), an Alpine CD player and huge subwoofer in the back. It was one of the nicest modified cars at our school without a doubt. I even remember my Dad, who frowned on modified cars typically, remark, “That is a beautiful car. A high school kid owns it?!”
Seeing how nicely preserved this car is reminds me of that MKII from high school. The black on black is of course very familiar (though his seats were no where near as awesome as these leather ones!), but also because you just don’t see well preserved Scirocco’s anymore. Anywhere! And with only 4700 miles, this one takes the term survivor to extremes under the circumstances. These were all passed through the hands of high school kids, several times over, and each one wanted to modify it — ultimately killing most of them.
Check out this
quote from the eBay listing:
INCREDIBLE survivor – totally original and un-molested with only 4700 miles – absolute time warp car!!!
Original 1983 1/2 Wolfsburg Edition Scirocco with 4700 original miles. Quite possibly the finest example anywhere!
The car was purchased new in July of 1983, driven very little, and then stored for the majority of the past 26 1/2 years. The mechanic for the owner took care of and stored the car for the majority of this time up until about one year ago. The first owner had the euro headlights installed at the dealer. At some point in 1985 the GTI snowflake rims with their original set of Pirelli P6’s were put on. It also appears as if the original factory OE radio was replaced with an OE BMW factory radio out of an 83 320i. I am including an original used Heidelburg radio with the car. The orig factory 13″ rims are available with the car along with the original window sticker, factory manuals and all the OE literature on the BMW radio along with its security code & the factory OE headlights.
The car is a literal “all” orig in every way, time warp. Never hit or damaged, never repainted anywhere. The only flaw is on the right side of the hood near the windshield where something hit it and left about a one inch crack in the paint. The leather interior, headliner, and carpet are in incredible condition and still smell like a new car. No cracks or fading whatsover. The dash, door panels, headliner, every inch of rubber on the door seals are impeccable in every way.
The last Scirocco I saw in person that was this nice was Josh’s 84 that we posted here last year. That was a really fine example. This is ridiculous. And I know not everyone reading this is going to believe it, but there are 19 bids on this car totaling $8600 — and the reserve isn’t met with 2 days remaining! Clearly there are some collectors out there who remember the car as fondly as I do; not to mention an owner who isn’t letting this one go easy!
Hooniverse led me to this eBay ad, selling a 1984 533i with a Dinan turbo system.Â I love E28s with their could-only-come-from-the-80s styling.Â Whether itâ€™s the best looking 5 series is a matter of personal preference, but the negative rake on the front and rear and the pronounced Hofmeister kink reek of good times with 80s junk bond money and listening to Genesis.Â I canâ€™t quite wrap my head around the Dinan work on this oneâ€¦ 400 hp out of a 533i?Â Terrifying.Â The bonus here is that if you bump into something, it comes with a running parts car!Â I like the 535is a lot with its M5ish body kit, and free is a great price, even if it has an automatic.
The Dinan car looks to be in good condition inside and out, though the body kit from the 535is/M5 would make it much sexier without losing much of its sleeper status.Â The engine bay is amazingly clean, though 183k miles on a turbo engine, even the solid M30, is a lot.Â Â The 535is looks fine if a little rough, also having worked its way pretty far up the odometer.
This is not going to be a work-free purchase.Â That doesnâ€™t mean itâ€™s a bad one; if youâ€™re prepared/experienced for some E28 maintenance, this could be an awesome find.Â I canâ€™t help thinking the Dinan car would be better served if it were advertised by itself, as I spent more time confused by the weird 2-for-1 deal than in awe of a 400hp E28.Â Also weird, though cool, is the option to choose what wheels come on the cars (go for the BBSs!).Â Weirdness aside, theyâ€™re cool cars that could give someone a fun time, though they sit on eBay at $8,000 at time of writing with no bids and 2 days remaining.
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Ben and Evan have sourced a few interesting BMW 2002s in the past few days and adding on to those, I have come across a strikingly original 1972 BMW 2002tii.
Short description from the seller:
Original California car with same owner for 25 years(with records). Rare Tii with working AC and Sunroof. White with original tan interior. Very good condition inside and out. Some small splits on dash and driver seat. Upgraded 5 speed tranny. Great running car!
While restored 2002tii’s are bringing well over $20,000 these days, this is a pretty honest original that, with a little bit of tidying up, could serve either as a daily driver or for weekend amusement. This particular example is made more desirable by the slim bumpers and round taillights, both hallmarks of early 2002s. It should be noted that the original color of this vehicle was not white, but Tundra, as witnessed by the color tag right above the build plate. This is evidenced most clearly by the picture taken of the engine bay.
The holy grail.Â As far as epic German cars go, few exceed the desirability of the E30 M3.Â If you need to know why, please ask, but Iâ€™m guessing most of the readers here need no further introduction to my favorite car, so Iâ€™ll let the pictures do the talking for now.
Iâ€™ve seen this exact M3 on eBay before, and while it’s not some racer/tuner/showcar, I like it a lot (perhaps because it seems like such a driver).Â M3s look good in any color, but I like them in the classic German racing white.Â 146k miles is ok but not great, as Iâ€™ve heard E30 M3s with more than 100k are asking for some serious service.Â This one looks well taken care of though, with a lot of thorough mechanical attention and upgrades.Â Apparently it needs a cat before itâ€™s CA legal, but if youâ€™re in a state with less stringent emissions standards (read: all of them), leaving the header-back exhaust is probably a good and loud option.Â Of note is the price: Â people go on and on about E30 M3s going for $20k and up, but perhaps this $12.5k Buy-It-Now represents a softening in the market.Â Soft or not, these cars are established collectors items and this is a killer deal on the best car ever.
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