Widebody 1981 BMW M1 for sale

We listed this car almost exactly one year ago and it is still up for sale. The BMW M1 is such a magnificent anomaly.  Never before, nor since, has BMW made a mid-engined supercar (in fact, how many have come out of Germany period?), but when they did, they did it right.  Sharp and exotic, it still looks irrefutably German, especially in white like our example today.  It just sweats engineering excellence and Teutonic rightness, as though Kraftwerk is the only music the Blaupunkt is capable of playing.  And while it’s held in high regard on its own merits, perhaps the M1’s greatest legacy is the fantastic inline-6 it later passed on to the E24 M6 and first two M5s.  Today’s example is extra special with the Procar bodykit, mimicking the aggressive, flared look of the M1 race series and installed by none other than AC Schnitzer.

The clean white with black accents emphasizes the Germanness of this beefed-up M1.  With about 23k miles, it’s a beautiful car with “no known issues.”  It’s not perfect; the headers are very patina’d and the original paint doesn’t sparkle, but that’s ok.  I kind of like that this is a badass time machine that doesn’t look like it has to sit in a showroom for the rest of its life.  The $135,000 asking price is steep, but this is a rarity of a rarity and one of just 456.  German exoticar pr0n, widebody M1 is thy name.

-NR

Supercharged 1997 BMW 318ti for sale

I don’t think I’m alone in saying that I’ve never given the BMW E36/5 318ti a second glance, let alone any respect.  Kind of the predecessor to the 1-series, it was BMW’s unique (eschewing more common derisive descriptors) rear-wheel drive compact, the only of its genre in North America.  MSRP’d below $20k, it was definitely an economy-BMW, and this association along with it’s slightly awkward profile kept it from being taken very seriously and it never sold well.

Today, however, I found one on Craigslist that has me questioning my dismissal of the baby Bimmer.

Supercharged 1997 BMW 318ti for sale on Craigslist

Not only does this beautiful white 1997 version have the sport package, it’s been upgraded with a very clean Eaton supercharger installation.  That has to make some positive steps towards discarding the frumpy reputation, as well as the M3-style front fascia and the very, very well-chosen 17-inch BBS RKs.  The M-accented cloth seats are decidedly 90s, but that’s ok and the rest of the interior is clean and sporty.  The proportions will always be funky on this car, but the aforementioned upgrades along with a trunklid spoiler and M3 mirrors really suit it and make you think how tossable that short wheelbase must be.  For sale just under $9k, 165k miles seems like a bit, especially with a boosted engine.  That said, it looks extremely well cared-for, and is probably a ton of fun for under ten grand.

For the first time, I’m finding myself giving a 318ti a long, desirous look.

-NR

1997 Mercedes SL74 Renntech Monster 17k miles

While Mercedes and its associated high end tuners went through a stage recently of getting huge horsepower numbers from supercharged and turbo cars, there is something to be said for pure normally aspirated big block power. This Renntech modified SL74 epitomizes that philosophy. The stock 6.0 liter 48 valve V-12 engine has been bumped out to 452 cubic inches and is generating 575 horsepower and 600 lb. ft. of torque. The power is mated to a five speed automatic that has been beefed up to handle the power. Worked over intake, uprated suspension and cooling systems, 14″ Alcon brakes, 18” OZ Racing wheels( 18” x 11.5” out back), and AMG bodyparts. Plus you get all the luxury interior components you would expect from a top of the line Benz of that era. The seller says he whole package cost $90,000 from Renntech when it was new.
All that huge no lag power must be an real blast. The car is hardly broken in with only 17,000 miles. The car looks like it came from Canada since I see Manitoba plates in one of the photos. For $79,000 you can go pick this car up in Dallas Texas and have a fun comfortable ride home anywhere in the country.
Lots more pictures and description from the seller are on his site.

1997 Mercedes SL74 for sale on private site

Also on Dallas Craigslist

~Evan

1987 Mercedes 190E 2.3-16 Valve

Another Mercedes Cosworth special is up for sale. This black one has 79,089 miles and looks good.
This one has all original body panels and paint, but also has a lot of aftermarket additions. The seller also says they have all the original parts that were removed to make the performance updates possible.
Some of the upgrades to note are the Remus exhaust and the H&R suspension setup. Also some cosmetic upgrades to spruce up the look. The seller includes a ton of photos and a video of his car.
The dog leg shifter shows the signs of lots of fun use it surley is a blast to row through the gears on this car. As the seller notes it is too bad about the cupholders being drilled into the doors, but that is not really a huge deal. The seller clearly shows all the little scuffs and dings, which aren’t major at all. It is very satisfying to see such a complete honest advertisement that appears to leave no stone uncovered. It would be nice to try and get a set of fog lights that fit a little more flush than the ones that have been added, but again if these are the only two things detrimental to the car then a new buyer will be thrilled. You can see that the hood insulation has been pulled off. It is not uncommon on Benzs for that stuff to degrade and get pulled. It actually can make the engine run cooler with it gone. The hood could use some high temp matte black paint on the underside to clean it up. With the 190E hood being able to open 90 degrees it should be no problem to paint without having to remove.
I suspect the reserve is quite high for this auction it will be interesting to see how the pricing compares to a similar era BMW E30 M3. These are great cars and this one looks to be a well represented driver.

~Evan

1973 BMW 3.0 CSL looking fine in silver

What an outstanding looking car. The BMW 3.0 CSL is a fantastic looker. The M Division set the tone for all future M cars with this and they sure started out on the right foot. When I think about the racing versions of this era CSL it conjures up the big bat wings and the pounding sound from the 400 horsepower six. There are still several genuine CSL race cars that make appearances at vintage festivals and they are a sight to behold.

This is not a racing model so you don’t have the huge horsepower engine, but you do have a car that weighs significantly under 3000 pounds with a plenty powerful engine. This car has the aerodynamic parts, wing and air dam, that really make the E9 look more purposeful over the standard chrome front bumper.

The seller lists the car as “basically a barn find” saying it sat for 20 years and then was restored in 2008. The mileage is listed as 5,359, which I suspect is since the restoration. With a car this valuable I’d want to know a bit more about the history and previous ownership. The car has a salvage title because of an accident. Which appears to have been fixed well. Normally just body damage on a single quarter panel isn’t going to get a car a salvage title, but who knows. I’d want to take a good look under the car to be sure there isn’t any weakened metal.

This car has had a 5-speed fitted for extra driver entertainment. The interior looks as spectacular as the outside. The cockpit with the clear VDO gauges is a classic look.

The underside looks like it has hardly seen anything, but clear dry asphalt.

Because of the modifications, restoration, accident, etc. this is not going to be a museum car. It is still a valuable and rare car, but one you don’t have to be quite as worried about driving around fearful of every pebble that comes your way.
The silver color has to be a selling point, German cars look great in silver. This one sure is pretty. Bidding is already getting close to $50,000. You can learn more about the E9 CSL and check out the owner registry at the BMW M Registry website.


~Evan

1973 BMW 3.0CSi E34 M5 Powered & 1970 3.0CSi

This post is for reader Bob trying to find a dream fjord blue 3.0CSi, this isn’t the one, but it is interesting.
This BMW was rebuilt when it had 89,000 miles and it had an M5 engine fitted. Since the rebuild it has gone another 12,000 miles. The engine looks like it was worked over a bit as it has a Shrick cam added. Inside there is a lot of electronics that you wouldn’t find in this car originally. With the new engine though the car lost its collectible value so why not fix up the ICE to your liking. What is not understandable at all is the insane, stupid, and frankly asinine ask price of $100,000. You have to be kidding. I almost didn’t post this because sellers that put on prices that are double, triple, or even quadruple what the car is actually worth are one of the banes of the classic car business.

1973 BMW 3,0CSi on Hemmings

For those of you looking for more reasonable sales check out this 1970 3.0 CSi for sale in Milwaukee. The seller doesn’t say much about the car. The one shot of the interior looks pretty nice. If the car was from the west coast, as the seller suggests, it could be rust free. The seller says low miles and is asking only $4,000. Someone local should check this one out and get the full story.

1970 BMW 3.0 CSi for sale on Craigslist

Low-mile White/Black Diesel/Gas Caddies for sale

As I’ve mentioned before, my first car was a white caddy.  It was an awesome little car, light enough to be fun, plenty weird, and irrefutably German.  Mine had a later 2.0, but these two options on eBay right now have very different motors but are each uniquely desirable.

The first is a very clean white diesel LX.  Mechanically, if you’re looking for an efficient and utilitarian car with personality, this is the one.  A Euro-market 1.6l diesel with just 60k miles and Jetta 5-speed gearbox highlight the restoration, along with a clean paint job.  I could do without the wheels, but this is a great (if plain) Caddy.

Next up we have something a little more fancy.  This black 1981 Sportruck is a little more Dubby, blacked out with quad rounds, lowered on some prettier 5-spokes, and supplemented with just about 16v-Scirocco everything.  It’s been thoroughly gone through top to bottom and is more show car than econo-commuter, but would still be a great little driver. Would have been nice if he provided more than thumbnails, though.

The diesels definitely command a premium these days, and this restored white LX is reserve-not-met at $5,600 with less than a day left.  The black one is just r-n-m at just over $2k, but should go up a bit in the 3 days it has left.  If it could be had for $5k or less, it would be a great purchase, and is probably the one I’d rather have.

-NR

1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 4.5

There’s been a surprising lack of W108/W109 S class Mercedes-Benzes on this site lately, so I decided to search for a clean, affordable example. The car we see here, a short wheelbase W108 is an interesting mix of the classic and modern. Classic in the vehicle’s appearance and modern in what’s under the hood. The 4.5 signified the arrival of the new M117 SOHC V8 that would go on to power a generation of S and SL models. Offered only in the USA, as opposed the 3.5 liter, M116 version.

While prices of the coupes and cabriolets have skyrocketed, sedans have stayed reasonable. Clean, unmolested examples are plentiful for under $15,000. Here is a nice one located up in Massachusetts:

The 280 is a magnificent looking car. This example of the 280 SE is in very good condition having been cared for over the years. The big 4.5 Liter V8 engine has hardly seen much action having run an average 2-3K miles per year since being put into service. This car with 78,000 original miles will put a smile on your face as soon as you sit in it. Runs perfectly, needs some minor cosmetic fixes and the AC needs to be charged or converted.

If I had the space, I’d love to have one of these old S classes in my stable. I remember being at a Mercedes-Benz club meet at MB Headquarters in New Jersey and a guy from Maine had an impeccable 1967 250S sedan with a four speed manual on the floor in a stunning non-metallic gray with red interior. I would have given anything just to take it out for a test drive. It brings back memories of my grandfather’s 1971 280SE and my dad’s 1967 230S fintail. These are timeless cars that are amazingly modern and are the epitome of the “practical classic” genre.

-Paul

Euro 1987 Alpina B6 2.7 for sale

I give the E30 M3 a lot of love for many reasons.  Foremost, it’s my Eleanor, the perfect car that I’d give up all others for.  Its racing pedigree and gorgeous homologated shape only add to that desire.  But I think one thing that allows the M3 to be held in such exceptional regard is that it’s based off the quintessential, and thus ubiquitous, cheap German sports car, the BMW 3-series.  The fact that E30 318s and 325s are such regulars in beater race series like 24 Hours of Lemons and Chumpcar highlights their quick, cheap, and omnipresent nature.  The fact that the M3 explodes all of the good things about the E30 and is so hard to get ahold of leaves it on a misty pedestal while the lesser E30s pass as mundane.

Automobiles such as this Alpina B6 can distract some 3-series attention from the M3.  From the same North Wales seller as the B9 3.5 Coupe recently featured, this 2.7L sedan puts out more power than an M3 and has it’s own eye-catching styling.

The car looks to be in great shape and has covered just over 80k miles.  The silver Alpina stripes look absolutely awesome on Alpinweiss, and if you’ve read this site much, you know how I feel about those wheels (lust).  I also like the fact that it’s a 4-door.  The massive front spoiler looks like it could use some support via some other body pieces on the sides and back, but the railroad look is cool in its own way, and I love the old black lip spoiler out back.  The seller says it’s quicker than an M3, which it may be in a straight line but I doubt it can match the M3’s homologated suspension bits in the twisties.  Even if the seller is to be believed, the $12.5k Buy-it-Now price is fast approaching M3 territory, to say nothing of the importation worries.  Enticing, but my money would still be drawn to the boxed fenders before the train scoop.

-NR

High-mile, well-maintained E30 M3 for sale

Another rare, attractively-priced E30 M3 has come up on eBay that could give someone the chance to fulfill their dreams without destroying their bank account.  We’ve seen examples go north of $30k, with the majority of the market in the mid-teens these days.  High-mileage M3s have become the last affordable way to get in the ultimate homologated BMW sports car, and this one comes in decent condition considering it’s covered 190k miles.

The mileage means it’s going to need a bit of work, but getting an M3 for under $10k is practically grand theft auto these days.  The engine looks very clean considering the mileage and age, and the interior and exterior each have highs and lows.  The Cinnabar Red looks pretty good though the front fascia has seen a lot of road.  The seats have normal E30 wear but aren’t falling apart, and the rest of the front interior looks pristine.  With less than day left and reserve off, the bidding is at $7,900.  If people say you have to spend $15k to get a nice M3, this one will give you plenty of breathing room to make it gorgeous.

-NR