1984 BMW 323i Pickup

There really isn’t much to say about this eBay oddity, other than it has to be overpriced.

The seller says:

Only 2 cars were authorized by BMW to be custom modified to pick up version.

I’d like to know more about what exactly that means. I’m not sure I can see the fine folks in Bavaria back in 1984 thinking “You know Rolf we really need to compete with the Subaru BRAT segment”.

1984 BMW 323i Pickup

It has some nice goodies from Hartge and Schrick, but I really can’t explain what they were going for with that paint job.

If this can really be documented as a factory BMW project its rarity might give it some added collector value. It is going to take a special someone to want to take this one home at $25k. Besides, I know Mercedes already locked up the German El Camino (or would that be Die Straße) bragging rights. Below photo from my archives.

Mercedes W116 Pickup

~Evan

1987 Mercedes 300 Wagon with AMG 6.0 litre twin cam motor

There are several Mercedes 300 Wagons in our neighborhood. I often think that if I had one I’d want to lower it an inch, put on period AMG monoblock rims, color match the lower panels, and upgrade to European spec headlights — which would make for a great family ride.

But this 300 wagon takes it to another level. It has the AMG 6L motor, 3 piece rims, and very rare body kit, to name a few of the tasteful and rare upgrades. Here is the majority of the seller’s listing from the eBay ad for this 300 AMG Wagon:

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quote from seller’s listing:

987 Mercedes 300 Wagon with AMG 6.0 litre twin cam motor, complete AMG car in excellent condition. I have owned this car for 13 years, originally from Canada a built for Mr Feingold I aquired the car through Renntech from Hartmuth, the car was in for a major service and Mr. Feingold decided to sell me the car after a $17000 complete service.

The exterior of the car is finished in a blue similar to Ferraris Tour de France, it has a complete AMG body kit including the 3 pc AMG wheels color keyed to the body, these wheels were recently refinished and sits on new Pirelli tires, Complete amg Mods, suspension, Exhaust, header, adj transmission, it is a real 6.0 motor and has had all services to date it runs outstanding has 44,000 kil. it has the 320 AMG speedo. The car has never sustained any damage, the paint is excellent with the acception of the front spoiler that has some minor rashing at the bottom corner, the front spoiler has air intakes for the cooling of the front brakes, it has never been tracked or abused I use the car once in a while when I need to take the kids somewhere and I need the seating for 7 it has the rear folding seat.

The interior is gray leather in excellent shape no dye work, suede dash, orthopedic driver and passenger seats, carpet not stained and door panels not cracked, and upgraded stereo with XM and I pod connection in the glove box, front and rear hidden K40 radar.

The car runs outstanding recent AC upgrade, Aligned and balanced, A real piece of AMG history

The starting bid for this car is $25000.

Many thanks to Ali for tipping us of to this great car!

If you have a suggestion for us, please email me: dan@motoringblogs.com

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4 BMW M1s for the 4th of July

With July 4th being this weekend, a little red, white, and blue, is in order. So my thoughts were immediately drawn to some of the great BMWs that raced under the Motorsport tri-color livery. What better way to illustrate this than with a 1979 M1 in the proper Motorsport colors.

Red, White, and Blue 1979 BMW M1 on Craigslist

1979 BMW M1

This Craigslist offering from Munich Evolution, in Seattle seems to fit the bill perfectly. The seller says this vehicle has unique history, and if you are going to spend $175,000 a little unique history would be nice. The Procar body, this was a single make race series M1s raced under, on this M1 and the great color scheme enhance the value. If you really want BMW’s arguably first and only true supercar they can be had for less (see below), but this seems a fair ask price. The seller mentions that more info will be added about the car soon.

1981 White M1 Procar Widebody on eBay.

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If the patriotic paint scheme is not your thing, than why not start with a blank slate in this all white 1981 M1 widebody currently offered on eBay. $150,000 gets you a AC Schnitzer installed Procar bodied M1 with 22k on the clock. It looks pretty clean and check out that vintage Blaupunkt equalizer.

Lastly, two non-Procar M1s are available through Motorcar Gallery Inc in Fort Lauderdale Florida. Perhaps an homage to Michael Jackson we have a black 1980 model and a white 1981 model. They have the white one listed on Hemmings for $173,500.

1980 BMW M1

1981 BMW M1 B

All else being the same the Motorsport colors look the best to me and the black looks better than the white. Ah decisions.

Only 456 M1s hit the market. The rear mounted 3.5 liter 273 horse power engine makes the thrumming sound that comes from a big inline six. It is a bit more raucous sounding than the deep cabin cruiser yacht sound you hear from the 1st gen M5. This nice clip shows an M1 at Nürburgring with no silly music or voice over to wreck the exhaust note.

In race tune, where up to 850 horse power could be had, the sound is powerful, as witnessed by this M1 at Lime Rock Park.

Do you have examples of some patriotic U.S./German automotive collaborations to help us celebrate the 4th?

Happy BBQing.
~Evan

Please Welcome Evan as the Newest Author on GermanCarsForSaleBlog.com

Evan answered my cry for help in the last post and I’m so super grateful for the help! Here is his quick and dirty bio:

I’m a major gear head and German car fan. I did my first engine rebuild in 7th grade and was hooked from then on. Though I appreciate fine design and engineering regardless of make, Mercedes Benz is my marque of choice. I particularly enjoy the big power German sport sedans, a niche I filled with the purchase of Euro spec 1979 Mercedes 450SEL 6.9. From autocrossing BMWs at Indianapolis to hauling in a Mercedes down the autobahn, from the RUF Porsche factory to Watkins Glen racetrack, I’ve tried to engage in a variety of experiences to further my knowledge of the German cars I appreciate. I hope to help bring fans intriguing sales listings I uncover, along with some anecdotes and info.

Welcome aboard Evan! Looking forward to your posts and expertise; and I very much appreciate the assistance in growing this blog!

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Chuck’s Black on Black e28 M5 is Back on the Market!

Chuck emailed me earlier this week to let me know that his beautiful black on black BMW e28 M5 is back on the market. Check out his earlier listing on this blog and his new Roadfly listing for more details.

And he now has a video of the car in action:

Look at how clean that car is! I’m a big fan of this car and I hope the right buyer can give this M5 a loving new home.

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2 Unique Mercedes 77 450SEL Estate, 91 Koenig 300CE

1977 Mercedes 450SEL Crayford Estate Wagon on eBay

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With a clientele that included Sophia Loren, Crayford conversions on 1970s Mercedes are an exclusive beast. These costly vehicles came warrantied by Mercedes and were the way customers who wanted an estate wagon for their fancy sedan could have the best of both worlds. This particular car interestingly shows the ugly U.S. market safety bumpers, but has avoided the recognizable, though inferior U.S. market quad circle sealed beam headlights in favor of Euro spec H4 beams. The seller, presumably using the register of Crayford Mercedes found here: http://www.crayford-benz.org, claims this to be one of only two or three in existence.

91 Mercedes 300CE Koenig Special on eBay.

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I may be mistaken, but I believe that this is not the only Koenig Special Benz once owned by baseball legend Ken Griffey Jr. in existence. Koenig epitomized the Miami Vice over the top bad ass look when it came to mid 80s Mercedes. This later 1991, has the same flavor with the in your face widebody kit, but I think the look is actually better pulled off by slightly larger W126 bodied Benz coupes like the 560SEC. Occasionally you will see the widebody kits in metal, but more often they are fiberglass and after nearly 20 years it may show some spiderweb cracking up close. It is hard to say what the premium here is for the owner provenance, but it safe to say this asking price is a significant discount from new. A new owner of this Koenig Special vehicle will need to remember that, though most mechanical parts won’t be any harder to find than standard 3 liter Mercedes fare, replacing the massive 315 size tires on the rears will be a cost. Fortunately with a 6 cylinder engine, instead of the torque of a 5 or 5.6 liter from a 126 bodied car, burnouts should be easier to avoid. The big V8 Koenig Specials sometimes came with even more outrageous 345 meats on the rear.

~Evan

1990 Porsche 964 For Sale in Santa Rosa

Oh how I love the 964 series Porsche 911’s! Here is a great looking example with only 88k miles on the clock and an asking of only $17800 on Craigslist:

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quote from seller’s listing:

This is a very solid 911 with only 88k miles. It drives very strong and has very solid engine. It is 5-speed. The interior is cashmere with dual leather power seats. It has all power moonroof, windows, locks, ac, abs, very nice sound system, etc,…The both exterior and interior are in good condition. Just got new battrey and tires and oil and filter.

In a brief chat with my buddy Paul from Sports Car Shop, my personal Porsche expert and close friend, his first word were, “when are we headed down to buy this car?!” As you can tell, he agrees it looks like it’s worth a look!

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1990 Porsche C2, 1988 BMW e28 M5, 1989 e30 M3 S50

Speed-linking the posts today because I’m swamped at work! Here we go:

1990 Porsche Carrera 2 on Portland Craigslist for $13k. This is a suspiciously low asking even with the bad clutch, oil leaks, respray, mileage, and low a/c. Then again, it will cost several thousand to correct all those issues. Is this just a case of a realistic seller? I didn’t they existed!

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quote from seller’s Portland Craigslist posting:

I’m selling my 1990 Porsche 911 C2 Coupe, 5 speed manual. guards red paint, black interior in good shape, 113,000 miles, original non smoker California car, clean carfax, aero mirrors, cup 1 wheels (replicas), dual exhaust, keyless remote door locks, new alternator, new alternator fan and belts, new starter, new battery, Alpine stereo, new paint, some records, no accident history. Starts up and runs great, no smoke at startup.
Needs new clutch, drips oil a drop or two, tires at about 50%, sunroof works strong, but needs some TLC, center of rear bumper cover has 6″ round spider web in the paint, AC needs a recharge.
$13000 OBO

This next one is for Jim! A super low miles BMW e28 M5 for sale in Ohio. Enthusiast Auto is well known for their large stock of e30 M3’s and now they have this M5 with under 6k original miles for $46,990!

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quote from Roadfly listing:

Schwarz Black over Natural Tan Leather
ONLY 5,125 Actual 1-Owner Miles!
It is a Garage Queen with Zero Scratches, Marks or Imperfections!
This car is in Concours Condition and is the Best Preserved, Lowest Mileage US-Production E28 M5 known to exist.
All History + Documentation! Nearly Perfect Example!
The car has been stored in a heated garage its entire life.

Finally we have this 89 e30 M3 with the S50 6 cylinder conversion. This one has a bunch of Dinan and aftermarket parts in addition to the swap.

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quote from eBay listing:

  • Dinan 3.0 liter S50 Conversion built by our Dinan Service Center in 2007 at The Gourmet Garage in Lexington, SC
  • Featured at 2007 BMW homecoming at the BMW plant in Greer,SC
  • Stage 3 Dinan Engine : Euro Air Mass, Stage 3 Dinan Chip, Dinan Fuel Pressure regulator, Strut tower brace,Dinan Badge
  • Lightweight 16lb flywheel,Stage 2 Competition Clutch, Short shifter conversion
  • The Cold Air Intake , Exhaust , Catalytic Converter , and wiring integration were custom fabricated in our shop.
  • New Bilsteins front and rear, New front control arms, E36 M3 quick ratio rack and pinion
  • BMW 3 piece 17″ wheels, were disassembled machined and powder coated by Alloy Wheel Specialists
  • Yokohama Parada Assymetrical tires 215/40ZR17
  • New leather installed on front Sport Seats
  • Hand painted “M” color pinstripes
  • Professionally repainted , wet sanded by hand , buffed and polished
  • AC converted to R134a
  • Speedometer rebuilt and set to 0 when Conversion was completed and sold to last owner in 2007
  • Current mileage shown reflects mileage since conversion 9,908 (Not actual miles on Body)
  • Dinan chip allows no speed limiter

I love doing this blog, but my full-time job and part-time clients are keeping me very busy. Anyone out there feel like co-authoring the blog with me?

dc

944 Turbo Low Mileage Double Post! 2 1986 Porsche 951 For Sale Right Now!

After attending the Rose Cup races at PIR this past weekend, I had a hankering for a Porsche 944 Turbo. Big Time! As we walked by this pair, we were all reminded what a striking car the 951 is when properly taken care of.

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Naturally I was motivated to check in on the Porsche 951 market to see how values were holding up.

First up is this 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo in Wisconsin:

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quote from seller’s listing:

One of the best original, always garaged, never tracked and adult driven 951’s around anywhere, only 54K on her and is the best classic colors guards red with black interior. Only modifications are new Pioneer CD player with iPod input, and Lindsey chips with boost enhancer. Original radio and chips included. All needed maintenance done (see below list).

Interior is original and like new!!, perfect dash (rare), carpet is like new throughout the car and the seats are exceptional, I’ve never seen one like this before.

Exterior is excellent, original paint still has a great red shine and only the normal very minor rock nicks. No accidents or bodywork, amazingly clean, zero door dings, looks more like 5 years old, does NOT need paint. Glass is excellent with no cracks. Original rims are very good with just minor nicks and new rubber. All electronics work (yes, even the clock) Sunroof works flawlessly as well. The car is stored in my heated garage and covered. Only taken out on sunny summer days – no rust of course!

Next is another red 86 Turbo in North Carolina:

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blockquote from eBay listing:

I bought this car a little over a year ago and I’ve put 1000 miles on it. It is in excellent condition. The paint looks fantastic, with only a few nicks here and there from normal driving, none of which are noticeable from 10 feet (maybe less even). The clutch job has not been done, but shows no signs of needing replacement either, probably due to the babied nature of the car. (Porsche recommends the clutch be replaced at 36K miles, but that service has not been done and so far doesn’t need to be done) I do recommend replacing the rear brake calipers as they are showing slight signs of rust from the previous owner. Personally, I have never driven this car in the rain and refuse to. (Sunny days only!) The interior is equally near perfect and has not been smoked in, eaten in, nor have any drinks been allowed inside. There was a dash repair done by a previous owner but it is minor and almost unnoticeable. The leather on the shifter and steering wheel show SLIGHT signs of use, but nothing more than one would expect from 39,000 miles of use. You can replace them if you want, but it doesn’t take away from the interior beauty of the car in my opinion. This is practically a show car. The car comes equipped with Fikse lightweight racing wheels and Continental street/track tires (plenty of life left). A Bursche exhaust makes it purr really nice and boosts performance when combined with the installed PA chip. I have not dynoed the car, but guess that it produces in the neighborhood of 250hp. (More than enough to get you a ticket or two) I have and will include in the auction, all of the original equipment for the car, including the original wheels and tires, exhaust, and chips. I will also include an unused dash mat, a car cover, the original manual, and a certificate of authenticity from Porsche.

Here are the current values from Excellence:

1986 good: $7,834 excellent: $10,488
1987 good: $7,918 excellent: $10,600
1988 good: $8,441 excellent: $11.300 and 1988 Turbo S model $9,188 / $12,300
1989 good: $9,888 excellent: $13,238

I’ve always had a soft spot for the 944/951/968 series and both of these examples get me a little excited! These are sure to continue to climb in value and aren’t getting any easier to find in this condition.

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Strong e28 BMW M5 For Sale in New Mexico

Bruce alerted me that his e28 M5 for was going up for sale and naturally I asked if I could post it here as well; being an e28 fanatic myself. Check out his great looking example on Autotrader for $10K:

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quote from seller’s listing:

The 1988 M5 has been often referred to as the finest sports sedan ever built. This car was hand made with approximately 1370 brought to the USA. This car is incredible durable and reliable even though it is a very sophisticated machine. It has an engine that sounds like a formula racecar and the handling of this car makes this car a blast to drive. I have owned the car for 3 yrs having purchased this from a good friend who had the car in his family since new. It has always been very well maintained. Maintenance records are available since 1998. When I purchased it I invested $9k to have anything that needed repair or service taken care of. The front and rear ends are essential new. The rear suspension was changed to blistein kit (better and more durable than original self leveling system). The engine has European racing headers and a custom exhaust. The motor also has a high performance chip. The front windshield has a crack, the electric headrests are not working and the odometer is also not working. The interior is all original with some cracking of the seats (no tears) even the carpet is original. This is a car that can be driven daily or can be kept as a classic investment. I am selling the car because I have built a house in Santa Fe NM that is a mile down a dirt road and I do not want to subject the car to that wear and tear. I have over $19k invested in this car but will sell to appreciating new buyer for $10k

Personally, I think the e28 M5’s are great value right now considering the skyrocketing prices of e30 M3’s of similar vintage and collectability. This example isn’t perfect, but the service history is what makes this car desirable to me ($9K!) This isn’t an inexpensive car to maintain and many have been neglected. This one hasn’t and the upgrades are very tasteful and complimentary.

Good luck on the sale Bruce!

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