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dc

Super Low Miles BMW e30 M3 For Sale

BringATrailer spotted this 4k mile e30 M3 earlier this summer and I blogged it as well on my old blog. It’s an interesting discussion piece as it’s likely one of the nicest survivors in the world, and carries an absurd asking price of $55k.

I post it again here for those who haven’t seen it yet and because my memory was sparked when a thread on VWVortex showed up and a lengthy discussion ensued concerning this car.

What’s your take?

dc

Update: This listing is pretty out of date. Consider one of these early e30 M3’s instead!

[AffomaticEbay]BMW e30 m3[/AffomaticEbay]

A Pair of Low Mileage Porsche 968’s For Sale

Both these cars have under 40k miles, both are on the east coast, and both are looking really tasty for fans of the 924/944/968 series – of which you can include me amongst! First up is this 1993 Porsche 968 for sale on eBayMotors finished in Amazon Green Metallic for $18k buy-it-now:

quote from seller’s eBayMotors listing:

This car has been kept in a climate controlled enviroment all of its life. Original sticker was $45,764.79. Lots of options.

N7N7 Amazon Green Metallic $823.00
TT Partial Leather Seat Classic Grey $682.00
XDU Rim Cap with Porsche Crest $208.00
220 Limited slip Differential $913.00
490 Hi-Fi Sound PKG/10 speaker/amp $561.00
692 CD Changer “CD-C1 $1,245.00

He has the original factory 16″ rims (with no tires) that are in perfect condition that are include with the car. The tries only have about 1000 miles on them. The rims pictured are 18”.

And the second is this 1993 red on black 968 in Florida for $21.5 buy-it-now:

quote from seller’s eBayMotors listing:

The first owner kept everything from new; including:

Meticulous maintenance records
Original Factory Window Sticker ($43,140)
All Original Books/Manuals/Pamphlets/Warranty cards
Press KIT that includes loads of Color Brochures and Dealer Sales info
Full COLOR dealer sales brochures.
COLOR Magazine Articles from dealer
Original TEMP TAG from new.
Letter from President of PORSCHE USA ( signed )
Original Porsche 968 Technical Data and specification brochure.
And Much more Misc. other documents.

Second owner picked it up and brought it to Georgia and had it for 3-4 years and kept it as nice as the first owner. It now resides here in Bonita Springs Florida and can be view at any time.

Mechanically its runs out strong with no problems. AC blows hard and cold and everything works.

Personally, I’m liking the color combo on the first one better, and it’s over three grand cheaper. I always put a premium on low mileage examples because in my mind it’s less road time and thus less opportunity for accidents and poor maintenance. But even if a PPI revealed that it needed some work, wouldn’t the three grand saved budget nicely to make for a nearly perfect example?

dc

1991 BMW e30 325iT Wagon For Sale in Calgary

For a number of years, I’ve remarked to my wife that I wished the e30 wagon had made it to the U.S. It would be the perfect dog car for us! Well here’s one for sale on eBayMotors from Calgary, and the seller notes he can assist U.S. buyers with a title…

1991 BMW 325iT Wagon on eBayMotors:

quote from seller’s eBayMotors listing:

Equipped with A/C, Power Windows & Locks, Power Sun Roof, 4 Speed Automatic Transmission, ABS. etc. Fun to drive with great utility. When was the last time you saw another?

This car has had some high quality paint work but has no accident history. At that time it seems they painted the body side mouldings, the bumper strips, rear spoiler, front air dam, side view mirrors and the side skirting. Combined with the 15” ABT alloy wheels, I think the car has a great stance and looks longer and lower than it actually is..

Mechanical Inspections welcomed, all repair orders are available for viewing. Bid with confidence, I am Mike Bennett a Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council Licensee.

Fly in and drive home. Or I can assist with shipping at a reduced rate at your expense.

For US purchasers, I can assist you in obtaining a US title. Please call on 403.815.1173 or email me for details.

I have some concerns about importing this car, but really my bigger concern is that the seller thinks it might be worth $9k with the buy-it-now listed. I know it’s rare in these parts, but that’s silly!

dc

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As you may have noticed in the sidebar of this site, I also blog at Rare Sport Bikes For Sale, posting my favorite motorcycle classifieds. I recently posted this 1978 BMW R100RS Motorsport edition:

1978 BMW R100RS Motorsport Edition For Sale

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Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming!

dc

1985 Ruf BTR For Sale: The Ultimate Tuner Porsche 930?

While perhaps not the most extreme 930 tuner car [note: Jim has corrected me in the comment that the Ruf is actually built on a narrow-bodied 911, not a 930. Thanks Jim!], it is certainly the most widely recognized from the mid 80’s. This gorgeous black 1985 Ruf BTR is on eBayMotors right now with a buy-it-now of $69k:

quote from seller’s eBayMotors listing:

Offered here is an stunning example of a widebody RUF BTR. This example had a full conversion done in 1987. It was built to stage III specs (475 bhp). The conversion included new RUF 3.4 liter BTR motor, Ruf 5-speed transmission, RUF front oil cooler (requires Ruf front spoiler), and exhaust. All body modifications (boxed rockers, slotted rear fender ducks, and RUF front spoiler) were also done at the same time. Paint is original from that time on.

Car is in mint condition, with only 36,874 miles. Car runs great. Everything including A/C works perfectly. Paint is 9/10. Interior is 9/10. Tires are brand new with ony 100 miles on them. All service is up to date. Very few 930’s, let alone RUF’s, left in this condition.

These cars a VERY rare. Less then 100 are believed to have been produced. Ruf’s are the most collectable of all Porsches. This will only appreciate in value over the years.

Full documentation from RUF, including original reciept, are included.

What an outstanding car! The BTR develops 374hp, which for it’s day was astonishing. That’s a full 92hp more than a stock Porsche 930, which is no slouch in it’s own right! While most are familiar with the RUF Yellowbird ‘CTR’ model featuring 475hp(!), the BTR is just as rare and probably a fair bit easier to live with.

I found a couple of BTR videos on YouTube. The first is a Japanese video review clip with some nice videography:And this one is a first timer behind the wheel of his Dad’s car with Dad in the car:

I’d probably be so nervous that I’d kill it the first time too!

If you liked this entry, you should check out this DP Motorsports 935 that I’ve posted previously. I had the opportunity to talk with one of the original owners this past week and will be featuring that interview shortly!

dc

Update: This post is out of date and the item listed is probably not available any more. Why not take a look at these RUF Porsche’s and parts that are currently for sale!

[AffomaticEbay]porsche RUF[/AffomaticEbay]

BMW e36 M3 in Alpine White Wallpapers

I took most of the weekend off from blogging (and everything else technology in nature) to enjoy the 75 degree weather we got this weekend in the Willamette Valley. I apologize for the lack of posting and I offer these wallpapers in return. They were created from an old image I took of my previously owned Alpine White 1995 BMW e36 M3.

dc

1995 BMW e36 M3 Alpine White Wallpaper 1440

1995 BMW e36 M3 Alpine White Wallpaper 1440

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1995 BMW e36 M3 Alpine White Wallpaper 1024

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1995 BMW e36 M3 Alpine White Wallpaper 1280

1985 AUDI UR Quattro Turbo Coupe For Sale in the PNW

Here’s a rare find, a 1985 Audi urQuattro with 117k miles for sale in Portland, Oregon for $20k:

quote from seller’s Portland Craigslist ad:

I am selling one of the RAREST Audi Cars Available. Not one for sale in the USA this year. Audi only shipped 73 to the US in 1985 as the car cost $49,000 to buy. This one was shipped over here in 1992 from Germany. Has the Euro Chip with over 200BHP. Nardi wood steering wheel and shift knob. Fiberglass deck lid was new for this year as well as newer wiring and updated leather interior. This is the only one in the USA like this one. ZERMATT SILVER Paint. Perfect interior and dashboard and Carpet. No rips in anything. New Sunroof Seal. New 215/50/15 v rated tires. Has original Rally Ronals. NO Dents. No wrecks.
THESE CARS WERE HAND MADE IN GERMANY!!!!
YOU cannot find these cars. If you do they wont sell them. I hate to sell this one!!!
Just had timing belt, fuel injectors, water pump, Fuel Filter done. Perfect compression. New Ansa Muffler and powder coated cam cover and timing belt cover and pulley.
An Absolute Gem. This is the nicest one I have seen and this is the rarest year for this car and the rarest Color. Not even sure they shipped Zermatt Silver as a color in 1985, only in germany.
paint is extremely nice for original paint. there are some scratches and the front and rear bumpers need a new paint job.
117,000 Miles.
Do not waste my time. ONLY SERIOUS buyers!! This is a very valuable and rare car. The last one i saw sell was a 1983 for 20,000 nearly a year ago. No rust, door jams, everything is perfect.
I have pictures of everything for really interested buyers. No low ballers.

I hope this car is listed somewhere else with a better ad because this Craigslist posting hasn’t convinced me that this car is worth $20k! The pictures look like they were shot in tow truck parking lot, and most of the very lengthy description looks completely copy-and-paste from someone else’s listing! Not to mention, am I the only one who thinks the wooden steering wheel and shift knob are out of place?

One thing the seller is right on about is the fact that these are rarely seen for sale. Hell, they practically make e30 M3‘s look abundant in comparison!

dc

Update: This post is out of date and the item listed is probably not available any more. Why not take a look at these Audi Coupes and parts that are currently for sale!

[AffomaticEbay]Audi Coupe[/AffomaticEbay]

1989 BMW e30 M3 For Sale with 71k miles

Alpine White is one of the best M colors in my opinion, and of course this holds especially true on e30 M3’s. Here is a 1989 BMW M3 with 71k miles for sale on eBayMotors:

quote from seller’s eBaymotors listing:

[…]

EVO III splitter below the EVO II spoiler.

EVO rear flap spoiler.

EVO hood gaskets were installed front and back. A brand new extra set of EVO gaskets included.
The M3 has front and rear strut bars and Sport Springs
Brand new crossed drilled rotors, brake lines and differential cover installed…..all by South Bay Independent ( the leading West Coast M3 repair shop) We did not stop there the SBI custom short shifter was installed and just recently EVO red seatbelts and VDO gauges for Oil Pressure and Volts were added where the ashtray was formally.
From Turner Motorsport came OEM EVO front and rear wings while getting painted I had the front bumper re-painted and a new windshield installed ( no rust anywhere on this car).
The badges done in the mono scheme to stay in the Alpine/Grey/Black color .
The interior is 9/10. Leather is in EXCELLENT condition (just fantastic and rare for the tan interior cars). The back seats are perfect!!!…the fronts are in fantastic condition. The Steering wheel is a Momo Driver and a Hamman shifter and Momo boot. It also has the E30 arm rest.
A removable subwoofer resides in the back but factory speakers and amp are in place. A new Alpine cd player is installed and the factory OEM radio is included.
17″ Ronals that look great and the tires only have about 1000 miles on them.
ECU from Turner Motorsports.
E36 tension modification already completed.
EVO/European doorsills that bear the M3 logo…quite pricey.

Mechanically, the car is incredible. All maintainence and service history have been impeccably kept.

[…]

I just had a compression test done and all were 160-165 lbs.

The graphics are vinyl and can easily be removed if desired.

[…]

I love all the Evo mods on this car, though I’m a little less crazy about some of the less period correct upgrades. They’re nice, but they just don’t match. One thing is for sure though: This car is CLEAN! It’s already bid at a bit over $12k (reserve not met) and has 8 days to go. The last e30 M3 I posted was a local PNW car and it sold for about the current bid. Granted it had more miles and it was difficult to tell the condition compared to the photos seen here. But it’s in the same ballpark I think.

Update: Maybe this car isn’t in the same ballpark. It’s listed on S14.net for $27000!

dc

Update: This post is out of date and the item listed is probably not available any more. Why not take a look at the BMW M3’s and parts that are currently for sale!

[AffomaticEbay]BMW e30 m3[/AffomaticEbay]

1972 BMW 2002tii For Sale in the Pacific Northwest: Project Car or Driver?

Here’s an interesting listing on Portland Craigslist for a 1972 BMW 2002tii in Sahara Beige:

quote from seller’s Craigslist ad:

Sahara 1972 2002 tii (the vin is correct for a 1972 tii). this is a tii that you will enjoy driving and not worry about parking downtown or in parking lots.

saddly, the body shows old body work and the many seasons in the nw weather. ive tried to take blantant photos of the numerous imperfections in the body. i do not believe any structural integrity is compromised in the floor of the car and the jack points. most of the rust seems to be in small patches around the car including the spare tire well and about a 2in strip on the left shock tower. a plus on the body is the original tii nose that does not have the passenger side snorkel.

the interior shows its age. the carpets and rear seat look great but the driver and passenger seat show years of use. the dash is cracked and the clock does not work. sunroof operates properly. all instuments work except the odometer, and the temp gauge reads high but that seems to be due to grounding issues because it is jumpy depending on the electrical load and engine load.

[…]

i have owned the car for over 5 years, driven it alot, and have had very few problems, only needing to rebuild the injection pump. the odometer has not worked for the entire time i have owned it so i do not know the milage.
it is a blast to drive and certainly a good candidate to restore to perfection if so desired.
check out the pics
http://picasaweb.google.com/gobears45/20081007#

So as I suggest in the title, how would you treat this car? Address the rust and mask the paint to make an immediately approachable and cool driver, or would you take this one to the back shed for immediate tear down and restoration? For $3900, you could drive it for a while and make up your mind later. Sounds like a fair deal to me. Heck, is some parts of the country they wouldn’t even call this rust!

Are you in the Portland area and a BMW 2002 enthusiast? Join the PNW2002 Yahoo Group and stay current with local enthusiasts, events, and great finds like this car! I’m a lurker there, but someday I’ll have to come up with the 5’er and have a beer at one of their gatherings.

dc

Update: This post is out of date and the item listed is probably not available any more. Why not take a look at these BMW 2002tii’s and parts that are currently for sale!

[AffomaticEbay]BMW 2002tii[/AffomaticEbay]