1994 BMW 840Ci

1The E31 8-series (1989-1999) was available in 840Ci, 850Ci and 850CSi guises. The 840 came with a 4.0 liter V8 (later upgraded to 4.4 liters), while the 850 was powered by a 5.0 liter V12 motor. This engine was bored out to 5.6 liters for the range-topping CSi version. (The cousin of an abandoned project to build an M8, the CSi also came with a 6-speed manual gearbox, stiffer steering and suspension, and a model-specific bodykit.) Low slung and sleek, with pop up headlights, no B-pillars and a wedge-shaped profile, the 8-series was undeniably gorgeous. It was also incredibly expensive, both to buy and to repair, and a little underwhelming, particularly in entry level form, where the car’s performance never really matched the highly exotic exterior. That last criticism now seems a little unfair, since these cars were sold as grand tourers, not out-and-out sports cars. Still, the 8-series has remained somewhat under appreciated. As a result, entry level models can be found for a fraction of their original cost. This car is indeed a base model 840Ci, but it’s definitely not cheap. That’s because it carries a number of desirable features and upgrades, including some more usually found on the CSi model.

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1974 BMW 3.0CSi

I’ve made several references comparing the BMW 8 series to a few Ferraris, suggesting that it was perhaps a budget alternative to running a 456GT, for example. However, the E31 isn’t the only Ferrari-esque design to come from Munich; in many aspects, the E9 coupe shared some visual DNA with the Ferrari 330 2+2 from the 1960s. Now, for some that may sound like heresy and I can appreciate that; but take off the Rosso-colored glasses for a moment and look at the side profile of a 330 GT versus the E9 coupe; it’s nearly identical. The rear end treatment was quite similar as well, and while the grill on the BMW was obviously quite different the two even shared a quad-headlight setup. Obviously, underneath the Ferrari had that wonderful Colombo V12 versus the rather pedestrian inline-6 in the BMW; but pound for pound the BMW punched hard, especially in CSi trim. With 200 horsepower on tap it was certainly no slouch, especially in the midst of the oil crisis which neutered most V8s in America. It would take another two generations for the Big Three to break back into the 200 horsepower realm with nearly double the displacement of the E9. But the E9 wasn’t about straight line performance; it was a whole package – a speedy grand touring coupe with luxurious appointments and gorgeous looks:

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1985 BMW M635CSi

In Paul’s recent M6 Roundup he celebrated the many different colors that the M6 came in, including a rare Bronzit example. It’s one of the many reasons I prefer the M6 over the M5. The second reason is the particular look of the updated 88 examples; with slimmed down bumpers, they look a bit closer in my mind to the original design than the other U.S. spec cars. Of course, in an ideal world I’d want a clean Euro example – with small bumpers, the right motor and perhaps an even more rare color combination, such as this Alpine White with Buffalo hide leather 1985:

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1995 BMW 850CSi

People don’t really give BMW enough credit as a risk-taking company, in my opinion. First came the M1, a mid-engined supercar from a company that was producing primarily economy sport sedans. Audi has been applauded for bringing the brilliant R8 to the market, but BMW did it nearly 30 years prior. Then they introduced that same M88 motor into their mid-range sedan and big coupe, changing the definition of sports sedans and bringing GT cars to a higher level. The M3 helped too, and forced Audi and Mercedes-Benz’s hands to make higher performance small sedans that enthusiasts have enjoyed for a few generations now. More recently, the i8 has gone from concept to reality, and stands as one of the most game-changing designs in history. But one that was often overlooked was the i8’s spiritual predecessor, the E31 8 series. A soft, big and angular departure from BMW’s styling in the 1980s, the E31 received a tremendous amount of development and accolades when it was released, but enthusiasts remained skeptical – partially because it seemed the 8’s performance didn’t live up to the promise of the design cues from the M1. Enthusiasts hoped for a high-performance “M8” that magazines taunted but never came. Instead, we received the heavily M-division-modified 850CSi:

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Double Take: Original and Extra Spicy 1977 BMW 630CSis

Earlier in the week I wrote up a pristine, lower mile E12 528i that was a very pretty color combination and rare to see. The early generation cars of the 1980s – the E12, early E24 and E21 – are still in collector no man’s land; they’re in general not sought after enough to justify expensive restorations, and they’re not valuable enough for people to keep in pristine condition. They’re also not the best performers that BMW has produced; but in spite of that they’re all pretty cars and when well presented it’s a reminder of how clean and desirable some of these early BMW designs were. Few are as pretty as the original Paul Bracq designed E24 with it’s low, lean and long stance. Bespoilered later in life the design become increasingly cluttered and more aggressive, and while that has a certain appeal the early cars really do express the original design better. Today there are two examples, surprisingly, of the early run 630CSi – in your choice of original or modified “extra-spicy”. Which would you prefer? Let’s start with the modified version:

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1986 BMW 635 CSi

When my father started his foray into German cars, I was a young teenager. The first car he bought was a 1982 BMW 633CSi; to my eyes, still a beautiful car. Shortly after that he bought a companion 1985 635CSi automatic; and even though that car wasn’t quite as pretty as the earlier shark and was an automatic, it was much more fun to drive. It wasn’t because of the displacement increase in the motor, but rather the changeover to E28 mechanicals that really transformed the E24 from what was a stunning looker into a real driver’s car. These later 6s usually carry a bit of a premium over the early models, though truth be told the E24 market is really in a state of fluctuation where you can buy great looking cars for a steal or see very overpriced examples that need work. Currently falling into the former category is today’s black over cream 1986 model, sporting lower miles and the all-important 5-speed manual:

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Heap of the Week Double Take: Make your own Callaway Turbo M6?

Bored? Inspired by our “Shark Week” and Reader Ride – Callaway Turbo features? Well, here’s a double heap just for you then. Today we have not one, but two shark projects. The first is a mega-mile but uber-rare Callaway turbo 633 that was reportedly installed at the dealer; the second, a gutless M6. Could you make one crazy beast out of the duo? It may just be worth the shot for the right handy person. Let’s look at the Callaway first:

Year: 1983
Model: 633 CSi
Engine: 3.2 liter turbocharged inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 275,000 mi
Price: $2,400 Buy It Now

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Up for Sale is a 1983 BMW 633 CSI with a dealer installed Callaway turbo system. It has a tan interior with Recaro front seats and black leather rear seats. The odometer says 106k miles as it was swapped in from a different car. Car also has original Gold 16” BBS wheels.
I have spent dozens of hours and over $1500 in parts/service alone.

Paint and body need a bit of work in various places. Hood and truck were resprayed metallic green (why green i do not know) Will need new front tires again after an alignment.

The car starts right up, runs and drives well
Automatic transmission
Magna Flow Exhaust
Brakes in good shape
Newly tinted windows
Full sized spare
Engine runs a bit rich at the moment
Cabin heats well and blower fans work.
Front and rear windows work as does the sunroof
Aftermarket radio with iPod connectivity
Located in Boise, ID 83709
Need it sold to cover a family members bills and its just taking up space.
USA bidders only
Buyer is responsible for arranging shipping
No returns or warranty, sold as is

Here is a list of the items recently serviced and repaired.

New fuel filter
New Fuel injector o-rings
New distributor cap and rotor
New Water Pump
New thermostat
Coolant flush and bleed
New Battery
Valve cover gasket
Oil Change/filter
New tires
Spark plugs
New speakers
Brake, differential, and trans fluids flushed/replaced.

Here is what I feel still needs to be serviced at some point in the near future.

Front end alignment
Oil pan gasket
AC service
Recover front seats
Repaint

Please ask all questions before bidding. All sales are final. Paypal deposit as soon as auction ends. Full payment due in 3 days. Buyer responsible for all transport cost’s.

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Well, if there were ever any questions about the longevity of a Callaway turbo kit, this car seems to answer them. With a reported but not-particularly well explained 275,000 miles this car must certainly be one of the farthest driven Callaway turbos ever. If there are questions about how far this car has gone, though, the state of the exterior seems to verify that answer as “a lot”. And, by the looks of things, they haven’t been particularly friendly miles. The car also wears some popular semi-aftermarket BBS RA alloys, and all of this strange love is available for the low-low price of $2,400. What do you do with it? How about swapping all of the good items over to this M6?

With significantly less miles on the clock but missing the signature S38, nearly all of the value is gone out of this M6. Despite being in a fair state of neglect, the body appears reasonably straight and the interior not horrible. Obvious needs – outside of the drivetrain – are some non-TRX wheels, a front air dam and a whole bunch of detail hours. Despite this, the car is offered at no reserve with a low opening bid:

Year: 1988
Model: M6
Engine: None
Transmission: None
Mileage: 83,811 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

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1988 BMW M6 FOR PARTS HAVE NO ENGINE OR TRANSMISSION SELLING THIS CAR FOR A FRIEND BOUGHT FROM MARSHALL’S AUCTION MANY YEARS AGO NO TITLE ONLY MARSHELL AUOTIN PAPER’S WAS GOING TO BE A PROJECT BUT HAVE NO TIME OR MONEY TO COMPLETE THE CAR SO THE CAR IS BEING SOLD AS IS CAR IS LOCATED IN NEW ROCHELLE NY. CAR NEED TO BE PICK UP 3 DAYS AFTER THE AUCTION IS ENDED.

Okay, so neither of these cars will be an easy project; but with clean M6 values pushing into the $20,000 range, it makes me wonder if it would be worthwhile to attempt to resurrect that beast on it’s own. Buying and installing a clean S38 would pretty much price you out of the market, but I bet you could get a S54 in there without much work….or, say, a Callaway turbo 3.2. Granted, it wouldn’t be as monstrous as the late Dinan turbo M6s, but between the two cars you’d have most of the components to make a quite neat ride on a budget. It wouldn’t be original, it wouldn’t be easy, but aren’t these two cars worth saving? I hope for someone, they are!

-Carter

1988 BMW 635 CSi

One of the most popular theme weeks we’ve head here at GCFSB.com was “Shark Week”, where we reviewed one of each iteration of the E24 chassis. People love the classic styling, the understated performance, and ability to gobble up miles on the highway, and the relatively low entry price. They’re all the makings for an enjoyable classic that is affordable, too! With prices of the M models and every E30 made on the rise, these E24s are still good value. While most enthusiasts lust after the M6 and the legendary S38 powerplant, the reality is that for most of us, the less complicated and less expensive to maintain M30 found in the 635 CSi among others is a smarter option. Production ended in 1989 and these cars were lightly updated mid-88 with revised headlights and bumper covers, such as we see on this sharp white 1988 model:

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Year: 1988
Model: 635 CSi
Engine: 3.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 113,455 mi
Price: Reserve Auction, current bid $5,600

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The classic “shark” or “sharknose” body style, chassis code E24, which is often heralded as the most beautiful of all vintage BMWs, had a very long production run from 1976 until 1989. Unfortunately, the 6-series cars for the United States market were crippled with significantly reduced power in addition to ugly and bulky padded bumpers up until the 1988 model which featured revised aerodynamic “world” bumpers and an engine upgrade that boosted power up to match the European specification car. These revised and very desireable post 1988 cars were then discontinued the very next year in 1989 and virtually all the cars imported to the US were optioned with the Automatic Transmission. This car has the best and rarest possible combination, the final body style, final upgraded engine, Manual Transmission, nearly all factory options, a full service history including original manuals and window sticker, we believe this car to be in original condition and completely unmolested. The only non-original parts on the car are 16″ authentic BBS wheels, replacing the stock TRX wheels which are no longer viable (the TRX specification tires are no longer in production).

Originally purchased in Hollywood California by a BMW collector who used it as his driver before passing it on to another BMW collector in New Mexico, this car has been in the best of hands its whole life from new. Of the 47 Alpine White 635csi’s with the Lotus White leather interior, only 11 of these cars had manual transmissions. This may be the only surviving one, and it is in pristine condition, with only minor flaws which I will note in detail. Being a Southwestern car, it has absolutely no body rust of any kind, the underbody coating is completely intact.

1988 BMW 635CSi, Alpine White over Lotus White
– Full leather interior, all seats, center console, headliner, door cards and handles, dash underside, rear speaker shelf leather wrapped
– Power seats with 3 position memory, power sunroof, power windows, cruise control
– Cold air conditioning (I do not know whether it is R12 or R134, but it works!)
– M30B35 3.5L Straight 6-cylinder engine with Motronic Fuel Injection, 221HP and 225LB-FT Torque
– Getrag 260 5-speed Manual Transmission
– Original BMW stereo, speakers, power antenna fully functioning, even BMW tape deck cleaner
– All features, lights, buttons, inside and out are fully functioning properly
– Heavy duty floormats
– BBS chrome 16″ wheels with nice 225/55/16 tires
– Rear air conditioning and drink cooler works great
– Suspension has been updated with Bilstein shock absorbers

This car runs and drives like you would expect it to as new in 1988, it runs nice and smooth, the engine purrs and pulls hard to redline, the suspension soaks up road imperfections as it should in a world-class touring car.

Noted Imperfections:
– Very small clearcoat loss (about quarter sized) driver’s side fender near base of windshield
– Shift knob is loose
– Scuffed paint on driver’s side front fender top edge
– Trunk can get stuck if opened too far
– Driver’s side interior door handle shows slight wear and is pulling away from door card slightly
– Center console leather has two small imperfections
– There are a two slight depressions in the roof, and one in the hood, very hard to see unless you look, easy to correct
– The exhaust has a broken hangar and the muffler is somewhat rusty, it does not leak
– A metal bracket attached to the front driver’s side frame rail, that appears to be an attachment point for an engine undertray is bent
– Rubber seals around outer door handles need replacement
– I cannot discern whether the memory function on the power seats work, all power functions work great however
– Slight scuff on driver’s side rear bumper

Contact:
My name is Ian, and I am here to help you with your purchase. Do you have any questions about the vehicle? Call my direct line at (505) 449-1316 or email me at iriela@powerfordnm.com.

This sales account is brand new, and as such we realize that we have yet to build up a large background of positive reviews on eBay. Our sales team is well versed in eBay auctions however, and we will treat all bidders with the same care and respect we treat all our customers at Power Ford. Please feel free to contact us, we are here to address your concerns and provide you with customer service that is second to none!

I have a complete album with 100 pictures including underbody and all detail shots of imperfections in this web album: Photo Album. Listed below are some pictures of the car as it is right now. Some minor defects in the white paint were too difficult for the camera to pick up and are hard to detect even by human eye and shots are not included.

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For a dealer, this car seems to be very honestly presented, which if you follow auctions is fairly remarkable. The seller notes the small details that are imperfections on the car, and seems to actually know what it is, too – a bit of a rarity. As the seller notes, the later cars are hard to find with a manual transmission. This car has the extended leather option like the M cars, and it looks to be in fantastic condition. Also rare for an Ebay dealer are all of the records which come with the car, making this the one to look at seriously. Downside? Well, the 528i spec wheels in chrome fit the Hollywood origins, but not the car. That said, wheels are a pretty easy fix and generally an individual item anyway, and while I’m not a fan of those wheels on this car it certainly wouldn’t stop the sale for me.

Values of these 6s have been all over the map as of late – some M6s pushing $20,000 plus for nice examples, but some 635s failing to sell well under $10,000. As the last of the breed and equipped with a manual condition, with all records and in good condition, this is the most valuable of the non-M models currently, and I would expect it to be priced between $10,000 – $12,000 depending on interest. I do hope that this dealer receives positive feedback for their ad print as I really think they advertised the car the way we all like to see it. It’s hard to believe, but in most states around me, this car could be registered as an antique and enjoyed on the weekends and at shows – rather than purchase an older car that has more needs, this might be a smart way to have a great looking and reliable weekender!

-Carter

Get Wild: BMW E9 with E30 M3 fenders

*This project is in no way endorsed by the author or GermanCarsForSaleBlog, and all vehicles, pictures, and unholy unions are the sole responsibility of the creator and seller*

Juuuuust in case my E30 Cabrio didn’t make you feel weird enough on the inside, we’re going full-on Al Yankovic today with a BMW 3.0 CSi that has had E30 M3 fenders grafted on. It’s not that they did a bad job – in fact, I’m impressed they were able to pull it off as cleanly as they did. This car is just one of those “why?”s that may never be answered. I love the CSL – why not do those flares? I guess the E30 M3’s cache has spilled throughout the decades. It is on German eBay though, and I can only imagine what insanities German eBay contains. I’m guessing a nice assortment of micro-tolerance measuring devices and unthinkable “sensual” items. I’m not going to look, but I assume as much because it has to be combinations like that which explain this car.

BMW 3.0CSi with M3 Fenders for sale on eBay Germany

BMW 3.0 CSI with front and rear wide fender extensions from the BMW M3 (E30) (Original BMW)! Vehicle was built with perfection by a vintage workshop. The car has been in hibernation for years and has now been woken up again. All fluids have been changed. Car has never seen rain. Total mileage since construction is approximately 8,000km!!

Engine: 3.0 L-Jetronic, Schnitzer head (complete), new bottom end, firing order manifold, oil cooler, electric fan, Sebring exhaust system, 5-speed manual

Chassis: Bilstein shocks, ALPINA stabilizers, ZF locking differential

Interior: New headliner, new seat covers, new carpet, RECARO seats, harness belts, VDO gauges

BBS RS-8 and 9×16, with 225/50/16 and 245/45/16. Almost every screw, cable, seal, etc. is new. Vehicle 100% rust free!!

NO EMAILS!! (I’m not always on the computer) PLEASE CALL!!!

I don’t hate this car at all. It would be a funny oddity to see at a car show and again the execution is pretty nice. What really sets me off is that the builder has removed the grace and beauty from each of the cars he combined. The 3.0CSi no longer looks like a machine that could flow in space or water just as well as on the road. The magnificence of the E30 M3’s box fenders is that they accentuate the perfect horizontal line down the side of the E30. On the E9, they angle slightly downwards to the ends, making it appear as though the whole car is bending while high-centered.

If you’re looking for some funky German weird though, you may have found your car. I can guarantee you won’t see any others like it. Now, who wants to cough up between €12-16k?

-NR