1995 BMW M3

We just featured an E36 M3 Coupe last weekend, but I couldn’t pass up this 1995 model with its unique interior. Avus Blue is one of my favorites when it comes M3 colors and with a little over 66,000 miles, this M car for sale in North Carolina has a lot of thrills left to dish out.

Year: 1995
Model: M3
Engine: 3.2 inline six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 66,365
Price: $19,500

1995 BMW M3 on eBay

1995 BMW M3, two owner clean Carfax, only 66k original miles, extremely rare factory Alcantara interior, rare M double spoke forged wheels, beautiful Avus Blue metallic, all body panels are original with their VIN stickers still on them, and believe it or not Avus Blue paint is original except for the rear bumper. Completely stock except for upgraded Bilstein shocks, exceptionally nice condition, truly one of a kind.

The M3 we featured last week was four years newer and had 1,000 less miles than this car, and was priced a couple thousand dollars below this car. And even that price was a bit optimistic. This M3 looks to be in great shape and no doubt the Alcantara will appeal to certain enthusiasts who prefer this grippier upholstery for events such as track days. I think a lot of retailers are trying to ride off the E30 M3 coattails when it comes to E36 values. Perhaps the E36 has benefitted from a bit of E30 interest, but at almost $20,000, we’re getting into clean E30 M3 territory. I’d peg the value of this car somewhere between $13,000 and $15,000.


1999 BMW M3

With E30 M3s being all the rage, the E36 M3 is getting lost a bit in the shuffle amongst BMW enthusiasts. These are sport sedans with plenty of merit, as anyone who has driven one will tell you. This generation M3 also opened up the US market to more variants, such as the Cabriolet and Sedan. But for the purist, only the original two door will do. This final year E36 M3 Coupe for sale in Illinois is part of a dying breed, as fewer lower mileage E36s become available on the market as time goes on.

Year: 1999
Model: M3
Engine: 3.2 inline six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 65,800 mi
Price: $15,995

1999 BMW M3 on eBay

1999 BMW M3. The last year of the E36 M3. Don’t miss out on this beautiful M3 Coupe. Loaded up. 100% Carfax certified, 100% Autocheck certified. Clean vehicle history report. Meticulously maintained and extremely well cared for. Serviced at Concours BMW.

Inspection I & II performed

A/C condensor and lines replaced

A/C module replaced

A/C control panel replaced

Brake fluid flush

Power steering lines replaced

Coolant overflow tank replaced

Radiator replaced

Service records included.

Cosmos Black Metallic Exterior, Gray leather interior

240 hp, 3.2 liter inline 6 S52, 5-speed manual transmission

17″ polished 5-double spoke forged alloy wheels

Premium Harmon/Kardon Sound System

Power tilt/slide sunroof

Power front seats

Rear spoiler

Heated front seats

On board trip computer

Cruise control

It’s nice to see a regular, two door 1999 M3 Coupe for sale, as the glut of 1999 M3s I see are automatic cabriolets. I’ve never quite understood the appeal of the M3 cabriolet, as it misses the point when it comes to a honed performance machine. Almost $16,000 is a bit rich for an M3 with this kind of mileage. Realistically, this is about a $13,000 to $14,000 car at best. While the E36 M3 might pale in comparison on a purity level as compared to the original E30 M3, this is reflected in market values. At the moment, the time hasn’t been better to pick up one of these high performance 3 series.


1991 BMW M3

S14B23. Among Bimmer fanatics, this is a codeword for extraordinary. This was the name for the 2.3 liter engine found under the first generation BMW M3, a car that was campaigned successfully in numerous race series and revered by enthusiasts on the street. In the last couple years, this is a car that has emerged from the shadows of the young classic set and garnered the respect it has deserved. Automobile Magazine even named the E30 M3 as one of their “Five Greatest Drivers Cars of All Time.” With fame comes fortune, as they say, or fortune in the pockets of those who have a clean E30 M3 in their stable. Prices have shot through the roof for these cars and if you find one with under 100,000 miles in original, unmodified condition, well, you’ve got something special. This 1991 M3 for sale in California represents the final year the E30 M3 was offered for sale in the US.

Year: 1991
Model: M3
Engine: 2.3 inline four
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 70,000 mi
Price: $30,000

1991 BMW M3 on eBay

Some of you may have seen my other E30 M3 for sale. Here is my showroom condition 1991 BMW M3. The car just hit 70,000 original miles yesterday driving it home from my mechanics shop. There is no damage on this vehicle and has never been in any accidents. Recently serviced, I posted my most recent receipt totaling over $1100. Fresh oil change, transmission fluid, radiator fluid, wheel alignment, new brakes, tires, etc. Also just spent $600 on tires not including mounting and balancing. They are BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW tires. 225/45/16 all around. The transmission shifts extremely smooth, especially after flushing all the fluids. These cars are getting harder and harder to find, especially in excellent condition with this low of miles. 1991 was the last year BMW made the E30 M3, which happens to be the rarest year as well.

All power equipment is functioning properly. The air conditioning is ice cold and still works flawlessly. You won’t find a ding on this car. The entire car was just repainted less than 6 months ago. The gorgeous Diamond Schwartz paint shines beautifully as a collector quality vehicle should. Just replaced all the rubber window seals around the car as well. It hasn’t been modified in any way. The tires are brand new all around as you can see in the pictures. This M3 is a great investment as prices continue to rise due to the lack of clean M3’s available. I owned this M3 for about 5 months, decided to take another direction with my current financial situation. Need to sell in order to pay for graduate school and new apartment.

Feel free to call my mechanic that has worked on this car at (949) 466-1901. His name is Richard Michelangelo. Search for his reviews online or on yelp so you can see his credibility. The name of his shop is Michelangelo Motorwerks. I am also willing to meet with any of the local buyers at my mechanics shop so you can put the car on the lift and check it out from top to bottom.

Miles: 70,000

VIN: WBSAK0319MAE34402

Even though this car doesn’t need more flattery, the pictures offered up by the seller do a great job of drawing you in and taking in all the E30 goodness. Fifteen years have gone by, but I still wax poetically about my ’88 325is. This M3 though has me wanting one of these M legends more than ever. I wasn’t even put off by the seller’s asking price of $30,000, since we all are aware that unmolested examples can bring a mint nowadays. I’ve also seen worse examples out there advertised for much more than this car. As goes with many of my automotive fantasies, this is a case of wrong coast and bad timing on my part. This is a gorgeous M3 and I hope it finds a good home.

If we need a reminder of just how awesome these cars are, here’s some period DTM footage, replete with some upbeat ’80s music:


Canadian E28 M5

We’ve featured a few black-interior E28 M5s here on GCFSB, from both the 70 allotted to Canada and the 30 given to the US. I like the rarity of these cars, but prefer the more-common Natur interior.

Today’s M5 looks pretty clean with the standard wear and tear on the interior but a straight body and decent paint. With just 100 black-on-black M5s to choose from in North America, any time one comes up is significant for those on such a specific hunt. 190k miles sounds like a seller who knows a rebuild is coming and wants to pass on the effort and money required. I like the car, but the sparse listing that raises more questions than it answers is not befitting any BMW, let alone a rare-option E28 M5.

Year: 1988
Model: M5
Engine: 3.5 inline six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 310,000 km (~190,000 mi)
Price: $8,500 starting bid

1988 E28 M5 for sale on eBay in Canada

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Rare 1988 BMW M5 E28, fully loaded, black on black, Canadian car, located in Toronto, only 80 came to Canada. First generation M, hand maded quality from Germany back then, car is in good condition, runs good, shifts good, body good, no accidents, 8 out 10 condition. Car has 310,000 km (car is Canadian there for speedometer is in km). Only needs AC charge, sunroof sliders, and rear springs to be perfect.

I traveled across the country to buy my M5 because the owner offered up every little piece of information and document I could have ever wanted, explaining the needs and demonstrating that he loved and respected this car and wanted it to continue to be loved. Unfortunately, I get no such vibe from this seller. From the poorly framed pictures to pathetic ad copy, less is certainly not more here. He even rolls out the dreaded “AC Charge” claim. And for the rear springs, is the self-leveling suspension still there and just shot, or does it have new rear suspension that needs springs? Regardless, this black-on-black has the unfortunate stink of money pit. I think something closer to $6,500 would be a fair price for someone who was ready to commit time and energy to making this the gorgeous rare example it should be.


1994 BMW 850CSi

One of my favorite grand touring coupes, the 850CSi is the rarest of the E31 8-series cars with only 225 making it to North America. The 850CSi was the top of the heap performance wise, with the 375 bhp 5.6l V12, and a 6 speed manual gearbox, these cars shot to 60mph in the mid 5 second range, these cars were essentially the failed M8 project in plain clothes.

This black beauty for sale in Lebanon, Tennessee is a well cared for example of the quintessential ’90s grand tourer.

Year: 1994
Model: 850CSi
Engine: 5.6 V12
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 54,000 mi
Price: $54,995

1994 BMW 8-Series 850CSi on eBay


I am selling my 1994 850csi BMW serial # 00021, one of the lowest serial numbered 850csi in existence. This car has been inside my commercial building and is driven maybe 2 times per month. It is in excellent condition with all services kept up to date along with a new clutch installed last year with only 200 miles on it. It is very reliable mechanically and physically in great shape. This car has been pampered and needs a person who will treat it as such. This car is all original inside and out and never been wrecked or painted on. The lowest first runs on the assembly line and the last runs are the more collectable in value. The car is soon to be in the antique category and will be highly appreciated by collectors. This car is sold as is with no warranties implied. Car will be for sale locally, therefore I reserve the right to end auction early if sold prior to eBay auction ending! This car shows extremely well for an 18 year old original car! Remember this is not a new car and does have normal age and wear on it!  Thanks and good luck on a great car!

PS. I have had many questions about the head liner in this car, it is perfect which I have provided pictures! Also for those who have asked about this car having a cassette player, the multiple disc CD player is located in the trunk from the factory which I have provided pictures, everything works fine! The tires have very little wear on them.

This is the car that myself and many others lusted over in the ’90s. Even if it was a sled, and did 0-60 in 12.8 seconds, it wouldn’t have mattered as it’s one of the most beautiful cars BMW has ever produced. I’m amazed to see an 850CSi for sale in this shape, as they are rare to begin with. Add in the fact that it only has 54K miles, and suddenly the $54,995 price tag almost seems reasonable…I said almost. Putting all of the lust aside, and the rarity aside, my judgement is clearing up, and the $54K price tag seems a little bit in the stratosphere. After looking in to prices, and what these are selling for, I believe that the right BMW geek with deep pockets will want to snatch this up, however I would love to see a price tag in the $35K to $40K range. That is still way above market value, but reasonable considering the rarity and condition of this car. As always with cars like this, it’s not like you can just go to the dealer and grab one. When the opportunity presents itself, you have to pay if you want to play.


Top-of-the-class 1997 BMW M3

If timing had been slightly different, my ’88 M5 might actually be a ’98 M3 Sedan. The same friends’ dad’s M3 that was my first ///M experience was discussed as possibly up for grabs if I had $13-$14k. Alas, I did not at the time and have ended up with a car I like even more. That said, finding sub-40k mile E36s is no easy task, as their status as the “accessible” M3 has led many to succumb to high mileage and/or ill-advised modification. Just like the sedan I lusted after, today’s coupe has low miles and some well-chosen upgrades, representing the upper end of the E36 market.

1997 BMW M3 for sale on BMW CCA Classifieds

From the seller:

Bilstein PSS9 adjustable coil-over dampers, x-brace, camber plates, UUC sway bars, Turner sway bar subframe reinforcements, Mason strut brace, AA exhaust, metal thermostat housing & water-pump, up-to-date maintenance, history and original parts included, well cared for, garaged, driven once a month, excellent condition.

Great E36s like this are going to continue to rise in price, and it would be worth even more all original without the add-ons. With an asking price just under $18k, I’d think there’s a little room for negotiating. If everything checks out and it is as nice as you would hope for a 39k-mile car, paying $15-16k wouldn’t be unreasonable.


Black Interior 1988 BMW M5

While the European E28 M5s are cool and come in lots of colors and trim, I love the history of the North American M5. To ship them across the pond, BMW just loaded them up with every option, painted them all Schwarz and sent ’em over. Some could see the homogeneity as a negative, but with only 1340 on the continent, rarity is never an issue.

Other than aftermarket modifications, the one unique feature you might find on E28 M5s is black interiors. While almost all came with Natur leather inside, all 71 of Canada’s allotment and 30 of the US cars came with black interiors. I dig my Natur, but there’s no denying that a black interior completes the Vader effect. There’s plenty of debate on the boards as to how much this rarity can influence the value, but the general consensus being that there are other factors that are more important in an M5’s value. Today’s example looks clean but has a few needs that must be taken into account.

1988 BMW M5 for sale on eBay

As you know this vehicle is very rare model of old BMW. Running condition is still very good. However some function are repair required to be condition. I have two fun repair listing now. One is replace odo meter small plastic gear that broken on this August when I push od meter reset. I had drive around 400miles. I have replacement part already and attache when I sale. The other repair is Self Leveling System in rear shock unit. Other functional equipment are working good. I have to move to other country in next year. I hope this vehicle sale to big BMW enthusiast——. Thank you.

Much, much research needs to be done before you buy this M5. The valve cover spans a few main questions:
– Why/when was the cover painted red? Was the engine rebuilt in its 158k miles, or did someone just think red was cool and did it real quick while the valves were being adjusted at their regular interval?
– Do the maintenance records exist to ensure the valves have been taken care of?
– Is it a Canadian or US car?

The rear suspension will be a costly fix and is likely a main reason the seller is deciding to pass it on. The reframe here is that you’ll get to choose the suspension set up you want to take its place. The odo gear is an easy fix for a little money.

This could be an awesome car, made slightly more awesome by the rare interior. But at 158k miles, if it hasn’t been rebuilt yet, it will probably need to be some time in the 50k miles. Mostly, you just want to know as much as you can before you get into an E28 so that it’s not total money pit, or if it is, you’re prepared for it. The lack of information is probably why just 3 people have bid it to $6,750, below reserve and well below the $9k BIN. E28 M5s are inching upwards, but unless there are some great answers to the above questions, somewhere between $8k and $9k seems right.


1997 BMW M3

Now this is more like it. An E36 with a proper 5-speed manual gearbox. Following on to the M3 sedan we featured on Tuesday, this M3 coupe is one year old, has more mileage, but has the all important third pedal. While E30 M3 prices are launching into the stratosphere, these mid ’90s sport coupes are still hovering in more affordable price bracket, allowing enthusiasts of average means to experience the power of M.

1997 BMW M3 on BMW CCA Classifieds

harman/kardon sound, sunroof, cruise control, heated seats, BMW alarm, keyless entry, in-dash CD, Bilstein shocks, three-spoke M steering wheel, new tires, ice cold a/c, non-smoker, meticulously maintained, dealer serviced, all scheduled maintenance, all records, no snow, looks & drives great, very clean interior, excellent condition, needs nothing.

Even though I like the sedan better, I certainly would opt for this M3 over yesterday’s sedan, even though this car has higher mileage. If the car is as well maintained as the seller is representing, I’d maybe stretch to $11,000, as M3 Coupes of this vintage that are closing in on 100,000 miles are typically bringing $8,000 to $10,000.


1998 BMW M3 Sedan

The E36 M3 sedan is my favorite version of this hot BMW. I’ve driven several, both with the 5-speed manual and automatic transmissions. Tight suspension, practicality and a punchy inline six made for a very attractive package. Obviously the 5-speed was the more entertaining drive of the pair, as it gave better access to the entire powerband. As successive generations of M3s have been released, I still prefer the E36 M3 sedan over all that succeeded it. This M3 for sale in Atlanta has low mileage but unfortunately has two pedals. I guess you can’t always get what you want…

1998 BMW M3 Sedan on eBay

This car is perfect and I’m willing to prove it. Make an appointment with any local to me mechanic and I will take it there to get it checked, at your cost.

Private seller and second owner. 1998 BMW M3, Arctic Silver paint over Dove gray interior, with automatic transmission. The car has 30,739 miles and it in near perfect condition. Wheels are perfect with no curb marks at all. Paint is 99% with just a couple tiny rock chips on the front bumper. The interior is also all original and looks great with minimal wear, I’ve never seen 15 year old BMW seats that look this good. It has never had any kind of body work or paint done on it at all everything is original and close to perfect. This BMW has never been modified at all and spent it’s entire life in south Florida until last year when I took it to Atlanta GA. The first owner bought this car when he retired and put 26,000 mile on it in 14 years. I’ve had it for the last year and it has been perfect and trouble free. I just bought a 911 so this needs to go to a new home.

I have meticulously maintained this car and done tons of preventative maintenance including rebuilding all the brake calipers and changing discs and pads with OEM parts. I’ve also replaced all the weather stripping on the outside of the car with OEM replacement parts in the attempt to make this car as close to new as possible. It also has new tires with approximately 2500 miles on them and a 4 wheel alignment. I have never had any problems with this car and it starts up and runs like it is brand new. Please feel free to ask me any questions.

I’ve always been baffled as to why someone would have bought an M car, even if it is a sedan, with an automatic transmission. If this car had a 5-speed, it certainly would be more valuable. As it stands, this might be a $10,000 or so car. If it had the 5-speed, it might be worth the asking price to the right buyer.


1987 BMW M3

The legend that is the BMW M3 began with this car right here. Production commenced in September 1986 and ran through 1992 and forever changed was the compact sports saloon game. A champion on both the road and track, these cars are revered to this day like few other M cars. This M3 for sale in The Netherlands is a first year model that looks great in black with the red pinstripe on the bumpers and some distinctive five spoke wheels.

1987 BMW M3 on JamesList

Onboard computer, sport steering wheel. Very rare and in immaculate condition. BMW M3 in the most equipped version! Only driven 94,000. Absolutely accident free! Interior is absolutely original and unique! Car was originally sold in Italy and is equipped with an original air conditioning and a sunroof. 1987 is also the first year of production of this very limited and exclusive BMW. Specially designed for Group A of the European Touring Car Championship. Roberto Ravaglia won directly in the first year of WTCC and the following years also different touring car titles, including the DTM in 1989. Therefore, the most successful “touring car” at all! An absolute collector’s item!

It’s not news that E30 M3 prices are skyrocketing. But even considering that, $50,000 is a big ask for one of these cars. Realistically, this M3 might bring $35,000 to $40,000 tops to the right buyer. Only the lowest mileage, museum quality E30 M3s may breach the $50,000 mark here in the US.