1993 BMW M5

It’s hard to find a single owner “M” car these days, even harder to find one that was assembled by a single person. This 1993 BMW M5 checks both those boxes and has the added bonus of having traveled a paltry 9,880 miles in its 22 year lifespan. Perhaps that’s why I didn’t get sticker shock when I reviewed this listing. I get it, this is an extremely rare opportunity to drive a legendary vehicle in true showroom condition. If I had $63k to spend on a car I would go out and snatch this thing up right now. I mean, you’d have to be crazy to get a comparably priced new BMW instead of this car. By the time you put any kind of major miles on it the value will have only held steady or decreased very little. Aside from just being a fun to drive, final year North American M5’s are highly sought after for their minor cosmetic upgrades like the iconic “Throwing Star” wheels and the Shadowline Exterior package. The fact that these were the last handbuilt BMW’s available in America only adds to this car’s intriguing portfolio. Seriously, there’s so much to love about this car from an investment standpoint that you almost forget that it’s also just a damn fine car to drive.

The E34 M5 was powered by the S38 inline-6, the last M5 motor to share DNA with the legendary BMW Motorsport engines. It made 310 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque; not crazy by today’s standards but it’s enough to put a big old smile on your face. Europe saw powered bumped to 335 hp in ’91 and the addition of a 6-speed manual transmission in ’95 because it’s Europe and they get all the good stuff. Speaking of which, in 1992 the folks at M Division built their first estate car and it remains, in my humble opinion, the coolest fast wagon in the history of fast wagons. I will endeavor to find a solid example to write about in the near future as we are only two years away from being able to legally import those beauties. For now we’ll just have to make due with sedan examples like this one, I suppose it could be worse.

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Coupe Week: 1989 BMW 635CSi

There are few cars that stir my emotions the way the E24 does. It is far and away my favorite BMW coupe and arguably one of the greatest automotive designs of all time. Few vehicles capture the essence of the 80s the way this car does and I think it is for that reason that I am fascinated with it. One of my long time goals has been to buy a car from the year I was born, but in the instance of the 635CSi I’d be better off adjusting that two years forward in order to get the updated version of the “Senior Six” M30 engine, which sported an increased compression ratio and updated Bosch Motronic DME.

This particular CSi has a laundry list of attractive qualities that lead me to believe it’ll sell for it’s Buy It Now price of $15,900. Though the lister has done an exceptional job of photographing the car he’s left out a number of details I’d be sure to include were I the one with the car up for sale. The seller notes that the vehicle is a one owner example but fails to mention that this is a final year vehicle, a year that only 61 manual 635s made it to our fair shores. Adding to the rarity is the all leather interior on this particular vehicle though the story of how the original owner took delivery in Germany leads me to believe that its not one of the ultra rare “L6” or “Luxury 6” 635s. Those cars were outfitted with all available options, a full leather interior and then shipped from the factory as a 635 CSi to the US where they were rebuilt by BMW of North America. The full leather interior would be an absolute must have were I to get one of these cars as it maximizes the vibe of glorious excess, which is what this car is all about.


Year: 1989
Model: 635CSi
Engine: 3.4L inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 73,184 mi
Price: $15,000 Buy It Now


For sale and offered for the 1st time since new is a true and documented one owner 1989 BMW 635CSi, Black on Black, 5 Speed.

The owner ordered his BMW at the local dealer here in Miami and took delivery of the car in Germany (US version) on July 4th 1989, drove it around for a week and brought it back to to the US were it has spent the rest of its life. Since then it’s been garaged kept and serviced as per the schedule. However, in 2003 the owner put the car up on jacks and stored it, and has remained there until recently. It’s undergone a fluid change, battery replacement and new brake pump.

In our opinion this 635CSi has to be one of the nicest examples available today. The car is 100% original. It has never seen a collision and the Carfax report will reflect the same. The paint is original! The exterior has no major dents, dings or scratches. Very minor wear and tear may be visible under close inspection, but it is truly remarkable to see an original black 1989 car show the way this one does. Zero rust, not even around the moonroof.

Same is to be said for the black leather interior. No major scratches, rips or stains only less than average wear and tear for a 1989. Unfortunately the dash does have cracks (see photos).

Absolutely everything on this car works, including: interior and exterior lights, wipers, radio, power seats, all four power windows, mirrors, a/c, horn, moonroof, etc.. The rear shade is manual, but won’t retract, must be due to the fact it’s been extended for so long. It is however in excellent condition.

Mechanically the car is sound. Both engine and transmission both sound and feel incredibly smooth. Clutch feels great and no grinding in the gearbox. The front shocks are original and would need to be replaced as they have little pressure and give the car a “floating” sensation when driving. Current milage is 73,184.

Included in the sale are the original factory tools, books, spare, warning triangle road hazard reflector, and mats. Service manual does reflect a lot of the services.

This is actually one of those rare cases where the car a looks better in person than it does in the photos. Locals are welcome to see in person! Don’t miss the opportunity to be the 2nd owner on this incredible machine.

I have included as many photos possible to assist in my description. However, if you require additional photos and/or have any questions please feel free to contact me, Gaston via message or call/text (786) 486-7746. International bidders welcome!

If the car needs to be shipped, I’ll are more than happy assist in the logistics for pick up and drop off. If you need a shipping quote please send zip code and I will have a price for you immediately. All shipping costs are at buyers expense.

This is a private sale and sold AS-IS. Please do not assume anything that may not be described. Ask all questions before committing to buy. No warranty or guarantee expressed, written or implied. 

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Thanks again and Happy Bidding!!

Of the many reasons why this car would be a smart buy, I think the strongest is the knowledge that you would be the second owner. It’s crazy that you’d be one of two people to have ever been the caretaker of such an impressive machine. Crazier still that the first owner only logged 73,184 miles on the damn thing in 26 years! I mean these vehicles were built to eat up long stretches of road for days on end and to do so in supreme style. Were I to get this thing I don’t think I could resist the urge to take it on road trips around the western US, it’s just such an inspiring vehicle.

Now as one would expect with a vehicle of its age, it does have a few minor issues. The dash is cracking though it appears to be minimal, the rear sunshade is stuck in its extended position and the front shocks need to be replaced as they are the originals. I’m pretty sure that the cost of addressing those issues would be well worth it and then some. I mean just look at those rear seats, what other coupe has rear seats that you just want to plop down in and go for a ride?! For me the E24 is an example of a car that nailed it both inside and out. The design is timeless, the performance is legendary and its impact on the industry is still felt today. The C126 Mercedes is great and all but it doesn’t even come close to reaching the swagger of the E24. Pretty soon I think we’re going to see prices begin to rise steadily on these vehicles so now is without a doubt the time to get one. If my S4 Avant sold tomorrow I think I’d be on a plane to Miami as soon as the check cleared. This is surely one of the best classic BMW deals I’ve seen going back to when I first started reading GCFSB and I am so pleased to have been able to write up such a fantastic vehicle.



One-owner 1981 BMW 528i


I love my E28 and it’s still the generation for me, but the earlier BMW model lineup intrigues me, piqued by the Bavaria down the street I bike by every day and ranging from the 2002 to the E9 and E12. Today’s example of the first BMW midsize sedan to truly be a 5er is impeccable, even after 130k miles thanks to one careful owner. The interior’s leather and wood combo looks fantastic over three decades on. There are a few bumps and dings, reflecting that it is a real car that has seen real use, but overall it shows the kind of love and attention that I wish all classic car owners would give to their autos, from the well-maintained engine bay to the impressively-clean tool tray. With no reserve and a low starting point, this could be a cheap entry into a great mix of classic luxury and sportiness.

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One-owner 1979 Volkswagen Dasher


My late-70s VW knowledge and interest usually circulate the Rabbit and the Vanagon, but today we have an impressively-kept example of the first water-cooled VW sold in the US – the Dasher. It may not be much of a prancer, but if you’re into brown 35 year old, 35mpg everymans cars with hubcaps, today is your day. It’s only covered 49k miles in those 35 years, leaving it crisp and clean inside and out.

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One-owner 1987 BMW 325


Perfect, unmolested E30s are a thing of beauty for so many reasons. The few around here are driven by old folks, and I think about them lovingly enjoying the quintessential sports sedan they bought over 2 decades ago. Today’s is of the refreshingly clean and original variety, living with the same owner in Arizona since it was bought. In that time, he hasn’t quite covered 100k miles and has clearly doted upon this creampuff inside and out – check out the smashing AutoCheck score. Sure, E30s are great for Lemons, but they’re also great for just about everything – that’s why they have become the legend they are today. If you’re looking for an almost-new, pleasantly normal copy, watch this no-reserve auction and hope it stays reasonable!

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Setting the bar: One-owner 1988 BMW E30 M3 with 77k miles


Last week I wrote up a heavily-modified E30 M3 that, while decently executed, tended towards the impure and thus more-accessible end of the spectrum. Reflection on the first M3’s still-accelerating prices usually involves an example with many caveats and speculation on what a fictional “creampuff” might reach. Well, folks, today is that creampuff. One owner has taken it 77,000 careful miles between nights in the garage, it’s Alpineweiss over red leather, and is completely unmodified. Look up “perfect stock E30 M3” in your dreams and the pictures show this exact car. So the question lies: what does the most unblemished and cared for E30 M3 cost these days? Almost 40 bids have pushed the reserve-on price over $30k. What do you think? $10k more? $15k? $20,000 more?!


Year: 1988
Model: M3
Engine: 2.3L S14 inline four
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 77,000
Price: Reserve-on auction at $30,000 at time of writing

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In the face of most omissive and annoying descriptions, I can’t get angry for one that is TOO informative. A wikipedia-worthy M3 history and thoughtful dealer questions are too long to be copied here but a decent read on the eBay listing:

The M3 is certainly one of the most original, long term ownership (virtually one owner from date of purchase in 1987 – July, 2012) unmodified to be offered in years. It is rare to see M’3 offered for sale as most are coveted by collectors / enthusiasts but to come across a car that has been “hidden” for over a dozen years is remarkable. As important is the fact that when the car was new it was used very sparingly by its mature physician owner, never abused, and, of course, never tracked or raced.

This particular M3 has signs of being very well cared for by the one adult owner for all of its life. An inspection of the undercarriage and photos (part of the listing) suggests the car may not have even been driven in the rain! The body is perfectly straight with excellent original paint and even the “M” pin-striping as applied by the dealership when the car was delivered.


-Early production car (4/87) Note: Virtually all USA delivered M3’s were titled as 1988 models despite production dates that ranged from 3/97 on.
-Finished in factory correct & rare combination of Alpine White & Cardinal Red leather
-Tri-Color BMW “M” Pin-striping
-Numbers matching engine & 5-speed transmission
-Factory stock and correct BBS wheels
-100% BMW body panels with excellent gaps & fitment
-New, correct Michelin tires added within 500 miles
-Original factory AM/FM radio and correct rear package tray mounted factory speakers (Note: Radio shows “Code” in photos but we have the original code to enter and the radio works fine)
-Totally stock engine and engine bay (no added aftermarket air cleaners, strut bars or other items)
-Like new trunk with factory rear mat / carpet & spotless spare tire well with absolutely NO Rust
-Factory spare, & tools (Never removed..refer to photos)
-BMW Owner’s Manuals including:
-M3 Supplement Owner’s Manual
-BMW Anti-Theft Radio Manual with Installation Instructions
-NOAA Weather Radio Booklet
-Limited Warranty Booklet – BMW
-BMW Roadside Assistance Booklet
-BMW Service Locations Booklet
-Roadside Assistance ID Cards
-100% Stock Interior in beautiful condition
-Front seats just professionally recovered using matching correct leather “hides”
-Excellent rear seat with beautiful patina but NO damage, rips, tears
-Seat belts totally free from fraying / signs of wear
-Perfect headliner
-Stock and perfect sun-visors
-Fully functional sun roof
-Factory BMW / BBS mesh wheels
-Stock 4 wheel disc brakes
-Stock widened M3 fenders
-Clear California Title
-Totally 100% Clean Auto Check and Car Fax Reports IMPORTANT NOTE:
AutoCheck rates the BMW at “45” with the range for similar cars being 11-29! This represents the highest rating on a car of this vintage that we ever seen on AutoCheck. Car Fax also shows a totally clean report and “Adds” a significant amount “Above Retail” due to the BMW’s exceptional history and low, low mileage.


The E30 M3 represents a rare, low mileage M3 that has a history of being cared for by one owner for close to 25 years. The car is in absolutely magnificent condition and is arguably one of the, if not the finest example in the United States.

The cosmetic quality of the car is superb with even the most minor flaws requiring close critical inspection to be noticed. The front of the E30 is free from rock chips and damage and the car was garaged and properly stored for its entire life (and it shows). The interior is the same high quality and the photos accurately reflect the overall quality of the exterior, interior, underside and engine bay.

The car has been inspected by BMW specialists with the following observations:
-Tires appear almost new
-Remaining brake pads 10mm (Front) / 8mm (Rear)
-No rust or undercarriage damage
-Fully functional lighting systems (Passed safety inspection)
-In 100% stock condition with the exception of the change of “wear” items
-Straight damage free body & exceptional paint quality

We ask that you review the 100~ photographs carefully since, in the case, the old adage “A photograph is worth a thousand words” is very appropriate. Please contact us if we can answer any questions regarding this lovely M3 (925-846-1451).


Over the years, we have driven literally hundreds of BMW’s and owned almost as many! They have been our choice as our regular high performance “drivers” and we love that they offer a wonderful combination of performance, handling, comfort and good looks. The E30 is popular for good reason but locating original examples has become extremely difficult.

Whether cold or warm the BMW fires up immediately with a smooth idle. The engine is free from any noises and the car does not leak fluids. The clutch engages properly and without fuss and as you shift from first to second gear you notice how solid and tight the car feels. No rattles, squeaks or indication that you’re driving a quality high performance BMW.a nice feeling.

As you begin to drive you also appreciate the “green-house” affect that the BMW M3 offers resulting in great visibility. Additionally you are reminded that the driving position is excellent and that the car would make a great long distance touring car in addition to being a practical, fast and fun everyday or weekend car for use on those twisty back roads.

Once you gain momentum it is clear that this car is considerably more fun to drive than a stock “3-Series”, especially in the “Twisties.” The suspension is taut, well damped and the steering precise and certain. The braking system is excellent as a result of the improved M3 components, the M3 stops straight and sure. The emergency brake is properly adjusted and fully functional.

The BMW has the perfect exhaust note from the stock exhaust system and the combination the high-revving 16-Valve engine and the wonderful suspension makes this car and absolute delight to drive. While the stock sound system is fully functional, we would much prefer to listen to the sound of the engine instead of the radio!

This particular car runs and drives as it did when it was delivered new to its original owner. The BMW is extremely comfortable under all driving conditions ranging from a regular high end driver to a car that will be appreciated at any BMW gathering, show or special event.


I’ve never seen pinstriping on the M3, and while different, I don’t mind how they accentuate the fat fenders. I never thought I’d like stripes on an M5 either, but mine have certainly grown on me. I’m intrigued to see where this one lands. While the wave of a valuation bubble can be entertaining, it’s getting to the point where I want them to slow down a little so a few more normal people can buy and enjoy them.


One-owner 1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E – REVISIT

The monotone black 500E we featured last month is back up for sale on eBay for the same $22,900 Buy it Now price. This is the third time we’re aware of this car being listed. Will this time around be a charm, then?

1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E on eBay – REVISIT

The below post originally appeared on our site November 16, 2012:

It can be hard to think back very far in Mercedes history over the deafening roar of the AMG engines made over the past few years. Those in the know realize that one special Benz from the early 90s demands respect and deference. The ultimate fist-in-a-velvet-glove, the 500E came from a time when Porsche was farming out their expertise, helping other German companies take their cars to a whole new level. The fact that the 500E was produced alongside the Audi RS2 is enough street-cred that I should shut up and let this car speak for itself.

1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E for sale on eBay

This beautiful 1992 Mercedes 500E sedan is a rare find indeed. It was purchased by it’s only owner here in Indianapolis and has remained in his private car collection until we recently obtained it from him. The car is custom finished in standard 040 black exterior. While most USA cars were finished in pearl black or silver exteriors. The owner had the black metallic finish stripped and professionally refinished in traditional 040 black when the car was only a few weeks old because he only collected solid black cars. It is a beautiful example of a very rare car. Only about 500 cars were sold in the USA per year in the first few years of production. These interesting cars were a collaberative effort between Mercedes and Porsche to build the ultimate sport sedan. Developed in conjunction with Porsche, the Mercedes 500E was based on the popular 300E model which had been released in 1986. Each 500E was transported back and forth between the Mercedes plant and Porsche’s Rossle-Bau plant in Zuffenhausen during assembly and hand built, taking a full 18 days to complete each model.

The 500E had a naturally aspirated 5.0L V8 engine derived from the 500SL roadster. Sports car braking performance also came from SL components: front SL500 300 mm disks with 4-piston calipers came installed on the 1992 and early 1993 cars. Rear brakes on all years were 278 mm brakes from the 500SL. In the USA, the 500E came fully loaded, with the only options available to the buyer being a dealer-installed CD changer and an integrated cellular telephone. The 500E was only with four seats in left hand drive, with the four leather seats supplied by Recaro (the fronts heated). Called the “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” by the press,[3][4] performance tests of the day yielded impressive results: 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) times of 5.5 to 6.0 seconds and acceleration through the quarter-mile (0.4 km) in 14.1 seconds at 163 km/h (101 mph). The top speed was redline limited at 6,000 rpm to 260 km/h (~160 mph). It was rated at 16.8 L/100 km (14 mpg) in the city and 13.8 L/100 km (17 mpg) on the highway. With its aggressive stance: 1.5 inches wider track, 0.9 inch lower profile, subtle wider flared fenders, side skirts, front air-dam and wide tires, the 500E is easily distinguished from its lesser brethren. Because of its look, limited numbers, hand-built construction, and unique pedigree, the 500E is already considered a “classic”, even within Mercedes-Benz circles. We have just fully serviced and detailed this one so it is ready to be enjoyed by it’s next owner.

After holding steady for quite a while, 500E prices have gone through the roof in the past year, with perfect examples going for close to $30k. With just under 70k miles and looking very clean inside and out, the Buy-It-Now of $22,900 seems like a very fair price, especially in light of possible appreciation. My one gripe is that I hate chrome wheels and think any beastly Mercedes should be rolling on AMG Monoblocks, but that’s a personal (and easily fixed) gripe. This is a great example of a car that’s not only significant historically, but would still be blast to drive.


One-owner, 56k-mile 1988 BMW M6 for sale

This M6 looks like it walked straight out of an old doctor’s garage, and that’s a good look to have. Everything is in great shape, though some of the pictures make the wheels and paint look a little less-than-brilliant. But you know what? I’d rather buy a low-mileage M6 in need of a shine than one with mods and rims and miles. I just love the idea of an older gentleman (or lady) who got this car in the late-80s, appreciated the heavenly combination of shark and S38, and used it gently for almost 25 years. Now, they probably own a Lexus or a new 7-series, and they don’t have the youth to appreciate this old-school classic. Their readiness to let it go has led to a recent price drop from $23k to $20,995.

1988 BMW M6 for sale on Autotrader

All the dealership has to say:

Stunning ONE OWNER 1988 BMW M6 Finished in Red over Tan Leather Interior…. Featuring Rear Wheel Drive, 5-Speed Manual Transmission, Air Conditioning, Power Seats, Power Windows, and Much More…Consignment Vehicle…Complete Mechanical inspection available

Obviously I wish we could get the real story from the seller, but the hard facts are there: it’s a beautiful M6 in excellent shape inside and out with tons of life left. $21k is a lot of money for an E24, but in this condition and so few miles, I can’t see it going for much less.


Uber Clean 1990 Porsche 944 S2 For Sale

I have not been shy about my feelings on the Porsche 944 S2 cars.  You get the the looks and darn near the performance of the turbo cars without many of the headaches.  There are fewer of these running around than their turbo counterparts, even fewer with low miles.

1990 Porsche 944 S2:

Form the seller –

“Thank you for looking at this 944 s2 , always garaged and in perfect running order. This 1990 PORSCHE 944 S2 has had only one owner, that has done all the proper maintenance to keep it in perfect original condition. This  car has only 51962 original miles as the auto check report shows, has an excellent score for the age and condition.The interior is in original condition with no scuffing or tears to the  leather, the interior of this car as you can see in the photos is in awesome condition, aswell the exterior.  Everything on this car works the way it did when new ,  This car has all original manuals,tools and equipment that came with the car,the radio has been changed in order to be able to use mp3 players but i still have the original one as you can see. It recently had all the AC overhaul it has new springs and shocks, belts  and everything that has needed doing mechanically has been done. The body is straight with no rust.”

One owner, check.  Low miles, check.  Immaculate condition, CHECK!  All labels, the tool kit, the interior, paint, and engine compartment are darn near perfect.  That interior, let’s call it linen in color is really hard to keep clean and it looks flawless.  There is just a great deal to like here.

Even better it is available with no reserve, this S2 will sell.  The eBay community must be excited as well, thus far there have been 41 bids with a current bid at $12,350.  This is a $14-14.5k car all day long, I will be curious to see if potential buyers feel the same way.


One-owner, low-mile 1983 Mk1 Jetta Wolfsburg for sale

My first introduction to the Mk1 Jetta came from a Canadian Olympian I rowed with in college. His 1984 Jetta was clean and white (save for large red Maple leafs on the sides and later “84”s) and reminded me of my Rabbit Pickup. It was so little he could squeeze it between the bollards on campus and gain access to areas usually restricted to golf carts and bikes. Mayhem ensued. If I’d been in the market, I would have snatched it from him when he sold it at the end of college.

From the looks of it, today’s Jetta has seen no such mayhem, as it has covered just 100k miles in almost 30 years. Thanks to the love and care of the seller and original owner, we get a glimpse at what the 1983 Volkswagen Dealership floor looked like. Line up a GTI, Scirocco, Vanagon, and this, and I’d say you’re kicking 2012 Volkswagen’s ass. There aren’t many more details than the mileage, but if you’re into Mk1 Jettas or Jetta Coupes (shamefully only available in Mk1 and 2 models), it doesn’t get any better than this.

1983 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg for sale on eBay

Brevity is the soul of wit, supposedly:

I am the original owner of this car. Jetta has 100K miles and all original equipment. Never been in an accident. Paint is in excellent shape (garaged); metallic black. Would love to see this car go to a Jetta collector. From most accounts, this is a very rare car; 2 door, stick shift, with Wolfsberg interior, gauges on floor, etc.

I love it. It’s weird, it’s rare, it’s exceptionally clean but completely unmolested. And I can’t lie, I’m a sucker for vinyl spoilers. 11 bids have it at $2k, and in sympathy for the seller’s extreme care and probable distress at selling a deceptively rare car he’s loved for 30 years, I hope it can fetch at least twice that. Let’s hope a good VW enthusiast gets ahold of it.