As promised here is part two of my SCCA BMW racer finds. This one is a newer 1997 BMW 318i.
Very similar specs to my previous BMW racer post. Exhaust, short shift kit, adjustable shocks, and safety equipment. Unlike my previous post though t his one does not come with any log books, which is too bad.
It is another chance to get an entry level car for fairly cheap. Seller is looking for $10,500. They don’t give much info about how many races are on the engine, etc., which would be important to find out before buying.
I found a couple of turn key BMW racers ready to go for the new season. First is this 325i with a 26,500 mile M50 engine. The car has been stripped and upgraded, weighing in at 2900 lbs. Headers, short shift kit, adjustable shocks, Borla exhaust, and safety equipment. The owner states the car was last raced in 2006 so a new owner if they want to race it in recognized series will likely have to run through everything to make sure it meets current code requirements. The seller wants $12,000. Car doesn’t come with spare parts like you usually see these do, but does include several sets of rims and tires.
Race history includes:
2002 Cannonball One Lap of America
2003 BMW Club Racing (JPClass): Three 1st & One 2nd place finish
2004 SCCA: Five 1st, Five 2nd, Three 3rd place finishes
CMP Track Record (8/2004) SARRC Championship
2006 PBOC: Two 1st place finishes (R6 Class)
Flying the Gulf colors, this vintage racer’s paint almost looks too clean to take to the track.
The car comes with known history back to 1965 and $136,000 in receipts. The blueprinted engine has less than an hour on its current build. The Solex carbs and JE pistons setup has the engine bumping out 171 horsepower.
As the owner says, with all the history the car has racing it should be well sorted and the documentation should help keep that way.
This 2002 is being sold by someone who appears to be new to eBay, it looks legit, but as with any low feedback sellers be wary.
The description is good about what has been done to the car, but is lacking in information about race history, which is crucial when selling a racer. We really need to know what series the car was campaigned in, if any, SCCA, SVRA, HSR, etc. How many hours/races are on the motor? Giving previous lap times at tracks also can be good to include when selling a race car.
The seller mentions that the sale includes a “vintage SCCA log book”, but it isn’t clear if this is just any old log book or if it shows history that this car was raced when young. Looking it over it does not appear that this car was raced years ago, but instead converted much more recently. A car with genuine vintage race history will bring a higher price and also be welcomed at more vintage racing events.
A new owner wanting to campaign this should really talk to the current owner and check the rulebook for any potential race organization they plan to race under. The preparation on this car definitely looks like a weekend wrencher so it is possible it was just taken out for rental track days. This might mean it will need a number of mods to qualify for a group like SVRA. A potential buyer could also see if the current owner has any spares stashed away that could be negotiated into the purchase.
The body does look solid and this could be pretty fun to zip around in off the track too.
From the seller, here is a description and a list of modifications:
Suspension *Carerra Coil Overs Front with extra springs*Bilstein Shocks*Race Springs*Super Oversize Sway Bars*Rear Adjustable Oversize Sway Bars
*Adjustable Camber Plates Front ENGINE *300 Degree Alpina Euro Cam *10 to 1 Dome Top Pistone *Bored 20 or 40 over *Modified Baffled Oil Pan *32/36 Weber Carb *Modified Jets in Carb *Polished Intake *Headers *HOT Coil (Top End Performance) *Carter Hi Volume Fuel Pump (Top End Performance) *Pertronix Ignition *Electric Radiator Fan *Special “Tropical” Radiator (La Jolla Independent) *Light weight fly wheel *New Crank Bearings DRIVETRAIN * 5 Speed 275 Gertrag (320i transmission) *Shortened and Balanced Drive shaft *410 Locked Rear End INTERIOR * Reccaro Seats *Performance Steering Wheel *5 Point harness *Roll Bar welded and bolted *Roll Bar tied to the rear shock towers (Stiffens rear suspension) *Large Dead pedal *Gauges / Toggles / Push button start *Stripped rear and no carpet EXTERIOR *Nice Race white paint *NO RUST interior or exterior *Vintage Wheels 2 sets *Race slicks Hankook *European Front Marker Lights (flush for better aerodynamics) *New BMW logo’s *On Off Battery Switch OTHER *Battery in trunk *Stainless Steel Brake Lines *Headlight Housings available *Vintage SCCA LOG BOOK *Front Spoiler with brake duct vents *INCLUDED IN SALE IS THE Tii FUEL INJECTION *NOT INCLUDED IN SALE but available is a tandem wheel trailer with electric brakes
The ex-Bill Auberlen, Joey Hand, Boris Said, Will Turner, Turner Motorsports car is from the Grand Am Cup/Koni Challenge and was purpose built from the ground up. The ad has videos of the car on track and an extensive list of the vehicle’s preparation.
The 3.2 liter engine pushing “around” 400 horsepower has 6 hours on it. The six speed manual has 15 hours on the clock.
The seller says the car has $50,000 worth of engineering time put into the suspension setup.
This car is a lot of money, there are far cheaper ways to get into racing, but it is pretty nice to jump into a car that you know has already been well setup and comes with track notes. It sure looks like a fun car.
The car has traveled the country to race, I noted the unmistakable image of the Watkins Glen race track taped to the steering wheel in one of the pictures.
Newcomer to eBay, but not to the business, Club Carrera Motors has an entire fleet of Porsche vintage racers now available for you on eBay.
A couple racers, including a 56 speedster that raced from day 1, some build up race cars, and a few street cars. They look good and have plenty of pictures and info in their listings. Prices are a bit high. If you want to have an instant race team for SCCA, SVRA, HSR, etc., I bet you could get yourself a deal if you bought them all.
From high to low price wise:
Now just pick up to take them with you to the track. Hey it is Mercedes powered so it is German.
Who out there is brave? If taking risks on vehicles is your sort of thing, how about pulling this 1974 911 racer from the weeds in Japan? Seller says the car used to sport a 3.2 liter, but now has a new 3.6 liter engine. It is clearly race setup, but also seems to need a thorough going over. The lack of description, shady pictures, some dated 2005, and fact the car is in Japan makes the $27,500 ask price way out there. (Even considering the current exchange rate) The seller does have lots of high res photos here and here. Who’s feeling daring?
Not really our typical bag on this blog, but what the heck.
Buy this bad boy that needs some work now, sort it out over the winter, and you’ll be all set for next year’s vintage racing season. Or turn it into one hell of a street car, although I doubt unleashing close to 1000 horsepower through a race gearbox and suspension will result in something that could genuinely be called streetable.
It is up at $175,000, reserve not met, and it comes with a spare engine. Get yourself a piece of racing history, and then find a pit crew.
The seller’s description:
Driven by John Andretti, Davy Jones and David Hobbs This car only has two races on it therefore the chassis is perfect and not worn out. This was the test “mule” car that did much of the development work for the BMW program. This car has a new/fresh 2.1 liter turbo engine (over 900hp) and a fresh spare in one of the factory crates. Enough hard parts to rebuild at least two additional motors, MANY, many spares. This is a project that is un-assembled and is missing the two doors and part of the gearbox housing. Body needs fitting and paint. Unbelievable value for a GTP works car that represented the BMW factory.
Subscribe to Our Site
Get Our Daily Email With The Latest Finds! Your email will not be sold or spammed, we promise!
Browse the Archives
We re-post public classified advertisements. As a practice we rehost images and ad copy to preserve the listing for future reference. If you would like additional attribution for your work, or wish to remove your listing from our site, we are happy to accommodate. Please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note we do not represent these vehicles and our opinion on these cars has no guarantee or warranty. We are not responsible for these items in any way. Estimates on price and values expressed in our posts are solely the opinion of the writers. Thank you for your understanding.