1995 BMW 540i M-Sport – REVISIT

The BMW 540i M-Sport we featured back in June is still for sale at $15,000. Originally advertised on BMW CCA’s classifieds, it is now available for viewing via Craigslist Los Angeles, as well. Thanks to our reader John for bringing this to our attention!

1995 BMW 540i M-Sport – REVISIT

The below post originally appeared on our site June 2, 2013:

For the performance-minded driver, there were a couple of options when it came to the E34 BMW 5 series. The obvious choice was the M5, now in its second generation, with the S38 3.8 liter inline six with 315 horsepower and capability to reach 60 mph from a standstill in under six seconds. The second, less common choice was the 540i M-Sport. BMW introduced a new range of V8 engines in 1992, and in 1995 they unleashed the 540i M-Sport, with the 4.0 liter M60 V8 mated to either a 6-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. Just over 200 of these models were built, the majority of them having the 6-speed manual. This low mileage Alpine White M-sport for sale in California is one of those such equipped.


Year: 1995
Model: 540i M-Sport
Engine: 4.0 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 55,650 miles
Price: $15,000

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 BMW 540i M-Sport on BMWCCA Classifieds


Very low mileage one owner Limited Production manual 6spd 1995 540i M-Sports. 1 of about 168 made and last of the E34. Original owner, non-smoker, California car. Stock with exception of 9 inch rear Turbine II wheels from 850i and window tinting. Manual 6 spd. Only Mobil 1 synthetic oil with no drips. Newer clutch, motor mounts and bushings in front trailing arms and A arms. Performance Bridgestone Potenza RE-01R tires. All keys, books, window sticker and BMW car cover. BMW OEM 6-CD changer with original AM/FM stereo. Everything works. Runs and drives great. Nice interior. Garage queen the last several years.


We’ve seen some cleaner, lower mileage E34 M5s range anywhere between $13,000 to $20,000. At $15,000, this M-Sport isn’t cheap, but given the low production numbers, it’s probably one of the better ones out there. These cars provide an interesting alternative to the M5. Both cars put out similar power; the M5 being a higher revving unit while the V8 in the M-Sport offering the low end torque certain people desire more. The V8 engine also has the benefit of being a little less finicky than the S38 inline six. Which one is better? It all depends on what you’re looking for. As the saying goes, different strokes for different folks.


1988 Porsche 924S Special Edition

There were two main complaints about the 1987 Porsche 924S I wrote up last week – it was too expensive, and it was an automatic. In response to both points, I’d like to revisit a car we featured back in May that remains for sale on eBay. With a more reasonable entry price, the desired 5-speed, and more stylish although not original Design 90 wheels, this 1988 Porsche 924S Special Edition ticks the right boxes if you prefer to fly low on the Porsche ownership radar. This car also epitomizes how the 924S is misunderstood and unappreciated – were they to change the name from “Special Edition” to “Club Sport” (which it effectively is) I really think it would be priced higher and snapped up more quickly. As a friend once told me, it’s not really a special edition unless someone knows why it’s special! As it sits, though, it remains a performance bargain that will provide lots of driving enjoyment for not much investment, especially with the opening bid now below $6,000.

– Carter

1988 Porsche 924S Special Edition – REVISIT

The below post originally appeared on our site May 8, 2013:

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One of the great things about writing for German Cars for Sale is learning about the myriad esoteric special editions produced by our beloved German manufacturers. From the relatively-mundane (Audi Allroad US Ski Team edition, anyone?) to the extreme (How about the E30 M3 Cecotto?), they are the funny bits that keep us car nerds hunting for more. Today we have a special edition of one of the most unloved Porsches ever produced. The 924 came in to provide a basement for the company line as the 914 and 912 were phased out. Using the front-engine platform that led to the 944, the 924 earned its derision by offering just 95hp at the outset. Even if it was 30 years ago, the ongoing horsepower wars make this number seem unbelievable.

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Luckily, today’s 924 is not one of the first models. In fact it is from the final year of the 924 which brought the 944’s full 160hp and is the most special US production code M756, indicating the 924S Special Edition. Following Porsche’s ingenious recipe of removing content (they even deleted the passenger side mirror, huge weight savings), improving suspension and upping the price, the SE was the hottest version of the least-cool Porsche. While the 924 may not be loved in general, the SE is an interesting piece of obscure Porsche knowledge that is most likely a blast to drive.

Year: 1988
Model: 924SE
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-4, 160hp
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 72,000
Price: $8,000 starting bid, no reserve

Click for Details: 1988 Porsche 924SE for sale on eBay

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25 year old classic Porsche

1 of 500

Unique and rare for the true collector, Porsche 1988 924S Special Edition.

Produced to celebrate the 250000th Porsche 911 produced.

In 1988 Porsche reached a big milestone by building its 250,000th 911. For this occasion a limited edition of no more than 500 special edition “924 S-SE” for USA

– Original mileage / only 72,000 miles

– M030 sport suspension package with commemorative plaque and interior Ferry Porsche autograph.

– Garaged all its life in California with excellent service and inside smoke-free.

– Full documentation and Porsche specialist books.

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“For the true collector” indeed – once you’ve collected every other Porsche, try the 924SE! In all seriousness, with 72k miles and bidding starting at $8k, you could do a hell of a lot worse. The lack of interior shots leads me to believe this SE suffers from the worn-cloth issues common on these, so I wouldn’t buy it sight-unseen. No reserve means this could potentially be had for less than $10k though, which makes it a very interesting value proposition over a good 944 and scores a few extra rarity points.


High Water Mark: 87k-mile BMW E30 M3 – REVISIT

The 1989 E30 M3 that we featured last week failed to sell with a Buy It Now price of $39,950. It has been relisted with a Buy It Now price of $37,950. Is that enough of a discount to move it?


As owners of the original M3 look to cash in on the value rocketship, some clean examples are coming out of the woodwork and demanding serious cash. Today’s example has an interesting early history of warrantied engine work, but all seems to have been addressed early and now it is an unmolested and well cared-for M3 in the desirable Alpineweiss. From some angles it looks brand new and from others it shows its 25 years, mostly in the seats and the discolored spoiler, but overall this is on the high end of original E30 M3s. The only thing left desired is a more affordable price!


Year: 1989
Model: E30 M3
Engine: S14 2.3l inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed
Mileage: 87,000
Price: $37,950

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 BMW M3 for sale on eBay – REVISIT


1989 BMW M3

VIN # WBSAK0308K2198515

Up for sale is a beautiful BMW E30 M3. This is a one owner low 87k mileage car that has never been in an accident or painted. This M3 has not been modified or raced. It has complete service records since new. There are not many E30’s like this left! This M3 started it life as a BMW factory car. The original owner purchased it new off the showroom floor of BMW Seattle on 8/4/90 with 7921 miles on it. The extensive service records document the history of the car from that time forward. This M3 is ready to enjoy. The E30 was BMW first version of “motorsports” car for there legendary “3” Series. It is in excellent condition and will surely make its new owner happy.

This M3 is finished in its original Alpine White paint and looks stunning. This M3 is rust free with no sign of ever having accident damage. The car retains all of it’s original VIN stickers. The white paint is very vibrant and has always been well taken care of. In 1991, the rear bumper was replaced under warranty by BMW Seattle. This was due to improper rear bumper mount that caused warping on the bumper. This is documented in the service records. A very good job was done and, since the car was so new at the time, it is not noticeable even when told it has been replaced. The rest of the car still retains its original paint. There are some minor rocks chips on the front end. None large in size and nothing out of line for an 87k mile car. The very bottom of the front bumper also shows a little wear. The rear spoiler is yellowing a little. I have tried my best to photograph all of the blemishes on the car. The car has always been garage kept and all of the rubber seals are still in great shape. The glass is all original. The windshield shows a little pitting and has one small star in it. The M3 wears a like new set of factory correct 205/55/15 Dunlop tires. Overall, the exterior of this M3 is in excellent condition and truly is a rare find in this condition..

The beautiful black leather interior is all original and shows very well. The seats are very supportive and feel great to sit in. The seats do show minor wear on the bolsters. The carpet is in excellent condition with very little signs of wear. The dash and door panels show little to no wear at all. The power moon roof works as it should. The OBC was replaced by BMW and works correctly. The check control system still works as it should. One of the few luxuries of the E30 M3 was the radio, it still operates flawlessly and is a fantastic sound system. At one point in the early 1990’s this car did have an in car phone. The 4 screws in the center console are all that remain of that system. The interior is completed with the factory correct three spoke non airbag steering wheel that feels great in your hands. The A/C system is original and still blows cold. The windows operate as they should. The interior of this car is in superb condition and is a great place to spend the weekend driving up your favorite twisty roads!

Mechanically the car is very sound. The S14 engine fires right up and is a blast to drive. In 1990, BMW Seattle installed a warranty engine block in the car. The entire repair is documented showing BMW put in a warranty block, new crank, rods, etc. The factory original head retained and is still in the car with its VIN stamping on it. From then on, the motor performed flawlessly just needing routine maintenance. In 1994 with 54k miles, the motor suffered oil starvation and spun a bearing. The warranty block was reused and completely rebuilt. This time an oil baffle was added to prevent any future failures. This work is all documented and done by BMW Seattle. Shortly after the second rebuild, the car was retired from regular use and became a “nice” day car. It has been trouble free and runs like a top. The cooling system is in great operating condition and keeps the car cool in Arizona’s 110 degree heat. The engine is mated to a 5 speed transmission that shifts great through all the gears. This is a great running and driving car that never skips a beat. The steering is nice and tight. The brakes feel great and the car stops with ease. Overall, this car is very mechanically sound and ready to be driven.

The E30 M3 is an excellent weekend toy or daily driver. This is a great chance to own a very nice 1 owner E30 M3 that has full service history and is completely unmodified. This car is in excellent condition both inside and out and is located in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona.


In the past 15 years I’ve seen decent M3s cross the $10k mark, then $20k, and now they are soundly in the $30s and about to crest $40,000. An impressively meteoric rise that so many of us lament as they have now moved away from accessible. So it goes.


1994 Porsche 911 Speedster – REVISIT

The 911 Speedster is one of those fleeting models in the Porsche lineup, appearing from time to time in limited numbers. Only 936 of the 964 Speedsters were produced, with the majority coming to the US. We featured this particular Speedster for sale on Long Island last September. It was last listed for sale at $89,900 and since then has traveled a little over 200 more miles.


Year: 1994
Model: 911 Speedster
Engine: 3.6 liter flat six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 23,885 miles
Price: $109,000 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 Porsche 911 Speedster on eBay


Unique and extremely rare Porsche Speedster in Concours condition and a must have to complete any collection. With only 23,602 miles from new, this Porsche is one of only 427 shipped to the United States. Immediately recognizable and a real head turner with the iconic bathtub styling. The Factory sport seats were replaced with a more comfortable RS seat as well as the ugraded radio and speakers.This is the final edition of the drop head air cooled 964 models and a must have.The 964 edition is significantly more performance oriented with a larger 3.6 liter Engine (247hp) Larger Wheels and Tires, Better Brakes (ABS) and a higher top speed of 162 mph. This car is equipped with a 5 Speed Manual Transmission, Color Coded 17″ wheels, AM/FM CD Player, Black soft top (in near perfect condition), Automatic Rear Spoiler, Driver Airbag, Power Windows and Locks, Cockpit Tonneau Cover and Complete Books and Keys. The Dunlop tires are brand new. It has a clean Carfax with no accident history.


Of all the 911 Speedsters, I like the 964 the best, especially in comparison to the recent 997 series model. The tonneau cover on the 2011 model seemed a bit too elevated, giving it a hump backed look. With any rare Porsche, 964 Speedsters are not cheap. Current auctions and sales seem to have these cars pegged around the $75,000 to $100,000, with a few breaking into six figure territory if they have special provenance or options. Back in 2009, Jerry Seinfeld’s specially optioned 964 Speedster sold at the Barrett Jackson auction for a shade over $101,200 including the buyer’s premium.

The last time we featured this car for sale, it had been on the market for some time. Personally, I feel the seats and aftermarket radio detract a bit from the purity of this car, which leads me to believe getting top dollar for this one may be a bit difficult.


1995 BMW 530i Dinan – REVISIT

The 1995 BMW 530i Dinan we featured earlier this month has been relisted. The car failed to meet it’s reserve last time at $5,600.

1995 BMW 530i Dinan – REVISIT

The below post originally appeared on our site May 8, 2013:

If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck…it must be a duck, right? Not necessarily. At first look, you’d see a clean M5, but then look closer and you see a clean 530i with the Dinan treatment. While the M5 is an all out performance sedan, this Dinan 5 is more of a gentleman’s sedan with a touch of sport.


On a lot of levels this car falls short of the M5, but on other levels, this car is just as good. The smooth and torquey V8 is a bit more civilized compared to the high strung six in the M5 and with the Dinan upgrades, the power gap becomes a lot less. Add in the smoother suspension and plush interior, and this car offers a great alternative to the increasingly pricey E34 M5. This beautifully maintained 530i for sale in Pleasanton, CA is a great daily sedan.


Year: 1995
Model: 530i Dinan
Engine: 3.0 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 124,668 mi
Price: Reserve auction

Click for Details: 1995 BMW 530i Dinan on eBay


This BMW came to us, as do the majority of our cars, from one of our very good customers. We have been dealing with this customer / friend for years and he regularly arrives at our showroom in some very interesting German sports cars and sporting sedans. One day, he arrived in this great BMW indicating that he had purchased another “toy” and that something had to go ( and he didn’t want it to be his marriage!). We drove the BMW DINAN, fell in love and, as they say, the rest is history.

For over 2 years, the “Dinan 5” has been an occasional use car by our owner when 2 seaters and SUV’s are not being used. The BMW is a practical yet fun car to drive and represents a truly wonderful sporting sedan. This 530i is factory equipped with the strong 3.0 liter V8 that offers excellent performance in addition to very good fuel economy in part as a result of the cars manual 5-speed transmission. The BMW has had no major mechanical modifications and the DINAN upgrades have not negatively affected the BMW’s comfort for five, great handling, sporty 5-speed and even very good fuel economy! Perhaps the best part is that this generation E34 cars represent a tremendous value, especially if well maintained, low mileage cars can be located. This car is one such example.

[Lots more detail on the eBay listing]


With meticulously kept service records, relatively low miles and tasteful upgrades, this is a great car for someone looking to drive an older sedan. This car is selling in a reserve auction and I would expect that it sells in the $6,500 ballpark. That’s much less than an M5 of the same caliber, with just about the same looks.


Restored 1972 BMW 2002tii – REVISIT

The 1972 BMW 2002tii we featured last month is back up for sale, with a $28,500 Buy It Now price.

1972 BMW 2002tii on eBay – REVISIT

The below post originally appeared on our site March 21, 2013:

As I hear and smell and feel the parts of my 1988 BMW, I’m constantly reminded that I am not driving a modern car – and I like it. And as most car contemplations go, my next thought is “so, what’s the next level?” Pushing further back in BMW’s history brings up two main objects of desire: the E9 3.0CSi and the 2002tii. The tii was the pinnacle of accessible 2002s and created a whole new benchmark for sporty sedans. For all the light-quick-fun praise lavished upon the Mk1 GTI, the 2002 was roughly the same weight with 20 more horsepower… a decade earlier. Sounds like a hoot to me.

I love that the 80s brought the zenith of non-computerized cars, but if I did follow my brain further back in history, this 1972 2002tii is the kind of vintage Bavarian that I want. A good example was brought back to greatness with a frame-on restoration including paint, interior, and engine. You could eat off any piece of this car, including the spare wheel well and the engine compartment. The only modifications are a 5-speed transmission and some later wheels, keeping it looking like a forgotten showroom model, preserved for your enjoyment today.

Year: 1972
Model: 2002tii
Engine: 2.0l inline-4, 130hp
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 79,800 before recent overhaul
Price: Reserve auction, currently at $17.6k, Buy It Now at $29,500

1972 BMW 2002tii for sale on eBay


Here is a chance to own mint condition original California native rust free 1972 BMW 2002Tii in Grey metallic color (Arktisblau Metallic #045). This BMW is original Tii model with matching number. The previous owner upgraded this car from a 4-speed to a 5-speed transmission. I purchased this car in winter 2010 and have since driven it less than 3,000 miles. At the time of my purchase the car had the original paint and it was solid car to begin with, however I did the frame on restoration and painted the car only because the metallic paint on the roof & rear truck of the car faded due to sun exposure. Likewise, the car went through complete engine overhaul last year using all OEM parts (Bavaria Auto repair, spent over $6,500). The car drives very strong and the 5 speed transmission shifts smooth. All electrical works as it should. The interior and the exterior are in mint condition; please check the photos as it reflects the condition. I believe I’m the 2nd or the 3rd owner of this car, but I do not have any supporting history records to sustain this fact.

I know I nitpick these ads, but it’s not “mint condition original” if it’s had an overhaul. But at least it’s all been done LIKE original! We’ve had some awesome 2002s here recently with wild colors and huge fenders, but this one encapsulates what made this car such a sea-change for BMW: simple and great looks, a tight package and a fun little engine. Almost $30k is pushing the envelope for me even with all of the work done to it. Considering the amazing Colorado Orange 2002tii Paul featured 2 weeks ago sold for $16k with fewer miles and a similar restoration, I’m going to have to suggest this seller ease up a bit and drop his price about $10k.


1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL – REVISIT

The 1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL we featured last month failed to meet its reserve with a final bid of $40,600. Bidding is a little higher this time around. Will it be enough to snag this classic roadster?

1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL on eBay – REVISIT

The below post originally appeared on our site March 20, 2013:

The Mercedes-Benz 190SL had the unfortunate fate to be sold alongside the 300SL Gullwing and roadster for its entire production span. While it may look like its bigger siblings, the similarities are skin deep. The 190SL rides on a shortened version of the chassis used for the W121 sedan, or Ponton, as it is more commonly known. The car featured a 1.9 liter four cylinder engine with twin Solex carburetors. Producing 104 horsepower, it wasn’t destined to win many races off the line and the engine earned a reputation as a bit of a rough runner, as owners had trouble keeping the carbs tuned right.

With the introduction of the W113 (Pagoda) SL in 1963, the 190SL and its legacy faded, as most people preferred to collect the more rare 300SL or go for the newer, faster, six cylinder SLs. Today, the 190SL is gaining in popularity and value, like many vintage SLs. While it doesn’t wear the hue it emerged with from the factory in the fifties, this 190SL for sale in California looks rather cheerful in blue over red leather.

Year: 1957
Model: 190SL
Engine: 1.9 liter inline four
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 110,391 miles
Price: Reserve auction

1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL on eBay

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1957 Mercedes Benz 190 SL Roadster!

Brand new paint job, that took over a year for just body and paint. Originally a white 190. The car was stripped to bare metal and completed. The paint is immaculate. A very “BEAUTIFUL.” The car was painted in a special order color available in 1957 called “DB356 HELLBLAU LIGHT BLUE” car amazing inside and out! The chrome work on the car has also been redone. Nothing in this car was overlooked. Interior all original except carpet was replaced with best Original Reproduction available, original fuel injection replaced with dual Weber carbs prior to my ownership. New tires. The engine and trunk bays freshly repainted as well. The car has original motor with 110,391 miles and it runs great. Not enough can be said about the beauty of this car and how it looks driving down the road. “AMAZING”…

Also with the car in the auction I have have some original parts that go with car. Air cleaner, intake manifold, as well as a few other bits. A $2,000.00 deposite is required within 24 hours after winning bid. I also reserve the right to end the auction at any time.

For collectors seeking 300SL looks but who may not be in a hurry, the 190SL fits the bill. Some early 190SLs were raced, but most were used as boulevard cruisers, functioning well as such. At the low end, expect to pay around $25,000 to $30,000 for a 190SL needing a lot of work. Perfect examples can be had for up around $75,000 to $80,000. With a little over two days left, the reserve on this car hasn’t been met. From the bidding, I’d suspect the seller is looking for somewhere around $45,000 to $55,000.

As an aside, the seller states that this car was originally equipped with fuel injection. What he probably meant to state is that the Solex carburetors were replaced by Webers, which tend to be more reliable.


1980 BMW Alpina Turbo E21 Prototype – REVISIT

The 1980 BMW Alpina Turbo E21 “Prototype” featured last month created a lot of discussion amongst our readers. One of our readers, Mario, emailed us at the end of last month. He has worked in a large BMW dealership in Switzerland for the past 13 years. He spotted this E21 and was skeptical, stating that hew knew Alpina was not in the business of selling prototypes. After some research on his part, he discovered that this car is a US market E21 with original Alpina parts. Attached is the letter that Mario received from the Marketing and Sales department at Alpina. The letter was originally written in Germany, so I have included the original letter along with the English translation:

Bitte entschuldigen Sie die verspätete Antwort, jedoch stehen wir mitten in den Vorbereitungen für den Genfer Auto Salon. Dieser angebliche ALPINA Prototype hat bis auf einige Teile wie Lenkrad, Zusatzinstrumente, Schriftzüge nichts mit ALPINA zu tun. Bei der angegebenen Fg-Nr. handelt es sich um einen BMW 320 US, der nie bei uns im Hause war. ALPINA hat auch nie einen 4 Zylinder Turbo gebaut.

Mit freundlichen Grüssen aus Buchloe
Angelika Jörg-Kane
ALPINA Burkard Bovensiepen GmbH + Co. KG

English Translation: We apologize for the late reply, but we are busy preparing for the Geneva Motor Show. This alleged ALPINA Prototype has a few Alpina parts such as the steering wheel, dashboard instruments and lettering. According to the specified VIN, it is a US BMW 320, which has never been in our facility. ALPINA has never built a 4 cylinder turbo.

With friendly greetings from Buchloe,
Angelika Jörg-Kane
ALPINA Burkard Bovensiepen GmbH + Co. KG

1980 BMW Alpina Turbo E21 Prototype – REVISIT

The below post originally appeared on our site February 14, 2013:

Often times we come across the E30 M3s, talk about how collectable they are and how the premium prices are justified due to collectability and so on and so on. So if the E30 M3s are the future collectable from BMW, what does that make this car?  A no brainer, that’s what.

Alpina was founded in 1965, and started life producing typewriters and office equipment. In the mid 1960s, founder Burkard Bovensiepen started a BMW tuning business out of the original Alpina typewriter factory. By the early 70s, Alpina was making a name for itself in competition. The highlight was in 1970, when the team’s cars won the European Touring Car Championship, the German Hillclimb Championship, rally and track racing championships and the prestigious Spa 24 Hours. The rest is tuning history.

Over the years Alpina has softened a bit, focusing more on luxury sedans based on the BMW 7-series, but throughout the 80’s they were experimenting on all BMW platforms, and the results speak for themselves. This stunning E21 prototype is a prime example of the days when Alpina seemd to be turbocharging everything.

Year: 1980
Model: Alpina E21 Prototype
Engine: 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 40,000
Price: $29,900

1980 BMW Alpina Turbo E21 Prototype on Autokennel.com

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Alpina Burkard Bovensiepen GmbH has been working closely with BMW since the early 1970’s producing some of their most memorable racecars. By the late 70s, Alpina became their own manufacturer and no longer sold their cars as BMW Alpinas, but rather just Alpina. They would order raw chassis and engines and build their own vehicles, many of which were then sold through the BMW dealership network. Forty years later, they are still producing some of the best-engineered versions of BMWs and sill reselling them through BMW dealerships worldwide.

This very unique prototype is very typical Alpina. In the late 70s, as BMW was determining what engine to put in their new 320/E21 chassis to give it more performance, they once again enlisted the engineers of Alpina to produce a Turbo variant.  They were provided 3 blank E21 bodies with 3 of the 4-cylinder 2.0-liter motors. Several of Alpina’s top engineers were enlisted for this project.

What is so unique is that the head engineer of this particular example was able to purchase the car once it was complete since BMW ended up pulling the plug on the project and going with the 2.3 liter 6-cylinder. The engineer was lucky enough to access BMW’s parts bins in order to install the “Hi-Lux” package on this example. This package included front and rear fog lights, European headlamps with washers, power windows, power mirrors, power locks, glove box flashlight, under hood and trunk lights, electric sunroof, and even the map light rear view mirror from the E23 program. Once the car was complete, being that the engineer was an American, he imported the car to his home in Colorado and federalized the car. Also (since the German engineers would have no part of it), he installed a correct Behr A/C system with an upgraded compressor. The final result was a very comfortable and fast sport coupe that could hold its own on the Autobahn. He used this car for fun weekend events and stored it during much of the winter. He sold the car a couple of years ago to a local BMW/Porsche enthusiast.

However, just before selling the car, the original owner went through the whole car and did a nice restoration. This included taking the car completely down to a bare body. The suspension was redone with new Bilsteins, front and rear bushings, rear suspension arms, and new brakes (discs and rotors) all the way around. Also a top end rebuild was performed on the engine.

After purchasing the car in 2011, the recent owner put the finishing touches on the car. He spent over $6,000 restoring the interior of the car. The factory sport seats were recovered in vinyl. A new headliner and carpet kit was also installed. Also, he completely restored the original dash including the rare Alpina gauge cluster. Finally, he redid the door panels and center console. The only flaw is the small plastic trim near the gauge cluster has a few cracks in it. It isn’t that noticeable, but unfortunately, the part is NLA. We are still on the hunt for a good used one. Recently, a major service was performed on the car including a valve adjustment, alignment, and oil service. This Alpina is ready to be enjoyed.

The build on this car was typically BMW contract prototype budget. No expense was spared and nearly every component on this car was improved upon.

Modifications include the following:

  • Recaro sport seats
  • Electric Sunroof
  • Alpina body stripes
  • 3:64 Limited slip differential
  • Leather 3-spoke steering wheel
  • Rajay oil fed turbo
  • 2.3L Bottom End Engine that’s been Stroked
  • BMW 323 Suspension
  • All Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Bilstein Shocks
  • Minor Porting
  • Minor Head Work
  • Battery relocated to the trunk

I love these “affordable collectibles.” These cars are not only fun to drive and easy to live with even on a daily-driver basis, but being so rare, they have a huge upside in collectible value in the long run. Included with this vehicle are much of the original build information as well as the factory tool kit.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Paul at 714-335-4911 or paul@autokennel.com


This vehicle is sold “as-is” with no warranty, written or implied. In some cases, the vehicle does have the remaining factory warranty still in place and will be described above if that is the case. All taxes and fees are the responsibility of the buyer and are not included in the listed price. All vehicle sales will require a $55 document fee. The vehicle listed is described to the best of our ability. We are not responsible for errors in our description of options or any other details. The above-mentioned vehicle is used and can be expected to show some wear and tear. It is not a brand new vehicle. We do our best to accurately describe the vehicle. We do welcome all local pre-purchase inspections on vehicles in order to verify condition.

A car like this is close to impossible to put a pricetag on due to the shear rarity of it. Regardless of what E21 values are, and Alpina values are, a well documented, one of two prototype should command a premium, as it can only appreciate as the years pass. All factors considered, this car is priced well for the BMW enthusiast market and if you ask me, is a far better collector choice than an E30 M3. That’s not to say that I’d love to have both sitting side by side in my garage.


1990 BMW 325iX – REVISIT

The 1990 BMW 325iX we featured last week is back up for auction. After 25 bids in the last auction, the car did not meet its reserve with a final bid of $7,301.

1990 BMW 325iX on eBay – REVISIT

The below post originally appeared on our site March 3, 2013:

E30s have been trolling me all last week. Everywhere I go, I seem to run across one parked on the street or passing me by in the opposite side of traffic. Whatever it is, I can’t get them off my mind. Now here comes this 325iX for sale in Idaho. Even though the mileage is high, it is in rather amazing shape and a great opportunity for someone wanting a true “sports” utility vehicle.

Year: 1991
Model: 325iX
Engine: 2.5 inline six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 183,993 mi
Price: Reserve auction

1991 BMW 325iX on eBay

Rare 1990 BMW 325iX All Wheel drive E30. California vehicle. One of only 699 produced for the U.S in 1990. Extremely rare. Special Order Diamond Black exterior with black leather sport seats. The black on black looks amazing. Equipped with an Inline 6 cylinder engine with Iron block and aluminum head, it’s the original engine and runs great. The 5 speed manual transmission shifts smooth with a solid clutch. This is a dealer maintained E30, the most recent timing belt change was 6,000 miles ago. Loaded with power sunroof, roof rack, BMW basket weave sport wheels, front valance/rear spoiler, A/C, Cruise, power windows and locks, power mirrors, heated leather seats, On board computer. The paint is original and looks amazing, all the panels are still labeled with the vin stickers. No accidents, Clean title. The 325 IX is Carfax and Autocheck certified. Feel free to call 208-899-5860 for any questions

325IX facts:
The iX has a viscous coupling (filled with silicone) in the drivetrain to split torque front to rear and another in the rear differential to provide a limited slip function.

-Even on the most slippery surfaces the iX can accelerate at full throttle after the first several yards.
-A driver airbag was added in most ’90 and all ’91 models.
-Asking prices in December ’97 for a 5-speed in good condition in the prime Denver market (where there are always iX’s in the classifieds) range from about $10K for ’88s to $17K for ’91
-The viscous couplings are sealed permanently and require no maintenance.
-BMW choose a ratio of 37/63% front to rear because this corresponds to the weight distribution on each axle under full acceleration.
-EPA figures for the iX are 17/23 and for the iS 18/24.

The 1989 325i sold for $11,101 last week, making me think that if its the right combination of model, mileage and condition, E30 prices will be rising steadily in the next few years. The iX is a rare beast here in the US. They have a cult following, especially in colder climates where their viscous coupling all-wheel drive system comes in handy.

With the reserve not being met at almost $7,000, I’d suspect the seller is looking for somewhere closer to $10,000. If the mileage was closer to around 100,000, that figure might seem more reasonable. Even considering its well-kept condition, I’d think somewhere around $7,000 is a more reasonable figure, given the mileage and provided comprehensive records could be furnished.


1993 BMW 325i Convertible, 227 Original Miles – REVISIT

The ultra low mileage 1993 BMW 325i Convertible we featured back in January is up for sale again, with a lowered Buy It Now price of $28,500. Enough to move the metal this time around?

1993 BMW 325i Convertible on eBay – REVISIT

The below post originally appeared on our site January 16, 2013:

If you could buy a new E30 convertible, what would it be worth to you? The price of a new subcompact? Perhaps even a figure approaching $30,000? Well, the seller of final year E30 Convertible in Arizona seems to think more. This has to be the lowest mileage E30 I’ve ever seen and brings back fond memories of my youth, as my 325is was Alpine white with a tan leather trimmed interior.

Year: 1993
Model: 325i Convertible
Engine: 2.5 inline six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 227 mi
Price: $42,900

1993 BMW 325i Convertible with 227 miles on eBay

ONLY 227 ACUTAL MILES!!! This gorgeous 325i convertible is in mint condition impeccably restored with all original or BMW genuine parts. It looks and drives like it just left the showroom. This unique car is a BMW enthusiast’s dream. It was one of the last E30 convertible models produced in December 1992. It has been stored in a garage and covered throughout its life. The original white paint and exterior are flawless. The original power convertible black top is in amazing condition, raising and lowering smoothly, and with a crystal clear rear window. The interior is beautifully maintained with perfectly conditioned leather. The condition of the dash and center console appear like new.

The original tan BMW floor mats are in great condition. They are near impossible to replace as BMW has discontinued production. I have included black genuine BMW mats to be used and kept the tan mats bagged to be included as well. The trunk is spotless and looks as though it has never been touched with the original jack and tool kit included as well as full size spare tire. The engine compartment and undercarriage of the car are in amazing condition. In fact the original rust preventative Cosmoline applied at the BMW factory is still present. The tires are brand new Falken 195/65 R14 complete with a full size spare.

I have replacement BBS hubs that originally came with the car at the time of delivery and four brand new genuine BMW hubs made for the original wheels. All original manuals and binder included. E30 3 series service manual included. All 325i convertible brochures available from the late 80s and 90s are included as well. All service documentation included. Services performed on the car in the last quarter of 2012 include:

Timing belt replaced
Genuine BMW oil filter and oil replacement
Clutch fluid replaced
Brake flush
Coolant flush
Windshield washer fluid replaced
Genuine BMW shock resistant convertible battery replaced
Replaced microswitch for automatic top
Fuel tank inspected and in excellent condition
Spark plugs in excellent condition
Brake pad calipers in excellent condition
BMW recalls performed
Just passed Arizona emissions without difficulty

This is an extraordinarily rare automobile with only 227 original miles and in mint condition. It is a collectors dream or a perfect addition as a weekend convertible. The purchase of this car is “as is” without warranty offered or returns. I will not accept PayPal and will only complete transaction by wire or cashiers check. A $5,000 deposit is required at the close of auction to hold car for 10 days. $500 of the deposit is nonrefundable if the transaction is not completed. Full payment totaling $42,900 is required within 10 days of close of auction. Please feel free to email with any further questions. I would be happy to show the car in person. The car is currently garaged in Scottsdale, Arizona.

In short, this is a great car at an astronomical price. I usually try and steer clear of being too negative with the values on cars we come across, but I honestly can’t see anyone ponying up over $42,000 for what was originally a car that retailed in the mid $30k range. Even the best E30 M3 will struggle to get to this price point, so you can imagine that Bimmerphiles would be hesitant to plunk down money on a what could be considered a lesser E30. It’s cool to look back and see how one of these came right out of the showroom, but if you bought a car like this at this price, would you drive it? I certainly would be hesitant. At somewhere around $15,000 or so, I’d be more apt to enjoy it as intended.