1968 BMW 1600 S14 swap

The BMW 2002 is a legendary car that defined the small sports sedan category by most accounts. Compact, rear wheel drive, and with enough power to have fun, you could drive the 2002 at 9/10ths most of the time without crashing at breakneck speed. Try pushing today’s cars to their limits; imagine if you could get a new M4 into a 4 wheel drift on an exit ramp – what speed would you have to be going? Probably faster than the original top speed of the 2002 is my guess, and the ability to drive a slow car fast is what makes some older cars so appealing. But for some people, that base small sedan just isn’t enough, and they go about upgrading the original car. I’m certainly not opposed to this, as it’s something I did with my Audi Coupe – take a later model, higher output motor that is in the same character as the original motor and Viola! Instant happiness. I can only imagine the smiles that this S14 motored 1968 1600 generates then:

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Holy Trinity? Market-setting E28 M5, E24 M6 and E30 M3

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There aren’t many new laurels that can be thrown on the BMW M cars from the 1980s. They are regarded as the source of the modern sports sedan and sports coupe; the blueprints, the originators. Those in the know bought these cars a few years ago when they hit their respective lows; since then, the M1, M3, M5 and M6 have all been increasing in value steadily. Call it a run on the markets, but as speculation and values have increased more and more “survivors” and “barn finds” keep popping up to keep the fervor frothy. Just the other day, Nate wrote up a trio of M5s that were attempting to set the market for higher mile cars in the high teens. If those owners were aiming for the sky, today’s seller is shooting for Jupiter; today on Ebay are the “Holy Trinity” of E30 M3 Evo, E24 M6 and E28 M5. Collective miles? 34,803. Collective asking price? $475,500. Now that I have your attention, let’s look at the pristine M5:

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Year: 1988
Model: M5
Engine: 3.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 6,376 mi
Price: $158,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 BMW M5 on eBay

1988 BMW M5
ORIGINAL with just 6,376 MILES

FINEST AVAILABLE!!!

INCREDIBLY WELL-PRESERVED PRISTINE ORIGINAL CONDITION 1988 BMW M5 WHICH HAS COVERED ONLY A SCANT 6.376 MILES!!!

COMPLETELY STOCK (COMES WITH ORIGINAL WHEELS NOT PICTURED).

NO ACCIDENTS / NO PAINTWORK.

INTACT & INCLUDED:
Original Keys, Books & Service Records.

Original Tools & Pouch.

Original Jack and Spare.
WILL ASSIST INTERNATIONAL BUYERS.

Message &/or call with any questions (858) 454 – 9898 (9am-9pm PST).
PAYMENT TERMS:
ALL SALES FINAL. FOR SALE/SOLD “AS IS” “WHERE IS.” THERE IS NO WARRANTY NOR GUARANTEE STATED OR IMPLIED. NON-REFUNDABLE $2,000 DEPOSIT VIA PAYPAL DUE WITHIN 24 HOURS OF “BUY IT NOW” &/OR AUCTION END. BALANCE VIA BANK WIRE DUE WITHIN 3 CALENDAR DAYS. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Details are few, but the European market bumpers and headlights really set the look of the E28 apart and make the U.S. version look a bit clunky, in my opinion. There just does not appear to be any wear on this car at all; I’ve never seen the Natur seats in any M5 look like that, and the paint looks amazing. Talk about showroom fresh! 4 doors a bit too much for you? Well, how about this equally pristine M6:

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Year: 1988
Model: M6
Engine: 3.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 5,950 mi
Price: $158,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 BMW M6 on eBay

1988 BMW M6
ORIGINAL with just 5,950 MILES

FINEST AVAILABLE!!!

INCREDIBLY WELL-PRESERVED PRISTINE ORIGINAL CONDITION 1988 BMW M6 WHICH HAS COVERED ONLY A SCANT 5.950 MILES!!!

COMPLETELY STOCK (COMES WITH ORIGINAL WHEELS NOT PICTURED).

NO ACCIDENTS / NO PAINTWORK.

INTACT & INCLUDED:
Original Keys, Books & Service Records.

Original Tools & Pouch.

Original Jack and Spare.
WILL ASSIST INTERNATIONAL BUYERS.

Message &/or call with any questions (858) 454 – 9898 (9am-9pm PST).
PAYMENT TERMS:
ALL SALES FINAL. FOR SALE/SOLD “AS IS” “WHERE IS.” THERE IS NO WARRANTY NOR GUARANTEE STATED OR IMPLIED. NON-REFUNDABLE $2,000 DEPOSIT VIA PAYPAL DUE WITHIN 24 HOURS OF “BUY IT NOW” &/OR AUCTION END. BALANCE VIA BANK WIRE DUE WITHIN 3 CALENDAR DAYS. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Low miles? Yep. Lower than the M5, too. At 400 miles a year, this car has been barely driven. The interior also looks amazing, and while I’m not a huge fan of the wheels the originals come with the sale. This particular M6 is one of the half year cars with the updated bumper covers and ellipsoid lights. I love the grey leather in this car, and like the M5 it looks new inside. Not a fan of the sharks? How about this Evo-spec E30 M3 then:

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Year: 1991
Model: M3 Evo
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 22,478 mi
Price: $158,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1991 BMW M3 on eBay

1988 BMW M3
GENUINE BMW FACTORY EVO UPGRADES
SCANT 22,478 MILES

FINEST AVAILABLE!!!

INCREDIBLY WELL-PRESERVED PRISTINE CONDITION 1991 BMW M3 with GENUINE BMW FACTORY EVO UPGRADES WHICH HAS COVERED ONLY A SCANT 22.478 MILES!!!

COMES WITH ORIGINAL WHEELS NOT PICTURED.

NO ACCIDENTS / NO PAINTWORK.

INTACT & INCLUDED:
Original Keys, Books & Service Records.

Original Tools & Pouch.

Original Jack and Spare.
WILL ASSIST INTERNATIONAL BUYERS.

Message &/or call with any questions (858) 454 – 9898 (9am-9pm PST).
PAYMENT TERMS:
ALL SALES FINAL. FOR SALE/SOLD “AS IS” “WHERE IS.” THERE IS NO WARRANTY NOR GUARANTEE STATED OR IMPLIED. NON-REFUNDABLE $2,000 DEPOSIT VIA PAYPAL DUE WITHIN 24 HOURS OF “BUY IT NOW” &/OR AUCTION END. BALANCE VIA BANK WIRE DUE WITHIN 3 CALENDAR DAYS. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Wow. Like the M6, I’m not a fan of the wheels but the originals are included. This car shows slightly more wear than the M6 and M5 duo, but only slightly. There are a few creases in the leather, but that’s about it. Of the three, this one would typically draw the most money but as it has quadruple the miles of the other two, it’s hard to say if that will be the case this time around.

Value? Go ahead, take your guess. Are they worth $160,000 each? Probably not. Do you want them anyway? Yes, you do. I guess to peg a value on these would require some work; as many have said before, sometimes not having miles on these types of cars is as much a detriment as high miles, but in each case these cars seem to be well cared for. What would a full factory recondition cost to get a higher-mile example up to this standard? Probably not too much less than the asking price. Would it be worth it is entirely up to you; personally, I’d rather have a slightly less pristine example that I could drive, and I bet most of you would too – but like so many other cars we feature, it sure is neat to see such a time capsule grouping.

Which would you choose?

Hat tip to our reader Patrick who sent these along to us!

-Carter

1991 BMW M3

Care to roll the dice? From what I can tell, this 1991 BMW M3 appears to be an Evo-spec car, though it is not listed as such. The red trim, graphite wheels, spoiler lip and claim of 215 hp all fit in with the Evolution model. Amongst the already expensive world of E30 M3s, the Evolution models carry extra clout and command more money. Either way, these M3s are continuing to increase in value with seemingly little regard to condition, location, and sometimes even originality. Today’s 1991 example looks Knight Rider ready with it’s black-out look and red accent trim:

Year: 1991
Model: M3
Engine: 2.3 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 185,000 mi
Price: Reserve auction, $22,000 opening bid

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1991 BMW M3 on eBay

Desirable 1991 E30 M3 Coupe,original S14 215 HP Engine(aprox 5k miles on rebuild)Nogarro Silver 16″ M Wheels, excellent body/paint/interior,never tracked,maintained,pampered,loved by devout BMW M3 enthusiast-reluctantly for sale due to personal reasons.

I question, in some regard at least, what “devout” BMW M3 enthusiast would put such a car up for sale and start the bidding at a high point despite even higher mileage; but then offer so precious few details and poor pictures. Even so, the car appears to be in good shape given the mileage, so it’s possible that it was well maintained. The engine is listed as rebuilt, which if done properly saves the future owner $10,000 plus in bills. With lots of miles already on the ticker, this won’t be a museum quality car, which leaves you free to add some more of your own (s)miles. That’s good news with a car like the M3, since they were meant to be driven and not parked. While darker colors aren’t my favorite on the E30, the contrast of the wheels and red striped trim give the car a unique feel that some of the earlier graphite cars fail to achieve. I’m not a fan of the blacked out kidneys, but that’s a pretty easy fix. The larger question is if this is indeed an Evolution model, or just a copy cat. I was under the impression that the Evo models didn’t receive fog lights and had a slightly larger front spoiler lip, but it’s entirely possible the front air dam was swapped out at some point given their propensity for meeting curbs. Care to weigh in?

-Carter

1989 BMW M3

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Okay, here we go again. Another low mileage E30 M3 that’s more than likely going to go for big bucks? But hey, who’s complaining? Most of us here lust after these cars. Nate featured a 1988 M3 with 77,000 miles on Monday, and now here comes a one year newer M3 with about 25,000 less miles on the clock. While it has an accident on its record, it hasn’t stopped bidders from putting up big numbers on this one.

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Year: 1988
Model: M3
Engine: 2.3L S14 inline four
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 50,548
Price: Reserve met, current bid at time of writing: $34,223

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 BMW E30 M3 on eBay

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I have reluctantly decided that it is time to sell my 1989 M3; I’ve just purchased a house and unfortunately cannot keep all my toys. You will be very hard-pressed to find this car’s equal; this is a true 50k mile survivor that has clearly been well cared for over the years. I would love to see this car go to a good home where someone will really enjoy it and drive it like it should be driven.

The engine, transmission, and suspension are in excellent shape and the car drives like it just came off the showroom floor. The S14 engine always fires up promptly and runs exactly as it should; it pulls hard throughout the rpm range and has never been abused. The transmission shifts smoothly through all the gears and the clutch feels excellent. The car is equipped with H&R springs, Bilstein shocks, and Super Sprint exhaust. The suspension feels fantastic and the car handles like a dream, it is truly a blast to drive.

This M3 is dressed in the desirable Salmon Silver Metallic paint which is in excellent condition with only a few minor blemishes. The paint still shines like new and the car turns heads everywhere it goes. The M3 still sports the factory BMW basket weave wheels and has an almost-new set of Kumho tires.

The interior is also in excellent condition. The seats are in great shape with very little wear; the leather feels soft to the touch and has been well cared for. The carpet is in nice shape and looks like it has had the floor mats protecting it since day one. Everything inside feels nice and tight and works like it should. The air conditioning blows ice cold, the cruise control works properly, and the power windows and locks work perfectly. The previous owner had a Viper keyless entry/security system installed and it works perfectly.

This is truly a fantastic M3, and I hate to see it go. I have tried my best to accurately describe this car, and I’ve taken many pictures to help show its condition, however, it is the bidders responsibility to be comfortable with what they are buying and I recommend that interested parties come see the car in person. Please email or call me at (775) 273-8251 with any questions, or if you would like to come see the M3 before the auction is over. A non-refundable $1000 deposit will be due within 24 hours of the auction end. BALANCE IS DUE BY MAY 30, however the car can be picked up later than that if arrangements are made in advance. The car is sold as-is. I can help arrange shipping if required, please email me for details.

I have had many calls and questions about the M3 so I thought it would be best to attempt to answer these here:

The first question that I always get is about the history of the car, here is what I dug up: The car was originally purchased in Charlotte, NC by an affluent gentleman who drove the car to approximately 40k miles. In 1993, it was involved in an accident (which shows up on the history report as “accident or vehicle damage reported: left front fender”) and was put into storage before being fixed. The owner passed away without ever fixing the car. Several years later, Tim Johnson (TJ’s Auto Body) and Billy Reavis (Motorsport Connections), North Carolina BMW enthusiasts with great reputations, caught wind of the car and rescued it. The front fenders and hood were replaced in the process. At the request of several ebay members, I have popped out the rear turn signals and confirmed that the VIN stickers on both quarter panels do still match. I have also removed one piece of the undertray at the back of the car and confirmed that the rear bumper still has its matching VIN sticker in place. I am told that the front bumper must be removed to see the sticker there and I am not willing to go that far, so I cannot confirm whether that sticker is there or not. All other visible VIN tags are in place and match, including both doors, deck lid, engine, the cowl stamp, and the dash pad tag. The M3 was purchased by Jeff Hall after the work was completed and was driven and shown occasionally. Jeff had several other BMWs, including another E30 M3 which was set up for track use, and in 2010 he put the car up for sale. Here is a link to the ad that he posted. The next owner, also from North Carolina, drove the car very sparingly over the next two years, adding only 1000 miles. In fall of 2012, he put the car up for sale because he was moving and could not bring it with him. This is when I purchased the car. I have driven the car many times, only when the weather is perfect, and have not added many miles. The M3 has not required any work to be performed since I purchased it and has only received regular servicing. The car does not currently need anything and is ready to drive and enjoy.

I have also received questions about the AutoCheck history report: The report shows that this is a “grey market” vehicle, meaning it is a car that was not originally intended to be sold in the US. This is NOT accurate, this car was originally and always has been a US car, intended for sale in the US, this simply arose due to sloppy paperwork at the DMV.

I am not willing to reveal my reserve, however I do feel that it is very reasonable and I believe that it will be met. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

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Looking at this car, it’s hard to tell from pictures that it has had any panels replaced. I give the seller credit for giving as much detail as possible about the incident that shows up in the vehicle report. Oftentimes these are minor fender benders but it would pay to give this car a thorough going over before buying, of course. The M3 that Nate featured on Monday did not sell after an impressive 65 bids and final bid of $42,000. Any E30 M3 that breaches $40,000 has to be the best of the best and I personally think closing in on 80,000 miles precludes you from that club. By all means, it was a nice car, but not $42,000 nice. I’d suspect this car might close in on $40,000 but probably won’t eclipse that mark. If it didn’t have the accident damage in its history, it just might have.

-Paul

1988 BMW M3 – stroked and supercharged

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Sub-$20k E30 M3s are nearly impossible to find these days. While the ideal would be to find one completely stock and with decent mileage, the real supply lies in modified M3s. If you can find one in decent enough shape with mods you don’t hate, it could be the way to go. Today’s was subject to a minor collision resulting in a rebuilt title, but comes with goodies like a stroker kit, supercharger, and Alpina wheels. If everything checks out straight, being one two-dollar bill short of $20k could make this a fun and stunning purchase for someone trying to jump on the E30 M3 rocket ( /possible bubble).

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Year: 1988
Model: M3
Engine: Stroked 2.5l S14 supercharged inline four
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 144k on chassis
Price: $19,998

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 BMW E30 M3 on eBay

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Up for sale is my baby, 1988 BMW M3 E30! I’ve had this car for almost 7 years. Since I purchased the car, had the upgrades done, such as 2.5 liter engine with VAC Motorsport Stroker Kit. Eibach lowering kit, Koni shocks, sway bar kit by “Suspension Techniques.” The front seats have been completely redone, Alpine CD player and sound system. Factor options such as power windows and power locks, power sunroof, air conditioning, digital information center and more! The car sits on 17″ Alpina wheels and almost brand new tires. Rear spoiler wing, front bumper add on lip spoiler. Eisenmann exhaust system.

Supercharger Kit IMA throw made by RMS (hard to find). Miller War Programmable chip. When I purchased the vehicle it had a rebuilt title (due to minor accident)! So I’m selling it also as a rebuilt title vehicle.

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This seems like an M3 that has been well-loved if not fully respected; it could be a lot worse. Remove the stickers and poorly-placed Alpina emblems and you have a good looking, crazy-fast E30 M3 that would be the envy of every enthusiast passing by. Is a rebuild-titled car worth $20k? I have a feeling a year or two from now that won’t even be a question.

-NR

Ultra low mileage 1988 BMW M3

Few cars of its era have achieved the sort of legend status as the E30 M3. The first M3 was introduced as a homologation model for Group A touring car racing, and was based on the 1986 model year 3 series, and the similarities between the standard 3 series and the M3 were minimal. The M3’s body recieved all new panels for aerodynamics, and to accommodate the wider track, the brakes and suspension were upgraded, and it was powered by the 192bhp 2.3 L S14.

I true race car for the streets, the E30 M3 was truly the car that put the BMW M3 on the map as a performance car that all others would be measured by even 30 years later.

This one owner, 26,300 mile M3 for sale in Southport, CT is a rare opportunity to own a Touring car legend.

1988 BMW M3 on eBay

1988 BMW E30 M3

ONE OWNER 26,000 MILES, ALL DOCUMENTATION, THE BEST!!!

VIN WBSAK0303J2196976

The Classic Car Gallery is proud to offer this stunning low mileage 1988 BMW E30 M3!!!
Finished in ZINNOBERROT Red over Black leather, this ONE OWNER, first-year E30 chassis M3 has been driven just over 26,000 miles since new!!! She is in collector grade condition, and is perhaps one of the finest on the market today. The owner is a fanatic, and the car has been babied since he bought her new at BMW OF DARIAN, CT. She IS COMPLETELY STOCK, has all original manuals, and HER ORIGINAL WINDOW STICKER!!! The car sports the factory 2.3 liter 16 valve four cylinder 192 horsepower engine mated to the 5 speed manual transmission, and 15″ BMW alloy wheels with excellent NEW BRIDGESTONE POTENZA rubber all around. Other details about this car include: clear and clean title with current registration, M-stripe adorned sport steering wheel, leather sport seats, original stereo, electric sunroof, windows, and cruise control. This is a great opportunity to own, what may be the finest example of the iconic M3 that launched the BMW Motorsports division!!!

THE BODY AND TRIM;
 The body and trim of this car are in excellent overall condition. This car is rust-free,  all of the ORIGINAL PANELS are present, look excellent, and are near show quality. All of the rubber trim is fresh and moist, and the badging is near perfect. The right front fender has a small repair from a bicycle garage mishap. It is not visible, but in the interest of full disclosure, I am listing it here.

THE INTERIOR 
The interior of this car is in excellent condition. The dash is crack-free, the leather is buttery, and the drivers seat shows only the mildest wear on the seat bolster. All gauges and controls work as they should, and the A/C blow cold. The interior panels, headliner, rubber seals, controls and carpets are near showroom fresh.

THE ENGINE AND DRIVETRAIN; The engine compartment of this car looks new. She has always been fanatically maintained. This car has no mechanical issues.

THE DRIVING EXPERIENCE  
The 1988 BMW E30 M3 BMW is an enthusiasts car for a reason. THEY ARE AN ABOSOLUTE BLAST TO DRIVE!!! The car starts, runs and drives beautifully with nice acceleration, very good braking, EXCELLENT suspension with superb handling and excellent tracking. This 26,000 mile example is arguably the finest E30 M3 on the market today. She comes with all manuals, window stickers, and has a clean Carfax and Autocheck. Please feel free to call 203 256 9800 or email Steven@classicargallery.com if we can answer any of your questions.

 

Finished in red with black leather, this car is the definition of collector grade E30 M3, and there is no doubt that the selling price on this car will reflect this. These cars have been increasing in price and popularity steadily over the past few years, and clean examples like this are rare and often untouchable price wise. While pricing tools suggest a clean retail for a #1 car to be just north of $24K, pricing on these cars has been in the stratosphere, with $24K buying you a much rougher car.

I can only imagine what the reserve on this car is, and what the ultimate sale price would be, but if I had to venture a guess, I’d say the seller is looking in the $40-$45K range for this low mileage beauty. In the condition this car is in, this is a car to be put on a shelf, and admired, rather than driven like it was built to be, that being said, this car will only appreciate in value, as examples like this will only get harder to find.

-Brian

Foreign 1988 BMW 320is with S14 swap for sale

As mentioned before on this site, the impending teens of this century bring exciting prospects for car enthusiasts. In 2013, any vehicle manufactured in 1988 “can be lawfully imported into the U.S. without regard to whether it complies with all applicable FMVSS.” For those of us who love all things motor from late-80s Europe, this is revolutionary. Imports will be significantly easier and rare European models infinitely more accessible (sorry RS2 enthusiasts, you’ll have to wait another 7 or so years).

Depending on the manufacture date, this 1988 320is could be nearing the golden period. But this is no normal 320is. Imported new from Italy to Slovakia, this slick 4-door wears an M Tech body kit and backs it up with the legendary S14 from the E30 M3. A 5 year-old repaint in lovely Delphin gray has it looking like new. If you’re looking for M3 fun a little further below the radar, this is your car.

1988 BMW 320is with S14 for sale on eBay in Slovakia


The appetizing headline of this car disguises some major questions, however. As if a Slovakian BMW weren’t sketchy enough, add a negligible description, salvage title, and claimed 254k miles leave way more questions than answers. If you have eastern European connections, this may be worth checking out, but with a $12,800 asking price it’s more of a fun though exercise in unique E30s. If unique E30s are your ultimate thing and you dig Slovakia, then maybe you can channel Steve Martin’s Czechoslovakian “Wild and Crazy Guy,” taking the time fully research and arrange shipping and guarantee the 25-year exemption, becoming the envy of all the other wild and crazy E30 guys.

-NR

Clean Alpineweiss E30 M3 for sale

Today we have a very clean 1990 M3, dressed in the German national racing color of white. Lowered and placed on the great OEM+ upgrade of 17″ style 5s, I love E30s in this look; close to stock but with a little extra love. There aren’t a lot of details on the car, and its 190k miles could require a rebuild soon. Beyond the gorgeous exterior, the engine bay looks clean through and through and the grey interior, while not the prettiest of colors, looks to be recently redone and in great condition. Starting just under $17k with a Buy-It-Now of $17,650, the seller has a strong idea of what he thinks this car is worth.

1990 BMW E30 M3 for sale on eBay


An unfortunate lack of information:

You are looking a legend. This is a beautiful a beautiful repsentattion of a classic. This car has all the standard equpment that you would expect for this car. To say this car has been taken car of is an understatement. This car has every reciept and even has the orignal window sticker. The extras on this car really show the care and attention to detail that was spent on this car.

Here is a list of the extras on this car. Ireland engineering lowering race springs and strut stress bar. Style 5 17″ wheels wrapped yokohama S line tires. Morsco wires. Hella H4 euro headlights. Kenwood in dash CD.

IF you are looking for an E30 M3 this is one that you should not miss out on. This is an amazing car in amazing condition. There are two dents on the car but that is it. This car is impressive.

This car IS impressive looking. I was trying to come up with an explanation as to why the high mileage would make the price too high, but I don’t think I can. The interior and exterior are too clean, and if the engine has been cared for it could go a bit longer before an overhaul. With a rebuilt engine, this could easily be a $25k car, making this a pretty fair price provided there aren’t too many hiding gremlins.

-NR

Very clean, higher-mileage E30 M3 on eBay

It’s been a while since I’ve written an E30 M3 up, but on a bike ride yesterday I revisited a local example that’s nicely lowered on larger-but-period-correct BBSs and it got my M3 appetite going again. This led me to an M3 that looks respectable inside and out despite pushing 170k miles. An absence of rust throughout and a clean exterior make it worth checking out for any potential M3 buyer.

The seller gave lots of descriptive pictures but pretty worthless words. The biggest question here is how much the 170k-miles S14 has left in it. In reality, it’s going to need a rebuild anywhere from a week after it’s bought to 30k miles- soon. And that’s my biggest problem with the $16k starting price. The exterior and underbody seem clean, which is great, but it’s got the classic driver’s bolster wear on ALL of the seats, meaning this M3 has carted 4 people around more than most and will need full reupholstering at some point too. Looking at $7k for the rebuild and at least $1k for the interior this car is already pushing $25k for a clean bill of health. Despite the demand for and collectibility of these cars, I still think that’s too much for a baseline E30 M3. I still see the market as being $15k-$20k for a well-sorted and clean M3; with this many miles, I just don’t see how the seller can expect more than $12k for this car. I guess that’s why he has zero bids with 2 days left.

Personal preference note: you’ll also have to spend money to replace those ill-fitting wheels.

-NR

Entry-level E30 M3 for sale

A year and a half ago, it seemed like the E30 M3 market ceiling knew no limit, and they were on pace to quickly remove any hope for an affordable entry into the joys and mythology of the homologated, inaugural M3.  As with the rest of the world, there’s been an economic reality-check, and E30s have come down slightly.  Still expensive for 20+ year old BMWs, but at the least the market’s trajectory seems to have plateaued a little.  This example is up on eBay with no reserve, so it could be picked off for a nice price ($7300 at time of writing).  The trade-off for the nice price is its condition.  Far from perfect, there are some rust spots, interior, and engine work that need to be tended to before this is a clean M3, but in my view, the E30 M3 is a car you get in however you can.

Yeah, it needs work.  Quite a bit of work.  But looking at those fenders, that front airdam, and those wheels, I don’t care.  The E30 market has been so high because these cars are so damn special, and that includes the ones that need some TLC.  The rapper Too Short said “Get in where you fit in,” and if you can get into the E30 M3 Club under $10k, you should.