1990 BMW E30 M3 w/ S38 Swap

I think it’s clear at this point that I look at the removal of the E30 M3’s S14 motor like removing the harmonies from early Beatles music; most of the popular pieces are still there, sure, but it’s missing the soul that made it special. This is especially true when it comes to the overdone S50/52 swaps from E36 M3s. I see those in normal E30s and think “damn, fun!” I see them in M3s and thank “damn, shame.” Today’s swap, while tending towards the overdone side that most swap projects lean, takes a different tack by eschewing the second M3’s inline 6 for one that’s bigger, badder, and more rare. An evolution of the near-and-dear-to-me S38B35, the E34 M5 got the B36 and B38 models, pushing out 315 and 340hp respectively while making that heavenly sound. So while it’s still an overwrought E30 M3 project with a swap, I appreciate the more obscure engine choice setting this one apart.

1990 E30 M3 w/ S38 swap for sale on eBay

From the seller:

up for sale is one of a kind very rare in beyond excelent condition 1990 bmw m3 with a clean clean Texas car title never accident and all factory vin # sticker remain on every panel including bumpers and side skirts never had accident & 100% rust free. This m3 was taken for a car show project event, project was done at one of the 5 star shop specialist in Houston TX. www.royalcollision.com,

Job started late Nov 2010 started on the engine swap we have dropped in 1992 BMW ///M5 S38 3.6l engine. *not e36 m3 * We striped this motor all the way down the block and converted to 3.8l stroker, ported the block for stroker build high compression all new parts pistons, lifters, valves and cams by vac motorsports and a used polished crank 3.8l from germany and much more, the head exhaust outlet is ported and intake inlet is also ported and polished so engine is like brand new. Also hand build custom air intake box with custom vilsty stac in side of the box and finished with spowder coat in textured ferrari red. 40 pound fuel injectors and a custom fuel rail and with high pressure stainless steel hoses AN fitting with fuel regulator and also a new getrag 280 transmission 5peed with stage 3 clutch and a custom build differential 3.46 at 50 lock with custom polished lsd, custom build headers, mid pipes and super sprint race exhaust, custom radiator, cooling system with high pressor hose end AN fittings, car dose not have a/c.

Ground control coilovers suspension with custom sway bars on the back.

Interior has recaro front seats custom build dashboard trims with brushed smoked aluminum and Kenwood navigation system NDX9990HD with Focal speakers and kenwood amp, headliner is done in black suede, and also the door panels in charcoal suede with red stitching to match all interior seats back and front seats also in charcoal suede with red stitching, new carpet quick release sparco with black suede steering wheel and a sparco shifter & E brake with suede boot.

EVO III tail light from germany and smoked Xenon headlights

Carbon fiber evo side mirrors, carbon fiber hood, carbon fiber front eyebrows, carbon fiber EVO III rear spoiler 3 way adjustable, carbon fiber rear license place tray and ofcourse a beautiful front carbon fiber front lower lip.

18in staggered 2 peices BBS style 5 with yokohama tires 255/35/18 back & yokohama 225/35/18 front

Car is very beautiful there is alot to list car drive and handle very nice great suspension knowing its lower that are no tire rubbing great engine soft sound perfectly build barely a 1000 mile on this engine have one of the most beautiful exhaust sound over $70,000 was invested in this car all recites invoices are avaliable have a 4in thick file of invoices. as you see in the photos, how its rebuilded inside outside under the body so unique cleaner than my e92 m3
And i have seen clean stock E30 m3 4il that sold on ebay for $35, $45, and $50, i am very sure i’ll get what i am looking for $$$ for this car there is nothing, absolutely NOTHING WRONG WITH IT Its ready for home to a collector person and to enjoy it…….

So it’s not really an B38 but a stroked B36… so it goes. If you can get past some of the typical overkill – louvered hood, Nurburgring sticker, removable steering wheel – what lies beneath is a gorgeous M3 Evo with a unique engine swap. I’ll take my classics original, but I appreciate the use of the S38 and big Style 5s on this extreme M3.

Despite being the tuner type of perfect from bumper to bumper, the seller is going to have a tough time getting even his starting bid of $40k, and the Buy-It-Now of $50k isn’t happening. He’s going to have to accept that a *cough* reasonable price is somewhere in the $30s.


Beautiful BMW M6 for sale

I love my M5 for many reasons, one being the sleeper quality of a black four-door. Some of the other reasons, like the S38 engine and its sound, the 80s styling, and inherent BMW-ness are also present on the sharkiest of all cars, the E24 M6. If my tastes were just a few degrees different, there’s a strong chance my search would have been for something like this. In beautiful condition after 191k miles, the red attracts the eye like blood to a… well, a shark. The BMW CCA grill emblem, interior and exterior condition, and description all attest to the quality of the seller and this M6. It’s truly beautiful, and he’s right: it is far prettier than his Ferrari Mondiale Cabriolet in the background.

1988 BMW M6 for sale on eBay

A polite and in-depth description from the seller:

Hello, my name is Andy and thank you for visiting my auction.

Up for Auction is my beloved 1988 BMW M6 in Fantastic condition.

I am the third owner, this is my 3rd M6 and my 8th BMW. I bought this car in October of 2010 from an older gentleman investment banker who cared for the car very very well, the car was originally owned by an orthopedic surgeon in Colorado before going to Georgia. I purchased this car because it was the cleanest and the prettiest and the most well kept M6 that I had ever seen. I am selling the car because I simply have too many and need to lighten my collection.

Since I have owned the car, I have replaced the following within the last six months:

1. Alternator.
2. Water pump.
3. Belts.
4. Clutch and rear main seal.
5. Transmission seals.
6. Oil pan gasket.
7. Valve cover gasket and valve adjustment.
8. Spark plugs.
9. New Bilstein HD’s shocks with springs from Bavarian Auto sport. The car rides like new.
10. Thrust arm bushings and lower control arms.
11. Rear dog bones.
12. Sway bar links.
13. Front brake calipers and rotors from a 750il with Pagid pads. I still have the originals that will go with the car.
14. Drive shaft center bearing.
15. Brake fluid flush.
16. Coolant flush.
17. Steering box!
18. New center track link for steering.
19. New tie rod assemblies.
20. Alignment.
21. New Alpine stereo head unit with ipod cable.
22. Both fuel pumps, the one in the tank and the main one too.
23. Fuel filter.

As you can see by the list above, I have put a lot of time and resources into the car to make it the perfect road trip car. Most of these items were replaced as preventative maintenance and for piece of mind during a road trip.

I have all of records for the car since approx 90k miles.

Due to the amount of service records that I have for the car in a binder from the previous owner, I will list the most major of services that were performed before I purchased the car.

1. New factory transmission installed at the dealer at approx 90k miles.
2. power steering pump and hoses.
3. oil changes every 3-4k miles.
4. New BBS style 5 wheels purchased from the dealer.
5. New radiator.
6. New coolant hoses and thermostat.
7. There are so many more services performed but it would take me for ever to list everything here.

The engine was rebuilt at some point by the first owner. It does not leak or burn any oil what so ever. I changed the oil approximately 900 miles ago with Mobil one 15w-50, the oil is still clear on the dipstick and that is amazing! This engine is very tight and it pulls like a dam freight train, this is honestly the fastest M6 that I have every driven short of being turbo charged or stroked. When I first drove the car in Georgia, I thought it had a Dinan Stroker motor. I do know it has a Dinan chip and a exhaust cam gear but that’s all I can confirm.

The interior I would rate on a scale from 1-10, a solid 8 or 8.5. There was a small tear on the drivers bolster that has been repaired and airbrushed.
The exterior I would rate as a 9. The is no rust on the car, I am very familiar with the 6 series and all of they’re rusting points especially in the front wheel wells, there is NO rust what so ever in these areas, that was the first thing I checked before I bought this car. The only accident damage that this car has seen is to the right front grille area and headlight bucket with the first owner.

All of the body panels ( fenders, doors, hood, and trunk ,etc) are original and have the original Vin # tags on them.

The car has been repainted by the first owner approx 12-14 years ago I’m estimating, it was obviously done right and at great expense as the exterior shows very very well.

The Air conditioning works as it should and has been converted to R134a freon, the ice box between the rear seats also works too.

The tires are Dunlop sport 235 45 R17 on all four corners with approx 70-80 tread left on them.

Mechanically, the car needs nothing, I’ve already done everything that I could think of.

The only thing that I can see that the car needs is the chrome trim rings for the rear tail lights ( I have an extra one in nice condition that I will include with the car).

I have always babied this car and protected it in way that some would say obsessive, for example, I have 3 Ferrari’s, 1 Porsche 911, and another BMW but this M6 is the only car that I am always worrying about (where to park it?, checking the weather before I drive it to avoid rain, avoiding traffic, avoiding certain niehborhoods, etc). It is by far the prettiest and most beautiful car I own. Out of all the cars I have driven, this is the one that receives the most attention, it is truly a beautiful machine. I will certainly Miss it very much. I hope that it goes to a very good home and never ever gets driven in the winter.

That’s about as close to a perfect description as I can imagine. And, other than the overall miles and unknown amount on the rebuild, this is pretty close to a perfect M6. Bidding is hot with 6 days left on the auction, though still at a reserve-not-met $6,600. Anything under $10k is pretty reasonable in my eyes for an E24 as pretty as this.


Canadian BMW E28 M5 for sale

I can’t fully explain my recent E28 fascination. Maybe it’s maturing, maybe it’s just an evolution, but my E30 lust is firmly in 2nd place. The M3 too far gone, the 325is too banal, the E28 strikes me as simultaneously under-the-radar yet special. Taking the specialness factor up one notch today is the much-desired black-on-black Canadian E28 M5. I’ve heard E28 enthusiasts lament the Natur leather that came as the only option in the US. While I certainly appreciate the double-Vaderness here, I don’t mind the Natur either. It’s Canadian, but hopefully that is less of a roadblock because it was also offered here, unlike other Canadian models like the E30 wagon. With a nice 130k miles on it, this M5 has few blemishes and would be a great way to up the E28 ante.

1988 BMW E28 M5 for sale on eBay


Brevity from the seller:



The $13,500 Buy-It-Now seems high but not out of the question, and the $5,000 starting bid encourages a little more optimism. If it could go smack dab in the middle, that’s a pretty clean deal.