1995 BMW 318i Touring

For those that read my posts, you know I’m a sucker for wagons. Especially rare ones and those that didn’t make it stateside. Here’s an interesting piece for sale up in Nova Scotia, an E36 Touring with the 1.9 liter, twin cam four cylinder.

The seller states:

You want an eye catcher on canadien or North American streets? This Euro Specs, 1995 BMW 318i Touring with the powerful 4 cycl. M43 Engine is then an automobile for you. This car is in an great condition. From its blue-green metallic exterior to its dark grey interior.

It wears very good 205/60/R15 tires on BMW alloy wheels, adding to the unique style that could only be BMW. A smooth-running and powerful 4cycl. engine with 115 hp and 1800 ccm can be found under the hood, mated to an Automatic transmission .

The difference is that this car isn´t so heavy. You can drive it around 6 – 8 Liter of Gas on 100 km distance. That will help you to save alot of money for gas. The odometer says ~ 168.000 kilometers.

There is no telling how hard it might be to import such a vehicle to the US, but if one thing is certain, Uncle Sam sure isn’t going to make it easy. For those living in Canada, this is a tasty number, if a bit overpriced. It looks to be mint, however, the engine and automatic transmission let this car down. Still, the E36 (and earlier E30) wagons are some of the best looking haulers of all time, from my vantage point.

-Paul

1980 BMW 735i Touring Prototype

I’ve admitted it before, I’m not a big fan of sport utility vehicles. Coming across this rare BMW prototype reminds me why I like wagons so much. I remember seeing this 735i Touring on eBay about a decade ago, and now it’s current owner in Newton, Massachusetts has it up for sale again on eBay, with no reserve.

The seller states:

1980 BMW 735i Touring with 9,042 miles today. This is a Euro model and eBay does not like the VIN which is WBA68410007432544 It was built in June 1980 and is titled as a 1981.

Per the site stationwagon.com http://www.stationwagon.com/gallery/198x_BMW_735i.html

“This car was built on the BMW production line for display at the Frankfurt Auto Show. There were only two cars made like this. It was built on the 735i chassis – and is a European model. This was never a production car. Details include – – 8,179 original miles, tan cloth interior, a manual sunroof and windows, roof rack, alloy wheels & automatic transmission. The car was imported to the US and brought up to DOT and EPA standards in Ohio.”

This car was purchased on eBay in 2000 with 8,179 miles and was amongst a collection of approximately 100 cars owned by a noted collector in New Hampshire. It was then purchased in 8/2003 with 8,300 miles from the collector’s estate sale until it was purchased by me in November 2010 with 9,002 miles. I had service performed on the car, tuned it up, replaced mechanical and safety items and brought the car back onto the road. It runs and drives fine. It is currently inspected and on the road with a Massachusetts December 2010 inspection sticker. I would have no hesitation using this car as an everyday vehicle.

Unfortunately I do not have the space to keep it unless I give it to my 16 year old as his every day car and sell his. This rare beautiful vehicle deserves better than that. The negatives to the car are: 6 spots where the paint has lifted and there is surface rust underneath. Also the straight pipe in the exhaust is rusty. It was able to pass inspection but I don’t know how many more years it has left. There is a small rip in the center armrest in the rear seat. I have tried to clean up the interior but it hasn’t been warm enough since I purchased the car to do an outstanding job.

The starting price of this auction is $7,000 with no reserve. Given the history of this vehicle, and based on recent sales of clean E23 7 series, I’d take a stab and say anything in the $10 to $15k range would be realistic. Unlike an M1 or Z8, the desirability and value won’t ever be as high, but there’s no denying the historical significance of this vehicle. Given that it was built on the BMW assembly line and foreshadowed BMW Touring models to come, it deserves to be preserved for future generations. Having visited the BMW Museum in Munich two years ago, and after seeing the exhibits, it would be great to see this prototype in such a collection.

-Paul

1991 BMW 325i Touring for sale in Canada

I was in Canada this weekend and a slick snow-prepped E91 wagon caught my eye. While the sports sedan is the quintessential BMW, the extended lines of their wagons work for me better. All touring versions of Bimmers are rare stateside thanks to our well-documented and silly aversion to wagons, but as opposed to models like the E34 and E46, the caboosed E30 was never available here. Quite a shame, because its clean and concise lines create a nearly-perfect wagon. The seller of today’s example imported it to Canada 4 years ago, and importation to the US could prove to be a headache, as could a number of cosmetic blemishes. I’d stock up on Advil though as long as it meant I could rock this modified 80s-tastic wagon using Borbet Type As as god truly intended.

From the seller:

It’s a 1991 325i 5-speed. Arctic silver with light gray interior. I am the original owner in Canada. It was brought in Feb of 2006.

Specs:
-1991
-325i
-AMS chipped ECU (have injectors that can be swapped in to take full advantage of the chip as well)
-5 speed manual
-power (front) windows and manual sunroof and no AC
-Koni adjustable shocks with H&R sport springs. Front has SpecE30 camber plates. Car currently sits with 2 deg neg camber all around and handles like it’s on rails!
-BORBET Type A 16×7.5 with nearly new Nexen tires (not included but can be arranged as an extra purchase) Original ‘bottlecaps’ will be included.
-rear MHW black taillights (hard to find anywhere!)
-Short shift kit
-updated E36 radiator
-HID 6500K kit

The car is not perfect. Has a dent in the front driver’s side fender. Small rust spot on the driver’s rear wheel well and a small spot under the driver’s taillight (where the rear panel meets the side) as well as the passenger side rocker. Underbody is clean and solid. The strut towers don’t have ANY rust not even surface!

Car drives well and needs nothing for safety (some mechanics might not like how low it is).

I have a few parts still for it but that can be discussed with a serious buyer as to what will be included in the sale.

Why settle for another BMW like the M3, E34, E36, E28, E46, M5, M6, E24, 318is, 320i, 328i, 328is, when you can have quite a unique imported model like this one and turn heads everywhere you go?

The importation process must take a toll on these cars because I have yet to see one as clean and decked out as we see other models of BMW. Or maybe the guys who take the time to import and make them that nice don’t sell them. Regardless, the seller’s last sentence says it all for me. I don’t know if it would turn everyone’s heads, but those who know would love it and, more importantly, I’d be craning my head every time I walked to or away from it. Cleaned up, this has an ideal mix of 80s, performance, and weirdness for me. Bidding is just over $1500 but hasn’t hit the reserve yet. Balancing the mods, necessary work, decent mileage and overall desirability, somewhere in the $3XXXs sounds like a good price for a cool and unique BMW with a lot of potential.

Bonus points if you can keep the license plate.

-NR

286 horsepower BMW E30 Touring Wagon

Another find from Watkins Glen. Not much info is provided and I wasn’t able to meet the seller, but he does provide an e-mail address, magnanimousmotorwerks@gmail.com, for those who are curious.
This is a 318i wagon that has received the gift of a Euro spec six with the individual throttle bodies, probably a 3 liter  S50 out of a E36 M3. The seller claims 286 horsepower from the Euro mill. The car also has suspension and brake upgrades with parts from an E36 M coupe, TC Kline coilovers, Koni shocks and a 3.25 limited slip differential.

The car could use some cosmetic cleanup, this could be a jumping off point for some real custom work or leave it as is and use it as a unique track tow vehicle. Wagons with manual transmissions and power can always be entertaining.

The ask price is $11,000, but the seller is looking for an E30 M3 chassis, S50, S52, or S54 motors so maybe a trade can be had.

~Evan

Mashup E30 Wagon for sale

The musical mashup has gained massive popularity in the past decade, for better or worse, though it’s been thriving in the automotive world for over a century.  And while hyperactive fit-everything-you-can mashup artists like Girl Talk cover an impressive array of artists and sounds, I’m a bigger fan of mashups that exercise a degree of control or at least a theme, like Wu-Tang Clan vs. The Beatles, with entire albums based on a single theme of using similar parts to make better even better music.  Today’s unique German auto is definitely a mashup, but follows the well-chosen Bavarian theme to excellent effect.  Like mashing up the Beatles, it helps to start from an extremely solid starting point, in this case the non-U.S. E30 Touring, in my eyes second only to the M3 as the best looking E30.  From there, the seller started layering solid additions, ending up with something totally new and unique out of found parts.

Modified S50 E30 Touring for sale

The seller’s awesomeness in creating this machine is countered by his  meager photos and description, but it’s enough to whet the appetite:

euro s50b30, zf trans, 3.25 lsd w/finned diff cover, e36m3 front 5 lug, m roadster rear. TC Kline coilovers, Koni double adjustable shocks. IE camber plates, THR lollipops. Smoked hella euro smileys. “is” front lip. M tech II steering wheel. Staggered m contour wheels with goodyear eagle f1 235/40/17’s all around with under 1k miles. sterling silver exterior with grey sport cloth interior, heated front seats (though both seat bottoms have rips). Scytek 2 way alarm. Titled and registered in new york state.

$11k.

Obviously a lot of investigation must be done to determine if this is worth the money, but it’s certainly an exciting mix of well-chosen parts grafted into an awesome and rare 80s wagon.  I love the styling choices and the mechanical mods make this sound like a very fun machine.  As a fan of unique and odd mixes, this E30 is an awesome example of mashing together parts, creating a whole great than their sum.

1995 BMW M5 E34 Touring Wagon Supercharged

This beautiful, rare, find comes from reader Peter.
Euro sport wagons have a cult following. The top of the line performance models, Audi RS, Benz AMG, and BMW M wagons, are scarcely available at bargain prices. This is in part because they are made in such small numbers, but also because they take the idea of the Q ship one step further, by hiding the wolf in a sheep’s clothing of a station wagon. People love these, practical, easier to convince a significant other that they are a good purchase, but loaded with all the horsepower and road handling of their standard brethren.
The Euro only M5 Touring Wagon model would be fantastic had been bone stock, but it even includes some more impressive additions.
This is one of only four built in the splendid Orinoco Green Metallic paint. It also has the two tone interior.
What sets this car even further out from the crowd is the Albrex supercharger attached to the 3.8 liter six. The car has been tuned by Diebold and dynoed at 440 horsepower at the fly wheel.
The 18″ M-parallels look good with the classic lines. The manual will certainly provide for plenty of entertainment and keep the boost up.
Parts listed by the seller:

Double sunroof (front and rear)
BMW Traffic Pro (Becker) GPS, upgraded with full Infinity speakers throughout and sub.
Nuerburgring package, with dual mode adaptive suspension, massive 345mm two piece aluminum hat rotors
Euro “smiley” headlights retained with “city lights” and upgraded with 50w HID.
Aero roof rack
Kmac camber plates
rear window retractable side shades
UUC short shifter

New parts:
New Michelin PS2s (less than 1000 miles)
New Sachs sintered clutch
New Boge OE Nuerburgring adaptive struts
Brand new aluminum radiator with electric fans
Brand new water pump
New HR springs
Brand new Nuerburgring front brake rotors

Such a great car, I think it would fit just fine in my garage. $23,900 buy-it-now with 73,993 miles. Seems fair priced to me for a rare vehicle catering to a niche market.

~Evan

1991 BMW e30 325iT Wagon For Sale in Calgary

For a number of years, I’ve remarked to my wife that I wished the e30 wagon had made it to the U.S. It would be the perfect dog car for us! Well here’s one for sale on eBayMotors from Calgary, and the seller notes he can assist U.S. buyers with a title…

1991 BMW 325iT Wagon on eBayMotors:

quote from seller’s eBayMotors listing:

Equipped with A/C, Power Windows & Locks, Power Sun Roof, 4 Speed Automatic Transmission, ABS. etc. Fun to drive with great utility. When was the last time you saw another?

This car has had some high quality paint work but has no accident history. At that time it seems they painted the body side mouldings, the bumper strips, rear spoiler, front air dam, side view mirrors and the side skirting. Combined with the 15” ABT alloy wheels, I think the car has a great stance and looks longer and lower than it actually is..

Mechanical Inspections welcomed, all repair orders are available for viewing. Bid with confidence, I am Mike Bennett a Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council Licensee.

Fly in and drive home. Or I can assist with shipping at a reduced rate at your expense.

For US purchasers, I can assist you in obtaining a US title. Please call on 403.815.1173 or email me for details.

I have some concerns about importing this car, but really my bigger concern is that the seller thinks it might be worth $9k with the buy-it-now listed. I know it’s rare in these parts, but that’s silly!

dc