$42,000 Could Get You A VERY UNIQUE 1986 BMW E30 3 Series
Although the new BMW design philosophy has garnered heavily polarized opinions from the enthusiasts all around the globe, the yesteryear Bimmers were generally liked by all. Not only were they beautiful in terms of aesthetics, but they also checked the box when it came to features and creature comforts, and of course, the performance.
However, that doesn’t mean the models were not customized and modified by the owners. Here’s one such example – a 1986 E30 325Es – that has received cosmetic surgeries and a heart transplant, and it can be yours for $42,000. Tempting?
Cool Car for Sale: 2001 BMW M5 E39 Titanium Silver Metallic
BMW E39 is widely considered as the best BMW 5 Series ever built. The automaker produced it from 1998 to 2003. It isn’t just about the classic looks, but also the fact that it came through in a transition period wherein companies were adopting a lot of tech features. So, this was one of the last BMWs to have the mechanical-feel to it and arguably the best driver’s car that BMW has offered to date.
If you scout the pre-owned market for the E39, you’ll figure out that the model is getting harder to find with every passing year. But, here is one pristine example of 2001 BMW M5 E39 with a modest mileage in the Netherlands. Drool-worthy, isn’t it?
Car For Sale: Extremely Clean, 8k-Mile 1988 BMW M3
When it comes to M-badged cars, none is more iconic than the first-generation M3. Produced from March 1986 until June 1991, the E30-generation M3 took BMW cars into a new era and established the German manufacturer as a key player in the performance compact market. The generations that followed saw the M3 become increasingly faster and more powerful, but the E30 M3 remains the most desirable version of the coupe. Buying one now isn’t particularly complicated, but finding a low-mileage model is the stuff of dreams. If you’ve been looking for one, it’s your lucky day: Bring a Trailer has a mint-condition 1988 model with just 8,000 miles on the odometer for sale.
The Gruppe5 BMW 2002 Is An 800 Horsepower Blast From The Past with a $1 Million Price Tag
When you bring together one the best BMW engine builders and tuners with one of the best chassis and body designers of the last few decades, you’re bound to get an amazing product. Take it a step further, and task them with re-imagining BMW’s diminutive two-door hit of the late ’60s and early ’70s, the 2002, into a bona fide racer with a Group 5-inspired body kit and as much power as a McLaren 650S. You’ll end up with something like the Gruppe5 2002, a $1 million, flared pocket rocket that you didn’t know you wanted.
Actually; a carbon fiber body with boxy arches and an enormous rear wing that acts as a cage for a 744 horsepower V-10. That’s what you get, plus a lot more, if you wire $875,000 to Gruppe5’s account. Add $100,000 more, and you’ll get 803 horsepower from a bigger version of that same V-10. The catch is that Gruppe5 only plans to build 300 of these bonkers 2002s, 200 with the 744 horsepower engine and 100 with the 803 horsepower unit installed in front of the cabin. When will the renders you see turn into a running and driving car? Pretty soon since Bill and Bob Riley, two of the co-founders of the project as well as the driving power behind Riley Automotive will get cracking after Bob returns from the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June. Now, if the name Riley rings any bells, I bet you now understand why this thing will cost as much as two Ferrari 812 Superfasts brimming with options. Oh, and that engine guy is none other than Steve Dinan, the founder of Dinan Cars and reputable Daytona Prototype-era engine builder.
Car for Sale: 1988 BMW E30 M3
The E30 has exploded in popularity recently, with well-maintained examples selling for huge sums of money on the used market and at auction. Now, there’s one very clean example going up for sale rocking a six-cylinder engine swap under the hood.
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Car For Sale: George Carlin’s 1996 BMW 850Ci
If you’re ever feeling down in the dumps and need a new perspective on things, I’d like to suggest checking out the comedy of George Carlin. Granted, Carlin was never one to sugarcoat a situation, but his ability to drive straight to the bone of an issue is second to none. His sarcastic, highly intelligent dark comedy is legendary, and now, his well-preserved 8 Series can be had by the highest bidder.
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Car for Sale: 2001 BMW Z8 with only 9,000 Miles
I’m on record saying that the BMW M1 is, in my mind, the most beautiful M car ever built. It didn’t come without competition, though, because the second car on my list is the BMW Z8 Roadster. The latter is an aesthetic tour de force, a creation born from the design genius of Henrik Fisker. Only 5,703 Z8s were built, so if you’re in the market for one, you’re going to have a hard time getting a hold of it. Fortunately, a BMW dealership in Cincinnati is in possession of one. It’s up for auction on Bring-A-Trailer, and the highest bid is approaching $150,000 as of this writing with two days left in the auction. Want to scratch that long-festering itch to own a Z8 Roadster? Now’s your chance to do it. Just make sure you load up on the Benjamins.
Car for Sale: Adam Carolla’s 1972 BMW 3.0 CLS Racer
Though he’s not on the level of Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Corolla’s car collection shouldn’t be sneezed at. The TV personality has, at various points in the past, owned a collection of desirable classics, including a 1966 Lamborghini 350GT, a collection of Datsun race cars, and a 1979 Porsche 935 that was driven by Paul Newman in the 1979 24 hours of Le Mans. Corolla also owns a 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL, a race car many consider as one of the most iconic ones that BMW has ever produced. Unfortunately, Corolla’s ownership of the 3.0 CSL is unlikely to last long. That’s because the beautiful and legendary race car is up for sale. There’s no attached price to it, but for the right offer, you have a chance to take home one of the most memorable Bimmer racers to ever smoke its wheels on a race track.
This Very Orange 1980 BMW M1 Is Up For Sale For $745K
First put into production in 1978, the BMW M1 was a clear break from convention for the Bavarian automaker. For starters, the M1 was Bimmer’s first and only mass-produced mid-engine production car, a title it held until the release of the i8 hybrid in 2014. The M1 also looks the part of an oddity, sporting an Italian-designed style with a speed wedge configuration. Inside is a tight two-seater cabin, behind which BMW’s M Division mounted a twin-cam 3.5-liter inline six-cylinder engine. Output is measured at 273 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque, all of which is sent to the rear axle by way of a five-speed manual gearbox. All told, the M1 offered solid performance for its day, plus plenty of sexy looks, and with just 453 units produced, a fair amount of exclusivity as well. These are the characteristics that make for a highly desirable collector car, but now, there’s an example for sale in California sporting just 8,441 miles on the odometer. The asking price – $745,000.
Granted, that price isn’t too outrageous, especially when you consider a similar example changed hands last year at Monterey Car Week for $577,500. Factor in a near guarantee that auction prices will continue to rise over the long haul, and this slice of mid-engine history starts to look like a pretty good investment. If you had the money, would you bite? Read on for more info on what’s for sale here.
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If you’re a fan of BMW, you surely know about the M1 that was built in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Finding a rare M1 would be rather exciting, but what about a 1989 - 1991 BMW Z1 roadster? Some of you might be thinking: “what is a Z1 roadster?” Well, don’t feel bad if this little piece of BMW history has slipped your memory, because only 8,000 of them were built. So, that means you’ll probably never see one unless you’re one of those lucky people that find one tucked away in a barn right? Wrong. There is a 1990 BMW Z1 listed on Ebay right now, and its starting bid is only $9,000.
According to the listing, the car drives well. The engine runs good, and the manual transmission shifts smoothly. There is a need for a little body work, though, but that is to be expected for a Z1 that hasn’t been a garage queen. The rare sliding door system does need to overhauled as well. In the end, this is a good find for the BMW enthusiast that would like an easy restoration project. Even if it isn’t something you’re interested in, the Ebay listing is at least worth a look – it’s not very often you see a Z1, let alone one that is for sale. The car is listed as having only two owners, wasn’t available in the U.S. and was sold for $65,000 when new.
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The BMW 8 Series was a car that never really achieved its full potential. That wasn’t exactly an uncommon thing for a car born in the 80s, and the 8 Series certainly wasn’t a bad car, but it’s difficult to shake the feeling that a V-12 BMW grand touring car should have been something more. And indeed, there was a way to get more from the car, in the form of the Alpina B12. This was a tuned version of the E31 8 Series, with more power and a more luxurious interior.
The downside is that it’s quite rare, being a tuned version of a car that was never produced in huge numbers in the first place. But one has just turned up for sale in Evans City, Pennsylvania, and according to the ad, it’s one of only two in the US. And this particular 1991 model was imported from Japan. It has been quite well taken care of, with only 28,000 miles on the clock, but it’s a difficult call as to whether it would be worth buying.
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To celebrate 30 years of its mid-size sport sedan, BMW introduced the BMW M5 “30 Jahre M5” special edition last year with just 300 units planned for production globally. Of those, only 30 of those would be making it to the U.S., and only 29 planned for customers; the 30th would remain with BMW for now, with the possibility of being sold off in the future.
Speaking of being sold off, the duPont Registry is listing a 30 Jahre M5 in Heathrow, Florida for $325,000 with 200 miles on the odometer. If you’re wondering, these cars sold brand new for $138,275, and that price included an exclusive M Driving School designed specifically for 30 Jahre M5 buyers, which took place last fall.
While that is something the secondhand buyer definitely won’t be able to experience, the car itself should make up for that. The limited-edition M5 gets unique 20-inch alloy wheels, a Frozen Dark Silver Metallic matte paint job and plenty of “30 Jahre M5” badges, including those embossed onto the seats. This M5 also squeezes an extra 25 horsepower from the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8. increasing output to 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.
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Oh, the things we see on eBay. The commerce site has and will always have some interesting items up for sale or auction. That was no more evident to us than when we happened upon a restored 1988 BMW M5 that actually looks pretty good given its age. According to the seller, this particular M5 has been restored to serve as a nice "daily driver," the kind that can take you from point A to point B in style and without any mechanical problems. Given that its essentially a 26-year old car, such ringing promises are good to hear.
More impressive in this case is the car’s reported forays in the drag strip back in its day. It can supposedly run a quarter-mile in 13 seconds, no small feat for any sports car by today’s standards.
But you’re not getting just any M5 either, as it was also given a series of upgrades. These upgrades include the installation of a new throwout bearing and new transmission output shaft and shifter seals. The best of the updates is a hot new engine that not only adds some extra firepower, but also had just 17,000 miles on it when the owner dropped it into the car.
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