1988 BMW M6 For Sale, Black on Tan Leather

Colt has previously listed his 944 Turbo S Silver Rose on my blog and now he has another outstanding German sports coupe to list: His 1988 BMW M6 on Autotrader.com:

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quote from his ad:

Metric Mechanic 3.7L and System 300 exhaust ~330hp with 30K miles on the engine (147K on the car), SplitSecond MAF fuel controller, Dinan Chip, Dinan Cam Gears, BBS RK wheels, SS brake lines, UUC Short shift, Bilstein Sport struts, Suspension Techniques springs, BMPD strut bar, Kenwood CD/AMP/Infinity speakers, Sirius satellite radio, Zimmerman drilled rotors, PBR pads, painted calipers, new battery, light tinting of rear windows, new front spoiler and fog lights, new factory leather on seats and door panels, A/C fully operable, heated seats Fully maintained with comprehensive maintenance records since new- all synthetic trans/LSD/motor/brake/PS, always garaged, I drive 100 miles roundtrip on the freeway- so all highway miles, no accidents; needs nothing until next scheduled maintenance. Also have Frank Fahey track pipe with factory muffler and misc spare parts: old front spoiler, idle control valve, fan clutch, Dinan Stage 1 suspension, original radio, etc. Enthusiast owned- selling to make room in the garage

Check out the price on the Metric Mechanic 3.7 S38 motor. Yeah that’s ten grand; not to mention installation. At $17k, this M6 is looking like a really good buy for the e24 enthusiast.

Good luck on the sale Colt!

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Catching up with RareSportBikesForSale.com and GermanCarsForSaleBlog.com

Forgive me: I’m guilty of cheating on this blog with a number of other blogs. But before we get too far ahead, let’s get caught up on some great looking German Cars and Rare Sport Bikes that have been listed for sale over the past several weeks.

1983 BMW e21 320i Black Beautiful 1983 BMW e21 320i For Sale in Oregon – Paul went so far as to say he was almost considering buying this car himself, but was instead inspired to continue the work on his own classic BMW after seeing Richard’s car! Considering he’s only asking $3200, someone should snap this up cheap!
1983 Alpina B9 1983 Alpina B9 #312 For Sale in Florida – The $14.5k buy-it-now option seems like a pretty good deal. There are very few real Alpina’s in this country anyway, and this one still has almost all of it’s original details. While I’m not an experienced collector, I have to imagine that 5-10 years from now, this car will have appreciated considerably. Then again, with over 100k miles and an approachable entry price, maybe it would be better to enjoy immediately. Can you imagine the response at your next BMW club day when you roll up in this?!
1985 Honda VFR400 NC24 Rothmans 1985 Honda VFR400 NC24 – First things first, this is not an 85. According to this Wikipedia article, the NC24 wasn’t introduced until 1987, and this bike definitely sports all the important features of the later NC24 model. But when I first saw the listing as an 85, it made me wonder if the 25 year rule works the same way it does for classic cars in the U.S. – no import or registration issues with models not previously imported. Anyone know for sure? Also, was there a Rothmans edition of the NC24? It’s a cool bike for $3500 either way though!
1967 Porsche 912 in Irish Green Irish Green Porsches for St. Patrick’s Day – As you can probably gather by now, I think the 912 is definitely the better value; especially at $15k! Of course a 912 is not a substitute for a 911. But it’s also not to be dismissed as anything less than a fantastic sports car. Add the fact that this one has an expensive rebuilt motor assembled with such focus and dedication, you can tell that this car is at least 85% of the experience of a 911 of the same era.
1995 BMW e36 M3 Lightweight Two Very Low Mileage M3’s, $60,000 Each! – Not to play that overused ‘economy’ angle yet again, but these seem like high prices to me in today’s market. On the other hand the owners clearly know the rarity of their cars and are counting on educated and wealthy buyers. Who knows when we’ll see examples like these for sale again.
1986 GSX-R 750R Limited (GSXR750 RG) 1986 GSX-R 750R Limited (GSXR750 RG) – Don’t you just love homologation specials?! The very best of everything and no expense spared. And when they’re nearly 25 years old and never raced, AND hardly even ridden, they’re truly a rare find. This one is currently at $12k (appears reserve has been met) with about 4 days to go.
1988 BMW e30 M3 in Diamondschwartz 1988 BMW e30 M3 in Diamondschwartz – The owner even has a picture of him doing a compression test on the motor. Assuming the car needs a few things here and there and you had to drop two or three grand into it right away; could be a a really nice car in a pretty desirable color.
1991 BMW e30 M3 Alpineweiss Lovely and Original Alpine White 1991 BMW e30 M3 For Sale with 64k miles – You know me, I’m a sucker for low miles. Make sure the maintenance has been tended to with a thorough pre-purchase inspection by a qualified BMW technician. This car is already over $17k, reserve not met. With 3 days to go, make your predictions!
1993 Honda CBR400RR 1993 Honda CBR400RR For Sale in San Fran Area – It has the all important title, but with that kind of mileage is $5k too high? Leave a comment with your experience.
1999 Porsche Carrera 911 Black BBS Porsche 996 Prices are Dropping – It’s no secret the 996 is not one of my favorite Porsche 911’s. That said, I’m a big fan of the Boxster of the same generation; and when the the 996 and Boxster suddenly share the same price point, well let’s be serious, which would you really rather have? My thoughts exactly.
1985 Yamaha RZ500 1985 Yamaha RZ500 with Clean U.S. Title – Wouldn’t hurt to have a description on this listing, especially with the high opening bid of $12,500. This one is a bit higher than other RZ500’s listed on this blog, but the pictures sure do look good! 4 days left, bid now!
Wes Cooley Replica GS1000S Not 1, Not 2, But 3 Wes Cooley Replica GS1000S Suzuki’s For Sale! – $4900 doesn’t really seem that bad for such a cool and historic bike. I got up close and personal with a GS1000S at the Barber Motorsports Park Museum earlier this year, and it was a standout for sure!

Stay tune for some more sweet news about where I’ve been hanging out other than on dancrouchblog.com…

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1973 Series 2 Batmobile For Sale on Craigslist

Alex alerted me to this beautiful BMW CSL on Craigslist earlier today. We both remarked how awesome this car is but wondered if the Batmobile’s actually fetch $130k. Take a look for yourself at this 1973 BMW 3.0CSL on Craigslist:

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quote from seller’s listing:

This beautiful 1973 BMW Series 2 Batmobile is 1 of 57 of which ONLY TWO were produced black!! The other is parked in a museum in Europe. All parts are the original parts, with only 46,397 original miles on it! This is a one time oppurtunity, check this baby out! It has a 4 speed manual, 3.2L all original!!! and this beauty drives clean! The interior still looks like new and has no weather damage or stains, it’s super clean. The wing kit is still brand new wrapped in bubble wrap sitting in the trunk.

After doing some brief digging on the Sports Car Market website, they have two CSL’s in their auction database. One that went for $154k at auction and another that sold on eBay for $73k, both in 2006. With this car’s super low, original miles, $130k may not be that outrageous. As they say, it’s only original once…

Thanks for the submission Alex!

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Supercharged BMW M Coupe For Sale in Chicago

I was poking around Craigslist and found this fun little plaything: A 2000 BMW M Coupe with the Active Autowerks supercharger for $18900:

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quote from Craigslist posting:

60 Photos @ WWW.WINDYCITYMOTORSPORTS.COM We at Windy City Motorsports are very pleased to offer for sale this very rare, and ultra cool 2000 BMW M Coupe. As if the M coupe itself was not bad ass enough, an Active Autowerke supercharger system has been installed to boost power and performance. This intercooled supercharger kit sells for $4,500 plus labor, and bumps the horsepower to 360 at 7.0 PSI of boost. All on 91-93 octane pump gas! This car is an absolute BLAST to drive!!! It is finished in Cosmo Black metallic over a super clean black leather cockpit. Buy with confidence knowing it is an AutoCheck certified accident free vehicle, and is laser straight. Rolling stock consists of the original BMW Motorsport lightweight wheels wrapped in brand new Kumho ASX high performance all season tires. The fluids are fresh, and the brakes are new on all 4 corners. It is ready to enjoy.

55k miles, 360hp, black on black (not that terrible two tone many have), and a somewhat rare sight really. I’ve always liked the M Coupes and they look so purposeful in person. For $18900, I’m turned on!

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One Silver NSX, One Black NSX: Take Your Pick for $25k

Looks like the NSX market isn’t immune to the recession either. A scan of NSX Prime Marketplace (the place to surf NSX anything online) a year ago and you would’ve been hard pressed to find any NSX for less than $28-30k. There are at least 3 right now for less than that and with decent mileage. Both of these stood out to me because of the color combination’s, decent mileage, and the somehow reasonable looking $25k price tags.

First up is this Black on Ivory NSX For Sale in San Diego:

1991 Acura NSX For Sale Black on Ivory

quote from seller’s NSXPrime listing:

Black/Ivory

5 speed
72,044 miles

Only mod is Flowmaster Exhaust, but it still looks stock with the original tips.
A/C Head Unit was replaced a few months ago.
Clean Title. Runs strong. Selling because it doesn’t get driven enough.
Extra set of Stock 1991 Wheels+Tires Included.

Next is a Silver on Black NSX For Sale in Florida (I presume):

1991 Acura NSX For Sale Sebring Silver

quote from seller’s NSXPrime Listing:

1991 Acura NSX
5 Speed Manual transmission
Not in snap ring range
68,000 miles
Only 467 sebring silver cars ever produced!
Car has only ONE OWNER before me. It has never been in an accident.
I trailered the car to PA at the end of 2007.

All original with the exception of
-new koni adjustable struts (originals ones included)
-custom exhaust
-8000k philips HID (self installed)
-window film
-upgraded chrome wheels from 00 model (original ones included)

No issues except
-climate currently only blowing on high, needs hvac rebuilt
-super tiny ding on lowest part of front right fender
-front spoiler is scratched, I will include a new one, but you install.

Service Records
-When I was reviewing the records I left it outside overnight during a rain storm, all of them blew away and I had to go hunting for them. I believe I lost about 20 pages.
-engine serviced, timing belt and water pump around 55,000 miles
-clutch and transmission rebuilt around 45,000 miles
-lots of other work, 90% of work done at Acura of Pompano Beach / Rick Case Acura.

Buyer will have one choice of
1. chrome wheels currently on the car.
2. solaris silver wheels nearly perfect

I would soooo love to have an NSX in the garage. Even though a collision would bankrupt me, the rest of the package is so well balanced and reliable. As prices come down, it’s even easier to justify the thought. I’d go with the black one for the great color combo, but that’s getting a bit nit-picky as both are beautiful. I wouldn’t kick either one out of bed for that price!

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The German Car and Rare SportBike Blogs Round-Up For Early December

Here are my picks for early December from RareSportBikesForSale.com and GermanCarsForSaleBlog.com:

1968 Porsche 912 For Sale in Bahama Yellow: The owner of this car has dropped the price $1100 in less than a month’s time and would seem to indicate a motivated seller. While the motor isn’t the original, it is rebuilt. And this isn’t going to be a concours car anyway. His website has many articles on the model and the classified ad on Pelican Parts is refreshingly honest. Personally if I were buying, I’d keep it as is if the rust was livable and drive the balls off it!
1989 Honda VFR400 NC30 in Alabama: Interesting for sale posting to say the least. But the bike looks really sharp and clean. He goes on to explain that it’s titled and tagged in Alabama.
1991 Porsche 964 Carrera RUF RCT Conversion: A really rare opportunity without question. But only serious collectors are likely to get excited considering the $69900 buy-it-now listed on the ad.
1989 Yamaha FZR 400 For Sale in Vegas: The FZR400 has an aluminum frame compared to the steel frame of the FZR600, which is cheaper and heavier. Many FZR400’s were snapped up by club racers and never to be seen on the street again. But apparently there are more out there ready for street duty than I thought!
1999 Alpina B12 6.0 For Sale in Spain: The BMW e38 really is a fine platform and I can only imagine what the Alpina version brings to the table. According to the Alpina Archive website entry on the B12, it’ll do a standing quarter mile faster than a Ferrari 355!
Beautiful and Original 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 For Sale: The red and black is a really stunning combination and I can’t say the last time I saw an 86 this clean and original. And it’s not like these are going to become easier to find…
1988 BMW e28 M5 For Sale with only 41k Miles!: In the U.S., the e28 M5 really is more rare than the e30 M3. Can you imagine what a 44k mile e30 M3 would have for an asking?!
1998 Ducati Superbike 996RS: They Don’t Get Much More Rare Than This!: Collector race cars and bikes are not really an arena I’m well versed in, but one thing is for sure: It’s a very rare machine anyway, and it’s been ridden by Troy Bayliss. It’d look great parked under the Christmas tree I’m sure!
2000 BMW e39 M5 For Sale with only 4k Miles!: I’m just saying, if my lotto ticked gets punched this week, I’d take this over the newest version. If I remain mortal without the winnings, I might still think a well looked after used e39 M5 might be in the cards considering they now hover in the low 20’s for asking price.
Two Porsche 944’s For Sale: Less Than 50k Miles Combined!: I realize the prices are steep, but the pictures really seem to demonstrate two really clean and original cars. Those interior pictures could be from a brochure. Considering these cars are practically new, they could be considered a cheap means to nearly new Porsche ownership compared to the MSRP of today’s new Porsches!

1973 Mazda RX-3 For Sale in New Jersey

When was the last time you saw a nice looking RX-3 for sale that wasn’t a race car? Not in the last decade at least for me… Maybe Paul will leave a comment with a humorous little tale from our college days when we last inquired about an RX-3 😉

Here’s an RX-3 survivor for sale on the east coast for $7900 that I spotted on VWVortex:

quote from seller’s post:

it is a 1973 mazda rx-3 2dr. fastback blackwith black interior. it is powered a a 13-b rotory motor street ported with race beat intake, race beat header, holly carb, exhaust and muffler. this thing sounds real mean. backed by a 4 speed trans with race clutch, battery relocated to truck with an alluminum fuel cell in the trunk, electric fuel pump with electric cooling fan as well. has fiber glass fenders and hood with hood pins. lowered about 1.5 inches via race springs in the front and blocks in the back. has heavy duty front sway bar and posi rear. very very sharp car and very fast to boot. gonna take it to e-town tonight to see what it can do. lots of mods and very sharp. asking $7900 or best cash offer will consider partial or full trades for a really nice v-dub.

I know I haven’t seen one of these for sale in quite a long time and this one is in reasonable and drivable condition. The 13B upgrade and performance accessories certainly sweeten the deal and guarantee this is a little screamer.

But $7900 seems crazy to me because I think you could fetch a far better first generation RX-7 for that kind of money. It’s not like the RX-3 set the world on fire like the seven did, so I have a hard time giving it this kind of billing. But the seller is on the east coast, and it’s probably been 20 years since anyone has seen one this decent in salt country.

Regular readers will note that I took a little break from blogging this past weekend. Work has been kicking my ass and the weather was really nice here in the Willamette Valley this past weekend. So I unplugged and decompressed, enjoying the weather and quiet. As such I’ll be getting the updates from GermanCarsForSaleBlog and RareSportBikesForSale out a bit late. But follow the links now and be ahead of the curve if need be – there’s some good stuff in there. And I’ll be doing a writeup of a recent interview with the previous owner of this 82 Porsche 911 Turbo modified by DP Motorsports, which has was owned earlier by Mario Andretti and Pete Rose. Some good reading in the works, stay tuned!

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Update: This listing has long since expired. Check out these other Mazda RX’s for sale right now:

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Weekend Wrap Up: Posts from GermanCarsForSaleBlog and RareSportbikesForSale

Here are my picks for this week’s online classifieds highlights:

How I Almost Bought a 964 Carrera 2

It’s been a week now since I made up my mind not buy this car and it’s still hanging around my neck like a brutal hangover. Check out this solid looking 1990 Porsche Carrera 2 for sale that I just listed on GermanCarsForSaleBlog:

When I saw this car and made contact with the seller, I had that feeling that I’ve had before when I’ve spotted ‘the one’. The same feeling I had when I bought the M3 for instance. The right mileage, history, maintenance and upgrades. You know, a great example being passed from one enthusiast to another. But alas, there will be another someday…

Here’s a preview of the online resource guide I’ll be putting together for prospective 964 buyers:

Porsche 964 Known Issues

  • The early 964 motors leak oil, and potentially lots of it. Many consider it not a matter of how much, but how soon it will be severe. Later 93 models have a correction to the motor to solve this issue.
  • The flywheel is also notorious for failure in the 75-100k mile range. Again, the later models address this issue and can easily be retrofitted.

Porsche 964 Online Resources

  • 6SpeedOnline – A growing community with a lot of vendor support. And where I spotted the classified ad for the car featured in this post.
  • Pelican Parts Forums – This is THE online gathering place for Porsche enthusiasts. There is a dedicated 964 discussion area and also a fantastic classifieds area.
  • John’s Porsche 964 Web – While the site is very 1999ish, the content and membership is very robust. There is a ton of first hand experience, advice, reviews, and picture on this site. A must read for the Porsche 964 buyer.
  • JW’s Porsche 964 Site – Another first hand account enthusiast site that has excellent data on actual ownership costs, magazine reviews, and links.

Why This 964 With 130k miles Looks Attractive to Me

  • This car has reported full receipts. On German sports cars this is a very good first indicator of previous owners who cared for the car. And it’s not cheap, which will help provide state of mind in knowing there isn’t thousands needed in immediate expenses.
  • This car has a rebuilt motor and was built to include all the 964 upgrades to make the engine as reliable as possible.
  • Because this car is a must own someday car for me, I have to include that I’m also attracted to this car because it was the high school fantasy dream car for me. I even assembled this (recently reissued) Fujumi model of the Porsche 964 Carrera 2 at 17 or 18 years old, in you guessed it, black on black.
  • I even like the upgrades of the tasteful H&R springs, chip, strut bar and sport exhaust. All upgrades I’d probably choose to make myself, that are already in place!

I consulted my close friend and Porsche specialist, Paul at Sports Car Shop, about my analysis and gut feeling concerning the approachability and value of this car. It went like this:

[22:07] Dan: it’s got mileage and isn’t perfect. While it will live in the garage, it won’t be the end of the world if it stay in the driveway for a week or two. True or False
[22:07] Paul: True, Porsches are “real” cars, not just garage queens that fall apart at the first sign of moisture.
[22:07] Paul: Next?
[22:08] Dan: A Carrera 2 with good maintenance and 130k miles is a good deal at 18.5k. True or False
[22:09] Paul: True, Maintenance is key but the Carrara motor is a direct descendent of the venerable 3.0 SC engine, a bullet-proof high-mileage motor if taken care of.
[22:11] Paul: uh oh, this looks like a long one, I’m getting a beer
[22:12] Dan: Even though this motor is not numbers matching, having been rebuilt with the right corrections (barrel/case seals, vented distributor, flywheel upgrade) and having only 25k miles on the drivetrain, is likely an inevitible expense with early 964’s. Isn’t it valuable to a driver to know that this car is good for at least another 75k miles even if upgrades weren’t performed. True or False. And how much does a cheap to dealership range cost to rebuild a 964 motor anyway?
[22:12] Dan: Yes, beer me too!
[22:15] Dan: mmm, Grolsch, good call!
[22:17] Paul: True, an engine rebuilt to stock specs should have a life expectancy of at least 100k miles. A rebuild is not cheap and almost out of the question if a specialty shop or dealership performs the repairs, somewhere in the $10-20K range. A quick freshen-up without new pistons or head work is a bit chaper, but in the end a used engine is the only “budget” solution. I still am curious why this car
[22:17] Paul: needed an engine so early in it’s life?
[22:18] Dan: the email states excessive oil leaks, which is inline with what I’ve read in terms of buyer’s guides for the 964
[22:18] Dan: (Link: http://www.porsche964.nl/reviews/964-2003.php)http://www.porsche964.nl/reviews/964-2003.php
[22:19] Paul: Then a reseal, not a rebuild is what’s in order. I’ve seen and repaired a number of these with leaks from the valve and timing chain covers, rear main seals, and front seals.
[22:19] Dan: sounds like I need to call the guys who rebuilt the engine ahead of time to inquire
[22:20] Dan: according to the email, the dudes who rebuilt the engine are reputable, but I should do my own homework
[22:21] Paul: agreed, call and ask those exact questions, ‘what was rebuilt, what was replaced, and why?”
[22:21] Dan: what are acceptable answers and what are not?
[22:23] Paul: I suspect that the car had an extensive engine-out service to repair the oil leakage (a 993 we did recently with some upgrades but no rebuild ran $13,000). but was not “rebuilt. The owner may have misunderstood because of the magnitude of the work and the cost involved.
[22:24] Paul: or, he got a great deal and you could too!
[22:25] Dan: well even with that caveaot in place, I still tend to think as an infatuated buyer that the expensive upgrades have been performed (if documented) and it could still be a deal and even an appreciating car. Especially black on black
[22:26] Dan: And personally, I love the design 90 wheels and I’m glad they’re part of the picture
[22:26] Paul: there is no doubt that whatever has been done to it in the past if it’s a clean, well-running car it’s worth the asking price.
[22:26] Dan: and in the end, this is my point
[22:27] Dan: especially if the right mods were in fact made, from what I’ve read, that’s the only stuff to bitch about on this platform.
[22:27] Paul: As an investment you could always recoup your money
[22:29] Paul: the 964 is underappreciated, the cool classic style of a 911 with the modern grunt of the 993 engine, what’s not to love?

So anyway, I will regrettably be passing on this car. But if you’re in the PNW and in the market for a 964, you should go check this car out!

Disclaimer: I have not seen this car in person nor has Paul. While I presume a visual inspection will reveal detailed documentation of service history and the overall quality of this car, I can only assume the buyer be educated or employ a pre-purchase inspection (PPI) before buying to be sure.

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