Let’s start with the bad news: The listing shows a buy-it-now price of $48k and it’s in Norway.
If you watch this blog regularly, you know I’m a 2002 fan. But $48k? Really?!
Offered here for your consideration is one extremely rare and quite special 1984 BMW “Hartge” H7S 735i 5 speed! This beautiful rust-free specimen is one of only three know examples in the U.S.. It features the 245 horsepower 3.5 liter engine with Hartge heads, ecu, headers, camshaft, Hartge/Momo steering wheel and shifter knob, full Hartge suspension and 16″ wheels, euro headlights, 3.25 LSD rear differential, staggered size Euro headlights, chrome Euro bumpers and hartge signature striping. Finished in lustrous “lapis” blue over blue cloth interior with Recaro seats, this unique supersedan has approximately 120,000 original miles. [the Hartge cluster was just replaced after a unit rebuild at Palo Alto speedometer did not make it operative]. Overall this is a fabulous running, driving and handling E23 sedan that is virtually irreplaceble or recreatable regrettably offered here at a low four-figure reserve price!
Featured with a $8884 buy-it-now option, and current bid is $5301 with 20 hours to go. Compared to the Alpina’s I’ve featured on dancrouchblog.com, this one isn’t in quite the same condition and has higher mileage, but is also considerably cheaper — yet just as rare.
From the picture it looks like the front spoiler is missing and replaced with a stock unit, but otherwise, the car looks really complete. A tuned 3.5L ‘big six’ connected to a 5 speed transmission, killer wheels, and equipped with Hartge unobtainium sounds like fun to me. The dash strokers on the Car Lounge seem to think it’s a money pit waiting to happen, but what other cars with this kind of style and performance would you be shopping for? A Porsche 928S with a 5 speed would fetch that kind of money, and would have similar maintenance concerns. Maybe an Audi UrQuattro? Considering the company this car keeps, I think it’s definitely worth a look. Even if it does need a $5k shot in the arm upon purchase.
Update 12.26.07: Reserve not met at $5301
Update 1.14.08: Relisted. Note the comment at the bottom that ‘an old e23 should go for 1500’ LOL! Interesting to see the response too. Sounds like he needs to start then opening bid more like $6500+.
Update 3.20.08: Relisted again.
Update 4.18.08: Relisted again, but this time with a buy-it-now of $8484. At least we finally have an idea what they want for it. Think it’s worth it? Leave a comment!
Considering the absurd prices that e30 M3’s now command, are e28 M5’s a decent alternative for the money?
These seem to command a decent price and this one has some nice options. Currently at about $9k reserve not met. Any guesses on winning bid?
UPDATE: Winning bid on this car was $10k.
This eBay auction for an e30 M3 w/ S52 Conversion (performed by nationally recognized Schneller) just went no reserve for a tick over $15k. Considering the e30 M3 market suddenly seems to tolerate prices of $30k, this one looks like a bargain in my eyes. Sure it lacks the originality, and many would argue the 6 cylinder up front diminishes the balance of the car, but I think Alpina proved with the B6 3.5S that any such obstacles would fade to the back of your mind with a romp on the loud pedal. Plus nearly all of the modifications jive with my personal tastes: Subtle, OEM+, and reliable. Naturally a car like this requires a thorough inspection, but if the paint is really the biggest obstacle with this example, someone scored.
Here’s another gray market car on craigslist:
Hello and what you are looking at is a rare model Bmw
the car now sports a 2.5 and not the stock 2.3.. headers,bilsteins,bbs ar wheels with new toyos,recaros no rips or cracks…,dual exhaust, alpina wheel , dinan adjustable subframe,euro bumpers,and euro headlights with h4s full zender body kit.. the front bumper is off in the photos… and the list goes on.
also have the records from 31750n miles.. The car now has 121k less on the engine
The car does need a little work to make perfect…. the car is a after all 25 years old..
you Can also call David @ 503 268-3523 for more info
I’m including this project car out of self indulgence really. I’ve always been fond of the e21’s and especially the euro-only six cylinder models. This one has some really hard to get parts on it already and should make for a nice project.
Update: This listing is very out of date. Why not check out one of these BMW e21’s on eBay right now:
1989 BMW e30 M3 w/ 70k miles for sale on Roadfly
Update: This listing has long since expired. Check out these other e30 M3’s for sale right now:
1989 M3, silver over gray with 70k miles. 2nd owner since 2001 with no accidents and clean title. Mechanically strong with most of the service records. All original body panels, original paint except for front bumper and rear wing. Tasteful mods include Mille Miglia wheels with Kuhmo Ecstas, Zimmerman cross drilled rotors with Hawk HP plus pads, stainless steel brake lines w/super blue, Supersprint center section w/Borla exhaust, Bilstien shocks w/H&R sport springs, front & rear Sparco strut braces, UUC short shift & clutch stop, Jim Conforti chip w/ Evo air box, E36 chain tensioner, oil pan baffle, Viper alarm & keyless entry, Alpine stereo w/eclipse amp & Sony sub. I have most of the stock parts that have been upgraded if wanting to return to original state. Overall a very clean and reliable car.
If this car is in fact rust free, with records, and 70k miles… Well somebody in the midwest should get busy and head over to Illinois and grab this great buy. Not many e30 M3’s with this kind of mileage available for any less these days.
Edit: Does the paint color seem off between the back of the door and the back of the car?