Late December Summary Post of German Cars and Rare Sportbikes For Sale

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year, here are the entries for the end of December:

1990 Honda VFR750R RC30 For Sale in Rochester 1990 Honda VFR750R RC30 For Sale in Rochester – The title and registration, combined with the the obvious care and thoughtful upgrades, make this bike a standout. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen one listed for sale in recent memory. What do you guys think of the $16k asking?
An RVF400 and VFR400 For Sale in the Bay Area An RVF400 and VFR400 For Sale in the Bay Area – Naturally the VFR400 with original looking bodywork would be my pick. Too bad it doesn’t have registration. The RVF400 is probably the cooler bike mechanically, but restored plastics would be at the top of my list. But with a title and registration, and an asking of only $3k, it’d be a great rider while you tried to determine if it was going to be a track bike or light restoration for the street.
Honda NSR250 MC18 For Sale Honda NSR250 MC18 For Sale – With no title, this great little bike will be attractive to collectors and track day enthusiasts. As a track day bike, do you pick something like this or a new Aprilia RS125? I sat on the latter this past weekend at the Seattle International Motorcycle Show, it’s amazing how beautiful it is in person…
1988 BMW M3 w/ 38k Miles Back on eBay 1988 BMW M3 w/ 38k Miles Back on eBay – in my previous post, I guessed that the winning bid would be around $25k. Considering brand new M cars are apparently immune to the sales slump, do you think this legendary M car will find a buyer this time?
2001 Ducati MH900e Mike Hailwood Evoluzione 2001 Ducati MH900e Mike Hailwood Evoluzione – The seller has it listed with a $13.9k buy-it-now shown. Having covered only a few thousand miles, this looks like a great buy considering brand new Sport Classics go for about this much!
1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfied Replica 1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfied Replica – Oh man… I’m very tempted to get myself the best xmas present ever and buy this before the auction ends in a few hours. It’s even titled and street legal. It’s only a couple hours away and I’ve taken all of next week off… But I probably won’t though, so I’m posting it here in case someone else can snag it.
1998 Bimota SB6R For Sale on eBay 1998 Bimota SB6R For Sale on eBay – For a buyer with some skills or connections to a good technician, this could be a steal. Current bid is around $7k. What do you think it’s worth once it’s running properly?
Stunning 1991 Porsche 928 GT For Sale with 5 Speed Stunning 1991 Porsche 928 GT For Sale with 5 Speed – I’m a big fan of the 928 anyway, but in this color, trim, and with the 5 speed, I think this looks like a great example. Current bid is just under $14k (no reserve auction) and 8 days to go. I’ll update after auction for the final sale price.
1993 Ducati Superbike 888 SPO: Just In Time For Christmas 1993 Ducati Superbike 888 SPO: Just In Time For Christmas – The only other Ducati’s of this vintage and price range that I would consider would be a 748, or a Superlight. And even in that company, I think the 888 is the bike of choice.
1998 Suzuki RGV 250 SP Lucky Strike Replica in Washington 1998 Suzuki RGV 250 SP Lucky Strike Replica in Washington – This bike looks incredible, but the only problem is the asking price. It’s $16k! It does have very low miles and a title, but this is an outrageous premium considering the market and other examples of the Lucky Strike replica’s that we’ve posted on this blog.
1988 BMW e28 M5: Possible Project Car? 1988 BMW e28 M5: Possible Project Car? – Obviously this one has a lot more miles than most cars I post on here. And I don’t know what showroom they’ve been hanging out in, but this car clearly isn’t that condition. Despite the fact that this car could’ve really benefited from a detail before shooting pics, the car looks complete and pretty good shape. If the motor was sound, this could be a pretty cool project car considering the asking. Which way would you go: fix it up as a nice driver or maybe enjoy as a weekend track toy?

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!

Weekend Wrap Up: Posts from GermanCarsForSaleBlog and RareSportbikesForSale

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

Announcing the MotoringBlogs Automotive and Motorcycling Blog Network

First I want to say how much fun I’ve had bringing readers at dancrouchblog.com the diamonds in the rough over the past 4 years. I have really enjoyed connecting with like minded enthusiasts and I look forward to making that experience even more meaningful moving ahead.

Now it is time to take my career more seriously, and that means making a transition from passive enthusiast to eventual full-time automotive and motorcycling, web and blogging specialist. I’m a bit premature in the announcement of this plan, but I want to keep dancrouchblog.com readers in the loop!

The most immediate and visible change is that I am splitting the topics that are most popular at dancrouchblog.com into their own blogs: German Cars For Sale Blog and Rare SportBikes For Sale. If you’re a fan of dancrouchblog.com, you’ll love these two blogs! They both follow the familiar “best of for sale” listings and resource guides you’re used to at this site, but both have much nicer .rss and email subscription options than I have utilized before. I hope you’ll consider subscribing. If not, don’t worry, I’ll still be highlighting these new blogs on dancrouchblog.com on a regular basis.

These two blogs are the first to be part of my new automotive blog network, MotoringBlogs. My hope for the network is two fold:

  1. Provide greater focus and detail to the automotive and motorcycling niche that the enthusiast searches for. The ability to provide more than a highlight reel or summary of information, and instead cater to the intense and educated enthusiast with detailed and opinionated editorial blog content.
  2. Build a network of authors, websites, and enthusiast readers that grow together to gain access and knowledge via an entertaining and informative blogging style to address sports cars, motorcycles, amateur motorsports, and the latest in breaking industry news.

The MotoringBlogs concept is in it’s infancy, but will grow quickly. More details will follow in the coming months. I will of course keep dancrouchblog.com readers informed first!

I hope you’ll find MotorBlogs to be an even better resource than dancrouchblog.com has been and I welcome your feedback in the comments below.

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1985 BMW e28 535i Family Car Update

Dr. Paul from Sports Car Shop has given the 535i a clean bill of health and proclaimed her the buy of the year! While that might be a bit dramatic, Shana and I are still really enjoying our new purchase. Yesterday we went wine tasting at Benton Lane and Tyee, and the modern classic e28 was right at home on the back roads and rubbing shoulders with Merc SL’s and Infiniti’s at the wineries.

The car will need mufflers and front end suspension work soon to be as well mannered as she looks. But otherwise it’s proving to be great transportation at a bargain price.

Here’s a recent glamour shot from an evening photoshoot for practice:

1985 BMW e28 535i Postcard

It’s a bit noisey at full resolution (Old Canon 10D doesn’t like low light), but I’m happy with the result anyway!

Stay tuned for more e28 Family Car updates.

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1988 BMW e28 M5: Euro Conversion For Sale!

This car has received lots of love by someone who is very obviously a huge e28 fanatic! The time and effort to convert the front end isn’t that easy to do or source. The list of important maintenance makes the 108k miles a non-issue. And those recovered seats look fantastic!

1988 BMW e28 M5 Euro Conversion For Sale on Roadfly:

1988 BMW e28 M5 For Sale Euro1988 BMW e28 M5 For Sale Euro1988 BMW e28 M5 For Sale Black Leather

quote from ad:

1988 M5 Euro Conversion
108,146 miles
$17,500

– Euro Bumper conversion (Brand new bumpers and all associated parts purchased from BMW, not some old rusty parts)
– Euro headlights w/working wipers and factory reservoir (Powder coated with new trim rings and Euro factory harness, not a butcher job)
– Euro turns and fogs (Brand new units purchased from BMW)
– Hartge replica front spoiler (Brand new)
– Zender rear valence
– New black leather front seats (Brand new leather)
– Crack free dash
– Strut braces on the front and rear shock towers
– Koni Sport (Yellow) adjustable front and rear dampers
– New spring pads
– New strut mount bearings front and rear
– Front camber plates
– H&R springs
– E34 M5 big brakes front and rear, powder coated black
– New rotors and pads front and rear
– New parking brake
– Dinan chip
– Rear headrests
– Metric Mechanic Sport Exhaust
[…]

I think the $17.5k asking price will scare off many casual onlookers. But for a true e28 M5 enthusiast, this M5 has just about everything you could want short of having a real euro import.

Like the black e28 but can’t swing the asking? You could go the opposite direction with this 85 535i for $1200 😀 Quite a swing in value considering they’re on the same platform!

Update: Also listed on Bring A Trailer

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1987 ALPINA B10 (E28) 535i #70 of 77 produced For Sale in British Columbia

Arghhh, yet another reason to move to Canada: Their classic car import exempt rule is only 15 years, versus our 25 years. Check out this beautiful e28 Alpina that’s providing incredible inspiration for our new e28 family car:

1987 ALPINA B10 (E28) 535i #70 of 77 produced on eBayMotors

1987 Alpina B10 e28 For Sale in BC1987 Alpina B10 e28 For Sale in Gray1987 Alpina B10 e28 For Sale Interior

quote from eBay listing:

A VERY RARE OPPORTUNITY TO OWN A FACTORY ALPINA B10 E28 BODY BMW. THERE WAS ONLY 77 UNITS PRODUCED DURING THE PRODUCTION RUN OF 1985 TO 1987, THIS IS PRODUCTION UNIT #70. THE CAR HAS NO RUST,IN ORIGINAL CONDITION, ALL ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT. BMW PAINT OF THIS ERA WAS NOTORIOUS FOR THE CLEAR COAT TO CHECK THEREFORE THE CAR HAS BEEN RESPRAYED BY THE PREVIOUS OWNER AND THE ALPINA GRAPHICS ARE ALL CORRECTLY IN PLACE. THE QUALITY OF THE PAINT WORK IS EXCELLENT AS YOU’LL SEE BY THE PICS.

Damn. So sexy!

This car looks like damn good value for $16.5k. Too bad it’s not coming to the U.S. legally because it’s not 25 years old yet. At this price though, maybe it’s worth buying and storing for 5 years and then title it. “Hello, home equity loan office? Yes, I need to cash out!”

Check out the specs on the Unofficial Alpina Pages.

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1985 BMW e28 535i: Our New Family Car

We’ve been on the prowl for a modern classic, affordable, sporting German car for a while now. And while we were pretty sure an MK2 GTi or GLi would fit the bill, we couldn’t find one close enough to justify a trip to check out, and those that looked promising were $4-6k believe it or not! Not to mention perfect cars were even more amazing!

My wife has been more and more impatient with our Golf recently and was really ready to shop. Being my favorite hobby of all time, I was on the job. But nothing in the 100 mile radius really tickled our interest as much as the following Portland Craigslist ad did this past week:

535 series BMW

BMW e28 Rear Seat Leather Black1985 BMW 535i Gray1985 BMW 535i Gray

535 Series BMW 1985 535 Series BMW *Excellent Condition***Very Clean One owner**

* All service records and original MSRP available

**This car is a must see**

The Good: It was owned for 21 years by a doctor and the sale included an eye popping $28k in maintenance receipts. Not a misprint; twenty eight thousand dollars!! It also includes the original MSRP from the Portland BMW dealership for well over $30k! This car was all stock in their care and nearly any issue or service item was done at the dealership. Almost everything works on the car, except of course for the onboard computer. Most of the 200k miles on this car are well looked after.

The Bad: The past 3-4 years of history on the car are sketchy. Someone junked the stock TRX wheels in favor of e36 M3 alloys. While they look good, I’m not sure they’re fitted correctly. And the front suspension bushings, alignment, and wear items are all feeling like they need attention. The front seats are also feeling really loose, and the driver’s side leans heavily to the left. The exhaust also has holes in it.

While this post would be cooler if it was a perfect car and a 5 speed, I think it’s a car that was rescued at the right time by the right new owners. Even if another $2k needs to be spent immediately, it’s amazingly clean over all. We’ll have a great car that has a ton of style and is a real pleasure to drive. Even with the suspension on the questionable side, the corning is very flat and easy to control. The seating position is great, and the car has some guts too!

Look for e28 project updates in future posts!

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