It’s been a while since I last posted a BMW of the Day, and I’d have to say that this one is notable enough to post. It’s a 1991 e34 535i that was modded by Dinan by the original owner. This thing is a hot rod, no doubt. Dinan added an intercooled turbo to the M30B35 engine, bumping the output up to about 425HP and almost 500 ft. lbs. of torque, more than doubling the stock numbers — 208 hp & 225 ft lbs. This thing would definitely plant you in your seat when the throttle is hit! The Dinan package also included various cosmetic upgrades, special wheels, and tighter suspension.
Vern Eide BMW in Sioux Falls has it for sale; I’ve seen it in person, and it is a gorgeous car. Not flawless, but then again it’s got 110k on the clock. The car is listed at just under $14,000, which I think is a tad higher than anybody in Sioux Falls is likely to pay for an 18 years old car, even one of this caliber. I would love to have it, but… I think it’d be difficult to get that one by the CFO at home!
Verne Eide put it up for bids on eBay as well, but the high bid of $8,600 didn’t meet their reserve price, so it’s still for sale locally. It’ll probably end up back on eBay or on one of the other Bimmer-specific sites; the latter would be a smart move on their part. This is a unique machine that will be fully appreciated by a select few people.
Update: I drove through the Vern Eide lot yesterday, and this car had a hand-written sign in the window declaring it “SOLD”. Since writing this post the dealership had dropped the price on the car to just under $10,000, and it probably went for right around that; one of the guys on mye28.com had offered $9,000 over the phone, and they turned it down.
Oh, and a little more history behind this car… It had previously been for sale through Premier Motorcars, with a list price of $29,988! Little surprise they couldn’t sell it. Not sure how it ended up with Vern Eide, but the fact that their starting price was half of Premier’s asking price says a lot.
Here’s the copy from the eBay auction ad. ‘Scuse me while I go get something to clean the drool off my keyboard.
Vern Eide BMW
BMW 535i DINAN
450/hp 494 ft-lbs
**All Upgrades Done By DINAN Engineering**
0 to 60 -4.5 sec
Standing Quarter mile 12.7 sec
Low Reserve Bid to own
All work performed by Dinan Engineering Cost of upgrade $19,995 back in 1991
Turbochraged With Intercooler
3.7L Low Compression Stroker Short Block
Ported High Flow Intake Manifold
Cold Air Intake
Dinan Free Flow Exhaust
Detonation Control System
Dinan Stage 3 Suspension
25mm Front Adjustable Anti Roll Bar
19mm Rear Adjustable Anti Roll Bar
Front Chamber Plates
Limited Slip Differntial
Dinan Brake Conversion
You are bidding on a beautiful 1991 BMW 535i DINAN this in an absoulutly amazing car, This 535i Was driven directly from the Allison BMW in CA to DINAN Engineering for all upgrades “No Expense Spared” Cost of build back in 1991 was $19,995 this is a one of a kind DINAN. Car looks as it it has 20,000 miles, Interior is flawless! No dings or dents or scratches few minor rock pecs on nose but have been touched up, please remember this car is 18 years old but was only driven approx 6,000 miles per year and has been maintained. Call Heath @ Vern Eide.