I want this car. The price is right, and it has most everything I’m looking for in an e28… the 211 HP M30B35 motor (same as in my 735i), 5 speed, Style 5 wheels (best looking wheels on an e28), 3.73 LSD, upgraded suspension & torsion bars, Euro bumpers and headlights… it’s actually a grey-market European import, so not only are the bumpers & headlights original, everything in the cabin is in German! Basically, all of the hard stuff is done, just a few minor annoyances to sort out.
Here’s the seller’s ad from mye28.com:
1983 BMW Euro 528i – FOR SALE – Los Angeles
M535i Gray Cloth herringbone interior (Manual sport seats)
M30B35 engine transplant from 89 735i donor with correct motor mount from Koala MotorSport.- Preventive maintenance at time of transplant: GMB water pump, water wetter, New Coolant Reservoir, oil pan gasket, crank seal gasket, OEM pilot bearing, plugs & wires. Head had DOT-r sticker but fell off after steam clean. Recently passed CA smog with no problems. Does need valve
job adjustment, can have done before sale.
BMW e39 528i sport rims, professionally taken apart, all barrels straighten and polished by Al Reed in Anaheim (Plastic hub centric up front) – 235/45/17 Dunlop SP Sport 2000 E all around with good tread.
Hartge replica front spoiler (Paul L.)
Alpina replica rear spoiler
3.73 Limited Slip diff.
Bilstein Sport struts all around- BavAuto springs
Racing Dynamics (Green) adjustable swaybars front and rear (Part #196.81.28.010).
Front Racing Dynamics strut bar. Although the suspension is solid the lower control arms are in need of replacement. Upper control arms in March 2010 (Mayle Heavy Duty). Still has front end shimmy but not as bad.
5 speed manual transmission / shifter needs new bushings to have tight feel.
CARB Sticker, EPA & DOT importers paperwork in file, currently registered until July 2010.
Brand new not installed Blaupunkt Sydney R126 with Pioneer 4×6 front speakers and OEM premium rears.
Since purchased the OD (176k) hasn’t worked but roughly under my ownership (2/2007) the car has traveled about 4-7k miles. The paint is in decent shape with exception to the Hood and roof. The interior is in great shape also with its exception to the driver’s seat. Car is in storage in Gardena CA. Thanks for looking, please PM me with any questions or suggestions.
Sweet specs on that car, and lots of positive comments from the guys who know on mye28.com. The only things that could be done to make it better is to paint it and fix the upholstery. With the cloth seats, that’s done much more reasonably than with the leather that’s usually found in these cars. Adding a turbo to this car would be the absolute ultimate! But I’m getting ahead of myself… One goofy thing with it is that sunroof; most (if not all) e28s sold in the US came with a sunroof standard. Having a factory sunroof is great, but its presence does intrude into the passenger compartment a bit, making headroom a little short. The few cars that made it to the US without sunroofs are highly prized for that extra bit of headroom, especially on cars that find themselves being tracked or autocrossed regularly; those helmets can make a low roof feel even lower. I guess the nice thing about this particular car is that the aftermarket sunroof that was installed gives it some of the function of the stock sunroof without the headroom detraction. Plus I’ve been told it’s not your run-o’-the-mill J.C. Whitney cheapo, and is nicely installed. I guess I could live with it.
The seller started out at $5,900, but wasn’t able to find a buyer at that price, and has since dropped it to $5,000. The only things separating me from this machine is that — the price — and about 1,600 miles. sigh.
I still want this car.