It’s an interesting exercise to just pull a random price out of a hat and see what you can get for that. While not by design, the last two cars – a running but very faded Fiat 1100, and a similar condition Fiat 128 – were both priced at $2800, and so is our next feature. Check out this 1973 BMW Bavaria for sale for $2800 in Newark, NJ. Oh, how the mighty have fallen to the level of the plebeian cars…
Depending on your definition of bang for the buck, you get a lot more for your money with this BMW. Six cylinders, comfortable seating for 5, a top speed well over 100mph, and the general solidity of a luxury sedan. The seller has put a lot of effort into the car, making it a driver capable of handling his 69-mile daily commute last year. Unfortunately, the non-original clearcoated paintjob has failed at some point, and you can see it’s flaked off in sheets from the trunk, less so from the roof and hood.
These E39 turbine-style wheels do not come with the car, and the seller does not provide detail on what is included – do you have to BYOW? A set of repro Momo Vega wheels would look great on this – the modernish paint color really doesn’t work so well with the standard alloys or steelies with hubcaps.
Ahh, stick, you’re so helpful to old-car owners. However, it’s hard to understand why it’s needed here, as the hood doesn’t rely on a spring or strut to hold it up. This car appears to have a Weber conversion, which is apparently the hot tip for reliability, although some E3 owners have figured out how to make the original Zenith carbs work. There’s nothing too alarming visible here, though it is a bit dirty, and you’ll want to carefully inspect for rust, given it’s in Illinois.
The interiors seem to be generally hard-wearing, and this one only shows a couple of splits in the dash and a small rip in the right bolster of the driver’s seat. This looks to have been an A/C car, though no hardware is visible underhood, and it’s nice to see these with a manual transmission since a significant percentage got the ZF 3-speed. But, if you don’t like the newer paint and want more of a project, the above car could serve as a bargaining tool when you’re looking at this 1972 BMW Bavaria, for sale for $2950 in Hazel Dell, WA.
Silver suits the car well, and it’s nice to see the original-style hubcaps since most have been replaced by the alloys you also see on E9 coupes. There might be some bubbling at the bottom of the driver’s door, and the car is said not to run but to be straight. At least it’s been garaged for the past 10 years, but not much other detail is given. That said, the M30 engine is fairly solid, and as long as a failed head gasket was not the cause for the long-term storage, a revival might be fairly straightforward. Which one would you pick?