This next car is an interesting proposition (not a preposition….or a presupposition) because of its condition and price…but I’m going to start with an anecdote. A few decades ago I was offered a non-running E21 BMW for free. It also had expired plates and needed a tow, but the asking price was free-fifty and I would have added it to my fleet if I had the garage space (which at the time I did not). I somewhat regret that decision, but I’m not sure I’d regret passing on a $5k asking price for an E21…but the cosmetic condition of this next one might make a few hundred bucks on mechanical restoration make fiscal sense. Why? Good question- because in the past few decades the prices of parts (and labor) have gone up around the rate of inflation, but paint and body work has gone non-linearly up to sky high in the past few years. I think the tide has turned for cheap car searchers to go from the car that just needs some paint to the one that needs a headgasket. Find this 1982 BMW 320i E21 offered for $5,500 in Antelope Valley, CA via craigslist.
From the seller:
1982 bmw 310i
title status: clean
For sale 1982 BMW 320i E21.
Totally intact, original condition BMW, 100% rust free, barn find, noting is missing on it.
Original owner car.
Spare tire has never been used, original tools are still in place.
This car needs new cylinder head gasket.
It still starts and runs.
Those older model BMW cars are becoming hard to find, or near impossible to find in this intact condition.
Title in hand. And Out of DMV system, fees are gonna be only 160 bucks.
please email me if interested.
I can help with a local delivery.
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