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    Originally posted by carlb View Post



    It is my entire strategy to buy poorly sorted cars. Sorting them out can be a pain but that's what the discount is for. The previous e30 s54 swap I bought on BAT was a pretty mess. But, but it is easily worth 15k more than I bought it for now that it's sorted.

    I was betting that this car could be sorted with lots of sweat, patience, and a couple of grand. Plus I have most of the parts that I need already on hand to make it right.

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    I fully agree, and most of my cars are purchased similarly, airing more on the side of total basket cases.

    But the one thing that can’t be sorted with a couple grand and patience is the chassis, unless one happens to be an adequate fabricator/welder. After looking closely at the photos I suspect there is a lot more rust repair to be done than first meets the eye.
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      Originally posted by AWDBOB View Post

      I fully agree, and most of my cars are purchased similarly, airing more on the side of total basket cases.

      But the one thing that can’t be sorted with a couple grand and patience is the chassis, unless one happens to be an adequate fabricator/welder. After looking closely at the photos I suspect there is a lot more rust repair to be done than first meets the eye.
      Rust is always a gamble. I didn't see anything worse than what has plagued my current fleet. But, it's a gamble with which one must be comfortable. Which is why I think it was worth what I bid. The chorus of "stolen!" and "easily a $30k car" didn't help one bit. That is always annoying because every car I buy at auction is a gamble (in this case, crash history, not repaired by a shop, swap as well done by a private party... or, in other words, some random dude...) and that has to be priced into the bids. I set my top bid at $21,500 (because I couldn't decide if it was a 20k car or a 23k car) and I decided that an extra $500 was reasonable given the uncertainty.
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        Originally posted by carlb View Post
        I won the auction for the S54 swapped e30 and the buyer refused to sell. Said it sold for too low. I'm like "can we talk about the entire purpose of a reserve price?" Very disappointed.
        Im annoying my buddy who works for them (BaT) His job is to literally help facilitate a situation where the deals go through.

        EDIT: Ironically my buddy was the one who worked on this. There was zero response from the seller. Buyer (carlb) was refunded and seller was banned...

        Im sure the car will pop up for sale again in the near future for $30k
        Last edited by 2mAn; 04-03-2022, 08:21 PM.
        Simon
        Current Car:
        -2017 i3 REx, 21st Century E30
        -1975 Alfa Romeo Giulia Nuova Super 1300, the never-ending name & project



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          Indiana 2.9L car was a bargain
          1990 Brilliantrot 325iS Build Thread
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            Originally posted by AWDBOB View Post
            Indiana 2.9L car was a bargain
            Yea, just barely made reserve too... I would've loved it, but I might be doing something else soon thats dumber than buying a sorted car lol
            Simon
            Current Car:
            -2017 i3 REx, 21st Century E30
            -1975 Alfa Romeo Giulia Nuova Super 1300, the never-ending name & project



            Make R3V Great Again -2020

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              Originally posted by 2mAn View Post

              Yea, just barely made reserve too... I would've loved it, but I might be doing something else soon thats dumber than buying a sorted car lol
              I could feel the juju in the internet air every time I visited the auction to check on it. I could feel your cursor hovering above the bid button in the final moments.

              Car gave me “driven hard, put away wet” vibes.
              1990 Brilliantrot 325iS Build Thread
              1989 Zinnoberrot M3 Build Thread

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                1991 325iX
                https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1991-bmw-325ix-24/
                Simon
                Current Car:
                -2017 i3 REx, 21st Century E30
                -1975 Alfa Romeo Giulia Nuova Super 1300, the never-ending name & project



                Make R3V Great Again -2020

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                  1990 325i Convertible
                  https://bringatrailer.com/listing/19...onvertible-17/
                  Simon
                  Current Car:
                  -2017 i3 REx, 21st Century E30
                  -1975 Alfa Romeo Giulia Nuova Super 1300, the never-ending name & project



                  Make R3V Great Again -2020

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                    1990 M3
                    https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1990-bmw-m3-71/

                    1989 325iS
                    https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1989-bmw-325is-78/
                    Simon
                    Current Car:
                    -2017 i3 REx, 21st Century E30
                    -1975 Alfa Romeo Giulia Nuova Super 1300, the never-ending name & project



                    Make R3V Great Again -2020

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                      1990 318 Touring
                      https://bringatrailer.com/listing/19...18i-touring-5/
                      Simon
                      Current Car:
                      -2017 i3 REx, 21st Century E30
                      -1975 Alfa Romeo Giulia Nuova Super 1300, the never-ending name & project



                      Make R3V Great Again -2020

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                        1987 325 Sedan
                        https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1987-bmw-325i-81/
                        Simon
                        Current Car:
                        -2017 i3 REx, 21st Century E30
                        -1975 Alfa Romeo Giulia Nuova Super 1300, the never-ending name & project



                        Make R3V Great Again -2020

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                          1986 325e Sedan
                          https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1986-bmw-325e-36/

                          1989 M3
                          https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1989-bmw-m3-63/

                          1990 325i
                          https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1990-bmw-325is-60/
                          Last edited by 2mAn; 04-18-2022, 12:04 PM.
                          Simon
                          Current Car:
                          -2017 i3 REx, 21st Century E30
                          -1975 Alfa Romeo Giulia Nuova Super 1300, the never-ending name & project



                          Make R3V Great Again -2020

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                            Really like seeing these sedans. The red interiors are hard to resist.

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                              Originally posted by djanalog View Post
                              Really like seeing these sedans. The red interiors are hard to resist.
                              Apparently this is heresy. Take two exactly equivalent E30s, one a four door, one a two door, the two door will almost always be worth double. Why this is so is baffling, when the E30 four door looks good and offers more utility.

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                                Man that euro slicktop M3 looks tasty. Some of the paintwork is a bit orange-peely but any slicktop M3 is a must buy in my book.
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