Looks like the buyer of this CSi could pour $100k in the restoration and STILL come out ahead:
Up for sale is my 1974 BMW 3.0csi. I bought this car in 2002. It has a four speed and a sunroof. It has a mid eighties 3.5 liter engine. It has rust in trunk and rocker panels and a few spots on quarters.www.ebay.com
Always thought that was a good buy.
Impressively thorough analysis, Erik. very useful.I've just gone through the entire set of images, and I am amazed by how much things can be not perfect and still get this high price.
Just to be clear; I'm happy for the seller and the purchaser; they reached an agreement, and both come out well: one with a nice E9, the other with funds to do other things.
What price would it commend if the following things were perfect: :
- passenger floor repair section- what a botch job! (pic330) Used just a flat sheet, not even a Walloth&Neesch panel or anything close! And poor weld finishing; just seem the lumps left behind.
- Pic 330 also shows buckling around the shifter opening; no proof if and how that was remedied.
- and worthy of a repeat: Rust is already poking out in pic 375. I think the rockers are quite crusty on the inside but ofcourse i cannot be sure. but what a gamble for 100.000+ USD without further info!
- rust is visible in the seams of the right front strut mounting plate, on pic 420; no proof what they did with that; was the seam openened up? was it even sandblasted? Or just painted over?
- trunk shut line to tail panel- right corner; trunk lid passes beyond tail panel in the corner (pic 95)
- (not sure) is there something funny in the paint just between the trim line and the rigth front indicator? either funny reflections, or a serious paint/prep defect.
- something is not quite right on the left rear bumper section. The top line of the bumper should be perfectly straight, as is the right bumper half. But the left bumper half isn't (pic 35 and 65) ; looks like it might have a bulge just below the reversing light.
- waist line trim is not aligned; pass door to right front fender (pic 81)
- a not closing fuel door? (pic 67)
- The rear bumper ends on the left and right sides are set a different height compared to the undercoating split line; left rear bumper end correctly set at the undercoating split line; but on the right side the bumper is set above the undercoating split line (or the undercoating split line is set too low) Compare pic 83
- pitting in chrome of left front indicator base
- reupholster only the right side center console panel, but not the right? And even when you recover, they forget the aux stitch line...(pic 161)
- black paint on steering column covers is scratched
- chip in black paint on left gauge cluster ring
- what's up with the glovebox door? it has a depression on the left top edge, as if to provide access for a hand grip? (pic 163) Pic also shows that a plastic plug is missing in the door covering the hex head just visible through the hole. Same on drivers door (see pic 206 &217 -> also a dent!)
- a funny horizontal line in the large wood dash part, perhaps a split? It is running left to right on either side of the speaker grille (pic 165)
- delamination on the passenger side end of the wood panel ? it is a bit lighter where i wouldn't expect it. (pic 163)
- missing the plastic chromed covers between the seat and sill, under the slid -release lever. so simply to solve as they are still available.
- missing door welts on driver door. (pic 206)
- screws through door wood panel, on both driver and passenger door (pic 204 and 210)
- wrong hose clamps on fuel filler neck (pic 239) and wrong colour on hinge stops (should be body colour, they look to be greyisch)
- rust on the wiper arm rods (pic 271)
- i can personally fix that little red screwdriver problem (pic 465)-> if you're the new owner then PM me....
- is it missing the alu trim part between the trim panel and the door jamb? (pic 233)?
( i consider myself a nitwit on engine things, so no sensible comments there from me)
I myself am aiming to get all of these tings correct in my resto; when I'm there i will put it up here for the same scrutiny. But that might be another 20 years away....
Impressively thorough analysis, Erik. very useful.
PS: remind me to never let you see my car.