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Price range for Coupes?


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(last updated in 2017)

Prices for E9 coupes vary from $5k to more than $100k, so it can be a challenge figuring out if a coupe is priced correctly. The deciding factor is usually how solid the chassis is in regards to rust. Here's a quick reference for what to expect in the different price ranges:

$5k and below: A rust bucket and considered a parts car. They're getting really hard to find.

$5k to $15k: A rust bucket but might be worth fixing. Hard to find, will need extensive sheet metal work and take lots of $$'s!

$15k to $30k: Daily driver range but will still have rust issues. These cars are typically good looking cars and get lots of positive attention while on the road, although they still need to be inspected very carefully for rust problems. There are a good number of cars out there on the market owned by people that don't know much about them but had the money to buy one. You may find rust issues that they didn't know about or chose to ignore thinking it wasn't a big deal.

$30k to $60k:: Cars in this range used to be very nice but the market has changed and these will still have issues to address. Inspection might find a small crack in the dash, a split seams or two in the seats and a few imperfections in the paint, but for the most part the car should be well sorted out. There should be few signs of rust problems on the car. You might also expect to see signs of rust repair in the past. If so, try to gauge how well the work was done. If the car has been repainted in the past (most have), ask how long ago the job was done. If the paint was done over three or four years prior to inspection, bad repairs would start showing problems. A fairly new paint job might not show poor rust repair work until a couple years after you buy the car.

$60k and above: Little or no problems to speak of. Some may have modifications done to the drivetrain, which if done correctly and tastefully, does not adversely affect the value of the car. In some cases it can increase value if its a popular upgrade. Keep in mind, BMW's in general are popular cars for enthusiasts to modify and the E9 coupe is no exception.

CSL's: Used to be considered a fancy CS, but now they sit in a league of their own. Driver quality CSL’s exceed $100k, nicely restored CSL's have sell at auction for well over $130k - $250k. Lightweight CSL’s and Batmobiles sell for upwards of $400K. While visually similar to a standard CS, the CSL is different in many ways that exceed modern definitions of a sport model. CSL’s were construction with a different gauge of metal, which reduced their GVW. Most were
fitted with aluminum hoods, trunks, door skins, door hinges, and headlight access covers. The CSL also came equipped with Scheel racing buckets and a CSL-only leather Petri wheel. Numerous other weight saving tactics were employed on the CSL.
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