Stash Of Rare BMWs: E28 M5, 2002 Tii, and 323i!

There’s quite a stash of desirable BMWs up for grabs in Ohio, all from the same individual’s garage. The older owner has had these cars in his care since 1996, and they’re not the usual assortment of collectible BMWs: there’s the dusty E28 M5 sedan seen here; a European-market 1982 BMW 323i; and a 1973 BMW 2002 Tii, a desirable round taillight model. The M5 and the 323i both still run and drive, with the 2002 the only non-runner in the group. This is a fairly unique opportunity to buy multiple BMW models that very rarely emerge in garage-find condition, especially still running under their own power. Find the collection here on Facebook Marketplace with the online-only auction closing on April 14.

You can register to bid here on Proxibid, where the auction will be broadcast from. The cars are seemingly scattered in different locations, with the M5 and the 323i in storage units and the 2002 Tii parked in a cramped garage. The 1988 BMW M5 has become quite a collectible in recent years, with prices rising dramatically for survivor-grade cars sporting zero modifications. This one looks like it fits the bill, although the rear spoiler is missing from the trunk lid – and those were standard on the M5. The front end has been modified slightly with a lower chin spoiler mounted to the original front air dam. Wheels are OEM BBS, and the rest of the car presents well with the correct painted bumpers, mirrors, and taillights in place.

This is my favorite car of the group, and not just because I owned a Euro-spec E21 of this era. The 323i came with a fuel injected inline-six engine, but was never offered as a U.S. market car. This one is definitely a gray market example through and through, featuring the exceedingly rare headlight wipers, authentic European bumpers, front air dam, rear M-Technic spoiler, factory Recaro seats and sport steering wheel, and the larger OEM tool kit. It also rides on BBS or Mahle wheels and has minimal rust. The engine bay is quite dusty as is the dashboard, but this appears to be a car that will clean up quite well.

Of course, round taillight 2002s need little introduction around here, but this is the most desirable of them all. A roundie Tii will always fetch a very fair price, especially one that appears to be in largely stock condition like this one. It does have some period aftermarket seats, but those are actually pretty sweet if you’re into period-correct modifications. The rest of the 2002 shows as largely being filthy with some rust blisters popping through along the lower sills, but the typically troublesome rear shock towers are in good shape. All three of these cars will sell well if the audience reach is strong enough, and while rehabbing them back to daily driver-capable condition won’t be cheap, it will certainly be worth it.


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  1. leiniedude leiniedude Member

    All great rides. I hear The Hack Mechanic is looking for another project. Maybe here.

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  2. Jim

    First car I bought when stationed in Germany, a 1983 E30 323i. Fun car !

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  3. CoolHluke

    M5 Blinkers are working in case anyone was worrying about that before bidding 😀 always wanted one those E28 M5’s

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  4. ace10

    15% vig for an online auction platform? Oofah.

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    Pretty sure since this horde is from Ohio and some of the vehicles are local as shown on the license frame on the M5 (MidWestern Auto Group Columbus Ohio) I am wondering and my guess would be so if there happens to be a Hobbs BMW AKA David Hobbs frame laying around? Been on the lookout for one. My E30 I once owned came from there.

    The dealership was on Broad Street downtown close to the 70/71 ramp as I recall. Last time I was in the area the dealership was long gone of coarse and a um lets say a very very tough area.

    • AMCFAN

      Ha looked a little harder. The TII has a Hobbs BMW license plate frame!

  6. Bill Hall

    One thing to consider about these cars is what BMW stands for and not Bavarian Motor Works, BRING MONEY WITH!

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