Monday, April 4, 2016

Auction Watch: 1976 BMW 530i E12

Checkout this 1976 BMW 530i E12 here on eBay bidding for $1,525 reserve-not-met with auction ending on Saturday at 11:47AM PST.

From eBay auction:

Item specifics

Condition: Used Year: 1976
Interior Color: Tan Make: BMW
Number of Cylinders: 6 Model:


Transmission: Manual Trim: Base Sedan 4-Door
Body Type: Sedan Engine: 3.0L 2985CC l6 GAS SOHC Naturally Aspirated
Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty Drive Type: RWD
Vehicle Title: Clear Mileage: 24,466
Fuel Type: Gasoline Exterior Color: Black
For Sale By: Private Seller

I have a 76 530i BMW for sale. Has been in storage for 30+ years. 
Runs drives needs love. Very nice original condition. 90% original paint. Lower drivers door looks to have been painted at some point.

This was my dads car he quit driving it 30+ years ago. He put all the miles on it. Bilstein shocks.
Unknown brand 30 year old tires. Car has never been in an accident as far as I know.

It started up with a new battery after storage. Drained gas and drove it around a bit. Slave cylinder died so I put a new (autozone) slave on it. Clutch feels fine. Tires are lumpy from sitting. Brakes seem fine. Probably needs all fluids changed, etc. Everything seems to work ok except A/C compressor starts, but no cold air. Exhaust is wonky. Looks like a newish headpipe but not BMW hits frame a bit sometimes. Rear exhaust looks to have been patched and could use love.  Car does not smoke.  Runs a little rough at mid throttle.
Interior is nice and original but padding is dead/dying in drivers seat. Car has very minimal rot/rust. so little I would have to look to find it.
Since out of storage it has a new battery and a new clutch slave cylinder.

Mileage is unknown, but believed to be around 140k.  Clear Ohio title in my name showing 24466.  Title shows "odometer discrepancy"

I have only driven the car up and down the street maybe 30 miles or so since out of storage.    I would not recommend driving this car home due to the age of the tires and lack of attention for the last 30 years.
Car starts fine and drives fine to get up on a trailer.  handbrake works fine.  Pretty much everything in the car works fine, but before putting it on the road I would recommend going thru everything and giving the car a
complete tune up and look over.    Inspections are welcome on my premises and must be completed before the auction has 12 hours remaining. License plates do not come with the car.

Most pics were taken July of 2015.   First couple pics were taken today.

Let me first start by saying that everything I am selling is sold AS IS/AS FOUND what you see is what you get. Ask questions or look closely. Winning bidder must pick the car up within 2 weeks. Winning bidder must complete payment (I must have money in my hands) within 3 days. .Winning bidder must make and pay for all shipping arrangements.  Car will not leave here till all funds have cleared my account.  wire transfer ok.

Car is sold as is where is with no warranty or guarantee whatsoever.


  1. An E12 with an LS3 could be an awfully nice toy, but right now the California regime still cuts off at '75. There's a bill in the legislature to put that up five years, but we'll see what happens, this state is substantially ecofascist so...

  2. Luckily there are 49 other states an i happen to be in one of em. In NY they do emission testing by plugging into the obd2 and checking for codes. So my 95 with obd1 doesnt get emission tested at all.

    And this bmw seems like it could be a nice easy project for someone who wants a useable classic. Could easily just be a daily driver that stands out from the crowd

  3. Agreed on this potentially being a decent find.

    As any inveterate bottom-dweller car buff can attest to, chasing down crusty failures once the car has put some miles on post 30 years under a tarp, can be pretty nasty, time consuming and expensive. With that said, these cars have to increase in value as they have been CL bad neighborhood fodder for a long time.

    Kind of like the grand daddy of Nissan Maximas today.

    So many have been treated poorly that the survival rate, at least in the East, is pretty low.

    Go in eyes open and tools handy and it is a very nice car all these years later.

    1. Yeah, but thirty years under a tarp might get you a crack-free dash pad, which may in fact be the most difficult-to-find and in some cases most costly fixup part needed for a lot of cars of this vintage.


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