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1987 BMW E30 AC Schnitzer Tribute Found in San Antonio

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1987 BMW E30 AC Schnitzer Tribute

Spotted in San Antonio, Texas is a 1987 BMW E30 AC Schnitzer Tribute for $18,500 USD.   I have not seen a real AC Schnitzer E30 coupe, for over 20 years.  This is not an original Schnitzer build but has been done to a very high level.  Its become extremely difficult to find all these rare pieces.   The seller states the cosmetic modifications include the full body kit.  The front spoiler is very low and tends to crack or break off.  They are increasingly hard to find.   ACS made 2 different styles of steering wheels for the E30 and this car has the premium steering wheel with the round center ring.   The rare mushroom leather shift knob is almost impossible to find these days.  I have been looking and cannot find one.  It has the ACS logo embossed on the top of the shifter cap.   This car has real 16 inch ACS wheels with 225/45/16 tires.   Schnitzer also made a front 3 piece strut bar, springs and shocks which are not part of this build.  This car has only 78,000 miles with a clean Texas title and carfax.

Price $20,000 USD /  Update $18,500 USD

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From the owner:

The car was purchased new in North Carolina and had four owners prior to my purchase three years and 7k miles ago. Around $12k in work was performed under my ownership, including the installation of the ACS body kit and a resealed Getrag 5-speed manual transmission. The suspension has been fitted with H&R springs, Bilstein shocks, and a Garagistic X-brace, while cosmetic refurbishment included replacement of all body seals and weatherstripping, as well as fitting a black removable hardtop. The 2.5L inline-six received an oil change 500 miles ago, and I had the power steering system rebuilt and fuel pump replaced.

The Delphin Metallic paint is original on all panels except the hood, and the AC Schnitzer body kit has been finished to match. There are a few paint blemishes consistent with the age of the car, including a scuff on the rear bumper and inconsistent coloring found under removed side stripes. Slimmer European-market bumpers were added along with a Euro grille, fog lights, and rear filler plate. A MagnaFlow cat-back exhaust with a custom-length stainless muffler was installed.

Extensive body seal and weatherstripping replacements were conducted within the past two years, including the windshield molding and taillight gaskets. A small tear is noted in the black convertible top fabric. The car resided in Florida until 2008, and has been driven seasonally since and is now kept in storage.

16×7 Schnitzer wheels were powder coated a complementary dark grey and now wear new 225/45 BF Goodrich G-Force T/A tires. Suspension modifications include H&R Sport Springs, Bilstein Sport Shocks, and a Garagistic X-brace.

The removable black hardtop is included and features a heated rear window. The headliner was recently replaced and redone in black.

The interior is finished in Cardinal Red. A few instances of cracking can be seen in the driver’s seat cover. Vinyl front seats were installed from an E30 coupe at some point, and I installed matching Cardinal Red headrests in the leather rear bench. One small hole can be seen on the convertible top tonneau.

The A/C system blows cold and all interior equipment is described as functional. The odometer is just a hair over 78k miles.
The 2.5L M20 inline-six is mated to a 5-speed Getrag G260 manual transmission installed in place of the original automatic gearbox at OMG Motorworks. Seals and shifter bushings were replaced during the swap, the power steering system was rebuilt, and new axle boots installed. A new fuel pump and motor mount were also fitted, and a valve adjustment performed. The Getrag gearbox was serviced with new input/output shaft seals and a selector seal. I have around $12k in documented maintenance, performed over the last two years. Under previous owners, service records show replacement of the timing belt and water pump at 62k miles, and regular fluid changes and service over the life of the vehicle.

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