For a long time, enthusiasts have claimed that you need to have rear wheel drive to enjoy a car’s dynamic abilities or have a successful race car. However, while limited in their application, front-drivers have a very long and successful track record dating back to the 1960s. Let’s not forget the Mini, SAABs and even some early Audi rally efforts which used front-drive platforms and were winners. In touring cars, Audi ran Coupe GTs and front-drive 4000s in Group 5 and later Volkswagen took the idea of the performance hatchback to their Golf platform in the GTi. Wildly popular as a budget racer since new, the Golf’s basic layout and platform evolved into the Volkswagen coupes – both Scirocco and later Corrado. While the early Sciroccos also gained much success in SCCA racing in the 1970s and early 1980s, the Corrado introduced a new level of performance with the VR6 engine. While the torque-laden application would seem on the surface to be a bad match for a front driver, the Corrado when properly set up is truly an impressive car and massively quick – a great alternative to the E36 chassis, for example:
The 1986 BMW 325es did not sell, with a final bid of $4,350. It is now back up for sale with a reduced Buy It Now price for $5,750. For an E30 with a few minor issues to iron out, someone is going to get a mint piece of eighties BMW iron.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 BMW 325es on eBay
The below post originally appeared on our site September 17, 2014:
The stunning 1974 Fjord Blue 2002 Touring, reportedly built for a BMW executive with some rare options like the unique sliding roof, has reappeared on eBay. The reserve is on and the auction has garnered no bids at a $25,000 opening price. While that’s pretty steep for a 2002, this is certainly one of the most special models that is out there. What do you think it’s worth?
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1974 BMW 2002 Touring on eBay
The below post originally appeared on our site May 8 2014:
I posted a couple of Laguna Seca Blue E46 M3s yesterday that looked like they were owned and modded by a couple of similarly-minded fanboys. Today, we’ll shift gears and look at one of the most tastefully and maturely modified E46s out there (chrome exhaust surround notwithstanding). Carter featured this car for Tuner Tuesday earlier in the month and it’s received the full Dinan treatment, earning enough points via supercharger, exhaust, suspension, and more to get the official Dinan badge. The badges sit on a custom and beautiful red paint job, with CSL nods in the wheels and trunk spoiler. It has only covered 40k miles in its 10 years and was honored with the cover of BMWCCA’s “Roundel” magazine a couple years back. The seller says its “generally considered to be one of finest E46 M3 in the country,” and it’s hard to argue against that.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 BMW M3 Dinan Supercharged on eBay
The below post originally appeared on our site September 2, 2014:
Porsche certainly has a history of doing interesting, and vibrant, shades of green on their cars. They’ve also made available many of the darker and metallic green colors we typically see on the market, but it’s the mint greens, viper greens, and, like the car we see here, lime greens that really stand out and draw loads of attention. This isn’t a completely original 911S, but Lime Green is the original color and the non-original aesthetic alterations, like the addition of the ducktail spoiler, tend to enhance the overall look of this car rather than detract from it. The mid-year 911s are not always the most popular, but when they can be had in one of the more interesting colors Porsche made available, then they become quite a bit more of a talking point. Here we have a Lime Green 1973 Porsche 911S Coupe, located in California, with 128,951 miles on it.