Hammertime Updates

Hammertime Updates

Interesting and diverse additions to our Hammertime value guide for this week include some head scratchers, some values and some breathtaking numbers. Leading the charge was the recent sale of the 2016 911R at RM Auctions at nearly $550,000. Yet there was value to be found in the Volkswagen world, as two VR6 modded VW hatches hit $5,200 (1977) and $10,600 (1991). The salvage title Corrado SLC VR6 was presumably cheap at only $3,601, making for a good driver candidate. Bidders failed to show up for the 2003 RS6, and the no reserve auction fell silent at only $8,000 – perhaps a great value, while the 300SEL 4.5 nearly tripped $5,000 despite major concerns. At the higher end of the collector market for each was the W126 560SEL at $21,000 and the B2 Audi 4000S quattro at nearly $8,000. Finally, a 912 tipped the scales at $28,100, leaving us wondering where the 912 market is heading.

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2016 Porsche 911R – E.515,200 ($547,521)
1977 Volkswagen Rabbit VR6 24V – $5,200
1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL – $21,000
2003 Audi RS6 – $8,000
1972 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 4.5 – $4,950
1968 Porsche 912 Targa – $28,100
1993 Volkswagen Corrado SLC – $3,601
1985 Audi 4000S quattro – $7,999
1991 Volkswagen GTi 3.2 VR6 – $10,600

Paint-to-Sample 1992 Porsche 911 Turbo with 717 miles

Paint-to-Sample 1992 Porsche 911 Turbo with 717 miles

This is a car that will press many of us to ask, “Why?” The 964 Turbo is a favorite of many, whether it be one of the original 3.3 liter Turbos or the later 3.6 liter Turbo that raised the performance bar even further. These were the last standard Turbos Porsche produced with rear-wheel drive as all-wheel drive became the norm beginning with the 993. That makes them quite special and one of the 911s most capable of providing a thrilling, rewarding, and white knuckle experience for its drivers. To not take advantage of those capabilities by actually driving the darn thing tends to ruffle the feathers. That is the case with the Turbo we see here. I think we can see the impulse that got us here – this is a well-optioned and unique 911 intended for a collector – but it still rankles. Oh well.

That (massive) negative out of the way this really is a pretty unique opportunity and while it’s difficult to be certain whether a particular car is the lowest mileage available, we can feel pretty confident that this one is close. Also, its absurdly low mileage is not its only selling point. Here we have a paint-to-sample Pearl White Metallic 1992 Porsche 911 Turbo, located in Texas, with Black interior and a scant 717 miles on it. A tour through the pictures will reveal many of the other options added to this 911.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Porsche 911 Turbo on eBay

Year: 1992
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 717 mi
Price: Reserve Auction ($495,000 Buy it Now)

1992 Porsche 911 Turbo
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2014 Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG Mansory

2014 Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG Mansory

You may of heard of the name ‘Mansory’. If not, the short of it is they are a German-based company that modifies European cars with aggressive body work and generous amounts carbon fiber. On the inside, vehicles are hit with even more carbon fiber and usually extravagant upholstery in exotic materials. Their over-the-top design and taste may not suit everyone, but you can’t deny their quality of work is extremely good. Today’s car for sale outside of Boston is an already bonkers Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG and it was taken to another level once Mansory got their hands on it.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG Mansory on eBay

Year: 2014
Model: GL63 AMG Mansory
Engine: 5.5 liter twin-turbo V8
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 10,164 mi
Price: $178,995 Buy It Now

2014 Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG Mansory
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NOT FOR US MARKET- EXPORT ONLY

Nothing that sounds this good could be wrong.

This 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG is a one owner 7 Passenger SUV with only 10,164mi (16,357km). Truly one-of-a-kind, it was custom built by Mansory on a platform of a brand new GL63 AMG. In 2016 it was brought over to the United States by the original owner on a one-year tourist visa. It is now located in our AlphaCars Showroom in Boxborough, MA and has a US title from the State of Massachusetts, where it was registered in 2016. It is offered for sale outside of United States.

NOT FOR US MARKET- EXPORT ONLY.

Being such a rare and extraordinary vehicle we are honored to have it listed with us. Right after this Mercedes Benz was purchased brand new, it was shipped to Mansory to have it completely customized.

Mansory is a custom coach builder located in Germany that specializes in creating luxury, styling and performance that consistently exceeds expectations of the most demanding drivers of the most exotic automobiles in the world.

1968 Porsche 911 Soft-window Targa Sportomatic

1968 Porsche 911 Soft-window Targa Sportomatic

This might be the quirkiest 911 I could feature. And I don’t mean that in a derogatory way, but rather in the way it utilizes a number of early and short-lived technologies and combines them all in one package. Here we have a Tangerine 1968 Porsche 911 Soft-window Targa, located in California, with 59,589 miles on it. Rather than the standard 5-speed manual transmission it is equipped with Porsche’s 4-speed Sportomatic transmission, the first year the marque would offer their attempt at producing something like the clutchless manually-shiftable automatic transmissions so prevalent today. In that regard, while the Sportomatic eventually disappeared, and rarely was favored while it existed, it did serve as a prelude to what was to come. The Soft-window Targa is a different story: around for only a few years and quickly replaced with the hard window version with which we are all familiar. The ability to open the rear window while keeping the top in place provided extra versatility, but it became clear pretty quickly that most owners weren’t much interested in that versatility.

I have never come across a 911 that combined these two interesting pieces of Porsche engineering and I don’t suspect we will find many of them that do.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1968 Porsche 911 Soft-window Targa Sportomatic on eBay

Year: 1968
Model: 911 Targa
Engine: 2.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 59,589 mi
Price: $129,000 Buy It Now

Up for sale, 1968 Porsche 911 Soft Window Targa sportomatic with matching numbers in its most desirable color tangerine.
The car has been restored and the restoration is documented.
New paint job, engine rebuilt, interior has been partially restored trying to keep the most original and unrestored parts like the 2 front seats.
Staright body, perfect new floor pans, The original 5-1/2” x 15” Fuchs have been polished and painted.

Deja Vu All Over Again: 1986 Audi Coupe GT

Deja Vu All Over Again: 1986 Audi Coupe GT

Do you ever see a car and think it looks awfully familiar? Probably like a lot of you, I scan listings nearly every day, and every day provides a wealth of new examples of rare cars that encourages a lot of what we do here at GCFSB. But, once in a while, one pops up that sticks out like a sore thumb.

Now, being the chief (and only) Audi Coupe GT enthusiast in the world at GCFSB, I’m obviously prone to remembering these cars. Sure enough, with so few hitting the market these days I tend to remember every single example I’ve written up – meaning, basically every single example which comes to market – sorry about that.

But this one is particularly interesting. I immediately recognized the Team Dynamics wheels that this 1986 was wearing, but the two-tone paint color was off. Not many Oceanic Blue Metallic Coupe GTs are still kicking around, but at least the sides of this one were the neat and oh-so-80s-electric hue. But closer investigation of some of the details in the description revealed what I thought; this was the same GT I knew from the early 2000s. Originally, the car was Graphite Metallic with black leather – a rare combination on an infrequently seen car – and had been upgraded to participate in track events in Pennsylvania with a cage, a hotter NG motor, rear discs and upgraded suspension, those great looking Team Dynamics wheels and a few other odds and ends. Later it turned up on the West Coast with a notorious flipper of Audis; now with European H1/H4 lights and little else but failing paint, the flipper was looking to make a profit claiming it was one of the best GTs in the country. In 2015 it turned up on eBay with a Missouri dealer who had wrapped the car in matte blue vinyl to cover up the failing paint; otherwise, there were no changes.…

1969 Porsche 911S Coupe

1969 Porsche 911S Coupe

Sand Beige is one of those Porsche colors that I can never really decide how I feel about it. Like quite a few of Porsche’s vintage colors I know I don’t care much for it on a modern 911, but on the long-hood 911 there is something about it that looks right. The chrome accents presumably play a large role here, but I think the taller shape of the car itself plays a role as well. That said, I wouldn’t call it one of my favorites by any stretch, but I can see the appeal. Here, on this 1969 Porsche 911S with 90,115 miles on it, I think it looks pretty good! It’s an unusual color, but not garish, and I could totally see where it might fit right into the landscape of the mountains and deserts of the southwest U.S. with their myriad variations of red, orange, and brown scenery.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1969 Porsche 911S Coupe on eBay

Year: 1969
Model: 911S
Engine: 2.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 90,115 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

This is a matching number 1969 Porsche 911S that has undergone a comprehensive mechanical and cosmetic restoration spanning two years. As per the Certificate of authenticity, the car is finished in sand beige, paint code 6807, with tan leatherette. Here are some of the highlights: -Body: Car disassembled, paint stripped, repaired or replaced with factory parts as necessary. Replacement lenses and lights. -Engine: Dismantled, cleaned, machined. Built from the crankshaft up using Porsche factory parts, J&E 9.8:1 pistons. Mechanical fuel injection, stacks, butterflies refurbished. SSI heat exchangers. All surfaces, brackets dry stripped and powder coated, plated, new hardware throughout. Every hose, line, cable has been replaced throughout the car. -Transmission: Replaced all synchros, 1st and 3rd gears. Replaced all shift bushings, removed and repaired/rebuilt pedal box assembly.

Ur-Ur-Ur-Quattro – 1963 DKW Munga

Ur-Ur-Ur-Quattro – 1963 DKW Munga

While legend has it that Audi popularized all-wheel drive with the Quattro, it would not have been the case were it not for the 1970s Volkswagen Iltis – a military vehicle that utilized a normal Audi 100’s underpinnings to create an all-wheel drive vehicle with lockable differentials which easily outpaced Audi’s normal production line cars in inclement conditions. It was this story which sprung the idea for the Quattro to be created, but the Iltis itself had inspiration drawn heavily from another car – the DKW Munga. As Auto Union struggled to re-establish itself post-War under first the leadership of Mercedes-Benz and later Volkswagen, the company’s diminutive DKW brand led the way with economical, smart designs. One of those designs was the paradoxically-named 3=6 model, which had a .9 liter 2-stroke inline-3. Produced in Düsseldorf, DKW helped to keep the Auto Union’s name alive in the early 1950s. Part of that rebuilding included new Auto Union facilities in Ingolstadt, and one of the first production vehicles to make it out of there was the Manga. German for Mehrzweck UNiversal Geländewagen mit Allradantrie (basically, go anywhere all-wheel drive vehicle), the Manga utilized F91 (3=6) underpinnings mated with new all-wheel drive capability. Up front, the four rings of the Auto Union reappeared proudly on the roughly 47,000 models produced between 1956 and 1968 – a full decade prior to Iltis production:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1963 DKW Munga on eBay

Barn Find: 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE

Barn Find: 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE

For every 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante Coupe that Wayne Carini finds in barn, there are hundreds of other cars sitting in barns — usually for a reason. The thing about the barn find is that the hunt is usually the best part. Once you actually find the car, reality sets in and your left with a ton of unknowns with maybe a handful of logistical issues. It’s tough to separate the emotions of finding a gem and really stepping back and thinking through whether or not you should actually buy a barn find car. This 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE in a barn outside of Jackson, Mississippi isn’t a ’38 Bugatti but it’s not exactly a Chevy Chevette either. So lets take a look to see if this W108 is worth saving.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE on Jackson, MS Craigslist

Year: 1972
Model: 280SE
Engine: 2.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 81,288 mi
Price: $5,000

$5000 OR BEST CASH OFFER WILL GET IT!!!
True Barn Find! Discovered in an abandoned shop, this beauty has been untouched for over 20 years! It will be sold AS IS, where is, and you must arrange for your own pickup. Inspection before purchase is welcome, but remember this is an AS IS auction, and there will be no refunds after the sale. It appears to be complete, and all original untouched not restored. The only visible flaw is the front driver side headlight casing is missing, see pics.
We have not attempted to start the vehicle, but I’m certain it won’t take but a simple service to fire it up. We were told by the family that owned the property, that the owner passed away some time ago, and his children left it untouched as you see it.

1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC

1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC

Trying to find a clean 1980s or 1990s Volkswagen is just about impossible these days, unless you’re interested in either of two models. If you want to find a clean Vanagon, you will – just be prepared to pay, as models like the Westfalia Syncro challenge the myth that only air-cooled multi-window VW vans are worth money.

On the other end of the VW spectrum is the Corrado. It doesn’t have the multi-purpose, all-weather camping capability of the T3, true. But what it does have is a serious cult following who have loved and kept these cars up since they were new – rare for this period of VW history. Specifically, when Wolfsburg decided to slot the narrow-angle VR6 into the Karmann coupe, the recipe was transformed into an instant hit. Consequently, it’s not unusual to find an all-original, very clean Corrado SLC like this Flash Red example with only 80,000 miles:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC on eBay

Tuner Tuesday: 1994 Porsche 911 Ruf Speedster

Tuner Tuesday: 1994 Porsche 911 Ruf Speedster

This might be the best 911 Speedster I’ve ever seen. That this wonderful Speedster wears Ruf badging probably should not surprise us though in some ways it is sort of a surprising Ruf vehicle. It shows all of the terrific attention to detail we’ve come to expect from Ruf and its Ferrari paint helps make clear it is not your standard 911 Speedster. We aren’t told how many miles it’s traveled in total in its life, but it’s said to be restored and has seen under 2K miles since that restoration. The overall condition appears excellent.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 Porsche 911 Ruf Speedster on Ruf Automobile

Year: 1994
Model: 911 Speedster
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 2,300 km (~ 1429 mi) since restoration
Price: Inquire

Great condition – fully restored

Date of first registration: January 1993
Mileage after restoration: ca. 2.300 km
3,6 Liter 6-Cylinder Boxerengine
184 kW (250 HP) at 6.100 rpm
310 Nm at 4.800 rpm

Manual 6-Speed Transmission
Rear wheel drive

Exteriorcolour: Ferrari Rosso Mugello red
Interiorcolour/-material: Black leather, red stitching
Black roof top
Red CarpetHeadlight washing system
Climate control
Lightweight door covers
Radio incl. navigation system
Sport suspension
Sport bucket seats
Sport steering wheel
Seat back painted in exterior colour
RUF 18“ Classic Aluminium wheels

For sale on behalf of customer

Please contact us at 0049 (0) 8265-911 911 or info@ruf-automobile.de

While I wouldn’t say I’ve done an exhaustive search, my searching has come up with little information about this Speedster other than the basic details seen in the ad text here. Aesthetically, it’s received a full interior treatment that looks fantastic alongside its Rosso Mugello exterior and sports 18″ Ruf wheels. Mechanically, the standard 5-speed has been swapped for a 6-speed manual transmission and it now has a sport suspension, presumably developed by Ruf.…

Budget V12: 1998 BMW 750iL

Budget V12: 1998 BMW 750iL

Do you only have $7k to spend on a car? Do you still want to look like a BOSS?

Then you should buy this E38 750iL. That is, of course, after you’ve put it through a PPI to make sure it isn’t about to grenade, and talked with your bank manager (slash significant other) to check you can afford the fuel and maintenance on this V12-powered cruise missile. The long-wheelbase E38 7-series is a real bruiser and a looker, especially in black: a behemoth in a bespoke suit. And while the electronics on BMW’s V12 motors are notoriously expensive to fix when they go wrong, the 5.4 liter SOHC M73 engine itself is fairly reliable. While power output at 320 hp is relatively modest for such a large lump, there’s plenty of low-down torque, the unit doesn’t suffer from the timing chain/guide failures that afflict V8s from the same era and, according to some on the forums, even manages to return a reasonable 24 MPG on the highway. That’s pretty incredible when you think about it. The relatively puny M50 six cylinder in my E34 only manages a few more than that.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 BMW 750iL on eBay

Slate Grey 2016 Porsche 911R

Slate Grey 2016 Porsche 911R

The 911R has started popping up here and there for sale. All with very high prices as owners look to capitalize on a model that should have very good long term value potential. We featured one a few weeks ago, one of the more basic examples (meaning it was produced in one of the two standard colors), but still very high priced. This one is a bit more unique as it is one of the few (I’ve seen the number quoted as 50) paint-to-sample 911Rs that were made. The owner wanted something as a tribute to Steve McQueen who famously preferred Slate Grey as his exterior color of choice so that’s what we have: a Slate Grey 2016 Porsche 911R with light grey stripes and yellow lettering to be auctioned at the RM Sotheby’s Paris auctions on February 8.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Slate Grey 2016 Porsche 911R at RM Auctions Paris

Year: 2016
Model: 911R
Engine: 4.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 600 km (~ 372 mi)
Price: Reserve Auction

To be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sotheby’s Paris event, February 8, 2017. Estimate: €450,000 – €650,000 Type 991. 500 bhp, 3,996 cc DOHC horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with direct injection, six-speed manual transmission, front and rear independent suspension, and four-wheel carbon-ceramic brakes. Wheelbase: 2,457 mm

The only PTS 911 R delivered to France
PTS Slate Grey with numerous Exclusive options
A one-off ‘Tribute to Steve McQueen’
The 967th example of just 991 examples produced
The most anticipated 911 of the 21st century
Just 600 km from new

The introduction of the 991-generation of the 911 GT3 RS caused quite the fanfare amongst Porsche’s most faithful customers. Gone was the long-adored six-speed manual transmission, replaced with Porsche’s Doppelkupplungsgetriebe transmission in the relentless pursuit of performance.

1977 Volkswagen Rabbit VR6 24V swap

1977 Volkswagen Rabbit VR6 24V swap

Did the high-mileage R32 from earlier get you wondering what you might do with the drivetrain? A little over three years ago, we took a look at a special early Rabbit. Dressed in Miami Blue and looking subtly upgraded with Corrado steel wheels and a lower ride height, what the exterior didn’t give away was that lurking under the hood was a 2.8 liter 24V VR6 motor popped in. The swap looked well executed and generally clean outside of some loose wiring, and the builder hadn’t gone over the top with a crazy interior – instead, relying on the original items for a true sleeper status. With a few minor changes like a better executed intake, engine cover and some odds and ends, the car has reappeared with generally the same introduction – but that’s okay with us, because the look is spot on! It’s also a no reserve auction, so we’ll get to see where an honest yet seriously quick Rabbit gets you these days.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1977 Volkswagen Rabbit VR6 24v Swap on eBay

Roll the dice? 2004 Volkswagen R32 with 399,767 miles

Roll the dice? 2004 Volkswagen R32 with 399,767 miles

The R32 is one of my favorite Volkswagens — at least among the ones we actually got in America. A great sounding 3.2 liter VR6, 6-speed manual transmission, 4motion all-wheel drive, Königseats, a different yet conservative body kit, 18 inch OZ Aristo wheels all finished off in some special colors. Yes, it was still a MK4 at heart and the interior smelled like crayons but at least you could hit the accelerator pedal in first gear and not worry about spinning the front wheels uncontrollably. Now that these cars are heading towards their teenage years, the really nice ones are holding their value quite well but the ones that were driven hard and put away wet? Well, again, this is still a MK4 so you can imagine what kind of state they are in. So when I saw this Deep Blue Metallic for sale with almost 400,000 miles on it I had to take a closer look.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Volkswagen R32 on Autotrader

Year: 2004
Model: R32
Engine: 3.2 liter VR6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 399,767 mi
Price: $5,900

This 1 owner no accident 2004 Golf R32 is a great entry level opportunity for someone to get into an R32. Whether you purchase to use as a daily driver or build as a race car this will definitely be the most affordable, running driving, clean title MK4 R32 on the market. Although this is the highest mileage Mk4 R32 we have seen but it still has lots of life left in it. The Carfax report shows very detailed Dealership service it’s entire life by the one owner it has had. The engine runs very well with full power and does not smoke and no Check engine light. The Ac blows cold, engine runs at proper temperature and fans cycle as they should.

1997 BMW M3 Sedan Dinan

1997 BMW M3 Sedan Dinan

I’m a fan of the sedan version of the E36 M3 and often wondered why BMW declined to build a four-door version of the E46 M3 that followed. (At least one person has tried it – click here to read an account of a wild and very successful E46 M3 sedan home-brew build.) In the sedan, you get the same basic ingredients as the coupe – a revvy engine and dynamic chassis that’s fun to throw around yet easy to live with – with the added practicality of a rear set of doors, useful if you have family or friends to cart around. Even if the US-spec cars were a bit “neutered” in comparison with the more powerful version offered in Europe, the E36 M3 offers a nice, well-rounded package and remains relatively inexpensive, although nice condition examples get thinner on the ground every year. The M-Tech bumpers and side skirts look neat on the sedan body style, and remain subtle enough that passers by might just mistake it for a plain old 328i.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1997 BMW M3 Dinan on eBay