Motorsports Monday: 2008 Porsche Cayman S Turbo

Motorsports Monday: 2008 Porsche Cayman S Turbo

As Spring 2017 officially kicks off today, my thoughts inevitably turn towards the track. While race series at Daytona, Sebring, Formula 1 (final testing, at least) and even Goodwood have already commenced, as I look out my window there’s still a layer of snow covering the ground and temperatures have barely crept past freezing. It certainly doesn’t feel like Spring yet, but that doesn’t mean that preparation for heading to the track can’t begin. And though I dearly love tracking my Audi Coupe GT and it’s racked up some serious mileage on the race courses of New England, I can’t help but think that maybe it’s time for something newer. Maybe something like a Porsche Cayman, the “affordable” way into a track-friendly performance Porsche:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2008 Porsche Cayman S Turbo on eBay

1993 Mercedes-Benz 400E

1993 Mercedes-Benz 400E

A little over a week ago I looked at a great 1992 Mercedes-Benz 400E for sale in California for only $2,000. Not surprisingly, that car sold soon after. But in case you missed out on that awesome budget V8 W124, you are in luck with today’s car. Another 400E, this time a 1993, has come up for sale for in California for, once again, only $2,000. Unfortunately, this one comes with a little bit of a catch.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 Mercedes-Benz 400E on Orange County Craigslist

Year: 1993
Model: 400E
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 280,000 mi
Price: $2,000

This 1993 Mercedes-Benz 400E has been a wonderful car for several years, but has just now stopped going into 4th gear. The car runs and drives very well, and I still use it every day in “3” mode. It is perfectly usable, but will need transmission work to get good gas mileage again on the freeway. The condition of this car is very good, especially the interior/upholstery. The headliner is sagging, but otherwise very clean.

– Rare 4.2 liter V8 32v DOHC M119 engine
– All routine maintenance is up to date: spark plugs, air filters, engine oil, etc
– NEW BFGoodrich tires
– Wheels were refinished with OE color powder coat
– Euro spec headlights (USA ones included)
– Original stereo and genuine Mercedes trunk-mounted CD changer
– Many extra spare parts included
– CLEAN TITLE in hand

Much like the 1992 from over a week ago, this one also has well over 200,000 miles on it but fear not, this W124 looks like it comes from a loving home home as well based on what the seller is presenting in the ad description. What’s the catch then? Well, sadly this 400E won’t go into fourth gear anymore.…

2008 Audi RS4 Cabriolet

2008 Audi RS4 Cabriolet

On its way out of production, Audi graced the ageing B7 with one last parting piece of performance. The RS4 Cabriolet was announced in late 2007 as a 2008-only model and ripped the top of of Ingolstadt’s signature small super sedan. Like the rest of the A4 Cabriolet production, it was soft-top only, 2-door only configuration, and like the RS4, it was 6-speed manual only. Under the hood lay the same BNS 4.2 32 valve V8; Audi dropped the 5 valve technology for the RS4 application, but gained quite a bit of horsepower in the process. Though the engine shared basic construction with the normal S4 V8, it had a unique crankshaft, connecting rods and pistons, cylinder heads and valvetrain, oil and cooling system, intake and exhaust system, and engine management system. Audi also introduced their Fuel Stratified Injection (FSI) system. The result was 420 high-revving horsepower and enough noise to make Pavarotti jealous.

Although the RS4 Cabriolet shared the revised T3 Torsen setup, Dynamic Ride Control and huge 14″ front brakes as the sedan, Audi’s focus for the model was exclusivity rather than sport. The model was fully loaded with only one option – color – and came to market at a substantial $15,000 premium over the 4-door. Only 300 were sold with a sticker price of about $84,500:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2008 Audi RS4 Cabriolet on eBay

Light Yellow 1979 Porsche 930 – No Reserve

Light Yellow 1979 Porsche 930 – No Reserve

Let’s continue looking at the 930 market and where values currently lie. Perhaps to an even greater degree than yesterday’s example, this paint-to-sample Light Yellow 1979 Porsche 930 with just 14,997 miles on it should provide a window onto that market. It’s up for auction with no reserve, which itself is kind of peculiar with a car like this, but maybe this dealer has had it for a while and is ready to move on. Bidding is at $103,046, a low mark given where some excellent examples have sold, so we’ll have to see where it ends.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Light Yellow 1979 Porsche 930 on eBay

Year: 1979
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 14,997 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

NO RESERVE AUCTION

Rare Opportunity to Own this 1 of 1 Paint to Sample 1979 Porsche 930 in Museum Quality. Factory Paint to Sample Light Yellow with Original Paint in Perfect Condition and free of any noticeable Rock Chips. Rare Factory Sports Seats in Black Full Leather. Limited Slip & Factory Power Sunroof. Fully Documented Miles. 100% Original Paint ( paint meter is consistent) Interior is ALL ORIGINAL with zero dye or repairs. Carpet is all original and in near new condition. Owned previously by 2 Porsche Collectors. Recent $18,000 Engine Out Service with full documentation done appx 6 months ago by world renowned Carrera Shop in NY. Fully Documented with Photos.

Similar vehicle with similar miles sold for $302,000 at Goodings-
http://www.goodingco.com/vehicle/1979-porsche-930/

Trades Accepted and Financing Available. We can assist in shipping this car world wide. There will never be another one like this 930. Serious Inquiries Call 201.310.0048

We are told that everything here is original: the interior, the paint, and the mileage and that all of that is documented.…

1969 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3

1969 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3

Earlier this week I looked at a 1972 280SE 4.5 for an asking price of around $25,000. I explained that for my money, I’m probably skipping the 4.5 and finding a decent 300SEL 6.3. Well lo and behold, a 1969 6.3 in Colorado just happened to pop up for sale bid on eBay. It’s no means as nice as the 280SE 4.5, but this monster W109 is a little more special than the standard 6.3.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1969 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3 on eBay

Year: 1969
Model: 300SEL 6.3
Engine: 6.3 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 119,135 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

This is a carefully restored car head-to-toe, but it’s also a 47 year-old car. Runs great and I kept this car up hoping to keep it for a lifetime—but the mechanics are very specialized on a car like this, so please make sure that you know what you’re getting into.

For sale is a 1969 Mercedes that I bought this car in 2008 and restored, hoping to keep it forever. Have moved the family from Denver to San Francisco—my loss is your gain. This is a beautiful car, having had a full strip-down & repaint, all new leather interior, carpet and killer custom installation of a stereo and woofer system—installed in a way that doesn’t cut into the door panels or take away from the car’s originality.

Mechanically, this car has been almost entirely redone. The engine went out almost immediately after I bought it, so I found another one that was represented as being freshly rebuilt and then stored for some time. It’s not a “matching” engine and chassis but it’s a legitimate 6.3 motor that’s in fantastic shape. We couldn’t verify how many miles but it was represented as being basically new, and it has been very strong.

1986 Porsche 930 Coupe

1986 Porsche 930 Coupe

We’ve seen a steady slow decline in prices of the Porsche 930 over the past year or so. While restricted primarily to the 1986-1988 model years, which lack the 5-speed manual of the ’89MY and lack the early significance of (especially) the 3.0 liter Turbo, it’s been a general feature of the whole range with only the rarest examples commanding significant premiums. This has coincided with a seeming increase in the number of 930s coming up on the second-hand market. In a sense that’s logical: greater availability of comparable options will reduce values. But it’s also a little strange because why sell if the market is going down? Unless you think those decreases will continue. That is the area I want to have an eye on and the example we see here might be signalling that further recessions in value are likely. Here we have a Silver Metallic 1986 Porsche 930 Coupe, located in New Jersey, with Blue leather interior and just 39,340 miles on it priced at a shade under $90K.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 Porsche 930 Coupe on eBay

Year: 1986
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 39,340 mi
Price: $89,900 Buy It Now

No description

With an asking price of $90K I’m not going to call this 930 inexpensive, or even undervalued, but with fewer than 40K miles and one of the less common interior colors it does seem to me a reasonable price and one that is lower than what we’d have previously seen. At the very least it makes a nice starting point to negotiate. As a counterpoint, we aren’t offered any description – something that seems strange from this dealer – and we see no evidence of documentation beyond the CoA. Without documentation $90K certainly will be too high a price.…

2002 Audi S6 Avant 6-speed

2002 Audi S6 Avant 6-speed

Seriously, what’s the deal? Almost immediately after completing expensive 6-speed manual swaps, both S6 and S8s come up for sale. Today’s example, having covered about 9,000 miles since its swap, might be one of the most traveled examples with a manual swap that I’ve seen. Are the results not what people were expecting? That the manual was combined with the S4’s similar V8 in a package that many enthusiasts love would tend to be an indication that the output of this equation should be quite good. Yet, it’s frankly not all that uncommon to run across a manual swapped C5 or D2 that, after several thousand dollars worth of work and programming, is now up for sale. There’s even one near me for under $4,000 – complete!

So what do you think the deal is?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 Audi S6 Avant 6-speed on Denver Craigslist

Alt-Terrain: 1962 Steyr-Puch Haflinger

Alt-Terrain: 1962 Steyr-Puch Haflinger

When it comes to German utilitarian vehicles, the Unimog is the be-all, end-all; a half-tractor, half-urban assault vehicle. But Austria offered an interesting and less agricultural way to achieve the same goal. Built in Graz, Steyr-Daimler-Puch (usually shortened to Steyr-Puch) offered two platforms for military and industrial all-road capability. Starting in 1954, the first was the Haflinger, and it was anything but traditional. Named for the famed sure-footed breed of Austrian mountain horses, unlike a usual body-over-frame design, the Haflinger employed lightweight yet rigid casings around its drivetrain, highlighted by a central tube which connected the front and rear drive sections. This formed the basis for the structural rigidity of the Haflinger. A platform was then mounted above to carry passengers and cargo. Though they looked quite light-duty as a result and indeed tipped the scales at a scant 1,300 lbs, the off-road capability was anything but lightweight. Portal axles with gear reduction, independent coil springs and manual locking differentials gave supreme off-road capability. Power for such a small package was modest, with the flat-twin cranking out about 30 horsepower in .6 liter form as we see here. While you might not be going anywhere fast, you were certain to get there no matter where “there” was.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1962 Steyr-Puch Haflinger on eBay

1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe with 10,604 Miles

1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe with 10,604 Miles

Somewhat needless to say, but we don’t see a 964 like this very often at all. Obviously ultra-low-mileage 911s are rare. However, we do come across them with some regularity and, of course, among the limited-production models very low miles is almost the norm. But a fairly standard 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe? I haven’t seen it. I almost wonder how a 964 like this came about. I suspect it was bought with the intention of being part of a collection as the first Carrera 4 model Porsche produced. As a piece of Porsche engineering history it certainly will hold appeal in that regard and here it sits now in original condition as a time capsule from that era. For the very thorough collector it should make for a nice addition.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe on eBay

Year: 1989
Model: 911 Carrera 4
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 10,604 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

1989 Porsche Carrera 4

10,604 actual miles from new !!!

European delivery car purchased from Holbert Motor Cars Warrington, Pa, 18976 on 5/15/89.

Original sales receipt and delivery documentation.

Recently service and safety check performed at Paul Miller Porsche 7/29/15 at 10,375 miles.

All original vehicle in time capsule condition.

Runs and drives exceptional great and all power options in working order.

Original exterior paint in show quality condition.

Palomino leather is soft and in showroom condition.

You will be extremely hard pressed to find a nicer and more original example.

Over 80+ photos below.

Located in Central New Jersey 07753.

Contact Dean at 848-459-7776.

With a car like this, our interest lies in current condition and its level of documentation. The condition looks great. The paint is in fine shape with no apparent scrapes, nicks, or blemishes visible in the pictures.…

1998 BMW 318ti M-Sport

1998 BMW 318ti M-Sport

Like the M535i from the other day, the 318ti continued BMW’s expansion of M branding to pedestrian models. That plan included inclusion of a new down-market economy model; the 318ti Compact. The new hatchback platform brought the pricing of the small executive into the teens (just), but the only engine available – the 138 horsepower M44 1.8 liter 4-cylinder – proved just adequate motivation. Though big brother power wouldn’t come to the chassis, the Sport, Club Sport and later M-Sport packages added BMW Motorsport DNA into the E36/5. Subtle styling revisions included M3 front bumper cover, revised rocker panels and a diffusor-inspired rear cover. The Club Sport and M-Sport received special mirror covers and integrated fog lights, as well, along with the M-Sport suspension. Inside, special sport seats with Millpoint fabric (red in the case of the Club Sport), along with an M branded wheel and shift knob, helped to remind the driver that they were in the sportiest of economy BMWs. And the basic package was fairly good to begin with, in spite of the power shortfall; Car and Driver rated the 318ti Sport second in its handling competition, though it should be noted that it lost to a front-wheel drive Honda.

These 318ti M-Sports have developed a bit of a cult following as a result, offering economy car sensibility and cheap repairs with M3 looks – and, for many, a great basis for motor swaps down the line:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 BMW 318ti M-Sport on eBay

1976 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Targa

1976 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Targa

Time to return to one of my favorite conundrums: the Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0. Never made available for the U.S. market and produced in fairly small numbers worldwide, the Carrera 3.0 followed on the heels of the European Carrera 2.7 MFI. That car has amassed a decent following and commands strong value because of its close relationship to the 911 Carrera RS Touring. The Carrera 3.0, which lacks the 2.7 liter engine of the RS, has failed to achieve such regard. Its own engine possesses some cachet through its relationship to the iconic 930 Turbo, but I think most are just as likely to associate it with the later 911SC. Granted, a Carrera 3.0 isn’t exactly cheap, but relative to its predecessors it comes in at quite the value. The example here is restored and has higher mileage but in its current condition it looks quite good.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1976 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Targa on eBay

Year: 1976
Model: 911 Carrera 3.0
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 166,961 km (~ 103,745 mi)
Price: €90,000 (~ $95,783)

1976 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Targa – Restored 2008/2011

Highly collectable car one of the 1123 – Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Targa ever made!

Porsche Certificate of Authenticity – included

Restored and always serviced by a Porsche Specialist – with detailed invoices to proof.

All factory panels.

All factory welding Points.

All the panels without filler.

Impressive history file. Detailed invoices.

This car was first deliver in March 1976 in Germany.

Imported to Portugal in 1981

The Last Owner made some modifications that can be easily deleted:

Front Bumper of the Carrera 3.2 – personal taste question

Installation of 3 points security belts in the rear seats – In order to carry the kids in fully security.

2002 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo S

2002 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo S

The New Beetle isn’t a car which often featured on these pages. In fact, I can only find three times since we’ve started this site that they’ve come up. Considering that we’ve written up about 1,200 M3s in that same time period, I guess our stance on the Golf-based image car is pretty clear. However, the bones of the New Beetle aren’t really all that bad; based on the Mk.4 chassis, there are plenty of parts available and they’re cheap to buy. They offer a pretty practical hatchback package with some additional style. And, in turbocharged 1.8T form, they even offered a sporty ride.

Introduced in 2002, the Turbo S turned that package up a notch with help from the GTI. Underneath, the AWP-code 1.8T was rated at 180 horsepower at 11.6 lbs of boost, and had matching 173 lb.ft of torque. The transversely-mounted power was channeled through the same 6-speed manual you’d find in VW’s hot hatch and no automatic was available. Volkswagen outfit these cars with standard stability control and loaded them up with Monsoon sound, sunroof, active aerodynamics, leather, aluminum trim, power accessories and keyless entry. They also got special white and black gauges inside and a more pronounced twin-tip exhaust, along with fog lights integrated into new bumper covers. To help manage the speed, Volkswagen’s 1BE lower and stiffer suspension package was fit, along with BBS-made “Delta X” 17″ wheels with 225-45-17 tires. The package was pricey, at nearly $24,000 in 2002 – a not unsubstantial amount, considering that money would get you into the much nicer chassis of the Passat in wagon form at the same time. Unlike the pastel-toned entry colors of the New Beetle, the Turbo S was only available in Black, Silver, Platinum or Red with a total of 5,000 produced. Volkswagen hoped that these sporty changes would re-character the model which had primarily appealed in only one sexual demographic.…

Signature Color Face-Off: 2004 v. 2007 Audi S4 Avants

Signature Color Face-Off: 2004 v. 2007 Audi S4 Avants

The S4 Avant is no stranger to these pages, offering enthusiasts a “have-your-cake-and-throw-it-squarely-at-that-M3-owner’s-face-too” package which combined functionality and sport in a very discrete wrapper. Well, for the most part they were discrete; most were ordered in shades of gray because a fair amount of people ponying up new were conservative with everything but the money they were paying for this small executive wagon. Lightly optioned, an S4 Avant was north of $50,000 in 2004, a price today that would having you knocking on the A7 and S6’s base price. That sticker shock masks that the B6 and B7 represented a huge price increase over the B5 generation; out the door, the cost on average about 20% – 30% more only 3 years later – but then, they offered a full 90 horsepower advantage over the twin-turbocharged V6 with that awesome 4.2 V8, which of course could still be combined with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Subtle though the exterior colors may be, the performance on tap was anything but.

But some enterprising individuals chose the vivid colors which had become the signature of the model in B5 form. Nogaro Blue Pearl Effect was, of course, the go-to for all things fast Audi since it was originally called RS Blue on the original super Avant RS2. But a nearly equal amount were requested in Imola Yellow, a staggering, retina-burning banana-toned shade that seems initially out of character with a family wagon, yet raises the cool-bus level to 11. Though Nogaro was replaced in the B7 chassis refresh with Sprint Blue Pearl Effect, Imola carried over for the end of the V8s.

Today, I have one of each – so which is your style?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Audi S4 Avant on eBay

Rob Ida 1986 Porsche 930 Coupe

Rob Ida 1986 Porsche 930 Coupe

I’m not sure it would be possible to pick worse lighting conditions for photographing this 930. I suppose if it were dark that would be worse. Sorry, I just needed to get that out of the way because I’ve seen other pictures of this car and it looked incredible. A non-metallic, almost matte, Silver will never be the most jaw-dropping of paint choices but it can look good when executed well. Here it is executed well. Really well. I won’t pretend to have any special knowledge of this 930, but there is plenty of information out there for those who want to read about this build. I didn’t know it existed until now.

Rob Ida is the primary man behind Rob Ida Concepts and most well known for his work with custom built hot rods. In some cases they are incredibly cool designs with lines that stretch the eye along the car’s length creating a sense of movement even while the car stands still. But he’s also worked on a few Porsches and here we have for sale his 1986 Porsche 930, which was displayed at SEMA 2016. As SEMA cars go this build actually is quite subtle. For the most part it maintains the basic design of the 930 – why mess with a classic, right? – with the only major change being a revised front end created by Rob Ida himself. The overall package is aggressive, but with very clean lines and not over the top. The wheels are staggered 16″ at the rear and 15″ up front in order to produce a subtle rake. Achieving that rake was the primary motivating force guiding his work and the end result is pretty great. Frankly, it’s probably one of the best 930s I’ve seen.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Rob Ida 1986 Porsche 930 Coupe on eBay

Year: 1986
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 101,789 mi
Price: $195,000 Buy It Now

Rob Ida 930 Turbo

2016 SEMA CAR

I have to say that there are some days that I agree with everyone….

1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 4.5

1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 4.5

Earlier this week I looked at a 1972 Mercedes-Benz 600, one of the most legendary sedans of all time. Today is another 1972 Mercedes-Benz sedan, although this one is a little easier on the wallet both in purchase price and cost of upkeep. This 280SE 4.5 for sale in Santa Monica, California is not only a clean example but also sports a rare color in Phantom Gray.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 4.5 on eBay

Year: 1972
Model: 280SE 4.5
Engine: 4.5 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 43,200 mi
Price: Buy It Now $24,500

West Coast Classics are proud to present an exceptional example of this 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE (W108.067 Series) 4.5L V8 Sedan (built between the dates 4/71-11/72 with this particular car being one of the last models built in 7/1972) and obviously always coveted with no signs of any accidents and reportedly owned by only 3 careful and mature owners since new with a Stuttgart ‘Zeritifikat’ ‘Mercedes-Benz Classic Heritage Certificate’ to confirm it’s heritage and original specifications. The car was originally ordered and built in thei original ‘Phantom Gray’ (Color Code 733) color paint matched to a ‘Black Leather’ (Trim Code 241) interior.

The car is mostly still in all original and stock condition with a beautiful and professional repaint in its original ‘Phantom Gray’ color paint and the car boasts a gorgeous original ‘Black leather’ interior with the highly desirable 4.5L/230HP V8 cylinder engine and this is a car loaded with factory options including power steering, power brakes, power windows, air conditioning, matching factory color Mercedes hub cap wheels centers, original ‘Becker Europa’ AM/FM radio, stunning and all original optional ‘Black leather’ interior with matching carpet and kick panel carpet and heat absorbing glass and central locking!

The car has reportedly had only 3 owners since new and has 43K original miles and has exceptional condition chrome, including both front and rear bumpers and all the typical rust-prone areas are rust-free and there are no signs of any accidents or damage whatsoever!