Evergreen Forest, Part II: 1998 BMW M Roadster

Last November, I took a look at what was to me a very eye-catching and interesting M Roadster. The E36/7 is still a fairly polarizing design, but as with many models there are signature colors which help to make it both stand out from the rest of the crowd and, in some ways, make it more desirable. For the M Roadster and Coupe, color-matched interior was available on Imola Red, Estoril Blue, and perhaps the most outlandish color – Evergreen Metallic. Finding one of the twin Evergreens can be difficult; only a claimed 176 of color 358 Evergreen Metallic with the Q6EV Evergreen/Black Nappa interior were produced for the U.S. market. I looked at one in November of last year:

Evergreen Forest: 1998 BMW M Roadster

While that example was quite clean and, as what was probably a former press vehicle, it had an interesting history, the asking price was close to top-dollar for a S52 equipped car. But today I have a comparative point; another ’98 Evergreen/Evergreen M Roadster. But under the hood lies something a bit more potent….

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 BMW M Roadster on eBay.co.uk

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Baltic Blue 1989 Porsche 930 Coupe

This is how I like to see a car presented. Especially when the asking price is fairly high. The text provides details on the seller’s ownership, the current mechanical state of the car, and any details that most buyers would be interested to know. That is followed by a large array of pictures showing both exterior and interior from a distance and then close up. We get the details and we get the full view. Could we ask for more? Of course we could, but there is enough here that any interested buyer will have the necessary information to feel like further investigation will be worthwhile. Or, if you wanted to jump right in, I think you’d probably feel pretty confident in doing so after little more than a phone call to the seller.

So let’s look at what we have: a Baltic Blue Metallic 1989 Porsche 930 Coupe, located in Texas, with Cashmere Beige interior and just 35,313 miles on it. I do not need to tell you how desirable an ’89 930 is and finding one in this condition and with this mileage just raises the bar even more. Oh, and the color is pretty rare too!

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Baltic Blue 1989 Porsche 930 Coupe on eBay

Year: 1989
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 35,313 mi
Price: $155,000 Buy It Now

1989 Porsche 911 930 Turbo Coupe – Baltic Blue – 35k Miles – Dozens of Photos

This beautiful 1989 Porsche 930 is part of a 60+ car private collection in Austin, Texas.

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I acquired this 930 in 2012 from Park Place LTD in Bellevue, WA. I had been looking for a 930 for more than a year – specifically a 1989 car with the 5-speed G50 transmission – and I knew the second I saw this car that I’d be bringing it home to Texas. Park Place had been servicing the car for years and had previously sold the car to its current owner in 2005 so they were very familiar with the car. It had recently come back to them on consignment and, according to them, the car was a “Microsoft car”. A quick Google search reveals the previous owner to be in the tech industry, with homes in Palo Alto, CA and Camano Island, WA, and Park Place has a long history of selling exotic cars to Microsoft executives, so I believe this to be true.

Until my purchase, the car had always been a Pacific Northwest car and when I acquired it the odometer showed 34,059 original miles. Under my care the car has seen limited but regular use and today the mileage stands at 35,313 miles. Both the car’s West Coast ownership history and mileage can be verified by its Carfax report, a copy of which is available to interested parties.

The car is stunning in its factory Baltic Blue over Cashmere color scheme and is mechanically 100% sorted with more than $10,000 in recent work performed by Bob Jones of Jones Autowerks in San Antonio, TX. The car is factory stock with the exception of an upgraded K27 Turbo and a Nakamich in-dash CD player. The Porsche COA shows the car was optioned from the factory with a Limited Slip Differential, Electric Sliding Sunroof, CD-2 Compact Disc Player, an Amplifier System, and the U.S. Standard Emissions package.

While I am an avid car-guy, I’m not a dealer. This car is part of my personal collection and under my care it received regular and meticulous service as does every car I own. It is offered for sale today only because I own dozens of vintage Porsches, with more on the way, and I need to make some room. In my opinion, this car is one of the finest ’89 Turbos available anywhere. I would not hesitate to drive this car across the country tomorrow. Along the way, I’d stop by a few tracks just for fun and I’d do my best to find and enter a local car show (which I would win). The car is just that good.

Following is more detailed information.

Mechanicals:
The car starts, stops and drives exactly as you would expect from a car of this quality. The clutch is strong, the car brakes easily and in a straight line, and it runs cool with excellent oil pressure even in the 100+ degree, Texas summer heat. It accelerates with authority courtesy of its legendary, turbocharged motor and the G50 transmission shifts flawlessly making this car truly a joy to drive. The engine and transmission are, of course, numbers matching and original to the car.

After seeing the car for sale at Park Place, I schedule a PPI (pre-purchase inspection) with Chris’s German Auto Service, one of the most respected Porsche specialists on the West Coast. The results of that inspection showed the car to be an excellent, low-mileage example but also showed an issue with the engine. Specifically, the leakdown test showed excessive leakdown on cylinder #3. I was disappointed (obviously) but when I spoke with Chris about the results he told me, “This is one of the best ’89 turbos I’ve seen. If I was you, I wouldn’t want to lose it”. And he was right.

I negotiated a discount on the price, shipped the car to Texas, and hoped for the best.

When the car arrived back home, I immediately brought it to Bob Jones at Jones Autowerks in San Antonio, TX. If you’re from Texas, or anywhere near, then you probably know who Bob is. Suffice to say that Bob is universally recognized as one the finest Porsche mechanics in the country. I asked Bob to go through the car, treat it as if he owned it, and to cut no corners. More than 2 months and $13,000 later, Bob gave my car back to me in perfect running condition. The work he performed included new Mahle pistons, rod bearings, rocker arms, new valves, recutting valve seats, a regrind of the camshaft, a new clutch, and more. I also asked Bob about replacing the K27 turbo with a stock unit which he disagreed with (“It’s a better turbo. Why make the car worse?”). He did go through the complete system for me, disassembled the wastegate and replaced the diaphragm, and machined the pressure pipe and turbo housing for a perfect assembly. A copy of the final invoice from Jones Autowerks showing the details of the work performed is available to interested parties.

Recently (less than 100 miles ago) the car was brought to Steve Henry at Eagle Racing where he performed a 4-wheel alignment and installed a brand new set of Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R Tires.

The end result? Everything you would imagine. And more. This mechanical condition of the car will not disappoint.

Please note: The air conditioning is blowing “cool-ish” at best and has not been charged in years. I generally drive the car in the fall/winter months so I haven’t bothered to look at it (a common excuse when you own more than 60 cars). The new owner should assume the AC system will require service.

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Exterior:
From every angle, the car presents beautifully in its original color of Baltic Blue (paint code LM5P). The finish is glossy and smooth with no dents or significant scratches or dings, just the slightest patina in the form of a handful of minor rock chips and the like. If you’ve ever heard good cars described as “10-footers” and great cars described as “5-footers” then this car is a 1-footer.

When I bought the car, I believed the paint to be 100% original and the consignment inspection report reads “paint appears to be all original”. I recently measured the paint with a meter and I now believe that the car may have had some paint work performed in the past as my meter readings exceeded 10 mils. Regardless, the paint is excellent and you wouldn’t suspect the paint is anything other than original if I didn’t tell you. I have been completely through the car and it shows absolutely no evidence of any prior damage. The gaps are perfect and the Carfax is clean. If there has been paint work, it was most likely due to rock chips or other cosmetic issues.

The glass on the car is excellent and all original with the exception of the front windshield which showed some light road rash so I had it replaced with correct, German Sigla glass ordered from the dealer.

The trim, seals, emblems, and lenses are all as-new. The wheels are beautiful showing only the slightest patina.

Best of all, the Baltic Blue really sets this car apart. Only a small number of 930’s were produced in this color and you’ll most likely never see another. This car creates a scene wherever it goes and the photos truly do not do this car justice.

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Interior:
The interior of this 930 is absolutely beautiful and exactly what you’d expect from a low-mileage, investment grade car. Upholstered in Cashmere leather, with dark blue contrasts including the dash and headliner, the effect is a beautiful compliment to the Baltic Blue exterior. All spects of the interior, including the carpets, seats, dash, doors and headliner, are in outstanding condition resembling more a car that is 27 months old as opposed to 27 years.

The interior is 100% original and unaltered with the exception of a Nakamichi in dash CD player chosen both for its incredible fidelity as well as its understated good looks. The original CD-2 stereo will also be provided to the new owner.

I’ve taken the time to provide multiple, close-up photos of the interior from every angle. Please examine them closely and pay attention to the details. Yes, the big things like the seats, and door panels all look excellent. But look even more closely at the small things. The interior details of this car are among the best I’ve ever seen and will exceed your expectations.

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For me, finding the right home for this 930 is as important as getting the best price. If you have any questions, or would like to discuss this car in more detail, please feel free to contact me. In-person inspections and test-drives are welcomed and encouraged but please do so before clicking “Buy It Now” or committing to a purchase.

I have a clear and correct Texas title for this vehicle in my possession. Transportation and delivery of this vehicle is the responsibility of the purchaser. I’ll happily assist in any way I can. I’ll accept payment by wire transfer, cash or certified cashier’s check. A $500 non-refundable deposit is due upon agreeing to purchase with the balance due within 3 business days.

With last weekend’s auctions all pointing to a continued diminishment of the air-cooled 911 market this doesn’t seem like the best time to sell an ’89 930, but I guess circumstances have forced the issue for this seller. All things considered the asking price here isn’t too bad, though it certainly is high. Everything needs a starting point though.

The condition of this 930 is fantastic. It looks great throughout and in every regard is what we’d expect from a collector car owned by an avid collector. It sounds like it received a fairly extensive service upon purchase five years ago and has covered only about 1K miles under its current ownership. So the mechanical condition should be good. The only area where we could quibble is with available documentation. We aren’t provided any among the many pictures and other than maintenance performed while he owned it, we aren’t told much about its previous ownership history or service records. I think that is the area that will determine where we ultimately value this 930. If there’s plenty of documentation, including much of the original documentation, then I could see this price making a lot of sense. It’s an ’89 in wonderful condition and in a rare color. There’s a lot of value to be had with that sort of car. But without documentation I’m not so sure. It’s still a great example and highly desirable, but in an uncertain market it might hang around for a while.

-Rob

1986 Volkswagen Quantum GL Syncro Wagon

Last week’s “Right Hooker” week passed a bit too quickly to allow me to fully explore all of the unique options available to European customers. For example, one car I really hoped to feature was to locate an original Golf Syncro. Starting in 1986, Volkswagen partnered with Steyr-Damiler-Puch and made a unique alternative to corporate partner Audi’s quattro drivetrain utilizing a viscous center differential. Puch was also responsible for design and manufacturing of the T3 Vanagon Syncro, which used a different viscous coupling system because of the rear-drive platform and nature of the Vanagon. In addition to the transmission of power forwards, the T3 also offered a rear differential lock while both center and front were viscous.

But in 1986, there was a third option. Because the Volkswagen Quantum (née Passat) shared nearly all of its internal architecture with the B2 Audis, fitment of the quattro setup from the Quattro and 4000S/CS quattro was possible – so Volkswagen did it. As there was no Audi B2 Avant, Volkswagen offered the new Quantum quattro – also badged Syncro – in Wagon form, and only in wagon form. This meant that there was no competition crossover between the 4000 quattro and Quantum Syncro in the U.S. market. The Quantum also continued to run smaller 4x100mm hubs versus the Audi, which allowed it to utilize the same “snowflake” Avus wheels borrowed from the GTI. Pricing was on par with period 4000 quattros, though – base price was $15,645, but equip the Quantum similarly to the standard 4000 with power windows, mirrors, locks and sunroof and you’d quickly crest $17,000 – about $4,000 more dear than a standard GL5. Unlike the 4000, Quantum Syncro Wagons came standard only with power steering, brakes, cruise control and air conditioning. You had to opt-in the power package to get the other items.

That made the Quantum Syncro Wagon very much more expensive than, say, a Subaru GL 4WD Wagon or the Toyota Tercel SR5 4WD Wagon. But both of those cars were part-time 4WD; in order to get a car with similar build quality and seamless drive of all wheels, you’d need to pony up a staggering $30,000 for the Audi 5000CS quattro Avant. Also unlike the Audi, the Syncro Wagon ran through the 1988 model year, but never sold in large numbers. Finding one today is a bit of a treat, even if it’s not without its needs:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 Volkswagen Quantum GL Syncro on eBay

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Wine Red Metallic 1982 Porsche 911SC Coupe with 5K miles

This one is going to be tough as this 911 possesses some attributes we simply do not see with almost any other car. Here we have a Wine Red Metallic 1982 Porsche 911SC Coupe, located in California, with Beige leather interior and a scant 4,934 miles on it. I can’t say definitively that this is the lowest mileage 911SC I’ve ever come across, but it’s certainly close. The Wine Red Metallic paint looks in nice shape and is a fantastic color. The interior looks nearly spotless. In those regards everything is exactly as we could wish for and nearly looking showroom new.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1982 Porsche 911SC Coupe on Rennlist

Year: 1982
Model: 911SC
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 4,934 mi
Price: $59,900

This is an original 1982 911 Super Carrera or SC with ONLY 5K original miles and one owner.
It is Wine red on tan leather. Full history of the car is included in the sale including all service records and window sticker.

The car is in excellent like new condition inside and out.

Has following options:

– Option group M05
– Automatic speed control
– Electric sliding roof
– 172 HP engine with fuel injection
-5 speed manual
-Power windows
– Center console
– Power heated mirrors
– Blaupunkt Radio
– Veloce alloy wheels

Anyone familiar with the 911SC will notice immediately the problem: this SC has a non-factory wide body added. The seller has called it a Turbo-look addition, which I guess it is since it has the tea tray and wider rear like the Turbo, but we should not confuse it with the M491 factory package as that also added Turbo suspension and brakes. I suppose we might say this one is even more just a Turbo look than the factory version that gets called similar.

How do we value such a non-factory addition on such an insanely low mileage 911? Well, it obviously will detract from the value – and given the asking price relative to other ultra-low mileage 911s I’ve seen the seller is aware of this – but the question is by how much? I don’t really think we can precisely say. All classic cars are only worth what the market will pay for them, but in most cases we at least have comparables to establish what the market should be. With this one there really isn’t anything else to compare it to.

I should state, I’m taking at face value all claims about the originality of the mileage and other aspects of the car. Those points will need to be verified and whether the mileage especially can be verified certainly affects value as well. Assuming the mileage can be verified I’m still quite curious at what price this 911 will sell. I don’t imagine I’ll see one like it again, and that, in itself, is exactly the sort of thing that could push the value up.

-Rob

1975 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL

I am a really big fan of “time capsule” cars. Not barn finds or cars that have sat and haven’t moved in X number of years, but actual cars that have low mileage, original everything and are ready to be driven normally just like you purchased it from a dealer’s lot. Today’s car, a 1975 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL, is one of those time capsules. This W116 checks in with a hair over 29,000 miles and looks every part of an original. But this isn’t your ordinary 450SEL, it’s what hides inside those bank vault-like doors that really sets this car apart from the rest.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1975 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL on Hemmings Motor News

Year: 1975
Model: 450SE
Engine: 4.5 liter V-8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 29,109 mi
Price: $35,000

Preservation Class 450SEL. 29,109 original miles. All-original, unrestored 2-owner Type W116. First owner until 2014. All-original paint, interior, bright trim, etc.
Sunroof, original books, tool kit, the original license plate from 1974, and a copy of the original title. A/C performs like a contemporary car. Nothing has been replaced except for maintenance items, nothing modified or changed. Serviced up-to-date, with repair orders back to 1982. Must see and drive to appreciate. For the person who wants the best.
See In Northern Virginia adjacent to Dulles International Airport and Reston, VA

Open those doors and welcome straight into 1975. This car is business on the outside, party on the inside. All red interior is very rare on the W116 and I’ve only seen it a few times over the years, but none even come close to the condition of this interior. This interior is so red that in some of the photos, the seller’s camera has trouble focusing because it gets lost in how consistent and solid the red is. Personally, I love this interior with the plain silver exterior because it’s not really an ostentatious car outright. You have to notice and then take a peek inside to see what it is really packing. The thing is, you really have to stay on top of this interior to keep it nice or it can go south very quickly. I’ve seen some bad examples of these red interiors neglected and it’s not a nice place to be. The rest of this car looks just as good as the interior. There isn’t one bit that is out of place and it even still has the clean body-colored wheel wells.

The W116 market is a little wonky with prices thanks to speculators (used dealers) thinking that their 450SEL with a bunch of problems is worth $12,000 because the classic European car market is hot right now. They just aren’t. I still see private sale W116s go for around the $5,000 and below mark all the time. Hell, I’ve seen running, driving, W116s sell for a few hundred dollars because they just wanted it gone. There is a very small group of people in this world that love the W116 and spend the money on keeping them nice. I admit, I am one of them, as I keep my 300SD in my daily driver rotation, but they just don’t have the mass appeal. I’ll be the first one to say that in US-spec form they aren’t a pleasing car to look at with the bumpers and quad-round headlamps. But that is where my dislike ends with these. They are just such “heavy” cars. The doors are heavy, the steering is heavy, the throttle and brakes are heavy, it feels heavy going around corners and even the buttons need a bunch of force to use. All that is so satisfying to me.

Now for the price of this car. This seller is asking a whopping $35,000. Personally, I don’t think there are any regular 450SELs out there deserving $35,000. I’d argue most of the 6.9 cars for sale aren’t worth $35,000. By the looks of it, this seller isn’t hurting for money so I don’t think the price will be dropped out of desperation any time soon. With any car, all it takes is one buyer that has the money to fall in love and spend this crazy amount of money for it, but that price is just way too high. $35,000 will buy you a nice 6.3 or can probably even get you into a project W100 600. Regular 450SEL cars will always suffer from “Ah, it’s not the 6.9” syndrome for as long as they exist and probably keep prices lower than comparable 6.9s. But if you really wanted a unique time capsule W116, this one is probably it.

– Andrew

1994 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Widebody

We’re moving on from last week’s look at (mostly) British and right-hand drive machines. It was admittedly a fun week of exploring cars that we don’t usually look at and in some cases that we may never see in person. Now we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming, but I hope we can still find a few interesting options for those in search of their newest source of motoring enjoyment.

I’ll start here with what is still a pretty rare model: a Guards Red 1994 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe that importantly is one of the few widebody coupes Porsche produced during the final year of 964 production. The mileage is quite reasonable at 70,785 and the condition looks pretty good, even if the pictures aren’t the greatest for assessing that condition.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Widebody on eBay

Year: 1994
Model: 911 Carrera 4
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 70,785 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

1994 Porsche Carrera 4 WIDEBODY
Guards Red exterior – Black interior
Extremely rare TURBO body
220 cars made in the world!
True collectors piece
1 owner car
Female owner
Car is all STOCK
Have all the books
3 keys
Interior is 9 out of 10, incredible condition!
This car has verb well taken car of its whole life. It’s in amazing stock condition.
Any extra photos or any other info please call 718 986 9436

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I go back on forth on whether I actually like the wide body on the 964, at least outside of the Turbo. Based on other examples I’ve seen some of this tends to depend on the presence of the rear spoiler. With the spoiler I love the look, without the spoiler, as we have here, I’m less smitten. There is something about the narrow body 964 that I really enjoy in ways that doesn’t apply to other 911 models. But, as I said, I go back and forth with it.

So the exterior shots aren’t great here, making it difficult to see what shape the Guards Red paint is in. It looks fine, but we can’t tell specifically. It’s definitely got great pop! The interior is a bit easier to assess and looks in very nice shape. Our hope would be that the quality of the interior condition holds true for the exterior. There are other points in this 911’s favor as well – it’s said to be one owner, to possess all of its original books, and to be entirely original – though we aren’t provided with the necessary material to back up those claims. All of that will need to be confirmed of course.

Bidding currently sits at $70,100 with not much time left in this auction and the reserve remains unmet. These wide body 911s do tend to be fairly pricey relative to other 964s, but with more than 70K miles on it we’re probably close to as high as this one should go. If everything I questioned above checks out, and there are plenty of service records available, then I could see a premium, but ultimately this one might slip slightly off the radar of some collectors and limit its potential.

-Rob

1985 Mercedes-Benz 300CD

Now that I’ve looked at some cool and not so cool Mercedes from across the pond, I’m back to our regular left-hand drive cars. Fear not for our international readers as I’m not back to the United States just yet. This 1985 300CD from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada gives us the best of what the W123 coupe has to offer. Much like the other prime W123s for sale, this one isn’t coming cheap, but I’d argue that it’s not exactly the worst deal in the world for what you get.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1985 Mercedes-Benz 300CD on Vancouver Craigslist

Year: 1985
Model: 300CD
Engine: 3.0 liter 5-cylinder
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 91,034 km (56,565 mi)
Price: $14,500 CDN ($11,319 USD)

1985 Mercedes 300CD Turbo Diesel – 91000 KM All Original – Rare Color Combination Dark Grey on Mahogany Leather – Never winter driven – Garage kept – Never rust – Impeccable Kept – Records kept since new – Everything works as new – Nicest one I’ve ever seen – $14,500. Obo

Taking a broad look at this car, this one looks like a real winner. Extremely clean without any issues I can see on the outside, the interior looks even better. The Sienna MB-Tex is relatively rare for any W123 let alone a coupe and I’m glad to see it’s held up great for 56,000 miles. Under the hood, the OM617 looks prime with lots of cadmium plating still fresh. Being a 1985 W123, the last year of the chassis, it benefits greatly from a 2.88 rear differential as opposed to a 3.07. This translates to much better highway miles per gallon figures to the point where owners of prior year W123s seek out 1985 cars to swap in the differential.

At $14,500 CDN ($11,319 USD), it is probably priced on the higher end of the market in general. But being in a snowy Canadian city where these cars are pretty rare in this condition, I don’t blame the seller for asking this price. If you want close to the best, you are going to have to pay for it and that is the case with this one. I doubt this one will sell quickly, but I’d imagine if the buyer softened the price up a little, it will make a new owner very happy.

Thanks to reader Chris for sending this in! 

– Andrew

 

Right Hooker Week: 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS

Truth be told I wasn’t sure if a right-hand drive 964 Carrera RS actually existed. I was pretty sure I’d seen one previously, but couldn’t be sure I hadn’t just imagined it. But here one is: a Rubystone Red 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS with triple-tone Recaro seats and 58,900 miles on it. That’s a decent number of miles for a RS, yet its condition still looks quite good. Of course, the Carrera RS was never made available in the States, but they can now be imported. Sure, there are plenty of LHD examples available, but if you really want to take things to their extreme, why not just get a RHD one and really wow people?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS on Classic Driver

Year: 1992
Model: 911 Carrera RS
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 58,900 mi
Price: £199,995 ($257,461)

The Porsche 911 964 Carrera RS was launched in 1992 and was considered a lightweight version of the Carrera 2 that could be used both on the road and the race track. Arguably, this was the most dynamic and agile 911 since the original version was launched in 1973. The engineers behind the project utilised the philosophy of removing weight and adding power when designing and engineering the car. Remarkably, nearly 175kg of weight was removed from the standard version as a result of using aluminium for the bonnet and doors as well as thinner glass for the windows.
All of the weight-saving measures added up and resulted in a vastly reduced overall mass. Luxuries such as back seats, power windows and armrests could all be disposed of and the increase in power came from a brand new lightweight flywheel and some other minor modifications. The flat-six engine produced 260 bhp and also fitted to the car was a limited-slip differential, modified suspension (with a 40mm lower ride height) and stiffer springs. In another weight-saving move, Porsche chose to remove all the sound deadening and manufactured the wheels from magnesium.
This RHD example was delivered to its first owner Mr Clifford of Worthing, West Sussex in June 1993 via dealer Rivervale Porsche. Finished in the rare 964 RS signature original combination of Rubystone Red over optional Triple-Tone Rubystone Recaro Bucket Seats, the following options were also applied from new, UK LUX Spec and Tinted Windows.
With no less than 14 stamps in the original service book, many from the main dealer who supplied the car, it has been maintained with a no expense spared approach from new, resulting in a superb condition to be expected throughout.
This 964 RS is presented in excellent and original condition having covered just 58,900 Miles, with just 4 prior owners. Accompanied by its original book pack as well as tools, spare wheel, supporting history file and Porsche Certificate of Authenticity confirming the car’s matching engine and gearbox numbers. This RS is ready to be enjoyed by its new owner immediately with viewings available at our showroom, which is based just outside London.

Rubystone is not everyone’s favorite color. You’re probably going to love it or hate it, with little in between. But like it or not it’s become almost an iconic color on the 964 RS. It might even be the color I see most often. The interior is equally as divisive. I’m a fan. I’m not going to say Rubystone is my favorite Porsche color by any means, but I do love the look on the RS. Here it actually looks somewhat subdued. I’m guessing that’s down to the foggy/cloudy lighting conditions. But it’s a fun color on what should be an amazingly fun car.

Everything here looks about as we’d expect of a RS, even with the higher miles. Though I am curious about the exhaust. The ad makes no mention of it being added on, but I’m pretty sure the standard RS has a single exhaust outlet. The 3.8 RS had dual exhaust, but not the 3.6. That’s probably worth inquiring about. The price of just under £200K (about $257K) seems fairly typical given the mileage. We certainly see lower mileage examples priced significantly higher.

Given pricing like this for a Carrera RS that’s already been imported, this one may be downright reasonable. It definitely has a few more miles and that dual exhaust may not be original, but the asking price here is a long way from $400K and if that is what it’s going to take to get one that’s already Stateside then perhaps going through the hassle yourself is the way to go. And heck you’d even have a RHD version!

-Rob

Right Hooker Week: 1991 Volkswagen Scirocco GTII

Okay, enough Audi dreaming. Are there any interesting VWs over in England? You bet! While production of the U.S. bound Scirocco was long over, Volkswagen continued to produce the second generation Scirocco right through the 1992 model year. This particular model, the GTII, was the model which finally wrapped up production a decade after it began in mid-1992.

The GTII was the mid-range model in the Scirocco lineup. Top of the range was the Scala [née GTX(née GTi)] with its 112 horsepower 1.8 liter motor borrowed from – you guessed it – the GTi. Below that model lay the GTII [née GT(née CL)], which shared the bodykit and 1.8 liter displacement, but only had 90 horsepower and steel, rather than alloy, wheels fitted. While not as sought as some of the range-topping models like the GTX or special “Storm” models, this GTII offers classic looks on a modest budget:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1991 Volkswagen Scirocco GTII on eBay.co.uk

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Right Hooker Week: Paul Stephens Autoart 911 Retro Speedster

Back for more RHD British action. This time I’m not going with an actual production model, but rather a retro build to produce a 911 that never actually existed: a long-hood 911 Speedster built by Paul Stephens Autoart. I will not pretend to be intimately familiar with the PS Autoart designs; I’ve seen some previously and generally liked what I saw. When I was looking for cars for this theme week I knew that I should take a look at what Paul Stephens had to offer. The plan wasn’t actually to feature one of the PS Autoart builds. I was looking for a neat RHD 911 and knew they’d have some available. Then I saw this Speedster and my decision was made. It’s a beautiful car that marries vintage and modern 911 design to provide the look of a classic 911, but with modern performance and useability.

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Year: 1973
Model: 911 Retro Speedster
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 10,000 mi
Price: £195,000 ($250,870)

The Paul Stephens Retro Speedster is a unique interpretation of the Speedster theme, that was created to a client’s personal specification in 2014.
An owner of many Porsche models from 356 to current models, our client wanted to create a unique car that took inspiration from the various eras of air cooled Porsche.
He particularly wanted to combine the Speedster style with the delicate appearance of the 1970s 911s, something Porsche never manufactured in period and unlike original air-cooled Speedsters, provide a comfortable and sure-footed driving experience for cross continental tours in all weather conditions.
The 964 Carrera 4 Targa was chosen for the platform, as our client wanted secure handling together with a compliant suspension set up to ensure the car is extremely comfortable on all types of roads.
The car was stripped to a bare shell before being converted to Retro Speedster configuration which like our Retro Touring Coupes, incorporates styling details from the early 70s cars.
Genuine Porsche items were used for the Speedster conversion which incorporates the unique doors, windows and roof assembly from the 964 Speedster and the colour chosen was Porsche GT silver. The rear spoiler still extends and retracts for high speed stability but now features a 70s-style engine grill and the twin outlet exhausts are a nod to original Speedsters gone by. The wheels are PS Classic Fuchs style with original anodised and black finish.
However, with the clients request for an all-weather car, the roof fabric and rubbers were redeveloped to provide probably something unique, which when erected is a watertight Speedster!
The interior is unique too, as it takes inspiration from the 356 Speedsters with its sculptured metal dashboard incorporating the radio and lockable glovebox finished in body colour, whilst the controls are machined from solid brass with a high -quality chrome finish. The dashboard top, doors and seats are trimmed in the finest classic red leather with grey carpets bound in leather and a matching classic red mohair hood. The instruments are finished in a classic style as per our Retro Touring models, whilst the electric sports seats are slightly wider for increased comfort.
LED headlamps, electric windows, power steering, central locking, ABS, air conditioning, cruise control and a retro styled sound system are all modern features, that when combined with a surprising amount of storage space, make this Speedster a friendly companion on long continental journeys.
Rebuilt standard 964 mechanical components were retained underneath allowing it to be serviced by any Porsche centre in the world, but like original Speedsters, the Retro Speedster offers a reduction in weight and lower centre of gravity that completely transforms the way the car performs. The typical understeer that can plague the 4wd 964 has gone, whilst the nimble handling, strong performance and production car quality surprise all that have driven it.
Having covered just under 10,000 miles in 3 years, our client now has another project in mind, so this unique Retro Speedster is now available for its next lucky custodian.

I’ve listed the date of this car as 1973 because that is how the ad has listed it, but this is in no way a 1973 911. The build utilized a 964 Carrera 4 Targa as its foundation and borrowed bodywork from the 964 911 Speedster to produce some of its shape. So properly speaking it’s perhaps a 1994 model year 911, though the actual year of the C4 Targa isn’t stated.

With that out of the way, just look at how pretty it is! The exterior is basically what we’d expect if we were to think about what an early 911 Speedster would have looked like. It looks pretty great and kind of makes me wish Porsche itself had extended its Speedster/Roadster production from the 356 into the 911 line. But it is the interior that I really love the most here. There are so many little details from the metal dash that nicely matches the exterior, to the liberal use of burgundy leather to provide both luxury and beauty, to the metal switchgear. It all comes together quite nicely. This isn’t a spartan, no frills, Speedster like the original 356 Speedster. It’s a modern design that while not luxurious still provides plenty of what you need to remain comfortable on a longer drive. In that regard it stays true to the 911 Speedster itself.

From a mechanical standpoint it sounds like everything remains in a mostly stock 964 configuration. It has retained its all-wheel drive and the engine and gearbox are standard 964 units. Still, there are weight savings to be found so performance should be pretty good should you really want to take it out and put some harder miles on it.

I don’t suspect that will be the goal of most owners, but it’s there if you need it. With an asking price of £195,000 (~$250K) this is by no mean inexpensive. It’s pricier than just about any 964 Speedster I’ve come across. I’m also not sure if it can be easily imported. Perhaps that will depend on the original model year of the 964, or perhaps importing something like this just isn’t feasible if you want it to be street legal. But if you really desire something unique, and you’ve got the funds, it should be worth pursuing.

-Rob