1987 Mercedes-Benz 240GD

1987 Mercedes-Benz 240GD

If you are shopping for a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen, you have a couple choices. Those choices range from the military-spec models with steel floors and 65 horsepower to the “I had no idea that was even possible” G500 4×4² with portal axles and everything in between. Today’s G for sale outside of Philadelphia is one of those military-spec models that has been softened up a little just to make living with one of these bricks on wheels a little more bearable.

CLICK FOR DETAILS:  1987 Mercedes-Benz 240GD on Philadelphia Craigslist

Year: 1987
Model: 240D
Engine: 2.2 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed maunal
Mileage: 41,822 km (25,986 mi)
Price: $24,000

Well sorted 1987 Mercedes Benz 240 GD with only 26,XXX miles. Truck runs great and is a blast to drive. Everything works as is expected. Looks great with new interior, paint and soft top.

Power to the G-Wagen is provided by a naturally aspirated OM616 2.4 liter inline 4 cylinder diesel which is known for its durability. This is the engine that has received recognition for reaching the 1,000,000 mile mark without a rebuild.

The Transfer Case and Differential Lockers make this one of the most capable 4X4s on the market. Power flows through the transfer case which is adjustable on the fly – 4×2 High, 4×4 High, 4×4 Low. Front and Rear Differentials are lockable independently with pull knobs.

This 1987 240GD is a ex-military truck that has been modernized to the best of the sellers ability to make this G a little easier to live with day-to-day. It has a leather steering wheel and seats, a new fabric top and paint that isn’t camouflaged. But truth be told, this thing is still quite Spartan. It still has the tiny OM616 diesel engine, no radio or air conditioning, the floors are still steel and the toughest pill to sallow, it has a top of speed of about 55 mph.…

Sonderwunsch 1989 Porsche 930 Cabriolet

Sonderwunsch 1989 Porsche 930 Cabriolet

I’ve come upon this one a little late as there isn’t a lot of time left in this auction, but it’s a wild and interesting enough 930 that it’s worth our time. Porsche’s Sonderwunsch (“Special Wishes”) program provides customers with a wide array of features from which they can build themselves a very unique car. In most cases buyers keep things rather sane and choose a specific color for either the exterior or interior, or they select a couple of interesting interior details. Every now and then a customer goes further…quite a bit further. From the outside this 1989 Porsche 930 Cabriolet shows a few obvious touches with the side strakes and revised front air dam similar to what we see on the Slantnose. When we step into the interior that is when the customization really takes off. Just take a look:

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Year: 1989
Model: 911 Turbo Cabriolet
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 27,000 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

This stunning 1989 Porsche 930 Turbo Cabriolet is one of just a handful of Sonderwunsch Porsche 930 Turbo Cabriolets produced in that model year, and presents beautifully in black with a green custom leather interior. Sonderwunsch translates to special wishes, and serves as Porsche’s in-house customization program that builds bespoke automobiles at the request of the owner. Their range of available services is all inclusive—drivetrain, suspension, exterior or interior—and nothing falls outside the scope of their capability and quality standard.

This 930 Turbo has been factory customized with the following features: custom body work consisting of rear-fender air intakes with horizontal strakes, a special-order (leather-to-sample) green full-leather interior, a center console with extra gauges, leather dash, and additional under-dash glove boxes.

This car has been babied all it’s life.

2001 BMW 740i Sport 6-speed manual

2001 BMW 740i Sport 6-speed manual

What’s better than an E38 740i? A 740i with the Sport package, which adds 18″ M-Parallel wheels, shadowline trim, sport suspension and seats. And what’s better than a 740i Sport? A 740i Sport with a manual 6-speed gearbox. Wait, what? Yes, you read that right. While these cars were only available from the factory with an automatic, a brave soul with a healthy supply of time, money and genius has converted this 740 to a stick shift by swapping in a transmission from an E39 540i. That should turn this luxo-barge into a bit of a canyon carver.

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1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16

1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16

Last week I wrote up a tidy looking 190E 2.3-16, the boxy, 80s DTM-racing inspired version of the W201 from Mercedes that has never really gained the same kind of attention as its obvious competitor, the E30 M3. Perhaps that is changing, as more of these come to market in respectable shape. The general consensus among enthusiasts, however, seems to be that these cars are neither desirable nor fast enough to merit the higher price tags we’re beginning to see. (Once upon a time they were firmly in the sub-$10k category, whereas now sellers seem to want the mid teens and up for non-basket case examples.) But maybe the skeptics will be won over by a an imported 2.5-16 like this one?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 on eBay

1989 Porsche 944S2

1989 Porsche 944S2

The Porsche 944S2 took the twin-cam out which had debuted in the short-lived 944S for the 1987 model year to the next level. Bumped from 2.5 liters out to 3.0, the new motor crested 200 horsepower, producing nearly as much twist as the standard 944 Turbo had only a few years before but with no turbo lag. Beefed up too were the looks, which mimicked the Turbo’s design with smoothly integrated bumpers, brake ducts and fog lights as well as a rear diffuser. Wheels looked visually like the Club Sport, but were a different offset. The new “Design 90” style was also seen on the 928 and 911 model and became the signature Porsche look for a half decade. Though many point to the 968 as the ultimate development of the transaxle 4-cylinder, the 944S2 offers most of that package with the chunkier looks of the 951. Few come to market looking as nice as this example does:

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Gulf Blue 1970 Porsche 911T Coupe

Gulf Blue 1970 Porsche 911T Coupe

We come across a wide range of descriptions when looking at ads for cars. Some are so short and vague as to be meaningless. Many follow a stereotypical salesman approach making bold hyperbolic claims about every positive aspect of the car while brushing aside the negatives. And others can be so wordy that the useful details get lost among a sea of model history (i.e. not the car’s history) narrative and general information that might apply to almost every example. There is another type; a better type. This ad is of that sort. It isn’t long, but the details are there. It answers many of the obvious questions and describes the car faithfully. That the seller works the pictures into the narrative actually helps as you can see what is being described. To a certain degree (and this probably is why I like the ad) it provides a lot of the information I would provide when featuring the car here. So read it!

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Year: 1970
Model: 911T
Engine: 2.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 75,550 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

For those of us who have to work for a living, affording the acquisition of a longhood 911 “F-Modell” has become quite a stretch. Especially the 2.2 and 2.4-liter cars of the 1970 to 1973 vintage seem to fit either one of two categories: they are either way too expensive, or rusted hulks in need of e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g.

Every once in a blue moon do we find a car that is still sensibly priced. It may not be a show winner, but it will have good bones and usually can be enjoyed for years to come just the way it is, thus allowing small improvements at one’s own pace, as time and funds allow.

1975 Sbarro 328

1975 Sbarro 328

One of the most enjoyable aspects of writing up cars for GCFSB has been the head-scratchers I come across; cars I knew little (or, in the case of today’s, nothing) about. This Sbarro 328 Roadster replica is a great case in point. Of course, replicas are neither a new phenomena nor are they particularly unique. Often, they fail to capture the essence of the original car and if an enthusiast is unwitting enough to actually mistake the fabrication for the original it can be borderline offensive to real examples. Volkswagen based Bugattis, Fieros turned into F40s, Bentley badges slapped on a Chrysler 300 – you name it, it’s just downright ugly.

But this one is interesting, at the very least to me. Italian-born Franco Sbarro started his company in 1971 in French-speaking Switzerland and immediately started copying German automobiles. They’re still open today, continuing to build limited-run prototypes, but in the 1970s a majority of their work seems to have been based upon historic cars; Bugattis, GT40s, Lola T70s. What was interesting was what they built these replicas on; Sbarro installed fiberglass copies of the originals over BMW or Mercedes-Benz chassis with original components. In the case of the 328 replica you see here, the engine, chassis, rear suspension and transmission was based upon the E10 2002. Some of them even wore 2002 Turbo alloys. In front, Sbarro utilized NSU components for the front suspension and steering. Headlights came from a Mercedes-Benz. The result of this hodge-podge was surprisingly good, managing to capture a fair amount of the aesthetic of the original without looking too out-of-shape, though they were admittedly slightly shorter and more squat that the original. Having standard BMW running gear simplified the importation process, and consequently Sbarro offered these replicas in the US market through a Florida dealer.…

Paint-to-sample 1991 Porsche 911 Turbo

Paint-to-sample 1991 Porsche 911 Turbo

I need to get one thing out of the way immediately with this car: it has been in an accident. There’s also some confusion about the title – it’s listed as rebuilt on one part of the ad but the seller then says later he has a clean and clear title. Maybe that makes sense within the car title world but it seems odd to me. Presumably the rebuilt title at least hints that this wasn’t a minor accident and statements about a bent axle confirm that as well. I want to get those points out of the way because for some buyers they will be a deal breaker. If you’re still here this is an otherwise pretty nice paint-to-sample 1991 Porsche 911 Turbo with only 32,555 miles on it. It’s had some engine work performed by the current owner to raise the power and while it isn’t clear exactly what was done, hopefully a few questions or documents can provide clarity. Obviously a thorough mechanical inspection of this Turbo will be needed, and the car will always have that stigma attached to it, but many accidents are fully repairable and those cars can still make for great drivers. And, of course, the upside to a car like this is a lower purchase price. There’s less long term value as well, but for the right price why not buy it and enjoy it worry free for as long as you please?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Paint-to-sample 1991 Porsche 911 Turbo on eBay

Year: 1991
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 32,555 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

You are bidding on a low mileage, rare, 1991 Porsche 911 Turbo – paint to color car – 1 of 1

My 911 Turbo has only 32,555 original miles.

1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC

1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC

I’ve been on a little bit of a green kick as well as a featuring a few C107s of late. So why not combine the two and feature an outstanding 450SLC that is absolutely covered in the color green? This 1980 up for sale in Portugal has a nice lighter shade of green in Silver Green Metallic on the outside, but it’s what is inside that really blows you away.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC on eBay

Year: 1980
Model: 450SLC
Engine: 4.5 liter V8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 48,000 km (29,825 mi)
Price: $43,250

1980 Mercedes Benz 450 SLC 48.000Kms Perfect untouched Condition!

1 Portuguese Owner from New!
48.000Kms!
100% Factory Paint – All the Factory assembly marks and wax protection!
All the books; Keys; Tools.
Impossible to find another one in this condition!
This car was order new by Portuguese emigrant in South Africa. LHD special order.
When he came back to Portugal in 1987 the car came with him!
This car was bought directly by us to the 1st owner.
This car was part of small classic car collection.

The last owner was a successful entrepreneur in the car business in South Africa and actually it’s a business man in the automotive area at Portugal.
This car was always extremely well care by the owner!
It’s impossible to find another one in this condition!
Collector’s item!!!

I personally love the color combination on this car. Yes, it’s about late 1970s/early 1980s as you can get, but I think that’s the beauty of it. It’s basically a step back into that era in every way. You can get in this car and suddenly you are transported back 37 years. Everything is nearly factory perfect on this car outside of a dented up muffler and a rusty exhaust pipe.…

1966 Porsche 911 Sunroof Coupe

1966 Porsche 911 Sunroof Coupe

I’m hoping I may learn a little bit with this 911. While it looks in really nice shape having come out of restoration there are a few items that seem incorrect to me. With an asking price above $300K everything needs to be perfect. That said, I might be wrong about these details – perhaps they are correct – and that is where I hope I may learn as restoring vintage automobiles isn’t something about which I’m extremely well versed. I know we have some fans of these as readers and maybe they can correct or confirm.

So what do we have? A Sand Beige 1966 Porsche 911 Coupe with sunroof. The sunroof itself is a nice bonus and from the outside the car looks great. I mentioned in a recent post that Sand Beige is a color that seems to work particularly well on early 911s and I think that comes through here. It is in the interior that my questions begin.

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Year: 1966
Model: 911
Engine: 2.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 5,777 mi
Price: $325,000 Buy It Now

This is a 1966 Porsche 911 Sunroof coupe with matching numbers engine and transmission. This car is an original electric sunroof car with engine # 903848 and transmission # 228220, finished in its original color combination of Sand Beige ( 6607) and black interior. All confirmed by the Certificate of Authenticity. Car has received a complete nut and bolt restoration including :
car stripped down to bare metal and repainted in correct Glasurit Sand Beige ( 6607), Glasurit clearcoat, all new Porsche seals
All new or refinished bright work
Full engine rebuild
All new brakes including master, lines, calipers, discs
all new suspension including all new shocks, bushings, wheel bearings, ball joints, tie rod ends
new Vredestein tires
All rebuilt gauges by Palo Alto
refinished wood by Madera Concepts
All new leather interior by GAHH
period correct rebuilt Blaupunkt radio
New headliner
All new correct German carpets
New wiring harness
All new fluids and filters
All new belts hoses and lines
highly detailed undercarriage
Car comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and restoration records and photos.

1990 Audi V8 quattro 4.2

1990 Audi V8 quattro 4.2

Both the 525i and GTI I’ve written up this week have followed a common trend; take lower spec model and kick it up a notch with bigger brother power. Today is no different, as once again we look at a car featuring an upgraded power unit swap. However, this is certainly the most stealthy of the trio. The V8 quattro was an impressive car upon its launch in 1988; sure, it was an updated version of an already generation-old car on the verge of being replaced, but the massive amount of updates to the Type 44 meant than the V8 quattro got its own model designation – D11. Nearly everything in the V8 was touched, from the interior materials to the exterior styling, and of course with some celebration Audi launched both its all-aluminum 3.6 liter, 32V 4 cam eight cylinder simultaneously with its 4-speed automatic hooked up to quattro all-wheel drive. The result was a unique luxury car at the time; no one else offered this packaged, and with 240 horsepower on tap the D11 proved a great cruiser. But there were of course teething pains; Audi forecast the length of timing belt service too long on the PT-code engine, and many suffered failures. This was rectified with the larger displacement 4.2 motor in 1992; shorter intervals were met with nearly 40 horsepower more, making the later cars really the ones to grab. Of course, Audi sold many, many more 3.6s than it did later 4.2 models – to the tune of almost 7:1. Many of the early cars were discarded because of low residuals when expensive repairs popped up, but this Pearlescent White Metallic one was saved from that fate by a fortuitous heart transplant:

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1979 Porsche 930

1979 Porsche 930

This is a strikingly pretty Porsche 930. Wait…pretty isn’t the word I’m looking for. Let’s just say it’s pretty damn striking and a great looking 930. Guards Red makes for a familiar exterior color on Porsches from the ’80s. It is a less prevalent color on Porsches from the ’70s, but still one we see and recognize almost immediately. Where this 1979 Porsche 930’s Guards Red paint raises the bar is that it has Turbo graphics. Ok, graphics aren’t for everyone and maybe they can be a little bit boy racer, but the Turbo graphics on early 930s are a different animal. They’re subtle. In some cases almost so subtle that you miss that they’re even there. They are a fantastic complement to the black trim accents of the 930 in general. Yes you get whooshing turbo script down the rear quarter, but it’s a car from the ’70s and it just feels right. This is the first time I’ve seen the graphics on a Guards Red 930. I’m sold!

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1979 Porsche 930 on eBay

Year: 1979
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 29,931 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

1979 Porsche 911 Turbo!! Collector Quality!! All Original!! 29K Original Miles!! Best Color Combo!!

This Porsche 911 Turbo Is In Guards Red

Over Black Leather Interior Which Makes It The Classic Porsche Color Combo! Aquired From The Amazing Porsche Collection Of A Florida Doctor. No Expensed Or Effort Spared In The Curation Of This Piece Of Porsche History. Rarely Do You Find A 1979 Turbo With All Its Original Parts In Place. Original Radio, Exhaust, Mufflers and Intercoolers. This Is A Numbers Matching U.S. Car.

Loaded With Collectible Features Such As…

• U.S. Equiptment

• Rare Factory Porsche Turbo Decals

• Porsche Certificate Of Authenticity

• Original Manuals

• Original Emergency Inflator Still In Box

• Original Porsche Tool Set

• Brand New Tires

• Electric Sunroof

1979 Porsche Turbos In This Original Condition Are Rarely Available.

Roll the Dice? 1992 Volkswagen GTI 16V Swap

Roll the Dice? 1992 Volkswagen GTI 16V Swap

I know what you’re thinking.

Great“, you’re saying, “Carter wants to look at another shitty swapped Volkswagen. Pass. When will he get over this?

Admittedly, I have looked at quite a few hot hatches recently. There was the A1 GTI with an ABA 2.0 swap; subtle, and clean, but certainly not original and that hurt the value. Several notches up from that was the repeatedly for sale 1977 Rabbit with the 2.8 24V VR6 swap – neat and generally clean, but again a bridge too far for many. Then there was the ultra-clean and fully custom 3.2 swapped Golf; cool, but clearly not a daily driver candidate. So, here we go again – another swapped Golf. But, this one has a bit of a twist…is it worth a roll of the dice?

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Slippery When Wet: ex-Jon Bon Jovi 1994 Mercedes-Benz S500

Slippery When Wet: ex-Jon Bon Jovi 1994 Mercedes-Benz S500

New Jersey: Strip malls, used car lots and Bon Jovi.

Somehow these things lead me down a convoluted path to talk about a 1994 Mercedes-Benz S500. What’s the connection?

From the title, you’ll know of course this is not just any W140. It is a W140 once owned by Jon Bon Jovi, and now it is for sale in New Jersey. At a secondhand used car lot, across from a strip mall. Bingo!

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1988 Porsche 928S4

1988 Porsche 928S4

This actually is a revisit of sorts. Nearly three years ago, Paul featured this Black 1988 Porsche 928S4 with Burgundy interior. Now it’s back up for sale. Not much has changed. The mileage has increased by fewer than 1,000 miles and the condition looks more or less the same. Based upon where bidding on the previous auction left off the price does not appear to have changed much as well. It’s even been consigned to the same seller so I guess the buyer thought they did a good job. For such a nice color combination and pretty reasonable mileage this looks like a pretty promising 928!

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 Porsche 928S4 on eBay

Year: 1988
Model: 928S4
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 56,715 mi
Price: Reserve Auction (Buy It Now $29,500)

Goodman Reed Motorcars

805-202-4557

Offered for sale is a striking, 56k mile, mechanically strong 1988 Porsche 928 S4, finished in menacing and factory correct Black over Burgundy leather. Ordered new by its original owner in New York, he would own the car for more than a decade, always keeping it garaged and maintained and using it sparingly (only accumulating 37k miles by 1999). The car made its way out to the West Coast in 2002, where it continued to be used as a weekend driver. We first acquired the car in 2014 and subsequently sold it to a buyer in New Jersey. In the ensuing two plus years, he put less than 1k miles on the car before asking us to sell it again on consignment, a decision precipitated only by a recent move and a lack of proper storage. Consequently we know the car well and can confirm that the 56k miles showing on the odometer are correct, documented by the car’s clean Carfax report and stamped service booklet.