We are all fans of the great automotive marques of Germany. Our varied experiences with cars, and our passion for the automobile, makes writing for this blog a natural fit. We all would hear about or see in person unique buying opportunities through our travels and connections. We would spend hours killing time cruising classified advertisements and online auction sites for our favorite makes, either for our own projects, or just to lust after. Instead of keeping our finds to ourselves, with germancarsforsaleblog.com, we are now able to do what we’d be doing anyway, but share our enthusiasm with the world in one place. This isn’t our day job, but something we take time to do for fun and for the interest of other German car fanatics.
Dan Crouch – Owner and Contributing Author
Dan’s first car was a 68 VW Beetle and keeping with the VW theme he also has owned a Scirocco, GTI, and track day Rabbit. During his college days his mechanical skills and a string of $300 Volvos kept hot the pizzas he delivered as well as his desire for a fine German automobile. His need was fed when he purchased one of Germany’s best a E36 M3. Dan also owns raresportbikesforsale.com and fittingly he currently rides a 1993 Ducati 750SS. From his perch in northwestern Oregon Dan also offers consulting via MotoringBlogs.com.
Paul Henriques – Site Manager and Contributing Author
Paul has seen BMW, Mercedes, and Volkswagens come and go between himself and his father. The biggest range being seven Benzes, including everything from a 1962 190C to a 2007 C230 Sport. Paul’s current ride is an Astro Black 2006 MINI Cooper S. A few years ago, his father and uncle appeared with their Merc fintails in a television commercial for Mercedes-Benz. Paul is a German speaker, which gives us an edge in translating advertisements from across the pond. While not as good as his German, he also knows Portuguese. Paul currently lives in the Mid-Atlantic region and keeps a look out for fun vehicles in the region.
Evan Earle – Editor and Senior Author
Evan rebuilt his first engine, with the help of his father, at the age of 12 and was hooked from there. He bought his first car before he had a license and, in the German department, has since owned Mercedes and BMW cars, customized to taste. His passion for the Mercedes marque stems from him following his father and grandfather in Benz ownership. Evan can include a 1970 250C and mighty full Euro grey market 1979 450SEL 6.9 as vehicles he’s owned and restored. He also owns a very custom Land Rover Discovery that has an engine swap upgrade he pulled off amongst other goodies. (He insists that there are some German made parts on it.) Evan has traveled the globe on automotive quests to indulge the German car habit, including wheel time in an Alpina B7, powering a new Mercedes down the autobahn, and touring the RUF factory. At visits to F1 and vintage races, factories and shows, he always has his eye open for that next project or post. Evan can occasionally be seen at the birthplace of American road racing, Watkins Glen International race track, which is a short trip from his Ithaca, N.Y. home. Photos of some of Evan’s car resume can be found at his website, bahnstorm.com.
Ben Earle – Contributing Author
Ben was a New England resident for the last 25 years of his life but recently moved to San Francisco for a change of scenery and the technology job market. His father and uncle owned a gas station/auto body shop back in the ’60s and ’70s, so there was no way to avoid the auto obsession. He got into the German car scene when his dad taught him to drive a stick in a 1985 BMW 528e in Alpine white. He appreciated the build quality and solidity of his parents 1992 Mercedes-Benz 300E when they’d let him drive it. Ben started modifying his TJ Wrangler senior year in high school: suspension, lighting and lite performance modifications. He got hooked on the performance bug when he purchased his 1999 Saab 9-3 convertible in college and found out how to push the boost all the way up to fuel cut. Since then he’s poured a ton of time, sweat and money into it, learning a lot about rebuilding turbos, properly running intercooler hoses and how to cope with torque steer. When Ben isn’t dreaming about the likes of Alpina, Dahlback, MTM, Ruf, Renntech, he’s working for a marketing technology company and cheering for Boston sports teams.
Aaron Kraljev – Contributing Author
Aaron, like Dan, represents our west coast contingent. His interest started off as a detailer at a Buick/VW dealership at 16. Since then he has seen a number of VWs and Porsches pass through his ownership. He has first hand knowledge of several iterations of the VW GTI as well as the mid-seventies Porsche. We previously featured a car he had restored on the blog.
Jeff Lavery – Contributing Author
Jeff cites early exposure to a W124 300E owned by his dad and his brother’s affinity for changing cars more often than most people get new shoes as reasons behind his obsession with German machinery. Starting off with an MK3 Jetta, he became well-versed in offerings from Neuspeed and Techtonics Tuning, along with the implications of budget shock absorbers and neutral drops. A Mercedes 190E 2.3 soon followed, though sadly not of the Cosworth variety. He’s now onto BMWs, owning an E30 that he pledges to never get rid of and that is used for cruises and autocrossing alike. His current obsession is finding an E36 M3 to similarly earn a permanent spot in his driveway (and bank account); that is, when he’s not distracted by his quest to find a preserved Isuzu Impulse Turbo, the Scirocco’s better-looking twin.
Brian Nichols – Contributing Author
A native Bay Stater, Brian now resides in Rhode Island. He’s been in to cars as long as he can remember; his father being in the auto restoration business as a fabricator. Instead of watching football on Sundays, they would tinker with whatever car was on hand, mostly Beetles, and ‘64 Rivieras. Brian has been mainly in to VWs since he could drive. He’s owned two ‘84 GTIs, one when he was 18 and the one he owns now which has been in his possession for seven years. Brian has also had an ’84 Subaru 4WD wagon, ’89 Saab SPG, ’85 Jetta Coupe, ’90 Audi 80, ’01 GTI VR6. Currently, his daily driver is an A4 Avant and he rides an ’06 Harley Street Glide. As you may find from his posts, he has an unnatural love for the station wagon. While he mainly gravitates towards VW/Audi products, Brian has had a strong appreciation for anything automotive or mechanical. “I love German cars, hot rods, classics, Japanese cars…basically anything that is well done,” says Brian. During the day he drives a desk at an insurance company but at night loves to tinker with his VW.
Nate Rooks – Contributing Author
Nate’s grandfathers both owned 2002tiis and Porsches, so German cars are in his blood. He still gets a Road & Track subscription he started at the age of 9. Joining Dan in the “VW was my first car” category, Nate’s first was a 1981 VW Rabbit pickup. Followed by an 80s Toyota 4×4, last year he was able to realize the dream and bought a 1988 BMW M5. Obviously the 80s are where his personal tastes lie, but he appreciates any and all German cars. He keeps his eyes and ears open for us in the San Francisco Bay Area.