About Us

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 site 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 marques, 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 while sharing our enthusiasm with the world in one place. This isn’t our day job, but something we take time to do for fun and in the interest of other German car fanatics.


Paul Henriques – Managing Editor

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.


Carter Johnson – Co-Managing Editor



Carter was introduced at a young age to his grandfather’s 1927 and 1936 Bentleys, cars that still reside in the family. In the 1990s his father hooked him on tracking BMWs and Porsches – highlighted by a 1988 M5 and 1989 944 Turbo S among a long line of others. Carter’s first car was a 1986 Audi 4000CS Quattro – four Volkswagens and eight Audis later, he now owns a 1986 Audi Coupe GT 20V and a 2002 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T Variant. In addition to being a high performance driving instructor for the Audi, BMW, and Porsche clubs, Carter received a Master’s degree from the University of Cambridge with his dissertation on the Mercedes Benz and Auto Union Silver Arrows. Carter says he is still looking for either a 2003 Avus Pearl S8 or 2001 Phoenix Yellow M3. Hopefully he gets both! Carter is a proud father and part time college history teacher.


Evan Earle – Editor Emeritus

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.


Andrew Maness – Writer

Some people are born into German car culture. Andrew is not one of those people. He was, however, lucky enough to have parents who rewarded good behavior with Matchbox cars and thus began his education in the world of cars. Probably the only 2nd grader to ever bring a Vauxhall Astra GTE in for show and tell, Andrew’s love of oddball European cars was apparent from an early age. Staging elaborate stories using most of his 500+ toy car collection was how afternoons were spent, at least until he got his hands on a Playstation and a copy of Gran Turismo 2.

This game was a turning point because it expanded his automotive knowledge from makes and models to tuning and tracks. Given that he was born and raised in Vermont he was a big fan of Subarus and was blown away by how the Legacy Touring Wagon GT-B looked and handled in the game. This cemented his love of long roofs and put him on the path that led him to currently owning his first German car, a B7 S4 Avant.

Prior to finally joining the Quattro club, Andrew owned a 2008 Subaru WRX sedan, ’02 Impreza hatch, ’95 Legacy wagon, ’94 Legacy wagon, ’92 Legacy wagon and his first car was a ’91 Legacy Sports Sedan (aka. the car that made McRae famous). The Legacy SS is currently awaiting restoration in Vermont under the watchful eye of Andrew’s father.

While he is currently a German car owner Andrew doesn’t fall into the camp of only lusting after Bavarian built machines. Anything with a aurally pleasing exhaust note and nicely bolstered driver’s seat gets his blood pumping. He can see the beauty and purpose in just about any vehicle with the exception of the Chevy Citation. Why would anyone ever name a vehicle Citation?!

You can bug Andrew on Twitter @thisnicelife and follow his automotive adventures on Instagram @theroadlessdriven.


Nate Rooks – Senior Writer

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, 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.


Robert Simkins – Senior Writer





Rob’s first exposure to the world of cars came early on when his Dad purchased an Alfa Romeo Spider. Rob would wait each day for his Dad to return from work, top down and exhaust blaring. After the Alfa, there was a 911 in the garage. But like many others who grew up in the 80s, the true revelation came from an E30 M3 parked at the local BMW dealership. There was something about it that always drew his eye anytime they’d drive by the dealership. He currently drives a 2004 Miata that he’s had for nearly a decade and lives in Washington, DC. Living in the city means driving tends to come quite a bit less often, but it also means that most driving he does is purely to go for a drive.


Dan Crouch – Owner and Contributing Writer

Dan’s first car was a ’68 Volkswagen Beetle and in keeping with the VW theme he also has owned a Scirocco, GTI, track day Rabbit and currently drives a 1989 Jetta GLI 16V. 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, an 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


Pablo Deferrari – Guest Contributor

EL JEFE 1994 968 CABRIOLET

Somewhere between drawing his first breath in this world and acquiring a keen taste for eating glue, something magical happened. As Pablo describes himself:

“No, it wasn’t the discovery of girls…that bit came later. It was the sight of my first Porsche. Wait, let me rephrase that. It was the sound of my first Porsche as it approached me and then this blur of blue flanked with bulbous fenders and this tray-looking thing affixed to its rump followed it. That was the moment that changed me forever. 

I remember it as if it were yesterday; that delicious mechanical cacophony accented by the unmistakable whine of that huge fan sucking gobs of air was a 911 Turbo—in Minerva Blue. That was all it took.”

Even though he’s dyed-in-the-wool air-cooled 911 junkie, Pablo doesn’t discriminate against other Porsches. He’s spent nearly all of his life collecting and reading every book there is about the company, the cars, the people, and how every model’s existence had unmistakable DNA from the model before it. This lust, this passion he has for Porsches can’t be fulfilled by a 911, or a 944; not even a 928, or 968. He’s in deep, baby. Pablo is out to collect one of every model made from 1950 to 1998. And he’s just getting warmed up.

Pablo is the Founder of flüssig magazine, an authority on all things related to the Porsche 924, 928, 944 and 968.


Andy McCulley – Guest Contributor

Andy is a college student and is our resident Porsche 928 expert. At 21 years of age, he’s already had four cars which include a 1999 Mercedes SL500, a 2003 Mercedes E320, a 1982 Porsche 928 Weissach Edition, and a 1983 Porsche 928 S, which he currently owns and drives on weekends. Andy is also a member of the team at flüssig magazine, where his tasks range from writing articles about car detailing and concours prep to keeping data on the markets for classic front-engined Porsche’s. There he goes by the alias “Captain Clean” for his fastidious nature and Porsche cleaning compulsion. Andy currently resides in Wilmington, NC and is a student at UNCW majoring in economics.


Brian Nichols – Guest Contributor

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 a Volkswagen Touareg TDI 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.

36 Comments on "About Us"

  1. dandor says:

    Your work is exceptional. All the best.

  2. Joe Hafner says:

    Hi,

    I love your site. I check it everyday, as I’m looking for a german daily driver here in Southern California. I have looked at every post you’ve done in search of the right car to target. For a beginner enthusiast (read,: not a mechanic) what do you think the most reliable german car is for under 10k? 15K… ? that has the lowest operation costs, easiest, cheapest to repair if you don’t do your own work?

    It might make a great feature for beginners… I know it sounds like a noob question, but to see general recommendations with mileage to look for and maintenance questions would be awesome…Even a good read for enthusiasts… like top ten under 10 recommendations, not ten ads, but what you would target for first timers dipping their feet in. You could do a list for 10k, 15k, etc…

    Please don’t be offended, the site is the best, just an idea from someone getting into the game without a huge mechanical background and looking for that ten year car.

    I had a 2002 E-320 4Matic (I was in RI at the time) that I was in love with, but sadly had to part with after an accident. The maintenance was crazy and I can’t help but think that had I done a little more research, I would have purchased a car with lower miles and a better history- a feature from you guys would surely have helped!

    Keep up the good work and thank you, your site is my first daily read in the morning. Awesome.

    I’m a chef, so if you guys are ever in SoCal, look me up and I’ll cook you dinner.

    Best,

    Joe Hafner

  3. Mike Rohkohl says:

    Hello!!
    Love the blog! Bought the 260e 5speed you had listed. Have a 260e with 60k miles and just got a 500e with 85k…. You have to list a car on the Brabus site, an e65 with less than 300km!!!! I would LOVE to know the asking price on that one!!!
    Mike

  4. Paul says:

    Thanks for all the compliments everyone, we appreciate it!

    Paul Henriques
    Managing Editor

  5. Cole says:

    I am addicted to your website – I visit it at least 3 times a day. You make it very hard for me to get anything done at my work – shame on you! :) All joking aside, I really appreciate your passion collectively and thoroughly enjoy reading and seeing everything on the site. I share very similar feelings per your write ups. Kudos!
    Cole
    Current : 83 911 SC Coupe Grand Prix White
    Past: 1992 Jetta 4 Door, 1987 GTI, 1984 GTI, 1983 GTI, 1979 Canadian Market GTI, 1979 Scirocco.

  6. Shannan Jones says:

    Hey GCFSB,

    Thought you guys might be interested in this. It’s a ’98 S-class in my area (Ontario, Canada) that seems to be in decent shape for dirt cheap. Of course, there’s no such thing as a cheap V8 Mercedes but still… if my driveway didn’t have a strict 3-pedal requirement, I’d check it out.

    Keep up the great work. Your blog is the most dangerous thing I read on a regular basis.

    http://www.kijiji.ca/v-cars-trucks/ottawa/1998-mercedes-s420-154k/596667487

    Cheers,
    Shannan Jones,
    Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

  7. AG says:

    Gents,

    Love the site….great work and props out to all involved.

    AG

  8. Carter says:

    Thanks, AG! We appreciate the feedback!

    Best,
    Carter

  9. Matt R. says:

    Love the site…check it religiously! I also enjoy finding obscure vehicles online and just happened across a really cool Unimog that is being auctioned off by the U.S. govt. I didn’t think they had any in the gov’t fleet and so far not a single bid despite it being in pretty good shape. Check it out and see if it’s worth writing up. Someone needs to appreciate this! Video is really cool too! http://www.govliquidation.com/auction/view?auctionId=7852337

  10. Mark says:

    I have always felt that automotive journalists are some of the best, and I am very fond of Peter Egan, Csaba Csere, Jamie Kitman, Ezra Dyer, etc. GCFS Blog is right there next to those guys, with a much better focus that the traditional periodical and the nonsense that appears on the nocturnal creature blog site. Who cares about some crappy mid-sixties fiat econobox??? I certainly don’t.

    Continue to share about the German enthusiast cars and I will continue to come here everyday.

    Mark

  11. Kyle says:

    Just wanted to say thanks for the good work and great site… Especially the Wheel Roundup! It’s a unique topic that I always enjoy reading. More magnesium rally wheels please!

  12. Guy Taylor says:

    Hi Guys,

    Love your site. Can we exchange Blog Roll links?

    Cheers, Guy

  13. Bryan says:

    Hey guys,
    Loving the site as usual, keep up the good work.

    Just wanted to make one small suggestion…

    I know its “GERMANcarsforsaleblog.com”, but have you ever considered featuring other marques from europe as well? Maybe a Saab here or there, or a Jaguar? Just to name a couple.
    Just thought it might add a bit of variety, since I know most of the people coming to this site are not just strictly german car only fans.

    I know if would be tough to choose where to draw the line, and I am sure this has been mentioned before…
    Just thought I’d give some food for thought. :)

    -Bryan
    NY

  14. Nik coffen says:

    I own a 1988 e30, ‘M’ wagon I imported it from England when I moved here to Utah 13 years ago..I have owned the car for 15 yrs, and sincerely love it.. I wish I could post photos here for you all to enjoy but it seems I cannot. It has been featured in total BMW magazine recently I have entered it into car shows with much enjoyment and success. When I purchased the car I wrote to BMW in Germany who wrote back and confirmed the cars history namely that it was the fifth one of five ever built of its specification with the intent to market a luxury, sporty, family car, thus in the 5 BMW showroom floors the attempt failed and was scrapped due to an excessively high price tag for what seemed to be a fancy family car. Luckily for me I own the one that was on the Chandlers BMW dealership floor in London England.

  15. cardyjones says:

    Wow, the world seems small again. I went to Cornell with Evan and remember him from an education class we took together. I believe he was studying “General Studies” at Cornell; seemed much more awesome than my science major at the time. I also remember talking 500Es with him- I think he had the 6.9 at that time, and I remember he told me “mileage doesn’t scare me”. I was a lowly Volvo owner at the time, but had the same mindset. I took my time finding and acquiring a german car, but produdly own a 2012 BMW E91 touring wagon with a 6 speed (one of the last on the production line). Thanks for the brief gearhead kinship, and wonderful to see you made something for others with that spirit!

  16. Bryan says:

    This is an amazing site. Keep it up guys! This definitely will be a daily visit. I currently own a C55 AMG, and I am very pleased that there are so many other enthusiast out there.

  17. John says:

    I just wanted to say thank you for this site. After looking for a few years, I just picked up an ’02 S6 with a manual six speed conversion. It is a joy to drive and I greatly appreciate all the info gleaned here on this terrific site. –John

  18. Howard S says:

    Thanks for the great work. I am a daily reader. As I have mentioned in some of my posts over the years I am an avid 911 collector. I have owned many of the odd ball models which no one wanted in the 1990. Unfortunately for me I have long since sold the ones which are now selling for silly money. Post divorce and now with a child I sont spend as freely on cars. I still have an 88 Cassis Red Targa.

    I am sure you’ll find some interesting cars on this sight:

    http://rpmsportscars.com/

    If you dont already know those guys you should take a look at their inventory. Only the finest best of the best. Of course the prices match

  19. Paul says:

    Thanks Howard, and thanks for passing along the link to RPM. Noted. Cheers.

  20. Don says:

    Do you have a phone no?

  21. Larry says:

    Paul, how do I send tips and submissions to GCFSB these days? I tried an old email address I had, but it came back undeliverable, and I can’t find a link on the website. Thanks.

  22. Carter says:

    Hey Larry, the web@germancarsforsaleblog.com address you used was correct! Thanks for the tip again,

    Carter

  23. David Barry says:

    Carter

    Is your magnificent series on the Merecedes-Auto Union racing story available in print form? i m fascinated by every bit and piece of that story, but I’m afraid once I begin reading your posts online my day will be gone. History: while in elementary school in Bucks County, Pa., a class-mate’s farther had a 500k (this was in the 1950s; I rode to school in it once.). In 1986 (or thereabouts) i visited Rosemeyer’s grave near Darmstadt, having received the Autobahn exit coordinates from Auto Motor Und Sport (I was driving a Mercedes AMG “Hammer” replica for AutoWeek.)

    Oh . . and in 181 or 82, I came upon an old issue of Road and Track that showed a picture of an Auto Union Type C at a state engineering school in Riga, obviously being used for nothing. i figured and fantasized about ways and means of getting that car out from behind the Iron Ccurtain. nothing but dreams.

    Other fact: in the 1980s, I sat in the checkered upholstery seat of the W196 at Pebble Beach before Leo Levine started it up, to the unrestrained delight of the elegant crowd, for Phil Hill to drive past the judges’ stand.

    Miscellaneous: besides the 500K (that car belonged to the Leyden family, and was said to have ended up i the Mercedes museum), as a 12-year old I rode at speed in my uncle’s 300SL gullwing, travelling from Lime Rock to West Hartford after a race at lime Rock. A few years later, after I had my license, I drove the 300SL ocnvertible on which he had traded the gullwing. He supposedly owned the second one brought into the country. Is the man who got the Auto Union from behind Soviet Lines still alive?

    I love your writing. My current machinery is mundane: a 1992 M5 (90k miles) and a 1985 928S (44K).

  24. David Barry says:

    Carter, my post intended to be no more nor less than an expression of appreciation for your brilliant presentation of the Silver Arrows history. Your extensive historical knowledge and detail-rich contextual element of the series is enthralling. My thanks to you for writing it and to the site for publishing.it The words rise above the level of “automotive journalism.” It’s superb writing on a subject I happen to love. Thank you, and keep it up.

  25. Carter says:

    Thank you for the compliments, David! We’re halfway through, 3 parts left! Keep tuning in, thanks for following and I really appreciate the feedback.

    Best,
    Carter

  26. Vintage Arabia says:

    Hi,

    I enjoy reading your blogs and I find your opinions valuable. I want to know if there is a quick turnover of these modern classics and is there a demand in the US and in Germany. I’m trying to find out if this is a business I want to indulge in and explore.

    I love cars and now I enjoy modern classics more that the new ones.

    Thanks…

  27. Carter says:

    Thanks Howard! Love the Fikses on it. It’s a little short on time but we’ll keep an eye on it to see if it pops back up! Thanks for sending it in!

  28. Howard S says:

    Minerva Blue is one of my top five Porsche colors. The 928 is a car I like, but I like from a distance, ownership costs and headaches are more than I need these days. But ..!!! Thats a good looking car which I am sure if I tried I could justify to myself and buy it. The Fikse’s are nice but IMO it cries out for a set of CUP 1’s which it probably had from the factory.

    Keep up the great work…. thanks for such a great blog.

    Sincerely,
    Howard

  29. Vic says:

    This E55 is interesting in that it has already had the air suspension replaced. This is the absolute best way to go for these old beasts. No longer original but far better in ever respect.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mercedes-Benz-E-Class-AMG-E55-/331546387384?forcerrptr=true&hash=item4d31b463b8&item=331546387384

    If I remember correctly the W211 E55 was near as doesn’t matter 500hp. Would make a nice commuter.
    Cheers,
    Vic

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  31. Nancy Lindauer says:

    This looks like a well modified urs4 with all the rs2 bits and more. He even lists your “Still the best deal going” link…

    http://denver.craigslist.org/cto/5058777081.html

    Cheers

  32. Carter says:

    Thanks Nancy, interesting find!

  33. James Kelsall says:

    Don’t often see one of these come up..

    http://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/dealer/bmw/m1/1534823.html

  34. Carter says:

    Indeed! I wrote one of the AHG cars up last year. Thanks for sending!

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