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 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.


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.


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. Photos of some of Evan’s car resume can be found at his website, bahnstorm.com.


Carter Johnson – Assistant 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.


Jeff Lavery – Writer

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. An E36 M3 also found a permanent spot in his driveway (and bank account). When he’s not driving either, he’s distracted by his quest to find a preserved Isuzu Impulse Turbo, the Scirocco’s better-looking twin. If he’s not behind the wheel, Jeff flies a desk as a public relations consultant for technology companies in the New England region.


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, 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.


Robert Simkins – 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 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


Brian Nichols – 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 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.

23 Comments on "About Us"

  1. chris says:

    i love what you guy are doing thank you for all the info and your attention

  2. dandor says:

    Your work is exceptional. All the best.

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Paul says:

    Thanks for all the compliments everyone, we appreciate it!

    Paul Henriques
    Managing Editor

  6. Elizabeth says:

    I live in Georgia and own a 1995 E320 Cabriolet convertible…. Where is the best place to advertise it for sale.

  7. Carter says:

    Hi Elizabeth,

    We offer a few listing options; if you want a feature and to have the car remain on our special left side section of the site, a one time fee of $25 will provide that service. The second option is to look at our self-service classifieds, which are $10 and you can do yourself. Third, outside of those, the usual suspects are Craigslist.org, which is free but shows, or Ebay, which is not free and auction format, so they expire more quickly.

    Let me know if we can help!
    Carter Johnson

  8. Vic says:

    Hi guys,
    For anyone looking for a weekender track/race car here is an interesting find. It is an E46 328 that has had engine/transmission swap from an S54 M3:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/121328327701?forcerRptr=true&item=121328327701&viewitem=#ht_56131wt_1362
    Cheers,
    Vic

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. AG says:

    Gents,

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

    AG

  12. Carter says:

    Thanks, AG! We appreciate the feedback!

    Best,
    Carter

  13. 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

  14. Trent Brown says:

    Hello,

    We’re interested in advertising on quality blogs, like German Cars.

    Could you please let me know what advertising options you

    offer? We’re specifically interested in sponsored posts.

    Thanks for your time.
    Trent

  15. jason maggio says:

    Hello, I’d like to see if you still have the 1983 MERCEDES-BENZ 309D VAN for sale? If you do can you please email me.

    Thanks,
    Jason

  16. Carter says:

    Hi Jason,

    The cars shown are not our own, but cars that we find on the internet. The article will include links to take you to the actual sale. I don’t believe that 309 is still available.

    Best,
    Carter Johnson

  17. Ed Andrews says:

    I know you quite lke manual wagons, (and I like it when you show unique wagons which are rare), so I think that this manual black BMW touring qualifies. I saw this on the BMW CCA classified ads.

    Thanks
    Ed

  18. Carter says:

    Thanks Ed,

    We’re having trouble linking BMWCCA car listings right now, but I’ll send it around to the crew to see if anyone is interested!

    Thanks,
    Carter

  19. 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

  20. Vic says:

    Here is another 1991 Porsche 944 S2 with less than 7,000 miles in Brewton AL. could it be the same one?
    http://jimpeachmotors.net/Pensacola-FL/For-Sale/Used/?MakeId=36&Make=Porsche

  21. Carter says:

    Same VIN Vic. Good spot.

  22. Gary Beck says:

    Guys,
    Just want you to know that I am getting your blog but a few times lately the photos don’t make it.
    I can click on photo and it will take me to link.
    HTH
    Gary

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