1965 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL

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A few weeks ago I wrote up an absolutely beautiful and pristine 1963 Mercedes-Benz 220Se, a car that reached towards the high end of the market for the big coupes but remains a heck of a deal in the older-Mercedes world. One car that hasn’t remained such a deal is the much more highly sought-after SLs, and of those the manual early cars usually bring the strongest value. Top of the market in an early W113s will push $100,000, and even condition 2 cars are in excess of $50,000 these days. Like the E30 market, investors and speculators jumped on board about a decade ago and drove prices even higher, pushing them out of the reach of the common man. Despite this, once in a while a very clean example comes to market below average market value – such as the lovely red over black 4 speed today:

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Year: 1965
Model: 230 SL
Engine: 2.3 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 64,000 mi
Price: $39,999.99 Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL on eBay

Free Shipping is Included in the “buy it now” Price for all Buyers.

Production Specs for this car:
Mileage: 64,000 original miles
Production Numbers: 4,752
VIN #: 11304210005500 Hard Top Matching # 107

All matching numbers

About my Pagoda:

This is a 1965 Mercedes Pagoda 230SL with the desirable manual transmission Convertible. This car comes with oem color combination (meaning, it is an original red car with black interior). Car has a new mats, carpets interior. The door panels, dashboard and the rest of the interior is all done with the same color. Original Becker radio comes with the car. Car comes with 2 tops, soft top is correct German canvass in black vinyl color but it is the original one, It is in working condition but it looks okay.

Motorsport Monday: 1969 BMW 2002 5.0 V8

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Two weeks ago I wrote up one of the coolest replicas on the market, a build your own 917K. Well, at least to me it’s pretty cool, but not many people seemed to agree. Perhaps Porsche folks are a tad bit touchy about replicas, or perhaps it was a little too extreme for most tastes. In light of that, today I have something a little bit more “working man” but from the same era. Sticking with the tube-frame theme but going in a very different direction is today’s silhouette 1969 2002, powered by a 5.0 liter Ford V8. Interested? Read on:

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Year: 1969
Model: 2002
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 30,398 miles
Price: Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1969 BMW 2002 5.0 Race Car on eBay

One-off Rally inspired Car
Titled as a 1969 BMW 2002

Built on a Cobra kit chassis VIN 1664243

This vehicle is anything but ordinary but guaranteed to out a smile on your face whenever you drive it. Built from the best of both worlds with a BMW 2002 body yet powered by a Ford 5.0L fuel injected engine shifted by a 5 speed. Just imagine taking a Cobra kit car with its tubular chassis, disc brakes, and mustang power plant and then positioning a BMW 2002 body reminiscent of the old rally cars on top.

This car is not for the purist but for the adrenaline junkie. With its lightweight body, powerful V8, suspension, and frame it feels like you are driving on rails. It has fiberglass flared fenders wrapped around its 16” wheels and tires. The more you look at this car, the more you will want to drive it and that I can tell you, is where the fun comes in. I have been around a lot of cars and to fully appreciate this car you need to drive it!!!

1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S Silver Rose

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In the not-particularly rarefied world of 944 Turbos, you can usually find a nice example for sale just about any day of the week. While not imported in overwhelming numbers, there seem to be more good condition 944 Turbos up for sale at any given point than E30 M3s, 190E 16Vs, E28 M5s, E24 M6s, and Audi Quattros – combined. That’s because for as much of a performance bargain as the 944 Turbo is today, in the 1980s it was even moreso; a giant slayer that was cheaper than most of the direct competition. That led to many being sold and consequently, today there are many nice ones available in just about your choice of color for under $15,000. But if you’re a collector, there are two turbos that stand apart from the crowd; the unobtanium Turbo Cup factory race cars, and the 1988 Silver Rose edition Turbo S. Today there is a lower mile Turbo S just waiting for your deposit on Ebay:

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Year: 1988
Model: 944 Turbo S
Engine: 2.5 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 43,847 mi
Price: $20,000 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S on eBay

Super clean and only 43874 miles with rare silver pink metallic paint only 1000 finished in this color you won’t find a nicer 944 turbo s out there it speaks for itself call with any questions 914-218-0053 thanks for looking

Yes, it’s slightly pink. Yes, the interior is pretty darn polarizing. But in terms of value, there aren’t any streetable 944 Turbos that are worth more than these. 1988 saw a host of improvements to the Turbo, including more power and the M030 suspension standard, along with new anodized wheels. This car appears to be all original and with under 50,000 miles, they don’t come much fresher than this.…

Afternoon Accessories: Mercedes-Benz 300SL Luggage

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Who doesn’t want a Mercedes-Benz 300SL? I doubt few enthusiasts would say “Nah, they’re for the plebs”. As one of the first modern “supercars”, the 300SL was not only a racing legend but also a luxurious road car when it hit the street. One of the neatest features of those 300SLs was undoubtedly the match luggage that fit neatly into the back, ensuring when you arrived at St. Moritz for your ski holiday your luggage would not have been thrown around the cabin on your way up the Alps. Today I found a set of this neat piece of history on Ebay:

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Year: 1954-1963
Model: 300SL
Price: No Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Mercedes-Benz 300SL Luggage on eBay

THIS IS A SET OF LUGGAGE FOR A MERCEDES 300SL GULLWING IN VERY VERY GOOD CONDITION IF YOU NEED A SHOW CLASS LOOK THEY COULD TAKE SOME LEATHER RE DYING MAYBE TO YOUR CARS UPHOLSTERY MATCHING COLOR

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In the scale of cool car memorobilia, these rank an 11 for Mercedes-Benz fans, and for most is the only way they’ll get into an original SL. At time of writing this vintage luggage is low bidding without a reserve at $2,800 – not a steal, but in the million plus dollar world of 300SLs, that’s downright cheap.

-Carter

Afternoon Accessories: Volkswagen Scirocco Eurolights

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As a follow up to this afternoon’s 16V Scirocco, why not deck it out with some Euro goodies? The European market lights and bumpers really set these cars apart. While finding all of the pieces usually requires some extra effort, there just happens to be a set of used Euros up on Ebay right now:

Year: 1982-1988
Model: Scirocco
Price: No Reserve Auction

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Euro spec headlights for VW Scirocco 2. See photos, what you see is what you get. One headlight adjuster broken. Comes with wiring pigtail as pictured. Doesn’t have the correct buld holders for the city lights, slight modification the the harness and they’ll work. These are used parts, no gaurantee, no returns. Paypal only. Will only ship via USPS.

They’re not perfect, but at the time of writing this set of lights is up at no reserve for $34. I paid well more than ten times that for my Audi Euros, so even if they creep up a bit they’re likely to be a good deal. With proper wiring these will be a great upgrade to any second-generation Scirocco!

-Carter

1988 Volkswagen Scirocco 16V

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It’s been a solid few weeks for Volkswagens at GCFSB. We’ve featured a few very nice GTis, some R32s, and a pretty slick Euro-inspired 16V converted Scirocco. Today’s example is more stock than the car we featured yesterday and remains one of the lower mile unmolested examples we’ve seen recently. At only 62,000 miles, this car is barely broken in! The 16V Scirocco is a neat period package that was fun to drive and had reasonable practicality with the hatch and fold down seats. Take a look at this white with leatherette/cloth seats:

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Year: 1988
Model: Scirocco 16V
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed
Mileage: 61,925 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

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1988 VW Scirocco 2 door. 16 valve 4 cylinder engine with 5 speed transmission. 61925 miles. Very good condition throughout. Air conditioning is all there, but does not work. Has factory sunroof, power steering and brakes. Has good tires on aftermarket wheels. New battery. Call owner for any other details. 813-293-6978. Ask for Jack. I’m listing for a friend. Details on the car should be directed to the owner at number shown in this section.

On Oct-21-13 at 14:56:54 PDT, seller added the following information:

CORRECTION……PLEASE NOTE….THIS CAR HAS A NON FACTORY SUNROOF. IT IS NOT ORIGINAL TO THE CAR……THANKS.

The interior on this generation of Volkswagens is always the ownership care tell-tale, and surprisingly though the exterior pictures are relatively unimpressive the interior looks great. I has a set of those seats back when I owned a Mk. 2 Golf, and they were quite comfortable and offered reasonable support in the corners. The owner is upfront that the A/C is non-fuctional but it hasn’t been removed, making repair a little bit easier. No other mechanical history is included, unfortunately.…

10K Friday: S4 v. S4

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The Audi S4 has been the subject of several of my “10K” posts, and for good reason – for around $10,000, you can have your choice of three different generations of these beastly sleepers. In the last “S4-off”, the B6 S4 was soundly beaten by the original model at least in part because it was a tiptronic automatic model. As I said in that post, however, in order to fit the “10K” boundaries most of the manual S4s are eliminated, so automatics are the choice that remains. Today I’m back with another automatic S4, so what’s the twist? This time the slush-box is facing off against the real original S4 – a 1988 Porsche 928 S4. Let’s take a look:

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Year: 2004
Model: S4
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 118,242 mi
Price: $ 10,995 Buy It Now

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2004 Audi S4 4.2 Quattro
Financing Available 4.2 V8 ONE OWNER Car Fax

With a reported one owner and clean carfax, this car looks pretty nice. I love the Dolphin Grey over light grey leather as it’s both stealthy and good looking. I’m not a fan of the Enkei wheels that have replaced the originals, but with both curbing and bends common on those S4 Avus alloys it’s not hugely surprising to see them gone. They’re replaceable easily enough – you could even go for something more sporty like I displayed in my Audi wheel post this past Wednesday. The automatic wouldn’t be what most would choose when selecting this model, and a fair amount of people have also complained about the potential repair bills. For those people, stop reading now:

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Year: 1988
Model: 928 S4
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 101,000 mi
Price: $10,000 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 Porsche 928 S4 on eBay

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1988 Porsche 928 S4.

Tale of two Audis: 2000 A4 1.8T Quattro Avant and and 2000 A6 2.7T 6 Speed

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We feature a fair amount of “S” versions of Audis, but there are some great options if you’re not looking for the flash or repair bills of the bigger brother models. In some cases, I really think these models will be collectable or at very least sought after in the future. They’re also a stark reminder of what we’ve lost in the past decade, because in their own way each of these cars has been discontinued in the United States by Audi. Today we’ll look at the last of the manual A6s, a C5 2.7T A6 Quattro 6 speed and a reminder to when Audi imported small wagons with a B5 1.8T Quattro Avant 5 speed. They’re also stellar deals below $6,000. Let’s start with the 6 speed sedan:

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Year: 2000
Model: A6 2.7T Quattro
Engine: 2.7 liter twin-turbocharged V6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 128,500 mi
Price: $ 4,994 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2000 Audi A6 2.7T Quattro 6 speed on eBay

2000 AUDI A6 QUATTRO! 2.7T, AWD, 6 SPEED, MANUAL, SPORT, MUST SEE!

This car strikes me as a great deal and fairly undervalued. At $5,000, this is a lot of car, effectively a S4 in a more dignified suit. The 6 speed manual A6s are a joy to drive and really the last of the breed, as the manual option was completely discontinued in the U.S. after this model. With nearly 130,000 miles I’d expect some repairs in the future, but even given a healthy repair budget this car still is a lot of value for the money. $5,000 would get you into an S4, but that car would likely have close to 200,000 or more miles and throws a very different vibe than the A6. As I said in previous posts, this car is really the spiritual successor to the much-loved C4 S4/S6 and deserves more respect than the market gives it.…

1983 Volkswagen GTi Callaway Turbo

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As Yogi Berra once famously said, “It’s like deja-vous all over again”. What are the odds of two 1983 Volkswagen GTi Callaway Turbos coming up for sale within a week of each other 30 years later? Not good. But perhaps it’s time to play the lottery, because here we go again! If last week’s stunning $17,750 1983 GTi wasn’t the right color to peak your interest, perhaps today’s example can color you a bit more red. Today’s example is not nearly as pristine as the earlier example with the best part of ten times the miles, but it still looks like a pretty slick package overall

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Year: 1983
Model: GTi
Engine: 1.8 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 156,103 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

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VOLKSWAGEN RABBIT GTI 1983 WITH CALLAWAY TURBO

UP FOR SALE IS MY 1983 RABBIT GTI…1.8 8 VALVE WITH 2H CLOSE RATIO 5 SPEED TRANSMISSION..MOTOR WAS COMPLETELY REBUILT ABOUT 10YRS. AGO…AT THIS TIME MOTOR MAY HAVE ONLY 3500 MILES, THE TRANSMISSION WAS REBUILT AND HAD HEAVY DUTY RING GEAR BOLTS INSTALLED BY THE PREVIOUS OWNER..(TRANSMISSION MAY HAVE 5K MILES) IF THAT…

NEW PARTS THAT WHERE PUT ON AT TIME OF ENGINE REBUILD… ARP HEAD STUDS..ARP BOLTS IN BOTTOM END..COPPER HEAD GASKET..OIL PUMP..WINDAGE TRAY..REBUILT CALLAWAY TURBO.. TECHTONICS ADJUSTABLE CAM GEAR..CYL HEAD WAS RESURFACED AND NEW VALVE SEALS WHERE PUT IN..K N AIR FILTER..SACHS STRUT INSERTS..FEBI STRUT CAPS..WITH NEUSPEED FRONT AND REAR SPRINGS, REAR STRUTS ARE KONI ADJUSTABLE ( THEY WHERE USED AND ON THE CAR WHEN I PURCHASED IT)..EUROSPORT UPPER AND LOWER STRUT BRACES..NEUSPEED REAR SWAY BAR..NEW FACTORY MOTOR MOUNTS..POLYURATHANE BUSHINGS IN FRONT CONTROL ARMS..NEW BALL JOINTS..WHEEL BEARINGS..HALF SHAFTS..CAR ALSO HAS POLYURATHANE BUSHINGS IN REAR AXLE THAT WHERE INSTALLED BY PREVIOUS OWNER..

NEW FACTORY VW DOOR PANELS..NEW FACTORY VW GRILL..MARKER LIGHTS..TAILLIGHTS..( FACTORY VOLKSWAGEN PARTS NOT JAPANESE JUNK) EUROPEAN BUMPERS FRONT AND REAR..

1985 Volkwagen Scirocco

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The last few months has seen some crazy expensive A1 Volkswagens, so it’s refreshing to see a neat driver that is in the stratosphere. Today’s example started life as a plain-jane 8V 1.8 Scirocco in Titian Red Metallic, and probably would be higher valued if it had remained that way; but for me, I like what the owner has done with this car. Gone are the diving board bumpers and quad-sealed beams, replaced by the more desirable and slicker-looking European units. Also gone is the slightly anemic 1.8 8V, replaced by a Techtonics Tuning 2.0 16V. Round it out with a fresh set of BBSs, and this is a slick package for sure:

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Year: 1985
Model: Scirocco
Engine: 2.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed
Mileage: 114,600 mi
Price: $5,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1985 Volkswagen Scirocco on eBay

1985 8v Scirocco with Techtonics 2.0 16v engine installed in mid-90s. Three-owner car. We’ve babied and cherished it since June 1990.
–Complete maintenance records since 1990
–New tires (see photos): Yokohama S-drive 195/50R-15
–BBS 15-inch wheels
–Euro bumpers and headlights
–16v body kit, with EXTRA body kit
–Techtonics exhaust
–Bilstein shocks with Neuspeed lowering springs

A few dings and scratches (see photos). Paint is in beautiful shape. Small burn on backseat from previous owner (see photo). (We are not smokers and car does NOT smell like smoke.) Cloth interior of the sunroof has some staining from inside sunroof (see photo). Everything works.

It’s still a blast to drive, and we’re sad to see her go, but need to downsize our car collection.

On Sep-25-13 at 12:36:10 PDT, seller added the following information:

Addition on 9.25, based on query from potential buyer: There is no rust. Hasn’t been driven in winter, and it’s been garaged most of its life.