1988 BMW M6

When someone is asked to name some of the great models in BMW history, historically the same names populate the list – 328, 2002, 3.0 CSL, M1, E30 M3 and the E28 M5. Newer converts to the BMW brand will extol the virtues of the E36 and E46 M3, E39 M5 and the monstrous howling V10 E60 M5. They would be right, for sure, but notably absent from the front of most enthusiast’s minds is the spectacular E24 M6. Available initially in Europe in 1983 with the M88 motored M635CSi, North America later received a special S38 (catalyst equipped) version of the magical 24 valve inline six motor churning out enough power to scare most supercars. Though designed in the 1970s, the E24 seemed to really come into its own in the 1980s and defined “the look” – low, sleek and aggressive, these were highway predators that could hold their own on any back road. In terms of grand touring coupes, the M6 was simply in a class of its own with its unique combination of luxury, style and sport. Today’s 1988 M6 is an example of how perfect that combination was:

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Year: 1988
Model: M6
Engine: 3.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 63,700 miles
Price: $23,800 Buy it Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 BMW M6 on eBay

1988 BMW M6 coupe, Cinnibar Red with natural, 63,700 miles, 256hp in-line 6 cylinder normally aspirated M6 engine, 5 speed manual transmission, power seats, factory power sunroof, factory alloy wheels with correct Michelin TRX tires, fresh servicing, owner’s manuals, tools and jack, clean CarFax title history, USA example. Nationwide and international delivery arranged from our suburban Boston showroom. We reserve the right to end the auction early if the reserve has not been met. For more information about Copley Motorcars, please refer to the “About Me” button in this listing. Telephone: 781.444.4646

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M6s come to the market in generally two fashions – near perfect examples, or examples with serious needs. This example seems very much to be the former as a lower-mileage survivor. The advertisement states fresh servicing, which is a plus, though it would be nice to know if that was just an oil change or a full valve adjustment service. At this point in their lives, the S38 motored BMWs aren’t a cheap car to keep running in top condition, so finding one that is in good shape like this is a great starting point. Being that the car is in Massachusetts, it would be prudent to check the bottom of the car for rust starting though it appears to be well cared for. Other than some small chipping on the chin spoiler, the new owner would most likely want to get a replacement set of wheels and tires immediately – at nearly $2,500 for a new set TRX tires, you’d be better off sourcing some Style 5 17” BBS RC wheels from a 528i sport to maintain the look and have affordable (and much better) tire options.

I really think the M6 market is undervalued right now. Values on the M3 continue to soar and are pulling other BMW models up with them. The price seems in line with the high end of the market, but represents only about 50% of the price of a similar mileage and condition E30 M3 right now. While having the 4 doors of the M5 is certainly a plus, the M6 was available –thankfully – in colors other than black, such as this pretty and eye-catching Cinnibar Red. The 88 and 89 models also have slightly revised and much more slick looking bumper covers and ellipsoid headlights. They are supreme highway cruisers, more comfortable for two than the M5 and with enough luggage space for a long weekend trip. As $24,000 is buying you less and less 25 year old BMW these days, this M6 offers you a lot of car for your investment, with the promise to appreciate as the years and the smiles grow.

-Carter

1978 Porsche 924 Limited Edition

In the past two weeks, I’ve reviewed both a 1987 Porsche 924S and a 1988 Porsche 924S “Special Edition”. The while both of those cars shared their big brother 944’s engine and suspension for a more sporty feel, today’s 924 is from the beginning of the model run. This is the car that generates probably the most violent reactions in the Porsche crowd, with many claiming it is unworthy of a Porsche badge. This is unfortunate, as the original 924 design was groundbreaking in both aerodynamics and styling, and is the most pure expression of that iconic look that would carry through the 1990s and be copied by many other companies. Sure, it shared the engine from an Audi 100 and didn’t really have the power to match its looks, but let’s not forget that the iconic 356 also borrowed heavily from the Volkswagen parts bin. Most of these early 924s have gone the way of the dodo, so it’s exciting to see this Limited Edition 1978 model pop up on eBay:

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Year: 1978
Model: 924 Limited Edition
Engine: 2.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 53,000 miles
Price: $3,700 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1978 Porsche 924 Limited Edition on eBay

This is a super rare California original 1978 Porsche 924 Limited Edition with only 53k miles! It is one of only 1800 that were made. It is a beautiful gray exterior that shines up superb! It has a nice set of cloth insert seats that really hold you in place as you are taking the turns! This 924 is equipped with the original 2.0 Audi motor that produces 125 horsepower and over 125 lbs/torque. It has a huge sunroof that goes in the trunk and it still has the original bag that it goes in. This car was recently sold and fraudently misrepresented on Ebay as a near museum quality piece and a true survivor. The car was described as immaculate and flawless etc. and I do not want to mislead the next owner.

I am selling this car for my friend who is simply trying to get back some of the money that was spent on this car. This car has super potential and truly is in remarkable exterior shape with a nice interior as well but if you are looking for a show car (as he thought he was buying) this is not for you. She starts right up and idles great after about a minute of “warm-up” time. The clutch grabs as it should but does feel a little spongy. The rear hatchback will need the grommets that are sold here on eBay to allow it to have a tighter seal when it is closed. It does not leak to my knowledge. The tires are great but she does need a set of brake pads front and rear and will in the future be ready for a set of shocks all around.

The windows work great but one of the switches has a mind of its own. The AC is not working but is fully intact. I have a German car sickness that I do not want to be cured of– I am well versed in the 924/944/968 chassis and can tell you that this car is ready to rock and roll with a minimal amount of effort. My friend knows that he has a rare piece of Porsche history but his family circumstances do not allow him to have a car that needs to be finished. He was under the assumption he was buying a museum car. This 924 is a blast to drive and has a great visceral feel without the added weight of the 944 Queenesque “fat-bottomed girl” rear flared fenders. She revs out like a cat with its tail on fire and is what a sports car used to feel like. This car is equipped with a manual rack for the steering which puts the driver in total control of the road. She is truly a point and shoot go-kart for the open road.

The original 924 motor was much maligned as a fake Porsche because of the Audi motor but the ease of maintenance and smiles per gallon that she will provide has proven over time to be a real winner. The steering wheel is in nice shape but could use a cover or be refinished. The dash is in nice shape but does have a properly installed coverlay on it. This car is well above a project car but a few notches below a museum car. It is simply NOT what my friend was trying to purchase. This car could be used as a great daily driver or a Sunday leisurely cruiser. If you have always wanted to own a Porsche but have a VW budget this is THE car for you. I have great positive feedback and have honestly tried to disclose all that I know about this wonderfully engineered piece of German automobile history. The next owner would be proud to have this car in his or her garage. If you have any questions please ask! From my previous experience with the 924/944/968 chassis I can tell you that NOTHING is quite like the feeling of meandering down the coast with the top out and Led Zeppelin on the radio. This car was created to carve through the twisties like a hot knife through butter! I wish that I could keep this car for myself.

I have plenty of other photos upon request and please ask if you have any questions. The reserve on this car is extremely reasonable.

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I like that the seller is upfront that the car is not a museum piece, but rather an exceptional quality driver. From the look of the photos presented, he’s not hiding anything – the car looks to be in fantastic condition. One has to feel a bit for the story presented; that the car was represented as a museum-quality piece to the current seller when it was not, and they’re selling to limit their losses. As many classic cars are being over represented these days in online auctions, this scenario isn’t very hard to believe!

You could buy this car and drive to your local Porsche show, and would probably be scoffed and berated for having continued the existence of a 924. You could buy this car and drive to your local coffee shop meet, and spend a lot of time explaining why you didn’t buy a 944. But if it were me, I’d buy this car and drive it to a Volkswagen and Audi meet. I guarantee that upon arriving you’d have a group of appreciating enthusiasts pining over the condition and uniqueness of this car. It is actually a great counterpoint to the 1983 Scirocco I wrote up last week. For about a third of the money, you can have a very similar experience in this car, if not feel a bit more special. For those that claim it’s not deserving of the Porsche badge, I respond it’s not deserving of the treatment afforded it by the Porsche crowd. A car of this quality deserves to be appreciated and enjoyed, and I think the next owner will – and they’ll have gotten a bargain for sure.

-Carter

1988 Porsche 924S Special Edition

There were two main complaints about the 1987 Porsche 924S I wrote up last week – it was too expensive, and it was an automatic. In response to both points, I’d like to revisit a car we featured back in May that remains for sale on eBay. With a more reasonable entry price, the desired 5-speed, and more stylish although not original Design 90 wheels, this 1988 Porsche 924S Special Edition ticks the right boxes if you prefer to fly low on the Porsche ownership radar. This car also epitomizes how the 924S is misunderstood and unappreciated – were they to change the name from “Special Edition” to “Club Sport” (which it effectively is) I really think it would be priced higher and snapped up more quickly. As a friend once told me, it’s not really a special edition unless someone knows why it’s special! As it sits, though, it remains a performance bargain that will provide lots of driving enjoyment for not much investment, especially with the opening bid now below $6,000.

– Carter

1988 Porsche 924S Special Edition – REVISIT

The below post originally appeared on our site May 8, 2013:

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One of the great things about writing for German Cars for Sale is learning about the myriad esoteric special editions produced by our beloved German manufacturers. From the relatively-mundane (Audi Allroad US Ski Team edition, anyone?) to the extreme (How about the E30 M3 Cecotto?), they are the funny bits that keep us car nerds hunting for more. Today we have a special edition of one of the most unloved Porsches ever produced. The 924 came in to provide a basement for the company line as the 914 and 912 were phased out. Using the front-engine platform that led to the 944, the 924 earned its derision by offering just 95hp at the outset. Even if it was 30 years ago, the ongoing horsepower wars make this number seem unbelievable.

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Luckily, today’s 924 is not one of the first models. In fact it is from the final year of the 924 which brought the 944’s full 160hp and is the most special US production code M756, indicating the 924S Special Edition. Following Porsche’s ingenious recipe of removing content (they even deleted the passenger side mirror, huge weight savings), improving suspension and upping the price, the SE was the hottest version of the least-cool Porsche. While the 924 may not be loved in general, the SE is an interesting piece of obscure Porsche knowledge that is most likely a blast to drive.

Year: 1988
Model: 924SE
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-4, 160hp
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 72,000
Price: $8,000 starting bid, no reserve

Click for Details: 1988 Porsche 924SE for sale on eBay

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25 year old classic Porsche

1 of 500

Unique and rare for the true collector, Porsche 1988 924S Special Edition.

Produced to celebrate the 250000th Porsche 911 produced.

In 1988 Porsche reached a big milestone by building its 250,000th 911. For this occasion a limited edition of no more than 500 special edition “924 S-SE” for USA

– Original mileage / only 72,000 miles

– M030 sport suspension package with commemorative plaque and interior Ferry Porsche autograph.

– Garaged all its life in California with excellent service and inside smoke-free.

– Full documentation and Porsche specialist books.

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“For the true collector” indeed – once you’ve collected every other Porsche, try the 924SE! In all seriousness, with 72k miles and bidding starting at $8k, you could do a hell of a lot worse. The lack of interior shots leads me to believe this SE suffers from the worn-cloth issues common on these, so I wouldn’t buy it sight-unseen. No reserve means this could potentially be had for less than $10k though, which makes it a very interesting value proposition over a good 944 and scores a few extra rarity points.

-NR

1995.5 Audi S6 Avant

If you wanted a fast executive saloon in the U.S. in 1995, your options were running out. Economic conditions and more stringent emission regulations were taking their toll on sales. 1994 was the last year for the magical Porsche-built Mercedes-Benz 500E, and 1995 would be end of the run for the hand-built E34 M5. Audi, too, was redefining its model lineup, with 1995 ending the legendary 2.2 inline 5 20 valve turbo’s run in the renamed S6. While most of the changes from the prior model year’s S4 were minor, Audi’s swan song for this model was something special and unique in the market – they brought back the fast wagon. While the S4 Avant had been available in Europe throughout the model’s run, it was never imported to the U.S., meaning it had been four years since the very limited run 200 20V Turbo Quattro Avant had reached these shores. If you didn’t plunk down the quite sizable sum for one of these gems, it would be another 5 years until Audi would bring back the fast wagon with the B5 S4. Like the earlier 200 20V Turbo Quattro Avant was to the Type 44 chassis, the S6 Avant is generally considered the most valuable and most desirable of the C4 chassis cars that came to the United States. Today’s example is one of the few left in good condition:

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Year: 1995.5
Model: S6 Avant
Engine: 2.2 liter turbocharged 20V inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 135,000 miles
Price: $6,500

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995.5 Audi S6 Avant on Quattroworld.com

1995.5 UrS6 Avant 135K
Tornado Red
Black Leather, 7.5 out of 10 (it may be better, but don’t want the interior police after me)
Third row seat

Major recent maintenance
Shocks and struts at 94k
Water pump, and timing belt at 119k
Pads and rotors(euro A8) at 125k

Primary mechanics
Jeff Skibik – Jeff’s Foreign Car Service (RIP Jeff)
Greg Haymann- Autofirme

Modifications
MTM stage 1+
A piller boost gauge
Samco boost hoses
Porsche Big Red Brakes with Euro A8 rotors.
Stebro cat back, sounds awesome, comes with tail pipe resonators for inspection time.
Polished aluminum injector, air filter, and coil covers.
Hella Clear front corners
Euro S6 tails
Euro black front grill, and blacked out moldings and roof rails.
Weather Tech mats and cargo pan.
Trailer hitch, only used for bike rack.

Wheels and Tires
Borbet 17″x8″ Type E
Bridgestone Potenza with 90% life.

The Bad
Mainly rust issues. All four doors are rusted up under the moldings, and some rust is starting to bubble up on the two rear fender wells. Bruce Haymann of Karmann Auto Body Painted from bottom of the pillars down. Bruce’s shop is top notch but just the NE salt sitting in some of these places will lead to these problems. I had planned on getting four rust free doors, and doing the work myself, but with two business and a new baby girl at home, I just have no time. Rear diff weeps a bit of oil. New E-brake cables have stretched, and need to be tightened up. I am sure there is a few other small things, but she is doing great for a 17 year old car.

I bought the car almost 2 years ago from a nuclear engineer, Audi car club member, lime rock track instructor (car was never tracked as he alway used used his coupe), Audi enthusiast. The car was his daily driver for almost 10 years and he was replacing it with a B8 S4. A maintenance folder came with the car that is one more then one inch thick (including original window sticker). For gods sake, he had the timing belt done 3 times! Maintenance was extremely important to him.

When I bought it I knew about the rust and knew that the car was in perfect mechanical shape, so I ended up paying a premium. It was worth it as I have never had an issue with the car. I believe that the price is more then fair judging its mechanical shape, and how nice the interior is. I know not everyone has access to bodywork tools, and the know how, but it will bet the right car for someone. If not, it will come of the road this fall and I will make time for it. My major incentive to sell is, if I buy my wife a TDI wagon, she will give me her Golf R, not a bad replacement in my eyes, doesn’t have the same soul, but…

Price $6,500

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I know the original owner of the car, and how the seller describes him is very accurate – he was fastidious about the car, and it showed. However, as he recently said to me, New England winters have caught up with the car, and it’s beginning to show the effects of that. Despite this, fewer and fewer of these cars remain in good condition. Like many of the fast executive cars, they quickly depreciated and fell into hands of owners who failed to maintain them properly. Many more suffered the ignominious fate of having their valuable 20V Turbo powerplant removed for transplant into other Audi models, such as replica S2s. Finally, many more have been modified and pushed to the extreme, and driven hard or have lots of miles. This car is a rare exception to these conditions and remains very presentable and mechanically well sorted.

I like that the seller is honest and upfront about the vehicle’s needs, and he offers a large album of photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/tduqxiduy6dtxni/0otgebzoM_#/”title=”here. If you’re looking for a show car, this isn’t it, and the price reflects that. Just consider what condition E34 M5 or 500E $6,500 buys you, though, and it puts this car’s value into a much better perspective. The car has tasteful and desirable modifications that won’t break the bank for future maintenance by pushing it too far, while making it considerably more fun to drive quickly. These cars are legendary in terms of longevity and reliability, with 300,000+ miles not unheard of. Sure, a bunch of small items will break along the way – there isn’t any getting over that this car is 20 plus year old technology. But if you can put up with the small fixes it will throw at you, you’ll have a fun car that is capable of carrying a massive load, getting up a snowy mountain road, and dusting off most sports cars. In my opinion, the price is spot on for a well presented car, even taking into account the need for future rust repairs.

-Carter

1969 Mercedes Benz 280 SL Roadster

My favorite memory of my father’s 1971 280SL 4 speed is riding home in the evening from some vintage car races in the New England fall. His 280 didn’t have a very nice roof at that point, so we were driving with the top down. Cool, right? No, it was just downright cold. I huddled low in the cabin, trying to get as much of the heat trickling out of the non-existent ventilation system. It’s a perfect example of how spartan the W113 SLs are in comparison to the later R107 cars, but it’s also a reminder that SL stands for “Sport Light” – something the newer cars lost along the way. The W113 also got a dose of “Sport” compared to the anemic 190 SL that preceded it as well, with the 230 and 250 sporting 150 growling horsepower. The 280 gained 20 more ponies, but most were coupled to an automatic transmission that diluted the experience. Thankfully, that’s not the case with this 1969 280 SL 4 speed:

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Year: 1969
Model: 280 SL
Engine: 2.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 69,000 mi
Price: $45,000 Buy it Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1969 Mercedes Benz 280 SL on eBay

Gorgeous, head turning 280 SL Roadster. Rare 4-speed, dealer A/C. Both tops, interior is like new, radio and clock work as do all guages lights and levers. Original tool kit, like new Michelins. No known rust issues, rockers and floor pans were restored by a classic mercedes shop and are documented. Paint finish looks very good but does have a few imperfections. The soft top has a few wear spots, typical of older tops. Mechanically this car is near perfect. It runs amazingly and tracks straight as an arrow. Brakes are new all around and it has been mechanically maintained by a classic expert.

Enjoy this car as it is for years or invest in a high end paint job and you will have a show car. This car will only appreciate in value. There aren’t many available at this price in this fine condition.

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In the 1990s, these cars could be had for a song. Through the 2000s though, appreciation for the very attractive Paul Bracq design and the no frills simplicity drove prices into the $40,000 range for very nice examples. Since then values have continued to climb, and mint examples fetch the best part of $100,000. This car makes no claim to be a mint example, and to me that’s its appeal. At about half the price of the best examples, you have a show worthy driver. These really are enjoyable cars to drive, though not so much on the highway – 70 miles an hour equates to nearly 4,000 RPMs, but on a back road with the top down, that throaty inline 6 will reward you rowing through the gears. It’s not a fast car, but you sure can have a lot of fun on your way to your destination! Better yet, arriving at that destination in your W113 will make you feel like you’re at a Hollywood premier. People will turn their heads to see who is driving this beautiful, classic Mercedes. It has a presence about it that cars at twice the price can’t achieve. Just dress warmly.

-Carter

2007 Audi A4 Avant S-line Titanium Package

Let’s face it – wagons are awesome, and fast wagons are even better. Until very recently and the monster Mercedes, BMW and Cadillac offerings, Audi was the undisputed king of the fast wagon. While the S4 and S6 Avants grab most of the headlines and attention, the normal A4 was a solid performer in either V6 or turbo 4 form. This was especially true of the B7 chassis A4s, which offered either the silky smooth 3.2 V6 or the torque-rich 2.0T. More than just a pretty face lift of the B6 chassis, the B7 also sported revised steering and suspension that livened the ride. The ultimate of these cars were the S-line with the Titanium Package option, such as the car we see here.

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Year: 2007
Model: A4 Avant
Engine: 2.0 liter inline-4 Turbo FSI
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 99,251 mi
Price: $17,995

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2007 Audi A4 S-line Titanium Avant at Coventry Motor Cars

2007 Audi A4 2.0T Titanium S-Line
Price: $17,995
VIN: WAUSF78E07A173373 Stock Number: 7A173373
Exterior: Brilliant Red Body Type: Wagon AWD
Interior: Ebony Miles: 99,251
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual Engine: 4 Cyl. 2L

*Actual MPG Rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.
EXTREMELY RARE S-LINE TITANIUM PACKAGE CAR, CONVENIENCE PACKAGE, COLD WEATHER PACKAGE, ONE OWNER, DEALER SERVICED, FOUR KEYS, ALL MANUALS AND ORIGINAL WINDOW STICKER

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To me, the main appeal of this car is that it isn’t an S4. Sure, you lose a lot of horsepower and sound from that V8. But, you also lose the repair bills from maintaining it. With the S-line Titanium Package, you get the fantastically well proportioned look of the B7, the usefulness of the wagon, and enough sport thrown in to have fun on your favorite road or commute. Did I mention how incredible those wheels look? They’re perfect.

The 2.0T has proven to be a stout motor if you want to tweak it, so attaining S4 levels of performance isn’t unheard of or out of reach. While we’d all love to run around in a sports car every day, the reality it’s hard to fit the wife, the child(ren), the dog(s), and the groceries into that R8 you’ve been pining after. Coupled with the great 6 speed manual, this is a fun, sporty, practical choice if you want to get into an Audi with over 100,000 miles and have your bank account remain in the black! The seller is well regarded in the Audi community and offer only premium examples of the marque, which is reflected in the condition of this car. As such, I think the car is fairly priced especially when you take into consideration the rarity of the the combination of color, manual, wagon, S-line and Titanium Package options.

-Carter

1983 Volkswagen Scirocco Wolfsburg Edition

The water cooled Volkswagen crowd was, for many years, a fickle bunch. If it didn’t say “GTi”, “GLi” or “16V” somewhere on it, it just wasn’t really considered to be very cool. In the past few years, though, things have changed and appreciation for the broader range of models has increased. While at one time if you didn’t have a GTi you weren’t part of the “in” crowd, the VW shows have increasingly filled with more obscure models as owners try to find more unique survivors to stand out. This 1983 Scirocco Wolfsburg Edition is the perfect opportunity to show up your friends at the next Volkswagen meet:

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Year: 1983
Model: Scirocco Wolfsburg Edition
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 6,484 miles
Price: No reserve auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1983 Volkswagen Scirocco Wolfsburg Edition on eBay

This is quite possibly the finest original, unmolested 1983 scirocco left in existence. This rust free car has 6,484 actual miles! The car runs, drives and smells like the day it was new.

The car was purchased new 30 years ago in July of 1983, driven very little, then stored for 26 years. I purchased the car from a collector in Los Angeles 4 years ago with 4,700 miles on it. The original factory window sticker and owners manuals are with the car as well as the original spare tire and tool kit which has never been used or out of the car. The cigarette lighter and ashtray are in unused condition as well. A new set of P185/R60-14 Toyo Eclipse tires and a new battery were installed in the last year as well as a fresh oil change this month. The car needs nothing. The car has never been detailed and does not need it, It has never been dirty.

The interior is impeccable! It shows no sign of cracks, wear or fading. The only flaw is on the right side of the hood near the windshield where something hit it and left less than a one inch crack in the paint. All the rubber moldings are soft and pliable with no cracking. Both AutoCheck and Carfax are clean, the car has never been hit or in a accident of any kind. It still retains all of it’s original paint and look great! The car starts and runs great with NO oil or other fluids leaking from car. It came from the factory with A/C and it blows ice cold. If you Google “1983 Volkswagen Scirocco Wolfsburg GT” on the internet it will pull up more information and pictures on THIS CAR. If I can answer any questions or to set up an appointment to see this incredible car, please call Mike @ (406)-360-1288.

Remember a car like this is only original once, and you could not restore one this nice!

I have been collecting nice, honest cars for the past 25 years and will be selling off about a dozen of them the next few months so check back. Thank you.

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Much like the 924S I covered recently, the “Buy it Now” price – $13,500 – is at the highest point for this particular model. Also like the 924S, this isn’t in general the most desirable Scirocco, which is usually reserved for the first generation and 16V models. However, it’s simply impossible to replicate the condition that this vehicle is in or low miles that are on the clock. As a survivor, it stands alone as a near museum-quality piece of Volkswagen history. Is it worth $13,500? That’s a hard question to answer. Harder still will be to answer what you do with it – keep it in a climate controlled display area as one of the last of its kind, or drive and enjoy it? I think if you could get the asking price in the $8000-9,000 range you’d have a fantastic weekend warrior to enjoy both at the show and on the go!

-Carter

1986 Porsche 944 GTR

Let me get this out of the way first – the asking price of this 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo is $120,000. There, I said it. If you’re still reading, you’re either intrigued or horrified. In either case, the next set of numbers is equally staggering – 650 hp and 2300 lbs. Still reading? How about this – they only made seven of them. You thought the 962 was rare? Nope, they made over 90 of those. The 917? Wrong again, with somewhere around 65 of those made. Allow me to introduce what many consider to be the ultimate front engine Porsche – the 944 GTR.

A little background history – the 944 evolved through the racing program of the 924 – and specifically, the 924 Carrera GT, GTS, and GTR. In the early 1980s, these cars dominated their classes in IMSA racing. In 1981, Porsche Motorsports built a highly evolved version of the 924 GTR called the 924GTP or 944GTP Le Mans, which finished 7th overall at Le Mans sporting a newly developed 2.5 liter motor which would be, in part, the basis for the road going 944. At the same time, the U.S. based Fabcar run by Dave Klym had modified some winning Porsches for Paul Miller and Bob Akin. Al Holbert, who was head of Porsche Motorsports North America, contracted Klym to make a new evolution of the 944 which would be called the 944 GTR. Below is a development photo from Fabcar and not the actual car listed:

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Unlike its predecessors, the 944 GTR was a tube frame race car, meaning it had no connection to the road car. Brakes and wheels from a 962 were fitted, and the 944 GTR received a specially developed all aluminum 2.5 liter turbo under its silhouette body. The early 2.0 and 2.5 liter turbos had developed between 250 and 450 horsepower; the new unit in the GTR developed between 525 to 650 hp. Here is a photo, again from Fabcar, of the development motor:

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A veritable who’s who of Porsche motorsports history worked on these cars, including McLaren and Andial. Slated to race in both the SCCA Trans Am series and IMSA GTO, the GTR achieved moderate success but ultimately fell victim to bad timing and a lack of funding following the death of Holbert. Despite this, they were the fastest front engine Porsches ever raced. The cars were sold off to private parties, which is how this one comes up for sale today:

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Year: 1986
Model: 944 GTR
Engine: 2.5 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: Miles unknown
Price: 120,000

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Porsche 944 GTR on eBay

1986 Porsche 944 GTR turbo race car chassis # 2 of only seven built for trans am at Fabcar. 650 hp engine full tube frame with Hewland 5 speed gearbox.This car is race ready to race in PCA, HSR and SVRA. 3 sets BBS wheels and spares package. 770-596-4844

The listing is lacking many details that would be really helpful in a purchase of this magnitude. Many of these cars were modified after their initial launch so it’s difficult to say if it retains the original – and very valuable – all aluminum engine, or what race history it has had. It also seems to sport a different nose than the original cars had, hinting at some body damage. Obviously, a thorough pre-purchase inspection by a knowledgeable race shop would be a must if you were serious about buying it.

In terms of value, Carrera GTS and GTR values are typically at or above this level, and the purchase price is a fraction of what it cost to develop these cars originally, but judging race car values depends in large amount on the race history and condition. Running this car on track – where it deserves to be – would certainly be an expensive proposition, but I would estimate running costs to be roughly on par with a 996 or 997 GT3 Cup Car, for example. That’s rarefied air for sure, but you would own a really unique piece of automotive history that would be as welcome at a Porsche Club car show as it would be at historical races.

-Carter

1987 Porsche 924S

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-Paul

Often overlooked by both people who own Porsches and people who want to own Porsches, the 924S remains a bit of a hidden gem. Even people “in the know” often dismiss the 924S as nothing more than a budget offering undeserving of the Porsche name. However, if you could get past the dashboard which carried over from the earlier Audi-engine model of the late 1970s, the 1987 924S was quite the performance bargain. Underneath, it was infused with 944 DNA in the form of engine, suspension and brakes, and while the exterior remained understated and lacked the sexy flares of its 944 and 944 turbo brethren, the 924S was actually quicker to 60 and top speed than the 944, and due to a slightly more slippery exterior, returned better fuel economy as well. As most were under-appreciated, values fell quickly and most were abused – thankfully this is not the case with this low mileage Guards Red 1987.

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Year: 1987
Model: 924S
Engine: 2.4 liter inline-4
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 50,700 mi
Price: $12,900 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Porsche 924S on eBay

1987 Porsche 924S. One owner since new! Gorgeous Guards Red with Porsche logo black interior! 50,700 original miles! Original factory manuals! Full service records from new! Factory removable sunroof! Automatic transmission! Like new inside and out! Possibly the finest, most well documented 924S in existence!

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This car appears to be setting the market for a pristine example. There are two ways to look at the steep “Buy it Now” price – $12,900 is a tremendous amount for a 924S, or $12,900 is a bargain for a pristine classic Porsche. While $13,000 may get you past 944 Turbo entry and even brush a bargain 968 price, it’s unlikely that you could find a example of this quality level of either of those models for anywhere near that amount. While $10,000 might be a more realistic price, it’s just about impossible to find a 924S in this condition and you certainly couldn’t replicate it for the asking price. The only downside for most enthusiasts is the automatic transmission. Still, since it’s not an ultra-low mileage museum piece, this is a classic car that could be driven to events and enjoyed on weekends for many years to come. Better yet, you’d be driving a red Porsche without breaking the bank on maintenance or restoration. Twenty six years later, perhaps the promise of the entry level Porsche has finally come true!

-Carter