I have a bit of a mixed bag for you this week – from period Tuner wheels to some that are more meant for dreams and Christmas wishes. The Rial cross-spoke wheels aren’t normally what you’d think of when you think of basket weaves, but they’re period correct for your mid-1980s Audi or early 924. The Momo wheels aren’t everyone’s bag, but they were a period wheel that was a very expensive option – as were the 17″ Style 10 wheels if you’re looking for something a bit more OEM. Those Porsche Speedline Ruf wheels are some of the best looking every made, and I’ve always loved the wheels on the McLaren SLR – even if they’re solidly out of reach of even my entire car budget. What’s your favorite?
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When there’s a rash of cars on the market – and right now, there are several 190E 2.3-16 Valves – it would behoove buyers to find the model that’s a touch rarer, or stands out for the right reasons. This 1986 Cossie W201 is just that car, being the rare European variety with more power than its U.S.-market counterparts and a color that’s a refreshing alternative to the commonplace Smoke Silver. This car also already has the much-needed European headlights as standard equipment, and coupled with its impressive cosmetic condition, creates a very powerful argument to seeking an alternative to the skyrocketing garage queen E30 M3. Although this car may need some fine-tuning to be perfect, it has survived amazingly well for being laid up the last few years.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 European model on eBay
I’ve said before that the W116 is a love/hate car for me; most times, I see them and they just look like any tired old Benz; a bit out of proportion and over-bumpered. But then I see a great example, like some of the Euro-spec 6.9 models I’ve written up in the last few weeks, and I get a bit giddy. Though not really my dream car by any means, I can imagine cruising up to a Cars and Coffee event, or a German Car Day somewhere in my massive Benz. That vision is helped when I see one in full European trim; the slim bumper lines and cleaned up light clusters make it so much better. But while most of my adoration is levied upon those 6.9 models, this car might just change that. Compared the largest engine fitted in the W116 6.9, this car seems downright puny with only a 2.8 liter inline-6. What helps that, though, is the manual transmission and some of the missing luxuries that help lighten the load. Top it off with some AMG bits, and my does this car look tasty!
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1977 Mercedes-Benz 280SE on eBay
There was a brief period where I found AMG cars pretty disappointing. Obviously, the pre-merger cars are classic and awesome, with style and presence befitting their big power gains. In a period where modifications could be somewhat tacky, AMG showed how to do it right. More recently, AMG has produced some equally impressive cars, starting really with the “55″ models and some crazy V8 engines. But right after the merger it really seemed that AMG had been neutered by the corporate giant that was Diamler-Benz. Sure, as a consumer, it was pretty cool to have AMG wheels and body kits on every Mercedes in the lineup, and in general they looked pretty good. But there was no real performance gain. Indeed, when Mercedes-Benz went to create their own “Hammer”, they turned to Porsche rather than their in-house AMG division. For a time, AMG looked to be dead; but then in 1995 it came roaring back with the 7.3 liter SL73 AMG and the superb C36 AMG:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Mercedes-Benz C36 on eBay
Time for another parts roundup, and today I’m focusing on some aftermarket and rare parts. There are some really desirable pieces here, and some pretty horrible looks (I’m looking at you, Kamei). What’s your favorite, what would you like on your ride or what would you like to see?