Our reader Kyle recently requested to see more magnesium wheels; as I have a bit of a early magnesium BBS wheel fetish myself, I was only too happy to oblige. Here’s a quick selection of the magnesium wheels on Ebay – BBS isn’t the only magnesium wheel producer, but they’ve got some of the best designs. Interestingly, a few years back many people thought these wheels were throw-aways as no one wanted old race wheels, but a resurgence in popularity has once again made them a valuable commodity. From vintage racing Porsches to modern track cars, magnesium wheels are still some of the lightest you can get and in the 1980s they were one of the few ways to get really wide wheels on your race car. Generally, BBS wheels with an “E” prefix denote magnesium centers, though the new E88s below claim to be forged aluminum. I’m secretly hoping to find a set of languishing BBS E51s – they were originally 4×108 15″ and 16″ wheels fitted to 924s and would bolt right up to my Audi. What are your favorite?
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Zender is one of those names that I really identify with the 1980s. While they continued on after, the real height of Zender’s popularity seemed to be in the 1980s. Body kits, wheels and even steering wheels ultimately resulted in a tuning firm that was able to produce a few of their own show cars; remember the Zender Fact 4 and Vision? Today there are a host of real and copy Zender pieces floating around – here’s a sampling of what I was able to find on Ebay. While the styling may be a bit polarizing, it’s hard to deny that Zender offered customers something unique and having period detail pieces like these can really set your car apart if done properly:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: Zender E24 front spoiler on eBay
Coming on the heels of the Porsche 930, the 964 Turbo had big shoes to fill and fill them it did. Utilizing an refined version of the same 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-six that powered the 930, the 964 Turbo paired a prodigious powerplant with a redesigned body, which was almost entirely new while remaining faithful to the basic profile of the car. The 964 Turbo (and the 964 in general) wouldn’t be around long and the 3.3 liter version itself possessed an even shorter life-span. But it certainly played its role and continued to bring supercar levels or performance to the marque while Porsche developed a turbocharged version of the 964′s 3.6 liter engine. This all brings us to the car featured here, a 1992 Porsche 911 Turbo, located in Raleigh, NC, sitting at right around 77,800 miles.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Porsche 911 Turbo on eBay
Ah, the DP 935. It’s a car that in the world of Porsche generates both enthusiasm and enthusiastic hatred of the modifications. There’s no denying that they were one of the more spectacular modified Porsches in the 1980s, though, and while Duran Duran seems to be playing in my head everytime I see one, I nevertheless love to find them. We last looked at a blacked-out and modified 1986 DP 935 almost exactly a year ago. Today’s model, like the all-black model from last year, is not 100% correct or the full-crazy European-spec slantnose, but the U.S. spec toned down package that retained the original bumpers. Also like that car, this example has non-original wheels and an engine rebuild/refresh. Is it the one to buy?