Regan-Man: 1979 BMW “645 CSi Turbo”

Update 5/28/18 – further price reduction from $23,750 to $19,990.

Update 4/19/18 – I can’t say that I’m very surprised the price hike to nearly $30,000 didn’t work, and this 645i has dropped back down to $23,750 – still $900 strong of the original ask.

Update 1/22/2018 – After not selling last Fall for $22,850, the seller of this unique period 6-series turbo is now asking $29,850.

I really love how these cars sometimes send you down the rabbit hole. What attracted me initially to this E24 was that it was a European-spec car and it had a pretty high asking price at nearly $23,000. Alone that wouldn’t be enough to warrant a post, especially given that from the first photo I glanced at, it doesn’t look spectacular.

But there’s a lot more than meets the eye when considering this car, and it has a lot more to do with the personality behind it than the current condition.

The name Albert Mardikian probably doesn’t mean much to you. Mr. Mardikian is a partner and the Chief Technology Officer behind ReGreen Organics, a company which deals with a lot of shit, for lack of a better term. I’m not being flippant. They’re an organic solid waste management company.

And it is in this capacity that Mr. Mardikian’s philosophy is particularly interesting when considering this car. He proclaims that he has a “passion for bettering our world”, yet his past would seem to have little to do with environmental improvement. That’s because in a past life Mr. Mardikian was also the proprietor of Trend Imports. Ring a bell? If not, perhaps a perusing of the Tom Cruise movie Rain Man would help you out. Mr. Cruise’s character’s subplot – an importer of exotic cars held up by the EPA – is based upon Mr. Mardikian. Because if you were in L.A. in the early 1980s and you wanted a gray market car, Trend Imports was where you went. And just like the main character in the movie, Mardikian got in quite a bit of trouble for the Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Rolls Royce and other models he imported by skirting EPA emissions laws.

Though his troubles with emissions laws dated back to 1981, Mardikian continued to be the turn-to source for ultra-exotics in the early days of importation. He also built custom convertible versions of some of the most famous 80s icons – Mercedes-Benz 500SECs, Lamborghini Countachs, Ferrari 512BBis, Porsche 930s. How about those replica Daytonas for Miami Vice? Mardikian. And he made more more neat creation – he married the turbocharged M102/6 from the European version of the BMW E23 745i with the slinky shape of the E24, creating his own “745CSi Turbo”:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1979 BMW 645CSi Turbo on eBay

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Tuner Tuesday: 1997 Mercedes-Benz CL600 Brabus 7.3S

Last week I checked out a great SL73 AMG which the mad men at AMG took an already hearty 6.0 liter V12 and converted it to a 7.3 liter. Today we have another 7.3 liter 140 chassis, although this one was converted by another tuning house. This 1997 CL600 for sale in Hamburg, Germany was sent to well-known Brabus where it not only underwent the conversion to 7.3 liters, but gained some body work, wheels and giant brakes as well. Because of all this, the price tag steep. But you probably won’t believe how steep it really is.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1997 Mercedes-Benz CL600 Brabus 7.3S on Moblie.de

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Tuner Tuesday: 1998 BMW M Roadster Dinan S3

Edit 11/3/2017 – I looked at this Dinan modified M Roadster last August, but there was little information and it hung around for quite a while at $25,000. It has now moved on to a new seller who has taken some more photos and raised the price $4,000. After last month claiming it was an ISR3, the seller has confirmed what our comment from Eric indicated – it’s “just” a S3 Roadster. It has about 1,000 more miles since last year but still looks relatively reasonably priced if you like the color combination and gutsy Dinan modifications – Ed

The other day I was talking with my friend about Turner Motorsports. I first met Will Turner when he was a BMWCCA instructor, just trying to establish his business of selling parts on the side. He and his compatriots all sported E30 M3s; this was, after all, the days before the launch of the U.S. E36 M3. Turner managed to parlay early success in a local modification scene outside of Boston into a countrywide business, and after some time in the club race scene he moved into the major leagues. Success against better funded teams was sometimes difficult, but today Turner is still alive and very much kicking, having become one of the two defacto factory-backed teams running the M6 GT3. To get to that point of factory involvement is an arduous journey to say the least, and few who start out make it.

One other who did was Steve Dinan, who took a niche tuning business from the 1980s into a factory option today. You can walk down to your dealer and order up a fully backed, Dinan modified car. That took a tremendous amount of work and is a testament to the quality of the products on offer from Dinan. They truly take the well-engineered BMWs to the next level, but modifying them to do so can be quite pricey. Take today’s M Roadster, for example. While it wasn’t exactly a cheap car to begin with, with entry level prices in 1998 starting around $42,000. This M Roadster, though, went on to get a further $36,000 in modifications from Dinan:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 BMW M Roadster Dinan S3 on eBay

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Tuner Tuesday Double Take: 2002 and 2003 BMW M5 Dinan S2s

There are a few select automotive tuners who can take an impressive package and refine it into an even better entity. That group includes legends such as AMG, Alpina and Ruf – all of which are staples of this segment.

Yet they are far from alone. Given the task of improving on what is generally considered to be one of the greatest sedans ever made is no small feat, but if there was one group up to it, it was Steve Dinan’s eponymous company in California.

While just about anyone can take a turbocharged engine and crank up the boost, slap a few stickers on it and call it done, the E39 M5 didn’t come with forced induction. On top of that, it was a motor which wasn’t exactly underdeveloped before it went into production. Nor were the brakes, suspension, or any other aspect of the third gen M5. But Dinan thought they could improve upon them, and with a tremendous amount of work, did.

Dinan went to town on the S62 from start to end. Out came the factory air boxes, air meters and velocity stacks, replaced by Dinan units of larger diameter and better flow qualities, along with larger throttle bodies bored out by the company. This necessitated reprogramming of the computer controls for the engine to match the new flow characteristics. To help the exhaust side of the motor, unique tubular headers were fit to a free-flowing, lightweight exhaust system. While this sounds a bit like old-school engineering, it was successful; the result was an additional 76 horsepower and 51 lb.ft of torque – basically, this was like adding a 1980 Rabbit’s worth of power to an already powerful car.

Dinan coupled the engine mods with a shorter final drive and higher rev-limiter to reach fantastic speeds. The S2 was capable of 0-60 runs around 4 seconds flat and, in unrestricted mode, geared out around 190 mph in 6th. These are still very impressive numbers today, some fifteen years after its introduction! Of course, special forged wheels from the company were added along with their signature suspension. The price was steep, at $36,000 in modifications alone – a further 50% premium on your premium sedan.

Today, you can pick up one of these super-saloons for less than what the price of the modifications cost originally making them one heck of a performance bargain, and I have two to consider for today’s Tuner Tuesday:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 BMW M5 Dinan S2 on eBay

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Tuner Tuesday: 1984 Porsche 930 RUF BTR Conversion

The last two weeks we’ve looked at the wilder side of the Porsche tuner world with cars from Gemballa and RWB. This week we’ll go a little more traditional with the styling and make a return to RUF. RUF likely is the most well known and highly regarded in the Porsche world, so much so that RUF is not just a tuner, but a manufacturer utilizing blank Porsche chassis for its cars. In some ways, RUF is the inverse of RWB. Where RWB goes over the top with styling and leaves the performance mostly alone, RUF keeps the styling changes somewhat minimal (at least from the perspective of how much they depart from a 911 itself) and goes over the top with performance upgrades. Over the years they’ve produced some blistering fast machines capable of competing with the best cars in the world. Even capable of competing with the likes of Porsche’s own 959.

The one we see the most often is the BTR and that’s just what we have here. However, this is not one of the very rare RUF VIN BTRs, but one of the more common converted examples, which in this case was based off of a 1984 Porsche 930. That’s a nice base with which to begin and with the RUF upgrades you get a car that can make even the prodigious 930 seem tame.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1984 Porsche 930 RUF BTR on eBay

Year: 1984
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.4 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 35,014 mi
Price: $225,000 Buy It Now

1984 Porsche 930 RUF BTR DOCUMENTED

This remarkable example has remained unrestored and original until today. Only 35k miles and 2 owners since new this 930 is in beautiful condition! Full RUF BTR conversion with letter of authenticity from RUF, this 1984 Porsche 930 is not your average 911 Turbo. Per documentation, it was completed by German car-manufacturer RUF Automobile. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from RUF, this Porsche 911 Turbo received the RUF 17-inch wheels, revised suspension, front spoiler with oil cooler, heavier-duty “dog-leg” 5-speed gearbox, steering wheel with RUF-embossed center pad, and a boost gauge. The engine was also upgraded as a RUF BTR with 374 HP, thanks to 3.4L pistons and cylinders, an intercooler mounted underneath the vented whale-tail rear spoiler, revised camshafts and a 4-pipe exhaust system.

The BTR designation came from “Group B,” “Turbo” and “RUF.” A respected manufacturer and tuner, RUF had a close relationship with the Porsche factory. Its modifications could easily double the cost of a Porsche 911. In the mid-1980s, RUF-built Porsches ranked among the fastest cars in the world. In top-speed tests conducted by “Road & Track,” the RUF Porsches achieved the highest top speed and best reliability records. Blue with black leather Recaro seats, this 1984 Porsche 930 RUF BTR also comes with Simpson competition seat harnesses and its letter from RUF, which includes a list of all modifications from RUF Automobile. All of the interior is remained untouched an original and completely functional.

Recently serviced it performs like an absolute animal, putting about 300 miles on the car recently this 930 is incomparable to any others in its league. The 3.4L engine starts up first crank always with no issues, no leaks or oil consumption. Once on boost it screams to the redline in any gear, the dogleg transmission enters all gears with no grinds or pop out issues. Set at about 0.8 bar it is rated at about 380hp but was variable up to 1.1 bar safely and the output was about 425hp, there was no Porsche in its era or let alone other sports car that could compare to the performance this 930 offered.

35,014 original miles

Turbocharged 3.4L flat 6 engine

RUF BTR engine upgrade:

RUF intercooler

RUF 4-pipe exhaust system

34.41 pistons and cylinders

Ruf camshafts

RUF 17 inch wheels

Ruf Revised suspension

RUF front spoiler with front oil cooler

RUF Dog Leg 5-speed manual gearbox

RUF steering wheel

RUF boost regulation valve

RUF Certificate

Can be viewed in Miami, FL 33126 – Inspections welcomed – Trade in welcomed

I saw this car cross the auction block at Mecum’s Monterey Auctions. High bidding on that day reached $170K and like many of the cars crossing the block – especially some of the higher end Porsches – it did not sell. As we can see from the asking price here, bidders weren’t even all that close. My sense at the time was that $170K was pretty good money for this car. As noted, it’s not a RUF VIN. Those are the cars that command serious money. It is a really nice example of a converted 930 though and there is value in that.

The mileage is quite low at just over 35K and the condition looks really good inside and out. Everything is said to be completely original with regard to the conversion. I imagine it’s level of documentation will be the deciding factor. It does come with a letter from RUF Automobile confirming the conversion, but that is all, or at least it’s all we’re shown here. If it also has a full maintenance history and other historical documentation then perhaps it will achieve this asking price if the sellers are patient. Cars like this are very desirable so it may just be a matter of waiting for the right buyer to come along. Otherwise, the Monterey auction may be as much as this 930 will see.

-Rob

First Dimension: 1978 Volkswagen Scirocco Callaway Turbo

There aren’t too many period-correct tuned Volkswagens that we get to see. Those that do turn up are usually home-brewed, and consequently usually aren’t built to a high standard.

Today’s is something special, though.

Finding a clean first generation Scirocco is difficult enough. This one also happens to be one of the limited Champagne Edition cars, though you’d not know it unless I told you so, because so little of the original outside of the silhouette remains. From top to bottom, this Scirocco has been through a whirlwind of changes. But this car is far from a garage project, as some of the more legendary VW tuners in the U.S. had their hands on it since it was close to new. This car was the original test bed for the Santa Clara speed shop New Dimensions, and features some of the best items you could source. New Dimensions bought the production rights and experience of Callaway Turbo Systems in the mid 1980s, and continued to offer turbocharging for Volkswagens into the early 2000s. The result, after a painstaking period of rebuilding it, is a nearly flawless execution and one of the best tuned VW 2-doors out there:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1978 Volkswagen Scirocco Callaway Turbo on eBay

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Tuner Tuesday: 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Turbo RAUH-Welt Begriff

Last week: Gemballa. This week: RAUH-Welt Begriff. We might as well look at something from the two most divisive Porsche tuners in back-to-back weeks right? I said in last week’s post that I don’t mind over the top designs from tuners and along those lines I typically enjoy the work we see from RWB. While many don’t like them, Akira Nakai’s builds do follow a line that is recognizable within Porsche’s own racing designs. Of course, those are purpose built race cars and RWB builds street cars. None the less, the look itself is not necessarily off base.

And here lies the primary criticism of many RWB designs: they are all show and no go. For many, in fact most, of their builds that is true; RWB focuses much more on the appearance of the car than on making it faster. This build addresses that criticism, and it addresses it pretty significantly.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Turbo RAUH-Welt Begriff on eBay

Year: 1989
Model: 911 Carrera 4
Engine: 3.6 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 77,795 mi
Price: $149,999 Buy It Now

KEY FEATURES:
– The only fully branded RWB in United States signed and documented by Akira Nakai
– Most desirable model RWB 964 Street Version
– Latest Project by World Renowned Car Builder Vincent Wong
– Rebuilt Top and Bottom Motor to 0 mile spec
– Single Turbo System making 400 WHEEL HP 393 FT LB OF TORQUE ON PUMP GAS
– Painted by the World Famous LT Motorwerks in El Monte California
– One of the lowest mileage Rauh Welt RWB Cars in the World
– SEMA 2015 Booth Car Rauh Welt Begriff Booth
– SEMA 2016 Booth Car CCW Wheels Booth

EXTERIOR:
– Rauh Welt 15pc widebody kit hand crafted and installed by Akira Nakai
– Full Respray to BASF Glasurit Porsche Guards Red by World Famous LT Motorwerks in El Monte California
– Porsche OEM Clear Corners
– Custom Bi Xenon HID Headlights with RWB etched in the glass housing

ENGINE:
– Single Turbo Kit Designed by Bisimoto Engineering 400 Rear Wheel Horsepower
– AEM Infinity 6, 30-7106 ECU
– AEM Infinity 6 pin kit, 30-3704
– AEM AIT and MAP Harness, 30-3510-00
– Infinity UEGO harness, 30-3600
– 3.5 bar map sensor, 30-2130-50
– Boost control solenoid, 30-2400
– Air temp sensor, 30-2010
– LSU 4.2 wideband sensor, 30-2001
– GTX3076R with turbine part #740902-8
– Turbosmart wastegate, with red 4.35 spring
– Turbosmart 50mm blowoff valve
– Garrett Intercooler core, Part #487085-6002
– Bisimoto Custom 1000CC Injectors
– JDS Porsche SSD Lateral Acceleration Sensor

– Rebuild 964 Engine Top End by Turbo Kraft in Arizona to 0 miles
– * remove, disassemble, clean engine; spec & document all major components
– * reassemble with performance parts listed above
– * time camshafts

– 3.6 CARRERA HEAD GASKET KIT — upgraded all-Viton version
– CAMSHAFT DRIVE GEAR (large sprocket)
– TIMING CHAIN RAIL — 1-3 straight
– TIMING CHAIN RAIL — 4-6 straight
– TIMING CHAIN RAIL — (2x req’d)
– 993 ALTERNATOR (INNER) BELT, 9.5×776 (964 = both, 5sp)
– TK/JE CUSTOM TURBO PISTON SET — lightweight FSR pistons with rings, pins, locks
– PERFORMANCE COATINGS : Coat piston skirts & undersides
– Remanufacture cylinders — strip, bore, re-plate with Nikasil
– ARP RACING CYLINDER HEAD STUD SET with BILLET WASHERS & 12-pt NUTS

– Rebuild 964 Engine Bottom End by Turbo Kraft in Arizona to 0 miles

– COMPLETE MOTORSPORT ENGINE BEARING SET
– 3.6 (964) CARRERA CASE GASKET SET (Viton)
– MOTORSPORT TIMING CHAIN *WITHOUT* MASTER LINK — increased strength
– ARP RACING CONNECTING ROD BOLT SET, 9mm
– Recondition rods incl. install bolts, balance
– Recondition crankshaft incl. clean, micropolish, R&I oil plugs, balance
– Disassemble, clean, spec out, rebuild engine bottom end
– Spec Clutch and Lightweight Flywheel
– Custom Exhaust Tips designed to Rauh Welt rear bumper
– Rennline Billet Engine Covers [RED]

INTERIOR:
– All new Black interior carpet
– Rear seat removal with RS carpet kit
– Custom Roll Cage built by Unique Fabrication
– Momo Supercup Seats reupholstered in Leather with Red RWB Stiching
– Momo Mod 7 Steering wheel with Red RWB Horn Button
– Custom Sliders and PCI Side Mounts
– Schroth Racing Harness

SUSPENSION AND BRAKES:
– KW V3 Coilovers
– Brembo 993 Turbo Calipers with Cross Drilled Rotors [Front]
– Brembo 993 Calipers with Cross Drilled Rotors [Rear]

WHEELS AND TIRES: CAR WILL COME WITH BUYERS CHOICE OF 18″ FORGESTAR WHEELS OR 19″ CCW WHEELS
– Forgestar Multipiece Wheels 2 Piece finished Semi Gloss Black Centers and 2 stage Brushed with Charcoal Clear Lips
– 18×11 Front and 18×13.5 Rear
– Pirelli Corsa Tires 265/35/18 Front and 335/30/18 Rear
– CCW Classic 3 Piece finished in High Polish Finish
– 19×11 Front and 19×12 Rear
– Nitto Invo Tires 265/30/19 Front and 315/25/19 Rear

This 911 began its life as an early 964 Carrera 4. We’re even provided pictures of it and it looked pretty good! Still, the transformation is pretty stunning. But enough about the looks because you’ll either love ’em or hate ’em. As I said, RWB typically is criticized for being all show. Not so here as this Carrera 4 now packs 400 hp at the wheels thanks to a single turbocharger and a fully rebuilt engine. For comparison that’s more power than Porsche’s own Turbo S produced. It’s probably at the wheels than a 993TT. Will it feel as seemless and functional as those factory versions? I would be pretty surprised if it did, but at least the power is there and with a set of 993 Turbo brakes and calipers on board reigning in that extra power should be doable as well.

I don’t know that this would make a good track car. I’m not sure if it even is intended to be one despite its looks, but within the street tuner world I’d imagine this RWB attracts a lot of attention and unlike other builds it does have the power to go with those aggressive lines. Like every other RWB car I’ve seen the asking price is high, though this one doesn’t seem any higher than the others. So if you’re an RWB fan and you want both performance and looks, then this one is probably the way to go.

-Rob

Tuner Tuesday: 1993 Porsche 911 RS America Gemballa Slantnose

Gemballa has been around for quite a while. Since the early 80’s they’ve been creating designs for a wide variety of Porsches with a few Mercedes and Ferraris thrown in as well. Honestly, most of their designs I haven’t much liked. I like over the top – I mean I’m a fan of RWB – but Gemballa has always seemed over the top in a way that I found unappealing. It’s a fine line for tuners to walk and built entirely upon subjectivity; some find the right balance, some miss the mark.

Here we have one that I do like. At least for the most part. Based off the 911 RS America, this Gemballa build was to serve as a showcase car and, if we’re to believe the ad, demonstrate the more refined style they were hoping to put forth once the excesses of the ’80s were behind them. It’s still fairly over the top, but not too crazy and its likeness to the Flatnose Turbo S makes it look like something the factory may have even produced. It’s sort of a melding of the Turbo S and the 3.8 Carrera RSR, both highly sought after machines that turn the heads of just about anyone who sees one. I imagine this Gemballa will do the same.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 Porsche 911 RS America Gemballa Slantnose on eBay

Year: 1993
Model: 911 RS America
Engine: 3.8 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 16,937 mi
Price: $99,500 Buy It Now

Before Singer’s amazing creations, before RWB’s wide bodies, before Magnus Walker officially made it cool to NOT be a typical Porsche guy, before TechArt, there was Uwe Gemballa.

The Gemballa’s of the 80’s were radical creations with massive body kits and interior customization. As Gemballa moved into the 90’s they evolved into a more performance focused company with more subtle streamlined body work. This car is the result.

What I know about this car and its history came from the previous owner, a copy of the Gemballa RSR spec sheet, and from the July 1995 issue of Eurosport Car magazine in which this car was featured. The car’s history goes like this: When Gemballa opened in California they needed a vehicle to showcase what services they were going to offer. They chose this RS America. The car was flown to Germany, the modifications were done at Gemballa and the car was returned to California.

There is no other RS America modified like this that I know of. It’s exclusive, unique, fast, and loud.

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I have been a Suncoast PCA member since 2003. There are many Porsche experts out there, I am not one of them. Please ask any and all questions in advance. I will respond asap to the best of my knowledge. The car is available for viewing by appointment in Clearwater, FL. If you would like the car inspected I can suggest a local company who has recently worked on the car or other arrangements within our local area can be made. Viewings and inspections must be done prior to auction close. If you want a picture of something not shown here, just ask.

Terms of Sale: Your winning bid is a binding contract. A deposit is due within 48 hours of auction end unless something else is agreed upon by both parties. Balance needs paid in full via wire transfer within 3 days of auction close. No I won’t fall for cashiers check / M.O. scams so don’t ask. The car is sold AS-IS, Where-IS and must be picked up in Clearwater, FL. I have someone who can help with shipping also if that’s an option for you and we can discuss that as needed. No warranty is expressed or implied. The title is clear and in hand. I reserve the right to end the auction early as the vehicle may be advertised elsewhere.

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I have included below the details of the condition and just some details of the cars history, based on the information I have. The car is nice overall but I will try and list everything, no matter how small, that a buyer could be critical of and condition mentioned is my opinion only. Consider the condition to be nice unless specifically noted otherwise. I’m going to be really picky, but I may have missed something

Additional pictures available at this link, including of most mentioned flaws, and they may show up in reverse order: 1070.photobucket.com/user/CLWTUSKEN/library/1993%20RS%20AMERICA%20GEMBALLA%20RSR?sort=2&page=1

Owners: I have owned this car since 2003. The Carfax shows I’m the third owner. I originally thought that I showed up as 3rd on Carfax due to a title change between states or spouses when the previous owner moved to Florida ( it shows 2nd ownership for only 15 days ). I have since found the original owners name in the Maintenance log, so I’m unsure of the timeline but I believe the 15 days is incorrect and only represents the time owned in Florida.

Fun Fact: In 2005 I attended Porsche Parade in Hershey, PA. I was honored to lead the largest gathering ever of Porsche RS America’s up the hill to the Hershey hotel. You can find the article about that here: rsamerica.net/articles/member/keithv_parade_05_rsa_corral.htm

VIN / Production #: WP0AB2967PS418054 / the 54th RS America built , M-Date 3/92

Mileage: 16,937 at picture time, this will increase slightly…..

RS America options: Out of the 4 available factory options, LSD, Sunroof, A/C and Cassette Radio, this car originally came with 2: Limited Slip Differential ( 220 ) and Sunroof ( 650 ). The article stated that Gemballa added the A/C and Alpine CD player.

Color = Grand Prix White

Per the ID label this car was also originally taken as a European Delivery

Gemballa Modifications per sheet and article:

Slant-Nose w/ flush headlight glass / poly-ellipsoid halogen lights

Sportster front skirt and side skirts with air intakes

Factory Metal quarter panels, Turbo sized fender flares on rear, ported for engine cooling

RSR Carbon fiber air channels added to ported front bumper for brake cooling ( replaced fog lamps )

Rear 3 piece bumper assembly with dual exhaust ports

3.8 RSR rear spoiler with adjustable carbon fiber middle

18” Speedline RSR CUP DESIGN 3 piece wheels 9×18 & 11×18 polished lip

Recaro A8 seats w/ Red Sparco harness

Roll Cage – custom lightweight with adjustable diagonal strut brace

Carbon fiber interior pieces: dash, brake lever, shift knob

White face gauges

RSR sport suspension, street tuned, springs, Bilstein shocks

RSR anti sway bars & Strut tower brace

Turbo brakes, red 4 piston calipers

RSR Clutch

RSR stainless steel exhaust including headers

MOTOR: the Gemballa spec sheet reads: “3.8 RSR Engine, all factory racing components.” The article reads: “Using Porsche parts throughout, the engine was upped from a stock 250 horsepower to a pavement ripping 375 hp. Likewise, torque was increased from 229 ft-lbs. to 282 ft.-lbs.. To maximize power output the redline was raised to 7150 rpm. A two pipe exhaust system originally used on the 965 Turbo, was added to relieve back pressure/ A larger throttle, 8mm wider in diameter, was substituted, as were valve spring caps and camshafts. The engine’s displacement was increased to 3.81 litres using original RSR parts and backed by an RSR clutch.”

I did not receive any maintenance history paperwork from the previous owner. At some point he had some repairs to the motor, although I don’t know the exact details. I’m not sure if Gemballa USA is who worked on it or not, but I know they know about it.

In May I just had almost $5k worth of services done: New battery, filters, brakes, fuel sender, various gaskets, washers, seals, o-rings, belts, etc.

Interior: The dash, headliner, door panels, are all in excellent condition. The drivers seat shows slight wear as expected. The seat backs show some paint removal where they come in contact with the roll cage. This happens when the seats are pushed back that far. See picture.

The left side/thigh support of the drivers seat is loose, but it actually makes getting in and out easier. There is also a plastic trim piece missing from the side of this seat.

Boot/Trunk: New Battery. Carpet in good condition, tool kit and spare tire. See picture. The boot / trunk struts need replaced, they no longer hold it open.

Accidents: The car has never been in an accident that I know of. When I purchased the car there was an outward dent in the trunk lid, where the previous owner had closed the lid and a brush handle was sticking up. I had this fixed locally by Superior Auto Body.

Track: I personally have never had the car on a track but I did autocross it once locally. The previous owner did say he tracked the car some but I don’t know details / frequency.

Exterior: I have always kept the car stored inside in a climate controlled garage. The paint is in good condition with imperfections as mentioned:

There are some, ( 4 – I believe ) minor cracks/chips in the windshield, these happened with the previous owner.

There are small rock chips / scuffs on front end skirt, as well as in the paint between the rear wide body air intake vents and the bottom of the car, and also around air intake on the side skirts. The passenger side seemed more affected, there is also a small ding in the passenger side air duct. There are 4 small dot size chips on the wing on the passenger side. See pictures.

On the top of the passenger door there is a small area where the 1st layer of paint is missing, about 4mm or 5mm, isn’t very noticeable as it’s white / white.

There is a tiny crack, about 4mm or 5mm developing on top of front drivers fender. See picture.

There is a crack inside the air intake on the rear driver’s side wide body. See picture.

There is a small crack inside the air intake on the passenger’s side wide body. See picture.

There is a small spider web crack in the paint on the passengers rear flare, approx. 1 cm. See picture.

On the grill area of the rear wing, there are 3 places where there are small cracks. There are 18 of these small support areas between the grill lines, the last 3 towards the back are cracked, all in the same spot as this seems to be the area with the most flex. They don’t affect anything physical, just a cosmetic issue. See picture.

The light to the right of the license plate is loose and there are some small cracks in the corner of the opening for this light.

Wheels: There is minor curb rash on some wheels, one wheel has a minor dent on the lip. The tires are Michelin Pilot Sport 235/40ZR18 & 295/30ZR19 and while they have plenty of tread they are older tires. I’d have to check what year I had them put on but you should put some fresh rubber on before doing any real driving.

Sunroof: As of 8/19/17, the sunroof now has a small issue closing. While I was making sure everything worked on the car, a tiny plastic piece on the drivers side of the sunroof mechanism broke. This small piece helped allow the plastic piece that pops up when opened, to go down slightly when closing. So right now you have to use your hand to hold it down until the sunroof slides over it. Hopefully a cheap fix, I’ll try and have it looked at as soon as I have time.

Elec / Lights: All Head lights work. Both Blinkers work. Parking lights work. Both interior domes work. 2 horn buttons on steering wheel, left one works, right one doesn’t..

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Other included items, extra’s, etc.:

The original copy of Eurosport Car magazine from July 1995 featuring this car, plus digital copies of the article.

An original OEM muffler and exhaust tip ( p/n 964.111.046.05 ) will be included with the car. See pic.

Ring and Pinion, 31:9 (3.44) These extras came to me with the car, I’ve never had any gear work done.

Sparco harnesses, Red, 3”/2”. See picture. These look orange in the pic, but it’s just the light. They are red and like new, I personally have never used or even installed them.

2 small Roll Cage pieces, some paint chips ( never used or installed since I’ve owned it ) See pic.

The original Gemballa floor mats were replaced but will be included. See picture.

Brand new floor mats, never opened. 964.551.015.00.5FV , 964.551.012.01.5FV , 964.551.021.00.5FV

A custom bra with headlight and mirror covers ( never used or installed since I’ve owned it ) See pic.

A spare set of the headlight glass for the front fenders will be included – THESE ARE VERY RARE. My wife bought these many years ago from Heinz at Gemballa USA and I believe at the time he told her they were his last set. We bought them just to have as backups.

That this 911 was an RS America prior to its build probably isn’t too relevant at this point, but at least it provided a nice starting point for all of the work. The seller suggests it’s the only RS America with this Gemballa conversion, which is probably pretty likely, and I’m curious how many other 964s at all were converted, if any. So this is definitely a rare find. The mileage is very low and it generally looks pretty good. Add in a substantial boost in power – stated to be 385 hp – and you’ve got a machine with the performance to match its much more aggressive looks!

While there are plenty of details we’d probably like about its history and previous ownership the seller has been fairly straightforward in passing along what he knows about the car as well as what he doesn’t know. Or, at least, as well as you can pass along information you don’t know. Given the mileage we’d generally expect near flawless condition, but there are a few flaws and minor niggles here and there. There’s not too much that would deeply trouble us, but the statements about engine work performed by a previous owner certainly should spark some further investigation. It’s a high-strung machine so engine work wouldn’t necessarily be unexpected, but with fewer than 17K miles we might question whether it was abused. Naturally, a PPI is a must.

So how much should this extra performance, exclusivity, and added cachet of the Gemballa name be worth? So far, not that much as bidding sits at only $60,100. I would imagine there’s plenty of hesitation given everything needing verification and that may restrain any bidding for a little while. There are still a good number of days left on the auction so we may see this number rise. We’ll certainly have to see it rise before there’s a sale. The combination of such a longstanding name in the tuning world and the power and performance of this build should be enough to bring things up. We’ll just have to see how desirable this 964 now is.

-Rob

Tuner Tuesday: 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe RAUH-Welt Begriff

Tuners all have their own unique style and personality, those aspects that let you know immediately what designer is responsible and what to expect from the build itself. Of course, even within a particular tuner’s portfolio there can be tremendous variation, but there always are identifying details. Though they can be subtle most 911 fans have little trouble recognizing a RUF 911. Such is the level at which RUF has risen over its many years.

Among Porsches RAUH-Welt Begriff perhaps is the most easily identifiable tuner and also perhaps the most divisive. The man responsible is Akira Nakai who designs each body panel for the individual car to produce some of the most head-turning 911s you will come across. They are not for everyone, especially given that – unlike a tuning house like RUF – the work is largely aesthetic with very little additional performance. As pieces of automotive art they are on another level. The one we see here has been dubbed RWB Hollywood and was based off of a 1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe. It would be very hard to miss if you saw it in a crowd.

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Year: 1992
Model: 911 Carrera 2
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 132,324 mi
Price: $149,999 Buy It Now

This beautiful Porsche 964, known as RWB Hollywood, was built by the world-renowned Akira Nakai-san of Rauh-Welt Begriff. The car is equipped with a 3.6L Air-cooled engine mated to a G50 manual gearbox. No expense was spared on this build, as you can tell by the extensive list of modifications below; Exterior: Complete strip-down repaint in it’s original color Grand Prix White, RWB 964 street kit (fenders, bumpers, rocker panels), Sunroof delete, RSR brake ducts, Clear turn signals, 993 aero mirrors, 993 door handles, Ducktail decklid, H4 headlights, New taillights, New body seals and window seals. Interior & Upholstery: Recaro Pole Position seats in black leather with suede inserts, Sabelt 5-point harnesses, CAE shifter, CYC roll cage and harness bar, RS door cards and door pulls, Momo alcantara steering wheel, RS lightweight carpet, Rear seat delete, Rennline lower dash delete, Rennline perforated pedals, Rennline perforated floorboards, Rennline radio delete panel, Alcantara dash, Suede headliner, Custom professional upholstery in front storage compartment. Wheels / Suspension / Performance: Fifteen52 Evo SC wheels, KW Clubsport coilovers, Toyota R888 tires, Brembo 6-piston race calipers, Many 993 RS suspension components, RS sway bars and bushings, Fabspeed RSR headers, Fabspeed full exhaust. Also included with the car but not shown in pictures is the second trunk lid with race wing, and a new Rauh Welt windshield banner given to us in person by Nakai-san. This is a truly unique and incredible car that can draw crowds at any car show or be enjoyed on your local road course. It is not easy to get on the list to have Nakai-san build an RWB for you, and these cars don’t come up for sale often, this is your chance to own one of Nakai’s masterpieces. Please call for more details 916-387-9997

As an RWB build goes this one actually looks quite tame in its current configuration. However, it does come with a second trunk lid with attached race wing, which livens up the appearance significantly. The wing is of the typical RWB variety and those hoping for more subtlety – or as much as is possible with such a car – may want to stick to the ducktail. Like all RWB builds this Carrera 2 is wider than the original. Much wider. It’s wearing a set of really nice deep dish Evo SC wheels that might just be the best part of the car. The interior receives a full treatment and looks really well done.

Like most of RWB’s cars almost everything is for show, but I do have to admit the level of detail on these is outstanding. Porsche itself has been known to create some wild designs for its racing cars and while there is a definite practical application to those designs, for a road car the RWB creations do provide you with a similar sort of look, but without the extreme mechanical limitations of a race car.

-Rob

Tuner Tuesday: 1995.5 Audi S6

If Sunday’s A4 represented the new wave of Audi products, the C4 S6 was the end of the decade and a half dominance of the turbocharged inline-5 in the brand’s marketing. True, it continued on in other parts of the world a bit longer, but the writing was on the wall and the 1995 model year was the last in the American market. There’d be a big gap until the next S model launched in the U.S., which helped to solidify the legendary status of these stealthy super-sedans. Since there was no immediate replacement for half a decade, the S6 maintained its top-trump status among four-ring fans for longer than it probably would have been expected to.

The result of that was that they retained a strong fan base of owners and many more who wished, but could not afford, to grab one. As soon as they were out of warranty (if not before, in some cases), the wick began to be turned up – and those that know the AAN know that there’s a lot of wick there to burn. In recent years, the wave of electronic fuel injection tuning and aftermarket support has not waned but grown for these cars; like German Supra Turbos, they’re the evergreen forced-induction chassis you just never tire of seeing. Today’s example is no exception to the rule, and with 500 horsepower and a host of high-dollar upgrades, it’s ready to embarrass much newer metal.

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