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:
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?
CLICK FOR DETAILS: Momo Porsche steering wheel on eBay
Yellow is a color more akin to some Italian exotics, but occasionally you’ll come across some of Stuttgart’s finest in this eye-popping hue. Porsche produced a number of different yellows over the years, and here are two air-cooled examples slathed in this bright shade. First up is a 1987 911 Coupe in Summer Yellow for sale in Florida.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera on eBay
I was joking around with our editor, Paul, saying that I was pretty sure we could just feature E30s all day long and everyone would be happy. There’s a seemingly endless supply of examples that come to the market every week. There are the normal S50/S52 swaps, some crazy turbo editions, mint condition original examples, tired daily drivers and everything in between. But occasionally something special pops up that really makes you take notice. Much like earlier’s H26 modified 325i, here is a 325i that was apparently originally modified by Hartge in Germany. Sporting some of the really tasty Hartge bits but not a full H26 conversion, the Coup de gras has to be the Weismann hardtop:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 BMW 325i Euro-Spec Hartge/Weismann on eBay
If the BMW E30 market has been crazy over the past few years in terms of appreciation, it’s really nothing compared to the Porsche 911 market. From cars that were worth between $50,000 to $75,000 not many years ago, suddenly we see early 911s worth triple or four times that amount. Make that car a special model, such as a 73 RS, and you’re looking at a top value around $800,000 and climbing; around $650,000 more than it would set you back only 7 years ago. This has resulted in many other models of the 911 being pulled up, and one of the more recent special models that has continued to have a strong market following is the Speedster model. However, does that increased value get boosted or negated when you look at a modified version of the original – a car like this Strosek wide body version of the 1994 Speedster: