2003 MINI Cooper S, Original Owner, 37k Miles

OK, so it may be half German, but BMW had enough influence in the design of the new MINI in 2002 that I thought it wouldn’t hurt to include one, as it has been almost a year since we featured one here on GCFSB. Here we have an early example of the Cooper S with low miles being sold by its original owner.

The seller states:

I and the car are located in Seattle. I am the private owner and I have the clear title in my hand.

Here are the Carfax details (you will get a copy)

2003 MINI COOPER S
VIN: WMWRE33463TD62474
HATCHBACK 2 DR
1.6L L4 FI DOHC 16V
FRONT WHEEL DRIVE

No accident / damage reported to CARFAX

I am the private owner of this very low miles Mini Cooper S. It has 37,400 miles and comes with an after market Borla exhaust and K&N airfilter. The car has new brakes, brand new tires and a fully documented, paid check up inspection from a local Mini specialist. Mechanically, the car is perfect. I suspect it is one of the lower mileage 2003 Mini’s in the area. Car is black with dark grey interior. Fully loaded options to include iPhone jack and sunroof. However, no nav. Clean car fax. This has been our driver for the last few years. Never a problem. A very special low miles MINI S.

More pics:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/7838204@N08/sets/72157625609013319/

Based on the year and mileage, it’s fair to say this example will probably sell in the $12k to $14k range. For those following this board, you might have seen my Mercedes-Benz C230 up for sale. I sold it to a close friend last week and purchased a 2006 Cooper S with the 6 speed manual for just a little over $15k. I’ve owned an E30 BMW 325is, two Volkswagen GTIs with the 2.0 engine and two Mercedes-Benz C230 sedans (a W202 and W203). This Cooper S is hands down my favorite car I have ever owned. It’s small without being cartoonish, the supercharged and intercooled engine provides effortless power in every gear and the handling is beyond reproach. I’ve bonded with this car in a way I never did with my last Mercedes. This much is certain, I won’t be letting the mighty Cooper S out of my grasp anytime soon. Hopefully this particular MINI featured here finds a good home.

-Paul

1990 Mercedes Koenig Specials 560SEC Widebody

Koenig Specials started tuning Mercedes in 1984. They did work on Ferrari and Porsche as well and in most cases the finished project was significantly wider than it started. For Benzs K.S. offered supercharged and twin turbo variants. Customers were able to ask for pretty much anything they wanted. The trade mark though is those monster flares with tires as wide as they are tall, this one features 335/35/17 tires out back.

There is not a lot of description here, but the pictures do speak for themselves. The car has 33,000 miles. It would be great if it came with provenance/ownership history. Sometimes with cars like these it is hard to know what is stock and what isn’t underneath the obvious.

The interior has been totally customized with everything from a TV to a trunk mounted DVD an VHS player and lots of extra wood. 5 point harness and stylized Koenig gauges go along with the period cell phone.

The looks of Koenig cars can be polarizing, I for one like the monochromatic scheme in something other than white. No one can argue the exclusiveness of these nor their outrageous cost when new. Lots of bidding has this one up to $28,000 with the reserve not met or about quadruple what a decent standard 560SEC will cost you.

~Evan

1985 Merkur XR4Ti WRC Replica

Rallying has always fascinated me. In my opinion, it could very well be the most demanding of motorsports. It has also brought us some of the most legendary sporting cars to hit the streets, including the Audi Quattro, Lancia Delta Integrale and Renault R5 Turbo. A lesser known example to hit the circuit was the Ford Sierra RS Cosworth driven by Didier Auriol in 1988. An enthusiast in Canada has a replica of this very race car for sale, albeit based on the North American Merkur version of the Sierra.

The seller states:

1985 Merkur XR4Ti, 2.3lt Turbo 300+ HP, 5 Speed, Quaif LSD and much more. Replica of Didier Auriol’s WRC winning Panach Sierra Cosworth in ’88 Tour De Corse. Street legal & passes Ontario E-testing and safety inspections. Car was built to 2006 CARS rally regulations. Minimal upgrades to bring up to current rules.
This car ran in the ’07 & ’08 Targa Newfoundland tarmac Rally in Open Class. Car is amzingly fast and an absolute blast to drive and could be even faster and finish higher with an experienced crew. Never crashed or wrecked.

Car is highly modified. Car was featured in the January 2010 Performance Ford Magazine and been shown at the All Ford Nationals in Carlisle many times. This car can easily be configured to run gravel with only a few minor changes and it fits in the Group 5 class, Max Attack as well as the Classic division. This would be an excellent car to campain for the 2WD championship. Car comes with many many extra parts, 8 tires (Michelin Asphalt), 20 wheels, spare body pannels&glass, mechanical components, trans, diffs etc. Never been wrecked or crashed. Car has less than 3,000 miles on it since it was built!

Specs;

-Ford 2.3 lt Lima turbo block .020” overbore, balanced and knife edge crank, shotpeened con-rods, Sealed Power coated pistons, compression lowered to 7.5:1, modified oiling system with external cooler, ARP hardware throughout, Esslinger aluminum flywheel.

-Cast iron head, extensively ported with larger valves, Ford Motorsport A237 roller camshaft, Race Engineering adjustable cam gear, custom made engine mounts.

-SC50 T3/T04e Turbo, ATR downpipe with Tial external wastegate, full 3” front to rear exhaust with catalytic converter in place, Turbosmart dual stage boost controller, Turbosmart Supersonic blow-off valve, RS500 style Intercooler, Custom C&R aluminum dual pass racing radiator w/dual fans, Custom made Phil Marshal intake manifold, Walboro 255 fuel pump, 42 lb/hr injectors, SDS programmable stand-a-lone engine management system from Western Motorsports with A/F ratio manual adjust & A/F readout with data logging, engine HP is estimated at around 300 @ 15 psi boost (low setting) and turbo is rated to 30 psi but never run at that level. Sorry no dyno sheet available as it was road tuned.

-Ford Ranger serpentine belt conversion for simplification and ease of obtaining replacement parts. Also allows for much better & larger alternator options.

-Mustang WorldClass T5 5-speed trans, Goldstar 4 puck racing clutch, MGW racing shifter, 1 piece HD Mustang driveshaft, David Godfrey billet aluminum clutch quadrant and manual clutch adjuster.

-7.5” XR4Ti/Sierra diff with 3.64:1 gear on a Quaif LSD, MC2 HD poly diff mount, Powerflex Polly bushed throughout.

-Rear disk brake conversion using Thunderbird Turbocoupe cross drilled rotors & Calipers, front Mustang PBR 2 pot brake conversion with Contour SVT cross drilled & grooved rotors, EBC Red-Stuff pads all around, David Godfrey master cylinder adapter with a Thunderbird master cylinder, Willwood manual bias valve mounted to the hydraulic handbrake, hydraulic handbrake from Demon Tweeks.

-Front Leda coilovers with 500 lb springs, rear Gaz shocks with 750 lb inboard springs.

-Larger Ford Sierra Cosworth swaybars f&r

-Custom David Godfrey front strut bar with Caster/Camber adjuster plates

-Fiberglass body kit from MC Rally (mostly RS but RS500 wings)

-8xFactory Ford 16×7.5 RS wheels with 8xMichelin PilotSport Cup tires (4 used, 4 new), also 12×15” Mustang 10 hole rims for mounting of Gravel tires.

-Custom made skid plate with copies of original Ford 909 WRC cross member & front tow hooks
Interior

-1x Sparco Rev Racing FIA Cert seat, 2xSchroth 6 point harnesses good to end of 2010, Sparco quick release steering wheel, Custom instrument cluster with all Autometer gauges (tach, speedo, fuel, coolant temp, oil temp, exhaust temp, oil pressure, boost, voltage), Terratrip 303+ Rally computer with remote display & reset

-Terraphone Intercom system + 2 TerraPhone practice headsets, wired for 2-way radio with Motorola antenna mount on roof, video camera mount, Custom roll cage by CSC Racing in Newmarket- Ontario (will need 1 additional roof cross brace added to comply with latest rules), Sparco co-driver foot rest, 2 Fire Extinguishers, Triangle kit and more.

-Euro Ford Sierra headlights, fog lights all relayed. Panel switches for auxiliary lights . Air horns with additional co-driver foot switch. Moroso battery box mounted in rear seat area with new sealed Optima Yellow Top batter, battery kill switch in dash & labeled. 3 or 4 sets of vehicle keys.

-Many boxes of spare parts, engine parts, f&r subframes, body parts (doors, hood), diffs, , Factory shop manuals, and much much more included with car.

The seller states the vehicle was appraised at $35,000, so I’d guess the reserve is north of $20,000. Race cars are never an easy sell, but given this vehicle is street legal, it may just fit the bill for a certain buyer. It certainly is a nice tribute to an important part of WRC history, and would make a great conversation piece for vintage race events.

-Paul

1991 BMW 318i Supercharged for sale

When inspecting a car to write up, the “cool car!” tipping point is usually reached at the sight of a monster engine, clean exterior or modifications, or low miles on a desirable car. Today, then, is the first time when it was the interior that pushed me over the edge and really showed this car to be the total package. The seller took a clean, if mundane, 318i sedan and has made it into an unassuming but amazing car. Using Lotus as inspiration and working to “add lightness” while keeping it functional and classy, he supercharged the robust M42 1.8L to get M3 power in a lighter package.

Selected thoughts from the seller:

This is a very special, Downing Atlanta Supercharged E30. The inspiration for this car was to be as light and fun as my Lotus Elise but with more practical use and without all the attention. After the death of a dear “Car Guy Buddy” a few years ago, the search was on for a clean 91 318i sedan as I thought a bit of garage therapy was exactly what I needed. Long story short, the project was a huge success, being a very livable car on the street and a total blast when play time comes.

Again, the theme of this project was to add lightness but still keep the car luxurious and streetable. Perhaps the car we car guys WISH BMW would build today. To this degree everything I deemed dead weight (like a big heavy battery and the antique airbag system including wiring) was tossed. However, I gave a nod to creature comforts like a decent, modern audio system with bluetooth and Ipod, plus heated seats and so forth.

The starting point was perhaps the most overlooked BMW ever built. The 91 E30 318i. A great engine full of twin cam fun in a beautiful, slender body that weighs about 2600lbs, or roughly about 1000lbs less than your neighbor’s portly E90…

…Numerous parts were ordered. When I say numerous I mean thousands and thousands of dollars worth of parts. I was left with a sea of brown boxes stacked next to my Alpine White E30 and an empty wallet. Over the next months (maybe even year or two) the E30 was slowly transformed into the car BMW should build today but won’t. The majority of parts and mods is as follows.

HR/Bilstein Sports
16″ OZ wheels
3.91 Limited Slip Rear (used but works great-2 black marks)
Downing Atlanta Supercharger kit (Price one out, not cheap) I figure close to 200 HP, but not quite according to DA figures.
VDO boost, pressure and temp gauges in custom ashtray delete, trip computer delete mounting
Euro M3 steering wheel (New=$$, No Airbag so don’t crash, please don’t buy my car if you are an idiot. Airbag bulb deleted)
Euro lip spoiler
Factory Sport Seats dyed to match, installed aftermarket seat heaters. Toasty warm.
E30 M3 roof antenna. Deleted the powered boat anchor antenna.
OE BMW mud guards, factory floor mats, M knob.
Alpine CD/Ipod/bluetooth, Alpine Amp, custom 6.5 rear speakers and separate tweeters. Nothing crazy, just nice.
Suede wrapped parcel shelf
Odyssey aircraft battery with custom mount. Weighs almost nothing and works fine.
15″ alloys on slicks for track use. Only two “drivers ed” days ever. Lots of surprised faces in the pits when we rolled back in!
Front and rear stress bars
Supersprint exhaust
Some stuff I forgot
LOTS AND LOTS OF LABOR AND LOVE
Things it will need someday if you buy it.

The oil pan gasket has just started leaking, probably because I have not driven the car much this season. Not leaking much but will leave a mark occasionally.
There is a tweety bird living in one of the belt rollers, sometimes. It comes and goes.
That’s it.
You will have to fix something, someday on this 20 year old BMW. I don’t know what, but you should know how to pop a hood if you are going to buy this car. The car is very well sorted and I would not hesitate to drive it anywhere, but please be realistic. If you drive a stock Camry because you want to, this maybe isn’t the car for you.

I really dig this car. I love that it’s a 4-door, and the baby 318 at that. The seller approached it with a clear thesis in mind and executed it well. If some more OEM-looking wheels could achieve the same lightness, I’d go with that, but no matter what this car seems poised to surprise. Its modifications and capabilities might seem more fitting on a track rat E30, but the fact that the exterior and interior are show-room beautiful and clean is what makes this little Bimmer well worth the asking price of $8,990. He seems open to offers as well, so someone could come out of this with a steal of a toy.

-NR

2001.5 Audi S4 6-Speed for sale in the Bay Area

I haven’t indulged my S4 infatuation in some time, and today I found one in the Bay Area that’s pushing a lot of good buttons. My appreciation of the B6/7 S4 centered mostly around the name. The new B8 S4, while still large, is much sleeker and seems to continue the understated aggression of the B5 better than the middle children. The 1997-2002 B5 just seems to be a simpler, more elegant machine that reaches its performance and attractiveness with greater ease. The final “2001.5” model year for these brought some mild upgrades which enhanced reliability. Turbo, AWD, and a 6-speed – the only word missing here is Avant.

2001.5 Audi S4 6-speed for sale on Craigslist SF

From the seller:

2001.5 Blue Audi S4 6 spd PREM PKG Heated SEATS B5 82K Clean Title

2nd owner B5 body with clean title (never been in an accident)…NON SMOKER
NO warning lights…Everything works (ie. AC, Heater, Electrical, etc)
Very clean and great condition exterior and interior.
Mileage of 82,xxx miles is super low for a 2001.5 year S4
2001.5 year is a great year for the B5 S4 because of the new enhancements…less Turbo failure and these things:
Different ECU (M vs. H for a manual)
No FHose in the 2001.5
Different Oil Inlet lines for the Turbos in 2001.5
Different Shifter stalk in the 2001.5, and they also have different badges on the 2001.5
California Registration expires till July 2011.

VIN # WAURD68D11A140038 (So you can run your CarFax or Autochecks)

STOCK ITEMS:
Santorin Blue Pearl exterior
Silver/Grey Leather Interior w/ Wood Trim
2.7L DOHC SMPI 30-valve bi-turbo ENGINE (AMS chipped ECU)
Premium Package (heated seats, power seats for driver and passenger)
6 speed manual (Transmission is in GREAT shape, NO issues at all)
OLD School Stock Audi GPS in center speedometer area
Stock BOSE Stereo system (upgraded front speakers) w/ 6 disc CD Changer
Moonroof/Sunroof
Xenon Lights
Mobil 1 Synthetic Oil every 5K miles oil change
All Wheel Drive Quattro System
Toyo Proxes 4 Tires (225/40/ZR18) All 4 BRAND NEW 1 month ago
Mud Guards

ADDED MODIFICATIONS ITEMS:
Clear Bra all around (front bumper, hood, side mirrors, side doors and doors handles, trunk bumper area)
VW Audi RS4 Rims – 18″…sorry, no stock rims
AMS chipped ECU (produces roughly 310 HP and 370 lbs of torque)
HKS Turbo Timer for longevity of Turbo life
KONI Stasis Coilovers
Air Intake w/ cone filter (also have factory box)
Tinted all around, however backs are darker
Short Shifter
Kamei Black Grill
Rear Audi Sport License Plate holder

This car exemplifies the “OEM Plus” school of thought, and it’s working very well. Sometimes modern wheels look out of place on older models, but the RS4 wheels look great here. A nicely lowered stance, black grill, and the awesome addition of mudflaps complete the subtle-but-aggressive look. Great modifications on a well-chosen model, ready to go for $10.5k; higher than some B5s out there, but the lower mileage and overall cleanliness make it worth it.

-NR

1975 Mercedes 450SEL 46k miles

On one hand I want to let people know that the prices of good w116 and w123 Mercedes have been steadily climbing. On the other hand the more we talk about it the less of a chance their is of me finding a bargain on what use to be an under appreciated classic, the w116.

This beautiful U.S. version 450SEL has covered a mere 46,000 miles. The car features a stunning red interior, with complementary subtle red pinstripe on the exterior, that is likely contributing to the bidding on this car.

Things look factory fresh with all the parts in the right places. Correct painted hubcaps and original Becker Grand Prix, have been saved rather than tossed for ugly aftermarket parts that are so common on these.

The engine bay is clean, the original tool kit complete, the A/C blows cold, the original manuals come with the car. These are all things that occasionally get over looked, combined together they paint a picture of good owner care and add to buyer interest.

Bidding is up to $9,000, with the reserve not met. I’ve said this before, 450SEL drivers could be had in the sub $2,000 range, some even into sub $1,000, not that long ago. We have seen several Benzs recently from the 70s and 80s show, still reasonable, but surprisingly strong prices. The w116 was a well crafted car and the appreciation monetarily and emotionally is growing. I can’t say it any better than what the seller writes: “these W116 chassis cars were made to be driven and clean low mileage examples like this one are getting very hard to find.”

~Evan

Original Owner, 1987 Mercedes-Benz 300E With 58k Miles

The W124 is one of those revered Mercedes-Benzes that has enthusiasts pine for the days of this German manufacturer’s engineering feats. Introduced in 1985 as a replacement for the equally legendary W123 lineup, the 300E was the bread and butter mid sized sedan for Mercedes and came equipped with the ubiquitous 3.0 liter straight six, producing 178 horsepower. Here we have an exceptionally well cared for, one owner early version of the 300E for sale in Maryland.

1987 Mercedes-Benz 300E on Hemmings

The seller states:

I am the original owner of this, garage kept, covered, hand washed, pretty day toy. Never driven in inclement weather. Not a mark, ding or dent on this car. Original factory spare, tools still in factor wrapper. New tires about 10,000 miles ago. Car has 58,000 miles. Dealer 60,000 mile service done within the last 2 months at a cost of $1,500. Automatic, cruise control, A/C, AM/FM Cassette player, electric adjustable seats with memory, sun roof, 6 cylinder 3.0 liter gas engine.

Getting ready to retire, and I currently have too many cars and am selling this one and an original owner 230SLK in the the same condition. This is a car that is known for longevity. I see them often with 200,000 plus miles on them. For the price of a used Honda you can have a virtually new Mercedes that has a lot of useful life left.
$14,000 negotiable.

Like the 230E I featured a few months back, I believe this 300E represents the qualities that Mercedes-Benz built it’s reputation on: restrained luxury, timeless design and excellence in engineering. With less than 60,000 miles on the clock, this car has a lot of life left and even though $14,000 seems steep for a 24 year old sedan, the owner is willing to negotiate and honestly, I don’t think you could buy a more durable car for the price.

Even though I sold my 2007 C Class Mercedes this week, I must say I miss my father’s 190E and 400E and believe that the 1980s and 1990s produced some of the best that Mercedes had to offer. I’m certain that someday, I’ll own another Benz from this era. They are truly usable classics.

The following is a video (in German) from the Mercedes-Benz Faszination series highlighting the W124 series:

-Paul

Reader Ride: 2006 Audi S4 Avant For Sale in Los Angeles

A good friend and supporter of the site is giving up his very sharp Dolphin Grey on black S4 Avant. And not only is it the Avant, it also has the 6 speed manual! He has the car well priced and here is a copy of his Craigslist listing:

Update 1.30.2011: SOLD!

2006 Audi S6 Avant For Sale Silver on Black 6 Speed

2006 Audi S6 Avant For Sale Silver on Black 6 Speed

I am selling my 2006 Audi S4 6spd Avant that is Dolphin Grey with Black Leather with 60K miles. I am the 3rd owner and purchased it from a very good friend of mine.

The car is in excellent condition and is essentially stock, however it does have the following upgrades:

– B7 RS4 Black Grill
– 19×8.5 Rotiform MIA Wheels with Machined face and new Nitto 555 Tires
– Factory RNS-E Radio/Navigation with factory Blue Tooth and iPod connection

The car has a California Salvage Title on it due to having the engine replaced. This vehicle has never been involved in any kind of accident and I have a clean CarFax to prove this.

I purchased the car from a friend that was an avid Audi owner. The previous owner unfortunately damaged the original engine while driving in the rain in January of 2010. He drove through a puddle and sucked up a small amount of water which hydrolocked the engine. This was unfortunately due to him not having in place the passenger side fender liner, and that is where the air box sucks in air.

His insurance company, AAA, ended up total losing the car since a new motor could not be sourced from Audi as they no longer make complete engines. I purchased the car from him in March of 2010 and took it to a shop in Long Beach, CA that specializes in Audi vehicle repairs called Raven Motorsports. (www.ravenms.com)

The technicians at Raven had available a fresh engine from a 2005 S4 that had 45K miles on it, and sold it to me with a 6 month warranty. While the engine was replaced, they also did the following

– New Plugs
– New Coil Packs
– New Belts
– New AC Compressor
– New Oil Temperature Sensor
– New Oil Pressure Sensor

The car was completed in April with its new motor and it has been my wifes car ever since. We have now recently purchased a 2011 S4, so this car must go.

The car comes will all the receipts and maintenance records going back to new, along with all the receipts for the new engine. Also included is all the documentation from the prior owners insurance company detailing why it was a total loss.

The car has been garage kept its entire life and was just recently detailed. The inside and outside is in truly exceptional shape.

I am asking $22,500 which is an excellent price considering other B7 S4 Avants go for $28K to $30K+

I am located in Orange County and am available to show the car anytime.

I’ve had the pleasure of driving an S4 sedan with the 6 speed and it’s a complete blast! The all-wheel drive, lusty v8, and 6 speed make every run to the corner store a real pleasure. And after the corner store, you’re on your way to track day!

His asking price is $22,500 but has offered to give our readers an immediate discount at $21500. The buyer has also made the CARFAX available for interested parties.

Tell him you saw it on German Cars For Sale Blog!

dc

1990 560SEC AMG Widebody

This is a genuine AMG car with all the appropriate markings. The car has 37,000 miles and the seller wants $28,000. That is a lot less than the original cost. This would have been very close to the top Mercedes two door you could purchase when it was new. The ask price is high, but genuine unmolested AMG cars can bring big dollars. The car would get close to $30,000 if it had an AMG modified engine along with the bodywork, but this one retains its stock 5.6 liter V8. The seller seems to have had some confusion as to whether the car had a 6 liter AMG mill. Confusion like that can be a bit of a warning sign because having the original documentation and provenance on a car like this adds a lot to the value. The seller does state he has the original “guarantee” from AMG.
AMG speedometer and interior badges add to the package. Plus very expensive original AMG three piece rims fill out the widened wheel arches.
The description could use some more depth and I really don’t understand why people selling cars like this don’t spend a little extra time getting decent photographs.
As always AMG cars from this era and earlier are collectible and should retain their value well. This one is a bit costly in today’s market, but sure looks good.

~Evan

1997 Mercedes-Benz SL600

While the AMG lineup has taken Mercedes-Benz by storm over the past decade, lost in the cracks are the more pedestrian, yet equally special non-AMG V12 models. Fancy an SL with V12 power for Honda Civic money? Well, here’s your chance, although beware, because obviously a car like this won’t come with Civic-esque servicing costs.

The seller states:

1997 Mercedes-Benz 600SL Roadster. This is a sale by a private individual with the assistance of an agent. I will present (without bias) all realistic and reasonable offers to the seller.

Serial number: WDBFA76F8UF146015

36,721 original miles

Smoke Silver exterior (702 factory paint code)

Parchment Leather (565 factory interior color code)

Please see detailed photo below for list of options with factory codes

100% original paint

Perfect paint, no scratches or dings anywhere

100% original interior ~ no redye or aftermarket anything

Perfect interior ~ zero blemishes, zero.

Perfect leather, perfect carpet.

Serviced by Mercedes-Benz Dealership…not anywhere else

Meticulously maintained

Full factory books, owners manual, and stamped service booklet in factory pouch.

Perfect windshield, no chips

Perfect alloy wheels, no discoloration, no curb rash.

Both tops ~ hard and soft are perfect.

Original window sticker included.

The car drives perfect. The steering wheel is absolutely dead straight when the car is going straight. An amazing car. It is difficult to keep a 1997 looking this good. I congratulate the seller.

Low mileage R107 SLs aren’t that uncommon, but according to the Standard Catalog of Mercedes-Benz, there were only 738 SL600s produced in 1997. While the horsepower difference from the V8 to V12 is not entirely great, those who have driven them say that V12s bring a whole new level of smoothness to the driving experience. If you have the means and the resources to keep one of these classics on the road (tune ups are not going to be cheap), this is a relatively affordable way into a clean future classic.

-Paul