Euro 1987 Alpina B6 2.7 for sale

I give the E30 M3 a lot of love for many reasons.  Foremost, it’s my Eleanor, the perfect car that I’d give up all others for.  Its racing pedigree and gorgeous homologated shape only add to that desire.  But I think one thing that allows the M3 to be held in such exceptional regard is that it’s based off the quintessential, and thus ubiquitous, cheap German sports car, the BMW 3-series.  The fact that E30 318s and 325s are such regulars in beater race series like 24 Hours of Lemons and Chumpcar highlights their quick, cheap, and omnipresent nature.  The fact that the M3 explodes all of the good things about the E30 and is so hard to get ahold of leaves it on a misty pedestal while the lesser E30s pass as mundane.

Automobiles such as this Alpina B6 can distract some 3-series attention from the M3.  From the same North Wales seller as the B9 3.5 Coupe recently featured, this 2.7L sedan puts out more power than an M3 and has it’s own eye-catching styling.

The car looks to be in great shape and has covered just over 80k miles.  The silver Alpina stripes look absolutely awesome on Alpinweiss, and if you’ve read this site much, you know how I feel about those wheels (lust).  I also like the fact that it’s a 4-door.  The massive front spoiler looks like it could use some support via some other body pieces on the sides and back, but the railroad look is cool in its own way, and I love the old black lip spoiler out back.  The seller says it’s quicker than an M3, which it may be in a straight line but I doubt it can match the M3’s homologated suspension bits in the twisties.  Even if the seller is to be believed, the $12.5k Buy-it-Now price is fast approaching M3 territory, to say nothing of the importation worries.  Enticing, but my money would still be drawn to the boxed fenders before the train scoop.

-NR

High-mile, well-maintained E30 M3 for sale

Another rare, attractively-priced E30 M3 has come up on eBay that could give someone the chance to fulfill their dreams without destroying their bank account.  We’ve seen examples go north of $30k, with the majority of the market in the mid-teens these days.  High-mileage M3s have become the last affordable way to get in the ultimate homologated BMW sports car, and this one comes in decent condition considering it’s covered 190k miles.

The mileage means it’s going to need a bit of work, but getting an M3 for under $10k is practically grand theft auto these days.  The engine looks very clean considering the mileage and age, and the interior and exterior each have highs and lows.  The Cinnabar Red looks pretty good though the front fascia has seen a lot of road.  The seats have normal E30 wear but aren’t falling apart, and the rest of the front interior looks pristine.  With less than day left and reserve off, the bidding is at $7,900.  If people say you have to spend $15k to get a nice M3, this one will give you plenty of breathing room to make it gorgeous.

-NR

Restored 1973 Audi LS

Vintage Audis always seem to be more uncommon than their Bavaraian and Stuttgart counterparts, so when this restored Audi LS appeared on eBay, it caught my eye. Introduced in 1968, this was Audi’s largest car since revival of the brand in 1965. Developed in secret against VW management’s wishes, the 100 was a commercial success, so much so that production shifts were added at the Wolfsburg factory, thus making the 100 the first water cooled vehicle produced in the factory.

Here we have a stunning example of the car that put Audi back on the map, replete with the 1.8 liter engine:

The seller states:

I am selling a beautiful 1973 Audi 100 LS, the car was completely restored a few years ago, including a brand new paint job, not the cheap kind, but all trim, glass, door panels, lights were removed, car was repainted in the original arctic blue. There is no Bondo on the car, new windshield and rear glass rubber trim (that is expensive from Germany).

The pictures show the condition of the car, the engine starts right up, new brakes all around, new shocks, new plugs, wires, rotor, points and most importantly no rust. I installed custom made by “Lokari” in Germany front inner fender guards to prevent dirt and moisture from accumulating on top of the headlight bezels (that is a bad rust spot on most of these cars).

The seats, carpets, door panels, headliner are all in great shape, the blue mats are just there to protect the original. The car has an alpine radio with CD player. Front and rear retractable seat belts, passenger side mirror also installed on the car, rear defroster. The bumpers are perfect, all chrome also. Everything works as it should, no issues, I drove the car 2800 miles in 3 days, it was a blast. This old car is like the energizer bunny, it keeps on going and going!

This beautiful car would be great to drive around or to show up at your job at an Audi dealership or to place on display at an Audi dealership, that was the car that put the new Audi on the map after Mercedes sold the Auto Union brand to VW in the mid 60’s.

Please ask any questions, I am only selling a few cars to get hopefully the Audi “holy grail” car I have wanted for many, many years! The only defect is a small rock chip on the leading edge of the hood (picture enclosed).

This car will make the new owner very happy. It looks wonderful and runs great, the parts are quite easy to find on the internet. The only upgrade I would do is install a “Pertronix” ignition, just bought one for my 73 Audi coupe, it seems to run just fine. The Pertronix replaces the points with solid state ignition, never have to replace points again.

There is something about light metallic blue colors that always looks good on German sedans. NADA is pegging a high retail value of this car around $1,775. My instinct tells me it will probably pull a lot more, however will still probably however below $5,000. The value of these early Audis, at least from the auctions and sales I’ve seen, tends to lag behind BMWs and Mercedes-Benzes of the era. This is a shame, because this particular 100 is an attractive sedan that is in excellent condition and deserves respect for putting Audi back on the map.

-Paul

Seized 2008 Mercedes SLR McLaren

For those of you who follow the investment world you probably heard of ponzi scam artist Scott Rothstein. With him looking at up to 100 years in jail and the feds taking all his assets, his large modern exotic car collection is up for auction.
The auction catalog doesn’t have too much from Germany. It does have a Bugatti Veyron.
The one German item that caught my eye was this canary yellow SLR convertible. The auction happens June 3rd in Florida.

The high profile nature of this case probably means lots of people will be watching the auction so you may not find any deals here. Also I suspect in a situation like this the yokels who towed the cars and are setting up the auction probably beat the ever loving crap out of the cars doing donuts in the parking lot.

~Evan

Truly Immaculate 1985 BMW 635CSi for sale

The E24 6-series holds a cult following that has become more and more vocal around the automotive world recently.  Admired for the unmistakable landshark aesthetic, the best engineering BMW had to offer, and unadulterated (or is that adulterated?) 80s charm, loyal reader and commenter Bob brought to our attention an example that should have the cult of 6 screaming.  Screaming at one another to buy it; at their wives to let them buy it; at their parents/bank/ATM to lend them the money.  This Golden Shark is a truly spectacular 2-owner, 64k-mile beauty at a pleasing price.

1985 BMW 635CSi for sale on eBay

The seller isn’t joking when he says it looks like it has 10k miles on it.  He and the original owner confirm that this thing hasn’t been driven in the rain. Ever.  It’s the nicest 6-series I’ve seen, inside and out, but isn’t priced like other “collectable” 80s BMWs these days.  An E30 M3 or E28 M5 in this condition would go for well over $20k, yet this gold-chained beauty has a Buy-it-Now price of just $11,995.  Maybe it’s the color, but if you’re going gaudy 80s, you might as well embrace some gold while you’re at it.  It certainly isn’t the provenance or the condition; those are unparalleled.  The growing E24 cult should snap this baby up as quickly as possible before they become like the huddle Gollums searching for a clean, reasonably priced M3.

Born on the 25th in 1985, it’s my golden birthday this year.  This would be an appropriate present.

-NR

Clean, low mileage 1993 190E 2.6

While there have been a few mint condition 190E 2.3-16s appear on this site, the garden variety 2.6 is more of a rarity these days. Especially with mileage this low. Originally introduced in 1986, the 2.6 liter inline six gave the W201 chassis the legs it needed to compete in the upper end of the compact luxury segment. The car we see here on eBay is the last of the breed, as 1994 saw the introduction of the W202 C class and a whole new naming scheme for the Mercedes-Benz lineup.

The seller states:

One owner bought new with 27 tested miles, all Mercedes Benz service records are from the dealership since new. These include oil changes, all filters, flushes, brakes, rotors, and the transmission was serviced as recommended at the dealership 21 pages documenting the service.

This 190E 2.6 has only been maintained at a Mercedes Benz new car dealership with is rare for a ’93. The title was never stamped with a lien it was bought new with cash. Sticker priced according to the original window sticker was $36,175 and the mileage was noted at 20mpg city 25mpg highway. It has the optional wiper listed at $305 and the anti theft system listed at $570.

The vehicle prep center was Chicago with its port of origin being Baltimore shipping # 2200. This exceptionally clean Mercedes Benz has been garage kept and driven in only PA summer weather. The owner stayed in Florida during the winters and had other autos in Florida to drive leaving this in the heated garage in pa all winter. This explains the low miles of only about 4,000 miles a summer.

The rims have never been painted or touched a curb a rarity especially for a woman driver. And the back seat I don’t even think has ever been used, no pets were in this Benz nor were it ever smoked in. head liner and all are just perfect. I have spent time in California, I’ve purchased and driven cars in California and this car is just as nice underneath as any car from California. Naturally everything looks like new.

There are only a few chips and small scratches and a wear spot worn through the material on the interior pillar between front and rear doors. I was driving this car for a couple of weeks and is it ever a pleasure to drive. It has lots of highway power and it will cruise with anything and handle better than most new cars built today. The black paint is black not any kind of metallic and the lower is a nickel as shown in the pictures.

Towards the end of college, my father had a 1992 Diamant Blau (Diamond Blue) 2.6. My mother had located the car for sale in the classified ads in the Washington Post with 102,000 miles on it. The car was extremely well taken care of and it made it all the more painful when it was totaled (not his fault) in an accident. I just sent my father this auction, as my parents live in PA. This might just be the ticket to replace his beloved 2.6. I miss that car dearly, as well. If you have never driven a 2.6, I highly recommend it. In my opinion, the combination of handling, comfort, size and seamless inline six power was perfected by Mercedes-Benz in this model.

-Paul

1986 Alpina B9 3.5 Coupe for sale

What happens when you take a BMW tuner that turns all BMWs into shark-nosed road monsters and unleash it upon the sharkiest of all BMWs?

Ubershark.

Obviously based on the E24, Alpina applies their usual chunky front and rear spoilers, tron-graphics, and infinitely-spoked wheels to create the B9 3.5 Coupe.  A subtle but vast improvement on the NA 635CSi is the Euro bumpers.  All this combines for one mean looking package with some beef behind it, as the Alpina came with an improved 3.5L I6 pushing out 245hp, a healthy boost over the 635’s 215hp.  That power is nice, but really, you’re buying this car for the looks.  This example is in North Wales, GB and is far from perfect, but it’s only covered 56k miles and could be made great.

There are some things wrong with this car.  Some cracks here and there, notably the front splitter and the dash.  It’s in Wales, and though they offer a shipping option, you will may run into some federalization issues.  The biggest turn off for me about this car though is the chunky automatic gear selector in the middle.

Acknowledging those shortcomings, there’s a lot of awesomeness going on here, almost entirely in the looks department.  Holy cow.  Those lines, the spoilers, and the wheels that really tie the room together.  Notice how when the center caps are gone, it’s a totally different look?  Yeah, those wheels are the hotness.  Anyways.  It’s been posted before and it’s stuck at $4k on eBay now, so something in the “cons” section is keeping people away.  For me, it’s worth a chunk of money just to look at.

-NR

Aaron also came across this car and adds these thoughts.

1985 BMW 6-Series Alpina B9 for Sale
May 19, 2010 by Aaron

If you did not see my rant last week, I was going on and on (and on) about the rarity of real Alpina’s in the states. As if on cue a company by the name of Performance Legends in North Wales has listed three Alpina’s on eBay. All three of which look to be in good to excellent condition. Alpina’s are far more common in the UK, so the seller’s notion to offer these up to buyers in the states is a stroke of genius. Here is an example:

1985 BMW 6-Series Alpina B9 for Sale:

From the seller’s ad –

“Welcome to this listing for a very rare Alpina B9 3.5 Coupe that we recently imported from Japan. We are experienced importers and exporters of specialist performance cars and we can offer shipping of this car from the UK to the US East Coast for $2000. We would like you to be totally comfortable buying from us so if you would like more photos of the car or any particular areas of the car, please let us know and we will get them for you. The Alpina VIN is WAPB935C05B910557 and we have verified that the engine and head numbers are original and matching with the Alpina factory records. The car is number B9-557 according to the Alpina plaque on the centre console and was built in Buchloe in July 1985.

We can supply the car with either its original 16″ alloy wheels or the 17″ wheels also shown. If you would like both sets there will be an additional cost. This B9 is in good condition especially considering that it is nearly 25 years old, with both sound bodywork and mechanicals. The car is fully UK registered with all paperwork and all import taxes paid already. There is some minor cosmetic work required to make this car perfect, but nothing major and most importantly there is no rot in the bodywork.

In our opinion the mileage of the car is original, and it has never been accident damaged although we can not guarantee either of these things due to its age. The engine, gearbox and other mechanical parts are in excellent condition and we have just completed a full fluid service including spark plugs and filters. The interior is also in excellent condition with only a couple of minor faults. This Alpina drives very well indeed and I was very pleasantly surprised how nice it is when I recently completed 100 mile trip in it. Everything seems to work ok including the electrics etc. We are having a stock clear-out and as such we will listen to any sensible offers, however as it is a really nice car and deserves to go to a good home, we will not be giving it away.”

I chose the B9 as it is my favorite Alpina, while this one is not perfect it is a knockout as it sits. It is rare to find a seller so willing to export to the states, a starting bid of less than $13k and another $2k for shipping does not seem unreasonable. It would also take some cash to federalize this B9, however, the older these cars get the easier they are the federalize. There are several boutique dealers on the West Coast that will work with the seller to import the car and handle the necessary paperwork and needed changes to make the car US road ready.

If you did not see my rant last week, I was going on and on (and on) about the rarity of real Alpina’s in the states. As if on cue a company by the name of Performance Legends in North Wales has listed three Alpina’s on eBay. All three of which look to be in good to excellent condition. Alpina’s are far more common in the UK, so the seller’s notion to offer these up to buyers in the states is a stroke of genuis. Here is an example:
Is it worth it? Would it be easier to import one of these cars from Toronto which has become the Alpina capitol of North America? I have the feeling that Alpina fans are going to kick themleves in 20 years when they are even more scarce than they are now. What say you? Any Alpina owners out there who care to comment on these cars?

~Aaron.

63k-mile 1984 VW GTI

Beauty may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but A1 GTIs are so gorgeous.  Something about the perfect little two-box shape, wide fenders, and sharky little nose get me going.  And yes, they’re on just about everyone’s short lists for best-handling, most fun, and most influential cars.  I had the chance to get a lowered, diesel-geared and Quaife-diff’d orange one from the guy who bought my Rabbit Truck, but my dad (I was in high school) had already decided a Toyota pickup would be more reliable and useful.  But I digress.  If I had $5k to spend on a fun little car right now, a clean Mk1 GTI would be where that money went.  This beautiful, 99% original example is for sale in a hot eBay auction with 32 bids at the time of writing.

It’s not perfect, but that will hopefully be a benefit as it will keep the price within the VW stratosphere (though the fierce bidding may threaten a reasonable sale price).  63k miles is awesome, and despite a few imperfections, this thing is superb.  A well-maintained GTI with lots of life left in it?  Worth quite a bit of money to me.  If you’ve been waiting for the right one, jump in with the dozens of other bids…

-NR

1995 Porsche 968 Coupe

I’ll admit, I have a thing for the Porsche 968, especially a late model example such as this one. This car, located in my hometown, has been serviced by RS Barn, which is a well known shop amongst enthusiasts in the Delaware Valley.

The seller states:

Last year of this wonderful water cooled Porsche, best of 924/944/968 series. We got this car on trade for 993 cab. Car comes with all keys manuals and service history.We also have a complete tool kit and cargo cover for the car(not pictured).Tires are about 80% tread left. Car has only 20 miles since last service by RS barn in Newtown PA. Over $2500 spent to make it perfect, all fluids, timing belt, brakes were done .Everything to make a new owner happy. Interior is also in very good shape, everything including a/c works on this car. After careful inspection we discovered that the car had some previous paint work, but all panels, fenders ,doors are still original. Car runs and drives exeptionally ,and the torque of the Porsche 3.0L is really impressive.There are no signs of the track use, however I would recommend to the new buyer to take this car to the track, with perfect balance this car will outrun much more powerfull cars.No reserve on this one, Don’t miss it, and you can’t buy them every day.

This may not be the preeminate Porsche on everyone’s mind, but the 968’s handling is legendary. It could very well possess the best moves of any modern day sports car. With no reserve on the auction, it’s certain that this fairly clean example should see the better side of $10,000. Noted journalist Jeremy Clarkson agreed, however, it wasn’t his top choice, as we see in the following clip:

-Paul

1995 BMW M5 E34 Touring Wagon Supercharged

This beautiful, rare, find comes from reader Peter.
Euro sport wagons have a cult following. The top of the line performance models, Audi RS, Benz AMG, and BMW M wagons, are scarcely available at bargain prices. This is in part because they are made in such small numbers, but also because they take the idea of the Q ship one step further, by hiding the wolf in a sheep’s clothing of a station wagon. People love these, practical, easier to convince a significant other that they are a good purchase, but loaded with all the horsepower and road handling of their standard brethren.
The Euro only M5 Touring Wagon model would be fantastic had been bone stock, but it even includes some more impressive additions.
This is one of only four built in the splendid Orinoco Green Metallic paint. It also has the two tone interior.
What sets this car even further out from the crowd is the Albrex supercharger attached to the 3.8 liter six. The car has been tuned by Diebold and dynoed at 440 horsepower at the fly wheel.
The 18″ M-parallels look good with the classic lines. The manual will certainly provide for plenty of entertainment and keep the boost up.
Parts listed by the seller:

Double sunroof (front and rear)
BMW Traffic Pro (Becker) GPS, upgraded with full Infinity speakers throughout and sub.
Nuerburgring package, with dual mode adaptive suspension, massive 345mm two piece aluminum hat rotors
Euro “smiley” headlights retained with “city lights” and upgraded with 50w HID.
Aero roof rack
Kmac camber plates
rear window retractable side shades
UUC short shifter

New parts:
New Michelin PS2s (less than 1000 miles)
New Sachs sintered clutch
New Boge OE Nuerburgring adaptive struts
Brand new aluminum radiator with electric fans
Brand new water pump
New HR springs
Brand new Nuerburgring front brake rotors

Such a great car, I think it would fit just fine in my garage. $23,900 buy-it-now with 73,993 miles. Seems fair priced to me for a rare vehicle catering to a niche market.

~Evan