Near-perfect 1984 VW GTI for sale

Today’s gorgeous black Mk1 GTI comes to market after just 2 owners. The first, a VW/Porsche mechanic, had it for two decades before selling it to the current seller, who’s had it since 2006 and has taken extremely good care of it. With 304,000 miles on the chassis, it’s been around the block a few times, but got a rebuilt engine 120,000 miles ago and the interior has been very well maintained. This is how Mk1 GTIs should look.

1984 Volkswagen GTI for sale on eBay

The seller’s nice and thorough description:

Thank you for looking at my 1984 VW Rabbit GTI, I think you will be hard pressed to find a nicer one than this one. I looked for years to find a GTI in this kind of condition. I am the second owner of the car and have owned the car since 2006, I looked for three years to find the right one having one New in 1984 when I was in High school. I purchased the car from the original owner In Mountain View California. The car is complete with all factory paperwork including the original window sticker that is now laminated for its protection ( sold at Boardwalk VW Red wood city Ca. ), original yellow purchase agreement from the dealership, All factory books and manuals including the book small world by Volkswagen in 1984 that are very rare. This GTI is so clean that VW used it in 2004 for their postcards and I do have some copies that go with it. I have three sets of keys. It has been an excellent car in every way and the only reason that I am selling the car is because of a motorcycle accident my left ankle hurts when I drive a manual transmission for too long of a time. These are getting harder to find in this type of condition. Exterior: Original paint with the acceptation of the hood that was repainted due to some stone chips, the paint all around the car is deep and has no blems, very small clear coat peeling at top of the roof near rain gutter on drivers side but very , very minimal. There is no rust anywhere this car has always been in California and still retains its original Blue California License plates. Original Windshield has been changed due to stone and sand chips but all other glass is factory original in excellent shape. All factory stickers are in place along the driver and passenger door jams, under the hood, also dealer stickers for the upgraded AC system. The car sits on its original 14 inch wheels with new Michelin tires, I put European bumpers on the car for a cleaner look, also upgraded the headlights to European brighter lights. There is a light tint to the windows. This car has never been in any accidents and is the original sheet metal , the doors, hood and trunk shut and align perfect. Interior: The interior is the blue and red stripe that is like new with the acception of the driver side lower fabric that has a small about the size of a pencil eraser it never got any bigger so I did not change it, but I do have a larger piece of the original material if you decide you want to. I had new carpet laid down in a Mercedes material because I had the carpet taken out when a Dyna Matted the complete interior, floors, Headliner and doors, if you have never had a smaller car like the Rabbit they can be A little noisy the dyna mat reduced the noise in the Cabin by 40% it is like riding in a Mercedes for sound quality. Two sets of floor mats one in blue carpet and a set of weathertech rubber mats for the rainy season. I also put a new suede headliner in the car. The seats are not broken down and still are very firm even on the side bolsters. I upgraded the sound system to a high end Head unit that has CD, AM/FM/ I pod and XM radio, the dash and rear speakers were replaced and an extra set of door speakers installed, also a large amplifier and 8 in subwoofer that unplugs is in the rear cargo area, I have another set of door panels that are stock to replace the ones in the car now that have the larger speakers in them. I also have a blue tooth Parrot hands free kit installed that will match up to your cell phone that works well, There is a period UNGO box theft detection system in the glove box, it lights up but I never used it. The upgraded MOMO leather and suede steering wheel and hub with matching shift knob I do have the stock steering wheel that will go with the car , also after market Hella air horns. The car has factory AC that has been converted and blows ICE Cold, the front vent windows open that is an option on these a in 84. Cruise control does work. MOTOR AND SUSPENSION: The car is 100% stock with the acceptation of a stainless exhaust and ABA headers that are California legal, the car shows 304,000 miles on the chassis, the motor has been rebuilt at 180,00. The compression is excellent right now and the car runs outstanding I would not hesitate to drive it across the country. The car has had major routine service since it was new, the original owner of the car was a Master Porsche and VW mechanic and owner of a German car repair facility and kept excellent care of the car prior to my purchase, all miles are Highway miles. There are no leaks the car does drip, burn oil or have any out of the ordinary strange noises. I recently replaced the clutch and there is less than 4000 miles on it. I also replaced the brakes with a drilled rotor and upgraded pads, also stainless steel brake lines. The suspension is Koni shocks, there are Neuspeed upper strut tie bar, lower tie bar, front and rear sway bars, and a rear upper strut tie bar, the car is tight and handles very well. The transmission and syncros are excellent, I get 26MPG in the car. I have a Current Clear California Title in hand and a clean Car fax.

This car is a very clean, well taken care of GTI; in fact, it’s just about everything you’d want in a Mk1 GTI. Accordingly, it’s probably worth it’s $6k starting price, but the $10.5k Buy-it-Now has to be just a wishing point for a seller who doesn’t want to let his car go easily. In my eyes, 5-digit prices are reserved for low-mile, concourse VWs. Despite the quality of this example and the increasing desirability of these awesome GTIs, no 300k-mile GTI is going to sell for 10 grand.

-NR

1983 Mercedes-Benz 300SD with 50k Miles

With the fluctuations in gas prices over the past few years, fuel economy has been at the forefront of public debate and to a degree has dictated consumers’ buying habits. I’ve always had a sweet spot for the W126 S Class Mercedes-Benzes, and in an era of boring hybrids and overweight vehicles that get less miles per gallon than they could, a good old diesel is a pleasant remedy. Especially one with an eye towards luxury, engineering and durability.

The seller states:

Classic 1983 Mercedes Benz 300 SD Turbo Diesel, only 50,209 Miles, in Show Room condition, always garaged, never in snow or rain. All leather in mint condition, no wear or cracks. Power Door locks, seats and sun roof all in working condition, only thing that does not work is the clock and have not investigated the problem. Never opened first-aid kit. Car has AM/FM radio with CD, but original radio comes with car.

This car is fabulous!!! Beautiful black exterior, with tan interior. This is a show car, not another one like it!!!! Ready to cruise to any car show and win each time. Reason for selling; have too many cars, something has to go. This is the actual miles on this car and has a clean title with no liens.

These diesel S classes are usually high mileage propositions on the used market, but high mileage doesn’t mean the end of the road for these engines. $21,500 is quite a chunk of change for an almost 30 year old Mercedes-Benz, even if it was an SL or coupe model. I doubt the seller will achieve such a high price, but nevertheless, this is a stunning example of a car that could last you a lifetime.

-Paul

Want A New 1999 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG? This Is Your Chance.

The W202 C class Mercedes-Benz was the first Mercedes model officially breathed on by the tuning firm AMG. Starting as a C36 with a 3.6 liter inline six, the C36 begat the C43 in 1998. Powered by a tuned version of the 4.3 liter V8 from the E430, the C43 cranked out 302 hp which was backed up by a 5 speed automatic from the SL500 with shift points tailored towards more spirited motoring. Here’s a pretty much new example of the C43 with only 12,000 miles for sale.

The seller states:

You are bidding on what might possibly be the lowest mile C43 available in the world. This car looks and smells and drives as new. Not a ding dent or scratch on the whole vehicle and no curb rash on the wheels. This car has everything including the xenon light and rain sensor wiper package as well as the CD changer and the original built in phone as well. I have both keys and all the books as well as the original window sticker.

It is the nicest example of a C43 for sale today and you will find for a long time. This car would make a great part of a collection or just a great daily driver as well. Everything works as it should and the AC is super cold and no rust on the vehicle at all and you could eat off of the engine bay. Any buyer of this car will be very pleased with this vehicle. Please e-mail me with any questions you might have and i will do my best to answer them. Thanks again!!

The car is listed for sale locally at a price of 25k or best offer and i reserve the right to end the auction early due to local sale.

As a former owner of both a W202 C230 (1998) and a W203 C230 (2007), I have to say, I preferred the W202 better. It just seemed like more of what a classic Mercedes should be about. I’ve driven many V8 powered Mercedes-Benzes over the years, but never a C43. I could imagine it would be right up my alley though; relatively small in size, big engine and tighter handling. At $25,000, this is way beyond the top end of what one would pay for any version of the W202 C class. If you want the best, though, this is probably going to be it.

-Paul

No reserve 1974 BMW 2002 Karosserie Baur Targa conversion

Like most convertible conversions, this isn’t for everyone. If you are however, a fan of cars with the roof cut off then its best to get a conversion done by a reputable source and not the guy down the street with a sawzall. The company that did this conversion, Baur, has a long history of working with the BMW factory to modify cars. Even so I still worry about how much stiffness/safety you lose with a conversion like this.

The seller states this 2002 is one of 1963 that Baur converted to the targa style. The front has a removable top while the rear has a fold down soft top. The open air is a good thing for the summer as the car’s nice black leather wrapping the Recaro sport seats probably roasts the backs of legs on a hot day. I suspect the roof will rarely be on the car so one can look past the car’s less than stellar looks with the top up.

This is a German delivery car and has retained its Euro spec gauges. The steering wheel with the blue inserts is a bit of a detraction, colored rims are ok with me (my BMW has body color rims), color insert steering wheels are a bit boy racer. The proper Baur emblem resides on the center console.

There are 85,000 miles on the original 2 liter inline 4. Power flows through the stock 4 speed manual. The exterior has been redone and the rich blue color looks great. There is an added front and rear spoiler, which look ok. There appears to be a larger than needed exhaust on the car as well.

This is a no reserve sale so high bidder will take the car home. Currently bidding is up over $7,600. The rarity of the vehicle will bring out BMW collectors. While not my cup of tea, this conversion doesn’t look bad. Its kind of a step up for the former VW cabrio owning teenybopper crowd.

~Evan

2001 BMW 740i Sport

The introduction of the E65 7 series in 2002 left many BMW faithful scratching their heads. Not only was the styling questionable, but the new iDrive control garnered much criticism in the press for being too complex. As a result, it left many pining for the days of the previous generation E38 7 series. 2001 was the last year for this generation, and one of my favorites has always been the short wheelbase 740i with the sport package and M Parallel wheels. Here’s a clean, low mileage example in Florida for sale.

The seller states:

Extremely clean, great running 740i Sport. This is not a 740i with the M parallel wheels, it is the true sport package. I really enjoy this car, but with the amount of driving I do, it is time for something that is more efficient. Low miles for this year and always garaged. Tinted windows all around. Will need a glove box handle (glove box still opens and closes) and the rear driver’s side door lock actuator (works intermittently). Traction struts were replaced in November or December of 2010. The bushings in the traction struts are a common point of failure on these cars. Both of the small rear window shades have been repaired so they do not fail in the open position, and the front dash cupholder has also been repaired to keep it from failing in the same way that so many of them do. Front tires were replaced with Pirelli P-Zero tires at 60,840 and rears will need to be replaced soon. The price of the car reflects those few items that need to be taken care of AND the exceptional condition of the paint. Check my feedback and bid with confidence. Please ask any questions prior to placing a bid, and PLEASE do not bid if you do not intend to pay… if you aren’t prepared to pay, please don’t bother bidding.

A couple of other features that aren’t listed on the standard features page…

Auto dimming mirrors
Dual zone climate control
Vehicle alarm system with motion sensor
CD-based navigation system
6 disc CD changer
Premium sound system
HID headlamps
Soft-close trunk lid feature
Measured 66dB cabin noise at 70 mph on I-95… by comparison, my 2011 Honda civic is 70dB on the same stretch of highway, over twice as loud!

At $13,900, this is a hell of a lot of car for the money, even with it’s minor issues as described by the owner. The V8 version of the E38 is surely the one to have, as the more complex V12 will lead to higher running costs over time for not much more of a return in performance. If you are looking for a good long distance cruiser and appreciate the zenith of BMW design, this is the ride for you.

-Paul

1972 Saab 95

Following up with our first non-German feature, I came across this very unique and amazingly original Saab 95. I honestly can’t remember the last time I saw one of these for sale, especially in this condition. Production of the seven seat, two door wagon began in 1959 and ended in 1978, with the rear facing seat option being dropped in 1976. Originally powered by a three cylinder, two stroke engine with a freewheeling mode, Saab elected to use the V4 engine built by Ford in Cologne, Germany. I guess this Swede does have some Teutonic charm, after all.

The seller states:

Some of you Saab afficianado’s may have seen this car listed recently on Ebay. I acquired the car as part of a larger transaction of classic vehicles.

The winner of this auction will own what nationally recognized Saab expert Chip Lamb called “the most perfect original example known to exist”. Indeed, up until recently, this Saab 95 wagon was part of the General Motors Heritage Collection… the collection being sold off after GM sold the Saab brand in 2010.

A bit of the provenance on this car… picked up at the factory in Sweden in 1972 by a couple from California who used the Euro delivery to drive their new car around Scandinavia. The car still wears two original decals in the rear windows (as shown in the photos) from that trip. The car was factory delivered to San Diego where it remained until 2004, owned, driven and lovingly pampered by the original owners. Two car collectors then owned the car from 2004-2007 before it was added to the Saab Heritage Collection. The 85,000 miles on the odometer are accurate and almost all driven in California. This car is original and not restored- despite the condition which is immaculate, flawless… you choose the word. As serious collectors know- flawless original beats perfectly restored in collectibility and long term appreciation.

The car is finished in the original Ambragul (amber yellow) finish…more of a butterscotch. There is no evidence of any paint work anywhere and all the original stickers and tags are in their proper place and untouched. There is ZERO rust- nothing, nada, it’s perfect. All original factory undercoating is intact. All chrome and brightwork is near flawless with no corrosion of any kind. The only flaw evident on the car is a very small and barely noticeable “star” in the upper part of the front windshield, barely visable from the outside, caused by a stone. A glass expert checked this out and this tiny “star” was repaired and will not spread…and it is highly recommended, this being the original glass, to leave it in place and the driver will hardly even notice it.

Car is fitted with an original factory roof rack (has Saab logo embossed on both sides) that is nearly impossible to find now. The roof rack is probably worth over $1,000 by itself! Fold down third seat is equally flawless in finish and condition…even the hold straps are still in place.

All seals and weatherstripping are tight and flawless. The trunk hatch opens, closes and seals as new. All bodywork is perfect…no dents, dings, scratches etc.

This Saab 95 wears its original wheels, caps and has a very nice set of 165 SR 15 tires.

Interior is all original and perfect…not much more I can say- check out the photo’s. The radio has been removed and replaced with an original cover. I also have the original cut out if the new owner desires to add a factory original radio later. The chrome radio antenna is in place.

Engine- Entire engine bay completely restored and detailed to show quality condition. Over the past few months the following mechanical work was done to bring mechanicals back to perfect condition- all work done by certified Saab classic mechanics:

*engine pulled and cleaned with all new hoses added

*recored radiator

*new transmission mounts

*new clutch with lightened flywheel and strengthened pressure plate

*new fuel pump

*new water pump

*new slave cylinder

*all fluids changed: oil, coolant, brakes and transmission

*complete tune-up

* car previously converted to a one-barrel Weber 34 ICH with pertronix ignitor

*heat wrapped fuel line

*4-new stainless braided brake hoses

*new rear brake cylinders and shoes

*new handbrake lever boot

***This Saab 95 V4 will also be delivered with two sets of keys and the original owners manual…and, if you want it, the original blue California license plate.

How often do you get the chance to get your hands on a car where you can say you own the nicest example on planet earth. Saab fans- don’t miss this opportunity to own a piece of Saab history. I’m pretty confident you’ll win most car shows you attend in your division. Good luck bidding.

This Saab is now garaged in Charlottesville, Va (zip code 22901)…. about 90 minutes southwest of Washington D.C. While this car could be driven anywhere, the rare quality of the car suggests professional transport arrangements unless you are in the area. I would be happy to hold the car up to two weeks so proper shipping arrangements can be made. A non-refundable deposit of $500 is due within 24 hours of the close of the auction.

Saabs are not noteworthy for having high resale value, and $20,000 for an almost 40 year old example steep. I think it’s a bargain, though, given this vehicle’s story and condition. The 95, along with it’s smaller two door sibling, the 93, are the cars that endeared Saab to individualists who appreciated engineering and build quality that reflected why these cars were “born from jets.” The 93’s rallying success was icing on the proverbial cake for buyers. I hope whoever buys this car doesn’t stash it away or hide it in a museum. It’s rare that you see a 93 on the street, let alone the estate version. With regular light use, this car could easily survive for another 40 years, giving people a window into the origins of this marque revered by its owners and enthusiasts alike.

-Paul

1971 Opel GT for summer

Nothing too fancy here just a fun summer car. This particular one struck my interest as the seller lists that he has owned 32 Opel GTs and this one is one of the best. The car has 114,000 miles and price currently sits at $6,000 with the reserve not met. This German mini corvette looks like an honest daily driver example.

From the seller:

Interior:
-All new carpeting
-All new seats
-New Headliner (minute tear, unnoticeable)
-Dash has been re-covered
-New shifter boot
-Original Opel GT Radio
-All Gauges work except the clock
-Interior dome light even works when door is opened
-Steering wheel has typical cracking near spokes
-Rear trunk area is also new (same for rear deck where speaker is)
-Driver side door map pocket is torn
-Other than the few imperfections mentioned, the interior is BRAND NEW!

Exterior:
-Undercarriage is perfect (no rust at all!)
-Suspension is tight (no squeaks or rattles)
-Original Opel GT rims (like new) with new tires
-All lights and lenses are original Hella
-Front bumper is near mint no dings or dents (chrome sparkles!)
-All body lines are how they should be
-Small, 1/2″ rust spot on the very bottom of the left rear fender flare
-Also, a small bubble on the right rear fender flare
-Other than a few small scratches and chips that have been touched up, the paint is nearly flawless
-Car was professionally painted Chevy Red with base coat and clear coat
-Windshield has not a single chip in it and gasket border has been replaced (same for rear window)
-All chrome trim around windows are in near perfect condition
-All emblems are brand new
-I’m sure I’m missing a few things, but one look at the photos tells the tale

Engine and Drive Train:
-39,000 miles on rebuilt motor
-Clutch pressure plate and throwout bearing are both new
-Brand new brakes all around
-Rebuilt Weber 32/36 DGEV carburetor with original air filter setup
-All gas vent lines have been replaced (no gas smell in car)
-Headlights have been re-wired
-New resonator and pipe
-New battery
-New alternator
-New belt
-Recent tuneup
-Car was just inspected last month

~Evan

Heathen Speed: Modified 1988 BMW M3

We’ve had all manners of E30 M3 on this site. Low-mile museum pieces, high-mile (relative) bargains, restomod beasts like Evan’s post this week, and crazy tuner cars for those who like a little rice with their schnitzel. As I consider myself a true believer in the cult of BMW, I think S14 belongs in the E30, along with a factory color and some nice OEM+ wheels. That said, today’s M3 breaks most purist rules in a unique and kind of awesome way, leaving me both uncomfortable and excited like flirting with a bad girl at church.

The seller’s list of sins:

1988 BMW e30 m3
ONLY 158K
Has a M52 Motor e36 M3 cams Excellent Compression
GT35R ball bearing turbo
V-band External 3″ downpipe 42lb injectors
Super sequential blow-off valve HKS
OBX Wastegate Kit 44mm w/ V-band External WG
Treehouse Wiring Harness ADapter
TRM chip
Power Steering
With 5 speed transmission
UUC Stage2 lightweight flywheel with less then 10,000k since install
RACING DYNAMICS Thick Sway Bars front and Rear
LSD Rear- 2.93
D2 RACING RS Coilovers: 36 levels of adjustable damping plus Height
Stainless Steel brake lines
Upgraded Rotors.
RACING DYNAMICS Steering wheel
SPARCO Sport Seats
Alpine CD Player
car had a Reconstructed title now has a clear title

Sure, there are some flags: previously-reconstructed title, no shortage of miles, and the turbo may well have been installed by the dude in the picture. But I still think this M3 is kind of awesome. The flat black and the hood louvers might suck on their own, but together they’re kind of Mad Max badass. The list of mods is actually fairly complete; this wasn’t some “slap a turbo on a bigger engine” job, but a thorough attempt to make a seriously fast E30. The overall weirdness factor makes the BMW 39 wheels look awesome and less out of place than they usually do on E30s. With bidding at just $4k with 5 days to go, this is not going to be a $20k M3, and that alone is remarkable.

It’s no preservable piece of history, but with a reconstructed title, it was never going to be. In the church of BMW, this is the crazy girl making obscene gestures from the corner. A relatively affordable, crazy fast, odd-but-hot E30 M3 that can be hooned with little remorse; sounds enjoyable to me.

-NR

1995 BMW M3 Lightweight for sale

The ubiquity of the E36 M3 makes it a tough car to write up, even if it is my 2nd favorite generation of M3. Unless it’s a hot sedan or extra clean coupe, there are just too many out there for $7k on Craigslist to be remarkable. Well, today we’ve got a VERY special coupe, in fact it’s one of the most special M3s every made. I’ve only seen one Lightweight in my life, but the M-flag across the corners got me going immediately. No other E36 looks as purposeful as the Lightweight. They came sans air conditioning, stereo, insulation, etc., and were made under a kind of “wink-wink nudge-nudge” agreement with BMW, where many of the parts came in the trunk. Owners had to acknowledge that putting them on would void the factory warranty. I’m guessing about zero of the 85 lucky buyers cared about the warranty as they put on a new oil pan and pump, front strut bar and lower x-brace. Unless they were a climate-controlled-garage-ninny, I’d bet they used the warranty as toilet paper and headed to the track.

The undercarriage shows this Lightweight has been used, but overall it’s extremely clean. The one significant upgrade is the BBS RKII wheels. Whereas the Lightweight came with 235 width all around, the new rolling stock boasts a massive 285mm in the back and 255 in the front. In a lightened version of one of the greatest handling cars ever, that contact patch has to create ungodly amounts of grip. Bidding starts at $25k, and while that may seem like a lot for an E36, when put in the context that there are only 85 of these in the country and E30 M3s are going for that all the time, it starts to sound reasonable. These will only go up in price as time goes on and M3s move further and further away from the lightweight sensibility that makes this car magic.

-NR

Restomod 1988 BMW E30 M3 S50 B32

Here we have a one of a kind restored M3. This Aston Martin green gem has had a complete overhaul. While the cosmetic touches, such as the paint and smoked lights on the outside and the custom work on the interior, make this a real looker, it is what is under the hood that makes this extra special. This car has the special S50 B32 inline six out of the Euro spec E36 M3. That engine comes mated to the six speed also from the E36.

While the car was stripped down to a shell a cage was welded in place, which may help with stiffness, but this car looks way too nice to take to the track. It is so fresh right now that is at that point where it is scary to drive because you know it is going to pick up that first stone chip at any moment.

Clearly a car that will be fantastic to drive and one that has been built up right. No hodge podge aftermarket parts bucket here. The seller won’t let this one go cheap. Currently bidding is over $20,000 with the reserve not met. The car is listed as having 40,000 miles, but it isn’t clear if that is on the engine or the chassis or how many miles have been covered since the conversion.

The seller offers many pictures of the build in the auction.

~Evan