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

1973 Mercedes-Benz 450SL

Almost 40 years on from its introduction, the R107 Mercedes-Benz SL is still turning heads. If one had to write a list of the most important Mercedes-Benz models of the 20th century, this roadster surely would be included. It has always been a personal favorite of mine, but aside from late model examples from 1986 through 1989, my favorite has to be the early models with the slim non-federalized bumpers. It lends an air of simplicity to an iconic design. Here’s an early, two owner 450SL with a nice patina for sale in Indiana with no reserve.

The seller states:

1973 Mercedes Benz 450SL, VIN: 10704412007462

NO RESERVE!!!! I Highly argue to come see this car!!!

Up for auction is well documented piece of machinery. This 450sl has all documentation since 1973-2011. It has original sticker. ALL service records done by mercedes. It has the data plate for the original owner. Has every book brochure and invoice attached to this car.This Benz has been garaged its whole life. It has been sitting for the past 6 years with less than 400 miles per year.

The car is in pristine condition. All chrome pieces are a 10 out of 10… NO dents. ALL is perfect. The undercarriage has no coating and it looks like it just came out of the factory. I have both hard and soft tops. Both tops are in mint condition. The hard top is all black. ALL wheels are in mint condition. leather there is no rips or tears. This car drives straight and extremely a smooth ride. NO problems at all.

The car is 2nd owner vehicle. Car was purchased brand new from Automaster Motor Co. inc. 1835 shelburne rd. South Burlington, Vermont. The car was ported from new york and shipped to Vermont.

The first owner owned it from 1973-2002. The second owner from 2002-2011 and current owner. This car is truly a unbelievable and rare oppurtunity to own this masterpiece. It is truly a must see.

The one good thing about the 450SL is that it is a rather understressed engine with the all important dual timing chains. The later, all aluminum 3.8 liter V8 in the 380SL had single timing chains, leading to a not so nice marriage of the valves with the pistons if not properly cared for. With a popular shade of resale silver and a few days left in the auction, I’d wager to say this example probably will fetch around the $15k mark. Then again, with over 20 bids already, it may reach higher. Hopefully this SL finds a good home and the third owner appreciates it as much as the first two.

-Paul

2000 BMW Z8

After watching an old Top Gear episode from season two, I thought, hmmm, haven’t seen many BMW Z8s on GCFSB lately. Here’s one with 37k miles for just under $100k for sale in La Jolla, California.

The seller states:

This southern California BMW Z8 six speed, silver with red/black leathers, is a fine example of the legendary Z8 Roadster. The Z8’s leading edge engineering and style make it one of the world’s most coveted, high performance, modern day, limited edition sports cars. Standard options include: ABS, Traction control, stability control, front side-mounted airbags, remote vehicle anti-theft system, engine immobilizer, Xenon high intensity headlamps, Headlamp wipers, Speed sensitive wipers, Harman/Kardon stereo system, Multi-CD located under seat, 260 watts stereo output, 10 speakers, diversity antenna, speed-proportional power steering, retained accessory power, air conditioning, micron air filtration, Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror, heated driver and passenger seats, one-touch power windows.

The BMW Z8 Roadster was inspired by the extraordinary BMW 507 and is an all- aluminum body. Powered by a 5.0 liter DOHC 32-Valve V8 engine, developing 394 bhp @ 6600 rpm and 368 ft. lb. of torque @ 3800 rpm. 0-60 in 4.2 seconds. This vehicle comes with hard top, top stand, books and tools. The extraordinary BMW Z8 roadster is revered by collectors worldwide as one of the fastest appreciating sports cars avaialble today. This car has been lovingly maintained since imported new into the US.

I was never quite sure what to make of the Z8. It seems as if BMW lost the flagship plot ever since the last 1989 635CSi rolled off the line. The 8 series was never as recognizable as the E24 6 series and floundered in the marketplace even though it had plenty to offer in the way of performance and comfort. While I’ve never been fortunate enough to drive a Z8, from everything I have read, it has been pegged as more of a grand tourer even though it appeared as an outright supercar. Perhaps this is why it was with us for such a short time.

The 507 roadster from the 1950s was a gorgeous machine and I think the Z8 payed an excellent homage to it and gave us one last breath of good, clean BMW styling before the Bangle era took hold. These Z8s will more than likely hold their value over the years and anytime they reach into the $90,000 and below range, it is a decent value, in relative terms.

-Paul

1989 Porsche 911 Club Sport with 14k miles

I sincerely hope that down the road I may own a place with a small garage where I can keep two vehicles. I have no intention of letting go of my R53 MINI Cooper S anytime soon, but I think a 911 would be a good option to keep the MINI company. When that time comes, I’d probably be eyeing a 993 or a more affordable 964. However, the absolute last word, at least for me, when it comes to the 911 can be summed up in two words: Club Sport.

The following car is one of only 7 that were sold new here in the United States in 1989. The M637 Club Sport package adhered to the less is more mantra. Much of the luxury items found in a normal 911 were deleted such as power windows, air conditioning (with the exception of two examples), rear seat, sound insulation, fog lights….well, you get the point. Most wore the Grand Prix White hue and all included a blueprinted 3.2 liter engine with more horsepower.

The following example is low mileage and has proper pedigree. These Club Sports don’t come up for sale very often, so all 911 fans should take note.

1989 Porsche 911 Club Sport

The seller states:

Grand Prix White, Grey cloth inserts/leather. 14,761 original miles. 1 of 7 in the United States. Factory Lightweight (2558 lbs), NO a/c, NO power seats/windows. Lightweight carpeting in the passenger compartment and trunk. Special 3.2 Liter rated at 231 horsepower. G50 hydraulic clutch, M637 with full delete package. 100% original paint. All books and records. Collector owned since new. Original rims refurbished (NOT SHOWN). Blue Chip investment. Asking $129,900

While $129,000 for a 1989 Porsche may make some folks eyes bulge, if I had the money, I would snap this car up in a heartbeat. It fits all the criteria I look for in a car: rarity, simplicity, driving pleasure and best of all, it’s German.

-Paul

1995 Volvo T5-R

The authors of German Cars for Sale Blog are always throwing around ideas for new features and I thought it might be neat to occasionally feature an interesting, non-German vehicle that would appeal to German car enthusiasts. Here is one such vehicle: the rare, one year only Volvo T5-R.

Launched in 1992, the Volvo 850 was quite a leap forward for Volvo in terms of engineering and was the first Volvo with front wheel drive to be sold in the United States. In 1995, the T5-R arrived in sedan and estate forms. After a respectable showing with an 850 Estate in the British Touring Car series, Volvo teamed with Porsche to produce the T5-R sedan and wagon. Equipped with tuned suspension and a special ECU along with added turbo boost, the inline 5 cylinder engine cranked out 240 horsepower, making the estate version the fastest family hauler at the time.

The car is for sale at a Volvo dealer in Edison, New Jersey. It amazes me how little the dealer seems enthused about having such a classic in their inventory. Not even a description was written for it. At $13,999, this car is priced high for an obscure (to some) Swedish performance car. T5-Rs don’t come up for sale too often; the ones I have seen lately have had well over 100,000 miles and have looked as if they have been run hard and put up wet. NADA is listing shy of $6,000 for examples with similar mileage to this particular car. I could see maybe spending up to $8,000 for an example like this.

This car combines durability in a package that will give you your speed fix and surprise a few folks at a stoplight or two.

-Paul

Restored 1982 Alpina B7S for sale

What a shark we caught today, readers! This E24 comes directly from reader Lawrence, who is parting with this extremely clean, extremely rare piece of Teutonic perfection. Alpina’s always get me going, as I think they accentuate the best elements of BMWs, especially those from the 80s. Distinctive, simple wheels, Tron-like decals, and sharky body kits are where it’s at. Add in some healthy power upgrades and BMW’s GT becomes an 80’s supercar.

Lawrence’s pages have some great info, so I’ll let him give the B7S Turbo Coupe history:

The Alpina B7S Turbo Coupe is most powerful (330hp), the fastest (0-100km/hr in 5.8 sec and 280km/hr top speed), and the rarest of all the Alpina 80’s cars. Very few Alpina cars ever made it to North America, as they had to be federalized like the Porsche Turbos and Ferrari Boxers. Alpina made a special edition of their 5 and 6 series cars in 1982, offering 60 B7S Sedans in Alpina Blue with a Blue Cloth/Leather interior and 30 B7S Turbo Coupes, all in Alpina dark green metallic with a green tartan cloth/leather interior. There were only a few cars that differed from the B7S colours-a pair of B7S, a coupe an sedan were painted in Anthracite Grey for members of the Quant family, and there is this car which kept the Alpina green, but had a very special interior in full leather with the top of the line Recaro Ortho C seats.

#14 of just 30, this is a very special BMW. Lawrence provides a great, detailed history of the car worth reading for those interested, but it’s well-summarized thusly:

This Alpina BMW is a unique car. It is the only example of the B7S Turbo fitted with a full leather interior, and the only example fitted with the top-of-the-line Recaro Ortho seats. This is the only B7S that was sold new into North America, and to the collected wisdom of the Alpina community, it is still the only B7S on this continent. Apart from the Alpina race cars, it is arguably the rarest and most collectible of all the Alpina BMW’s.

It has unquestioned provenance, matching numbers and Alpina authentication. Being a California car for most of its life, and given a comprehensive body restoration, it is completely dry and rust free.; It has had a fresh cosmetic restoration done to a very high standard. Mechanically the car was given signifiant upgrades in the mid-90’s at a cost of $17,000. It has just had another $25,000 spent on cosmetics. The car runs and drives perfectly. The Pierburg injection system functions properly and shows no signs of fuel leakage or any other problems. The car has run reliably for the last 10 years and 10,000 miles according to the previous owner, who has only needed to give the car normal servicing-It has done several long distance trips without fault. It remains a truly fast car today, and a very capable Grand Touring machine.

It says a lot that this 1982 6-series, normally a cool car but worth single-digit-thousands, is pictured with Ferraris and Bentleys and currently sitting at $35k. With the provenance, rarity, and restorations, the seller is probably looking for a bit more than that. Too rich for my blood, but an amazing and unique example of German tuner culture in the 80s. The next owner will belong to an entirely different club than the guy in the 550i he rolls up to at the stop light, a club that appreciated sharky clean lines, mechanical purity, and gold and green as a color combo. I like that guy.

-NR

US-Federalized E30 Touring for sale!

We’ve featured some awesome E30 wagons here before, but they’re usually in Canada. So close, yet so far away. Well, no such tease today with this 325iT located in southern Washington. It was imported just before the millennium and then converted from 1.8 to 2.5L. Now it’s a Euro unicorn in the flesh on American soil. But as you might assume, trapping unicorns is not child’s play, and this 325 Touring’s price is approaching E30 M3 territory.

From the seller:

This is for a very nice 1989 Lachssilber Touring (with BLK Shadowline Trim) that has ALL THE US FEDERALIZATION PAPERWORK in 1999. The car came into the US as a 318iT and in March of 2001 the engine was converted to a 325i (M20) engine at the 81,446 mileage mark. The work was done by LITTLE CAR SHOP in Milwaukee, WI at a price tag of $3045.50. Part of the paperwork included maintenance records. I purchased the car in March of 2008 with 106,072 miles and have loved every minute of it. Current mileage is 115,050. I have decided to sell this car in order to help thin out the herd of cars that I own. Below are the maintenance and additions that I have made to the car since 2008.

Maintenance:
1) Timing Belt, coolant, & parts – 5/2/08 106,231 miles 2) Spark plugs, wires, cap, & rotor – 1/1/10 113,580 miles 3) New Bilstein HD front and rear shocks 4) BMW Battery 2010 5) Front and Rear Brake pads and rotors – 7/10 6) Restored Zender 15×7 Wheels and 205/50R15 Michelin Tires

Upgraded Features:
1) BMW Factory Glass Moonroof 2) BMW M Tech 2 Steering wheel 3) Ellipsoidal Headlights 4) “is” Front spoiler lip/valance 5)Remus Exhaust 6) Blaupunkt Nevada CD Player 7) BMW Sport Seats Cargo Area Full Liner(removable) 9) Indoor Car Cover 10) 3.73 Limited Slip Differential 11) Replacement speakers in the cargo area.

There are very very few of these cars in the USA, especially ones that are legal registered ones. One of the things that I appreciate about this car is that besides cruise control and powerlocks, everything else is manual. Manual windows, no check contol unit, no A/C etc. Simple so that there is less to go wrong. As you will see in the pictures, the car is in very nice shape and is always garaged. The cargo area has the 2 compartments one that consists of the EURO triangle, first aid kit, jack tools. The other side has the factory tool roll. The car drives fantastic and has plenty of M20 power with the 3.73 rear end. Whether you are at a car show, the gas station, or just driving around, this car turns heads and sparks conversations.

This wagon is located in Vancouver, WA (Portland, OR area) and I am open to local pick ups, helping to have the car picked for shipping, etc. I hope to find a good home for this car.

What a sweet, sweet E30. Extremely clean on the inside and out, a nice, lower-mile engine swap, and some subtle and clean upgrades. Condition plus rarity equals pricey, and the Buy-it-Now is $15k. I wish it were cheaper to make the dream more realistic, but I can’t say it’s not worth it. A ton of work has been put into making this E30 clean and American. Someone with some cash is going to have the coolest E30 on the block.

-NR

Willy König’s 1984 BMW M6

This M6 has had some interesting treatment by Koenig Specials. It has only 40,000 miles on it and the seller is looking to get $29,000. This car is said to have been a Koenig company car where it sat in their showroom. It has been stripped down inside to reduce weight and has undergone some significant overhaul work engine-wise. The seller states:

m1 procar camshafts m1 race header special motorsport ecu program delivers 351 hp and 409 ft of torque

It also has been wrapped in matte black vinyl. The car doesn’t have any of the flamboyant wide body kit that Koenig is known for, though it does have some Koenig badges. Without that kit and with the wrap it strikes me as kind of odd. The low miles will help get some interest, but I doubt it will reach $29,000. Regardless of what you think of the matte black look, that massaged inline six mixed with the manual transmission surely makes this a fun car to drive.

~Evan

Not 508 Compliant: 1996 Volkswagen Golf Harlequin VR6

I love odd cars. Everything from the Citroën XM to the NSU Ro80 gets me going. So anytime one of these wildly colored Volkswagen Golf Harlequins come up for sale, I take note. I loved and miss my MkIII GTI 2.0 to this day. A much better drive than the subsequent MkIV I owned and chuckable in a similar manner that my Cooper S is (albeit with less sharp steering and suspension reactions). Here is what could possibly be the only VR6 equipped Harlequin for sale up in Massachusetts over on VW Vortex.

1996 Volkswagen Golf Harlequin VR6 for sale on VW Vortex

The seller states:

Hi Everyone, after a lot of debating with myself I am selling my harlequin. I have owned it for 5 years and during that time i have basically gone through and done everything (including many upgrades) that ever needs to be replaced or breaks. Everything was done the right way, no shortcuts, I had planned on keeping this car for the long haul but i don’t have the time to enjoy it like it should be. The Car has been put away for the past 8 winters in dry storage, oil changed every 3k or yearly whichever comes first (I have hardly put 2k on the car for the past 2 summers.)

The car is an absolute blast to drive and turns more heads then a ferarri (no lie). Car is very reliable and ready to go!

Here are the specs:

1996 Golf Harlequin #19/264
Pistachio Green Base

Engine
o VR6 Swap with ~138K
o Recent Timing Chain Service with All Hardware, Water Pump, Thermostat <10K o Mk4 Metal Head Gasket o Gruvenparts Crack Pipe o Yarrowsport Billet Belt Tensioner o Autotech 10lb Steel Flywheel o Black Forest Industries Stage 1 Poly Motor Mounts Trans o 02A Rebuilt with New 1st, 2nd, and Reverse Syncros. <10K o TDI 5th gear (for highway cruising) o Clutchnet Stage 2 Clutch (375 ft-lb) o Peloquins Differential o New Empi Driveshafts <10K o Black Forest Industries Stage 1 Poly Trans Mount Suspension o Complete VR6 Suspension Swap o Koni Yellow Adjustable Shocks and Struts o H&R Race Springs o R32 Front Control Arm Bushings o All Suspension Bushings Replaced <15K Exterior o Euro Bumpers o Hella Dual Round Headlights o OEM Fog Lights o New OEM Front Fenders o New OEM Hatch Brakes o Mintex Red Box Pads <10K o New OEM Rotors <10K o GAP Braided Stainless Brake Hose o ATE Super Blue Brake Fluid Wheels/Tires o VW Monte Carlo 17” rims o 205/35/17 Falken Azenis RT615 Tires (less than half worm) Im sure there are more things i have forgotten. Asking: $10500 OBO

The seller is pretty honest and lengthy in his description and the car does look to be in good shape for the mileage covered and the fact that it is a Northeastern vehicle. $10,500 is steep for a MkIII Golf of any sort. If it was more around the $7,500 to $8,000 mark, I’d be tempted. The market for these outside of the Volkswagen community seems to be thin from what I can gather, but I’m sure there are folks out there who are eager to get their hands on what was an interesting marketing stunt by one of the world’s largest automakers.

-Paul

1992 Porsche 911 Turbo S2

Of all the 911 generations that have come and gone, the 964 is probably my favorite, blending the classic profile with some nice smoothing out touches such as modern bumpers and updated wheels. This is an interesting 964 version, and rare. There were only 20 Turbo S models with the higher horsepower 3.3 liter turbo flat six and this is one of them. Interesting then, that someone decided to modify such a rare car with a later, factory slant nose conversion.

The seller states:

1992 Porsche 911 Turbo S2
One of only twenty produced!
Guards Red over Black Leather
Professionally Converted Steel Slant (Flat) Nose!
Only 24K miles!
VIN: WPOAA2963NS480101

Vehicle Specification:
Porsche 964 Model Turbo S2
-Originally a $10,065 Option!

3.3 Liter Turbocharged Flat-6 ..conservatively rated.. at 322 Horsepower
5 Speed Manual Transmission
18.. Artec Chrome Wheels with BF Goodrich Comp T/A Tires
Black Leather with Red Piping
Partial Power Sport Seats
Power Sunroof
AM/FM CD Player
Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
Fog Lamps
Rear Wiper with Rear Defrost

Professional Flat Nose Conversion
Updated to 1994 X85 Turbo S spec body
-Flip-up headlamps (from Porsche 968)
-Air intake on quarter panels

Vehicle History:
Truly Excellent Condition Throughout, both Mechanically and Cosmetically. Freshly Serviced in May 2011 at Midwest Eurosport, including:
-Valve Adjustment
-Oil and Filter
-Spark Plugs
-Transmission and Limited Slip Differential Serviced

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Documented Porsche History confirming authenticity

As rare as this 911 is, the modifications just don’t do it for me. The 18″ wheels jack the stance up way too much and the front end conversion is questionable. While the price is certainly in line with similar 911 Turbos of the vintage, and the mileage is good, this car is a classic example of messing with perfection. The changes make it look like a cheap kit car, not the serious autobahn stormer that it actually is.

-Paul