2004 VW R32 Turbo for Sale on eBay

Hot on the heels of the turbo Golf Rallye, this R32 Turbo popped up on eBay.  I love the R32, so much so that it’s at the top of my realistic dream-car list.  The looks are aggressive yet subtle, the AWD makes it a 4-season monster, and it’s got some juice from the 3.2l VR6.  It’s probably the most well-done car from VW in decades, though the new GTI portends good things are coming.  The one gripe that has followed the R32 is a lack of power, and while 240hp in a Golf sounds pretty good, it’s not fast, especially when compared to its 4WD contemporaries, the Subaru STI and the Mitsubishi Evo.  This seller has addressed that issue and more with an EIP turbo setup along and a host of driveline and suspension additions.

R32 Turbo for sale on eBay

The seller’s list of upgrades:

Engine / Power:
-Original 3.2L 240hp Engine, All Accessories Retained (A/C, Power-Everything, Upgraded Bosch T-Stat, Sensors, Fan-Switch and FPR, All Original Covers, Including Retention of Emissions Components, Factory Installed Appearance)
-EIP Stage-1 Turbo System with All Comp Series Upgrades (AWD Dyno Tested/Tuned 425hp)
-Comp Series (Dual-Core) Front Mount Intercooler (stock like fitment)
-Clear-Coated Silver Turbo Piping (very easy to clean, stays bright, looks like stock)
-Ball Bearing Turbocharger Upgrade
-Turbosmart Billet External Ultra-Gate Wastegate
-Greddy Diverter/Blow-Off Valve (Re-circulated)
-Apexi AVC-R Digital Boost Controller (Glove-Box Mounted)
-3” Stainless Steel Downpipe w/Integrated Wastegate Return
-3” Stainless Steel High Flow Catalytic Converter
-3” Stainless Steel EIP Exhaust w/Resonator (deep mellow tone)

Transmission / Driveline:
-Fidanza Billet Aluminum Lightweight Flywheel (fast throttle response)
-EIP Comp Series Dual-Friction Clutch (stock-like pedal feel, 500+ HP setup)
-Quaife Torque Biasing All Wheel Drive Differential
-Haldex Performance Rear Wheel Drive Controller
-EIP Short Shifter (Front-to-Back and Side-to-Side)
-Brembo 15” Racing Brakes w/Porsche 4-Piston Calipers and Slotted Rotors
-Neuspeed Billet 18” Wheels
-Kuhmo Excsta MX 225/40/18 ZR Tires (new)
-Bilstein Fully Adjustable Coil-Over Suspension (Twin-Springs, Externally Adjustable)
-Autotech Front and Rear Lightweight Sway-Bars w/Urethane Bushings
-Autotech Aluminum Upper Stress Bar

There shouldn’t be any more griping with 425hp on tap.  The modifications seem comprehensive without (thankfully) turning it into a track-only car.  Even the large stereo system fits well, tucked in nicely without the horrible trunk-eclipsing fiberglass enclosures.  Remove the vinyl and swap some more subtle rims and this is very nearly my ideal car.  With only 30k miles and the reserve off at around $20k, this hot VW is a hot deal.

-NR

1966 NSU Wankel Spider

Here is an example of the first vehicle in the world powered by the engine Mazda would later popularize, the Rotary Wankel engine. The name Wankel derives from its inventor, Felix Wankel, who was a German engineer. He created the first prototype of his revolutionary engine design in February 1957, and was first presented in running form in a converted NSU Prinz in 1960. The Spider would debut in 1964 and only 2,375 examples were built between 1964 and 1967. The original engine had around 50 horsepower, but it was a very free revving engine and made for a lively package in such a small car with light weight. NSU Motorenwerke AG was purchased by Volkswagen in 1969. They merged the company with Auto Union which later became Audi.

The seller includes a very comprehensive description. Here is an excerpt:

Excellent Condition!! This car has ALWAYS been stored indoors in a heated space and covered with double quilted car covers. The underside is very, very clean. The photos show a very small area of paint peeling above the rear left bumper and below the license plate. These are hardly noticeable. In the driver’s front under tray there is a hardly noticeable repair at the end of the spoiler.

Values can be tough to pin down on such a rare vehicle, but $19,000 seems reasonable for such a revolutionary and historically significant vehicle. Rest assured, you most likely will be the only one at your local car show with one of these. This example does have a few modifications, but these changes can be forgiven due to the scarcity of parts and efforts to make the vehicle more reliable than when it was first produced. This fantastic vehicle has been featured by Jay Leno in a short video on his website, Jay Leno’s Garage:

-Paul

1989 Golf Rallye for Sale

I’d nearly forgotten about the awesome Golf Rallye until this amazing modified example started circling the interwebs.  Maybe it’s because only 5000 were made, or maybe that none were sold in the US, or maybe its lack of racing heritage leaves it in the shadow of the similarly-styled E30 M3, Ur-Quattro, and Lancia Delta Integrale.  Whatever it is, more people should know about this car.  It was essentially an R32 made in 1989- an aggressive-looking Golf with Syncro and a hot engine, in this case the 160hp supercharged G60.  As with the Lancia, Americans were not graced with the importation of the sexy box-flared hatchback, but there are some that have gone through the extreme hoops to federalize.  This example has gone even further, adding a Euro 2.9l VR6 and a turbocharger without changing much of the 80stastic exterior.

1989 Modified Golf Rallye for sale on VWVortex

This car reminds me why I went through an intense Rallye phase.  It’s in great condition and the modifications make it a sleeping monster, even garnering a feature in EuroTuner.  I love box flares, wherever they come from, and combined with the clean Golf II, we’ve got a winner.  For $22k, I might keep looking for an E30 M3 or even a first-gen R32, but that’s not to say it isn’t worth it to the right person.  Rarity, impressive modifications, and general cleanliness all get high marks on this one.  Now let’s see some Golf Countrys over here!

-NR

2006 BMW 330i Hamann in Motorsport colors

Here is a nicely modified BMW. $25k in upgrades to this E90 series 3. 2006 was the last year before the switch over to the turbo 335i. You have all the standard 330i amenities plus some great Hamann add-ons. The body kit, big rims, and Williams F1 / BMW Motorsport colors paint scheme make this a one of a kind. Little touches like blue tint to match blue side marker bulbs add to the look. A quad pipe exhaust enhances the backend.
The car is nice, not too over the top. I think it may look better without the uber expensive 3 piece wheels in silver and instead some nice 5 spokes in matched white. The eyelids and body color grille are a good touch, the hood pins maybe not necessary. Hamann badges abound, front back, center caps, steering wheel, engine cover. The black line taillights a nice mod for cars going for an all black or a black and white scheme, I’m not sure they work with the M pin-striping colors. The interior has an added driver side A-pillar dual gauge pod for vacuum and volts. The all black M badges also don’t make sense to me with when you have the M colors on your car.
Just being nit-picky, the car looks pretty good. Will be interesting to see where the bidding ends up.

~Evan

Post for the Daytona 500, 1977 Porsche 911S

As well as being Valentine’s Day it is also the Daytona 500. While I thought about posting that ran in the 1985 24 hours of Daytona, on eBay for $685,000, instead I found this Porsche 911 for sale in Daytona Florida and the kicker is if you watch the video in the auction showing off the car, you can hear the NASCAR boys practicing for the 500 at the track in the background. (How’s that for relevant tie-in?) Listen at the start of this video:

The rust free 111,985 mile car has that funky copper paint, but looks to be in need of a respray. That copper color sometimes strikes me as ok, other times it looks kind of ugly. The car has a 5-speed that the seller states shifts well and an engine in good shape, that leaks a touch of oil.

This one needs a bit of work, but it is very nice to see such an honest seller that lays out all the minor imperfections instead of trying to hide them. The little things that could be fixed don’t appear to be highly urgent so one could enjoy the car while fixing it up. This looks like it would make a great around town and weekend driver just as it sits.
$5,500 no reserve opening bid.

450 photos of the car can be seen here.

~Evan

Valentine’s Day Red 1972 VW Beetle Convertible

A quick post for Valentine’s Day. Make this chick car a gift for your sweetheart.
A cute little bug with 90,000 miles on it. The white walls on the red wheels are a nice touch. The seller has more pics and videos here: http://myspace.com/thinkalt

Looks like it has been well maintained. $8600 but-it-now.

~Evan

1969 Volkswagen Squareback, 17,000 original miles

Here’s an oddball for you. An all original Volkswagen Type 3 Squareback. The Type 3 range was introduced in 1961, with the Squareback, or Variant as it was known in Europe, appearing a year later. Designed as a larger, more refined option to the perennial Beetle, this model was initially produced at the company’s Wolfsburg plant. Assembly of the Type 3 would move to the newly established Emden plant later in the production run and eventually would be superseded in 1973 by the front engined, water cooled Passat (Dasher in the U.S.). This model features the automatic transmission which was introduced in the 1968 model year. No telling from the description whether or not it features the Bosch fuel injection system, which made this vehicle one of the first volume seller’s with this setup.

The seller’s description:

Fuel injection, automatic trans, only 17,000 miles, all original paint, has a few spots where it has polished through to the primer and various small dings and scratches from the 41 years. Runs and drives like new. Interior to die for, rare red and in fantastic original condition. One in a million, everything is original and in fantastic shape. It’s like stepping back in time. This is a real collectors or museum piece.

The Squareback was the most popular of the Type 3 range, with a little over 1.2 million produced in Germany. The Notchback and Fastback had a production run of 1.3 million, split between the two models. Average retail for run of the mill examples of the Squareback are running right around the low $6,000 range, so this is a bit on the high side of that. In my opinion, if this were about $500 to $1,000 less, this car would prove to be a good value. I’ve seen restored examples go for more, but as they say, they are only original once.

-Paul

Clean 1st-Gen Audi S8s for sale on eBay

The first-generation Audi S8 commands a unique respect that, at least for me, has diminished in subsequent generations.  Its show-stealing display of performance in Ronin has helped this, as well as the advanced aluminum body and chassis, all powered by Audi’s now-ubiquitous 4.2L V8 pushing out a healthy 360hp.  It has ultimate sleeper status, but for the educated few it stands out with the Avus 6-spokes and mean stance.  The new, blingy V10 model just can’t match the subtle aggression of the D2.

These 2002/3 examples on eBay are exceptionally clean.  Neither has passed 90k miles and they show it.  The exteriors are clean, but the interiors are even more impressive.  I like 6-spoke wheels more than the 9-spokes, as well as that car’s suede gray interior over the other’s more garish white.  Both are priced pretty high at $18,600 and $20,950, but I guess the sellers expect the cleanliness and low miles to attract some big spenders.  I’d place a bid or make an offer, but the buy-it-nows seem too high, regardless of condition.

-NR

1977 BMW 630CSi Fjord Blue

Featured here is the successor to the 3.0 CS that I had found last month. This is a very early example of the E24 coupe in original condition. Introduced in 1976, the new coupe was first brought to the U.S. in 1977 with the 3.0 liter straight six. Halfway through 1978, the 633CSi bowed, which means that early 630’s, especially examples this well preserved, are few and far between. This particular example has had three owners and has traveled just shy of 100,000 miles.

The seller states:

Up for sale here is a rare very nice original first year 1977 BMW 630 CSI. In 77 there were about 425 of these special ordered for USA and Automatic. The original owner paid 23000 for it. He lived in New Jersey and was an oil executive. In 1978 it was shipped to Germany for a year then to La Jolla ,California in 1980. The car was sold to to an San Diego investment banker in 1982. He owned till i bought it a year ago. The car has been babied and the engine was rebuilt in last 7000 miles and transmission in last 800 miles. The car is in excellent condition and is matching numbers.

The color is Fjord Blue (Ice Blue) with blue connolly leather. The car has factory ac but it needs refrigerant, (the original refrigerant is not available for purchase in California) … It has the original manual and almost all of its tools… It has the original jack and spare… Also have rare Blaupunkt radio in a box…The alloys are factory original with newer tires… It is an absolute joy to drive and is as clean as the photos show. there is absolutely no rust or evidence of any accidents. It currently registered in California and can be driven anywhere…. The dash has a few small cracks… The leather is near perfect and original, it always had sheepskin covers… car cover comes with purchase….Just a beautiful example of an extremely rare sports car.

While early E24s may fall into the not quite classic category, this particular example, given its condition and pleasing color, seems to be fairly priced at just over $10,000. If the car is as well maintained as it looks, and comes with a full history, this 6er could be a practical classic that could appreciate in value, if properly maintained.

-Paul

High mileage 1989 BMW E30 M3

What do you think, is 172,000 miles too much for you on an M3? The seller and 3rd owner makes it sound pretty good. It has a respray and a new hood and fender. It is kind of hard to tell how good of a paint job or repair this is without seeing the car in person.
The seller does mention the dreaded rust word, but says it is a very minor sport caused by an improper windshield replacement. The current windshield also needs replacement because of a crack.
Looks like it is going to need some work to spruce it up, but if it can be had cheap enough there may be room to make the needed repairs. As is, put some new tires on it and see how far it drives.
Buy-it-now is $13,800.


~Evan