“Time Warp” 55k-mile 2001 AMG E55

There aren’t a lot of better ways to get in on some classy German V8 action than the W210 E55. Plenty of power and timeless looks generate nostalgia for the last time German uber-sedans were simple. This example has covered fewer miles than its moniker and it shows.

From the seller:

Up for sale is a gorgeous Silver E55 AMG – an autobahn stormer in a gentleman’s suit. The handbuilt AMG engine is magnificent and very responsive. This car has been garaged and well maintained with all service records. It drives as nice as my wife’s 2010 Mercedes, which is a testament to how well built these machines are. 1 prior elderly gentleman owner prior to me. I have all the service records and original window sticker with a $70,000 + pricetag. In my exhaustive search for the perfect E55, none of the others that I drove have come close to the caliber of this car. The new owner gets two sets of keys.

MECHANICAL: The magnifient E55 AMG handbuilt engine sounds amazing and is just as responsive as the day it left the factory. It drives amazingly well, thanks to religious servicing. It handles just as well. No rattles. Dealer serviced, and I have the service records. In addition to routine servicing, some major items are as follows –
18k mi – AC blower motor replaced under warranty. AC works great.
37k mi – replaced throttle actuator and EGR valves and gaskets, shift linkage bushings, lower control arm bushings – $1320

EXTERIOR: Gorgeous Brilliant Silver paint (744) is in excellent shape. Garage kept, without dings. A few small scratches on the rear bumper. NO rust and flood issues.
– 18″ AMG wheels with Michelin Pilot Sports II with 80% tread depth. A few small scratches on the wheel lips, but not too unsightly.
– Xenon Headlights with no yellowing on the headlights.
– Was in a fender bender years ago, where the right front fender was expertly repaired.

INTERIOR: The two-tone leather is in excellent shape. No tears or bolster wear. The interior has very little wear. The rear seats were barely used. The carpets are in great shape.
– The dark wood accents are in great shape. No cracks in the dash.
– 6 disc trunk changer works great.
– Headliner is in perfect shape.
– Sunroof works perfectly, but the sliding panel is slightly loose. Still slides back and forth. Mild wear on the steering wheel controls.

In summary, you are getting a well cared for low mileage example that will continue to provide years of driving pleasure. Remember that while this car is in amazing shape, it is not new. The only reason I am selling it is that we just closed on a real estate deal, and I need to free up some cash. I am also going to be selling my 1997 Porsche 911 c4s.

Reserve not met around $10k at time of writing. I love the interior, the silver exterior is classic, and in reality getting it for under $15k would be reasonable. If it stays lower, it’ll be a downright deal with so few miles. It’d certainly look like more than $15k hauling ass down the freeway.

-NR

1991 Porsche 911 Turbo

Another week, another 964 series 911 Turbo, it seems. 1990 saw the introduction of the 964, and one year later, the Turbo bowed with a 3.3 liter engine producing 315 horsepower. The 964 Turbo models are, much like the rest of the 964 range, steadily increasing in value and gaining the attention of collectors. Here’s a fairly clean, early example with late model Porsche wheels.

The seller states:

Here is a sweet 1991 Turbo 911. This rare car is in great shape inside, outside, and mechanically. It has Turquoise Metallic (59) paint and a grey interior. Body and paint are in great shape with the usual paint chips around the wheel flares. The engine number is 61M00854 and transmission number is 2M00855. I have the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity for this car. It is fast and drives like it should, like a race car.

The thing that stands out in the ad is the fact that the car comes with Porsche’s Certificate of Authenticity, important to any collector. The reserve isn’t met at $25,000, but it would be safe to say this car would make it well into the $30k range if an interested buyer exists. Besides the 911 3.2 from the 1980s, I have to say the 964 is perhaps my favorite 911 of them all.

Here’s a clip from the PBS show Motor Week highlighting the 1992 Turbo, essentially the same vehicle:

-Paul

1974 Opel Manta

Growing up, I would hear my father talk about the 1972 Opel Manta Rallye that he owned, complaining about issues with vapor lock but praising the car for it’s solidity and good looks. Opel Mantas are a very rare sight on US roads these days, and if you see one on the road, it would most likely be clapped out. This very original Manta, then, is more rare than the proverbial hen’s teeth.

The seller states:

There is only 45,500 miles on this classic sports coupe, a 1974 Opel Manta! Opel pursued a unique sales approach for their line in the U.S. Market causing only a few Opel models to be sold in the U.S. Opels were imported by GM and sold through Buick dealerships but not their own dealership network, so they were limited in what makes and models they could sell here.

This 4-cylinder automatic is in good running condition and has been maintained on a yearly basis (with all receipts and records of that maintenance available for inspection). This car is being sold because the owner is deceased. It was originally purchased it May 10, 1976 in Ohio with 15,800 miles on it. The owner then moved to Ames, Iowa to live with her sister in June 20, 1997 and the car had 40,433 miles on it at that time. On October 20, 1997, it was rust protected by Ziebart. On August 24, 1998 it had some body work done (don’t know specifics of what). It was then painted on May 28, 1999 and paint protected by Ziebart. It was maintained by a local garage during the subsequent years. It was in storage from fall 2008 until fall 2009 when I moved it to my house. I put a new battery in it and took it out a couple of months ago, August 2010, and have been driving it off and on. There are no engine noise or leaks and no tran noise or leaks. In addition, there are no other odd noises. The air conditioner fan works but I have not put any coolant in it. There is no rust on the outside however the jack points have some rust and behind the battery, the inner fender line has a rust hole.

The only thing that detracts from this car, is, you guessed it, the automatic transmission. Other than that, there’s a lot to like about this offering. There’s no telling what this car is valued at, as they are so rare in this country, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was sold for over $5,000. With the introduction of the Buick Regal (aka Opel Insignia) to the US Market, this would be a great time to pick up this cult classic from GM’s German arm.

It was such a cult classic in Germany during the 70s and 80s, in fact, that a movie was produced in 1991 called “Manta Manta,” with the plot centering around modified, later generation Mantas. Here’s a video of the first five minutes of the movie:

-Paul

1974 Mercedes 280S Custom Crazy Hearse

This car is from down under in more ways then one. It hails from Australia, but there also is quite a lot of under world connections with this beast.

From the description it looks like this started life off as a proper hearse, but a new owner has gone all out with custom work to turn it into a head turner. Fancy mural work all over, neon lighting, big subwoofer, full size casket with skeleton, this thing has some fun possibilities.

With the under hood work being a fairly standard Mercedes 2.8 liter 6 cylinder maintenance to keep it running shouldn’t be too “scary,” despite having covered 128,000 miles.

The ask price is just under $13,000 U.S.

Spooky awesome. Just in time for Halloween!!

1974 Mercedes 280S Custom Crazy Hearse

~Evan

1989 Porsche 911 Speedster

From 1984 through 1989, Porsche manufactured what was, to many, the pinnacle of the 911 production run, the 3.2 In January 1989, production of the low volume Speedster commenced, ending six short months later with a total of just over 2,000 produced. Featuring a low slung windshield and hard tonneau cover, the Speedster was meant to evoke the 356 models of yore. Here is a widebody example with exceptionally low mileage.

The seller states:

This the rarest of the rare: A black wide body Carrera Speedster. It is very low mileage at 17,572. The paint is all original. This is a lightweight no A/C car. This car is untouched other than oil changes. This is powered by the super reliable Carrera 3.2 Motronic engine. It has its original 5 speed G50 gearbox shifting smoothly and flawlessly. Other than a lightly scraped wheel, the car is cosmetically beautiful.

$65,000 is about average for what clean, low mileage Speedsters are going for these days. I’ve seen some as high as $100,000, some as low as $40,000. With Targa, Coupe and Cabriolet prices holding steady, it’s no surprise that the rarest version of them all commands such respect in the marketplace.

-Paul

1991 BMW 850i

Following in the footsteps of the beloved BMW 6 series E24 was never going to be an easy task, no matter what the machine. However, in 1989, the 8 series bowed at the Frankfurt Auto Show to take on the newly developed R129 Mercedes-Benz SL. Over it’s almost decade long production run, sales were rather lukewarm. However, there’s no denying what a capable grand touring machine this coupe was. Here’s an early V12 engined example with low miles for a temptingly low price:

The seller states:

Originally a Canadian car that was owned originally by a BMW dealer. I bought the car over Easter weekend after a long search and drove her 1100 miles to where she sits today. ~ 62k miles.

Automatic transmission
Diamond Black Metallic exterior.
Light grey/black two-tone interior.
Sport seats – very rare (heated).
M-parellel wheels (18″). Second set of wheels(turbines)/tires go with it.
Unpainted CSi front spoiler goes with as well – with a matching rear valence ($1000 value).
Newish m-tech steering wheel (not shown in the pictures).
35% tint all around.
Sunroof and all windows work perfectly.

This 850 is in outstanding condition inside and out. The paint is in excellent condition. The interior is nearly flawless – with virtually no signs of wear. The sport seats are in incredible shape and include heat as well as the motorized leg bolster. Light grey in color. Door panels and interior trim are in perfect condition. Headliner is in good condition with only a small patch showing a slight indentation.

Phone has been removed from the center console, but it will go with the car. The original steering wheel and airbag would go with the car as well. Currently the car is running with the Wokke EML chip and Racing Dynamics DME chips. This makes the car a joy to drive.

The car has been well cared for by all the previous owners. The maintenance records are very thorough and even includes original brochures, magazine clippings, a book about the making of the 8 series and more. Don’t miss out on this beauty – everyone deserves to own a V12 in their lifetime!

For a car with such low mileage and an apparently thorough history, $14,500 seems a good bargain for a V12 coupe. Still, one should go into a purchase like this, eyes wide open, and budget for V12 running costs. This is a case where the V8 840i would make more sense. But for those who always wanted to experience a 12 cylinder vehicle, this could be just the ticket.

-Paul

1991 Mercedes 300SL *sigh*

We try to avoid posting utter monstrosities and crimes against nature but sometimes one sneaks in. Perhaps it is my soft spot for Mercedes that slipped this one through.

The seller boldly proclaims “THIS VEHICLE HAS BEEN UPGRADED” and they also claim, “WE HANDPICK ONLY THE FINEST VEHICLES” so I guess its all relative.

I’m not really sure what one would do with a car like this. It isn’t valuable enough to try and return to it’s former glory and the custom work has really limited the potential buyer pool.

The oddly placed aftermarket driving lights and the rainbow fleck paint aren’t what you normally would associate with a Benz, don’t forget the hood scoop(?!) either. The racing stripes shout class in case the gaudy steering wheel cover or Fast and Furious wing didn’t catch your eye.

I see this car parked in a high school parking lot in the near future.

With 123,000 miles the car has a no reserve ask price of $3,600.  Not a bad price, you could part the car out and make that much, but still I’m not sure this is going to see any bidders. The AMG rims are worth at least a quarter of that if they are genuine as the seller states.

Do any of you have a better suggestion as to where car like this will end up next?
Please don’t do this to your Mercedes.

~Evan

Restomod BMW 1987 E30 325iS to M3

We’ve been talking behind the scenes here at GFCSB about the value of E30 M3s. One indication of a valuable vehicle is when folks start making clones of that model. What we have here is an extensive restoration and high end clone job. The folks that went to all the work on this BMW clearly understand that there is potential to get some of that investment back in the E30 Mr market.

The project started as a stripped rolling chassis and they went from there.  As the owner states, this isn’t one for the purists or concours divas.

It is a US spec, 1987 E30 325iS fully converted to E30 M3 body using all original metal OEM E30 M3 body parts, E36 M3 5 lug suspension, Porsche Brembo brakes, custom interior. Top quality work, all body/paint/engine/suspension/brakes are in excellent condition, everything is like new, everything work, there is no rust, no damage, no scratches, no blemishes, no leaks, no problems !!

ENGINE:

M20 motor was rebuilt using 2.7L block and 2.5L iS head, new gaskets, hoses, new timing belt, water pump, full tune-up (filters, plugs, etc..) DINAN chip. This motor pulls really hard, the car is very very quick with a nice power torque curve, it has a lot of power in low and high RPMs with nice mid range ooohmpp. There are no hick-ups, no dead zone in low RPMs (like the s14 motor), this car is fully capable of being a daily driver as well as canyon rocket, it can handle any kind of task you throw at it, this motor is surprisingly capable and is really fun. Motor has about 81k miles on it, no leaks, doesn’t burn any oil, no problems !

SUSPENSION / BRAKES

Full E36 5 Lug conversion, Front M3 Koni Adjustable Shocks, Vogtland Lowering Springs, Z3 Rear Suspension, Bilstien Sport Shocks, Porsche Turbo Brembo Front Brakes Cross Drilled Rotors, new pads, new engine mounts, new bushings, swaybar links, etc…
This car nadles like a dream and stops amazingly, everything works and everything is in excellent condition!

EXTERIOR:

Custom Top Quality Paint Job – Custom Red, only the best materials were used, the car was completely disassembled and stripped. There is no rust anywhere, no paint chips, no scratches, no dings ! OEM M3 Fenders, Quarter panels, Roof, trunk, side skirts, front and rear bumpers with Carbon Fiber Bumper Tape, M3 antenna
Hella Euro Smoked Smileys with HID conversion, Smoked Tails Lights, smoked front turn lenses, Euro tow hook covers, Euro Brake vents, Carbon Fiber front splitter, Evolution hood seals, Carbon Fiber AC Schnitzer mirrors, New BMW roundels, DTM Evo III rear spoiler with Carbon Fiber adjustable Gurney [sic] flap, rear Euro plate holder. Single Wiper conversion Kit. INTERIOR:

Full custom interior featuring Recaro style front seats, e30 m3 rear seat and side panels, everything is custom wrapped in black leather and suede with red stitching, everything in excellent condition, there is no wear or tear on these seats, they are like new! Carpet is in excellent condition ! Momo Steering Wheel, BMW OEM ZHP Shift Knob, Carbon Fiber Cluster Insert, Leather Shift Boot & E-Brake Boot w. M Colors, AC Schnitzer Pedals, Footrest & E-Brake Handle

STEREO:

Blaupunct removable Head Unit, All Speakers Upgraded, new wiring, 10 Inch Subs in trunk, the sound is amazing, this is a really nice sound system !

RIMS /TIRES:

Keskin KT 1’s 8 1/2 Front 10 Rear new rims, New Falcon Tires, mounted and balanced, everything is like NEW !

This is a top notch conversion job that is going to bring good money. The 81,000 miles on the car doesn’t mean much when it has been gone through so carefully. Bidding is up near $15,000 with the reserve not met.  You could find a genuine E30 M3 for less than what you will pay here, but it won’t be nearly as nice or as sorted.

~Evan

1971 Mercedes 250 with 26,000 miles

I’m going to top Aaron’s earlier post of the 1983 GTI with 38k with this sweet low mile cupcake.

You sometimes think of Mercedes and you picture long term reliability and high mileage cars. So how about this gem of a vintage Mercedes sedan that has covered a mere 26,000 miles. Finding a garden variety 250 with such low miles is almost unheard of. These cars were typically used, racking up many trouble free miles. This beauty was spotted prowling the paddock over at Watkins Glen, New York. I’d like to know the story about previous ownership to see where the low mileage comes from. I noted that the car has historic plates on it so it is not likely the current owner’s daily driver. The owner also states it has not seen winters, a plus in central New York.

The cream paint looks fantastic, the interior almost as new. Not even a single of the notorious Mercedes Benz dash cracks. No pitted chrome either. This Benz comes with the column shifted automatic, not quite as desirable or as fun as the floor mounted auto or the manual, but this is a sedate sedan.

Nothing too flashy here, just a chance to have a charmer of a Benz transport you back into a simpler time of premium automotive travel. Perfect for say a New Haven area professor, tweed jacket with suede elbow patches not included.

The owner asks for $10,000, and says call if interested, 607-279-7688.

~Evan

Sub-100k mile, no-reserve E30 M3 for sale

Among a strong pack of E30s on eBay at the moment, this one sticks out with its low mileage and no-reserve sale. Left in Nevada by an Aussie who never got around to exporting it (thankfully leaving 1 more available in the US!), it has been sitting in storage for 4 months and he needs to get rid of it. Looks like maintenance has been kept up with, though he mentions some rust spots in the trunk that are hopefully just surface and easily taken care of. Sub-100k mile examples are increasingly rare, and with no minimum cost, this could be a great opportunity.

It’s currently just past $10k, but with 5 days left I’d expect it to get a lot closer to $17-$20k being well taken care of, clean, and low miles. At $15k this would be a very solid deal. I know beggers shouldn’t be choosers, and I’m certainly the former, but my ideal E30 would carry a slightly different aesthetic; the grey on grey on grey is a bit boring for this homologated pocket rocket, and my least favorite E36 wheels are no better here. A wheel change would make this much more amenable to me and help mitigate the boring color choices. I guess most importantly, the clean exterior and nicely redone leather should be appreciated, and this M3 with plenty of life left in it should be snatched up and enjoyed.

-NR