1986 Merkur XR4Ti with 34,500 miles

How about a Ford with some German influence to spice up the week? Here we have a 1986 Merkur XR4Ti hatchback. Related to the Ford Sierra and built by the folks at Karmann in Rheine, Germany, these hatchbacks started appearing in the US in 1985 by the urging of then Ford Vice-President “Maximum” Bob Lutz. Powered by the venerable 2.3 liter four cylinder turbo similar to what was found in the Mustang SVO, it cranked out 145 hp in automatic form (175 for those cars equipped with the 5-speed manual). These interesting machines had a run in the US market up until 1989, when airbag legislation doomed the car due to retooling costs. Also, it didn’t help that Lincoln/Mercury dealers were peddling these things and had no clue how to market them. While they are becoming scarce on American roads today, finding ones with low mileage is even more daunting. Here we have an example of just that.

I purchased this vehicle from a VW dealer in 2002. It was traded in on a new vw. The original owner lived in Howard Beach NY. I bought this car for my father who needed a vehicle to get around town. He lived in boxford MA. At the time of purchase the xr4ti had 33,625miles.(I have documents). I had the vehicle gone through checking all the mechanical and replacing the tires, brakes and tune up. Shortly there after my father got sick and never really drove the car, as you can see current milage is 34581. In May of 09 I had the car towed to my house after sitting for the last 6+ years. I had the vehicle again gone through checking all the mechanical with only hoses need replacing due to age. The tires have flat spots but have been rounding out with me driving it around.Since they were new in 02 I hated to replace them.

There are a couple of things that need attention. There is a small dent in right front fender(pics), the headliner is beginning to fall, and the door panel needs to be glued on drivers door (pics). Otherwise the vehicle is in great shape. Everything is working. I have been driving it for a couple hundred miles and it seem everything is sorted out and working properly. It’s a great fun car and It’s rarity will pretty much guarentee you looks where ever you go. It is surprisingly quick when the turbo kicks in.

Not sure what the reserve is, but NADA.com is valuing high retail on an ’86 XR4Ti at $4,475, so I’d say anything under $5,000 would be reasonable, as this is not an easy car to put a price on. The only thing holding this back would be the automatic transmission in my opinion, but that could be a boon to the right buyer.

-Paul

Red BMW E34 M5 doppleganger under $14k

A couple weeks ago I blog-drooled all over my computer when I found a red E34 on BMW double-spokes on eBay.  While perusing MunichEvo, I saw another red E34 on the same wheels and thought “oh cool, it’s for sale somewhere else and cheaper!”  A closer look revealed that this is, in fact, NOT the same car, as it has the black M5 body bits and about twice the miles of that first pristine example.  It also has some nice Dinan bits, and leaves me painfully torn as to whether I think the black or body-color aero bits look better.  You be the judge:

Red E34 M5 for sale at MunichEvo.com

I think if it came down to it I might go body-color, but the black has an attractive just-another-5er quality to it.  Either way, these owners have the same impeccable taste in wheels, not to mention cars and color.  Some well-chosen Dinan bits (chip, cam sprocket, brakes, suspension, and a thankfully unused trunk badge) make it a little extra special, and while it’s not a 55k-mile cherry like the first, it certainly doesn’t show its 119k.

Someone’s getting lucky at $13,995.

-NR

2001 BBi Autosport Porsche 996 911 Twin Turbo

I can see this car falling into the hands of someone with more money than brains resulting in a fairly unhappy ending.
What we have is a twin turbo 996 that has a 3.8 liter engine and rear drive conversion full of speed parts. Mahle pistons, Carrillo rods, new turbos, wastegates, exhaust, and more. On race fuel the seller states the car puts out 1200 horsepower. That is a fairly ridiculous number, but the seller has a certificate from the legendary Texas Mile showing the car crossed the line at a few ticks over 212 MPH, last fall. Even with the low 3150 lb weight thanks to things like a carbon Gemballa hood, that top speed shows the car is packing some serious punch in the engine compartment.

55,000 miles on the clock with $79,500 buy it now. It is unclear when the engine work was completed. It would be nice to know how many miles are on the engine since the work was done.

There are plenty of automotive ways to get your self in a heap of trouble for less, but not too many that can get you into trouble at over 200 MPH for this price.

~Evan

1991 Mercedes-Benz 300SL, rare 5-speed manual

The passing of the R107 chassis Mercedes-Benz 560SL proved a turning point for the classic SL roadster. Gone was the heavy, boulavardier cruiser and in came a more technologically advanced, if heavier, model. Not only was the SL available with the new 5.0 liter, four cam V8, but Mercedes saw fit to equip the new model with the first ever inline six engine for the US market since the 1972 280SL, resurrecting the storied 300SL badge once again. Here we have a 300SL with the rare 5 speed manual option over at Quattroworld.com.

1991 Mercedes-Benz 300SL 5-speed

The seller states:

75,523 miles. The turbo kit was used on this car and removed recently for smog.

Here is a video of a similarly equipped 300E with a Mosselman turbo installed:

R129 SLs have just about reached bottom when it comes to resale value, especially the earlier models. Going forward, clean ones are sure to appreciate, as we have seen with previous generations SLs as they age. While it would take the right kind of person to buy a 5 speed SL, there are very few out there and of those, I’m sure they have their following.

-Paul

Don’t Miss No Reserve Mercedes 1992 500E

This is the last of my last minute Easter posts. Here is a tastefully modified 500E with 153,000 mile. It is up for sale at $9100 no reserve. Even with the mileage that is a very tempting price for a 500E.
The car comes with a blacked out grill and a brand new $9000 paint job. The nice deep dish three piece AMG wheels the seller is keeping, which is unfortunate because they look really good and are contemporary with the car.
There is something funky going on with the headlamp wipers, but that should be an easy fix.
The seller gives a list of recently serviced items including:

WATER PUMP
MOTOR MOUNTS
ARI CONDITIONING
BRAKES
ALIGNMENT
OIL
COOLANT
SHOCK
VALVE COVER GASKETS
REAR SHADE SERVICE
BATTERY
ALPINE AM, FM, SIRIUS, BLUETOOTH PHONE INTERFACE, USB AND IPOD FEATURE

This looks like a solid car for under $10k. Even though the auction ends really soon a PPI would be advised with those miles.

~Evan

1991 Mercedes 560SEC Euro

Number 2 in my last minute Easter Sunday posts is this Euro grey market 560SEC with only 62,000 miles. Sold by the same fellow who is selling the nice 500E that ends today. Perhaps if you buy both this and the matching charcoal black 500E you could get a deal.
Like the 500E this looks to be a very well maintained example. The Euro spec model has the nicer headlights and bumpers, as well as a Euro spec engine.
These are great cars and this is low mileage for the engine. The car is just old enough to avoid many of the electronic gizmos that can cause problems, but new enough that it has plenty of convience features modern Mercedes are known for.
Another fine unmolested example.

~Evan

Last Minute Lazy Sunday Deals Mercedes 500E

It is Easter and there are a number of auctions ending today on eBay that may get missed as folks are traveling or spending time with family.
I thought I would post a few up to get them some attention before they disappeared. So this will be post #1 of 3 quick ones.

1994 Mercedes 500E with 68,000 miles, which is fairly low for the Porsche engineered engine. Buy it now is $25,000.
I’m not sure if this one has appeared on the site before, I don’t think so, but I am almost positive I have seen it for sale before. It is clearly one of the nicer 500Es out there. This one looks really well maintained and original. The pictures back up the seller’s statements about the condition. Perhaps one of the nicest original driver 500Es left on the road.

~Evan

1990 Porsche 944 S2 Cabriolet

The 1990 model year marked the second to last year for the 944 and the first of a two year run for the rare 944 S2 cabriolet. Just shy of 2,500 cabriolets were ever produced. Carried over was the 16 valve, 3.0 liter four cylinder engine producing 208 horsepower.

1990 Porsche 944 S2 Cabriolet for sale on Craigslist Philadelphia

The seller states:

Here is a very fine 1990 Porsche 944 S2 Cabriolet. These cars are very rare, only a few thousand were imported into the USA.

This car is in mint condition, and has a new power top, New boot cover, New tires, and New brakes. Everything works great, no excuses or stories.

Has 102k miles, but you would never guess this by looking at or driving the car.

New OEM Blue canvas top and boot cover, Power top works flawlessly.

Original paint shines very brightly (these pictures were taken in dull light conditions), Car was always garage kept.

No Dents, No Rust, No scratches.

New tires on mint condition original wheels. New Brakes, 4 Piston Brembo brake setup is awesome! ABS standard

Interior is very nice, just a one tiny nick, in each seat bottom, about 1/2 inch long.

Dash has typical small cracks, and a dash pad to cover it. Has drivers side airbag.

Engine runs very smoothly ,sweet sounding to redline, no leaks, no oil usage.

5 speed Manual trans shifts very smoothly.

This car is really nice, and very addictive to drive. Powerful, balanced and light feeling, a real joy to drive.

MotorWeek road tested the S2 cabriolet back in 1990. They provide a good run down on how involved the assembly process was. Here’s the clip:

While over 100,000 miles might seem like a lot, the Porsche four cylinders are pretty reliable, given proper maintenance. Few cabriolets were produced in the first place, so survivors these days are becoming scarce. NADA lists average retail right around the seller’s asking price, so if the car could be had for between $10,000 and $11,000, this would be a good deal.

-Paul

BMW SCCA racer #2 1997 BMW 318i

As promised here is part two of my SCCA BMW racer finds. This one is a newer 1997 BMW 318i.
Very similar specs to my previous BMW racer post. Exhaust, short shift kit, adjustable shocks, and safety equipment. Unlike my previous post though t his one does not come with any log books, which is too bad.

It is another chance to get an entry level car for fairly cheap. Seller is looking for $10,500. They don’t give much info about how many races are on the engine, etc., which would be important to find out before buying.

~Evan

Entry-level E30 M3 for sale

A year and a half ago, it seemed like the E30 M3 market ceiling knew no limit, and they were on pace to quickly remove any hope for an affordable entry into the joys and mythology of the homologated, inaugural M3.  As with the rest of the world, there’s been an economic reality-check, and E30s have come down slightly.  Still expensive for 20+ year old BMWs, but at the least the market’s trajectory seems to have plateaued a little.  This example is up on eBay with no reserve, so it could be picked off for a nice price ($7300 at time of writing).  The trade-off for the nice price is its condition.  Far from perfect, there are some rust spots, interior, and engine work that need to be tended to before this is a clean M3, but in my view, the E30 M3 is a car you get in however you can.

Yeah, it needs work.  Quite a bit of work.  But looking at those fenders, that front airdam, and those wheels, I don’t care.  The E30 market has been so high because these cars are so damn special, and that includes the ones that need some TLC.  The rapper Too Short said “Get in where you fit in,” and if you can get into the E30 M3 Club under $10k, you should.