1964 Mercedes 220SE Leichenwagen / Hearse in Italy

Another unique opportunity here. Normally we keep the auctions to North America, but this was too good to pass up.

The bodywork is nice, but the interior is spectacular. Like the Langversion Merc I posted recently it will take someone with a interesting vision to take advantage of a car like this. Though keeping this just as is doesn’t seem like a bad idea. It is really too nice to turn into a German  Ecto 1.

The new owner would want to make sure to keep this away from anything that could damage all that custom glass in the back. Speaking of glass, I’m always a fan of the Euro headlights on all Benzs. In this case they replace the dual light vertical stack on the U.S. versions.

The original ask was $6500 Euros about $9400 and it didn’t sell. I wish there were more pictures. The folks over at Bring A Trailer also picked up on this ride.

I wonder if anyone famous got a ride in the back?

~Evan

Another 87 Mercedes 190 2.3-16 For Sale with Only 44k Miles!

It must be deja vu I think as I don’t believe this is the same car that was listed before on this blog. But here’s another very low miles 2.3-16 for sale on the left coast in Berkley, California for $11,500 (Craigslist):

Mercedes 190 2.3-16 For Sale

quote from seller’s listing:

This incredible 190E 2.3-16v is in impeccable original low-mile condition, and has had dealer service since new. For the last five years it’s been in the hands of a Northern California Mercedes Benz dealer family. This is not only a high performance car in great condition – it’s also an important bit of history. After developing its four-valve cylinder head with motorsport specialists Cosworth, as well modifying its suspension, transmission, aerodynamics, exhaust and interior, Mercedes unveiled the 2.3-16 at the Nurburgring in 1984 in a race that included several former and future Formula One champions, including Niki Lauda, Alan Prost and Ayrton Senna (who won), as well as Stirling Moss, who had famously driven for Mercedes in its heyday.

Most 16v’s available today are high mileage and/or modified cars. This one shows and drives as nearly new, to which we can attest as this is our third (our first having 17,000 miles on the odometer when it came through the dealership in 1989). 2.3-16’s were only available in the U.S. in only 1986 and 1987, and this `87 may be seen as an appealing “interim” model. It has the flushed-in headlights of the ‘87 models, but retains the simpler and more reliable sunroof and sunroof control of the `86 cars. Recent work includes a major service with upgraded-spec MB factory injectors; serviced rear SLS suspension and replaced front suspension ball joints; refurbished a/c; and four new Michelin Pilot tires. A December 2009 smog report shows unbelievably low emissions, attesting to the car’s impeccable mechanical condition. The bodywork is straight and clean with no signs of accidents or repairs. The original paint is very good for a 20-plus year old car, with good shine and few stone chips.

I love these cars! And not to sound like a broken record, but an e30 M3 of the same vintage would have a starting bid of twice the price. I realize you can make an argument that the M3 has a more sporting intent, and the winning pedigree, but not at twice the price. Someone go snag this fantastic deal!

dc

1987 VW Quantum for sale on eBay

I felt I was being a little too Bavarian-centric with my first posts, then all Porsches earlier this week, so I went looking for a good VW.  My oh my, did I choose the right day to look for Volkswagens!  Quantums are a rare breed in general.  The Passat progenitor had the simple lines of 80s VWs and was available with Syncro, the best named of all 4WD systems.  With Syncro it came with the Audi-sourced 5 cylinder.  Revered more for their capability than their looks, many of this generation are more 4WD beaters than clean machines.  This ECS Tuning Quantum bucks the trend and more, with a clean white exterior and a well-modified Ur-Quattro drivetrain conversion (!!!).

Some of the modifications from the listing:

THIS QUANTUM HAS HAD AN AUDI UR QUATTRO DRIVETRAIN CONVERSION.  DETAILS INCLUDE A SPECIAL BUILD HIGH COMPRESSION MC CODE AUDI SPORT 5-CYLINDER TURBO, AUDI SPORT INTERNALS, CUSTOM CRANKSHART, LARGER OIL PUMP AND COOLER, 411 GEARS WITH DUAL LOCKING DIFFS, SACHS RACING CLUTCH, NEW HYDRUALIC BRAKES, LARGER MASTER CYLINDER, WILLWOOD BRAKES WITH HAWK HPS PADS, POWDER COATER REAR CALIPERS, FULL GROUND CONTROL COIL OVER SET UP (POSSIBLY THE ONLY ONE IN THE US), ALL NEW POLY CONTROL ARMS, BATTERY RELOCATED TO REAR, BIGGER SECONDARY WATER PUMP, FULL STAINLESS EXHAUST (NO CAT), FULL STAINLESS DOWNPIPE FOR RS2 HYBRID KKK TURBO, RS2 HYBRID TURBO, CUSTOM SPORT QUATTRO WASTE GATE, CUSTOM BOOST PIPING, SEARCO INTERCOOLER, HKS SUPER SEQQUENTIAL BOV, AUDI SPORT CIS FUEL SYSTEM WITH ADJUSTABLE PRESSURE FOR DIFFERENT PUMPS, MIM 17 INCH WHEELS, ECLIPSE SOUND SYSTEM, BOOST GUAGE, MOMO STEERING WHEEL, AUDI SPORT INTAKE MANIFOLD, AUDI SPORT EXHAUST MANIFOLD (PORT MATCHED), HI REV VAVLE SPRINGS, CUSTOM HEAD WORK AND MUCH, MUCH MORE.

This really is an awesome car. Amazing drivetrain conversion, clean exterior, and only 72k miles. It could use some cleaner wheels and more tire (and ditch the nauseating hood pins), but hot damn. RS2 turbos? Wilwood brakes? Locking diffs? Forget that S4 fetish of mine; I want an RS2 Quantum!

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss

For those of you who find some of our under $10k cars a bit mundane here is opportunity for you.

With only 75 ever built perhaps one day this will be collectible, but for now I wouldn’t consider this a real investment grade vehicle, though someone is trying to turn a profit with the ask here being $1,800,000, which is several 100k over original MSRP. This is a chance to show up all those folks in their “standard” SLRs.

Lightweight and with 640 horsepower, 220 mph can be achieved if you find enough road. With no windows or windshield goggles would be a must.

It is really hard to fathom what exactly you would do with this, it isn’t street legal in the U.S., but you can probably get it through on show plates or just take it to track events. The seller says the car is currently in Germany.

Not bad looking, but not exactly beautiful. I suppose it is nice to know if you really want one they can be had. It is pretty cool for a company to pay homage to someone as important to their history, as Stirling Moss was for Mercedes, while they are still alive as well.

You would think if you were selling a 2 million dollar car you would add a bit more credibility to your sale by providing better pictures and description. Of course it sort of loses a bit of mystique just being on eBay in the first place.

~Evan

1998 M3 Sedan, Dakar Yellow, 59k miles

Similar to the 1997 M3 sedan that Nate sourced a few days ago, here’s a clean, low mileage 1998 M3 sedan over at the BMW Car Club of America marketplace. It’s a rather rare shade – Dakar Yellow. Fear not, enthusiasts, this one has a proper 5 speed manual gearbox.

1998 BMW M3 sedan

The seller’s description:

heated manual seats, a few tasteful mods, all maintenance up-to-date, owned since 6/01, garage kept, superb condition, extremely clean.

Like Nate, I love these cars. Having driven a few E36 M3 coupes and sedans in my day, I can say that it is by far one of my favorites, provided the example comes with three pedals. I was never enamored with the E46 and E90 series M3s, but this kind of reflects my thoughts on most of the BMW lineup as of late. With all the electronic wizardry and added weight, these newer M models have kind of lost the plot. While they are undoubtedly excellent machines, the E36 embodies everything that was right about the old BMW. Crisp lines, legendary powerplants and God’s own handling.

-Paul

1974 Carrera RS for sale in Sacramento

1974 Carrera RS for sale in Sacramento

Yesterday we looked at 1974 914 with the 911SC 3.0 motor in it. Today, we look at a 1974 911 with the 911SC 3.0 motor in it. Despite the same year and motor swap, this 911 RS strikes a completely different chord than the 914. The 914 was a mellow monster, with its unique shape and clean but subtle black theme. This 911 is about as loud as you can get. Velocity Yellow paint, 930 turbo flares, ducktail spoiler, and late-model Turbo Twist wheels scream that this is fast, mean, and unmistakably Porsche.

I prefer the black Fuchs and the long exhaust pipes seem like they’ll break off on a steep driveway, but this is a gorgeous car.  It’s obviously not a real RS (my 70s 911 variant knowledge is a work in progress so please feel free to help me out in the comments), but it’s a great conversion that looks the part inside and out and I’m sure is a blast to drive.

-NR

914 3.0 conversion for sale in Seattle

1974 914-6 Conversion for sale in Seattle

I tried to buy a 914 when I was 15 years old as a project car.  Great plan, until my parents found out.  Still, the dream of a street legal go-kart persists.  Usually my dreams focus around cheap non-Porsche engine swaps, as most 914s leave a bit to be desired in the power department.  Going the high class route would be doing a sweet swap with a more fortified Porsche engine, which is what we’ve found today.  The list of enhancements is exhaustive; I’ll leave it to the seller’s words:

Body-
Body completing stripped, fenders reworked, acid etch primed and painted DuPont Chroma Black. The job included both front and rear trunks, engine bay with engine removed and door jams. The cost for this work was over $10,000 in 1993.

Suspension and Drive train-
Frame strengthened through welding, 88 Carrera front suspension, Carrera torsion bars, new front struts, 911S front calipers, 19mm master cylinder, turbo tie rods, 16’ 911 hubs, Automotion front and rear bushings, Otto’s rear hub kit with 911 rear hubs and 914-6 stub axles, Ted Hulse rear shocks, 165lb progressive rear springs, GPR through frame rear sway bar, 16×6 front and 16×7 rear refinished Fuchs alloys.

Motor-
1981 911SC 3.0 liter motor, Dillavar head studs, heads reworked, 46 IDA PMO carburetors’, GPR Oil tank in right rear fender, DC Automotive 911 engine sheet metal, GT performance flywheel, Patrick Motorsports engine mounts, Permatune ignition, B&B stainless headers (no heat exchangers)

The car had 70,200 miles on it at the start of restoration and currently has 81,700, so it has travelled approximately 11,500 miles since the rebuild.

Exterior: Overall 8.5/10
Paint- DuPont Chroma Black- The paint on this is gorgeous. It has a deep and consistent shine with none of the orange peel they would have come with from new. There are no significant scratches or nicks but it is black so it will show even the slightest of imperfection.
Body- The body is very straight with not a single ding to be noted. There is no evidence that the car has been involved in any type of collision and overall panel fit and gap is very good.
Body Parts- All of the glass is good, the targa top and side sail panels are like new. All of the seals and gaskets and lights are likewise clean and correct. The only items that I think need some attention are the front and rear bumpers and trim. The 1974 914 featured the bumper overiders and the owner removed the overriders but left the holes in the bumpers. To really look great a set of 1973 bumpers should be installed. The top rubber bumper trim is likewise “rippled” and should be replaced as well, which would happen with a bumper swap.
Wheels- The car is sitting on a genuine original set of 16×6 and 16×7 Fuchs Wheels that are perfect, no peeling, no pitting, no curb damage. The tires are mismatched front to rear and while they have plenty of tread are older due to the cars low miles. Since this car offers such extraordinary performance a new set of tires should be fitted.

Rust- As any enthusiast knows rust is the bane of all 914’s. This particular car was completely stripped and treated during the restoration. The only notable rust I have found in on the driver’s side rear quarter panel just above the taillight is starting to bubble. The front and rear trunks looks pristine. The floor pans and jacking points are solid and the “hell hole” appears to be clean. I would welcome any prospective customer to put the car up on the rack because any 914 will have rust if you look hard enough, but this one looks real solid.

Interior-
Overall the interior I would categorize as a 9.0/10. It is really amazing original condition

Seats: The seats are very well preserved. There is just one flaw I could find on the seats, and that is a slight cut on the passenger side bolster now more than 1” in length that hasn’t even split.
Carpet: The carpet is also darn close to perfect, I could find only one slight wear mark on the driver’s side floor close to the e-brake handle.
Dash: The dash pad is like new, no cracks.
Door panels and Headliner: They are all in excellent shape, no wear or sagging.
Electronics and gauges: EVERYTHING on this car works. Including all gauges, climate control fan, stereo, map light, etc. The only item worth noting is that with the B&B exhaust the heat exchangers were bypassed so there is no heat.
Trunk and accessories: Both the front and rear trunks were refinished when the car was restored so they are very clean. An OEM Porsche 993 inflatable spare has been fitted as the original 914 spare would not have worked with the 911 hubs.


$25k is a lot of money for a 914, but, as the seller states, it would probably take twice that to recreate.  I really like the thoroughness, as this is not just some engine swap but really an exploration of how awesome the 914 can be.  It looks great and has the juice to be a 911-beating handful.  Sure, budgeting may keep my 914 swap dreams cheap, but if I had the means, this would be high on my must-have Porsche list.

-NR

1974 BMW 3.0 CS – One Owner

The amazing vintage BMWs keep coming out of the woodwork this week. Here we have an excellent example of a classic E9 coupe, more commonly referred to as the 3.0 CS. 1974 represents the second to last year of production for the coupe, the E24 633 CSi being the successor.

A few words from the seller:

The 1974 is quite rare being only 1 of 2694 total vehicles produced, with less than 375 imported to U.S. This particular Car spent it’s life in New Jersey, where it was meticulously maintained and cared for by its first owner. It was rarely, if ever driven in inclement conditions. This vehicle was restored inside and out. Updates include a repaint in its original color, and brand new front seat leather. Still some minor work to do for the motivated, but car in great shape now for weekend driving and/or local shows.

The one thing that turns me off about this car is, you guessed it, the crash bumpers. While effective, they are out of balance with the delicate roofline of this car and spoil the looks. Bumpers aside, however, this E9 coupe effectively straddles the line between collectible and modern classic and is a vehicle you could use every day, guilt free.

-Paul

2008 Dinan M5 S3 628 horsepower beast

We’ve seen how the market treats previous generation factory Dinan M5s well, here is a chance for a more recent take. You’ve seen it all before, someone selling a “Dinan” BMW, when really all the car has is maybe a couple bolt on bits the owner slapped on in their driveway along with a Dinan badge. This however is what happens when the work is done by professionals paid for by someone with deep pockets.

This E60 has Dinan’s S3 stroker kit under the hood. Which takes the 5.0 liter V-10 up to 5.7 liters and 628 hp and 482 lb-ft of torque. This upgrade will set you back a cool $40,000. This particular M5 also has another $30,000 put into Dinan intake, suspension, and exhaust work. So what you have here is an owner who wanted an ultimate 4 door sedan and was comfortable dropping around $200k to get there.

The car does look good in its Indianapolis red paint scheme (and I’m not a fan of red cars), the body color matched red line wheels are a nice touch.
Built in radar detection is clearly a must. What really set this car into the drivers category is that the owner decided to go with the 6 speed manual instead of sticking with the more popular SMG transmission. True enthusiasts will really find this a plus. I can’t help, but think that with all that extra power the SMG might make life a lot easier if this was to be a daily driver as opposed to weekend escape car.

The dealership selling the car, Chicago Motor Cars has all the receipts for the work done which should help the sale. With a buy it now price of $89,800 a new owner can take home this under 20,000 mile car and basically get almost $100,000 of top notch custom parts and labor for free. The only slight draw back is unlike some other Dinan parts the S3 kit does void the factory warranty and the Dinan warranty only provides two years of coverage. Still with a well established company like Dinan and reputable installers Performing Imports out of Alpharetta, Georgia, you can be assured that the intention was for this vehicle to have a long life if maintained and not abused. Be advised though in terms of maintenance, one of the receipts shows that just a simple oil and filter change cost $239.

Partial List of costs for the upgrades:

DINAN HIGH FLOW COLD AIR INTAKE WITH MASS AIR METER FOR DINAN STAGE 3 HIGH PERFORMANCE ENGINE $2499.00
SOFTWARE UPGRADE $100.00
DINAN STRUT TOWER BRACE $2500.00
DINAN 5.7LITER V10 M STROKER MOTOR! $39995.00 + $4000 INSTALL
DINAN HIGH FLOW THROTTLE BODIES $2999.00
DINAN FREE FLOW EXHAUST SYSTEM $2599.00
DINAN STAGE 2 SUSPENSION SYSTEM $972.00
DINAN FRONT MONO BALL KIT $699.00
DINAN STAGE 2 BRAKE SYSTEM $7190.00
HEADER GASKET $149.40
LIMITED SLIP DIFFERENTIAL $2999.00 + INSTALL $3717.00
RACE PIPE $1500.00
HIGH FLOW CUSTOM PERFORMANCE HEADERS WITH CATS $3499.00 + LABOR $2397.00
STAGE 2 HIGH PERFORMANCE ENGINE SOFTWARE $1999.00
M CARBON FIBER LOOK 5 SPOKE WHEELS $2500.00
AC SCHNITZER ALUM PEDALS $800.00
PASSPORT BUILT IN RADAR SYSTEM $2600.00
LABOR FOR ALL PROFESSIONAL WORK PERFORMED $15000.00

Fantastic car.

Here is a video from the folks at Dinan showing the V-10 Stage 3 kit and what it can do:

~Evan

1983 Porsche 944, 28k original miles Guest Post

Guest post By Chris Schobert

Porsche 944 on Craigstlist, http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/cto/1538365471.html

It’s tough to find anything clean in Brooklyn, NY, these days, especially classic 80’s Porsche’s, however I came across a seemingly well cared for 1983 944 with only 28K miles on the clock for an easy $5,700. It’s been garaged and pampered, which are both tough things to do when living in the tri-state area! Stock wheels look to be in great shape, and the body and plastics all seem to match well, which points to the fact that the sun hasn’t faded the vulnerable front and rear bumpers. Interior is missing some common parts, but the seats and dash look extremely good.

A previous Car and Driver top 10 in 1983, the 944 represents one of nicest handling cars you’ll find from a 80’s vintage sports car. The 944 boasts nearly perfect (50.7 front, 49.3 rear) weight distribution, out-corning nearly all competition from its era. Feedback is good from it’s power steering, and body roll is even, controlled. 0-60 in 8.3 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph, the 944 won’t snap your neck back, but it’s 4-cyl engine with 143 HP will be easy on the gas and last for years to come with proper attention to maintenance.

It seems there is always something to look out for when buying a 27 year old car, however 944’s are pretty durable for the most part. Parts are expensive, but since there were numerous built, they are plentiful. Aftermarket and rebuilt engines and transmissions can be found easily. Clutches and timing belts for the most part are the biggest wear item, and electrical gremlins are to be expected.

Overall, it’s a low cost of entry for a very low mileage, great handling, classic 80’s sports car.

From Craigslist:

http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/cto/1538365471.html

Hi, selling my immaculate all original 1983 Porsche 944. This amazing beauty has been my sunday/weekend driver for many years and was always garaged and maintained. Waxed regularly it is in excellent shape. Just recently brought it from my Great Neck Long Island home to my other place in Brooklyn. ONLY 28k miles, a realy classic/collectible. Look at the pix and judge for yourself. Priced right at $5700 347-403-3399 BOOK VALUE OVER $9,OOO

~Chris