1987 Mercedes 190E 2.3-16 Valve

Another Mercedes Cosworth special is up for sale. This black one has 79,089 miles and looks good.
This one has all original body panels and paint, but also has a lot of aftermarket additions. The seller also says they have all the original parts that were removed to make the performance updates possible.
Some of the upgrades to note are the Remus exhaust and the H&R suspension setup. Also some cosmetic upgrades to spruce up the look. The seller includes a ton of photos and a video of his car.
The dog leg shifter shows the signs of lots of fun use it surley is a blast to row through the gears on this car. As the seller notes it is too bad about the cupholders being drilled into the doors, but that is not really a huge deal. The seller clearly shows all the little scuffs and dings, which aren’t major at all. It is very satisfying to see such a complete honest advertisement that appears to leave no stone uncovered. It would be nice to try and get a set of fog lights that fit a little more flush than the ones that have been added, but again if these are the only two things detrimental to the car then a new buyer will be thrilled. You can see that the hood insulation has been pulled off. It is not uncommon on Benzs for that stuff to degrade and get pulled. It actually can make the engine run cooler with it gone. The hood could use some high temp matte black paint on the underside to clean it up. With the 190E hood being able to open 90 degrees it should be no problem to paint without having to remove.
I suspect the reserve is quite high for this auction it will be interesting to see how the pricing compares to a similar era BMW E30 M3. These are great cars and this one looks to be a well represented driver.

~Evan

1973 BMW 3.0 CSL looking fine in silver

What an outstanding looking car. The BMW 3.0 CSL is a fantastic looker. The M Division set the tone for all future M cars with this and they sure started out on the right foot. When I think about the racing versions of this era CSL it conjures up the big bat wings and the pounding sound from the 400 horsepower six. There are still several genuine CSL race cars that make appearances at vintage festivals and they are a sight to behold.

This is not a racing model so you don’t have the huge horsepower engine, but you do have a car that weighs significantly under 3000 pounds with a plenty powerful engine. This car has the aerodynamic parts, wing and air dam, that really make the E9 look more purposeful over the standard chrome front bumper.

The seller lists the car as “basically a barn find” saying it sat for 20 years and then was restored in 2008. The mileage is listed as 5,359, which I suspect is since the restoration. With a car this valuable I’d want to know a bit more about the history and previous ownership. The car has a salvage title because of an accident. Which appears to have been fixed well. Normally just body damage on a single quarter panel isn’t going to get a car a salvage title, but who knows. I’d want to take a good look under the car to be sure there isn’t any weakened metal.

This car has had a 5-speed fitted for extra driver entertainment. The interior looks as spectacular as the outside. The cockpit with the clear VDO gauges is a classic look.

The underside looks like it has hardly seen anything, but clear dry asphalt.

Because of the modifications, restoration, accident, etc. this is not going to be a museum car. It is still a valuable and rare car, but one you don’t have to be quite as worried about driving around fearful of every pebble that comes your way.
The silver color has to be a selling point, German cars look great in silver. This one sure is pretty. Bidding is already getting close to $50,000. You can learn more about the E9 CSL and check out the owner registry at the BMW M Registry website.


~Evan

1973 BMW 3.0CSi E34 M5 Powered & 1970 3.0CSi

This post is for reader Bob trying to find a dream fjord blue 3.0CSi, this isn’t the one, but it is interesting.
This BMW was rebuilt when it had 89,000 miles and it had an M5 engine fitted. Since the rebuild it has gone another 12,000 miles. The engine looks like it was worked over a bit as it has a Shrick cam added. Inside there is a lot of electronics that you wouldn’t find in this car originally. With the new engine though the car lost its collectible value so why not fix up the ICE to your liking. What is not understandable at all is the insane, stupid, and frankly asinine ask price of $100,000. You have to be kidding. I almost didn’t post this because sellers that put on prices that are double, triple, or even quadruple what the car is actually worth are one of the banes of the classic car business.

1973 BMW 3,0CSi on Hemmings

For those of you looking for more reasonable sales check out this 1970 3.0 CSi for sale in Milwaukee. The seller doesn’t say much about the car. The one shot of the interior looks pretty nice. If the car was from the west coast, as the seller suggests, it could be rust free. The seller says low miles and is asking only $4,000. Someone local should check this one out and get the full story.

1970 BMW 3.0 CSi for sale on Craigslist

Low-mile White/Black Diesel/Gas Caddies for sale

As I’ve mentioned before, my first car was a white caddy.  It was an awesome little car, light enough to be fun, plenty weird, and irrefutably German.  Mine had a later 2.0, but these two options on eBay right now have very different motors but are each uniquely desirable.

The first is a very clean white diesel LX.  Mechanically, if you’re looking for an efficient and utilitarian car with personality, this is the one.  A Euro-market 1.6l diesel with just 60k miles and Jetta 5-speed gearbox highlight the restoration, along with a clean paint job.  I could do without the wheels, but this is a great (if plain) Caddy.

Next up we have something a little more fancy.  This black 1981 Sportruck is a little more Dubby, blacked out with quad rounds, lowered on some prettier 5-spokes, and supplemented with just about 16v-Scirocco everything.  It’s been thoroughly gone through top to bottom and is more show car than econo-commuter, but would still be a great little driver. Would have been nice if he provided more than thumbnails, though.

The diesels definitely command a premium these days, and this restored white LX is reserve-not-met at $5,600 with less than a day left.  The black one is just r-n-m at just over $2k, but should go up a bit in the 3 days it has left.  If it could be had for $5k or less, it would be a great purchase, and is probably the one I’d rather have.

-NR

1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 4.5

There’s been a surprising lack of W108/W109 S class Mercedes-Benzes on this site lately, so I decided to search for a clean, affordable example. The car we see here, a short wheelbase W108 is an interesting mix of the classic and modern. Classic in the vehicle’s appearance and modern in what’s under the hood. The 4.5 signified the arrival of the new M117 SOHC V8 that would go on to power a generation of S and SL models. Offered only in the USA, as opposed the 3.5 liter, M116 version.

While prices of the coupes and cabriolets have skyrocketed, sedans have stayed reasonable. Clean, unmolested examples are plentiful for under $15,000. Here is a nice one located up in Massachusetts:

The 280 is a magnificent looking car. This example of the 280 SE is in very good condition having been cared for over the years. The big 4.5 Liter V8 engine has hardly seen much action having run an average 2-3K miles per year since being put into service. This car with 78,000 original miles will put a smile on your face as soon as you sit in it. Runs perfectly, needs some minor cosmetic fixes and the AC needs to be charged or converted.

If I had the space, I’d love to have one of these old S classes in my stable. I remember being at a Mercedes-Benz club meet at MB Headquarters in New Jersey and a guy from Maine had an impeccable 1967 250S sedan with a four speed manual on the floor in a stunning non-metallic gray with red interior. I would have given anything just to take it out for a test drive. It brings back memories of my grandfather’s 1971 280SE and my dad’s 1967 230S fintail. These are timeless cars that are amazingly modern and are the epitome of the “practical classic” genre.

-Paul

Euro 1987 Alpina B6 2.7 for sale

I give the E30 M3 a lot of love for many reasons.  Foremost, it’s my Eleanor, the perfect car that I’d give up all others for.  Its racing pedigree and gorgeous homologated shape only add to that desire.  But I think one thing that allows the M3 to be held in such exceptional regard is that it’s based off the quintessential, and thus ubiquitous, cheap German sports car, the BMW 3-series.  The fact that E30 318s and 325s are such regulars in beater race series like 24 Hours of Lemons and Chumpcar highlights their quick, cheap, and omnipresent nature.  The fact that the M3 explodes all of the good things about the E30 and is so hard to get ahold of leaves it on a misty pedestal while the lesser E30s pass as mundane.

Automobiles such as this Alpina B6 can distract some 3-series attention from the M3.  From the same North Wales seller as the B9 3.5 Coupe recently featured, this 2.7L sedan puts out more power than an M3 and has it’s own eye-catching styling.

The car looks to be in great shape and has covered just over 80k miles.  The silver Alpina stripes look absolutely awesome on Alpinweiss, and if you’ve read this site much, you know how I feel about those wheels (lust).  I also like the fact that it’s a 4-door.  The massive front spoiler looks like it could use some support via some other body pieces on the sides and back, but the railroad look is cool in its own way, and I love the old black lip spoiler out back.  The seller says it’s quicker than an M3, which it may be in a straight line but I doubt it can match the M3’s homologated suspension bits in the twisties.  Even if the seller is to be believed, the $12.5k Buy-it-Now price is fast approaching M3 territory, to say nothing of the importation worries.  Enticing, but my money would still be drawn to the boxed fenders before the train scoop.

-NR

High-mile, well-maintained E30 M3 for sale

Another rare, attractively-priced E30 M3 has come up on eBay that could give someone the chance to fulfill their dreams without destroying their bank account.  We’ve seen examples go north of $30k, with the majority of the market in the mid-teens these days.  High-mileage M3s have become the last affordable way to get in the ultimate homologated BMW sports car, and this one comes in decent condition considering it’s covered 190k miles.

The mileage means it’s going to need a bit of work, but getting an M3 for under $10k is practically grand theft auto these days.  The engine looks very clean considering the mileage and age, and the interior and exterior each have highs and lows.  The Cinnabar Red looks pretty good though the front fascia has seen a lot of road.  The seats have normal E30 wear but aren’t falling apart, and the rest of the front interior looks pristine.  With less than day left and reserve off, the bidding is at $7,900.  If people say you have to spend $15k to get a nice M3, this one will give you plenty of breathing room to make it gorgeous.

-NR

Restored 1973 Audi LS

Vintage Audis always seem to be more uncommon than their Bavaraian and Stuttgart counterparts, so when this restored Audi LS appeared on eBay, it caught my eye. Introduced in 1968, this was Audi’s largest car since revival of the brand in 1965. Developed in secret against VW management’s wishes, the 100 was a commercial success, so much so that production shifts were added at the Wolfsburg factory, thus making the 100 the first water cooled vehicle produced in the factory.

Here we have a stunning example of the car that put Audi back on the map, replete with the 1.8 liter engine:

The seller states:

I am selling a beautiful 1973 Audi 100 LS, the car was completely restored a few years ago, including a brand new paint job, not the cheap kind, but all trim, glass, door panels, lights were removed, car was repainted in the original arctic blue. There is no Bondo on the car, new windshield and rear glass rubber trim (that is expensive from Germany).

The pictures show the condition of the car, the engine starts right up, new brakes all around, new shocks, new plugs, wires, rotor, points and most importantly no rust. I installed custom made by “Lokari” in Germany front inner fender guards to prevent dirt and moisture from accumulating on top of the headlight bezels (that is a bad rust spot on most of these cars).

The seats, carpets, door panels, headliner are all in great shape, the blue mats are just there to protect the original. The car has an alpine radio with CD player. Front and rear retractable seat belts, passenger side mirror also installed on the car, rear defroster. The bumpers are perfect, all chrome also. Everything works as it should, no issues, I drove the car 2800 miles in 3 days, it was a blast. This old car is like the energizer bunny, it keeps on going and going!

This beautiful car would be great to drive around or to show up at your job at an Audi dealership or to place on display at an Audi dealership, that was the car that put the new Audi on the map after Mercedes sold the Auto Union brand to VW in the mid 60’s.

Please ask any questions, I am only selling a few cars to get hopefully the Audi “holy grail” car I have wanted for many, many years! The only defect is a small rock chip on the leading edge of the hood (picture enclosed).

This car will make the new owner very happy. It looks wonderful and runs great, the parts are quite easy to find on the internet. The only upgrade I would do is install a “Pertronix” ignition, just bought one for my 73 Audi coupe, it seems to run just fine. The Pertronix replaces the points with solid state ignition, never have to replace points again.

There is something about light metallic blue colors that always looks good on German sedans. NADA is pegging a high retail value of this car around $1,775. My instinct tells me it will probably pull a lot more, however will still probably however below $5,000. The value of these early Audis, at least from the auctions and sales I’ve seen, tends to lag behind BMWs and Mercedes-Benzes of the era. This is a shame, because this particular 100 is an attractive sedan that is in excellent condition and deserves respect for putting Audi back on the map.

-Paul

Seized 2008 Mercedes SLR McLaren

For those of you who follow the investment world you probably heard of ponzi scam artist Scott Rothstein. With him looking at up to 100 years in jail and the feds taking all his assets, his large modern exotic car collection is up for auction.
The auction catalog doesn’t have too much from Germany. It does have a Bugatti Veyron.
The one German item that caught my eye was this canary yellow SLR convertible. The auction happens June 3rd in Florida.

The high profile nature of this case probably means lots of people will be watching the auction so you may not find any deals here. Also I suspect in a situation like this the yokels who towed the cars and are setting up the auction probably beat the ever loving crap out of the cars doing donuts in the parking lot.

~Evan

Truly Immaculate 1985 BMW 635CSi for sale

The E24 6-series holds a cult following that has become more and more vocal around the automotive world recently.  Admired for the unmistakable landshark aesthetic, the best engineering BMW had to offer, and unadulterated (or is that adulterated?) 80s charm, loyal reader and commenter Bob brought to our attention an example that should have the cult of 6 screaming.  Screaming at one another to buy it; at their wives to let them buy it; at their parents/bank/ATM to lend them the money.  This Golden Shark is a truly spectacular 2-owner, 64k-mile beauty at a pleasing price.

1985 BMW 635CSi for sale on eBay

The seller isn’t joking when he says it looks like it has 10k miles on it.  He and the original owner confirm that this thing hasn’t been driven in the rain. Ever.  It’s the nicest 6-series I’ve seen, inside and out, but isn’t priced like other “collectable” 80s BMWs these days.  An E30 M3 or E28 M5 in this condition would go for well over $20k, yet this gold-chained beauty has a Buy-it-Now price of just $11,995.  Maybe it’s the color, but if you’re going gaudy 80s, you might as well embrace some gold while you’re at it.  It certainly isn’t the provenance or the condition; those are unparalleled.  The growing E24 cult should snap this baby up as quickly as possible before they become like the huddle Gollums searching for a clean, reasonably priced M3.

Born on the 25th in 1985, it’s my golden birthday this year.  This would be an appropriate present.

-NR