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.

BMW SCCA racer #1 1993 BMW 325i

I found a couple of turn key BMW racers ready to go for the new season. First is this 325i with a 26,500 mile M50 engine. The car has been stripped and upgraded, weighing in at 2900 lbs. Headers, short shift kit, adjustable shocks, Borla exhaust, and safety equipment. The owner states the car was last raced in 2006 so a new owner if they want to race it in recognized series will likely have to run through everything to make sure it meets current code requirements. The seller wants $12,000. Car doesn’t come with spare parts like you usually see these do, but does include several sets of rims and tires.

Race history includes:

2002 Cannonball One Lap of America
2003 BMW Club Racing (JPClass): Three 1st & One 2nd place finish
2004 SCCA: Five 1st, Five 2nd, Three 3rd place finishes
CMP Track Record (8/2004) SARRC Championship
2006 PBOC: Two 1st place finishes (R6 Class)

~Evan

Restored and TDI’d 1981 VW Rabbit Pickup

Ah, the first car.  Like the first love, it will always be special, though these cars are pretty special anyways.  Most of the time when you mention “Volkswagen Pickup” to anyone you get a scrunched up face and inquiries as to what the hell you’re talking about.  What I am talking about is an awesome little car.  In addition to its unique nature, my Pickup (known as the Caddy in the rest of the world) had great steering feel, a peppy engine, and an 1800 lb curb weight that made it plenty of fun in curves.  Eventually too many things went wrong and we had to sell it for something more reliable, but it went to a VW nut in Ohio, so I feel okay about it.  This example, for sale on eBay and located in Arkansas, is what I would have loved to do with my little Rabbit.  The ad says it’s been restored and it looks pretty nice inside and out, but the key here is a 1.6l turbodiesel.  Many Rabbit Pickups came with diesels, but those are known as, well… slow.  Real slow.   The turbo on this one sounds like it makes it a lot more fun while still returning Prius-like gas mileage.

I’d want to correspond with the seller a bit to get a better idea of the specifics than the ad provides, and “restored” may be a slight overstatement, but it looks like a clean and solid example of a fun car.  Useful, fun, and most of all unique, a truck like this is absolutely on my “must-own-again” list.

-NR

1991 Isdera Imperator 108i Mercedes Gullwing

I’m still keeping up with this unique Mercedes gullwing theme I’ve had going on. If you thought the Styling Garage SGS or the Sbarro were scarce finds, this ups the ante once more. This fantastically rare find comes from reader Victor, awesome catch.

Isdera’s are one of the rarest cars in the world and you hardly ever have the opportunity to see one come up for public sale. For one reason or another this one has popped up on the Japanese Yahoo Auction site. These cars go beyond the standard supercars you people dreamed about. Isdera falls in with brands like Vector and the Cizeta in terms of early 90s exclusivity.

The 108i was built from 1984-1993, according to the auction this one has a date of 1991. The Imperators had their origins as a Mercedes concept car before being turned over to the Isdera company to develop privately. The name means commander in Latin stemming from Roman times.  The seller states that this is one of two that was imported to Japan. With such a long, but limited production run, apx 30 cars, several different Mercedes power plants were used. The seller states that this one has a Mercedes 5.0. The engine cover looks like this is the 32 valve version found in the 500SL of the day. With Isdera modifications, 400 horsepower could be lurking in there. These cars were known as potent performers.

The seller is looking for 58,000,000 Yen which is about $650,000, half of the initial cost of 120,000,000 Yen. That makes the cost of that $90,000 Sbarro look pretty good.

1991 Isdera Imperator 108i for sale on Yahoo Auctions Japan.

Check out this site to learn some more about other Isdera 108i models: http://www.autozine.org/Classiccar/html/Isdera/108i.html.

Here are a couple of videos showing similar vehicles, you can see there is some variation. Note the roof mounted “periscope” mirror for backup driving on both these cars. Note that both videos show the car wearing the same license plate badge, with letters bb and CW311. CW311 was the name of the initial Mercedes prototype styling study, b+b is one of the German Mercedes tuning firms. Also pay attention how in one video the car is wearing all 3 pointed Mercedes star badges, but in the other these have been replaced with Isdera flying eagle badges.

First is an advertisement from Isdera for the 108i.

Second here is one out on the street. This one appears to have an earlier 5.6 Mercedes engine, it sure sounds fine.

~Evan

1983 Mercedes 500SEC Gullwing Styling Garage

Keeping with the flavor of my last post on the Gullwing Sbarro I thought this similar aged take on the classic Benz Gullwing take was nice.
Nowadays you see everything from Dodge Neons to Honda Civics running around with cheap poor quality Lambo style door kits.
The gullwing setup on this Merc is a much more involved project since it involves cutting the roof. When you cut this much metal out of the car you have to add significant reinforcement to maintain a safe body.
Styling Garage, SGS, the company that made the modifications, was well known in the 80s for making dramatic visual upgrades to Mercedes cars.
Many SGS tuned cars were given SGS badges out front and custom body work instead of the three pointed star. This one has some AMG body parts, but looks mostly stock. Inside there is some custom guages and nice wood steering wheel.
Original price on the conversion was the same as the price of the car itself.
This specimen has 40,000 miles, and a seller looking for $15,000. It has new paint, but as you can tell from the wood planks holding the doors up there is some work to be done. Lots of depreciation here for a really unique car.

You can read more about the SEC gullwings over at 1000SEL.com

~Evan