Mercedes Benz 600SEL a good choice for Labor Day

What better way to celebrate labor day then by looking at a car that was designed to take the labor out of the automobiling experience.
Do you remember the good old days when Mercedes put the letters describing their models after the numbers? Remember when those numbers and letters really stood for something instead of arbitrary model distinctions? 1992 was the last year before the switch. That year the king of the Mercedes line was the 600SEL. This was the first Mercedes V-12 since after World War Two. So at the time a Mercedes V-12 was much more a rarity than they are today.

Despite packing a V-12 this car was more than just a high power autobahn cruiser. It was packed with technical goodies that made it stand far above other models at the time.
The car had self closing doors, a power trunk handle, double pane power windows that stopped going up if your hand got in the way. Power front and rear head rests, heated headlamp washers, Bose stereo, the car even has a built in trickle charger. Perhaps most above and beyond were the two little antennas that popped out of the rear fenders when you went into reverse to help you see where the end of the car was. Remember this was well before the days of navigation, i-drive, and other now common technical gizmos.
1992 is also a significant year as that year the 48 valve V-12 put out 408 horsepower. Again remember, this is 1992 and that type of power was virtually unheard of in a sedan. By 1994 those pesky U.S. emissions requirements strangled horsepower down to 389 so the early 600SELs are the prize of the W140 bodied cars.

appears to be a fine, unmodified, low mileage example, only 59,000 miles. There should a ton of life left in the engine as long as the massive amounts of electrical components don’t cause a new owner problems. Not only is the car nice, the seller does a very good job with the ad text. This car was purchased new for $152,896.90. When you figure there is at least a $125,000 worth of depreciation to account for, purchasing a 600SEL today seems like a deal. Not a bad way to get a car in your driveway with V12 badges on the side. Just make sure you get the most well cared for example or you’ll be left with an empty wallet trying to fix peripheral items.

Here is a clip of a younger Jermey Clarkson talking about the 600SEL, scroll to 4:42 to see the over the top rear fender aerials in action:

~Evan

Low Miles 1988 BMW e30 M3 For Sale

I spotted this one yesterday on eBay. It’s an 88 with ~70k miles and it looks very clean and original. When I first saw it, the current bid was 11k reserve not met. Today it’s over $22k with 4 days remaining!

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quote from seller’s listing:

I recently purchased the car locally and have decided to go a different direction with my car collection. This car was always on my “list” of must haves. It is a wonderful, very low mile, original car. Paint is excellent, interior is excellent. All service records since new. I am technically the third owner but the 2nd owner only had it a couple of months. The car didn’t suit his daily driver needs. This car starts and runs perfectly.

Exterior: Lachssilber metallic
All panels OEM with tags except front bumper. Hood and front fenders have been painted, very well. As I was told, the car rolled into a fence from a parking lot, punctured the bumper and scratching the hood and fender. Upon inspection, there is no evidence of structural damage, only a cosmetic repair. Which was done extremely well. All sheet metal is original with v.i.n. tags intact. NO RUST on the car what so ever! Car has one very small crease just at the corner below the right rear tail light. I am including a picture but you really have to look for it. It measures about 1.5 inches in length.

Interior: Gray leather that is in great original condition. Recent Leatherique treatment and minor bolster wear, perfect carpets throughout with recently added new OEM mats. Perfect headliner.
Perfect glass and trim
All electrical systems work as they should.
Car is completely stock (except Pioneer radio/CD). Working OEM radio with code cards included.
Relatively new Yokohama Avid V4 tires on wheels. (2) with minor rash.
Clear CA title with ’88 plates, Complete service history from new and clean Carfax
70,020 California miles
No leaks or smoke, runs perfectly. New A/C compressor and charged. Works perfectly and blows very cold.
All manuals and tools included along with original keys.

It looks like e30 M3 fanatics are alive and well with the bidding getting this high so quickly. The only bargains left have to be the ones that are traded privately because the it seems like good, solid cars like this are always (in my opinion) absurdly priced publicly.

dc

Expensive 1972 Opel GT on eBay


$19,500 is pretty steep for an Opel GT. Even if it is a well restored 32,000 mile one. There are plenty of these out there in various conditions. These little Corvettes are good lookers.

The optional 1.9 liter engine put out enough to make the car fun. The roll around headlights aren’t prone to electrical failure of so many other cars with pop-up headlights because they are manually operated. Be careful not to confuse the Opel with a Saab Sonett.

If you are to believe the German advertisement for the Opel, the GT isn’t for everyone.

~Evan

Alpina B6 e21 For Sale in Georgia

Here is one of the more affordable stateside, early Alpina’s we’ve featured. A BMW e21 platform Alpina B6! This one has a 3.5L big six swapped in, but comes with the matching numbers Alpina engine as well.

Check it out on Atlanta Craigslist for $9000:

quote from the seller’s Craigslist post:

Alpina B6, all the right sounds – 3.5big six, close ratio 5 speed, 3.91 limited slip gear. Not fast but quick! Numbers matching Alpina motor comes with the car. Daily driver but has not seen rain in at least 10 years. 3 small spotrust spots (very small!). Alpina vin 6549828 Alpina B6 #89. Rare and fun!

According to the entry on the Unofficial Alpina Pages, the B6 had a massaged 2.8L originally that produced the same horsepower as the motor that now sits in this car. While it’s probably a touch heavier, it’s a period correct alternative that makes sense, and the added torque probably more than makes up for the weight.

Seems like a cool and easily attainable entry into genuine Alpina ownership!

dc

1983 Hartge H3 e30 For Sale in Washington

I’ve always been a sucker for BMW e30’s. They’re great little enthusiast machines with light weight, willing engines, solid handling, and rear wheel drive. Classic BMW formula for sure! The pick of the litter is the M3 of course, followed by the 325is model. But what if you wanted something in-between and even more rare than the M? Check out this 1983 Hartge H3 on Seattle Craigslist for $10k:

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quote from the Craiglist post:

[…]
The car is one of the 5 H23s imported through Performance Plus in Florida during the 80s. It is the only Hartge they imported in Burgundrot Metallic. Out of the 5 that came in, I can only guess how many are still around. I hear there is another in San Diego. Scott Epstein formerly of Performance Plus was able to verify that my VIN was in fact one of theirs and also provided me pictures of the car when it was brand new.

The car was ordered with just about all of the Hartge options.

– Hartge cylinder head and valve cover
– Hartge header and exhaust
– Hartge Oil Cooler
– Hartge suspension including sway bars and strut braces
– Hartge long range fuel tank in the trunk
– Hartge steering wheel, shift knob, extra guage cluster
– Hartge Mono Wiper
– Hartge Valance, rear skirts and decklid spoiler

The car has 171,000 miles on it. It runs very well. I wouldn’t hesitate to drive it anywhere. Over the last year I sourced Hartge sideskirts and 15″ wheels from the wonderful BMW community. They aren’t correct for an 83 but they look great. The originally came with BBS RAs and no skirts. The car received a nice complete respray a few months ago as well. Glasurit was used all the way from primer to clear. I also swapped out the very tired tan cloth interior for a beautiful grey cloth interior out of a Baur. I still have the original Recaro seats as well.
[…]

Considering clean and well looked after 325is models can fetch something in the neighborhood of $7-9k (if you can find one!) and M3 models often hover in the $20k range, this very rare and exclusive gray market import looks pretty fetching at $10k, even with 170k+ miles. Throw on these 3 piece Hartge rims and really look the business!

I had trouble finding information on the e30 H3 model. Can anyone provide any details about this model in the comments?

dc

1985 930 & 1995 993 RUF BTR Porsche

Here are a pair of different generation RUF BTR models. We’ve had a BTR on this blog before, but who doesn’t love the high power, low weight combo these cars provide?


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This is a collector opportunity with so little miles. You would like to image that the low miles would indicate a low likelihood of abuse. The car looks clean. The seller says he is the second owner and that he has all service, shipping, and original order documentation, which is nice. Car is up at $53,000 reserve not met.
From the seller the car includes:

* RUF BTR Engine Conversion
* 3.4 Liter Displacement
* RUF group “B” cams
* Twin intercooler conversion
* Tuned equal length stainless steel exhaust
* K-27 Turbocharger
* RUF 4-pipe turbomuffler
* Adjustable boost
* Ported & Polished heads with twin plug ignition
* RUF BTR suspension
* 10 speaker Nakamichi Stero with 480 watts of output
* RUF Speedline wheels (the real ones from Italy and not the Avus ones)
* RUF badges and steering wheels and RUF guages.


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Ok, so calling a BTR custom is kind of redundant since most RUF cars are done to some sort of owner specs. This one however has some additional modifications that set it apart. First off this particular car was featured in Car and Driver magazine in May 1997. It also has some unique options from the factory, sunroof and rear seat delete. Post RUF conversion the owner added some interior treatments and Porsche Bi-Xenon headlights. The is being sold by RUF Auto Centre in Dallas, the ask is $89,900. They say they just finished a complete engine rebuild on the car.
From the seller the car includes:

* RUF BTR Engine Conversion
* RUF Tranmission upgrade
* RUF Coil Over Suspension
* RUF Brake Upgrade
* RUF 18″ Wheels
* RUF Strut Tower Brace
* RUF Pedal Set
* RUF Steering Wheel
* RUF Shift Knob
* RUF Door Sills
* Leather Covered Roll Bar

Maybe not a good bang for the buck ratio here, but certainly a ton of fun if you can afford it. The price is more reasonable if you aspire for the rarer things in life.

~Evan

1991 Mercedes SL500 low mileage fair priced

You know how much I like it when sellers take a gamble and put up a vehicle for auction at a low or reasonable opening price and stay away from placing a reserve. When an ad like that goes on eBay and is away from the hype of a major Barrett-Jackson style event you really can peer into what fair market price is like. This is even more the case when the same car gets listed twice in a short period of time.

This nice blacked out Benz has only 36k miles, peanuts for the venerable 5 liter Mercedes engine. The black out trim and lights looks pretty decent on this. The treatment isn’t really complete, if it was triple black with all black interior and black rims it would look even better. It has some interior custom bits too. If I was the buyer I’d keep the hardtop on, the look is much nicer. I’ve always thought Mercedes did a better job than BMW 3 series in terms of the looks of a removable hardtop on convertibles. You have four different options here, hardtop, softop, neither with, or without roll bar.
Someone might get a deal here unless two crazed bidders get into a battle. The car “sold” last month for $9606. If anyone noticed this it should make the price a bit lower this time around as you always wonder why it is being relisted.

From the seller:

This is an ultra clean 500 SL. It has all original paint that is in excellent condition and is the beautiful color of Jet Black. The original paint has a beautiful luster and in great condition. The added AMG styling package is the only thing that has been painted on the car. It has a perfect, clean Car Fax and has never been in a accident. The original black soft top is perfect including the original hardtop which is also in excellent condition. It is sitting on a amazing looking set of 19″ staggered custom wheels with like new tires which gives this Benz a very aggressive look. This car is a true unmolested beauty!

Good looking car at a fraction of its new price.

~Evan

Looking for a Porsche 944 Turbo S For Sale?

Richard left a message that he was looking for a pristine 944 Turbo S for sale, and I’ve found a couple that might be worth taking a look at that are available right now!

Porsche 944 Turbo S Silver Rose For Sale

Limited Edition – Silver Rose
Low Production Count ( 500 Silver Rose )
Fastest – This was produced with the Turbo CUP Specification
Low Miliage – 51076
Garage kept (with cover)
Unique Interior – most are leather – this is Plaid Cloth.
Only mod I know about is the race suspension which makes it a little lower and tighter than stock.
Fire Extinguisher – added
Very thick custom car cover included.
Tires – like new. About 2k miles on it.
Engine – Strong and fast. Runs Perfect.
Drives solid. No rattles


A rare 1988 Porsche 944 (951S) Turbo S on Craigslist South Florida for $16500

1988 Porsche 944 Turbo For Sale in South Florida

The mileage is 86,600 original miles, exterior is black and interior is beige. I have all the original maintenance receipts from certified Porsche shops. The car has been garaged all of its life so the original paint is immaculate. I purchased the car from the original owner and have all of the books, records and the original window sticker.


Hope that helps Richard. Take care,

dc

1992 Porsche 911 964 Carrera Cup Car, 1 of 45 Legal Cars in the U.S.

Here is a really rare opportunity for 964 series Porsche 911 fans to own what is described as a thinly veiled 964 RS — that never came to our shores. Luckily the .

Obviously only hard-core collectors need to take notice as even 965 Turbos go for less than half of this. But the RS and Cup cars could be compared to the GT3 models of today, which are considered the “drivers” tool of choice.

The owner of this car points to the CarreraCupUSA.org site which has all the details on what makes this car special, including this great article from Excellence detailing the nuances that make this car special. Cliff Notes:

  • Very unusual import procedure made these cars road legal. All 45 were intended for a race series that never got off the ground. They were modified by Andial to compete in the race series, but when the series went bust, they were converted back to road cars, which were U.S. legal, and sold.
  • Basically a U.S. legal version of the 1992 964 RS, plus some factory modifications for racing, minus some of the trick bits that made the RS a great road car.
  • Crazy 964 fanatics like myself put a ridiculous value on these cars due to their story and rarity.

You can put this car under my Powerball fantasy winning picks as usual. In the meantime, check out these 964 Carrera Cup resource pages:

February 2004 Excellence magazine article, “America’s Cup”
Great side by side comparison of RS and Carrera Cup stats on p-cars – plus it features an example of $89,000. Who knows how old this reference is…
Porsche 964 Wikipedia entry

dc

Mercedes 560 SEC Coupes, 6.0 AMG

Being a Mercedes guy, I’ve always liked the 560sec and its siblings of the same body style. Here are several all up right now on eBay.


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The body on this one has 292,390, but it has only 50,000 since a full restoration. The ad doesn’t say much about the 6.0, but the valve covers look genuine. Seller says all the documentation from Renntech is available. Pretty subtle for having an AMG engine, transmission, headers and rear end.


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Here we go, this is a GREAT opportunity. Rarely do you find a decent vehicles listed on eBay at a low opening bid AND no reserve. A 55,000 mile 560 that looks amazing up for sale with the public setting the market price. This is fantastic if it was a standard 560 SEC, but this is a grey market car with an AMG body package. So you get the nice Euro headlights and the sculpted bodywork. Don’t miss getting a bid in on this one, someone could snag a real deal if this one goes under the radar on eBay. Probably not the smartest move for me to post this here since I’ll probably throw a bid in on this myself, but I’d like to see what the market sets itself at. If this was a later model, year I’d say if it didn’t breach $10k it would be undersold.


1991 Mercedes 560SEC white
Here is a white one that the seller claims is a multiple show winner. I’m sure it is nice, but a 100,000 mile, 1991 model year car, in stock form must not have much competition in its class at whatever shows he’s entering it in. The car does look good and is nice that it has service records, but you can almost be sure that the ask for the car is going to be over priced just by the way the seller is describing it.


1986 560SEC 1 owner
I just put this one in because I always find older 1 owner cars intriguing. Being the 2nd owner on a vehicle that has a long history with its original owner can mean some neat stories and a chance to really know the car’s past. This 160k mile car is a California delivery vehicle so a buyer is going to want to look out for extra smog gear restricting the engine.

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1988 560SEC fixer

And this is for the handyman looking for a bit of a challenge. Chances are you can talk the owner down from the $1875 ask. Sadly I think you’d have to go down on price to find a taker, but then you get close to part it out territory as the parts become worth more off the car. Who wants to save this one?

~Evan