Cash for Clunkers Weekend Reading

You may remember my “spirited” post over the Cash for Clunkers program a little while back.

Well as a follow up here is the official government list of  cars sent to their deaths through the program.

Of note are the 63 BMW 6 series cars, including 13 635csi models, a 850i, a M3, and a M5.

Mercedes suffered as well, can you imagine over 100 560SEC s crushed? That is literally tons of usable parts from one of the greatest Benz engines gone. Looks like 11 Merc V12 engines also have made their last trip. No wonder parts are so expensive. A pair of AMG cars, a C36 and a C43, were sent away too and gasp a 500E.

A number of high end Audi models also are on the list and a sprinkling of Porsches.

Most surprising, though not German, on the list is the 1997 Bentley (listed as a Rolls Royce) Continental R and great oogley moogley a Buick GNX, listed under ASC. If that was a true GNX it could have been rolled and burned and still probably brought more than the CFC allowance.

Post your thoughts or interesting finds after you peruse the list.

~Evan

1989 BMW 325i Widebody Convertible

This is not the first time I’ve posted a BMW 3 series oddity on this blog. This 1989 325i widebody convertible is pretty unique. The seller gives minimal description in the eBay auction. No mention of where the widebody kit parts come from or where they were installed. I’d hazard a guess at them being Zender parts maybe. The kit doesn’t look too shabby in my eye, but remember I’m a guy who likes Koenig Miami Vice style 80s Benzs. Love it or hate it those fender flares would be put to better use on something with a bit more power under the hood that could take advantage of the wide tires. $5,000 no reserve with questionable mileage in the 100,000 range.

~Evan

Weedy 1974 Porsche 911 Racecar

Who out there is brave? If taking risks on vehicles is your sort of thing, how about pulling this 1974 911 racer from the weeds in Japan? Seller says the car used to sport a 3.2 liter, but now has a new 3.6 liter engine. It is clearly race setup, but also seems to need a thorough going over. The lack of description, shady pictures, some dated 2005, and fact the car is in Japan makes the $27,500 ask price way out there. (Even considering the current exchange rate) The seller does have lots of high res photos here and here. Who’s feeling daring?

~Evan

1988 BMW M5 For Sale in Portland, Oregon Black on Black

My friend Chuck emailed to let me know that he’s giving his e28 M5 one last chance at sale for a newly reduced price of $16500. Check out his latest listing on Portland Craigslist:

1988 BMW e28 M5 with Black Leather Interior For Sale in Portland, Oregon

quote from Chuck’s listing:

Lower price but still including $1000 of spare/extra parts. This is a classic BMW that really gets attention at any BMW event it is at. The black interior is something most BMW enthusiasts are caught by surprise with. Beautiful condition, great driving car and performance hard to match even in 2009 for a 4 door sedan. Had a very complete PPI performed that is available to inspect when viewing the car.

All engine checks were great, cam chain/rails looked “very good”

Leak down results were 6%-8%-4%-6%-6%-6%

Parts that were flagged have been replaced: fuel filter, coolent hose, lower ball joints, clutch slave cylinder.

I have also replaced the catalytic converter with Magnaflow unit

It now has 140,000 miles on it.

I chose to repost the picture of the driver’s seat because a) it highlights the very rare black leather interior on an e28 M5, and b) it really exemplifies how clean this car is — a real enthusiast owner takes care of the leather too, and you can expect the rest of the car has been cared for the in the same way! I just recently saw this car in person at a local track day event (Chuck wasn’t driving at the event by the way, just shooting pictures), and everyone at the driver’s meeting stopped and turned to see what was making that fantastic M powered sound! This car is really a great example and Chuck is hoping to find an appreciating enthusiast home for it.

Good luck Chuck,

dc

Low Miles W124 Merc E500 For Sale in Washington

Here’s a gorgeous , with only 8800 miles and a $43k buy-it-now:

1994 Mercedes E500 For Sale Low Miles

1994 Mercedes E500 For Sale Low Miles

quote from seller’s eBay listing:

1994 Mercedes E500 finished in Pearl Black over Parchment Leather interior. This ONE OWNER example is being presented in excellent, garage kept condition. Fully loaded with all options from the factory, this E500 is considered the original AMG Mercedes as it was a joint collaboration between Mercedes and Porsche, it carries with it very subtle OEM body treatments such as front and rear fender flares and enhanced grill. Purchased new in 12/94 from California dealer, this car has only seen 8800 miles and always stored in a climate controlled garage. All service documents from factory Authorized Mercedes dealer, all books, tools, and keys! No accidents or paintwork and is 100% all original as it came from the factory. Considered the lowest mileage E500 in the country known to exist. A collectible car with the comfort and ease of a daily driver!

While there aren’t many E500’s with this kind of mileage — after all, most were driven by wealthy executives who didn’t care about miles — $43k sounds very optimistic. Maybe there are gold bars in the glove box, but I think in this economy, the seller is really holding out for the one in a million (or billion?) that might justify the price for the miles.

dc

Two Ruf Turbo’s on eBay Right Now!

First up is an eBay listing for a . This car is advertised as 1 of 5 imported that year and a very low 12k miles! I’m a little late getting to this one, so bid soon 😉 ($39k reserve not met currently)

1986 Ruf Turbo 911 For Sale Slant Nose

quote from seller’s eBay listing:

This Porsche Ruf is an Autocheck certified car with only 12,152 actual miles!! This Ruf was stored by court order for ten years and it’s amazing condition shows! We contated the RUF Performace shop in exas and they confirmed that this car is authentic and an actual RUF model.

This extraordinary 1986 RUF Porsche 930 Turbo has been factory finished in gorgeous grey metallic with a supple tan leather interior. This car is equipped with some excellent features including:

*high performance 3.4 liter horizontally opposed 6 cylinder air cooled engine
*5-speed manual transmission
*high performance turbo
*enlarged high performance air to air intercooler
*high rear spoiler
*quad tip exhaust system
*fog lights
*massive air intakes
*Ruf front spoiler


My second pick for the night is this specification according to the listing. Current bid is $25k (reserve not met) with 5 days remaining.

1978 Porsche 930 Ruf For Sale

quote from seller’s listing:

1978 Porsche 930 converted to Ruf 930 by Exclusive Motor Cars in New Jersey. Car is in truly immaculate condition – vehicle has 14,000 miles on odometer and a total of 67,000 miles on vehicle. The following was professionally installed or modified 13,000 miles ago, including a flawless better than factory repaint.

RUF Stage-1 BTR Engine (3.4 liter) 400 hp 400 ft lbs — RUF Twin Exhaust — Factory re-geared 5.12 rear end — RUF High Capacity Intercooler — RUF Front Spoiler with Fog Lights — RUF Rear Quarter Brake Vents — RUF Alloy Wheels (18 in) — Michelin Tires Pilot SX — RUF Suspension — RUF Boost Gauge with Telltale — Andial Manual Boost Control — Custom Three-Spoke Momo Leather Steering Wheel with Porsche Crest — RUF Speedometer — RUF Tachometer — Full Dashboard Gauges — Auxiliary Front Oil Cooler — Recaro Leather Sport Seats — Alan Johnson Center Console with extra gauges and cassette storage — Clifford Alarm System — H4 Headlights — Electric Windows — Factory Original Blaupunkt Frankfurt Radio — Electric Antenna — Factory Automatic Heat Control System — Factory Air Conditioning with extra Vents and Larger output Compressor — Electric Sunroof — Original Body, Original Whale Tail — Triple Black — Passed New Jersey Inspection — Second Owner — Always Garaged

I’m personally digging the 78, though I’d probably go with the period correct Ruf rims of the day. Just saying…

dc

Cheap 1993 Mercedes 600SEC in Denver

I spotted this 600SEC on Craigslist in Denver to compliment the 600SEL I recently posted. Here is an inexpensive two door version. A lot of what I said in that previous post about the 600SEL goes for the 600SEC, just minus two doors. $5500 even with 105k miles is a heck of a lot of car for the money. You’ll need to get a lot more description than this seller offers though before pulling the trigger. It may run great, but with all the 15 year old electronics there is plenty that can be wrong. Still at $5500, drive it for a season, hope nothing major breaks, and then sell it for what you put into it.

~Evan

Porsche 911 Carrera Club Sport For Sale on 6SpeedOnline.com

The link love continues tonight with another rare sighting: A 1988 Porsche 911 Club Sport. One of only 28 officially imported to the U.S. and sporting the excellent Gulf Blue paint. Check it out on 6SpeedOnline.com for best offer over $60k:

1988 Porsche Carrera Club Sport For Sale in Gulf Blue

quote from seller’s listing:

Many of you have seen photos of my Club Sport. Business opportunities lead me to very reluctantly sell this car. When selling cars that I’ve owned in the past I’ve been guilty of saying, “I’ll find another one”. I cannot make that statement with this car.

The 1987-1989 Club Sport is arguably the most-rare, lightweight production 911 that Porsche has ever produced. It took me over two years to find this one. Not only is this Club Sport rare from a production standpoint, this is a “Sonder-Wunsch” or Special Wishes 911. The rarest of the rare, one of the 28 North American Carrera Club Sports painted by the factory in Gulf Blue. Believed to be the only Club Sport worldwide painted this color. The car was built with Chrome rather than black window trim and a Burgundy pinstripe velour interior. It is a car that is all original including the paintwork with extensive paperwork back to 8,000 miles.

Granted that’s a lot of cash for a Carrera of that vintage, but again I agree with the comments that this car isn’t going down in value anytime soon. I think it would make for an excellent collector car as well, and would be so awesome on back roads this time of year!

dc

Beautifully Restored 1987 Hartge H5S on BringATrailer.com

Well I’m not going to lie: I’m not crazy about the brown. Now that we have that out of the way, this is a phenomenal example of one of the finest BMW e28 tuner cars there is. It enjoys a full restoration and a very tasteful list of departures from stock.

Check out this H5S, one of 5 believed to be imported, on BringATrailer.com:

1985 Hartge H5S BMW E28 For Sale

quote from Bring A Trailer:

This 1987 Hartge H5S has been extensively restored by the current seller including restoration of the engine compartment with the engine removed. When the car was re-painted its original color with all glass and trim removed, the plastic side skirts, lower rear valence, and decklid spoiler were also discarded. Those components tend to make M535i and tuner E28s look horrible, so this car really comes together nicely as a result. Most recently it won first place at the Central Coast BMW CCA Concours last month in Monterey. It is available in Southern California for $45k obo.

$45k is a chunk of change, but as one of the BaT commentors mentions, is there anything in the current BMW model range that you’d rather have for that money? Me neither!

dc

Low Miles 1984 Scirocco Loaded With Zender Goodies!

1984 Volkswagen Scirocco with Zender Goodies

I haven’t seen a second gen Scirocco this clean since high school, and that was nearly 20 years ago! This car belongs to my buddy Josh from Sports Car Shop in Eugene. In addition to only having 65k miles, this car is immaculate. Josh is a particular guy and keeps his rides spotless. He shopped all over the world to put together the great period correct aftermarket parts and the result is quite stunning.

Check out the listing on VWVortex for this 1984 Scirocco:

quote from Vortex post:

Need to sell my 1984 scirocco thats been sitting in my garage, but hardly gets driven. Garage is getting taken over, so it will not have a space to sit anymore.

miles: 65,xxx original

exterior:
zender front air dam
zender wind splits
zender gtx rear spoiler
zender badgless grill
factory original paint
scirocco mudflaps front and rear
relayed OE euro headlamps
OE euro bumpers front and rear, look new

interior:
NOS zender steering wheel with momo hub, also have OE wheel
3 gauge panel where ashtray and single gauge were
OE golf ball shift knob
radio delete panel, but still have factory radio that works perfectly
factory fog light switch hooked up to the inner headlights
new scirocco script floor mats
interior is pretty much flawless

wheels and tires:
zender sport wheels 15×7
zender sport discs in white and black
conti sport 195/45r15 tires (maybe 100 miles on them)
25mm H&R wheel spacers

suspension:
bilstein sport struts with H&R sport springs (maybe 100 miles on them)
neuspeed front and rear sway bars
neuspeed front and rear strut bars, rear is a early triangle bar

engine:
abd intake pipe
TT cam
TT adjustable cam gear
K&N air filter
new radiator, system filled with factory g11 blue coolant
recent tune-up and oil change
OE under hood foam due to the current stuff being hard and brittle

Some of these parts are simply unobtainable, no matter the market or price. I applaud Josh for selling this car complete and not giving in to parting it out. Someone is going to score a great ride for $4k!

Good luck with the sale Josh!

dc