Welcome to Week in Review, where we’ll take a look at some of the vehicles featured on GCFSB over the last couple of weeks:
All posts tagged 1983
Sometimes it’s hard for me to think of the W126 Mercedes-Benz S class as a classic vehicle. When introduced at the dawn of the 1980s, this new model moved the luxury car target in true S class fashion, bringing features such as integrated bumpers, air bags and anti-lock brakes into the mainstream mix. With a new S Class in dealers for 2014, we once again see this big Mercedes charting the course for another generation of luxury sedans. You still see plenty of these W126s still on the road today, a testament to their durability. Many of these you see are diesel models such as this low mileage 300SD for sale in California.
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-5 diesel
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 69,800 mi
Price: $19,500 Buy It Now
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300SD on eBay
West Coast Classics are proud to present an absolutely exceptional example of this original southern California 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300SD Turbo Diesel Sedan in its original factory ‘Silver Blue Metallic’ color paint with a striking and virtually flawless ‘Light Gray’ color leather interior, chrome Mercedes-Benz alloy wheels, original ‘Becker’ radio/cassette and only 69K undocumented but believed to be original miles!
Purchased and originally serviced by original and only owner at ‘Jim Slemons Mercedes-Benz’, the Mercedes-Benz dealership of Newport Beach, California. The car will be sold with all its original owners manuals, dealer stamped service booklet and tools.
The Mercedes-Benz W126 is a now legendary series of flagship vehicles manufactured by Mercedes-Benz until 1991 and was a successor to the earlier W116 series and was offered in a straight six, V8 and the now renown turbo diesel models. The 1981-85 300SD model boasted the OM617.951 3.0L 5 Cylinder Turbo Diesel engine which is now considered to be one of the most reliable engines ever produced and one of the key reasons for Mercedes popularity around the world today as the ultimate long distance and durable touring car with many models still being used around the globe as taxi cabs boasting many hundreds of thousands of miles on the clock. It is an economical and relatively quick with the turbocharger fitted car and a legendary trouble-free engine. The Mercedes W126 300SD was a US & Canada only import and offered a unique combination of luxury, exclusivity, economy and reliability that could not possibly be matched by any other brand making it the vehicle of choice by countless diplomats, executives and other such entities who recognized the attraction of the worlds first production turbo diesel sedan. These luxurious cars still command a strong demand internationally, especially low mileage and well maintained and unabused examples.
This particular model was obviously always garaged by its owners with no accidents and a clean CARFAX report and with all original parts and paint and absolutely no rust whatsoever! The original and very striking factory ‘Silver Blue Metallic’ color paint is in absolutely beautiful condition and the original ‘Light Gray’ leather seats are also in absolutely beautiful condition with virtually no signs of any wear and the original leather dashboard and the walnut wood veneer interior are also in great shape with no cracks or blemishes (obviously always garaged from the sun!)
The car drives exactly like such a well maintained and serviced Mercedes-Benz Turbo Diesel with only 69K original miles (ultra low mileage and extraordinarily rare for these notoriously hard driven vehicles and virtually just broken in for this legendary engine) should and must be seen and driven to be truly appreciated! The engine is extremely strong with no noticeable oil leaks and the temperature always remains cool. All the power options are working as they should including the A/C.
Without a doubt, this is one of the finest cars ever built by Mercedes-Benz or for that matter any other car manufacturer and they are now becoming increasingly more desirable and hard to find, especially with such low original miles and in such all original and unabused condition, than ever before – certainly you will look long and hard to find a finer head-turning example with such low original miles and in its original factory paint available anywhere else!
For further information contact West Coast Classics through Ebay or on 310-399-3990 during regular California business hours.
This is certainly one of the better W126 S classes I’ve seen as of late, but closing in on $20,000 is a big ask for a car that you can normally pick up around the $9,000 to $12,000 mark in good condition, depending on which model and year it is. True, the later W126s can be a tad more desirable due to their updated styling, but the inline-5 diesel under the hood of this particular 300SD didn’t suffer some of the teething issues of later inline-6 diesels that appeared later on in the range. This car probably won’t move too fast at the current Buy It Now price. Drop at least $7,000 off the ask, though, and we may start getting warmer.
For a bit of a twist on the normal 10K Friday, today we’ve got 10K Black Friday – and while the deals are good it’s more the color I’m speaking of. The last time we have a 633CSi in the “Big Coupe-off” it lost pretty resoundingly to the 560SEC. Will today be the same as it comes up against a Porsche with half the engine of the 928 it faced last time? Time for you to decide who will win this showdown. Let’s start with the 1985 944:
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 109,000 mi
Price: $ 9,000 Buy It Now
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1985 Porsche 944 on eBay
1985 ½ Porsche 944 former show car. Multi-time Porsche Club of America Street Class Concours winner. Beautiful black on black. Outfitted with Porsche 911 C2 three piece chrome wheels, 245 x 18 front and 255 x 18 rear tires. Alpine 175 watt stereo system. Leather sport seats. 109,000 Babied miles. Service history includes water pump, clutch, fly wheel, all seals, all belts, battery, brakes and rotors, restored rear upholstery, upgraded AC (requires charge). This is just a partial list. Service records available (meticulously serviced by PSH Ltd.). Consider the others then bid seriously for this one.
The car appears to look nice from the outside, but little detail is offered for the interior. Despite this, it’s clear it’s probably not currently a show car – but that’s okay with me, I think I’d prefer a driver anyway. With service records available and claimed recent maintenance, this could be a reasonable deal though I think the price is probably high. I’m also not a fan of the wheels, which are claimed to be C2 wheels but look to me to be RH Cup replicas. Outfit the car with some Turbo phone dials or black Fuchs, though, and this could be a nice little car for someone with a dark side. Is it enough to overpower this 633?
These 6-series coupes are starting to appreciate again from the looks of things, with few decent examples trading hands for under $10,000 these days. This car appears to be mostly original in it’s black over tan configuration:
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 118,695 mi
Price: $9,995 Buy It Now
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1983 BMW 633CSi on eBay
VEHICLE FEATURES & OPTIONS
AM/FM Radio, Air Conditioning, Cassette Player, Cruise Control, Defrost, Four Wheel Disc Brakes, Fuel Injection, Heat, Leather Seats, Numbers Matching, Owner’s Manual, Power Brakes, Power Locks, Power Steering, Power Windows, Seatbelts, Sunroof, Telescopic Wheel
The BMW 6-Series isn’t a recent invention, and in the ’70s and ’80s, cars like this 1983 633CSi were the top-of-the-line in personal luxury transportation with a sporting flavor. Today they’re growing in popularity as collector’s items, and nicely maintained, unmodified examples like this are sure to be on the short list of European car fans everywhere.
Shockingly, this long, sleek coupe still wears its factory paint. The black finish is still extremely nice and for a collector, that counts as a big bonus. It’s also a testament to the quality of the original finish, as it still shines up beautifully and looks fantastic under any conditions. That original paint also means that this car has never been hit or rusty, and even in the ’80s, BMW’s build quality was impressive. Sleek styling made the 6-Series the envy of the industry, and there weren’t many competitors on the far side of the pond, and over here it was competing with totally different machines like the Cadillac Eldorado and Lincoln Mark VI-hardly an apples-to-apples comparison, wouldn’t you say? The bumpers are in excellent shape and haven’t been cooked into a dusty gray mess by the sun and all the chrome is still good, needing nothing more than an occasional buff to remain shiny.
The tan leather interior boasts some of the era’s most comfortable bucket seats, because BMW’s reputation as a driver’s car was firmly established in 1983. Again, it’s all original and while there’s minor wear on the seating surfaces themselves, there are no splits or cracks in the leather and the materials underneath are still supportive enough to be all-day comfortable. The black dashboard is rather dramatic, with a pod ahead of the driver hosting a full array of highly legible white-on-black instruments, and an upper tier with the A/C vents. The center stack has the controls for the A/C system (which has a fresh compressor and R134a refrigerant), the original AM/FM/cassette stereo, plus a fully-functional trip computer! The dash pad shows a few minor cracks, which is typical of these cars, but on the plus side the back seat looks almost completely unused. The 6 also offered a spacious trunk that carries its original mats and a complete factory tool kit.
BMW’s famous line of inline-six engines were the foundation of their lineup for years and years for good reason. The 3.2-liter six was given Bosch fuel injection and electronic controls in 1980, making for a substantial boost in power and reliability, and for turbine-like smoothness, it’s hard to beat. Extensive recent service work includes a full tune-up with cap, rotor, plugs, and freshly cleaned fuel injectors, so it runs superbly. It’s backed by the highly-desirable 5-speed manual transmission that makes the car a joy to drive, and the supple yet athletic independent suspension and 4-wheel disc brakes guarantee that it’s always entertaining to drive. The front control arms were recently replaced and the rear end was re-sealed and serviced, and the brake calipers have been rebuilt and new cross-drilled rotors help shed additional heat. It currently wears 15-inch BBS wheels from a later 5-Series, but the original 14-inch alloys are included with the sale.
A very impressive car that’s gaining traction as a collectable. Buy this one now and be ahead of the curve and have an extremely enjoyable car to boot. Call today!
Like the 944, this car appears to be well cared for and shows recent maintenance, as well as functioning air conditioning – a plus on a black car. Personally, I’m not a fan of the busy 540i sport wheels on this design; I’d strongly prefer getting some Alpina replicas if I wanted to stay on budget. Otherwise, the only thing on the U.S. bound 6s that I don’t like are the bumpers, and in addition I’m not a fan of this car’s tint.
For $10,000, which car would I rather have? I think for me, if I was serious about the 944, I’d probably be more interested in a cleaner and later 924S, such as the one I wrote up the other day. As such, by default the 6 wins my vote, though I do have to admit it’s not my favorite 6 series. I’d prefer to hold out for a clean grey-market car or a late 635 with the cleaner bumpers, but overall this one looks pretty nice. Which would you choose?
There are precious few times that you’ll see something like we have to feature today; while there are plenty of clones of the factory Audi Rally cars, few make it up for sale. Last month I wrote up a Quattro rally tribute car that was pretty well built, though I suggested perhaps overpriced given what it was. The same might be said of this car today, though while you could build an exhaustively accurate replica of this car for much less than the asking price, you can’t recreate provenance. Today’s Quattro is one of the A2 long wheel base factory cars that was later bought and raced by Frank Sprongl – infamous in the Audi and Rally scene. At some point this car switched owners and was bought by the equally notable Shokan Coachworks in New York. Shokan has amassed an impressive collection of rare Audis over the years, including a Sport Quattro and several RS2s, but this car was likely the crown jewel in the collection. It’s not often that you even get to see one of these cars outside of the factory. Despite this, the time has apparently come to move on and this revolutionary car is up for sale:
Model: Quattro (A2)
Engine: 2.2 liter turbocharged inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 9,184 mi
Price: $385,000 Buy It Now
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1983 Audi Quattro A2 Factory Rally Car on eBay
Audi factory built A2 Groupe B Rally Car. All original with logbook. Comes with huge spare parts collection including engine. Will not separate. Actual VIN # is WAUZZZ85ZDA900006 this is a import from germany Again, this car is factory original, not a clone.
Please call for details and additional information.
If you’re a classic Audi fan or just a Rally aficionado, this is a rare treat. Works cars come up for sale so infrequently for any marque that it’s a very special occasion. You could sit and look at the details incorporated into this car for hours – the Sport brakes,tubular control arms, the bespoke special 350hp+ engine, rear mounted oil cooler under the spoiler, the baffled gas tank; the list goes on and on. Then, of course, there are the spares – Speedline works wheels as far as the eye can see, alloy engine bits and spare bodywork, differentials, suspension and driveshafts, and even a spare cage; there’s enough here to go conquer Rally Monte Carlo on your own.
Of course, that package comes at a price, and it’s sure a steep one – at just shy of $400,000, the asking price would be enough to make most serious Porsche competition works cars blush. It’s unfortunate that it’s priced there in some regards, because at that price it’s unlikely to shout in anger again. The A2 was the bridge model between the introductory A1 and the explosive S1, but while the Sports get all of the attention, it was really the A1 and A2 that provided the WRC championships to Audi and made this car the legend it is. In that light, how do you put a price on something so pivotal to a brand, and indeed modern motoring itself? With a majority of car companies – especially European – offering turbocharged, all-wheel drive models today, one is left to wonder where we would be without the Quattro. While it’s hard to say what motoring would look like today, as enthusiasts we would have been much worse off without this car – and that may just be priceless.