Hagerty has this car listed under BMW E28 M5s, but its origin as a 525is and ensuing plethora of modifications make it a difficult car to classify. It recently received a Euro exterior conversion after a huge modification list of aftermarket E28 parts and OEM M5 parts, creating a FrankenE28 that is truly impressive. Bored and stroked S38s in any chassis are the stuff dreams are made of, with this custom build’s 350hp usurping even the almighty S38B38. A Wilwood big brake kit and Dinan/Koni/Bilstein suspension set up deviate from staying too true to the M5, but a full M5 interior and trunk, including battery relocation, are classy and expensive conversions. While not a fully dedicated M5 tribute/conversion, this ticks all the boxes in the outstanding E28 category.
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It’s back. The 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Club Sport we featured in August is still up for sale and the asking price has come down some though not significantly (the starting bid on this no reserve auction is set at $85,000). The Club Sport commands tremendous value, but this particular example has seen so many modifications that it is almost a Club Sport in name only. We must wonder whether the owner would be far better suited returning the car as close to stock form as possible. Will this auction find any interested parties for what is a very special model?
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Club Sport on eBay
The below post originally appeared on our site August 17, 2015:
The Porsche 924 represents some of the best aspects of automobile enthusiasts, while simultaneously embodying two distinct and very different decades. From the 1970s comes the upright, modernist and simple dashboard, but while it nods to the decade that bore it, the exterior is immediately identifiable as the 1980s signature silhouette with a low-slung, long hood, pronounced bumpers and flip-up headlights. Quite a few cars in the late 1970s and 1980s attempted to mimic the design of the 924, including the notable RX-7 and you could even argue the 280/300ZX. You can even see influence of the groundbreaking 924 design in the Miata of the late 1980s as well as such modern GT cars at the AMG GT-S. For enthusiasts, though, it was the near perfect weight distribution, the torquey inline-4, the manual gearbox and the all-important Porsche badge of engineering and build quality that led to the 924 being a hit. It didn’t hurt that it was the most affordable Porsche, either, and arguably still is so today. I’ve rounded up a group of 3 distinct and neat 924S models from late in the run to see which offers the most bang for your buck:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Porsche 924S “GT” on eBay
“You wouldn’t want to drive that in traffic.”
“But they aren’t more efficient or faster than modern automatics.”
“Face it, eventually you won’t be able to buy one in a new car.”
These are some of the arguments I hear against the manual transmission these days. And each time, it falls flat on my ears, as I’m having none of it. What some non-enthusiasts don’t seem to understand is that I enjoy a bit more involvement with my vehicle than a two-pedal variant can provide. Thankfully, a few automakers are keeping the manual gearbox flame alive, including BMW. Even though there are but a few new BMWs you can buy with a manual gearbox, the option is still there. Scroll back a few decades and you could get a manual transmission in just about any BMW you wanted, including the 6 series coupe, which was at the end of its life by the time the late 1980s rolled around. This example for sale in New York is one of the rare non-M E24s equipped as such.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 BMW 635CSi on eBay
I will end this week in a manner similar to how I began it: the Porsche 930. This time we’ll have our eye on a Turbo Cabriolet rather than Coupe, but like the Forest Green Metallic 930 from Monday this one also comes in a unique dark, though non-metallic, shade. The original buyer of this 930 appears to have borrowed from the Mercedes paint studio selecting Azuritblau for the exterior to go along with a dark blue interior. It seems rare to come across a shade like this that is non-metallic so for those with a strong dislike for metallic paint in general this seems like a nice opportunity. And as we begin to slip into the Fall driving season there are few betters options than a Cabriolet. Given the few model years Porsche even produced an air-cooled Turbo Cabriolet that makes this one particularly rare to come across and it’s definitely a looker. Here we have a Azuritblau 1988 Porsche 930 Cabriolet, located in Atlanta, with only 25,764 miles on it.