No-reserve 1990 Audi V8 Quattro for sale

Before the Audi got the A1-8 nomenclature going strong, their non-sequential nomenclatures were a little more confusing, but the cars were no less awesome for their day. The V8 eventually became the A8, but still was a big ol’ sedan with a stout 3.6L V8 with 250hp and Quattro all-wheel drive. Not up to today’s monster-horsepower standards, but was good for the day. Today’s example has 146k miles on the clock and looks clean inside and out. With a no-reserve auction, this could be a cheap way into some big German luxury.

1990 Audi V8 Quattro for sale on eBay with no reserve

An enthusiastic but straight-forward description from the seller:

Now here is a rare one. Just traded, here is a 1990 Audi V-8 Quattro and this one will amaze you. Right off the get go I’m gonna tell you that you won’t find a better running or better looking Audi regardless of the year. Mechanically you can’t fault the car for anything whatsoever as the V8 motor is quiet and dry, the automatic shifts perfectly, there are no puddles under the car and this one is as comfortable going down the road as you could want. Tight as a drum, no squeaks or rattles and tracks straight as a die. The odometer reads 146k and the title reads exempt by federal law as the car is over 10 years old. The body doesn’t have a dent of any consequence and there isn’t a speck of rust anywhere either on it or under it and the original black paint is in excellent shape and this car has not been buffed or waxed and it still looks fantastic. All the buttons work except the drivers side rear window but the window motor is fine as it tries hard but the window is taped in the up position and if that stops you from bidding on this one, shame on you. The interior has never seen a cigarette so there are no bad smells and the genuine leather seats should by all rights be cracked or split but that is not the case here as the leather is in beautiful condition with no rips or tears, a fresh and clean dash, carpets and headliner and a trunk that looks un used. If you were looking for a car that will offer all the luxury of a much later model and you didn’t want to pay a ton of money for a luxury sedan, here is a car that will always be worth whatever you pay for it now as long as you maintain it the way the original owner did and this one will be sold with no reserve so thanks for looking and good luck with the auction.

Cleanliness and reasonable miles make this a nice car. A no-reserve auction makes this a potential steal. Sitting just over $1k with 2 bids and 3 days left, someone could be looking good for less than 10% of this car’s sticker price. Anything less than $5k and I think the buyer will be very happy.


1990 Volkswagen T3 Westfalia Camper

It’s rather funny. With the SUV craze in full force for the last twenty years, the van has lost popularity. I sure don’t see as many of them on the streets as I do the atypical urban assault vehicle. Volkswagen’s van offerings have always been for those who drive to the beat of a different drummer, and one of my favorites was the T3 Camper Van. I remember playing around in one of these as a child when my father went to purchase a brand new 1987 Volkswagen Golf GT. It was always fascinating to me to have a half kitchen inside a vehicle.

Here’s a clean, low mileage Westfalia Camper for sale in California.

1990 Volkswagen Camper on eBay

I am selling my 1990 VW Westfalia Camper Van with a 4-speed transmission and a clear title. The vehicle has 42.8K miles (67,343 km) on the odometer. This a low-mileage rust-free van with a gorgeous interior and extremely strong engine. It has a new CD player and brand new front and rear Pioneer speakers. The van has alloy rims and 6-ply load-rated tires. It has a current California smog certificate. I am selling this Westfalia van with NO RESERVE price.

Recent repairs include:
> new rear brake shoes and wheel cylinders.
> new rear KYB shocks.
> complete tune up including new oxygen sensor, spark plugs, plug wires, distributor cap and rotor.
> new valve cover gaskets and a new tail pipe.
> new oil filter, seal and oil change (20W-60 Castrol GTX oil).
> new front cross-drilled and vented rotors for cooler braking on hills and new ceramic brake pads for greater stopping power.
> the body was recently painted the original burgundy paint and the bumpers and grills were painted a special semi-gloss formula.
> a new clear sun-roof cover and winder.
> new utility covers and stickers were purchased from Van-cafe and installed along with new rear hatch struts (shocks) and a new locking radio antenna.

Included with the van are all the correct privacy curtains, front and rear tables and table stands as well as the original jack. This is a gorgeous, low-mileage van just looking for its next adventure.

With about five days left and no reserve, there has been no interest yet. The Doka trucks built on the T3 chassis have been pulling large sums as of late, and a clean, low mileage Camper such as this is bound to be attractive to the right collector. Whether someone is willing to pay almost $20,000 for the privilege remains to be seen. One thing is certain, this is one of the nicest Campers I’ve seen in quite some time.

And now all Volkswagen sells is the Volkswagen Caravan. Excuse me, Routan. Perish the thought.


1990 BMW 325is

I have given a lot of thought lately to the whole used versus new debate. Earlier this year, I traded in a Mercedes-Benz that I bought new for a MINI Cooper S that was used. For me, I’m going to have a hard time justifying buying a new vehicle in the near future. As time marches on, most of the new product offerings have lost any kind of unique brand identity. I therefore find myself longing for the cars of my youth, from the 1980s and early 1990s, like this well kept 1990 BMW 325is. The E30 was almost the company car of the emerging yuppie class, but these days, it harkens back to more economically optimistic times and for car enthusiasts, a time when cars were more simple yet provided more pleasure than their successors.

1990 BMW 325is on Hemmings Motor News

California Car, Show Quality, Totally Rust-Free 1990 BMW 325is, Sterling Silver Metallic with Black Leather, 5 Speed Manual. This car has all maintenance up to date including the following done at 99k miles; new front & rear brake rotors and pads, timing belt/tensionor, water pump, valve adjustment, all fluids flushed, new Bilstein shocks & struts and more. This car is nearly perfect with no exposure to bad elements of salt etc. The panels are all original with all the VIN stickers intact. Nearly perfect paint showing almost no road wear at all. The interior is also close to flawless, has no cracks in the dashboard, the carpets are immaculate and free of any stains and the leather is as soft and new looking as when the car was sold.

This condition of the car shows that it obviously was garaged since new and was a one owner car until 97k miles. It has heated seats and a Factory CD changer. This car is all stock equipment except for a BMP design Supersprint stainless exhaust that was installed by the previous owner. This can be changed back to factory very easily by the next owner if desired. This car is not for someone looking for just a clean E30, but a fair weather car that is one of the cleanest original E30’s in the country. This has been my personal car for the last two years and has been driven 5k miles in good weather since 2009. It has been stored in a climate controlled showroom. Sensible offers close to asking price will be considered.

I like the extensive description on this car, and the list of maintenance items taken care of is reassuring. The asking price of $14,900 though is quite optimistic, if not approaching 2002tii money. Realistically, a car like this should be honing in on the $8,000 to $10,000 neighborhood.

As a former owner of an E30 325is, I can attest that these are very hearty cars if looked after and are much less complex than any new car out there, reducing the amount of upkeep needed. If I wasn’t so happy with my ’06 Cooper S right now, a clean, late model E30, such as a 318is or 325is would be at the top of my list. It wouldn’t be the best choice for everyone, but since I drive between 5,000 to 7,000 miles a year, it would be just enough exercise to keep a practical classic, or youngtimer, as the Germans would call it, going for many years forward.


Mean Machine: Crazy-Clean Corrado G60 for sale

I haven’t written up (or lusted after) a Corrado in a while, but that just changed. Many thanks to reader/seller Wes for sending in his ad on VWVortex for his 1990 Corrado. It’s the best kind of Corrado: well taken care of, low mileage, with some tasteful add-ons that make it fast and furious, but not Fast and Furious. Gorgeous in black with a clean cloth interior, it comes with oodles of parts and two sets of wheels, as if just getting a Corrado this nice weren’t enough.

Seriously, Wes: you did this thing right.

1990 VW Corrado G60 for sale on VWVortex

Wes has a great description of the car, and follows up with a list of parts whose mere length shows how thorough he and his mechanic were:

More Details:
All new OEM mounts (front, rear, and transmission)
New Thermostat, Coolant Temperature Sensors, Fuel Filter, Bosch Spark Plugs, Distributor Cap, Gasket, Rotor, Slave Cylinder, OEM Oil Pan, OEM Oil Pump (2010), Ignition Switch.
Redline MT90 Transmission Fluid
Diesel Geek Short Shift Kit (Left to Right Reduction not installed, but have parts and still have original shifter)
Later OEM Shift Weight
268/260 Cam
Autotech Shock Therapy 10.4mm Spark Plug Wires
EuroWires Ground Kit
New Rod Bearings and ARP Connecting Rod Bolts (2009)
Aluminum Idler Pulleys
BBM Adjustable Belt Tension Cap
Autotech Sport Windage Tray
Eurospec Rally Cylinder head. Ported and Polished with +2mm oversize valves.
Tectonics Adjustable Camshaft Sprocket
BBM Aluminum Crank Pulley
3.5 bar FPR
ARP Head Studs.
30 lb Injectors.
Scientific Rabbit Stage III Ported Intake Manifold.
Techtonics High-Flow Catalytic Convertor.
Techtonics 2.5” Aluminized Exhaust with Borla Muffler and JRE Black Powder Coated Tip
Powder Coated Valve Cover
BBM Stage IV “High Rev” Chip
ARP Head Studs
Low Temperature Thermostat and Radiator Fan Switch
J-Caps Coolant and Oil Caps
I also have a ported throttle body that I never got around to installing.

Brakes (done in August, 2009):
ATE Super Blue Racing Fluid
Autotech Stainless Steel Braided Brake Lines
Zimmerman Cross-Drilled Rotors Front and Rear (new bearings in rear)
Mintex Pads Front/Rear
Painted Brake Calipers

SuperCharger (Work done May, 2008):
BBM Howitzer Intake
BBM Intercooler Tubes (Built in ISV reroute)
OE Spec Rebuild (Case was painted Black)
GT70 Intake Porting
RS/RSR Porting, Stage IV
BBM Super Wide Belt Conversion
68mm Power Pulley
RSR Outlet Kit
Forge Blow Off Valve

Roof Rack:
Thule 400xtr Rapid Aero Foot Pack
Thule 43″ Rapid Aero Load Bars
Fit Kit 94
38″ Fairing
Thule 544 Lock Cores, 4 Pack (Not Installed)
Yakima 7012 Basketcase Roof-top Luggage Carrier
Yakima Universal Mighty Mounts
2 Volkswagen Barracuda Bike Holders
Hella 500 Driving Lamp Kit with custom light bar. (Lights are not wired up).

Heater Core Replaced in 2010.
European Manual Seat Belts
MOMO Anatomic Short Shift Knob
MOMO Performance Shift Boot (Short/Black)
MOMO Race 3000 Steering Wheel with MOMO Hub Adaptor
Neuspeed 2 Gauge Center Console Panel with VDO Boost Gauge and VDO Oil Pressure Gauge
Redline Accessories Emergency Brake Boot (Later model leather covered Ebrake handle)
Keyless Entry Module
Lloyd Heavyweight Carpeted Mats front and rear
VW Aluminum Pedal Covers
DDI Aluminum Gauge Rings
DDI Corrado Door Sill Covers
Duostyling In-Dash Air-Fuel Gauge
Black Headliner
No rips or tears in any of the seats.

Kenwood Excelon KDC-X991
Alpine SPX-13REF Component Speakers in Doors
Alpine 4×6 Euro-Fit Speakers in Rear Towers
Boston Acoustics S45 4” Dash Speakers
Polk Audio MM651 6.5” Speakers in Deck Lid (Also have uncut deck lid)
Rockford Fosgate T112D4 12” Subwoofer in custom enclosure.
Polk Audio PA200.4 Amplifier (Normal Speakers)
Polk Audio PA400.1 Amplifier (Subwoofer)
Amps in Custom Enclosure in Trunk
Stereo Capacitor (Forget how many farads)

2 Grilles (OEM and Badgeless)
3 Spoilers (Black, Slate Grey Metallic, and Red)
Hella Clear Turn Signals
DDI Wide Angle Side Mirrors
Eurocullen Smoked/Clear Side Marker lights.
European Headlights with Manual Adjusters and EuroWires Headlight Relay Harness
Roof Strips replaced in 2009 with brand new pieces.
Resprayed OEM Black in 2008. No Dents or Dings in bodywork.
90mm Euro Chin Spolier (also have US 50mm spoiler)

H&R Height-Adjustable Coilovers
VR6 Strut Bearings
Eurosport Front Upper Stress Bar
Eurosport Front Lower 3-point Stress Bar
Eurosport Rear Upper Stress Bar
H&R Front 28mm Sway Bay.
Wheel Bearings, Tie Rods, Ball Joints, and Control Arm Bushings were replaced by previous owner in 2004.

4 TSW Trophy 16×7, 4×100 et40 Painted Porsche Slate Grey Metallic with 205/45 ZR16 Sumitomo HTRZII
4 Enkei SC05 17×7, 4×100 et40 (Enkei Tuning Stickers are removable) with 205/40ZR17 Yokohama S.Drive Tires
Various size H&R Trak wheel spacers and lug bolts.

Comes with the boxes of extra parts that every Corrado owner ends up. Tons of screws, bolts, nuts, clips, etc. and other stuff like an alternator, extra throttle body, probably a CO Pot in their somewhere, and on and on. There’s a set of fiberglass side skirts that are new and unpainted that I never got around to putting on the car also. There’s a few boxes worth of stuff. Bentley manual and Owner’s manual also included.

I think that simply a clean Corrado G60 with 112k miles that looks great wouldn’t be too far off the $6,800 asking price. Add in the well-thought-out mods and myriad extra parts that come with it and this is a fantastic deal. It nearly makes me drop all E28 dreams and snatch this G60 up. Anybody looking for a nice price on a fun Corrado should stop what they’re doing and call Wes immediately.


1990 Mercedes 560SEL AMG & 1988 560SEL Lorinser

Fans of the big body Benz W126 models are in luck with two special models on eBay right now.

First off is a 1988 U.S. spec 560SEL decked out in the Lorinser kit with 110,904 miles. The seller states this is a two owner car that has been well maintained. They have the original sticker with the car and its price is listed as $70,160, not including the $12,000 that the Lorinser body kit and rims added. There isn’t much more info about the car, but it does come with some spare parts. The car looks pretty good, it has tinted tail lights which, along with the color matched rims and grille, help the blacked out effect. There are white face gauge set on the inside with red accents, which stand out. The Lorinser kit is subtly different from the AMG kit; this car comes with the original Lorinser Sport Service badge. The car is begging for someone to toss the sunken U.S. spec headlights. Bidding sits at $3,550 with three days left and the reserve not met.


If you like the 560SEL above, but it just doesn’t quite fit the look you like in terms of your Miami Vice style Benz sedans then this following car shows a bit more refinement. This 1990 560SEL AMG is close to the peak in terms of the W126 sedans. Hat tip to reader Andrew for noticing this on Canadian eBay. Comparing this Euro car side by side with the U.S. Lorinser model above you can see how its lines are smoother and the AMG package just seems a bit tighter. The air dams and rocker aero package are a bit better sculpted, the Euro headlights make for a smooth front face, and the blacked out effect is completed with more success with the chrome around the doors being body color as well, though the AMG three piece wheels do retain a chrome lip.

This car has 64,178 miles and a long list of proper modifications. The Japanese market AMG logo “ducktail” spoiler mounted on this car, never all that appealing to me, I prefer the more traditional third brake light AMG straight spoiler, is a rare option. Again comparing this 560 to the one above you can really see how the AMG suspension components this car has gives it a lower wider stance. The seller lists this car as being a 9.8 out of 10 on the outside, with new clear coat and a 10 out of 10 on the inside. The 300 km/h speedo and white face AMG gauge set struck my as different and it took me a second to figure out why. The reason is all the yellow needles have been replaced with blacked out pieces, attention to detail there. The whole car does look fine.

Other parts on this car include the power rear sunshade, the heated power seats, and the 2.65 limited slip diff with second gear start switch, this can be swapped to a numerically higher diff, AMG offered several, for more sporting stop light performance, but you will lose some of the long haul highway munching characteristics this car is built for.
The seller lists the AMG parts as:

AMG paint scheme ( blacked out chrome finish )
AMG suspension [springs and shocks with stamps on them]
AMG complete exhaust system from the down pipes with AMG catalytic converter
AMG spoilers [ Japan version front and the so called “ducktail” ]
AMG 3 pc. 17″ staggered rims
AMG transmission with higher shifting points
AMG steering wheel
AMG cluster with 300 Km with correct reading of speed
AMG door thresholds on all 4 doors
AMG center wooden console
AMG wooden shift knob complete with logo
AMG authentic sticker on glove box wooden trim

I also note there is an AMG badge placed on top of the period car phone. A small Mercedes trophy sits in the console perhaps from a car show the seller took the car to.

This car won’t sell cheaply, but will not bring the same amount as an AMG engine modified car. Heavy bidding has it at $12,000 with reserve not met and five days left.

If you have your own 500 or 560 and want to add some life to it, there is a set of genuine AMG headers for sale right now on eBay for $2,300.



1990 BMW Z1, Fully Federalized

The United States, for all intensive purposes, is a free country. When it comes to many foreign vehicles, though, The Illuminatus Trilogy summed it up well: “Freedom defined is freedom denied.” Given that the Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency act as the no fun club towards car enthusiasts, I jump when I see a rare and interesting vehicle which has endured the US Federalization process via some determined individual. As an example, Nate had recently featured an example of BMW’s first attempt at a roadster, the Z1. This car was for sale in Canada though, via Monaco. Now a little over a week later, I’ve located a Federalized Z1 on Hemmings hiding out in California.

1989 BMW Z1 on Hemmings

The seller states:

Rare car and especially rare in the US. Fully Federalized to drive in US. Will pass smog in CA (This alone costs tens of thousands of dollars). Excellent condition mechanically and cosmetically, new true dual exhaust, full leather interior, no cloth inserts. Optional deluxe hard top fully leather lined with speakers, map lights and rear defogger. Power Windows, Power Brakes, Power Steering. Great sound system. If you want a car that really stops traffic, this is the one. You can drive the car with the top and doors down at the same time. It’s the closest thing to a motorcycle only with four wheels. Very fun car to drive.

It took me 14 years to find one that I could purchase in the US and legally drive. I have found only six other Z1s in legally in the US. I’ve been told there are more in the US but they are not here legally. This one is fully recognized and authorized by the US DOT. All of the records from new come with this car. Every oil change, and all service has been documented. Recent timing belt change. All import records, updates to the exhaust and the leather interior are completed documented. This very car was featured in April 2008 issue of Bimmer magazine (pages 80 through 84). $52,500 negotiable

The Z8 will always be revered as a classic BMW roadster, much like the 507, it’s spiritual predecessor. It has always surprised me how overlooked the Z1 is, since it was somewhat of a test run for the later Z3 and Z4 roadsters to follow. $52,500 is not chump change for a BMW that is over 20 years old with 43,000 miles, but then again, this is no ordinary BMW. It’s about $10,000 higher than what I’d feel comfortable spending, considering that it is fully legal in this country. I do, however, love the color combination. With the sliding doors and warmer weather arriving here in the Northeast, it would be a fantastic form of shore transportation.


1990 Mercedes 300CE CE36 Renntech

This bright red W124 Benz has received the full Renntech treatment with lots of nice mods. Many of the stock 300E parts have been uprated with parts from the more performance oriented 500E, such as the flared fenders, spoilers, hood, and headlights. The stock brakes have been replaced with Brembo units from the SL600. Under the hood is a Renntech massaged 3.6 liter inline six featuring forged pistons, titanium rods, Schrick cams featuring 300HP. The rear diff has been replaced with a higher ration 3.73 unit.
Inside there is all sorts of custom bits, neon accents, subwoofers, tv, vcr, Playstation 2.
A previous owner of this car stated it had $50,000 in work into, $20k in the engine alone at that point the seller wanted $28,000 for it. The current owner picked up the car for $15,500 in 2010 so the current no reserve price of $7,500 seems like a deal, but would make me want to really make sure the engine is still running well. 114,000 miles are on the body.


1990 Mercedes Koenig Specials 560SEC Widebody

Koenig Specials started tuning Mercedes in 1984. They did work on Ferrari and Porsche as well and in most cases the finished project was significantly wider than it started. For Benzs K.S. offered supercharged and twin turbo variants. Customers were able to ask for pretty much anything they wanted. The trade mark though is those monster flares with tires as wide as they are tall, this one features 335/35/17 tires out back.

There is not a lot of description here, but the pictures do speak for themselves. The car has 33,000 miles. It would be great if it came with provenance/ownership history. Sometimes with cars like these it is hard to know what is stock and what isn’t underneath the obvious.

The interior has been totally customized with everything from a TV to a trunk mounted DVD an VHS player and lots of extra wood. 5 point harness and stylized Koenig gauges go along with the period cell phone.

The looks of Koenig cars can be polarizing, I for one like the monochromatic scheme in something other than white. No one can argue the exclusiveness of these nor their outrageous cost when new. Lots of bidding has this one up to $28,000 with the reserve not met or about quadruple what a decent standard 560SEC will cost you.


1990 560SEC AMG Widebody

This is a genuine AMG car with all the appropriate markings. The car has 37,000 miles and the seller wants $28,000. That is a lot less than the original cost. This would have been very close to the top Mercedes two door you could purchase when it was new. The ask price is high, but genuine unmolested AMG cars can bring big dollars. The car would get close to $30,000 if it had an AMG modified engine along with the bodywork, but this one retains its stock 5.6 liter V8. The seller seems to have had some confusion as to whether the car had a 6 liter AMG mill. Confusion like that can be a bit of a warning sign because having the original documentation and provenance on a car like this adds a lot to the value. The seller does state he has the original “guarantee” from AMG.
AMG speedometer and interior badges add to the package. Plus very expensive original AMG three piece rims fill out the widened wheel arches.
The description could use some more depth and I really don’t understand why people selling cars like this don’t spend a little extra time getting decent photographs.
As always AMG cars from this era and earlier are collectible and should retain their value well. This one is a bit costly in today’s market, but sure looks good.


Low-mile, 2-owner perfect 1990 E30 M3

It’s been a while since I’ve felt like reiterating my unhealthy coveting of M3s. After posting a 530ix wagon with an auto, a car about as far from my bread-and-butter desires, I guess it’s a good time to get back to the basics.

This M3 is about as perfect an example as I’ve seen in a long time, and may just be as clean as you could find anywhere these days. With a low 73k miles and modifications limited to easily-reversible basics like great Racing Dynamics wheels and strut brace. The rest is beautiful, original, and untouched; this car has been doted upon in a good way. An inspiring rarity in the M3 market.

Similarly refreshing is an informative but concise description from the seller:

Up for bid is my 1990 BMW M3 E30. I’ve owned the car for approximately nine years and I’m only the second owner. I’ve enjoyed driving it from car show to car show as weather permitted during the summers. I have swapped out a couple items but I still have all the original equipment excluding the original wheels. The spare wheel and tire is original and has never been on the ground. I’ve added a front shock tower brace (Racing Dynamics bolt-in) I’ve changed the shifter knob and changed the headlights to european ellipsoid. The engine and suspension are in perfect running condition NEVER touched still in factory configuration! I have the original shift knob and headlights that will go with the car. The car spends it’s winter’s in heated storage.

Buy-it-Now is $21.5k, which seems fair considering the rare condition of this most desirable M car out there. All us E30 fanboys, this is the one we wish we could nab.