1991 BMW 850i

Following in the footsteps of the beloved BMW 6 series E24 was never going to be an easy task, no matter what the machine. However, in 1989, the 8 series bowed at the Frankfurt Auto Show to take on the newly developed R129 Mercedes-Benz SL. Over it’s almost decade long production run, sales were rather lukewarm. However, there’s no denying what a capable grand touring machine this coupe was. Here’s an early V12 engined example with low miles for a temptingly low price:

The seller states:

Originally a Canadian car that was owned originally by a BMW dealer. I bought the car over Easter weekend after a long search and drove her 1100 miles to where she sits today. ~ 62k miles.

Automatic transmission
Diamond Black Metallic exterior.
Light grey/black two-tone interior.
Sport seats – very rare (heated).
M-parellel wheels (18″). Second set of wheels(turbines)/tires go with it.
Unpainted CSi front spoiler goes with as well – with a matching rear valence ($1000 value).
Newish m-tech steering wheel (not shown in the pictures).
35% tint all around.
Sunroof and all windows work perfectly.

This 850 is in outstanding condition inside and out. The paint is in excellent condition. The interior is nearly flawless – with virtually no signs of wear. The sport seats are in incredible shape and include heat as well as the motorized leg bolster. Light grey in color. Door panels and interior trim are in perfect condition. Headliner is in good condition with only a small patch showing a slight indentation.

Phone has been removed from the center console, but it will go with the car. The original steering wheel and airbag would go with the car as well. Currently the car is running with the Wokke EML chip and Racing Dynamics DME chips. This makes the car a joy to drive.

The car has been well cared for by all the previous owners. The maintenance records are very thorough and even includes original brochures, magazine clippings, a book about the making of the 8 series and more. Don’t miss out on this beauty – everyone deserves to own a V12 in their lifetime!

For a car with such low mileage and an apparently thorough history, $14,500 seems a good bargain for a V12 coupe. Still, one should go into a purchase like this, eyes wide open, and budget for V12 running costs. This is a case where the V8 840i would make more sense. But for those who always wanted to experience a 12 cylinder vehicle, this could be just the ticket.

-Paul

1991 Mercedes 300SL *sigh*

We try to avoid posting utter monstrosities and crimes against nature but sometimes one sneaks in. Perhaps it is my soft spot for Mercedes that slipped this one through.

The seller boldly proclaims “THIS VEHICLE HAS BEEN UPGRADED” and they also claim, “WE HANDPICK ONLY THE FINEST VEHICLES” so I guess its all relative.

I’m not really sure what one would do with a car like this. It isn’t valuable enough to try and return to it’s former glory and the custom work has really limited the potential buyer pool.

The oddly placed aftermarket driving lights and the rainbow fleck paint aren’t what you normally would associate with a Benz, don’t forget the hood scoop(?!) either. The racing stripes shout class in case the gaudy steering wheel cover or Fast and Furious wing didn’t catch your eye.

I see this car parked in a high school parking lot in the near future.

With 123,000 miles the car has a no reserve ask price of $3,600.  Not a bad price, you could part the car out and make that much, but still I’m not sure this is going to see any bidders. The AMG rims are worth at least a quarter of that if they are genuine as the seller states.

Do any of you have a better suggestion as to where car like this will end up next?
Please don’t do this to your Mercedes.

~Evan

Clean, low-mile 1991 Audi 200 Avant

There’s just something awesome about wagons with a manual. Quattro and turbo make it a truly special wagon. Today we have an impressively clean Audi 200 from the O.G. unintended-acceleration era, looking as fine as ever. The sumptuous interior surprised me, demonstrating that Audi’s been doing the good-interior thing for a long time. With only 85k miles on this hauler, it’s got quite a few more years of being funky and awesome left in it.

document.write(”);1991 Audi 200 Avant for sale on eBay

From the seller:

The Classic Car Gallery is proud to offer this iconic 1991 Audi 200 Avant. This 217 hp turbocharged, 5 cylinder, all wheel drive wagon is one of only 200 imported into the country, and had a sticker price of more than $40,000 in 1991!!! This rare car was the sportiest wagon of its day, and is quick even by contemporary standards. The car has 85,271 miles, and is in very nice condition. The original white paint shows well, with good shine and depth, and few blemishes. The beige tan leather interior is in excellent condition, the leather is supple and shows little wear. At 60,000 miles, the car received a full service, including new Bilstein heavy duty struts and shock, conversion to conventional twin piston front calipers, new wheel bearings, and drive axles. All of this work was done by a licensed Audi technician. A new clutch and rear main seal were installed at that time. Recently, a new Mass Airflow sensor was installed. The engine runs well, doesn’t smoke, and makes great turbocharged horsepower!!! The 5 speed manual transmission shifts as it should, and the clutch works correctly. The car has a high end Alpine sound system installed. She runs on a set of BBS rims and NEW Toyo Proxes tires. Now For the bad. The A/C does not work, and the right rear window does not work (we think it’s a switch), in the car is missing a piece of trim above the front grill, and there is some minor surface rust on the underside of the car. Otherwise this car is ready to go. This 2 owner car comes with some records, books, and the original window sticker. With winter fast approaching, now is the time to purchase this sporty, iconic all wheel drive vehicle.

That last sentence about covers it for me. The engine bay is the dirtiest bit, but that 20V TURBO label shines through. It’s nicely stock now, but if I went for it I’d take it slightly OEM+ to make it slightly less awkward-looking. Overall though, it’s got all of the right pieces that make an awesome wagon.
-NR

1991 Porsche 964 lightweight 3.3 Turbo

You are going to see several Porsche 964s this week as we all went out on a scavenger hunt for a reader/client request and I thought these would be worthy of posting.

My pick for this challenge hails from the United Kingdom. If money was no option you obviously go with the best you can afford. This 1991 964 isn’t the best money can buy, but at a £31,850 ask price it is getting up there. The car holds a resale value well as despite being in the U.K. it is left hand drive. This particular model is a lightweight version ready for track day with a cage, suspension work, and harnesses. It is a 3.3 turbo with 3.8 RS look body.

The vehicle appears to show some use, (is that rust around the engine compartment?), but the seller does not give mileage.

The seller, http://www.seanlockyear.co.uk, looks to specialize in some unique Porsches so I would bet it has been well sorted.  There are plenty of cheaper 964s out there, but I like that the seller describes this one as “Hang on it’ll be a wild ride!” I concur.

http://www.seanlockyear.co.uk/vehicledetails.php?VehicleID=22

~Evan

1991 GTI VR6 Swap For Sale

The MkII GTI has always been in an odd no-man’s land for me.  I respect the styling and the large tuning community of it, but any time I consider one myself, I wonder why I wouldn’t just get a MkI.  When I see an example like this, however, I start to covet them a little more.  They may not be as pure and old-school as the original, but they’ve got some serious style, a bit more “grown-up” cred, and can obviously more readily accept modern parts.  Case in point, this fast 1991 with a healthy dose of modification that stops short of going overboard.

1991 VW GTI VR6 for sale on Craigslist SF

Despite a misunderstanding of quotation marks’ function, the seller provides a good rundown:

HI I have a 1991 gti white with about 70K on the engine. This car is faster then my 2004 vw r32. I have about $6500+ into this car not including labor or the car itself. Most if not all the parts on this car have under 500 miles on it including wheels and tires. This car can be a show car the way it sits.
ENGINE “less then 500 miles on engine parts”
The engine has 268 cams, lifters and springs to go with the cams. The intake manifold is shaved and painted black and the spark plug wires run under it ” for a cleaner look”.
The engine mounts have BFI inserts. ” they are stiff”
Corrado radiator and fans with there own relay set up
Samco hose kit
Neuspeed P-flow intake
Brand new cats
New magnaflow muffler and resonator the car is quiet but still sounds like a VR6 and you can hear the cams lope.
Fairly new clutch
SUSPENSION/wheels
H&R ultra low coilovers from a mk3 vr6 jetta “stiffer springs” “less then 500 miles on them” the car is stanced out and can be more to your liking
BBS RM’s fresh powder-coating 15×8.5 REAR, FRONT 15×8 flat black faces with gloss black lips…… both front and rear have good size lips. brand new bbs bolts.. these wheels are worth about $2,000
ALSO has BRAND NEW disc breaks all the way around.
INTERIOR
Is in good shape has recaros out of another mk2 gti
MK3 guage cluster.
everything on the inside works.
BODY
Also has keyless entry
Has the dual-round headlights with badgless grill, also have quad-rounds that come with the car.
led tail lights ” doesn’t look as cheap as you think”
16v fender flair all the way around
The paint is about a 7 out of 10 stock alpine white paint and the body itself has some dents ” its a 19-20 year old car”
The powder-coated BBS RMs look about as perfect as you could get. I love older German cars in white, and the VR6 must make this the right kind of handful.  $8500 is a bit steep for a MkII Volkswagen, but this appears to be a well put-together total package.  Sure, there’ll probably be several similar GTIs if you go to a local VW show, but maybe that’s just a testament to how well this package works.
-NR

High Mileage 1991 VW Vanagon Carat Projektzwo

Well I decided to post that high mileage 500E so if I’m not going to shy away from vehicles like that then how about this 207,000 mile Vanagon that looks great. A 200k mile Vanagon is not that unusual nor is it something really exciting enough to be included on this blog, but this one is a little different. Being a California car has probably helped this one stay looking super clean on the outside, but even the interior does not look like it has seen 200,000 miles.

What really got this van listed here though is the custom work, the H&R lowering springs a 17″ 5 spoke rims, and the Projektzwo full body kit really set this one off from the crowd. It even has a short shift kit and Neuspeed exhaust installed. I think the big Hella driving lights compliment the look of the body kit as well. The kit, which the seller says he bought direct from Projektzwo in Germany probably cost the seller over $3000 to get finished all told.

The seller says the engine was rebuilt at 100,000, but that was 100,000 miles ago so even though the seller states it doesn’t leak oil and has good compression you may want to give the engine a good listen.

Pricewise the opening bid price is $11,000 with the reserve not met. So to put that in perspective with the previously mentioned 500E, this Vanagon, which is several years older, has similar high miles, but was obviously never considered to be in the super car category like the 500E is being valued by at least $3000 more. That certainly makes you think a bit. What do you think? I think the seller may get more bids if they didn’t spell projektzwo wrong in their ad three or four times. (As of this posting they spelled it “projektwzo”.

~Evan

Red BMW E34 M5 doppleganger under $14k

A couple weeks ago I blog-drooled all over my computer when I found a red E34 on BMW double-spokes on eBay.  While perusing MunichEvo, I saw another red E34 on the same wheels and thought “oh cool, it’s for sale somewhere else and cheaper!”  A closer look revealed that this is, in fact, NOT the same car, as it has the black M5 body bits and about twice the miles of that first pristine example.  It also has some nice Dinan bits, and leaves me painfully torn as to whether I think the black or body-color aero bits look better.  You be the judge:

Red E34 M5 for sale at MunichEvo.com

I think if it came down to it I might go body-color, but the black has an attractive just-another-5er quality to it.  Either way, these owners have the same impeccable taste in wheels, not to mention cars and color.  Some well-chosen Dinan bits (chip, cam sprocket, brakes, suspension, and a thankfully unused trunk badge) make it a little extra special, and while it’s not a 55k-mile cherry like the first, it certainly doesn’t show its 119k.

Someone’s getting lucky at $13,995.

-NR

1991 Isdera Imperator 108i Mercedes Gullwing

I’m still keeping up with this unique Mercedes gullwing theme I’ve had going on. If you thought the Styling Garage SGS or the Sbarro were scarce finds, this ups the ante once more. This fantastically rare find comes from reader Victor, awesome catch.

Isdera’s are one of the rarest cars in the world and you hardly ever have the opportunity to see one come up for public sale. For one reason or another this one has popped up on the Japanese Yahoo Auction site. These cars go beyond the standard supercars you people dreamed about. Isdera falls in with brands like Vector and the Cizeta in terms of early 90s exclusivity.

The 108i was built from 1984-1993, according to the auction this one has a date of 1991. The Imperators had their origins as a Mercedes concept car before being turned over to the Isdera company to develop privately. The name means commander in Latin stemming from Roman times.  The seller states that this is one of two that was imported to Japan. With such a long, but limited production run, apx 30 cars, several different Mercedes power plants were used. The seller states that this one has a Mercedes 5.0. The engine cover looks like this is the 32 valve version found in the 500SL of the day. With Isdera modifications, 400 horsepower could be lurking in there. These cars were known as potent performers.

The seller is looking for 58,000,000 Yen which is about $650,000, half of the initial cost of 120,000,000 Yen. That makes the cost of that $90,000 Sbarro look pretty good.

1991 Isdera Imperator 108i for sale on Yahoo Auctions Japan.

Check out this site to learn some more about other Isdera 108i models: http://www.autozine.org/Classiccar/html/Isdera/108i.html.

Here are a couple of videos showing similar vehicles, you can see there is some variation. Note the roof mounted “periscope” mirror for backup driving on both these cars. Note that both videos show the car wearing the same license plate badge, with letters bb and CW311. CW311 was the name of the initial Mercedes prototype styling study, b+b is one of the German Mercedes tuning firms. Also pay attention how in one video the car is wearing all 3 pointed Mercedes star badges, but in the other these have been replaced with Isdera flying eagle badges.

First is an advertisement from Isdera for the 108i.

Second here is one out on the street. This one appears to have an earlier 5.6 Mercedes engine, it sure sounds fine.

~Evan

E30 M3 Turbo on eBay

At first I was excited about this post, but quickly I felt a small pang in my heart.  I love E30 M3s, as I know many of us do, and I’ve seen people do some amazing modifications to them.  So I’m posting this turbo-S52’d example because it’s impressive and interesting, but something inside says it’s a little bit wrong.  Removing the S14 is a contentious issue among E30-lovers, so that hobbles the car from the get-go.  Turbocharging is awesome  in nearly all applications; but isn’t the only homologated M3 all about directness and uninhibited, naturally-aspirated glory?  Then I think the final unsettling lemon-on-top is the exterior, namely the color and wheels.  Alas, it’s an impressive exercise in E30 tuning, so I think it’s worth sharing.

I don’t hate this car, and it’s still hovering around $10k, so it’s not like it’s horribly overpriced.  It’s just built based on different values and assertions than I hold with regards to what makes the E30 M3 so special.  To each their own, and someone will love this.  It’s just not me.

-NR

1991 BMW M5 For Sale

My favorite generation of the BMW M5 is the late 80s E28.  That is, until I see an E39 roll menacingly by, then it’s definitely the E39.  Well, until I see something like this beautiful E34 pop up on eBay.  Damn, these are good looking cars.  The last of the hand-built M cars, they also carried over the M1/M5/M6 inline-6, displacing 3.5 liters.  Power was up to 315hp, and the clean early 90s styling make it one of the most subtle M cars.  It’s beautiful and fast, exemplified by this low-mileage version that showed up on eBay.

This really is one of the most gorgeous E34s I’ve seen.  Though I normally go for darker/subtle colors, I think the red is awesome.  It’s wearing some of the best BMW wheels out there; I’ve seen these look amazing on everything from E30 M3s to E38 7-series.  The Dinan chip and suspension are tasteful upgrades that make it a bit better without overdoing it.  To top off the total package, it only has 55k miles.  This total package comes at a price, however, and the Buy-It-Now is set at $20,750.  A lot of money for sure, as there are other E34 M5s out there for 1/4 of the price.  On the other hand, those cars probably suck.  There are E34 540i’s going around $15k, and considering the nature and condition of this car, it’s not exorbitant.  Hand-built, sexy 90s Teutonic speed for the price of a Honda Civic sounds good to me.

-NR