1995 Volvo T5-R

The authors of German Cars for Sale Blog are always throwing around ideas for new features and I thought it might be neat to occasionally feature an interesting, non-German vehicle that would appeal to German car enthusiasts. Here is one such vehicle: the rare, one year only Volvo T5-R.

Launched in 1992, the Volvo 850 was quite a leap forward for Volvo in terms of engineering and was the first Volvo with front wheel drive to be sold in the United States. In 1995, the T5-R arrived in sedan and estate forms. After a respectable showing with an 850 Estate in the British Touring Car series, Volvo teamed with Porsche to produce the T5-R sedan and wagon. Equipped with tuned suspension and a special ECU along with added turbo boost, the inline 5 cylinder engine cranked out 240 horsepower, making the estate version the fastest family hauler at the time.

The car is for sale at a Volvo dealer in Edison, New Jersey. It amazes me how little the dealer seems enthused about having such a classic in their inventory. Not even a description was written for it. At $13,999, this car is priced high for an obscure (to some) Swedish performance car. T5-Rs don’t come up for sale too often; the ones I have seen lately have had well over 100,000 miles and have looked as if they have been run hard and put up wet. NADA is listing shy of $6,000 for examples with similar mileage to this particular car. I could see maybe spending up to $8,000 for an example like this.

This car combines durability in a package that will give you your speed fix and surprise a few folks at a stoplight or two.

-Paul

Reader-suggested 1995 Ur-S6 Avant for Sale

Thanks go to reader Larry for bringing this first-gen S6 to our attention. S6s have been on my mind this week since I saw a beefy-looking C5 S6 Avant on the street the other day. With the same plenty-powerful 4.2L V8 as the contemporary S4, the combination of muscle, utility, and AWD makes it an appetizing choice. The original S6, itself a re-badged Ur-S4, had a Euro-only “S6 Plus” option with 4.2L V8 , but the main engine was the classic 2.2L I5 putting out 230hp, not bad at all for 1995. Extra sexy as a 6-speed black avant, today’s listing could be a very fun Q-ship.

1995 Audi S6 Avant with 95,730 miles. 5cyl 20vturbo (AAN) gasoline engine with Stage1-Chip and a 6-speed maual (EDU) transmission. 5/95 build date, Black on black leather, OEM Recaro seats, 50% window tint, European Headlights with HIDs and city lights, 3rd row seat, all Seat heaters working, all windows & sunroof working, Heater and A/C working. No rips or tears in seats or side bolsters.

Samco hoses, 034 MAF hose, 034 Engine and Transmission mounts, Timing belt and waterpump replaced at 75K.

Very well maintained. Mostly OEM Audi parts used.

New Cam & Crank sensor, rear Camber links and steering damper. New OEM O2 Sensor and MAF sensor. New V/C gskt, Coolant reservoir, coolant Temp sensor, Auxillary waterpump, front subfram bushings, Parking brake cables and brake hoses. New L/F window regulator. New Sachs clutch along with 6-speed install at 79K.

Major Service done at 90K with Spark plugs, Air&Pollen filter, Fuel filter. All fluids changed incl. Brake Fluid, Coolant, Trans&Diff oil. New Conti Pro Contact tires, Alignment and 4 New Koni shocks installed at 90K. LOF , new wipers and rear brake pads done at 95K (front pads at 50% remaining)

Free extras include a full size spare tire, new starter and some spare parts.

Vehicle is sold as is, no existing warranty. Scratch on L/F fender and rear lid, 2 door dings.

It appears to be very well taken care-of with less than 100k miles,lots of solid maintenance taken care of along with a chip and 6-speed swap (a Euro factory option). Rein in the ride height a little bit and swap some later-model Audi wheels (C5 RS6 or late-model larger S4 Avus, perhaps?) and this will be a responsible all-weather wagon for the enthusiast. Reserve not met at $5,500 with 5 days left. I’d go in for $8k or less.

-NR

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Coupe

Another week on eBay, another car turns up that makes me wish I had extra garage space and funds. Of all the W124 Mercedes-Benzes, the coupe was my favorite. The rarity of them along with the classic pillarless profile just wins me over. Knowing this car would keep trucking for many more miles due to the reliable 3.2 inline six is just icing on the cake. Here’s a clean example with 76,000 miles out on the left coast.

The seller states:

Very rare 1995 Mercedes E320 coupe. 1 of 307 made for the last year of the w124 series. The car is Black Pearl with black leather. It was purchased (leased) new in 1995 at the Beverly Hills Mercedes. At the end of the lease it was turned back into Mercedes with 34009 miles on it, at this time MBZ of San Francisco purchased it and certified it in April of 1998. It was sold to a gentleman from Marin Ca. who was dating a salesperson at the dealership and he had the vehicle for 10 years until I bought from him, so the Mercedes has never left the state of California. It has been perfectly maintained! It amazingly solid without even a rattle after 16 years, last of the hand made Mercedes!

According to NADA, clean retail for a 1995 E320 coupe is hovering around $8,500, Kelley Blue Book is at about $7,800. The buy it now price seems just a tad high, but honestly, if I was in the market, I wouldn’t hesitate putting $10k down on something like this, given it’s history, condition and rarity. The convertibles are nice, but the last of the W124 coupes are the rarest of the bunch and are fast disappearing. Hopefully this one finds a good home.

-Paul

1995 BMW 318i Touring

For those that read my posts, you know I’m a sucker for wagons. Especially rare ones and those that didn’t make it stateside. Here’s an interesting piece for sale up in Nova Scotia, an E36 Touring with the 1.9 liter, twin cam four cylinder.

The seller states:

You want an eye catcher on canadien or North American streets? This Euro Specs, 1995 BMW 318i Touring with the powerful 4 cycl. M43 Engine is then an automobile for you. This car is in an great condition. From its blue-green metallic exterior to its dark grey interior.

It wears very good 205/60/R15 tires on BMW alloy wheels, adding to the unique style that could only be BMW. A smooth-running and powerful 4cycl. engine with 115 hp and 1800 ccm can be found under the hood, mated to an Automatic transmission .

The difference is that this car isn´t so heavy. You can drive it around 6 – 8 Liter of Gas on 100 km distance. That will help you to save alot of money for gas. The odometer says ~ 168.000 kilometers.

There is no telling how hard it might be to import such a vehicle to the US, but if one thing is certain, Uncle Sam sure isn’t going to make it easy. For those living in Canada, this is a tasty number, if a bit overpriced. It looks to be mint, however, the engine and automatic transmission let this car down. Still, the E36 (and earlier E30) wagons are some of the best looking haulers of all time, from my vantage point.

-Paul

1995 Mercedes Benz C36 AMG in Red

Not many of the 5200 C36 cars produced were in red. This model with 166,000 miles on it still looks nice and bright. The seller wants $5,000 to take it home. Not a bad price for what some consider the successor to the sporty 190E 2.5-16v. 1997 is the best year of the C36, but the earlier models, like this 1995, were just as exciting under the hood with nearly 300 horsepower from the M3 fighting inline 6. For a car with some hand built AMG craftsmanship the price seems like a bargain, however you may actually have some room to negotiate as high mileage C36s in more standard silver and black do change hands for less. The fact that this car has dealer service records, if they check out, it is worth paying the full $5k ask. The car is on Craigslist LA for $5,500. This C36 also seems to have avoided boy racer add-ons that clutter up the wolf in sheep’s clothes intention. People will look back at the C36 as one of grandfathers of what took AMG from specialty tuner to more mainstream masses.

~Evan

1995 BMW 850CSi

We’ve featured a few BMW 8 series here on German Cars For Sale Blog, but most have been the garden variety V8 and V12 versions. The CSi was the M8 that never was, which included a 6 speed manual, uprated suspension and a higher performance 375 horsepower, 5.6 liter V12. Only 225 CSi models were produced for the US and Canada and clean examples are few and far between. Here is a clean, 34,000 mile original for sale.

The seller states:

This 1995 BMW 850 CSi is the real deal. No gimmicks. If you’re looking for an 850 CSi that is probably one of the best in the country if not the world, here it is for your viewing pleasure. This car is in excellent condition with only 34,000 original miles on it. I purchased the car from the owner of a large luxury car dealership. It was part of his vast collection of personal collector cars.

The car is cosmetically beautiful and mechanically excellent. The paint is flawless. The car has no dents and is arrow straight. Always garaged and owned by non-smoker, it looks like it was just driven out of the showroom. The tires and wheels are brand new as well. The 18″ 5 spoke M wheels were offered as an option only in Europe. I ordered them directly from BMW in Germany. For those unfamiliar with the car, BMW only produced a total of 225 of them for the U.S. in the years from 1993 to 1995, and only 80 or so were sent over in 1995. There is probably only about a dozen left in the U.S. with the original paint and quality of the example shown here. This was to be the M version of the 8 series. The M emblem is stamped on the beautiful 12 cylinder engine and door sills. There are also M cues e.g. stitching on the steering wheel and gear shift knob. The 12 cylinder motor came from the factory and was to be a “Ferrari killer” with 380 HP. The 850 CSi is extremely stable but at the same time sneaky fast. This car has timeless beauty and design and is only for the discerning buyer.

The buy it now price of $52,000 may seem high at first. After doing a little research, NADA pegged this car at around $28,000, Kelley Blue Book was more optimistic at just over $52,000. However, when you are dealing with something this unique, pricing guides usually aren’t the best tool. Auctions usually give a better gauge, but if I had to take a guess, I wouldn’t be surprised if this car sold for $40 to $45,000. At that price it could prove to be a wise investment that would appreciate over time.

-Paul

1995 BMW M3 Lightweight

This is one of the scarce 1995 M3 lightweight models, one of approximately 120 built. The lightweight model saves around 250 pounds off the standard M3, by losing things like aircon and insulation and adding things like aluminum doors. The 3.15 rear diff was replaced with a shorter 3.23 for quicker acceleration.

When purchasing one of the lightweights buyers had the option of adding the warranty voiding adjustable high wing spoiler featured on this car, which proved more down force, but hurt top speed or sticking with a lower model. The seller here says he has both spoilers, which is great, because the low spoiler looks much better. Plus since the lightweight came with a remapped ECU that removed the electronic top speed limiter, some owners wouldn’t want to slow the car down with a higher drag spoiler.

With 40,000 miles and a complete service history this appears to be a nice collector piece, but not to the point of being a cream puff garage queen. The rarity of this model along with the fanaticism of some BMW enthusiasts should bring a strong price that isn’t likely to lose value. This seller has a buy-it-now of $46,600 and bidding is at $35,000 with the reserve not met.

Learn more about the E36 M3 Lightweights here:
http://www.usautoparts.net/bmw/models/m3_ltw.htm

and here:

http://www.bmwmregistry.com/models.php?id=38

~Evan

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Estate

In an era of SUVs and minivans, the estate, or station wagon, is fast becoming a less favored mode of transport. One manufacturer has stayed true to this body style since 1978: Mercedes-Benz. This clean, low mileage W124 E320 wagon is my favorite of the breed and perhaps one of the best engineered, as well. Rarely do we see Mercedes-Benz wagons with such low mileage but here’s a chance to bid on a classic.

The seller states:

This is a really nice 1995 E320 wagon that has been in California all its life. It was bought new by an older lady in Los Angeles. She kept the car for just over 11 years and put only about 35,000 miles on it in that time. Her daughter acquired the car in 2007 and it has been in the Bakersfield area since then. This car was built in September of 1995; making it one of the last w224 cars to be built. This was also the year of any U.S. model Mercedes wagon until 1998. Unfortunately, 1998 was also the first year Mercedes began using the new V6 motor. So, 1995 was the last year Mercedes made a wagon with the better in-line 6-cylinder motor. Since a new body style was introduced for 1996, this was also the last of the over-engineered E-Class cars. Just like the 1993 190-Class, the 1999 S-Class, and the 2002 SL-class, this car was the last of its kind, and they truly don’t build them like they used to. By Mercedes’ own admission, they do not over-engineer these cars any more. This car is the last of the best.

This car has as much cargo space as a mid-size SUV with the middle and rear seats folded. It has the third row seat which makes it a true 7 passenger vehicle. However, the back seat is best for kids or adults you don’t like. It has a cargo cover to hide items in the back and a cargo net that can be used as a divider with the rear seats up or when they are folded. It also has a luggage rack, complete with the cross bars. All that combined with the self-leveling rear suspension makes this car really versatile.

The bad:

After sitting for approximately 2 hours, sometimes the car will not start without touching the gas pedal lightly. A little more or less time sitting and it starts up normally.

There is a small oil leak that leaves a pea to dime-size drop on the ground over night. It looks like it is coming from the front of the engine; maybe around the timing chain cover.

The left rear floor mat is missing.

One of the wheels has some curb rash (see pictures).

There are a couple of dings on the tailgate (see pictures).

There is a ding at the bottom of the left quarter panel that caused about a 3/4″ crack in the paint along the bottom edge (see pictures).

The lower panel on the right rear door has some light scratches (see pictures).

The rocker panel on the left side has some scratches (see pictures).

The right rear door had a scrape at the top that has been filled with touch-up paint (see pictures).

There is a scrape over the right rear wheel that has been filled with touch-up paint (see pictures).

The driver’s window regulator will need to be replaced soon as it stops about 1/8″ short at the top of its travel and makes a clicking noise.

The left rear window regulator probably needs to be replaced soon. It is making a noise.

As of 3 days ago, the air conditioning stopped being cold when the car is idling in direct sunlight. It gets very cold at all other times.

The left tail light has a crack in it that has been repaired (see pictures).

The radio is an after market CD unit that cannot be turned off. However, you can turn down the volume all the way or remove the face plate if you don’t want to hear it.

Barring the list of faults, many of which are minor imperfections, this wagon is a solid bet. Besides the W123 wagons, this was perhaps one of MB’s best, in terms of durability. Whoever gets their hands on this low mileage example will enjoy years of utilitarian motoring with a touch of class.

-Paul

1995 BMW M5 E34 Touring Wagon Supercharged

This beautiful, rare, find comes from reader Peter.
Euro sport wagons have a cult following. The top of the line performance models, Audi RS, Benz AMG, and BMW M wagons, are scarcely available at bargain prices. This is in part because they are made in such small numbers, but also because they take the idea of the Q ship one step further, by hiding the wolf in a sheep’s clothing of a station wagon. People love these, practical, easier to convince a significant other that they are a good purchase, but loaded with all the horsepower and road handling of their standard brethren.
The Euro only M5 Touring Wagon model would be fantastic had been bone stock, but it even includes some more impressive additions.
This is one of only four built in the splendid Orinoco Green Metallic paint. It also has the two tone interior.
What sets this car even further out from the crowd is the Albrex supercharger attached to the 3.8 liter six. The car has been tuned by Diebold and dynoed at 440 horsepower at the fly wheel.
The 18″ M-parallels look good with the classic lines. The manual will certainly provide for plenty of entertainment and keep the boost up.
Parts listed by the seller:

Double sunroof (front and rear)
BMW Traffic Pro (Becker) GPS, upgraded with full Infinity speakers throughout and sub.
Nuerburgring package, with dual mode adaptive suspension, massive 345mm two piece aluminum hat rotors
Euro “smiley” headlights retained with “city lights” and upgraded with 50w HID.
Aero roof rack
Kmac camber plates
rear window retractable side shades
UUC short shifter

New parts:
New Michelin PS2s (less than 1000 miles)
New Sachs sintered clutch
New Boge OE Nuerburgring adaptive struts
Brand new aluminum radiator with electric fans
Brand new water pump
New HR springs
Brand new Nuerburgring front brake rotors

Such a great car, I think it would fit just fine in my garage. $23,900 buy-it-now with 73,993 miles. Seems fair priced to me for a rare vehicle catering to a niche market.

~Evan

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Coupe

With the reintroduction of the Mercedes-Benz E Class Coupe for 2010, let’s take a moment and pour over its direct forebear. Here is a clean, relatively low mileage 1995 E320 coupe, which represents the final year of production for the W124 chassis. According to The Standard Catalog of Mercedes-Benz, only 1,798 Coupes were produced for 1995, which was amazingly higher than production was in 1994. While there were less W124 Convertibles produced during the same time frame, open top versions seem easier to find in mint condition and appear to change hands rather frequently, given the short supply. Powered by the ubiquitous M104 3.2 liter inline six, this coupe is capable of providing many more miles of effortless, reliable transport.

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Coupe in Hemmings

The seller states:

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Coupe, 88K, Black/ grey leather. Never smoked in, southern car, always garaged, no rust, mint condition. Clean CarFax. Cost new $63K.

Upon seeing this ad, I had a suspicion that $14,500 seemed high for an asking price, but I had not looked up the value of W124 coupes lately. Sure enough, after consulting three pricing sources, Edmunds, Kelley Blue Book and NADA, my suspicions were correct. High retail value from these three pricing services was $5,086, $7,150 and $8,912 respectively. Granted, the ad is not very descriptive and there is no telling whether the car is fully documented or if it is an original owner vehicle. If this were the case, I could see the value of this creeping more towards the $10,000 mark, given the mileage and the fact that you don’t see these on the market every day. All of this aside, it is nice to see a well preserved, late model W124 coupe out there, as these cars are simply timeless.

-Paul