1998 Volkswagen GTi VR6

Last week Paul wrote up a nice example of a Ginster Yellow GTi VR6 Driver’s Edition; one of what we’re coming to believe may be a dying breed. Like the 16 valve GTis that preceded the VR6, the third generation GTis were used, often quite aggressively, by their owners. Couple that with a tendency to have rust develop in the third generation Golfs and the number that have given their guts for VR swaps into earlier cars and you have a rapidly developing shortage of unmolested, cleaner examples of the GTi. Today’s example may be the rarest color on the GTi of this vintage; few that I’ve ever seen were specified in “Cool White” that is model is:

Year: 1998
Model: GTi VR6
Engine: 2.8 liter VR6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 144,252 mi
Price: $4,400 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 Volkswagen GTi VR6 on eBay

1998 VW Golf GTI VR6

– Cool White Exterior w/Black Leather Interior

– 144K miles

– 5spd manual transmission with short shifter, new bushings, recently replaced clutch

– Passed NJ Inspection in October – good through 10/2015

– No CEL(check engine light), Airbag light or any other warning lights currently lit on dash (all bulbs are still in the cluster!)

– Timing chain/water pump were replaced (127k miles), Battery (130k miles), Neuspeed Plug Wires and coil pack (132k miles), Mass Airflow sensor (144k miles), PCV Valve (144k miles), Air Filter (144k miles), VW Spec Single Tip Copper Spark Plugs (144k miles), Miscellaneous vaccuum lines (144k miles), Catalytic Converter (144k miles), RainX wipers (144k miles)

– Modifications include: MK3.5 Cabrio 3 spoke steering wheel w/airbag, Bosal Exhaust (downpipe back, including bosal catalytic converter), slotted front rotors, Pioneer radio/cd player, Polk Audio component speakers, smoked side markers, clear long turn signals and fog lights, Koni Lowering Springs (front struts, strut mounts and tie rod ends need to be replaced)

The car is in very good condition for the year. If you are familiar with Volkswagen’s you know that a white MK3 GTI VR6 is hard to come by in nice condition. I drive the car regularly and it has been very reliable. It pulls strong, as to be expected for a VR6. However, as with any car from 1998 there are some imperfections including some minor dings, scratches, ect. VW’s from 1994-1999 are prone to rust issues on the floors, hatch, strut towers and gas cap area. I can say that there is no rust in any of these areas. However, there is a minor spot that has bubbled on the passenger side quarter panel and some on the very bottom of the rocker panels (covered by the side skirts). Please see pictures. In trying to be as honest and upfront as possible, I will describe all flaws with car. Minor separation on one seam of the driver seat (approx 2-3″), cracked end cap on passenger side skirt ($5 used), very small chip in windshield (approx 1/2″ and has not spread over the past 6 months), needs front suspension work (new front struts – $95, new VR6 strut mounts – $40 and new tie rod ends – $30).

Unfortunately, a change in needs (bathroom remodel at my house) is forcing the sale of this car. If you have any questions or would like any additional pictures, please contact me prior to bidding.

There are a few issues present with this car; rust is creeping through in a few spots which seems typical for the Mk. 3 chassis. Additionally, there is a reported need for some attention to the suspension. However, the owner has recently undertaken a fair amount of vehicle maintenance which is certainly nice to have checked off. The modifications aren’t extensive and could be easily reversed if desired. Overall, the car presents very well, though I think it’s interesting that it seems to wear early VR6 wheels instead of the 1998-spec Speedline wheels; the same wheels on the Ginster Yellow GTi Paul wrote up. Sourcing those wheels isn’t impossible but they’re not very common, so you may need to do a refinish once all is said and done. The asking price is $4,400; that’s nearly a $1,000 more than the Ginster model sold for recently, and that car looked a bit cleaner and had less miles. We seem to agree here that the sweet spot for these GTis still is in the $3,000 to $4,000 range, but if you’re interested, get one while you can – we’re pretty sure they’re going the way of the dodo and will be appreciating soon.

-Carter

1995 Audi A6 2.8 Avant – REVISIT

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Our reader Tom emailed us this morning and his A6 Avant is up for auction again with a significantly lowered reserve price. For those that lust after an Audi Quattro wagon but may not need a fire breather with an S or RS badge, here is your ride.

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It’s easy to get caught up in the hype of the top-of-the-range cars from manufacturers; BMW’s M division, Mercedes-Benz’s bonkers AMG specialists, and the folks of the S division at Audi. They build super versions of the regular production cars that grab all the attention, and sometimes the truly good automobiles those screamers are based on reside in the shadows of the headlines. Such is the case with the Audi C4 100/A6 2.8 quattro. Available in either sedan or avant wagon, the A6 picked up the reigns from the W124 Mercedes-Benz wagon; offering a slick package, more than enough luxury and refinement without anything you didn’t need, and had that 3rd row seat option that was not offered in the Audi Type 44 “fastback” wagons. This made the A6 a great option for larger families looking for dependable all-weather transportation. Consequently, as the family truckster of choice for a generation not many remain in good shape, but today’s period correct Emerald Green on Ecru Avant for sale from our reader Tom sure stands out from most:

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Year: 1995
Model: A6 Avant
Engine: 2.8 liter V6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 126,843 mi
Price: $4,500

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Audi A6 Avant on eBay – REVISIT

Beautiful Audi A6 Avant in Emerald Green with Ecru leather interior. I recently purchased the car from the original family. I have all maintenance records since new. Car has always been garaged kept and it shows. Passenger seats have never even been sat in. Brand new Michelin tires. Car drives beautifully and smooth! Ice cold A/C. No rust!

Excellent opportunity to own a beautiful old school Audi! There are a couple scratches here and there as to be expected for a car of this year, but overall the car is in excellent condition. Paint shines and interior is gorgeous with little to no wear. Leather is soft and supple. The car has obviously been very well cared for and the stack of receipts indicate that it always received the attention it deserved.

Couple of things I’ve noticed during my ownership: radio does not work (will not power up), rattle in rear hatch, sometimes turn signal does not cancel when turning left, the rear differential is wet and I assume it will need a seal.

1995 Audi A6 Avant (Wagon)

Legendary Quattro All Wheel Drive (these cars are phenomenal in the snow)
All weather package: Heated front seats, windshield washer nozzles, door locks
2.8 liter V6 Engine with 172hp
4 Speed Automatic Transmission
7 Passenger Seating
Automatic Climate Control – Cold A/C!
Power Glass Sliding Sunroof
Headlight Washers
Power windows and locks
Speed sensitive power steering
Power adjustable front seats with driver side memory
Bose Sound System
Cruise Control
Keyless Entry

I could not find a receipt for timing belt/water pump replacement, so the new owner should plan to have this done. If car is purchased with the Buy It Now option, I will replace the timing belt/water pump at no charge prior to delivery.

I reserve the right to end the auction as the car is being listed for sale locally.

Original owners manual and 2 keys. Binder full of maintenance history and receipts.

German luxury at its best! Car is an excellent highway cruiser and a pleasure to drive!

I’m happy to answer any questions! Happy bidding!

$4500 obo
Ebensburg, PA 15931
814-931-5871 Tom
tjwandel@hotmail.com

60 pictures here:

http://smg.photobucket.com/user/tjwandel/library/1995%20Audi%20A6%20Avant

With 172 horsepower on tap, the A6 and 100 Quattros – even with automatics – were respectfully quick but wouldn’t light your hair on fire, in the true older Benz manner. Like the older Benzs, it’s specifically because they’re not turned way up that they can be run for many miles without issue. They’re comfortable cruisers with tons of space, are quiet and refined, and can be run easily on a budget – the C4 was heftily overbuilt much like the W124. Also like the W124 they don’t really stand out from the crowd but always look handsome and proper when kept in good shape such as today’s example. The seller is upfront about a few needs, but it’s difficult to replicate the overall condition of this car and would likely give the next owner a long period as a solid workhorse with a touch of class and luxury.

-Carter

Wagon Week: 1997 Audi A6 2.8 Quattro Avant

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As I said when I originally wrote up our Featured Listing Emerald Green A6 2.8 Quattro Avant, the Audi A6 2.8 Quattro may not be the car of everyone’s dreams, but it’s a solid performer on a great platform. With outstanding style, quattro all-weather go-anywhere attitude and the long-life of the C4 platform, the A6 really is a great modern alternative to the venerable W124 Mercedes-Benz wagons. Today’s example looks splendid in the signature Audi Pearlesant White Metallic over Ecru leather:

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Year: 1997
Model: Audi A6 Quattro
Engine: 2.8 liter V6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 74,646 mi
Price: $8,950 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1997 Audi A6 2.8 Quattro Avant on eBay

RARE SUPER LOW MILEAGE AUDI A6 WAGON QUATTRO WITH 3RD ROW SEAT!

HEATED SEATS!

MOONROOF!

1 OWNER
CARFAX CERTIFIED !!!
Only 74K Original Miles

A very Hard to Find A6 wagon AWD in gorgeous white paint!
4WD/AWD Powerful 2.8L Engine! LOW MILEAGE Vehicle! Third Row Seat!

You are looking at a sporty luxury vehicle that has been well kept and maintained; it’s an all around great looking vehicle. The car has mostly been driven on the highway, and it is in great condition.

The famous Quattro all wheel drive provides superb traction whether its winter, fall or summer. Rain or dry you will get superior traction and security.

The engines is one of the finest German engines ever created – a 2.8 liter V6 that runs and feels smooth and provides abundant power. The transmission shifts like on a new car, no skips or slips on shifts.

The interior is in nice condition. The front seats lean all the way back to the rear, so you can actually sleep rather comfortably in the car!

All the electrical options appear to be in working order. A very good climate control system is present in this car, and the A/C blows ice-cold.

The trunk is clean and roomy as you can see from the pictures, and has all the AUDI tools that came with the car.

This is a unique hard to find car, that is painted with a color that really makes it stand out in the crowd.

It always confuses me a little when second-hand dealers list cars as “one owner”, since their ownership would mean it’s a 2 owner car. I do like that the Car Fax is shown and lists the original owner, but a careful look will show you that the registration ran out around July 2012 and there is no renewal listed. That may in part be due to the asking price; at $9,000, this car is priced well outside the current market on A6 quattros. It appears to be in fantastic shape and the pictures document that, but as with all used dealers there are annoying details missing – like the $10 dollars worth of lug caps they could have replaced for a car that is top dollar. Heck, even if they had simply moved the caps wheel to wheel as they were taking photos it at least wouldn’t show as an issue. I know it’s minor, but if you’re going to ask top dollar, get it right.

That said, it’d be hard to replicate the condition of this car from a lesser model for the asking price. Most A6s are pretty worn and the going rate seems to be $3,500 – $5,000 for a much higher mileage model. Factor in the cost of a repaint or bodywork and interior refresh into that price, and $9,000 suddenly isn’t so outrageous. But of course, that would be predicated on you wanting an A6, and at this price, I’d hold out for even a higher mile 1995 S6 Avant, as I’m sure most of you would too. But if you want a mostly fresh, dependable daily driver and aren’t worried about performance, the A6 remains a solid value for a solid car.

-Carter

1987 Porsche 959

If the Ferrari F40 was the pin up hero for most teenage boys, the Porsche 959 was its arch-enemy, and was the car I was always interested in. The F40 was a pared down street racer, while the 959 sported experimental exotic technologies that even 30 years later most cars don’t have – 6 speed manual? Yep. Active suspension? Yep, that too. Hollow spoke wheels with tire pressure monitoring system? Sure, we can do that. Kevlar composite body? Why not? Active torque splitting all-wheel drive system? Let’s give it a go. A technological Tour de Force, the 959 wowed crowds with all of these shocking options when it was launched in a still hard to believe 1985, beating the F40 to the market.

Even at the time it was released, the 959 was a bit of an enigma – did Porsche want to win Le Mans or Paris Dakar with it? Well, it did both – Paris Dakar outright, and it won it’s class at Le Mans. It was also one of the fastest production cars in the world, with a sub-4 second 0-60 time – something that modern supercars still strive for. Did I mention this car is the best part of 30 years old? Like all of the dream cars that remained firmly out of U.S. buyers hands, the 959 remained a forbidden fruit for many years. But today, even if your name isn’t Gates or Seinfeld, you can own in the U.S. one of the most highly sought after cars ever made – a silver 1987 Porsche 959:

Year: 1987
Model: 959
Engine: 2.85 liter twin turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 4,865 mi
Price: $935,000 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Porsche 959 on eBay

1987 PORSCHE 959
CANEPA DESIGN GENERATION II

640 HORSEPOWER, 580 LB-FT TORQUE

GENUINE PORSCHE ROLL CAGE
4,865 MILES

FINEST AVAILABLE

INCREDIBLY WELL-PRESERVED PRISTINE CONDITION 1987 PORSCHE 959 BOASTING A GENUINE PORSCHE LEATHER WRAPPED FULL ROLL CAGE ($40,000 OPTION) AND HAS ONLY COVERED A SCANT 4.865 MILES!!!

VIN: WP0ZZZ95ZHS900081

UNCHANGED SINCE PROCURED FROM CANEPA DESIGN / DRIVEN ONLY 980 MILES (PURCHASED WITH 3,885 MILES).

CA SMOG COMPLIANT / STREET LEGAL (CURRENTLY LICENSED IN CALIFORNIA).

SPECS FOR THIS CANEPA DESIGN 959 GENERATION II:

*ENGINE: 2847CC WATER-COOLED FLAT-6 WITH DUAL OVERHEAD CAM (DOHC), 4-VALVES PER CYLINDER AND TWIN INTERCOOLED TURBOCHARGERS.

*OUTPUT: 640 HORSEPOWER, 580 LB-FT TORQUE

*TRANSMISSION/DRIVELINE: 6-SPEED MANUAL/ELECTRONIC ALL-WHEEL-DRIVE

*CHASSIS: INDEPENDENT FRONT & REAR SUSPENSION WITH DIFFERENTIAL LOCKING

*SUSPENSION: 959S SPEC SUSPENSION WITH TITANIUM COIL-OVER SPRINGS & BILSTEIN GAS STRUTS

*STEERING: POWER ASSISTED RACK & PINION

*BRAKES: MASSIVE BREMBO 4-PISTON CALIPERS WITH CROSS-DRILLED VENTILATED ROTORS WITH ABS

*MILEAGE: 4,865 MILES

*COMPLIANCE: 50 STATE LEGAL (CALIFORNIA SMOG COMPLIANT/STREET LEGAL)

*EXTRAS:

*GENUINE PORSCHE LEATHER COVERED FULL ROLL CAGE ($40,000+ OPTION)

*MCINTOSH/FOCAL SOUND SYSTEM

*STEALTH RADAR DETECTOR

PERFORMANCE:

*0 – 60 MPH: 2.9 SECONDS

*QUARTER MILE: 11.0 SECONDS

*TOP SPEED: 222 MPH
The all-wheel-drive Porsche 959 was by far the most technologically advanced sports car of its day and only 288 959s were produced. The timeless styling, state-of-the-art systems, and superior driving characteristics made the 959 one of the premiere all-time greatest super cars.

Having never been officially sold in the US, Canepa Design was instrumental in passing “Show & Display” legislation which allowed the 959 to be driven legally in the United States. Canepa Design then modified 959s to meet EPA and California emissions standards. Canepa Design Engineers, with the support of the Porsche Factory, engaged in a program to increase output to the level Porsche had planned for the 959.

This 959, number 81, is the result of Canepa Design’s efforts. As an official Canepa Generation II 959, this 959 delivers a staggering 640 horsepower with 580 lb-ft torque, while being California smog compliant/legal. Silver with Grey leather and featuring an intricate, yet elegant leather wrapped Genuine Porsche Full Roll Cage and fitted modern tires on the original wheels via Canepa Design’s wheel bead modification. This 959 has only covered 4,865 miles and features luxury amenities such a custom McIntosh/Focal sound system, stealth radar detector, power windows/door locks, full leather reclining sports seats, ice-cold air conditioning, anit-theft, Porsche Werks steering wheel, 220 mph 959S speedometer and “modern” bright Canepa Design HID converted headlights!!!

This is a very rare opportunity to own one of the world’s historically greatest super cars. The 959 Canepa Gen II is ideally suited for the enthusiast/collector who enjoys driving, as this 959 combines the comfort of a world-class touring Coupe with staggering jaw-dropping performance. Fully detailed, all Porsche service and mechanical upgrades performed/completed, this 959 is ready to show and engage in high-speed touring.

ABOUT THE CANEPA DESIGN PORSCHE 959:
Made only from 1987-1988, few cars had the impact on the future of automotive technology as the Porsche 959. But as with all limited-run super cars, development was abbreviated to the point of non-existence. Canepa Design has been devoted and improving the 959 for over 20 years. In conjunction and with the assistance of Porsche AG, Canepa Design has continued development of the 959 to the level that would have been achieved by the Factory had the 959 stayed in production.

CANEPA DESIGN 959 Generation I Modifications Include:
*New Sequential Engine Management System
*Garrett AiResearch Twin Turbos
*Upgraded Fuel System
*Redesigned Stainless Exhaust with Porsche Specific Catalytic Converters
*959S Spec Suspension with Titanium Coil-Over Springs & Bilstein Gas Struts
*Updated/Latest Technology Valves
*Modification of the Original Wheels to Accommodate Modern Low-Profile, Speed-Rated Tires
*Increased Engine Output to 540 hp.

CANEPA DESIGN 959 Generation II Modifications Include:
*Ultra High Performance Garrett AiResearch Ball-Bearing Turbos
*Further Upgraded Fuel System
*Upgraded EGR, ADL & Engine Management.
*Re-Designed Wastegates with Titanium-Aluminum Diaphragms
*Optimized Cam Timing
*Blueprinted Intake & Exhaust Valve Springs
*New Intake Runners with K&N Air Filters
*F1 Based Engine Wiring Harness
*High-Output Ignition System
*Upgraded Alternator Charging System & Battery Module
*Upgraded Air Pumps & Regulator Valves
*Upgraded Idle Control Valve, Sensors, Connectors, Wiring Harness Shielding, Switches, Adapters and All Related Hardware.
*In Total, 369 New Components are Integrated into the Generation II Package, Resulting in 640 horsepower & 580 lb-ft Torque.
*Cabin Access Switch which Activates the Gen II Exhaust System Bypass to Produce Increased Horsepower & More Aggressive Engine/Exhaust Note.
*Modified Clutch System with Upgraded Pressure Plate, Disc & Clutch Pedal Assembly for Improved Pedal Feel & Actuation.

INTACT & INCLUDED:
Original Keys, Books & Service Records

Original Tools & Pouch

Original Jack and Air Compressor
WILL ASSIST INTERNATIONAL BUYERS.

Message &/or call with any questions (858) 454 – 9898 (9am-9pm PST).
PAYMENT TERMS:
ALL SALES FINAL. FOR SALE/SOLD “AS IS” “WHERE IS.” THERE IS NO WARRANTY NOR GUARANTEE STATED OR IMPLIED. NON-REFUNDABLE $2,000 DEPOSIT VIA PAYPAL DUE WITHIN 24 HOURS OF “BUY IT NOW” &/OR AUCTION END. BALANCE VIA BANK WIRE DUE WITHIN 3 CALENDAR DAYS. NO EXCEPTIONS.

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Wow. So, the figures are massively impressive. If you’re a fan of German cars or Porsches at all, this car makes your heart flutter. Looking at it today, it still looks pretty like a pretty fresh design. Many of design features have filtered out into other production Porsche models over the past 30 years, and to be honest you could get (and be able to drive) the performance of this car in more recent 911 turbos for a fraction of the price that this car is being offered for; but, frankly the same thing could be said for the F40. These cars captured much more than performance though, they captured the imagination of car enthusiasts throughout the world!

Value? Well, you’re not going to buy this car. Is it worth a million dollars? Even the U.S., that pricing is probably high. Although F40 has been trading in that region or above, it’s better known and arguably more desirable to most of the enthusiast population. In April, a comfort model 959 sold for $770,000, and earlier in the year one of the 959 prototypes failed to meet reserve at Barrett Jackson in the mid $400,000 region. The reality is this isn’t even the only 959 for sale in the U.S. – a quick search will show you even have a choice of colors! This car was serviced and updated by Canepa – probably the best regarded company at working on 959s in the world. One thing makes me slightly sad; seeing this car in pictures with a trickle charger evokes feelings that it’s somehow on life support and won’t ever see the high side of that speedometer again, which given the asking price is probably a reality. But all of these years later, this car still captivates my imagination; and I’m sure I’m not alone in that…

-Carter

1972 BMW Bavaria

The BMW E3, or New Six, as it was known, was a step in the right direction for BMW in the late 1960s. This, along with the 2002 “New Class” helped better define the vehicle lineup and began to cement the company’s position as a manufacturer of sporty, efficient sedans. Unlike its predecessor we featured earlier in the week, the 3200CS, the New Six had a more advanced overhead cam engine and unit body construction.

It was famous vehicle importer Max Hoffman that goaded BMW into making a special model for the US market, called the Bavaria. This car had less luxury features that the 2800 model featured, but did feature the larger, 2.8 liter inline six. The Bavaria gained a bit of notoriety over the years, as former First Lady Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis was known for piloting her Bavaria around Manhattan in the years following her marriage to Aristotle Onassis and subsequent relocation to New York.

This Bavaria for sale in California, while not the most mint example out there, is a great example of a practical classic that you could not only use, but keep up with modern day traffic.

Year: 1972
Model: Bavaria
Engine: 2.8 liter inline six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: N/A
Price: No reserve auction

1972 BMW Bavaria on eBay

This is a super nice 1972 BMW Bavaria that has been owned and restored by a true BMW enthusiast. It has the great color combination of alpine white with blue vinyl interior. The vinyl is the original herringbone and the carpets are the original wool and I’ve added new custom floor mats. The paint and chrome are in really good condition and the car is 99% rust free. Over $8,000 in recent receipts that include a rebuilt 3.5 liter big six motor, new triple side draft Weber carburetors, a Gertrag 5 speed transmission, Stahl header and all new suspension. Suspension components include new Bilstein sport shocks, Ireland Engineering lowering springs, new urethane bushings, larger sway bars and control arms. The wheels are vintage staggered Alpinas that include the rare matching center caps and performance tires. I’ve added a vintage style digital stereo with new speakers and an Ipod hookup in the glove box as well. This car was built to run and is very fast, sounds amazing and handles extremely well. Although it might not be concours condition, this Bavaria is one of the best in the country and it is sure to turn heads at any BMW event.

I have the car for sale locally and I reserve the right to remove the listing if I accept a local offer.

The aftermarket Alpina wheels don’t do a lot for this car, in my opinion. Hopefully the seller has the original wheels, or ones that are sized more appropriately for this car. While receipts for recent upgrades and work are available, it would be nice to know a little more about the history of this car, along with the mileage figure that is on this particular chassis. Naturally, E3 sedans don’t bring as much as their two-door counterparts, and at $13,000, we’re probably a bit overpriced. Given the state of this car and the information provided, I’d say we’re probably somewhere around the $8,000 to $10,000 mark.

-Paul

Wagon Week: 1997 BMW Alpina B6 2.8 Touring

What a better way to close out Wagon Week with some more Alpina goodness? BMW never produced an M3 wagon for series production, but Alpina took to task to try and fill the void in the 1990s. The B6 2.8 Touring was based on the E36 Touring that the US market never saw. This was an interesting Alpina, as the engine capacity was not increased. Rather, custom heads, cams and pistons were added along with a performance exhaust system, bringing power output to 240 bhp, or US-spec M3 levels for those keeping track. Curiously, most of these B6 2.8 Tourings were equipped with a 5-speed automatic gearbox.

This B6 2.8 Touring for sale in Calgary comes to us from our reader Gerry. While older, tuned cars can sometimes be a risk, Alpina has made a name for itself over the years of putting out a quality product based on the “ultimate driving machine.”

Year: 1997
Model: Alpina B6 2.8 Touring
Engine: 2.8 liter six cylinder
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 145,000 km (90,098 mi)
Price: $14,500

1997 BMW Alpina B6 2.8 Touring on Kijiji.ca

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A very rare Alpina B6 2.8 Touring (wagon). It is #41/136.

Here is your chance to own a E36 M3 wagon. Alpina seized the opportunity to make these as a touring M3 was not produced by BMW. This is a wagon with power and handling to match. Not your average BMW. Potentially one of the best balanced wagons on the earth.

Service History/inspections:

This car has had the 60km, 80km, 100km and 120km services. I just got service at 143km. Recent inspection by local independent German shop will be available to interested parties. Runs great, sounds great.

Factory Options:

It has all the features of the second generation three series. Automatic dual air, traction control, power sunroof, remote power door locks, adjustable height headlights, fog lights, pw. Rear pass through and armrest seats.

Aftermarket items:

The car also has a pioneer carrozzeia hard drive stereo DVD with GPS (Japanese version). The only aftermarket components on the car are the stereo and aftermarket HID’s in proper housings (a good thing if you know E36’s). Everything else is stock Alpina and BMW. The car has new tires.

“Individual” Alpina items:

Alpina scripting,

3.71 rear end ratio

Alpina supplied instrument cluster

Full Disclosure:

The only flaws in the car are the paint chip in the front left spoiler (pictured) and a few road rash chips (145km car), and a small chip in the original windshield. Interior has a bit of sagging door liners (chronic e36 issue). Engine bay will be cleaned when weather warms up. The rear wiper water line is missing from engine bay, its brittle and needs complete replacement.

Model History:

This model is a limited edition, made for Japan only, with a total of 136 E36 touring (wagons) made in the 2.8 series. There were a total of 276 E36 Touring (wagons) in the world (B3, B6, B8 ranging from 2.8L to 4.6L). The B6 was also made as a E30 and E21’s, so the E36 is designated by /2 (vs E30 /1 and E21 /0).

Alpina Production History:

From the BMW factory, these cars were shipped to Alpina with some special available to Alpina bmw items (like the rear end ratios, sport seats, BMW roundels removed) and then fitted with Alpina developed parts. The engine for example, started life as an aluminum block 2.8L from the 328 touring (M3’s have cast iron), and custom head, cams, forged pistons, custom tune, stainless full length headers and exhaust, were developed by Alpina from their decades of experience building BMW based engines. It was taken to the US spec M3 power level (192hp to 240hp).

The body kit (spoiler, pinstripes), interior (seat fabric, sport seats, carpet, floor mats, steering wheel, blue instrument cluster), suspension (bilstein sport gas shocks and higher spec springs, swaybars and bushings), 5-speed transmission (not available on a 3 series) and glorious wheels are all Alpina spec parts.

Production Timing:

This car was built by BMW March 3, 1997, making it the best of the breed (of the E36’s) as its a later production model. The late cars have factory upgraded parts on things that broke on earlier cars: maintenance items like cooling and suspensions.

Alpina is more than just a tuning company (ala AMG or Ruff), it is a dedicated manufacturer. See articles.

Black Porsche 951 For Sale with Fikse Wheels

Serious sale, business requirements for sale.

For those of us in the US, it’s always tempting to gaze at the automotive equivalent of forbidden fruit just over the border. There may be a way to register this tuned hauler in some states, but it would take a lot of research before pulling the trigger. But for our northern neighbors, this is certainly a neat way to have practicality with performance along with a dose of rarity usually associated with high-end exotics thrown in.

With that, I’ll take this opportunity to thank everyone for following us throughout Wagon Week. Stay tuned for other theme weeks and the usual helping of desirable classics in the coming weeks.

-Paul