Motorsport Monday: 1969 BMW 2002 5.0 V8

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Two weeks ago I wrote up one of the coolest replicas on the market, a build your own 917K. Well, at least to me it’s pretty cool, but not many people seemed to agree. Perhaps Porsche folks are a tad bit touchy about replicas, or perhaps it was a little too extreme for most tastes. In light of that, today I have something a little bit more “working man” but from the same era. Sticking with the tube-frame theme but going in a very different direction is today’s silhouette 1969 2002, powered by a 5.0 liter Ford V8. Interested? Read on:

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Year: 1969
Model: 2002
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 30,398 miles
Price: Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1969 BMW 2002 5.0 Race Car on eBay

One-off Rally inspired Car
Titled as a 1969 BMW 2002

Built on a Cobra kit chassis VIN 1664243

This vehicle is anything but ordinary but guaranteed to out a smile on your face whenever you drive it. Built from the best of both worlds with a BMW 2002 body yet powered by a Ford 5.0L fuel injected engine shifted by a 5 speed. Just imagine taking a Cobra kit car with its tubular chassis, disc brakes, and mustang power plant and then positioning a BMW 2002 body reminiscent of the old rally cars on top.

This car is not for the purist but for the adrenaline junkie. With its lightweight body, powerful V8, suspension, and frame it feels like you are driving on rails. It has fiberglass flared fenders wrapped around its 16” wheels and tires. The more you look at this car, the more you will want to drive it and that I can tell you, is where the fun comes in. I have been around a lot of cars and to fully appreciate this car you need to drive it!!! Starts every time, run cool and is a blast to drive!

5.0L V8
5 Speed Transmission
Spectre Air Intake
New exterior paint
New Vinyl BMW racing style stripes
Front Disc Brakes
BBS style 16” Wheels
Copper P225/50 ZR16 Front
Cooper P245/50/ZR16 Rear
Sidepipes
New Aluminum trunk
Simpson drivers seatbelt
Aluminum Shifter knob
VDO Gauges
Victor Race style steering wheel
New Black Carpet
New Black Door Panels
New Black Headliner
New black Dash
Black BMW nose emblem
Cibie Fog lights
Aluminum rear bumper

Exterior: Freshly refinished in white paint with Vinyl BMW racing themed decals. It has fiberglass flared fenders and an aluminum trunk with zeus fittings. Glass is in good shape. Overall the exterior of this car has a great feel.

Interior: The interior has been finished with black carpet, dash and headliner with complimenting Red Recaro seats. It is very comfortable to ride in and will even house someone 6’5”.

I can see this car being a weekend cruiser, to a rally driver, to a race car. This is a unique car and I recommend to anyone interested to ask away any questions to help you make your decision, as I am pretty sure this is the only car quite like this in existence.

Affordable option to stand out from the crowd and have fun doing it. Any questions please email.

About us: This vehicle is being listed by Classic Motor Cars and is located in Lubbock, Texas. We have photographed this car and take pride in describing cars, although if there are specific items you would like us to inspect please contact us before bidding. We have assisted in the sale of numerous celebrity and high profile vehicles including Bella’s Truck from the movie “Twilight”, The “Fast and Furious” S2000, The “Transformers” Sector 7 Sandrail and Charlie Sheen’s Plymouth Fury to name a few. Please feel confident in our feedback, descriptions and the fact that people often write that my cars “Are better the described” This vehicle is being sold as is, where is with no warranty, expressed written or implied. The car will be sold with a Ca title. Miles are exempt due to age. The highest bidder after the reserve is met has entered into a binding contract and NO RENEGOTIATION of any type will take place. Pick up or shipping of the vehicle is a buyer’s expense. A $500 non-refundable deposit must be paid within 48 hours of auction end with Wire-Transfer or via Pay Pal, Balance is due within 5 days of auction end by Certified funds or Wire-Transfer. Vehicle will not leave Lubbock, TX until ALL funds have cleared. No refunds, returns, etc. If you are planning on financing the vehicle, please arrange financing on this vehicle before bidding. Customers with zero, negative feedback, or less then 5 positive bid history must contact me prior to bidding or we reserve the right to cancel your bid. To maintain the integrity of the auction on such a high profile vehicle, we reserve the right to contact the high bidders and request contact information. I do report all fraudulent bidders to ebay. We reserve the right to re-list or sell the vehicle in the event of a non-paying bidder. Due to the collectible nature of this car there will be no Returns allowed. We also reserve the right to end the auction early.

Fees:
If buyer is outside of Texas a $50 documentation fee will be collected in addition to the sales price along with ADV tax (usually about $45) and a $15 temp plate fee. Documents will be faxed and signed and a drivers license copy will need to be sent over. For buyers in Texas the above applies, along with collection of registration and sales taxes per Texas laws.

To me, this is great. I’m not sure if it’s because it looks the part, or because it’s so nontraditional. Part of me just loves ticking off the “everything must be as it came from the factory” folks and just doing something a little different. This is about as different as a 2002 gets, with crazy box flares that are extreme but don’t look too out of place. I wish they had done a “roundie” body as I think it would look a little cleaner, but really appreciate the BMW race-inspired graphics, Cibie lights and gold BBS replicas. This car has just got to be a hoot to drive. The interior looks reasonably appointed and they even stuck a Roundel on the engine, just to stick it to the man. Short of a S54 swapped 02, there isn’t much that’s likely to keep up with this replicar in a straight line and it’d be sure to draw a crowd at your local meet, track day or fun rally. It probably wasn’t a cheap build and I’d guess the reserve is at or over $20,000, but for that amount you could really show up the BMW crowd at your chosen event. Just be sure to do a burnout for me, if you please!

-Carter

10K Friday: S4 v. S4

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The Audi S4 has been the subject of several of my “10K” posts, and for good reason – for around $10,000, you can have your choice of three different generations of these beastly sleepers. In the last “S4-off”, the B6 S4 was soundly beaten by the original model at least in part because it was a tiptronic automatic model. As I said in that post, however, in order to fit the “10K” boundaries most of the manual S4s are eliminated, so automatics are the choice that remains. Today I’m back with another automatic S4, so what’s the twist? This time the slush-box is facing off against the real original S4 – a 1988 Porsche 928 S4. Let’s take a look:

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Year: 2004
Model: S4
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 118,242 mi
Price: $ 10,995 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Audi S4 on eBay

2004 Audi S4 4.2 Quattro
Financing Available 4.2 V8 ONE OWNER Car Fax

With a reported one owner and clean carfax, this car looks pretty nice. I love the Dolphin Grey over light grey leather as it’s both stealthy and good looking. I’m not a fan of the Enkei wheels that have replaced the originals, but with both curbing and bends common on those S4 Avus alloys it’s not hugely surprising to see them gone. They’re replaceable easily enough – you could even go for something more sporty like I displayed in my Audi wheel post this past Wednesday. The automatic wouldn’t be what most would choose when selecting this model, and a fair amount of people have also complained about the potential repair bills. For those people, stop reading now:

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Year: 1988
Model: 928 S4
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 101,000 mi
Price: $10,000 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 Porsche 928 S4 on eBay

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1988 Porsche 928 S4. New tires. Polished chrome wheels. Water pump, timing belt and tensioner replaced. Mobile one synthetic oil used.
Guard red w/Tan leather interior. 5.0 V8. Automatic. Full power. 101,000 miles. Always stored inside. Paint is like new. Leather is soft and supple.
Has complete, original tool set and air compressor for spare. This Porsche is extremely clean inside and out and has not been abused. I have owned this vehicle for about 6 years.
USA buyers only. $1000.00 non refundable deposit due within 72 hours. Balance due within 7 days. NO PAYPAL. Cash or certified checks only.
Vehicle not released until all checks cleared.

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The Porsche 928 is a true Grand Tourer, effortlessly able to gobble up miles in comfort. This particular example looks great in Guards Red over tan, and seems well cared for. Recent maintenance is a plus. The wheels appear chromed which was popular when the anodizing began to fail, but replacements of either the S alloys or later Design 90s aren’t hard to come by – though often not cheap. I’ve always found the 928 intriguing and this package still looks remarkably fresh considering it was designed in the 1970s.

When I thought up this comparison, I was not quite envisioning it would play out like this, but I really didn’t feel as though a manual Audi would be fair against an automatic 928; conversely I was pretty sure nearly everyone would choose a manual 928 over an automatic Audi. With repair bills on both claimed to be astronomical, that also eliminates the “it’s too expensive to own model X, so by default I choose Y” argument. So which would I choose? If it was a daily driver, no question I would choose the Audi. Day to day, it’s a better all around car. In a straight line it will keep up with or out-accelerate the 928, they’re likely even in the corners given the right tires, and you can use the Audi in white stuff. If I was looking for an occasional car to feel special in, the Porsche wins hands down, but then if it was an occasional car, I’d probably save for another year until I could afford the one I really wanted with a manual.

Which would you choose?

-Carter

Tuner Tuesday Part 2: 2009 BMW M5 6 Speed Dinan

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This 2009 BMW M5 isn’t really a full Dinan model, but rather a desirable car which has undergone some factory-approved Dinan modifications. Purists rejoiced when the manual option was re-added to the M5, but few seem to come up for sale. This particular model looks just about showroom fresh in metallic black hearkening back to it’s Grandfather E28. But what resides under the hood of this monster is decidedly not from an E28; with nearly double the cylinders and double the horsepower, these M5s will and can take on just about anything you can bring to it. The manual replaces the jerky-at-low-speeds and harsh shifting (not to mention expensive to service) SMG transmission, making the black interior that much more inviting:

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Year: 2009
Model: M5
Engine: 5.0 liter V10
Transmission: 6-speed
Mileage: 65,188 mi
Price: $39,995

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2009 BMW M5 Dinan at Coventry Motor Car

EXCEPTIONAL EXAMPLE OF A WELL CARED FOR M5, 6-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION, ALL DINAN ENHANCEMENTS PURCHASED AND INSTALLED AT BMW OF BRIDGEPORT TOTALING IN EXCESS OF $11,000. (INVOICE INCLUDED) DINAN HIGH FLOW THROTTLE BODIES, DINAN HIGH FLOW MASS AIR METER, DINAN INTAKE ASSEMBLIES, DINAN FREE FLOW EXHAUST, DINAN STAGE 3 SOFTWARE, HEADS UP DISPLAY, NAVIGATION, COMFORT ACCESS, COLD WEATHER, MICHELIN PS2’S, ALL MANUALS, 2-KEYS, CLEAN CARFAX

To me these cars still seem like they just arrived on the market, so it’s amazing to me that they’re priced below $40,000 now. For mid-range 3 series money, this is a lot more car and a lot more special than run of the mill 3er. If you really want to announce your presence in the office park, the Dinan exhaust will do that quite nicely for you. Long term the 6 speed manual is the option I’d choose. This car looks well kept and dealer serviced, so there shouldn’t be any surprises of any sort except for the face on that Porsche 911 Turbo driver as you out accelerate them. Downsides? Like all M5s, there don’t seem to be many – this is truly a car for most occasions!

-Carter

10K Friday: A8L v. 745i v. S500

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Today on 10K Friday we’re going to look at how much luxury you can buy for around $10,000. Unlike last week’s look at two sport sedans, today’s cars are more focused at isolating their drivers from the proletariat. It’s hard for some people to believe that on a Kia hatchback budget you can pick up a top-of-the-line German luxury car. But if you’re a fan of the bigger German cars, it should be no surprise that at around 10 years old, the value on them falls; but it’s a delicate balance between buying one that’s new enough that it won’t be a heap and buying one old enough that you can afford on a budget. Today we’re going to look at one from each marque; a 2004 Audi A8L, a 2004 BMW 745i, and a 2004 Mercedes-Benz S500 4Matic. We’ll start with the Audi EDIT: it appears the original A8 sold; I have updated the links to a similar 2005 with slightly more miles:

Year: 2004
Model: A8L
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Mileage: 101,551 mi
Price: $9,990 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Audi A8L on eBay

2004 AUDI A8L AWD Quattro. Beautiful Sparkling green color with tan leather interior. Nice and Sharp Looking loaded with most of the options. Texas Owner. Even with slightly high miles, it runs and drives awesome. Non Smoker. Equipped with Navigation, Heated Seats, Xenon Lights. Engine sounds great and transmission shift swiftly. I personally drove it for over 50 miles and checked the A/C, alignment, and Suspension. NO flood, water. Clean Texas Title with no lien.

I have to say, I really like the light mint green, and that you can get into a D3 for under 10K. The interior on these cars is beautiful and well laid out; on the outside, while the D3 isn’t as pretty to me as the D2 was, it’s still quite a handsome car. I always felt the taillights were too large on this model, but like that this car does have acres of rear leg room. I haven’t heard of D3s suffering the same transmission issues that saddled D2s, and with just over 100,000 miles, there should be plenty of life in this mill. The front bumper shows signs of some curb contact and in typical fashion the dealer has failed to replace a few little things that would dress the car up ($10 centercap, anyone?), but the one item that would concern me is the trunk lid seems out of alignment; these mostly-aluminum A8s need special repairs if they’ve contacted something hard. If the thought of a higher mile Audi scares you too much, perhaps the BMW is for you:

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Year: 2004
Model: 745i
Engine: 4.4 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 119,140 mi
Price: $10,995 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 BMW 745i on eBay

2004 BMW 7 Series 745i
04 745i-119K-SPORT PKG-LUXURY SEATING PKG-XM RADIO-PARKING AID-NAVIGATION

The E65 won’t go down in many people’s books as a great looking car, and few would argue that it’s really good looking; but, it is stately and it’s hard to argue with the combination of a sport and luxury. This particular car was pretty well optioned with the sport package, cold weather package, luxury package, park distance control, and upgraded wheels. Kalahari Beige looks quite nice without dating the car too much. The interior is less well laid out than the Audi but still pretty trick and full of gadgets you can (and will need to) play with all day. Like the Audi, the drivetrains in these cars were pretty tried and true, so with normal maintenance one shouldn’t expect too many issues immediately. Bangle-era BMWs not your thing? Well, how about a Mercedes-Benz S500 4Matic:

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Year: 2004
Model: S500 4Matic
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 137,339 mi
Price: $8,863 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Mercedes-Benz S500 4Matic on eBay

THIS MERCEDES RUNS,DRIVES AND BRAKES AS IT SHOULD.THIS CAR WAS INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT AND WAS CLAIMED TO BE TOTALED AND THE PREVIOUS CUSTOMER LIKED IT SO MUCH PURCHASED IT BACK FROM THE INSURANCE COMPANY AND HAD IT FIXED AS EVIDENT ON THE AUTOCHECK REPORT.THIS CAR DOES HAVE A SALVAGE TITLE AND IS BEING REPRESENTED THAT WAY….THIS CAR IS BEING SOLD AS-IS NO WARRANTY EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED.THIS CAR HAS NOT BEEN THRU OUR SHOP AND WE RECOMMEND HAVING IT CHECKED OUT BY AND OUTSIDE GARAGE…..

Although this S-Class is the cheapest car here and sports the largest motor, there are items that give me pause; chief among which is the salvage title. However, repair costs on these cars “by the book” are sometimes so high, it’s not unusual to see totaled cars without tremendous damage. Provided it checks out, I’m not sure the title would scare me away as I don’t think this is a long term keeper anyway. The mileage is also higher than the other two, and like the E65, the W220 isn’t high on the “favorites” list of many enthusiasts. Despite this, they’re pretty solid cars that will quietly whisk you away from your daily grind.

Were it my money, hands down it would be the Audi. More power and lower weight than the Mercedes, less technologically dependent than the BMW, and better looking than both, to me that’s the winner of the group. Which one would you like to show off in?

-Carter

1979 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC 5.0

When the R107 SL replaced the W113 SL in 1972, many enthusiasts derided the new car as more boulevard cruiser than “sport light,” as the SL moniker suggests. Mercedes sought to bring back a little bit of the sporting magic in 1977 with the introduction of an all aluminium 5.0 liter V8 in the hardtop SLC variant. Dubbed the 450SLC 5.0, this model was different than the standard SLC models in that the hood and doors were aluminium, as well as the trunklid, which came with a black lip spoiler. These were very limited production cars, as 1,636 450SLC 5.0 were produced, along with 1,133 500SLCs manufactured in 1980 and 1981. These luxury touring cars were even campaigned on the World Rally Circuit, winning the Ivory Coast Rally in 1979 and 1980. This example for sale in California was an early build, and was imported to the US early in its life.

1979 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC 5.0 on eBay

Special, limited production cars are always exciting, more so when they are fast and have race or rally pedigrees. This 1979 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC 5.0 has all of that and more. A total production of this model is 1470, according to numerous sources, and the World Rally Championship history of the 450SLC 5.0 is well documented. This particular car #300, chassis number 107.026-12-000300 has all of the European specification horsepower, integrated bumpers, covered headlights etc, with NONE of the associated worldwide rust issues, due to early importation to California.

The car is equipped with 450SLC 5.0 specific front air dam and rear trunk spoiler. These aerodynamic aids were first used on this car and then subsequently carried over to the 1980 500SL/500SLC cars, and also later models. Beautiful Mercedes-Benz original alloy wheels remain in excellent condition, with tires that have substantial tread remaining. Brake and chassis maintenance are up to date, giving this car an extremely rewarding driving sensation. It is easily as fast as any SL/SLC we have owned, numbering in the hundreds. It definitely ranks in the top several cars owned/driven/tested for speed, agility, and overall driving feel.

The car was imported to California within the first year or so, as evidenced by it’s license plate nomenclature: this series of plates dates to approximately 1980. The condition of the car has some very important high points, including a rust free chassis and bodywork, as well as really beautiful original paint. The Euro velour interior is in 99% perfect condition, with only a thread or two showing at the absolutely highest wear point in the car: the seat bolster on the driver’s side–contacted every time one slides into the car.

Overall, the interior shows careful long term use with a perfect dashboard, above excellent wood, fully functioning gauges etc. The center of the rear seat has a bit of fraying on the strap (see photos), but that’s about it. The all important engine: up to date tuneup services, fluid maintenance, etc. The odometer reading of 83,000 + miles is accurate, and it all feels right. Alternator voltage, fuel pressure and various other parameters are all tested good. The car is ready to enjoy, right now. The previous long term care, the low miles, and our expert stewardship of the car will provide the next owner with a wonderful driving experience of a very limited production high performance car.

While these are rare cars, they aren’t the most high profile Mercedes-Benzes with collectors, so values have stayed rather reasonable to the point where ordinary enthusiasts can afford them. This is a good thing and a bad thing, as more people can enjoy the awesomeness of this car, but then, they may fall prey to less than careful owners. I’ve seen some SLC 5.0s sell as low as $6,000 to $8,000 in recent times, so if I had to peg a value on this car, it would probably be anywhere from $11,000 to $15,000 on the high side.

-Paul