2006 Audi A6 Avant S6 Conversion

Why not kick off the New Year with a few fantastic wagons? Sounds like a good idea to me!

A few years ago, I looked at a pretty tempting bit of forbidden fruit – a C6 Audi S6 Avant. Loaded up with enough tech to employ half of Palo Alto, the C6 moved the concept of the C5 S6 Avant a few notches ahead. The jump from C4 to C5 was 113 horsepower strong, and the next generation nearly matched that. With 95 more horses to net 435, the new C6 had one more gear, more space and even more luxury than the car it replaced. But thanks to very slow sales of the prior generation in the U.S. market, it never came here. Although they’re at least twelve years old now, that means we’re still a solid teenager away from seeing an easily legal import here.

Or are we?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2006 Audi A6 Avant S6 Conversion of Seattle Craigslist

1981 BMW 533i Dietel Alpina Conversion

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As even 3-series models of real, full-blooded Alpinas go for big money, they pull up the wide range of tributes as well. Today’s E12 533i is more than just a sticker job, as it brings with it one of those cool, “back in the day this guy was the MAN!” stories. Here, BMW importer Mike Dietel is the hero with a magical line on Alpina parts who built up this 533i with Euro and Alpina parts when it was fresh from the dealership. On top of the unique provenance, a respected enthusiast spent a good amount of time and energy restoring it, yielding a gorgeous and unique 80s tuner car. It may not be straight from the Alpina shop, but that won’t stop the seller from asking for very serious money.

Click for details: 1981 BMW 533i Alpina Conversion on eBay

1993 BMW DTM M3 Tribute

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It’s always fun to see what the creative engineers can come up with out there. The guys at CG Motorsports clearly wanted to show their building skills, so they went a roundabout way of making an E36 DTM-style M3 tribute, albeit in show/street-car guise. I will admit to a guilty love of wide-bodies, though this love is confusingly matched with a distaste for wings and overdone wheels. These guys took the basic-but-capable 318is and stuck M3 bits all over, including some body parts, suspension, transmission, and engine. Add a DTM-style widebody kit, and you’ve got a tuner’s show car! They’re selling it in a way that sounds like more trouble than it’s worth – offering the chassis and body alone, or with all of the running gear and additions – that just makes me scratch my head harder. Taste and selling tactics aside, it is a clean FrankenBimmer that, at least to me, has some potential.

Click for details: 1993 BMW 318is/M3 on eBay

1979 Mercedes-Benz 280CE Convertible

The year was 1976. Cadillac proclaimed it’s Eldorado Convertible would be the “last American convertible.” Safety concerns had put the idea of open roofed vehicles on the ropes. This concern would be short lived, as a few drop tops began appearing in the 1980s, including an Eldorado Convertible for 1983. This prompted some 1976 Eldorado owners to take legal action against Cadillac, to no avail.

Mercedes stayed the course with their 450SL roadster, however, a four-seat convertible would not reappear until the 1990s with the W124 E-class. This left the gates wide open for coach builders to chop the roofs off a number of SEC Coupes. An even more rare conversion is this car we see here, a W123 Convertible for sale in Georgia. Converted by a firm in New York, this 280CE Convertible makes one wonder why Mercedes didn’t try their hand at al fresco motoring via the W123 chassis.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1979 Mercedes-Benz 280CE Convertible on eBay

1991 BMW E30 Touring w/ M3 Conversion

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DISCLAIMER: This M3 has caused a lot of commentary today, both on the site and our Facebook page. You can read the build thread here, if curious and make your own conclusions. As always, the cars featured here on GCFSB are not our own, rather, we provide a forum for enthusiasts selling their German vehicles. We try to be as fair as we can in our posts and provide as much background information as possible.

-Ed.

Well, close the search engines: I think I just found my dream car. I don’t know who will buy this off eBay, because I certainly don’t have the cash right now, but this is the direction I want to go some day. An E30 Touring has been through a thorough transformation, now sporting E30 M3 fender flares and the S50, Estoril blue, and caramel interior from an E36 M3. That’s a pretty serious combination of BMW all-stars. The conversion looks well done and cost-is-no-object, which is great in terms of overall package but tough on the wallet. The asking price is the main detraction here unless you care about E30 M3 provenance, in which case your panties are in all probability already in a tight bunch. But unlike the M3 convertible conversions, which are imitations of a rare-but-real car, there was no M3 wagon. This makes this extra awesome, irreverent, and understandable to me.

This is my favorite eBay find in a long time. I covet this car.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1991 BMW E30 Touring converted to M3

1986 Volkswagen Transporter DoKa Syncro

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I wrote up a cool-but-quaint light blue Syncro Doka last week, and while they are very cool and unique cars, it wasn’t quite the look I’d go for in a Vanagon Truck. Today’s Doka wears the same Vanagon Carat Cafe wheels that I took issue with on the Baby Blue, but brings a badass orange-and-black paint scheme to liven things up. It also has the Bostig Ford Zetec shared with another Vanagon I wrote up recently, making it a tasty proposition indeed. The reserve is probably considerable, but bidding started pretty low, giving hope that this could be a great chance at a rare and awesome truck.

Click for more details: 1986 Volkswagen Vanagon DoKa Syncro on eBay

Restored ’69 BMW 2002 with an M20 6 Cylinder!

This car really strikes a chord with me. It has a striking period pose with subtle but tasteful upgrades that make me like to think this is exactly what I’d love to have in a BMW 2002.

1969 BMW 2002 for sale with M20 6 cylinder conversion

Many opponents of the M20 conversion state that it upsets the balance of the car, but everyone who has one says it just takes a bit more on the loud pedal to balance the car with oversteer. And with this setup from a 1989 donor car, it should behave amazingly well even as a daily driver.

And I really dig the upgraded interior and audio treatment. The kind of setup I used to read about in car audio mags in high school!

from the seller:

1969 BMW 2002 with a M20 6 cylinder engine out of a 1989 BMW 325i (E30). One of the cleanest, straightest, best performing BMW 2002’s around. Gets thumbs up everywhere the car is driven. Motor is strong, the sound of the engine/exhaust is AMAZING and the car rolls solid and straight.

The ground up restoration was completed in 2008 by a true BMW enthusiast with no corners cut. Since the rebuild, the car has been driven 15,700 miles without a problem. Speaks to the quality/reliability of the build.

Really this car totally does it for me. About the only thing I’d take issue with is the wheels, which look great but seem to modern for what is otherwise a smooth period-correct operator. A set of Minilites, BBS, or even Ti rims would fit a bit better if I was a buyer.

Bidding is currently at $17k+ with reserve not met. With a few days to go, how high will it go?

dc

1974 Carrera RS for sale in Sacramento

1974 Carrera RS for sale in Sacramento

Yesterday we looked at 1974 914 with the 911SC 3.0 motor in it. Today, we look at a 1974 911 with the 911SC 3.0 motor in it. Despite the same year and motor swap, this 911 RS strikes a completely different chord than the 914. The 914 was a mellow monster, with its unique shape and clean but subtle black theme. This 911 is about as loud as you can get. Velocity Yellow paint, 930 turbo flares, ducktail spoiler, and late-model Turbo Twist wheels scream that this is fast, mean, and unmistakably Porsche.

I prefer the black Fuchs and the long exhaust pipes seem like they’ll break off on a steep driveway, but this is a gorgeous car.  It’s obviously not a real RS (my 70s 911 variant knowledge is a work in progress so please feel free to help me out in the comments), but it’s a great conversion that looks the part inside and out and I’m sure is a blast to drive.

-NR…

914 3.0 conversion for sale in Seattle

1974 914-6 Conversion for sale in Seattle

I tried to buy a 914 when I was 15 years old as a project car.  Great plan, until my parents found out.  Still, the dream of a street legal go-kart persists.  Usually my dreams focus around cheap non-Porsche engine swaps, as most 914s leave a bit to be desired in the power department.  Going the high class route would be doing a sweet swap with a more fortified Porsche engine, which is what we’ve found today.  The list of enhancements is exhaustive; I’ll leave it to the seller’s words:

Body-
Body completing stripped, fenders reworked, acid etch primed and painted DuPont Chroma Black. The job included both front and rear trunks, engine bay with engine removed and door jams. The cost for this work was over $10,000 in 1993.

Suspension and Drive train-
Frame strengthened through welding, 88 Carrera front suspension, Carrera torsion bars, new front struts, 911S front calipers, 19mm master cylinder, turbo tie rods, 16’ 911 hubs, Automotion front and rear bushings, Otto’s rear hub kit with 911 rear hubs and 914-6 stub axles, Ted Hulse rear shocks, 165lb progressive rear springs, GPR through frame rear sway bar, 16×6 front and 16×7 rear refinished Fuchs alloys.

Motor-
1981 911SC 3.0 liter motor, Dillavar head studs, heads reworked, 46 IDA PMO carburetors’, GPR Oil tank in right rear fender, DC Automotive 911 engine sheet metal, GT performance flywheel, Patrick Motorsports engine mounts, Permatune ignition, B&B stainless headers (no heat exchangers)

The car had 70,200 miles on it at the start of restoration and currently has 81,700, so it has travelled approximately 11,500 miles since the rebuild.

Exterior: Overall 8.5/10
Paint- DuPont Chroma Black- The paint on this is gorgeous. It has a deep and consistent shine with none of the orange peel they would have come with from new.

1991 Porsche 964 Carrera RUF RCT Conversion

Can you imagine what it cost to put this car together?! The ad states it was shipped to Ruf in Germany for the conversion work!

Check out this Ruf RCT conversion for sale at the Texas Ruf Autocentre:

quote from eBayMotors listing:

Just arrived at RUF Auto Centre is this impeccable 1991 Porsche 964 Coupe with a RUF RCT conversion.

This particular car was sent over to the RUF factory in Germany for a “complete” RUF conversion.

The original 964 was completely disassembled at the RUF factory, the body shell custom painted, interior recovered in full leather, engine conversion installed, transmission conversion installed, etc.

Here is a list of what all was done on the car at the RUF factory as part of the conversion:
RUF RCT Turbo conversion (3.6 Liter – 380HP, 395 ft/lbs of torque)
RUF 6 Speed Transmission Conversion
RUF Short Shift
RUF 18″ Wheels
RUF Strut Tower Brace
RUF Instrument Cluster
RUF Brakes
RUF Steering Wheel
RUF Front Lip Spoiler
Complete RUF repaint in custom Teal
RUF Interior Leather
Koni Suspension
Front Brake Ducts / Fog Lights

Our RUF / Porsche trained technicians have given this car a thorough inspection and have found absolutely no issues.

A really rare opportunity without question. But only serious collectors are likely to get excited considering the $69900 buy-it-now listed on the ad.

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