Ending Soon: What We’re Watching

Ending Soon: What We’re Watching

Last week’s What We’re Watching post seemed to be a hit, so I’ve lined up another group of auctions. This time, they’re all affordable no reserve classics (or soon to be?). Care to wager on what each will sell at? Let’s start with a 5-speed Euro Porsche 928.

Click for Details: 1981 Porsche 928

It’s far from perfect, but here’s a 1981 Porsche 928 5-speed in Euro trim. The BBS wheels might look more at home on an early E39 540i, the paint is tired and the engine hasn’t run in some time (and what the heck is up with that shifter surround???) but hey, at time of writing the whole package can you yours for $3,000. Certainly it’s worth at least that in parts?

Click for Details: 1960 Volkswagen Bus

I said “affordable”, right? Well, with VIN tags of 23 Window Sambas selling for upwards of $11,000, this no reserve auction on a lovely restored ’60 seems like a deal. The color combination and condition are spot on, and it will be interesting to see where it ends.

Click for Details: 1993 BMW 740iL

Back to great values, and this 1993 BMW 740iL seems ready to please. It’s got lower mileage, the great E32 shape, a nice color combination and very good overall condition. Usually the big money has been reserved for the follow-up E38, so I think someone will get a great deal on this very nice ’93.

Click for Details: 1988 BMW M5

There’s been a lot of speculation on the 80s BMW M market, so seeing a no reserve auction on an M5 is both rare and offers us the chance to litmus test the market. Usually the cars that come up in no reserve format aren’t the nicest ones out there, but this one generally looks great.…

Feature Listing: 2008 Audi A8 4.2 quattro

Feature Listing: 2008 Audi A8 4.2 quattro

With each successive generation, Audi’s large sedan has come leaps and bounds forward in innovation and appeal. The C3 chassis brought Audi to a larger market with its modern aerodynamics and the introduction of all-wheel drive. That was capped with the evolutionary D11 model – the V8 quattro. Based on a Type 44 chassis, the V8 brought the dreaded automatic transmission to its large executive sedan – but while enthusiasts will decry that change, the reality is that for the people who bought the car original that proved to be a popular option and opened the all-wheel drive market to an entirely new clientele. Audi didn’t rest on its laurels, though, for even as the V8 quattro was still in production its replacement hinted at an entirely new design language for the company in the ASF concept. Not only were the looks decidedly more rounded and futuristic, but the aluminum space frame was in many ways ahead of its time. The result was a great looking, innovative all-wheel drive option for executives in the D2 chassis, which proved to be wildly popular, and it’s still a great looking sedan today, some 23 years after the original concept was penned. Although the height of D2 production was around 2000, by then the design was already showing its age and Audi was once again back at the drawing board. The result was that in 2002 the D3 chassis was launched to replace the D2 chassis.

Much of what had been pioneered in the D2 was carried over into the D3. The design was evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Under the skin, an updated choice of V8 and W12 motors (along with some TDis for European customers) mimicked the D2. But a new adaptive air suspension brought the A8 in line with premium products from its competition.…

2005 Volkswagen Phaeton v. 2004 Audi A8L

2005 Volkswagen Phaeton v. 2004 Audi A8L

At first glance, you’d be excused thinking that the Volkswagen Phaeton and Audi A8 were the same car underneath. Especially when it came to the D3 chassis, the Audi and Volkswagen shared many styling cues, as well as engines and transmissions. However, the Volkswagen is actually quite different underneath – instead of the typical platform sharing that occurred between Volkswagen and Audi, VAG instead turned towards their upscale brands for the Phaeton. That’s right, underneath the Phaeton is a budget Bentley. You can tell the difference when you step inside, too – back when these were new, a Phaeton showed up at a Winter Driving School I was instructing at. I hopped in the passenger side and shut the door; the sound was a unique sound of sealing the rest of the world out. All of the sudden I swear I could hear my heart beating. It was eerily quiet, as if I had entered a sound booth. It was also eerily competent on the snow and ice in spite of the over 5,000 lb. curb weight. That’s a few hundred pounds north of the Audi A8 even in “L” guise, and it wouldn’t surprise me if 300 lbs of that difference is noise deadening. A generation on, you’re now able to get into a Phaeton or its cousin the Audi A8L for about the same price. Which would you choose?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2005 Volkswagen Phaeton on eBay

10K Friday: Ronin v. The Transporter

10K Friday: Ronin v. The Transporter

On the surface, the themes were very similar; two movies staring action superstars playing above-the-law criminals with an amazing ability to extricate themselves from seemingly impossible conditions against improbable odds driving large, fast executive cars. Despite this, the movies Ronin and The Transporter couldn’t be more different. I watched the former on the edge of my seat, captivated by the mystery, floored by the incredibly filmed stunt scenes, the attention to reality and detail, and the staggeringly awesome lineup of cars. The latter I struggled to get through at all; I managed to make it about half way through before giving up. To this day, I still haven’t seen the ending of the first movie, and nothing more than trailers of the second. Is there a third? I’m sorry, I’m sure it made a gazillion dollars in the box office but frankly when I watched the clip of the Audi A8L W12 corkscrewing through the air to miraculously remove a bomb from the bottom of the car on a perfectly placed scrap-metal magnet hanging in mid-air I lost all interest. I can suspend my belief for a movie like Ronin because there was an air of reality to it; the characters were flawed and mortal. Sure, there were problems with the plot and even some of the stunts – I mean, they don’t show Jean Reno standing in line at the DMV to register the 450SEL 6.9, for example. But in terms of reality, it was on this planet at least, while The Transporter seemed to be set in some alternate Japanese-live-action-anime reality I’m not sure I want to understand. Nevertheless, the central plot to both is about cars and driving (at least a bit), and today you can purchase just about all of the cars featured in these films for around $10,000 – so which would you have?…

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

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.…

Wagon Week: 2012 BMW Alpina D3 biturbo Touring

Wagon Week: 2012 BMW Alpina D3 biturbo Touring

You may be thinking, oh no, not another Alpina. After all of the controversy over the E21 a few weeks back we can understand why you’d think that. But this is Wagon Week, and we would not be doing our jobs if we didn’t bring these cars to light. So here it is a stunning example of Alpina engineering, straight from the source.

The Alpina D3 Touring is the quintessential BMW 3 series touring as far as I’m concerned. It offers everything that a wagon should, performance, economy, utility, and drop dead sexy looks. With revised engine mapping, and a new high flow exhaust system, the 2.0-liter turbo diesel puts down numbers that will certainly make you forget you’re driving a 4 cylinder station wagon. The D3 puts out 214 bhp and a monstrous 331 lb/ft of torque that will move this grocery getter to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds and a top speed of 152mph.

The Alpina upgrades don’t stop there, the D3 sports the signature 19″ Alpina wheels, suspension upgrades, and the full Alpina appearance package. All of these touches make this one of the most stunning wagons we’ll never get in the US.

Year: 2012
Model: Alpina D3 biturbo
Engine: 2.0l inline four turbo diesel
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 17,500 km (10,873 miles)
Price: €34,500 ($44,153 USD)

2012 Alpina D3 biturbo for sale on alpina-automobiles.com

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111 Fußmatten ALPINA / ALPINA floor mats
1CD Brake Energy Regeneration / Brake Enrgy Regeneration
200 Dieselpartikelfilter / Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF)
216 Servotronic / Servotronic
249 Multifunktion / Multifunction for steering wheel
2XAA/255A Sportlederlenkrad / Leather sports steering wheel
3AA Dachreling schwarz / Roof rails black
402 Panorama Glasdach / Panoramic glass sunroof
431 Innenspiegel aut. abblendend / Rear-view mirror automatically dimming
441 Raucherpaket / Smoker’s package
464 Skisack / Ski bag
481 Sportsitze für Fahrer und Beifahrer / Sports seats, driver and front passenger
493 Ablagenpaket / Storage-compartment package
494 Sitzheizung für Fahrer und Beifahrer / Seat heating, front
497 Mittelarmlehne im Fond / Centre arm rest rear
4AE Armauflage vorn, verschiebbar / Armrest front, sliding
502 Scheinwerfer-Waschanlage / Headlight wash
507 Park Distance Control (PDC), hinten / Park Distance Control (PDC), rear
520 Nebelscheinwerfer / Foglights
521 Regensensor mit aut.

2008 Audi A8

2008 Audi A8

After spotting the V8 Quattro last week, I got on a crazy large sedan kick, and it’s still going. As I’ve been browsing the internet looking for great luxury sedans, a few things are becoming more and more apparent. First, BMW is going off the reservation with 7 series styling. They are one of the most polarizing cars out there, and I’m not sure how I feel. Second, these flagship sedans depreciate like CRAZY, making them some of the best bargains out there. Lastly, the Audi A8, is by far my favorite.

This silver over black A8 for sale in Framingham, MA is a great example of Audi luxury, at a reasonable price.

2008 Audi A8 on ebay.com

Features Navigation, Backup Camera, AWD, Moonroof, Leather

VERY LOW MILES! At just 34530 miles, this 2008 Audi provides great value.
LOADED WITH VALUE! This A8 comes equipped with: Cruise Control, Power Steering, Security System, Power Passenger Seat, Power Locks, Power Windows, Side Airbags, Passenger Airbag, Traction Control, AM/FM, CD Player, CD Changer, Moonroof

This is a great example of a well kept relatively low mileage luxury sedan in one of the best color combinations for a German car. The styling of the later D3 A8, is by far my favorite, It’s the beginning of the “waterfall” grill, but it’s still the generation before they went overboard with it. As someone that is in the market for a new-to-me car, this is certainly one that I would put on my short list. With an asking price of $37,995, it’s priced right about where it should be, and any good negotiator could probably go home with it for around $35K out the door.

-Brian