I’ve been big admirer of the W124 Cabriolet because of the massive design and engineering project it was. Like I mentioned a few months ago, making this car wasn’t just chopping the roof off the coupe, sticking a soft top in the trunk and calling it a day. But sadly despite the huge undertaking and investment, you were only left with one engine choice in the 3.2 liter M104 straight-6. It wasn’t under powered by any means, but it wasn’t exactly a speed demon either. Besides, if you want a fast Mercedes convertible, you ponied up for the SL500 or SL600. I’m going to assume that if they offered the M119 V8 in the W124 Cabriolet, the price would have been even greater than already high $79,000 (and that’s in 1995 money!). The price point probably would have been right at the edge of the $87,000 SL500 and it probably wouldn’t of sold very well at all. Plus, you are factoring in even more engineering and cost to a project that like mentioned, was very expensive.
So it makes total sense why there was no V8 W124 Cabriolet. But of course it doesn’t stop someone from building one which is exactly what we have here today for sale in New Jersey. What started life as a 1995 E320 Cabriolet has been transformed into a “E420 Cabriolet” and it even has a few other interesting details.
Model: ‘E420’ Cabriolet
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 56,921 miles
ORIGINAL PAINT, ONE OF ONE E420 CONVERTIBLE
OVER 160000 DOLLAR INVESTED IN PROFESSIONAL CONSTRUCTION,
$199 Dealer Fee
From the looks of it, this swap was done by the people at Wolfgang’s Inc., a Mercedes- Benz specialty facility in Tenafly, New Jersey.…
I really enjoy a well done engine swap. Three months ago I featured a W113 Pagoda with a M104 3.2 inline-6 swap. Today’s car is another M104 swap but with a little more displacement and a lot more AMG. What started out as a nice W124 E320 wagon was transformed to a hybrid C36/500E/E320 borrowing various parts from both cars. It’s a unique build that I haven’t seen and sure is an improvement over what Mercedes offered from the factory. So let’s take a closer look at this uber W124 wagon for sale in Connecticut.
Yesterday I was doing my daily rounds searching for interesting cars and scrolled upon a 1965 Pagoda. I looked at the price and saw $19,995 (more on this later) and my eyes got really big. The going rate for a decent Pagoda is about $50,000, so my finger was creeping awfully close to the ”Buy It Now” button. Everything looked good, no major body damage, the interior was nice despite an aftermarket CD and air conditioning system. But that all could be sorted out easy enough. It had a clean title and only a little over 39,000 miles. Maybe I did just stumble across a Pagoda from someone who still prices cars from a book they keep in the top drawer of their desk. Everything looked like I was going to Pagoda owner until I saw what was under the hood.
Here is an oddity for your consideration. The mighty Mercedes 450SEL 6.9 remains quite a car today and the 560SEC represents some of the best of an old school Benz, however put them together and perhaps you are taking away from each. This isn’t the first time someone has decided to combine 6.9 parts with a W126 chassis, Google Sbarro Mercedes for instance, as with their creations results are mixed.
I’ve always loved tuner cars but can’t really imagine buying a car someone else has extensively modified. The E30 is a classic platform for great mods though and it’d be nice to think claims of reliability could prove true. Today’s is an interesting creation with a 1991 535i’s block breathed on by a Garret GT35R creating a punishing 409hp monster. Perhaps not the nimblest of E30s, it’s not a track car; the sellers’ multiple commutes to work in it must be a hoot.
Engine: Turbocharged 3.5l inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Price: Reserve-on auction
hello i am selling my car because i am looking to buy a house. my family was the secound owner of this car. my dad first owned the car then passed it down to me. This bmw e30 beast can be driven like a stock bmw. with comfort but yet has all the power you would ever want once over 3000 rpm. this car was never tracked. I drive the car to work and back 2 to 3 times a week. 72 mile commute. it is very reliable at the power it is at. It looks like a normal bmw e30 until somebody hears this car. I have always treated the car with respect because i built it. All engine parts have been replaced at 99k miles. 7.9:1 ratio. is just right for this car. The engine in this car is from a 1991 535i with a older 535i block to make it lower compression for a turbo. The turbo is a gt35r all exhaust was done by a certified welder. 3 inch exhaust all the way back to a vibrant muffler. car drives very straight. This car is not like every other track e30 were you cant bear to drive it on the street.
Mk1 and Mk2 Jettas are sharp cars, and the ease of finding and modifying them makes them a great proposition for motivated German enthusiasts. I’ll get it out of the way early that air suspension and a vastly upgraded engine seem like contradictions to me, but today’s GLI has been done well and thoroughly with an eye towards the VeeDub show scene. Highlighting the parts-bin accessibility of VAG, this Jetta has a TT heart, Golf Rallye headlights, G60 flares and Mk3 suspension and brakes. A conventional suspension would raise the desirability factor for me, along with a lower price. The seller has totalled up all of his receipts to price the car, which we know is a common mistake with modifiers.
Model: Jetta GLI
Engine: Audi TT 3.2 liter VR6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 59k mi engine, 115k mi body
Price: $22,500 Buy It Now
1991 VW Jetta original GLI
Fully customized, VERY good condition
[price based on physical items receipt total]
• shaved banana lights
• shaved rear seams
• shaved turn signals
• shaved exhaust hole
• shaved rear tow hook
• shaved spoiler
• fully ‘shaved’engine bay
• painted engine [black]
Custom paint — color: Black Cherry
• Front: G60 front flares: Front arches cut;
• Rear: G60 front flares; Rear arches cut and reseamed
Smoked Hella taillights
Blackened Golf Rallye headlights
Audi TT 3.2L engine swap [59K miles on engine]
Lugtronic stand-alone engine management/full custom wire-tuck
Techtonics Tuning downpipe
custom 3″ downpipe back exhaust
Pusher style Slimline fans
Black center Schmidt 3-piece modernlines: Front: 16 X 8; Rear: 16 X 9
Kumho Ecsta 205/40/16 tires
BagYard Supreme air-ride struts
• Two Vivair 400c compressors
• Eight Asco valves
• AVS 7 switchbox
• 5-gallon air tank airbrushed [riveted metal]
• Mason Tech Sumpsaver Skid Plate
1998 MK3 5-lug suspension & brakes
Original GLI Recaro interior
114,593 miles on car body
Reason for selling: Moving on
The seller is going to have to be generous with people clicking “Make an Offer” before it actually gets sold, as I see his price as at least 25% too high.…
My last extreme Syncro Westfalia garnered many chortles as the $40k asking price overshadowed the thorough restoration. What’s the best way to convert the naysayers? Find an even more insanely priced Volkswagen van.
Today’s Vanagon is definitely more decked out, with solar panels, ladders, racks, rims, and the heart of a Subaru SVX. This interesting engine swap certainly accounts for a large portion of the seller’s expectations. While Subaru transplants are increasingly common in Vanagons for their power and reliability, people usually stick with the 4-cylinders. Clearly this Syncro is about going 5 blades, so he opted for one of the biggest engines Subaru ever produced, the SVX’s 3.3L flat six. 231hp should do just fine in place of the original 2.1L wasserboxer’s 95hp. Actually, it must make this thing downright beastly. With everything working (the previously-listed Syncro got nicked for no a/c) and 1600 shakedown miles on the engine conversion, this seems to be the real Vanagon for the megolomaniac.
From the clearly (and awesomely) demented seller:
Behold the Holy Grail of Syncro Westfalia vans made, the 1991…This van is a great example of a clean syncro westfalia with all the amenities. The van has been road tested for about 1600 miles from conversion completion, enough to work out all the kinks. Everything works on the van, power windows, locks, front and rear window washers, diff lock, decoupler, stove, sink, propane heat…Everything!
Below is a breakdown of all the items included in this build.
Many more photos at subagon.com
(5) 215 70 16 A/T BF Goodrich tires and wheels (powder coated black)
120 watt solar panel
2 stage custom paint (orley blue)
8′ Fiamma Awning
Subagon Big Brake kit front
Subagon rear Disc Brake addition
built in inverter 1500 watt
drive shaft decoupler kit
rear differential lock
dual isolated battery
dynamat sound deadening material
rear bumper w/ hitch receiver, swing away tire carrier, fuel can carrier
fridge delete kit
front AC – rear AC
front bumper with bull bar
large 12v fridge
rock chip guard
svx motor install – 1996 with 50k miles
rebuilt transmission with taller 4th gear
old man emu suspension
2″ lift springs
New rear cv joints – inner and outer
New 3 window pop top canvas
New Rear Flat sub woofer
Pop top Struts- (strongest)
Hijack lift mounted on front tube bumper
PIIA fog lights
Hot water heater and shower
Custom front skid plate / water proof lock box
Plus a bonus fun note from Subagon.com:
We built this van for a customer that spared no expense.
The Corrado is like an ex-girlfriend, the one where you romanticize the relationship and remember the great aspects, but if you try to rekindle that fire it always ends up more complicated and frustrating than seems worth it. The Corrado got amazing reviews when it came out, and is still a looker with plenty of fun factor, but it’s nearly impossible to find one that is even close to how it came off the showroom floor. They’re all either modified to the extreme or beat to hell. Perhaps, like the best ex-girlfriends, the really quality examples are tucked away and held onto with great vigor by their current boyfriends.
Today’s Corrado definitely leans towards the mod-racer end of the spectrum, but is actually looking pretty nice in the great Audi TT Aviator gray with a matching Audi 225hp 1.8T. The mod list grows and grows along the standard VW Group and aftermarket paths, but unfortunately this seller falls into the trap of keeping a little too close of tabs on his receipts. A claimed $45k invested and an $18k asking price make this ex-girlfriend, regardless of how many surgeries she’s undergone, too expensive for me.
1990 VW Corrado for sale on eBay
A litany of modifications demonstrating “the cost of build is endless”:
Don’t miss out on this one of a kind custom V Dub!!! Up for sale is a full custom Corrado from years in the making finally finished!! So where to start… Well almost 100% of the car has been replaced, restored, re finished, or just plain upgraded!! Paint job All custom done by Joe’s Collision Repair Center in Morrisville VT with Aviator special edition Audi paint TT and all paint receipts total up to more then $9800 which may not be all of them… Engine bay all filled and smoothed and customized… Show ready!.
I can’t claim to be the most well-versed writer on GCFSB when it comes to Mercedes, but I do fancy myself an inquisitive life-long learner. Along those lines, whether it’s a W210 E55 or a W202 C36, the lethal bloodlines of AMG continue to blow my mind. The latter is the centerpiece of this wagon heart transplant, holy grail to all who believe in sleepers just beyond stock. Badass wagons are an instant +1 in gearhead culture. So what better than to throw a 276hp, 3.6L straight-6 (originally designed to contest the E36 M3’s smaller and less powerful 3.0L I6) into an innocuous grocery-getter. Sounds like the basic ingredients for a heavy dose of KICKASS.
1995 Mercedes E320 w/ C36 swap for sale on Denver Craiglist
From the mechanic seller:
Rare 124 chassis wagon powered by a really rare low mileage (115 k) AMG engine & transmission transplanted from a C36 AMG. Not a soccer mom’s wagon any more, unless she’s Danica Patrick. 3rd row seating folds down as will the middle row seats to make an expansive cargo area. You can camp in this car. Factory roof rack with an included ski/bikeand a receiver hitch to take an included 4 bike carrier make this an impressive weekend warrior machine. Equipment includes tinted windows, MP3 compatible 8 speaker stereo, prewired for an included XM receiver, retractable / removable factory cargo cover/dog net, electric seats & windows, cold A/C, 16″ Mercedes factory wheels with great tires. Any new parts needed when swapping the engine were replaced. Mechanic owned, it’s in better shape than any other one you could find. New ceramic brake pads for no nasty black dust & squeal typical on most Mercedes. The engine & trans were resealed in the swapping phase, there’s not a drip of anything under this car.
Reader Paul sent us his well-modified BMW E36/5 sporting the popular engine swap of an E36 M3 3.0L inline 6 for the original 1.9L four. If the potential of this swap weren’t clear enough, it’s worth it to note the S50’s 240hp is a stunning 75 percent increase. Logically followed up with a LSD, springs, etc., this little compact is a serious contender. While the hatchback might scare some away, less weight and shorter overhangs with the same wheelbase makes a lot of sense and must be a ton of fun. The murdered-out OEM+ look suits it well, and Paul seems ready to sell it to whomever makes a decent offer.
1995 BMW 318ti w/ S50 swap for sale on e46fanatics
A list of goodies:
– Shell was bought here last year, swap manual used from J!M and also had him come over and help in person. 140k on the shell.
– Complete and running swap, I have put just under 10K miles on it in about 15 months.
Matching Cluster DME and Motor, with 58xxx on the dash, car still has the original Ignition coils.
– Brand new; Clutch TOB Fork OEM(Done at Final Touch Motor Sports which rodney will vouch for also have receipt.), rear main seal,Starter, alternator, motor mounts OE, Trans mounts OE, Guibo OE, Fresh Plugs and Belts, valve cover gasket, O2 sensor AND MUCH MUCH MORE.
– Full Front end rebuild Control arms/ball joints, Tie rods and OEM FCAB’s less than 1k miles now
– All new Vacuum hoses and fitting as well as a Clean ICV, and manifold/ TB gaskets. New plugs/
Belts as of 3400 ish miles ago.
– No A/C Compressor and mounts condenser and lines have all been removed only the coil in the dash remains.
– Brand new Pioneer Deh 6300-ub headunit, with all NEW OEM speakers.