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Grey Market Special: 1987 Mercedes-Benz 230CE

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If I had access to an uncle working the marine transit route from Germany to either coast, I’d likely end up with a crapload of cars I didn’t actually need. That’s what I think of when someone imports a classicly-80s kitted-up W124 coupe, complete with everything that puts it on the same level of a similar-era Hyundai: crank windows, cloth seats, and horrible Antera alloy wheels. I am conflicted, though, since I have a condition known as “Hot for Heckblendes,” in which any car’s issues are tossed aside should they be sporting a period-correct trunk garnish. Don’t ask me to explain it – I’m sure you all have some weird turn-ons that I don’t want to know about, either. For $6,000, you’re really just paying for the privilege of driving a slower, older version of the same car we got here – but wait until people see that Heckblende!

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Mercedes-Benz 230CE on Seattle’s Craigslist

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Tuner Tuesday: 1983 Mercedes-Benz 500SEC AMG

About a month ago I wrote up a AMG-modified grey market 500SEC that scared people with it’s chromed Pentas, blacked out windows and questionable history. But perhaps if you can get by the again all-caps ad copy, this cranberry-colored grey market 1983 will be the one for you. Sporting the requisite AMG bits and period correct color-matched wheels, this 500SEC certainly looks the part – and the Moby Dick sized stack of receipts may mean this is the not-so-white whale you’ve been looking for:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1983 Mercedes-Benz 500SEC AMG on eBay

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1993 BMW “M550CSi” – M5 with S70 V12 6-speed swap

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In my post about last week’s 2JZ swapped M5 many questioned why you would go through the expense and difficulty of swapping in the Toyota unit, or at least that it was downright sacrilegious to do so. Perhaps I have a looser sense of how to do things the proper way, but I certainly can recognize that the 2JZ unit is capable of higher levels of power than the original S62 V8 was for less money, and that at least makes some sense to me even if I wouldn’t do it. When I first came across today’s E34 M5, I was initially struck with awe, but as I’ve sat wondering what to write up about this car, that awe has slowly turned to a bit more confusion. The reason why is fairly straightforward – some enterprising individual has taken a quite nice Euro-market E34 M5 (great start) and swapped in the equally great S70B56 V12 from a 850CSi along with a 6 speed manual transmission. Take a look for yourself at this monster:

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Year: 1993
Model: M5
Engine: 5.6 liter V12
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 76,000 mi
Price: $20,000

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 BMW M5 S70 swap on Willz.Ca

Model: 1993 European M5 chassis
Chassis: WBSHC91090GD63011
Build Date: June 1992
Mileage: 76,000 miles
Colour: Black
Motor: 5.6L 850 CSi engine (S70B56) conversion
Interior: black leather mechanical sports seats, leather stitched center console and door skins
Transmission: new 6 speed manual
Traction Control:
Brakes Front: 2-piece, 355 (14″) rotors UUC 4 piston aluminum calipers
Brakes Rear: vented 328mm (12.9″) rotors
Wheels: 17 x 8 forged system II
Tires: 235-45 and 275-40 Dunlop Sport 5000
Features: front strut bar, HR springs, uprated sway bars, UUC short shifter, Eisenman stainless exhaust, in dash CD
Options: single air bag, ABS, rear deck wing, rear window shades, E code headlights, clear blinkers, Motorsport door handles
Comments: Hand built custom driveline by Brett Anderson from Koala Motorsport, Cleveland OH. Sold and registered as 1993. Self-leveling not removed – still functional. New EDC shocks all ’round. Quaife LSD.

As I said, initially I thought “Holy beep that is awesome!”; seeing that monster V12 in a real M car is sort of like 1995 got all sorts of better. But then I sat on it and thought about it some more, and came away confused. The S38 is a pretty strong motor and this car didn’t have many miles when it was yanked from what I can tell, so there’s that question. Then, the replacement motor is that awesome 5.6 V12. Well, at least it was awesome in 1995, but my main question comes from the result. That V12 is effectively two inline 6s, meaning you have double of nearly everything in the engine bay. On a 20 year old car, that’s not always a good thing – especially those early computers, which seem to have hiccups.

Then there is the second main question when you look at the performance. Sure, the S70 has a healthy bump of torque over the S38, but only 70 horsepower more than even the lowly 3.5 – bump up to the optional 3.8, and those numbers are closer. Then there’s the question of availability; it’s not like the S70 is a cheap motor to come by, so this was intentionally done at great expense. Further, unlike the all-aluminum M73, the M70-based S70 has a big old iron block, so you’re throwing off the balance some. While I have no doubt this car is a blast to drive and looks fantastic, I am left scratching my head a bit. Still, like the Supra-powered E39, I’m happy that someone went through the effort and created what would have been the ultimate handbuilt M-car. And it can all be yours for less than the price of most E39 Ms…

-Carter

Heap of the Week (Part I): 1965 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Coupe

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We’ve featured some neat and rare cars in the “Heap of the Week” feature, and here’s another seldom seen model that is in need of your love. When I look for these cars, I often feel like looking through the ads should be accompanied by soft Sarah McLachlin “Arms of the Angel” playing in the background. There are plenty of hard luck cases that it would just be great to save. For example, this week there was a neat Karmann Ghia coupe and there always seem to be plenty of rusty buses available. There also always seem to be a glut of older Mercedes-Benz models that someone thought they would restore and never completed. Such is the case with today’s rare 220 SE Coupe. 1965 was the last year of the 220 SE as they shifted towards larger engines in the W111. Correctly done, they’re very pretty and stately Coupes, with a pillar-less design that seems elegant compared to later models. Today’s example is in need of a hefty amount of work, but is available for a low purchase price:

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Year: 1965
Model: 220 SE Coupe
Engine: 2.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: N/A mi
Price: $4,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1965 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Coupe on Ebay

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VEHICLE WAS PURCHASED FOR A RESTORATION PROJECT YEARS AGO BUT WAS NOT COMPLETED.

PARTS CAR OR PROJECT. NO CALIFORNIA TITLE. IMPORTED FROM GERMANY IN 1983 CUSTOMS DUTY PAID BUT NO TITLE WAS EVER ISSUED. CAR IS LEGALLY IN CALIFORNIA UNITED STATES BUT NOT REGISTERED OR TITLE ISSUED.

1965 220SEB, ORIGINALLY PURCHASED FROM GERMANY IN 1983 AND SENT TO LOS ANGELES, WHERE IT HAS BEEN SINCE. ENGINE WAS RUNNING AROUND 5 YEARS AGO AND HAS NOT BEEN STARTED AFTER. ALL PARTS PICTURED ARE INCLUDED WITH PURCHASE. CAR IS SOLD AS IS, AS A PARTS CAR OR PROJECT CAR. CAR COMES WITH GERMAN TITLE, NOT CALIFORNIA TITLE. REGISTRATION IS NOT CURRENT. IF BUYER WISHES TO REGISTER CAR, BUYER WILL HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE NECESSARY STEPS TO COMPLETE. OTHERWISE KEEP AS A PARTS CAR. THERE IS SOME RUST, BODY NEEDS WORK. THE CAR IS LOCATED IN WESTLAKE VILLAGE CALIFORNIA AROUND 40 MINUTES NORTH OF LOS ANGELES. I WILL ASSIST IN SHIPPING VEHICLE BUT ALL ARRRANGEMENTS WILL HAVE TO BE MADE BY BUYER. PICK UP IS RECOMMENDED BUT IF YOU ARE IN ANOTHER STATE OR COUNTRY CAR CAN BE SHIPPED. NO GUARANTEES, NO WARRANTIES, CAR IS SOLD AS IS. DEPOSIT OF $500.00 USD IS REQUIRED WITHIN 24 HOURS AFTER WINNING BID IS MADE BY PAYPAL. REMAINDER OF BALANCE IS TO BE PAID WITHIN 48 HOURS OR AT PICK UP IF ARRANGED. PLEASE BE SURE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE PRIOR TO BIDDING.

INCLUDED ONE SET OF DOORS NO EXTRA DOORS OR BODY PARTS. I WILL CONSIDER OFFERS BUT NOT REDICULOU$ ONES. THESE PARTS ARE BECOMING MORE RARE EVERY DAY.

I MOSTLY SELL MERCEDES PARTS AND ACCESSORIES. OFTEN I HAVE A FRIEND ASK ME TO SELL SOMETHING FOR THEM. I TAKE AS MUCH PRIDE IN MY NON-MERCEDES ITEMS. I MAKE SURE ALL MY ITEMS MEET HIGH STANDARDS. PLEASE KNOW IF YOU SEE SOMETHING THAT IS NOT MY SPECIALTY, I HAVE TAKEN THE TIME TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE RECEIVING A GOOD PRODUCT FOR A FAIR PRICE. WE HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE MERCEDES BUSINESS FOR OVER 50 YEARS. WE HAVE A GOOD SELECTION OF PARTS AND GOOD SOURCES FOR THEM. PLEASE EMAIL US IF YOU NEED A PART YOU DO NOT SEE LISTED.

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While this model has been taken apart for restoration that restoration never happened. Fortunately, the pictures seem to document that most of the trim pieces remain intact, though it appears this car will need a healthy dose of time and energy to get it back to working order. When and if that occurred, it could look something like this:

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There are several problems, though – in addition to the headache of restoring this car, there’s the headache of sorting out the correct paperwork, as it retains a German title. I’d imagine that could be creatively overcome given the age of the car, but it will take some legwork. Second is the much larger problem; value. These cars, even in very good condition, seem to be on the lower end of the classic Mercedes-Benz market – it’s not uncommon to see clean examples trading below $20,000, and Hagerty lists the average value for the 220 Coupe right around $18,000. So, that leaves you a budget of less than $15,000 to make this car a viable option. Let me be first to say “No way”. Unless you own the body shop, are a handy backyard mechanic and have some favors owed to you by an upholsterer, there’s just no way you can get it done and have the car be under the value of a decent one. That’s a shame because it’s a cool, rare car that doesn’t deserve to die (cue the Sarah McLachlin) and it would be great to see it restored. If it were a cabriolet, it would be a no-brainer. But unfortunately, even if this one was free, I’m still not certain it would be worth the time and effort to restore to original condition.

-Carter

1985 Porsche 930

If you wanted a Porsche 911 Turbo in 1985 in the U.S., you were out of luck; Porsche, intent on pushing the 928 as the premier car in its lineup and saddled with increasingly tough emissions regulations had pulled the 930 from the U.S. lineup in the early 1980s. That didn’t stop many individuals from seeking them out and importing them directly from Europe. With a reputation for being a widow-maker, early 930s still captivate the motoring masses with supercar slaying performance and brutish good looks. Like most of the 911 range, prices have steadily been on the rise and these are a go-to for collectors. Today’s example looks excellent in Guards Red with some Ruf details:

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Year: 1985
Model: 930
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 59,061 mi
Price: $45,000 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1985 Porsche 930 on eBay

Selling my 1985 Porsche 930 Turbo with 59K original miles. Eurospec 3.3L engine. 4 speed manual transmission. Guards red exterior with black leather interior. VERY CLEAN! I am the 3rd owner since 2004 and have driven this vehicle less than 100 miles since I have owned it. Always garaged and NO OIL LEAKS! Have all the DOT / EPA documents. Car is California registered since 2005. DOT states there were only eleven of these 1985 Porsche 930 Turbo’s imported into the US in 1985. Quite a rare and fun vehicle to own. Only selling as I am buying a new house and need the garage space for my new golf kart as I am retiring soon. Hoping a car collector or Porsche enthusiast will buy this beautiful classic Porsche. Getting harder and harder to find these Eurospec Porsche 930′s in the USA! RUF and performance upgrades are listed below:

THE GOOD:

Upgraded H4 Headlamps
Upgraded floor mats to RUF
Upgraded steering wheel to RUF
Upgraded stock turbo to a K-27 turbo
Upgraded to front strut tower supports
Upgraded stock exhaust to GHL Dual Exhaust
Upgraded stock headers to B&B Stainless Headers
Upgraded stock intercooler to larger GHL Intercooler
Upgraded stock turbo bar spring to 1.0 bar spring in waste gate
Upgraded to Andial Fuel Enrichment System due to the headers & 1.0 bar spring
Upgraded rims to RUF 5 spokes (powder coated matte black) with near new Kumho racing tires
Upgraded stock radio to Alpine Cassette / Denon Amp (period correct) & Boston Acoustics subwoofer system

Vehicle VIN: WP0ZZZ93ZFS000081

THE BAD:

Air conditioning system needs to be re-charged. System worked fine up until about 2 years ago. Seldom drive this beauty and haven’t had time to re-charge the system.

THE UGLY:

There is a small dime size dent on the right rear quarter panel flare as shown in the picture. Nothing significant but can be seen up close.

CONCLUSION:

The vehicle is pretty much stock with the exception of the few RUF accessories and performance upgrades. Car is very fast, producing approximately 375 HP with the bolt-on performance upgrades listed above. All professionally installed with receipts to prove all work done by a certified Porsche veteran mechanic. If my reserve is met, I will include the original Porsche 930 parts that came off the vehicle (Fuch wheels, exhaust, turbo, steering wheel, 4 speed shifter knob and turbo floor mats).

I have described this vehicle to the best of my abilities and as accurately as I could. Clear title in hand. Car is physician owed and very well maintained and cared for. Bid with confidence. Very sweet sports car to own!

SIMPLE TERMS:

Vehicle is located in Southern California. This is a used vehicle. There is no warranty on this vehicle, expressed or implied. Please make arrangements to pick up the vehicle yourself or make arrangements with a transport company prior to buying the vehicle. I am requesting a $2000 Paypal deposit within 24 hours after the auction ended. I will not accept money orders or personal / company checks for payment. Full balance to be paid in cash when you pick up the vehicle. I will also accept a bank Cashier’s Check from Bank of America. However, the title of the vehicle will not be released until the funds have cleared my bank. I will be more than happy to answer any questions during this 10 Day auction. Thank you.

Thank you for viewing this beautiful collector car.

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We’ve featured a few 930s recently, and they always draw lots of attention. Rightly so, as they’re the German car to have from the 1980s if you wanted the best performance. The last 930 we featured was a converted Ruf BTR with about the same mileage but an asking price over double this car. In that light, this car looks like a solid value, with lower miles, the right color and some tasteful modifications to make it a worthy classic. With the correct DOT/EPA paperwork sorted, registering this car anywhere shouldn’t be a problem. Though not a huge fan of black wheels in general, the Ruf Speedlines are some of my favorites and really accent the look of this car rather than detracting from it. The modifications are not overdone and I think are what most enthusiasts would want. The only drawback is the typical “the A/C just needs a charge” line, which if you live in a warmer climate would likely be a pricey repair but worthwhile if you wanted to drive the car with a black interior. Like most people who read this site, I’m a big fan of the E30 M3; but with clean examples pushing the same amount as this car, I can’t help but think this is a much better value, driver, and collectable.

-Carter

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