Motorsports Monday: 1987 Mercedes-Benz 190E

I don’t really feature a lot of Mercedes-Benz race cars not because I don’t like them, but rather there just aren’t a whole lot of them out there. Very rarely do I see these kind of cars come up for sale as opposed to say a BMW E36. There really isn’t a ”go-to” Mercedes chassis for building a race car like the E36 and even cars that do tend to respond well to being stripped out, the aftermarket support is either lacking or very expensive. Although one Mercedes from the past 25 years does seem to be the favorite of the track rats alike, the W201.

This 1986 190E up for bid in Florida doesn’t have much left of its original engine and interior left of it, if any. The car has been totally stripped of basically everything including the original M103 inline-6 engine that was replaced with the next generation M104 3.2 inline-6. A 5-speed gearbox was bolted up to this car and nearly every single piece of the interior was removed to be replaced by the bare essentials.  A single seat, a tachometer and some switches are all that remain inside this W201 that cut the weight to around 2,000 pounds. This doesn’t sound like a half bad combination now.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Mercedes-Benz 190E on eBay

1995 Porsche 968 Club Sport

For all the air-cooled Porsches that we feature, there is still one outlier that is the ne plus ultra when it comes to P-cars for me. The 968 Club Sport. This was another one of those forbidden fruits to US customers, but a formula which enthusiasts copied in earnest by either cobbling together a few of the more performance oriented options available at the time, such as the M030 option package, or by way of the aftermarket. Out of the box, the Club Sport was ready to hit the track, with about 222 pounds shed from the curb weight by way of deletion of luxury trimmings and complimented with a more aggressive suspension setup. This Club Sport for sale in Maryland has been worked over a bit to make it even more fearsome for track days.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Porsche 968 Club Sport on Rennlist

Motorsport Monday: 190E – DTM or WRC Flavor?

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Homologation for motorsport is nothing new, but it’s uncommon that a vehicle will make the transition into multiple race series. Mercedes-Benz had intentions of rally competition with the 190E when it was introduced in the early 1980s, but, as they say, life is timing. With the Audi Quattro lighting up the World Rally scene, Mercedes became a bit gun shy of the proposition. Instead, they decided to go racing in the newly devised Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft (German Touring Car) race series. The first years of this series were legendary, with Mercedes going head to head with E30 BMW M3s on the track in some epic battles.

The two competition 190Es we’ll take a look at today were intended for two very different race series. The first 190E we’ll take a look at is for sale in Holland and was intended for the rally circuit.

Click for more details: 1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Rallye on Mobile.de

Motorsport Monday Part II: 1972 BMW 2002tii Track Car

Here’s an easy recipe for fun: take a small light-weight rear-wheel-drive car, strip out the interior, toss on some wider and stickier tires, and go to a track day. That’s almost exactly the recipe it appears the seller of this 1972 BMW 2002 Tii followed, though with this build the car was taken through the additional steps that turn what would be an undeniably fun car into a fun and competitive car. The BMW 2002 provides an excellent platform for a track car as it combines vintage-racer styling with fairly simple mechanicals. While the price of these cars has been on the rise with collectors, a track-prepped car such as the one featured here should still come at a reasonable cost.

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Year: 1972
Model: 2002tii
Engine: 2.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: N/A
Price: Reserve auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1972 BMW 2002 Tii Track Car on eBay

For sale is a 1972 BMW 2002Tii. The car is a nice example of a stock looking vintage race car. The car has no significant rust, typical spots such as the floors, frame rails, rocker panels, shock towers, etc. are solid. Paint is clean and shiny with no major dents or scratches. There are some very small chips/scratches/dings etc and a couple very small (pin head) bubbles in the paint work of the car as to be expected on a used car. Purchased as a fully restored stock Tii, the car has now been turned into a full track car. The following is a list of what’s been done to the car:

Body:

I like the look of a stock 2002Tii so I kept the exterior looking that way. The only modifications from stock are rolled front and rear fenders to fit the larger wheels and tires.

Motorsport Mondays: 2007 Porsche 997 Cup – Championship Winning Car

It’s been a while since we’ve featured a race prepared car here on GCFSB, and what better way to motivate us to do so than Motorsport Mondays? This 997 Cup was built by Belgian race outfit GPR and won the 24 Hours of Zolder in 2007. Imported to the US in 2008, the car had a break until appearing in a few events last year.

Year: 2007
Model: 997 Cup
Engine: 3.8 liter flat six
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: N/A
Price: $80,000

2007 Porsche 997 Cup on Rennlist

Porsche 997 “Cup” multiple race winning car. The car was number #56 below. It was the winner of multiple races in 07 including the 24 hours of Zolder. The Belgium race shop GPR Racing built it to from the ground up from a bare GT3 shell using all 997 Cup parts. The only difference from a stock Cup car is a slightly different cage design.

Around 2008, it was imported to the US. Since then it has been in the hands of the ex Farnbacher Loles race team at Goldcrest Motorsports. Last year, it had one SCCA Race at Road Atlanta and one NASA race there. Goldcrest states that there is no evidence of any previous accident damage. Goldcrest has fully maintained the car including full time trackside support. Partial work in 2012 includes:

gearbox rebuild
New clutch
Jew JRZ RS Pro’s
Radios, GPS, Shift Light
Wing, hood, new harnesses
Race suspension setup

Here is a link to GPR which built the car: http://www.gprpinoracing.com/pages/fr/contact/contact.php

It was only run in 2007 and then retired by GPR. After being imported to the U.S. in 2008, it was not run again on the track until 2012 where it ran two races and three open track weekends.

Competition vehicles can be harder to value than street vehicles, but victories on the track are one good way of honing in on a price.…

1993 Firehawk Porsche 968

We haven’t featured a race car at GCFSB since the summer, so it’s about time we start throwing more competition vehicles into the mix. Given that the holidays are upon us, I’m sure many of you are making a list and checking it twice. I’m not making a list myself, but there’s one list that I’m a fan of year round: Rennlist. The perfect place to scour for gift ideas for that special Porsche enthusaist in your life.

It might be a stretch for a gift, but this Porsche 968 for sale in New Jersey was a part of the IMSA Firestone Firehawk Endurance Championship, a race series limited to vehicles currently available in the showroom. Noted for their superb balance, the 968 was highly successful in this race series. This car, built in 1993, is not a recreation and has had a number of maintenance items addressed as of late.

1993 Firehawk Porsche 968 on Rennlist

Year: 1993
Make: Porsche
Model: 968
Mileage: 24,000
Color: Blue
Price: $32,000
Transmission Type: Manual – 6 speed

Selling an authentic 1993 Porsche Firehawk 968. I’ve owned since 2003 and have over $85,000 in receipts to indicate the level of detail in maintenance and enhancements since purchase. This car was built by Dave White in 1993 to compete in the IMSA Firestone supported Firehawk series. The cage has the original IMSA stickers still in place. This is not a replica Firehawk that you see at the track periodically.

Currently configured for PCA SP3 or F Stock. This car has been exquisitely maintained by Precision Motorsport Racing in Califon NJ since purchase in 2003. All fluids changed after every race weekend. Corner weighted and balanced at least 3 times per season to optimize dialing in of suspension. Have all the spec sheets. Wired for cool shirt and helmet and radio.

1992 Porsche 911 Carrera Cup

The 964 chassis Porsche 911 Carrera RS America was Stuttgart’s answer for those who wanted a lightweight special stateside. Based on the Carerra 2 and using the same engine, gearbox and brakes, this car featured a partially stripped down interior featuring flat door panels and removal of the rear seats. Outside, a whale tail spoiler and sport suspension rounded out the package. Not to be confused with the hardcore Carerra RS available elsewhere, the RS still had a warm reception by enthusiasts seeking something a bit more driver oriented.

However, one could “technically” get something similar to a Carerra RS in the US if they wanted. The Carrera Cup you see here was the product of a stillborn race series that never gained sponsorship, the Carrera Cup. Porsche had produced 45 cars for the series. Instead of crushing them or offering them in another country, they were put on sale in US dealers but not advertised. These cars had a seam welded chassis, aluminum hood, thinner glass and the M64/03 engine. Approximate weight shed over a standard Carrera 2 was 200 pounds. Rarely seen these days, this particular Carrera Cup for sale in New York has never modified for racing, has never seen track time and appears as is when it arrived in the port.

1992 Porsche 911 Carrera Cup on Hemmings Motor News

Grand Prix White with Black leather interior and Black carpeting, Two-owners from new, 5,000 original miles, 5-speed manual gearbox. This Carrera Cup car is one of only forty-five cars built for the U.S. Carrera Cup Race Series. Unlike the European Carrera Cup Race Series, the USA series never came to fruition. Based on a European Carrera RS, these cars came with the following changes from normal production:

Aluminum hood with aluminum strut brace, Deletion of body cavity wax and sound deadening components (except floor pad and roof), Sport Flywheel, Steel synchronizer rings in gearbox, Revised spring rates and struts, Recalibrated brake systems rates, Manual steering, Master electrical kill switch in front trunk, Partial electric seats, Rear seat delete (package shelf only), No sunroof, air conditioning or power mirrors, Racing electrical charging system, 36 amp hour battery, Racing engine mounts, Adjustable sway bars, Seam welding (extra stiffness of body shell), 3.6Liter engine rated at 256 h.p.

1988 Porsche 944 Rothmans Turbo Cup

From the very beginning, “Porsche” and “motorsport” are two words that have lived in harmony. From LeMans to the Paris Dakar Rally, there are few venues the sports cars from Stuttgart have not competed in. Oftentimes, race series will crop up around one specific vehicle, such is the case with our feature car, one of 192 factory built race cars for the Rothmans Turbo Cup Series, run from 1988 through 1990. This particular vehicle was last raced in October of 1990 in Canada and has been restored to pre-race condition.

1988 Porsche 944 Rothmans Turbo Cup

An outstanding example of one of the 192 factory-built race cars created for the Rothmans Turbo Cup series in 1988. The series was conducted in Germany, England, Canada, France, Australia and South Africa in 1988 through 1990. This particular car was one of 32 brought into Canada for their series and was driven by Ron Fellows in the 1990 season and by Ted Powell in the 1988 and 1989 seasons. Ron Fellows frequently took the car from the back of the pack at the start (as a result of being unavailable to qualify the car) to a leading position when the checkered flag dropped. Except for taking the photos in this listing, the car has not been driven on the street or track since its last race (Moosehead Grand Prix of Halifax – October 7, 1990) and has been meticulously restored to pre-race condition over the past 15 years.

This is a rare car with a significant race history, making it very suitable and highly desirable for vintage racing or show events. This sale provides an opportunity to own an important part of racing history. An extensive “spares package” is available but is not included in this listing for the car. If you have an interest in the spares we will consider negotiating a combination deal but make that intention clear in an email message.