1972 BMW 2002 Touring – REVISIT

The 1972 BMW 2002 Touring we featured earlier this month has been relisted at no reserve. This is a good car to keep an eye on, as they don’t appear for sale too often stateside.

1972 BMW 2002 Touring on eBay – REVISIT

The below post originally appeared on our site February 12, 2013:

The 2002 is no stranger to German car enthusiasts. This was the car that popularized the BMW brand in the US and was one of the first compact sport coupes of its kind. They are a great choice for those seeking a classic car that is reliable, fuel efficient and fun to drive. These are three characteristics that rarely go hand in hand when discussing classic cars at any price point.

A lesser known 2002 was the Touring. Not officially offered for sale in the US, a little over 25,000 of these 3-door hatchbacks were built from 1971 to 1974. Styled by Giovanni Michelotti, this car would be a precursor of the hatchback craze of the next decade. This Touring for sale in Colorado is an import via Sweden and has held up rather well, considering the harsh climate of that country.

Year: 1973
Model: 2002 Touring
Engine: 2.0 liter four cylinder
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: N/A (odometer states 14,606 miles – probably 114,606 miles)
Price: Reserve auction

1973 BMW 2002 Touring on eBay

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Unfortunately my time has been cut short with my Touring and I must sell. (very sadly!) As you may know, Tourings were never officially imported into the US and are thus inherently rare. There are only a handful of these over here (in my guestimates no more than 20 or 30). They also had a short production run from 1971 to early 1974. These cars are becoming increasingly harder to find, especially a Touring! This one has been super fun to drive around and drives like a champ!

VIN 3359814 – Manufactured on June, 20th, 1973
Delivered on June 27th, 1973 to the BMW importer Förenade Bil Import in Malmö, Sweden
Original colour: Verona, paint code 024

Located in Colorado Springs, CO. You can contact me with any questions. Serious inquiries only please. Thanks for looking and happy driving! I’ve posted as much info I can think of about the Touring along with pictures here:

http://classicbimmers.futska.com/2013/02/06/for-sale-1973-bmw-2000-touring-verona-red

A SUMMARY:
I will try to present this car as honestly as I can. Please keep in mind though; it is a 40 year old car. I’ve owned this car since October 2011. I brought this over from Sweden for myself and went through the whole export process through Sweden, fees, importing into the US, fees, transport, titling and registration in the US, more fees, and risk! Needless to say it was quite a deal of work, time, and expense involved. I currently hold a valid CO state Title and Registration. VIN on motor, body, VIN plate, rear hatch plate all match.

BODY:
From what I can tell, the car is dry. I have not sanded, grinded, or removed any paint so my description is what I can see. There are a few rust bubbles showing through the rear wheel arches. The front and rear shock tower mounts are solid and rust free (driver rear shock mount is starting to see a very small sliver of rust). Spare tire well is very clean. Frame rails look clean. Rockers appear to be good. Floor pans appear good. Overall, its in really good shape. Great to just enjoy and drive, or a great candidate to restore because of the lack of too much rust.

Whats been done on it:

COOLING:
Original Radiator – Cleaned out
ALL New cooling hoses and clamps
New T-stat and Water pump
New BMW coolant

FUEL & IGNITION SYSTEM:
Weber 36 DCD 2bbl made in Italy
New rubber fuel lines from tank to the carburetor
Tune up – replaced all plugs, wires, cap, rotor, air filter, fuel filter, etc.

TRANNY & DRIVELINE:
Transmission fluid replaced w/Redline MTL
Shifter is tight and does not grind into any gears
Various new seals in the tranny – there is some leakage still
New Flex disk (guibo)
New Center support bearing
New Rear diff Input shaft seal, both output shaft seals, and cover gasket
Rear Differential Fluid replaced w/Redline
Both Rear Halfshafts redone w/new boots and grease

BRAKES:
New Rear drums and shoes
New Rear rubber brake lines
New rear brake cylinders
4 front rubber lines are included but not installed
front rotors and pads are in good shape
New brake fluid

ENGINE:
New Alternator belt
Oil changed
Some leaking, not exactly sure where from. Not too bad though in my opinion.

INTERIOR:
Interior is in really good original shape. Headliner has no tears. Original corduroy seats are good but may need a restuff at some point, there is some frying is some locations. Euro Dash is in nice shape, a few cracks but not terrible in my opinion.

MISC:
New Touring trunk tool box!!!
VERY Rare factory option towhook w/BMW logo orange cover
320i Alloy Wheels
2 NEW trap mirrors (worth $150+ each)
New speedo cable
All lights, gauges, heater motor, wipers work!
gauge cluster restored – km and mph speedos are included
1 Front fog light is broken – but a new light will be included! It was hard to find!
All glass is in good condition. The Front windscreen
New fuses
New classic wiper blades
A pile of paperwork for work I’ve done
And probably a bunch of little stuff I’m forgetting

A few random extras might be included depending on what I have left. This is a great car that is a blast to drive!!! ONLY reason for selling – I am moving out of the country! I never intended to sell this! If you have questions please ask and we can talk over the phone. Serious inquiries only please.

While it isn’t a showcar, those in the market for a 2002 Touring in the US can’t be picky. Few of these cars made it to these shores. While some rust can be found around the car, it is surprisingly rot free for a car hailing from Sweden. This car represents a good opportunity for an intrepid collector looking for solid restoration candidate.

The seller provided a good bit of information, but I wish more about the mileage was discussed, especially if the gauge cluster was swapped. I’m assuming it was, since this car has a speedometer reading in MPH and Sweden is, of course, on the metric system. A 2002 in good condition of similar vintage can bring between $15,000 and $25,000. A faster, fuel-injected 2002tii in good shape can usually be had in the low $20,000 range to the mid $30,000 range on average.

The Touring is a bit harder to price, as they weren’t sold stateside, but when they come up for sale, demand is strong. A 1973 Touring came up for sale a few months ago and the auction ended at $21,350 with the reserve not being met. This, however, was a near show quality, Fjord Blue example. A Touring in show condition would most likely reach 2002tii price levels here in the US, but this example is a little rough around the edges. That being said, I’d probably peg this car somewhere around $13,000 to $17,000. I’ll be watching this one closely to see if the reserve is met and if it is, where the final bid settles.

-Paul

1981 BMW Alpina B7 – REVISIT

With all of the BMWs flying around here this week, and an Alpina B6 earlier this week, I did some digging and came across this amazing 1981 Alpina B7 that Dan featured back in June. Sadly it hasn’t found the right home. With a slightly lowered price, here’s hoping this beauty can move on to a good home.

Year: 1981
Model: Alpina B7
Engine: 3.0 inline six turbocharged
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: ???
Price: $26,500

1981 BMW Alpina B7 turbo sedan on Craigslist Portland – REVISIT

Below is the original feature from June 2012

Now here is a rare bird, a true E12 Alpina B7 Turbo. The E12 5-series pre-dated the more common E28 5-series and has always been under his younger brother’s shadow. Maybe it was the fact that when the E12 530i was first offered in the US it featured thermal reactors and the most dismal fuel economy outside a big-block powered 1-ton pickup. They started off slow here on our shores, but if you have never seen an E12 M535i… Google that if you want to see an amazing car that started M sedan history. Even cooler than an M535i is what Alpina was doing to the cars with the rare B7. They made 300hp and had the suspension and brake mods to go with them. If you can remember in 1981 a Porsche 911SC made 180hp and the Chevrolet Corvette made just 190hp, so imagine a 4-door sedan with a turbocharged 300hp inline 6!

1981 BMW Alpina B7 on Portland Craigslist for $28,500

1981 Alpina B7 turbo sedan. Authentic Alpina car from Germany, rare and original numbers matching car. One of 209 E12 Chassis Based 5 series Sedans B7 and B7S’s built between 1978-1982 with 300 hp turbocharged engine. Car is Sapphire blue metallic. Interior is black with Scheel seats upholstered in Alpina cloth. No sunroof. Close ratio dog leg 5 speed transmission, limited slip differential (2.93 gears) with oil cooler. Auxiliary gas tank in trunk, Alpina Auxiliary turbo gauges, along with Alpina standard instrument cluster gauges and adjustable boost knob between front seats. Alpina steering wheel and shift knob. Car is fitted with Alpina staggered 16″ wheels and full Alpina suspension. Car in very good condition cosmetically and mechanically. Local Sale preferred as car may not meet smog laws in many states. Car was registered previously in California and still has CARB sticker in door jamb but I cannot assist a buyer in California to make this car legal there again.

It is really difficult to put a price tag on a car like this, Alpina built just 209 B7 and B7S cars and very few of them reached our shores. How many are still left? The owner is knowledgeable and is aware of what he has. The market for 4-door collectibles has always been much softer than 2-doors but if you want to own a very rare and unusual piece of BMW history, what is the price? I hope a fellow enthusiast decides this is a keeper and if we’re lucky they will take it to the Legends of the Autobahn event in Carmel, it would be perfect there!

– Nathan from Columbia Valley Luxury Cars

One-owner 1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E – REVISIT

The monotone black 500E we featured last month is back up for sale on eBay for the same $22,900 Buy it Now price. This is the third time we’re aware of this car being listed. Will this time around be a charm, then?

1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E on eBay – REVISIT

The below post originally appeared on our site November 16, 2012:

It can be hard to think back very far in Mercedes history over the deafening roar of the AMG engines made over the past few years. Those in the know realize that one special Benz from the early 90s demands respect and deference. The ultimate fist-in-a-velvet-glove, the 500E came from a time when Porsche was farming out their expertise, helping other German companies take their cars to a whole new level. The fact that the 500E was produced alongside the Audi RS2 is enough street-cred that I should shut up and let this car speak for itself.

1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E for sale on eBay


This beautiful 1992 Mercedes 500E sedan is a rare find indeed. It was purchased by it’s only owner here in Indianapolis and has remained in his private car collection until we recently obtained it from him. The car is custom finished in standard 040 black exterior. While most USA cars were finished in pearl black or silver exteriors. The owner had the black metallic finish stripped and professionally refinished in traditional 040 black when the car was only a few weeks old because he only collected solid black cars. It is a beautiful example of a very rare car. Only about 500 cars were sold in the USA per year in the first few years of production. These interesting cars were a collaberative effort between Mercedes and Porsche to build the ultimate sport sedan. Developed in conjunction with Porsche, the Mercedes 500E was based on the popular 300E model which had been released in 1986. Each 500E was transported back and forth between the Mercedes plant and Porsche’s Rossle-Bau plant in Zuffenhausen during assembly and hand built, taking a full 18 days to complete each model.

The 500E had a naturally aspirated 5.0L V8 engine derived from the 500SL roadster. Sports car braking performance also came from SL components: front SL500 300 mm disks with 4-piston calipers came installed on the 1992 and early 1993 cars. Rear brakes on all years were 278 mm brakes from the 500SL. In the USA, the 500E came fully loaded, with the only options available to the buyer being a dealer-installed CD changer and an integrated cellular telephone. The 500E was only with four seats in left hand drive, with the four leather seats supplied by Recaro (the fronts heated). Called the “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” by the press,[3][4] performance tests of the day yielded impressive results: 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) times of 5.5 to 6.0 seconds and acceleration through the quarter-mile (0.4 km) in 14.1 seconds at 163 km/h (101 mph). The top speed was redline limited at 6,000 rpm to 260 km/h (~160 mph). It was rated at 16.8 L/100 km (14 mpg) in the city and 13.8 L/100 km (17 mpg) on the highway. With its aggressive stance: 1.5 inches wider track, 0.9 inch lower profile, subtle wider flared fenders, side skirts, front air-dam and wide tires, the 500E is easily distinguished from its lesser brethren. Because of its look, limited numbers, hand-built construction, and unique pedigree, the 500E is already considered a “classic”, even within Mercedes-Benz circles. We have just fully serviced and detailed this one so it is ready to be enjoyed by it’s next owner.

After holding steady for quite a while, 500E prices have gone through the roof in the past year, with perfect examples going for close to $30k. With just under 70k miles and looking very clean inside and out, the Buy-It-Now of $22,900 seems like a very fair price, especially in light of possible appreciation. My one gripe is that I hate chrome wheels and think any beastly Mercedes should be rolling on AMG Monoblocks, but that’s a personal (and easily fixed) gripe. This is a great example of a car that’s not only significant historically, but would still be blast to drive.

-NR

1992 Porsche 968 with 3,500 miles – REVISIT

The oddly colored Porsche 968 with 3,500 miles we featured back in August is back up for sale. The seller has lowered the price a few thousand dollars. That’s probably not quite enough to move this sports car, but we’re moving in the right direction.

1992 Porsche 968 with 3,500 miles on eBay – REVISIT

The below post originally appeared on our site August 10, 2012:

For me, the 1990s was the zenith of Porsches. With the final evolution of the air-cooled 911 arriving in 1994, the front-engine 928 and 968 were in their final throes, soon to be usurped by the Boxster which itself was joined later on by an SUV, sedan and mid-engine coupe. This 968 represents the first year of this 944 derived evolution. For the more sporting enthusiasts, the 6-speed manual coupe is favored over its open roofed counterpart. The Amethyst Metallic paintwork is certainly a departure from the normal black, red and silver we tend to see on this model. The interior, well, the Porsche Script cloth would have been nice on its own, but the Magenta dashboard and carpets, well, they are a bit eye popping to say the least.

1992 Porsche 968 on eBay

The 968 was introduced in 1992 as an all new model and produced at Porsche’s own factory in Zuffenhausen Germany. The last evolution of Porsche front engine, water cooled design (long before the Cayanne) remains one of the most well balanced sports cars of all time. The 3.0 liter four cylinder with variable valve timing produced 236 Hp with gobs of torque making them a blast to drive when matted to a new 6 speed manual. Like a lot of other Porsche’s the relatively low maintenance cost and outstanding reliability meant the have been well used. Our 968 was one of the first delivered to the U.S. through Stoddard Porsche in Willoughby Ohio. Ordered in Amethyst Metallic our 968 is truly one of a kind with its interior done in Light Grey “Porsche Script” cloth and matching carpet with Magenta piping and accents. We had searched for many years for the perfect, low mileage 968 and found her in the prep area at the Fox Valley Porsche Parade a few years back. The car is awesome and has been cared for its whole life by only one owner who put only 3,500 miles on it when we found it. Looking at the car it would be hard to believe a better example could exist and if it does we’d have to see it! Paint is amazing, interior spotless and always covered, service is done with all books and tools. This is the Best, original 968 on the planet and could never be duplicated again! Priced at Less than the original MSRP it is ready to be enjoyed by its next care taker.

This could certainly be one of the lowest mileage 968s left in North America, but therein lies the problem. Even though this car is priced under its original MSRP, you couldn’t really use it as intended. After about a year or two and 20,000 to 30,000 miles later, it will become just another nice, low mileage 968 in a color that surely won’t please everyone. The one thing that this 968 has going for it is that it is a 6 speed, though. Personally, if I were in the market for a clean 968, I’d hold out for a later 1994 or 1995 model with around 50,000 to 70,000 miles, so I wouldn’t have to worry about a devaluation that is worse than what you endure with some brand new cars.

-Paul

Low-mileage 1985 BMW M635CSi Euro for sale – REVISIT

The start of what would be the M6 legend, BMW Motorsport introduced M635CSi at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1983. It was basically an E24 with the282bhp M88 engine from M1. With 0-60 numbers in the low 6 second arena, the M635CSi was one of the top performers of its day.  All M6 cars came with a limited slip rear differential, larger 15″ wheels and tires and an upgraded suspension. This Polaris Silver M635CSi was featured last month and is certainly more potent than the Stateside M6.

1985 BMW M635CSi on eBay

Here I have an ’85 BMW Euro M635CSi in Polaris Silver with 76k miles on it, possibly a very rare color for the M635’s. I have 2 sets of BBS 3 Piece wheels for it. Presently there are 17 x 8.5 polished and powder-coated with near new Bridgestone Potenza RE-01 255/40-17 tires, awesome set-up, looks and handling are “Killer.” Also, I have been refurbishing the Original 16 x 8 3 piece BBS wheels that came with the car from BMW, silver Powder-coated centers with clear power-coating lips, qty 5, gorgeous, just need to seal the wheels together and torque the new bolts. I run Kendall mineral based engine oil and 92 octaine fuel. I also have a Frank Fahey Track Pipe to run without catalytic converters, mix 30% Av Gas with this set-up, again, awesome. Frank recently did the valve adjustments for me. This car has stainless steel exhaust system, exhaust note sounds magnificent, especially with the straight pipes and a touch of avgas. I also have a resonnater. I keep this car in the garage at all times to keep out of the sun and elements.

76,900 original miles
Runs and Drives Excellent
Premium Recaro Sport Seats, New upholstery, very comfortable.
Rear Headrests
Dash has no cracks and comes with the dash cover. (no room for extra pictures, I can send pix to you if you like)
Comes with an extra Brand New Euro Front Spoiler ( just in case of a mishap )
Extra Set of Original 3-piece BBS wheels  (Qty 5)
Yellow Fog Lights and I have the original clear lenses
New Interstate Battery ( bought last month, Sept )
Rear View Mirror with Map Light
Nakamichi In-dash 6 CD Changer
Infinity “Baselink” Sub-woofer in trunk
All Original Tool Kit, complete
Come with another set of Premium Speaker Pods that will need Leatherique refinishing to make them black, extra side project, no problem
Service Manuals
Receipts
This car will need to have the Air-conditioning recharged
The paint is all original.  However, as you might know, the silver clear-coat is inherent to crazing and is starting to appear.
I need to get  Calif Smog Cert
Of course, Offers Accepted
Life changing event, I have to sell…and, I deeply regret.  This is an awesome M635csi.
Thanks for checking this out, Cheers and God Bless

This car is a true time capsule, it is obvious that the owner has taken meticulous care of this car. The OEM plus upgrades combined with the clean original paint and scant 76K original miles make this a perfect weekend toy that can be driven to shows, and driven home with a trophy. Placing a value on a euro import is harder than most, as it is difficult to put a value on the fact that the car is even in this country. 

With the market for US M6 cars strong with top examples commanding upwards of $30,000, the argument could be made that this car should fall at that price point, as it’s true Euro Spec with the actual M88, and not the detuned S38 powerplant. The flip side of that is that badge snobs will argue that this is not an M6, and therefore should not commant M6 money. Whatever side of the fence you’re on, the $23,000 asking price for this car is a touch on the high side. Considering its condition, and all of the spare parts you get, I’d say this car should be in the area of $18,000 to $19,000.

-Brian

The below post originally appeared on our site October 11, 2012:

As soon as I saw this 635CSi, I thought of Evan’s post last year on a highly-modified 635. Whereas that silver shark accomplished its clean look via body kits and shaving, today’s was born this way thanks to the prudent factory Euro bumpers. A few individualized choices keep it from being completely stock, but the Euro originality and 76k original miles are what really set this M635CSi apart from the crowd.

Euro 1985 BMW M635CSi for sale on eBay


From the doting seller:

Here I have an ’85 BMW Euro M635csi in Polaris Silver with 76k miles on it, possibly a very rare color for the M635’s. I have 2 sets of BBS 3 Piece wheels for it. Presently there are 17 x 8.5 polished and powder-coated with near new Bridgestone Potenza RE-01 255/40-17 tires, awesome set-up, looks and handling are “Killer”. Also, I have been refurbishing the Original 16 x 8 3 piece BBS wheels that came with the car from BMW, silver Powder-coated centers with clear power-coating lips, qty 5, gorgeous, just need to seal the wheels together and torque the new bolts. I run Kendall mineral based engine oil and 92 octaine fuel. I also have a Frank Fahey Track Pipe to run without catalytic converters, mix 30% Av Gas with this set-up, again, awesome. Frank recently did the valve adjustments for me. This car has stainless steel exhaust system, exhaust note sounds magnificent, especially with the straight pipes and a touch of avgas. I also have a resonnater. I keep this car in the garage at all times to keep out of the sun and elements.

76,900 original miles
Runs and Drives Excellent
Premium Recaro Sport Seats, New upholstery, very comfortable.
Rear Headrests
Dash has no cracks and comes with the dash cover. (no room for extra pictures, I can send pix to you if you like)
Comes with an extra Brand New Euro Front Spoiler ( just in case of a mishap )
Extra Set of Original 3-piece BBS wheels (Qty 5)
Yellow Fog Lights and I have the original clear lenses
New Interstate Battery ( bought last month, Sept )
Rear View Mirror with Map Light
Nakamichi In-dash 6 CD Changer
Infinity “Baselink” Sub-woofer in trunk
All Original Tool Kit, complete
Come with another set of Premium Speaker Pods that will need Leatherique refinishing to make them black, extra side project, no problem
Service Manuals
Receipts

This car will need to have the Air-conditioning recharged
The paint is all original. However, as you might know, the silver clear-coat is inherent to crazing and is starting to appear.
I need to get Calif Smog Cert

Of course, Offers Accepted

Life changing event, I have to sell…and, I deeply regret. This is an awesome M635csi.

This is indeed an awesome M635CSi. But what’s the upper limit for these cars? I’d think the $27,500 Buy-It-Now might be closing in on that limit, and this is not a perfect E24. Sure, 76k miles is a nice amount, but it’s not a sub-50k mile creampuff. The Euroness (M88, anyone? yes please) adds value, but I think the opening bid of $16,500 is closer to a good price here rather than starting point. Throw in some for the extra wheels, I still think over $20k seems a bit optimistic. Price aside, the seller has done a very nice job with this M635CSi and I hope he and the buyer leave happy.

-NR

1967 Mercedes 230 Fintail Rally – REVISIT

The 1967 Mercedes 230 Fintail featured two weeks ago is back up for sale after coming short of its Buy it Now price:

1967 Mercedes 230 Fintail Rally on eBay – REVISIT

The car looks far to nice to have seen much hard off road use, but if you know your history then you would know that these Heckflosse Mercedes were quite capable rally cars, placing 1, 2, 3 in the Monte Carlo Rally right after their introduction. This 230 has had a lot of care in putting it to where it is now. It has a nice two tone paint jobs with unique beige with brown roof colors. Rally accessories include sway bars, Hella driving lights, questionably U.S. road legal French style yellow headlights, rally timers and a Tag Heuer stopwatch are inside.

The car has bids up to $5,000 and a Buy-It-Now price of $9,900. These aren’t particularly rare cars, though some engine and trim combos were limited production and command higher prices. This is a good looking car. I’ve included video of some vintage clips of fintails.

1967 Mercedes 230 Fintail Rally on eBay


~Evan

The below post originally appeared on our site October 25, 2012:

Towards the end of then 1960s, Mercedes-Benz finally laid the automotive fad that was the rear tailfin to rest. Never one to give into trends, it was rather surprising that the typically conservative company from Stuttgart would give in and feature such a bold styling cue. The W110 were the bread and butter midsize sedans for Mercedes through most of the decade. In 1965, the lineup was given a refresh that introduced the M180 2.3 liter inline six to the lineup that you see here in our feature car.

Not only was the W110 at the forefront of Mercedes-Benz’s crash testing efforts, but a few of the W110 and larger W111 Heckflosse models were successful in competition. One of the more notable events was the 1960 Rally Monte Carlo where a 220SE claimed first, second and third place, with first place awarded to Walter Schock and Rolf Moll. This 230 for sale in Illinois has been prepared for classic rallying, which seems a bit far fetched to the uninitiated. Those in the know, however, are aware just how tough and well suited for rallying these cars can be.

1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 on eBay

1967 Mercedes-Benz 230, W110. Fintail, Heckflosse. 2.3 liter inline 6 cylinder, complete tune-up with plugs and wires. Carbs are refurbished. New belts, new hoses. Complete repaint job two years ago, unique factory two tone paint. Front disc brakes, new front rotors, new front pads. Rear drums have been resurfaced. With new hoses all the way around, new brake booster with new spare. Reupholstered in Mercedes MB-tex, correct Becker stereo, has factory FM upgrade, new KYB Shocks front and rear. Vintage AMG factory sway bars. Sway bars were used in the 300SEL. 16″ OEM steel wheels & tires. Have the stock factory 14″ wheels. Factory hubcaps too. Upgraded headlights h4 (yellow). Hella driving lights, vintage factory trip meter for vintage rally events. Tag-Heuer Stop Watch (vintage). Dash clip used in vintage rally events. Amazing running and driving car, head turner.

After looking this car over, I’d smitten with it. But then again, I’m into offbeat rally machines. There are probably only two things I’d change, which would be the somewhat staid color scheme and of course, I’d prefer a 4-speed manual, whether it be a column or floor mounted shift. The seller is being realistic with the price here, as most late model 230s will range between $6,000 to $10,000 in good condition. With the added rally bits, not to mention the vintage Tag Heuer stopwatch, there are worse ways to spend $9,900.

1991 Mercedes-Benz 2.3: REVISIT

The mint, low mileage 1991 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3 located in Texas that we featured in July is back up for sale. It’s not the powerhouse of the 190E crew, but with mileage this low, this car has a lot of life left in it and would be a great buy for someone seeking old school Mercedes engineering mixed with a good dose of economy.

1991 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3 on eBay – REVISIT

The below post originally appeared on our site July 26, 2012:

The Mercedes-Benz 190E was the car that introduced consumers to the idea that of a compact Mercedes-Benz. This small luxury sedan would eventually be revered for its longevity and brought the idea of Mercedes ownership closer to upwardly mobile consumers in the 1980s. My father drove a 1992 190E 2.6 for a few years and while it wasn’t the most exciting car I had ever driven, I remember it fondly for it’s smooth power, excellent build quality and durability. It’s getting harder to find nice examples of the Baby Benz, as it was called, these days. But two have cropped up this week, one with the 2.3 liter four cylinder engine, the other with the 2.6 liter inline six.

First up, we have a 1991 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3 with a very low 50,000 original miles for sale in Texas.

1991 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3 on eBay

Hi Folks,

Up for grabs is a beautiful low mileage 190E finished in Pearl Blue over Blue. Car has been garged and well maintained. It gets compliments everywhere I go. You just don’t see very many in their orginal well preserved state any more. I am a huge Mercedes fan and really enjoy driving and caring for older Mercedes. We are in the middle of a move, and the wife would prefer I not bring along all the toys. My prior Benzes included included a 92 300D diesel, an 83 300SD and and an 85 300D.

This car was owned by an elderly couple and then transferred to the son and subsequently, grandson, who I purchased it from (hence the multiple owners). When I purchased the car last year, I went through the entire car to ensure its roadworthiness. It was used sparingly by us for in town driving.

MECHANICAL:The 2.3 L four cylinder engine is smooth and efficient, with adequate power. Only 50k original miles. Transmission shifts smoothly through the gears. It drives efforlessly at 70 MPH. No leaks. COLD AC and heat. Recent service highlights include:

– AC recently serviced, with a replaced AC relay. I had the system checked for leaks (which there were none) and topped off. It blows very cold.
– New Bosch Alternator and Battery
– New spark plugs/wires/rotor
– New accessory belt tensioner.
– Replaced heater valve. Heat works great.
– Replaced radiator last year. New radiator hoses replaced aging hoses.
– New air filter
– Suspension is tight.
– Slight vibration at idle and may benefit from new motor mounts.

EXTERIOR: Finished in pearlblue (perlblau) paint (code 348), the exterior is in great shape. No fading or oxidation, even on the roof. No RUST or oxidation anywhere. Lower plastic panels are in great shape. Has been mostly garaged. Sunroof delete model so more headroom and no leaky or clooged drains to worry about.

– The headlight and tail light lenses are in great shape and not faded.
– 15″ inch OEM wheels in good shape with fairly new tires.
– Windshield is in good shape. Has a tiny chip. No cracks.
– There are shallow hail dings in the trunk. They do not show up well in the pic and can only be seen up close.
– Small crack in the right rear bumper trim, but I have a replacement trim to accompany it. Has a small ding right above it.

INTERIOR: Matching blue interior is in great shape and well preserved thanks to being garaged. NON SMOKER.

– The dials and the needles in the instrument cluster are bright and orange, and not faded, another sign of being garaged.
– The seats are firm and supportive, without any tears or sagging. The mesh storage inserts behind the front seats are still taut. They usually sag in cars ofthis vintage.
– The Zebrano wood is in excellent shape without any cracks or delamination.
– NO DASH CRACKS
– Headliner is perfect. Sun visors are perfect.
– OEM factory radio and speakers are in good shape.
– Clock and temp indicator work great.
– Carpets are in good shape. No unsightly stains. Driver’s side floor mat has some wear.
– All power windows work great. Functional power side view mirror.

In summary, you are getting a wonderful piece of German engineering that will continue to provide years of motoring bliss. The car is not new and not perfect, but is very clean for a 21 year old. It is not concours but can easily be. They don’t quite build them like this anymore. Be realistic in your expectations and you will not be disappointed.

-Paul

2001 BMW C1 200cc Scooter – REVISIT

The BMW C1 Scooter that we featured two weeks ago has been relisted. For sale in Chicago from our reader Johnny, this is an uncommon piece here in the US and already has a fair amount of bidding interest this time around.

2001 BMW C1 200cc Scooter on eBay – REVISIT

The below post originally appeared on our site September 10, 2012:

We’ve had a few oddball machines here at GCFSB over the years, but this may be the most unexpected feature vehicle yet. The BMW C1 was devised with city dwellers in mind. An enclosed scooter, the C1 was designed around a safety theme, as it had shoulder belts, crumple zones and an aluminum roll cage. Two models were offered, the 125 and 200, which had a 124cc or 176cc one cylinder engine, respectively. Manufactured by Bertone and sold between 2000 and 2003, the C1 was never offered to US customers. This particular C1 comes to us from our reader Johnny and is located in Chicago.

2001 BMW C1 200cc Scooter on eBay

We have a lot of time, effort and money into listing this motorcycle on eBay. Please be respectful of that and be certain that you intend to follow through with the sale. Your bid is a contract to buy. We have the listing set up to accept bids only from US bidders in an effort to prevent scammers from ruining the auction. If you are a legitimate bidder outside of the US and you have a way to have the bike picked up at our location without it being crated, please e-mail Chris at chris@motoworkschicago.com. Provide him with your ebay ID and confirm that you can arrange international shipping and have the bike picked up uncrated at our location in Chicago, and he will gladly add you to the list that allows you to bid.

My beloved BMW C1 is up for auction. I’ll be sad to see this one go, as I lusted for one of these machines from the time it was introduced in the mid ’90s until last year when I purchased her. If you are not familiar with what the C1, here is some background: First presented by BMW in 1992 at the IMFA in Cologne, Germany, the BMW C1 is a small motorcycle with a safety cage.

After selling 10,614 in 2001, the C1 only sold 2,000 in 2002 and ceased production in October 2002. The C1 was never available in the USA, and it didn’t take off in the UK as BMW had hoped, partly because the Government refused BMW’s argument to let riders use it without wearing a helmet. Several other European countries accepted the company’s claims that, with the twin seat belts, it was impossible for the rider’s head to hit the ground in an accident.

For the first time in a modern motor vehicle, the C1 combines the advantages of two-wheeled motorized transportation with the strengths of the automobile. The C1 is targeted to urban European markets as an appealing alternative to small cars and crowded mass transit systems. The ultimate congestion beater, it is easily maneuverable, versatile in traffic, easy to park and, due to its distinctive appearance, readily noticed by other motorists.

The C1’s most innovative design feature is its emphasis on safety. It is the first two wheeler in the world to offer a high standard of passive safety. BMW claims its crash tests have shown that, in a head on collision, the C1 offers a standard of accident protection comparable to a modern subcompact car. In fact, the C1 is so safe that it can be ridden without a helmet. The German, French and Spanish authorities have allowed an exception to the helmet law for the C1.

Why is it so safe? The driver is protected by shoulder height protective bars, an impact absorbing front wheel guard and a rigid aluminum roll-over cage. The C1 thus incorporates a car-style safety cell, formed by its aluminum “space frame” and roof struts. The C1 is fitted with twin seat-belts in a “cross your heart” fashion to keep the rider safely inside the vehicle.
The C1 is powered by a 125cc, or a 200cc engine mated to a continuously variable, stepless automatic transmission. Just twist the throttle and go! The C1 engine features double overhead camshafts, sophisticated inlet-port shaping and electronic fuel injection. The engine is content to run at high speeds, thanks to a compression ratio of 13:1. The C1’s generator, the most powerful ever on a two-wheeler at the time, develops 400 Watts, so you are good to plug in accessories and still power the heated seat and grips.

Things I like and interesting data on the scoot:
She is safe to ride without a helmet, and its really true, I did a pile of research online and found that all of BMW’s testing states that the scoot is actually safer to ride without a helmet.
The centerstand system is amazing, one lever raises and lowers the suspension, and the other lever deploys the stand. It’s genius.
The windshield wiper has a fluid reservoir and and a button to spray.
The optional rear case is huge.
She is not top heavy the way I thought she would be.
Top speed is about 70mph

This scoot was bought new by a German car collector and grey market importer. I purchased the scoot from him. She has a 50 state legal Washington title that is ready to be transferred into your name. I have her insured with Progressive as a BMW scooter, the policy is less than $200 per year. Everything on the scooter works as it should. The top case was dropped by the previous owner and is scratched a bit from that, the detailed pics show that damage.

If you are a Beemer nerd and a scooter nerd like myself, this thing is the ultimate. I bought her with 1700km last year. I more than doubled that, had a blast doing it, and now it’s time to let someone else take their turn.

When they were new, these scooters retailed for around $6,000 to $7,000. I’ve never seen a C1 in the US, so this unique two-wheeler represents a rare opportunity. A quick scan of some European sites brought up a few of these and most are priced around the $2,000 mark. You can buy a basic, brand new Vespa these days for just a tad over $3,000, but, I’m guessing the same person that would be attracted to such a scooter may not necessarily fall in love with the C1. It’s nice to see, however, manufacturers who are still receptive to put products like this outside of the mainstream into production. More often than not it’s when new technologies are tried out and lessons are learned with regards to manufacturing.

-Paul

1988 Mercedes Benz 300TE AMG “Mallet” Wagon – REVISIT

1988 Mercedes Benz 300TE AMG Mallet Wagon – REVISIT

Another revisit for us. This happens with really conspicuous cars, particularly ones that just don’t seem to find owners who want to hold on to a car for the long haul. We first posted about this car back in 2008 and it is now up on eBay again for sale by We Be Autos.

The car didn’t sell at $48k and then again at $38k, garnering bids only up to $20k back then. It is now up with a buy-it-now price of $29,995.

The car has 77,800 miles on it and has taken on the Mallet moniker in homage to the AMG Hammer name. The seller says there is $40,000 in receipts, which are worth checking out to see how recent the “mechanical restoration” work was done.

Very cool car, that would have been one of the most awesome things on the road when new. I appreciate all the photos of the car, but wish they weren’t all taken in a dimly lit Mad Max style warehouse.

1988 Mercedes Benz 300TE AMG Mallet Wagon – REVISIT

The seller has posted a video of the car:

The below post originally appeared on our site July 29, 2008:

Bring a Trailer has been on fire recently with their finds, but this one really rang my bell. A W124 wagon project car done up like an AMG Hammer of the period.

1988 W124 AMG Wagon For Sale1988 W124 AMG Wagon For Sale

I love everything about this car. A monster 6L motor, all black on black color scheme, classic late 80’s styling with AMG monoblocks, light colored wood interior, etc, etc… It’s a cherry ride. But honestly, unless this car is a documented AMG one-off, I’d be very curious to see who’d justify the $48k buy-it-now. It’s an incredible car, but c’mon… I hope the seller and community rise to the occasion to prove it authenticity because it’s a fantastic car.

dc

1990 Mercedes Benz 560SEC Wald body kit – REVISIT

1990 Mercedes Benz 560SEC Wald body kit – updated eBay link

This car is back up for sale almost a year after originally appearing on our site and it warranted a bump back to the front page because it is now on ebay with no reserve.

Since November it has added 1,000 miles to 79,000. When it last appeared the ask price was $21,000. Now with no reserve actual market value will be seen. Someone may get a deal on this if it stays under the radar, which me posting about it probably isn’t helping. (sorry to those of you bidding).

Prices on these are going up and while the nearly $150,000 we saw earlier this year on the Prince of Monaco’s W126 coupe was quite crazy $20k for this may not be a surprise, though I bet it will sell a few thousand short of that. The Wald kit does add to the rarity and is not an obnoxious body kit, but subtlety add to the looks of the car.

The below posting appeared on our site November 6, 2011:

One of these appeared in my neighborhood recently, a nice very stock, late model 560SEC. Years later these are still nice cars and still generate demand from enthusiasts.

The one featured here has extra good looks coming from the Wald international of Japan body kit. It also has nice AMG rims and has been lowered. Clear corners and smoked tails compliment the look. The car has 78,000 miles and the owner claims $20,000 in receipts.

Inside the stereo has been upgraded with a number of new parts. The dash features white-faced gauges and there is also a BBS wood or wood look steering wheel. One thing that dates Mercedes of this era is the gray interior they put on so many cars. It is boring, doesn’t really give a very luxury appearance, and also it ages poorly, by that I mean driver seats don’t get a nice patina, but often show a yellowing discoloration. The interior here looks very clean though.

The seller is letting their own attachment to the car get in the way of asking a reasonable selling price as the ask is $21,000. That is too high right now for a W126 coupe with that kind of mileage, even with the additions, and in this nice shape. The seller also fails to provide enough photos of substance (no shots of the right side, no engine shot) to convince even a really interested party to think about biting on this one. Perhaps this is a case of an owner being told by a wife that he needs to sell a car and this is his way of being able to say he is trying, but inside he knows there is no hope of actually selling it from this advert.

The posting and photos originally appeared on our site November 6, 2011 here is the updated link for its reappearance September 2012:

1990 Mercedes Benz 560SEC Wald body kit – updated eBay link

~Evan