1983 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5 speed

With the introduction of the R107 Mercedes-Benz SL, there were some enthusiasts who lamented the transformation of the SL from a sporting roadster to a car that had a more boulevard cruiser attitude. Nevertheless, over a 19 year production run, the R107 was one of the most popular Mercedes-Benz models in history. All of the models sold in the US market were equipped with V8 engines and, except for a handful of early models, automatic transmissions. However, a few gray market six cylinder models made their way across the pond. Here is one of those smaller engined SLs for sale in California.

1983 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5 speed manual on eBay

This is a very rare European edition 280SL roadster. This was never officially imported to the USA. Ebay’s system can’t handle European VINs so I had to put a string of zeroes in there. The real VIN is WDB10704210017210. Currently registered in California.

It’s a DOHC six cylinder, fuel-injected, 5-speed ZF manual gearbox, small and elegant European bumpers, flush composite headlamps, etc. It’s also been treated to a BBS rear spoiler, plus aerodynamic body kit (chin and rear spoilers, side skirts), easily removed if you prefer, and 15″ chrome Mercedes wheels.

The car runs perfectly, stays cool even with A/C on, no oil leaks, just purrs. The 5-speed gearbox shifts like butter, brakes are perfect, all electrical works including windows, gauges, clock, power antenna, etc., AC works and blows cold! Only 98M! Nice AM/FM/CD with iPod port. Interior is beautiful condition as is the German canvas top. The original matching hardtop is included as well. The body is straight but the paint has flaws (see left fender and trunk lid pics). Small bolt holes in trunklid where third brakelight was removed, covered. A few small dings. Left side orange corner lenses have some cracks. Chrome and trim are excellent.

A great fun car to drive – much quicker and faster than an American 380SL with auto trans. Gets thumbs-up everywhere it goes!

The price for this 280SL is right around the same neighborhood for a similar vintage 380SL with similar mileage. Personally, I always thought the V8 was a bit overkill for such a small car, but I’d prefer a later model 1986 through 1989 300SL. Sadly, those are more rare on these shores than their earlier six cylinder brethren. Given that the first R107 300SLs are now 25 years old and exempt from EPA and DOT regulations for importation, we could start seeing a few pop up on our shores. And perhaps on GCFSB.

-Paul

2000 BMW Z8

After watching an old Top Gear episode from season two, I thought, hmmm, haven’t seen many BMW Z8s on GCFSB lately. Here’s one with 37k miles for just under $100k for sale in La Jolla, California.

The seller states:

This southern California BMW Z8 six speed, silver with red/black leathers, is a fine example of the legendary Z8 Roadster. The Z8’s leading edge engineering and style make it one of the world’s most coveted, high performance, modern day, limited edition sports cars. Standard options include: ABS, Traction control, stability control, front side-mounted airbags, remote vehicle anti-theft system, engine immobilizer, Xenon high intensity headlamps, Headlamp wipers, Speed sensitive wipers, Harman/Kardon stereo system, Multi-CD located under seat, 260 watts stereo output, 10 speakers, diversity antenna, speed-proportional power steering, retained accessory power, air conditioning, micron air filtration, Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror, heated driver and passenger seats, one-touch power windows.

The BMW Z8 Roadster was inspired by the extraordinary BMW 507 and is an all- aluminum body. Powered by a 5.0 liter DOHC 32-Valve V8 engine, developing 394 bhp @ 6600 rpm and 368 ft. lb. of torque @ 3800 rpm. 0-60 in 4.2 seconds. This vehicle comes with hard top, top stand, books and tools. The extraordinary BMW Z8 roadster is revered by collectors worldwide as one of the fastest appreciating sports cars avaialble today. This car has been lovingly maintained since imported new into the US.

I was never quite sure what to make of the Z8. It seems as if BMW lost the flagship plot ever since the last 1989 635CSi rolled off the line. The 8 series was never as recognizable as the E24 6 series and floundered in the marketplace even though it had plenty to offer in the way of performance and comfort. While I’ve never been fortunate enough to drive a Z8, from everything I have read, it has been pegged as more of a grand tourer even though it appeared as an outright supercar. Perhaps this is why it was with us for such a short time.

The 507 roadster from the 1950s was a gorgeous machine and I think the Z8 payed an excellent homage to it and gave us one last breath of good, clean BMW styling before the Bangle era took hold. These Z8s will more than likely hold their value over the years and anytime they reach into the $90,000 and below range, it is a decent value, in relative terms.

-Paul

1990 BMW Z1, Fully Federalized

The United States, for all intensive purposes, is a free country. When it comes to many foreign vehicles, though, The Illuminatus Trilogy summed it up well: “Freedom defined is freedom denied.” Given that the Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency act as the no fun club towards car enthusiasts, I jump when I see a rare and interesting vehicle which has endured the US Federalization process via some determined individual. As an example, Nate had recently featured an example of BMW’s first attempt at a roadster, the Z1. This car was for sale in Canada though, via Monaco. Now a little over a week later, I’ve located a Federalized Z1 on Hemmings hiding out in California.

1989 BMW Z1 on Hemmings

The seller states:

Rare car and especially rare in the US. Fully Federalized to drive in US. Will pass smog in CA (This alone costs tens of thousands of dollars). Excellent condition mechanically and cosmetically, new true dual exhaust, full leather interior, no cloth inserts. Optional deluxe hard top fully leather lined with speakers, map lights and rear defogger. Power Windows, Power Brakes, Power Steering. Great sound system. If you want a car that really stops traffic, this is the one. You can drive the car with the top and doors down at the same time. It’s the closest thing to a motorcycle only with four wheels. Very fun car to drive.

It took me 14 years to find one that I could purchase in the US and legally drive. I have found only six other Z1s in legally in the US. I’ve been told there are more in the US but they are not here legally. This one is fully recognized and authorized by the US DOT. All of the records from new come with this car. Every oil change, and all service has been documented. Recent timing belt change. All import records, updates to the exhaust and the leather interior are completed documented. This very car was featured in April 2008 issue of Bimmer magazine (pages 80 through 84). $52,500 negotiable

The Z8 will always be revered as a classic BMW roadster, much like the 507, it’s spiritual predecessor. It has always surprised me how overlooked the Z1 is, since it was somewhat of a test run for the later Z3 and Z4 roadsters to follow. $52,500 is not chump change for a BMW that is over 20 years old with 43,000 miles, but then again, this is no ordinary BMW. It’s about $10,000 higher than what I’d feel comfortable spending, considering that it is fully legal in this country. I do, however, love the color combination. With the sliding doors and warmer weather arriving here in the Northeast, it would be a fantastic form of shore transportation.

-Paul

1992 Porsche America Roadster

Phillip dropped us a note to let us know about his very unique Porsche 964 America Roadster. Check it out:

The 964 Wikipedia page states:

A turbo bodied cabriolet version was released in 1992. This had the standard electric spoiler and turbo guards. Mechanically it was the same as the standard model apart from 17″ cup wheels and the brakes and suspension which were ‘Turbo’ specification. Only 250 of this variant were produced in total during the 1992 and 1993 model years.

quote from seller:

This is a 1992 America Roadster in Raspberry red on Raspberry red (himbeerrot metallic) 1 of only 4 ever built according to Porsche North America.

History of the car.

First owner was a wealthy Western Canadian Businessman, now retired, who had taken triple A ball into Calgary and at one time had a lease on the saddledome. (documentation held by way of original in service warranty registration). He traded the car in on new Porsche turbo and the dealership wholesaled it out – purchased by a Canadian broker who deals in air cooled, limited editions Porsche – good reputation.

Second owner who I bought the car from; Canadian retired Banker from Japan. He is a Classic Porsche enthusiast and very knowledgeable about Porsche. According to him the Porsche has always been garaged/kept warm, never seen snow, virtually not seen rain.

Original owner confirmed it was factory ordered, custom matching interior including back seats (found in many euro cars, but very unusual in American cars, which usually have cheaper rear seat delete.
Original owner reports post ordering and upon its arrival he agreed to allow Porsche North America to use the car on the auto show circuit.

Allers Autosport has serviced the car this yr. & last yr. Frank (an inductee into Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame) was formerly mechanic at MCL motors (Vancover Porsche Dealer) but for years has operated his own very small shop focusing on the aircooled Porsche (has no website) operates among aircooled 911’s crowd.

5/08 orig. owner replaced cab top cables, pulleys, gears, transmission $2847
5/08 orig. owner maintenance ck, oil service and new battery $560
8/08 custom audio install (alpine headset with i-pod dock, boston/pioneer speakers), sorry but original speakers, cd, radio….all were bad.
12/08 orig. owner full engine ck/mechanical ck (air filter, plugs, heat exchanger gasket $842
1/09 orig. owner, replaced DME relay and servicing $410
3/09: oil service and replaced front hood struts $323
3/10 mechanical ck/ck plugs/ck brakes, oil service and replaced distributor caps & rotors $875
4/09 broker replaced cab top (pacific auto trim ) $1995
4/09 broker had alloy wheels refinished $672
7/09 new tires ( z rated, 17’s stock sizes)

Mechanically the car is Perfect! Everything works and does not drip any oil! This Porsche has 66,000 miles and the odometer reads in KMS at 110,000kms. If someone buys it in the US I will Pay to have the Speedo converted to US MPH at Palto Alto Speedometer.

Interior/Exterior:
-Side panels, doors, turbo flares excellent. There are no dings/door marks/scratches. Same goes for door sills.
-Bumpers excellent (both resprayed last year for stone chips-front, scratches-rear)
-Hood / rear deck excellent. Overall excellent except for 2 small stone chips under front headlight which I inherited with car. The paint is in overall excellent condition
-Interior carpet is good to excellent.
-Door panels both carpet & leather – excellent
-Wheels newly refinished 17″ cups ( from the turbo model) excellent, no scuffs

-The seats are Porsche sports. Passenger seat is excellent, drivers seat is excellent but side bolster-entry side has approx 2″ wear mark).
-Shift boot/leather surround excellent
-Full leather dash (both upper/lower) excellent
-Brake lever, has small scar, approx 1/4″
-Rear seats/belts excellent
-Top new last yr., excellent
-Visors, excellent
-Steering wheel, excellent

If you would like to discuss the purchase please call Phone 702-556-9116

I have to say the car certainly looks well loved. Not to mention it’s a pretty rare model in the 964 range. Nicely presented, documented, and ready for a night on the town — where I’ll bet this color looks great under the city lights.

Good luck with the sale Phillip!

dc

1998 BMW Z3, Low Miles, Rare Color

I remember the Z3 as one of those cars that had a massive amount of hooplah surrounding it upon it’s launch. Along with the 318i sedan, this was the first BMW to be built in the automaker’s new Spartanburg, South Carolina factory. The car also starred alongside Pierce Brosnan in his first James Bond movie, Goldeneye. In addition to the press, a little known fact was that the Z3 was available with some interesting, unique colors, such as this clean example in Türkisgrün (Turquoise Green).

document.write(”);1998 BMW Z3, Türkisgrün Green on eBay

Up for bidding is our gorgeous 1998 BMW Z3 Roadster. This car is in excellent condition with low mileage. The paint is very glossy with no scratches dings or dents, the black top and rear window are both in excellent conditon, the black leather interior is in very good conditon. The car has been well maintained and always stored indoors. The color of the car is Sea Foam Green which is a very rare color from BMW. The car comes complete with a rear wind screen to reduce buffeting, a BMW flannel rear window protector and a BMW factory tool kit.

While the seller describes the color as Sea Foam, the proper name for the color is in fact Turquoise Green. If you are interested in seeing more of these unique colors and some of the BMW Individual examples, click here. While the 1.9 liter engine was no screamer, at least this example has the manual transmission. The color and low miles makes this Z3 all the more attractive. If I could sell my 2007 C230 right now, I’d buy this car myself. I like it that much.

-Paul

1987 Mercedes-Benz 560SL

Ever since I was a little kid, I always had a fascination with the R107 SL roadster. Maybe it was Beverly Hills Cop, maybe it was the neighbor across the street that bought a black on gray example brand new in 1987. These aren’t the sportiest or most practical of machines, but for 19 years, they defined open air motoring from the house of the Three Pointed Star. Here is a relatively clean example of a later model with 123,000 miles for under $10,000.

Up for sale is a 1987 Mercedes Benz 560SL. It has a low 123,XXX miles, which is less than 5,500 miles per year. Car has lived in Colorado its entire life! 1st owner owned the car from 1987-2007!

Exterior color is Astral silver metallic, and the interior leather color is Alpaca gray. This is a very beautiful color combination that is not often seen. This car is in superb condition for its age. It needs absolutely nothing to be daily driven, but will equally enjoy staying in the garage until it’s time for a top-off weekend mountain cruise.

The engine (5.6L V8) and transmission are literally the best part of this car. No leaks anywhere, not one drip. The engine starts with a flick of the key and idles quietly and smooth. And the two most important things with an older Mercedes; 1) Oil pressure is above average at all times 2) Engine runs within temperature in all driving conditions (even with AC on). The engine is exceptionally clean and has obviously been well maintained. There are no vacuum leaks, as the vacuum gauge is pegged full left with the engine idling. If you see the vacuum gauge anywhere else at idle, it means that vacuum leaks are abound! Everything is vacuum related with these engine/transmissions so it is imperative that there are no leaks. The 4-speed automatic transmission shifts smooth and is without fault. The A/C is still R12 and blows nice and cold. The engine oil was just changed and is good for another 3,000 miles. All other fluids are recently checked/changed and are all clean.

The Astral silver paint is original to the car and is in very good shape. There are a few spots on the passenger side hood line where the clear coat has lifted. Not paint fade, clear coat lift. This is a given for almost any 20+ year old Mercedes. Thankfully it’s a silver car, not a dark color…so it’s really not noticeable. Otherwise the paint is in exceptional shape. There are maybe 2 door dings total. There is absolutely no body damage and the body/undercarriage is completely rust free. Bumpers and chrome are all straight with no cracks or dents in the chrome. All of the plastic/glass light & signal lenses are without flaw and in good shape. The hardtop is excellent shape. The original soft top is also in good shape, no leaks, the plastic windows are clear and not cracked/broken.

The interior is in good condition. The instrument cluster gauges are not completely faded. The carpets are very clean. The original Becker radio is still present and works great. The rest of the interior shows minor signs of wear. The driver’s seat has some small leather checking/cracking on the seat bottom, just a small tinge of bolster wear. The armrest is perfect. The passenger seat really has no flaws and is in great shape. The door panels on both doors are perfect with no flaws. The dashboard has a few cracks present. You can get a custom fit dash carpet for around $50, and a new dash pad/cover is $100; and if installed properly will look just as good as a factory replacement dashboard. Otherwise, the interior is in excellent condition. The windshield is the original Sekurit piece, and has no rock chips or cracks. Both power front windows roll up and down very quietly.

The suspension on this car is very tight. I have driven W107’s with half the miles that felt considerably looser than this one. Steering has absolutely no play. If you stomp on the brakes, it stops straight. It has new Bilstein shocks, new front brakes, and newer Bridgestone Potenza tires (60% remaining). I’m sure other front suspension work has been done at some point. It really drives like the sports car that it was meant to be. Many SL’s on the road with mileage/age handle like a wallowing pig. The tightness of the suspension/steering on this particular car inspires driving confidence!

Not much else to say about this original 560SL. It’s not a perfect car. It’s definitely nicer than your typical daily driver, but not quite as nice as the 60,000 mile garage queen. But overall I feel that it looks/feels/drives more like the 60,000mi example. A lot of the SL’s you see for sale have been sitting in the garage or storage for years at a time which is worse for the car than being driven seldom, even just bi-weekly. I would jump in this car and drive it cross-country without hesitation, which I cannot say for some of the non-driven SL’s for sale on eBay.

As far as R107 SLs go, this car is pretty good value for money. True, there are a ton of lower mileage examples out there, but then you’d be paying a lot more and hesitate to use the vehicle on a regular basis. There are also many worn out examples out there for this same price. These are very robust machines, especially with the dual row timing chains in the 5.6 liter, 225 horsepower engine. This along with the fact that the seller provides an extensive history gives any prospective buyer peace of mind.

-Paul

1991 Mercedes-Benz 300SL, rare 5-speed manual

The passing of the R107 chassis Mercedes-Benz 560SL proved a turning point for the classic SL roadster. Gone was the heavy, boulavardier cruiser and in came a more technologically advanced, if heavier, model. Not only was the SL available with the new 5.0 liter, four cam V8, but Mercedes saw fit to equip the new model with the first ever inline six engine for the US market since the 1972 280SL, resurrecting the storied 300SL badge once again. Here we have a 300SL with the rare 5 speed manual option over at Quattroworld.com.

1991 Mercedes-Benz 300SL 5-speed

The seller states:

75,523 miles. The turbo kit was used on this car and removed recently for smog.

Here is a video of a similarly equipped 300E with a Mosselman turbo installed:

R129 SLs have just about reached bottom when it comes to resale value, especially the earlier models. Going forward, clean ones are sure to appreciate, as we have seen with previous generations SLs as they age. While it would take the right kind of person to buy a 5 speed SL, there are very few out there and of those, I’m sure they have their following.

-Paul

2005 Smart Roadster

After the introduction of the original Smart Car in 1998, Smart diversified their lineup by adding the Roadster and Roadster Coupe in 2003 and the Fourfour in 2004. The first generation Smart Car wasn’t officially imported to the US and neither was the Roadster or Forfour. Powered by a turbocharged, three cylinder engine mounted in the rear, this car was likened to a modern day incarnation of the cheap sports car popularized by UK marques such as MG and Triumph. With a low curb weight of just over 1,700 pounds, this car has a power to weight ratio normally found in many exotics. Sadly, due to warranty claims stemming mainly from leaky tops, the Smart Roadster was a failure for parent company Mercedes-Benz and production halted in 2006.

2005 Smart Roadster for sale in Hemmings

The seller states:

Here’s a rare one. A Smart Roadster with large Michalak wheels, low profile tires and a new tuned exhaust system. This sport roadster gets 50-60 mpg on the highway. Never imported into the U.S. and 1 of only 5,000 produced. Heres your chance to own a sports car that can actually save you money on gas!

This car presents an opportunity to be one of the very few in the US to own one of these. Even so, the $18,000 entry fee seems a bit steep. After sifting through eBay UK, the highest priced Smart Roadster I came across was a 2006 Brabus edition for just shy of £10,000 (about $15,000). Given there are probably zero others on the US market right now, the seller is obviously thinking he can name his price. The only lingering question I have regarding a car like this is how difficult it might be to register it in certain states.

-Paul

Fleet of Vintage Porsche racers & street cars

Newcomer to eBay, but not to the business, Club Carrera Motors has an entire fleet of Porsche vintage racers now available for you on eBay.

A couple racers, including a 56 speedster that raced from day 1, some build up race cars, and a few street cars. They look good and have plenty of pictures and info in their listings. Prices are a bit high. If you want to have an instant race team for SCCA, SVRA, HSR, etc., I bet you could get yourself a deal if you bought them all.

From high to low price wise:

1962 Porsche 356

1961 Porsche 911T
1962 Porsche 356 racer

1961 Porsche 356 racer

1960 Porsche roadster

1956 Porsche speedster

Now just pick up to take them with you to the track. Hey it is Mercedes powered so it is German.

freightliner

~Evan