1990 RUF BTR 3 Slantnose Cabriolet

The 1980s were a grand time for automotive outlandishness. Cars like the Lamborghini LM002 and Ferrari Testarossa visually thrilled while technologies such as turbocharging and fuel-injection became en vogue. Through it all, there was one constant: the Porsche 911. This perennial sports car evolved into its own in the 1980s, culminating with some wild variations towards the end of the decade. One variation came by way of Option Code M505, more commonly known as the “Flachbau,” or Slantnose in English.

During this era, tuning firms were working their magic with all sorts of vehicles. One of the most famous and widely respected tuning firms to turn a wrench on a Porsche is Ruf Automobil GmbH. What began from a small garage in the 1940s turned into a manufacturer of high performance Porsches beginning in the late 1970s. Alois Ruf Jr. began by servicing and restoring cars out of his father’s garage and would go on to create his first tuned Porsche, a 930 with an enlarged motor. In the late 1980s, Ruf cemented his company’s reputation with the CTR, affectionately known as the Yellowbird. This was a wicked 911 with 469 horsepower on tap, capable of reaching 60mph from a standstill in well under four seconds and do the standing quarter mile in 11.9 seconds at 126 mph. It comes as no surprise, then, that this beast held a track record at the Nurburgring for several years.

This RUF Slantnose Cabriolet is a bit more tame than the CTR but nevertheless an important vehicle in this tuner’s history. It comes with a slew of upgrades over the standard 930 Turbo, such as the 6-speed manual gearbox. With only 1,400 original miles, it is pretty much a time machine back to the era of air-cooled performance.


Year: 1990
Model: RUF BTR 3 Slantnose Cabriolet
Engine: 3.4 liter turbocharged flat six
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 1,400 miles
Price: $299,000

EMAIL FOR DETAILS: euauex@icloud.com

This a RUF FACTORY BUILT 1990 Slantnose RUF BTR 3 cabriolet. Only 1,400 miles on it. Original factory window sticker price in 1990 was $249,000. It is the only one ever built like this, highly collectable and VERY RARE. $299,000 USD

RUF BTR lll 3.4L Engine
RUF 4 Pipe Exhaust System,
RUF Short Shift, Limited Slip Differential 40%, 17″
RUF Centers painted to match body color Wheels with original Dunlop tires and RUF centre caps,
RUF Logo LARGE Brembo calipers.
RUF, Two piece Rotors
RUF Stabilizer,
RUF Comfort Suspension,
RUF Front Spoiler with Oil Cooler,
RUF Instrumentation,
Ruf exterior badges,
RUF Sport mirrors,
RUF adjustable booster ,
RUF 6-Speed hydraulic operated clutch system,
RUF Leather steering wheel with raised
hub, Full Leather Interior,
RUF Inspired Recaro Electric Seats and
Electric Power Top.

Motronic System $10,000 Upgrade

RUF BTR lll start with the engine, which had the original partially finned cylinder barrels replaced by ones with air-cooling fins around their complete diameter. The bore was increased giving a new displacement of 3.4 L from the original 3.3 L. Ruf added unique Mahle Pistons and connecting rods and 935 type camshafts.

The turbo was replaced by a larger KKK K27 unit, and a larger free flowing intercooler was added. boost and 425hp with 1 bar. RUF added an adjustable boost control in the cockpit. The intake manifold was replaced, as was the exhaust. The first BTR engines used Bosch K Jetronic (CIS), but later engines called BTR III, used Bosch Motronic, and had 408hp up from the 374hp of the CIS engines. The Ruf Motronic system was the first digital engine management system to be available on a street Porsche 911 Turbo and had a dual injectors per cylinder, custom injector blocks and fuel rails derived from the 962 race car. Motronic was a $10,000 option on a BTR, but standard on the CTR.

A larger oil cooler was installed in a RUF front spoiler, moving it from the inside passenger fender. RUF modified Porsche G50 transmissions to take the increased demands of the BTR’s prodigious torque lowered and the suspension was stiffened. RUF single piece forged rims sized 9×17 and 10×17 ran on Dunlop Denloc tires. RUF offered a complete set of gauges including a 350km/hr speedometer, 1.5bar boost gauge, and Tachometer with the red line turned to near vertical.

Top speed was 300km/hr for the narrow body car and 280km/hr for the Turbo body. Acceleration to 60mph was in less than 5 seconds; by reaching 62mph in 4.6 seconds a 3.4 Liter Turbo-Ruf became the fastest accelerating production car ever tested by Auto Motor und Sport. It reached 100mph in only 9.5 seconds. RUF had matched, or even bettered, the performance figures for Porsche’s own Group B Le Mans car!

It’s easy to go out and drop $300,000 on any number of new supercars these days, but to do it on a vintage tuned Porsche is not the most common way of going about it. These RUF Porsches are more than your average tuner vehicle. These cars are about taking a 911 and making it better; turning it up to 11 in order to lay the smackdown on anything that might challenge it. For anyone interested in this impressive Porsche, they can contact the seller directly at euauex@icloud.com


1989 Alpina B11 3.5

BMW M cars are some of the most sought after performance machines on the road today. But with the proliferation of the Motorsports badge across the entire lineup, what if you want something a little bit more exclusive? Something just a bit more special? Alpina is a good place to start. Not just any other tuner, Alpina works closely with BMW to maintain the integrity of their vehicles which they seek to modify, something they have been in the business of doing since the late 1960s. Unlike many other tuners, they have earned the recognition as an official vehicle manufacturer by the TÜV in Germany, or Technical Inspection Association.

This 1989 B11 3.2, based on the E32 7 series, is for sale from our friends at North Shore Autosport in Chicago. It’s one of 332 built, having been imported to Canada via Japan about a decade ago. It has since been federalized upon arriving in the US.


Year: 1989
Model: Alpina B11 3.5
Engine: 3.5 liter inline six
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 84,261 miles
Price: $23,800

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Alpina B11 3.5 at North Shore Autosport


Originally a Japanese spec Alpina and then imported to Canada in the mid 2000s. This is B11 is owned by me, (Frank), personally. I hired a US approved importer from Washington State to federalize this B11, as they were near to Alberta, Canada where I found this unmolested Alpina. It was EPA exempt due to the year, but was still subject to some lighting, gauges and side impact requirements to be in accordance with NHTSA and DOT. This was a painstaking process and was quite expensive. Nevertheless, it is a completely street legal vintage Alpina with low original miles and unaltered original condition.

All original Alpina components are intact and nicely preserved. It does have some paintwork as many BMW’s of this vintage were plagued with lackluster paint quality. The hood, roof and deck lid had clearcoat damage and were refinished in the original diamond schwarz metallic. A new Alpina deco set was also installed to replace the aging original pieces. The wheels have also been refinished and are like new. The interior is completely original and well intact. All leather, door panels, dash and headliner are virtually flawless. No rips, tears, sagging or fading. The stereo was removed at some point for a Sony unit & Changer. The wood is real and in good shape, free of any cracking. It has a few spots that are not perfect, but mainly due to the clear finish.

The B11 3.5 boasted a higher performance version of BMW’s venerable 3.5-liter inline six-cylinder. Alpina hand built this engine, starting with polished and balanced internals, larger valves, ported cylinder heads, camshaft profile changes, fuel injection recalibration, engine management reprogramming and ultimately a higher compression ratio of 10.4:1, making a healthy 260hp (DIN) @ 5700 rpm. Finally, a free flowing stainless exhaust and a shorter drive ratio of 3.73 make this B11 a much more spirited luxury cruiser than the standard 735i. Unique 17×8.5 & 17×10 staggered Alpina wheels, stiffened & slightly lowered Bilstein suspension help transform this 7-series to an agile sports car, all while maintaining a pleasant ride.

This is a truly unique vehicle and would be an excellent addition to any BMW/Alpina enthusiast’s collection. Appointments can be made by appointment and third party inspections can be arranged by calling Frank @ 312.884.1149 or via email: frank@northshoreautosport.com

We do offer financing and can arrange shipping worldwide. Please go to our finance tab above for a complete online application or contact Frank for a shipping quote.


It’s no secret that these E32s can be a handful to maintain as they get older, but if there was ever an E32 to preserve, it’s one of these Alpinas. Then again, this car doesn’t need much more preservation, as the condition and mileage reveal. Alpina made a B12, featuring the 5.0 liter V12 engine, but this B11 with the 3.5 liter inline six offers relatively cheaper running costs and a bit less mass hanging over the front axle. With a bump in horsepower over the standard 3.5 liter BMW lump, it should make for a lively cruiser. These B11s were available with a 5-speed manual transmission, which is about the only thing that would improve the desirability of this car for me.


2000 BMW M Coupe

The E36/8 M Coupe is a favorite of ours here at GCFSB. These cars offer potent performance in a unique, shooting brake package. Just as soon as one of our featured listings sold, another M Coupe has come to our attention from our friends over at Rare Sport Bikes For Sale. This M Coupe is an earlier model with the S52 motor and has a shade under 90,000 miles. On offer in Salem, Oregon, it certainly is an eye catcher in Imola Red with the interior trimmed in black and red leather.

Year: 2000
Model: M Coupe
Engine: 3.2 liter inline six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 89,888
Price: $17,500 Firm

2000 BMW M Coupe on BMW CCA Puget Sound

2000 BMW Z3 M-Coupe.
89,888 miles.
Imola Red on Black/Red interior.
Clean Title

This car is bone stock with the exception of head light bulbs. It has the moonroof option. This is a 3-owner car that has been loved and driven with care. It has never been tracked or auto-crossed. The car runs and drives very well. Always had regular oil changes. Has been primarily driven as a summer vehicle for the past four years. It spent the winters garaged. Asking $21,500 OBO. Car is located in Salem, Oregon.

72,251mi- Water Pump (metal impeller), Thermostat Housing, Drive Belts
74,223mi- Stainless Steel Clutch Line, Fuel Filter, Brake Fluid
83,009mi- Drive Shaft Flex Joint (Guibo), Output Shaft Seal, Shift Rod Seal
83,771mi- P/S Hose, P/S Return Hose, P/S Reservoir, P/S Fluid
Bentley Manual included with sale.

The airbag light is on because it needs a driver’s seat belt tensioner assembly. Also, the front bumper cover is not original due to a low speed accident that happened four year ago. Because of this, the front end is virtually free of rock chips aside from one small chip from a parking curb (see photo). There is some curb rash on the wheels.

Best way to contact is email: jschafer.20ae@comcast.net

More photos here: http://s148.photobucket.com/user/bmwfanatics/library/2000%20BMW%20MCoupe?sort=2&page=1

The S52 powered M Coupe offers similar thrills for a lot less cash than the M Coupe equipped with the more powerful S54 engine. This particular car has gone through three owners and is closing in on 100,000, but its condition attests to the fact that it was owned by people who appreciated it. These M Coupes are heading the way of the E30 M3 in terms of value, as enthusiasts have recognized them for the outstanding performers that they are. For those on the fence, now is an opportune time to pull the trigger.


2012 911 Carrera 4 GTS


For the last of 997 generation cars, Porsche pulled out all of the stops to make this the most technologically advanced 911 yet. Some of the new gadgets include car features an optional stop/start feature that shuts the engine down at stops, electro-mechanical power steering, and the optional 7-speed PDK dual clutch gearbox, which this seller passed on in favor of the 6-speed manual (good call).

The Carrera 4 GTS sports the 3.8 liter boxer 6 that, like the 911s before it, puts up very impressive numbers. The 911 makes the run to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds with the help of 408bhp and 309 lb/ft of torque coupled to a 6-speed manual gearbox. While these numbers are impressive, in this day and age even sports cars aren’t immune from fuel economy scrutiny.  Luckily the GTS will go about 25 miles per gallon of fuel…not bad for an all out performer.


Year: 2012
Model: Carrera 4 GTS
Engine: 3.8 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 1,300 miles
Price: $97,997

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS on Rennlist.com


For sale by owner: 997 2012 911 GTS4 manual transmission coupe with only 1,300 miles.

Option list:

911 Carrera 4 GTS
Black Inter. Alcantara Seat
PASM Sport Suspension (-20mm)
Self-Dimming Mirrors
Heated Seats (Front)
GTS Sidestrips and Model Design
Bi-Xenon Headlights incl. PDLS
Sport Chrono Package Plus
Extend Navigation mod (PCM 3.0)
BOSE Surround Sound System
SiriusXM Satellite Radio Tuner

MSRP $118,655

Dealer installed accessories/options:
Full front wrap (3M) $2,500
Shipping in enclosed carrier $750

* Practically brand new, spotless inside and out.
* Has the iconic GTS wheels, and looks menacing in triple black.
* Highly optioned, has practically everything you could want in a 911.
* My loss is your gain; selling this and/or my Range Rover to keep just one car in the city.

Location: New York, NY 10001

Maintenance history: Break-in oil change will be performed at 2k miles, but likely to be sold before then. Only hand-washed, no machine/automatic washes.

Asking $97,997 or nearest reasonable offer.

No low-ballers please. Will be listed exclusively on Rennlist and Pelican first to hopefully attract private enthusiasts. If you’re in the market for a 911, this is the one you want.


If I had the means, this is 100% the way I would outfit my brand new 911. When buying this car not so long ago, the seller checked off all of the right boxes on the order form. The triple black on this is stunning, throw in all wheel drive, and the all important 3rd pedal, this car is the way a non turbo Porsche should be.

At $97K this Porsche is priced up where a CPO car should be without all of the benefits of being dealer backed. That being said there is a bit of negotiation that will need to be done in order to get this beauty where it should be. But if you’re up to the challenge, this would make an amazing addition to any garage.


Wagon Week: 1997 BMW Alpina B6 2.8 Touring

What a better way to close out Wagon Week with some more Alpina goodness? BMW never produced an M3 wagon for series production, but Alpina took to task to try and fill the void in the 1990s. The B6 2.8 Touring was based on the E36 Touring that the US market never saw. This was an interesting Alpina, as the engine capacity was not increased. Rather, custom heads, cams and pistons were added along with a performance exhaust system, bringing power output to 240 bhp, or US-spec M3 levels for those keeping track. Curiously, most of these B6 2.8 Tourings were equipped with a 5-speed automatic gearbox.

This B6 2.8 Touring for sale in Calgary comes to us from our reader Gerry. While older, tuned cars can sometimes be a risk, Alpina has made a name for itself over the years of putting out a quality product based on the “ultimate driving machine.”

Year: 1997
Model: Alpina B6 2.8 Touring
Engine: 2.8 liter six cylinder
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 145,000 km (90,098 mi)
Price: $14,500

1997 BMW Alpina B6 2.8 Touring on Kijiji.ca


A very rare Alpina B6 2.8 Touring (wagon). It is #41/136.

Here is your chance to own a E36 M3 wagon. Alpina seized the opportunity to make these as a touring M3 was not produced by BMW. This is a wagon with power and handling to match. Not your average BMW. Potentially one of the best balanced wagons on the earth.

Service History/inspections:

This car has had the 60km, 80km, 100km and 120km services. I just got service at 143km. Recent inspection by local independent German shop will be available to interested parties. Runs great, sounds great.

Factory Options:

It has all the features of the second generation three series. Automatic dual air, traction control, power sunroof, remote power door locks, adjustable height headlights, fog lights, pw. Rear pass through and armrest seats.

Aftermarket items:

The car also has a pioneer carrozzeia hard drive stereo DVD with GPS (Japanese version). The only aftermarket components on the car are the stereo and aftermarket HID’s in proper housings (a good thing if you know E36’s). Everything else is stock Alpina and BMW. The car has new tires.

“Individual” Alpina items:

Alpina scripting,

3.71 rear end ratio

Alpina supplied instrument cluster

Full Disclosure:

The only flaws in the car are the paint chip in the front left spoiler (pictured) and a few road rash chips (145km car), and a small chip in the original windshield. Interior has a bit of sagging door liners (chronic e36 issue). Engine bay will be cleaned when weather warms up. The rear wiper water line is missing from engine bay, its brittle and needs complete replacement.

Model History:

This model is a limited edition, made for Japan only, with a total of 136 E36 touring (wagons) made in the 2.8 series. There were a total of 276 E36 Touring (wagons) in the world (B3, B6, B8 ranging from 2.8L to 4.6L). The B6 was also made as a E30 and E21’s, so the E36 is designated by /2 (vs E30 /1 and E21 /0).

Alpina Production History:

From the BMW factory, these cars were shipped to Alpina with some special available to Alpina bmw items (like the rear end ratios, sport seats, BMW roundels removed) and then fitted with Alpina developed parts. The engine for example, started life as an aluminum block 2.8L from the 328 touring (M3’s have cast iron), and custom head, cams, forged pistons, custom tune, stainless full length headers and exhaust, were developed by Alpina from their decades of experience building BMW based engines. It was taken to the US spec M3 power level (192hp to 240hp).

The body kit (spoiler, pinstripes), interior (seat fabric, sport seats, carpet, floor mats, steering wheel, blue instrument cluster), suspension (bilstein sport gas shocks and higher spec springs, swaybars and bushings), 5-speed transmission (not available on a 3 series) and glorious wheels are all Alpina spec parts.

Production Timing:

This car was built by BMW March 3, 1997, making it the best of the breed (of the E36’s) as its a later production model. The late cars have factory upgraded parts on things that broke on earlier cars: maintenance items like cooling and suspensions.

Alpina is more than just a tuning company (ala AMG or Ruff), it is a dedicated manufacturer. See articles.

Black Porsche 951 For Sale with Fikse Wheels

Serious sale, business requirements for sale.

For those of us in the US, it’s always tempting to gaze at the automotive equivalent of forbidden fruit just over the border. There may be a way to register this tuned hauler in some states, but it would take a lot of research before pulling the trigger. But for our northern neighbors, this is certainly a neat way to have practicality with performance along with a dose of rarity usually associated with high-end exotics thrown in.

With that, I’ll take this opportunity to thank everyone for following us throughout Wagon Week. Stay tuned for other theme weeks and the usual helping of desirable classics in the coming weeks.


1987 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL

The Mercedes-Benz S class has long been the bar by which many executive sedans have been judged. Perhaps the most revered S class generation of all is the W126 which premiered in 1979 and was produced until 1991. While the world was busy celebrating Glasnost and listening to Duran Duran, Mercedes-Benz was hard at work doing what it did best: producing some of the best cars on the planet. At the top of the Mercedes-Benz sedan food chain was this car, the V8 engined S class.

When it was revised for the 1986 model year, the new top dog of the range was the 560SEL. Chock full of standard features and powered by a 5.6 liter V8, this long-wheelbase version had self-leveling rear suspension on North American bound cars, heated seats for front and rear passengers, burl walnut interior trim and a two way, power rear bench seat. When the W140 S class arrived in 1992, many lamented the loss of the W126 S class, as the new model was bigger, heavier and more complex.

The following 560SEL comes from our reader John in Florida and is a stunning example of a W126. It serves as an example how well these older Mercedes-Benzes can hold up over time if given the proper care.

Year: 1987
Model: 560SEL
Engine: 5.6 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 83,000 mi
Price: $10,000

1987 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL

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If circa 1985 you had asked Porsche to conceive and build a Rolls-Royce, the Mercedes-Benz 560SEL would have been Zuffenhausen’s answer. Power without temperament. Imperial but measured. Over-engineered and nothing wasted. Germanic to a fault but also elegant in ways that neither its predecessor 6.9 nor successor S600 could manage. The 560SEL represents the best of a platinum era in Stuttgart. Virtually every car since 1981 has been influenced in some way by this model which is why it doesn’t look 25 years old. It also had its first and only upgrade at a point when normal cars are on their third or fourth facelift. An exceptional example from the 1986-92 facelift series must rank as a potential special interest model, if it isn’t already. For many the W126 S-class is the last Mercedes-Benz that looked like a Mercedes-Benz, a marque that now stands accused of producing models, apart from the A-class, that look like everything else. Mercedes-Benz has since struggled to produce a premium model with the same impact and universal appeal as the W126. Could Mercedes-Benz ever deliver another S-class that didn’t require a single sheet metal change in 11 years?

This car was purchased by my father with less than 20,000 miles in 1989 has been in his hands or mine since. Originally a Michigan car that has been in Florida for 22 years. Finished in Schwartz metallic over grey leather with burl walnut trim. The exterior black pearl paint is a spectacular color choice on a large prestigious auto as is the 560SEL. With just over 83,000 miles on the clock, it is just broken in. The paint and interior are original. The lower body cladding panels were sprayed Schwartz to match the car. The leather looks new, the wood has no cracks, the headliner is unblemished and carpets as new. The finish is glossy and shows straight as an arrow body panels and only the usual rock chips at the front edge of the hood and below the headlights.

While the wheels are not original to the car (the original 15” alloys are available) they are OEM 16” from the owner’s 124 series E500 shod with new V rated radials. The euro-spec H4 lamps have been fitted to the car since the early 90’s. Recent maintenance includes, water pump, belts, hoses, plugs & wires, transmission filter and fluid, rear accumulator spheres and fluid, cam cover gaskets, front rotors, front and rear pads, master cylinder and fluid flush, and frequent oil and filter changes (Mann). The window tinting can be removed to return the car to its original specification, but; served well to protect the interior from sun fade. The interior is in exceptional condition.

Service records are available from date of purchase 22 years ago. I also have the original window sticker, manuals and assorted brochures. The car is in amazing time capsule. It is regularly driven so it runs great. The car drives as good as or even better than it looks which is saying a bunch. Very few original 25 year old automobiles can compare to this example.

Generally, I’m not a fan of later model W126 sedans that have their lower body cladding color matched, but on this car, it looks really sleek in black metallic when combined with the euro spec headlamps. While you could spend a bit more money and get a W126 with less miles, it would be tough to find an example that has been loved as much as this one.

If you are interested in this clean 560SEL, you can contact the seller, John, at (561) 376-2106 or via email at john_campbell@bellsouth.net


2001 BMW M Coupe – REVISIT

The price on the 2001 BMW M Coupe we featured last month has been lowered to $29,000. Inquire with the owner and fellow GCFSB reader Tony; his contact information is listed below.

2001 BMW M Coupe on BimmerForums – REVISIT

The below post originally appeared on our site January 26, 2013:

Of all the cars to be introduced in the last fifteen years, one of my favorites has to be the BMW M Coupe. My fellow contributor Brian recants the line from Talledega Nights from time to time – “I wanna go fast.” Well, if ever there was a car to do it in, this is it. Towards the end of the M Coupe production run, the S54 3.2 liter inline six took over the duty of motivating this speedy little car, with horsepower at 315. These cars are fast becoming the modern day E30 M3, with values increasing accordingly. This M Coupe for sale in Georgia comes to us from our reader Tony.

Year: 2001
Model: M Coupe
Engine: 3.2 liter inline six
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 67,000 mi
Price: $29,000

2001 BMW M Coupe on BimmerForums

2001 BMW M Coupe 333hp S54 Motor, Imola Red on Black Nappa Interior, 1 of 18 built. 66.5k miles. If you are looking at this, you know what this car is. I am the 3rd adult owner. This car is excellent condition both inside and out. Car is located in Atlanta. Asking $31,000



H&R Sport Springs and Bilstein Sport Shocks (original springs and shocks included)
Adjustable Camber Front Plates
Spacers 12.5mm front 12mm rear with extended wheel bolts
Sony head unit with aux input. Was installed without cutting any wires(Working original CD43 included)
Grom Aux input for factory head unit
PFC Blue Front Brake Pads (70% left), Porterfield R4S rear
Stainless Brake Lines and ATE Blue fluid (recently flushed)
Custom Performance Tune from Technica Motorsports, greatly improves throttle response and hp
ABS Slplitters in front and Diffuser in Rear (can be removed)
Euro Clear front blinkers
Leather Z door armrest pads (much more comfortable)
BWM front rock guards, rear magnetic ones
Remote Keyless entry

Maintenance in last 10k miles

New Fuel Filter
New ABS\DSC Module (original failed)
Recent Oil Change (BWM TWS) less than 1k ago
Seat Bushing fix
Glove Box Sag Fix
Window tracks properly greased
Amsoil MTF Fluid, shifts nicely into first gear
Michelin PS2 Tires 225/45/17 Fronts 50% remaining 255/40/17 Rear less than 1k miles on them
New Serpentine Belt with New Belt Tensioner(all 3)
New Spark plugs (oem)
Front trainling arm bushings (oem replacements)
Rogue Engineering Rear Shock Mounts
New hood and tailgate shocks
New mstripes on all exterior badges (not faded like many are)

The Good

Recent full clay\polish\wax. Paint has incredible shine to it
No Door Dings!
Interior shows virutally no wear, Drivers seat bolster in excellent condition
Car is very fast and handles amazingly well (as it should)
Brakes have a great feel to them, stops on a dime
Greatly improved linear throttle response due to custom tune
Chrome line lighted shift knob, fancy ebay m pedals
Comes with barely used coupe specific car cover
Passed Emissions 12/12 (no problems with o2 sensors)
Car has won 2 1st in class in the Peachtree CCA Concours
All rubber moldings in like new condition

The Bad

Crack in front bumper (see pics)
The usual rock chips. All filled in and not noticeable unless you get right up on them
Wheels have the usual amount of scratches, recently clayed and show very well.
Floor mats look to be original, in decent shape, have been kept clean

Over 70 photos here…

I wouldn’t consider the M Coupe as a future classic, as I think we’ve already arrived at classic status. Built in small numbers, power and performance to blow your mind and looks only a mother could love are just part of where the intriguing story begins. These M Coupes also act as a bridge between the BMWs of yore and those currently offered, it has enough simplicity to please the most hardcore enthusiasts but offers modern day mega performance. Good luck with the sale, Tony!


1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet

Our second Featured Listing last week, the one-owner 1995 Mercedes-Benz E320, has been relisted on eBay with it’s Buy it Now price lowered by $3,000.

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet on eBay

The below post originally appeared on our site December 9, 2012:

After a two decade hiatus, Mercedes-Benz brought back the four place cabriolet in 1992 with the W124. While convertibles in general are often thought of as somewhat flashy and carefree, the E class cabriolet went about its business in a more conservative, dignified manner. Today, the cabriolet is one of the most desired W124 variants, a point that is made abundantly clear by the number of low mileage examples on the market along with high resale values. This final year, one owner E320 comes to us from our reader Rainier in California.

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet on eBay

1995 Mercedes E320 Cabriolet. One owner car, Metallic Black exterior with Tan interior. Great condition, have all records of service, 66,750 miles and runs like new as it was a Sunday driver. This was one of the last cars built in November 1995. Seller has the right to end sale when I like. No warranty or refund after sale is complete. $18,995.00 obo

Mint, low mileage E320s can sometimes glance $30,000, with good quality runners ranging between $15,000 to $25,000. The W124 is a stout car, and the cabriolet is no different. Potential buyers should be aware of issues revolving around the wiring harness, as the material used for insulation can decompose over time. A one owner car like this is always attractive, as it helps to mitigate questions with regards to servicing history. For those in the market for a safe, practical young classic that offers a bit of top down flair, these W124 cabriolets are hard to beat.


1986 Porsche 944 Turbo

One of our Featured Listings from last week, the 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo, has been advertised on eBay by its owner with an opening bid of $10,000. This is a car in need of a good home and hopefully will find its way to one this holiday season.

1986 Porsche 944 Turbo on eBay

The below post originally appeared on our site December 8, 2012:

The Porsche 944 is a modern classic that has been coming into its own as of late. Not only have 911 purists begun to accept this car more so than in the past, but more and more enthusiasts are waking up to the fact that this was one of the best handling cars of recent memory. An evolution of the 924, the 944 was introduced in 1982 bringing upgrades and refinement to this four cylinder, rear-wheel drive coupe. At first, these cars offered a 2.5 liter, 150 hp engine, but in 1986, Porsche decided to bring out the big guns. The 944 Turbo arrived in 1986, known internally as the 951. Included was a turbocharged, intercooled version of the standard engine, producing 220 hp in stock form. This was the first turbo fitted to a car that made use of a ceramic port liner to retain exhaust gas temperature. Other features exclusive to the Turbo included a stronger gearbox with a 3.375 final drive ratio. A tauter suspension was also included with progressive springs.

This first year 944 Turbo for sale in Texas comes to us from our reader Chris who happens to be a Porsche Club of America member and one fastidious owner when it comes to maintenance.

1986 Porsche 944 Turbo on Rennlist

Year: 1986
Make: Porsche
Porsche Model: 944 Turbo
Mileage: 137,000
Options: Air Conditioning, Alarm System, Cruise Control, Foglamps, Intermittent Wipers, Leather Seats, Power Brakes, Power Steering, Power Windows, Sunroof
Color: Black
VIN: WP0AA095XGN156480
Price: $10,500
Location: Texas
Transmission Type: Manual – 5 speed
Engine Type: Turbo
Stereo System: AM-FM CD

On offer is my black/black 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo (Type 951, built 6/86, VIN: WP0AA095XGN156480) with 137k miles in fantastic shape. It’s a very clean, well-documented, well-maintained, well-sorted driver with minimal modifications that is original inspired and reliable enough for daily use. Always garaged. Original paint (7/10), minimal dash cracks. Michelin Pilot Exalto tires with 50%+ remaining. Spent most of its life running through hill and dale in Georgia and Tennessee. Rumored to have been tracked once years ago, no autocrosses or ‘offs’. I love this classic supercar and wish it could stay in my garage for years to come, but I must sell to fund a home project.

Mutually, it’s a good time for me to get out, and for you to get in. The car has seen a great amount of care and maintenance in the past year as well; $6k in receipts as a matter of fact, from when I bought it in October 2011. The records folder goes back to the original owner in 1993. I am a PCA member and have painstakingly approached ownership of this car, like the previous 5 owners, with a near-open checkbook policy more to maintain it, less to mod it. The last owner kept it in storage and drove it occasionally every few weeks for 6 years. I drove it more than a few times every week for the past year in a different climate, so a whole lot of items came to the surface and got sorted out. I don’t anticipate the next year needing near this much work as a result! It’s been treated like a fine classic German timepiece and most everything works.

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Pictures do appear harsh in the direct Texas sun as it amplifies all details for better or worse in my lens, but looks better in person. Let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see more clearly without the glare that is in some of the photos. I may reshoot these on a partly cloudy day for serious inquiries (am already late getting this listed from a few folks waiting).

Maintenance in the past 14 months:
Professional paint correction and detailing by Details, Ltd. of Addison (also regularly hand-washed at home, 2 bucket system, Zaino)
Hatch alignment and new pin seats (hatch does not chronically rattle or squeak)
Porsche idle stabilizer screw and o-ring (idles perfectly around 840rpm)
Porsche cassette holder/tray with hinge and Lart’s black leather armrest cover
Porsche hood struts
BOSCH cruise control module
BOSCH hatch lock motor
BOSCH MicroEdge wipers (all 3)
Texas inspection sticker good until 9/2013 if sold in-state (passed in 9/12, no emissions req., still has cat installed)
New front brake hoses, system bleed/flush/fill with Super Blue fluid
Lart’s braided fuel lines with OE Porsche damper line (engine bay lines, replaced originals)
BOSCH 3-bar FPR (fuel pressure regulator)
BOSCH FPD (fuel pressure damper)
BOSCH diverter valve (full boost at 1.8 bar)
Porsche coolant tank reservoir (clear, not yellow) and hoses (Coolant temperature regularly reads at and between the two white marks on the gauge)
BOSCH heater control valve and associated hoses (heater operational)
Coolant hose from engine to radiator
Upper and lower radiator hoses
BOSCH auxiliary coolant pump and thermostat (for turbo)
Facet speed and reference sensor wires
Porsche rear half-shaft axle assemblies and CVs
K&N air filter
BOSCH distributor cap, rotor, seal, cover
BOSCH copper spark plugs
BOSCH wireset
DuraLast red-top 3-yr. battery and Porsche cover cap
Rear tail lamp, brake, and side marker bulbs
Oil and filter change @ 133k, always changed every 3-5k (May; Mobil1 15W-50, needs again in 1k or right after driving home a long way)
A/C recharged (R134a, converted in 1995; cold enough for Texas)
Engine re-seal (front)
Balance belt
Cam belt tensioner
Timing belt and water pump (2011 @ 130k miles, 7k on new belt; change every 45-60k miles)
Clutch was measured at 21mm in 2011, 6k miles ago, no abusive launches, strong hookup
Tie-rod ends, control arms, bushings looked good in 2011, no pot holes or hard knocks
Had PPI and Clarks-Garage buying guide reviewed a year ago by an ex-Brumos mechanic in Nashville; all of these were ‘OK’ or addressed, have notes

Factory Options:
All codes: C02, 158, 418, 425, 431, 454, 533, 650, 946

Autothority/APE ‘Stage 2’ 270hp chip; dyno sheet included in records indicates 290hp, 170mph max; makes more power than a Turbo S (done in 1995)
Cross-drilled brake rotors; previous owner, still straight and true with lots of bite
Becker/Porsche CDR-220 AM/FM/CD stereo with AUX-in adaptor (swstereo.com) and MB Quart DKD 146 speakers (four 4×6); really great stereo (2012)
Custom milled aluminum black smartphone tray in ashtray location, holds an iPhone 5 and coins, misc. underneath (2012)

Comes with: what it still has plus a spares box
Porsche ignition, door keys, 1 set (original)
Porsche 944 Turbo owner’s manuals and folder (original)
Porsche 944 Turbo Workshop Manual binder (original)
Becker radio code in owner’s manual folder
Porsche air compressor, working (original)
Porsche spare tire, jack, tools (original)
Porsche black leather sunroof sleeve (original)
Porsche black screw-in front tow hook (new)
Porsche black touch-up paint
Porsche RL bumper pad (spare, RR replaced 2012)
Porsche DME relay spare (new)
Lloyds black floormats
CoverKing fitted windshield shade (save that nice dash!)
Black wooden dowel hatch prop
Porsche Club of America ‘Panorama’ and Maverick region ‘Slipstream’ magazines from the past year
Rennlist silver die-cut decal (new)
The replaced original ashtray, stereo under pocket, armrest (junk), speaker grilles (MB Quarts don’t clear these) and washer fluid pump (broken)
Bags of various spare Porsche 944 Turbo relays, fuses, switches, screws, brackets, bolts, nuts, clips, etc. for your partsbin
Bottles of coolant (Peak, 1/2), oil (Mobil1 15W-50, new), power steering fluid (AutoZone Dextron ATF, ¼), and some paper towels

Needs and FYIs:

Don’t let the long paragraph scare you! I’m just OCD with cars. As with most 951s, the oil pan gasket leaks. Even my mechanic says this is OK and to just regularly check the oil (every fillup, Mobil1 15W-50, keep at top dipstick line). Garage drip tray recommended. If you want to start tracking the car some or get tired of ‘marking your spot’, you’ll want to replace that and the head gasket prior (last done and resurfaced in 2007) to be safe, but these are otherwise fine for street use. Very minor power steering leak, check level every 1k miles. Clutch pedal will occasionally stick at the top 1/5 of travel when cold, does not affect drivability if it happens (pull pedal up 1” with toe); hydraulics and switch are fine, I just cannot physically get up to this mechanism to lube it properly. Electric hatch motor works but the switch is intermittent. Windshield washer system from the reservoir to the nozzles needs to be replaced- I just squeegee. The sunroof works great but the microswitch tab in the panel is handicapped, so you need to use something like a toothpick to engage it only for the UP operation- DOWN is normal. The hatch struts are worn, but 944 owners know if you put new strong struts on, they may make the hatch glass delaminate from the frame faster- I’ve just used a black wooden dowel (sometimes they stay up if it’s warm). The gas gauge when full reads 3.5/4. The oil gauge when fully topped up reads 4.5/5 (2/5 when idling).

The car has a clean CARFAX, though you’ll note a mileage discrepancy- the previous-owner swapped in another gauge cluster rather than repair the faulty speedometer plastic gear (2010). The car shows to have 96,XXX miles but really has 136,XXX miles (am selling at 137k, still driving it some). CARFAX more obviously shows the actual mileage (rule of thumb- add 40k miles to whatever is on this working ODO… again, this is a very nice driver, but will not pass a PCA concours show car test). If you decide to address these items and really want to make it perfect, the nose and front bumper along with the side rub strips trim could use a respray as they’re faded from 26 years of road rash and touch-up paint spots. Otherwise and elsewhere, the original paint is really a very nice 8/10! A couple small dings on the hood. No critical showstoppers- just gas and go!

How to get it:

Experienced drivers and serious enthusiasts only who have funds ready. The car is available with a clean Texas title in my name in-hand for $10,500. This already takes into account a few of the needs. The car is an increasingly rare solid driver out of the box, with much documented recent maintenance, few needs, and a couple modest upgrades. It cleans up really well, drives smoothly and solidly, and isn’t a neglected project basketcase nor a concours trailer queen. This is one of the nicest, most sorted, turn-key, desirable and interesting black-on-black 951s on the market that is ready for you to drive home today. It’s been reliable and will start and go whenever you want. Available for a fresh PPI on your dime. If you’re a hobby mechanic like me, you can maintain this car using the wealth of open technical knowledge on clarks-garage.com and the Rennlist.com forums. And join PCA!

As I have done with all other cars I’ve bought and sold online, funds are to be either wired to my bank or delivered in-person with a bank draft check. I trade you a title, bill-of-sale, and keys. A refundable $150 PayPal deposit is required up front to hold your place. Whether you’re local or flying-in, plan on a short overview of the car in my garage before you set off with it so you’re as familiar with it as possible. I can pick you up from DFW or Love Field with a full tank of gas and throw in a local case of beer if you want. Fly-in, drive home in your new Porsche, and see America along the way. Such trips to pick up a ‘new car’ are among my favorite life experiences. Plan a route and make a brief vacation out of it! You’ll be glad you did. If you don’t plan to travel, I have a great transport broker I’ve used a few times that can ship the car to your driveway on a transporter. Hope to hear from you soon!

As one of the commenters said on the original Rennlist post, THIS is how you write a classified ad. The seller leaves little unturned and it’s quite obvious that this car has received the respect and care it deserved over the years. I’ve admired the 944 for many years, and even though it has higher mileage than I’d normally consider, I wouldn’t hesitate to pull the trigger on this car if I was in a situation to do so. Anywhere between $7,000 to $12,000 will buy you a solid, higher mileage 944 Turbo these days, so this seller is right in the sweet spot when it comes to the asking price.


1984 Mercedes-Benz 500SEC Straman Convertible

After a 20 year hiatus, Mercedes-Benz reintroduced the four seat cabriolet in late 1991 with the introduction of the W124 E Class Cabriolet. This was a wonderfully engineered piece, with a significantly strengthened chassis and innovative roll hoops that could be manually, or, in the case of an accident, automatically deployed. These open roofed E classes were much admired and this is reflected in their strong resale value to this day. In the 1980s, however, if you wanted an open roofed Mercedes, the R107 was your sole choice from the factory. That didn’t stop coachbuilders from setting their sights on the C126 SEC coupe. One of the most famous coachbuilders to behead this flagship touring vehicle was Richard Straman Coachworks of Newport Beach, California. From the Honda CRX to the Avanti, Straman was known for his high quality conversions.

This 500SEC Straman Convertible comes from our reader Mitchell of Dr. Eurocar in Delray Beach, Florida. Unlike a lot of chop jobs, this SEC retains a lot of stock interior trim and has a top which folds rather neatly for an aftermarket roof, leaving one to ponder why Mercedes-Benz never brought one of these to market themselves.

1984 Mercedes-Benz 500SEC Straman Convertible

1984 Mercedes Benz 500SEC European specifications imported to California in 1985. In 2010 after rebuilding drivetrain I used it between Los Angeles, CA and Seattle, WA. Currently in Delray Beach, FL, still has Washington State license plates & title. Cylinder heads rebuilt in 2010 along with transmission, timing chain & tensioners replaced at the same time. Front suspension completely redone in 2011 including shocks, strut rods, sway bar bushings, Bilstein shocks tie rods, drag link, steering dampner, gear box rebuilt. Rear Bilstein shocks also redone.

Front brake calipers, rotors, pads,sensors, wheel bearing & seals replaced in 2011. Exhaust system is a straight pipe with new Mercedes Benz rear muffler. This is an R.Straman convertible with fully reinforced frame, under fenders straight through rockers to under quarter panels is a 4×4 steel beam. Power top, German Haartz canvas top in good condition, except rear window in not clear and right side above passenger head has a small rip that has been patched. True Cabriolet top similiar to W124 E320 Cabriolet with headliner.

Interior is very good condition except for dash has about three cracks. Driver seat bolster has some wear. Wood around shifter is not as nice as rest of car. Has lots of options, rear Headrests, front center console glove box, rear center console storage box, heated front seats, power front seats, arm rest, burlwood on dash refinsihed looks great. Hand painted gauges picked up in Germany (smoke gray color). 1991 560SEL door panels with speakers in doors. CD/DVD player with auxilary input. Eight speaker stereo system in all factory opening. Two 10 inch subwoofers in trunk with pioneer amp. Factory tool kit.

Paint has scratches, chips, dings (NO DENTS) polishes and looks great but definately would be on another level with a new paint job. HRE 20×10.5 rear wheels THREE piece-chrome lips with black face 265/35/Zr20 Dunlop tires. HRE 18×9 front wheels Threer Piece chrome lips with black face 245/40/zr20 Bridgestone tires. Front turn signal lens ordered from Germany (smoked with orange shining true) looks stunning in person. Of Course European engine, bumpers, headlights, options.

Two things does not work. Headlight self leveling and vacuum locks. AC is cold converted to R134a. This is a truly rare car with some neat options. Mind you its a 28 year old car, but a modern classic that is often used daily. 147,000 miles and mechanically mint.

626-316-8320. Can view Mon-Friday in Delray Beach,FL 33444. $8500.00 even truly insulting offers considered.

358 NE 4th Street # F
Delray Beach, FL 33444
(561) 907-1636 office/Appt.

European Car Service & Forensic Diagnosis, ASE Certified & Factory Trained

Normally I’m not a big fan of vehicles that have undergone a conversion, but with Straman conversions, I make an exception. In this classic black on tan color combination, this makes for quite a unique and stylish open tourer at a reasonable cost of entry.