There was much fanfare when the Porsche Boxster debuted, as this was the first clean sheet design since the introduction of the 928 twenty years prior. The 928 and 968 had just ceased production and in came this small roadster right before the air-cooled 911 bid adieu one year later upon the close of the 1998 model year. While some have derided the Boxster for being a bit soft in comparison to the 911, time has been fairly kind on these sports cars. Many of the earlier Boxsters are now fairly affordable, making them an attractive proposition in comparison to the usual sport coupe or hot hatch offerings out there. This 2001 Boxster for sale in Ohio comes from our reader John. It’s has the desirable 5-speed manual gearbox and was used by a fair weather toy by a local doctor.
By the end of the 1960s, the writing was on the wall for the original Volkswagen Beetle. It was slowly being outpaced by its rivals but still had its group of ardent fans. VW toyed with many ideas to replace the Bug and in the end, one design stuck: the Golf. With crisp lines by Giorgetto Giugiaro and a water-cooled four cylinder engine up front mounted transversely, it was the antithesis of the Beetle. The Golf would be known as the Rabbit upon arrival in the US, a name which would be resurrected for the fifth generation Golf in this market. This clean 1982 Rabbit Diesel comes from our reader John, who featured his 1983 Porsche 911SC Targa with us a few months ago.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1982 Volkswagen Rabbit L Diesel on eBay…
The BMW 325xi Touring 6-speed manual is back up for auction this week, after a high bidder failed to follow through with the transaction. Their loss is your gain, as everyone gets one last crack at this looker of a Touring this week.
The below post originally appeared on our site August 21, 2013:
A friend of mine who recently welcomed his first child into the world is facing the age-old dilemma of car enthusiasts: how can you still have your fun and with a dose of practicality? Not surprisingly, his wife wants an SUV. She has put the nix on a wagon purchase, a vehicle that makes infinite amounts of sense for a family with one child. From what he has told me, she thinks wagons are a bit frumpy and has bad memories of one from her childhood. Short of a Toyota Prius, I’m not sure how any vehicle could cause such emotional distress, but as these domestic arguments usually go, it looks as the idea of a wagon has been 86’ed. Nevertheless, it’s nice to dream.
This is one particular car that has me dreaming. Even though I don’t need the extra space over my current ride, this 325xi Touring for sale from our friends at Classic Car Club Manhattan strikes a mean look in Monaco Blue with the M3 replica wheels.
Model: 325xi Touring
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 53,274 mi
Price: Reserve auction
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2006 BMW 325xi Touring for sale at Classic Car Club Manhattan
BMW E91 325xi Wagon – 6-spd, Competition Package Wheels
Get the best of both worlds; SUV utility with sports car handling in an extremely rare 6-speed manual BMW 3-series wagon. Rare as they come, very few wagons are available these days with a real manual gearbox, one of only a handful available for sale in the US right now and this is definitely the lowest-mile of the 325s.
The W124 was Mercedes-Benz’s bread and butter car for a decade, offering a variety of bodystyles and engines to suit just about every need. Aside from the 500E/E500 über sedan, the Cabriolet is one of the most highly prized of the lot. Introduced late into the production cycle, these were the first four seat convertibles in twenty years from Mercedes. Pricey when new, these open roofed tourers command strong money today. They aren’t the flashiest, quickest or most exciting of the four-seat convertible genre, but they offer legendary build quality, smooth power delivery from the inline six and timeless looks that emits an air of old money. This silver E320 Cabriolet comes to us from our reader Allen and is on offer at his dealership, Encore Motors in Macon, Georgia.
Model: E320 Cabriolet
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 120,000 miles
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet at Encore Motors
This is becoming a rare bird. This is a 1994 E320 4 place convertible in Brilliant Silver with black leather and a black soft top with a glass window. There were only a few thousand of these cars imported to the US during 1992 and 1995. They are fast appreciating, and great fun to drive with that huge open interior. These are based on the reliable E320 sedans, but with nicer trim, and of course, that fabulous convertlble top. This car is mostly original, the paint has been color sanded and buffed by our best local shop, and the interior is great in black leather. The only major change from 1994 is a contemporary Pioneer single slot CD radio with a changer in the trunk. I do have the original radio as well. It’s just turned 120k miles.
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.
Model: RUF BTR 3 Slantnose Cabriolet
Engine: 3.4 liter turbocharged flat six
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 1,400 miles
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This a RUF FACTORY BUILT 1990 Slantnose RUF BTR 3 cabriolet.
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.
Model: Alpina B11 3.5
Engine: 3.5 liter inline six
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 84,261 miles
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.
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.
Model: M Coupe
Engine: 3.2 liter inline six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Price: $17,500 Firm
2000 BMW Z3 M-Coupe.
Imola Red on Black/Red interior.
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).
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.
Model: Carrera 4 GTS
Engine: 3.8 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 1,300 miles
For sale by owner: 997 2012 911 GTS4 manual transmission coupe with only 1,300 miles.
911 Carrera 4 GTS
Black Inter. Alcantara Seat
PASM Sport Suspension (-20mm)
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
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.
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.”
Model: Alpina B6 2.8 Touring
Engine: 2.8 liter six cylinder
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 145,000 km (90,098 mi)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Engine: 5.6 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 83,000 mi
1987 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL
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.
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.
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.
Model: M Coupe
Engine: 3.2 liter inline six
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 67,000 mi
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)
Recent full clay\polish\wax.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Porsche Model: 944 Turbo
Options: Air Conditioning, Alarm System, Cruise Control, Foglamps, Intermittent Wipers, Leather Seats, Power Brakes, Power Steering, Power Windows, Sunroof
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.
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.