1991 Volkswagen Golf G60

The GTI has always been the performance oriented Golf, but there’s been a few über Golfs that have graced the lineup throughout the years. Many VW fanatics are familiar with the MkII Rallye Golf. This was an all-wheel drive homologation special with box fenders and was powered by the 1.8 liter, supercharged G60 four cylinder engine. Built in Belgium, these special Golfs cost almost twice as much as a base GTI. Since then, we’ve seen a few more all-wheel drive Golfs, including the current Golf R. While the Rallye Golf was being sold, there was a cheaper, more tame option: the Golf G60.

The Golf G60 was another pumped up Golf that wasn’t available to US customers and featured the G60 engine in front-drive form. These lesser known Golfs are not too common, as they were launched in 1990 and were marketed for only about a year and a half. This particular G60 is on offer not too far from London and will be legal for importation to the US in a little over two years.

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Year: 1991
Model: Golf G60
Engine: 1.8 liter supercharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 135,403 km (84,135 mi)
Price: £10,995 (~ $16,769 USD)

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1991 Volkswagen Golf G60 on 4StarClassics

MODEL HISTORY
The VW Golf Mk2 succeeded the Mk1 from 1983 and remained in production until late 1992. Volkswagen reportedly spent £500 million developing the Mk2. The car slightly grew in wheelbase, exterior and interior dimensions over its predecessor but still retained the overall look of the MK1 albeit slightly more rounder so to improve aerodynamics and reduce drag. During the life of the Mk2 there were a variety of updates and revisions to styling and trim, the most notable was the introduction of the ‘big bumpers’ introduced in the European market during the August 1989 facelift.

The success of the Mk1 GTi was continued with the sporty Mk2 GTi and to capitalise on the world wide success of the MK1 GTi. Volkswagen chose to release the Mk2 GTi in the same year as the rest of the fleet. The Mk2 featured a 1.8litre 8v engine but also a second engine choice, a slightly more powerful 16v variant followed shortly, the 8v displaying good low down torque and driveability while the 16v enjoyed high revs and more top end power. During its midlife update the 8v unit benefited from the introduction of a Digifant engine management system.

Popularity of the MK2 grew from the 1987 commercial “changes” in which Paula Hamilton bearing a close resemblance to Diana, Princess of Wales is seen leaving her husband, posting her wedding ring back through the letterbox, ditching her mink coat, throwing the house keys at the cat and dumping the pearl necklace BUT keeping the car keys – the tag line ‘If only everything in life was as reliable as a Volkswagen’. The commercial was a hit and changed the way cars were advertised from then on.

In 1990 the Golf GTi G60 was introduced featuring the 8v 1.8 with a Supercharger, wider wheel extensions, BBS alloy wheels, tinted rear lights and clear front indicators. The engine delivers 160bhp and a very impressive 166ft lb of torque.

EQUIPMENT
Supercharged, Wide G60 arch extensions, 15″ Lenso alloy wheels, Smoked rear lights, Brilliant black (LA9V) paint, Central locking, Full black leather (PL7) interior, Trip computer, Sunroof, Alpine head-unit.

EXTERIOR
This rare and desirable G60 is finished in sparkling (LA9V) brilliant black and is in excellent shape with no dents, scratches or signs of corrosion. The only negatives to the paint being a couple of minor stone chips to the front. All of the plastic trim and body kit are in good order with no signs of fading or damage and the factory Hella lights on the front are free from chips or cracks as is the windscreen and other glass. The original VW sticker is still inside the boot confirming the specification and that it’s an original G60.

INTERIOR
A rare option on the G60’s is the (PL7) leather option which really improves the look and feel of the interior and sets it apart from the standard Mk2s. The leather remains in excellent order with only the smallest amount of wear to the drivers bolster and some discolouration and marks on the steering wheel. The door cars are also very nicely trimmed and show no signs of wear. The boot area is perfectly clean and the space saver wheel and tool kit are neatly stored under the boot carpet.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The car comes with an excellent history showing plenty of maintenance work and light regular use. The engine benefits from some mild modifications to improve drivability, these include a stage 3 supercharger, 68mm pulley and performance a performance tune. The engine runs very well and makes a fantastic noise as the supercharger winds up. The cambelt service was done less than 3k miles ago in 2010.

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The alloys are all in excellent condition with no signs of corrosion or curb marks and are shod in a matching set of Yokohama tyres. The brakes and suspension are all in fine order and the car recently benefited from some new front discs, pads and shocks. Since arriving at 4 Star it has also had a brake fluid service.

HISTORY FILE
The car was first registered in Germany in May 1991 and was then imported to the UK in 2004. The history file contains a certificate from VW confirming its originality along with lots of German history and the import certificate. Since being in the UK all the history has been kept which includes parts and service invoices, all the old MOT certificates and tax disks. The last service was done in 2011 at 81,670 miles. The car also comes with the original VW sales brochure and 3 keys. The mileage is 135,403 KM with equates to 84,135 miles.

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This dilemma some people may reach with the Golf G60 boils down to one word: Corrado. Why not buy Volkswagen’s sport coupe from the 1990s with it’s similar engine? Well, the Golf G60 is certainly an unorthodox choice for VW aficianados and you’ll be in more rarefied air than if you owned a Corrado. Then again, only the most astute VW fan will be able to spot one of these in a crowd. This particular seller always does an excellent job of photographing their stock. It makes these cars look showroom new. While the mileage is low for a MkII, the asking price is a lot more than anyone could reasonably consider spending, at least in the US. It’s hard to say what it would be worth once it’s legal stateside, but I would be willing to hazard a guess of somewhere around half of this asking price.

-Paul

1988 BMW M3 – stroked and supercharged

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Sub-$20k E30 M3s are nearly impossible to find these days. While the ideal would be to find one completely stock and with decent mileage, the real supply lies in modified M3s. If you can find one in decent enough shape with mods you don’t hate, it could be the way to go. Today’s was subject to a minor collision resulting in a rebuilt title, but comes with goodies like a stroker kit, supercharger, and Alpina wheels. If everything checks out straight, being one two-dollar bill short of $20k could make this a fun and stunning purchase for someone trying to jump on the E30 M3 rocket ( /possible bubble).

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Year: 1988
Model: M3
Engine: Stroked 2.5l S14 supercharged inline four
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 144k on chassis
Price: $19,998

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 BMW E30 M3 on eBay

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Up for sale is my baby, 1988 BMW M3 E30! I’ve had this car for almost 7 years. Since I purchased the car, had the upgrades done, such as 2.5 liter engine with VAC Motorsport Stroker Kit. Eibach lowering kit, Koni shocks, sway bar kit by “Suspension Techniques.” The front seats have been completely redone, Alpine CD player and sound system. Factor options such as power windows and power locks, power sunroof, air conditioning, digital information center and more! The car sits on 17″ Alpina wheels and almost brand new tires. Rear spoiler wing, front bumper add on lip spoiler. Eisenmann exhaust system.

Supercharger Kit IMA throw made by RMS (hard to find). Miller War Programmable chip. When I purchased the vehicle it had a rebuilt title (due to minor accident)! So I’m selling it also as a rebuilt title vehicle.

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This seems like an M3 that has been well-loved if not fully respected; it could be a lot worse. Remove the stickers and poorly-placed Alpina emblems and you have a good looking, crazy-fast E30 M3 that would be the envy of every enthusiast passing by. Is a rebuild-titled car worth $20k? I have a feeling a year or two from now that won’t even be a question.

-NR

1993 BMW M3 Sedan Widebody & Supercharged

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Usually when I see E36 widebodies I scroll on as quickly as possible. They always look like they’re trying too hard and that it would have been cooler with more restraint. Today’s E36 is trying pretty hard, but it’s on one of my favorite modern Bimmers, the E36 M3 Sedan. It backs up the fat arches with a built S50 and a supercharger, developing plenty of twist to spin the fat meats on the back.

Year: 1993
Model: M3 Sedan
Engine: 3.0L supercharged inline six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 66k on body, 1k on engine
Price: Bidding at $12,900 with no reserve

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 BMW M3 Sedan widebody and supercharged on eBay

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Fully built, boosted, supercharged M3 motor with 1,000 miles
RMS supercharger
Shell has 66,000 miles, 4 door
Custom wide body kit by Reager
Deep dish, staggered, 18 inch gold rims by MK Motorsport
225/40R18 tires on the front and 285/30R18 tires on the rear
Brembo breaks on the front and rear of the car
Rear of the car was converted into European M3 style
Shaved door handles on back doors
Shaved engine bay
Inner cooled
Top mount heat exchanger
Euro oil pan
All chassis components have been replaced and improved
JE pistons and powder rods
Aluminum flywheel
Stage 3 South Bend clutch
Custom dual exhaust by Flowmaster
Electronic climate control
Full M3 interior
Moon roof
Evo 9 Recaro SSL leather seats
Harness bar, 4-point harness seat belts, detachable steering wheel all by Sparco
Touch screen, flip up DVD player with reverse camera
Car has no dents, no scratches, it is a must see
Appeared in Performance BMW Magzine under the title Hale Cesar.

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I like the idea of a widebody sedan, and if it were my car, I’d let the fenders speak for themselves and go OEM+ with the wheels and bumpers. But for now, it’s a unique take on the tuner M3 that would be a ton of fun for the money if it stays under $15k.

-NR

2000 BMW 740iL Supercharged

I’ve always thought that the E38 BMWs can look just tops. From some angles these big bodies still look sleek and modern. This one has some nice touches that make it stand out.

Year: 2000
Model: 740iL Supercharged
Engine: 4.4 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 135,745 miles
Price: $16,980  Buy It Now

2000 BMW 740iL Supercharged on eBay

2000 BMW 740iLSC

 

This penultimate year of the E38 has almost all the refinements made over the seven year run. It has navigation and Xenon lights for instance. While this car isn’t the flagship 750iL model with the 5.4 liter V12, it has the tried and true 4.4 liter M62 engine. A Vortech supercharger bolted on gives the V8 400+ horsepower. While that might not seem huge in the world of German uber sedans now, remember how big a deal it was with this sedans contemporary, the E39 M5, putting out those same figures.

This is the personal car of the owner of the car dealership so you have to believe it was taken care of. If the list of add ons is any indication I think it is safe to say the owner cared about the car. The full list of upgrades is below, but of particular note are the additions that make this 7 series look better to my eye. The M parallel wheels and Eibach lowering springs give it the stance that I really like to see on an E38. The AC Schnitzer and Hamann body kit parts also help. The new coat of paint and black color on this helps give a sleeker look that other E38 models don’t have due to  all, but 2001s having matte black rocker panels and lower air dams. I like the single color scheme much better than the factory two tone.

Widescreen Navigation with MK4 NAV computer $ 1500

VF Engineering Supercharger (with ECU Reprogram $ 8,000

Bavarian Sound Werks Stage 1 Sound system upgrade with iPod Dock $ 1000

New Front & Rear Shocks and Lowered eiBach Springs $ 1500

Brembo Cross Drilled Rotors and Brake Pads $ 1500

Full Tune Up with Complete Engine Flush $ 700

Alcantera Suede Custom Headliner $ 1000

Tioming Belt replacement, Front and Rear Crank Seal, coolant passages seal, water pump $ 2800

New ABS Pump $ 1500

Map Cooling Cam Sensor Replace $ 900

Throttle Body Replaced $ 600

Complete Sapphire Black Metallic Paint Job $ 4000

Sunroof Motor Replaced $ 1200

Full Leather 750il Leather Dash $ 800

Replace Blower Motor $ 800

3M Ceramic Tint $ 400

Angel Eyes Ring Xenon Headlights $ 1000

Compression Test and Full check at BMW Dealer $ 600

BMW Original Wood Steering Wheel $ 700

AC Schnitzer Front Bumper and Valance $ 1200

Rear Spoiler by HAMANN $ 500

Total Upgrades and Service Over $ 32,200 !!!

They are technically complex, but not nearly as much as the next generation. This one miraculously doesn’t appear to suffer from the missing pixels on the instrument cluster or center console.

With over 350,000 produced these are not rare vehicles so currently there are plenty to choose from if this is what you are in the market for. At an ask price of $17,000 and with 136,000 miles this is certainly on the high end of the market. You can find these at half the price with less miles. I bet the seller has a bit of wiggle room in the price. What’s a fair price for this many miles, but also this many mods? Pick this car up and become an instant movie villain.

~Evan

1992 Volkswagen Polo G40

When discussing the 1987 GTI we featured on Tuesday, Brian made an excellent point. Ever since the Mk2 version, Volkswagen has been trying to recapture the magic of the original GTI. Somehow, every generation seems to come up a bit short in one way or the other. A big reason for this is the size. When you put a Mk1 and MkVI GTI side by side, the difference is enormous. So naturally, with an increase in mass, you would lose a bit of the nimbleness in the process.

For years, though, Europe has had an answer to the larger, successive generations of Golf GTIs with their Polo supermini. A B-segment sized hatchback, Volkswagen has offered a hot version of this car throughout the years, beginning with this particular model, the Polo G40. Never shy to test out new technologies on mainstream vehicles (see recent Passat W8), the Polo G40 had a supercharged, 1.3 liter four cylinder engine, a 40mm version of the 60mm supercharged used in the Corrado G60. This provided this hot hatch with 115 horsepower and capable of the dash to 60 mph in just over eight seconds, modest by today’s standards, but still perfectly respectable.

With the first G40 being introduced in 1987, we might see a few of these trickle stateside eventually. This 1992 example has very low mileage and looks sharp in white with the black trim accents. A nice compliment to the white GTI Brian featured on Tuesday.

Year: 1992
Model: Polo G40
Engine: 1.3 liter supercharged inline four
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 43,780 mi
Price: £6,495 (~ $9,830 USD)

1992 Volkswagen Polo G40

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MODEL HISTORY
The Polo G40 Coupe first made an appearance at the 1985 Frankfurt Motor Show, named the Polo GT G40 and based on the established Mk2 Polo. This concept was subsequently built by Volkswagen in 1985 with three prototype cars that set a number of world endurance speed records, such as the 1.3 litre class records for speed over 24 hours, and speed over a distance of 3,107 miles. A couple of years passed and in 1987 with the records tucked under their belts Volkswagen produced a limited production number of just 500 Mk2 G40s in left hand drive that became available to customers in Europe. With such a limited run, these examples sold out almost immediately with many being purchased internally by Volkswagen employees.

The Mk2 G40 was never officially available in the UK and it wasn’t until the face lift version of the Mk2 (Mk3 in the UK) was introduced. There were only minor specification changes including clear front indicators, tinted rear lights along with a new radio/cassette unit. Various other options were available such as front fog lamps and a sunroof. Volkswagen produced only 500 right hand drive G40 models for the UK, therefore becoming a rare sight on British roads these days. Together with their exclusivity and easy tuning potential, the Polo G40 has become exceptionally popular with collectors and enthusiasts alike, rightly earning its place in hot hatch history.

It was the engine that made the car so special. Volkswagen decided to equip the 1.3 engine with a supercharger for its immediate power delivery, rather than a turbo charger and its associated issues of cooling and turbo lag. Referred to by Volkswagen as the ‘G-Lader’ after the shape of its spiral displacer, the 1.3 G40 supercharged engine produced a maximum power output of 115 bhp at 6,000 rpm, and generated 109 lb ft of torque at 3,600 rpm. Performance figures now stood at an impressive 8.1 seconds (0-62mph) and a maximum top speed of 121 mph. With the increase in engine performance Volkswagen also equipped an uprated braking system that included 20mm ventilated front disc brakes, with ATE single-piston sliding calipers.

EQUIPMENT
Supercharger, Sunroof, Rear seat belts, CD player, Alloy wheels

EXTERIOR
This rare G40 is finished in Alpine white which makes for a great contrast with the black plastic wheel arch extensions and deep bumpers. After two days in our detailing studio the paintwork presents very well with a nice glossy shine. There are a couple of minor marks and imperfections consistent with the cars low mileage but nothing that detracts from the overall appearance. All of the plastic trim has held its colour and is free from scuffs or scratches. The glass and light lenses are all clean and free from chips or cracks.

INTERIOR
The interior of the G40 is first rate, the seats are very supportive and the driving position excellent as everything falls easily to hand. The seats show no wear to the fabric and there are no creases or sagging on the bolsters, the door trims are also well finished in matching fabric. None of the controls show any wear or damage and everything works as it should. The black carpets are unmarked throughout, the boot area is very clean and the rear parcel shelf is free from any after-market speakers.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The car has been owned for the majority of its life by the same chap who was a qualified engineer, this has kept all the mechanics in first rate order and you can really appreciate the attention to detail when driving the car as it feels very tight and precise. Since arriving at 4 Star the car has been fully inspected and serviced and is now ready to be enjoyed on those twisting B-roads.

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
This G40 has been fitted with a set of 14″ VW 5 spoke alloy wheels that are all in good condition bar a couple of minor curbing scuffs. The back tyres are about half worn and the fronts have been recently replaced and are showing minimal wear. The brakes are all in fine working order and pull the car up quickly in a straight line.

HISTORY FILE
This little G40 was first registered in August 1992 and stayed with its first owner for 2 years. It was then purchased by a Mr John Hawley, a keen car collector and engineer who kept the car in his garage for 19 years before passing it onto a friend of the family in 2011. Despite owning several other cars Mr Hawley kept the G40 in constant use clocking up a few thousand miles each year.

The car comes with lots of MOT certificates dating back to 1995 to fully verify the low mileage and quite a few of the old tax discs.

The asking price of nearly $10,000 USD is certainly eye watering for a sub Golf model, even if it is the hot version in mint condition. For most markets, right hand drive would be a detriment, but I’m guessing there are plenty of Volkswagen enthusiasts in the United Kingdom who would be interested in such a car, even if there are faster options out there for less money. I’d suspect maybe £1,000 to £2,000 off could be enough to entice the right buyer to take ownership.

-Paul

2004 BMW 330i ZHP Supercharged

I’m a Benz guy through and through, but in one bay of my garage sits an E90 330 and even I have to admit that where Mercedes got away from some of their timeless designs in the late 1990s and early 2000s on their most popular models, BMW’s baseline 3er continued to be a design that will age well.

This E46 330i has a design over a decade old and it still hits the right notes.

Year: 2004
Model: 330i ZHP Supercharged
Engine: 3.0 inline 6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 46,500 miles
Price:  No reserve auction opening price: $21,000, Buy-It-Now: $24,900

2004 BMW 330i ZHP Supercharged on eBay

2004 BMW 330i ZHP Supercharged

This car has seen some very tasteful modifications to set it out from the crowd.

The photos here don’t completely do this car justice as the Orient Blue paint is coming across as black in the shadow and this really is a nice shade of deep blue. There are plenty of other photos of this car on the net if you search around.

The ESS Tuning TS2 Supercharger is the gem of this piece and with some of the other mods should up the horsepower to north of the 350 ponies range. That also is about a $7,000 kit just for the parts if you were to buy it new from ESS.

Unlike some tuned cars out there this one has the complete package with uprated suspension bushings, strut and sway bars to help the car really perform in more than a straight line. A shorter 3.46 rear diff makes sure this car jumps off line. The 3.46 upgraded is a common one as it is a stock part from automatic BMWs, the manuals got taller gearing. So while this will cut a few MPH off the top end you are getting about 15% shorter ratio with the swap.

The car is setup to shift as well with a BMW Performance short shift kit with double shear selector rod and an extended clutch pedal bump stop.

A Magnaflow exhaust bolted to headers ensure the car sounds right and surely frees up more power as does the BMW Performance intake.

The full list of upgrades from the seller includes:

Details:
ESS TS2 Supercharger
VMR V710 19″ staggered wheels
KW Coilovers
3.46 differential
BMW Performance Big Brake Kit
BMW Performance Strut Brace
BMW Performance Intake
AEM Boost Guage
HID Driving Lights
Stainless Steel Braid Brake Lines
OEM M3 Mirrors
OEM M3 RTAB w/ Vorshlag Limiters
Meyle HD FCAB
Rogue Engineering Rear Shock Mount
EMP Stewart waterpump
Turner Motorsport Sway Bars w/ adj. links
BMW Performance Short Shift Kit/DSSR
BMW Performance Carbon Fiber Splitters
Swain Tech Coated Magnaflow Headers
Magnaflow exhaust

A lot of work has gone into this car and it looks to have been done right. If you don’t like thrill of making the mods yourself here is an opportunity to get a turnkey package and save some dollars from what it would cost to do this from scratch. At $21,000 you are looking at twice what a decent daily driver 330i will run you. Despite the mods and the nice look I suspect this won’t sell at this price as folks looking to spend that kind of money are moving to the E90 or high mileage E46 M3 market. If the price could get down under $20k it would look a bit more appealing for someone to actually make the commitment. We’ll see if it gets any bids, nice car that will be a blast to drive regardless.

~Evan

Theme Week: 2009 Stasis Supercharged Audi R8

When ridiculous isn’t enough, sometimes you have to take matters in to your own hands.  That’s exactly what the previous owner of this car did.  Enter STaSIS Engineering, one of the premier Audi tuners in the world.  The STaSIS supercharger kit adds 120hp to the already impressive 420hp of the 4.2l V8, and all with a factory-matching 4-year, 50,000-mile warranty.  This of course doesn’t come cheap, the supercharger kit for this car is $30K…you read correctly $30K.

This Ice Silver Metallic R8 for sale in New London, CT is not for the faint at heart with 540hp, and 435lb/ft it’ll certainly plant you in the seat.

2009 Audi R8 on AutoTrader.com

Amazing Audi R8 4.2 Manual, STaSIS supercharger, STaSIS exhaust. This car is in show condition and has won many awards, many, many upgrades, navigation with CD changer, carbon fiber mirrors, side blade, spioler, front diffuser and more. This is a must see vehicle! Guarantee this special internet price by bringing a copy with you to our dealership. Satellite feature, Bluetooth wireless, daytime running lights, bi-HID Headlamps, side intrusion door beams, dual front knee airbags, LED daytime running lights, dual-stage front airbags with occupant sensing for passenger side, seat-mounted head-thorax side airbags for front seats, 3-point seat belts including belt tensioners force limiters, crash sensor including fuel supply shut off, battery disconnect, doors unlock. 4-wheel vented disc brakes, tool kit, electronic differential lock (EDL), Quattro permanent all-wheel drive system, 4.2L DOHC FSI 32-valve V8 engine, Servotronic electromechanical power steering w/speed-dependent power assistance. Dry sump lubrication, front/rear 4-link suspension, Audi magnetic ride adaptive damping system, auxillary power outlet in trunk, auto-dimming rearview mirror w/compass, homelink garage door opener, leather/Alcantara seat trim, driver info system w/on-board computer, micro metallic gray trim w/aluminum accents, storage compartments in doors, 10-way power heated seats

 

At $100,000 this car is about $3,000 over average retail, but factor in the upgrades, that makes the price more than reasoneable, if you’re in the market for a modified super car.  The upgrades to this car are top quality, and with the STaSIS warranty, you know that you’re protected even though the factory warranty may be void.

With all of that said, would I buy this car?  In short, no.  This car was local to me, and was part of the VW/Audi scene here in New England, so I’m pretty familiar with it.  From what I could see, this car had a pretty rough 18K miles, being smoked in, and abused, not just driven hard, abused.  It’s certainly a shame, as no expense was spared in modifying this R8.  So if the history of the car is of no consequence to you, then this is a smoking deal on a true rocket ship.

-Brian

1991 318is w/ supercharged s52

In my eyes the e30 is one of the most beautiful German cars of its generation, and this 1991 318is available in Bradenton, FL embodies everything I love about the e30.

The 318is was first launched in 1989, and touted the new M42 engine. This lightweight, and quick revving 1.8 16v, was a blast to drive, and was reminiscent of the S14 4 cylinder offered in the e30 M3.

Out of the box these were fun, peppy great handling cars, and you might think, how can one improve on that? Here’s how, the s52. S52 swaps are a pretty common transplant in to the e30 in the BMW community, as the e36 donors are plentiful, and the s52 makes nearly 100hp more. This would be enough for most, right?

Not the owner of this stunning 318is, he has taken things a step further, and added a Vortech V1 Supercharger. With the perfect combination of European styling, and raw power, the owner of this car certainly spare no expense in making this car a shining example of what a modified e30 can be…scratch that…should be.

1991 318is w/ supercharged s52 on ebay.com

Up for sale is my 1991 318is Slicktop with an OBD1 s52 swap. I have detailed all of the specifications that I could possibly think of. I would like to point out a few things that someone skimming the ad would miss out on:
Slicktop 318is : Pretty rare form factor for the e30. Lightest chassis available in the NA market. Water/Air intercooler AND oil cooler : I have searched far and wide and have been unable to find another supercharged s52 that has a water/air intercooler setup. Southern car, no rust. Low mileage s52, approximately 88k miles. Pulled the valve cover recently, looks brand freaking new. Professionally reupholstered interior, black leather
In the last 50 miles, I have done: New oil New plugs New woodruff key (old one sheared) Power steering flush Coolant flush
Car: 1991 318is Alpine White Black interior No rust
Under the hood: 1999 M3 s52 with obd1 swap approximately 88k miles Vortech V1 Supercharger (approx 1300 miles on it @ 105,000 odo) All new sensors New Water Pump New tensioner New idlers New woodruff key New valve cover gasket Getrag 260 resealed e36 M3 Clutch New JB lightweight flywheel, 10lb New slave and stainless line 3.73 LSD z3 shifter Euro Raceland headers Remus muffler Custom center section with twin Magnaflow resonators and X-pipe 12″ puller 16″ pusher IE Oil Cooler 804 HFM Forge diverter valve TRM Racing tuned Walbro Fuel Pump Water/Air intercooler with new Bosch pump Vortech v1 Supercharger pushing 6PSI RaceSkids skid plate Bosch #42 Injectors IE oil cooler Air/water intake cooler 2 electric fans, pusher/puller New thermostat New starter A/C converted r134a New rebuilt driveshaft from Driveshafts.com(Portland Driveline) New revshift aluminum flex disk
Brakes: Functioning ABS Massive booster delete Stainless steel brake lines all around Freshly rebuilt calipers front/rear Hawk HPS brake pads ATE Super Blue brake fluid New master cylinder New rotors
Suspension: Treehouse Racing Control Arm Lollipops AKG Motorsports Rear Subframe Mounts H&R Race Springs Bilstien Sport Shocks Powerflex Subframe Bushings RyanG Front Splitter 99 M3 steering rack New control arms New tie-rods e30 m3 sway links 22mm swaybar front 18mm eibach swaybar rear Rear camber/toe correction kit
Interior: Professionally reupholstered seats, front/rear Z3 Short Throw Shifter Custom oil PSI/temp gauges (replaces ashtray) Custom Boost Gauge replaces MPG gauge New odometer gears Chrome ring accents Alpine Speakers/tweeters front Euro analog clock Gray carpet Black rear deck Mint headliner Delrin shift knob Sparco ring steering wheel, 330mm Sirius satellite radio hookup
Exterior: Fresh Alpine respray (approx 1.5 years old) Staggered BBS RS 039/040 16×7.5 up front, 16×8 rear – absolutely no rash Euro elipsoid headlights Euro trim Euro grills Euro plate filler All red tail lights New BMW roundels New shadowline trim New iS lip iS Side Skirts splitter BMWMotorsport door handles
This car is a monster. Although it looks like a cushy daily, this is a very aggressive street setup. It pulls like a train and screams like a fucking demonic banshee.
With that said, there are a few minor issues:
1. I suck at arts and crafts. A chrome trim ring fell off while driving one day, so  I opened the cluster to glue it back on. In doing so, I somehow got superglue everywhere inside the cluster. It was not visible until about 45 minutes later when it started to dry. Honestly, it looks terrible and I would suggest getting a new cluster. Only reason I didn’t replace it was because of the custom boost gauge that replaces the MPG gauge.
2. Driveline shimmy at 20-25 MPH under slow acceleration and slow deceleration. Does not shake at any other speeds. I have had the car up to 145 MPH and it felt extremely planted and tight.
3. It took me almost 2 months of ownership before I realized there is some yellowing on the top of the car. It is barely noticeable, and honestly a prospective buyer would not even be able to see it if I had not pointed it out to them, but I want this to be a 100% transparent sale. I tried photographing it but it did not even come out in photographs. I am not a paint expert, but maybe some buffing would take it out?
4. No stereo installed. Never got around to putting one in, the car just sounds too good. It has all 4 speakers and even a sub mounted in the trunk, all wiring is in tact.
5. In the last 24 hours, the power steering pump has started to moan and groan. It was literally perfect as of, well, 24 hours ago. I think I may have got some ATF on the belt which is causing some slight slippage, I will continue to investigate this issue however.

As a rule of thumb, I tend to steer clear of cars that have been modified. Mods are very taste specific, and like most enthusiasts, i like to put my own stamp on my cars. This car however is so well done, that it will appeal to a broad audience of buyers from German car nuts, to hardcore BMW enthusiasts alike.

Now on to the $15,000 question, is this car really worth this sort of money? When considering the price on a car like this I like to answer the question with a question, Can you build it for that price? In this case I’d say certainly not.  With no reserve, and the $15,000 starting bid this coule be a well bought car, as long as the bid doesn’t go too far north of $16,000.

-Brian

 

Graham Rahal’s Supercharged CLK63 Black Series for sale

If the owner hasn’t nicknamed this car the “White Rhino” yet, he should. Featured in this month’s european car, it has the fear-factor, chromatic simplicity, and rarity of the aforementioned horned beast. We love rare cars here at GCFSB, but this one is a babushka doll of rarities. Start with the nice-but-mundane Mercedes-Benz CLK. Add 6.2 liters of howling V8, and you get the CLK63. Pile on uprated suspension, brakes, decreased weight, and massively flared fenders, and you get the magical Black Series. Drape it in a rare color. Still too run-of-the-mill for you? Let’s strap a supercharger on the top and add a celebrity owner. This is, as one of my favorite Onion articles so hilariously put it back in 2004 (pre-Gilette Fusion), going Five Blades. With just under 9k miles, I guess the previous owner, Indycar driver Graham Rahal, got distracted during his quest to make the most badass CLK Black Series ever (perhaps organizing funds for the new one?), but his ADD is someone else’s gain. Before he was done with it though, he added a Weistec supercharger to help crank horsepower to over 600 at the crank, along with some ultra-lightweight rims and exhaust. It still weighs 2 tons, but did you see that last sentence? 600+ horsepower. See ya.

Mercedes-Benz Supercharged CLK63 Black Series owned by Graham Rahal for sale

The listing description is less enticing than the ec article, but here it is:

This CLK 63 AMG Black Series was previously the “Safety Car” for Formula One Racing. With only 300 produced and approximately only 30 in white, THIS IS ONE RARE FIND!!!!! It’s Arctic White over Black and comes with over $35,000 in performance upgrades! Upgrades include; 3M Clear Bra, Weistec Supercharger, Evosport Full Exhaust (including Headers and X-Pipe Headers), Evosport Intake Upgrades, Performance Air Filters, Vorsteiner Carbon Front Splitter, MaCarbon Full Carbon Interior Package (including Custom Steering Wheel, Door Trim, Glove Box Trim and ect…) and 19″ Volk G2 Wheels. Also, comes loaded with Navigation, Harman Kardon Logic7 Digital Surround Sound Stereo, Satellite Radio, Bi-Xenon Headlights, AMG Premium Leather Upholstery and much more!

So, is this white rhino worth it? For starters, next to the going rate of $80-90k on eBay for used Black Series, the $104k asking price seems well worth it for the extra rhinoness and provenance compounding the rarity of the car. I’m an Audi/VW/BMW guy (aka, less of a Mercedes or Porsche man), but when I think about $100k sports cars, I’m not sure I can think of one I’d dig more than this. Go ahead, I’m sure some will hate on the white paint or nitpick something else on it. To me, this is a big game trophy worth bagging.

-NR

1991 BMW 318i Supercharged for sale

When inspecting a car to write up, the “cool car!” tipping point is usually reached at the sight of a monster engine, clean exterior or modifications, or low miles on a desirable car. Today, then, is the first time when it was the interior that pushed me over the edge and really showed this car to be the total package. The seller took a clean, if mundane, 318i sedan and has made it into an unassuming but amazing car. Using Lotus as inspiration and working to “add lightness” while keeping it functional and classy, he supercharged the robust M42 1.8L to get M3 power in a lighter package.

Selected thoughts from the seller:

This is a very special, Downing Atlanta Supercharged E30. The inspiration for this car was to be as light and fun as my Lotus Elise but with more practical use and without all the attention. After the death of a dear “Car Guy Buddy” a few years ago, the search was on for a clean 91 318i sedan as I thought a bit of garage therapy was exactly what I needed. Long story short, the project was a huge success, being a very livable car on the street and a total blast when play time comes.

Again, the theme of this project was to add lightness but still keep the car luxurious and streetable. Perhaps the car we car guys WISH BMW would build today. To this degree everything I deemed dead weight (like a big heavy battery and the antique airbag system including wiring) was tossed. However, I gave a nod to creature comforts like a decent, modern audio system with bluetooth and Ipod, plus heated seats and so forth.

The starting point was perhaps the most overlooked BMW ever built. The 91 E30 318i. A great engine full of twin cam fun in a beautiful, slender body that weighs about 2600lbs, or roughly about 1000lbs less than your neighbor’s portly E90…

…Numerous parts were ordered. When I say numerous I mean thousands and thousands of dollars worth of parts. I was left with a sea of brown boxes stacked next to my Alpine White E30 and an empty wallet. Over the next months (maybe even year or two) the E30 was slowly transformed into the car BMW should build today but won’t. The majority of parts and mods is as follows.

HR/Bilstein Sports
16″ OZ wheels
3.91 Limited Slip Rear (used but works great-2 black marks)
Downing Atlanta Supercharger kit (Price one out, not cheap) I figure close to 200 HP, but not quite according to DA figures.
VDO boost, pressure and temp gauges in custom ashtray delete, trip computer delete mounting
Euro M3 steering wheel (New=$$, No Airbag so don’t crash, please don’t buy my car if you are an idiot. Airbag bulb deleted)
Euro lip spoiler
Factory Sport Seats dyed to match, installed aftermarket seat heaters. Toasty warm.
E30 M3 roof antenna. Deleted the powered boat anchor antenna.
OE BMW mud guards, factory floor mats, M knob.
Alpine CD/Ipod/bluetooth, Alpine Amp, custom 6.5 rear speakers and separate tweeters. Nothing crazy, just nice.
Suede wrapped parcel shelf
Odyssey aircraft battery with custom mount. Weighs almost nothing and works fine.
15″ alloys on slicks for track use. Only two “drivers ed” days ever. Lots of surprised faces in the pits when we rolled back in!
Front and rear stress bars
Supersprint exhaust
Some stuff I forgot
LOTS AND LOTS OF LABOR AND LOVE
Things it will need someday if you buy it.

The oil pan gasket has just started leaking, probably because I have not driven the car much this season. Not leaking much but will leave a mark occasionally.
There is a tweety bird living in one of the belt rollers, sometimes. It comes and goes.
That’s it.
You will have to fix something, someday on this 20 year old BMW. I don’t know what, but you should know how to pop a hood if you are going to buy this car. The car is very well sorted and I would not hesitate to drive it anywhere, but please be realistic. If you drive a stock Camry because you want to, this maybe isn’t the car for you.

I really dig this car. I love that it’s a 4-door, and the baby 318 at that. The seller approached it with a clear thesis in mind and executed it well. If some more OEM-looking wheels could achieve the same lightness, I’d go with that, but no matter what this car seems poised to surprise. Its modifications and capabilities might seem more fitting on a track rat E30, but the fact that the exterior and interior are show-room beautiful and clean is what makes this little Bimmer well worth the asking price of $8,990. He seems open to offers as well, so someone could come out of this with a steal of a toy.

-NR