Wednesday Wheels Roundup

Yesterday, Adam at Fast In Fast Out posted an article covering some of the best vintage racing wheels. I love wheels, and it was fun to see Adam’s article – plus, it also got me thinking about another wheel roundup. Adam asked in his article what was missing – so I found a few that I thought where absent from the lineup but are always fun to see. There’s a set of mega-rare and mega-expensive Campagnolo racing wheels for early BMWs; boy, do they look impressive though! Then there were some great Audi S6 Speedline-made “Avus” wheels. Later models were made by Ronal, but the originals came from the Italian manufacturer. Speaking of, there are a set of the infamous and often-sought Pirelli P-slots for Volkswagens below. Then there is a wild set of Gotti wheels – in some cases, these were raced on factory Porsches as an alternative to BBSs. Check out the width on those rear tires!!! Rota has made some replica wheels recently of some great designs; these both copy the BBS race wheels but also mimic some MSW and OZ designs as well – and boy, are they affordable! Then there are a great set of Ronal R9s that mimic the ATS-made “Penta” AMG wheels; the ATSs are usually more valuable but harder to find. And finally, another set of Speedlines – this time a Techart set for Porsches that just look incredible (and, oddly tasteful for Techart designs). Which is your favorite?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Campagnolo BMW 13×7, 4×100 Wheels on eBay

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Tuner Tuesday: 2002 Porsche 911 Turbo X50 Techart

It’s fairly shocking that for around the same price as a fairly lightly optioned base model Cayman, you can leap into entirely another world of performance with a 911 Turbo. Of course, there’s a price to pay for this relative leap in performance, and that’s that you have to settle at this price point for the current ugly duckling of the Porsche world – the 996. Now, of course there will be drawbacks to buying into an older car – for one, it’s not new with a warranty, and the 996 isn’t the prettiest Porsche ever built. But in terms of performance for dollar spent, right now it’s pretty hard to beat a package like the 996 Twin Turbo with the X50 option.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 Porsche 911 Turbo X50 Techart on eBay

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Theme Week: 1997 Techart 911 Turbo

As a German car enthusiast, I consider it my duty to own a Porsche at some point. There are many different ways I could see this happening, but if/when I marry into the 1%, it would make sense to buy the best of the breed. Sure, the 911 continues to evolve and impress, but I see a few too many soccer moms driving around 997 Turbos to consider jumping into the modern herd. A 993 Turbo with Techart improvements would do me just right with pre-bloat lines and crazy power.

1997 Porsche 911 Turbo with Techart Upgrades for sale on eBay


From the seller:

Amazing Driving Machine That Is Equipped With EVERYTHING!! Complete Blast To Drive, Properly Modified, Low Mileage 1997 Porsche 911 993 Twin Turbo!!

Vin: WP0AC2997VS375548

Mileage: 37,476

Classic 1997 993 Turbo Silver/Black Loaded With Extras.

Options:
-TECHART sport suspension with sport shocks and springs
-TECHART power kit:
-oil cooler
-sport exhaust system
-Air Filter
-2 larger Turbochargers
-remapping of original ECU (530 HP)
-$19,795 for TECHART Package installed by German Tech., Inc.
-TechArt Carbon Fiber Dash/Door Panels
-TechArt Brake Duct Cooling Kit
-TechArt Fog Lights
-Aluminum Dial Trim Kit
-Recaro Leather Sport Seats (Original Seats Available)
-Sport Clutch Kit ($1543.70)
-Porsche Shifter Aluminum
-Porsche Silver Hood Badge
-Porsche Hand Brake- Carbon
-Porsche Hand Brake Base- Carbon
-Alpine Head Unit w/ Ipod
-Sirius Radio
-2 JL 300/2 Amplifiers
-BELtronics Rx75Plus Radar
-CarGraphics 19×8.5 and 19×11 Wheels Also Available For Additional Price

I dig the overall stock look with hidden bite from the Techart upgrades, and the dark wheels on silver paint look perfectly mean. And those hips… good god, the 993 is awesome. Low mileage and choice upgrades on the most desirable of 993s make this a home run for me. The $70k Buy-It-Now seems in the wheelhouse for these turbos, but to be honest, if I moved up to top net worth percentile I wouldn’t care what it cost to get the right 993 Turbo.

-NR