1967 NSU Prinz 1000

I’m somewhat ashamed to admit that my wife and I get some pleasure from watching the television show Hoarders. Thankfully I don’t believe that we’re in danger of being categorized as people who hoard anytime soon, but the show holds a certain fascination for me. One of my favorite games watching the show is to try to identify the cars that almost inevitably litter the yards of some of these hoarders. Discarded, covered in mountains of trash and sometimes partially disassembled, it’s always a bit of challenge to attempt to correctly identify what make and model that individual decided to hoard. It’s usually complicated by the fact that many of them are obscure cars from the 1960s and 1970s, such as this NSU Prinz 1000. Few were originally sold in the U.S. and even fewer remain in serviceable condition today. Looking through the photos provided by the seller, though, only reminds me of that game I play against myself; without the brochure, build plate and the two older photos of the outside of the car, go ahead and try to figure out what you’re looking at:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1967 NSU Prinz 1000 on eBay

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Tuner Tuesday Turbo Quattro Coupes: 2004 TT 3.2 quattro HPA Turbo and 2009 R8 4.2 Heffner Twin Turbo

When they launched the original Quattro, Audi redefined how performance could be packaged. With supercar performance but day to day practicality, the Quattro established a niche that made Audi unique amongst not only German manufacturers, but indeed the automotive world. Since then, however, the idea of all-wheel drive and turbocharged platforms have spread not only to sister companies Porsche and Volkswagen, but indeed to Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Porsche, Opel and even outside Germany to Japan. So Audi once again redefined its packaging; in the case of the TT, they brought expensive styling to the masses, and in the case of the R8, they brought supercar performance and packaging to a 911 budget. But it’s not just Audi that has raised its game; tuning firms are held to much higher standards then they were in the 1980s. Go back and look at some early Callaway turbo setups, for example, and you’ll see what was cutting edge in the 1980s – levels of fit and finish that just aren’t acceptable today, along with driving characteristics not suitable to most owners. Computerized engine management has transformed what is possible in the tuning world to the point where today’s packages often retain OEM-levels of driveability with otherworldly performance on tap. Two great examples of this can be found in HPA’s turbocharged Audi TT and Heffner’s twin-turbocharged Audi R8:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Audi TT 3.2 quattro HPA Turbo on eBay

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10K Friday Super Drop-Top Edition: Cabriolet v. TT v. S4 v. Cabriolet v. Beetle v. Eos v. S2 v. Boxster v. M Roadster v. M3 v. 500SL v. CLK55 AMG

Okay, hang on folks, this is a long one – what’s the most class, speed and style that you can get for $10,000 these days in German motoring? I’ve lined up some of the examples of just how much you can buy – which is your favorite?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1997 Audi Cabriolet on eBay

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Motorsport Monday: 1967 NSU TT 1200

It’s not often that you get to see an NSU these days, especially in the United States. It’s even more rare to find an NSU race car in the U.S.; but especially rare would be the cars that have substantial race history. In the case of this car, that history includes being raced since new – something very few cars can claim. Want some history? This car was extensively upgraded to a 1200CC motor some 47 years ago. Take that, Porsche crowd! The TT was renowned as a good racer, with plenty of balance, braking and light weight to make good use of its relatively modest power output. Looking ready to hit the track still nearly 50 years later, this TT is for sale today on Ebay:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1967 NSU TT on eBay

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4WD Week Wednesday Wheels: Snow Patrol for Quattros

All wheel drive is great, but math doesn’t lie – 4×0=0, and if you’re running sticky wide rubber on your performance Audi in the white stuff you’ll find it’s almost as bad as some of the cars Audi drivers love to claim superiority over in adverse conditions. Indeed, it’s a bit of a running joke in New England – for quite some time, the first cars you’d see in the ditch would be 4WD SUVs and Audi Quattros, sliding off the road with insufficient grip. Sure, you can go just fine, but you won’t be able to turn or stop any better, meaning you’ll just get to the scene of the accident all that quicker. The solution is to have some dedicated snow tires, and the easiest way to make that change over is to grab a wheel and tire package for your car. Here are a few today, starting with some TT wheels and popular Bridgestone Blizzaks:

Year: 2007 up
Model: TT Mk. 2
Diameter: 16″
Width: 7″
Bolt Pattern: 5×112
Offset: ET 51
Condition: Used
Tires: Included Bridgestone Blizzak 205-55-16
Price: $550 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Audi TT wheels on eBay

These are great snow tires and rims.

For $550, these wheels alone would be worth the price of entry. They’re a rare variation on the “Fat Five” design and look pretty neat. Throw in some mounted and balanced tires and that’s an easy solution to snow woes. Need something for your A4, A5 or A6? How about some factory B8 sport wheels?

Year: 2009 up
Model: A4, A5, A6
Diameter: 18″
Width: 8″
Bolt Pattern: 5×112
Offset: ET 45
Condition: Used
Tires: Included Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 225-45-18
Price: $ Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Audi A6 Sport wheels on eBay

a complete set of 18 Audi wheel and tire package!
This set was taken off a 2009 Audi A6. These will fit an A4 A5 or A6 with this correct tire size!
A few Wheels have minor scuffs!
Shown in pics
All wheels are straight and true!
No repairs!
Tires have one season on them in new condition!
225/45/18 Bridgestone blizzak LM-60!
Call TIREOUTLET at 247-336-9755 for any questions

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I’ve really liked these newer Audi wheels since they came out, and like the other set these come with a set of what look to be quite new Blizzaks. Considering the tires would set you back the best part of $1,000 without shipping, mounting or balancing, even though the Buy It Now is pretty pricey at $1,400 plus it’s not a horrible price considering what you’re getting. Need something even a bit sportier for your “S” model? How about some S-Line Titanium wheels?

Year: 2010 up
Model: S models
Diameter: 19″
Width: 8″
Bolt Pattern: 5×112
Offset: ET 45
Condition: Used
Tires: Included 255-40-19 Pirelli Winter Carving
Price: $2,000 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Audi Titanium wheels on eBay

THESE ARE BRAND NEW NEVER USED ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT AUDI TITANIUM WHEELS IN 19″ WITH PIRELLI 255/40/19 SNOW TIRES DONT BE SCAMMED BY ALL THOSE CHEAP REPLICAS !!!!!!!!!! BUY A REAL DET OF WHEELS FOR YOUR AUDI

$2,000 may seem like a lot of snow tires and wheels, but these are the premium titanium wheels and new snow tires; with that in consideration it’s not unreasonably priced. For a bolt-on package to the Audis this would be a great addition – as a caution, on the TT-RS that I got to drive last year at a winter driving school these wheels packed snow in easily and led to an imbalance quickly though it was easy to fix. Now, with snow covering New England, it’s time to hit the road on these great wheel packages!

-Carter

2004 Audi TT Roadster 3.2 S-Line

Okay, so it’s not exactly convertible weather here in New England, but the dreary weather of late has me wishing for a bit more sunshine and warmth, and what better way to invigorate the morning than some wishful thinking. In this case, it’s in the sunshine-loving and retina searing form of an Imola Yellow Audi TT. This is perhaps one of the rarest first generation TTs available and was as expensive as they came, with the 3.2 VR6 and DSG dual-clutch transmission in S-Line Roadster form. As if that wasn’t enough, this particular model is also basically brand new, with a scant 17,000 miles covered in nearly 10 years. If you long for a new king of the Mk.1 TTs at a cut-rate price, this may be the perfect opportunity:

Year: 2004
Model: TT Roadster S-line
Engine: 3.2 liter VR6
Transmission: 6-speed DSG automatic
Mileage: 17,500 mi
Price: $22,000 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Audi TT Roadster 3.2 S-Line on eBay

2004 Audi TT 3.2 Quattro Roadster S-Line

We are proud to offer one of the most exceptional Audi TT’s on the market, in this perfect 2004 17K mile Audi TT.

Very desirable- low miles- Imola Yellow over gray interior- Audi Quattro S line 250HP DSG Transmission. Two owner previously, never seen rain, always pampered. Upgraded alloy 18″ wheels- upgraded Bose sound system- Premium package- power convertible top- 6 disc CD changer- heated seats- Xenon headlights- Rear lip extension.

This example is nearly perfect throughout and comes impeccably maintained and fully documented.
The original MSRP was over $47K-here is your chance to attain this Roadster at a bargain price. Less than a thousand Roadsters were shipped over to the US.
This TT has been fully serviced since day one and is ready to be enjoyed.

Please call for more information on this stunning Roadster 267.934.2347

Perfect throughout sure sums up how this TT looks, and while the sticker price – a cool $22,000 – sounds like a lot for a early TT, the reality is that the condition of this car probably warrants the price. I’m not a huge fan of the Celebration wheels and wish this had the rare 19″ 3.2 multi-spoke wheels instead, but since they’re in perfect condition I’m not sure that’d be a deal breaker. The real question is if you’d want Imola Yellow – in all honesty, if I were in the market for one of these I think I’d hold out for the equally rare Papaya Orange color. Despite this, the opportunities to get into a car of this condition for this money won’t be frequent, and considering the rarity and condition I don’t think the price is all that outlandish. Now, where’s the sun?

-Carter

2008 Audi TT 3.2 6-speed

A few weeks ago, I wrote up a R32 Showdown in which I came to the conclusion that I didn’t really want either vehicle. I was mad at myself for coming to that place, but it was the reality of the platform. For me, what was missing was the manual option and 4 door option from the Mk.5 chassis car. It’s something that, generally, I associate with not being available on the later cars. Of course, what I was completely missing in that equation was the briefly available second-generation TT, which could be ordered with a 3.2 coupled to a 6-speed manual. For a while, this was the quickest of the Golf-platform cars you could buy. If you’re not into turbocharging and love the VR6 power delivery, these remain a great option to the R32; if anything, slightly more stealthy, much better looking and an impressive package all around:

Year: 2008
Model: TT
Engine: 3.2 liter VR6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 89,000 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2008 Audi TT 3.2 V6 on eBay

AWESOME 2008 AUDI TT 3.2L COUPE 6-SPEED MANUAL!

I purchased this car new in August of 2007 from Flemington Audi in Flemington, NJ and it is in beautiful condition. It has always been kept in a garage, always filled with name-brand gas, always dealer-serviced and nobody has ever smoked while riding in it. It has never been in an accident of any kind. Its exterior color is “Brilliant Black” with dark grey leather/Alcantara interior. You can pick through the equipment list (see the picture of the window sticker) but here are some highlights:

3.2 liter 250 hp engine, AWD (obviously)

6-speed manual transmission

18” wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus Tires (replaced 20,000 miles ago at 69,192 miles on the Odo) (Lot’s of tread left- see pic).

Bi-Xenon Adaptive (steering) headlights

The car has a build in Bluetooth voice-dial system which works great with my iPhone 4s. It allows me to dial numbers and names by voice command and works really well. The phone conversation sound through the car stereo is excellent.

ESP, ASR, ABS, TPS

LED turn signals, turn signals built into side mirrors

Heated 10-way-motorized sport seats (awesome!)

9-speaker, 140 watt sound (and it does sound very good!)

Auto-dimming mirror, automatic windshield wipers

2+2 seating and fold down rear seats (I have no problem putting skis or my full-size road bike in this car with the front wheel off)

Lot’s of airbags (never needed, thank goodness)

This car came with a really lame “iPod Interface” which I paid $250 for and is basically worthless. I have had a harness installed that plugs into my iPhone and lets me charge and play music, podcasts, etc. through the stereo. I have also designed and built a flexible “stalk” mount to hold my phone, but I’m taking that with me. You get to keep the cable harness for your phone. I will cover the four tiny holes I drilled with four small black screws, so that will look fine.

I have all documentation (including manuals, the window sticker and service records and these will be turned over to you

I’m pretty fussy about all of my stuff, so this car has been kept up pretty meticulously.

I have included pictures of the odometer reading and VIN number.

I have gotten up to 28 mpg on the one or two long highway trips I have taken with this car. Its main use is for daily commuting to work- 30 miles each way- and I usually get about 21 mpg. The original EPA rating was 17/24 (see pic).

Current mileage (as of 11/15/2013) is 88,931 miles. VIN # TRUDD38J681011195

Why am I selling it? Because I am a manual transmission fanatic. If I wait another couple of years before buying my next car, there may be no more manuals left. As it is, I could no longer replace this car with a new manual TT. (The ONLY manuals left in the US Audi line are the base level A4, the R8, and the S4. And yes I am replacing this car with a new S4. You might have noticed that I have become a pretty big Audi fan).

Here’s what works on this car: Everything‼

Here’s what you should know is not perfect:

Yes, I have scuffed the wheels a few times against curbs. I’ve tried hard not to, but you know how that goes. (My wife says it just looks stupid to leave the car 3 feet from the curb). It’s pretty minor- see the wheel pic for a typical scuff.

There is a small ding on the passenger-side door at the crease right below the mirror. If you look closely at the pic, you can see it.

There is some scuffing on the corner of the rear bumper below the crease. I tried to get it in the photo but it really doesn’t show.

There is some minor road rash (white specks) along the front bumper as there would be on any car that is 6 years old

There is some light scuffing damage on the edge of the driver’s side seat leather. This is from me sliding against it every time I get into the car. (see the picture). It probably could be polished back to new by someone who knew what they were doing.

It is due for a routine service (basically just oil-and-filter and a bunch of checking). Factory service was done at Flemington Audi every 10,000 miles per requirements.

Repairs that have been done on this car:

The dealer fixed a minor windshield rattle under warranty
the was a recall/fix involving the fuel tank
a dead audio amp was repaired under warranty
a bad ESP sensor was repaired under warranty
a headlight bulb was replaced
a serpentine drive belt self-destructed and damaged a pulley and tensioner (at 62k miles)
the driver’s side window mechanism was replaced (at 65k miles)
front brake pads and rotors were replaced at 76k miles. I believe brakes were also replaced earlier but I can’t find a record on that.
routine dealer servicing was performed every 10,000 miles up to 75,000 miles

I am a straight-shooter, and you can bid with confidence. I have bought and sold on EBay many times over the years (including a couple of cars) and I have never received any real negative feedback whatsoever. (I once received “negative feedback” for not posting feedback on an item that I bought, but EBay does not allow that kind of nonsense any longer.)

I will require cash or a bank cashier’s check and ID at pickup. I require a deposit of $1,500 by cash, bank cashier’s check, or Paypal within 48 hours after the auction closes. You must pay the balance and pick up the car within 7 days after the auction closes.

The “sunset” pics may be a bit over the top, but I had fun taking them and thought you might enjoy seeing them too!

The TT must be picked up in person in Pennington, NJ. You will have to bring plates to drive it home.

When you come to pick up the car, I will be happy to go with you for a drive on a variety of nearby roads. If this drive shows up any mechanical problems, I will return your deposit and you will be under no obligation to buy the car.

Other than this caveat, however: If you are the winning bidder on this car, you are legally obligated to follow through on the purchase!

MY RESERVE PRICE IS $18,450 ON THIS CAR. I AM NOT WILLING TO TAKE ANY LESS FOR THIS CAR. SURE, IF NOBODY WILL PAY THAT PRICE AFTER ANOTHER LISTING OR TWO, I WILL LOWER THE PRICE, BUT I BELIEVE THIS IS A FAIR PRICE FOR A MANUAL TT IN THIS CONDITION.

If you have any questions, please email me. Good luck on your bidding.

Carl

A few years ago I had a student at a BMW High Performance Driver’s Education that had a second generation TT; in that case, it was a 2.0T front wheel drive. The event was at Lime Rock Park, and the student was doing well and building speed throughout the day. One particularly dangerous corner that catches many drivers out is “West Bend” – a fast sweeper that you can quickly run out of grip and track on. In my track-prepared GT, it’s a max 85 mph curve and that feels pretty scary at that. In my students bone-stock TT, we were approaching the corner at the best part of 90 mph. In my head, I did some quick math, and as I said “brake brake brake” I prepared for the worst; trailing throttle oversteer, and we were going to crash. Quickly I tucked my hands under my legs and hoped as the student turned in to the corner at 90 off-throttle. What happened? Nothing. I felt the car twitch a hair, and the stability management sorted out that we did, in fact, want to come out the other side of the corner, and there it was – the car drove through the corner. It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t the fast way though, but the car saved us from certain impact. To this day, I’m convinced if we were in any non-stability car we would have hit the wall – hard. That’s how impressive this car is in stock form.

For those who suggested the original TT was too tame or not sporty enough, you haven’t been for a ride in a second generation TT. It’s not a Cayman or a Miata, let’s be clear, but it is simply a great drive. Couple that with one of the best naturally aspirated engines Volkswagen made and a 6-speed manual and that’s a recipe for fun. The second generation TT stepped up a more mature styling, which on these 3.2s is nicely set off by the fantastic looking multi-spoke Speedline made wheels. The price for this fun is listed as $18,500 – not the cheapest of these that I’ve seen, but they’re not exactly common. Still, it’s less money than the asking price on most of the Mk.V R32s I’ve seen, and while the package isn’t quite the same I’d have to say I think I’d choose the TT over the R32, all things being equal. If I’m going to pay $20,000 for a used Golf, I’d really like to feel special; the TT does that, while flying lower on the radar and not grabbing all the boy-racer attention. For me, that’s a win!

-Carter

1966 NSU Prinz 1000

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If NSU isn’t the most recognizable name to you in German car history, you’re not alone. Few remember one of the more creative producers of cars and motorcycles out of Germany, notably, NSU developed the first Wankel rotary engines, pioneered small car designs, and notably developed the first real aerodynamic family sedan in the often praised Ro80. Additionally, the Prinz-based TT and TTS would offer a practical and very sporty package to the masses in Germany; sound familiar, Mr. 02? Imported in small numbers, there are still a few examples floating around, though show up at most shows and you’ll leave many scratching their heads. Today there is a beautiful example of one of the less-celebrated models available, a pristine Prinz 1000:

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Year: 1966
Model: Prinz 1000
Engine: 1.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 61,000 mi
Price: $20,000 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1966 NSU Prinz 1000 on Audifans.com

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You are bidding on an absolutely unique 1966 NSU Prinz 1000 with a four synchronized speed transmission. It was repaired, customized and updated in 2009. It was stored until October 2012 when it was registered and driving it since, taking it out only in nice weather. The engine is standard 998 cc but with a TTS camshaft, manifold and Solex carburetors. TT Oil cooler. It is also updated with a Bosch 65 Amp alternator, Bosch Solid state ignition, remote oil filter, oil thermostat and oil temperature gauge. Priming electric fuel pump. Custom header. The compression ratio is standard 1:7.5 allowing the use of regular gasoline. The car is extremely desirable, people are taking pictures of it every where I go. However, I do not claim the car is perfect and the buyer should have expectation of typical minor blisters, chips and small scratches. Seller makes no guarantee, or warranty expressed or implied of this car, it will be sold “as is”. The buyer is responsible for all shipping charges. Please feel free to e-mail me any questions you may have or call : 954-296-1374.

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If you’re looking for a unique alternative to the BMW crowd and a trick piece of German history, look no further. This car has been resto-modded for better performance without sacrificing the outward originality of the package. The TT and TTS components are both desirable and rare. With lots of work completed, there are certain to be many less headaches than your normal NSU acquisition would entail. Some people really like standing out from the crowd, and what better way is there to do that than with a small red rear-engined German oddity? With microcars all the rage, this car seems well and competitively priced compared to clean 2002s and is a bargain compared to what an kind of Isetta you’d end up with. When it comes to NSUs in the U.S., they don’t get much better than the condition of this car.

-Carter

2005 Audi HPA TT 550

When you think of great tuning companies for German cars, most of them reside in the motherland – AMG (pre-Daimler takeover), Alpina, AC Schnitzer, Abt, Ruf, and Techart. Over the past two decades, a few U.S. based tuners have raised their game to match some of the German offerings, such as Dinan, Turner, Active Autowerke and Renntech. But around 2004, a new kid popped into the tuning scene in a major way, and he was from Canada. HPA stunned the tuning world at SEMA in that year with its twin-turbo R32, a car that would go on to be featured and much loved in Gran Turismo 4. What was so shocking? How about 450 horsepower, 0-60 in under 4 seconds, and a sticker price of $80,000. Car and Driver proclaimed the conversion was good enough to look like it came from the factory. HPA has since gained notoriety for building some monstrously powerful Volkswagen and Audi products, but because they’re not in the Ivy League of tuners and are somewhat obscure, you can get some pretty outlandish performance for not much money. Today’s HPA TT 550 is a good example of this performance bargain:

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Year: 2005
Model: TT
Engine: 3.2 liter twin-turbocharged V6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 49,500 mi
Price: $22,000

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2005 Audi HPA TT 550 on Quattroworld

Relocating across the country and ready to let the car go. Need it happen in three weeks so it’s priced at 22k. For a 550hp, 550lbft, 4 wheel drive german coupe that does not have any issues what so ever, it’s a steal. Car is a beast and absolutely solid. Please contact me ONLY if you are serious and have the funds. See below for detailed specs. For current photos, and video follow the link provided here and click on the album:

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Car Specifications:

Base Car: 2005 Audi TT 3.2L V6.
Exterior / Interior: Lake silver / Black
Current mileage: 49,500
Overall exterior condition: 9/10
Overall interior condition: 9/10

Performance Figures:
HPA Custom FT-550
540hp @5700rpm
560 ft-lbs torque @3500rpm

Engine specs:
8.5:1 Compression Ratio
KKK K04 ball bearing turbos
1.2 bar Boost
Race Grade Connecting Rod Bearings
Cast aluminum short runner intake manifold
Dual air-to-air side mount Competition intercoolers
HPA Proprietary silicone boost plumbing
High flow fuel supply system

Exhaust:
Twin 60mm Downpipes
Stainless Steel 88mm exhaust with dual bypass valves

6-speed transmission:
OEM R32 O2M 6spd gearbox with:
Lengthened Ring and Pinion
Hardened 3 through 6th gear set
Peloquin Pos Differential and Bolt kit
Spec Stage3R based clutch and Flywheel

Quattro AWD Drivetrain:
Orange Haldex Sport Controller

Sport Suspension:
KW Variant 2 coilover suspension
H&R Rear Anti-swaybar
Defcon 1 front control arm stiffening kit

Brakes:
Alcon 4-piston calipers with 14″ Stasis rotors
12″ Stasis rear rotors

Interior:
Stable Energy roll cage
Recaro Pole Position leather racing seats
Custom Sliders
Euro RS4 Steering wheel
Digital boost pressure, voltage meters

Maintenance & Upgrade History:
Before 18,000 all maintenances were performed per Audi’s recommended schedule at the dealership where the car was purchased new in Normal Bloomington, IL.

@ 18,000 miles
1. Engine oil changed (Castrol 5W-50)
2. Brake fluid changed (Motul RBF600)
3. Fuel filter
4. New plugs
5. New MAF sensor
6. HPA FT 400

@ 20,000 mile:
1. DSG Transmission oil changed (OEM) / 6qt( 5.5L ) / from ECS tuning
2. Haldex Oil changed (OEM) /

@21,000 miles
1. Motor Oil changed (Castrol 5W-50) / 6 qt(5.5L) / from Advanced autoparts
2. Rear differential Oil changed (Synthetic Man. Trans. & Transaxle Gear Lube (75W-90) API GL-4 ) / 1 qt / from AMSOIL
3. Intake air filter (Absolute Efficiency Air Filter, EAA208) / from AMSOIL
4. Cabin filter (WIX 24822 Cabin Air Filter) / from AMSOIL

@23,200
1. New MAF sensor

@24,000
1. New engine oil
2. Front differential oil changed – Synthetic Man. Trans. & Transaxle Gear Lube (75W-90) API GL-4 ) / 1.5 qt / from AMSOIL

@30,000 (everything performed at HPA)
1.Conversion: Twin turbo, DSG (Clutch pack, Mechatronics), custom full exhaust. Done at HPA
2. Engine oil (Mobile 1 0W-40)
3. Haldex oil
4. Water pump
5. DSG oil
6. Thermostat
7. Power steering fluid
8. Coolant
9. Spark Plugs
10. Fuel filter
11. New suspension (KW V2)
12. Strut bearing, strut mount
13. See main specs above for details

@32,800 on August 11, 2008
1. Engine oil (Mobile 1 0W-40), 5.5 quarts

@36,000 on April 3rd, 2009
1. Engine oil (Mobile 1 0W-40), 5.5 quarts
2. DSG oil (OEM) 5.5 quarts
3. Engine oil temp sender, gauge
4. DSG oil temp sender, gauge
5. O2 sensor (Bank 2, sensor 1)
6. Driver side front CV boot (8N0498201D)

@37,750 on August 9th, 2009
1. Haldex oil and filter change
2. Break Fluid change
3. Fuel level sender cleaning
4. New brake pad: all 4 corners

@39,000 miles on Oct. 18th, 2009
1. Engine oil change (Mobile 1 0W-40)

@40,000 miles
1. 6-speed manual conversion
2. Exhaust upgrade (resonator removal)
3. Turbo rebuild
4. Engine side plate seal
5. Transmission main seal, release bearing

@42,600 miles on Mar. 19, 2011
1. Engine oil: Mobile 1 0W-40 5.5L

@45,000 miles on Apr. 1, 2012
1. Engine oil: Mobile 1 0W-40 6L

@47,000 miles on Dec. 5, 2012
1. New MAF sensor

@48,500 miles on April 20th, 2013
1. Engine oil: Mobile 1 0W-40 5.5L
2. New serpentine belt
3. New belt tensioner
4. New post-cat O2 sensors

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No, you’re not reading the advertisement incorrectly. That’s 540 horsepower. Want an R8 V10 but $100,000 shy of the asking price for a used one? Here’s your car. The performance produced by these cars is simply staggering, and the ask price for the car is only about half of what the price of the twin turbo conversion runs. At $22,000, this car sure looks like a ton of performance for the money. Without a doubt, that performance comes at a price – it’s not very surprising that the first DSG transmission only lasted 10,000 miles. Still, though, with a 6 speed conversion, some inviting looking Recaros, and enough torque to light up all 4 sticky tires, it’s not surprising this car has gotten some use. I would expect some large repair bills looming in the not-too-distant future. I’m not a huge fan of either the RS6 wheels or the headlight treatment on this car, but both of those are pretty easily remedied. Throw the OEM lights back in and a set of BBS LMs on there and call it a day!

Would I buy this car? Well, that’s a very interesting question. There was point when the early Callaway and Dinan turbo cars weren’t worth much more than a stock car; but over the past few years appreciation for them has grown and good examples now command a premium. Go back and look at those cars, and the fit and finish of the twin turbo conversion on this car is significantly better. Those cars also required some serious maintenance to go along with their raised performance. Will the future hold a similar fate for the HPA cars? Only time will tell and it may be an expensive journey. But you may get in on the bottom floor of one of the best kept performance secrets out there, and you’d be on the express elevator for sure.

-Carter

1998 Porsche 911 Turbo Ruf Conversion

Last week, we reviewed a beautiful white 1998 993 Twin Turbo converted to Ruf Turbo R specifications. They say lightning never strikes twice, but Ruf has never been one to listen to convention or limitations. Surely the most elite of the German tuners, Ruf automobiles demand a premium over their already expensive Porsche cousins. However, there is a difference in the market between a car with an original Ruf build certificate and one that has been converted by the owner. This example looks cracking in silver, and like the white car is not an original Ruf car but a converted example.

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Year: 1998
Model: 911 Turbo (993)
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6 Twin Turbo
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 75,704 miles
Price: $74,888 Buy it Now

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1998 Porsche 993 Twin Turbo Ruf, rare Ruf conversion with rear-wheel drive. Twin-turbo 3.6 motor, 6-speed manual transmission. Absolutely stunning! Over $60,000 invested, including –

Fresh 3.6 twin turbo w performance tuning
Rear-wheel drive conversion
Ruf front & rear bumpers (originals, not replicas)
Ruf 19″ wheels in Hypersilver
Ruf sport leather steering wheel (new)
Ruf gear shift (new)
Ruf floor mats
Ruf badging
Turbo “S” exhaust tips
Turbo “S” rear wing
Sports hardback seats
Muffler delete
Billstein PSS9 adjustable coilover suspension
Strut tower brace in carbon fiber
Upgraded sound system

We have receipts for the engine work done (over $30,000)

Condition –

Recent PPI done last month by Powertech in NJ (see attached report)
Perfect compression and no leaks
Excellent concours condition
Accident free
All books and manuals
Exterior is free of any scratches or rock chips
Runs and drives great
Driver seat has wear as expected (see pics)
Everything works as expected
Cold air conditioning
Clean Autocheck
Wheels are free of any curbing
Tires have over 50% tread

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While a “normal” 993 Twin Turbo will set you back around $60,000 to $70,000, the white lighting we showed last week was asking $110,000 despite not being an original Ruf. That’s a serious amount of “extra” over the standard car – so much so, that you could nearly buy two! However, the most valuable aspect of the Ruf cars is, and has always been, the motors they have developed. Unlike the white car, this silver example does not appear to have the valuable motor swap, but does sport the same suspension and body kit, along with a grab to the Porsche parts bag for the Turbo S rear wing. In comparison to the white car, then, this car is more of a replica without the motor.

For $35,000 dollars less, I feel like I could live with a few less horsepower, especially without the benefit of the all wheel drive saving me when I dipped a little too far into the loud pedal. Additionally, I think the silver flies (literally) a little lower on the radar, and I can’t express enough how glad I am that those beautiful Ruf alloys aren’t black. Sure, it has more miles on the clock, but it looks to be in just about perfect condition and without the more expensive motor, it’ll set you back less at the next servicing. To me, this is a slightly better value than the white car, with a price closer to the high end of the standard 993 TT market but with some nice looking upgrades. Without either being actual Ruf cars, I’d drive the silver one comfortable in both the fact that I had a fantastic looking, exceptionally fast car and $35,000 in the bank to help pay the bills.

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