1990 Volkswagen Corrado G60

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You might not like this Corrado when it’s angry. In fact, you may not like it ever. With a face only its builder could love, this G60 has had enough modifications under the hood that the new front-mounted intercooler got pushed outside, like a child reluctantly spitting out chewed metal. I think the seller probably envisions the FMIC as an ersatz lower grille, but it mostly looks like a fragile and expensive snow plow. God help the buyer if they ever see a speed bump – say bye-bye to all that expensive plumbing.

This little Hulkorrado actually has received some good attention to make this a strong runner. Yet while the seller has updated and redone a lot of parts, I’d be wary of all the relocating causing headaches down the line. That’s if you don’t have a headache already from the proboscis, super-Green pearl, O’Reilly tail lights (both fake AND real!) or hood louvers. However, if you are blind or really good at dissociating form and function, it’s actually a decent G60 deal.

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Tuner Tuesday Swede Speed: 1978 Volvo 262C Bertone LS3 Widebody

Okay, before we get going – yes, I’m aware that Volvos aren’t made in Germany. Worse yet, this Volvo isn’t even made in Sweden. But occasionally we like to showcase some European cousins from the land of Abba, so if you’ll grant me a little leeway we’re going to look at this particular Volvo. As Volvos go, I think the 262C Bertone might be the least attractive made. That’s saying something, since I think the 240 might be the least attractive car of the 1980s. But the 262C was basically gone by the 1980s, and it embodied all of the wrong things of the 1970s. There was the chopped-look that Bertone gave the ungainly coupe. It was always somehow out of proportion to me, and despite the top-tier name I don’t think it’s an attractive design at all. Then there’s the reputation of the parts; assembled by Bertone in Turin, Italy, the 262 also featured the anemic and much maligned Peugeot/Renault/Volvo “PRV” V6. Top that off with a vinyl roof, and the 262C always seemed like a bit of a joke to me – what Swedes thought people in Florida would like if they bought a Volvo. So, I was not upset at all to find that someone had modified one. And when I say modified, it’s hard to see what they left alone:

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1984 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

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I love the Mk1 Jetta, funky little sedan that it is. While later Jettas are quite common in the states, the Golf/GTI is far more common from the first generation. Just as the US market dictated the production of the new A3 sedan (meh), in the late ’70s VW realized the ‘Muricans liked trunks and didn’t have as tight of parking restrictions, so they grafted on a third box. The GLI was a one-year special, bringing most of the GTI’s upgrades. International preferences aside, that made for a pretty great little sedan.

While today’s description nearly landed it in the Friday Fail section, the car itself is nice enough to pull it back to positivity-land. The Euro bumpers and Zender lip add to the 80s flair, and there has clearly been some decent attention to making it run as well as it looks. It’s especially attractive without the roof racks and on the upsized RML Snowflakes, but unfortunately those don’t come with the car. The buyer would do well to get rid of the included wheels as soon as possible and get some form of snowflakes – even OEMs would look great. Best of all, in the end it’s a high-mileage, Mk1 Volkswagen, which means the price isn’t going anywhere crazy.

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1993 BMW DTM M3 Tribute

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It’s always fun to see what the creative engineers can come up with out there. The guys at CG Motorsports clearly wanted to show their building skills, so they went a roundabout way of making an E36 DTM-style M3 tribute, albeit in show/street-car guise. I will admit to a guilty love of wide-bodies, though this love is confusingly matched with a distaste for wings and overdone wheels. These guys took the basic-but-capable 318is and stuck M3 bits all over, including some body parts, suspension, transmission, and engine. Add a DTM-style widebody kit, and you’ve got a tuner’s show car! They’re selling it in a way that sounds like more trouble than it’s worth – offering the chassis and body alone, or with all of the running gear and additions – that just makes me scratch my head harder. Taste and selling tactics aside, it is a clean FrankenBimmer that, at least to me, has some potential.

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Tuner Tuesday: Extreme 1989 Volkswagen Cabriolet

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Convertibles are usually met with skepticism by enthusiasts, but there are always exceptions. For me, driving a Z8 helped me change my tune, followed by the decidedly non-German but incredible experience of hooning a Miata. When you live in Hawaii, it’s hard to imagine hiding from the sun and rising scenery of the islands, and VW Cabriolets are a very popular choice. Commonly associated with teenage girls, today’s cab comes with Berg Cup fender flares and enough performance upgrades to terrify teenagers and prompt families to hide their kids and hide their wives. A turbocharged 16V helps it back up the crazy flares and charge up the mountains like a true Berg Cup competitor. It’s a little out there, but to be honest, I’m kind of in love with this car. A serious rollcage counteracts the lost rigidity and fits in perfectly. The bodykit is just so out there that it works for me and I love the cream color. If I were to buy a convertible, I think I want it to be this one.

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1995 BMW M3 Turbo

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It’s always been a dream of mine to have a car that can do rolling burnouts at highway speeds. A recurring object of this desire is a big, insane Mercedes for the sheer madness, but making a monster M3 is always an entertaining proposition. As opposed to most modified E36s, the exterior of this M3 is almost completely, beautifully stock. It doesn’t even have a spoiler, which is an instant E36 mojo-killer. What it does have hiding behind the commuter-car exterior is an insane 606 horsepower at the rear wheels. That’s roughly 700 at the crank. Driving it will most certainly induce one kind of fear, while the maintenance and tuning will elicit another. But if you’re going to turbocharge an E36, this is exactly the way to do it.

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Tuner Tuesday Part 2: 1994 Porsche 911 Speedster Strosek

The name Speedster is one of the most mythical nameplates to grace a Porsche. It appeared recently as a limited run 997 model and has since graced two other 911 variants and the 356 a half century ago. I’m a big fan of the 964 in general, particularly the Speedster variant. Noted Porsche tuner Strosek decided to have a go at modifying this rare vehicle and the results are, well, subjective to say the least. This Martime Blue Strosek Speedster for sale in Florida has a little over 12,000 miles on the clock and provides a window back to the mid 1990s era of tuning.

Year: 1994
Model: 911 Speedster Strosek
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 12,800 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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ATTENTION : buying & trading low mileage classic collector Porsche. Commission / Finders fee always paid to anyone.

Phone: (five six one) (three two two) (eight five two six)

This is 1994 Porsche Speedster Strosek by Factory Strosek. This is not an imitation!

Started life as a 1994 Factory Porsche Speedster

The factory color is maritime blue with the maritime blue accent interior.

Only 12,800 miles.

Clear Bra on nose and many areas and edges to protect the car.

Strosek Mirrors

Strosek Exhaust

Strosek Body

Strosek Gauges

Strosek Floor Mats

All owners manuals, all keys, complete car.

No accidents! Clean title!

Many more photos available!

Is a modded 964 Speedster worth more than a bone stock factory version? Even though Stroksek is a known commodity, Speedsters of all kinds bring big dollars. Many enthusiasts will agree that mods like this don’t help the vehicle’s cause. Regardless, there’s a market for everything. Whether this Strosek will meet its reserve and ecplise stock 964 Speedster values will leave this as an interesting auction to watch.

-Paul

Mean Santa’s Sleigh: 2001 S4 w/ OEM RS4 widebody

Let’s take a moment away from last-minute Christmas plans and get a little selfish. I’m very happy with my new car, but if there’s one out there that makes me feel funny inside still, it’s the B5 RS4. The first time I saw one was on a school trip to Paris in high school. I saw the low-slung, wide-shouldered uber-S4 parked on the street. As I pulled myself away to continue walking with the group, we turned a corner and I was confronted by another one. They left a lasting impression, and dug an “RS” shaped hole in my heart that exists to this day.

As Walter said in The Big Lebowski, “If you will it, dude, it is no dream.” This RS4 clone is the result of someone choosing to will the dream to reality. We still can’t import RS4s, but if you feel like coughing up the massive change required to get OEM panels, you can get something that looks like it. Featured in a eurotuner that I poured over, this car does a whole lot more than just look the part. 570hp at all four wheels takes it to a whole new level of insanity. If money were no object, this would be my dream.

2001 Audi S4 with RS4+ conversion for sale on eBay


The very eurotuner-worthy but purposeful description and parts list:

No expense has been spared to build this wagon. Previously owned by Adam of SDR Research in Colorado, it just received some fresh upgrades to bring it up to date with new technology and a new pump gas tune by Tony @ EPL. This car been been featured in Euro Tuner and is well known in the Audi community. Please see an extensive list of modifications below, I am sure I forgot a few things…

Car:

2001 Audi S4 avant
72k on the chassis
Clean title

Exterior:

Full OEM RS4 wide body conversion
Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera pearl white paint
SDR Research carbon fiber hood with hood pins
Matte black exterior trim / emblems / mirrors / roof rails
15% window tint

Interior:

Full OEM RS4 interior conversion (seats, carbon fiber trim, shifter, steering wheel) – back seat is not installed
Custom suede seat inserts (higher quality that OEM)

Engine:

EPL custom pump gas tune (570 AWHP / 560 AWTQ)
3.0L stroker short block
3.0 Audi V6 crank
CP pistons 82.5mm (8.5 to 1 compression)
Pauter rods with oil rifling for the pin
Block machine bored / honed and internally balanced to 9,500 rpm
ARP main cap studs
O-ringed block
2.8 custom ported / flowed heads
Cat titanium valve springs / retainers
RS4 intake cams
2.7 exhaust cams
New valve guides / valve stem seals
Seven angle valve job
Tial 770R turbo kit
Custom Apikol intercoolers with bar and plate cores and ER cabron fiber shrouds
Hand fabricated divorced down pipes with 3 inch dual center section and V band clamps
Sportec catback exhaust with AWE center muffler
RS4 OEM Y-pipe
SDR Research carbon fiber Y-pipe (no longer installed)
RS4 intake manifold
Apikol snub mount
Aquamist water / methanol injection system
AMD custom methanol tank (trunk mounted)
Zeitronix wide band O2 sensor / ETG probe / boost sensor with interior digital display
AMD custom fuel system (dual Bosch 044 fuel pumps)
AMD custom breather system
EPL 80mm MAF
EPL 72lb injectors

Drivetrain:

Dahlback Racing V2 clutch
Single mass steel flywheel
Stern engine mounts
RS4 transmission mounts
Apikol rear differential mount
AWE drive train stabilizier
Stasis built 6-speed transmission (OEM gear ratios)
Stasis 4:1 center differential
Quaiffe rear limited slip differential

Chassis:

H-sport front / rear sway bars
Stasis Motorsport coilovers with remote reservoirs
Stasis Alcon 328mm Mono4 4 piston front brake kit
Stasis Alcon 298mm 2-piece rotors
Stern adjustable control arms
OEM aluminum front uprights
18 x 9.5 Weds Sport SA-67R wheels (20.5 lbs. each)
275/35/18 Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires

Miscellaneous:

Optima yellow top battery (relocated to the rear)
Alpine head unit
Focal 5-channel amplifier
Focal speakers
Escort Passport laser jammer

Why? Because racewagon. This thing has been done to the nines and the result is truly special. From the well-chosen laundry list of tuner parts (I always love seeing Dahlback pop up!) to the Lamborghini white paint and black wheels & trim, this exact car has been in my dreams for years. There’s no market to compare this to, but for those looks and this level of ponies, its $48k asking price seems fair to me. Cheaper and more powerful than the reigning wagon-champ Cadillac CTS-V and terrifyingly expensive to replicate, it’s sad the creator of such a wonderful machine doesn’t have it anymore, but some Audi nut with a decently-sized wallet can reap the benefits without having to go through the craziness of putting all the pieces together.

Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is an RS4 clone to keep the M5 company.

-NR

2001 Porsche Boxster S For Sale with Tasteful Modifications

Paul spotted this one on his local Craigslist. He recalls seeing it at this years Sunriver Exotic Car Show and says it looks excellent in person.

2001 Porsche Boxster S For Sale on Eugene Craigslist

quote from seller’s Craigslist posting:

2001 Porsche Boxster S
Always garage kept
Only 23,000 total miles
Asking $25,000

– “S” Model With 6sp Transmission
– Rare Sport Seat Option With Side Bolsters
– Sport Design Interior Package Option
– Heated Leather Seats Option
– 030 Sport Suspension Package Option
– (PSM) Porsche Traction Control Option
– Stereo Upgrade Option

– Gemballa Taillights
– Romulus Exhaust
– H&R Sport Springs
– B&M Sport Short Shifter
– Rennline Aluminum Pedals
– Rennline Extinguisher Mount

– New factory replaced engine under warranty @ 8k Miles in 2004
– New coolant expansion tank & hoses this year
– Full mechanical inspection 4K miles ago, this car is in mechanically perfect condition.

The pictures say it all, this sucker looks very aggressive but not over the top. The stance is fantastic. Take note of all the rare factory options too like the sport seats, 030 suspension, and interior package. And some of these aftermarket goodies are not easy to get or accordingly pricey to buy. With the options, add-on’s, and the low miles… that might equal $25k. I’d be sold right now if it had the hardtop to match.

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