Beautiful 1974 BMW 2002 Turbo for sale

For around $45,000, you could buy a brand-new BMW 335i with it’s fancy twin-turbo inline-6, iDrive, and plenty of plush amenities and Bangleness.  You could also buy a very low-mile 1974 2002 Turbo, with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, some gauges, a steering wheel, and some nasty (in the good way) fender flares  and spoilers.  Which would you go for?  I know my answer.

We can all agree that the 2002 is an amazing car that forever changed what a sedan could be, but the 2002 Turbo is just in a different league.  Reasons it stands alone: 170hp; 5-speed dogleg; limited-slip diff; M Stripes.  I also love the tall greenhouse on the squat body, the center exhaust, and the all-business yet inviting interior.  This beautiful 2002 was originally owned by a Japanese F1 driver and painted black then later brought to the US and redone in the appropriate Polaris Silver with lots of OEM refurbishing.  I’ve seen these in black, and it’s something special, but this original hue is gorgeous.  Though unverified, it looks like it’s covered a scant 17,000 miles.  Much time and money has gone into making this a fantastic example, just one of 1672, of the awesome Turbo.  I don’t know the market for such a time piece and will admit that $45k is a lot, but it’s a lovely, rare BMW, one that laid the groundwork for all of BMW’s souped-up sports sedans to follow.


E30 M3 Turbo on eBay

At first I was excited about this post, but quickly I felt a small pang in my heart.  I love E30 M3s, as I know many of us do, and I’ve seen people do some amazing modifications to them.  So I’m posting this turbo-S52’d example because it’s impressive and interesting, but something inside says it’s a little bit wrong.  Removing the S14 is a contentious issue among E30-lovers, so that hobbles the car from the get-go.  Turbocharging is awesome  in nearly all applications; but isn’t the only homologated M3 all about directness and uninhibited, naturally-aspirated glory?  Then I think the final unsettling lemon-on-top is the exterior, namely the color and wheels.  Alas, it’s an impressive exercise in E30 tuning, so I think it’s worth sharing.

I don’t hate this car, and it’s still hovering around $10k, so it’s not like it’s horribly overpriced.  It’s just built based on different values and assertions than I hold with regards to what makes the E30 M3 so special.  To each their own, and someone will love this.  It’s just not me.


2004 VW R32 Turbo for Sale on eBay

Hot on the heels of the turbo Golf Rallye, this R32 Turbo popped up on eBay.  I love the R32, so much so that it’s at the top of my realistic dream-car list.  The looks are aggressive yet subtle, the AWD makes it a 4-season monster, and it’s got some juice from the 3.2l VR6.  It’s probably the most well-done car from VW in decades, though the new GTI portends good things are coming.  The one gripe that has followed the R32 is a lack of power, and while 240hp in a Golf sounds pretty good, it’s not fast, especially when compared to its 4WD contemporaries, the Subaru STI and the Mitsubishi Evo.  This seller has addressed that issue and more with an EIP turbo setup along and a host of driveline and suspension additions.

R32 Turbo for sale on eBay

The seller’s list of upgrades:

Engine / Power:
-Original 3.2L 240hp Engine, All Accessories Retained (A/C, Power-Everything, Upgraded Bosch T-Stat, Sensors, Fan-Switch and FPR, All Original Covers, Including Retention of Emissions Components, Factory Installed Appearance)
-EIP Stage-1 Turbo System with All Comp Series Upgrades (AWD Dyno Tested/Tuned 425hp)
-Comp Series (Dual-Core) Front Mount Intercooler (stock like fitment)
-Clear-Coated Silver Turbo Piping (very easy to clean, stays bright, looks like stock)
-Ball Bearing Turbocharger Upgrade
-Turbosmart Billet External Ultra-Gate Wastegate
-Greddy Diverter/Blow-Off Valve (Re-circulated)
-Apexi AVC-R Digital Boost Controller (Glove-Box Mounted)
-3” Stainless Steel Downpipe w/Integrated Wastegate Return
-3” Stainless Steel High Flow Catalytic Converter
-3” Stainless Steel EIP Exhaust w/Resonator (deep mellow tone)

Transmission / Driveline:
-Fidanza Billet Aluminum Lightweight Flywheel (fast throttle response)
-EIP Comp Series Dual-Friction Clutch (stock-like pedal feel, 500+ HP setup)
-Quaife Torque Biasing All Wheel Drive Differential
-Haldex Performance Rear Wheel Drive Controller
-EIP Short Shifter (Front-to-Back and Side-to-Side)
-Brembo 15” Racing Brakes w/Porsche 4-Piston Calipers and Slotted Rotors
-Neuspeed Billet 18” Wheels
-Kuhmo Excsta MX 225/40/18 ZR Tires (new)
-Bilstein Fully Adjustable Coil-Over Suspension (Twin-Springs, Externally Adjustable)
-Autotech Front and Rear Lightweight Sway-Bars w/Urethane Bushings
-Autotech Aluminum Upper Stress Bar

There shouldn’t be any more griping with 425hp on tap.  …

1989 Golf Rallye for Sale

I’d nearly forgotten about the awesome Golf Rallye until this amazing modified example started circling the interwebs.  Maybe it’s because only 5000 were made, or maybe that none were sold in the US, or maybe its lack of racing heritage leaves it in the shadow of the similarly-styled E30 M3, Ur-Quattro, and Lancia Delta Integrale.  Whatever it is, more people should know about this car.  It was essentially an R32 made in 1989- an aggressive-looking Golf with Syncro and a hot engine, in this case the 160hp supercharged G60.  As with the Lancia, Americans were not graced with the importation of the sexy box-flared hatchback, but there are some that have gone through the extreme hoops to federalize.  This example has gone even further, adding a Euro 2.9l VR6 and a turbocharger without changing much of the 80stastic exterior.

1989 Modified Golf Rallye for sale on VWVortex

This car reminds me why I went through an intense Rallye phase.  It’s in great condition and the modifications make it a sleeping monster, even garnering a feature in EuroTuner.  I love box flares, wherever they come from, and combined with the clean Golf II, we’ve got a winner.  For $22k, I might keep looking for an E30 M3 or even a first-gen R32, but that’s not to say it isn’t worth it to the right person.  Rarity, impressive modifications, and general cleanliness all get high marks on this one.  Now let’s see some Golf Countrys over here!


1976 Porsche 911 V8 Custom 993 Turbo Body

Here is an interesting Porsche 911. A 1976 with a 993 turbo body kit and a built 350 Chevy stuffed in the back. Perhaps stuffed is not the right word as it doesn’t do justice to the amount of quality work that appears on this vehicle. Judging from the description the seller seems to be a straight shooter, which I like to see in car listings.
This car has a lot of time and parts put into it. The list of modifications is well done, purposeful, without being over the top. The seller claims there is 243 hours worth of work in the paint and body work alone. With 350+ horsepower and weighing only 2550 pounds it is good thing it has a full cage.
This car does look like serious fun and it will be one of a kind.

Here is the list of equipment:

Body: European 993 Turbo S body kit. Correct details down to the left hand wiper conversion. Need I say more?

Electrical: Early Porsches are not known for electrical engineering excellence. That is why I rewired the whole car with a modern Painless Performance racing fuse block using standard ATC type fuses. Everything is fused and I have even installed a Flaming River cut-off switch. Don’t forget the aircraft style starter switch…nothing but the best.

Interior: The interior was stripped down to bare metal (floor pans were perfect) and then sealed with a truck bed liner. Lightweight custom aircraft grade door panels covered in black leather with “Porsche” embossed. Did I mention the guy who has done interiors for Jay Leno did this interior? Race seats, 5-point harnesses, SCCA roll cage, and RS style pulls is just the start.

2 E28s for the price of 1 on eBay

Hooniverse led me to this eBay ad, selling a 1984 533i with a Dinan turbo system.  I love E28s with their could-only-come-from-the-80s styling.  Whether it’s the best looking 5 series is a matter of personal preference, but the negative rake on the front and rear and the pronounced Hofmeister kink reek of good times with 80s junk bond money and listening to Genesis.  I can’t quite wrap my head around the Dinan work on this one… 400 hp out of a 533i?  Terrifying.  The bonus here is that if you bump into something, it comes with a running parts car!  I like the 535is a lot with its M5ish body kit, and free is a great price, even if it has an automatic.

The Dinan car looks to be in good condition inside and out, though the body kit from the 535is/M5 would make it much sexier without losing much of its sleeper status.  The engine bay is amazingly clean, though 183k miles on a turbo engine, even the solid M30, is a lot.   The 535is looks fine if a little rough, also having worked its way pretty far up the odometer.

This is not going to be a work-free purchase.  That doesn’t mean it’s a bad one; if you’re prepared/experienced for some E28 maintenance, this could be an awesome find.  I can’t help thinking the Dinan car would be better served if it were advertised by itself, as I spent more time confused by the weird 2-for-1 deal than in awe of a 400hp E28.  Also weird, though cool, is the option to choose what wheels come on the cars (go for the BBSs!).  Weirdness aside, they’re cool cars that could give someone a fun time, though they sit on eBay at $8,000 at time of writing with no bids and 2 days remaining.…

1994 Porsche 911 Turbo S “Flachbau” For Sale on eBay

Porsches of this era are some of my favorites, and I thought I knew of most of the special models. Like the 3.6 Turbo S of the era. But this interesting slant isn’t one that I was familiar with. It’s not the usual slant-nose with pop-up lights, but more like a 928/968 style that is exposed and raises up when lit. Frankly it looks a bit aftermarket, but it was actually a rare factory option referred to as Flachbau. Apparently there were less than 100 made for the entire world, and only about 40 came to the U.S.

Check out this very rare , offered by Manhattan Motor Cars

Porsche 911 Turbo S Flachbau For Sale

quote from seller’s auction:

One of a very limited series of the last hand built 911 Porsches (76 total worldwide production), it is only befitting that this rarely seen model is here in New York City.

The auction is a little thin on information, but as the $150,000 opening bid suggests, only serious inquires need apply. With only 17k miles, this car is looking to be in fantastic shape and should fit into a collection very nicely.

Read up on this very interesting model at


A few nice custom 930 Porsches, sublime or ridiculous

****UPDATE**** 9/14/09
It was brought to our attention by a reader that the yellow widebody Porsche listed below has some discrepancies with VIN #s and seller legitimacy. If you see this Porsche listed proceed with care.

There is something about a 930 Porsche that just feels right. Nice proportions, fine performance, and fewer/simpler electronic gizmos than more modern 911s. They have that great Porsche sound. Really a work horse and driver’s car for the 80s Porsche enthusiast. I put 930 Porsche’s in that category of car that offers a pure driving experience in a package that begs to get out on the road rain or shine. Not quite the same as the new GT3 your neighbor owns that will never see its true potential as it only gets out of the garage on the trip to the golf course and even then only on cloudless days.

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Prices seem very solid and stable for good 930s. This shows positively on how collectors view these models. $15k should get you an almost daily driver worthy Porsche, that you can enjoy most of the year (year round down south), and that you could probably sell in a few years for what you paid. The $25k ask for this Gemballa in need of work seems a bit high, particularly when for a tick over $20k and a Strosek bodied 1986 sold at $20k. 1977 Porsche 930 slantnose1986 Porsche 930 Strosek

eBay is notorious for making it hard to sell damaged cars for decent prices. An auction format is supposed to show true market value, but I rarely see auctions for damaged cars like this, that have a seller’s reserve actually complete successfully.…

Porsche DP 935 Turbo: Previously Owned by Mario Andretti and Pete Rose

I’m a product of the 80’s, so sue me if the styling doesn’t fit everyone’s palette. I think this thing is rad! Check out this 1982 Porsche modified by DP Motorsports with 935 slant nose, aero package, and turbo modifications, listed for sale on Pelican Parts For Sale Forum:

quote from seller’s post on Pelican Parts:


It is based on a 1982, ROW 911 Turbo (930) (Belgium), was originally built for Mario Andretti, and was owned by (baseball/gambling legend) Pete Rose when he and Mario were co-owners in a race team. (Have the original loan papers, etc).

I bought it about 4 years ago in San Diego, where it was sitting for most of the previous 20 years. I’ve put nearly 40 thousand miles on it in 4 years, and done a few track days with it as well.

I ended up replacing all the brakes, bearings, hoses, etc., etc over the last few years. I’ve also put in a light-weight clutch and fly wheel, RUF-vavled Biltein shocks, and stiffer torsion bars.

It’s got just under 80,000 miles on it, but had a COMPLETE, $25,000 engine rebuild at Weissach about 500 miles ago (last month) due to an overboost problem that caused some minor detonation in 3 of the 6 cylinders. it’s still in the break-in period.


The car is now putting out just under 500 HP at .8 bar.

The list goes on and on… and all work was performed by Weissach Performance here in Vancouver. The car has been meticulously maintained over the past 4 years that I’ve owned it, with no expense spared.

It has 2 Sparco Milano seats in it, but the original Sport Seats (non-powered) and rails come with it.

The original wheel fans come with it. 2 years ago I had the BBS wheels refinished and the wheel fan attachment points properly helicoiled.