My Kinda Porsche: 1979 930 Turbo

It’s taken me a while to really get into Porsches. I know that’s weird, especially for someone with an overall massive penchant for all Teutonic autos, but it just took me a while. Maybe it was my preference for the boxy shapes of 80s VWs, BMWs, and Audis, or perhaps it was the general association of the 911 as the go-to cliche sports car. Whatever the sickness was, I’ve been cured. I think the 964 cured me, and now I’m developing a healthy desire for nearly all generations. Still, the ubiquity of the Ultimate Sports Car can make it easy to zone out when perusing eBay’s Porsche section. Today’s cream-colored 930 Turbo jumped off the page at me, hitting all the right Porsche buttons for me.

The seller’s description:

Car Condition
Complete re-built engine and clutch by a certified Porsche mechanic, all doc’s available. Cross drilled 4-wheel disc brakes. 16″ forged Porsche wheels. 3.3 Liter 6-Cylinder Turbo engine. New Recaro black leather seats. Non-smoker. A Sports Car through and through with no gimmicks and no gadgets.

Exterior
Gorgeous overall condition. Body, Paint, Wheels, everything is in fantastic condition. Absolutely no rust anywhere on this vehicle and definitely a garage queen.

Interior
Gorgeous new Recaro black leather seats, all the power accessories work, including a CD player. The A/C is Ice Cold and the Heater works just as well..

Engine and Transmission
You turn the key and the vehicle comes to life almost immediately, give it a little gas feel the new clutch engage and the new re-built motor purr with no problems at all. Throughout all the gears this vehicle exhibits absolutely no problems, plenty of power and the race inspired brakes will not disappoint you either. This is a driving experience you will not forget. This is a fast car.

Misc.
Sacrifice – $60,000.00 plus has been invested in this vehicle. If you are looking for a good looking, great running, no issues fun car, this is it.

Fat fenders. Whale tail. Turbo lag. German car in white on black Fuchs. I’m sold. Bids starting at $20k with reserve on. If this is truly a hassle-free 3.3 Turbo, I think it can easily double that starting bid. With early 911 iterations a little too classic, and anything past the 964 a little too modern, the 930 strikes the happy medium for me with classic shape, scary speed, and the kind of dirty aggression that could only arise from the late 70s.

-NR

Which E34 would you go for?

I came upon an interesting dilemma today: Two red E34s with very similar power outputs selling for within $2k of each other on eBay. One, a higher-mileage but painfully clean M5, the other, a nice 535is with a Dinan turbo setup. So, do you go for the factory sports-car assassin in a business suit, or a beefed-up and modified lesser model that flies only slightly less below the radar?

Let’s do a quick breakdown:

Engine: Unclear as to whether this is a S38B36 or B38, whether it has 305 or 335hp makes little difference in the decision; it’s hard to say no to one of the sweetest 6-cylinders ever made. The Dinan turbo is great and helps the sub-100k mile M30 reach 325hp and looks cool under the hood, but nothing’s better than “BMW M Power.” I’ll take the S38.

Exterior: Again, a fight of subtle modification against impeccable factory production. The removed-high beam look can work on rat-rod Bimmers and horsepower monsters, but here it just looks like it might need fixing. A few scratches on the 535 tip the scales towards the M5, which has a few scratches of its own but looks amazingly rich and clean for the mileage. Those Hamanns are nice, but they’re not enough to take down the M5.

Interior: The M5 looks nearly showroom-ready inside, while the 535 looks clean and complete but shows more age. Apparently an extra 2 years make more difference than 50k miles. A pattern is emerging… M5.

Price: Looks to be a clean sweep, which I was not expecting when I first looked at these cars. The M5 has a Buy-it-Now of just under $10k, a great price for a really clean M car, even if it is the forgotten son. The 535is comes in closely behind with a Buy-it-Now of $12k, not bad money for a well-done turbo swap in a clean car. Just got undersold by the M5.

So the M5 takes all categories, but the 535is was nipping at its heels the whole way. Just goes to show that it’s hard to beat BMW’s M department from the 80s and 90s, which leads to another feather in the cap of the M5: long after the 535 has become a once-great tuner car, the M5 will live on as a piece of history, garnering cache and cash. Go for the 535 if you want to turn the boost up and have some fun; otherwise, it’s all M5.
-NR

1989 VW GTI w/ Turbo’d ABA

We’ve seen some pretty serious vintage VWs here recently, including the restored MkI Scirocco and tuned MkI GTI, both in the $14k-range. While those are lust-worthy and amazing VWs, that is a hell of a lot of money for 25-30 year old Volkswagens, cars that are supposed to be affordable and tuneable German machinery.

Which brings me to today’s MkII GTI, the kind of car that shows the level of fun possible with moderate investment in a VW. Turbo fun on the torquey ABA 2.0 and “almost-there” aesthetics for under $3,000 is what Volkswagen tuning is all about.

From the seller:

Up for sale is my 1989 Volkswagen GTI. The 8v, 2.0 liter ABA engine currently has right around 57k on it. The chasis has about 177k on it. The car is in remarkable shape. The body is near perfect. No dents, dings, scratches. The car has a borgwarner t3/t4 S200 .60 trim turbo currently running right around 6 psi. It also has a Revtec FMIC, Blitz BOV, and Eurosport exhaust. It runs great and makes good power. The front left wheel bearing (which I have) needs to be replaced. It has Weitec springs and Koni shocks. The paint is faded on the roof, but is very alive on the rest of the car. The hood is now primed black. The interior is also in good shape. It has Monaco seats, and a Momo wheel. The sunroof works, but leaks a bit when closed, i’m sure it needs new seals/stripping. It also needs a headliner. Its a very solid car, and I would certainly trust it to drive anywhere. Its great to drive, and gets a lot of attention. It has no AC, but the heater works perfectly. The car has been very well maintained. I only used royal purple when doing oil changes. Thanks for looking!

57k miles on the new ABA! Yes, there are some minor, non-mechanical issues to deal with like a leaky sunroof and lack of headliner (both common GTI afflictions), but I consider those part of the fun part when you’re getting a swapped and turbo’d GTI with a lot of quality cosmetic things going for it, e.g. wheels, straight body, and perfect single-crosshair and GTI-lined grill. This is MkII Volkswagen at its best, with some great work already accomplished; a little work and personalization could make this a show-worthy VW with a fraction of the investment of any other comparably-fun German auto.

-NR

1978 BMW Dinan 320i to 333i Turbo E21

Here is something to be thankful about this time of year. When cars like this pop up for sale it makes all of us excited.

This is a truly one of a kind early Dinan tuned 3 series. This BMW will make even the nicest E30 M3 look somewhat mundane.

What you have is a 1978 320i with a 5 speed overdrive manual that in 1980 was sent to Dinan where it received a new paint job, some body work and then had a 3.3 liter inline six with a turbo bolted on dropped in. The seller states that later in life, 1987, the head was replaced with a 3.5 version. (perhaps because the turbo blew out the head gasket on the original?) The engine bay is amazingly clean. I love the custom 333i badge completing the look on the back, just need to squeeze one of the BMW turbo badges on there somewhere.

16″ Hardy and Beck wheels keep the car on the ground and with the turbo’s 8.5 lbs of boost putting down 315 horsepower in a car this light its a good thing there are meaty Yokohama AVS Sport tires on the rims.

Recaro seats, custom gauges, and obligatory Blaupunkt stereo finish off the well cared for interior.  The car has an estimated 50,000 miles on the chassis.

A spectacular piece here showing a classic tuned vehicle that hasn’t been over restored or contemporized. In terms of collectibility finding a vehicle like this that is maintaining its original tuning, rather than finding the same vehicle that was customized recently, really helps the sale price. Quite a sleeper of a car too, that even a BMW fan might not appreciate at first look. Certainly will be a crowd pleaser at car shows though.

Right now it is sitting at $23,000 reserve not met. I’m not sure how high this one will go, but we will be talking very nice E30 M3 money.

~Evan

BMW E30 1988 Widebody Turbo Custom 325is

Another one of those love it or hate it E30 BMWs.

Take one BMW with a salvage title and 258,000 miles add some cash and elbow grease and the result is a car with a whole new life.

This vehicle features a custom molded widebody kit, rebuilt 2.5 liter engine with a Garrett T3/T04E turbo and headers bolted on.

Lots of extra exterior and interior goodies finish off the look and it comes with a great looking black on the top silver on the bottom two tone paint job. Those of you who know my previous vehicle ownership  know I’m partial to this particular paint scheme.

For $16,000 you’ll have a car that has been featured in Performance BMW magazine and will turn some heads.

~Evan

1984 Alpina B7 Turbo e28 For Sale

You don’t see these come up for sale very often, especially in the U.S. Check out this with 4 days to go:

1984 Alpina B7 Turbo For Sale BMW e28

quote from seller’s listing:

For sale is one of only 236 Alpina B7 Turbos made in the E28 body style, VIN WAPB7TL014B710051. It is one of only 5 known to be in North America. It is an authentic, original Alpina, very rare in the US especially, and has all of the parts that Alpina installed on these cars when new. The adjustable-boost turbocharged engine puts out 300 horsepower. It has a 5-speed close-ratio (“dog-leg”) transmission. It has a limited-slip differential. It has 16×7″ Alpina open-lug wheels on the front and 16×8″ wheels on the back, with good tires. The paint is fairly new, and is the “Alpina blue” color that Alpina paints many of its cars. It was repainted from graphite, but done professionally so no graphite remains. The wide silver deco set (stripe kit) is new, from Alpina. It has an electric sunroof, a stock cassette deck, power windows and door locks. No A/C, as the turbo takes up the place where the compressor would go. It also has the rare digital extra gauge cluster in the A/C duct on the dash. We have all the documents necessary to register the car here in the US, and will assist the buyer in doing so.

And for those who aren’t familiar with the model, a quote from the Unofficial Alpina Site:

This is the second-generation B7 Turbo, introduced in April 1984. Once again had a car with the name B7 Turbo the title of being the fastest 4-door car in the world. The production ended in July 1987 and a total of 236 cars were built.

[…]

The engine is based on BMW´s 3,5 litre unit, which in standard version produces 218 bhp. Alpina have made many changes to the engine such as a reprogrammed Motronic system, a modified cylinder-head, lighter mahle-pistons, a new camshaft, a special exhaust manifold and of course a KKK K27 turbocharger. The engine has higher compression than the old B7 Turbo so Alpina have decreased the turbo boost to 0,7 bar, because they didn´t want the B7 to have more than 300 bhp. That´s exacly what it has, 300 bhp and a torque of 501 Nm. The catalyst-version had 320 bhp and a torque of 509 Nm. The gearbox is a five-speeder from Getrag.

I absolutely adore Alpina’s of this era (I know, who doesn’t?!) and this is a great chance for a collector to get a car that normally would involve a spendy importation. Being a 1984 model, this should be pretty easy to register.

dc

1991 Porsche 911 Turbo

Another week, another 964 series 911 Turbo, it seems. 1990 saw the introduction of the 964, and one year later, the Turbo bowed with a 3.3 liter engine producing 315 horsepower. The 964 Turbo models are, much like the rest of the 964 range, steadily increasing in value and gaining the attention of collectors. Here’s a fairly clean, early example with late model Porsche wheels.

The seller states:

Here is a sweet 1991 Turbo 911. This rare car is in great shape inside, outside, and mechanically. It has Turquoise Metallic (59) paint and a grey interior. Body and paint are in great shape with the usual paint chips around the wheel flares. The engine number is 61M00854 and transmission number is 2M00855. I have the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity for this car. It is fast and drives like it should, like a race car.

The thing that stands out in the ad is the fact that the car comes with Porsche’s Certificate of Authenticity, important to any collector. The reserve isn’t met at $25,000, but it would be safe to say this car would make it well into the $30k range if an interested buyer exists. Besides the 911 3.2 from the 1980s, I have to say the 964 is perhaps my favorite 911 of them all.

Here’s a clip from the PBS show Motor Week highlighting the 1992 Turbo, essentially the same vehicle:

-Paul

1991 Porsche 911 Turbo, rare color

The spectrum of colors that has appeared on the Porsche 911 over the years is vast, to say the least. Here we have an oddball color, Rubystone Red, on a rather butch looking 964 Turbo. While not completely original, the upgrades have been tasteful, as the description illustrates.

The seller states:

You are viewing an extremely rare Porsche 911 turbo. This 965 is finished in Rubystone Red (looks purple in most light or even magenta) and is one of as few as perhaps 2 made in this color of the 674 brought to the usa for 1991! This car has been owned by the same person for 12+ years. It had just 19,497 miles when the previous owner bought it in March of 1998. The Rubystone Red paint appears to be original and all of the panels are original to the car and still have their VIN# stickers, etc. in their proper locations. The previous owner had a 1994 turbo 3.6 s engine installed in the car several years ago and then had the local independent Porsche specialst shop go through the motor and make some modifications. If you are still reading this then you probably know how rare the 3.6 Turbo S cars are and what an impressive engine this is! Porsche built just 155 option code x88 turbo 3.6 s engines! It was conservatively rated at 385 hp according to flachbau.com. Most of these engines were installed in the flat nose cars, but a customer could special order one for installation in a regular ’94 turbo as well. Here are some other details about this rare Porsche:

• M64/50 S TURBO 3.6 S ENGINE OPTION CODE X88
• REBUILT FOR $21K 12K MILES AGO BY AN EXPERT PORSCHE SHOP
• TWIN PLUG CYLINDER HEADS
• PORTED CYLINDER HEADS TO 38mm (PLENUM MATCHED AT 38mm)
• GT2 EVO CAMS
• ALIGN BORED CASES
• MICRO POLISHED CRANK
• ALL NEW BEARINGS, ROD BOLTS, HEAD STUDS, ETC.
• B&B STAINLESS STEEL EXHAUST
• REBUILT 5 SPEED TRANSMISSION
• UP-DATED CLUTCH RELEASE ARM
• FUEL ENRICHMENT SYSTEM
• NEW COMPLETE 3.6 TURBO FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM ($3K!)
• REAL 18 INCH SPEEDLINE TURBO 3.6 3 PIECE WHEELS! (WORTH A SMALL FORTUNE BY THEMSELVES!)
• SUPPLE LEATHER INTERIOR WITH PURPLE PIPING
• FACTORY AC
• FACTORY SUNROOF
• AM-FM CD (NICE AFTERMARKET UNIT)
• COIL OVER ADJUSTABLE SUSPENSION
• LOWERED TO EUROPEAN RIDE HEIGHT

The 964 is only beginning to appreciate in value, as it has always been kind of the stepchild between the 3.2 models and the last air cooled 993 versions. For a car with tasteful modifications that has been preserved well with tasteful modifications, the asking price seems almost a bargain.

-Paul

Clean, heavily modified E30 M3

When I first saw this listing, I thought “here we go again,” yet another over-done, over the top M3. While the performance mods are certainly on the wilder end of the spectrum, further inspection showed an M3 that has tasteful aesthetics hiding a monster of an engine build. The builder seems to know his Bimmers with some previous features in Performance BMW magazine, so this engine-swap and turbo scares me a lot less than most.

document.write(”);1988 BMW M3 with turbo’d M52 for sale on eBay

The rundown:

The car is an 88 E30 M3 Alpine/Black with 139k on it. I got the car last year and since then have done some extensive modifications to the car.
Engine:
M52 with Arp’s and .140MLS, the head has been ported/polished with a 3 angle valve job S52 cams. Precision Billet PT76GTS turbo, custom top-mount tubular manifold, Precision wastegate, 3″ intercooler, Walbro 255 in-tank feeding a Bosch 044, 3″ Downpipe to 4″exhaust. The car is running on Megasquirt 2V3 and gets 20+MPG on the highway and made 450WHP on a mustang dyno.

Trans:
1996 ZF with Clutchmasters FX800 twin disc clutch with UUC Red mounts.

Suspension/Brakes:
The whole suspension has been redone with new aluminum control arms, poly trailing arm/subframe bushings, Suspension Techniques swaybars, Ground Control coilovers with Bilstein shocks- spring rates are 650F 550R. Brakes are cross drilled with Hawk pads and stainless lines.

Wheels:
Fikse FM10 17×8 front and 17×9.5 rear with 265’s in back and wheel studs.

Interior:
Sport Evo suede steering wheel, UUC weighted shift knob, Pioneer cd player that controls and charges your Iphone.

Body:
The car has a respray with minor chipping on the wheel wells from rolling the fenders, I would rate the paint 7/10. When the engine swap was done the engine bay was slightly shaved and repainted. The car has smoked ellipsoids with candy red tail-lights.

Overall it is a turnkey 450hp turn-key car that i would not hesitate to daily drive. If I decided to keep the car a new paint job would make the car 100%.

This is one of many BMW’s I have built, with my last being featured in Performance BMW magazine. That car was an E30 M3 with turbo E34 M5 engine that made 600WHP and was daily driven.

I love 80s BMWs in white on black wheels, and these Fikses look great. The buy-it-now of $25k seems about right for a premium, well-sorted E30 conversion, getting in it around $20k would be a great deal. Any engine swap in an E30 M3 is sacrilege to many, but at least it’s been done right and the beautiful lines have been left to do their thing without garish colors, giant wheels, or an overzealous wing. I dig it.

-NR

Porsche 1970 914, 1986 944 Turbo, 356 powered Devin race cars at Watkins Glen

Here we have three of the race cars that appeared for sale over at the Watkins Glen vintage festival. Perfect for the weekend wrencher to get sorted out over the winter and go racing next season.

Up first is a 1970 914. This car has been raced for 20 years and the owner says it comes with Porsche Club of America log books. The seller also says the car has been competitive, but I’m not sure that means a whole lot when the advertisement also says that it comes without an engine. Fiberglass body works make the car light. 911 suspension setup will keep it on the road. If you have an extra Porsche engine you aren’t sure what to do with here you go.

Next up I came across an interesting 944 Turbo that ran in the  Escort race series driven by Dereck Bell and Bill Adam. It is a genuine Rothmans sponsored car and claimed as one of only 12 factory built, lightweight, racers for the series. The car is still on the Porsche MSO which is kind of neat and comes with documented history. Owner says the car has been stored for 7+ years, but has new brakes and an engine rebuild. So it sounds like a little sorting and this car is ready to go. Would make quick street/track car.

Then there is this Devin D that, while not German, does come loaded with a Porsche 356 1600 engine and a VW gearbox. Supposedly owned and raced by a Gulf Oil Racing Team mechanic in the 1960s. This one clearly looks like it needs some serious work, but it is a pretty simple proposition if the body work is all there. Devin’s are cool American built racers that will give a new owner a very unique ride. In my opinion these are much nicer than a modern Cobra kit car.

More to come from Watkins Glen in the following days.

Evan