It’s hard to remember that there was a time before the M3 and the 944, but before they rocked their flares into the collective consciousness of every school aged and school aged-acting boy there was the Quattro. For as the 944 brought Le Mans development and the M3 brought Touring Car development to the street, the Quattro was born in the fire-breathing World Rally Championship. The technology that filtered down created a extremely competent GT car; it wasn’t the fastest around a given corner, it wasn’t the fastest in a straight line, but it would be the fastest all year long. By 1989, though, the B2 chassis had been retired in favor of the new B3 – complete with a new Coupe. But Audi didn’t retire the Quattro without a bit of fanfare just yet; for 1989 the car was upgraded with a development of the Group B Sport Quattro motor now sporting 20 valves and electronic fuel injection. The motor is now as legendary as the car, and the combination of the two created perhaps the best all-around GT car of the 1980s; the “RR” Quattro.
A veritable highlight show of the line, the last of the run 1989-1991 Quattros featured the 20V motor, the chunky looks and box flares of the original covering the best 8″ wheels (okay, the Sport got 9″ wheels made from unobtanium), better suspension, ABS, smarter-on-the-road Torsen center differential, painted body color spoilers and the flush-mounted H1/H4 lights, new better steering wheel, the revised later dashboard – and of course, the best digital dashboard. What did all of this make? Arguably, the best Quattro, of course!
German cars are know as being exact in their engineering, and even the model designation of the turbocharged E23 7 series takes this mantra to heart. This particular 745i does not, in fact, have a 4.5 liter inline-6 as suggested by the badge on the trunk. Rather, it designates that the turbocharged powerplant under the hood has 1.4 times the power output of the normally aspirated unit it is based on. These E23 7 series sedans had the same aggressive front snout as the beloved E24 6 series and moved the BMW game forward in terms of technology, with service interval indicators, anti-lock brakes and climate control systems appearing during the production run. The 745i Turbo was offered in North America between 1979 and 1986, first with a 3.2 liter inline six and then upgraded to the 3.4 unit that we see here. This example for sale in Georgia is a Euro market model that has the optional water buffalo leather, lending quite a unique air to the interior.
It’s pretty much a given that the moment I write “we haven’t seen one of these in a while”, a second appears nearly immediately. In the case of yesterday’s 5000CS quattro, these big Audis have become so rare to the market these days that it had been months since I saw a decent example for sale. Yet, like clockwork, here’s the second in two days – but with a slight twist. Few outside of the die-hard Audi fans will recall that there was a front wheel drive Audi turbo available from 1985 until 1990. Running the same power plant as yesterday’s quattro but without the all-wheel drive system, these 5000 Turbos were actually quite fun to drive on back roads, great cruisers on the highway and slightly quicker due to less weight. Despite that few chose the Turbo model as an option and it’s probably only remembered vaguely by 1980s movie fans as the car that Ferris Bueller’s dad drove.
If today’s 5000CS quattro Heap of the Week got your hopes up for older big Audi ownership on a budget, this S6 should get your blood flowing as well. That 5000 was going to need a lot of work to get it into shape, and in the post I suggested you could get a later 200 in better shape for less than it would cost you to resurrect that 5000. Well, here you go; an even more recent and arguably more desirable last-of-the-run 1995.5 Audi S6 in similar black over black:
Recently the plethora of good condition Audi Coupe GTs and 4000 quattros have drawn into sharp contrast the relative lack of 5000s that seem to come up for sale. One of our Facebook comments noted this; it’s just become very rare to see Audi 5000 quattros for sale, or indeed 5000 quattros at all! The 5000 was an interesting counterpoint to the BMW and Mercedes-Benz large sedans. It was extremely aerodynamic for the early 1980s, offered good luxury items and the awesome quattro drivetrain. For enthusiasts, it was turbocharged and ran effectively the same motor as U.S.-bound Quattro coupes and came only in a manual. The early 5000s, like the 4000 quattro, had manual engaged locking differentials for serious snow. Despite these specifications, the 5000 suffered serious depreciation following the farcical and infamous 60-minutes “Unintended Acceleration” story and few seem to have survived. Today there is a good basis for sale on Ebay, though it’ll require some work to get it back to it’s former glory:
Porsche has a long, storied history when it comes to motorsports. Many privateers have enjoyed the fruits of the engineers in Stuttgart but the company has been know to produce limited runs of specialized track cars based off production vehicles. Case in point the 944 Turbo Cup. Fewer than 200 of these special 944s were produced and were pressed into competition both in North America and Europe in a variety of Cup race series. Noted race driver and former head of Porsche Motorsports Al Holbert imported seven of these to the US. Included in the Cup package was deletion of the sunroof, insulation and rust protection. Larger brakes, stiffened suspension and magnesium wheels complimented the added power made possible via a modified turbo unit. This Cup for sale in New York is a rare opportunity for those racing purists out there.
Model: 944 Turbo Cup
Engine: 2.5 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 18,710 mi
Price: $140,000 Buy It Now
The Porsche 944 Turbo Cup car is a race car that has an extremely significant factory race history and is one of Porsches most desirable vehicles. This car is nothing short of extraordinary having a turbocharged inline 4 cylinder engine, 4 wheel ventilated disc brakes, recaro racing seats and a roll cage. In late 1985 Porsche developed the 944 turbo cup car to provide amateur enthusiasts with a cost effective entry into motorsports. Although the cup cars were essentially standard production 944 turbos that were more lively and well suited for track use, the factory built competition machines were equipped with a magnesium oil sump, a smaller generator, stiffer suspension, reinforced gearbox, wider tires and modified engine components including a revised turbocharger.
The 1990s was not a bad time for car design. Crash bumpers and DOT approved headlights for US market cars made way for more flush fitting bumpers and aerodynamic lighting thanks to advances in technology. This was also before new pedestrian crash standards raised up the hood and cowl lines of new cars, so you still had some nice, sleek designs out there. One of my favorite designs from this period was a car that was never sold here stateside: the Opel Calibra. This coupe was based off of the Vectra platform and held the title of most aerodynamic vehicle for a time. Offered with a range of four cylinder engines and a 2.5 liter V6, the top model was this one, the turbocharged 16V 4×4. This Calibra 4×4 for sale in Bavaria was stored away for a while
Model: Calibra Turbo 16V 4×4
Engine: 2.0 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 82,700 km (51,387 mi)
Price: €6,999 (~ $9,612 USD)
In March 1992 the Calibra Turbo 4×4 hit the dealers as the new flagship model. In it, the 2.0-liter 16V engine (C20LET) was used, equipped with a KKK turbocharger (K16) and a charge air cooler making 150 kW (204 hp). The turbocharger was a new development, it was not flanged but integrated into the exhaust manifold. The turbo engine was combined with a standard six-speed gearbox and four-wheel drive, an automatic transmission did not come with the turbo. The maximum torque is 280 Nm, which is already at 2400 rpm. The Calibra Turbo was the fastest car of its kind: indicated top speed of 245 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.8 seconds. It cost in 1992 DM 49,880.00
This splendid example was titled in December 1993 the first time.
Like the GTi 20th Anniversary Edition I wrote up earlier this week, the Jetta GLi received a host of upgrades towards the end of the Mk. 4 chassis, including lower and stiffer suspension, a body kit similar to the GTi, the same Recaro seats – but the trump card of the GLi was that it received the same wheels as the 337 Edition GTi – 18″ BBS RC wheels. They made the package look both more upscale and racier at the same time. While the design didn’t look at clean as the GTi does in my mind, as a package they’re pretty neat little cars that are quite sporty and can be had on a budget. While it’s usually difficult to find one in reasonable shape, today’s is quite pristine with lower miles in the splendid Jazz Blue:
Model: Jetta GLi
Engine: 1.8 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 55,623 mi
Price: $9,900 Buy It Now
Here’s a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta GLI with only 55,000 Original Miles. This Jetta was just traded in at the local Carmax and we have driven it 50 miles on the highway and it performed like a champ! Options on this Jetta include: power windows, locks and mirrors; Recaro raving seats in great condition, 4 Wheel Disk Brakes, BBS Wheels in great condition, Monsoon premium sound system, Sirius satellite radio ready (just need subscription), cruise control, sunroof, 1.8L Turbo 4 Cylinder engine that runs strong with automatic transmission that shifts smooth and much more. This thing is super clean and you can see it has been well cared for in the 100 pictures below. As far as how the vehicle runs and drives, it’s 100%. The transmission shifts smooth, the motor runs strong with no service lights on, and the A/C and heat work perfect.
The Porsche 944. For years looked down upon air-cooled purists as the Porsche for those of lesser means, these well balanced hatchbacks have become the darling of the track day set and have been lauded for their merits as a machine that purists can enjoy on a relative budget. While the 924 from which it was derived gets chided on occasion for being slow, you won’t run into that issue with a car like this ’86 944 Turbo for sale in California.
Model: 944 Turbo
Engine: 2.5 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 57,571 mi
Price: Reserve auction
1 OF CAR & DRIVER’S 1986 10 BEST CARS- NEVER BEEN TRACKED- 2 OWNERS- VERY RARE COLOR COMBO- FULLY SERVICED- FUCH WHEELS- PROGRESSIVE SPRINGS- EXTERNAL OIL COOLERS FOR THE ENGINE & TRANSMISSION- The Auto Gallery is proud to present this amazing 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo Coupe with 5-Speed Manual Transmission. Finished in a Black Exterior and a Cashmere Leather Interior, this 944 Turbo is simply terrific! This Porsche has been very well maintained, recently serviced, and with only 57,014 miles, it is in immaculate condition! In addition to its luxurious standard factory equipment, this 944 Turbo boasts an extensive list of options that includes, FUCH WHEELS, PROGRESSIVE SPRINGS, EXTERNAL OIL COOLERS FOR THE ENGINE & TRANSMISSION, Leather Interior and much more!
Compared to the base model, the Turbo features improved aerodynamics, strengthened gearbox, modified final drive ratio and more than 30 major engine revisions to compensate for increased heat and internal loads. Car & Driver recorded this vehicle going 0-60 in 5.9 seconds and topping out at 157 mph. The 944 Turbo is critically acclaimed for its high-speed, get-me to-the-church-on-time pursuits, throttle response and sharp steering.
I’ve always loved tuner cars but can’t really imagine buying a car someone else has extensively modified. The E30 is a classic platform for great mods though and it’d be nice to think claims of reliability could prove true. Today’s is an interesting creation with a 1991 535i’s block breathed on by a Garret GT35R creating a punishing 409hp monster. Perhaps not the nimblest of E30s, it’s not a track car; the sellers’ multiple commutes to work in it must be a hoot.
Engine: Turbocharged 3.5l inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Price: Reserve-on auction
hello i am selling my car because i am looking to buy a house. my family was the secound owner of this car. my dad first owned the car then passed it down to me. This bmw e30 beast can be driven like a stock bmw. with comfort but yet has all the power you would ever want once over 3000 rpm. this car was never tracked. I drive the car to work and back 2 to 3 times a week. 72 mile commute. it is very reliable at the power it is at. It looks like a normal bmw e30 until somebody hears this car. I have always treated the car with respect because i built it. All engine parts have been replaced at 99k miles. 7.9:1 ratio. is just right for this car. The engine in this car is from a 1991 535i with a older 535i block to make it lower compression for a turbo. The turbo is a gt35r all exhaust was done by a certified welder. 3 inch exhaust all the way back to a vibrant muffler. car drives very straight. This car is not like every other track e30 were you cant bear to drive it on the street.