1991 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL

The W126 S class was one of those cars that defined an era for Mercedes-Benz. A stately sedan, this car had smooth V8 power and impeccable build quality that made it a legend amongst the world’s elite. They are still a common sight on the roads today, even 22 years after the last one rolled off the line in Sindelfingen, Germany. This top of the line, final year 560SEL for sale in California has under 50,000 miles on the clock. While it won’t turn any heads with its popular for the period Smoke Silver paintwork, the beauty of this car lies in its subtlety.

Year: 1991
Model: 560SEL
Engine: 5.6 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 42,000 mi
Price: Reserve auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1991 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL on eBay

Smoke Silver/Creme leather
42,xxx miles
Single owner California SEL until 4/2013
Handbooks, foot rests.
Original unused spare
Tools
All original sheetmetal stickers
Lovely paint and coachwork
Perfect wheels
Cold AC
Runs and drives beautifully
A collectible Young Classic
NOTE: Original MB radio has been replaced by an in dash CD player. Original radio included in the purchase
Call Tony Spencer @ 408-828-4386

There seems to be a never ending supply of clean, low mileage 560SLs, but mint SELs are harder to come by, making a one-owner example in impeccable condition like this car rather special. We’ve had a few clean W126s here on GCFSB lately, including a 1991 350SDL (diesel) with 67,000 miles that sold for a little bit over $13,200 and a similar Smoke Silver 1991 560SEL that failed to meet its reserve at $15,900. There doesn’t seem to be a big differentiation in price between diesel and petrol V8 variants, so I’d suspect bidding will probably wind up somewhere between $12,000 and $14,000, given what we’ve seen in recent months.

-Paul

10K Friday: A8L v. 745i v. S500

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Today on 10K Friday we’re going to look at how much luxury you can buy for around $10,000. Unlike last week’s look at two sport sedans, today’s cars are more focused at isolating their drivers from the proletariat. It’s hard for some people to believe that on a Kia hatchback budget you can pick up a top-of-the-line German luxury car. But if you’re a fan of the bigger German cars, it should be no surprise that at around 10 years old, the value on them falls; but it’s a delicate balance between buying one that’s new enough that it won’t be a heap and buying one old enough that you can afford on a budget. Today we’re going to look at one from each marque; a 2004 Audi A8L, a 2004 BMW 745i, and a 2004 Mercedes-Benz S500 4Matic. We’ll start with the Audi EDIT: it appears the original A8 sold; I have updated the links to a similar 2005 with slightly more miles:

Year: 2004
Model: A8L
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Mileage: 101,551 mi
Price: $9,990 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Audi A8L on eBay

2004 AUDI A8L AWD Quattro. Beautiful Sparkling green color with tan leather interior. Nice and Sharp Looking loaded with most of the options. Texas Owner. Even with slightly high miles, it runs and drives awesome. Non Smoker. Equipped with Navigation, Heated Seats, Xenon Lights. Engine sounds great and transmission shift swiftly. I personally drove it for over 50 miles and checked the A/C, alignment, and Suspension. NO flood, water. Clean Texas Title with no lien.

I have to say, I really like the light mint green, and that you can get into a D3 for under 10K. The interior on these cars is beautiful and well laid out; on the outside, while the D3 isn’t as pretty to me as the D2 was, it’s still quite a handsome car. I always felt the taillights were too large on this model, but like that this car does have acres of rear leg room. I haven’t heard of D3s suffering the same transmission issues that saddled D2s, and with just over 100,000 miles, there should be plenty of life in this mill. The front bumper shows signs of some curb contact and in typical fashion the dealer has failed to replace a few little things that would dress the car up ($10 centercap, anyone?), but the one item that would concern me is the trunk lid seems out of alignment; these mostly-aluminum A8s need special repairs if they’ve contacted something hard. If the thought of a higher mile Audi scares you too much, perhaps the BMW is for you:

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Year: 2004
Model: 745i
Engine: 4.4 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 119,140 mi
Price: $10,995 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 BMW 745i on eBay

2004 BMW 7 Series 745i
04 745i-119K-SPORT PKG-LUXURY SEATING PKG-XM RADIO-PARKING AID-NAVIGATION

The E65 won’t go down in many people’s books as a great looking car, and few would argue that it’s really good looking; but, it is stately and it’s hard to argue with the combination of a sport and luxury. This particular car was pretty well optioned with the sport package, cold weather package, luxury package, park distance control, and upgraded wheels. Kalahari Beige looks quite nice without dating the car too much. The interior is less well laid out than the Audi but still pretty trick and full of gadgets you can (and will need to) play with all day. Like the Audi, the drivetrains in these cars were pretty tried and true, so with normal maintenance one shouldn’t expect too many issues immediately. Bangle-era BMWs not your thing? Well, how about a Mercedes-Benz S500 4Matic:

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Year: 2004
Model: S500 4Matic
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 137,339 mi
Price: $8,863 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Mercedes-Benz S500 4Matic on eBay

THIS MERCEDES RUNS,DRIVES AND BRAKES AS IT SHOULD.THIS CAR WAS INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT AND WAS CLAIMED TO BE TOTALED AND THE PREVIOUS CUSTOMER LIKED IT SO MUCH PURCHASED IT BACK FROM THE INSURANCE COMPANY AND HAD IT FIXED AS EVIDENT ON THE AUTOCHECK REPORT.THIS CAR DOES HAVE A SALVAGE TITLE AND IS BEING REPRESENTED THAT WAY….THIS CAR IS BEING SOLD AS-IS NO WARRANTY EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED.THIS CAR HAS NOT BEEN THRU OUR SHOP AND WE RECOMMEND HAVING IT CHECKED OUT BY AND OUTSIDE GARAGE…..

Although this S-Class is the cheapest car here and sports the largest motor, there are items that give me pause; chief among which is the salvage title. However, repair costs on these cars “by the book” are sometimes so high, it’s not unusual to see totaled cars without tremendous damage. Provided it checks out, I’m not sure the title would scare me away as I don’t think this is a long term keeper anyway. The mileage is also higher than the other two, and like the E65, the W220 isn’t high on the “favorites” list of many enthusiasts. Despite this, they’re pretty solid cars that will quietly whisk you away from your daily grind.

Were it my money, hands down it would be the Audi. More power and lower weight than the Mercedes, less technologically dependent than the BMW, and better looking than both, to me that’s the winner of the group. Which one would you like to show off in?

-Carter

Motorsport Mondays: BMW E92 M3 World Challenge

So you want to go the the race track, eh? I don’t blame you; I’ve been tracking cars for 15 years and went to the track with my father for years before that. It’s a fantastic experience, and addictive for most that are involved. It always seems to start off the same way, too – people come to the track with their daily driver, which is soon replaced by a much faster daily driver, which is then completely ruined as a road car in an effort to get the best lap times possible. Loud exhaust, uncomfortable seats, concrete suspension, ridiculous splitters that you leave on the curbs trying to get drive-up coffee, lots of attention from the local law enforcement who refer to you as “Mario”; if it hasn’t already happened to you, it surely will if you go to the track. This is, of course, not to even mention the expense of building a car to be a track weapon – if you don’t double your initial purchase price or more in modifications, you probably weren’t trying hard enough. That’s why it’s so appealing to buy a track car or – if you have the means – race car that someone else has already built and taken the depreciation bath on! But you don’t have to go all out and buy a full race team of championship winning cars – there are plenty of examples of “also rans” which would make a suitable track weapon for the weekend warriors. Such is the case with today’s example – an already fast car made much faster in the form of an BMW E92 World Challenge M3:

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Year: 2009
Model: M3
Engine: 4.0 liter V8
Transmission: 7-speed DCT automatic
Mileage: N/A mi
Price: $49,000

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2009 E92 M3 World Challenge on Racingjunk.com

World Challenge E92 M3 (DCT)
Engine-
-Fully Rebuilt World challenge spec engine built by Sunbelt.
-Around 4 Hr of race time on motor.
Cooling-
-C&R radiator/ Oil Cooler
-Setrab Trans Cooler
-Setrab Power steering Cooler
Breaks-
-4 piston Stoptech Front breaks w 355mm Floating rotors
-Custom Front break ducts
– HP Carbon Cooling backing plate ducts
Suspension-
-2 way Ohlins (Front/Rear)
– Upgraded mono ball
-multiple Ebich springs
Exaust-
-custom headdress
-Full custom Exhaust
-upgraded Front and rear sway bars
Safety-
– Full SCCA pro racing approved roll cage
– Recently updated Safe craft fire system
– new Safcraft hans seat belts w/cam lock
– SCCA approved footwell protector
-Carbon fiber Recaro hans seat
Aero-
-Carbon fiber hood
-Carbon fiber doors / factory BMW
-Carbon Fiber trunk
-Costom carbon fiber splitter made by prototype composites
-Lexon windows Front/rear/sides
-Aero Motions Carbon Rear Wing
Wheels-
-2 sets of apex
-3 wheels bbs
Data-
-Aim Evo 4 with dash
Mic-
-Cool Suite. With out shirt.
-Works paddle shifters
-Momo steering wheel, non quick disconnect.
-custom dash relocation.
-Scca approved Kill switch.
-Pre wired safety light com
-Scca Approved safety nets Driver/Center
Spares-
-2 trans
-1 trunk
-other mic parts

Seller Phone Number: (303) 929-3304
Seller Phone Number2: (720) 839-9348
This item is USED

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I’ll save you some calculator time; adding up the modifications and spares listed will exceed the purchase price of this car. Heck, as I’ve said with multiple other race cars I’ve written up, getting a proper engine built will set you back half of the purchase amount. This car is certain to be fast at the track, and is really ideally set up for racing though you could utilize it for DE events. In that case you’d likely need to add a passenger seat which would throw off your corner balancing, so keep that in mind. Being that this car came from World Challenge, it’s probably had some or lots of body damage, so it’s best to check the car for frame twist prior to purchase, but at the advertised price it’s hard to see how you could go wrong. At around half the going rate for a Porsche 997 Cup Car, this car offers most of the same performance and certainly more than enough for any given driver unless your name ends in Said or Auberlen. Keep it long enough, and it will even be eligible for some vintage events in the distant future. If you have the room (and a trailer) to make this happen, there’s no cheaper way to go this fast.

-Carter

V8 Week: 2003 Audi RS6

In the rarefied world of German super-sedans, the launch of the Audi C5 RS6 took the category to a new level. With 450 turbocharged horsepower on tap, this was a super car in disguise capable of destroying the competition in stoplight drag races and high-speed Autobahn blasts while offering comfort for 4 people and being useable year-round in any weather event. Try that with your Lamborghini, Ferrari, or even pre-Panamera Porsche. Like most super-sedans, once the warranty was up the residual value fell quicker than the massive brakes could haul it down from speed, and now these beasts can be had in prime condition for not much money. Today’s 2003 example looks particularly stealthy in popular Ebony Black:

Year: 2003
Model: RS6
Engine: 4.2 liter twin-turbocharged V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 72,070 mi
Price: $22,750 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2003 Audi RS6 on eBay

My 2003 Audi RS6 MTM is for sale. I am the third owner and have owned the RS6 for about 3 years. This car was a present from me to me and was appreciated more as a piece of art than a form of transportation. That would explain the low miles I’ve put on it during our time together (about 4,000 miles). All previous owners are from around Tampa Bay area.

When it comes to maintaining my baby, expenses are never spared, as I like to keep all of my vehicles in immaculate condition. My Ebony Black RS6 is fully loaded with every possible option including:

· Ebony Black interior with

· Alcantara® and

· Carbon Fiber

· Navigation

· Satellite Radio

· Sport Exhaust with Black Tips

· Cold Weather package with

· Solar Sunroof

Additionally, my precious RS6 had some work done by the MTM go-to-guys, Hoppen Motorsport in Sarasota, FL. There, it received the MTM upgrades done. These upgrades increased the numbers to over 500HP and a top speed of over 185MPH. I have never had the desire to find out what 185 MPH feels like as I am plenty scared of the RS6 at regular speeds.

Additional Items:

During my ownership, the following items were repaired or replaced:

Dunlop Sport 245 / 45ZR18 96Y XL High Performance RunFlat Tires
The alternator was replaced
Both Intercoolers were refurbished
Both MAF sensors were replaced
Vacuum lines were replaced
Recall about the fuel tank was also performed at Crown Audi of Clearwater
New Battery was installed by Crown Audi of Clearwater
Oil changed with about 9000 miles before next service

The winning bidder will have ten ( 10 ) business days to finalize the deal, that is two ( 2 ) weeks. Deposit is non-refundable and is to be sent via PayPal. The rest of the funds are to be exchanged at the time of pickup in the form of a Cashier’s Check (certified from US bank) or CASH in person.

Please ask any questions you might have.

This particular example has been modified by the Hoppen gang with MTM software, giving this car a bit more scoot (as if it needed that). Long term there are plenty of items to be concerned about, but the amount of performance you get for low 20s is pretty incredible. At least on the highway and back roads, this is a car that can keep up with a similarly priced M5, surprise it from most stoplights, and be useable when the sun isn’t shining. Sure, you lose the manual that the M5 has, but you gain the best part of 100 horsepower. For some folks, that’s what matters more – being able to toast that 911 turbo out of the tollbooth. Having driven a few of these on the track (along with E39 M5s), they’re also quite capable of holding their own against an M5 if properly driven, though they tend to run out of brake and overwhelm their tires earlier than the boys from Munich.

We would be remiss in not featuring an RS6 in V8 week, since it’s one of the more spectacular versions of a V8 platform that’s been available to US buyers in recent history. Ownership won’t be cheap or trouble-free, but honestly once the horsepower numbers crest 300, the bills will start adding up on any 10 year old car regardless of the badge that’s on the back. If you’d like to take the road slightly less traveled than the E39 Highway, this may just be the car for you!

-Carter

V8 Week: 1998 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG

How do you out-AMG AMG? Known for dropping motors out of large cars into small cars, AMG replaced the six cylinder unit in the C36 with a larger M113 4.3 V8 from the E430. Great, right? Well, although it was now plus two cylinders, the new C43 wasn’t really much quicker than the C36 had been. That apparently wouldn’t do for the owner of this particular C43, who decided to AMG up his AMG by dropping an E55 motor in it, and then supercharging it. Well, then. Power isn’t specified, but considering the non-supercharged E55 motor pushed out 70 horsepower more than the 4.3, I think we can lump this one under “a lot”. Take a look at today’s home-brew C43/55:

Year: 1998
Model: C43 AMG
Engine: 5.5 liter supercharged V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 60,876 mi
Price: $22,888 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG on eBay

1998 MERCEDES-BENZ C55 AMG

You are looking at a rare C55 AMG with only 60,876 miles. What started as a stock C43 with over $40,000 invested in it is now a rocket. This C43 is already a rocket from the factory but it also has extensive amount of upgrades!!!!!

List of UPGRADES: E55 ENGINE WHICH MAKES IT A C55, HPS GEN II SUPERCHARGER, KW SUSPENTION, KLEEMAN HEADERS, LSD(Limited Slip Differential), CUSTOM SS EXHAUST, CARBON FIBER INTERIOR TRIM, 18″ AMG MONOBLOCK’S, AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!!!!!

NO CALIFORNIA BUYERS…. IT WILL NOT PASS CA SMOG DUE TO MODIFICATIONS!!!!!

For more information feel free to call Private Collection Motors, INC at 949-791-2167. Thank you for viewing.

Sorry California, but at least they’re upfront! There’s a long list of things to love about this car; I think the W202 is a better looking car than the later C-classes, the Monoblocks look particularly awesome on this model with the well polished lips, white is the perfect understated color for this type of car, it will likely outdrag most supercars, and it appears to be in great shape. There are a list of good quality modifications, including the KW suspension and Kleeman headers coupled to stainless exahust. Things I’m not so fond of? Well, that blue and black interior is nowhere near as cool as Audi or Subaru’s Blue/black interior combinations; it looks poorly executed to me, like seat covers you can buy at Autozone. But to me, that’s nothing compared to the concerns I’d have about the long term viability of this swap; the big question is, has it been done correctly? If not, this car could end up being a really expensive IROC-Z sitting on cinder blocks in your driveway, perpetually waiting to be fixed.

Pricing is quite high; higher in fact than many of the much newer and factory built C55s. In fact, for this price you could have your choice 6-7 year newer C55s in just about any color and have money left over to fix it. Granted I do think the W202 is a cleaner, more European looking design than the fried-egg headlight models that followed, but I’m just not sure these modifications would leave me really wanting this particular W202 for this price. It might be nice to take it on one test drive, though…and those wheels!

-Carter

V8 Week: 1999 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG

Ever want to own a legend? While the M113 5.5 liter V8 AMG motor has made it into basically every model Mercedes-Benz made for a while, it all started here with the E55 AMG. Mercedes-Benz had aimed the 500E squarely at the M5 market, and the E55 really was the spiritual successor to that car. Though not considered by many as attractive as the earlier E class, the E55 still had an aggressive, understated presence that hinted a monster was under the hood. Since then the AMG division has pumped out some serious iron, so much so that you could almost forget this car. That would be a shame, because like the Audi S8, these were supreme highway cruisers capable of taking down most sports cars in a drag race. Today’s example is a 1999 model of these seldom-seen Autobahn masters:

Year: 1999
Model: E55 AMG
Engine: 5.5 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 168,000 mi
Price: $5,900 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1999 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG on eBay

1999 Mercedes E55 AMG 168K miles. VIN : WDBJF74H7XA905771. Cosmetically it has imperfections : scratches on bumpers and doors,few dings,couple of very small surface rust-well known with these cars. Mechanically this car is perfect! maintained well and with lots of new parts and good to go for a long long time.

Also like the early Audi D2 S8s, depreciation hit these cars quite hard and many have fallen into disrepair or racked up many, many miles. At 170,000 miles, this car is no spring chicken, and the advertisement notes it shows it’s fair share of parking lot memories and even some rust. However, they claim it is mechanically in good shape and reports on these cars is that the engine and drivetrain is pretty stout. Still, that leaves quite a lot of engineered-to-a-pricepoint Mercedes-Benz technology from this generation to go wrong, so tread lightly. While this isn’t the car to keep long term or restore, the price is low enough that this could be an opportunity to grab this as a daily driver for a year and tick that E55 AMG ownership off your bucket list for not too much money.

-Carter

V8 Week: 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG

We don’t often feature SLKs here on GCFSB.com, nor do we often feature any of the “three German hairdressers.” The Z3, TT and SLK were all popular, and in general all hated by enthusiasts but loved and desired by the public at large. But in each of their own ways, they had something special to offer enthusiasts. For the TT, it was all wheel drive, turbocharged power and a body that has aged better than most French wines. For the Z3, there was the undeniably sporty Z M Roadster and the fastest breadvan in the world, the Z M Coupe. What did the SLK have to offer then? Well, the nutters at AMG decided that it needed a 5.5 liter V8 mated to a 7 speed auto. With 355 horsepower and enough torque to melt your tire budget like the proverbial knife through butter, these cars were the closest thing the Germans had made to both a hot-rod and a joke. Still, as one just like today’s silver example rumbled by me on a particularly sunny day last week, the thought crossed my mind that they were very undeserving of their lack of respect. V8 week offers us the opportunity, then, to take a peek at the alternative to the Z M Roadster and the Boxster S:

Year: 2006
Model: SLK55 AMG
Engine: 5.5 liter V8
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 53,183 mi
Price: $28,900 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG on eBay

2006 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class 5.5L AMG

WHY THIS CAR IS SPECIAL…

-355HP 5.5L V8, HAND ASSEMBLED BY AMG

-7-SPEED AUTOMATIC WITH AUTO/MANUAL

-INNOVATIVE “AIRSCARF” NECK WARMERS!!

-PREMIUM PACKAGE

-6-CD CHANGER AND SATELLITE RADIO

-1 OWNER, NO REPORTED ACCIDENT HISTORY

-EXCELLENT CONDITION IN AND OUT

WE TAKE ALL TRADES

WE CAN SET UP FINANCING FOR MOST STATES

WARRANTIES AVAILABLE AT UNBEATABLE PRICES

THIS VEHICLE HAS BEEN INSPECTED BY OUR IN-HOUSE MASTER MECHANIC

CALL 610-250-5600

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Speaking of the Z M Roadster and the Boxster S, this car is priced almost squarely in the market for those cars. All three have very different personalities, but while arguably the SLK is the least sport-oriented of the three, it’s the only one with a rumbling V8. Further, while the other two are like scalpels to carve up curves, this car approaches life more as a sledgehammer to destroy it. Seriously, when I look at the front of this car I just keep hearing “HULK SMASH!” in my head. Maybe it’s not for you, but this is the type of bonkers car that I’m really glad someone had the hutzpah to build. Frankly, at the time it was just a bit shocking that it was Mercedes-Benz that was the one to build it!

While some Mercedes-Benz cars from this generation would give me pause buying used based upon their problems with build quality issues and heavy reliance on technology that seems outdated and breaks (pretty much the rest of the line-up), this car hearkens back in some ways to one of my favorite Mercedes-Benz cars ever made – the original SSK. Mostly motor with a seat and a gas tank, that car was even more monstrous than this car, but this is a beast that can be daily driven unlike it’s spiritual grandfather. Couple that with a slick folding hardtop (unlike the BMW or Porsche), and you have a reasonable most-seasons car that is guaranteed to give you lots of smiles. Sure, it’s not a track car by any means, but honestly can you push any of these cars to their limits legally on the back roads near your house? Nope. So why not have a little fun and stop being so serious?

-Carter

V8 Week: The worst V8 BMW ever.

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My appetite for engine swaps has waned as I grow up and appreciate originality and provenance, but that’s not to say I dislike them. I still think an S38 in an E30 would be excellent, or a modern 2.0T in an older VW. I can usually even get past the uncomfortable feelings of cognitive dissonance when I see 3-series with 2JZs from Supras or RB26s from Skylines. There’s been an LS1-powered E30 M3 that crops on eBay every once in a while that looks great and must be a wild ride. Hopefully I’ve convinced you that I’m not upset with this 3-series purely because of the engine swap. It’s the whole package – the Subaru scoop, the terrible stance and wheels – piled on top of a Chevy 355 that makes me feel sad for the unwitting 318i that was the basis for this monstrosity. Sure, it does great burnouts, but why?!

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Year: 1995
Model: 318i
Engine: Chevy 355 V8
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: ???
Price: $11,900 Buy It Now

Click for more details: 1995 BMW 318i with Chevy V8 for sale on eBay

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GetAwayCarz Performance Drivelines has just completed the newest addition to the lineup of fire-breathing mix-breeds. This car started out life as a 1995 BMW 318i (YES, as far as insurance is concerned, it’s a 100HP 4 cylinder that doesn’t require a high emissions inspection 🙂 ) The shell has 170k on it but is in excellent condition. We added a 355 cubic inch small block Chevy with 10 to 1 compression, 2.02″ intake valves and 1.6″ exhaust in freshly rebuilt heads, .465″ lift cam with 282/282 duration with a fresh timing chain, a new then modified edelbrock intake, a holley 4 barrel mechanical secondary double pumper carb with custom fabricated Ram Air box for dense cool air through the hood scoop, full MSD ignition system including 6AL box, MSD billet distributor, MSD custom taylor ignition wires and MSD’s Blaster coil, adjustable fuel pressure regulator is on drivers side strut tower for accessibility.

The engine has a new high volume oil pump, new pan and pan gasket for a clean look when under. With the addition of extra horsepower you need extra cooling also, a large aluminum radiator with electric cooling fans does just that when combined the reverse spun, HD high flow corvette aluminum water pump All this is used to spin the 10.5 inch 3200 rpm stall converter thats in front of the manual valve bodied and shift kit’ed 4L80 HD 4-speed with overdrive transmission with custom bent hard line cooler lines to the front mounted transmission cooler, its own fan with its own temp controller. Custom drive shaft to the 3.91 Posi-traction differential in the independant rear suspension. The custom and beefy 4 wheel suspension system is adjustable and is set now for the best ride quality yet great launch and performance. This monster has the nicest stance and no need to worry about speed bumps with its clearance underneath. It has the perfect ride for even long trips compared to most hot rods that you need a mouth piece for. There is a custom subframe for the engine mounts and a custom fabricated transmission crossmember that you can trust not to twist. The brakes and rotors front and rear are brand new. While everything was apart the calipers, brackets and rotor hubs were cleaned and coated with a silver high heat coating to make sure it all looks better than everyone elses for years to come.

This is not just a race car, you have a luxurious leather interior that BMW is known for. With the addition of a ratchet shifter with custom shift boot, the interior appears untouched. Instead of aftermarket gauges all over the interior and out of place we decided it would be best to use the factory gauges, without any V8 conversion gauge adapter options available on the market GetAwayCarz fabricated their own. With a custom circuit board behind the needles all the original gauges work perfectly giving it a complete factory appearance. All the lights in the front of the car were replaced giving it a fresh showroom floor look. The functional hood scoop along with the FACTORY M3 body kit, not the cheap replicas, and the brand new unique offset 18 inch wheels really make the monster look like it wants to EAT other cars on the road!!! Horsepower is pointless if you can’t get it to the ground. With 18 inch staggered wheels it has large 275mm wide tires in the back for the best acceleration without sacrificing handling. From the back you can see the high flow 3.5″ tipped Flowmaster muffler attached to the large custom formed exhaust all the way up front to the GetAwayCarz hand made headers.

A new Pioneer cd stereo was installed with aux input in front face for your ipod or phone to be used. A Rockford 350 RMS mono-amp was installed neatly next to the factory amp and is pushing an 8 inch Rockford sub. The amp can push much more if you would like it to. All around this is the perfect street rod combining the stylish looks and maneuverability of a BMW with the extremely blunt power of a large Chevy V8!!! Any questions feel free to ask. This will be the best addition to someones collection or the one and only for the street warrior!!! Check out the video for some audio!!!

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I’m glad this car is 3,000 miles away and will most likely stay that way (I see it fitting in great in Florida). I don’t care that it started as a lowly 318i – a bone stock 318i is better than this. If someone buys this car they’re obviously of a different mind than I, but you could get a decent E36 M3 for this price and not have to be laughed at everywhere you drove.

-NR

V8 Week: 1990 Audi V8 Quattro

The Audi V8 quattro; where do I begin? Few cars that I’ve owned have cost me as much, caught fire, had the throttle stick open, had all of the window lower and sunroof open in a rain storm, were in the shop more for fixes, suffered brake failure, suffered power steering failure, and randomly filled with water. But, few cars that I’ve owned have generated as many smiles and kept me wanting more. Call it masochism if you’d like, but I really enjoyed my V8 quattro (especially in hindsight). This was the car that revolutionized the large executive sedan market and set the blueprint not only for most larger future Audis, but even those of its’ competitors. It was also (arguably, but in my mind) the best looking and last hurrah of the Type 44 platform. Headlights, hood, grill, bumpers, flares and lower sills left the V8 looking decidedly more aggressive than the 200 had been, but also more modern.

To match those looks, Audi built an all-aluminum 4-cam high revving V8, coupled to the company’s first automatic capable of working with the quattro drive train. Utilizing a multi-clutch center differential and a Torsen rear differential, the V8 was surprisingly less nose heavy than the 200 had been which resulted in out of the box better handling, especially at higher speeds. Audi was even able to utilize these cars in shockingly stock form (minus some trick cranks) to win the DTM Championship against the venerable M3s and 190E 16V Cosworths. The car underwent several changes in it’s short lifespan, gaining a manual option in the U.S. in 1991 only and new colors, climate control and greater displacement in 1992. It wasn’t enough to save the V8 from Audi’s woes in the U.S., though, and by 1994 less than 100 V8 quattros were imported, leaving it a rare site on the roads then and even more rare today. Today’s example is one of the first of the run imported, a 1990 in Audi’s ever-popular Pearlesant White:

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Year: 1990
Model: V8 quattro
Engine: 3.6 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 117,938 mi
Price: $8,000

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You could look for one of these for months or even years, and then you find one at a Jeep dealership (really?). This car looks quite clean and well cared for both outside and inside, with the Connolly option leather comfort seats showing little wear and the Pearlesant paint appearing to be original and free of major defects. The BBS wheels are upgrades from the stock 15×7.5 “aero” wheels which, correctly, would have been body color Pearlesant. Look closely in the album, and there they are in the trunk with what look like snow tires. I ran snow tires on my V8 quattro, and it was simply amazing in snow, and at a few winter driving schools absolutely blew away all of the newer Audis, including S models. These cars are really amazing and carry their weight well.

Despite this, they’re also quite complicated cars that require a healthy dose of regular and expensive maintenance. Chief among this is the timing belt service which is very expensive and required; Audi replaced many of the early 3.6 engines after mis-labeling the timing belt service at too high miles. It is possible to swap in earlier transmissions from 200 quattros; though it’s pretty complicated to do so, it has been done. The 3.6 cars are notable for having transmission issues, something Audi fixed partially with a transmission cooler on the 4.2 cars. Even so these transmission issues usually only happen with higher miles, so if this was the car for you, you’d likely have some time before needing to address it. The 3.6s are also notable for having the “UFO” floating rotors; great at stopping the heavy car from high speeds; but prone to warping in heavy stop and go commuting. Fixes for this and other common problems on the V8 are well noted by the enthusiastic community that supports them. The asking price – $8,000 – is one of the higher ask prices on a 3.6 that I’ve seen that wasn’t a manual. Though the vehicle’s condition appears to be very good, I’d wager the top value for this car is $5,000 – $6,000, and even then I’d like to see some serious service records. Still, it’s hard to find a nice V8 quattro for sale anywhere in the U.S., so if you really want to have one, this is one of your few options.

-Carter

V8 Week: 2004 Volkswagen Phaeton

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The Volkswagen Phaeton may have been too far of a reach for the brand to sell well in the US, but the car itself was a serious accomplishment. The W12 is a monster while the 335-hp V8 is more than capable for a large and luxurious all-wheel drive sedan. It may look like an overgrown Passat and have the achilles heel of overcomplication, but some Audi wheels can address the prior and finding low-mileage examples like this one can at least delay the latter. Meanwhile, you’re going to be cradled in an epic luxury sedan that you bought for the price of a base-model Golf.

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Year: 2004
Model: Phaeton
Engine: 4.2L V8
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Mileage: 65,846 mi
Price: $17,888 Buy It Now

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The 2004 Phaeton has a 335-HP V8 Engine that will put you in your seat. It has a ROCK-SOLID BUILD and has an EXTREMELY ROOMY INTERIOR.

This Phaeton has a Certified Carfax & Guaranteed Autocheck!!!

Options & Features:

Navigation
Parking Sensors
Soft-Close Doors
Power Front Seats
Memory Front Seats
Power Lumbar Support
Power Rear Sunshade
Rear Side Sunshades
Wood Trim
Power Moonroof
Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
Heated Front Seats
Air Suspension
Power Tilt Steering Column
Steering Wheel Audio Controls

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It may not be the fastest or flashiest, but some pragmatic German car fan is going to snap this up for pennies on the dollar and feel awesome rolling around with as many features as an S-class or 7-series. As a long-term proposition, the maintenance issues are known but Phaeton prices can’t really go much lower, can they?

-NR