V8 Week Tuner Tuesday: 2003 BMW Alpina V8 Roadster

I still remember hearing the news that Alpina was going to be tuning a Z8 around 2002. “Awesome”, I thought, “this thing is going to eat Porsches for breakfast!” Imagine my shock when I found out it was going to be an automatic; I was confused and felt lost. Then, I found out they yanked the 4.9 S62 M5 powerplant out in exchange for something less powerful. It was as if Alpina had broken into my mind and destroyed my dreams – I didn’t get it. Then I saw one, and I thought “Wow, they actually made it look a little bit better”. Yes, it was only wheels, but somehow those wheels and Alpina badges were still magical and understated but hinted there was more to this car than just less horsepower and more money. Fast forward a few years and the Alpina Z8s are commanding more money than the original they were based upon. What had I missed?

Well, I missed that Alpina hadn’t just slapped some wheels onto a Z8; Alpina had completely reworked the E52 to be their own car. Yes, the tuned V8 borrowed from the B10 had a few less horsepower than the S52, but critically it had more torque, and that torque was available lower in the rev range. Alpina had also softened the suspension, which improved ride quality despite the massive 20″ wheels. Indeed, by softening the character of the Z8 slightly, Alpina had made the V8 Roadster a more enjoyable and more relaxing car. One thing they didn’t change was that bite-the-back-of-your-hand good looks. Today’s example looks stunning in black, a nice change from the very popular silver that most seemed to be painted:

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Year: 2003
Model: V8 Roadster
Engine: 4.8 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 10,866 mi
Price: $178,900 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2003 Alpina V8 Roadster on eBay

We have just added to our extensive exotic car inventory a beautiful 2003 BMW Z8 Alpina in black with black leather interior. Automatic transmission. #154 of the 555 produced. Navigation, heated seats, removable hardtop. Only 10,700 miles! Buy the best from the best!

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Already guaranteed exclusivity, there are only a reported 450 of the 555 produced in the United States. While at any given time you seem to be able to find one for sale somewhere, these are still special and rare cars. This car is effectively brand new, having covered less than 11,000 miles in 10 years. Sure, it’s not the fire-belching turbocharged monster I originally hoped for, but honestly would that really have made it better? I think not; this car is about being seen in, about enjoying a relaxed cruise up the coast with a trunk full of Louis Vuitton luggage. It’s as if BMW built the Z8 to be dreamed of by the people who couldn’t afford it, and Alpina made the V8 Roadster to be driven by the people that would actually buy it. And lest you forget, it’s still fully capable of ripping your face off if you really want it to. That, my friends, is what makes Alpinas truly special – and this might be the most special Alpina ever made.

-Carter

V8 Week: 2007 Audi RS4

When we at GCFSB.com wanted to do another theme week, we really wanted to cross marques, and what better way than with a engine layout that is used pretty universally? Audi started it’s love affair with the V8 engine back in 1988-1989 with the release of the then-revolutionary V8 quattro. Boasting reasonable performance, high-class luxury, and go-anywhere in anything quattro all-wheel drive, the V8 quattro would become a cult-classic for Audi fans. Since then Audi’s V8 engine has increased slightly in displacement and sprouted more valves, but the heart of these cars has most been assisted by modern electronics that allow cars like the RS4 to pump out an incredible 420 horsepower. Though they more recently have backed away from V8 engines in an effort to gain fuel economy, Audi’s legendary RS4 V8 was shouty and sonorous at the same time, producing notes that few other engines can on the way up the tachometer. And while there are few RS4s who’s exterior match the shoutiness of the engine, today’s example of a Sprint Blue RS4 is shouty for all the right reasons:

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Year: 2007
Model: RS4
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 67,500 mi
Price: $39,995 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2007 Audi RS4 on eBay

Year: 2007
Make: Audi
Model: RS 4
VIN: WUARU78E57N902003

Mileage: 67500
Transmission: Manual
Engine: 8 Cylinder, 4.2 L
Exterior Color: Blue

Interior Color: Black
Title: Clear

Description

You are viewing a very beautiful car indeed! You are looking at a mint condition CARFAX CERTIFIED 1 OWNER 2007 AUDI RS-4 QUATTRO in the most desirable color available, Sprint Blue Metallic Paint with the Ebony Recaro leather interior!! This car looks fabulous and runs even better! You will hear the sweetest sound ever when you punch the gas & hear the beautiful melody of the Dual Exhaust!! The Blue Paint shines so brightly the reflections are clearly visible! The leather interior is in great shape!! The car runs beautifully thanks to the 420 Horsepower 8 cylinder engine mated to a super smooth 6 speed transmission. Everything in this car works perfectly! THERE ARE NO DISAPPOINTMENTS HERE! This car is ready to go! This car is fully equipped. Starting from the outside you have the handsome Audi alloy wheels with meaty performance tires!! You have a Tilt & Slide Power Moonroof!! You have high power front Xenon headlights as well as front and rear fog lights!! Now to the inside of the car! You have multi adjustable power Recaro sport front leather seats that are heated for winter comfort!! The Rear Seats are Heated as well!! There are one touch power windows and power locks. THERE IS FACTORY NAVIGATION & BLUETOOTH!! There is a high power 8 speaker Audi/BOSE am/fm/6cd/Sirius stereo system with steering wheel controls!! Of course there is power steering as well as power 4 wheel anti lock brakes!! There is the electronic stability control also!! There is electronic cruise control also!! There are dual lighted visor vanity mirrors also!! There are also dual front airbags as well as Curtain (head) airbags and side impact airbags!! THERE IS THE POWER REAR SUNSHADE AS WELL AS SIDE WINDOW SHADES!! This car has a handy trip computer that will calculate your gas mileage, distance traveled and even tell you how many miles you can drive before you run out of gas!! I am sure I am missing a few items as this car is so well equipped! All of the guages are functioning normally as well as all of the interior and exterior lighting. WE HAVE THE ORIGINAL OWNER’S PORTFOLIO & MANUALS PLUS 2 KEYS!! Don’t Delay!!

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Blue has been the choice for fast Audis since the launch of the legendary RS2. Sure, that blue has changed from RS Blue to Nogaro, and then again to Sprint Blue on the B7s, but the idea remains the same. Like a red Porsche, pulling up anywhere in one of these blue Audis tells the world you mean business, but in a mostly polite way. The RS4 is an incredible performer with reasonable practicality as a daily driver, but is certainly special enough to stand out in the crowd. In my opinion, too many of these cars were specified in silver, grey or black – to me, they just look better in loud colors. The only one I have seen that I desire more than this car is the one special order Viper Green RS4; but day to day, this would do nicely, thank you very much.

The best known issue with the RS4 is carbon buildup, and worryingly there is no mention of this car being serviced, though most of the RS4 community seems to feel that service price is less of a big deal than the community that doesn’t own them. Either way, plan on getting it corrected in the future. It’s nice to see the original alloys which seemed to disappear quickly from many; here’s a hint – we’ll want them in the future, so if you buy this car please keep them! Otherwise the car seems to be in great shape as it should for the quite reasonable mileage that’s been put onto it. Pricing seems pretty much spot on the middle of the market, and as the blue seems to command a premium over some of the other colors I’d say in the higher 30s this car is pretty well bought.

-Carter

V8 Week Preview: 1994 Porsche 928 GTS

Porsche’s foray into the GT car market was supposed to be the move that insured the long term success and viability of the marque. Surely their quirky rear-engined sports car had reached its potential and buyers would prefer the combination of performance and comfort that only a well designed front-engined GT could provide, right? Such was the basic process behind the introduction of the 928. First introduced in 1977, the 928 had a 4.5 liter V8 delivering 219 hp to the rear wheels. By the end of its life-cycle in 1995, engine output had increased to 345 hp from a 5.4 liter V8, but much of the rest of the car, especially its appearance, remained the same. In the end, Porsche had underestimated the long-term viability and potential success of the 911 and it’s now been nearly two decades since the last of these GT cars rolled off the line.

The car we have here today comes from near the very end of the model’s production run: a 1994 Porsche 928 GTS with manual transmission located in Indianapolis.

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Year: 1994
Model: 928 GTS
Engine: 5.4 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 47,236 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 Porsche 928 GTS on eBay

1994 Porsche 928 GTS finished in Polar Silver exterior with supple blue leather interior. 5 speed manual transmission with only 47,236 miles. This is a 100% original car. Options include supple leather interior, sport suspension (Bilsteins), no ugly side moldings, wheels painted to match vehicles exterior with painted crests and a 6 disc CD changer just to mention a few. Excessively documented since new with every single service record accounted for. A thorough timing belt/water pump/tensioner/pulley/external belt service was performed at 41,000 miles. A retensioning has been completed as well. Nearly brand new Bridgestone Potenza RE050 Runflats complete the package. All books, tools, compressor, spare, cargo net, cargo cover, two types of Porsche wheel locks with keys and caps, brand new Porsche floor mats still in their plastic wrap and all other original equipment items are accounted for. Never any paint or bodywork. Option codes: C02, 331, 570, 650, 692, 740, 935 and 980. Like new in every respect. This GTS has been stored in climate controlled storage. No disappointments. Feel free to call Todd Johnson anytime to discuss this further at 317-506-3022.

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There’s a ton to like about this car. It appears spotless both inside and out, it has the highly desirable 5 speed manual, the mileage is reasonable, and it comes with a complete service history. It’s fitting that Porsche designated this color as Polar Silver because matched with the blue leather interior there’s definitely a icy quality to the overall appearance of this car. It’s a pretty great combination and a nice departure from the more standard blacks and browns, but without being overly flashy. It’s a GT car, understated excellence is what we want. Bidding has been aggressive so far with nearly 40 bids received and a price currently at $34,100 with the reserve still on. I expect that will come up a little bit, but it’ll be interesting to see if it can meet the reserve. Either way, this looks like an excellent example of the car that Porsche assumed would be its savior.

-Rob

Double Take: A Duo of Audi S6 quattros

Like the last “Double Take” I did on two Passat W8 Variants, today’s double feature is two powerful eight cylinder all-wheel drive wagons from the Volkswagen Audi Group – this time, it’s two S6 quattro Avants. Like the W8, these S6s were pricey when new but have maintained a cult following that loves them. Rare to see anywhere you go, they offer lots of speed from their 340hp V8s, lots of comfort from their luxurious interiors, all-weather capability and a massive load capacity. Today we’ll start by looking at an Atlas Grey 2003 and finish with a Pearlesant White 2002:

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Year: 2003
Model: S6 quattro
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 96,156 mi
Price: $16,999 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 Audi S6 quattro avant on eBay

2003 Audi S6 AVANT

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The paint has a showroom shine. This vehicle was tastefully optioned. With just 96098 miles, this car is barely broken in. Very low mileage vehicle. Very clean interior! Very smooth ride!

IF YOU DO NOT SEE THE MANUAL, FLOOR MATS, SPARE KEYS, OR ANY OTHER ACCESSORIES IN OUR PHOTOS, THE VEHICLE MAY NOT COME WITH THEM. PLEASE ALSO KEEP IN MIND THAT THE MILEAGE ON SOME OF THE VEHICLES MAY BE SLIGHTLY HIGHER THAN APPEARS IN THE LISTING, AS THE VEHICLE MAY BE DRIVEN/TEST DRIVEN DURING THE LISTING PERIOD.

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The second S6 comes from a one-owner home in the much more rare Pearlesant White, with more miles but at a much lower entry price.

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Year: 2002
Model: S6 quattro
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 136,976 mi
Price: Reserve Auction, $8,000 opening bid

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 Audi S6 quattro Avant on eBay

Original owner, carefully maintained with all records, So. Cal car, always garaged, smoke-free, AC, auto, GPS

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Well, there you go. Two very complicated, very expensive to maintain cars, both with zero records offered in the ad print. These cars are notoriously tough on the wallet, but like the W8s offer a unique combination of speed and practicality that few others can. I would guess that you’re more likely to find some records with the one-owner Pearlesant car, but the dealer has presented the lower-mile Atlas Grey car much better. Indeed, the 03 shows little wear to its light colored leather; certainly less than the 02 shows. That said, the entry price on the 03 seems well out of line with the market. I reviewed a S6 Avant last month that had slightly more mileage, incorrect wheels but some tasteful modifcations, but that car has still failed to sell despite now being priced $6,000 less. I would say the Atlas Grey car should fetch $10,000 – $12,000, and the Pearlesant White car should stay between $8,000 and $10,000. But as many comments have noted, the entry price may just be the tip of the iceberg, so if you’re serious about getting into one of these cars, get a thorough pre purchase inspection.

-Carter

1990 Audi V8 Quattro

The predecessor to the modern A8 luxury sedan, the V8 Quattro was Audi’s answer to the BMW 7-series, and the Mercedes-Benz S-class. The Audi V8 was purpose built to be the ‘flagship’ offering for Audi, and served to elevate the image of Audi to that of a serious luxury contender.

With top of the line amenities, and V8 power this well preserved 1990 V8 Quattro is a pristine example of the gentleman’s sedan.

1990 Audi V8 Quattro on craigslist.com

This is an opportunity to own a rare Audi V8 Quattro. This car is unique because it is over 22 years old but still looks and drives like it is brand new. This car only has 34,800 miles on it! I am the second owner of the car and have taken excellent care of it. This car has been dealer serviced its entire existence and I have the records to show it. The car had a complete timing belt service done about 5k miles ago at the local Audi dealer. The car also got new tires all around 5k miles ago. This car is very powerful and is comfortable and quiet. With the legendary Quattro all wheel drive this car is extremely stable in any road condition. You will never again be stranded when it snows it Seattle. Last winter I drove it through 8 inches of snow and the car never lost traction. The car had a professional exterior detail 3 months ago so the paint shines like new. There are not any dents on any part of the body. The engine purrs and doesn’t leak a drop of any fluid. I would like to see this vehicle go to an Audi enthusiast who will continue to take excellent care of this vehicle. With the extremely low mileage and recent timing belt service this car could be a reliable vehicle for many more years.
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These cars are the definition of a tank for the roads. The combination of V8 power, Quattro AWD, and an almost 2 ton curb weight, there was little that mother nature could throw at it that would phase it. The rarity and relative obscurity of these cars means that you hardly ever see them around, they just were never as popular as their German counterparts. These cars are valued in the $5,500 to $6,000 range making the $8,500 asking price tough to swallow, but in this condition, with such low miles, a premium must be paid. If this car were in the $7500 range, I’d be more apt to buy, and if it were the rare 5 speed, I’d already be on a plane.

-Brian

2004 Volkswagen Phaeton

The Volkswagen Phaeton is a polarizing car. Some people see it as an overpriced Volkswagen. Others appreciate it for what it brings to the table in terms of engineering and exquisite detailing. Before he retired, Ferdinand Piëch, Chairman of the Volkswagen Group, wanted to develop an uncompromising luxury sedan to beat the likes of Mercedes-Benz at their own game. While he may have succeeded, the market dictated otherwise. By 2006, four years into production, a little over 25,000 examples of this luxury sedan had been produced. The domestic market is by far the strongest, but the US market was a different story. Under 1,500 Phaetons were sold here in 2004 and for 2005, a mere 820 cars found homes. The writing was on the wall and Volkswagen ceased US Phaeton sales the following year. This Phaeton in for sale in Massachusetts represents a lot of car for not much money.

2004 Volkswagen Phaeton on AutoTrader

Pristine Black/Beige V8 Phaeton with 54,500 mileage and covered by 2 year comprehensive Platinum RealDriver Warranty till 12/2013. Cold Weather Package Premium Audio Rear/Front Heated/Ventilated/Massaging Seats AWD with refinished wheels, small areas of curb rash. Immaculate exterior recently detailed and compounded, slight scuff behind rear passanger wheel. Pristine interior with small crack in passenger rear speak grill. Looks and drives like new, all service done at Wellesley VW, MA and can provide service records.

Has had air shocks replaced, new TPMS sensors, and recent front brakes/rotors. Includes over $5,000 in extras including. Two year Platinum tranferrable warranty ($3,000), front end clear film protection ($995), built in rear radar/laser detector K40 ($1,200), Smartphone holder with Aux in and Satellite hookup ($895), all-weather custom rubber mats including trunk, original mats pristine ($225) A/C ice cold. All scheduled maintenance, always garaged, excellent condition. Factory GPS system, fully loaded with all the goodies. Looks & drives great. Must see, no accidents, non-smoker, satellite radio, upgraded sound system, very clean interior, well maintained.

When it was new, the V8 Phaeton’s MSRP was almost $65,000. A scant eight years later, values have dropped into the mid teens. This particular Phaeton is attractive since the air shocks and brakes have been attended to, not to mention the warranty. It’s a lot of car for under $19,000, but it begs the question…”would you?” There’s plenty of other luxury sedans in the price bracket with more snob appeal, but if that’s what you are after, you’re missing the point of the Phaeton. Volkswagen set out to topple the German executive sedan establishment through engineering brilliance. Even though it only saw the light of day in the US for three model years, it left its mark on the automotive landscape and is a part of the larger story of Volkswagen and their efforts to boost brand image.

-Paul

2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG

Right near the top of the list of car that will cause me to lose my license, the C63 AMG is one car that I could really get myself in to trouble in.  I had the opportunity to drive one in my brief career as a valet, and this car scared me.  Even though the 6.2L is detuned for the C63, with only 450bhp compared to the 500bhp offered in other models, it’s still enough to give the driver perma-grin.

This Steel Grey Metallic, on Grey leather C63 for sale in Dallas, TX is simply stunning.  With AMG seats, navigation, and power everything, this car has everything I would need in a sports sedan.  The styling on these cars is spot on, it’s juut enough to let you know that the car is serious, but not so much that it’s obnoxious.

2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG on eBay.com

 

 

 

This rare and exquisite C63 is in excellent condition inside and out. The New body style Mercedes C63 AMG Sports Luxury Sedan combines cutting edge styling, safety, luxury, exhilarating performance, technology and unmatched build quality. Many have considered the New body style C63 AMG Model to be the ultimate high performance sedan ever built.

This C63 AMG offers a spacious cabin, plush leather trimmed interior, an abundance of comfort and convenience options and a super responsive 6.3 Liter DOHC V-8 engine. The quality and craftsmanship of the build is exceptional; no wonder Mercedes has earned a timeless reputation for quality, elegance, performance and cutting edge styling that shadows all other car manufacturers.

The exterior is finished in a smooth and glossy Steel Grey Metallic complemented with a super clean and fresh Grey/Black Leather Interior. The exterior is in excellent condition and the interior is also in excellent condition; super clean and fresh. This C63 AMG is Super Sharp! This color combination is beautiful; you cannot go wrong!

When it comes to sports sedans, or any car for that matter, I’m generally more attracted to cars with manual transmissions, I just plain like it better.  In this case, I think it’s a good thing that it has the paddle shifting 7-speed, because it would be just too tempting to leave every stop light in a cloud of smoke.

The pricing on this car is quite reasonable, and at $37,950 it’s almost $9,000 below retail.  While this may seem like a bargain, the buyer should keep in mind the added cost of gas, and tickets.  Because if they’re anything like me it will be tough to resist mashing the throttle at every opportunity.

-Brian

2004 VW Phaeton being practically given away

I’m into cars from the 80s. That’s my thing. Maybe it’s just that’s when I was born, and those cars got burned into my forming mind in a way that modern cars simply cannot. Maybe it’s that 80s cars seem simpler, the greatest extrapolation of purely mechanical cars before computers and “safety” weight took over. Maybe it’s that, for the most part, awesome examples can be had for very reasonable prices. Or maybe I’m just weird and got hooked on them for no logical reason. Whatever it is, I think someday I’ll see the value in cars from the ’00s, if for nothing else than their extreme value due to shocking depreciation. This VW Phaeton is for sale for less than 20% of what it cost just 8 years ago. One-fifth. And the great thing about the Phaeton is that, while they bring hefty maintenance costs, they weren’t bad cars. In fact, VW did the luxury thing pretty darn right. Americans just weren’t ready to drop that kind of coin on a “Peoples’ car,” so it acquired the stink of failure. Well, let’s continue to buck what everyone else in this confusing country wants and get AWD, V8 power, and acres of leather and wood to recline in while we look way richer than we are.

2004 VW Phaeton for sale


No real insight to the car from the description other than it’s in good condition inside and out and doesn’t smell like smoke. Works for me. 90k miles and a Buy-it-Now of $14k makes this a deal any way you look at it. If I really wanted to get crazy, I’d hold out and find a W12, but that’s begging for trouble. Don’t get crazy, just get rational, and get a top-tier luxury car for Nissan Versa money.
-NR

1995 BMW 540i 6-speed for sale

The recent subject of Jalopnik’s great “Nice Price or Crack Pipe” feature, today’s 1995 E34 540i is a clean example of one of the first V8 5-series. While not the coveted M-sport 540i, it does come with a similarly-rare 6-speed transmission, offered only in 1995, which is sure to bring plenty of fun with the willing and torquey 280hp M60 4-liter. It looks very straight inside and out, and while the white-on-white may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it definitely looks like a nice to place to be. My college rowing coach had one of these exact models but in dark blue and commuted 100 miles a day in it for 10 years. He eventually went to a diesel Benz for the auto, but praised the 540i’s speed and comfort for the long haul. Providing the same torque as the E34 M5, this is a great way to get 6-speed fun and clean E34 style without too much hassle or M-premium.

1995 BMW 540i 6-speed for sale on bimmerforums


From the seller:

I have a clean title alpine white E34 1995 540i 6-speed with 112k miles. It is mostly stock with the original radio and cd changer in the trunk. Dove interior with both oem and black bavauto floor mats. Spare tire, factory jack, and tools all accounted for.

Maintenance
-Oil Changed every 3k with mobil1
-Flushed Cooling system with BMW coolant
-Flushed brake fluid with ATE Super blue
-New Fuel filter and spark plugs
-New Akebono brake pads
-New front and rear rotors
-New motor mounts
-New Oil pan gasket
-New Valve cover gaskets
-New Water Pump
-New Belts
Along with many other various things I cant remember

Modifications
-20% tint with lifetime warranty
-DDM 55w 4500k HID kit
-Clear corners (still have the ambers also)
-Power coated valve covers
-Muffler Delete

Muffler delete has to be fun to hear the M60 roar. The modifications aren’t overdone and I dig the badgeless rear. With 84% of Jalopnik voters giving it “Nice Price,” I think I’ll agree and call this a good deal for some nice, lower-mileage German speed.

-NR

2002 Mercedes-Benz SL500

There are a few cars on my short list that I’ve promised myself I would own before I die. The Porsche 911. An Alfa Romeo Spider. A Maserati of some sort. And this car, the Mercedes-Benz SL. Having grown up in the 1980s, the R107 was the “it” car for that generation. When the new SL appeared on the scene in 1989 for the 1990 model year, it was a giant leap forward for two seater Mercedes-Benzes. For the first time in years you could have a six cylinder SL with a 5 speed manual transmission in the US, which was a surprise, as the Mercedes-Benz product managers were a lot more stodgy in those days than today. This new R129 roadster would carry the SL moniker into the 21st century and hand off the baton to the R230 SL in 2003 after 200,000 examples of six, eight and twelve cylinder roadsters emerged from the factory. Here is a low mileage final year example of the popular SL500 on offer.

2002 Mercedes-Benz SL500 on eBay

2002 Mercedes-Benz SL500 roadster with AMG package. This is the last year of production of this beautiful roadster! This is a very well maintained, extra clean vehicle with only 37K original miles. Immaculate vehicle, non-smoker. Maroon exterior is in great condition and the tan leather has been kept extremely clean. All the wood trim is in great shape. Soft top is like new and was barely used. All the convertible mechanism works perfect. The vehicle is loaded with options such as power windows and power locks, power mirrors, power seats with memory, dual heated seats, cruise control, A/C with dual zone climate control, AM/FM radio w/cassette player, 6 disc CD change, Bose sound system, xenon headlights, keyless entry and many options more! All the options function accordingly. The powerful V8 5.0L engine runs great and automatic transmission shifts smoothly into gears.

I’ve always admired later model R129s. With the staggered AMG wheels and subtle styling tweaks, they have a butch look about them. With power from the 5.0 liter V8, it has the muscle to back up the appearance. Running costs will certainly be a bit more than your average midsized sedan, but these final year R129s represent a good investment as a future classic. They represent a period in time at Mercedes-Benz when price was no object when it came to engineering.

-Paul