286 horsepower BMW E30 Touring Wagon

Another find from Watkins Glen. Not much info is provided and I wasn’t able to meet the seller, but he does provide an e-mail address, magnanimousmotorwerks@gmail.com, for those who are curious.
This is a 318i wagon that has received the gift of a Euro spec six with the individual throttle bodies, probably a 3 liter  S50 out of a E36 M3. The seller claims 286 horsepower from the Euro mill. The car also has suspension and brake upgrades with parts from an E36 M coupe, TC Kline coilovers, Koni shocks and a 3.25 limited slip differential.

The car could use some cosmetic cleanup, this could be a jumping off point for some real custom work or leave it as is and use it as a unique track tow vehicle. Wagons with manual transmissions and power can always be entertaining.

The ask price is $11,000, but the seller is looking for an E30 M3 chassis, S50, S52, or S54 motors so maybe a trade can be had.

~Evan

2000 BMW 540iT

With the popularity of the BMW X3 and X5 these days, the BMW 5 series wagon has taken a backseat to the sport utility vehicle craze and, it was recently announced that the newly revised F10 (we’re not using the E prefix anymore) 5 series wagon will not be coming to the US. Instead, we’ll be left with the newly developed 5 series Gran Turismo, which, from what it appears to me, is trying to be a sedan/SUV/wagon all in one. Whatever it is, when I saw it in person, it just didn’t work for me. It’s too big for my tastes, which is sadly the case with most new cars these days.

Let’s take a look at simpler times, when you could have a good, honest BMW wagon with a V8 and rear wheel drive:

The seller states:

2000 BMW 540iT Wagon, Sunroof, 6-CD Changer, Alloy Wheels, Remote Start, Navigation. 66,992 miles

With no reserve, the bidding is still under $10,000, which is a steal for a car with this much hauling capacity and power. Just the thing for that trip to the Hamptons. And an even bigger question looms: will the Hamptons embrace the Gran Turismo as much as they have the 5 series wagon in the past?

-Paul

Mashup E30 Wagon for sale

The musical mashup has gained massive popularity in the past decade, for better or worse, though it’s been thriving in the automotive world for over a century.  And while hyperactive fit-everything-you-can mashup artists like Girl Talk cover an impressive array of artists and sounds, I’m a bigger fan of mashups that exercise a degree of control or at least a theme, like Wu-Tang Clan vs. The Beatles, with entire albums based on a single theme of using similar parts to make better even better music.  Today’s unique German auto is definitely a mashup, but follows the well-chosen Bavarian theme to excellent effect.  Like mashing up the Beatles, it helps to start from an extremely solid starting point, in this case the non-U.S. E30 Touring, in my eyes second only to the M3 as the best looking E30.  From there, the seller started layering solid additions, ending up with something totally new and unique out of found parts.

Modified S50 E30 Touring for sale

The seller’s awesomeness in creating this machine is countered by his  meager photos and description, but it’s enough to whet the appetite:

euro s50b30, zf trans, 3.25 lsd w/finned diff cover, e36m3 front 5 lug, m roadster rear. TC Kline coilovers, Koni double adjustable shocks. IE camber plates, THR lollipops. Smoked hella euro smileys. “is” front lip. M tech II steering wheel. Staggered m contour wheels with goodyear eagle f1 235/40/17’s all around with under 1k miles. sterling silver exterior with grey sport cloth interior, heated front seats (though both seat bottoms have rips). Scytek 2 way alarm. Titled and registered in new york state.

$11k.

Obviously a lot of investigation must be done to determine if this is worth the money, but it’s certainly an exciting mix of well-chosen parts grafted into an awesome and rare 80s wagon.  I love the styling choices and the mechanical mods make this sound like a very fun machine.  As a fan of unique and odd mixes, this E30 is an awesome example of mashing together parts, creating a whole great than their sum.

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Estate

In an era of SUVs and minivans, the estate, or station wagon, is fast becoming a less favored mode of transport. One manufacturer has stayed true to this body style since 1978: Mercedes-Benz. This clean, low mileage W124 E320 wagon is my favorite of the breed and perhaps one of the best engineered, as well. Rarely do we see Mercedes-Benz wagons with such low mileage but here’s a chance to bid on a classic.

The seller states:

This is a really nice 1995 E320 wagon that has been in California all its life. It was bought new by an older lady in Los Angeles. She kept the car for just over 11 years and put only about 35,000 miles on it in that time. Her daughter acquired the car in 2007 and it has been in the Bakersfield area since then. This car was built in September of 1995; making it one of the last w224 cars to be built. This was also the year of any U.S. model Mercedes wagon until 1998. Unfortunately, 1998 was also the first year Mercedes began using the new V6 motor. So, 1995 was the last year Mercedes made a wagon with the better in-line 6-cylinder motor. Since a new body style was introduced for 1996, this was also the last of the over-engineered E-Class cars. Just like the 1993 190-Class, the 1999 S-Class, and the 2002 SL-class, this car was the last of its kind, and they truly don’t build them like they used to. By Mercedes’ own admission, they do not over-engineer these cars any more. This car is the last of the best.

This car has as much cargo space as a mid-size SUV with the middle and rear seats folded. It has the third row seat which makes it a true 7 passenger vehicle. However, the back seat is best for kids or adults you don’t like. It has a cargo cover to hide items in the back and a cargo net that can be used as a divider with the rear seats up or when they are folded. It also has a luggage rack, complete with the cross bars. All that combined with the self-leveling rear suspension makes this car really versatile.

The bad:

After sitting for approximately 2 hours, sometimes the car will not start without touching the gas pedal lightly. A little more or less time sitting and it starts up normally.

There is a small oil leak that leaves a pea to dime-size drop on the ground over night. It looks like it is coming from the front of the engine; maybe around the timing chain cover.

The left rear floor mat is missing.

One of the wheels has some curb rash (see pictures).

There are a couple of dings on the tailgate (see pictures).

There is a ding at the bottom of the left quarter panel that caused about a 3/4″ crack in the paint along the bottom edge (see pictures).

The lower panel on the right rear door has some light scratches (see pictures).

The rocker panel on the left side has some scratches (see pictures).

The right rear door had a scrape at the top that has been filled with touch-up paint (see pictures).

There is a scrape over the right rear wheel that has been filled with touch-up paint (see pictures).

The driver’s window regulator will need to be replaced soon as it stops about 1/8″ short at the top of its travel and makes a clicking noise.

The left rear window regulator probably needs to be replaced soon. It is making a noise.

As of 3 days ago, the air conditioning stopped being cold when the car is idling in direct sunlight. It gets very cold at all other times.

The left tail light has a crack in it that has been repaired (see pictures).

The radio is an after market CD unit that cannot be turned off. However, you can turn down the volume all the way or remove the face plate if you don’t want to hear it.

Barring the list of faults, many of which are minor imperfections, this wagon is a solid bet. Besides the W123 wagons, this was perhaps one of MB’s best, in terms of durability. Whoever gets their hands on this low mileage example will enjoy years of utilitarian motoring with a touch of class.

-Paul

1995 BMW M5 E34 Touring Wagon Supercharged

This beautiful, rare, find comes from reader Peter.
Euro sport wagons have a cult following. The top of the line performance models, Audi RS, Benz AMG, and BMW M wagons, are scarcely available at bargain prices. This is in part because they are made in such small numbers, but also because they take the idea of the Q ship one step further, by hiding the wolf in a sheep’s clothing of a station wagon. People love these, practical, easier to convince a significant other that they are a good purchase, but loaded with all the horsepower and road handling of their standard brethren.
The Euro only M5 Touring Wagon model would be fantastic had been bone stock, but it even includes some more impressive additions.
This is one of only four built in the splendid Orinoco Green Metallic paint. It also has the two tone interior.
What sets this car even further out from the crowd is the Albrex supercharger attached to the 3.8 liter six. The car has been tuned by Diebold and dynoed at 440 horsepower at the fly wheel.
The 18″ M-parallels look good with the classic lines. The manual will certainly provide for plenty of entertainment and keep the boost up.
Parts listed by the seller:

Double sunroof (front and rear)
BMW Traffic Pro (Becker) GPS, upgraded with full Infinity speakers throughout and sub.
Nuerburgring package, with dual mode adaptive suspension, massive 345mm two piece aluminum hat rotors
Euro “smiley” headlights retained with “city lights” and upgraded with 50w HID.
Aero roof rack
Kmac camber plates
rear window retractable side shades
UUC short shifter

New parts:
New Michelin PS2s (less than 1000 miles)
New Sachs sintered clutch
New Boge OE Nuerburgring adaptive struts
Brand new aluminum radiator with electric fans
Brand new water pump
New HR springs
Brand new Nuerburgring front brake rotors

Such a great car, I think it would fit just fine in my garage. $23,900 buy-it-now with 73,993 miles. Seems fair priced to me for a rare vehicle catering to a niche market.

~Evan

Clean & Cheap 2003 Audi Allroad for sale

If you’re looking for a car that can do it all, you’d be hard-pressed to something more versatile than the Audi Allroad Quattro.  Though still sold around the world based on the newer A6, we only got them in the US from 1999-2005, but I consider us lucky for getting it at all.  Based on the classy C5 A6, it was imbued with inherent luxury with a great interior and commanding presence.  There was plenty of sportiness to tap into, with the 2.7L twin-turbo V6 shared with the S4 providing ample, if not earth-shattering, power, and an adjustable suspension that could lower enough to mimic a sport-package A6.  Speaking of that adjustable suspension, it could also lift the Allroad to create 8 inches of ground clearance.  The advanced suspension combined with the legendary Quattro allowed the Allroad to be the only car-based SUV to complete an official Land Rover off-road course, which I think is totally awesome.  So, it’s sporty, luxurious, quite capable off-road and has tons of wagon-space.  Yep, awesome.

This clean example on eBay used to be a corporate car, and has thus covered only 78k miles.  It has a few dings and scratches, but they’re all minor and  quickly fade away when you see the Buy-It-Now of just $8500.  That’s less than a fifth of what it sold for 7 years ago.

I think this is a total steal.  You have to be careful with these Allroads for electrical problems and issues with the fancy suspension, but still: you are getting a ton of car, and an impressively multi-faceted car at that, for a great price.  It being a corporate car, it’s probably been well taken care of.  I’d prefer the manual, but those are extremely rare, and I’m just getting nitpicky.  Go anywhere and look good doing it, for these cars are truly ready to dominate all roads.

-NR

Budget Buy Low Mile 1971 Opel Ascona A 1900 Wagon

Looking for a different, yet practical, daily driver? One that will get you a few looks at the local weekend car show, but also return respectable MPG? One that you can register as a classic car, but still take down to the home improvement store for a load of supplies? Top it all off with extremely low mileage. This may be your car.
This well looked after Opel station wagon has covered a mere 34,000 miles. It has hardly been broken in. The seller states that the car was put into storage after the first owner died. Once it was resurrected the next owner kept a notebook detailing every time the car was driven.
The car is all original with only minor wear. Opel kept things pretty standard for all their cars so Asconas came fitted with the popular 1.9 liter inline 4, which sends 90 horsepower through the optional automatic transmission. That may not seem like much, but the car doesn’t weigh much over 2000lbs. You sometimes see these called the Opel 1900.
This quite a great, clean, example and there is something cool about two door wagons. The pie plate hub caps, roof rack and chrome back fog lights add to the charm. The long time GM-Opel partnership showed it was a great way to get these smaller cars into the U.S. compared to the giant yachts that were being built here. It is up to the new owner to decide which bumper sticker to remove first, the Mcain-Palin one or the St. Louis Cardinals one.
This could be a much easier purchase to justify than say a far less practical two seat sports car. Buy-it-Now is $8750.

~Evan

Rare BMW Alpina B8 Touring Wagon E36

Alpina’s are rare cars, this one, according to the Alpina register, is 1 of 27 wagon B8s produced in the late 1990s. Around 250 of the B8s were produced in all forms form. The Alpina register has a PDF copy of the whole parts catalog for the B8 so you can see what you are getting.
With 333 horsepower from a custom crafted Alpina 4.6 liter V8 stuffed under the hood of a 3 series, matched to a six speed manual, these have to be fun cars. The touring just adds to the unique and wow factor. Subtle changes like the standard Alpina look wheels and badging are all that give the car away. That is, of course, besides the throaty V8 burble coming from the tailpipes.
I love the fact that one of the previous owners of this particular car has badged it as a 316i. Just image the look of an unsuspecting Mustang owner on the highway as an apparent 4 cylinder station wagon disappears into the horizon.
This particular vehicle looks like it has been enjoyed year round, it has 84,000 miles, sports winter tires. and you can see snow on it in the pictures. Its good to see that the car is being enjoyed.
The owner says the car is on its way over from Bremerhafen Germany. The price is $34,000 or $40,000 if you want the current owner to take care of getting the car registered since it will come in as a grey market vehicle.

BMW Alpina B8 Touring on Craigslist

~Evan

2005 Mercedes-Benz E55 wagon

After the glut of minivans and sport utility vehicles that have flooded the automotive landscape over the last two decades or so, the wagon, or estate vehicle, has become an afterthought in many people’s minds. Mercedes, however, has shown a steadfast commitment to the body style, as they have offered a wagon in their lineup every year for the past 32 years. Below is an example of how perfectly Mercedes-Benz blends style, performance and utility in one irresistible package.

The E55 wagon attained almost instant classic status when Mercedes announced they would be selling it here on U.S. shores, because everyone knew it had no equals and was meant as a limited production model. The E55 and E63 which followed accounted for a few hundred sales across the U.S. during it’s production run. Not many family haulers can brag about sharing a supercharged V8 engine with the legendary Mercedes-Benz SL roadster.

The seller states:

One of 129 (verified with Mercedes AMG Private Lounge – I’m a member/AMG nut with 2 other AMG cars) E55 Estates produced for the 2005 model year. In VERY RARE Platinum Blue Metallic with Black/Blue two-tone interior (has subtle blue stitching throughout), light grey headliner. 31.5k miles with 2 owners (AutoCheck is incorrect, 2 of the noted owners are Mercedes dealers).

This has to be one of my favorite Mercedes-Benzes of the last two decades, partly due to its rarity and the Q ship factor. This is a true multipurpose vehicle, as you can find yourself hauling a wardrobe while simultaneously clipping an apex at 75 mph. And if you are a parent and just can’t let go of your youth, this is the best way to have your cake and eat it while on your way to soccer practice.

-Paul

1987 Mercedes 300 Wagon with AMG 6.0 litre twin cam motor

There are several Mercedes 300 Wagons in our neighborhood. I often think that if I had one I’d want to lower it an inch, put on period AMG monoblock rims, color match the lower panels, and upgrade to European spec headlights — which would make for a great family ride.

But this 300 wagon takes it to another level. It has the AMG 6L motor, 3 piece rims, and very rare body kit, to name a few of the tasteful and rare upgrades. Here is the majority of the seller’s listing from the eBay ad for this 300 AMG Wagon:

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quote from seller’s listing:

987 Mercedes 300 Wagon with AMG 6.0 litre twin cam motor, complete AMG car in excellent condition. I have owned this car for 13 years, originally from Canada a built for Mr Feingold I aquired the car through Renntech from Hartmuth, the car was in for a major service and Mr. Feingold decided to sell me the car after a $17000 complete service.

The exterior of the car is finished in a blue similar to Ferraris Tour de France, it has a complete AMG body kit including the 3 pc AMG wheels color keyed to the body, these wheels were recently refinished and sits on new Pirelli tires, Complete amg Mods, suspension, Exhaust, header, adj transmission, it is a real 6.0 motor and has had all services to date it runs outstanding has 44,000 kil. it has the 320 AMG speedo. The car has never sustained any damage, the paint is excellent with the acception of the front spoiler that has some minor rashing at the bottom corner, the front spoiler has air intakes for the cooling of the front brakes, it has never been tracked or abused I use the car once in a while when I need to take the kids somewhere and I need the seating for 7 it has the rear folding seat.

The interior is gray leather in excellent shape no dye work, suede dash, orthopedic driver and passenger seats, carpet not stained and door panels not cracked, and upgraded stereo with XM and I pod connection in the glove box, front and rear hidden K40 radar.

The car runs outstanding recent AC upgrade, Aligned and balanced, A real piece of AMG history

The starting bid for this car is $25000.

Many thanks to Ali for tipping us of to this great car!

If you have a suggestion for us, please email me: dan@motoringblogs.com

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