1997 BMW S3 Dinan Roadster For Sale

I dunno, I am skeptical by nature.  Any knucklehead can get a DINAN badge off eBay and call their car the real deal.  Only a true enthusiast would fork over the sort of cash it takes to transform an already expensive car.  I went through this car, well as much as you can via the interwebs, and this is a S3 through and through.  Down to the authentic (read: expensive) wheels, engine bits, badging, etc.

1997 BMW Z3 With DINAN S3 Tuning:

From the seller –

“The Dinan S3 offers up a tempting combination of pavement-scorching power and high performance handling that is second to none. The supercharged engine and Free Flow Exhaust produce an impressive 258 horsepower and 222 lb/ft torque. The Stage 2 Lightweight Clutch Assembly provides further improvement in acceleration and quicker throttle response as well as a higher clamp load to better harness the substantial power. The S3 offers a phenomenal improvement in cornering capabilities and substantially reduced understeer by virtue of the Stage 3 Suspenion System, Strut Tower Brace and Lightweight Three-Piece Dinan Performance Wheels, measuring 17 x 8.5″ with 255/40-17 tires front and rear (tires sold separately). Dinan floor mats are included, as well as the carbon fiber ignition module and fuel rail covers.

The S3-M Roadster or Coupe offers the driving enthusiast a balanced, reliable and predictable high performance driving experience beyond compare.”

The Z3 never got the respect it deserves, my guess is it was marketed to the fairer of the sexes more so than it was to men.  But this one has much more oomph than your stock Z3.  258 horsepower is a lot of grunt for a little car such as this.  More than enough to keep up or blow by any Boxster, S2000, SLK, or Audi TT of this era.

Bidding currently sits at $6k with a buy it now of $14k.  The latter seems like a very reasonable sum given the enhancements alone cost $28k.


1993 Porsche 968 Club Sport For Sale

Too bad you can’t drive it, I am sure glad the seller got that out of the way early in the advertisement.  In translation this means, “I have always wanted one of these cars so I purchased one thinking I could get it federalized myself.”  Fast forward a few years and the seller found that is easier said than done.

I won’t re-hash the wiki dump the seller placed in their ad but I will say this is a very special car, something you almost never see in the states.

1993 Porsche 968 Club Sport:

From the seller –


I listed her as a 1980 since EBAY would not recognize the VIN of a Euro model produced after 1981!


This is a very rare model that was produced in limited numbers by Porsche from 1993 – 1995. This particular model has an extremely rare combination of options and delete items.

Speed Yellow ( Speedgleb )

NO Sunroof

NO Undercoating

NO Power windows

NO Airbags

Rear Seat Delete

Factory Sport Recaro Seats Left & Right, Painted in Body Color

Rear Wing Painted in Body Color

Porsche Cup 17″ Magnesium Wheels Painted in Body Color

Sports Suspension (Adjustable Coilovers) and M030 Brake System with Drilled Rotors

6 Speed Transmission with Limited Slip Differential

Front Strut Brace

Options added later:

Hidalgo ( Company succeeded Matter ) Full Roll Cage

I imported the car with full EPA and DOT exemptions and you should note that the car IS NOT ELIGIBLE to be licensed and driven on US roads. I do have the vehicle insured under my State Farm Collector car policy and in theory, one could drive the car with a dealer tag. I have put less than 500 miles on the car since importing it in 2011. It drive great and is very quick and incredibly well balanced.

There are only a hand full of these in the US and the values of these cars is increasing (particularly for the rare examples with great options). This car is in excellent original condition and shows NO signs of accidents and absolutely NO sign of any rust.”

If I had a top 5 list of cars I would import if time and money didn’t matter list this car would be on it.  Which is saying something because there are all sorts of cars I or any enthusiast would consider.

A quick scan of the car and it seems to be in fine shape.  The gaps in the hood are a bit off which could mean it needs adjusting or it was repaired poorly.  Prospective buyers would want to have that checked out prior to bidding.  The equipment is spot on with what I would order if given a chance.  There is a great deal to like here.

So the question then becomes what is a car you could not license or drive worth?  Being a dealer I could actually make this work which is all kinds of torture but that is not the case for everyone.  Doing a quick scan of used CS’s in Europe they would translate to $35-40k here.  But they can drive them anytime and anywhere they please.

I think this CS is rare enough to get whatever the seller is looking for.  Sadly the closest I will get is staring at the poster I have of this exact car in my garage.



1977 Volkswagen Scirocco With Trans Am Body Kit For Sale

Tip of the hat to Wojciech for the heads up on this Rocco.  Stock 1977 VW Scirocco with a Trans Am Body Kit and 18k miles.  Back in the day VW produced two factory race cars known as #43 and #44.  #43 was wrecked and I believe #44 is somewhere, just not in St Louis.

1977 VW Scirocco W/ Trans Am Kit:

From the seller –

“1977 Volkswagen Scirocco with 18,927 original miles with a full six digit odometer. $3900 obo.

I am moving and can’t keep my toy anymore.

Trans Am Body Kit. The body kit was professionally installed. I still have the original floor mats that will go with the car.
New tires, new plugs, new plug wires, new distributor, new distributor cap, and rotor, new alternator. All filters have been changed.
There is a chin spoiler that I removed because it hangs to close to the ground for road driving. The chin spoiler will come with the car. There is no rust anywhere on the car.
The tint on the back windows is peeling a bit at the corners and some of the weather stripping could be replaced. The driver’s seat has a few tears.

I have the current title, receipts for all work performed,original bill of sale, build sheet, and some other documentation that all comes with the car.”

The story here should be the mileage and not the body kit.  Back in 2009 a low mileage ’77 Rocco eerily similar to this changed hands for close to $8k.  That car was touted as one of the few remaining factory race cars which of course it was not.  I sure hope this was not it.

Regardless I am a bit torn on what one would do with this.  Restore as is knowing you have a low mileage Rocco with no racing lineage, just a questionable body kit.  Or remove the Trans Am cladding and take her back to stock.  I lean toward the latter.

Either way at $3.9k I think there is some value here for the right person.


1990 BMW Alpina B10 For Sale

I hate to tease as this car is in Canada but it is far too pretty to pass up.  1990 Alpina B10, #76 of 507 produced.  Tons of great information offered up by the seller and the condition seems to be in line with the asking price.

1990 Alpina B10:

From the seller –

“This is a pristine 1990 BMW ALPINA B10 Bi-Turbo, which has covered 85,700Km since new. It was originally sold in Japan and imported and is registered in British Columbia, Canada in 2010. The VIN number is: WAPBATL000B750076 It is a #76 of 507 produced worldwide. This exquisite automobile is powered by smooth and ferociously powerful 3.5L Twin Turbo, Intercooled M30 6-cylinder motor mated to Getrag 290/5-speed manual transmission. It is equipped with Catalytic converters. The motor is rated at 360HP and 400lb/f of torque. The performance is astounding, 0–60 in 5.1 seconds, top speed is 181MPH. The turbo lag is minimal. It has factory manual boost control varying boost from 0.4 bar to 0.8 bar (300 – 360HP). As it can be seen from the photographs, this piece of automotive history is in pristine condition. The body and paint are excellent, no dents, rust or rock chips. The wheels are 100% true; there are no curb marks. The Continental tires are new. The interior is very clean, no cracks on the dash. All electrical accessories work – power windows, mirrors, sunroof, climate control with ice cold AC. It has a new car smell and drives like a new car. Absolutely no squeaks or rattles. We have complete service history since day one (in Japan) as well as extensive service file from Vancouver, Canada. We can provide copies to seriously interested parties.”

Yup, it’s all there.  I have seen a few of these over the years but I am not sure I have ever seen one so well preserved.  The service history, new tires, and recent maintenance is a plus.

I am no import/export specialist but I would think this car would be exponentially easier to license in 2015 once it reaches 25 years of age.  If that is the case is it not worth it to snap this up and store it until it could come out of hibernation?

There are all kinds of modded or low mile E39 M5’s floating around in the $30k range.  Wouldn’t something like this be as fun to drive and far more rare?

Regardless, beautiful car in exceptional condition.


Lost in Time: 1982 43k Volkswagen Scirocco For Sale

First the bad news, it’s an automatic!

OK, now that we scared off everyone let’s get to the car.  1982 VW Scirocco, one owner and only 43k miles.  This car is stock, how stock?  It still has the factory stereo in the uncut dash.

Cars like these just don’t exist anymore, regardless of your transmission preference this is an unique opportunity.

1982 Volkswagen Scirocco:

From the seller –

“1982 Volkswagen scirocco, this is an original very nice example with only 44’100 Miles owned by one family since new. All services have been performed and Documented with hand written notes showing items performed and or replaced with dates and mileages.  Sold new 2-24-83 and given to there daughter 1/16-96 this car was taken care of by both members of the family.

Finished in it’s original color and paint the car has never sustained any Damage, it is very straight and has no rust issues. The car has been stored in a Climate controlled environment so there is no sun fade either. There are a few scratches to the passenger side and some chips on the hood, these have been brush touched. A few very minor door Dings to the passenger side that the dent wizard could easily remove.  The interior is 100% original; it has an automatic transmission, and factory air Conditioning.

The factory VW radio still there and works, the headliner, carpet and dash is like new, there has been a dash saver on the car since new and the seat covers are original and also in as new condition and the foam is still tight and not broken down and no wear to the side bolsters.  This VW runs very well, oil and filter was changed ever 4000 miles or every six Months, the most recent major work was a new timing belt, all new belts, Compressor,  water pump, ac pump. I also just did front brakes with new pads and Rotors along with new wheel bearings also four new tires.

The car is 100% stock.  The car runs very well  ,no leaks, no smoke, a little vibrating when at a stand Still but when you give the car a little gas and the rpm’s go up it goes away so Maybe  the idle needs to be raised. The trans shifts great and the car gets up to 35mpg. I have alot of extra service parts that come with the car new and still in the factory boxes, plugs, filters, belts etc. All gauges, lights, signals, Wiper works. The temp gauge works but will go up to the red and flash the warning light but the car runs cool I had added an external temp gauge I think it needs a new sending unit for the temp.

This is a nice original low mileage Scirocco that will be a collector car in the near future, you just don’t see them anymore and if you do there in terrible condition.”

A very thorough explanation, bidding currently sits at $1k with the reserve not met.  The automatic transmission does dampen the opportunity a bit but there is a great deal to like here.  I could see a final amount of $5.5k as appropriate, either as a nice show car or a cheap daily.  The latter, while very thrifty it would be shame to expose this Rocco to a daily commute.

Either what I hope whomever obtains this Rocco respects how it sits today and resists the urge to modify her in any way.  The stock nature of this VW is quite alluring, if it has stayed this way all these years it should remain as such.


Reader Ride: One Owner 2002 E46 BMW 323i For Sale

The BMW 3 Series is the Swiss Army Knife of German autos.  They do a little bit of everything well.  They drive and handle better than most anything in their class.  They are always stylish, well designed, and reasonably reliable.  Over the years they have evolved to include more choices.  These days you can get AWD, two or four doors, or even a diesel motor.  All of this at the most entry level pricing BMW has to offer.

Here we have a 2002 One Owner E46 323i for sale.  While not exotic by any means these E46 are quite capable cars and if kept in the right hands can provide miles of durable satisfaction.

2002 E46 BMW 323i:

From the seller –

“Our family has owned this 3 since new.  It has spent it’s life in sunny rust free southern California, has always been garaged and well maintained.  The paint and interior are in excellent condition.  No accidents, no paint work, no stories.  Clean title in hand.  We purchased a 135i, so it’s time for the 3 to find a new home.”

This is a very straightforward 3 series, no paint, no stories, all original miles.  That does not sound like a big deal in and of itself but that is so very rare these days.  An asking price of $6,500 gets you a very capable driver that looks and feels like it is worth much more.

This car has served its current owner well and will do so for the next occupant.  Best of luck on your sale.


Rare 1984 M491 Metallic Rose Porsche 911 For Sale

I cannot stress how much I like the M491 911’s.  You get all of the looks and stopping power of the turbo cars with exponentially fewer headaches.  What makes this example so special is the hue, Metallic Rose is not only a rare color it is absolutely stunning in person if it has been well cared for.

Typically, people that buy a vehicle based on color make me nuts.  But, for me, this hue defies my normally ambivalent feelings regarding color.

1984 Porsche 911 M491:

From the seller –

“Beautiful Option color Metallic Rose, Sport Seats. Mechanically excellent, perfect interior. Receipts back to 2002. One of 431 made in 1984, real collector value for the future. The best 3.2 engine with all of the Turbo body, suspension and brakes! “

Short but sweet.  In the few pictures provided this Carrera looks to be in good enough shape.  I wonder where the center caps are and why the RS door panels but these are nits.  These cars are getting on in years and have passed through quite a few owners.  Some of which may not me so concerned about keeping the stock nature of their car(s).

What I can tell you is the seller is a very straightforward dealer who has been doing this for close to 40 years.  You don’t sell Posrche’s for that long if you are not doing so with integrity.  If you ever find yourself in Oregon I encourage you to take the drive, it will be worth your time.

I have seen these M491 cars range in price from $25k-$32.5k, since there is no mention of mileage I would gather this car has somewhere in the 120-150k range.  If my assumptions are correct the asking price of $26k seems reasonable, a final tally of $25k seems even better.  Either way it is a beautiful car sure to make the next owner very happy.


2 Owner Restored 1981 Volkswagen Scirocco S For Sale

This is an interesting situation.  Seller posts their uncompleted Rocco project five years ago.  Lost time, money, or interest either way they went dark in 2007.  Fast forward to 2012 and the Rocco is complete and back on the market.

1981 Volkswagen Scirocco S:

From the seller –

“It’s finally done, and back up for sale again.

1981 Scirocco S G60

Bought from original owner and had it imported from Cincinatti. These cars are RARE and very hard to find now in this prestine condition and you know this Scirocco looks waaaaay better than that ‘IROC’ now.

1992 Passat Syncro G60 motor (only 3000 from rebuild)
Low mileage block: fully refreshed, descaled, hot tanked, painted and honed bores
Stock pistons with NEW rings
NEW ABA oil pump
NEW ABA windage tray gasket
NEW waterpump/housing/thermostat
NEW seals and gaskets
NEW timing belt and tensioner
Fully refreshed cylinder head with competition valve job and NEW valve guides
NEW alternator
NEW Remus muffler
NEW fuel tank
The G60 charger needs to be put together, it needs an inducer. We noticed the lack of power, the charger was defective. A used charger can also be an option. Included are brand NEW seals.

Stage 4/5 upgrades:
TT 268/260 camshaft
NEW Eurosport ceramic coated tri-y race header with 2.5″ outlet
NEW custom 2.5″ mandrel bent exhaust system with carbon muffler
Acid etched/ported G60 intake manifold
NEW 440 cc injectors
Various size of pulleys (58, 62, 65, 68, stock)
NEW K&N cone filter
RSR outlet
Custom intercooler pipes
Saab intercooler
Custom SNS stg 5 chip
NEW battery kit to installed in rear of car

MK3 DFQ 2.0L 8V fully rebuilt
Quaife ATB differential
0.71 5th gear
NEW ACT stage 3 clutch
NEW 100mm axles

Painted original Mars Red
96 ### miles on body
Fully restored, sandblasted and painted and absolutely no rust!!
Bare shell respray in and out of car. Glass and wiring was taken out.
Doors and hatch were off the car and were painted separately
Smoothed out rear parking lights on rear quarter panels
Smooth out emblems on hatch
Took out the rear metal parcel shelf
Took out the front battery tray
Modified coolant reservoir hook to incorporate newer style reservoir
Floors and strut towers are mint, before it was even restored.
Very solid car. Perfect for any motor/drivetrain conversions.
Factory no sunroof.
NEW windshield mouldings
NEW window mouldings
Mercedes Benz factory yellow inner headlights
DIY euro bumpers
Factory Scirocco S spoiler
NEW hood

The carpets were steam cleaned
NEW set of keys
Mint MK 2 Scirocco dash with 16V cluster
NEW VDO boost gauge
Corrado G60 front seats
Rear seats deleted.

NEW FK Sport full adjustable coilovers
Converted to power steering with NEW poly urethane bushings
NEW control arms and bushings, NEW tie rods and ball joints
The rear axle’s been repainted and looks brand new.
Autotech rear sway bar
10.1 MK 2 Scirocco 16 V brakes painted red.
Converted to rear discs with drilled rotors.
MK 4 GTI aluminum lightweight rear brake calipers painted red.

15″ original Enkie 92s, not reproduction

My main objective of this car is to use it occasionally at the track. The car is 99% done, other than the charger issue. The car still starts and runs. The horn needs to be wire up. I know I’m probably forgetting some more info. Spent thousands on building this, nothing spared. Including with the sale are spare parts for this car. I know I’ll regret selling this cause it was being built for the last 5 years or so and I never had a chance to really enjoy it. Priorities first so it has to go.

Located in Toronto, asking $8999 obo. Open to reasonable offers, no trades, not parting and lowballer offers will be ignored. IM is the key.”

Great looking Rocco.  When asked if the asking price was in CDN or US dollars the seller replied “It’s either USD or CDN, price is flexible.”  I am really not sure what that means but you have to love the Vortex.  I have seen a great many Rocco’s not nearly as put together as this for much more money.  If you have been in the market this may be worth looking at.


Well Done 1964 Porsche 904 GTS Replica For Sale

I know, it’s a replica.  But if this were the real thing there would be several more zeros attached.  A quick primer on the 904, the street-legal version debuted in 1964 in order to meet Group III regulations that require a set number of road cars be produced to qualify for competition.  The 904 is the precursor to the 917.

Most of these now sit in museums or race in vintage events.  These cars have also become quite popular on the replica market, some have fared better than others.  What we have here is #2 in a series of 25 replica cars, I am unsure of the manufacturer but I am guessing this is a Beck product.  The detail work is amazing and it is  the most accurate tribute I have seen.

1964 Porsche 904 GTS Replica:

From the seller –


Bidding has been furious on this car, currently it sits at $65.1k with quite a bit of time left.  The interest is understandable with only 105 miles on the ODO.  This is essentially a new car, comparable examples have traded anywhere between $90-130k so even the buy it now of $105k does not seem out of line.


1961 Mercedes 190Db ‘Kombi’ Binz wagon

I am not sure I have ever seen a Binz stateside.  This may be rare and even German but I would never accuse this of being an enthusiasts car.  It looks like something from Harold and Maude, more hearse than wagon.  Come to think of it the Binz shares some similarities to the International Travel-All in shape.  Either way it is exceptionally cool and would make a great addition to any Mercedes collection, albeit with some blood, sweat, and tears.

1961 Mercedes 190 ‘Kombi’ Binz Wagon:


From the seller –

“190Db ‘Kombi’ Binz wagon
4 speed manual gearbox, later generation 110 series 2 liter diesel engine. Engine turns.
Not run in many years. Does not currently run.
Very complete.
Tolerable rust. Fairly solid floors.
Decent panel fit. Very weak paint. Acceptable vinyl interior. Acceptable headliner. Fold down rear seat.
Misc chrome blemishes. Misc paint blemishes.
Excellent tail light lenses.
No ignition key. New tires.
Above average shutlines and panel gaps.
Rare Binz hardware seems to all be there. Both spare tire hard cover rubber hold downs missing.
All ID tags correctly in place. Titled and currently registered in CA.
1 of approx 349 constructed in 1961.
An exceedingly rare ‘Ponton’ wagon.”

I get the whole exceedingly rare thing and I must admit that the lower the production number the more I find myself interested.  But, for me, I have certain requirements.  I prefer my collectibles run, have little to no rust, and have a passable paint job.  This fails on all three counts.

But like I said, this is just me.  Some may see this as a blank canvas, an excuse to tinker in the garage and escape the pressures of the day to day grind.  If that sounds like you and you have a passion for all things Mercedes this may be a worthwhile project.