Super Clean 1986 MK II Volkswagen Golf GTI For Sale

I am not sure what it is, while it is hard to find a clean MK I GTI.  It is exponentially more difficult to find a MK II in that sort of condition.  I have my theories as to why but the fact of the matter is that cars such as this are rare.

1986 Volkswagen Golf GTI:

From the seller –

“Up for auction is my 1986 GTI. This is a great original GTI. When was the last time you saw one Handles like a go-cart with Koni shocks on all four corners. Shifts are crisp and smooth with the Neuspeed short shift kit. Stops well with 4 wheel disc brakes. Interior features grey cloth sport seats with Red stripes. The exterior is Tornado Red with front and rear spoilers, black wheel house flares and tinted windows all around. Absolutely no rust, car has always been in CA or AZ. Original paint still shines. Interior front driver’s seat shows slight wear, no wear in passenger seat or backseat area. Door panels, dashboard, headliner and carpeting are all excellent. I have the original window sticker and build sheet, also the owner’s manual and service manual. Car comes with an extensive amount of service history. The car has 101k original miles and is in very good shape for a 25 year old car. It has an aftermarket radio/cd player in the dash but I have the original radio. It has a performance cat-back exhaust system, K&N air filter, upper and lower front strut bars, and rear upper strut bar. Car could use an A/C recharge and tires, but otherwise is in great condition. GTI enthusiasts take note!!! There are not many of these left out there in this condition. Experience Fahrvergnugen for yourself!!! You won’t regret it.”

It’s all there.  Is it a garage queen, no.  But this GTI could be a great driver or the basis for a fairly straight forward restoration.  There are 12 bids thus far, bidding sits at $1.9k with the reserve not met.  If you are truly interested in this GTI you have to look at the buy it now of $3,995 as bidding may well exceed that.  I mean, this is no time to be cheap…



It’s Um… Er Convertible Season, Low Mileage 1993 Porsche 968 Cab For Sale

One of the things that I am noticing the older I get is that I am, well, cheap.  It’s not that I don’t appreciate quality, I do to no end.  It is I will through ungodly amounts of trouble to save a buck.  If that means buying something off season on the cheap so be it.

Case in point, soft top values are squishy now.  This happens every year, the holidays have come and gone and warmer weather is a bit off.  I purchased a ’02 Audi TT Quattro today, which makes no sense as I am at least 90 days from something that resembles top down weather.  But I purchased it for 20% less than I would in the middle of summer.

Yep, I am cheap!  Here is another great car to spend your summer with.

1993 Porsche 968 Cabriolet For Sale:

From the seller –

“1993 PORSCHE 968 CABRIOLET – 6 speed – LOW MILEAGE 51,060 – Garaged ARIZONA Car

This auction is for a 1993 PORSCHE 968 CABRIOLET, convertible, 6 speed with low mileage. This ARIZONA car has been garaged and taken care of.

According to the Porsche 968 Register website (the following information was taken from their website): There were approximately 2000 cabriolets and 2000 coupes imported to the United States between 1992 and 1995.

The 968 was Porsche’s last new front-engined vehicle before the introduction of the Cayenne SUV in 2003. It was sold alongside the 928 GTS through 1995 when both models were dropped. As of 2006, Porsche has not yet built another front-engined sports car.


Color: Blue with tan interior and tan top

Mileage: 51,060

6 Speed

4 cylinders

3.0 liter

Leather interior

Power Windows

Power Steering

Power Brakes

Power Seats

Power Convertible Top

Cruise Control

Air Conditioning (works great)

Chrome Wheels

Pioneer AM/FM/CD

Driver Airbag


No accidents

Usual paint chips (see in photo) from road

Very slight dimples on top of front fenders

Arizona car – always in garage – originally purchased in Scottsdale, Arizona

New top and liner (work great)

Convertible top frames, bows and cables replaced and serviced (2002 with paperwork)

New rack & pinion

NEW battery: November 2011

Rebuilt transaxle

New headlight relay

New Weltmeister performance chip

Seats in good condition – no tears or rips (just normal wear)


Tire condition: good

Extra keys

Gearbox replaced from Porsche ($3,250) in 2007 with paperwork

Steering Rack rebuilt and installed ($1,223) in 2003 with paperwork

New belts installed ($612) in 2003 with paperwork


Original manuals in leather-bound jacket in glovebox

Service records with receipts (see photos for all work completed by professionals and mentioned above)

Always professionally serviced (receipts for all)

Clean title.”

When I first saw this car I was certain it was a tip which is a deal killer but was pleasantly surprised to see it is a manual.  There is some good, low miles, records, and a newer top.  Some bad including some road rash, it’s due for belts and a water pump, and it may need new tires.  Nothing tragic there but adjust your pricing accordingly.

Bidding currently sits at nearly $10k with the reserve not met.  I would be comfortable going up to $12.5k on this car given the work it may need upon arrival.  Either way it is a beautiful car and deserves to go to a good home.



Reader Ride: 1983 BMW 733i Manual For Sale

There has been a rash of these lately which is odd as these are pretty rare.  This is another in a line of clean 733i cars with a desirable manual transmission.

1983 BMW 733i:

From the seller –

“I have a white1983 BMW 733i with a blue leather interior and a 5 speed manual. It is in great condition for its age but not perfect like the one you had listed last week that went for a little over 10 grand. It is currently listed on eBay and I would love for it to be on your blog.”

… And here it is.  The seller is correct, this is not as pristine as the white one featured two weeks ago but it is a fine automobile in its own right.  The 330i wheels are a nice upgrade and the interior seems to be very well sorted out.  Assuming a PPI checks out this is an very strong value.

Bidding currently sits at $5.7k reserve not met with a few days to go.  At $7.5 this would be a great driver, best of luck to the seller.


2000 E39 BMW M5 With 19k Miles For Sale

It must take some herculean self control to care for a E39 M5 with this sort of mileage.  It’s not as though you can hop in and take a spur of the moment spin to Vegas.  This is a garage queen through and through.  To the point where it even has forgone some of the common upgrades (screen, DVD nav, etc) in the spirit remaining 100% stock.

2000 E39 M5:

From the seller –

“This is one of the most gorgeous examples of the E39 M5 that you will likely ever see.  Shown in stunning jet black with the solid black leather interior, this garage queen has a mere 19,821 actual miles on the odometer.  Owned and lovingly maintained by several collectors over the years, no expense has been spared, no maintenance overlooked to keep this high performance automobile running at the high level that it was designed for.  Just within the past two years all fluids have been changed with OE factory specified products including transmission, differential, brakes, coolant and of course, engine oil.  Inspection II has already been performed, and all rubber parts including belts, hoses, weather stripping are either like new or have been replaced.  The car has a new set of Michelin tires installed in early 2011 and there are only minor imperfections in the wheels.  Difficult to see in the pictures is a professionally installed Passport SR1 remote radar detector, with sensors in the front and rear of the car and a discretely mounted display unit under the dash.  The common instrument panel pixel drop-out problem that so many E39s suffer from has been repaired with a lifetime warranty.  This car is 100% original and unmodified.  The E39 M5 is becoming more and more rare, and extremely low mileage examples like this are nearly impossible to find any more.

If you are shopping for an M5 you probably know all about the car and the plethora of standard features that come on this car including CD changer, navigation, ABS, side and head air bags, rear air bags, etc.  This car also has the factory shades.

The paint is excellent with some minor imperfections from rock chips and road debris, typical for a car with this mileage. The interior looks and smells like new with little to no visible wear, no odors or stains.  The car comes with both keys, all manuals, service records, and 2008 navigation disks.”

Beautiful car, the interior photos show just how well it has been cared for.  Some (not I) would say the $33.5k asking price is on the high side.  I am of the opinion that cars in this sort of condition should fetch this sort of price.  The seller is an enthusiast and active on the M5 Board, he knows fair market value for his vehicle.

Best of luck to the seller and an early congratulations to the lucky new owner of this beautiful M car.


Charlie Sheen’s old 928 GTS for sale

As you’ve probably noticed by now, we’re making changes around here! Aaron is another one of our new authors. Please say hi in the comments section!

The Porsche 928 is a feat of engineering genius and one of the best touring cars ever created.  The 1994 GTS boasts a 5.4 liter 32 valve power plant that produces a robust 345 horsepower.  The later 928’s in particular have aged particularly well, both in styling and value as prices have proven to be recession proof.  The combination of limited production and overall vehicle quality has created quite a demand for these cars.  The below car posted in the Pelican Parts classifieds is an excellent example with an added bit of panache.

1994 928 GTS Coupe 

A rare loaded and meticulously cared for 1994 928 GTS is for sale from a collection as more space is needed. It was formerly the actor Charlie Sheen’s who spared no expense.  It has ALL updated services and brand new Porsche carpet and factory leather ‘ just because’ the owner could.  Driven only 3k miles per year.

Along with the low miles and impeccable condition this car comes with meticulous records from the prior owners, a must for any 928.  A car in this condition should fetch the asking price of $36.5k.  Do you think Mr. Sheen’s ownership adds any value to this 928?  While that may debatable it looks like Chaz took better care of this GTS than his wives.  Just think of the stories the lucky owner will have to share at their next PCA event.  

Porsche 928 Wikipedia