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

Heap of the Week: 1973 Audi 100 Coupe S

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If last week’s “Heap of the Week” Karmann Ghia T34 was a great restoration candidate because of it’s rarity, today’s 1973 Audi 100 Coupe S is as much deserving of that if not more. Luckily for you, if you’re interested in one of these cars and a restoration project, step one (take apart and turn it into an unrecognizable heap of parts) is already done for you! Completely stripped and ready for body work, this car appears to be a solid platform for a build – something that’s hard to say of any earlier Audi due to rust issues. You’d also be building what is decidedly the most rare post-war Audi in the United States, with only 5 known of here. Get out your elbow grease then for today’s Heap of the Week:

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Year: 1973
Model: 100 Coupe S
Engine: 1.9 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: N/A mi
Price: $2,000

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1973 Audi 100 Coupe S on Audifans.com

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1973 Audi 100 Coupe S. 1 of 5 in the US. Was brought to the US in about 1976 and has not been on the road since the early to mid 80s. The car is 98% complete. What is missing that I know of are the windshield, headliner, carpet and engine mounts. The body is remarkably solid with only a minimal amount of surface rust due to the car sitting in primer for at least the past 5 years. The unibody and all bolt on parts are very solid and there are no rust holes on the vehicle. Will need some more body work before painting. I believe the original color is marathon blue. This car also has a manual (crank operated) retractable sunroof which was apparently a rather rare option. Engine is 100 HP I4 carbbed pushrod engine. All engine parts are included as well as new gasket sets. Transmission is 4 speed. Brakes are inboard on front (new rotors and pads included) and drums in rear. Seats are in quite decent shape without any major tears or rips in the fabric. Seat color is dark blue. All interior pieces and exterior trim is included as well. Dashboard has cracks in it as does the vinyl hood around the instrument cluster. All the windows except for the windshield are in great shape and already wrapped very securely in bubble wrap. Grille, headlights and taillights are there. Bumpers are US spec sedan bumpers and not the original European coupe bumpers. Extra hood in perfect shape included. Front suspension is dual wishbone and rear is beam axle with torsion springs and panhard bar. 2 new shocks are included. Car would be a good candidate for restoration to original condition, or a rather unique platform for some fun go-fast modifications. Comes with clean Maryland title. Reason for selling is that I bought it four years ago and have not done anything with it since, and I think it should go to someone who has the time to do something cool with such a unique car. To see the true potential of the car, check out the April 2013 issue of Hemmings Sport & Exotic car where a 1974 Coupe S was featured. Area code on phone number is 410.

These are rare, rare, rare cars, even in the Fatherland. There just aren’t too many left kicking around in good shape. Certainly , when they are presented well, they draw a crowd. The design shows links to some of the best looking cars of the 1960s and 1970s, like the BMW Glas GT , Fiat Dino and even Maserati Ghibli. Below is an example of what this car can look like, as this is Rob Petschke’s impeccable award-winning example:

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I also put an image to a similar colored car to this car’s original shade in the gallery. Most of the major parts are included (though not shown), and despite what you might think, some of the parts for these cars can still be had, though you better brush up on your German. Some major components are also shared with the sedan, and when you were done you’d have a much more valuable platform, so you might even consider finding a not-restorable 100 and pilfering parts. Ready for a project? You’re getting in on the bottom floor of one of the most rare Audis ever!

-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 10K Friday: BMW 540i v Audi S4

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Want a little sport in your daily commute? There are many cars that you can buy that will spice up your life, but few things will remove you more quickly from the grind than a 6-speed V8-engined daily driver. The automotive equivalent of “Calgon, take me away!”, these sedans will rocket you to your next location with plenty of style, luxury and speed. While there are a few German V8s that can be had for less than the models I’m reviewing today, there aren’t too many that offer the sportiness, manual 6 speed, and level of luxury that these three combine. I had to get a little liberal with your budget to pull it off so afford me a little slack, but here’s your 10K Friday Face-off for V8 Week – 2003 BMW 540i Sport 6 speed v. 2004 Audi S4. Let’s start with the 540i:

Year: 2003
Model: 540i Sport
Engine: 4.4 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 99,447 mi
Price: $10,997 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2003 BMW 540i Sedan on eBay

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS TITANIUM SILVER METALLIC 2003 BMW 540i WITH BMW M SPORT PACKAGE WITH 99,447 MILES, 3 PREVIOUS OWNERS, AND HAS A CLEAN CARFAX REPORT. THIS 2003 BMW 540i COMES EQUIPPED WITH A 4.4L V8 ENGINE, 6 SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION, GRAY LEATHER INTERIOR, POWER AND MEMORY SEATS, WOOD DASH TRIM, STEERING WHEEL CONTROLS, M STEERING WHEEL, M WHEELS, SUNROOF, AUTO DIM REAR VIEW MIRROR, HID PROJECTOR HEAD LIGHTS, FOG LIGHTS, DUAL ZONE CLIMATE CONTROL, DSC, REAR LIP SPOILER, KEYLESS ENTRY, POWER WINDOWS, POWER MIRRORS, GARAGE DOOR OPENER, AM/FM RADIO, CD PLAYER, CRUISE CONTROL, AND MUCH MORE! MAKE SURE YOU TAKE A LOOK AT ALL OF THE IMAGES IN OUR GALLERY TO SEE HOW THIS IS THE PERFECT BMW 540i FOR YOU! ATTENTION! AS A HIGH VOLUME DEALERSHIP, MANY OF OUR VEHICLES SELL VERY QUICKLY. PLEASE CALL US FOR AVAILABILITY AND EXPLANATION OF INTERNET PRICING.

These cars are one of our favorites here at GCFSB.com. Sure, it’s not an M5, but you can’t buy an E39 M5 for 10K, now can you? This car offers 90% plus of the M5 experience for about half the asking price of most examples. The silver on grey combination may not be the wildest combo out there, but it’s classic and understated, still looking fresh (unlike some of those mint green 540s….remember them?). The M-Parallels are without a doubt one of the best looking wheels ever put on a BMW out of the box, and fit the car perfectly. This car is really a perfect Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde daily driver that you could take to dinner at a high class restaurant after your trip to the track, and it would be welcome at both. While it’s certainly a solid and fun daily driver, maybe you want a little more flare in your trip to work? Red your thing? Then I have the car for you:

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Year: 2004
Model: S4
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 116,179 mi
Price: $11,998 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Audi S4 on eBay

Very Clean! 6 Speed Manual! 100% Clean Carfax! Runs and Drives Great! Power Sunroof! Heated Seats! and More! – OVER 200 CARS AT OUR FACILITY! REMEMBER THE PERFORMANCE DIFFERENCE!! NO PREP FEES! NO DELIVERY FEES! AND OUR PRICES DO NOT NEED TO REFLECT A TRADE IN VALUE OR DOWN PAYMENT! DON’T BE SCAMMED BY OTHERS FINEPRINT! You do NOT need to finance to get this price! A price should be exactly that, A PRICE!

340 silky smooth horsepower channeled through quattro all wheel drive with 4 door practicality makes a great package. It looks as if it had an enthusiastic owner prior to the current sale, judging by the size of the exhaust and the very much not-my-favorite wheels. Not to worry, though, as on eBay I was able to track down a reasonably priced set of OEM wheels – the auction is linked through the wheel photo.

So that fixes the outside look of the car and I bet that exhaust sounds great. This car is really the opposite of the 540i, not being understated at all. Flashy and loud, this one will shout to everyone “I DON’T BELONG HERE EVEN THOUGH I COULDN’T AFFORD THIS CAR UNLESS I WORKED FOR YOU”. Maybe that’s the message you’d like to send? Well, even if not, this car is still a lot of car for the money. In fact, both of these cars are. Which one would you have?

-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

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO WAIT FOR THIS AUCTION TO END! IF THIS IS THE CAR YOU’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR, CALL MIKE AT 610-250-5600 AND HOLD IT WITH A DEPOSIT! WE END AUCTIONS ON A DAILY BASIS!!

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

Wednesday Wheels: The Best For Your BMW

We’re going to try out another new feature we’re going to call “Wednesday Wheels” here at GCFSB.com. If you’re like us, you have a passion for all aspects of cars, and one of the favorite items to change, replace or refinish are a car’s wheels. Today we’re going to bring you a few sets to dress up your BMW. We’ll start with some M-System 2 wheels from a 1993 M5, often called “Throwing Stars”. These arrived on the M5, the M540i, and the 850CSi but look good on many of the early 1990s BMWs. Got an E34 and looking for a set of wheels to dress it up? These might just be the ticket – light weight, the right OEM look, with decent looking tires and freshly refinished, this package looks like a pretty decent deal for some high quality and rare wheels:

Year: 1993
Model: M-System 2 “Throwing Stars”
Diameter: 17″
Width: 8″
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 120
Offset: ET 20
Condition: Refinished
Tires: Included Federal Super Steel 595 235-45-17
Price: $1,899 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 M-System 2 on eBay

I have for sale a spare set of OEM BMW 17″ M System II Throwing Star wheels that were removed from my 1993 BMW M5. The size of the wheels is 17″ x 8″. The wheels were completely refinished professionally by the local wheel shop The lips were machined and clear coated. The centers and inner barrel were painted in OE black paint. The throwing star covers were stripped down to the bare metal and repainted in the original silver finish and clear coated. I also removed the old fading center roundel stickers and replaced them with new OEM stickers. The wheels are perfectly true and balanced. There are NO bends, dents or cracks. It was a perfectly good original set that needed some refreshing.

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Items sold as pictured There are no returns, exchanges or refunds. There is no warranty on any of the items, written or implied.
The item you see pictured in this listing is the exact item you will receive.

Have an E24, E12, or E28 and looking to dress it up a bit? One of the most popular wheel designs on these cars are the black-centered Alpina wheels. The staggered look fits these cars well and they are highly sought after. While replicas are available, today we found a refinished set of originals. Though not shown the seller will include center caps:

Year: N/A
Model: Alpina
Diameter: 16″
Width: 7″ front, 8″ rear
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 120
Offset: ET 11 front, ET 24 rear
Condition: Refinished
Tires: Not Included
Price: $2,850 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Alpina Staggered Wheels on eBay

This is a set that I had refinished. They are genuine Alpina Wheels, staggered with the fronts measuring 16×7 inches and the rears 16×8 inches. The front wheels have an offset of et11 and the rears et24. They are stamped 7Jx16h2 and 8jx16h2 and have a bolt pattern of 5×120. These wheels fit the following BMW’s: E3 Bavaria, E9 2800cs, 3.0cs, 3.0csi, and 3.0csl, e12, e24, e28, e34. You will need to confirm fitment for any other model other than what is listed. These wheels are used, they have been straightened as needed and refinished. I will include a set of center caps with the sale. I am willing to ship within the continental US (48 states) at the buyers expense. I will carefully package the wheels and ship them either via FedEx, UPS, or USPS. I will also accept local pick up. The wheels are located in Costa Mesa California. Please do not bid if you do not intend to honor your bid. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, I will try to answer your questions promptly. BMW e9 coupe e12 528i 530i 520i m535 e24 628csi 630csi 633csi 635csi m6 bavaria alpina b9 b7 turbo e28 528e 528i 533i 535i 535is m5 e34 525i 540i hartge bbs ronal

If you’re more into the late 80s and early 90s, Hartge wheels might be your favorite. This particular set is made by OZ Racing and would look spectacular on an E28 M5 or E30 M3. While very pricey, they’re also very rare, so you’re not likely to see another set cruising down the road:

Year: N/A
Model: Hartge (OZ)
Diameter: 17″
Width: 8.5″ front, 9.5″ rear
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 120
Offset: not specified
Condition: Refinished
Tires: Not Included
Price: Auction, $3,199 Opening Bid

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Hartge Staggered Wheels on eBay

Up for auction are my super rare Hartge wheels,sized:

8.5×17(front) and 9.5×17(rear)

The wheels are original 3-pice Hartge wheels made by OZ Racing, made in W. Germany.

The wheels are used but in great condtion, no crub crash dents or other.
Of course thrue and correct.

The wheels sold only in the Europan marked on the Hartge e34 H35-24 or e30 H35-24.

Will fit to all BMWs with 5-bolt pattern:

E23 ( 728 728i 728iS 730 732i 733i 735i 745i )

E24 ( 628CSi 630CS 630CSi 633CSi 635CSi M6 M635CSi )

E28 ( 518 518i 520i 524d 524td 525e 525i 528e 528i 533i 535i M5 M535i ) E30 M3

E31 ( 840Ci 840i 850CSi 850Ci 850Ci 850i )

E32 ( 730i 735i 735iL 740i 740iL 750i 750iL )

E34 ( 518i 520i 524td 525i 525ix 525td 530i 535i 540i M5 3.6 M5 3.8 )

E36 (316i 318i 318is 320i 323i 325i 328i M3 M3 3.2)

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“Sold As is”

Lastly, if you’re on a bit more of a budget, sometimes OEM wheels are a better option for you. These Style 19 OEM 540i Sport wheels aren’t as popular as the Style 5s we often see on everyone’s hit list, but the 19s are also BBS built and if properly refinished, can look spectacular. I’ve seen them on everything for 850s to 318s, and I still think they look sharp. These are not refinished and perfect, but the price reflects that. These would be great driving wheels or good candidates for a refinish project and would dress up a non-sport E39 or return it to original spec. A big bonus is the free shipping, often a costly item on wheels EDIT: these wheels sold just as we went to press. We’ll keep an eye out for more!:

Year: 1998-1999
Model: Style 19 (BBS)
Diameter: 17″
Width: 8″
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 120
Offset: ET 20
Condition: Used
Tires: Not Included
Price: $429 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: BMW OEM Style 19 Wheels on eBay

This is for four (4) rims – sold as a set. Fast Free Shipping to the US – email me for international rates. Rims are original OEM BMW – markings on inside state 8Jx17H2 IS20.

I’m glad to check any other specs on the rims before you purchase. They have some curb scuffs – will likely need to be reconditioned if you are concerned about these sorts of things – but even if you spend another $80 per rim on reconditioning, this would still be a considerable savings from buying these from other vendors.

Glad to answer any questions or feel free to call/text me at 410-340-6215.

Which are your favorite, and what would you like to see?

-Carter

1991 BMW M3

Care to roll the dice? From what I can tell, this 1991 BMW M3 appears to be an Evo-spec car, though it is not listed as such. The red trim, graphite wheels, spoiler lip and claim of 215 hp all fit in with the Evolution model. Amongst the already expensive world of E30 M3s, the Evolution models carry extra clout and command more money. Either way, these M3s are continuing to increase in value with seemingly little regard to condition, location, and sometimes even originality. Today’s 1991 example looks Knight Rider ready with it’s black-out look and red accent trim:

Year: 1991
Model: M3
Engine: 2.3 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 185,000 mi
Price: Reserve auction, $22,000 opening bid

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1991 BMW M3 on eBay

Desirable 1991 E30 M3 Coupe,original S14 215 HP Engine(aprox 5k miles on rebuild)Nogarro Silver 16″ M Wheels, excellent body/paint/interior,never tracked,maintained,pampered,loved by devout BMW M3 enthusiast-reluctantly for sale due to personal reasons.

I question, in some regard at least, what “devout” BMW M3 enthusiast would put such a car up for sale and start the bidding at a high point despite even higher mileage; but then offer so precious few details and poor pictures. Even so, the car appears to be in good shape given the mileage, so it’s possible that it was well maintained. The engine is listed as rebuilt, which if done properly saves the future owner $10,000 plus in bills. With lots of miles already on the ticker, this won’t be a museum quality car, which leaves you free to add some more of your own (s)miles. That’s good news with a car like the M3, since they were meant to be driven and not parked. While darker colors aren’t my favorite on the E30, the contrast of the wheels and red striped trim give the car a unique feel that some of the earlier graphite cars fail to achieve. I’m not a fan of the blacked out kidneys, but that’s a pretty easy fix. The larger question is if this is indeed an Evolution model, or just a copy cat. I was under the impression that the Evo models didn’t receive fog lights and had a slightly larger front spoiler lip, but it’s entirely possible the front air dam was swapped out at some point given their propensity for meeting curbs. Care to weigh in?

-Carter

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

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 Audi V8 Quattro at Park Chrysler Jeep

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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: 2003 Audi S8

The Audi S8; a legend in its own time. Few cars are as memorable as the movies they star in, especially when it’s a good movie with super stars. Yet talk to any enthusiast, and the words “Ronin” are usually followed by “Oh, that S8!!!.” Hard to blame them, for as great as the driving was in general in that movie, the scenes featuring the S8 chase leading to its early demise are some of the most memorable in car chase history. Despite its star power, the Audi S8 has maintained a fairly low profile in the large fast sedan category, and it’s now possible to get one of these truly special cars for not much of your hard earned money. Though their image softened between the Ronin car with its chunky Avus alloys to the end of production, arguably the best models that came to the U.S. were the last year, such as this Ming Blue 2003:

Year: 2003
Model: S8
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 90,100 mi
Price: Reserve Auction, $11,000 opening bid

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2003 Audi S8 on eBay

This is one of the cleanest examples of an Audi S8 Quattro in the country. You will not find one in better condition or cleaner. I promise you that. This is fully loaded with the navigation. All LCD screens on the dash, radio etc are in pristine condition. No dead pixels. Wheels are in pristine condition also. Tires and brakes done all the way around at 85,000 miles! No nicks or scratches no curb rash. Parking sensors front and back work perfect. Every power option works perfect. This car is literally brand new! Interior is beautiful. Doesn’t look like any passengers ever sat in this car. The chrome is perfect, the lights are perfect, the sound system is clear and loud and the navigation works. It also includes all original floor mats that came along with the dvd binder with all the navigation dvd for the country. Original books and folder with the Audi pen it came with from the dealer. This car is literally brand new. I can’t stress that enough. It drives like it did day 1. Only one original owner who just purchased a new S8. It has been garaged it’s whole life! Dealer maintained! You will not find another one of these cars in this condition again unless you visit the Audi museum. Very rare color combination. Last year of this car and it has every option! Ask me questions I encourage it! I can talk about this car all day long!

On Sep-12-13 at 15:11:58 PDT, seller added the following information:

MAINTENANCE MAINTENANCE MAINTENANCE!
EVERYONE LOVES RECORDS!!!!!!!!!!

INCLUDED IN THE ORIGINAL BOOKS IS THE MAINTENANCE LOG! THIS AUDI GOT ALL IT’S CHECKUPS AND ITS REPAIRS ACCORDING TO THE MAINTENANCE LOG FROM THE FACTORY! HAS TONS OF STAMPS FROM VARIOUS AUDI DEALERS AROUND THE AREA THIS CAR LIVED IN IT’S WHOLE LIFE! DID IT ALL ON TIME JUST LIKE THE LOG SAYS! THIS AUDI WAS GARAGE KEPT ALSO! WE DID THE 90K CHECKUP! READY FOR YOU TO PURCHASE AND DRIVE IT ACROSS THE COUNTRY OR KEEP IT IN YOUR CAR COLLECTION. PURCHASE AN E34 BLACK M5 AND YOU HAVE BOTH RONIN CARS!!!!

Indeed, “everyone loves records”,especially when it comes to these cars. Like the A6 I wrote up last week, finding these cars in pristine condition with records is fairly hard, but this appears to be one of the better examples. Not long ago the 2003s were still commanding close to $20,000, but even with light use it seems it’s hard for them to push past $15,000 these days. Like the E34 M5, the Audi S8 is a solid performer that is well built and will make you look like you’re working for a hedge fund even if Ronald McDonald signs your paycheck. Though some Audis of this generation are maintenance hogs, reports from the actual community that own these cars are that they’re solid 200,000 plus mile cars that are really a joy to drive. I’m not a fan of the RS4-inspired “Celebration” wheels that were 2003 specific, but they’re easy enough to swap out for the early 18″ Avus wheels or something more exotic if you desire. The question is, how much longer can this car remain a secret and how many more of these pristine examples will be see come up for sale?

-Carter