1986 Porsche 944 Turbo

Last week I wrote up a spectacular looking Guards Red 1986 944 Turbo which drew a fair amount of interest from all of you, but gained little notice on eBay and failed to sell. Today we have another 1986 944 Turbo of a slightly different flavor; one of the triple white models. Like the red car, these models remain a very easy entry into classic high performance German motoring. Great build quality and longevity, fantastic driving experience and sedate but aggressive looks are all hallmarks of this model which remains undervalued compared to its contemporaries. If you missed out on the last one, here’s another opportunity to jump in to classic Porsche ownership on the bottom floor:

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Year: 1986
Model: 944 Turbo
Engine: 2.5 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 74,637 mi
Price: $15,998 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo on eBay

Service History
74,637 Miles
Non-Smoker
All Regular Scheduled Maintenance Performed
Passed Thorough Dealer Inspection
Dealer Maintained
Have Service Records
Have Original Manuals
Have All Keys
No Known Mechanical Problems
Warranty
As-Is – Extended Warranty Available. Contact seller for details.

Condition Report
Excellent Interior
Excellent Carpets
Excellent Seats
Excellent Dashboard
Excellent Panels / Headliner
Excellent Exterior
Excellent Original Paint
Excellent Trim Condition
Excellent Glass Condition
No Visible Dents
No Visible Rust
No Known Accidents
No Known Bodywork
Fully Detailed

Features & Options
Ext / Int Color
White with White Full Leather Interior
Luxury Features
Air Conditioning
Climate Control System
Tilt Steering Wheel
Clock
Tachometer

Power Equipment
Power Steering
Power Windows
Power Locks
Power Mirrors
Power Driver’s Seat
Power Passenger Seat
Safety Features
Security System
Keyless Entry
Anti-Lock Brakes
Fog Lights
Intermittent Wipers
Rear Defogger

Interior
Leather Steering Wheel
Leather Gear Shifter
Audio / Video
Factory System
AM/FM

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Compared to the Guards Red 1986 944 Turbo I wrote up last week, this car looks to be as nice but has more miles and a higher asking price. The red car also had recent expensive maintenance taken care of and a fully documented history. Despite that it failed to sell with a high bid of $12,000. Hard to believe, considering what its contemporaries are demanding in price these days, but the market speaks. I do like the triple white look of this car, but the dealer/questionable maintenance aspect on one of these worries me a bit. However, the white heavy-bolstered sport seats show little signs of wear, as does the car overall, perhaps pointing towards careful previous ownership. Being a dealer, you can be sure the asking price is on the higher side and even though I prefer the white on this car, I think overall the red car would have been a smarter buy for the long term. Still though, this car is a good value even if it is priced a few thousand dollars on the high side. All you have to do is think about the condition E30 M3 this money would buy and you really can start to appreciate how much more value for your money the 944 Turbo is right now. Simply put, there is no better bang for your buck in German motoring!

-Carter

Tuner Tuesday – 1986 Porsche 911 Turbo DP 935

In the world of tuners of the 1980s, there were bonkers cars like the Treser Quattro Roadster we featured last week, and then there were the seriously bonkers cars. What separated them was a level of taste, power and money. Design Performance Motorsport, better known as DP Motorsport, was one of the home of some of the most outrageous street cars available in the 1980s. Starting with their racing connections at Kremer and Porsche, they helped to develop the bodywork for the 935 silhouette cars with their radical slant noses – an interpretation of the rules that took advantage of a lack of specification for where the headlights needed to be located. This resulted in not only a more aerodynamic nose on the car, but one that was capable of generating downforce – something that the 935 took full advantage of.

DP saw the opportunity to bring this loophole to the public roads, and did so with the DP935. Not only looking the part, the modified motors pumped out a then astonishing 400 horsepower and the ridiculously wide rubber helped transfer that to the road. The ridiculous looks were accompanied by some ridiculous pricing, and as a result not many were made. However, a few did make it to the U.S. and somehow escaped all of the government seizures of drug-cartel car collections. Today’s example is one of the DP935 Series 2, intended for the U.S. and missing the signature 935 front bumper with integrated headlights, instead adopting a more factory slantnose look:

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Year: 1986
Model: DP935
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 27,500 mi
Price: $109,500

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 Porsche 911 Turbo DP935 at RPM Sports Cars

Black/black, 27,500 mi, very rare US version 935 DP stage II street model based on a 1986 US model 911 Turbo, twin plug 412 HP Deman Motorsport engine with dyno sheet, K29 turbo, rare 5-speed, brand new Zuffenhaus 17-inch “Fuchs” wheels powder coated black, Bilstein coilover suspension with Brembo GTP brakes, fuel cell, DP intercooler, oil cooler and race exhaust, DP seats, white gauges and piping, RUF steering wheel, special center console, fresh major service with engine and transmission reseal by Rennsport/Mike Callas, immaculate condition, $109,500

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An interesting counterpoint to the understated Rufs, the DP 935s don’t seem to hold the same value. As DP 935s go, however, this car is about as understated as they come. While some may prefer the wild stripes and massive nose that accompanied most of the DP cars, this all black model looks great without them and flies low on the radar. The 17” wheel upgrade is tastefully done even for black wheels, and fills out the fenders more than the crazy 15” stock that originally came on these cars. Those original 15”x11” wheels are neat to look at, but try buying tires for them now! Going to 17” opens up some good tire options and are more practical, as well as giving the car a slightly less clownish appearance.

The Deman motor is welcome addition as they’re well known for building solid products, and although out of place the Ruf steering wheel looks nice. As a DP935 build then, this car has lost a lot of its originality but makes up for it with some tasteful resto-modifiction. It is neat that it was originally a 930, since some of the DP cars were built on a regular 911 chassis. The price point is sure high, but in comparison to the Ruf motored car at $100,000, this may seem like a better deal. Still, it’s possible to get into a very clean 930 for half of this amount, and my feeling is that the rarity and appeal of the DP935 build isn’t strong enough to justify the higher price tag, even if it does look pretty menacing.

-Carter

Motorsport Monday – 1999 Picchio SRP2

Few things make me happier than seeing Martini Racing stripes on a car. There were several versions, and all of them are awesome. That said, as I showed the other day with the 1977 Porsche 924 Martini Racing Championship Limited Edition, those stripes can show up on cars that don’t have much in the way of sporting credentials. Thankfully, that’s not the case with the example that sports some of the most famous stripes in German racing history. While not the top tier of prototype racing, the SRP2 class was still a formidable race class with sub-2,000 lb weight and 400 horsepower stuck to the ground with racing slicks and downforce. Although the chassis was built in Italy by Picchio, this SRP2 was powered my a race modified S50 M3 motor and ran with BMW Roundels adorning its nose and tail. Not as successful as the more powerful contemporaries like the Ferrari 333SP, it’s consequently not worth quite as much when they come to the market, as this one has today:

Year: 1999
Model: Picchio SRP2
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: N/A
Price: $79,900

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1999 Picchio SRP2 on Race-Cars.com

Description

The Italian race car manufacturer Picchio produces racing cars and supplies research and technical assistance to racing teams and manufacturers worldwide. Picchio has raced in the Sports Racing World Cup, later known as the FIA Sports Car Championship, as well as in the U.S. Grand American Series, most recenty in the Daytona Prototype class. This Picchio, MB1, was constructed in 1999 and was sponsored by and wore the world famous Martini livery reminiscent of the great Sports Racing and Formula One cars of the 1960’s until the 1980’s. Gianni Giudice and Raffaele Raimondi first raced the Martini Picchio in the FIA Sports Car Championship at the 500km of Monza. The Picchio finished 4th in class and 9th overall, behind four Ferrari 333SP’s. At Spa the Picchio was unable to finish but at the RAC Tourist Trophy at Donington, the Picchio came 4th in class and 15th overall in front of 18,000 spectators. The Martini Picchio was running a close second at the Sports Racing World Cup at Brno when a wheel nut problem sidelined the car. In 2000 the Picchio was entered by GPM Racing with works support and driven by Mauro Prospero and Angelo Amadori. At the Aprimatic Trophy Race at Monza the car was able to achieve its first podium with a strong 3rd place finish. Other races entered that year include Catalunya, Spa, Donnington as well as Brno where it finished 7th. The car was then brought to the United States with its sister car to compete in the 2002 Grand American Road Racing Series with the very successful G & W Motorsports Team. The team was managed by the 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Price Cobb. Research to date indicates that this chassis, MB1, was used as the test and promotional car to help introduce the Picchio brand into the United States. The sister car, painted a bright yellow, achieved multiple podiums with drivers Darren Law and Andy Lally including 2nd place finishes at the Nextel 250 at Miami Homestead, the Yamaha Indy 400 at California Speedway and the United Auto 200 at Pheonix. The Picchio also finshed 6th in class at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Picchio later became the first foreign manufacturer to be approved to construct cars for the Grand American Series new Daytona Prototype class. Because of its use as a test/ promotional car in the U.S. This Picchio has relatively little race time on its chassis/ engine/ gearbox. It was last exercised at the Italian Cars at Daytona event in November where it was easily the quickest car there running 1:57’s with a middle aged amateur driver on Hoosier grooved tires. The Martini Picchio is constructed of tubular steel with riveted and glued aluminum monocoques and the bodywork is fiberglass. The engine is a BMW M series 3 litre six cylinder built by Amaroli Racing Engine in Italy and produces about 420 horsepower and has very good compression and leakdown numbers. The gearbox is a five speed Hewland FT200 that was very recently completely refreshed including a new clutch assembly. The car comes with no spares but all parts are available in the U.S. at Shawn Bayliff Racing in North Carolina. The car retains its striking and original European Martini Racing livery. This Martini Picchio has demonstrated speed and success and was among the quickest of all the cars in its class in both Europe and the Untied States. The BMW powerplant ensures that running costs will be low and reliability will be high. The Picchio is a very special and fantastic looking and driving historic racing car that can be acquired for a fraction of the cost of similar historic endurance racing cars. It also happens to be among the few, if not THE last of the Martini sponsored cars. By having FIA international racing history, this would allow the car to be eligible for most historic racing series wordwide. This is an investment level car that will provide great ownership and driving pleasure at a very low entry price in addition to low running costs. $79,900 US DOLLARS car is located in Vero Beach, Florida. USA. International & Domestic shipping gladly arranged. Showroom Hours: M-F 8:30 am to 5:00pm

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History
Gianni Giudice and Raffaele Raimondi first raced the Martini Picchio in the FIA Sports Car Championship at the 500km of Monza. The Picchio finished 4th in class and 9th overall, behind four Ferrari 333SP’s. At Spa the Picchio was unable to finish but at the RAC Tourist Trophy at Donington, the Picchio came 4th in class and 15th overall in front of 18,000 spectators. The Martini Picchio was running a close second at the Sports Racing World Cup at Brno when a wheel nut problem sidelined the car. In 2000 the Picchio was entered by GPM Racing with works support and driven by Mauro Prospero and Angelo Amadori. At the Aprimatic Trophy Race at Monza the car was able to achieve its first podium with a strong 3rd place finish. Other races entered that year include Catalunya, Spa, Donnington as well as Brno where it finished 7th.

Performance Data

Class: FIA SRP 2

Engine

Engine Builder: Amadori Racing
Manufacturer: BMW
Type: 6 cylinder
Displacement: 3,000cc
Horsepower: 420

Fuel System

Fuel Cell

Transmission

Manfacturer: Hewland
Type: FT 200

Body

Construction: Fiberglass

Chassis

Type: Alloy skinned tube frame
Builder: Picchio
Front Suspension: inboard shocks
Rear Suspension: inboard shocks
Brakes: AP Racing
Wheels: Speedline Corse

Spares

none

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While $80,000 may sound like an awful lot of money to spend on an old, outdated race car, in my opinion it’s a bit of a deal. I’ve been going to the track for years, and watched countless souls (myself included) spend lots of money to make their road cars into race cars. Let’s say you want to buy and track an older M3. Yes, the entry price will be lower, but soon you’ll be trailering it, putting a cage in, upgrading everything imaginable, and guess what? You’ll spend the same amount, if not more, and you’re car won’t be anywhere close to as fast as this thing car will be. Plus, you’ll have completely ruined a perfectly good road car. Why not be more environmentally friendly, and buy a used race car?

In all seriousness, yes, it will cost more to run a car like this, and no, it’s not for beginners. But, you could have one heck of a ride around the track at your local event and blow everyone’s doors off. If your budget was slightly higher, you could look into running it at vintage race events, because as an ex-FIA raced car, it’s sure to be eligible though it may not be competitive – you’d likely be running against some older Group C cars. Imagine the stories you’d have to tell your friends, though – “Yeah, Bob, so I was running door to door with one of the Rothman’s 962s when the Nissan R90Cs came ripping by both of us!” That sure beats most of my track stories.

The car looks to be in great condition and not used up with some recent servicing thrown in. The Speedline alloys are some of my favorites ever raced. And did I mention it has Martini Racing stripes? The cheapest way to build a great race car is to buy one that’s already done. I’d love to turn this down a notch by installing a stock S54, put some more affordable and harder wearing rubber on it, and still blow away everyone at the club track events while having it even a bit more cost effective. When that gets old, turn it back up to 10 with the racing motor and go to the vintage racing. In prototype terms, it doesn’t get much cheaper than this – and there are very few cars that you could buy for this amount that would be faster around a track!

-Carter

1993 Porsche 911 RS America

Back in the days before Porsche fully realized they could charge their prospective customers more for offering a pared down, track ready version of their cars, they cooked up a version of the 964 for the U.S. market to appease the lack of U.S. bound RS models. While the RS America lacked some of the cool racing bred details of the European market 964 Carrera RS, Porsche at least offered it to the market at the lowest price point of the market range. Since you had to option in most of the comfort features that buyers want in these cars, a fair amount of prospective buyers passed on the RS America went instead to its more portly and well appointed brethren. Still, as the lightest of the 911s out of the box, these became a favorite amongst Porsche Club racers and weekend auto crossers, who typically modified them to the nines. That’s why it’s so rare to find an unmolested example such as today’s Guards Red 1993 :

Year: 1993
Model: 911 RS America
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 67,000 mi
Price: $79,000 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 Porsche 911 RS America on eBay

Guards Red on Black, 5-speed, #438/701, AC, Sunroof, Limited Slip, complete service and maintenance history, 67k miles, collector condition. It is very rare to find one of these cars that is still completely stock/as delivered from manufacturer. The body and paint on this car is in near perfect condition, it has almost no flaws. All the paint is 100% original with exception of the front bumper cover and has never been damaged. All the factory RS America badges and decals are still on the car.

The interior is also pristine and 100% original and correct with the exception of the new Infinity Speakers. No bolster wear and no smoking. Mechanically it is 100% stock and original. The only modification is the installation of H&R Euro ROW ride height springs, which came stock on all of these cars delivered outside of the U.S. Everything in and on the car works perfectly as it should, even the A/C blows cold, which is uncommon on older Porsches. All original owners manuals, booklets, original keys, tool kit, and RS America supplements.

This is a very good collector Porsche. Just over 700 ever made, many of which were turned into track cars.

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For a while in the late 90s, these cars could be had on the cheap. I new a man who went through a string of them, and they always were $25,000 – $35,000 cars. Like the E30 M3, those days appear to be long gone and the RS America – despite its bargain roots – now commands the strongest money this side of a Turbo in the 964 lineup. This holds especially true for pristine examples like this one. Perhaps the market has finally corrected Porsche’s original pricing error in a very German touch.

Finding a stock example such as this really is a treat. As the seller notes, most have been modified for track use and few seem to be in original specification, never mind pristine condition. Unmodified except for Euro-market springs, this is a re-optioned car with A/C and sunroof, both desirable options for the owner long-term, though they soften the hard-edged true nature of the RS. That leads me to my main complaint of the RS America – like most Porsches in the 1990s, it just never really felt special enough compared to what I knew was available across the pond. Though I admit Midnight Blue is my favorite on these cars, this Guards Red example looks so excellent it might be enough to change my mind. The spoiler, stance and wheels give the RS America the look that suits the car well, but I’m still left scratching my head, wondering if the RS America is really an $80,000 car today.

-Carter

1993 Italdesign Aztec

I have a lot of respect for Bob Lutz and Chrysler in at least one way; in 1989, they came out with the Viper concept, and because of such an overwhelmingly positive response, said that it was going to go into production as is. Of course, that wasn’t true and when the production Viper arrived the next year, it was a lot less hard-edged than the original concept. That’s true of nearly every concept car that goes into production; they’re outrageous for the shows, then watered down for public consumption. Apparently, no one told that to Giugiaro’s Italdesign when they decided to take their hybrid Audi/Lancia/Spaceship directly to the market. If the complete lack of practicality didn’t cool prospective buyer’s desire to own one, surely the $225,000 entry price did. A bit of an oddity to see anywhere but on posters, there is one for sale today in Germany:

Year: 1993
Model: Aztec
Engine: 2.2 liter turbocharged inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 7,000 km (4,350 mi)
Price: €129,000 ($172,279 today)

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 Italdesign Aztec at Sportwagen Engel GmbH

7000 km, Displacement: 2200, Year: 1988, 183 kW (249 hp), number of owners: 1, Petrol, Transmission: Manual, Year 5/1993 Colour: Silver metallic

Vehicle description:
SUPER RARE! COLLECTORS PIECE! INVESTMENT!
In ITALDESIGN in Turin from world-renowned designer GIUGIARO about 20 copies of this mobile DESIGN STUDY were created and offered at a price of DM 500,000. 5 Cylinder turbo 2.2 liter engine from Audi with 183 kW (250 bhp), four-wheel drive, the body is made of aluminum, steel and carbon and wonderfully constructed!
The car is in original condition with original paint and comes from a COLLECTION, which was disbanded due to age of the owner! A highlight for any collection! Also, exchange or trade-in possible! By the way: Designers GIUGIARO not only designed the VW GOLF and other models, but also models for Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Alfa, Lotus, Ford, BMW (M1), and so-on google you’ll find everything about and around this extraordinary vehicle and its designer.

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Outrageous is a pretty good descriptor for this car. Now, I know what you’re saying – it’s not German! But bare with me – aside from the Audi power plant, Italdesign is now owned by Lamborghini (nee Audi), and these cars were assembled with the help of Motoren Tecnik Mayer (MTM) – noted not only as a premier Audi tuner, but Mayer was an ex-Audi engineer. So, if the M1 can be considered German this car should be too. The design is pretty futuristic by 1988 standards, but to me it looks a bit like a Fiero GT that went horribly right. The exterior appears pretty much no-compromise and has interesting features like an external Manometer, which clearly indicates how much of a man you are for driving this beast. Note the dial goes to 11.

Being old and Italian, you can be sure that some of those Speak-n-Spell era electrics aren’t working working particularly well. On the bright side, it appears the passengers can play Contra or Legend of Zelda while you’re driving, which is probably a good thing since the lack of roof ensures you won’t be entertaining them with your conversation at any speed above 10 m.p.h.. As a super-limited production exotic roadsters go, this might not only be an affordable option, but it might even be practical. “What?!?!” you say? Well, it’s got a Audi engine that’s good for the best part of a half million miles without too much work. It probably even gets respectable fuel economy when you’re not flogging it. The drive train is sourced from a Lancia Delta Integrale – World Rally Champion spec-stuff there. And worry about the famous Italian tin worm fades when you ready that the body is mostly carbon fiber and aluminum. All that’s left are those infallible Italian electronics – hey, they could never go wrong! In all seriousness, if you’re going to drop over $150,000 on an occasional car, you might as well make it one that makes every occasion you drive it special. Porsches? Bentleys? Ferraris? Pedestrian. You don’t see them sporting gull-wing tonneau covers, do you? And you probably wouldn’t even drive your GT2 or 458 in the rain, so why do they even have roofs? See, the more you think about it, the more sense it makes….

-Carter

1977 Porsche 924 Martini Racing Championship Limited Edition

Back in July, I reviewed a 1978 Porsche 924 Limited Edition that was for sale for $3,700. To me, that car looked to be a fantastic deal. Sure, the 924 is the red-headed step-child of Porsche, but it was a clean and original driver for under $4,000. Hard to beat that in Porsche terms! Today, I found another “Limited Edition” 924 from 1977. In true Porsche form, they sure managed to make a lot of special editions of the 924! This car is one of the slightly less rare Martini Racing Championship edition cars, of which there were 3,000 produced. While the 1978 car was understated in silver, this 1977 shouts out its sporting connections with some pretty fantastic side stripes and a wild interior:

Year: 1977
Model: 924 Martini Racing Limited Edition
Engine: 2.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 34,000 mi
Price: $7,999 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1977 Porsche 924 Martini Racing Edition on eBay

PORSCHE 924 SPECIAL EDITION
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MARTINI RACING CHAMPIONSHIP LIMITED EDITION!

EXCELLENT CONDITION! LOW MILES!
~FUN TO DRIVE~
**********

Comes with Certificate of Authenticity & An Original 1977 Print Advertisement

This car has been babied! It has never seen a flake of snow!!!

**********

“The first limited-edition 924 was labeled the Martini Edition and factory order number M426. Also known as the Championship Edition, it was a celebration vehicle of Porsches racing triumphs. It was distinguished by front and rear sway bars, leather covered steering wheel, red-white-blue Martini Rossi striped on the outside and on the headrests, white alloy rims, black vinyl seats, and red carpet. The vehicles were built from December 1976 through March 1977.”

–conceptcarz.com

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I can’t say that this car really looks to be in mint condition. Clean, yes, but not near-spotless like the 1978 silver car. Perhaps that’s the fault of the photos, or perhaps the car just is a bit tired. I love the side stripes and the color matched wheels, but I can’t say that I’m a fan of tribute cars (even from the factory) without real sporting credentials. Sure, the sway bars are a nice addition, but this was mostly an appearance package – the antithesis of Martini Racing. Miles are low, but not museum low, so this is a driver – but at one dollar short of $8,000, I can’t see how this car is more than twice the 1978 I reviewed. That car was appropriately priced and shown; this car seems to be carrying a 100 percent plus premium, in my opinion. It comes with a certificate of authenticity if you needed it (do people fake these cars?), so perhaps it’s ready for someone to take to their local Porsche show for a few trips down memory lane. It’s hard to find these for sale and in decent shape these days, and despite the premium, it’s undoubtedly the cheapest Martini Porsche you can buy.

-Carter

1999 BMW M Roadster

The Z3 was, from its inception, an unappreciated car in my opinion. It was initially criticized for not having enough power from the 1.9 inline-4 cylinder – even James Bond barely drove his for 30 seconds when he got it, then promptly gave it away to an unfit American in a symbolic British taunting of the Germans. They still haven’t gotten over the fact that the Axis powers do roadsters better than they did. When the Z3 did gain power, first with the addition of the M52 and then finally on US shores with a full-fledged M motor, criticism shifted to the “dated” rear suspension and BMW’s grab at the E30 parts bin. Subsequently, both the E30 and E36 have been lauded by enthusiasts as great handling cars, but the Z3 remains a bit of an outsider for most. As a result, for not a huge outlay you can seat yourself in a powerful, rear drive roadster capable of crossing the deserts of the Middle East (when properly equipped and supported by the BBC’s budget). Most of these roadsters were outfitted in typically sedate German tones, but a few were specified in brighter shades, like today’s ultra-low mileage Dakar Yellow 1999:

Year: 1999
Model: M Roadster
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 3,402 mi
Price: $26,990

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1999 BMW M Roadster at Enthusiast Auto Group

Dakar Yellow and Black Leather Interior, Black Soft Top, 1-Collector Owned & Pampered, S52 M Roadster! This car is All Original in Every Way! Factory Options Include Power Seats, Power Convertible Top, Heated Seats, Cruise Control, Harman Kardon Audio, CD43 In-Dash CD Player, and Power Everything! Like New All-Original Paint with No Imperfections! The interior is also very nice without flaw! This Dakar Yellow / Black Leather color combination is very rare! Meticulously maintained with oil changes every year, brake fluid every 2 years and coolant flushes every 5 years. This car is truly a time capsule! Enthusiast Auto will be completing our Comprehensive Pre-Purchase Inspection and performing the Work Order ensuring the integrity of collectible Roadster. Complete Car with All Keys, Books, + Manuals, Black Leather Tonneau Cover and BMW Full Car Cover. Clean Vehicle History Report with No Issues – No Complaints! This car will impress the pickiest of collectors! Always stored in a climate controlled garage under a BMW car cover. Please Call or email to obtain a Pre-Purchase Inspection Report, Build Sheet, Condition Related Details, Vehicle History and 50+ Detailed Photos; 513.554.1BMW

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While I know the yellow isn’t to everyone’s liking, it’s certainly unique and not something you see every day. To me, certain colors define the car, and Dakar seems to suit this shape well; it is stylish, eye catching, and yet has an understated aggressiveness that accentuates the car. If you’re going to get one of these cars, why not be shouty about it? Not understated at all are the original alloys, combining a hyper silver look with that outrageous offset. They’re a perfect reminder that at heart, this is a German muscle car. Like the American muscle cars, there is a devoted following to these Ms, and they even have a website that neatly tracks production numbers; if you’re curious, this is one of 95 1999s in this spec and certainly the one in best condition.

Most earlier M Roadsters are priced in the mid-teens considering the mileage and the non-S54 power plant. This car is an obvious exception; although I think the dealer is asking very high, this is a effectively a brand new M Roadster and likely the lowest mileage example anywhere. The S52 cars aren’t as desirable right now, but the reality is that with the top down you can get 95 plus percent of the same smiles out of this car. While I don’t think the Z3 design has aged nearly as well as the Audi TT has, this car is a much better performance value. Pick one of these up, drive for a few years on the weekends and through the summer and fall, and more likely than not you’ll be able to break even or perhaps turn a profit if your timing is right. If you ever wanted an investment-grade M, this might be the right one to buy. My bet is that the odd colored cars like this one will be the ones setting the market in just a few years.

-Carter

1987 Audi Coupe GT “Special Build”

Since I’ve come aboard GCFSB.com, I’ve really wanted to write up an Audi Coupe GT. In fact, long before I started writing for the blog, I wanted people to appreciate these cars more. Perhaps it’s because I’ve owned a long string of Coupes, or perhaps it’s because not many people even know what they are. I missed the white 87 Special Build Paul wrote up later in the month. I found this particularly disappointing since I love the Alpine White Coupe GTs, especially the CE 1986 and SB 1987.5 with their color matched trim. Still, I always keep my eye out for another, so I was greatly excited to see a clean Tornado Red 1985 pop up on eBay – only to see that Paul had grabbed that one too! Not dissuaded, I challenged him to a “Coupe-off” and found another white 1987 Coupe GT Special Build on eBay. Now, I’ve owned two Oceanic Blue coupes (85 and 86), a 85 Zermatt Silver, a 86 Tornado Red one, and my current Black 1986 GT, but I’ve still always wanted one of the triple Alpine White models, and even more so one of the last of the run, a Special Build 1987:

Year: 1987
Model: Coupe GT “Special Build”
Engine: 2.3 liter inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 200,720 mi
Price: Reserve auction, $2,000 opening bid

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Audi Coupe GT Special Build on eBay

This is a survivor, pretty much original except for front, adjustable coil over springs with shocks and the Momo steering wheel but the original parts also come with. Runs great and looks distinctive! Of 1,600 Special Build editions built, about 850 were imported to the USA. They use some of the heavier 5000 drive train pieces like the inner CV joint and transmission. This is the successsor to the famous ralley cars that ran all wheel drive with a turbo 2.2 engine. Advantage here is much more reliable and economical. (You don’t really intend to ralley, do you?) The GT Coupes were voted among the best handeling cars of their time and still do pretty well with modern tires. Original Ronal 14″ wheels white powder coat makes them easy to keep clean.

The Special Build came in 3 colors with the trim including the spoiler and wheels matching body color; white, black and red. They have a heavy duty 5 speed transaxle, four wheel disc brakes, digital dash which incorporates a computer read out of mileage, range, etc. The 5 cylinder 2.3 ltr. NG high compression engine has multi-port electronic fuel injection and a larger throttle body that gives 130 H.P. from the factory. Audi started using this in the new of the lines in 1988. I regularly get 26 +mpg on the highway, but I tend to drive a little fast.

New are the battery and starter. The tires have less than 1000 miles on them and are performance 195x60x14″ BFG G Force Super Speed.tires. I installed new front wheel bearings and strut bearigns when I converted to the coil over front shocks a couple of years ago, so they are virtually new, too.

No obvious rust, dents or scratches; although he car is 25 years old and has been used so there are a few very minor chips and things. Original paint still shines. I had the front of the hood repaired to remove rust on teh front edge 3 years ago. Seats are fine, clean and with little apparent wear. Dash is not cracked. All instruments and controls work except for the right side window, the malfunction is in the counsel switch, I think. Check out Forutitude website for more information.

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I’ll be honest – I think I’m over telling everyone what a great car the Coupe GT is. I’m tired of dragging out the old magazine reviews where it was one of the ten best cars and proclaimed the best handling GT car. I’m tired of telling people that it’s an affordable classic. I’m through explaining why a stock Coupe GT will beat a stock U.S. spec Quattro around a track without four wheel drive or a turbo. I’m not even sure why I’ve defended Audi’s honor, considering they barely acknowledge this car existed. From now on, I’m going to agree with all of the typical Audi commenters, so let me sum this up in a few sentences.

“It’s got 200,000 miles. Who would buy a car with 200,000 miles? It’s sure to break before you even buy it, and then repeatedly every time you look at it. All Audis are horrible. It will cost you the best part of a million dollars to own this car for anything more than a month. It’s sure to rust away to nothing by the end of the week. A good friend of mine once owned an Audi, and after it raped him and killed most of his family, it stole his identity and charged up a storm in Eastern Europe. This car would be great with a quattro conversion. What, no turbo? The RS4 is the only Audi worth looking at.”

Okay, now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, about this car. It’s one of the rarest of the Audi Coupe GTs. The 87 Special Build cars are indeed special and were the highest performance version of the car, and it’s more than capable of holding it’s own against most of its contemporaries. It appears to be in great shape and cared for, minus the one poorly placed political sticker that may be hiding something. I’ve owned enough of these to know the window “switch” issue could be diagnosed quickly – pop out the ashtray, wiggle the switches out of place and swap the switches to find out if it’s the harder to replace regulator, or perhaps the wires broke in the door. Otherwise, it looks like this car is ready to be a fun driver. I bought my current car with 192,000 miles on it 15 years ago, and it’s still running strong. Although there is little dealer and manufacturer support, there is an avid community to back these cars up and keep them running. Parts are reasonably cheap, they look good, get respectable mileage, and are fun to drive. But please, keep thinking they’re horrible and don’t buy them up, because I’ve seen what happened to the E30, and I’d like to be able to afford one of these Special Builds one day.

-Carter

Tuner Tuesday – 1986 Audi Quattro Treser Roadster

Not satisfied with the already exotic Audi Quattro he had helped to create, Walter Treser went on a mission to take the Quattro to the next step. His cars featured bespoke TRX wheels (the largest available to the mass market at the time), upgraded 250 horsepower engines (more boost – that could never go wrong!), and perhaps the largest chin spoiler fitted to any road car ever. Seriously, this is the Jay Leno of cars. Treser also revised the interior, rear spoiler and rear bumper cover, and for the exclusivity of one of these gems, he upgraded the price tag substantially. For some, even the Treser Quattro wasn’t enough, and for 39 lucky and wealthy individuals who just had to take it to the next level, Walter cooked up one of the stranger conversions ever done to an Audi at that point; he chopped the top and made a folding hardtop. The Treser Roadster marketed for the equivalent of around $125,000 in 1986. Rare doesn’t begin to describe these cars, but every once in a while one pops up for sale, like today’s Pearlesant White Treser in Germany :

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Year: 1986
Model: Treser Quattro Roadster
Engine: 2.2 liter turbocharged inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 112,000 km (69,593 mi)
Price: €34,999 Buy It Now ($46,666 today)

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 Audi Quattro Treser Roadster on Ebay.de

Treser Roadster
Build date 12/86
112,000KM
Timing belt replaced 300km ago.
Air conditioning disinfected, renewed dryer, and filled with CFC – free refrigerant 300km ago.
Extras:
– Hydraulic top (which is currently not fuctioning due to burst line) will be repaired for the Buy It Now amount!
– 250 hp Motor
– Electric windows
– Treser Front spoiler
– Treser Rear spoiler
– TRX wheels with 250 tires (Super Rare!)
– Treser widened fenders
– Black leather ( Treser heated seats, Treser dashboard and door cards )
– CD player and Radio with equalizer, multiple amps and speakers as originally delivered !! )
– Treser Cockpit
– Treser Sport suspension
– New muffler (2000 km)
– Central locking
– Tinted glass
– Pearlesant White Metallic
Price 34,999 Euro
Any questions: 01712129070
Trades accepted
Car is located in Hamburg, Germany

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If you had to have the ultimate non-Sport Quattro in the 1980s, this was your car. It is over the top in nearly every way. It certainly isn’t to everyone’s taste, but many of the modified cars from the 1980s weren’t. As Rick James said, “Cocaine is a hell of a drug.” Compared to some of the modified Porsches and Mercedes, the Treser cars were downright pedestrian and civilized; but next to the original, this car looks outrageous. Interestingly, I think this car ends up looking more Japanese than German, but to the right buyer, I doubt that would matter.

The car’s condition appears to be good and it’s not surprising that the top is not functioning, but the seller has promised to fix prior to the sale at full amount. Still, like older modified cars, there is a lot to go wrong here, so be prepared for plenty of visits to the mechanic to sort it out. Like the TRX wheeled BMWs, plan on getting different wheels and saving those original Tresers for show only. The driver’s side headlight seems to be at an odd angle, but that could be an easy fix; Pearlesant White is so difficult to color match and that bumper is so rare, I doubt it saw an impact that wouldn’t show in the photos.

Even among the die-hard Audi aficionados, the Treser cars are polarizing. $46,600 is top dollar for a Quattro that isn’t a sport, but these cars are so rare it’s hard to put a value on it. There are very few originals left, and even fewer in Pearlesant white. In comparison to some of the rare convertible Mercedes and Porsches from the 1980s, this isn’t outlandish money, and the Quattro values have steadily been on the rise over the past decade. As a 1986, it’s eligible for import to the U.S. without too much difficulty, so the question is – will you be the only one in the U.S. with one of these cars?

-Carter

2001 Audi S4 Avant (RS4 Conversion) – REVISIT

It appears that the general consensus that the original B5 RS4 we featured from 2Bennett was well overpriced, and that even the replicas were on the high side considering the value of a real RS4 in Europe. As if on cue, the black RS4 replica that Paul wrote up in early July is still available at a new lower price of $28,000. While some of the modifications might not to everyone’s taste (I’m looking at you, black wheels), with a 30% price drop we think this car is now more in line with the market. It sure seems like a lot of fast Audi wagon for the money invested and represents only a fraction of what the owner put into it. Ski season is approaching – and with this car you can approach it even more rapidly!

-Carter

2001 Audi S4 Avant RS4 Conversion – REVISIT

The below post originally appeared on our site July 8, 2013:

Some might say the Audi RS4 Avant had the unfortunate task of following on to the remarkable RS2 Avant, but that always seem to be the case when following on to the original formula. Nevertheless, the RS4 was another 375 bhp tower of power available in Avant form only. US customers would have to wait until the B7 RS4 arrived in 2006 as a sedan and later (for one year only) as a Cabriolet in 2008. This hasn’t stopped Avant enthusiast stateside from trying to get their hands on one. RS4 Avant recreations are a popular way of getting around the whole importation hassles. This RS4 Avant clone for sale in Colorado is one mean looking estate sure to please the Quattro enthusiast.

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Year: 2001
Model: S4 (RS4 Conversion)
Engine: 2.7 liter biturbo V6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 9,500 miles
Price: $28,000 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 Audi S4 Avant with RS4 Conversion on eBay

I am selling my project car, a 2001.5 Audi S4 that has been converted to RS4 body and interior and new engine tuned to RS4 stock specs. The car is available now for the BIN price BUT will be re listed on Aug 1st 2013 for a 24 hr auction with NO RESERVE. The car was bought in 2010 from the third owner in Kentucky (2nd owner was auction). I bought the car with 102K on it and drove it to 140K before any major work was done. After reading and learning about the problems this car runs into at high miles I decided to invest some serious time and money into it.

A shop in Denver had a Audi Euro code AGB motor in the crate for sale on craigslist that I purchased. This was a complete engine with turbos, clutch, all sensors and vacuum lines. I pulled off the stock K03 turbos and replaced with brand new K04’s, swapped the intake manifold with a updated one, (crate motor was assembled in 99), installed new Bosch starter and alternator, new driveline belt, tensioners, ect. When I bought the car it was a automatic transmission. I converted it to a manual while doing the engine swap.

Here is a list of all things done/parts used when project began. All new when installed and now has 9500 miles on it:

Audi crate motor

Borg Warner K04’s

Bosch Starter and alternator

Bosch EV14 injectors

OEM RS4 motor mounts and tranny mounts

RS4 Airbox

Bosch RS4 MAF converted to Hitachi

Bosch platinum plugs

New oil temp/level sensor (was not on euro motor)

Other mods:

3″ catless downpipes to Borla exhaust (used)

2 Vast stage 3 tuned ecu’s, 1 for high altitude

RS4 Y pipe, accordion hose ect

Aftermarket inlet pipes for K04’s

AWE RS4 style side mount intercoolers with carbon shrouds

Deatschwerks high flow fuel pump

Transmission details:

Rebuilt C90 OE1 (work done by Gbox Race Transmissions in Boulder CO)

New reverse light switch

RS4 clutch, DM flywheel, pilot bearing and pressure plate

OEM slave cylinder

New axles

Other new parts installed:

Bilstien PSS9 coilovers- http://www.fcpeuro.com/products/audi-suspension-kit-s4-48-086165

FCP Groton complete front suspention kit- http://www.fcpeuro.com/products/audi-volkswagen-suspension-kit-passat-a4-a6-s4-13-piece-4d0498998

After completing the driveline I got bored pretty quickly and started searching Germany and the UK for a RS4 body.

OEM RS4 body

Front and rear seats, stearing wheel, shift knob and gauge cluster

The body was installed, taken off for prep, primed, blocked then painted Brilliant black then re installed. The body/paint has less then 2k on it. I do have (not installed) OEM euro tailgate that will come with the car. All final body work was done at Apex in Denver (Porsche restoring shop).

Other stuff…

RS4 handles

S4 blue carbon weave trim

OEM RS4 side mirrors

RS4 aluminum window trim (not complete set)

Brand new front windshield

iforged senacas 19×10 with brand new Hankook evo tires

Porsche 18Z 6 piston front brakes with 350 mm rotors completely rebuilt with new crossovers, bleeder valves, seals and dustboots (less then 2K on brakes), powder coated red

Pioneer Avic D3 touch screen nav with bluetooth, CD and DVD player

Nearly all driveline parts are genuine Audi OEM parts for reliabilty reasons. My goal/s were to build a fun/reliable car and restore to like new condition. And when you drive it thats what it feels like! I was not trying to build a race car. The car has never been tracked or beat on. I live off of I70 in the mountains of Colorado and I only really get on it when getting on the highway on ramps. It was dynoed last month at Bluewater in Denver @ 390hp with 440 torque. This was plenty for me. The car was completly looked over at 3zero3 motorsports in Denver and then again at Elk mountain AUDI in Glenwood springs. It passed both their inspections on all work done. Please feel free to ask any questions and I will answer as soon as I can.

I really looked into importing a genuine RS4 but it truely did not make sense to spend 40+ K on a high mile RS4. After shipping, importing, paper work, DOT inspections, smogging, ect it was just to much for me to justify. Or you can but a genuine a 60K miles one that is already imported here http://www.2bennett.com/body_audis_for_sale.html for $75K

Here is a link to my Flickr to see detailed work done. I will have more things/photos listed for Aug 1st auction http://www.flickr.com/photos/01vailshred/

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It’s hard to say how many enthusiasts have undertaken a conversion similar to this, but it’s certainly not that many. The amount of genuine RS4s on US soil is less than that. So either way, if you want one of these fast Avants, they won’t come cheap. For those not initiated to the RS4, the asking price will certainly be high, but until the first examples of these become legal to import under the 25 year rule, it will keep values strong. An enthusiast build at this price is certainly not for everyone, but for the die hard Audi RS enthusiast, a car like this hits the spot.

-Paul