Double take: Two 2004 Volkswagen Passat W8s

The Volkswagen Passat W8 is revered and reviled for its unique power plant, but I think everyone can agree that it was a neat and unique idea if nothing else. Smooth, powerful enough, comfortable and roomy, these cars are often passed over but make a great alternative to a used Audi Allroad, for example. Volkswagen put some nicer features in the W8 than were found in the normal Passats, but for most buyers it wasn’t enough to set them apart and VW sold many more 1.8T and 2.8s than the 4.0 W8. While future maintenance on higher mileage examples is enough to scare away most owners, today there are two lower-mile cars from the same seller on Ebay. I’ll start with the lower mile Reflex Silver Metallic model, which shows in near-perfect condition:

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Year: 2004
Model: Passat W8 4Motion Variant
Engine: 4.0 liter W-8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 67,509 mi
Price: $11,750 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Volkswagen Passat W8 4Motion Variant on Ebay

Condition: Used: A vehicle is considered used if it has been registered and issued a title. Used vehicles have had at … Read moreabout the condition
VIN: WVWZK63BX4E018631 | See the full History Report

Year: 2004 Vehicle Title: Clear
Make: Volkswagen For Sale By: Dealer
Model: Passat Disability Equipped: No
Trim: W8 Wagon 4-Door Doors: 4
Engine: 4.0L 3998CC 244Cu. In. W8 GAS DOHC Naturally Aspirated Cab Type: Other
Drive Type: AWD Drivetrain: All Wheel Drive
Mileage: 67,509 Body Type: Wagon
Exterior Color: Silver Number of Cylinders: 8
Interior Color: Black Fuel Type: GAS
Transmission: Automatic

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The second W8 on offer from this seller is a Silverstone Grey Metallic edition with grey leather, with more miles and wear showing.

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Year: 2004
Model: Passat W8 4Motion Variant
Engine: 4.0 liter W-8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 98,141 mi
Price: $9,750 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Volkswagen Passat W8 4Motion Variant on Ebay

Condition: Used: A vehicle is considered used if it has been registered and issued a title. Used vehicles have had at … Read moreabout the condition
VIN: WVWZK63B34E118005 | See the full History Report

Year: 2004 Transmission: Automatic
Make: Volkswagen Vehicle Title: Clear
Model: Passat For Sale By: Dealer
Trim: W8 Wagon 4-Door Disability Equipped: No
Engine: 4.0L 3998CC 244Cu. In. W8 GAS DOHC Naturally Aspirated Doors: 4
Drive Type: AWD Drivetrain: All Wheel Drive
Mileage: 98,141 Body Type: Wagon
Sub Model: W8 Number of Cylinders: 8
Exterior Color: Gray Fuel Type: GAS
Interior Color: Gray

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As others have noted with Ebay dealers, it bothers me when dealers ask top dollar for cars but fail to fix pretty simple details. Case in point, the Silverstone car is missing a $11 center cap from one of the wheels. This is something I’d expect from a private owner, but from a dealer asking top dollar it’s a tad bit annoying. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find good condition W8s for sale, but both of these cars appear to be in good shape overall. Many of the cars sporting the BBS made “Madras” wheels have serious lip damage or corrosion, but both cars seem to have clean wheels – and they’re the more desirable of the two stock wheels. I wish you could combine these two cars; I appreciate the condition of the Reflex car (I’ve spent at least 15 hours trying to get my headlights to look like this car) but prefer the lighter leather in the Silverstone car.

Having driven a Passat 1.8T Variant past 200,000 miles myself, I can say that they’re solid cars that are fun to drive and capable machines – so much so, that I bought another when I got the chance. The 4Motion system adds some all-weather stability for those who need it. Granted, the W8 engine and all wheel drive will add to repair costs down the road, but if you’re seriously in the Allroad market, the repair costs on these cars will if anything be lower than the Audi but you would get a machine of very similar capability that few others would own. While not for everyone, these W8s are a bit of a hidden gem. Considering that 2.8 4Motions in good condition trade at or above $8,000 still, the asking price on these cars isn’t too far out of line, although I think both are high – to be expected from a dealer. Offer $10,500 on the Reflex Silver lower mile one, and enjoy a unique, fun and capable family hauler for years to come!

-Carter

Shark Week – 1980 BMW 635 CSi FIA Group 2

Edit 2017: Updated advertisements of this car indicate it is a recreation of the original, and still for sale for 190,000 Euros

I spent a solid chunk of my childhood dreaming of cars like this. In fact, I bet if I went through some old notebooks from high school and college, a poorly drawn likeness of just this car would be scrolled in the side margin. As Clarkson would say, this car is pure “strong pornography”. I still feel that all cars should have wide tires, big chin spoilers, wide flares, a roll cage, side exit exhaust, and stripes and sponsor graphics all over them. There are few things to me that look more “right” than the fat-flared race cars that the FIA helped to create. BMW is known for quite a few of them, but the FIA rules created some memorable models from every German marque. Heck, even Opel got in on the action. Touring car racing in the 1970s and 1980s was more stock-based than today’s carbon fiber tube frame bespoke race cars; imagine that there used to be a time when the cars that were racing were actually based on cars that you could buy! Amazing concept, I know.

In the early 1980s, the FIA changed the grouping rules for all race cars, including touring cars, in order to keep them closer to the specification of their market counterparts. Previously the rules had allowed companies to take advantage of loopholes. Slantnose Porsches? That’s because the FIA rules didn’t specify that the headlights had to remain in the stock location. The same went for fender flares and spoilers, and the late 70s saw some impressive displays of aerodynamic tweaks. Before they all went to pasture, though, BMW decided it should go racing with the new E24 chassis to replace the 3.0 CSLs that had raced and won in the European Touring Car Championship. The new 635 CSi Group 2 was born, and while it didn’t appear to be quite as much of a wild child as the “Batmobiles” had been, it wasn’t a slouch by any means. With a reported 300 horsepower, 1100 kg weight, wheels so wide they required additional fender flares to tuck them under the body, the new 635 CSi was a potent contender in the ETCC. However, rules changed in 1982, and more strict regulations of the renamed Group A cars meant the wild flares went away. As with any obsolete race car class, the remaining examples were sold off, to be raced and modified by their privateer owners. Finding an original car outside of the factory is therefore pretty rare and finding a fully restored original spec car is just about impossible, but we stumbled across just one such example in Luxembourg – today’s 1980 Group 2 635 CSi:

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Year: 1980
Model: 635 CSi FIA Group 2
Engine: 3.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: TBA miles
Price: TBA

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1980 BMW FIA Group 2 635CSi at Art and Revs

BMW 635 Group 2
FIA HTP

Price : Please call

For more details, contact us directly on +352 661 700 777
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I know, the amount of information provided by the seller is overwhelming. Despite this, I did a little digging and this car appears to be a car that was run in 1980 and 1981 by a driver named Dieter Schmid. It seems it was originally run by BMW Italia, then purchased by Mr. Schmid and run independently in the colors it is now presented at the 1981 ETCC Grand Prix of Brno where it finished 6th. Schmid finished 3rd at the ETCC Pergusa race, what appears to be its last official race and also its best result. I was able to find one photo of the car from Brno in 1981, courtesy of Racingsportscars.com. It’s not clear at this time what happened to the car after 1981, but perhaps that information is forthcoming. As it is presented now, the car appears to be completely restored to original or better than original condition.

Now, the value. This is the tricky part. Few of the original Group 2 BMW 635s survive, and most that do were modified at some point. The last one that came up to auction was the much more famous Jim Richards JPS ATCC car, itself modified from the original spec. It was estimated to sell between $180,000 and $200,000, but by all accounts that estimate was high given the condition of the car. With a good restoration and in good running condition, but without serious race provenance, I would guess the value of this car in the $150,000 to $180,000 range, but my guess is the ask price will exceed that. Because they weren’t as successful, the Group 2 635 CSis don’t command the prices of the 3.0 CSL race cars. These cars are now eligible for all sorts of vintage racing series and are loved wherever they show up. Running the original motor won’t be cheap, but then the car itself isn’t particularly cheap, so $50,000 engine and transmission rebuilds probably won’t scare the potential owner away. Although this car appears to be in show condition, I sincerely hope the new owner has the fortitude to drive the car on the track, or at very least do some Goodwood Festival of Speed appearances. We’ll keep an eye on this one and when more information on this Megashark becomes available, we’ll update everyone.

-Carter

1995 BMW M3

For the past few years, all we’ve heard about is how the E30 M3 market is going through the roof. When the E36 M3 debuted, the E30 was relegated to the history books fairly quickly; many became track cars and as values dropped on the street examples, they fell into disrepair or racked up lots of miles. Consequently, values on the clean examples are now pushing over $40,000. So, if you want an E30 M3, you now have to pay through the nose to get one. The bad news continues when you look at the E36 M3, which suffered the same fate as the E30 when the E46 debuted. There was a point when E36 M3 values were incredibly low considering what you were getting, but I think that day has passed, and once again we’re watching M3 values climb. As with the E30, it was a case of many being snapped up and turned into race cars or tuner cars and driven into the ground. You can still get a lot of E36 for your money even with prices climbing; but don’t delay too long as there are fewer and fewer nice original E36 M3s hitting the market. Today’s car is a rare unmolested example of an early hand-built Hellred M3:

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Year: 1995
Model: M3
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 94,667 mi
Price: $17,991 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 BMW M3 on eBay

1995 BMW 3 Series M3. The BMW E36 M3 arguably one of the best handling cars of all time! Shift Bespoke Automotive is proud to offer this 1995 BMW M3! Hellrot Red over Light Grey Nappa leather hides. BMW brought in 2953 hand-built BMW Motorsport M3 examples. These M3’s combined blistering performance with impeccable manners and oozed sex appeal while serving as an everyday driver. This Coupe is an absolutely amazing to drive. For your convenience we took over a 150 photos in natural sunlight. Please feel free to contact us at 949-891-Cars (2277) FOR QUESTIONS, SCHEDULE TEST DRIVES OR INSPECTIONS. Inspections are welcome and encouraged if you have any reservations. Keep in mind we ship cars worldwide – sight unseen! For your convenience we took over a 150 photos, these photo are taken in natural sunlight. We don’t have a mock studio or photoshop/edit any of our photos.

THE EXTERIOR, BODY AND TRIM
Stunning Hellrot Red paint looks in excellent shape. all of the trim appears in good shape. Rubber and molding are in good shape. As you can see in the pictures the body is clean and straight with minor rock chips. The Motorsport wheels looks excellent on this car, they do have some curb rash as you can see in the pictures, however this is easily repairable. As I state in all my listings, we don’t over recondition cars. I prefer to represent cars for the true condition of the car.

THE INTERIOR
The Light Grey Nappa leather hides are in excellent shape. The rears seats do have some fading and cracking as is evident in the photos. Again I prefer to represent cars for what they are – rather than over reconditioning. All of the knobs, switches work as they should. The radio functions as it should. Air blows cold.

THE ENGINE/SUSPENSION
This M3 is an absolute blast to drive! The M3 uses 3.0-liter 24-valve DOHC inline-six-cylinder engine. The sport suspension handles and tracks awesome. The engine pulls strong and the tranny shift perfectly! The suspension is true and exact and the car has excellent stopping power.

THE DRIVING EXPERIENCE
The driving experience is unbelievable! Everything about this car is setup right and begs to be driven.This quite possible is the last real Drivers BMW! The cars starts and performs flawlessly! The heel toe and clutch action is almost perfect and the car shifts effortlessly.Thru the turns and straights she perform exact and precise. I love driving this car!
We offer airport (SNA) pick-up if you’re flying in to pick-up this beautiful vehicle or we can help facilitate shipping directly to your front door.

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I was at Watkins Glen in late 1994 when BMW showed up with three Dakar Yellow E36 M3 coupes. With zero modifications, they were out on track passing tricked out E30 M3s. I was captivated and have been ever since. While red isn’t the rarest color on the E36 M3, it sure looks great on this example. The early Motorsports wheels are what I’d want on there, and it’s harder and harder to find them in nice shape. The leather looks pretty clean and the bolsters seem to be in good condition considering the mileage, and I love that it’s not black. This is listed as a three owner car, which would only concern me in regards to maintenance carried out; there is no mention of the service history on the car. I’d prefer a pre-purchase inspection on a car like this if possible. $18,000 is top dollar and probably high on a car like this, but it’s getting harder to find nice examples below $15,000.

There aren’t too many high performance German cars you can own without breaking the bank, but I’d argue that the E36 M3 might be one of the best. Stellar stock performance, understated good looks, plenty of parts availability, a solid core of enthusiast and manufacturer support and a dynamic driving experience make these cars a smart choice for anyone looking for a more mainstream collectable. Sure, most people won’t turn their heads to stare as you cruise by, but if you’re buying a car to impress other people, the E36 was never that car. What it is about, though, is a sublime driving experience. So forget the production numbers, forget that you could have had this same car for $5K less a year ago, and find the best one you can before they’re all snapped up.

-Carter

2004 Porsche 911 GT3

Read through most automotive blogs comparing newer sports cars and you’ll often find the same entry in the comments: “X car’s purchase price buys you a lot of Porsche Cayman.” For good reason, too, as the Cayman has become the performance benchmark for an entire category of both new and used sports cars. To borrow a line from everyone’s playbook, the Cayman’s purchase price buys you a lot of Porsche 996 GT3. A performance staple in Europe as a track day special starting around 1999, the GT3 was the street going version of the GT3R and the GT3 Cup. While most car companies build performance cars that people buy and modify to take to the track, Porsche built a modified track version of its performance car for you to buy right from them. Stripped out and with boosted performance, handling and braking, the GT3 was only a touch slower than the more powerful Turbo. The U.S. first received the GT3 in 2004, the year of today’s model:

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Year: 2004
Model: 996 GT3
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 43,395 mi
Price: $49,900 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Porsche 911 GT3 on ebay

Excellent condition. Always Garaged. Meticulously Maintained. Smoke-free. Purchased from a private party in 2007 with only 3000 miles.

Location: Huntington Beach, California. Buyer responsible for pickup or shipping.

Payments: $500 Paypal deposit within 48 hours of close, and balance as a bank issued check or cash within 7 days.

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This particular GT3 has the PCCB ceramic brake option, an option which I think honestly most drivers could do without, but does give you the attention-grabbing yellow calipers. With 381 horsepower on tap – over 50 more than a brand new Cayman S – performance of these cars is still staggeringly good. This is a car that you can comfortably arrive at the track in, blow the doors off most race cars, and then cruise home with the air conditioning on. As with all higher-performance versions of the 911, the GT3 requires more maintenance than a standard car, and it’s a touch more expensive. Known faults with these cars included coolant leaks from glued fittings, but they’re repairable and shouldn’t dissuade a potential buyer from the car in general.

A fair amount of GT3s have seen occasional track duty, but that’s to be expected from what is essentially a track car. This particular model seems to be quite clean and well cared for. The silver is understated but classic Porsche. Probably like most, I think the 996 isn’t the most attractive 911 that’s been produced; but the simple yet aggressive race look of the GT3 would be enough to convince me. Historically special editions of the 911 seem to hold or gain value, so while this may not be the bottom of the GT3 market yet, it could be a good time to get a clean one to drive and hold on to. At $57,500, this is entry level Cayman money – but if it were my money, I’d walk away from the dealership and find one of these special cars to enjoy weekends and the occasional trip to the track.

-Carter

Shark Week: 1977 BMW 630CS

The BMW E9 chassis was a tough act to follow; gorgeous simplicity, solid performance in street trim and a world contender and winner in the European Touring Car Championship. The E9 was also the basis for the first two BMW “Art Cars”, bringing the maker to a new medium and market. Clearly, Paul Bracq had his work cut out for him designing a replacement, but if he hadn’t already, he would prove himself more than worthy. The E24 launched in 1976, and like the Porsche 928, the design would prove to be advanced for the time.

Initially available in Europe as the carbureted 3.0 630CS, over its production run the E24 gained horsepower, luxury, sprouted spoilers and larger wheels, and became a serious performance machine in M6 guise. Few U.S. enthusiasts even remember the 633CSi, never mind the fuel injected version of the 3.0 that introduced the U.S. to the E24 in 630CSi form. Perhaps that’s because the emissions equipment that was fitted robbed the car of performance, but to me, the prettiest of the E24s are the early, simple cars without the all the spoilers. Thanks to the grey market, a few of the carbureted 3.0 CSs made it to the U.S.. Even fewer survive today thanks mostly to rust and depreciation, but occasionally one of the original sharks surface, like today’s very rare 630CS:

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Year: 1977
Model: 630CS
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 42,000 mi
Price: $9,900

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1977 BMW 630CS on Classiccar.com

BMW 630 CS Coupe, Black, for sale in Griffin, Georgia, for $15,900. Exterior paint finished in Schwarz Black complemented by a Saddle leather interior. It is truly in mint, pristene condition, both mechanically & cosmetically with just 42,000 miles. Features 4-speed manual transmission, factory a/c, chrome alloy wheels, power antenna, rear power windows, Clarion am-fm cassette radio, coco mats. We just performed a comprehensive maintenance service to ensure ultimate performance & driver satisfaction. If your a BMW enthusiast in the market for a 630CS Coupe, you need to come see this car. You will have to look a long time to find a better one than what we are offering. Just reduced price $5,000 to move. Buy it today for only $9,900. Don’t miss this fabulous car.

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In keeping with our “shark week” theme of E24s, it seems only fitting to find one of the original run. Sure, the 630CS doesn’t have the performance factor of the M6, but in proper tune the carb fed 3.0 put out a respectable 182 horsepower. But if you’re seriously looking at this car, you’re probably not looking for the “ultimate driving machine” as much as what I think is the best expression of the E24. In European market spec, this car just looks like such a fresh and clean design, it’s easy to understand why it was still hanging around dealer lots in 1990. The tight bumpers, the tucked corner lamps, and no spoilers; it’s simply a beautiful car. The leather looks to be in great shape, and the paint shines well, though there is no mention if it’s been resprayed. As with the E9, early cars are noted for being rust prone, so I’d check carefully. The current wheels, sourced from either an E34 or E32, would be best replaced with some nice 15″ or at most 16″ Alpina wheels. If you go too big you’ll ruin the aesthetics – don’t forget they originally came with 14″ wheels on them!

At an ask of $9,900, this car’s price would get you into a later 635CSi with better performance and creature comforts, and indeed they may be better driving cars if you’re looking for a spirited weekend cruiser. However, if you’d really like to appreciate the car’s original design, this is the car to buy. Bring it to a show, and no one there would guess it was a 1977 model. Better yet, you’d be baffling even most die-hard BMW enthusiasts, who would swear you lost the “i” off of your badge. Considering the prices on E9s have climbed so much in recent years, this car appears to be a hidden gem, and while Hagerty may claim the value of one is hovering in the $5,000 – $6,000 range, I think this car would be well bought at $8,000 – $9,000, provided an inspection doesn’t uncover any rust or serious neglect. At about half the price of a nice M6, you’d have a piece of automotive art the way Mr. Bracq intended, and I’m just not sure it gets much better than that.

-Carter

1990 Audi Coupe Quattro 20V

In 1989, Audi’s lineup in the U.S. was pretty flat. Although they had renamed both the B3 and C3 chassis to fall into line with the rest of the world nomenclature and the B3 was a “new” car, the performance of both chassis relative to their competitors was pretty poor. Indeed, Audi’s only claim to fame was that the retained the Quattro drive train option. In Europe, though, Audi released two brilliant engines that would find their way to the U.S. shores in 1990; the awesome all-aluminum 32V V8, and the 20 valve version of their venerable inline-5. While immediately everyone thinks of the turbocharged version, the normally aspirated 2.3 liter version, named the 7A, was a solid performer of its own. The 7A, like the 2.0 16V in Volkswagens, was only available in the U.S. in two cars; the 4 door 90 Quattro 20V and the new Coupe Quattro.

With scandals hurting Audi’s image and poor performance to price value compared to most of its rivals, both 20V versions sold slowly and were only available for two years. Still, the Coupe Quattros developed a cult following for their all-weather hatchback practicality. Because of that few remain in good condition, unlike this Ginster Yellow Coupe Quattro for sale today:

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Year: 1990
Model: Coupe Quattro
Engine: 2.3 liter inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 144,000 mi
Price: $8,750 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 Audi Coupe Quattro on eBay

Very Rare 1990 Audi Coupe Quattro. Extremely Rare Early Build in Factory Ginster Yellow with Black interior. 6/89 build date. Carbon Fiber Drive-shaft and Bag O’ Snakes Stainless Steel Headers separate the early builds from the later builds after September or October they did away with both. as well the computer control switch is located on the dash and the later models have it on the wiper stalk.

Only 1730 of these came to the USA in 2 years, of which 1400 in 1990. Every Interior Light, Cluster Light, Everything Works. Cruise Control is the only thing that isnt working. The color combination makes this car 1 of only a few. The best part of this car is the care it has had and maintenance history which shows in the condition it is in today 24 years later.

1990 Audi Coupe Quattro Ginster Yellow, Black Leather interior. Winter Package which includes heated mirrors, door locks, headlight washers, and Heated Seats that work perfect. Rear Fog-light and Front Fog-lights, and Ski Bag inside the car. Power steering, brakes, windows, mirrors, locks, sunroof/moonroof, ABS. A/C that has been converted to r134a that needs a recharge. Factory Alarm still Works.

145k Miles of which I just put 3k miles on a road trip with it. did not burn or drip a drop of oil and the compression was done on this car with all cylinders either 170 or 175 which is amazing. H&R Sport Springs which are very firm with Boge Turbo Gas Struts. Valve Cover Powder Coated and new Gasket installed about 6k miles ago. Ja-Max Upper Strut Brace Stray Bar. 034 Short Shift Kit is as tight as any new car. 034 injector upgrade kit with adapter set which makes a huge difference on performance and gas mileage. I averaged 27.6mpg on this last road trip averaging 70+mph which is 3500 rpm and got this mileage. Imagine a 6th gear or any other 5sp tranny with a tall 5th gear and this car would get over 30mpg easy and perform.

I have had many of these coupes and this is by far the best one, tightest, drives tight and no shakes or ticks. Engine runs perfect, tight and zero ticks. Synthetic only. Also has the Euro Rear Lights and center tub. OEM RS2 Badge. Euro S2 Steering Wheel. Original Windshield, Original Quattro Floor Mats, Mint Leather interior. Cargo Cover still works as it should, no broken parts. Most are missing or broken. All interior lights work, cluster, door, trunk, gauges. Zero Rust anywhere. garaged and meticulously taken care of.

This car sold 2 years ago from Carrera Motors off the Showroom floor for 13k. That should tell you about the condition of the car. I have the receipt to show. Original Wheels will be sold with the car and they have $800 Michelin Pilot Alpina Studless Snow tires on them. This car will go anywher with these on there. The Wheels on the car do not go with the car unless I get full Price for the car. They are perfect condition Keskin 16″ Wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport Z rated Tires. Not Cheap!
More pics of everything at photobucket.

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Without a doubt, Ginster Yellow Coupe Quattros are the most rare of an already rare breed. Reports vary on numbers, but figure less than 200 of these made it to the States. Couple that with one of the few remaining good condition Coupe Quattros that haven’t been snapped up for 20V Turbo conversions, and this is indeed a very rare sight. While for most cars, 144,000 miles wouldn’t be considered “low mileage”, the condition of this car seems to shrug that off. The owner has an extensive photo album available, documenting the low wear on the interior and exterior. The original Speedline alloys are included with the sale with mounted snow tires. They’re famously difficult to keep looking good and hard to properly refinish (ask me how), so it would be nice to see them in equally good shape as the car, but most owners seem to toss them in favor of larger stock.

There are a host of great upgrades with this car – the 034 Motorsports injectors are great replacements for the stock units which seldom function properly at this point, H&R springs and the Jamex stress bar are desirable to keep the original floaty ride in check, and the S2 wheel has a fantastic feel and just looks right. Most of the Ginster cars were early builds which includes the more desirable tubular header (dubbed the “Bag of snakes”) that is a work of art by itself. There is a solid community behind these cars that will both appreciate the condition of a mostly-stock yellow example and help the owner keep it running for many, many years and miles to come.

Now, the ask price – $8,750. Keeping in mind that the owner says at that price the car comes with both sets of wheels, you either get a few thousand dollars worth of wheels and tires with the package, or you could opt out and save a few dollars if they weren’t to your taste. Values on good condition Coupe Quattros seemed to spike a few years ago when people looking to make S2 clones were searching for the best possible chassis, but that trend has cooled and subsequently values have fallen a bit since then. Indeed, you can usually find a 20V Turbo equipped Coupe Quattro at this price point without too much difficulty. In that light, the price seems a little bit high if your goal is to make a 20V Turbo Quattro monster. However, when you factor in the wheels and the general condition of the car, along with the exclusivity of Ginster Yellow and the relative originality, I think the price is just about spot on. Most enthusiasts wouldn’t flinch at a clean original E30 325 in this price range, and the Coupe Quattro is equally deserving of that respect. Buy it and enjoy the ride knowing you’re not likely to see another one like this anywhere you drive.

-Carter

2001 Audi RS4

In the 1980s, it was a heck of a lot easier to get European spec cars into the U.S., as witnessed by the still substantial amount of them that can be found for sale. Most were European market BMWs and Mercedes-Benz models that weren’t available here, although cars from France, Italy, Japan and even South Africa also made it in. But as rules tightened and U.S. product line offerings improved and expanded, owner importation of cars from Europe slowed down. Now, it has become labor intensive and expensive to bring one of these models over, to the point where many enthusiasts spend countless dollars recreating Euro-spec cars rather than federalizing one from Europe. The Audi RS offerings before the RS6 are perfect examples of this; many Audi fans have built their own RS2 (in coupe guise) and RS4 replicas from U.S. spec cars. There were some die-hard individuals, however, who were not dissuaded from the difficulties of importing the “real deal” cars. If I had gone through that trouble it would be for a car I was never going to sell again; but lucky for us, some of these newer imports come up for sale from time to time. Today’s RS4 is an example of one such rarity:

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Year: 2001
Model: RS4
Engine: 2.7 liter twin-turbocharged V6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 61,000 mi
Price: $75,000

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 Audi RS4 Avant at 2Bennett Audimotive

2001 RS4 Avant- Black Leather interior with Carbon Fiber trim
Fully federalized and legally registered in USA.
Almost flawless. Well maintained. Major restoration last year. Navigation updated to Nav plus, 2B turbo back 3″ exhaust, body is very nice, front seats just upgraded to Recaro with more power features, brakes are new, 2B Coil Program height adjustable suspension, just installed MTM software and performed a complete timing belt group replacement.
61,000. miles.
$75,000.
The car is in our showroom now. More info available upon request.

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The Bennetts are well known in Audi circles and have always had top-notch offerings at equally top-notch prices. $75,000 for a 12 year old Audi wagon is certainly top dollar, especially when these cars market for generally $15,000 to $20,000 in very good condition in Europe. Replica RS4s built on U.S. spec chassis, like the black one Paul recently reviewed, tend to be hitting the market between $40,000 and $50,000, which is already a massive premium over a good condition B5 S4 avant, which will set you back less than $20,000 for the very best examples. For the asking price, I’d expect the original and valuable RS4 alloys to be on there in perfect condition, and I’m not sure having it modified really helps the pricing; if anything, I’d think it detracts from it slightly. In general people wanting this car at this price point want to do it their way, not follow someone else’s vision.

Now, before you say “I can build one for less than that”, I’m not sure you can. To do the body right will set you back $15,000-$20,000. Add in the engine mods, upgraded suspension, brakes and wheels, and you just built yourself a $65,000 S4 if you started with a very nice example. In that light, the 2Bennett car isn’t outlandishly priced, especially considering it carries the Quattro G.m.b.H. build title. It’s also one of only a handful here right now, and that pushes the value up slightly. Despite this, I think you’ll start seeing more people serious about wanting one of these importing them from Germany over the next few years given the gap in value. If it were me and I had to have a fast B5 fix, I’d buy a 1.8TQA sport, chip it, and put the remaining $70,000 into the bank to wait a few years for values to fall a touch more and a few more to appear over here. But, if you have to have a real B5 RS4 right now in the U.S., this is just about your only option.

-Carter

2005 Audi HPA TT 550

When you think of great tuning companies for German cars, most of them reside in the motherland – AMG (pre-Daimler takeover), Alpina, AC Schnitzer, Abt, Ruf, and Techart. Over the past two decades, a few U.S. based tuners have raised their game to match some of the German offerings, such as Dinan, Turner, Active Autowerke and Renntech. But around 2004, a new kid popped into the tuning scene in a major way, and he was from Canada. HPA stunned the tuning world at SEMA in that year with its twin-turbo R32, a car that would go on to be featured and much loved in Gran Turismo 4. What was so shocking? How about 450 horsepower, 0-60 in under 4 seconds, and a sticker price of $80,000. Car and Driver proclaimed the conversion was good enough to look like it came from the factory. HPA has since gained notoriety for building some monstrously powerful Volkswagen and Audi products, but because they’re not in the Ivy League of tuners and are somewhat obscure, you can get some pretty outlandish performance for not much money. Today’s HPA TT 550 is a good example of this performance bargain:

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Year: 2005
Model: TT
Engine: 3.2 liter twin-turbocharged V6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 49,500 mi
Price: $22,000

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2005 Audi HPA TT 550 on Quattroworld

Relocating across the country and ready to let the car go. Need it happen in three weeks so it’s priced at 22k. For a 550hp, 550lbft, 4 wheel drive german coupe that does not have any issues what so ever, it’s a steal. Car is a beast and absolutely solid. Please contact me ONLY if you are serious and have the funds. See below for detailed specs. For current photos, and video follow the link provided here and click on the album:

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Car Specifications:

Base Car: 2005 Audi TT 3.2L V6.
Exterior / Interior: Lake silver / Black
Current mileage: 49,500
Overall exterior condition: 9/10
Overall interior condition: 9/10

Performance Figures:
HPA Custom FT-550
540hp @5700rpm
560 ft-lbs torque @3500rpm

Engine specs:
8.5:1 Compression Ratio
KKK K04 ball bearing turbos
1.2 bar Boost
Race Grade Connecting Rod Bearings
Cast aluminum short runner intake manifold
Dual air-to-air side mount Competition intercoolers
HPA Proprietary silicone boost plumbing
High flow fuel supply system

Exhaust:
Twin 60mm Downpipes
Stainless Steel 88mm exhaust with dual bypass valves

6-speed transmission:
OEM R32 O2M 6spd gearbox with:
Lengthened Ring and Pinion
Hardened 3 through 6th gear set
Peloquin Pos Differential and Bolt kit
Spec Stage3R based clutch and Flywheel

Quattro AWD Drivetrain:
Orange Haldex Sport Controller

Sport Suspension:
KW Variant 2 coilover suspension
H&R Rear Anti-swaybar
Defcon 1 front control arm stiffening kit

Brakes:
Alcon 4-piston calipers with 14″ Stasis rotors
12″ Stasis rear rotors

Interior:
Stable Energy roll cage
Recaro Pole Position leather racing seats
Custom Sliders
Euro RS4 Steering wheel
Digital boost pressure, voltage meters

Maintenance & Upgrade History:
Before 18,000 all maintenances were performed per Audi’s recommended schedule at the dealership where the car was purchased new in Normal Bloomington, IL.

@ 18,000 miles
1. Engine oil changed (Castrol 5W-50)
2. Brake fluid changed (Motul RBF600)
3. Fuel filter
4. New plugs
5. New MAF sensor
6. HPA FT 400

@ 20,000 mile:
1. DSG Transmission oil changed (OEM) / 6qt( 5.5L ) / from ECS tuning
2. Haldex Oil changed (OEM) /

@21,000 miles
1. Motor Oil changed (Castrol 5W-50) / 6 qt(5.5L) / from Advanced autoparts
2. Rear differential Oil changed (Synthetic Man. Trans. & Transaxle Gear Lube (75W-90) API GL-4 ) / 1 qt / from AMSOIL
3. Intake air filter (Absolute Efficiency Air Filter, EAA208) / from AMSOIL
4. Cabin filter (WIX 24822 Cabin Air Filter) / from AMSOIL

@23,200
1. New MAF sensor

@24,000
1. New engine oil
2. Front differential oil changed – Synthetic Man. Trans. & Transaxle Gear Lube (75W-90) API GL-4 ) / 1.5 qt / from AMSOIL

@30,000 (everything performed at HPA)
1.Conversion: Twin turbo, DSG (Clutch pack, Mechatronics), custom full exhaust. Done at HPA
2. Engine oil (Mobile 1 0W-40)
3. Haldex oil
4. Water pump
5. DSG oil
6. Thermostat
7. Power steering fluid
8. Coolant
9. Spark Plugs
10. Fuel filter
11. New suspension (KW V2)
12. Strut bearing, strut mount
13. See main specs above for details

@32,800 on August 11, 2008
1. Engine oil (Mobile 1 0W-40), 5.5 quarts

@36,000 on April 3rd, 2009
1. Engine oil (Mobile 1 0W-40), 5.5 quarts
2. DSG oil (OEM) 5.5 quarts
3. Engine oil temp sender, gauge
4. DSG oil temp sender, gauge
5. O2 sensor (Bank 2, sensor 1)
6. Driver side front CV boot (8N0498201D)

@37,750 on August 9th, 2009
1. Haldex oil and filter change
2. Break Fluid change
3. Fuel level sender cleaning
4. New brake pad: all 4 corners

@39,000 miles on Oct. 18th, 2009
1. Engine oil change (Mobile 1 0W-40)

@40,000 miles
1. 6-speed manual conversion
2. Exhaust upgrade (resonator removal)
3. Turbo rebuild
4. Engine side plate seal
5. Transmission main seal, release bearing

@42,600 miles on Mar. 19, 2011
1. Engine oil: Mobile 1 0W-40 5.5L

@45,000 miles on Apr. 1, 2012
1. Engine oil: Mobile 1 0W-40 6L

@47,000 miles on Dec. 5, 2012
1. New MAF sensor

@48,500 miles on April 20th, 2013
1. Engine oil: Mobile 1 0W-40 5.5L
2. New serpentine belt
3. New belt tensioner
4. New post-cat O2 sensors

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No, you’re not reading the advertisement incorrectly. That’s 540 horsepower. Want an R8 V10 but $100,000 shy of the asking price for a used one? Here’s your car. The performance produced by these cars is simply staggering, and the ask price for the car is only about half of what the price of the twin turbo conversion runs. At $22,000, this car sure looks like a ton of performance for the money. Without a doubt, that performance comes at a price – it’s not very surprising that the first DSG transmission only lasted 10,000 miles. Still, though, with a 6 speed conversion, some inviting looking Recaros, and enough torque to light up all 4 sticky tires, it’s not surprising this car has gotten some use. I would expect some large repair bills looming in the not-too-distant future. I’m not a huge fan of either the RS6 wheels or the headlight treatment on this car, but both of those are pretty easily remedied. Throw the OEM lights back in and a set of BBS LMs on there and call it a day!

Would I buy this car? Well, that’s a very interesting question. There was point when the early Callaway and Dinan turbo cars weren’t worth much more than a stock car; but over the past few years appreciation for them has grown and good examples now command a premium. Go back and look at those cars, and the fit and finish of the twin turbo conversion on this car is significantly better. Those cars also required some serious maintenance to go along with their raised performance. Will the future hold a similar fate for the HPA cars? Only time will tell and it may be an expensive journey. But you may get in on the bottom floor of one of the best kept performance secrets out there, and you’d be on the express elevator for sure.

-Carter

2003 Audi RS6

The Audi RS6 was, simply put, a game changer for Audi. With two turbos boosting the fantastic 4.2 V8 to an unbelievable 450 horsepower, the RS6 put performance figures of legendary cars like the Ferrari F40 into their mid-sized sedan. When I first heard they would be making it, it seemed mind-blowing at the time – this car sported nearly double the horsepower and torque of the S4 but weighed only a touch more. While a performance staple in Europe with cars like the RS2, RS4, and S6 plus, the U.S. had endured a long line of quick but not outrageous Audis, and the performance image of the brand in the public’s eye reflected that. But with the RS6, Audi lifted the performance envelope of the executive sedan to a new level and placed the cars coming out of Audi’s Quattro G.m.b.H. division squarely in the forefront of the enthusiast’s mind. Audi’s super fast luxury sedan would also be the blueprint for most of today’s modern rivals, with all-wheel drive, forced induction and automatic transmission. At ten years old and far out of warranty, these Autobahn stormers have dropped in price to a level that people not working on Wall Street can afford. Today’s example is one of the lower mileage examples that has come across the block recently:

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Year: 2003
Model: RS6
Engine: 4.2 liter twin turbocharged V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 31,149 mi
Price: $39,950 Buy it Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2003 Audi RS6 on eBay

4.2L CD AWD Carbon Fiber interior trim, leather seat trim (Std) Turbocharged

Vehicle Details
• Year: 2003
• Make: Audi
• Model: RS6
• VIN: WUAPV64B93N904924
• Stock Number: N904924
• Mileage: 31149
• Transmission: Automatic
• Engine: 8 Cylinder, 4.2 L
• Exterior Color: Daytona Gray Pearl
• Interior Color: Silver
• Title: Clear

Features & Options
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
ABS
AM/FM Stereo
Adjustable Steering Wheel
All Wheel Drive
Aluminum Wheels
Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
Brake Assist
Bucket Seats
CARBON FIBER INTERIOR TRIM
CD Changer
CD player
Cassette
Child Safety Locks
Climate Control
Cruise control
Driver Adjustable Lumbar
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror
Driver Vanity Mirror
Engine Immobilizer
Floor Mats
Fog Lamps
Front Reading Lamps
HID headlights
Heated Front Seat(s)
Heated Mirrors
Heated Rear Seat(s)
Intermittent Wipers
Keyless Entry
LEATHER SEAT TRIM (STD)
Leather Steering Wheel
Leather seats Mirror Memory
Multi-Zone A/C
NAVIGATION SYSTEM -inc: CD maps
Pass-Through Rear Seat
Passenger Adjustable Lumbar
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror
Passenger Vanity Mirror
Power Door Locks
Power Driver Seat
Power Mirror(s)
Power Outlet
Power Passenger Seat
Power Steering
Power windows
Premium Sound System
Rear Parking Aid
Rear Reading Lamps
Remote Trunk Release
Seat Memory
Security System
Stability Control
Sun/Moon Roof
Sun/Moonroof
Temporary Spare Tire
Tires – Front Performance
Tires – Rear Performance
Traction Control
Trip Computer
Turbocharged
Universal Garage Door Opener
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
Woodgrain Interior Trim

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Daytona Grey is a great color on these cars, as it’s both pretty but stealthy enough to not get too noticed by the law at your triple-digit closing speed. As it should with so few miles, the car looks to be in basically new condition. The interior looks unworn, the wheels aren’t curbed, and the paint looks flawless. Even the engine bay looks as though you could have dinner on it. If you wanted a “brand new” 2003 RS6, this is about as close as you can come. They’re splendid cruisers that can do an occasional track day and surprise supercars off the line. It’s an intoxicating combination for sure.

Most of the RS6s that have popped up recently for sale have 70,000 – 100,000 miles and are in the low $20,000 range. This car is obviously not one of those cars. At only 31,000 miles, it’s certain to have a lot of life left in its components which is a bonus. However, the dealership is asking a serious premium for that lower mileage, at nearly double the going rate of many of the RS6s. Is it worth the $15,000 plus premium over most of the other examples? To most buyers in the RS6 market today, I doubt that it is. Frankly, most of them are looking for the most car for the least money, and this one isn’t it. However, if you start to add up the expensive components that start to need replacement on these cars after 100,000 miles – transmission chief among them – the premium seems a little more tolerable. Even so, I doubt many will do the long term cost benefit analysis and decide this car is the one, especially with prices of the newer and slightly more performance oriented RS4 falling squarely into this territory. I think the seller will find this car a hard sell at this price, even though it is a lot of car for top-spec Camry money.

-Carter

1988 BMW M6

You’d be forgiven for thinking that I’ve got a thing for red cars. I promise, I don’t really, but for some reason I have seemed to review quite a few since coming on board. In keeping with my perceived affinity for all things red, here’s another to add to the list – a Cinnibar Red 1988 BMW M6. I know you’re saying “I think he already reviewed this car!” and you’d be pretty close to correct; I reviewed another Cinnibar Red 1988 M6 only about a week ago with almost the same mileage. This car, however, is on the west coast, so all of you sunbathers in California get a chance to experience your own “shark week” without worrying about a cross country journey:

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Year: 1988
Model: M6
Engine: 3.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 61,839 mi
Price: Reserve auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 BMW M6 on eBay

I have here for sale our enthusiast owned BMW M6.It is the rarest BMW ever made.It is a rare find especially the one in such shape. This car has 61k miles on it. This is unbelievable.This great car was my mom’s wedding anniversary gift from my dad. She cherished this vehicle as if it were her last child. However due to a crushing knee surgery she had six years ago she garaged it. It was her weekend only car, once in a while she would drive it to a car show. This car is in excellent condition. The interior is in pristine condition. The leather seats are almost brand new. There are no cracks or tears anywhere not even on the dash.It has the original rims and paints. The tune ups and oil changes are religiously done when due. This baby has a brand new battery that has 72 months warranty that can be transferred to the new owner. For general information about the car you can Google the year and model.

As depicted on the pictures, this car is untouched. It is 100% stock. My mom forbids after market products on this car. She would not paint it because of that reason. Please feel free to email me if you want to test drive it. This baby runs like a sewing machine. There are no dents. Straight body. Never been in an accident. The VIN no is WBAEE1415J2561359 if you need to get information from DMV or Carfax report. The title is free and clear. It passed smog on first trial on 07/10/2013. I have the paper work. Tags are current. This may be your last chance of owning an 1988 M6.

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Although they’re usually good for a chuckle, I often wonder what goes through the minds of people that randomly insert fictitious statements in for sale advertisements. While certainly not the most common BMW ever made, the E24 M6 is not even close to the rarest. It also won’t be your last opportunity to own an M6, despite what I’m sure they’d like you to believe. I find the “no aftermarket products” statement odd as well, although it apparently explains the lack of wax or polish applications to the exterior. It will likely take a serious amount of time and care to restore that original paint, if it can be done. I wonder, too, if it’s still rolling around on the original TRX tires or if it’s on its second set. Either way, as with the last M6 I reviewed, plan on changing those wheels out for some newer stock with better tire choices.

At an opening bid of $19,500 with the reserve not met, it looks like they’re asking all the money for this car. I’m guessing this is in part due to the relatively low miles and their apparent belief that this is the only one of its kind left. While the interior does look nice, I’m just not sure that the condition of the car justifies the price. Perhaps if the paint was in better condition and a more detailed service history was available the car would pull some stronger numbers, but the Boston M6 has yet to sell with shiny paint and basically the same mileage and interior condition at $23,800. The Boston car certainly presents better, so I would guess that the value of that car is slightly lower and this car should be priced below that.

-Carter