1989 Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible 5 speed

I like to find ads for cars where the owner claims the car is the best of its kind around.  Lots of times that isn’t true, sometimes it causes another similar car to come out of the woodwork to prove the owner wrong. In this case we have a 1989 Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible with a 5 speed, Number 423 of 600 produced. The owner’s says “in this condition and color combination, this one is the best you will and can find.”  What do you think? The owner must think so judging from the high start price.
The car has some nice upgrades that were done at the time of the initial order at Brumos Jacksonville, 3.3 liter, 330 HP, twin plug engine, Turbo S exhaust:

C02 – Catalytic Convertor
018 – Special order Steering wheel
158 – Cassette radio Blaupunkt Reno
220 – 40% limited slip differential
243 – Short gear shift lever
348 – Fuchs wheels painted in white
494 – additional Blaupunkt amplifier

You have to be a collector to want to pay $60,000 for this 56,000 mile car. The car has points that would appeal to a collector, great all original condition, all books and tools. Still that $60,000 would go a long way towards other Porsche vehicles of this era with similar miles and performance. The car is listed for sale at 60,000 Euros on another site, which would be even more expensive.

Despite the upgrades, clean history and numbers matching aspect of this Porsche I just don’t see someone paying that much. It does look nice though.

~Evan

1984 Mercedes 500SEL AMG

Here is something a bit unique. The pictures are nice, but the seller provides no description at all. Note to car people if you are selling a car and want to get people to offer you good money, describe your vehicle.

You occasionally see Benzs like this that have had a tough life and get moved to a new owner who a decade after the car was built tries to bolt on cheap body parts to make an AMG look car. This one appears to have been given the AMG treatment early on. Though the AMG front fender badges have the new AMG logo that would not have been contemporary with the car.

The car does have genuine AMG body parts, the trunk spoiler in particular is a fairly unique item. The car also has tailight filler spacers on each side of the rear license plate. These red parts that match the ridges of the tailights are not stock. The wheels appear to be genuine period correct AMG spec Ronal parts. Though they are missing AMG center caps.

The addition of a 5.0 badge on the right of the trunk makes me wonder if AMG did any engine work. Why advertise that it was 5.0 unless it was special? Mercedes only distinguished engine size with numbers on the right when they were different from the engine size given in the model number. (190E 2.6, 280SE 3.5, 300SEL 6.3, etc.) This is not a standard part for a U.S. 500SEL. To my knowledge it was only used on the 450SLC 5.0, standard, from the factory.

The velour interior, combined with the euro headlights, along with the VIN show this to be a Euro car.

If you are a Benz enthusiast and have never tried the online VIN decoder it is a must see.

If I can drag some more info out of the seller I’ll post it here.

Seeing this Benz in white roll by in the mid 80s truly would’ve said big pimpin’ to me. I love the sturdy look of this era S class.

~Evan

Turner Motorsport BMW E46 M3 Racer

The ex-Bill Auberlen, Joey Hand, Boris Said, Will Turner, Turner Motorsports car is from the Grand Am Cup/Koni Challenge and was purpose built from the ground up. The ad has videos of the car on track and an extensive list of the vehicle’s preparation.
The 3.2 liter engine pushing “around” 400 horsepower has 6 hours on it.  The six speed manual has 15 hours on the clock.

The seller says the car has $50,000 worth of engineering time put into the suspension setup.
This car is a lot of money, there are far cheaper ways to get into racing, but it is pretty nice to jump into a car that you know has already been well setup and comes with track notes. It sure looks like a fun car.

The car has traveled the country to race, I noted the unmistakable image of the Watkins Glen race track taped to the steering wheel in one of the pictures.

~Evan

2000 Volkswagen Beetle Mona Lisa Edition

I came across this New Beetle and while I never see myself driving a new beetle let alone one with a da Vinci on the side, I thought it was kind of funny, so here it is.
The listing has more description, but I’m going to spare myself the time to write anything other than to say its a Beetle with an air brushed copy of the Mona Lisa on the side. $21,000 to start turning heads.
Seriously, what would Leonardo think?

~Evan

Dampf-Kraft Wagen DKW / Auto Union 1000SP

Here is a a unique opportunity to own the German equivalent of the 1955 Ford Thunderbird. Great looking little coupe at a $22,400 buy it now. The Thunderbird does have it over the DKW in terms of power, with this engine being a tricky 3 cylinder two stroke powering the front wheels. I wasn’t sure what to expect soundwise from an engine like this, two-strokes can really sound awful, but check out the videos online from inside a 1000SP on the road. The 3-2 combo sounds great, you get the sense that you are going a lot faster than you actually are.

The seller provides some good history and promotes the rarity of the vehicle. The seller says this one is # 202, so it is an early car, out of the 5000 built. This one has just over 1,000 miles on the engine, no mention of how many the rest of the car has traveled.
If you want to stand out with out being overly ostentatious at your local car show this is the car for you. Plus you Audi guys have to like the four ring logo on the trunk. It is hard to say what the investment potential here is. At this point I’d guess most all the good 1000SPs left driving are probably being well maintained so numbers shouldn’t shrink anymore. The early production # may make this an appealing collector piece if fully restored as the seller suggests.
This car appears to be in good company as that looks like a Euro Mercedes silbergrün 450SEL lurking in the background in some of the pictures.

~Evan

Modded 1994 Volkswagen Corrado SLC VR6

I’ve said this before, but sometimes good photos in an advertisement can make all the difference. If it wasn’t for the nice first photo and beautiful color I probably would’ve skipped over this Corrado. I try to seek out auctions without reserves, but this one deserved a listing.

89,000 miles on the VR6 and plenty of mods including the great deep blue pearl paint. From the seller:

Exterior

-Fresh 2 month old Deep Blue Pearl Paint
-Shaved rear emblems
-shaved rear license plate lights
-shaved rear third light
-Shaved side molding
-Smoothened lower rockers
-VIS Racing Carbon fiber hood color Matched that fits perfectly
-90 MM front Euro VR6 Lip
-New OEM Fogs and New turn signals
-Smoked E-Code Headlights (RELAYED)
-Red taillights
-Glass working Sunroof

Interior

-160mph cluster from ireland (shows 800 miles more then the original)
-Momo Steering wheel
-Autopower 6 point rollcage (color matched DBP)
-Recaro Freshly recovered Seats (Centers are suede with Blue RECARO stitching)
-Sabelt 3 point harnesses (removed auto seatbelts)
-Suede black headliner
-Oem Corrado floor mats
-Rear seat deleted
-Custom rear enclosure with a hidden compartment underneath

Engine Bay

-Engine Bay fully shaved
-wiring harness lengthened and hidden in the rails
-Vr6 12v engine Painted BMP
-Aluminum MK4 oil pan
-CDM Corrado trans painted BMP
-new clutch 3 k miles on it
-Deleted A/C completely
-Deleted cruise control
-Painted engine covers
-Samco Blue radiator hoses
-Aftermarket radiator fan
-Eurosport Intake w/ heatshield
-3 inch custom exhaust

Suspension & Wheels

-Stock Speedline wheels ( DOES NOT COME WITH BBS WHEELS)
-Stock tires one has a slow leak
-Bilstein Shocks and Neuspeed springs
-Powdercoated front beam K member and control arms
-R32 control arm bushings
-New bearings
-New ball joints
-New tie rod ends
-New Axles
-Neuspeed 28mm swap bar
-Rebuilt and powdercoated front calipers w/ new pads w/braided lines
-Rebuilt and powdercoated MK4 rear calipers w/braided lines
-G60 corrado rear axle beam to allow wider wheels in the rear

~Evan

Fleet of Vintage Porsche racers & street cars

Newcomer to eBay, but not to the business, Club Carrera Motors has an entire fleet of Porsche vintage racers now available for you on eBay.

A couple racers, including a 56 speedster that raced from day 1, some build up race cars, and a few street cars. They look good and have plenty of pictures and info in their listings. Prices are a bit high. If you want to have an instant race team for SCCA, SVRA, HSR, etc., I bet you could get yourself a deal if you bought them all.

From high to low price wise:

1962 Porsche 356

1961 Porsche 911T
1962 Porsche 356 racer

1961 Porsche 356 racer

1960 Porsche roadster

1956 Porsche speedster

Now just pick up to take them with you to the track. Hey it is Mercedes powered so it is German.

freightliner

~Evan

The 280SE 3.5 and its siblings, value added.

Rarity and classic lines can make prices of some vehicles sky-rocket. When most people think of ultra expensive vintage Mercedes the 300SL gullwing springs instantly to mind or they may think of really old models like the 540K. The previously sleeping beauty of vintage Mercedes in my mind is the 1971 280SE 3.5. Several years ago these cars could be had for far less than their almost unbelievable $100,000 to $200,000 sale prices the cabriolets now bring.

With the 28SE, opposite the gullwing, the cabrio is far more valuable than the hard top coupe. So right now non-convertible 280SE 3.5s can be had at a small fraction of the cost. You still can have all the classic lines and purchase a car that, in my mind, is a fantastic investment. Just don’t by a hard top with the intention of turning it into a convertible, that sort of shenanigans frowned upon. Beware of nice looking outsides with scary rusty under body.

The 108 coupe body style could be had as a 250SE, 2.5 liter inline 6, 280SE, 2.8 liter inline 6, or 280SE 3.5, 3.5 liter V8. Just over 1000 of the 3.5 cabrios were made and all 280 3.5 models combined totaled less than 5000 during their run.

The similar 112 chassis 300SE is also a place to look if this design appeals to you, but the price of the 3.5 does not.

Here are a couple of nice no reserve examples on eBay of several of these models.

Euro spec 1972 280SE Coupe hardtop

Unique black over red color combo. Mercedes occasionally made black roofed cars (My 1970 250C was black over silver), which added to an illusion of being a convertible, particularly when the windows are all down in the pillarless coupe.  This one appears well maintained. The no reserve and low starting price will guarantee a sale and provide a view of market value. Less than 100,000 miles can be considered low, my 250C ran strong and quiet with 200k. The 2.8 from this era was quite indestructible, (the same can’t be said for the later twin cam 2.8 model) and provides a wonderful thrumming yacht/cabin cruiser like sound. Tell me this isn’t a pretty car:
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1966 250SE Coupe hardtop with 4 speed manual

German diplomat owned vehicle here so you can be sure it was optioned out. Again another example of the two tone paint job here with cream on top. An amazing 24,000 mile original being sold at no reserve, with a low starting price. Not as powerful as the 280, but the look remains. Interior shows class with wood, cracking can be a major problem, that still looks great and has a working Becker radio.  The four speed adds to this car’s already great value.
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And for the high end a pair of stunning 1971 280SE 3.5 cabriolet models for sale to you at a bargain $139,000 for the first and a mere $175,000 for the second.

Both are restored column shifted automatics, you could get it with a floor shifter which is more fun. Very neat compact V-8.

The 63,000 mile car:
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The 35,000 mile car:
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The movie the Hangover brought these beautiful cars back into the attention of the masses as the ultimate Vegas boulevard cruiser, though the producers insanely thought it was necessary to destroy at least one for the films “intricate” plot to be properly told. Photos courtesy of locutus on fuzzyshot.com:
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While it is always nice to buy the best example you can afford, Mercedes paint on cars like this during this era can be exceptionally well done from the factory. Finding one that has lost its luster and at first looks sad and faded may be a perfect opportunity for a deal. Spending a good amount of time with a series of correct polishing compounds and elbow grease can yield stunning results on faded Mercedes paints. Check out these photos courtesy of M-100.cc:
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~Evan

1979 450SEL 6.9 AMG on eBay

The ultimate autobahn cruiser of its time and then some. Nothing could touch the Mercedes 6.9 in terms of might and comfort. Following in the tradition of the Mercedes 6.3, this was also the fastest four door sedan in the world when new. 100 MPH on the highway could be enjoyed as long as the fuel in the tank held out. The 6.9 liter (417 cu. in.) engine made bursts into the 140s attainable if needed.
The car’s impressive hydro-pneumatic suspension, operating at over 2000 psi provided silky smooth road manners and kept the car on an even plain on hard launches and braking. The system is however expensive to service if not maintained properly. Unmaintained 6.9s can be spotted by their lowrider like appearance as the suspension settles. Vacuum operated cruise, door locks, and trunk were nice features as well. Also of note is the car’s impressive 12 (!) quart dry sump lubrication system. This allowed for better oiling during a spirited workout and made it possible to cram the monster engine under the hood. The oil reservoir is mounted near the fender instead of in a pan underneath. Taking this car in to your local quick oil change place was not considered a viable option as you would either end up with a drained transmission pan or an engine short half a case of oil.

Genuine AMG vehicles of this era are hard to document. The factory didn’t keep great records so knowing a cars history is important.
is an interesting case since it has been restored and has a new engine rebuild.  The seller seems to know his stuff in terms of the 6.9, so likely there is no deal to be found here, just a chance to take ownership of mighty Merc. This car is also unique in that it is a a U.S. delivery Euro car. It has the good looking Euro headlights, but does that mean it has the Euro engine horsepower. With the new pistons it probably doesn’t matter. It also has leather which Euro cars did not have. Cali 6.9s were restricted down to 250 horsepower with emissions garbage. While full blown Euro spec cars hit nearly 300 with a meaty 420 lb ft of torque. Torque figures like that were scarcely seen anywhere outside muscle cars or dump trucks, neither of which could compete with a 6.9 in terms of all around enjoyment.

This car has some neat AMG options like the correct AMG steering wheel and 300 KPH speedometer, as well as an old style AMG trunk badge. Mercedes offered the 6.9 with debadging as an option. You could go super stealth with nothing on the trunk lid or just leave the small 6.9 tag minus the 450SEL label.

Full on AMG 6.9s with complete mono color body kit, blacked out trim, the Penta wheels and engine add ons like AMG cams are extremely rare and extremely good looking creatures. This one definitely qualifies as a stage 1 AMG, but doesn’t have the full treatment.

Having owned a full euro spec 6.9 I can attest with great vigor to the pleasure of driving these cars. The road manners and power are just amazing particularly considering the time period these cars were produced, think gas shortage and American luxo-barges.

There is plenty of information online about the 6.9 if you want to go look, but quickly here is a look at the 6.9 suspension being operated manually (the lever sits on top of the steering wheel):

and here is a link to the famous Brock Yates article about his experience thrashing a show room stock U.S. spec car around Road Atlanta for 100 miles. This is a fantastic article and reminds us that all cars are not created equal. Make sure to note the part about getting 5.9 MPG.

Below I’ve included a picture from one of my vintage AMG brochures, one of the only AMG brochures to show a 6.9, and a Flickr photo showing how the full 6.9 AMG package compares to this eBay listing in terms of looks. The sturdy lines of the 116 chassis Benz with AMG accoutrement in my mind are still some of the best and coupled with the formidable engine this is a package that 30 years later is still surprisingly sophisticated.

Lastly just for fun here are some 6.9s in the movies showing their stuff.
Ronin, scroll to about 4:50 for the good stuff:

Lost Highway, gets good about 1:00, R for language:

And of course Claude Lelouch’s C’etait un Rendez Vous, the film that started the “getaway” movie genre. Though the sound dubbed in is that of a Ferrari the car actually used was a 6.9. View the making of video to see the 6.9 with the camera mount.

~Evan

Cash for Clunkers Weekend Reading

You may remember my “spirited” post over the Cash for Clunkers program a little while back.

Well as a follow up here is the official government list of  cars sent to their deaths through the program.

Of note are the 63 BMW 6 series cars, including 13 635csi models, a 850i, a M3, and a M5.

Mercedes suffered as well, can you imagine over 100 560SEC s crushed? That is literally tons of usable parts from one of the greatest Benz engines gone. Looks like 11 Merc V12 engines also have made their last trip. No wonder parts are so expensive. A pair of AMG cars, a C36 and a C43, were sent away too and gasp a 500E.

A number of high end Audi models also are on the list and a sprinkling of Porsches.

Most surprising, though not German, on the list is the 1997 Bentley (listed as a Rolls Royce) Continental R and great oogley moogley a Buick GNX, listed under ASC. If that was a true GNX it could have been rolled and burned and still probably brought more than the CFC allowance.

Post your thoughts or interesting finds after you peruse the list.

~Evan