1989 BMW 325i Widebody Convertible

This is not the first time I’ve posted a BMW 3 series oddity on this blog. This 1989 325i widebody convertible is pretty unique. The seller gives minimal description in the eBay auction. No mention of where the widebody kit parts come from or where they were installed. I’d hazard a guess at them being Zender parts maybe. The kit doesn’t look too shabby in my eye, but remember I’m a guy who likes Koenig Miami Vice style 80s Benzs. Love it or hate it those fender flares would be put to better use on something with a bit more power under the hood that could take advantage of the wide tires. $5,000 no reserve with questionable mileage in the 100,000 range.

~Evan

Weedy 1974 Porsche 911 Racecar

Who out there is brave? If taking risks on vehicles is your sort of thing, how about pulling this 1974 911 racer from the weeds in Japan? Seller says the car used to sport a 3.2 liter, but now has a new 3.6 liter engine. It is clearly race setup, but also seems to need a thorough going over. The lack of description, shady pictures, some dated 2005, and fact the car is in Japan makes the $27,500 ask price way out there. (Even considering the current exchange rate) The seller does have lots of high res photos here and here. Who’s feeling daring?

~Evan

Cheap 1993 Mercedes 600SEC in Denver

I spotted this 600SEC on Craigslist in Denver to compliment the 600SEL I recently posted. Here is an inexpensive two door version. A lot of what I said in that previous post about the 600SEL goes for the 600SEC, just minus two doors. $5500 even with 105k miles is a heck of a lot of car for the money. You’ll need to get a lot more description than this seller offers though before pulling the trigger. It may run great, but with all the 15 year old electronics there is plenty that can be wrong. Still at $5500, drive it for a season, hope nothing major breaks, and then sell it for what you put into it.

~Evan

A trio of Porsche cars for sale, found in person.

Just a quick post to show some of the Porsches I encountered for sale while attending the Vintage Grand Prix at Waktins Glen International race track this past weekend. The seller’s numbers are listed in the pictures.
The weekend also had an auto auction that saw several Mercedes and Porsche vehicles sell at pretty cheap prices.

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~Evan

462 horsepower Euro 1986 Dinan BMW M5

The Last Detail of Chicago has this sweet one owner M5 for sale.

It is a full Euro spec car with only 24,000 miles. It has Dinan add ons including Stage III suspension, intercooled turbocharger, Borla exhaust, and Brembo brakes. Quite a bump up in horsepower from the stock Euro trim 286. One owner cars like this don’t turn up all that often.

I always have a soft spot for vehicles that once held the title fastest production sedan in the world.

Mercedes and BMW sure had the cool headlight wiper thing figured out. The twin arm design on the M5 is similar to that found in vertical orientation on another fastest sedan in the world, (and perhaps godfather of all the German Q cars) the 300SEL 6.3.

I’m not really sure if the modifications made to the car hurt its collectible value. I doubt it since they are contemporary with the time the car was new and done by a reputable BMW tuner.

Its expensive at a priced reduced $29,900, but I wouldn’t mind having it in my garage for sure. Its listed in Hemmings at $31,900.

From the seller:

1986 BMW M5. European specification model. Only 24,000 original miles! This superb example features flawless “Diamond black” paint with gorgeous brown water buffalo leather. With only one owner from new, this Dinan-prepared M5 features an inter-cooled turbocharger and Borla stainless exhaust system, the combination of which produces an impressive 462 horsepower! A stage III suspension package and Brembo F-40 braking system with drilled rotors makes this a true “Ultimate Driving Machine” experience. In addition, thermostatically controlled transmission and differential coolers have been fitted to the car. The usual 5-series amenities of air conditioning, power windows, door locks and factory sunroof add to the comfort and convenience of this ultra-high performance sedan – a true sports car with four doors. All EPA and DOT certification papers are available.

Our M5 was imported by its one and only owner and all certification paperwork comes with the car. Even the original German ownership document is available! All upgrades were completed in California by Dinan, the preeminent company for BMW performance enhancements. The turbocharger brings the horsepower up to 462! The differential has been converted to a 3:91 from the original 3:73. New clutch in 2005 and the turbo was rebuilt in 2006. Split Second control for air/fuel mixture has been installed in lieu of the air flow meter. Surely this is among the finest, lowest mileage early M5’s anywhere and could certainly be unique with its upgrades. Lastly, the car has been thoroughly inspected and completely detailed by the TLD staff.

~Evan

How about a March BMW GTP racer?

Not really our typical bag on this blog, but what the heck.

Buy this bad boy that needs some work now, sort it out over the winter, and you’ll be all set for next year’s vintage racing season. Or turn it into one hell of a street car, although I doubt unleashing close to 1000 horsepower through a race gearbox and suspension will result in something that could genuinely be called streetable.

It is up at $175,000, reserve not met, and it comes with a spare engine. Get yourself a piece of racing history, and then find a pit crew.

The seller’s description:

Driven by John Andretti, Davy Jones and David Hobbs This car only has two races on it therefore the chassis is perfect and not worn out. This was the test “mule” car that did much of the development work for the BMW program. This car has a new/fresh 2.1 liter turbo engine (over 900hp) and a fresh spare in one of the factory crates. Enough hard parts to rebuild at least two additional motors, MANY, many spares. This is a project that is un-assembled and is missing the two doors and part of the gearbox housing. Body needs fitting and paint. Unbelievable value for a GTP works car that represented the BMW factory.

~Evan

Mercedes Benz 600SEL a good choice for Labor Day

What better way to celebrate labor day then by looking at a car that was designed to take the labor out of the automobiling experience.
Do you remember the good old days when Mercedes put the letters describing their models after the numbers? Remember when those numbers and letters really stood for something instead of arbitrary model distinctions? 1992 was the last year before the switch. That year the king of the Mercedes line was the 600SEL. This was the first Mercedes V-12 since after World War Two. So at the time a Mercedes V-12 was much more a rarity than they are today.

Despite packing a V-12 this car was more than just a high power autobahn cruiser. It was packed with technical goodies that made it stand far above other models at the time.
The car had self closing doors, a power trunk handle, double pane power windows that stopped going up if your hand got in the way. Power front and rear head rests, heated headlamp washers, Bose stereo, the car even has a built in trickle charger. Perhaps most above and beyond were the two little antennas that popped out of the rear fenders when you went into reverse to help you see where the end of the car was. Remember this was well before the days of navigation, i-drive, and other now common technical gizmos.
1992 is also a significant year as that year the 48 valve V-12 put out 408 horsepower. Again remember, this is 1992 and that type of power was virtually unheard of in a sedan. By 1994 those pesky U.S. emissions requirements strangled horsepower down to 389 so the early 600SELs are the prize of the W140 bodied cars.

appears to be a fine, unmodified, low mileage example, only 59,000 miles. There should a ton of life left in the engine as long as the massive amounts of electrical components don’t cause a new owner problems. Not only is the car nice, the seller does a very good job with the ad text. This car was purchased new for $152,896.90. When you figure there is at least a $125,000 worth of depreciation to account for, purchasing a 600SEL today seems like a deal. Not a bad way to get a car in your driveway with V12 badges on the side. Just make sure you get the most well cared for example or you’ll be left with an empty wallet trying to fix peripheral items.

Here is a clip of a younger Jermey Clarkson talking about the 600SEL, scroll to 4:42 to see the over the top rear fender aerials in action:

~Evan

Expensive 1972 Opel GT on eBay


$19,500 is pretty steep for an Opel GT. Even if it is a well restored 32,000 mile one. There are plenty of these out there in various conditions. These little Corvettes are good lookers.

The optional 1.9 liter engine put out enough to make the car fun. The roll around headlights aren’t prone to electrical failure of so many other cars with pop-up headlights because they are manually operated. Be careful not to confuse the Opel with a Saab Sonett.

If you are to believe the German advertisement for the Opel, the GT isn’t for everyone.

~Evan

1985 930 & 1995 993 RUF BTR Porsche

Here are a pair of different generation RUF BTR models. We’ve had a BTR on this blog before, but who doesn’t love the high power, low weight combo these cars provide?


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This is a collector opportunity with so little miles. You would like to image that the low miles would indicate a low likelihood of abuse. The car looks clean. The seller says he is the second owner and that he has all service, shipping, and original order documentation, which is nice. Car is up at $53,000 reserve not met.
From the seller the car includes:

* RUF BTR Engine Conversion
* 3.4 Liter Displacement
* RUF group “B” cams
* Twin intercooler conversion
* Tuned equal length stainless steel exhaust
* K-27 Turbocharger
* RUF 4-pipe turbomuffler
* Adjustable boost
* Ported & Polished heads with twin plug ignition
* RUF BTR suspension
* 10 speaker Nakamichi Stero with 480 watts of output
* RUF Speedline wheels (the real ones from Italy and not the Avus ones)
* RUF badges and steering wheels and RUF guages.


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Ok, so calling a BTR custom is kind of redundant since most RUF cars are done to some sort of owner specs. This one however has some additional modifications that set it apart. First off this particular car was featured in Car and Driver magazine in May 1997. It also has some unique options from the factory, sunroof and rear seat delete. Post RUF conversion the owner added some interior treatments and Porsche Bi-Xenon headlights. The is being sold by RUF Auto Centre in Dallas, the ask is $89,900. They say they just finished a complete engine rebuild on the car.
From the seller the car includes:

* RUF BTR Engine Conversion
* RUF Tranmission upgrade
* RUF Coil Over Suspension
* RUF Brake Upgrade
* RUF 18″ Wheels
* RUF Strut Tower Brace
* RUF Pedal Set
* RUF Steering Wheel
* RUF Shift Knob
* RUF Door Sills
* Leather Covered Roll Bar

Maybe not a good bang for the buck ratio here, but certainly a ton of fun if you can afford it. The price is more reasonable if you aspire for the rarer things in life.

~Evan

1991 Mercedes SL500 low mileage fair priced

You know how much I like it when sellers take a gamble and put up a vehicle for auction at a low or reasonable opening price and stay away from placing a reserve. When an ad like that goes on eBay and is away from the hype of a major Barrett-Jackson style event you really can peer into what fair market price is like. This is even more the case when the same car gets listed twice in a short period of time.

This nice blacked out Benz has only 36k miles, peanuts for the venerable 5 liter Mercedes engine. The black out trim and lights looks pretty decent on this. The treatment isn’t really complete, if it was triple black with all black interior and black rims it would look even better. It has some interior custom bits too. If I was the buyer I’d keep the hardtop on, the look is much nicer. I’ve always thought Mercedes did a better job than BMW 3 series in terms of the looks of a removable hardtop on convertibles. You have four different options here, hardtop, softop, neither with, or without roll bar.
Someone might get a deal here unless two crazed bidders get into a battle. The car “sold” last month for $9606. If anyone noticed this it should make the price a bit lower this time around as you always wonder why it is being relisted.

From the seller:

This is an ultra clean 500 SL. It has all original paint that is in excellent condition and is the beautiful color of Jet Black. The original paint has a beautiful luster and in great condition. The added AMG styling package is the only thing that has been painted on the car. It has a perfect, clean Car Fax and has never been in a accident. The original black soft top is perfect including the original hardtop which is also in excellent condition. It is sitting on a amazing looking set of 19″ staggered custom wheels with like new tires which gives this Benz a very aggressive look. This car is a true unmolested beauty!

Good looking car at a fraction of its new price.

~Evan