1973 BMW Bavaria 3.5 liter custom

We don’t see too many E3 bodied BMWs around. They are over looked by their smaller sportier brethren and despite being more nimble than many of the V8 powered Benz large luxury sedans of the same time. The blood line of the modern large and quick BMW sedan can be traced back to the Bavaria.

The car seen here falls into the restomod category. The owner has done a number of things to make the car better than original, as long as you aren’t a purist car collector. First the original engine has been swapped out with a later 3.5 liter unit, though it isn’t specified as to where it came from. The engine has 150k on the bottom end and 10k on a rebuilt top. The car also has a 5 speed conversion, complete with Alpina shift knob. Hartge rep headers, 3.64 LSD, and custom suspension add to the sportiness.

Inside a cloth Recaros and a modern stereo exist.

A CSL airdam and shaved front bumper along with Hella lamps, make the front end of this car stand out, as does the custom Mercedes Benz oyster green metallic paint.Actual miles aren’t given, but from the sounds of the description the car currently doesn’t get used much.

The car is at $4,500 with bids and no reserve. I’d expect the price to get up to around $6,000 if it finds two folks that appreciate car car’s uniqueness. Surely a car to catch eyes at the local car show.

1973 BMW Bavaria on eBay.

~Evan

1991 Porsche 911 Turbo

Searching for the 993 Turbo posted earlier, I happened upon this slightly-older Black Beauty. While the 993 may be the pinnacle of the classic (smaller) 911 shape, it’s no secret my tastes lie more firmly in the 80s. Thus, the 964 body style of the 911 gets me going a little more than the 993, and this 1991 Turbo is no exception. With some fine engine work and just 54k miles, this murdered-out 911 is something special. My garage is full up on black Germans for the moment, so it’s up to someone else to decide if this 450hp beast is really worth its $50k asking price.

1991 Porsche 911 Turbo for sale


From the seller:

Sinister? You bet, and that was before Porsche laid down the black-on-black scheme. Wide body 911’s are the best looking kind, and Turbo power reinforces the look. This example has only 53,000 miles, is clean in and out, and has some very nice and tasteful mods. It’s still a 911 Turbo, but it goes to 11!
911 Turbos are excellent cars on their own. They’re more comfortable, better equipped, safer and more complete vehicles than the 930. Antilock brakes, dual airbags, real live climate control, power steering and other amenities propelled the 965 (this generation Turbo’s model desination) into the 1990’s supercar elite.
These cars also respond really well with some minor tweaks. For more grip, the front and rear struts were replaced with adjustable JIC Cross pieces, and the wheels were repainted in black for an even more sinister look! New Michelin Pilot Sport Cup rubber is at all four corners, and the brake calipers were powdercoated red while everything was apart. This car sticks, and it corners like a slot car!
Power is easy to come by in a turbo car, but safe power is another matter. That requires effort and money, and both went into this car. For more spark to quell detonation, the heads were sent out and machined to accept twin spark plugs per cylinder. While they were out, Ollie’s in California did a full valve job and trued the head gasket surfaces. A full Electromotive XDi setup replaces the distributor with coil packs and a magnetic crank trigger, allowing the new JE Pistons to run their 10:1 compression with ease. More power comes courtesy of the fully mapped Blitz dual solenoid boost controller and TiAl 46mm wastegate. Air now flows through Porsche Motorsport silicone intercooler and turbo hoses. Three hours of dyno tuning put down more than 380whp!
Thousands of dollars in service costs are documented back to the original owner, with minor issues resulting in service visits. The warm up regulator was replaced with a digital unit, the A/C saw constant servicing (it IS a black-on-black Texas car) and a new heavy duty clutch puts the power down. Much of this work was done at Sports Car Repair, Inc. in Houston, with the motor rebuild less than 500 miles ago!

I might prefer some different wheels, and the fat airbag wheel is incongruous on a car this lithe and quick, but these are nitpicks. It’s a great-looking and well-taken care of 911 Turbo whose styling, and 50% price, suit me more than the 993.

-NR

Rare 1968 Mercedes IMA Universal 200D Heckflosse Wagon

An uncommon buying opportunity for the vintage wagon lover. This Mercedes isn’t the most visually stimulating car for the untrained eye with the relatively plain front end looks of a W110 chassis Benz and beige paint. The knowledgeable Benz aficionado will immediately recognize the rarity of the vehicle. Mercedes now has a great tradition of building wagons that have grown to cult following status. The W110 chassis fintails converted by Belgian firm IMA were some of the very first.

Update 12.11.2011 – Unfortunately this listing has been ended before we could finish authoring this post. -dc

This two owner car has covered 107,000 miles and is fairly original condition. It was repainted in the 1980s in a slightly different shade than the original. If the car still had its original paint I bet we could’ve seen the price on this go sky high. Even with the repaint though the rest of the car shows great originality and has good service records, and even a Mercedes Universal parts catalog.

I’ve seen some varying figures on the production numbers of the Universal wagons. The seller is claiming this is one of two from 1968, the other being in the Mercedes museum in Stuttgart. The seller states that less than 30 Universals survive  of 300 built in 1966-1967, which definitely needs the old “citation needed” attached to it. I’ve seen numbers given higher than that and most certainly higher if you consider models built in 1965 as well. Regardless of what the actual number is, this is a rare car.

The conversion is not some hack job. These were well thought out and produced. The new design took into consideration the fintail profile and made sure not to lose that identifying feature.  The wood load floor in the back with cargo sliders significantly upped the practicality of owning a Benz sedan. The slick split fold flat seats with a third row bench are the type of features that you see advertised today in SUV and minivan ads like they are new inventions.

The car shows use and expected wear, just the right amount. A new owner could restore it to trailer queen status with an all the way re -freshening or leave it as is. If it had original paint the choice would obviously be leave it alone.

Mechanically things seem to all be in order. The 2 liter diesel has legendary reliability status and if something does need fixing it would not be a huge challenge. A four speed automatic should also provide trouble free stately transportation.

The auction has no reserve so we are going to be able to see what the market says about price. The auction is already heading towards $11,000 with plenty of bidding. Seeing twice that will not surprise me at all. If the Von Trapp family were 30 years younger I can easily see them picnicking in the Alps with this ride.

1968 Mercedes I200D Heckflosse Wagon on eBay

~Evan

2001 BMW M5

Anyone want to buy an Astro Black 2006 MINI Cooper S with just under 39,000 miles on the clock? That was owned by yours truly, the author of this post? Because if I was going to offload my car, this is what I am determined to replace it with. I can hear everyone now, “oh, the maintenance costs are insane, it will eat through tires, gas mileage is terrible, bla bla bla.”

I don’t care. I love the E39 M5. And it will be mine, someday. And when it is, I’d like it to be in a dark color with two tone leather, such as this example. The fact that it is in my backyard in Warrington, Pennsylvania is über tempting….

2001 BMW M5 on eBay

2001 M5 in awesome condition inside and out. This is the one you have been looking for. Garage kept, only used in good weather. Stored each winter, rarely even saw rain. Never smoked in. 67200 original miles, Carbon Black Metallic, Black interior with gray inserts, expanded leather interior, M stereo with sub woofer/amp upgrade, CD changer upgraded to play MP3’s. XM radio installed (subscription not included). Dinan Exhaust and software ($3k), BMW short shifter, light tint side and back windows, suede alcanara headliner, full power & heater font seats, pass-thru rear seat /ski bag, M-Audio w/DSP and changer, built in shades for ALL rear windows and a power shade for the rear window (operated by dash switch).

Runs perfect, all mechanical systems fully functional. New tires, brakes, and chrome M5 wheels. Clutch smooth and no slippage. Original wheels included with sale. Fully maintained, never beat or raced. Awesome V8 sound. No accidents or damage. Clean vehicle history, clear title, and no liens (seller has title). $74k + tax original cost! All books and manuals, two keys. Only bodywork is the front bumper I just had repainted – beautifully done with 3 coats of clear – not a chip on it. You will find very few e39 M5’s in this type of condition.

There’s some bidding action with four days left. Even at the buy it now price, this is attractive for me. It certainly appears that this was a well cared for example of what is BMWs best. Good luck to the owner with the sale and oh how I wish I could be the new caretaker. I feel as if I would be the perfect E39 M5 owner. I take the subway to work so I drive on average twice a week, with highway jaunts between DC and Boston and all parts in between around every other month or so. Just enough to keep the car exercised without wearing it out too quickly.

-Paul

The girl next door: 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo for sale

There have been a lot of changes in my life recently. I knew I was in the market for my M5, and simultaneously my girlfriend and I were acting upon long-laid plans to move in together. In classic car-guy fashion, one of my top priorities in finding a new place was to have a garage. Too long had I circled the streets of San Francisco searching for a parking spot, and there was no way in hell I’d put the M5 through the parking situations that I felt fine muscling the Toyota truck into. I knew it was a good sign when we opened the 3-car garage for the triplex that would eventually become our home and saw a 993 Turbo sitting under a car cover. “The M5 would fit in just fine here,” I thought to myself. On this past weekend’s brisk but sunny Sunday, our new neighbor Mark brought his baby out for a waxing, which he lovingly applied with his bare hands. As I tend to hunt for Bimmers Audis and VDubs, it inspired me to learn something about these Turbos, quite obviously (in my eyes) the zenith of the 911 model. Fat whale tail spoiler, all-wheel drive, and 400hp of twin-turbo fury in the cleanest of 911 shapes, I knew this was a special car. It wasn’t until I dug a little deeper that I realized that Mark doesn’t have just any 911; he has the 911 everyone wants. Makes perfect sense to me, but I had no idea that delving into the eBay marketplace would result in cars on the steep side of $50k, with the choicest eclipsing $100,000. Holy cow.

Well, why not showcase the best of the best? I haven’t snooped enough to see how many miles Mark’s has, but the interior and exterior appear near-perfect. Today’s 993 Turbo is the cream of the crop, having covered just under 6k miles. The black leather doesn’t look quite as luscious as Mark’s tan interior, but I guess it will suffice. You better be confident you like the interior, though, as this creampuff doesn’t come cheap. Bidding sits at $80k at time of writing, with a jaw-dropping Buy-It-Now of $116k.

1997 993 Porsche 911 Turbo for sale on eBay

A 1997 Turbo approaching the price of a new one? If you don’t care about 0-60 times, I think you’d be smart to buy this one.

– NR

2000 BMW 528i Touring

The E39 BMW 5 series has rather a large fan base at GCFSB. Also, continuing with the theme of estates from our last post, this body style is quite popular amongst European car enthusiasts. The E39 Touring wasn’t the most popular vehicle in the BMW lineup ten years ago, a fact that is abundantly clear today, as an estate variant of the current F10 5 series is not offered for sale in the United States.

Here is an E39 Touring for sale with just under 80,000 miles and the desirable sport package for sale in Philadelphia.

2000 BMW 528i Touring on eBay

LOW MILES! Sport Package! Wagon! Classic silver/gray color combination! CD CHANGER! The Car has been inspected by our mechanic!

You are looking at a well kept, great looking sporty luxury wagon. The vehicle has been made and assembled entirely in Germany, and consists only of Germany made parts! This wagon is renowned in the world for its unique combination of luxury and superior performance thanks to its award winning I6 engine and almost 50/50 weight ratio, it has great performance to it – it handles and performs as you would expect such a highly acclaimed luxury vehicle! The metallic gray exterior combined gray leather interior gives the car a certain kind of unique classy appeal. It’s a never smoked in great sporty looking wagon. The car comes with 2 stage front airbags and 2 side airbags for you and your passenger’s maximum protection.

The engine is an exceptional I6 – one of the most powerful in the segment – runs strong and smooth provides the power you have come to expect from a BMW. The transmission has the BMW mark on it as well and shifts like on a new car, no skips or slips on shifts – actually it does it so smoothly that you can’t feel it shifting. The car runs great! The engine compartment is clean, and free of any leaks.

The vehicle also features DSC or Dynamic Stability Control, which is a lateral skid control system preventing the driver from skidding off the road in sharp turns and generally keeping the vehicles traction at its best. The A/C works well and blows cold air! We had our mechanic check the car and no problems were found with it. As you can judge for yourself from the pictures – the interior is clean while the seats show almost no wear! No electrical problems were found. The check light of the diagnostic computer reads ok. The engine compartment is clean, and free of any leaks.

This BMW is equipped with a dual-zone climate control system. The power locks, windows, seats and moon roof all work and are in excellent condition. It also features dual heated seats. All the power controls and buttons work a 100%. Rims are in great condition. The car also comes all season tires. The tires have been rotated, balanced. This is a very nice looking vehicle. It’s obviously been garage kept, and is in good condition.

Other than the fact this Touring is lacking a 5 speed manual, I have two small issues right off the bat with this car. First, the BMW badge is missing it’s enamel on the tailgate. These are a quick and inexpensive fix that simply finishes the look. Second, the headlights are suffering from the typical hazing. Fortunately, there are fix it kits out there for this problem. Other than that, the Anthracite Metallic over gray leather looks great and I’ve always been a fan of these deep inset BBS style rims. If ever I needed a family hauler, the E39 528 Touring will always been high up on the list.

-Paul

2006 Mercedes-Benz E500 4matic estate

Here’s a low mileage example of the final year Mercedes-Benz E500 7 passenger estate. I tend to refer to these as Hamptonmobiles, as German estates are the vehicle of choice for those who live and vacation in the far east reaches of Long Island. Armed with 302 horsepower, this wagon can hit 60 in just under six seconds. Additionally, the 4matic all wheel drive makes this a particularly attractive choice for Northeast customers without reverting to the de rigeur SUV.

2006 Mercedes-Benz E500 4matic estate on eBay

2006 Mercedes-Benz E500 4Matic AWD Wagon, Original MSRP: $71,085

* Premium Package (Originally $3,550.00)
– Power Tilt/Sliding Glass Sunroof, Includes 1-touch open/close and memory
– harmon/kardon LOGIC7 Surround Sound System, Includes 12 speakers (including dual surround speakers plus a subwoofer) and 7.1 channel amplifier.
– 6-Disc CD Changer
– DVD COMAND Navigation
– Active Ventilated Front Seats
– Heated Front Seats
– Rear Side-Window Roller Blinds

* Hands Free Communication System (Originally $1,450.00)
– Includes Voice Control

* Lighting Package (Originally $990.00)
– Bi-Xenon Headlamps w/Active Curve Illumination, Low and high beam.
– Headlamp Washers

* Automatic Power Liftgate (Originally $520.00)
* Sirius Satellite Radio (Originally $420.00)
* 3rd Seat 7-Passenger Package

PEDIGREE:

* Extremely Clean and Well Cared For Inside And Out.
* 1 Previous Owner
* Clean CarFax & AutoCheck Vehicle History Reports. 100% AutoCheck and CarFax Certified. No Reported Accidents, Issues, Problems, Etc.
* Amazingly Well Serviced and Maintained at Mercedes of Melbourne, FL
* Tires in Very Good Condition, Tires Measure 7/32nds Rear and 6/32nds Front – App. 60% to 70% of the Tread Remaining. All Matching.

Normally I wouldn’t be so enthused about a car for sale in Chicago but it appears this one was sourced from Florida. It certainly appears as such. While the V8 engine isn’t the most economical choice for the times, the color, practicality and condition make this a good choice for long distance travels. If in fact the extended warranty on offer can be honored at Mercedes dealers, it would be a wise choice, as one could enjoy this estate for a little while longer while mitigating repair costs at a fraction of its cost when new.

-Paul

Lower-mileage 1989 BMW Hartge H26 for sale

Update 12.6.2011: Back on eBay, links updated. Previously listed in November. -dc

The Hartge wheels on a local 325is caught my eye, and while I’m usually more of an Alpina fan, I’m starting to really dig the rare Hartge models of 80s Bimmers. With only 113k miles, today’s beefed-up 325i is beautifully clean inside and out. It has obviously been well taken care of, with the pinstripes and spoilers still looking great, the interior nice enough to eat off (if you allowed food inside), and the underside looking close to new. I can’t see paying the premium on these unless you’re a serious enthusiast, but those who do will get a great looking E30 with as much power as the M3.

1989 BMW Hartge H26 for sale on eBay


A nice recounting of provenance and recent care:

1989 BMW E30 Hartge H26
Bronzit/nature tan leather – shadow line trim & mirrors – Hartge logo’s front & back.
· US Spec. 325ia car prepared by Hartge in Germany – delivered through the “Fly & Drive” program that began in 1987 – a very, very rare car. Build sheet code #0841.
· Low mileage 113K – 5200 miles/year – always adult owned/driven.
· Recent mechanical & restoration.

The vehicle was purchased new by Mr. Jung through Vasek Polak BMW in Hermosa Beach, Ca. The original service booklet & manual verify. My Jung picked out his options & order/pay for the car.The German plant would send the vehicle to Hartge Mfg. to have the options installed. Being in the “Fly & Drive” program (started by Porsche). The buyer would fly over to Germany, take delivery at the plant, drive around Europe for a time, drop the car back at the plant, where the manufacturer would ship the car to the US dealer.

It would also explain how Vasek Polak BMW ended up delivering the car as they could handle all the paperwork & arrangements for the Hartge without being an authorized distributor-they never took possession of the car, floored it, or took it into their inventory. It is also interesting to note that they did not fill in the “delivery mileage” in the vehicles service booklet. This being US Spec. it does not have a “federalization sticker” in the door jamb. H26 4258256 received 12 of the 17 options available from Hartge. Over $14,000 worth, according to the Hartge 1988 catalog. That includes the cylinder head and exhaust system, which was recently replaced with Ansa.

    Hartge H26 Option list

11 27 0490 – Performance H26 Cylinder head conversion 190bhp consisting of:
11 22 0432 – Hartge sport camshaft
11 22 0436 – Hartge light alloy valve cover
12 27 0103 – Re-profiled Montronic
18 27 0500 – Tubular 6 branch Headers – free flow exhaust system.

    Suspension

31 22 0420 – Hartge Sport suspension (35mm lower) consisting of:
Hartge progressive rate Coil Springs.
Hartge/Bilstein special valving struts & shocks.
31 27 0470 – Hartge stabilizer set consisting of:
Hartge stabilizer front adjustable @ 22mm, rear @ 16mm.
31 16 0350 – Hartge aluminum front strut brace, added rear strut brace for improved handling.

    Wheels

36 22 0754 – Hartge aluminum wheels 7.5×16” w/custom machined aluminum center caps.

    Car Body

51 22 0500 – Hartge aerodynamic kit for E30 from 9/87
61 22 0435 Hartge mono arm windscreen wiper system *LHD for E30

    Cockpit

62 22 0150 Hartge instrument console oil pressure gauge, amp meter gauge & clock.
32 27 0400 Hartge 4 spoke leather steering wheel@380mm with hub/horn button.
41 22 0100 Hartge foot rest.
Hartge leather shift knob.
Hartge tach.

The paint is original – in some area’s the paint is checking. On the passenger side of the roof has some dents from an object falling on it. Overall the paint shows well.

Maintenance at 112,422
Water pump
Timing belt
Timing belt tensioner
cam seal
Valve adjustment & valvecover gasket.

Maintenance at 113,050
Getrag 5-speed (80K) with new seals and pilot bearing
ZM3 short shift kit – new selector rod bushing
Sachs clutch disc, Pressure plate, T.O. bearing
13lb flywheel was resurfaced
Rear main crankshaft seal – zero leaks!
Balanced driveshaft, new CCB and Guibo
Slave cylinder/ clutch master cylinder
Pedal assembly was inspected – excellent condition.

s3:46 limited slip – Redline 75w-90
Fresh spark plugs
8MM Blue Silicon spark plug wires in loom.
Cap & rotor
Oil filter housing o-ring, new filter – fresh 20w-50 oil
71 degree thermostat – BMW coolant
New belts
New washer bottle – new washer hose

Brakes:
4 Calipers completely rebuilt
BavAuto cross drilled rotors
Carbonfiber brake pads
DOT Stainless Steel brake lines
Fresh ATE brake fluid.

rear strut brace
New Interstate battery
Rear ANSA muffler (have Hartge exhaust tip)

Bidding is moving already, with just under 9 days left at time of writing and 11 bids pushing it to a still-reserved $6,800. Considering the rarity, it’s hard to know exactly where the bidding will push it, but the cleanliness, lack of miles, and heavy optioning should easily push this towards, and maybe even above, $10k.

-NR

Graham Rahal’s Supercharged CLK63 Black Series for sale

If the owner hasn’t nicknamed this car the “White Rhino” yet, he should. Featured in this month’s european car, it has the fear-factor, chromatic simplicity, and rarity of the aforementioned horned beast. We love rare cars here at GCFSB, but this one is a babushka doll of rarities. Start with the nice-but-mundane Mercedes-Benz CLK. Add 6.2 liters of howling V8, and you get the CLK63. Pile on uprated suspension, brakes, decreased weight, and massively flared fenders, and you get the magical Black Series. Drape it in a rare color. Still too run-of-the-mill for you? Let’s strap a supercharger on the top and add a celebrity owner. This is, as one of my favorite Onion articles so hilariously put it back in 2004 (pre-Gilette Fusion), going Five Blades. With just under 9k miles, I guess the previous owner, Indycar driver Graham Rahal, got distracted during his quest to make the most badass CLK Black Series ever (perhaps organizing funds for the new one?), but his ADD is someone else’s gain. Before he was done with it though, he added a Weistec supercharger to help crank horsepower to over 600 at the crank, along with some ultra-lightweight rims and exhaust. It still weighs 2 tons, but did you see that last sentence? 600+ horsepower. See ya.

Mercedes-Benz Supercharged CLK63 Black Series owned by Graham Rahal for sale

The listing description is less enticing than the ec article, but here it is:

This CLK 63 AMG Black Series was previously the “Safety Car” for Formula One Racing. With only 300 produced and approximately only 30 in white, THIS IS ONE RARE FIND!!!!! It’s Arctic White over Black and comes with over $35,000 in performance upgrades! Upgrades include; 3M Clear Bra, Weistec Supercharger, Evosport Full Exhaust (including Headers and X-Pipe Headers), Evosport Intake Upgrades, Performance Air Filters, Vorsteiner Carbon Front Splitter, MaCarbon Full Carbon Interior Package (including Custom Steering Wheel, Door Trim, Glove Box Trim and ect…) and 19″ Volk G2 Wheels. Also, comes loaded with Navigation, Harman Kardon Logic7 Digital Surround Sound Stereo, Satellite Radio, Bi-Xenon Headlights, AMG Premium Leather Upholstery and much more!

So, is this white rhino worth it? For starters, next to the going rate of $80-90k on eBay for used Black Series, the $104k asking price seems well worth it for the extra rhinoness and provenance compounding the rarity of the car. I’m an Audi/VW/BMW guy (aka, less of a Mercedes or Porsche man), but when I think about $100k sports cars, I’m not sure I can think of one I’d dig more than this. Go ahead, I’m sure some will hate on the white paint or nitpick something else on it. To me, this is a big game trophy worth bagging.

-NR

1991 BMW M3

It’s no secret that the first generation BMW M3 has reached icon status with enthusiasts. Overlooked for many years, it finally has the respect that I thought it deserved all this time. Very mint examples are changing hands in the $30,000 to $40,000 range while very rough, worn out examples are still pulling well over $10,000. I like this particular example for sale in Newbury, Massachusetts because it splits the middle of garage queen and clapped out driver.

1991 BMW M3 on Craigslist Boston

Nice, straight, stock, 1991 BMW e30 M3 with 79,600 miles. WBSAK0318MAE34570 Brilliant Red exterior with Natur Beige leather interior. This car isn’t a Concours garage queen, just a nice car that wasn’t driven very much.

The seller doesn’t provide a very thorough description, but if the condition is consistent with the ad, it should just hopefully need little more than a freshening and maybe a few mechanical fixes. It is heartening to see the original alloys and nothing in the way of performance modifications; hopefully an indication that it wasn’t run too hard. If this M3 could be snagged for a shade under $20,000, it would appear to be a good deal.

-Paul