2001 Mercedes Renntech C38 Scarce car and color

This interesting car falls into a strange place in the Mercedes line up.

It started life as a run of the mill 225 horsepower C320, albeit one with a not that common cobalt blue metallic paint. The cobalt blue color is a really nice subdued blue that looks elegant, but not as boring as black.The car was sent to Renntech where the 3.2 was boredout to 3.8 and some additional enhancements, such as exhaust, intake, and rims were added. All completed the car is running a significant bump in horsepower all lag free and normally aspirated. Specs aren’t given, but I beleive the 3.8 is rated at 291 bhp and 305 lb-ft of torque and the cost of that increase from Renntech was $19,000. That is a lot of cash for the same amount of horsepower to be had from a 50 shot of NOS. Total upgrades on the car according to the seller total $25,000.

What makes this a bit of an odd duck, is unlike other monster horsepower Renntech vehicles the horsepower isn’t huge, and the gains put it right into competition with the AMG C32 that also came out in 2001. The C32 pumps out 50 more horsepower from its supercharger making this Renntech model a bit superfluous.

The car is listed on eBay at $13,900. With 92,000 miles on it you can find a C32 with that kind of mileage for the same price. I noted that the same car is listed elsewhere on the net for $11,900. Not particularly flashy or powerful, but a unique ride that cost way too much to convert when  new.

2001 Mercedes Renntech C38 on ebay

~Evan

 

 

 

 

1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC Supercharged VR6

The title of this description lists it as a 1992, but the description lists it as a 1994 Canadian model Corrado. It is unclear to me whether that means the engine is a transplant or if this is a VIN discrepancy or something else. The auction lists the car as being in New York, but it appears to have an Ontario plate on the back. When we see that kind of thing happen it often means the photos aren’t current.

Painted up in BMW Laguna Seca blue and with added body parts the car looks great. The Corrado was an obtainable favorite of mine back in junior high. This one a has 77,000 miles, but no indication on how many of those have been covered since the supercharger was added. The VR6 is a great engine and supercharging it has been a proven way of getting a few extra reliable (when done properly and not abused) ponies out of it. With 180 horsepower stock even a modest jump in horsepower makes a difference in the Corrado.

While the seller provides a parts list, included below, there is no other description about the condition of the car or its history, which would lead me to believe that no one in there right mind will bid on this. Also only four pictures, none of the interior, leaves lots of room for hidden blemishes a new owner would want to know about. This is not how you sell a car. The ask price is $16,500.

Exterior

New Laguna Seca Blue Paint Job
Ottinger Front Lip ( Moulded )
Ottinger Side Skirts (Moulded)
Ottinger Rear Lip (Moulded)
Subaru Hood Scoop ( Moulded )
Kamei Front Upper Grill Spoiler
Audi Door Handles
M3 Style Rear Lights (FK)
Hella Euro Front Lights
McCullock Style HID Lighting System
Clear Side Markers
H2 Antenna
Shaved Side Moldings and rear wiper

Interior

Autopower Roll Cage (Painted Same Colour As Car)
Black Tom Motorsports Racing Seats
4 point Corbeau Harnesses
Sparco Steering Wheel
Momo Shifter And E-brake
Autometer Gauges:
-Boost
-Air-fuel
-volts
-oil temp

Suspension & Rims

FK Coilovers
19″ Radius Moda R6 Rims
Pirelli P7000 215/35/19 Tires
Neuspeed Upper Strut Brace
Neuspeed Lower Tie Bar

Performance

Vortec Supercharger Kit V1 Stage 3 intercooled
HKS SSQV Blow Off Valve
310cc Injectors
ATP Custom Supercharger Chip
Flexalite Oil Cooler
Borla Full Stainless Steel 2.5″ Exhaust
ClutchMaster Stage 2 Street Clutch

1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC Supercharged VR6 on eBay

~Evan

 

2001 BMW M5

Blame this post on fellow GCFSB contributor Nate. Ever since he snagged his E28 M5, I’ve had M5 on the brain. I’ve driven a few E39s, and most notably, a friend’s 2003 525i 5 speed manual sticks in my mind as striking a great balance between luxury and sport. The shifter was accurate without being too notchy, the clutch takeup was perfectly weighted and the ride was serene without putting you to sleep.

I’ve dreamed about driving an E39 M5 for quite some time. I’ve been a passenger in one, but I’m hoping, someday soon, that I can buy a low mileage example of my own. The cost of entry to this 400 horsepower beast is becoming more reasonable, such as this particular one for sale in Connecticut.

2001 BMW M5 on Autotrader

LOOK AT THE MILES!! 50,210 Original Miles on this Gorgeous ‘01 M5 with a 6-Speed Manual Transmission!! This vehicle comes equipped with Navigation, Bi-Xenon Headlamps, Power Heated Front Seats, Sport Suspension, Sport Steering Wheel, and much more!!! WOW.

Silver isn’t my most favorite color for an M5, however, it would allow me to slip past the fuzz more easily. Still, I’d rather have a nice dark blue, black, or just to be obnoxious, Imola Red.

Here’s a clip of Jeremy Clarkson’s series “Meet the Neighbors” where Nürburgring legend Sabine Schmidt does a hot lap in the E39 M5 Nürburgring Taxi.

-Paul

Car and Driver featured 2000 BMW M Coupe

This is a nice looking clown shoe with 72,000 miles. This two owner car that appears to have been well cared for. This specific car’s claim to fame is a cover photo on C&D magazine, which is kind of cool. The silver and black color combo looks good. The tinted windows add to the good look.

Somewhat surprisingly for an M Coupe or Roadster of this mileage, it looks like this one is remarkably stock. A nice Racing Dynamics cat back exhaust appears to be the only major modification and a good one at that. The owner has also had some suspension bushings replaced which is a good way to tighten up the handling.

The interior, trunk, and under hood, all show minimal signs of use.

Fairly heavy bidding has this up at $15,800 with lots of time left and the reserve not met. That is getting right up there pricewise, but there is still some room to go higher for such a nice looking example of this future collectable. The M Coupe Buyer’s Guide, http://www.mcoupebuyersguide.com/, lists average sale price at $24,000. Just the right amount of horsepower in the trusty six running through the manual transmission makes these a blast to drive.

Car and Driver featured 2000 BMW M Coupe on eBay

~Evan

2007 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon

Zac emailed me to let me know about this special piece of inventory: a 2007 E63 Wagon. Not only does this monster possess 507hp, it knows how to use them. Check out this Car & Driver drag race between a Mercedes E63 wagon and an Audi R8 V8:

On to the car in question, let’s let the pictures do the talking:

2007 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon

quote from seller’s listing:

Only 67 E63 AMG Wagons were sold in the US in 2007 and this is quite possibly the only one ever in Barolo Red Metallic. They are almost always black or silver, I have seen only a couple of sedans in this color and never another wagon. POSSIBLY 1 OF 1 IN THIS RARE COLOR. AMAZINGLY FAST WAGON, Loaded with every option, Navigation, Suede Headliner, Steering Wheel Paddle Shifters, 3rd Row Seating (seats 7), Harmon Kardon Sound, Satellite Radio, Heated and Air Conditioned front seats, variable suspension, the list goes on!! 6.2 liter V8, 507 hp @ 6800 RPM, 465 lb-ft @ 5200 RPM. Only one senior owner from brand new, this car was a special order direct from Germany. Fully serviced only at Factory MB Dealer, last service just two months ago. The Car is stunning and needs nothing except a new owner. Both keys, manuals, mats etc. Rare opportunity. These cars are highly coveted among the AMG enthusiast crowd. They don’t hit the market often and when they do, they always bring a big following. Pics are not the best and dont do the car the justice it deserves, i will take better ones this week the first dry day we get. No paintwork or accidents, clean Title / carfax. Must be seen and driven in person to be appreciated. These things are very rare, even rarer to find one with this color combo, options and low mileage. They almost have a cult following in the car world, not a lot of car companies make a sporty wagon these days, definitely not many making a 507 Horsepower V8 Monster that seats 7 people!!! This thing will embarrass most Italian Supercars, a real sleeper, keep them guessing!!!

I must admit that I typically prefer the modern classic Merc’s, but this is one bad ass ride and a spectacular color combo. Good luck to the seller and I hope it finds a special home.

dc

1991 BMW 850i 6 speed

I’m always at a loss to figure out why the BMW 8 series never caught on. It was more practical than the Z8 halo car that succeeded it and a tad more butch than the E24 6 series which it followed. No one seemed to care though during it’s decade long run. As a result, good, clean examples can be had for pennies on the dollar. Such as this example in Illinois.

1991 BMW 850i 6 speed on eBay

1991 BMW 850I V12 Coupe. Only 72,909 Actual Miles! Original MSRP Over $70,000. Still Looks And Drives Like New! VERY RARE 6~SPEED! Well Maintained Since New! A True Collector Car!

● 12 Cylinder Engine
● RARE 6 Speed Manual Transmission
● Power Steering
● Power Brakes
● Factory Air Conditioning
● Factory Sunroof
● Factory BMW Phone
● Complete Factory Tool Kit
● All Power Amenities
● Four Wheel Power Disk Brakes
● Compact Disc Changer In Trunk
● Black Leather Interior
● Upgraded BMW Alloy Wheels

History

This Car Plays An Iconic Roll In BMW’s History! These Cars Are Becoming Harder And Harder To Find… Not To Mention A Low Mile, Well Maintained, 6 Speed! This Car Has Been Well Cared For Since New! The Undercarriage Shows That It Hasn’t Seen Any Harsh Weather!

Condition

Only 72,909 Actual Miles!

Exterior…

For Being Over 20 Years Old, This Car Is In Exceptional Condition! The Depth Of The Black Paint Appears As It Would Have When It Was New! The Car Is Very Straight Down The Sides, No Major Door Dings Etc. The Paint Has Minor Blemishes And Scuffs As Any 21 Year Old Car Will Have… Nothing Major! Just Typical Wear And Tear…

Interior…

The Leather Interior Is Very Nice, Shows Some Minor Wear From Age, But As You Can See By The Pictures It Still Looks Very Nice!

Mechanicals…

The Car Has Been Meticulously Maintained By Its One Owner! This Car Speaks For Itself When You Drive It! No Squeaks And Rattles! This Is A True Quality European Collector Car!

This 8er strikes a good balance for me in not being too much of a garage queen yet hasn’t been overly worn out. The leather could use some conditioning inside, along with a good buffing of the black paintwork. I’d say if someone could snag this for anywhere between $11k and $14k, it would be well bought and a lot of car for the money.

Top Gear recently did a retrospective of V12 coupes and presenter Richard Hammond saw fit to pick up a lower mileage 850Ci coupe:

-Paul

Reader Ride: 1984 Mercedes 500SEL AMG 5.4

Carlton emailed me over the break with his stunning 500SEL AMG. While this car has mileage befitting it’s age and the patina to match, it is being sold as an authentic AMG equipped vehicle. The best part is that it is a NO RESERVE auction! With a little over a day to go, it’s currently at a bit over $8k!

1984 Mercedes 500SEL AMG 5.4 for sale on eBay

quote from the seller’s listing:

All I can say this is one fantastic Mercedes! I have owned many rare and unique cars and I can honestly say this one might be one of the neatest cars I have ever owned. I get many thumbs up. This AMG has presence! It has been a southern car for a majority of its life, hence no rust at all. For being 28yrs. old it is in very good condition. The paint is in fair shape and has a couple of flat spots in it. Also if you look at the front fender it has a spot of cancer the size of a half dollar. The rear window is delaminating, which is common with this vintage. This is a real AMG with all AMG parts stamped and verified. I have done all preventive maintainance and have added some performance inhancements. This particular Mercedes has the AMG catalog thrown at it with a no cost approach from the original purchaser. Below is a list of AMG options installed and the maintainance I have done. **********euro vehicle, eBay does not recognize VIN. It’s a 1984*************

AMG Options

AMG Areodynamics

full body kit

rear spoiler

Performance

tubular exhaust headers

5.4 liter modification to version lll

Suspension

lowering kit

AMG 3pc Areo’s(new Toyo tires)

Interior Apointments

full leather treatment including dash and all surfaces your body touches

steering wheel

Recaro Ideal C seats(fully functioniing)

matching wood console

shift knob

full door wood kit

AMG rear logo

champaigne cooler center console(not working, but cool non the less, all parts there)

Maintainance

timing chain, rail, guides and tensioner

plugs, wires and valve adjustment

interior restoration

recharge A/C and replace belts

all fluids flushed and replaced

battery

stainless 2.5 exhaust with X pipe into dual Magnaflow exhaust

As good as the pictures came out, this AMG is 28yrs old and shows some pantina. The exterior shows well, but I was going to have it painted. The dipped chrome trim has some paint flaking off, along with the front grille. The front spoiler has a crack in the middle, holding up well, but needs repair. The interior has been restored to like new condition. The leather is in fantastic shape with minimal wear. Most of the interior wood is in decent shape, excluding the dash trim pieces. To make this stand tall next to the leather I would have all wood restored. Mechanically this car is strong! I took it out the other day and ran with a Mustang GT. The top end seems endless! All service has been performed by a Mercedes Master tech and is spot on. This summer I took it to Atlanta and back with temps pushing 90 with the A/C blowing cold and the temp needle holding steady. There are a couple problem areas that will need attention. The first is the transmision. I’ve had it looked at and the tech said it is fine, it just shifts a little soft for me, I hear you can adjust it. Never tried. The vaccum needle bounces around at idle. Probably a vaccum line some where. Also the driver side and passenger side window switches are going bad. They work, but require a little force. This AMG is a piece of Mercedes history and I guarantee it is one of few optioned like this. It deserves to be restored and driven and definately appreaciated. There are a couple reasons I’m selling it: I dont get to drive it like I should or have the time to put into restoring it, secondly I’m buying a car I sold years ago and it’s for sale again, you know how it goes, wife say’s I can only have so many toy’s. Who ever wins this auction will be gettiing a great car and a piece of Mercedes and AMG history!

While this car needs some attention to be perfect, it is a great looking period piece and I hope it finds a loving new home. Good luck with the sale Carlton.

If you have a car that should be seen on our site, please email me!

dc

1999 Volkswagen Polo 1.9 SDI Estate

Here’s another one of those “I wonder how it got here, who knows if it is legal” cars. The Volkswagen Polo was introduced in 1974 as a smaller alternative to the Volkswagen Golf and Jetta. Throughout the years it increased in size, however, even in the late 1990s, as we see with this example, it is a good bit smaller than the average Jetta/Bora estate. Also, with 64 horsepower, it is well off on the horsepower stats as well. Still, it is a neat and fuel efficient subcompact rarely seen here on these shores.

1999 Volkswagen Polo SDI Estate on eBay

Only Polo SDI Wagon in the US. Super low miles, euro car, clean and clear title. 1.9 Diesel engine, 5 speed manual transmission. Winter package, like a Golf TDI but is a wagon. Car achieves 60 mpg on the highway. Blaupunkt stereo, very cool car with a very cool history. More reliable and much more efficient than new TDIs. Will not last, being sold on a first come, first served basis.

We’ve seen that some states in this country that will accept non-US VIN numbers for titling purposes, such as the Audi S3 recently seen for sale in Colorado on Quattroworld. However, the S3 is similar enough to the S4 that it might have given regulators an excuse to turn a blind eye. The Polo…well, there was no related Volkswagen model sold here. If someone is able to work around the DMV and live in a state where laws are rather lax, salut. Your unique, German engineered gas miser awaits.

-Paul

1998 Volkswagen GTI VR6

I’ve been banging on for quite some time about how much I dreaded my 2000 Volkswagen GTI 2.0, or “Satan’s own ride” as I called it. From day one, it was electrical problems, trim items falling off, you name the issue, this car had it. Just thinking about part on that car would would make it break. I was quite surprised, given this was a GTI built in Wolfsburg, Germany. Nevertheless, I traded it in one day after the warranty expired. The car I had before the 2000 GTI was a Mexican built 1998 GTI 2.0. I liked that car much better. Even though I only had it for one year, it had no issues and was, in my opinion, more fun to drive than its MkIV counterpart.

I still long to have my red 1998 GTI back, and every time I see a MkIII, whether it’s the 2.0 or the VR6, it brings back good motoring memories. It’s hard to find low mileage MkIIIs these days, but here’s a good driver for sale on Long Island.

1998 Volkswagen GTI VR6 on eBay

We are proud to offer this very clean 1998 Volkswagen Golf GTI VR6 5-Speed hatchback with 111k miles. These are becoming harder and harder to find in good condition and this is a very nice example. This one has some of the “Driver’s Edition” options such as the golf ball shift knob and red stitching on the steering wheel, shift boot, and emergency brake lever. This GTI has been very well maintained and it shows. Everything works in this vehicle and it drives amazingly well for the year. The tires are all fairly new. The tailgate is a bit rusty (very common on these), but this is easy to swap out for a new one. This GTI is completely stock aside from an aftermarket air intake (sounds beautiful). Please see all pictures for exact condition. It is a very clean vehicle overall. Feel free to give us a call with any questions or to make arrangements to come see this vehicle.

This car has the usual rust issues on the tailgate and a few other cosmetic issues that could use some attention. If you could snag this car for around $3,500, I would consider it well bought. The VR6 is one of those legendary engines and provided the car checked out okay mechanically, it would be a lot of fun on the cheap.

-Paul

2000 BMW Racing Dynamics R50 Sedan

This selection comes our way from an email sent by Nick. I apologize as I didn’t get to his email until tonight and the auction ends in just 20 hours. That said, it’s an intriguing listing considering where the bidding is currently ($14k +) and how close we are to e39 M5 territory.

This e39 started life as a more garden variety BMW 540i. However that really is selling the car short as the 540i, especially with the sport package and 6 speed gearbox, really do make for a powerful and fun sport sedan. But with a reported $60k in aftermarket upgrades parts, the performance of this car is elevated to very similar numbers as the M5 of the same generation.

Racing Dynamics has always been familiar to me from their ads in magazines like European Car and VW & Porsche before it. They have been making aftermarket parts for a few European marques for over two decades, but BMW in particular has always seemed to carry a deeper product line.

2000 BMW Racing Dynamics R50 For Sale on eBay

quote from the seller’s website:

This is a Racing Dynamics custom E39 BMW 540i with $60K invested. Modifications Include but are not limited to: -R50 engine rebuild, bored and stroked to 4.93 liter displacement, 11.3:1 compression, high performance cams, tubular headers with custom exhaust, Horse Power – 407, Max RPM – 6,200, Torque – 423, Max Torque RPM – 4,350, Axle Ratio – 3.46 limited slip differential, RDSport RD2 cast off-set front & rear wheels – 19″ x 9.0″ front, 19″ x 10.5″ rear Tires – Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires Tire size – fronts 245/35 rears 275/30 – RDSport (Brembo F40 OEM) 4-piston caliper, NEW 355mmx32mm slotted rotor front brakes -RDSport chassis kit & stabilizer bars -RDSport E39 Body Trim – The 2000 BMW 540i comes with factory options: leather interior, heated front seats, parking sensors, premium sound with DSP and six-speed manual transmission. Much more information is available to purchase inquiries, we have files full of mechanical records and more upgrade information here at DC Motors.

I really love those wheels! The appearance kit is also a nice upgrade without upsetting the understated lines of the e39. And I have no doubt the motor is a wonderful piece of work to put through the paces. My only criticisms would be the terribly out of date clear rear lenses, and the very stock looking interior. The pedal kit and shift knob/e-brake combo just don’t feel like they upgrade the interior enough to compliment the enhancements on the rest of the car. Especially since the M5 does…

Thanks for the forward Nick!

dc