1986 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 with 63,000 miles

Clean, low mileage Mercedes 190E sedans are getting harder to find these days. Even more rare are well looked after examples of the hot version, the 190E 2.3-16 with an engine developed jointly with Cosworth and an available 5 speed manual transmission with dog leg first gear. Before AMG became the in-house tuning arm of Mercedes-Benz, there were several performance sedans to emerge from the manufacturer, most notably the W109 300SEL 6.3, W116 450SEL 6.9 and the legendary Porsche assembled W124 500E/E500. The 190E 2.3-16 and 2.5-16 were part of this high performance history.

This is the holy grail of 190E 2.3-16V cars; all original paint and body panels, no accidents or paintwork EVER. Only 63K documented original miles. Fantastic original cosmetic condition inside and out. Flawless mechanically with everything working including the VDO computer. A 5-speed manual with a smooth and perfect clutch and transmission. She runs strong, looks great, and is in SUCH great shape cosmetically and mechanically; this car needs NOTHING but a new owner.

The 190E 2.3-16 has begun to garner recognition amongst collectors and values have crept up as of late. Still, no matter how clean, $17,900 seems optimistic, given that mint C43 AMG models with a V8 can be had for similar, if not less money. True, the C43 is a different animal, but when NADA is listing a high retail shy of $12,000 for this car, one would think this kind of vehicle would maybe pull $14-15k max. Still, there is no denying that this is an exceptional example of an important piece of Mercedes-Benz history.

-Paul

Reader Ride For Sale: 2002 BMW M3 SMG Convertible

John dropped me a note to let me know about his lovely and low miles e46 M3 convertible that has just been listed. Sporting a very low 24k miles with Titanium Silver on Imola Red leather, check it out on Autotrader for an asking of $25,500:

quote from his listing:

Out of my private collection. I am a collector of rare American muscle and high performance cars and am the original owner of this car. Unlike multiple owner M3s or dealer offered, you can be confident of the following. This car has NEVER seen rain/snow, NEVER been valet parked, NEVER tracked or raced, NEVER touched by a detailer or buffer, NEVER run through a car wash, NEVER smoked or eaten in, NEVER parked within doors reach of another car, NEVER damaged or modified, NEVER spent a night outside and NEVER serviced by anyone except a BMW dealer. I bought this car new from Joe Perillo BMW in Chicago. It lives in my climate controlled building and is only driven on nice days, in season. I have never had the car detailed and have done all the care my self. Hand washing, waxing, and clay barring. The battery is maintained on a smart system and it has always been stored properly from fuel to tires. All original with the exception of Fresh OE rubber. It is practically flawless with the exception of a few blemishes on the front and a minor scuff on the outside edge of one rim. This is truly an opportunity to purchase a car that has been pampered, never beat on (as many of them are) and has low mileage, of which the preponderance, are recreational country drives. I do not need to sell this car, I am considering changing up my collection. Please don’t quote me values, as NADA or KBB cannot sell you a car, let alone one of this pedigree and condition. I have the original window sticker as well as all records (including insurance receipts for withdrawal of use every season) The car was built with the following options. Heated seats Bi-xenon headlights Harmon Kardon sound system The phenomenal SMG transmission (I’m an F1 nut bought this car for the tranny and it rocks!) Includes OE BMW windscreen (pictured) If you have been looking for an M3, this is THE right one.

We’re always happy to help our readers get more exposure, especially with examples as nice as this. Good luck with the sale John!

If you have an exception German Car For Sale, email me to get it listed here.

dc

1960 Audi Auto Union 1000Sp

My knowledge of Audis has a pretty large gap between Auto Union racers and the late 70s, so I claim no expertise on this find, but I know it’s cool.  Who knew cars could have Four Rings AND finned fenders!?  The Auto Union 1000 was made from 1957 to 1963 with 1,000cc two-stroke engines.  The 1000Sp was the 2+2 variation with sporting pretensions, made as a coupe until 1962 when a convertible was made available too.  This is a pretty cool car as it was the last generation of Audi/Auto Union cars before VW took ownership.

Some background from the seller:

A rare find indeed! This 1960 Auto Union 1000Sp was found in the hills of California. The body panels are straight and 95% of the car is present. There are two separate 3 cylinder, two stroke motors that go with the car, along with all of the parts for under the hood. There is a third aluminum head and a “one-off” custom intake that I was told was to use three Suzuki motorcycle carbs on it. The frame and suspension of the car appear solid and straight. The rear seat area of the floor has rust through as does the entire trunk pan area. Serious attention will be needed in these areas. There is one dent at the seam of the front fender and drivers door, easily repairable. The car currently has the trans-axle in it, however the motor and accessory parts are out of the car and boxed up. The interior parts and pieces are present but also will require much attention. The gauge cluster is present and in good condition. Speedometer is in MPH.

This is a full restoration car, but a good solid start to a rare German automobile. Don’t miss your opportunity to purchase this unique exotic sports car. It is both concourse and historic race eligible following restoration. A truly rare barn find in good condition ready to finish to your liking.

Obviously a work-intensive project, it seems to be rusty but pretty complete.  Current bid is $3,500 with 5 days left, so if you have a penchant for obscure post-war German oddities, this could be your chance!

-NR


2003 Audi RS6 under $30k on eBay

The Audi RS6 is a very special car.  The largest RS-ified car from the four rings, the RS6 was the first RS car to make it to America.  It did so in grand style, coming with a twin-turbo V8 mated to the venerable Quattro all-wheel-drive.  It subtly announces it’s presence with a little fender flare, some front intakes, wheels, and a trunklid spoiler.  These small changes make for an aggressive, if quiet, package, alluding to the massive capabilities that came as the Horsepower Wars really started to heat up.  One of these used to prowl the island I grew up on, proving illusive but a rewarding find when seen in the wild.  It’s not as extroverted and crazy as the newer RS4 and RS6, but it can tackle most any challenge in style and is a great early-millenium sleeper.

It’s hard to believe these $80k+ cars are under $30k now, and with just 70k miles.  That’s a lot of luxury and a lot of speed for a really good price.  The interior and exterior are similarly subtle but sexy.  It’s too bad they never brought the manual or the Avant to the US, but beggers can’t be choosers, and I’m begging for this RS6.

-NR

E30 M3 Turbo on eBay

At first I was excited about this post, but quickly I felt a small pang in my heart.  I love E30 M3s, as I know many of us do, and I’ve seen people do some amazing modifications to them.  So I’m posting this turbo-S52’d example because it’s impressive and interesting, but something inside says it’s a little bit wrong.  Removing the S14 is a contentious issue among E30-lovers, so that hobbles the car from the get-go.  Turbocharging is awesome  in nearly all applications; but isn’t the only homologated M3 all about directness and uninhibited, naturally-aspirated glory?  Then I think the final unsettling lemon-on-top is the exterior, namely the color and wheels.  Alas, it’s an impressive exercise in E30 tuning, so I think it’s worth sharing.

I don’t hate this car, and it’s still hovering around $10k, so it’s not like it’s horribly overpriced.  It’s just built based on different values and assertions than I hold with regards to what makes the E30 M3 so special.  To each their own, and someone will love this.  It’s just not me.

-NR

1991 VW Doka Vanagon Truck for Sale

Since everyone seemed to be so upset by the price of the last VW Van I posted, I figured I’d post a very rare example at a much more reasonable price: just $57k.

1991 VW Vanagon DOKA Tristar Syncro for sale

Before everyone gets their collective leiderhosen in bunches, I’ll let the seller explain WHY this VW is deserving of a such a price.  It’s a long but entertaining read, and I highly recommend it to fans of obscure VW knowledge.

These trucks are pretty common all over the world, EXCEPT in the USA. VW technically did not import ANY Vanagon trucks into the USA. This is one of 18 that was brought into Canada under very special circumstances. Indeed, there is a great story behind this Vanagon TriStar Double Cab (DOKA) Syncro (4WD) truck.

As the story goes, there once was an oil exploration company in Canada that ordered 18 Syncro DOKAs just like this one. And, they were not just ANY Syncro DOKAs, but all TriStar models—more on that in a moment. The company ended up going out of business before the trucks arrived. So, VW of North America ended up selling these 18 trucks through their distributors in Canada.

Well, one of the ex-employees of the company snagged two of these, and brought them legally back home to Southern California. Check out the photos of the current California title. That is right: This is one of those 18 DOKAs made with the correct VIN for North America. This may seem like an inconsequential detail—but it is actually quite a big deal in this case, because this DOKA is diesel powered. Currently, it is not possible to bring a diesel powered vehicle into California if the vehicle in question was not a model offered somewhere else in the USA. NO WAY. So, the first amazing thing about this DOKA is that it is a totally LEGALLY REGISTERED DIESEL: That alone would be crazy enough, but it gets better…

Every DOKA ever made, except for these 18, was sold outside the USA. They were sold in Northern Europe and Scandinavia, and were mostly work trucks, put into service in severe weather (especially the Syncro models). Of the 18 that made it to North America, most were sold in Canada. What does this mean? It means that just about every DOKA ever made is now a rust bucket. By contrast, thistruck has lived all its life in Southern California, and has spent its time on the freeway. Therefore: NO RUST. Anybody who has ever spent time staring at a DOKA, like me, is simply amazed by how incredibly rust free this example is. But wait, it gets better…

This is not just any ol’ DOKA. This is a TriStar. So, unlike 90% of all VW DOKAs ever made that were basically 3-door, stripped-down work trucks, the TriStars were built super plush. TriStar means it has every factory option, including:

• Full plush cloth interior
• Padded dash
• Wall-to-wall carpet
• Heated driver’s seat
• Rear window defroster
• Cruise control
• Arm rests on both front seats
• Power windows
• Rear differential lock
• And last but not least: FOUR DOORS

And, that’s not all…

The guy we got this from is a super duper, over-the-top Vanagon NUT. He went totally overboard and did the following:

– Complete repaint inside and out to factory color
– Gray color redone all around the bottom
– Lots of seals and gaskets replaced
– All new carpet throughout
– Syncro.Org springs
– Old Man Emu shocks
– All new brakes
– Driveshaft decoupler (still has viscous coupler)
– Nice stereo with new larger speakers under rear seat
– All new power door lock system with remote entry

PLUS, HE ADDED:

– Air conditioning system (that kicks ass, BTW)
– Fresh transaxle with much taller 3rd and 4th gears, for the…

LAST BUT NOT LEAST:

– 1.9 liter Turbo Direct Injection (TDI) diesel engine with intercooler

Now, a few words about the AC and TDI engine:

AC in a DOKA? That is not possible…. that is, unless you are some sort of super duper, over-the-top Vanagon NUT. The owner had the AC unit painstakingly removed from an early 80s Vanagon, painted to match the interior scheme, and custom-installed so it looks like it came that way from the factory. Now, we have added NORMAL, FACTORY AC into a run-of-the-mill Westy that did not have it. It was a fairly straight forward job, but still cost north of $5k—all said and done. I just can’t IMAGINE how much time THIS took.

So, again, I admit that this kind of car is highly overpriced for most people. However, there is a dedicated group out there for whom the words DOKA, Syncro, and TDI are holy terms and nearly soul-shatteringly awesome when combined altogether.  For someone out there, this rare gem is easily worth its price.

-NR

1957 Porsche 356A Speedster

This find comes courtesy of Doug over and Rare SportBikes For Sale.
White with Red interior and 51,000 miles. Seller is looking for $175,000. Not much info is provided. I looked to see if this car was listed elsewhere with more details and did not find it.
This is a lot of money to pay for a car where, like Cobras, most people will assume it is a replica.
Looks really nice.

1957 Porsche 356A Speedster on Windmill Cycles

~Evan

Mercedes 6.9 powered Sbarro Gullwing

The seller has had this listed a couple times on eBay and it hasn’t sold. It is listed as a 1976, but while that may be how it was registered I’m certain this car was converted in the early 1980s. It is riding on the W126 500SEC based chassis, not as the seller states the 116.  The engine is the 6.9 liter out of the 116 based 450SEL 6.9, though. (edit: This model is on the W116 chassis, unlike the 5.0 liter versions that came on the W126.)

While this one is an automatic, these cars were available with a 5 speed manual and with a bi-turbo engine 5.0. When new these cars started at 250,000 German marks.

The Swiss based Franco Sbarro company still does business on high end vehicles.

The seller might want to go with more classic rims and include more information and pictures of the engine bay if they want to get anything close to the $90,000 ask price.

UPDATE

At first look this indeed looks like a W126 chassis vehicle. This has the W116 dash, something I easily recognize from my days of 6.9 ownership, and distinctive U.S. market 116 servo climate control center console, something my 6.9 didn’t have being grey market.

Two sources I used in digging up some info, Customizing and Tuning Mercedes by Heitz and Neff and Extraordinary Automobiles by Vann and Asaria both list Sbarro as using 500SEC W126 chassis as the basis for these conversions, calling it first the Shahin 1000 and then the 500 Portes Papillon Gullwing. It turns out they did use 116 chassis parts when using the 6.9 liter engine as opposed to the 5.0 or the 5.0 twin turbo option. Apparently the 6.9 motor was not available with the twin turbo option. It was one or the other, though who knows, money could lead companies like this to do strange things for customers.

There is also some wonderful additional photos and information available over at 1000sel.com and this Sbarro Shahin website which quotes directly from the Vann book and uses the same photos from that book.

~Evan

1991 BMW M5 For Sale

My favorite generation of the BMW M5 is the late 80s E28.  That is, until I see an E39 roll menacingly by, then it’s definitely the E39.  Well, until I see something like this beautiful E34 pop up on eBay.  Damn, these are good looking cars.  The last of the hand-built M cars, they also carried over the M1/M5/M6 inline-6, displacing 3.5 liters.  Power was up to 315hp, and the clean early 90s styling make it one of the most subtle M cars.  It’s beautiful and fast, exemplified by this low-mileage version that showed up on eBay.

This really is one of the most gorgeous E34s I’ve seen.  Though I normally go for darker/subtle colors, I think the red is awesome.  It’s wearing some of the best BMW wheels out there; I’ve seen these look amazing on everything from E30 M3s to E38 7-series.  The Dinan chip and suspension are tasteful upgrades that make it a bit better without overdoing it.  To top off the total package, it only has 55k miles.  This total package comes at a price, however, and the Buy-It-Now is set at $20,750.  A lot of money for sure, as there are other E34 M5s out there for 1/4 of the price.  On the other hand, those cars probably suck.  There are E34 540i’s going around $15k, and considering the nature and condition of this car, it’s not exorbitant.  Hand-built, sexy 90s Teutonic speed for the price of a Honda Civic sounds good to me.

-NR

1989 Volkswagen Fox with 1,300 miles

The Volkswagen Fox was introduced to North America in 1987 model year to serve as a sort of Beetle like, entry level vehicle. Based on the South American market Volkswagen Gol, the Fox was sold as a two or four door sedan, with a two door wagon appearing in the lineup from 1988 to 1990. Power came from a fuel injected, 1.8 liter 8 valve engine mated solely to a manual transmission.

The seller states:

VW Collectors and Enthusiasts take note! This is a 1989 Volkswagen Fox Coupe WITH ONLY 1300 MILES!! This vehicle comes with a CA SMOG CERTIFICATE dated 02/09/10. IT WAS inspected by our mechanic and was found to be running and driving however it has been sitting for 20 years and we would recommend anyone to have it fully inspected by your local VW dealer. The A/C was blowing cold when we tested it.

This vehicle looks like it just came off the showroom floor…it may very well the only VW Fox in existence with the low of mileage and in the pristine condition. It appears to be an always garaged vehicle. It has only been driven 35 miles since 2004 and 165 since 1996. It is a local, one owner vehicle. The owner/donor suffered vision impairment soon after purchasing this vehicle and as a result it was not used for 20 years. The exterior and interior look brand new; there does not appear to be any wear to the vehicle.

With less than a week left in a no reserve auction, it will be interesting to see what this sells for. Surely not many were keeping these stored away thinking they would be future classics. Somehow I don’t think it will fetch big bucks, which is a good thing for those out there looking for cheap, efficient, German-engineered transportation.

– Paul

Nate also posted on this car at the same time here are his thoughts:
Does extreme low mileage matter if the car is, at best, mundane? Probably to someone. This may very well be the lowest-mileage VW Fox ever. Someone donated this 1,293 mile Fox to Cars 4 Causes, and now it’s on eBay at just over $4k. They say prior to donation it hadn’t been driven in 20 years, but, impressively, it’s running and driving.

Low-mileage cars have a freshness that even the most well-cared-for old car can’t match. If someone was looking for an immaculate VW Fox, this is it. The interior and trunk are mind-boggling time capsules. The worth of this is highly subjective so I won’t wager a guess at what it will go for, but if it stayed around $5k I’d call it a steal, if only because of how weird and clean a 1k mile VW Fox is.

-NR