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

1988 BMW 325iX

You don’t come across these very often, but every now and then they crop up. The all wheel drive 325iX was produced from 1988 through 1991 and was available initially as a two door model and available with four doors after 1989. The iX model had a viscous coupling to split torque to the front and rear wheels with a rear differential to provide limited slip to the rear wheels. Those who are astute with their BMWs can spot an iX instantly, as this model has flared wheel arches and, after 1989, 15″ BBS wheels. Amazingly, the iX only suffers about 1 mpg less in fuel consumption than the more popular iS model.

Description from the seller:

How is the interior?: Look at the pictures! The interior is indistinguishable from when it was new. That is a bold statement, but I will stand by it. The back seats have never been used. The front seats (super nice sport seats) have been covered for years with the sheepskin covers you see in the trunk picture. I have known this car for a very very long time and I have never actually seen the front seats until today, when I removed the sheepskins for the pictures. The seats literally look brand new! No cracking, no wear marks on side bolsters, and the leather is as soft and supple as the were in 1988. The dash is perfect…not a single crack or imperfection anywhere. The headliner is perfect–no sagging and no stains anywhere. The carpets are perfect–always protected by rubber mats, which are also in the trunk. Never ever smoked in. Still smells new–I swear. Look at the pictures. This is the nicest E30 interior you will ever see. Even the AC/Heat knobs look brand new. Interior is a 10/10.

Body: The body is also gorgeous–no rust anywhere on this E30. Denver does not use salt on our roads, and it’s previous home was WA, which also does not use salt, hence this very rare rust free example. The paint is thick and lustrous and shines even in direct sunlight. There are a few imperfections here and there, but you have to get very close to the car to pick them out. The rear quarter flares have some road rash from winter driving, but I imagine these plastic pieces could be resprayed very easily to make the car perfect.

Glass: No cracks or chips anywhere.

Tires: Winter snow tires are currently on the car and they are almost new–85% all around.

Electrical: Everything works perfectly. windows go up and down perfectly, signals work perfectly, etc etc

Heated seats: work!

AC/Heat: blows ice cold and heat is very hot

Mechanical: best part of the car. over-maintained if anything. car needs absolutely nothing, not even an oil change. doesnt leak one drop of anything–could park it on your kitchen floor and wouldnt leave a drop of anything.

Suspension: very tight–not a single rattle or squeak anwhere on the car.

Brakes: 75% all around

These iX models do not come up for sale that often, which makes placing a value on them difficult. Given the rarity, I would think close to $10,000 would be a reasonable guess for such a fun and capable machine. My first car was a 1988 325is and seeing an E30 this mint brings back fond memories. As good as the new 3 series is, the E30 is my favorite, due to their simplicity and fun to drive factor. For the iX, reliability is pretty decent, as I would regularly see a few of these chugging along the streets of Boston when I lived there a few years ago.

Source: BMW325iX Registry FAQs

-Paul

1970 VW Mule for Sale

Have to say, this is a VeeDub I hadn’t seen before.  Kind of like a Type 181 Thing, but way more badass.  The seller’s description sums it up nicely:

All metal body, fiberglass top (not easily removable). Rear torsion housing on back, is mechanically a ’70 Bus. Pans (shortened) on forward is a ’70 Bug. As far as I can tell, stock 1600 DP engine. Bus tranny has ridiculous gears, top speed 50 mph. Has built in tow bar and front mounted winch that operates from inside the cab. Windows go fully up or fully down. No back seat, the whole area is taken up by an aluminum 25 gal. gas tank. New tires and wheels. Includes spare tire, large skid plate (removed) and a mostly fabbed trailer hitch for the rear. Everything works except the horn. Starts, runs and drives well. Needs new ignition switch (part included with vehicle).

1970 VW Mule for Sale on the Samba

Starts and runs well, which is enough for me for a little VW mud gremlin under $3k.  And I had this idea… it’s all VW Bus in the rear, and Subaru engines fit in Buses…

Maybe a little sacrilegious in a nice original like this, but it looks like it could be lots of fun in the right environment.

-NR

Rare BMW Alpina B8 Touring Wagon E36

Alpina’s are rare cars, this one, according to the Alpina register, is 1 of 27 wagon B8s produced in the late 1990s. Around 250 of the B8s were produced in all forms form. The Alpina register has a PDF copy of the whole parts catalog for the B8 so you can see what you are getting.
With 333 horsepower from a custom crafted Alpina 4.6 liter V8 stuffed under the hood of a 3 series, matched to a six speed manual, these have to be fun cars. The touring just adds to the unique and wow factor. Subtle changes like the standard Alpina look wheels and badging are all that give the car away. That is, of course, besides the throaty V8 burble coming from the tailpipes.
I love the fact that one of the previous owners of this particular car has badged it as a 316i. Just image the look of an unsuspecting Mustang owner on the highway as an apparent 4 cylinder station wagon disappears into the horizon.
This particular vehicle looks like it has been enjoyed year round, it has 84,000 miles, sports winter tires. and you can see snow on it in the pictures. Its good to see that the car is being enjoyed.
The owner says the car is on its way over from Bremerhafen Germany. The price is $34,000 or $40,000 if you want the current owner to take care of getting the car registered since it will come in as a grey market vehicle.

BMW Alpina B8 Touring on Craigslist

~Evan

1990 Audi V8 Quattro for Sale

A very low-mileage Audi V8 Quattro is up on eBay with 20 days left at a Buy-It-Now or Best Offer price of $6500.  This was the predecessor to the A8, offering a 3.6L 247hp V8.  Weak by today’s standards, but not too shabby in 1990.  It was also the only full-size sedan with AWD at time and came with a galvanized body, so rust shouldn’t be a problem.

I think the big selling point here is the extremely low 41k miles.   It’s no Ur-S4 or S6, but $6500 for a fun, big AWD sedan is not too bad at all.

-NR