1989 Mercedes 560SEC Gemballa: The Definition of Gaudy!

There was a time when I thought Don Johnson, dayglo, and hair gel were all good ideas. And this Gemballa would’ve for sure been welcomed in my dream garage. Of course I was 14 at the time. Twenty years later, hmmmm, not so much. Gemballa modified cars are always over the top, but this one is so in your face!

1989 Mercedes 560SEC Gemballa on eBay

quote from eBay listing:

Introducing the legend of the eighties The Gemballa 560SEC, Where performance elegance and superiority all meet in this Fabulous and rare SEC, this Gemballa is one of 4 Gemballa,s Around the world known of existent and the only one that comes With black exterior and black / red interior all leather including Headliner which make it one of its kind, a rare digital cluster as
Well as many rare parts way ahead of its time. For so many years You can only see this rare car in a magazine or on a poster, but now it is available for those who love rare and special things in life.

From a collector’s view, it’s rare, hand built, and very unique. I’ll be curious to see if any real bids are made as it’s currently at ~$20k reserve not met.

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Very Low Miles 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo on eBay

What a great looking, totally original, and super low miles car! This example has only 27k miles and did not sell at $17k:

1986 Porsche 944 Turbo For Sale by owner on eBay

Quote from sellers auction:

The color of this Porsche is a Titamium Metallic with black leather interior. The photos show it to have a bronze tint to it, but it doesn’t. As you can see it is in Excellent condition. I just had all the services done to it and completely gone through. Everything works. The AC blows hard and cold. The paint Excellent with just a few stone chips in the front. No accidents not even a door ding. I have the books and keys. Please give me a call if you have any questions.

I love the color combo of dark gray on black leather. And that leather looks brand new, even on the steering wheel. But if it didn’t sell for $17k, how much more is it worth? Leave a comment with your opinion.

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Porsche 944 Turbo Resources: Your Guide to 951 Information on the Web

The Porsche 944 Turbo, known internally at Porsche and amongst enthusiasts as the 951, is a performance bargain. Stunning examples can be had for the same kind of money as a well looked after BMW e36 M3’s. But suddenly I’m seeing prices lower than I’ve seen the past few years. Naturally it’s re-sparked my interest.

I have been a fan of the design and potential of the 944 series since high school. Stunning looks and genuinely German details combine with a perfectly balanced platform, 200+ hp, and final performance numbers that nearly rivaled even the mighty 911 Turbo of it’s day. Someone remind me again why I haven’t owned one of these?

For starters, they’re not exactly plentiful with only about 15,000 examples sold in the U.S. (though this could be good for U.S. investors willing to export as only 10,000 more were sold worldwide.) Couple that with the generous aftermarket offerings and the amazing potential for these cars to easily exceed 300whp with bolt on upgrades, and you may be hard pressed to find a well cared for example in the neighborhood. The easy numbers and low entry price have resulted in many cars falling into the hands of owners who weren’t prepared for the total price of ownership. And the market reflects it with a range of asking prices going as low as $6000ish for well used examples with high miles, to beyond $15k for low mileage and even more rare ‘S’ models with 247hp, upgraded suspension and other rarities standard. But somewhere in between lies a serious performance, racing pedigree’d, prestige bargain.

For what it’s worth, Excellence has updated values for the 944 Turbo in their April 2008 issue: 1986 models range from $7892 for a so-so car, to $12k for an excellent car. The last model year, 1989, as $11k – $16.9k.

Online Resources for Researching the 944 Turbo

Enthusiast Sites:

  • The 944 FAQ – A current and very comprehensive FAQ for the Porsche 924/944/968 series.
  • The Water Cooler – An enthusiast created one-stop-shop for everything 924/944/968.
  • Bill Underwood’s 944 World – A great enthusiast site with personal ownership experiences, buying guides, 944 FAQ, and even more links.

Other sites:

Porsche 944 Turbo Aftermarket Vendors

  • Lindsey Racing – Manufacturing proven and surprisingly affordable aftermarket products for the 944 Turbo and other Porsche models. They have a 270whp kit for under $1500!

Online Communities Supporting 944 Turbo Enthusiasts

  • Pelican Parts – This link should be listed in all the link categories shown here really. But I’m listing them here because not just because Pelican considered the best, but because of the community that has grown up with them as a result of their long standing online presence.
  • 944online.com Forums
  • Roadfly’s 944 Forum

Porsche 944 Turbo’s For Sale Right Now

In the cheap but has potential category, this 944 Turbo out of San Diego for $7200:

Porsche 944 Turbo White For Sale CaliforniaPorsche 944 Turbo Interior with Momo Steering WheelPorsche 944 Turbo Interior with BBS Rims

This car deserves a look due to it’s recent maintenance and spendy upgraded rim combination. If most everything else checks out with a few thousand required to make it right, could be a very good buy.

The next car has more reasonable mileage for an enthusiast who is looking for what appears to be a well looked after example:

Black 1986 944 Turbo on Autotrader for $13.5k:

If you’re new to the 944 Turbo, I hope this post was helpful. If you’re 951 experienced, please leave your comments below on how I could improve this post and your story with the car. And if you have a 944 Turbo for sale within a half day of zip code 97330, I’d love to examine your car in person for feature in it’s own post with a DSLR photos, interview and short video. Email me for details.

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2000 BMW M Coupe with 28 Miles!!

Here’s your chance to own a brand new 2000 M Coupe on Craigslist with only 28 miles!

quote from seller’s CL ad:

2000 bmw m coupe, 28 miles, silver with black interior, 5 speed, 6 disc changer, loaded, perfect condition

Even taking inflation out of the equation, $28k would’ve been a great deal on a brand new M Coupe in 2000. If this car looks and drives even close to brand new, and how could it not unless an unimaginable sin had been committed in storage, this car is a total buy!

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1991 BMW e34 M5 in Alpine White

Alpine white on black leather. Does it get any better on an M car than this? I don’t think so either. This 1991 e34 M5 looks very clean for 104k miles, and if the documentation of upkeep holds up, $11k sounds like an absolute bargain for this legendary modern classic.

Listing on Roadfly for this 1991 BMW M5 in Alpine White in MA:

quote from Roadfly listing:

1991 BMW M5 The e34 M5 was a very special car. Each was hand built by a team of two skilled craftsmen. This one has been Garaged kept and is in excellent shape. It has 109K Miles. It is white with black leather interior. The car has upgraded Dinan supension, Dinan chip and cam gears. Absolutely Immaculate Interior and All power functions operational. A/C blows Strong and Cold. Extensive service history.

There are a lot of if’s when it comes to e34 M5’s, and there is homework that must be done for this car. But on the other hand, it wasn’t too long ago that cream puff e34 M5’s were in the $18-25k range. If it took a few thousand to get this car into really sharp condition, you’d still be ahead of the game.

BMW e34 M5 Resources:

And how about this killer vintage Motorweek spot on the e34 M5 from 1990!

Or this fantastic BMW promotional video:

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Two Uber Low Mileage 5’ers in Portland

I’ve had lots of inquiries about my newly acquired 1985 e28 535i, but these two 5’ers have similar condition but super low miles to boot. Ride in style in either of these two examples for less than $10k!

1980 BMW 528i For Sale in Portland (46k miles, $9k)

1980 BMW 528i For Sale1980 BMW 528i Interior Picture1980 BMW 528i Clean Rust Free Trunk

quote from Craigslist Portland:

1980 BMW 528i, this car is amazingly clean with only 46,xxx original miles. All original except for the stereo which has been replaced with a sony explode(although I have the original stereo and it will be included). 5 speed manual, 2.8 liter soch I6 engine w/ 169hp and 170lb-ft torque @ 4500rpm,power sunroof, power windows, vacuum locks, leather, A/C that works great, Bosch L-Je-tronic fuel injection. This bimmer has spent its entire life in a garage and every service record on this car has been kept. The leather interior is in beautiful condition being as since the car was purchased the driver and passenger seats have been covered with sheep skins. The headliner is in great shape as well. I cant say enough about how clean this car is. email or call me with any questions or if you would like to see more photos.

1986 BMW 528e For Sale in Portland (59k miles, $7800):

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quote from Craigslist Portland:

This car is immaculate and clean. It generates compliments. 59,000 original miles. The color is called “bronzit” – original BMW factory paint color which is a metallic silvery goldish color. This car has always been garaged and well cared for. The paint is immaculate. The interior is immaculate. The engine and transmission are excellent. It has been regularly serviced and maintained. Some features of this car includes: automatic transmission, power windows and doors, sun roof, AC, original leather with no tears, immaculate factory floor mats, newer tires, battery, and alarm system. Everything is factory original with the exception of the addition of a car alarm, and a new Am/Fm Cassette player. Recent service maintenance have also been performed. For those of you who are collectors of classic cars – it comes with the original owner’s manual and also a complete set of the original BMW tools located in the truck of the car.

Both of these cars are already modern classics and in lovely condition. Why buy a $10k Kia when you could pick up one of these beauts for less and arrive with much more presence at the same time!

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2000 BMW M Coupe: Silver on Black with 72k miles

Not many M Coupe’s under $20k to be found these days. Check out this 2000 BMW M Coupe on Roadfly:

2000 BMW M Coupe For Sale Silver Georgia

excerpt from Roadfly listing:

New tires, factory CD & moonroof, tinted windows. Never raced, tracked, modified, or smoked in. Female-owned. Just inspected by BMW dealer, have report. BMW fog lights and subwoofer, heated seats, aftermarket xenon headlights. Car is in excellent mechanical shape, with regular synthetic oil changes. Scheduled 60K service performed last year at a cost over $1K, including all new fluids. Have all service records. Black leather interior. Car is very clean and if you didn’t know the mileage you’d guess it was a lot lower than 72.5K. If you’re reading this ad you know how rare these cars are, and this has to be one of the cleanest out there. If you haven’t driven one, you’re going to be amazed. Hate to sell this car, but need to make room for a new toy.

I like this car for under $20k. If maintenance and inspection check out, could be an easy buy.

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1993 BMW e34 M5 For Sale: A 59k Mile Steal!

A black e34 M5 for $19k with 59k miles… What’s the catch?

Update 9.15.08: – Now ad $17.5k. Links updated.

1993 BMW e34 M5 For Sale on Roadfly:

1993 BMW e34 M5 For Sale in Black

quote from Roadfly listing:

Low mileage, well-maintained M5. Drivetrain is stock except for DINAN chip and UUC short shift kit. Near new Michelin Pilot tires and Rondel wheels ( 5 ). New BMW OEM catalytic converters. All fluids changed within last 6 months. Interior and exterior are 8/9 out of 10. Price is firm. Serious inquiries only, please.

The only thing I take issue with are the aftermarket rims, which are probably inferior to the OEM originals. If this is in fact a clean survivor with some records, $19k sounds like a steal to me considering I’ve seen comparable examples in the low to mid 20’s more often than not.

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Update: This post is pretty out of date. Why not consider one of these BMW M5’s that is currently for sale?!

1982 BMW e28 Alpina B9 Clone

Here is an interesting car, and a damn fine looking one at that! It’s a gray market import that has been converted as an Alpina B9 tribute. It’s on eBay right now for $27k buy-it-now. Check out these beautiful pictures used in the listing:

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Excerpt from the eBay listing for this car:

This is a 1982 BMW E28 528i (euro car) built as a tribute to an Alpina B9 3.5. It is not a real Alpina. It is not a clone, as it has not been built to exact standards, using exact parts and processes as Alpina did when they built the real B9 3.5 cars. This car was built using some Alpina parts, some modern parts and some just plain reliable parts…along with a lot of blood, sweat and…money. The car is not perfect. It has imperfections. They will be listed in this essay. This car was in Bimmer Magazine # 56

A gentlemen in Newport Beach by the name of Ron Perry built 95% of this car. He pretty much did all the visual Alpina Tribute stuff that you see today. Ron worked endlessly on the paint finish, installing the Alpina stripe kit, Alpina replica front spoiler and real Alpina rear spoiler. Ron had fabric made to closely match the Alpina pattern and then had the interior recovered in it. Ron installed the Alpina instrument cluster, Alpina leather steering wheel, Alpina wood shift knob and Alpina dead pedal.

Ron then moved to the engine bay. The engine is a euro M30B34 bored and stroked to 3.7L using Venolia pistons. It has been updated to later Motronic running a 059 ECU. I had a custom chip burned to take into account the 3.7L, 284 cam, 19lbs injectors and big headers. The chip never really worked well and I went back to a stock 059 chip. The engine has been able to achieve the best drivability tune with the stock chip, thus no further work was done on another chip. The 3.7L chip is included with the sale.

The modifications aren’t necessarily all Alpina sourced, but are where they need to be to convince most people. And the modifications probably add up to over the $27k asking when you consider the specialty parts and pricey performance upgrades, like the rebuilt 3.7 stroker motor with upgraded cam, engine management, headers, and injectors. Or the authentic cosmetic Alpina add-on’s all over the car. This car is amazing!

However, I have some issues that I need to note. First is that the actual mileage of the car is unknown. On top of the fact that it is a recreation car and not an original, knowing if the car was a 30k, 150k, or 400k+ mile car would make it easier to put a price on. And finally, I personally think part of what makes vintage Alpina values hover in the 20’s and 30’s these days is that they are sought after by extreme enthusiasts that want the real thing. Like 2002tii buyers who will pay huge premiums over regular 02’s. And while this car is clearly an amazing piece of work with some very expensive additions, and wonderful execution, it is someone’s project car at the end of the day. $27k is probably what it is worth to the seller. Of course it’s always tough to put a price on a car like this. But in this case I think high teens is a more likely to fetch a buyer. But on the other hand, if I had this car and this much work invested, I wouldn’t be in a rush to sell it.

Update 9.15.08 – It’s still on eBay from the same seller, but the buy-it-now has fallen to $15k. This is sounding much more realistic. Good luck to the seller!

Here’s a link to a VWVortex thread made by the photographer that has lots more pictures with links to hi-res.

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Update: This post is out of date and the item listed is probably not available any more. Why not take a look at these BMW Alpina’s and parts that are currently for sale!

1985 BMW e28 528 in White with Many Upgrades

Matt emailed me literally 5 minutes after I spotted his car for sale on Roadfly asking if I’d post it up. Of course I’d be happy to I replied. Especially one that has seen as much love as his has! It features a rebuilt motor, new paint, and a very long list of subtle performance upgrades that make this car look like a bargain at only $4500.

Matt’s e28 528 For Sale Page, also listed on Roadfly:

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While there are some personal touches on this car I would likely change myself, there is no denying the amount of mechanical work, thoughtful upgrades, and overall condition of this car. Good luck with the sale Matt!

Update with message from Seller:

This car was a personal passion for few years in which I tuned and followed the E28 blogs to make the Ultimate E28. basically it’s done and I enjoyed the hell out of it. Time for a new project. Any enthusiast would be more than thrilled with this car. Anyone wanted to comment or ask about the work is welcome to call me [withheld, please follow links above for contact information.]

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