1988 Porsche 959S for sale on Craigslist

Despite the advent of exclusive luxury sale sites like Jameslist, the near-omnipresence of Craigslist now attracts the highest end in addition the lowest, which explains the smattering of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and occasional Bugatti.  Today’s find (thanks to Jalopnik) exceeds even the Veyron in terms of rarity.  A mere 226 Porsche 959s were made, and only 29 had the Sport package present on this car (roll cage, race seats and suspension).  I won’t recount here the myriad ways in which the 959 is awesome, but if you don’t know, you have some very exciting research to catch up on.

Porsche 959S for sale on Craigslist

Canepa Design deserves thanks from all Porsche lovers for helping get 959s street legal in the US after many years of sketchy gray-market status.  They’ve also apparently upgraded this already-nuts 959S:

Phase I Engine Upgrade
An extensive engineering and development process included a new engine management system and converting the factory sequential turbo system with a Garrett Air Research twin turbo system. Upgraded fuel system, EGR, modern engine management system, F1 technology engine wiring harnesses, high output ignition system, upgraded alternator charge system and battery module, air pumps and air regulator valves, spark plugs, idle control valve, sensors, connectors, harness shielding, switches, adapters, hardware, etc. (369 components in all.) A complete new stainless steel exhaust system with dual stainless Porsche factory catalytics are utilized.

Canepa Design has re-engineered the factory wheels and developed a new bead design and modification which allows the installation of today’s state-of-the-art high performance ‘Z’ rated radial tires. Additional benefits include greatly improved handling and grip and an overall improved appearance.

Additional Canepa Upgrades
• Upgraded suspension incorporating Canepa Design’s gas strut design and titanium coil-over springs.
• Modified clutch system to improve pedal feel and actuation. This includes an improved pressure plate, disc, and modified clutch pedal assembly.
• “Werks I” Steering Wheel.
• 220MPH VDO speedometer.
• HID headlamp conversion.
• Custom Canepa Design floor mats.
• Custom fit car cover.

Performance Data
3.2 seconds 0-60 MPH
575 Horsepower — 540 ft/lbs Torque

Not too shabby.  I truly believe the 959 is one of the most pants-crappingly awesome cars ever built, and this example is epic.  If you’re looking for the ultimate Porsche, go ahead and skip right past the GT2, Carrera GT, or hell, even the GT1.  This is the one to have.

1991 Audi Quattro Coupe for sale in Seattle

A lot of attention is given to the first generation Audi Quattro, with its rich rallying heritage and crisp 80s styling.  The second generation succumbed to the typical weight gain that manufacturers seem to equate with progress, with the excuse that it was now more of a GT than a lightweight rally car. The n/a 2.3 liter put out 164hp, about the same as contemporary Corrados, but had more weight to carry around.  It wasn’t all bad though, as the new model came with a locking rear differential, carbon fiber center driveshaft, and a clean new look.

1991 Audi Quattro Coupe for sale on Seattle Craigslist

This example is surprisingly clean inside and out (look at the engine compartment!), probably in part thanks to only having covered a restrained 109k miles.  The squat Audi 90 shape still looks great today, especially with the S2 styling cues that the North American version got.  It’s too bad we missed out on the turbo engine, but that can be remedied with relative ease in the Audi/VW lines.  It’s for sale for $4900, well below the blue book.  Being this clean, it’s a tempting example of some 90s Quattro fun.

-NR

1995 Mercedes S600 Armored

This is one battle ready S class. If you are just looking for regular luxury transportation this is not for you. If your ride to work may lead you through an area known for IEDs or near that former business partner you screwed over who happens to also own a collection of sniper rifles, this may be perfect. This car was built for the Sultan of Brunei by TRASCO a company that was known for building the ultimate in specialized urban protective vehicles. TRASCO is now one of the companies that falls under the Centigon nameplate. The original cost, and you can be sure no expense was spared, was $400,000 you also can be sure that whatever this sells for now it will include a lot of priced in depreciation, the buy-it-now price is $85,000.

With 3″ thick glass and 1/2″ steel plating the car meets European level B6 armor standards, or in other words it’s capable of fending off 7.62mm rounds from the guy parked next to you with a machine gun. Naturally all that armor is going to add a literal ton of weight, the car weighs 7600lbs, but thankfully you have Mercedes’ 6.0 liter V-12 helping put plenty of power through run flat tires and also an upgraded suspension. The car comes with the stock rims as well as a nice set of big Carlsson wheels.

With 20,000 miles the car looks brand new. It even is coming off of a year long stay as an exhibition car in the Petersen Automotive Museum. Here is a link showing the car at the museum.

This is not really a collectible car and should not be seen as an investment, but should go to someone who will use it for what it was built for. Someone who has a chauffeur and is genuinely concerned for their own and their family’s  security.

~Evan

1993 Mercedes 500SL for the Superbowl

For the Superbowl I thought this car was appropriate.
A 1993 Mercedes 500SL formerly owned by NFL player and broadcaster Pat Summerall. I don’t really think there is much value added in the former owner status though, no offense to Pat.
67,000 miles is not much at all. With so many of these 5.0 Benz engines out there parts should not be outrageous. The seller says the car has a brand nw convertible top and another $1600 in recent tuneups. I kind of like the blackberry color on this car.
It is nice that it comes with both tops as I think if you aren’t going to drive topless the hardtop on the SL is a much better look than the softtop.
The $11,700 ask should have some play in it if the owner wants to sell.

~Evan

’02 M5 with 30k miles on eBay

Continuing E39 M5 theme week, I found one that closely matches the requirement of our fellow M-lover over at the M5 Video Guide.  It’s an ’02 instead of an ’03, but it’s a clean Carbon Black version with just 30k miles.

With 9 days left on the auction it’s just under $18k.  Depreciating at almost $2/mile has to hurt for the original owner, but it’s all good for the buyer.  The gray interior isn’t as striking as the Caramel we saw on one the other day, but getting one of the best sport sedans ever made with so few miles for around $20k will probably help you get over the interior color pretty quickly.

My main realization of M5 week thus far is how amazingly accessible these M5s have become.  THIS WEEK ONLY, M5s 75% off! (until next week, and the week after that…)

-NR

Insane 1990 Syncro Westfalia for Sale

I know we usually restrict our posts to German autos of the sporting variety, but people are doing such insane things with Vanagons these days I got clearance to post them every once in a while.  A utilitarian beast at heart, Vanagons have a unique following, a following so diehard that they go to extraordinary lengths to restore, modify, and improve their vans.  Some create cab-forward boxes with performance to shame a lot of the cars we post here, many with increasingly common Subaru WRX and STI engine-swaps.  Others, like the one we have today, have been completely redone to be unstoppable adventure-mongers.  GoWesty (as in Westfalia, the camper edition of Vanagon), has the process down and churns out some incredibly capable and well-built vans.  With a plethora of modification and restoration possibilities, they can clean up your van and fix the sink, or you can have them do a ground-up build with the only limit being the size of your wallet.

This 1990 Syncro (4WD in VWspeak) explores the latter option to the extreme.  New everything and more, they have created a no-holds-barred adventure machine with a coffee-spitting price: $80k.

1990 Vanagon Westfalia Syncro for sale at GoWesty.com

The insane worklist:

This is all the stuff we did for Doug:

• Stripped down completely to the bare body
• Collision damage repaired back to factory exact specification
• Complete repaint inside and out to factory color
• Black texture treatment all around the bottom
• GoWesty plate steel bumpers, rear with integral hitch
• Skid plate up front
• Double swing-away carrier for rear
• Full size spare wheel
• Fuel and water cans
• New hemp/cotton 3-window pop top tent
• All new interior panels with matching Recaro material inserts
• New Recaro front seats
• Rear seat and bed cushion recovered in Recaro fabric to match front seats
• All typically discolored and shrunken vinyl around windows removed, and all surfaces painted to match exterior
• Undercarriage stripped clean
• Steam cleaned thoroughly
• Undercoated thoroughly
• All fresh suspension and steering
• Old Man Emu shocks
• GoWesty progressive lifting springs
• All new brake system
• Big brakes up front
• All new brake and clutch hydraulic systems
• All new cooling system
• Fuel and electrical systems all gone through thoroughly
• GoWesty super duper ultra major maintenance service
– All maintenance items back to zero miles
• 16″ wheels with 225/70-16 BFG tires
• Fresh GoWesty 2.5 liter engine with 48/48 warranty
• Fresh transaxle and front differential, 48/48 warranty, with:
– 12% lower 5.43:1 ratio final drive gearing
– Triple knobs, which means:
– Driveshaft decoupler and solid shaft instead of viscous coupler
– Locking differential front
– Locking differential rear
• Deluxe 3 auxiliary battery system
• 50 watt solar panel on roof, quick-release style
• All-electric Engel fridge/freezer installed quick-release style
• Old fridge space turned into more cabinet space
• New LP tank assembly
• Propex built-in 7500 btu furnace
• Over $2800 worth of “just in case” preemptive reliability enhancing items
• Killer stereo with iPod, XM, and sub woofer
• Dashboard removed and all systems rebuilt
• All new power windows with centrally located switches
• All new power door lock system with remote entry
• On-board compressed air system for easy air-up of tires after off-roading

Basically: Just about everything we offer for a Syncro, Doug ordered for this puppy.

Is it all necessary?  No, probably not.  Is it awesome?  Definitely.  Doug, the guy who had it built, obviously wanted to pull out all the stops, and it shows.  It’s beautiful and simple inside and out, and while the parts list is excessive, every piece seems well thought out and useful.  If it means anything, it’s $25k less than it would cost to build from scratch and has only done 9k miles since its rebirth.  No, it’s not a bargain, but it is unquestionably valuable to a specific group of German car lovers.

-NR

2002 BMW E39 M5, 72k miles, $17,500

Carrying on with this week’s focus on E39 M5s, here is an example that could fall into the cheap buy category. We are all familiar with this car and its stonking performance, so on with the details…

2002 BMW M5 on Craigslist Philadelphia

The seller has this to say:

Silver 2002 BMW M5 with Black Leather Interior -72Kmiles

I am sacraficing my 2002 BMW M5. This beast has a V8 400h engine, 6 speed transmission. The M5 has all the standard options including Xenon headlights, M5 Sports Suspension, dynamic stability control, power sunroof, heated power M5 Sports seats, 6 CD changer in the trunk etc, etc. The Titanium Silver body is clean. There are some roadchips near the grill and a couple scratches on the bumpers. The 18 inch performance tires and rims have alot of life left in them.

The black leather interior with suede lining has been a non smoking auto with minimal wear. I put in a new OEM clutch and rear brakes about 6K ago. Clean Title. Well maintained. Maintenance records available. Disclosure: the Navigation cd-rom drive needs to be repaired, but all other computer functions work properly. This a great deal for an amazing car.

The one thing I would like to know more about is why this car needed a new clutch at 66,000 miles. Also, it is quite odd that the rear brakes, not the fronts, were the ones replaced. An uncle of mine, who owned many BMWs as well as some M models, always said he was hesitant about buying used M cars, as they are often driven hard and put up wet. A clutch replacement at 66k is making me lean towards this assumption. Another thing to be careful of is cars in the Philadelphia/NYC/Boston corridor often lead hard lives.

Depending on how well this example drives and the extent of the maintenance records, this could be a good deal. Retail values of clean M5’s in this mileage range seems to be runnin in the low to mid $20k range on average these days.

-Paul

23,000 Mile 2000 E39 BMW M5

As promised I am keeping with our theme of looking for E39 BMW M5s this week. I was looking around for an E39 to fill the slot of worst modified, but Ben claimed the same car I was going to talk about before me. You’ll see it tomorrow.
So I decided to make an attempt at the low mileage category with this nice 23,000 mile example.
Being a 2000 it is an early example of the E39 M5. With such low miles the car has hardly been broken in. The driver seat even looks almost new. Very pretty in silver, this unmolested original, will make someone a great driver for years to come. The crisp lines are satisfying just to look at and the bit of window tint adds a touch more sleekness.

Any ideas on what it will be bid up to? A premium will be paid for sure for this kind of mileage. Buyers be ware as the seller has low feedback.

~Evan

Kicking off BMW e39 M5 Week with a Reader Request

This week we’re taking a moment to begin introducing theme weeks to the blog, and to get us started we’re featuring the fabulous e39 M5. These cars represent amazing value and have a proud place in the M5 lineage. We’ll include more information on the special features of this car as the week progresses.

Tonight we begin with a note I received from a friend of the site, Brooks from the M5 Video Guide, who wrote:

Unfortunately one of the M5 Video Guide customers recently lost his silver E39 M5 in a winter weather related car accident. The good news is that no one was injured, but sadly the car is a write-off.

He would like to purchase another E39 M5 and is willing to pay top dollar. His preference would be a 2003 M5 in either Carbon Black, Jet Black or LeMans Blue.

His request was very timely and fits nicely with our inauguration of the e39 M5 Theme Week. And with a generous budget, me and the guys got to work! Here are our picks:

The first is this stunning 03 M5 in Carbon Black on gorgeous Nappa Heritage Caramel leather. In addition to a low 40k miles, this car has tasteful Dinan upgrades and enthusiast ownership history. Check it out on Autotrader for $33k in Houston.


Another 03 in Carbon Black, but this one has the extended black leather package. Similar miles at 43k, reported all dealer service with records, and no mods except Dinan software and iPod controller. This lovely example is in Seattle on Autotrader for $29k.


Or how about this 2003 in LeMans Blue and Caramel leather on the M5Board for $32,500 and 48k miles (New Jersey):


And here are 4 more that also meet the criteria!

Well I hope one of these work because after posting them all up, I’m more than a little worked up for e39 Theme Week. I mean even the most expensive one of the bunch is half of the original sticker price and these have all the bugs worked out and are ready to run.

Stay tuned for more e39 Theme Week!

dc