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1978 BMW R100RS Motorsport Edition For Sale

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1985 Ruf BTR For Sale: The Ultimate Tuner Porsche 930?

While perhaps not the most extreme 930 tuner car [note: Jim has corrected me in the comment that the Ruf is actually built on a narrow-bodied 911, not a 930. Thanks Jim!], it is certainly the most widely recognized from the mid 80’s. This gorgeous black 1985 Ruf BTR is on eBayMotors right now with a buy-it-now of $69k:

quote from seller’s eBayMotors listing:

Offered here is an stunning example of a widebody RUF BTR. This example had a full conversion done in 1987. It was built to stage III specs (475 bhp). The conversion included new RUF 3.4 liter BTR motor, Ruf 5-speed transmission, RUF front oil cooler (requires Ruf front spoiler), and exhaust. All body modifications (boxed rockers, slotted rear fender ducks, and RUF front spoiler) were also done at the same time. Paint is original from that time on.

Car is in mint condition, with only 36,874 miles. Car runs great. Everything including A/C works perfectly. Paint is 9/10. Interior is 9/10. Tires are brand new with ony 100 miles on them. All service is up to date. Very few 930’s, let alone RUF’s, left in this condition.

These cars a VERY rare. Less then 100 are believed to have been produced. Ruf’s are the most collectable of all Porsches. This will only appreciate in value over the years.

Full documentation from RUF, including original reciept, are included.

What an outstanding car! The BTR develops 374hp, which for it’s day was astonishing. That’s a full 92hp more than a stock Porsche 930, which is no slouch in it’s own right! While most are familiar with the RUF Yellowbird ‘CTR’ model featuring 475hp(!), the BTR is just as rare and probably a fair bit easier to live with.

I found a couple of BTR videos on YouTube. The first is a Japanese video review clip with some nice videography:And this one is a first timer behind the wheel of his Dad’s car with Dad in the car:

I’d probably be so nervous that I’d kill it the first time too!

If you liked this entry, you should check out this DP Motorsports 935 that I’ve posted previously. I had the opportunity to talk with one of the original owners this past week and will be featuring that interview shortly!

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Update: This post is out of date and the item listed is probably not available any more.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 RUF Porsche’s and parts that are currently for sale!

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BMW e36 M3 in Alpine White Wallpapers

I took most of the weekend off from blogging (and everything else technology in nature) to enjoy the 75 degree weather we got this weekend in the Willamette Valley. I apologize for the lack of posting and I offer these wallpapers in return. They were created from an old image I took of my previously owned Alpine White 1995 BMW e36 M3.

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1985 AUDI UR Quattro Turbo Coupe For Sale in the PNW

Here’s a rare find, a 1985 Audi urQuattro with 117k miles for sale in Portland, Oregon for $20k:

quote from seller’s Portland Craigslist ad:

I am selling one of the RAREST Audi Cars Available. Not one for sale in the USA this year. Audi only shipped 73 to the US in 1985 as the car cost $49,000 to buy. This one was shipped over here in 1992 from Germany. Has the Euro Chip with over 200BHP. Nardi wood steering wheel and shift knob. Fiberglass deck lid was new for this year as well as newer wiring and updated leather interior. This is the only one in the USA like this one. ZERMATT SILVER Paint. Perfect interior and dashboard and Carpet. No rips in anything. New Sunroof Seal. New 215/50/15 v rated tires. Has original Rally Ronals. NO Dents. No wrecks.
THESE CARS WERE HAND MADE IN GERMANY!!!!
YOU cannot find these cars. If you do they wont sell them. I hate to sell this one!!!
Just had timing belt, fuel injectors, water pump, Fuel Filter done. Perfect compression. New Ansa Muffler and powder coated cam cover and timing belt cover and pulley.
An Absolute Gem. This is the nicest one I have seen and this is the rarest year for this car and the rarest Color. Not even sure they shipped Zermatt Silver as a color in 1985, only in germany.
paint is extremely nice for original paint. there are some scratches and the front and rear bumpers need a new paint job.
117,000 Miles.
Do not waste my time. ONLY SERIOUS buyers!! This is a very valuable and rare car. The last one i saw sell was a 1983 for 20,000 nearly a year ago. No rust, door jams, everything is perfect.
I have pictures of everything for really interested buyers. No low ballers.

I hope this car is listed somewhere else with a better ad because this Craigslist posting hasn’t convinced me that this car is worth $20k! The pictures look like they were shot in tow truck parking lot, and most of the very lengthy description looks completely copy-and-paste from someone else’s listing! Not to mention, am I the only one who thinks the wooden steering wheel and shift knob are out of place?

One thing the seller is right on about is the fact that these are rarely seen for sale. Hell, they practically make e30 M3‘s look abundant in comparison!

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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 Audi Coupes and parts that are currently for sale!

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1989 BMW e30 M3 For Sale with 71k miles

Alpine White is one of the best M colors in my opinion, and of course this holds especially true on e30 M3’s. Here is a 1989 BMW M3 with 71k miles for sale on eBayMotors:

quote from seller’s eBaymotors listing:

[…]

EVO III splitter below the EVO II spoiler.

EVO rear flap spoiler.

EVO hood gaskets were installed front and back. A brand new extra set of EVO gaskets included.
The M3 has front and rear strut bars and Sport Springs
Brand new crossed drilled rotors, brake lines and differential cover installed…..all by South Bay Independent ( the leading West Coast M3 repair shop) We did not stop there the SBI custom short shifter was installed and just recently EVO red seatbelts and VDO gauges for Oil Pressure and Volts were added where the ashtray was formally.
From Turner Motorsport came OEM EVO front and rear wings while getting painted I had the front bumper re-painted and a new windshield installed ( no rust anywhere on this car).
The badges done in the mono scheme to stay in the Alpine/Grey/Black color .
The interior is 9/10. Leather is in EXCELLENT condition (just fantastic and rare for the tan interior cars). The back seats are perfect!!!…the fronts are in fantastic condition. The Steering wheel is a Momo Driver and a Hamman shifter and Momo boot. It also has the E30 arm rest.
A removable subwoofer resides in the back but factory speakers and amp are in place. A new Alpine cd player is installed and the factory OEM radio is included.
17″ Ronals that look great and the tires only have about 1000 miles on them.
ECU from Turner Motorsports.
E36 tension modification already completed.
EVO/European doorsills that bear the M3 logo…quite pricey.

Mechanically, the car is incredible. All maintainence and service history have been impeccably kept.

[…]

I just had a compression test done and all were 160-165 lbs.

The graphics are vinyl and can easily be removed if desired.

[…]

I love all the Evo mods on this car, though I’m a little less crazy about some of the less period correct upgrades. They’re nice, but they just don’t match. One thing is for sure though: This car is CLEAN! It’s already bid at a bit over $12k (reserve not met) and has 8 days to go. The last e30 M3 I posted was a local PNW car and it sold for about the current bid. Granted it had more miles and it was difficult to tell the condition compared to the photos seen here. But it’s in the same ballpark I think.

Update: Maybe this car isn’t in the same ballpark. It’s listed on S14.net for $27000!

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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 the BMW M3’s and parts that are currently for sale!

[AffomaticEbay]BMW e30 m3[/AffomaticEbay]

1972 BMW 2002tii For Sale in the Pacific Northwest: Project Car or Driver?

Here’s an interesting listing on Portland Craigslist for a 1972 BMW 2002tii in Sahara Beige:

quote from seller’s Craigslist ad:

Sahara 1972 2002 tii (the vin is correct for a 1972 tii). this is a tii that you will enjoy driving and not worry about parking downtown or in parking lots.

saddly, the body shows old body work and the many seasons in the nw weather. ive tried to take blantant photos of the numerous imperfections in the body. i do not believe any structural integrity is compromised in the floor of the car and the jack points. most of the rust seems to be in small patches around the car including the spare tire well and about a 2in strip on the left shock tower. a plus on the body is the original tii nose that does not have the passenger side snorkel.

the interior shows its age. the carpets and rear seat look great but the driver and passenger seat show years of use. the dash is cracked and the clock does not work. sunroof operates properly. all instuments work except the odometer, and the temp gauge reads high but that seems to be due to grounding issues because it is jumpy depending on the electrical load and engine load.

[…]

i have owned the car for over 5 years, driven it alot, and have had very few problems, only needing to rebuild the injection pump. the odometer has not worked for the entire time i have owned it so i do not know the milage.
it is a blast to drive and certainly a good candidate to restore to perfection if so desired.
check out the pics
http://picasaweb.google.com/gobears45/20081007#

So as I suggest in the title, how would you treat this car? Address the rust and mask the paint to make an immediately approachable and cool driver, or would you take this one to the back shed for immediate tear down and restoration? For $3900, you could drive it for a while and make up your mind later. Sounds like a fair deal to me. Heck, is some parts of the country they wouldn’t even call this rust!

Are you in the Portland area and a BMW 2002 enthusiast? Join the PNW2002 Yahoo Group and stay current with local enthusiasts, events, and great finds like this car! I’m a lurker there, but someday I’ll have to come up with the 5’er and have a beer at one of their gatherings.

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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 2002tii’s and parts that are currently for sale!

[AffomaticEbay]BMW 2002tii[/AffomaticEbay]

2001 Porsche Boxster S For Sale with Tasteful Modifications

Paul spotted this one on his local Craigslist. He recalls seeing it at this years Sunriver Exotic Car Show and says it looks excellent in person.

2001 Porsche Boxster S For Sale on Eugene Craigslist

quote from seller’s Craigslist posting:

2001 Porsche Boxster S
Always garage kept
Only 23,000 total miles
Asking $25,000

– “S” Model With 6sp Transmission
– Rare Sport Seat Option With Side Bolsters
– Sport Design Interior Package Option
– Heated Leather Seats Option
– 030 Sport Suspension Package Option
– (PSM) Porsche Traction Control Option
– Stereo Upgrade Option

– Gemballa Taillights
– Romulus Exhaust
– H&R Sport Springs
– B&M Sport Short Shifter
– Rennline Aluminum Pedals
– Rennline Extinguisher Mount

– New factory replaced engine under warranty @ 8k Miles in 2004
– New coolant expansion tank & hoses this year
– Full mechanical inspection 4K miles ago, this car is in mechanically perfect condition.

The pictures say it all, this sucker looks very aggressive but not over the top. The stance is fantastic. Take note of all the rare factory options too like the sport seats, 030 suspension, and interior package. And some of these aftermarket goodies are not easy to get or accordingly pricey to buy. With the options, add-on’s, and the low miles… that might equal $25k. I’d be sold right now if it had the hardtop to match.

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3 Porsche 911RS Hotties For Sale: 1 Real One and 2 Clones

Since the real deal is well out of my range (real or imaginary), I have to wonder if these two clones measure up 80-90% of the way for a fraction of the price. I guess it comes down to your nature: investor or enthusiast, because an investor wouldn’t drive the real thing as hard or as often as it should be. As it was intended.

The real deal: 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Coupe Touring Coupe on eBayMotors being offered by Ooely and Blackburn of Indianapolis:

quote from Ooely & Blackburn eBayMotors listing:

This 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS coupe is finished in correct code#114 signal yellow with black vinyl and cloth interior. It is an all numbers matching proper older restoration. We have carefully inspected this gorgeous RS and have found it to be a fabulous correct example. The chassis number is 9113600631, the engine number is 6630645 , the transmission number is 7830637 and the paint code number is 114 (525212) signal yellow. It is one of just 87 Carrera RS cars to be produced in this color by the factory. This rare Porsche must be considered one of the most correct and original numbers matching cars in the country. The car was produced in February of 1973 and immediately shipped to its original owner in Luxemburg.

And on to the clones. The first is this lovingly prepared 72 Targa on eBayMotors:

quote from seller’s eBayMotor’s listing:

The key with building a good RS is to start with a great car. This car was originally sold new in Southern California which means that it has lived a rust-free life.

This car went through an extensive 2-year restoration and it shows. It is a stunning example and extremely well built. It was taken down to the bare metal and painted its original color in acrylic enamel with hardner. It then went through countless hours of hand color sanding and buffing to bring out its shine. The paint looks great. There are a few rock chips here and there from use, but that’s about it.

And then there’s this 1986 Carrera with backdated bodywork to provide a modern configuration that looks vintage and appropriate:

quote from seller’s eBayMotors listing:

I am selling this amazing RS recreation based on a mint 1987 Carrera. (galvanized shell) 950 trans. Grand Prix Bright white fresh paint with mat black decals. This is a specialty car and very tastefully done, you won’t find one like this anywhere! Lots of time and dedication went into building this vehicle.

Stock 3.2 ltr motor (no leaks) Car and motor have 48k miles, Air condition and sunroof were taken out to lighten the car, full new RS interior, suede dash, WEVO shifter, LSD, 17×8 17×9 inch Lindsey Racing wheels, Bridgestone Potenza RE-01R tires, Reccaro SRD seats, Car Graphic pedal set, Brey Krause harness bar and tower bar, Nardi suede classic steering wheel, Willans harness, Upgraded Brembo big brakes and rotors, Turbo tie rods, SSI heat exchangers, polished Dansk exhaust, carbon fiber fenders, bumpers, duct tail (MAshaw)

Everything on this car and listed is brand new from all new seals, trim, lights, screws etc.. Fully tuned, very tight. Very light and fast!

So if it’s not obvious by now, I think the real thing is way overpriced. A true 911 enthusiast would want a car that could be driven and experienced. While a collector that could afford the real 911RS would argue otherwise, I’d challenge the buyer to hit a dozen track days a year and drive the car as intended to prove their allegiance!

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1995 BMW 540i M-sport Dinan V8 6-speed blk/blk For Sale

A true e34 540i M Sport is a rare beast, and here’s one for sale in San Francisco for $15k on Craigslist:

quote from seller’s Craigslist posting:

This is a real 540i M-Sport. One of 200 made, last of the E34 body cars. Making this one even more rare, it has a manual transmission and all available options on top of the $7600 M-sport option. (ASC+T traction control, heated seats…) BMW went to the M5 parts bin with these M-Sport cars and put all of the M5 parts on it except for the Engine/Transmission, instead it recieved a 4.0 V8 mated to a 6-speed manual.

I think these are fantastic cars. But being in a used sportscar slump with the economy in the toilet, one has to wonder if the $15k asking of this car is a bit optimistic. After all, an e34 M5 of the same vintage, mileage, and condition trades hands in the same neighborhood. Sure the S38 will cost more in the long run, but how much more?

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I’m Bored: 2007 Ruf 3400K Coupe 25th Anniversary Edition Coupe

I usually post modern classic German sports car and sport coupe classifieds on this blog that the everyman could likely attain and afford to maintain, upgrade, and enjoy. But nothing really tickled my fancy tonight, so I decided to look upmarket. That’s when I stumbled on this stunning Ruf 3400K for sale on eBaymotors:

quote from seller’s eBayMotors listing:

This is a 2007 Ruf produced and titled 3400K Coupe. Ruf Automobile GmbH has a unique and exclusive relationship with Porsche. Ruf Automobile purchases a “body-in-white” from Porsche- “body-in-white” refers to the most basic structure or frame of the car with nothing installed including body panels, drive train or suspension components. Ruf then completely “hand-crafts” the vehicle from that point at their factory in Pfaffenhausen, Germany, all paint, engine, interior, suspension and unique Ruf components are fitted. This is why Ruf is recognized as a manufacturer and Ruf cars have their own unique VIN.

Oh my God, this car is pure sex! The Cayman S is already a total success story in the automotive press, but when Ruf lays hands to this model and returns a car worthy of it’s own badge and designation, well then, you have a superior and rare machine indeed. Here are the specs according to a European Car article on this model:

RUF 3400K
Layout
Longitudinal mid-engine, rear wheel drive

Engine
3.4-liter flat six, centrifugal-type supercharger, camshaft adjustment, hot-film air mass sensor, three-way catalytic converters with metal substrates, aluminum intake manifold with integrated intercoolers

Transmission
Six-speed manual

Suspension
Adjustable coilovers

Brakes
F: Four-piston calipers, 12.5-inch
front rotors R: Four-piston calipers, 11.8-inch rotors

Wheels and Tires
Ruf alloys 8.5×19 (f), 10×19 (r) Bridgestone Potenza RE050A 235/35 (f), 265/35(r)

Exterior
Ruf front bumper with integral air intakes, rear wing, rear bumper

Interior
Aluminum pedals, gear lever trim, instrument panel

Performance
Peak Power: 400 hp
Peak Torque: 324 lb-ft
0-62 mph: 4.4 sec.
Top Speed: 181 mph

And here’s a Ruf promotional video, which features a Ruf 3400 about midway through the video, which is set to Firestarter by Prodigy. Awesome!

Now that I’m totally smitten with this fantasy car, I’ll be very eager to see what the final bidding reaches. Then I’ll take that number and adjust my keno ticket accordingly!

Update 11.11.08: Updated to the most recent listing, which now carries a $129k buy-it-now (gulp!)

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