Clean looking Mercedes ML63 with 31,000 miles out in Portland at a dealer. For anyone who thinks you are driving something that looks like a minivan, just let the 503 horsepower do the talking. Lots of options included on this one, like rear camera and head rest TVs. I like the looks of the ML, much more than the larger GL. The grab handles in the center console are an nice design touch. This one looks unmolested so there is room to add your own personal flair.
Around the turn of the millenium, German car companies flipped out and decided they had to make SUVs too. Mercedes went first, then BMW, then Porsche, the last causing the most uproar. Whether you think it’s a pointless dilution of the brand or a worthwhile cash cow that supports the rest of the line, there’s no turning back now. The BMW X5 was most attractively styled of the German suburbans, more interesting than the bland M-class and less ugly than the Cayenne. This was underscored with the sport editions, first the 4.6is and then the 4.8is. Unique rims, some bodywork, and beefy rectangular pipes alluded to the strength within, the 4.8l V8 pushing out a healthy 355hp. There are 3 great examples on eBay right now, varying in price and mileage but sharing the great engine and looks.
The silver one has extremely low miles, just 23k, but it also carries a hefty price tag at just under $40k. The black one is the other end of the spectrum, with 83k miles and a Buy-It-Now of just under $30k. The Imola Red one seems to be the just-right porridge out of these three bears, with just 48k miles and a Buy-It-Now of $30.9k. And I can’t get over how good that red looks on the 4.8is. If you’re looking for a bargain, there are 4.6is editions out there running at about $10k less than these and you get almost the same power, but they are older and thus come with higher mileage and problems. All of these 4.8s are less than 50% of their MSRPs, and for that you’re getting an attractive and capable luxury SUV with some good punch. And it comes in that red…
I have to admit, I’m not an SUV fan. For my purposes, at least, these vehicles are of little use. That being said, there are a few I admire for their capability and design. The original Range Rover and Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen come to mind. Oh yeah, and this thing, the Pinzgauer. While this vehicle isn’t German, it’s made in Austria by the same folks who had a hand in developing the Geländewagen, Steyr-Puch. Production of the first generation Pinzgauer ran from 1971 through 2000 in both 4×4 and 6×6 models. Powered by an air cooled inline four cylinder engine with dual carburetors, these vehicles are noted for their durability. Other features include a two speed transfer case, hydraulically actuated locking differential hubs and a 24 volt electrical system. While they don’t have a huge following in this country, you do see them around from time to time. Incidentally, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger owns two of them.
If you are familiar with the 712 Pinzgauer, you know it is a “go anywhere” vehicle! With three driving axles and dash lock-in hubs on all axles and high ground clearance, it truly will go anywhere. I purchase it in 2006, have added 100 miles and always stored inside. Includes tool kit, space tire and English manuals. The vehicle is in very good condition, everything works. Vehicle is” for sale” local, Seller reserves right to end sale at any time. Thanks for looking.
During the last blizzard here in Arlington, Virginia, a 4×4 Pinzgauer passed me on the street. I instantly knew what it was but had to do a double take because I had never seen one in person in the US that I can remember. This beast didn’t miss a beat through snow drifts measuring several feet high. This particular Pinzgauer is the 712, or 6×6 model. I can only imagine what it is capable of. Bidding is currently under $10,000, but there is a reserve. I recently saw a 4×4 for sale at $18,000, so I’m guessing the reserve would be in the $20k range somewhere, at the least. Not too bad for a vehicle that could conquer just about anything you throw at it.
Pinzgauer’s are awesome. They take the S out of SUV, but sure emphasize the U.
Since our first theme week was such a success and fun. We are doing another round. This week we are thinking about the Winter Olympics. Heavy snow, cold temperatures, rugged terrain, all things you would associate with the Winter Olympics. Lastly, of course, you have your highly tuned, trained, athletes at the top of their game, ready to tackle tough conditions.
We think that this can be a pretty easy comparison to the top dogs (St. Bernards perhaps?) of the luxury, performance SUV, category.
So be on the lookout this week for Teutonic trucks.
To start things off here is a silly video of a pair of Mercedes G55s pulling a C63 through some snow. Something is slightly off with this video, be it lack of snow tires, lack of driving skill, lack of something.
This has only been listed for a couple days and the bidding is already over $26,000 with 7 days remaining. Hold on, this one is reaching high!
quote from the seller’s listing:
Possibly the finest BMW E30 M3 Coupe in North America! One owner, 28,385 original miles, garaged, no winters, no rain. Completely stock, no modifications what so ever. The undercarriage is pristine. We are a 30 year BMW specialist representing the owner who is reluctantly selling this vehicle due to health issues.
The Alpine White on Tan leather looks very good and a nice break from the black or cardinal red interiors that white cars often came with. I’m a little surprised at how much this one is currently going for and will be eager to see where it finishes!
With the reintroduction of the Mercedes-Benz E Class Coupe for 2010, let’s take a moment and pour over its direct forebear. Here is a clean, relatively low mileage 1995 E320 coupe, which represents the final year of production for the W124 chassis. According to The Standard Catalog of Mercedes-Benz, only 1,798 Coupes were produced for 1995, which was amazingly higher than production was in 1994. While there were less W124 Convertibles produced during the same time frame, open top versions seem easier to find in mint condition and appear to change hands rather frequently, given the short supply. Powered by the ubiquitous M104 3.2 liter inline six, this coupe is capable of providing many more miles of effortless, reliable transport.
1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Coupe, 88K, Black/ grey leather. Never smoked in, southern car, always garaged, no rust, mint condition. Clean CarFax. Cost new $63K.
Upon seeing this ad, I had a suspicion that $14,500 seemed high for an asking price, but I had not looked up the value of W124 coupes lately. Sure enough, after consulting three pricing sources, Edmunds, Kelley Blue Book and NADA, my suspicions were correct. High retail value from these three pricing services was $5,086, $7,150 and $8,912 respectively. Granted, the ad is not very descriptive and there is no telling whether the car is fully documented or if it is an original owner vehicle. If this were the case, I could see the value of this creeping more towards the $10,000 mark, given the mileage and the fact that you don’t see these on the market every day. All of this aside, it is nice to see a well preserved, late model W124 coupe out there, as these cars are simply timeless.
Hot on the heels of the turbo Golf Rallye, this R32 Turbo popped up on eBay. I love the R32, so much so that it’s at the top of my realistic dream-car list. The looks are aggressive yet subtle, the AWD makes it a 4-season monster, and it’s got some juice from the 3.2l VR6. It’s probably the most well-done car from VW in decades, though the new GTI portends good things are coming. The one gripe that has followed the R32 is a lack of power, and while 240hp in a Golf sounds pretty good, it’s not fast, especially when compared to its 4WD contemporaries, the Subaru STI and the Mitsubishi Evo. This seller has addressed that issue and more with an EIP turbo setup along and a host of driveline and suspension additions.
Engine / Power: -Original 3.2L 240hp Engine, All Accessories Retained (A/C, Power-Everything, Upgraded Bosch T-Stat, Sensors, Fan-Switch and FPR, All Original Covers, Including Retention of Emissions Components, Factory Installed Appearance) -EIP Stage-1 Turbo System with All Comp Series Upgrades (AWD Dyno Tested/Tuned 425hp) -Comp Series (Dual-Core) Front Mount Intercooler (stock like fitment) -Clear-Coated Silver Turbo Piping (very easy to clean, stays bright, looks like stock) -Ball Bearing Turbocharger Upgrade -Turbosmart Billet External Ultra-Gate Wastegate -Greddy Diverter/Blow-Off Valve (Re-circulated) -Apexi AVC-R Digital Boost Controller (Glove-Box Mounted) -3” Stainless Steel Downpipe w/Integrated Wastegate Return -3” Stainless Steel High Flow Catalytic Converter -3” Stainless Steel EIP Exhaust w/Resonator (deep mellow tone)
Transmission / Driveline: -Fidanza Billet Aluminum Lightweight Flywheel (fast throttle response) -EIP Comp Series Dual-Friction Clutch (stock-like pedal feel, 500+ HP setup) -Quaife Torque Biasing All Wheel Drive Differential -Haldex Performance Rear Wheel Drive Controller -EIP Short Shifter (Front-to-Back and Side-to-Side) -Brembo 15” Racing Brakes w/Porsche 4-Piston Calipers and Slotted Rotors -Neuspeed Billet 18” Wheels -Kuhmo Excsta MX 225/40/18 ZR Tires (new) -Bilstein Fully Adjustable Coil-Over Suspension (Twin-Springs, Externally Adjustable) -Autotech Front and Rear Lightweight Sway-Bars w/Urethane Bushings -Autotech Aluminum Upper Stress Bar
There shouldn’t be any more griping with 425hp on tap. The modifications seem comprehensive without (thankfully) turning it into a track-only car. Even the large stereo system fits well, tucked in nicely without the horrible trunk-eclipsing fiberglass enclosures. Remove the vinyl and swap some more subtle rims and this is very nearly my ideal car. With only 30k miles and the reserve off at around $20k, this hot VW is a hot deal.
Here is an example of the first vehicle in the world powered by the engine Mazda would later popularize, the Rotary Wankel engine. The name Wankel derives from its inventor, Felix Wankel, who was a German engineer. He created the first prototype of his revolutionary engine design in February 1957, and was first presented in running form in a converted NSU Prinz in 1960. The Spider would debut in 1964 and only 2,375 examples were built between 1964 and 1967. The original engine had around 50 horsepower, but it was a very free revving engine and made for a lively package in such a small car with light weight. NSU Motorenwerke AG was purchased by Volkswagen in 1969. They merged the company with Auto Union which later became Audi.
The seller includes a very comprehensive description. Here is an excerpt:
Excellent Condition!! This car has ALWAYS been stored indoors in a heated space and covered with double quilted car covers. The underside is very, very clean. The photos show a very small area of paint peeling above the rear left bumper and below the license plate. These are hardly noticeable. In the driver’s front under tray there is a hardly noticeable repair at the end of the spoiler.
Values can be tough to pin down on such a rare vehicle, but $19,000 seems reasonable for such a revolutionary and historically significant vehicle. Rest assured, you most likely will be the only one at your local car show with one of these. This example does have a few modifications, but these changes can be forgiven due to the scarcity of parts and efforts to make the vehicle more reliable than when it was first produced. This fantastic vehicle has been featured by Jay Leno in a short video on his website, Jay Leno’s Garage:
I’d nearly forgotten about the awesome Golf Rallye until this amazing modified example started circling the interwebs. Maybe it’s because only 5000 were made, or maybe that none were sold in the US, or maybe its lack of racing heritage leaves it in the shadow of the similarly-styled E30 M3, Ur-Quattro, and Lancia Delta Integrale. Whatever it is, more people should know about this car. It was essentially an R32 made in 1989- an aggressive-looking Golf with Syncro and a hot engine, in this case the 160hp supercharged G60. As with the Lancia, Americans were not graced with the importation of the sexy box-flared hatchback, but there are some that have gone through the extreme hoops to federalize. This example has gone even further, adding a Euro 2.9l VR6 and a turbocharger without changing much of the 80stastic exterior.
This car reminds me why I went through an intense Rallye phase. It’s in great condition and the modifications make it a sleeping monster, even garnering a feature in EuroTuner. I love box flares, wherever they come from, and combined with the clean Golf II, we’ve got a winner. For $22k, I might keep looking for an E30 M3 or even a first-gen R32, but that’s not to say it isn’t worth it to the right person. Rarity, impressive modifications, and general cleanliness all get high marks on this one. Now let’s see some Golf Countrys over here!
Here is a nicely modified BMW. $25k in upgrades to this E90 series 3. 2006 was the last year before the switch over to the turbo 335i. You have all the standard 330i amenities plus some great Hamann add-ons. The body kit, big rims, and Williams F1 / BMW Motorsport colors paint scheme make this a one of a kind. Little touches like blue tint to match blue side marker bulbs add to the look. A quad pipe exhaust enhances the backend.
The car is nice, not too over the top. I think it may look better without the uber expensive 3 piece wheels in silver and instead some nice 5 spokes in matched white. The eyelids and body color grille are a good touch, the hood pins maybe not necessary. Hamann badges abound, front back, center caps, steering wheel, engine cover. The black line taillights a nice mod for cars going for an all black or a black and white scheme, I’m not sure they work with the M pin-striping colors. The interior has an added driver side A-pillar dual gauge pod for vacuum and volts. The all black M badges also don’t make sense to me with when you have the M colors on your car.
Just being nit-picky, the car looks pretty good. Will be interesting to see where the bidding ends up.
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