1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E

There are certain cars I’ve had the chance to get behind the wheel of which have made a long lasting impact in my life. Some of them include the Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2, 2005 Maserati Quattroporte and this car, the Mercedes-Benz 500E. The W124 E class wasn’t the most obvious choice on which to turn up the performance dial, but a partnership between Mercedes-Benz and Porsche netted what has become one of the most legendary sports sedans in recent memory. This 500E for sale on Long Island has a tick over 100,000 miles and comes with a comprehensive archive of service records.

Year: 1992
Model: 500E
Engine: 5.0 V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 105,000
Price: Auction – No Reserve

1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E on eBay

This is a very rare Mercedes made together with Porsche. I can proudly say this is one of the best serviced cars and rides as solid as a rock. I have all the service records done only by a Mercedes-Benz dealer from February 1992 to October 2012. This car runs like brand new inside and mechanically brand new. The only thing you can ever find on this car is the little bubble on the right quarter panel right over the tire. I will attach that picture but other than that, if you are looking for a fair mileage, very, very well maintained 500E, this is it. Don’t look any further. Also, if you want to know, go to Google and type which celebrities owned the 1992 500E. You will see:

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Sylvester Stallone
David Letterman
Mr. Bean
Formula One Champion Nikki Lauda

So this collectible car is one of the best. Thank you for looking.

Other than the aftermarket stereo head unit, this looks to be a fairly original, unmolested 500E. The extensive service records are certainly a bonus with this car. The last 500E that Ben featured was originally for sale at $12,850 and has been relisted with a Buy It Now at $11,950. That particular car has about 45,000 more miles and looks as if it might struggle to meet that price. This car, however, shouldn’t have a problem meeting that price; a 500E of this vintage should be able to bring somewhere between $12,000 and $14,000.

-Paul

1992 Volkswagen Transporter DoKa

The Ford F-Series and Chevrolet Silverado have been at the top of the list of best selling vehicles in the US for years. It’s no secret Americans love their full sized pickups, but what if you live in the US and don’t necessarily need the stump pulling torque and four-wheel drive many of these trucks offer? What if you just want something that offers utility, a cab that seats more than two (or three in some cases) but you still need a traditional, large truck bed? Your choices are slim. Compact pickups are disappearing from the landscape faster than a pack of smokes at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. Many of the versatile work vehicles offered around the world were not sold here, largely due to the chicken tax imposed under President Lyndon B. Johnson which slapped a stiff tariff on importers of light trucks.

So what to do, then? Well, we’ve seen a few Volkswagen T3 Transporter single and double cab variants crop up from time to time here at GSFSB, but this is the first time we’ve seen the workhorse version of its successor, the T4 Transporter. This T4 Transporter DoKa, or double cab, is on offer in British Columbia.

Year: 1992
Model: Transporter DoKa
Engine: 2.5 liter inline five
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 237,510 km (~ 148,500 miles)
Price: Reserve auction

1992 Volkswagen Transporter DoKa on eBay

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This 1992 VW Transporter Double Cab (Doka) is very rare in North America. Research indicates that only 22 were imported and all of those went to Canada. No Double Cabs of any other year in the VW T4 model run (1990-2003) were imported. Drivetrain and some body parts are readily available in North America as it was imported under the name Eurovan as a camper and passenger vehicle. This truck has the all-important USEPQ compliance sticker under the hood meaning that it can legally be exported from Canada to the USA.

This vehicle was first owned by a VW dealer in Victoria, BC and used for parts delivery. The next owner used it for his contracting company on Vancouver Island and the third owner also had a small contracting company located in Vancouver, BC. It spent its life in West Coast conditions with no salt used on the roads and shows no rust anywhere. The speedo reads in Km and shows 237,510 which is about 148,500 miles.

It has a few small dings and scratches in the original paint from its use over the 21 years but is very clean inside and out. The windshield and all other glass is perfect. It has a new wooden deck (Fir) which measures 6’ wide and 7’ long. Both sides and the tailgate fold down for access. With seatbelts for five, it can carry the whole crew. The rear seat can be removed for carrying tools etc.

The 2.5 litre in-line 5 cyl gasoline engine runs great and the 5-speed manual gearbox and clutch operate as they should. It is unusual in that it is a front wheel drive pickup truck. In Europe these trucks are known for being very rugged and lasting over 400,000 km. It has excellent Michelin tires, new plugs, cap and rotor and is ready for the road.

It is located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada but with proper documentation I can arrange exportation and shipping to the US at the buyer’s expense.

This is another one of those cars that is hard to price, as they aren’t uncommon in other parts of the world but are pretty much unobtainable in North America. The 1990 T3 single cab turbo diesel we featured earlier this month wound up selling for $9,500 after 33 bids. While this T4 adds a bit of versatility with the double cab, some may prefer the “wasserboxer” flat four engines, or the diesels that were available in some, like the one we featured. While it is being auctioned with a reserve, I’d suspect this car might bring $12,000 to $15,000 at the high end, considering the mileage is closing in on 150,000.

-Paul

1992 Porsche 968 Cabriolet

When the Porsche 968 was introduced in 1992, the 924/944 formula was in its final throes. This car had come a long way, though, from the 924 of 1976, with the 2.0 liter four cylinder engine that was shared with the Audi 100 and Volkswagen LT van. Originally, the 968 was to be called the 944 S3, but with a majority of the parts modified or changed, Porsche management decided to come up with a new moniker for the car. At the heart of the 968, was an updated inline four, this time with Porsche’s VarioCam variable valve timing. Good for 236 horsepower, this engine was mated to either a 6-speed manual or 4-speed Tiptronic automatic.

These days the 968 is a relative bargain amongst the modern classic set. This 968 Cabriolet for sale in Kansas City has the all important manual gearbox and still looks modern over twenty years on.

Year: 1992
Model: 968 Cabriolet
Engine: 3.0 liter inline four
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 86,471 mi
Price: $13,700 Buy It Now

1992 Porsche 968 Cabriolet on eBay

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1992 Porsche 968 Cabriolet Finished in Cobalt Blue Metallic, Dark Blue Top, with Light Grey Leather interior. *** THIS IS A ONE OWNER CAR!*** All services with the exception of a couple of oil changes, wiper motor, and door handle have been done at Aristocrat Porsche in KC, which is also the original selling dealer. I do have all the service records, and due to the ridiculous amounts of request I have received for them, we will only send them when we are into a serious deal. This is a well-equipped 968 Cabriolet, sticker for this car was 55496 with out destination!

If you are looking at this car you probably saw the 968 on eBay do 9800 with 180,000 miles! We know the car had a rebuilt motor 25,000 miles ago, but it’s still a 180K car with many things that will need attention! We have priced ours to sell at a fair price, we will not accept offers and our price is firm. I bought this car to keep it, but cannot sell one of my other cars, so this one is up for sale! Only item to note that needs attention is the clocks plastic crystal is cracked. You have two options for repair, buy a new clock, or put in a Porsche CD holder.

Remember that most 968’s are on owner 3-5 and do not have the receipts and title to show the care this car has received!
We have the original window sticker, two original Porsche keys, top boot, and original mats (mats do show some wear)

We do have receipts for,

AC Condenser
Power steering pump
Replaced convertible top (due to age)
Starter
Timing Belt
Water Pump
Balance Shaft Belt
Aux cooling fan replaced
75k service
60K service
45k service
30K service
15K service

Options on this 968 are,

Cobalt Blue Metallic with Dark Blue Top
Partial Leather Seat Light Grey Classic
17” Light Alloy Wheels
Full Power Drivers Seat
Hi FI Sound System 8 Speakers
Amplifier System
Lumbar Support Drivers Seat

For purists, the Cabriolet might be a compromise, but I’ve always liked the 968 Cabriolet, as it offers a bit of open air fun into what is a fairly serious motoring equation. I’ve heard from a few 968 owners as of late, and one Cabriolet owner told me once that someone asked him if that was the “new” Porsche. This design has stood the test of time well. Not only that, the 968 offers exclusivity at a price that is hard to match. Given this is a one owner car, service records are available and it is a 6-speed, I would say the seller is being pretty fair in his asking price. It’s hard to say whether these 968s will ever skyrocket in price, but for now, it’s hard to beat this kind of performance and handling for the price.

-Paul

1992 Volkswagen Polo G40

When discussing the 1987 GTI we featured on Tuesday, Brian made an excellent point. Ever since the Mk2 version, Volkswagen has been trying to recapture the magic of the original GTI. Somehow, every generation seems to come up a bit short in one way or the other. A big reason for this is the size. When you put a Mk1 and MkVI GTI side by side, the difference is enormous. So naturally, with an increase in mass, you would lose a bit of the nimbleness in the process.

For years, though, Europe has had an answer to the larger, successive generations of Golf GTIs with their Polo supermini. A B-segment sized hatchback, Volkswagen has offered a hot version of this car throughout the years, beginning with this particular model, the Polo G40. Never shy to test out new technologies on mainstream vehicles (see recent Passat W8), the Polo G40 had a supercharged, 1.3 liter four cylinder engine, a 40mm version of the 60mm supercharged used in the Corrado G60. This provided this hot hatch with 115 horsepower and capable of the dash to 60 mph in just over eight seconds, modest by today’s standards, but still perfectly respectable.

With the first G40 being introduced in 1987, we might see a few of these trickle stateside eventually. This 1992 example has very low mileage and looks sharp in white with the black trim accents. A nice compliment to the white GTI Brian featured on Tuesday.

Year: 1992
Model: Polo G40
Engine: 1.3 liter supercharged inline four
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 43,780 mi
Price: £6,495 (~ $9,830 USD)

1992 Volkswagen Polo G40

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MODEL HISTORY
The Polo G40 Coupe first made an appearance at the 1985 Frankfurt Motor Show, named the Polo GT G40 and based on the established Mk2 Polo. This concept was subsequently built by Volkswagen in 1985 with three prototype cars that set a number of world endurance speed records, such as the 1.3 litre class records for speed over 24 hours, and speed over a distance of 3,107 miles. A couple of years passed and in 1987 with the records tucked under their belts Volkswagen produced a limited production number of just 500 Mk2 G40s in left hand drive that became available to customers in Europe. With such a limited run, these examples sold out almost immediately with many being purchased internally by Volkswagen employees.

The Mk2 G40 was never officially available in the UK and it wasn’t until the face lift version of the Mk2 (Mk3 in the UK) was introduced. There were only minor specification changes including clear front indicators, tinted rear lights along with a new radio/cassette unit. Various other options were available such as front fog lamps and a sunroof. Volkswagen produced only 500 right hand drive G40 models for the UK, therefore becoming a rare sight on British roads these days. Together with their exclusivity and easy tuning potential, the Polo G40 has become exceptionally popular with collectors and enthusiasts alike, rightly earning its place in hot hatch history.

It was the engine that made the car so special. Volkswagen decided to equip the 1.3 engine with a supercharger for its immediate power delivery, rather than a turbo charger and its associated issues of cooling and turbo lag. Referred to by Volkswagen as the ‘G-Lader’ after the shape of its spiral displacer, the 1.3 G40 supercharged engine produced a maximum power output of 115 bhp at 6,000 rpm, and generated 109 lb ft of torque at 3,600 rpm. Performance figures now stood at an impressive 8.1 seconds (0-62mph) and a maximum top speed of 121 mph. With the increase in engine performance Volkswagen also equipped an uprated braking system that included 20mm ventilated front disc brakes, with ATE single-piston sliding calipers.

EQUIPMENT
Supercharger, Sunroof, Rear seat belts, CD player, Alloy wheels

EXTERIOR
This rare G40 is finished in Alpine white which makes for a great contrast with the black plastic wheel arch extensions and deep bumpers. After two days in our detailing studio the paintwork presents very well with a nice glossy shine. There are a couple of minor marks and imperfections consistent with the cars low mileage but nothing that detracts from the overall appearance. All of the plastic trim has held its colour and is free from scuffs or scratches. The glass and light lenses are all clean and free from chips or cracks.

INTERIOR
The interior of the G40 is first rate, the seats are very supportive and the driving position excellent as everything falls easily to hand. The seats show no wear to the fabric and there are no creases or sagging on the bolsters, the door trims are also well finished in matching fabric. None of the controls show any wear or damage and everything works as it should. The black carpets are unmarked throughout, the boot area is very clean and the rear parcel shelf is free from any after-market speakers.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The car has been owned for the majority of its life by the same chap who was a qualified engineer, this has kept all the mechanics in first rate order and you can really appreciate the attention to detail when driving the car as it feels very tight and precise. Since arriving at 4 Star the car has been fully inspected and serviced and is now ready to be enjoyed on those twisting B-roads.

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
This G40 has been fitted with a set of 14″ VW 5 spoke alloy wheels that are all in good condition bar a couple of minor curbing scuffs. The back tyres are about half worn and the fronts have been recently replaced and are showing minimal wear. The brakes are all in fine working order and pull the car up quickly in a straight line.

HISTORY FILE
This little G40 was first registered in August 1992 and stayed with its first owner for 2 years. It was then purchased by a Mr John Hawley, a keen car collector and engineer who kept the car in his garage for 19 years before passing it onto a friend of the family in 2011. Despite owning several other cars Mr Hawley kept the G40 in constant use clocking up a few thousand miles each year.

The car comes with lots of MOT certificates dating back to 1995 to fully verify the low mileage and quite a few of the old tax discs.

The asking price of nearly $10,000 USD is certainly eye watering for a sub Golf model, even if it is the hot version in mint condition. For most markets, right hand drive would be a detriment, but I’m guessing there are plenty of Volkswagen enthusiasts in the United Kingdom who would be interested in such a car, even if there are faster options out there for less money. I’d suspect maybe £1,000 to £2,000 off could be enough to entice the right buyer to take ownership.

-Paul

One-owner 1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E – REVISIT

The monotone black 500E we featured last month is back up for sale on eBay for the same $22,900 Buy it Now price. This is the third time we’re aware of this car being listed. Will this time around be a charm, then?

1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E on eBay – REVISIT

The below post originally appeared on our site November 16, 2012:

It can be hard to think back very far in Mercedes history over the deafening roar of the AMG engines made over the past few years. Those in the know realize that one special Benz from the early 90s demands respect and deference. The ultimate fist-in-a-velvet-glove, the 500E came from a time when Porsche was farming out their expertise, helping other German companies take their cars to a whole new level. The fact that the 500E was produced alongside the Audi RS2 is enough street-cred that I should shut up and let this car speak for itself.

1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E for sale on eBay


This beautiful 1992 Mercedes 500E sedan is a rare find indeed. It was purchased by it’s only owner here in Indianapolis and has remained in his private car collection until we recently obtained it from him. The car is custom finished in standard 040 black exterior. While most USA cars were finished in pearl black or silver exteriors. The owner had the black metallic finish stripped and professionally refinished in traditional 040 black when the car was only a few weeks old because he only collected solid black cars. It is a beautiful example of a very rare car. Only about 500 cars were sold in the USA per year in the first few years of production. These interesting cars were a collaberative effort between Mercedes and Porsche to build the ultimate sport sedan. Developed in conjunction with Porsche, the Mercedes 500E was based on the popular 300E model which had been released in 1986. Each 500E was transported back and forth between the Mercedes plant and Porsche’s Rossle-Bau plant in Zuffenhausen during assembly and hand built, taking a full 18 days to complete each model.

The 500E had a naturally aspirated 5.0L V8 engine derived from the 500SL roadster. Sports car braking performance also came from SL components: front SL500 300 mm disks with 4-piston calipers came installed on the 1992 and early 1993 cars. Rear brakes on all years were 278 mm brakes from the 500SL. In the USA, the 500E came fully loaded, with the only options available to the buyer being a dealer-installed CD changer and an integrated cellular telephone. The 500E was only with four seats in left hand drive, with the four leather seats supplied by Recaro (the fronts heated). Called the “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” by the press,[3][4] performance tests of the day yielded impressive results: 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) times of 5.5 to 6.0 seconds and acceleration through the quarter-mile (0.4 km) in 14.1 seconds at 163 km/h (101 mph). The top speed was redline limited at 6,000 rpm to 260 km/h (~160 mph). It was rated at 16.8 L/100 km (14 mpg) in the city and 13.8 L/100 km (17 mpg) on the highway. With its aggressive stance: 1.5 inches wider track, 0.9 inch lower profile, subtle wider flared fenders, side skirts, front air-dam and wide tires, the 500E is easily distinguished from its lesser brethren. Because of its look, limited numbers, hand-built construction, and unique pedigree, the 500E is already considered a “classic”, even within Mercedes-Benz circles. We have just fully serviced and detailed this one so it is ready to be enjoyed by it’s next owner.

After holding steady for quite a while, 500E prices have gone through the roof in the past year, with perfect examples going for close to $30k. With just under 70k miles and looking very clean inside and out, the Buy-It-Now of $22,900 seems like a very fair price, especially in light of possible appreciation. My one gripe is that I hate chrome wheels and think any beastly Mercedes should be rolling on AMG Monoblocks, but that’s a personal (and easily fixed) gripe. This is a great example of a car that’s not only significant historically, but would still be blast to drive.

-NR

1992 Porsche 968 with 3,500 miles – REVISIT

The oddly colored Porsche 968 with 3,500 miles we featured back in August is back up for sale. The seller has lowered the price a few thousand dollars. That’s probably not quite enough to move this sports car, but we’re moving in the right direction.

1992 Porsche 968 with 3,500 miles on eBay – REVISIT

The below post originally appeared on our site August 10, 2012:

For me, the 1990s was the zenith of Porsches. With the final evolution of the air-cooled 911 arriving in 1994, the front-engine 928 and 968 were in their final throes, soon to be usurped by the Boxster which itself was joined later on by an SUV, sedan and mid-engine coupe. This 968 represents the first year of this 944 derived evolution. For the more sporting enthusiasts, the 6-speed manual coupe is favored over its open roofed counterpart. The Amethyst Metallic paintwork is certainly a departure from the normal black, red and silver we tend to see on this model. The interior, well, the Porsche Script cloth would have been nice on its own, but the Magenta dashboard and carpets, well, they are a bit eye popping to say the least.

1992 Porsche 968 on eBay

The 968 was introduced in 1992 as an all new model and produced at Porsche’s own factory in Zuffenhausen Germany. The last evolution of Porsche front engine, water cooled design (long before the Cayanne) remains one of the most well balanced sports cars of all time. The 3.0 liter four cylinder with variable valve timing produced 236 Hp with gobs of torque making them a blast to drive when matted to a new 6 speed manual. Like a lot of other Porsche’s the relatively low maintenance cost and outstanding reliability meant the have been well used. Our 968 was one of the first delivered to the U.S. through Stoddard Porsche in Willoughby Ohio. Ordered in Amethyst Metallic our 968 is truly one of a kind with its interior done in Light Grey “Porsche Script” cloth and matching carpet with Magenta piping and accents. We had searched for many years for the perfect, low mileage 968 and found her in the prep area at the Fox Valley Porsche Parade a few years back. The car is awesome and has been cared for its whole life by only one owner who put only 3,500 miles on it when we found it. Looking at the car it would be hard to believe a better example could exist and if it does we’d have to see it! Paint is amazing, interior spotless and always covered, service is done with all books and tools. This is the Best, original 968 on the planet and could never be duplicated again! Priced at Less than the original MSRP it is ready to be enjoyed by its next care taker.

This could certainly be one of the lowest mileage 968s left in North America, but therein lies the problem. Even though this car is priced under its original MSRP, you couldn’t really use it as intended. After about a year or two and 20,000 to 30,000 miles later, it will become just another nice, low mileage 968 in a color that surely won’t please everyone. The one thing that this 968 has going for it is that it is a 6 speed, though. Personally, if I were in the market for a clean 968, I’d hold out for a later 1994 or 1995 model with around 50,000 to 70,000 miles, so I wouldn’t have to worry about a devaluation that is worse than what you endure with some brand new cars.

-Paul

1992 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3

I’ve always had a sweet spot for the 190E. This was a car that brought Mercedes-Benz ownership closer to those who wouldn’t dream of owning one before, but still was engineered to a point, not a price. My father owned a 1992 190E 2.6 while I was growing up and I was very fond of that car. Sadly, it met an untimely end, as someone broadsided him in an intersection after running a stop sign. The car was totaled and to this day, I miss that 190E. I’m always on the lookout for clean examples of the baby Benz, and this 190E 2.3 for sale in California fits the bill.

1992 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3 on eBay

Gorgeous 1992 Mercedes Benz 190E 2.3 Litre. Rare Signal Red with Black Interior. 100% California Rust Free Mercedes. 94,000 Original Miles. Completely Original Inside and Out. Purchased New at the House of Imports in Buena Park, California. Runs and Drives Excellent. Easily Passed California Emission Testing. Recent Service and New Motor Mounts. A/C is Cold, Power Windows, Power Seats, Power Mirrors and Power Sunroof all Work Properly. Interior is Like New. No Dash Cracks. Tires have 70% Tread Life Remaining. Perfect 190E for any Collector or Enthusiast. Buy it Now or make an offer.

The asking price of $5,500 is almost in line with what one could expect to pay for a late model 190E 2.3 in good condition. If this car is free of any issues like the seller has described and has records to back it up, I wouldn’t hesitate paying this kind of money for a modern classic like this. While I’d prefer the 2.6 liter engine, some buyers might prefer the 2.3 for fuel economy purposes. Red isn’t the most agreeable color, but on a car this small, for me, it looks rather sharp.

-Paul

1992 Opel Lotus Omega

I like to try and feature something a bit special on Fridays here at GCFSB and I think it’s safe to say this super saloon falls into that category. The Opel Lotus Omega and its sibling, the Vauxhall Lotus Carlton, were for a time the fastest four-door car you could buy, with a 0-60 time of 5.2 seconds. Starting with rather humble Opel Omega mechanicals, the boffins at Lotus upgraded the 3.0 liter inline six to 3.6 liters and strapped two Garrett turbochargers to boost power to 377 horsepower and an impressive 419 lb ft of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox from the Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 was deemed adequate to handle the power of this machine, if it was a bit crude in comparison to the rest of the package. Upgraded brakes and suspension bits along with 17” Ronal wheels rounded off the package.

In two years, a mere 950 cars were produced, all wearing the shade Imperial Green. About 60% of which were the version you see here, the Opel Lotus Omega. Similar to the current MINI Cooper, these cars were a German and British collaboration, but are significant enough to gain our respect here at GCFSB. With a fiercely loyal following the Lotus Omega and Lotus Carlton still fetch strong money on the used market. This Lotus Omega for sale in Switzerland is a lightly used example with only 8,500 miles on the clock.

1992 Opel Lotus Omega on Anamera

One owner, Swiss delivery. All documents, perfect condition (the corresponding km). Guaranteed accident free and mileage. Production Number: 566

Compared to that other brute, the Mercedes-Benz 500E/E500, the Lotus Omega has faired better in terms of market value, no doubt due to their rarity. Closing in on $49,000 makes this a car for the serious collector; punters need not apply. A quick search of Mobile.de, a large German automotive classified site, only brought up four examples for sale, ranging from a 1991 model with 40,000 miles for $26,000 USD to a 1992 model listed at a little over $37,000 USD with 56,000 miles. It appears $25,000 to $30,000 is the sweet spot for these cars, so this extremely low mileage example is for those who really want an unmolested, almost like new example.

Right now, the Lotus Omega and Lotus Carlton are eligible to be imported to the United States under the Show and Display Law only. For those in need of a good laugh or an example of government run amuck, check out the Code of Federal Regulations in Title 49: Transportation, § 591 for more details. But have faith enthusiasts. In 2015, these cars will be exempt under the 25 year rule and will be able to be enjoyed by anyone willing to go through the motions of getting one of these Q-ships stateside.

To get a taste for what the Lotus Omega is like in action, here’s an Autocar review of the similar, right-hand drive Lotus Carlton with a bit of drifting action at 2:30:

-Paul

1992 BMW M3 DTM

The E30 BMW M3 didn’t gain it’s legendary reputation just from its performance on the street. Like many legendary sports cars, it’s considerable resume was developed on the track. The original Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft, or German Touring Car Series, began in 1984 and consisted of privateer racers, with factory backed teams joining later that decade. The year this M3 raced was the final year before FIA Group A rules were abandoned, allowing technologies such as carbon fibre, anti-lock brakes and four-wheel drive enter the mix.

This M3 for sale in Luxembourg was raced by British driver Steve Soper and represents a golden age in touring car history.

1992 BMW M3 DTM

BMW M3 DTM, Ex Steve Soper winning car.

In the mid 80s homologation purposes required a minimum of 5000 cars built to comply with the Group A regulations. Launched in 1986 and raced since 1987 this is probably the most successful touring car ever having won in every major races or championships it was entered. For the 1992 DTM season BMW pushed further the M3 development, actually only a few ’92 chassis were built among the estimated 260 built.

This actual car chassis 213 has been delivered to Team Bigazzi one of the two factory backed team with Schnitzer for the 1992 DTM season. Being an official car it received improved chassis specifications which were not available on private ones. It was very successfully driven by Steve Soper, as he remarkably scored two victories that year at Norisring and Berlin. In 1993 it was sold to Jens Venc a Czech driver via Mr Isert and raced again in 1993 DTM into “Kaucuk” colours, after that it only did a few races in Czech republic in 1994 before being retired and it was exhibited since 1998 in a Museum.

At our purchase the car was in original untouched condition, very authentic and still retaining all of its original parts including Steve’s specific steering wheel. The car was totally dismantled and restored in house from the chassis, a lot of attention was putted into keeping it as original as possible. Shortly after the restoration ended we organised at BMW Classic in Munich a reunion with Steve Soper, the Bigazzi Team and period BMW Motorsport heads who all have signed the car. This time wrapped M3 is a real piece of BMW history, being the very last BMW winner in DTM.

For most of us, cars like these are mere eye candy, leaving us to sit back and dream about what it must be like to pilot such an impressive machine built for competition. It’s hard to place a value on cars like these, as we usually only get a read on such vehicles at auction. However, at the equivalent of a quarter million dollars, only serious collectors and vintage racers with the means need apply. True, there are plenty of other awesome street and race machines out there for the price, but few went such a long way to help forge an image for an in-house performance brand such as BMW Motorsport.

Now that we’ve taken a look at one of the cars fielded for DTM in 1992, here is a trailer film highlighting the 1992 season, in which this particular car competed:

-Paul

1992 Volkswagen Passat G60 Syncro

After the Quantum’s exit from the US marketplace in 1988, Volkswagen decided to use the Passat name for the first time stateside. The B3 Passat was released in North America in 1990 with the 2.0 liter, 16 valve four cylinder engine. The 2.8 liter VR6 engine did not appear until 1992, but in between, there was a little known variant offered with the Syncro four-wheel drive system: the G60. Under the hood was the same supercharged 1.8 liter four cylinder engine that first appeared in the Corrado, producing 160 horsepower. This model was not for US consumption, but a handful did make their way to Canada. This G60 Syncro sedan for sale in Illinois is one of those few.

1992 Volkswagen Passat G60 Syncro on eBay

You are bidding on a extremely rare 1992 Volkswagen Passat supercharged G60 Syncro (AWD) sedan, which only 250 were sold in Canada. The car has zero zero rust! In showroom condition! New headliner, rebuilt supercharger, updated T-belt, newer clutch. Hella round headlights with HIDs, smoked tails from Europe, Clarion CD player, 274,000 kilometers about 170,000 miles, original Fuchs 15 rims with like new winter tires. Keyless entry alarm with remote start! A/C has been retro fitted to R134. New tints on the windows. Rear reclining seats! Bilstein shocks with H&R springs! The runs and drives perfect, can be driven all the way to Alaska if you like. Heating pads replaced in the seats. The HVAC controls are acting up so it will need to be replaced soon. Clean Illinois title in hand!

The B3 and B4 Passats were never known for their reliability, so taking a chance on this oddball with mechanicals more complex than your usual B3 Passat takes a brave soul. A car like this would more than likely appeal to the die-hard water cooled VW enthusiasts or for someone who likes obscure cars and lives in a climate that necessitates four-wheel drive. By itself, the B3 Passat isn’t a terribly popular car and didn’t sell in huge numbers. Even the best example out there might struggle to break the $5,000 mark. At a starting bid of $4,000 with this kind of mileage, I’d say this is all of the money for this car, if not more. I’m attracted to this car because it’s unique, but I’m sure maintenance and sourcing parts would keep you on edge.

-Paul