Speculate much? 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7

If you ever think the world of E30s has gone a bit wacky in the past year or two, it’s nothing in comparison to what’s happening in the world of early Porsches, and particularly the 911 model. Just this morning, RM Auctions posted their results from their most recent event and several early 911s were pushing $150,000 to $200,000. Granted, they were in top condition and low miles, but still that was money that used to be reserved for supercars. The simplicity and elegant, classic styling of the 911 has proven to be a strong motivator for many a classic car enthusiast. However, it’s important not to get caught up in the market; park two seemingly quite similar 911s together and while one will be worth close to $200,000 in today’s market, a later run car will be worth only about 1/10th of that amount. This hasn’t stopped sellers from trying to capitalize on the crazy pricing trends; just take a look at this Copper Brown 1974 Carrera 2.7 to see:

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2001 Audi A6 2.7T S-Line 6-speed

In the realm of overlooked Audis, the 2.7T A6 has to rank fairly high. It falls squarely off the radar of most enthusiasts, who focus on models like the S4, RS6 and S8 variants, or the V8 A6 and Allroad A6 variants. But ranking fairly high on the list of best sports sedans of the early 2000s list should be the 2.7T 6-speed – a S4 in a business suit. A few months bank I wrote up a A6 2.7T 6-Speed that reminded me of how great these cars are, yet how unappreciated they are by the general public. With a drivetrain capable of 300,000 miles plus, great tunability and a slick 6-speed gearbox, these are some of the last manual large sedans that Audi imported to these shores. Take a look at this lower mile Silver-blue example from the same seller as the earlier car:

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Motorsport Monday: 1974 Porsche 911

As 911s get increasingly faster, more complex and more expensive, there is solace in looking towards the past and more simple times in Porsche history. Those are the time, indeed, that made Porsche the legend it is; it was the lightweight, underpowered but reliable cars that created the Porsche racing legend. Sure, over the years, brutes like the 917 and 962 stole the show, but in the background there has seemingly always been the 911 racing – and winning. In the past few years we’ve witnessed these older 911s increase tremendously in value; the result of desirability and dwindling numbers, at least in part because of that racing heritage. If you wanted to build a great fast track car in the 1980s, where else would you look but the older 911 market? Unsurprisingly many were turned into track or race cars and some are still thrashed today. Such is the case with today’s 1974 911, turned into a track/race car but treated to some recent love in a unique shade of Porsche history:

Year: 1974
Model: 911
Engine: 2.7 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: N/A mi
Price: Reserve Auction

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1974 Porsche 911 Race Car Spec 911

VIN 9114100184

First year of the new body 911’s.

Fresh IROC Chartreuse Green complete paint job

Fresh 2.7 with fuel injection and racing ignition, performance S Cams

915 5 Speed with Limited Slip and fresh rebuild, Racing shifter all new bushings

7” and 8” Fuchs alloys wheels

Rothsport full roll cage installed by Profab motorsports

Full Race suspension and set up for Road or Solo racing

All new bushings and suspension parts with little use since completed

Full RS bumpers and Carrera rear wing

Fuel Cell and all new plumbing

Dual Setrab front mount oil coolers, runs cool at high ambient temps ( built for southern California weather)

Rothsport removable racing wheel

Sway bars front and rear

Performance racing exhaust

Alloy calipers and racing brakes and rotors

Lots of extras and Performance parts, Momo wheel and Corbeau seat

Legal for PCA, SCCA, NASA racing, or great DE/Track Day car

Very solid car for lots of track use, save your GT3, this makes more sense and safer!

Call 503 819 9007 Matt

Combining the great pieces off of several Porsches, you get the IROC whale-tail in the rear, the RS nose in the front, and enough color personality to make everyone green with envy. Couple that great looking paint job with the requisite Fuchs alloys, a fresh engine and a 915 5-speed and you’ve got a great looking track candidate. The seller also states the suspension has been freshened, another bonus to the potential buyer. If newer cars thrill you by performing incredible feats of speed, older cars actually teach you about driving, and the 911 is one of the best at forcing you to learn car control. Too fast going in, you’ll probably spin. While that’s not likely the outcome you’d desire, in a world of increasingly “unspinable” cars the prospect of having a car swap ends on you forces you to communicate with the car. It’s this communication that has been lost in recent generations, and you’ll not find many better cars to talk to than an older 911. This car looks absolutely fantastic and I’m sure would be a fun drive; pricing will likely end up in the mid-$20,000 range – short money for a lot of character and a great looking ride.

-Carter

2002 Audi S4 Avant – No Reserve

In last week’s “Wagon Week”, I wrote up a face off between a 2001 S4 Avant tiptronic and a newer A4 3.2 Avant. One of our readers commented “Stop posting these Audi wagons before I do something stupid”. Well, today isn’t your day, Raymond, because there is a no reserve twin of the S4 in that post with a few less miles on the clock. Sound tempting? It sure is. The earlier Avant failed to sell at $12,900, most likely because the tiptronic keeps the value down on these Avants versus their manual brothers. Perhaps you can overcome that “slushbox” to have some fun in another kind of slush this winter:

Year: 2002
Model: S4 Avant
Engine: 2.7 liter twin-turbocharged V6
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 75,585 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

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For sale we have a 2002 Audi S4 2.7L B5 Avant Quattro AWD. This car has a clean carfax report with no accidents. This is the last year of the B5 platform. The car runs and drives excellent. The 2.7L engine fires right up and it sounds very healthy. The twin turbos spool up as they should with no issues. The automatic tranny shifts perfect with no problems. The car is stock and never been modified or abused. The outside body is clean besides some nicks on the side of the rear bumper. The interior is very clean and well kept. The A/C blows ice cold and the heat is nice and warm. The pixels on the cluster are getting faded which is a typical problem on all B5’s. Other than that the car is in great shape! Very low mileage S4 only 75,585 Fly down and drive this car come with no worries at all.

This vehicle is being SOLD AS-IS, where is with no warranty, expressed written or implied. The seller shall not be responsible for the correct description, authenticity, genuineness, or defects herein, and makes no warranty in connection therewith. No allowance or set aside will be made on account of any incorrectness, imperfection, defect or damage. Any descriptions or representations are for identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have thoroughly inspected the vehicle, and to have satisfied himself or herself as to the condition and value and to bid based upon that judgment solely. The seller shall and will make every reasonable effort to disclose any known defects associated with this vehicle at the buyer’s request prior to the close of sale. Seller assumes no responsibility for any repairs regardless of any oral statements about the vehicle.

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A fully stock S4 Avant is the unicorn dream of many an Audi fan, but most of them are dreaming of the 6 speed variant. This car looks splendid in silver, and I’m glad the original Avus alloys are there; but as before they’re showing typical curb contact and the black leather isn’t my favorite. There is no mention of maintenance performed but the miles are fairly low; I’d probably want to get the timing belt checked before I ran up the tach too many times. Otherwise this car seems pretty ready for the winter commute – throw some snow tires onto those Avus rims or source some of the super rare 16″ Speedline options and have a blast this winter! It will be very interesting to see where the bidding ends on this car, but I’d expect it to finish between $10,000 and $12,000 considering the condition and mileage. Time to throw your hat in the ring!

-Carter

Forgotten 44s – 1987 Porsche 944S and 1989 Porsche 944 2.7

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If you want a water-cooled, front engined Porsche collectable, there are several bulletproof standbys to look at. There’s of course the always popular 944 Turbo and Turbo S, a performance bargain that’s sure not to last much longer. Then there’s the curvy 968 and it’s lesser appreciated brother, the 944 S2. Enthusiasts in the know love them and seek out clean examples that challenge and exceed Turbo pricing. Those on a budget or less interested in the box-flared 44s look towards the short production 924S – a hidden gem of affordable Porsche ownership. Heck, even the lowly 924 Turbo has a cult following, as do the niche models like the 924 Carrera GT and GTS. But for your hard-earned money, there are two very rare models that 944 enthusiasts seem to forget. These models are slightly more affordable than their more-sought after brethren, but as the market climbs it may just be these lesser known models that appreciate more. These models are the 1987-1988 944 S 16V and the 1989 only 944 2.7. Today there are two clean examples, one of each model, on Ebay. Let’s start with the 16 Ventiler:

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Year: 1987
Model: 944 S
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 96,664 mi
Price: $8,990 Buy It Now

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RARE FIND! 1987 Porsche 944 S with only 96K orginal miles. With only 2 previous owners in the last 26 years this car comes with a long list of service records that date back to the original owner, Engine was rebuilt few years ago from previous owner, we just recently serviced this Porsche with New A/C Compresser, New battery, New Windshield, New brakes, New Power Steering pump, New Fuel Filter, New Fuel Pump, New Plugs, Wire and Caps, New Transmission Seals, New Gasket Seals, New Axles Seals and much more! This Porsche is a beauty and a rare find.

This 1987 Porsche 944 S comes with a clean CarFax and AutoCheck Report. We offer Nationwide Shipping as well. For more pics and information, please visit us at www.AutoByDesigns.com

Despite being at an Ebay dealer, this car appears to have records to trace it’s maintenance history. The white over grey is a great combination in my mind. With the special “S” alloys, these cars stand a little apart from the regular 944 look, though they miss the Turbo-look body kit of the S2. Some might not like that, but the earlier look of the 944s is a tad bit lighter if not as clean. The 16V motor was a treat, and received a host of upgrades over the standard 944 – magnesium engine bits, different transmission, brakes, computers, suspension and a 190hp set these cars apart and slotted them nicely between the 944/924S and 944 Turbo. With only about 3300 1987 Ss and 8000 overall imported to the U.S., they’re not quite as rare as the later S2s but more rare than the Turbo or 944. Looking for something a little less common, then? How about this 1989 944 2.7:

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The 1989 944 was the last of the breed. While the Turbo and S2 would carry over for a bit longer until the launch of the 968, the last of the 8Vs received a few upgrades as it’s swan song. Chief among these was the bump in displacement to 2.7 liters, a net of only a few horsepower over the 2.5 but a jump in torque that made the 2.7 more fun to enjoy than the earlier cars heading out of corners. Guards Red over black is a standby with 1980s Porsches, so perhaps this one floats your boat:

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Year: 1989
Model: 944
Engine: 2.7 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 133,000 mi
Price: $8,995 Buy It Now

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1989 Porsche 944 NA. Guards Red with black leather interior, 5 spd, sunroof, cold a/c, am/fm cassette. The car has been well maintained and I have of the maintaince records since I bought it in 2007and also from the previous owner. There is over 10 years of documented maintenance history. Engine runs strong and clean. Paint is in good condition. all lines clean and straight. Car is driven daily to work and appointments. Serious inquiries only. (954) 214-4560.

Like the S, this car seems like a good deal with records available. Either way, for a pinch under $9,000 you can jump into a lower mile, maintained classic Porsche. They’re cheaper to run than their flat-6 and V8 counterparts, and while neither is as exciting as the Turbo or S2 models both will surely give you smiles down the road. If it were my money, I’d sport for the 944S and enjoy a few trips to redline, plus I like the stealthy white/grey color combo. There are countless “special versions” of the water cooled front engine Porsches, but these both are great drivers that you could hold onto and will likely appreciate – both in value and in driving experience!

Which would you choose?

-Carter

10K Friday: Seeing Quattro? 1994 S4 v. 2000 S4 v. 2004 S4

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Last week I wrote up one of the nicest S4s I’ve seen in a while; and like death and taxes, immediately afterwards another popped up. Point to you, Internet Gods. It got me thinking a bit, though; prices of the three first generations are all falling into line with each other, with good examples of early cars rising, B5 generation static and affordable, and the B6 still falling slightly. It offers a unique chance to own one of three cars with the same name, same purpose, and same manufacturer but very different personalities. Today’s 10K Friday then is between the venerable C4 1994 S4, the beloved B5 2000 S4, and the silky smooth B6 S4. Let’s start where it all began with the 1994:

Year: 1994
Model: S4
Engine: 2.2 liter turbocharged inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 82,651 mi
Price: $11,500 Buy It Now

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You are looking at an impressive piece of AWD German engineering that is advanced even by today’s standards. This is an original Audi S car with the 20-valve 5-cylinder turbocharged AAN born of Audi’s World Rally Championship heritage. It is increasingly rare to see this kind of S4 in this condition, color and low original mileage. I am a meticulous Audi enthusiast and have cared for the car accordingly.

Condition:
Mechanical – very good – No fluid leaks, maintenance is up to date, only synthetic oil (either Castrol GTX or Mobil 1) with BG MOA oil additive was used. The timing belt is up-to-date as conveyed to me by previous owner and good to go until 100k miles. I of course had my certified Audi mechanic inspect it anyway upon purchase and he confirmed the condition of the belt (good with no cracks/imperfections) corroborates this. November of last year I flushed all the fluids including brake fluid, transmission fluid and coolant (Audi red). The clutch is original to my knowledge, is tight and in great shape. I only ran Shell, Conoco or Diamond Shamrock premium gasoline.

Notable mechanical repairs under my ownership include: stainless steel brake lines installed, valve cover gasket replaced, starter replaced, new brakes and rotors two months ago, and new power radio antenna. NOTE: Pre-purchase mechanical inspections at local and reputable Audi shops are welcomed at the expense of the interested party provided my schedule will allow it and it isn’t too much of an inconvenience. These must be completed prior to the close of the auction sale.

Interior – Immaculate. No rips, tears, odors or stains. The driver’s floor mat is somewhat worn.

Body – very good condition. No dents or door dings that I am aware of, nor other imperfections. I wash it, wax it and condition the interior leather on a monthly basis if not more frequently.

Paint – Freshly waxed it looks brand new.

Upgrades – I’ve upgraded the brake lines, the wheels to the B5 S4 Avus 17″ wheels (perfect shape), had an aftermarket power antenna installed (black instead of silver) and the balance of the car is OEM.

Features: You get an AWD platform that excels in all weather conditions, a legendary and very reliable power plant in the 20-valve turbo, 5-speed manual transmission, wrapped in a gorgeous body and it comes with every option Audi could dream of for that year. It doesn’t get much better.

History: This is an original Colorado car. The first owner bought it here, retired eventually and liked the car so much he took it to Hawaii with him. After a period of time there, he sold it. I believe I bought it from the second owner there in Hawaii and had it shipped back to Colorado, making me the third owner. I am selling it because I am saving up for a home purchase. This car comes with a clean Colorado title and clean Carfax available upon request. NOTE: This is my daily driver at present and mileage will go up accordingly.

Payment: This sale is an auction-style sale. To retain the vehicle, the winning bidder must provide a non-refundable $500 deposit via Paypal within 24 hours of the conclusion of the auction. The balance of the funds must be paid to me through certified check drawn off a verifiable bank or cash when the agent, shipper or buyer arrives to pick up the vehicle and title no later than one week after the close of the auction sale.

Shipping: I will help out with this as much as is reasonably possible, but the buyer is responsible for all shipping arrangements.

Finally, please feel free to ask me any questions and I will answer them to the best of my ability in as timely a manner as possible. Thank you and good luck!

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The “Ur-S”s are loved by there owners and desired by many in and out of the Audi crowd. Although they were really an evolution of the 200, they were a revelation in the all-weather high-performance sedan and wagon category. The seller notes that the AAN is legendary, and these cars are pretty bulletproof through 300,000 plus miles. As we’ve mentioned many times, these cars hit the bottom of the market a few years ago and it has become hard to find clean examples. This particular model is one of the lower mileage examples that has come up for sale recently, and one of the very few that remains nearly stock. I have to admit that Tornado Red isn’t my favorite color on the big-body Audis, and the Avus alloys never seem quite right to me on this generation. Source a set of early D2 18″ Avus wheels (that never came to the U.S. – think the Ronin car), the 17” Boleros I mentioned in the last post, or properly the original 16×8 light and strong Fuchs to correct that problem. With the right wheels, I could probably live with the color. The maintenance and history seem good, so that just leaves the price – a little high to me, but as we’ve stated before – go find another. Maybe the C4 isn’t your thing, and you like the slick packaging of the car that replaced it – the B5 S4:

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Year: 2000
Model: S4
Engine: 2.7 liter twin-turbocharged V6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 102,498 mi
Price: $8,883 Buy It Now

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Check out this older Audi S4 manual transmission car. Overall for a 14 year old car it’s in good shape. An older couple owned the car. The exterior is in decent shape and the same with the interior. This car because of age and mileage is being sold as-is no warranty expressed of implied. This car has not been through our shop and we recommend an independent inspection.

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There’s a lot to like here; the color combination, while not the most popular on the B5, looks sharp and fits the car’s profile well. I like the lighter interior to the often-specified black. I’m not a fan of the wheels, though that could be sorted with a quick call to the owner of the above 94. The 2.7 twin-turbo V6 has proven to be pretty reliable through high miles too; I have a friend with a highly modified 2000 that has just crested 300,000 miles with no sign of slowing down. That motor is also nearly as tunable as the AAN, with many pushing 400 plus horsepower. There are drawbacks; the more electronically dependent quattro system in the B5 doesn’t handle high power upgrades or snow quite as well as the more simple earlier C4 and turbo replacement is just about a guarantee on these cars as they get older; that necessitates pulling the motor and is an expensive job. Additionally, the B cars with their 4 link suspension often have a fair share of squeaks and rattles, but it’s nothing that any older German car wouldn’t experience. You could argue, then, that if the original car wasn’t your bag, maybe you should get the newest one you can on a budget – enter the B6 2004 V8 S4:

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Year: 2004
Model: S4
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 141,123 mi
Price: $10,995 Buy It Now

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2004 Audi S4 100% Carfax Serviced

Clean vehicle history report

100% Carfax certified

100% Autocheck certified

Bose stereo system

Heated seats

Factory Recaro seats

Best color combo

White over black

2 master keys – 1 valet key

Arctic White exterior – Ebony Nappa leather interior

340HP, 4.2 LITER V8 engine – automatic transmission

Premium package – Originally $1,650 Package

Glass power tilting sliding front sunroof with sunshade and one-touch opening; Coming home device; Garage door opener; Driver power heated chrome door mirrors with automatic operation, passenger power heated chrome door mirrors with automatic and automatic operation; Memorized adjustment on door mirror position with six driver’s seat positions; Automatic operation rear view mirror; Compass; Headlight control with time delay switch-off and dusk sensor; Electric foldable mirrors

Heated seats – Originally $450 option

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Before you start in on me, I get that it’s an auto, but these are on the downward swing still and the tiptronic models are in general worth a bit less, so they fall into the 10K category a little more easily. The tip S4s with the V8 don’t have the lag issues the B5 experienced because of the nature of the V8 versus the blown V6 unit, so while it’s not for everyone the tiptronic isn’t as bad for a daily driver as you might think. I love the white on these S4s; they stand out and look properly German and clean. As I mentioned before I’m not as big a fan of the black interiors, though. Like the B5, the B6 has some known engine gremlins that will result in the mill being pulled out, but repairs between the two seem to be about the same cost if not slightly less on the V8.

If it were my money, I think I’d find it hard to pass up the B5. While that C4 is very nice and 9.9 times out of 10 I’d choose the earlier car, like the GTis I wrote up yesterday if I were paying top dollar for a particular model I think I’d hold out for a color I’d prefer as they do still pop up, albeit infrequently. The B5 seems to be the deal of the group; miles, color combo, and platform are right for a daily driver that you can have a lot of fun in on a budget, or modify into your dream RS model. Which would you prefer?

-Carter

1975 Porsche 911 S Carrera Tribute

The New Year marks fifty years since the introduction of the Porsche 911. Of the many generations which have worn the iconic number, the one period in 911 history that gets glossed over a bit is the 911 2.7 from the mid 1970s. This was a bit of an in between model, succeeding the classic originals from the 1960s and preceding the SC, or Super Carrera, with its technical upgrades. Nevertheless, for those seeking a bit of a sports car bargain, these 911s should not be written off. This 1975 911 2.7 for sale by North Shore Autosport in Chicago has been done up in the style of a period Carrera S and has been converted to Weber carburetors and has 3.0 SC cams.

1975 Porsche 911 S Carrera Tribute

1975 911 S Carrera Tribute. Rebuilt 2.7 liter motor & 5-Speed manual transmission. VIN: 9115201014. Finished in Light Yellow (code 117) with Black leather seats and classic Carrera script applique.

Carrera Modifications & New Additions include:

Lightweight Interior (Door panels, Felt Carpets, Manual Windows)
New seats & Leather Upholstery
Weltmeister front and rear adjustable sway bars.
Bilstein Shocks & H&R Springs.
Factory steel rear SC quarter panels
3.0 liter SC Camshafts
Weber Carburetor Conversion
SSI Exhaust and Danske muffler.
CD Player

Original deck lid included as well, window parts, door locks, original camshafts, rear sear backs and some spare parts. Runs excellent and strong. Incredibly good looking and hard to tell from a real Carrera car. Virtually flawless paint and new drive-line, this is a great driver for those who refuse to spend double or triple for the real thing.

Please do not hesitate to contact our staff with any questions, shipping quote or to schedule a test drive. (312) 884-1149

As the seller’s description highlights, this is a great car for someone wanting a lot of classic 911 style on a budget. Prices for good, driver quality 911s of this vintage tend to hover between $15,000 to $25,000, so we’re about on point in terms of price; with the original and spare parts that come with the sale, its an added bonus. For someone in the market for a 911 they can actually use and look good while doing so, this car would be a good choice.

-Paul

No-reserve 1974 Porsche 911 for sale in honor of our “barn find”

My best friend lives in Washington now, having departed California about a year ago to return to our childhood home. His parents still live there, and we have long dreamed of commandeering their underused German treasures: a 1987 VW Westfalia, and the S-ified version subject of today’s 1974 Porsche 911. The Westy is in pretty good shape, but unfortunately the white 911S has been woefully neglected in the garage, its 30k-mile rebuild going unappreciated and the body wilting with rust. It has now been bequeathed to said friend though, and as funds allow, a rejuvenation is planned.

The mid-year 911s are not as desirable as the 69-73s with their crash bumpers and impending emissions-choking equipment, though the latter was thankfully postponed until the 1975 model year. Porsche integrated the bumpers better than most, and the new 2.7L flat-6 put out 150hp normally and 173hp in S trim – enabling the 2300 lb car to be quick even by today’s standards (GTI quick, mind you- not 911 quick). So, these ’74s may not be the ultimate collector’s wet dream, but they’re good enough for me, having pulled me from my Audis and BMWs and leaving me chomping at the bit for my first 911 experience. Today from eBay we have a beautifully clean, 60k mile 911, and I’m getting excited.

The seller has written some nice history and details, but it’s best summed up by this:

This early edition 2.7-liter Porsche 911, unencumbered by power-sapping emissions systems, featuring a rust free pan and a most striking color combination, must be one of the best values to be found in the vintage Porsche marketplace today.

The no-reserve auction is just over $10k at time of writing with a week left. I’m not experienced enough with the sensitive subject of vintage 911 pricing to make a true estimate, but the price could go up quite a bit and I’d still consider this a fun and relatively inexpensive entry into the car, the myth, the legend that is 911.

I’m ready to visit home and start wrenching.

-NR

Euro 1987 Alpina B6 2.7 for sale

I give the E30 M3 a lot of love for many reasons.  Foremost, it’s my Eleanor, the perfect car that I’d give up all others for.  Its racing pedigree and gorgeous homologated shape only add to that desire.  But I think one thing that allows the M3 to be held in such exceptional regard is that it’s based off the quintessential, and thus ubiquitous, cheap German sports car, the BMW 3-series.  The fact that E30 318s and 325s are such regulars in beater race series like 24 Hours of Lemons and Chumpcar highlights their quick, cheap, and omnipresent nature.  The fact that the M3 explodes all of the good things about the E30 and is so hard to get ahold of leaves it on a misty pedestal while the lesser E30s pass as mundane.

Automobiles such as this Alpina B6 can distract some 3-series attention from the M3.  From the same North Wales seller as the B9 3.5 Coupe recently featured, this 2.7L sedan puts out more power than an M3 and has it’s own eye-catching styling.

The car looks to be in great shape and has covered just over 80k miles.  The silver Alpina stripes look absolutely awesome on Alpinweiss, and if you’ve read this site much, you know how I feel about those wheels (lust).  I also like the fact that it’s a 4-door.  The massive front spoiler looks like it could use some support via some other body pieces on the sides and back, but the railroad look is cool in its own way, and I love the old black lip spoiler out back.  The seller says it’s quicker than an M3, which it may be in a straight line but I doubt it can match the M3’s homologated suspension bits in the twisties.  Even if the seller is to be believed, the $12.5k Buy-it-Now price is fast approaching M3 territory, to say nothing of the importation worries.  Enticing, but my money would still be drawn to the boxed fenders before the train scoop.

-NR