1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL – REVISIT

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The stunning 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL I wrote up in March remains available for just under 2 million dollars. Unfortunately, if you’re looking for a deal you’re not likely to find one soon as these Gullwings aren’t likely to depreciate anytime soon. So, as with last time, just enjoy the pictures!

The below post originally appeared on our site March 23, 2014:

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1984 Audi Quattro

To me, it’s pretty amazing that the Quattro hasn’t really received the attention of the E30 M3. The Quattro beat the M3 to the market by 6 years with its squared, chunky boxflare stance. It was all-wheel drive, turbocharged and cutting edge. It revolutionized the World Rally Championship and firmly cemented Audi in the halls of motorsports and enthusiasts minds. The offbeat 5-cylinder hanging in front of the wheels seemed an odd choice, but Audi has returned with an updated version of that power plant in some of its newer models, and the sound and performance is no less memorable than it was in the original. Indeed, in terms of what a single car did for a brand, the Quattro was much more influential for Audi than the E30 M3 was for BMW in my mind. Yet today, if you want to get a great condition E30 M3 with under 100,000 miles you’re looking at over $50,000 to play; if you want to get into the original Quattro, nice examples can be had for half that amount:

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1983 Audi Quattro

Well, he’s at it again; the same seller as the 1984 Audi 4000S quattro in Laguna Seca Blue and earlier 1990 Coupe Quattro in Ginster Yellow is now selling his 1983 Quattro. These cars have been pretty rapidly appreciating, pulled upwards by the popularity of the E30 M3 and resurgence of Audi’s campaign to recognize that it made cars before the A4. Undoubtedly, this Quattro is much more valuable than the last two offerings from this seller – but is it the one to buy? The last few examples that we’ve seen have had some rare but polarizing modifications that arguably hurt more than helped the value of the cars for sale – is this legend the same?

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Barn Find: 1983 Audi Quattro

Sometimes when opportunity knocks, you need to answer the door. If you haven’t been following the trends of all of the mid-80s metal on its way up the charts, pretty much every single one of our favorite cars has quickly been appreciating over the past year or two; many upwards of 100%. I’ve called it the “E30 effect”; I’m not sure if I coined that phrase or I picked it up somewhere – I don’t think so, but lack of sleep and a screaming two year old blur the lines time to time. But regardless, I don’t really think it was the M3 that started this all – I blame the early 911 trends from about two years ago. Suddenly those 911s crested and blasted past $100,000, and enthusiasts looked towards the next fun, race-bred and good looking transportation; the E30 M3 was a natural choice. Because of M3 appreciation, suddenly everything around the M3 is being pulled up, too – the 944 Turbo, the M5, M6 and 500E, and of course, the Quattro. But as I’ve covered previously, finding a good, clean and well sorted example with reasonable miles can be exceedingly difficult. Audis woes in the late 1980s and early 1990s meant that many examples fell into disrepair; at one point a few years ago, I was even offered a Quattro for free if I could take it away. Opportunity knocked, and I didn’t answer the door – though it’s a long story and you can blame General Motors for that one. In any event, today on Ebay a barn-find, low mile and all original Quattro has popped up and once again there’s a knocking at the door:

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1984 Volkswagen GTi

The GTi is certainly no stranger to these pages, and recently we’ve seen in influx of both clean original examples and customized rides as well. Selling a modified car means that the buyer really has to want and like all of the modifications that are sometimes very subjective. Today’s GTi has undergone a full repaint and has suspension and wheel modifications that make it look quite purposeful; the question is, are they to your taste?

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Tuner Tuesday: 1987 Audi Quattro Treser

Need something to tow with your recently acquired Audi Service Van? What better item than a proper Audi Quattro. But this isn’t just any Quattro – not that they’re particularly common in any event. No, this is one of the uber-rare Treser cars. Treser cars are certainly polarizing, and much like the extreme tuners of the day such as DP and Koenig the Treser cars look pretty dated now. However, when they’re well presented they still look neat, a glimpse into a time period that many want to forget. Apparently, this seller wanted to forget it so much he reverted this Treser to it’s original Audi panels. For that, most of us are thankful:

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1983 Audi Quattro – REVISIT

Last October, I wrote up a few different Quattros, and this Gobi Beige model was one of them. Sacrificing some originality in favor or reliability and drivability, it appears well modified and ready for its next driver. The price for this gold goodness is high for 10V non-original Quattros at $21,500, which explains the lack of sale, but the car is well modified and you could easily spend $5,000-$6,000 on a lesser example trying to get it sorted. As the market continues to head up on these rally legends, this car starts to make more and more sense!

The below post originally appeared on our site October 23, 2013:

-Carter

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1983 Audi Quattro

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It’s been a Quattro kind of month at GCFSB. Perhaps that’s because our editor, Paul, put me in the driver’s seat and I like Audis a whole lot, but there have also been some great examples that have popped up for sale recently. First was a clean and rare Stone Grey Metallic 1985 Quattro, then our reader ride 20V turbo Quattro in Mars Red, followed by the splendid rally-prepped but unconventional RS4 powered Quattro. Today is another modified Quattro, but this one is a bit less extreme. I was initially excited to see this car pop up a few weeks ago, but there were no good photos and the car was removed. Well, it’s back, this time with good photos to show us one of the signature colors for the Quattro – Gobi Beige over Chocolate leather:

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Year: 1983
Model: Quattro
Engine: 2.2 liter turbocharged inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 121,148 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

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My humblest apologies to all who viewed this ad previously. Much to my embarrassment, the pictures were wholly inadequate and failed to give anyone seriously considering the car a chance to fairly examine it. Hopefully the new improved and larger photos will give you a better idea.Once again, my sincerest apologies. Gobi Beige with dark chocolate brown leather interior. 120K original miles. The car has resided in Nevada, Washington and California. I am the third owner. Original turbo, Euro headlights and pushed in bumpers, newer 1987 slanted grill update the look of this car and subtly shave few a few years off its appearance. Ronal alloy wheels, lowered full 2Bennett adjustable coil over suspension and performance chip has transformed this beauty from an antiquated tractor to a fully modern car with rally like handling. Brakes have been upgraded with slotted rotors and A4 calipers. All belts (including timing belt) CV joints and hoses were replaced a couple of years ago with little mileage since. AC works but needs to be recharged. The interior is in nice condition, upgraded later model dash and 2Bennett instrument binnacle with turbo boost, oil pressure and water temperature gauges allow you to monitor and keep track of your car as you are driving in varying conditions. All electrical relays have been beefed up with the addition of the stronger euro headlights. A toggle switch that can manually activate the radiator fan when the engine temperature goes up on those hot summer days and turbo timer have also been added. This car to my knowledge has never been raced. When I first purchased the car I had hopes of some day driving on the track after witnessing these cars eat all of their competition alive at the Long beach Grand Prix in 1983. Alas after purchasing this car in 2000, while in good condition, it took a number more years and a lot more money to bring this car in to the modern age. (I am not a mechanic) My goal was to drive and enjoy the car when and where I pleased and make it as bullet proof and modern as possible with out destroying its pedigree. To this end I believe I have attained this goal. Many UR Quattros that are still on the road have been highly modified. Mine has been modernized to be a reliable and drivable car. Always garaged and professionally maintained. Have most of the receipts documenting the history of this car since I assumed ownership.

Buyer responsible for vehicle pickup or arrangement & cost of shipping. $500.00 deposit required 48 hours after winning bid, 72 hours if winning bid is over a weekend. Full payment due at car pickup. All payments to be made via deposit to Paypal.

2Bennett is pretty famous for building some incredible Quattros, and while this isn’t one of their most outrageous creations it appears well modified. The coil over setup is similar to what I use in my GT and well engineered. The car’s electrics have also been upgraded and the car was chipped, helping both dependability and performance. The dash and grill have been updated to later designs which look quite clean, though a nice set of Euro bumper covers would really complete the look with those H1/H4 Euro lights. All of this has been done to make the car a solid driver, which it appears to be. The only downside is the typical “A/C needs a recharge” line, but it’s nice that the system is in tact as many pull it during modifications. Value has been all over the map on these Quattros as of late; the 1985 was well bought at $15,000 but the 20V Quattro was even a better deal sneaking in under $10,000. Bidding is already strong on this well-presented example; as of writing it has reached $10,000 with 6 days to go. Even at $15,000, these 10V Quattros are a steal compared to what E30 M3s are bringing in value. We’ll have to watch the final value on this car but it may reach the high end of the 10V Turbo market on these cars!

-Carter

Reader Ride Success Story: Taking the plunge and purchasing a Legend – Fire up the Quattro!

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While it’s a given that everyone reading this loves cars in general and specifically German cars, the reality is that this “Interweb” thing has developed a serious amount of keyboard warriors who like to brag about how they’d spend their non-existent money on “X” car and what they’d do to it afterwards. There are even more that argue the supposed values of these cars without having actually gone out and bought one. Having spent the last few months writing up some of my dream cars, I can’t tell you how many I wish I had the available funds, space and time to go get, but it’s a very high percentage of the total. When I click “Publish”, I often sigh, resigned in the fact that another car I’d love to own has slipped through my hands.

My only hope is that these cars have gone to a new owner who would love them as much as I would. And every once in a while, you find out someone you know has bought the car that you wish you could have. Such was the case with the Mars Red 20V turbo swapped Quattro I wrote up a few weeks ago. Undoubtedly the best “classic” deal we wrote up last month, the Quattro is the subject of many people’s desire but few have even driven in one, never mind contemplated actual ownership. So when I heard that a fellow Coupe GT enthusiast and GCFSB reader had picked up this featured car, I just had to know what I had missed out on. I interviewed the new owner with the hope that it inspires more of you to take the plunge on some of the great quality cars we write up:

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GCFSB: How close to the posting was the car when you arrived?

Matt: The posting was very fair indeed; perhaps he undersold the fact how clean the car was underneath and in fact there is not a hint of rust anywhere. Even the lower areas where the fenders meet the rockers are in perfect condition. I would agree with the seller in that the body is 7/10 and to me the paint looks 90% original as I can still see white undercoat under some chips. The hood has been sprayed. Driver’s rear quarter has been scraped and needs sprayed, it’s not terrible and shouldn’t cost too much to have done. Overall, the car looks to very sharp from just a few feet away. The interior lower dash and center console has been taken apart to go to a post ’84 setup. Both original dash and another later model dash are included and in good shape, but I think I will stay with the original early dash style. The cracks from California sun give it character! The original Chocolate brown leather is in good shape but drivers bolsters needs to be redone. An aftermarket VDO gauge pod has been partially installed with boost and water temp. An oil pressure guage will complete the pod setup. Looks like all suspension rubber has been done recently as well as CV boots. The passenger side window switch is intermittent and there is no radio, but the sunroof seal was new which is nice since they are difficult to source.

GCFSB: What made you take the leap and buy the car?

Matt: The 3B swap hands down sold it to me. I love the 5 cylinder 10v NA coupe GT engine but it really needs a turbo to push you back. When I saw this beautiful 3B swap I knew how much work went into it. It idles very smooth and starts on the first flick of the key! The New Jersey owner only put 20 miles on it in the two years he owned it, Yet it always started for him long after sitting.The 3″ custom exhaust note is sweet, if not too quiet. A forged DV gives a distinct sound and it pulls very nicely and feels like a refreshed engine, not just a swap. The original California owner put the mechanical time into this car, but I heard he ran into tough times. Personally, I like cars that need just a little work, rather than starting with a cheap project and sinking a lot of years and time into it. So, I was more than pleased to drive it 60 miles home smiling the whole way without issue.

GCFSB: What are your plans now that you own this legend?

Matt: The car has H&R springs which are too low and stiff for my taste, especially on New England roads. I’ll go back with the very clean, included stock springs and Koni struts, followed by Fuchs wheels with 15mm spacers. I planned to go to the original Fuchs or maybe 15×8 R8s so I was happy to reduce the price and not take the urs4 wheels which were quite mint. I’m happy to spend more time driving the Quattro rather than making it a restoration project.

GCFSB: Were there any surprises?

Matt: As a diehard Audi Coupe GT fan I was more than thrilled to discover the included “parts”
car was in fact a Special Build. It’s a 5 speed, Tornado Red with tan heated leather and working digital dash. The car started after just a few cranks, runs and drives. Needs a side window and brakes and a tuneup and it would be road worthy. It’s originally a Virginia car, so it’s also rust free. All of this came below asking price.

GCFSB: Thanks, Matt! Sounds like you got a fantastic deal. What else is hiding in your garage?

Matt: I have an Alpine White 1985 Audi Coupe GT (which happens to be one of the nicest in the U.S. – Ed.) and a rare 87.5 “Special Build” in Black with black leather and an automatic transmission. Daily driver is a ‘95.5 S6!

GCFSB: Sounds like a great Audi collection. Thanks for your time and good luck with the new projects!

Do you have a success story you’d like to share with us? Send us an email at germancarsforsaleblog@gmail.com. If we select you we’ll feature your car on Facebook!

-Carter

1984 Volkswagen GTI

I can summarize my 1984 Volkswagen GTI experience as a trial. First, it was trial by rust; there were few parts of the car that didn’t contain some rusty bits. It actually became a bit of a joke with my friends where we would say that it was on a perpetual weight loss program and dubbed it the “Rusty Rabbit”, a name that still survives today though undoubtedly the car is long gone. The final trial, though, was trial by fire when the fusebox unceremoniously and spontaneously combusted while driving home, eliminating all electrical items from functioning in the interior. Still, there was something that was a lot of fun about that car – it sure felt connected to the road, and made me smile when it wasn’t trying to kill me. When I owned mine, it was rare to see a decent one on the roads, and now 15 years later, it’s even more rare, but a few good ones do survive, and today we found one:

Year: 1984
Model: GTI
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 166,000 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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okay –

i’ve had the rabbit for 7-8 years now -it has mostly sat in the garage during that time as i was living out of state. i bought it from a good friend that added audi throttle body, momo steering wheel, sway bars, springs and shocks when he owned it – all minor stuff. ( it is stock otherwise)
it was garage kept then too. he claims it had never been rained on

when i moved back to kentucky, i put new tires on it, new gas tank and lines, new fuse panel and electrical under the dash cd/stereo receiver, there is more i’m sure – i think all receipts are in glove box. I’ve changed the oil regularly and just had it tuned up so it’s running great.

it needs a new windshield, there is a tiny ding on the hood ( which is really the only bad place on the car) and there is a leak on the passenger side floor board- when it rains. could be bad seal around windshield.

other than that – it needs a few interior pieces. (new visor, gear shift cover, various knobs) still though, the interior is a 7 out of 10 for sure.

The greatest thing this car has going for it is the body – there is no rust anywhere.

thanks for looking.

There aren’t too many times that you can own an automotive legend on the cheap, but this may just be the best one. This car (unlike mine) appears to be well cared for by the previous owners, so you’ve got a leg up on most examples right there. The second – and critical one when buying an A1 Volkswagen – is the claimed lack of rust. This all but eliminated these cars from the New England market where they had been so popular. It’s so bad even the hipsters can’t be ironic enough to resurrect an A1 to drive around in a tortured manner up here – and that should tell you something when I regularly see them cruising in 2002s.

There are a few warning signs – the Fuba roof mounted hood means there’s a hole there, so you’d be advised to check for rustproofing. The headliner isn’t in great shape and the paint looks a bit tired, but VW paint from this era rarely looks good so that’s no surprise. Shockingly, the rest of the original interior (minus the steering wheel) appears to be in pretty good shape – including the original “Golf Ball” shift knob, a nod to the European name Golf and completely lost upon the American market with the Rabbit moniker. There are some common upgrades to these cars present, but best in my mind is that the original snowflakes are still there. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for these wheels. As I write this, the reserve has not been met with bidding in the mid-$3,000 range. I’d expect that reserve to be between $4,000 to $6,000 based upon what we’ve seen these cars going for in the past two or three years. This car could be a great way to get into a pretty clean example without (at least some of) the headaches I experiences. Time to go three wheelin’!

-Carter