1973 Porsche 911E Autocross/Track

Another 1973 911E? Yes, another 1973 911E. My previous post was a beautifully restored Yellow 911E that was almost completely original. For this post, I’ve swung the pendulum entirely in the other direction with this autocross prepped Porsche 911 located back in my native state of Georgia. While this car began its life as a 1973 911E, that is of little consequence with regard to its current state, other than the body design. The engine is a lightly modified 3.2 liter flat-6 from a 1987 Carrera, which has been mated to a 5-speed manual from the 911SC. Along with a variety of body panel replacements, the interior has been fully gutted, leaving only the essentials. I’m a big fan of light cars so a build like this that placed a particular emphasis on lightness has great appeal to me. That lightness does, of course, come with a price because as the seller notes, while the car can be street driven, this is not a car for the street.

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Year: 1973
Model: 911E
Engine: 3.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 100,000 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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I built this car for Porsche Club Autocross competition and an occasional track event. Nothing exotic, just a light car with a bullet-proof engine. It weighs 1988 lbs and has approximately 225 horsepower. I spent a great deal of time removing extra weight from the car. As Colin Chapman once said: “Simplify, then add lightness”. The engine is from a 1987 Carrera. It was carefully rebuilt with just light modifications, to keep it tractable and reliable. It starts easily and runs cleanly to redline. If you like to spend all day fiddling and adjusting to keep things running, this is not your car. I started with a solid sunroof coupe and welded the sunroof shut. The rear fenders were replaced with steel SC flares. Both bumpers and the Ducktail are fiberglass from GT Racing. The hood was custom fabricated from Kevlar and fiberglass. The Fuchs 7″ and 8″ wheels were polished, but are a bit scarred now. I am proud to say that the project was a success. Since 2000, I have won countless autocross trophies at local, regional and national events. Why am I selling? Well, I have two college-age kids, I’m getting past my ‘go fast’ days and I have another 911 that I got married in. What does it need? Tires and gas.

Pretty, light and fast – What else do you want?

3.2 Carrera Engine – approximately 225 hp
Carrera Brakes
Autothority Mass Air-Flow Sensor
Recent Windshield
Autothority Performance Chip
Plexiglass Side and Rear Windows
Sport Engine Mounts
Recaro SPG driver’s seat
Supertrap low restriction mufflers
Momo passenger seat
SSI Stainless Exhaust Headers
Das-Sport roll bar
Carrera oil cooler with fan
H4 Headlights
911 SC Transmission
Turbo Tie Rods
High Performance Clutch Disc
SS Brake Lines
Fuchs 7″ and 8″ Wheels
Fuel Safe 12 Gal Fuel Cell
New dash cover
Bilstein Sport Shocks
Rubber hood tie downs
Kevlar/fiberglass Hood
RS door pulls
GT Racing RS Fiberglass Front Bumper
MOMO steering wheel
GT Racing RS Fiberglass Rear Bumper
Lowered and corner balanced
GT Racing Fiberglass Ducktail
Recent CV Joints
21mm Front Sway Bar
Lightweight Door Panels
19mm Rear Sway Bar

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For me, part of the appeal of driving a car like this comes from reaping the fruits of your labor. Having a project come together and result in a fast, fun-to-drive car, provides a great deal of satisfaction as reward for hours of hard work. But not everyone has the time, patience, or even desire to undertake such a project. In that case, a prepped car such as this one presents an interesting opportunity. I’ll be honest here, I don’t know what it would cost to do this build from scratch. At this time, bidding on the car is at $20,100 with the reserve yet to be met. That doesn’t seem egregious, but as stated, the reserve is still on.

-Rob

1995 BMW M3 Lightweight for sale

These E36 M3 Lightweights are a tricky game. Rare M3s are always cool, but E36s are the most vanilla of M3s and the LTW special edition lacks the cache of the E46 CSL or E30 Evos. LTWs are probably best suited for some track fun, but if that’s your bag why not strip-and-cage a normal M3? As such, many of these have been tucked away as investments, owners’ fingers crossed for appreciation. Today’s LTW appears to have had no such luck. Somewhere along its 66k miles it picked up a salvage title but has since “passed inspection.” Not ideal, but with only 120 of these produced, I’m glad it’s still on the road. Sometimes a bumpy past can help drop pretentions in favor of just driving the damn thing.

1995 BMW M3 LTW for sale on BMWCCA.org


From the seller:

completely stock except for sway bars and BBS lug nuts, removed the radio cover and installed a stock radio, owned since 2006, was driven once a year to Euro-fest, now driven once a month, stored in garage under cover, perfect paint, repainted the front & rear ends, so chip free, repainted the rear because the checkered flag had age cracks in it and the sun had burnt the original flag into the paint, runs and drives perfectly, shifts good, everything functions perfectly, the trunk kit is installed (dual pickup oil pan, front strut brace & rear spoiler), very nice interior, carbon-fiber trim above the glove-box is missing, very-minor paint marks, A pillar paint crack, may have been in an accident (prior to my ownership), previous salvage history but passed a rebuild inspection, the headliner is starting to sag, missing the adjustable front spoiler that came in the trunk kit, previous owner put a 97-99 grille bar on the car as an upgrade, needs a little bit of work to be 100% perfect.

It’s a cool car, but the description leaves a lot of questions left to be answered. At least the seller has taken care of it properly for 6 years, but what about before that? From what we do know, I’d think that the mileage and salvage title would drop this well below the $30k asking price. It could still garner a premium over a normal E36 M3, but that’s not saying much considering they’re one of the best sports car bargains around. Somewhere around $25k seems like more of a compromise between the rarity and issues.

-NR

1995 BMW M3 Lightweight

The lightweight E36 Lightweight (not officially badged as a CSL) M3 cars pop up every now on then on eBay. Ones for sale off eBay are usually for sale north of $40,000. The price can be seen as justified with somewhere around 120 of these produced.

This car has traveled 74,000 miles and still looks good in the standard white and tri-color paint job of most the lightweights. The less is more M3 came without A/C, sound deadening, sunroof, or other luxury interior appointments. Aluminum panels also added lightness. This car comes fitted with the BMW high wing spoiler.

The owner says that he has all the original pieces for the car, but he has done some modifications, nothing that couldn’t be undone if a purist was taking an interest, though this definitely is more of a drivers collectable. Modifications include aftermarket headlights, and exhaust items, some extra gauges and some stereo improvements.

The owner retains the original window sticker on this car, which is a pretty neat thing to have on such a rare car. Currently the car is with its second owner and it has had 60,000 miles put on by him in the past nine years. As such the car has some road wear, but I’m sure it is happier than had it been sitting in a garage. The inside looks great, which is something to look for on these since the cloth only seats often show some scuffs.

The price of lightness here is $29,500. A fun car, but bang for the buck isn’t the greatest at that cost, however the rareness of the vehicle makes that ask price within reason for those BMW enthusiasts.

The car appears in the E36 Lightweight registry, of note is that the same photos used in the registry are being used in the auction, this could mean the auction photos are out of date.  http://www.bmwmregistry.com/detail.php?id=6867

Learn more about the E36 M3 Lightweights here:
http://www.usautoparts.net/bmw/models/m3_ltw.htm

1995 BMW M3 Lightweight on eBay

~Evan

1995 BMW M3 Lightweight for sale

The ubiquity of the E36 M3 makes it a tough car to write up, even if it is my 2nd favorite generation of M3. Unless it’s a hot sedan or extra clean coupe, there are just too many out there for $7k on Craigslist to be remarkable. Well, today we’ve got a VERY special coupe, in fact it’s one of the most special M3s every made. I’ve only seen one Lightweight in my life, but the M-flag across the corners got me going immediately. No other E36 looks as purposeful as the Lightweight. They came sans air conditioning, stereo, insulation, etc., and were made under a kind of “wink-wink nudge-nudge” agreement with BMW, where many of the parts came in the trunk. Owners had to acknowledge that putting them on would void the factory warranty. I’m guessing about zero of the 85 lucky buyers cared about the warranty as they put on a new oil pan and pump, front strut bar and lower x-brace. Unless they were a climate-controlled-garage-ninny, I’d bet they used the warranty as toilet paper and headed to the track.

The undercarriage shows this Lightweight has been used, but overall it’s extremely clean. The one significant upgrade is the BBS RKII wheels. Whereas the Lightweight came with 235 width all around, the new rolling stock boasts a massive 285mm in the back and 255 in the front. In a lightened version of one of the greatest handling cars ever, that contact patch has to create ungodly amounts of grip. Bidding starts at $25k, and while that may seem like a lot for an E36, when put in the context that there are only 85 of these in the country and E30 M3s are going for that all the time, it starts to sound reasonable. These will only go up in price as time goes on and M3s move further and further away from the lightweight sensibility that makes this car magic.

-NR

1989 Porsche 911 Club Sport with 14k miles

I sincerely hope that down the road I may own a place with a small garage where I can keep two vehicles. I have no intention of letting go of my R53 MINI Cooper S anytime soon, but I think a 911 would be a good option to keep the MINI company. When that time comes, I’d probably be eyeing a 993 or a more affordable 964. However, the absolute last word, at least for me, when it comes to the 911 can be summed up in two words: Club Sport.

The following car is one of only 7 that were sold new here in the United States in 1989. The M637 Club Sport package adhered to the less is more mantra. Much of the luxury items found in a normal 911 were deleted such as power windows, air conditioning (with the exception of two examples), rear seat, sound insulation, fog lights….well, you get the point. Most wore the Grand Prix White hue and all included a blueprinted 3.2 liter engine with more horsepower.

The following example is low mileage and has proper pedigree. These Club Sports don’t come up for sale very often, so all 911 fans should take note.

1989 Porsche 911 Club Sport

The seller states:

Grand Prix White, Grey cloth inserts/leather. 14,761 original miles. 1 of 7 in the United States. Factory Lightweight (2558 lbs), NO a/c, NO power seats/windows. Lightweight carpeting in the passenger compartment and trunk. Special 3.2 Liter rated at 231 horsepower. G50 hydraulic clutch, M637 with full delete package. 100% original paint. All books and records. Collector owned since new. Original rims refurbished (NOT SHOWN). Blue Chip investment. Asking $129,900

While $129,000 for a 1989 Porsche may make some folks eyes bulge, if I had the money, I would snap this car up in a heartbeat. It fits all the criteria I look for in a car: rarity, simplicity, driving pleasure and best of all, it’s German.

-Paul

1995 BMW M3 Lightweight

This is one of the scarce 1995 M3 lightweight models, one of approximately 120 built. The lightweight model saves around 250 pounds off the standard M3, by losing things like aircon and insulation and adding things like aluminum doors. The 3.15 rear diff was replaced with a shorter 3.23 for quicker acceleration.

When purchasing one of the lightweights buyers had the option of adding the warranty voiding adjustable high wing spoiler featured on this car, which proved more down force, but hurt top speed or sticking with a lower model. The seller here says he has both spoilers, which is great, because the low spoiler looks much better. Plus since the lightweight came with a remapped ECU that removed the electronic top speed limiter, some owners wouldn’t want to slow the car down with a higher drag spoiler.

With 40,000 miles and a complete service history this appears to be a nice collector piece, but not to the point of being a cream puff garage queen. The rarity of this model along with the fanaticism of some BMW enthusiasts should bring a strong price that isn’t likely to lose value. This seller has a buy-it-now of $46,600 and bidding is at $35,000 with the reserve not met.

Learn more about the E36 M3 Lightweights here:
http://www.usautoparts.net/bmw/models/m3_ltw.htm

and here:

http://www.bmwmregistry.com/models.php?id=38

~Evan

Two Very Low Mileage M3’s, $60,000 Each!

These two creampuff’s come courtesy of a BMW M3 Forum. One is an e30 M3 with 7k miles and the other is an e36 M3 Lightweight (LTW) with only 41 miles!

1988 BMW M3 For Sale on eBayMotors:

1988 BMW e30 M3 For Sale

1995 BMW M3 Lightweight For Sale on eBayMotors:

BMW e36 M3 LTW Lightweight

Not to play that overused ‘economy’ angle yet again, but these seem like high prices to me in today’s market. On the other hand the owners clearly know the rarity of their cars and are counting on educated and wealthy buyers. Who knows when we’ll see examples like these for sale again.

dc