Exceeding Expectations: 1986 Audi Coupe GT 20V Part 1

Nate’s M5 ownership experience that he wrote up got me thinking; it’s been now just over 16 years since I bought my 1986 Audi Coupe GT, and I’ve never really summed my ownership. It’s been a heck of a ride, to the point where my wife refers to the Audi as a “family member” that I’ll never get rid of. In many ways, she’s right – I’ve put a lot of heart, soul and sweat into that car and I’ll never get what I’ve put in back out of it monetarily, but the smiles that car has provided me could last a lifetime by themselves. It’s undergone many changes in my stay – from relatively stock to a highly modified track car, through 4 suspensions, 4 engines, 5 exhausts, 3 paint jobs and a few thousand miles on the race track, it’s been as much a friend as a possession.

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1970 300SEL 6.3 road car / quasi race recreation

When you hear 300SEL 6.3 racecar or race car replica, thoughts must go to the famous, but unfortunately named, Red Sow 300SEL 6.3. That is the car responsible for bringing AMG onto the map with a 2nd place finish at the 24 hours of Spa in 1971. It featured a special 6.8 liter engine and presumably they finished 2nd in the race not only by being fast, but by scaring the other competitors with the outrageous, loud, four door sedan. That car retired from racing and was sold as a test mule for jet engine landing gear.

There have been several replica versions of the Red Pig racers of various levels of authenticity, videos below. (Also any of you Benz fans catch the wheels on the 300SL Gullwing in the last video?)

I’ve seen some with standard 6.3 engines, others with bored out engines to mimic the custom cast 6.8 AMG engines, some with auto transmissions and others with a manual. An “original” was for sale earlier this summer for 200,000 Euros, as seen in the image below. The car I’m posting takes a more subtle approach in paying homage to these great cars.

Year: 1970
Model: Mercedes 300SEL 6.3
Engine: 6.3 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 41,800 mi
Price: ASK

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1970 300SEL 6.3 race/road car in Switzerland

This 300 SE is a French delivery car, sold by the french importer Royal Elysée. It is confirmed by the Service booklet. It has been restored in the last two years but the brakes have been totally redone recently.A set of original AMG 15′ rims and new Pirellis have been fitted. The paint is extremely deep and all the body seals have replaced. A high performance electronic ignition system has been added too give better performance. It is not equiped withe heavy electric sunroof neither with the air coditioning system which is a good thing for those who would like to comlete the light race preparation. (A 6.3 liter AMG finisged 2nd at the 24 h of Spa Francorchamps). Matching Numbers. Best available.

This black iteration is an original French delivery 6.3. It features the French yellow headlights and a set of proper AMG rims. To also set off the look the car has had its bumpers removed. It isn’t particularly clear what else has been done to the car in terms of race prep, though the car does have a modern high performance electronic ignition setup, a popular modification for these cars. I wish there was a bit more description as to the restoration work performed and some interior photographs.

With only 41,800 miles covered this is a low mile 6.3 and it strikes me as a bit odd that it has been given this slight race treatment. Not knowing the history of the car I would have thought a low mileage example like this would bring a higher price if kept more original. The seller lists the car as numbers matching so doing things like losing the bumpers and adding the AMG wheels and stickers probably has the originality police up twitching a bit. A higher mile non-numbers matching car would seem a better candidate to start a race replica on.

So this car sits in an odd area. Not really a proper racer, too nice to really want to race and does not appear to be properly setup for that, but it also doesn’t fit the look of a pristine original 6.3 street car either. Unless it gets made a little more racier people might look at this and think it was a restoration in progress and that you have the bumpers at the shop getting re-chromed or something. At least the weight lost will motivate the powerful, torque monster, to even swifter starts.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of a 6.3 race car. The 300SEL 6.3 is absolutely the #1 car on my list for what I’d like to build up and take vintage racing. Contact me if you are currently or are planning on racing one in SVRA, HSR or SCCA, I’d love to meet up. This is an interesting car with its look which will appeal to some and confuse others. No price is given, but it is probably quite high. What do people think about this one?


1936 BMW 328

BMW fans, here’s where it all started. You may think the 2002 started it all, but in reality, the 328 was Genesis. Truth be told, BMW was quite successful in the 1930s and before in the motorcycle scene, and indeed was a well regarded manufacturer of airplane engines. But in the changing climate of German politics in the 1930s, it was clear that the government wanted to steer the population away from its chosen method of transportation – motorcycles – and towards automobile ownership. To this end, BMW’s main competition at this time, Daimler-Benz and Auto-Union, were quick to enter into the premier form of Grand Prix racing in order to promote both the government’s agenda and their own technical superiority in automotive engineering. Thus would be born the legendary Silberpfeil – the Silver Arrows of Grand Prix racing. Behind the scenes, BMW pursued a slightly different course, and as the Italian and French automakers fled the all-conquering German Grand Prix cars in favor of sports car racing, BMW took them on with their newly designed 328 sports car. Few survive today, but every once in a while one comes up for sale, such as this silver example today:


Year: 1936
Model: 328
Engine: 2.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: “10” mi
Price: $350,000

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1936 BMW 328 on eBay

Before we proceed to the details about this truly work of Art and Craftsmanship I felt to share a little history about the uniqueness of the 1936 BMW 328 Roadster. Enjoy reading it ………..

……………….”A small brochure circulated among a select group of people in late 1935 revealed the existence of a new 2-litre sports car to be known as the “Typ 328”. The description of the car was deliberately low-key and avoided giving any performance or speed figures. The brochure was intended purely as an appetiser for “friends of the company”; there was no announcement in the press.

Journalists were left open-mouthed when they set eyes on the car for the first time in the Nürburgring paddock on 13 June 1936. There, Ernst Henne was preparing to race the 328 in the International Eifel Race the following day. The motorcycle world record holder roared away from his rivals off the start line and soon left the rest of the field trailing in his wake with a phenomenal average speed of 101.5 km/h. This show of strength from the 328 had commentators purring about the future of the German sports car. However, few could have guessed that they were witnessing the dawn of a new era.

Of the 464 examples of the BMW 328 ever built, only around 200 have survived, some 120 of which are in Germany. Many still take part in historical races to this day. And cars from BMW Classic’s own collection can regularly be found in the thick of the action – often with illustrious figures at the wheel. Indeed, in 2003 Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustav teamed with Prince Leopold of Bavaria for the reborn Mille Miglia – now run as a regularity test – in a BMW 328 Touring Roadster.

To be reminded of just how potent the 1940 cars still are today, you need only witness their journey to Italy for the event. There is not a transporter or trailer in sight; instead, just as they did 70 years ago, they travel from Munich to Brescia on their own power. And even more impressively, they complete the journey on a single tank of fuel; then, as now, the engines were not only powerful but also efficient. The drivers and cars can encounter a wide variety of weather conditions en route to Brescia and during the event itself, but nothing can dampen the spirits of the drivers and cars alike. Whether they’re basking in 27 degrees Celsius on the Adriatic or shivering just above freezing in the snow and mist of Monte Terminillo, the teams experience everything the Italian climate can throw at them. And today, just as they did back then, they power to victory in sumptuous style.”…………………..

Amazing ,isn’t it? Now about this beauty, she spent most of her life in a great and loving care of a Pre-War Era Car collector and Restaurateur Garage. Recently finished “open check book” restoration brought back her to life and old glory, as you can see on the pictures. Ready for racing or to be be part of the most discriminating collectors collection. I’ll assist with shipping and insurance if needed. Please email for questions ,serious bidders only! Thank you.


While the E30 M3 certainly was a successful race car in its own right, the 328 was no slouch. The list of wins is simply incredible. How about both class and overall wins at the Mille Miglia? Fifth overall at Le Mans? RAC Tourist Trophy? 100 class wins in one year? The 328 defined a history of success that BMW would continue after the war. More surprising is how successful the 328 was given that BMW engaged in little automobile racing prior to its construction. These successes were just about the equivalent of saying “You know, I think today I’ll start riding a bike” and then winning the Tour de France in the next month. While there are a few BMW models that exceed the value of the 328, I’d argue there is not a model which was more significant to establishing the brand. Quite simply, the 328 put BMW on the European map as a performance car company.

Now, as to value, that’s tough to judge. What do you compare it to? The Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Spider? $500,000 or more, if you can find one. The Maserati 4CS-1500? Close to $1,000,000. Perhaps the Bugatti T55 Super Sport? That would set you back the best part of $2,000,000 plus. So, why the lack of value on the 328? At $350,000 this seems like a downright deal. Of course, the Bugatti, Maserati and Alfa have aching beauty that the 328 just can’t quite match, and consequently they’re more aesthetically desirable. However, even in comparison to some recent auctions, this 328 seems undervalued. The answer may lie in the lack of details of this auction; the quality of the restoration and the reason for it (crash?) would have to be fully sorted out before buying this car. Still, since none of you are actually going to buy this car stop worrying about how much it’s worth – just enjoy the view, appreciate the history, and before they’re all gone, go see one race at some vintage races!


1973 BMW 3.0 CSL

Like most hot versions of street vehicles, the BMW 3.0 CSL came about from a desire to compete in Motorsport. In order to homologate this special for the European Touring Car series, BMW took the elegant E9 coupe to new levels by lightening the body through use of aluminum alloy, deleting excess luxuries and adding perspex side windows. It wasn’t soon before this car made its bones in motorsport, achieving a class victory at LeMans in 1973 and capturing the European Touring Car Championship every year from 1975 through 1979. In addition to making a name in motorsport, the CSL would be the basis for the first two BMW Art Cars.

This CSL is on offer near Stuttgart, Germany and has had a curious overhaul that includes some later BMW M bits. Done up in perhaps one of the most famous CSL liveries, Jägermeister, this would make for one aggressive tool for vintage race events.


Year: 1973
Model: 3.0 CSL
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 15,066 km (~ 9,368 mi)
Price: 98,950 (~ $129,238 USD)

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 BMW 325is on Mobile.de

Original BMW 3.0 CSL with certificate of authenticity from BMW, in all respects, optimized driving dynamics (Fire extinguisher, brakes, engine, transmission, rear axle). Uprated M88 – M-Technik, a professionally and lovingly executed conversion. Through attention to detail, attractive performance gains for sports-oriented applications with performance that will delight even from today’s perspective!

Car was produced on 24.10.1973 and exported to the Switzerland. Once it arrived via the importer, the car was registered on 18.09.1974 to the original owner. With the specified VIN we identify the CSL as the 6st-last built the first Series with 3.2-liter fuel injected, of which 110 were built. Of the 2nd Series 3.2 – liter 57 copies were made, making a total of 167 cars built (there are certainly more desirable sports series models, eg the abbreviation “RS” wear …).

So great was this works series of sports coupes from the 70s, that their destiny was already created at that time: racing, sports, privateer racing, homologation numbers, and so this model was already as a new car a basis for further action. So its understandable that the upgrading with M-Technik, with this engine any buyer at the time would have liked this car, which makes historical sense. Apart from that, this engine is and remains the core of EVERY motor vehicle who had the good fortune to be powered by it.

Visit us on our homepage: www.dls-automobile.de our showroom where you can find more detailed pictures and description of the motor vehicle. If you want to inspect the car, SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT PLEASE! Although spontaneous visitors are always welcome, we can’t guarantee detailed showings of individual vehicles.


This car certainly looks the part, but of course some will take issue with modifying what is an important and valuable piece of BMW history. Given that this particular CSL doesn’t have a high profile history, I could forgive the modifications, as they are not too outrageous. CSLs of this vintage seem to be hovering in the $100,000 to $150,000 range on average, depending on provenance. Whether the modifications are viewed as favorable remains to be seen.


Motorsport Monday: 1998 BMW M3

Welcome to another, long overdue edition of Motorsport Monday. Today we’ll take a look at a race prepped example of a BMW performance car bargain, the E36 M3. This particular M3 on offer in southern Connecticut is race ready and is being sold due to its owner retiring from competition.

Year: 1998
Model: M3
Engine: 3.2 liter inline six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 70,000 miles
Price: $19,000 Buy It Now

1998 BMW M3 on eBay

Engine and Drivetrain:

– S52 M3 3.2L Engine (240 DynoJet rwhp)
– M50 manifold, PRM Intake
– Turner Motorsport ECU, OBD1, 91 octane
– Stainless tubular header with side exit exhaust
– ZF transmission with Sachs HD clutch disk and plate
– 3.5″ Intake Straight from TMS False headlight to tube
– HFM 3.5″ MAF, BW 3.5″ Boot — TMS Tune, 24lb Injectors
– ATL 12 gal fuel cell with turnover shutoff valve
– Turner Motorsport pulleys on alternator and P/S pump
– Metrixmotorsports Limited Slip Differential 3.64 custom

Body and Suspension:

– Penon Wide Body Kit — PTG look alike
– Bilstein PSS9 coilover shocks, re-valved for heavier spring rates
– H&R 150-60-150 springs (855lbs)
– Tuner Motorsport sway bars front and rear
– Brembo Fronts with 332 vented, slotted rotors; BMW 32 5is rears, stainless lines
– Turner Motorsport carbon fiber brake duct kit
– Front Camber plates
– Turner Motorsport rear lower camber arm
– TMS 90mm Bulletnose wheel studs
– Fiske FM10 wheels — 18×9.5 front, 18×10 rear with Hoosier R6
– Empower wheels 18″ x 9.5″ with Hoosier H2O (nearly new)
– Carbon Fiber Hood, Hood Pins, Sunroof, Trunk, ADR Rear Wing
– BimmerWorld Front Splitter
– M.A.Shaw 1/4 Lexan Windows

Cockpit and Controls:

– Sparco EVO Seat
– Simpson 5 point harness with camlock release
– Longacre Switch Panel with electric fan
– Tachometer with stepped shift lights
– Full roll cage with NASCAR bars
– Full high-density padding and window net
– Hot Lap timer with remote sender/battery
– Spa 3-Zone manual fire system
– Ignition kill switch with roll cage bracket

One of my uncle’s raced a late eighties Corvette in SCCA’s ITE class. At that time, there were several E36 M3s in ITE that would consistently give the Corvette (equipped with a Richmond 6-speed manual) a run for its money on the track. Ironically, my uncle owned an E36 M3 and used it as his daily driver. While the Corvette was cheap to run and still offered plenty of racing thrills, there was no doubting the E36’s prowess on the track. Not only were they outstanding cars on the street, they were a force to be reckoned with in competition.