Italian Audi Insanity

One of our readers from Italy was kind enough to call attention to a trio of astonishing Audi Quattros for sale online in Italy. We’ve posted some pretty nice Quattros in the past, but these three turn the four-ringed insanity to 11.

First, we have an Audi Quattro Treser hardtop convertible. “A what!?” you say? I know… though I featured a Treser coupe a while back, I had not seen Treser’s convertible creation before. The coupe’s standard hardtop was absolutely mundane compared to the folding weirdness of this Quattro. Walter Treser was the head of development for the UrQuattro and went on to create his own aftermarket Audi business; the success of the parts business allowed him to get even more creative with things like this pre-Benz SLK convertible hardtop. An elegant convertible with the top down, things get a bit weirder when you push the Autobot button… it kind of looks like a Subaru Brat with a tonneau cover. Funky styling aside, I can’t argue with the rarity and inherent coolness in having a coachbuilt UrQuattro. I can argue that there are better places to spend ~$65k though…

1984 Audi Quattro Treser Convertible for sale on automobile.it

We’ll turn the needle up closer to 11 with this next Quattro, another Treser, and a cabriolet at that; but why not throw in a massive widebody kit and some Testerossa-style side strakes for good measure? Instead of a brat, this looks like a stepside truck. With the same funky 2+2 top up, 2-seater top down system, you can bring the family along, as well as hide them when it gets nice out and you need some Italian bird to notice your Ferraudi. Luckily the 2.1 I5 has been brought up to spec too, pumping out 340hp over only 25k km. 78 grand for some truly rare strange.

1985 Widebody Treser Convertible Audi Quattro for sale on automobile.it

Here’s where I say the amp went past 11 and got all Marty-in-Doc’s-Garage on me, a perfect red Sport Quattro, 1,050km (652 miles!) on a 220-hp S2 swap. While cool, the Tresers seem cut out for a specific kind of drug dealer, whereas the only thing the Sport Quattro is addicted to is winning. Decipher the German/Italian ad if you can; something about the Sport’s trick Kevlar roof and some other mild mods. The only way this car could kill it any harder would be if Hans Dahlback himself had modified it. 220hp should be plenty of fun, but the S2 can easily attain much more. Lively on that tiny wheelbase, the pitbull of the Quattro family.

1985 Audi Sport Quattro for sale on automobile.it

The range of $65-$80k for these things makes me think either a) These are even rarer in the rest of the world than I realized or b) cars are extremely expensive in Italy due to taxes and whatnot. I’m guessing it’s a mixture of both. Regardless, three very cool and unique takes on the UrQuattro (though I could only drive the red one).

-NR

1984 Alpina B7 Turbo e28 For Sale

You don’t see these come up for sale very often, especially in the U.S. Check out this with 4 days to go:

1984 Alpina B7 Turbo For Sale BMW e28

quote from seller’s listing:

For sale is one of only 236 Alpina B7 Turbos made in the E28 body style, VIN WAPB7TL014B710051. It is one of only 5 known to be in North America. It is an authentic, original Alpina, very rare in the US especially, and has all of the parts that Alpina installed on these cars when new. The adjustable-boost turbocharged engine puts out 300 horsepower. It has a 5-speed close-ratio (“dog-leg”) transmission. It has a limited-slip differential. It has 16×7″ Alpina open-lug wheels on the front and 16×8″ wheels on the back, with good tires. The paint is fairly new, and is the “Alpina blue” color that Alpina paints many of its cars. It was repainted from graphite, but done professionally so no graphite remains. The wide silver deco set (stripe kit) is new, from Alpina. It has an electric sunroof, a stock cassette deck, power windows and door locks. No A/C, as the turbo takes up the place where the compressor would go. It also has the rare digital extra gauge cluster in the A/C duct on the dash. We have all the documents necessary to register the car here in the US, and will assist the buyer in doing so.

And for those who aren’t familiar with the model, a quote from the Unofficial Alpina Site:

This is the second-generation B7 Turbo, introduced in April 1984. Once again had a car with the name B7 Turbo the title of being the fastest 4-door car in the world. The production ended in July 1987 and a total of 236 cars were built.

[…]

The engine is based on BMW´s 3,5 litre unit, which in standard version produces 218 bhp. Alpina have made many changes to the engine such as a reprogrammed Motronic system, a modified cylinder-head, lighter mahle-pistons, a new camshaft, a special exhaust manifold and of course a KKK K27 turbocharger. The engine has higher compression than the old B7 Turbo so Alpina have decreased the turbo boost to 0,7 bar, because they didn´t want the B7 to have more than 300 bhp. That´s exacly what it has, 300 bhp and a torque of 501 Nm. The catalyst-version had 320 bhp and a torque of 509 Nm. The gearbox is a five-speeder from Getrag.

I absolutely adore Alpina’s of this era (I know, who doesn’t?!) and this is a great chance for a collector to get a car that normally would involve a spendy importation. Being a 1984 model, this should be pretty easy to register.

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1997 Brabus E65 W210 For Sale in California

John emailed me a few days ago to inform us that his wonderful and amazing Brabus E65 was on eBay. I fell sick on Wednesday and am just now catching up. But don’t let that delay you — as of right now, there is only 2 days left on his auction.

His ad tells the story well, so without further ado:

This is a full W210 Brabus car; one of one in USA. Built in 1997 from a brand new, zero-mile E420 purchased from Beverly Hills MB. Car was completely disassembled and shipped to Brabus Germany where the M119 motor was enlarged to 6.5 liters. It is a 450hp / 488 ft lb. torque motor (4 cam / 32 valve). This is the only official USA W210 6.5 in existence. Car was fully optioned when it was built. This includes full Brabus power-train, Brabus (Alcon) ft and rr brakes, Brabus full exhaust, Brabus full body kit, Brabus staggered modular wheels, Brabus Mastik leather interior, Brabus hood / trunk badging and trunk lettering, Brabus springs / shocks, Brabus door sills in stainless, Brabus steering wheel etc.

Car has roughly 40,900 original miles and is in excellent condition in all respects. Car is 040 black non-metallic with Black and contrasting Gray interior. There is a large integrated stereo that is aftermarket but period 1997-98. Car was featured in Motor Trend and an original copy of the magazine is included. This car was built at the time to be the fastest sedan in existence. It held this title in the USA as it is capable of 192mph. The only sedan to surpass this M119 6.5 is the Brabus W210 7.3 V-12 (206mph); none of which were imported to the States as they do not comply with USA crash and emissions standards.

This car can be fully verified by the USA Brabus distributor CEC (Claus Ettensberger Corp) in Los Angeles. You are free to call them.

You will notice that the car does not wear the Brabus front spoiler lower extension. I have a brand new, in-box unit that comes with the car. I do not have it installed, as my driveway is too steep with it in place.

What an opportunity and talk about rare! Can you imagine what the total cost of this conversion had to cost? A true MB collectors piece that deserves a good home. Good luck on the sale John,

dc

Very rare, very clean Audi Quattro Treser

Today we have a fantastic reader submission with many thanks to Valerio for finding this very rare, very cool, and amazingly well-kept Audi. I am quite a fan of the Quattro, as boxed fenders are just about my favorite styling element of all time and I’m quite enamored with AWD and Audi in general. Valerio’s tip points to a little-known piece of Audi history involving the head of Audi’s rally team, Walter Treser. More can be read here, but essentially the rally boss went on to sell aftermarket offerings for Audis, here including bodywork, wheels, engine improvements and a nice black interior. Adding to the specialness of this car is an amazingly low mileage of 35k, obviously having been owned with an eye towards future collectibility. It’s a very rare, very 80s-tastic improvement on the venerable Quattro, even foreshadowing the style of the later 90-based Coupe Quattro.

1984 Audi Quattro Treser for sale on Classic Driver

Some of the owner’s description:

This Treser UR Quattro is a two owner car which has covered a mere 35, 800 miles from new in the hands of two owners. It has been in the current ownership since 2005, since when just 3000 miles have been covered and it is stored in a heated and dehumidified garage when not in use. It has only ever been used in fine weather.

Finished in metallic black with Treser full black leather interior and high-back, rally style Recaro sports interior, the car is equipped with a host of other Treser options, which include 250bhp engine with high lift camshaft, big valves, a 8 port metering head, larger intercooler and a special airbox. The body has Treser wrap-around rear spoiler, front apron and Treser alloys road wheels, which are now shod with new Michelin TRX tyres.

A Treser UR Quattro is a rarity in itself but an example with just 35,800 miles on the clock and only two owners form new must be unique. It is taxed and mot’d and currently in daily use by ourselves! This car has to be seen to be believed.

The wheels and the wrap-around wing just add to the Quattro’s very epoch-specific styling and the cache of having it be an ultra-rare edition drenched in Audi history is great. Add to that an nicely warmed over 250-hp engine and this thing has some serious grunt to back up the unique looks. If you can get over the babied-low miles (or right-hand drive), it has to be a TON of fun. At 17,677 Euros, or about $23,600, this seems like an awesome deal. Shame it’s in Britain.

-NR

Porsche 911 Carrera Club Sport For Sale on 6SpeedOnline.com

The link love continues tonight with another rare sighting: A 1988 Porsche 911 Club Sport. One of only 28 officially imported to the U.S. and sporting the excellent Gulf Blue paint. Check it out on 6SpeedOnline.com for best offer over $60k:

1988 Porsche Carrera Club Sport For Sale in Gulf Blue

quote from seller’s listing:

Many of you have seen photos of my Club Sport. Business opportunities lead me to very reluctantly sell this car. When selling cars that I’ve owned in the past I’ve been guilty of saying, “I’ll find another one”. I cannot make that statement with this car.

The 1987-1989 Club Sport is arguably the most-rare, lightweight production 911 that Porsche has ever produced. It took me over two years to find this one. Not only is this Club Sport rare from a production standpoint, this is a “Sonder-Wunsch” or Special Wishes 911. The rarest of the rare, one of the 28 North American Carrera Club Sports painted by the factory in Gulf Blue. Believed to be the only Club Sport worldwide painted this color. The car was built with Chrome rather than black window trim and a Burgundy pinstripe velour interior. It is a car that is all original including the paintwork with extensive paperwork back to 8,000 miles.

Granted that’s a lot of cash for a Carrera of that vintage, but again I agree with the comments that this car isn’t going down in value anytime soon. I think it would make for an excellent collector car as well, and would be so awesome on back roads this time of year!

dc

Beautifully Restored 1987 Hartge H5S on BringATrailer.com

Well I’m not going to lie: I’m not crazy about the brown. Now that we have that out of the way, this is a phenomenal example of one of the finest BMW e28 tuner cars there is. It enjoys a full restoration and a very tasteful list of departures from stock.

Check out this H5S, one of 5 believed to be imported, on BringATrailer.com:

1985 Hartge H5S BMW E28 For Sale

quote from Bring A Trailer:

This 1987 Hartge H5S has been extensively restored by the current seller including restoration of the engine compartment with the engine removed. When the car was re-painted its original color with all glass and trim removed, the plastic side skirts, lower rear valence, and decklid spoiler were also discarded. Those components tend to make M535i and tuner E28s look horrible, so this car really comes together nicely as a result. Most recently it won first place at the Central Coast BMW CCA Concours last month in Monterey. It is available in Southern California for $45k obo.

$45k is a chunk of change, but as one of the BaT commentors mentions, is there anything in the current BMW model range that you’d rather have for that money? Me neither!

dc

1981 Porsche 928 Strosek Widebody, Low mileage 928, & Audi 200 Trans Am

I see a good deal of 928s for sale, there are two reasons for this. One, Porsche made them for nearly two decades and two, because I look for Audi S4s so every time I search for S4 I come across Audis and Porsches. Because there are so many in the market picking one up is not very hard. $10k will get you a plenty nice one. Just remember that, while they looked fairly similar over that long run, the options changed over the years. Flavors of engines included 4.5, 4.7, 5.0, and 5.4, liter V8s.
Transmissions could be had in 3 and 4 speed auto or 5 speed manual.

A early 80s twenty thousand dollar 928 would normally have even fewer miles on it then the 46,000 on this machine. This one has reason to be an exception. It appears to have a super clean body kit, custom interior work, and performance engine tuning including cams and headers. Not to mention the seller says he’ll throw in $15,000 worth of extra goodies like a GPS nav, to tune up, detailing and more. Seems reasonable to me.

If 46,000 miles is a bit too high for you why not make an offer on this 1,484 mile 1978. Offered at $35,000 (reserve not met), this can only be for a collector. Great interior and even has the original window sticker. Knowing that every time you drove the car you’d be decreasing its value is tough. Just keeping the car garage bound when this 911 beater should be out roaming the back country is sad. As the slogan, picked up from another car club, goes, Garages Kill. Letting a car sit is not good for it and once parts start to deteriorate and have to be replaced you’ve lost the originality and not been able to enjoy driving the car, lose-lose. On the other hand it is nice to be able to show such an original vehicle.

1989 Audi Quattro 200 Trans-Am ex Hurley Haywood

Finally just to mix it up a bit this is the car that Hurley Hawyood used during the run to the Trans-Am Championship. The early Audi Quattro racers were pretty much bad ass in every form of racing they entered, hill climb, rally, trans am, etc. This one comes several years after the monster 600 horse power Group B Quattro S1, but clearly shares the blood lines and technology. The unique turbo charged inline 5 in this vehicle likely isn’t as powerful as the Group B car, but should certainly be bumping out over 500 ponies at full boost. The price is on request, probably somewhere north of a few dozen well used A4s. This would make a great SVRA or SCCA entry. For now it sits as a show piece at a casino.

I wasn’t able to confirm this from the dealer, but someone tells me this car may have just sold after being for sale for over a year at $450,000.

~Evan

E30 M3 Hartge 3 Piece Wheels

Granted I usually post car classifieds, but these wheels are so rare I felt compelled to post them here. Feast your eyes on the uber rare 3 piece Hartge rims for sale in San Francisco on Craigslist:

3 piece Hartge wheels e30 M3Hartge wheels e30 M3Hartge wheels silver e30 M3

quote from seller’s Craigslist post:

Rare and hard to find. Custom 3pcs Hartge wheels and tires from my E30 M3. These wheels where purchased from Germany.

5×120 bolt pattern
17×8.5 et13 front and 17×10 rears
Custom polished wide lips
Condition is perfect like new
Toyo t1r tires
215/45 and 245/40/17
Used for no more than 500 miles
No spacers needed for E30 M3 application

If I was putting together the ultimate period piece modified e30 M3, these would be an insta-purchase on the credit card I’m not supposed to use! And the M3 pictured is an absolute beaut!

CL link updated 8.24.09 Price: $3200

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1985 AUDI UR Quattro Turbo Coupe For Sale in the PNW

Here’s a rare find, a 1985 Audi urQuattro with 117k miles for sale in Portland, Oregon for $20k:

quote from seller’s Portland Craigslist ad:

I am selling one of the RAREST Audi Cars Available. Not one for sale in the USA this year. Audi only shipped 73 to the US in 1985 as the car cost $49,000 to buy. This one was shipped over here in 1992 from Germany. Has the Euro Chip with over 200BHP. Nardi wood steering wheel and shift knob. Fiberglass deck lid was new for this year as well as newer wiring and updated leather interior. This is the only one in the USA like this one. ZERMATT SILVER Paint. Perfect interior and dashboard and Carpet. No rips in anything. New Sunroof Seal. New 215/50/15 v rated tires. Has original Rally Ronals. NO Dents. No wrecks.
THESE CARS WERE HAND MADE IN GERMANY!!!!
YOU cannot find these cars. If you do they wont sell them. I hate to sell this one!!!
Just had timing belt, fuel injectors, water pump, Fuel Filter done. Perfect compression. New Ansa Muffler and powder coated cam cover and timing belt cover and pulley.
An Absolute Gem. This is the nicest one I have seen and this is the rarest year for this car and the rarest Color. Not even sure they shipped Zermatt Silver as a color in 1985, only in germany.
paint is extremely nice for original paint. there are some scratches and the front and rear bumpers need a new paint job.
117,000 Miles.
Do not waste my time. ONLY SERIOUS buyers!! This is a very valuable and rare car. The last one i saw sell was a 1983 for 20,000 nearly a year ago. No rust, door jams, everything is perfect.
I have pictures of everything for really interested buyers. No low ballers.

I hope this car is listed somewhere else with a better ad because this Craigslist posting hasn’t convinced me that this car is worth $20k! The pictures look like they were shot in tow truck parking lot, and most of the very lengthy description looks completely copy-and-paste from someone else’s listing! Not to mention, am I the only one who thinks the wooden steering wheel and shift knob are out of place?

One thing the seller is right on about is the fact that these are rarely seen for sale. Hell, they practically make e30 M3‘s look abundant in comparison!

dc

Update: This post is out of date and the item listed is probably not available any more. Why not take a look at these Audi Coupes and parts that are currently for sale!

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I’m Bored: 2007 Ruf 3400K Coupe 25th Anniversary Edition Coupe

I usually post modern classic German sports car and sport coupe classifieds on this blog that the everyman could likely attain and afford to maintain, upgrade, and enjoy. But nothing really tickled my fancy tonight, so I decided to look upmarket. That’s when I stumbled on this stunning Ruf 3400K for sale on eBaymotors:

quote from seller’s eBayMotors listing:

This is a 2007 Ruf produced and titled 3400K Coupe. Ruf Automobile GmbH has a unique and exclusive relationship with Porsche. Ruf Automobile purchases a “body-in-white” from Porsche- “body-in-white” refers to the most basic structure or frame of the car with nothing installed including body panels, drive train or suspension components. Ruf then completely “hand-crafts” the vehicle from that point at their factory in Pfaffenhausen, Germany, all paint, engine, interior, suspension and unique Ruf components are fitted. This is why Ruf is recognized as a manufacturer and Ruf cars have their own unique VIN.

Oh my God, this car is pure sex! The Cayman S is already a total success story in the automotive press, but when Ruf lays hands to this model and returns a car worthy of it’s own badge and designation, well then, you have a superior and rare machine indeed. Here are the specs according to a European Car article on this model:

RUF 3400K
Layout
Longitudinal mid-engine, rear wheel drive

Engine
3.4-liter flat six, centrifugal-type supercharger, camshaft adjustment, hot-film air mass sensor, three-way catalytic converters with metal substrates, aluminum intake manifold with integrated intercoolers

Transmission
Six-speed manual

Suspension
Adjustable coilovers

Brakes
F: Four-piston calipers, 12.5-inch
front rotors R: Four-piston calipers, 11.8-inch rotors

Wheels and Tires
Ruf alloys 8.5×19 (f), 10×19 (r) Bridgestone Potenza RE050A 235/35 (f), 265/35(r)

Exterior
Ruf front bumper with integral air intakes, rear wing, rear bumper

Interior
Aluminum pedals, gear lever trim, instrument panel

Performance
Peak Power: 400 hp
Peak Torque: 324 lb-ft
0-62 mph: 4.4 sec.
Top Speed: 181 mph

And here’s a Ruf promotional video, which features a Ruf 3400 about midway through the video, which is set to Firestarter by Prodigy. Awesome!

Now that I’m totally smitten with this fantasy car, I’ll be very eager to see what the final bidding reaches. Then I’ll take that number and adjust my keno ticket accordingly!

Update 11.11.08: Updated to the most recent listing, which now carries a $129k buy-it-now (gulp!)

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