1978 Porsche 911 Race Car

A fully prepped race car is always a fun find, especially when it’s a Porsche that won’t cost six-figures to purchase. This car won’t have six-figure performance either, but it should still provide ample amounts of fun driving and learning. Here we have a 1978 Porsche 911 painted in lovely Gulf Blue. It looks to be in great shape and, as I always love with these cars, appears to have been a build that favored weight reduction over going for higher power. A no-frills Porsche that you can get in and drive. There’s much to love there!

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Year: 1978
Model: 911
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: N/A
Price: Buy It Now $34,500

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1978 Porsche 911 Race Car on eBay

This is a professionally built Race Car that has been run in Porsche Club Drivers Ed only.
Extremely light and Fast, well sorted and balanced Porsche 911, 2,188 lbs with 190lb driver and half fuel, glass fenders, hood, tail. Driven in DE only. Twin plugged 3.0 LTR reliable. 271 HP at Wheels! Wevo Shifter, 915 trans, Custom Race Gears, Coil Over suspension, fuel cell, full cage, harnesses, Momo Wheel. This is an awesome FAST race car that is simple, clean and reliable. Dyno sheets and gear ratio’s available. Many pictures of build. Car was built from a clean tub. No wrecks or off track excursions. Car is being stores in heated/airconditioned garage in North Carolina. Call Mike 760.917.4473 OR E-mail mikecuccia@cox.net

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We could do with a bit more detail on the specific modifications to this car, but as it stands it looks like a well executed example that should be very quick given the decent power and low weight. The classic Gulf Blue paint is always a winner on a track car and the condition of the paint looks to be excellent. While that isn’t a necessity for a track car it isn’t a detriment either. A prepped car like this one provides the opportunity for any buyer to step right into a car built to handle track duty without having to deal with the many financial headaches and frustrations that come with embarking on such a project. The cost of that convenience is all relative as the purchase price always will be lower than the cost of doing the build yourself, but also never comes cheap. I previously featured this 1973 Porsche 911E track car that sold for just under $30,500 so the price here of $34,500 is in the ball-park for what a fully-prepped classic Porsche should sell.

-Rob

Motorsport Monday Part II: 1972 BMW 2002tii Track Car

Here’s an easy recipe for fun: take a small light-weight rear-wheel-drive car, strip out the interior, toss on some wider and stickier tires, and go to a track day. That’s almost exactly the recipe it appears the seller of this 1972 BMW 2002 Tii followed, though with this build the car was taken through the additional steps that turn what would be an undeniably fun car into a fun and competitive car. The BMW 2002 provides an excellent platform for a track car as it combines vintage-racer styling with fairly simple mechanicals. While the price of these cars has been on the rise with collectors, a track-prepped car such as the one featured here should still come at a reasonable cost.

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Year: 1972
Model: 2002tii
Engine: 2.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: N/A
Price: Reserve auction

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For sale is a 1972 BMW 2002Tii. The car is a nice example of a stock looking vintage race car. The car has no significant rust, typical spots such as the floors, frame rails, rocker panels, shock towers, etc. are solid. Paint is clean and shiny with no major dents or scratches. There are some very small chips/scratches/dings etc and a couple very small (pin head) bubbles in the paint work of the car as to be expected on a used car. Purchased as a fully restored stock Tii, the car has now been turned into a full track car. The following is a list of what’s been done to the car:

Body:

I like the look of a stock 2002Tii so I kept the exterior looking that way. The only modifications from stock are rolled front and rear fenders to fit the larger wheels and tires. Also added is an Ireland Engineering front air dam. The front door windows and regulators have been removed and the rear side windows have been replaced with Lexan plastic for weight savings. There are clip in lexan travel windows for the front doors for trailering and storage.

Interior:

The interior of the car was stripped bare – carpeting, seats, console, door panels and factory tar sound proofing was removed and then the interior painted flat black to compliment the Agave green exterior. Added is a full welded roll cage with NASCAR style protection on the drivers side. Recaro race seat, Schroth five point harness, Momo alcantara steering wheel with quick release hub, center safety arm net, shift light w/RPM, oil pressure and volt gauges.

Engine:

Engine was completely disassembled and rebuilt with performance in mind. Cylinder head from Ireland Engineering has been port and polished and has larger Schrick 304 degree cam, larger valves – 39mm exhaust/47mm intake, billet aluminum rocker arms and stronger double valve springs. The cylinder block has been overbored 1mm with larger,12:1 compression pistons, stronger Ireland Engineering 144mm length connecting rods, and lightened knife edged crank (weight reduced by 12 lbs). The engine maintains it’s original Tii mechanical fuel injection system. The injection pump was modified when it was rebuilt to deliver a slightly increased fuel curve over stock. Additionally the cold start valve has been switched to activate at full throttle to deliver more fuel. A cold air intake has been added to gain additional HP at speed. The exhaust is routed out through an Ireland Engineering header into a straight pipe that leads to a free flowing Magnaflow muffler, all custom.

Drivetrain:

The stock 4 speed transmission was fully rebuilt and has no syncro problems. Transmission is mated to the engine through a lightened aluminum flywheel, pressure plate and has a performance puck style clutch disk with solid center. Limited Slip differential has 60% lockup with 4.44:1 gear ratio.

Suspension:

The car has both front and rear coil over suspension that is fully adjustable. Front suspension has adjustable camber plates, urethane bushings and larger 22 mm Suspension Techniques sway bar, along with a Racing Dynamics stress bar. Rear suspension has larger 19mm adjustable Suspension Techniques sway bar, rear Top End Performance stress bar/battery box, and the rear shock tower housings have been reinforced to handle the rear coil over shocks.

Brakes:

The stock front brakes have been replaced with Willwood calipers and cross drilled vented rotors. An Ireland Engineering disk brake kit has been installed in the rear (with calipers from a Corvette). The disk brakes on all four corners offer significantly increased stopping capability and also a weight savings. A larger master cylinder from a late 70’s BMW 5-series is mated to the stock tii brake booster.

Wheels/Tires:

Panasport 14″x6″ rims with Hoosier 205/55 ZR14 R compound race slicks.

Additional Items:

-The car has a Cool Suit system installed with the tank located in the trunk.
-Super Trap muffler tip
-Straight dual muffler tip
-Full car electric fire suppression system

If the purchaser wanted to convert the car back to street use, it could be done with mild effort. As it stands currently, the car could be driven as-is on the street with octane booster (with the high compression, the engine should be run on 110 octane race fuel) and a quieter exhaust. Many of the interior pieces, such as the seats (no vinyl cracks), door panels, carpet, console, glass side windows/regulators will come with the car and can be reinstalled after removing the roll cage. The suspension is fully adjustable and could be tuned for street driving.

I’ve used the car only for Driving Education events with both the BMW and Porsche clubs as well as SCDA. The car has never been used in an actual race but would make for a very competitive car in such an event. I’ve driven the car at Lime Rock Park, Walkins Glen, and New Hampshire Motor Speedway here on the East Coast. It’s a very well sorted and capable track car, and with the brake, suspension set up and 4.44 rear gears, it can keep up with larger V8 powered cars such as Corvettes and also cars such as e46 M3s on the shorter tracks with lots of corners! The car is a fantastic turn key beginners car for those looking to get involved with racing or driving schools. I’ve owned the car since 2004 and I’m looking to move on to different things in my life at this point.

The car has been built and maintained by Musante Motorsports in CT, a notable Porsche and BMW race shop.

The car is sold AS-IS, WHERE-IS with no warranties of any kind. I highly encourage all interested parties to come view the car in person prior to placing a bid or purchasing the car. $700 non-refundable deposit required at auction end with the remainder due when the car is picked up (bring cash). Car must be removed from my property within 14 days of auction end or else the car will be relisted and sold to someone else. Clear MA title comes with the car.

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Coming across a well-prepped track car always presents a unique opportunity. Much of the difficult work, along with the inevitable frustrations, already has been taken care of, and the buyer is left simply to hop in, turn the key and set off. Of course, no track car will run perfectly all of the time, but that’s part of the territory. With its green paint and gorgeous Panasport wheels this car has the looks of a vintage racer and should come with the appropriate performance. At this time, bidding is at $4550 with the reserve still on. It’s always difficult to peg the price of a track car, but I have little doubt the cost here will come in quite reasonably for a 2002 Tii that should provide a great deal of fun.

-Rob

2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

I’ll just get this out of the way: the GT3 RS is my favorite car; it is the money-no-object car that I’d buy amongst the various super- and hyper-cars available today. The one featured here is even a bit more special. Beginning with the 2011 3.8L GT3 RS, which produced 450 hp in its stock form, this car has been worked over by DeMan Motorsport to turn what was already a very good track vehicle into something that should be fairly brilliant. I’d prefer my GT3 RS to come with one of the wilder color combinations available, but even in the subdued hue seen here this car is stunningly pretty and sure to drive spectacularly.

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Year: 2011
Model: 911 GT3 RS
Engine: 3.8 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 8,250 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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Here for sale is a beautiful GT3RS track monster. This vehicle was built for track fun only and never competitively raced. The owner has decided to go a different route in racing. This car has NO paint work, NO accidents, NO damage, and the body is absolutely flawless. This car is the perfect weekend track vehicle. Please email or call with any questions.

Year: 2011
Make: Porsche
Model: 911
Porsche Model: 911
Mileage (numbers only please): 8100
Options (Please check ALL which apply): Antilock Brakes, Power Brakes, Power Door Locks, Power Steering, Power Windows, Traction Control
Color: White
VIN: WPOAC2A91BS783227

DeMan Motorsport artfully crafted this 2011, 1700-original-mile beauty into a unique and truly superior RS both in terms of performance and reliability.

The DeMan Motorsport conversion preserved the stock motor, electronics and tune to ensure reliability. However, a motor refresh was recently completed, including:
• New gaskets
• New thrust bearings
• New main bearing
• New rod bearings
• New timing chains
• New main oil pump
• New scavenge oil pump
• New oil heat exchanger
• New intake cam actuators
The refreshed motor has only 1600 miles!

In addition, the entire transmission was just disassembled and inspected and the clutch and clutch cover were replaced with new Sachs Performance 4.0 equipment. The new clutch has 200 miles!

No expense was spared. The build (not including the motor refresh and new clutch) totaled over $93,000. The list of enhancement modifications includes:

CUP Interior Prep, Safety Equipment & Finishes
• Interior door panels, door pulls, foot plate
• Custom DeMan Motorsport welded full safety cage (A real work of art!!)
• Driver side & center safety nets
• Recaro Pro Racer Hans driver seat
• Recaro Pole Position passenger seat
• Schroth Profi Hans 6-point driver harness
• Schroth Profi Hans 6-point passenger harness
• Sparco steering wheel, Motorsport quick release, steering wheel hook
• Central electric cut off switch with dash & cowl activate switches
• SPA 2.5L Electric fire system complete
Communications, Data & Video Systems
• RaceKeeper with (3) cameras
• Motec Dash CDL-3 including shift light
• Motorola radio system & crew kit
• IMSA intercom system
Engine
• Welded coolant lines
• Rear main engine seal
• Porsche Factory RSR headers
• RSR mufflers
• FabSpeed carbon fiber air intake
• WEVO semi solid motor mounts
Suspension, Hubs & Brakes
• Hub CUP conversion – New drive hubs, central bolts, drive pins, drive pin bolts, lock pots, circlips, wheel nuts, securing clips (No more silly OE centerlocks!!)
• Wrightwood racing front & rear steel rotors
• Pagid RS29 front pads & RF14 rear pads
• Custom ANZE-PENSKE Racing Shocks 8700, 3-way racing dampers with remote mounted reservoirs for easy access (fronts under trunk hood, rears in cabin)
• RSS Motorsport GT3 arms
• Tarett rear shock monoballs
• Toe link lock plates
• GT3 Motorsport toe inks with bump steer kit
• Corner balance and race alignment
Aero Enhancements
• Porsche 2009 RSR Wing & custom uprights
• Carbon Fiber Dive Planes
Wheels & Tires
• Forgeline custom GA1R CUP centerlock wheels – 2 sets
• Fikse 3-piece CUP centerlock wheels – 1 set
Miscellaneous
• Cool suit system
• Rennline front & rear tow hooks
• Rennline undercarriage tie-downs

The car has been meticulously serviced and maintained by DeMan Motorsport. A complete service history is available.

Though the car was built for serious track duty, it is currently registered for the street. The OE side mufflers, CATs and intake manifold are included in the sale price in case future emissions testing is desired.

This car can compete with the performance of a CUP car, but has the reliability and durability of a stock RS. Further, its handling at the limits is absolutely confidence inspiring. This car is a DREAM to drive very, very fast. If you have an RS and are serious about tracking your car, don’t drive this car unless you already plan on buying it.

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This car comes with all of the goodies: full roll cage, upgraded suspension, upgraded brakes, rebuilt engine, onboard radio and video systems, RSR aerodynamics; the works. These cars sold for around $150,000 when new and that’s where the seller has placed the starting bid on this auction. For someone looking for a GT3 RS that has been taken to the next level, this would be a nice place to start. File this one under the “future lottery purchases” column.

-Rob

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

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1973 Porsche 911E Autocross/Track Car on EBay

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

2004 Porsche 911 GT3

Read through most automotive blogs comparing newer sports cars and you’ll often find the same entry in the comments: “X car’s purchase price buys you a lot of Porsche Cayman.” For good reason, too, as the Cayman has become the performance benchmark for an entire category of both new and used sports cars. To borrow a line from everyone’s playbook, the Cayman’s purchase price buys you a lot of Porsche 996 GT3. A performance staple in Europe as a track day special starting around 1999, the GT3 was the street going version of the GT3R and the GT3 Cup. While most car companies build performance cars that people buy and modify to take to the track, Porsche built a modified track version of its performance car for you to buy right from them. Stripped out and with boosted performance, handling and braking, the GT3 was only a touch slower than the more powerful Turbo. The U.S. first received the GT3 in 2004, the year of today’s model:

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Year: 2004
Model: 996 GT3
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 43,395 mi
Price: $49,900 Buy It Now

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Excellent condition. Always Garaged. Meticulously Maintained. Smoke-free. Purchased from a private party in 2007 with only 3000 miles.

Location: Huntington Beach, California. Buyer responsible for pickup or shipping.

Payments: $500 Paypal deposit within 48 hours of close, and balance as a bank issued check or cash within 7 days.

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This particular GT3 has the PCCB ceramic brake option, an option which I think honestly most drivers could do without, but does give you the attention-grabbing yellow calipers. With 381 horsepower on tap – over 50 more than a brand new Cayman S – performance of these cars is still staggeringly good. This is a car that you can comfortably arrive at the track in, blow the doors off most race cars, and then cruise home with the air conditioning on. As with all higher-performance versions of the 911, the GT3 requires more maintenance than a standard car, and it’s a touch more expensive. Known faults with these cars included coolant leaks from glued fittings, but they’re repairable and shouldn’t dissuade a potential buyer from the car in general.

A fair amount of GT3s have seen occasional track duty, but that’s to be expected from what is essentially a track car. This particular model seems to be quite clean and well cared for. The silver is understated but classic Porsche. Probably like most, I think the 996 isn’t the most attractive 911 that’s been produced; but the simple yet aggressive race look of the GT3 would be enough to convince me. Historically special editions of the 911 seem to hold or gain value, so while this may not be the bottom of the GT3 market yet, it could be a good time to get a clean one to drive and hold on to. At $57,500, this is entry level Cayman money – but if it were my money, I’d walk away from the dealership and find one of these special cars to enjoy weekends and the occasional trip to the track.

-Carter

Unpretentious Street/track E36 M3 for cheap

The M3 coupe isn’t the one I’d have whenever a sedan is offered, but those with a penchant for the more classic sports car or track-capability would usually go for the coupe. Put it in Estoril Blue and I’m starting to be swayed. Drop the price to around $7k and I’m all ears when we’re talking M3. Today’s 1999 coupe isn’t perfect nor original, but it’s a nicely gone-through example with an eye on sharper handling and performance.

1999 E36 M3 Coupe for sale on Craigslist SF

The listing and the list:

Up for sale a 1999 BMW E36 M3, Estoril Blue, 160k miles, clean title.

Full cooling system overhaul done 500 miles ago
Full suspension overhaul done 500 miles ago – every bushing, every ball joint
All the parts were installed 500 miles ago.
New power steering reservoir and new hydraulic hoses and hd clamps. No more usuall BMW power steering leaks:)

-Cooling system (RMEuropean):
Stewart Water pump
Drive belts
Adjusting pullies
Deflection pullies
Fan switch 80C
Thermostat 80C
Fan delete
Aluminum thermostat housing
New aluminum Mishimoto racing radiator
Expansion tank
Alt belt tensioner
All new clamps and hoses

-Kosei K1 Racing 17″x 8.5 wheels practically brand new, 500 miles on them also. No curbrash whatsoever. Yokohama a046 30% tires.
-Ground Control AD Advanced Design coilovers, fr 650, r 750. Bought them used. They were used for about 10k miles and never been rebuilt. They need a rebuild by now most likely. I bought new adjusters for them.
-Vorschlag camber plates
-Ground Control big front sway bar with new links
-Sparco EVO 2 blue seat,not mounted
-New ignition
-New battery
-5 oil filters will be included
-More Mobil 1 oil will be included

-Suspension(Bimmerworld, UUC, Turner Motorsports):
Powerflex subframe mounts – mounted with McMaster big washers and M5 bolts instead of studs so the washers will not cup like others overtime
Derlin diff mounts
All new OEM ball joints
Rear trailing arm bushings
Limiter kit for RTAB
Turner Adjustable rear camber arms
Sway bar reinforcements kit
Lamforder control arms
Tie rods
Tree house racing control arm bushings(green)
Guibo
All new OEM bolts and washers

-Transmission:
UUC Motor mounts race, red
UUC Transmission mounts, red, race
UUC Evo3 short shifter kit + dssr shifter rod
Redline fluid

-Brakes:
Blank OEM rotors
Performance Friction Brake Pads 06
Turner Brake lines
Motul Brake fluid

Car has stock motor. Interior needs work if intended for street. Pass seat will need to be reupholstered. Mobil 1 motor oil used. I bought this car, built it, did one track day at Infineon Raceway and garaged it since. When I bought it I had to replace front drivers fender, nose panel and headlight. There was no structural damage. Front bumper was banged up but Ive saved it and it looks ok. Paint looks good overall. Clean title. I am probably forgetting some other parts ive installed, so ill try to update the list as i go.

What I like most about this M3 is a general lack of pretension. The owner wasn’t afraid of getting dirty and putting solid performance upgrades on everything but the motor (refreshingly backwards from most modified M3s), but also didn’t go overboard in making a “tuner car.”  This car is for use and fun.  Something about the track wheels and lightweight flag on the hood just work where they usually wouldn’t for me. Yeah, it’s plenty of miles on the old S50 and a few bits need attendance (passenger seat, coilovers), but it’s all above-board and priced to go. Hard to imagine a better canyon-carver or weekend tracker for $7k than this M3 coupe.
-NR