At first I was excited about this post, but quickly I felt a small pang in my heart. I love E30 M3s, as I know many of us do, and I’ve seen people do some amazing modifications to them. So I’m posting this turbo-S52’d example because it’s impressive and interesting, but something inside says it’s a little bit wrong. Removing the S14 is a contentious issue among E30-lovers, so that hobbles the car from the get-go. Turbocharging is awesome in nearly all applications; but isn’t the only homologated M3 all about directness and uninhibited, naturally-aspirated glory? Then I think the final unsettling lemon-on-top is the exterior, namely the color and wheels. Alas, it’s an impressive exercise in E30 tuning, so I think it’s worth sharing.
I don’t hate this car, and it’s still hovering around $10k, so it’s not like it’s horribly overpriced. It’s just built based on different values and assertions than I hold with regards to what makes the E30 M3 so special. To each their own, and someone will love this. It’s just not me.
Hot on the heels of the turbo Golf Rallye, this R32 Turbo popped up on eBay. I love the R32, so much so that it’s at the top of my realistic dream-car list. The looks are aggressive yet subtle, the AWD makes it a 4-season monster, and it’s got some juice from the 3.2l VR6. It’s probably the most well-done car from VW in decades, though the new GTI portends good things are coming. The one gripe that has followed the R32 is a lack of power, and while 240hp in a Golf sounds pretty good, it’s not fast, especially when compared to its 4WD contemporaries, the Subaru STI and the Mitsubishi Evo. This seller has addressed that issue and more with an EIP turbo setup along and a host of driveline and suspension additions.
Engine / Power: -Original 3.2L 240hp Engine, All Accessories Retained (A/C, Power-Everything, Upgraded Bosch T-Stat, Sensors, Fan-Switch and FPR, All Original Covers, Including Retention of Emissions Components, Factory Installed Appearance) -EIP Stage-1 Turbo System with All Comp Series Upgrades (AWD Dyno Tested/Tuned 425hp) -Comp Series (Dual-Core) Front Mount Intercooler (stock like fitment) -Clear-Coated Silver Turbo Piping (very easy to clean, stays bright, looks like stock) -Ball Bearing Turbocharger Upgrade -Turbosmart Billet External Ultra-Gate Wastegate -Greddy Diverter/Blow-Off Valve (Re-circulated) -Apexi AVC-R Digital Boost Controller (Glove-Box Mounted) -3” Stainless Steel Downpipe w/Integrated Wastegate Return -3” Stainless Steel High Flow Catalytic Converter -3” Stainless Steel EIP Exhaust w/Resonator (deep mellow tone)
Transmission / Driveline: -Fidanza Billet Aluminum Lightweight Flywheel (fast throttle response) -EIP Comp Series Dual-Friction Clutch (stock-like pedal feel, 500+ HP setup) -Quaife Torque Biasing All Wheel Drive Differential -Haldex Performance Rear Wheel Drive Controller -EIP Short Shifter (Front-to-Back and Side-to-Side) -Brembo 15” Racing Brakes w/Porsche 4-Piston Calipers and Slotted Rotors -Neuspeed Billet 18” Wheels -Kuhmo Excsta MX 225/40/18 ZR Tires (new) -Bilstein Fully Adjustable Coil-Over Suspension (Twin-Springs, Externally Adjustable) -Autotech Front and Rear Lightweight Sway-Bars w/Urethane Bushings -Autotech Aluminum Upper Stress Bar
There shouldn’t be any more griping with 425hp on tap. The modifications seem comprehensive without (thankfully) turning it into a track-only car. Even the large stereo system fits well, tucked in nicely without the horrible trunk-eclipsing fiberglass enclosures. Remove the vinyl and swap some more subtle rims and this is very nearly my ideal car. With only 30k miles and the reserve off at around $20k, this hot VW is a hot deal.
I’d nearly forgotten about the awesome Golf Rallye until this amazing modified example started circling the interwebs. Maybe it’s because only 5000 were made, or maybe that none were sold in the US, or maybe its lack of racing heritage leaves it in the shadow of the similarly-styled E30 M3, Ur-Quattro, and Lancia Delta Integrale. Whatever it is, more people should know about this car. It was essentially an R32 made in 1989- an aggressive-looking Golf with Syncro and a hot engine, in this case the 160hp supercharged G60. As with the Lancia, Americans were not graced with the importation of the sexy box-flared hatchback, but there are some that have gone through the extreme hoops to federalize. This example has gone even further, adding a Euro 2.9l VR6 and a turbocharger without changing much of the 80stastic exterior.
This car reminds me why I went through an intense Rallye phase. It’s in great condition and the modifications make it a sleeping monster, even garnering a feature in EuroTuner. I love box flares, wherever they come from, and combined with the clean Golf II, we’ve got a winner. For $22k, I might keep looking for an E30 M3 or even a first-gen R32, but that’s not to say it isn’t worth it to the right person. Rarity, impressive modifications, and general cleanliness all get high marks on this one. Now let’s see some Golf Countrys over here!
Here is an interesting Porsche 911. A 1976 with a 993 turbo body kit and a built 350 Chevy stuffed in the back. Perhaps stuffed is not the right word as it doesn’t do justice to the amount of quality work that appears on this vehicle. Judging from the description the seller seems to be a straight shooter, which I like to see in car listings.
This car has a lot of time and parts put into it. The list of modifications is well done, purposeful, without being over the top. The seller claims there is 243 hours worth of work in the paint and body work alone. With 350+ horsepower and weighing only 2550 pounds it is good thing it has a full cage.
This car does look like serious fun and it will be one of a kind.
Here is the list of equipment:
Body: European 993 Turbo S body kit. Correct details down to the left hand wiper conversion. Need I say more?
Electrical: Early Porsches are not known for electrical engineering excellence. That is why I rewired the whole car with a modern Painless Performance racing fuse block using standard ATC type fuses. Everything is fused and I have even installed a Flaming River cut-off switch. Don’t forget the aircraft style starter switch…nothing but the best.
Interior: The interior was stripped down to bare metal (floor pans were perfect) and then sealed with a truck bed liner. Lightweight custom aircraft grade door panels covered in black leather with “Porsche” embossed. Did I mention the guy who has done interiors for Jay Leno did this interior? Race seats, 5-point harnesses, SCCA roll cage, and RS style pulls is just the start.
Stereo: You should be listening to the glorious sounds of V8 torque behind you. If not, a Sony CD player with auxillary input (think IPOD, or SAT radio) with 280 watts should suffice.
Engine: Race bred Corvette 350 V8 with a healthy cam. Blueprinted, balanced, forged crankshaft & connecting rods, and even painted to match the car. MSD racing ignition system, rev limiter, FlowMaster 40’s, Custom headers, everything Jet Hot coated to the tips in chrome.
Drivetrain: This is what separates the men from the boys. I have a Renegade Hybrids 915 racing 5-speed transmission with the sought after 8:31 ring and pinion. But wait, it gets better… It is a true MAGNESIUM cased tranny with solid Billet inserts and modifications. Only 100 pounds dry! (I know, I shipped it out Fed Ex) The engine is only running 350+ HP and 375+ Torque. This tranny is built to take 450 HP+. Extra tall 1st and 5th gears, 930 bearings, and 930 diff. cover. It has been purpose built from the start with one thing in mind: put the horsies to the pavement! Wevo short shift kit, Redline Fluid and topped off with a chrome Porsche shift knob.
Clutch you ask? Why sure – it is a KEVLAR clutch and custom pressure plate. Why Kevlar? It simply is the best. It takes a long time to break in (500 miles) and must be done carefully. Trust me, after the coin I dropped, it was broken in by the book and you will enjoy my restraint for years to come.
How do you stop such a beast? I was hoping you would ask. I installed a complete Boxer Motorsports racing brake kit. This is often referred to a “Big Red” brake kit. The rotors and pads are actually common racing “Outlaw” and “Hawk” parts – easily sourced, if needed. I also rebuilt the master cylinder and upgraded to stainless steel brake lines. It wouldn’t be complete without the ATE Super Blue racing fluid. I was convince I would need a brake “bias adjuster” to properly set up my car. However, the system was so perfect right out of the box that it was not needed. During the prescribed break-in ritual for the brakes, I performed numerous hard stops, terrified my neighbors, and then returned home to shoot rotor temps with a laser thermometer – 250 degrees. They were not even breaking a sweat. The brakes are simply one of the most gratifying aspects of this car.
Suspension: Since the V8 is actually 50 POUNDS LIGHTER than a 930 turbo motor, I was forced to modify the suspension. The 30mm hollow core racing torsion bars held the car too high. Solution = more racing components. Each corner of the car is fully adjustable. It is currently set at 20% lower than European ride height. Did I mention the car only weighs 2550 pounds? It has the power to weight ratio of a rocket. All new polygraphite bushings, tie rods, ball joints, front strut brace, bump steer kit as well as any other component that can be replaced. The Porsche dealer then spent SIX hours aligning the car to my specs – and I was there the whole time. The car handles absolutely fantastic with instant feedback. Want to hang the tail out – no problem. Flip the car around a corner – yes. It stays flat, level, and begs for more. You will become a better driver just by testing this car.
Wheels & Tires: The wheels and tires you see are BRAND NEW with ZERO miles. I had some comments on my old wheels (see video link). To show everyone that this is truly a “no holds barred, cost no object project” I bought all new 19″ rims AND tires. They are mounted, balanced, and FILLED WITH NITROGEN. The STICKERS ARE STILL ON THEM…for now. I may take the car out and put a few miles on them. However, I have averaged less than 500 miles a year, so don’t expect many miles, if any.
Protection: Ah yes, you want to come back to the car where you parked it. No worries here – there is a fully functioning FM remote paging alarm with a ridiculous range and a full vehicle display.
The seller even includes a video of the car so you can hear it fire up. The idle is pretty lumpy you can tell it has a hot cam.
The seller is looking for $45,000 plus, and I find this hilarious, a 12 pack of Rolling Rock “to help drown my sorrows when you peel out of my driveway and I never see her again!”
Hooniverse led me to this eBay ad, selling a 1984 533i with a Dinan turbo system. I love E28s with their could-only-come-from-the-80s styling. Whether it’s the best looking 5 series is a matter of personal preference, but the negative rake on the front and rear and the pronounced Hofmeister kink reek of good times with 80s junk bond money and listening to Genesis. I can’t quite wrap my head around the Dinan work on this one… 400 hp out of a 533i? Terrifying. The bonus here is that if you bump into something, it comes with a running parts car! I like the 535is a lot with its M5ish body kit, and free is a great price, even if it has an automatic.
The Dinan car looks to be in good condition inside and out, though the body kit from the 535is/M5 would make it much sexier without losing much of its sleeper status. The engine bay is amazingly clean, though 183k miles on a turbo engine, even the solid M30, is a lot. The 535is looks fine if a little rough, also having worked its way pretty far up the odometer.
This is not going to be a work-free purchase. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad one; if you’re prepared/experienced for some E28 maintenance, this could be an awesome find. I can’t help thinking the Dinan car would be better served if it were advertised by itself, as I spent more time confused by the weird 2-for-1 deal than in awe of a 400hp E28. Also weird, though cool, is the option to choose what wheels come on the cars (go for the BBSs!). Weirdness aside, they’re cool cars that could give someone a fun time, though they sit on eBay at $8,000 at time of writing with no bids and 2 days remaining.
Porsches of this era are some of my favorites, and I thought I knew of most of the special models. Like the 3.6 Turbo S of the era. But this interesting slant isn’t one that I was familiar with. It’s not the usual slant-nose with pop-up lights, but more like a 928/968 style that is exposed and raises up when lit. Frankly it looks a bit aftermarket, but it was actually a rare factory option referred to as Flachbau. Apparently there were less than 100 made for the entire world, and only about 40 came to the U.S.
Check out this very rare , offered by Manhattan Motor Cars
quote from seller’s auction:
One of a very limited series of the last hand built 911 Porsches (76 total worldwide production), it is only befitting that this rarely seen model is here in New York City.
The auction is a little thin on information, but as the $150,000 opening bid suggests, only serious inquires need apply. With only 17k miles, this car is looking to be in fantastic shape and should fit into a collection very nicely.
It was brought to our attention by a reader that the yellow widebody Porsche listed below has some discrepancies with VIN #s and seller legitimacy. If you see this Porsche listed proceed with care.
There is something about a 930 Porsche that just feels right. Nice proportions, fine performance, and fewer/simpler electronic gizmos than more modern 911s. They have that great Porsche sound. Really a work horse and driver’s car for the 80s Porsche enthusiast. I put 930 Porsche’s in that category of car that offers a pure driving experience in a package that begs to get out on the road rain or shine. Not quite the same as the new GT3 your neighbor owns that will never see its true potential as it only gets out of the garage on the trip to the golf course and even then only on cloudless days.
Prices seem very solid and stable for good 930s. This shows positively on how collectors view these models. $15k should get you an almost daily driver worthy Porsche, that you can enjoy most of the year (year round down south), and that you could probably sell in a few years for what you paid. The $25k ask for this Gemballa in need of work seems a bit high, particularly when for a tick over $20k and a Strosek bodied 1986 sold at $20k.
eBay is notorious for making it hard to sell damaged cars for decent prices. An auction format is supposed to show true market value, but I rarely see auctions for damaged cars like this, that have a seller’s reserve actually complete successfully. On the other hand someone else is out there asking .
Along the lines of the Flachbau or slantnose, you have to admire a car company that offered the option to the customer to completely alter the appearance of their car straight from the factory. This one with a widebody kit is bid up to $15k and it sure is wide. I hope the spindles are strong enough to take such a wide stance, with 50k on the clock I’d say things are ok. From the seller:
And finally at the uber high end of the spectrum is this listing at $99,500 from Windsor Specialty Auto Sales in California. The car is also listed in Hemmings. From the seller:
This 1978 Porsche Turbo started as an early 3.3L, made its way to DP Motorsports where it received a body, and to Kremer for some minor modifications and badging. Because this is an early car, it
is likely to be one of the first to get the Kremer/DP Motorsports “treatment”. The car has extensive modifications (see below) by S-Car-Racing that raise output to about 550 HP. It is being
offered as a track or show car.
The seller states they will ad more photos, I hope they do, I’d love to peek at the engine. I’m sure photos can be furnished for you serious buyers out there.
I’m a product of the 80’s, so sue me if the styling doesn’t fit everyone’s palette. I think this thing is rad! Check out this 1982 Porsche modified by DP Motorsports with 935 slant nose, aero package, and turbo modifications, listed for sale on Pelican Parts For Sale Forum:
It is based on a 1982, ROW 911 Turbo (930) (Belgium), was originally built for Mario Andretti, and was owned by (baseball/gambling legend) Pete Rose when he and Mario were co-owners in a race team. (Have the original loan papers, etc).
I bought it about 4 years ago in San Diego, where it was sitting for most of the previous 20 years. I’ve put nearly 40 thousand miles on it in 4 years, and done a few track days with it as well.
I ended up replacing all the brakes, bearings, hoses, etc., etc over the last few years. I’ve also put in a light-weight clutch and fly wheel, RUF-vavled Biltein shocks, and stiffer torsion bars.
It’s got just under 80,000 miles on it, but had a COMPLETE, $25,000 engine rebuild at Weissach about 500 miles ago (last month) due to an overboost problem that caused some minor detonation in 3 of the 6 cylinders. it’s still in the break-in period.
The car is now putting out just under 500 HP at .8 bar.
The list goes on and on… and all work was performed by Weissach Performance here in Vancouver. The car has been meticulously maintained over the past 4 years that I’ve owned it, with no expense spared.
It has 2 Sparco Milano seats in it, but the original Sport Seats (non-powered) and rails come with it.
The original wheel fans come with it. 2 years ago I had the BBS wheels refinished and the wheel fan attachment points properly helicoiled. It also comes with 17×7.5 and 17×9 Cup 1 wheels.
The rear tires are special order (345/35/r15’s), and take about 3 months to be delivered, but I have 2 brand new ones that will come with it.
In the post the seller has lots more photos including historical photo’s with all kinds of different wheels to suggest whatever look you might want – two sets are included in fact! Check out that shot with the fan style wheels and the size of those rear tires!
This car has a hefty premium over garden variety Porsche 930 turbo’s, but I suspect DP modified cars would typically trade hands in this neighborhood with those in the know. At $55k, what do you think? Leave a comment!
btw – Count me amongst the countless Phillies fans that believe Pete should be in the hall of fame. One thing has nothing to do with the other, Bud!
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