2011 BMW 1M

Few cars in recent BMW history have generated as much buzz and excitement as the 1M did upon it’s launch. Journalists gushed over the great performance, the return to a smaller and less complicated package, and how this car was spiritual successor to the E30 M3. That was heady praise, and by all accounts, this car deserved it. Dropping the big brother 3.0 twin-turbocharged inline-6 into the smallest chassis available meant this was sure to be a performance machine, and while the price was high for a 1 series, overall pricing on the model wasn’t terrible. While many fans (including myself) started counting their pennies, it was all for naught; BMW only imported a limited run which quickly sold out. This created a premium for these performance specials, pushing second hand/dealer holdout pricing quickly towards and even above M3 levels. Many of the total 6000 plus that were produced have been squirreled away, awaiting their certain appreciation by speculators; and with only 740 reported to be imported to the U.S., this is certainly guaranteed to be the case. When they do come up for sale, it’s a bit of an event, so it’s neat to see a clean Alpine White 1M for sale today on Ebay:

Year: 2011
Model: 1M
Engine: 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged inline-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 22,455 mi
Price: $58,900 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2011 BMW 1M on eBay

378 Horsepower 414 lb-ft of torque with Dinan Stage 2 Kit!

Locally owned car with clean Carfax.

The 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe seats four passengers and is available in a single trim level. Standard equipment includes 19-inch alloy wheels, high-performance tires, automatic and adaptive xenon headlights, heated mirrors and windshield washer jets, cruise control, automatic wipers, automatic dual-zone climate control, 10-way manual sport seats with power-adjustable bolsters, a tilt-and-telescoping M sport steering wheel, leather upholstery, Alcantara faux-suede interior trim and a premium sound system with a CD player, auxiliary audio jack and HD radio.

The Premium package adds auto-dimming mirrors, eight-way power front seats (with power-adjustable lumbar support, driver memory functions and manual thigh adjuster), interior ambience lighting, Bluetooth and an iPod/USB audio interface (the latter two items are available separately). The Convenience package gets you rear parking sensors, keyless ignition/entry, a navigation system and the iDrive electronics interface. Stand-alone options include heated front seats, advanced iPhone connectivity, satellite radio and a 10-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system.
Powertrain and Performance

The BMW 1 M Coupe is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-6 that produces 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. A temporary overboost function allows for 369 lb-ft at full throttle. This power is sent to the rear wheels through a standard six-speed manual transmission.

Navigation System, Convenience Package (Anti-Theft Alarm System, Comfort Access Keyless Entry, and Online Information Services), Premium Package (Auto-Dimming Mirrors, Auto-Dimming Rear-View Mirror, BMW Assist w/Bluetooth®, iPod/USB Adapter, and Lumbar Support), BMW Apps, Harman Kardon Surround Sound System, Heated Front Seats, Park Distance Control (Rear), Smartphone Integration, and Xenon Headlights. Confused about which vehicle to buy? Well look no further than this wonderful 2011 BMW 1 Series M. This fantastic 1 Series M is the car with everything you’d expect from BMW, and THEN some. Call for more details.

With only one previous owner, this automobile is ready for you.This is a smoke-free automobile.There is no damage evident on this vehicle.This is a garage kept vehicle.The engine on this vehicle is running properly.This vehicle has no known defects.The exterior of this vehicle is extra clean.Extra clean interior. Absolutely no rips, odors or abuse.The tires on this vehicle appear to have no wear at all.The mileage represented on this vehicle is accurate.There are no signs of prior damage on this vehicle.There are no noticeable dings on the exterior of this vehicle.This vehicle has a smooth shifting transmission.All power equipment is functioning properly.

Like some of the other tuned cars we’ve featured, I’m not sure that the Dinan mods will add anything to the value of this car. They may make driving a bit more entertaining but were I speculating on keeping this car long term with the anticipation of increase in value, I’d probably revert back to the stock configuration. Many of these cars were modified pretty quickly to make them even more of a hot rod, so it’s not surprising to see both the Dinan upgrades. As with other Dinan upgrades, these should be factory supported so if you wanted to leave them I doubt it would present an immediate problem. To me, the only issue with this car is the mirrors which appear to be painted the signature color for this car, Valencia Orange. I have to lump myself firmly in the “I don’t get it” camp on this one but it should be an easy enough fix. Otherwise, the car looks pretty much unfettered by issues and mostly new as it should given the lower miles and collector status.

My guess is that there are plenty of enthusiasts that are sitting around kicking themselves for not buying these when they were brand new, though many dealers tacked on their own surplus to the original $50,000 MSRP. At $59,000, this car is no bargain, but seems to be in line with the asking price for these cars. The 1M is the only E82 that I see that I think “Yeah, that looks right!” but for that price there are a lot of other cars I’d rather have. Keep the miles low and the condition pristine, and you could have an investment-grade car on your hands. To me, that’s a shame because the joy in these cars – much as with their E30 M3 great grandfathers – is driving them, not hoping that they’ll be worth more money some day.

-Carter

V8 Week: 2003 Audi RS6

In the rarefied world of German super-sedans, the launch of the Audi C5 RS6 took the category to a new level. With 450 turbocharged horsepower on tap, this was a super car in disguise capable of destroying the competition in stoplight drag races and high-speed Autobahn blasts while offering comfort for 4 people and being useable year-round in any weather event. Try that with your Lamborghini, Ferrari, or even pre-Panamera Porsche. Like most super-sedans, once the warranty was up the residual value fell quicker than the massive brakes could haul it down from speed, and now these beasts can be had in prime condition for not much money. Today’s 2003 example looks particularly stealthy in popular Ebony Black:

Year: 2003
Model: RS6
Engine: 4.2 liter twin-turbocharged V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 72,070 mi
Price: $22,750 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2003 Audi RS6 on eBay

My 2003 Audi RS6 MTM is for sale. I am the third owner and have owned the RS6 for about 3 years. This car was a present from me to me and was appreciated more as a piece of art than a form of transportation. That would explain the low miles I’ve put on it during our time together (about 4,000 miles). All previous owners are from around Tampa Bay area.

When it comes to maintaining my baby, expenses are never spared, as I like to keep all of my vehicles in immaculate condition. My Ebony Black RS6 is fully loaded with every possible option including:

· Ebony Black interior with

· Alcantara® and

· Carbon Fiber

· Navigation

· Satellite Radio

· Sport Exhaust with Black Tips

· Cold Weather package with

· Solar Sunroof

Additionally, my precious RS6 had some work done by the MTM go-to-guys, Hoppen Motorsport in Sarasota, FL. There, it received the MTM upgrades done. These upgrades increased the numbers to over 500HP and a top speed of over 185MPH. I have never had the desire to find out what 185 MPH feels like as I am plenty scared of the RS6 at regular speeds.

Additional Items:

During my ownership, the following items were repaired or replaced:

Dunlop Sport 245 / 45ZR18 96Y XL High Performance RunFlat Tires
The alternator was replaced
Both Intercoolers were refurbished
Both MAF sensors were replaced
Vacuum lines were replaced
Recall about the fuel tank was also performed at Crown Audi of Clearwater
New Battery was installed by Crown Audi of Clearwater
Oil changed with about 9000 miles before next service

The winning bidder will have ten ( 10 ) business days to finalize the deal, that is two ( 2 ) weeks. Deposit is non-refundable and is to be sent via PayPal. The rest of the funds are to be exchanged at the time of pickup in the form of a Cashier’s Check (certified from US bank) or CASH in person.

Please ask any questions you might have.

This particular example has been modified by the Hoppen gang with MTM software, giving this car a bit more scoot (as if it needed that). Long term there are plenty of items to be concerned about, but the amount of performance you get for low 20s is pretty incredible. At least on the highway and back roads, this is a car that can keep up with a similarly priced M5, surprise it from most stoplights, and be useable when the sun isn’t shining. Sure, you lose the manual that the M5 has, but you gain the best part of 100 horsepower. For some folks, that’s what matters more – being able to toast that 911 turbo out of the tollbooth. Having driven a few of these on the track (along with E39 M5s), they’re also quite capable of holding their own against an M5 if properly driven, though they tend to run out of brake and overwhelm their tires earlier than the boys from Munich.

We would be remiss in not featuring an RS6 in V8 week, since it’s one of the more spectacular versions of a V8 platform that’s been available to US buyers in recent history. Ownership won’t be cheap or trouble-free, but honestly once the horsepower numbers crest 300, the bills will start adding up on any 10 year old car regardless of the badge that’s on the back. If you’d like to take the road slightly less traveled than the E39 Highway, this may just be the car for you!

-Carter

Tuner Tuesday: 1997 911 Andial Twin Plug Twin Turbo

I find it extraordinarily sad that this year saw the nearly unnoticed passing of one of the great Porsche tuning firms, ANDIAL. If you’re newer to the scene, ANDIAL probably doesn’t mean much to you, but if you grew up in the 1980s or were a fan of motorsports then they were one of the top tuning firms pushing out some of the fastest Porsches in the world – they were really the U.S. equivalent of Ruf. They backed that performance up with race-winning efforts – ANDIAL became the defacto 962 race engine supplier in the United States, and racked up an impressive string of both prototype and GT racing wins and championships. Though they were very well respected, ANDIAL downsized as the trio of owners aged and then passed away, culminating in the retirement this past February of the last remaining founder, Dieter Inzenhofer, Porsche Motorsports North America bought the name, but with undisclosed plans to use it, we’ll just have to wait and see. Coming across an ANDIAL tuned car is something of a rare treat, and for the 993 they cooked up a twin-plug, twin turbo 3.8 motor that was just a monster. Today’s example is one of the best prepared in the world:

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Year: 1997
Model: 911 Twin Turbo Andial Twin Plug
Engine: 3.8 liter twin turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 37543 mi
Price: $169,500

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1997 911 Andial Twin Plug Twin Turbo on Rennlist.com

Year: 1997
Make: Porsche
Model: 911
Porsche Model: 993 Turbo
Mileage (numbers only please): 37543
Options (Please check ALL which apply): Airbags, Air Conditioning, Alarm System, Antilock Brakes, Cruise Control, Foglamps, Intermittent Wipers, Leather Seats, Power Brakes, Power Door Locks, Power Steering, Power Windows, Sunroof, Traction Control
Color: Arctic Silver
VIN: WPOAC299XVS375740
Price (no $ sign please): $169500
Private or Dealer Listing: Private Listing
Location (Region): SoCAl
Body Style: Coupe
Transmission Type: Manual – 6 speed
2 or 4 Wheel Drive?: 4 Wheel Drive
Engine Type: Turbo
Stereo System: AM-FM CD
One of Ninteen Certified Andial 3.8 Liter Twin Plug Conversions.

Please see hi-res Photo Gallery

1997 Andial 3.8 Twin Plug Twin Turbo Specs
Andial dual program 3.8 twin plug
Andial intercooler
Andial LW clutch and flywheel
Andial sport cats
Custom “Big Oval” muffler bypass
Forge diverter valves
RS short shifter
RS engine mounts
Cargraphic additional oil cooler
Front and rear RS adjustable sway bars
14 inch front brakes
Cargraphic active front brake ducting
RS rear brakes
GT2 uprights and tie rods
PSS-9 suspension
Corner balanced and aligned
12.5 x 18 and 10.5 x 18 BBS E28 wheels
335.30.18 and 265.40.18 Michelin PS2 tires
Carbon fiber rear decklid
Fiberglass wing with “Guerney Flap” mounting holes.
Hand laid fiberglass fender flares
OEM Euro GT2 front end bodywork
Ruf A-pillar fairings
Sport seats
Yellow seat belts front and rear
Carbon fibre interior
Leather air bag cover

Car History
Here is the information I have been able to glean about the car.
This highly optioned car was purchased in the Chicago area by car collector John Pizer. He immediately had it flat-bedded to the Andial facility with only delivery miles on the car.
The full Andial 3.8 liter twin plug conversion was performed at an estimated cost of 55-60 thousand dollars.Andial Twin Plug
A few years later the car was purchased by collector Amir Fahti in Calabasas with around 4000 miles on the clock.
In 2007 I purchased the car from Mr. Fahti with 27,181 miles on the clock. Unfortunately Mr. Fahti had lost the build sheet on the car. Andial confirms that this is one of the 19 certified 3.8 liter twin plug conversions, of which only 17 remain. Andial Registry

Over the next few years I had Michael Schatz MKS Performancein Camarillo fettle the car into tip top condition, replacing the front differential, viscous coupler, clutch accumulator, steering rack and installing a set of GT2 uprights and tie rods, new hood shocks, breeze constant torque clamps on the intercooler hoses and forge diverter valves. I removed the k40 radar detector and installed functional front brake cooling ducts and a larger Cargraphics oil cooler. I installed yellow rear seat belts to match the front seat belts. Finally, a complete corner balance and alignment and rake was performed.

In 2011 elected to make this car into my vision of the ultimate street version of a GT2.
I contacted 1998 IMSA GT2 champion Jochen Rohr who generously supplied me with the rear wing and carbon fibre deck-lid plus the BBS wheels he had left over from that race team. I sourced a brand new OEM European narrow-body front bumper and some hand laid fender flares and commissioned Ed Palmer at Kundensport to perform the conversion.

The car is everything I could have hoped for. It looks fabulous in my eyes. It rides very smoothly. The GT2 uprights and tie rods have minimized bump steer and the ride is not harsh in any way but it still handles brilliantly. The paint is exceptional. It is the best rding 993 I have ever driven. I clay barred it using Final Detail as the lubricant over a weekend and it presents very well indeed. It is nearly impossible to put the car cover on by yourself because it keeps shooting off as the paint is so smooth. Obviously the car is brutally fast but also very tractable. The larger pistons on the RS rear calipers match the 14 inch front brakes very well. A minor service and detailing was performed last week.

With the passing of Arnold in 2011 and the purchase of Andial by Porsche Motorsports in 2012, I believe no more of these cars will be built and a stellar chapter in Porsche history has closed.

Nits to pick:

There are a few rock chips on the front.

The front tires can rub if the wheel is turned to full lock at parking lot speeds.

The Thielert dual program street/race gas ecu is a bit unsophisticated and no longer supported. They need two revolutions of the crank to start the car and can run a little rough just off of idle. It occaisionally becomes “confused” and can cough and spit for a bit. Then it remembers it’s manners and clears up. It is not foolproof. You need to make sure you have 100 octane race gas in the tank before switching to the race gas setting or damage could occur.

There is a more modern Andial aproved ecu available, but you lose the dual programming capabilities. Having the “psychopath switch” under your left hand is just too much damn fun! As a result I elected to keep the dual program ecu and live with the very minor flaws.

For more information email me at scottmellor@karenschiltz.com
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The price may seem outrageous, but it’s in line with some of the Ruf cars. Although this is a bit of a home-brew combination of several different car looks, I think it pulls it off exceptionally well. The GT2 flares look perfect, the wheels look perfect, I love the understated color…I have to say, the only thing I’m not really a fan of is the seatbelts. Some of the technology in the engine tuning has progressed and the owner notes that this earlier multi-level Theilert computer has its hiccups, but depending on what you wanted to do this could be solved either somewhat expensively in a standalone programmable ECU or very expensively by sending it to PMNA to let them sort it out.

I don’t think the ANDIAL name really carries the weight of the name Ruf outside of the Porsche crowd, so my guess is that someone who is really in the 993 know is going to be the one to scoop this gem up. The price is probably realistic given the rarity and the modifications, but it’s a pretty narrow market for this car. You could replicate the look easily enough if you have deep pockets, but that motor is really something special. It’s a shame that we won’t be seeing any more from ANDIAL, but I do hope then name doesn’t fade away completely into obscurity. Given the choice between this car and a Ruf, I would have to think long and hard before plunking down my hoard of cash.

-Carter

1987 Porsche 959

If the Ferrari F40 was the pin up hero for most teenage boys, the Porsche 959 was its arch-enemy, and was the car I was always interested in. The F40 was a pared down street racer, while the 959 sported experimental exotic technologies that even 30 years later most cars don’t have – 6 speed manual? Yep. Active suspension? Yep, that too. Hollow spoke wheels with tire pressure monitoring system? Sure, we can do that. Kevlar composite body? Why not? Active torque splitting all-wheel drive system? Let’s give it a go. A technological Tour de Force, the 959 wowed crowds with all of these shocking options when it was launched in a still hard to believe 1985, beating the F40 to the market.

Even at the time it was released, the 959 was a bit of an enigma – did Porsche want to win Le Mans or Paris Dakar with it? Well, it did both – Paris Dakar outright, and it won it’s class at Le Mans. It was also one of the fastest production cars in the world, with a sub-4 second 0-60 time – something that modern supercars still strive for. Did I mention this car is the best part of 30 years old? Like all of the dream cars that remained firmly out of U.S. buyers hands, the 959 remained a forbidden fruit for many years. But today, even if your name isn’t Gates or Seinfeld, you can own in the U.S. one of the most highly sought after cars ever made – a silver 1987 Porsche 959:

Year: 1987
Model: 959
Engine: 2.85 liter twin turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 4,865 mi
Price: $935,000 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Porsche 959 on eBay

1987 PORSCHE 959
CANEPA DESIGN GENERATION II

640 HORSEPOWER, 580 LB-FT TORQUE

GENUINE PORSCHE ROLL CAGE
4,865 MILES

FINEST AVAILABLE

INCREDIBLY WELL-PRESERVED PRISTINE CONDITION 1987 PORSCHE 959 BOASTING A GENUINE PORSCHE LEATHER WRAPPED FULL ROLL CAGE ($40,000 OPTION) AND HAS ONLY COVERED A SCANT 4.865 MILES!!!

VIN: WP0ZZZ95ZHS900081

UNCHANGED SINCE PROCURED FROM CANEPA DESIGN / DRIVEN ONLY 980 MILES (PURCHASED WITH 3,885 MILES).

CA SMOG COMPLIANT / STREET LEGAL (CURRENTLY LICENSED IN CALIFORNIA).

SPECS FOR THIS CANEPA DESIGN 959 GENERATION II:

*ENGINE: 2847CC WATER-COOLED FLAT-6 WITH DUAL OVERHEAD CAM (DOHC), 4-VALVES PER CYLINDER AND TWIN INTERCOOLED TURBOCHARGERS.

*OUTPUT: 640 HORSEPOWER, 580 LB-FT TORQUE

*TRANSMISSION/DRIVELINE: 6-SPEED MANUAL/ELECTRONIC ALL-WHEEL-DRIVE

*CHASSIS: INDEPENDENT FRONT & REAR SUSPENSION WITH DIFFERENTIAL LOCKING

*SUSPENSION: 959S SPEC SUSPENSION WITH TITANIUM COIL-OVER SPRINGS & BILSTEIN GAS STRUTS

*STEERING: POWER ASSISTED RACK & PINION

*BRAKES: MASSIVE BREMBO 4-PISTON CALIPERS WITH CROSS-DRILLED VENTILATED ROTORS WITH ABS

*MILEAGE: 4,865 MILES

*COMPLIANCE: 50 STATE LEGAL (CALIFORNIA SMOG COMPLIANT/STREET LEGAL)

*EXTRAS:

*GENUINE PORSCHE LEATHER COVERED FULL ROLL CAGE ($40,000+ OPTION)

*MCINTOSH/FOCAL SOUND SYSTEM

*STEALTH RADAR DETECTOR

PERFORMANCE:

*0 – 60 MPH: 2.9 SECONDS

*QUARTER MILE: 11.0 SECONDS

*TOP SPEED: 222 MPH
The all-wheel-drive Porsche 959 was by far the most technologically advanced sports car of its day and only 288 959s were produced. The timeless styling, state-of-the-art systems, and superior driving characteristics made the 959 one of the premiere all-time greatest super cars.

Having never been officially sold in the US, Canepa Design was instrumental in passing “Show & Display” legislation which allowed the 959 to be driven legally in the United States. Canepa Design then modified 959s to meet EPA and California emissions standards. Canepa Design Engineers, with the support of the Porsche Factory, engaged in a program to increase output to the level Porsche had planned for the 959.

This 959, number 81, is the result of Canepa Design’s efforts. As an official Canepa Generation II 959, this 959 delivers a staggering 640 horsepower with 580 lb-ft torque, while being California smog compliant/legal. Silver with Grey leather and featuring an intricate, yet elegant leather wrapped Genuine Porsche Full Roll Cage and fitted modern tires on the original wheels via Canepa Design’s wheel bead modification. This 959 has only covered 4,865 miles and features luxury amenities such a custom McIntosh/Focal sound system, stealth radar detector, power windows/door locks, full leather reclining sports seats, ice-cold air conditioning, anit-theft, Porsche Werks steering wheel, 220 mph 959S speedometer and “modern” bright Canepa Design HID converted headlights!!!

This is a very rare opportunity to own one of the world’s historically greatest super cars. The 959 Canepa Gen II is ideally suited for the enthusiast/collector who enjoys driving, as this 959 combines the comfort of a world-class touring Coupe with staggering jaw-dropping performance. Fully detailed, all Porsche service and mechanical upgrades performed/completed, this 959 is ready to show and engage in high-speed touring.

ABOUT THE CANEPA DESIGN PORSCHE 959:
Made only from 1987-1988, few cars had the impact on the future of automotive technology as the Porsche 959. But as with all limited-run super cars, development was abbreviated to the point of non-existence. Canepa Design has been devoted and improving the 959 for over 20 years. In conjunction and with the assistance of Porsche AG, Canepa Design has continued development of the 959 to the level that would have been achieved by the Factory had the 959 stayed in production.

CANEPA DESIGN 959 Generation I Modifications Include:
*New Sequential Engine Management System
*Garrett AiResearch Twin Turbos
*Upgraded Fuel System
*Redesigned Stainless Exhaust with Porsche Specific Catalytic Converters
*959S Spec Suspension with Titanium Coil-Over Springs & Bilstein Gas Struts
*Updated/Latest Technology Valves
*Modification of the Original Wheels to Accommodate Modern Low-Profile, Speed-Rated Tires
*Increased Engine Output to 540 hp.

CANEPA DESIGN 959 Generation II Modifications Include:
*Ultra High Performance Garrett AiResearch Ball-Bearing Turbos
*Further Upgraded Fuel System
*Upgraded EGR, ADL & Engine Management.
*Re-Designed Wastegates with Titanium-Aluminum Diaphragms
*Optimized Cam Timing
*Blueprinted Intake & Exhaust Valve Springs
*New Intake Runners with K&N Air Filters
*F1 Based Engine Wiring Harness
*High-Output Ignition System
*Upgraded Alternator Charging System & Battery Module
*Upgraded Air Pumps & Regulator Valves
*Upgraded Idle Control Valve, Sensors, Connectors, Wiring Harness Shielding, Switches, Adapters and All Related Hardware.
*In Total, 369 New Components are Integrated into the Generation II Package, Resulting in 640 horsepower & 580 lb-ft Torque.
*Cabin Access Switch which Activates the Gen II Exhaust System Bypass to Produce Increased Horsepower & More Aggressive Engine/Exhaust Note.
*Modified Clutch System with Upgraded Pressure Plate, Disc & Clutch Pedal Assembly for Improved Pedal Feel & Actuation.

INTACT & INCLUDED:
Original Keys, Books & Service Records

Original Tools & Pouch

Original Jack and Air Compressor
WILL ASSIST INTERNATIONAL BUYERS.

Message &/or call with any questions (858) 454 – 9898 (9am-9pm PST).
PAYMENT TERMS:
ALL SALES FINAL. FOR SALE/SOLD “AS IS” “WHERE IS.” THERE IS NO WARRANTY NOR GUARANTEE STATED OR IMPLIED. NON-REFUNDABLE $2,000 DEPOSIT VIA PAYPAL DUE WITHIN 24 HOURS OF “BUY IT NOW” &/OR AUCTION END. BALANCE VIA BANK WIRE DUE WITHIN 3 CALENDAR DAYS. NO EXCEPTIONS.

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Wow. So, the figures are massively impressive. If you’re a fan of German cars or Porsches at all, this car makes your heart flutter. Looking at it today, it still looks pretty like a pretty fresh design. Many of design features have filtered out into other production Porsche models over the past 30 years, and to be honest you could get (and be able to drive) the performance of this car in more recent 911 turbos for a fraction of the price that this car is being offered for; but, frankly the same thing could be said for the F40. These cars captured much more than performance though, they captured the imagination of car enthusiasts throughout the world!

Value? Well, you’re not going to buy this car. Is it worth a million dollars? Even the U.S., that pricing is probably high. Although F40 has been trading in that region or above, it’s better known and arguably more desirable to most of the enthusiast population. In April, a comfort model 959 sold for $770,000, and earlier in the year one of the 959 prototypes failed to meet reserve at Barrett Jackson in the mid $400,000 region. The reality is this isn’t even the only 959 for sale in the U.S. – a quick search will show you even have a choice of colors! This car was serviced and updated by Canepa – probably the best regarded company at working on 959s in the world. One thing makes me slightly sad; seeing this car in pictures with a trickle charger evokes feelings that it’s somehow on life support and won’t ever see the high side of that speedometer again, which given the asking price is probably a reality. But all of these years later, this car still captivates my imagination; and I’m sure I’m not alone in that…

-Carter

Tuner Tuesday – 1997 Ruf CTR2 Sport

Most Rufs need little introduction. They can be summed up in one word: fast. As such, let me tell you about my encounter with this particular Ruf. The year was 2001 and I was at Road America for a PCA race with Mustante Motorsports. On the first day that we were there, it was a combined test day and Viper race. This car was racing a pack of 25-30 Vipers, all well set up. The green flag flew, and so did the Ruf – so much so, that it had a solid 5-6 second lead at the end of the first lap. That kind of lead is something Vettel would give his left arm for. I remember thinking it was such an unfair race, but at the same time sooooo cool. What was particularly memorable about it, though, was that you could see the car, but unlike the bellowing Vipers, the Ruf made almost no noise. It was both fascinating and surreal – the only other object I’ve ever seen moving that fast and not making sound was a supersonic jet fighter – a fitting comparison, I think. Fast forward a few years and now you can own the “ludicrous speed” of what is probably the best known Ruf in the United States – the prototype CTR2 Sport built for the Beddors:

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Year: 1997
Model: CTR2 Sport
Engine: 3.6 liter twin turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 13,007 mi
Price: $229,900

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1997 Ruf CTR2 Sport at Ruf Autocenter

RUF Auto Centre is pleased to present you with the very rare piece of RUF history: The 1997 CTR2 Sport built for Steve Beddor. This car served as the Production Prototype for all future CTR2 Sport’s built by RUF Germany.

The Car:

RUF Manufactured ( RUF VIN ) CTR2 Sport
One of only 16 wide body “Sport” versions built by RUF, this being the first one
Registered and licensed in the USA as a RUF

The Body:

In addition to the standard RUF intergrated cage, this car has enhanced door bars and cross bracing to meet FIA and Pikes Peak requirements.
Front and Rear bumper covers, front fenders, rear deck lid, dual rear wings, and sill-extensions of body are composite material.
Carbon Fiber hood and doors
Multi Function Rear Spoiler – acts as both downforce-producing wing and an inlet for direct airflow to cool the twin side mounted intercoolers.
Unique to this Sport, the rear wing is mounted higher than normal and is coupled with a 2nd adjustable bi-wing that creates more downforce. Aerodynamic balance is acheived with the addition of a removable front splitter for front downforce.
Front and Rear independent suspension utilizes Ohlins motorsport springs and dampeners with uni-ball spherical bushings in control arms and rear multi-link axle. Suspension is fully adjustable in bump, rebound, and ride height and matched with anti-roll bars front and rear with the rear being adjustable.

The Engine:

Engine: CTR 36011 dynoed at 702HP
This is the most powerful CTR2 sport RUF every built and has a very linear torque curve.
Air cooled horizontally opposed 3.8L 6 cylinder, mounted longitudinally
Motorsport Titanium Connecting Rods, lightweight motorsports flywheel
Special RUF Twin Turbochargers designed to spool quickly, producing peak torque at 5,000 rpm
Twin Air – to – Air intercoolers that are saddle mounted outside of the engine bay and fed fresh air by the unique rear wing along with “on demand” computer activated water cooling system with fan assist
Dry Sump lubrication system with seperate oil tank
Thermostatically controlled oil coolers; front mounted, fan and force fed
13.6L oil capacity

Transmission:

RUF 6 speed manual with short gearing matched to engine’s torque curve for incredibly quick acceleration

Brakes:

RUF four piston calipers front and rear with Motorsports ABS system
Dual circuit hydraulic brake system with hydraulic booster
Manually docked parking brake using additional rear drums
380mm vented / drilled front rotors
320mm vented / drilled rear rotors

Wheels:

Lightweight BBS 3-piece Magnesium centered race wheels
11×18 Fronts and 13×18 Rears
Mounted with Michelin Pilot SX Racing Slicks

The car is painted in traditional Yellowbird Yellow and does have the rain gutters removed as well as the A-pillars being smoothed down.

Click the following link to see the CTR2 Sport in action against the famous Ferrari 333SP:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaJY LEvkQBg

Please feel free to call us with any questions that you may have.

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If you look up “No expense spared” in the dictionary, a picture of this car might appear next to it. You may not know the Beddors, but they started bringing Rufs over early as well as starting the “Quattro Club” – what would become the Audi Club of North America. At one point, the late Frank Beddor had 3 or 4 Sport Quattros (yes, the real deal), and ended up donating a few of them to the club. To this day, the ACNA national driving events are named for him. This car took the already impressive CTR2 and kicked it up a few notches, with composite panels, Magnesium BBS race wheels, more power, a FIA approved cage and that crazy rear wing. It is most certainly an impressive build and might be the fastest CTR2 ever made. At 700 horsepower, there isn’t much that you’ll encounter that will be faster.

We’ve featured a few 993 based Rufs recently – first the white Ruf engined replica Turbo R then the silver replica Turbo R. While the white car was asking over $100,000, the lesser silver replica is still listed below $70,000. Both of these cars would wither away in the presence of this CTR2 Sport, though. Three years ago, we even featured a similar $190,000 yellow CTR2 Sport, but even that hides in the shadow of this car’s glory. I’d like to say that a quarter million dollars for a soon to be 17 year old Porsche is outrageous, but I think in this case, it may be spot on. I’d certainly rather own this car with it’s impressive history than a Carrera GT for $100,000 plus more. Which would you rather have?

-Carter

Motorsport Monday – Derek Bell Signature Edition Porsche 962 #0

I have to admit, I was a little disappointed last week that more of you weren’t interested in the SRP2 Picchio I wrote up. What a deal that car was as a track weapon! But I get it, not everyone likes an unknown race car. Well then, how about a very well known race car that’s been turned into a road car? If this doesn’t get your interest, you need to talk to your doctor and check your pulse. That’s because today we’re looking at a road legal Porsche 962.

The exploits of the 962 are pretty well known, but to those who don’t, this is one of the most winning endurance prototypes ever developed. Capable of 6 minute Nurburgring times and 250 mph at Le Mans, the 962 was a dream car in the 1980s and remains so today. Getting to see one of these cars in the flesh still gives me goosebumps – it’s as if a Titan has come to Earth to grace you with its presence. Not content with leaving these cars only to race, there were several different road-legal versions produced – Dauer, DP Motorsports and Schuppan all made versions. In the heady supercar times of the late 80s, someone decided to give it another go and slap 5 time Le Mans winner Derek Bell’s name on it. While the production run never came to be, the prototype is available today, ready for you to pop some number plates on it:

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Year: Does it matter?
Model: 962
Engine: 3.6 liter twin turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: probably not many miles
Price: 324,995 GBP ($503,449.75 today)

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Porsche 962 Derek Bell Signature Edition at Malton Specialist Cars Ltd.

Engine Capacity:
3600
Transmission:
5 Speed 962 Manual
Body Style:
Long Tail
BHP:
580

In stock now is this amazing road registered Porsche 962. Built at a cost of around $2 Million USD this astonishingly quick road car is based around an aluminium Fabcar monocoque with integral rollcage believed to have been built for the Dyson Racing IMSA team in the USA who prepared and raced Porsche powered race cars. On top of this chassis is a full carbon fibre long tailed body.

Engine wise the standard 962 2.8 litre unit would be no good for road use so instead the car is fitted with a twin turbo 993 GT2 engine running 580 BHP and giving a colossal 741Nm of torque. When the car weighs just 830kg that equates to around 700 BHP per tonne. To put this figure into perspective the iconic McLaren F1 is 550 BHP/tonne, a Carrera GT is 442, a Pagani Zonda C12S is 437 etc. For long distance endurance the car features a 120 litre fuel tank.

This power would be pointless if the car didn’t handle and stop well enough, to that end the car is fitted with top quality Koni adjustable suspension with hydraulic adjustable ride height (it will go up quite steep drives and speed bumps without issue). Stopping is taken care of by monster 350mm floating Brembo brakes with adjustable bias.

Interior wise the car has two leather bucket seats with Willans harnesses, it features aircon to keep the cockpit cool, parking sensors, an intercom system for driver and passenger comfort and electric mirrors. A removable steering wheel makes entry and egress from the vehicle much easier.

For track use the car features air jacks, a fire extinguisher and towing straps front and rear.

This has to be the ultimate fast road or track car which is as thrilling to drive as it is superb to look at.

The racing legend Derek Bell put his name to the car which was planned to be manufactured in greater numbers, the inside of the door shut bears a copy of his signature and the build number 00.

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The history of most 962s is pretty difficult to follow. Many were raced, crashed, rebuilt, modified, or re-tubbed. On top of that, not all 962s were built by Porsche – Kremer, Fabcar, and Andial among others all built versions of the 962. Fabcar was one of the few that received factory chassis numbers, and this particular example is a Fabcar built tub that was originally intended for Dyson Racing. You may remember me mentioning Fabcar as the firm contracted to build the 944 GTR I wrote up in July. Fitted with a longtail body and a more-reasonable to run on the road GT2 twin turbo motor, this 962 certainly looks the part, though I have to admit it looks a bit naked without all of the normal graphics. Without those graphics one is also reminded how slab-sided these cars were, and just how big that long tail was.

Of course, this car isn’t for everyone. It will be difficult to get it imported and registered in the US. It will be very expensive to run. You’ll need a pit crew to change tires. It has zero ground clearance. But, it does have a parking brake! So, if this is impractical as a road car, why are we writing it up? Well, if you haven’t been following the market (and you would be excused…), getting into a 962 will set you back – a lot. Buy a not particularly sucessful or well maintained 962, and you’ll be out 1 to 1.5 million. Want a winning car? Better have more than 2 million available. So, at $500,000, this car is a bit of a deal! $500,000 is about $100,000 more than some of the best Carrera GTs are fetching these days, but pull up next to one in this and I can guarantee what the crowd will be swooning over. And if you wanted to race it, PCA would recognize this as a legitimate Porsche and I would wager that with some convincing, you could even run it in some historic events, though that would likely require a motor change. Unfortunately for all of us, you’re not likely to ever see this car, and even more unfortunate is that this car will doubtfully ever be run on roads again. But haven’t you always wished you could drive one of those fantastic prototypes from the 1980s down to your local car meet to impress all of your buddies? I sure did, and because of that, I’m thankful that this car exists at all. A man can dream!

-Carter

2003 Audi RS6

The Audi RS6 was, simply put, a game changer for Audi. With two turbos boosting the fantastic 4.2 V8 to an unbelievable 450 horsepower, the RS6 put performance figures of legendary cars like the Ferrari F40 into their mid-sized sedan. When I first heard they would be making it, it seemed mind-blowing at the time – this car sported nearly double the horsepower and torque of the S4 but weighed only a touch more. While a performance staple in Europe with cars like the RS2, RS4, and S6 plus, the U.S. had endured a long line of quick but not outrageous Audis, and the performance image of the brand in the public’s eye reflected that. But with the RS6, Audi lifted the performance envelope of the executive sedan to a new level and placed the cars coming out of Audi’s Quattro G.m.b.H. division squarely in the forefront of the enthusiast’s mind. Audi’s super fast luxury sedan would also be the blueprint for most of today’s modern rivals, with all-wheel drive, forced induction and automatic transmission. At ten years old and far out of warranty, these Autobahn stormers have dropped in price to a level that people not working on Wall Street can afford. Today’s example is one of the lower mileage examples that has come across the block recently:

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Year: 2003
Model: RS6
Engine: 4.2 liter twin turbocharged V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 31,149 mi
Price: $39,950 Buy it Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2003 Audi RS6 on eBay

4.2L CD AWD Carbon Fiber interior trim, leather seat trim (Std) Turbocharged

Vehicle Details
• Year: 2003
• Make: Audi
• Model: RS6
• VIN: WUAPV64B93N904924
• Stock Number: N904924
• Mileage: 31149
• Transmission: Automatic
• Engine: 8 Cylinder, 4.2 L
• Exterior Color: Daytona Gray Pearl
• Interior Color: Silver
• Title: Clear

Features & Options
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
ABS
AM/FM Stereo
Adjustable Steering Wheel
All Wheel Drive
Aluminum Wheels
Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
Brake Assist
Bucket Seats
CARBON FIBER INTERIOR TRIM
CD Changer
CD player
Cassette
Child Safety Locks
Climate Control
Cruise control
Driver Adjustable Lumbar
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror
Driver Vanity Mirror
Engine Immobilizer
Floor Mats
Fog Lamps
Front Reading Lamps
HID headlights
Heated Front Seat(s)
Heated Mirrors
Heated Rear Seat(s)
Intermittent Wipers
Keyless Entry
LEATHER SEAT TRIM (STD)
Leather Steering Wheel
Leather seats Mirror Memory
Multi-Zone A/C
NAVIGATION SYSTEM -inc: CD maps
Pass-Through Rear Seat
Passenger Adjustable Lumbar
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror
Passenger Vanity Mirror
Power Door Locks
Power Driver Seat
Power Mirror(s)
Power Outlet
Power Passenger Seat
Power Steering
Power windows
Premium Sound System
Rear Parking Aid
Rear Reading Lamps
Remote Trunk Release
Seat Memory
Security System
Stability Control
Sun/Moon Roof
Sun/Moonroof
Temporary Spare Tire
Tires – Front Performance
Tires – Rear Performance
Traction Control
Trip Computer
Turbocharged
Universal Garage Door Opener
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
Woodgrain Interior Trim

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Daytona Grey is a great color on these cars, as it’s both pretty but stealthy enough to not get too noticed by the law at your triple-digit closing speed. As it should with so few miles, the car looks to be in basically new condition. The interior looks unworn, the wheels aren’t curbed, and the paint looks flawless. Even the engine bay looks as though you could have dinner on it. If you wanted a “brand new” 2003 RS6, this is about as close as you can come. They’re splendid cruisers that can do an occasional track day and surprise supercars off the line. It’s an intoxicating combination for sure.

Most of the RS6s that have popped up recently for sale have 70,000 – 100,000 miles and are in the low $20,000 range. This car is obviously not one of those cars. At only 31,000 miles, it’s certain to have a lot of life left in its components which is a bonus. However, the dealership is asking a serious premium for that lower mileage, at nearly double the going rate of many of the RS6s. Is it worth the $15,000 plus premium over most of the other examples? To most buyers in the RS6 market today, I doubt that it is. Frankly, most of them are looking for the most car for the least money, and this one isn’t it. However, if you start to add up the expensive components that start to need replacement on these cars after 100,000 miles – transmission chief among them – the premium seems a little more tolerable. Even so, I doubt many will do the long term cost benefit analysis and decide this car is the one, especially with prices of the newer and slightly more performance oriented RS4 falling squarely into this territory. I think the seller will find this car a hard sell at this price, even though it is a lot of car for top-spec Camry money.

-Carter

1998 Porsche 911 Turbo Ruf Conversion

Last week, we reviewed a beautiful white 1998 993 Twin Turbo converted to Ruf Turbo R specifications. They say lightning never strikes twice, but Ruf has never been one to listen to convention or limitations. Surely the most elite of the German tuners, Ruf automobiles demand a premium over their already expensive Porsche cousins. However, there is a difference in the market between a car with an original Ruf build certificate and one that has been converted by the owner. This example looks cracking in silver, and like the white car is not an original Ruf car but a converted example.

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Year: 1998
Model: 911 Turbo (993)
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6 Twin Turbo
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 75,704 miles
Price: $74,888 Buy it Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 911 Turbo Ruf Conversion on eBay

1998 Porsche 993 Twin Turbo Ruf, rare Ruf conversion with rear-wheel drive. Twin-turbo 3.6 motor, 6-speed manual transmission. Absolutely stunning! Over $60,000 invested, including –

Fresh 3.6 twin turbo w performance tuning
Rear-wheel drive conversion
Ruf front & rear bumpers (originals, not replicas)
Ruf 19″ wheels in Hypersilver
Ruf sport leather steering wheel (new)
Ruf gear shift (new)
Ruf floor mats
Ruf badging
Turbo “S” exhaust tips
Turbo “S” rear wing
Sports hardback seats
Muffler delete
Billstein PSS9 adjustable coilover suspension
Strut tower brace in carbon fiber
Upgraded sound system

We have receipts for the engine work done (over $30,000)

Condition –

Recent PPI done last month by Powertech in NJ (see attached report)
Perfect compression and no leaks
Excellent concours condition
Accident free
All books and manuals
Exterior is free of any scratches or rock chips
Runs and drives great
Driver seat has wear as expected (see pics)
Everything works as expected
Cold air conditioning
Clean Autocheck
Wheels are free of any curbing
Tires have over 50% tread

About us –

We specialize in pre-loved air-cooled Porsches. We ship world wide. We offer financing. We have a 100% feedback score for outstanding customer service. Serious inquiries call 2013100048.

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While a “normal” 993 Twin Turbo will set you back around $60,000 to $70,000, the white lighting we showed last week was asking $110,000 despite not being an original Ruf. That’s a serious amount of “extra” over the standard car – so much so, that you could nearly buy two! However, the most valuable aspect of the Ruf cars is, and has always been, the motors they have developed. Unlike the white car, this silver example does not appear to have the valuable motor swap, but does sport the same suspension and body kit, along with a grab to the Porsche parts bag for the Turbo S rear wing. In comparison to the white car, then, this car is more of a replica without the motor.

For $35,000 dollars less, I feel like I could live with a few less horsepower, especially without the benefit of the all wheel drive saving me when I dipped a little too far into the loud pedal. Additionally, I think the silver flies (literally) a little lower on the radar, and I can’t express enough how glad I am that those beautiful Ruf alloys aren’t black. Sure, it has more miles on the clock, but it looks to be in just about perfect condition and without the more expensive motor, it’ll set you back less at the next servicing. To me, this is a slightly better value than the white car, with a price closer to the high end of the standard 993 TT market but with some nice looking upgrades. Without either being actual Ruf cars, I’d drive the silver one comfortable in both the fact that I had a fantastic looking, exceptionally fast car and $35,000 in the bank to help pay the bills.

-Carter

Big Bird: 600 HP 1996 Porshce 993 For Sale With No Reserve

There are gobs of built Porsche 911’s out there, some are done well and others… not so much.  This Big Bird is one of the nicest builds I have seen in some time.  600 hp and no stone left unturned.  Buy the buyer’s estimation they have $300k into her and it is up for auction at no reserve.

1996 Porsche 993 Twin Turbo Twin Plug:

From the seller –

“Selling my ultra custom 1996 Porsche twin turbo-twin plug 3.8 liter powerhouse with over 600HP… aka BIG BIRD.

This is an amazing car and hope you enjoy reading about it as much as I have enjoyed driving her.  She was last on display at the Legends of the Autobahn meet in Monterey California summer 2011. See the PCA spotlight video below with PCA president Manny Alban featuring the car.

Where do I start? The motor is probably the most fascinating part of the car and is a crowd pleaser. The car was designed and engineered by S-CARGO racing in San Rafael,CA.   They are one of the top Porsche air cooled specialists in the west coast. Known for building unbelievable air cooled Porsches. Twin plug conversions along with custom fabrication and design are their forte. Thank you Rob and Mark and the entire S-Cargo staff for putting in the hard work and building this masterpiece. The car was built so that it would be reliable enough for daily driving and simple enough for another Porsche shop to work on if needed.

Now more about the car. It started out as a completely stock 1996 Porsche C4S.  So much has been changed, upgraded and modified that the car is far from stock. The car was meant to be a dream car build and everything done first class with open check book.

Over 300k has been invested in this beauty with records and documentation of build. The motor is a completely rebuilt twin turbo 3.8 with twin plug (12 spark) conversion. It has 2 plugs firing per cylinder. Essential to achieve optimum power for high performance engines. Since high compression ratios are used, twin-ignition allows all of the power benefit to be gained from the increase. Twin-plug equipped 911 and 930′s run much crisper and cleaner with lower cylinder head temperatures and improved throttle response. Plus, a twin-plug 911 is much less prone to plug fouling with today’s fuel.

Besides the damage to one’s bank account, there isn’t one drawback to installing this system and enjoying the benefits in throttle response, power and great drivability that twin-ignition adds to any 911. Quite a difference!. In some cases, it is a necessity to realize the maximum gains from a complete set of engine modifications.

Over 100k alone was spent on the motor build and modifying it not including the cost of the initial motor (about 30k). The turbos were replaced with massive Garrett GT30 custom polished turbos.  The ECU was programmed by Protomotive.   The heads were port and polished. GT3 oil pump was added and an additional oil cooler was added in front bumper for extra cooling.

The transmission was dissembled and upgraded with Guards GT4060 limited slip differential, and viscous coupling, high performance clutch and completely resealed.   The real beauty of this build is the specialized fabrication and fitment of the parts. The heater box, headers, and exhaust were all carefully crafted for this car. Even small details like the turbo inlet tubes made of plastic were replaced with custom fabricated aluminum lines for reliability and performance.  All of the work is beautifully done and very expensive but well worth it.  She is a rolling work of art and people love to see and hear it run.

She is not hard to miss. The speed yellow paint is gleaming bright. All bodywork done by UACC in Burlingame,CA. The body was professionally refinished in its factory color Speed Yellow and rain gutters have been shaved just like the real Yellowbird RUF Porsche.  Paint job and custom body cost over 20k.  The RUF body kit(not obtainable any more) was carefully fit to the body. Recaro A8 seat backs and roll bar were color matched and installed.  Immediately upon completion it was sent to S-Cargo racing for its transformation.”

So much to like about this car.  It is one thing to built a spare no expense car but to do it in such a way that blends with the overall purpose of the car is truly extraordinary.  It’s all here, motor, paint and body, interior, brakes, clutch, transmission were all addressed.  This is important because if there were a weak spot the 600HP motor would find it.

The best part is this 993 is offered at no reserve.  Current bidding sits at $73k with a few days to go.  I think a final bid in the $85k area would be appropriate and fair for all parties involved.  It takes a great deal of courage to sell a car such as this with no reserve, kudos to the seller on building such a fine 993.

~Aaron.

1987 930 Turbo w/ 2002 993 Body & 2006 engine

An interesting combo here that looks pretty good. The price isn’t cheap, but this machine clearly was built up to a fine standard.

A Protomotive tuned 2006 twin turbo 3.8 is dropped into the 1987 930 chassis and then draped in a 993 look widebody kit.

The seller is claiming 850 horsepower and 0-60 in under 3 seconds with a 210 MPH top speed. I’m sure this thing is fast, but I don’t know about 200 MPH fast.

The transmission has thankfully been uprated to handle the power.

Monster 19″x 14″ rear wheels with  355/20/19 rubber fill out the wheel arches.

$75,000 ask price. Despite all the work that has gone into this car I suspect that this price won’t be reached, you Porsche guys might have a better sense on the value of such a “hybrid.” Questionable vanity license plate not included.

~Evan