It’s a day for storied 1970s modified BMWs apparently, and from one very expensive but tastefully modified BMW we travel on to one very expensive but…well, let’s just call it period piece and be done with it. Widebody cars were the rage of the 1980s, especially amongst top-flight German cars. Built to mimic their racing counterparts, everything from 560SELs to Porsche 928s got the treatment. There were several manufacturers who were notable for widebody conversions; Strosek and Konig are probably two of the most famous, but not to be outdone a small tuning firm from Bonn – ABC Exclusive – also got into the 1980s cliches. Did you want a glitzy, over the top 6-series? ABC could deliver, replete with color coordinated dashboards ripped straight from the Space Shuttle and champagne flutes hidden in the refrigerated seat section in the rear. Have you ever ridden the rear of an E24? I have, many times. Let me tell you, not many people capable of drinking champagne are capable of sitting back there comfortably. Perhaps that explains the champagne, then. But ABC wouldn’t just end there, because if you wanted a different sort of over the top 6-series, they had two more options; you could chop the top off and get a flexible-flier CSi for your trips to the Riviera, or you could opt for the outrageously flared widebody conversion:
There were a few things missing from the earlier Alpina E21 post; notably, some of the details of the car were missing like the all important unique engine, suspension, and documentation that would help support the story of its existence. The same cannot be said for this car. Let’s go down the list of what makes this car really and truly special. First, it’s one of the last of the classic 560SECs made. Already these cars are appreciating in value, but this car also has quite low miles at only 37,500 covered since new. That low total is matched by near perfect condition inside and out. But the real value lies in the modifications; super tuner AMG, on its way into the Mercedes-Benz fold, went out with a roar with the M117/9 6.0 32 valve V8 pushing nearly 400 horsepower. While that may seem trite today, the numbers produced by the AMGs in the 1980s were enough to get your into the halls of true supercar royalty. Additionally, this car features with wild widebody kit, massive 3-piece BBS/AMG wheels and some wicked interior alterations. On top of that, there’s documentation to support it – does it get more collectable in the AMG world?
Porsche has made a habit – and a good habit at that – of using the final model year of any 911 to release a few special variants to send the model off with a bang. The cynics might say that Porsche is simply trying to push every last chassis (and squeeze every last dollar) onto the market, but even if that’s the case those final model years have provided some fantastic machines. Here we have one such final-year make: a Midnight Blue Metallic 1994 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Widebody with 61K miles on it. The Carrera 4 itself first debuted with the 964 in the narrow-body design standard to most any naturally-aspirated 911. For its final production year Porsche stretched those rear fenders to give it the Turbo-look appearance. In the right shades, these can be some of the best looking 911s you’re likely to come across.
This completely redone 318is – replete with M3 parts including S52B32 engine and widebody kit – is back on eBay. It’s clearly taken a lot of work and isn’t a bad looking car (I’d say the wheels are the most glaring ugliness), but the seller is clearly determined to get his $30k out of it, as the price is exactly the same as when it was for sale 3 months ago. It’s a cool car, but unfortunately another example that one man’s expensive project does not make another man’s highly-valued dream car.
The below post appeared on our site August 31, 2014
When Porsche debuted the 964, the first major redesign of the 911 since 1974, it chose for this significant event a somewhat bold strategy. It not only released a completely redesigned 911, but a completely redesigned 911 model that previously had not existed and was sure to raise a few eyebrows: the 911 Carrera 4. With its standard power steering, ABS, and electronically-extended rear spoiler the release of the Carrera 4 was intended to foreshadow the future of the 911. There would be little looking back. Technological innovations aside, perhaps the best part of this Carrera 4 is the look. Produced only in the final year of 964 production, the wider rear fenders have garnered it the “Turbo Look” moniker and those curves certainly do the job of creating a sexier overall shape on the already smoothed lines of the 964. While future models would offer additional variations, 964 buyers who sought that wider shape were limited to the Carrera 4 Widebody and the more expensive, though wonderful, 911 Turbo. This all brings us to the example here: a Black on Black 1994 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe, located in Texas, with 89,695 miles on it.
It’s always fun to see what the creative engineers can come up with out there. The guys at CG Motorsports clearly wanted to show their building skills, so they went a roundabout way of making an E36 DTM-style M3 tribute, albeit in show/street-car guise. I will admit to a guilty love of wide-bodies, though this love is confusingly matched with a distaste for wings and overdone wheels. These guys took the basic-but-capable 318is and stuck M3 bits all over, including some body parts, suspension, transmission, and engine. Add a DTM-style widebody kit, and you’ve got a tuner’s show car! They’re selling it in a way that sounds like more trouble than it’s worth – offering the chassis and body alone, or with all of the running gear and additions – that just makes me scratch my head harder. Taste and selling tactics aside, it is a clean FrankenBimmer that, at least to me, has some potential.
You want crazy? In the 1980s, the name Koenig could be considered synonymous with crazy. From wild, widebodied Mercedes-Benz and Porsches to throwing Testarossa-inspired intake slats on just about every car imaginable, Koenig produced some crazy cars in its day. Today, if you’re inspired, you can relive some of what was both wonderful and horrible about the 1980s in this Koenig 928 widebody kit:
Need something to keep you busy in the continuing grey days of winter? How about a pair of 500SECs projects to keep you out of trouble? (Well actually this may get you into trouble, financially or with your significant other) Carter also noticed this ride and linked it off our Facebook page.
Here we have what appears to be yet another case of picking up the pieces where a previous enthusiast ran out of time, money, or interest, but the seller instead states that they are selling due to illness. This may mean that the projects aren’t as bad as the ones being sold because someone got in over their head. Eitherway though that picture above shows a once great car looking sad. Not horrible though, we’ve seen a lot worse, but look at it just sitting there in a pile of leaves all cold and alone.
What we actually have is a rare, but non-running rare Koenig widebody 500SEC and a not as rare, but running parts car.
Some of the coolest 2002s were the Schnitzer wide body race cars run in the 1960s and 1970s. Schnitzer started as a small race team but ultimately won the German touring car championship in a 2002ti. The widebody 2002 has been the signature of Schnitzer and they look perfect hunkered down low over gold BBS magnesium wheels. If you’re looking to build a crazy 2002, look no further:
Price: No Reserve Auction
Hi I am selling a new Korman Fiberglass Schnitzer Widebody Kit. I never used it and it has never been molded to a car. All I did was clamp it up to see how it looked and it looked good.It is not bolt on product. You can find details at Korman Autoworks. This is a big package, 23x28x69 inches. Its a good deal, half price. I paid 800 for this kit. IF YOU WOULD LIKE IT SHIPPED YOU CAN ARRANGE SHIPPING.
With a few days to go, bidding is low on this new set of fiberglass flares. Anyone who has done any fiberglass work will tell you that buying the flares is just the tip of the iceberg, but none-the-less this is a neat setup for a cool ’02 build on a budget.
This car was spotted by our reader Allen. The word Hammer gets thrown around by sellers on Benz and AMG cars that don’t really have anything to do with the original Hammer. The seller of this car uses the Hammer description a couple times in their advertisement. The AMG Hammer was a very specific model of the W124 that featured a thumping V8. As such this six cylinder car is not a Hammer, but it at least gets a lot closer than other things I’ve seen called Hammer and this is a rare car.
Engine: 3.4 liter 24 valve inline-6 AMG
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 75,564 mi
Price: $21,900 Buy-It-Now
This is original AMG compleate CE model 3.4L Hammer wide body version. This is not kit car but factory AMG compleate car Sold in Japan only 2 cars. US buyer => this car is 24 years old so DOT EPA required or wait until 2014 March (strage fee 170USD/month by our strage) to shipped out from Japan. EUR buyer => can import without any problems. Canadian buyer =>15 years already past so import without problems.
No accident original km. AMG Japan sold as a new car on 1990 July. Couple owners in a past. Dealer book, manual, records available. Well mainteined car, runs perfect.
The AMG 3.4 adds 50 or so horsepower on top of the standard 300CE bringing power up to around 275 with plenty of torque. A car like this would be a lot more fun with a manual, but these cars though lighter weight than modern Mercedes two-doors, are more setup for highway bombing than canyon carving. I’m sure with a properly sorted suspension though back roads could be a ton of fun. This car is located in Japan, where it was originally sold and those AMG Japan buyers seem to have a strong attraction to the duck bill trunk spoiler and as such this car comes with one. I’ve never been a huge fan of this spoiler, but it looks fine on a the W124 models and much better than it does on a big body W126 sedan.
The car comes with all the proper AMG pieces to ensure you are getting the real deal. AMG name badge on the engine air intake, proper West German labeled AMG logo on the dash. AMG steering wheel and speedo and even the original AMG break in period sticker in English and Japanese, which most certainly is a rare piece to still have with the car.
The car looks good, the seller says it is all sorted. The black/midnight blue color is great. The widebody coupled to the painted wheels and painted grille make for a nice presentation and a complete package. There is a lot of depreciation on this. In some respects the AMG name on a Mercedes meant a whole lot more back than it does now. No offense to AMG, but seeing an AMG car in the 1980s was a bit more special. There are other examples of this model that do show up to market every now and then, but regardless, the new owner gets a unique car.