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This BMW 2002 Project Car Is Powered By An M5 V8 23
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 2002, BMW M, BMW M5, BMW Videos, Classics, Restomod, tuning, video on 11 23rd, 2017


When BMW first launched their 2002 model in the late 60s, it’s unlikely they ever imagined somebody would fit a 400 horsepower V8 underneath its bonnet.

Then again, the title of this video is “Dream Build”, where the dream was to get this 2002 Bimmer to accept the S62 V8 engine from a 2001 E39 M5.

Now that the build is ready, the owner of the car thought fit to talks us through everything that went into this project and how this car differs from your regular 2002 model, even though you might not know it just by looking at it.

For starters, a lot of mechanical changes were made in order to help this car handle all the extra muscle. So despite it looking mostly stock, some major underbody reinforcement took place, while a Nissan 240SX “donated” its front and rear suspension to help the cause. Other mods include brand new fenders, new doors, a new quarter panel, rear tail section, basically a lot of changes that thankfully didn’t do much to alter the car’s appearance.

Inside, you’ll find Recaro seats, a momo steering wheel, custom gauge cluster and some nice white contrast stitching all over the black leather.

Earlier this year, we saw Jay Leno drive a 1976 BMW 2002 with an S14 M power unit, from a 1989 BMW M3. It’s safe to say this one here is way quicker.

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Flower Power VW Microbus Could Fetch More Than $200,000 At Auction 23
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in auction, Classics, Galleries, used cars, VW, VW Microbus on 11 23rd, 2017


There are a few good reasons as to why this Volkswagen Microbus Deluxe could sell for more than the price of a new Audi R8 V10 Plus.

First, it’s the highly-collectible 23-window version equipped with the canvas ‘Samba’ sunroof and other options, and second, it was fully restored to its factory specification using all original parts.

Clearly, the restorer has paid lots of attention to detail, as the Microbus features a gorgeous two-tone paint job, correct wheels and tires, leather seats, speedometer in miles-per-hour, and basic yet cozy cabin that can take up to 8 passengers alongside the driver.

All of these, combined helped it win various West Coast concours events, including the Hillsborough in 2014, and it also brought it various awards at every event it entered.

Details surrounding its exact mileage haven’t been released by RMSothebys, which have the classic listed for their New York City auction, which will take place on December 6.

However, they do say that it was originally shipped to Los Angeles, California, back in 1960, and that it’s offered with a proper tool roll, a classic Volkswagen logo ignition key, and another key used to open the engine and gas doors.

The Microbus will be offered without reserve, though the auction house estimates it will fetch between $150,000 and $225,000.

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Was The BB 512 The Coolest Ferrari Of Its Time? 22
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Classics, Ferrari, Ferrari-Videos, Middle East, reviews, video on 11 22nd, 2017


As a predecessor to the Testarossa and a successor in name to the Ferrari 512 race car, the BB 512, which stands for Berlinetta Boxer, is the type of rare exotic that leaves you wanting more.

According to Doug DeMuro, even though the BB 512 is far from perfect, once you put your foot down, everything about it should start making sense. It’s fast and it will put a smile on your face in a straight line.

Also, you can expect people driving modern day exotics to notice and admire your Ferrari Boxer, which is exactly what happened to him as he was driving this car on the streets of Dubai – a place where the roads are packed with expensive rides.

Inside, the Boxer is plenty quirky, even for a mid-70’s Ferrari. You get things like dual cigarette lighters, sun visors that “button” in place, and even storage spaces, which were rare in cars from this era.

On the road, DeMuro found the Boxer to have a “go-kart feel”, while commending it for its steering, which he said was great and felt very heavy at low speeds. He also enjoyed the soundtrack and as we said before, the acceleration.

As for what powers this car, it’s a 360 HP flat-V12 engine, which also produces 450 Nm (330 lb-ft) of torque. The end result is a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) time of 5.4 seconds.

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Low-Mile, Manual Alpina B12 5.7 Coupe Is Cool, But Is It Half-A-Million Cool? 21
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Alpina, BMW, BMW 8-Series, Classics, used cars on 11 21st, 2017


If you ever thought that the most potent version of the classic BMW E31 8-Series was the 850CSi, think again; this is the Alpina B12 5.7 Coupe, the king of the E31 tribe.

Alpina made just 57 examples of the B12 5.7 Coupe based on the 850CSi and this is one of them: an exceptionally preserved, continent-crushing GT finished in Alpina Blue and with just 9,000km on the clock (around 5,600 miles).

It gets better, as this wonderful V12 coupe comes with the very desirable manual six-speed gearbox instead of the Shift-Tronic semi-automatic option. Power comes from a 5.7-liter version of the 850CSi’s engine, producing 410hp (416PS) and enabling the B12 5.7 Coupe to reach a top speed of 186mph (300km/h).

The bodywork also features the classic Alpina graphics while the 18-inch multispoke alloys look like the perfect fit in this application. The hood was made out of carbon-fiber and has additional air outlets as well as a NACA duct mounted in the middle.

The car is currently listed for sale on Classic Driver, based in Munich, Germany as an one-owner example. Price is set at 400,000 euros (around $472k today) which rather narrows down the list of prospective customers. At least we can stare at the pictures, right?

H/T To BaT!

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Low-Mile, Manual Alpina B12 5.7 Coupe Is Cool, But Is It Half-A-Million Cool? 21
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Alpina, BMW, BMW 8-Series, Classics, used cars on 11 21st, 2017


If you ever thought that the most potent version of the classic BMW E31 8-Series was the 850CSi, think again; this is the Alpina B12 5.7 Coupe, the king of the E31 tribe.

Alpina made just 57 examples of the B12 5.7 Coupe based on the 850CSi and this is one of them: an exceptionally preserved, continent-crushing GT finished in Alpina Blue and with just 9,000km on the clock (around 5,600 miles).

It gets better, as this wonderful V12 coupe comes with the very desirable manual six-speed gearbox instead of the Shift-Tronic semi-automatic option. Power comes from a 5.7-liter version of the 850CSi’s engine, producing 410hp (416PS) and enabling the B12 5.7 Coupe to reach a top speed of 186mph (300km/h).

The bodywork also features the classic Alpina graphics while the 18-inch multispoke alloys look like the perfect fit in this application. The hood was made out of carbon-fiber and has additional air outlets as well as a NACA duct mounted in the middle.

The car is currently listed for sale on Classic Driver, based in Munich, Germany as an one-owner example. Price is set at 400,000 euros (around $472k today) which rather narrows down the list of prospective customers. At least we can stare at the pictures, right?

H/T To BaT!

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You Can Keep Your Focus RS – We Want This 600 HP 1986 Ford RS200 Evo 21
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Classics, Ford on 11 21st, 2017


Automakers far and wide use the letters RS to connote some of their most hardcore performance models. Ranking high among them is Ford, which applies them today to the Focus RS. But that’s not the one we want; this is.

It’s an RS200 from 1986, but not just any RS200: it’s an RS200 Evolution rally car from the heyday of Group B, and it’s coming up for auction.

One of just 24 made, this nimble little mid-engined rally car packs a 2.1-liter turbo four sending over 600 horsepower to all four wheels – significantly more than the 500 featured in other rally-raiding examples, or the 250 in the road-going version.

With composite bodywork styled by Carrozzeria Ghia and built by Aston Martin’s Tickford division, the RS200 Evolution was capable of rocketing to 60 mph (96 km/h) in three seconds flat, setting a Guinness-certified world record that stood for 12 years.

Chassis number 00105 is headed for auction at Bond Street in London on December 2, where it’s anticipated to sell for upwards of £200k. You can check it out in these images provided courtesy of Bonhams, and while you’re doing that, we’ll be digging through our sofa cushions for spare change to scrounge together an opening bid.

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First 1966 Shelby GT350 Prototype Bound For Auction 19
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in auction, Classics, Ford, Ford Mustang, Shelby on 11 19th, 2017


Barrett-Jackson will auction off the first 1966 Shelby GT350 prototype ever built during its Scottsdale event in mid-January.

The auction house says that the pony car is in excellent condition and includes a numbers-matching V8 and 4-speed manual transmission.

When the vehicle’s prototype duties were completed, a Ford dealership in California used the Mustang for demonstration purposes. In the ensuing decades, it passed through the hands of numerous owners and underwent a full restoration in 2011, ultimately being displayed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2015.

A unique feature of the GT350 is its blue vinyl roof. Neither Ford or Shelby ever offered a vinyl roof on the car, but used this prototype as an experiment to decide whether or not to offer it as an option.

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First 1966 Shelby GT350 Prototype Bound For Auction 19
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in auction, Classics, Ford, Ford Mustang, Shelby on 11 19th, 2017


Barrett-Jackson will auction off the first 1966 Shelby GT350 prototype ever built during its Scottsdale event in mid-January.

The auction house says that the pony car is in excellent condition and includes a numbers-matching V8 and 4-speed manual transmission.

When the vehicle’s prototype duties were completed, a Ford dealership in California used the Mustang for demonstration purposes. In the ensuing decades, it passed through the hands of numerous owners and underwent a full restoration in 2011, ultimately being displayed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2015.

A unique feature of the GT350 is its blue vinyl roof. Neither Ford or Shelby ever offered a vinyl roof on the car, but used this prototype as an experiment to decide whether or not to offer it as an option.

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Would You Pay Nine Grand For A 1990 Toyota Century? 19
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Classics, Craigslist, Galleries, japan, TOYOTA, Toyota Century, used cars on 11 19th, 2017


If you consider the first-generation Toyota Century to be a somewhat iconic vehicle, then perhaps owning one makes sense for you.

Yet, for everyone else, spending just under $9k on a nearly 28-year old luxury saloon that doesn’t even come with a luxury badge, is probably not their idea of a good deal for Black Friday…or any other Friday.

Since this is a 1990 model, we’re looking at a first-generation Century, which has actually been around since 1967 – yes, you read that correctly. Sure, there were some changes made along the way, but the car didn’t evolve much visually.

Now back to this fine VG40 right-hand drive example: it’s for sale on Craigslist and it’s said to be in “great all around condition.” It also has 46,000 miles (75,000 km) on the odo and comes with power windows and mirrors (one power window doesn’t work), auto dimming headlights, a digital dash and air conditioning, among other features.

It’s worth mentioning that we saw another Century go for $8,300 last year, and that was a second-generation model from 2000. It had more miles on the clock than this one, but it also had a V12 instead of a V8.

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1959 Corvette Vs 1955 Ford Thunderbird In Classic Comparison Test 19
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Chevrolet Videos, Classics, Corvette, Ford Thunderbird, Ford Videos, reviews, video on 11 19th, 2017


If you know your history and you like American muscle, this comparison of a ’59 Corvette and a ’55 Thunderbird might be equally if not more to your liking than most of the new cars getting reviewed these days.

Choosing between a first-generation Corvette and a Thunderbird is no easy task. Both cars are two-seat convertibles with V8 engines and manual transmissions, and both feature a lot of chrome.

When new, the Corvette was slightly more expensive, which made sense since it was marketed as a sportier car, putting down 270 HP to the Thunderbird’s 202 HP, and hitting 60 mph (96 km/h) in 8.3 seconds, whereas the Ford needed 9.6 seconds.

Despite all the Corvette’s advantages on paper, the Thunderbird outsold its rival by more than 23-to-one when it first came out in 1955. While Ford built this car as a direct rival to the Corvette, they also wanted to put an emphasis on its comfort and convenience features, rather than driving dynamics.

This comparison review, courtesy of Driving.ca, definitely highlights all these differences. In fact, the guys quickly arrive at the conclusion that, while the Thunderbird is quite a looker, it’s the first-gen Corvette that feels lighter and more agile on the road – not to mention faster in a straight line.

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Matt Farah Drives The Iconic Lancia Stratos 18
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Classics, Lancia, Lancia Stratos, Lancia Videos, rally, Rally Cars, video on 11 18th, 2017


The last Lancia models weren’t anything special, but if you wind the clock back a few decades, you’ll find that the automaker produced some of the most iconic road and race cars ever built.

Although it is impossible to pinpoint one as being better than the other, the Stratos is considered by many to be the quintessential Lancia. Matt Farah from The Smoking Tire recently had a chance to test out one and discover if it lives up to the hype.

For his test, Farah jumped into the driver’s seat of a red example and mentions a few unique quirks about the car.

For starters, this Stratos has been geared to max out at roughly 55 mph (88 km/h). What’s more, the driving position is also very curious, as the pedals are offset a few inches off to the right.

However, as you’ll see in the video that follows, these quirks do not detract from the Stratos’ character one bit.

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2016 Ferrari F12tdf Vs 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster: Which Would You Buy? 17
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in auction, Classics, Ferrari, Ferrari F12berlinetta, Galleries, mercedes, used cars on 11 17th, 2017


One of them is a limited edition modern supercar, whereas the other is a classic open-top model that’s simply gorgeous. So what could they possibly have in common?

The answer is that both the Ferrari F12tdf and Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster are offered for sale by RMSothebys, at their New York auction that takes place on December 6, and both have a similar estimated selling price: $1.1-$1.4 million and $1.25-$1.5 million, respectively.

Introduced as the spiritual successor to the 599 GTO in 2015, the Ferrari F12tdf came in a limited run of 799 units. It benefits from a number of aerodynamic enhancements over the regular F12 Berlinetta, and it also packs an extra punch, with its 6.3-liter naturally aspirated V12 making 780PS (770hp) and 705Nm (520lb-ft) of torque.

This particular example was shipped to Long Island Ferrari new in 2016, and since then, it has been driven for less than 400 miles (644km). It still has a factory warranty available until July 2019, and it’s covered by the Ferrari Genuine Maintenance program until July 2023.

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, on the other hand, is the convertible version of the Gullwing. It debuted at the 1957 Geneva Motor Show and was produced in 1,858 units.

The auction house doesn’t provide more details about this 1958-made car, except that it retains the original matching chassis, body, engine, and drivetrain and was outfitted with several options from new. Still, looking at the pictures we can see its pristine condition that could help it re-achieve its bedroom door poster status.

Now, each one is extremely desirable for its own reasons, but if you had the opportunity to bid for one of the two, which would it be?

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Deal Or No Deal? 1995 Porsche 968 With Corvette V8 Transplant 17
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Classics, Corvette, porsche, tuning, used cars on 11 17th, 2017


What makes this Porsche 968 different than most out there is that instead of its stock 3.0L boxer four, is has a 1994 Corvette LT1 V8 engine, complete with short ratio gear set.

Playfully called Gunther, it’s for sale on Cars for $13,000, has covered approximately 153,000 miles (246,230 km), although the owner says that its Corvette V8 unit has done less than that.

So if you’re the type of person who appreciates a big V8 over a 3.0-liter straight-four (which is what powered the 968 originally), then perhaps you and good old Gunther here could get along quite well.

Aside from adding the Albins short ratio gear set to its 6-speed manual transmission, the owner of the car also replaced the entire ignition system and installed a new water pump.

As for the interior, while the sole picture doesn’t really give us much to go on, it looks pretty clean from a distance, and those after-market sports seats certainly look as though they would offer a lot more support than the 968’s stock seats.

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Can A 1995 Volvo 850 T5 Keep Up With A New 2017 Volvo V90 D5? 17
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Classics, diesel, Drag-Racing, video, VOLVO, Volvo V90, Volvo Videos on 11 17th, 2017


Modern turbo-diesel engines can usually keep their grounds against older turbo petrol units, as long as the former are mated to fast-changing gearboxes and the car isn’t significantly heavier.

This drag race between a new Volvo V90 D5 and a 1995 Volvo 850 T5 yielded some very interesting results, especially since both cars can one-up each other in certain categories.

This straight line battle was orchestrated by Carwow’s Mat Watson, and features both standing as well as rolling starts. You’ll see that one benefits the V90, whereas the other helps the 850 unleash all of its grunt.

So how do they stack up in terms of performance? Well, the 2017 V90 D5 can get from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.2 seconds thanks to its 235 PS (231 HP) and 480 Nm (354 lb-ft) of torque. It’s worth noting that the V90 weighs a whooping 2 tonnes (4,400 lbs), whereas the old 850 is considerably lighter at 1,570 kg (3,461 lbs).

It’s also a bit less powerful with around 10 fewer horses, but overall, it does have a better power-to-weight ratio than the much-newer V90.

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Restored 1969 Jaguar 420 Looks Like It Just Rolled Out Of The Factory 17
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Classics, Jaguar, Restomod, tuning on 11 17th, 2017


This 1969 Jaguar 420 has received a complete overhaul inside and out, courtesy of car personalization atelier Carbon Motors, which specializes in everything from custom upholstery, hi-fi audio systems, exotic trim coatings as well as doing full restorations, which sometimes include metal work and rust removal.

Now, if you like classic Jaguars, you might find the 420 to be quite interesting. The car initially came out in 1963 and was styled after the S-Type, however it did gain a more linear front end in order to match the rest of the body.

Inside, it was more luxurious than the S-Type, although that’s not something that’s immediately obvious when you first see an example that’s in dire need of repair – like this one was initially.

Thanks to Carbon Motors making both before and after pics available, we can see just how different the car looks now compared to the state it was in before the restoration. The interior has been completely re-worked, from the dashboard to the door panels, the center console and the roof. Even the wood trim received an upgrade, looking brand spanking new squeezed between its black leather surrounds.

As for the exterior, since we didn’t get any “before” pics, all we can say is that it looks extremely clean, featuring a dual tone design with a stripe running alongside the car’s shoulder line.

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