As a car guy if you could find an exotic or special car of your dreams would you buy it?
While doing some research on one of the forums I visit, I ran across a post about this car auction site. The first video clip I watched was one from this Audi RS6 that is for sale… and the price seems pretty attractive too. So I lost an hour or two at that point browsing the site.
Here is the description of the Audi: “This 2002 Audi S6 is a C5 wagon with a 4.2-liter V8 and Quattro all-wheel drive along with a swapped-in 6-speed manual transmission, new RS4 clutch, single-mass flywheel, and adjustable coil-over suspension.
Fewer than 1,200 examples of the C5 S6 were sent to the USA, and all were equipped with automatic transmissions. This example has just over 125k miles from new and was acquired with a slipping transmission approximately a year ago by the selling dealer, who performed the manual swap and other upgrades in late 2016. A set of aftermarket wheels with high-performance rubber was also fitted along with new drive axles, brake work and a full fluid change. ”
Then I watched the exhaust video…
Come on right… if that is not music to your ears you might want to check your pulse!
Looking at this site, and the stated purpose: “We put together Bringatrailer.com because finding great vintage cars online has become too much of a hassle. There is no need to keep sifting through hundreds of hopeless projects or overpriced dealer inventories to find that one car you’ve been looking for. We pick the winners and save you the trouble… the best bargains, the best dream cars, and the best rarities.”
It seems fair enough, and the selection is really interesting. A nice mix of several cars that have some type of character and or uniqueness to them.
There were a couple of beaters that actually makes me a little sad and angry like this 1984 Maserati Biturbo (Explore here). I am 99% sure I could have done a better paint job with a spray can in my driveway. And really, you would not treat the leather? This leather was not cheap Cadillac leather – it was a very fine grade.
The moral of this story is don’t let your car go to crap – take care of it and it will take care of you and bring a good value when it is time to sell. To help you do this, here are some products (from my Amazon affiliate) I use on my cars that actually work vs. what is at PepBoys. Select the images below to learn more.
1971 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R (Explore here)
Imported from Japan in 2013 after a lengthy search aided by a former Le Mans driver. The buyer was a noted American collector of JDM cars, who acquired it from its second private owner. The 2.0 liter twin cam inline-six features triple carburetors and is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission…
1987 BMW 635CSi (Explore here)
One of my previous employers (Jay at Custom Car / Home hifi) had an earlier Euro version of this car that was a bit nicer. This is still an interesting car in my mind. 1987 BMW 635CSi mechanically stock example shows 162k kilometers (~101k miles) and is equipped with black leather sport seats and a limited-slip differential. The car is…
- 1997 Land Rover Defender 90 (Explorer here)
The other Jeep – The Defender 90 was launched in 1984, distinguished from prior models by its 93” wheelbase. It is powered by a US-spec 4.0L aluminum V8 paired to a 4-speed ZF automatic transmission.
1996 Porsche 911 Turbo (Explore here)
This 993 body Porsche 911 is maybe my second favorite 911. First being the 964 body and specifically the 1993 911 Turbo 3.6 (think of the Bad Boys movie). A friend had one of these and asked me to detail it up for him. Then he was gracious enough to let me take her for a spin. I don’t think he appreciated hearing the exhaust cooling down after I got back :) – but I won’t forget that car for sure. This one is in the same color combo the 93 car I drove.
Most of these cars seem to be taken care of to a certain level… they are not museum pieces and locked away in air conditioned bubble bags… but driven. So if I could find an exotic or special car of my dreams would I buy it? Maybe. There is a good chance with something like this web site with everyday cars to a semi affordable exotics from yesterday.