Sunday, January 3, 2010

More Weekend Quickies

1974 BMW 3.0 CS - This is another car that is being offered at top dollar.

This is a one owner, 5 speed manual, 79,000 mile, 3.0 CS.

There's not a whole lot I can say about this car. It's a beautiful car, in beautiful condition.

The asking price is $23,000.00. That's a lot of money for a 3.0 CS, but a similar car, with 30,000 less miles, recently sold at a Barrett-Jackson auction for $27,000.00. Nice, well maintained E9s are starting to command some real money these days.

As I've written many, many times, I am in no way qualified to predict the future value of classic cars. However, given the beautiful design, the BMW name and the small amount of cars built, I believe the value of these cars will increase dramatically over the next decade.

Located in Hampton, NJ, the seller has provided a ton of clear, detailed pictures. Click here to see the eBay listing.

1987 BMW 635csi - This is the car that replaced the E9 cars. It's not as exotic looking, but being a bit more modern and far less rare, it's a classic you could drive every day.

This car has a claimed 59,000 miles on it. From what I can tell from the tiny Craigslist pictures, it appears to be in very nice condition. (Although it looks like someone used Oriental rug samples, or maybe your grandmother's place mats, as floor mats... What's up with that?) It's a 5 speed and the seller says it has a new clutch. It also has new wheels and tires. Personally, I don't like the aftermarket wheels and would swap them out for some stock BMW rims.

The seller does not list a price (which I hate), but states, "You cannot find another one nicer for under 10 grand. My price is thousands less!". How many thousands less will determine whether this car is a good buy or not.

Loctaed in Dedham, MA, click here to see the Craigslist listing.

1975 Mereceds Benz 450 SL - The biggest mistake people make with these cars is assuming, because they have just 2 seats, that they are sports cars. They're not. They are really nice touring cars.

With under 200 HP on tap and a suspension derived from a sedan (a good suspension, no doubt about it, but still sedan based), this car won't give a Ferrari, Corvette or even a well sorted Mustang a run for its money, but it will give you years and years of enjoyable, effortless cruising.

There are a lot of 450 SLs on the market. The prices range from just a few thousand dollars to $15,000.00 or more. Find a well maintained one and you'll have a car that will last damn-near forever. Buy a neglected one and you'll be in bankruptcy court in no time. Mercedes parts and maintenance are EXPENSIVE.

This one is towards the top end of the price range at $12,500.00. It has under 100K miles on it and appears to be in very nice condition. The seller has included a ton of clear, large, pictures.

Located in Santa Monica, CA, click here to see the Craigslist ad for this car.

Salad Shooting Spinning Rims and other great stuff - "The urban boy racer in us wants bling. The adult racer in us wants functional. The hungry guy in us wants salad. KaleCoAuto brings you all three at once! The KaleCoAuto Salad Shooting Spinning Rims are just what Dr. Hunger ordered! Long day at work? Grab some lettuce, veggies, a chicken, toss it in the wheels, and voila! Instant salad!"

My friend, John, sent me the link to the KaleCo Auto website last night. Besides the incredibly practical Salad Shooting Spinning Rims, they also offer Cross Drilled Brake Lines ("Why just cross drill those rotors?"), an Engine Oil Bypass Kit ("Modern synthetic oil is very expensive - so why run the risk of getting it dirty by running it through your motor block?"), Muffler Bearings, Piston Return Springs, the infamous 710 Cap and many other "products".

Check it out. It's a lot of fun. You can find the KaleCo Auto website here.

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