Archive for the ‘Classic German Sports Cars’ Category
911 Turns Beastly September 15, 2014 | 01:20 am

Some guy in Japan took a Porsche 930 and swapped in an LS7. If you are mumbling to yourself “that’s seven liters of madness”, bingo you are correct sir. I’m not sure what year car this is, but this vintage 911/930 is a bit tricky to drive on the edge. They are rear-engined (of course) and have a good bit of rear weight balance. If you grew up in the era of ABS and traction control and electronic nannies, a swapped car like this definitely isn’t for you.

I’ve heard this thing can turn some impressive lap times. That stands to reason when you consider it’s a claimed 2200 lbs and about 540 hp. It has gi-normous brakes, big sticky tires, and all the suspension and interior upgrades needed to go fast and nasty.

The rear wing personifies badass. Yeah, you can but a huge wing on anything. But a WRX or any other Japanese go-fast-mobile just doesn’t have a the credibility this 930 does.

A Renegade Hybrids V8 conversion kit was used, along with headers and a custom titanium exhaust. The interior looks like a nice place to do some work. Imagine revving this thing up and dumping the clutch with the grip of some 315mm wide Hoosiers on the back. The traction probably rivals that of some all wheel drive cars. Read the rest of this entry

Vorshlag LS1 E30 August 28, 2014 | 06:07 pm

Unique cars are a good thing. I’ve found that souping up an old(er) car won’t necessarily get you around a track quicker than a more modern car. Add to that the fact that it’s rarely more cost effective, and you have a recipe for cookie-cutter, OEM sports cars.

a) If you’re a real car guy, you can’t help but tinker, so you will almost always modify whatever you’re driving, whether by a lot or by a little.
b) Stock is boring. Why not mix a little drama in there? Yes, the feeling of satisfaction you get when you snap off perfect shifts right at redline with a machine that is operating perfectly and just as intended by it’s original design engineers is GREAT. But it feels EVEN BETTER if the same thing happens with something you built with your own hands. Or at least that’s how I feel.

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1999 BMW M3 August 27, 2014 | 09:28 pm

The 2nd generation BMW M3, generally referred to as the E36, was heralded as one of the most sublime daily-driver sports cars ever. No, it wasn’t as brutally fast as a Corvette or as exotic-looking as a Porsche. But anybody that has ever had their ass handed to them by a smug M3 driver at a track event knows that these cars are more than the sum of their parts.

This car was found on bimmerforums, originally for sale for $23,000. At the time of this post, asking price had dropped to $13,200 OBO. The fact that it has 193k miles on it is a bit of minus. But the fact that so much work has been done to it is quite a plus. All the projects were well documented on MotoIQ. Some fancy dress-up bits for the interior, a cat-back exhaust, an M50 manifold upgrade, the TurnerMotorSports Stage 3 performance package, wow. Read the rest of this entry

Bad BMW February 2, 2014 | 03:06 pm

Personally, I believe everything tastes better with ketchup. Along a similar line of thought, pretty much any car is better if you swap in an LSx motor.

Take for instance this 1985 BMW 528i with an LS1 swap. I grew up in the 1980’s, so I always enjoy plonking my rear into a well-maintained 80’s car and enjoying the look and feel. This particular car was offered up for sale several times on ebay and craigslist (this was a few years ago), and I lost track of whether it did or didn’t sell. I think part of the problem was the owner spent $35k and spared no expense in doing the swap.

Economics aside, it really does seem like this thing is one of a kind. Brakes were upgraded to help provide additional stopping power more appropriate for the potent v8. Cool E39 wheels, improved suspension, and apparently a little restoration work on the interior. At the time of the ad postings, it had 130-140k miles on it. Certainly doesn’t look it. What’s a good guess, 375 hp at 3200 lbs? It’s no Ferrari, but whoa that would be a ton of fun!

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1988 Volkswagen Scirocco 16v May 26, 2013 | 12:06 pm

I found this car on the VWVortex forum. It looks like it has already sold, which isn’t surprising given it’s condition.

Seller indicates:

1988 Vw Scirocco 16v with only 72k original miles, 5spd, am/fm/cass, a/c, pwr window, pwr doorlock, sunroof, everything in perfect condition. A true collector. No dings, scratches, accidents, or repaints. Showroom condition, garaged since day 1, ” BBS Wheels are not included “. Asking $7,500. Factory bumpers and wheels will be provided. Yes, it’s been stored in LA California and not driven, and it’s taken up the space in my garage. I have got way too many cars and I need to free up some space.

The word Scirocco comes from a wind that comes across the Saharan desert and reaches near-hurricane force speeds in Southern Europe. The 1st generation went on sale in N America in 1975. The 2nd generation went from 1982-1988, but I don’t think it was sold here in the states that long. It wasn’t until 1986 that the 16-valve model was produced. Like the Golf GTI version and the Jetta GLI version, the 16-valve was a sportier, souped-up version of the regular car. Most importantly, output of the 1.8 liter four-cylinder went from 90hp to 123hp. The car also got a full body skirt, larger rear spoiler, and the famous tear-drop wheels.

For a year or two, I drove a 1986 VW Golf. It was a burgundy car, a 5 speed with 4 doors. I’ve found that people tend to memorize the dash/gauge layout in cars they own. The photo of the Scirocco gauges brings that all back like it was just yesterday.

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I started out my autocross “career” in a 16v Scirocco. The engine was a real delight, really coming alive in the upper rev-ranges, with good pulling power down low. The chassis was well-balanced, and could be easily coaxed into rotating with the right inputs. I specifically remember spinning the car in a run where the rear end came around too quickly to save. I also remember myself and two other guys being in a Scirocco on a back road at night, and daring the driver to try and hit 100 mph before a sharp curve at the end of a straight. He did, and then some. They would do 0-60 mph in about 8 secs, pretty snappy for a car of this vintage. Top speed was around 124 mph. In a 2300 lb car, the 10.1″ front disc brakes were considered gigantic, and the 5 speed tranny was a joy.

Did I mention that cool looking unique spoiler on the back hatch that was positioned about 2/3’s of the way down?

Cruising at 80mph on a highway back in the 80’s (when the double-nickle speed limit was enforced) was pretty rare. so these cars are a little noisy and uncomfortable these days. But relatively speaking, they were a real wonder-kid in the 80’s. And they are basically impossible to find these days in good, unmolested condition.