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BaT Auction: Aluminum-Bodied Porsche 550 Spyder Re-Creation

BaT Auction: Aluminum-Bodied Porsche 550 Spyder Re-Creation

This Porsche 550 Spyder re-creation was built by 502 Motorworks and features hand-formed aluminum bodywork over a tubular ladder frame. Power is provided by a mid-mounted 1.5L flat-four sourced from a 356, and additional features include a Type 519 transaxle, Solex carburetors, twin Bendix fuel pumps, alloy brake drums, adjustable torsion bars, and 16” Lemmerz wide-five wheels. The exterior is finished in ivory with blue rear-fender spears, and the interior features a banjo steering wheel, period-look VDO instrumentation, and bucket seats upholstered in tan vinyl. Following completion in 2017, this 550 Spyder re-creation received certification from the FIA for participation in historic racing. It is now offered by the builder with an FIA Historic Technical Passport, photos from the build, and a clean Kentucky title that describes the car as a 1955 Special.

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BaT Auction: 14k-Mile 2005 Acura NSX-T 6-Speed

BaT Auction: 14k-Mile 2005 Acura NSX-T 6-Speed

This 2005 Acura NSX-T was delivered new to Autowest Acura of Stevens in Santa Clara, California, and was acquired by the seller’s late husband in September 2006. The car is finished in Silverstone Metallic over Onyx and is powered by a mid-mounted 3.2-liter VTEC V6 paired with a six-speed manual transaxle and a limited-slip differential. Features include a removable roof panel, automatic climate control, power-adjustable seats, and a Bose stereo with a trunk-mounted CD changer. This NSX shows 14k miles and is now offered with an owner’s manual, a window sticker, factory literature, a clean Carfax report, and a clean California title.

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BaT Auction: LS3-Powered 1970 Chevrolet K5 Blazer

BaT Auction: LS3-Powered 1970 Chevrolet K5 Blazer

This 1970 Chevrolet K5 Blazer received a body-off refurbishment between 2014 and 2016 that included refinishing the truck silver with a white hardtop over a black vinyl interior. A 6.2-liter Chevrolet Performance LS3 V8 was added in 2017 and paired with a three-speed automatic transmission and a dual-range transfer case. The current owner purchased the truck in 2018, and additional equipment includes Warn front locking hubs, a Delmo’s Speed DELS3 kit, CST-style interior and exterior trim, Vintage Air climate control, a Holley intake manifold, Holley fuel injection, and a Drive Junky serpentine accessory drive system. This K5 Blazer is now offered on dealer consignment in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with an owner’s manual and clean Alberta registration.

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BaT Auction Success Story: Restoring a Citroen SM in 3 (or more) Acts — Act III

BaT Auction Success Story: Restoring a Citroen SM in 3 (or more) Acts — Act III

This is part 3 from CrosslePDX, who purchased this 1973 Citroen SM 3.0 on Bring a Trailer in October 2019. Check out Act I and Act II here.

Act III – It Gets Real

With the beginning of a support network coming together and a bit of time off ahead for the Thanksgiving holiday, it was time to dive in.

For starters, it made sense to look at the project in components and come up with milestones and a goal. Now that I’d faced up to the overall condition of the car, one of my fears was getting stalled or distracted and having the car turn into a big, beautiful collector of dust and garage detritus. It’s a big car and I really didn’t want it sitting for years on jack stands in my small garage. I knew that once the wheels came off, I’d have to stay focused on the goal line and keep pushing forward.

Where’s the goal line? Concours restoration, a runner or something in-between? With paint and bodywork off the table for the near-term, I decided I’d feel really good about returning the car to solid, original runner condition. The moldy/musty ‘grandmother’s attic’ smell had to go. Mechanically, so much needed to be evaluated and put right. The poor thing had obviously been neglected, with many years of inactivity and half-assed repairs over the past few decades, not to mention a couple of paint jobs (white, then blue, then grey) and a generous amount of putty.

These categories seemed logical:

-Engine/transmission

-Axles/hubs/brakes

-Steering & Suspension

-Interior

-Electrical

The first job was to assess the condition of the motor. These Maserati V6s are super unique and cool for several reasons. It’s a 90-degree design with a block that’s just over 12 inches long. From the crankshaft, a main timing chain drives a central shaft that in turn drives dual overhead cams via timing chains, as well as the distributor, and an external jack shaft that powers the hydraulic pump. The timing chains are nestled between cylinders and the camshafts are two-piece units with splined gears. The motor is placed well behind the front wheels, and oriented backwards – with the water pump and timing chain up towards the firewall, and flywheel in the front of the car.

Oh, to have attended the meeting when the Citroen guys explained the design requirements to their colleagues at Maserati.

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This mid-process photo illustrates how far back the engine is positioned. Front/mid-engine to an extreme. Note the OEM velocity stacks!

The first thing to check is chain wear. By dropping the finned, baffled oil pan, you can access the main timing chain tensioner with the engine still in the car. If the tensioner measures 19 mm, your chain is like new. If it measures over 24 mm, time for replacement. Because that main chain drives not only the cams, but the hydraulic pump, it is subject to wear and needs to be within spec for the motor to run properly.

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Trick oil pan baffles…another super cool but hidden design gem.

So following instructions from David at Excelsior, I was able to measure the tensioner, which was not only in-spec but indicated the chain had very little wear. Phew.

Next job was to remove the valve covers and verify the valve timing and valve clearances. Stan George, a local Citroen guru who’d purchased his first DS in 1966, and later owned a couple SMs stopped by to help reveal the logic behind cam timing. That led to us discovering one of the mysteries of how the car was put together; a hidden challenge that didn’t really reveal itself until six months later. We couldn’t understand at the time why the cam timing didn’t relate to the flywheel timing marks. How could it be that cams all lined up as they should (the lobes looked unworn) but the flywheel didn’t correspond with TDC.  Even the valve clearances were all on the mark.

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One piece of advice that Stan gave me just before he left that first day was to NOT take the car apart. Just do one thing at a time. Within a few days, the entire front of the car – bumper, fascia, fenders and hood were off, interior and dash were out, and the SM had expanded to fill my garage – just as Stan warned me it would if I took it all apart. I couldn’t help it.

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Crap. Looking at it undressed like this was sobering.

On the bright side, with the front fenders removed (just a couple bolts, ala Citroen tradition) and the hood off (the hood is a gigantic aluminum pressing), engine, suspension and drivetrain access is a piece of cake. Everything is all right there. For the next few months, every time I passed by the car I got grease stains on something. My family, who have supported me through several gnarly projects over the years, had started quietly worrying.

Next on the list was carb rebuilding. After looking in the fuel tank and seeing there was not only super-sour smelling old gas, and the car had a cheap fuel pump with no fuel filter, I decided to just rebuild the carbs. This was a great excuse to buy the ultrasonic hot tank cleaner I’d been wanting – so that’s an added bonus.

Just two bolts hold the intake plenum to the heads. Three dual choke Webers with trumpets and what appeared to be hand-ported intake runners – how cool is that?

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Ultrasonic cleaner – put one on your list.

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With Weber rebuild kits and various other parts on the way, shifted focus to a few other areas.

Citroen hubs and suspension are obviously elements that set these cars apart from anything else built then or since. The design uses no bushings. Suspension geometry has no camber or caster adjustment. The hubs and control arms are located with gigantic bearings, which are bullet proof. On this car everything was coated with almost 50 years of thick grime and grease, however, it was all still functional. In order to clean things up, I used a combination of steam and natural cleaners, with an occasional blast of brake cleaner. Since we weren’t aiming for Pebble Beach, clean but not ‘restored to new’ seemed like the right answer.

Citroens are also famous for spheres. Instead of springs and shocks, Citroen suspension rides on pressurized fluid and charged nitrogen. Not knowing the condition or age of any of the suspension, I removed all four spheres (noting the front and rear b/c they are charged at different pressures) for recharging. Along with that, my coaching team suggested having the main accumulator sphere and brake accumulator serviced as well. Chris Dubuque from Seattle has provided this and related services to Citroen owners for decades. He was willing to help, so I shipped all of that to him and moved on to the next thing – cleaning and inspecting the main suspension pistons, height adjuster, swaybar and ball joints.

Act III Intermission

Thanks CrosslePDX, it seems like you’re making some headway; we can’t wait to see the finished product! You were right about the more-than-three acts. Stay tuned for the next update. Thanks again to CitroenDS23 for listing it with us.

-BaT

 

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BaT Auction: 21-Years-Owned 1988 BMW M3

BaT Auction: 21-Years-Owned 1988 BMW M3

This 1988 BMW M3 was reportedly sold new through a European Delivery program and was acquired in Wisconsin by the seller in 1999. The car is finished in Alpine White over Cardinal Red leather and is powered by a 2.3-liter S14 inline-four paired with a five-speed manual transmission. Factory equipment includes air conditioning, a sunroof, and power windows, while modifications include a Jim Conforti ECU chip, a CD changer, a short-throw shifter, a custom exhaust system, an aluminum radiator, an increased lock-up limited-slip differential, braided stainless-steel brake lines, a European-market lower airbox and front tow-hook covers, and M3 Sport Evolution–style brake-cooling ducts. The air conditioning was repaired in August 2020. This E30 M3 is now offered with manufacturer’s literature, records dating back to 1999, a set of 17″ Racing Dynamics wheels and Yokohama tires, a Carfax report, and a clean Wisconsin title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1974 Alfa Romeo Montreal

BaT Auction: 1974 Alfa Romeo Montreal

This 1974 Alfa Romeo Montreal was acquired by the seller in partnership with a friend in 1990 and disassembled for a restoration, which later stalled when the friend fell ill. The car was sold to its current owner in 2007, and the refurbishment was subsequently completed in the early 2010s. The car was refinished in red over a black interior, and power comes from a 2.6-liter V8 paired with a five-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential. This Montreal is offered by the seller on behalf of its current owner in Canada with a manual, a factory steering wheel, a period eight-track stereo, refurbishment photos, spare parts, car show paraphernalia, and British Columbia registration in the owner’s name.

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BaT Auction: Coyote-Powered 1975 Ford Bronco Ranger

BaT Auction: Coyote-Powered 1975 Ford Bronco Ranger

This 1975 Ford Bronco Ranger was reportedly purchased by the seller from the first owner in 2018, and the ensuing custom build included the installation of a 5.0-liter Coyote V8 paired with a 6R80 six-speed automatic transmission and a Dana 20 dual-range transfer case. The truck is finished in Medium Green Glow with white accents and a white removable hardtop over a green houndstooth vinyl interior, and modifications include a 2.5″ suspension lift, 17″ Method wheels with 35″ Toyo A/T tires, LED headlights, and a 500-watt AC inverter plug in place of the front fuel filler. Additional equipment includes Vintage Air climate control, Dakota Digital gauges, a roll bar, an Ididit tilt steering column, a RetroSound stereo with Bluetooth connectivity, 4.88:1 axles, Bilstein shocks, drilled and slotted front disc brakes, and a custom dual exhaust system with Borla mufflers. This modified Bronco is now offered with build photos and records, a Deluxe Marti report, and a clean California title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 45-Years-Owned 1957 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud at No Reserve

BaT Auction: 45-Years-Owned 1957 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud at No Reserve

This 1957 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud is a right-hand-drive four-door saloon that was acquired by the current owner in 1975 and was recently removed from storage and serviced. Work included draining the fuel tank, cleaning the carburetors, rebuilding the left-front wheel cylinder, exchanging the brake fluid, and replacing the battery, spark plugs, and engine oil. The car is finished in gray and blue over gray leather and is powered by a 4.9-liter inline-six paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. Features include wheel covers with body-color rings, fender-mounted mirrors, and chrome bumpers. This Silver Cloud is now offered on dealer consignment at no reserve with a tool kit, recent service records, and a clean California title.

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BaT Auction: 27k-Mile 1991 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC

BaT Auction: 27k-Mile 1991 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC

This 1991 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC is finished in black over beige leather, and power is furnished by a 5.5-liter V8 mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. Equipment includes automatic climate control, heated front seats, and a Becker Grand Prix AM/FM/cassette stereo. The car was acquired by the seller in August 2020, and service in preparation for the sale included the replacement of the tires, both fuel pumps, the fuel and air filters, and the battery, as well an air-conditioning system recharge, brake and coolant flushes, a transmission service, and an oil change. Now showing 27k miles, this C126 is offered with factory literature, service records, a VMI report, a clean Carfax report, and a clean California title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1959 Porsche 356A 1600 Coupe

BaT Auction: 1959 Porsche 356A 1600 Coupe

This 1959 Porsche 356A 1600 coupe is said to been delivered to the original owner through the European delivery program before being imported to the United States, where it has reportedly remained in the care of a single family. The car is finished in white over black vinyl and is powered by a numbers-matching 1.6L flat-four paired with a four-speed manual transaxle. The car was optioned with US-spec bumpers and a side-view mirror, and it also features a rear luggage rack, sealed-beam headlights with mesh covers, and an aftermarket stereo. Recent maintenance included an oil change. This 356A is now offered in California on dealer consignment with service records, literature, a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, a tool kit, and a clean Colorado title in the owner’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello

BaT Auction: 1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello

This 1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello is finished in Blu Tour De France over navy blue leather, and it is powered by a 5.5-liter quad-cam V12 paired with a six-speed manual transaxle. Equipment includes 18″ wheels, red-finished brake calipers, power-adjustable bucket seats, power windows, air conditioning, a Tubi exhaust system,  and an Alpine CD stereo with USB connectivity. The car was first sold by Lake Forest Sports Cars of Lake Forest, Illinois in March 1999, and resided with several owners in California, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia prior to the current owner’s acquisition in March 2011. It shows under 67k miles, and recent maintenance included fluid services and replacement of the timing belts, accessory drive belts, water pump, and air-conditioning compressor. This 550 Maranello is now offered on dealer consignment in California with its owner’s manual and leather pouch, factory booklets, a factory tire kit, a clean Carfax report, and a clean Georgia title.

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BaT Auction: 1983 Yamaha XC180 Riva at No Reserve

BaT Auction: 1983 Yamaha XC180 Riva at No Reserve

This 1983 Yamaha YC180 Riva comes from the model’s first year of production and was sold new by Yamaha of Salem, Oregon, from whom it was later acquired by the selling dealer in 2020. Power is provided by a 180cc single-cylinder engine paired with a CVT transmission, and the scooter features ABS bodywork finished in metallic blue as well as an aftermarket windscreen. This Riva is offered by at no reserve with a removable trunk, a yellow Oregon license plate, its original purchase order, a manual and tool kit, and a clean Oregon title.

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BaT Auction: 42k-Mile 1991 Acura NSX 5-Speed

BaT Auction: 42k-Mile 1991 Acura NSX 5-Speed

This 1991 Acura NSX has spent much of its life in Illinois and was acquired by the seller approximately four years ago. Finished in Berlina Black over black leather, the car is powered by a 3.0-liter VTEC V6 paired to a five-speed manual transaxle and features pop-up headlights, automatic climate control, and cruise control. Modifications consist of a Spectre short-ram air intake, a Circuit Werks exhaust, and polished later-model NSX wheels. This NSX now shows just over 42k miles and is being offered with service records, an owner’s manual, a tool kit, air compressor, a car cover, three sets of keys, clean Carfax report, and a clean Illinois title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 2007 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S 6-Speed

BaT Auction: 2007 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S 6-Speed

This 2007 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S was first registered in Texas before being brought to British Columbia, Canada in 2007 and was recently acquired by the selling dealer. The car is finished in GT Silver Metallic over Black and Stone Grey leather and is powered by a 3.8-liter flat-six paired with a six-speed manual transaxle and all-wheel drive. Equipment includes the Sport Chrono Package Plus, Bose High End Sound Package, navigation, a sport exhaust system, leather sport seats, and self-dimming mirrors. The engine was rebuilt in March 2020, and the clutch kit, IMS bearing, and battery were also replaced at this time. This 997 C4S shows 66k miles and is now offered by the selling dealer in Vancouver with records from the engine rebuild, a Carfax report, and British Columbia registration.

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BaT Auction: 18k-Mile 2003 Audi RS6

BaT Auction: 18k-Mile 2003 Audi RS6

This 2003 Audi RS6 is one of just 1,435 imported to the United States for the model year, all of which were powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.2-liter V8 paired with a five-speed automatic transaxle and Quattro all-wheel drive. This example is finished in Daytona Gray Pearl Effect over silver Nappa leather, and equipment includes power-adjustable front seats, heated front and rear seats, a solar sunroof, rear window shades, 18″ alloy wheels, automatic dual-zone climate control, cruise control, and an aftermarket Kenwood infotainment screen with Garmin navigation and an integrated a back-up camera. The car was first delivered to Classic Audi in Altamonte Springs, Florida, and it was acquired by the seller in 2019. It now has 18k miles, and recent maintenance included replacement of the timing belt, water pump, battery, and tires. This C5 RS6 is now offered in Florida with recent service records, a copy of the window sticker, the removed factory stereo, a clean Carfax report, and a clean New Hampshire title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 2002 BMW R1150GS Adventure at No Reserve

BaT Auction: 2002 BMW R1150GS Adventure at No Reserve

This 2002 BMW R1200GS Adventure is powered by a 1,130cc opposed twin paired with a six-speed transmission and equipped with an eight-gallon fuel tank, aluminum pannier and tail cases, cylinder head and sump guards, and more. The bike was purchased new from BMW Motorcycles of Western Oregon and was last registered in 2010, though its original owner reportedly continued to use it for periodic desert trips until the selling dealer’s acquisition in 2020. A new battery was installed in preparation for sale. This R1150GS shows 8k miles and is offered at no reserve with a clean Oregon title.

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BaT Auction: 1964 Jaguar XKE Series I 3.8 Coupe 5-Speed

BaT Auction: 1964 Jaguar XKE Series I 3.8 Coupe 5-Speed

This 1964 Jaguar XKE coupe is a left-hand-drive Series 1 model finished in dark blue over a dark blue leather interior and is powered by a modified numbers-matching 3.8L inline-six paired with a Borg-Warner T5 five-speed manual transmission. The current owner purchased the car in 1998 and commissioned a multi-year cosmetic and mechanical refurbishment that was completed in 2006. Modifications include Wilwood brake calipers with ventilated discs, aftermarket camshafts, a reworked cylinder head producing 10:1 compression, stainless steel exhaust headers, an aluminum radiator, and triple SU carburetors built by Joe Curto Inc. Additional equipment includes split chrome bumpers, 15″ knock-off wire wheels, and a Becker Europa AM/FM radio. This XKE Coupe is now offered on dealer consignment with its removed bucket seats and front bumper bar, refurbishment photos, and transferable Connecticut registration.

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BaT Auction: 1980 Jeep Cherokee Golden Eagle 4×4 4-Speed at No Reserve

BaT Auction: 1980 Jeep Cherokee Golden Eagle 4×4 4-Speed at No Reserve

This 1980 Jeep Cherokee Golden Eagle was built at Jeep’s Toledo, Ohio facility and is said to have spent time in Germany prior to its subsequent importation to the United States after 2015. The truck is finished in Dark Green Metallic over a beige cloth interior and features a 4.2-liter inline-six paired with a four-speed manual transmission and a dual-range transfer case. Modifications installed under prior ownership include aftermarket 15″ aluminum wheels, a Weber carburetor, and a modern stereo. This FSJ is now offered at no reserve by the selling dealer with a clean Michigan title.

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BaT Auction: 1974 Ford Bronco 302ci 3-Speed

BaT Auction: 1974 Ford Bronco 302ci 3-Speed

This 1974 Ford Bronco was refurbished in Tennessee from 2009 through 2012 during prior ownership, and it is powered by a 302ci V8 mated to a column-shifted three-speed manual transmission and a dual-range transfer case. The truck has been repainted in brown with a white removable hardtop over a white interior. Additional equipment includes a swing-away spare-tire mount, dual fuel tanks, an AM radio with hidden FM functionality, a replacement wiring harness with a fuse block mounted in the dashboard, rebuilt gauges, and more. The seller acquired the truck in early 2020. This first-generation Bronco is now offered with DVD documentation of the build, copies of Bronco Driver magazine that featured the refurbishment, service invoices and receipts, and transferable Alabama registration in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1974 Honda CB450 at No Reserve

BaT Auction: 1974 Honda CB450 at No Reserve

This 1974 Honda CB450 is powered by a 444cc DOHC parallel twin mated to a five-speed transmission and finished in orange, black, and gold over chrome fenders. Equipment consists of torsion bar valve springs, an electric starter, a front disc brake, a locking pop-up fuel cap, and more. The bike was acquired by the selling dealer in April 2020, reportedly from its second owner. Subsequent work included replacement of the tires, battery, flasher relay, and petcock, brake caliper and master cylinder rebuilds, and adjustment of the cam chain, valves, and ignition timing. This CB450K4 is offered at no reserve with a tool kit, an owner’s manual, and a clean Wisconsin title.

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