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Question of the Week: What’s Your Favorite Homologation Special?

Question of the Week: What’s Your Favorite Homologation Special?

First off, congrats to reader TimOsmond, who wins $25 to spend in the BaT Gear Store for posting our favorite of dozens of great replies to the first ever Bring a Trailer Question of the Week–namely, what’s your favorite Italian-American hybrid? Click through to read his reply, involving a childhood dream and a pre-L Pantera.

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Period Gray Import: 1985 BMW 323i/Hartge H26 in Idaho

Period Gray Import: 1985 BMW 323i/Hartge H26 in Idaho

This 1985 BMW 323i reportedly received a full Hartge H26 treatment from new, as fitted by Kohl Automotive in Germany, prior to it coming to the US as a gray market import. The seller mentions original German documentation listing all installed parts, and goes on to note unspecified but reportedly extensive work performed more recently. The seller believes that the car could benefit from some restoration work, but as a whole it looks like a very decent driver level example. Hartge modifications included a different engine block and crank resulting in a displacement bump from 2.3 to 2.6 liters and 190 HP, along with a host of supporting modifications like a limited slip differential, sway bars and more. Find this one here on Craigslist in Meridian, Idaho for $22k.

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Accurate Restoration: Ex-CHP 1989 Ford Mustang SSP

Accurate Restoration: Ex-CHP 1989 Ford Mustang SSP

This 1989 Ford Mustang SSP looks really sharp following a bare-metal respray in original CHP colors and markings. The seller notes an extensive restoration project, with “countless hours” spent researching details for accurate results. The car is said to be solid and free of filler, while the interior is stuffed to the brim with period police equipment which is all reportedly working. Power comes from the original and “very strong running” 5.0, which passes power to the Traction-Lok LSD rear via a T-5 5-speed, and sale also includes a Marti Report. Find it here on Craigslist in Orange, California for $35k. Special thanks to BaT reader quietlion79 for this submission.

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BaT Auction: 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint

BaT Auction: 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint

This 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint is a 101 Normale powered by a 1300cc twin-cam four paired with a 4-speed manual gearbox. Having received refurbishment work at the hands of two prior owners, the Sprint was acquired in Spring 2015 by the seller who has since had it repainted in its original Gardenia White and performed further detail work. The car retains a stock appearance and has been subtly modified for performance to include front disc brakes, a Weber carburetor conversion, and Koni shocks. The sale includes a Certificato di Origine from Alfa Romeo Classiche along with records from 2004-onward, period literature, factory tool roll, and a clean Alabama title. The seller maintains his collection under a dealer license.

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BaT Photographic Inspiration: Kobus Covers The Race of Gentlemen

BaT Photographic Inspiration: Kobus Covers The Race of Gentlemen

Photographer and friend of BaT, Kobus recently attended The Race of Gentlemen in Wildwood, New Jersey. We love the idea of drag racing on the sand and hope that the T.R.O.G. comes to Pismo Beach next. In the meantime, we are delighted to share these images with you. Thanks, Kobus!

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BaT Auction Success Story: 1993 BMW M5 Perfect for the Long Way to Work

BaT Auction Success Story: 1993 BMW M5 Perfect for the Long Way to Work

This just in from the buyer of the: 1993 BMW M5 that was listed on BaT Auctions 5/19/17 (link):

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Wildcat 445 Hardtop: 1960 Buick Invicta

Wildcat 445 Hardtop: 1960 Buick Invicta

This 1960 Buick Invicta (chassis 6G3013097) is claimed to remain largely original and looks to be in beautiful shape, too. The car has been repainted in Adriatic Blue with an Arctic White top, which may be the original combo, while sparkling chrome and stainless brightwork reportedly remains unrestored. The Wildcat 445 401ci Nailhead V8 is backed by a Twin Turbine Dynaflow 2-speed automatic transmission, everything is said to perform reliably, and full service records are included. It should be no surprise that we usually prefer two-doors, but GM’s flatroof four-door hardtops really grab us, especially these very early 60’s cars. Find it here on eBay near Chicago, Illinois for $21,500 OBO.

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From the BaT Archives: Ex-Le Mans 1988 Nissan R88C Group C Prototype

From the BaT Archives: Ex-Le Mans 1988 Nissan R88C Group C Prototype

We’ve been posting the coolest cars for sale anywhere in the world since long before the launch of BaT Auctions in July of 2014. With 11+ years of vehicles in the BaT Archives there are thousands of these features to revisit, and while they might not be for sale any more, it’s always fun to look at, read about, and discuss these interesting old listings.

-BaT

From 1/16/2014:

This 1988 R88C Group C car has an interesting race history including a run at the 1988 24 Hours of Le Mans. One of only four built, this car is powered by a twin-turbocharged, 2996 CC, DOHC V8 with 740+ HP on tap. In the final years before chicanes were added, similar Group C protoypes would regularly hit 250+ MPH on Mulsanne–we weren’t able to confirm exactly how fast the R88C went, but it’s likely to be close to that number. Find it here at Oakfields in Hampshire, England for 550k GBP (~$903,100 today).

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Why We Love Them: First-Generation Mazda RX-7

Why We Love Them: First-Generation Mazda RX-7

The 1973 Fuel Crisis, as is often repeated even 45 years later, really hammered the global auto industry, ushering in a decade of malaise that produced cars with primitive, power-choking smog controls, dismal 85 MPH speedometers, and dirt-poor driving dynamics. It nearly killed off the affordable sports car too, ending the decades-long rule of the classic British roadster both here in the US and abroad. Fiat and Bertone soldiered on with the neat little X1/9, but those looking for inexpensive fun otherwise faced severely limited choices.

Keying into this lack of sensible options, Mazda launched a revival of their famous rotary engine, stuck it into an attractive, classically-proportioned sports coupe, and called it the RX-7, opening the door for an all-too-brief but wonderful series of cars culminating in 1992’s sublime twin-turbo FD. Here’s where it all started.

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Yesterday’s comments of note

A few of the comments that stood out to us yesterday:

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JDM Camper Van XL: 1993 Toyota HiAce 4WD

JDM Camper Van XL: 1993 Toyota HiAce 4WD

This 1993 Toyota HiAce is a fourth-generation, 4WD diesel camper van, which means it shares its extra-long wheelbase and high roof with the Toyota Commuter minibus. The van is said to drive nicely and remain in nice shape throughout, and comes equipped with a sink, fridge, awning and sleeping room for four. Power comes from a 3L diesel mated to a 5-speed manual, and 4WD offers low and normal ranges. Find it here on Craigslist in Queen Creek, Arizona for $20k.

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BaT Auction: 28-Years Owned 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL

BaT Auction: 28-Years Owned 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL
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BaT Auction: 37K-Mile 1995 BMW M3 Coupe 5-Speed

BaT Auction: 37K-Mile 1995 BMW M3 Coupe 5-Speed

This 1995 BMW M3 shows just over 37k miles and is a Daytona Violet 2-door example that was acquired by the seller’s family dealership in 1997 and purchased by the seller the following year. Power comes from a 3.0L S50 inline-six backed by a 5-speed manual gearbox and modifications include a Borla Exhaust system, AutoThority chip, larger mass airflow meter, cold air intake, and UUC short-shift kit. The car is not optioned with a sunroof, and is fitted with a set of Style 24 lightweight wheels and a dealer-installed rear spoiler. This E36 M3 is offered with a clean Carfax report and a clear Wisconsin title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: Vesuvio Metallic 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet 6-Speed at No Reserve

BaT Auction: Vesuvio Metallic 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet 6-Speed at No Reserve

This 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet is finished in Vesuvio Metallic over Space Gray leather and is powered by a 3.4L flat-six paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. A 60k-mile service in August 2017 included replacement of the clutch and flywheel, installation of an LN Engineering IMS update, and more. Several owners in California are reported prior to the selling dealer, who acquired the car a month ago. This 996 shows 61k miles and is offered at no reserve with a factory hardtop, AutoCheck and Carfax reports, a handful of records, a DME report, and a clean California title.

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BaT Auction: 1954 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special at No Reserve

BaT Auction: 1954 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special at No Reserve

This 1954 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special is finished in green metallic over a green cloth interior. The selling dealer can reportedly trace its history back to 1975 and notes that it has been the Augusta, Georgia area for a number of decades. The current owner acquired the car 10 years ago and has since added 2,500 miles. Power is from a 331ci OHV V8 backed by a 4-speed Hydramatic automatic transmission, and the car has recently come out of long-term storage. It starts, runs, and stops according to the seller, though a service of major systems is recommended before additional driving. Factory options include A/C, Autronic Eye, a high-output charging system, a heavy duty cooling system, and more. The car is offered on consignment with a spare A/C compressor, two Autronic Eye amplifiers, some miscellaneous parts, and Georgia registration.

 

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