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Dream E30 Build: Factory-Style S54/6-Speed 1990 BMW 318i Touring

Dream E30 Build: Factory-Style S54/6-Speed 1990 BMW 318i Touring

This 1990 BMW 318i Touring (VIN WBAAG71080ED82692) is an Italian market model that’s traded its original four-cylinder for an S54/6-speed combo pulled from an E46 M3 cabrio. The car looks and reads like a real dream build, using our favorite E30 body style as a basis, and retaining relatively modest wheels, factory 318i badging and functional A/C with the ultimate evolution of BMW’s traditional naturally-aspirated inline-six–Alpina-style cloth upholstery is icing on the cake. Says the seller: “Everything works as it should and this car does not possess the typical negative qualities of a swapped car.” Find it here on Craigslist in Omaha, Nebraska for $35k.

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BaT Video Inspiration: Porsche in the 1970’s Part 2

BaT Video Inspiration: Porsche in the 1970’s Part 2

Two weekends ago we shared half of an excellent eight-part series of 1970’s Porsche factory promo films sent in as a tip from BaT reader no.radar, promising the other four in an upcoming Video Inspiration post. The wait is over–here they are. Like the first four, these clips are short but fascinating, filmed in color, narrated in English and very much worth a ~30-minute slice of your Saturday.

Where Part 1 highlighted films titled Test Track, Race Shop, Daytona and Body Fabrication, Part 2 contains Spin Testing, Paint and Assembly, Road Testing and the hypnotic RSRs in Slow Motion. Enjoy!

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Win Radwood Forever: 1990 Nissan Autech Zagato Stelvio in Philly

Win Radwood Forever: 1990 Nissan Autech Zagato Stelvio in Philly

This 1990 Nissan Autech Zagato Stelvio is one of 104 designed and constructed by Zagato in partnership with Nissan’s performance subdivision Autech. The F31 chassis sold in Japan as the Leopard and stateside as the Infiniti M30 was used as the platform–all were powered by a 3.0L VG30DET twin-turbo V6 mated to a 4-speed automatic gearbox and configured with right-hand drive. Leather and full power amenities were standard equipment, and though it appears most were painted red, a few left the factory wearing black, blue, or silver as seen on this example. An odometer reading of 72k (kilometers, presumably) also makes this the highest mileage example we’ve seen. Even for Zagato, these are wild looking cars–show up to the next Radwood event in this one and blow everyone’s mind. Find it here on eBay in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for $49,500 OBO. Special thanks to BaT reader Kyle K. for this submission.

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Question of the Week: What’s Your Favorite Exhaust Video?

Question of the Week: What’s Your Favorite Exhaust Video?

Cheers BaT fans–it’s time for a fresh Question of the Week.

This round we want to know what’s your favorite exhaust video? 

Please note that we’re not asking about your favorite sounding car (as in a previous installment), but rather for a link to your favorite video capturing the sound of a vehicle–any vehicle–whether it be exhaust note, induction roar, gear whine, or any combination of these.

Eligible answers should include a video link and a short description of why it makes your spine tingle. If not obvious, instructions on what time to skip to will also be appreciated.

As always, our favorite answer will net its author $25 in BaT Gear.

Click through to chime in below, as well as to check out last week’s winner and honorable mentions.

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Yesterday’s comments of note

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

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BaT Auction: 15k-Mile 2004 Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale

BaT Auction: 15k-Mile 2004 Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale

This 2004 Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale is finished in special-order gray over Bordeaux leather upholstery and was also optioned from the factory with red brake calipers, a colored upper dashboard, fire extinguisher, and a HiFi sound system. The Challenge Stradale is lighter than the standard 360 model and features carbon ceramic brakes borrowed from the Enzo, as well as a bump in power and tweaks to the suspension and steering. This example was purchased by the seller in 2015 and now has just 15k miles. The mid-mounted 3.6-liter DOHC V8 is paired with a 6-speed automated-manual transmission, and a timing belt service was completed in 2014 according to the seller. This Ferrari is now offered with its original window sticker, a clean Carfax, and a clean Texas title.

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BaT Auction: 34k-Mile 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

BaT Auction: 34k-Mile 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

This 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa was delivered new to Vasek Polak Porsche-Audi in Hermosa Beach, California in paint-to-sample metallic blue over Marine Blue supple leather. The car was not sold until 1994 according to the seller, who acquired it from its second owner eight years ago. Power comes from a 3.2-liter flat-six paired with a G50 5-speed manual transaxle, and additional options include colored wheel caps, rootwood dash trim, a center console with auxiliary gauges, a shorter gear lever, a rear window wiper, and dual power seats with lumbar support. Modifications consist of a 930 steering wheel and an ECU chip from 911Chips, though the stock items are included in the sale. This 911 shows 34k miles and is offered with two tops, a window sticker, recent records, a maintenance log, a Certificate of Authenticity, a clean Carfax report, factory literature, and a clean California title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: Flat-Plane Crank 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

BaT Auction: Flat-Plane Crank 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

This 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 was sold new by Courtesy Chevrolet in California, where it stayed until moving to Indiana in 2011. The seller acquired the car in 2013, and later fitted a modified LS-based V8 featuring a Sonny Bryant flat-plane crankshaft, Carillo rods, Wiseco 12.5:1 pistons, CNC ported LS7 heads, and more. The motor now revs to 8,250 rpm, and the car was previously featured on BaT in September 2018. Power is sent through the factory 6-speed manual transmission with an upgraded clutch and flywheel. The suspension and braking systems have also been modified, and the seller states the car has been taken to track days and driven a few thousand miles since the engine work was completed. This unique C6 Z06 now shows 65k miles, and is offered with records covering the modifications, a clean Carfax, and a clean Indiana title in the name of the seller’s company.

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BaT Auction: 1971 Porsche 911T 2.2L Engine Project

BaT Auction: 1971 Porsche 911T 2.2L Engine Project

This 2.2-liter Porsche flat-six was originally built for use in a 1971 911T and was acquired as a project by the seller six years ago. The engine has since been disassembled and cleaned, and the seller reportedly had the cylinders honed as well as resurfacing the crank and camshafts three years ago. The engine is coated in protective grease and packaged in several large totes. It is offered in Salt Lake City, Utah with a pair of Zenith 40 TIN carburetors, a new gasket set, piston rings, a timing chain, and other components.

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BaT Auction: 1994 Mazda RX-7 Touring

BaT Auction: 1994 Mazda RX-7 Touring

This 1994 Mazda RX-7 Touring is finished in Montego Blue Metallic over tan leather, and was purchased by the seller approximately three months ago. As a Touring model, this car features a factory sunroof, fog lamps, rear window wiper, and Bose Acoustic Wave sound system. Power comes from a sequentially-turbocharged 13B-REW rotary engine paired with a 5-speed manual transmission, and modifications include an aftermarket downpipe, intake, and Racing Beat exhaust system. A service in January 2019 consisted of new spark plugs, an oil change, a four wheel alignment, and a compression check. This FD RX-7 shows 80k miles, and is now offered with recent service receipts, a clean Carfax, a spare Koyo radiator, and a clean Arizona title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: Single Family-Owned 1983 Datsun 280ZX Turbo 5-Speed

BaT Auction: Single Family-Owned 1983 Datsun 280ZX Turbo 5-Speed

This 1983 Datsun 280ZX Turbo coupe was reportedly purchased new by the seller’s father, with whom it remained in New York and California until his passing in 2018. Power is from a turbocharged 2.8-liter inline-six paired with a 5-speed manual transmission, and the car is finished in Thunder Black over tan leather. A new battery was recently installed by the seller. This S130 shows 71k miles and is offered with a clean California title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1987 Volkswagen T3 Doka at No Reserve

BaT Auction: 1987 Volkswagen T3 Doka at No Reserve

This 1987 Volkswagen Doka was reportedly refurbished in Poland in 2015, and it was subsequently imported to the US by the selling dealer in 2017. A repaint was performed in creme, and the truck is equipped with fold-down bed sides with a custom liner made of wooden planks. Power is provided by a 1.6L diesel inline-four paired with a four-speed manual transmission, and the rear-wheel-drive truck is fitted with an aftermarket radio and aftermarket alloy wheels. This Doka is now offered at no reserve by the selling dealer with a clean Georgia title.

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BaT Auction: 1997 Land Rover Defender 90 NAS LE

BaT Auction: 1997 Land Rover Defender 90 NAS LE

This Land Rover Defender 90 is #19 of 300 Limited Edition NAS hardtop wagons produced for the US in 1997 and was purchased by the seller in 2004. Power is from a 4.0-liter V8 driving all four wheels through a 4-speed automatic transmission and 2-speed transfer case. The truck is finished in Willow Green over a gray interior and equipped with Old Man Emu springs, Rancho RS9000 shocks, Rock Ware skid plates, an outdoor hot shower, Hella lights, a CB radio, a Garmin GPS system, an electronic trailer brake controller, a handgun safe, and a lockable TruckVault storage drawer. Service in the past five months reportedly included fluid and filter changes as well as installation of a new muffler and tailpipe. This D90 shows 67k miles and is offered with factory literature, stock wheels, spare parts, a clean Carfax report, and a clean California title in the name of the seller’s family trust.

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BaT Auction: 1991 BMW 318i Convertible 5-Speed

BaT Auction: 1991 BMW 318i Convertible 5-Speed

This 1991 BMW 318i convertible is finished in Alpine White II over beige leather and powered by a 1.8-liter M42 inline-four paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The car was acquired by the seller in 2017, and subsequent service is said to have included installation of a new front crankshaft seal, O2 sensor, belts, hoses, and filters as well as cooling system work. This E30 shows 74k miles and is offered with purchase and service records, shop manuals, a clean Carfax report, a March 2019 California emissions certificate, and a clean California title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1990 Toyota 4Runner 5-Speed at No Reserve

BaT Auction: 1990 Toyota 4Runner 5-Speed at No Reserve

This 1990 Toyota 4Runner SR5 was sold new by Dick Blanken Toyota in El Paso, Texas and was acquired by the seller two years ago, reportedly from its original owner. The truck shows just over 96k miles and is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and a 2-speed transfer case. Maintenance conducted at 93k miles reportedly included mounting four tires as well as replacing the head gasket, water pump, timing belt, rear coil springs, radiator, clutch, front CV axles, and more. This second-generation 4Runner is offered with a clean Carfax report and a clean Texas title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1974 BMW 3.0CS 5-Speed

BaT Auction: 1974 BMW 3.0CS 5-Speed

This 1974 BMW 3.0CS is finished in Riviera Blue over tan leather upholstery and spent time in Ohio before the seller purchased it seven years ago. Power is provided by a rebuilt 3.0-liter inline-six paired with a 5-speed manual transmission that was installed in place of the original automatic in 2011. Other modifications include Weber carburetors and Pertronix ignition, and service in September 2018 included an oil change and flushing the brake and clutch fluid. This E9 is now offered with partial service receipts, a tool kit, owner’s manuals, a car cover, and a clean Pennsylvania title in the seller’s name.

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Triple Consecutive Oakland 500 Winner: Miller Twin Cam Special

Triple Consecutive Oakland 500 Winner: Miller Twin Cam Special

The Sta-Lube Miller Special/Redhead Special was built in 1935 and is described as an Indy Champ single-seat race car, but to us it looks like a classic “Big Car” of the type once popularly raced on dirt tracks well into the 1950’s. Reportedly built for a Lockheed executive, the car is reportedly a three-time consecutive winner of the Oakland 500 (1938, ’39 and ’40), but what really makes it special is its gorgeous and exotic DOHC 220ci Miller four-cylinder. Restored with help from the original owner, the car has since “received top honors” at vintage race and concours events like Laguna Seca, Pebble Beach and Santa Barbara. Sale looks to include lots of period historical documentation, though we wish the ad included a video of its “one of three” twin-cam running hard as well. Find it here on eBay in Gardena, California for $550k OBO.

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BaT Auction: 9K-Mile 2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 6-Speed

BaT Auction: 9K-Mile 2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 6-Speed

This 2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage has just under 9k miles and is powered by 4.3-liter V8 linked to a rear-mounted 6-speed manual transaxle. The car is said to have remained in Texas since being sold new by Aston Martin of Dallas, and was recently acquired by the selling dealer. A service performed in preparation of the sale included mounting four new tires, flushing the brake fluid, replacing the rear trunk struts, and changing the engine oil. This Vantage is now offered with a stamped service booklet, two keys, the factory manuals, a clean Carfax, and a clean Texas title.

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BaT Auction: 1956 Volkswagen Beetle

BaT Auction: 1956 Volkswagen Beetle

This 1956 Volkswagen Beetle was built in December 1955 finished in Reed Green over dark green vinyl. It was then shipped to Vancouver, British Columbia, where it was sold new by Pacific Volkswagen. The previous owner acquired the car in December 2013 and subsequently commissioned a restoration, which included a repaint in the factory color, a refurbished interior, and installing an adjustable front beam and drop spindles. A 1,192cc flat-four from a 1959 Beetle was also swapped in after being rebuilt with dual-port heads, a Wolfsburg West dual carburetor kit, and a reproduction Abarth-style exhaust. The 4-speed manual transaxle was rebuilt in spring 2017, and the seller purchased the vehicle in August 2018. This oval-window Beetle is now offered with some restoration receipts, several spare parts, and a clean British Columbia registration in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 427 4-Speed

BaT Auction: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 427 4-Speed

This 1967 Chevrolet Corvette started life as an L71 convertible and is powered by a replacement triple-carbureted 427ci V8 installed in 2009 and paired with a 4-speed M21 manual transmission. The car was refurbished in its original Marina Blue over Bright Blue leather in 2014 and is equipped with a factory 3.55:1 Positraction rear end, an AM/FM radio, heavy-duty suspension, power brakes, side-exit exhausts, and a color-matched removable hardtop. This C2 Corvette was acquired by the selling dealer six months ago and is offered in Connecticut with a tank sticker, three NCRS Top Flight awards, a 2018 Bloomington Gold certificate, a window sticker, a written history from previous owners, factory literature, refurbishment receipts, and a clean Arizona title.

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