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Another 1985 Renault 5 Turbo 2!

Are these not as rare as I thought? A 2nd west coast Renault 5 Turbo2 appeared on ebay this week.

Not only are they not as rare (apparently), is my perceived value of Turbo2’s roughly half what I thought they were? This one is listed for $12k?! And those 3 piece Compomotive rims measure 11 inches in the rear, wearing 285/40 rubber!

Is this one too good to be true? What’s your take — leave a comment!

1985 Renault 5 Turbo 2
Renault 5 Turbo 2

Update: Apparently it was too good to be true, the listing has already been removed!


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1981 Alpina B6

1981 Alpina B6 Ebay Auction – right here on the west coast in San Mateo.

1981 Alpina B6

Read all about the B6 on the Unofficial Alpina Homepage. Here’s some juicy tidbits:

  • 2.8l motor sourced from the e28 528i
  • custom fuel injection system fitted (!)
  • 218hp delivering 0-60 times under 7 seconds

These e21 Alpina’s seem to be the most common ‘legal’ Alpina’s in the US and should be relatively easy to attain. However the post refer’s to a recent ebay auction where one of these sold for $28k. That car was perfect though, probably better than when it left the factory. This one is at the other end of the spectrum in the fixer-upper category, and I expect will go for $5-6k — maybe less. A great opportunity though.

The folks hosting the auction,, are a cool outfit. Three brothers who basically act as BMW consignment specialists sourcing cars from all over California. They always feature some cool rides that wealthy California owners bought new, including some cool gray-market items. Some notables from their current listings include 2 e30 euro-spec Baur’s (both under $10k!), a desirable US-spec e34 540-6, an old school e28 Dinan massaged 5 series, and lots of older 70’s BMW’s that all look like great drivers.

Update: Looks like they have this listed on their website now for $9900. Sounds high to me.

Update 2: Price dropped on their website to $8900ish.

Update 3: Didn’t sell the first time on eBay at $4051, but it’s been relisted at no reserve now.

Update 4:Winning bid was $5100.


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1984 Renault R5 Turbo2: One of the Greatest Homolgated Rally Cars Ever!

And this one is for sale right here in the Pacific Northwest.

UPDATE: Relisted

eBay auction for 1984 Renault R5 Turbo2

And the owner’s son placed a post on VWortex for the R5 as well.

Sun Internation website on the Renault Turbo. Sun International was responsible for the DOT/EPA certification of the car shown here. This page is pretty out of date, but there’s some good info here. Check out the rest of the Sun Internation website for some other cool imports they offer.

Wikipedia entry on the Renault R5 Turbo.

Here’s an article from Sport Compact Car on the R5 Turbo 2. They speculate that Turbo’s are worth $15k-20k. This one’s starting at $22,500. Think it’ll go for under $25k? A pretty cool car and an important piece of motorsports history for $25k.

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1990 BMW Alpina B11 3.5

Unfortunately this BMW Alpina B11 on eBay is for sale in Canada and would cost a considerable amount to make DOT/EPA legal for import into the U.S. But these early Alpina’s always get me fired up and usually leads me to doing the quick math on the 25 year import rule for the U.S. that gets us out of those retrofit requirements. Considering that Alpina was making many interesting models by 1981, not to mention the mid-late 80’s models are some of my favorites, the next few years should be interesting for importing these cars.

According to the Unofficial Alpina Homepage, hosted on, the B11 3.5 has a massaged BMW 3.5 ‘big six’ motor that produces about 250hp. Not a barn burner, but it was offered with a 5 speed, though this particular example sports an automatic.

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Check out other BMW Alpina for sale on my blog.

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1969 Austin Mini on Ebay

Surfing around on eBayMotors last night, I stumbled onto this little 1969 Austin Mini. Previously prepared for light competition in trials and hillclimbs, it has since been used for street use, according to the ad. Reminds me alot of our 77 Rabbit Racer really. As of this writing, the auction is currently showing $7600, reserve not met.

Some pics:

Austin Mini
Austin Mini S Badge
Austin Mini
Austin Mini Interior
Austin Mini Engine

Looks pretty sharp huh?! Scratch the silly side skirts and it shows pretty nice. And the wheels are totally kick ass and period correct from the looks of it. 6×10’s!

The eBay ad states that it’s an authentic ‘S’ model. If this is true, the value of this vehicle is pretty high — but the fact that it’s not in restored and original condition, has race oriented body modification — like the fenders being cut out to accommodate fiberglass flares — will prevent it from being too expensive. I’d expect a final sale in the neighborhood of $15k-17k.

With a buyers feedback rating of 97% on 45 transactions, it appears to be a pretty safe bet… or is it? Most of those feedback ratings refer to the user’s own eBay purchases, not sales. And then I noticed his email address root, which leads to Opening the link takes us to his classic car showroom, where we find the mini for sale for $29k!

So it may in fact be a real ‘S’ for that money, but it still sounds waaay too high considering the car was used in amateur competition. Perhaps if it were Paddy Hopkirks Cooper S Rallye….