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The Only One: 1993 Alfa Romeo 155 GTA Stradale

The Only One: 1993 Alfa Romeo 155 GTA Stradale

This 1993 Alfa Romeo 155 GTA Stradale (VIN ZAR16700000005892) is the only example ever produced, though originally the company had planned to build a limited run in combination with Abarth. The word Stradale refers to the model being a street-spec version of Alfa’s successful 155 GTA touring car, and that spec is very interesting, including a turbocharged twin-cam Lampredi four and permanent four-wheel drive, similar to the setup used in the rare (but comparatively common) 155 Q4, itself in essence a re-shelled Lancia Delta Integrale. Other details include a custom widebody kit, an aggressive rear wing, and Group N suspension components, all of which were already fitted to the car at its 1994 Bologna Motor Show debut. There’s even more to the story, with the car passing through the hands of several private owners prior to being parked and forgotten. Later rediscovered in a dilapidated state and subsequently restored, the car looks amazing inside and out, and though likely to become a little-used collector’s piece or museum exhibit, we bet it’s an absolute weapon to drive fast. Find it here at Bonhams who will oversee its sale at the Padua Auction in Italy on October 27th, 2018. Pre-sale estimates range between $210k – $250k USD. Special thanks to BaT reader Kyle K. for this submission.

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BaT Auction: 1965 Chevrolet Corvette 396 4-Speed Convertible

BaT Auction: 1965 Chevrolet Corvette 396 4-Speed Convertible

This 1965 Chevrolet Corvette is powered by a 396ci big block V8 paired with a Muncie M21 4-speed manual transmission and has been with its current owner for 25 years. The car is finished in Marlboro Maroon over a black interior, and work during the owner’s time with the car reportedly included an engine rebuild approximately 45k miles ago, as well as a refreshed interior about two years ago. Recent work included rebuilding the front brake calipers and carburetor, along with fresh engine oil. According to the previous owner, this example was stolen and recovered in 1971, resulting in New York State issuing the car a new serial number and removing the factory identification tags. This C2 is now offered on consignment with records dating back to 1993, a matching hardtop, the original radio, and a New York State registration in the owner’s name.

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BaT Auction: 2003 Ferrari 575 Maranello 6-Speed

BaT Auction: 2003 Ferrari 575 Maranello 6-Speed

This 2003 Ferrari 575 Maranello is powered by a 5.7L quad-cam V12 and is one of 177 made world-wide with a 6-speed manual transaxle. The car is finished in Corsa Red over beige leather and was originally delivered on May 29, 2003 to Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo in Oregon, where it has been serviced since new. It remained with its second owner from late 2003 until recently acquired by the selling dealer and shows just under 22,600 miles. A belt service was carried out less than 2,000 miles ago in April 2016, and inspections were performed in March and October 2018. This 575M is offered with a clean Carfax, tool kit, manuals, two keys, factory car cover, and a clear Oregon title.

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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: 23k-Mile 1978 Volkswagen Super Beetle Convertible

BaT Auction: 23k-Mile 1978 Volkswagen Super Beetle Convertible

This 1978 Volkswagen Super Beetle convertible was purchased new at Westroads Volkswagen of Omaha, Nebraska by the parents of its current owner and shows just over 23k miles. The car is finished in Metallic Blue over a white vinyl interior with a matching top, and power comes from a fuel-injected 1,600cc flat-four mated to a 4-speed manual transaxle. Modifications include an aftermarket stereo and a set of rubber floor mats. This Super Beetle is offered by the seller on behalf of its current owner with an original bill of sale, manuals, and a clean Nebraska title.

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BaT Auction: Turbocharged 2006 Porsche Cayman S 6-Speed

BaT Auction: Turbocharged 2006 Porsche Cayman S 6-Speed

This 2006 Porsche Cayman S is finished in white with Martini Racing stripes and shows 58k miles. Originally a U.S. car, it was imported to British Columbia in 2007 and acquired by its current Alberta owner in 2017. Modifications include a TPC Racing stage 3 turbocharging kit and direct-oil-feed IMS bearing, as well as a rear wing, side skirts, and carbon fiber side intakes from TechArt. The most recent June 2018 service involved an oil and filter change, new battery, new brake pads, new fuel injectors, and a coolant flush. This turbocharged Cayman S is being offered with service records, its factory manuals, a Carproof report, and an Alberta registration in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 12k-Mile 2003 Aston Martin Vanquish

BaT Auction: 12k-Mile 2003 Aston Martin Vanquish

This 2003 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish is finished in Midnight Blue over Caspian Blue and Cream Truffle Connolly leather upholstery, and has just 12,583 miles from new. According to the selling dealer, this is one of 1,492 460-horsepower Vanquish models built between 2001-2005 worldwide, and has been kept stock throughout. It was built in August 2003 and is powered by a naturally-aspirated 6.0-liter V-12 paired to a 6-speed automated-manual transmission. This Vanquish is now being offered in Houston, Texas with factory books, multiple keys and fobs, a car cover, factory accessories including the OEM umbrella, a clean Carfax, and a clean Arizona title.

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BaT Auction: 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL

BaT Auction: 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL

This 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster is finished in red over a grey interior and features a removable factory hardtop. It is reportedly a longtime California car and is said to have remained under single-family ownership until earlier this year. Records and documents related to the car were reportedly destroyed in the Santa Rosa fires of 2017, which the car itself narrowly escaped. Power is supplied by a Solex-carbureted 1.9-liter inline-four paired with a 4-speed manual gearbox. Less than 75 miles have been added by the selling dealer during six months of ownership, and this 190SL is now being offered in Oakland with a clear California title.

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BaT Auction: 1973 BMW 3.0CS 5-Speed

BaT Auction: 1973 BMW 3.0CS 5-Speed

This 1973 BMW 3.0CS was acquired by the seller out of Vermont in 2005 and subsequently received a cosmetic and mechanical restoration. Work included a repaint in blue and refreshing interior, as well as the installation of many new suspension, braking, electrical, and trim components. Korman Autoworks also rebuilt the 3.5-liter M30 inline-six and 5-speed manual transmission at a cost of nearly $19k as shown on included receipts. The engine features triple carburetors as well as a Schrick cam, aluminum flywheel, and Mallory distributor. A limited-slip differential was also installed along with a new clutch, alternator, fuel pump, and much more as detailed below. Less than 4k miles have been added since the work was completed, and this E9 is now being offered on the island of Maui with records and a clean Hawaii title in the seller’s name.

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Question of the Week: What’s Your Craziest Car Spotting Story?

Question of the Week: What’s Your Craziest Car Spotting Story?

Last week we asked BaT readers to tell us about their favorite race liveries, and to no one’s surprise you all really delivered the goods, nominating a huge variety of beautifully and/or interestingly, provocatively, ridiculously painted racers from an equally wide array of eras, series, and formulas. No (non-downforce-generating) spoilers this time though, you’ll need to click through to see the $25 BaT Gear Store gift certificate-winning answer, all the honorable mentions (hint–there were quite a few animal-themed liveries), and of course a brand-new QotW.

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Midnight Purple JDM Spec: 1993 Honda Legend

Midnight Purple JDM Spec: 1993 Honda Legend

This 1993 Honda Legend is a recent 25-year rule JDM import in what looks to be quite nice shape with a claimed equivalent of 48k miles. Sold here in North America as the Acura Legend, but never in this beautiful shade of factory purple or with fender mirrors, these cars were halo vehicles, along with the NSX, designed to show what Honda was capable of during what many enthusiasts now regard as the company’s Golden Era. As such, they’re built and engineered to a very high standard, and drive quite well even by modern standards–this one’s interesting JDM spec, colors, and nicely preserved cloth interior all make for a compelling example. Find it here on Craigslist in Greenville, South Carolina for $6,700.

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Gallic Space Limo in Silicon Valley: 1986 Citroen CX 25 Prestige

Gallic Space Limo in Silicon Valley: 1986 Citroen CX 25 Prestige

This 1986 Citroen CX 25 Prestige (VIN VF7MANH0000NH5044) is quite an interesting and unusual car, especially here in the US, with its loooong wheelbase, limo-like rear seat accommodations, concave rear glass, and height-adjustable, smooth-riding oleopneumatic suspension. We appreciate that the seller has set the car’s height to the lowest setting for photos, which in combo with cool full-size moon caps, silver paint, and retro-futuristic styling, helps lend a real earthbound spaceship kind of vibe. The car looks unusually well preserved throughout, and is described by its seller as a period gray market import that remains mostly original despite federalization. Further claimed to be free of rust, the car is shown in the ad from underneath, and is reported to remain fully functional including suspension and A/C systems. The car is reportedly California BAR certified, and looks like an incredibly comfortable and stylish way to tour our big, beautiful state by freeways and backroads. Find it here on Craigslist in Sunnyvale, California for $7,450. Special thanks to BaT reader Harris M. for this submission.

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35K-Mile Turbodiesel/5-Speed: Preserved 1981 Peugeot 505

35K-Mile Turbodiesel/5-Speed: Preserved 1981 Peugeot 505

This 1981 Peugeot 505 (VIN VF3BA4167BS308621) is an unusually clean looking turbodiesel 5-speed example in an attractive light blue on blue color combination. Mileage is given as a low and credible sounding 34,600, with the seller now describing the car as “close to new” in condition throughout. Mechanicals are reported to be sorted, and the ad also notes a functional power sunroof and power windows. Needs are said to be limited to inop (but apparently intact) A/C and a faulty factory stereo, though original, dry-rotted tires will need to be replaced as well–we get the feeling all three would be worthwhile fixes. Find it here on Craigslist in Sturbridge, Massachusetts for $12k.

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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 Success Story: A Dream Fulfilled in a Renault R5 Turbo 2

BaT Auction Success Story: A Dream Fulfilled in a Renault R5 Turbo 2

This just in from @ABikePeddler, the buyer of the 1983 Renault R5 Turbo 2 that sold on BaT Auctions 9/21/18 (link):

“37 years is a long time to wait to scratch an itch. Not just any itch. The mother of all itches for I had been holding out for just the right Renault 5 Turbo since, well, since Snake Plissken Escaped from New York. This obsession all started in 1980 when Radio Shack offered this weird little Renault remote control car… the R5 Turbo. I was totally into sliding that little R/C car around my driveway and that led to drawings of the car in High School drafting class and a lifelong obsession with the box flared bizarreness that it is. I have seen 4 in the flesh, tried speaking this their owners to varying degrees of success and even attempted to create my own R5T when I built a mid-engine, RWD 1961 Austin Mini. Still, that itch persisted.

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BaT Auction: 1972 DeTomaso Pantera

BaT Auction: 1972 DeTomaso Pantera

This 1972 DeTomaso Pantera is an early pre-L example finished in Fly Yellow over a black interior and receives power from a mid-mounted 5.8-liter Ford V8 backed by a 5-speed ZF transaxle. A refurbishment was performed under previous ownership between 1994-1995, which included overhauling the engine, refinishing the body, rebuilding the suspension, and more as outlined below. Modifications include a set of QA1 coilovers, Power Stop disc brakes, as well as upgraded cooling and air conditioning systems. The seller is a Pantera collector who has added approximately 4k miles during his four-year ownership, and a service performed this past summer included an oil change, tune-up, and refinishing the factory exhaust. This Pantera is now being offered with records, the factory tool kit, and a clean New Jersey title.

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BaT Auction: 1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible

BaT Auction: 1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible

This 1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible is being offered by a dealer on behalf of its current owner of 20+ years, who purchased the vehicle from its previous owner of 10 years. One known repaint in the factory color has been performed, and power is provided by a 323ci straight-eight backed by a Fluid-Drive semi-automatic transmission. The car now shows 82,777 miles and is being sold with two service invoices from 1998, a written letter from the previous owner documenting known ownership history, and a clean California title.

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BaT Auction: 2005 BMW 330Ci ZHP Convertible 6-Speed at No Reserve

BaT Auction: 2005 BMW 330Ci ZHP Convertible 6-Speed at No Reserve

This 2005 BMW 330Ci Convertible is finished in Sparkling Graphite Metallic over black leather and is equipped with the ZHP package, featuring increased engine output, suspension upgrades, and unique trim. The seller has owned this car for four years and states that it is one of 42 US-spec ZHP convertibles built in this color combination with a 6-speed manual transmission. It shows 138,700 miles, and power comes from a 3.0-liter M54 inline-six. Modifications include CSL-replica wheels, tinted fog lights, a front strut tower bar, and an Avin Avant 2 Android head unit with backup camera. This BMW is being offered at no reserve with partial records from the seller’s ownership, a clear Carfax, and a clean Pennsylvania title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1986 Porsche 911 Turbo 5-Speed

BaT Auction: 1986 Porsche 911 Turbo 5-Speed

This 1986 Porsche 911 Turbo is finished in Grand Prix White over a tan leather interior and powered by a turbocharged 3.3-liter flat-six mated to a later 5-speed G50 manual transaxle. The car was first sold at Taylor Classic Motors in Vallejo, California and was purchased as a BaT Exclusive in 2011 by its previous owner, who is a friend of the seller. It has reportedly been stored in a climate-controlled subterranean garage since and now shows approximately 85k miles. The gearbox was installed at 77k miles along with a new clutch and steering rack, while a recommissioning in August 2018 included a new battery and brake hoses, fuel and brake flushes, and an oil change. This 930 is offered with partial records and a clean California title in the seller’s name.

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