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Traktormuseum Hitzendorf: BaT Visits Porsche Diesel Mecca

Traktormuseum Hitzendorf: BaT Visits Porsche Diesel Mecca

Agrarian southern Austria near the border with Slovenia is prime winemaking terrain plied for decades by tractors. Today’s sophisticated Lindners efficiently harvest grapes destined to become Sauvignon Blanc, but you won’t find one on Gerhard Lackner’s densely wooded property located about 20 minutes outside of Graz.

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Question of the Week: What Are Your Favorite Factory Seats?

Question of the Week: What Are Your Favorite Factory Seats?

Big, slide-y vinyl benches, power, heated leather La-Z-Boys, aggressively bolstered sports buckets, ergonomically superb Scandinavian driving furniture–there’s a wide array of automotive seats out there, bested only by the variety of machinery they’re bolted to the floors of.

So, what are your favorite factory seats? Why?

The rules are simple–we’re looking for OEM seats here, so please stick to standard or optional items in your answers.

As always, a $25 BaT Store gift certificate will be awarded to the winner, and a select few comments will be highlighted as honorable mentions in next week’s recap/fresh QotW.

Click through to chime in below!

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BaT Video Inspiration: 1986 European Touring Car Championship

BaT Video Inspiration: 1986 European Touring Car Championship

The 1980s and ’90s was a special era for Touring Car, whether in BTCC, DTM, or as shown here in this excellent 1986 season recap, ETCC.

All 14 rounds are covered with highlights from season-opener Monza to closer Estoril, and notable venues in between including the Nürburgring, Silverstone and Spa. Standout cars include hot Ford Sierras, V8 Rovers and Holdens, turbo brick Volvos and BMW 635CSis, and race footage is peppered with narration and driver interviews for added context.

Video isn’t strictly high-res of course (check out those scan lines!), but is unusually clear for the times with good sound to boot. We won’t spoil the final podium and points spread, but if you’ve got 90 spare minutes this weekend, we highly recommend watching to the end and seeing them for yourself.

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BaT Auction Success Story: Shelby GT350 is the Perfect Car for the Desert or Wine Country

BaT Auction Success Story: Shelby GT350 is the Perfect Car for the Desert or Wine Country

This just in from @stev0001, the buyer of the 1968 Shelby Mustang GT350 (link) that sold on BaT on March 1st, 2019:

“In summary, I love my Shelby. I feel so fortunate to have gotten this car and still wonder how I won this auction.

After winning the bid, I made contact with the seller, who turned out to be just a stellar individual. Because the weather had not yet warmed up in the Bay Area, I arranged to have the car delivered to my mother‘s vacation home in La Quinta so that I could use it down there for a few months before bringing it north. The seller kindly agreed to deliver the car to La Quinta from Phoenix for the cost of transportation and a night‘s lodging.

After the car arrived, I flew down as soon as I could and made an appointment at DMV to register the car with its “brand new“ YOM 1968 license plates and original S & C Ford dealership frames from San Francisco. I was most pleased to discover that the car was exactly as represented – a very clean, four owner, original, 115,000 mile driver Shelby GT-350 convertible, 4 speed.

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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: 1961 Porsche 356B Race Car

BaT Auction: 1961 Porsche 356B Race Car

This 1961 Porsche 356B has been modified as a race car and prepped for participation in SVRA, HSR, and VSDCA vintage-racing events. The car was reportedly first raced at the SCCA Land O’Lakes Region Memorial Day Classic on May 28, 1990 and has since been campaigned in more than 120 events, including races at Watkins Glen and Sebring in the past year. Power is provided by an Ecurie Engineering–built 1,620cc flat-four fitted with a SCAT crankshaft, Carrillo rods, an Elgin cam, and Solex carburetors. The four-speed manual transaxle is equipped with a ZF limited-slip differential, and additional modifications include four-wheel disc brakes, a full roll cage, Sparco racing seats, a fire-suppression system, a fuel cell, and more as detailed below. This 356 race car was serviced by Vic Skirmants following its last race in March 2019 and is now offered in Michigan on behalf of its current owner with logbooks, extra wheels and tires, and a clean California title.

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BaT Auction: 1994 Autozam AZ-1 M2 1015

BaT Auction: 1994 Autozam AZ-1 M2 1015

This 1994 Autozam AZ-1 is said to be one of approximately 50 “M2 1015” models built, of which about half were sold to customers and the rest were parted out by the manufacturer due to slow sales. The M2 1015 was distinguished from the standard AZ-1 with fog lamps incorporated into the front hood plus revisions to the front bumper and the rear spoiler. This example shows 181k kilometers (~113k miles), and power comes from a mid-mounted and turbocharged 657cc inline-three paired with a five-speed manual gearbox. The seller acquired the car in January 2018 and lists modifications as Volk Racing wheels, front and rear upper strut braces, aftermarket intake and exhaust systems, an Apex blow-off valve, a GReddy ECU manager, a Navic driver’s racing seat, Momo steering wheel, and more as described below. This AZ-1 is now offered with the factory driver’s seat, a recent service record, and a clean Texas title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1967 Volkswagen Beetle

BaT Auction: 1967 Volkswagen Beetle

This 1967 Volkswagen Beetle was purchased new at Imported Motors, Inc. in Albuquerque, New Mexico and was relocated to British Columbia in 1969 with its first owner, who reportedly retained the car until 2011. It was purchased by the seller in 2012 and is finished in Zenith Blue over black. Power is supplied by a refurbished 1.5-liter flat-four paired with a four-speed manual gearbox, and the most recent service included an oil change and valve adjustment. This Beetle is now offered in Canada with a binder of records dating back to 1967, a copy of the original bill of sale, historical Volkswagen documentation, spare parts, and clean British Columbia registration. 

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BaT Auction: S54-Powered 1986 BMW 325e 5-Speed

BaT Auction: S54-Powered 1986 BMW 325e 5-Speed

This 1986 BMW 325e was acquired by the seller four years ago and has since been modified with a 3.2L S54 inline-six, a five-speed manual gearbox from an E36 M3, and a 2.93:1 limited-slip differential. The car is finished in red over a black interior, with additional features including a Z3 steering rack, 3″ custom exhaust, 17″ VIP Modular wheels, AST coilovers, Wilwood brakes, Recaro seats, custom audio, and more as detailed below. This S54-powered E30 coupe is now offered with records, an accident-free Carfax report, and a clean Minnesota title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster

BaT Auction: 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster

This 1962 Ford Thunderbird is one of a reported 1,427 Sports Roadsters produced for the model year and has been refinished in black over a matching interior. Power comes from a 390ci V8 paired with a three-speed automatic transmission, and additional equipment includes a black soft top, a fiberglass tonneau cover, Kelsey-Hayes wheels, power-assisted steering and brakes, an electrically-adjustable driver’s seat, and power windows. This Thunderbird is offered by the selling dealer with factory literature, recent service records, and a clean California title.

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BaT Auction: 48-Years-Owned 1963 Triumph TR3B

BaT Auction: 48-Years-Owned 1963 Triumph TR3B

This 1963 Triumph TR3B was built in September 1962 finished in Signal Red with a black soft top over a black interior, and it was reportedly sold to its first owner in Pennsylvania. Power comes from a factory 2,138cc inline-four paired with a four-speed manual gearbox. It was purchased by the seller in 1971 from a friend, who is said to have been the second owner. The car had been disassembled, and the seller subsequently refurbished the vehicle with his father. Work was completed in 1973 including a repaint in its original color, installing 60-spoke wire wheels, and more. It went on to win multiple show awards during the late 1970s and early 1980s and has been driven sparingly in recent years. Mechanical servicing was performed in summer 2019. This TR3B is now offered with records covering the seller’s 48-year tenure, a 1975 document from the Vintage Triumph Registry, show awards, a maintenance booklet, tool kit, spare parts, and a clean Wisconsin title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1956 Ford F-100

BaT Auction: 1956 Ford F-100

This 1956 Ford F-100 was purchased new from Warren Anderson Ford in Riverside, California, and the original owner was reportedly the owner of a gas and oil distribution company. The truck was reportedly used very little over the first decade, and was acquired by a US Navy Commander in the mid-1960s. He kept the truck through the late 1980s, when it was purchased by a Mr. Denny, who commissioned a repaint in the original color. The current owner has had the truck since 1996, and it is powered by a 272ci V8 paired with a 3-speed column shifted manual with overdrive. The truck is equipped with front disc brakes, a brake booster, and power steering. This F-100 is offered on behalf of the current owner with California black plates, records since 1966, period plate frames, factory literature, and a clean California title.

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BaT Auction: 14k-Mile 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

BaT Auction: 14k-Mile 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

This 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is finished in Victory Red over Ebony leather and is optioned with the 2LZ Preferred Equipment Group, navigation, and chrome wheels. It was acquired by the seller in July 2010 showing less than 2k miles. Power comes from a 7.0-liter LS7 V8 paired with a rear-mounted six-speed manual transaxle, and features include factory carbon fiber body panels, six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes, and more as described below. Now showing approximately 14,500 miles, this C6 Z06 is offered with a clean Carfax report, its window sticker, service records, factory manuals, and a clean Pennsylvania title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1968 International Harvester Travelall 4×4

BaT Auction: 1968 International Harvester Travelall 4×4

This 1968 International Harvester Travelall was purchased new at Swan International, Inc. in Roseburg, Oregon according to the seller, who acquired it with his brother approximately 20 years ago. A repaint and installation of a rebuilt 392ci V8 were performed in 2003 and 2004 along with interior refreshment and reconditioning of the wheels. More recent modifications and service included installation of Hamilton electronic fuel injection, rebuilt axles with 3.54 gearing, and a new oxygen sensor. This Travelall is offered with a clean Oregon title in the names of the seller and his brother.

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BaT Auction: 1957 Byers SR100

BaT Auction: 1957 Byers SR100

This 1957 Byers SR100 is a fiberglass special featuring bodywork designed and constructed by Jim Byers in El Segundo, California. Approximately 25 SR100 bodies were produced, and fewer than half of the cars are believed to exist today. This example was completed in Redwood City, California using a 1940 Ford chassis, which it retains, and was subsequently raced at Half Moon Bay, Fremont, and other area drag strips. Acquired by the current owner 27 years ago in a trade for his 1966 Mercury Comet Cyclone, the car retains its period running gear, including a 365ci Cadillac V8, GM Hydra-Matic four-speed automatic transmission, and Pontiac truck rear end. Following a cosmetic refurbishment in 2007, it has received awards at several regional concours events and was featured on BaT in 2014. This Byers SR100 is now offered by the seller on behalf of the owner with service records and a clean Colorado title describing the car as a 1940 Ford.

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BaT Auction: 29k-Mile 2002 BMW 525i at No Reserve

BaT Auction: 29k-Mile 2002 BMW 525i at No Reserve

This 2002 BMW 525i shows 29k miles and was purchased new in Henderson, Nevada, where it remained registered until moving to Southern California in 2012. The car is finished in Toledo Blue, and power is from a 2.5-liter inline-six paired with a Steptronic automatic transmission. Equipment includes the Premium and M Sport packages with gray leather sport seats, stock 17″ wheels, and more. This E39 was recently acquired by the selling dealer and is offered at no reserve with a window sticker, service records from new, two keys and remotes, a clean Carfax report, and a clean California title.

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BaT Auction: 1995 Saab 900 SE Turbo Convertible 5-Speed at No Reserve

BaT Auction: 1995 Saab 900 SE Turbo Convertible 5-Speed at No Reserve

This 1995 Saab 900 SE Turbo convertible was purchased new at The Exchange in Highland Park, Illinois and remained registered in the area with the same owner through its recent acquisition by the selling dealer. The car is finished in black with a matching convertible top and a tan leather interior, and power comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four paired with a five-speed manual transmission. An inspection and oil change were performed in preparation for the sale. This 900 Turbo is offered at no reserve with factory literature, two keys and remote fobs, a clean Carfax report, and a clean Illinois title.

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BaT Auction: 11k-Mile 1999 Ferrari 355 F1 Spider

BaT Auction: 11k-Mile 1999 Ferrari 355 F1 Spider

This 1999 Ferrari 355 F1 Spider is finished in Giallo Modena over black and is powered by a quad-cam 3.5L V8 paired with an F1 automatic-clutch six-speed sequential gearbox. This example is believed to be the last US-spec F355 produced in Maranello, and it was sold new at Ogner Ferrari of Woodland Hills, California. The car was acquired by the current owner in 2011. An engine-out service for new timing belts was last performed in September 2017, and a new water pump and battery were also installed at that time. Details include Scuderia Ferrari fender shields, a rear Challenge grille, and a trunk-mounted six-disc CD changer. This F355 was listed on BaT in February 2019 and is now offered in Costa Mesa, California by the selling dealer on behalf of the current owner with factory literature, service records, a tool kit, a car cover, two sets of keys, a clean Carfax report, and a clean Massachusetts title.

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BaT Auction: 1979 BMW 320i

BaT Auction: 1979 BMW 320i

This 1979 BMW 320i was sold new in Ohio, where it is said to have been traded by its original owners to Jeff’s Motorcars of North Canton. The owner of the dealership reportedly kept the car in his private collection for several years until it was acquired by the seller in 2017. Power is from a 2.0-liter inline-four paired with a three-speed automatic transmission, and the body is finished in Arctic Blue Metallic over a blue interior. Features include stock wheels, a period Blaupunkt cassette deck, a tool kit, and more. A new battery and brakes were installed, the car was detailed, and a tune-up and oil change were carried out under the seller’s ownership. This E21 shows 24k miles and is offered with recent service records and a clean Ohio title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1940 Lincoln-Zephyr Club Coupe Project at No Reserve

BaT Auction: 1940 Lincoln-Zephyr Club Coupe Project at No Reserve

This 1940 Lincoln-Zephyr Club Coupe is a running project that was acquired by the seller five years ago following several years of storage. The car is finished in light blue over a cloth interior and equipped with a running 292ci V12 and 3-speed manual gearbox, but cannot be driven due to inoperative brake components. This Lincoln-Zephyr project is offered at no reserve with over 100 gallery photos and a clean California title in the seller’s name.

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