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Event Calendar Update: BaT Returns to Drive in the 2019 Copperstate 1000

Event Calendar Update: BaT Returns to Drive in the 2019 Copperstate 1000

We’re excited to announce that Bring a Trailer will be an official sponsor of the 2019 Copperstate 1000, a great vintage driving event we covered in several installments last year. BaT founder Randy N. will again be bringing along something appropriately cool and pre-1974 for the four-day, 1000-mile event, which has wound a new route through the picturesque Arizona countryside every year since kicking off in 1990.

We invite all local BaT fans, buyers, sellers and commenters to come and say hello–hope to see you there! Things get started at 7:30 am on Sunday, March 31st at the Tempe Diablo Stadium, with participating cars rolling out at 10 am. Find us at the BaT tent!

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BaT Auction: 1991 Acura NSX

BaT Auction: 1991 Acura NSX

This 1991 Acura NSX was sold new in Houston, Texas and purchased in 1997 by the seller, who has since added 44k of its 48k indicated miles. The car is finished in Formula Red over black leather, and power is from a mid-mounted 3.0-liter DOHC V6 paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. Equipment includes power seats, a Pioneer stereo with backup camera, and aftermarket speakers. This NSX underwent an inspection at John Eagle Acura of Houston, Texas in 2018 and is offered with service records from new, a Carfax report, owner’s manuals, a branded car cover, and a clean Texas title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1973 MG Midget at No Reserve

BaT Auction: 1973 MG Midget at No Reserve

This 1973 MG Midget has been with the current owner since 1999 and is powered by a 1,275cc inline-four backed by a 4-speed manual transmission. The car was repainted in its present red by a previous owner, and it also features a replacement convertible top and newer Vredstein tires. Records cover maintenance back to 1999, and the selling dealer recently serviced the car with an oil change, as well as transmission and rear end fluid checks. This MG Midget is now being offered at no reserve with a clean Oregon title.

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BaT Auction: Black-Plate 1967 Volkswagen Type 3 Fastback

BaT Auction: Black-Plate 1967 Volkswagen Type 3 Fastback

This 1967 Volkswagen Type 3 Fastback is finished in black over red vinyl and powered by an air-cooled 1.6-liter flat-four mated to a 4-speed manual transmission. The car was reportedly purchased by the previous owner from the estate of its longterm original owner in California. It was featured on BaT in June 2011 and was acquired seven years ago by the seller, who has added approximately 1,500 miles since. New rear drums, shoes, and wheel cylinders were installed last year, and this Type 3 is now being offered for sale with black California license plates and a clean California title in the seller’s name.

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sludgo’s Mile Markers: Mile 19

sludgo’s Mile Markers: Mile 19

When I first moved from Washington to LA I was with the Blonde and she had rich relatives who owned a house they never stayed at that was up at the end of this long and snaky-winding road in Rancho Palos Verdes and she pulled some strings with whomever she had to and got us permission to crash there until we found an apartment of our own. Nice Digs. Architectural Digest stuff. Hilltop. Huge rooms. Glass walls. Stone floors. Grasscloth. Bang & Olufsen. Quadrophonic. Real Eichler. Real Mondrian. Real three-sixty views. A pool with a deep end and a diving board. I wasn’t in any particular hurry to move.

But one day we were out buzzing around in the ‘B and ran across a place in San Pedro. One-bedroom. Second-story. Hillside. Great Deck. Harbor view. Green-aqua Vincent Thomas bridge to the left. Aqua-green Pacific to the right. Could walk to the water. Misty mornings full of salt and sea-spray and foghorns. Clear days full of cool ocean breezes and seagulls calling. Sparkly nights full of late-80’s California with a touch of Mexico to boot. The landlord showing it definitely knew The Sell.

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BaT Auction: 1978 Alfa Romeo Alfetta at No Reserve

BaT Auction: 1978 Alfa Romeo Alfetta at No Reserve

This 1978 Alfa Romeo Alfetta reportedly remained with its original owner in California until the early 2000s, and was briefly owned by its long-term mechanic before the seller acquired it in 2003. The car is powered by a modified 2.0-liter twin-cam four equipped with a later-model intake cam, European market exhaust cam, and VVT retrofit. Additional features include Milano Silver seats, a FAZA exhaust, 15″ Panasport Racing wheels, and an aftermarket stereo. Maintenance in the last year included a rebuild of the brake system and an engine oil change. This Alfetta is offered with service records and a clean Arizona title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 39k-Mile 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500

BaT Auction: 39k-Mile 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500

This 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500 has had one previous registered owner, and now shows 39k miles. The car is finished in Mocha Black over Sand leather, and power comes from a 5.0L V8 paired to a 5-speed automatic transmission. Factory options include the Comfort Package, the designo Espresso Edition package, Sport Package, and more. This R230 is now offered by the selling dealer with 260+ pictures, a VMI report, clear Carfax, and a clean New York title.

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BaT Auction: 1965 Volkswagen Beetle at No Reserve

BaT Auction: 1965 Volkswagen Beetle at No Reserve

This 1965 Volkswagen Beetle is a refurbished example that was acquired by the previous owner in Southern California in approximately 2009 and maintained as part of a collection over the next nine years in Michigan. The seller is a collector and former SEMA chairman who purchased the car on BaT in July 2018 and has since added a new steering wheel, tires, H4 headlamps, fuel tank sending unit, and more. The body was reportedly repainted and the 1,285cc flat-four and 4-speed manual transaxle were rebuilt around 2006. This Bug is offered at no reserve with an Alabama bill of sale and registration in the seller’s name.

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Sounds Good: Ex-12 Hours Austin-Healey Sebring Sprite

Sounds Good: Ex-12 Hours Austin-Healey Sebring Sprite

Believed to have been a factory entrant in the 1964 12-hour race for which special-bodied Sebring Sprites were named, this car’s little engine was factory rated at 100 hp at a sky-high 7700 rpm–seriously impressive for a 1.1 liter OHV unit, even today with 55 years of additional BMC A-series tuning expertise on the books. Check out its currently-live BaT Auction here.

As cool as the car’s history and engine spec are, the sounds emitted from its race exhaust and straight-cut gears do not fall short, as the seller has done an unusually good job of highlighting. Videos include a couple of raucous cold starts and two in-cabin/pass-by clips cleverly blending picture-in-picture footage with overlaid audio tracks–you’ll want to grab some headphones.

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BaT Auction: 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W30 Convertible

BaT Auction: 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W30 Convertible

This 1970 Oldsmobile 442 convertible was sold new at Russ Dunmire Oldsmobile in Tacoma, Washington. Power is sent from a 455ci V8 to the rear wheels through a 3-speed automatic transmission and a 3.42:1 limited-slip rear end, and factory options include the W30 package, a fiberglass hood with dual intakes, power-assisted front disc brakes, and more. This 442 was recently acquired by the selling dealer in California and is offered with a broadcast sheet, a Protect-O-Plate, a window sticker, manuals, a Stephen Minore Rocket Report, and a Washington State title.

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BaT Auction: 1987 Honda Prelude at No Reserve

BaT Auction: 1987 Honda Prelude at No Reserve

This 1987 Honda Prelude was purchased new in Illinois as a gift from the original owner’s husband, and moved with the original owner to Ohio, Pennsylvania and Arizona. Beginning in 2010 the car went to several of the original owner’s family members before coming to the seller in September 2016. The car is finished in Graphite Grey Metallic over grey cloth upholstery, and is powered by a carbureted 1.8L four paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission. Since acquiring the car the seller has replaced the front tires, radiator, thermostat, and rear brakes. The seller and his son have used the car for road trips during his ownership, accruing about 17k of the car’s 95k miles. This Prelude is offered with factory and dealer literature, letters from the original owner, a handwritten mileage log, a clean Carfax report, and a clean Arizona title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 2011 Porsche Cayenne 6-Speed

BaT Auction: 2011 Porsche Cayenne 6-Speed

This 2011 Porsche Cayenne is a 6-speed manual example finished in Sand Yellow over Espresso natural leather. Power is provided by a 3.6-liter V6, and factory equipment includes bi-xenon headlamps, Servotronic steering, heated and ventilated seats, an extended range fuel tank, and more. A new transfer case, engine oil change, and general inspection were performed by the selling dealer in preparation for sale. Now showing 63k miles, this E2 Cayenne is being offered with the factory books and manuals, build sheet, a Carfax report, and a clean Pennsylvania title.

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Rolled at Laguna Seca: Chop-Top 1973 Ferrari 365 GTC/4

Rolled at Laguna Seca: Chop-Top 1973 Ferrari 365 GTC/4

This 1973 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 began life as a standard 2+2 fastback coupe before receiving a drop top conversion after a roll in the 1980’s. While we miss the car’s graceful, Dayona-esque factory roofline, there’s still a lot to like here, including one of the best-sounding applications of a Colombo V12 ever sold, and so far it seems like the car may sell for a fraction of what unaltered examples trade hands for. The seller has only one previous sale, so while we recommend exercising due diligence, what the minimal ad does note sounds promising, including a reinforced structure, strong, smoke-free engine with good oil pressure, and healthy suspension and brakes. Provided it all checks out in person, this could be a way into a non-400-shaped 70’s V12 Ferrari for a relatively low buy-in. Find it here on eBay in Greer, South Carolina with no reserve and bidding at $85k at the time of writing. Special thanks to BaT reader Kyle K. for this submission.

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BaT Auction: 1986 Toyota Corolla GT-S

BaT Auction: 1986 Toyota Corolla GT-S

This 1986 Toyota Corolla GT-S AE86 was sold new in California and brought to Texas in 2015 by the seller, who has driven 49k of the 224k indicated miles since. Power comes from 1.6L 4A-GE inline-four mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, and modifications include an OS Giken limited-slip differential, Apexi catback exhaust, Ground Control coilovers with Eibach and TRD springs, 14” SSR wheels, and more detailed below. A new clutch and lightweight TODA Racing flywheel were installed last year, and the air conditioning system received a new compressor and an R134a conversion. This AE86 is now being offered for sale with a clean Carfax report and a clean Texas title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe 6-Speed

BaT Auction: 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe 6-Speed

This 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 was acquired by the seller four years ago following time in California and Texas with its original owner. The car is finished in Midnight Blue over gray leather and factory equipment includes cruise control, an electric sunroof, and a Becker CDR-210 CD-player. The 3.6L flat-six was resealed in December 2017 at 79k miles and the 6-speed manual transaxle was rebuilt at the same time according to provided documents. Now showing just under 82k miles, this 993 is offered with a clean Carfax report, the factory manuals, various receipts, and a clean Texas title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 2003 Audi RS6

BaT Auction: 2003 Audi RS6

This 2003 Audi RS6 is one of 1,200 imported to the US for the model year and was sold new by Sonnen Motorcars of San Rafael, California. The car is equipped with a twin-turbocharged 4.2L V8 sending power to all four wheels through a 5-speed Tiptronic transmission built by Level 10 Transmissions and finished in Daytona Gray Pearl over a black interior with custom Alcantara inserts. Modifications consist of an MTM turbo kit, a turbo-back exhaust with high-flow catalytic converters, Wagner intercoolers with carbon fiber shrouds, a billet torque converter, suspension upgrades, and more. Service performed since the seller’s acquisition in October 2018 included fitment of a new timing belt and water pump as well as a transmission fluid flush and filter change. This C5 RS6 is offered with partial records, manuals, spare parts, a Carfax report, and a clean California title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: Restored 1952 Allard K2

BaT Auction: Restored 1952 Allard K2

This 1952 Allard K2 is one of just 79 left-hand drive examples produced by the British manufacturer, and is powered by a 400ci Cadillac OHV V8 mated to a 3-speed LaSalle gearbox. The car was reportedly discovered in 1981 behind a commercial building, where it is believed to have sat for more than two decades. A restoration was subsequently performed by John Brindle of the Cincinnati Motor Company and completed in 1996. The car received a mechanical refurbishment from 2016-2018, which included an overhaul of the engine and the installation of a secondary fuel system. This K2 was outlined in Red Wheels & White Sidewalls by Bill Pollack, in addition to a number of local newspaper articles. It is now being offered by the selling dealer with photos and receipts from the restoration, as well as a clear Ohio 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: 6k-Mile 1986 Pontiac Fiero GT

BaT Auction: 6k-Mile 1986 Pontiac Fiero GT

This 1986 Pontiac Fiero GT remained with the previous owner for 25 years until being acquired by the seller in 2015. Now showing just under 6,500 miles, the car is finished in two-tone black and grey over a grey cloth interior. Power is provided by a mid-mounted 2.8-liter V6 paired with a 5-speed manual transmission, and a service performed 1k miles ago included oil change and bearing adjustment. This Fiero GT is now being offered with some records from the previous owner, a clean Carfax report, and a clear Virginia title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1994 Ferrari 348 Spider

BaT Auction: 1994 Ferrari 348 Spider

This 1994 Ferrari 348 Spider is finished in Rosso Corsa over tan leather and shows 37k miles. Power is supplied by a 3.4-liter quad-cam V8 paired with a 5-speed manual transaxle, and included maintenance records cover belt services in 2000, 2004, and again in 2013 as outlined below. New fog lamp lenses and a battery were installed by the selling dealer, and an oil change was also performed. This 348 is now being offered for sale with service records, the factory manuals and tools, a clean Carfax report, and a clear Minnesota title.

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