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BaT Event Coverage: Kobus at the 2019 Lime Rock Historics – Pt. 3, Sunday in the Park

BaT Event Coverage: Kobus at the 2019 Lime Rock Historics – Pt. 3, Sunday in the Park

Catch Part 1 (The Parade) here and Part 2 (Vintage Racing) here.

I always just went for the racing, but boy did I miss out! For the heck of it I entered my 356A in the concours and left in pitch darkness on Sunday for the 2-hour drive to make it for roll call.

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Question of the Week: What’s the Single Best (Or Worst) Modification You’ve Made to a Car?

Question of the Week: What’s the Single Best (Or Worst) Modification You’ve Made to a Car?

Modifying cars can be a tricky game–if upgrades aren’t carefully balanced to support each other with cumulative, complementary gains, the result can feel disjointed, unharmonious or even downright dangerous to drive.

Still, there are those rare, singular mods that completely change a car for the better–perhaps a great set of rubber, a well-engineered short-shift kit, a thicker sway bar, performance brake pads, an ECU chip, a bump-steer kit… any single change has the potential to be transformative.

So, what’s the single best modification you’ve made to a vehicle? Why? Want to score bonus points? Tell us about the worst, too.

As always, our favorite answer will net its author $25 in BaT Store gear, while several other standouts will receive honorable mentions in next Wednesday’s new QotW and recap. Chime in below for your chance to win!

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BaT Video Inspiration: Victory Circles – 1959 Indianapolis 500

BaT Video Inspiration: Victory Circles – 1959 Indianapolis 500

The narrator of this film draws many similarities between NASA rockets and Indy cars, reflective of the Spage Age’s fascination with high-level engineering and the optimism that emerging technology would usher in a utopian future.

Things may have not quite worked out that way just yet, but the half-hour color documentary remains an entertaining watch regardless, offering rare texture and insight into the waning days of the traditional front-engined Indy roadster. As a welcome bonus, the last half of the film covers stock car racing at Indy with the same great sound and camerawork as the first.

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BaT Auction: 3k-Mile 1982 DeLorean DMC-12 5-Speed

BaT Auction: 3k-Mile 1982 DeLorean DMC-12 5-Speed

This 1982 DeLorean DMC-12 shows just under 3k miles and is equipped with a 2.85-liter V6 paired with a five-speed manual transaxle. The car reportedly was stored for decades in the basement of the original owner, who was a neighbor of John DeLorean’s in Bedminster, New Jersey. The second owner bought the car along with the late original owner’s house, and the selling dealer acquired the car in 2017. Subsequent mechanical recommissioning included a renewal of the fuel system, ignition components, brakes, and more. This DeLorean is now offered with its original temporary registration tag, recent records, an accident-free Carfax report, and a clean New Jersey title.

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BaT Auction: RoW 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

BaT Auction: RoW 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

This 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera coupe is a non-sunroof “rest of world” coupe which is finished in Forest Green Metallic over Burgundy multi-colored Studio Check upholstery, and was imported to the US from Japan in May 2019. Power comes from a 3.2-liter flat-six paired with a five-speed G50 manual transaxle, and equipment includes color-matched Fuchs wheels, power-adjustable seats, and air conditioning. This 911 shows 97k kilometers (~60k miles) and is offered in Virginia with a clean Florida title.

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BaT Auction: 1967 Alfa Romeo Spider 1600 Duetto

BaT Auction: 1967 Alfa Romeo Spider 1600 Duetto

This 1967 Alfa Romeo Spider Duetto is one of 6,324 Series I 1600s built over a three-year span and was sold new in Frankfurt, Germany. The car was later imported to the US and spent several years with an owner in Colorado. It was then in storage for 17 years before undergoing a restoration in 2015 and being acquired by the previous owner on BaT in February 2017. Finished in Alfa Red over a black vinyl interior, the car is powered by a replacement 1,570cc twin-cam four that features dual Weber carburetors and is paired with a five-speed manual transmission. Service following the selling dealer’s acquisition in July 2019 included replacing the clutch slave cylinder and changing the oil. This Duetto is now offered with records and photos from the restoration, as well as a clean Arizona title.

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BaT Auction: 7k-Mile 1992 Caterham Super 7

BaT Auction: 7k-Mile 1992 Caterham Super 7

This 1992 Caterham Super 7 is a right-hand-drive example powered by a 1.7-liter Super Sprint inline-four paired with a five-speed manual gearbox. The car is finished in British Racing Green with a yellow nose cone over an optional “S” leather interior. Additional factory options include 15″ Prisoner alloy wheels, a Moto-Lita steering wheel, a heater, and a roll bar. The car was reportedly kept by its original owner for more than 20 years, and in recent months it was imported to the US from England by the seller. Now showing less than 7k miles, this Super 7 is offered with factory build documentation, an assembly guide, owner’s manual, and a clean Ohio title in the seller’s name listing the car as a 1992 Caterham 7.

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BaT Auction: 6k-Mile 2013 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon

BaT Auction: 6k-Mile 2013 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon

This 2013 Cadillac CTS-V wagon is finished in Black Raven over Ebony leather and is powered by a supercharged 6.2L V8 mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and limited-slip differential. The car was purchased new by the seller in Texas and then driven to his home in Colorado, where it has remained since. Options include a dealer-installed black chrome front grille, 19″ polished aluminum wheels, red-painted brake calipers, heated and cooled Recaro Performance seats, aluminum pedal covers, the Midnight Sapele wood trim package, and an Ultraview sunroof. Now showing just over 6k miles, this CTS-V wagon is being offered with the window sticker, a clean Carfax report, and a clean Colorado title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1975 Jeep Cherokee S at No Reserve

BaT Auction: 1975 Jeep Cherokee S at No Reserve

This 1975 Jeep Cherokee is a blue over blue two-door wagon that was sold new in New Jersey and reportedly remained with its original owner for 28 years. The truck spent time in Texas before being acquired by the current owner four years ago. The 360ci V8 was rebuilt and fitted with a replacement long block in 2013, and a new heater core was installed in August 2019. Power is sent to all four wheels through a three-speed automatic transmission and Quadra-Trac four-wheel drive. This SJ Cherokee is now offered at no reserve on dealer consignment in Colorado with factory manuals and literature, a receipt from the engine rebuild, and a clean Montana title.

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BaT Auction: 31k-Mile 2005 Acura RSX Type-S 6-Speed

BaT Auction: 31k-Mile 2005 Acura RSX Type-S 6-Speed

This 2005 Acura RSX Type-S was delivered new to Rosenthal Acura of Gaithersburg, Maryland and was acquired by the selling dealer from its original owner in August 2019. Finished in Nighthawk Black over an ebony leather interior, the car is powered by a 2.0-liter inline-four paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Factory equipment includes front sport seats, a sunroof, split-folding rear seats, automatic climate control, and a Bose sound system. Fluid changes are said to have been performed in preparation for the sale. This RSX Type-S shows 31k miles and is offered with a window sticker, factory literature, rubber and carpet floor mats, a clean Carfax report, and a Maryland title.

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BaT Auction: 1984 Mercedes-Benz 300D

BaT Auction: 1984 Mercedes-Benz 300D

This 1984 Mercedes-Benz 300D was originally delivered in Germany, reportedly to a U.S. Diplomat. It was later imported to the US, where it is said to have remained in a private collection until it was acquired by the seller last year. The car is finished in Thistle Green over an olive velour interior. Power comes from a 3.0-liter OM617 diesel inline-five paired with a four-speed automatic transmission, and maintenance performed in preparation for the sale included an oil change and replacement fuel filter, battery, and valve cover gasket. Service performed in preparation
for the sale included an oil change and replacement fuel filter, battery, valve adjustment service with new valve cover gasket, transmission and brake service and more. This W123 is now offered with factory literature, tools, three factory keys, a clean Carfax report, and a clean New Jersey title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: Modified 6.5L 1987 AM General M998 HMMWV

BaT Auction: Modified 6.5L 1987 AM General M998 HMMWV

This 1987 AM General M998 HMMWV is an ex-military vehicle which the selling dealer had modified for civilian use by Black Dog Customs and Custom Combat Trucks. It was reportedly delivered new to a reserve unit and was updated to A2 configuration in 2010, including fitment of a 6.5L GEP V8. A 4-speed 4L80-E automatic transmission was later installed by Custom Combat Trucks. The truck has been refinished in red spray-on bedliner and is equipped with a composite roof panel, Smittybilt seats, 20″ Armory wheels, additional sound and heat insulation, Red Dot air conditioning, and more as detailed in the listing. This M998 is offered by the selling dealer with records of the build and a clean Georgia title and current registration.

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BaT Auction: 1969 MG MGB GT V6 5-Speed

BaT Auction: 1969 MG MGB GT V6 5-Speed

This 1969 MGB GT is powered by a 3.4-liter V6 crate engine paired with a Tremec five-speed manual transmission. The seller acquired the car in 2010 from the estate of a friend in Alabama, who had begun a refurbishment project including a repaint in Glacier White. The seller performed the V6 conversion and completed the project in 2012. Additional modifications include a red and black interior, an early-style steel dashboard, split rear bumpers, an MGC-style hood, air conditioning, a Holley four-barrel carburetor, a performance camshaft, exhaust headers, and an aluminum radiator. This modified MG coupe is now offered with records of the build, spare parts, and a Tennessee title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

BaT Auction: 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

This 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air is powered by a replacement 327ci V8 paired with a three-speed column-shifted manual transmission and has been refinished in black over a red interior. Equipment includes unassisted steering and brakes, Weld wheels, an aftermarket stereo, a Holley carburetor, and an electric cooling fan. This Bel Air was acquired by the seller five years ago and is now offered with a clean Missouri title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 2014 Porsche 911 50th Anniversary 7-Speed

BaT Auction: 2014 Porsche 911 50th Anniversary 7-Speed

This 2014 Porsche 911 is #1,052 of 1,963 50th Anniversary Editions built worldwide and is powered by a 3.8-liter flat-six fitted with the Exclusive Powerkit and paired with a seven-speed manual transaxle. The car is finished in black over black leather, and factory equipment includes Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes, PASM sport suspension, LED headlights, ParkAssist, a sunroof, Bose surround sound, aluminum pedals, the Light Design Package, heated adaptive sport seats, and more. The car was recently acquired by the selling dealer who has added approximately 900 of the 28k indicated miles, and service performed last year included changing the oil and filter as well as flushing the brake fluid. This 991 is now offered by the selling dealer in California with a clean Carfax report, a window sticker, factory literature, and a clean New Jersey title.

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BaT Auction: 1980 Chevrolet Corvette

BaT Auction: 1980 Chevrolet Corvette

This 1980 Chevrolet Corvette was sold new at Cramer Motors in North East, Pennsylvania, and reportedly stayed with the original owner until it was acquired earlier this year by the selling dealer. The car is finished in black over Oyster leather, and power comes from a 350ci V8 paired with a three-speed automatic transmission. Recent service is said to have included an engine oil and filter change, coolant flush, a brake flush, and more detailed below. Now showing 24k miles, this C3 Corvette is offered with service records from the selling dealer, the original invoice, owner’s manual, and a clean Pennsylvania title.

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BaT Auction: 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Fitch Phantom

BaT Auction: 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Fitch Phantom

This 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado is reported to be one of two Phantom examples modified by John Fitch & Co., founded and operated by noted racer, test driver, and inventor John Fitch. The car was leased new to the Mutual Insurance Company of Hartford in May 1966 and reportedly was purchased by the selling dealer from the second owner in 2009. Based on the Toronado and offered through GM dealerships at a $2k premium, features of the Fitch Phantom include special paint scheme, fabric sunroof, widened wheels, Koni shocks, badging and interior trim, ventilated seats, and an uprated 425ci Rocket V8 with override control for the three-speed automatic transaxle. Service following its acquisition is said to have included an a new exhaust, brake service, and new tires. This Fitch Phantom shows 85k miles and is now offered with its original manuals, Protect-O-Plate, lease agreement, period insurance registrations, spare parts, and transferable Connecticut registration.

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BaT Auction: Modified 2008 Jeep Wrangler

BaT Auction: Modified 2008 Jeep Wrangler

This 2008 Jeep Wrangler was modified by the seller’s specialty fabrication company JcrOffroad in Portage, Michigan with a stretched body, frame, and wheelbase as well as Rock Krawler suspension with X-Factor coilovers. Other alterations include a repaint in Metallic Brown along with long-tube headers, 17″ beadlock wheels with 40″ Nitto tires, LED lighting, a dual battery system, upgraded audio components, a Warn winch, and more. A supercharged 3.8-liter V6 routes power through a six-speed NSG370 manual gearbox, a RocTrac NVG241OR 4:1 transfer case, and 5:38.1 differentials with ARB air lockers and full-floating axle housings. This JK Wrangler is offered with a Carfax report and a clean Michigan title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1998 BMW M3 Convertible 5-Speed at No Reserve

BaT Auction: 1998 BMW M3 Convertible 5-Speed at No Reserve

This 1998 BMW M3 convertible reportedly was purchased by the seller as a certified-preowned vehicle from BMW Seattle in January 2001. Finished in Titanium Silver over a black leather interior, this example features a 3.2-liter S52 inline-six paired with a five-speed manual transmission, and the odometer now shows 83k miles. Service over the past 5k miles has included a new battery, power steering reservoir, accessory belts, replacing the vinyl rear window, and more as described below. This E36 M3 convertible is now offered at no reserve with a Carfax report, service records, and a clean Washington title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: S54-Powered 1990 BMW 325i 6-Speed

BaT Auction: S54-Powered 1990 BMW 325i 6-Speed

This 1990 BMW 325i was acquired by the seller in 2011 and has since been modified with a 3.2-liter S54 inline-six and a six-speed manual transmission from a Z4 M Roadster as well as a five-lug conversion. The build was completed from 2016 to 2019 as documented on a R3vlimited build thread, with additional features including a custom dual 2.5″ exhaust system, a Z3 steering rack, adjustable M3 and Wilwood brakes, an aftermarket gauge cluster, 17″ BBS wheels, air conditioning, cruise control, and more. This S54-powered E30 coupe is offered with a parts spreadsheet, partial records, a clean Carfax report, and a clean California title in the seller’s name.

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