Many breathtaking vehicles are available for sale at various in-person and online classic car auctions, including the site Bring a Trailer. Used classic car owners recently sold five remarkable vehicles on the site, which included vehicles from the model years 1974 to 1987. The list of breathtaking vehicles sold included a 1979 BMW Alpina B6 2.8, a 1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 BB by Scaglietti, a 1974 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 V12 Roadster, a 1987 Porsche 911 Turbo ‘Flat-Nose’ Coupe, and a 1982 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL AMG 5.0. Here’s what you need to know about these unforgettable classic vehicles.
1979 BMW Alpina B6 2.8
What is a BMW Alpina? The BMW Alpina B6 2.8 is a rare car that BMW began producing in 1978. It’s essentially an upgraded version of the BMW 323i with a 200 brake-horsepower 2.8-liter inline six-cylinder engine. The car features a higher compression ratio than the BMW 323i as well as Mahle pistons, modified combustion chambers, and a Zenith-Pierburg-DL fuel-injection system that enhances the car’s power while making it more fuel efficient.
The car’s powertrain also sports a Getrag five-speed manual transmission and incredibly smooth, responsive Bilstein struts that feature gas-pressure shocks and stiffened springs. The car also came with a premium braking system with drilled and ventilated discs in its front and solid discs at its rear.
This well-preserved car, which brought $67,200 at auction, is the 51st unit produced out of only 533 that BMW made from 1978 to 1983, and the car displays its impressive heritage with a “B6-051” etched plaque inset within its dashboard.
Although the car has undergone updates, it retains important features that emphasize the car’s rich history and production, including its Alpina graphics, twin-exhaust outlets, and 20-spoke wheels. It’s been stunningly refinished in Zypressengrun Metallic.
The car’s exterior isn’t the only impressive sight to behold — the car’s interior features Recaro bucket seats with cloth inserts sporting blue and green stripes, a signature feature of BMW Alpinas. The interior also features a leather-wrapped Momo steering wheel, gauge cluster, and wood shifter knob.
1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 BB by Scaglietti
This mid-engine 12-cylinder Ferrari was the successor of the 365 GTB/4 “Daytona” that debuted in 1968. The company was resistant to introducing a mid-engine road vehicle, but they designed the vehicle nonetheless once Lamborghini and Maserati began offering the configuration. Mid-engine configurations had already been popular in Formula One racing with their improved traction and handling.
The 365 GT4 BB became the first Ferrari to not utilize a V-configuration engine. The manufacturer equipped it with a flat 4.4-liter 12-cylinder “Boxer” sports-racing engine with a Silumin alloy engine block, light alloy pistons, double overhead camshafts, and four triple-barrel Weber 40 IF 3C carburetors. The engine produced 380 horsepower and could go from 0 to 60 in a little over 6 seconds. The car could even reach a top speed of 180 miles per hour. Its impressive specifications made the 365 GT4 BB the fastest production car in the world at the time of its debut.
The unit sold at auction featured its original Rosso Dino finish, but it’s also undergone some work through the years, such as new oil seals, factory exhaust pipes, air-conditioning system, and an idler pulley.
The car came with documents ensuring its validity, including its 1974 service and sales book, guarantee card, Ferrari Classiche Certificate of Authenticity, and a data sheet provided by the Automobile Club of Italy. The car also came with its original radio instructions, spare parts catalog, and instruction manual. All of these details help bring in $335,000 when it sold at auction.
1974 Jaguar E-Type Roadster
Jaguar debuted the E-Type Series 3 version in 1971. With the Series 3, the company pivoted the vehicle from a sports car to a grand tourer by offering a more spacious body and a longer wheelbase. The manufacturer also equipped the new E-Type Series 3 vehicles with a 5.3-liter Jaguar V12 engine, improved brakes, and standard power steering. The vehicle boasted 272 horsepower and was supposedly able to go from 0 to 60 in under 7 seconds.
The unit that recently sold for $170,800 featured a factory-correct silver over black finish, and it features updated styling, including an enlarged, slatted front grille, wider tires, four-tip exhaust, and flared wheel arches. The car also proudly displays a “V-12” badge on top of its trunk lid.
What makes this classic car truly special is its original, numbers-matching engine along with its four-speed manual transmission, making for a smooth and enjoyable drive.
The car also features an unforgettable style with chrome wire wheels and an updated red leather interior. The car’s interior features an AM/FM push-button radio, air conditioning, and a Nardi wood steering wheel. This stunning entry in Jaguar’s oeuvre also came with a tonneau cover, repair operation manual, parts catalog, and a Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Production Records Trace Certificate.
1987 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe
The Porsche 911 Turbo came onto the scene in 1975 and quickly became a huge hit among motor enthusiasts. Unlike earlier versions of the 911 Turbo, the 1987 came with a famous aerodynamic “Flat-Nose” package option that was inspired by the Type 935 racer. Only 142 units were produced with the desirable package that model year. This car sold for an impressive $246,400.
The car also came with flared fenders as well as a stunning “whale tail” rear spoiler. The vehicle’s length is 169 inches while its width is 70 inches. This 911 Turbo is finished in Guards Red like the original, and it boasts 16-inch Fuchs wheels with signature black centers.
In addition to the vehicle’s stylish exterior, it also features a fashionable interior with Champagne leather and red piping on its seats and carpets. It boasts luxurious features, including heated front seats, an alarm system, and a Reno Blaupunkt AM/FM stereo cassette player.
This stunning car features a 3.3-liter turbocharged SOHC flat 6-cylinder engine with a 4-speed manual transmission that boasts 282 horsepower at 5,500 revolutions per minute, reaching a top speed of up to 157 miles per hour. The car also features a 7.0:1 compression ratio, a limited-slip differential, and 289 foot pounds of torque at 4000 rpm.
1982 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL 5.0
The 1982 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL 5.0 is an incredibly rare vehicle that was produced in collaboration with the German company AMG before Mercedes-Benz acquired it in 2005. AMG upgraded the more subdued performance of the luxurious Mercedes-Benz SL-Class into a sports roadster. The firm enhanced the car’s power, aerodynamics, handling, and even its style.
The Mercedes-Benz 500 SL AMG 5.0 unit that just sold for $291,000 was one of the first Mercedes-Benz and AMG creations that was imported into the United States. Richard Buxbaum’s Classic Motors, a shop that played a substantial role in AMG’s expansion, ordered the car from Affalterbach.
The car is the first of eight units that came with a five-speed manual transmission that AMG produced between 1982 and 1987. It also boasts an AMG-tuned 5.0-liter M117 engine that’s rated at 276 hp and could reach a maximum speed of 155 mph. This car was a huge upgrade for Mercedes-Benz owners — the previous most powerful SL was only a 3.8-liter V8 with 204 hp.
This remarkable SL also features a 3.46:1 rear axle, a limited-slip differential, a “Bilstein for AMG” suspension, and color-matched 16-inch BBS alloy wheels with Kumho tires that enhance its handling.
Finally, the car’s interior features Recaro Ideal seats with Palomino leather and a matching shift boot and steering wheel.
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***All photos courtesy of Bring A Trailer Auctions***