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BaT Auction: 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX 5-Speed at No Reserve

BaT Auction: 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX 5-Speed at No Reserve

This 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX has 184k miles and is a stock second-generation driver equipped with a turbocharged 2.0L inline-four, 5-speed manual transmission, and all-wheel drive. The car was purchased new in California by the sister-in-law of the seller, who has been its second owner since 2003 and added 107k miles during that time. Recent work included adding a new thermostat and wheel bearing, and the car is said to remain reliable and fast despite some cosmetic issues. It is now offer at no reserve with most records from the seller’s ownership, a clean Carfax report, and a Washington title in the seller’s name. Rounded second-gen sheet metal is said to look good, though…Read entire story

BaT Auction: 1968 Fiat 850 Spider

BaT Auction: 1968 Fiat 850 Spider

This 1968 Fiat 850 Spider was restored by the previous owner with new paint and a partially refreshed interior. Purchased eight months ago by the seller, the car is described as a good running example that received $5k in work by the seller including updated suspension, brakes, and a set of refinished Melber Major wheels with new tires. The car is sold with a clean California title in the seller’s name. The car was repainted by the previous owner in the current metallic plum finish. Imperfections included several small dings and blemishes including a dent along the top of the front fender. The black soft top remains fully functional and in good condition, appearing free of fade and …Read entire story

BaT Auction for Charity: 2017 Honda Civic Type R #01

BaT Auction for Charity: 2017 Honda Civic Type R #01

The first production 2017 Honda Civic Type R made for the U.S. has left the factory, and #01 could be sitting in your driveway. Honda has donated this historic vehicle to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation for auction, and the proceeds will help support this great cause. The vehicle will be shipped for pickup at a participating USA Honda dealer. This Civic Type R wears Aegean Blue Metallic paint. The Type R package includes the rear wing, center outlet exhaust, and signature red Honda badges. Twenty-inch alloy wheels are paired with sticky Continental ContiSportContact 6 maximum-performance summer tires, plus Brembo® 4-piston front calipers with 13.8-inch ventilated, cross-drilled rotors for plenty of stopping power. Most …Read entire story

BaT Auction: 19K-Mile 2002 BMW M3 SMG

BaT Auction: 19K-Mile 2002 BMW M3 SMG

This 2002 BMW M3 has just under 19k miles and is powered by a 3.2-liter S54 inline-six paired with a 6-speed sequential manual gearbox. Purchased new in Germany through the BMW Military Sales privilege program and then imported to the United States shortly thereafter, the car was owned by a Colonel in the American armed forces until acquired a year ago by the seller, who is its second owner and a fellow military officer. The car was reportedly built to US specifications apart from cross-drilled brake rotors and a custom-ordered factory two-tone leather interior. Described as original and unmodified, its sale includes a clean Carfax report, maintenance and purchase records, and a clear Mississippi title in the seller’s name. …Read entire story

BaT Auction: 1991 Mazda RX-7 Convertible

BaT Auction: 1991 Mazda RX-7 Convertible

This 1991 Mazda RX-7 convertible is a two-owner example with 54K miles and has been kept in well-maintained, largely stock condition. The current owner bought the car in 1992 and has added 50K miles over 26 years since purchase from the Mazda dealership. This car has been garaged and maintained with regular fluid changes, every 3K miles, and serviced by Mazda dealerships and rotary-specialist mechanics. A few electrical faults and workarounds are noted, as well as some deterioration and wear in the paint. A history of service from 2011-present shows replacement of the radiator, transmission, belts, and brake master cylinder, along with regular fluid changes. The A/C compressor…Read entire story

BaT Auction: 1969 Ford Thunderbird Sedan

BaT Auction: 1969 Ford Thunderbird Sedan

This 1969 Ford Thunderbird Sedan was purchased new by the seller’s father and is powered by a 429ci V8 paired to an automatic transmission. The seller is now 66 years old and remembers going to the dealership in late 1968 when his father picked the car out. It was used as a daily driver from new until around 2006. In 1990 the engine was rebuilt, the body was repainted, and the vinyl top replaced. The seller’s father passed this Thunderbird on once he could no longer drive it, and the car is now sold with a clean New Mexico title in the seller’s name. In 1967, the Thunderbird moved from its old unibody…Read entire story

BaT Auction: 1975 Fiat 124 Spider

BaT Auction: 1975 Fiat 124 Spider

This 1975 Fiat 124 is powered by a 2.0 liter twin cam inline-four from a later Spider that has been fitted with dual Weber carburetors and is paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox from a Fiat 131. The body is said to be solid and was repainted by the previous owner just prior to the seller’s purchase in November 2012. 3,500 miles have been added since, and a new 90 amp alternator, new plugs, and other minor repairs have been added as needed. A car cover and the 1800cc engine with transmission are included, and the car is sold on a clear Washington title in the seller’s name. A repaint was conducted by the previous owner in a home paint booth prior to the seller’s purchase in 2012 . The seller was told…Read entire story

BaT Auction: 1992 Plymouth Laser RS Turbo AWD

BaT Auction: 1992 Plymouth Laser RS Turbo AWD

This 1992 Plymouth Laser RS Turbo AWD was with its original owner until his passing in 2016 and shows under 56k miles. The turbocharged 2.0 liter inline-four sends power to all four wheels through a 5-speed manual gearbox, and a recent service included a new timing belt and water pump along with fresh fluids. This fixed-headlight example has the four-bolt rear end as well as the six-bolt flywheel, a combination only offered in 1992. The selling dealer is offering the car with a New Jersey title. Beginning in 1992, the pop-up headlights were changed to fixed-units and the rear light bar was replaced with two separate tail lights. RS models were also equipped with alloy wheels, a black roof…Read entire story

BaT Auction: 2003 Volkswagen GTI 6-Speed

BaT Auction: 2003 Volkswagen GTI 6-Speed

This 2003 Volkswagen GTI has 180k miles and is a 20th Anniversary edition finished in Jazz Blue. The model was introduced to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the introduction of the GTI to the US market and featured a turbocharged 1.8 liter inline-four, 6-speed manual transmission, lowered and stiffened suspension, larger brakes, and cosmetic upgrades. The seller’s son acquired the car two years ago and has maintained it with synthetic oil changes every 5k miles. The timing belt, tensioner, water pump, and rollers were all changed at 158k miles. Minor interior sorting has also been performed. The car is being sold with a clear Carfax and a clean North Carolina title. About a…Read entire story

BaT Auction: 2008 Pro Challenge PCRC3-M1 Race Car

BaT Auction: 2008 Pro Challenge PCRC3-M1 Race Car

This 2008 Pro Challenge PCRC3-M1 was originally designed for oval track racing or road course use, and this example is now set up for competition in NASA Super Unlimited and SCCA SPU classes. A 2.3 liter Ford-Cosworth twin cam inline-four has been fitted in place of the original 1,000cc motorcycle engine and is backed by a 6-speed Saenz sequential gearbox and a Ford 9″ rear end. The car last went through NASA tech in 2016 and the safety equipment is reportedly current. The car is said to be ready to race and is sold with extensive documentation of the driveline build, a transferable registration, and a current NASA logbook. Bronzed gold bodywork resembles a modern stock car in the center section and a Ford Mustang at the …Read entire story

BaT Video Inspiration: Flying Mercedes “Fintails” in Argentina

BaT Video Inspiration: Flying Mercedes “Fintails” in Argentina

Swedish drivers Ewy Rosqvist and navigator Ursula Wirth were victorious in the 1962 VI Touring Car Grand Prix of Argentina. The female duo drove 2874 miles in their Mercedes-Benz 220SE Fintail to win South America’s toughest long-distance rally. Watch the dirt fly! Read entire story

BaT Auction: 29K-Mile 2000 Mercedes-Benz S500 at No Reserve

BaT Auction: 29K-Mile 2000 Mercedes-Benz S500 at No Reserve

This 2000 Mercedes-Benz S500 has 29k miles and was purchased new by the seller in Colorado. This unmodified example remained there until the seller relocated to Hawaii in 2012. Power is provided by a 5.0L V8 paired with a 5-speed shiftable automatic transmission. The car has been maintained by authorized Mercedes-Benz technicians since new, including a full-service oil change performed in January 2017. All electrics and functions remain operational including the cold-blowing A/C. The car is offered at no reserve with a clean Carfax and clear Hawaii title in the seller’s name. Said by the seller to be garage kept from new, the black paintwork is described as all original and shows quite well …Read entire story

BaT Auction: 1997 BMW M3 Sedan 5-Speed

BaT Auction: 1997 BMW M3 Sedan 5-Speed

This 1997 BMW M3 shows 128k miles and is one of 577 sedans finished in Arctic Silver over black leather produced for North America. This well-sorted E36 is powered by a 3.2 liter inline-six paired to a 5-speed manual and is equipped with a Turner Motorsports Stage 3+ package installed 25k miles ago. Other performance upgrades were added this year and include a new Sachs clutch kit and TC Klein coilovers with camber plates and all new stock bushings. The seller has owned the car for two years and service records and receipts are available back to 30k miles. The last service was in June 2016 included compression and leak-down tests showing 190-195 psi and 5-6% respectively on all cylinders. The sale…Read entire story