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1985 Ferrari 400i 5-speed

The promise of a cheap Ferrari is an alluring one, especially when that Ferrari derives from some pretty special sources in the Maranello world. Take a Daytona-derived V12 and a mate it to a rear drive development of the 365 chassis, couple with a 5-speed manual and get Pininfarina to style it and it sounds like a perfect recipe. The results, though, were somewhat disappointing compared to some of the previous and subsequent offerings by the same formula; the styling was conservative and didn't capture the beauty of the 365 GTC/4 in my mind. But not judged against some of the more attractive Ferraris produced, it's still a handsome V12 coupe in its own right that - above all - is one of the few ways to get into the classic Ferrari V12 in front engine/rear drive configuration for well under $100,000 today. While most of these cars were optioned with an automatic, there are manual versions floating around and today's example is so equipped:

Year: 1985
Model: 400i
Engine: 4.8 liter V12
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 51,112 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

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1985 Ferrari 400i 5 Speed (Rare) Like New!

The engine, based on the Daytona's 4,390 cc (4.39 L; 268 cu in), is a 4,823 cc (4.8 L; 294.3 cu in) V12 producing 340 HP; front mounted and driving the rear wheels. This car features the 5 Speed fully synchromesh Manual Transmission. The traditional GT car layout allowed Ferrari to fit four seats into the stylish coupé. 0-60 mph takes 7.1 seconds

This car has been Fully Serviced by noted Ferrari Specialist. It has been impeccably maintained since new. Every fluid was drained and replaced: Radiator, engine oil, transmission fluid, differential fluid. Everything works on this car as when new. It has a new stainless steel free flow exhaust. Brand new Michelin TRX tires at a cost of over $2,000. Complete inspection and any issues that were not working with the car were addressed. For example the rear self leveling system is working with a new shock placed in the rear and hydraulics fully functional. New power antenna in the rear was put in and connected to CD player. All work done at a cost of over $3,000.

Scuro Blue paint Tan Leather interior.

One of 442 produced.

52,112 miles.

Have all Books, Jack, and Tools.

See photos for VIN.

You will not find a nicer driving and looking Ferrari 400i.

Please contact me if you have any questions.
Happy Bidding!

I really like the look of this car - the color combination is just right, the miles aren't outrageous, service and tires are up to date, and the condition looks to be great. While this wouldn't be my first choice if I had an unlimited budget, I'd seriously consider this car in comparison to some other highly priced coupes - for example, you can get one of these cars for about the same money or less than a well-sorted BMW 3.0CS. While that may sound crazy, viewed in that light the Ferrari is a much more special car that I think will continue to appreciate as more people recognize that standing on its own, this too is a very special part of Ferrari's history.


1985 Ferrari 308 GTB Quattrovalvole

Magnum, P.I.. Yup, that's what you'll be called if you're found remotely in the vicinity of Ferrari 308 or 328 ownership. Yet this exotic car that was the dream of many a young man in the 1980s is one of the very few Ferraris that mere mortals can buy these days, ironically. Taking the Dino concept to the 1980s, Pininfarina managed to meld the evolutions of the 308 GT4 Dino, 365 GTC/4 and 512 BB into one package - and it worked. While the later 328 has better performance, the 308 was the one that everyone seems to remember. 1984 changes resulted in more power from the 4-valve heads, so finally the performance began to match the looks - and today's 1985 example is sure a looker: :

Year: 1985
Model: 308 GTB Quattrovalve
Engine: 3.0 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 34,399 mi
Price: $52,995 Buy It Now

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1985 Ferrari 308 GTB Quatrovalvole

Bianco White over Red Leather

*34,399 Miles*


235hp 2.9L Fuel Injected DOHC V8

New Disc Brakes

Excellent Condition!

Belt & Fluid Service Just Completed!

Books Jack & Tools

Flawless Headliner and Interior!

Everything Functions and Works As it Should

Excellent Compression

No smoke or leaks

Clutch grabs correctly & shifts through all the gears smooth and effortlessly
The Pininfarina designed body had a pronounced wedge profile, with a rectangular 'egg-crate' aluminium radiator grille below a skinny width mint contition satin black front bumper. The Quattrovalvole (4 valve engine) is the last evolution of the 308 series and this is One Of The Last as the 328 started production late 1985. Being a later model of the only 748 ever mdae and along with the immaculate exterior and interior condition this 308 GTB QV is one most recognized and iconic Ferrari road cars today!

Recently Detailed & Paint Corrected to Concours level!
(see pictures below)

Recent Major Service

*Fresh Fluids
*Timing Belts
*Accessory Belts
*Water Pump
*Valve Guides & Adjustment
*New Brakes
*New Plugs

Recent paint and maintenance mean this car should be a trouble-free purchase, with the normal question marks out of the equation. The color combination is unusual and gorgeous; I really like the red leather interior. If you're going to go all the way, why not have something special? Because of the recent paint, overall condition and mechanical servicing, the price on this car is extremely high compared to equivalents; Hagerty places the current value only around $50,000 at most. But as with the F355 Spider from the other day, if this is the combination that you want, I'd spend a little more to get the right one - which this one certainly appears to be!


1985 Maserati Quattroporte – REVISIT

This 1985 Maserati Quattroporte is one that we featured almost two years ago and is back up for sale in California. Series III Quattroportes are rarely this nice and are a tempting choice for fans of the 1980s who want the utmost in exclusivity.

The below post originally appeared on our site April 20, 2012:

The Maserati Quattroporte was, and is, the individualists choice when it comes to luxury sedans. These cars have always been about sheer style and brashness; about as close as we will ever get to a four door Ferrari. The Quattroporte III's production spanned a decade but little more than 2,000 were ever produced. It's styling set the tone for the next two decades at Maserati while it's V8 engine and abundant use of wood and leather on the inside was classic Maserati. This example for sale in California is very well sorted and has a restrained air in metallic gray.

Year: 1985
Model: Quattroporte
Engine: 4.9 liter V8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 68,000 miles
Price: Reserve auction

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ORIGINAL low mileage California car in excellent condition. Purchased for roughly $12,000 by me. Note: Shipping to Europe/UK easily arranged and contacts in place. It is very reasonable from CA and I am happy to arrange this for the buyer.

It is an automatic (727 Torqueflight original) and all of the key work needed has been done including a full rebuild of the transmission and much detailed work listed below. Totally renewed stainless exhaust and Cats passing smog for CA. It is also in one of the most attractive color combinations for this car. More pictures can be sent if you email me. This car has always been garaged including after the recent work was done.

This is an EXTREMELY rare car and any in decent shape they are getting rarer. There were 2,143 produced and this is one of 1,806 4.9 L automatics (to put this in perspective over 1m mustangs by year 2 of production and 8 million total!). Ridiculously underpriced in US. Sale in UK recently at 29,000 pounds and nice example in Germany at over 42,000 Euro.

There are not that many left and they are getting rarer. For more details on the model please see http://www.maserati-alfieri.co.uk/alfieri65b.htm or ask me any questions - I will put more details on the model below.

Beautiful and extensively gone through collector owned car for sale. I own 3 of these cars and this one has undergone a lot of recent work and is only being sold only as I am moving forward with 2 other cars and just cannot have 3! Huge amount of time, effort and money spent. I know that I will be unlikely to recoup the funding spent but I do hope that it will go to someone who can continue the process. Car was purchased for about $12,000 and then there was a huge expenditure after this. New parts included!

Here is the report from the Maserati Factory:

Maserati Quattroporte AM330/us*5310* (USA Serial number - ZAMBC1100FA305310)
Produced on January 1985, 4.9 litres, automatic gearbox, external colour "Antracite", interior in "Natural" leather. It was delivered on February 1985 to the Importer "Maserati Automobile Inc." in Baltimore (USA). Here are excerpts from the original ad from when I bought the the car:

1985 Maserati Quattroporte

The Maserati Quattroporte was, and is, the individualists choice when it comes to luxury sedans. These cars have always been about sheer style and brashness; about as close as we will ever get to a four door Ferrari. The Quattroporte III's production spanned a decade but little more than 2,000 were ever produced. It's styling set the tone for the next two decades at Maserati while it's V8 engine and abundant use of wood and leather on the inside was classic Maserati. This example for sale in California is very well sorted and has a restrained air in metallic gray.

1985 Maserati Quattroporte

"Life's Been Good" to this 1985 Maserati Quattroporte...When Joe Walsh stated "My Maserati Does 185"...he had a circa 1962 Maserati 5000GT, capable of at least 170+ mph. All Maserati automobiles equipped with this four camshaft/hemi/V-8, starting with the mid-1950's Maserati 450S race car, through the limited production 5000GT (33 produced) , ending with the Quattroporte (2155 produced) were guaranteed to raise the excitement level. The soundtrack and power delivery of this engine was and is a winner from day one.

This rust free, exceptional & all original 67,959 mile Maserati Quattroporte has had the best of care. Maintenance receipts for over $12,000 and owner's / repair manuals come with the car. There is no doubt previous owner, "Style Icon" Tatiana Sorokko, a Bay Area fashion fixture, enjoyed her days with this car. Paint, chrome, body trim, and leather/wood interior are all in remarkable, near new condition. The photographs are representative of the actual condition of the car.

Drive report: we enlisted a Maserati expert to evaluate the car. He has repaired Maserati cars for 30+ years and reported as follows:

Front suspension and shock absorbers quiet and smooth, no clunks etc. Tire condition excellent with excellent wear pattern.
Rear suspension excellent / rear axle gear quiet - no appreciable backlash.
Brake pad and rotor condition: very good to excellent. Tires are new.
Transmission shifts properly / excellent fluid condition.
Engine condition: notes include very clean carburetors- no damage / stripped screws (very common)
Oil Pressure very high (indicative of low mileage)
Operating temperature proper / electric fan actuation and wiring good
Engine power delivery proper (280 hp all present)
Belts and hoses all at current maintenance level
Gauges / lights and other electrical items worked properly when tested.
Road test shows a top condition, nice driving car.
Originally a $65,000 car in 1985.

When I purchased this car it was in very good original condition and had benefitted by being owned by someone who used it regularly and kept it in very good condition. The undercarriage was immaculate and the car was really in excellent condition. That said it was over described and needed a few things refreshed - many of these are really deferred maintenance issues for a car of this age. In short, it was a really good car but needed some “refreshing”. Basically, the car had not been messed with and I spoke with the earlier owner who had sold it at a cancer charity auction! The company I bought if from owned it a short time and it was over described.

The story of this car will be featured on an upcoming article on Quattroporte IIIs but I will summarize the work done with some estimates of costs:

EXHAUST: New stainless steel exhaust from front to back and four CATS to make it fully CA compliant. NOS headers for the car also to bring the emissions system into full working order as well as the setting up of the original CA emissions system. This required a great deal of work as this year of QP III was not in the CA database but we got it done. (approx $4,000 (parts, labour, shipping, CATS, admin and shop time)

BODY: The body is in excellent condition - a true California car. There were some minor issues.
-All the side lights and turn signal lenses were replaced with NOS from MIE (US Maserati supplier of choice)
There was a dent in the lower side body moulding and a NOS part from MIE was purchased and installed (easy fix)
The headlight surround is a unique part on US cars. I was specifically told by the seller it was undamaged but it was broken and a NOS unit was bought from MIE and the front headlight assembly was removed and replaced.
Paint is excellent and a good color but a small touch up by the left rear light is required along with repair of the rubber on the bumpers which is an easy fix.
Approx $1,000 in parts and labor

SUSPENSION AND BRAKES ETC: - All in good condition and alignment was done on purchase.
Damage to A Frame front suspension due to sellers improper towing (no recourse of course) - Undamaged A frames sourced and shipped and installed
As a matter of course I have purchased tie rod ends and ball joints which should go on the car at a convenient time
New rear shocks (4) have been purchased and are in the trunk ($800)
Fronts are fine but I have a supplier for adjustable shocks for the front end which really transform the car. Not required but something to consider in the future along with the steering rack (under $500)
$2,000 plus in parts and labor

The car was in great condition but had the standard fixes required and the key money was spent getting this 100%
Complete motor detailing using 100% original Maserati parts
Valve cover gaskets removed and repainted in proper Maserati factory crackle paint
Motor bay detailing including cadmium plating parts.
New original motor decals
New shocks hood lifts for bonnet (hood) and boot (trunk)
New Old Stock replacement fuse box
New battery
Distributor and tune up parts (spark plugs etc)
Full service up to date - fluids, etc
Rebuilding of all 4 carburettors with original kits from MIE
New wiring cavis in original style
NEW PARTS AS NEEDED - oil sending unit etc
MOTOR SET UP - car was taken to STEWARTS in Sacramento for specialist work. They did a lot of work on getting the car running right, rebuilding the carbs, missing carb parts (who knows where they were lost!), vacuum set up). Essentially, their job was to check over the motor and make sure it was working right, safe and set up right. A list of their work is on the bills.
One running issue was caused by a faulty CAT which was replaced on warranty
(Approx $5,000)

broken door handles interior x 2 were sourced and rechromed
grab handles replaced with NOS
Interior wood was described as “in remarkable near new condition”. It was a lie - the wood was damaged around the transmission selector and the laquer had turned milky white on the doors and dash. This is a common issue for this car. HOWEVER TO DO IT RIGHT IS IS A DASH OUT JOB. It was done right with the dash out and wood sent to experts and Madera Concepts in CA who did an amazing job and a perfect match on the transmission selector section. I can’t say enough about how well they did - it looks amazing and is show ready.

TRANSMISSION - This was also described as perfect and it was not. It needed a full rebuild but it is the lovely 727 Torqueflight so easy to do. This work has been fully done along with a full rebuild of the starter (why not as it is a Mopar unit and the transmission is out)
(approx. $2,500)

MISCELLANEOUS - too much to mention as all things that were noted by me were fixed as they we noted with new parts. This included wiper blades and covers and a host of small parts etc. NOS jack purchased and in the trunk.
TO DO - A car like this can always be improved and it is in excellent condition. There are probably a couple of areas I would think about looking at in future as noted above. I have assisted with the design of a new set of Ohlins that are made for this car and would be a useful upgrade. The mirrors were done nicely but always a weak spot in this car. I am told that MIE does a new set and it might be worth looking at in due course but these are good. The tires are new but not the Michelin XWXs. I have a set you can buy if you want. I cannot think of anything else needed.

Current status. The car had just finished having the transmission done and is with a relative at his automotive shop in Roseville (Sacramento) CA. Any inspection is welcome and will arrange shipment. I have lots of bills and details that I can send to you also.

Description of QP III
The new Quattroporte III came to the market during the De Tomaso era for Maserati. It was designated 'AM 330 Berlina Quattroporte’ but was quickly known as the Quattroporte III. Although production continued into the Biturbo era the selling mates of the QP III as shown in a brochure package were the Kyalami, Khamsin, Merak 2000/SS

Here is how it was described by Ermanno Cozza:

In spite of its considerable size, Giugiaro's classic styling gave the Quattroporte III the visual concept of strength and speed; a long imposing bonnet, once more housing a V8 engine, sloped down to a large trapezoidal chrome radiator grille adorned with the traditional trident, flanked by pair of twin rectangular headlamps.

Its low wide body, featuring a character line along its flanks, allowed the low roof line to flow gracefully, via the acute angled rear quarter-lights and a full-width slanting rear window, to an ample boot compartment. With the Northern American car regulations in mind, the Quattroporte III was fitted with heavy rubber inset impact-absorbing bumpers, giving the car a solid imposing look. Thanks to its width and roof height, the interior had the atmosphere of 'a living room', without any loss of light or visibility. Make no mistake, this was car was much bigger than it looked!

The interior was comfortable, elegant and functional. The dashboard, trimmed in rich leather with briar-wood veneered panels, housed a large rectangular easy to read instrument panel. The anatomically designed seating was upholstered in 'glove-soft' Italian leather, as were the finishing panels of the velour roof lining. The leather trimmed and wood-veneered centre console, housed the air conditioning controls, radio, gear lever and an armrest which doubled as a lid for the convenient storage compartment. Naturally the car was fitted with air conditioning as standard.

For a detail of this article please see http://www.maserati-alfieri.co.uk/alfieri65b.htm on Enrico’s excellent Maserati web site which is a very useful resource for things QP III.

Of course the car can easily be shipped anywhere at buyers expense and risk.

Originally a $65,000 car in 1985, a Quattroporte such as this would generally sell in the $8,000 to $14,000 range today. Given the car's prominent previous owner, condition and run down by a marque expert, it will more than likely command a value in the upper reaches of that range, provided the right buyer comes along.


1985 Alfa Romeo 6 2.5 Turbo Diesel

Mention Alfa Romeo and turbodiesel next to each other and you could be forgiven for thinking this was an odd marriage. Or a marriage that never even existed at all. Before their recent JTD models, Alfa dabbled with oil burners back in the 1980s with their large saloon, the Alfa 6. Not sold in the US market, this sedan was based on a stretched Alfetta platform and offered a VM built five cylinder turbodiesel engine. It wasn’t a barnstormer, but brought Alfa into the game at a time when ever increasing petrol prices were putting the squeeze on European consumers. Want to have something no one else does stateside? Here’s your chance to buy a real uncommon piece.

Year: 1985
Model: 6 2.5 Turbo Diesel
Engine: 2.5 liter turbocharged inline-5 diesel
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 105,215 (?) km (~ 65,377 mi)
Price: Reserve auction

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This is a 1985 model. eBay will not accept a European VIN for anything newer than 1980.

I love and collect cars; mainly Mercedes Benz and Audis, but I always had a weak spot for unique Alfa Romeos. The Alfa Sei (6) was Alfa Romeo's flagship luxury car, built between 1979 and 1985. Until 1982 only with a carburated 2.5 liter V6 and from 1983 until 1985 as the face-lifted 2nd series with a carburated 2.0 or fuel-injected 2.5 liter V6. Additionally Alfa Romeo built 2730 Alfa 6s with the VM Inline 5 cylinder Turbodiesel with 107 hp and 205 Nm torque @ 2400 rpm. They only came equipped with a 5 speed transmission. Mine has VIN 3699. After that only 31 more TDs were built plus a couple of limited editions with the light blue leather interior.

Alfa Romeo had a few 1979 models certified for the USA, but gave up the plan of importing them. Only very few Alfa 6s were privately imported and as far as I know there is no other Turbodiesel in the country. I had my eye on an Alfa 6 for many years and finally in 2005 while vacationing in Germany I saw this one advertised in Rome, Italy. I had to act fast and with the help of my German friend we had it shipped up to his shop in Southern Germany. It stayed there for a couple of years, received a complete maintenance with new tires and a couple of panels had to be painted because the paint had faded.

Eventually it was shipped to the USA and titled on a collector plate in Washington State. Since it is a Diesel and smog exempt in most, if not all states, it can even be registered in California. Odometer has only 5 digits and shows 05215 kilometers. Judging from the condition and tightness of the car it could be 105215 kilometers. That's also what the previous Italian owner told us. I do not have any paperwork to proof it.

The mostly original paint is still very shiny with a few touched up areas mainly on the trunk. Living most of its life in Rome, Italy it has a few small dings and the rear bumper is pushed in a bit. The interior is very clean without rips or stains. There is very little surface rust forming on a inside rocker panel and around the rear window which is visible on two of the pictures. It has not gotten any worse since 2005 even though the car was sitting outside in Germany. There is absolutely no rust underneath the car.

Even after sitting for a few weeks the car starts effortlessly on the first try. The transmission shifts without any grinding and the clutch is firm and not slipping. The brakes are good without any pulsating. Tires have approx. 4.000 kilometers. The car has a very firm and stable ride and can easily keep up with the 85 mph traffic on LA's freeways.

All lights and instruments work fine. Even the clock shows the proper time. It takes the tachometer a few minutes of driving before it starts working. The two front power windows work fine, the left rear is very slow and I never could get the right rear to work. The power antenna goes up and down properly but the old stereo does not want to play anymore.

The A/C was charged with R12 4 years ago and still blows ice cold, but because the cabin fan quit, cold air only comes in while the car is driving and the vents are open. I will include a spare fan and that should solve this problem. We took the car to the Concorso Italiano in Monterey in 2010 and had a blast driving it up there. The fuel mileage was about 33mpg. We did not have any problems with the car on this and many more trips.

Lots of people looked at our car and very seasoned Alfisti told us that they never saw one before. Even the Alfa Romeo museum in Arese does not have a Turbodiesel in their collection. Parts can be found in Europe, mainly in Italy. The VM engine was also used in Jeeps, Landrovers and Chrysler Minivans in Europe. I will include a repair manual in German. The car has a clean transferable WA title and a WA collector plate.

Since it is a 29 year old car there is no warranty expressed or implied. I will gladly help with shipping within the USA or overseas.

Even in Europe, the 6 is a rare Alfa. I've never seen one on my travels there. Most buyers of the marque tend to lean towards the sportier offerings and bypass the luxury sedans, especially one with a diesel engine. But, imagine the looks at the next Alfa meet when you turn up in this thing. If the Peugeot 505 or Saab 9000 seem a bit too common, your car has arrived.


1985 Ferrari 308GTS Quattrovalvole

Often imitated, never duplicated. This is a mantra often associated with expensive luxury goods that lead to knock-off copies of the originals. The 1980s was a boon time for kit cars, one of the most copied being the Ferrari 308. After the Magnum P.I. series, everyone wanted a piece of the action with this Italian exotic, whether you were zooming down the main avenues of Manhattan or cruising along the Sunset Strip. This 308GTS for sale in California is a rare shade of Plum Metallic that adds a bit of subtlety to a car you would normally see in red or yellow, turning heads everywhere it goes.

Year: 1985
Model: 308GTS
Engine: 3.0 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 10,048 mi
Price: $68,888 Buy It Now

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INCREDIBLE ONE OWNER, CALIFORNIA CAR, ORIGINAL PAINT, ORIGINAL INTERIOR, and FULLY DOCUMENTED. Possibly the finest 1985 Ferrari 308GTS on the market for sale. STUNNING PAINT IN PRUGNA METALLICA (Plum Metallic) over beige interior. Original books, original tools, original jack, original shop light, original spare tire. This car NEVER left the state of California and qualifies as a survivor with incredible provenance.

Normally you can find a later model 328 for sale around the $60,000 to $80,000 range, but this 308 has edged itself into that territory. Whether low mileage and an uncommon color is enough to bring the big money remains to be seen. Of the 308s, early fiberglass bodied examples and the later fuel-injected models with four valve heads like this one are the most desirable. At most, however, a 308 like this should bring somewhere in high $40k to low $50k range.


1985 Maserati Biturbo

Throughout the years, Maserati has changed ownership many times and has gone through product phases ranging from the sublime to the outrageous. There was one car that almost finished the company off. Shortly after taking over ownership, Alejandro de Tomaso sought to create a vehicle that could broaden Maserati’s appeal to a wider market segment by offering a lower priced offering. The Biturbo was launched at the outset of the 1980s and got off to a strong start in the sales race, but problems with the turbocharged engine and reliability issues plagued the model throughout its life. Subsequently, Biturbos can be had on the cheap, but is it a risk worth taking? This Biturbo for sale in Washington state has to be one of the best preserved examples of the breed that I’ve ever come across.

Year: 1985
Model: Biturbo
Engine: 2.5 liter twin turbo V6
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 18,184 miles
Price: Reserve auction

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This is a great opportunity to purchase a pristine one owner Maserati Biturbo. This has always been in Washington State. No Rust & all Original. Purchased in 1985 from Grand Prix Motors LTD in Seattle Washington. After stored in a heated garage for about 10 years, in 2011 Park Place Limited performed a full go through to get this Maserati in tip top shape. We have receipts for $4,016 in June of 2011 then $1,774 in July. New Bridgestone Potenza tires, We have all original books, pamphlets, keys, Service Manual, tool kit and Original MSRP sheet! Fully appointed with 2.5L aluminum Engine, Twin Turbo Chargers, Weber Carburetors, 3 valves per cylinder, Belt driven overhead camshafts, Maserati auto boost control, electronic egn, Mcpherson strut suspension, Rack & Pinion Steering, 4 Wheel disc brakes, Non-slip Differential, and much more. You will not a finer example,

If you are looking to buy a Biturbo, this car should be at the top of your list. Low mileage often means problems with these cars, but with the recent money invested in maintenance and one owner history, it should do a lot to assuage fears. About $10,000 to $12,000 is all the money for the best of the best when it comes to these cars, so I’d expect bidding to wind up somewhere in that range.


1985 Lancia Beta HPE VX

The Beta gets a bad rap as the car that gave Lancia a great headache in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and the catalyst behind the company's exit from the UK market in the early 1990s. What has become the butt of jokes in certain automotive circles spawned a very curious model was spawned: the HPE, or High Performance Estate. Based on the longer wheelbase of the Berlina, this two-door shooting break appeared three years after the Berlina and Coupe arrived on the scene. Towards the end of the production run, the HPE was offered in VX trim, which included the supercharged, 2.0 liter engine that produced 133 horsepower. These VX Betas are almost extinct from the scene these days, but this HPE VX for sale in the Netherlands is bound to have Lancia (and estate) enthusiasts drooling.

1985 Lancia Beta HPE VX

HPE Volumex in excellent condition. In my posession since 2001. Engine and suspension overhaul 2007. Well maintained, carefully restored. Complete maintenance file available. Ready for daily use, a pleasure to drive. Lack of space forces sale. Car can be seen and tried in Hilversum, Holland.

At a tad over $8,800 USD, this is one pricey Beta. Usually, if you can find a Beta in similar condition in the US, you'd probably wind up paying around $5,000 to $6,000 at the high end. You certainly wouldn't be likely to come across a VX model, however. A few years ago, Audi showed a TT Shooting Break concept at the Tokyo Motor Show. I've always wondered why this vehicle configuration isn't more popular, because, for a single guy like me, having a two door performance car with a bit of increased practicality is just what the doctor ordered.


1985 Maserati Quattroporte

Today, the Maserati Quattroporte has become the luxury sedan choice for those seeking something a little more harder edged than what's on offer from the German executive car establishment. In one short decade, its amazing how successful Maserati has become. Success in large part due to this sedan. But success wasn't always a given with Maserati. The earlier Series III Quattroporte wasn't as successful, with just a shade over 2,000 built over a ten year production run during the era of the Biturbo, which did much to tarnish the image of the Trident brand. Rarely seen on the streets these days, this Series III Quattroporte for sale in Michigan has covered but 35,000 miles.

1985 Maserati Quattroporte

This auction is for this rare and immaculate 1985 Maserati Quattroporte, V8, automatic, leather, all power. Unbelievably clean. Drives so smooth and takes bumps like a new car. I drove it many times on the freeway up to 90mph and it handled like a new car. Has exhaust manifold leak and it is a little noisier than normal. Tires are dry and I suggest replacing all tires. The rest of the car is in excellent condition. Must see to believe.

It's a given that a thorough mechanical inspection would be needed for this car and it would have been good if the seller would have highlighted what records were available for this car. Good Series III Quattroportes are fairly obscure collector vehicles and as such, prices have been kept to a dull roar. The best Quattroporte may run you around $10,000 to $15,000; I would suspect this car might bring somewhere between $5,000 and $7,000.


1985 Ferrari Testarossa

The existence of the Testarossa could be boiled down to one thing: a fix. Enzo Ferrari did not want to sell the 512 Berlinetta Boxer stateside because he thought it was a bit too brash and hard edged for US customers. In 1984, the Testarossa debuted and it would become a car that would define the 1980s, even if it lived on in various iterations until 1996. This 1985 Testarossa for sale in California is a very early model with the flying mirror and could possibly be one of the first of its kind to come to the US.

1985 Ferrari Testarossa

1985 Ferrari Testarossa - Recent Major Service

NOTE: This car is a 1985, NOT a 1980. eBay does not recognize the European VIN thus the 1980 in the title of the ad. The original owner of this Testarossa claims the car was the first Testarossa imported into the United States. I am researching more history regarding the origins of the car and will send any details to serious parties. This desirable early Euro flying mirror Testarossa is finished in Argento Metallizzato over Nero leather. Imported and registered properly in California with BAR tags, Cats and 16" center knock-off lug wheels with like new tires and current Smog.

Major service completed Spring 2012 @ 24,615 miles. Comprehensive engine out service included cam belts, tensioners, clutch kit, plugs, O2 sensors, etc. at a total cost of $10,680. Receipts included with sale of vehicle. Cats were previously replaced 05/23/2010. This car is in excellent condition in and out. Beautiful exterior, well preserved interior and the amazingly smooth and powerful flat-12 cylinder! This car is ready to go and needs nothing. Serious buyers only. Asking $52,500 obo.

Send me a message and a phone number and I will call you back. Thanks! Ward

Claiming this is the first Testarossa to set foot in the US is rather bold and certainly I'd want to see more documentation to go along with this. If that is the case, it might add a little bit to the value, but probably not a significant amount more. The asking price is realistic for a Testarossa of this vintage with this kind of mileage, engine out service or not. The fact that the servicing has already been done improves the desirability of this car immensely.


1985 Alfa Romeo GTV6

Much like the Alfa Romeo Spider, the GTV6 is a great way to get into an Italian classic car for not much outlay. These coupes are a hidden gem for everything from track days to autocross. With a sweet V6 coupled to a rear-drive chassis with rear mounted transaxle, these Alfas offer up quite a bit of motoring fun. This GTV6 for sale in California is a solid driver in need of a little TLC.

1985 Alfa Romeo GTV6

A runner! '86 GTV6 (October ’85 production date) STOCK, 79000+ miles. VIN# ZARAA 6695G100 7837 with ownership provenance for last 8+ years; service records since purchase from PO. Awesome car now in California (POs in Texas/Maine/GA) in very good overall condition; hasn’t been CA smogged due to storage.)

Appears to have Milano engine (strong with no head leaks, AND mechanical detensioner) and Milano TA with a very smooth up & down, “no-crunch” gearbox (double clutching is even smoother) Good brakes including parking brake with 80%+ pad life. Fully functional TropicAire A/C (R134) – tested no leaks during discharge before storage and needs recharge. Pioneer radio/CD. All working dash gauges (and senders) - 160MPH speedo & 8000rpm tach. Good sand leather Recaro seating with minor pleather upholstery issues (see pics). Almost-new front floor mats (not hiding holes below). Strong oil pump and working gauge. Very good paint with bottle of touch up included; choice of stock wheels with the 185 tires (205 tires possible) – see pics. Drives great (fly in/drive home),

Documented renovation begun by PO in TX (Docs exist for all renovation work listed below) but due to business issues, has been in storage since purchase and transport to NoCA. Well maintained; up to date service. All electrics work inside including power windows and mirrors (except courtesy lights) and out; no damage and NO RUST except where noted (see pics also).

Cosmetics (see pics) & Disclosures –

-Small dent on passenger side hatch corner
-Minor rust bubble on driver side hatch rear corner
-Usual single dash crack – dash mat cover included
-Seats have expected scaling and fading; drivers seam re-stitch needed
-Sunroof drain on drivers side seems blocked – have not investigated the front fender compartment drain outlet area on either side; others do drain OK but silicone sealed.
-Lower Oil Sump gasket needs replacing
-Driver’s window mechanism squeals going down.
-Shift lever rattles at +/- 3500rpm

Renovation work in last 5000miles (by PO before CA storage)

-Valve adjustment – 0.019in intake and 0.007in exhaust.
-Replaced speedo – cheaper than fix & recalibrate.
-New & transferable lifetime warranty Solar Guard Ultra Performance 75 sun block film on side & back windows + front eyebrow (see http://www.solargard.com/CA/Auto/Ultra)
-New rear hatch molding
-New horns
-New plenum couplers (Greg Gordon)
-New injector hoses (Greg Gordon)
-Remanufactured injectors (OKInjectors)
-New Bosch alternator and battery
-New Coil
-New high capacity A/C compressor
-New R134 A/C plumbing and pressure-tested system
-Cooling System - Individual fan relays & no head leaks
-Cooling system flushed
-New brake system flush
-New front suspension parts (professional alignment after completion)
-New poly castor bushes
-New tie rod ends
-New top and bottom ball joints
-New top control arm bushes
-New poly sway bushes
-New drop link bushes
-New rear suspension parts
-Full ½-shaft axles (both sides had incorrect GTV6 TA axles – quite a discovery during cornering…)
-Sway bushes
-Complete drop link assemblies

This is a rare opportunity to purchase a very clean and straight late model GTV6. They are extremely hard to find in this condition... not modified or personalized in anyway. But, it is not a perfect car, as I have described.

As described, this isn't a perfect GTV6, but a good example to start with if you want a fully sorted driver. With most of the mechanicals seeming straight, the intrepid enthusiast wouldn't have too much of an issue righting the other minor issues. The BIN of $6,500 is about what a solid driver with a few issues would get you these days, but I'd maybe like to see maybe $500 to $1,000 knocked off the asking price to leave room for some of the imminent costs ahead.