This next feature is interesting in several ways. First it is a V12 SL600 Mercedes-Benz from the R129 generation of the SL-class, which is something to behold on its own. Next is the seller’s story about drug dealer who got it impounded by the DEA and lastly it has been sitting for the past 5 […]
If anybody ever says to you “my Suburban is a real gas guzzler”, I suggest you buy this car so that you can respond “no…MY Suburban is a real gas guzzler!” This next car isn’t the Suburban you typically think of..this is a ’51 Plymouth Suburban, but the original engine is holding a boat in […]
The Mercedes-Benz SL600 is a complex beast that is powered by a lean mean M120 V12 that pushes something around 389 horsepower into a slushbox automatic transmission. These cars are known to require a thick stack of cash to keep properly maintained, but with only 56k on the odometer, how much maintenance could this really […]
I’ve been pretty brutal on kit cars that look like they are fast/fun, but have the performance figures of a Prius (see Volkswagen powered kit cars et al). However, it isn’t the ACTUAL zero-to-60 performance that is important, but the experience. You want that car that makes you feel like a kid again, and that […]
Back in the late 1950s, the engineers at GMC had a problem. They had a good inline-6 for their commercial trucks and a few decent V8s to choose from, but the inlines-6 were more rugged and reliable than the powerful V8. So they did the only logical thing, which was the combine two inline-6 engines into a single V12 with a ginormous cast cylinder block and a 180 lb crankshaft. Hitting the scales at 1486 lbs, the Twin-6 V12 was a 702 cubic inch behemoth that made 565 ft-lbs of torque just off idle and a whopping 275 horsepower at 2400 rpm. It is, for better or worse, the most modern V12 ever built by GM…and I think I just found an engine for the next RX-8 I find with a busted Wankel, because this about the opposite you can ever get from a rotary without going to steam power. Where would you swap this 1960-1965 GMC Twin-6 702 V12 offered for $3500 in Palenville, NY via ebay?
I’m not afraid of high mile vehicles, particularly if they are from a known breed that survives into the triple digits without costing the owner his lunch each year in maintenance. The BMW 850 fits in that category of expensive to own, but not Ferrari ridiculous, andthe idea of scoring a deal on a low mile V12 powered BMW is compelling..but you have to wonder if a low mile V12 that hasn’t been driven is scarier than a high mile 850ci…I dunno, but the car collecting hobby has turned into stamp collecting these days and this will probably be worth more than the current ask if you just kept it in your garage for a decade and drove it once a week. Find this 1996 BMW 850Ci offered for $17,000 in San Rafael, CA via craigslist.
I love it when a craigslist advert concludes with a statement like: They need to be trailered, don’t expect gleaming beautiful cars, they need work. This isn’t a seller trying to pass off his project as something it isn’t — this is a seller who wants to sell. And its probably where anybody would be if […]
You know what I love better than a gorgeous coupe fitted with a V12 powerplant offered for a reasonable price? One with pop-up headlamps…because fixed beams are for chumps. Yeah, there is only once choice — the BMW E31 8-series. Between 1989 and 1997 BMW sold only 7,000 of the shark nose E31 in North […]
The BMW E34 5-series was a large luxury family car from BMW, available as a sedan or wagon (estate). We don’t see the wagon versions very often on the road anymore, but they offer a surprising amount of room for the kids/gear/junk while maintaining the classic BMW luxury, handling and performance. Regrettably, for the US […]
All I want for Christmas is a V12…that’s it. No fancy bluetooth integrated steering wheel and ear heaters or a backup camera that was tuned for THX by George Lucas — I JUST WANT 12 cylinders of gasoline power. Find this 1991 BMW 850i here on eBay offered for $11,950 in Ozone Park, NY with a few […]