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 […]
The Jaguar V12 engine was launched in 1971 for the E-Type road car, but the design was originally created for the mad XJ13 LeMans racer. A few years later, the engine was stuffed into the Malcolm Sayer/Doug Thorpe designed XJS…and MANY years later you can get one for the price of a years worth of […]
This next car comes as a tip from Mark who writes will these ever appreciate? I’m not entirely sure, but I will enjoy the ride while they are cheap. Find this 1994 Mercedes-Benz 600SL offered for $8900 in Kansas City, KS via craigslist. Tip from Mark. From the seller: 1994 mercedes-benz 600 SL condition: good cylinders: 12 […]
How bad can it be? Where is the nearest BMW dealer? What is an electric throttle? What is an electron? No these are not the answers to the latest Jeopardy quiz — they are, unfortunately, the things you NEVER want to say after buying a V12 BMW that has sat for at least the last […]
This next car comes as a tip from Jeff who writes: Ya gotta love depreciation… especially when it comes to used BMW / M-B cars. I know, I know… the stories behind the electronics with this engine might actually make late 70’s/early 80’s model Jaguar owners wince, but I’m a sucker for low mileage, European […]