Datsun 240Z + BMW 2000 Touring + BMW M3 E46 CSL - Auction Action 456

By: Mark Higgins

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Live auctions remain on hold but the online auction action continues at a furIous pace. Here are some of the highlights

1973 Datsun 240Z

Sold: A$55,700
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If you don’t want to pay a king’s ransom for a 240 Zed, then head to the states-via the internet. This one lived in the Big Apple from 1974 to 2014 and was given a refurb in 2016. This included replacing the engine with a 2.8lt Datto donk and five-slot manual. The underside and engine bay were given a makeover. It hasn’t been modified so getting it close to original spec wouldn’t be too difficult.

 

1974 BMW 2000 Touring

Sold: A$22,000
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Looking like a 1960s Toyota Corolla from the rear, the BMW 2000 Touring was penned by Giovanni Michelotti. And the cream exterior and tan upholstery do little to raise its desirability stakes or pulse. There's little doubt the M10 2lt four-speed manual BMW 2000 Touring would choof along the autobahns at a decent clip as shown by its 200km/h speedo and 8000 rpm tacho.

 

2005 BMW M3 E46 CSL

Sold: A$137,000
Artcurial Monaco, Lot 236

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This E46 M3 CSL is one of 843 built and has travelled just 42,500kms. When it was conceived it had one job to do, lap the Nurburgring in under eight minutes. Many of the panels are lightweight and over 360 horsepower has been extracted from the six-cylinder engine. Tied to it is an automated manual gearbox. Delivered new in Russia it sold with service history and books.

 

2006 Ferrari F1 simulator

Sold: $29,200
Silverstone

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This is the closest you’ll ever get to drive a Ferrari F1 that Michael Schumacher has. Okay it's a simulator, but it is the Prancing Horse’s official one and used by the multi-world champ and his teammates, to hone their skills between gee pees. It was updated with ‘R-factor’ software and circuits from the 2012 F1 calendar among a few other International circuits used for testing. This was a rare opportunity to own such a piece of F1 history. It was sold ready to drive.

 

What's moving & shaking:

Porsche Boxster

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The two seat roadster arrived here in the mid 1990s offering affordable entry into Porsche ownership. Powered by a 2.5lt flat six the engine was upgrated to 2.7lt at the turn of the century. In 2003 the Boxster S with its 3.2-litre engine was launched to coincide with styling updates. Early cars were short on electronic wizardry so repairs shouldn’t kill your funds and can be had from mid-to-high teens. An early 21st century model will set you back mid $20k. That’s still chicken feed for a Porsche. Do your homework and have a genuine Porsche expert look before you leap. With Porsches, the older they get the more valuable they become.

 

From Unique Cars #456, August 2021

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