Weighing in at over two tonnes the SL600 is able to achieve a 0-60 time of 6.1 seconds thanks to its enormous 6-litre V12, which punches out a mighty 389hp. The engine bay of this example is extremely clean and tidy, with absolutely no hints of any corrosion or damage to be found. The car has been particularly well maintained over the years with an extensive service record as proof of this.
Beneath the Lexan engine lid lies the mighty 4.3-litre Ferrari V8 unit producing 503 bhp. At the push of the button the engine fires into life with a familiar Ferrari bark. The superb 'F1-SuperFast 2' paddle-shift transmission bursts through the rev range with precision taking just 60 milliseconds per change. This example benefits from a recent Ferrari Approved Vehicle Check and Factory specification geometry check.
The Z3 is equipped with the same 2.8-litre straight-six as used in the E36 328i. Producing a healthy 189hp the car reaches sixty in just 6.5 seconds. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a silken five-speed gearbox and Torsen limited-slip differential. The engine bay itself is wonderfully tidy, with a fresh appearance retained throughout. Having been well maintained from new the car remains in excellent fettle, performing faultlessly on test.
The release of the E89 saw the end of the Z4's naturally aspirated straight-six engines and the introduction of turbocharged four-pots. Under the bonnet of this example you'll find a 1997cc unit. The BMW TwinPower Turbo technology package for the sDrive20i includes twin-scroll turbocharging, High Precision Direct Petrol Injection, Valvetronic fully variable valve control, and Double-Vanos continuously variable camshaft control. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox, and start/stop technology is standard.
With a mere 39k miles to its name the 5.3-litre V12 idles up to temperature nicely and performs very well on test. The densely packed engine bay remains clean and tidy, and is certainly consistent with the car's low mileage. A well-documented maintenance history further verifies the limited usage.
Opening the bonnet reveals a tidy engine compartment. Early E36 M3s such as this are fitted with the 3-litre S50 engine, producing 282hp with 236 lb.ft of torque. This power plant launches the car from 0-60 mph in little over five seconds. Power is transferred to the wheels via a smooth 5-speed Getrag gearbox.
The mighty two-litre DOHC turbocharged engine produces 276hp from the factory and rockets the Lancer from 0-60 in well under five seconds. This examples benefits from an HKS Silent Power Exhaust and HKS Super SQV blow-off valve (fitted by SVA Imports, Kent). The engine bay presents in excellent condition, and is one of the cleanest of the Evo VI's we have seen here at 4 Star.
As an ex-PalmerSport M3 the car is running at 445hp and has been de-restricted to reach speeds of up to 185mph. The engine bay remains in an orderly state, with the 4.0 V8 sounding magnificent through the custom BTB exhaust. The double-clutch transmission performs faultlessly, shifting rapidly through each of the seven gears as required.
Being a later model produced in 1990, this example is equipped with the rare 2.7-litre version of the 8-valve engine, tipped to be a sound investment as this particular model was only in production for less than one year. In 2015 the 944 received replacement timing and balance shaft belts, distributor cap, rotor arm, and auxiliary belts. The engine pulls well through the rev range and the 5-speed manual gearbox feels tight and precise.
The 4196cc V8 produces 300hp at 6,000rpm, shifting this luxury cruiser from 0-60mph in little over six seconds. The under-bonnet area remains extremely clean and free from any marking to the plastic engine covers. The visible components remain in pristine condition and present just as they did when new. Power is transferred to rear wheels via a smooth 6-speed automatic gearbox.
Under the bonnet is an orderly engine bay remaining in fine fettle. Powered by the peppy 2-litre BMW engine and mated to a 4-speed automatic gearbox, this E30 makes for a great little cruiser. The gearbox operates smoothly and pulls through the gears with ease. A fresh oil service has just been carried out along with a cambelt, water pump, and coolant change.
Beneath the huge bonnet is an orderly engine bay in fine fettle. The power is supplied by a monstrous 5.5-litre twin-turbo V12 engine which produces a silky smooth 543bhp with 664 ft-lb of torque, launching the 2.7-tonne vehicle from 0-60mph in just 5.2 seconds. The 5-speed automatic gearbox performs well, changing through the gears effortlessly.
With a superb maintenance record the car is in excellent mechanical fettle. Lifting the rear lid reveals a wonderfully clean engine bay with all components retaining a youthful appearance. The car has almost always been looked after by Porsche or Porsche specialists and has fifteen stamps in the service book. The most recent service was carried out less than 3k miles ago, at 108,531 miles.
The 190 SL model name is derived from the car's 1897cc engine capacity. The straight-four unit produces 104hp and enables the car to reach speeds of well over 100mph. Lifting the bonnet of this example reveals a sound engine bay. There is a degree of patina to many of the components but nothing untoward to note. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a four-speed manual gearbox.
The vast engine bay appears in excellent condition under our studio lighting. The 3.2-litre V6 idles up to temperature nicely and punches out a respectable 228hp at 5600rpm. On closer inspection the under-bonnet components appear in great shape throughout, with nothing untoward to speak of for a car of this age. Despite its low mileage the SL boasts a good maintenance record, and so unsurprisingly remains in fine mechanical fettle. It will be sold freshly serviced.
Praised for its superior handling the Club Sport was named ‘Performance Car of the Year' in 1993 soon after its launch. Under the bonnet lies the 2990cc inline-4 engine mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The engine bay of this particular car remains extremely clean and tidy with no corrosion to any of the panels or components. Complete with a superb maintenance record the car appears in excellent mechanical fettle, performing extremely well on test.
The Cortina is equipped with the original 1558cc DOHC inline-4 power plant. This Lotus/Ford engine is equipped with twin Weber carburettors, electrical fuel pump, and a wet sump. The four-speed synchromesh gearbox feels tight and precise to operate throughout the gears and rev range.
With just 34k miles to its name the 5.3-litre V12 remains in great mechanical fettle, and has just been freshly serviced. The engine bay is well preserved and is certainly consistent with a car having covered so few miles.
Opening the rear lid you'll find the engine bay in very good, clean order. The two-cylinder 499.5cc unit, which produces 22hp, runs well and idles nicely up to temperature. Brilliant in its simplicity the 500 certainly provides a gratifying driving experience.
Having covered a mere 18k miles from new the stock 3430cc straight-six remains in excellent mechanical order. Remaining dry stored for most of its life the engine bay has none of the usual corrosion issues associated with E24's on the inner wings and chassis rails. Since arriving at 4 Star the Observer has been treated to a full service including all fluids, filters, and plugs.