The M100's 1.6-litre Isuzu engine was developed with help from Lotus. The peppy four-cylinder here is one of just 180 naturally aspirated examples, making the non-turbocharged Elan a particularly rare purchase today. The engine's 130hp is sent to the front wheels via a precise five-speed gearbox.
The original 2.4-litre flat six erupts into life first turn of the key and idles up to temperature without fuss. As a 1973 car, this Italian-supplied T was one of the very last production 911s to be equipped with carburettors. Furthermore, the engine bay has an immaculate appearance with no signs of damage or poor repair. Both the engine and transmission are matching numbers, and both perform without fault. The car is undoubtedly a pleasure to drive, shifting through each of the five gears with ease.
The engine bays remains in good, clean condition. At the first turn of the key the 3.2-litre straight-six fires into life, idling correctly up to temperature with a smooth engine note. The five-speed manual gearbox feels perfectly tight and precise, providing smooth gear changes and commanding the engines power perfectly. A marque specialist has just carried out an Inspection II service at the current mileage of 54k.
Behind the cockpit, the water-cooled flat-six plays classic Porsche tunes. The engine starts first turn of the key, idling up to temperature without fuss. Despite covering so few miles, the car has been well maintained in its life to date and was most recently serviced in 2016 at 23,209 miles. A new clutch was fitted in 2016, and the engine and gearbox mounts were replaced in September this year. The car is complete with an advisory-free MOT until September 2018.
The E-Class is equipped with the Mercedes-Benz 2.3-litre inline-4 engine. Beneath the bonnet the engine bay is particularly clean and tidy with no signs of corrosion or poor repair to be found. On test the 4-speed automatic gearbox feels smooth and seamless to operate, pulling through the gears with ease.
The engine bay is in sound condition with no signs of accident damage or poor repair. Having never needed restoration the under-bonnet area retains an original finish without looking overly dressed. Recent mechanical work includes the cleaning and rebuilding of both the carburetter and turbo. The clutch has also been replaced and a service has just been carried out to include new spark plugs.
The smooth V6 is an excellent complement to the R129 SL. Under the bonnet of this example you'll find a pristine engine bay with no signs of any damage or poor repair. All panels remain free from corrosion and all plastics appear factory fresh. The car performs beautifully on test, pulling well and shifting through the five gears exactly as required. It will be serviced upon sale for the new keeper's peace of mind.
The engine bay presents in good order and the car is still fitted with the correct matching number MFI engine. The yellow paintwork in the engine compartment is all original. The rubbers and plastics maintain a fresh appearance and even the factory stickers are still intact.
The engine used in the CSL has an increased output over the regular S54 by 17hp and 4 lb-ft of torque, compared to the European M3. This is due to the use of sharper profile camshafts, a bigger air intake with a carbon fibre manifold, and refinement of the exhaust manifold. Under the bonnet of this example you'll find a pristine engine bay laced with carbon fibre. The car is supplied with a complete maintenance record; the most recent service was carried out less than 100 miles ago.
Under the bonnet lies the magnificent 5-litre Mercedes-Benz V8, producing over 300hp and launching the SL to 60 mph in a swift 6.1 seconds. This example is in excellent mechanical condition having always been maintained at the correct intervals by both main dealers and Mercedes specialists. It was most recently serviced at 50k miles.
The E-class is powered by a Mercedes-Benz 2.8-litre straight-six engine, providing silky smooth performance throughout the rev range. Beneath the bonnet the engine bay is very clean and original with absolutely no signs of corrosion to be found. On test the 4-speed automatic gearbox feels smooth and seamless to operate, pulling through the gears with ease. At 66k miles in 2016 the car received an oil service, replacement spark plugs, and a new rear exhaust box. The gearbox was replaced in August this year at 75k miles.
The 2.5 straight six engine starts first turn of the key and idles up to temperature just as it should. The engine bay retains a clean appearance with no signs of damage, poor repair, or corrosion to any of the inner panels. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a silken 4-speed automatic transmission. The E30 was most recently serviced at 58k miles in 2016, which also included a timing belt change.
The engine bay is in remarkable rust-free condition, the engine itself in fine fettle having been religiously maintained solely at BMW from new. On close inspection the chassis rails are entirely free from any corrosion with all other areas and components presenting extremely well indeed. The four-pot 2.3 idles up to temperature without fuss and the five-speed dogleg is still a joy to operate.
The D4's 3-litre six-cylinder biturbo diesel engine sets standards in terms of power, torque and efficiency. The outstanding base engine from BMW is constructed entirely from lightweight aluminium and features latest-generation common rail direct fuel injection as well as a two-stage turbocharging with variable turbine geometry. Effective optimisation of pressure losses and special intake air ducts exploit the full engine potential and lead to significant gains in power output and enhanced engine characteristics. Despite its impressive performance characteristics and high power output, this drivetrain is also extremely economical.
Dressed in carbon fibre, the superb 2.7-litre V6 powerplant is very clean having been well maintained from new. There are nine stamps in the book with the most recent service having just been carried out in September this year. As with the rest of the car, all components and plastics are in fine order.
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.
The engine compartment and underside are notably clean, leaving no doubt that this example has been very well maintained and stored throughout its life. The flat-six Turbo provides a huge rush of acceleration, completing the 0-60 dash in a mere 3.9 seconds.
The 3.6-litre flat-six ignites first turn of the key and idles up to temperature without complaint. Although not much is visible beneath the rear lid the engine bay clearly remains in outstanding order. All components appear factory fresh no signs of wear to be found. The car's extremely low mileage of just 10k is comprehensively verified by an outstanding maintenance record from new, which is detailed below. It was most recently serviced just 1,500 miles ago. Power is transferred to all four wheels via a silken 6-speed manual gearbox.
Under the bonnet you'll find the 2.8-litre M52 straight-six from an E36 328i Sport. With this car the owner's objective was to create an original looking 3-Series but with the speed and reliability of a more modern example, suitable for everyday use. The engine was completely rebuilt in 2014 over a four-month period and now boasts an enlarged throttle body, lighter flywheel, and ECU re-map. A recent rolling road session showed a healthy 215hp on tap. To ensure the engine remains cool a large aluminium radiator was also fitted with an automatic 16-inch fan. The car was most recently serviced in March this year at 108,875 miles.
The 3.6-litre air-cooled flat six idles up to temperature without fuss and sounds magnificent. As with the rest of the 911, the engine bay is entirely corrosion-free. All components remain in excellent fettle and present with a smart finish. The engine was replaced in Japan with a genuine RS unit earlier in the car's life, and it is understood that Porsche carried out this work. The car is complete with a great service history with the records at close mileage intervals.
The centrally mounted 1397cc unit in the Turbo was derived from the Renault 5 Alpine, known as the Gordini in the UK. Using a modified Lancia Stratos as a test bed, Renault began work on increasing the engine's output from a normally aspirated 93hp to a turbocharged 158hp; the result is what's found here.
The 3.5-litre M62 V8 engine starts first turn of the key and idles up to temperature as it should. The engine bay retains a clean appearance with no signs of any damage, poor repair, or corrosion to any of the inner panels. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a smooth five-speed ZF automatic transmission, which performs well on test. The car was most recently serviced at 65k miles in 2016.
Being an earlier example, this M Roadster is equipped with the stunning S50 engine that produces an impressive 317hp. With no kind of electronic traction or stability control system, it is certainly not for the faint-hearted. The S50 engine can be identified by the "BMW M Power" inscription on its cam cover, while the later S54 motor contains only the "M" badge.
Lifting the vented carbon fibre R-Tune bonnet reveals a pristine engine bay. The 2.6-litre R-Tune engine, designated the R1, not only gained a new turbocharger and racing camshaft at Nismo, but also received the hot-rod treatment, including full balancing and polished ports. Further enhancements from the factory include an upgraded intercooler, radiator, and oil cooler. The car has recently been dyno'd and runs just as it should from the Omori Factory.
As a 1996 Model Year car this SL is equipped with a five-speed electronic automatic transmission, as opposed to the four-speed hydraulic setup on previous variants. On first turn of the key the car idles up to temperature nicely, and pulls strongly through each of the gears on test. The 5-litre V8 was last serviced 6,700 miles ago, but will receive a fresh oil change upon sale for the new keeper's peace of mind.
Unsurprisingly the SL 500 is equipped with the Mercedes-Benz 5-litre V8, producing a healthy 323hp. Under the bonnet of this example the engine bay is particularly clean and tidy, with absolutely no signs of any corrosion to be found. Looking closer there is protective wax still present on many of the components, as applied at the factory. The car was most recently serviced at 30k miles.
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.
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.