Sadly, the time has come to move my '72 along to a new home. I don't have to sell this car, but it's not being driven much currently, and a change in priorities for me means the car will likely not get the attention it deserves moving forward.
Malaga '72 2002, M10/4-speed car with ~102k miles. Purchased early last summer in Florida, I flew down and drove the car home to NC without missing a beat. I have since driven it all over North Carolina, including the 4.5 hours each way to The Vintage, and other than a loose fan belt, the car has never let me down! Very well maintained and very cleanly modified, the list of new maintenance/modifications below.
From ~93k miles to present:
-new brake fluid reservoir, brake hoses
-All new front suspension and steering components; control arms, ball joints, tie rods, center tie rod, radius arm bushings
-Full Ground Control coilover set-up with shortened housings, Koni adjustable struts/shocks, and adjustable camber plates, 350F/400R spring rates
-E21 front hubs with new wheel bearings
-Suspension Technique swaybars front and rear with adjustable rear links
-Volvo front calipers with vented rotors and extended front studs
-Porterfield R4S front pads
-valve adjustment ~6k miles ago with new VC gasket
-Ireland Engineering ceramic coated shorty header
-Ireland Engineering full stainless "street" exhaust
-New Weber DCOE40 carb set-up
-new mechanical fuel pump
-differential gear oil change
-Reman TII distributor with Pertronix
-Moroso catch-can assembly
-New upper and lower radiator hoses, coolant temp sender
-wideband oxygen sensor with digital display in "fasten seatbelts" display
-Euro/early front flush turn signal set
In the last ~1k miles or so:
-New tail light lenses
-NOS Cibie yellow fogs (mounted but not currently wired)
-New Sachs clutch kit, resurfaced flywheel
-Redline gear oil in transmission
-New clutch slave
-New shifter bushings
-New correct Trapezoid mirror
-New rear wheel cylinders
-New Bosch alternator
-Mostly new center console assembly (no radio/speakers!)
-14" Enkei Apache V wheels, Yokohama S-Drive tires, wheel locks and 5mm spacers installed
-Brand new (not remanufactured) seat belts and receivers from forum member bluedevils
The car drives *extremely* well; starts easily even with the sidedrafts, idles fairly well (no stalling/surging issues), shifts smoothly, brakes and suspension perform perfectly. The carbs could use a little tweaking for the weather here, but they operate reliably as-is. The exhaust isn't loud at all, and the car is pleasant to drive even at highway speeds. Sunroof, windows, rear pop outs, and vent windows all work smoothly and correctly. All gauges and lights work perfectly, wipers and cigarette outlet work perfectly. No real squeaks/rattles, no whine from the transmission or differential, no noises from the suspension, the mounts on the car are tight, steering is crisp and communicative. Still a tiny bit of play in the shifter, but that's being nit-picky/comparing to my E30. The blower motor is not functional and I haven't investigated, but I'd assume like most, the motor itself would need replacement. It's mostly a fair-weather car for me, so never been particularly high on my concern/to-do list.
The car has been repainted at some point long ago, but is a fairly nice job. There are a few minor dings and scuffs, but the car presents extremely nicely. The roof is notably faded, but could be brought back well by the hand of a better detailer than myself. Part of each rocker panel was replaced previously; there's no sign of this that I can find/tell visually, but it's documented when the car was sold in 2012 with 93k miles. The driver side rear shock tower was replaced previously, and the spare tire well patched, and though a mechanically solid repair, the welding/paintwork in that area isn't the highest quality. The front lower valance has some cracking paint down low, so will likely need repair in the future; it currently is not soft, nor particularly easy to spot the cosmetic issue though. The floors and frame rails seem fully intact, and I have not been able to find any signs of filler from any other repair work. There is one dime-sized soft spot on in the driver front wheel-well that hasn't become a hole yet, but should be patched soon, as well as a very small spot on the passenger lower fender in the rock-guard that's showing (both pictured below) The body panels line up well (the hood could use another adjustment to be perfect.) Several dings are present in the chrome belt-line trim, but I have straight and clean replacement trim for the three most notably damaged pieces. The car would be an absolute knock-out with the replacement trim installed and a professional detail.
There is no radio, nor speakers in the car, and the rear shelf and door panels are still uncut. The dash has one notable crack that y's off to the right of the instrument cluster, but is otherwise very clean and presentable. The carpet is mostly intact, but a weak point on the cosmetics of the car due to age/staining, and was on my list to replace. The seats are in fantastic shape overall; no rips/tears or even notable fading, and the stuffing is still intact, so they're comfortable as well. Door panels are presentable and free of any real waviness or damage. The original headliner is intact, and fairly clean, with just a couple small folds/tears on the sunroof panel. The battery has been relocated to under the rear seat with basic bracketry that is entirely functional, but could be better/nicer. The original steering wheel will be installed at time of sale, but the Momo solid hub pictured will be included with the car.
Overall, the car is a phenomenal driver-quality 02. With a professional detail and a fresh carpet kit, it would be an even more stunning looker as well, but that'll be up to the next care-taker. I have no doubt this car could be driven anywhere within reason, and without any real issue. There's likely more I'm forgetting, so I'll update the ad as details pop back in my head, as well as adding more/better pictures shortly. I have a binder of receipts/documentation for the car going back to ~2013, as well as a spreadsheet for most of the work that was performed (much more detailed than what's listed above as well.)
Located in Raleigh, NC
Will drop the price a bit if the buyer would like to bring their own wheels, or I can transfer the Yokohama tires onto a set of 14" Revolution RFX and lower the price $600. More pictures to come in the next day or two!
cagedbunny at gmail