Odd 5 - 1998 BMW 525 tds wagon

We feature our share of German turbo diesel wagons, but almost all of them feature a tri star badge on the grill. This BMW 525 tds is a model we've never seen in person and we'd be interested in the story of how it ended up in Canada.

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Don't Sweat the Small Stuff: 1994 530i 5-Speed Wagon

April 13, 2017 bmw, wagon, 5-speed

If we're being picky, there are lots of red flags here. 215,000 miles, rust bubbles, plenty of overspray from a "four stage paint job" that photos seem to show was applied in a warehouse. We could go on, but it's a 5-speed V8 BMW wagon. We're happy to at least pretend those red flags don't exist for a bit.

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Machine Learning: 1979 300TD Wagon

We're continuing to help machines take our jobs by training our rudimentary TensorFlow implementation to find cool cars. Turns out this stuff is sort of tricky - who'd have thought something developed by PhDs at Google would be a bit complex? At any rate, it did surface this early diesel Benz wagon so we feel like we're on the right track.

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3 Pedal 3 Series: 2004 BMW 325xi Wagon

We had a very similar E46 wagon in the Moto Roster fleet for a bit, and though it is one of our favorite BMW body styles, it never really lived up to our expectations. That was mainly due to the fact that our wagon was short one pedal and lacking in fun factor. This one fixes that issue and has a few other nice details that could make it a great driver.

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Kill Two Birds: CJ5 with a Mercedes Diesel

As we look to check the next vehicle off of our roster, we keep coming back to the fact that we've never owned a Jeep. We've also never owned a Mercedes diesel of any sort even though our year end retrospective showed them appearing on MR again and again. This truck could solve both of those problems in one fell swoop.

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200 Cars Later: One Year of Moto Roster

December 27, 2016 year in review, moto roster

We launched Moto Roster one year ago with a bunch of ideas about how technology can help connect people with the cars that they want to own, and fuel a new kind of car club. Along the way we hit some roadblocks, launched some groundbreaking products, and helped many members create their own rosters of “someday” cars. On top of that, we also featured over 200 unique cars and sent out a ton of t-shirts.

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Checks All of the Boxes: 1989 BMW 325ix Wagon

December 23, 2016 bmw, 325ix, AWD, wagon

These aren't quite the unobtanium vehicles that they once were now that 25 years have passed and they're easier to import, but this one is still tantalizing. It has all of the right options and is only a few hours away from Moto Roster HQ which could make for a dangerous situation. It would look great with a red bow on it for anyone scrambling to do some last minute shopping for us.

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What's the Catch? 1991 BMW 325ix

December 10, 2016 bmw, 325ix, AWD, deal

For $4,800 this final year model of the much revered AWD E30 seems like it should be an easy buy. It's claimed to be rust free and the seller seems to provide thorough documentation to that end. We're surprised that is hasn't been snatched up yet -- especially by friend of Moto Roster Drew who sent it to us.

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A Sleeper Sleeper: 2011 Toyota Sienna

Stay with us -- ignore the whole "boring" Toyota Sienna thing and just look at the stats. All Wheel Drive, pop up roof, Propex heater, heavy duty towing package, and an extra deep cycle battery for goodies. Throw in a factory Toyota warranty and suddenly our interest is piqued.

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430 Miles Per Year: 1986 Vanagon Syncro

This will be a quick write-up for a slow car. With only 13,109 miles on the clock, we would guess this van has to be in the running for the lowest mileage Syncro Vanagon in existence. It looks like it just rolled out of a VW showroom in 1986 and we're hoping that the stereo comes with a "Stuck with You" cassingle in it.

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You Had Me At Tan & Diesel: 1980 Mercedes 300TD Wagon

November 10, 2016 mercedes, wagon, diesel

On top of the fact that it’s tan and a diesel, this Benz is also a wagon with a manual transmission, and blue MB-Tex interior. If you add all of that together, this may represent about the most Moto Roster vehicle ever.

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Germans Are Not 'Quirky' - 1983 Mercedes Benz 300 CD

October 19, 2016 mercedes, diesel

Putting a luxury, diesel, coupe in your line up is probably a tough sell for an automaker selling cars in the US in 2016. In 1983 however, it only stood to reason that Mercedes Benz would offer their W123 "executive" car in every conceivable body and engine combination. So, while the we normally see the diesels in the wagons, we're glad someone ordered this one wrapped in a coupe.

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Ohio Comet: 1961 Mercury Comet Wagon

October 01, 2016 mercury, comet, wagon

Now that fall is in the air we've been leaning towards featuring 4WD vehicles in preparation for winter. A rear wheel drive wagon from the 60's powered by a little straight six mated to a 2 speed transmission might be the antithesis of a winter vehicle, but we like a challenge. It's amazing what you can do with some winter tires and a few hundred pounds of ballast.

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Westy + Weekender: 2003 EuroVan with matching Trailer

This low mileage 2003 Eurovan is enticing enough with the best-of-both-worlds Weekender package that allows for comfortable camping without sacrificing daily van functionality. Adding what's billed as a 2016 pop top camper that has been retrofitted from another Eurovan makes for a great combo that can tackle anything from soccer practice to months long road trips.

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Practical Classic? 1980 Mercedes 300 Diesel Wagon

September 01, 2016 mercedes, diesel, wagon

There aren't many vintage cars that could serve family duty in any kind of practical way. While we'd still be leery about strapping a child seat into this wagon on the daily, we think it would be a great weekend ice cream cruiser and also provide utility in "real life."

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High Miles + Low Dollars: 1998 BMW 540i

August 30, 2016 bmw, craigslist, e39

The E39's are some of our favorite 5 Series BMWs and this one is even more appealing with the big V8 and 6 speed transmission. The fact that it's finished in 90's perfect Oxford Green (they couldn't call it British Racing Green) makes it even better. Add a low price tag and a location only 15 minutes from Moto Roster HQ and we might have to find some space in the garage.

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More Beer-Fueled Engineering: VW Cabrio Ghia

We're don't know what the title for this car claims, but it has got the body of a 1970 Karmann Ghia and the drivetrain of a 1986 Cabriolet. We're not sure what the percentage of each vehicle is, but we salute the beer-fueled ideation and engineering that got this project this far.

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V8 Wagon Swap: 2000 BMW E39 Wagon

This BMW started its life as a 528i wagon but it's now sporting a 4.4 liter V8 and a 6 speed. The circumstances that lead to this swap are somewhat questionable but the appeal of a 6-speed, V8, rear-wheel drive wagon is strong.

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El Benzo: 1988 Mercedes Benz S-Class Pickup

We've seen a bunch of Mercedes truck conversions before, but we don't recall seeing one that started life as an S-Class and sports a big gas V8. While some of the color choices are questionable, the quality of this conversion looks like it wasn't just the result of having a few too many Bitburgers one night.

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Pretty Practical (as these things go): 1980 Unimog Doka

Owning a vehicle that straddles the line between monster truck and strip mining equipment is never going to be a decision driven by practicality. BUT, if you've got your heart set on upsetting the neighbors with a Unimog, this 4-door model with a plethora of hydraulic hookups is about as practical as these things get.

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Big 5 Beater: 2007 BMW 530xi Wagon

July 22, 2016 bmw, wagon

We've featured some more stellar examples of these rare 6-speed 5 series wagons before, but this one is more in the bargain category. It has plenty of bumps and bruises on the outside and non trivial mileage, but some recent service and an $8,000 buy it now price makes us think we could be riding in style this winter.

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5 Speed Swap: 1989 BMW 325iX

July 21, 2016 bmw, awd, E30

This 1989 BMW 325iX started out with an automatic transmission in Dayton, Ohio and currently sports a 5 speed in Los Angeles. Even though it has accumulated 190k miles in the intervening years, it still looks excellent. A good deal of recent service, including the 5 speed swap and a suspension only adds to the appeal.

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Not Fast But Furious: 1977 GMC Vandura 4x4

What this GMC van lacks in speed, it makes up for in just about every other category. With a new crate motor paired up with a period Pathfinder 4x4 conversion, it will get you just about anywhere. That said, you might still need to keep an eye on the 33 gallon tank to make sure you have enough fuel for it to get you back.

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We Know Things Have Been Slow Around Here....

June 30, 2016 motoroster, project

Sorry that we haven't been keeping up our normal pace of featured-cars. We recently took delivery of a project 912 at MR HQ so we've been a bit distracted.

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5 Series Meet 6 Speed: 2008 BMW 535XI Wagon

June 27, 2016 bmw, wagon

These 5 series wagons seem to be much more common now that they've trickled down to second and third owners. Everytime we see one on the street we peek inside and 99 times out of 100 we're disappointed to see only two pedals. This one not only has the 6 speed, but the big motor, and some Dinan goodies to go with it.

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Bang For Your Buck: Supercharged 1992 Miata

June 23, 2016 miata, supercharged

This 1992 Miata has low-ish miles, a good color combo, and most interestingly a supercharger bolted on to its stock 1.6 liter engine. Upping the HP on an already light car is an equation we're always fans of. Thanks to MR reader Drew for the backyard find.

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Hard Miles: 1972 BMW 2002

May 31, 2016 bmw, 2002, runner

This 1972 BMW 2002 is beyond rough around the edges, but it's described in no uncertain terms as a runner. It has been kicking around eBay for a few weeks now, and we're tempted to see how flexible the seller is on price.

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Connected Badge Update: Version 2.0

May 03, 2016 moto roster, badges

We released the initial beta of our connected car badges last week and we're already onto a second iteration.

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Rare "World Cab" - 1984 Jeep Scrambler

Right hand drive is normally a turn off for us, but we'll make an exception for this unique ex-postal Jeep. Any vehicle that was up to USPS duty in Alaska has to be more than tough enough for anything we'd subject it to. Combine that with the unique factory "world cab" and this Scrambler could really "deliver." Get it? We're sorry.

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Fresh off the Boat: 1983 Mercedes Benz 230TE

April 23, 2016 mercedes, wagon

We don't see too many manual Mercedes wagons on our shores, let alone one with less than 40,000 miles on it. This nicely specced 1983 230TE was imported last year and looks neat and tidy. This is our second petrol Mercedes in as many days but this low mileage wagon is more than worth it.

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Clean on the Inside, Green on the Outside: 1987 Mercedes Benz 230GE

Though it's army green, this is a civilian spec G class with a gas engine and plenty of bumps and bruises on the outside. The inside looks very clean, and with less than 60k Spanish miles on it, it could be a winner.

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Low Mileage Super High Output: 1992 Ford SHO

April 19, 2016 ford, sho, yamaha

We're fans of taking a big motor and stuffing it into an ordinary looking car. Ford did it in the 60's by dropping a 427 into the Fairlane and 30 years later they took a different route to the same result. When it came to make the SHO, instead of looking to pure displacement, they partnered with Yamaha for a 24 valve work of art that was capable of spinning up to 8500 RPM.

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Bond on a Budget: 1970 Triumph GT-6

April 17, 2016 Triumph, GT-6

While the roadsters tend to get all of the love, the we've always liked the GT-6 with its somewhat awkward DB-5 meets XK-E styling. This one has received a "full restoration" and has some nice upgrades that could make for a fun driver.

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Hellrot Juxtaposition: 2 Very Different 60’s Mercedes Benzes

Things are a bit slow on the car-hunting front here at Moto Roster because we're working on some techy-stuff that we're excited to share soon. Until then, we're still out there scouring for interesting cars and a couple over very different Mercedes from the 60's caught our eyes. One is a luxury car with a big V8, the other is a truck beast of a 404 with a "little" gas V6.

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Making Room For a Caterham: 1978 Austin Mini

April 07, 2016 mini, 1275cc

The seller of this 1978 Austin Mini needs to make room (and likely free up cash) for his newly purchased Caterham 7. Said to have been restored over the last decade, the seller of this Mini made some choices that we personally don't love, but those are overshadowed by the ones that we do. 1275cc and coilovers anyone?

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Heckflosse sounds cooler than Fin Tail: 1967 Mercedes-Benz 200

Stored for the last 27 years, this low mileage 1967 Mercedes 200 Diesel still has subtly striking style after nearly 50 years. It's currently sharing a garage with a G500, but it could be leaking diesel on your cement if you've got $6,995 burning a hole in your pocket.

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Old Mini, New Motor: 1961 Austin Mini

March 25, 2016 mini, 1275cc

Details are scant on this 1961 Mini, but the same word could be used to describe the Mini itself. However, put a 1275cc motor into a dry-cone, US spec car and you've got our interest no matter how lacking the description may be.

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Hauling 3 Tons of Books: 1952 GMC ex-Bookmobile

March 19, 2016 gmc, coe, truck

Normally we think of these big COE trucks handling dirty, heavy duty tasks like hauling cars, or towing other trucks. This one was built for a more genteel and learned, but equally taxing job: hauling around a few tons of books and their biblio-related accoutrements.

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E30 Oil Burner: 1986 BMW 324d

March 16, 2016 bmw, diesel, e30

Rarely seen (and never sold) in the US, this early E30 was imported from Germany and trades the much revered gas engine for a 6 cylinder diesel that was also shared by its 5-series big brother. Though this one is normally aspirated, the M21 engine also came in a turbocharged version that, among other applications, was available briefly in Lincoln Mark VII's!

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16" of Ground Clearance for $11k: 1987 AM General HMMWV

Out taste in 4x4s usually tends toward Land Cruisers, Land Rovers, and Willys'. This ex-military 1987 Humvee makes all of those look like toys. We know it's ridiculous, and who knows what it takes to get a plate on this thing, but still: this seems like a lot of vehicle for $11k.

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Early Driver: 1970 BMW 2002

March 11, 2016 bmw, 2002

This 1970 BMW 2002 is was a daily driver and owned by the proprietor of a vintage import garage outside of Baltimore, Maryland. It looks like a great combination of drive-enhancing upgrades and maintenance paired with original paint and a good level of wear.

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A Tale of 2 Turbo Diesels: Mercedes Benz 300TD Wagons

Two diesel wagons left West Germany a year apart from one another in the 80's. They each spent the next 30+ years in the United States and they both racked up over 300,000 miles. One did it in the Southern California sun, and one looks to have served the prep-school set in Connecticut. Now, they both find themselves for sale on eBay. Maybe one buyer could reunite them?

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Forget the 22RE: Toyota Pickup w/Mercedes Diesel Swap

We're pretty pleased that our experimental Craigslist Crawler found this odd duck hiding outside of Minneapolis. At first glance, we wrote it off as a rather run of the mill extended cab pickup with a "you're dreaming" price. Then we noticed that the crawler had flagged it as "turbo diesel" and suddenly we're interested. We love the 22RE, but a 5 cylinder turbo diesel is even more interesting.

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Look What the Algorithm Dragged in: 1951 Willys Wagon

In addition to writing about cars, write code here in the Moto Roster garage (that's what pays the bills and lets us buy cars). We've been working on some tools that will let us find more interesting cars, from more sources, with less effort. It's still a work in progress but we're getting results. Here's an example of one that bubbled up: a 1951 Willys Wagon

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More Glass Than a Greenhouse: 1976 Mercedes Benz Funeral Coach

February 23, 2016 mercedes, diesel

It's hard to champion the purchase of a hearse unless you're a funeral director or Rob Zombie. Add to that we don't normally feature cars located outside of the US and that's 2 strikes. Nonetheless this 1976 Meredes 200 diesel's coachwork and acres of glass were too interesting not to share.

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James Cook Edition: Mercedes Benz 207D Westfalia

Naming an adventure vehicle after Captain James Cook is a bold move, but we think this rig can live up to it. Bigger (and slower) than better-known VW cousin conversions, this Mercedes 207D could be a great alternative to a full sized RV for more-than-a-weekend living situations.

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Friday Garage Builder: 3 Quick Takes

A German, a British ex-pat, and a Colombian all walk into a bar. It's not the setup for the world's most obtuse joke, just a description of the 3 cars in today's Friday Garage Builder. Today we have a high mileage 944S2 for low money, a sweet Land Rover Santana, and to mix things up a bit, a guy in Columbia handmaking aluminum shells inspired by Porsche 550s.

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Shiny Shoe: 1999 BMW M Coupe

February 07, 2016 bmw, coupe, m

We know that a car is special when wife of Moto Roster notices them on the road. We figure with that kind of "support" it will be easy to work the 25k asking price for this 1999 BMW M Coupe into our budget.

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Very Special Order: 2001 BMW 325 Wagon

February 03, 2016 bmw, wagon

A 5-speed, straight 6, rear wheel drive station wagon with a red leather interior? That's more than enough for us to ignore the "unique" orange livery on this BMW Wagon. And, if we're being honest we kind of dig the orange anyway.

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Pre-Kardashian Edition: 1987 Mercedes 300GD

We were always happy to see a G-Class running around in the 80s and 90s knowing that someone went through a lot of trouble (and expense) to get it here. That was the back when these things were for eccentrics and fanatics, not wealthy soccer moms and celebrities.

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Mail Order Mini

January 29, 2016 mini

Would you write a $9,500 check to send away for this Mini and wait to see what shows up?

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Schnitzel Food Truck Conversion? 1969 Mercedes Benz Fire Van

January 28, 2016 mercedes, van

We have no idea what we would do with it, but that doesn't stop us from being inexplicably drawn to it.

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Room for 12: Six Door 1986 Suburban

January 24, 2016 chevy, suburban, custom

Lot's of SUVs offer 3rd row seating these days. How many have a door for that 3rd row and another 6 feet behind it?

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Labor and Love (and beer): Custom Vanagon Doublecab

January 23, 2016 vw, truck, custom

There are lots of custom VW communities out there. This Vanagon embraces all of them.

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Day Glo Orange Ghia

A college friend's dad once told me that he bought a Karmann Ghia because he couldn't afford a 356 and that girl's couldn't tell the difference.

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Ohio Track Star: Hayabusa Powered "Lotus"

We've got a Super 7 / Caterham of some sort on our roster, but those street-legal rides look like Cadillacs compared to this homemade track car.

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Ridiculously Good Looking: 32K mile 230TE Wagon

January 14, 2016 mercedes, wagon

This wagon looks so good, and has such low miles, we're willing to overlook the seller's dispariging remarks about the sacred 3.0 diesel that this gray market Merc eschews for a 2.3.

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What could go wrong? High Mileage 2003 Audi Allroad

January 12, 2016 audi, german, wagon

We at Moto Roster HQ were seduced and burned by a similar 6-speed Allroad a few years back. Maybe this one with double the miles and lots of performance mods would serve us better?

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Signal Red Turbo Diesel - 1982 Mercedes 300D

January 10, 2016 mercedes, diesel

We're normally against "resale red" resprays, but there's a lot to like about this old workhorse.

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Big Bumper 2002

January 08, 2016 BMW, german

This final year 2002 could be a great way to cross an iconic driver's car off of your roster.

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How much 912 does 25k get you?

January 07, 2016 porsche, 912, german

Beverly Hills Car Club - who are always big on photos and short on details, help us answer the question.

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Free Moto Roster Stuff

January 06, 2016 motoroster, membership

We need your help to spread the word about Moto Roster and we're not above bribery.

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Welcome to Moto Roster

Moto Roster is based on a simple idea: car guys (and girls) all have a list in their heads of cars that they want to own one day. We're here to help you keep track of your list, get inspiration from other people's lists, and ultimately get people the cars that they want.

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