1993 Volkswagen Corrado SLC VR6

1993 Volkswagen Corrado SLC VR6

I think this Corrado SLC is an interesting comparison to yesterday’s Misano Red ALMS Edition Audi TT 225 Coupe. Like the Audi, in 1993 The Corrado SLC with its throaty 2.8 liter VR6 engine was the top of the heap in the 2-door product offerings. It too was a 2+2 hatchback best suited for only the first part of that equation. While the heavyweight Audi packed more punch from the turbocharged 1.8T, the all-wheel drive meant it was quite a bit heavier – so acceleration between the two wasn’t as much of a gulf as you’d expect, with both ticking 60 mph in under 7 seconds. Both have a unique style and both are fan favorites, with the nod probably going to the Corrado on greater market appeal to “enthusiasts”, while more people who drive appliances to work view the TT as a “cute” weekend car.

Yet here we are, in a market where you could buy a very nice example of either for the difference of a latte.

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1992 Mercedes-Benz 190E 3.2 AMG

1992 Mercedes-Benz 190E 3.2 AMG

One of the first cars to be produced following the official merger between AMG and Mercedes-Benz was the 190E AMG 3.2. These cars came with an aggressive bodykit, giving the W201 a wedge-shaped profile reminiscent of the infamous W124 Hammer, and an enlarged version of the M103 six cylinder motor, bored out to 3.2 liters to produce about 234 hp. Only around 200 of these were made, so the chances of finding one today are slim. However, for a time AMG continued to offer an à la carte menu of upgrades for Mercedes customers to choose from. As a result, a number of W201s were specified with an idiosyncratic mixture of AMG styling and performance parts. This 190E for example, for sale near Stuttgart in Germany, combines an almost bone stock exterior with an AMG-modified motor, making for the ultimate sleeper.

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2002 Audi TT 225 Coupe ALMS Edition with 18,000 Miles

2002 Audi TT 225 Coupe ALMS Edition with 18,000 Miles

I watched this past weekend’s Le Mans with diminished interest compared to the past few years. The loss of the great champion Audi narrowed the likelihood of overall victory to a two-horse race. And within that duo was one horse who, if it didn’t have bad luck, would have no luck at all. To be honest, I was rooting for Toyota to finally come good on their promise of the (gasp) last 30 years of racing at Le Mans.

Of course, the curse of Toyota struck once again and with a vengeance, leaving Porsche to smirk in their pits until an equal fate befell them. It would have been Audi’s year, almost for certain, had some engineers not decided to push the limits of diesel technology.

It brought me back to the golden era of Audi’s dominance; the early R8 period, when the cars seemed unstoppable in endurance racing. So successful was the company in making the leap to Le Mans that they generated a special model just to celebrate; two alternate color options for the 2002 Audi TT 225 Coupe. All were laoded manual quattro coupes only in 225 horsepower form; the only choice you had was whether you wanted Misano Red Pearl Effect with Silver Gray Nappa leather interior or Avus Silver Pearl Effect with Brilliant Red leather. As like the rest of the S-Line models of this period, the TT also got a special set of “Celebration” alloy wheels inspired by the RS4 design. Lastly, you got a commemorative sticker and a membership to the Automobile Club de L’Oeust for a year.

While no performance gains were to be had, these smart looking 8Ns are still among the more favored examples of the first generation TT – and this one might be the best out there.

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Ice Green Metallic 1977 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Targa

Ice Green Metallic 1977 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Targa

I think this will be the last of the green 911s I look at this week, though who knows what else I might find. I don’t know if I’d say this one is the most interesting of the bunch – an Irish Green ’65 911 is pretty darn interesting – but this Carrera 3.0 has quite a lot going for it. And it definitely has the longest name. Whereas this week’s 993 Targa seemed like a not too bad price for a nice car that you could spend some time driving and the Irish Green 911 combined very early origins with a great exterior color, this Carrera 3.0 brings with it a wealth of interesting facets. Like Irish Green it too comes in a wonderful exterior color: Ice Green Metallic. The interior too possesses rare, unique, and I think very attractive, Black Watch plaid seat inserts to contrast with the Ice Green exterior. And the model itself serves as the successor to the iconic ’73 Carrera RS. Oh, and the condition looks fantastic! There is A LOT to like.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Ice Green Metallic 1977 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Targa at Hunting Ridge Motors

Year: 1977
Model: 911 Carrera 3.0
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 58,276 mi
Price: $178,900

1977 Porsche 911 3.0 Carrera Targa finished in Ice Green Metallic with Blackwatch Plaid inserts.

1977 Porsche 911 3.0 Carrera Targa European Specifications finished in Ice Green Metallic with Black interior with Porsche Blackwatch Plaid inserts. Imported back in 1985 by it’s second owner, this rare and very desirable 3.0 Carrera Targa produces over 210HP and is actually faster than it’s coveted 1973 911 Carrera RS sibling. It is the only 911 that shares a 930 engine case with the famed 930 Turbo cars.

Irish Green 1965 Porsche 911

Irish Green 1965 Porsche 911

Let’s take a look at some more green 911s. Porsche’s greens run the gamut and for now we’ll move away from yesterday’s dark metallic forest green to what might be the most iconic green of them all: Irish Green. It is seen here on a very early 1965 Porsche 911 and is contrasted with a light beige interior. I must say this interior color seems rather unique among early 911s. I can’t recall seeing many like it and it presents a stark contrast with the Irish Green exterior. Everything is said to be numbers matching and matching colors. Neither the paint nor much of the interior is the original material, but all looks in nice shape now. The price, of course, is quite high, but this could be quite the find.

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Year: 1965
Model: 911
Engine: 2.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 58,701 mi
Price: $175,000 Buy It Now

Selling this highly desirable EARLY 911

1965 Porsche 911 SWB 2.0

All MATCHING #’s and MATCHING COLOR confirmed by KARDEX history!

Based on the history it is believed to be a 3rd owner car with 58,701 miles on the odometer.

This early 911 with its attractive matching color combination IRISH GREEN (paint code 6606) with BEIGE VINYL interior and matching ORIGINAL WHELLES & HUBCAPS stamped 8/65

in great condition is here on eBay for SALE for the first time for an outstanding PRICE!

THE cheapest original ‘65 on the WHOLE MARKET!!!

Condition and History

This extremely original example of this matching #’s ENGINE and 5 speed TRANSMISSION early Sort Wheel Base 911 with the original WEBASTO heater, its ORIGINAL BOOKS, TOOLS, JACK and spare wheel was driven by the last owner for the last 16 years and received recently a cosmetic restoration besides a one-time repaint with is original color by the previous owner.

1985 Mercedes-Benz 500SEC

1985 Mercedes-Benz 500SEC

When I brought home a nautical blue W126 last month, I was pretty chuffed to find a car in such an attractive and unusual color. But ever since then, I’ve been seeing nautical blue Benzes pop up left, right and center. I hadn’t really noticed them before, but it turns out that color code 929 it isn’t as rare as I first thought. Still, it is gorgeous, and looks just as nice on the C126 coupe as it does on my W126 sedan. This particular car was spotted by fellow contributor Andrew H. It’s a Euro-spec 500SEC, powered by a version of the 5.0 liter M117 motor unsaddled by US emissions restrictions. That means it should be good for about 250 hp, give or take. Performance won’t be blistering – the SEC is more of a grand tourer than a sports car – but that motor is definitely more potent than the one offered in the US-spec 500 from the same period.

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1998 Porsche 911 Targa

1998 Porsche 911 Targa

I’ve always had a thing for green cars. This is especially the case when we are shopping in the darker side of the color spectrum. As we move lighter and brighter my preferences shift much more towards the blues and away from the greens. But as an alternative to black, a dark green car does the trick for me and that’s exactly what we have here today. A Forest Green Metallic 1998 Porsche 911 Targa, located in Brooklyn, with a Cashmere leather interior and 79,705 miles on it. I’ve said before that I strongly prefer these dark green exteriors to be paired with a lighter tan interior and that contrast certainly shows well here. It’s a very earthy contrast blending both light and dark, but without the significant starkness we find with black and tan. Some will prefer an all-black interior, and I think that would look pretty good as well, but for me the contrast we see here works better.

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Year: 1998
Model: 911 Targa
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 79,705 mi
Price: $67,900 Buy It Now

1998 Porsche 911 Targa 122 produced in 1998
79,705 miles
Rare green on beige color
Clean CarFax
Car is in amazing condition inside and out
Interior is literally brand new
Car was recently service and has no issues at all with anything in the car, everything works
Targa roof was perfected in 1998
Extremely rare example for 1998
Any further questions call Matt 718 986 9436

As most are aware, Porsche made significant changes to the Targa design for the 993. No longer would we see the removable center panel and fixed roll hoop. In its place was a large retractable glass panel. This provided a similar sense of openness to the cockpit as the previous design, but without the need for removing and stowing the top any time you decided you wanted that open air sense.…

1978 Porsche 924

1978 Porsche 924

I’m going to continue my string of 924s with an interesting 1978 today. This car represents the early run of the original design. It was a simple, no-frills, lightweight sports car – in essence, what Porsche was all about. However, Porsche’s headlining cars had moved on to powerful 6- and 8-cylinder designs, and turbocharging ruled the roost in performance options – so the EA827 derivative normally aspirated 4-cylinder from corporate partners Volkswagen and Audi was selected. That relegated the 924 to only about 100 horsepower, but with good handling and excellent aerodynamics they were still entertaining – albeit relatively slow – drives.

And, at less than $10,000 new, they were an affordable sports car with good build quality and a name established in winning prestigious races around the world. Yet, as Porsche does, sales success didn’t stop them from launching marketing-targeted limited production models nearly every single year – and charging a lot more money for them with options (up to around $15,000!). Today, if you want to collect an early 924, they’re generally the ones to grab. 1976-7 saw the Martini World Championship cars, while in 1978 you could have the Limited Edition model, and in 1979 the Sebring model. There was a 1980 Le Mans edition and further specials that we’ve seen, too. Along with the addition of the Turbo to the lineup in 1980, then, there generally isn’t much of a call to look at a non special edition early 924. But, this is one that might buck that trend….

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1987 Porsche 930 Coupe

1987 Porsche 930 Coupe

I found this too funny to pass by. There are many ways to advertise a car, and especially on a site like eBay when you can scroll through hundreds of thumbnails you need something to get readers to pause during that initial view and want to take a second look. With little space available, most sellers say the typical things, sometimes there’s very useful information like “paint to sample” or “special order” (which, of course, may or may not be true), and then there is this one. “Beautiful carpets!” (I’ve ignored the typo) I must say that’s not the typical selling point, but it made me laugh and look more closely at this Venetian Blue Metallic 1987 Porsche 930 Coupe. And, hey, the carpets do look great!

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Year: 1987
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 40,201 mi
Price: $105,900 Buy It Now

1987 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe Sunroof

40K Original Miles, Excellent Condition Complete With Porsche Certificate Of Authenticity (COA)

Rare Color Combination of Venetian Blue Exterior and Linen Blue Interior which is actually a white ivory color.

Car recently had a full inspection and minor service (oil change, new rear shocks with a total comprehensive inspection). NO fluid leaks. Car originally comes from Arizona from a retired doctor. Car stayed within 1 family from new.
The interior is in exceptionally “Like New Condition” with no tears or rips, carpets look new. Carpets where wrapped in plastic and covered since new. never smoked in.
Exterior paint looks great, just a couple minor chips in the hood, no issues. Carfax documents no accidents or issues. Car drives and handles with ease, clutch is tight.
Wheels and tires are all in great condition, tires have over 50% tread left.

Tapas Turbo: 1977 Porsche 924 Carrera GT Replica

Tapas Turbo: 1977 Porsche 924 Carrera GT Replica

If the 924 Turbo was an impressive development of the first water-cooled chassis for Porsche, the subsequent developments were outstanding. Porsche brought the Carrera name to the 924, added GT and turned up the boost, widened the flares and created a legend in its own right. The 2.0 in GT form produced over 200 horsepower; in later GTS form, nearly 250 horsepower. Instead of the 6″ wide wheels of the 931 we saw yesterday, 911SC front 7″ Fuchs were matched with 8″ wide 930 spec rear wheels. Konis were standard, but early 924 springs were used to actually lower the car slightly. Boxed flares in the rear were met by better integrated flared fronts to cover the much wider track. But the big story was the boost; the M31.50 engine was a tower of power in period, giving the lowly 924 Le Mans winning speed and making it faster than the 911SC. Indeed, the model was a homologation special to allow Porsche to race the car in Group 4 racing. Porsche would use the development GTR models to score impressive class victories in 1981 and 1982 at Circuit de la Sarthe, but it was the 1980 result of 6th overall that was most impressive.

The model was largely the basis for the more mainstream 944 Turbo that was developed later, and often is mistaken for being the later model because of the similarities between the body and look. But a fringe of Porsche enthusiasts appreciate the early Carrera GT even more than the 951, and consequently quite a few have undertaken making replicas. As only 406 Carrera GTs were made, they’ve become fairly unaffordable for most, so this exacting replica in Spain offers a chance to drive a legend at a fraction of a real one’s price:

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1980 Porsche 924 Turbo

1980 Porsche 924 Turbo

Because it’s an early 1980s Porsche and the model ends with “Turbo”, it must be automatically unaffordable, right? Not so fast. While the air-cooled market has lost some of its forced-induction steam as of late, few would consider the 930s out there “cheap”. But there is still plenty of value in the transaxle marketplace; and from early 928s to the fledgling 924 Turbo, automotive journalists are pegging these cars as the ones to buy before they, too, head upwards.

The 924 Turbo, or 931 internally, was a huge upgrade from the standard 2.0 924. The addition of a KKK K26 turbocharger and 6.5 lbs of boost did the best part of double the power in Europe – even in U.S. trim, an impressive 140 horsepower was available. Yet they developed a reputation as expensive to run and finicky; when later, equally powerful normally aspirated 944s and even more potent 944 Turbos came along with fewer drawbacks, the 924 Turbo fell into relative obscurity. Today, find a good one though, and it’s a recipe for an instant classic collectable:

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1985 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

1985 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

There is a depth to this Guards Red paint that is really striking and more readily apparent than on other 911s I’ve seen. I’m sure much of that is the photography and the way the lighting has been used, nonetheless it really shows the beauty of a red car well and why Guards Red was such a popular 911 color in the ’80s. I wish I saw more of them today. Here it is on a 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in California, with just 48,500 miles on it. I’d definitely want to see it in person to get a proper perspective on that paint, but at least from what we see here this is a really nice looking example.

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Year: 1985
Model: 911 Carrera
Engine: 3.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 48,500 mi
Price: Reserve Auction ($58,500 Buy It Now)

HIGHLIGHTS

48,500 original miles
Original interior
Sunroof
15×7 and 15×8 front and rear wheels
New Pirelli P4 tires
Included

Original spare
Tool kit
Jack
Owners manual
maintenance book
Original window sticker
For more information and photos visit makellosclassics.com

The ad has provided us only the bare minimum of information so we have the pictures to help us judge the car and that’s about it. As I noted above, it does look really good and the interior looks in fine shape as well. ’85 was the first year for this style of seating in the 3.2 Carrera as the ’84 model had carried over the seats from the 911SC. So if that’s an important feature for you this is the model year that serves as your earliest source for these 911s. We aren’t told anything of this 911s history so some digging will have to be in order there.…

1960 Porsche 356B Super 90 Cabriolet

1960 Porsche 356B Super 90 Cabriolet

I’m not going to belabor the point with this post. I just think this car is beautiful; I’m very taken by it and it looks like a wonderful example of the breed. I’ve always found the 356 Cabriolet to be a particularly pretty car and this one fits that bill perfectly. The 356 itself is a simple, yet elegant, piece of machinery and when paired with an open roof possesses all of the vintage charm that I desire. This isn’t really about performance so much as the enjoy of the drive; the melding of aesthetic pleasures to bring about a sense of tranquility.

Here we have the fantastic combination of Bali Blue on Tan showcased on a 1960 Porsche 356B Super 90 Cabriolet. It has been fully restored, is stated to be matching numbers (with supporting CoA), and had 79K miles prior to its restoration, completed in 2014.

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Year: 1960
Model: 356B Cabriolet
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 79,000 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

1960 Porsche 356 Super 90 Cabriolet

All Matching Numbers Factory Super 90

California Car

In Storage for 20+ years

Two Tops

3 Year Comprehensive Restoration Finished Fall 2014

Offered at Cooper Classics is this rare and stunning 1960 Porsche 356 B Super 90 Cabriolet. This car is all numbers matching with its Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. The car has just received a comprehensive 3 Year restoration that was finished in the fall of 2014. The car has spent its entire life in California and 20 years in storage. The car has driven roughly 600 miles since restoration completion and is in like new condition. The car was restored to the stunning color of Bali Blue over Tan leather interior.

1991 Opel Lotus Omega

1991 Opel Lotus Omega

The first generation Omega was a mid-sized luxury car offered in Europe by Opel, the German subsidiary of GM, between 1986 and 1993. Sold in Britain under the Vauxhall marque and rebadged as the Carlton, my friend’s dad had a mid spec model when I was growing up. I always thought of it as a poor-man’s BMW 5-series. And I don’t mean that in a bad way: it was actually a pretty admirable car, offering luxury features to the masses like ABS, an on-board computer and a dazzling (at the time) LCD instrument display. I suspect most people by now have forgotten all about them. But there is one very special edition of the Omega/Carlton that enthusiasts of my age could never forget, the one breathed on by Lotus. The British sports car manufacturer took the hottest version of the car, the 3000 GSi, enlarged the 3.0 liter 24v motor to 3.6 liters, added two Garratt T25 turbo chargers, a six speed manual gearbox taken from a Corvette and an aggressive bodykit. The result was a menacing and breathtakingly quick uber sedan, with 377 hp on tap and a top speed of 177 MPH.

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Time Machine: 2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen TDI

Time Machine: 2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen TDI

Recently, I went on a train ride with my son to the local airshow at Quonset Point in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. The location also is the port which brings in a fair chunk of the Audi and Volkswagen products destined for New England. And, more recently, it’s also become a graveyard.

As the train rounded the corner onto the siding heading towards the port, what used to be an abandoned rail yard of a forgone era – a reminder of when the Navy had a major presence and money in Rhode Island – has been filled to the brim with a new activity. Yet it’s equally as sad as the dusty boarded up military buildings which once lined what has become an industrial park. That’s because it’s the home of all of the local “Dieselgate” buybacks of Volkswagen TDis.

Row after row of (to me) effectively brand new or lightly used TDis greeted us as the train shook on the decrepit rails. So bad is the condition of the track in that area that the train is limited to nearly walking speed; fitting, as it made the procession by the flocks of abandoned Volkswagens all the more painful to witness. We couldn’t just buzz past quickly; it was as if the antiquated rail system was offering a commentary on the VW scandal.

It brought me back to a little over a decade prior when Volkswagen came roaring back to the U.S. with its promise of “Clean Diesel”. A fan of the brand, I – like so many others – felt genuine enthusiasm as the products which dominated Europe were finally coming to the U.S.! Real world mileage was met with manual 6-speed transmissions and even a wagon – and more people than ever were flocking to the brand, happy to identify themselves as budding environmentalists because of their discerning automotive choice.…