As I mentioned recently in my 1979 Volkswagen Scirocco post, early water-cooled Volkswagens are really beginning to stretch their legs in value. That’s especially true for survivor cars; those untouched by the hand of times and hands of the traditional Volkswagen crew. It’s unusual to see a Scirocco at all these days, but one in pristine original condition with low mileage? Yeah, play the lottery when that comes across your field of view. Well, at least some (the traditional fans of these cars, for the most part) will now have hope to hit the lotto to throw their hat into the bidding for some of these cars:
Taking my statement from earlier this week about featuring almost every Ice Green Metallic Porsche we come across to its logical conclusion, here I will feature another one. Except this one isn’t just about that beautiful exterior color. This one also is about the interior: a rare Olive Green interior. The car itself is somewhat similar to my feature earlier this week, this time a 1977 Porsche 911S Coupe. The mileage is pretty high – 197K miles – but it looks well cared for. Enough of that though, let’s take a look at that interior:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1977 Porsche 911S Coupe on eBay
Engine: 2.7 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 197,065 mi
Price: $46,900 But It Now
1977 Porsche 911S.
Ice Green Metallic.
Olive Green Interior.
Books, Manuals, Records, Spare and Jack.
This green toned 911S is a mesmerizing car and a superb driver! The factory combination of Ice Green Metallic on Olive Green Leather Interior is extremely rare, making this particular Porsche a collector’s dream.
Incredibly, the Porsche has spent its entire life in the care of one family from Southern California, who has later relocated to a similar warm climate in Texas. Car is completely rust free.
Mechanically, this 911S is remarkable! The family kept the car well maintained all these years, including a complete engine and transmission rebuild, plus recently a complete brake rebuild (all calipers, hoses, and master brake cylinder). The car starts every time on the first crank, with no smoke and no drips of oil anywhere. Also, according to the family, this is a fully numbers matching car with its original motor and transmission.
The entire Green interior is original with the exception of recently reupholstered front seats.
In roughly 1999, a local-to-me European car business turned up with something quite unusual. It was a pastel blue 1984 Volkswagen Rabbit. There was nothing particularly special about it; it was a base model with steel wheels. It wasn’t unusually optioned. It wasn’t a GTI. In fact, there was only one really remarkable thing about it – it had only 5,000 miles on the odometer from its single owner, and was in close-to-new shape.
The story went that the original owner had suffered a heart attack when the car was quite new. The widow had left the car in the garage, untouched by all but dust, until finally an estate sale liberated the single oil change bunny. The condition was certainly astounding, but to me the asking price at that time was, too. The seller was looking for $5,000.
It was pretty cool that the car was like a new fifteen year old car, but then cars had come a long way since 1984 in 1999, and the collector market on the Rabbit hadn’t really taken off. In 1999, $5,000 would have bought you a very nice 2.0 16V GTI, after all.
Fast forward to today.
It’s been an astounding nearly twenty years since today’s equivalent to my parable was new in the dealership. Like my memory, it’s a very basic Golf in very good condition with very low mileage. Similar to my story, cars have come a very long way in the past twenty years, and a quick jaunt in this buzzy, basic and slow Golf will quickly remind you of that. So has the market on a clean, low mileage automatic base Golf taken off yet, or is this doomed to a similar fate as my Rabbit – to sit and wait for jsut the right nostalgic buyer?
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 Volkswagen Golf GL on eBay…
The R107 arrived in 1971 and remained in production for an extraordinary 18 years, enough time to establish itself as a well-loved symbol of motoring decadence. Today, these roadsters remain usable and admired classics. The 300SL, available in Europe between 1985 and 1989, was never sold in the US. American buyers were therefore deprived of the six cylinder R107 experience, having to choose from a range of V8s instead. A shame, really. In many respects, the bulletproof 3.0 liter engine was a nice match for the chassis. The R107 was always more of a boulevard cruiser rather than a sports car anyway, so the 190 hp offered up by the creamy six cylinder unit is sufficient. With a little less weight up front, these tend to feel a little more agile than the V8-powered models. And aside from some well documented weaknesses (head gaskets, valve guides and stem seals) the M103 is a notoriously reliable motor.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 Mercedes-Benz 300SL on eBay…
Let’s get the elephant in the room out in the open: this 1988 BMW M5 has 225,000 miles, and the asking price is $42,000. It’s also pretty far from original.
That’s good, because there’s really a lot to like in this particular example of the legendary chassis. First off, it’s one of the very, very few of the already scarce U.S. spec E28s that were imported with option 0232 – full black leather. That makes it one of 101 imported to North America as such, and of those only 30 were sold in the U.S.. That alone makes it quite desirable. But then this M5 goes a step farther, and by a step I mean several flights of stairs. Outside we have a European bumper and headlight swap; I know, some people prefer the U.S. setup in the same way that some people consider Marilyn Manson a musical artist. It’s also ditched the original M5 rolling stock for wider, modular and forged BBS RS wheels. And that high mileage? No worry, the S38 has been rebuilt and turned up a few notches, while the upgraded suspension has dropped down and stiffened the ride.
The result? Boy, does this look like one mean super sedan.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 BMW M5 on eBay…
Mercedes-Benz made a hybrid S-Class? Mercedes-Benz made a hybrid S-Class. The W221 carried on the S-Class name proudly in the late 2000’s and when everyone jumped on the hybrid hype train, so did the Sonderklasse. Mercedes-Benz really had no choice, the 7-series, A8 and Lexus LS all were launching hybrids as well so it only made sense competitively for a hybrid S-Class to be offered as well. The result was the S400 Hybrid, a mild hybrid (gas engine working in parallel configuration with an electric motor) that returned 19 city and 26 highway miles per gallon. Compared to V8 S550, that was a slight improvement over the 15 city and 23 highway but you also gave up 87 horsepower and 117 lb·ft of torque. So why in the world would you buy one of these?
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid on eBay
Model: S400 Hybrid
Engine: 3.5 liter V6 & 3-phase AC magneto
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 52,690 mi
Price: $23,500 Buy It Now
You are viewing a stunning 2010 Mercedes S400 HYBRID. It has only had two owners from new (both in Austin, Texas) and the 60k service was just performed at Mercedes of Austin. It is in excellent condition inside and out and has always been dealer serviced here in town (records are available with dealer).
This car had basically all the options ticked when sold new and had a sticker over $100,000. The options list is below:
Premium 1 Package: Headlights: Bi-Xenon; Headlight control and active headlights; LED day time running lights; Driver and front passenger seat front seat heated, ventilated and climate-controlled
Premium 2 Package: Driver and front passenger seat front seat active/massage and active seat bolstering; Smart card/smart key with keyless entry includes keyless starter; Card key power locks; Front radar parking distance sensors, rear camera parking distance sensors; Parking assistance: guidance display for rear parking
Sport Package: Front spoiler; Side body skirts; Front and rear alloy wheels: 19″; Front 255/35- and summer tires, rear 275/35- and summer tires
Rear Seat Entertainment Package: Entertainment display screen located in back of front seats; Two sets of wireless headphones; Two remote controls
Driver Assistance Package: Overtaking sensor; Adaptive cruise control; Lane departure warning; Requires: [P02] Premium 2 Package
Power Rear Side Window Sunblinds
There are no mechanical or electrical issues and everything functions as it should.
One of the comments on my recent post of a 996TT with the X50 package is that prices for these machines – especially when the mileage is very low as that one was – have risen close enough to the 997TT that the 996 begins to make less sense. That’s a very fair critique as prices have moved upward. As performance value goes, why not go for even more performance? So this seemed a worthwhile time to check in on the 997 Turbo and see what you can get.
Here we have a Midnight Blue Metallic 2007 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe, located in New Jersey, with Natural Brown leather interior and 21,994 miles on it. This certainly is not the only 997 Turbo on the market, nor is it the cheapest, but it is one of the few that I found in a color other than Silver or Black and equipped with a manual transmission. If you like Silver and want the Tiptronic transmission there are a lot of options and they’re all plenty cheaper than this one. But those aren’t an apt comparison with the typical 996 we look at so I thought this made for a better representative.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2007 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe on eBay
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.6 liter twin-turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 21,994 mi
Price: $79,900 Buy It Now
2007 Porsche 911 Turbo
Midnight Blue with Natural Brown leather interior
6-Speed Manual Transmission
Clean CarFax report with no issues – the link to the full report is below.
2.49% financing for 60 months is available with qualified credit!
Please contact Steven Sasson (212) 804-8070 or Steven@LegendCarCo.com
We will be happy to accommodate a Pre-Purchase Inspection at our location or at a local shop.
The 300k-mile 500E I wrote up last week was a bit of a hot mess. It needed extensive cosmetic work along with who knows what else. But to my surprise, it sold for $7,700. I wish the brave soul who bought it all the luck in the world, whether they restore it to its former glory or use it as a comically powerful beater. The sale price got me thinking: how much would you have to pay for high mileage 500E that wasn’t all torn up? As if on cue, this nice looking example popped up on eBay. The miles are high, but the condition of this Porsche-Mercedes mashup looks great, a testament to the longevity and durability of the W124 platform on which it is based.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E on eBay…
In my last C4 S6 post, I mentioned how the mid-year changes of the short run for the re-badged C4 made each one feel a little bit bespoke given that so few were sold. That’s certainly the case here, as the running changes manifest themselves in interesting ways on this particular 1995.
The most obvious of the items that can be seen is that this car wears the earlier 16″ Fuchs-made forged wheels more traditionally associated with the S4. These were replaced later in the run by the Avus design Speedline wheels the S6 (and most S models for the next few generations) wore, but early production S6s were delivered with the leftover Fuchs wheels. Which is more desirable varies by preference, but in this case I think the Fuchs work really well. Early cars also retained the infrared locking system (denoted by a receiver at the base of the B pillar) and the manual locking rear differential button in the center console. These were replaced later by a radio locking system and electronic rear differential, respectively, in the 1995.5 S6 refresh. But what also is interesting to me, and perhaps one other Audiphile, is that this car has the later closed headrests, unlike the S6 we saw last week.
At the end of the day, these minor differences matter little in what was otherwise a very desirable package no matter what parts Hans grabbed to install that groggy Monday morgen. Presented in semi-ignominious yet signature Emerald Green Mica with Ecru leather, this one nonetheless looks like a keeper:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Audi S6 on eBay…
Creating the W201 series was a monumental undertaking for Daimler-Benz. Design and prototyping ran through the early days of the 1980s as the company spent 2,000,000,000 DM in development costs for the small chassis to compete against the 3-series. This amount included construction of a new factory in Bremen to help produce the W201. Bruno Sacco, head of Mercedes-Benz styling in the late 1970s and early 1980s, created a compact rendering of the S-class formula which worked well. The chassis brought new refinement to the small executive market, with multi-link independent rear suspension and anti-dive front suspension, along with increased levels of sound deadening and lower wind noise from the aerodynamic design.
Mercedes-Benz wasted little time demonstrating that the new “Baby Benz” was, indeed, worthy of the three-pointed star. The culture within the engineering department was still very much funded with an open checkbook, so no stone was left unturned to created a sedan of unparalleled quality and without compromise. To prove this point, shortly after its introduction Daimler-Benz took three of the newly launched, high-performance 190E 2.3-16 variant to the Nardo test track in Italy. At a time when not many family sedans were able to exceed much more than 110 mph, the diminutive Benz topped 150. But it wasn’t just for a moment; over ten days, the W201s lapped Nardo at a fevered pace, conquering world records in distance over time. First fell the 25,000 km World Record time, then the 25,000 mile one. Ultimately, along with a slew of class records, the 190E 2.3-16s averaged 154 mph for 31,000 miles – yet still returned over 10 mpg.
That achievement signaled the launch of a new level of small sedan performance which soon would be met with improved models from BMW and other marques. And while those subsequent models would go on to be more famous on the race track, the 190E made its mark nonetheless.…
Our perusal of classifieds takes on a variety of forms, or at least for me it does. Most of the time it is simply a search with no target: let’s see what’s out there. Other times I might narrow that search to a particular model, sometimes even a particular year. I’m always looking for the more interesting examples, especially by color. Every now and then I search for what I want. That’s what got me to this 911: a Black 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe with Linen leather interior and 127,500 miles on it.
Craig recently wrote of his own Mercedes acquisition, which stemmed from searching classifieds for our site. That won’t be the case for me. I’m not planning to buy another car that I’ll barely drive and will be parked on the street. But I’m always on the lookout just to dream a little and to have an eye on the market. I won’t say this 911 is perfect – because I’m not even sure what the perfect 911 would be – but it hits almost all the right notes and for those back road weekend drives I think it’d do very nicely!
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe at Chequered Flag
Model: 911 Carrera
Engine: 3.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 127,500 mi
Chequered Flag International is pleased to offer this 1989 Porsche 911 G50 Coupe in Black with Silk Grey leather interior. 127,50 miles with clean CARFAX. Delivered in Washington state and taken to Texas around ’94 to present. Nicely equipped with: Power Sport Seats, Limited Slip Diff, Short Shifter and Sport Suspension. Very good straight body with mostly original paint (blend on hood and the front left fender and rear left quarter panel).
For all my fellow American readers, you’ll have to sit this one out today as it’s forbidden fruit — at least until 2026. What we are looking at is a 2001 Mercedes-Benz E430 4Matic Estate. This isn’t all that exciting on the surface as the E430, 4Matics and estates aren’t particularly rare by themselves, but combine all three and it’s far from a common build. Of course, North America was denied this combination but fear not if you wanted a fast all-wheel drive wagon, the Audi B5 S4 wasn’t a bad substitute. This V8 S210, for sale in Japan, is up for sale for a shocking low price and the best part about it is that it’s free to apply for Canadian citizenship.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 Mercedes-Benz E430 4Matic Estate on Benz World
Model: E430 4Matic Estate
Engine: 4.3 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 146,035 km (90,741 mi)
Price: $4,000 CAD ($2,961 USD)
For sale is my 2001 S210 430 4matic 145,000km.
Silver on black leather interior. No sunroof, auxiliary heater
Close to mint condition.
New Mobil1 oil change, fleece filter, air filter,
fuel filter, front and rear brake pads and hoses, front and rear diff oil, roof antenna rubber, lower windshield moulding, windshield washer pump, rear nozzle, blower motor resistor/regulator. Transmission fluid and coolant and water pump changed 20,000km ago. Needs nothing.
For what I can gather, this is a really nice example even with the 90,000 miles. W210s aren’t regarded as being the most durable cars Mercedes has ever rolled out but this one looks like it’s held up just fine. Inside, this car looks fairly well-equipped with the Comand system and power folding mirrors but no sunroof or parking sensors. The most important thing about this wagon is that it doesn’t appear to have any rust because once you start seeing rust, it’s a losing battle.…
Another 2.7 liter Carrera Targa. For a model I don’t see very often they do seem to be coming up with more frequency these days. I featured one last week in one of my favorite color combinations, and while this one doesn’t quite possess that same immediate allure…man is it really grabbing my attention!
Why might that be? Somewhat surprisingly, the whale tail is really catching my eye. I always have preferred the whale tail to the duck tail – I think that’s just a product of growing up in the ’80s when the whale tail was more the norm – but generally speaking I don’t typically like the whale tail on a Targa. The lines do not seem to work. Here, though, everything comes together well and I love the look. I also really like the gold accents of the Carrera script and painted Fuchs. That’s surely a much more subjective feature, but those accents combined with the tail are what is putting this one over the top.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa on eBay
Model: 911 Carrera Targa
Engine: 2.7 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 62,608 mi
Price: $69,500 Buy It Now
Iconic Black/Gold example of Porsche’s venerable Carrera
62K original miles, numbers matching, fully documented back to 1975
Featured in Henry Rasmussen’s “Porsches For The Road – The Survivors Series”
Accompanied by factory manuals, tools, original window sticker, COA, and extensive documentation file
Engine – 2.7L, flat 6 cylinder
Gearbox – 5 speed manual
Drivetrain – Rear-engine, RWD
Presented in iconic Black over Gold, this US specification Carrera Targa is a great survivor car with an unbroken documentation chain, and showing just 62K original miles. This specific car (9115410024) was featured in Henry Rasmussen’s “Porsches For The Road – The Survivors Series,” with a two full page spreads, as well as a large photo in the table of contents.
Now that we are just about done drooling over Craig’s new 300SE, it’s time to take a look at another W126. This 1985 380SE for sale in Kentucky offers up another shade of blue on the S-Class, the darker Nautical Blue Metallic. This one also has two extra cylinders with the M116 3.8 liter V8. Fortunately for everyone, this Gen 1 W126 has been highly cared for and shows only a hair over 45,000 miles. But are you willing to pay the price?
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1985 Mercedes-Benz 380SE on eBay
Engine: 3.8 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 45,100 mi
“ONE OWNER! Garage kept Only 45k Original Miles! Owner invested $6400 in upgrades recently…you will NOT find this year and mileage anywhere on the internet. Near perfect condition! Very Very minor paint chips…almost cannot see them. Trunk appears to have never been used. Leather is perfect and the overall interior is pristine. This is a one of a kind car and there is NOT anything like it on the entire internet for this year, make, and model. No fading in paint and the tires are newer. Chrome has no blemishes. Just a beautiful car. Mechanically it runs and drives like new. You will not be disappointed.”
From 1980 to 1985, the 380SE was sold along side the 380SEL, 500SEL and of course the diesel 300SD in the US. In 1984, the M116 in the 380SE/L was upgraded to a dual-row timing chain to fix chain failure issues that the earlier engines suffered from. The dual-row 380SE/L only lasted until 1985 until it was replaced by the 4.2 liter V8 M117 that birthed the 420SE/L that carried on until the end of W126 production. This being a 1985 car, it’s a far more desirable car in the eyes of enthusiasts and anyone who just wants to maintain these cars to go forever.…
The Type 21/28 Lasten Transporter doesn’t get much press on this site mostly because the LT series of Transporters from Volkswagen was never offered here. Introduced in the mid-1970s as a larger work vehicle than the T2, in brought water-cooled motors and a more traditional front-engine, rear-drive layout to Volkswagen’s van recipe. Well, I say “front-engine”, but technically this was a mid-engine van since the layout placed the engine above the front axle.
The LT was a work van first and foremost, so they were not luxurious in nature. Often snapped up by delivery companies and municipalities, they lived hard lives and it has become even more unusual to see them today as the newest is new some 22 years old. They were available in many different configurations with different engines, from the 2.8 ton LT28 through the mega-duty LT55. Both gasoline and diesel (along with a turbocharger in some cases) were available, and Volkswagen even briefly offered a Westfalia camper version of the larger T4.
This particular example is from mid-run. A LT35D, it features the Volkswagen D24 DW 2.4 liter inline-6 normally aspirated diesel. With a 23.5:1 compression ratio these motors sound impressive but didn’t return much in terms of power; sans turbo (and as seen in Volvos, too!), they made 74 horsepower at 4,000 rpms and all of 114 lb.ft of torque. It has has an interesting history, having lived its working life as a fire truck at Zahnradfabrik Passau in Bavaria on the Austrian border; a production plant for the company you known much better as simply “ZF”: