This year marks the tenth anniversary of the introduction of Audi’s supercar-scaring R8. It really was a bit of a leap for the company which typically mastered unsteer-laden sedans to jump into a mid-engine, rear-biased all out sports car, but when they put their mind to it they sure did an impressive job. The design built off existing themes in Audi’s show car history such as the Spyder and Avus concepts of the 90s, but the real foundation work was laid with the twin-turbo Lamborghini V10-powered LeMans quattro show car in 2003. Of course, such a crazy concept would never come to fruition, right?
Fast forward only three years later and the road-ready and newly coined “R8” was brought to the market. Architecture was heavily borrowed from existing models within the company’s umbrella; the basic platform was shared with the Audi-owned Lamborghini Gallardo, while the initial engine came from the RS4 in the form of the 4.2 liter, all-aluminum FSI V8. At 414 horsepower, it might not have given a 599GTB driver much concern, but it surely gave the crew heading into Porsche dealers pause.
From the get-go, journalists swooned over the performance and dynamics of the R8. It was lauded as one of the best packages you could buy – even Clarkson liked it! Even before the mega-V10 model rolled out for 2009’s model year, the 4.2 offered blistering performance in a budget (for the market) package. 0-60 was gone in 4.6 second, the standing quarter in 12.5 and it’d do nearly 190 mph flat-out – at least, that’s what Audi claimed. Car and Driver eclipsed the 60 mark in 4.0 seconds in theirs. At around $120,000 new with some options, the R8 was more dear than any Audi had ever hit market.
But there was something even more odd and unique that this car did, or rather, didn’t do, and it’s one of the main reasons I don’t often write them up.…
My first thought when I saw this car was literally “Holy Crap. A reasonably priced Corrado!”
And then I saw the salvage title.
But let’s not dwell on that yet. Let’s consider what we have here first. The photos paint the picture of a pretty nice, mostly original Flash Red Corrado SLC. It retains the original Speedline wheels and Baja-1000 ride height. It’s got leather inside, the big complaint of comments on the the last Corrado SLC I looked at. But the big draw must be the price, which at $6,500 is just very reasonably priced in my mind. The last Corrado SLC I considered? Same color, cloth interior, near same miles – $18,995. It’s like the ‘Cult of Corrado’ have decided “Hey, this is basically the same recipe as the E36 M3, and they’re increasing in value, so my car must be worth a lot.” Logical? Well, no one ever said passionate car enthusiasts were logical. In fact the whole idea of sitting around, pontificating about theoretical car values seems inherently illogical. When someone buys it, obviously that’s the price it’s worth, right?
But I digress.
Perhaps the asking prices for Corrados are more in line with their premium stature. Since new, they have demanded a premium; the SLC hit the market in 1992 at $22,000, and tick a few option boxes and you were quickly in Audi money. But you could look at this car as an expensive Volkswagen, or (as magazines did at the time) as a budget Porsche. Instead of the E36, the natural comparison to this car probably should be the Porsche 968. And you can’t get a decent one of those for $6,500…
Vesuvio Metallic: another in a line of Porsche colors seen so rarely that I can never remember whether I have actually come across it before. The name perhaps comes from the volcano of similar name. I’m not actually sure, but the color certainly looks volcanic in a deep yet sparkling charcoal with hints of purple. It’s a tough color to pin down as evidenced by the pictures here. In the shade the dark grey dominates and you might be forgiven for not recognizing the purple tones. In the sun, sadly not really shown here, the purple shines through bringing some vibrancy to all of that darkness. I like colors that shift and change with the light and this is a pretty rare one.
Here we see it covering the exterior of one of the all time great 911 models: a 1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S, located in Miami, with 72,053 miles on it.
Model: 911 Carrera S
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 72,053 mi
Price: $104,900 Buy It Now
We are proud to offer this extremely rare 1998 Porsche Carrera S finished in its original Vesuvio metallic.
Only 24 of these rare examples ever made since new, this is the rarest 993 available on the market and the rarest 993 coupe variant in existence.
The Vesuvio Metallic paint is the most unique color offered from Porsche Exclusive Dpt that was not paint to sample. This Dark purple has a breath taking tone under different shades of light and included matte silver accents throughout the car. The paint is all original and untouched as the rest of the car still remains. Paint is in extremely good condition and shows as it if had half the mileage, only a couple of rock chips on hood.
Usually when the Mercedes-Benz W124 is brought up it is all about the 500E, Cabriolet or sometimes the diesel. This is for good reason, of course. Lost in that discussion in the lowly 300E/E320 and “not-quite-500E” 400E/E420. But often forgotten is the 300E Sportline. The Sportline was an option on W124s and W201s for a few years in North America as a way to get your kicks out of a Mercedes-Benz sedan without ponying up over $80,000 (!) for a 500E. In all honesty, the option list wasn’t all that bad for the Sportline package. You got a bunch of different suspension components, wider wheels and tires, a quick ratio steering box, a smaller steering wheel and the same seats out of the 500E. Yes, that means that you did in fact get rear individual back seats with bolstering. That bad part is that you didn’t get any extra power out of the soon to be expired M103, but you take what you can get from the conservative Germans when they give it to you. Now 25 years later and most of the regular 300E cars are trashed, even finding a Sportline is a tough task. But this 1992 for sale on Long Island just might the one to snag up.
Model: 300E Sportline
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 132,500 mi
1992 Mercedes Benz 300E Sportline 132k Black on black leather original paint.
Excellent condition meticulously maintained. Real sweet car with no issues,
Drives nice, handles tight. It’s a Sportline.
Very clean interior and exterior. Needs nothing but a new caring home.
Preferably with a garage.
Up to date on all maintenance, well sorted.
Parts replaced in past 6000 miles from March of 2014
New tires 4 matching Michelins
Oil and filter every 2000 miles Rotella T6
Radiator Belt and Tensioner
Brake Fluid flush
Fuel Pumps Filter Hangers and Fuel Line
Water Pump Upper hose and Bypass Hose with Thermostat
Braided Stainless Brake Hoses
Cap Plugs Rotor Wires
Tranny Fluid and Filter
Motor Mounts and Tranny Mount
Shifter Bushings Front Flex Disk
Ball Joints and Front Struts
Oil and Filter T6
Sway Bar Bushings
Fuel Injectors with seals and holders
Air Flow Boot and Idle Air Hoses
Valve Cover Gasket
Brake Fluid Flush
Tie Rods and Center Link with Damper
Rear Shocks Bilstein Sports
Oil and Filter T6
Oil and Filter T6
Coolant Flush Zerex
All with dates mileage and receipts
Needs a new home.
Last November, I took a look at what was to me a very eye-catching and interesting M Roadster. The E36/7 is still a fairly polarizing design, but as with many models there are signature colors which help to make it both stand out from the rest of the crowd and, in some ways, make it more desirable. For the M Roadster and Coupe, color-matched interior was available on Imola Red, Estoril Blue, and perhaps the most outlandish color – Evergreen Metallic. Finding one of the twin Evergreens can be difficult; only a claimed 176 of color 358 Evergreen Metallic with the Q6EV Evergreen/Black Nappa interior were produced for the U.S. market. I looked at one in November of last year:
Evergreen Forest: 1998 BMW M Roadster
While that example was quite clean and, as what was probably a former press vehicle, it had an interesting history, the asking price was close to top-dollar for a S52 equipped car. But today I have a comparative point; another ’98 Evergreen/Evergreen M Roadster. But under the hood lies something a bit more potent….
This is how I like to see a car presented. Especially when the asking price is fairly high. The text provides details on the seller’s ownership, the current mechanical state of the car, and any details that most buyers would be interested to know. That is followed by a large array of pictures showing both exterior and interior from a distance and then close up. We get the details and we get the full view. Could we ask for more? Of course we could, but there is enough here that any interested buyer will have the necessary information to feel like further investigation will be worthwhile. Or, if you wanted to jump right in, I think you’d probably feel pretty confident in doing so after little more than a phone call to the seller.
So let’s look at what we have: a Baltic Blue Metallic 1989 Porsche 930 Coupe, located in Texas, with Cashmere Beige interior and just 35,313 miles on it. I do not need to tell you how desirable an ’89 930 is and finding one in this condition and with this mileage just raises the bar even more. Oh, and the color is pretty rare too!
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 35,313 mi
Price: $155,000 Buy It Now
1989 Porsche 911 930 Turbo Coupe – Baltic Blue – 35k Miles – Dozens of Photos
This beautiful 1989 Porsche 930 is part of a 60+ car private collection in Austin, Texas.
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I acquired this 930 in 2012 from Park Place LTD in Bellevue, WA.
Last week’s “Right Hooker” week passed a bit too quickly to allow me to fully explore all of the unique options available to European customers. For example, one car I really hoped to feature was to locate an original Golf Syncro. Starting in 1986, Volkswagen partnered with Steyr-Damiler-Puch and made a unique alternative to corporate partner Audi’s quattro drivetrain utilizing a viscous center differential. Puch was also responsible for design and manufacturing of the T3 Vanagon Syncro, which used a different viscous coupling system because of the rear-drive platform and nature of the Vanagon. In addition to the transmission of power forwards, the T3 also offered a rear differential lock while both center and front were viscous.
But in 1986, there was a third option. Because the Volkswagen Quantum (née Passat) shared nearly all of its internal architecture with the B2 Audis, fitment of the quattro setup from the Quattro and 4000S/CS quattro was possible – so Volkswagen did it. As there was no Audi B2 Avant, Volkswagen offered the new Quantum quattro – also badged Syncro – in Wagon form, and only in wagon form. This meant that there was no competition crossover between the 4000 quattro and Quantum Syncro in the U.S. market. The Quantum also continued to run smaller 4x100mm hubs versus the Audi, which allowed it to utilize the same “snowflake” Avus wheels borrowed from the GTI. Pricing was on par with period 4000 quattros, though – base price was $15,645, but equip the Quantum similarly to the standard 4000 with power windows, mirrors, locks and sunroof and you’d quickly crest $17,000 – about $4,000 more dear than a standard GL5. Unlike the 4000, Quantum Syncro Wagons came standard only with power steering, brakes, cruise control and air conditioning. You had to opt-in the power package to get the other items.…
This one is going to be tough as this 911 possesses some attributes we simply do not see with almost any other car. Here we have a Wine Red Metallic 1982 Porsche 911SC Coupe, located in California, with Beige leather interior and a scant 4,934 miles on it. I can’t say definitively that this is the lowest mileage 911SC I’ve ever come across, but it’s certainly close. The Wine Red Metallic paint looks in nice shape and is a fantastic color. The interior looks nearly spotless. In those regards everything is exactly as we could wish for and nearly looking showroom new.
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 4,934 mi
This is an original 1982 911 Super Carrera or SC with ONLY 5K original miles and one owner.
It is Wine red on tan leather. Full history of the car is included in the sale including all service records and window sticker.
The car is in excellent like new condition inside and out.
Has following options:
– Option group M05
– Automatic speed control
– Electric sliding roof
– 172 HP engine with fuel injection
-5 speed manual
– Center console
– Power heated mirrors
– Blaupunkt Radio
– Veloce alloy wheels
Anyone familiar with the 911SC will notice immediately the problem: this SC has a non-factory wide body added. The seller has called it a Turbo-look addition, which I guess it is since it has the tea tray and wider rear like the Turbo, but we should not confuse it with the M491 factory package as that also added Turbo suspension and brakes. I suppose we might say this one is even more just a Turbo look than the factory version that gets called similar.…
I am a really big fan of “time capsule” cars. Not barn finds or cars that have sat and haven’t moved in X number of years, but actual cars that have low mileage, original everything and are ready to be driven normally just like you purchased it from a dealer’s lot. Today’s car, a 1975 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL, is one of those time capsules. This W116 checks in with a hair over 29,000 miles and looks every part of an original. But this isn’t your ordinary 450SEL, it’s what hides inside those bank vault-like doors that really sets this car apart from the rest.
Engine: 4.5 liter V-8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 29,109 mi
Preservation Class 450SEL. 29,109 original miles. All-original, unrestored 2-owner Type W116. First owner until 2014. All-original paint, interior, bright trim, etc.
Sunroof, original books, tool kit, the original license plate from 1974, and a copy of the original title. A/C performs like a contemporary car. Nothing has been replaced except for maintenance items, nothing modified or changed. Serviced up-to-date, with repair orders back to 1982. Must see and drive to appreciate. For the person who wants the best.
See In Northern Virginia adjacent to Dulles International Airport and Reston, VA
Open those doors and welcome straight into 1975. This car is business on the outside, party on the inside. All red interior is very rare on the W116 and I’ve only seen it a few times over the years, but none even come close to the condition of this interior. This interior is so red that in some of the photos, the seller’s camera has trouble focusing because it gets lost in how consistent and solid the red is.…
We’re moving on from last week’s look at (mostly) British and right-hand drive machines. It was admittedly a fun week of exploring cars that we don’t usually look at and in some cases that we may never see in person. Now we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming, but I hope we can still find a few interesting options for those in search of their newest source of motoring enjoyment.
I’ll start here with what is still a pretty rare model: a Guards Red 1994 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe that importantly is one of the few widebody coupes Porsche produced during the final year of 964 production. The mileage is quite reasonable at 70,785 and the condition looks pretty good, even if the pictures aren’t the greatest for assessing that condition.
Model: 911 Carrera 4
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 70,785 mi
Price: Reserve Auction
1994 Porsche Carrera 4 WIDEBODY
Guards Red exterior – Black interior
Extremely rare TURBO body
220 cars made in the world!
True collectors piece
1 owner car
Car is all STOCK
Have all the books
Interior is 9 out of 10, incredible condition!
This car has verb well taken car of its whole life. It’s in amazing stock condition.
Any extra photos or any other info please call 718 986 9436
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I go back on forth on whether I actually like the wide body on the 964, at least outside of the Turbo. Based on other examples I’ve seen some of this tends to depend on the presence of the rear spoiler. With the spoiler I love the look, without the spoiler, as we have here, I’m less smitten.…