The Audi S8. Still, this car ranks as one of my favorite automotive designs from the company, from the 1990s and 2000s – heck, maybe even overall. While I’m not a huge sedan fan in general, there was just something so right about the proportions and presence of the D2 S8. Did it help that it was in a movie I also loved? Sure, without a doubt. But even without that aspect I think this car, and specifically the 2003 model year, are my favorite U.S. bound Audi.
I especially like the 2003 model year because of the limited Audi Exclusive package. Special colors and interiors were fit to the car, along with updated “RS” design wheels. Limited to only 100 copies each. my favorite for the past decade and a half has been the Avus Silver Pearl with Burgundy interior and I think I’ve pointed that out…well, more than a few times. However, at nearly 15 years old, these cars are far from new and we’re deep into a territory were plenty of neglected examples are coming to market. As a result, rather than just find one in the color you want, with the D2 S8 in today’s market condition and history needs to trump other considerations like location and color.
Yesterday we presented a very nice 993 twin-turbo and in that post I spoke of my conflicting desires between those beautiful 993s and the original Turbo, the 930. So let’s turn our attention to the 930 as this presents us a nice opportunity for comparison. This triple Black 1987 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe is offered by the same seller as the 993, which means the condition of the car is good and the price sits on the more reasonable side when factoring in condition and mileage. As we’ve discussed quite a bit on these pages the 930 market definitely has moved downward for all but the best cars, but the desirability of the model itself remains strong. There are a lot of them out there with sub-$100K price tags so it takes very low miles or rare colors/options to really attract notice. I do think that makes this the tougher sell of the two cars, but for someone like me, whose heart remains strongly tied to these iconic ’80s Turbos, that allure might be too strong to overcome, tempting us toward the dark side.…
Like the 1984 Audi 4000S quattro, the 1984 Audi Coupe GT was a bit of an odd bird in the U.S. market. The GT was a light revision of the earlier Coupe; the major difference that was noticeable immediately was the Quattro-inspired 14″ Ronal R8 wheel design and raised spoiler shared with its bigger brother. Coupled with the deep chin spoiler and 4-quad headlight design, the Coupe GT introduced in mid-1983 looked like a fitting tribute to the turbocharged halo model.
Power now came from a 2.1 liter inline-5 (code WE) which cranked out 100 horsepower. Matching its European “5S” counterpart, the U.S. spec GT got an overdrive 5-speed manual with a 4.90 final drive; it helped economy slightly, though the slab front end certainly didn’t. But the new close(r) ratio box over the early economy-minded 5 speed helped acceleration little. Despite the lightweight 2,500 lb curbweight, Audi claimed the GT could hit 60 in a little over 10 seconds and it was out of fizz at about 109 mph. Despite this rather tame performance for a ‘Grand Tourer’, the GT’s numbers were on par with the GTI and better than the Scirocco. Plus, the longitudinal engine layout with equal length driveshafts coupled with a longer wheel base made them quite fun to drive.
But what was really unique about these cars was that they were an intermediary; the end of the Type 81 Coupes before the Type 85 Coupe GTs launched with heavy revision and more power (along with bigger brakes) for 1985. So while the later Coupes were basically a front-drive quattro, the 83-84 Coupe GT was like a 5-cylinder powered VW in some ways. They retained the smaller 4×100 mm bolt circle on the hubs with 239mm (9.4″) front disc brakes and rear drums, which is a blessing for wheel and brake upgrades should you want to go that route.…
Given the significant love shown to the 993 in general, and especially the 993 twin-turbo, it might seem strange that I would have to be brought around on them. Yet, that’s exactly the case. Don’t get me wrong, I need no convincing that these are phenomenal machines and their status as the last of the air-cooled 911s brings with them obvious additional layers of allure. But I was a kid in the ’80s so it is the ’80s 911s and the ’80s 930s that really tug at my heart. In the case of the 930, they aren’t sexy cars; they attract by a seeming brute force. In that regard, the 993 almost seemed too pretty. The all-wheel drive and twin-turbocharging features further served to tame the beast. The wildness seemed…not gone, but tamped down.
If I’m honest, when I see a standard 993 these feelings largely remain. They’re very pretty, but my mind still drifts back to the classic 911 or, with increasing regularity, to the 964. The Turbo is different. I’ve been brought around. The wide rear and massive tail pair well with the 993’s curves to produce something that is indeed pretty, but also clearly not to be trifled with. I kind of don’t know what took me so long to figure this out, but I’m glad to present this low-mileage example in the classic colors of black and tan: a Black Metallic 1996 Porsche 911 Turbo with Cashmere leather interior and just 28K miles on it.…
The 1977 BMW 525 I looked at in June was a reminder that the E12 was a pretty simple car. It was lovely, too, and I was likely drawn to it by the Amazonitgrün Metallic paint – a hue in many ways mirrored by the Phoenix Yellow Metallic of the E46 M3. But while it looked really great, there was a major issue in that the car’s home location was Bulgaria. While importation wouldn’t be impossible and the asking price was reasonable, the expense of importing such a bare-bones model here would probably have most Bimmer fans questioning the sanity of someone who would do such a thing.
What if, though, it were already in the ‘Land of the Free’?
I’m going to stick a little longer with the 911SC for today’s post. Unlike yesterday’s feature and its somewhat audacious interior, this Black Metallic 1982 Porsche 911SC Targa, with black interior and 65,933 miles on it, is a bit more standard, yet in none the less nice looking condition. Though it is less rare than yesterday’s color combination – even if Black Metallic is more rare than a standard Black exterior – I expect this one will be the more desirable of the two. Collector appeal will be lower, but I’m not really sure collectors are paying significant attention to the 911SC in general so that issue shouldn’t affect things too severely. The 911SC remains a great option for those hoping for a classic 911 to drive, so we shouldn’t let lower collector appeal influence our assessment of its merits.
Model: 911SC Targa
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 65,933 mi
Price: Reserve Auction
1982 911 SC Targa
This 911 Super Carrera is preserved in beautiful original condition.
The 1982 Porsche 911 SC Targa featured here is finished in original rare and desirable black metallic with a beautiful matching black interior and Targa top. Accompanying this investment-grade 911SC is its owner’s manual, service book, and more. We are proud to offer this privately owned incredible Porsche to the most demanding collector, investor or enthusiast who appreciates the investment potential of this great German classic.
This magnificent motorcar looks as if it was in a time capsule and is believed to have only 65,933 actual miles. It comes equipped with nearly every available option. This 911 runs and drives like it is a few years old. Porsche 911’s are known to drive exceptionally well when maintained properly; this is a perfect example of that.
This 1982 Porsche 911SC Coupe is pretty interesting for a number of reasons. One of those is perhaps a peculiar reason: it’s up for auction without reserve. Of course, a no-reserve auction of a 911SC isn’t by itself all that peculiar. However, when combined with the other attributes of this particular 911 – the very low mileage, rare interior color, and stated documentation – it is, at the very least, unexpected that we’d see a seller forego a reserve. There was a time a couple years back when I’d be shocked by this and fully would expect the auction to be ended prematurely by a buyer that didn’t want to leave the sale to the chance of an auction.
Those days on the air-cooled 911 market are behind us now, which means there is the possibility for a rare 911SC like this to see a full no reserve auction. And possibly, though here we really will have to wait and see, it may still sell for a fairly reasonable price. This definitely is one to have our eye on.
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 35,032 mi
1982 Porsche 911 SC
This is NO RESERVE auction for a very nice 2 owner 1982 Porsche 911 SC. This car was one Doctor owned until 2015 when the second owner took ownership. This car has been garage kept it’s entire life and all service records/warranty books are present as well as the original window sticker. This car shows a very low 35k original documented miles. Outside the Zinc Metallic paint is all original. The car has never been involved in an accident or had any paint work. Paint thickness is a consistent 6-9 mil thick all the way around the car.
If you really want to stand apart from the E30 crowd and don’t have a ton of money, one of the best ways is the B2 Audi. Like the E30, it was available in many forms and brought interesting and innovative technology and designs to the small luxury market. There was the stylish and sport Coupe GT, the economical 4000S, or the fan-favorite, do anything 4000 quattro.
Okay, you’re not likely to win a drag race against their Bavarian countrymen unless the weather is quite inclement. But build quality was great, they’re all fun to drive in their own unique ways, and each one of them really makes you feel special – especially the growling inline-5. These Audis are universally loved by their owners and misunderstood by nearly everyone else.
I suppose this could serve as a nice complement to the Irish Green 911T I featured last week. In many ways this Burgundy 1971 Porsche 911T Targa is similar, though its open roof does provide a significant departure from that Coupe. For Targa fans this could make for a nice alternative. I’ve been seeing a decent number of the 911T come up in interesting colors and good condition. Given its entry-level nature that shouldn’t surprise us in some ways as we always see them more often than the higher-market E and S, but entry-level cars aren’t always preserved as well so it is still nice to continue coming across nice examples. I think this one checks all of those boxes. The Burgundy exterior isn’t too common and while it won’t excite or attract attention the way some of the pastels would, it is a very pretty color and shows quite well with the chrome accents of the long-hood 911 and the Targa roll hoop. For attractive open-top motoring, we could certainly do far worse.
Model: 911T Targa
Engine: 2.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 119,000 mi
Price: Reserve Auction
CPR is offering this very delightful 1971 Porsche 911T. It was originally purchased in California and has been retained in the original owner’s family up until just a few years ago, and retains its original California blue license plates. This T is numbers matching with color exterior and interior to the factory certificate of authenticity. The exterior has received just one repaint years ago and is in very nice condition today. The car’s gaps are beautiful The engine is recently overhauled and is in excellent running order. The car drivers incredibly tight and is an all around great driver quality example that can be driven and enjoyed worry free, while still more than nice enough to take to shows.
Update 11/22/2017 – Asking price on this M3 Convertible has dropped to $94,995.
I bet more than a few of you think I have it out for the E30. And, true enough, it’s not a chassis that gets nearly the press on this site that it does on others. Perhaps it is the culture which has emerged around the Cult of E30, maybe it’s just jealousy at the plethora of options and availability of parts that are both none existent in the E30 world.
Most likely, it’s because I like to be a little bit different than the crowd, and truth told that’s a hard thing to do in the E30 world.
But I have the potential solution for my problem right here.