2012 Porsche Cayman R

I really don’t feature the Porsche Cayman often enough. It’s not that I don’t like them, I like them a lot. I think they just fall into that world of newer machines that we see so many of that it becomes easy to pass them by for more rare alternatives from earlier years. The same happens with the 911 since I’ll feature very few of the water-cooler models and when I do it is almost always the 996TT or GT3.

When I come across a Cayman R the decision is much easier as these possess the sort of rarity and performance that immediately makes us take notice. The R provides a glimpse of everything the Cayman could be and serves as a precursor to the current GT4. As a lightened and more powerful version of the Cayman S, the R takes an already well-balanced machine and turns everything up. Creature comforts are a little more limited though for those who like A/C and a radio they can be added back. Even still the R makes for a wonderfully fun drive and hell I think they look pretty great too!

The one we see here comes in a really pretty Basalt Black over Red combination and sits with just 12,000 miles on it. The asking price is quite high, but the option list is quite extensive so if you’re looking for one that checked a lot of the boxes this may be it.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2012 Porsche Cayman R on Rennlist

Year: 2012
Model: Cayman R
Engine: 3.4 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 12,000 mi
Price: $75,000

The car is black with red full leather and has a manual transmission, bucket seats, sports exhaust, sport chrono among many other options. Currently has a little over 12,000 miles and I am the original owner.

1987 Volkswagen Scirocco 16V

How can you talk about 1980s Volkswagens and not mention the Scirocco? Karmann’s lift of the Giugiaro Asso di Picche, Asso di Quadri and Asso di Fiori designs was plainly evident, but that they were borrowed really should come as a surprise. After all, the reception to the master Italian designer’s other pens – the Golf, first generation Scirocco, Audi 80 (4000) and Coupe GT firmly established both companies in the public limelight. In the case of Volkswagen, it defined a company emerging from the shadow of the air-cooled generation; for Audi, it modernized designs and capitalized on the success of the 100 lineup in the 1970s. But Karmann had been integral in the production of the first two as well, making an easy transition from ItalDesign to Volkswagen’s go-to special production for the second generation Scirocco.

But while the design was all grown up and modern for the 1980s, the underpinnings were the same; little changed dynamically between the 1981 and 1982 model year, and though upgrades came over the next few years with higher-spec trim and a bit more power, it wasn’t until 1986 that VW coupe fans finally got to rejoice as the addition of the PL 1.8 liter dual-cam inline-4 finally joined the lineup. Now with 123 high-revving horsepower, the Scirocco went a bit more like the wind it was named after. The wide-ratio, economy-minded gearbox of yore was gone too, replaced by a close-ratio gearbox. Like the GTI and GLI, 14″ ‘Teardrop’ wheels and a new bodykit heightened the boy-racer appearance, and the 16V models got all matchy-matchy before the Golf and Jetta, too, with body-colored painted bumpers.

Perhaps this was a shot across the bow of the other Giugiaro-designed, sporty 2-door coupe on the market – the Isuzu Impulse Turbo. Because as much of a VW nut as I am, let’s be honest – the Impulse was cooler.…

2002 Porsche 911 Turbo

Too many 911 Turbos come in Black or Silver. That’s no fun. We see Guards Red too, though by the time we’ve reached the 996 even red has become a much more fleeting alternative. So I always like coming across those in other colors. Speed Yellow is probably not even that uncommon, but it provides plenty of brightness to help attract attention with all of that horsepower. Granted, nothing will top the Signal Green Turbo S we featured last year, but bright yellow does a good enough job and it’s for sale for half the price of green. Not too bad!

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 Porsche 911 Turbo on eBay

Year: 2002
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.6 liter twin-turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 35,659 mi
Price: $49,888 Buy It Now

2002 Porsche 911 Carrera

2002 PORSCHE 911 AWD 996 TWIN-TURBO SPEED YELLOW/BLACK FULL LEATHER, 6-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION, YELLOW STITCHING, 12-WAY POWER SEATS, DRIVER MEMORY SEAT, 10 SPEAKER PREMIUM SOUND SYSTEM, CD CHANGER, SELF DIMMING MIRRORS, 3-SPOKE SPORT LEATHER STEERING WHEEL, POWER SUN ROOF, 18″TURBO WHEELS, BI-XENON HEAD LIGHTS, SECURITY ALARM SYSTEM, POWER HEATED SIDE MIRRORS, (PSM) PORSCHE STABILITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, TRACTION CONTROL SYSTEM, PORSCHE CREST IN HEADREST, REAR WINDOW WIPER, B&M SHORT THROW SHIFTER, BILSTEIN (PSS09) SUSPENSION KITS FEATURE RIDE HEIGHT ADJUSTABILITY WITH 10-STAGE MANUALLY ADJUSTABLE DAMPERS IN AN OEM QUALITY, 3-M CLEAR ARMOR FRONT PROTECTION, CLEAN CAR FAX REPORT, NO ACCIDENTS, NO DINGS, NO DENTS, NO SCRATCHES, NO ODOR, RECENTLY SERVICED INCLUDING SPARK-PLUGS, OIL CHANGE, AIR-FILTERS, WIPER BLADES, ETC, LOCAL CALIFORNIA CAR COMES COMPLETE WITH ALL BOOKS, TOOLS, KEYS, ORIGINAL MSRP WINDOW STICKER $122,710.00. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL SAM 408 307 4093

I’ve kind of been going back and forth lately with my 996TT features with some of them being very low mileage and testing the potential collector market – while also stretching our sense of their performance value – and others coming in at much more reasonable prices as the miles go up.…

1990 Volkswagen Cabriolet with 23,000 Miles

There are some obvious links to yesterday’s ’86 Golf in this 1990 Cabriolet. Beyond both being Volkswagens and based upon the Golf platform, they both have low mileage. Above and beyond that, they’re also both the base models of the lineup for their respective year.

In 1990, the Cabriolet was broken into three trim levels; base Cabriolet, the “Best Seller” we looked at recently, and the triple white “Boutique” model at the top. All shared the basic underpinnings with the 94 horsepower Digifant 2H 1.8 liter inline-4 and 5-speed AUG (010 3-speed automatic was optional) and 9.4″ front vented rotors and rear drums. The only differences came in the Boutique’s leather interior and wheel options; the Best Seller having the teardrop 14″ alloys in all silver, while the Boutique’s insets were color-matched white. You could also opt for package P24 in the Best Seller, which gave you both air conditioning and cruise control. Option package P60 in the normal Cabriolet only got you the first option – outside of color, the only selection you could make for the 1990 model year to the base model. In place of 14″ alloys, you instead got 14″ steel wheels with trim rings shared with the 1990-1992 Jetta.

But just because this model isn’t a higher-specification model doesn’t make it desirable, because here condition, color and mileage trump all other considerations:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 Volkswagen Cabriolet on eBay

1995 Mercedes-Benz S500 Coupe

In my opinion, the W140 coupe didn’t age particularity well. That isn’t a huge knock on it because not a lot of cars from the early to mid-90s did age all that well. I think in some angels the C140 looks very handsome, not very offensive. But from other views, mainly the front profile like you see in the photo above, it all looks very odd to me. I totally get why I think it looks this way, you have massive flared fenders up from and a giant rear quarter panel in the back. This is all very good except for the fact that the 16 inch wheels don’t fill out these spaces. The car looks almost top-heavy to me. This of course can be fixed with a proper set of wheels and some suspension modifications. (I still regret not buying that car.) Then again, the main reason you bought this massive coupe is to relax, not worry about bending a $2000 wheel on a minor pothole. You can see the how much I think about this stuff.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Mercedes-Benz S500 Coupe on eBay

Year: 1995
Model: S500
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 76,500 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

· Mileage: 76,500 Color: White over gray exterior/Grey leather interior Owners: 5 Clean title and Carfax

· W140 series (last of the “because they could” big cars built by MB). Classic design coupe; rare, less than 15,000 total production from 1992 – 1998. Car spent the first 18 years in California and Florida.

· Legendary 5 liter M119 V8 engine (last engine to win overall at Le Mans for MB): 315 hp at 5600 rpm and 347 ft/lbs of torque at 3900 rpm. 4-speed automatic transmission/no shift problems.

· California/Florida car.

1979 Porsche 911SC Coupe

Every now and then I come across a 911 that I can’t stop looking at. The close ups, the profile, the little details, I’ll keep coming back to all of it trying to take in more and more of the car. This is one of those 911s. This 911 takes all of the best things about the 911SC and elevates them. The seller says his intention was to replicate the look of the Carrera 3.0 and in that regard it does very well. It has the “Carrera” script – perhaps the only thing I could do without but understandable in a car replicating a Carrera 3.0 – along with the front and rear spoilers from that Carrera (also shared by the 3.0 liter 930). Add in the bumper horns, the pop-out rear side windows, the various European parts, and upgraded suspension and the whole package comes together very nicely.

It isn’t just the little details that stand out, the colors are great too. I imagine there are other colors that I’d prefer, but the Tobacco Metallic paint we see here looks phenomenal fitting both the period and personality of the car well. That period-correct theme is continued in the interior which shows a contrasting cork seating with tartan inserts. It’s an unusual, but interesting combination that helps to take this 911 to the next level. All together this looks like a very well put together 911SC and definitely one of the better examples I’ve seen. It isn’t wholly original, but the upgrades are appropriate.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1979 Porsche 911SC Coupe on eBay

Year: 1979
Model: 911SC
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 49,481 mi
Price: $84,995 Buy It Now

Exceptional, one-of-a-kind, well-sorted, and well-loved 911SC “Super Carrera” for sale.

VIN: 91199200670 11/78
Made in West Germany

Genuine Porsche Certificate of Authenticity in hand.

1986 Volkswagen Golf

Do you ever see a car and think ‘I’d love to know the story behind that one’?

I do, all the time. But something in particular caught my eye about this 1986 Golf. Well, first off, it’s become rare to see a 1986 Golf anymore. The ’85 and ’86 model years were a bit unique, since the base and diesel models were manufactured in Westmoreland, Pennsylvania. There were minor trim differences, but the easiest way to spot them was the Rabbit-inspired sealed-beam headlight and unique grill. Unlike today’s market where the Golf has gone upscale, with the launch of the A2 chassis for the U.S., the diesel Golf was the cheapest way to buy a VW – and the gas unit was only a hair more money. But they were fairly basic transportation; the 1.8 liter inline-4 GX motor was rated at 85 horsepower for adequate acceleration and fuel mileage. Interiors were basic tweed in a few colors, you had to option in things like a radio and power anything (including steering!), and they came with 13″ steel wheels. If you wanted more upscale, you either spent another $1,000 and bought a Jetta or in 1986 Volkswagen added the Wolfsburg package to make you feel a bit more special.

But this car isn’t a Wolfsburg package. It’s a basic Golf. So why am I interested? A few reasons. First, I had one just like it, and it was a great car all things considered. My ’86 Golf was also a Westmoreland model, and quite basic. Mine had been bought new by a teacher who needed it to commute; after 10 years, she’d accrued just north of 200,000 miles on the odometer, but it still ran like a top. Yet this one, some two decades after I owned mine, has only 44,000 miles since new.…

1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe

If you’ll pardon me just a moment I’m going to return to the 964 briefly. Partly because I like this particular 911 as it looks in very nice condition and is a unique color combination. But also in part because it makes for such a good comparison with the Japanese market Carrera 2 from last week. That car sold and had a higher asking price than this one so we may then be able to get some understanding of the premium attached to those RoW cars as they make their way to the US. For buyers with an interest in those cars hopefully this serves as a useful data point. Or maybe just buy this one!

Here we have a Stone Grey Metallic 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe, located in Houston, with Burgundy leather interior and 56,991 miles on it.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe on eBay

Year: 1990
Model: 911 Carrera 2
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 56,991 mi
Price: $70,991 Buy It Now

Porsche of North Houston proudly offers this beautiful 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe in Pebble Grey Metallic over a Burgundy interior with 56,991 miles. The 911 Carrera is powered by a 3.6L horizontally opposed six cylinder producing 247 hp and 228 lb-ft of torque through an Rear Wheel Drive and a 5-Speed Manual Transmission. This 911 Carrera is further enhanced with the following:

Pebble Grey Metallic Exterior Color

Rear Window Wiper

Automatic Speed Control

Amplifier

Sunroof

Porsche of North Houston is a member of the indiGO Auto Group and has received the highly coveted Porsche Premier Dealer status. Our dealership features a beautiful Porsche Corporate Identity showroom, fully staffed factory certified service center, parts department, finance department, detailing department, and Porsche accessories boutique.

1997 BMW M3 Sedan

The first BMW to arrive in our family was an Arctic Silver E36. My dad bought the 318iS coupe from the British telecom giant he worked for, some time toward the end of the 90s. It was a manager’s company car and after three years serving on the fleet it was to be sold off. Ever since then, I’ve always enjoyed seeing arctic silver paint on this generation 3-series. Despite articles proclaiming that silver is the new beige, I think the color really suits the clean, crisp lines of the “dolphin” body shape. But the paintwork isn’t the only thing to admire about this particular car – an M3/4/5 (a four door, five speed M3). The sedan version of the E36 M3 is as fast and finely balanced as the coupe, but adds the practicality of two rear doors. A pocket rocket for those with a family to cart around, these cars are fun and practical, even if they are notably down on power in comparison with their Euro-spec counterparts.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1997 BMW M3 on eBay

1990 Mercedes-Benz 500SEL Limousine

Throughout last week I checked out a few custom creations from coach builders both really interesting and a little odd. I didn’t have plans to continue this streak until I ran across this creation. What we are looking at today is a 1990 Mercedes-Benz 500SEL limousine by Trasco. Trasco is a German company that has been producing both stretched and armored S-Class since the launch of the W126 chassis. To this day they still do conversions on not only the W222 but G-Wagons, 7-series, A8, Land Crusiers/LX as well as some other vehicles you typically see with protection. Of course with the majority of limos built in the 1980s, they reflect the times quiet well. This one is no different.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 500SEL Limousine on Hemmings

Year: 1990
Model: 500SEL
Engine: 5.0 liter V-8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 126,560 km (78,640 mi)
Price: $22,000

1990 Mercedes-Benz 500SEL, 45cm limo by TRASCO

Guessing off the seller’s description, this 500SEL was lengthened by almost 18 inches in the center of the car. This allowed room in the rear seating area for a small television and what looks like a VHS player. But to be honest, this whole car looks like a mess. The exterior of the car is pretty beat up with bumps and bruises everywhere on the bumpers. The rear badges are literally held on by a bunch of different style self-tapping screws drilled straight into the metal. Inside, it doesn’t get much better. The gauge cluster was modified with some of fake stones on the dials and the surrounding area of it looks like it was painted with a coarse paint brush. The privacy curtains are lace of all things and don’t offer much privacy at all. The entire car can be described as filthy as it looks like a good vacuuming wasn’t on the priority list before taking photos of the this poor thing.…