1985 Mercedes-Benz 380SE

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?

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Model: 380SE
Engine: 3.8 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 45,100 mi
Price: $8,900

“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.…

1983 Volkswagen LT35D

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”:

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1976 Porsche 911S Coupe

Ice Green Metallic is one of those Porsche colors that we feature almost any time it comes up. It’s pretty rare; not one of those colors we see so infrequently that we don’t know what it is, but rare enough that one doesn’t come along very often. When we do see one it’s immediately recognizable. I sometimes wonder if for a rare color that recognizability is as important as the rarity of the color itself. It does help that it’s very pretty when in good condition. Here we see that great color draped over a 1976 Porsche 911S Coupe, located in Atlanta, with 91,618 miles on it.

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Year: 1976
Model: 911S
Engine: 2.7 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 91,618 mi
Price: Auction

This is probably the most fun driving Porsche I’ve ever owned. Its pretty original, updated Momo wheel, exahust, etc. Restored the body down to metal before painting it back to original Ice Green Metallic, which is pretty amazing. Original cookie cutter wheels have been refinished and powder coated black. It also has new bilsteins on it and has been lowered to more of a “euro” height, I think the stance is perfect now.

Let me know if you have any questions, just downsizing / simplifying.
On May-20-17 at 06:18:56 PDT, seller added the following information:
Had a few questions…Yes the engine is matching, also have 3″ binder of receipts and records going back to early 80’s, the headliner is also new and added photo of that.

Pretty much anyone familiar with a 911 will notice that this one is not entirely original. Mostly that lack of originality is in the interior since only the painted wheels stand out on the exterior. I do love that this 911S has the cookie-cutter wheels.…

1995 Mercedes-Benz E300 Diesel

Before the W124 bowed out in 1995, the last oil-burning version you could buy was the E300 Diesel. It received the exterior tweaks associated with post-facelift cars of the late W124 era, including a rounder front grille, updated glass headlights and smoked taillights. It also got the OM606 engine under the hood, a 3.0 liter inline six cylinder diesel unit making about 135 hp. Unlike earlier W124 diesels, there was no turbo. But fret not. These were still fast enough (for a diesel), and the OM606 is one of the most rugged engines Mercedes ever made. These cars will cruise effortlessly on the highway while returning 30+ MPG. Perfect for the commuter looking for tank-like build quality, reasonable running costs and a bit of class.

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1995 Mercedes-Benz C280

With the exception of the high-performance C36/C43 AMG, the W202 C-class tends to get short shrift around here. That’s probably because for many, the W202 marks the point at which Mercedes began to lose its way. Not only did the taut, angular design language of yesteryear give way to the rounder, less attractive lines of the “jelly bean” era, Mercedes products from the mid 1990s onwards just never seemed as reliable or as well-built as those that came before. I think there’s something to this, but the upshot is that a garden variety C280 can be had for not much money. And while it isn’t quite as tank-like as the venerable W201 it replaced, it can still make for a satisfying commuter. If you squint hard enough, you can even see the design parallels between the two.

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1985 Audi 5000S Avant

It’s hard to believe that only eleven years separate the genesis of the inline-5 Avant wagon design and its culmination with the 1995 Audi S6. Audi’s groundbreaking aerodynamic design for the C3/Type 44 looked from the start as if it were intended to be a wagon; a sleek, modern design with flush windows and a sweeping D-pillar. It would be two years until Audi’s quattro drivetrain would debut in the large package, which left you with the sole option of front-wheel drive for 1984 and 1985. Audi also opted to leave the KKK turbocharger out of the package until all four wheels could deal with it, as well – so basically this car was a luxurious 4-door Coupe GT for the first two model years. Thankfully, though you were only allowed about 110 horsepower, Audi allowed drivers to opt for a manual transmission even in front-wheel drive form:

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1974 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC

Produced between 1971 and 1981, the C107 was a fixed roof, four seater coupe based on a longer version of the R107 chassis. Badged as an SLC, it was effectively an SL in 2+2 configuration, with a modest amount of room in the back for a couple of (small) adults. The 4.5 liter V8 in the 450 put out a meagre 190 hp, so it wasn’t all that fast. But it was, and remains, a gorgeous and classy cruiser whose looks neatly capture that moment at which the design language of the late 1960s began to give way to that of the 1970s. Even in elongated form, the car retains the timeless good looks of the SL. Those pleated, curtain-looking louvres behind the rear windows? I always thought they simply gave rear passengers a bit of privacy while also letting in some light. But a bit of internet research reveals they have another purpose. They allow for shorter rear windows that can slide downwards into the body without hitting a wheel arch. This means the car can retain a completely pillar-less look. A typically German solution to a problem: practical and elegant at the same time.

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1996 Porsche 911 Turbo

I don’t see a 993TT very often. That is, on the streets, at least. I see them for sale all the time. A week or so ago I was sitting outside enjoying the weather and one drove by. I had forgotten just how stunning these cars could be in the flesh. There is a fluidity to their shape that is best seen when they are on the move. Pictures simply do not do them justice. I sometimes find the standard 993 to be almost boring, or too pretty (I will freely admit this is a stupid criticism), so I get pulled to the earlier 911s with more severe lines. That tends to apply to whether I see them in pictures or on the street. While the Turbo has never really fit within that criticism I have at times thought it was overly elegant compared with a 930.

I have now been returned to sanity.

Here we have a very nice example of these great machines: a Black 1996 Porsche 911 Turbo, located in Atlanta, with matching Black interior and 64,613 miles on it. Of particular interest among the options is a nice set of hard-back sport seats.

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Year: 1996
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.6 liter twin-turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 64,613 mi
Price: $134,500

The 911, with the internal design number 993, remains the one true love for many Porsche purists. Being the fourth-generation 911 design and the last 911 equipped with an air-cooled engine, it embodies what many Porsche drivers consider to be the heart of Porsche.

The 993’s integrated bumpers and pleasing design underscore the smooth elegance of its styling, including its new polyellipsoid headlights along with the beautifully sculpted curved flanks of the widebody.

1995 Audi S6 Avant

Okay, enough dangling carrots and arguments over what’s the best Audi of all time. If there was a do-anything, do-everything, you only have one car for the rest of your life type of car, it’s the S6 Avant.

Today it’s not abnormal to have a car that can out-drag sports cars, carry a family of five dependably and their gear, go through any weather and be a luxurious car that even returned reasonable mileage. In the early 1990s, though, what were your options in that category, exactly? That was a time where Audi had the market cornered with its S4 and later S6 Avants. Though they were available in Europe earlier, it took until the 1995 model year for Audi to introduce the concept to Americans. And just like that, it was gone again, with only a few hundred imported. Nearly every single one is unique as a result of mid-model year changes. Yet all are equally legendary among U.S. Audi fans:

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1983 Porsche 911SC Coupe

I do love a 911SC in a good color. The 911SC represents my first exposure to Porsche. It was the car my dad owned when I was a kid. As such, the model has always held a firm place in my heart. While I frequently will become attracted to later models I continue to be drawn back to the SC. Admittedly, it helps that these remain entrenched on the more reasonable value side of the 911 spectrum, but even when the rare low-mileage, and quite expensive, example comes along I can totally understand the allure.

This one here comes from the final year of their production: a Ruby Red Metallic 1983 Porsche 911SC Coupe, located in Alabama, with Tan interior and 105,592 miles on it.

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Year: 1983
Model: 911SC
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 105,592 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

True PORSCHE survivor in excellent original condition.

1983 Porsche 911SC coupe with factory sunroof. Ruby Red color with tan leather interior. Air conditioning (Sanden compressor), power windows, Sony AM/FM/Cassette stereo, fog lights, leather seats and 16” Fuchs wheels. Original tool pouch and Porsche plug-in air compressor. Owner’s manual, car cover and windshield sunscreen included.

Recent service work included complete front end service with new brake pads, calipers, brake hoses, upper strut mounts, strut inserts, ball joints, tie rod and ends, steering rack boot and alignment

Engine service out of car included intake manifold gaskets, injectors and seals, spark plugs and ignition wire set, air mass meter boot, clutch kit, release arm spring, vacuum hoses, belts, heater ducts, hood insulation pad, oil pressure switch, cold start injector stand and seals.

At first I thought this exterior color was Aubergine, but that was just the lighting.…