The Mint Green 1989 RUF RCT EVO Conversion we featured back in September is back up for sale. The price has come down a little bit, but we’ll have to see if it’s enough to counteract the higher mileage of what is certainly a unique 911.
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Back up for sale is this 1995 Porsche 928 GTS automatic with 17,000 miles on the clock. We featured this car back in the summer of 2014 when it had 16,653 miles and was priced at $80,000. While some of you will undoubtedly ridicule the asking price upon consideration that this is an automatic GTS, I encourage you to also consider that this is one of 77 1995 GTS’s that were sent to the United States. What’s more is that probably around 10 have fewer than 20,000 miles. As a result, this is one very rare and desirable piece. Also, the automatic is rather characteristic of the 928, given that it was Porsche’s luxury grand tourer. Anyhow, I digress on the issue of auto vs. manual in regards to 928’s. If you disagree with me, we can take it up in the comments section.
According to the 928 Registry, this is one of only about 5 North American GTSs painted in Zermatt Silver, and the only ’95. The Zermatt Silver exterior paired with Marble Gray leather is a bit monochromatic to my contrast-desiring eyes, but it does have a very nice and clean look to it. It also seems to be well-optioned for a ’95, as it is fitted with heated seats, a factory cellphone, leather on the driver’s side knee bolster and rear A/C cover, and seat memory for the right seat (extremely rare).
Those of you who have read my previous articles probably get the impression that I’m a bit of a purist, and you’d be right in thinking so. This car certainly satisfies me in that regard, as the only alteration from factory specification that I can detect is the absence of the decals from the rear windows. This is pretty insignificant, as they are missing from the vast majority of GTSs and replicas are now readily available.
I can recall this car being up for sale a few times within the past 3 years, and given the insignificant changes to the mileage, I suspect that it’s just being tossed around from collector to collector. Anyhow, if you want a pristine 1995 GTS, but don’t really care to pay the substantial premium for a manual version, this car looks about as good as they come. I don’t think the asking price is out of line, and imagine that this car has a great future of upside investment potential ahead of it.
-Andy (Cap’n Clean)
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Porsche 928GTS on eBay
The below post originally appeared on our site July 25, 2014:
I tend to think of Mercedes-Benz’s W123 and W124 as stately, comfortable luxobarges that will run forever but aren’t particularly special. Looking into this 300TD Turbo, those assumptions seem needlessly oversimplified. Did you know that when it came out, the W124 wagon had the lowest drag coefficient of any production car at the time? Neither did I. It also had the 80s double-edged sword of self-leveling suspension, notoriously present in the E28 M5 but almost always replaced in that application. It sounds like the Mercedes version is a little more stout, and this car’s SLS is functioning with zero leaks.
A slippery shell and Benz’s storied 3.0-liter turbodiesel (an engine that could easily outlive a human) combine for decent fuel economy, while the longroof provides great storage and – surprise! – two more seats. Video of two police dumbfounded by a Tesla’s rear-facing trunk seats recently went viral, but these awesome jump seats were popularized in the 80s by Volvo and Mercedes after being a phenomenon in 60s American wagons. The best part of the Benz’s sixth and seventh seats is they fold flat into the floor, giving leg room for the seats or a normal wagon floor when stowed. No SUV or awkward crossover necessary! With 122k miles and all electrical bits working (for now), this is a classy family-style ride. Paul featured this car back in August of this year when it sold for $12,500. Let’s see where this eighties estate winds up this time around.
Click for details: 1987 Mercedes-Benz 300TD on eBay
The Polar Silver 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 we featured back in October is up for sale again, this time as a reserve auction. It appears it has also moved from a private seller to a dealer, which has provided us the benefit of much better pictures than we had with the original ad and those pictures show us that this 911 appears to have been well cared for. While not high mileage this Turbo 3.6 does have a few more miles on it than most that we come across so we’ll have to see where bidding ultimately finishes.