The first modern classic that my father purchased when I was growing up was a 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL. He had often talked about the SLs and how much he wanted one, so when an example of the W113 popped up he grabbed it. We shared many adventures in that car; I was a young teenager, and traveling to vintage car shows was a treat. Back then, although it was regarded as a pretty car, the W113 was already two generations old and was generally overlooked as a classic; indeed, it was easy to find plenty of clean examples well under $20,000. As the market progressed, times changed – the W113 came back into vogue as appreciation for the classic design matured into a greater market presence. It was no surprise, then, that the successor to the W113 – the R107 – slipped in value. To me, the R107 was always stuck a bit in no-man’s land. The W113 hadn’t been particularly sporty, but it was really quite a beautiful design. The R129 that replaced the R107, on the other hand, was a modern convertible with sporty engines and angular design language that brought the SL into modern times. So for many years the R107 languished, unappreciated despite the handsome if understated design and solid build quality. Languish it is no more, though; as the market begins to awaken to the classic style of the SL that carried Mercedes-Benz through two decades, prices have begun to rise – especially on pristine examples such as this Euro-market 1986 300SL:
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While it took a backseat to the Carrera 4 during the initial release of the all-new 964, the more traditional layout of the Carrera 2 remains a favorite of many in the 911 world. On the current market it also falls into a very nice place for those hoping to find some value in the 911 market. With its modern underpinnings relative to the 3.2 Carrera that preceded it, the 964 provides the improved refinement and performance desired by many enthusiasts packaged in a design that still bears a strong resemblance to the classic 911 upon whose shoulders it stood. Better still, prices remain quite reasonable, especially when factoring in those technological advancements. Collectors have not yet begun to take a strong liking to these basic Carreras and as such it is a great time to jump into one as they can make an excellent choice for those looking for their first 911 without having to get caught up in the air-cooled collector craze. Here we have one of the early examples: an Indischrot 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe, located in New York, with Black leather interior and 86,756 miles on it.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe on eBay
The 1993 Audi S4 we listed last month has been updated slightly; original orange corner lights have replaced the aftermarket clear corners and the seller has dropped the price to $5,500.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 Audi S4 on Craigslist.org
The below post originally appeared on our site April 10, 2015:
The BMW E46 3 series strikes a good balance between the more analog nature of its predecessors and the edgier, more advanced E90 3 series that replaced it in 2006. One feature that disappeared on the convertible model post-E46 was a canvas roof. While the new folding hardtops are certainly a wonder of technology that offer greater all-weather capability, there’s just something classic about a traditional ragtop. Not surprising, then, that a few Bimmerphiles I know have sought out clean, low mileage examples of the E46 convertible, eschewing the newer models. If you’re one of those folks who always wanted the icon of open-roofed BMW motoring, you won’t want to miss this 330Ci Convertible for sale from our friends at Euro Automotion in Oregon.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 BMW 330Ci Convertible at EuroAutomotion
Two weeks ago, we saw a pan-off restored Volkswagen Type 3 Notchback, a car that rekindled my interest in these rare air-cooled VWs. This week we’ll take a look at another restored Notchback, this time from our reader Ben in North Carolina. While not stock, this Notchback has been modified tastefully, with selective accessories that lend a clean, period look. With an extensive record of receipts and photos from the restoration process, this is one Type 3 air-cooled fans won’t want to miss.