Modern Classic? 2011 Audi R8 V10 Spyder

When judging future collectables, it’s sometimes hard to predict what will be a classic and what won’t. But, it’s a safe bet that halo cars in general will remain the most valuable. Audi re-introduced and re-imagined itself to the world with the introduction of its first halo car, the Quattro. Almost 30 years later, Audi once again re-imagined itself, thanks to acquisitions such as Lamborghini. Whereas the original moved turbocharging and all-wheel drive to the masses, the R8 instead took supercars to a new tier. A celebration of their many wins at Le Mans by the race car of the same designation, the R8 was initially powered by the spectacular 4.2 FSi V8 from the RS4. Later Audi developed its own version of the 5.2 V10 whose sound channeled the original Quattro, and the final development was the introduction of the Spyder model. With slightly revised bodywork – including the removal of the polarizing “blade” the coupe has – the R8 V10 Spyder is a compelling alternative to the 911 Turbo Cabriolet and truly offers supercar-level performance at a relatively budget price:

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2000 BMW 323i Touring

I love the oddballs, the outliers and one-offs of otherwise everyday cars, that pop up on eBay. Take this early E46 wagon, a vehicle in its own right not all that unusual, but when configured with 2WD and a 5-speed, certainly is a unique version of a mainstream people carrier. This car has the added allure of being sold new in Europe to a serviceman (the seller’s words, not mine) and then shipped home to the U.S. when his tour was over. Although the exhaust is a bit awful and car has had some modifications (lowering, carbon fiber trim, clear corner lights), it’s still fairly clean for the age and miles – and definitely a compelling choice for wagon shoppers.

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1958 Mercedes-Benz 220S

After the destruction of World War II, Mercedes-Benz found themselves, like most German automotive manufacturers at a crossroads. Would the company survive post war, after so much destruction, or would it close its doors for good? It would be about a decade before a clear picture began to emerge and most manufacturers started to churn out new models and so it was with Mercedes-Benz, their new sedan, dubbed the “Ponton,” arriving on the scene in 1953. Taking over where the 170 left off, the model would be available in sedan, coupe and convertible variants, with the sedan offering a choice of both diesel and petrol engines. This 220S for sale in California carries a unique story with it, being owned at one time by the service manager of the former dealership, German Motors in San Francisco.

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Wednesday Wheels Roundup: “Mag” Edition

Our reader Kyle recently requested to see more magnesium wheels; as I have a bit of a early magnesium BBS wheel fetish myself, I was only too happy to oblige. Here’s a quick selection of the magnesium wheels on Ebay – BBS isn’t the only magnesium wheel producer, but they’ve got some of the best designs. Interestingly, a few years back many people thought these wheels were throw-aways as no one wanted old race wheels, but a resurgence in popularity has once again made them a valuable commodity. From vintage racing Porsches to modern track cars, magnesium wheels are still some of the lightest you can get and in the 1980s they were one of the few ways to get really wide wheels on your race car. Generally, BBS wheels with an “E” prefix denote magnesium centers, though the new E88s below claim to be forged aluminum. I’m secretly hoping to find a set of languishing BBS E51s – they were originally 4×108 15″ and 16″ wheels fitted to 924s and would bolt right up to my Audi. What are your favorite?

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1997 BMW M3 Sedan with 36,000 Miles

There are days when I really love my E36 M3; there are days when all I can dwell on is how old it is and how much it rattles. Then there are days when I think of buying a low-mileage one like this 1997 M3 sedan with only 36K on the clock. Except, it costs $30,000, which – last time I checked – is considerably more than a 1995 coupe with 167,000 miles on the odometer fetches. But, it still reminds me that values for these cars in stock condition have crept upwards and perhaps mine will appreciate modestly. I love the car on the highway, and on twisty roads with smooth pavement; however, it spends 90% of its time on broken city streets which reveals all sorts of creaks and groans that surely didn’t exist when it had less than 40,000 miles on it. Do I love it enough to spend $30K on one? Nope. But I do cherish it enough to keep it on the road for at least 200,000 miles. That’s the goal, and I’m sticking to it.

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