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1983 Volvo 245GLT Turbo Wagon

We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback from readers over the last few months with regards to some of the Swedish machines we’ve featured from time to time. Sure we get the errant “that’s not German” comment from time to time, but somehow “German and Swedish Cars For Sale Blog” would add a bit too much length to the website address. That being said, let’s take a look at this 1983 Volvo 245GLT Turbo Wagon for sale in New York. For almost 20 years, the Volvo 200 series was the bread and butter car for this manufacturer, with many of them still on the road to this day. Like the Mercedes-Benz W123 sedans, coupes and estates, these Volvos were nearly indestructible. The only thing which might have made them even more versatile is four-wheel drive.

Amazingly, Volvo did have a bit of a competition history with the 200 series, competing with versions of the 240 Turbo in touring car racing in the 1980s. This would extend into the 1990s when Volvo would field a variant of the 850 estate in the British Touring Car Series. There was really nothing like seeing this five-door brick fly around the track. These fast wagons were the result of a collaboration with Tom Walkinshaw Racing, and it was Walkinshaw himself who stated in an interview “the psychological pressure placed on other drivers when being overtaken by an estate cannot be ignored.” Duly noted. This clean 245GLT Turbo Wagon may not be as fast as those race cars from the 1980s and 1990s, but with a manual gearbox and the 2.1 liter turbocharged engine, you’ll at least be able to have some fun with your heavy helping of practicality.

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1983 BMW 320is Turbo

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E21s seem to be gaining popularity, with some beautiful, low-mileage examples coming out of the woodwork and pulling upwards of $20k! This 1983 320is is more about fun and less about preservation, strapping a Mitsubishi TD04 turbo on, a snail more commonly used on Saabs. To support the increased output, parts from a fun variety of cars – Audi 200 Turbo, VW GTI, Volvo 240 Turbo – come together to give this little 3er a bit more oomph than the M10’s original 125hp. With the “is” model’s inherent improvements in handling and power delivery and a hefty new-parts list, this E21 looks to be a fun little handful.

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1983 BMW 320is

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Today we have a nearly immaculate survivor of the best E21 model BMW brought to America. With some handling and cosmetic upgrades, the 320is was a tidy little package. It’s amazing that after 32 years and 117k miles this Hennarot example looks as showroom fresh as it does. The paint, chrome, interior, engine bay, and even the toolkit all look virtually unused. The E21 generation has its own distinct charm, a bit more quaint than the E30 but still a playful little sports sedan, and this is among the best examples we’ve seen.

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1983 Audi Quattro

It’s a sigh of relief to see a market correction in classic Audi’s favor. For such a long time, Audis were simply unappreciated; but innovative designs, great looks and solid build quality mean that those who hung on for the depreciation ride are now smiling a bit more. There’s simply more appreciation for the classic Audis now then perhaps ever; even perhaps more than when they were new. That’s because back then, no one knew what they were, really – but today, the legend of Quattro has spread and thanks to the proliferation of internet video, we still get to hear the raucous barking and watch the belching flames from the turbocharged inline-5. This past weekend, I took my Coupe GT out for a ride. I grabbed my cousin and we went to look at a new car for him; a 2009 Subaru WRX. Much like a modern interpretation of the original Audis, it’s apropos that we arrived in an Audi to take a look at it. What was perhaps more striking, though, was the reaction of the Subaru crowd. We showed up to a Subaru speed shop where the WRX was to be view, and instantly once within earshot, all of the crew at the garage came out to see the approaching Audi. It was a genuine show of respect, smiles, and thumbs up from a crew you wouldn’t automatically assume would know their history. Even more shocking, though, was the resounding appreciation they showed for the old car – more than often is seen at Audi-specific events. That’s the legend and the importance of the Quattro:

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Convertible Week: 1983 Porsche 911SC Cabriolet

As we begin to close out Convertible Week here at GCFSB, let’s take a look at an example from the very first year of the 911 Cabriolet. Porsche had experimented with an open-top 911 far earlier with the release of the Soft-window Targa. Those models allowed for both an open top and open rear window while integrating a fixed rollhoop. I’ve never thought the design looked right and, I guess unsurprisingly, the Soft-window Targa eventually gave way to the hard-window Targa with which we are all very familiar. For a number of years that was it. Due to their concerns over safety regulations rendering the full convertible obsolete, Porsche never committed to making a true Cabriolet until the 911SC was ending its model run, more than 15 years after they first introduced the Soft-window Targa. That makes those first Cabriolets somewhat special as not only were they the first 911 Cabriolet to be produced, but they also happen to be the only year they were produced as a 911SC. That second point holds less weight with most people, but for someone who might have a preference for the SC over the 3.2 Carrera, options for open-top motoring dwindle quite quickly. The example we see here, an Indischrot 1983 Porsche 911SC Cabriolet, located in California, with 45,205 miles on it appears aimed at the collector crowd (at least based on how it’s been priced), though for someone who might want to spend a bit of time driving their Cabriolet there is enough mileage here to retain much of the long-term value even with some additional mileage each year.

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