Welcome back to Week in Review, where we recap the last few weeks of vehicles we have featured:
All posts tagged 1985
While I often say that one of the first upgrades for a W201 owner should be the Euro headlight conversion, every now and again the domestic model units strike me an endearing. Kind of like a face you just have to love, even though it could be improved upon greatly. Perhaps it’s because even the lowly DOT-approved units featured yellow foglamps as standard with the ability to run the turn signal lamps and the foglights independent of the main headlight relay – a rarity on today’s domestic vehicles. All that aside, this looks like an honest example of a Cossie, and despite the seller’s poor eBay rating, the photos don’t reveal any immediate concerns. However, some detailed info on maintenance history should be required for any vehicle, particularly a rare model like the 16V sold by someone with a less-than-sterling reputation.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16V on eBay
It seems there’s a never ending supply of good Mercedes-Benz W123s out there. I’ve met a good number of people who have owned or experienced these cars over time and all of them have walked away impressed. With modern manufacturing and bean counters, it’s doubtful we’ll ever see a car engineered to a point like this in the near future. The good thing is, however, that these cars’ durability have kept many on the road, clocking hundreds of thousands of miles each in the process. This 300TD for sale in Georgia has made a few long distance trips, having just broken 160,000 miles. Considering their reputation, the break in period for this final year W123 estate has just ended.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1985 Mercedes-Benz 300TD on eBay
When it comes to 1980s Porsche tuners, the immediate name that pops into enthusiasts’ minds is Ruf. And for road cars, certainly the Yellowbird set the tone for performance tuned cars and remains legendary today. In the shadows of Ruf’s imposing figure, though, were smaller firms such as Andial. Andial worked in tandem with Porsche Motorsports to run many of the customer racing program cars such as the 935, 956 and 962. This gave them some serious credentials and notoriety for building impressive cars. Some of those Andial-built motors ended up in road-going Porsches, such as this 3.5 liter converted 930: