Do you remember the first of the second run of the GTi? Not many do. It seems almost as though there was a jump straight from the original A1 chassis in 1984 up to the GTi 16V. Even then, finding the first of the 16V cars has become extremely tough. But the 1985-1987 8Vs? They’re just about gone. I remember wanting one with a passion; I had a 1986 Westmoreland Golf, and the GTi seemed like a pretty big step up. It was, in 1985 – selecting the GTi kicked your price up 30% from $7,000 to $9,000 automatically. For that additional amount, you got the HT high compression motor churning out a nice round 100 horsepower. But from a street credential standpoint, it wasn’t the 15 horsepower jump that was important; it was the 14″ alloy wheels, the rear spoiler, the red stripes, and that magical “GTi” badge surrounding the trim on the car. You also got a close-ratio 5-speed transmission, sport seats and a multi-function computer. This was high-tech stuff back in the day! GTis also sported 4-wheel disc brakes, an upgrade over the A1 chassis, along with dual sway bars and a leather wrapped steering wheel – a huge improvement over the stock (and very plastic) wheel in my Golf. But the 8V GTi was completely overshadowed in 1987 by the launch of the dual-cam 16V model. Now with 40 horsepower more than the standard Golf, it was a serious upgrade befitting its new $12,500 pricetag. Once in a while, though, a standard GTi pops up and reminds me of a simpler time:
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What is age, anyway? As my 30th birthday quickly approaches, that question has been on my mind a lot recently. Years alive may be an objective measurement, but youthfulness, vigor, lust for life – these are all factors in “age” that are significantly more subjective. I’ve had a pretty good three decades, but I’m working to make sure that they keep getting better.
This 535i has lived exactly the same amount of years as me, but I can only hope to be as youthful as it appears. Having covered less than 70k miles in 30 years and completely original save the A/C system, this is one heck of an E28. From the chrome to the carpet to to the paint, you’d be hard-pressed to find anything resembling a flaw on this time capsule. The leather shows slight signs of wear, but then again 70k miles isn’t zero. With everything functioning well on a very sturdy platform, age is relative; there are many happy days in this 535i’s future.
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Let’s continue looking at the 3.2 Carrera and again here we will look at one that comes in a wonderful light metallic paint. In this case we have an Iris Blue Metallic 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in Indiana, with 48,908 miles on it. While many of my recent posts of a 911SC or 3.2 Carrera have been concerned with searching for reasonable value this one surely will straddle a middle ground. As a pre-G50 Carrera this one at least comes from one of the model years where value typically resides, but having traveled fewer than 50K miles it should garner plenty of attention. A mileage premium, of course, is much tougher to deal with as it can restrict one’s ability to enjoy such a fine car and as such many would exclude a car like this one from consideration. At least amongst those trying to balance value with pleasure. For others, who would view this 911 as a potential investment it has a lot to offer and perhaps might even be had without having to reach too deeply into one’s pockets. That’s more or less where the 3.2 Carrera resides these days. Excellent examples command serious attention, but there will always be a few out there that provide a nice balance of attractiveness, performance, and reasonable cost.
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A few days ago, we had an interesting comment from one of our regular readers, Aaron, with regards to the clean 1989 Mercedes-Benz 300SE. He had mentioned about considering this late eighties S-class as a replacement for his wife’s C300, which will eventually be turned in due to the lease. Have Mercedes’ gotten so bad that enthusiasts are looking to yesteryear for engineering excellence or were the Mercedes of yore just that good? Or are some people, myself included, sick and tired of fifty million electronic gadgets and gizmos in a car that can go wrong at any minute? Whatever the case may be, some of Mercedes’ best came out of the 1970s and 1980s, the W123 included. This 300D for sale in Texas represents the final year for the W123 production run, a car that carried on the tradition of safety, engineering and luxury for the Mercedes-Benz brand for a decade spanning the 1970s and 1980s.
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For the second of my value-911 posts I will move on to the model that followed upon the success of the 911SC. There is little that separates the 3.2 Carrera aesthetically from its predecessor, so for those in love with the design of the G-Series 911 in general either model makes for an excellent option. As the model name implies, the fundamental distinguishing characteristic of these 911s is their 3.2 liter flat-six as an upgrade over the 3.0 liter engine of the SC. Both engines are fantastically reliable when maintained properly and though their overall character may show small differences these two models stand shoulder to shoulder on nearly every 911 enthusiast’s list of cars to own. With the 3.2 Carrera available from 1984-1989, I have purposely chosen an example from the years prior to 1987 as the change to the G50 5-speed transmission for that model year has garnered the later models quite a bit more attention and as such prices can rise dramatically relative to their earlier peers. The particular example we see here, a Guards Red 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa located in California with 42K miles on it, will come at a premium due to its low mileage, but it seemed too nice to pass up and ultimately, even with the higher initial cost, it should stand an excellent chance of maintaining, or even gaining, in value over the course of its ownership.