I’m never one to turn my nose up at an interesting engine swap. Usually, they are pretty predictable with throwing a giant V8 into where ever one will fit then calling it a day. Nothing really wrong with that formula, but it is always cool to see different things. Today’s car, a 1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E from all the way in New Zealand, is one of the most interesting engine swaps into a Mercedes, or any car really, that I’ve seen in a long time. This W201 now sports a turbocharged 13B Mazda rotary engine with a handful of modifications putting down over 300 horsepower. That seems different enough for me.
Edit: After selling last year on Bring A Trailer for $5,050 after we featured it in April, the current owner of the 1985 Audi 4000S quattro with some nice modifications has decided it’s too nice for a winter beater. It’s back up on eBay with a $5,000 opening bid and reserve auction format with few changes since we saw it last year, but it’s still one of the better ones out there for sale.
If you like yesterday’s Audi 4000S quattro, finding a later example is likely to be more fruitful for you. About of the roughly 16,500 4000 quattros imported into the United States, roughly three quarters of them – about 12,000 – were the updated 1985-1987 model years. Changes to the package were mostly visual. Outside refreshed bumper covers with integrated turn signals and reflectors smoothed out the look far before BMW caught on to the idea in the 3-series. Aerodynamic headlights replaced the sealed-beam quad-headlight arrangement and a sloped grill eased the transition. In the rear the trunklid dove down to the trim line and held an entirely revised set of lights. Rocker panel covers made the 4000 appear a bit lower than the ’84 model had, though the ride height was unchanged. And a rolling change to flush fitting covers on the Ronal R8 wheels subtly changed the look to more aerodynamic. Inside, electric rear windows replaced the manual roll-up variety, and new door cards with pulls now matched the revamped dashboard. The gauges also changed, as did the locking differential panel. But mechanically under it all, few changes were seen to the workhorse. While numerically speaking you’re more likely to find a later car than the ’84 only style, if one car we cover better epitomizes the axiom “ridden hard and put away wet”, I’m not sure what it could be.…
I think we can all appreciate a nice Porsche 930. They don’t even have to be especially rare or uniquely optioned. We want one that’s clean and well cared for because it is that combination of iconic 911 design and attention-grabbing performance that provides the allure. These cars can suit just about any car enthusiast.
I think the one we see here, a Garnet Red Metallic 1985 Porsche 930 with Cork interior, should fit the bill quite well. There aren’t any particularly unique aspects of it that would draw our attention, but the whole package comes together to bring us one that looks just right.
The 1985 Audi Coupe GT debuted the aerodynamic B2 refinements in the 2-door version of the Type 85. Just like the 4000CS quattro I looked at the other day, smooth bumper covers front and rear were met with wide molding and new rocker covers. DOT-required 9004 halogen lights replaced the upright quad-rectangle arrangement on 1984 models, and the new grill sloped to meet stainless trim which surrounded the car. Inside was met with a revised dashboard with new softer-touch plastics, a leather covered steering wheel and few other changes. Mechanically, just as with the 84-85 4000 quattro, there were very few alterations between pre-facelift GT and the ’85. The same KX 110 horsepower inline-5 and 5-speed manual (3-speed automatic available) drove the car, but the ’85 up wore the same 4×108 hubs and brakes (in front, at least) as the quattro.
As with the 4000 line, most of the manual bits available in early B2s disappeared, and in you bought a late model it probably came standard with power locks, mirrors and windows. Most GTs also came equipped with a sunroof (manual and pop-out) and the rear wiper. Today’s example follows that convention minus the rear wiper. The package proved to generally be considered more than the sum of its parts, and in 1985 Car and Driver tested eight GT cars and proclaimed the Audi Coupe GT the best package available, beating ‘sports cars’ like the Supra, Mustang, and Camaro. One of the 3,586 sold in 1985, this Alpine White example reminds of a more simple time when you could drive a car at 10/10ths and still remain (mostly) at legal speeds:
Now that I’ve looked at some cool and not so cool Mercedes from across the pond, I’m back to our regular left-hand drive cars. Fear not for our international readers as I’m not back to the United States just yet. This 1985 300CD from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada gives us the best of what the W123 coupe has to offer. Much like the other prime W123s for sale, this one isn’t coming cheap, but I’d argue that it’s not exactly the worst deal in the world for what you get.
Engine: 3.0 liter 5-cylinder
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 91,034 km (56,565 mi)
Price: $14,500 CDN ($11,319 USD)
1985 Mercedes 300CD Turbo Diesel – 91000 KM All Original – Rare Color Combination Dark Grey on Mahogany Leather – Never winter driven – Garage kept – Never rust – Impeccable Kept – Records kept since new – Everything works as new – Nicest one I’ve ever seen – $14,500. Obo
Taking a broad look at this car, this one looks like a real winner. Extremely clean without any issues I can see on the outside, the interior looks even better. The Sienna MB-Tex is relatively rare for any W123 let alone a coupe and I’m glad to see it’s held up great for 56,000 miles. Under the hood, the OM617 looks prime with lots of cadmium plating still fresh. Being a 1985 W123, the last year of the chassis, it benefits greatly from a 2.88 rear differential as opposed to a 3.07. This translates to much better highway miles per gallon figures to the point where owners of prior year W123s seek out 1985 cars to swap in the differential.
At $14,500 CDN ($11,319 USD), it is probably priced on the higher end of the market in general.…
I couldn’t find another 911SC that I really felt like delving into much further, but hop forward a couple years I found pretty much the next best thing! An absolutely beautiful Iris Blue Metallic 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa, located in California, with just 43,565 miles on it. Iris Blue can be a stunning color when it has been well cared for and is looking good. That’s exactly what we have here. It might not blow you away the way a pastel long-hood 911 might. It’s just really pretty.
Model: 911 Carrera Targa
Engine: 3.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 43,565 mi
Price: $52,900 Buy It Now
1985 Porsche 911 Carrera one owner with only 43 564 original miles documented.
Stunning color combination, in a special order Iris Blue with black interior.
Unrestored since new, original interior, original license plate.
Original engine and transmission.
Highly optioned with, power seats, power windows, power mirrors, radio Kenwood, AC, fog lights, alarm system.
this 911 has been delivered and well maintained by the well known Dealer Vasek Polak to her original owner in June 1985.
Fully documented since new, the previous owner kept carefully every single receipts till 2017.
100% complete car, including, owner’s manual, service books, spare tire, jack, tool kit, compressor, original radio, original key…
straight body never been in an accident, perfect paint,like brand new.
the interior is in a good original condition, showing slight bolster wear on the driver seat, perfect dash with no crack, perfect door panels…
strong engine, gearbox shift smooth with no grind or issues, clutch grab strong with no slippage.
every instrumentations are in a working condition except for the AC who will need a recharge.
slight oil seeping from the valve cover gasket.
When I brought home a nautical blue W126 last month, I was pretty chuffed to find a car in such an attractive and unusual color. But ever since then, I’ve been seeing nautical blue Benzes pop up left, right and center. I hadn’t really noticed them before, but it turns out that color code 929 isn’t as rare as I first thought. Still, it is gorgeous, and looks just as nice on the C126 coupe as it does on my W126 sedan. This particular car was spotted by fellow contributor Andrew H. It’s a Euro-spec 500SEC, powered by a version of the 5.0 liter M117 motor unsaddled by US emissions restrictions. That means it should be good for about 250 hp, give or take. Performance won’t be blistering – the SEC is more of a grand tourer than a sports car – but that motor is definitely more potent than the one offered in the US-spec 500 from the same period.
There is a depth to this Guards Red paint that is really striking and more readily apparent than on other 911s I’ve seen. I’m sure much of that is the photography and the way the lighting has been used, nonetheless it really shows the beauty of a red car well and why Guards Red was such a popular 911 color in the ’80s. I wish I saw more of them today. Here it is on a 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in California, with just 48,500 miles on it. I’d definitely want to see it in person to get a proper perspective on that paint, but at least from what we see here this is a really nice looking example.
Model: 911 Carrera
Engine: 3.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 48,500 mi
Price: Reserve Auction ($58,500 Buy It Now)
48,500 original miles
15×7 and 15×8 front and rear wheels
New Pirelli P4 tires
Original window sticker
For more information and photos visit makellosclassics.com
The ad has provided us only the bare minimum of information so we have the pictures to help us judge the car and that’s about it. As I noted above, it does look really good and the interior looks in fine shape as well. ’85 was the first year for this style of seating in the 3.2 Carrera as the ’84 model had carried over the seats from the 911SC. So if that’s an important feature for you this is the model year that serves as your earliest source for these 911s. We aren’t told anything of this 911s history so some digging will have to be in order there.…
Now that we are just about done drooling over Craig’s new 300SE, it’s time to take a look at another W126. This 1985 380SE for sale in Kentucky offers up another shade of blue on the S-Class, the darker Nautical Blue Metallic. This one also has two extra cylinders with the M116 3.8 liter V8. Fortunately for everyone, this Gen 1 W126 has been highly cared for and shows only a hair over 45,000 miles. But are you willing to pay the price?
Engine: 3.8 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 45,100 mi
“ONE OWNER! Garage kept Only 45k Original Miles! Owner invested $6400 in upgrades recently…you will NOT find this year and mileage anywhere on the internet. Near perfect condition! Very Very minor paint chips…almost cannot see them. Trunk appears to have never been used. Leather is perfect and the overall interior is pristine. This is a one of a kind car and there is NOT anything like it on the entire internet for this year, make, and model. No fading in paint and the tires are newer. Chrome has no blemishes. Just a beautiful car. Mechanically it runs and drives like new. You will not be disappointed.”
From 1980 to 1985, the 380SE was sold along side the 380SEL, 500SEL and of course the diesel 300SD in the US. In 1984, the M116 in the 380SE/L was upgraded to a dual-row timing chain to fix chain failure issues that the earlier engines suffered from. The dual-row 380SE/L only lasted until 1985 until it was replaced by the 4.2 liter V8 M117 that birthed the 420SE/L that carried on until the end of W126 production. This being a 1985 car, it’s a far more desirable car in the eyes of enthusiasts and anyone who just wants to maintain these cars to go forever.…
Rust never sleeps. No, not the 1979 Neil Young album. I’m talking about actual rust. The thing that kills vehicles and ultimately our livelihood. In my opinion, once you start battling the rust bug, it turns into a never ending war. Sometimes you can live with it if it’s cosmetic but once it starts turning into a structural problem, you have a big problem. Unfortunately for this 1985 Mercedes-Benz 280GE for sale in Ohio, the rust problem has probably hit the point of no return.
Engine: 2.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 117,000 mi
A 1985 Mercedes 280 GE Wagen. Grey with a black leather interior, automatic transmission. 117,000 original miles. Just came out of a long term ownership. Has been off the road for some years, we just got it running, and it runs and drive well.
The body is very straight, no signs of any accidents. There are some rust spots by the windshield, the rear tail lights, and the rear tail gate as you can see in the pictures. Also, as you can see there is some rust on the undercarriage as well.
A good driver, needing work.
Any questions welcome.
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When I first glanced at this W460 3-door, I thought it looked a little rough around the edges. But after cycling through the photos and really taking a look, I think this one is sadly too far good. Rust has begun to consume almost every body panel on the 280GE and the undercarriage wasn’t spared either. The driver’s side rear panel that holds the taillight into body is disintegrating into nothing and that poor taillight is holding on for dear life.…