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Week In Review

Welcome back to Week in Review, where we recap the last few weeks of vehicles we have featured:

The 1980 Mercedes-Benz 280GE sold for $7,950: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Truck

The 1986 Porsche 944 sold for $12,000: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

The 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 did not sell, failing to meet its reserve at $155,111: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

The 1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC sold for $7,900: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

The 1993 Volkswagen Corrado SLC did not sell, failing to meet its reserve at $3,150: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

The 1977 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 did not sell, failing to meet its reserve at $38,100: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

The 1997 Volkswagen Golf did not sell, failing to meet its reserve at $1,675: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

The Heap of the Week 1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 sold for $2,275: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

The 1999 Alpina B3 3.2 Cabriolet did not sell, failing to meet its reserve at $8,433: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

The 1991 Mercedes-Benz 500SL AMG 6.0 did not sell, failing to meet its reserve at $8,100: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

The 1971 BMW 2000 did not sell, failing to meet its reserve at $13,101: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

The 2001 Porsche 911 Turbo sold for $35,500: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

The 1981 Mercedes-Benz 280CE did not sell, failing to meet its reserve at $10,500: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

The 1989 BMW 635CSi with 7,000 miles sold for $59,900: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

The 1986 BMW 535i sold for $2,325: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

The 1993 BMW M5 did not sell, failing to meet its reserve at $9,000: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

The 2007 BMW Z4 M Coupe sold for $23,599: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

The 2006 Volkswagen Phaeton W12 sold for $27,375: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

The 1987 BMW M3 did not sell, failing to meet its reserve at $15,700: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

The 1997 Alpina B6 2.8 Touring sold for $10,500: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

The 1987 Porsche 944S did not sell, failing to meet its reserve at $6,100: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

The 2001 BMW M5 did not sell, failing to meet its reserve at $11,601.99: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

The 1985 Audi Quattro did not sell, failing to meet its reserve at $18,000: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

The 1983 BMW 320i with S50 swap sold for $7,600: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

The 1972 Porsche 914/6 GT did not sell, failing to meet its reserve at $62,601: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

The Heap of the Week 1984 Mercedes-Benz 190D sold for $980: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

The 1975 BMW 2002 Baur sold for $13,100: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

The 1980 Mercedes-Benz LP809 Fire Truck sold for $7,300: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Truck

The 1994 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Widebody sold for $55,100: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

The 1993 BMW 318i Dinan built race car did not sell, failing to meet its reserve at $10,000: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

The 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera did not sell, failing to meet its reserve at $40,200: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

The 2001 BMW 740iL did not sell, failing to meet its reserve at $13,600: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

The 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 sold for $5,600: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

The 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo did not sell, failing to meet its reserve at $17,400: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

U.S. or ROW? 1985 BMW 635CSi Euro-spec vs. U.S.-spec

I bang on about how much I prefer the look of the European market cars from the 1980s over the U.S. spec cars, and this is especially true amongst BMWs. For some reason, the powers that be at BMW decided to do the worst integration of DOT bumpers of all the European manufacturers; it was almost as if they said “Oh yeah? Well, take this, then!” Bulky, with too much plastic, rubber accordions and fading stainless trim, they stand out as a stark reminder of how simple and pretty the European bumpers on many of the same models were. However, it’s not often that we get to see two very similar models for sale at the same time; today, however, there are two nearly identical BMW 635CSis on eBay. Both are 1985, dark metallic colors, red leather, 5-speed manuals and updated wheels – and in their own way, each is lovely. Does the Euro-spec car win out for me once again?

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1985 Audi Quattro

If the GTi from earlier was expensive for an economy car in 1984, the Audi Quattro was near ridiculous in its pricing; at over $35,000 in 1982, it was more expensive than most Porsche models at the time, including the 911. But the Quattro was the R8 of its day, redefining Audi’s place in the market and introducing exotic performance to a more mainstream crowd. It wasn’t revolutionary in any one particular way; turbocharging and 4 driven wheels has previously hit the market in other applications. But the Quattro combined World Rally Championship performance in an everyday package that could comfortably carry 4 adults with luggage in style. They’ve been legendary since new, but not always appreciated as such – though Audi’s recent acceptance and acknowledgement that it did indeed build cars before the A4 has helped the rising market value of these models. Arguably the most valuable in general are the last model year; updates to the weak point computer and fuse box, coupled with the perfect stance 8″ Ronals and updated interior, along with slightly revised headlights and trunklid meant these were special cars amongst an already rare bunch. Less than 100 made it to these shores, so coming across them today is something of a treat:

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1985 Mercedes-Benz 300D

It seems to be the never ending question for the used car buyer. “What’s the most reliable car I can buy for “x” amount of dollars?” If age isn’t a concern, one of my favorite go to cars is the W123 Mercedes-Benz. There’s a reason why James May of BBC’s Top Gear chose one of these cars for their drive through Africa. These cars can take a beating and will keep pressing on. This 300D for sale in Illinois is originally a California car and comes to us from our reader Jimmy, whose is assisting a friend in selling it.

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Heap of the Week: 1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16

My father always said: don’t trust advertisements that begin with “Hey there.” OK, he never said that, but all I can think of when reading this listing are the chilling words of Rowan Atkinson, “When good cars happen to bad people.” Seriously, this dude straight up admits he botched the “lower end” of the motor that he has “redone.” Yes, I am using lots of quote marks to document this abuse for all the world to see. Then, he apparently got confused because his second move should have been his first when he enlisted the help of an actual mechanic to tell him his $3,000 investment has resulted in untold thousands of dollars in new damage. Nice one, sport. Next time, take your rare, Euro-market Cosworth to the motor man BEFORE tearing it down and, oh, maybe making it something one of us would actually want to drive when you’re done trashing it. But hey, enjoy that E500 you just bought. I’ll be looking for it on eBay with the words, “So I tore it down and now it won’t start…”

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