Welcome back to Week in Review, where we recap the last few weeks of vehicles we have featured:
All posts tagged 1985
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:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1985 Audi Quattro on eBay
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.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1985 Mercedes-Benz 300D on eBay
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…”