Now and then I’ll come across a car that looks in good shape and with reasonable mileage and think, “why is this car so cheap?” Cheap, of course, is a relative term, but lately for air-cooled 911s, and especially the 930, it is rare to come across a car that is priced reasonably, if not too low. The immediate next question is, “so what’s wrong with it?”. This is the basic process I went through after coming across this car: a Yellow 1986 Porsche 930, located in Phoenix, with 51,000 miles on it. Typically, a 930 with this mileage and in a color we rarely see would be priced somewhere in the neighborhood of $100K. The car may not ever sell for that price, but it sets the starting point. So when I saw this one with a BIN of $54,900 it seemed like a steal. There are many who have dreamed of owning a 930 and watched those dreams fade as prices for one have climbed ever higher. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to find examples that are accident free and in good mechanical condition, so while the car here isn’t offered at a low price, it is certainly the sort of car that may provide a window of opportunity to fulfill one’s dreams.
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Today we have a Geländewagen that covers a lot of ground, and not just in the typical all-terrain beast way. Sure, it can do all the badass stuff, but it’s looking unique and clean with a low-mileage diesel and an amazing interior. Seriously, plaid AND jump seats?! It all looks pristine and the price reflects it. If red is your color and you want to have a little of the GWagen panache without the overwrought AMG details, this is a great choice.
Click for details: 1986 Mercedes-Benz 300GD on eBay
It’s pretty amazing to me that the Porsche 944 Turbo hasn’t taken off in value. Compared to its contemporaries, the Quattro, 190E Cosworth and M3, the 944 Turbo still has yet to fully appreciate. Perhaps it’s that there are many good examples – true, a fair amount of 944s have hit the track where they shine, but there are still mint condition examples that pop up and remind us what a well-rounded car the 951 is. Supercar performance was possible from the turbocharged inline-4 2.5 liter engine; it had better brakes, better balance and amazingly even better fuel mileage than the other three. Perhaps the only downside was that it’s much better suited for 2 to transport than the 4 that can fit in the more sedan-like competition, but outside of that the 944 Turbo is really a superior package. Nearly 14,000 of these cars were imported to the U.S. alone; that’s a higher production total than the entire Quattro production line world-wide, for example, and about three times the amount of M3s and seven times the number of 190E Cosworths that were imported. For enthusiasts, that means they’re still quite affordable and, being Porsches, many good examples can be found. The cheapest of the bunch are the early cars, which offered a bit less power and not quite as heavy duty suspension and brakes that were found on the “S” and 1989 models. Today’s examples are both 2-owner cars with lower miles and in great shape – which would you choose?
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo on eBay
It’s been a while since we’ve gone full-meal-deal on a Westy Syncro, but today is our lucky day. As the ad is subtitled, this is indeed Bad Ass Syncro. It is more than the Westfalias I’ve written up recently, but also has the coveted 4WD system. The owner is not joking when he mentions spending $65k on upgrades – that’s a real thing on these vans. I’ve seen them listed over $100k, so compared to that, the ~$40k asking price is downright reasonable.