If the color of this 911 looks familiar to you, it should! We certainly do not come across Cassis Red very often, but it was only a couple weeks back that we featured a reader ride presented in this very same color combination of Cassis Red over Burgundy. That 911 was a Targa, so if you are someone who desires a fuller openness to your cockpit, then perhaps this 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located in Connecticut, with 43,773 miles on it will suit your purposes a little better. This could be simply a function of the lighting and photography, but the richness of the Cassis Red paint on this Cabriolet looks a little more pronounced than on other examples I’ve come across. It appears just that extra degree more striking. I’m certain that when cruising the boulevard with the top down that this would be a head-turning and crowd-pleasing 911. It may attract some attention, but beautiful things usually do.
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By the late 1980s, Volkswagen’s lineup seemed decidedly dated. While the entire lineup of German motors wasn’t particularly innovative or new (I’m looking at you, R107 and 911), for some reason the Volkswagen lineup seemed more ancient. Outside of the Golf and Jetta which were launched in 1985, you had the Quantum – a chassis shared with the B2 Audi, but it lived longer as a Volkswagen. Square and tall, it looked like a mildly updated 1970s car mostly because it effectively was. Then you had the Scirocco; fun, angular and sporty, it too was a mildly updated Scirocco 1 from the 1970s and might have been the last use of sealed-beam headlights in the U.S. market. Of course, there was the Vanagon; the T3 would amazingly carry over into the 1990s (barely) from its 1979 launch – but it always felt straight from the 1970s, even when presented with updated bodywork, wheels and interiors. And then there was the true Jurassic-era product in the Volkswagen lineup – the Cabriolet. While Volkswagen didn’t chop the top off the first generation Golf until 1980, it was already a reasonably old car by that point, having been launched in 1974. Yet the last of the Cabriolets would roll off the assembly line astonishingly in 1993, having outlived the A1’s successor, the second generation Golf. Such was the enduring appeal of the Cabriolet, however, that it was a bit long in the tooth didn’t matter. Nor did poor build quality, relative unreliability, buzzy engines, short gearing, oppressive wind noise and poor performance. It was, after all, a convertible – and that meant people anted up amazing amounts of money to get their hands on what was the cheapest German convertible one could buy. It wasn’t an expensive Rabbit – it was a cheap 911 cabriolet. Sort of.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Volkswagen Cabriolet on eBay
We’ve seen some great diesel Westies here, but today’s brings the added benefits of a biodiesel conversion. Built by a reputable Bay Area VW mechanic for himself, it’s clean through and through and has a nearly-new TDI swap. Now you can get over 30 mpg in your camper AND have the delicious smell of french fries follow you wherever you go! A solar roof adds to the green credentials, and some other nicely refreshed parts like a new tent make it a pretty great package. Bidders are going a bit wild, with a huge amount of bids pushing this up into top non-Syncro territory.
Click for details: 1987 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia Biodiesel on eBay
We have talked quite a bit about the menacing appearance of the Porsche 930. It is an appearance that fits naturally with the dynamics of the car itself, which long has had a reputation for punishing drivers who fail to show these machines the proper respect. That level of menace is turned up in a triple-black version of the car and here, with black RUF wheels, even the heightened levels of aggression from triple black have been increased. The seller clearly is attempting to show off the reflective qualities of the paint’s condition, but it would have been really nice to have at least one picture that simply lets us take in the full depths of that black exterior. If Darth Vader had a car, then this 1987 Porsche 930 Coupe would be it.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Porsche 930 Coupe on eBay
The B2 Quantum has always been an interesting car to me. As my first car was an Audi 4000CS quattro, there were aspects of its Volkswagen sibling that I really liked. First, while I wouldn’t say that the Quantum was more handsome than the 4000, it was certainly more distinctive looking. There are some downright odd angles on the Quantum, but somehow the design pulls it off. It’s also more rare to see them, or at least it felt so when I was driving around in the 4000. Then there were more practical things; for example, unlike Audi who ran the odd 4×108 pattern for slightly larger brakes, the Quantum stuck to smaller stock and retained 4×100 mm wheels. That made upgrades a bit easier and gave the Quantum a signature look with the GTi-sourced snowflake wheels. You could also get the 5-cylinder in front drive sedan configuration with the GL5; it was something Audi offered early on but had dropped, instead having only the Coupe GT be the front drive 5-cylinder. But the real trump card for the Quantum was undoubtedly the Syncro Wagon, as there was no Audi B2 wagon available in any configuration: