This car provides a nice contrast with yesterday’s Ruf BTR. While the Ruf wasn’t completely original, and thus a bit less expensive than we might expect, it still provides captivating performance that any standard 930 would struggle to replicate. It also was quite a bit cheaper than the car we see here. Each illustrates the unique variety available in the ’80s when it seemed as if automotive excess was really beginning to hit its stride. The Slantnose, derived from the Porsche 935 racer, was offered as a factory option for the 930 through Porsche’s Sonderwunsch Programm beginning in 1981. They have developed a very love/hate following among current enthusiasts, but their strength on the market seems fairly secure. As the 930 in general continues to rise in value, these rare variants lead the way commanding significant premiums over the standard model.
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The Vanagon Weekender is a nice alternative to the full-on Westfalia treatment, lacking the fluid, electric, and gas inlets/outlets, but still possessing great campability with a pop-top, table, and folding rear bed. Today’s Weekender has undergone the popular Subaru flat-4 conversion, bringing a little more power and reliability compared the old VW wasserboxer. You could see the Weekender and non-turbo Subaru engine as compromises, or as very capable options that keep costs down. That’s the lens I choose to see this Vanagon through; it’s not a high-powered, fully-optioned and mega-expensive model, but it has the right bits to get the job done.
Click for details: 1987 Volkswagen Vanagon Weekender on eBay
The Audi 4000 quattro was like a Sherpa to thousands of European car enthusiasts; a steadfast winter standby with slick styling and Rally-bred sure-footedness. On paper, looking back today the 4000 was probably a bit dull; nearly 2,900 lbs of brick-on-brick design with a measly 115 horsepower motivation. But numbers don’t tell the whole story of the B2 Audi, because in any configuration it’s a great handling car. The quattro, however, had some special features that would have been headline items for any sports sedan until very recently; four wheel independent suspension with a large front sway bar and four wheel disc brakes. Couple that with the first all-wheel drive system fitted to a small car, sprinkle some luxury items in and cut the price of the exotic Quattro in half, and it didn’t matter that it wasn’t particularly fast. What the 4000 quattro was, though, was one solid all-around performer. The subtle changes from the front-drive sedan resulted in a car that felt more grown-up and refined, yet still pushed you to do silly Hoonigan things. 4000 quattro owners that I’ve talked to almost always have the same proud story; the time that they managed to get their 4000 quattro stuck. Normally, that would be a cause for embarrassment, but such was the grip of the plow-through-anything small sedan that it became a badge of honor when you outdid the car’s twin-locking differentials. The secret, of course, was just to make sure all four wheels were in the air! But because of this type of sillyness inducing competence amongst dropping residual value and a second or third tier of ownership that didn’t always repair or maintain the cars, few are left in good condition. However, I managed to scratch together a trio of three-quarters of the U.S. bound production years, all in the fetching shade of Tornado Red. We’ll start with the end of the run:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Audi 4000CS quattro on eBay
Every now and then I’ll come across a Porsche painted in a hue which I had no idea was offered. I had seen Riviera Blue on a few 911s before, but after the folks at flüssig magazine posted a picture of a Riviera Blue 928GTS, I was yet again stumped. I had never seen a 928 in this hue. It was surely unique, but I’m not sure it really fit the nature of this grand touring machine. This 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera in Cassis Red, however, is another story. You don’t see them in this color all too often, and with the burgundy leather, it really looks rich. This example for sale in Texas has covered just over 50,000 miles and is the first model year to have the desirable G50 gearbox.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera on eBay
E30 fanatics (am I automatically considered one for using alphanumerical platform codes?) love digging deep for special editions and casually name-dropping things like “Sport Evo,” “Cecotto,” and “M-Tech 1″ or even “M-Tech 2!” Today’s right-hand drive Sport Edition is a new one for me and was available in Europe, Japan, Australia, and South Africa. If you like shifting out of “Park” with your left hand and enjoy constantly wondering where the double yellow lines are, this special-edition 325i could be yours for just a bit more than a standard E30. That’s right: as bonus feature, it has a rebuilt Sport slushbox! The 325i Sport’s autotragic was way before its time, incorporating BMW’s now-ubiquitous and seemingly-endless shifting options in the form of 3 settings – choose your adventure! Redlining the M20 isn’t just for clutch-capable teenage hoons anymore, Americans! With moderate mileage and the subdued Delphin Grey, you can confuse children in a car that appears to have no driver while appearing to enthusiasts like just another dude in an E30 with a mediocre bodykit and some rust bubbles.