The Type 44 Audi was an impressive advance for German automobiles, a huge leap forward for Audi in a new marketplace – but also nearly the cause of its demise. It was an aerodynamic, futuristic sedan when both BMW and Mercedes-Benz seemed to be producing cars stuck in the 1970s. It was the blueprint for most modern luxury sedans from not only German companies, but many of the advances were copied by the Japanese, Italians and Americans for their large sedans. Yet, by 1990 Audi nearly pulled out of the American market thanks to some creative journalism from 60 Minutes, who in their effort to prove Audi was at fault for some unintended acceleration cases nearly killed off the company entirely. In part as a result of their efforts, it’s become quite rare to find clean examples of them today – but it’s also because they were such good, long-lived and solidly built machines that few have lower miles today. While I recent featured a few 20V turbocharged examples in the 20V Turbo comparison, today we’ll look at a few of the lesser appreciated examples, starting with a clean 5000CS quattro Avant in Canada:
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This is somewhat strange. While Porsche always has offered a wide variety of colors, including paint-to-sample options, it’s rare that we come across a 911 where I can’t really tell what color it is. The car here isn’t described as paint-to-sample, though perhaps that’s the fault of the seller, but rather it is described simply as Brown. It does look somewhat Brown, but I can’t say I’ve seen a 911 in this shade, and Brown itself was much more popular in the ’70s than the ’80s. Either way, combined with the lovely interior color this 1987 3.2 Carrera definitely is eye-catching and not an everyday color. The G50-equipped Carreras have shown rapid appreciation of late especially when in excellent condition, as this one appears to be.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe on eBay
There’s one glaring problem with the Porsche 911. With such a long production run and so many variants to choose from, which is the one to have? The dyed in the wool types would no doubt go for an air-cooled 911, but which one? The Carrera 3.2 was an icon of the 1980s but with features firmly entrenched with the first model that debuted in the 1960s. The 993 would be the swan song of the air-cooled 911 range, with styling that was both a departure from the original formula yet instantly recognizable at the same time. We’ll take a look at two Grand Prix White 911 Cabriolets, starting with this 1987 Carrera 3.2 for sale in California with under 50,000 miles on the clock.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet on eBay
A new hunt of mine is finding affordable E30s with solid potential. The cleanest of the quintessential sports sedan have become quite valuable, but there are still some reasonable examples lurking out there. The “s” models, in both “eta” and standard “i” form, provide outstanding handling with varying levels of power. One path for finding inexpensive classics is being open to high-mileage survivors, of which we have two today. Both have well above 200k miles and the “s” package, but one has the venerable 2.5 liter inline-6 while the other comes with the larger-and-slower 2.7l of the 325e. E30s are ripe for many engine swaps, from stock to extreme, so buying a low-price, high-mileage example provides a great foundation for a project.
Click for details: 1990 BMW 325is on eBay
The 911 Carrera 3.2 was considered by many to be the final link to the original 911 before newer safety and emissions regulations started to take hold in the 1990s which would eventually see the phasing out of the air-cooled motor. It certainly is one of my favorites, with the ultra-rare Club Sport lightweight special being my favorite. While a Club Sport is one of the most valuable of all 3.2 variants, there are plenty of other 3.2s to consider as an optimal starting point for your air-cooled obsession. We’ll take a look at a few different examples, including a 930 of the same era, starting off with this Grand Prix White Targa for sale in Miami.