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1987 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia

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The license plate on the Vanagon is “STLMOVN,” an apt tag after 200k miles. Perhaps it also refers to its aged owners, who clearly have a sense of adventure but are passing on their great camper. Despite the higher mileage, the van looks extremely well cared for, with the seats having been covered, the exterior shining like new thanks to living in a garage, and a newer engine (though it’s unclear if that means rebuilt or fully new). It’s too bad “AC is not working” is the a main description line, because the more important news is that all of the appliances are like new. Something – perhaps the higher mileage? – seems to be scaring bidders away from the $14k starting point, but I think this is a very attractive Westy.

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1987 Volkswagen Golf GT

The year was 1987 and my father was entering his mid-life crisis, so of course, it was time for a new car. We headed to the Volkswagen showroom. As a young kid, I was enamored by the Vanagon Westfalia camper on the floor, along with the sleep Scirocco 16V. But we were there for something a bit more sensible and for a car that even some VW enthusiasts might forget: the Golf GT. This model was short lived and was essentially a “GTI light,” with the basic 1.8 liter engine coupled to a Golf with 14″ alloys, unique exterior and interior trim and an automatic gearbox, which was yet to be offered on the GTI. You could also spec a GT as a five-door, which wasn’t an option for US GTI customers. This 1987 GT 5-door for sale in Minnesota brings back a lot of memories for me, as it is in the same hue of Tornado Red as my father’s 1987 GT 3-door.

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1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe – REVISIT

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The Cassis Red over Burgundy 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe we featured in late June has come around for another reserve auction so we’ll see if this very attractive color scheme can find itself a new owner. The previous auction received quite a bit of attention, but bidding ended short of the reserve at $36,402. With this auction currently sitting at $32,099 we may be in store for another missed sale.

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1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

There has been much rending of garments and many lamentations over 911s whose owners have refused to use them as intended. Engineers have surely weeped. Ultra-low-mileage vehicles that have rarely seen the open road exist in their own reality and given the stratospheric asking prices we see for many of them it can be difficult to argue against the rationale of such investments. At the other end of the spectrum exist a wide variety of vehicles that have lead a full and eventful life, having been put through their paces by owner after owner. Higher-use cars come in all sorts of condition and in many cases make clear the desire for a low-mileage example, especially for a car like an air-cooled 911 for which the market remains quite strong. Of course, the ideal is to find a higher-mileage example that has been pampered in a manner similar to that of a collector; a car that has been used as intended, but also has been maintained to a standard that would be held by those same engineers that built the thing in the first place. Perhaps here we have just such a car. This Grand Prix White 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in Miami, with Burgundy leather interior sits with 124K miles, but still presents in a manner reflective of a good deal of care.

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Couple of Swedish Coupes: 1987 Volvo 780 & 1991 Volvo Coupé

You wouldn’t know it from looking at the current product portfolio, but Volvo carried a bit of a staid image up to and around the turn of the millennium, with 90 degree angles and boxy styling ruling the day. The cars had their following though, with a reputation for safety and reliability unmatched by almost every other manufacturer in the world. Looking back on Volvo’s history, there were a few flash in the pan moments in terms of styling, such as the P1800ES, the 480 and these cars we see here, the 780 and Coupe. Essentially the same car, Volvo decided to produce an encore to the chopped top 262C, employing Bertone once again to have their hand at a two-door version of the 700 series. Just over 8,500 examples were produced from 1986 to 1991, with the final year seeing a name change to “Coupé.” We’ll start off this Double Take by looking at a 1987 780, with the venerable 2.8 liter V6 engine.

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