We cover a lot of low mileage collectibles here on GCFSB, a point that rings especially true with a car like the 911, and we especially enjoy when those low-mileage beauties come in a unique color or represent a unique variant of that model. That said, high mileage cars can at times be equally as interesting. Sure, you have to take extra care when assessing the car’s condition, but a high-mileage car that has been well cared for can actually be in better mechanical shape than a low-mileage car whose owner neglected it. A lack of use isn’t terribly good for anything. Then there is history. Cars with higher mileage have stories (the good kind) and memories attached to them and while those memories will always remain with the owner who experienced them, there is an extra joy that comes with coming across a car that has already brought its previous owners a great deal of joy. That is, after all, what being a car enthusiast is about. All of this is somewhat of an aside, because I do not know whether this particular Carrera comes with any interesting history as the ad does not go into such detail. But it’s a 911 with some miles on it and from what we see here it looks good. The rest will require discussion with the seller. The one point that this car should possess similar to pretty much every high-mileage car is value. As miles go up, prices comes down – no surprise there. If you’re looking for a driver-quality classic 911 then perhaps this Granite Green Metallic 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in California, with 161,000 miles on it will suit your needs.
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As much as we discuss 80s M car values getting pulled up by the E30 M3, they aren’t insane yet. There are still some great drivers out there for the same price as a brand-new economy car, which will always be a great argument for getting adventurous and buying a fun classic. This 140k-mile example isn’t the cream puff some middle-mileage examples have been, but it’s pretty well sorted with enough minor blemishes to keep the price in check. Buying an E28 M5 for reasonable money has been one of the most educational and fun experiences in my car-loving life, and this one is a good opportunity to get a decent driver without breaking the bank.
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The BMW M6 is one of those cars that seems to have benefitted from its contemporaries, namely the E30 M3 and E28 M5. As values rise on these two early M cars, the E24 is inching its way up as well. Of all three, the M6 is my favorite, as I have a soft spot for graceful looking coupes. With an aggressive nose and thin side pillars, this car has a look almost impossible to replicate to this day. The E24 is a car that is finally getting its fair shake after years of being almost unnoticed outside of Bimmer enthusiast circles. This M6 for sale in California is not a garage queen, but one that has seen regular use with a host of maintenance records dating back to day one. Best of all, part of the proceeds of the sale goes to charity.
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Throughout the years, Mercedes-Benz has dabbled with über sedans to cater to its wealthiest clientele. The 600 was, and still is, considered by many to be a watershed moment in executive motoring. Later on in 1992, the 600SEL was perched atop the S-class range, with it’s 6.0 liter V12 engine and available four-place seating. Their latest chapter saw the revival of a storied name from years past: Maybach. Sadly, the brand lasted but a scant decade, from 2002 to 2012. In the eighties, it was a different story, with the top dog being this car: the 560SEL. From 1986 to 1991, this car was the vehicle of choice for businessmen, celebrities and heads of state the world over. Today, the W126 S-class is still revered for its durability and classic, restrained Mercedes-Benz styling. This 560SEL for sale in California is a minter, with just over 53,000 miles on the clock.
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We might look at this dark blue metallic 3.2 Carrera and think that it’s a standard color that we would come across fairly often. After all, Porsche did offer a variety of shades of blue, canvassing most of the spectrum, during the 3.2 Carrera’s production run, and these days dark blue is a pretty common color to come across from any marque. Yet, I sit here trying to think of the last time I actually came across a classic 911 in a color like this. This particular blue happens to be paint-to-sample so by definition it is a little more rare, but even among the standard colors offered at the time there do not seem to be a lot of these early 911s in this sort of color. All of this to say that I really like this one. There are things I would change: I could do without the yellow lens on the fog lights and I always prefer a whale tail on a Carrera Coupe – and since this has the front spoiler already the tail would balance things out nicely. In a perfect world I’d prefer a different interior shade as well. Still, this is a striking exterior color that is eye catching without being flashy and, as always, a reminder of the excellent variety Porsche has long made available for buyers desiring a particular color that might sit slightly outside the norm.