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1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SL

1There used to be an R107 parked near where I live. It was green, in mint condition and it sparkled in the sun like it was new. I once saw the driver, a smartly dressed young woman in her mid twenties. An unusual car for a young person to own, I thought, especially in buttoned-up DC. Did she have impeccable taste in cars? A love for classic Benzes? Rich parents who’d gifted her their old roadster? All of the above? It’s no longer there, so I cannot ask her. But I do notice these cars more and more these days, as I realize the R107 might well be the definitive classic Mercedes. Timelessly styled, precision engineered and still exuding that ineffable sense of old money, they will soon be collectible, if they are not already. A friend from graduate school recently bought one. When I see the pictures of him on Facebook sitting in it, I can’t help but admire it. And feel a hint of jealousy.

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1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe 3.8 liter

I don’t feature all that many modified 911s, preferring to focus on mostly original examples, and when I do they tend to fall into one of two categories: Motorsports Mondays posts where the modifications have taken an obvious focus on track preparation, or backdated 911s attempting to marry the aesthetics of the long-hood 911 with more modern mechanicals. In both cases, the nature of the car and the modifications is quite explicit and obvious; these would not be mistaken for an unmodified 911. What we don’t see often are cars like this one, a 1989 Porsche Carrera 4 Coupe that from the outside might look like any other Carrera 4 Coupe of its day. That generally means we’re looking at more subtle modifications or, as is the case here, almost entirely internal. The most significant change here is to the engine which has been built out to 3.8 liters. That work was done twenty years ago and the engine has since seen a rebuild at 67K miles. We also get Turbo brakes and an upgraded suspension with the focus of much of the work being on bringing this 964 to “RS” spec. The interior is mostly some aesthetic add-ons I could do without, but all of that is easily reversible or further modified to suit your needs. In the end we have a nice looking Carrera 4 Coupe that packs an additional performance punch.

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1989 Mercedes-Benz 250D Ambulance Body

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I run across some odd vehicles during my travels around the internet. Today is one of those vehicles. What I thought was a normal taxi cab spec W124 diesel turned out to be an ambulance — at least what used to be an ambulance. This 1989 250D underwent a conversion from Binz, a specialty company in Germany that has been converting Mercedes into limousines, ambulances, fire trucks, hearses and everything else for over 75 years. So lets take a look at this long W124 for sale in New Hampshire.

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1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe

I’ve been having better luck coming across classic 911s for much more reasonable cost of entry lately, but what about once we move past those years? Do we find the same with the 964 and 993? That seems more of a mixed bag – though perhaps it’s not mixed at all with regard to the 993 as they remain fairly expensive – but this 964 does seem quite reasonable. Even better it’s up for auction with no reserve. Here we have a Guards Red 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe, located in Illinois, with Black leather interior and 113,045 miles on it. When Porsche debuted its fully redesigned 911 as the 964 with it they debuted a new model: the all-wheel drive Carrera 4. Following in the footsteps of the all-wheel drive 959, the new Carrera 4 provided more dynamically stable driving for the rear-biased 911. Purely in terms of performance and driver engagement I’m not sure it’d be the preferred avenue, but as Porsche has always prided itself on its blend of performance and refinement the all-wheel drive setup was a logical progression in the 911’s life.

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1989 Mercedes-Benz 300SE

The W126 generation S-class is stately and sublime, hailing from an era in which Mercedes built their cars to standard rather than cost. These cars offer graceful and classic MB styling, tank-like solidity and a relaxing and comfortable driving experience. The good news for anyone looking to pick one up today is that there’s a car out there to suit every budget. You can find everything from two grand hoopties to $20k+ museum pieces. While the 560SEL, the unadulterated, full-cream model, might be the most obvious choice for those looking for an 80s German luxury car, I’m often tempted by the more humble 300SE. The short wheelbase model is arguably prettier and better proportioned than the SEL, and the six cylinder engine in the 300 is cheaper to run and maintain than the V8s in the larger models.

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