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1989 Volkswagen Fox GL Wagon – REVISIT

The Volkswagen Fox GL Wagon we featured last month is back up for sale at no reserve. For those who like their Volkswagens with a bit of South American flavor, these Fox Wagons are affordable and rather rare modern classics.

The below post originally appeared on our site June 30, 2014:

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Week In Review

Welcome back to Week in Review. We apologize for not getting this out sooner, but with GCFSB staff on the move with summer travels and your managing editor dealing with a move, we were a bit tied up. But let’s take this chance to recap the last month of vehicles we have featured:

The 1997 Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG sold for $10,200: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

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1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SL

I can’t look at these and not think about the hurting Sharon Stone put on one in Casino. So much for expressing gratitude to Ace! Anyway, as many of us know these classic roadsters have been undervalued for a long time, and regardless of how hampered they were by U.S. emissions requirements or ugly bumpers or whatever else our fine Department of Transportation required under the guise of “safety” and “efficiency,” this is still a damn pretty car that’s tough to beat as an open-roof grand tourer. This V8-equipped ’89 has only 41,000 miles on the clock, essentially proving its status as a weekend-only cruiser. I would swap in some European headlights and the larger Evo wheels and call it a day (along with a modest height reduction). There’d be no question which car you’d take for a night out at the slots.

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1989 Porsche 944 Turbo with 38,000 Miles

I suppose it’s beating a dead horse just a bit, but it’s astounding what a good deal the overlooked 944 Turbo is these days. You can get a very clean early 86 944 Turbo for around $10,000 – significantly less than what an equivilant E30 M3, Quattro or 190E 16V will cost you. Performance from the turbocharged inline-4 will surprise the other three legends, too. Even in early 220 horsepower specification, the 944 Turbo will easily out accelerate, out turn and out brake the other three. The most aerodynamic of the three, it will also return the best fuel economy on a long trip. The only downside is that, unlike the others, the rear seats are mostly useless to anyone who has legs; but they’re there in a pinch, and the versatility of the hatch in part makes up for some of the downside. But for Porsche, it wasn’t quite enough to have a car capable of besting its contemporaries, so in 1988 Porsche upped the ante with the “S”; an additional 30 horsepower, trick M030 Koni suspension, limited slip differential and forged Fuchs wheels led the list of changes that were carried over into 1989:

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1989 Porsche 911 Speedster

I tend to go back and forth about whether I prefer the look of the 3.2 Carrera Speedster or that of the 964-based Carrera 2 Speedster, but there is something about the particular car featured here that really catches my eye in ways that others have not. Either Speedster is, of course, intended to harken back to the original 356 Speedster and to a degree the narrow-bodied Carrera 2 seems to come closer to the mark in that regard. There were a small number of narrow-bodied 3.2 Carrera Speedsters made, but they are so few that I can’t recall coming across one. Getting to the car here, as the market for the 3.2 Carrera has intensified I’ve been curious about the effect that would have on the rare variants of these models. The Speedster has always been very expensive so we may wonder how much more value they may show in the near term, but if this seller can even approach this asking price, then it would appear that the Speedster market has increased quite a bit as well. Here we have a gorgeous Grand Prix White 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster with red leather interior, located in Monterey, showing 22,300 miles.

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