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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While our author Nate has been on sabbatical, I have to admit we’ve had a dearth in coverage of his favorite subject – the Vanagon. Slow, boxy and rust prone, there is plenty to poke fun at every time a Vanagon comes to market. But to me what’s amazing is the package that the Vanagon offers. There’s a simplistic utility to the model which belies its near-universal appeal and recognition. And it’s hard to argue with the adventure aspect which comes with ownership, but also opens new possibilities to life. Over the past few years my wife and I have discussed touring the country and visiting the National Parks with an Airstream. They’re seriously vintage-chic these days, so buying a good condition one can be prohibitively expensive to being with. Then, you need a vehicle to tow it with, quite literally doubling the complexity of your journey. This makes the Vanagon an interesting alternative for many adventure seekers, as you get a different version of camp couture in a package capable of bring you to the next site on its own. Today’s 1989 Vanagon Westfalia is just that sort of package:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia on Cleveland Craigslist
The 911 Speedster, Porsche’s homage to the original 356 Speedster produced in the ’50s, finds its way to our pages with good frequency. From the outset these have been sought by collectors and many remain in excellent condition. Even the rare example that has been put to use and shows plenty of miles typically remains in very good shape. Values, naturally, are also very high. When Porsche released the 911 Speedster the vast majority were fitted with the wider rear of the 930. And to my knowledge every Speedster we’ve featured here at GCFSB has presented in this standard configuration. Here we have one of the exceptions. Of the more than 2,000 911 Speedsters produced only 171 came with the narrow body of the 3.2 Carrera rather than the wide body. Suffice it to say we don’t see these often, but here we have a Silver Metallic 1989 Porsche 911 narrow-body Speedster, located in France, which has traveled fewer than 19K kilometers.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster on Classic Driver
The very pretty Diamond Blue Metallic 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe we featured in early June remains up for auction. The seller has added a $34K BIN price to help entice buyers and provide clarity on what sort of price he’s seeking. Previous auctions have fallen a few grand short of that number though so we’ll have to see where this ends. With more than 155K miles this 964 has lead a pretty good life thus far and still presents well, but buyers will have to make sure they’re fully versed on its maintenance to understand any costs that may arise in the near future.