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1989 Mercedes-Benz 200D

Ever since watching Ronin, I’ve paid attention to curious qualities of European vehicles, from the stripper-level interior fittings to the wheel options and headlamps. It’s ironic how much money some enthusiasts spend to convert their European cars back to European spec in order to capture the “look” which is often sacrificed in the interest of meeting nonsense DOT regulations. Perhaps that’s why this otherwise plain-jane W124 series Mercedes-Benz 200D is so appealing despite its borderline scrapper status in its home country. All the bits are there, including a manual gearbox, making it easy to picture Sam and Vincent slicing it down a narrow alleyway while pursuing a Citroen packed with Russian ex-cons.

The cinematic parallels are further enhanced knowing that this example was sold new in France (everyone remembers what happens in Nice, right?) and somehow wandered its way over to New Jersey, undoubtedly the Paris of the East. The car here has unknown mileage, but it’s a Mercedes-Benz diesel – really, how worried are you about high miles? Still sporting its slim Euro bumpers, hubcaps, cloth interior and manually-powered creature comforts, this ancestor to today’s baller-mobiles stands in stark contrast to what even a base model C-Class comes equipped with. And you know what? I’d take this one over its pricey descendants seven days a week and twice on Sundays.

Year: 1989
Model: 200D
Engine: 2.0 liter diesel inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 172,646 mi
Price: $4,995

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Mercedes-Benz 200D on eBay

Super rare!! 1989 W124 200D with a 5-speed manual. True “Euro” base model car with correct Euro bumpers, Euro headlamps, cloth interior, fire extinguisher, crank windows, no sunroof, no cruise control and manual dual-zone climate control. It does have ABS and A/C (ice cold!). The odometer shows 277,000 km, but the odometer is not working, so I really have no idea how many miles are on the car, as it was not working when I acquired it. However, the car is in really nice condition both inside and out, I would guess the odometer reading is fairly close to actual.

I purchased this car about about a year ago, being a Mercedes diesel aficionado, I could not pass up a true Euro-spec W124 diesel. I only put about 2,000 miles on it, and lately it’s been sitting around more than being driven, time for someone else to enjoy it as much as I have! As far as I can tell, the car originated in France.

The body is in nice shape. There is some minor rust bubbling around the jack points, and a few small bubbles on the rear fascia. The paint is in “OK” shape, a few panels have been repainted at some point in it’s life, and the finish is dulling a little in some areas, but the car still presents very well. The car has correct Euro headlamps. The glass is in good shape, but the internal adjuster mechanisms appear to be broken, I’m not able to aim the lights very well.

The interior is very nice and clean. Most of the cloth and carpet looks like new with the exception of some wear on the driver’s seat. The stereo has been upgraded to a JVC AM/FM/CD with AUX input. The climate control works great. The A/C buttons work fine, but feel a little bit loose to the touch.

When I purchased it, I installed used front springs, because the originals were sagging. The tires have plenty of tread and the brakes feel great. Steering feels good, could use an alignment, I had to take front suspension apart to install the springs. The engine starts easily and does not smoke. It is slow, but runs great. No leaks or smoke. The 5-speed trans shifts perfectly with no grinding or hesitation. Clutch grabs fine with no slip or chattering. The shifter feels a little sloppy, needs the shifter bushings replaced, but shifts fine.

Overall a super rare, really cool Benz! I have a clean and clear title in hand. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!!

As someone who loves the W124 chassis Mercedes, this seems like the ideal choice for a winter beater. Solid MPGs, a clutch to modulate throttle through the slushy stuff, and a standard-issue fire-extinguisher for…well, God knows what. Maybe putting out the smoldering remains of a bullet-riddled S8?

-Jeff

1989 Porsche 928S4

The 928 has always struck me as a car trapped in limbo: it has the street cred to be a legitimate performer, but is often perceived as more of a luxury GT cruiser than a track terror. No doubt that was Porsche’s intention with the 928, and it’s also no coincidence that so many (including this car) came equipped with a fun-sapping automatic.

However, to give credit where credit is due, the 928 delivered the goods, quickly, when it came to its performance as a comfortable high-speed missile with room for a spouse, overnight bags and perhaps a canine companion that would fit comfortably into carry-on luggage. With only 37,000 original miles, this S4 has seen limited use with the added bonus of a new timing belt and water pump. Working A/C doesn’t hurt, either.

Year: 1989
Model: 928
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 37,000 miles
Price: $22,000

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Porsche 928S4 on Rennlist

Mileage can be documented by carfax and maintenance records of previous owner. Car had 22 miles at first title in 1988, 20,800 miles at emissions inspection on 3/22/2000, and 35,000 miles when I bought it in 2011. Clean, straight car, velvet red metallic exterior, very nice two-tone cream and black interior. Original paint and upholstery are very nice for a car of this age. Hard to find aluminum alloy turbo twist wheels, A/C works great, 8 way power front seats, power sunroof, owner’s manual, 2 keys, original window sticker showing $80,730 price tag. Timing belt and water pump replaced recently, clear TX title in hand. Nice all round condition, service history from previous owner who had it for about ten years.

Personally, I’ve always loved the 928 – but prefer the models equipped with the row-it-yourself options. The sound of a Porsche V8, flip-up headlights and shod with a set of Porsche cup-style alloys? Perfection in my eyes. But if I wanted to leave the shifting to the machines, this S4 isn’t a bad way to go.

-Jeff

1989 Mercedes-Benz 300SL

We’re always keeping an eye out for what might be the next hot item when it comes to German cars. For decades, the Mercedes-Benz SL has been the object of desire for many automotive enthusiasts. The R107 SL was the longest lived of any SL generation. Over 300,000 examples of the SL and SLC were built, which might have had a hand in keeping values to a dull roar. In the last couple of years, however, this roadster has been gaining its fair share of notice in the collector market.

By the end of the 1980s, Mercedes-Benz was at a crossroads. The last new vehicle introduced was the W124 E class and 1989 would see the curtain close on the R107. We never saw the six cylinder 300SL in the US, but 25 years is about to pass since the last example rolled off the assembly line, thus making these lesser engined SLs accessible to those interested on these shores. This left hand drive example for sale in the United Kingdom is a low mileage, one owner cream puff sourced from Germany.

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Year: 1989
Model: 300SL
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 28,492 miles
Price: £32,995 (~ $50,195)

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Mercedes-Benz 300SL

MODEL HISTORY
The R107 was produced from 1972 in two variants the SL and SLC. The SL being a 2 seater convertible roadster with a soft top/removable hard top and the SLC being a 2 door coupe.

The SLs defined personal luxury cars for almost 2 decades (1971-1989) Being one of the second longest chassis series that Mercedes have produced there are plenty of engine choices and variants to choose, from the early 2.8 and 3.0 litre straight six engines, to the huge 5.6 litre V8′s of the late 1980′s.

Having been produced over a long period the model saw its engine choices and efficency upgraded in 1981. The real benefit for the model was the comprehensive updates that were carried out and fitted to post 1985 cars to bring them up to the then current modern standards, at the same time the new 300SL replaced the 280SL. These included a KE Jetronic system which gave the cars a more sophisticated modern engine management system. This helped to control the idle and air/fuel rate more efficiently. Reworked suspension and anti roll bars resulted in a more controlled ride, large 4 pot front brake calipers increased the cars braking ability, a limited differential was added and quite a few front end parts were borrowed from the newly introduced W124 series. The front and rear bumpers were updated along with a hefty amount of body sheet metal changes then finished with the new door handles from the W126 series and a set of light alloy wheels similar to the W201 chassis.

Built at a time when engineers ruled at Mercedes rather than the accountants the R107 chassis was built to a standard rather than a price. It was built for 18 years for a very good reason and one that will become more and more appreciated as time goes on.

EQUIPMENT
LHD, Heated leather seats, Lorinser steering wheel, Air-conditioning, Cruise control, JVC tape player, Electric windows, Power steering, Central locking, Anti-lock brakes, Electric mirror, First aid kit, Spare wheel.

EXTERIOR
This 1 owner German supplied SL has been pampered all its life only being driven in the dry and kept indoors in a private car collection. We have never seen an SL in such breathtaking condition, the paint work is excellent and free from any imperfections, the only sign of use are a couple of tiny stone chips behind the rear wheels. All of the chrome is factory fresh and the overall appearance of the car is like new. The only negative to point out is that the inner rubber door seal is getting a little dry but this could easily be replaced.

The car gets even better underneath and due to it life in a dry, warm climate the arches and underside look like new, perfectly free from rust and still white like the top side. The factory clear wax still protects theses areas and all the ancillaries show no signs of any surface corrosion. The car has clearly never seen a wet road. The original hood is still fitted and is in perfect condition with no wear and the hardtop is unmarked.

INTERIOR
Open the door and that new car smell welcomes you giving a sensation that you’re back in a Mercedes showroom in the 1980′s. The leather is in incredible condition and remains soft and supple with no signs of any wear. The plastic trim retains its new matt finish without any signs of use or age. All of the carpets are factory fresh and protected with the original Mercedes over mats. Being a German spec’d car it is fitted with all the factory options including air conditioning (ice cold), heated leather seats and cruise control. The boot area looks like it has never had anything inside it and under the carpet sits the unused spare wheel that still has the fitting instructions clipped to the valve cover.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The car has a full Mercedes service history showing light but regular use so as you would expect the car is in good mechanical order. Under the bonnet shows a perfectly detailed engine compartment still coated in its original wax, every nut and bolt is immaculate. Don’t confuse this with a car that has been prepped, detailed and polished, the reason for this remarkable condition is due to the dry weather use and 1st class maintenance.

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
All of the alloys are unmarked and are all shod in matching Pirelli tyres that all have over 7mm of tread. The calipers still look new and the discs and pads show minimal wear.

HISTORY FILE
The car has been in the hands of one careful owner from new . The original document pack is still with the car that contains all the owners manuals and most importantly the Mercedes service book. The book is fully stamped with a full Mercedes history and despite the low mileage there are 13 separate stamps. The mileage is 46,579 kilometers which is the equivalent to 28,942 miles.

I’ve driven a few late model R107s with the 5.6 liter V8 engine. They aren’t the sportiest vehicles, but are competent cruisers. While I am always a fan of more power, I felt the 5.6 liter V8 for a car of this size was a bit overkill. Even though the SL was conceived as a sports car, by 1989 they were more boulevard cruiser. The R107 is another one of those bucket list cars for me and I’d be perfectly happy with a 300SL like this. The M103 inline six would be more fuel efficient and cheaper to service over time.

This particular 300SL could be one of the very best out there, but at $50,000, you are into W113 Pagoda SL territory. I’d hasten to say that this is another one of those cars that is priced ahead of where the market is currently. While different countries will vary a bit on pricing, a very low mileage, mint condition 560SL in the US will currently run you around $25,000 to $30,000, with the best reaching into low $30,000 territory. I’d suspect somewhere around that range would be more realistic for this machine, before taking shipping and importation fees into account.

-Paul

High Water Mark: 87k-mile BMW E30 M3 – REVISIT

The 1989 E30 M3 that we featured last week failed to sell with a Buy It Now price of $39,950. It has been relisted with a Buy It Now price of $37,950. Is that enough of a discount to move it?

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As owners of the original M3 look to cash in on the value rocketship, some clean examples are coming out of the woodwork and demanding serious cash. Today’s example has an interesting early history of warrantied engine work, but all seems to have been addressed early and now it is an unmolested and well cared-for M3 in the desirable Alpineweiss. From some angles it looks brand new and from others it shows its 25 years, mostly in the seats and the discolored spoiler, but overall this is on the high end of original E30 M3s. The only thing left desired is a more affordable price!

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Year: 1989
Model: E30 M3
Engine: S14 2.3l inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed
Mileage: 87,000
Price: $37,950

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 BMW M3 for sale on eBay – REVISIT

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1989 BMW M3

VIN # WBSAK0308K2198515

Up for sale is a beautiful BMW E30 M3. This is a one owner low 87k mileage car that has never been in an accident or painted. This M3 has not been modified or raced. It has complete service records since new. There are not many E30′s like this left! This M3 started it life as a BMW factory car. The original owner purchased it new off the showroom floor of BMW Seattle on 8/4/90 with 7921 miles on it. The extensive service records document the history of the car from that time forward. This M3 is ready to enjoy. The E30 was BMW first version of “motorsports” car for there legendary “3″ Series. It is in excellent condition and will surely make its new owner happy.

This M3 is finished in its original Alpine White paint and looks stunning. This M3 is rust free with no sign of ever having accident damage. The car retains all of it’s original VIN stickers. The white paint is very vibrant and has always been well taken care of. In 1991, the rear bumper was replaced under warranty by BMW Seattle. This was due to improper rear bumper mount that caused warping on the bumper. This is documented in the service records. A very good job was done and, since the car was so new at the time, it is not noticeable even when told it has been replaced. The rest of the car still retains its original paint. There are some minor rocks chips on the front end. None large in size and nothing out of line for an 87k mile car. The very bottom of the front bumper also shows a little wear. The rear spoiler is yellowing a little. I have tried my best to photograph all of the blemishes on the car. The car has always been garage kept and all of the rubber seals are still in great shape. The glass is all original. The windshield shows a little pitting and has one small star in it. The M3 wears a like new set of factory correct 205/55/15 Dunlop tires. Overall, the exterior of this M3 is in excellent condition and truly is a rare find in this condition..

The beautiful black leather interior is all original and shows very well. The seats are very supportive and feel great to sit in. The seats do show minor wear on the bolsters. The carpet is in excellent condition with very little signs of wear. The dash and door panels show little to no wear at all. The power moon roof works as it should. The OBC was replaced by BMW and works correctly. The check control system still works as it should. One of the few luxuries of the E30 M3 was the radio, it still operates flawlessly and is a fantastic sound system. At one point in the early 1990′s this car did have an in car phone. The 4 screws in the center console are all that remain of that system. The interior is completed with the factory correct three spoke non airbag steering wheel that feels great in your hands. The A/C system is original and still blows cold. The windows operate as they should. The interior of this car is in superb condition and is a great place to spend the weekend driving up your favorite twisty roads!

Mechanically the car is very sound. The S14 engine fires right up and is a blast to drive. In 1990, BMW Seattle installed a warranty engine block in the car. The entire repair is documented showing BMW put in a warranty block, new crank, rods, etc. The factory original head retained and is still in the car with its VIN stamping on it. From then on, the motor performed flawlessly just needing routine maintenance. In 1994 with 54k miles, the motor suffered oil starvation and spun a bearing. The warranty block was reused and completely rebuilt. This time an oil baffle was added to prevent any future failures. This work is all documented and done by BMW Seattle. Shortly after the second rebuild, the car was retired from regular use and became a “nice” day car. It has been trouble free and runs like a top. The cooling system is in great operating condition and keeps the car cool in Arizona’s 110 degree heat. The engine is mated to a 5 speed transmission that shifts great through all the gears. This is a great running and driving car that never skips a beat. The steering is nice and tight. The brakes feel great and the car stops with ease. Overall, this car is very mechanically sound and ready to be driven.

The E30 M3 is an excellent weekend toy or daily driver. This is a great chance to own a very nice 1 owner E30 M3 that has full service history and is completely unmodified. This car is in excellent condition both inside and out and is located in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona.

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In the past 15 years I’ve seen decent M3s cross the $10k mark, then $20k, and now they are soundly in the $30s and about to crest $40,000. An impressively meteoric rise that so many of us lament as they have now moved away from accessible. So it goes.

-NR

1989 BMW M3

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The ubiquitous E30 M3. It is a car that graced the bedroom walls of young boys everywhere, and today is more desirable than ever before. Somehow, it is one of those special vehicles that has escaped the curse of becoming a used-up supercar (with a few exceptions), seemingly faring far better than the Mercedes 190E 2.3 16V it often went head-to-head with. As many of us know all too well, the E30 M3 has skyrocketed in value as of late, and clean examples are fetching top dollar.

The M3 featured here is shod in one of my favorite BMW colors, Alpine White. My own E30 project is the same hue, and I’ve tossed the mildew-ravaged tan interior for black, which makes for a great combination. This M3 has a low 87,000 miles but has a few engine swaps in its history, all backed by the factory. This includes a warrantied engine block replacement in 1990 and a second engine rebuild in 1994 following a case of oil starvation. The seller says the S14 hums like new and the original head remains with the car. Like other M3s of this vintage, the asking price is a hair under $40,000 – a lot of money for a lot of car.

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Year: 1989
Model: M3
Engine: 2.3 liter inline four
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 87,070
Price: $39,950

Click for Details: 1989 BMW M3 on eBay

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This M3 is finished in its original Alpine White paint and looks stunning. This M3 is rust free with no sign of ever having accident damage. The car retains all of it’s original VIN stickers. The white paint is very vibrant and has always been well taken care of. In 1991, the rear bumper was replaced under warranty by BMW Seattle. This was due to improper rear bumper mount that caused warping on the bumper. This is documented in the service records. A very good job was done and, since the car was so new at the time, it is not noticeable even when told it has been replaced. The rest of the car still retains its original paint. There are some minor rocks chips on the front end. None large in size and nothing out of line for an 87k mile car. The very bottom of the front bumper also shows a little wear. The rear spoiler is yellowing a little. I have tried my best to photograph all of the blemishes on the car. The car has always been garage kept and all of the rubber seals are still in great shape. The glass is all original. The windshield shows a little pitting and has one small star in it. The M3 wears a like new set of factory correct 205/55/15 Dunlop tires. Overall, the exterior of this M3 is in excellent condition and truly is a rare find in this condition..

The beautiful black leather interior is all original and shows very well. The seats are very supportive and feel great to sit in. The seats do show minor wear on the bolsters. The carpet is in excellent condition with very little signs of wear. The dash and door panels show little to no wear at all. The power moon roof works as it should. The OBC was replaced by BMW and works correctly. The check control system still works as it should. One of the few luxuries of the E30 M3 was the radio, it still operates flawlessly and is a fantastic sound system. At one point in the early 1990′s this car did have an in car phone. The 4 screws in the center console are all that remain of that system. The interior is completed with the factory correct three spoke non airbag steering wheel that feels great in your hands. The A/C system is original and still blows cold. The windows operate as they should. The interior of this car is in superb condition and is a great place to spend the weekend driving up your favorite twisty roads!

Mechanically the car is very sound. The S14 engine fires right up and is a blast to drive. In 1990, BMW Seattle installed a warranty engine block in the car. The entire repair is documented showing BMW put in a warranty block, new crank, rods, etc. The factory original head retained and is still in the car with its VIN stamping on it. From then on, the motor performed flawlessly just needing routine maintenance. In 1994 with 54k miles, the motor suffered oil starvation and spun a bearing. The warranty block was reused and completely rebuilt. This time an oil baffle was added to prevent any future failures. This work is all documented and done by BMW Seattle. Shortly after the second rebuild, the car was retired from regular use and became a “nice” day car. It has been trouble free and runs like a top. The cooling system is in great operating condition and keeps the car cool in Arizona’s 110 degree heat. The engine is mated to a 5-speed transmission that shifts great through all the gears. This is a great running and driving car that never skips a beat. The steering is nice and tight. The brakes feel great and the car stops with ease. Overall, this car is very mechanically sound and ready to be driven.

The E30 M3 is an excellent weekend toy or daily driver. This is a great chance to own a very nice 1 owner E30 M3 that has full service history and is completely unmodified. This car is in excellent condition both inside and out and is located in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona. I can help arrange shipping anywhere in the world and international buyers are welcome to enjoy this gorgeous BMW! Please do not hesitate to call me or email me with any questions.

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The E30 M3 is one of those cars you wish you noticed ten years ago when they were relatively affordable – especially compared to now. Fortunately, there is always the E36 if you need an affordable M car fix – but for how much longer? Not that a Cosworth-powered 190E is a bad thing…

-Jeff

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