Being a child of the eighties, maybe I’m biased, but I think this was a fantastic period in time for automobiles. Technology was slowly creeping into the vehicle equation, but not to the point that the driving experience was diluted. Cars were safer than ever before, as well, with features such as airbags and anti-lock brakes available on some higher end models. Such is the case with this 1989 560SL, the final year for what was one of the longest surviving models in Mercedes-Benz history.
This elegant 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SL is truly a rare find considering the extremely low miles, well maintained conditon and rare burgundy color that stand out among others. The owner of this car bought it several years ago from a Merecedes-Benz dealer as his dream car and has treated it as such. The black convertible top is in very good condition along with the plastic windows showing no signs of fade or scratches. This beauty also comes along with the matching hardtop and stand. With just over 29,000 pampered miles, this car has been well maintained both mechanically and cosmetically.
Cabernet Red is one of my favorite R107 colors. It’s a lot more visually arresting than your typical silver, white or black, but not as brash as red or some of the wild 1970s colors. Having driven a few R107s in my day, I truly love these cars. They aren’t the quickest cars out there, and their handling is soft, but they do everything remarkably well for a 23 year old car. The asking price of almost $30,000 is about the top of the range when it comes to 560SL values. While this is certainly a nice example, I think we’re probably looking at more realistic price of around $22,000 to $25,000 at best.
Here comes another one of those impossibly low mileage Porsches similar to the Amethyst Porsche 968 we featured last week. The 928GT debuted in 1989 and packed 330 horsepower out of its 5.0 liter V8. It was available solely with the 5-speed manual gearbox and ZF limited slip differential. The S4 and GT eventually gave way to the final iteration of the 928, the GTS, debuting in Europe in 1992 and North America in 1993. This GT in North Carolina could be one of the lowest mileage examples left and is on offer at an eye watering price.
In 1989, Porsche upped the ante on their competitors again, delivering their Ultimate Autobahn sporting machine, the 928 GT. The GT is a special, high performance sport version of the 928 S4 with the upgrades and power to back it up. The drive train features a revised 5.0 liter 330HP V8 with new intake(same as later GTS),revised cam shafts, shortened shifter and a lightened twin outlet exhaust. The Sport suspension was standard on the GT as well as lighter, one year only “Club Sport” rims with the widest rears yet at 16×9 requiring rolled fender lips all the way around. As such, the GT comes only with a manual transmission with the shifter shorted 1? over the S4′s manual version.
Porsche also introduced driver and passenger-side airbags and becomes the first to make them standard across the model line. New low-pressure tire warning system is standard and the GT and they also got the new electronically controlled Limited Slip Differential. GT Production began late in the 1989 model year beginning March and ending in June making this model very rare indeed. The total U.S. production is estimated to be between only 70 and 105 produced. Our car is a true time capsule with under 400 original miles and special ordered in Forest Green Metallic with cashmere Leather. This car was purchased from its “Original” owner and has been meticulously maintained. The 928 represents the ultimate touring GT super car with Porsche renowned engineering. Truly 1 of 1!
Low mileage cars like these always beg the question “just what was the owner thinking?” If I spent good money on a grand touring machine like this, I certainly wouldn’t have hidden it under lock and key. Almost $100,000 is a big ask for this car. Normally a clean 928GT would bring between $30,000 to $40,000 tops. Original MSRP was about $76,000 and the market for those willing to pay big money for what is essentially a showpiece is razor thin. People that buy a 928 want to drive it, and you could certainly do so with this car. But, like the 968 we featured last week, if you went ahead and did so, say hello to huge depreciation and potential repairs that could be a result of a car sitting around for 23 years.
The Porsche 968 we featured yesterday was arguably a nice piece let down by an oddball color combination and a price that was in the stratosphere. While the 944 and 968 models are coming into their own, the market for an almost $40,000 968 just isn’t there. This 944 for sale in Pennsylvania, though, is provided a thoughtful description by its owner and is priced realistically. While it is the base model, it looks great in classic Guards Red with the phone dial wheels.
1989 Porsche 944 with 71,400 miles, Guards Red with black leather. I purchased this car from YBH Porsche in Edgemont, PA with 1,200 miles on it. The original MSRP was over $36,000 and the original window sticker is included.
It has manual transmission, sunroof and Blaupunkt Reno radio. It has no accidents and is a very clean original example. The car has been garaged, it is collector owned and not driven in the winter. I have all service records that will be included with the car as well as original keys and owners manuals as supplied when new. Dash has minor cracks that are typical of 944s. It includes a brand new “California Car Cover” Noah custom fitted car cover in grey. Car was recently professionally detailed. Being sold by private owner, as-is, with no warranty.
Typically, a Porsche for under $10,000 would scare away potential buyers with maintenance concerns, but not this 944. While they aren’t the cheapest cars when it comes to repairs, they are fairly robust and fantastic to drive with their well balanced chassis. For less than $10,000, there’s fewer cars out there that can deliver that wow factor as much as these Porsches do.
My father, the man who is responsible for turning me into a car enthusiast, has been toying lately with the idea of selling his MINI Cooper and buying a practical classic. One car at the top of his list is a late model Porsche 944. While derided by some 911 fans, the 944 was a well balanced, practical sports car. There are plenty good examples of 944s to be had these days; one of the best being the 944S2 with the twin cam, 16 valve four cylinder pumping out 208 horsepower. Here is a very mint example of an S2 for sale in Michigan.
Body Style: Coupe
Transmission Type: Manual – 5 speed
Stereo System: AM-FM CD
1989 944S2 65,000 miles, excellent condition. All maintenance done at 60k including belts, balance shaft, water pump, etc. Recent new shocks, M030 sway bars. Interior 9/10, Exterior 8/10 (Some minor rock chips/normal use wear). Unmolested, beautiful car, drives perfect and strong. No issues, FULL RECORDS SINCE NEW. Price $14,750 firm.
Considering the mileage, the asking price for this 944S2 is well within a reasonable range. With 65,000 miles on the clock, this is enough distance under this car’s tires to suggest it wasn’t a museum piece nor driven hard and put up wet. There are two things give me confidence in this car. First, there is a Porsche Club of America decal on the driver’s side rear window. Second, there is a Porsche 993 parked next to this 944 in some of the pictures. Also, the fact that this car has surfaced on Rennlist speaks volumes. Let’s hope this ’80s icon goes to a good home.
Update 5.20.2012: First posted in January, the buy-it-now has dropped from nearly $50k to just under $20k. Links updated. -dc
The E32 7 series was BMW’s major push to compete head to head with Mercedes-Benz. Not only did this car debut BMWs updated design language that would carry it into the 1990s, but it was a full six years ahead of the Mercedes-Benz S class in offering a V12 engine. The 5.0 liter V12 offered up 300 horsepower and was enough to catapult this über sedan to 60 miles an hour in 7.4 seconds. These V12 models are less common than their six and eight cylinder siblings, mainly due to their initial purchase price, fuel economy and running costs. Clean, low mileage E32s of any sort are not very common, and I was stunned to stumble across this one with an almost unbelievable 3,000 miles on the clock.
Garage Kept, Still Smells Like New!
This is yet another example of a seller that couldn’t be bothered to write up a proper description, let alone get the cylinder count on the vehicle right. I’m pretty certain from looking over the vehicle history report and pictures that this is the real deal and we have a 3,000 mile, one owner E32 on our hands. Given this car is residing in Boca Raton, it was more than likely owned by an elderly person who either had a vacation home in Florida or became ill and ceased driving. Even though it looks nice, this could potentially be a ticking time bomb in terms of maintenance, with hoses, belts and tires to be the least of the new owners worries. This is a gorgeous sedan and a milestone car in BMW’s history, but it would almost certainly be better if it had higher mileage and evidence of regular exercise. This is a car for someone with deep pockets or the most dedicated BMW enthusiast. If you are in the market for an E32, the later 740i/740iL with its V8 engine is the better buy and more economical choice.