1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16

1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16

Last week I wrote up a tidy looking 190E 2.3-16, the boxy, 80s DTM-racing inspired version of the W201 from Mercedes that has never really gained the same kind of attention as its obvious competitor, the E30 M3. Perhaps that is changing, as more of these come to market in respectable shape. The general consensus among enthusiasts, however, seems to be that these cars are neither desirable nor fast enough to merit the higher price tags we’re beginning to see. (Once upon a time they were firmly in the sub-$10k category, whereas now sellers seem to want the mid teens and up for non-basket case examples.) But maybe the skeptics will be won over by a an imported 2.5-16 like this one?

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1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe

1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe

I’ve posted a few 964s lately and I’m not too upset about that because I’ve come to like the 964 quite a bit. A decent number of those posts have come from the higher end of the price scale – in some cases the very high end of that scale – but this one will not. That doesn’t mean I find it that much less desirable. In fact, it’s a really pretty 964 in a great color combination that has a few minor performance modifications. For those less concerned with originality, it might be just the 911 to pursue. Here we have a Baltic Blue Metallic 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe, located in Dallas, with Tan leather interior and a robust 152,600 miles on it. The mileage is indeed pretty high, but it appears to come with a substantial stack of records and a decent bit of recent work.

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Year: 1990
Model: 911 Carrera 2
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 152,600 mi
Price: $49,000 Buy It Now

This is 1990 Porsche Carrera 2 Coupe with 5-speed Manual. Desirable Baltic blue metallic/tan. 152k original miles, although it looks and drives like 50k miles. The car looks absolutely stunning with some tasteful upgrades including- performance power chip, Eibach shocks (lowered to correct Euro ride height), Ruf coilovers, sport exhaust, twist wheels, and desirable 94’ Turbo exterior mirrors. The original owner (1990-2003) made an incredible log book for the car when sold new with every service/work inputted with the date & mileage logged. The car runs and drives absolutely incredible. Engine runs like a bat out of hell and has lightning fast throttle response. Even on start up after weeks of sitting not a puff of smoke comes out.

1990 Mercedes-Benz 420SEL

1990 Mercedes-Benz 420SEL

Readers of my posts will know that earlier this month I was on the brink of swapping my E34 5-series for a short-wheelbase W126. But the vicissitudes of life have a way of intruding into even the best-laid plans, and at the last minute I had to pull out of the deal. Both the buyer lined up for my car and the seller of the W126 were saintly in their understanding, for which I remain grateful. So I continue to daily drive the 525i. Since I’m going to hang onto it for a while longer, I decided to do a bit of tidying up, replacing the sagging headliner and refreshing some front suspension components. Meanwhile, I continue to keep a watchful eye on W126 market. A short-wheelbase 300SE was top of my list, but closely followed by the 420SEL. With these, you get the additional torque of the 4.2 liter V8, but without the costly-to-repair hydro-pneumatic suspension that comes on the 560.

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1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe

1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe

One of the consistent refrains we hear regarding the 964 Carrera 4 is that you’re typically better off with a Carrera 2. Like with many new models, Porsche’s first attempt at using all-wheel drive on a “regular” car had some teething problems that later iterations solved. So with the 964 you’re buying into “new technology” so to speak. At least in terms of performance or reliability, things like that.

For those who are more historically minded, or who would just prefer all-wheel drive on their 964, the Carrera 4 makes plenty of sense. I understand all of that and as someone for whom an all-wheel drive 911 wouldn’t really be at the top of my want list I’m sympathetic. So I’m always on the lookout for a nice Carrera 2 from that same period and here we have what appears to be one such example: a Guards Red 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe, located in Maryland, with just 29,950 miles on it.

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Year: 1990
Model: 911 Carrera 2
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 29,950 mi
Price: $57,000 Buy it Now

This 964 is about as close to a “new” aircooled Porsche as you can find on the market. They don’t pop up FS in this condition very often anymore. Here’s my extremely clean and highly desirable 964 C2, 5 speed manual with only 29k miles. I’m the third owner of this very well sorted example. Reason for selling is another rare air cooled beauty has caught my eye.

Exterior: It is finished in Guards Red with Black leather interior. All panels are original to the car. Previous owner reported a very minor cosmetic incident that required a respray of the hood.

1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Targa

1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Targa

I have featured a 964 Carrera 4 previously – quite frequently actually. As the first model Porsche released for its substantial redesign of the 911, the Carrera 4 is a not uncommon visitor for us. I have also frequently featured the 964 Targa, because I like Targas and it’s interesting to keep an eye on what was the last of the original Targa design prior to its change for the 993. However, I’m not sure I have ever featured the model that combines the two: a 964 Carrera 4 Targa. That seems strange to me if it is indeed the case. Of the standard Carreras the Targa was produced in far fewer numbers relative to the Coupe and Cabriolet, and with only 1,329 total the Carrera 4 Targa saw the lowest production numbers of the bunch. So some of it is strictly a numbers game. But I still find it strange. Regardless, let’s take a look at one of these rare visitors to our pages with this Black 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Targa, located in New York, with 81,041 miles on it.

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Year: 1990
Model: 911 Carrera 4 Targa
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 81,041 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

1990 PORSCHE 964 CARRERA 4 TARGA GORGEOUS BLACK ON BLACK LEATHER
5-SPEED WITH ONLY 80,000 ORIGINAL MILES FRESHLY SERVICED INCLUDING A RECENT $14,000 ENGINE OUT RESEAL AND TOP END REBUILD SERVICE. EXTREMELY RARE CAR 1 OF 316 PORSCHE 964 TARGAS BROUGHT TO THE UNITED STATES IN 1990!!!

LUXSPORT MOTOR GROUP, LLC IS EXTREMELY PLEASED TO PRESENT THIS RARE AND ALL ORIGINAL 1990 PORSCHE 964 CARRERA 4 TARGA IN STUNNING ALL ORIGINAL BLACK FACTORY PAINT WITH BLACK LEATHER INTERIOR WITH A
5-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION.

1990 BMW 750iL

1990 BMW 750iL

The E32 750iL is a bucket list sort of car. You know you probably shouldn’t buy one. But life is short and soon you will be dead. So why not? Everyone should own a V12 at least once in their lives. This may be one of the most affordable ways to do so, at least in terms of initial outlay. The E32’s design has aged well, and still commands an imposing presence when seen on the road today (an admittedly infrequent occurrence, since many now reside in junk yards). Taut, handsome, brutish and much more modern in appearance than the W126 S-class, the flagship was the 750. Available only in long-wheelbase iL form in the US, it was powered by the 5.0 liter V12 M70 motor also to be found in the 850i, good for about 300 hp. The engine itself is fairly stout. It’s the electrical components and control modules that will kill these cars. When they fail, they are absurdly expensive to replace. For that reason you can buy these cars very cheaply.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 BMW 750iL on Greenville Craigslist

1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe

1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe

I’ve shown a lot of high-priced cars lately (this can be hard to avoid with 911s) so let’s get back to basics with this Marine Blue Metallic 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe with 84,463 miles on it. The Linen Grey interior provides stark contrast with the exterior and the overall combination reminds me a lot of color palettes more familiar on the 3.2 Carrera. Of course, with the ’90 MY we aren’t far from those Carreras at all so the relationship makes sense. Regardless of model it’s a very attractive combination that I’m sure will turn quite a few heads and the condition of this one looks very good.

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1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16

1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16

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We are no strangers to the W201 around here. We feature them frequently, and for good reason. The 190 offered up everything ranging from a frugal diesel to a six-figure DTM super car with a myriad of other engine choices in between.  Today’s featured car for sale in the Pacific Northwest falls right in the middle of the range in terms of price and practicality. A Japanese import 2.5-16, it’s a little out of the norm compared to a 2.3-16 that North Americans are used to seeing.

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Motorsports Monday: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II

Motorsports Monday: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II

While the regular 190E 2.3-16 Cosworth had originally been intended to be a rally car, by the time the company got to producing the “Evolution” models they were fully embroiled in the DTM war of the late 1980s. Massive wings mounted trunklids, fenders flared, and engines roared to new heights of power. While most probably associate the E30 M3 as being the pinnacle of this period, the wildest road-going warrior was the 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II. Mercedes-Benz made 502 of these cars, replete with AMG-tuned motors and enough wings and flares to make an M3 jealous. It should be no surprise that these cars hold a special place in enthusiast’s hearts and they’ve led the market in value because of their very limited nature:

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1990 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC

1990 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC

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I’ve posted a number of W126 sedans over the past few weeks, making no secret of my love for the 80s era S-class. But no less desirable, in my view, is the two-door variant based on the same platform, the C126. These cars offered all the luxury and advanced (for the time) safety features of the sedans, not to mention their elegant and timeless styling, but with the added panache of a sexy, low-slung, pillar-less coupe. As with their four door counterparts, used prices for these cars are a little all over the map these days. This ’90 560SEC is a middle of the market example that appears to be in turn-key condition.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC on Boston Craigslist

1990 BMW Z1

1990 BMW Z1

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As it has aged, the BMW Z3 (with exception of the M Coupe) has become a bit of an unwanted step child amongst pre-owned BMWs. They aren’t new enough to be considered cool and aren’t old enough to be considered classic. Most of those in the states would be forgiven if they thought this was BMW’s first crack at the roadster format, but it wasn’t. Dial back to the late 1980s and you’ll find this rather strange convertible called the Z1. Built in limited numbers from 1989 through 1991, it was a bit of a test bed for new technologies, such as removable plastic body panels, a “Z” axle rear suspension and underbody aerodynamic tray. There were only 8,000 of these funky roadsters ever made and a few have started making their way to the US as they have now breached 25 years of age. This example is for sale in Texas.

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1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II

1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II

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We’ve featured the 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II a few times in the past couple months. Today we have another one that takes an already pretty bonkers car and turns the dial up a few more notches. This Evo II in California is another one of the 502 made that found it’s way stateside and of course, carries a mid-six figure price tag. But like I hinted at, this one has a few extras that turns the car into a pseudo DTM car for the streets. So let’s check this rare W201 with a little extra something out.

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1990 Mercedes-Benz 300E 24V 5-speed manual

1990 Mercedes-Benz 300E 24V 5-speed manual

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The 1981 Mercedes-Benz 280S we featured on Wednesday got a fair amount of attention, mainly due to its unusual spec. Part of this boiled down to the fact it was equipped with a 4-speed manual gearbox. There’s no telling how many W126 S-classes they made with a third pedal, but my guess would be less than 3% of the production run. The W124 E-class was initially offered in the US market with a 5-speed manual, but few buyers chose this gearbox which led Mercedes to swiftly remove it from the options list. This 300E for sale in Paderborn, Germany, is equipped with the 3.2 liter, 24 valve inline-6 hooked up to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Unlike the aforementioned 280S, this isn’t a poverty spec model. This example has leather, burlwood trim, heated seats, rear sun blinds and other luxury touches that buyers in the US market came to expect from Mercedes. This 300E is also a 1990 model, making it eligible for importation stateside.

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1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Targa

1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Targa

I’m going to move away from ridiculous cars and back to the attainable (and driveable) examples that we all cherish so much. The 964 holds an interesting place in the 911 lineup transitioning from the classic design to the more modern design of the 993. While generally considered the first modern 911, its appearance more closely aligns it with what came before while its engineering clearly had taken significant strides toward what was to come. It wasn’t a much loved model in its day, but the 964 has begun to garner increasing respect and we are always on the look out for interesting examples. The one we have here, a one-owner Velvet Red Metallic 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Targa, certainly fits that description and should make for a really nice option for anyone looking to get into a 964, whether for the first time or as an addition to the stable.

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1990 Mercedes-Benz 300CE AMG 3.4 Widebody

1990 Mercedes-Benz 300CE AMG 3.4 Widebody

1This car couldn’t be more different from yesterday’s slightly dodgy “AMG” 190E. While that W201 was in rough shape and of dubious authenticity, this low-mileage, AMG-tuned, widebody W124 coupe appears to be both the real deal and in glorious, mint condition.  There’s no denying that this black on black 80s bad boy has incredible presence, with deep dish wheels and bulging fender flairs. Unfortunately, it also comes with hefty price tag to match.

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