I spend a fair amount of time in salvage yards and see a lot of vehicles with surprisingly low-mileage for a junker. 75,000 miles, 68K – not the hundreds of thousands you might expect. That’s why the 1992 318ic is so incredible: close to 200,000 miles and it still looks this good. Cosmoline is still visible in the engine bay, and the body appears straight as an arrow. Of course, a lot of E30 convertibles enjoyed status as a weekend-only vehicle, so the use of this car was likely restrained at best, which gives the next owner a very honest and straightforward platform to work form, or simply to preserve. I can’t remember the last time I saw an OEM tan interior in the sport vinyl configuration, which only makes this car all the more appealing and likely rare, given its status as a late-production E30.
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It’s been an interesting week or two for Corrado fans over here at GCFSB – but we haven’t gotten the cars we wanted despite seeing a few. Most recently was Nate’s white 1991 G60 model; it had potential and looked clean, but universally there were some things we didn’t like and the price was out of line – plus it was an automatic. Earlier in the week, I wrote up a sweet track-prepped 1992 SLC VR6; awesome if you were planning on some hot laps, but you’d need a trailer since it didn’t look to be easily road-legal – that really limits its use and appeal. Then we had the somewhat poorly modified Tuner Tuesday example of a 1992 SLC VR6 that I spent most of the post demodding. Finally, Jeff wrote up a Japanese import 1992 SLC VR6 in Poland; clean, low miles and unmolested – but again, an automatic, expensive and in Poland. So today I hope to rectify our “good” Corrado drought with two nice examples. They also both buck my normal description and complaint of Volkswagen owners; they’re clean (even inside!), relatively original and maintained. Which would you choose?
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC VR6 on eBay
The Mercedes-Benz 500E is one of those cars that was fairly affordable for a long time, but dwindling supply and greater awareness has raised values considerably. I knew it was a matter of time before this legend started to increase in value. We often see these four-door hot rods with Porsche DNA in black or silver, but this metallic blue example for sale in Florida bucks that trend. This car is closing in on 150,000 miles but has had the same owner for the last 18 years.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E on eBay
Upon its release the 911 Turbo was an instant marvel. Here was a car that combined aggressive looks and prodigious power in a package that was actually reasonably practical and usable. The supercar world was turned on its head. Even today those early cars still provide an excellent driving experience and are capable of running with many performance cars. That initial offering saw its only significant change take place in 1978 as displacement increased from 3.0 to 3.3 liters, but for the remaining 12 years of its life the 930 simply continued to excel with a tried and true formula. Even when the 964 Turbo was released it still used the same engine that Porsche had utilized since 1978, except now that engine was improved and the car came in a more refined package. Still, the 964 Turbo was a brute and with all of that power being delivered to the rear of a car already having a rearward weight distribution it made for very exciting driving! As we continue to see prices rise for air-cooled 911s, and the Turbo especially, it becomes increasingly unlikely that these will be seen outside of someone’s garage, but we can still marvel at them from a distance. The example we see here is a Black 1992 Porsche 911 Turbo, located in Illinois, with 59,530 miles on it.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Porsche 911 Turbo on eBay
For a long time, enthusiasts have claimed that you need to have rear wheel drive to enjoy a car’s dynamic abilities or have a successful race car. However, while limited in their application, front-drivers have a very long and successful track record dating back to the 1960s. Let’s not forget the Mini, SAABs and even some early Audi rally efforts which used front-drive platforms and were winners. In touring cars, Audi ran Coupe GTs and front-drive 4000s in Group 5 and later Volkswagen took the idea of the performance hatchback to their Golf platform in the GTi. Wildly popular as a budget racer since new, the Golf’s basic layout and platform evolved into the Volkswagen coupes – both Scirocco and later Corrado. While the early Sciroccos also gained much success in SCCA racing in the 1970s and early 1980s, the Corrado introduced a new level of performance with the VR6 engine. While the torque-laden application would seem on the surface to be a bad match for a front driver, the Corrado when properly set up is truly an impressive car and massively quick – a great alternative to the E36 chassis, for example: