1994 BMW 750iL with 19,000 Miles

1994 BMW 750iL with 19,000 Miles

There’s something completely captivating about a time capsule car. It makes you wonder: why didn’t anyone drive it? Where has it been sitting all these years? And it’s especially compelling to find a time capsule example of a model that you don’t see on the roads anymore. The E32 generation 7-series is such a car: very few of these are left, with most having been retired to the junk yard. Unlike Mercedes-Benz cars from the same era, they just weren’t really built to last. Which is a shame: the E32 is a big old bruiser, with classic boxy styling based upon traditional BMW design language, with angular kidneys and four round headlights. The 750iL was the plutocratic range topper, powered by a 5.0 liter, V12 motor.

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Paint-to-Sample 1992 Porsche 911 Turbo with 717 miles

Paint-to-Sample 1992 Porsche 911 Turbo with 717 miles

This is a car that will press many of us to ask, “Why?” The 964 Turbo is a favorite of many, whether it be one of the original 3.3 liter Turbos or the later 3.6 liter Turbo that raised the performance bar even further. These were the last standard Turbos Porsche produced with rear-wheel drive as all-wheel drive became the norm beginning with the 993. That makes them quite special and one of the 911s most capable of providing a thrilling, rewarding, and white knuckle experience for its drivers. To not take advantage of those capabilities by actually driving the darn thing tends to ruffle the feathers. That is the case with the Turbo we see here. I think we can see the impulse that got us here – this is a well-optioned and unique 911 intended for a collector – but it still rankles. Oh well.

That (massive) negative out of the way this really is a pretty unique opportunity and while it’s difficult to be certain whether a particular car is the lowest mileage available, we can feel pretty confident that this one is close. Also, its absurdly low mileage is not its only selling point. Here we have a paint-to-sample Pearl White Metallic 1992 Porsche 911 Turbo, located in Texas, with Black interior and a scant 717 miles on it. A tour through the pictures will reveal many of the other options added to this 911.

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Year: 1992
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 717 mi
Price: Reserve Auction ($495,000 Buy it Now)

1992 Porsche 911 Turbo
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1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC

1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC

Trying to find a clean 1980s or 1990s Volkswagen is just about impossible these days, unless you’re interested in either of two models. If you want to find a clean Vanagon, you will – just be prepared to pay, as models like the Westfalia Syncro challenge the myth that only air-cooled multi-window VW vans are worth money.

On the other end of the VW spectrum is the Corrado. It doesn’t have the multi-purpose, all-weather camping capability of the T3, true. But what it does have is a serious cult following who have loved and kept these cars up since they were new – rare for this period of VW history. Specifically, when Wolfsburg decided to slot the narrow-angle VR6 into the Karmann coupe, the recipe was transformed into an instant hit. Consequently, it’s not unusual to find an all-original, very clean Corrado SLC like this Flash Red example with only 80,000 miles:

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1992 Audi 80 quattro

1992 Audi 80 quattro

Just a few weeks ago, I spent a fair amount of time documenting the substantial changes to Audi’s small chassis lineup which accompanied the launch of new nomenclature in the B3 80/90 twins. But while early models like the 1988 90 quattro I wrote up for that article were mechanically identical to the “entry level” 80, changes were on the horizon. In 1990, the 7A-motored, dual-overhead cam 90 quattro 20V and Coupe Quattro replaced the 10V NG powered 90s, which were no longer available in the U.S. market. To accompany their upgraded 165 horsepower mill, the 90s featured an optional sport package which included 15″ Speedline wheels and upgraded brakes (standard, albeit in slightly different offset, on the Coupe).

Soldiering on with the 130 horsepower NG and slightly less flair was the 80. In fact, the 80 outlived the 20V motor in the U.S. into 1992, and was ultimately the last small chassis offering the 5-cylinder until the recent reintroduction in transverse layout in the MQB platform. While power and running gear was unchanged, the 80 received some of the 90’s signature bits from earlier on, including the BBS alloys and painted bumper covers. Like all B3 quattros, they’re exceedingly rare to come across; in the case of the 1992 80 quattro like the one here, a scant 640 made their way to our market.

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1992 Porsche 911 Turbo

1992 Porsche 911 Turbo

In my frequent searching for interesting 930s I sometimes forget about the mechanically similar 3.3 liter 964 Turbo that served as the 930’s successor. Even when looking for 964s themselves I’ll many times gloss over the 3.3-liter Turbo, preferring to focus on the rarer and much more sought after 3.6-liter Turbo that came at the end of 964 production. Given relative pricing of an early 964 Turbo and an ’89 930 I guess I’m not the only one that tends to neglect the 964 variant. Of course, the collectability of the one-year-only 5-speed 930 has a bit to do with these price differences, but for those seeking a driver the 964 steps in as a nice option with the same 5-speed as the ’89 930 mated to a more powerful flat six. Not a bad combination. The one we have here hasn’t blessed us with a great selection of pictures, but I don’t notice anything glaring and definitely think it’s worth a longer look. Here we have a Black 1992 Porsche 911 Turbo, located in California, with a Grey interior and 65,982 miles on it.

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1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster

1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster

There’s good and bad to monotone. On some cars it looks good and everything works together well, while on others a little more contrast is probably welcome. Wherever you might fall on the color contrast continuum, I will say that these monotone examples – other than the fairly popular triple black combination – typically rely upon rare and interesting colors and in that regard they are almost always worth investigating further. Generally these combinations aren’t purely monotone as there tends to be some contrast with either a slightly lighter or darker interior to help break things up just a little, but overall the colors are close enough. The example we have here falls squarely within this realm and I imagine the question of whether it works will be quite subjective. Here we have a Wimbledon Green Metallic 1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster, located in New Jersey, with a matching Wimbledon Green leather interior. Big tennis fan I guess?

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1992 Mercedes-Benz 300GD

1992 Mercedes-Benz 300GD

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I’ve always thought the early W463 Mercedes-Benz was the pinnacle of all the G-Wagens that made it to production. It has enough creature comforts to make you feel like you aren’t a member of the Slovak Republic Armed Forces on a counter-terrorism mission (seriously, 43 military organizations around the world use a G-Wagen) but not so many modern toys that everything is already broken inside it or at least on the verge of being. It has comfortable seats, a modern HVAC system, a nice stereo system and some real wood trim. You still got your choice of gas engines as well as a diesel that didn’t have 84 horsepower. Mercedes also gave you a choice of a five-door or a three-door and, perhaps most surprising, a three-door Cabriolet. Today is one of those convertibles for sale in Italy and since it’s a 1992, it’s only one month short of being eligible to be imported to the United States under the 25-year importation rule.

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1992 Porsche 968 Cabriolet

1992 Porsche 968 Cabriolet

For those who like interesting, and perhaps obscure, exterior colors on their cars Porsches of the early ’90s provide quite a few possibilities. Last week we saw a Mint Green 964; we have on a few occasions featured a Rubystone Red 964, which might be the most divisive color in the Porsche catalog. And there are plenty more. Porsche has long been known for offering a wide variety of colors to go along with the much more standard slew of red, black, white, and silver, but it seems like the early ’90s were when things got a little experimental. I’m totally here for it. I don’t always like these colors, but many of them I do and whether I like them or not I’m very glad they exist. Whether you like them because they allow you to stand out or whether they simply fit your particular preferences – other people’s preferences be damned! – they make the automotive world just that bit more interesting. Our passion for cars stems from the way they stimulate our senses and color plays a role nearly as much as the smell, sound, and feel. This all brings us to the car we see here: a 1992 Porsche 968 Cabriolet, located in California, with 140,695 miles on it. It isn’t unusual to find a 968 in a rare color but, in truth, I don’t even know what color this is. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it and the seller reveals neither its name nor the paint code. It is, however, said to be original to the car. Any ideas?

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Mint Green 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Targa – REVISIT

Mint Green 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Targa – REVISIT

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It’s been a while since we’ve seen this Mint Green 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Targa and since we have featured it before it is technically a revisit. But it’s moved on from its previous seller and been given a cosmetic refresh. I’m not sure if it’s the refresh that’s doing all of the work here or if it’s simply better photography, but the Mint Green exterior certainly looks much better than when Paul originally featured it. It’s one of his favorite Porsche colors and since we’ve been going through most of the rare greens Porsche offered it seemed worthwhile to check back in. According to the previous auction it sold for $62,100 so the asking price here represents a substantial increase. When it sold the air-cooled market was doing pretty well, but it has since backed off. Even if the 964 hasn’t suffered in that regard quite as much as the 911SC and 3.2 Carrera I think this will be a tough sell. There’s said to be only two of them so it’s definitely rare, and they’ve taken care of most of the maintenance items that would have concerned buyers the first time around. We’ll have to see where bidding takes it, but I don’t think that will be to $93K.

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1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe – REVISIT

1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe – REVISIT

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This one definitely seemed worth checking back in on since it’s one of the most eye-catching color combinations I’ve come across on a 964, a model known for some wild colors. Back in May we featured this Amethyst Metallic 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe with Cobalt leather interior and it’s still up for sale. The price has been lowered a little bit (down to $75K) but it’s more or less still priced in the same ballpark it was before. That price is by no means low, but I can’t imagine there are many other 911s out there wearing these two colors. Also, it looks like there are some new pictures in better light and it really helps us appreciate the interaction between the colors. I wasn’t sold on it the first time I featured this one; I’ve come around quite a bit now.

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1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E

1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E

1The product of a Porsche-Mercedes collaboration built on the W124 platform E-class, the 500E is a 90s super sedan that tends to fly under the radar (or did, until recently, when the collector market began to take an interest). The flared fenders and squat stance are the only external cues that set these cars apart from your average Stuttgart taxi. But beneath the surface lies a wider track, beefier brakes and a 5.0 liter V8 engine developing about 326 hp. That lump is sufficient to propel the 500E to 60 in just under 6 seconds. While that’s not super impressive by today’s standards, it was quick for the time. And the chief virtue of the 500E was never really its acceleration from a standstill (torquey and quick, though it was). It was its ability to cruise the autobahn at 160 mph all day, every day, while four passengers sat in dignified comfort in the cabin.

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Feature Listing: 1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster

Feature Listing: 1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster

Have you been living under a rock? Then here’s a news story – Porsche 911s are pretty hot in the marketplace right now. Consider yourself updated! For the rest of us, this is pretty old news. And by pretty old, I mean they’ve always been very expensive. Take this 1992 Porsche America Roadster, for example. In 1992, you’d have to plunk down $88,000 just for the base price. Most owners left dealers the best part of further $10,000 lighter. That translates to $151,000 or more today, and if you pop over to your Porsche configuration tool it won’t take you long to realize that amount buys you a lot of convertible Porsche today; you’re only about $20,000 away from the base price on the Turbo. Yet underneath the bulging exterior of the America Roadster was a standard horizontally-opposed 3.6 liter with no forced induction producing 247 horsepower. If you’re counting, that’s a little less than half what the new Turbo offers you.

So what did the America Roadster offer, then? Well, you got the look of a Turbo and limitless sky. You also got the brakes, suspension and wheels from the Turbo to help fill out those wide arches. But to really differentiate the model, Porsche decided to release only 250 of them to the public. That makes them about four times more rare than the already quite-infrequently seen Speedster model, and therefore pretty desirable in the collectable 964 spectrum today. Exclusivity of any special model 911 certainly makes them quite special and helps to separate collector examples from those who just pop down to the dealers to buy an off-the-shelf 911 Turbo:

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1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Clubsport

1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Clubsport

Last week I featured a 993 Carrera RS with the Clubsport package and this week we’ll look at its predecessor a 964 Carrera RS, similarly equipped as a Clubsport, a.k.a. the Carrera RS NGT M003 as designated by the option code for the model. Of the air-cooled RS models Porsche produced the version for the 964 remains, for me, the best looking. Not necessarily the best, but best looking. It finds a better balance between aggressive and understated looks relative to its peers all packaged within a design that quite clearly makes known its classic 911 roots. The 993 certainly takes a variety of areas of performance to better heights and for pure historical significance and rawness the original ’73 Carrera RS is hard to top. But the 964 works for me and should provide a road-going experience that meets most every demand I could concoct. The Guards Red example we see here is located in the Netherlands and sits with a shade under 42K miles on the clock.

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GCFSB Alumnus: 1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC with 28,000 Miles

GCFSB Alumnus: 1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC with 28,000 Miles

When originally I saw the link to this listing, I was unsurprised. Coming across a 28,000 mile pristine Corrado should be a cause for celebration among Volkswagen fans, but it has almost become expected from the seller Luxsport Motor Group, who currently has no less than three pristine and original Corrados in their inventory. That number includes currently one of the two Corrado Magnum prototypes I wrote up in May, but they’ve also had a string of amazing G60s and SLCs. Still, this early 28K SLC looked pretty familiar to me….

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Amethyst Pearl 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe

Amethyst Pearl 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe

I don’t know that this 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe is a 1 of 1, as the seller hints, but given the rare color combination and a rare option or two we’re certainly looking at a 911 whose owner isn’t likely to see another one coming the other way. The colors return us to my current fascination with purple 911s and this one, Amethyst Pearl, is one of the better options along that spectrum. It’s not as dark as Aubergine, but also not as bright, i.e. flashy, as Amaranth Violet so it walks that fine line that I think a color like purple really needs to walk. It’s beautiful and interesting. The white leather interior is sort of like a punch in the face. While I don’t normally associate white with brightness when considering the color palette, it definitely comes across that way here. I don’t know that it works, at least not for me, but the contrast is interesting and is certain to provide an avenue for discussion. We definitely can’t call it monotone!

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