1992 Mercedes-Benz 250TD

After Mercedes-Benz blessed us in North America for so many years with the W123 300TD, in both turbo and non-turbo versions, you would think they would do the logical thing and carry that on into the W124 era. Sadly, Mercedes gave us a small taste for one year only in 1987 with the 300TD powered by the OM603 that was a turbocharged inline-6. Little did we know at the time that the 1987 300TD would be the last diesel Mercedes estate that North American would get and probably ever get. We had plenty of options for gas versions, but the oil burners would never return. Thankfully, this seller in California gave us all one more example for us to enjoy and what a treat it is.

This is a 1992 250TD up for bid in California painted in Blackberry Bornite Metallic that was imported from the Netherlands. That color look familiar? It is powered by a naturally-aspirated 2.5 liter inline-5 diesel engine with a 5-speed manual transmission, patterned cloth seats, manual windows and almost zero options. Could there be a more perfect wagon for some?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Mercedes-Benz 250TE on eBay

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Motorsports Monday: 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS NGT

I’ve got a couple of very interesting and rarely seen 964s to start this week. Both, of course, are fairly expensive (well, in one case very expensive) and both showcase models not originally made available in the US market.

We’ll begin with this: a 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS NGT. Any Porsche enthusiast will be familiar with the Carrera RS. Whether you’re familiar with the 964 Carrera RS or not, the model itself is well known and follows the tried and true formula of combining more power with less weight to produce a wonderful performance-oriented 911. Less familiar is the RS NGT, a model that took the weight loss program of the standard RS a few steps further. So while we might think of the Carrera RS as a track-focused 911 you can enjoy on the street, the NGT really is more of a track car. The interior is fully stripped of all comforts (instead of carpets you get plywood floors!) and a full roll cage welded in place. Additional features like a long-range fuel tank, fire extinguisher, and external cut off further separate these cars from your standard RS. 290 were produced.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS NGT on eBay

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Double Take: 1992 & 1993 Mercedes-Benz 500E

The last time I checked out a Mercedes-Benz W124 500E, it was none other than Rowan Atkinson’s that ended up selling for a whopping $86,700. It’s pretty clear his name had some serious value attached to it as not many W124.036s carry that kind of price tag, if any. That is until I came across these two beauties for sale in the Netherlands. One is a 1992 painted in Nautical Blue Metallic with the ultra-rare Alpaca Gray fabric and leather while the other one is a 1993 in Blackberry Bornite Metallic that there are only a handful of out there. Both of these cars are nearly flawless and as you might have guessed, carry some pretty serious price tags. But for these special examples, I can totally understand why.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E at Auto Leitner

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1992 Porsche 911 Carrera Cup

Normally I would post this car as one of our Motorsports Monday posts, but since this listing is set to end on Monday that wouldn’t be terribly effective. So today will have to do. Regardless, I expect it still will be available after Monday as well.

This model should need little introduction, but for those unfamiliar with them this is 1 of the 45* U.S. Edition 964 Carrera Cup cars Porsche imported in 1992. The idea was that these cars would all compete in support races for the CART series. Alas, sponsorship for the series couldn’t be secured and these cars were left without a purpose. Porsche, however, had other ideas, converted them to road legal specs, and sold them to customers anyway. In most ways these served as a replacement for the Carrera RS, which the US never received. As the ad below notes some of those were returned to race trim with full roll cage and stripped interior. This is one of those cars.

*A quick about the numbers: there were 45 Carrera Cup cars imported for the race series, so I’m not quite sure what the 1 of 25 mentioned in the ad is in reference to. Perhaps the number of cars reverted to race trim?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera Cup on eBay

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1992 Porsche 911 Turbo

I still feel as if I come across way too few of these early 964 Turbos. Compared to its predecessor the 930 it’s as if they don’t exist. While the later 3.6 liter Turbo is more rare I feel like I see them more often. Or, at least, this is all how I perceive the whole thing. It may be more a matter of coming across examples I like rather than coming across them in particular, but I’m not sure. I like this one and whether there are few of these for sale or simply few of them I actually like for sale the result is the same: opportunities for a nice 3.3-liter 964 Turbo don’t come around all that often. They certainly don’t come along often in brighter colors.

This one checks all of those boxes: a Guards Red 1992 Porsche 911 Turbo, located in New York, with Cashmere Beige interior and a mere 16,427 miles on it.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Porsche 911 Turbo on eBay

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Fahrvergnüzilla: 1992 Volkswagen Golf

Update 12/29/2017: After reportedly selling for $2,650 in October and after originally having a $6,500 ask, this Golf has been relisted with a $4,999 Buy It Now option.

Infrequently do we look at a standard Volkswagen Golf. To be fair to us, they’re not the most impressive vehicles ever designed, especially when you go back a few generations. They were oft the most expensive in category, but seldom the quickest, most tech-laden, most efficient, best handling, neatest or most reliable. Those items are the domain of vehicles like Hondas and Toyotas, who mimicked and improved upon the ideas of others many times over. Their sales reflected that.

But there’s still something nostalgic and lovely about the simplicity of the first two generations of the Golf. It grew up considerably between the A1 and A2 chassis, in weight, size, power and refinement, but the recipe remained the same. Recently I’ve looked at two of the best performers in the chassis overall (and the fastest offered to U.S. customers) with the 1991 GTI 16V and 1987 GTI 16V. Deep seat bolsters, special trim, dual overhead cam high compression inline-4s, close ratio 5-speed manuals, alloy wheels; these represented the pinnacle of performance in the hot hatch segment. Today’s car has none of those things.

What we have instead is a bit of a curiosity. As you can no doubt see, it’s a pretty standard 4-door Volkswagen Golf. It appears to be Ascot Gray Metallic (LA7U) with cloth interior. There’s nothing special under the hood; it’s a standard RV 1.8 inline-4 counterflow engine, running Digifant II injection and good for 100 horsepower. No, what’s unique about this car is where it’s come from…

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Volkswagen Golf on eBay

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1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC

Update 7/10/18: Now with a lower $9,000 no reserve opening bid, much better photos and a black leather interior, the neat Jasmin Yellow Corrado 24V VR6 has been relisted relisted here

Update 3/11/18: The seller of this unique Corrado has relisted it again on a no reserve auction, but now with a higher $12,500 starting price.

Update 11/1/17: I was taken to task for my critique of the pricing on this example. The builder and many of his avid fans chimed in to offer more history and background of the build and its thoroughness. Additionally, the seller was able to point toward the $10,000 recent sale of a similar 24V modified Corrado to justify his pricing. It’s a comp that I hadn’t seen and certainly backs up his starting price argument. Thanks for the input to all our readership who know the seller and the build better than I did! -CJ

1992 was an interesting year of change at Volkswagen. At least for the next decade, it signaled the end of the hot water-cooled EA827-derived 4-cylinder models that had made it popular once again as a modern, efficient economy car that was capable of plenty of sport, too. 1992 was significant in this regard, because although the engine labored on for a bit, alongside the twin-cam, high-revving 16V GTI and GLI or the gutsy G60-supercharged Corrado came the new VR6 power unit. Displacing 2.8 liters, the new engine went without exotic forced-induction or peaky twin cams. Instead you just got low-end grunt and great noise, and 170-odd stampeding horses running across the front of your Volkswagen. In short order, the Passat, Jetta, GTI and even the EuroVan all moved to six cylinders.

1992 was even more notable because for the U.S. market it was the sole year where both the G60 and SLC VR6 were available together in the Corrado lineup. It was also unique because of the tones available; Corrados had been available previously in Nugget Yellow LK1B, but in 1992 it moved to Jasmin Yellow LK1D. It then promptly disappeared from the color catalog after few were ordered, making it one of the most infrequently seen tones on an already seldom seen car:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC on eBay

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Tuner Tuesday: 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe RAUH-Welt Begriff

I’ve featured a few of RAUH-Welt Begriff’s Porsche creations, but this one might be my favorite. It’s an interesting mix of old and new, borrowing its colors and interior aesthetic from vintage Porsche hues and fabrics, then wrapping that in a body that is anything but vintage 911. In addition, unlike many of RWB’s builds this one has the performance to complement the wildly aggressive design.

For this build they used a 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe. The design remains unmistakably that of Akira Nakai with its swooping hand-formed curves, very wide fenders, and huge wing. Under the hood this is a very different beast with the standard 3.6 liter flat-six now built to 3.8 liter RSR specs. I’m always curious if such statements mean precisely what they say because I believe that would mean around 350 hp from this engine. At the very least we can assume there’s going to be a decent bit of extra power going to the rear wheels.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe RAUH-Welt Begriff on eBay

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Paint-to-Sample Lemon Yellow 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS

I’ve been looking at a few yellow 911s over the past week and if we add in Carter’s Speed Yellow 968 then these bright yellow Porsches have been a little bit of a theme. I’m going to raise the bar some now and while I know it’s tough to top the rarity of that 968 I think this one certainly tries its best. We’ll definitely be raising the bar on price.

Here we see a beautiful paint-to-sample Lemon Yellow 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS. I’ve featured a few examples of the Carrera RS lately as now that it has passed the 25 year waiting period I’ve seen them come up for sale more frequently. It is one of my all-time favorite 911s, perhaps even being my all-time favorite though that seems to change with the season. Regardless, they are spectacular machines and this looks to be a spectacular example.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Lemon Yellow 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS at DJM Investments

Year: 1992
Model: 911 Carrera RS
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 28,867 km (17,937 mi)
Price: Inquire

In 1992, Porsche produced a super-lightweight, rear-wheel-drive only version of the 964 dubbed Carrera RS for the European market only. It was based on Porsche’s 911 “Carrera Cup” race car and harked back to the 2.7 and 3.0 RS and RSR models. It featured a revised version of the standard engine, titled M64/03 internally, with an increased power output of 260 bhp (194 kW; 264 PS) and lightweight flywheel coupled to the G50/10 transmission with closer ratios, asymmetrical Limited Slip Differential and steel syncromesh. A track-oriented suspension system with 40 mm (1.6 in) lower ride height, stiffer springs, shocks and adjustable stabilizer bars without power steering (RHD UK cars did have power steering).
A stripped-out interior devoid of power windows or seats, rear seats, air conditioning, cruise control, sound deadening or a stereo system (optionally fitted) and new racing-bucket front seats were part of the package. The trunk hood was made of aluminum, the chassis was seam welded and sound deadening was deleted. Wheels were made of magnesium and the glass was thinner in the doors and rear window. The Carrera RS is approximately 345 pounds (155 kg) lighter than the US version Carrera 2 model.

These cars were never delivered to the USA due to the idea that these cars were too track oriented despite being street cars for ROW (Rest of World). Today they are highly sought after due to the incredible road handling characteristics and the thrill of driving a car with your right foot and no added and heavy driving additives!! Lighter and much more fun to drive than the 993 RS and much more desirable and safe to drive than the initial RS built in 1973. The 964 RS Carrera will be the next generation of 1973 RS’s and, of course, being much faster, safer and fun to drive than the original RS from 1973 and future values will soon be near or at the level of a 1973 RS.

This is a very rare and highly sought after PAINT TO SAMPLE and FULLY ORIGINAL RS Carrera with only 28,867 KM’s from new. No modifications whatsoever and in AS NEW CONCOURS CONDITION. With ownership history from delivery date and in Paint to Sample this particular automobile is for the true collector and 911 enthusiast. Included in the sale are all tools, books, records, jack, gloves, and original spare. Finding a car in this condition is extremely hard to source and the added value bonus of a paint to sample car will always be rare and highly collectible for many years to come.

Price on Request

There isn’t a whole lot to say about this RS itself. Everything looks exactly as we’d hope from such a low-mileage collectible. It comes with all of its documentation as well. My only quibble – and this is more with how the car is spec’d than with its current presentation – is that the three-tone seats are the standard grey. I’d have loved if they matched the exterior. Perhaps since it was paint-to-sample this was not possible, though it’s rare that something isn’t possible from Porsche. If you have the money, they can usually find a way.

So how much might it cost? Recent auctions of low-mileage examples of the 964 Carrera RS have been selling in the mid- to upper-$200Ks. But those have been for fairly standard colors. There is a Rubystone RS of similar mileage priced at a whopping $408K, but it’s been around for a little while and to me may represent an outlier. I would expect this paint-to-sample RS to eclipse $300K without much problem. After that it really becomes a matter of how much a buyer wants it. There certainly aren’t many more like it (well, perhaps any more like it) and even those that are similar may not be in such fine condition.

-Rob

1992 Mercedes-Benz 300E Sportline

Usually when the Mercedes-Benz W124 is brought up it is all about the 500E, Cabriolet or sometimes the diesel. This is for good reason, of course. Lost in that discussion in the lowly 300E/E320 and “not-quite-500E” 400E/E420. But often forgotten is the 300E Sportline. The Sportline was an option on W124s and W201s for a few years in North America as a way to get your kicks out of a Mercedes-Benz sedan without ponying up over $80,000 (!) for a 500E. In all honesty, the option list wasn’t all that bad for the Sportline package. You got a bunch of different suspension components, wider wheels and tires, a quick ratio steering box, a smaller steering wheel and the same seats out of the 500E. Yes, that means that you did in fact get rear individual back seats with bolstering. That bad part is that you didn’t get any extra power out of the soon to be expired M103, but you take what you can get from the conservative Germans when they give it to you. Now 25 years later and most of the regular 300E cars are trashed, even finding a Sportline is a tough task. But this 1992 for sale on Long Island just might the one to snag up.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Mercedes-Benz 300E Sportline on Long Island Craigslist

Year: 1992
Model: 300E Sportline
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 132,500 mi
Price: $4,800

1992 Mercedes Benz 300E Sportline 132k Black on black leather original paint.
Excellent condition meticulously maintained. Real sweet car with no issues,
Drives nice, handles tight. It’s a Sportline.
Very clean interior and exterior. Needs nothing but a new caring home.
Preferably with a garage.
Up to date on all maintenance, well sorted.
Parts replaced in past 6000 miles from March of 2014
New tires 4 matching Michelins
Oil and filter every 2000 miles Rotella T6
EHA valve
Radiator Belt and Tensioner
Air Filter
Brake Fluid flush
Fuel Pumps Filter Hangers and Fuel Line
Water Pump Upper hose and Bypass Hose with Thermostat
Braided Stainless Brake Hoses
Cap Plugs Rotor Wires
Tranny Fluid and Filter
Motor Mounts and Tranny Mount
Shifter Bushings Front Flex Disk
Ball Joints and Front Struts
Ignition switch
Oil and Filter T6
Sway Bar Bushings
Fuel Injectors with seals and holders
Air Flow Boot and Idle Air Hoses
Valve Cover Gasket
Brake Fluid Flush
Tie Rods and Center Link with Damper
Rear Shocks Bilstein Sports
Oil and Filter T6
Voltage Regulator
Defrost Pod
Idler Arm
Fan Clutch
Oil and Filter T6
Coolant Flush Zerex
All with dates mileage and receipts
Needs a new home.
$4,800

Usually when I see these pop up for sale every so often they fall in the category of either someone has no idea what it is and thinks it’s just a regular lowly 300E or the enthusiast who knows what it is and treats it as such. Thankfully, the latter is true with this car. Looking at the Craigslist ad, this owner really loves this car and takes care of it as such. There is a laundry list a mile long with repairs and maintenance such as changing the oil every 2,000 miles. Probably not needed, but more power to him. This is the kind of old used Mercedes you want to buy. Everything is done, no surprises, no stories. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve bought cars or looked at cars that didn’t seem all that bad, then a year and a half later I’m still buying parts and checking things off a list that needs done.

At $4,800, this asking price is totally fair. You are paying a little bit of a premium, but it’s worth every penny. These cars in general don’t trade for that much more than a comparable 300E, which is kind of disappointing, but I understand. Those who want a W124 usually go big or go home. A regular 300E is unsatisfying to say the least when you know what the chassis is capable of, but the Sportline gives you a nice taste while saving you an easy $15,000 over a 500E. So if you have 500E tastes but can’t justify the cost, this 300E Sportline surely can give you some of that enjoyment.

– Andrew