With evangelists like the folks at flüssig magazine, the front-engined, water-cooled Porsches are finally getting the respect they deserve. Long living in the shadow of the car they were supposed to supersede, the 911, these sports cars have now become collectable in their own right, praised for their performance and practicality. Today we’ll take a look at four examples of the breed, all dressed in black and ready for some action. We’ll start with this very clean 944 Turbo for sale in Los Angeles.
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Not a lot of folks lamented the passing of the Mercedes-Benz W201, or Baby Benz, as it was dubbed. With a new BMW 3 series on the scene for 1992 and an onslaught of Japanese luxury in the early 1990s, the car that broke the compact mold for Mercedes was seeming to get a bit long in the tooth. But the folks in Stuttgart weren’t going to let the car ride off into the sunset without one last hurrah. The 190E 2.3 Limited Edition was a run of 700 cars at the end of W201 production that were all painted Emerald Green with a Parchment leather interior. Other features included 8 hole alloy wheels, burlwood interior trim, dual rear headrests and deletion of the model badge on the rear trunk lid. This example for sale in Florida is the lowest mileage example I’ve seen in a long time, having traveled only 42,000 miles with the condition certainly affirming this fact.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3 Limited Edition on eBay
It goes without saying that not every older German car is perfect, and that leaves a large amount of cars that are a bit of a “project”. Depending on your tolerance and your desire for a particular model, that level of project can vary greatly from a car that has some minor needs to a complete rebuild from scratch. Today I have two “broken” Silver Arrows from different generations – each with a devoted following and somewhat rare to see these days. Both could function as daily drivers with some work if you’re game. Let’s start with the Coupe GT:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1984 Audi Coupe GT on eBay
Along with the 968 Club Sport and 964 Carrera RS, the 928GTS rounds out my list of top three favorite Porsches. This was the ultimate GT car and the final styling tweaks it received in its final form really accentuated just how advanced this design was, looking fresh almost 20 years on. So fresh that I can’t help but look at this car and think there’s a gaping hole in Porsche’s lineup, just aching to be filled by a front-engine sports coupe that could devour the highway miles like none other. While there weren’t many of these 928s made, the majority of them have been kept in decent condition. However, they aren’t the kind of modern classics for those on a budget, as we’ve seen. This 928GTS for sale in New York has had a recent service and is equipped with the 5-speed manual gearbox.