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All posts tagged 1993
It’s always fun to see what the creative engineers can come up with out there. The guys at CG Motorsports clearly wanted to show their building skills, so they went a roundabout way of making an E36 DTM-style M3 tribute, albeit in show/street-car guise. I will admit to a guilty love of wide-bodies, though this love is confusingly matched with a distaste for wings and overdone wheels. These guys took the basic-but-capable 318is and stuck M3 bits all over, including some body parts, suspension, transmission, and engine. Add a DTM-style widebody kit, and you’ve got a tuner’s show car! They’re selling it in a way that sounds like more trouble than it’s worth – offering the chassis and body alone, or with all of the running gear and additions – that just makes me scratch my head harder. Taste and selling tactics aside, it is a clean FrankenBimmer that, at least to me, has some potential.
Click for details: 1993 BMW 318is/M3 on eBay
How do you even begin to explain this one? I know, I know – someone couldn’t afford to pay for its maintenance needs, so here it sits outside a shop. But the sheer neglect – the bruised bodywork, the sun-worn paint, the filthy interior, the brake-dust coated wheels – was there no limit to its owner’s disregard for the caliber of the vehicle in their ownership? I don’t care if you choose to ruin a late-model C-Class, or drive a W124 2.6 to the ends of the earth. But when you take a E-Class that was born out of an unholy partnership between two of Germany’s premier motorworks, blessed with the sexiest fenders this side of a 993, and oozing with muscle and brawn – built in limited numbers, no less – and you subject it to this type of existence? Whoever that owner is or was, they are dead to me.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 Mercedes-Benz 500E on eBay
The Corrado remains one of those cars I need to drive, if only to satisfy my curiosity in owning an SLC. Is it at all gratifying? Is it really just a heavy front-wheel drive coupe with killer looks but lacking in killer handling? Will I ever grow tired of watching the rear wing automatically raise itself at speed? All burning questions, not helped by the fact that stock versions like this one are difficult to find. Although I much prefer the gorgeous Speedline wheels that many SLCs are graced with, I don’t mind the impossible-to-clean BBS’s on this 1993 for sale in New York. However, this seller really needs to add some interior photos so I can feel better about the so-so cosmetic condition.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 Volkswagen Corrado SLC on eBay
While there are more popular options in the large executive sports sedan market, there are few that are quite as well rounded as the C4 Audi S4/S6 twins. The C4 might have been slower out of the box than the M5 and 500E/E500, but as the only turbocharged version quick tuning meant it was easily capable of pushing the same power. The real key to driving these inline-5 wonders, though, is the torque that’s available once the turbo kicks in. A wave of power seemingly able to extricate you from any situation is suddenly available, picking that heavy nose up and launching the car forwards in a symphony of rally-inspired wooshes. Add to that the legendary quattro all-wheel drive and the Audi was a useable, year-round package that has maintained a serious cult following in all areas of the country. Especially sought after these days are clean, original examples that don’t carry the easy to show wear Ecru interior. Despite the all-too-predictable Emerald Green Mica of this example, the insides are Darth Vader’s own palace – black leather with carbon trim: