I think this Corrado SLC is an interesting comparison to yesterday’s Misano Red ALMS Edition Audi TT 225 Coupe. Like the Audi, in 1993 The Corrado SLC with its throaty 2.8 liter VR6 engine was the top of the heap in the 2-door product offerings. It too was a 2+2 hatchback best suited for only the first part of that equation. While the heavyweight Audi packed more punch from the turbocharged 1.8T, the all-wheel drive meant it was quite a bit heavier – so acceleration between the two wasn’t as much of a gulf as you’d expect, with both ticking 60 mph in under 7 seconds. Both have a unique style and both are fan favorites, with the nod probably going to the Corrado on greater market appeal to “enthusiasts”, while more people who drive appliances to work view the TT as a “cute” weekend car.
Yet here we are, in a market where you could buy a very nice example of either for the difference of a latte.
As followers of my posts will know, I love cars that conceal their heightened performance behind austere exterior styling. The 500E is a particular favorite of mine. Around 1,500 of these were imported to the US between 1991 and 1994. Based on the W124 chassis E-class, the “wolf in sheep’s clothing” was the product of a joint venture between Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. The chassis would pass back and forth between the two manufacturers as it was assembled: the car got beefier brakes from the SL, upgraded suspension, a wider track and a glorious 5.0 liter V8 motor. A 0-60 MPH sprint time of about 5.5 seconds, top speed of 160 MPH and total power output of around 322 hp might not sound all that impressive now. But those were very respectable numbers for the time, especially for such a large sedan. By the mid-2000s, the 500E had become somewhat overlooked, passed over by many in favor of the BMW M5. But in the last five years there has been a resurgence of interest in these cars. Values have begun to climb as a result.
1993 was a huge year for the Mercedes-Benz SL in North America. For the first time in its 39 year history, the Sportlich-Leicht was being produced with a V12 engine. The 600SL was graced with a massive aluminum block 6.0 liter with forged steel connecting rods that produced nearly 400 horsepower. This was 80 horsepower more than the M119 V8 from the 500SL of the same year. Of course, you paid a premium for the extra four cylinders. The 600SL base MSRP in 1993 was a staggering $120,000 (over $200,000 in 2017 buying power) compared to $98,000 for the 500SL. But in my opinion, you definitely got your moneys worth. These were handsome, practical cars that you could depend on — unlike your friends with V12 Jaguars and Ferraris.
This R129 for sale in Connecticut looks to be a great example of the first year V12 cars and it’s in my favorite color of Spruce Green Metallic. It’s not a perfect example and has a couple minor flaws but most importantly it looks well-cared for because for as stout as the M120 V12 is, it still needs its regular maintenance and repairs.
Engine: 6.0 liter V12
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 75,375 mi
Price: Reserve Auction
This Mercedes Benz 600SL is a future classic that has had extensive restoration work performed. In 1993 when this SL was sold, it represented the pinnacle of luxury and performance, 24 years later this car retains all of its original style and character and is a bargain when you consider the refinement and features that come with this car that originally had an MSRP of over $100,000.
The owner of this 600SL maintained the car flawlessly and invested in cosmetic and mechanical work to keep this car in peak running condition.
At first glance, I was sure we’d covered this car before. After all, it’s not often that European specification 3.8 liter M5s come to market in Daytona Violet.
Or, is it?
Believe it or else, this is actually no less than the third Purple Porsche Eater that we’ve covered for sale in the U.S.. Back in September, Craig spotted chassis GD63734for sale. If that wasn’t surprising enough, I was pretty sure when Craig wrote that car up that it was the identical twin of chassis GD63657 – a car I thrice covered with three different sellers. But, no – today’s car is a chassis GD63375, produced before those other two 1993 examples, yet in the same outrageous shade of Daytona Violet Metallic:
This Porsche has been making the rounds over the past few days in a pretty wide variety of mediums so we figured we might as well add our take to the mix.
Because as absurd cars go this one might take the cake. This is a 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR with a mere 10 kilometers on the clock. It’s full of special order features. It also looks like it’s been parked in a shed. Given everything else about this car that last point strikes as perhaps the most peculiar. Regardless, it’s going up for auction as part of the RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba auctions in late May. The estimate: €2-2.2mil. That strikes me as about right, but with a car like this it’s very tough to judge.
The RSR is another, and possibly the ultimate, in a long line of rare special 964s. I have mentioned this previously, but it always seems to me that Porsche couldn’t decide what to do with the 964. The models are so various and numerous it’s as if each engineer was told to brainstorm and then they just went ahead and made everything. Not a complaint, just an observation. Naturally the RSR fits into its own world given its racing pedigree, but this one tries to blend the racing and road just a little bit as it’s one of two RSRs to have been ordered with a full leather-trimmed interior. The choice of Can Can Red for that interior was simply brilliant. My first question: was the original buyer of this car the same person who ordered this Turbo S Leichtbau? They’re twins!
Model: 911 Carrera RSR
Engine: 3.8 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 10 km (~ 6 mi)
- Only 10 kilometres; completely original and as-delivered
- Still covered with the factory-applied Cosmoline
- Special-order Polar Silver over Can Can Red leather
- One of two race-derived RSRs with a fully trimmed interior
- One of only 51 Carrera RSRs produced
Imagine that as a die-hard Porsche fanatic, you wish to have the fastest and wildest 911 that the factory has to offer—a car that can handily compete on the track right out of the box.
I have been looking for one of these for what feels like forever: a 911 RS America with limited options. I’d still love to find one that lacks the radio, having only the limited-slip differential as a selected option, but the one we see here which lacks both the sunroof and A/C is close enough. So many of these lightened 964s have retained those heavier options and while the RS America doesn’t fully approach the Carrera RS in the no frills department it’s still nice to see one that has gone the extra step.
Model: 911 RS America
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 29,376 mi
Price: $159,888 Buy It Now
1993 Porsche RS America in Rare White over Black Cloth Sports Seats. Super Rare with Sunroof & AC Delete. Low Miles All Books and Keys. Clean Carfax. Upgraded Big Red Brakes. No leaks Runs and Drives Great. Serious Inquiries Call 201.310.0048
It seems that this seller understands how long it can take to find a RSA with these limited options because the asking price is well higher than what we’ve seen for one of these in quite a while. And even those we’ve seen priced closer to $120K than $160 haven’t been selling very quickly, if at all. These are rare 964s, but they’re also readily available on the second-hand market if you’re willing to pay the steep cost. There was a time a couple years back when RSA values were rising quickly, but those days are well behind us. Prices haven’t plummeted or anything like that, but it’s clear rising values will be reserved for only the best low-mileage examples.
This one comes in at pretty low mileage, but not the sort of ultra-low miles that I’d suspect would be necessary at this asking price.…
A little over a week ago I looked at a great 1992 Mercedes-Benz 400E for sale in California for only $2,000. Not surprisingly, that car sold soon after. But in case you missed out on that awesome budget V8 W124, you are in luck with today’s car. Another 400E, this time a 1993, has come up for sale for in California for, once again, only $2,000. Unfortunately, this one comes with a little bit of a catch.
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 280,000 mi
This 1993 Mercedes-Benz 400E has been a wonderful car for several years, but has just now stopped going into 4th gear. The car runs and drives very well, and I still use it every day in “3” mode. It is perfectly usable, but will need transmission work to get good gas mileage again on the freeway. The condition of this car is very good, especially the interior/upholstery. The headliner is sagging, but otherwise very clean.
– Rare 4.2 liter V8 32v DOHC M119 engine
– All routine maintenance is up to date: spark plugs, air filters, engine oil, etc
– NEW BFGoodrich tires
– Wheels were refinished with OE color powder coat
– Euro spec headlights (USA ones included)
– Original stereo and genuine Mercedes trunk-mounted CD changer
– Many extra spare parts included
– CLEAN TITLE in hand
Much like the 1992 from over a week ago, this one also has well over 200,000 miles on it but fear not, this W124 looks like it comes from a loving home home as well based on what the seller is presenting in the ad description. What’s the catch then? Well, sadly this 400E won’t go into fourth gear anymore.…
The term “Q-ship” is an antiquated phrase dating from the WWII era. Originally used to refer to merchant ships carrying concealed weaponry, among car enthusiasts it’s been repurposed to describe fast, brawny, and exotic sedans that hide their performance beneath conservatively styled exteriors. German manufacturers excel at producing these kinds of cars, and while the E28 M5 might have been the OG “wolf in sheep’s clothing,” the 500E may be the more interesting. The product of a collaboration between Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, and based on the confidence-inspiring W124 chassis, it got a 5.0 liter V8 motor making 326 hp, beefier brakes taken from the R129 SL, upgraded suspension, a wider track and Recaro bucket seats. The saga of assembly of these beasts was a heroic undertaking; Porsche had the capacity on its dormant 959 production line, so a deal was struck where bare chassis were loaded at Daimler-Benz in Unterturkheim and shipped across town to Porsche in Zuffenhausen. There, the revised and widened fenders were mated with the R129 500SL 16-inch wheels and brakes. Porsche also installed the all-aluminum V8. Mercedes-Benz then repatriated the partially complete cars to paint them, but Porsche completed finally assembly. Around 10,000 were completed in this back-and-forth manner.
Sold between 1991 and 1994/5, the 500E could make the 0-60 MPH dash in under 6 seconds and topped out at a limited 155 MPH. Those were very respectable numbers for the time, especially given the size of the car. From the outside, the 500E was virtually indistinguishable from an ordinary W124, the flared fenders and slightly lower stance being the only tell-tale signs.
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 66,300 mi
1993 Mercedes-Benz 500E, 66,629 Original Miles, 4 Owners From New, Perfect Running Condition
This 1993 500E is fantastic example of one of the most important Mercedes Benz models produced and represents an era of collaboration between Mercedes-Benz and Porsche cars that will never be seen again.
With a bit of nostalgia, it’s sad to reminisce about a market segment which has all but eroded from the automotive landscape. In the 1970s and 1980s, small coupes were the rage; they offered sporty looks and a bit of driving fun for the commute, while still being effectively economy cars underneath. But through the 1980s and into the early 1990s, those economy roots were altered in an ever increasing amount of brinkmanship to the point where the lines between a true “sports car” and the “sports coupe” evaporated. Yet the market was still ripe with plenty of options at the beginning of Bill Clinton’s Presidency; the Mazda MX-6 and Ford Probe GT continued to share underpinnings with slightly different style, while the Diamond Star Eagle Talon/Plymouth Lazer/Mitsubishi Eclipse offered technological and performance prowess that really lifted the segment. There was also the Nissan 240SX – not as sporty as the others, but still a popular option. Honda wasn’t left out with its popular Prelude and screaming VTEC motor. There were others, too – even the aging Dodge Daytona IROC R/T offered some 224 horsepower – impressive for the period.
All of them are long gone.
Gone, too, is the Volkswagen Corrado. It didn’t have all-wheel drive or the popular for the period “Turbo” badge stuck everywhere. It was refined, smooth and clean looking. The styling wasn’t exotic or futuristic, and the recipe was simple – especially when it came to the VR6. Quite simply, Volkswagen built the best Mk.2 Volkswagen they could, but compared to the competition in period, that wasn’t quite good enough. Nearly all of the competition had new-for-the-90s styling and chassis, and the VW felt decidedly 80s in comparison. And it was expensive, clearing $23,000 before options in 1993. So even though it was really as good as the 80s VW got, it was a soft seller (as most VWs were).…
The rare, high-performance Porsche-Mercedes 500E continues to garner increasing recognition on the collector’s market, pushing prices for nice examples toward $40k. But if you have champagne tastes on a beer budget and want a V8 in your W124, you’d do well to consider a 400E instead. Produced between 1992 and 1996 (it would be rebadged as the E420 and lightly facelifted in 1994), Mercedes intended for the 400E to sit underneath the 500E in the model range. They created it by dropping the 4.2 liter, 32v version of the M119 block into the W124 chassis, beefing up the brakes and suspension while leaving the exterior identical to the more humble 300E. Power output was a healthy 275 hp. While the car was not in the same league as the 500E, this proved more than adequate for high-speed autobahn cruising, which is what these cars do best.