Quattro Conundrum: 1987 Audi 4000CS quattro or 1993 Audi S4

While usually our ‘Double Take’ features look at one model, today I’m going to look at two cars that share a brand, and idea, and a price point. Both of these Audis represent a huge leap forward from their predecessors; versus the front-drive Type 81, the Type 85 B2 was much more modern-feeling, refined and introduced all-wheel drive to the mass market (excusing its bigger brother, and twice as expensive and exotically flared Quattro brethren, of which only 664 sold here) and the C4 S4 introduced the U.S. market to S-cars and merged the 200 20V’s setup with a modern body and more sporty interior along with even a bit more power. Both are legendary in the 4-ringed circles for their longevity. Both have cadres of fans who seek each model out. And both are hard to find in good condition.

So here we go, Alice – red or green pill? For your $6,000 investment, which of these inline-5 all-wheel drive legends would be your choice?

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1993 Porsche 928 GTS with 5-speed Manual

Gosh it feels like forever since I featured a 928. I think I actually started off my last 928 post in the same way. Perhaps I should feature them more often. I really do like these cars. The look is beautiful and timeless and it’s hard to believe it’s been almost 25 years since the last one was produced. Even more hard to believe is how good the original design – with almost 40 years on it! – still looks today. But this isn’t about an early 928, but rather one from near the end of their production.

Porsche’s top-of-the-line front-engine GT was with us for 17 years and over that time followed the typical Porsche path of subtle evolutionary changes to its design and mechanical layout. Always a V8, displacement would gradually be increased from 4.5 liters to 5.4 liters with associated increases in power as well. In its final GTS form that meant 350 hp with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. The automatic was popular and for some actually more desirable, but the manual-equipped cars command the most money. The last one I featured was pretty low mileage and came with a very high price tag; relatively speaking this one is neither of those things.

Here we have a Black 1993 Porsche 928 GTS, located in Georgia, with Cashmere interior, the 5-speed manual transmission, and 69,673 miles on it.

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1993 Mercedes-Benz 500E

Last week I looked at the legendary E500 that seemed like a really good deal considering the market for these beasts. Today is another W124.036 that also presents good value for the condition this 500E is in. Sporting the lovely Spruce Green Metallic with creme leather like the 600SL I checked out back in the spring, this car just reaffirms why it is one of my favorite colors on 90s Mercedes. Unlike the E500 last week, this one has about 50,000 more miles on it. But taking a quick glance, you could never tell. So how much of a price difference will there?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 Mercedes-Benz 500E on eBay

Year: 1993
Model: 500E
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 152,696 mi
Price: $19,900 Buy It Now

Extremely Rare and iconic “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” 1993 Mercedes-Benz 500E Sedan with 152k..Finished in rare Spruce Green over Cream-Beige Leather interior for a stunning color combination…These rare 500E Models were was hand-built in close cooperation with Porsche Engineering Team that modified the engines for this model…With the 500E’s aggressive stance featuring 1.5 inches wider track 0.9 inch lower profile flared fenders side skirts front air-dam and wide tires and over 325hp the 500E sets itself apart from other E-Models. These models were built only from 91′-94′ and only have production numbers just over 10000 units making these extremely desirable on the market. This particular 500E has been extremely well maintained throughout it’s life and has an accident free history and clear Title. This was primarily a Pennsylvania Car for it’s entire life and shows no rust anywhere on the vehicle…Please give us a call for more information or to schedule a test drive or showing…978-631-1968..

Our friends on the 500E Board have a nice paper trail of how many times this car has been sale in the last couple years — which is a few. It started out at a private seller, then to a used dealer, another used dealer, sent to an auction and now is up for sale here north of Boston at another used dealer. Luckily, the car looks like it has been well cared for in the many hands it has seen in terms repairs it has needed because the photos when it was first listed for sale back in 2012 are a lot different from the ones we see today. Everything looks really nice on this car outside of the unfortunate aftermarket stereo it gained last year. This .036 does has aftermarket headlights but I can live with them over the standard US spec lights. With any car, I’d really want to see if this car had a transmission work or any other 500E specific problems that have been remedied.

This car being offered at $19,900 is reasonable seeing where prices are at for these cars and the comparables on the market. Spruce Green isn’t everyone’s cup of tea so it will turn away some people, but that won’t hurt this one in finding a buyer. A $3,000 price difference for 50,000 miles might not seem like a good trade-off from last week’s car, but the low production combined with hot market that these cars are in skew the market sometimes so this is to be expected. Personally, if I had the $20,000 to spend, I wouldn’t stay away. Just keep it away from the winter months and your $20,000 investment shouldn’t decrease all that much.

– Andrew

Tuner Tuesday: 1993 Porsche 911 RS America Gemballa Slantnose

Gemballa has been around for quite a while. Since the early 80’s they’ve been creating designs for a wide variety of Porsches with a few Mercedes and Ferraris thrown in as well. Honestly, most of their designs I haven’t much liked. I like over the top – I mean I’m a fan of RWB – but Gemballa has always seemed over the top in a way that I found unappealing. It’s a fine line for tuners to walk and built entirely upon subjectivity; some find the right balance, some miss the mark.

Here we have one that I do like. At least for the most part. Based off the 911 RS America, this Gemballa build was to serve as a showcase car and, if we’re to believe the ad, demonstrate the more refined style they were hoping to put forth once the excesses of the ’80s were behind them. It’s still fairly over the top, but not too crazy and its likeness to the Flatnose Turbo S makes it look like something the factory may have even produced. It’s sort of a melding of the Turbo S and the 3.8 Carrera RSR, both highly sought after machines that turn the heads of just about anyone who sees one. I imagine this Gemballa will do the same.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 Porsche 911 RS America Gemballa Slantnose on eBay

Year: 1993
Model: 911 RS America
Engine: 3.8 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 16,937 mi
Price: $99,500 Buy It Now

Before Singer’s amazing creations, before RWB’s wide bodies, before Magnus Walker officially made it cool to NOT be a typical Porsche guy, before TechArt, there was Uwe Gemballa.

The Gemballa’s of the 80’s were radical creations with massive body kits and interior customization. As Gemballa moved into the 90’s they evolved into a more performance focused company with more subtle streamlined body work. This car is the result.

What I know about this car and its history came from the previous owner, a copy of the Gemballa RSR spec sheet, and from the July 1995 issue of Eurosport Car magazine in which this car was featured. The car’s history goes like this: When Gemballa opened in California they needed a vehicle to showcase what services they were going to offer. They chose this RS America. The car was flown to Germany, the modifications were done at Gemballa and the car was returned to California.

There is no other RS America modified like this that I know of. It’s exclusive, unique, fast, and loud.

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I have been a Suncoast PCA member since 2003. There are many Porsche experts out there, I am not one of them. Please ask any and all questions in advance. I will respond asap to the best of my knowledge. The car is available for viewing by appointment in Clearwater, FL. If you would like the car inspected I can suggest a local company who has recently worked on the car or other arrangements within our local area can be made. Viewings and inspections must be done prior to auction close. If you want a picture of something not shown here, just ask.

Terms of Sale: Your winning bid is a binding contract. A deposit is due within 48 hours of auction end unless something else is agreed upon by both parties. Balance needs paid in full via wire transfer within 3 days of auction close. No I won’t fall for cashiers check / M.O. scams so don’t ask. The car is sold AS-IS, Where-IS and must be picked up in Clearwater, FL. I have someone who can help with shipping also if that’s an option for you and we can discuss that as needed. No warranty is expressed or implied. The title is clear and in hand. I reserve the right to end the auction early as the vehicle may be advertised elsewhere.

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I have included below the details of the condition and just some details of the cars history, based on the information I have. The car is nice overall but I will try and list everything, no matter how small, that a buyer could be critical of and condition mentioned is my opinion only. Consider the condition to be nice unless specifically noted otherwise. I’m going to be really picky, but I may have missed something

Additional pictures available at this link, including of most mentioned flaws, and they may show up in reverse order: 1070.photobucket.com/user/CLWTUSKEN/library/1993%20RS%20AMERICA%20GEMBALLA%20RSR?sort=2&page=1

Owners: I have owned this car since 2003. The Carfax shows I’m the third owner. I originally thought that I showed up as 3rd on Carfax due to a title change between states or spouses when the previous owner moved to Florida ( it shows 2nd ownership for only 15 days ). I have since found the original owners name in the Maintenance log, so I’m unsure of the timeline but I believe the 15 days is incorrect and only represents the time owned in Florida.

Fun Fact: In 2005 I attended Porsche Parade in Hershey, PA. I was honored to lead the largest gathering ever of Porsche RS America’s up the hill to the Hershey hotel. You can find the article about that here: rsamerica.net/articles/member/keithv_parade_05_rsa_corral.htm

VIN / Production #: WP0AB2967PS418054 / the 54th RS America built , M-Date 3/92

Mileage: 16,937 at picture time, this will increase slightly…..

RS America options: Out of the 4 available factory options, LSD, Sunroof, A/C and Cassette Radio, this car originally came with 2: Limited Slip Differential ( 220 ) and Sunroof ( 650 ). The article stated that Gemballa added the A/C and Alpine CD player.

Color = Grand Prix White

Per the ID label this car was also originally taken as a European Delivery

Gemballa Modifications per sheet and article:

Slant-Nose w/ flush headlight glass / poly-ellipsoid halogen lights

Sportster front skirt and side skirts with air intakes

Factory Metal quarter panels, Turbo sized fender flares on rear, ported for engine cooling

RSR Carbon fiber air channels added to ported front bumper for brake cooling ( replaced fog lamps )

Rear 3 piece bumper assembly with dual exhaust ports

3.8 RSR rear spoiler with adjustable carbon fiber middle

18” Speedline RSR CUP DESIGN 3 piece wheels 9×18 & 11×18 polished lip

Recaro A8 seats w/ Red Sparco harness

Roll Cage – custom lightweight with adjustable diagonal strut brace

Carbon fiber interior pieces: dash, brake lever, shift knob

White face gauges

RSR sport suspension, street tuned, springs, Bilstein shocks

RSR anti sway bars & Strut tower brace

Turbo brakes, red 4 piston calipers

RSR Clutch

RSR stainless steel exhaust including headers

MOTOR: the Gemballa spec sheet reads: “3.8 RSR Engine, all factory racing components.” The article reads: “Using Porsche parts throughout, the engine was upped from a stock 250 horsepower to a pavement ripping 375 hp. Likewise, torque was increased from 229 ft-lbs. to 282 ft.-lbs.. To maximize power output the redline was raised to 7150 rpm. A two pipe exhaust system originally used on the 965 Turbo, was added to relieve back pressure/ A larger throttle, 8mm wider in diameter, was substituted, as were valve spring caps and camshafts. The engine’s displacement was increased to 3.81 litres using original RSR parts and backed by an RSR clutch.”

I did not receive any maintenance history paperwork from the previous owner. At some point he had some repairs to the motor, although I don’t know the exact details. I’m not sure if Gemballa USA is who worked on it or not, but I know they know about it.

In May I just had almost $5k worth of services done: New battery, filters, brakes, fuel sender, various gaskets, washers, seals, o-rings, belts, etc.

Interior: The dash, headliner, door panels, are all in excellent condition. The drivers seat shows slight wear as expected. The seat backs show some paint removal where they come in contact with the roll cage. This happens when the seats are pushed back that far. See picture.

The left side/thigh support of the drivers seat is loose, but it actually makes getting in and out easier. There is also a plastic trim piece missing from the side of this seat.

Boot/Trunk: New Battery. Carpet in good condition, tool kit and spare tire. See picture. The boot / trunk struts need replaced, they no longer hold it open.

Accidents: The car has never been in an accident that I know of. When I purchased the car there was an outward dent in the trunk lid, where the previous owner had closed the lid and a brush handle was sticking up. I had this fixed locally by Superior Auto Body.

Track: I personally have never had the car on a track but I did autocross it once locally. The previous owner did say he tracked the car some but I don’t know details / frequency.

Exterior: I have always kept the car stored inside in a climate controlled garage. The paint is in good condition with imperfections as mentioned:

There are some, ( 4 – I believe ) minor cracks/chips in the windshield, these happened with the previous owner.

There are small rock chips / scuffs on front end skirt, as well as in the paint between the rear wide body air intake vents and the bottom of the car, and also around air intake on the side skirts. The passenger side seemed more affected, there is also a small ding in the passenger side air duct. There are 4 small dot size chips on the wing on the passenger side. See pictures.

On the top of the passenger door there is a small area where the 1st layer of paint is missing, about 4mm or 5mm, isn’t very noticeable as it’s white / white.

There is a tiny crack, about 4mm or 5mm developing on top of front drivers fender. See picture.

There is a crack inside the air intake on the rear driver’s side wide body. See picture.

There is a small crack inside the air intake on the passenger’s side wide body. See picture.

There is a small spider web crack in the paint on the passengers rear flare, approx. 1 cm. See picture.

On the grill area of the rear wing, there are 3 places where there are small cracks. There are 18 of these small support areas between the grill lines, the last 3 towards the back are cracked, all in the same spot as this seems to be the area with the most flex. They don’t affect anything physical, just a cosmetic issue. See picture.

The light to the right of the license plate is loose and there are some small cracks in the corner of the opening for this light.

Wheels: There is minor curb rash on some wheels, one wheel has a minor dent on the lip. The tires are Michelin Pilot Sport 235/40ZR18 & 295/30ZR19 and while they have plenty of tread they are older tires. I’d have to check what year I had them put on but you should put some fresh rubber on before doing any real driving.

Sunroof: As of 8/19/17, the sunroof now has a small issue closing. While I was making sure everything worked on the car, a tiny plastic piece on the drivers side of the sunroof mechanism broke. This small piece helped allow the plastic piece that pops up when opened, to go down slightly when closing. So right now you have to use your hand to hold it down until the sunroof slides over it. Hopefully a cheap fix, I’ll try and have it looked at as soon as I have time.

Elec / Lights: All Head lights work. Both Blinkers work. Parking lights work. Both interior domes work. 2 horn buttons on steering wheel, left one works, right one doesn’t..

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Other included items, extra’s, etc.:

The original copy of Eurosport Car magazine from July 1995 featuring this car, plus digital copies of the article.

An original OEM muffler and exhaust tip ( p/n 964.111.046.05 ) will be included with the car. See pic.

Ring and Pinion, 31:9 (3.44) These extras came to me with the car, I’ve never had any gear work done.

Sparco harnesses, Red, 3”/2”. See picture. These look orange in the pic, but it’s just the light. They are red and like new, I personally have never used or even installed them.

2 small Roll Cage pieces, some paint chips ( never used or installed since I’ve owned it ) See pic.

The original Gemballa floor mats were replaced but will be included. See picture.

Brand new floor mats, never opened. 964.551.015.00.5FV , 964.551.012.01.5FV , 964.551.021.00.5FV

A custom bra with headlight and mirror covers ( never used or installed since I’ve owned it ) See pic.

A spare set of the headlight glass for the front fenders will be included – THESE ARE VERY RARE. My wife bought these many years ago from Heinz at Gemballa USA and I believe at the time he told her they were his last set. We bought them just to have as backups.

That this 911 was an RS America prior to its build probably isn’t too relevant at this point, but at least it provided a nice starting point for all of the work. The seller suggests it’s the only RS America with this Gemballa conversion, which is probably pretty likely, and I’m curious how many other 964s at all were converted, if any. So this is definitely a rare find. The mileage is very low and it generally looks pretty good. Add in a substantial boost in power – stated to be 385 hp – and you’ve got a machine with the performance to match its much more aggressive looks!

While there are plenty of details we’d probably like about its history and previous ownership the seller has been fairly straightforward in passing along what he knows about the car as well as what he doesn’t know. Or, at least, as well as you can pass along information you don’t know. Given the mileage we’d generally expect near flawless condition, but there are a few flaws and minor niggles here and there. There’s not too much that would deeply trouble us, but the statements about engine work performed by a previous owner certainly should spark some further investigation. It’s a high-strung machine so engine work wouldn’t necessarily be unexpected, but with fewer than 17K miles we might question whether it was abused. Naturally, a PPI is a must.

So how much should this extra performance, exclusivity, and added cachet of the Gemballa name be worth? So far, not that much as bidding sits at only $60,100. I would imagine there’s plenty of hesitation given everything needing verification and that may restrain any bidding for a little while. There are still a good number of days left on the auction so we may see this number rise. We’ll certainly have to see it rise before there’s a sale. The combination of such a longstanding name in the tuning world and the power and performance of this build should be enough to bring things up. We’ll just have to see how desirable this 964 now is.

-Rob

1993 Volkswagen Corrado SLC

My first thought when I saw this car was literally “Holy Crap. A reasonably priced Corrado!

And then I saw the salvage title.

But let’s not dwell on that yet. Let’s consider what we have here first. The photos paint the picture of a pretty nice, mostly original Flash Red Corrado SLC. It retains the original Speedline wheels and Baja-1000 ride height. It’s got leather inside, the big complaint of comments on the the last Corrado SLC I looked at. But the big draw must be the price, which at $6,500 is just very reasonably priced in my mind. The last Corrado SLC I considered? Same color, cloth interior, near same miles – $18,995. It’s like the ‘Cult of Corrado’ have decided “Hey, this is basically the same recipe as the E36 M3, and they’re increasing in value, so my car must be worth a lot.” Logical? Well, no one ever said passionate car enthusiasts were logical. In fact the whole idea of sitting around, pontificating about theoretical car values seems inherently illogical. When someone buys it, obviously that’s the price it’s worth, right?

But I digress.

Perhaps the asking prices for Corrados are more in line with their premium stature. Since new, they have demanded a premium; the SLC hit the market in 1992 at $22,000, and tick a few option boxes and you were quickly in Audi money. But you could look at this car as an expensive Volkswagen, or (as magazines did at the time) as a budget Porsche. Instead of the E36, the natural comparison to this car probably should be the Porsche 968. And you can’t get a decent one of those for $6,500…

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1993 Audi V8 quattro

Edit 7/28/2017: This ’93 has reappeared with the same plates (so I presume the same seller) from December 2015 in a no reserve auction. It no longer has black wheels but only a few more miles on the clock. Finding clean late model V8s is pretty rare and this one generally looks nice! Cleverly the seller stuck in the listing that the car’s odometer is broken, though you have to look. The original ask price was $5,000, so it will be interesting to see where the strong bidding ends.

Sometimes it’s something small on a car you’re looking at that brings up a great memory. In the case of this 1993 V8 quattro, if my emotions weren’t already stirred by the sight of another late 4.2 model like my beloved and maligned example from a decade ago, it was the wheels that really did it for me. You see, for a few winters I ran A4-spec 15×6 steel wheels with Michelin Artic Alpins on my Ragusa Green monster. Already small, the A4 offset is higher than the V8s, leaving the impression – especially head on – that the car was floating. The awesome flares that were the signature of the V8 hung out in mid air, the antithesis of today’s trend of fitting the widest wheel as close to the fender as possible. But the result in the snow was undeniable. The V8 on skinny rubber was virtually unstoppable, hugely controllable and a riot to drive. Pulling in from runs at a Tim O’Neils rally school, the rumbling eight would erupt in clouds of smoke, as if Vesuvius was on the verge of claiming Pompeii. Crowds would gather to look in wonder and slight bemusement at the smelly, crusty and leaking old Audi which so thoroughly trounced the newer models around the circuit. Even though that car brought me plenty of heartbreak and emptied my wallet on multiple occasions, memories like that keep the legacy of my V8 ownership a positive one that still brings smiles to my face:

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Ferrari Yellow 1993 Porsche 911 RS America – 1 of 4

I am a fan of the RS America. I feel like I need to say this because I know sometimes the car is criticized for being somewhat half-hearted. Meaning: it isn’t really that close to the Carrera RS that it serves to replace for the US market. I understand those criticisms; they are certainly valid. I like it anyway. I like the look, I especially like the whale tail on a 964, and I like that it’s a bit paired down from the standard Carrera 2. I don’t like the current prices and I know a hefty amount of the current criticism of the model stems from those prices and whether those prices make sense. That’s a different conversation.

I also like yellow cars, especially bright yellow cars. So as you can imagine I really like this Ferrari Yellow 1993 Porsche 911 RS America. It is one of only four produced in this color and given the limited colors available as standard that makes this one stand apart even more. It was spec’d with three of the four available options: radio, A/C, and sunroof. Interestingly, we’ve featured one of the other three existing cars before. Only two more for the whole set!

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Ferrari Yellow 1993 Porsche 911 RS America on eBay

Year: 1993
Model: 911 RS America
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 30,873 mi
Price: Reserve Auction ($299,500 Buy It Now)

This 1993 Porsche FLY RS America up for auction comes from a distinguished collector’s stable and is in superb condition. This is one (1) of Four (4) Ferrari Light Yellow RS Americas produced by Porsche in M.Y.1993. This is the ACTUAL car that was on display at the 1993 New York Autoshow (this car was specifically ordered for the show). We are the 3rd proud owners and have thoroughly enjoyed the car. This RS has been well taken care of. Having only 30,873 original miles, the car has been to many shows and rallys, but has never been “tracked”, so to speak. The car has yellow belts and door handles/pulls, as well as black sport seats. Hidden in the driver rear compartment is a high-end Alpine amplifier, with an additional CD changer, mounted directly above. The car was outfitted with a clear bra approximately 2005. The car has an extensive file of documentation containing ownership and service history (original bill of sale & delivery report), AND both of the ORIGINAL window stickers issued by Porsche for the car, as well as all the original RS brochures, Owner’s manuals, NY Autoshow pics etc. (see below). This is a very rare Porsche with full and complete service history and ownership history/provenance. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own an incredibly rare and superb representation of the legend that is the RS America. Please email or call me with any questions. Serious inquiries only, please. Good luck and happy bidding!!!

The new owner(s) will receive all ownership documentation and/or including:

Both original Window stickers for the car (One stamped in red “NOT FOR SALE”)

All Ownership History/Provenance

All Service History

All original owner’s/warranty manuals

The car’s “file” with many different articles and references to the car

Porsche Certificate of Authenticity (COA)

Yellow RS America Polo Shirt (that came with the car)

Original 1993 RS America brochure for the car

3 Pictures of the car at the NY Autoshow on display

Porsche diagram layout of NY Autoshow display

All Correspondence from Porsche to respective owners of this car.

COA Highlights:

VIN: WP0AB2960PS419188

Model Year: 1993 911 RS America

Engine Number: 62P02407

Transmission Number: 1003180

Exterior Paint Color/Code: Color To Sample–Non Metallic

Interior Material Color/Type: Black Leatherette XZ
Optional Equipment:

AM/FM Radio Cassette Player with 2 Speakers

Air Conditioning With Full Climate Control

Electric Sliding Sunroof

There is also a website dedicated to RS Americas, and specifically, there is a wealth of information pertaining to the four (4) 1993 FLY’s in existence, one of which you see here up for auction.

The website is: rsamerica.net

If you have any questions about this fine auto, please don’t hesitate to email or call me and I will respond as soon as possible. Bid with Confidence!!! Thanks for L@@king!!!

For those who are critics of the high prices for the RS America, you might want to look away. Given that the higher pricing of these cars stems from the combination of their relative rarity and that they are a performance upgrade it should make sense that a very rare version of said model would attract even higher prices. But this is absurd. The other Ferrari Yellow RSA we featured had an asking price just under $210K. The mileage was similar, albeit slightly higher. That one sold, I don’t recall for precisely how much, but we can assume it was pretty close to asking. Adding nearly another $100K? That doesn’t seem realistic. We’ll have to see how this auction plays out to get a better sense of the market, but with the air-cooled 911 market itself not what it once was I can’t really see it happening.

This is a great car and a car I would love to own. But for $300K I think I can find plenty of other options and still be quite happy.

-Rob

1993 Volkswagen Corrado SLC VR6

Edit 11/23/2017 – the asking price on this Corrado has dropped to $16,995.

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.

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1993 Mercedes-Benz 500E

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.

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1993 Mercedes-Benz 600SL

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.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 Mercedes-Benz 600SL on eBay

Year: 1993
Model: 600SL
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. The seats were recovered and the top was replaced which give this car great curb appeal. The transmission was recently replaced so the car shifts and drives great. This car comes with extensive documentation of both the restoration work that was performed and records of scheduled maintenance being performed on time and by professionals. The Carfax on this Mercedes is perfect!

This car was owned and cared for by a true connoisseur of Mercedes-Benz automobiles which is reflected by its pristine condition. This is a great opportunity to own a V12 Mercedes-Benz!

I really like this car. Spruce Green suits this car really well and the early 1990’s design language is highlighted well. It gets away from the standard black paint that is often neglected by this point and isn’t as garish as something like red. I enjoy the tan interior as a nice contrast to the green paint while the burl wood looks to be crack-free and has a nice shine to it. The carpeting in the driver’s side footwell could use a deep scrub as well as an extracting and it looks like there was a car phone mount that was drilled into the carpet that left behind multiple holes. I’m really disappointed that the seller, a dealer of rare and unique vehicles, didn’t bother to take photos of the soft top and open the hood to show that wonderful V12. I’m sure that can be arranged, but why would you make things difficult in the first place?

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say this car won’t even sniff the reserve that is set for this auction. Not because it isn’t worth it but rather you can’t expect people to bid with confidence if you leave out key photographs and don’t show any of the ”extensive documentation” that this car has. One more odd thing about this car is that the last registration was from 2011 which isn’t the something that inspires confidence in anyone. This car is less about actually trying to sell it with an auction and more about catching the eye of a serious buyer then proceeding with the transaction from there.

– Andrew