Like the closest counterparts, the BMW M3/M5 and the Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3 16v/500E, the Audi V8 quattro has long enjoyed a cult following. Unlike those other cars, though, finding a decent V8 quattro these days is quite tough. First, not many were imported – a few thousand may sound like a lot, but it’s less than the total number of E30 M3s imported, for example, by a long shot. By the time they got to their last production year, only a few hundred of the super-sedans were imported. Second, because they’re complicated, older cars that lost a lot of their value in the 1990s, many fell into states of disrepair. Over its short life, the Audi V8 underwent numerous changes; from the introductory options of automatic or manual, the 3.6 liter quad-cam all-aluminum V8 pumped a respectable 240 horsepower but by the end of the run the automatic-only 4.2 liter displacement bump resulted in nearly 280 horsepower. Sure, that’s small potatoes today, but outside of the limited Sport Quattro, these were the most powerful production Audis made before 1995. Today we’ll take a look at two of the more desirable models for different reasons – a 3.6 5-speed and a late 4.2 model, both Pearlesant White with Grey Connolly leather
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Mercedes-Benz has been one of the mainstays in diesel passenger car offerings in the United States. However, into the 1990s, the selection became a bit thin. If you wanted a diesel engine with estate carrying capacity towards the end of the W124 E class production, you were out of luck. In fact, Mercedes has not offered a diesel estate in the US since 1987, as 1988 saw the introduction of the 300TE to replace the 300TD. One intrepid Mercedes mechanic, though, has gone the extra mile to create what never was on this side of the Atlantic, with this 1994 E300 Diesel Estate.
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Those who obsess over air-cooled 911s, and the 964 especially, will need little introduction to this model. While this isn’t the pinnacle of the 964 Turbo line (that would be the Turbo S), the Turbo 3.6 possesses enough rarity and panache to hold our attention any time we come across one. When Porsche initially developed and released the 964 Turbo they had yet to develop a forced induction example of the 3.6 liter flat-six that was standard across the 964 line. Naturally, they chose to stick with the well known 3.3 liter engine that had powered the 930 over the previous decade and it was not until 1993 that a 3.6 liter version of the 911 Turbo would be released. With 360 hp delivered to the rear wheels, the Turbo 3.6 remains one of the best 911 Turbos ever produced and the last of the rear-drive Turbos as the 993 would come standard with all-wheel drive. These are, quite simply, exquisite! The example featured here is a Titanium Metallic 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 Coupe, located in New Jersey, with 38,176 miles on it.
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Drool. A Turbo-look 964 in one of Porsche’s coolest colors is perhaps the perfect Porsche for yours truly. Although the 964-generation tends to get lost between the die-hard fanatics who yearn for the genuine 80s experience and those who lust for the all-rounder 993 (myself included), the generation in the middle really is one of the best looking 911s. Add in a rare factory widebody without the additional maintenance bills associated with the turbocharged models and you’re left with a very exclusive 911. Throw in the Wimbledon Green paint and suddenly the higher price tag starts to make sense. If the claim is true that this is the last one built – coupled with stupid low mileage of 27,000 miles – this car will likely continue to lead a charmed life and someday be seen strolling across the auction block for even bigger money.
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For a long time now, we’ve been banging on about how the 924/944/968 were the best deal in classic German motoring. For sure, these models offer solid build quality, great looks, reasonable practicality and more affordable repairs. Couple these traits with one of the best-handling chassis Porsche has made and you’ve got instant success, right? Well, not so fast. In thinking about writing up this car, I remember back to the early 1990s when the Japanese upped their game and suddenly the 944/968 wasn’t the natural choice. They were, in fact, quite expensive and relatively underpowered compared to their cutting-edge rivals. How does the 968 stack up against the FD RX-7 Twin Turbo, the Z32 300ZX Twin-Turbo, the Mk. IV Supra Turbo and the C4 Chevrolet Corvette LT-1 today?