If you were looking for a sporty small executive sedan in 1994 and opted to buy an Audi 90, something was amiss. You would have waded through the miring scandal of “Accelerategate” and the media implication that your Ingolstadt-born all-wheel drive wonder would suddenly attempt to go full throttle (preferably, when your husband was opening the garage door….). Okay, so you must have had some understanding of physics, logic, spacial awareness and could differentiate a square pedal from a rectangular pedal and your left from right. That, in and of itself, isn’t all that odd. But then you still bypassed the BMW dealer to look at the Audi; a move which probably surprised even them. After all, in 1994 the E36 chassis was still relatively fresh and won nearly every magazine competition it was entered into. In comparison, 1994 was the penultimate year for the B4 quattro as the new A4 was already on the horizon, and though it had received a refresh in 1992 the now B4 chassis didn’t really offer much new technology or refinement over the outgoing B3. It was dressed up with some newer clothes, wheels, and a slightly more powerful motor, but it was still numerically at a disadvantage to the BMW on several fronts. The V6 produced 172 horsepower – about 17 less than the inline-6 in the E36. That V6 also hauled around more weight than the BMW did, so the Audi was predictably slower in every measure, too. The weight and larger displacement meant it got worse gas mileage. And for the pleasure of this slower, thirstier, older chassis, you paid less, right? No – walk into your dealer and select the 1994 90CS quattro Sport as shown here, and you were going to pay over $35,000 – about $5,000 more than the base price on a 325i sedan. Is it any wonder that Audi only shifted a reported 773 of them that year?
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I feel as though I’ve been on a kick of featuring performance variants lately and while a well maintained go-fast-machine is certainly attention grabbing, I think there is something to be said for solid basic transportation as well. This 1994 BMW 530iT lives only a few minutes away from me and I swear I’ve seen it out on local streets. E34 wagons always catch my eye, I’ve written up a number of them in the past, and while I usually look for rare ones with a 3rd pedal, I couldn’t pass over this example.
It appears to be quite clean overall and the seller mentions that $1,400 in service was recently performed. With an older BMW that could have easily been one minor part and a bunch of labor, but still, good to know it has recently been in the shop. I’d be sure to find out where he took it and touch base with the shop to see how well they know the car. The seller does mention that he has all the maintenance records from new, so either they’re the original owner or the records came with the car. Lots more to find out here, but I have to say this is one intriguing package.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 BMW 530i Touring on Craigslist Los Angeles
Another week, another Porsche 928GTS at GCFSB. Seems that way, doesn’t it? However, this 928GTS for sale outside of Philadelphia is one of those rare ones with the 5-speed manual gearbox, sure to get the minds racing of those transaxle fans out there. With under 40,000 miles, this is one for the serious Porsche collector, and the price certainly reflects the recent rise in visibility of these final 928s as a significant part of Porsche history.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 Porsche 928GTS on eBay
Porsche’s front-engined sports coupes always have remained somewhat on the sideline and received short shrift from many enthusiasts. Some of that surely is due to their disappearance from the market two decades ago and the continued presence and success of the 911 of course does nothing to help in this regard either. On the second-hand market the 928 commands decent respect, especially a manual-transmission GTS, but Porsche’s 4-cylinder models haven’t yet been shown as much love. On the one hand, that’s a shame since examples like this 1994 Porsche 968 for sale in New Orleans feature some of the best dynamic handling traits in the Porsche stable. These cars were blessed with impeccable balance and as the culmination of the 4-cylinder line the 968 offers the best of what Porsche made available in this design. On the other hand, the market’s relative lack of care for these means that prices remain much lower than those of a similar vintage 911 and enable Porsche enthusiasts who do find great joy from these machines to get into good examples for reasonable cost.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 Porsche 968 on Excellence Magazine
Mercedes Benz and aggression don’t always go hand-in-hand. Nor should they. However, those familiar with the marque are well aware that we should never take that to mean they don’t produce performance machines. The big luxury performance sedan has its province in the German automotive industry in general and the model we see here was born through the collaboration of two of its heavyweights. Built at Porsche’s Zuffenhausen factory the Mercedes-Benz 500E (later dubbed the E500) remains one of the best super sleepers of the automotive world. Unlike many of its brethren, and especially the larger Mercs, the 500E did come with a fair bit of aggressive styling though always within the refined confines of the Mercedes design. The particular example we see here from near the end of the model run, a 1994 Mercedes-Benz E500, has enhanced that aggressive stance through the addition of a set of AMG wheels, which look fantastic. At just under 100K miles, this one has pretty reasonable mileage to boot.