Conventional wisdom would have it that North America was robbed of the “real” M3; the undiluted, S50B30/B32, individual throttle body, floating rotor, continuously variable VANOS enthusiasts’ dream. Conventional wisdom, though, is wrong. Exploiting a loophole in importation laws, in 1994 BMW Canada commissioned a run of 45 exclusive European-spec E36 M3s. These were the full-fat BF91 rather than the BF93 which would come slightly later to U.S. shores. That meant the full spectrum of Euro goodies were optional on these cars, but most notably the 286 horsepower engine was the highlight. Each got a numbered plaque to commemorate fooling “The Man”, the only real changes from standard specification were the additions of daytime running lights and a third brake light to meet Canadian road laws. Sure, your E36 M3 is special, but these Canadian Edition cars are more specialerer. And this one isn’t in Canada anymore – it’s in the U.S.. Feel cheated no more, E36 fans!
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Another 3.6 liter 964 Turbo? Yes, another 3.6 liter 964 Turbo. Though I hadn’t come across an interesting one of these for a while I’ve now seen two this week that both captured my attention, each for its own reasons. My interest here is two-fold: first, this color combination is really speaking to me. I don’t want to try to over-analyze it because I do enough of that with other colors and these aren’t that unique. But I haven’t seen it much on this model and photographed here in mostly direct sunlight I love it. The second reason I’m interested is because unlike many of the other ads we’ve come across this one is actually an auction. It’s a reserve auction, but an auction nonetheless and therefore we might get a better sense of where these models are being valued. If you just want to know the asking price you can check Hunting Ridge Motors’ website (it’s a high price), but my curiosity is simpler. I’ve long wondered where the prices of these Turbos would stack up against their twin-turbocharged successors, the 993. The 993 clearly appears to be more highly valued than the 3.3 liter 964 Turbo, which shouldn’t surprise us, but what about the 3.6? The 964 has rarity in its favor, while the 993 is noted for being the last of the air-cooled Turbos. But it’s also all-wheel drive, a point that might shift the 964 back into the lead for some owners.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 on eBay
One quick look at this late model W124 and you might mistake it for any other normal E-class of the era due to its rather sublime Smoke Silver hue. Such is how good this color is at hiding those wide front fenders, bodywork which will tip the enthusiast off into knowing this isn’t your normal E-class. No, this is one of a few of the facelifted E500s which made its way stateside before taking a bow three short model years in. This example for sale in Georgia just crossed the 20,000 mile mark, quite remarkable for a car which screams “drive me.” Been on the hunt for a mint condition example of this legend? This one is worth a closer look, then.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 Mercedes-Benz E500 on eBay
It’s been a while so let’s check back in on a perennial favorite of ours here at GCFSB: the 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6. This model was a long time coming for Porsche as the 3.6 liter powerplant that debuted with the 964 wasn’t ready for a turbocharged application. Thus the 3.3 liter that had served so faithfully in the 930 continued in the 964. That changed in 1993. There would be two models produced for the 964 Turbo’s sendoff: the Turbo 3.6 and the ultra-limited Turbo S. Both utilized a 3.6 liter flat-six and delivered all of their power to the rear wheels only. For subsequent 911 models Porsche upped the technological ante by introducing all-wheel drive and twin-turbocharging to help harness their ever-increasing power. As such, the Turbo 3.6 and Turbo S were the last of the fully caffeinated Turbos. Loads of power, rear engine, rear drive: inattentive drivers need be very wary.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 on eBay
We live in a culture today that judges others with contempt while simultaneously engaging in generally questionable behavior ourselves. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone, right? It is far from fair to generalize other’s actions without a relative sense of context, yet often we only have a glimpse at a moment of their life, a soundbite they say, an ill-timed photo from which we base an entire judgment on who that person is or at least professes to be. It’s one of our greatest shortcomings as a very public-oriented society who loves to air its dirty laundry, watch people humiliate or hurt themselves for entertainment, and revel in the unraveling of another’s life through misfortune. Yet, we generally would consider the gladiatorial battles of the Roman Empire to be barbaric – ironic, perhaps, considering that Germanic based languages have themselves so thoroughly recreated the Republic – perhaps even more so than the Romance-language speaking countries. But, I digress.
So while occasionally #FailFriday has degenerated into mudslinging at questionable taste – in and of itself perceivably a “fail”, today I’m instead going to approach the ad copy on this Jetta from the perspective of an angry, slightly bemused fact-checking Editor-in-Chief who has sent back a series of revisions to the author. While we all make grammatical and spelling mistakes (sometimes on a regular basis that I don’t catch, though I promise I try!), there are quite a few to enjoy in this particular ad: