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1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6

It has been a while since I’ve written about the Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6. The reasons for that might seem somewhat odd given the nature of the model in question, but for the most part I’ve ignored them because so many seemed the same. They’re all great cars, sure, but nearly all are similar colors, with similar mileage, at similar prices. Once you write about one, you’ve written about them all. The example we see here, however, is an exception: an Amethyst Metallic 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 with Magenta leather interior and 27,588 miles on it. Amethyst Metallic is one of those early-’90s colors that we come across pretty rarely and provides a strong note of elegance to the aggressive lines of the Turbo 3.6. It’s generally a pretty well regarded color. The interior choice of Magenta will likely be hit or miss with many interested buyers, but it does compound the rarity of the car in general, which given their market should be a point in this Turbo’s favor.

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1994 BMW 530i

The E34 BMW 530i might not be the enthusiast choice in terms of a fast 5er, but looking over this low mileage example, I can’t help but thinking how honest this car is in its mission. Sure, this one has a whole lot of grey going on, but its appearance could best be described as tasteful. And while the M60 V8 produces a nominal amount of horsepower in comparison to today’s engines (218 bhp), you still have plenty of power and a nice eight cylinder to go along with it. Many of the new BMWs are just a bit too radical for my tastes in terms of styling, but there wasn’t a BMW I met that I didn’t like back in the 1990s, including the E34. While the E39 is certainly a favorite, the styling here is just a bit more crisp in nature and a good balance of old and new when it came to BMWs of the era.

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1994 Porsche 928GTS

We rarely feature cars that aren’t advertised to the general public at GCFSB, and when we do, it is typically for a very special car. The one here is no exception. It’s a beautiful Gran Prix White over Classic Grey 1994 Porsche 928 GTS automatic with 58,000 miles. Furthermore, this particular example has been owned by the president of the 928 Owners’ Club since 1997. With numerous concours awards under its belt, this car is well-known in among the close-knit community of 928 owners as a top notch example of the final series. To top it all off, this car is a late VIN ’94.

For those who are unfamiliar with the intricacies of 928 GTS production, production for the 1994 model year was divided into two segments; early and late model-year cars. The early ‘94s were specced exactly like 1993 928s (with Cup I wheels, the RDK tire pressure monitoring system, and weaker conrods). The late 1994 models received a few upgrades which included Cup II (993) style wheels with no RDK, a cabin pollen filter, and reinforced connecting rods. These were the last upgrades that Porsche ever gave the 928, which remained in production until 1995 (thus, aside from a differing term denoting the model year in the VIN, 928s built as late 1994 models and as 1995 models are exactly the same).

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1994 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Widebody

I’m going to begin this post somewhat counter-intuitively: of the various 911s Porsche has produced the 964 is the only model where I prefer the style of the narrow-bodied car over the widebody. I find the proportions of the narrow-body 964 to be excellently balanced and while a wider rear does give it a more aggressive stance I actually find the narrow-body to look more purposeful, in the sense of more poised and dynamic. With that said, I don’t dislike the widebody 964, in fact they can be fantastic looking variants, and their relative rarity makes them a valuable commodity and consistently of interest to those in search of a good 964. While the Carrera 4 itself served as the debut model for the 964 when it was released in 1989 it was not until the final model year, 1994, that Porsche added those wider rear fenders. These were, in a sense, a prelude to the Carrera 4S and Carrera 2S made available for the first time for the 993 and the 964 C4 Widebody most definitely is a special car. As with most special cars, prices are not cheap, but rare models have shown quite well on the market and stand a good chance of continuing on those lines. Here we have what looks like a very well cared for 1994 Porsche 911 Carrera 4, located in Washington, with 81,800 miles on it.

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1994 Audi 90CS quattro Sport

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?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 Audi 90CS quattro Sport on Orange County Craigslist

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