1994 Mercedes-Benz E500

1994 Mercedes-Benz E500

1The W124 platform E500 – the product of a joint venture between Mercedes and Porsche – has established itself as a firm favorite among enthusiasts lusting after brawny, fast German steel. Hewing close to the late 80s/early 90s super-sedan recipe – big engine, understated exterior, room for four to travel in comfort with effortless rapidity – these brutes have been rising in value of late, with asking prices on mint, low-mileage examples reaching into the $30k plus territory. Over the summer, Paul and I saw a couple of 500Es hanging out at Katie’s Cars and Coffee, the same place, in fact, where a week later a 380SL would rather infamously collide with a Ferrari 458 Speciale. I hadn’t seen a 500E in the flesh for a while, and I was struck by just how muscled and hunkered-down they look. At the time, Paul said to me that “hunkered-down” is exactly how they feel to drive too. I have to take him at his word; sadly I haven’t had the pleasure.

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1994 BMW M3 Canadian Edition Individual

1994 BMW M3 Canadian Edition Individual

You’re not going to buy this M3. It’s not because of lack of desire; certainly, a limited run European-specification Canadian Edition M3 is already a very hot commodity. Further upping the ante was the BMW Individual “Giallo” yellow color, slightly different than the standard specification Dakar Yellow. While that may seem like a strange choice, it was what the original buyer of this already very expensive ($60,000 in 1994, about $90,000 today) ordered – and that choice made this particular car the only out of production color in the run of 45. Obviously, since they cared a lot about their prized Euro M3, miles are super low and condition is effectively near perfect. But you’re not going to purchase this car, not because of the colors, or the miles, or the low production number, or even because it’s a Euro car. You’re not going to buy this E36 because the asking price is $65,000:

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1994 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Wide Body

1994 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Wide Body

While I don’t want to stretch my hyperbole too far, this car is changing everything I’ve thought about the 964. There are a variety of colors that would work on this 1994 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Wide Body, but I love the classic combination of Black and Tan so this one works particularly well for me. But it’s the non-standard attributes of this 911 that are really setting it apart. We are familiar with the Speedline wheels on the Turbo 3.6 and Turbo S and they are such a great looking wheel on any 964. Here they aren’t the originals for this car, but still provide that same great look. As great as those wheels are it is the whale tail that is drawing my eye the most. Normally a wide-body 911 would be fitted with the tail from the Turbo, as was standard on the M491 cars from the ’80s, but this one has what I assume is the tail from the 911 RS America. The seller makes no mention of the tail and even remarks that the spoiler functions properly, which I assume would normally be a reference to the electronic rear spoiler that is now absent. Regardless of all that I think it looks spectacular in this application and I strongly prefer it to the standard Turbo tail. I’ve always preferred the whale tail over the tea tray so this is not a new revelation for me, but having never seen one on a wide body 964 this is life affirming.

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1994 BMW 850CSi

1994 BMW 850CSi

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Following on to the Mercedes-Benz SL600 Silver Arrow that Andy featured yesterday, here’s an equally rare German flagship from the 1990s: the BMW 850CSI. While a BMW M8 was never officially produced, if you wanted your 8 series coupe with a bit of M flavor this was as close as you were going to get. The E31 8 series wasn’t as popular as its predecessor, the E24 6 series. A little over 30,000 E31s were manufactured in comparison to the longer production run of the E24, which saw over 86,000 examples produced. Out of those 30,000 8 series, only 1,510 were the model you see here. With an increase in capacity to 5.6 liters, the 850CSi cranked out 375 horsepower and was mated exclusively to a 6-speed manual gearbox. With uprated brakes, suspension and Style 21 throwing star alloys, this was a fetching package. This example for sale in North Carolina has yet to cross the 30,000 mile mark, good for those seeking a collector piece.

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Irish Green 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6

Irish Green 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6

I could have sworn I had seen this car and featured it previously, but it seems like that isn’t the case. I am certain I’ve seen it for sale though (or at least another very similar 911, but how many of these could there be?). Regardless, here we are now and of the various Turbo 3.6 we’ve seen this one stands well apart from all of the rest. That is almost entirely due to its paint-to-sample Irish Green exterior. Green cars aren’t always favorites among many, but Irish Green has long been an exception and when a particularly desirable model shows up wearing it, then we take notice. Last month we featured an Irish Green Carrera Club Sport that was said to be the only one in its color. That Carrera sold for $330K, which makes this Irish Green 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 seem like a relative performance bargain. Of course, at lot more goes into these prices than simply performance, but for fans of the color these two make for two extremely attractive – if high priced – options. Maybe the buyer of the Club Sport will have space left over in the garage for another addition.

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1994 Porsche 928GTS

1994 Porsche 928GTS

Has it really come to this? It has been a little while since I’ve taken serious notice of the 928 market, but I still would not have expected to see these sorts of prices. Granted these remain fantastic Grand Tourers and with the ’94 and ’95 model years you’re getting the most advanced version Porsche produced, and the last true GT Porsche has produced. The styling is timeless and only showed a gradual evolution over the model’s nearly two decades of existence culminating in the graceful curves of the GTS we see here. They’re beautiful and wonderful performers and the market appears to have really taken notice. This Grand Prix White 1994 Porsche 928GTS, located in Missouri, sits with only 16,129 miles on it and is said to be the only white GTS produced with a Tan interior. I can’t verify the veracity of that claim, but we do come across a Tan interior pretty rarely with these so even if there is more than one the overall numbers are sure to be low.

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1 of 45: 1994 BMW M3 Canadian Edition

1 of 45: 1994 BMW M3 Canadian Edition

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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1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6

1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6

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.

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1994 Mercedes-Benz E500

1994 Mercedes-Benz E500

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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.

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1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6

1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6

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.

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#FailFriday: 1994 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6

#FailFriday: 1994 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6

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:

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Canadian 1994 BMW 540i 6-speed

Canadian 1994 BMW 540i 6-speed

1I’ve posted a couple of non-M E34s recently (see here, and here), since I’m a fan of this iteration of the 5-series (I even daily drive one myself). I’ve noted before however that it’s quite hard to find one in good condition. While it’s relatively easy to find an inexpensive, equivalent-era Mercedes Benz in nice shape, BMWs of a similar age in the affordable sector of the market are often tired and worn. Perhaps it’s because Stuttgart simply made better cars during the period. Perhaps it’s because many Mercedes owners seem to feel it’s their responsibility to steward their cars into the future, and take care of them accordingly. In any event, when a nice E34 pops up it’s always a nice surprise.

Thanks to our reader Corbin for suggesting this Canadian 540i 6-speed. Not only does it look like a clean example, it’s a well equipped car with a few tasteful modifications.

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1994 Porsche 928GTS

1994 Porsche 928GTS

The market for collectible Porsches seems to have stagnated in recent months. Uncertainty about the economy, the grim future of monetary policy, and the fickleness of the stock market make illiquid assets such as collectible cars seem riskier now than in recent history. As a result, values of rare Porsches such as the 928 GTS have remained static over the summer.

Sporting the classic Guards Red on Black color combo, the 928 GTS featured here is one of several listed on eBay. With prices ranging from $49,000 to $120,000, this car is one of the lower-priced and higher-mileage GTSs on eBay. All of the available cars are fitted with automatic transmissions. Examining the 928 Registry reveals that this car has had several owners, and has resided in the states of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Florida, and Washington. A Google search of the vin uncovers a recent eBay advertisement for the car when it was listed for sale by owner in Arizona with an asking price of $55,000. Given the information available online, it’s obvious that this car has been around, but it has fortunately spent the majority of its time in dry southern climates.

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1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 Coupe

1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 Coupe

When one thinks of rare examples of the W124, the 500E/E500 instantly comes to mind. But there’s another rare piece from the end of the production run that were not too common, which is the E320 Coupe. Fewer than 1,000 of these E-class coupes found their way to the US market in 1994 and after the 1995 model year, they would disappear from the lineup altogether, to be replaced shortly thereafter by the CLK range. This 1994 E320 Coupe for sale in Washington state has a very low 32,000 miles on the odometer and certainly looks the part, in a very period shade of Spruce Green Metallic.

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1994 BMW M3 Euro-spec – REVISIT

1994 BMW M3 Euro-spec – REVISIT

Hot on the heels of Craig’s Mugello Blue RS4 Cabriolet, I spotted this Mugello Red M3 that looked quite familiar. A 1994 model, it’s a full European specification 286 horsepower car, meaning it’s the E36 that you wanted but BMW decided was too expensive to import. Back in 2014 when I first looked at this car was it a reserve auction, but as of now the first bid at $12,500 will get it. The current seller has taken a gamble with the no reserve auction format, but no information provided means the buyer would also be rolling the dice if you didn’t have the earlier description we do below. With only 4,000 more miles accrued, this hotter M3 is in above average condition with below average mileage and quite desirable package overall that is very affordable.

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