1994 Porsche 928 GTS – 5-speed

I said previously that I’d try to pay a little more attention to the Porsche 928 so that’s what I’m trying to do. In truth I’ve featured this 928 before so technically this is a revisit. However, I wanted to shine a brighter light on it than the standard “hey look this one’s back up for sale.” It’s been nearly a year since I featured it and that’s usually long enough to revisit something in depth, but mostly this comes down to price and my own love for the color.

This is a Slate Grey Metallic 1994 Porsche 928 GTS, located in Texas, with Grey interior, 82,500 miles on it, and the 5-speed manual transmission. I know grey is supposed to be a boring color and I don’t think I’d call Slate Grey exciting, but I do love it as an exterior color. It just looks really good. There’s not much more to it than that. Regarding the price change: when I first featured this 928 it was priced at just under $130K. Manual or not that’s a lot of money, especially for a 928 with almost 90K miles on it. The price now has been slashed substantially to a much more reasonable $82,500. I think we can work with that.

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1994 Mercedes-Benz E500

Last week I checked out a W124 300E Sportline and broke down why that for the money, it was a really good buy if you didn’t want to splurge on the king W124. Well, it is a new week and the king is still alive and thriving. What we have today is the last year of the 124.036, a Brilliant Silver 1994 for sale in California. In my opinion and probably many others, the 1994 is the most desirable because of the face lift that makes this W124 look just about perfect. Of course, ‘just about perfect’ comes with a cost. But even in this current market, it’s not as expensive as you would have guessed.

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Year: 1994
Model: E500
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 105,975 mi
Price: $23,000 Buy It Now

 

Single owner and still on the original title – Sold new in Washington state on 12/301994 – Regularly serviced.
10k miles accumulated over the last 10 years – Just out of storage – Clean Carfax – Handbooks – MB Vehicle Master Inquiry on hand.
No alterations except a driver’s door cup holder.

This small series of Mercedes was a collaboration with Porsche and the 500E and E500 are known by Porsche as Type 2758 in that company’s official nomenclature.
Each 500 E was hand-built by Porsche, being transported back and forth between the Mercedes plant and Porsche’s Rossle-Bau plant in Zuffenhausen.
Assembly required a full 18 days to complete each model.

Just serviced including fuel filter/air filters – New engine/trans mounts – New brake rotors/pads front and rear – New rear suspension accumulators.
Differential fluid change – New tires – New headlight/windshield wiper blades – Cold AC – Likely original upper engine harness.
Good switch gear/accessory function except: Radio volume erratic, CD changer inop, passenger ft. power headrest inop.

Drives beautifully, smooth, quick and quiet. Perfect idle – An inexpensive example of an appreciating Young Mercedes-Benz Classic.

Roy Spencer @ 650-343-7980 – Global shipping gladly arranged – Pre-purchase inspections available locally.

This E500 can be viewed at my facility in Burlingame, CA – 5 minutes south to SFO.
Providing the Mercedes-Benz community exceptional cars for 26 years.

A quick glance at this E500 and it looks like a real winner. I would have never guessed it had over 100,000 miles based on how fresh everything looks. On the exterior it looks nearly flawless but the interior isn’t up to the same standard, which I understand. There is the typical cracking wood and a little bit of wear on the seat bolster but nothing that is unsightly or a real detractor. The seller does say this car has a few little issues with the radio and CD changer as well as a headrest that doesn’t work. One thing that does raise an eyebrow is the upper wiring harness does look original. While this isn’t the end of the world, it is something to budget for if you were to buy this car. On the plus side, the seller does say he has the vehicle master inquiry which basically has all the services done to the car at a Mercedes dealer. I’m really curious to see if this car has had its transmission rebuilt but I’m sure those questions could be answered if you are a serious buyer.

My reaction to this E500 being listed at $23,000 is of agreement. The market for these cars is really crazy right now with some in the $30,000 range all the way up to over $70,000 for really low-mileage examples. If you are to snag an E500E in the low teens, you are probably going to be looking at many thousands of dollars in “catching up” on these cars with no end in the sight on some. So if you pony up and pay now to buy a nice one like this, I think you’ll be rewarded with a really nice vehicle that probably won’t lose any value. Like anything, just do your due diligence before pulling the trigger on one of these. They are extremely sublime cars if everything is taken care of. If not, I hope you have a lot of time and money.

– Andrew

1994 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Widebody

We’re moving on from last week’s look at (mostly) British and right-hand drive machines. It was admittedly a fun week of exploring cars that we don’t usually look at and in some cases that we may never see in person. Now we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming, but I hope we can still find a few interesting options for those in search of their newest source of motoring enjoyment.

I’ll start here with what is still a pretty rare model: a Guards Red 1994 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe that importantly is one of the few widebody coupes Porsche produced during the final year of 964 production. The mileage is quite reasonable at 70,785 and the condition looks pretty good, even if the pictures aren’t the greatest for assessing that condition.

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Year: 1994
Model: 911 Carrera 4
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 70,785 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

1994 Porsche Carrera 4 WIDEBODY
Guards Red exterior – Black interior
Extremely rare TURBO body
220 cars made in the world!
True collectors piece
1 owner car
Female owner
Car is all STOCK
Have all the books
3 keys
Interior is 9 out of 10, incredible condition!
This car has verb well taken car of its whole life. It’s in amazing stock condition.
Any extra photos or any other info please call 718 986 9436

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I go back on forth on whether I actually like the wide body on the 964, at least outside of the Turbo. Based on other examples I’ve seen some of this tends to depend on the presence of the rear spoiler. With the spoiler I love the look, without the spoiler, as we have here, I’m less smitten. There is something about the narrow body 964 that I really enjoy in ways that doesn’t apply to other 911 models. But, as I said, I go back and forth with it.

So the exterior shots aren’t great here, making it difficult to see what shape the Guards Red paint is in. It looks fine, but we can’t tell specifically. It’s definitely got great pop! The interior is a bit easier to assess and looks in very nice shape. Our hope would be that the quality of the interior condition holds true for the exterior. There are other points in this 911’s favor as well – it’s said to be one owner, to possess all of its original books, and to be entirely original – though we aren’t provided with the necessary material to back up those claims. All of that will need to be confirmed of course.

Bidding currently sits at $70,100 with not much time left in this auction and the reserve remains unmet. These wide body 911s do tend to be fairly pricey relative to other 964s, but with more than 70K miles on it we’re probably close to as high as this one should go. If everything I questioned above checks out, and there are plenty of service records available, then I could see a premium, but ultimately this one might slip slightly off the radar of some collectors and limit its potential.

-Rob

1994 Porsche 911 Turbo S ‘Package’

I would like to briefly interrupt our RHD Theme Week to bring you this very special car, which will be up for auction this Saturday at the Mecum Monterey Auctions. Those who are familiar with the 964 3.6-liter Turbo S should note quite quickly just how special this car is. However, I think it is even a little more special than we might first understand because, similar to the previous Turbo S ‘Package’ car we featured, I believe it is 1 of 1. This is a Black Metallic 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo S with Cashmere Beige leather interior and a mere 6,356 miles on it. It looks amazing!

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Right Hooker Week: 1994 Audi S2 Avant

With the news that in a short twenty-three years Britain plans on no longer having internal combustion engines for sale, I was struck with the idea of a theme week. We haven’t done one in a while, but what about looking at some of the cars that are available in England that won’t be welcome there soon, but would be right at home in my driveway? Sure, they’ll mostly be right hand drive, but I’ve done it before and for the price of some of these cars I’d be happy to offer them sanctuary when they’re no longer register-able in Great Britain.

With that in mind, I’ll start with what is likely top of my list – the Audi S2 Avant. I know, I know – most enthusiasts pine over the much more legendary, quicker and more rare RS2. But there are a few reasons for me to like the S2 even more. When I lived in England, there was a Cyclamen example that parked near my flat. I ran by it often, and even had a few daydreams as training miles passed under foot that I’d be rowing through the gears. So, it is with a bit of nostalgia that I view them every time. Next, I like the look more. The gaping guppy look of the RS2 became signature for the RS models moving forward, but the S2 is very handsome in a classic Audi way without being as shouty. But most of all, it’s the price. While RS2s are still treading in the $40-$100,000 range for decent examples, a very nice S2 Avant can be had for only a fraction of that amount:

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1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6

I think I feel like posting a bunch of 964s this week. We’ll see how that goes. Apparently, yesterday’s Japanese market Slate Grey Carrera 2 recently sold and given the relatively high asking price it certainly seems the 964 is garnering some attention these days. This one here, a Guards Red 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6, takes us nearly to the top of the mountain. It’s not quite all the way to the top since that position belongs to the Turbo S, but given how rare those cars are – and how insanely expensive – I think we can all make do with the regular Turbo.

The Turbo 3.6 is one of the last 911 Turbos Porsche released prior to switching to twin-turbocharging and all-wheel drive for the 993. This ended a long line that Porsche began with the 930 and as a sendoff of sorts these Turbos certainly do the model proud. With a single turbo and all of the power directed to the rear wheels that makes them plenty attention grabbing for any driver.

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Year: 1994
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.6 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 40,956 mi
Price: $218,895 Buy It Now

The Porsche 964 was a beloved model for Porsche enthusiasts being the first 911 to modernize with features that had otherwise become commonplace, like power steering, air bags, and anti-lock brakes. Yet it still maintained its raw mechanics, and omitted the electric gadgetry and fluff that many sports cars of the time had adopted. But it was the end of the 964 era that boasted its greatest accomplishment, with the introduction of the 3.6 litre Turbo –the last of the single, large turbocharger engines and the Crème de la Crème.

The 1994 3.6 Turbo is easily the best of the 964s and arguably the best of the Porsche 911 Air-Cooled Dynasty itself. True to the tradition of Porsche Innovation, the 3.6 Turbo presented a substantial advance in performance and handling, boasting the most power and torque of the 911s.

Up until the 3.6, the 911 Turbo was a Beast, no doubt. But the 3.6 was one step closer to civilized – not quite tame, but with a few more manners. The previous models were known for their difficult to control bursts of power, making them a little less friendly for the everyday driver. Although the acceleration of the 3.6 seems barely legal, the outrageous thrust of this engine is more controllable, smooth, and predictable, and turns any man into a road-worthy racer.

This example was manufactured from the Exclusive Program. Special ordered by the first owner, this example is 1 of only 288 made for the U.S. market.

Porsche Exclusive options included:
18 In. Original Polished Speedline Alloy Wheels
Sunroof
Remote 6-Spd CD Changer
Raff (Supple) Leather with contrast piping
Leather Wrapped Shift Knob

Both the 2nd and 3rd Collector-Owners took immaculate care of this vehicle. We purchased from the 3rd owner, a seasoned collector who invested over $15K in 2015 alone. Fresh $4K service at 40,870 miles completed by Porsche certified facilities. Receipts present.

Most Recent Service Includes:
Brand New Tires as of July 2015
New Front and Rear Hood Struts
New Steering Rack Boots
Oil Change
Hydraulic/Brake System Flush
Power Steering Fluid Change
Under-body Detail
Full Alignment

The original Guards Red paint has an absolutely gorgeous luster, aptly accented by fantastic Speedline wheels that demand your attention. As you can see in the pictures, this is easily a Condition 1 car, with an impeccably maintained interior featuring black supple leather seats and red contrast piping. Prepare yourself for a rush of speed at only 3500 rpm, with max speeds at 174 mph. It is a shame that due to their rapidly increasing value, these cars are barely driven and fully experienced. Still, a joy ride can be stolen here and there before she is tucked back into the garage – nobody has to know.

It’s been a while since I featured one of these, but it doesn’t appear prices have really moved much. They’ve been pretty expensive ever since I started writing for this site and I doubt we’ll see that change. Though, as I noted above, they are still a far cry from the prices we see for the Turbo S, which approach, and can even exceed, $1M.

Given its mileage I would probably expect this one to be just under $200K rather than nearly $220K. That said, the general condition here looks very good. This dealer always touches up their photos so the exterior shots are tough to gauge. Nothing stands out to me as problematic, but it would have to be seen in the flesh to know for sure. The interior looks in nice shape though with little visible wear and very clean. The radio clearly is an aftermarket unit and it looks like there’s a complete system installed. Those appear to be the only non-original items on the car. We hear a little bit about its history, but nothing substantial on either the ownership or service side of things. Hopefully documentation is available, but nearly every Turbo 3.6 I’ve featured has been quite well kept and this one looks no different.

-Rob

Double Dose of Insanity: 1988 BMW M3 v. 1994 BMW 325i

In my usual searches I had an interesting dichotomous reaction to one number: $16,500.

The first I came across was a 1988 BMW M3 with a no reserve auction bid up to $16,500. “Wow! That’s actually pretty reasonable! I thought. Next, I saw a 1994 BMW 325i with a ‘Buy It Now’ of the exact same $16,500. “What the hell is the seller thinking?!? How absolutely ridiculous!” I scoffed.

Yet, neither car was as it originally seemed once the descriptions were opened, and suddenly a comparison was in order…

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1994 BMW 740i

The E32 7-series is a rare sight on today’s roads. And that’s a shame. These big-body behemoths from Bavaria exemplify a design language that’s now firmly in BMW’s past: menacing yet restrained, large but well proportioned, mixing brawny lines with classic cues like round headlights, angular kidneys and the Hoffmeister kink. On Friday, Carter wrote up a 735i. It was, he admitted, a bit sad, with oversized wheels and a tired look. While the 5-speed manual transmission made it tempting, I’m not sure it was enough to redeem the car, especially given the asking price. A neat alternative would be a clean, late model, bone stock V8 740i, if you can find one. The 4.0 liter M60 engine is relatively stout (apart from the Nikasil problem, which by now is unlikely to be an issue) and, putting out about 282 hp, sufficient to propel the car quite nicely to cruising speeds. While it may not give you the bragging rights associated with the V12 in the 750, it’s generally less of a headache to maintain.

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The Porsche 911 Cabriolet – An Air-Cooled Chronology

I don’t know what exactly has lead to my decision to feature Porsche’s various air-cooled Cabriolets. I suppose it was a confluence of circumstances. During one unseasonably warm February weekend, I found myself sitting outside enjoying a beverage and the warm sunshine. As one does. A very pretty 3.2 Carrera Cabriolet drove by. The condition looked very good and it was one of those subtle but interesting color combinations. The exterior was some shade of metallic grey and it had a nicely contrasting green interior. Perhaps the exterior was Granite Green Metallic; I’m not really sure, but it was nice looking. It was a perfect afternoon for enjoying such a car.

Then I started coming across some interesting 911 Cabriolets for sale. After a couple of them I wondered if I could find one from each air-cooled model. I was successful and a post was born. I’ll say from the outset these aren’t from the value part of the 911 spectrum; interesting enough they are all priced within a few thousand dollars of one another. None is inexpensive, but all look in very good shape and promise enjoyable drop-top motoring. We’ll look at them chronologically starting with the first 911 Cabriolet Porsche produced: this Guards Red 1983 Porsche 911SC Cabriolet, located in Illinois, with just 19,016 miles on it.

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Year: 1983
Model: 911SC Cabriolet
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 19,016 mi
Price: $69,000

19,016 miles; 1 family ownership; Last year of the 911 SC; First year of the 911 Cabriolet (only 5337 made); Numbers-matching collector car; Guards Red original paint; Meter confirms factory specifications; Full black leather interior; Black leather sport seats; Heated & tinted windshield; Blaupunkt Monterey AM/FM/Cassette radio; Factory alarm
Black top – excellent; rear window – perfect; 16” Fuchs alloys – excellent; Yokohama tires; 3.0 liter engine; 180 hp, 5-speed 915 trans; All tools, air pump, jack, etc.; All books, manuals, touch-up paint, etc.; Window sticker & original dealer paperwork; No winters, no rain, no bad roads; 19,016 mile time capsule; No modifications since new.

Typically I wouldn’t think a 911SC would have much chance of selling at this asking price. This is very nearly the highest asking price of the four cars we’ll see here. But the 911SC Cabriolet is a different animal. As both a first year and one-year-only model there is extra appeal over and above most other SCs we come across. Add to that the very low mileage, original paint and sport seats and we have a very appealing 911. It’s a fairly standard color combination and I think that’s the only thing that will hold the price down some, but everything looks great. Obviously, this wouldn’t be the best option for actually enjoying some top-down miles, but as an excellent example of the first 911 Cabriolet it’s a nice option.

Let’s now step forward a few years to the last of the classic 911 Cabriolets with this Linen Grey Metallic 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located in New York, with Burgundy interior and a low 31,249 miles on it.

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Year: 1989
Model: 911 Carrera Cabriolet
Engine: 3.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 31,249 mi
Price: $64,995 Buy It Now

This is a 1989 Porsche 911 Cabriolet with 31249 original miles.This car is in exceptional condition and has been well serviced. Car was recently serviced at well known Porsche specialist Rennwerke LTD. in September of 2015 ( 31090), new oil, filters, battery, 4 new tires, all new brakes front and back. Car had a new clutch installed at 27000 miles. Car comes with original owners manual and service booklet and service records. Car runs exceptionally well and is one of the best G50 examples we have seen. For more details call 631-283-8819

You might not believe, but this is the lowest priced of the four. Again we have a pretty low mileage Cabriolet that presents very well. While a much less traditional color combination this Linen Metallic over Burgundy combo works quite well and reminds me a lot of the Cabriolet that passed me on that sunny day. There’s always debate among buyers of the 911SC and 3.2 Carrera about which to get; the differences between the models are minimal though with this final-year model you’re at least getting the most refined of the bunch: a bit more power than with the SC and with the more stout – though heavier – G50 5-speed manual. Both models are great and both of these look to be fine examples, though both come with pretty high prices.

From here we’ll see quite a few more changes with the final two models. The 964 was a near full redesign of the classic 911 and the 993 itself move on quite significantly from the 964. Changes came quick and fast. For the 964 we have another Guards Red example, though this time with a Tan interior and a few more miles at 54,186.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet on eBay

Year: 1994
Model: 911 Carrera Cabriolet
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 54,186 mi
Price: $69,684 Buy It Now

1994 Porsche 911 Cabriolet

Red Metallic Exterior over Tan Interior

I’m usually indifferent to the 964 Cabriolet, but this one really grabbed me and I found it very striking. That’s the good part! The bad: of the four cars here this one is the most obviously over priced, especially given that we are offered no description to provide even a modicum of detail to understand its history or condition. It does look very good and as another final-year model there’s certainly appeal, but for this price it needs to be about perfect and documented. Perhaps the documents exist. I don’t know, but I’m going to move on to the 993.

For me this one is the most interesting of the bunch. I think it’s easily the most sensibly priced and the most interesting color combination. I wouldn’t normally go after this sort of color, but here I think it works: a Grand Prix White 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located in New York, with Chestnut Brown interior and a low 29,164 miles on it.

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Year: 1996
Model: 911 Carrera Cabriolet
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 29,164 mi
Price: $67,900

1996 PORSCHE CARRERA CABRIOLET for sale.

Motorcar Classics is proud to present this beautifully original 1996 Porsche Carrera Cabriolet featured in L908 Grand Prix White with BM Chestnut Brown leather interior and matching Chestnut Brown convertible top and boot cover. This Porsche has been cherished by its local second owner since 1999 and has covered only 29,464 miles. This superb Carrera has the 6-speed manual gearbox and it has never been damaged, modified or restored. The original porsche AM/FM/CD stereo is still in place.

The 993 is Porsches internal designation for the version of the Porsche 911 model manufactured and sold in model years 1995-1998. The 993 is not just the last air-cooled 911, but also the last of the hand built 911s. The 993 is often called the best and most desirable of the 911 series, not only because of its beauty, but also because its performance is very good, even by modern standards. The book “Porsche 993 – Essential Companion” refers to these cars as the “King of Porsche,” and it is widely acknowledged as “The purists’ Holy Grail.”

This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase an investment-grade example of the last air-cooled Porsche model in arguably one of the prettiest color combinations.

Questions or concerns please call or text Reid 516-655-0940

My biggest quibble with this 993 is that it looks like it might have gotten caught in the rain with the top down as the passenger seat looks at bit mottled. This can happen with a Cabriolet, but in this case the leather doesn’t appear to have come away unscathed. Perhaps there’s something going on with the lighting. Otherwise, this Cabriolet looks great and I do think the more elegant shape of the 993 in general provides a nice canvas for a refined top-down sports coupe. As the very last of the air-cooled models there’s obvious appeal and I think this one is priced such that buyers will still feel comfortable putting additional mileage on it. It’s current owner has had it for a while so hopefully it will even come well documented. If that’s the case, then this looks like the winner.

I don’t know if I’d necessarily consider myself a convertible guy. I do own one, but I bought it because I wanted something light weight, rear drive, and with a manual transmission. That the roof came down just happened to be part of the package. I do enjoy those top-down drives though. The senses are fully stimulated and while sacrifices to rigidity certainly can make it a little less sporting the overall experience definitely doesn’t lack for purity. The 911 will be no different. It may not be your track machine, but there are plenty of other drives to be taken.

-Rob

Slippery When Wet: ex-Jon Bon Jovi 1994 Mercedes-Benz S500

New Jersey: Strip malls, used car lots and Bon Jovi.

Somehow these things lead me down a convoluted path to talk about a 1994 Mercedes-Benz S500. What’s the connection?

From the title, you’ll know of course this is not just any W140. It is a W140 once owned by Jon Bon Jovi, and now it is for sale in New Jersey. At a secondhand used car lot, across from a strip mall. Bingo!

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