Feature Listing: 1995 BMW M3

Feature Listing: 1995 BMW M3

The U.S. version of the E36 chassis Motorsport offering has steadily begun to emerge from its “also ran” position in the category of favored M products. It has languished in value since the introduction of its replacement, the wildly popular and more aggressive E46 M3. Long derided for being a bit too cost-conscience of BMW, the reality is that the car that came to the U.S. might have been a bit better.

Yes, I just said that.

It is true that the North American M3 made due with a less powerful and certainly much less exotic motor. The U.S. S50, based upon the 325i’s M50, displaced the same 3 liters as the European S50B30, but the two differed in nearly all other aspects. Only items like the oil filter are shared between the models; in Euro guise, the engine sang with individual throttle bodies. The engine also sported the trick continuously variable VANOS system to optimize performance. After finally being convinced to bring the second generation M3 to North America, the news came down that the western-bound motor would be less exotic; static VANOS, lower compression, and no individual throttle bodies.

Frustrated though enthusiasts may have been to not be getting the “true” model, many were just happy it was coming here at all. But the amazing thing was what the USA motor offered. At 240 horsepower, it was indeed 46 down on the European cousin. Yet other numbers told a different story; torque was nearly the same between the two, as was weight, and the real advantage of the Euro motor was only quite high in the rev range. That meant acceleration in the real world was effectively identical between Euro and USA models. Sure, you lost a bit of top speed – but where in the U.S. were you hitting 155, anyway?…

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet with 6,348 miles

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet with 6,348 miles

Ever been out shopping and you impulse bought a shirt, wore it a few times, then it sat in the back of your closet for many years? Then finally one day you rid yourself of that shirt because you wanted it gone without too much hassle? Well, that’s what we have today. Only it’s not a shirt, but a highly desirable Mercedes-Benz.  Imagine living in a world where in 1995 you drive down to your local Mercedes-Benz dealer, purchase a car for $79,000 ($125,000 in today’s money), put a few thousand miles on it, then seemingly forget about it. Situations like this still blow my mind.

This 1995 E320 Cabriolet for sale in, you guessed it, California, was sitting at an estate with four flat tires for over ten years. It had only 6,300 miles before being noticed then rescued by the seller. It received a careful examination and full rehab before being listing for sale ready for a new owner. Much like the 1,300 mile 1982 240D I looked at last week, this is essentially a brand new car. So with nice examples of these cars with over 100,000 miles still selling for prices in the mid-teens, how much will this one bring? I might have an answer.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet on eBay

Year: 1995
Model: E320 Cabriolet
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 6,348 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

This an amazing find, and the cleanest Mercedes I’ve ever seen outside of a new car showroom. It’s an almost mint condition 1995 Mercedes E320 convertible coupe with only 6,384 miles on it and one prior owner. It was stored its entire life in a perfectly conditioned garage, and wasn’t driven the last 10-12 years before I got it. This car is in amazing condition, down to the still legible paper price-tag style stickers clearly visible on the brake heat shields, and all the paint markings on the undercarriage from original assembly at the factory.

Motorsports Monday: 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Supercup

Motorsports Monday: 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Supercup

Here we have a pretty rare opportunity. Of course, such opportunities come with a high cost, but I can’t imagine the market for a car like this ever really extends to us regular buyers anyway. You expect to pay a lot. This is one of only 40 Carrera Supercup 911s built in 1995 and reportedly is the only one that was sent to the U.S. From what I gather it hasn’t really seen any race time (or at least not within the Porsche Supercup series) as it was intended as a show/demonstration car for Bridgestone. Its graphics make that aspect pretty clear. It looks in wonderful condition and that it is eligible for vintage racing certainly is a nice bonus for the owner who’d like to experience a legit Porsche factory racer.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Supercup on Excellence Magazine

Year: 1995
Model: 911 Carrera Supercup
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: unlisted mi
Price: $395,000

Originally purchased by the Bridgestone Corporation as a VIP car used to introduce and promote the new SO2 tire. It is one of only 40 Supercup cars built in ’95 and the only one sent to the US. Hurley Haywood and David Murry were the hired drivers for this car. Class winner at the Porsche Parade and Excellence Magazine cover car. I have just completed a light restoration to museum quality condition of how it appeared in 1995. The car has never been crashed and retains the original engine and gearbox. It retains proper Recaro seats, correct dash, instruments and interior panels as well as proper alloy front lid and original rear wing. A great addition to any collection and can be vintage raced. Please ring me with any questions. Thank you.

Serious inquiries please call 631-786-6511 EST.

1995 Mercedes-Benz ‘E420’ Cabriolet

1995 Mercedes-Benz ‘E420’ Cabriolet

I’ve been big admirer of the W124 Cabriolet because of the massive design and engineering project it was. Like I mentioned a few months ago, making this car wasn’t just chopping the roof off the coupe, sticking a soft top in the trunk and calling it a day. But sadly despite the huge undertaking and investment, you were only left with one engine choice in the 3.2 liter M104 straight-6. It wasn’t under powered by any means, but it wasn’t exactly a speed demon either. Besides, if you want a fast Mercedes convertible, you ponied up for the SL500 or SL600. I’m going to assume that if they offered the M119 V8 in the W124 Cabriolet,  the price would have been even greater than already high $79,000 (and that’s in 1995 money!). The price point probably would have been right at the edge of the $87,000 SL500 and it probably wouldn’t of sold very well at all. Plus, you are factoring in even more engineering and cost to a project that like mentioned, was very expensive.

So it makes total sense why there was no V8 W124 Cabriolet. But of course it doesn’t stop someone from building one which is exactly what we have here today for sale in New Jersey. What started life as a 1995 E320 Cabriolet has been transformed into a “E420 Cabriolet” and it even has a few other interesting details.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Mercedes-Benz ‘E420’ Cabriolet on Hemmings

Year: 1995
Model: ‘E420’ Cabriolet
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 56,921 miles
Price: $69,999

ORIGINAL PAINT, ONE OF ONE E420 CONVERTIBLE

OVER 160000 DOLLAR INVESTED IN PROFESSIONAL CONSTRUCTION,

$199 Dealer Fee

Price: $69,999

From the looks of it, this swap was done by the people at Wolfgang’s Inc., a Mercedes- Benz specialty facility in Tenafly, New Jersey.…

1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

At first glance I thought this 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe was going to be a very interesting color that I’d never seen before. But instead I think the lighting in the pictures was showing things a bit strangely. It turns out the color is Polar Silver, which although a nice shade of Silver isn’t something unfamiliar. This 911 itself, though, is still pretty nice! The miles are very low, it’s had one long-term owner (though apparently two owners overall), and everything is said to be original. As with many low-mileage 993s the price is pretty darn high, but the last of the air-cooled 911s have always seemed to have a premium attached.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe on eBay

Year: 1995
Model: 911 Carrera
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 16,550 mi
Price: $84,900 Buy It Now

We are proud to offer this very low mileage & original 1995 911 C2 with only 16,550 miles since new.

Although carfax shows 2 owners I did buy this off the original owner who purchased it at 34 miles, he was a doctor who over cared for the car since new.
Finished in Polar Silver over black this 993 is mint inside and out… the original paint is mint with no road wear, interior is also in same condition and all original. Everything is in proper working order including the original radio. Mechanically perfect and fully serviced by Porsche of west palm less then 2 months ago. Full service history and mileage documentation is provided through its clean carfax. Factory LSD and full leather are one of the number of options it came with. A set of Cup 2 17″ can be included for an additional fee.

The pictures and mileage speak for it self, don’t miss out on the most original and lowest mileage C2 available right now.

Tuner Tuesday: 1995 Audi Sport 90 quattro 1.8T

Tuner Tuesday: 1995 Audi Sport 90 quattro 1.8T

In a very small subset of enthusiasts, early Audi chassis are nearly as legendary as the BMW E30. Robust, well built and refined, Audi over-engineered most of its small chassis starting with the B2 because it was the platform that launched the legendary turbocharged Quattro. While the normally aspirated versions lacked the punch of their bigger brothers and the acceleration curves could be somewhat laughable, they still offered plenty of entertainment when driven hard. I have a video of my Coupe GT at Watkins Glen – heading up the long uphill straight, we’re shouting out numbers as they barely increase from 95-100 before flinging the car with nary a touch of the brakes into the bus stop, maniacal laughs abounding as we leap the turtles.

Clearly, though rare the small Audis are always prime for more power, and converting those earlier cars to turbocharged Quattro specs – or later RS2 replicas – has been popular since they were sold new. Today’s example, though, has different and more modern motivation than the familiar inline-5 under the hood – but they don’t get much better than this presentation and build:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Audi Sport 90 quattro 1.8T on Motorgeek

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320

What kind of car should you buy if you’re looking for a reliable, stylish daily driver with German build quality and driving dynamics, but don’t have a huge amount of money to spend? The W124 platform E-class suggests itself as an obvious answer. These are precisely the sort of car for which Mercedes-Benz earned its reputation as a manufacturer of the best cars in the world. Over engineered, reliable, safe and built like tanks, they can be regularly picked up still going strong with hundreds of thousands of miles on the odometer. Which means that if you can score a clean, low mileage example, you can be sure that it has many years of faithful service left ahead of it, if properly maintained. This remarkably clean, well-specified E320 looks to be just such a car.

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1995 Mercedes-Benz E300

1995 Mercedes-Benz E300

I never tire of a facelifted Mercedes-Benz W124. Once the shackles of ugly headlights were released, the W124 turned into quite the handsome sedan. If you combine the already great W124 with the OM606 diesel engine you are left with a package that extremely economically and something that can last a very long time. That’s exactly what we have today in this 1995 E300 for sale in Virginia.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Mercedes-Benz E300 on Charlottesville Craigslist

Year: 1995
Model: E300
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 324,801 mi
Price: $2,500

1995 Mercedes-Benz E300 Diesel

*NO Trades* *Local pick up only, No exceptions*

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324,801 miles

only one other previous owner

Virginia title in hand

No accidents

Clean CarFax History

a well maintained Mercedes from their best era

I’ve owned this vehicle for the past five years, it’s treated me very well. I’ve recently purchased a newer car which is the reason for the sale.

When it comes to MPG, I usually get about 35/45 city/hwy — my best ever was traveling from Charlottesville to Charleston, SC; Car fully loaded with luggage with two people we got 900 miles worth of cruising range on a single tank.

The vehicle was extremely well optioned for its day: Has the full large sunroof, heated front seats, electric mirrors, electrically adjustable seats, drivers and passengers airbag, ABS, ASC (traction control). It does have an aftermarket headunit with a aux port so you can listen to music. It does have some BMW floor mats instead of the original mercedes mats.It has some minor wear and tear but all the photos included in this ad detail any of its minor imperfections. It’s a really honest and clean car considering it’s age. Everything works and there’s no known faults or issues.

1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe – Twin-Turbo with 550 bhp

1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe – Twin-Turbo with 550 bhp

I can see why a magazine might call this 993 a sleeper. Of course, with its bright red paint it certainly isn’t going to escape notice so I’m not sure it fits the bill of the wolf in sheep’s clothing. Maybe a wolf in a ball gown? Either way, with a reported 550 bhp on tap this 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe definitely will take the unsuspecting by surprise. With its standard Carrera body and no whale tail it certainly doesn’t look like a 911 Turbo, but it goes like one. In fact, given that the 993TT only made 408 hp it actually goes better than one. Naturally, with any such build seeing some proof of these numbers would be useful, though many owners might be satisfied using seat-of-the-pants testing. What we’ll surely want to see is the documentation of the build. It doesn’t appear to be running any kind of intercooler so I’m curious how all of this manages to work efficiently, but I’m no turbo expert so perhaps it’s no problem at all. None the less, performance should be quite breathtaking and it looks pretty darn good as well. Love the BBS RS-GT wheels on the 993!

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe on eBay

Year: 1995
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.6 liter twin-turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 94,200 mi
Price: Reserve Auction ($95,000 Buy It Now)

This beautiful example of Porsche’s famed air-cooled 1995 993, is far from just a regular Porsche 993. Starting life in Arizona, Original owner, no accidents or even had a single panel painted. The finish on this car is ceramic with advanced Glare over the top. The car is fully prepared to enter a full Concourse event. This car has been named THE SLEEPER in Porsche Excellence magazine some years ago.

Double Take: 1995 Porsche 968 6-speed

Double Take: 1995 Porsche 968 6-speed

A few weeks ago, I took a look at a trio of Porsche 968 6-speeds. One was a rare 1995 model; only 259 were sold from that model year. As is often the case with 968 Coupe 6-speeds, the asking prices of two of the three were quite high and they still linger on the market, unsurprisingly. Well, today we have another double take of ’95 specific 6-speeds – how do they measure up to the last three we looked at?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Porsche 968 Coupe on eBay

As Good As They Get? 1995 Audi S6 Avant

As Good As They Get? 1995 Audi S6 Avant

We’ve gone through a kick of Pearlescent White Metallic Audis over the past few days. And while they’ve all been lovely examples that are well built, well maintained and well presented, they’ve all been missing one thing: a turbo.

You could argue that the value of a $5,000 Audi in pristine condition but without a turbo is still relatively good compared to some other contemporaries. But the immediate counterpoint is the turbocharged variant of the C4; the S4/S6. Even if you accept one in worse condition, the possible longevity of the package coupled with the performance potential on tap simply outweighs other considerations. Sure, these Audis have faults – they all do. The inline-5 models have the same problems as the non-turbo models, but they have no real further drawbacks. And since you can get a pretty decent S4/S6 for about the same asking price as some of the other Audis we look at, those cars are effectively viewed immediately as overpriced in the eyes of the market (rightly, or wrongly).

But what about a really nice S4 or S6? It would have to be in good condition, and pretty close to stock. If it was modified, the add-ons would have to be good quality or ideally factory items. Miles would need to be in check, condition would need to be great, and maintenance up to date. If we’re getting picky, an Avant would be preferable, and if really pedantic, the early ’95s that kept the locking rear differential rather than the later EDL.

Checkmate:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Audi S6 Avant on eBay

1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

Let’s go back to the 993 because this one, while not one of those wonderful Turbos, has its own fine qualities and a price that, like the Turbos, seems like it isn’t too bad. The 993 never really seemed to come down in value the way earlier air-cooled models did, but while the classic 911s showed steep increases (which have since regressed) the 993 stayed more or less where it was, rising more gradually. Here I’m speaking about the standard Carrera since, as usual, exceptions can be made for particularly rare models or extremely low-mileage examples. It’s still tough for us to say that the 993 has come down in value, but it does feel like we’re seeing more interesting examples pop up for the sort of asking price we used to see for a much more standard example. Like this paint-to-sample Ferrari Fly Yellow 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in Pennsylvania, with 39,638 miles on it.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe on eBay

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Wagon

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Wagon

The W124 wagon is a Mercedes-Benz ‘young classic’ that is loved by many near and far. Wonderful build quality, handsome styling and a very reasonable to live with everyday car are the highlights everyone knows and have made the W124 a perennial favorite. But now that the youngest W124 is over 20 years old, finding a nice one for sale is becoming a little more difficult. When you do, be prepared to pay a premium over the sedans. Today’s 1995 E320 Wagon for sale in Florida is a great example of that – but is surprisingly more affordable than you might think.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Wagon on eBay

Porsche 968 Coupe Roundup

Porsche 968 Coupe Roundup

The Porsche 968 Coupe 6-speed is a fairly infrequently seen package, but one that is generally considered to be the “ultimate development” of the water-cooled transaxle 4-cylinder models. Only about half of the cars that were imported to the U.S. were Coupes (4,242 sent to North America, 2,234 of which were Coupes), and when equipped with the 6-speed manual the number dwindles to just 1,811. That puts production of these models on par with the E28 M5 in terms of rarity, and the group of enthusiasts who enjoy them are about as avid if not moreso. However, they also often overvalue their cars in the marketplace, making them expensive options relative to the performance on tap.

Today I have a group of no less than three 968 Coupe 6-speeds for sale – a rare Christmas treat to see. Which is the winner of the group?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Porsche 958 Coupe on eBay

1995 BMW M3

1995 BMW M3


Alex over at Car Throttle recently posted a neat video entitled “10 Things I’ve Learnt After 1 Year Of E36 M3 Ownership” (h/t to Jalopnik).  He talks about lusting after the M3 as an “affordable dream car” only to find that, when he finally gets his hands on one, he doesn’t fall immediately in love with it. All is not lost however: after spending some time with the car (including a number of weekends in the garage spent fixing all the things that go wrong with it), he’s slowly won over by its charms as a car that’s equally at home on the track or loafing across great distances. While US market cars were famously “neutered” by a less powerful motor than the one offered in their European counterparts, even without individual throttle bodies the E36 M3 remains a relatively fast, fun and capable car that can be picked up for not too much money. Increasingly, the challenge is to find one that hasn’t been beat into the ground or saddled with hideous mods.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 BMW M3 on San Diego Craigslist