1995 BMW M3 with 13,000 Miles

1995 BMW M3 with 13,000 Miles

What is the price for perfection? We saw Andrew look at a perfect and near brand-new W220 S500 yesterday, but his cutting critique of that car was, as several people noted, spot on. It’s not a desirable model, nor is it one that is likely to be collectable anytime soon. For some time, the same was said of the E36 M3. However, quickly things are changing. Several high-priced examples have come to market recently that have investors questioning if the E30 is the go-to it was for the past two years. Most notably, we saw the one-off Giallo Canadian Edition ’94 M3 hit near $65,000. That car looked near showroom fresh, having only accrued 30,000 miles since new. Today’s example has only about one third of that:

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1995 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Clubsport

1995 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Clubsport

I’m going to break away rather abruptly from looking to find 911s we can all aspire to in order to look at a 911 we can aspire to in a different sort of way. More along the lines of peak aspiration I guess you’d say. For buyers for whom the standard 911 has proved too soft or too refined – basically too suited for the masses – Porsche has offered their RS model. It hasn’t always been available, especially during the company’s leaner years, but when available the Carrera RS (along with the later GT3 RS) has offered the sort of pared down high performance that few buyers desire and even fewer would actually purchase. For the 993, Porsche took this ethos a step further offering a Clubsport option for the RS. The package effectively deleted everything from the interior that was unnecessary, including the carpets, and then welded in a full roll cage to provide extra degrees of rigidity and safety to the chassis. In what I can only assume was a strange twist of comedy, the original purchaser of this 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Clubsport asked Porsche to put the air-conditioning back in the car. While we might surmise that request was because the owner wanted to actually drive the darn thing and thus needed at least that small bit of comfort, this RS sits with fewer than 20K miles on it. If we want to look on the bright side, I suppose it makes a very rare car even rarer still.

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1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet

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Every now and then, I spot a black W124 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet tooling around the neighborhood. These days, this is a car that sticks out. It doesn’t necessarily look vintage, but has a crisp, stately appearance that is sadly lacking in most new vehicles these days. As we move further towards vehicles with all kinds of computer assistance and, dare I say it, self-driving cars, it’s nice to look back two decades and find a car like this with classic style mixed in with modern convenience. This 1995 E320 Cabriolet for sale in New York represents the final year for the W124 and this one is mint, showing almost 30,000 miles on the odometer.

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Amaranth Violet 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

Amaranth Violet 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

A couple weeks ago I wrote a sort of ode to purple as an exterior color in regard to an Aubergine 911T. Here we have another purple 911 and while Amaranth Violet doesn’t quite possess the same elegance and beauty as Aubergine it is probably an even more rare choice among the models of any marque. Like Aubergine, this color doesn’t hide its purple, in fact it’s even more upfront about it and wouldn’t be mistaken for any other color. For some that in itself might be an issue, but it kind of works on the 993 in a way that I think it would not on earlier 911s. Regardless, owners of these cars are likely to very rarely, if ever, come across another one. We certainly can’t decry its uniqueness. Here we have an Amaranth Violet 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located in Texas, with 81,088 miles on it.

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1995 BMW 540i Dinan

1995 BMW 540i Dinan

4The California-based tuning company Dinan has been providing performance upgrades for BMWs since 1979. There’s no shortage of newer cars on the market that purport to have some kind of mods from the firm; 20 cars come up in eBay right now under a search for Dinan, and Carter wrote up this neat ’08 550i M Sport Dinan the other day, for example. But it’s even more interesting to stumble upon an example of an older car with some Dinan components, like this ’95 540i.

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1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Estate

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Estate

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I feel that many vehicles these days are trying to be something they are not. Take one look at the myriad of crossovers or SUVs based on ordinary sedan chassis. Marketing professionals promise the thrill of escape and adventure but in all honesty, you’re not going anywhere. You’ll just blend right into the suburban landscape upon purchase. Want to stand out? How about driving something that doesn’t put on airs, like this 1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Estate for sale in Vermont. This was the final year for the venerable W124, a car which is still a common sight on streets across the globe today. The estate version of the W124 was for those looking for a family car but wanted just a bit more in terms of luxury and versatility. With a rear-facing third row seat, one could carry up to seven passengers and the self-leveling rear suspension would keep things in check while doing so. If you’ve been looking for a tidy example of the five-door variant of this Benz, you won’t want to miss this one.

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1995 Audi RS2 Avant

1995 Audi RS2 Avant

Having visited Finland earlier this year for the first time, I was struck by one characteristic that all Finns seem to share. The racing driver gene. Every person I was in the car with in Finland was aggressive on the throttle but were very quick and calculating in traffic. These people mean business. Not surprising then the drivers’ exam is a bit more stringent than what we are used to stateside. To get a drivers’ license in Finland, you must pass both a summer and winter driving test. This is a great idea which should be universal. Once licensed, what should the Finn who wants to drive fast in all conditions opt for? How about this rare red rocket? The Audi RS2 Avant. This RS2 Avant for sale in Helsinki is the perfect runabout for the speed freak who needs a bit of space for family or recreational activities.

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Riviera Blue 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

Riviera Blue 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

Those who have been reading these pages for a while will know that pastel blues make up some of my favorites colors on the 911. Porsche has made such colors available since the 911’s earliest days and while the name may change the basic look is the same. For the 993 that means Riviera Blue. While Riviera Blue may be most properly found on something like the RS or GT2 – you know, a model where standing out is about more than just the color – it still works wonderfully on the basic Carrera and brings a good deal of flash to the 993’s graceful curves. It has always been a highly sought-after color on this model so when I come across one I always like to bring it to other’s attention. The one we see here is one of the few I’ve come across with something other than a Black interior. Here we have a Riviera Blue 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in Miami, with a dark blue leather interior and 87,232 miles on it.

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1995 BMW 740iL

1995 BMW 740iL

3What is your tolerance for risk? That’s the question you need to ask yourself if you’re thinking about buying a cheap, high mileage German executive sedan. The used car market is littered with them: cars whose values have fallen so far off a cliff that they can now be had for a fraction of their original price. This E38 740iL is one such car, on sale for just $3,800. Let that sink in for a moment: a mere thirty eight hundred dollars (EDIT: it’s listed even cheaper on their website at $3,100). The yuppie bike store a few blocks from my house sells bicycles that are more expensive than that. Sounds tempting, doesn’t it? Sure, the asking price might simply turn out to be the cost of entry into money-pit hell. But on the other hand, if you go in with your eyes open, and especially if you can turn a wrench yourself, this could be a great deal on a cool car that lets you live out your Transporter fantasies on a shoestring budget.

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1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Estate

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Estate

It’s rather amazing to think it’s been over 20 years since the W124 Mercedes-Benz ceased production. The lines of this car are timeless, in my opinion. The W124 also set the template for the E-class model lineup for years to come. Sedan and estate variants were mainstays, while the E-class coupe and cabriolet transitioned to the CLK moniker for about a decade span only to return back to the E-class coupe and convertible recently. Fast versions have been ever present, as well, beginning with the legendary 500E/E500 in 1992. But we’ll focus on the estate variant today, and this final year E320 Estate for sale in Florida is a looker. With only 85,000 miles on the clock, this Brilliant Silver beauty is bound to make some discerning family happy.

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1995 Audi RS2 Avant

1995 Audi RS2 Avant

On a recent visit to London, I stopped through the Audi showroom on 75 Piccadilly. Sitting front and center was an RS6 Avant, a beastly estate which has become quite a popular family conveyance for the monied classes in the Big Smoke. Somehow, over 550 horsepower seems a bit ludicrous in a town where you’ll be getting nowhere fast. But where did all this horsepower madness start? Well, right here with this car. The RS2 Avant. This special Audi was produced in the same factory that brought us that other GCFSB favorite, the Mercedes-Benz 500E/E500. This particular RS2 Avant for sale at 4Star Classics is a rare right-hand drive example, one of less than 200 so equipped.

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1995 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Mille Miglia

1995 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Mille Miglia

These days, Mercedes hasn’t released too many limited edition models outside of their in house tuning arm, AMG. Before the days of AMG proliferation, Mercedes would release a special edition model from time to time, such as this 1995 SL500 Mille Miglia. Built to commemorate Stirling Moss’s win of the historic 1955 Mille Miglia road race. This R129, available as an SL320 or SL500, was available only in Brilliant Silver Metallic, equipped with Evo II six-spoke polished alloys and a red and black leather interior complemented by carbon-fibre trim. The side fender grills were also given a rather unique checquered flag treatment that, upon close inspection, is a clever collection of chrome squares. This right-hand drive example for sale in the UK has covered less than 70,000 miles and is a great modern day tribute to a legendary period in Mercedes-Benz racing history.

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1995 Mercedes-Benz E300 Diesel

1995 Mercedes-Benz E300 Diesel

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While perhaps not quite as exciting a drive as the E63 AMG Wagon from Andrew yesterday, our second new author, Craig, takes a look today at a beautiful and frugal classic Mercedes-Benz sedan in the making in this 1995 E300 Diesel. Please join me in welcoming Craig and enjoy his investigation of this no-spark!
-Carter

If you’re looking for an affordable daily driver and you read this blog, you’re probably on the hunt for something that’s safe and reliable with a dash of Teutonic style. Those are exactly the qualities you’d find in a W124 E-class. Produced between 1984 and 1996, the W124 hails from a period in Mercedes-Benz’s history when handsome form followed well thought-out function. Brawny, angular lines and a classic profile sit atop a chassis that delivered class-leading levels of safety and reliability at the time of its unveiling. The design still holds up well today; even now, the doors on these cars still shut with a satisfying “thunk,” reminding you that once upon a time, Mercedes really did produce the most finely-engineered cars in the world.

This late-model 1995 E300 Diesel would be ideal for the commuter who desires a bit of understated style along with the frugality of an oil-burner. In this case, that’s quite literally true, since this example comes with a vegetable oil tank in the trunk.

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1995 Porsche 911 Carrera RS

1995 Porsche 911 Carrera RS

Here is something we definitely don’t see everyday. From the outset I’ll say that there are a lot of questions to be asked about this 911, but once those questions are answered then this one probably won’t be around long. Here we have a 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera RS, located in Texas, with 17,893 miles on it. Since the 993 Carrera RS was never imported into the United States and because we have not yet reached the 25 year window in which such a car can more easily be imported, I’m always curious how the rare few of these that do exist here manage to find their way to our shores. There are always ways to get around such obstacles and this isn’t the first one I’ve come across, but in each case there lingers that same aura of mystery. Those concerns cover our first set of questions, and frankly those are probably the most important as they help establish the authenticity of this 911 and its road legality. I should state, this does appear to be a genuine RS so I don’t want to heap doubt upon it in that regard, but at this sort of price caution is always warranted.

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1995 BMW 840ci with 28,000 Miles – REVISIT

1995 BMW 840ci with 28,000 Miles – REVISIT

A few days ago driving through traffic, a lean, low and angular shape drifted in between cars ahead of me. It stood out mostly because it was so different than the pool of SUVs it swam through. Like a shark parting a school of mackerel, it was a beautiful 840ci with M-System II wheels fit, and it was positively beautiful to see. What really struck me was the size though, more than anything else. I’ve never really thought of the 8-series as a small car – but there it was, dwarfed by the modern automobiles that surrounded it. Most other drivers ignored the door-wedge profile, but I sat transfixed remembering how revolutionary this car was when it was launched. When I happened across this 1995 840ci in my searches, a car which Paul featured back in January, I couldn’t help but want to write it up:

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