1995 Audi S6

Watching the Goodwood Festival of Speed feed live this weekend yielded a bit of aural and visual treat for Audi fans as the quite rare S4 GTO took to the famous hill. As esoteric Audi racers go, it’s pretty high on the list – especially given the performance on tap. Basically, the defunct 90 IMSA GTO was selected to head to South Africa to race and replace some also defunct 200 quattros. But since the 80/90 weren’t sold in South Africa, instead of the B4 Audi utilized a C4 chassis. Prepared by Voldi and raced in the hands of Hans Stuck, the 700 horsepower all-wheel drive monsters were immediately successful and were run for several years. Although the car running at Goodwood was in the later Rothmans livery (it’s worth watching the clip here!), the original model was in Audi’s adopted racing silver of the early 1990s. This S6 immediately reminded me of it:

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1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Estate

I’ve gushed over the W124 Estate before and really can’t say enough about this wonderful vehicle. It has everything you really would need out a wagon, even in 2017, all while not breaking the bank when it comes to maintaining and repairing it. But like all cars that get old, finding a really nice one can become a little bit of a tough job because these were at the end of the day still station wagons. People bought them for their utility to use. I highly doubt the majority of the buyers out there treated these as a garage queens because lets face it, they had R107s and R129s for that. So when this mint 1995 outside of Boston popped up for sale, I had to take a closer look. But fair warning, the price on this one isn’t cheap.

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Year: 1995
Model: E320 Estate
Engine: 3.2 inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 87,975 mi
Price: $16,800 Buy It Now

1995 Mercedes Benz E320S W124 chassis station wagon, S/N WDBEA92EXSF338486, 744 Brilliant Silver with grey MB Tex upholstery, 3.2 litre in-line 6 cylinder gas engine, automatic transmission, power front seats, factory power steel sunroof, climate control, factory rear facing 3rd seat with 3 point seat belts, original owner’s manuals, one of 4,607 E320S wagons imported by Mercedes Benz North America in the final year of W124 chassis manufacture. Clear CarFax title history. To see additional photos, please send us a note and we’ll send a link to the complete photo file. Nationwide and international delivery arranged from our suburban Boston showroom. We reserve the right to end the auction early. For more information about Copley Motorcars, please refer to the “About Me” button in this listing. Telephone: 781.444.4646

This final year W124 Estate is probably one of the nicer ones I’ve seen in a while. The interior is nearly spotless and the crack-free, highly polished wood just really pops. The outside looks great without as much as a stone chip let alone any rust spots. However, it’s not a perfect car as the temperature readout on the instrument cluster is starting to fail. Not a huge deal, but it can be an eyesore every time you look down. I am also a little curious to see what the engine looks like as the M104 is known to have an oil leak or two, especially on the back of the head.

Now about the price. I totally get why Copley Motorcars is asking nearly $17,000 for this W124. There is without a doubt a buyer out there who had one of these when they were new or nearly new and just loved it. Then sadly, they probably traded it in on a W210 estate or even worse, a first year W163 ML and never felt the same way. This is a chance to relive those great times by filling the back of this wagon with supplies and the family golden retriever to depart to their vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard because they can afford such luxuries in life like buying a 22 year-old Mercedes-Benz station wagon for $17,000. This value for someone buying this one is far more than just the car itself. There is no way this is actually worth the $17,000 when you can find nice examples just like this one for less than half the price. It’s just the sellers trying to capitalize on someone trying to relive a memory of great times, whether they were driving or riding in the 3rd row seat. Now whether or not someone is willing to pony up a huge premium any time soon is anyone’s guess, but I wouldn’t bet against it.

– Andrew

1995 Audi S6

In my last C4 S6 post, I mentioned how the mid-year changes of the short run for the re-badged C4 made each one feel a little bit bespoke given that so few were sold. That’s certainly the case here, as the running changes manifest themselves in interesting ways on this particular 1995.

The most obvious of the items that can be seen is that this car wears the earlier 16″ Fuchs-made forged wheels more traditionally associated with the S4. These were replaced later in the run by the Avus design Speedline wheels the S6 (and most S models for the next few generations) wore, but early production S6s were delivered with the leftover Fuchs wheels. Which is more desirable varies by preference, but in this case I think the Fuchs work really well. Early cars also retained the infrared locking system (denoted by a receiver at the base of the B pillar) and the manual locking rear differential button in the center console. These were replaced later by a radio locking system and electronic rear differential, respectively, in the 1995.5 S6 refresh. But what also is interesting to me, and perhaps one other Audiphile, is that this car has the later closed headrests, unlike the S6 we saw last week.

At the end of the day, these minor differences matter little in what was otherwise a very desirable package no matter what parts Hans grabbed to install that groggy Monday morgen. Presented in semi-ignominious yet signature Emerald Green Mica with Ecru leather, this one nonetheless looks like a keeper:

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1995 Mercedes-Benz E300 Diesel

Before the W124 bowed out in 1995, the last oil-burning version you could buy was the E300 Diesel. It received the exterior tweaks associated with post-facelift cars of the late W124 era, including a rounder front grille, updated glass headlights and smoked taillights. It also got the OM606 engine under the hood, a 3.0 liter inline six cylinder diesel unit making about 135 hp. Unlike earlier W124 diesels, there was no turbo. But fret not. These were still fast enough (for a diesel), and the OM606 is one of the most rugged engines Mercedes ever made. These cars will cruise effortlessly on the highway while returning 30+ MPG. Perfect for the commuter looking for tank-like build quality, reasonable running costs and a bit of class.

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1995 Mercedes-Benz C280

With the exception of the high-performance C36/C43 AMG, the W202 C-class tends to get short shrift around here. That’s probably because for many, the W202 marks the point at which Mercedes began to lose its way. Not only did the taut, angular design language of yesteryear give way to the rounder, less attractive lines of the “jelly bean” era, Mercedes products from the mid 1990s onwards just never seemed as reliable or as well-built as those that came before. I think there’s something to this, but the upshot is that a garden variety C280 can be had for not much money. And while it isn’t quite as tank-like as the venerable W201 it replaced, it can still make for a satisfying commuter. If you squint hard enough, you can even see the design parallels between the two.

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1995 Audi S6 Avant

Okay, enough dangling carrots and arguments over what’s the best Audi of all time. If there was a do-anything, do-everything, you only have one car for the rest of your life type of car, it’s the S6 Avant.

Today it’s not abnormal to have a car that can out-drag sports cars, carry a family of five dependably and their gear, go through any weather and be a luxurious car that even returned reasonable mileage. In the early 1990s, though, what were your options in that category, exactly? That was a time where Audi had the market cornered with its S4 and later S6 Avants. Though they were available in Europe earlier, it took until the 1995 model year for Audi to introduce the concept to Americans. And just like that, it was gone again, with only a few hundred imported. Nearly every single one is unique as a result of mid-model year changes. Yet all are equally legendary among U.S. Audi fans:

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1995 BMW 525i

I recently sold my E34 525i and replaced it with a W126 300SE. I’ll post a write up on my new car next week. I love it, but let’s just say I learned a few valuable lessons about buying cars sight unseen from the whole episode. As potential buyers came to view my BMW, a funny thing happened. The more I explained my ownership experience while they test drove it, the more I began to wonder why I was selling it. In fact, I concluded, if space and money had allowed, I would have preferred to keep it alongside the Benz. In one year of ownership, I put an unusually high number of miles on it while doing a mega commute. During that time, it never once failed to start or gave me any reason to worry. I replaced some suspension parts that were worn out. But other than that, all I did was drive it and feed it fuel and oil. It was remarkably fun to drive, which I credit to the 5-speed manual gearbox and sweet chassis setup. Sure, it wasn’t terribly powerful or fast, but it was certainly fast enough for me. And it made for a good commuter, getting 28 MPG on the highway. In all, I think the E34 525i is an under-appreciated gem. I’m sad I let it go.

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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?

The cost-cutting measures meant that the U.S. specification M3 came to market at a much more reasonable price than the European example. For under $37,000 out the door you got almost all of the performance of the pricier Euro model, the same looks, and to top it off, the S50 USA was cheaper to run. In terms of real world practicality, the E36 M3 was a winner then, and has been a winner ever since. With more than 10,000 produced for the U.S. market, the BF93 model was an instant hit and renewed the established benchmark of the performance category:

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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.

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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. The seats are soft and supple leather, as new, with no cracks or visible wear, at all. This is possibly the only W124 convertible E320 in the country with such amazing original paint and interior leather upholstery and wood and fabric soft top. It truly may be the finest Mercedes E320 convertible in the country, in all respects. What is most remarkable about this E320 is the incredible condition it’s in without any kind of restoration. The beautiful paint hasn’t even been polished, just washed and waxed. (I apologize in advance to the high bidder on the higher mileage, less desirable, ’94 Mercedes E320 convertible that won last week for $40k, I couldn’t get this car ready for sale in time.)

My father in law has a custom gate building and repair business here in San Diego, and he saw this Mercedes E320 in a garage, with another car, while repairing the front gate of a property that turned out to be a summer vacation mansion. The conservatorship wanted to be rid of it, and no one knew the last time it had been run, or if it even ran, at all. On the day I went to look at the cars, one of the owner’s long time house staff was there, and she told me she couldn’t even remember the last time the owner had been to the house, but guessed it must have been at least 10 years. The E320’s registration sticker was from 2007, and even though it is now registered through 2018, the 2018 sticker is unapplied, in case the next owner would like it to be stickered in 2007, as found. The other car was newer, and had 30,000 miles, so it was obvious this E320 had been the ‘go for a nice drive’ car. Both cars had been wired with battery isolater switches, furthering the vacation home and not often driven story. The E320 was covered in dust, and had been sitting so long that the tires were flat, the fuel had turned to varnish, and the battery was dead. I had high hopes for its condition, as everything from wiper blades to radiator hoses, vacuum hoses, and even the serpentine belt were in perfect, soft, new looking condition. The undercarriage is still coated in a newly applied looking clean, yellow, hard grease, factory applied to protect it from corrosion, I’ve read. When I took the wheels off to replace the tires, there are even paper price gun parts inventory stickers that are still clearly legible on both rear brake disc heat shields. Also, throughout the suspension and undercarriage, the hand applied paints done by workers at the factory, indicating a certain procedure in the manufacturing process had been completed, are all still there and look brand new. After I got this car home, I was very careful not to put electricity to the car before I completely went through the fuel system. I drained the fuel tank, replaced the battery, fuel pump, and fuel filter (all with new MB parts), changed the oil and other fluids, and it fired right up once everything was ready. It is truly incredible how perfectly and smoothly this car drives, after all these years. Brakes work great, transmission shifts smoothly, everything feels perfect. Every single switch and knob works, the top cycles very smoothly open and shut, the doors open and close perfectly with that remarkable Mercedes feel, the trunk and hood open and close perfectly, the windows roll up and down like new, all the vacuum operated accessories work, the A/C even blows ice cold! I did have to put on new tires, as the others had cracked sidewalls from going flat. I have pics of the sidewall lettering neatly transferred to the clean garage floor where the car sat for 10+ years. I re-registered and smogged the car, detailed it inside and out, and then immediately put it in storage. It will stay in storage, and is not being driven, so the car should have less than 6,390 miles at the end of the auction. I think I have driven it a total of 15 miles to get it to a smog shop and into storage, since I purchased and towed the car home. The original manual and paperwork is with the car, in excellent condition. The only flaw I can find on the entire car is a small tear in the headliner where the original owner let the headliner get pinched by the power latch mechanism that closes the convertible top lid. I can’t justify keeping this superb car for myself, as it is far too nice to be driven on a regular basis. It really belongs in a collection, and I no longer collect cars I can’t drive, every day.

Please read this complete agreement for the auction before bidding. If you bid, you will be agreeing to the following terms of sale. All inspections are welcome, and encouraged, either by potential bidders or their representatives, by appointment. I will be happy to demonstrate that the car runs great, and drives, but just around the storage facility (it is too rare in its current condition to be casually driven on the road). Upon winning this auction, a non-refundable good will deposit of $1000 is due within 24 hours, and may be paid by Paypal, or the winning bid is considered void. The balance remaining must be paid within 7 days, and may only be paid by cashier’s check, or money order. If these conditions are not met within the time frame above allotted the car will be retained, the deposit kept, and the car free to sell to another buyer. This car will, under no condition, be released to the winning bidder, or the title signed over, until all funds for the car have been deposited and cleared into the account of the seller. Due to the collectible nature of this car, and its extremely low miles and superb condition, there will be no test drives allowed until funds for the car have cleared the bank, and it has become the property of the next owner. I’m not even allowing myself to drive this beautiful car. The car was registered on 18 April, and the CA DMV typically takes two to four weeks to send a new title. If the title is not in hand when the car is sold, a CA DMV service can file transfer of ownership to another CA resident, or if an out of CA buyer, a CA bill of sale can be completed, and the title signed and overnight Fedexed to the new owner the same day it arrives to me. I am also happy to sign any bill of sale supplied by the buyer, as long as it is factual. Either way, the car will be released and provided with a CA DMV bill of sale (or buyer supplied bill of sale, if asked) once the purchase funds have cleared the bank, and the title can be signed and overnight Fedexed the same day it arrives here from the DMV, if it comes after car is sold and released. I am a ship captain, and as such, subject to an unusual schedule. In my absence, my wife will be handling all affairs regarding this sale, and may be contacted in the same manner as myself. Buyer is responsible for any and all shipping arrangements and costs. I can be reached with any and all questions, and for appointments to see this E320, at captaingeoff@msn.com. Thank you, and happy bidding!

I don’t need to repeat everything the seller laid out about the condition of this car. In fact, I’m a little surprised how well it held up being in California its entire life. San Diego county isn’t exactly Death Valley, but unless this car was sitting in a dark garage constantly I thought I’d see some kind of wear seeing as even with its low mileage. It is still a 22-year old car after all.

So how much will this car bring? Believe it or not, a 1994 E320 Cabriolet with 7,200 miles in an almost identical color combination sold a few weeks ago for $40,000. That car was located in northern Michigan and garnered seven bids from seven different bidders. I was surprised it ended that high given the Smoke Silver Metallic paint (beige in my eyes) and the location of the car. This being a California car for sale in an affluent area with the rare brown top (not the usual black) might mean the bidding will top that $40,000 we saw a few weeks ago. It’s already past the $25,000 mark with four days to go with what looks like more than a few bidders involved. I’ll be keeping an eye on this car one on the final day because it might set the new high water mark for E320 Cabriolets.

– Andrew

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.

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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.

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The Porsche Supercup series makes for some pretty great racing. I’ve only had a chance to see them race in person once – Silverstone in 2004 – but it was some of the most interesting racing of the weekend. That is to be expected with this type of series and certainly part of the popularity of this sort of racing in general. The racing is tight, aggressive, and with action throughout. And while the Supercup cars can’t match the audacity and ferocity of an F1 car the sights and sounds are still plenty exhilarating.

As noted above, I don’t think this one has participated in any of that actual racing, but the car itself is more or less the same as those racers. It also sounds like it’s pretty much original, which in itself is a nice treat with a car like this. Race car values can be kind of all over the place and judging one without any particular racing pedigree can be even more difficult. So I guess it really comes down to how much a particular buyer wants a factory 993 racer. If that is your desire, then this is a nice opportunity to get your hands on a special 911.

-Rob