2.Slow Double Take: 1996 Volkswagen Jetta and 1998 Volkswagen GTI

I was thinking about how to relate my feelings about the first few generations of water-cooled small VWs, and I came up with the analogy of the BBC Doctor Who! reboot in the 2000s. The first generation was Christopher Eccleston; edgy, completely different from the prior generations with a fresh face, impossible not to view with a smile but also something you didn’t completely trust. The second generation? David Tennant took ‘The Doctor’ to new levels of popularity; more refined, more fun and with an infectious smile, he was quirky but somehow much easier to live with than Eccleston had been. He also developed a rabid fan base that consider him the best (this author included) even if he had some faults.

Then came Matt Smith. There’s certainly a fanbase who appreciates Smith’s rounder, softer and…well, weird portrayal of the Doctor. I’m not a fan personally, and often find myself pleading with other Who watchers to go back farther because the earlier variations were much, much better. Yet floppy and oddly proportioned, Smith was nonetheless very popular and took the show to a wider audience. See the Mk.3 VW.

Not really the best at anything aside from being pretty expensive relative to its contemporaries, the 2.0 inline-4 ABA-equipped VW’s nonetheless outsold the prior versions. The were poorly built and even more poorly owned; this was clearly a move towards disposable automobiles for the company, and it worked. I never really got the appeal of the third generation until I somewhat reluctantly owned one. And you know what? It wasn’t as good-looking as my ’86 Golf was to me, but in every aspect it was better. It was more reliable (amazingly), got better mileage, had a nicer interior, was faster and had both heated seats AND air con. And both worked! Plus it had fog lights and more stuff fit inside.…

Right Hooker Week: 1996 Mercedes-Benz S280

Back for round 2 for a Mercedes from across the pond: I present to you a little bit of an odd-ball S-Class and at the same time, an infamous one. This is a 1996 S280, a car that North America was never graced with because of it’s rather spartan equipment — if you could even use that term when talking about a S-Class. This W140 is graced with the wonderful Malachite Green paint and even better 18 inch Eltanin wheels. Surprising to me, despite how great everything looks, this S280 is really cheap. How cheap?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1996 Mercedes-Benz S280 on eBay.co.uk

Year: 1996
Model: S280
Engine: 2.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 103,000 mi
Price: GBP 2,499 ($3,252 Buy It Now)

Exterior Features
This Mercedes S280 is solid and the general condition of the paint work is great, with the exception of very few age related marks. The wheels are 18″ Mercedes alloys and they all have recently changed, low profile tyres with a good amount of tread depth.

Interior Features
The interior of the S-Class is renouned for its luxury feel and comfort during every journey. This example has lots of features which add to the comfort, including double glazed windows, heated beige leather seats, cruise control, automatic windscreen wipers, electric windows, central locking and centre arm rest. Considering the car was built over 24 years ago, it has more optional extras than most cars do today!

Service History
There are some service receipts and previous MOT certificates present with the vehicle, although the service book has been lost over time. The current MOT has no advisory items on the certificate, and the previous certificate had no advisories either.

More Information
This is a great example of a classic Mercedes, which is still just as much of a pleasure to take out on the road now as when new.

1996 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe

I will begin with this question: is the price of this 911 reasonable? I ask because for as long as I can remember the 993 has never really struck me as priced reasonably relative to other 911s. Or, at least, I think it’s fair to say that prices for the 993 never really dropped to the same levels that we have seen with other 911 models. Whether those prices are reasonable then depends on a whole host of other factors. So let’s keep that sense of relative pricing in mind. We all know the reasons for the 993’s pricing: they are the last of the great air-cooled 911s and come in a very sexy package. Porsche also switched to a more mass production method of manufacture with the 996, which gives the 993 a certain level of additional cachet. Naturally collectors have loved them. But when the miles increase and the air-cooled market cools off, then perhaps we start finding more 993s with lower asking prices.

The one we see here, a Midnight Blue 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe with Cashmere Beige interior and 107,100 miles on it, seems to fit that bill priced at $44,900.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe on eBay

Year: 1996
Model: 911 Carrera 4
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 107,100 mi
Price: $44,900 Buy It Now

BECAUSE LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO DRIVE A BORING CAR!!!

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1996 PORSCHE 993 C4 “Well serviced, Good Records, Excellent throughout”

VIN: WP0AA2995TS32572

The Porsche 911 is arguably the most recognizable and iconic sports car ever made. Refined from 1965 until the present day, they are highly sought after for their great looks and wonderful performance.

1996 Porsche 911 Turbo

I don’t see a 993TT very often. That is, on the streets, at least. I see them for sale all the time. A week or so ago I was sitting outside enjoying the weather and one drove by. I had forgotten just how stunning these cars could be in the flesh. There is a fluidity to their shape that is best seen when they are on the move. Pictures simply do not do them justice. I sometimes find the standard 993 to be almost boring, or too pretty (I will freely admit this is a stupid criticism), so I get pulled to the earlier 911s with more severe lines. That tends to apply to whether I see them in pictures or on the street. While the Turbo has never really fit within that criticism I have at times thought it was overly elegant compared with a 930.

I have now been returned to sanity.

Here we have a very nice example of these great machines: a Black 1996 Porsche 911 Turbo, located in Atlanta, with matching Black interior and 64,613 miles on it. Of particular interest among the options is a nice set of hard-back sport seats.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1996 Porsche 911 Turbo on Excellence Magazine

Year: 1996
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.6 liter twin-turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 64,613 mi
Price: $134,500

The 911, with the internal design number 993, remains the one true love for many Porsche purists. Being the fourth-generation 911 design and the last 911 equipped with an air-cooled engine, it embodies what many Porsche drivers consider to be the heart of Porsche.

The 993’s integrated bumpers and pleasing design underscore the smooth elegance of its styling, including its new polyellipsoid headlights along with the beautifully sculpted curved flanks of the widebody.

Turquoise Metallic 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

Will I ever warm to the 993 Targa? I will admit that when I see one on the street I like them. But I like them in the same way that I like every other 993: they are a very nice design and look great. This is precisely my problem: the 993 Targa looks just like every other 993. For some (many?) that may be exactly the appeal. For me, it is not because I like the way other Targas stand out and I like the general design aesthetic of the classic Targa. Who knows, perhaps the original Targa design with the roll hoop accentuated would not have looked good on the 993. I just know that I prefer the original, and now current, Targa.

But I am not everyone and even I can admit that the Targa we see here does look really good. Here we have a Turquoise Metallic 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa, located in Miami, with Ivory interior and around 81,000 miles on it.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Turquoise Metallic 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa on eBay

Year: 1996
Model: 911 Carrera Targa
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 81,000 mi
Price: $58,500 Buy It Now

1996 Porsche 911 | 993 Targa | 6 Speed /3.6 LITER

Desirable and Rare Turquoise Metallic on IVORY interior

California and Louisiana Owned Targa
No Rust, Dry Undercarriage, Body is Straight and Solid

The 993 generation of the Porsche 911 is mostly referred to as 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, and the 993 was “the last complete “modern classic”,
“the 993 was and forever will be that last fresh breath of air that Porsche gave the world; elegance and muscle all in one package.”

The interior and exterior are in beautiful condition, paint shines beautifully with very minor chips from normal use.

1996 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

I have a thing for yellow 993s. I like a variety of yellow cars in general, though it doesn’t work well on every car. I also like the 993, though it isn’t my favorite 911. The two taken together work wonderfully and I think of the various yellow 911 models it is the 993 that looks the best. Maybe it’s the shape; maybe it is that the 993 has fewer trim and accent pieces allowing that bright yellow exterior to show more fully. Whatever the particular reason I love it and it provides just what I’m after in a yellow car. The one we see here is a Speed Yellow 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in Miami, with Black interior and just 24,846 miles on it and it’s up for auction without reserve.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe on eBay

Year: 1996
Model: 911 Carrera
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 24,846 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

Parkhaus1 is pleased to offer this rare 1996 911 Carrera Coupe in Yellow over Black Leather. This 993 presents extremely well with bright paint and a supple dark interior. Not often seen in yellow, this 911 Carrera is a beautiful example of the handmade and aircooled coupe. With complete ownership history and having been currently owned since ’99, this vehicle has been enthusiastically cared for. Major services have been recently performed by Parkhaus1 including engine out for clutch, maintenance and re-seal. All stock, this 6 speed 911 is a fantastic example of a unique specification. Parkhaus1 has inspected this 911 and it is ready to be enjoyed by its new owner.

1996 911 Carrera (Aircooled 993 Chassis)
24k Miles
6 Speed Manual Transmission
Rare Yellow over Black Leather
Lots of Factory Options
18 Inch OEM Porsche 5 Star Wheels (996) -or-
18 Inch OEM Porsche Twist Spoke Wheels (993)
Completely Stock
Major Recent Service
Freshly Sealed Engine
New Clutch
New Ignition System
Newly Rebuilt A/C Control Unit

Factory Options:
329 – Porsche CR-210 Radio
398 – 17 Inch Wheels
437 – 8 Way Power Seat Left
438 – 8 Way Power Seat Rigght
445 – Wheel Caps with Colored Crest
454 – Automatic Speed Control
490 – Sound System
650 – Sunroof
692 – 6 Disc CD Changer
939 – Pleated Leather Rear Seats
982 – Pleated Leather Front Seats

This 993 presents very well with bright paint, dark trims and clean glass.

1996 Porsche 911 Turbo

I will begin with my slight disappointment in this 993. When I first came upon it the lighting in the thumbnail altered the color just enough that I thought it was paint-to-sample Blood Orange. That’s one of my all-time favorite Porsche colors and given the asking price it would have made sense. Alas, it’s Guards Red and not Blood Orange. Oh well. That mild disappointment aside, this is a fantastic example of these air-cooled twin turbos with very low mileage and excellent condition. It also has a set of the hardback sport seats, highly sought after commodities in their own right. Not that a buyer would be likely want to part with them, but still very nice to have!

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1996 Porsche 911 Turbo on eBay

Year: 1996
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.6 liter twin-turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 8,800 mi
Price: $225,000 Buy It Now

Beautiful museum quality collector Porsche. 1996 993 Twin turbo with attractive options and only 8800 original miles. All original paint and panels and perfect mechanical condition. No modifications were ever performed. Guards red over Cashmere leather with hard to find sport seats and factory Pioneer radio option. Window sticker, COA, service records, manuals and both keys. The market is on the way up on these so catch this collector example now.

We’ve seen a few of these ultra-low mileage 993s – some of the turbocharged variety and others either the C2S or C4S – and they always attract a good bit of collector interest. The prices can be a little mind boggling relative to similar cars with higher miles, but such is the world of the last air-cooled 911. Lest we think this price is totally ridiculous a ’97 993TT with just over 1K miles sold for $308K at Gooding and Co.’s Amelia Island auctions last month.…

1996 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

I’ve never really been a fan of the big wheel craze that has overtaken the automotive world over the last decade or so (Yes, please do get off my lawn). One of the first things I did with my car was downsize the wheels. They were lighter, wider, looked better, and they fit. Perfect. What does this have to do with this 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S? I’m in love with the wheels. They are 19″ inch Ruf wheels and they are certainly larger than stock. They might be the perfect complement to the wider rear of the 993 Carrera 4S. Simple, almost understated, yet so fantastic!

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S on eBay

Year: 1996
Model: 911 Carrera 4S
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 48,822 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

CLEAN CARFAX REPORT
MINT CONDITION
NO DENTS OR DINGS
ZERO CURB RASH ON WHEELS
NEW CLUTCH AND FLYWHEEL
FULL MAJOR MAINTENANCE JUST PERFORMED
SPARK PLUG REPLACEMENT
VALVE COVERS AND TIMING COVER RESEAL
NEW BELTS
ALL WORK PERFORMED BY NOLASPORT
ORIGINAL BOOKS, MANUALS, RADIO CARD ETC
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JON SCHEURICH
30 YEARS PORSCHE EXPERIENCE
NOLASPORT
PORSCHE SALES AND SERVICE
9700 PALM ST
NEW ORLEANS, LA 70118

LOW MILES !!!

19″ RUF WHEELS WITH NEW TIRES
FACTORY WIDE TURBO BODY
ALL WHEEL DRIVE
FACTORY TURBO BRAKES AND SUSPENSION
FACTORY C2S REAR GRILLE KIT
ALUMINUM GAUGES
ALUMINUM / LEATHER SHIFTER
ALUMINUM / LEATHER BRAKE LEVER

DRIVES GREAT
EVERYTHING WORKS

THIS 993 IS STUNNING !!

That was my first impression of this 993, but there’s plenty else to like as well. The mileage is pretty low and the condition looks quite good. The driver’s seat shows some squishyness from use; the passenger seat looks like it’s rarely been used. Curiously, it has the split rear grille from the Carrera 2S rather than the single grille that was standard on the 4S.…

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.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1983 Porsche 911SC Cabriolet on Excellence Magazine

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.

Speed Yellow 1996 Porsche 911 GT2

Few Porsches capture the imagination and turn heads like the 911 GT2. And among the various iterations of the GT2, the 993 GT2 is the most coveted. While engineering and technological progress naturally have rendered later models more powerful and sophisticated performers, the raw prowess of the original car remains the benchmark. Serving as both the first 911 GT2 put into production as well as the last and only air-cooled GT2 produced, the 993 brings with it the kind of rarity that rapidly elevates prices. Add in that it represented the highest performance among production 911s of its day and you’ve pretty much checked all of the boxes a collector could desire. The example we see here, a Speed Yellow 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 having traveled around 33K kilometers during its life, will be up for auction next Friday at RM Sotheby’s auctions in Phoenix.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Speed Yellow 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 on Classic Driver