1997 BMW M3 Sedan

1997 BMW M3 Sedan

The first BMW to arrive in our family was an Arctic Silver E36. My dad bought the 318iS coupe from the British telecom giant he worked for, some time toward the end of the 90s. It was a manager’s company car and after three years serving on the fleet it was to be sold off. Ever since then, I’ve always enjoyed seeing arctic silver paint on this generation 3-series. Despite articles proclaiming that silver is the new beige, I think the color really suits the clean, crisp lines of the “dolphin” body shape. But the paintwork isn’t the only thing to admire about this particular car – an M3/4/5 (a four door, five speed M3). The sedan version of the E36 M3 is as fast and finely balanced as the coupe, but adds the practicality of two rear doors. A pocket rocket for those with a family to cart around, these cars are fun and practical, even if they are notably down on power in comparison with their Euro-spec counterparts.

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1997 Porsche 911 Carrera S

1997 Porsche 911 Carrera S

For those who are fans of one of Porsche’s lesser seen blues this Zenith Blue Metallic 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera S makes for a very interesting option. Though you really do need to be a fan of blue because the exterior theme is continued in the interior giving this 911 a fairly monotone, but rare, appearance. As one of the prettier designs the 911 has ever seen this Carrera S looks really good in this color. It’s a little subdued rather than eye-catching like Riveria Blue, but still possesses enough life that you’ll want to pay plenty of attention to it if you see it on the street.

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Year: 1997
Model: 911 Carrera S
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 50,704 mi
Price: $91,900 Buy It Now

1997 Porsche 911 Carrera 2S
Finished in Zenith Blue Metallic with Blue leather interior
6-Speed manual transmission
Just 50,704 miles

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I actually have featured this 911 once before. It was a couple years ago and on offer from a different seller so it seemed worthwhile to revisit with this listing. Not much has changed since that first sale with only a couple hundred miles having been added to the odometer. Everything else presents mostly the same. Like before it’s not entirely original as this 911 has a set of yellow Turbo S brake calipers along with the 993 Turbo tail.…

Eye Candy: 1997 Volkswagen GTI VR6

Eye Candy: 1997 Volkswagen GTI VR6

Do you want to maximize your budget and fun? Need an affordable ride that will reward you nearly every time you turn the key, but is also practical enough to daily drive?

Look no further. We may all want a car collection of virtually new, unused and perfect condition examples of our favorite car designs, but frankly that’s just not a reality most who’s names don’t start with “Sultan” and end with a small southeast Asian country’s name can contemplate. And even he needs to liquidate his massive Ferrari collection from time to time when small rebellions pop up.

Jumping in to a third generation Volkswagen Golf won’t get you much respect outside of dedicated brand enthusiasts. But what it will do is reward your decision. Like the E36 M3, adding two cylinders to the model may not have sounded as sexy on paper as the high-revving double cam inline-4, but the result was better performance, better reliability, and cheaper prices for that speed. With 172 horsepower and 173 lb.ft of torque on tap, the VR6 took the Mk.3 into a new performance territory. It brought with it a more grown up feel, too – leather, a quiet(er) cabin, power windows and sunroof – these were unthinkable a decade earlier in the budget hatch. In fact there was only one option – a trunk mounted CD changer. Everything else? Standard. The increase in performance dictated upgrades throughout; sport suspension with sway bars, larger brakes with 5×100 mm hubs and accompanying 15″ wheels. 0-60 was firmly sub-7 second range, and the boxy hatch could brush 130 mph flat out. In a flat-out drag race, this economy car was on par with the Audi S6.

At nearly $20,000, the price tag didn’t seem cheap at first. Indeed, in a little over a decade the base price of the GTI had increased 100%.…

1997 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

1997 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

At its current price I really don’t think this Arctic Silver Metallic 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S is going to sell. I also realize that’s a somewhat strange way to begin a post. The reason I’ve chosen to feature this 911 is because I think it looks superb, if not in the most exciting color combination. The mileage is low, though not absurdly so, and it appears to be in original condition. The problem really only is the price. That isn’t a small problem, but with some patience perhaps that price comes down a bit and then you may be left with a very nice looking 993 that you can enjoy with less worry about the miles affecting its value. That in itself is a lovely thing.

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Year: 1997
Model: 911 Carrera 4S
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 58,450 mi
Price: Auction

Truly beautiful, very clean California car. 1997 993 with 58,500 original miles. Arctic Silver Metallic with Classic Grey supple leather interior. Aluminum and chrome dials, shifter and brake handle. Wide turbo body. Always garaged, no collision history. All stock Porsche options such as Litronic headlights, power seats, dimming rear view mirror, titanium brake calipers, premium stereo with 10 speakers, door insignias, and more. Maintenance receipts, manual and original window sticker. Still smells new. Last of the air-cooled and hand-built Porsches.

Options:09991 Manufactured from Exclusive Program437 Comfort seat left438 Comfort seat right454 Automatic speed control490 Hi-Fi sound system601 Litronic Headlights650 Sunroof659 Onboard computer688 Radio cd C DR210939 Soft leather rear982 Supple Leather Seats/TrimC02Catalytic converterX52Console CD Storage for 5 DiscsX54Oval Chrome Exhaust PipesX70Metal Door Sill InsigniaX71Aluminum Instrument DialsX97Alum/leather shift knobX98Alum/leather parking break handleXE3993: Dimming rear view mirror

The Carrera 4S made its debut as part of the 993 line, thus making it the only time the model was available as an air-cooled 911.…

1997 Porsche 911 Targa

1997 Porsche 911 Targa

As someone who is not typically a fan of white cars in general I must admit that the color looks really great on this 993. This is a Glacier White 1997 Porsche 911 Targa, located in Alabama, with Midnight Blue interior and 37,937 miles on it. I’ve come across this color combination before and it is one that I like, but I don’t recall it looking this good! It is a fitting pairing that creates an icy appearance through its combination of a dark blue with bright white. This particular example looks in excellent condition and while the 993 Targa has never been my favorite design I can definitely see the appeal in this application. Though with a starting bid set at $62K, the asking price appears to be pretty high so we’ll have to see whether it can sell.

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Year: 1997
Model: 911 Targa
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 37,937 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

1997 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

This is a super fine example of a glass top Targa produced very near the end of the air cooled Porsche era.

Note the rare factory option “paint to body” white Cup wheels.

It is in pristine condition in almost every detail; ready for a showroom, a collection, a Concours or a fast drive in the country.

Low Milage: 37,937
Exterior Color: Glacier White
Interior Color: Midnight Blue
Transmission: 6 speed manual
2 wheel drive

Just completed the 30,000 service. Porsche Certificate of Authenticity included.

This 993 came with a decent option list and everything looks to be in original condition. The highlight of the list is probably the Glacier White painted 17″ Cup wheels. I don’t know that having the wheels painted the body color would have been my preference, but they do look good here and a set of Cup wheels in general is always a nice thing to have.…

Pastel Yellow 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

Pastel Yellow 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

Not everyone likes a bright colored car. But dark colors don’t necessarily suit either. Maybe you want something in between: a color that still provokes the vibrancy and enthusiasm of a bright color, but with a slightly lower profile. We aren’t talking about blending in per se, but still only attracting a suitable amount of notice. Speed Yellow, perhaps the most common (most popular?) of the yellows Porsche has offered does not really fit this standard. It’s very bright; it does not blend in, unless you’re very close to the sun, or perhaps a field of sunflowers. Pastel Yellow, on the other hand, seemingly in contradistinction to its name is a bit less bright than Speed Yellow. For the buyer interested in yellow, but without going the whole way, it makes for a very nice alternative.

Here it graces the lines of a really nice looking 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, located in Colorado, that wears the factory Aerokit Turbo II and sits with 61,805 miles on it.

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Year: 1997
Model: 911 Carrera 4S
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 61,805 mi
Price: $86,993 Buy It Now

This 1997 Pastel Yellow 911 993 C4S with Black Partial Leather interior and factory Aerokit Turbo II has been freshly serviced by the Porsche Factory Trained Classic Technicians at Porsche Colorado Springs.

The full 60k service has been performed along with servicing the transaxle assembly and front differential. The 60k service includes the following:
Engine oil and filters replaced
Engine air filter replaced
Spark plugs replaced
Air conditioning pollen filters replaced
Engine fan belt, alternator belt, and AC compressor belt replaced
OBDII system scan and clear

The brake system has been flushed and new front hood struts were installed during the extensive service.

1997 Mercedes-Benz E300

1997 Mercedes-Benz E300

They say looks aren’t everything and that it’s what inside that really counts. Sometimes that’s the case with cars but a lot of times, well, it’s not. Sure, it’s great to have both but if you don’t want to spend a ton of money on vehicle you might be settling with one or the other — maybe neither. Today’s 1997 Mercedes-Benz E300 in Wisconsin has it’s fair share of exterior flaws and wasn’t the most handsome car to begin with, but it’s got a good soul and is ready for many miles of dependability.

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Year: 1997
Model: E300
Engine: 3.0 litre inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 279,933 mi
Price: Buy It Now $3,200

Please read through the ad, I’m going to do my best to describe what this car is all about. Most ads I’m seeing are honest looking looks with a lot of hidden nonsense. This is an honest car with everything put up front.
I’ll also preface this by saying this car has very typical W210 body rust problems. They do not extend to the underside of the car, surprisingly! The entire underside has been treated multiple times and show’s no sign of troubles. The rockers are solid, the spring perches are perfect, and the control arms are newer. So all the major rust concerns on the car have been addressed and are kept up on. My next step with this car would be body work, but it’s time to move on.

I have an autocheck printed out from a year or so ago, if I remember right I’m the 6th or 7th owner (hopefully you can verify this through eBay’s autocheck) but the car had two accidents in the early 00’s….BY THE SAME LADY, a month or so apart!!!

1997 Audi S6 Plus

1997 Audi S6 Plus

Audi’s sleeper sedan squared up against some seriously stiff competition in the early 1990s, and to be frank, though it was innovative it came up a bit short in the power department. In turbocharged 20 valve form, the 2.2 liter inline-5 cranked out 227 horsepower and 258 lb.ft of torque. That was impressive by 1980s standards, but in the early 90s you needed to carry a bigger stick. BMW’s E34 M5 brought nearly 100 horsepower more to the party at 311 with the revised 3.6 (and yes, it had more torque than the AAN, too), but Mercedes-Benz really crashed the party with the E500, whose M119 held a full 100 horsepower and 100 lb.ft of torque advantage over the Audi. You could be as clever as you wanted, but a 50% power disadvantage was a bridge too far to cross for the legendary 5 pot no matter how many wheels were driven.

The writing was on the wall, and Audi decided to offer an upgraded V8 model alongside the S4 in the rest of the world. Starting in October 1992, you could select the same ABH 276 horsepower 32V 4.2 liter all-alumnium V8 in the S4. The switch to S6 saw the introduction of the revised AEC, which gained 10 horsepower for the 1995 model year and would continue to be the standard V8 in the S6 until production ended. But the big new was the 1996 introduction from Audi’s skunkworks quattro GmbH of the Plus model.

The Plus upped the ante quite a bit with the reworked AHK V8. Though it displaced the same 4.2 liters and had the same 32 valves, the breathed on motor had 322 horsepower and 302 lb.ft of torque. Power was matched with upgraded suspension, brakes, wheels and some small “Plus” badge details – this was still the decade of stealthy performance, after all.…

1997 Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG

1997 Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG

I’m going to be really honest with everyone, I didn’t want to feature this car. Why? Because I want it very badly for myself. I want to drive down to Virginia, hand this seller an envelope full of money, then drive this car home and slide it next to my other cars to make it one big happy Mercedes sedan family. But I can’t do that. Well, I could, but it would be a really bad idea seeing as I am out of garage/driveway space as it is and I already own a silver AMG sedan from the same time period thus making this car repetitive. Still, I’ll sleep on it.

So what is this car I want so badly? It’s a 1997 C36 AMG, the last year of the first official production car from the Mercedes-Benz and AMG merger that North America got. It’s not really that fast with only 276 horsepower and the W202 chassis it’s built on isn’t really that great either. Yes, it’s rare with only a few hundred built but they’ve never been all that desirable. They’ve always been available if you really looked hard enough, but now that they are getting close to drinking age, finding a really nice C36 is getting tough. Fortunately, thanks to people who still look at these cars like I do, this C36 for sale in Virginia looks like a winner.

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Year: 1997
Model: C36 AMG
Engine: 3.6 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 171,000 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

For sale is my 1997 C36 AMG. I bought the car last year from the previous owner of 9 years. He serviced the car at his shop (Blueridge Mercedes) the duration of his ownership. I collect Mercedes and this car is my current daily but I just sold my SUV and I need to replace this with something bigger.

1997 BMW M3 Sedan Dinan

1997 BMW M3 Sedan Dinan

I’m a fan of the sedan version of the E36 M3 and often wondered why BMW declined to build a four-door version of the E46 M3 that followed. (At least one person has tried it – click here to read an account of a wild and very successful E46 M3 sedan home-brew build.) In the sedan, you get the same basic ingredients as the coupe – a revvy engine and dynamic chassis that’s fun to throw around yet easy to live with – with the added practicality of a rear set of doors, useful if you have family or friends to cart around. Even if the US-spec cars were a bit “neutered” in comparison with the more powerful version offered in Europe, the E36 M3 offers a nice, well-rounded package and remains relatively inexpensive, although nice condition examples get thinner on the ground every year. The M-Tech bumpers and side skirts look neat on the sedan body style, and remain subtle enough that passers by might just mistake it for a plain old 328i.

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Signal Green 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

Signal Green 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

Green is a bit of a theme for me this week and though it isn’t always the most popular exterior color on a car, Porsche has offered a few captivating shades that have stood out across the decades. One of those that has been available across multiple decades is Signal Green. Like many of Porsche’s offerings, over the years the color isn’t always the same, creating its own shifting desirability for Porsche fans, so knowing the paint codes and their availability can be a necessity for those hoping to acquire a paint-to-sample 911. On this Signal Green 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet driven just 11,726 miles, we don’t get a shot of the paint code, but it looks like the version of Signal Green that was available during the early ’90s (code 22S), as we’d probably expect to find on a 993. It’s a slightly lighter shade of green than other variants of Signal Green and in the pictures here almost looks metallic (though it isn’t). One thing we can be assured of: it’s a rare color on a 993.

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1997 Mercedes-Benz SL500 40th Anniversary Edition

1997 Mercedes-Benz SL500 40th Anniversary Edition

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About a month ago I featured a 1997 SL320 40th Anniversary Edition. Today’s car is also a 40th Anniversary Edition — although a SL500 and not a SL320. With the smaller straight-six production being limited to 250 models, the V8 had twice that number (despite what the sellers ad says) with 500. The SL500 was only produced in Crimson Red Metallic with “Exquisite” parchment leather, some fancy floormats and EVO II wheels. Seeing as these don’t come up for sale often, let’s take a look at this R129 outside of Boston.

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1997 Mercedes-Benz SL320 40th Anniversary Edition

1997 Mercedes-Benz SL320 40th Anniversary Edition

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To continue on the theme of non-traditional colored R129s, today we have a SL320 that not only has a unusual exterior color but an inside has a color hereto unseen on the legendary Mercedes roadster. In 1997, decided to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the SL with a special edition SL320 and SL500. All painted in Quartz Blue Metallic, the 6-cylinder SL320 is more rare with only 250 examples produced while the SL500, those all painted in Crimson Metallic, had twice as many with 500 being built. Apparently Mercedes-Benz felt that special exterior color wasn’t enough to set these cars apart. So let’s find out what is inside this 40th Anniversary Edition for sale in Florida.

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1997 Mercedes-Benz E320 with 35k miles

1997 Mercedes-Benz E320 with 35k miles

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The 2017 model year marks the dawn of a new E-class. And so continues the family tree of Mercedes-Benz’s bread and butter sedan, a story with origins that date back to the W120 “Ponton” that debuted in 1953. The new 2017 E-class is more evolutionary than revolutionary, as we’ve grown accustomed to the modern styling motif of Mercedes (some more begrudgingly than others). However, back in the mid-1990s, Mercedes-Benz took a bold leap with their W210 E-class, replacing the beloved, durable W124. This four-eyed E-class carried over some familiar powertrains, at least for a while, with some much needed enhancements such as rack and pinion steering and a 5-speed automatic gearbox that appeared in 1997 and featured on this E320 for sale in Illinois. Few early W210s exist these days in such great shape, especially the E320, which was the popular choice for the mid-sized Mercedes customer. This 1997 E320 would be the final year that the venerable M104 inline-6 would appear in the E-class, giving way to the new M112 V6 in 1998.

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1997 BMW M3 Coupe with 45,000 Miles

1997 BMW M3 Coupe with 45,000 Miles

The value of E36 M3s has been much debated over the past few years, with detractors snickering and deriding every asking price and speculators suggesting their worth is many times the average selling price. While it’s true you can find cheap E36 M3s, the question remains – where is the market going on these cars? The result of their relatively low value for such a protracted period means that today there just aren’t the glut of good examples that there once were, so when a really nice one comes along, now too do the bids. Case in point – today’s 1997 Coupe. A quick search of my local Craigslist ads suggests I can buy one of these for $6,500. No, actually, I can buy four of them, all for $6,500 (or less). So why would I pay more for this one?

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