I’m going to move from yesterday’s Cassis Red Carrera, a 911 that I think we can all appreciate and which sits in a somewhat reasonable spot in the market for those currently looking for a classic 911, to this Forest Green Metallic 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S. With a price tag above $400K this 911 is one that I think most of us will be able to do little more than admire from a distance. It’s a heck of a car to admire though: 424 hp delivered through a 6-speed manual transmission to all four wheels. Yellow brake calipers, quad exhaust, carbon fiber peppered throughout the interior, and a redesigned rear wing. Your friends definitely would take notice.
Continuing on the theme of adding diverse tones to your life, BMW’s M3 has been traditionally one of the most colorful pallets in the Bavarian lineup. We saw the late shade of Fern Green on the late-model Convertible the other day. But fans of the E36 lust much more after the favorite “M3/4/5” model – the limited 1997-1998 3.2 sedan in manual form. It offered practicality and reportedly slightly lighter weight than the Coupe. And just like the Coupe and Convertible, it was available in all sorts of eye-catching shades. Today I have two of the most conspicuous: Techno Violet Metallic and the very limited Byzanz Metallic. Which is your favorite?
Last week I checked out a great SL73 AMG which the mad men at AMG took an already hearty 6.0 liter V12 and converted it to a 7.3 liter. Today we have another 7.3 liter 140 chassis, although this one was converted by another tuning house. This 1997 CL600 for sale in Hamburg, Germany was sent to well-known Brabus where it not only underwent the conversion to 7.3 liters, but gained some body work, wheels and giant brakes as well. Because of all this, the price tag steep. But you probably won’t believe how steep it really is.
After its unceremonious and unexplained exit from the U.S. market with the introduction of the third generation Golf in 1993, the GTI came roaring back in a big way for the 1995 model year. Sure, it was bigger, bulkier and well…roundier, but it came with a bunch more gusto thanks to the addition of the VR6 motor as seen in the Corrado and Passat models. The single-overhead cam, twelve valve head lacked the race-bred feel of the Mk.II 16V, the new motor more than made up for it with the addition of two more cylinders. Good for 172 horsepower and 173 lb.ft of torque, it swept the hot hatch from 0-60 in 7.1 seconds and produced a 15.5 second quarter mile at over 90 mph. But much like the original, the GTI was more than the sum of its numbers, with drivers enjoying the great 6-cylinder soundtrack which accompanied the waves of usable torque.
Of course, like all VWs from the period, it was expensive. Really quite expensive. A base GTI VR6 rolled out the door in 1995 at $18,875, and with a few options it wasn’t difficult to breech $20 grand. Yet that was still only a little more than half the money it would take you to grab a same-year M3, which offered only a bit more motivation and cornering prowess. Catch the pesky BMW driver off-guard, and they’d be unlikely to easily out-drag you. So you could either look at this model as a really expensive Golf or a really cheap BMW. That was what the legendary GTI had always been about, and this was a resounding return to form and continuation of the brilliance that was the GTI 16V, even if they felt (and, looked) completely different:
I promise I have not purposely sought out another white 911. It just so happens that this one possesses a few worthwhile attributes, looks good, and happens to be white. What we’re looking at is a Snow White 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in California, with Tan (Cashmere?) interior and 129,000 miles on it.
The W140 S600, in my opinion, is one of those ‘best friend or worst nightmare’ kind of cars. A wonderful example is almost pure bliss but if you end up with a neglected one, you’ll soon be searching the classifieds for a nice Toyota Corolla. Unlike its younger sibling W220 S600, the M120 V12 in the W140 is a great example of a twelve cylinder engine. It’s extremely smooth, makes great power and doesn’t have any real fatal flaws. It’s just everything around it that can be troublesome at times. Throttle actuators, EGAS modules, coolant pipes, breather pipes on top of everything else that normally goes wrong with a 90s Mercedes, will drive you nuts. The thing is, you really have to love the W140 to justify owning one. This isn’t a half-hearted car that you can drive and forget about. Even if you have no interest in maintaining this car by yourself, you really should have someone who knows the M120 look after it as most general mechanics usually don’t have the knowledge and experience to tackle problems as they arise. If you are one of those crazed W140 fans that has been looking for a prime S600, this 1997 in New York might fit the bill.
Engine: 6.0 liter V12
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 90,000 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction
1997 MERCEDES BENZ S- CLASS S600 V12 W140 IN PRESTINE CONDITION. MERCENDS BENZ FLAGSHIP VEHICLE WITH LOW MILES ONLY 90,000 ORIGINAL MILES.
BLACK ON BLACK BEST COLOR COMBINATION. I HAVE OWNED THIS VEHICLE SINCE 2013 THIS IS MY FOURTH S600 YOU WILL NO BE DISAPPOINTED, ADULT DRIVEN,GARAGE KEPT, MERCEDES BENZ SPECIALIZED MAINTAINED. WILL NOT BE DISSAPOINTED RECLINING HEATED REAR SEATS, DEFROST EXTERIOR MIRRORS, REAR SHADE, AND VERY RARE OEM 19″ AMG MONOBLOCK WHEELS.
For the 1996 model year, BMW replaced the 325 with the lightly revised 328 model. Power was up with the new M52B28, good for 190 horsepower and 210 lb.ft of torque. Although the new motor represented only a 1 horsepower net gain, there was now 15% more torque and a broader, more usable power band with the M52. That change alone was enough to slash the best part of a second off the 0-60 time, which now came in 7.3 rather than 8 seconds. The motor was much more than just an increase in displacement; lighter internals, revised intake and exhaust and dual oxygen sensors meant it was more efficient and smoother, too. New wheels, body-color lower moldings and revised kidneys were met with, amazingly, a lower price point as the base price of the 328 coupe fell a little over $500 to approximately $33,000.
‘Meet the new Boss’ continued to be the theme for the 3-series then, which remained the benchmark by which all others were judged. Car and Driver pronounced the chassis as “the definitive sports sedan” and the 328 and M3 models continued their dominance of the magazine’s perennial 10 Best list. That this proclamation came from notorious Bavarian-leaning C&D is perhaps no surprise, but what may shock some is that the 3-series didn’t appear as a winner until the E36 chassis in 1992, while it would go on to place an astonishing and unmatched 22 times.
Yet despite their prowess, we tend to only focus on one model in the range – the M3. Perhaps that’s because of their prolific production, perhaps because of their relative affordability; likely we just take it for granted because the 3-series seems to be ageless in its competency. Certainly, it’s an injustice to the normal 325/328 models, in their own right an excellent choice for enthusiasts.…
I will fully admit that I was pretty disappointed when I saw that this 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera S was equipped with Tiptronic S rather than a manual transmission. It looked so promising as I made my way through the initial photos, especially once I realized it wasn’t black, but rather a very attractive dark metallic green (specifically Forest Green Metallic). The color combination was right, the condition of the paint looked phenomenal, and the interior looked clean and in really nice shape. And then the gear shift lever stuck out like a sore thumb. Oh well. I still think this 911 is worth featuring and investigating further, in part because I don’t really see the C2S very often with an automatic (more on that below), but also because there may be buyers specifically on the look out for such a combination. Whether by preference or necessity not everyone wants a manual transmission so here we are and this one really is beautiful.
Model: 911 Carrera S
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 60,155 mi
Price: Reserve Auction
For sale is my beautiful and well-loved 1997 Carrera C2S with Tiptronic S transmission. It’s an ultra rare wide-body 993 finished in special-ordered Forest Green over Cashmere interior. It has a clean MD title and clean CarFax. Non-smoker. Always garaged. No accident. The car has 60k documented miles. I am the 4th owner. This C2S shows extremely well. I shudder to even call this a driver. It is a very clean car from the inside out. It was never abused, no rain, and absolutely no salty roads as evidenced by the corrosion/rust free undercarriage.
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The interior is easily 9/10.
Because I primarily write about Porsche 911s I tend to feature a lot of cars with very low mileage. As enthusiasts this understandably frustrates us and many readers. Machines are made to be used, especially such highly capable machines as the 911. The more rare the model the more likely we are to find one with few miles as owners tuck them away preserving them for years in pristine condition. Just look at the 911 Speedster.
I don’t mind seeing these cars; it’s always great to pore over the details of a like-new car that’s more than 30 years old as a way to experience something that I was too young to experience first hand at its inception. Still, cars that have been driven have stories. They have brought joy to their owners, sometimes mixed with frustration, but ultimately they have enlivened the senses and been utilized as their engineers intended. That in itself is interesting and worthwhile.
There are a lot of ways for a car to be rare, and sometimes higher mileage can itself be a rarity. Here we have something pretty rare: an Arctic Silver Metallic 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S, located in Los Angeles, with 67,044 miles on it. Granted, even this Turbo S is technically quite low in miles if we think about how many miles per year this figure represents. These things are relative. Nonetheless, this is quite a few more miles than just about every other Turbo S I’ve seen and, as the seller notes, that means you could (should!) actually drive the darn thing. Imagine that!
I always like to see 911s in rare colors and given the depth of the Porsche color spectrum I find plenty of opportunities to talk about those colors. I also am fond of saying that sometimes there is a reason a color, or color combination, is rare. Here we have an example that likely will fit that bill, though much more so in the interior than the exterior. First let’s just take a look at what we’ve got: a paint-to-sample Gold 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo, located in Ohio, with two-tone Cashmere and Mocha interior and just 41,000 miles on it.
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.6 liter twin-turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 41,000 mi
Price: $199,990 Buy It Now
1997 Porsche 911 Turbo
This is a 993 which stands out–Gold on two-tone Cashmere and Mocha. In a sea of Guards Red this is a beacon of sunlight.
41,000 original miles
Extremely nice inside and out
Paint to sample gold metallic
Color to sample two-tone interior
Full leather interior
Factory chrome wheels
All books, manuals, tools
Outside, you’ll see crisp gold paint which you won’t find on the color charts–this is a paint-to-sample car. It’s a vibrant gold, with fine metal flake that shimmers outdoors. It flops in the sun from white gold to copper…it has to be seen in person. The chrome factory wheels are excellent, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sports. Lights and lenses are excellent, and the glass is clean.
Here are the options listed on the underhood sticker:
C02 – US Emissions
XK7 – Shift Knob and Boot in Leather
XMA – Leather Headliner
XN1 – Leather Door Package
XN2 – Leather Door handles
XN3 – Side Air Vents in Leather
XN4 – Center Fresh Air in leather
XN7 – Brake Handle in leather
XN9 – Sun Visors in Leather, Lighted Mirror in Right Sunvisor
XP9 – Leather Door Package (speaker grilles) in leather
XV1 – Defroster Trim in Leather
XV2 – Triangular Trim Near Vents in Leather
XW6 – Leather Door Package (finishers) in leather
XW8 – Leather Door Package (armrests) in color
XW9 – Door Sills in Leather
X27 – Mirror Adjuster and Bezel in Leather
X26 – Steering Wheel All Leather Including Airbag Cover
446 – Concave Hub Caps With Colored Crests
454 – Automatic Speed Control
520 – Passenger Compartment Monitoring (alarm)
586 – Lumbar Support, Left Seat
650 – Electrical Sliding Roof
692 – CD Changer
939 – Supple Leather Seat Covers, Rear
982 – Supple Leather Seat Covers ,Front
XMA – Roof, A&B Pillar in Leather
XX1 – Front Floor Mats Embroidered “Porsche”
Inside, the custom two tone interior is amazing.