Looking for a performance car? This isn’t it. It’s also about as far from a classic Audi as you could get in the U.S. market; there was no turbo, no inline-5, no manual and no quattro drivetrain. But the B4 Audi Cabriolet was ironically the last 1980s holdover for the company, and it survived until somewhat amazingly 1998 here, with the basic chassis construction from 1985. To the end, it remained a competent and handsome convertible, a conservative alternative to the more expensive Mercedes-Benz drop-tops and the flashier BMWs. The Cabriolet really only came in one configuration here, with the 2.8 liter V6 linked to the 4-speed automatic driving the front wheels. On the fly, this was a fine setup and certainly potent enough to rustle your hair, though it was far from lighting it on fire. Pricing at the end of the run was surprisingly high at $34,600 base price. Added to that were the packages many came with for the 1998 model year; Premium Package added a power roof, burled walnut wood trim; Kodiac leather seat upholstery, remote locking and alarm. Ironically for the convertible, the “All Weather Package” added heated front seats, heated windshield washer nozzles, and heated door locks. Also optional for the end of the run were the Votex Competition 16″ 6-spoke alloy wheels and even high backed sport seats; both (especially the latter) are very rare. Today the market ignores these last B4s, and often they can be had for a song:
Coming across a factory version of a model that doesn’t actually exist is always a lot of fun. At least it is for me as someone who will view this 993 from afar, analyze and read about it, and then write. Were I an actual interested buyer I’d either be very anxious – perhaps because I was already aware of this car’s existence and waiting for a sale – or befuddled as I try to track down all of the necessary verification to support the factory production of such a rarity. But either way there’s plenty to look at. The 993 Carrera S, also known as the C2S, was only produced as a Coupe. It’s a wonderful car; one of my favorite 911 designs Porsche has released. It seems, however, that at least one buyer convinced Porsche to make a Cabriolet and it is that car which we see here. The asking price is astronomical and the mileage is very low. All of which combines to make for a very special 911.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet on eBay
Model: 911 Carrera S Cabriolet
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 10,200 mi
Price: Reserve Auction ($499,000 Buy It Now)
Absolutely rare example of a 993 „S“ Convertible with turbo body.
Original Porsche factory conversion to turbo body according to special customer request. This model has never been available through the official Porsche sales program.
This Porsche has been ordered new in late 1997 by a gentleman, who had been a Porsche enthusiast for quite a long time. Therefor at that time he already had purchased a significant number of vehicles from Porsche in Stuttgart. Obviously he was able to convince the engineers at the Porsche Exclusive Department to convert his brandnew 993 convertible to a 993 „S“ Cab with a turbo body.
Here we turn to what is for me the prettiest model of the 911. Not the best (though it ain’t too shabby!), but the prettiest. With its wider rear adding to its curvier lines all elevated by the taller greenhouse, the 993 Carrera S makes for a very alluring 911. And relative to its successors, who have retained some of the model’s curves if in a flatter form, the 993 remains on the relatively smaller side. When seen today we are reminded that 911s aren’t large cars and while the current models still wouldn’t be considered large that is partly because everything else has gotten bigger as well. The Carrera S puts the 911’s athleticism on full display quite well. Here we have a Arctic Silver Metallic 1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S located in Halifax with just 31,530 miles on it.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S on eBay
Model: 911 Carrera S
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 31,530 mi
Price: $103,900 Buy It Now
1998 Porsche C2S. Two owner Canadian car. 31,530 miles (50,742 kilometers). Arctic Silver Metallic with black interior. Locking differential with ABD, 18” techno wheels with crest; cruise control, factory alarm, sunroof, CDR-210 radio, tools, tire inflator, two keys, all manuals / books.
The car has been rarely used, meticulously maintained and stored in a climate controlled environment since its acquisition by the current owner.
The condition of this car is outstanding. The original paint appears near flawless. The original wheels are unblemished. The interior shows no signs of wear. They don’t get much better than this.
Detailed pictures are available on request.
Even in Silver this is a pretty nice looking 911. The condition appears quite good so that obviously plays a role, but still it’s a color that seems to work well on the 993.…
Then you should buy this E38 750iL. That is, of course, after you’ve put it through a PPI to make sure it isn’t about to grenade, and talked with your bank manager (slash significant other) to check you can afford the fuel and maintenance on this V12-powered cruise missile. The long-wheelbase E38 7-series is a real bruiser and a looker, especially in black: a behemoth in a bespoke suit. And while the electronics on BMW’s V12 motors are notoriously expensive to fix when they go wrong, the 5.4 liter SOHC M73 engine itself is fairly reliable. While power output at 320 hp is relatively modest for such a large lump, there’s plenty of low-down torque, the unit doesn’t suffer from the timing chain/guide failures that afflict V8s from the same era and, according to some on the forums, even manages to return a reasonable 24 MPG on the highway. That’s pretty incredible when you think about it. The relatively puny M50 six cylinder in my E34 only manages a few more than that.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 BMW 750iL on eBay…
Long before the time of W211 E55 and E63 AMG wagons pinning your groceries to the back window as you leave the supermarket parking lot, there was the original AMG wagon you might not of known about. The C43 was the first official AMG offered from Mercedes-Benz in wagon form. Only around 800 of them were produced worldwide. Unfortunately, ‘worldwide’ in this case doesn’t include North America – none were imported here, but we can still dream. This 1998 for sale outside of London, England gives you a chance to be extremely practical at less than half the price of the later AMG wagons.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG Estate on Hemmings
Model: C43 AMG Estate
Engine: 4.3 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 106,780 mi
Seller’s Description: The potent Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG was introduced in July 1994 as a flagship of the successful C-Class range. Unlike its C-Class stablemates, it was only offered in one pricey but complete package, including standard automatic gearbox, classy AMG alloy wheels, skirts and spoilers body kit plus a complete specification. Numbers were limited. A five-speed automatic gearbox and standard cruise control were added in August 1996 and the car was eventually run out with the C-class facelift in the summer of 1997. Mercedes super saloon fans then had to wait until the following year for the introduction of its replacement, the 4.3-litre V8-powered C43, which included all the refinements of the updated C-Class range. This car was also offered in estate form, a version which continued for six months when the saloon range was phased out in autumn 2000. This rare righthand drive Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG Estate was supplied new by Bradshaw Webb (Chelsea) Ltd with a large number of optional extras including green-black metallic paint, black leather interior, Parktronic system, auto tinting rear mirror, rain sensor wipers, auto pilot system, electric glass sunroof, folding mirrors, vanity mirrors, door lights, xenon headlights, Alpine CD autochanger and headlight wash / wipe.
Earlier this week I looked at a W124 wagon that I thought was a great buy for both the short and long term. Today is another Mercedes wagon and the successor of the W124 — the W210. The W210 wagon still sold reasonably well compared to the legendary W123 and W124 thanks to the introduction of an all new 4matic system and well, it’s a Mercedes wagon. This E320 wagon for sale in New York offers a ton of value for very little money and even better, it’s in a rare color.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 Mercedes-Benz E320 Wagon on eBay…
I didn’t entirely intend for this post to run the day after my discussion of automatic- vs. manual-equipped 928s, but it just so happens to have worked out that way. Yet my interest here remains along similar lines and the way we (or perhaps I?) tend to ignore automatic 911s. Granted, with the 911 we’re dealing with a different world than the 928. A manual 928GTS is a rare thing, while an automatic 911 is a rare thing. Also, while the automatic actually may be preferred by 928 owners, with the 911 that’s not the case. But there are owners for whom an automatic does hold appeal so we can’t just totally ignore them. This particular 911, a Slate Gray Metallic 1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S with 17,373 miles on it, makes for an interesting test of the market and the ways in which we ignore certain cars:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe Tiptronic on eBay…
This past weekend I drove by the spot where I first encountered the M Coupe. The year was 1998, and to be honest the Z3 lineup had been pretty forgettable. In many ways, the car’s signature launch through the James Bond film Goldeneye summed up how most felt about the Z3:
“Hey, look, a new convertible BMW!” (moves on)
But that changed with the launch of the M-tuned models. The E36/7 and /8 suddenly had the performance to back up the hoopla associated with the launch when the S52 from the M3 found its way under the hood. Augmenting that were upgraded brakes, giant shadowline Roadstar wheels with massive (and awesome) lips, and wide flared fenders culminating in quad exahusts emerging from the rear middle of the car – what would become signature on the next round of BMW M models. It looked great, it drove great, and was available in some pretty wild colors. It was pretty much the instant recipe for a collectable, but values languished for some time before the Coupe models really started taking off a few years ago. But it’s still possible to get into a collector-condition Z M model for not an outrageous sum:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 BMW M Roadster on eBay…
I like the E36 M3 sedan because it offers the practicality of a four-door without having to sacrifice much, if anything, in terms of looks or performance over the coupe version. I tend, however, to veer away from modified examples when scouting out cars to write up for the site. There are a few reasons for this. First, I’m a bit of a purist at heart, and I think that cars should probably be enjoyed the way their makers intended. Second, many cars that have had their internals altered also sport grotesque mods on the outside; outsize spoilers and fiberglass bodykits and the like. Third, buying a used, modified car comes with its fair share of risk, particularly if you can’t authenticate the quality of the work that has been done. But this car caught my eye because it is happily free of external modification and looks very neat.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 BMW M3 on eBay…
I’m hoping this 911 can serve as a data point on market values, but I also suspect eBay is not really the right place for these types of cars so we’ll have to see. As the title states, here we have a Glacier White 1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S, located in Florida, with a mere 3K miles on the clock. I’ve across a few ultra-low mileage examples of the 993 Carrera S and Carrera 4S and their asking prices always blow my mind. Here we have one available as a reserve auction so I’m curious where bidding will take it. As we’d expect with such a car the condition looks pretty much as new and while I wouldn’t agree with the seller that the White over Grey color combination is the “most desired,” Glacier White is a nice looking color on the 993 and certainly less common than Grand Prix White. I just wish these pictures showcased it better.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S on eBay…
Just the other day, Paul looked at a 1998 BMW 318ti in Oxford Green. An offbeat commuter, the condition of that car was great, but not so much was the near $7,000 price. Today I have another 318ti to look at, but this one ups the ante a bit. Again it is an original M44 car in great shape with well below average miles. The color is a little less 90s spectacular, but still looks nice in Alpine White. However, it’s the addition of the California roof and the M-Sport package which really helps this hatch stand out. Let’s take a look:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 BMW 318ti M-Sport on eBay…
If you’ve been following my posts here on GCFSB for the last seven years or so, you’ll know I’m a fan of obscure vehicles. These days, the sight of an M-badged BMW or Porsche 911 does little to excite me, as they seem all too ubiquitous in the urban environments I frequent. It’s no surprise then, at a recent cars and coffee, it wasn’t the fast German machines or Italian exotics which grabbed my attention. Rather, it was a mint Citroën SM sitting in the corner of the parking lot that caught my eye. It had been years since I had seen one of these French grand tourers and it was a design that looked as good in 2016 as it did when it debuted over 45 years ago. The BMW 318ti is not nearly as exotic as the Citroën SM, but it’s not something you see that often on the streets these days. This one for sale in California is saddled with an automatic gearbox but makes for a nice alternative commuter that you could have some fun with on the weekend.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 BMW 318ti on eBay…
Welcome back to Fail Friday: Where once good cars can hopefully get the help they deserve. Today’s vehicle is a result of what happens when people just simply have too much money. It’s not the fact that it’s the ultra-rare W463 G500 Cabrio, it’s the fact that someone decided to turn it into a driving Salvador Dali gallery. I have lots of questions and not a lot of answers so let’s try to sum up this surreal G-Wagen located in Germany.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 Mercedes-Benz G500 Cabrio on eBay…
Andrew’s Mercedes-Benz C55 AMG post had me considering my last car, a W203 2007 C230 Sport. Truth be told, I didn’t like that car all that much. The 7-speed automatic was overkill for the V6, leading the gearbox to hunt around too much and the lack of standard features such as auxiliary input for the stereo and fold down rear seats were bewildering on a car costing over $35,000 new. And while the interior fittings were upgraded in 2005, the overall package left a bit to be desired, especially if you were used to Mercedes-Benzes of yore. I’m a much bigger fan of the C-class that preceded the W203, the W202. While my 1998 C230 only had a 2.3 liter inline-4 mated to a 5-speed automatic, it was a much more well-rounded package with a big helping of that old school Mercedes feel. I dearly miss that car and this 1998 C230 for sale in Florida has me missing it even more.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 Mercedes-Benz C230 on eBay…
The internet has been abuzz in recent months about how horrible Mustang drivers are in aggregate. Citing the numerous video records of late model Mustang burnouts gone horribly (and sometimes hilariously) wrong, the conclusion seems to brand all pony drivers as PBR sipping, Larry the Cable Guy watching, Copenhagen chewing knuckle draggers who greet each other with “OH YEAH? WATCH THIS!” Outside of some really special models, I’m generally not a huge Mustang fan – but here’s the thing. I’m really not sure it’s fair to brand the entire ownership of a model like this based upon the video witness of a few yahoos. After all, the Mustang is a hugely successful model. They sold a half a million of them in the first model year alone, which wasn’t even a whole year. To put in in perspective, yellow is considered one of the least popular colors on the car, yet there is an online
support group enthusiast page devoted to them with over 10,000 members. Ten thousand – just yellow ones. Sufficed to say, there are a lot of Mustangs out there and odds are that most are probably pretty reasonable, non-crashing into crowds at Cars and Coffee event owners. I’ll come back to this in a minute.…