Budget V12: 1998 BMW 750iL

Do you only have $7k to spend on a car? Do you still want to look like a BOSS?

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.

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1998 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG Estate

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.

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Year: 1998
Model: C43 AMG Estate
Engine: 4.3 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 106,780 mi
Price: Auction

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. Recently repainted, this excellent AMG estate has a full-service history with a comprehensive file containing invoices and MoT test certificates. This Mercedes-Benz C43 is supplied with a V5C registration document, a new MoT test certificate, three sets of keys and is fitted with a Tracker system which could be reactivated. AMG are renowned for producing some of the best sports saloons and estates in the world and this model is certainly one of them. Definitely one of the rarest and fast appreciating Mercedes-Benz C 43 AMG’s you can find in today’s market. Price Guide £6,000 – £10,000 ?

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This C43 Estate sports the awesome 189 Green Black Metallic paint which is exactly how it sounds. In some lights it looks green, in others black, and in these photos it looks more like a navy blue. Either way, a great color if you are into darker tones. Having just over 66,000 miles, this AMG doesn’t look like it’s been overcome by the rust monster that W202s are infamous for which is a great thing. One thing to keep in mind when buying any C43 is to be wary of transmission issues – they are are notorious for needing rebuilds as they couldn’t handle of the torque from the M113 4.3 liter. Otherwise, these are pretty stout cars that don’t need a ton of attention if you stay on top of maintenance. One thing to note, it looks like this car has the parking sensors which is an extremely rare option on the W202.

As for price, it’s anyone’s guess since this is an auction in England. Usually these range from $7,500 to $12,500 depending on condition if converted to US dollars. The collectability of the W202 AMG cars are starting to rise, but I wouldn’t call these a blue chip or must have for any collector just yet. But if you were looking for a rare wagon that is plenty fast, this one is tough to argue.

– Andrew

1998 Mercedes-Benz E320 Wagon

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.

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1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe Tiptronic

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:

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Evergreen Forest: 1998 BMW M Roadster

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:

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1998 BMW M3 Supercharged

1I 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.

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1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S with 3,000 Miles

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.

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1998 BMW 318ti M-Sport

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:

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1998 BMW 318ti

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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.

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#FailFriday: 1998 Mercedes-Benz G500 Cabrio

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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.

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