Double Take: Brown 911s – Classic vs Modern

I will admit here I am really stretching the boundaries of what makes sense for a double take. I had already come across this Nutmeg Brown Metallic 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe and wanted to write it up because of its fairly rare and unusual exterior color. I like darker metallic browns a lot and we almost never see them outside of a few years in the 70s and 80s. I’ll admit that brown isn’t the most appealing car color for many, but in the right circumstances it can work quite well.

Then I came across a much newer 911 in a very similar color and thought, why not? So if you are a fan of these dark brown exteriors this might give you a sense of your options and, what for me is perhaps the most interesting aspect of this, the relative cost and performance that’s available to you. Let’s look at the Nutmeg Brown Carrera first:

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2008 Mercedes-Benz E350

Outside of the E55 or E63 AMG, I don’t really check out many Mercedes-Benz W211s. There is nothing wrong with these cars, but rather the fact there isn’t much to say about them. It’s a mass-produced, run-of-the-mill mid-size sedan that does everything just fine. Nothing special or unique about them. Most were bought or leased for three to five years, dumped off to the second owner who rack up the miles doing the bare minimum in maintenance to the car until the cycle repeats enough times to where you can pick one up for $5,000 at the corner lot or everyone’s favorite, Craigslist. Today’s car, a 2008 E350, seems to be an exception to the W211 typical life cycle. This car painted in the amazing Flint Gray, shows only 53,000 miles and is actually for sale by an official Mercedes-Benz dealer. What gives?

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2008 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

How much do you like green cars? The impetus for the question will be somewhat obvious, though it isn’t just the exterior that raises the question. This is a Green 2008 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, located in Ohio, with 10,016 miles on it. Typically this exterior color is referred to as RS Green since it was first made available from 2007-2008 for the GT3 RS, though as we can see the CoA lists it simply as Green. Many also call it Porsche Green. It is paint code 2D8.

Back to my original question. RS Green is a pretty great shade of green. For a car like the GT3 RS it works incredibly well. It also is very rare to come across one. This particular RS is…extra green. The interior too has taken on that green hue with green stitching throughout along with a variety of trim pieces in the dash, doors, and center console painted that same bright green. It’s a lot of green so you’re going to have to love it.

The other reason you’ll really need to like green is the price. As I said these are rare among the already relatively rare GT3 RS and with an asking price of $325K you’re gonna have to pay a lot for that rare green.

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2008 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe

After yesterday’s 996 Turbo S Coupe I thought it might be worthwhile to look at an obvious alternative. As some readers noticed quite quickly, with Turbo S prices moving up that brings into play a few other cars. The two most obvious are the 996 GT3 and the 997.1 Turbo. Because it’s the much closer comparison I’ve chosen the Turbo for this post. Also because I’ve featured the GT3 quite a bit over the past year. I love them and have thought prices were quite good considering what you’re getting. It’s ultimately what I would choose were I in the market. But the GT3 isn’t a Turbo (obviously) and for those looking for that combination of luxury and performance that only a 911 Turbo can provide the 997 makes the better choice.

Here we have a Basalt Black Metallic 2008 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe, located in Ohio, with Sand Beige leather interior and 26,483 miles on it. It has sport seats, the sport chrono package, and a 6-speed manual. With 480 hp on tap you’re getting more power than the Turbo S and arguably a much better looking 911 both inside and out.

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2008 BMW M3

Some cars clearly have interesting stories associated with them. A few of those stories are very compelling; cars that have lived their entire lives with a single owner who lovingly lavished gifts of unfettered maintenance and weekly detailings. Other times is a car which has somehow beaten the odds, appearing in completely original and untouched condition.

But more often than not the stories make you want to run away. Perhaps it is an accident history, lack of detail, or high price – whatever the case, there’s reason to be suspicious. With that in mind I consider today’s M3. What initially caught my attention, obviously, is the color. Phoenix Yellow Metallic was not a standard color on the E9X chassis, so finding one in that shade must mean that it was a BMW Individual car, right? Well, that would make this car very, very rare. There were a total of 865 Individual colors for the E9X, and of those only 2 are recorded to be Phoenix Yellow. That’s right, there are more E46 models painted Phoenix Yellow by BMW Individual after the color was discontinued in March 2005.

On top of that, the car has Fox Red leather. Now, that combination may not be for anyone everyone, but it certainly makes this car pretty special. Mileage, while not very low, also wasn’t outrageous. To add to the positives, there’s a host of Dinan upgrades and even disclosed maintenance. For all you DCT haters, it’s a 6-speed manual, too. And then there’s the price – $26,000. This car is into the same price bracket as prime E46 models. So, what gives?

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2008 Porsche 911 GT2

I’ve been looking at quite a few high-dollar 911s lately and among the pantheon of Porsche supercars the GT2 tends to stand on its own. Unlike the extremely high priced original 993 GT2 where values soar to over $1M the water-cooled cars have less collector interest and thus lower costs. But the performance is not lower. Not lower at all.

I see examples of the 996 GT2 come around pretty often, and prices have generally been moving up. I see the 997 GT2 far less often, outside of the ridiculously sublime GT2 RS which can easily set you back nearly $500K, so I’m a little curious where these will fall on the spectrum. Where will their value lie relative to the rising values of the 996? As I mentioned in my roundup of the 996 GT3: while the 996 still makes for a reasonable value even among the GT cars, as they approach the cost of a similar 997 then we begin to open up even greater performance value potential.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2008 Porsche 911 GT2 on eBay

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Year: 2008
Model: 911 GT2
Engine: 3.6 liter twin-turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 13,231 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

We are excited to offer this one owner 2008 Porsche GT2 Coupe with only 13,231 original miles on the odometer! One of only 237 ever made, the car is finished in a Stuttgart classic combination of Silver with perfect Charcoal/Anthracite Leather and Suede upholstery. Overall this car is in stunning condition, is a joy to drive, runs and drives perfectly and is as quick as you would expect a GT2 to be!

This 2008 Porsche GT2 Coupe is a true collector car and is fitted with its 3.6L H6 DOHC 24V Turbo motor coupled to its 6 Speed manual transmission which is fluid and has no issues; the clutch is in perfect condition.

2008 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe

Almost any time I step away from the air-cooled 911 market to look at another Porsche I experience a brief moment of surprise about the value available. It’s the case even when all I’ve done is look at water-cooled 911s. Granted, the one we see here, a Black 2008 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe with Red leather interior, manual transmission and just 9,715 miles on it, is up for a reserve auction so it is possible the dealer will be asking too much and our sense of value might diminish. But experience tells me that’s rarely the case with the 997 and even if it is I would hardly expect bidding to go crazy. So what we have is a really attractive, and excellent performing, sport coupé that should be attainable for a decent price. This 911 won’t have the value upside of an air-cooled model, but we all need something to actually drive right?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2008 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe on eBay

2008 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG

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Black, white, silver or gray. Google search ‘CL63 AMG’ then click the images tab and that’s all you’ll see on these cars. (Ignore that red one. What was that guy even thinking?) I mean I get it, those are the colors that sell. I’m guilty of it. My AMG is silver because 97% of my cars produced were either black, white or silver. German cars are serious, and the buyers of their cars are too. The German models that aren’t so serious (Porsche 911) has every color in the rainbow and people go wild for that (but still usually still buy black, silver, white or gray).

But just because these are serious cars doesn’t mean we can’t venture off into other colors that aren’t on the scale between between black and white. Navy blue is a wonderful color that isn’t in your face. How about a nice darker green? Specifically, how about Jade Green Metallic? We are in luck because that’s exactly what the 2008 CL63 AMG for sale on Long Island, New York is.

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Turned-up Titanium: 2008 Audi A4 2.0T quattro S-Line Titanium Package

If you walked in to your Audi dealer a little under a decade ago, an A4 sedan started at $31,000. That sounds like a lot, but consider for a moment that all these years later, the base price is still under $35,000. Click the S-Line package on your order form, as many did, and you snuck an extra $2,000 out of your bank account. That got you a black-only leather interior, the 1BE sport suspension, brushed aluminum trim, a S-Line 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel, 18-Inch 5-Arm quattro GmbH Wheels with 235/40 All-Season Tires, S-Line door entry plates, and aluminum optic pedals. Considering what Porsche charges you just to take a radio out of a car, that’s not a bad deal, all in all. You then had the option to click the special package on the special package: the Titanium Package. This gave you the special Ronal-made 15 spoke quattro GmbH wheels in 18″, blacked out trim inside and out, and a black headliner. That would have cost you only $500 more, but the residual value of this package would have made it quite a good investment, indeed. With perhaps the best looking aesthetic of any A4 produced yet, the Titanium cars have taken on a life of their own, often asking near double what an equivalent S-Line would come to market for. That’s especially true of manuals, and the market really loves the look of Ibis White. Ticking all of these boxes plus a few more, let’s see if this particular example is worth the hefty premium:

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 3.6 4Motion Variant

On paper, the Passat W8 4Motion Variant like the one I wrote up early in August was the enthusiast with a family’s dream; an understated, all-wheel drive eight cylinder wagon with BBS wheels, smart styling and a not-outrageous asking price. I mean, it wasn’t cheap, but it wasn’t RS7 money. You could even get a manual. But it was complicated, and ultimately, it was still a $40,000 Passat. The W8, while silky smooth, also was a bit underwhelming in the power department. Out of 4 liters, despite all the engine trickery, it produced only 270 horsepower – only 20 more than its contemporary 2.7 V6 twin-turbo sibling S4/Allroad/A6s could. In many ways, while the model that replaced it seemed a bit more tame in the headline department, it’s actually the one to get:

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