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1998 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG with 28k miles

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For fourteen years, my mom has been driving the same 2000 Mercedes-Benz C280. For those not keeping track, this was the last year for the W202 C-class, before the W203 was introduced and everyone started bemoaning the build quality of the next generation Mercedes. We’ve all spent so many years with this car that it’s become an integral part of the family. Every time I step back into it, it reminds me why I have a lot of disdain for newer vehicles. The W202 wasn’t loaded down with a lot of complex technology and wasn’t pretending to be something it wasn’t.

However, in 1998, AMG turned the performance dial up to 11 when they slotted a 4.3 liter V8 under the hood cranking out 306 hp. This was a car that followed in the footsteps of the old Detroit muscle car formula of taking the smallest car in the range and putting a huge engine in it. With exception of the W203 C32 AMG, we’ve seen a succession of V8 engined C-classes over the past 15 years or so from those nutters in Affalterbach, Germany. If you missed your chance on a new C43 AMG, this 1998 example for sale in Virginia could be the closest you might get to one in a while.

Click for details: 1998 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG on eBay

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10K Friday: Practical Performance Edition – S4 Avant v. 944 Turbo v. S600 v. Passat TDi Variant v. M5

One of the things I love most about these 10K posts is the breadth of selections and ideas that I dream up to try to pull together. Today’s thought was about practical performance – what’s the most your can buy for $10,000? As a result, we have quite a diverse selection to make it through today, ranging from a 2.0 TDi gas sipper through a 5.5 liter, twin-turbocharged V12 torque monster. In their respective ways, each is a great car (at least, in premise) and probably defines its category. What’s your favorite of this group?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 Audi S4 quattro Avant on eBay

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Wednesday Wheels Roundup

Time for another wheels roundup, and this time I’m focusing on some rare steering wheels. I have one for each major brand here. The Audi Sport Italvolanti wheel is simply an awesome period piece for an early Quattro and a rare find. It matches the Audi Sport colors from the beginning of the WRC run and would definitely suit a car with brown leather. The Ruf wheel goes down in my book as one best looking wheels out there – I simply love the elegant and simple look of it! The Atiwe wheel is one that I have to admit I don’t think I’ve seen before and would certainly help to set your 80s Benz apart. Speaking of setting apart, the Momo Benetton wheel is one of my all-time favorites. I would love to own a Harlequin Golf just to be able to install that wheel. And then there is the rare Petri 2002 Turbo wheel; a very cool period piece even if it is a bit pricey. Which is your favorite for your dream ride?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Italvolanti Audi Steering Wheel on eBay

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Tuner Tuesday: 2006 Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR Renntech R1

The supercar market has always been a bit perplexing to me; get past the glam and the glitz of these showstopping performance machines, and they generally are seldom used toys that depreciate quickly. You don’t hear about someone having saved money their entire life and walking down to a McLaren dealership to buy a P1, for example. That means once they’re no longer grabbing headlines, the well-heeled owners move on to the newest, biggest and best thing to impress their friends. Back up a decade and there was a massive showdown in 2003 between the Porsche Carrera GT and the Mercedes-Benz McLaren. With nearly equal power output, price and performance, one would have presumed that in today’s market they’d share equal value. Both were and are very special cars, and similar production numbers made it to the United States. But today a good Carrera GT will set you back half a million dollars, while you can grab the McLaren for less than $200,000 today:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2006 Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR Renntech R1 on eBay

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Getting a Jump on Black Friday: Cars, Accessories, Gifts and More

What better way to celebrate Black Friday than with a car that carries the work “black” in its name? Here’s a 2008 CLK 63 AMG Black Edition up for grabs, brought to our attention from our reader Den. This is the kind of car that will help you get your gift shopping done in record time. The CLK 63 AMG Black Series was a 507 horsepower beast, akin to a DTM car for the street. With a removed rear seat, adjustable suspension and wide fenders, this car was all business. With so few sold here in the US, this Black Series for sale in San Francisco with just under 40,000 miles represents a rare opportunity.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK63 AMG Black Series on San Francisco’s Craigslist

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