Welcome back to Week in Review, where we recap the last few weeks of vehicles we have featured:
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When BMW upped its game in the E36 chassis with the introduction of the M3, specialty tuner Alpina answered with the B3 3.0 and later 3.2 in step with BMW. The successor of the slightly less powerful B6 model, the B3 kept many of the same improvements to the E36 chassis – unique stabilizers, springs and shocks, and larger brakes. Inside the B3 received the normal Alpina-style shift knob, steering wheel and seats, and in their typical style Alpina provided unique front and rear spoilers along with their own badging. Of course, the package was rounded out by some of the best looking wheels ever fitted to a BMW. While the B3 was down on power to the European M3 3.2, it wasn’t really much slower – again in typical Alpina fashion, the car was tuned to make the most of the power that was available rather than just provide a shockingly high output number. A reported 1,000 of these ultra-exclusive B3s were produced, with about 2/3rds of those being the earlier 3.0 model. With only 342 of the 3.2 produced, the pool is already very exclusive on these. Add a manual transmission when most are automatic, special order Dakar Yellow paint and a cabriolet model, and this is among the most exclusive Alpinas ever made.
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When it comes to Porsche exclusivity for your dollar, you would be hard pressed to find a better value than the 944S2 Cabriolet. Less than 2,000 examples made it stateside for one model year, 1990. As of late, values have been creeping up, following the trend of the front-engine, water-cooled set. Boxster a bit too mainstream for your tastes? Here’s a good way to stand out with this fully documented 944S2 Cabriolet for sale in Connecticut.
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I spend a fair amount of time in salvage yards and see a lot of vehicles with surprisingly low-mileage for a junker. 75,000 miles, 68K – not the hundreds of thousands you might expect. That’s why the 1992 318ic is so incredible: close to 200,000 miles and it still looks this good. Cosmoline is still visible in the engine bay, and the body appears straight as an arrow. Of course, a lot of E30 convertibles enjoyed status as a weekend-only vehicle, so the use of this car was likely restrained at best, which gives the next owner a very honest and straightforward platform to work form, or simply to preserve. I can’t remember the last time I saw an OEM tan interior in the sport vinyl configuration, which only makes this car all the more appealing and likely rare, given its status as a late-production E30.