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1993 Porsche 968 Coupe

Cars are much more than the sum of their parts. They are touchstones in life and can bring back fond memories of years gone by. It’s the cars that hail from the early 1990s that do this for me, right around the time I was learning how to drive. Before the days of the Internet, I would peruse the pages of car magazines and lust after the Porsches I’d come across from the period. Especially the 968. There was something about this car that hooked me. A lot of the attraction was due to its rarity in comparison to the ubiquitous 911, being a sort of “alternative” Porsche but keeping the hallmarks of what drew people to the brand. Thankfully, the 968 is a relatively affordable proposition today and remains high on the list for me. When I find myself in a situation with more plentiful parking, this could very well be the brother to my R53 MINI Cooper S.

John from flüssig magazine brought this Wimbledon Green 968 Coupe to our attention. Much like the 1993 928GTS we featured last month, this is one of those eye catching colors from the heyday of colorful Porsches. After speaking with Jeff Coe, 968 guru and owner of the Mint Green 968 Cabriolet, he learned this particular 968 Coupe was one of nine produced in this color combination with these options.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 Porsche 968 on AutoTrader

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1983 Audi Quattro from the BBC drama “Ashes to Ashes”

I’m not much for celebrity, but throughout television history, it’s been interesting to see the kinds of vehicles that get paired up with the stars. Whether it was the Ferrari 308GTB that was piloted by Tom Selleck in Magnum, P.I. or the Chevrolet Suburban that Tony tooled around with in The Sopranos, producers seem to have a keen way of pairing up a vehicle to match the personality of the protagonist. Recently, a series aired on BBC from 2008 to 2010 entitled Ashes to Ashes. The main character was centered around an officer with the London Metropolitan police who was shot and then regains consciousness in 1981. One of the hottest new cars of the period was the Audi Quattro, and thus, a red example was cast in the series. BBC is now auctioning this very UrQuattro to help their charity for disadvantaged children in the UK, BBC Children in Need.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1983 Audi Quattro on eBay UK

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2001 BMW Z3 Coupe

I feel kind of bad for the Z3 Coupe. The M Coupe of the same period has become a cult icon, but in the process, its sibling with less horsepower seems to be on the outside looking in. The Z3 Coupe, however, is a perfectly capable car in its own right. It might lack the Motorsport edge, but you can still get plenty of thrills out of this machine and have a decent amount of space in the back for that quick weekend getaway. Head still spinning from that expensive, low-mileage M Coupe we featured on our Facebook page yesterday? This Clownshoe is a little bit easier on the wallet.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 BMW Z3 Coupe on eBay

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Collecting in Miniature: 1:18 Scale Roundup

For years, yours truly has been keeping up a hobby rather quietly: slowly building up a collection of the very best 1:18 scale models out there. With the amount of money invested in my collection, I probably could have paid for a second 1:1 toy of modest means, but that’s beyond the point. For people like fellow writer Rob and myself who live in a big urban environment, space is at a premium. So then, what to do to sate your automotive appetite? Well, have a look at the following 1:18 scale German vehicles below.

I started collecting 1:18 scale cars in my formative years, when one of the few players in the market was Italian manufacturer Bburago. The art of scale models has come a long way in the last two decades or so, with makers such as Kyosho and AutoArt bringing incredible detail to ever expanding product portfolios of both vintage and modern cars. I’ve gathered up a few choice 1:18 diecast and resin models below that I felt would appeal to most GCFSB readers.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Minerva Blue Porsche 928 by AutoArt on eBay

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Audi V8 by Best of Show on eBay

CLICK FOR DETAILS: BMW M1 Procar Niki Lauda by Minichamps on eBay

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1989 Mercedes-Benz 300CE

You learn something new every day: Desert Taupe is a completely unknown color to me, at least until I stumbled upon this eBay listing for a clean 1989 Mercedes-Benz 300CE coupe. I have a hard time distinguishing it from similar colors with demographic-friendly names like “Tan” and “Beach Party Moonlight” (think Volvo 240 and Scion tC owners, respectively), but the seller claims it’s a shade different enough that it’s considered quite rare. Color aside, this W124 looks well-maintained and the later polished alloys are a nice visual upgrade – now, it just needs a set of H&Rs to settle down that monster-truck stance.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Mercedes-Benz 300CE on eBay

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