A little over a decade separates the Mercedes-Benz W123 coupe we see here and the 280SE Coupe we featured yesterday. But what a difference a decade makes. Such was the upheaval in the luxury market due to ever tightening petrol supplies in the 1970s. Mercedes-Benz had been a proponent of diesel power going back to the 1930s, however, a diesel powered luxury coupe was a bit of a novelty at the time. Nevertheless, this proved to be a rather popular model and has proven to have the staying power of other W123 Mercedes-Benzes, one of the most revered models the company has ever produced. This W123 for sale in Pennsylvania is on offer at no reserve and has been in the same family for over two decades.
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As I was winding down what was quite a long week Friday evening, I happened to catch the original Thomas Crowne Affair on one of the upper cable channels. This was a fantastically scripted movie with one vehicle featured prominently throughout: a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow 2-door sedan with coachwork by H.J. Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd. Built in very limited numbers, this was a gentleman’s express of epic proportions, with vast amounts of wood and leather to ensconce those fortunate passengers inside and a pushrod V8 under the bonnet with “adequate” horsepower. This 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Coupe for sale in California could almost be considered that car’s contemporary, but with a decided German slant. Even though it might look a bit classic, it was thoroughly modern, with a 4-speed automatic gearbox, Bosch fuel injection and four-wheel disc brakes. Want to be the envy of the forecourt at the country club? Here’s the perfect coupe to do it in.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Coupe on eBay
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
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
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.