As depreciation continues to work its wonderful magic, there are a number of excellent cars falling into the sub $30k range which is the cap of what I consider to be reasonable at this point in my life. If you’ve got $30k to spend on a car then then the field is wide open, E90 M3s, 987 Caymans and the B8 S5 are all options. At that price point they’re most likely not the garage queen you dream of but clean, mechanically solid examples with relatively low miles are out there. I think this particular car is one of those examples, and with just under 70k on the clock it looks to have been well cared for. I guess that’s what starting life as a corporate fleet vehicle in California will do for a car.
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This is going to be a little bit of a quick-hitter, though we should not take that to suggest there are serious flaws with this 911. Rather, I’m mostly struck by the price this auction has reached. Here we have a Platinum Metallic 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in California, with a Brown interior and 36,550 miles on it. There is a ton to love about this car. It comes in an absolutely fantastic color combination, which we don’t come across often, that is both very striking yet also somewhat subtle. It presents really well inside and out and I’m particularly fond of the interior color and the way it contrasts with the exterior. The mileage is also very low. But this auction currently sits at $69,991. For a 1984 Carrera. Unsurprisingly, this has met the reserve and I was fairly stunned when I saw it. I’m used to very high asking prices for this sort of car; I’m far less used to seeing one actually sell.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe on eBay
The 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300CD we saw for sale last November is back up on offer at no reserve. To be perfectly honest, 181,000 miles rarely looked so good.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300CD on eBay
The below post originally appeared on our site November 24, 2014:
A few weeks ago, our reader John sent me a listing on Craigslist for this car. I immediately laughed. It’s not that the car was modified to look like an RS2 in the front and resprayed. On the surface, that’s pretty common and overall it looks reasonably done. It’s not that the car didn’t get a matching engine transplant; the unappreciated 20 valve normally aspirated 7A inline-5 is still there. It’s not that they didn’t do a 5-bolt conversion with larger brakes. No, what made me laugh was the color – Sprint Blue Pearl. That’s a B7-spec color, and while to non-Audi nerds it may not matter, it’s the wrong color. Nogaro Blue, technically, would also be the wrong color, since the RS2 was oft-anointed in the special shade of RS Blue. Now, technically that color seems to be the same color as the later B5-chassis shade, but nevertheless the person who repainted this car in the spirit of the RS managed to be 3 generations off in color. It’s that kind of attention to detail that always worries me about modified cars:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1991 Audi Coupe quattro on eBay
One of the benefits to U.S. automobile enthusiasts of the recent global economic slowdown is the raise in value of the dollar relative to the Euro. For some time, the Euro was nearly a two to one ratio – it made contemplating importing vintage cars hard to stomach, because you needed to double the price and then deal with the headache and cost of importing the car. With it much closer to one to one as it is today, perusing the halls of German eBay suddenly becomes less of a pipe dream and more of a potential reality. Of course, if you’re going to be going through the difficulty of importing something, it better be worth it! For me, there are a plethora of rare Audis that I’d love to import. However, it does seem silly to import a S4 or S6, for example, since they were available here as well and you could get a pretty nice example. No, it seems to make more sense to look for something that you just don’t see on a regular basis – like this 1973 Audi 100 Coupe S, for example: