The GT badge was one which appeared on Volkswagens in the late 1980s and early 1990s for the slightly less hot version of the GTI. My father purchased a 1987 Golf GT new, a Tornado Red two-door hatch that had the trimmings of the GTI with the familiar 8 valve, four-cylinder engine. It wasn’t a particularly fast car and was not without its problems, but I always appreciated the clean design of the Mk2 Golf. The same goes for the Mk2 Polo GT. It’s not exactly an exciting or exotic vehicle, but a clean design. It’s a car that could have done well and still could do well in the US market, speaking to those buyers who turned to the original Beetle for basic transportation. This 1993 example represents the final year for the Mk2 Polo and is currently on offer in Switzerland.
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While the Audi S4 Avant is still going strong in Europe, this model has been persona non grata in the US market for eight years. It’s sad that Audi has abandoned the fast wagon formula in this country, a genre the company popularized with the 200 Turbo Quattro Avant around 25 years ago. It seems, however, that the bean counters are firmly in control and have decided to punish the enthusiasts in the US that kept this company going when sales were at their lowest. Remember that 60 Minutes episode, Audi? I don’t think you want to go back to those days anytime soon. Help keep your loyal base happy and give us the performance models we desire.
More than likely, Audi isn’t listening to my dialogue here, so if it’s a fast five-door you seek, dial back to 2004 with this well-kept S4 Avant equipped with that all important third pedal for the ultimate hooning experience.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Audi S4 Avant on eBay
Few cars can wear a quarter of a million miles better than a Mercedes-Benz W123. These cars are world renowned for their durability and timeless style. Being the workhorse of the lineup, good examples of the 300TD are few and far between. Find a good one, however, and you’ll have class, space and reliability in one package. This 300TD for sale in the Mid Atlantic region had a repaint a few years ago, Surf Blue being a hue that fits the personality of this car well. Want something more than your ordinary SUV but with a bit of economy and panache thrown in? Read further…
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1984 Mercedes-Benz 300TD on eBay
Mercedes-Benz has made a name for itself in the hyper estate segment. Their C and E class estates have been providing the basis for family vehicles that don’t just haul cargo, but haul a**. We didn’t see an AMG estate Mercedes decided to unleash the E55 AMG estate on the US market in 2005. This was a seven seater supercharged beast that was quickly snapped up by collectors and families with a need for speed. But prior to the W211, the W210 was given the AMG treatment as well. But this W210 estate takes it one step further. This E60 AMG Estate is tempting us at across the border in Canada. This was originally an E420 Estate that was sent to the boffins at AMG and emerged with a V8 packing 376 bhp. The look on the outside is subtle. Step inside the red leather interior and step on the loud pedal, however, and the beast will be unleashed.
Click for details: 1998 Mercedes-Benz E60 AMG Estate on Classic Driver
I’ll spare readers my usual rant about how I don’t like SUVs. But what I don’t like even more than SUVs is when their popularity precludes me from buying a car in the US that I normally would want, such as the Audi S4 Avant. Audi hasn’t offered a non-Allroad style Avant since 2012, which is a shame, given how attractive the B8 A4 Avant was. At least the US got a few years production sent over here, though. This 2010 A4 Avant 2.0T finished in Deep Sea Blue Pearl has got me pining for the days of when Audi understood its traditional customer. The all-wheel drive Avant driving customer.