What better way to celebrate Black Friday than with a car that carries the work “black” in its name? Here’s a 2008 CLK 63 AMG Black Edition up for grabs, brought to our attention from our reader Den. This is the kind of car that will help you get your gift shopping done in record time. The CLK 63 AMG Black Series was a 507 horsepower beast, akin to a DTM car for the street. With a removed rear seat, adjustable suspension and wide fenders, this car was all business. With so few sold here in the US, this Black Series for sale in San Francisco with just under 40,000 miles represents a rare opportunity.
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The Porsche 356 is one of those cars to which I always enjoy returning. Whether it simply be to return to a vintage automobile whose lines I always enjoy or to gain a fuller appreciation for the elements of design, shape, and performance that went into these early Porsches. The ethos of the company is built into these cars and even today, more than 60 years since the first model was introduced, we still can see the evolutionary nature of the marque and the relationship not only of design but also performance. With the 356 Porsche had already begun offering their cars in varying levels of performance and here we have the highest available of those utilizing the 1.6 flat-4 engine, the Super 90. While 90 hp doesn’t seem like a lot, tasked with propelling a car that weighed less than 1000 kg these offered brisk performance for their time all while retaining the lightness and directness of feel possessed by many vintage machines. The particular example we have here is a restored Ivory over Tan 1963 Porsche 356B T6 Super 90 Cabriolet, located in Miami, and on auction with no reserve.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1963 Porsche 356B Super 90 Cabriolet on eBay
We will conclude what has become Targa month with an example that reaches back to the beginning of the 911SC model run and a car that reaches back to my own personal history with the 911. Here we have a Black on Black 1978 Porsche 911SC Targa, located in Pennsylvania, with 50,833 miles on it. My dad owned a 911 quite similar to this, differing only in that it was from 1979, and in many ways the aspects of the 911 Targa that appeal to me surely stem from many of those early experiences. I have begun to really enjoy the Targa in lighter shades as I’ve seen more of them, but a basic black on black model still ticks all the right boxes and, frankly, looks really nice. The 911SC wasn’t the first Targa produced, as they had been made available beginning in 1967, but during these early years of 911SC production the Targa was the only open-top option available. They were perhaps a peculiar design, but spoke to Porsche’s desire to meld performance with a driving experience that was both less confined while also meeting basic safety standards for roll-over protection.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1978 Porsche 911SC Targa on eBay
It is always interesting to take a look at the first version of a particular 911 model, whether to understand how a particular variant took shape or, for those on the investment side, to consider which might be the next model to take off on the market. Here we have the 993 Carrera 4S, the first version of the model produced for the 911 line and the only model produced with an air-cooled engine. It would be difficult for these models to show significant appreciation in the short term for the simple fact that they are already fairly expensive. Long term, however, this is the sort of variant that we could see do very well for buyers that are patient. There are a lot of similarities between the two cars featured here and both share one trait that I particularly like: each is fairly low mileage, but neither is ridiculously so. Meaning, each could still be driven and enjoyed to a reasonable degree each year without concern for killing the premium that comes with any low-mileage vehicle. We will start with a C4S from the first year of their production: a 1996 Speed Yellow C4S, located in Connecticut, with 33,800 miles on it.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S on eBay
Some days I come across a car and think “for the price, how can I go wrong?” This 944 is one of them. Of course, it’s not always that simple, as it costs a considerable amount more to keep a vintage Porsche on the road than your average used subcompact. However, if you can snag one of these sports car icons from the 1980s in good shape for a decent price, it would give reasonable breathing room to set aside some cash for the inevitable maintenance and repairs. Ready to take the Porsche plunge? Then feast your eyes on this 1989 944 for sale in South Carolina.