Legend or Reality? Mercedes-Benz 500E v. E55 AMG

The Mercedes-Benz 500E is a car which needs no introduction to the fans of GCFSB. We feature the model on a regular basis; as one of the most popular super-sedans produced by Mercedes, we’re always glad to see a very mint condition, low mileage model and hopeful for a steal when we see less pristine examples. The possibility always exists that one will sneak in at a cut-rate – a model that has higher miles and a small list of needs, for example, that will allow for a more reasonable purchase price. But as we pine and search for values on the 500E/E500 market, ironically we seem to ignore the model which replaced it in spirit; the E55 AMG. Part of that comes down to both the real and perceived gap in quality between the W124 and the W210 chassis; however, what is undeniable is what that equates to in the real world. Find a not-perfect, higher mile 500E today and you’ll be looking at around $10,000 or more while a mint condition, low mile E55 AMG is available for around the same amount. Which is the better proposition?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E on eBay

1964 Porsche 904GTS

Race homologation is a beautiful thing. Sure, it may be a pain for automotive manufacturers, especially the low volume ones. However, it’s brought enthusiasts a number of tempting cars with race pedigree they can use on the street everyday. I’m not sure how often one would use a vintage Porsche 904GTS on the street, but it’s entirely possible. This car was developed for the FIA-GT class and would be the first Porsche to utilize a ladder chassis and fiberglass bodywork. Only 106 were ever produced, this example for sale in Germany was owned by a gentlemen in Sweden for 44 years, having been entered into competition for a few events early in its life.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1964 Porsche 904GTS at Jan B. Lühn

1994 Porsche 911 RS America

As collectors scamper to snap up every rare variant of the air-cooled 911, prices simply continue to increase for almost any car, but especially those with elevated sporting pretensions. Such is the case with the model we see here, the 911 RS America. The RSA was Porsche’s response to the desires of its customers who wanted a 964 Carrera RS and while the RSA isn’t quite the stripped-out track-focused car that the Carrera RS was, it still provided buyers with a lightened alternative to the standard Carrera 2 along with sport seats and sport suspension. The RS America was produced in ’93 and ’94 and the example here comes from that second year of production. Options were limited on these cars, but this one has had the optional A/C fitted.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 Porsche 911 RS America on eBay

1988 Porsche 924S Special Edition

Pablo from flüssig magazine is back to highlight this late model, one of 500 1988 Porsche 924S Special Edition.

I have a thing for women with wide hips.

The cars that I have in my collection reflect this. The 993, 944, and 968; each of them sensually wide at the flanks giving them a sort of feminine muscularity you seldom see on other marques.

I also have a thing for narrow hips on the fairer sex…not taking a preference for one or the other is a testament to the dual personality that’s typical of all Geminis.

You see, even though the wide hips suggest strength, power if you like, the narrow ones speak of nimbleness, agility; a sort of lightness that gives her edge in all things calling for performance. This is precisely why I fell in love with this 924S.

This is not just any old 924S, however; no, no…this one is a very special version of which only 500 were made for the US market and they’re all clothed in black. In fact, very few Porschephiles know that such a version exists, yet here is one that’s got the numbers to prove it. First let me give you a little primer on the S before getting a bit more intimate with SN450529.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 Porsche 924S Special Edition on eBay

1992 Porsche 968

I often sit back and wonder if Porsche will take the plunge once again and create a front-engined, four-cylinder coupe. With ever rising fuel costs and emissions concerns, it seems the time is ripe to exploit this market niche. Would a modern day version of the car we see here, the 968, work? One may never know. But in the meantime, why not enjoy the ultimate example of what was highly regarded as one of the best handling cars of its time? This 968 for sale in Georgia is originally a Southwest car, having over 100,000 miles on the clock and a host of maintenance items addressed as of late.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Porsche 968 on eBay

1994 Porsche 911 Speedster

It feels like it has been a while since I’ve written about a 911 Speedster, but as prices for these models have steadily increased I’ve become even more torn about these models. I understand why prices for the Speedster have skyrocketed; they are relatively rare and reach back to Porsche’s earliest history. Still, I can’t help but feel that as these become ever more exclusive, ultimately they are destined to rarely, if ever, see the light of day, and never truly fulfill the basic goals of the original 356 Speedster to which they harken. C’est la vie. The 964 Speedster is my preferred variant over its slightly younger sibling the 3.2 Carrera-based 911 Speedster, and they also tend to sell for a little less money. Granted, those monetary differences can be small and the 964 Speedster appears to have quickly caught up within the current market. Here we have an example from the final year an air-cooled Speedster was produced (unless your name is Jerry Seinfeld and Porsche built you a 993 Speedster): a Black on Black 1994 Porsche 911 Speedster, located in San Jose, with 19,342 miles on it.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 Porsche 911 Speedster on eBay

You Thought It Couldn’t Get Worse: 2008 Porsche Cayenne 185″ Limo

So often with modified cars we decry the loss of a prime example of a highly desirable car in stock form. Of course, there are exceptions; original Ruf and AMG cars, Alpina and Hartge BMWs and even the occasional Treser is pretty neat. But generally outside of that the modifications don’t do much in terms of desirability to the market at large; people really seem to prefer stock examples. Despite that, when it comes to a generally unloved model, I’m willing to bet that no one will cry much for the loss – witness today’s 2008 Porsche Cayenne. While the facelift generation Cayenne is generally perceived as a visual improvement over the original design, I can’t say that there are a tremendous amount of enthusiasts that really get super excited about them. That’s especially true of the entry level 3.2 VR6 model; whether it’s true or not, it feels like it’s a lot more Volkswagen than Porsche, and I for one think the Touareg is better looking. Consequently, I let out an audible laugh and cheer when I stumbled across this 185″ stretched limousine version of a 2008 Cayenne:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2008 Porsche Cayenne Limo on eBay

1977 Porsche 911S

It feels like lately we’ve come across 911s from this vintage quite a bit more frequently. I’m not sure if this is a case of sellers hoping to take advantage of the “rising tide raises all boats” phenomenon or if we’re just taking notice of these cars more frequently. Either way, here we have another example from the era spanning 1974-1977, this time a dark brown (perhaps Chocolate Brown?) 1977 Porsche 911S, located in Charlottesville, VA, with Cork interior and 93,043 miles on it. This particular example has some modifications to the engine and the interior of which any interested buyer will need to take account. With that said, I find the interior modifications to be particularly well done, providing both a functional and also attractive cockpit. While modified cars can be tough, if the other modifications have been executed with equal care as the interior, then that should provide some comfort about the performance of the car.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1977 Porsche 911S on Craigslist

Wednesday Wheels Roundup: Period Pieces

Who doesn’t love a good period wheel? They weren’t always the most attractive designs, but nowadays they’re all the rage; clean up a good set of wheels that were rare to begin with and now are hardly ever seen and you’ll be the envy of countless enthusiasts at your next show! I’ve got some cool period pieces today – from the Zenders that are always fan favorites to some obscure Porsche steel wheels. Even more obscure are the Hayashi racing and Simmons wheels for BMW; but clean and in the right application, they’d be pretty cool. I can’t ID the set of Japanese made red wheels, so input is appreciated. Otherwise, enjoy!

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Zender Sport 17×8,9 5×112 Wheels on eBay

1995 Porsche 911 Carrera

What’s your ideal commuter vehicle? This 1995 911 might seem like an unlikely candidate, but our own contributor, Pablo of flüssig magazine runs a 993 like this on a regular basis. As cars become ever larger and more complex, the idea of something older and simpler appeals to me and if you can throw speed into the equation, all the better. This 911 has over 100,000 miles on it, so someone did a good job of enjoying on at least a semi-regular basis. Now it’s time to pass the torch and have someone else enjoy this last example of air-cooled goodness.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera on eBay