I’m going to begin this post somewhat counter-intuitively: of the various 911s Porsche has produced the 964 is the only model where I prefer the style of the narrow-bodied car over the widebody. I find the proportions of the narrow-body 964 to be excellently balanced and while a wider rear does give it a more aggressive stance I actually find the narrow-body to look more purposeful, in the sense of more poised and dynamic. With that said, I don’t dislike the widebody 964, in fact they can be fantastic looking variants, and their relative rarity makes them a valuable commodity and consistently of interest to those in search of a good 964. While the Carrera 4 itself served as the debut model for the 964 when it was released in 1989 it was not until the final model year, 1994, that Porsche added those wider rear fenders. These were, in a sense, a prelude to the Carrera 4S and Carrera 2S made available for the first time for the 993 and the 964 C4 Widebody most definitely is a special car. As with most special cars, prices are not cheap, but rare models have shown quite well on the market and stand a good chance of continuing on those lines. Here we have what looks like a very well cared for 1994 Porsche 911 Carrera 4, located in Washington, with 81,800 miles on it.
Month: September 2015
The Porsche 924 represents some of the best aspects of automobile enthusiasts, while simultaneously embodying two distinct and very different decades. From the 1970s comes the upright, modernist and simple dashboard, but while it nods to the decade that bore it, the exterior is immediately identifiable as the 1980s signature silhouette with a low-slung, long hood, pronounced bumpers and flip-up headlights. Quite a few cars in the late 1970s and 1980s attempted to mimic the design of the 924, including the notable RX-7 and you could even argue the 280/300ZX. You can even see influence of the groundbreaking 924 design in the Miata of the late 1980s as well as such modern GT cars at the AMG GT-S. For enthusiasts, though, it was the near perfect weight distribution, the torquey inline-4, the manual gearbox and the all-important Porsche badge of engineering and build quality that led to the 924 being a hit. It didn’t hurt that it was the most affordable Porsche, either, and arguably still is so today. I’ve rounded up a group of 3 distinct and neat 924S models from late in the run to see which offers the most bang for your buck:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Porsche 924S “GT” on eBay
The Mercedes-Benz W124 E-class came in many shapes and styles, from the stately four-seat cabriolet to the muscular Porsche built 500E/E500. After we featured the low mileage 1986 300E last week, I was surprised to see yet another mint example of an early W124 crop up, this time in Florida in the classic combination of Brilliant Silver over blue leather. This car might be 30 years old, but it’s certainly a classic that could be used daily and in the process, provide motoring pleasure hard to match from many modern day machines.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Mercedes-Benz 300E on eBay
With all this controversy surrounding the Volkswagen Group and the EPA investigation regarding its diesel engines, who knows what the future holds for oil burners in the US. BMW was relatively late to the diesel game, although they did offer a diesel powerplant in the E28 5 series back in the 1980s. However, the 1990s were petrol only for the US market. So that begs the question: how did this 725tds make its way stateside. Cars like this under 25 years old that weren’t originally intended for US sale are always a risk in the used market, but somehow, this one got registered in California, a state known for its strict emissions rules.