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Month: October 2015

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1972 Porsche 911E Sunroof Coupe

I have been reading over the past months how the market for long-hood Porsche 911s has begun to stagnate as buyers shift away from these early examples in favor of, predominantly, various iterations of the 911 Turbo. Those statements correlate well with where I’ve seen various auctions as bidding and asking prices appear to have reached a plateau with only the most exceptional and rare examples commanding any significant premium. While none of these early cars can be classified as inexpensive there at least now is an opportunity to exercise patience without concern that your patience might result in paying a much higher price down the road. Another possible advantage may reside with exactly a car like the one we see here, the 911E. As the mid-tier model of the 911 the E provided meaningful upgrades to interior comforts and engine performance over the entry-level 911T, including the use of mechanical fuel injection similar to that of the top-tier 911S, but without the significant increase in value we see with 911S. This particular example also comes in a very unique, and period-correct, color combination: a Gold Metallic 1972 Porsche 911E with Brown leatherette interior. Of the various years of long-hood production, many consider the 1972 to be the best given its unique use of an external oil filler. The purpose was to provide the car with better balance, but after one year it was moved back to its original location after confusion arose distinguishing it from the gas tank. We can hope current owners will suffer no such disorientation and then will be left with one of the more unique 911 models.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1972 Porsche 911E Sunroof Coupe on eBay


1983 Volkswagen GTI 16V

When I first glanced at this GTI, I thought “Oh man, what a clean and stock Mk1 GTI!” The exterior is pristine and retains the beautiful and original Snowflake wheels, with the only subtle modification being European bumpers. Peak inside the doors and under hood, however, and it becomes clear that while it is extremely clean it is certainly no stock or ordinary GTI. A full rollcage has been installed with all but the driver’s seat removed, revealing a GTI that has been extensively and purposefully built as an autocrosser. The chassis reinforcement is necessary thanks to new suspension, brakes, and above all a rebuilt 16V from a Mk2, installed in 1997. It’s lived with a single owner its entire life, an extreme rarity among GTIs. Since the swap, it’s covered about 4k miles, likely most on the autocross course, and has fewer than 100k miles total. The condition, care, and modifications come together to make a beautiful little GTI that will be a hoot on the back roads or around the cones, as long as you’re willing to spend top dollar and drive alone!

Click for details: 1983 Volkswagen GTI 16V on eBay


1995 BMW M3 Individual

Back from the brink of total nausea and bankruptcy inducing cars, let’s look at one of arguably the best values going in the used German car market – the E36 BMW M3. You could make a pretty persuasive argument that it was not the best quality product BMW produced and in fact there are some who will claim it’s not a true M-car, and in some ways they may have a point. However, let’s boil down what it is at heart – a front-engine, rear-drive manual equipped car that offers style, performance and practicality on a budget with strong aftermarket support. You can buy one of these still for well under $10,000, and while that might not yield the best example and 240 horsepower is positively blasé these days this is still a potent package. As a mass-produced car, too, there are many to chose from any day of the week. For example, right now on eBay there are 178 cars listed in the category “M3”. At the same time, there are 14 pre-2000 Audis available. How does one stand out from such a glut of examples then? How about a BMW Individual example painted in rare-to-see Morea Green Metallic?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 BMW M3 on Seattle Craigslist


1988 Volkswagen DoKa Diesel

I’d love to be the buyer for this New Jersey outfit which is clearly wandering around Europe, finding great 25+ year-old Volkswagens that were previously forbidden fruit, and bringing them to the US to turn a profit. Thus far, it’s seemed like low-mileage all-originals were the examples of choice, but this DoKa takes it to the next level. The cowcatcher front spoiler could challenge Alpina or Zender, and full-body ground effects and black-center aftermarket wheels help it strike a completely different pose. Sure, it’s a diesel, just like many of the showcar VWs in this country are “2.slows,” but that doesn’t make it undesirable. The interior is painted in the same bright blue hue, and updated front seats and steering wheel follow the few-parts-big-effects style of the exterior.

Click for details: 1988 Volkswagen DoKa Diesel on eBay


1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe – RS Clone – REVISIT

The Speed Yellow 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe with a slew of RS pieces has come back up for sale. I asked the last time we featured this car whether it was worth the asking price and the consensus appears to be that it is not. Well, that price has come down some, though at $89K the sellers are still asking a lot. Still it’s a wonderfully beautiful machine, possibly one of the best of the 911 breed, there’s just the matter of figuring how much those looks are worth.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe – RS Clone on eBay

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