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Month: March 2016

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1970 Porsche 911T Targa

I’ve featured a good number of early 911s lately, and quite a few Targas in general, but this one might be my favorite. Those who are frequent readers will know why: it’s all about the color. Were this a 911S, rather than the entry-level T, I imagine I wouldn’t be the only one completely captivated by it. We aren’t told the specific color, but my guess would be Pastellblau. It’s one of the early choices in the line that would later include Mexico Blue and Riviera Blue. With this particular example, that wonderful exterior is complemented by a Tan interior. Some may prefer a black interior, but for me the Tan is the perfect contrast. Altogether this is a fantastic early Targa and sure to attract a good deal of attention.

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 3.6 4Motion Variant

When it comes to sporty wagons in the mid 2000s, your only options were really Audis and BMWs, right? Well, wrong – because Volkswagen dropped one pretty hot sleeper on our shores before elimination of the Passat wagon from the lineup. Granted, Volkswagen’s hottest entrant into the sport wagon market – the R36 – wouldn’t come here, but the normal 3.6 4Motion was darn close. With 280 horsepower on tap from the enlarged narrow-angle VR6 channeled through all four wheels, the unassuming Passat was the second most powerful wagon offered on these shores from VAG. Unless you spent another 50% to opt for the Audi S4 V8, this was as quick as U.S. bound German wagons got. Unlike the B5/5.5, the B6 chassis returned to the Golf-based platform, which was both a blessing and a curse. From a performance standpoint the change was a good one, as many of the items intended for the R32 model worked on the Passat now. However, the change to transverse engine placement from the inline Audi setup in the B5/5.5 meant that the “true” quattro drivetrain in the earlier 4Motions was replaced by the Haldex setup found in the R32 and Audi TT. Is this the end of the world? No, not really, and in fact because of this change you can opt to alter the power distribution with aftermarket control units. These 3.6 models were expensive and fully loaded, so they’re somewhat infrequently seen and generally unknown and unappreciated even in the German-specific realm:

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Tuner Tuesday: 1986 Alpina C2 2.7

From earlier’s obscure E21 B6 2.8 we move on to the much more popular (then and especially now) E30 model. Alpina once again worked their magic in many ways over the production of the E30, steadily increasing output to try to stay one step ahead of the factory. Up until 1986, that was a bit easier, but the introduction of the M3 model that year put some serious pressure on Alpina and would result in the M30 based B6 2.8 and 3.5 models, but the earlier Alpina models were based upon the M20 323i powerplant. Punching that out to 2.5 and later 2.7 liters as BMW released its own updates, the ultimate result was 210 horsepower from the larger unit. These were expensive cars in their day and consequently few were sold, but performance was top-notch and it was a premium product from the unique manufacturer:

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1969 Porsche 911E Targa – REVISIT

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The very eye-catching Signal Green 1969 Porsche 911E Targa we featured in early January remains up for sale. In our original feature the reserve on the auction was met and it seemed like sensible minds would prevail over previously failed auction attempts that did not meet the reserve. However, the seller ended the auction early and it appears there was no sale as it is now back up from the same seller. Bidding is now falling well short of its previous highs and well short of the seller’s asking price of $89,900. This is a wonderful example of one of these early pastel 911s, but the seller may need to blink.

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1976 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Targa – No Reserve

I’ve shown a coupe examples of the Carrera 3.0 over the past months and given the fairly high price tags typically attached to these models, you can imagine my surprise when I came across this 1976 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Targa on auction with no reserve. Suffice it to say a $100K price tag would not be surprising, though we must keep in mind that the Targa of these models always falls into a much different category. Even though the Targa is quite a bit more rare than the Coupe – Targa production in each of the model’s two years was around half that of the Coupe – it remains the less desirable of the two so prices should be lower. Where this one ends up, we’ll just have to see.

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