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1993 BMW 850CSi Individual

I came of driving age during the reign of the E31, and I still remember magazines taunting that the M8 would soon be with us. Of course, it never came – at least, not until today. But we still did get an E31 breathed upon by the Motorsports division in the spectacular 850CSi. The heart of the CSi was a special ‘S’ motor. In this case, BMW Motorsport GmbH took the M70 and beefed it up seriously. Bored out to 5.6 liters and with compression bumped up and revised electronic programing, the resulting S70 took BMW’s V12 from 296 horsepower to 372 with 420 lb.ft of torque on tap. Macht schnell, indeed! But there were a host of other changes; offered only with a manual 6-speed gearbox, the CSi also got a quicker steering rack, Euro M5 brakes, shorter and stiffer springs, and M System II ‘Throwing Star’ 17″ staggered wheels. A new body kit made the elegant E31 look much more menacing, too. Europeans even had the option of 18″ M Parallels and, amazingly, 4-wheel steering.

In 1993, this car cost almost $110,000. Today that’s nothing, as you can spec a special-order M3 up to that amount. But back then? That was nearly the price of three M3s. These super coupes have never really come down in price, as like their contemporary the 928GTS, they have maintained an aura of unobtainium and sacredness to a generation of motoring enthusiasts. Today’s example is one of the more special ones out there, as inside and out it was finished by BMW’s Individual department – and boy, is it stunning.

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2003 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T

Yes, the Mk.4 GTI ushered in a more bloated body, subdued styling, increased safety, and a lot more weight. But, it also brought with it a lot more choice. While the VR6 continued over into early models largely unchanged, though a more potent 24-valve version emerged later. But the big news was the entrance of the turbocharged 1.8T into the lineup for me. More in keeping with the character of the original model, the peaky and punchy 1.8Ts grew in power over the production run, and they also offered the basis for a few special models; the European-market 25th Anniversary model, the 2002 337 Edition, and the 2003 20th Anniversary Edition.

Today’s car is none of those special models, but it carries a large amount of the same DNA in a more discrete standard package. It’s also got only 75,000 miles and is claimed to have lived with just one owner, and it’s completely stock. This might be the rarest GTI of them all.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2003 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T on eBay

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1998 BMW M3 Sedan

While the E30 320is was the defacto M3 Sedan of the first generation, it was not until the E36 generation that fans finally received a full-fat four-door small M. The sedan was then skipped on the E46 generation (I can hear ZHP fans shouting that their car is a real M right now), returned for the E90 generation, and then became the only body style thereafter as BMW introduced the new 4-Series nomenclature. Since its launch in the US for the ’97 model year, the M3 Sedan has been a niche model within a niche lineup on performance cars; practical and good-looking in a way that the long-door coupe sometimes lacks proper proportion in. Indeed, to me the most recent three generations of M3 Sedans look better than their two-door counterpart. While I’m not sure I feel the same way about the E36 generation, it’s nonetheless great to see one surface in a nice color with lower mileage, as many were loved well and driven hard. This Estoril Blue Metallic example I’m looking at today sure looks the part; but I’m not sure the juice is worth the squeeze:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 BMW M3 Sedan on eBay

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2010 Porsche Cayenne GTS

It is crazy to think that after all the years of sports car bliss that Porsche has provided us, some enthusiasts are also flocking to their platform shared mid-size SUV. Porsche is naturally going all in with the SUV embracing as it just announced the new Cayenne Turbo GT that does 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds. Let me say that again. A Cayenne does 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds. What?

Nonetheless, this is where we are at. Naturally the first generation Cayenne has it fans, but only for the range topping GTS and Turbo models despite all their potential for giant repair bills. This 20101 GTS up for sale in New Jersey has the ingredients with the can’t be missed Nordic Gold Metallic. Time to buy in? Or just another old SUV that will never stop draining you?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2010 Porsche Cayenne GTS on eBay

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1987 Audi Coupe GT

I’ve previously done deep dives on the Coupe GT, and in particular the 1987.5 ‘Special Build’ models:

1987 Audi Coupe GT Special Build

1986-7 were transitional years at Audi though, as the B3 model was introduced and the company seemed to just throw the parts bin at random models. My ’86 GT, for example, is not a Special Build or a Commemorative Design model, yet it has a digital dashboard. The same is true of today’s 1987; it is not a Special Build, but has one of Audi’s indiscriminately placed digidash clusters. For good measure, and to make things extra hard, it’s also got a body-color rear spoiler, which was a signature of the Special Build and Commemorative Design cars, but not offered on standard GTs. Yet a peek under the hood reveals the 110 horsepower 2.2-liter KX inline-five. Let’s take a look:

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