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Month: May 2022

2006 Porsche Cayenne S Titanium Edition

It is hard to believe that the Porsche Cayenne is celebrating 20 years of production. 20 years! Shortly after its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show in September 2002, the Cayenne took off and never looked backed. In the eight model years of the first generation, just under 35,000 vehicles per year were sold. The millionth Cayenne rolled off the production line in the summer of 2020, and last year well over 80,000 examples were sold. People love Cayennes.

Porsche started to realize that people love Cayennes, so naturally the next step was special editions. Way back in 2006, the Titanium Edition was rolled out exclusive to the United State and Canada. What was it? Just some colored accents and a two-tone interior. That’s it. No real changes otherwise, so they can be had for not too much money:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2006 Porsche Cayenne S Titanium Edition

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1995 Audi RS2 Avant

Why would anyone even contemplate paying over $70,000 for a 27-year-old, complicated, and turbocharged Audi wagon? Because of the badge that adorns the front – the magical ‘Renn’ added to the S2 badge, along with the legendary name Porsche scripted below. That meant that this relatively unassuming Audi 80 quattro Avant had been produced in Zuffenhausen on the 959 production line rather than Ingolstadt or Neckarsulm and had added a healthy dose of even more “Sport” to the small chassis. Ostensibly, though the Sport Quattro was the first RS vehicle, the RS2 was the first to wear the badge which has become synonymous with Audi’s speed department. For many Audi aficionados, though the RS vehicles have become much faster and more luxurious, just as the with W124 500E and the E30 M3 Audi has never made a car better in its overall execution than the original. Not that it was slow by any means; Porsche’s massaging of the ADU inline-5 resulted in 311 horsepower – even more than the Sport Quattro had from essentially a very similar motor.

So despite being much heavier than the Sport had been, the RS2 wasn’t much slower; sub-5 seconds to 60 and a top speed north of 160 mph. Along the way, it was capable of bullying everything outside of a supercar; yet this car also established the move from Audi’s 2-door halo vehicle to a long line of fast five doors. Porsche also upgraded the brakes and wheels with Brembo units and 17″ Cup wheels creating a signature look, and tacked on 911 mirrors for good measure.This car was legendary from the start, and the upgrades to the motors and wheels spawned an entire generation of enthusiasts to turn up their inline-5s stateside. Now that these cars are legal for importation, though, it’s possible to find the forbidden fruit already imported:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Audi RS2 Avant on eBay

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2004 Porsche Carrera GT

Has it really been nearly 20 years since the Carrera GT was introduced? How is that even possible? Yet it’s true – the Carrera GT design stydy debuted some 22 years ago in 2000, and it was the dream car of many. Just 1,270 were built when they finally got around to making it a road-legal version in 2004, 644 of which came to the US, and all had a mid-mounted 5.7-liter V10 chucking out 600 horsepower and propelling the lightweight chassis to at-the-time unreal speeds. They’re still fast today, even though 600 horsepower seems quaint when you can get 110% of that amount in a Cadillac.

The Carrera GT could be had at launch for around half a million dollars, but these never depreciated at all – quite the opposite. Their limited nature and the aura of their mythology means these have steadily increased in value. It’s not unusual for them to hit triple or quadruple their original sticker price – a far cry from where the contemporaneous McLaren SLR is selling today. Today we’ve got a black first model year to consider that is priced right at the top of the market:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Porsche Carrera GT on eBay

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2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

For many, the 997.2 Porsche 911 GT3 RS is the one to get if you want the best of the best in the GT3 RS family. It was the last GT3 RS with a manual gearbox, if you don’t count whatever family the 991 911 R falls in, and some say feels like the perfect size. Don’t get me wrong, I love the 991 GT3 RS and I’m probably going to love the not-yet-released 992 GT3 RS, but if you want a manual transmission, the buck stops here. Just 541 examples came to the US, but today’s car as you might have noticed by which side the steering wheel is located, isn’t one of those 541 cars. Also, it is Cobalt Blue Metallic.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS at Cottingham Blue Chip London Limited

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1998 Mercedes-Benz CL600 7.0 AMG

If you are feeling déjà vu, you are on to something. Last month I checked out a 1998 Mercedes-Benz S600 7.0 AMG and now a month later, we have the brother 1998 CL600 7.0 AMG. It is probably safe to assume these both came out of the same collection, and believe it or not, this one checks in with over 100,000 kilometers on the odometer. Long live the M120!

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 Mercedes-Benz CL600 7.0 AMG at Car Sensor

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