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Month: July 2022

2021 Volkswagen Arteon SEL Premium R-Line

It isn’t too often that we get to introduce a totally new car on these pages, but welcome to our first Arteon. The Arteon is the follow-up to the unusually successful Passat CC; essentially, a Passat that Volkswagen attempted to make look like a cross between a Chrysler LHS and a Mercedes-Benz CLS. They were always a bit oddly proportioned in my eyes, though they had some pretty exciting features – you could, for example, get an all-wheel-drive one hooked to the VR6. Still, the design was dated by the end of the twentyteens, and in 2019 they apparently sold just 59 CCs in the US.

The replacement arrived just in time for COVID, but it was a lot more appealing. The Arteon ditched the trunk and went for a budget-Audi A7 look, with a hatch, fresh styling, and a decidedly upscale interior. Unfortunately, that also meant an upscale pricetag. The Arteon starts today at just over $40,000 – which doesn’t sound horrible until you see the broadly similar Passat retailing in the low 20s – or it did, at least, until the Passat died an untimely death in the US market this year, which leaves us with just the Arteon.

It’s available in three configurations, ranging from the front-drive SE R-Line to what we see here – the range-topping SEL Premium R-Line, which is all-wheel drive and with a spec sheet rivaling the best cars out there. Run to a dealer and you’re looking at $50,000 for one. But if you accept a few miles, you can knock a bunch off that price:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Link to 2021 Volkswagen Arteon SEL Premium R-Line on eBay

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1978 Volkswagen Scirocco

Some cars you just can’t forget. The first-generation Scirocco is one of my favorite designs, but they’re so infrequently seen today that it’s easy to try to keep a mental map of the ones that pop up for sale. In the case of today’s car, though, that was assisted by the color. There were no British Racing Green Sciroccos that left the factory, but I’ve looked at one – more than once – and so when this car popped up for sale, I was sure I’d seen it before. I first looked at this car in February 2015, and it appeared again in March of the same year. Then, with A1 Avus wheels on it, it turned up on Bring a Trailer in 2017. The fourth time’s the charm?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Link to 1978 Volkswagen Scirocco on eBay

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2016 BMW M4 Convertible Individual

When the F8x BMW M3 and M4 launched, they were loud, proud, and…well, large. Park an M4 next to an original M3, and you can nearly hide the entire older model behind the silhouette of the new one. But when the G80 was launched recently, well…suddenly meet the new boss had me looking at the old boss in a new light. And the S55 is still good for 425 horsepower – and it’ll still rip your face off. 0-60 is gone in 4 seconds and it’ll demolish the older generations in a straight line. But if performance isn’t enough for you to stand apart from the crowd, let’s check out this Individual Fire Orange M4 convertible:

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1993 Porsche 928 GTS

I hope I have the longevity of the Porsche 928. This is a car that ran from 1977 all the way to 1995 with basically the same formula, same body shell, and roughly the same M28 V8 in varying displacements. Much like all of us, the early years were a slim and simple body but slowly morphed into a larger and more comfortable shape until the end of production in 1995. To top it all off, the GTS debuted with a giant price tag but also the power to back it up – 345 horsepower, to be exact. It also had some cool bodywork and the also-great 17″ Cup wheels. Only 406 examples made it to the US in a mix of automatic and five-speed manual gearboxes, and you can guess which is the more desirable one to buy today.

This 1993 928 GTS up for sale in California is no lost cause in need of attention. No, this one is fully sorted and comes with just under 44,000 miles. The price? Well, you can probably guess…

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2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring

One of the hottest cars since its launch earlier this year has been no real surprise. The new Porsche 911 GT3 Touring has outrageous demand – so much so that some dealers are charging up to $75,000 in “market adjustment” and the used market is asking over six figures on top of the MSRP if you can find one. Getting an allocation is basically a winning lottery ticket although if you flip it as soon as you take delivery, good luck ever getting the call again for one of these.

Today, we have a basically new example with just 112 miles in a fairly tame spec on the outside. It’s plain black with silver wheels and black brake calipers. Although once you peek inside, it gets awfully bright.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring on eBay

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