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Month: August 2022

2004 Volkswagen R32 HPA Twin Turbo with 5,400 Miles

Back in May I took a look at what certainly must be the most valuable 2000s Volkswagen in the marketplace today – the R32:

2004 Volkswagen R32

Like 911SCs, the prices on these continue to boggle the mind for me. Neat cars, certainly. Worth what a new GTI costs for a worn example? That’s a hard sell, at least for me. Yet plenty are selling in the $20k-$30k range, and some have even hit double that amount if they have low mileage. That’s what we have today – this R32 has just 5,400 miles. That puts it in line to hit the high-end of the market, and you can guess where it is priced as a result. However, it also has a lot of mods – does that have an impact on value?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Volkswagen R32 on eBay

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2001 Volkswagen GTI GLS 1.8T

When it came to the Mk.4, as they had in the prior generations Volkswagen offered you two flavors of GTI. In 2001, this was represented as the GLS and the GLX. The GLX had the throaty 2.8L VR6, while the GLS made due with the 1.8T. It was still a punchy package, though; with 150 horsepower and 155 lb-ft of torque. While that was down on grunt to the VR6, you could easily chip the 1.8T and make up the deficit. That’s what a lot did, and consequently it’s pretty hard to find a car like today’s example – here we have a stock Mojave Beige Metallic GTI GLS that has under 60,000 miles. If you want one, it’s definitely one of the best out there:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 Volkswagen GTI GLS 1.8T on eBay

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Euro 1983 BMW 745i 5-Speed

The E23 has always been a design which to me has been quite polarizing. As with the E12 and E24, Paul Bracq was heavily involved in the final design and it shows – in many ways, the E23 looks like a cross between the two that was scaled up 10%. The results of that in my mind weren’t always good. Growing up, my father had both E24s and E28s, clean looking, well proportioned designs, and when I first saw an E23 I remember thinking it looked a bit ungainly. In U.S. specification, the bumpers were too big and the wheels were too small, resulting in a car which appeared heavy, sagging and sad. When he’s really upset, my son manages to invert his lip and stick it out, tears streaming down his cheeks. It’s a look which nearly mimics the U.S. spec front end of the E23 I now recognize. However, in European trim the E23 made more sense – it looked lighter, smaller and better proportioned. While not as stately as the W116, it certainly looked a fair bit sportier outside and more modern. Couple those European-market looks with the potent performance of the M106 and sprinkle in some sport seats and a 5-speed manual from an E28, and there’s a lot to like here – though today’s car is pretty firmly in “project” status:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Euro 1983 BMW 745i 5-Speed on eBay

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1980 Mercedes-Benz 500SEL

Color is everything on a vintage car for me, and some colors seem to work better than others on certain models. Today’s car, a 1980 Mercedes-Benz 500SEL, might be one of those “love it or hate it” examples.

This is a grey-market car that probably was imported when new judging by the door plaque, and it is finished in the very-rare shade of Signal Red. I don’t believe this color was ever offered on any US-market W126s because who wants a red S-Class? I know the 1980s were a wild time, but your SL was supposed to be red, not your very serious S-Class. However, now that this car is 40 years old, is it officially cool enough where the color doesn’t matter?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1980 Mercedes-Benz 500SEL on eBay

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1991 Audi Coupe Quattro

Update 8.26.2022: eBay shows a best offer was accepted on a buy-it-now that was $12,995. -dc

From the end of B4 production with the Cabriolet back to the beginning of US B3 models, let’s take a look at this 1991 Audi Coupe Quattro. It hasn’t been long since we saw one; back in May I took a look at another ’91:

1991 Audi Coupe Quattro

Though rare new and much more infrequently seen today, these are still floating out there – a testament both to their build quality and how devoted their owners have been.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Link to 1991 Audi Coupe Quattro on eBay

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