2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro

Just when you thought the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R couldn’t get any bonkers, AMG turned it up to 11. Just to be clear here, the standard GT R, as if there is anything “standard” about it, was a car so bonkers and track focused that it held the Nürburgring production car lap record for a short time. So what did it need? More stuff! All that stuff seemed to pay off, as somehow they shaved another six seconds off that lap time without adding any more power at all. How is that possible? Lighter, stiffer, and more aero. That is what this boils down to. Production is limited to just 750 examples, and one happened to pop up in Florida with an impressive 5,000 miles on the odometer.

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2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Buckle up, this is a tasty one.

Earlier this summer I cautioned of cars that took vacations to Finland for few years and came back to the US with some well below average miles added. And by Finland, I meant shipped to Finland and driven straight into Russia before the needle could even move off the C peg in the instrument cluster. This is a scam with some high-end luxury cars, but has no paper trail and the numbers are fudged just enough that it has plausible deniability. The perfect crime. Wouldn’t you know it, another car that took a two-year vacation is up for sale in Las Vegas, and this Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG also got some cosmetic surgery while it was there. Red carbon fiber anyone?

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2008 Porsche 911 GT2

Very few production cars scare me. By “scare,” I mean if you hit the throttle at any reasonable moment, things get very hairy. A few of those cars have the numbers “911,” followed by the letters “GT,” and finally the number 2. The first GT2 for the US market, the 996 GT2, was a car that was probably a little too raw for the general public. If you were cruising along at 65 mph and put your foot to the floor, there is a very high chance the rear end will start to move in directions that you wouldn’t expect. The car doesn’t have traction or stability control, which you think wouldn’t be a problem unless you were driving at the limit, but the limit is very low in a 996 GT2. Or maybe the limit comes up very fast, depending on how you want to look at it.

The next generation and the car we are looking at today, the 997 GT2, thankfully was a tiny bit more tame. It had Porsche Stability Management (PSM), along with traction control to keep you from looking like a baby deer on a frozen over lake. Make no mistake though, this car will still let you kick that massive rear end out and wear some rubber off those expensive 325mm wide tires if you got a little cocky. Porsche produced only 1,216 cars total worldwide, with a mere 194 that came to the US. Somehow, these cars trade for under their 2008 sticker price of around $200,000. This example up for sale in Florida is well under that price tag. For obvious reasons, of course.

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2002 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

Earlier this summer I took a look at a 2003 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa that, in short, was stunning. I know you are probably scratching your head and trying to figure out how a 996 Porsche can be stunning, but trust me, that is one of the finest 996 examples I’ve seen in a long time. Problem was, it was on the other side of the ocean and the steering wheel was also on the other side. Great news for our English friends, but not ideal for us Yanks. Wouldn’t you know, another attractive 996 Targa popped up for sale outside of Chicago with a bunch of maintenance done, including the IMS bearing, and has a fairly reasonable price. A possible downside? Only two pedals.

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2008 Porsche 911 Carrera S

Options can make or break a Porsche. I looked at a new 718 Cayman GT4 a few weeks ago that literally had no options but was marked up $15,000 over sticker from a private seller. Surprise, surprise, the car is still for sale, but now only $10,000 over MSRP. Add in tax and some other bogus fees, and I’m willing to bet that the seller of that car is right at break-even point if he wants to get out of the car. I’m not surprised; people who buy expensive special cars want their cake and to eat it too. Paying over MSPR for a car with zero options while there are plenty of new other cars sitting at dealers offered for sticker isn’t something that is likely to happen.

However, on to today’s car and a slightly older 2008 911 Carrera S. On the outside, looks like a pretty standard example in Carrara White with 19″ Carrera Sport wheels. However, open the doors and things really get interesting. And expensive.

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2004 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

Year after year, it seems to be holding true that the 996 Porsche C4S is one of the best “bang for your buck” models. The buy-in is relatively reasonable given how crazy 911 prices can get, and they surely aren’t going down in value given the newest one is now 15 years-old. Reliability? Well, good enough for a 911. Some will still scoff at the nose and soft interior, but it is what is, and they surely aren’t going away. This example up for sale Brooklyn, New York is a pretty typical example, but inside has a few extra touches. Maple wood anyone?

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2017 Porsche 911 Carrera

Miami Blue is an “all-in” color. Good luck trying to be low key in it. It screams “blue” and does so without looking like you just picked the brightest blue from the vinyl wrap place that just opened up two weeks ago at the abandoned gas station. As the years go on, more and more Porsches are coming in Miami Blue from the factory, including the Macan, so its not like you’ll be on your own out there. So while the exterior color is fine, what about inside the car? Just go with the standard black leather, right? Not so fast on this 2017 911 C2 up for sale in New York.

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2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4

Everyone wants options. Not the options in terms of life, I’m talking about optional equipment for cars. “Fully loaded!” “Every option!” I’m sure you’ve seen those phrases throw around a million times when looking at cars when the reality of it is it’s configured like the majority of them for sale. Naturally, Porsche takes this to another level by offering a boat load of options that you didn’t even know were possible and then ever went a step further by offering their special customers whatever they wanted, as long as they paid an eye-watering amount of money.

But what if you ordered a car with no options? Crazy. Who would go into a Porsche dealer and specifically order a car with nothing? Just standard equipment and that’s it. Well, that seems to be what happened with this new 718 Cayman GT4.

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2007 Mercedes-Benz SL550

I don’t believe a lot of people necessarily think about the R230 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class generation. Outside of the SL55 AND SL65 AMG cars, they cars are rather forgettable in the world of modern convertibles. Don’t get me wrong, there isn’t anything particularly bad about them, but they were rather soft. The design was conservative with subdued lines and long curves, and the inside was much of the same. Mercedes isn’t dumb here, this is what their SL buyers want. Because of the long production run and a bunch of variants, there isn’t a giant demand for them over 10 years later. Whats that mean? Cheap cheap cheap.

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Fail Friday: 1970 Porsche 914

Welcome back to Fail Friday, where we try to explain the sometimes unexplainable. Today I’m trying to decipher why someone took a seemingly nice Porsche 914 and turned it into this “thing.” It looks like someone grafted on a giant nose to the front end of the car as well as added some side support up from the rear of the car to the Targa bar. Now what was once a fairly short and squared off car is a long, swoopy one. Inside, it doesn’t get much better as they went a little crazy with the diamond stitching as well as added some custom orange door panels. The price? Thankfully it isn’t as crazy as this car.

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