1996 Porsche 911 Turbo

Among the craziness of the used car market in the past two years is what has been happening with the 993 Porsche 911 Turbo models. For a long stretch there, you could grab a nice example for somewhere between $100,000 to $135,000. For that amount I think it was well worth the price of entry. It is an unmistakable design, enough pep and power to keep up with modern exotics, and not a total disaster to own like some of the mid-1990s cars that hail from Italy. Now, in 2002, if you want a nice 993 Turbo…oh boy.

This 1996 up for sale in Tennessee is reportedly a one-owner car finished in the sleek Polar Silver Metallic. It has just over 51,000 miles and a fresh engine-out service that ran almost $28,000. I suppose you could say a $28,000 repair bill was worth it when you see this asking price.

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1980 Mercedes-Benz 300TD

The desire for the W123 Mercedes-Benz 300TD never really seems to wean. I honestly think a lot of the desire comes from the car looking so good on paper, and then diving in and hoping for the best. Yes, it is tremendously reliable and sturdy in a world of cars built just to outlive the warranty period, but they are not without many sacrifices. They have just enough power not to be a nuisance on the highway, luxury comforts are almost zero, and safety versus any object bigger than it deploys the “hope and pray” strategy rather than airbags. Still, if you are looking for a stylish cruiser that can haul some stuff a day or two a week, it is tough to argue. However, these cars are getting old – very old. The newest example from 1985 is now old enough to run for president and the earliest 1979s models are ready to go to their kid’s college graduations. That doesn’t seem to bother paying truly crazy prices for them however.

Today, we have a non-turbo 1980 up for sale in Florida in the classic shade of English Red. Yes, it sure looks pretty and would look great in a world of earth tone swarming the land, but I’m maybe not so high on this example. Let me explain why.

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2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S

When Porsche launched the new 992 generation, they sure weren’t playing around when it came to numbers. No longer were the lowly C2 and C2S models just an entry point and if you wanted real numbers, you had to go GTS, Turbo, or a GT car. A base 992 throws out 379 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque, but the numbers on the road say it’ll do 0-60 in about 3.5 seconds. The 992 Carrera S that we are looking at today? 443 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque good for a 0-60 time in 3.0 second flat. Those are near supercar numbers out of a 911 Carrera S, which you really could drive every single day, and it has a base price of about $114,000. Boy, I hope these depreciate someday.

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2004 Porsche 911 Carrera R

Just when you think you know it all, something comes totally out of left field that you never even knew existed. As I was doing my normal browsing of obscure dealers across Europe, I came across what is described as a 2004 Porsche 911 Carrera … R? Yes, that magically little letter that turns a $150,000 991 GT3 into a $500,000 car. But to find that letter on the back of a 996 decklid? I had no idea how or why, but after a bit of research it became more clear. I think.

This is supposedly, and I say don’t think I can hedge that enough, one of 10 “911 Carrera R” examples produced for with the blessing of Porsche for Pon Porsche Import, a factory Porsche dealer in Leusden, Netherlands. Why Pon? Supposedly because they have been the official importer of Porsche to the Netherlands since 1949. Because of that relationship, Porsche agreed to make them this special example. They debuted it at AutoRAI 2003 as an order-only car, and only 10 were spoken for probably because it was listed at €125,090. Yikes. Again, I say this as just what I’ve researched, and am no way guaranteeing this information. So what is different about it? Well, probably as not as much as you were hoping.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Edition 1 Coupe

Well, this is certainly one way to stick out. What we are looking at today is a Mercedes-AMG C63 S Edition 1 … edition. What exactly does that mean? It is a C63 S AMG coupe with Mango Selenite matte grey paint, some different bodywork, and a whole lot of yellow accents everywhere. If you do not like yellow, this is not your car. Performance improvement over the standard car? Nah. This is just about extra flash. Truth be told, the C63 S is already extremely impressive with 503 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque good for a 0-60 time in under four seconds. You know what that means. Bring your wallet.

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1993 Mercedes-Benz 600SL

Fresh off the craziest Porsche 911 color combo I’ve ever seen, today we have a Mercedes-Benz that is ready to join the party. This 1993 600SL looks innocent enough on the outside, but once you open those doors, the 1990s slap you right in the face. The dealer in Germany is claiming this is a one-off pre-merger AMG and while I’m normally skeptical of any dealer claim, I think I am buying this story. Although that is the only thing I’m buying once you see the asking price. Hold on.

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2009 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

I think as much as I fantasize about daily driving a Porsche 911 GT3 or at least using it for all my mundane tasks that require driving, it probably isn’t the best idea ever. Outside of the ride being extremely stiff, you plain old just put a bunch of wear on the car doing something any car could do. In a sense, it’s massive overkill. However, you can still can get your 911 fix by being a reasonable person and do what most people do: just buy a Carrera 2. It is still an extremely capable and rewarding sports car, but it’s also tame enough to handle the daily driving duties. Not to mention they are nearly half the price as a GT3 in the same chassis. Today, we might have one of these perfectly daily-driver 911s without spending anywhere near $100,000.

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1964 Mercedes-Benz 220SEb Coupe

I’ll put almost any Mercedes-Benz from the golden era of the 1960s up against other car from that time period and say it was better. There is a very distinct feeling when you open the doors to one of these cars and it usually says to you “this feels different.” Everything is heavier, thicker, and more robust. Plastic? Very little if any. This is a car made of wood, leather, and steel. You pilot them as much as you drive them. Chances are, it is going to outlast you if cared for properly. Today, we have one of those cars.

This is a 1964 Mercedes-Benz 220SEb coupe. That unofficial lowercase ‘b’ is very important as it signifies this is a fuel-injected inline-six car rather than a twin-carb of the standard 220SE. Not that the dual carbs are bad, but rather the fuel-injection system is much easier to live with and of course much smoother. This car in Chicago is finished in a wonderful shade of red with the matching hubcaps, a black leather cabin, and that all-important wood instrument cluster binnacle. Just to add some more goodness, it’s a sunroof example as well and has a four-speed manual gearbox. What isn’t to like?

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2010 Porsche Panamera S 6-Speed

The launch of the Porsche Panamera back in 2010 naturally came with mixed reviews. The purists saw it as another money grab and called it ugly, while others saw it as a way to still get their Porsche fix with four seats without buying a Cayenne. Porsche themselves saw it as an attempt to broaden Porsche’s appeal beyond that of hardcore fans, and most importantly, make more money. It was a nice enough car, but even to this day, people call the rear end styling a disaster that the designer threw in the towel on. None the less, Porsche cranked out the typical lineup of a base model, 4, S, 4S, GTS, Diesel, Hybrid, Turbo, and Turbo S options. That totaled five different engine setups if you are counting, and almost every single one of them came with the 7-speed PDK or 8-speed Tiptronic S transmissions. However, there were a few unicorn 6-speed manuals out there in the wild. Word is there were only 146 in total, 50 examples in base model and 96 in V8 Panamera S trim. Today, we found of those 96 up for sale in Paris, France of all places. Be warned, this is not your typical used Panamera for $28,999. Very far from it.

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1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

No, that isn’t a typo for the year. What we are looking at today is a 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet that doesn’t look like a 1987, but rather some year between 1995 and 1998. That wouldn’t be a huge deal other than the fact it is an entirely different chassis. What I’m trying to say is that someone took a G Body car and turned it into a 993 cosmetically. My guess is something like this happened way back when old 911s were downright cheap to what they sell for today and cutting up two 911s to make one 911 wasn’t seen as something totally insane to do. The good thing a quick look outside will have most convinced that you own a newer 993. However, the interior leaves a lot to be desired.

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