Front-engine Freedom: 1990 Porsche 944S2 Cabriolet & 1992 Porsche 968 Cabriolet

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For years, the Porsche 944 soldiered on as a sports coupe. It wouldn’t be until 1990 that Porsche decided to test the waters with the 944S2 Cabriolet. Sold in limited numbers, the car would offer buyers a cheaper alternative to an open roofed 911. It’s longevity in the market was short, as Porsche unveiled a 944 replacement for 1992 in the form of the 968. Porsche would yet again offer a drop top variant in the new lineup, however. Let’s look at two very nice examples of these rare convertible Porsches, the first a clean 944S2 Cabriolet for sale in Maryland.

Click for more details: 1990 Porsche 944S2 Cabriolet on eBay

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944 S3 – 1993 and 1994 Porsche 968s

Another week, another set of watercooled, front engined, 4-cylinder, non-turbo Porsche coupes. This time, though, it’s the cream of the crop; the highly regarded 968 Coupe. While recently I’ve covered several944 S and S2s, the 968 remains pretty firmly the most desirable of the non-turbo models by most enthusiasts. For good reason, too – it’s a good looking, relatively cheap to maintain Porsche that’s a great driver and combines the awesome look of the 928 and 944 turbo into one package. What’s not to like? Well, in some cases, the pricetag; we’ve featured a few lower mile examples and the asking prices seem to be quite high. The first example is a good illustration of this:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 Porsche 968 on Craigslist

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Homologation Special: 1979 and 1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC 5.0s

It’s hard to believe it’s been over two years since Paul last wrote up a 450SLC 5.0, a homologation special intended to get a big motor into a lighter SLC to make it competitive in World Rally Championship. Remember, this is the pre-Quattro days, so a heavier rear driver wasn’t such a crazy proposition. It was aided by a fair amount of aluminum, too – the engine, doors, hood and trunk all were switched to aluminum. In the case of the hood – long enough to land a small aircraft on – that change made a difference. They didn’t sell like hotcakes though, and few remain today; they’re rare sights for sure, and it’s a treat to get two at the same time. Let’s start with the 1980:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC 5.0 on Carandclassic.co.uk

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Volkswagen Corrado-off: 1991 G60 v. 1992 VR6

This past week, I wrote up a heavily modded Corrado VR6 that pretty much universally was disliked. As Corrados go, I don’t even feel that car was too extreme, but in the highly individualized world of modified Volkswagens I also get that not everyone like what others have done. That’s why, for the most part, most enthusiasts would like to start with a clean slate; an original example of what drew them to the car in the first place. Today I found two better examples of original (or, mostly original anyway) Corrados, one each in G60 or VR6 form. What’s your flavor? Let’s take a look at the G60 first:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1991 Volkswagen Corrado G60 on Honolulu Craigslist

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Stunning Twos – 1989 and 1991 Porsche 944 S2s

Yesterday, Paul wrote up a nice looking 968 with lower miles. The problem with these low mile 968s seems to be that people ask a lot of money for them. Now granted, comparing the money that E30 M3s command compared to the 968 asking prices puts them in a less outrageous context, but compared to the prices 944 Turbo Ss or 944S2s command, they do seem out of line. Case in point is todays two stunning examples of the 968 prototype, the 944S2. Effectively the 968 was this car, restyled and with an extra cog in the gearbox. If you can deal with only 5 speeds and prefer the boxier styling of the 944s, these 944S2s are a screaming deal – for now. Let’s look at a black early example first:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Porsche 944 S2 on Cleveland Craigslist

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The Personal S-Class Mercedes-Benz: 1991 560SEC vs. 1996 S600 Coupe

Mercedes coupes have always been an object of desire for me. Sure, they lack a little of the carefree fun factor of their open roofed counterparts, but a lot of the classics coupes have blended the conservative style of the sedans with a bit of verve you would expect with a personal luxury vehicle. A two-door vehicle of this size may seem indulgent, but for me, they are oh so right. One of our favorites here at GCFSB is the C126, more commonly known as the 380SEC and later 560SEC on these shores. For a decade, this car carried the large coupe torch for Mercedes-Benz fairly unchanged and was one of those cars of the 1980s people would instantly associate with the wealthy.

First, let’s take a look at this low mileage 560SEC for sale in New York.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1991 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC on eBay

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Double Take: Rare color Porsche 911SC

Porsche has long offered a wide variety of colors to suit the palettes of its buyers and from time to time we come across these cars for sale. Late last week I wrote up a Talbot Yellow 911SC with a relatively high price that I figured was in large part due to the color choice. Talbot Yellow has that nice combination of being both rare and also eye-catching. Since writing up that car, we’ve come across two more examples in rare colors so this seemed like as good a time as any to take a look at what the market might bear for 911s that come in colors other than the standard Red, Black, and Silver. The first one is a restored 1980 Porsche 911SC in a very period-correct choice of Cashmere Beige.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1980 Porsche 911SC on eBay

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Stunning Ss – Two Lesser Appreciated S-cars from Audi

It’s hard to believe I could make such a claim; that there would be unappreciated Audi S models. Even more surprising is that they’re recently produced. But the truth is neither of these cars grabbed the headlines of their bigger brothers – while the S8, RS4 and Europe-only C6 RS6 stole the show for Audi, in the background were two very competent, very fast and very luxurious cars that not many chose to buy. These truly are cars that would have been enthusiasts’ dream rides only a decade earlier – the C6 S6, with its sleek body hiding a Lamborghini-derived V10 that was modified to produced more useable torque, and the B7 S4 – the last run of the great 4.2 V8 and arguably the best looking since the original S4, punting 340 horsepower though a great 6-speed manual. Today, 7 years later, you can pick up one of these super sedans for around the entry-level price of a Volkswagen Golf. Simply amazing. Let’s look at the S6 first:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2007 Audi S6 at Coventry MotorCar

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Double Take: Original and Extra Spicy 1977 BMW 630CSis

Earlier in the week I wrote up a pristine, lower mile E12 528i that was a very pretty color combination and rare to see. The early generation cars of the 1980s – the E12, early E24 and E21 – are still in collector no man’s land; they’re in general not sought after enough to justify expensive restorations, and they’re not valuable enough for people to keep in pristine condition. They’re also not the best performers that BMW has produced; but in spite of that they’re all pretty cars and when well presented it’s a reminder of how clean and desirable some of these early BMW designs were. Few are as pretty as the original Paul Bracq designed E24 with it’s low, lean and long stance. Bespoilered later in life the design become increasingly cluttered and more aggressive, and while that has a certain appeal the early cars really do express the original design better. Today there are two examples, surprisingly, of the early run 630CSi – in your choice of original or modified “extra-spicy”. Which would you prefer? Let’s start with the modified version:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1977 BMW 630CSi on eBay

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Double Take: Porsche 911SC or 3.2 Carrera?

For any prospective buyer of a classic 911 there inevitably comes a decision to be made about whether to get a 911SC or a 3.2 Carrera. These cars share enough similarities that in some cases a buyer may decide based simply upon availability. These are, after all, 30-year-old cars so the numbers of excellent examples are dwindling. But what if a good example of each is available, nearly identical in appearance and for similar cost? Now the decision-making process becomes a bit more difficult and it’s precisely the dilemma we feature here: a 1979 Porsche 911SC with 29,900 miles and a 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe with 57,750 miles. We’ll begin with the 911SC:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1979 Porsche 911SC on eBay

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