1994 Porsche 928 GTS

I never miss a chance to express my dismay at vehicles like the Porsche Cayenne and Porsche Panamera. Even if they are the cash cow for the small sports car manufacturer from Zuffenhausen, I’ll never get used to seeing these things on the road. They might drive well and serve a purpose, but for a purist like me, they are of zero interest. Porsche reached its watershed moment in the middle of the 1990s. It was during this time that the last air cooled 911 bowed, the 993, and the front engined 968 and 928 coupes said goodbye.

Here is an example of what is the last 928 to roam these shores, the GTS. 1994 represents the second to last year for the model and this one is a special example, being vouched for by the owner/moderator of www.928registry.org, one of the definitive information sources for this ultimate of grand touring Porsches.

1994 Porsche 928 GTS on eBay

1994 928 GTS – #0062

This 928 GTS is the second 1994 built; a ONE OWNER GTS with just 29,513 original miles! Super rare Amazon Green Metallic with Classic Grey interior. Options include; sunroof, automatic transmission, supple leather, CD changer, heated left/right seats.

The only Amazon Green Metallic GTS built in 1994 and the final Amazon Green GTS of 13 built for North America. Extremely well maintained by its one and only owner including recent fluid changes, timing belt and water pump. Addtionally, the hood/hatch struts, battery and intake tubes have all been replaced this past week. The wheels are being refinished and the rear wheel well liners are going to be replaced prior to sale as well. Complete service records, books, tools and window sticker.

Never any damage history; in the interest of full disclosure, paint meter readings indicate paint thickness which is thicker than what is considered normal on the front fenders, hood, doors and rear quarter panels. Overall, the paint is in really nice condition. There is however some etching of the paint presumably from acid rain or perhaps a lawn sprinkler on the top of the left front fender and on the roof (less so than on the fender) that is noticeable under florescent lighting. I tried to capture in photos but couldn’t; it doesn’t show up enough to get a photo.

This GTS has NOT EVER had any paint work done by its owner which points to the additional paint being added at the Porsche factory or at PDI upon the cars arrival to the US. This is plausible b/c all the stickers in the door jams are applied upon delivery at PDI and there are no tape lines, overspray or any other indication typically associated with a car that’s been painted. Upon reflection after we put a paint meter on the car, the owner mentioned that the car was delayed at port prior to being delivered to Hendrick Porsche in Charlotte. The owner is willing to sign an affidavit stating the car has never had any paint or body work while it was in his possession. The interior is in outstanding condition.

I own/manage www.928registry.org and have owned several 928s including 3 GTSs (still own a 1995 GTS) over the course of the last 20 years and can say bar none, this is one of the finest driving GTSs I’ve ever driven. It’s tight, no rattles or squeeks, tracks arrow straight, the engine is powerful/responsive and it shifts crisp and smooth. Outside of the Porsche Tech that has taken care of this GTS since new, I am the only other person that has ever driven this GTS besides its owner!
I am selling this car for the owner and will facilitate all aspects of the transaction. Inspections are encouraged and welcomed.

There’s an old saying with classic cars, buy the best you could afford. Well, this 928 represents about the best example that you would be able to find out there, with such low mileage and provenance. However, the price made me light headed upon seeing the ad. True, it has been maintained impeccably by owners that care, which means a lot with a car like this where one repair could force you to sell your first born.

The GTS version of the 928 could be one of those collector cars whose value takes off in the next coming years, but judging by the economy and the fact that the 928 has been around since 1978 and values of earlier models has stayed relatively flat, it is hard to see values taking off to the levels we see here in the near future.

-Paul

Good looking 1994 Mercedes 400E

Not everyone can afford to jump into the 500E market. For those who still want the stately looks of the W124 and the rumble of a V8, but at a significantly lower price take a look at this 400E. The 500E’s little brother rarely gets the spotlight so when I saw this looker I thought I’d throw it a bone.

The 400E deserves some of the praise given to the 500E, it is no slouch in the engine department. The 4.2 liter V8 puts out close to 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of  torque. If you take the electronically limited speed of the 500E into account the 400E has the same top speed of 155 m.p.h. The smaller 4.2 won’t jump off the line as quickly, but is just as comfortable out on the highway.

The car seen here has been given a much more aggressive look thanks to 18″ rims that tuck under the fenders thanks to lowering springs. Smoked taillights and front signal lights complement the dark gray paint. The 1994 also comes with the updated grille for a more modern look. It has some new maintenance parts, like brakes, that the next owner won’t have to worry about. It has had an accident that meant a new trunk lid and rear bumper work. It looks like a Remus or other aftermarket rear exhaust is on the car. The owner doesn’t give details, but it looks like things have been repaired properly. The owner indicates that the car has been cared for well. The 77,000 miles on the car are less than you would expect on one of these.

The car currently sits at $5,600 with no bids and a reserve. No real investment potential here just a fine looking set of wheels and a chance to get in on V8 Mercedes ownership.

Good looking 1994 Mercedes 400E on eBay

~Evan

1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 with 64,000 miles

Until this January, I had been a Mercedes-Benz owner for the past 10 years. I have to say, as a consumer loyal to the marque, I’m not too pleased with the styling direction Mercedes has been taking the last several years. Where to start? Well, the new C class coupe can’t help but make me think Honda Accord Coupe, many models suffer from too much needless chrome in an effort to up the bling factor and the SUV offerings I feel have watered down the bread and butter sedans and wagons.

This, however, doesn’t stop me from loving the classics, though. After growing up with a 1992 400E in the household, I have been quite the fan of the W124, especially the 500E/E500. I’m always on the lookout for clean examples of any variant, and here is a well cared for late model E320 for sale down in Texas.

1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 on eBay

One owner from Houston and has been pampered and garaged! This was an extra vehicle for the previous owner and the mileage is consistent with its limited use. The paint is in excellent condition and it is apparent that this car was garaged and meticulously-maintained. The tires on the vehicle appear to have been recently replaced. The interior of this vehicle is virtually flawless. All interior functions have been tested and the only thing I could find that does not operate is the drivers seat forward/backward motion (tilt seat/back position work fine) This vehicle runs like it has 10,000 miles on it. The owners manual has been kept up to date with service records/dealer stamps.

As of writing this, there is a little over four days left in the auction and it hasn’t met the reserve. I’m guessing the seller has the reserve set around $5,000 to $6,000, which is about what average examples of this E class sell for. Given the cars history and pleasing color combination, $8,000 doesn’t seem too unreasonable, but if a buyer can get this for right around $7,000, I’d say it was a good buy. This is a car that will last a lifetime, even at almost 20 years of age.

-Paul

1994 Mercedes 500E / E500 with RENNtech mods

One of our favorite Q-ships, the 500E picked up the torch for Mercedes in 1990 to continue their tradition of the high output V8 in an otherwise stately yet sedate four door.

1994 E500 with RENNtech mods on eBay

This particular car is the last year of the Porsche built special. As a 1994 its official company designation swapped with the rest of the lineup to E500 from 500E. This car comes debadged for added stealth, though the bulging wheel arches are an easy distinguishing factor from a more average W124 model.

Mercedes and Porsche really did the 500E right, it wasn’t just a big engine stuffed into a chassis that wasn’t prepared. The engineers and designers took time to carefully consider what they wanted as the outcome for the 500E and as such made proper modifications to other systems.  One can not say this enough: The 500E is not a 300E with a 5.0 liter engine.  Giving the car special handbuilt construction gave Mercedes an extra marketing point, it gives the 500E itself a hint of the uniqueness  that harkens to earlier days of coachbuilt classics.

Owners paid significantly for the pleasure of driving the 500E new. Prices topped out at just about $90,000. To put that in perspective, at the time, a BMW M5 would set you back only in the mid $60k range and you could just about buy two Audi S4 models for the price of one 500E.

A total of apx. 10,300 500Es slowly rolled out of the factory, those aren’t big numbers, but they aren’t as rare as other Merc sleepers like the 300SEL 6.3 or the 450SEL 6.9.  It is important to note that the 500E is not an AMG model, this is sometimes confused. The 500E came at a time when AMG was still not fully under control of Mercedes and these were 100% factory cars. AMG did produce the awesome E60, which was a 500E with a 6.0 liter powerplant.

When you inspect a 500E up close it is rare to find problems in build quality, more often any problems are do solely to owner neglect.

The car featured here comes into us through a reader at RENNtech (we get giddy if we pop the hood of a Benz and see those trademark carbon fiber intakes.)

This 500E has covered 80,000 miles and looks great in fitting Mercedes brilliant silver. Though, there is at least one black 500E out there that has been “murdered out” that caught my eye in the past. (I split the difference with my 70 250C, black roof, silver body) Other than paint the exterior of this 500E is complimented by proper 18″ AMG monoblocks. More importantly its looks aren’t hampered by the ugly sunken U.S. sealed beam units previous model year U.S. market cars had. E-code headlights on earlier domestic 500Es is almost a must in my book.

Other mods on this 500E are ones you like to see, appropriate and tasteful. Those include over $7,000 worth from RENNtech. Thee first gear start valve body is a popular addition for Benz from this era and allows for longer, spirited, pulls in first, without losing streetabilty under regular driving. Combining that with the traction control defeat switch will allow for some tail happy adventures. Keep the car out of the hands of teenage drivers to avoid unneeded transmission/driveline wear and tear.

A few extra ponies are added to the stock 320 with the addition of the RENNtech carbon airbox, chip, and stainless exhaust.

The seller states the car has been serviced for the past decade at Mercedes Benz of Memphis. There isn’t a lot of description in the ad, but perhaps it isn’t needed. Those in the 500E market know what they are looking at and the ad appears to be a simple, honest presentation of a solid specimen. We unfortunately have become quite cynical with our experience in the world of vintage cars so we get a little nervous with brief car ads and always make sure to ask lots of questions about what works, what doesn’t, what’s missing, service records etc.. With a vehicle that could be purchased for potential collector value we’d encourage a PPI, particularly at this $25,000 ask.

You can get a 500E for less than this one, but top quality low mile collector candidates can bring $40,000. Without knowing more about this particular car I don’t find the ask unreasonable and can see it being considered well priced a few years from now, but it may take several listings on eBay before someone takes the plunge. In the world of eBay bargain hunters it may be better to start with a lower ask to try and get a couple seller’s in the competing mood. When you look at what $25k will get you in terms of classic German iron I feel that if the seller knocked a couple thousand off the price a few more potential buyers will show up.

Great car.

~Evan

Sleeper Renntech SL74 for sale

After 3 of these monster R129 Mercedes showed up this past summer, we got a tip for another one on eBay from Portland, Oregon. It’s a short list of cars that have over 7 liters of displacement, and pretty extreme for Renntech to punch out the normal 6.0 liter V12 in the SL an extra 1.4 liters. A couple things always seem come up with these cars: time/space-bending power in a dated chassis, and massive depreciation. I’ve always fantasized about having a Benz that could light up the rears on the highway, so maybe this is the most financially feasible way to achieve that goal.

The seller’s 2 cents:

This is an extremely rare Mercedes SL600. It was converted to a RENNtech in 1999, and has a 7.4 liter 575 HP engine with camshafts and ported and polished heads. It also carries a RENNtech resonator by pass, RENNtech rear muffler, oil cooler, CF air intake, transmission upgrade, ASR delete switch, larger front and rear sway bar, Alcon 14″ front brakes and AMG 18 inch Aero wheels all verified through RENNtech. The Customer spent $73,681.00 to do this RENNtech conversion. The car is in spectacular shape, with books and all four Keys.

In the same sleeper green as the one Evan found this summer, this one is extra sleepy with standard AMG monoblocks and completely shaved identifying badges. Nice to see another one that’s been driven, having covered 89k miles, but the flipside is that you’ve got a 90k-mile tuner V12. Right. Anyways, while it’s certainly not the best looking R129, that’s kind of the appeal here: scary power in as plain-jane an exterior as Mercedes can do. No bites at $20k yet, we’ll see if even that is too high for a car whose monster in the engine bay is only matched by its monster depreciation.

-NR

1994 Mercedes E500 with 46996 miles

Thanks to reader Peter for spotting this super clean E500 in the brilliant silver paint scheme. Everything about this car looks practically new and well maintained. Unlike a lot of 500Es this one looks totally unmolested down to the original rims. The owner still has the original window sticker, all the manuals, service history, etc.. The buy-it-now price of $26,900 for a 500E in this shape will seem very reasonable in a few years. Right now I’d say it is bit high, with a few less miles it wouldn’t be a surprise to sell at that price though. If you could negotiate it down a bit and this car truly is as clean in person this would be a nice find.

~Evan

1994 Mercedes Benz SL74 Renntech

Today hearing of a Mercedes pushing 500 horsepower, while not really yawn factor, is certainly not surprising. AMG has done an amazing job generating massive power and torque numbers for Mercedes that you can now buy of the regular dealer showroom floor. While big engine big power Benzs have been a hallmark of the company for years they were scarcer in years past.

This big fellow could scare off just about everything else on the road when it was new back in 1994. The SL74 was a Renntech package that took the already potent Mercedes 6 liter V-12 and pushed it out to 7.4 liters. With about 600 horsepower and 600 lb. ft. of torque after the conversion all coming out of a lagless normally aspirated engine one could easily spin the z rated tires down to the rims.

It isn’t clear if this car was converted by Renntech just after the purchase or if the conversion took place later in the car’s life. With only 15,000 miles it doesn’t really matter.

This car has similar specs to the Renntech SL74 I posted early this summer:

https://germancarsforsaleblog.com/1997-mercedes-sl74-renntech-monster

Giant brakes (seriously look inside the wheels at those things), exhaust, limited slip diff, upgraded transmission all are necessary additions. The sort of things you would associate with a handbuilt rocketship. What sets this one apart, ironically, is at first glance it is so subdued. You could easily mistake this for just another R129 series Benz. The wheels are nothing too exciting, though closer inspection reveals them to be light magnesium wheels. Nothing seems too fancy about the bodykit, some flares and vents, not even a badge on the back, then you realize it is all carbon fiber, hood, fenders, rockers. This saves, according to the seller 600 lbs in weight.

A peak inside and you can see that this SL is not for prowling a Florida retirement community, though grandpa would probably like the feel of those Recaro ortho sport seats, grandma likely would not want to fumble with the four point race harness.

I believe you can still get this conversion done by Renntech if you have the cash. The original cost was $325,000, that included $110,000 for the stock SL600.  Take the depreciation and buy this two owner sneak attack machine for $65,000. Geniuses drive green cars after all right? Hard top and stand included. Just be careful the seller has no feedback.

It is worth noting that the Renntech 7.4 should not be confused with the similar era Mercedes AMG SL73, which was a factory produced vehicle available in very limited numbers. The 7.3 liter AMG engine is the engine that went on to more recent fame as the power plant for the Pagani Zonda producing similar power figures as this Renntech.

~Evan

Last Minute Lazy Sunday Deals Mercedes 500E

It is Easter and there are a number of auctions ending today on eBay that may get missed as folks are traveling or spending time with family.
I thought I would post a few up to get them some attention before they disappeared. So this will be post #1 of 3 quick ones.

1994 Mercedes 500E with 68,000 miles, which is fairly low for the Porsche engineered engine. Buy it now is $25,000.
I’m not sure if this one has appeared on the site before, I don’t think so, but I am almost positive I have seen it for sale before. It is clearly one of the nicer 500Es out there. This one looks really well maintained and original. The pictures back up the seller’s statements about the condition. Perhaps one of the nicest original driver 500Es left on the road.

~Evan

1994 Porsche 911 Turbo S “Flachbau” For Sale on eBay

Porsches of this era are some of my favorites, and I thought I knew of most of the special models. Like the 3.6 Turbo S of the era. But this interesting slant isn’t one that I was familiar with. It’s not the usual slant-nose with pop-up lights, but more like a 928/968 style that is exposed and raises up when lit. Frankly it looks a bit aftermarket, but it was actually a rare factory option referred to as Flachbau. Apparently there were less than 100 made for the entire world, and only about 40 came to the U.S.

Check out this very rare , offered by Manhattan Motor Cars

Porsche 911 Turbo S Flachbau For Sale

quote from seller’s auction:

One of a very limited series of the last hand built 911 Porsches (76 total worldwide production), it is only befitting that this rarely seen model is here in New York City.

The auction is a little thin on information, but as the $150,000 opening bid suggests, only serious inquires need apply. With only 17k miles, this car is looking to be in fantastic shape and should fit into a collection very nicely.

Read up on this very interesting model at flachbau.com

dc