2007 Mercedes-Benz S600

A few weeks ago I looked at the W220 Mercedes-Benz S600 and explained that while it might be tempting to play with fire on one of these fickle V12 beasts, you are almost certainly setting yourself up to get burned sooner or later. Probably sooner. So naturally today, I wanted to check out the next-generation of the V12 S-Class, the W221 S600. Quality and materials-wise, these were a massive improvement over the W220 with almost-new everything and generally improved as much as they could. But notice I said ”almost-new everything” as there is one major thing that was carried over from the W220 S600: the M275 V12 engine. Is it still worth taking the plunge to get your twin-turbo V12 fix while enjoying a deep and supple message from the drivers seat? Surely, time and Mercedes engineers heal all, right?

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2007 Mercedes-Benz CL550 Cabriolet

Some things never change. One of those things just happens to be people cutting the roof off Mercedes-Benz coupes and adding convertible tops. I’m not kidding. They did it with the C126, they did it with the C140 and they did it with the C215. Naturally, they did it with today’s car, a 2007 CL550, up for sale in Florida. Thankfully for everyone, Mercedes started doing it themselves with the 2015 S-Class convertible that looks amazing in my eyes. The biggest problem with these conversions is that they are clunky. Adding a convertible top to a car is no easy feat and those who do it as an afterthought always face an uphill battle. It’s one thing to make everything function smoothly and actually work, but it is a whole other challenge to make it look good. Most of the time when the top canvas is folded down, it creates an ungainly mass of metal and fabric sticking up behind the rear seats. This not only looks bad, but has horrible wind noise and causes visibility problems. Nevertheless, people still do it because people still buy them for whatever reason. As for this specific car? I have a no idea why anyone would ever consider it. Let me explain why.

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2007 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG

Now that everyone is in holiday shopping mode and searching diligently for a good deal, I’d thought I’d throw this one out there. This is a 2007 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG for $12,000. No, it isn’t smashed in the rear and you just can’t see it like some tricks some other eBay auctions try to pull. This is a perfectly functioning 6.2 liter V8 monster that normally trades around the $20,000 mark. Yes, it is $12,000 for a reason, but the pluses for this car might just outweigh the minuses. Let me explain.

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Double Take – Sprint Two: 2007 Audi S4 and S6

For a few reasons, I found yesterday’s S4 Avant a bit lacking. The B7 S4 Avant isn’t my favorite of the S Avants to begin with, and truth told I think I’d take a S-Line 2.0T Titanium before I jumped into a S4. The high price these have retained also is a bit of a turnoff; you can get the same car, for nearly all intents and purposes, in the B6 for a lot less. But the killer, at least for me, was the color. I just find newer silver and gray Audis predictable, cliche, and boring in general. They lack imagination. And when Audi had such brilliant colors available in the color pallet, I don’t look upon the more conservative and prevalent with envy.

But what about something wild, like LZ5F Sprint Blue Pearl Effect? Yeah, that gets the blood boiling and draws the eyes in pretty much every situation. But today I didn’t have a SBPE Avant; instead, to make up for that, I’ve got two examples of the color on S sedans from the same dealer. Strange? Even more strange is that this is the same dealer that I previously looked at a special order Sprint Blue A4. Does this dealer have some special source of smurf blue Audis?

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2007 Porsche 911 GT3

I have been featuring a lot of fairly expensive Porsches lately and my plan for this week was to feature a few that were of a more normal variety. The sort more people might think seriously about purchasing and could afford to do so. Unfortunately, I have immediately become distracted by this very pretty Carrara White 2007 Porsche 911 GT3. The asking price actually isn’t that bad so in a way this does fit within the scope of my original plan, but a reasonably priced GT3 is still an expensive car so it isn’t precisely what I had in mind. I just can’t take my eyes off of it!

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 on eBay

Year: 2007
Model: 911 GT3
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 40,619 mi
Price: $97,000 Buy It Now

We are pleased to present this clean 2-owner Carrara White 2007 911 GT3 for a local client who currently resides out of state. The car has been in our care since it was purchased in February 2016. It is presently stored in a climate controlled garage with 40,619 miles.

Price with GT2 seats – $97,000
Price with stock GT3 seats -$89,000

The car has four (4) desirable upgrades, each of which is reversible:
-Factory leather GT2 carbon buckets
-Factory Porsche Motorsport GT3 Cup lip
-Factory clear corner markers (stock orange markers included with sale
-FVD side muffler bypass (stock mufflers included with sale)

A PPI performed by Minneapolis Porsche on 08/15/17 includes a perfect DME with zero over-revs in all ranges. We’ve changed the oil in 3,000mi intervals with factory recommended fluid and parts. A 40,000mi major service (plugs, fluids, filters, chassis lubrication) was recently completed as well.

As mentioned above, we’re familiar with the car and would be happy to answer any car-related questions. Send us a PM or call (612) 547-9311 and we’ll assist in connecting with the seller. Please visit this link for more images and additional information: https://www.311rs.com/current-inventory/2007-porsche-911-gt3/

Like the last 997 GT3 I featured this isn’t a super low-mileage example. It’s been driven a good bit and it sounds like it has even seen a few track days. Yet here it sits still looking wonderful and well cared for. This is exactly the type of 911 we like to see as it’s been enjoyed and pushed to its limits just as the engineers intended, but it doesn’t look to have been abused. Of course, any car like this will need a PPI and that it has had some track time further emphasizes that need, but we can hope its mechanical state will be as rock solid as its looks.

I’ve said that I think white cars only work well on particular models and that for my tastes the appeal can be rather limited. This GT3 in Carrara White looks fantastic and I really like the way the red brake calipers are so easily accentuated. This wouldn’t have been a color I’d expect to love, but here we are. As we can see it comes with a set of highly-desirable GT2 seats, though in this case there is a cost for those. The seller will knock $8K off the price if you’d prefer the standard GT3 seats. While $8K is a lot of money for a couple seats it does seem to be around the going rate, and based upon some ads may even be on the low end. Unless you really aren’t a fan of the seats I’d think they’re the way to go.

GT2 seats, a lovely looking GT3 to mount them in, and fantastic driving all for below six figures. It’s not at a price that just anyone can afford, but overall it isn’t too bad and should be well worth the investment.

-Rob

Right Hooker Week: 2007 Audi RS4 Avant

Okay, enough obscure Audi crap, Carter. You want the real deal. You want what Audi fans look towards der Vaterland for.

You want RS Audis.

Can I blame you? Since 1994, Audi’s RS moniker has stood for performance in all weather, and is usually paired with their signature Avant model for best consumer consumption. While this conversation and most of the internet would immediately turn towards the RS2 as the defacto signature, a model still unsurpassed in its execution, that’s not where I’ll start. There are reasons for this, but for both the RS2 and B5 RS4, Audi had to utilize outside help to make the car they wanted to between Porsche and Cosworth. So, in some ways, today’s model is the first real all-Audi effort.

Instead of the icon we’re going to look at Audi’s mega-impressive B7 RS4. Audi went to great lengths to revise the all-wheel drive system in this car to make it a better competitor to the M3. With a naturally-aspirated Fuel Stratified Injection 4.2-liter V8 chucking out 414 horsepower, it had the motivation to move it around quite a bit too. And the best part? For U.S. fans, it actually was sold over here and remains a great performance value (if you can afford the repairs). So why look to Europe to get one?

Well, there are a few reasons. First, Avant. We only got the sedan version of the RS4 here, so if you really want street cred, importation of one of these bad boys will certainly gain you that, though nearly every conversation will include a “Yes, it’s real…” exchange. But perhaps an even better reason to consider Europe for your RS experience? The price. These cars haven’t hit the collector market yet, but they’re moving outside of normal consumption for daily drivers. So while an 85,000 mile RS4 sedan hits eBay in the $27,000 – $30,000 range, this clean Avant can be yours for a discount:

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2007 Porsche 911 GT3

It doesn’t take much for me to take notice of any of the Porsches with “GT” in the moniker. I’m a big fan of pretty much all of them and certainly enjoy coming across nice ones for sale. The GT3 RS sits at the top of the naturally-aspirated group, but as things tend to go with the top model prices can be very high. This becomes even more true as we move toward the end of the 997 line when Porsche began seeing just how much engine they could stuff into the back of the RS chassis.

If we choose to step back just a bit to the GT3 prices suddenly become much more reasonable. I’ve looked a lot at the 996 GT3 lately as those seem to come in at really nice values for all the performance you get. As prices for the 996TT have gradually risen even those long-time performance bargains now make us look twice at the GT3. Fortunately for those looking to keep their spending sensible, the early GT3 models from the 997 line also remain on the reasonable side. Prices are, of course, still higher than the 996, but you’re getting more car too. You’re also getting a better looking 911.

The one we see here, an Arctic Silver Metallic 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 with 45,500 miles on it, is particularly striking even in silver and looks to have been very well maintained. For the buyer looking for a GT3 that’s been babied its whole life and rarely driven hard I don’t think this is the car for you. But for those who don’t mind some hard driving so long as it’s given proper care this one should make for a nice option.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 on eBay

Year: 2007
Model: 911 GT3
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 45,500 mi
Price: $97,500 Buy It Now

HIGHLIGHTS

Two owner local car, originally sold at Roger Jobs Porsche
Tastefully optioned car with sunroof and factory adaptive sport seats

Noted PNWR PCA ownership

All records, books, manuals, and tools present

SPECIFICATIONS

VIN – WP0AC29997S792494

Engine – 3.6L, 6 cylinder

Gearbox – 6 speed manual

Drivetrain – Rear engine, RWD

OVERVIEW

When Porsche continued the GT3 theme into the 997 chassis, they perfected a recipe long in the making. A GT3 is a special treat in the Porsche world, as it is an extremely honed platform. Presented in factory Arctic Silver Metallic over Black Leather, this 997 chassis GT3 is an exceptional driver’s car.

Unique to the GT3 is the engine. Popularly known as a “Mezger” engine, after it’s designer Hans Mezger, this engine shares the general architecture with the racing Porsche 962 engine. Dry-sumped, with water cooled heads, this engine is a special piece and the heart of the GT3. Coupled to a close ratio 6 speed manual transmission, the GT3 also enjoys larger brakes, lowered suspension, front and rear aero package and light weight wheels to distinguish it from a standard 911.

Most recent owner of this car was Ward Carter, the past president of the PNW Region PCA Chapter. Ward used the car extensively in PCA autocross events, and the car is currently set-up for that (suspension and alignment perfectly dialed in over the years). Sitting on nearly new tires, this GT3 handles among the best of any 997 GT3 we have sampled.

Fresh off an $8K+ engine out service (welded coolant lines, oil service, etc.) just 900 miles ago, this GT3 is mechanically ready for anything. Service records are present for all work since day one where the car was originally sold through Roger Jobs Porsche in Bellingham, WA.

The front end is protected with a clear bra, and overall the car presents well in person, with the classic color combination of silver over black.

Notable options on the original window sticker include:

Adaptive Sport Seats
Heated seats
Seatbelts in Guards Red
Bi-Xenon light package
Chrono Package
Self dimming mirrors
This two-owner 2007 Porsche GT3 is currently showing 45,000 miles and is fresh from a recent major service. Offered with full service records, original books, manuals, window sticker, and keys, this GT3 will not disappoint the driver in you.

Please call Jason at 206-355-7727 for more information on this Porsche 997 GT3 for sale.

This GT3 makes for a nice comparison with the Speed Yellow GT3 with Clubsport options I featured a couple weeks ago. That one had some great additions and was priced pretty high for a 996 GT3 with its mileage. This one is similar mileage and less unique in its options – though the sport seats are a great add – so it comes in at the lower end of 997 pricing. Both look to be examples of GT3s used extensively and shown great care. This one is two owner rather than one owner, but it is said to come with a full service history beginning from its sale.

I think both of these GT3s are really interesting. This one looks in phenomenal condition. Ownership by a former PCA chapter president gives it a certain credence and the condition tends to bear that out. With a full service history and recent engine service it looks ready to deliver some excellent driving. And the price comes in under six figures. Love it!

-Rob

2007 Mercedes-Benz R350

File this one under ‘I had no idea these have gotten so cheap’. This a 2007 Mercedes-Benz R350. I’d classify it as a vehicle that I’m still trying to figure out what it exactly is. It looks like a minivan but has four regular doors and seats six â€” all captain’s chairs, no less. Mercedes called it a “sports tourer”, a made-up term because they needed something for the marketing materials. It’s too low to be a true SUV, too long and big to be a CUV and Mercedes wouldn’t be caught dead calling it a minivan. I just call it absolutely worthless, unless we are talking R63.

Imagine trying to sell one of these back in 2007. “Well, it looks pretty odd. Reliability will be shaky at best. It doesn’t do anything particularly well. You’ll average 16 miles a gallon even with the V6. It’s a pain in the ass to work under the hood. The interior is a bunch of plastic and fake wood. It’ll be worth the cost of a new iMac in 10 years. And all this will run you about $44,000. Want to go inside and talk numbers?” To the surprise of no one perhaps outside of Untertürkheim, and by Germany I mean Alabama where they were made, the R-Class was killed off in 2012 due to slow sales. I’m sure that had nothing to do with all the reasons listed above and the fact that Mercedes had four other SUVs in their lineup, five if you count the Sprinter. So why even look at one of these? Well, it’s cheap. Really cheap.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2007 Mercedes-Benz R350 on eBay

Year: 2007
Model: R350 4Matic
Engine: 3.5 liter V6
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 126,000 mi
Price: Buy It Now $4,950

2007 Mercedes Benz R350 for sale. Mileage is 132,374 miles mostly highway. Good, clean conditions. Never involved in car wreck. Many components have been replaced and rebuilt including: cv axles, transmission, rear air suspension, power steering rack, air intake header.

This W251 for sale in Texas is $4,950, almost half of what a 2007 ML350 and a third of what a 2007 GL450 with similar mileage is commanding. Looking at the seller’s description, this R350 lived up to its reputation with numerous big components needing replaced or rebuilt. This one doesn’t look like it lived a hard life at 126,000 miles, but who knows. My guess is that the seller went to trade this car and received an offer around $3,500 then decided to turn to private sale. The only real advantage the R has is that it has a third row seat, but the leg room is laughable. The GL450 does have the third row too, but again, it’s over three times as much. It’s tough to really screw up a car purchase for under $5,000 and with this specific vehicle you probably aren’t taking too much risk, but who knows where the floor is for the W251. When it comes time to sell an R-Class, don’t expect people to come knocking down your door.

– Andrew

2007 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe

One of the comments on my recent post of a 996TT with the X50 package is that prices for these machines – especially when the mileage is very low as that one was – have risen close enough to the 997TT that the 996 begins to make less sense. That’s a very fair critique as prices have moved upward. As performance value goes, why not go for even more performance? So this seemed a worthwhile time to check in on the 997 Turbo and see what you can get.

Here we have a Midnight Blue Metallic 2007 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe, located in New Jersey, with Natural Brown leather interior and 21,994 miles on it. This certainly is not the only 997 Turbo on the market, nor is it the cheapest, but it is one of the few that I found in a color other than Silver or Black and equipped with a manual transmission. If you like Silver and want the Tiptronic transmission there are a lot of options and they’re all plenty cheaper than this one. But those aren’t an apt comparison with the typical 996 we look at so I thought this made for a better representative.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2007 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe on eBay

Year: 2007
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.6 liter twin-turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 21,994 mi
Price: $79,900 Buy It Now

2007 Porsche 911 Turbo
Midnight Blue with Natural Brown leather interior
21,994 Miles
6-Speed Manual Transmission

Clean CarFax report with no issues – the link to the full report is below.

2.49% financing for 60 months is available with qualified credit!

Please contact Steven Sasson (212) 804-8070 or Steven@LegendCarCo.com

We will be happy to accommodate a Pre-Purchase Inspection at our location or at a local shop.
We can arrange transport anywhere in the US.

The 997’s return to round headlights was greeted warmly by most 911 fans and I think we can easily see why. The overall look of this Turbo follows more in the footsteps of its air-cooled predecessors than the 996. The interior too, while clearly more modern, bears a stronger resemblance to earlier 911s and improves upon another problem of the 996. The only item I’ve never liked is the wheels, but that’s an easy fix. Overall, on appearance alone this is a serious step up. The 911 Turbo showcases the best of Porsche’s luxury and performance in a single package, but I’ve always thought the 997 truly gave us Porsche’s most direct movement into that territory. The 993TT shows us this side of Porsche as well, but there’s a definite aggression in its design and those lines are smoothed out by the time we get to the 997. Performance, of course, is superb.

Ok, what about price? At almost $80K we’re a good bit above the price of most 996TTs, at least so long as those cars stay in the $60Ks. The gap definitely has narrowed though and, as I said above, this is by no means the cheapest 997 available. I imagine we will slowly see that gap narrow more still before the performance differences begin to pull them back apart. Of course, a non-X50 996 still sits much further down and while that leaves us with an even more significant performance difference, we can’t exactly classify those cars as slow. We have moved quite a bit from the days when a 996TT in really nice shape could be had for around $40K, but there’s still a lot of performance to be found in these cars for the money.

-Rob

Tuner Tuesday: 2007 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG RENNtech Laurence Gartel Art Car

I’ve seen art cars in the past but today’s combination might take the cake. This 2007 SL65 AMG is the creation of a man who is considered a pioneer of digital art, Laurence Gartel. Gartel has done work with the likes of Andy Warhol, major household brands, celebrities, NASA, the Grammys and of course unique cars. This latest art car is none other than the torque monster itself, the W230 SL65 AMG. Of course, just being a regular SL65 isn’t enough. This SL was sent to RENNtech in Florida and came back with an always mind-blowing 670 horsepower and 840 lb·ft of torque thus probably making this the fastest piece of rolling art out there.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2007 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG on eBay

Year: 2007
Model: SL65 AMG
Engine: 6.0 liter twin-turbocharged V12
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 95,464 mi
Price: Buy it Now $39,500

RENNtech SL 65 AMG Art-Car by Laurence Gartel

Mercedes-Benz R230 – SL65 AMG
M275 – 6.0L V12 AMG Engine – up to 670HP | 840LB-FT

Equipped with following RENNtech Upgrades:
– ECU Upgrade
– V3 Digital Lowering Module
– Carbon Fiber Rear Decklid Spoiler
– 10.2 Deep Monolite Forged Wheels Finished in Gloss Purple. Front: 20″x9.0″; Rear: 20″x11.0″
– Brake Upgrade with Custom Painted Calipers in Aquamarine
– Fully wrapped by Laurence Gartel, official Artisit of the 57th Grammy Awards
– 041U – Designo Graphite Paint underneath Wrap

Milage: 95,464 (04-13-2017)
Laurence Gartel | A Digital Art Innovator
– Considered the Pioneer of Digital Art
– Created the first digital art-ad together with Andy Warhol for Absolut Vodka
– Taught Andy Warhol how to create Art via Amiga Computer
– Official Artist of the 57th Grammy Awards. Created official Artwork and Invitations
– Created Artwork for Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears
– Official Artist of the Newport Jazz Festival 2015
– Created Groundbreaking Artworks for the NBA, Walt Disney, Forbes, Coca-Cola and Phillip Morris
– Artist of the 2015 NASA Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS)
– Art Car Conversions include: 1957 Lincoln Premiere Convertible, 1959 Cadillac Fleetwood, Tesla, Scuderia Ferrari and Rolls Royce
– His Art was exhibited at: Museum of Modern Arts, Joan Whitney Payson Gallery, Long Beach Museum of Art, Princeton Art Museum, Norton Museum of Art, National Museum of American History, Bibliotheque National and Monaco International Film Festival

I’m not art aficionado by any means but Laurence Gartel is actually a name I’ve run across before. A quick Google search showcases some pretty interesting stuff he’s produced and his past art cars are pretty wild stuff as well. But in my opinion, this SL65 doesn’t do it for me. I’m sure there is a method to this madness that I’m missing or don’t truly appreciate, but it just a bunch of psychedelic patterns applied to a wrap that’s started to show its age. The shock value isn’t there anymore and cars like this are popping up everywhere from people designing wraps in their basement and applying them in a weekend. If anything I think the appreciation for something like Warhol hand painting an M1 only goes up because of how easy it is to do an art car now. Of course this is just my opinion, I welcome anyone who feels differently.

As for the SL65 itself, I’m pretty amazed that it is nearing the 100,000 mile mark. I usually don’t see these with mileage like this one because they are either driven sparingly or owners reach a point where they are given a repair bill for five figures then decide to walk away from it. Seeing as this one is a show car that’s probably be driven to a fair amount of events and showcases, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Also you probably aren’t owning this car unless you like been seen either. There is no hiding in this thing.

The price of this SL65 is really intriguing to at just under $40,000. I looked at another SL65 AMG RENNtech back in January that finally sold for $46,000 but it had a faction of the miles this car has. Seeing as RENNtech themselves is the one listing this car, they know what they have and what kind of market they are dealing with. Despite its huge power numbers, the potential for crazy repair bills on the M275 AMG cars have been sinking values on them with no real floor to be seen yet. This car is a tough sell even without the wrap because of the mileage so if I were to bet this one might sit for sale a little while longer. Nevertheless, a cool piece that you surely don’t see everyday.

– Andrew