1986 Mercedes-Benz 560SL – REVISIT

The 1986 Mercedes-Benz 560SL we featured last week did not sell, but the seller has since discounted the price by $4,000. If the SL roadsters that preceded it are any guide, we might be looking at a point where you can get in an R107 at close to the ground floor.

-Paul

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1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL – REVISIT

The 1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL we featured last month is back up for auction. Long forgotten amidst other, more popular SL models, this roadster has finally started to see an uptick in values, with good ones reaching into solid six figure territory. Will this one meet its reserve this time around?

The below post originally appeared on our site February 20, 2014:

-Nate

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1978 Porsche 911 Race Car – REVISIT

The 1978 Porsche 911 Race Car we featured in October is back up for sale. It is now listed as a 1979 911 rather than as a 1978, but I’m not sure that will alter our thoughts on this car in any significant way. This car failed to sell during its original listing and has now been put up for Reserve Auction with a Buy It Now of $33,500.

-Rob

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1979 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL – REVISIT

The low mileage 450SEL we featured last month is back up for sale. The car failed to meet its reserve last time at $18,800 after an impressive 50 bids.

-Paul

THE BELOW POST ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON OUR SITE November 14, 2013:

With a new Mercedes-Benz S class upon us, it’s an opportune time to look back through the years and see how this luxury sedan development. The W116 S class quickly became an afterthought after the much loved W126 debuted at the dawn of the 1980s. This big bruiser’s moment came via a movie most of us all know and love, Ronin. The top of the range 6.9 made an appearance in this action packed flick, terrorizing a Citroën XM and duo of Peugeot 605s in the pursuit of a mysterious case. Even with a rocket launcher perched through the sunroof opening, the 6.9 still looked dignified going about its business. This 450SEL captures much of the 6.9’s aura even if the V8 is down on power. But for most, the power, safety and luxury this classic S class offers is quite adequate.

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1986 Mercedes 500SEC Biodiesel Conversion – REVISIT

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The Mercedes-Benz 500SEC diesel conversion we featured back in June is still on offer in the Netherlands. The seller, Jens, contacted us with the following information:

The Mercedes SEC diesel is stil for sale, runs fine on vegetable oil and also on diesel or a mix for more than 403,100km without any technical problems. It starts even at minus 10 degrees celsius thanks to the fuel heating filter system which first runs on battery power and later swiches to motor heat convection. I dropped the price to €6,000, because The Netherlands raised taxes to a level that is no longer interesting for me to keep this dream machine on the road. It will stay in my barn until sombody is interested. Even in ten or twenty years it will be a great car! You can contact me at jensliman65@gmail.com

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1986 Porsche 911 Carrera – REVISIT

The Isis Blue 1984 911 Carrera we featured in September is back up for sale with a slightly lowered price of $23,900.

The below post originally appeared on our site September 18, 2013:

The first time I got behind the wheel of a 911, it was a slate blue ’84 Carrera 3.2. I was still on my learner’s permit then, but even to this day, there has been nothing quite like a 911 across my motoring career. It’s one of those outliers in the automotive world; a layout that few have attempted, especially in a sports car. But for a staggering 50 years, the basic formula of a flat six swung out over the rear axle has stayed the same. Will the 911 be with us another 50 years from now? Personally, I wouldn’t doubt it, because cars like this Isis Blue 1986 Carrera 3.2 for sale in Arizona have staying power.

Year: 1986
Model: 911 Carrera
Engine: 3.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 108,480 mi
Price: $23,900 Buy It Now

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Introduced to the public at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1963, the 911 was a larger, more powerful and refined replacement to the much loved 356. The 911 made its debut in the United States for model year 1965 and was an instant success offering robust German engineering in a superbly balanced sports car. By the early 1980’s Porsche AG was faced with a decision of whether or not to keep the 911 program going or replace it all together. A decision was made and the 911 program continued, making way for the redesigned 3.2 model. For model year 1984 Porsche introduced a much improved 911 and brought back the Carrera name. It was to be the very last iteration of the original 911 series, and offered more power, improved electronics, brakes, suspension and handling. Many Porsche enthusiast say the 3.2 is the best generation of the 911 and best value.

European Motor Studio is proud to offer this gorgeous Isis Blue on Navy blue leather 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe that has traveled only 108,530 miles. The car is finished in a very rare and desirable color combination of Isis Blue Metallic over Navy blue leather interior. The car is a complete rust free 3.2 911 and has never seen any snow or salt. Always garaged kept and only driven in dry climates this 911 has always been serviced correctly and only seen a Porsche dealer or certified Porsche mechanic for all of its needs. This car comes from a very large Porsche collection from Portland Oregon. The past owners were very religious on servicing and it shows in the way the car runs and drives. Everything works as it should, the power windows, the mirrors, power sunroof, the AC and heater, all of the exterior lights, brake lights, turn signals, reverse lights, dash lights, headlights, side marker lights, and all of the gauges read correctly and function as designed to. The AC was just completely sorted and a new compressor and the AC blower were just installed by a certified Porsche mechanic.

The Isis Blue Metallic paint is in gorgeous shape with very few flaws. There are a couple tiny stone chips on the front nose of the car, one tiny hairline scrape on the rear upper fender around the rear window, and a small scratch on the front fender around the headlight. Otherwise the paint shows incredibly well, the car has all of its original fenders and body panels. The body is completely straight and rust free, there are no signs of any kind of accidents or damage. This 911 still has its original leather faced interior in correct factory color of Navy blue. The interior shows very little wear, a few small stress cracks on the driver and passenger seats but free of any tears or scrapes.

The interior still has that great Porsche smell to it and is free from any smoke or mildew scents. The dashboard is completely free of any wear or cracks, all of the plastics and trim pieces are all intact and in excellent condition. All of the carpets are original and in really good shape, shows very little wear. The headliner is all original and in outstanding condition, the sunroof headliner does have slight sag to it but nothing serious. All of the glass and gauge lenses are original and clear without any hazing or pitting.

The tires are the correct size with the correct factory Fuchs Porsche wheels which are in excellent shape and free from any curb rash or scuffing. This car starts right up and idles superbly, the engine revs freely without any hesitations. The clutch is very tight and solid and once in gear the car accelerates as it should running through all of the gears effortlessly without any grinding or whining. The suspension feels nice and tight and free of any rattles or squeaks. The steering is tight and precise without any wondering or drifting. The brakes are newer and are very strong without any pulsating or pulling. The engine bay is very tidy and clean, there are no fluid leaks underneath the floor or on the engine. The front bonnet is very clean with original carpets. The original Porsche spare tires is present along with its original Porsche factory air pump, the original warranty book and Porsche cut key with flashlight are all present. This 911 sounds and runs like a proper 911 should and backed by Porsche’s exceptional build quality these are very robust cars. This car comes with a clean and clear title, the car has never been wrecked or salvaged and has a box A actual mileage title.

Please call or email with any questions regarding this beautiful 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe’ or if you would like to schedule a test drive or inspection.

This one for sale is priced right in the sweet spots for 911 3.2s that have been used more regularly than your garage queens. By no means should folks be scared off by 911s of this era with over 100,000 miles, as these are fairly hearty cars that, if treated well, will pay you back with plenty of driving enjoyment. Sure, certain upkeep and parts may be pricey, but sometimes you’ve got to pay to play. Having driven my fair share of 911s over the years, I know it’s my destiny to own one at some point. A 3.2 Carrera like this is squarely on my radar.

-Paul

1998 Porsche 911 Turbo Ruf Conversion – Revisit

If you felt that the 1998 Porsche 911 Turbo Ruf Conversion we featured last month was too pricey, it remains available and the seller has now lowered the car’s price $6,000 to $68,888. There were a lot of people interested in looking this car when we originally posted it, and now it’s a little more attainable. Sure seems like a pretty good deal for a lot of car!

-Carter

1998 Porsche 911 Turbo Ruf Conversion – REVISIT

The below post originally appeared on our site July 22, 2013:

Last week, we reviewed a beautiful white 1998 993 Twin Turbo converted to Ruf Turbo R specifications. They say lightning never strikes twice, but Ruf has never been one to listen to convention or limitations. Surely the most elite of the German tuners, Ruf automobiles demand a premium over their already expensive Porsche cousins. However, there is a difference in the market between a car with an original Ruf build certificate and one that has been converted by the owner. This example looks cracking in silver, and like the white car is not an original Ruf car but a converted example.

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Year: 1998
Model: 911 Turbo (993)
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6 Twin Turbo
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 75,704 miles
Price: $68,888 Buy it Now

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1998 Porsche 993 Twin Turbo Ruf, rare Ruf conversion with rear-wheel drive. Twin-turbo 3.6 motor, 6-speed manual transmission. Absolutely stunning! Over $60,000 invested, including –

Fresh 3.6 twin turbo w performance tuning
Rear-wheel drive conversion
Ruf front & rear bumpers (originals, not replicas)
Ruf 19″ wheels in Hypersilver
Ruf sport leather steering wheel (new)
Ruf gear shift (new)
Ruf floor mats
Ruf badging
Turbo “S” exhaust tips
Turbo “S” rear wing
Sports hardback seats
Muffler delete
Billstein PSS9 adjustable coilover suspension
Strut tower brace in carbon fiber
Upgraded sound system

We have receipts for the engine work done (over $30,000)

Condition –

Recent PPI done last month by Powertech in NJ (see attached report)
Perfect compression and no leaks
Excellent concours condition
Accident free
All books and manuals
Exterior is free of any scratches or rock chips
Runs and drives great
Driver seat has wear as expected (see pics)
Everything works as expected
Cold air conditioning
Clean Autocheck
Wheels are free of any curbing
Tires have over 50% tread

About us –

We specialize in pre-loved air-cooled Porsches. We ship world wide. We offer financing. We have a 100% feedback score for outstanding customer service. Serious inquiries call 2013100048.

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While a “normal” 993 Twin Turbo will set you back around $60,000 to $70,000, the white lighting we showed last week was asking $110,000 despite not being an original Ruf. That’s a serious amount of “extra” over the standard car – so much so, that you could nearly buy two! However, the most valuable aspect of the Ruf cars is, and has always been, the motors they have developed. Unlike the white car, this silver example does not appear to have the valuable motor swap, but does sport the same suspension and body kit, along with a grab to the Porsche parts bag for the Turbo S rear wing. In comparison to the white car, then, this car is more of a replica without the motor.

For $35,000 dollars less, I feel like I could live with a few less horsepower, especially without the benefit of the all wheel drive saving me when I dipped a little too far into the loud pedal. Additionally, I think the silver flies (literally) a little lower on the radar, and I can’t express enough how glad I am that those beautiful Ruf alloys aren’t black. Sure, it has more miles on the clock, but it looks to be in just about perfect condition and without the more expensive motor, it’ll set you back less at the next servicing. To me, this is a slightly better value than the white car, with a price closer to the high end of the standard 993 TT market but with some nice looking upgrades. Without either being actual Ruf cars, I’d drive the silver one comfortable in both the fact that I had a fantastic looking, exceptionally fast car and $35,000 in the bank to help pay the bills.

-Carter

1985 Porsche 928S – REVISIT

The 1985 Porsche 928S we featured back in April failed to meet its reserve on its initial listing and has been relisted. This Reserve Auction originally was listed with a Buy It Now price of $23,500 and the relisting shows a reduced Buy It Now price of $18,500. For reference, this 928 was listed about a month ago and sold for $17,680. That car was slightly higher mileage than this one, so the new price listed here seems more inline with the current 928 market.

1985 Porsche 928S – REVISIT

The below post originally appeared on our site April 5, 2013:

It’s rather amazing that 36 years after its introduction, the Porsche 928 still looks fresh. In 1977, it must have appeared to have arrived from another planet. Integrated bumpers, a streamlined shape and potent V8 power were meant to take over where the 911 was about to leave off. Funny then, that the 911 has carried on almost twenty years after the last 928 rolled off the line. These grand tourers are beginning to creep up in value, but are still lagging a bit behind most 911s. Buy a really cheap one, though, and it could put you in the poor house. This 928S for sale near Philadelphia is a low mileage minter with the desirable 5-speed manual gearbox.

Year: 1985
Model: 928S
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 25,300
Price: $23,500 Buy It Now

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You are bidding on a 2 owner 1985 Porsche 928S. This is a RARE 5-speed manual transmission,less than 500 units built this model year. Automatics dominated 1985 sales and are more available and much cheaper. Vehicle has 25,300 original miles. (This will change as I drive it when weather permits). Car comes with original purchase and service records, all owner’s manuals and key set and documentation service in the DC area. This is not the six thousand dollar 928 you hear about. (The wheels and tires alone would cost almost that much)!

Now what you SHOULD worry about……..in the last 2 months….NEW timing belt with NEW Pork tensioner system, NEW water pump. NEW rear coupler bushings (PIA to replace) flushed radiator and changed oil and filter. All other fluids clean and full (brakes, transaxle). Front and rear wheel bearings checked and adjusted as necessary. Breaks are great. ALL electronics and on board computers are working as they should. The back of my fuse/relay panel is all properly connected grey wires. The #42 fuse for the fuel pump is segregated. In other words the electronics are as they should be with NO jumpers or other homemade electronic configurations!!!

Front tires (Bridgestone Potenza) almost new 235s and the rear tires 285s are new. The wheels “real” Porsche Carrera III, 18”. The rear wheels were professionally refinished and LOOK NEW. The front wheels look great with a just a “smudge” on a spoke on the right front. If wheels and tires make a car…..consider this “made.” As you can see in the pictures the car really sits nice. I think the wheel/ tire combination is perfect. I have the stock wheels and almost new tires to go with the car at my asking price. I have a NEW Lizard short shifter ready to be installed. I will include with asking price.

What else….you can do a lot to a six thousand dollar 928 but it will cost you another 20 to make it as nice as this one. BODY/PAINT/INTERIOR all near period perfect. New Lloyd’s floor mats. It was cleaned up of any imperfections, scratches ,door dings, etc. before I bought it. The paint on this car looks great. Porsche Guards Red. A few repaired stone chips and 1 small size ding on exhaust cut out. (I don’t notice it) NO evidence of it ever being in an accident. Other than that I can honestly say this is a well cared for 25,000 mile interior. Interior is a 9 out of 10? OK so what are the cons? A few drips of oil from rear cam covers. Not enough to worry about. Nine dollar part and labor (I’m guessing 2-3hrs).

The rear hatch sounds like it’s working but isn’t. The professional 928 mechanic I use thinks we can adjust it. That being said…this car has been gone over and repaired by a “well known” 928 expert in the Mid Atlantic/North East region. He’s a good guy and if you’re really in the game I think we can get him to speak with you. The service manuals are a 9 set binder. I have a condensed version that is one manual but I have the 6 CD Jim Morehouse manual. Please call with any questions. With the above exceptions, EVERYTHING WORKS! This is a great ride. 610-368-3673. Good luck bidding. I may end auction early for a local sale or trade.

The last 928 we featured was a 1983 model and was listed at $22,500. It had similar mileage but didn’t have the later 5.0 liter engine that this car does. It seems that extremely low mileage 928s from the mid 1980s are reaching into the low $20,000 range, but if you look hard enough, there are still examples out there that can be had in the $15,000 to $18,000 range. The 5-speeds seem to bring a little bit more cash, since they are more rare and tend to be favored by more hardcore enthusiasts. Reach any lower than $15,000, though, and it could be a gamble.

-Paul