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Spotted: Mercedez Benz SL65

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Spotted: Mercedez Benz SL65

I was driving the other day and came across this. I had to stop to take a quick picture because an rarely see any of the Mercedes 65 cars on the road. Normally, I wouldnt look twice at a 500SL, SL55, or SL600 but this was something special. These are known to be very capable and reliable cars and in the used car market they are becoming more affordable for a convertible hardtop roadster. I didnt know too much about these other than they were the flagship model of the SL Class. They are special but look almost identical to the lower models that it is easy to not pay attention.

Mercedes has been known to set the benchmark of luxury and performance by featuring all their best features/ options/ and most powerful engines into their flag ship cars. I decided to do some research on the SL65 and it is truly an impressive machine. The entry level car was the SL500 which had a starting price of $91,300 USD. The SL65 was priced at a whopping $182,100 USD (base price) in 2005! That puts these cars in supercar territory.

SL500: $91,300 Base
SL55: $123,300 Base
SL600: $129,400 Base
SL65: $182,100 Base

What is interesting is that the SL600 has a 0-60 of 3.6 seconds(0.2 faster) but the more powerful SL65 has a 0-60 time of 3.8 seconds. It turns out the SL65 doesnt have enough traction to handle the horsepower adequately. Perhaps a set of

1989 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet – 1,313 Miles

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1989 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet – 1,313 Miles

Ultra Low Miles

5 Speed Manual
Clear Title
3.3 Liter Flat 6 Engine
Red/ Tan Interior
VIN: WP0EB0932KS070197

Location: Ontario, California
Dealer: CNC Motors (909) 982 4389

Price $299,930 US Dollars

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How often do you find a Porsche 911 with only 1,313 miles?    I’m not sure if its priced appropriately but what an amazing time capsule.  If you are a collector looking for 1989 Turbo Cabriolet,  this is going to hard to pass up.

1980 BMW M1 : Third M1 Built

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1980 BMW M1

The Third M1 Built

Designer:  Giorgetto Giugiaro

s/n WBS4301006
Inka Orange with Black Interior

3.5 Liter Inline 6 Engine

ZF 5 Speed Transmission

3 Owners

Odometer: 21,000 Kilometers

Location: Emeryville, California

Seller is Fantasy Junction (510) 633 7555

Price $535,000 US Dollars

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Fantasy Junction has this amazing BMW M1 for sale.   I cant believe these are 500k cars now.  I remember seeing a white M1 at Vasek Polak dealership in Hermosa Beach.   BMW made these cars known internally as E26 from 1978 to 1981.   This is BMW’s first mid-engined car to be mass produced.

These cars were all hand made and in 4 years only 457 cars were built by the motorsports division as a homologation special for racing.   Twenty of those cars are race versions.

BMW M3 E30 Sport Evolution

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BMW M3 E30 Sport Evolution

Seller:  Junior Team / Veillard Charles

VIN:  WBSAK07090AC79443

Location: Bressolles, France

Price 120,000 Euros

Contact :

0614663219

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Not much information on this car but its worth documenting because its 1 of 600 Sport Evolution E30 M3 cars made.  The engine was bumped up from 2.3 to 2.5 liters increasing the

1957 Porsche Speedster Sold for $605,000 at Hilton Head Island

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1957 Porsche Speedster Sold for $605,000 at Hilton Head Island
Auctions America 11/6/2016

The Auction estimate was between $200,000 and $250,000 but the final bid reached $605,000 US Dollars!

This car has been considered in almost near perfect condition. It is truly a time capsule. It has been stored in a suburb of Chicago since 1975. There is minor rust around the battery box which is one of the first places to find rust.

It was purchased in May of 1957 and racked up 25,000 miles form 1957 to 1975. The original owner passed away 5 years ago and a family friend purchased the car from the estate. The car has the original paperwork.

Aquamarine Blue Metallic Paint

US Spec bumpers and headlights

Optional coupe seats in place of the lightweight speedster seats

Original Owner’s manual , spare tire, and jack included

This speedster was found 4 hours from Chicago in Hoopeston, Illinois. It was purchased in Shakesspare Motors. The original owner John Casper gave a $50 deposit on May 31, 1957. There is a document showing the sticker price of $3,502 US Dollars for the Speedster. There is also documentation of John returning on June 6th , 1957 to pay the remaining balance of the car. John loved his speedster and was found to attend many Porsche Club of America events. What an incredible story!


1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster Factory Turbo Body

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1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster Factory Turbo Body (964 Model)

Odometer: 144,800 miles
Black
Manual Transmission
6 cylinder
Condition: Excellent

Price: $69,900 US Dollars

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I saw one of these in dark blue sell less than a year ago for $79,000. The prices seem to have climbed to $100k since then. This one is discounted due to the higher miles. I still think its worth it due to the rarity of the America Roaster. Only 250 were made for the US markets from 1992 to 1993. Its a good looking car and should hold its value very well.

1969 BMW 1602 Convertible Baur

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1969 BMW 1602 Convertible Baur

Odometer: 37,000 miles

Location : Larchmont, New York

Price $28,500 US Dollars

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This BMW uses a 1,5744 CC SOHC inline 4 cylinder engine

Single Solex downdraft carburetor

85 BHP at 5700 rpm

4 speed manual gear fox

Front disc brakes and rear drum hydraulic brakes

This convertible model was introduced in September 1967 as a limited production cabriolet which was produced by Baur from 1967 to 1971. There were 4,210 cabriolets produced.

1990 Porsche 944 S2 Rare Baltic Blue

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1990 Porsche 944 S2 Rare Baltic Blue

4 Cylinder 3.0 Engine

VIN: WP0AB2944LN450337

New Jersey License Plate

Location: New York

Price: $12,000

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The Porsche 944S2 is worth mentioning. It is not a low production car by most Porsche production numbers. There were 3,650 made in 3 years for the US Markets, but only 449 delivered in 1990. Porsche 911 pricing has gone through the roof and are out of reach for many enthusiasts these days. I think people are starting to discover the Porsche 944 and 944 Turbo cars as well as the 928 models for their performance and value. They are a lot of bang for the buck. Porsche introduced these cars in 1989 and they made 208hp from a normally aspirated dual overhead cam 16 valve 3.0 Liter version of the 944 engine. It was the largest production 3.0 Liter 4 cylinder engine of its time.

1955 Porsche 356 Speedster

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1955 Porsche 356 Speedster

VIN:  80719

Odometer:  80,243 miles

Location: Los Angeles

Currently on Ebay at $155,356   0 bids   reserve not met

4 days left

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Here is a local speedster for sale in Los Angeles.   Looks like an honest car and not a garage queen.   Im curious to see where the bidding stops in 4 days.   Probably worth checking out if you are in the market for one.

1958 Porsche 356A 1600 Coupe Project

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1958 Porsche 356A 1600 Coupe Project

Location: Brook Park, Ohio

Current Bid: $1,025 US Dollars as of 11.3.16

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I personally love 356A coupes and convertibles.  They are amazing and nostalgic all at the same time.   I am always a fan of anyone brave enough to take on a car restoration ike this.   It requires alot of time  and deep pockets to do it right.  I love seeing cars that are documented from Day 1 to the first drive.  Its very exciting to see.   This car is worth saving but this car requires almost too much work.  Do you agree?

I am not so sure you could restore this without being upside down financially.   There are so few 356A cars left that it is the Porsche enthusiast’s obligation in life to restore them.  I know there are people who would love to turn this into a 356A Speedster.    Blasphemy?

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