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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

1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster Factory Turbo Body

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porsche-911-america-roaster-10 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 Click Here for Ad 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.

1958 Porsche 356A 1600 Coupe Project

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  porsche-356-1958-rust-bucket-1 1958 Porsche 356A 1600 Coupe Project Location: Brook Park, Ohio Current Bid: $1,025 US Dollars as of 11.3.16 Click for Ebay Ad 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?

1996 PORSCHE 993 RS COUPE

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1996 PORSCHE 993 RS COUPESold at Techno Classica 2016  Coy’s Auction for  $256,715 US Dollars

I think this is a good reference to see what these cars are worth today and where they could go in the future.   These are very rare and desirable cars.  These cars were produced from 1995 and 1996 only.   Unfortunately this car was never approved for the USA.  In europe this car was street legal .   These lightweight cars feature a 3.8 liter engine with 300 bhp. The headlight washers were deleted for weight savings.  The rear seats were removed and special racing seats and lightweight door cars were installed.   Sound proofing was almost nonexistent on these cars.    The curb weight was around 2,800 lbs which is 200 lbs less than a base coupe. Road and track thinks these ultra rare cars can reach $450,000 US Dollars    Click Here Sotheyby’s Auction House sold a 1995 Porsche carrera RS for $550,000    Click Here  

1955 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing with factory Rudge Wheels

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1955 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing with factory Rudge Wheels

Black Plate California Car Odometer:  85,000 miles Price $1,475,000 US Dollars Seller is a dealer:  Gullwing Motorcars Click Here Who doesnt love a Gullwing?   Its such a beautiful iconic car.   This one for sale by Gullwingmotorcars was originally  light metallic blue with red leather interior.   Records show the car has had 3 owners since new.  The original matching numbers engine was just rebuilt by Sigfred Linke.   It includes matching red luggage, but seller admits it maybe not be factory pieces. The manuals and tool kit are included as well.    The price seems high considering other gullwings that have sold.  This is not an aluminum bodied gullwing.   Any thoughts?