Classic Car Watch
Cars & Coffee Collectible Automobiles
|NOTE: This column displays cars I have found on the Internet. I am not selling them. Please follow the links if you are interest in a car. Be mindful of the date this article was published. For an explanation why I do this read the original column here.|
September 1, 2011
By Scott Lewis
This column usually stays with American Muscle Car era vehicles. Yes,
I have forayed into later model cars, and even imports. But this month I
want to take that a little further. I want to look at cars that fit a
completely different genre of collector car. I want to look at "Cars &
Coffee" collector cars.
What is a "Cars & Coffee" car. Simply put... it is a car that would not be out of place at your local Saturday or Sunday morning car gathering. They have one of these here in San Antonio on the last Saturday of the month, and they have one in Austin on the fist Sunday of the month. I thoroughly enjoy these casual gatherings. They tend to get a large enough selection of cars to make it worth your time to walk around for an hour or two. Plus they get such a diverse selection of cars. Mostly newer vehicles, but older ones as well. Imports & domestic. Affordable and expensive.
I am always into the affordable cars. So this month I want to look at a few cars that would look good at one of these meetups, and could be a reasonable car to drive a lot. Maybe not a daily driver, but a car that I would drive as much as possible (including to work) when the weather was nice (read: not raining).
1987 Porsche 928 S - $12,950
Description: Original owner + original body + original paint +
original 41k miles + no dents, scratches, blemishes very small and minor
+ chrome alloy wheels + good tires + air conditioning + easy starting v8
engine, runs smooth + Porsche serviced longer than the original Porsche
dealer, dealer has records.
Comments: I was a fan of the 928 when I was in my 20's. I still love the look. This one is a low mileage, one owner car. Exactly what you want in a Porsche. I would buy this car now if I had the cash. I love the color, and this would look great at the local car scene. Coffee anyone?
1987 Porsche 928 - $11,995
Description: Very clean Porsche 928S4, ABS, Air Conditioning, Alarm,
Alloy Wheels, AM/FM Radio, Bucket Seating, CD Player, Cruise Control,
Leather Interior, **Low Mileage**, Power Locks, Power Mirrors, Power
Seats, Power Steering, Power Windows, Rear Bench Seat, Rear Window
Defroster, Rear Window Wiper, Tilt Wheel, Tinted Glass, Traction
Comments: I love these cars. I did when they were new. In the 80's I liked them better than the 911. I was sorry to see them go. This is a nice affordable car that would look great over donuts and coffee on Sunday mornings. The S4 means 4 wheel drive (or AWD). I nice touch if you need it.
1976 Mercedes-Benz 450SL - $16,500
Description: 1976 450SL. Convertible Roadster. Original Metallic Desert Red with Parchment leather interior. Like new soft top and hard top. Updated 89-style alloy wheels with new low profile Michelin tires - original wheels included. A/T, P/S, P/B cassette, power antennae. One owner. Excellent original condition. 34k original miles.
Source: AutoTrader Classic
Comments: When I wanted to look at affordable cars I was not expecting go over $15K. However, when I read "one owner" and "34k original miles" I wanted to call about this car on the spot. I love it. It looks amazing and it fits perfectly with my Coffee and Rides theme. I would be careful though... the pictures are from 2005. Come On!
1982 Mercedes-Benz 380SL - $9,995
Description: Chocolate brown with tan leather interior. In excellent shape. Has been driven on regular basis around town. Includes convertible and hardtop coupe. Has four new Michelin tires. A/C cools well. Most recent maintenance includes new rear brake calipers/rotors and new battery. Includes binder with maintenance records and clear title.
Source: AutoTrader Classic
Comments: This is more like it price-wise. However, I would rather not get a 380SL. They are just plain slow. But this car looks good, and it should make for a nice cruiser none the less.
1986 Porsche 944 Turbo - $10,450
Description: Porsche lovers will not believe their eyes when they see
this vintage 944 Turbo. This one has been kept in immaculate shape and
has a 3-ring binder full of records to prove it. The miles are low
(83,357), the car is super clean and looks and drives like it just came
off of the showroom floor.
Comments: I still can't help forget the time Car and Driver did a three part series to find the best handling car in the world. Part one found the Corvette to be the best handling car from America. Part two found the 944 to be the best handling import. Of course, I mention all of this because in part three the Porsche 944 came out with the title of the best handling car in the world. I really liked this car as an affordable Porsche in the day.
1994 BMW 850Ci - $9,995
Description: BMW's 8 series is a high-ticket, high-end driving
experience. This vehicle delivers luxury and performance in one
attractive package. Elegance comes standard on the 8 series models with
its cool and powerful handling. This vehicle allows you to ride in
style. 76,000 miles.
Comments: I found two 850's pretty quickly. So the black on is listed first because of price. I always liked these large cruisers. They are not terribly fast... especially by today's standards. But they look cool.
1991 BMW 850i Automatic - $13,995
Description: The 12 cylinder BMW 8 Series cars are some of the most
beautiful sports coupes ever built. This one is finished in beautiful schwarz blau with impeccable tan interior. It's obvious that this car
has been well taken care of and always serviced. This has the Dinan
chipset which includes both engine and transmission chips. MP3 input to
factory stereo. No issues. Clean Carfax, recent service, including spark
plugs, belt tensioners, control arm bushings, tires, transmission
service. 4 brand new matching Nitto NTSSS Extreme ZR 245/40 ZR 18"
directional tires, mounted on MK Motorsport polished Alloy wheels.
Comments: I like this one better than the black one above. But do I like it enough to justify an extra 4 grand? I don't know. The only way to determine that would be to see them in person. Maybe next year I will do just that.
2008 Volkswagen R32 - $19,909
Description: Deep Blue w/Anthracite Leather, 3.2L VR6, 250 horsepower,
236 lbs-ft torque 6-speed DSG Automatic Transmission w/tiptronic,
4-Motion AWD Electro-mechanical power steering, speed variable assist
Independent strut sport front suspension Multilink independent sport
rear suspension Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP) Anti-Slip
Regulation (ASR) Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) Anti-lock Braking
System (ABS) 225/40/R18 summer tires.
Comments: These cars were bad-ass. The problem is... they were only a little better than the GTI, but cost a whole lot more. As is evidence by the price here. I would think the demand for these would be low enough to keep the price low. I supposed if I really wanted one of these I would play serious hard ball and low-ball an offer.
2004 Volkswagen R32 - $17,777
Description: 2004 VW Golf R32 with a 6-speed manual transmission,
all-wheel drive, leather, sunroof, and all power options.
Comments: I was hoping these would be less expensive. I could not find a lower price that looked worth calling about. I love this shade of blue, though. Maybe I need to wait a couple more years before this is an affordable car for this purpose.
1983 Datsun 280 ZX - $5,500
Description: 1 OWNER, Always garaged, Low mileage (83k), maintenance
records available, never seen snow, Great Gas mileage.
Comments: The very first issue of Car and Driver that I purchase, back in September 1980, had a 280ZX Turbo on the cover. I was hooked to a degree. My first car was almost a 1976 280Z, but that is another story. That means this car brings back my youth and my high school days. I really like the price here. I should check this out to see if I can use it as a daily driver to go along with the Charger I might buy for my son to drive.
1992 Acura NSX - $19,995
Description: 1992 Red Acura NSX Excellent Condition . Always garaged.
Paint looks brand new and runs perfect. Only 5,000 miles on new clutch .
No accidents, clean title. Bose sounds system with 6 changer cd player.
Ice cold A/C. Low Mileage. Well maintained.
Comments: Yea... the price is even higher than the 450SL above. But I wanted to show you that the NSX is starting to get affordable. This one looked amazing in the photos... making me want to call and get higher resolution shots and make an appointment to see it i person.
1988 BMW M3 Coupe - $24,990
Description: Diamondschwarz over Cardinal Leather, Tastefully
Modified Car, All VIN Tags
Intact! Upgrades Include Genuine BBS RS 16" Wheels, EVO III Air Box,
Turner Performance Chip.
Comments: What... $25K. I know, I know. TGhis is no longer affordable. I put this car here because I really like this first generation M3. I wanted you to see a good, clean photo that shows off those fender flares. These cars tend to be modified a lot. I remember seeing these in the $15-20K range, but I could not find any I would seriously consider under $25K. These may have bottomed out and are only going to go up in value. Hard to say... but that just means it is time to weed out a bargain and see what happens. I don't advise buying cars to flip and make a profit. But is you are going to get a car... make it one you like and will enjoy. Then when it is time to sell you can hope to make a profit. I think that is the case with these cars... if you first get that bargain.