Sadly, the days when you could sell the same vehicle for 20 years are gone. The Journey gets poor fuel economy numbers, barely meets emissions, and does poorly in overlap crash tests. Fixing all of those things costs money. Not only that, supply-chain decisions made years ago may make continued production all but… Read more
I got to briefly drive a 968 Cabrio in Maine a long time ago. It was probably the only one in the state. It was so much more comfortable and quiet than the early cars it was easy to overlook how much faster it was.
I have to agree with this, having had a Scirocco 16V and having driven a few 944s and 924s. The Scirocco was simply more entertaining, even the early 8V cars. It wasn’t hard to work on either. My Golf GTI was much more practical and just as quick, but the Scirocco always felt lighter and more nimble. Read more
I agree. The engine suits the character of the car and since it’s very close in design to a Cosworth BDA it’s also sort of period-correct as well.
I don’t price the 914/924 regularly, but the 914 as a whole has definitely moved into the vintage collectible stage if it’s in original condition. So many of these were modified. A good condition early chrome-bumpered car or a ‘73 2-liter are getting pricey and definitely collectible. Read more
An R53 Cooper S with the JCW package was about $25K in 2003 (higher with options), which means it would be around $33K today. It was a decent price but not budget. More than a GTI VR6 or RSX Type-S. But you’re right, it was lightning in a bottle and there’s no real chance Mini could replicate it. It would be like… Read more
The $9K gap between this and an A45 is still pretty big. The A45 is more car, but whether it’s more special depends on the customer.... this GP is a limited thing I think.
The BMW/EMW 340 wasn’t at all related to the later Wartburg, and it came out of an actual BMW factory. So I would say it counts. The 340 is more or less a pre-war BMW with a redesigned “pontoon” front end. From 1945-56 Eisenach produced the pre-war 321 and 326, then later the updated 340 and 327, a “sporting” model. Read more
The early dual-row IMS was more robust but, still, many engines failed (1% failure rate vs 8% for single-row IMS 2000-2005). This mostly happened if the owner didn’t change the oil regularly and/or didn’t drive the car regularly. 10 bucks says the failure occurred after the car was put away for the winter without… Read more