Hooniverse "It's 1987" Weekend Edition – Some European Delights with a Poll!

Welcome to another “It’s 1987” weekend here at Hooniverse. Last week, we celebrated the weekend due to the Antique Automobile Club of America specifying that cars over 25 years old were now considered Antiques, and I highlighted primarily domestic vehicles that were for sale on eBay. Well, this weekend, I decided to concentrate on vehicles that were imported into the US, and lets start with these European Beauties: From Great Britain, the Jaguar XJ-S; From Italy, a car that was already an Antique when it was still in production, the Alfa Romeo Spyder; From Germany, we have a Porsche 928, a Porsche 911, a Mercedes Benz 560SL, and a BMW M6. And just to show you that I’m not all that averse to Italian Exotics, a Ferrari Mondial Convertible!

Lets start with the Mondial. This is probably the ugliest Ferrari produced, but because it has the Prancing Horse Logo, many of you seem to go weak at the knees because of it. According to the listing: “1987 Ferrari Mondial Cabriolet, 40,000 miles. This car starts quick and runs strong. Its just had a belt change with new bearings and a rebuilt water pump 3 months ago. I have several receipts dating back over 15 years of maintenance and it also comes with the owners manual. All of the seat’s leather looks like new, but it has some wear in the carpet by the footwell on the drivers side. In the rear of the car on the driver side, the grill next to the muffler is bent.” Starting bid for this pig of a Ferrari is $24,900, but don’t let me taint your view on this Maranello masterpiece in Texas, take a look at the listing, and see if this is the Antique of your dreams.

Now, onto a true Sporting Machine, the Porsche 928 S4, and this one has a rare 5-speed manual! This is a gem with only 29,000 miles on the odometer, and accordingto the listing: “SHINES LIKE RED GLASS!!! Factory Options:AM/FM STEREO W/CD, HI-FI SOUND SYSTEM W/10 SPEAKERS, FULL POWER SEAT LEFT AND RIGHT SEAT, CHROME FACTORY WHEELS, PROTECTIVE SIDE MOULDINGS, POWER SUNROOF. RUNS & DRVIVES “AS NEW”!!!!” With a little over two days to go, there is still no opening bid. The Buy-it-Now price is $29,900, which sounds like an OK deal. Remember, Porsche is one mark that will eventually go up in value, so is this the antique of your sports car dreams? See the listing, and find out.

There is always one brand that will forever be desirable, and that is Mercedes-Benz. The “SL” series of two-seat grand touring machines will be at the top of the list as far as desirability and seem to hold on to a higher value than many of its stablemates. So, here is a newly minted Antique, a 1987 version of the R107 560 SL built for North America. This platform was two years from being replaced with the R129, and still retained many of the virtues of the line when it first debuted in 1972. Even for Mercedes-Benz, the production life was extraordinarily long, but isn’t that the charm of this model? This particular Benz has only covered 30,000 miles, and has only been marred by some after-market fender trim, which is an easy fix. With a little over a day and 1/2, the top bid is $16,600 with an unmet reserve, and a Buy-it-Now price of $19,900, which is used Honda money. Take a look at the listing here, and tell me if this is a proper Antique to covet?

The closest competition to the Benz came from the British in the form of the Jaguar XJ-S Cabriolet. This particular XJ-s is actually a conversion offered by US Jaguar Dealers, with the coachwork done by Hess & Eisenhardt. The conversions differed from the actual XJ-S convertibles that were introduced during the 1988 model year, with the factory versions offering a fully insulated padded carriage roof that didn’t quite fold away completely. There were only 893 of these conversions performed for the 1986 and 1987 model years, making them a rather rare treat for the European Car Collector. This Jag has only covered a little over 38,000 miles, and with about 4 days to go, has only received a top bid of $4,050, with an unmet reserve. The Buy-it-Now price is a reasonable $9,500. Remember, this has the famous (or infamous depending on your point of view) Jag V-12 engine, so take a look at the listing, and tell me if your a Jaaaaaaaaagggg person.

BMW was always the thinking persons sports luxury car, and they were starting to take hold during this time period. They were always mentioned in the same breath as Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, or even Porsche, and this BNW M6 is one of the reasons why. It is both gorgeous, and extremely fast. This is one of only 1,767 M6 models sold in North America during its seven year run, and it has only covered a little over 89,000 miles. This is a car that is saliva generating among the many enthusiasts that covet the the brand, and no wonder. It was the fastest car offered during its time period, with the original E24 body style that is still probably the best looking BMW to date. And now, it is classified as an antique, which will make it that much more coveted. With a little over a day to go, the top bid is $16,000, with NO RESERVE! Take a look at the listing here, and tell me is this BMW is the antique of your dreams.

We have already covered a Porsche in this feature, but many say that the engine is in the wrong place on the 928, so here is a Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, with 129,542 miles on the odometer. This is an original Porsche, with it’s original factory paint, and all services documented. According to the listing: “This gorgeous 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe comes finished in factory coded L80- Carmine Red over Black Leather interior! Still wearing its factory applied paint, and in unmolested condition! Options included 3.2L horizontally-posed 6 cylinder engine producing 214bhp, G50 5-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, electric sunroof, 15″ forged light alloy Fuchs wheels, front fog lights, rear defrost, power driver’s side height adjustable seat, power windows, power remote mirrors, Blaupunkt CD player with front and rear Kenwood speakers, and factory alarm!” The top bid so far is $17,895, with an unmet reserve, and a Buy-it-Now price of $21,900, which seems like a lot for a car with 130,000 under it, but take a look at the listing, and tell me what you think.

Finally, we have this very cute Alfa Romeo Spyder. This car was an Antique when it was still in production, but there is nothing like a classic top down, 4-cylinder sports car to get you in the mood for summer. This one calls Ontario it home currently, and has covered only 90,621 Kilometers (what, that’s like 20,000 Miles?). According to the listing, this is the next up-coming classic European car. The listing is vary long, so why not just go there to take a look at it. The Buy-it-Now price is $14,995, which seems like a lot, but what do you think?

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