If you are ever in the community of Chantilly located in the western portion of Fairfax County, VA with a few hours to spend there is a small dealer you might want to visit. The name Triple Z Motors does not sound impressive, but these guys have the market cornered on high powered, righteously depreciated, luxury sleds.
In their inventory they have a 2003 Mercedes-Benz AMG CL55, 2003 Audi RS6, 1997 Bentley Brooklands & 2004 Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI all between $12-$20k.
What you are looking at is about $350k of MSRP when new, now offered from a two-bit dealer outside of Washington D.C., for about a total of $65k. The current asking price of even the most expensive car wouldn't have covered the original gas guzzler tax of the combined vehicles. You needed to be a hedge fund manager to buy these cars new; now you can buy one from your summer hedge clipping fund.
First up, we need to address the elephant in the room...figuratively and literally this 1997 Bentley Brooklands is an elephant, tipping the scales at 5440 lbs. Find it offered for $19,995 here on craigslist. The Brooklands is powered by a 6.75 liter V8 that puts out 300 horsepower and 446 ft-lbs of torque. Original MSRP was north of $150k and it brings an exclusivity unmatched by anything in this price range.
Next is this 2003 Audi RS6 offered for $15,900 and is probably the quickest car in this group in a straight line. Power comes from a 450 horsepower (428 ft-lbs of torque) twin-turbo 40-valve V8 that is mated via a 5-speed slushbox to Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system. If you want to go fast, this is the depreciated luxury sedan you are looking for...just be prepared to pay your local Audi workshop premium dollars if anything significant goes wrong.
Speaking of expensive repairs...this 2005 AMG CL55 is offered for $14,995 and offers personal luxury coupe style in a big sedan sized package. The CL55 is based on the S-Class, but uses the same supercharged 5.4 liter V8 from the E55 AMG that puts out 493 horsepower. Given the choice, personally I'd rather have the non-AMG CL600 twin-turbo V12 powered car that tips the scales toward luxury but uses turbos and twelve cylinders to achieve the same cruise missile speed.
The final car in our Appreciation for Depreciation roundup from Triple Z Motors is something a little different; this time torque is king. This 2004 Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI is offered for $12,450 and will return 23 mpg on the highway if you keep your foot out of it. This Touareg uses a 4.9 liter V10 diesel engine that is turbocharged to make 310 horsepower and a staggering 553 ft-lbs of torque. Surprisingly the Touareg outweighs the Brooklands at 5800 lbs for the title of heavyweight champ, but its SUV form offers practicality and a large towing/hauling capacity.
You can find all of these cars on craigslist at the above links or directly on TripleZmotors.com
First seen on oppositelock posted by offroadkarter. Image credits craigslist/triplezmotors.com
Originally published as 100k Mile Club: 2003 AMG CL55, 2003 Audi RS6, 1997...on Daily Turismo.