Collector's Jeep

Would you buy this pristine Jeep Wrangler for big bucks?

If you're shopping for a new or used vehicle today, you've probably seen your share of high prices, difficult negotiations, and hard times finding the right color and options for the vehicle you want. All of that, and we haven't even touched the world of collectors cars, auctions, or the ever-raging RAD-era vehicle prices.

This 9,000-mile 1993 Jeep Wrangler Sahara touches all three marks, so it's not surprising to see its Bring a Trailer auction price climbing. The $30,000-plus closing price is hard to swallow, but to be fair, the Jeep looks new in all the ways that count, and its tan-on-green color scheme is an attractive one for such a boxy vehicle.

If you didn't believe that people buy cars with their hearts instead of their brains, this is your proof. NADA says that the 1993 Jeep Wrangler's MSRP was just shy of $14,000. Even if we take a generous estimate that someone paid $15,000 for a 1993 Wrangler with options, that's still just $28,475 in today's money. It's also almost $4,000 less after inflation than the auction's closing price of $32,250. Bidding heated up in the closing moments, driving the price up by around $2,000.

It'd be unfair to poo-poo people for spending their money on what they want, but it's clear that the average enthusiast is priced out of the market for many vehicles. There are gems and junkyard-restoration opportunities, but the days of picking up a cheap car to beat on and enjoy are numbered. The pandemic and microchip shortages are partly to blame and are both temporary problems – hopefully – so there's a chance we could return to a normal state at some point. For now, let's just hope that the people buying these low-mileage vehicles get them out and drive then.

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The winner of this Lancia will pay well over $200,000.

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Rad-era cars have been all the rage for a few years now, but a handful of iconic and legendary models have risen to the top. The Lancia Delta Integrale, whose heritage lies on countless rally stages around the world, is one. Even rough examples of the car draw big dollars at auction. This one, however, is not rough. This 1992 Lancia Delta Integrale Martini 5 Evoluzione is one of just 400 units produced for the model year, and shows just 104 miles on its odometer.

1992 Lancia Delta Integrale Martini 5 EvoluzioneJust 400 of the Martini cars were made for 1992.Bring a Trailer

Under the hood lies a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four that made more than 200 horsepower. These cars could do 0-60 mph in around six seconds, which was a big deal in the 1990s and is still fairly quick by today's standards. The Lancia comes with all-wheel drive and a five-speed manual gearbox.

Inside, a classic three-spoke steering wheel and oh-so-neat suede-like seats come with red contrasting stitching. This is a 1990s car from a tiny Italian automaker, so the interior finishes are simple and (mostly) straightforward. The old-school tape deck stereo sits atop a row of confusingly-labeled buttons, but in most other ways, the Lancia's cabin looks delightfully utilitarian.

1992 Lancia Delta Integrale Martini 5 EvoluzioneThe car's interior is quirky, but straightforward as a 90s car should be. Bring a Trailer

At the time of this article, the Lancia's price tag had ballooned to $244,444, but there is still a half-hour left to go. Many auctions see the final price jump quickly in the final moments of bidding, as people desperately try to get hands on the car. Outside of massively-priced supercars, this is one that we'll say easily warrants its deep six-figure price tag.

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Just 55 of the SUV will be built.

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The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is an aspirational vehicle, and is one that shouts "I've made it" to the world. Its six-figure price tag legitimate military background, and hardcore off-road capabilities make it appealing on many levels, and there's even a go-fast version from AMG. The G63 cranks up the already bonkers G-Class to 11, with a big V8 and aggressive styling. To commemorate AMG's 55th year tuning Mercedes' vehicles, the automaker is releasing a limited "Edition 55" G 63.

Mercedes-AMG G 63 "Edition 55"The Edition 55 gets unique styling touches inside and out. Mercedes

Though the Edition 55 adds plenty of unique flair to the AMG-massaged G-Wagen, the SUV's beating heart remains untouched. It's a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 making 577 horsepower, and is good for a 0-60 mph time of just 4.5 seconds. That's in an SUV with a curb weight just shy of 6,000 pounds. Four-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission are also standard.

Mercedes says the Edition 55 comes finished in Obsidian Black metallic and rides on 22-inch forged wheels, even though the images it sent to accompany the announcement clearly show a not-black SUV. It also comes with the AMG Night Package, which brings blacked-out trim and unique accents, and the fuel filler cap is embossed with the AMG logo. Inside, the cabin features a black and red color scheme with stainless steel accents throughout. Black velour floor mats stitched with "Edition 55" in red are standard, along with an AMG Performance steering wheel wrapped in microfiber. The seats are covered in black and red Nappa leather upholstery, and Edition 55 badges are seen throughout the space.

Mercedes-AMG G 63 "Edition 55"The 577-hp super SUV can sprint to 60 mph quicker than many sports cars. Mercedes

When Mercedes says "limited edition" here, it means business. Just 55 of the SUVs will be available in the United States, and will be released later this year. There's no word on ordering or pricing details yet, but it's a safe bet that the ultra-exclusive G-Wagen will sell out quickly.

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