1958 Porsche 356A Sunroof Coupe Outlaw

The 356 Outlaw always has presented me with somewhat of a conundrum. I’m most attracted to the 356 for its elegance and beauty. It possesses a vintage style and charm that for me represent joyful, if not necessarily spirited, motoring. It’s a backroad cruise in the sunshine with a loved one appreciating the beauty of the environment in a beautiful car.

The Outlaw attempts to shift that and I must admit they do a very good job! With its meaner appearance and more aggressive demeanor these builds utilize the sporting side of the Porsche pedigree to produce something that no longer strives for elegance. The curvy, almost bulbous, nature of the 356 Coupe’s body fits these models incredibly well and their already spartan interior makes for an easy canvas with which to create something unique and fitting of the Outlaw’s new attitude.

Like with backdated 911 builds, 356 Outlaw builds come in a wide array of attention to detail and general appearance. Some pay more attention to the interior with only minor exterior updates, while others do the opposite with perhaps the only interior modifications being a new pair of bucket seats. The one we see here, based upon a 1958 Porsche 356A Sunroof Coupe, has gone the full way with quite a few alterations to both the exterior and interior and I must say it really looks quite good.

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1958 Porsche 356A Convertible D

Over the weekend I looked at a pretty nice 911 Speedster up for sale. It was, as usual, very expensive, but also quite desirable. That Speedster, of course, hearkens back to the ethos of the original 356 Speedster though it is far from as spartan a ride as those very early Porsches. In fact, we might see the 911 Speedster to have greater relation to the Speedster’s successor, which is the car we see here: the Convertible D.

The Speedster was a sales success for Porsche as a gentleman’s racer: a car that could be used during the weekly commute, but then on the weekend with its stripped down features it just as easily proved to be a capable car around the track. That said, it may have been too spartan for such dual purpose. It sold well initially and then those sales slowed. Porsche then introduced the Convertible D, which added a few creature comforts back. It borrowed a standard set of seats from the 356 Coupe to replace the Speedster’s hard buckets and raised the windshield height just a bit. It even gave you the option of winding the windows. Such luxury! The Convertible D was a little bit of a compromise, but these were still pretty much no frills open-top cars.

Like the Speedster the Convertible D remains very desirable, though a few notches down the value scale. The one we see here looks absolutely beautiful: a restored Meissen Blue 1958 Porsche 356A Convertible D, located in Colorado, with Red interior.

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1958 Mercedes-Benz 300d Adenauer

As we wade through this crazy time where every somewhat desirable vehicle is suddenly worth three times as what they were worth 5-7 years ago, I do suspect there are some cars that haven’t got caught up in that wave. I think today’s car, the Mercedes-Benz 300d Adenauer, is still a nice collectible piece that isn’t insanely priced — at least for what it is. I’ve looked at the Adenauer before, so if you want some more information these go check that the 1960 from a little under a year ago.

The W189 is still, at least in my opinion, undervalued for the total package it presents. This car was the best sedan that Mercedes could make during this era and at the same time it’s not unreasonable to own and live with unlike the car that replaced it, the 600. The Adenauer looks as stately as anything on the outside, the interior is spacious with a ridiculously opulent dash made from all wood and you weren’t cheated under the hood with the same (although slightly detuned) M189 straight-6 from the 300SL. So how much does all this cost?

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Year: 1958
Model: 300d Adenauer
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 117,000 km (72,700 mi)
Price: Buy It Now $58,000

The Mercedes-Benz W186 model 300 was a high-end luxury car produced by Mercedes-Benz between 1951 and 1957. The company’s largest and most prestigious automobile, it was the Maybach of its day, elegant, powerful, exclusive, and expensive. It recommended the pre-WW2 tradition of the flagship super-luxury class automobile, which was unbroken from the simplex 60 hp model of 1903 up until the 770 Grand Mercedes from the 30’s. Three versions were produced in succession, known informally as the 300a (or simply 300), 300b, and 300c.

An enlarged “300D” variant built on the W189 chassis succeeded it in late 1957. This is W189 300D version that is being offered for sale. As you can see in the pics, this rarity is in excellent condition. It starts and runs without problems, just as expected from MB. The mileage shows 17K, however actual mileage is higher due to the odometer rolling over.

The car is located in Germany, Bayern region, Regensburg, however, it can be delivered for a separate fee anywhere in the world.

The car is owned by the antique motor vehicle enthusiasts who are looking to downsize our collection. We also have experience servicing and transporting cars anywhere in the world.

This 1958 is for sale in Germany is offered up at $58,000 which isn’t outrageous in my eyes. That price is right on par with the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud market and much cheaper than what a W100 600 that isn’t a basket case is selling for. These generally have excellent durability and can be driven somewhat regularly without too much issue if you buy one that is well sorted. You don’t see many of these as they only produced a little over 10,000 for it’s 11 year run production run so if exclusivity is what you are after, you have the right car.  Of course, this comes with some downsides. Any kind of part that isn’t maintenance related can be difficult, if not impossible, to find. Even the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center will leave you disappointed when they tell you a lot of stuff just doesn’t exist anymore.

This specific example actually looks fairly nice and usually the people who own these have the means to take care of them properly. For service, finding someone who understands these cars is starting to become an issue now that the youngest cars are 55 years-old and not many technicians had experience with these in the first place. But if you have all your ducks in a row, an Adenauer is a great post-war, hand-built vehicle that hasn’t climbed to six-figures — at least yet.

– Andrew

1958 Mercedes-Benz 190SL

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If the W198 300SL price tag of over a million dollars is just slightly over your budget for a late-1950s to early-1960s Mercedes roadster but you still want the iconic design, look no further than the W121 190SL. At only one-tenth of the price tag but not just one-tenth of the car the 300 is, the 190 is still a model that you can’t really go wrong buying. So let’s take a look at this pristine 1958 located in the Netherlands.

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1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster

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We often see vintage collector vehicles so perfectly restored that they seem unapproachable, not just in cost, but in terms of putting them to use. One little scratch and you might not score perfect in that next concours. I never really cared much for such bastions of perfection, though. Which is why a car like this 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL has caught my attention. This 300SL is in largely original condition, having passed through two owners with an interesting, global story to boot. What price patina, then?

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1958 Mercedes-Benz 220S

After the destruction of World War II, Mercedes-Benz found themselves, like most German automotive manufacturers at a crossroads. Would the company survive post war, after so much destruction, or would it close its doors for good? It would be about a decade before a clear picture began to emerge and most manufacturers started to churn out new models and so it was with Mercedes-Benz, their new sedan, dubbed the “Ponton,” arriving on the scene in 1953. Taking over where the 170 left off, the model would be available in sedan, coupe and convertible variants, with the sedan offering a choice of both diesel and petrol engines. This 220S for sale in California carries a unique story with it, being owned at one time by the service manager of the former dealership, German Motors in San Francisco.

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1958 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Convertible

The car enthusiast community is a pretty fickle bunch; take a fairly slow, swoopy 1958 convertible with classic lines, just the right amount of chrome and enough charisma to make you smile. Put a Mercedes-Benz star on it and call it a 190SL, and it’s a $150,000 – $200,000 car with a well-heeled following; put a Volkswagen badge on it and it’s a $20,000 – $40,000 car with a cult following. But appreciation for the Karmann Ghia is growing, and these early “low light” early models are the most desirable. With a clean restoration and the right classic color combination, I’m left wondering why anyone would choose a 190SL over this:

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Ur-Ur-Ur-Quattro: 1958 Auto-Union/DKW Munga

Nearly 4 years ago, Paul wrote up a 1957 Auto Union Munga, rare to see at all in the U.S. and with some practical updates. In fact, it wasn’t really a Munga at all anymore; the body had been taken off and mounted onto a 1968 Beetle chassis complete with the 1600 flat-4. Now listed as a 1958 model and missing the centercaps, it appears this very same vehicle is back up for sale. What does the title of this feature mean? Well, for those in the know, the genesis of the Ur-Quattro started with a bunch of Audi models that were outpaced on a test drive through some snowy roads by a military-spec Volkswagen Iltis. So, the Iltis was really the Ur-Ur-Quattro – but in fact, the Iltis itself was heavily based upon the earlier Munga from the 1950s. That’s right rally faithful, your precious Quattro was an antique long before it was a trend-setter! Okay, so it’s an over simplification, but it is still neat to track the history of these cars and where the designs came from:

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1958 BMW Isetta 300

Bubble cars. These little runabouts are possibly the most confounding thing on the automotive scene for me these days. What was originally designed as low cost transport for postwar Germany have become the darling of the auction set, bringing huge sums for well restored and preserved examples of cars like the Messerschmidt, Goggomobil and perhaps the most famous of them all, the BMW Isetta. The Isetta was a curious little beast, with a unique front hinged door and variants produced in both three and four wheel formats. We’ve featured a couple of these small runabouts here on GCFSB over the years but this one is particularly stunning, given the fact that it is an untouched survivor with only 6,478 miles on it.

Year: 1958
Model: Isetta 300
Engine: 298 cc single cylinder
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 6,478 mi
Price: $22,900 Buy It Now

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1958 BMW Isetta 300 Absolutely ORIGINAL and in wonderful condition!!! At Speed Motors focuses upon investment-level Porsches…but sometimes BMW’s too! Please see my website atspeedmotors for your viewing pleasure! This Isetta has ABSOLUTELY ALL-ORIGINAL PAINT! I have been over and over the body with a paint meter and can’t find but very small touch-up spots from chips that are not original. That is beyond amazing for a 55 year old car. In addition, the rest of the car, including the interior, engine, trans, gauges, lights, etc. also all appear to be absolutely original. Yes, original and untouched!!! The odometer shows 6,478 miles and I have little doubt that is absolutely correct.

I purchased the car from a short-term owner (he had the car only 4 months) who bought it from the original owner who purchased the Isetta brand new. The car was shipped to the U.S. with the standard wax undercoating and then was driven very, very little in its lifetime. The original owner lived in Florida so the car was never exposed to any corrosive salts, etc., but it was exposed to humidity. Thus, the undercarriage has this very small layer of humidity induced surfacy rust. You can literally scratch it off with your fingernail. There is ABSOLUTELY ZERO rust-through anywhere on the car or anything other than this type of covering. On the top-side, where the original paint is, there is also a small amount of the same here and there (please see pictures and you’ll understand what I mean.) but, again, nothing of any significance. The car is so untouched that one of the original leather exhaust supports is still in place as are the paper-style stickers for the gear pattern as well as the choke/heater position (see the pictures!!!). That is beyond belief.

I see the car simply as the ideal candidate to either keep in its present original form, or to restore at some later date. It is the perfect restoration candidate because ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING IS THERE…UNTOUCHED AND ORIGINAL. Even the front windshield is original…no kidding. Of course all of the other glass is too! However, my focus upon Porsches has now overwhelmed my business and I don’t see touching the BMW for several years. Thus, if I can find it a good home, I will sell it. If not, it certainly doesn’t take up much space. Please review the pictures (I have about 100 more if you need them), and call or email me with any questions. Again, this is absolutely a wonderful, original, untouched Isetta that can either be enjoyed or restored…although to be honest, I’d probably just leave it just the way it is… See my 100% eBay rating and bid with confidence. I stand behind absolutely everything I sell…period. My address is At Speed Motors, 7410 Coca Cola Drive, Unit #110, Hanover, MD 21076. Please contact me with any questions at 703-627-9991 or my email which is bob at atspeedmotors dot com.

Unrestored originals like this Isetta are wonderous because they offer a window into the world of how things were manufactured years ago. Cars like this serve as templates for enthusiasts clubs when it comes to restoration and judging standards. Given how much restored examples of Isettas are bringing – sometimes upwards of $40,000 – I’d say this particular car won’t have any trouble reaching its asking price of just over $20,000.

-Paul

1958 Goggomobil TS400 Coupe

In the aftermath of World War II, the German nation was reeling from destruction on a mass scale and the shame which National Socialism placed upon its people. With the partioning of the country into East and West Germany, the Federal Republic of Germany experienced a period of prolonged economic growth better known as the Wirtschaftswunder, or economic wonder. The demand for cheap transportation was in great demand during this time and a direct result of that was the appearance of micro and bubble cars on the German automotive scene. From the BMW Isetta to the Messerschmidt, these miniscule vehicles gave West Germans the freedom to explore their revitalized nation and beyond.

Built by the Glas company (which was later bought up by BMW), here is a very rare example of the more “sporting” Goggomobil TS400 Coupe for sale in New Jersey.

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As cultural icons from Germany’s immediate postwar years, microcars are among the most desirable collector cars today and the early “suicide door” Goggomobil Coupés are among the most sought-after examples. The 1958 model presented here, chassis # 02 132 084, is one of about 1,000 Goggomobil Coupés remaining worldwide of a total production of 66,511 units.

As you can imagine, selling Goggomobils, even to an “economy” car buyer was a challenge in the landscape of 1950’s America. The US importer, Continental Car Combine of New York City was as you’d expect, less than successful in finding customers for the Goggomobil sedans and far fewer still willing to spend extra money for the stylish coupe and as a result only a very limited number of these 1950’s vintage “suicide-door” Goggos were ever sold in the United States and only a mere handful still exist here today. Of these survivors….only one is a virtually “new” car with just 457 miles!

This TS 400 Coupe was originally purchased new in 1959 from “White Motors” of Fort Myers, Florida…the local Goggomobil dealer who also sold (or tried to sell) Hillmans and Sunbeams! The car saw very little use and was subsequently purchased by an antique car museum in Sarasota where it was on display for over 30 years …. (I was told actually hung overhead from the ceiling!). I purchased this Goggo Coupe at the museum’s liquidation auction in 1994 and since then it has remained carefully preserved in dry indoor storage.

This USA Spec Goggomobil TS 400 is powered by the rare “big block” 394cc version of the two-stroke parallel twin, the largest of the three engines offered (250, 300, and 400cc) and in addition to the larger engine the very rare USA specification export TS400 also features unique front end sheet metal which includes 7″ headlamps, bumper overriders front and rear, a more deluxe interior fabric and deletion of the fresh air intake vents by the front signal lamps as well as an oil tank for automatically mixing the proper ratio of oil to gasoline.

Rated at 20 horsepower, it’s sufficient power the 980 lb. (!) Coupe to a top speed of 100km/h, about 62mph. Equipped with a 12-Volt electrical system, dual coils, and a dynastarter, it is an extremely sophisticated and eminently usable microcar. No oil changes required! Just use two-stroke mix each time you fill ‘er up — the fuel tank is right above the engine.

Factory decal advises 1:25 oil/gas mixture; using today’s superior two-stroke oils, most owners run close to a 1:40 mix, all but eliminating the characteristic “blue cloud.” The engine runs smoothly when on occassion I would start the engine by supplying a pre-mix of fuel directly into the carburetor.

The beautiful styling of the Goggomobil Couple was clearly influenced by the Italian Carrozzerias of the era with it’s panoramic wrap-around rear window and taillights doing double duty as small tail fins. The 10-inch wheels wear the elaborate Turbozierkappen — the Coupé-only hubcaps with red “G” centers with the original 4.80-10 factory fitted Metzler tires.

To call this Goggo a mere “survivor” would be an understatement. It presents itself in such extraordinary original condition. This TS400 also features its original factory-applied two tone cherry red with white paint which still has an acceptable gloss

Inside, the good news continue, as everything remains 100% original and untouched….including the original (whitewall) spare still with a portion of the protective cosmoline coating on the the sidewall!

As would be expected, the interior shows some expected age deterioration commensirate with it’s age in spite of the car’s extremely low mileage. The plating on the window frames as well as the bumpers has deteriorated from age and will need to be rechromed. The car is an original completely rust free example……with absolutely no repair or restoration

I think it safe to assume it may be impossible to find another completely original unrestored Goggomobil TS 400 microcar with under 900 kms from new. The Goggomobil’s gated dash mounted 4-speed pre select electromagnetic shifter is a work of art

Comfortable front bucket seats still feature their original fabric patterned fabric (drivers side has separated at the seams where the the threads have deteriorated). The underside of the car as well as the engine compartment is clean.

This Goggomobil is would make be the perfect candidate and a most special and unusual entry into the preservation class of any Concours d’ Elegance! Piloting a microcar, especially a Goggomobil, can be a wonderful, thrilling experience.

You definitely want the best example you can find, a car that is an unrestored original and as close to “new” as exists…. this is the one. Of importance to any prospective owner of an “exotic” collector car is the excellent parts availiblity and technical advice. The goggomobil is well supported through Uwe Staufenberg, the English-speaking owner of www.Goggomobil.com. Every microcar aficionado knows just how difficult it is to unearth an original unrestored example today.

Finding an early suicide door Coupé that that has just 457 original miles and is a 100% correct and unmodified, unrestored survivor that has not succumbed to mechanical failures, corrosion, or accident damage must rate very high on the list of the all-time greatest finds!

There’s only one virtually new 1958 Goggomobil TS400 Coupé in existence, and here’s your golden opportunity to become its proud new caretaker.

Short of sourcing one out of a museum, this could possibly be the most complete Goggomobil you would find for sale in this country for a long time. With a little more than two days left in the auction, this example still hasn’t met its reserve at a shade over $9,000. Obviously it is hard to place a value on such a rare little beast, but with 15 bids, interest from the enthusiast community has been shown. Since production lasted into 1969, this was one of the last microcars of its kind to be produced. Something this unique deserves to be preserved.

-Paul