I want to turn back the clock from yesterday’s very pretty Aetna Blue over Bordeaux Carrera 4S to see a somewhat similar early example of that color combination. Admittedly, the comparison here isn’t exact since the colors are not precisely the same, but I think we still get a sense of the way these colors work on a vintage Porsche and a sense of the inspiration for that modern example. Here we have a Meissen Blue 1959 Porsche 356A 1600 Reutter Coupe, located in Houston, with a Red leatherette interior. On this 356 the shade of blue is a little lighter and the shade of red is a little brighter. Nonetheless, we end up with an equally pretty Porsche and one that surely would be a prized part of any collection.
The Goggomobil TS400 isn’t the kind of car you see every day. In fact, it’s not the kind of car that pretty much anyone ever sees. It’s the kind of car you might expect to see Jerry Seinfeld show up with if he invited you out for coffee, or perhaps the camera might pan by one in Jay Leno’s garage. They’re obscure, but they’re also odd – so you probably won’t see Wayne Carini seeking one out. Yet the model played a very important part in the development of German car manufacturers pertinent to our interests.
That’s because of where they were produced. Goggomobiles were bubble cars produced by Hans Glas GmbH in Dingolfing, Germany – in the heart of Bavaria. Yes, that’s the same Glas that built the beautiful 3000 V8 Grand Tourer and lovely 1700GT. The Goggomobil was far less glamorous, but no less important in the survival of the Dingolfing plant – in total, over a quarter million sedans and coupes were produced, and a few were even brought stateside. Like many bubble cars, the technology was 2-stroke motorcycle-based, which kept production costs very low and the car affordable to the masses. Goggomobiles even outlasted Glas itself, as BMW swallowed up its competitor in 1966 and used the Dingolfing plant for some of its newer models.
Goggomogiles are quite rare to find today, despite their relatively prodigious production (consider, for a moment, that there were only about 8,500 DeLorean DMC12s produced – and that this car ended production only 12 years before the gullwing time traveler emerged on the market!) so it’s neat to remember their quirkiness:
I’ve been known to look quite longingly at the Porsche 356. I love the shape and vintage style and find them to possess the sort of timeless design that brings us back to various vintage cars. So I’m always prone to being attracted to very pretty examples in interesting colors. So it should be no surprise that this restored Aquamarine Blue 1959 Porsche 356A Coupe caught my attention. But once I took a look suddenly I realized this 356 was much more special than it seemed at first blush. That it had a sunroof was pretty apparent from the initial ad picture. What was less clear was the wonderful red interior, but the biggest surprise came as I made my way through the pictures. There were no bucket seats! Benchseat!
Of course, my first thought after seeing this combination of rarities was, “Please let there be some documentation.” Thankfully the seller has provided the CoA and it confirms what we see. More thorough verification still will be necessary, but we’re off to a good start with what should be a very rare specimen.
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 38 mi since restoration
Price: $199,900 Buy It Now
959 Porsche 356A Coupe. 1600cc, 4-Speed Manual Transmission. Aquamarine Blue paint w/Red interior. Full Compehensive resoration to match the Certificate of Authenticity with less than 100 miles. This 356 was completely taken apart, and every nut and bolt was restored. This example exudes a subtle elegance that does nothing to distract from the body’s flowing lines. Nicely optioned from the factory. Rare Factory “Golde” Sunroof, Sealed Beam Headlights, USA Bumpers, Fog Lights in Bumper, Ventilated Chrome Wheels, Rare Factory Bench Seat, Electric Time Clock and much more.
Pickups come in all shapes and sizes, from heavy duty brawler to car-based cruiser. The Volkswagen Type 2 falls somewhere in between, a definite workhorse but geared more towards light duty. While Volkswagen still sells plenty of commercial vehicles, we haven’t been privy to any in the US market since the early 1970s, thanks to your friendly government and a little thing called trade wars. This restored 1959 Type 2 Single Cab for sale in California comes from a time well before that legislation and looks absolutely amazing in metallic green sitting on mag wheels. Rarely do these VW trucks catch my attention, but this one has.
It’s been a little bit since we looked at some nice Karmann Ghias, and today there are two lovely but very different examples in the marketplace. These are lovely designs; granted, not the best driving cars in the world – but a car that really will set you apart from the crowd and will make everyone smile. Of the Karmann Ghias, my favorites are the early “low light” models and the Type 34 from a bit later – luckily, here’s an example of each:
The Type 300 was the top of the range for Mercedes-Benz in the 1950s, a symbol of what this company was capable of but few were able to afford in the years immediately after World War II. One of the most impressive models was the four-door cabriolet version, known to some as the “Adenauer.” This was due to the fact that it was the ride of choice for the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Konrad Adenauer. Towards the end of the production run, the 300d was revealed, sporting a detuned version of the fuel-injected inline-6 found in the 300SL sports car. This was a car for the rich and famous, a car that was on par with what Rolls Royce had to offer in its day. It would eventually be succeeded by the 600 Grosser Mercedes, which would carry the torch of the über Benz into the 1980s. This 300d is one of 65 ever produced and is currently on offer in Ohio.
There exists a drought today in the compact pickup scene in the US. The recent death of the Ford Ranger has left people looking mainly to the Japanese and Chevrolet, with the aging Colorado soon to be replaced by an all-new model next year. Sadly, Volkswagen has refused to bring its Amorak stateside, much to the chagrin of their loyal following. If we go back a few decades, there was a dearth of small pickups on the landscape, particularly in post WWII Germany. A lot of small automotive companies cropped up there, soon to be taken over or weeded out by natural selection as the years progressed.
Based in Bremen, Germany, Goliath was part of the Borgward group and started making three-wheeled trucks with their first passenger car appearing in the early 1930s. When Borgward went out of business in the early 1960s, Goliath disappeared as well. While this particular pickup isn’t what you would consider concours quality, when was the last time you saw one of these? And discounting the Goliath Hansa 1100, when was the last time you saw a car from this marque on these shores?
Model: Express 1100 Pickup
Engine: 1.1 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 10,096 mi?
Price: $10,999 Buy It Now
This is a ’59 Goliath Express 1100 pick-up. Please check out Hooniverse for many more zoom view photos of the truck and info. There is also so video posted on youtube.com of the truck being driven and it idling in my driveway with a walk-around of the exterior/interior.
It is 1 of 2 running/driving trucks in North America (4 total I am told). It belonged to a former Mercedes-Benz executive who had it brought over from Germany to where he lived in Michigan.
Like the 170DS we featured earlier, the BMW bubble cars of the post Second World War era were the vehicles that helped BMW limp along and survive until a glut of new cars could be readied to position the company for future success. The BMW 600 was based on the smaller, two seat Isetta bubble car, but featured two extra seats and would foreshadow the larger, upcoming 700. Over three years, around 35,000 were built, eclipsed in numbers by the larger Volkswagen Beetle. While it might have not lit the sales charts on fire, this was still an important car in BMWs history and was the first car in the range to use a semi-trailing arm rear suspension, something the company would propagate throughout their lineup over the coming decades. This 600 for sale in the Chicago area is a fully restored example.
Engine: 1.7 liter inline four
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 802 km (~ 498 miles)
Price: €45,000 (~ $60,192 USD)
1959 BMW 600. Gorgeous Nut & Bolt Restoration! Most collectors favorite Micro Car.
Before we go into details on this 1959 BMW 600 2 door “limo” let us tell you a little about the car that you are looking at in particular. This particular car has been restored by a collector who does nothing but meticulous restorations to his vehicles. For starters this is the European model and only 8,500 were brought into the United States. When you are talking about the European model, you are talking about the model that has the sunroof. This particular car, besides being a chassis off restoration, by this we mean every nut and bolt was taken apart and restored, including a brand new interior, paint, chrome and tires.
Immortalized by the actor James Dean, the Porsche 356 Speedster has become one of the most highly prized classic Porsches. This model was born from the suggestion by US importer Max Hoffman that a simpler, lower cost open roofed model would sell well stateside. A little under 1,200 of these two seater Porsches were built, before the Cabriolet D arrived in 1958. With a higher windshield, comfier seats and roll up side windows, it added a touch of practicality to an otherwise purist package. This Convertible D for sale in Illinois was restored by a well known Porsche specialist and a more powerful, enlarged engine.
Model: Convertible D
Engine: 1.9 liter flat four
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 12,989 mi
Price: Reserve auction
This 356 is the most unique car I have ever seen and had the pleasure to drive!! This car was totally restored by the world renowned Gary Kempton. Sad to say the Porsche world lost a true artist with his passing. However his legacy lives on in this absolutely beautiful Porsche. This multi-year restoration is second to none and you would be hard pressed to find a more perfect Porsche for your collection. Every nut and bolt has been restored to to perfection.
Needless to say there is absolutely no rust and every body panel is fit to perfection. The paint is flawless and is a special color that was requested by Ferry Porsche for his own 356 at the time. Gary was able to find the color code after much research and was able to duplicate the color exactly. The interior is finished in a beautiful full leather Cashmere beige that is soft and supple. Every piece of trim has been refinished to factory perfect condition. The engine although not original to the car is very special.
Possibly one of the most well recognized Mercedes-Benzes of all time, the 300SL came about in similar fashion to the Porsche Speedster that we featured here recently on GCFSB. Max Hoffman, well known imported for foreign iron before many companies set up North American operations, made the suggestion to Mercedes to sell a street version of the W194 300SL, as he thought the car would gain good acclaim amongst American consumers. They took Hoffman’s advice and this car, with its distinctive gullwing doors and fuel injected, dry sump inline six was the first Mercedes to sell more outside its home market than within.
The hardtop Gullwing was sold from 1955 through 1957 and in 1958, the roadster took its place. Noted as being a bit softer edged than the Gullwing, the roadster had a revised rear suspension and, from 1961 on, disc brakes on all four corners. This 300SL roadster for sale in New York is an earlier model with an older restoration.
This is a 1959 Mercedes 300SL Roadster with factory hard top. This car is an older restoration but still shows very well. Car recently received all new brakes and a full tune up. This is not a show car but a very impressive and solid driver.
At $650,000, this SL is well within the ballpark of what these cars are bringing these days. Those with racing pedigree or the rarer, all aluminum bodied SLs will fetch higher prices, in some cases over one million dollars. Besides 1963, when a scant 23 300SLs were produced, 1959 models are the second rarest of the roadster production run, with only 211 built that year. Red isn’t my favorite color on these, but I like the fact this car is an older restoration, which takes away a bit of the apprehension when it comes to driving it as intended.…