1963 Porsche 356B 1600S Coupe

I don’t know what we’d consider to be the opposite of the 930 Slantnose Cabriolet I posted previously, but among Porsches this must be about as opposed as we can get. This is an Oslo Blue 1963 Porsche 356B 1600S Coupe with a Grey leatherette interior and Corduroy seat inserts. Whereas the Slantnose is all hard lines and somewhat preposterous proportions, the 356 is vintage charm and elegance. Both of these cars will grab the attention of Porsche enthusiasts, but for completely different reasons. I imagine driving either one would elicit rather different emotions as well.

While this 356 certainly has more miles on it than that very-low mileage Slantnose it nonetheless presents in rather good condition. This is a restored example so that must be taken into account, but the work looks good and it’s wearing its original colors. Given that it’s up for auction without reserve we also know that it should be making its way to a new home and hopefully for a reasonable price.

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Funny Fiber Double Take: 1974 Bradley GT II v. 1980 Aquila

Kit cars don’t get much love on these pages. Well, to be fair, they don’t get much love, period. But kits cars do offer something; exotic(ish) looks on a pedestrian budget. And strangely enough, some kit car and limited-manufacture cars have begun to be considered collectable in their own right. So when I came across two unique Volkswagen-based bits, I thought “why not?”

So today we have two very limited production examples of fiberglass laid over a VW chassis. Which is the winner? Let’s start with the Bradley GT II:

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1963 Porsche 356B 1600S Coupe

I’ve been looking at a lot of new blues among Porsches lately. Or sometimes old blues on new cars (and I haven’t even posted all of them!). Let’s turn the clock back to look at an old blue on an old car. These are always fun to revisit if for no better reason than as a data point for those considering their paint-to-sample options. It’s always worthwhile to see what these very rare colors look like on an actual car. We’ve even had the pleasure of seeing this particular vintage blue on a recent GT3 RS. All the better for understanding our options.

Here it is on its original model: an Oslo Blue 1963 Porsche 356B 1600S Coupe, located in Long Beach, with 120,200 miles on it.

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Two Visions of the Future: 1963 BMW 700LS and 1990 BMW Z1

Update 6/1/18 – the BMW 700LS has dropped a further $2,000 in ask to $19,500.

Update 2/6/18 – Unsurprisingly, the 700LS remains available on reserve auction (it is $21,900 on their site)

Normally, our dual posts have two comparable cars to consider. But while typically that manifests itself in one model, one price point or one performance group, today it’s something very different.

Although both of today’s cars come from one marque – BMW – there is literally and figuratively a huge chasm of development between them. There’s also a vast gulf between performance, desirability and price. Yet each reflected the time point in which it was made; the austere 1960s, emerging from the fog of war into a bustling economy when average Germans could for the first time contemplate automobile ownership, and the exotic 1980s, with its new computer designs and technology rapidly forcing car designs forward. For the company, each car represented the future in many ways even if the results and their impact was so vastly different.

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1963 Porsche 356C Cabriolet

While I seldom remove the top on my convertible to enjoy some open top motoring I do occasionally yearn for those days. My favorite time of year for doing so has always been in the Fall. Living in one of the more humid parts of the country, Fall weather brings with it a welcome crispness and obviously the array of colors on display just above you in the trees makes even the dullest of roads much more enjoyable. Combine a good road with that crisp air and the fall colors and you have some of the best driving you can find.

The only way to really increase the greatness of that natural beauty is to enjoy it in a car that is equally as beautiful. Here we see just that: a Ruby Red 1963 Porsche 356C Cabriolet, located in New York, with Tan interior and a stated 21,804 miles on it. Just thinking about it makes me want to grab the keys and head out to the mountains for some driving.

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1963 BMW 700 Coupe

After yesterday’s mega M6, I’d like to take a look at another favorite BMW coupe of mine. In many ways, it is the antithesis of the M6; simple, under-powered, rear-engine and decidedly ’60s while the M6 was oh-so-’80s. The 700 Coupe developed through an interesting route, as I described in an article for The Truth About Cars. While air-cooled power was associated with VW and Porsche, NSU and BMW also flirted with rear-engine designs of their own, and in their own right they were fairly successful.

From the diminutive Isetta grew the oddly-shaped 600, which then bore the 700 run. Available in 2-door sedan, Coupe or rare convertible, the 700 developed some 30 horsepower from its .7 liter twin in the rear. The handsome Michelotti design signaled the direction for the new BMW designs, with (for the time) modern lines penned to the standard 3-box formula. A total of nearly 200,000 700s were produced, but the Coupe version sold in much smaller numbers – only about 30,000 total Coupes produced. The departed from the more traditional 2-door sedan’s look with a sharply cut greenhouse and pronounced tail fins. While the combination of all these things seems like an odd recipe, it somehow worked very well and looked beautiful:

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1963 Mercedes-Benz 190Dc Kombiwagen

Continuing on my run of custom coachwork-built cars, this one might be one of the most practical and something that is actually has a mass appeal, as opposed to something like a hearse. Today’s vehicle is a 1963 Mercedes-Benz 190Dc Kombiwagen, a custom conversion by Binz Karosserie off of the W110 Fintail chassis. Surprisingly, this unique wagon resides in California where it awaits a restoration and a chance at many more miles of utility. Of course, I have to ask, is the time and effort worth it?

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Year: 1963
Model: 190Dc Kombiwagen
Engine: 2.0 inline-4 cylinder
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 226,000
Price: Buy It Now $10,000

1963 Mercedes-Benz 190Dc Binz Coachbuilt Fintail Station Wagon

Kombiwagen

VIN# 11010110071379

Binz Karosserie Nr. 2096

And now for something completely different….

Up for offer is a running, driving and solid example of an extremely rare Mercedes-Benz 190Dc Kombiwagen built by German coachbuilder Binz & Co Karosseriefabrik. There are less than 15 surviving examples of the Binz kombiwagen (non-ambulance) version w110 fintail ”heckflosse” known to exist in the world today.

Binz Karosserie in Lorch/Wurttemberg Germany has been working with Mercedes-Benz building custom variants of different models over the past 80 years. These models include ambulances, hearses, taxis, and the rarest of the rare, special ordered kombiwagens (station wagon) models built for private use as seen here. Other coachbuilders of the period included Miesen of Germany and IMA of Belgium, whose “universal” wagons are well known as over two thousand examples were built using several variations of the w110 chassis. Binz Karosserie was known for their quality build and high top roof design. The kombiwagen version seen here is actually the lowest of the different roof configurations offered by Binz for this series.

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This Mercedes 190Dc Binz Kombiwagen has spent most of it’s life in California, so the rust issues are less than normal in the scope of fintails. After inspecting the car, the only “problem areas” discovered were minimal and in three spots; a 3” area at the front section of the LH rocker, a 1” area at the front of the RH rocker, and a small soft spot in the LH rear floorboard center. Aside from surface scale throughout the body from failing paint, the car appears to be actually very solid and complete. Door bottoms are very good along with frame and suspension mounts. Cargo area floor, body panels, wheel arches etc. all appear solid – all jack points are solid as well. Engine compartment is solid around battery and master brake cylinder. Spare tire well is clean with only some surface scale. The original Binz hand fabricated roof is solid and straight with no rust holes. Although the car still presents itself well, the paint has failed in multiple areas and there is some surface rusting (scale) throughout as seen in pictures. Portions of the roof have been treated and re-coated. Rear tailgate opens and stays upright with no problems. Tailgate had some body filler which has cracked in multiple spots. Tailgate appears solid with no problem areas around window seal or bottom lip. Tailgate retains Binz Nr. 2096 stamp at bottom left. Minor crease in passenger front door. All chrome and brightwork is uniformly aged, and all looks to be 100% original. Excellent panel fit and door gaps. Excellent door closure. All door handles function properly. Hood opens and latches closed properly.

The car fortuitously retains its factory fitted set of five w186 “Adenauer” 15” wheels as ordered and 4 hubcaps. The 75 series whitewall tires look to have low miles and hold air, but are over 10 years old and should be replaced. Remnants of possible dealer installed “Kuhlmeister” air conditioner are present (condenser and receiver dryer). Vintage Hella driving lights in good condition. Original Becker Europa TG radio is present but non functional. Original fender mounted Hirschmann manual antenna. Original VDO dash clock is present and non-functional, but still shows the correct time twice daily, a true testament to German engineering. The period “Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil Club” ADAC grille badge proudly displays a half century worth of patina.

Seats are in good condition with no tears. Upholstery appears to have been originally red MB vinyl, but at some point have been professionally re-dyed brown. Springs and padding are intact and have retained integrity. Carpet appears to be aftermarket and is faded but presentable. Door panels have been recovered and are intact, but cards have some warping from moisture and age. Dash pad is heavily cracked from the California sun and will require replacement. Missing LH rear door panel topper. Windshield is replacement with no pitting. All other glass is excellent original Sekurit, aside from RH front vent window which is cracked as seen in pictures.

Comes with 3 large bins of extra parts. Mechanical, interior and exterior trim pieces are included.

Documentation included with the sale includes owners manual, MB dealer parts receipts, a reprint of the original Binz w110 brochure, historical photographs, spec sheets, production figures and the original Mercedes-Benz build sheet for this car.

Little is known of the history of this car, but receipts indicate that the car lived in British Columbia before being relocated to Sacramento, California in the early 1980’s with the same owner. Receipts also show that the car received a restoration at that time with new paint in a handsome two-tone brown and almond paint scheme, and some interior work including new headliner, door panels, and carpet. The repaint quality looks to have been very good, but after 35 years is tired and will benefit from a complete repaint. The car had been in storage since 2010, when it’s last owner passed away. 5-digit odometer reads 26xxx which is most likely 226k miles.

Mechanically the car is sound and has just been serviced. It starts, drives and stops. The 4 cylinder OM621 naturally aspirated diesel engine starts up and runs well, both hot and cold, and the engine appears to be very healthy with no oil leaks. Exhaust smoke is minimal and as expected for this era diesel engine and there is no indication of any serious mechanical flaws. Engine operates at normal temperature and shuts off properly with vacuum switch. Gearbox shifts smoothly in all gears, clutch engages properly. All mechanical aspects of this car look very original and unmodified. Recent work done includes;

Oil Change and Filter (DELO 15w40)

Valve Adjustment + new valve cover gasket set.

New Motor Mounts

New clutch master cylinder and hydraulic fluid flush.

Brake fluid flush.

Cleaned cooling system and new coolant + all hoses.

New fan belt.

New gearbox linkage shift bushings.

New soft fuel lines + filters.

The car is part of a warehoused private collection and stored serviceable with a California “non-op” registration status with no back fees due. It is started and driven short distances on my property regularly. I cannot certify it as a “reliable daily driver” as I have never taken it on a long trip. I’d recommend new buyer to transport the car to it’s new home.

Sold as-is with a clear California title in my name. This car is an ideal candidate for a full restoration.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. While I have made every attempt to represent this car to the best of my knowledge, I still encourage potential buyers to inspect the car prior to purchase.

Car is located in Auburn, Ca. About 30 mins east of Sacramento just off I-80.

First off, props to the seller for thoroughly explaining this car and all that it entails. This is a unique vehicle with an interesting history and everything is laid our perfectly as to what you are signing up for in terms of condition. This W110 needs some help in the cosmetics department both inside and out, but by the looks of it rust doesn’t seem to be a major problem. You are dealing with the typical dents, dings, scuffs, scratches and fading variety on the exterior while the interior needs some serious work on the dash as well as the door cards and headliner. One thing I love about this car is that it has the 15 inch wheels from the Adenauer that most Mercedes people (myself included) would die for to get for their classic Mercedes. That extra inch makes all the difference over the standard 14 inch wheels that were standard for decades. The hatch area has a surprisingly large amount of usable space for not being a large car and the over 220,000 miles this Fintail shows proves that it was not afraid to be used.

The price on this odd-ball is $10,000 and in my opinion, that is totally fair. The real dilemma is what to do after you pay that $10,000. If you were undertake even a small restoration, you are probably looking at close to another $10,000 which probably doesn’t make this a $20,000 car despite the simple math principles. For a long time, $10,000 would buy you a nice 190Dc all day so sinking a ton of money into this doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. If I were buying this wagon, I’d make sure everything was stable and continue to drive it as-is. I think the beauty of this car is that is was a workhorse for a long time and it shows. The OM621 will keep on chugging (very slowly) as long as you take care of it and I see no reason not to do so. This is one of those vehicles where scars don’t hurt the appeal one bit and I say continue to do so.

– Andrew

1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 Coupe

We don’t really do revisits much anymore, but I wanted to make an exception here because it’s such a great car, so rare and beautiful, and the price has changed dramatically from when I originally featured it last November. The original listing for this Oslo Blue 1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 Coupe had it priced at $839K. I said at the time that the price was higher than just about any other Carrera 2 auction I’d seen and it remained on eBay for a while going nowhere. It also had been listed with no description and that wasn’t helping. Here it is priced somewhat more reasonably at $565K, and we’re provided with some of the car’s history to help support its (still) very high price. At the very least we’re off to a much better start.

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Year: 1963
Model: 356B Carrera 2
Engine: 2.0 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 73,426 mi
Price: $565,000 Buy It Now

This nicely optioned T6 Carrera 2 was originally delivered to Hanover, Germany, but delivered to the United States in 1966 to its second owner and active PCA member, Arthur Foyt. In 1971 German, Eugene Deutsch, bought the Carrera 2 and retained it for most of it’s life.

The car underwent a lengthy restoration beginning in 1998. It was stripped to bare metal and repainted to its original Oslo Blue, which remains in great shape today, and the interior has been redone by noted 356 experts. This spectacular 356 is powered by a correct 587/1 four-cam engine that was built by the best; the late Billy Doyle of Rennwagen Motor Company and runs fantastic. His work lives on!

Though restored over 10 years ago, this Carrera 2 remains in superb overall condition and performs as well as any 356 you will drive. Well cared for and touched by all the right people in the business, chassis no. 121298 is fully vetted and will provide it’s next driver with an exhilarating 4-cam experience.

Through writing for this site over the years I’ve learned that sometimes you really have to pay attention to specific word usage in the ad description. I think we are confronted with that situation here. This Carrera 2 is said to be “powered by a correct” four-cam engine. While we’ll need more clarity to know definitively, that doesn’t sound to me like it’s the original numbers matching engine that came with the car. With a car as rare and potentially valuable as this, that’s not a minor point. However, it does help explain the dramatic drop in price. We might wonder if the transmission is similarly a “correct” unit.

So even with the added description available to us in this ad we still are in need of more information. But at least we have somewhere to start. The 356 Carrera 2 was the hot rod of its day produced at a time when Porsche was only beginning to establish its identity as a purveyor of high class performance machines. Their place in history is significant so the chance to get your hands on one always will be fleeting. The color combination of this Carrrea 2 is simply stunning so even if it may lack some of its originality, I’m sure it will still be highly sought after. The model itself remains one of Porsche’s very best.

-Rob

Ur-Ur-Ur-Quattro – 1963 DKW Munga

While legend has it that Audi popularized all-wheel drive with the Quattro, it would not have been the case were it not for the 1970s Volkswagen Iltis – a military vehicle that utilized a normal Audi 100’s underpinnings to create an all-wheel drive vehicle with lockable differentials which easily outpaced Audi’s normal production line cars in inclement conditions. It was this story which sprung the idea for the Quattro to be created, but the Iltis itself had inspiration drawn heavily from another car – the DKW Munga. As Auto Union struggled to re-establish itself post-War under first the leadership of Mercedes-Benz and later Volkswagen, the company’s diminutive DKW brand led the way with economical, smart designs. One of those designs was the paradoxically-named 3=6 model, which had a .9 liter 2-stroke inline-3. Produced in Düsseldorf, DKW helped to keep the Auto Union’s name alive in the early 1950s. Part of that rebuilding included new Auto Union facilities in Ingolstadt, and one of the first production vehicles to make it out of there was the Manga. German for Mehrzweck UNiversal Geländewagen mit Allradantrie (basically, go anywhere all-wheel drive vehicle), the Manga utilized F91 (3=6) underpinnings mated with new all-wheel drive capability. Up front, the four rings of the Auto Union reappeared proudly on the roughly 47,000 models produced between 1956 and 1968 – a full decade prior to Iltis production:

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1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 Coupe

When we feature the Porsche 356 the point isn’t typically about performance. And, in a certain way, it isn’t about performance here either. But like the Speedster and its lightweight no frills philosophy the 356 Carrera 2 brought with it a more performance-oriented mindset and in its day was very much so about performance. The Carrera 2 featured a larger 2.0 liter flat-4 four cam engine producing 130 hp, which gave it a significant boost in power over its 1.6 liter siblings. Add to that disc brakes at all 4 wheels and you had better stopping power to rein in those extra horses. These were a technologically sophisticated model that provided Porsche’s customers with some of the best performance available all the while sporting the same elegant curves of every other 356. The one we see here comes in the particularly wonderful color combination of Oslo Blue over Tan.

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