Roll the Dice Again? 1965 NSU Sport Prinz

Roll the Dice Again? 1965 NSU Sport Prinz

With the burgeoning economic boom of the late 1950s (Adenauer’s ‘Economic Miracle’ in West Germany), many companies tried to capitalize on the success of the middle class by introducing swankier, more stylish versions of their economic models. The hope was that these cars would be expressions of wealth and signature models. To greater or lesser extent, the three that were developed around the same time – Volkswagen’s Karmann Ghia, BMW’s 700 Coupe and NSU’s Sport Prinz – were all relatively well received in the marketplace, though of the three only the Karmann Ghia had mass appeal. That was interesting, as the Sport Prinz offered a slightly different take on rakish Italian lines with pedestrian German underpinnings. Introduced for 1960, the Sport Prinz was built on the Prinz III chassis, a diminutive, air-cooled rear-engine inline-2 economy “sedan”. To take the Prinz upmarket, like Volkswagen NSU turned to Italy. Instead of Ghia or BMW’s choice of Michelotti, though, NSU enlisted famed Bertone in Turin and the designer Franco Scaglione. The resulting design was significantly more dramatic than the Prinz, with long overhands, a swoop roofline and tail fins hinting at greater GT speed. As with the others though, the Sport Prinz offered no performance gain, but at least came to market slightly under the price of the more famous Karmann Ghia, at around $2,400 – top for the NSU lineup in the early 1960s.

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1965 Porsche 356C 1600 SC Karmann Coupe

1965 Porsche 356C 1600 SC Karmann Coupe

I am always curious about Porsche colors I haven’t seen before and very much enjoy featuring them. This one comes with a caveat: per the CoA we know this 1965 Porsche 356C 1600 SC Karmann Coupe did not come from the factory in this color. Nor was its interior this color. Originally it was Light Ivory over Red, which I suspect was a pretty striking combination in itself. But I digress, we aren’t told what the colors it wears now are, only that the exterior is green and the interior is tan. Though the interior almost looks yellow I’m going to assume that’s a result of its contrast with the green trim and that it is indeed a tan interior. It’s a light tan, but tan nonetheless. For the exterior, I have no idea what color it is. Any guesses?

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Year: 1965
Model: 356C 1600 SC
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 0 mi since restoration
Price: $129,885 Buy It Now

We at Private Collection Motors are pleased to offer our beautiful 1965 Porsche 356 SC to the market. Starts at the touch of the key every time, a specimen that has clearly been lovingly owned and cared for, in far better condition than average, a joy to display and own.

Difficult to find many in better condition. naturally sold with Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. Still not perfect, as no non new item would be, but leaves onlookers with a smile and admiration.

Any shipping fees will buyers responsibility and you can select your own carrier and pay them directly.

In line with normal ebay practices please note that all inspections are to be made prior to auction close, …………….. Prior to auction close multiple inspections by the same person are no problem, you can come back as many times as you like, bring friends, cousins, mechanics, brothers, sisters, neighbor or spouses all welcome !

Feature Listing: 1965 NSU Spider

Feature Listing: 1965 NSU Spider

While Porsche’s upstart 356 and the breathtaking Mercedes-Benz 300SL were Germany’s first real post-War sports cars, they weren’t the only attempt to capitalize on the economic recovery. But far from being just a recovery, West Germany’s “Wirtschaftswunder” – economic miracle – aided by the Marshall Plan and a focus on strengthening the border states of the ‘Iron Curtain’ meant that capitalism manifested itself in new ways. Cashing in on a re-emerging middle class with newfound wealth and prosperity, companies like BMW and Volkswagen launched new sportier versions of their small, economical sedans. The 700 Coupe and Karmann Ghia, launched in 1959 and 1955 respectively, might not have had the power of Porsche or the Gullwing, but still brought sport and style to a much larger market. Both designs utilized existing technology to create a rear-drive, rear-engine two-seater that still was budget friendly.

However, they weren’t alone in the market. Auto Union’s main production lines in Chemnitz lay firmly in Soviet control, so it was the DKW brand which shouldered the responsibility of rebuilding the company. That would bear the 1000SP in the late 1950s – a lovely, but not particularly sporty, personal coupe and convertible. Prior to its merger with the Volkswagen Group in 1969, though, NSU – a firm more known for its pre-War motorcycles – had ventured into small sports cars. The result was the legendary Prinz and TT models; small, efficient, fun to drive rear-engine sedans. NSU branched out in 1964 and offered the world’s first rotary-powered limited production convertible in an attempt to ascertain if the technology was applicable to normal production. With technically a mid-rear design, it was a revolutionary alternative to the BMW 700:

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1965 Porsche 911

1965 Porsche 911

It’s always fun to go back to the beginning and see the origins of what has become a classic and iconic car. In many cases that’s actually quite difficult as so few models have been a mainstay within any marque’s lineup for so many decades without interruption. With the 911, we have just such a model and here we have one of the very early examples: an Ivory 1965 Porsche 911 located in Belgium. It’s said to be fully numbers matching as supported by a CoA, in its original colors, though not original paint, and appears more or less unrestored showcasing original rubber, body, and wheels. Suffice it to say, we do not see a 911 like this very often.

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1965 Porsche 356C Coupe

1965 Porsche 356C Coupe

This just feels like a Sunday car. Porsche’s 356 has the sort of vintage style and charm that makes for enjoyable cruising and certainly would serve as a capable machine for relaxed oceanside or mountain driving. Would those drives necessarily be spirited? Perhaps not, but then you may be better suited to something outside of the vintage car world to meet those purposes. This particular 1965 Porsche 356C Coupe sits in an excellent Bali Blue over Red color combination and as one of the later 356 productions is about as modern as one of these Coupes might come.

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1965 Porsche 911

1965 Porsche 911

Let’s step back to Genesis, back to the beginning. Ok, maybe not that far back. How about 1965 and the early designs of the 911? For good reason, collectors and enthusiasts cherish originality, but rarely more so than when looking at original designs. The place where an icon began. That’s what we have here with this Gulf Blue 1965 Porsche 911. Could we call this a time capsule? I don’t typically think of restored cars in those terms, but this one does take us well back in time to details we only see on these models. Even the Gulf Blue paint stands as an original color as it’s a much more vibrant shade of blue than that which is commonly associated with racing and which Porsche later utilized. Combined we have an absolutely beautiful 911.

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#FailFriday: 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL

#FailFriday: 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL

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Yesterday I was doing my daily rounds searching for interesting cars and scrolled upon a 1965 Pagoda. I looked at the price and saw $19,995 (more on this later) and my eyes got really big. The going rate for a decent Pagoda is about $50,000, so my finger was creeping awfully close to the ”Buy It Now” button. Everything looked good, no major body damage, the interior was nice despite an aftermarket CD and air conditioning system. But that all could be sorted out easy enough. It had a clean title and only a little over 39,000 miles. Maybe I did just stumble across a Pagoda from someone who still prices cars from a book they keep in the top drawer of their desk. Everything looked like I was going to Pagoda owner until I saw what was under the hood.

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1965 Porsche 356C Karmann Coupe

1965 Porsche 356C Karmann Coupe

Porsche’s 356 isn’t always the most popular car we feature. Cars of this vintage naturally have a more limited audience given their high prices and much lower performance. As such, your money is buying a very different thing and in most cases these only find their way into collections. But I remain quite attracted to them, even if I too must admit that a 356 would probably be a decent way down the list of cars to actually purchase. They’re beautiful in the way only vintage cars tend to be and it can be easy to get lost in the details. The example here comes from very near the end of 356 production: a Ruby Red 1965 Porsche 356C Karmann Coupe, located in Texas, that still wears its original paint and sits with 67,150 miles on it.

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1965 Porsche 356SC Cabriolet

1965 Porsche 356SC Cabriolet

Some cars just kind of smack me in the face with their beauty. Porsche’s 356 Cabriolet almost always is one of those cars. They possess a beauty that is very hard to find in modern machinery, while also showcasing the charm of a vintage automobile. The 356 Coupe calls to mind much more the shape of the 911, if a slightly overweight version (though it’s not overweight at all). They have a somewhat bulbous look. However, chop the top and suddenly the 356 is transformed into a lithe and elegant automobile that promises to treat you to the best of open-top cruising. It’s no wonder that the 356 Speedster was so initially popular for its combination of open-top appeal with a pared-down structure best suited to weekend racers. The 356 Cabriolet brings with it the usual refinements that the Speedster did without, but we still get a fairly simple machine with graceful lines and, in this case, a beautiful and vibrant red paint. The example here comes from just toward the end of the model’s production: a 1965 Porsche 356SC Cabriolet, located in North Carolina, with a reported 63,020 miles on it.

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1965 Porsche 911

1965 Porsche 911

A couple weeks back I featured a 912 that I said was the best looking example I’ve come across, a fantastic Slate Grey over Red example from 1966. It provided an opportunity to get into a beautiful entry-level Porsche for fairly reasonable cost. Here we have an almost equally striking Porsche, but this time rather than the entry-level 912, we have a very early 911 with a much higher price tag. This example takes us right back to the 911’s beginnings to give us a glimpse into this iconic model’s origins. The color combination isn’t identical to that of the 912 mentioned earlier. The interior, while listed as Red, appears more of a mix of red and orange. It’s actually a very peculiar color in its own right, but it does lack the vibrancy of the 912’s bright red. It’s a really nice combination and still possesses that really nice Slate Grey exterior. With an asking price above $300K it’s priced at the top of the market. So it’s not quite the bargain of a 912, but would serve as an excellent piece in a 911 collection.

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Feature Listing: 1965 Volkswagen Type 3 1500S Notchback

Feature Listing: 1965 Volkswagen Type 3 1500S Notchback

Two weeks ago, we saw a pan-off restored Volkswagen Type 3 Notchback, a car that rekindled my interest in these rare air-cooled VWs. This week we’ll take a look at another restored Notchback, this time from our reader Ben in North Carolina. While not stock, this Notchback has been modified tastefully, with selective accessories that lend a clean, period look. With an extensive record of receipts and photos from the restoration process, this is one Type 3 air-cooled fans won’t want to miss.

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1965 BMW 3200CS Bertone

1965 BMW 3200CS Bertone

As BMW ramped up with some new models at the beginning of the 1960s, they were winding down with others. The car you see here represented the end of an era at BMW. The 3200CS Bertone had roots that could be traced back to the BMW 501 of the early 1950s. This was a rather rudimentary car by BMW standards, even of the 1960s, with a body on frame construction, an overhead valve V8 and shock of shocks, a live rear axle. Fewer than 1,000 were ever built and today, these Bertone coupes are extremely rare and sought after. This 3200CS Bertone is currently on offer in southwest Germany.

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1965 Volkswagen Bus EZ Camper

1965 Volkswagen Bus EZ Camper

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Our last visit into VW Bus-land was with a couple of extreme restomods much more focused on looks than function. Today’s is just as gorgeous but a bit more original. Inside and out it appears like-new, but the dark green and white combo keeps it from looking too much like an overdone toy. It also comes with the EZ Camper package, making it the perfect machine for roadtrips or, as the seller aptly cites, concerts. It may not have quite the usability of the T3 Westies I so often feature here, but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be a huge amount of fun. 60s Buses are going for crazy money these days so you’ll have to decide if the classic VW Van is worth that much to you. If it is, this is the one I’d go for.

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Restomod 1965 Volkswagen Buses

Restomod 1965 Volkswagen Buses

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The Volkswagen Type 2 “Bus” is one of the most iconic vehicles of all time, perhaps second only to the Type 1 Beetle. They draw smiles everywhere they go, and are perfectly acceptable as rusty survivors and perfect, climate-controlled-storage classics. The one my brother drove for a while was of the no-muffler beater variety, but today’s examples are gorgeous, show-quality items that will blow minds with both their looks and their prices. Both are modified to take on the look of the desirable “21-window” bus, but the first one has significantly more than that…

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