#FailFriday: 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL


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

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

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

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

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

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

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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


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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1965 Porsche 356C Coupe

The Porsche 356 entered its final year of production just as the Porsche 911 was becoming known to the world and in their respective designs we can see the ways in which Porsche evolved one car so as to transition to the other. Today, many of the rarer 356 variants fetch prices at auction well into six-figure territory, but even a standard Coupe is prized amongst Porsche and vintage-automobile enthusiasts alike. The car we have featured here comes from the final year of 356 production: a Black on Black 1965 Porsche 356C Coupe that has spent its entire life in the easy climate of California.

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