We previously featured a modified 1967 Porsche 911 Sunroof Coupe that was built in this vein and like that car this definitely won’t appeal to everyone, but in their own way each of these are fantastic. The car featured here is a 1965 Porsche 356SC Coupe that has had extensive work to make it into a vintage hill-climb racer along with some visual modification to give it a hot rod/outlaw sort of look. Though modified, this 356 retains its original engine and transmission, and comes with the CoA for each, though both have been rebuilt by Vic Skirmants for improved performance. A car nearing 50 years of age that is in good condition is difficult enough to find, one that also possesses unique and well-documented modifications such as this one is a rare bird indeed.
The reality of building a car that can float is that it makes an interesting looking boat. Similarly, if you build a boat that can drive on the road, it’s a bit of an oddity. Of course, combine the two, and you’ve got what is neither a particularly good car, nor a particularly good boat; but it can do both, and that makes it unique. Last fall I took a look at one of these unique Amphicar 770s, a light blue swimmer that looked lovey and I joked would be what my drawing rendition of a Mercedes 280SE would look like. Today there’s another that’s about as nice as they come:
The beauty of the Volkswagen Beetle as a practical classic is that so many of them were built. Over 21 million, in fact. Sure, this doesn’t make them particularly rare, but given the laws of attrition, there are still a few good ones lurking out there, even those that are unmodified. This 1965 Beetle for sale in Pennsylvania is one of those cars, ready to roll for the air-cooled enthusiast.
If you think back over the last century, what are some of the greatest cars to have ever roamed the streets? Sure, vehicles such as the original Volkswagen Beetle, Porsche 911 and Alfa Romeo Spider come to mind, but all of these cars had a multitude of variations and generations that it is hard to point to one single model of each that you would classify as significant. If I had to pick one single model that moved the chains, it’s this car: the Mercedes 600. While there were short and long wheelbase versions and an open roofed Landaulet version on offer, the 600 was relatively unchanged over its 18 year production cycle.
In that time, this became the de facto car for celebrities, heads of state and executives that wanted the most advanced, luxurious car money could buy. Advanced it was for its 1963 introduction, with a fuel-injected V8, hydraulic actuation for everything from the seats to the trunk lid and a host of other options available which would allow owners to customize their chariots to their every want and need. This restored 600 short wheelbase model for sale in New York allows the discerning collector to strike a decided chairman of the board pose.
Model: 600 SWB
Engine: 6.3 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 31,173 mi
Price: $215,000 Buy It Now
This is a 1965 Mercedes 600 SWB in stunning restored condition. This car, VIN# 100012-12-000312, is an original #040 Black car and has been extensively restored by Classic Car Restoration LLC of Wausau, WI, perhaps the leading restorers of 600’s in the country. This car was repainted in its original Glasurit Black ( #040) and the finish is stunning. In addition the following work was performed:
full engine rebuild
full transmission rebuild
full rebuild of front and rear axle and brake system
new red leather interior and refinished Makassar wood
all hydraulic switches serviced and replaced as necessary
re chromed front and rear bumpers
all rebuilt air suspension components
and much more.
While we here at GCFSB usually try to find the best deal for your hard-earned money, the reality is that sometimes it’s hard to find mint-condition cars at a budget price. Increasingly it seems that we find lots of examples of really nice cars that investors and speculators are trying to capitalize on by setting the price in the stratosphere. Such is the case today; two lovely examples of two very opposite cars that are both priced well outside of their respective markets. The question is, what is uniqueness and perfection worth? Let’s take a look at the first, an impressive restored condition 912:
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 68,935 mi
Price: $59,980 Buy It Now
1965 Porsche 912 – Excellent condition, rust-free car with a fresh restoration. Rare 5-speed transmission. Shows beautifully and runs like a champ. Refinished in original Champagne Yellow with Green Leatherette interior. 68935 actual miles. Original motor redone during restoration; transmission was replaced with a correct 5spd. Recent Michelin XZX tires installed. Certificate of Authenticity included. An all-around stud that needs nothing to drive and enjoy.
Original Factory Options:
2 Headrests – Leatherette
Tinted Glass All Around
Ventilated Chrome Wheels
Wheel Caps w/Crest
5 Speed Transmission
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A few weeks ago I wrote up an absolutely beautiful and pristine 1963 Mercedes-Benz 220Se, a car that reached towards the high end of the market for the big coupes but remains a heck of a deal in the older-Mercedes world. One car that hasn’t remained such a deal is the much more highly sought-after SLs, and of those the manual early cars usually bring the strongest value. Top of the market in an early W113s will push $100,000, and even condition 2 cars are in excess of $50,000 these days. Like the E30 market, investors and speculators jumped on board about a decade ago and drove prices even higher, pushing them out of the reach of the common man. Despite this, once in a while a very clean example comes to market below average market value – such as the lovely red over black 4 speed today:
Model: 230 SL
Engine: 2.3 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 64,000 mi
Price: $39,999.99 Reserve Auction
Free Shipping is Included in the “buy it now” Price for all Buyers.
Production Specs for this car:
Mileage: 64,000 original miles
Production Numbers: 4,752
VIN #: 11304210005500 Hard Top Matching # 107
All matching numbers
About my Pagoda:
This is a 1965 Mercedes Pagoda 230SL with the desirable manual transmission Convertible. This car comes with oem color combination (meaning, it is an original red car with black interior). Car has a new mats, carpets interior. The door panels, dashboard and the rest of the interior is all done with the same color. Original Becker radio comes with the car. Car comes with 2 tops, soft top is correct German canvass in black vinyl color but it is the original one, It is in working condition but it looks okay.
We’ve featured some neat and rare cars in the “Heap of the Week” feature, and here’s another seldom seen model that is in need of your love. When I look for these cars, I often feel like looking through the ads should be accompanied by soft Sarah McLachlin “Arms of the Angel” playing in the background. There are plenty of hard luck cases that it would just be great to save. For example, this week there was a neat Karmann Ghia coupe and there always seem to be plenty of rusty buses available. There also always seem to be a glut of older Mercedes-Benz models that someone thought they would restore and never completed. Such is the case with today’s rare 220 SE Coupe. 1965 was the last year of the 220 SE as they shifted towards larger engines in the W111. Correctly done, they’re very pretty and stately Coupes, with a pillar-less design that seems elegant compared to later models. Today’s example is in need of a hefty amount of work, but is available for a low purchase price:
Model: 220 SE Coupe
Engine: 2.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: N/A mi
Price: $4,500 Buy It Now
VEHICLE WAS PURCHASED FOR A RESTORATION PROJECT YEARS AGO BUT WAS NOT COMPLETED.
PARTS CAR OR PROJECT. NO CALIFORNIA TITLE. IMPORTED FROM GERMANY IN 1983 CUSTOMS DUTY PAID BUT NO TITLE WAS EVER ISSUED. CAR IS LEGALLY IN CALIFORNIA UNITED STATES BUT NOT REGISTERED OR TITLE ISSUED.
1965 220SEB, ORIGINALLY PURCHASED FROM GERMANY IN 1983 AND SENT TO LOS ANGELES, WHERE IT HAS BEEN SINCE. ENGINE WAS RUNNING AROUND 5 YEARS AGO AND HAS NOT BEEN STARTED AFTER. ALL PARTS PICTURED ARE INCLUDED WITH PURCHASE.
Until recently, Porsche was not a company known for carrying out model introductions and changeovers at a significant clip. It’s first production model, the 356, lasted for 17 years before being usurped by the 911, a car that has become synonymous with the brand to this day (albeit in a highly evolved state). The year 1965 would mark the end of the road for the 356. Towards the end of the production run, Porsche unveiled the 356SC. This would be the highest horsepower pushrod engine Porsche would produce. At an output of 95 bhp coupled to a vehicle weighing around 2,000 lbs, this made for lively performance for the day, even if many modern motors can beat it off the line. Demand for the 356 remained strong right up to the end and today they fetch impressive sums on the collector market. This 356SC for sale in Florida is an older restoration and retains its original engine and transmission.
Model: 356SC Coupe
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 98,215 mi
Price: $77,900 Buy It Now
1965 Porsche 356 SC Coupe
Up for sale is this very nice 1965 Porsche 356 SC Coupe that is an older restoration done about 15 years ago. The car is finished in Slate Grey with a Red vinyl interior. This car has the original SC engine and original transmission to the car. The pans are in excellent condition. This is a very well done car with an excellent finish that shows only a few minor flaws. All of the bright work is in excellent condition. The interior is in excellent condition. This car has just been mechanically serviced and is ready to be driven anywhere. The recent service included carbs rebuilt, reseal of oil sump, valve adjustment, wheel bearing service, brake service, new front tie rod ends, new tires, and several other small items.
During the late 1960s, my father was a Russian translator with the American Army at Bad Aibling, just north of the Austrian border. While he was stationed there, he helped curry favor amongst the local population by organizing hillclimbs and rallys that was open to both military personnel and civilians. There were a lot of interesting cars and manufacturers that existed then which are no longer with us, but one car that caught his attention was the Glas GT.
Hans Glas GmbH was a manufacturer that started out making farm machinery and evolved into a producer of motorscooters and automobiles. BMW would acquire Glas in 1966, a move motivated by their desire to access the smaller company’s patents. The GT was initially introduced in 1964 with a body designed and built by Frua and shipped for final assembly to the Glas factory in Dingolfing, Germany. This lithe coupe was initially offered with a 1.3 liter four cylinder, a larger 1.7 liter engine became available in 1965, producing 100 bhp, good for a 115 mph top speed. This 1700GT is for sale in Freiburg, Germany and had a complete restoration in 2004.
Model: 1700 GT
Engine: 1.7 liter inline four
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 802 km (~ 498 miles)
Price: €45,000 (~ $60,192 USD)
Blaupunkt Cologne stereo radio, light alloy wheels with 175/70R14 tires, MiniLite 51/2×14. This Glas 1700 GT was completely and fully restored in 2003/04. The car is now in top-notch condition, since it was restored only driven 802 km. All historical documents including statements by the former Glas dealers are available. Only 1,680 of these 1700 GTs were built, of which fewer remain. A car with a beautiful body, unique history and great handling with high potential for appreciation.
In the early 1960s, the BMW lineup was a bit of a mash up of bubble cars, luxury coupes and saloons and the recently introduced, rear engined 700. The 3200CS was the final vehicle to be built on BMW’s large car platform, which traced its beginning back to 1951 with the introduction of the 501, or “Baroque Angel” as it was also known. Designed by Bertone, the 3200CS is a car which clearly represents the roots of modern BMW styling, with the Hofmeister kink on the C-pillar and low belt line. It was also the last BMW engine to feature pushrod activated valves. Few of these coupes exist to this day, and this restored example for sale in California is a rare chance to get one in near perfect condition.
Engine: 3.2 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 50,048 mi
Price: $199,900 Buy It Now
The BMW 3200CS was the first to wear the CS or Coupe Sport moniker and featured the latest high-performance V-8. It was constructed in partnership with Bertone, who both designed and built the body. The 3200CS was unveiled at the 1961 Frankfurt Motor Show and the first cars were delivered in February 1962. The stunning bodywork introduced many styling cues that were seen on later models such as the slim roof section, round taillights with central indicators and distinctive C pillar kink.
Aimed at a select clientele, the high-fashion CS was priced at $7,500 and was often made to suit customer specifications. BMW soon realized that complications arising from the hand-built bodies, plus the tremendous success of their other models made the Bertone coupe too expensive and stopped production after only 603 were built. The 3200 was the last remnant of BMW’s luxury V-8’s, but the beautiful model left its mark on virtually every future coupe, with its timeless styling and exclusive appeal.