1965 Volkswagen Type III 1500S Notchback

Volkswagen was on the march in the US in the 1960s, but one car that curiously wasn’t on the menu was this: the Type III Notchback. Nate featured a modded Notchback last month which had a full body restoration, but this Notchback for sale in Florida was in storage for almost 20 years and is claimed to be original.

Year: 1965
Model: Type III 1500S Notchback
Engine: 1.6L Air-Cooled 4-cylinder
Transmission: 4-speed Manual
Mileage: 23,140
Price: Auction – Reserve

1965 Volkswagen Type III 1500S Notchback on eBay

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1965 with 24k original miles certified. Original; tires, interior, engine and trans, 90% original. The only parts that were change are front and rear window seals, front and rear hood seals, door seals with quality German replacement seals. Runs and drives like new. The interior is in excellent condition for this car is 48 year old does have some wear. Basically it was taken apart on the outside and painted all original parts that came off were put back on. This is a true survivor, the floor pans are original with no rust. The engine has never been rebuilt and it is all original, trans also. It has been in storage for 19 years and the last time that was registered on the road was in 1993. The car drives like a dream!!! For serious inquires please contact me @ wagenwerksair@gmail.com

These Notchbacks have a strong following in the VW community and are one of the most valued models from the period. The last Notchback we featured was up for sale at $17,000. I’d have to agree with Nate’s previous analysis. Somewhere around $15,000 is probably about right for an unmolested Notchback such as this one.

-Paul…

1965 Volkswagen Beetle

An all time classic, the VW beetle is the car that is responsible for my passion for cars. Growing up my father drove Beetles and it seemed that in grade school everyone in my town had one, which could very well have been the case. With over 21 million cars produced over a span of 73 years, it is not only the longest running model ever, but one of the most iconic cars of all time.

With high production numbers and a huge parts aftermarket, the Beetle is the perfect platform for customizing on a budget. This ’65 is a nice clean example of a Beetle resto-mod.

Year: 1965
Model: Beetle
Engine: 1776cc
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 61,000
Price: $6,100 Reserve not met

1965 Volkswagen Beetle on eBay

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This Auction is for a used classic and collectible 1965 Volkswagen Beetle. This car is extra clean with having had a ground off restoration 6 Years ago. Has Cream interior. This car comes with rotors on the front and special wheels. There is a Alpine radio with CD system fitted. Engine is a 1776cc with new Webber carbs fitted recently (90HP). Comes with a full car cover and overlay mats. This car runs and drives well and needs a to find a good home. This car is available for any inspection.

With a mild restoration and stock engine, this car is a nice clean driver condition vehicle.  Given the condition and mileage of this car I would expect that it is close to meeting its reserve and likely should sell in the $7,500 to $8,500 range. We’ll have to see how motivated the seller actually is in a few days.

-Brian…

Ex John Lennon Mercedes 230SL for nearly half a million $

I’ve never been a fan of celebrity cars, with the exception of race cars. You spend gobs of money on them and then park them in a museum or they turn into a Jon Voight’s LeBaron situation.

John Lennon’s 1965 Mercedes 230SL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There seems to always be a John Lennon car for sale somewhere. A few year’s ago his Mercedes 600 Pullman didn’t sell when it reached £190,000 (at the time $273,600) at an auction where it had a £200,000 ($287,600) reserve, tell me if that situation doesn’t sound like some bidding shenanigans. It later appeared for sale with an ask of £320,000.

Now we have an arguably much more mundane Lennon car in this 1965 230SL pagoda that has an ask price of a quite ridiculous $465,000, down from $495,000. The price discrepancy is from varying sites listing the car, the dealership page still has the higher price. The dealer lists the odometer as reading 19,127.

I’m not going to speak about the marketplace for Beatle’s collectibles, but these W113 Benzs continue to rise in value. The Pagodas so called because of their distinctive hardtops are quality cars that garnered a high end clientele when new.

The 230SL was the smallest, in terms of engine options, of the W113 SL. The 2.3 liter inline six puts out 150 horsepower. Ideally you want to find one with the 5 speed manual, but this one was special ordered by John with an automatic.

These are fine cars and in good shape can be seen as investment grade vehicles, particularly the later 280SL. However at this price you could literally corner the market on good driver 230SLs or buy 10 very top tier Pagodas.

Knowing our typical reader on this site, I suspect most of you will turn up your nose at this one, but don’t take it out on the Merc.…

Watkins Glen Vintage Grand Prix GCFS 2012 Audi & Elva

Back from this outstanding event where many a German car are out being put through their paces on the track with my annual post of the German cars for sale that caught my eye. The car that most caught my eye this year, was unfortunatley not for sale. It was a stunning 1955 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing that won the Concours d’Elegance for the weekend. What made it extra special though was this car was driven to the event from Massachusetts, we’re talking a journey of several hundred miles and hours. The owner, upon winning the top prize, took the microphone and remarked how concours cars should be used as they were intended and not trailered to events. This is a good reminder to those attending car shows that if you see a nice car and it has a few rock chips on the front, instead of being a dick and pointing them out, compliment the owner on actually having the balls to get the car on the road rather than using white gloved staff to drive the car the 10 yards off the enclosed trailer and onto the car show lawn. At the end of the weekend the Gullwing’s owner was hopping back into his multiple $100k car and driving back to MA, a journey I’m sure the car and driver both enjoyed. Click the images to see large photos of just how clean this car was despite the highway journey.

Ok on to my two picks for listings. This year the two I’ll post are at vastly different ends of the spectrum.

The first is a facelifted, late 1980s, Audi GT Coupe that needs some love.

Audi Coupe GT

These coupes have unique lines and are pretty hard to come by these days, despite their observed scarcity, other than the Quattro model, they remain quite affordable.…

1965 Mercedes-Benz 220Sb

Mercedes-Benz was never one to give into styling fads until the last decade or so. However, the craze for tailfins in the 1950s led the styling team of the Stuttgart firm to introduce the fintail, or Heckflosse in German. These sedans were a restrained, German interpretation of a popular styling element that would last well past the tail fin craze left the US. The last Heckflosse left the factory in January 1968. Here is a clean, dual carburetor 220Sb outside of Washington, D.C. for sale.

The seller states:

1965 Mercedes Benz 220SB, 6 cylinder engine, automatic transmission. Always garaged, second owner. Original paint, great condition, compression is good, new stock transmission, all new brake lines, Original miles. Have maintenance records dating back 10 years, original books and man

While at the Mercedes-Benz Club June Jamboree in 2006, I remember running into a non-fintail 250S sedan in a similar gray on red color combination. I simply love the contrast of these period correct hues.

Incidentally, a few years before I came along, my father drove a 1967 230S, which was the final evolution of the Heckflosse, with a revised 2.3 liter, twin carb M108 six cylinder. It was black over parchment, with a 4 speed manual on the floor. We still have plenty of pictures of this car, one of which I sent to Mercedes-Benz for use in their ad campaign a few years ago “No One Ever Poses With Their Toaster.” You can see my father and his friends similar ’67 230S in white at 0:30 in the following video:

-Paul…

No-Reserve 1965 VW Karmann Ghia for sale

Clean and curvaceous, the Karmann Ghia is one of the most attractive cars ever built. They range from beaters to show queens, but they always put a smile on my face when I pass one on the road. Today’s Ghia falls in between the extremes; it may not be very far away from show-worthy, but the few imperfections are what keep it reasonably-priced and daily-driver ready. What a gorgeous daily driver this would be!

The brief note from the seller:

THIS IS A TRUE NO RESERVE AUCTION!!!! Here is the Ultimate COMMUTER!!!

Engine recently rebuilt. 1835 cc Dual 40 Weber Carbs.

New professionaly installed salt and pepper carpet, seat upholstery & windshield.
Recent work on engine, receipts available. Character dings and dents for a 45 year old classic.
New professionally reinforced floor pans.

The interior and engine are nearly flawless, and I kind of like that the exterior is pretty but not perfect. Two-tone is the way to go in my opinion, and the colors here are just right. I had a girlfriend once who was big into vintage style, and this was her dream car. Funky but beautiful in a way only the 60s could provide, this Ghia is ideal for its combination of cleanliness but not obsessive perfection. If the auction can stay under $10k, this is a great deal for vintage beauty.

-NR…

Superbly restored 1965 Porsche 911

This well cared for, 74,000 mile, Porsche received engine and transmission overhaul work back in 1982 and more recently had a full cosmetic restoration. It really looks nice in black with white racing stripes. The owner says that the car has a custom exhaust and new radio amongst some upgrades. The bare metal respray cost $12,000 and there is $50,000 in total receipts. The car sits on 14″ Fuchs.
This is a real nice looker and from the description it sounds like the drive is great as well. It is currently bid up to $22,500, reserve not met, with several days left. The seller offers plenty of opportunity to visit the car in person and seems perfectly legit, but does have low eBay feedback numbers.

~Evan…