El Presidente? 1966 Mercedes-Benz 250SE Coupe

Another Mercedes-Benz, another reported former owner who was a leader of a country. According to the seller, this 1996 250SE Coupe was owned Mexican President Adolfo López Mateos. I thought it would be neat to maybe find a photo of him with this car because presidents seem to have their photo taken a lot. (Speaking of, this is a really iconic photo of Mateos riding in an Adenauer cabriolet with JFK.) During my quick research of Mateos, I noticed he died in September of 1969. The seller mentioned that he owned this car in the 1980s. This is why I always say ”According to the seller”. I nicely presented these findings to the seller and he urged me to see if I could find any more information since I was already three pages deep in my Google searching. Turns out, a Mexican website is representing another 250SE, a white 1965, as Mateos car as well. Clearly it is not the same car. This is why it is always a good idea to do your own research before spending a bunch of money on a car or writing about it on the internet. Anyway, this W111 is a European-spec car mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox that needs a whole lot of help. Much to my surprise, it seems like there are plenty of people out there willing to give it such help based on the bidding.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1966 Mercedes-Benz 250SE Coupe on eBay

Continue reading

1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL

It has been a little while since I’ve looked at a Mercedes-Benz Pagoda, so now is a good a time as any to jump back in and check one of these out. Normally, I feature the top of the range 280SL because those are usually in the nicest condition, are optioned the fullest and are painted in the coolest colors. Today, I actually want to look at the one of the early Pagodas in the 230SL. This 1966 up for sale in Los Angeles is an extremely low mileage example with just a little over 19,000 and from the looks of it, has been maintained rather well.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL on eBay

Continue reading

1966 Porsche 912

When I read about entry-level 911s these days they never really seem all that entry level. Even the most basic model will run you pretty close to six figures and selecting a few options can quickly move that price well above six figures. There’s always the Cayman and with a starting price below $60K we probably shouldn’t expect any Porsche to go much cheaper than that. As a luxury brand they have certain standards to uphold. But a Cayman isn’t a 911.

I don’t expect it to ever happen again, but I would love another 912. I know technically it’s not a 911 either, but it’s a heck of a lot closer to a 911 than a Cayman so for entry-level purposes it would do nicely. It’s been more than 40 years since the last 912 was produced and even that final one-year run in 1976 wasn’t really intended. For all intents and purposes 1969 marked the end for the 911’s little brother.

Its brief existence was a good one though. With its smaller 1.6 liter flat-4 many thought it a better handling car than the 911 due to its better balance. Sure, the 912 wasn’t as quick, but it could be just as fun. In the present market, relative to the typical high prices we see for a long-hood 911, the 912 still represents a nice value as well. Like many early Porsches that value isn’t quite as good as it once was, but outside of a few very high priced examples most 912s can still be had fairly reasonably.

This one, a Light Ivory 1966 Porsche 912 with Red interior, makes for an interesting example as it looks quite good, but isn’t entirely original. So we’ll have to be careful in fully understanding the details, but I think it makes for a worthwhile investigation.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1966 Porsche 912 on eBay

Continue reading

1966 Porsche 912

Slate Grey over Red: a color combination that forever will grab my attention and hold it. It is both elegant and exciting as the interior and exterior colors are juxtaposed with one another. It also looks particularly good on early Porsches, whether the 356 or on the 912 we see here. The chrome accents show well with the Slate Grey paint and the Red seating has enough contrasting elements surrounding it that it doesn’t overwhelm you. It’s a combination I simply do not grow tired of.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1966 Porsche 912 on eBay

Year: 1966
Model: 912
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 17,793 mi
Price: Auction

The Porsche 912 is a sports car manufactured by Porsche of Germany between 1965 and 1969 as their entry-level model. A variant of the Type 911, one of the most famous and successful sports cars of all time, the 912 is a nimble-handling compact performance 2+2, delivering 90 SAE horsepower at 5800 rpm.[2] It is capable of up to 30 miles per US gallon (7.8 L/100 km; 36 mpg‑imp) fuel economy. This combination is possible because of a high-efficiency flat-4 petrol engine, low weight, and low drag. The Type 912 initially outsold the 911, boosting the manufacturer’s total production until success of the 911 was assured. THE CAR LOOKS GREAT DOES HAVE RE BUILT CARBURETOR AND INTERIOR WAS RESTORE TO RED LEATHER WITH SALDE EXTERIOR PAINT ,ITS ONLY BEEN OWNED BY ONE PERSON AS BEST OF OUR KNOWLEDGE , LOOKS GREAT DRIVE AWESOME ANY QUESTIONS 480 8942369

Strictly on appearance this 912 is fantastic. Both exterior and interior look in very good condition even if neither is the original paint or seating material. However, the history and originality of the car are less certain. We aren’t provided with any documentation to verify that these are this 912’s original colors and while the seller thinks this is a one-owner car, he isn’t sure. That’s not the type of uncertainty that inspires confidence. The very low mileage also raises questions. I’m assuming the odometer has rolled over, but we don’t know for sure.

Nonetheless, bidding here has been strong. It sits at $46,012 and since it’s up for auction with no reserve we know someone will be going home with it. As I’ve mentioned previously, excellent examples of the 912 have shown some very high values of late. If the documentation of this 912 is available we may see another high price.

-Rob

Bahama Yellow 1966 Porsche 912

Yesterday’s 930 brought with it a good deal of vintage flair with its golden-hued Platinum Metallic exterior over a Cork leather interior. It’s a combination that we almost never see on any modern automobile. Here we’ll turn the clock back just a little further for one of Porsche’s best vintage colors, and while the interior is a much more standard black, the beauty of the exterior provides all the charm we might need. Here we have a restored Bahama Yellow 1966 Porsche 912, located in New York, with a reported 36,687 miles on it. There isn’t much here to verify that mileage figure for us, but the rest looks fantastic!

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Bahama Yellow 1966 Porsche 912 on eBay

Year: 1966
Model: 912
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 36,687 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

1966 Porsche 912 Coupe finished in it’s original color combination of Bahama Yellow with a Black interior. The C of A confirms it left the factory on 07/14/1966 with a rarely optioned electric sun roof, Talbot drivers side mirror, tinted glass, Butterfly style wood steering wheel and bumper horns.

Recently totally restored, this rust free Short Wheel Base California Coupe, is also fitted with a 3 Gauge instrument cluster, blemish free dashboard, properly restored and correctly anodized 15 inch factory Fuchs alloy wheels, period correct Blaupunkt radio with i Pod adaptor, fully rebuilt matching numbers five speed manual transmission, fully rebuilt and totally sorted 912 engine, color coordinated Coco mats, Euro H4 headlamps with yellow lenses, Euro rear tail lamps and front signal lenses, new Koni shocks all around, new exhaust system and on and on.

This 912 Sun Roof Coupe has been totally restored to exacting standards and drives incredibly well. There are no needs at all and it is ready to be enjoyed. The beauty of a restoration as detailed and sorted as this one is that the last 10% which is the hardest to complete, has been done.

Serious inquiries should contact Mark Starr @ 914 217-4817.

Back in January a similar Bahama Yellow ’67 912 sold for just over $114K at Gooding and Co.’s Amelia Island auctions. It was a pretty stunning example that sold for an equally stunning price. It certainly showed better than this Bahama Yellow 912 so I wouldn’t expect a similar sort of price here. That said I am curious just where the line will be for this one as it’s currently bidding at a much lower $34,012.

But let’s not let the level of bidding detract from this one because it does look really nice. I can’t say I’m a huge fan of yellow lenses on a Bahama Yellow car, but that’s hardly a significant issue for those who want to make the change. And overall it sounds to be well sorted and, while not totally original, in possession of most of its original items. For a 912 it looks to be a really nice example of these early younger siblings to the 911. Bidding certainly will have to rise and we’ll have an eye on it to see ultimately where things end.

-Rob

1966 Porsche 911 Sunroof Coupe

I’m hoping I may learn a little bit with this 911. While it looks in really nice shape having come out of restoration there are a few items that seem incorrect to me. With an asking price above $300K everything needs to be perfect. That said, I might be wrong about these details – perhaps they are correct – and that is where I hope I may learn as restoring vintage automobiles isn’t something about which I’m extremely well versed. I know we have some fans of these as readers and maybe they can correct or confirm.

So what do we have? A Sand Beige 1966 Porsche 911 Coupe with sunroof. The sunroof itself is a nice bonus and from the outside the car looks great. I mentioned in a recent post that Sand Beige is a color that seems to work particularly well on early 911s and I think that comes through here. It is in the interior that my questions begin.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1966 Porsche 911 Sunroof Coupe on eBay

Year: 1966
Model: 911
Engine: 2.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 5,777 mi
Price: $325,000 Buy It Now

This is a 1966 Porsche 911 Sunroof coupe with matching numbers engine and transmission. This car is an original electric sunroof car with engine # 903848 and transmission # 228220, finished in its original color combination of Sand Beige ( 6607) and black interior. All confirmed by the Certificate of Authenticity. Car has received a complete nut and bolt restoration including :
car stripped down to bare metal and repainted in correct Glasurit Sand Beige ( 6607), Glasurit clearcoat, all new Porsche seals
All new or refinished bright work
Full engine rebuild
All new brakes including master, lines, calipers, discs
all new suspension including all new shocks, bushings, wheel bearings, ball joints, tie rod ends
new Vredestein tires
All rebuilt gauges by Palo Alto
refinished wood by Madera Concepts
All new leather interior by GAHH
period correct rebuilt Blaupunkt radio
New headliner
All new correct German carpets
New wiring harness
All new fluids and filters
All new belts hoses and lines
highly detailed undercarriage
Car comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and restoration records and photos.
This is a very rare find, an original factory sunroof car with matching numbers engine and transmission, with a no expense spared total complrehensive and correct restoration. For more details call 631-283-8819.
Stock: 303739
Color: Sand Beige / 6607
Interior color: Black
VIN: 303739
Transmission: Manual
Body style: Sunroof Coupe
Year: 1966
Engine: 6 Cylinder
Miles: 5777
For more details call 631-283-8819

As I’ve stated before, one of my favorite parts of the early 911 interior is the wood accents. However, here there is no wood steering wheel and the wood dash trim just doesn’t look right. It’s too light and there’s no grain to it. But this is where I wonder if I’m being too harsh, at least about the wood dash. Have I simply become accustom to seeing these pieces on cars with more than 40 years of age on them? Thus, with time will this dash take on the same characteristics? Or is it just a cheaper piece of wood? All I know is that it lacks some of the character that really delivers the impact of a vintage automobile. More attentive eyes may find other details that provoke a similar response, but it is the wood that stood out to me.

As it stands, I suspect this 911 will be for sale for quite a while, though even if it were perfect I’m not sure it would sell for this sort of price. As a comparison, a very similar Sand Beige ’66 911 from Seinfeld’s collection sold last year for $275K. That one presented better and the Seinfeld name may have added a little extra. And we’re still well under this asking price. For an exceptional ’65 this asking price wouldn’t be unheard of, but ’66 isn’t really there. What a difference a year makes! I do think this is a nice 911 and lord knows it’s hard to find such an early example in excellent condition. There’s just those little niggles about the interior and there’s the price.

-Rob

1966 Porsche 912 Coupe

If this sells, then it likely will be the most expensive Porsche 912 we have featured. That in itself makes it a tough feature as I’ve stated before. Much of the appeal of the 912 comes because of its typical lower cost of entry coupled with its many similarities between its bigger, and much more famous, brother the 911. Granted, relative to a 911 even an expensive 912 might still be a good bit cheaper, but when we begin to reach the dollar figures presumably asked for here (the starting bid of this reserve auction is set at $75K), then inexpensive no longer applies.

THAT SAID: it’s so pretty:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1966 Porsche 912 Coupe on eBay

Year: 1966
Model: 912
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 123,095 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

1966 Porsche 912 3 Gauge Coupe

2016 P.C.A. WERKS REUNION CLASS WINNER !

WE ARE OFFERING ON CONSIGNMENT THIS CONCOURS RESTORED 1966 912 3 GAUGE COUPE IN PERIOD CORRECT “POLO RED” – INCLUDES C.O.A.

WITH CORRECT MATCHING # 1600cc ENGINE AND MATCHING # 902 4 SPD. TRANSAXLE CONFIGURATION.

THIS EXAMPLE WAS PURCHASED IN 2009 AT THE GERMAN AUTO FEST AND ENTRUSTED TO PATRICK MOTORSPORTS TO PERFORM A FULL RESTORATION.

AFTER A THOROUGH INSPECTION, THE 912 WAS COMPLETELY DISASSEMBLED TO A BARE CHASSIS. OUR BODY AND PAINT EXPERTS DETERMINED THAT

ATTENTION WAS NEEDED IN CERTAIN AREAS TO BRING THIS EXAMPLE TO THE LEVEL OF DETAIL SEEN TODAY.

ATTENTION TO DETAIL CONTINUES IN THE ENGINE BAY WITH CORRECT FASTENERS AND BOLTS, AS WELL AS THROUGH OUT THE ENTIRE CHASSIS.

THE INTERIOR IS FINISHED IN BLACK LEATHERETTE SEATS AND TRIM ALONG WITH CHARCOAL GREY SQUARE WEAVE CARPET.

THE AWARDS SPEAK FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL 912 IN EVERY AREA OF THE CAR PRESENTED TODAY.

FULL BUILD DOCUMENTATION, WITH HIGHLY DETAILED PHOTOGRAPHS AVAILABLE TO INTERESTED INDIVIDUALS.

THIS ICONIC 1966 912 IS READY TO DRIVE OR SHOW, AND IT GET’S ATTENTION !

The car is currently located at PATRICK MOTORSPORTS – 4114 East Washington Street, Phoenix, Az. 85034

Please contact us if you have any questions, or if you need any other details on this car – Thank you – PATRICK MOTORSPORTS

Of course, just because we’re looking at a 912 doesn’t mean it’s supposed to be cheap. After all, these are 50-year-old cars from a prestigious manufacturer and which, befitting their entry-level status, mostly were well used and have since fallen into disrepair. A restored example like the one here can, and should, command a good deal of money because of its rarity on the current market. Given that they sold quite well upon first release we might also expect some interest even today whether that be from previous owners searching for a renewal of the joy they once experienced as owners or from collectors who hope to own a more complete piece of Porsche history from this time. The demand exists, but like any top-market car from the period, and especially when we aren’t looking at the most technologically innovative, the audience is limited.

But enough about markets and desirability. This 912’s Polo Red exterior contrasts really well its Black interior. Everything looks clean and polished and correct. Here we really see just how similar the 912 was to the 911. The lines are identical and from a distance few will be able to tell the difference. In that regard we can really see where their desirability grew from in those early years. The 912 wasn’t around for very long. After a mere 5 years its production was ended after 1969 as Porsche shifted to the 914. In North America it then would reemerge in 1976 for one year only as the 912E.

And like that, it’s gone.

-Rob

1966 Porsche 912

I think if I searched my posts for my favorite color combination I’d find a lot of candidates for best and quite a few I’ve labeled as my favorite. Here we have another: a Slate Grey 1966 Porsche 912 with Red interior. It’s simply a wonderful combination of colors with both the exterior and interior each possessing their own distinct qualities, which combine to great effect. These seem the ideal complement to one another and I think those who really enjoy a bright red interior (as I do) will agree that the combination works incredibly well. The mileage is slightly uncertain, but given that the odometer appears to have rolled over I’m assuming it is above 100K miles and I have listed it as such here. Those fantastic colors surround what appears to be a lovingly cared for and restored driver-quality 912 that should provide for an excellent, cheaper, alternative to an early 911 blessed with nearly identical body lines, but with a flat-four rather than the 911’s flat-six.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1966 Porsche 912 on eBay

Continue reading

1966 Glas 1700GT

Glas was one of those German automotive brands with limited reach that eventually got bought up by a larger company (BMW). But in the process, they were not only an innovator but created some attractive sports cars towards the end of their existence. The 1700GT was a larger engine derivative of the earlier 1300GT that debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1963, packing the same four cylinder that appeared in the BMW 1600. These coupes bodies were designed by Frua, perfectly proportioned and appearing much larger than they actually were in person. Nowadays, these are a rather obscure classic but they have a bit of a cult following in Europe. This 1966 1700GT for sale in The Netherlands would be the final year this car would be badged as a Glas, as it would become the BMW 1600GT until its demise in 1968.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1966 Glas 1700GT on eBay

Continue reading

1966 Porsche 911 Prototype

Here’s one for the historians and collectors: a 1966 Porsche 911 Prototype, fitted with a variety of racing components and features from the 911R, that served duty from 1966-1968 before being retired as Porsche transitioned to a longer wheelbase. It is believed to be the first 911 to feature rear fender flares as it was the 911 that served as the testing bed specifically for those flares, which we would then see on the 911R. The ad gives us a few other details of the car’s components, which include a 2.0 liter flat-six from 1968. The documentation provided is scant and nothing I’ve been able to find tells us what became of this 911 during the years from 1968 after it was retired as a prototype up to the 2000s when it was discovered and revived. Given its appearance at the exclusive Amelia Island Concours – a point we can verify – there are at least a few folks that feel pretty certain of its identity. I’m not sure who discovered it, but that must have been one heck of a barn find.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1966 Porsche 911 Prototype on eBay

Continue reading