1967 Mercedes-Benz 230

A few years before I was born, my father owned a 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230S. Bought used in the early 1970s, he still waxes poetically about this car. At a time when foreign cars were scarce on the streets of Northeast Philadelphia, this befinned jet black saloon stood out. It certainly raised some eyebrows in my grandparent’s neighborhood the first time my father arrived to take my mom out on a date. It was the kind of car that screamed “I’m successful” or perhaps in this part of the world, “I’m connected.”

While his car was based on the more upmarket W111 chassis, the W110, previously available with four cylinders and diesel engines, became available with the same engine carburetted 2.3 liter inline six cylinder engine, the M130, that powered my dad’s 230S. Sold from 1965 through 1968, this was among the last of the fintails to be sold. This model, with it’s single round headlights, was simply dubbed the 230. Over the years, critics have pondered just how Mercedes could have capitulated to such a styling fad, but truth be told, the Heckflosse, or Fintail, has garnered it share of respect. This 230 for sale in California has some lesser seen options on this basic Benz, such as a sunroof and air conditioning.

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Vin# 11001110034307 Miles: 87717 4 speed on the floor Sunroof 1967 marked the end of the long lasting production-run of the Mercedes Fintail models. Produced for 18 years and sold in many countries it made Mercedes Benz a household name all over the world. The featured 230 is one of the last cars produced and is titled as a 1968 model. It has the most option I have ever seen, including a sunroof with a matching windscreen made by Webasto and a Frigiking air conditioning unit (still blowing cold air, what is hard to believe). The car was always white and has been repainted in the same 050 white color. It still shows very nice but it is not a 10K paint job. There is very little rust and an untouched original floor pan (with no after-market undercoating or any kind of visible repairs). It looks like it never had any kind of accidents at all.

The chrome is mostly very nice but there are a few minor dents and dings in the bumpers. It would benefit greatly from some new door seals and some other rubber weather-stripping. There are no water spots around the sunroof on the headliner what indicates a good a tight sunroof seal. The original blue MB-Tex interior with blue carpet is in fantastic condition. Wood panels and door panels are nice and there are no cracks in the dash. The headliner has a few perforations in the back but still is very acceptable for a car that is 43 years old. The engine has just been serviced at our local Mercedes repair shop. The trunk floor is dry and just perfect. A new rubber mat is on order.

All of the books, owners manual and service manual are present but do show some water damage. It has an original spare rim and tire and also a jack. My first car was a Mercedes Fintail and therefore I have always had a great love and appreciation for these cars. I almost look at every single Heckflosse that is close by but hardly ever do I see one in this condition and so unmolested. I have taken the car on some extensive drives and she runs fantastic. The transmission shifts smooth through all gears. Just recently a new battery was installed and also both bumpers were complete rechromed and look like new. Some of the photos might still show the old bumpers.

I’m a big fan of this car. Like the seller, I’m partial to Fintails, and the fact that this is a 4-speed manual on the floor (like my father’s 230S) catches my interest even more. At almost $14,000, we are at the high end of what these base model Fintails go for these days. If this were a perfect concours example, we may be looking at a $15,000 car, but realistically, this car may bring somewhere between $10,000 and $12,000. Honestly though, I’d rather have this car than a perfectly restored 230. I wouldn’t feel guilty using something with patina like this. It would surprise many folks just how well these 1960s Mercedes sedans can cope in modern day traffic.


1967 Volkswagen Beetle “Cal Look”

Love it or hate it, the original Volkswagen Beetle was a milestone car. Millions were sold and nearly everyone you talk to has a story about one. Granted it was not very fast and the brainchild of a dictator, but it brought simple, well engineered motoring to the masses the world over. My father owned several, including a 1967 model. This was a significant year for the Beetle, as a larger, 1500cc engine was introduced, along with 12 volt electrics. Around that time in the 1960s, the Cal Look became popular with Beetle owners, which usually included Porsche wheels, a lowered stance and various engine and exhaust modifications. This example for sale in California is an example of the Cal Look, benefitting from a recent rebuild and some tasteful modifications.

1967 Volkswagen Beetle on eBay

Exceptional 1967 Sunroof Bug. Original California Black Plate Car. New Bare metal paint, complete new interior, new Type 1 Raby 2165cc Engine (best of the best internals), new Rancho GBox, new brakes, new suspension.

Exterior: Fresh Paint, new chrome etc throughout. Euro Bumpers, pre 63 indicators, US spec rear lights, pop outs, new seals throughout and top tint screen. Cab decklid – Fuchs (Flat4 detailed by Al Reed), new tyres Yokohama 205/70 Rear and 165/60s up front. Interior: new headliner, new red mesh seat covers, new German squareweave, new shifter (BugPack), new steering wheel (Flat4), 150mph speedo, rebuilt Sapphire AM/FMRadio, new black and red Coco Mats.

Running Gear: New 2165cc Jake Raby motor (certified dyno sheet available 165.4 hp at 7000rpm), new Rancho ProStreet Box 3.88 and 0.89, CB Performance disks F and R, CB 2 inch narrow front beam, new KYBs all round. Intermediate tranny support, zero wheel hop.

Only just finished the build. Don’t know what to say really, super cool ’67, the car goes like stink, sounds and looks awesome and stops on a button, very very special car. Built, perfected and assembled to my specs in Southern California by Mike Moses. Mechanicals from Proformance and VW Paradise, the car will cruise at well above modern speeds, with ease all day. Looking at another purchase, hence reason for the considered sale, may consider a pre 67 Crew Cab or mango/mignon pre 64 old speed RAGTOP BUG. Please note everything on this car is NEW…..EVERYTHING including the engine which is a 10k item, with complete build spec sheets and dynomometer paper work 165.4hp at 7000rpm come with the car.

The car is a flying machine, not a stonechip not a blemish NEW, will take some new interior pics in the next few days, needless to say its perfect red mesh and grey squareweave, new rubber mats etc.

Vintage Beetles don’t usually pique my interest, but certain ones, such as this example, catch my attention. The color combination is pleasing, the wheels are superb, the stance is just right and I can’t even imagine how peppy this thing would be with 165 horsepower.


1967 Volkswagen Beetle – The Cal Look

Growing up, my father drove a green 1967 Volkswagen Beetle, one in a series of the original “people’s car” that he owned. He sold it for a brand new 1987 Volkswagen Golf GT, but even almost 25 years later, I have lingering memories of the air cooled engine clatter and simplistic mechanicals. That’s not to say I was ever a huge fan of the original Beetle. While I don’t hate it as much as the presenters of Top Gear, they never lit my fire, either. Until I spotted this one on eBay this week. There are certain cars I come across that have just the right color/wheel/trim combinations and this is a perfect example of one. A 1967 Beetle with the famed “Cal Look.”

1967 Volkswagen Beetle on eBay

If you were to look for a classic VW Beetle to collect or enjoy the 1967 is the year to look for. It’s the last year of the small bumper and the first year of the 12 volt system. This is a very well documented car, a California car all along. You could not restore the car for the asking price, the receipts far exceed that. Looking at this car there isn’t anything you would want to change, it’s done with the utmost skill and taste. It’s easy to assume that these are the future collectable cars that are going to escalate in value.

I’m not sure I agree with the seller that the price of classic Beetles will escalate in value any time soon, especially given the economic conditions. Also, at almost $25,000, you have to really love classic Volkswagens to seriously consider purchasing this. With the California black plates, the EMPI style wheels, the roof rack, this is one Bug I would love to have in my stable. But there’s one big problem. At this price, there’s something I’d rather have even more. A clean original or restored Mini Cooper S of the same vintage.


1967 Amphicar

Here’s one you don’t see everyday. The Amphicar was the first mass produced amphibious vehicle, manufactured by the Quandt Group in Lübeck and also outside of Berlin. Built around a Triumph sourced four cylinder engine pumping out about 38 horsepower, this car could achieve 7 knots in the water and 70 mph on land. Described as original, this particular example appears to have been well cared for, especially considering a vehicle like this has to deal with not only road, but marine conditions.

The seller states:

The is an outstanding example of an original unmolested late model Amphicar. This is one of their last examples manafactured and has both the bilge blower and interlock bilge switch. This requires that the bilge blows for 60 seconds before the igniton will start. It has other safety features only produced on the last models: no glare dash and Spark arrestor on carberator . It also has the manual bilge blower and on board bilge pump.

This is a very low mile Amphicar and appears to have mostly original paint. The interior is in like new condition retaining original top, floor mat and trim. The car has had a recent tune up and performs remarkably well. The Amphicar is the only production vehicle ever produced to operate on land and in water. It met both Coast guard requirements and DOT regulations at time of importation. It is truly remarkable to find a vehicle in this condition. There are a few scratches which have been touched up but it would be travesty to redo a vehicle in this condition.

The original jack and owners manual–although a bit tattered–and original tool kit come inside. Based on the recent auction results, it appears the the collector world has once again put the Amphicar in its proper place. The interior of the engine compartment–as the pictures show– has the original cosmoline in tack and there is no evidence of any corrosion or damage from battery leakage.In the original battery old down is still in place. This in itself is quite a rarity.

The buy it now price of $49,995 isn’t for the faint of heart, but Amphicars have been bringing big dollars, especially at venues such as Barrett-Jackson, where one example sold a few years ago for over $100,000. Granted, the economy has softened the market for collector cars, but a showing at auction like that proves these unique cars have a following.


Fun 1967 BMW 2000 CS Coupe

The seller of this vintage BMW coupe doesn’t give much information about the vehicle, but it sure looks fine. The car has 92,000 miles on the ticker and is white with a blue interior. The owner has all the original sales and service info and the manuals. These coupes have unique lines that will turn heads. The front end is a like or dislike setup depending on your tastes. The 2000 also has the Japanese style fender wing mirrors. This car has a 4 speed manual running the 100 horsepower 4 cylinder. I think the car could benefit from some more stylish wheels despite the seller mentioning the current ones as being rare Alpina rims. Opening bid price is $11,000 with a reserve. A nice cruiser.


Trio of vintage Mercedes 200 W110 fintails

The W110 fintail Mercedes Benz models fit our budget theme week just fine. These cars have great lines and will give you plenty of looks on the road or at a car show. The 2 liter engines, whether gas or diesel, are bullet proof and can easily be put into daily driver service. They can get you 30+ MPG too. The Heckflosse models have quite a fan base so finding advise on repairs and getting help with parts will not be too difficult for someone new to the breed. Here are three examples that could use a little love. If you budget $5000 for each of these you should be able to get the car and have plenty left over to get a start on priority fixes on each.

The good on this one is that the current owner says he drives every day 26 miles so mechanically it is all ready to go. The bad is that the owner says it could use some paint and floor pans. Paint is no problem, but floor pans could be a bit scary as it means there is other rust elsewhere. Interior looks ok and the manual makes it a bit more exciting to drive. The current owner mentioned that he considered painting the car pink for his daughter, if you buy this car, please don’t do that. Buy-It-Now is $3500.

Here is a gas version with the manual. The interior looks to be in nice shape, the white rim steering wheel is classy. The exterior could use some paint. The seller states that there is some rust, not surprising considering the car is located in Minneapolis. Ask price is $2900 and I’d be surprised to see any bids at that, I bet it can be had for less.

This one also needs some love. The owner says it has a fairly new paint job, but clearly they did very little prep work when doing the paint because you can see rust bubbles and rust streaks popping up in several places. The car some dents that could use attention. The red interior looks nice, but the dash and wood could use help. I’d yank out that ugly modern radio and replace it with a classic Becker or at least something that is visually more pleasing. All the original manuals are included. Reserve is not met at $1550.