I get really excited when I come across a nice W116 Mercedes-Benz. Full disclosure, it is probably because I own one and enjoy it a lot. When I caught a glimpse of this 1973 450SEL up for sale in Chicago, my ears really perked up. Being a 1973, the first year for the W116 in North America, it meant that this car had its proper slim bumpers and not the diving boards they put on these cars from 1974 to 1980. Not only that, but I saw some red leather peeking out from inside the car. Now I was really interested! Come to find out, this 450SEL had just 54,000 miles on and looks to be in exceptional shape. Of course the gears in my head started turning and I started to guess how much this prime example was going to command. When I found out, I wasn’t too surprised, but I also knew that this car wasn’t going to be a quick sale just because of what the W116 is.
Let’s return to the auctions coming up this weekend. When perusing the lots available, it is not uncommon to see a few Porsche 911T peppered in among the many rare and multi-million-dollar cars on offer. Even as the lowest rung on the Porsche ladder, these entry-level examples still show significant appeal. So I wasn’t surprised to see this one. It’s bright exterior attracted my attention immediately. Then I saw the estimate: $220,000-$260,000. For a 911T? What sort of insanity is this?!
It turns out there are a lot of reasons for the very high estimate and while we can never be sure whether such heights actually will be reached I am confident that this will be one of the nicest and most original examples of the 911T that we’ll come across.
I never get tired of a really nice Mercedes-Benz W108/W109. From the 2.5 liter up through the legendary 6.3 and with a bunch of options in between, you can get your fix just about any way you want with them. Honestly, this thing is so handsome it could have a tiny OM615 that makes 55 horsepower and I’d still be happy with it. The square contours on this thing are all sized perfectly but at the same time doesn’t feel like a small car. Despite only having an eight year production run from 1965 to 1973 and pumping out over 380,000 examples, these sedans have stuck around. You can find them in almost every condition for almost every price. Today’s example, a 1972 280SE 4.5 up for sale in California, is one of those better ones.
There’s a reason certain colors persist in Porsche lore and continue to show up as paint-to-sample options many years later. Which of those (typically pastels) is best definitely is a worthy debate. This one makes a compelling argument for its case.
Viper Green is one of those early pastels. It has gone through some changes in its precise shade and at one point even was a metallic rather than the more traditional non-metallic pastel. Here, on this 1973 Porsche 911T Coupe with just 24,613 miles, it shows the allure of this color in particular and these pastels in general about as well as I could imagine the color doing so. It shows such wonderful brightness and depth to its green that there’s little I can say to convince you of its appeal. Like any very bright color you’ll like it or you won’t, but generally these colors tend to transcend to some degree and garner appreciation from a wide array of buyers.
I wasn’t really looking for this 911, but it was impossible to pass by. This actually makes two straight posts of 911s too striking and pretty to ignore. Here we see a Gold Metallic 1973 Porsche 911S Coupe, located in Massachusetts, with Tan leatherette interior and a claimed 71,721 miles on it. It has sports seats and a sunroof. It also is said to be well documented with records going back to its inception. It looks stunning!
I imagine if someone were to search these pages for my favorite Porsche color you’d find a number of times I called different ones my favorite. Some of that might be in regard to a particular model and how certain colors look better than others, but mostly it’s simply that I like a lot of these very much! Here is another one, but it’s one I forget about because I come across it so rarely. Signal Yellow: when in good condition the color simply is stunning. The subtle orange hues serve to suppress the brightness of the yellow just enough that it isn’t blinding all while retaining the color’s vibrancy. Combined with the various black and chrome trim pieces of a long-hood 911 only accentuates the best aspects of the color all the more. It’s great.
Here we see Signal Yellow on a really nice looking restored 1973 Porsche 911T Coupe, located in southern California, with a reported 90,000 miles on it.
Engine: 2.4 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 90,000 mi
Now available from CPR Classic is this lovely 1973 911T painted in its factory original Signal Yellow over a black with hounds tooth interior. The car is a completely numbers matching example that retains all of its original panels and original undercoating.
The paint is in excellent condition, and the cars bright work is in very nice shape as well. The interior is in lovely shape with as new carpet, headliner and dash. The sport seats that are currently installed are aftermarket, however we have the correct standard seats with hounds tooth inserts as well if the buyer prefers.
Mechanically the car is outstanding. The car drives incredibly tight and corners well.
I like black cars. I even happen to own one. They aren’t necessarily my favorite color of car, but they do possess an allure that other colors can’t match when the conditions are right. Rarer colors are, no doubt, more interesting, but interesting does not always mean better and rarer definitely doesn’t always mean better. There are plenty of colors that are rare for a reason. But what about when black itself seemingly is rare? Well then we might have something that becomes a little more interesting.
I don’t know what the production numbers are for the various colors available on the long-hood 911, but anecdotally a black one is rare. I just don’t see them very often. Maybe that’s a product of what is available now rather than what was originally available, but on the current market that comes to about the same thing. And because I don’t see them often they do attract extra notice from me when I do see one. So that helps explain my interest in this Black on Black 1973 Porsche 911T Coupe, located in California, with a reported 53K miles on it.
Engine: 2.4 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 53,000 mi
Price: $80,900 Buy It Now
The Certificate of authenticity can confirm that this matching numbers 1973 Porsche 911T MFI Black on Black,
is highly optioned with Sport seats, electric sunroof, S-Trim, stabilizer bars F/R, forged alloy wheels and comfort equipment, option group G03 which it is the AC.
She is in a current good condition, rust free car, straight body, original floors, unrestored interior and the engine has been rebuilt 3 or 4 years ago according to the previous owner.
strong driver she runs and drives fast and very well, great gearbox with no issue.
File this one under something you don’t see everyday. What you’re looking at is a 1973 Mercedes-Benz O 302 bus produced under license from Daimler in Teheran, Iran. After the buses were built at the Iran National factory, a handful were transported nearly 2,400 miles to then-Communist Romania to be used as buses for state sponsored activities in the late-’60s and early-’70s. As the normal fate of old buses goes, the majority of these O 302 people movers were used for nearly a million miles then hauled off to the scrap yard. This 1973 was a lucky survivor because of a man named Alexandru Constantinescu, who bought the old run down bus in 2009 then undertook a three year restoration to bring it into new glory. Now that he’s had his fun, it’s time to let it go to the next owner.
Model: O 302
Engine: 8.7 liter 6-cylinder
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 440,000 mi
Price: $133,000 Buy It Now
One of the first coaches built by Mercedes-Benz, O302, manufactured under licence in the Irannational factory in Teheran, in the ’70s. It was fully restored between 2009 and 2012 by a private restoration team. The bus was restored in conformity with the original blueprints, using the original parts, trim elements, carpeting and upholstery employing premium materials.
The bodywork has some little flaws, visual, no dents, no paintwork issues, and for more details, including pictures of the restoration work, or any doubt, please contact me via email.
The coach is fully working, ready for any kind of trip, having participated in many Exhibitions, Shows or any Classic car festivals, appearing in a few magazines, articles, and even in a car channel’s YouTube video.
Now I’m not exactly an expert in the O 302.
I want to start the New Year off with a car that’s quite special and one of the rarest models Porsche has ever produced for the 911. We’re all quite familiar with the legendary 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS. What most are much less familiar with is the precursor to those great machines. Prior to production of the RS the car needed to be homologated – this was the whole purpose of building the model in the first place – after which a few creature comforts would be added to bring the RS to either the Lightweight or Touring spec that became the typical production models. However, 17 owners chose to leave the cars as is, adding none of the options and built based off of those homologated models. These 17 were dubbed the RSH. They were very spartan lacking clock, radio, soundproofing, even the glove box lid and as such tipped the scales at a mere 935 kg, making them even lighter than the RS Lightweight. The RSH takes one of Porsche’s truly special cars and raises the stakes even further.
Yesterday’s featured 911 was dubbed, by me and the seller, as a very honest 911. In its presentation and overall appearance it conveyed a sense of hiding very little and being shown for exactly what it is. This 911 isn’t really that sort of car. That isn’t to suggest that it’s dishonest, but it is different. For starters it’s much better photographed with some touching up that helps the car stand out more so than we saw with Albert. It also has been fully restored so everything looks pretty much blemish free and with little wear. Where I think all of that leads is this: were I a prospective buyer I would feel a stronger inclination to see this 911 in person, to actually get my hands on it, prior to making any kind of bid than I would with yesterday’s 911. Both present very well, but for entirely different reasons and that leads to some of our differences in evaluation. Getting all of that out of the way, let’s take a look: here we have a Light Yellow 1973 Porsche 911T Targa, located in Oregon, with a contrasting Brown/Charcoal interior and 89,884 miles on it. Per the CoA, the exterior and interior colors are as this 911 left the factory, though not entirely. More on that below.