Signal Yellow 1973 Porsche 911T Coupe

Signal Yellow 1973 Porsche 911T Coupe

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.

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Year: 1973
Model: 911T
Engine: 2.4 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 90,000 mi
Price: $130,000

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.

1973 Porsche 911T Coupe

1973 Porsche 911T Coupe

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.

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Year: 1973
Model: 911T
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.

Iranian Invasion: 1973 Mercedes-Benz O 302

Iranian Invasion: 1973 Mercedes-Benz O 302

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.

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Year: 1973
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.

1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RSH

1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RSH

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.

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1973 Porsche 911T Targa

1973 Porsche 911T Targa

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.

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1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring – REVISIT

1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring – REVISIT

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With the holidays approaching why don’t we dream a little bit of those really special gifts. The Grand Prix White 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring we featured back in the Spring remains up for sale. The asking price has dropped a notch or two (not that we’d likely notice given what’s still being asked), but like any RS it remains one of the most costly 911s on the market. This one is priced more in line with what we see for a Sport rather than a Touring so it’s going to be a tough sell. But for that money you get one of the best Porsche has produced and a car any 911 aficionado instantly will recognize and lust after.

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The below post originally appeared on our site April 7, 2016:

1973 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL

1973 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL

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Last week I checked out a 1978 350SE that was chock-full of little goodies but didn’t really past muster as a good buy. Today we have another W116 that seems to check all the boxes of of what a proper 1970’s S-Class should bring to the table as a nice driver and possible collector car. Located in Switzerland, the black paint is only the tip of the iceberg as to what this 450SEL offers. So let’s check out this blood-red big Benz.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1973 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL at Küng Classics

1973 Porsche 911T Coupe – REVISIT

1973 Porsche 911T Coupe – REVISIT

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I don’t normally revisit a car this quickly, but since I’ve pretty much decided I love this 911 I’m going to break with protocol. The Aubergine 1973 Porsche 911T Coupe is still for sale and the seller has now made his ask clear rather than wait out a reserve auction. Given that bidding in the previous auction only reached $58,783, asking $100K is a substantial leap. Perhaps the seller simply needs the right buyer to come along. It’s certainly a lot for a 911T, but showcasing one of the best colors from its era certainly helps it.

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The below post originally appeared on our site August 27, 2016:

1973 Porsche 911E Targa Sportomatic

1973 Porsche 911E Targa Sportomatic

I have a strange fascination with the Sportomatic and find myself drawn to them as I keep coming across them in interesting colors and options. Not that I don’t see the same with the much more standard manual-transmission equipped 911s of the day, but the Sportomatic almost strikes me as a rare option that I should give attention to and I find myself featuring them. I suppose what confounds me is that I’d likely never consider purchasing one unless I was in a position of having a thorough collection and wanted one for its engineering and place in Porsche’s history. The transmission itself seems like the answer to a question no one was asking at the time, yet was quite prescient in its desirability. It was just way before its time. They are rare. They are also interesting. But are they desirable? Well, they’re definitely less expensive than comparable manual 911s and that probably shouldn’t surprise us. The one we see here, a Gold Metallic 1973 Porsche 911E Targa located in Atlanta, makes for an interesting case as it presents with quite a few cosmetic flaws, but comes in a unique period-correct color and has that aforementioned marvel the Sportomatic.

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1973 Porsche 911T Coupe

1973 Porsche 911T Coupe

I was going to open this post with an argument in favor of the color purple. Not the book or movie, but the color as a choice on a car. But I think it’s easier just to allow this 911 to do the work for me. Because I think it’s a wonderful color. Of the various rare colors for an early 911 Aubergine (or eggplant) is an underrated favorite. It isn’t as bright and vibrant as many other choices, but still stands out, especially in the sun when that color comes through all the more. We almost never see purple cars of any sort, but the great thing about Aubergine is that it doesn’t hide the color the way some very dark metallic purples do – colors that look black in almost every lighting – but it’s also not the sort of purple that the Joker might paint his cars. It walks a line between those two extremes and manages to look sophisticated and aggressive at the same time. I love it. Here we have it on what was an entry-level 911 in its day: an Aubergine 1973 Porsche 911T Coupe, located in Belgium, with around 70K miles on it.

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1973 Porsche 911T – RSR build

1973 Porsche 911T – RSR build

I’ll just get this out of the way: properly speaking this 911 isn’t really a RSR build, meaning it hasn’t tried to replicate the mechanicals of those very special cars. What this build has done is take a 911T and completely alter its personality in a way that the RSR did during its time. The description provides a basic overview of the work, but the biggest item, and what I think differentiates this from a lot of the builds we see, is that this 911T now houses a 3.6 liter flat-six from the 964. This quickly distinguishes it from the 3.2 Carrera based builds that are much more common. The pictures aren’t the best for appreciating the metallic grey paint, but the appearance looks quite promising. That this car currently resides in Japan will make things difficult for a lot of buyers, but for those willing to put in the effort this 911 could be a pretty great.

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1973 Porsche 911E Targa

1973 Porsche 911E Targa

In many ways this Porsche 911 possesses a lot of what makes me love these cars so much, but which has seemed to be unobtainable as prices for these early cars have elevated. It’s a mix of original spec and modifications, but it doesn’t stray far remaining true to that original design but still possessing some nice upgrades. It’s neither pristine nor a dog. This is all to say that there is just something about the general ethos of this 911 that draws me in. Here we have a Beige Grey 1973 Porsche 911E Targa, located in New York, with, the seller assumes, around 149,000 miles on it. While Beige Grey sounds about as boring as is possible it does actually look very good, and even if it’s not Tangerine or Viper Green – colors that would really attract our notice – it is still a nice alternative and gives this 911 a gritty feel that works well with its overall aesthetic. I even like the contrast of the Minilite wheels at the rear!

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1973 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 4.5

1973 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 4.5

As my family moves on to its ninth Mercedes-Benz, I was reminded the other day of my grandfather’s 1972 280SE. This was a rather unusual car for the day in Philadelphia, but reflected a bit of his taste as a diplomat for the Portuguese government. These were stately cars that compromised little. I’ve always preferred the look of the W108/W109 as opposed to the befinned W111 that preceded it and this late model 280SE 4.5 is no different. The W108 would only be sold in the US market for 1973, as the rest of the world had already moved on to the W116 S-class. For sale in New York, this isn’t the most perfect W108, but it certainly holds a lot of promise.

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1973 Porsche 911S Targa

1973 Porsche 911S Targa

While I’ve always enjoyed the seat inserts we find in some vintage Porsches, over the years I’ve found myself becoming increasingly enamored with them. That Porsche has brought some of them back in recent years (even if just for special edition models) has been particularly delightful. While the tartan inserts that we many times see are surely somewhat more divisive, houndstooth and pepita inserts, as we see in this modified 1973 Porsche 911S Targa, find much greater favor. And for good reason as they provide such a wonderful contrast and appearance to the interior, but while remaining quite subtle. The interior of this 911S has been restored, though it sounds like it was the original combination. The same is true of the Oxford Blue exterior. It is at that point that originality begins to stop. The engine in this 911S is now a built 2.7 liter with mechanical fuel injection, a la the Carrera RS. That’s given this 911 a healthy boost in power, up to a reported 206 hp at the wheels. While that non-original engine will keep the price down somewhat, it should make for a really nice performer.

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Motorsports Monday: 1973 Porsche 914-6 GT

Motorsports Monday: 1973 Porsche 914-6 GT

As I looked across the lawn at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum’s German Car Day between a Porsche Cayman GT4 and the Porsche 914s that lined the row behind it, I couldn’t help but feel that the diminutive design doesn’t get enough credit from enthusiasts. Indeed the aura of the 911 is so thoroughly encompassing it overshadows nearly every other Porsche model conceived and constructed, but especially this seems to be true of the 1970s. During that time Porsche launched groundbreaking models like the 924 and 928; generally, both very unappreciated compared to the air-cooled siblings. But the 914 seems nearly forgotten despite its similar engine behind the driver and atmospheric cooling setup. Why? Well, it’s not the prettiest Porsche design, it’s true – but presented properly it is still quite neat. The neatest of the bunch are probably the original, fat-flared 914-6 GT models. Ready to blow your mind? Fresh off their somewhat surprising and unlikely victory at Le Mans yesterday, I thought it would be nice to take a look at a 914-6 GT replica, because 46 years ago Porsche themselves entered such a car at the 24 hour endurance race. Now, 1970 is probably a lot more memorable for Porsche because it was the famous red Salzburg 917K Attwood/Hermann that took overall victory. You might remember the 1970 race for being the basis of the Steve McQueen movie that was appropriately named, too. But what was perhaps the most amazing thing about that race was who finished 5th overall. Following the 917K and the 917LH along with two Ferrari 512Ss was that Porsche 914-6 GT, some three laps ahead of a 911S. How’s that for something to put on your resume?

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