1973 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 4.5

The glorious run of the Mercedes-Benz W108 and W109 wrapped up production in 1972 to make way for the W116 that launched the S-Class name. Except for us lucky North Americans who got another model year of the W108 and W109 in 1973. I think the fine people at Mercedes probably just wanted to dump the last of the remaining stock across the ocean because what are buyers really going to do about it? Get on the internet in 1973 to complain about it? That leads me to today’s car. This 1973 280SE 4.5 up for sale in New Jersey isn’t perfect and has a few flaws, but that is the beauty of this one.

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Chartreuse 1973 Porsche 911T Targa

There are very few cars that will pop off the page like this 1973 Porsche 911T Targa. Chartreuse will do that. The color even sounds bright and vibrant. The Birch Green GT3 RS I posted a couple of weeks back gives it competition. I’ve seen Acid Green show up of late and it’s another. If you desire a very bright green with yellow hues from almost any era of the 911’s life then Porsche has you covered.

There is something about it on an early 911 though that makes the color pop even more. The chrome accents help highlight the color, the Targa roll hoop accentuates that feel even more, the Fuchs, the fat tires showing that extra bit of black, and perhaps even the less rounded design. All of these come together to make a bright color seem even brighter.

It goes without saying that this color is rare and while I don’t know how popular it was in the early ’70s there seems to have been a recent revival of Porsche greens. A lot of them are showing up as PTS options on modern 911s. Relative to the proliferation of the standard blacks, silvers, and whites you’re still not likely to see one often, but perhaps their overall desirability is on the uptick. Either way, this one looks phenomenal and I’m sure it’ll grab all of the attention on any cruise.

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1973 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL

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.

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Kelly Green 1973 Porsche 911T Targa with 3,369 Miles

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.

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1973 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 4.5

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.

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Viper Green 1973 Porsche 911T Coupe

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.

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1973 Porsche 911S Coupe

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!

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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. Underneath, all bushings look fresh and undamaged, and the car also has upgraded ride height adjustable rear spring plates.

The matching numbers engine is recently overhauled and runs outstanding. Cosmetically the engine is superb with correct plating throughout.

This 911 is the perfect example for someone who wants a very high quality car that can be shown, but one that can still be driven and enjoyed with out worrying about your occasional rock chip.

A fantastic example all around in a great color combination, Don’t miss this 911T.

Information on the car prior to our acquisition:

Two Owner – Numbers Matching 1973 911T – Mechanical Fuel Injection. COA from Porsche included.

The car was stored for approximately 25 years in a garage before restoration started. California Car with 74k miles when brought out of storage in Pleasanton CA. No Rust Ever! All panels and floors are original and not repaired. This is the original color, signal yellow. All wheels, instruments, seats, engine, transmission, are all original.

The body was stripped to bare metal, and repainted original signal yellow. Paint and undercoating on the belly pan, in the engine compartment and under hood is still original.

There is a new fuel tank and sport muffler, H4 Headlights. This was a 4 year project with great attention to detail. It still has the original California Blue Plate license plates.

Work performed over 2016-17:

New Bilsteins all around

New Pirelli CN36 Tires (approximately 1000 miles on them today)

Alignment when tires were installed by Gran Prix Tires, Costa Mesa, CA.

New Sport Seats with leather trim and hounds tooth inserts were added in 12/2016 (Made in Torino, Italy).

Completely updated/upgraded Becker Europa II Period Correct Radio w/Blue tooth and hands free installed

2.4 top end rebuild, updated Carrera Chain Tensioners, S Cams

New rubber where needed (Entry trim surrounds, etc.)

Wheels Re-Anodized to factory specs

New front interior air fan motor

Glass on all dash gauges cleaned

Photos of the car in bare metal before paint are available.

For more information please call our sales department at (760) 723-8900.

Complete gallery available http://cprclassic.com/porsche911/2272/

Adding to the great look of this 911T’s Signal Yellow exterior are a pair of sport seats with hounds tooth inserts in the interior. These are not the original seats and it sounds like the original seats were of the standard variety rather than sport seats, but man do these look good. The original seats (with inserts) are said to be available though should the buyer prefer them. I think I’d inquire about getting both sets. That way you get these great looking sport seats, but also have the originals in case you – or a later owner – ever wanted to return the car closer to its original condition.

Everything here looks in spectacular condition. The steering wheel isn’t original either, but it looks great and fits the overall aesthetic of this 911 well. All of these wonderful qualities mean the asking price is very high. At $130K we’re at the top of the market for an entry-level 911. Will this rare and desirable color combination along with the excellent condition of this particular car be enough to reach that level? We’ll have to see.

-Rob

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.
The paint is nice from 10 feet but it will probably need a good paint job to bring this rare highly optioned 1973 1/2 911 T to the next level.
Or it can be driven as it is.
The Ac compressor has been deleted and it is missing, after market radio.
Come with tool kit, jack, spare tire, owners manual, and a copy of each titles of each owners who owned it. (3 owners) no service records and no service book.
Great opportunity.

More infos upon request.

The first thing I’ll get to is the asking price. Even if I don’t see a black one very often just about any 911T is going to struggle to sell for $80K when the condition is classified only as “good.” That is especially the case when it’s been repainted as this one has and when that repaint itself is only said to be in decent shape. I’m also not sure why one of the grill driving lights isn’t aligned correctly. And the AC compressor is missing. And there are no records. So those are the negatives and they aren’t minor.

Otherwise, this isn’t a bad looking example and it’s got some nice options, especially the sports seats with what I believe are velour inserts. Those by themselves are pretty great and they are said to be original. Even the paint does show pretty well. For the most part it could make for a nice driver option, it just isn’t going to do that at this price. I suspect it’s value is much closer to $60K than $80K, but once we get the price in line I think it could make some sense. For those, like me, who are fans of black cars and black 911s especially this could make for a nice chance at a driver-quality example of one of these uncommon machines.

-Rob

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. But from what I can gather, these were, in typical Mercedes fashion of that era, a sturdy workhorse that was built to do a job and did it exceedingly well. One of the coolest things the O 302 did was carry all the teams in country specific paint jobs for 1974 FIFA World Cup in West Germany. (The West Germany bus is on display at the Mercedes-Benz museum.)

I can’t imagine what exactly went into restoring this bus because it’s not like there is an abundance of parts still around. By the looks of it the owner just upgraded things where he could because he was probably forced to. A lower mileage OM360 diesel engine was found and transplanted into the bus because the original engine had close to a million miles and probably had seen better days. Taking a quick look at the entire bus it’s pretty clear that this was a labor of love that was meant to be used and shared.

The price on this bus is $133,000 and from what I can gather this is at the very top end of the market for a O 302. Surprisingly there is actually another O 302 that has been restored for sale in Spain for nearly $80,000 but doesn’t have the modern upgrades this 1973 has. Clearly these are outliers because the next generation Mercedes bus, the O 303, can be had rather easily for a few thousand dollars. So it’ll probably be a long, long time before someone even comes close to the six-figure price tag wanted for this bus, but I’m just glad this thing exists for everyone to see.

– Andrew