1975 Mercedes-Benz 240D

Every time the Mercedes-Benz W114 and W115 come up, basically the same thing is said over and over again: oft overlooked and somewhat forgotten. Not because these were bad cars or anything, but mostly because they predated one of the most legendary cars of all time in the W123. To me, these cars felt like sort of a dry-run for Mercedes when engineering the W123. Some things worked and were carried over to the W123, while other things were left in the past. One of the biggest things to make the jump to the new generation was the OM616 and OM617 diesel engines. Slight tweaks were needed, but the core of the engine was basically the same. They brought unparalleled reliability and toughness, but that came as a cost of being dreadfully slow. Still, it’s tough to complain about that when even now, some 40 years later, these engines are still kicking as well as the day they left the factory. This 1975 240D up for sale in Ohio painted in the lovely Cayenne Orange looks to be a real winner at first glance. But for as much as I wanted to love this car, some red flags have me thinking again about this one.

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1975 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL

I am a really big fan of “time capsule” cars. Not barn finds or cars that have sat and haven’t moved in X number of years, but actual cars that have low mileage, original everything and are ready to be driven normally just like you purchased it from a dealer’s lot. Today’s car, a 1975 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL, is one of those time capsules. This W116 checks in with a hair over 29,000 miles and looks every part of an original. But this isn’t your ordinary 450SEL, it’s what hides inside those bank vault-like doors that really sets this car apart from the rest.

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Year: 1975
Model: 450SE
Engine: 4.5 liter V-8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 29,109 mi
Price: $35,000

Preservation Class 450SEL. 29,109 original miles. All-original, unrestored 2-owner Type W116. First owner until 2014. All-original paint, interior, bright trim, etc.
Sunroof, original books, tool kit, the original license plate from 1974, and a copy of the original title. A/C performs like a contemporary car. Nothing has been replaced except for maintenance items, nothing modified or changed. Serviced up-to-date, with repair orders back to 1982. Must see and drive to appreciate. For the person who wants the best.
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Open those doors and welcome straight into 1975. This car is business on the outside, party on the inside. All red interior is very rare on the W116 and I’ve only seen it a few times over the years, but none even come close to the condition of this interior. This interior is so red that in some of the photos, the seller’s camera has trouble focusing because it gets lost in how consistent and solid the red is. Personally, I love this interior with the plain silver exterior because it’s not really an ostentatious car outright. You have to notice and then take a peek inside to see what it is really packing. The thing is, you really have to stay on top of this interior to keep it nice or it can go south very quickly. I’ve seen some bad examples of these red interiors neglected and it’s not a nice place to be. The rest of this car looks just as good as the interior. There isn’t one bit that is out of place and it even still has the clean body-colored wheel wells.

The W116 market is a little wonky with prices thanks to speculators (used dealers) thinking that their 450SEL with a bunch of problems is worth $12,000 because the classic European car market is hot right now. They just aren’t. I still see private sale W116s go for around the $5,000 and below mark all the time. Hell, I’ve seen running, driving, W116s sell for a few hundred dollars because they just wanted it gone. There is a very small group of people in this world that love the W116 and spend the money on keeping them nice. I admit, I am one of them, as I keep my 300SD in my daily driver rotation, but they just don’t have the mass appeal. I’ll be the first one to say that in US-spec form they aren’t a pleasing car to look at with the bumpers and quad-round headlamps. But that is where my dislike ends with these. They are just such “heavy” cars. The doors are heavy, the steering is heavy, the throttle and brakes are heavy, it feels heavy going around corners and even the buttons need a bunch of force to use. All that is so satisfying to me.

Now for the price of this car. This seller is asking a whopping $35,000. Personally, I don’t think there are any regular 450SELs out there deserving $35,000. I’d argue most of the 6.9 cars for sale aren’t worth $35,000. By the looks of it, this seller isn’t hurting for money so I don’t think the price will be dropped out of desperation any time soon. With any car, all it takes is one buyer that has the money to fall in love and spend this crazy amount of money for it, but that price is just way too high. $35,000 will buy you a nice 6.3 or can probably even get you into a project W100 600. Regular 450SEL cars will always suffer from “Ah, it’s not the 6.9” syndrome for as long as they exist and probably keep prices lower than comparable 6.9s. But if you really wanted a unique time capsule W116, this one is probably it.

– Andrew

1975 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

Another 2.7 liter Carrera Targa. For a model I don’t see very often they do seem to be coming up with more frequency these days. I featured one last week in one of my favorite color combinations, and while this one doesn’t quite possess that same immediate allure…man is it really grabbing my attention!

Why might that be? Somewhat surprisingly, the whale tail is really catching my eye. I always have preferred the whale tail to the duck tail – I think that’s just a product of growing up in the ’80s when the whale tail was more the norm – but generally speaking I don’t typically like the whale tail on a Targa. The lines do not seem to work. Here, though, everything comes together well and I love the look. I also really like the gold accents of the Carrera script and painted Fuchs. That’s surely a much more subjective feature, but those accents combined with the tail are what is putting this one over the top.

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Year: 1975
Model: 911 Carrera Targa
Engine: 2.7 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 62,608 mi
Price: $69,500 Buy It Now

HIGHLIGHTS

Iconic Black/Gold example of Porsche’s venerable Carrera
62K original miles, numbers matching, fully documented back to 1975
Featured in Henry Rasmussen’s “Porsches For The Road – The Survivors Series”
Accompanied by factory manuals, tools, original window sticker, COA, and extensive documentation file

SPECIFICATIONS

VIN# 9115410024
Engine – 2.7L, flat 6 cylinder
Gearbox – 5 speed manual
Drivetrain – Rear-engine, RWD

OVERVIEW

Presented in iconic Black over Gold, this US specification Carrera Targa is a great survivor car with an unbroken documentation chain, and showing just 62K original miles. This specific car (9115410024) was featured in Henry Rasmussen’s “Porsches For The Road – The Survivors Series,” with a two full page spreads, as well as a large photo in the table of contents. A copy of the book is of course included with the sale.

With only 184 of these Carrera Targas produced for the US market in 1975, this car is quite rare, furthermore with the color combination – understood to be one of just 36. Originally optioned and delivered with Koni shocks, gold Carrera scripts and gold Fuchs wheels, Comfort Group 2, and black paint per the original window sticker.

With wonderful documentation beginning in December of 1974 (original sales order and window sticker), every record, invoice, and ownership change is accounted for up through the present day. Sold new at De Maria Porsche Audi in Miami, Florida, the car spent many years in the Southeast region, Oklahoma, and in the Northwest since 2005. The file is full of wonderful letters from one owner to the next talking about the car, the care, and their enjoyment of it.

Sporting original finish Fuchs gold 15” wheels, and Bridgestone 215/60-15 (rear) and 195/65-15 (front) tires, the car looks striking in person with the matching Carrera gold script.

Regarding the exterior condition of the car, overall the car presents sharply in person. The rear of car (engine lid, both rear quarters and blending into the doors) was painted in 2011 after an unfortunate incident where the car rolled down a driveway and into a closed garage door. Rear glass was also replaced with a 1977 piece. Front bumper painted in preparation for sale due to chips and scratches. The front fenders, cowl, and hood appear to still be original paint, as well as all interior painted surfaces (trunk, door jambs, etc.). H-1 headlights are fitted, originals are included with sale. Original Targa top material on exterior and interior is in excellent original condition.

The interior is largely original, featuring factory sport seats in black leather. Carpet is original except for the back of the rear seats, and the floor mats. Non-original detail items include a modern stereo head unit and speakers in the doors, metal door release handles, and shift knob.

The car runs, shifts, and drives as you’d expect for just 62K original miles. Mechanically serviced at well-known Porsche marque specialists across the country over the years, the car currently does not have any mechanical needs. The York A/C was fitted from new, and currently works and blows cool air. Upgraded Bilstein shocks in 2014. The most recent service was at 62,300 miles and included an oil change, new battery, rebuilt alternator, brake fluid flush, and new front trunk lid shocks. Currently fitted with an M&K sport muffler, the original muffler is included as well.

This Carrera Targa is offered with the original owner’s manual, warranty booklet, key code card, original factory key (broken, but included), original tool set and blue jack, window sticker, and documentation file from new. A wonderful and iconic Porsche Carrera Targa looking for the next caretaker and adventure.

Please call Jason at 206-355-7727 for more information on this Porsche Carrera Targa for sale.

The rest of this Carrera Targa compares favorably with the Orange one as well. For one, the price is lower. More importantly it seems much more thoroughly documented. I suppose I should stress that the level of documentation of the Orange Targa might have been perfectly fine, we simply were not told or shown as much within the ad itself. The last piece I’ll add: it appears the Orange Targa has sold. We don’t know precisely for what price it sold, but given that it was priced $10K above this one we can deduce that this one likely is priced pretty fairly.

While the Orange Targa had been fully restored and presented in very good condition, this Targa has received mostly touch ups. The front and rear have been repainted, with the rear’s paintwork being more extensive. The interior is said to be largely original. Some of the carpets and floor mats are not and the radio also is a newer unit. Those points help explain part of the lower price of this Carrera Targa, but I still think given its level of documentation and current condition it’s worth further consideration.

-Rob

Raspberry 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

I suppose it should go without saying that this 911 will not appeal to everyone. But it’s very rare and very rare tends to get our attention. This is an unrestored Raspberry 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa, located in California, with 71,500 miles on it. I have never seen Raspberry on any Porsche. It’s a ’70s color and finding it on a Carrera Targa doesn’t surprise me one bit. That it is on a Carrera Targa simply adds to the mystique though. I come across the 2.7 Carrera Coupes with decent regularity, but not the Targa. The Targa I don’t see often and while that would normally suggest we should expect a higher price, it doesn’t usually work out that way. The Targas generally are in less demand. The demand for this Raspberry-colored Targa may even be lesser still, but for the buyer really looking for a uniquely colored Carrera, I think you’ll find this one hard to pass up.

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Year: 1975
Model: 911 Carrera Targa
Engine: 2.7 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 71,500 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

Chequered Flag International is pleased to offer this 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa in Raspberry (N8) with Black interior. 71,500 miles with one owner. Equipped with factory air conditioning. This is a US Carrera Targa. Chassis numbers run from 911541 – 001 to 0174. This is number 121 out of 174 built. Original matching engine (#6451817). Original owner stored it for 15 plus years, on 10/14 he gave it to European Autowerks in Palos Hills IL to get it up and running. The bill was around $13k – with receipts. It runs and drives nicely but I find the clutch heavy and 3rd gear whiny. The body is very straight and rust free with the exception of a couple of areas under the hood. These are the typically prone spots, they are localized, I’ve shown them in the photos. No books or tools. A U.S Carrera is a rare car, Raspberry is an exceedingly rare color. This is a good straight, honest, low mile example. It’s a good usable car but should be restored to achieve its potential. Comes with its original window sticker and Certificate of Authenticity. Inspections encouraged. All sales AS-IS. Sales tax and license fees due if delivered in California.

The seller has done a decent job of making clear the condition of this Targa. It isn’t pristine; in fact, it’s far from pristine. But it’s in reasonably good shape and has only had one owner. Normally we hope that one owner means there will be plenty of records and original documentation, but it doesn’t sound like that is the case here. However, it has had some recent work to bring it back to driveable condition after sitting for a number of years so it comes across as a decent candidate for restoration, and perhaps even over time an owner can slowly bring it back to glory.

The condition, lack of documentation, and probably the color are keeping bidding low. And by low I mean it’s yet to receive a bid even with the starting bid set at a very reasonable $42,500. A trip over to Chequered Flag’s site shows it listed for $64.5K. On the surface that’s not a bad price for a Carrera Targa in such a rare color, but given the necessary work I don’t know if it can sell at that price. It’s rare to come across a 911 like this though even if it is bright pink. We’ll have to see how those competing conditions play out.

-Rob

1975 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

In a recent post on the Carrera 3.0 I wondered a bit about the relative values of those 911s compared to their predecessor the Carrera 2.7 MFI. There are large differences in those values mostly due to the shared engine of the 2.7 liter and the very highly sought after 911 Carrera RS. Here we have the lesser sibling of those cars. The pedigree isn’t the same as this Carrera lacks that magical RS engine, but it shares similar looks and that lack of pedigree brings with it a substantially lower price. The one we have here is an attractive combination of Grand Prix White over Cinnamon and sits with fewer than 50K miles.

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Year: 1975
Model: 911 Carrera
Engine: 2.7 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 49,198 mi
Price: $65,000 Buy It Now

For sale is a 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera sunroof coupe. This is a numbers matching car per the Porsche COA. The mileage is 49,198. It is car #67 of 395. The car has had 3 owners and the current owner has had it for the last 9 years. The paint is the original Grand Prix white and the interior is the original cinnamon leatherette. The paint and body are in very nice condition. The interior is in excellent condition. The rims are the original 7 & 8 inch Fuchs with new tires all around. The brake calipers were recently rebuilt and work great. The engine runs strong and the trans shifts very smooth. This is a great running and handling car and could be driven anywhere. It was recently serviced and is ready to go. This is a very nice example of a very rare car for a discerning collector, investor or enthusiast.

For its age and reported originality this is a very nice looking Carrera. It hasn’t seen a lot of miles and looks to have been well cared for during its life. We are told that the paint and the leatherette seating is original to the car and verifying those claims, especially with regard to the paint, would be priority #1. It also possesses its original wheels and they do look great. Altogether, while there are a few non-original items seen here the major stuff sounds like it is original.

That said, we are simply relying on the word of the seller here so a bit of digging and a conversation will be necessary to begin validating the apparent condition, but if everything checks out then I think this would make a very worthwhile addition to someone’s stable. We’ve seen prices for these Carreras approach six figures for really fine examples and I don’t think this one is in that sort of condition, but it hasn’t been priced as such either. At $65K the asking price at least makes for a very workable starting point and some may even be content to jump right in. There’s certainly validation to be done, but this one could be worth that additional legwork.

-Rob

Motorsports Monday: Ready to Fly – 1970 BMW 2800CS Group 2 CSL Replica

BMW’s revolution and rebranding through racing started on March 25, 1973. At the Monza 4 hours race in the European Touring Car Championship, the “CSL” legend was born. Massive box flares, huge BBS magnesium race wheels and deep front spoilers adorned the delicate E9 coupe now, and the iconic German Racing White with blue and red stripes following the lines of the hood and sides of the car. And with drivers like Hans-Joachim Stuck, Chris Amon, and Dieter Quester BMW Motorsport would go on to win many races and establish the brand that would later launch the infamous “Batmobile” CSL, the 2002 Turbo, and of course the M brand. Prior to 1973, the top flight races were run by BMW through their partners Alpina and Schnitzer, and indeed the BMW Motorsport entrants at Monza failed to finish, with Niki Lauda at the hands of an Alpina E9. A few races later, the rear wing was introduced by BMW Motorsport, and in the hands of Dieter Quester the first BMW Motorsport win was recognized at the 24 Hours of Spa on July 22, 1973.

The 3.0 and later 3.5 CSLs would continue to race and win for a few years, establishing the brand as a serious contender to the established Porsche in the sporting market. Because of this, there were not only many in-period conversions to CSL race cars, but many replicas built since. This appears to be one of the latter – originally, a 2800CS which has been converted to look like the Group 2 racers with a period motor:

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1975 Porsche 911 RSR Tribute

I wasn’t alive in the early ’70s so I don’t have the context for this, but I can imagine that during those years encountering a car like the 911 RSR on the street (bear with me on that) would be somewhat mind blowing. It has the muscular appearance we might associate with a muscle car itself – perhaps like an early Camaro – but in a much more compact design further drawing our attention to those muscular lines. It appears distilled to its essence. As a race car this all makes sense. Which is perhaps why seeing one built for the street – even if it is a fabrication rather than the real deal – always attracts my attention to such a high degree. Put simply: done right they look wonderful. They’re hard edged in their appearance, but also not. Showcasing beautiful curves and taut lines. For a build like this it is the details that matter and that ultimately will decide whether its asking price is worthwhile, but strictly on appearance the look is fantastic. This build began life as a 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe. It sounds like it was in an accident in the ’80s and converted to a Slantnose so I’m assuming mostly front end damage. Some time later the current builder got a hold of it to develop what we see here. The engine is a built and turbocharged 3.4 liter flat-six mated to a 4-speed manual from the 930. From there, well, you’ll just have to read through the ad because there’s been a good bit of work. And it all comes together quite well.

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1975 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI Coupe

Most automotive enthusiasts are probably familiar with Porsche’s legendary 1973 911 Carrera RS. Produced to meet homologation requirements it set the 911 on the road to being the performance icon that it remains today. What is less well known is that while the ’73 RS would be the only production version based on the long-hood 911 design, the engine from that RS continued to put in work on the new impact-bumper 911s of the mid-70s under the guise of the Carrera 2.7 MFI. For the most part, these were like an RS Touring with a different front fascia. These days it is that shared engine DNA that is of such importance and which has seen values of the 2.7 MFI rise quite high. But they’re still much less expensive than a true ’73 Carrera RS and that makes them an interesting proposition for well-heeled buyers who’d like to shy away from the nearly $1M price tag of the RS. Like the RS the Carrera MFI was never available for sale in the US, but over time examples have made their way to our shores. Such is the case with the one we see here, a Grand Prix White 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI Coupe located in California.

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1975 BMW 3.3 Li

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Along with the 2002, the New Six was BMW’s first attempts at branching out to buyers of other luxury vehicle brands, most notably their domestic rival, Mercedes-Benz. Comprised of the E3 sedan and E9 coupe, the New Six was a bit of a different animal than the competition from Stuttgart, aimed more at the driver than those who were seeking a more cosseting driving experience. A number of variants were offered, with the top of the range being the 3.3 Li. This long-wheelbase model packed a 3.3 liter inline-6 packing 190 horsepower and sharp handling that would put BMW on the map for those looking for a more engaging luxury sedan. This 3.3 Li for sale in Freiburg, Germany is one of a handful of these high-end E3s built, with barely 30,000 miles from new.

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1975 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

As interesting as they might be, some cars probably aren’t meant for eBay. I think this 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe may be one of those cars. The intriguing thing about this 911, which also happens to be the aspect about it that will take the most time to figure out, is that it has the body of the Porsche 930. While the ‘Turbo look’ would become a factory option on the 911 in the mid-80s, in 1975 this wasn’t the case. As such, this is said to be a dealer installed option requested at the behest of the first owner who was unable at the time to import the 1975 Turbo Carrera. In line with these desires, the engine is also said to be tuned, though exactly what that means isn’t made clear, and it has received upgraded brakes. That makes this 911 one of the first true Turbo-look 911s to be produced.

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