First Dimension: 1978 Volkswagen Scirocco Callaway Turbo

First Dimension: 1978 Volkswagen Scirocco Callaway Turbo

There aren’t too many period-correct tuned Volkswagens that we get to see. Those that do turn up are usually home-brewed, and consequently usually aren’t built to a high standard.

Today’s is something special, though.

Finding a clean first generation Scirocco is difficult enough. This one also happens to be one of the limited Champagne Edition cars, though you’d not know it unless I told you so, because so little of the original outside of the silhouette remains. From top to bottom, this Scirocco has been through a whirlwind of changes. But this car is far from a garage project, as some of the more legendary VW tuners in the U.S. had their hands on it since it was close to new. This car was the original test bed for the Santa Clara speed shop New Dimensions, and features some of the best items you could source. New Dimensions bought the production rights and experience of Callaway Turbo Systems in the mid 1980s, and continued to offer turbocharging for Volkswagens into the early 2000s. The result, after a painstaking period of rebuilding it, is a nearly flawless execution and one of the best tuned VW 2-doors out there:

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Peter Gregg’s 1978 Porsche 930

Peter Gregg’s 1978 Porsche 930

This Porsche 930 has two very unique features about it and I suspect just how much people care about each will be pretty divergent. Ultimately, a sale likely will be predicated on that rare individual who prizes both unique features fairly highly. The first “feature” should be obvious from the title. This 930 is said to have originally belonged to Peter Gregg, former Porsche racing driver and founder of Brumos Racing. Brumos has had a long and distinguished history with Porsche and Gregg himself was a distinguished driver in the ’70s. For some these are merely fun facts that add little value to the car. For others, they are the kind of facts that change a car from something that looks pretty nice to something that’s special. A collector’s piece.

The second unique feature is of the more typical variety, but a very rare version: the interior of this 930 is leather-to-sample with Dr. Fuhrmann seats. Fuhrmann seats are extremely rare in a 930. They’re also really strange looking, but ultimately it is their rarity that will win the day here. Combined these two features make for one very special 930. At least if you care about these things.

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Year: 1978
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 25,965 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

This 930 Turbo is so rare! It was previously owned by Peter Gregg, the founder of Brumos Porsche. The car was awarded to Gregg after winning the 1978 24 Hours of Daytona, and acquired by Auto Palace in 2015 from a private collection. The exterior of the 930 Turbo is Grand Prix White the interior is a leather-to-sample, with the rare factory Dr. Fuhrmann Interior and Seat option. Extensive service records are present for the vehicle.

1978 Porsche 911SC Targa

1978 Porsche 911SC Targa

I have a good number of questions about this 911SC, most of which are of the typical variety so not necessarily of great significance, but let’s just look at it first. A yellow 911SC is a pretty rare thing. They certainly exist – we’ve even featured a couple – but we do not see them often. A yellow car with a non-black interior seems even more rare, though I think its rarity is more among modern cars where I almost always see yellow paired with black. I’ve seen yellow over tan/brown/cork with more frequency on Porsches from the ’70s. So perhaps the combination has fallen out of style now, but was not always the case. Regardless, it’s what we have here and it looks pretty great! The roll hoop stands out particularly well and to great effect.

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Year: 1978
Model: 911SC Targa
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 109,424 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

1978 Targa 911SC 109k Miles California car rust free looks and runs good. For any questions call If you would like to see it in person just let me know Thanks (707)292-6725

The 911SC Targa was the car that began my 911 obsession so I’m naturally quite predisposed toward them. When they come in such a unique color my interest is raised even more. But let’s get to those questions. First, we know basically nothing about the car other than its mileage and that it’s said to run well. That’s good to know, and the seller’s other statement that it looks good rings true. Everything else is a mystery including the exterior color. What is it? If it’s original I would assume it’s Talbot Yellow since that’s the only Porsche yellow with this brightness I’m aware of from the late ’70s.…

1978 Porsche 924

1978 Porsche 924

I’m going to continue my string of 924s with an interesting 1978 today. This car represents the early run of the original design. It was a simple, no-frills, lightweight sports car – in essence, what Porsche was all about. However, Porsche’s headlining cars had moved on to powerful 6- and 8-cylinder designs, and turbocharging ruled the roost in performance options – so the EA827 derivative normally aspirated 4-cylinder from corporate partners Volkswagen and Audi was selected. That relegated the 924 to only about 100 horsepower, but with good handling and excellent aerodynamics they were still entertaining – albeit relatively slow – drives.

And, at less than $10,000 new, they were an affordable sports car with good build quality and a name established in winning prestigious races around the world. Yet, as Porsche does, sales success didn’t stop them from launching marketing-targeted limited production models nearly every single year – and charging a lot more money for them with options (up to around $15,000!). Today, if you want to collect an early 924, they’re generally the ones to grab. 1976-7 saw the Martini World Championship cars, while in 1978 you could have the Limited Edition model, and in 1979 the Sebring model. There was a 1980 Le Mans edition and further specials that we’ve seen, too. Along with the addition of the Turbo to the lineup in 1980, then, there generally isn’t much of a call to look at a non special edition early 924. But, this is one that might buck that trend….

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1978 Porsche 911SC Targa

1978 Porsche 911SC Targa

I won’t slow play this: at the first sight of the thumbnail featuring this 911 my first words were, “Wow!” My hope as I looked further was that everything else I saw would continue that sense of elation. I was not disappointed. Earlier in the week I featured a very pretty 997 Carrera 4 in a fairly similar shade of burgundy. It’s an elegant looking car and given its price shows the sort of value we can find with a modern 911. Here I guess we could say we have the classic version of that 911: A Wine Red Metallic 1978 Porsche 911SC Targa, located in Santa Barbara, with fantastic Cork interior and 77,501 miles on it. The price actually is higher than that of the 997, but the mileage is a good bit lower and its long-term value probably a bit more secure. Still, it’s not priced badly at all.

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Year: 1978
Model: 911SC Targa
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 77,501 mi
Price: Reserve Auction ($41,500 Buy It Now)

Goodman Reed Motorcars
Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 202-4557

Offered for sale is an very clean, mechanically strong, first year, 77k original mile 1978 Porsche 911SC Targa finished in Wine Red Metallic, a wonderfully era-specific livery that reads anywhere from Burgundy to Copper depending on the light. A perfect finish for this car’s already vintage styling cues (polished wheel rims, door handles and Targa bar), it’s also beautifully accented by the Cork leather interior, defining an example that evokes early 911 visuals while offering reliable 3.0L mechanicals and superior ride quality. Driven relatively sparingly throughout its 39 years of service, this beautiful example has always been well cared for, garaged and used only in favorable weather, exhibiting no evidence of rust or rust repair with an entirely original undercarriage.

1978 Porsche 911SC Coupe

1978 Porsche 911SC Coupe

I wouldn’t say this is a rare occurrence, but there are times when I come across a 911 and think to myself, “Man, I kinda like this one, but I can’t really tell you exactly why that is.” It’s not rarity, it’s not performance, I may not even find it strikingly pretty. I suppose really it’s just the sum of the parts. The appeal for me does tend to come from certain models – the 911SC and 3.2 Carrera – but otherwise we’re talking about standard 911s. I love them and I imagine I’m not alone. We all have our eye out for those rare beauties, but sometimes it’s the familiar that keeps us coming back.

That all, more or less, sums up this feature: a Grand Prix White 1978 Porsche 911SC Coupe, located in Richmond, with around 98K miles on it.

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Year: 1978
Model: 911SC
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 98,000 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

Offering an absolutely beautiful 1978 911 SC. This car is under consignment and has been owned for a little over 4 years by its current owner. It has had its AC converted and is blowing nice and cold. Other being slightly lowered and having an aftermarket radio the car is stock. This car shows EXTREMELY well for its age and I have service records dating back to 1990! Please call, text, email, if you have any questions.

Paint readings:
Hood-7.5
Roof-7.5
Trunk-9.5
RF-4.5
LF-4.5
RD-3.5
LD-7.5
R 1/4-5.5
L 1/4-5.5

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1978 was the debut year of the 911SC and the model – along with its successor the 3.2 Carrera – helped release the 911 from the doldrums of the mid-70s when emission restrictions and other aesthetic changes hampered both the 911’s appeal as well as its reliability.…

Minerva Blue 1978 Porsche 930

Minerva Blue 1978 Porsche 930

I’m pretty much at a point where a Minerva Blue Metallic Porsche is an automatic feature for me. When that wonderful blue exterior is contrasted with a Cork interior, then I can’t feature it quickly enough. That’s exactly what we have with this 1978 Porsche 930 and like other such combinations we have seen, the appearance is phenomenal. 1978 marked one of the few model years of significant change for the 930. Most notably it brought an increase in displacement, now up to 3.3 liters from the 3.0 liter flat-six that had served during it’s first two years. The new engine also brought with it an air-to-air intercooler and the necessary redesign of the whale tail spoiler so as to better allow for airflow into that intercooler. Naturally those changes brought with them increased horsepower raising those levels to 265 hp (up from 245 hp) for U.S. models. Even though they are more powerful the ’78 and ’79 model year 930s don’t typically command higher values than their earlier 3.0 liter counterparts. The seller here seems intent on challenging that generally accepted notion.

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1978 Porsche 911SC Targa

1978 Porsche 911SC Targa

In my journey through the world of green 911s I haven’t forgotten about those less rare cars and of course, one of my favorites, the 911SC. I’ve seen a lot of SCs lately, especially Targas, actually selling. Much of that is because they’re now coming up with much more reasonable prices, yet still presenting in good condition. Granted, they are definitely of the ‘driver’ quality but that’s ok and there will always be a place for such cars. Nearly everyone who writes here and reads these pages came to their love of automobiles from the exhilaration that comes from driving them. It isn’t always easy to find air-cooled 911s for prices that don’t make you cringe every time you leave the garage, but they do exist. Now that I’ve said all of those hopeful things I’m going to feature this 911SC, which is priced a little higher (sorry!), but given how good it looks still represents a little bit of a step back in the market. We’ll have to see where bidding takes it and I suspect its ultimate selling price will be below this ask. Anyway let’s get to the car: here we have a Copper Bronze Metallic 1978 Porsche 911SC Targa, located in North Carolina, with Cork interior and 36,280 miles on it.

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1978 Porsche 930 Martini Championship Edition

1978 Porsche 930 Martini Championship Edition

Martini’s sponsorship is fairly well known in racing circles and the connection to Porsche has been solidified for decades. Naturally, Martini cosmetic packages have been around nearly as long. While mostly used by racers who desired a more bonafide appearance for their track cars, the graphics packages available from Porsche found their way to street cars as well. We’ve seen them on the 911SC and the 924. In some cases, if you had a chance to step inside one of those machines you might come across something truly special: a Martini package that included an interior treatment. These are wild and certainly not for the faint of heart. The most sought after of all were the packages applied to the 930. How many were there? The numbers don’t seem certain as I’ve seen suggestions ranging from three total all the way up to eight! As you can tell, regardless of the numbers there were very few of these genuine 930 Martini packages produced. The car we see here, a 1978 Porsche 930, purports to be one of those few. Whether it is can be hard to know for sure and we aren’t offered a lot here to validate those claims other than the reputation of a dealer that tends to traffic in some very high caliber vehicles. If it is the real deal, then this 930 not only should make for a wonderful edition to any Porsche collection, but it will also be quite valuable.

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1978 Volkswagen Dasher Wagon with 23k miles – REVISIT

1978 Volkswagen Dasher Wagon with 23k miles – REVISIT

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The low mileage, mint condition Volkswagen Dasher Wagon we featured for a second time in November of last year has reappeared once again. They don’t get any better than this, so if you want to help clear your mind of recent emission scandal and reminisce about the good old days, this would be a good VW in which to do it.

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The below post originally appeared on our site January 2, 2014:

1978 BMW 320i

1978 BMW 320i

7The E21 has never been quite as popular among enthusiasts as later iterations of the 3-series. Produced between 1977 and 1983, the E21 was the successor to the beloved 2002 and the first in the line of BMW’s compact sedans to carry the “3-series” designation. Available only as a two-door sedan (and eventually a Baur cabriolet conversion, produced in very small numbers), the Paul Bracq-led design contains a number of classic cues: the steeply raked front nose and kidney grilles, the four round headlights and the “hoffmeister kink” in the C-pillar among them. Even when stymied by the dreaded, US-spec diving board bumpers, as here, these wedge-shaped cars have a quirky and charming look that embodies the best of early BMW styling.

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1978 Porsche 911SC Coupe

1978 Porsche 911SC Coupe

I’m going to step forward one year from yesterday’s 911S Targa to look at the model that replaced it: the 911SC. This was to begin the 911’s heyday as the 911SC and its successor the 3.2 Carrera would propel the model forward and insure its top status at Porsche. Chief among the issues to be addressed with this new model was the engine. Reliability issues had hampered the previous 2.7 liter engines, but with the introduction of a naturally-aspirated version of the 3.0 liter flat-six that had been serving duty in the 930, Porsche was able to provide both more power and better reliability. Always a winning combination. These 3.0 liter engines have proven to be some of the most reliable Porsche has used in the 911 and they are one of the reasons the 911SC remains such a great option for buyers today. With good care they easily stretch into six-figure mileage, yet values for cars in good condition have remained fairly reasonable relative to later models. While a 911SC certainly won’t provide the performance capabilities of the more modern 964 or 993 their appearance remains classic and their 180 horses still provide enough power for any backroad enjoyment. The example we see here is a very low mileage Silver 1978 Porsche 911SC Coupe, located in Tennessee, with an interesting Black interior with velour seat inserts.

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1978 Mercedes-Benz 600 SWB

1978 Mercedes-Benz 600 SWB

While we’re probably all familiar with the legendary Mercedes-Benz 600, one little fact of which enthusiasts may be unaware is that these behemoths were produced all the way up until 1981. It’s fairly amazing this über sedan that was introduced in 1963 outlasted the W116 S-class that was introduced in 1972 and lived on to see the birth of the W126 S-Class. In its time, this was quite possibly the best car money could buy, favored by dictators, celebrities and the well-to-do alike. The car wasn’t just a pretty face, however. It was also a technical tour de force, with a SOHC 6.3 liter V8 under the hood, a hydraulic pressure system that powered everything from the windows to the self closing doors and trunk as well as adjustable air suspension. This right-hand drive example for sale in London is not only rather uncommon due to its late build date, but has a rather muted cloth interior in place of the usual leather we see in these limousines.

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U.S. v. Euro Double Take: 1977 and 1978 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9s

U.S. v. Euro Double Take: 1977 and 1978 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9s

Tuner Tuesday posts usually focus on cars that have been turned up a few notches by aftermarket companies, but for some time Mercedes-Benz did all the magic internally. Indeed, if you go back to the 1920s and 1930s, Mercedes-Benz had a habit of taking the largest motor they could reliably produce and sticking it in their luxury cars. Such was where the legend of the 500 and 540K specials came from, but while the War postponed many further developments Mercedes-Benz were back at it in the W109 300SEL 6.3. Apparently not satisfied by that factory hot rod, engineers conceived its replacement with an even larger 6.9 liter V8 – mind you, in the midst of an international fuel crisis. Churning out 286 horsepower from the now legendary M100 V8, the 450SEL 6.9 was effectively a land-bound aircraft carrier and about as powerful. Long ignored by the market, the 6.9s have heated up over the past few years as large classic Mercedes-Benz models have become increasingly sought after and the rare 450SEL with the big motor is a solid draw. Today I have two examples to consider – a desirable European version and a less powerful and not quite as attractive American-spec car. Which is the one to choose?

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