King Juan Carlos I of Spain’s 1978 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9

Some of my favorite cars to look at are special builds from manufactures to serve a specific purpose or person. One of those purposes is diplomat cars and all the crazy modifications they receive compared to the normal civilian version. Today, we have an already special 1978 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9 that was modified for Juan Carlos I during his rule as King of Spain. This M100-powered S-Class is fully armored and a rear sunroof was added so he and his wife, Queen Sofía, could stand on the rear seats to wave at people during parades and events. This W116 was also equipped with the customary flag holders on the front fenders and a siren to alert all the mere normal citizens to get out-of-the-way. But now, Juan Carlos I is 80 years-old and while he still gets driven around in a S-Class, he also prefers some faster toys too.

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Feature Listing: 1978 Porsche 928

Is it possible that the early 928 is an even more futuristic looking car than the later models? Typically we’d probably consider the inverse where a model evolves and advances as it gets older. The 928 surely did advance and its evolution is clear, but I still think the earlier models look farther ahead than the later models. Some of that surely is down to their look relative to other options available at the time, but I think there’s more to it than that. Their spaceshippyness (that’s definitely not a real word) seems more pronounced. The round-in-the-back and pointy-in-the-front design is more apparent. The interior…well as soon as we take a look inside this one I think that part becomes obvious. It all seems like it’s looking farther into the future and then with its evolution Porsche dialed it back some and smoothed all of the rough edges.

This forward looking design is a testament to Porsche’s ideas and it really makes me wish the model had continued to live on so that we could see where it might have gone next. The Panamera isn’t it.

These were my thoughts as I looked over this 928. It comes from early in the model’s production so it showcases those early design cues and its black-white pascha interior is something few marques would ever consider utilizing outside of the ’70s. This is very much a period-correct 928 and its restoration looks top notch.

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1978 Porsche 911SC Coupe

Wow, I am so torn by this 911. I genuinely really, really, like it. But it has some issues, most notably the price. Let’s get to those later though. First, it just looks stunning. This is one of the more attractive 911SC Coupes I’ve come across even if its colors – Grand Prix White over Cork – are not necessarily those I would typically clamor for. The two come together beautifully though and the overall condition of the entire package looks very good. Neither the interior nor the paint are original – one of those issues I mentioned – but both look well done by their respective restorers. It sounds like it comes with a large number of records dating back to its inception and the mileage sits in a very reasonable place: not so low that you worry over adding additional mileage, but not very high either. For those seeking a lighter-hued 911SC I think this first-year model would make for a great choice.

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Limited Edition Double Take: 1977 and 1978 Porsche 924s

Yesterday’s Scirocco is a reminder of the original Volkswagen project for a sporty car based upon pedestrian internals. That project was EA425, and as Volkswagen shifted away from rear-drive platforms towards the new, efficient and cheap to manufacture front-drive arrangement, Porsche continued to develop the prototype. Released nearly in conjunction with the new Golf and Scirocco, the 924 was the first to introduce the world to a water-cooled, transaxle Porsche in late 1975. Yet as they’ve done with so many other models and though the affordable and efficient 924 was a relative hit out of the marks, immediately Porsche began offering special limited models to tick the price up and spur sales.

The result was that effectively every model year early on got its own special model. Today I’ve got two of the early examples; the 1977 Martini World Championship edition and the 1978 Limited Edition model. While neither have much in terms of performance gain, either is an affordable entry-level classic:

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1978 Volkswagen Scirocco with 27,000 Miles

Edit 11/28/2017 – though it reportedly sold for $17,700 this car has been relisted at $17,495 HERE – $2,000 more than the original listing’s Buy It Now option.

Normally I write fairly verbose introductions, covering the history of a particular model or some interesting tidbit about its history. Sometimes they’re my personal connections to the cars. I’m sure on more than one occasion you’ve wished I’d just shut up a bit so that you can get to the car. Today’s that day, because the presentation and condition of this 1978 Volkswagen Scirocco are so staggering I was literally left mouth agape looking through the photo reel. Enjoy:

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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

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. For further information, call 614-347-3257.

While always important, documentation will be paramount with this 930 both to validate claims of Gregg’s ownership and also the originality of the interior of the car. We’ll also want to know something about its history and the level of originality this 930 possesses. A quick search of the VIN turns up a little bit of information, but nothing too definitive. It appears the interior is substantially original, but the exterior likely was repainted. That’ll bring the value down a little, but shouldn’t be too harmful.

I am pretty interested in how this 930 gets valued. Famous owners can attract extra dollars, though not always and sometimes their fame has to be much more broad than someone like Peter Gregg who won’t be known by many outside of racing circles. A very low mileage and totally original ’78 930 can bring in pretty high values, easily exceeding $150K, and that doesn’t even get to the unique features of this particular 930. So we could be looking at something pretty special. Bidding, however, remains very much on the low end for such a car, reaching only $60,100 as of writing. We’ll see how everything changes, but right now I can’t imagine this will be going anywhere any time soon.

-Rob

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. But is it original? The picture of the front tub certainly doesn’t look like it. Perhaps I’m mistaken, but I’d have expected that to be painted the same yellow as the rest of the car. So until proven otherwise we should probably assume the exterior color is non-original paint and color.

We’ll want to know something of its history and mechanical condition, especially recent service. Those questions hopefully are answerable from the seller, though how thorough those answers might be likely will depend on how long it’s been in the hands of its current owner. Given these questions I think this auction’s current bidding of $25,101 is probably as high as it should go and perhaps could be too high if the service history isn’t to your liking. It’s a nice looking 911SC though with a rare exterior color and a very ’70s cork interior with velour seat inserts. Questions or not, you’re just not going to find too many of these out there.

-Rob

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

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.

Truly a pleasure to drive, the 3.0L engine starts right up without any smoke and pulls strongly and smoothly through each of the transmission’s gears. The brakes are precise and the car stops as straight as it drives. Living up to Porsche’s legendary handling, the car is joy in the canyons as well as the highway. The drive train is completely original and the car has benefited from recent service including a new distributor, new fuel pump and new CDI unit. The car’s Wine Red Metallic finish is in good shape, marred only by imperfections that don’t show up in the pictures. With no evidence of any accidents, the body is straight with factory correct panel fits and gaps. The glass and rubber are in great shape and the refinished Fuchs wheels are impeccable and wrapped in nearly new BF Goodrich tires.

The interior is equally as clean. The front seats have been professionally reupholstered in leather and the back seats, carpets and interior panels are in great original condition. The leather wrapped dash has no cracks, showing only minimal warping, the car is fitted with a relatively uncommon A/C option (that blows cold) and the Targa top is in excellent original condition with both locking keys intact. Also included are the car’s original owner’s and shop manuals, as well as the original tool kit.

Intended to extend the 911 line through its planned cessation in 1981, the 911SC was introduced in 1978 with only slight aesthetic changes to the 911’s previous incarnation. That said, under the hood it was much different, sporting the 3.0L engine upon which Porsche would build its “bulletproof” reputation for reliability. The 911SC was the most tractable and civilized 911 ever, but that’s not to say that it gave up any performance, rocketing from 0-60 mph in 6.7 seconds, times comparable to 911 variants all the way through the 1990’s. In fact, the 911SC was so popular with the public and so successful for Porsche, that they scrapped their plans of ending the 911 model line, and consequently many Porsche enthusiasts regard the SC as the savior of the iconic model and, by extension, the company.

At 39 years old, this 911SC offers the best of both worlds: an appreciating, charmingly vintage model that’s still modern enough to drive comfortably and reliably. With only 77k miles, this “bulletproof” 3.0L engine is sure to provide years of further trusty service and enjoyment. If you’ve been looking for a clean, low mileage, rust-free 911SC, this first year Targa deserves your serious consideration.

We want this car to go to great home and would be happy to answer any questions or discuss a deal, so please feel free to email us or call us at 805-202-4557. You can also visit us online at GoodmanReed.

For U.S. buyers a 10% non-refundable deposit is required within 3 days of the auction’s end, the balance to be paid within 7 days of the auction’s end. Foreign buyers must pay in full within 7 business days of the auction’s end. Buyer is responsible for shipping, however we’d be more that happy to help with recommendations and arrangements. The car is listed locally and we reserve the right to end the auction at any time should it sell prior to auction’s end. Thanks for your interest.

Cork is my favorite interior color on the 911 and it looks absolutely fantastic here as a contrast to the Wine Red exterior. I especially like the look with the Targa top removed where the profile shows just enough of the seat backs that we get a glimpse of that contrast. I do wonder if the first buyer of this 911 had a certain sense of humor in choosing a cork interior to go with a wine red exterior. Very fitting combination.

The overall condition of this 911SC looks quite good and other than the radio it looks to possess its original items. We are told that much of the interior is original, though the seats have been reupholstered. They look to have been done well. We aren’t told whether the exterior paint is original. Even if repainted, it looks well cared for. The biggest questions appear to be about its maintenance and history about which we are provided little here. Some research hopefully can provide what we need in that regard. Otherwise, this is a beautiful 911SC Targa coming from the first year of the 911SC’s production. Bidding sits currently at $27,300 and I imagine we’ll either see that come close to the BIN price or someone simply will step in and purchase it prior to auction’s end.

-Rob