It’s easy to lament the U.S. bound 320i. Powered by a fuel injection M10, it managed to kick out only around 100 horsepower in the early 1980s and felt like a disappointed follow-up to the fantastic 2002tii, which was lighter and sported 130 horses. While the smart-looking Bracq-designed E21 ticked the right 3-boxes and scaled his vision down well, the U.S. bound models got the unfortunate impact bumpers that made them look heavy and unappealing. It was like a cute kid wearing orthodontic headgear; you were pleased to meet them, but couldn’t help but feel bad for the way they ended up looking. Sure, there was a sport version of the 320i towards the end of the run, and it looked better because…well, it had BBS wheels and everything looks better with BBS wheels, but aside from that the U.S. 320i was the relatively forgettable holdover until the E30 redeemed the small sporting sedan range here.
But in Europe?
I love a really well-kept Mercedes-Benz W116. Maybe because I own one, but I can’t be alone in feeling this way. These cars feel as solid as anything when everything is sorted and won’t cost you a ton of money to buy and maintain one. All the gas-powered W116s are fine cars and the first ever production turbo diesel car to go on sale in the United States in 1978, the 300SD, was a gem as well. I have a hard time justifying ever selling my 300SD because for the money, nothing can replace it equally and frankly, there is nothing wrong it. So when I see these W116 300SDs come up for sale now and then I always take a closer look to see how other owners treat theirs. Today’s 1979 model for sale in Oregon has me envious and jealous thanks to a few OEM upgrades.
Earlier this week I featured a very pretty Emerald Green 1976 Porsche 930. As I then looked around through other auctions I realized it wasn’t the only early 930 currently up for sale in an interesting color. In fact, there were quite a few. It doesn’t make much sense to feature each individually, as much I might like each one. Thus, roundup time!
These aren’t the only early 930s currently for sale, but they are the ones I thought looked the best. They are a fairly diverse group coming in colors both light and dark, vibrant and subdued, and with mileage ranging from the very low (15,054) to somewhat high (115,826). Three of them are Paint-To-Sample and the one that isn’t comes in one of our favorite colors on Porsches from this period. And we even have both engine sizes represented. None of these are boring.
So without further adieu, let’s take a look at these great machines:
While pristine, all-original examples of classic and collector cars certainly have a cadre of devotees, there’s a slightly smaller and equally evangelical group of “period correct” piece lovers. From aftermarket wheels, body bits, seats and gauges right through to stickers, even if the car isn’t the most desirable model it can be brought up to snuff with some appropriate modifications. Today’s duo of E12s are good examples. Both start as 528i models; by themselves, certainly not the prettiest or most desirable BMW even within the period of the late 1970s. But both have gone through some modifications which make them desirable, though they take very different paths. Which one would you like?
It has been a little while since I’ve featured a W123 so today is as good a day as ever. Today we have a 1979 Mercedes-Benz 300D up for sale in Seattle, Washington. It sports the great color combo of Pastel Blue (with the matching hubcaps) and blue MB-Tex interior. I’m partial to all things W123 (I own one) and I love to see them when they’ve been cared for extensively. Luckily for everyone, this nice W123 looks to be so.
Like the Scirocco duo from earlier this week, Volkswagen’s “large” chassis has become an obscure name long gone from these shores. The Dasher premiered VW’s use of the shared B1 platform. Marketed in the rest of the world as the Passat (a name, like the Scirocco, for a type of wind), Volkswagen opted to use a name closer to its stablemate Rabbit and came up with “Dasher”. From 1974 through 1981, the B1 laid the foundation for larger watercooled Volkswagens in three configurations; two-door hatchback, four-door hatchback and wagon. Also like the Scirocco, the design came from Giogetto Giugiaro and was forward-thinking. Power came from the EA827 derivatives, with a relative modest 1.6 inline-4 gas motor and later diesel options available. In 1978, the B1 was refreshed and gained quad-round headlights and other light revisions, visually matching the Scirocco lineup a bit more. They’re obscure and relatively rare to see at all these days, but this survivor has popped up on eBay in a no reserve auction:
Here’s another 1979 Porsche 911SC, this time a Targa, and you’ll notice it’s a good bit different from yesterday’s example! For one, it’s from Europe (or, at least, the European market since they’re all from Europe). For the most part the differences between Euro market classic 911s and their American counterparts aren’t all that significant. So it usually is not a huge deal to find one and we don’t really see too much difference in value. We hear various anecdotes about better handling and performance due to revised suspension and varying weight, and while they certainly may be true those changes are more subtle. You’ll probably notice them, but it’s not like the Carrera RS vs RS America.
There are some aesthetic differences though that can make these an attractive alternative. For one, there’s a greater prevalence of cloth seat inserts, which I love. They provide contrast as well as a very period-correct look and feel. Add in the wind-up windows of this SC and you’ve nearly left the world or technology behind.
Model: 911SC Targa
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 44,430 mi
Price: Reserve Auction
1979 Porsche 911 SC Targa
Same owner since 1985
European market spec 911SC (lighter weight and more torque)
Fitted with euro market seats and wheels
One of 3,607 targa Porsche 911s made for 1979
Black metallic exterior and cork cloth/vinyl interior
Remarkable exterior paint that has a slight purple violet tint that is similar to the viola-metallic paint from 1993 Jahre 911’s
3.0L aluminum flat six-cylinder engine producing 195 ft/lbs with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection
Five-speed manual transmission
Power brakes, heated sideview mirrors, removable Targa top and “Whale Tail” rear wing
New paint, brakes, Sony sound system and Bridgestone tires
MotoeXotica Classic Cars is proud to offer a Teutonic favorite, a 1979 Porsche 911 SC Targa that has had the same owner for the past 32 years.
I didn’t know exactly what to call this 911. I’ve sort of gone with how the seller has termed it as a 911SC Hot Rod, which I guess is accurate, but it’s also a backdated build since it now sports a long hood in place of the standard SC impact bumpers. Though unlike a lot of backdated SCs the goal here wasn’t to replicate the RS or RSR. So this one sort of stands separated from many of the rest and I actually appreciate that diverence.
With all of that out of the way, it looks phenomenal! There’s a great mix of subtlety and flash here that comes together really well. It also appears to be very well done in all regards. We come across a lot of these builds and they come in a variety of levels of execution. From what we can see here, this is one of the better ones.
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 47,500 mi
Price: Reserve Auction
1979 911sc coupe hot rod build details
NOS Front latch panel to backdate
Getty Front fenders
Getty Front bumper
Getty Quarter Panels
OEM Front horn grilles
Reproduction turn signal housings
Euro H4 headlights
Factory hood latch (upper and lower)
Helion Full Carbon Fiber Roof
Getty rear decklid
Mini duck tail spoiler
New Polished aluminum decklid grille
New Porsche “911” gold emblem
New “Porsche” script gold emblem
Getty Rear Bumper, heavily modified to accept factory chrome bumpers
New Chrome rear bumpers (modified and chopped)
Helion Composite 911r taillight housings molded in body
Factory door handles drilled and rechromed
New Factory keys and locks installed
all new factory rubber seals installed
Factory Pop Out rear windows installed
all hardward has been professionally Zinc Plated by Tru6
Rennline front ventilation kit delete
Helion Composite Steering cover
Helion Composite Smugglers lid
Rennline Battery relocation kit
Odysessy 925 battery
Glass out bare metal Glasurit Pepper white Paint job
New Factory front RSR Coilovers
New Factory rear RSR Coilovers
New Eibach 250# front springs
New Eibach 300# rear srings
Tarret Engineering 935 front suspension
Tarret Engineering thru body front 20mm sway bar
Tarret Engineering Rear 22mm sway bar
Tarret Engineering 935 rear spring plates
Rennline front Mono Ball Strut Mount
RSR Rear bracing welded shock towers
RSR Rear spring plate bacing welded in
996T front brake kit with stainless lines
996T rear brake kit with stainless lines
New Turbo 23mm Master Cylinder installed
Rennline rear Mono Ball swing arm bushings
Rennline 3pt front strut brace
Factory fuchs custom gold
Toyo Ra1 tires 215/50 and 225/45
Factory Lugs professionally plated by Tru6
Numbers Matching 79 Big Port 3.0 rebuilt
Custom Jenvey Individual Throttle Body kit installed
AEM Standalone Engine Management
Custom built wiring harness
Bosch Ignition Coils
Clewett crank trigger wheel
Clewett Aluminum Crank Pulley
Clewett Hall Effect sensor and bracket
Custom made throttle body air horns and filters
New Bosch 044 fuel pump
Earls Fuel lines and fittings
Earls Fuel Filter
Aeromotive Fuel pressure regulator
EB Motorsports RSR Engine Shroud
EB Motorsports RSR Engine Tin set
Fan, shroud, cross bar, engine mounts all powdercoated
Wevo Blue Engine mounts
Update Valeo 3 wire alternator
Becker RSR Stainless Headers
M&K GT3 muffler
Oil Tank professionally cleaned and painted with new sender installed
Rennline Stainless Alternator strap
Engine Compartment has been completely welded shut, body worked, and painted body color
New Factory engine compartment seals installed
Custom Leather sound pad
Patrick motorsports RSR Aluminum Flywheel
RSR Aluminum Pressure Plate
New Sachs clutch disc
New pilot bearing
New Throw Out Bearing
915 trans was completely rebuilt by Jerrys Auto
Hardware all Zinc Plated
Wevo Blue Trans mounts installed
Wevo 915 shift assembly installed
Wevo Percision Shift Coupler
Brey Krause Stainless Harness Bar
custom REPA 3′ harnesses
GTS Kevlar Front Seats covered in Red Leather outers and Leather Basket weave centers
GTS custom made rear parcel shelf with red leather / basket weave
GTS rear seat bottoms in red leather / basket weave
Custom Made door panels in Red Leather Basket Weave
Custom made Kick panels covered in red leather
black leather door straps
GT Racing aluminum door handles
GT Racing aluminum door pull surround
Rennline Aluminum Carpet thresholds
Rennline Aluminum door sills
German Oatmeal square weave carpet custom kit
Rennline Aluminum Passenger Floor Board
Rennline Aluminum Drivers Floor Board
Rennline Aluminum Pedal set
Rennline Aluminum Trans coupler cover
Rennline Aluminum Dash Delete
Factory Backdated glove box door
Rennline Aluminum one piece lower dash wrapped in black leather
New German Headliner
Nardi Steering wheels with leather Porsche horn button
Pedal Box has been fully rebuilt and powdercoated
Rennline Gauge Rings
TOTAL WEIGHT WITH ¾ TANK OF FUEL IS 2088 POUNDS!!!!
Every now and then I come across a 911 that I can’t stop looking at. The close ups, the profile, the little details, I’ll keep coming back to all of it trying to take in more and more of the car. This is one of those 911s. This 911 takes all of the best things about the 911SC and elevates them. The seller says his intention was to replicate the look of the Carrera 3.0 and in that regard it does very well. It has the “Carrera” script – perhaps the only thing I could do without but understandable in a car replicating a Carrera 3.0 – along with the front and rear spoilers from that Carrera (also shared by the 3.0 liter 930). Add in the bumper horns, the pop-out rear side windows, the various European parts, and upgraded suspension and the whole package comes together very nicely.
It isn’t just the little details that stand out, the colors are great too. I imagine there are other colors that I’d prefer, but the Tobacco Metallic paint we see here looks phenomenal fitting both the period and personality of the car well. That period-correct theme is continued in the interior which shows a contrasting cork seating with tartan inserts. It’s an unusual, but interesting combination that helps to take this 911 to the next level. All together this looks like a very well put together 911SC and definitely one of the better examples I’ve seen. It isn’t wholly original, but the upgrades are appropriate.
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 49,481 mi
Price: $84,995 Buy It Now
Exceptional, one-of-a-kind, well-sorted, and well-loved 911SC “Super Carrera” for sale.
VIN: 91199200670 11/78
Made in West Germany
Genuine Porsche Certificate of Authenticity in hand.
The 1977 BMW 525 I looked at in June was a reminder that the E12 was a pretty simple car. It was lovely, too, and I was likely drawn to it by the Amazonitgrün Metallic paint – a hue in many ways mirrored by the Phoenix Yellow Metallic of the E46 M3. But while it looked really great, there was a major issue in that the car’s home location was Bulgaria. While importation wouldn’t be impossible and the asking price was reasonable, the expense of importing such a bare-bones model here would probably have most Bimmer fans questioning the sanity of someone who would do such a thing.
What if, though, it were already in the ‘Land of the Free’?