1979 Volkswagen Scirocco

1979 Volkswagen Scirocco

Early water-cooled Volkswagens are now entering an interesting phase of market value. For some time, if you bought one and restored it there was only one reason – you absolutely wanted it to be what you wanted it to be, regardless of cost. It was a losing proposition in terms of value as you poured your hard-earned cash into bringing your beloved people’s car back from the brink of extinction. People would openly question your sanity; for your investment, you could have had a brand new car, after all. Even a VW!

But over the past few years, the tide has turned as greater appreciation for the early designs has swelled. Of course, the pool of remaining candidates hasn’t, so prices on pristine original examples have been driven heavily upwards. $22,000 for a low mileage GTI? $17,000 for an original survivor Scirocco? These were numbers that, not long ago, got you a pretty nice Porsche 911 of the same vintage. As a result, it’s suddenly becoming economically viable to restore these early Volkswagens and not lose your shirt.

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Light Yellow 1979 Porsche 930 – No Reserve

Light Yellow 1979 Porsche 930 – No Reserve

Let’s continue looking at the 930 market and where values currently lie. Perhaps to an even greater degree than yesterday’s example, this paint-to-sample Light Yellow 1979 Porsche 930 with just 14,997 miles on it should provide a window onto that market. It’s up for auction with no reserve, which itself is kind of peculiar with a car like this, but maybe this dealer has had it for a while and is ready to move on. Bidding is at $103,046, a low mark given where some excellent examples have sold, so we’ll have to see where it ends.

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Year: 1979
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 14,997 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

NO RESERVE AUCTION

Rare Opportunity to Own this 1 of 1 Paint to Sample 1979 Porsche 930 in Museum Quality. Factory Paint to Sample Light Yellow with Original Paint in Perfect Condition and free of any noticeable Rock Chips. Rare Factory Sports Seats in Black Full Leather. Limited Slip & Factory Power Sunroof. Fully Documented Miles. 100% Original Paint ( paint meter is consistent) Interior is ALL ORIGINAL with zero dye or repairs. Carpet is all original and in near new condition. Owned previously by 2 Porsche Collectors. Recent $18,000 Engine Out Service with full documentation done appx 6 months ago by world renowned Carrera Shop in NY. Fully Documented with Photos.

Similar vehicle with similar miles sold for $302,000 at Goodings-
http://www.goodingco.com/vehicle/1979-porsche-930/

Trades Accepted and Financing Available. We can assist in shipping this car world wide. There will never be another one like this 930. Serious Inquiries Call 201.310.0048

We are told that everything here is original: the interior, the paint, and the mileage and that all of that is documented.…

1979 Porsche 930

1979 Porsche 930

This is a strikingly pretty Porsche 930. Wait…pretty isn’t the word I’m looking for. Let’s just say it’s pretty damn striking and a great looking 930. Guards Red makes for a familiar exterior color on Porsches from the ’80s. It is a less prevalent color on Porsches from the ’70s, but still one we see and recognize almost immediately. Where this 1979 Porsche 930’s Guards Red paint raises the bar is that it has Turbo graphics. Ok, graphics aren’t for everyone and maybe they can be a little bit boy racer, but the Turbo graphics on early 930s are a different animal. They’re subtle. In some cases almost so subtle that you miss that they’re even there. They are a fantastic complement to the black trim accents of the 930 in general. Yes you get whooshing turbo script down the rear quarter, but it’s a car from the ’70s and it just feels right. This is the first time I’ve seen the graphics on a Guards Red 930. I’m sold!

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Year: 1979
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 29,931 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

1979 Porsche 911 Turbo!! Collector Quality!! All Original!! 29K Original Miles!! Best Color Combo!!

This Porsche 911 Turbo Is In Guards Red

Over Black Leather Interior Which Makes It The Classic Porsche Color Combo! Aquired From The Amazing Porsche Collection Of A Florida Doctor. No Expensed Or Effort Spared In The Curation Of This Piece Of Porsche History. Rarely Do You Find A 1979 Turbo With All Its Original Parts In Place. Original Radio, Exhaust, Mufflers and Intercoolers. This Is A Numbers Matching U.S. Car.

Loaded With Collectible Features Such As…

• U.S. Equiptment

• Rare Factory Porsche Turbo Decals

• Porsche Certificate Of Authenticity

• Original Manuals

• Original Emergency Inflator Still In Box

• Original Porsche Tool Set

• Brand New Tires

• Electric Sunroof

1979 Porsche Turbos In This Original Condition Are Rarely Available.

1979 Porsche 924 Sebring Edition

1979 Porsche 924 Sebring Edition

Porsche has never been one to shy away from special editions. You could probably populate the pages of this blog daily with the veritable cornucopia of limited-run models Stuttgart thinks up at every board meeting. So it comes as no surprise that Porsche’s tried and true formula of “Add Limited Edition” immediately found its way into their new 924 chassis as soon as it was released. I covered these special models last year over at The Truth About Cars, but you’re probably already familiar with a few as we’ve seen them before on these pages.

The first to hit was the Championship Edition (Martini) 924 in 1976-7. It was primarily an appearance package with the signature red/blue Martini stripes over a body in white with a unique interior, though the model also got sway bars for some performance gain. About 3,000 were produced. In 1978 that was followed by the Limited Edition; again, a special color with special Pascha interior, sway bars and the addition of fog lights. In 1979, to celebrate the 1978 victory of Porsche 935s at Sebring, Porsche introduced a new limited model. Dubbed ‘Sebring ’79’, the new model took aspects of both the Martini and Limited models and combined them. You got sway bars and fog lights (Sebring takes place partially during the night, after all!), and the model was presented in bright Guards Red paintwork with a Tartan interior inserts. Porsche upped the race decal quotient from the Martini car; not only were there yellow race stripes that flowed down the sides, those stripes encircled the car now. Giant “Sebring ’79’ decals adorned the front fenders and the tail, as well. And if you forgot what you were driving, Porsche slapped a huge ‘924’ white decal in the middle of the headlight filler panel. As 924 special editions went, it was the closest to a full-sized Matchbox car you could buy.…

1979 Porsche 911SC Coupe

1979 Porsche 911SC Coupe

Yesterday’s post was a bit concerned with finding certain diamonds in the rough; finding those 911s that won’t break the bank but should still stand to deliver a good deal of joy over the life of the car. The one we see here makes a good argument for inclusion in such a group, though in a much different way than the Carrera 4 did. That this is a 911SC in many cases already would keep it in the reasonable price group, but there is more. For one, this one is pretty high mileage having seen 232,284 miles over the course of its 37 years. But the owners weren’t content to leave it be and (presumably) rather than rebuild the original 3.0 liter flat-six with which it left the factory they chose to fit a slightly more modern 3.2 liter engine from an ’87 Carrera. The original 915 5-speed transmission remains with the car, making this a little bit of a hybrid drivertrain, but the suspension was also redone at the time it received its new engine. All together it should make for a nice driver and one that should be had for pretty reasonable cost.

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1979 Mercedes-Benz 240D Hearse

1979 Mercedes-Benz 240D Hearse

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Ever hear the old joke “he’ll be late for his own funeral?” That adage refers to the people who were driven in to their funerals in a Mercedes-Benz 240D hearse – because this thing is so slow, they literally were late to their own funeral. The W123 240D produces 67 horsepower which is slow enough in the standard sedan. Add in a hearse body (as well as a real body inside a heavy casket) and a farm tractor is starting to look like a more expedient option. This 1979 that is heading up for auction in New Mexico is a curious car with some odd things and interesting stories, so let’s try to make sense of this funeral coach.

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1979 Porsche 928

1979 Porsche 928

Ah, the ’70’s. The decade of plaid pants, platform shoes, ill-fitting floral shirts, and green-on-green Porsches. This Porsche 928 stood out to me for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that quintessentially ’70’s color combination of Oak Green Metallic on Olive Green. That a car could be so monochromatically green is offensive enough, but that the interior and exterior are different shades is just nauseating. It captures the vibe of the decade perfectly.

Then there’s the location. This is the only 928 I’ve ever come across that has lived its entire life in North Dakota. Sold new on February 7th, 1979 by Valley Imports in Fargo, the car remained in the area until at least 2004. I have to wonder if the original owner opted for the $500 “True Coat” option eagerly pushed by famous car salesman Jerry Lundegaard. Anyhow, the color combo and the geographic location of the car are striking, but that’s not all that stood out.

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1979 Porsche 930

1979 Porsche 930

Take a beautiful blue car and place it next to the ocean (or any large body of water) and I will be attracted to it like a moth to a flame. It is a combination of color and environment that really speaks to me even if there is a certain monochromatic quality to the entire presentation. As should now be obvious my attraction to this 1979 Porsche 930 was kindled through just such an arrangement. The sky, the waves, the car. It all looks so inviting. Of course, once you’ve strapped yourself into this 930, fired up the engine, and attacked the local coast road the experience then takes on an entirely different dimension. That’s right where my mind is transported after taking in the still photos. It’s the total experience captured in a single photograph.

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Ribbit! 1979 Porsche 911SC Coupe

Ribbit! 1979 Porsche 911SC Coupe

This ad starts off in a pretty nontraditional manner by stating that the car is not currently for sale. And maybe it isn’t and only is listed so as to attract people to this dealer; perhaps it’s only for sale in the way in which we might say everything is for sale – for the right price. Either way here we have one of the more unique color combinations we’re likely to come across on a 911: a 1979 Porsche 911SC Coupe, located in Ohio, with a paint-to-sample exterior in VW Scirocco Viper Green along with a contrasting White interior. Oh, and it only has 12,121 miles on it. I think we can see why it might not actually be for sale.

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1979 Porsche 911SC Targa

1979 Porsche 911SC Targa

Following upon the heels of yesterday’s Porsche 930 here we have a very similar looking 1979 Porsche 911SC Targa, located in Virginia. Both cars came from the 1979 MY and both have the same rare exterior color. But the devil is in the details as this SC departs from that 930 in a few interesting ways – you know, other than them being completely different models. The most obvious point of departure comes in the interior where we find pasha inserts on the seats. Like the many tartan inserts we’ve seen on other Porsches from this period the pasha inserts can be tough to love and pretty clearly date this 911 to the ’70s. For some buyers though they are just the thing to spice up the interior. We also find the cookie cutter wheels, here shown in black, a color which I’ve very rarely seen and which gives them a very subtle appearance. It also has one of the earlier whale tails for the SC and it looks much more like that of the early 930s than what we would late find on other 911s. Some documentation of its originality to this 911 will be key here.

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1979 Porsche 930

1979 Porsche 930

A funny little aside to open this post: when this 930 first came up on eBay the mileage was listed at 590,031. I thought, “holy hell that’s a lot of miles!” It would easily be the highest mileage 930 I’ve ever come across and it looked in pretty nice shape for that many miles. I wanted to know all about it. It’s history likely would be fascinating. Still, I suspected it was a typo. Especially since the seller made no mention of the mileage in the ad (you’d think something like that would come up). We all know that Porsche does some fantastic engineering work so perhaps it could be accurate, even on a 930. Well, it was a typo. The mileage is now shown at a more understandable 59,031. Darn. That removed what seemed the most interesting characteristic of this 930, but it’s still shown in a very nice, and rare, color so it remains worth our time. Here we have a Light Blue Metallic 1979 Porsche 930, located in Los Angeles, with a complementary dark blue leather interior and the stated 59,031 miles on it.

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1979 Porsche 930 with 34 miles

1979 Porsche 930 with 34 miles

This is just absurd. The mileage, the condition, the price. Though interestingly not much is absurd about the color or options. It is in those regards a fairly standard example of an early 930. Here we have a triple black 1979 Porsche 930, located in Cleveland, with a mere 34 miles on it. How it is that a Turbo like this ends up with such low mileage, I have no idea. With unique colors, options, or models I can understand a collector buying a car with the intention of keeping it in such pristine shape. But on a standard black 930 I’m less certain how we get here. Regardless, here we are and even if there’s nothing particularly eye-catching about the color it is still a nice treat to see such a time capsule. Seeing this 930 is hardly different from walking into the showroom when it was new.

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1979 Porsche 930

1979 Porsche 930

This Black Metallic 1979 Porsche 930 with Cork leather interior has been around for a little while. I can’t remember exactly when I first saw it, but I’d guess it’s been on eBay consistently for a couple of months now. I mention this primarily because I assume at some point this seller will have to come to terms with where the market is valuing this car rather than the price at which they want to sell it. Of the various auctions I’ve seen most have received zero bids with a couple coming in with a bid or two, but remaining right around the $75K starting bid. Why feature it? Well, I do like the car; it’s a nice color combination and Black Metallic isn’t very common on early 930s or 911s in contradistinction to non-metallic Black. It would be great to see it in lighting other than under the fluorescent lights we see here, but even so it still looks good. Throw on a set of black Fuchs in place of the chrome and the whole package should come together nicely.

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1979 Porsche 930

1979 Porsche 930

A couple weeks back I featured a 1977 Porsche 911S in the fantastic combination of Minerva Blue over Cork. It was wonderfully beautiful and while the ’77 911 is coming along in appeal it remains one of the less desirable models. Well now we have that same great color combination, but on a model that takes our desire up a number of notches. Here we have a Minerva Blue Metallic 1979 Porsche 930 Coupe, located in Oregon, with Cork leather interior and a scant 20,426 miles on it! The paint is original, as is the interior. The only thing missing are some pictures of it in the sun so that we can really see that blue paint pop.

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1979 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9

1979 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9

1The 450SEL 6.9 was the top of the range, high performance version of the W116 S-class, produced between 1975 and 1981. To make it, Mercedes took an ordinary W116 and shoehorned the largest V8 into its engine bay that they could find: a mammoth 6.9 liter unit making 250 hp and 360 ft-lb of torque in US spec. They then added a sophisticated hydropneumatic self-levelling suspension system that gave these cars a dual personality. On ordinary roads they had a magic carpet-like ride that would soak up bumps in a manner entirely befitting a W116, while on the track they would handle far more nimbly and capably than their size would have led you to believe. The result was an early luxury super sedan; a 70s incarnation of today’s souped up AMG S-classes. But unlike their modern counterparts, on the outside the 6.9s didn’t look any different to the rest of the W116 lineup. Distinguished only by a discreet “6.9” badge on the trunk lid, the understated menace of these cars meant they quickly found favor among the sorts of people who wanted to go very fast and had lots of money, but didn’t always want you to know just how much money they had. Driven by Hollywood moguls, gangsters and foreign dictators alike, these cars were expensive, fast and technologically advanced.

Jumping forward to today, these cars have rather languished on the classic car market. You can still find tired examples on Craigslist costing only a few thousand dollars, often resting on their emergency bump stops as a result of failed suspension, with faded paint and sad interiors. Lately however, nice 6.9s appear to be climbing in value, with more and more nice condition examples coming to market with large price tags attached. And that leads me to today’s car.…