1979 BMW 525

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’?

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1979 Mercedes-Benz 280S

Produced between 1972 and 1980, the W116 was the first car from Mercedes to officially bear the name “S-class.” Representing the pinnacle of luxury, safety and German engineering in the period, American customers could choose from several gasoline-powered V8s: a 3.5 liter unit in the 350SE/L, a 4.5 liter unit in the 450 SE/L and a gargantuan 6.9 liter unit in the infamous, high performance 6.9 SEL. But in Europe, the car was also available in base spec as the 280S, powered by a carbureted (rather than fuel injected) version of the M110 2.8 liter straight six.

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1979 Mercedes-Benz 450SL

Imagine walking into a Mercedes-Benz dealer today and saying “Yes, I’m in the market for a new SL. Do you have one in yellow?” The sales representative would probably look at you a little strange then come to realize he or she could talk you into plopping down an extreme amount for a custom color — granted that dealer had enough pull to fulfill the request. But roughly 38 years ago, you could grab a SL right off the lot in yellow. No one batted an eye at this because after all, it was 1979 and yellow was also a color that people painted their homes. Not everyone is now lining up to buy a yellow house (unless it’s at a beach) but this 1979 450SL up for sale in Tennessee? It’s garnering bids because it is not ugly, but period correct.

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Year: 1979
Model: 450SL
Engine: 4.5 liter V8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 102,627 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

You are bidding on a very desirable highly optioned 1979 Mercedes-Benz 450SL Convertible finished in maple yellow with saddle interior. Between 2013 and 2017, this classic was painted back to the original color, base coat/clear coat including the removable hard top. A brake job was completed including resurfaced rotors and drums, new pads, hone wheel cylinders. New plugs, wires, distributor cap, and battery were installed and tires replaced as well as a complete tune-up. A new set of Jaspe (Black-Tan-Rust) floor mats were installed. Reserve is less than restoration receipts alone. Winning bidder will also receive a new hard top rolling stand with cover to store the hardtop when not on car. Vehicle will need a new convertible top installed and you can pick your favorite color.

Mileage may vary slightly from photo as this car is driven occasionally. Clear Mississippi title will be provided. Reserve is very low (less than recent restoration receipts) so bid with confidence. This car runs and drives great with no smoke or leaks. Tracks down the road straight with plenty of power. Chrome is in good condition with one minor scratch shown in photo and black bumper trim is in good shape. All gauges work (speedometer, odometer, tach, temp, gas gauge, oil pressure, etc. )including the clock. Lights and blinkers work perfectly. Even the original AM/FM Becker radio and speakers work properly. Among the many factory options include power electric windows, folding armrest, auto antenna (works), heat insulating glass, bumper guards, central locking system and others. Headliner on hard top is in good condition. Some small pieces of carpet have been removed when car was painted but are in trunk and can be reinstalled or you can inexpensively install these small pieces with new carpet. Two pieces of chrome trim missing on side of seats but these are available and do not affect the functioning of the seats. Dash pad is good with one small crack shown in photos. ACC unit works intermittently.

VERY LOW RESERVE, less than restoration receipts provided with sale of car. Local pick up available but buyer is responsible for pickup or shipping. Car is being sold for a friend and is located in Memphis, Tennessee. $1,000 deposit required within 48 hours (cash, certified check, or PayPal. Balance due within three days. I can assist with loading if car is being shipped.

This R107 is far from a cream puff or garage queen. It has been painted once, it needs a new convertible top, the wood is cracking, some of the carpet is missing, it has a dash cap that even has a large split in it and under the hood is some serious oxidation. Despite all this, the seller says that mechanically the car up to snuff and everything is working fine. I’d still be wary of everything on this car but it doesn’t seem like it is a total lost cause. 1979 wasn’t a great year by any means for the R107 as you still were saddled with the 3-speed automatic, single-row timing chain M117 V8 and god forsaken automatic climate control system. But for whatever reason, these things still have a fair amount of demand.

Where this auction ends will be interesting. This is no doubt a real work in progress car that can still be driven, but you would think anyone buying one of these in yellow wants to show it off. The haggard interior will need some effort and I would think the price would reflect that. It still amazes that R107s like these will bring a higher price than a decent R129 that is in much better shape. If this thing tops $10,000 I’ll be beside myself, but then again nothing in this inflated market really shocks me anymore.

– Andrew

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

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-
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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. We are shown some documents, but not enough to support the claim of full documentation. Verifying those claims will be paramount to coming to terms with this 930’s value and with the relatively low bidding I do wonder if something else is afoot. But there isn’t anything to immediately raise me suspicions. We are provided with a lot of pictures and everything looks in very nice shape. The paint looks great and the interior presents as free of cracks and tears and generally looks free of any significant wear. Maybe this 930 will end up as a really nice value, or maybe bidding will move up steadily over the coming days. We will just have to keep any eye on it to find out.

-Rob

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. Be The Next Owner Of This One Of A Kind Classic. Please Feel Free To Contact Our Sales Dept. With Any Questions You May Have At 561-445-5093.

Add that this great looking Turbo only has 29,931 miles on it and we’ve got ourselves a serious commodity. As with quite a few Porsches like this that we come across the elephant in the room is documentation. Other than the CoA we aren’t told much is available. We have a picture that appears to show a small stack of papers, but nothing more. That means we don’t know if the paint and interior are original. We don’t know if the graphics came with the car. We don’t have verification of the mileage. Lastly, the ride height looks high. That could be the photos or maybe the ground isn’t level or maybe my eyes deceive me, but it looks high.

That’s not a small list of details and those details will be what determines the price. We’ve seen a fully original low-mileage ’79 930 exceed $200K. Bidding here sits at only $75,100. Where bidding should end will depend upon those details. This is a great looking Turbo and one that I’m sure many would be interested in having. We just need to know precisely what we’re getting.

-Rob

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. This was option M429, but there was a further option to upgrade to the Turbo-spec 5-bolt hubs and ATS mesh wheels that is very rarely seen, as most have the black painted wheels with chrome trim rings that came standard, just as this example does:

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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

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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

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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