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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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