1980 Mercedes-Benz 230TE

1980 Mercedes-Benz 230TE

For many, the W123 remains the definitive Mercedes-Benz. With an iconic silhouette, invincible build quality and well-deserved reputation for durability, these cars can still be spotted on the road today, serving as daily drivers and usable classics. In fact, there’s a mint condition 300D in smoke silver that I see driven around my neighborhood on a regular basis. Looking like it just rolled out of a showroom, the owner is a young professional who I would guess is in his mid-thirties. Now that is a man with good taste. The estate bodyshape adds a useful amount of cargo space in the rear, making it the perfect choice for a stylish trip to the beach (or the lumber yard). To the uninitiated, they might just look like old wagons, but prices for mint examples can quickly reach into the high teens.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1980 Mercedes-Benz 230TE on North Jersey Craigslist

1980 Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup G60

1980 Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup G60

Often we complain about the numerous times German manufacturers have failed to send models enthusiasts want to U.S. shores. But in the case of the Volkswagen Pickup – affectionately nicknamed the “Caddy” after the model that was released later in Europe – was first debuted out of the American Westmoreland, PA plant. The chassis was lengthened and unique bodywork and rear axle were fit, and the Rabbit Pickup was marketed as a comfortable, car-like utility vehicle. Between 1980 and 1982, Volkswagen even offered the Rabbit “Sportruck”. While most would presume this was primarily an appearance package, the Sportruck actually was quite a bit more sporty than the diesel options in the rest of the lineup. You got a 5-speed manual (opposed to 4) hooked to a 1.7 liter 8V, a front spoiler and special “Rally” wheel trim, along with a 3-gauge console and bucket seats with a Scirocco steering wheel. It wasn’t a GTI, but it was a half step in between.

This Caddy, though it isn’t one of the Sportrucks, is a huge leap for Caddykind:

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Casablanca Beige 1980 Porsche 911SC Coupe

Casablanca Beige 1980 Porsche 911SC Coupe

It almost seems as if these days I can’t venture into the classifieds without tripping over a Porsche in a rare color. Taken a step further, I’ve even been coming across colors I have either never come across previously or at most come across once or twice. Earlier this week we had the Raspberry Carrera Targa and now we have this Casablanca Beige Metallic 1980 Porsche 911SC Coupe, located in Tennessee. Unlike Raspberry, this color isn’t likely to make some prospective buyers immediately turn the other way. It’s a lovely golden metallic, similar to the Platinum Metallic of this 930, that contrasts well with the various chrome and black trim pieces of the 911SC.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Casablanca Beige 1980 Porsche 911SC Coupe on eBay

Year: 1980
Model: 911SC
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 119,098 mi
Price: Auction

You are bidding on a 1980 Porsche 911SC. It is Casablanca Beige (Gold) with Brown Leather interior, Factory 16 inch Fuch Wheels, New Tires, and Cold Air Conditioning. The engine has just had a complete professional rebuild along with a New Fuel Tank, and complete fuel system including fuel injectors, fuel distributor, fuel accumulator, fuel filter and fuel pump. It has 1000 miles on it since the rebuild and comes with a Pre-Purchase Inspection. While the car was in for the Pre – Purchase inspection I had them change the oil and filter and do a 1000 mile check up on the car. The car also comes with the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity stating the car left the Factory with the following factory options.

Model Year/Type Engine Number/Type
1980 911SC Coupe 6403371

Production Completion Date Transmission Number/Type
05/20/1980 403457

Exterior Paint Color/Code
Casablanca Beige/X4

Interior Material Color/Type
Brown Partial Leather/44

Optional Equipment
US Standard Emissions Sport Shocks
Electric Sliding Sunroof Rear Speakers
Electric Mirror – Right Fog Lights
16” Fuch Rims Pirelli Tires
Cruise Control

The car was Purchased new by Dr.

1980 Porsche 911SC Coupe Weissach Edition

1980 Porsche 911SC Coupe Weissach Edition

The 911 Weissach Edition is probably my favorite of the various special or commemorative edition 911s produced by Porsche. Like most Porsche special editions the ‘specialness’ comes almost entirely in the form of aesthetic changes. These are mostly for marketing and to push some sales, but some of them are still interesting combinations even if there’s little in the way of performance improvements. What I like most about the Weissach is that it didn’t bother being tame. Many of the special editions are nice looking 911s; the Weissach sort of bugs out your eyes once you step into the interior. Of the two available color combinations – Platinum Metallic and Metallic Black – the example we see here in Platinum Metallic is probably the more tame of the two. Everything matches so the gaudy interior doesn’t punch you in the face quite as much. But I think it’s a fun combination even if a little over the top. Other enhancements were Platinum Metallic painted Fuchs, sport seats, and rather than the standard 911SC whale tail the Weissach received the whale tail from the 3.0-liter 930 Turbo. This one here sits with 85,576 miles.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1980 Porsche 911SC Coupe Weissach Edition on eBay

Year: 1980
Model: 911SC
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 85,576 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

This is one of 400 Weissach Edition SC Coupes.For you that are not familiar with the 1980 Weissach Edition coupes,they were a limited run of 400 cars built to honor the Porsche Research and Development center located in Weissach Germany.The cars were only sold in the US and came in one body configuration-Coupes, and in just two colors,Platinum Metallic or Black Metallic.They both featured identical interiors of Doric Gray full leather,rust carpets and piping with Sport Seats.On the exterior they featured an early 930 style rear spoiler,15×6 and 15×7 forged alloys painted in platinum metallic and a standard sunroof.You can clearly discern from the pictures it made for a gorgeous and unique example of a 911 coupe.

1980 Porsche 928

1980 Porsche 928

When I was about my son’s age (he’s just turned 5, amazingly), my father took me to the Porsche dealership. Rows of new arrivals from Zuffenhausen lined up, a cornucopia of Easter egg-colored speed machines. In 1983, the low, organic, flowing shapes of the 911 and 944 stood in vast contrast to the bulk of three-box designs that proliferated the marketplace. But there was one shape that really stuck out to me – the 928.

In 1983, Porsche hadn’t yet abandoned its hope that the 928 would ascend to the top of the Porsche model lineup, and because of this I don’t remember seeing any 928s outside. Where I did see them was inside the showroom, where I distinctly remember one residing. My father was taken by the 911 (still is, to this day), and perhaps it was a father-versus-son stereotypical response, but the air-cooled model looked old and antiquated. The 928 was, both literally and figuratively, the antithesis of the 911. Water-cooled, front-engined, Grand Touring. It looked like a spaceship both inside and out. Clearly, this was the future I was witnessing.

Yet the 928, for all its press and relative market success, never caught completely on. It was never able to wrest the crown from the 911 as the signature model for Porsche. But what is perhaps most surprising to me is that it is one of the few cars that today, over forty years gone from its design phase, that unlike basically every other car model produced in the 1970s and 1980s, it still looks futuristic today. Okay, admittedly, the plastics have aged, tiny wheels with big, comfy side walls are no longer the norm and flush-fitted windows, lights, locks and antenna would clean the design up significantly. But compare this design to a few contemporaries, for a moment – the 1976 Chrysler New Yorker, the Toyota Cressida, or the Fiat 128.

1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC

1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC

I’ve been on a little bit of a green kick as well as a featuring a few C107s of late. So why not combine the two and feature an outstanding 450SLC that is absolutely covered in the color green? This 1980 up for sale in Portugal has a nice lighter shade of green in Silver Green Metallic on the outside, but it’s what is inside that really blows you away.

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Year: 1980
Model: 450SLC
Engine: 4.5 liter V8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 48,000 km (29,825 mi)
Price: Reserve Auction

1980 Mercedes Benz 450 SLC 48.000Kms Perfect untouched Condition!

1 Portuguese Owner from New!
48.000Kms!
100% Factory Paint – All the Factory assembly marks and wax protection!
All the books; Keys; Tools.
Impossible to find another one in this condition!
This car was order new by Portuguese emigrant in South Africa. LHD special order.
When he came back to Portugal in 1987 the car came with him!
This car was bought directly by us to the 1st owner.
This car was part of small classic car collection.

The last owner was a successful entrepreneur in the car business in South Africa and actually it’s a business man in the automotive area at Portugal.
This car was always extremely well care by the owner!
It’s impossible to find another one in this condition!
Collector’s item!!!

I personally love the color combination on this car. Yes, it’s about late 1970s/early 1980s as you can get, but I think that’s the beauty of it. It’s basically a step back into that era in every way. You can get in this car and suddenly you are transported back 37 years. Everything is nearly factory perfect on this car outside of a dented up muffler and a rusty exhaust pipe.…

1980 Mercedes-Benz 280SLC

1980 Mercedes-Benz 280SLC

I go back and forth as to whether or not I like the C107. It was just a R107 with a fixed top, 14 more inches added to the wheelbase and some small rear seats. The biggest thing that really turns me off to this car are those window louvers. My eyes are always drawn directly to them and how awkward they look. I understand they needed to differentiate this car enough to sway buyers from the SL and probably couldn’t engineer a window regulator to fit in that space with a large piece of glass, but there had to be another design option on the table. Now that it’s 2017 and I very rarely even see a C107 in the wild, I’m starting to soften my harsh opinion on them. Today’s car, a European market 280SLC in Goldbraun, is certainly helping that cause.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1980 Mercedes-Benz 280SLC on Seattle Craigslist

Year: 1980
Model: 280SLC
Engine: 2.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 107,500 mi
Price: $5,500

1980 Mercedes 280 SLC (Euro)owners manual in German all original second owner 107,500 miles. Good shape, runs fine, solid car. Was grandma’s car and always garaged and maintained. New tires, new transmission, new exhaust, only maintained by Mercedes dealers, no rust. No rust. No rust solid floors and no rust oh and there isn’t any rust $5,500

Having been accustom to the standard 450SLC with the giant diving board bumpers and those awful chrome wheel arches, this C107 is a breath of fresh air. The M110 twin-cam engine is no powerhouse with only a 185 horsepower, but it should be adequate for this car. Inside, the plaid cloth interior,  manual climate control and Becker Grand Prix 470 radio are all welcome as what I think is an improvement over what came in the U.S.…

1980 Mercedes-Benz 300TD

1980 Mercedes-Benz 300TD

Few things make more sense to me than a W123 300TD. In my opinion, it’s everything you might ever might need in a vehicle. Durability? This thing will probably outlive the majority of us. Practicality? You can haul enough bricks in it to finally build that brick pizza oven in the backyard you’ve always been dreaming about. Frugality? It gets 25 miles per gallon no matter what you do. Comfortable? The disintegrating horse hair seats will suck you right in with ease. I can go on and on about the wonderful W123 wagon, but you probably already know this. So what are you waiting for? Maybe this 1980 300TD for sale in California is the vehicle that finally makes sense.

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Year: 1980
Model: 300TD
Engine: 3.0 liter 5-cylinder
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 233,065 mi
Price: $5,800 Buy It Now

We are offering up a 1980 Mercedes 300TD wagon. One owner blue and yellow California plate car. 233k original miles. Original owner passed away early 2016 and his family is selling the estate.

I am a amateur Mercedes enthusiast but I do know a little bit about Mercedes diesel. I have also had a very well known Mercedes Diesel mechanic look at the car. Engine is unbelievable! No blow by and purrs! Only pump diesel was used in this engine! The only thing we have done to the engine is a oil/filter change. Starts up quickly and runs down the road good. Drives straight and steering wheel is straight. Car is pretty impressive for almost being 40 years old.

Original owner was an electrical engineer and was his own mechanic on this Mercedes. All maintenance was performed by himself. Car has updated climate control which is a very big deal.

1980 Mercedes-Benz 300CD

1980 Mercedes-Benz 300CD

I’m always on the lookout for golden era Mercedes in rare colors to add to my small collection (more on that soon!). We’ve reached the point where despite millions of these cars being built and nearly all standing the test of time well, any nice one is starting to creep up in value — even more so if it’s in a color that isn’t earth tone. Today’s car that is up for sale in New York is the ultra-rare Inca Red paint that I’ve only seen on a handful of Mercedes over the years – let alone a W123 coupe.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1980 Mercedes-Benz 300CD on Hemmings

Tuner Tuesday – Roll the Dice? 1980 Mercedes-Benz 380SE Euro-spec

Tuner Tuesday – Roll the Dice? 1980 Mercedes-Benz 380SE Euro-spec

Early AMG cars are always a bit of a gamble without proper documentation, but today’s example really had me stumped. The listing has a bit of misinformation and answers few questions about the history or build of this particular W126. The look of the car, too, is questionable mostly because of the poor photo quality. So, let’s see if we can take a closer look and figure out any of what’s here – is this car worth the gamble?

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Signal Yellow 1980 Porsche 911SC Coupe – 1 of 1

Signal Yellow 1980 Porsche 911SC Coupe – 1 of 1

As the title suggests, we’re going really rare here with this Signal Yellow 1980 Porsche 911SC Coupe located in New York. It isn’t just the special order exterior color, but also the additional options, most notably the sunroof delete, that makes this 911 extra special and rare on the marketplace. Signal Yellow is a favorite of many that adds some notes of orange to the yellow paint to produce a very vibrant shade. The pictures here do a good job of capturing its orange hues and it will no doubt turn heads and should attract plenty of interest from 911 enthusiasts. The price for all of this rarity is high, but that’s hardly surprising.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Signal Yellow 1980 Porsche 911SC Coupe on Excellence Magazine

1980 Audi 5000S

1980 Audi 5000S

The Type 43 Audi just isn’t something you run across every day. That’s because most are long gone; some had rust problems, but more suffered from depreciation such that a relatively minor repair could suddenly render the car worthless. Such is the case for today’s 1980 5000S, a car which ended up in an auction site likely because of a transmission falling to pieces. Yet someone saved today’s example, cleaned it up well and rebuilt the running gear, and now it’s set to remind show goers of an oft forgotten yet important page in Audi’s history:

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1980 Porsche 911SC Coupe – REVISIT

1980 Porsche 911SC Coupe – REVISIT

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The Oak Green Metallic 1980 Porsche 911SC Coupe we featured back in August remains up for a no reserve auction. Before you wonder how that makes sense (shouldn’t a no-reserve auction result in a sale?), the seller has been dealing with multiple auctions won by non-paying bidders. So let’s hope this one can finally have a true chance at selling. The overall asking price is a little high when we consider mileage and condition. There are certainly areas that need work, but if the price can move a little closer to the mid-20s rather than $30K then it should make for a reasonable opportunity at getting into a classic 911.

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The below post originally appeared on our site August 16, 2016:

Mega Miles: 1980 Mercedes-Benz 300D

Mega Miles: 1980 Mercedes-Benz 300D

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”Those old Mercedes diesels will run forever!” That’s what I constantly hear when someone who is a ”car person” sees or hears I drive an old Mercedes diesel. Usually I just smile and nod in agreement because they don’t want to hear about valve adjustments, multiple filter changes, purges, diesel fuel additives and everything else that goes into keeping an old Mercedes diesel running forever. ”Nope, you’re right, just pour whatever liquid you want into the tank, it’ll run. Sure.” That brings me to today’s car. An OM617 diesel that is half way to running forever with only a tick over 585,000 miles. Now since you’ve heard about these cars that are capable of doing a crazy amount of miles, let’s take a look at this 1980 300D in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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1980 Audi 5000 Diesel – REVISIT

1980 Audi 5000 Diesel – REVISIT

When I saw this 5000, it looked familiar to me even though we rarely cover C2s. But when I read the ad, I was sure I’d seen it before. While we try to produce fresh material with every post, once in a while a truly special or unique alumnus of our pages resurfaces. In this case, it’s a quite rare Type 43 Audi 5000 Diesel. Originally, this car was written up at the end of 2013; now, nearly 3 years later, it’s back from a seller in Tennessee, have traveled only apparently 200 more miles and with a $1,000 price drop to $8,995. What’s perhaps even more spectacular is that they stole my words for the advertisement copy, only replacing “New England” as seen below with “Tennessee”. While it was good for a laugh and I’ll choose to chalk the plagiarism up to a backhanded compliment, this remains a very impressive and rarely seen specimen:

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The below post originally appeared on our site December 14, 2013: