Increasingly as some of our childhood (or, adulthood) heroes get priced out of sensibility for weekend warrior on a budget status, there are still some bastions of hope for the shoestring enthusiast. One of the best must undoubtedly be the underrated Porsche 924. As Sciroccos, GTIs, 944 Turbos, Quattros and the like take off in value, here lies a plethora of well-cared for, well-built and fun-to-drive cars that have good parts accessibility, reasonable repair costs and surprising amounts of practicality. Sure, it’s ‘just’ a 924, and Porschephiles will probably poo-poo your choice. So, too, will most of the rest of the automotive world. Their loss is your gain. Try as they might, outside of some very special 924 Carreras, these models that helped to keep Porsche afloat in the 1970s and 1980s still haven’t caught on with collectors.
So today I have two special 924s to consider once again. The first is a lofty Turbo model; finicky even in period, they’ve developed a reputation for lack of reliability and expensive repairs, but then have you ever seen the bill on a proper flat-6 rebuild? I’m going to compare it to the end-of-the-run 924S, and this one is the lightweight Special Edition model, too. Both are quite affordable and both appear to be in great condition, so which one is the winner?
The majority of the time, I can ”figure out” a car pretty quickly. I usually give them a quick glance, form an opinion on them, then move on to the next interesting car. Not with this one. Not with this 1980 Mercedes-Benz 280SLC.
It started out harmless enough. A listing for a $1,500 for a 280SLC. Naturally I’m intrigued by this. The 280SLC with the M110 inline-6 engine was never officially sold in North America so this was a big plus for me. Then I peeked inside and saw a manual transmission – things are looking even better. Yes, it’s pretty rough looking, but the extra parts the seller is throwing in with the car could make this deal worth it especially since one of the parts looks to be a real pre-merger AMG bumper. But when I really started to do some digging into this car I was just confused.
It’s been almost two weeks since I last featured a G-Wagen, so I figured I’d get back on the saddle and bring to you today a 1980 Mercedes-Benz 280GE up for sale in beautiful Aurora, Colorado. As you might have noticed, this W460 isn’t a stock vehicle but it’s not so crazy that you’ll look like one of those people who drive from Canada to Argentina in one trip. In fact, the only thing that is really different from every other basic W460 out there are some G55 AMG wheels wrapped in massive 35 inch tires, a set of shocks and springs to fit those massive tires, some fender flares to cover those massive tires and some torsion bars to make sure those massive tires actually get can down the road. Notice a pattern here?
I’m gonna to start this post off with a bit of an apology. At its current asking price this 911 isn’t going to sell. I don’t think it will sell at a price even close to this asking price. In that regard, this is kind of pointless. But the same reasons that lead this seller to attach this very high price are what make me interested in writing about it. It just isn’t going to sell.
This is a Talbot Yellow 1980 Porsche 911SC Coupe, with Brown leather interior, factory sport seats, and 122,515 miles on it. It’s a pretty rare color combination and a very attractive one at that. It’s said to be entirely original paint and interior, with the exception of a Porsche classic radio. As 911SCs go it should attract a strong price even at this mileage.
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 122,515 mi
Price: $80,911 Buy It Now
RARE FIND – SINGLE OWNERSHIP HISTORY – TALBOT YELLOW – FACTORY SPORT SEATS – PORSCHE CLASSIC RADIO INSTALLED – PORSCHE 80’S TIME CAPSULE – COCO MATS – ALL ORIGINAL & ALL ORIGINAL TALBOT YELLOW FACTORY PAINT – ZERO DRIPS – A/C BLOWS OLD SCHOOL PORSCHE COLD
OPEN TO SERIOUS OFFERS
With regard to the price, we must keep in mind two things: first, the air-cooled 911 market continues either to hold or move downward for cars like this one. I just don’t see a SC attracting this kind of collector attention. Second, this SC, as interesting a color combination and condition as it might be, is priced a above the Signal Yellow 911SC I featured last November. That SC was even more rare, came in a better and more iconic color, had lower mileage, and was being offered by a very well regarded Porsche seller.…
Boy, do I have a car for you today. If you are in the market for a car and still haven’t found what you’re looking for, maybe it’s time to put your heart and desire into none of than U2 lead signer Bono’s 1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL. This magnificent W116 features a cowhide-patterned interior that would feel right at home in Miami or even The Playboy Mansion. If that wasn’t enough it, it also has a stereo system so large that will last you until the end of the world. Also let us rejoice, as if you are at a red light with a few seconds to spare, you can talk on the 1990s car phone but everyone that dials you will be an unknown caller. So are you ready to rise up, maybe even levitate? Or just continue to sleep like a baby tonight and let this 450SEL sit for another day?
Engine: 4.5 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Price: Buy It Now £50,000 ($65,134)
To celebrate 30 years Joshua Tree, one of the best albums ever made
“Fitted with a pounds 15,000 sound system and cow-hide interior”
Do you want to buy piece of Rock an roll memorabilia.
Bono’s first car he got when he got few bob 🙂
He first bought just after U2 recorded the break through album Boy,
It’s very unique car Mercedes – 450 SEL in 1980’s
“body in good condition engine needs work”
Here is the thing with celebrity cars, they don’t mean squat for the value unless you are an absolute mega-star. Everyone wants to believe their cars once owned by a famous person 16 years and 4 owners ago suddenly quadruples it’s value.…
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.
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:
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.
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 119,098 mi
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
Exterior Paint Color/Code
Interior Material Color/Type
Brown Partial Leather/44
US Standard Emissions Sport Shocks
Electric Sliding Sunroof Rear Speakers
Electric Mirror – Right Fog Lights
16” Fuch Rims Pirelli Tires
The car was Purchased new by Dr.
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.
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.
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.…