Why do I like these things so much? I think it’s because it’s just so ridiculous to think of people looking for kit car platforms and choosing a car like the original air-cooled Beetle. I get it – it’s cheap, parts are plentiful, and given how many Beetles were running around in the 60s and 70s, kit cars were any easy way to stand out for minimal coin. This 1980 example looks to have survived the test of time unscathed (most of the ones I’ve seen have been total basketcases) and the likely hard-to-find glass bits are all intact; however, I doubt that the pancake motor has under 2,000 miles on it. Combining t-tops with gullwing doors might be a travesty on some cars, but for the Bradley GT, it’s just what the doctor ordered.
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Ever since Pablo has joined us here at GCFSB, my appreciation for the front-engine, water-cooled Porsches of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s has grown greater than before. I never was one to view it as a lesser Porsche, as some 911 fanatics seem to. My interest in them grew stronger as Porsche unleashed a wave of new models beginning in the last decade that didn’t quite appeal to the enthusiast in me.
When the 928 was introduced, it earned the European Car of the Year award in 1978, the only sports car to ever have earned this acclaim. However, as 928 production came to a close, it wasn’t a huge seller. Not even 3,000 of the last iteration, the 928GTS, were sold from 1993 to 1995. I generally prefer the later 928s, but there’s something about the early ones that I can appreciate. It’s a pure design, one which has withstood the test of time. This 1980 example has been owned by the same person for the last 30 years and hasn’t cracked 50,000 miles yet.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1980 Porsche 928 on eBay
Two events transpired yesterday that, for me, relate to this car. First, I was watching some of the Mecum auction action, and a low mile Porsche 993 Turbo in Arena Red came across the block. I watch in semi-horror as this modern Porsche crested $170,000 quickly. Now, I’m sure to someone that car is worth $170,000 – and speculation will probably continue to drive prices on the last of the air-cooled cars higher – but to me, that market is just absolutely insane and in need of a serious correction. The second event was that I took my very much not-perfect, not low mile and fairly compromised Audi for a drive down the road. The suspension is set to punish, the heat is stuck on, there’s no radio, and it smells vaguely of mold; I smiled all the way. Do you need a perfect car to just enjoy a drive? No, I don’t think you do. Would I have felt better if my car was an absolute pristine 100 point Sport Quattro? No, I think I’d be afraid to drive it, honestly. That’s what makes second-tier cars so appealing. The values aren’t high enough that you’re afraid to purchase or drive them, but they’re still special enough to give you a smile when you take them out. Driving down the road, not many people know what my Audi GT is anymore, and I’m okay with that. I imagine the same feeling occurs for Porsche 924 Turbo owners:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1980 Porsche 924 Turbo on eBay
I won’t bore you with an attempt to fully recount the storied history of the M1 here. But there are some interesting developments that helped create this halo car, changed its purpose and created the car that you see here. The M1 is a legendary car that, like the 959, 190E 2.3-16V Cosworth, RS200 and some other notable historic cars was born into a world that had already passed it by. It seems that often these ultimate cars have come about when the series rules have changed, and the M1 was part of that. The 959 moved from Group B to Le Mans, running high overall both attempts that it ran. The 190E took to the race track instead of rally, creating a new motorsports legend in the process – who can forget the images of Senna in the 190E? The RS200 moved towards the popular European sport of Rallycross, where it was extremely successful. And the M1? Well, the M1 was a bit lost; BMW had to build 400 of the expensive machines in a bit of a global recession, so they decided to make a one-make race series called the Procar series. Of course, it didn’t hurt that BMW was attempting to get its foot in the door with F1 management as an engine supplier, and the promise of the spectacle of F1 drivers let loose in supercars before the real race sure sounded appealing. What it was, most of the time, was a train wreck of crashes – but it was entertaining for sure, and they ended up building enough M1s to go racing where the car was intended, in Group 5 racing. While BMWs interests and technology passed by the M1 in the early 1980s, there was nevertheless a group of individuals who wanted their M1s turned up in the style of the wild winged, wide fendered and massive wheeled Procars. The result were the 10 AHG Studie cars: