1981 BMW M1

There are a few strange similarities between yesterday’s 1987 Volkswagen Scirocco 16V and today’s subject – the much more elusive and legendary BMW M1. Both were sporty cars developed from more pedestrian beginnings. Both featured high-revving dual-overhead cam motors. But the interesting part comes in the sublet of construction, and the design. Both have links to Giugiaro, but both also borrowed heavily from other designs.

In an article I penned for The Truth About Cars last year, I covered some of the development of the Wedge Era and how those spectacular show car designs channeled their design language down to more pedestrian models. One of the stars of that article were the cutting-edge looks from Giugiaro’s ItalDesign – the firm, and man, responsible for some of your favorites such as the basic shape for the Audi Quattro. But while the Quattro launched its brand into the luxury realm and redefined the 80s, the undisputed German star of the wedgey wonders was the BMW M1.

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1981 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

I go back and forth on whether or not I like the R107. I just think they stuck around way too long and those that want to sell them have grand illusions of what they are actually worth. I think sellers have some kind of mental formula in their head that goes “Mercedes + old + convertible = valuable” when we all know that none of those factors matter unless someone actually pays for it. But every once in a while a R107 comes along that I actually think represent good value for the money you would pay. This 1981 280SL, which looks to be a grey-market import, really represents what I think is the R107 to buy — if you really want one in the first place.

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Year: 1981
Model: 280SL
Engine: 2.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 186,000 miles
Price: $12,500

Very well cared-for German-engineered classic. I am the second owner and have owned the car for 31 years. It was 5 years old when I purchased it with 36,000 miles, current odometer is 186,000. It was always garaged but certainly driven and enjoyed over the years although with careful consideration to weather and other road conditions. I have all maintenance records and do the oil and filter changes myself every 3,000 miles. In short, this one’s been “babied” and if you have ever wanted one, this is the one! Too many attributes to list, so just enjoy the pictures and if seriously interested, let me know. As you can see, I have the original rims as well as the OEM pictured in some of the images. The soft top will need replacement soon although I had it done 8 years ago…..beginning to see some dry-rot.

1981 Porsche 911SC Targa

I always love to return to the 911SC Targa in my search for driver quality 911s. These were the Porsches that first made me familiar with the marque and represent my first exposure to the 911 in general. And, of course, it helps that they tend to come in at pretty reasonable values among the air-cooled line. This 1981 Porsche 911SC Targa, located in Oregon, comes in a period correct color combination of Platinum Metallic over a Brown interior. It’s a combination of two earthy and natural tones that is fairly uncommon on modern cars, but looks good here. It even works well with the chrome Fuchs!

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Year: 1981
Model: 911SC Targa
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 117,604 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

1981 Porsche 911 SC Targa
VIN #WP0ZZZ91ZBS160459
Excellent Condition
Rebuilt Motor and Gearbox
Extensive Records
Books
Tools
Spare and Jack
Gorgeous Interior with Perfect Patina
Drives Perfectly
Needs Nothing
One of the nicest we have seen

If you have been looking for an SC Targa, stop looking and buy this car!
Exceptionally nice, both in appearance and mechanically, this one is special.
When I first saw this car I knew it was the complete package.
It has great records, books, multiple keys, spare, tools, and jack.
A motor and gearbox rebuild done in the last few thousand miles tops it off.
The car is a great color and the interior is absolutely stunning.
This car is a great example of an SC and will make someone very happy!

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This ad tells us most of things we want to hear with a 911 like this.…

1981 Porsche 930

There are going to be lots of questions about this 1981 Porsche 930. A lot of potentially interested Porsche buyers will move on quickly as some of the information we already have will disqualify this 930 from their consideration. Ultimately, everything will come down to whether the price is right and as with any such car the hope is that its various foibles will yield a perfectly good driver-quality 930 for a lot less money than many comparable, and much more original, examples.

Let’s get to the good stuff first: for one, it looks great! The color combination is really attractive, I’m a big fan of the Turbo graphics (though I don’t think they’re original given the model year), and the mileage is quite low. While the photos look a fair bit touched up, most everything presents well. For an early RoW 930 this looks like a nice example.

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Year: 1981
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 33,761 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

1981 Porsche 930 Turbo

Low Miles

Fresh Service

Great Driver

Non-Sunroof

VIN WP0ZZZ93ZBS000227

Engine # 6710253

Notice the price of 930’s lately? Here’s a chance to own one for a reasonable price. It’s not perfect, but in some ways that’s not a bad thing.

The interior has been updated with 993 parts and the car looks great with the Turbo graphics.

We just did an engine out service of the engine and gearbox. We replaced the syncro’s in the transmission and did a full tune-up, including valve adjustment; the motor was re-sealed as well.

The car runs well and is great fun to drive.

Unfortunately, there is no paperwork to back up the mileage claim.

This is a driver quality car, not a show car and it’s priced accordingly.

1981 Porsche 911SC Targa

I love coming across a high mileage 911 in good condition. Seeing a car that has provided so many joyous miles to its owners, yet that still looks as good as other cars with significantly fewer miles always makes me smile. Its past will hold stories and experiences, of going places, seeing things, and visiting people, which are the hallmark of our love for motoring. A pristine garage queen has its place. They are like pieces in a museum serving as representations of a previous era. But the well worn examples are more fun and dare I say more interesting. Here we have one of those well-worn cars: a triple black 1981 Porsche 911SC Targa, located California, with 202,639 miles on it. Of course, even 200K miles doesn’t equate to a lot of mileage on a yearly basis when looking at a 36-year-old car, but still we don’t see too many 911s on the market with this many miles and regardless of how many of those miles were covered each year, they were still traveled.

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Year: 1981
Model: 911SC
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 202,639 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

1981 911SC Targa, Blk/blk, 202,000 mi, good condition, turbo look w/whale tail, original condition inside/out, pwr windows, a/c, cruise, am/fm/cd, pop off valve, hydr. chain tensioner, orig fuch wheels, paint in good condition, garaged, no accidents, car cover & bra. Top end overhaul at 150k mi., trans overhaul at 198k mi. Service records, invoices. Includes Porsche Certificate of Authenticity
Clean title and fresh CA smog certificate.

Exterior Color: Black
Interior Color: Black
Mileage: 202,000
Condition: Very Good

Exterior:
Paint in very good condition
Targa top in good condition, few small tears.
Original Fuchs wheels in excellent condition.

1981 Porsche 911SC Coupe “RS” Backdate

We come across a lot of backdated 911s in a wide variety of builds though nearly all based on a similar premise: the underpinnings of the 911SC or 3.2 Carrera mated to vintage long-hood 911 Carrera RS styling. A common version I’ve seen is kind of a Frankenstein: a 911SC chassis with a 3.2 Carrera engine and that RS styling. As with any build, quality can be almost as variegated as the color palettes. I like the idea and many of them look great and provide something that many 911 fans find quite desirable. Not for all, since purists will always cherish originality, but the variety makes the market more intriguing and might even give buyers some ideas of their own.

This one, at least on appearance, is a pretty interesting one. It is photographed well and that always helps these cars stand out because their colors tend to play up contrasts more so than a standard 911. It also comes across as a fuller package though not necessarily pushed to the limits. They’ve done not only exterior and interior treatments, but they’ve also put in some effort to bring a vintage quality to the engine by fitting Weber carburetors and generally restoring it to pristine shape. The details certainly won’t excite you like something from Singer – I don’t think there’s anything here that we’d call bespoke – but the overall execution looks solid and the selling price should be significantly below that of a Singer. As an alternative to a standard 911SC or 3.2 Carrera this might make for an interesting option.

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Year: 1981
Model: 911SC
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 173,691 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

1981 Porsche 911 SC Backdate

This project started as a clean 1981 911 SC, it has been tastefully updated and modified to look like a pre-’73 car.

1981 Porsche 911SC Coupe

This is a very pretty 911SC. It’s hard to tell that from the pictures, but it’s a Light Blue Metallic exterior over a Cork interior and that combination always produces excellent results. Here, parked in front of an idyllic farm setting, it reminds us of the joy of carving a section of backroads with little traffic and great scenery. For someone who lives in a city it’s an enticing combination. We’ve seen quite a few 911SC Coupes hit the market in the past six months or so and this one is priced a good bit higher than most of those. However, it has only had two owners and is said to be in entirely original condition with nothing more than some minor touch-up paint here and there. If those points can be verified, then that higher price may be warranted.

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Year: 1981
Model: 911SC
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 62,000 mi
Price: $52,900

Factory built with Light Blue Metallic paint, Special full leather interior (Cork), Option Group J17 (16″ Forged Alloy Fuchs wheels, Front Spoiler, Bosch Fog Lights, Stereo prep w/ 4 speakers/antenna), Automatic speed control, and Electric sliding sunroof.
Delivered new to L&W Porsche in Bernardsville, NJ in December 1980, and it’s first owner in April, 1981. Dealer serviced, until traded with 57k. miles in November, 2002. The second owner purchased it in December of 2002, and continued to officiously service it at a local Porsche Specialty shop in his area.
Updated with Hydraulic Tensioners, Air Box Pop-off valve, Rotary Scroll A/C compressor, updated fans, Clutch kit & syncros. Everything performs as it should…Most recent service includes New brake calipers all around, brake lines, and pads. New oil supply hoses, and sunroof cables, Spring of 2016.

1981 Porsche 930

Enthusiasts never like it when manufacturers remove cars from our market, especially when said car is still being produced in other markets. Frustrations are elevated even further when the car is a higher performance model, as is typically the case. It was precisely this scenario in which Porsche’s US customers found themselves mired in the early-’80s when the 930 was no longer being produced for the US market. At the time, Porsche did not want to commit the money to meet stricter emissions requirements so the model was pulled. It was only in 1986 that it returned. On the bright side, since the 930 still was being produced it was not impossible for US customers to find a way to get one. And, of course, in later years importation also represented an opportuntiy. We have just such an example here with this Black 1981 Porsche 930, located in California, with 49,794 miles on it.

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Year: 1981
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 49,794 mi
Price: $109,000 Buy It Now

EARLY, ORIGINAL 930 TURBO 3.3 FROM A COLLECTION

– MODEL YEAR 1981

– MATCHING NUMBERS (CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY)

– DELIVERY PORSCHE AT CENTER MUENSTER

– INVOICE DATE 11/08/1980

– GERMAN VIN WP0ZZZ93ZBS000XYZ

– COUNTRY CODE C00 GERMANY

– $30,000.00 INVESTED IN 2015 / 2016

ROOFLINER, EXHAUST, HEAT EXCHANGER, OIL- / FUEL LINES, TURBOCHARGER, TIRES AND MANY MORE.

– ORIGINAL FUCHS RIMS IN 7″ UND 8″ X 16″

– PORSCHE CLASSIC RADIO WITH NAVIGATION / BLUETOOTH

– ACCIDENT FREE

– FIRST PAINT (EXCEPT FOR HOOD AND FRONTFENDERS)

– FOUR OWNERS

BUYER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SHIPPING AND TAXES. SELLER WILL ASSIST SHIPPING ETC.

Like with many RoW cars we come across for sale in the US there isn’t a lot here to tell us about this 930’s importation: when it occurred, by whom, and under what circumstances.…

1981 Mercedes-Benz 500SE

6If you wanted a V8-powered, short wheelbase W126 in America, you had one option: the 380SE. Unfortunately, the 3.8 liter M116 V8 under the hood was a bit of a dud. Thirsty and somewhat underwhelming, it was eventually phased out in 1985. From then on, US-based customers had to buy a long wheelbase 420 or 560 SEL to get a V8 in their S-class. The Europeans, however, got the 500SE, which combined the more impressive 5.0 liter M117 V8 with the shorter and (in my opinion) more attractive chassis. But it was never officially offered over here. Nonetheless, some of them made it to these shores via the gray market. Presumably that’s how this one ended up in Michigan.

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1981 Mercedes-Benz 380SLC

Last week I took a look at Kermit’s convertible – a early production run R107 450SL that was all green. Today’s 1981 380SLC represents the end of the run – but not for the 107 chassis in its entirety. As Mercedes-Benz moved to the new W126 chassis, it moved the big, personal coupe from the SLC to the SEC in 1982 and 1981 was the last year of C107 production. By the end of the run, there had been some changes to the lineup. Gone was the 4.5 liter M117, replaced by the smaller displacement M116 3.8 liter V8. With a single-row timing chain which proved problematic and low compression generating only 155 horsepower, they might just be the least desirable Mercedes-Benz V8. The later U.S. cars also enjoyed the added weight both physically and visually of the DOT-mandated 5 m.p.h. safety bumpers. It was as if Kurt Vonnegut’s Harrison Bergeron were playing out with automotive subjects. But there are a few reasons to like this SLC. Like the early 450SL I covered a bit over a week ago, today’s 380SLC comes to market looking like it could be Kermit’s personal luxury sports coupe:

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