I was joking around with our editor, Paul, saying that I was pretty sure we could just feature E30s all day long and everyone would be happy. There’s a seemingly endless supply of examples that come to the market every week. There are the normal S50/S52 swaps, some crazy turbo editions, mint condition original examples, tired daily drivers and everything in between. But occasionally something special pops up that really makes you take notice. Much like earlier’s H26 modified 325i, here is a 325i that was apparently originally modified by Hartge in Germany. Sporting some of the really tasty Hartge bits but not a full H26 conversion, the Coup de gras has to be the Weismann hardtop:
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Welcome back to Week in Review. We apologize for not getting this out sooner, but with GCFSB staff on the move with summer travels and your managing editor dealing with a move, we were a bit tied up. But let’s take this chance to recap the last month of vehicles we have featured:
I can’t look at these and not think about the hurting Sharon Stone put on one in Casino. So much for expressing gratitude to Ace! Anyway, as many of us know these classic roadsters have been undervalued for a long time, and regardless of how hampered they were by U.S. emissions requirements or ugly bumpers or whatever else our fine Department of Transportation required under the guise of “safety” and “efficiency,” this is still a damn pretty car that’s tough to beat as an open-roof grand tourer. This V8-equipped ’89 has only 41,000 miles on the clock, essentially proving its status as a weekend-only cruiser. I would swap in some European headlights and the larger Evo wheels and call it a day (along with a modest height reduction). There’d be no question which car you’d take for a night out at the slots.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SL on eBay
Sometimes there is that one possession that we wind up hanging on to for years, whether it is for sentimental value, material value or perhaps it is just plain cool. For me, I have a vintage watch that I have prized for years and look after. On a much larger scale, the same thing seems to be true with the former owner of this 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL, who kept the car for the last 42 years. This was a car that helped propel Mercedes into the spotlight with luxury car buyers stateside, as the Gullwing and later Roadster variant we see here were cars flaunted by the rich and famous. With matching numbers and documentation dating back to when it was purchased, this will surely be a prize in any collection.
Click for more details: 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL on eBay
The car enthusiast community is a pretty fickle bunch; take a fairly slow, swoopy 1958 convertible with classic lines, just the right amount of chrome and enough charisma to make you smile. Put a Mercedes-Benz star on it and call it a 190SL, and it’s a $150,000 – $200,000 car with a well-heeled following; put a Volkswagen badge on it and it’s a $20,000 – $40,000 car with a cult following. But appreciation for the Karmann Ghia is growing, and these early “low light” early models are the most desirable. With a clean restoration and the right classic color combination, I’m left wondering why anyone would choose a 190SL over this: