There’s restorations, and then there are restorations. This Mk1 Rabbit (Golf) falls into the latter category. A labor of love by its owner, this German built Rabbit is about as close to buying a new Mk1 as you could get.
The seller states:
A weekend project that turned into an obsession, here is the result of three years of work on a car I intended to keep forever and built accordingly.
This is a German built car which was purchased and imported from Canada. I purchased the car from a couple in Palatka Florida who had brought it from Washington State where I suppose it originally made its way into the US.
No expense was spared in this restoration which involved over $9,000 in new German parts. Absolutely no re-built or used components were used for the assembly. For example, the CV axles are OEM Lobro units running about $400 per side. The brake calipers and master cylinder are new (not rebuilt) Ate units. There are over $300 in new nuts and bolts each matching the original hardness grade and yellow zinc plating other than the addition of stainless wherever strength isn’t required. Below is a list of some of the major parts that have been replaced though there are many more.
The paint is a single stage PPG Urethane in the original color. To be honest I feel that the paint is the weakest point of the car when compared to the thorough mechanical restoration. There are a few minor dents that the shop didn’t get completely out as well as a few places that could use more polishing. The most noticeable area is probably along the bottom of the rear hatch where you can see some waviness. There is also a small dent on the left side of the front skirt which occurred during the restoration on a lift that I never got around to addressing.
Another week goes by and amazingly, another clean W123 Mercedes-Benz appears. In contrast to the clean 1981 Estate featured last week, here is an amazingly low mileage turbodiesel coupe from the second to last production year for the W123.
The seller states:
Up for bids is this super low mile Mercedes, a 1984 300CD. This car was bought new at Rasmussen Mercedes here in Portland as part of their European Delivery Program. The car was delivered new in Sindelfingen on May 21st, 1984 where the new owners enjoyed a driving tour of Europe. The car has had 3 local owners since new, and with its low miles remains an exceptional example of the acclaimed W123 series.
Finished in Silver Blue Metallic, code DB930, the car presents very well. The paint finish appears to be all original and in impressive condition – glass smooth, with excellent depth and gloss. The body is free of dings or dents, and of course no rust problems anywhere on the car. Tires are nearly new Toyo radials. All 4 wheels are in excellent condition with no scuffs or curb rash.
All switches and controls are in like new condition, and all of them operate correctly. The climate control functions as it should, the AC has been converted to R-134 and blows cold. Its auto function works correctly, including the stepped fan feature. The car retains its original Becker Grand Prix cassette radio, a very advanced unit for its time. It works in tandem with the power antenna just as it should.
The car comes with a full assortment of original manuals and paperwork, as well as all of the service records from new. Also included is a folio full of all the documents pertaining to the car’s European delivery. There is interesting information here, such as instructions for picking the car up at the factory, a bill of lading for the trip back to the US, customs forms, even an advisory letter stating that a strike by the Metal Workers Union of Germany may “have the effect of delaying sailing dates for automobile carrying vessels!”
There’s a little under a week left for this auction and bidding has almost reached $20,000, and the reserve STILL hasn’t been met.…
The W123 is quite possibly the most ubiquitous Mercedes-Benz of all time. Revered for it’s build quality and rock solid reliability, both clean and clapped out examples are still a regular site on roads all over the world to this day. Slightly more rare than its sedan counterpart, the coupe, or CD/CE brought the classic MB pillarless coupe style to the workhorse chassis. This particular example, a later turbodiesel variant, has seen just over 90,000 miles. One could consider this slightly broken in.
The seller states:
This is a rare 1983 Mercedes 300CD Turbo coupe. It runs and drives awesome. This is a rust free car. It has 91,371 miles on it. The car is in very nice shape. The A/C blows cold. This car will go a million miles.
After scanning other ads online and pricing guides, it seems as if the value of W123 CDs are topping out around $10,000. If this car had about 50,000 less miles on it, it might be worth it, but unless this car has impeccable service history, it’s a bit overpriced. Nevertheless, a fine example of the W123 coupe in a pleasant color combination.
As I’ve mentioned before, my first car was a white caddy. It was an awesome little car, light enough to be fun, plenty weird, and irrefutably German. Mine had a later 2.0, but these two options on eBay right now have very different motors but are each uniquely desirable.
The first is a very clean white diesel LX. Mechanically, if you’re looking for an efficient and utilitarian car with personality, this is the one. A Euro-market 1.6l diesel with just 60k miles and Jetta 5-speed gearbox highlight the restoration, along with a clean paint job. I could do without the wheels, but this is a great (if plain) Caddy.
Next up we have something a little more fancy. This black 1981 Sportruck is a little more Dubby, blacked out with quad rounds, lowered on some prettier 5-spokes, and supplemented with just about 16v-Scirocco everything. It’s been thoroughly gone through top to bottom and is more show car than econo-commuter, but would still be a great little driver. Would have been nice if he provided more than thumbnails, though.
The diesels definitely command a premium these days, and this restored white LX is reserve-not-met at $5,600 with less than a day left. The black one is just r-n-m at just over $2k, but should go up a bit in the 3 days it has left. If it could be had for $5k or less, it would be a great purchase, and is probably the one I’d rather have.
The W110 fintail Mercedes Benz models fit our budget theme week just fine. These cars have great lines and will give you plenty of looks on the road or at a car show. The 2 liter engines, whether gas or diesel, are bullet proof and can easily be put into daily driver service. They can get you 30+ MPG too. The Heckflosse models have quite a fan base so finding advise on repairs and getting help with parts will not be too difficult for someone new to the breed. Here are three examples that could use a little love. If you budget $5000 for each of these you should be able to get the car and have plenty left over to get a start on priority fixes on each.
The good on this one is that the current owner says he drives every day 26 miles so mechanically it is all ready to go. The bad is that the owner says it could use some paint and floor pans. Paint is no problem, but floor pans could be a bit scary as it means there is other rust elsewhere. Interior looks ok and the manual makes it a bit more exciting to drive. The current owner mentioned that he considered painting the car pink for his daughter, if you buy this car, please don’t do that. Buy-It-Now is $3500.
Here is a gas version with the manual. The interior looks to be in nice shape, the white rim steering wheel is classy. The exterior could use some paint. The seller states that there is some rust, not surprising considering the car is located in Minneapolis. Ask price is $2900 and I’d be surprised to see any bids at that, I bet it can be had for less.…