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Month: December 2016
It’s always fun to go back to the beginning and see the origins of what has become a classic and iconic car. In many cases that’s actually quite difficult as so few models have been a mainstay within any marque’s lineup for so many decades without interruption. With the 911, we have just such a model and here we have one of the very early examples: an Ivory 1965 Porsche 911 located in Belgium. It’s said to be fully numbers matching as supported by a CoA, in its original colors, though not original paint, and appears more or less unrestored showcasing original rubber, body, and wheels. Suffice it to say, we do not see a 911 like this very often.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1965 Porsche 911 on eBay
Limousine conversions can go either way. The way I enjoy them are the factory conversions which Mercedes-Benz calls the “Pullman”, a term carried over from railroad cars that were built to be relaxed in. Their fit and finish is totally perfect, which makes sense because these cars were usually built for heads of state like
Boris Yeltsin Vladimir Putin to be the ultimate in chauffeured transport. On the other end, companies have taken the standard production car, sliced them in half, lengthened them, stitched them back together then added their own interiors in the passenger compartment. These cars were mostly used as shuttles for kids to puke up their Jägermeister on the way to the prom. Today’s 500SEL for sale outside of Boston is one of those types of limousines. Yea?
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 Mercedes-Benz 500SEL Limousine on Boston Craigslist
Yesterday’s featured 911 was dubbed, by me and the seller, as a very honest 911. In its presentation and overall appearance it conveyed a sense of hiding very little and being shown for exactly what it is. This 911 isn’t really that sort of car. That isn’t to suggest that it’s dishonest, but it is different. For starters it’s much better photographed with some touching up that helps the car stand out more so than we saw with Albert. It also has been fully restored so everything looks pretty much blemish free and with little wear. Where I think all of that leads is this: were I a prospective buyer I would feel a stronger inclination to see this 911 in person, to actually get my hands on it, prior to making any kind of bid than I would with yesterday’s 911. Both present very well, but for entirely different reasons and that leads to some of our differences in evaluation. Getting all of that out of the way, let’s take a look: here we have a Light Yellow 1973 Porsche 911T Targa, located in Oregon, with a contrasting Brown/Charcoal interior and 89,884 miles on it. Per the CoA, the exterior and interior colors are as this 911 left the factory, though not entirely. More on that below.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1973 Porsche 911T Targa on eBay
The Volkswagen Van was, and is, a part of our culture. It’s like Peter Frampton Comes Alive!, Pet Rocks and Star Wars; not the best of their ilk, but they enjoy near universal popularity. The VW Van appeared everywhere. It was ubiquitous with the Hippie movement. It was counter-culture, yet eminently practical as transportation. It was pretty uncool as a design, and yet massively cool. And, it should come as no surprise that it has created a cult-like following.
Yet, we infrequently look at them. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because they’re cliche?
I learned how to drive in a VW Microbus. It had no clutch, so you had to start in gear. If you were really clever you could get into second, but most of the time I just felt pretty special crawling around the fields behind my house in first. But I feel no particular attachment to the model, unlike my first car.
Still, they make me smile, and when I came across this lightly modified one, I wanted to take a closer look. I’m not sure if it was the Porsche Phonedial wheels or the color scheme that most attracted me, but I have to admit I was a bit surprised when I looked closer: