1958 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

As much as all of us would love to be Jerry Seinfeld, causally trading the most historic air-cooled Porsches on a whim, the reality is that we’re not. But, as ever, I offer a potential solution. The Karmann Ghia gave you Porsche looks on a Beetle budget. Shortly after the Beetle’s arrival in America, VW’s new sport coupe arrived for the 1956 model year. Like the later Scirocco also built by Karmann in Osnabrck, Volkswagen based its model on the normal production line Beetle but the swoopy body came from the Italians – technically, borrowed from a Chrysler, actually. Those lines were notoriously complicated; outside of items that open, the body is one piece and constructed entirely by hand. The rear-engine, rear-drive 1.2 liter flat-4 air-cooled clatter wouldn’t get you anywhere as fast as the looks suggest, but then why are you in such a hurry?

About 400,000 were produced in total and they’re not impossible to find today. They’re also more affordable than really top-tier Beetles and early VW Vans, but more significantly you really do get exotic looks on a shoestring budget still. While getting into a fully sorted ’58 356A will set you back around $130,000 – $150,000, you can get into a beautiful early example of the Ghia fully restored for only a fraction of that price:

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1958 Porsche 356A Sunroof Coupe Outlaw

The 356 Outlaw always has presented me with somewhat of a conundrum. I’m most attracted to the 356 for its elegance and beauty. It possesses a vintage style and charm that for me represent joyful, if not necessarily spirited, motoring. It’s a backroad cruise in the sunshine with a loved one appreciating the beauty of the environment in a beautiful car.

The Outlaw attempts to shift that and I must admit they do a very good job! With its meaner appearance and more aggressive demeanor these builds utilize the sporting side of the Porsche pedigree to produce something that no longer strives for elegance. The curvy, almost bulbous, nature of the 356 Coupe’s body fits these models incredibly well and their already spartan interior makes for an easy canvas with which to create something unique and fitting of the Outlaw’s new attitude.

Like with backdated 911 builds, 356 Outlaw builds come in a wide array of attention to detail and general appearance. Some pay more attention to the interior with only minor exterior updates, while others do the opposite with perhaps the only interior modifications being a new pair of bucket seats. The one we see here, based upon a 1958 Porsche 356A Sunroof Coupe, has gone the full way with quite a few alterations to both the exterior and interior and I must say it really looks quite good.

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1958 Porsche 356A Convertible D

Over the weekend I looked at a pretty nice 911 Speedster up for sale. It was, as usual, very expensive, but also quite desirable. That Speedster, of course, hearkens back to the ethos of the original 356 Speedster though it is far from as spartan a ride as those very early Porsches. In fact, we might see the 911 Speedster to have greater relation to the Speedster’s successor, which is the car we see here: the Convertible D.

The Speedster was a sales success for Porsche as a gentleman’s racer: a car that could be used during the weekly commute, but then on the weekend with its stripped down features it just as easily proved to be a capable car around the track. That said, it may have been too spartan for such dual purpose. It sold well initially and then those sales slowed. Porsche then introduced the Convertible D, which added a few creature comforts back. It borrowed a standard set of seats from the 356 Coupe to replace the Speedster’s hard buckets and raised the windshield height just a bit. It even gave you the option of winding the windows. Such luxury! The Convertible D was a little bit of a compromise, but these were still pretty much no frills open-top cars.

Like the Speedster the Convertible D remains very desirable, though a few notches down the value scale. The one we see here looks absolutely beautiful: a restored Meissen Blue 1958 Porsche 356A Convertible D, located in Colorado, with Red interior.

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1958 Mercedes-Benz 300d Adenauer

As we wade through this crazy time where every somewhat desirable vehicle is suddenly worth three times as what they were worth 5-7 years ago, I do suspect there are some cars that haven’t got caught up in that wave. I think today’s car, the Mercedes-Benz 300d Adenauer, is still a nice collectible piece that isn’t insanely priced — at least for what it is. I’ve looked at the Adenauer before, so if you want some more information these go check that the 1960 from a little under a year ago.

The W189 is still, at least in my opinion, undervalued for the total package it presents. This car was the best sedan that Mercedes could make during this era and at the same time it’s not unreasonable to own and live with unlike the car that replaced it, the 600. The Adenauer looks as stately as anything on the outside, the interior is spacious with a ridiculously opulent dash made from all wood and you weren’t cheated under the hood with the same (although slightly detuned) M189 straight-6 from the 300SL. So how much does all this cost?

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Year: 1958
Model: 300d Adenauer
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 117,000 km (72,700 mi)
Price: Buy It Now $58,000

The Mercedes-Benz W186 model 300 was a high-end luxury car produced by Mercedes-Benz between 1951 and 1957. The company’s largest and most prestigious automobile, it was the Maybach of its day, elegant, powerful, exclusive, and expensive. It recommended the pre-WW2 tradition of the flagship super-luxury class automobile, which was unbroken from the simplex 60 hp model of 1903 up until the 770 Grand Mercedes from the 30’s. Three versions were produced in succession, known informally as the 300a (or simply 300), 300b, and 300c.

An enlarged “300D” variant built on the W189 chassis succeeded it in late 1957. This is W189 300D version that is being offered for sale. As you can see in the pics, this rarity is in excellent condition. It starts and runs without problems, just as expected from MB. The mileage shows 17K, however actual mileage is higher due to the odometer rolling over.

The car is located in Germany, Bayern region, Regensburg, however, it can be delivered for a separate fee anywhere in the world.

The car is owned by the antique motor vehicle enthusiasts who are looking to downsize our collection. We also have experience servicing and transporting cars anywhere in the world.

This 1958 is for sale in Germany is offered up at $58,000 which isn’t outrageous in my eyes. That price is right on par with the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud market and much cheaper than what a W100 600 that isn’t a basket case is selling for. These generally have excellent durability and can be driven somewhat regularly without too much issue if you buy one that is well sorted. You don’t see many of these as they only produced a little over 10,000 for it’s 11 year run production run so if exclusivity is what you are after, you have the right car.  Of course, this comes with some downsides. Any kind of part that isn’t maintenance related can be difficult, if not impossible, to find. Even the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center will leave you disappointed when they tell you a lot of stuff just doesn’t exist anymore.

This specific example actually looks fairly nice and usually the people who own these have the means to take care of them properly. For service, finding someone who understands these cars is starting to become an issue now that the youngest cars are 55 years-old and not many technicians had experience with these in the first place. But if you have all your ducks in a row, an Adenauer is a great post-war, hand-built vehicle that hasn’t climbed to six-figures — at least yet.

– Andrew

1958 Mercedes-Benz 190SL

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If the W198 300SL price tag of over a million dollars is just slightly over your budget for a late-1950s to early-1960s Mercedes roadster but you still want the iconic design, look no further than the W121 190SL. At only one-tenth of the price tag but not just one-tenth of the car the 300 is, the 190 is still a model that you can’t really go wrong buying. So let’s take a look at this pristine 1958 located in the Netherlands.

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1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster

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We often see vintage collector vehicles so perfectly restored that they seem unapproachable, not just in cost, but in terms of putting them to use. One little scratch and you might not score perfect in that next concours. I never really cared much for such bastions of perfection, though. Which is why a car like this 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL has caught my attention. This 300SL is in largely original condition, having passed through two owners with an interesting, global story to boot. What price patina, then?

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1958 Mercedes-Benz 220S

After the destruction of World War II, Mercedes-Benz found themselves, like most German automotive manufacturers at a crossroads. Would the company survive post war, after so much destruction, or would it close its doors for good? It would be about a decade before a clear picture began to emerge and most manufacturers started to churn out new models and so it was with Mercedes-Benz, their new sedan, dubbed the “Ponton,” arriving on the scene in 1953. Taking over where the 170 left off, the model would be available in sedan, coupe and convertible variants, with the sedan offering a choice of both diesel and petrol engines. This 220S for sale in California carries a unique story with it, being owned at one time by the service manager of the former dealership, German Motors in San Francisco.

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1958 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Convertible

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:

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Ur-Ur-Ur-Quattro: 1958 Auto-Union/DKW Munga

Nearly 4 years ago, Paul wrote up a 1957 Auto Union Munga, rare to see at all in the U.S. and with some practical updates. In fact, it wasn’t really a Munga at all anymore; the body had been taken off and mounted onto a 1968 Beetle chassis complete with the 1600 flat-4. Now listed as a 1958 model and missing the centercaps, it appears this very same vehicle is back up for sale. What does the title of this feature mean? Well, for those in the know, the genesis of the Ur-Quattro started with a bunch of Audi models that were outpaced on a test drive through some snowy roads by a military-spec Volkswagen Iltis. So, the Iltis was really the Ur-Ur-Quattro – but in fact, the Iltis itself was heavily based upon the earlier Munga from the 1950s. That’s right rally faithful, your precious Quattro was an antique long before it was a trend-setter! Okay, so it’s an over simplification, but it is still neat to track the history of these cars and where the designs came from:

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1958 BMW Isetta 300

Bubble cars. These little runabouts are possibly the most confounding thing on the automotive scene for me these days. What was originally designed as low cost transport for postwar Germany have become the darling of the auction set, bringing huge sums for well restored and preserved examples of cars like the Messerschmidt, Goggomobil and perhaps the most famous of them all, the BMW Isetta. The Isetta was a curious little beast, with a unique front hinged door and variants produced in both three and four wheel formats. We’ve featured a couple of these small runabouts here on GCFSB over the years but this one is particularly stunning, given the fact that it is an untouched survivor with only 6,478 miles on it.

Year: 1958
Model: Isetta 300
Engine: 298 cc single cylinder
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 6,478 mi
Price: $22,900 Buy It Now

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1958 BMW Isetta 300 Absolutely ORIGINAL and in wonderful condition!!! At Speed Motors focuses upon investment-level Porsches…but sometimes BMW’s too! Please see my website atspeedmotors for your viewing pleasure! This Isetta has ABSOLUTELY ALL-ORIGINAL PAINT! I have been over and over the body with a paint meter and can’t find but very small touch-up spots from chips that are not original. That is beyond amazing for a 55 year old car. In addition, the rest of the car, including the interior, engine, trans, gauges, lights, etc. also all appear to be absolutely original. Yes, original and untouched!!! The odometer shows 6,478 miles and I have little doubt that is absolutely correct.

I purchased the car from a short-term owner (he had the car only 4 months) who bought it from the original owner who purchased the Isetta brand new. The car was shipped to the U.S. with the standard wax undercoating and then was driven very, very little in its lifetime. The original owner lived in Florida so the car was never exposed to any corrosive salts, etc., but it was exposed to humidity. Thus, the undercarriage has this very small layer of humidity induced surfacy rust. You can literally scratch it off with your fingernail. There is ABSOLUTELY ZERO rust-through anywhere on the car or anything other than this type of covering. On the top-side, where the original paint is, there is also a small amount of the same here and there (please see pictures and you’ll understand what I mean.) but, again, nothing of any significance. The car is so untouched that one of the original leather exhaust supports is still in place as are the paper-style stickers for the gear pattern as well as the choke/heater position (see the pictures!!!). That is beyond belief.

I see the car simply as the ideal candidate to either keep in its present original form, or to restore at some later date. It is the perfect restoration candidate because ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING IS THERE…UNTOUCHED AND ORIGINAL. Even the front windshield is original…no kidding. Of course all of the other glass is too! However, my focus upon Porsches has now overwhelmed my business and I don’t see touching the BMW for several years. Thus, if I can find it a good home, I will sell it. If not, it certainly doesn’t take up much space. Please review the pictures (I have about 100 more if you need them), and call or email me with any questions. Again, this is absolutely a wonderful, original, untouched Isetta that can either be enjoyed or restored…although to be honest, I’d probably just leave it just the way it is… See my 100% eBay rating and bid with confidence. I stand behind absolutely everything I sell…period. My address is At Speed Motors, 7410 Coca Cola Drive, Unit #110, Hanover, MD 21076. Please contact me with any questions at 703-627-9991 or my email which is bob at atspeedmotors dot com.

Unrestored originals like this Isetta are wonderous because they offer a window into the world of how things were manufactured years ago. Cars like this serve as templates for enthusiasts clubs when it comes to restoration and judging standards. Given how much restored examples of Isettas are bringing – sometimes upwards of $40,000 – I’d say this particular car won’t have any trouble reaching its asking price of just over $20,000.

-Paul