1960 Porsche 356B Roadster

I think we’re all pretty familiar with the 356 Speedster, one of the most iconic of the vintage Porsches, as well as one of the most valuable. It was one of Porsche’s first forays into providing a car to its clients that combined everyday drivability with weekend racer utility. The Speedster eventually was phased out as demand waned, but even after its departure not everyone wanted the full cabriolet with its modest rear seating and extra luxuries. Enter the 356 Convertible D: if the Speedster was the no-frills weekend racer, the Convertible D simply added the frills back in. Still a two-seater, but now with a standard non-removable windscreen, the top was a bit more functional and the interior provided the sort of comforts more suited to cruising than racing. This was still a Porsche so it came with the same pedigree and ability, but it was no longer stripped of creature comforts. Released in 1959 the Convertible D was then renamed the 356 Roadster in 1960, but otherwise remained mostly unchanged. By 1963 the Roadster was gone altogether. The example we see here comes from that initial year these took on the Roadster moniker: a Silver 1960 Porsche 356B Roadster with Red interior located in Miami Beach.

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1960 Porsche 356B 1600 Coupe

Going by its internal moniker the T5, the Porsche 356B represented one of the company’s first significant exterior redesigns. The most notable change can be seen in the raised and more pronounced front and rear bumpers, along with higher headlights. These changes had the effect of making the car look a little less like a bubble and we also begin to see a car that more closely resembles the 911 that would succeed it and go on to solidify the Porsche name. While there would be additional design and mechanical changes made to the 356 during its life, the car fundamentally retained the shape and appearance inaugurated with the B. The example we have featured here, coming from near the beginning of the model’s run, is a very striking Fjord Green 1960 Porsche 356 B 1600 Super Coupe with Tan interior and a fairly recent restoration.

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Feature Listing: 1960 Lloyd LT600

Microcars have witnessed a revival in the past few years, with good examples of cars like the BMW Isetta and Messerschmidt bring big dollars at auctions. Now that the popular models have taken off in price, it a good time to look around at some of the lesser known models, such as this Lloyd LT600 for sale by our friends at Evolve Motors. It’s what could best be classified as a fixer upper, but is complete and would make a great runabout for an urban business looking to catch some attention on the streets.

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1960 Mercedes-Benz 300d “Adenauer”

As World War II came to a close, there was a period of industrial reorganization for the countries involved in combat. The Axis powers found themselves on the losing side of the battle and turned to rebuilding what was left of their homes and factories. Now that munitions manufacturing was halted, the focus turned to motorcycle and automotive production in some cases. Mercedes-Benz emerged from the war battle scarred but certainly not dead on arrival. Relying partly on old chassis, they introduced the 300 class in 1951 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Offered as both a saloon and cabriolet from the outset, the 300d was the final evolution of the series. Released in 1957, this car had a lengthened wheelbase and fuel injection added to the 3.0 liter inline-6. Configured as a pillarless hardtop, the 300d had removable rear quarter windows, offering an unobstructed view from front to back. A three speed automatic transmission was now standard and options such as power steering and air conditioning were on offer.

Just over 3,000 of the 300d models were produced. These grand sedans were a favorite of German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and subsequently, these models were nicknamed after him. Later they would be replaced by the 600, or Grösser Mercedes, which would become one of the most revered Mercedes-Benzes of all time. I’ve only ever seen a handful of these cars, mostly at shows or Mercedes-Benz Club functions. This 300d for sale in Illinois is rather remarkable in that it is in preserved, original condition.

Year: 1960
Model: 300d
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 52,928 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

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Reluctantly, up for auction is one of my pride and joys. Being a huge vintage German automobile enthusiast (mostly VWs) I always hate letting one of them go, but in order to finish up a few of my others, I have chose to say goodbye to My 1960 Mercedes 300d. I will not get into how rare these 300D’s are or the whole history around the name etc. However, finding one that is in running and driving condition is the rarest part about this particular car. I have seen many in the past few years show up on various sites for sale but very few of them actually started and drove or were complete cars.

The quick history behind this car is… I purchased it from a good friend several years back. I have wanted to own it for as long as I knew he had it. It was sitting in the back of his shop under a car cover for years. 20+ years at that. We finally beat out a price and I brought it back to our shop to begin the light restoration process so I could get it back on the road again.

The entire brake system was shot from sitting and I didn’t even try to make them work as it sat. Instead I removed the master cylinder and all 6 wheel cylinders and sent them off to Whitepost Restoration to have them bored and resleaved with brass inserts. As usual they did a spot on job! The brake shoes had just been replaced when the previous owner parked the car so they were in near perfect shape. The reason the car was parked in the first place was because of the brakes. The power booster had developed a leak from what he could remember and so he had it fixed. Instead of rebuilding the brake booster, the shop that did the work just rerouted the main line from the master cylinder to the 3 way block to get the brakes up and working. Robert, did not like the feel of the peddle as it is like many older cars where you have to press hard to get it stopped (stand on hard brakes) as we call them. I did not go back and fix the brake booster as I am ok with how it stops. Not on a dime but it stops none the less. I did however look at how they did the bypass and it was done very well with no original parts removed or damaged. They just tapped the extra port on the brake block and ran a line directly to it. The booster is still in tact and in great shape. One could simply run through it with a quick rebuild, as I am sure the internal seals are shot, and reconnect the brake line to that part of the system. The previous shop to work on it also installed braided stainless steel brake hoses front and rear which are in perfect shape and passed fluid well. I see new rubber brake hoses listed on ebay if the new owner wishes to go back to original.

Fuel system… I removed the fuel tank, lines and filters. The tank was sent to a local shop that deals with cutting them apart, blasting brazing any holes shut and re-welding them back together. I am not a firm believer in tank lining as I have personally dealt with too many vehicles that have major issues steming back to poor lining. Before reinstalling the tank, I had to replace both rubber-steel end fuel lines in the rear. I also suspected the fuel pump to be faulty so I had it rebuilt top to bottom as well. The cleanable filter in the engine compartment was washed up and reinstalled.

With fresh gas and a good charge on the battery, we cranked for a minute to get oil pressure, hooked the wires back up to the coil and it fired off in a few seconds. It idled rough at first and started to clean itself out. I shut it down after 10 minutes of running, changed the oil and put about 30 minutes of run time on it. To date, I have 3-4 hours of run time on it and 22 miles. I can not say it runs like a swiss watch, as it should, but then again, I have done nothing more to it. I am sure it could use the standard plugs, wires, points, cap rotor and probably the timing set. I can tell it has a little stumble to it. Almost a slight miss at times and it is running quite rich. There are some good guys still around that know how to tune the early mechanical injection well. I, on the other hand, do not have that knowledge. All I can say is that the motor is very sound with no knocks or rumbles. In the months that it has sat in the shop, it has leaked a puddle of oil less than 5 inches in diameter. The front seal on the water pump does have a small leak and drips when the car is running.

Paint body and interior… The car was repainted over 25 years age. It does show signs of wear but is in amazing shape for how long ago it was done. The left front fender does have some cracking in the top coat as you can see in the pictures. I know these early Benz were very prone to rusting but this car shows few signs of rust or repair. I am able to see that the lower body frame rails have been patched in a few places and there is some light blisters in the lower sections of the doors. The floor boards are rock solid as is the rest of the body. I see some light rust in the lower corners of the door channels but again, no gaping holes and not rotted out. The chrome shines up well but on close inspection there is some pitting. Some places worse than others, but overall respectable. From the exterior of the car, it is a very good looking vehicle that you would not be ashamed to show off. The interior is all original as you can see in the pictures and could be addressed. The carpeting is a little stained and tattered. The upholstery does have some rips in it but again, for the year is semi respectable. The drivers seat and the left side or the rear seat are the worst as you can see in the pictures. The rear speaker tray also needs to be re-upholstered. I did have the carpet and the seats bid to be replaced and the bid came in at $2,600 – $3,000 depending on the grain thickness of the leather one choses to have installed.

This car is 100% complete as far as the impossible to find parts. The only thing that will need to be purchased to make the car 100% correct and complete is a windshield washer bag and a small part that goes to the e-brake assembly. The e-brake pulls and functions but does not stay engaged. I see a small threaded hole that appears to hold a thumb screw or some sort of a stopping device to keep it locked once pulled. I have not played with everything enough to try to get all of the original components working again. I know for a fact that the radio is complete and in perfect shape but not functioning. The left front head light does not come on high or low which could be a bulb issue as I had both headlights working earlier. The self leveling or ride control which stiffens the rear suspension or lowers it down I believe does not work. I also know that the blower fan for the heat does not come on when activated. As you may see in the pictures as well, there is a small chrome piece on the grill not installed and also the fuse box cover. I have both sitting here at the shop and just forgot to put them on before I took the pictures.

In a nutshell, this vehicle is a great starting block for a restoration or a good candidate for a fix up as you drive and enjoy it. I can not say with 100% certainty that the car is road worthy. As I stated earlier, I have drove it 22 miles with no issues and run it many times here in the shop. The tires are old but hold pressure fine, and the transmission shifts fine. I did replace the tranny oil when I did the first oil change as well. It shifted sluggish at first but the seals seem to be coming back to life and it shifts well when warmed up and driving now.

If you have any questions or need any more pictures (I have many more pictures) please feel free to ask. I am Adam Kottke and you can reach via email or call me at 815-222-0644. You are more than welcome to come view the car at anytime during the auction as well. I would be more than happy to assist in shipping this vehicle to the new owner, however I will NOT set up the shipping for you. International bidders are welcome to bid away as well.

When I first saw this 300d, it crossed my mind that it might be a potential for Heap of the Week, but honestly, it’s too nice to classify it as such. This is a really neat car. If I were buying it, I’d work my way through the mechanical bits and make sure it was 100% road worthy but leave it alone cosmetically. So many of these cars are either basket cases or museum queens that it’s nice to find one in good enough shape to enjoy regularly without the guilt of ruining its value. With no reserve set, I’ll be quite interested to see where this winds up. The 300d Convertibles are the ones that bring the big dollars, but the sedans are more within reach. Somewhere around $20,000 to $25,000 is where I’d suspect bidding will wind up.

-Paul

1960 Goliath Hansa 1100 Kombi

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Similar to when the auto industry got its start in the US, there used to be a plethora of manufacturers in Germany that have ceased to exist or were absorbed by larger companies. Case in point, Borgward. This company, based in the northern city of Bremen, produced vehicles under four different names: Borgward, Hansa, Goliath and Lloyd. The Goliath arm of the business was known for their small front-drive vehicles in the 1950s and 1960s, with the 1100 featuring a water-cooled horizontally opposed four cylinder engine that produced 40 bhp. A Luxus version was available that provided a bit more power by way of a second carburetor, with an output of 55bhp.

While the boxer engine alone might have seemed advanced for the time, the 1100 even offered a Saxomat clutchless transmission as an option. The Hansa 1100 was available as a two door sedan, coupe or kombi, like the 1960 model we see here for sale in Washington state. This is a marque rarely seen on these shores and it is a vehicle sure to please those who are fans of postwar German artifacts.

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Year: 1960
Model: Hansa 1100 Kombi
Engine: 1.1 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: N/A
Price: $16,995

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Absurdly rare German station wagon with a water cooled flat four front wheel drive. Incredibly original and correct. A product of the Borgward empire. One of very, very few surviving in the world. Wonderful colour (pistachio) and kitch feel. Be the only one on your block, or indeed, your state, to own one. Actual mileage unknown.

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This is the kind of classic car that is hard to put a value on, because so few come up for sale, especially in the US. Hagerty’s valuation tool is placing a value of just under $14,000 for a condition #1 1100 Kombi. This particular car is certainly not concours quality, but it is claimed to be original. That said, the asking price is probably reaching a bit. Maybe somewhere around $10,000 or so would be more realistic.

-Paul

Convertible Week: 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL

The Mercedes-Benz 300SL is a car of imagery for me. Whenever I see one, I think of scenes past of the French Riviera, or perhaps a winter weekend jaunt to St. Moritz with skis strapped to the rear luggage rack. In any case, this is a car that defined the jet set of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Following the iconic 300SL Gullwing, the 300SL Roadster attempted to tame a bit of the hard edges of its closed roof sibling, with a lower pivot swing axle in the rear with compensating spring. Fewer than 2,000 300SL roadsters were produced and they have long been some of the priciest classic Mercedes-Benzes. This 1960 300SL for sale in Vancouver is no exception.

Year: 1960
Model: 300SL
Engine: 3.0 liter inline six
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 190,000 mi
Price: $799,000 Buy It Now

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Chassis: 198.042.10.2625
Engine: M198.980.10.002639
Body: 198.042.10.00135
Exterior Color: White (DB050)
Interior Color: Black

This is a matching numbers, big brake, two top (Hard top and Soft top) Roadster with chrome wheels, Original tools, original jack, Dual Talbot mirrors, Factory Becker radio, 1960 USA Specification model. Originally DB 050 (white) with black leather. All leather interior is still original! Original carpets have been replaced with Mercedes German carpets. The original paint has been refinished at least once with DB 050 (white), The current paint finish is patina’d with touch ups from typical road use.The car was bought new by an American Airforce Captain, picked up from the factory in Germany (tourist delivery) while he was stationed there. He reportedly requested the second Talbot mirror when picking up the car. The 1st owner took it home to Arizona and sold it to his friend (another ex-service guy). The next owner, a very proud and active member of the 300SL club and resident of California, bought it in 1968 and ran it right up until he couldn’t drive any more.

This car is essentially a single owner car (1968 – 2011). The first 2 owners had the car for just a few years. The most recent owner used it to get his “feet wet” and see if he liked the car and ultimately bought a 1963 Alloy block car. He put about 2,000 miles on the car, driving it in Canada and Southern California during the winter. The thing I love most about this car is that it has a factory hard top box which I have never seen before! The box has all the original markings and names of the first three owners on it. The top end of the motor on this car has been re done in the past 3 years and the car runs and drives faultlessly.

Ownership History:

Captn. Jim Lancaster
E.D. Miller
“Pinky” Winther
Canadian collector

Please call Tim at +1 (250) 812-6409 to have any additional questions answered or to see the car in person. We have another 1960 two top, two owner from new, matching numbers 300SL Roadster for sale as well. It is an ideal candidate for a full restoration. Inquire if interested.

Terms & Conditions

Used vehicles are sold “as is”, “where is” with no warranties either expressed or implied. We do not accept refunds. Winning bidder must contact us within 24 hours of the auction end, and make arrangements for payment at that time. A $2000.00 deposit is due within 48 hours of end of auction. The remainder is due within 7 days of auction end. If no contact is made within 24 hours, we reserve the right to re-list the vehicle, sell it to the next high bidder, or sell it otherwise.

The car is advertized locally. We reserve the right to end the listing if the vehicle is no longer available for sale. Seller accepts Paypal for deposit only. Make sure if financing that your financial institution accepts the year and miles of this vehicle before bidding. Please arrange financing prior to bidding. Please do not bid on this auction unless you are serious about owning this vehicle. All non-paying high bidders will be reported to eBay, and negative feedback will be posted. Buyer is responsible for pickup or shipping of this vehicle. F.O.B. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Prices for 300SL roadsters are ranging between $600,000 and $800,000 on average. I really like this car because it has been used regularly, was repainted in its original color and bears a nice patina. It’s not a perfect 300SL, but I like to think that if I had the means, I’d have a classic like this to tool around in from time to time, because as time passes, new cars aren’t doing it for me anymore.

-Paul

1960 Audi Auto Union 1000Sp

My knowledge of Audis has a pretty large gap between Auto Union racers and the late 70s, so I claim no expertise on this find, but I know it’s cool.  Who knew cars could have Four Rings AND finned fenders!?  The Auto Union 1000 was made from 1957 to 1963 with 1,000cc two-stroke engines.  The 1000Sp was the 2+2 variation with sporting pretensions, made as a coupe until 1962 when a convertible was made available too.  This is a pretty cool car as it was the last generation of Audi/Auto Union cars before VW took ownership.

Some background from the seller:

A rare find indeed! This 1960 Auto Union 1000Sp was found in the hills of California. The body panels are straight and 95% of the car is present. There are two separate 3 cylinder, two stroke motors that go with the car, along with all of the parts for under the hood. There is a third aluminum head and a “one-off” custom intake that I was told was to use three Suzuki motorcycle carbs on it. The frame and suspension of the car appear solid and straight. The rear seat area of the floor has rust through as does the entire trunk pan area. Serious attention will be needed in these areas. There is one dent at the seam of the front fender and drivers door, easily repairable. The car currently has the trans-axle in it, however the motor and accessory parts are out of the car and boxed up. The interior parts and pieces are present but also will require much attention. The gauge cluster is present and in good condition. Speedometer is in MPH.

This is a full restoration car, but a good solid start to a rare German automobile. Don’t miss your opportunity to purchase this unique exotic sports car. It is both concourse and historic race eligible following restoration. A truly rare barn find in good condition ready to finish to your liking.

Obviously a work-intensive project, it seems to be rusty but pretty complete.  Current bid is $3,500 with 5 days left, so if you have a penchant for obscure post-war German oddities, this could be your chance!

-NR