1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 Coupe

When we feature the Porsche 356 the point isn’t typically about performance. And, in a certain way, it isn’t about performance here either. But like the Speedster and its lightweight no frills philosophy the 356 Carrera 2 brought with it a more performance-oriented mindset and in its day was very much so about performance. The Carrera 2 featured a larger 2.0 liter flat-4 four cam engine producing 130 hp, which gave it a significant boost in power over its 1.6 liter siblings. Add to that disc brakes at all 4 wheels and you had better stopping power to rein in those extra horses. These were a technologically sophisticated model that provided Porsche’s customers with some of the best performance available all the while sporting the same elegant curves of every other 356. The one we see here comes in the particularly wonderful color combination of Oslo Blue over Tan.

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1963 BMW 700 Coupe

When one thinks of classic air-cooled, rear engine German cars, BMW does not come to mind. The much more famous relatives from the Western side of Germany do, of course, and Volkswagen is obviously linked therein too. How about tail fins on a car from the Vaterland? Again, the most recognizable car to sport them is the Mercedes-Benz 220s – the so-called “Heckflosse”. And super-minis from the 1960s? Well, you might even be more inclined to think of DKW rather than the Roundel. But in the 1960s BMW nearly failed as a car company, and the automobile that helped to keep it afloat was the versatile 700 series. The answer for the company was not to launch expensive luxury cars into a depressed economy, but instead to look at alternative economical platforms. Based upon the company’s roots of motorcycles, the 700 incorporated new technology for the company which would later be seen across the board and help to point the company in a different styling direction that the Neue Klasse would continue and expand upon. To me the most attractive of the 700s by far is the Coupe. We’ve looked at a handful of these diminutive and distinctive two-doors over the years, but two clean examples popped up this week and it was definitely worth a look:

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Tuner Tuesday: 1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2

Properly speaking I’m not sure if we’d normally count this Ruby Red 1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 as a “tuner,” but given that these were the hot Porsche of their day it fits the bill as well as most anything else. While a 356 may not get your blood going the way a RUF built 930 might, they will always hold a place in my heart and with the 4-cam Carrera engine these are more of a racer than many of Porsche’s later builds. They are small, light, and relatively simple machines fitted with the best mechanical additions Porsche could muster. Add to that their rarity and you end up with one of the most valuable Porsches on the market and easily the most valuable examples of the 356. The example we see here appears in exquisite condition, but sounds as if the original 1.6 liter 4-cam flat-four is no longer with the car. In its place, we find a 2.0 liter flat-four from a Carrera 2 GT producing a reported 160 hp. For a car as basic as the 356 that is the sort of motivation that will get you moving in no time at all!

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1963 Volkswagen Type 3 Notchback

While early Volkswagens were certainly interesting from an engineering standpoint, you wouldn’t quite call the Beetle and Type 1 styling powerhouses. When Volkswagen decided to expand the lineup to include the Type 3, things got a bit more interesting. Along with its contemporary, the Karmann Ghia, these cars injected a bit of life and diversity into the VW range. My favorite of the lot was one we never received in the US, the Type 3 Notchback. This was a handsome two-door sedan with humble Beetle underpinnings, but it showed the world that VW was eager to appeal to a wider audience. Many Notchbacks have made their way stateside via enthusiast channels and this example for sale in California, while not stock, is a real minter with modifications sympathetic to the original design.

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1963 Volkswagen Type 3 Notchback

Every time I see a Volkswagen Type 3 Notchback, I’m reminded just how good a basic three box design can look. The Notchback was never intended to be a flashy machine, nor overtly stylish like its Karmann Ghia siblings. Mainly, it was meant to expand the Volkswagen lineup, providing customers with something a little bit larger than the Beetle for those seeking more space. This car had a grace all its own, however. We’ve seen a few modified Notchbacks pass through GCFSB over the last year or so, but this example for sale in California has been kept pretty true to the original formula, having undergone a recent restoration.

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Survivor Status: 1963 Volkswagen Beetle

I’ve been scanning the ads lately for good examples of the car many of us began our love affair with German vehicles, the Volkswagen Beetle. We saw a nice 1962 Beetle Cabriolet last week that was lightly modified. This week we have come across a 1963 Beetle in Virginia that is all original. Purchased new in Florida, this car had but one owner until recently and comes with lots of documentation to add to its provenance.

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1963 Porsche 356B Super 90 Cabriolet

The Porsche 356 is one of those cars to which I always enjoy returning. Whether it simply be to return to a vintage automobile whose lines I always enjoy or to gain a fuller appreciation for the elements of design, shape, and performance that went into these early Porsches. The ethos of the company is built into these cars and even today, more than 60 years since the first model was introduced, we still can see the evolutionary nature of the marque and the relationship not only of design but also performance. With the 356 Porsche had already begun offering their cars in varying levels of performance and here we have the highest available of those utilizing the 1.6 flat-4 engine, the Super 90. While 90 hp doesn’t seem like a lot, tasked with propelling a car that weighed less than 1000 kg these offered brisk performance for their time all while retaining the lightness and directness of feel possessed by many vintage machines. The particular example we have here is a restored Ivory over Tan 1963 Porsche 356B T6 Super 90 Cabriolet, located in Miami, and on auction with no reserve.

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Heap of the Week: BMW 700 Collection

When considering a restoration project, many things factor into one’s decision. You need to first pick a model that you find particularly interesting or intriguing. For me, that includes choosing something a little outside the mainstream interests. It’s why I prefer the Audi V8 to the S4/S6, for example. It helps if it’s something that you can afford, as well – for example, you could decide to restore a very early 356 Porsche rather than a 911, but if you can’t afford to buy one it’s no good. Then you need to weigh parts availability and cost along with your restoration goals; will this be a driver, a survivor or a 100 point show car? The costs vary for each, as will the amount of detail work involved. For me, while I love to see pristine 100 point show cars, I prefer something that can be driven to the show and home. My Audi, for example, is certainly not pristine – but it also doubles as a track car, and with nearly a quarter million miles on the clock I’m proud of some of its battle scars even if they make me sigh from time to time. So, when something very unique pops up that has potential to be different, special and really stand out from the crowd, I take notice. The 2002ti turbo from Monday is a perfect example of this; a car that needs a tremendous amount of restoration but it really different than everything else out there. In that vein, here’s a collection of the rare, rear-engined BMW 700s in various configurations and states along with a WW2-era 321 chassis. Why limit yourself to only one project when you could have six?

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1963 Mercedes-Benz Unimog

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Most of the Mogs I’ve been writing up recently have been, to put it nicely, “pleasantly well-used or original.” Today’s is the opposite end of the spectrum, sporting a full restoration and brand new US Military Drab Green – seems a little lighter than some other greens I’ve seen on these, but that’s not worth splitting hairs on. Overall it is an outstanding example that could serve as a great collection item, a cool around-town weekend monster, or an extremely capable work truck for a variety of heavy demands.

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1963 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Coupe

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If you look at the current US automotive landscape, there’s an obvious trend towards SUVs and compact, efficient cars. Throw in your usual full-sized pickups, minivans and a handful of mid-sized sedans and that’s just about the market for you. One of my favorite segments, however, is the full-sized coupe. Maybe it’s because I’m single and don’t have much else to worry about but myself, but nothing screams “me” more than one of these cars. Dial back through the decades and one stalwart of the segment has been Mercedes-Benz.

Almost immediately post World War II, the factory began churning out large two-door models in small numbers for the discerning motorist. Fast forward to the late 1950s and a new design came along that would last into the early 1970s and represent one of the last true hand built Mercedes-Benzes. This 1963 220SE for sale in Texas is a numbers matching sunroof coupe wearing its original California black plates.

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Year: 1963
Model: 220SE Coupe
Engine: 2.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 52,370 mi
Price: $36,500 Buy It Now

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1963 Mercedes-Benz 220SE W111 Coupe

Chassis No. 11102112030355
Engine No. 12798412000666
Transmission No. 03387

* Complete Numbers-Matching as per Mercedes-Benz DataCard
* Desirable Colors – Sunroof Coupe
* California “Black Plate” Car

The Mercedes Benz 220 SE raised the bar for middle-class luxury when it was introduced in 1959, noted for their fine finish and attention to detail. Considered to be an immediate success, the 220SE pillarless coupe was first introduced in 1961 and would come to be the last of the hand-built Mercedes models. Road & Track magazine said “one of the best-looking body designs to come from any German concern.” Exquisitely proportioned and beautifully designed. With only 13 cars produced per week, they were instantly considered classics the day they rolled off the production line, and have remained so ever since.

After years of careful stewardship, today this W11 coupe remains a very honest and original example of a Sunroof Coupe. This California “Black Plate” car wears a striking combination of medium Gray finish over original woodwork, Red leather trim and carpeting. According to the Mercedes-Benz DataCard, all numbers are matching as it left the factory some 50 years ago.

The car received its current cosmetic freshening in years past, which has mellowed nicely into plush seating and driver’s quality paint. Crazing and blemishes are apparent upon inspection, but not detract from the 220’s presentation. Likewise, the vehicle’s trim and brightwork show well, including all original factory fitted glass and M-B laminated windscreen. A sliding sunroof brightens the open air feel from the pillerless greenhouse.

The W111’s clean undercarriage reflects the same originality as the luggage compartment fitted with spare, rubber mat and jack. Both appear very solid, correct and free of structural corrosion issues. Similarly, the engine bay displays original firewall padding and correct mechanical configuration. Apart from the charming presentation and mechanical prowess of this 220SE Coupe, a number of period maps, dealer directory, manuals pouch and factory brochure accompany the vehicle.

An authentic level of presentation assured by a long California residency, invites future participation in club events or simply add a very drivable and honest Mercedes-Benz grand tourer to your collection.

Mercedes-Benz DataCard translation:

190- Paint, Graphite Grey
203- Interior Trim, Red Leather
403- Single seats and MB-Tex internal roof upholstery
421- Mechanical and hydraulic sliding roof
423- Mercedes-Benz power steering and automatic transmission with steering column shift
491- U.S. Version
503- Outsider rearview mirror, on the left
515- Becker radio
641- White-wall tires
288- Heater housing with heat exchanger with increased heating capacity
317-50 liters of fuel
Wheel- 5JK.13B
Tire- 7,25 c 13 Dunlop

Priced at: $36,500.00
Offers welcomed

For more information, please contact: sales@driversorce.com

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This coupe just exudes class. If you aren’t in a hurry, it’s worth tracking down a good six-cylinder W111 Coupe, as the later 3.5 Coupes are entering the stratosphere when it comes to price. The gray over red leather is a perfect, sublime compliment to the classic lines on this coupe.

-Paul