1963 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Coupe

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Classic Mercedes are the evergreen standby of German motoring; they combine a level of style and sophistication that few other car makers were able to achieve. I find this especially true of the 1960s and early 1970s models; when you compare them to the cars coming out of the United States, Great Britain and Japan, they just seem to be in a class of themselves. One of the prettiest designs Mercedes was able to perfect was the pillar-less coupe. They were able to successfully marry some boxes and some curves to create a truly timeless design that carried over to the 1980s SECs. A few weeks back I wrote up a 220SE that was in need of total restoration; today we get to see what it would look like if it was done:

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Year: 1963
Model: 220SE
Engine: 2.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 10,795 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

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We have decided to offer our exceptional and absolutely pristine 1963 Mercedes 220SE for sale that we have owned for close to 20 years. Pictures should speak for themselves however the car shows better in real life and drives and performs admirably and as expected. We at Performance Vintage are a California licensed and bonded specialty car dealer and this vintage Mercedes is available for local inspections at our indoor show room.

In line with normal ebay practices please note that all inspections are to be made prior to auction close ! winning the car does not entitle you to come and inspect her to see she is really what you want ! That should be done before you bid ! Prior to auction close multiple inspections by the same person are no problem, you can come back as many times as you like, bring friends, cousins, mechanics, brothers, sisters, neighbor or spouses all welcome ! Please note that due to her age there is no warranty offered, available, stated or implied. The Mileage stated is as displayed and due to the her age and the hand me down nature of history cannot be warranted. And of course since we at Performance Vintage International are licensed California Classic and exotic car dealers, California buyers only will be charged sales tax and state mandated transfer and smog fees (normally less than $100 for transfer fees and sales tax based new owner’s county rate). All out of state and international buyers will not be charged any sales tax or fees and are responsible for their own state fees and taxes as appropriate.

Also please realize that bidders with less than 20 feed backs MUST contact us prior to bidding or their bids will be cancelled. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us on : 949-302-1773 and thank you for your visit, Karl,

There are prettier Mercedes, but there aren’t many affordable prettier Mercedes in my opinion. This is one of the best deals going in classic Mercedes ownership; most of the style of some of the hundred to multi-hundred thousand dollar Benz models in a useable package that won’t break the bank. I love the black on red combination, it just adds to the presence of this coupe. I also love that it’s a manual, and the pictures do testify to the condition of the car. This one looks to be the most pristine example I’ve seen in a while outside of the Mercedes-Benz museum, and consequently it’s driving strong bidding; whereas most of these coupes hover in the mid-$20,000 range when properly sorted, this car is already there with several days to go on the auction. This car may just reach Hagerty’s best value on the model at around $40,000; it certainly looks well worth it!

-Carter

1963 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia T34

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A rare bird amongst older Volkswagens, the Type 34 isn’t well known despite being one of the best looking products to come out of Wolfsburg. This is in part because the Type 34 was never officially offered in the U.S., but despite this hurdle a reported 400 out of the known remaining 2000 models reside here. With hints of some older Mercedes-Benz models and even the similarly rear-engined Corvair, the Type 34 was a very pretty – though very pricey – option that hoped to take Volkswagen to a new market. Today’s example has already undergone all of the hard work and merely waits for the next owner:

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Year: 1963
Model: Karmann Ghia Type 34
Engine: 1.5 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 43,500 mi
Price: $25,500 Buy It Now

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This Car is for Sale by Owner, No middle men Involved. Earlier listing with consignee did not work out so I am selling it directly. This car is in Tennessee and buyer can pick it up after full payment is made. This is a beautiful car and has never been shown after restoration. INTERIOR IS EXCELLENT. I believe that this is the absolute best restored T34 anywhere in the world. All chrome is triple plated. All guages works including clock, Missing bulbs for fog lights. Electrical SYSTEM has been thoroughly serviced. Mechanically this car is excellent.

Read more: http://nashville.ebayclassifieds.com/classic-cars/nashville/1963-vw-t34-karman-ghia-fully-restored-all-numbers-match/?ad=29855590#ixzz2hHedb7uY

Light “Pacific Green” and white seem to be the go-to colors for older Volkswagens and look great on this car. The interior does look excellent, chrome is redone, and the car is reported to be mechanically sorted. Great, the hard work is out of the way! The photos don’t really seem to do the car justice but it does look good. Value? A bit hard to peg; top dollar on these Type 34s is $30,000 – but that car was sold in Europe where they’re more rare, and it was completely original. Hagerty pegs the value of a condition 1 show Karmann Ghia at about $20,000, but that’s the more common coupe rather than the rare Type 34. I would say this car is probably in between condition 1 and 2 and would guesstimate the value around $20,000 – but at that price, you’ve buying a car that someone has taken care of the major restoration headache. You can therefore be happy to drive to shows and meets in a car that few people know about and even fewer have ever seen; this is a special car, indeed!

-Carter

1963 Volkswagen Type III Notchback

Although it may be hiding a little deeper than my love for box fenders and 80s BMWs, I hold a great affection for the VW Type III. My dad used to have a Squareback/Variant, one of my favorite wagons ever. The Fastback was the first Type III to catch my eye, and the tiny Notchback like we have today has always had a killer look and gets bonus points for rarity as they were not imported by VW of NA. They exude all the VDubness of the Beetle with a little more class and without being, well… a Beetle. If I were to look beyond the A1 GTI for a classic VW, I’d have a hard time deciding between the body styles of the Type III, but I know I would want it to be done like this Notchback. A full body-off restoration has left it aesthetically perfect – perfect color, perfect wheels, and a killer interior. Can you handle the price though?

Year: 1963
Model: Type III Notchback
Engine: 1.6L Air-Cooled 4-cylinder
Transmission: 4-speed Manual
Mileage: 0 on body, unknown on engine
Price: $17,000

1963 Volkswagen Type III Notchback for sale on eBay

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1963 NotchBack Push Button Price: VIN on title and pan is 0093521 1963 VW Type III Notchback For Sale. Just Completed Restoration after one year of work! It’s been a great project and now its time to sell. Complete body off restoration replaced floor pans, new shocks, ball joints and wheels/tires..electric windows! Repaired the rocker panels from rust along with a lot of other small rust spots repaired. Body is straight and paint looks awesome! New red interior with Kick’n Stereo system that connects only to 1/4″ jack for iPod or other audio device, no stereo head unit just an amp and jack which works perfectly and still keeps original look of car. New headliner, carpet, seats, door panels, carpet in trunk both front and back. All new wiring and everything electrical wise works such as headlights, brights, gauge lights, blinkers, marker lights, tail lights, dome lights, all updated with new fuse box system too. What needs finished? Heat/AC if you need it, glove box liner, pushbuttons are there but for cosmetic use only, windshield wiper motors, other than that the car runs/drives and looks perfect! As you can see by the photos. Need more pics just ask. Engine has not been rebuilt because it runs perfect!

This is a great little VW show car or fun weekender. I get the feeling that the owner is trying a little too hard to recoup the restoration costs though, as $17k for a car with the original engine (even if it “runs perfect”) just does not make sense to me. I think the car is beautiful and I want it, but I can’t see going over $15k without a sweet new/rebuilt/better engine. Good luck to the seller, though, and maybe someday a little engine swap can make this the perfect Notchback.

-NR

1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SE

In the aftermath of World War II, Mercedes-Benz was a shining example of the German Economic Miracle. In such a short period of time, Germany mobilized its people and began rebuilding their country from the ground up. From buildings to factories, almost everything had to be rebuilt in the wake of mass destruction. Within ten years of restarting production, Mercedes-Benz had a mixed bag product lineup, consisting of models like the unibody Ponton sedan, 190SL roadster, 300SL sports car and the large 300 sedans, coupes and cabriolets.

The new Heckflosse, or Fintail models, bowed in 1959 and were the beginning of Mercedes-Benz’s push into the modern era. At the top of this range was the 300SE sedan and coupe. These models included more chrome, power steering, pneumatic suspension and automatic transmissions were standard. A little over 5,000 examples of the 300SE emerged from the factory between 1961 and 1965, making these über fintails quite rare, but overshadowed by successors such as the 300SEL 6.3 and later 4.5 models with the new generation V8 engines.

1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SE on eBay

If you are looking at this auction you probably already know what this is. The top of the line Mercedes sedan from 1963, the 300SE W112 has a similar body style but a completely different drive train from the W110 and W111 cars. If you are a lover of this body style, this is just about the the best model that you could aspire to own. All aluminum fuel injected 3 liter engine, four wheel disc brakes, four wheel independent air suspension and a multitude of other refinements that distinguish it from the 220S, 220SE and other lower model cars. This particular car is a solid example of the W112 sedan. It is far from perfect, but it has been operated continuously, though sparingly, throughout its life. It has 137,500 miles on it and I have enough history to say that I am confident that this is accurate original mileage.

Though there were many options available for these cars, this one only has a few. Most importantly (a requirement for any serious enthusiast) it has a sunroof. Also, it has the white trim package for the inside, the steering wheel, shifter knob and blinker knob. Also, and very oddly, it has a hydraulic fan clutch. This is an option that one would expect on a car that was not to be sold in America. However, there it is. I had a leak in the unit and put a standard drive fan on. I have since sourced a rebuild fan clutch but have not installed it. The exterior color is DB190g also known as graphite grey. The interior is read leather, with option code 204.

Condition:

The paint work on this car is partly original (I think) and partly respray. It has been fixed here and there over its life so that it continued to be presentable. For a perfectionist, it needs to be repainted. For a driver it is acceptable. It has dings, dents and scratches throughout though no major blemishes. There are two spots where there is rust. One spot on the rear rocker and another spot is just behind the rear passenger door in the inner fender. I will have to send pictures of these as they are pretty impossible to describe. Also, anyone who actually is serious about buying this car had better some see it first!

The interior of the car has what I believe to be the original wool carpet. The doors and seats are original though the back of the drivers seat has been replaced. It was replaced when you could still get the correct stuff from mercedes, so it is perfect factory replacement, but in much better shape. The interior is worn, there are stains, tears and many split seams. However, having owned this car and seen many others like it, it is one of the best preserved original interiors I have seen. Most of these cars end up sitting and as a result the interiors are destroyed. I would NEVER even consider replacing it. That is partly because its still ok and also because the original leather has a smell that could never be duplicated. For someone much more motivated that me, you could probably work wonders on it with the leatherique restoration products. The headliner has bee replaced with something other than original I think. I believe that this would have had a wool headliner. It now has the white with the small perforations. The wood is all in good condition. Some of the wood has been refinished in a color very different from factory, but it goes nice with the red. You can see both the original color and the new color on the picture where the back door is open.

Note on the pictures:

In one photograph the front passenger side blinker lens is broken, this has been replaced. The mechanical parts of this car have had extensive work done by me and my other 300SE loving friends. All the air bags have been replaced, the water pump, replaced the injection pump was rebuilt, the rear axle was removed and all the rubber parts replaced, the drive shaft rebuilt, the radiator boiled, the engine has been out, and in and out (and thankfully in again). I have very extensive documents and notes for the past 14 years, though I have only owned it for ten. The air valves all hold air. This car can sit for EVER and not leak down. All the gauges work, the original radio works. The clock doesnt work anymore, but it used too. It has been converted to pertronix electronic ignition. The transmission has been replaced though I dont have any documents for that. If anyone has any questions about what I have done, please ask. I cant remember everything right now. I have probably spent about $6,000 in parts that I have put on it, not to mention the time that was spent. I took as good of care of this car as I knew how for many years.

Sadly I have lost interest and I have had it parked in the garage for a few years. It needs the touch of a new enthusiast. I have a few parts that I never put on that it needs and it needs a good fine tuning. It runs and drives and can drive anywhere you want it to go. I am VERY reluctant to sell this car. It has been a constant part of my life for ten years and I hope that it goes to a good home. If you are interested, I also have a1964 Long Wheel base 300SE that I am interested in selling.

These 300SE sedans have a cult following amongst Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts, and from the looks of it, it appears the current owner is one of those people, given that he also owns a rare long wheelbase version. The suspension in these cars is complex, so it’s heartening to hear that both that system and the rest of the mechanicals are in good working order. Cosmetically, it leaves a bit to be desired, but as they say, it’s only original once and it appears that most of what we see is how it was when it left the factory. With a little bit of cosmetic refurbishment and elbow grease, this would be a nice, practical classic and would certainly garner interest at the next Mercedes-Benz club meeting.

-Paul

1963 Mercedes Benz 300SE < 40,000 miles

The W112 and W111 Benz coupes are some of my favorites in terms of looks. This German market car still sports the European headlights, a German D sticker and the unique rear fog light option. What makes this one catch my eye is its very original condition and the less than 40,000 miles it has covered. Mercedes offered a number of their two door cars with two tone paint, the dark tops often giving the car a convertible appearance. I’m not a huge fan of white cars, but the white and navy blue of this one with the saddle interior is a good look. The wood on the dash shows signs of some improper cleaning, but there are several places that refinish Mercedes and other automotive wood to amazing looks.

The owner states the car was shipped stateside, to NYC, in 1980 and has spent a number of years, since 1994, stored in a garage in Florida. There is going to be a need to go over a few things, but the car comes with all receipts since 1980, which is very helpful. The owner says it has a new water pump, starter, alternator, and gas tank. These cars had the air ride suspension and it is very clear from the low rider look in the photos that this is going to need some attention. The bellows may need to be replaced amongst other things. This can be costly as not every local car shop will want to work on the system.

The inline six is a proven power plant perfect for sedate driving in this machine.

These cars are investment opportunities with this low mileage and original shape.  This one has bids up over $12,000 with the reserve not met. The seller has no eBay feedback so caveat emptor.

1963 Mercedes Benz 300SE on eBay

~Evan

Caveat emptor

1963 BMW 700 Cabriolet

Following World War II, there was widespread devastation to German industry. This led to shortages for all kinds of products, including automobiles. BMW began filling the void in the market for small, efficient cars with the Isetta microcar in 1956. Later that decade, BMW introduced a larger car, the 700, powered by a two cylinder, rear mounted engine. There were three body styles, a two door saloon, two door coupe and a convertible, which is what we see here for sale.

1963 BMW 700 Cabriolet on eBay

THE 700 IS A SMALL REAR-ENGINED CAR PRODUCED BY BMW IN VARIOUS BODY STYLES FROM AUGUST 1959 TO NOVEMBER 1965. THIS WAS THE FIRST BMW AUTOMOBILE WITH A MONOCOQUE STRUCTURE. THE COUPE MODELS WERE POWERED BY A 696 CC, 2 CYLINDER, 4-STROKE ENGINE THAT PRODUCED 30HP. THE CONVERTIBLE MODELS WERE EQUIPPED WITH TWIN SOLEX CARBURETORS GENERATING 40HP. THERE WERE ONLY 2985 CONVERTIBLE CARS WERE PRODUCED BETWEEN SEPT. 1961-NOV. 1964.

THIS BMW SPENT MOST OF ITS LIFE IN CALIFORNIA. WE HAVE A CALIFORNIA PINK SLIP DATED BACK TO 1975 (SEE PHOTO). IT WAS SOLD TO A COLLECTOR IN GEORGIA IN MARCH OF 2002. WE ACQUIRED THIS RARE BMW COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO. THIS CAR CAN BE DRIVEN WITH ITS EXISTING CONDITION. HOWEVER, IT WILL NEED A FULL COSMETIC RESTORATION.

THIS RARE BMW 700 IS BY FAR ONE OF THE MOST ORIGINAL AND RUST-FREE ONES IN EXISTENCE. THE PAINT APPEARS TO BE ORIGINAL. IT IS VERY DULL AND CHALKY AT PLACES. IF THE CAR WAS RESTORED AT SOMETIMES IN THE LAST 48 YEARS, THEY MOST HAVE TAKEN IT COMPLETELY APART AS WE CAN NOT FIND ANY PAINT LINES. THE SEAT COVERS AND DOOR PANELS ARE ORIGINAL. WE HAVE A FEW OLD BROCHURES, MAINT. BOOKLETS, AND OTHER COOL PHOTOS FOR THE CAR. ONE OF THE PHOTOS SHOWS THE PICTURE OF THE CAR BACK WHEN IT WAS IN CALIFORNIA WITH A BLACK PLATE. THE PREVIOUS OWNER HAD A NOTE IN THE PORTFOLIO THAT INDICATED THE MOST RECENT WORK IN 2002 AS FOLLOWS:

* NEW TOP
* FRESH TOP END ON MOTOR
* RARE STAINLESS STEEL EXHAUST
* KONI SHOCKS
* 5 NEW TIRES

WHEN WE ACQUIRED THE CAR, IT HAD NOT RUN FOR AT LEAST 9 YEARS. WE DRAINED THE FUEL TANK AND LINES, INSTALLED NEW SPARK PLUGS, INSTALLED A NEW BATTERY, CHECKED THE OIL AND ALL FLUIDS, TURNED THE FUEL VALVE ON, TURN THE IGNITION ON TO ACTIVATE THE DYNO,IT CRANKED RIGHT UP. THE CAR RUNS BEAUTIFUL.

EXTERIOR:

THE BODY PANELS LINE UP WELL. THE PAINT APPEARS TO BE ORIGINAL BUT WE ARE NOT SURE. IT IS OLD AND DULL. THERE ARE A FEW SMALL DINGS ON THE BODY. THE FLOORS ARE SOLID. WE HAVE TRIED TO SHOW THE FLOORS IN THE PHOTOS WITHOUT HAVING ACCESS TO A LIFT. THE FRONT FLOOR PANS ARE NEAR PERFECT. THE REAR FLOOR PANS HAVE SOME DENTS IN THEM DUE TO THE LOW CLEARANCE OF THE CAR OR IMPROPER LIFTING. THE AREAS AROUND THE DOOR, TRUNK, AND ENGINE COMPARTMENTS ARE NEAR PERFECT. IN SOME AREAS, THE PAINT HAS CHIPPED AND THE BODY PART WAS TARNISHED. ITS ONLY ON THE SURFACE. THE BUMPERS NEED TO BE PLATED AND THE SS TRIM NEED TO BE POLISHED. ALL GLASS AND LIGHT LENSES ARE IN GREAT CONDITION. THE EXTERIOR DOOR HANDLES ARE BOTH CRACKED. THEY NEED TO BE REPAIRED AND RE-PLATED OR REPLACED. THEY ARE MADE OUT OF POT METAL AND HARD TO REPAIR. THIS CAR GIVES A NEW MEANING TO A 48 YEAR OLD “RUST-FREE” CAR.

INTERIOR:

THE SEAT COVERS AND DOOR PANELS ARE ORIGINAL AND IN SERVICEABLE CONDITION. THE ORIGINAL CARS CAME WITH RUBBER FLOOR MATS BUT THE PREVIOUS OWNER INSTALLED CARPET. THE TOP IS ABOUT 9 YEARS OLD. IT IS IN GREAT CONDITION. HOWEVER, IT HAS SOME TINY PINCHES AT SOME PLACES. THE BOOT COVER IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. THE STEERING HAS A COVER. WE DID NOT WANT TO TAKE IT APART. THE DASH BEZEL AND MISC. TRIM HAVE SOME LIGHT PITTING.

MECHANICAL:

THE CAR CRANKS UP WITH COUPLE OF TRIALS. YOU HAVE TO TURN THE FUEL VALVE ON AND TURN THE IGNITION TO ACTIVATE THE SILENT DYNO. IT THEN CRANKS. IT TAKES A LITTLE GETTING USED TO. THE ENGINE RUNS VERY SMOOTH. IT DOES NOT SMOKE OR LEAK. THE 4 SPEED TRANSMISSION SHIFTS GOOD AND THE CLUTCH IS STRONG. WHEN WE GOT THE CAR, THE BRAKE FLUID RESERVOIR WAS VERY LOW. WE ADDED SOME FLUID BUT STILL NO PEDAL. IT DOES NOT HAVE ANY LEAKS MEANING THAT EITHER THE SYSTEM NEEDS BLEEDING OR THE BRAKE MASTER CYLINDER REBUILT. THE HAND BRAKE WORKS. WE HAVE DRIVEN THE CAR JUST A FEW FEET USING THE HANDBRAKE. THE CAR HAS THE ABARTH STYLE STAINLESS STEEL EXHAUST THAT SOUNDS GOOD. THE TIRES ARE 9 YEARS OLD BUT LOOK LIKE NEW.

ELECTRICAL:

THE HEADLIGHTS, TAILLIGHTS, LICENSE PLATE LIGHT, AND DASH LIGHTS WORK. THE TURN SIGNALS ON THE RIGHT SIDE WORK BUT NOT THE LEFT SIDE. IT PROBABLY A FUSES OR BAD CONTACTS.

ENGINE COMPARTMENT:

THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT LOOKS GREAT FOR AN OLD CAR. THERE ARE NO SIGNS OF CORROSION ANYWHERE NOT EVEN AT HINGE AREAS OR EDGES OF THE LID.

FRONT COMPARTMENT:

THE AREA BELOW THE MAT, UNDER THE SPARE TIRE, UNDER-DASH, GAS TANK, ETC. LOOK GREAT. THIS CAR IS SO HONEST IN EVERY ASPECT. WE HAVE ALL THE TOOLS. THE JACK AND THE POUCH IS NOT ORIGINAL BUT FUNCTIONAL. ITS THERE IN CASE SOMEONE HAS A FLAT TIRE.

These 700s are neat little cars that helped in the postwar comeback of BMW and got the ball rolling again with BMW Motorsport. A 700 won the Nüburgring six hour touring car race in 1960 and was raced in other events by famous drivers such as Hans Stuck and Jacky Ickx. The seller has presented this 700 in an honest fashion and with some freshening, this 700 would make a practical, usable classic.

-Paul

1963 Porsche 356B Cabriolet Race car

Flying the Gulf colors, this vintage racer’s paint almost looks too clean to take to the track.

The car comes with known history back to 1965 and $136,000 in receipts. The blueprinted engine has less than an hour on its current build. The Solex carbs and JE pistons setup has the engine bumping out 171 horsepower.

As the owner says, with all the history the car has racing it should be well sorted and the documentation should help keep that way.

A pretty and pure racer.

The buy-it now price is a steep $59,500.

~Evan