1965 Mercedes-Benz 600 SWB

If you think back over the last century, what are some of the greatest cars to have ever roamed the streets? Sure, vehicles such as the original Volkswagen Beetle, Porsche 911 and Alfa Romeo Spider come to mind, but all of these cars had a multitude of variations and generations that it is hard to point to one single model of each that you would classify as significant. If I had to pick one single model that moved the chains, it’s this car: the Mercedes 600. While there were short and long wheelbase versions and an open roofed Landaulet version on offer, the 600 was relatively unchanged over its 18 year production cycle.

In that time, this became the de facto car for celebrities, heads of state and executives that wanted the most advanced, luxurious car money could buy. Advanced it was for its 1963 introduction, with a fuel-injected V8, hydraulic actuation for everything from the seats to the trunk lid and a host of other options available which would allow owners to customize their chariots to their every want and need. This restored 600 short wheelbase model for sale in New York allows the discerning collector to strike a decided chairman of the board pose.

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Year: 1965
Model: 600 SWB
Engine: 6.3 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 31,173 mi
Price: $215,000 Buy It Now

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This is a 1965 Mercedes 600 SWB in stunning restored condition. This car, VIN# 100012-12-000312, is an original #040 Black car and has been extensively restored by Classic Car Restoration LLC of Wausau, WI, perhaps the leading restorers of 600’s in the country. This car was repainted in its original Glasurit Black ( #040) and the finish is stunning. In addition the following work was performed:

full engine rebuild
full transmission rebuild
full rebuild of front and rear axle and brake system
new red leather interior and refinished Makassar wood
all hydraulic switches serviced and replaced as necessary
re chromed front and rear bumpers
all rebuilt air suspension components
and much more.

This is a unique opportunity to own a highly restored Mercedes 600. For more details call 631-283-8819

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There are few other color combinations I enjoy more than this one on the 600. The red interior just looks lush and sets off well against the classic black paintwork, a color that lends itself well to pretty much any large Mercedes sedan. So the big question is whether the $200k plus asking price is worth it? Most well to do consumers eyeing the new S class or one of the very last Maybachs to be produced won’t be cross shopping a vintage machine like this. But if you must have one of the biggest crowning achievements of Mercedes-Benz this side of the 300SL and Silver Arrows, there are few better examples than the Grösser Mercedes.

-Paul

Top of the Market: 1965 Porsche 912 and 1975 BMW 3.0CS

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While we here at GCFSB usually try to find the best deal for your hard-earned money, the reality is that sometimes it’s hard to find mint-condition cars at a budget price. Increasingly it seems that we find lots of examples of really nice cars that investors and speculators are trying to capitalize on by setting the price in the stratosphere. Such is the case today; two lovely examples of two very opposite cars that are both priced well outside of their respective markets. The question is, what is uniqueness and perfection worth? Let’s take a look at the first, an impressive restored condition 912:

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Year: 1965
Model: 912
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 68,935 mi
Price: $59,980 Buy It Now

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1965 Porsche 912 – Excellent condition, rust-free car with a fresh restoration. Rare 5-speed transmission. Shows beautifully and runs like a champ. Refinished in original Champagne Yellow with Green Leatherette interior. 68935 actual miles. Original motor redone during restoration; transmission was replaced with a correct 5spd. Recent Michelin XZX tires installed. Certificate of Authenticity included. An all-around stud that needs nothing to drive and enjoy.

Original Factory Options:

Antenna

Loudspeaker

2 Headrests – Leatherette

Tinted Glass All Around

Ventilated Chrome Wheels

Talbot Mirror

Wheel Caps w/Crest

5 Speed Transmission

Dunlop Tires

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SwitchCars – Toll Free 866-672-CARS, or local/international, +1-216-453-0507

Switchcars is the enthusiast’s exotic car dealership. We buy, sell, and consign cars we like. We specialize in clean modern and vintage Porsche, Ferrari, and Lotus products, as well as other limited-production exotic cars, and are an authorized Trailex aluminum trailer dealer.

Switchcars gets our cars from private collectors, customers, and dealers/wholesalers with whom we have an established relationship – never from auctions. We strive to verify the history and condition on every car we purchase to the best of our ability, and only buy from trustworthy sources. We have a wide variety of cars for sale – some are concours winners, others are track toys, but all are described accurately and honestly with as much documentation as possible. We encourage buyers to verify condition on any car we have for sale, and we have a good network of independent and factory-authorized Porsche, Ferrari, Lotus, Audi, Aston Martin,and Lamborghini mechanics that service our vehicles and can handle any pre-purchase inspections or service throughout your ownership.

This is a beautifully restored car even if it isn’t the most popular color combination. Rob has written up several 912s recently like this 1969 912; I agree with him that there is a beauty and simplicity about the original 901 design that makes it very special. The 912 captures that innocence well. As 911 prices have risen they’ve pulled the more-affordable 912 along with them. However, at roughly double the going market rate for even a really nice example of a 912 and well above Hagerty’s top value estimate, is this the 912 to buy? Well, if you want a show-ready car, perhaps it is, though I still think it’s priced too high. Speaking of priced too high….

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The BMW E9 is another steadily rising star in the classic German motoring world. Long considered one of the best looking BMW designs, finding good condition 3.0s is very difficult. This car is the polar opposite of the 912; big six in front, Taiga Green on the outside and tan inside. It certainly looks fantastic with the deep front airdam, Euro bumpers and trunk lip and BBS alloys. The green is also a really unique and period correct color for this example. However, as Paul showed with his recent 3.0 CSi post, value on these cars lies in between $35,000 – $45,000 for some of the better examples. While this example looks splendid, the seller claims the mileage may be off and the paint was redone, making you question the quality of the restoration and what – if anything – it was covering up. Still, it’s drop dead gorgeous, so take a look:

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Year: 1975
Model: 3.0CS
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 9,168 mi
Price: $63,900 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1975 BMW 3.0CS on eBay

BECAUSE LIFE IS TO SHORT TO DRIVE A BORING CAR!!!

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3266 Post Rd

Southport, Ct 06890

203 256 9800

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1975 BMW 3.0CS COUPE “ALL ORIGINAL, TAIGA GREEN!!!)

VIN 4300610

The Classic Car Gallery is proud to offer this 2-owner (2nd owner for the past 24 years) 1975 BMW 3.0CS coupe. The car was brought over from Europe in 1984, is a very low mileage original EURO car, in her correct TAIGA GREEN (she shows 9600 miles, but judging by condition, we believe her to have approx. 40,000 miles). She has not been driven more than 1000 miles in the last 15 years (we have documentation verifying this). The car recently underwent a comprehensive inspection by noted BMW E9 RESTORER MATT McGINN OF SPORTS CAR RESTORATION in Plainville, Ct. In lieu of a description, I have included Matts review of the car below;

Hi Steven,

I’m at the shop after a long day, I did forget your card at home, hope this generic email off your site gets to you.

We had a good time looking at the coupe yesterday, thanks for calling us in on this mission.

I am working on the written impression of the car, but as I am trying to really nail every detail that Dennis, Tim and I took in, it is taking longer than I’d hoped.

In short, you can quote me on any of the following if you have buyers prior to be sending you the report.

Car is in top ten percent of e9 coupes from a body/paint perspective. Driving up to the shop and seeing the car in the lot my first impression was positive. Period-correct Mahle wheels, the CSL wheelarch trim, color, cleanliness all spoke. I can’t say the year/proximity to end of production adds value necessarily to me, as they were serially-produced, but the euro bumpers on a late CS are great and the color is great.

So,

Engine has compression leakage through piston rings into crankcase. As a weekend car, not something likely to cause major oil consumption or fouling plugs, etc. More driving may help the rings seat better. Plugs looked good when removed, not black and rich, not white and lean. We could not test on-road manners of car but a buyer can do this. Brake sticking issue may be solvable by fitting new front calipers, but double check the master cylinder and/or pedal linkage to make sure there is not a hydraulic issue (MC) or just a physical binding issue (bad bushing in the linkage) keeping some pressure on the calipers. Just a little pressure in the MC or linkage equals much more binding in the front brakes than the rear by nature.

Color is re-sprayed but likely original color and done well. Glass-out, doors-off good comprehensive repaint. Not cheap, now or ever.

Car has never had a panel changed, and has never had rust repair and does not need either as a high-level driver car. Rust areas in front of doors are an “option” fix as they are not likely to grow given a typical classic car’s use. It will also not spread to adjacent panes. As a driver-level car, you leave that spot alone.. Areas of concern (front structure, frame rails) are dead-original, never-repaired, never-rusted and need no repair. Slight surface rust on isolated spots on floor pan. No evidence of repair. Rocker panels are original.

Trim, seals and interior excellent. Replaced with BMW factory parts and in great condition and fit well. Dash is excellent, no cracks. Wood veneer on dash, door-panels have appropriate age. Speaker grille on dash has original fabric behind grates. All seat trims, especially the seat rail covers excellent. Appears to be original upholstery. (I am researching this as this is one aspect of the late coupes I am not 100 percent familar with.)

I saw on your site that the car was for sale for $XX,XXX. You’d asked yesterday about my opinion on the value. That’s tough for me as we’re focused on building cars for owners, but I can tell you this, if you got a complete donor car for free, you could not build a car of this caliber for $XX,XXX. it would be double that, triple that for something REALLY nice And to boot, you’d have to really find a rust-free, never-hit survivor to build from, and even then then you could not do it.

Thanks again, much more to follow.

Matt

Since Matt’s inspection, we have rebuilt the carburetors, installed new front brake calipers, brake lines and master cylinder. The car now runs and stops as she should. These E9 COUPES are among the most collectible cars of the 1970s’ and is bound to appreciate. This particular car is stunning in its originality, (THEY ARE ONLY ORIGINAL ONCE!!!) and it may be the nicest original 3.0 CS on the market today. Feel free to call 203 256 9800 or email Steven@classiccargallery.com if we can answer any of your questions.

The 3rd party inspection of this car is interesting and unique to include, but the question remains as to whether this car is worth 50% more than most similar models? Well, again, if you want this color combination in a show ready vehicle, here you go. Preparing vintage cars to this level is not a cheap proposition, and as the 3rd party inspector notes you could easily spend 2-3 times the sale price on a free vehicle trying to make it perfect. For me, I think I’d rather have a slightly less perfect example that I’d be happier to drive, but since neither of these cars are museum quality the future owner could likely enjoy occasional trips without really negating value. Does that mean they’re a good deal? Well, at the top of the market, no they’re not – but if you want to take the easy way out, this is how to do it. Spend a little more up front and get the best car you can and it’ll save you headaches in the long run. For me it would be a tough choice between these two, but I think ultimately I’d choose the 912 over the 3.0 just because it seems a little more honestly presented and has less questions than the BMW; though I have to say, I think the BMW is the better looking of the two by a margin.

Which would you choose?

-Carter

1965 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL

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A few weeks ago I wrote up an absolutely beautiful and pristine 1963 Mercedes-Benz 220Se, a car that reached towards the high end of the market for the big coupes but remains a heck of a deal in the older-Mercedes world. One car that hasn’t remained such a deal is the much more highly sought-after SLs, and of those the manual early cars usually bring the strongest value. Top of the market in an early W113s will push $100,000, and even condition 2 cars are in excess of $50,000 these days. Like the E30 market, investors and speculators jumped on board about a decade ago and drove prices even higher, pushing them out of the reach of the common man. Despite this, once in a while a very clean example comes to market below average market value – such as the lovely red over black 4 speed today:

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Year: 1965
Model: 230 SL
Engine: 2.3 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 64,000 mi
Price: $39,999.99 Reserve Auction

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Free Shipping is Included in the “buy it now” Price for all Buyers.

Production Specs for this car:
Mileage: 64,000 original miles
Production Numbers: 4,752
VIN #: 11304210005500 Hard Top Matching # 107

All matching numbers

About my Pagoda:

This is a 1965 Mercedes Pagoda 230SL with the desirable manual transmission Convertible. This car comes with oem color combination (meaning, it is an original red car with black interior). Car has a new mats, carpets interior. The door panels, dashboard and the rest of the interior is all done with the same color. Original Becker radio comes with the car. Car comes with 2 tops, soft top is correct German canvass in black vinyl color but it is the original one, It is in working condition but it looks okay. The hard top in white. Also the hard top carrier comes with the car. Odometer records and speedometer reads in mileage because the car is a USA specs car.

This pagoda is ready to be driven mechanical sound and fun to drive. It is a 2 owner car since new. I still have the original title to prove this statement. Odometer shows 64,000 miles, which is believed to be the original mileage. It has 2 tops – a black convertible top and a white hard top. Body is in very good condition. Paint is good, chrome is good and the interior is very nice. Mechanics are in good working order.

New set of 6 BOSCH FUEL INJECTORS at $240 a piece. ($1,440 + $300 installation) Fuel Injection works really good now! 🙂
New sun visor clips
New brake lines
New Brake pads
New heather core rebuilt ($690)
New sill plate covers
New Clutch
New Interior ($700 installation and $1,175.00 materials)
IVORY Original knob matching color with Original Steering wheel professional clean
Full service done in June 2013 (synthetic oil, hose lower radiator, hose upper radiator, oil filter, air filter, belts, all new fluids, spark plugs, ($2000.00)
2 Sets of keys
Manual and Service books
Original Mercedes Tools
Spare wheel
All chrome and glass excellent.
New hoses (lower and upper radiator hoses, and clams)
All electrics in good and working condition:
Turn signals
Heat
Fan
Radio
Wipers
Horn
All lights
All instruments
New hard top carrier
New Chrome Tail pipes
Hexomat Floor Mats
Over $10,000.00 spent in service, restoration in the last year with all receipts.

This is a completed original “all together” Mercedes Pagoda which can simply be purchased and enjoyed. This is not the average pagoda. We have spent money and time to make it one of the best pagodas for sale which makes for a perfect high standard weekend driver. These cars are going up in value. Restoring these can be expensive so this one makes for great buying considering everything has been done. This car has been appraised for $50,000.00 and is insured by Hagerty for this amount and also is listed in their price guide for this amount. Our reserve is very low compare to the real value of this car. Good luck with bidding on it.

Price $39,900.00 or best offer.

A comprehensive documentation of the body and mechanical restoration along with photographs and detailed receipts come with the car.

Many early SLs have undergone restoration and color changes to more popular colors such as the red on today’s model, so it’s nice to know this is an original color combination. This color combination is probably the most popular and sought after of the early SLs. The 230s have different hubcaps that are slightly more simple and in my mind, more attractive than the later 250 and 280 caps. The 230 doesn’t have as much twist as the 2.8 did later, but manuals are harder to come by on the later cars. The 4 speed is definitely the transmission you’d want to have in this package. Color combinations on these were interesting and to order, so it’s interesting to see the ivory steering wheel match the top but not the hubcaps, though a quick search will show you hundreds of different color combinations between the three. As an enjoyable classic investment, these classic Mercedes-Benz are on par with Porsches in general, but this particular model is easier on the wallet. This car appears well taken care of and ready to enjoy, and at a penny below $40,000 it seems pretty well priced considering the market.

-Carter

Heap of the Week (Part I): 1965 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Coupe

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We’ve featured some neat and rare cars in the “Heap of the Week” feature, and here’s another seldom seen model that is in need of your love. When I look for these cars, I often feel like looking through the ads should be accompanied by soft Sarah McLachlin “Arms of the Angel” playing in the background. There are plenty of hard luck cases that it would just be great to save. For example, this week there was a neat Karmann Ghia coupe and there always seem to be plenty of rusty buses available. There also always seem to be a glut of older Mercedes-Benz models that someone thought they would restore and never completed. Such is the case with today’s rare 220 SE Coupe. 1965 was the last year of the 220 SE as they shifted towards larger engines in the W111. Correctly done, they’re very pretty and stately Coupes, with a pillar-less design that seems elegant compared to later models. Today’s example is in need of a hefty amount of work, but is available for a low purchase price:

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Year: 1965
Model: 220 SE Coupe
Engine: 2.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: N/A mi
Price: $4,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1965 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Coupe on Ebay

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VEHICLE WAS PURCHASED FOR A RESTORATION PROJECT YEARS AGO BUT WAS NOT COMPLETED.

PARTS CAR OR PROJECT. NO CALIFORNIA TITLE. IMPORTED FROM GERMANY IN 1983 CUSTOMS DUTY PAID BUT NO TITLE WAS EVER ISSUED. CAR IS LEGALLY IN CALIFORNIA UNITED STATES BUT NOT REGISTERED OR TITLE ISSUED.

1965 220SEB, ORIGINALLY PURCHASED FROM GERMANY IN 1983 AND SENT TO LOS ANGELES, WHERE IT HAS BEEN SINCE. ENGINE WAS RUNNING AROUND 5 YEARS AGO AND HAS NOT BEEN STARTED AFTER. ALL PARTS PICTURED ARE INCLUDED WITH PURCHASE. CAR IS SOLD AS IS, AS A PARTS CAR OR PROJECT CAR. CAR COMES WITH GERMAN TITLE, NOT CALIFORNIA TITLE. REGISTRATION IS NOT CURRENT. IF BUYER WISHES TO REGISTER CAR, BUYER WILL HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE NECESSARY STEPS TO COMPLETE. OTHERWISE KEEP AS A PARTS CAR. THERE IS SOME RUST, BODY NEEDS WORK. THE CAR IS LOCATED IN WESTLAKE VILLAGE CALIFORNIA AROUND 40 MINUTES NORTH OF LOS ANGELES. I WILL ASSIST IN SHIPPING VEHICLE BUT ALL ARRRANGEMENTS WILL HAVE TO BE MADE BY BUYER. PICK UP IS RECOMMENDED BUT IF YOU ARE IN ANOTHER STATE OR COUNTRY CAR CAN BE SHIPPED. NO GUARANTEES, NO WARRANTIES, CAR IS SOLD AS IS. DEPOSIT OF $500.00 USD IS REQUIRED WITHIN 24 HOURS AFTER WINNING BID IS MADE BY PAYPAL. REMAINDER OF BALANCE IS TO BE PAID WITHIN 48 HOURS OR AT PICK UP IF ARRANGED. PLEASE BE SURE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE PRIOR TO BIDDING.

INCLUDED ONE SET OF DOORS NO EXTRA DOORS OR BODY PARTS. I WILL CONSIDER OFFERS BUT NOT REDICULOU$ ONES. THESE PARTS ARE BECOMING MORE RARE EVERY DAY.

I MOSTLY SELL MERCEDES PARTS AND ACCESSORIES. OFTEN I HAVE A FRIEND ASK ME TO SELL SOMETHING FOR THEM. I TAKE AS MUCH PRIDE IN MY NON-MERCEDES ITEMS. I MAKE SURE ALL MY ITEMS MEET HIGH STANDARDS. PLEASE KNOW IF YOU SEE SOMETHING THAT IS NOT MY SPECIALTY, I HAVE TAKEN THE TIME TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE RECEIVING A GOOD PRODUCT FOR A FAIR PRICE. WE HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE MERCEDES BUSINESS FOR OVER 50 YEARS. WE HAVE A GOOD SELECTION OF PARTS AND GOOD SOURCES FOR THEM. PLEASE EMAIL US IF YOU NEED A PART YOU DO NOT SEE LISTED.

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While this model has been taken apart for restoration that restoration never happened. Fortunately, the pictures seem to document that most of the trim pieces remain intact, though it appears this car will need a healthy dose of time and energy to get it back to working order. When and if that occurred, it could look something like this:

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There are several problems, though – in addition to the headache of restoring this car, there’s the headache of sorting out the correct paperwork, as it retains a German title. I’d imagine that could be creatively overcome given the age of the car, but it will take some legwork. Second is the much larger problem; value. These cars, even in very good condition, seem to be on the lower end of the classic Mercedes-Benz market – it’s not uncommon to see clean examples trading below $20,000, and Hagerty lists the average value for the 220 Coupe right around $18,000. So, that leaves you a budget of less than $15,000 to make this car a viable option. Let me be first to say “No way”. Unless you own the body shop, are a handy backyard mechanic and have some favors owed to you by an upholsterer, there’s just no way you can get it done and have the car be under the value of a decent one. That’s a shame because it’s a cool, rare car that doesn’t deserve to die (cue the Sarah McLachlin) and it would be great to see it restored. If it were a cabriolet, it would be a no-brainer. But unfortunately, even if this one was free, I’m still not certain it would be worth the time and effort to restore to original condition.

-Carter

1965 Porsche 356SC Coupe

Until recently, Porsche was not a company known for carrying out model introductions and changeovers at a significant clip. It’s first production model, the 356, lasted for 17 years before being usurped by the 911, a car that has become synonymous with the brand to this day (albeit in a highly evolved state). The year 1965 would mark the end of the road for the 356. Towards the end of the production run, Porsche unveiled the 356SC. This would be the highest horsepower pushrod engine Porsche would produce. At an output of 95 bhp coupled to a vehicle weighing around 2,000 lbs, this made for lively performance for the day, even if many modern motors can beat it off the line. Demand for the 356 remained strong right up to the end and today they fetch impressive sums on the collector market. This 356SC for sale in Florida is an older restoration and retains its original engine and transmission.

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Year: 1965
Model: 356SC Coupe
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 98,215 mi
Price: $77,900 Buy It Now

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1965 Porsche 356 SC Coupe

Up for sale is this very nice 1965 Porsche 356 SC Coupe that is an older restoration done about 15 years ago. The car is finished in Slate Grey with a Red vinyl interior. This car has the original SC engine and original transmission to the car. The pans are in excellent condition. This is a very well done car with an excellent finish that shows only a few minor flaws. All of the bright work is in excellent condition. The interior is in excellent condition. This car has just been mechanically serviced and is ready to be driven anywhere. The recent service included carbs rebuilt, reseal of oil sump, valve adjustment, wheel bearing service, brake service, new front tie rod ends, new tires, and several other small items. The car can be seen / inspected with an appointment. The car has a clear Florida title and has been owned by the current owner for approximately 6 years. The owner is a client of mine and I’m representing the vehicle on his behalf.

Please call with any questions that you may have prior to bidding. I can be reached at 561.307.2232 to answer any questions that you may have.

VIN 219652
Engine Serial Number P*812800
Engine Type Stamping 616/16 (Indicates SC Engine)
Engine Case Casting 80970

Terms of sale:
The car is sold AS IS with no warranty or guarantee of any type. A non-refundable deposit of $1000 is due with 24 hours of winning bid. Final payment is due via bank check or bank wire transfer with 5 days. Transportation is the responsibility of the winning bidder/buyer, however I will gladly assist with the arrangements.

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Whether it’s an early 911 or a late 356 such as this, the gray on red combination is one of my favorite color combinations for Porsches from this era. One thing I’m not a fan of, however, is the luggage rack on the engine lid. This option always looked a bit awkward and out of proportion, in my opinion. Currently, a good 356SC Coupe will run you about $65,000 to $80,000 on average. Not surprisingly, convertibles in similar nick will bring a bit more. Given this car has a few flaws and is an older restoration, I’d say the asking price is just a little on the high side, but not too far off the mark.

-Paul

1965 Glas 1700 GT

During the late 1960s, my father was a Russian translator with the American Army at Bad Aibling, just north of the Austrian border. While he was stationed there, he helped curry favor amongst the local population by organizing hillclimbs and rallys that was open to both military personnel and civilians. There were a lot of interesting cars and manufacturers that existed then which are no longer with us, but one car that caught his attention was the Glas GT.

Hans Glas GmbH was a manufacturer that started out making farm machinery and evolved into a producer of motorscooters and automobiles. BMW would acquire Glas in 1966, a move motivated by their desire to access the smaller company’s patents. The GT was initially introduced in 1964 with a body designed and built by Frua and shipped for final assembly to the Glas factory in Dingolfing, Germany. This lithe coupe was initially offered with a 1.3 liter four cylinder, a larger 1.7 liter engine became available in 1965, producing 100 bhp, good for a 115 mph top speed. This 1700GT is for sale in Freiburg, Germany and had a complete restoration in 2004.

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Year: 1965
Model: 1700 GT
Engine: 1.7 liter inline four
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 802 km (~ 498 miles)
Price: €45,000 (~ $60,192 USD)

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Blaupunkt Cologne stereo radio, light alloy wheels with 175/70R14 tires, MiniLite 51/2×14. This Glas 1700 GT was completely and fully restored in 2003/04. The car is now in top-notch condition, since it was restored only driven 802 km. All historical documents including statements by the former Glas dealers are available. Only 1,680 of these 1700 GTs were built, of which fewer remain. A car with a beautiful body, unique history and great handling with high potential for appreciation.

Just under 5,400 Glas GTs were built in total, with an additional 1,259 BMW badged GTs rolling off the line before BMW discontinued the vehicle. I’ve only seen one Glas GT stateside and they are impressive little sports cars with a lot of interesting details that complement the tidy fastback styling. But these little cars are not cheap. At about $60,000, you really have to want one of these or be a connoisseur of obscure orphan marques, as there are a lot of other cars at this price point to distract the collector. But, for those wanting one, a sorted 1700GT like this is attractive because parts availability for such a rare vehicle can be a concern. For someone wanting Italian flair mixed with a healthy dose of German quality, these late sixties sports cars are an awesome choice.

-Paul

1965 BMW 3200CS

In the early 1960s, the BMW lineup was a bit of a mash up of bubble cars, luxury coupes and saloons and the recently introduced, rear engined 700. The 3200CS was the final vehicle to be built on BMW’s large car platform, which traced its beginning back to 1951 with the introduction of the 501, or “Baroque Angel” as it was also known. Designed by Bertone, the 3200CS is a car which clearly represents the roots of modern BMW styling, with the Hofmeister kink on the C-pillar and low belt line. It was also the last BMW engine to feature pushrod activated valves. Few of these coupes exist to this day, and this restored example for sale in California is a rare chance to get one in near perfect condition.

Year: 1965
Model: 3200CS
Engine: 3.2 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 50,048 mi
Price: $199,900 Buy It Now

1965 BMW 3200CS on eBay

The BMW 3200CS was the first to wear the CS or Coupe Sport moniker and featured the latest high-performance V-8. It was constructed in partnership with Bertone, who both designed and built the body. The 3200CS was unveiled at the 1961 Frankfurt Motor Show and the first cars were delivered in February 1962. The stunning bodywork introduced many styling cues that were seen on later models such as the slim roof section, round taillights with central indicators and distinctive C pillar kink.

Aimed at a select clientele, the high-fashion CS was priced at $7,500 and was often made to suit customer specifications. BMW soon realized that complications arising from the hand-built bodies, plus the tremendous success of their other models made the Bertone coupe too expensive and stopped production after only 603 were built. The 3200 was the last remnant of BMW’s luxury V-8’s, but the beautiful model left its mark on virtually every future coupe, with its timeless styling and exclusive appeal.

This rare 1965 BMW 3200CS was found by Don Dethlefsen in 1996, a collector, restorer and owner of the distinguished Werk Shop, after it was left sitting behind at another restoration shop. The car was taken back to Don’s shop in Illinois and treated to a full nut-and-bolt restoration to showroom condition. The finished bodywork was painted a deep dark blue and was fitted with all of the hard to find badges and trim. The interior was also restored to as-new condition with its tan leather seats and blue carpet.

The smooth V-8 was completely refurbished and runs silently at idle with a wonderful sound as the revs build. The car also has the rare, factory electric sunroof, Becker Mexico radio and a floor mounted 4-speed manual gearbox. This car is one of approximately 50 remaining 3200CS coupes worldwide. This is an extremely rare Italian designed BMW of which few remain today. Please contact us with any questions at 714-426-0238 or mark@crevierclassiccars.com

Given their rarity and that they represent a link between the past and future of the brand, the 3200CS is a car for serious collectors. A good example will typically range between $75,000 and $100,000, with exceptional examples reaching up around $125,000. I wouldn’t doubt that a car of this quality could bring six figures, but at $200,000, the asking price for this example is a bit reaching. It would be nice to know whether there is any documentation available, such as the vehicle history and what the original color of the car was. Overall, though, this is a great looking example of a classic 1960s coupe with which few are familiar and was highly influential to BMW design.

-Paul

1965 Volkswagen Type III 1500S Notchback

Volkswagen was on the march in the US in the 1960s, but one car that curiously wasn’t on the menu was this: the Type III Notchback. Nate featured a modded Notchback last month which had a full body restoration, but this Notchback for sale in Florida was in storage for almost 20 years and is claimed to be original.

Year: 1965
Model: Type III 1500S Notchback
Engine: 1.6L Air-Cooled 4-cylinder
Transmission: 4-speed Manual
Mileage: 23,140
Price: Auction – Reserve

1965 Volkswagen Type III 1500S Notchback on eBay

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1965 with 24k original miles certified. Original; tires, interior, engine and trans, 90% original. The only parts that were change are front and rear window seals, front and rear hood seals, door seals with quality German replacement seals. Runs and drives like new. The interior is in excellent condition for this car is 48 year old does have some wear. Basically it was taken apart on the outside and painted all original parts that came off were put back on. This is a true survivor, the floor pans are original with no rust. The engine has never been rebuilt and it is all original, trans also. It has been in storage for 19 years and the last time that was registered on the road was in 1993. The car drives like a dream!!! For serious inquires please contact me @ wagenwerksair@gmail.com

These Notchbacks have a strong following in the VW community and are one of the most valued models from the period. The last Notchback we featured was up for sale at $17,000. I’d have to agree with Nate’s previous analysis. Somewhere around $15,000 is probably about right for an unmolested Notchback such as this one.

-Paul

1965 Volkswagen Beetle

An all time classic, the VW beetle is the car that is responsible for my passion for cars. Growing up my father drove Beetles and it seemed that in grade school everyone in my town had one, which could very well have been the case. With over 21 million cars produced over a span of 73 years, it is not only the longest running model ever, but one of the most iconic cars of all time.

With high production numbers and a huge parts aftermarket, the Beetle is the perfect platform for customizing on a budget. This ’65 is a nice clean example of a Beetle resto-mod.

Year: 1965
Model: Beetle
Engine: 1776cc
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 61,000
Price: $6,100 Reserve not met

1965 Volkswagen Beetle on eBay

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This Auction is for a used classic and collectible 1965 Volkswagen Beetle. This car is extra clean with having had a ground off restoration 6 Years ago. Has Cream interior. This car comes with rotors on the front and special wheels. There is a Alpine radio with CD system fitted. Engine is a 1776cc with new Webber carbs fitted recently (90HP). Comes with a full car cover and overlay mats. This car runs and drives well and needs a to find a good home. This car is available for any inspection.

With a mild restoration and stock engine, this car is a nice clean driver condition vehicle.  Given the condition and mileage of this car I would expect that it is close to meeting its reserve and likely should sell in the $7,500 to $8,500 range. We’ll have to see how motivated the seller actually is in a few days.

-Brian

Ex John Lennon Mercedes 230SL for nearly half a million $

I’ve never been a fan of celebrity cars, with the exception of race cars. You spend gobs of money on them and then park them in a museum or they turn into a Jon Voight’s LeBaron situation.

John Lennon’s 1965 Mercedes 230SL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There seems to always be a John Lennon car for sale somewhere. A few year’s ago his Mercedes 600 Pullman didn’t sell when it reached £190,000 (at the time $273,600) at an auction where it had a £200,000 ($287,600) reserve, tell me if that situation doesn’t sound like some bidding shenanigans. It later appeared for sale with an ask of £320,000.

Now we have an arguably much more mundane Lennon car in this 1965 230SL pagoda that has an ask price of a quite ridiculous $465,000, down from $495,000. The price discrepancy is from varying sites listing the car, the dealership page still has the higher price. The dealer lists the odometer as reading 19,127.

I’m not going to speak about the marketplace for Beatle’s collectibles, but these W113 Benzs continue to rise in value. The Pagodas so called because of their distinctive hardtops are quality cars that garnered a high end clientele when new.

The 230SL was the smallest, in terms of engine options, of the W113 SL. The 2.3 liter inline six puts out 150 horsepower. Ideally you want to find one with the 5 speed manual, but this one was special ordered by John with an automatic.

These are fine cars and in good shape can be seen as investment grade vehicles, particularly the later 280SL. However at this price you could literally corner the market on good driver 230SLs or buy 10 very top tier Pagodas.

Knowing our typical reader on this site, I suspect most of you will turn up your nose at this one, but don’t take it out on the Merc. These were some very quality cars that make for fun drivers. They also aren’t very complicated to work on and are light on a lot of the gadgetry that came in later Benzs. They also are significantly lighter than the R107 SL that replaced them and turned the SL into more of a boulevard cruiser than a twisty road driving car. Just save your money and find a non-celebrity owned one. As with any convertible keep an eye out for water leakage. The Euro models look a lot better with their headlights to me, but eitherway these cars have a great, unmistakably German and Mercedes look.

~Evan

John Lennon’s 1965 Mercedes 230SL