Here’s one for the historians and collectors: a 1966 Porsche 911 Prototype, fitted with a variety of racing components and features from the 911R, that served duty from 1966-1968 before being retired as Porsche transitioned to a longer wheelbase. It is believed to be the first 911 to feature rear fender flares as it was the 911 that served as the testing bed specifically for those flares, which we would then see on the 911R. The ad gives us a few other details of the car’s components, which include a 2.0 liter flat-six from 1968. The documentation provided is scant and nothing I’ve been able to find tells us what became of this 911 during the years from 1968 after it was retired as a prototype up to the 2000s when it was discovered and revived. Given its appearance at the exclusive Amelia Island Concours – a point we can verify – there are at least a few folks that feel pretty certain of its identity. I’m not sure who discovered it, but that must have been one heck of a barn find.
For quite some time now the Porsche 912 has served as the go-to option of the budget-minded Porsche enthusiast – or at least for those who remain attached to the hallmark of rear-engine and rear-drive coupes. Of course, given that the 912 was Porsche’s entry-level model it was natural that it should continue to serve such a function even after its production had ceased. With an appearance nearly identical to that of the 911, the 912 offered the same aesthetics but with sacrifices to performance. With time as the long-hood 911 became more desirable and more highly valued and as modern machinery dwarfed the performance possibilities of even a vintage 911, the performance differences between the 911 and 912 probably didn’t seem hugely significant, especially for those who might have been looking at a 911T. That made the 912 a great option for vintage motoring on a budget. We are beginning to move away from those days. With the air-cooled 911 line becoming increasingly valuable the 912 too has seen its values rise and it has become difficult to find quality examples for budget prices. I guess eventually most good things do end. A 912 still comes in at a pretty good discount over many long-hood 911s, just not as much as they used to be. The example we see here is a short-wheel-base model that looks in very good condition and sits with a very desirable Slate Grey exterior.
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The W110 is where the Mercedes-Benz fascination started in my family, with my father having owned a 1962 190C during his years of bachelorhood. There are times I miss owning a Mercedes, even though I’d never give up the MINI Cooper S I currently own. I have no doubt that someday I’ll return back to a Mercedes-Benz, but it would have to be a vintage one. This 1966 200 for sale in Illinois is one of the nicest W110s I’ve seen in recent years. The green over tan livery is smart looking and the four-speed manual shift on the floor is a rather rare option, as you generally see a lot of column shifters on these mid-sixties Mercs.
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The Mercedes-Benz Fintails of the 1950s and 1960s was a rather daring design for a company noted for its adherence to traditional design. This styling hallmark would live on through the late 1960s and could be considered the grandfather to the modern day E-class sedan. The 230S we see here was one of the later expressions of the W111 design and one that found its way into my father’s garage in the 1970s. This black example for sale in New York is almost identical to my father’s car, save for the fact that his was a ’67 with a 4-speed manual on the floor and was equipped with a saddle tan MB-Tex interior.
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The Bahama Yellow 1966 Porsche 912 we featured back in April is back up for sale. The asking price remains unchanged at $75,000 as this top-of-the-market 912 looks for a new owner.