1967 BMW 2000CS

Stepping even a bit further back in BMW’s timeline, today we have a Neue Klasse Coupe. The E120 was as evolution of the Bertone 3200CS design from the early 1960s, but BMW’s design head – one very famous Mr. Wilhelm Hofmeister – certainly added his own distinctive flair. However, he wasn’t alone – some of the most famous car designers from the period had influence – from the aforementioned Bertone, Giugiaro, and of course Michelotti (designer of the 700 series as well) all had a hand.

While the lines looked exotic, underneath the chassis and drivetrain were borrowed straight from the more pedestrian Neue Klasse sedans. Power came from the venerable 2.0 inline-4 M10 fed by twin Solex carbs. The CS had the higher compression (9.3:1) 120 horsepower version, while the C and CA made due with 100. This was still a huge step for BMW, who lacked the capability to produce the complex body structure on its normal assembly lines. As a result, like its successors the E9 and early E24 models, the 2000C, CA and CS Coupes would be produced by Karmann in Osnabrück. A total of approximately 13,691 were produced between its 1965 launch and the takeover of the 2800CS introduction in 1968.

So, they’re old, a bit quirky-looking by BMW standards, and rare. That certainly makes for the potential for a collector car! And this one is claimed to be a mostly original survivor, to boot:

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Golden Green 1967 Porsche 912 Soft-window Targa

Update 11/13/18: This 912 Soft-window Targa sold for $50,217.99.

I began my post on a recent 993 Turbo S by stating, “this is everything.” In a very different way my reaction to this Golden Green 1967 Porsche 912 Soft-window Targa is similar. For pure lust the Turbo S certainly wins the day, but some of the allure of that car was in the details and that is where the overlap lies with this 912. There is enough here to pore over that interested parties could spend hours simply looking through these pictures.

We’ll begin with the color. Golden Green is not a color I’ve seen before. It only was available for a couple years in the ’60s and generally isn’t one that we come across among the many PTS 911s that have been produced since. It is sort of in the vein of Lindgrün (also called Chartreuse) that was produced in the ’70s though Golden Green doesn’t look as bright to me. As the name suggests it possesses a yellow/gold hue to its non-metallic green. That golden hue allows it to change kind of dramatically from sun to shade. The pictures here do a pretty good job of capturing that transformation. This is said to be the only Soft-window Targa produced in 1967 in this color with only 4 others made in 1968. So it’s very rare. I don’t know how many Coupes might also exist, but as I said this is the first I have seen it so I’m guessing there aren’t many.

The other part of this is the Soft-window Targa itself, Porsche’s answer to what they thought would be the death of the open-roofed car. Such tragedies never befell the car industry and the soft rear window eventually was replaced with the glass rear with which we’re all very familiar on 911 Targas even to this day. But the SWT is an interesting design and interesting engineering answer to a potential problem. They make for great historical models and given their short production run are quite rare in themselves. So there’s a good bit going on here and the seller has provided quite a few pictures to document this Targa’s condition. Add to all of that it is up for auction without reserve.

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1967 Mercedes-Benz 600

The last Mercedes-Benz 600 I looked at was a wonderful example that was originally owned by NBC Orchestra conductor Don Ricardo. It was a cool little story that was mostly complete and ready to keep being enjoyed by a new owner — as long as you had a big enough bank account. Today, I have another 600 but this has little information and being sold by the source themselves. Who is that source? None other than the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. Sounds like a perfect situation to buy a car, right?

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1967 Porsche 911 Coupe

While not necessarily surprising given their age the early short-wheelbase 911s really do not come around that often, even relative to the later long-hood models. This one I think looks particularly good. This is a Polo Red 1967 Porsche 911 Coupe with a set of lovely black, white, and red houndstooth seat inserts in the interior that looks fantastic as a contrast to the Polo Red exterior.

1967 brought with it a couple changes to the 911 lineup. Of perhaps greatest importance is it marked the debut of the 911 Targa, which at this early stage was in the quirky soft-window form. The Targa would be a mainstay of the 911 lineup for nearly 30 years before going on a brief hiatus after a redesign for the 993. This also was the first year for the top-of-the-line 911S. Of course, neither of those things applies to this 911, which is a base model Coupe, but we might as well account for the available options. Another change, which this time does apply to this 911, was the replacement of the wood dash with an aluminum dash. For me that’s a little bit to the ’67 911’s detriment as those wood dashes were so good looking, but the aluminum look perhaps provides a little more of a sporting feel.

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1967 Porsche 911S Coupe

While the number of 911 models Porsche produces has grown considerably over the years, catering to just about every possible combination you can conceive, a consistent moniker has stood out for those seeking higher performance: the S. Whether the 911S, the Carrera S, the Turbo S, or the various RS models (those count right?) that single letter has let buyers know that it would be a model catering more to their spirited side rather than to comfort. While the S was on hiatus during the late-70s and all of the ’80s it returned in Turbo S form (and Carrera RS form) for the 964 and then finally found itself reattached to the Carrera itself with the Carrera S and 4S, both of which debuted as part of the 993 line. It hasn’t left us since.

But it began here, in 1967, with the 911S. In the ’60s, buyers initially only had access to the base 911. That was it, one choice. In 1967 the lineup expanded with the addition of the 911S and the Soft-window Targa, available both in S trim and without. The S brought with it the sort of features we’d expect: More power (up to 160 hp from the base 911’s 130), upgraded shocks and brakes, along with a rear anti-roll bar and Fuchs wheels. Leatherette on the dash and wheel provided interior upgrades. The 911 had become sportier. And then it wasn’t. For 1968 Porsche gave us the 911L and removed the S from the US lineup. Thankfully, 1969 saw its return, now placed above the entry-level 911T and mid-grade 911E, and all 911s had a longer wheelbase.

That makes the one-year-only short-wheelbase 911S a pretty special car and here we find one for sale: an Irish Green 1967 Porsche 911S Coupe, located in Washington, with a reported 29,177 miles on it.

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Feature Listing: 1967 NSU TT

As Konrad Adenauer slowly rebuilt West German in the post-War era, the resulting Wirtschaftswunder finally realized the economic prosperity necessary for personal automobile ownership; something that Germany had lagged far behind its rivals in until well after the War. Though they had developed the first motorized carriages and had a reputation as a nation of drivers thanks to some clever Nazi propaganda and the development of the revolutionary highway system, the reality was that in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s Germany was a nation of riders – motorcycles, that is.

It comes as no surprise, then, that the fledgling car companies which were the most successful at first were able to incorporate motorcycle technology into their automobiles. This kept development and production costs down, and in turn meant that the company could bring a small, economical car to market much more inexpensively than a traditional manufacturer. This worked perfectly for BMW, whose Isetta and later 700 models paved the way for the modern car company you know today. But BMW was not the only motorcycle-engine toting company, and though the name isn’t as well-known today, it was NSU Motorenwerke that was the world’s premier motorcycle producer in the 1950s. So, in the late 1950s, NSU put those great engines to work in the back of their new economy car – the Prinz.

The Prinz would go on over the next decade to develop several times. The Prinz I-III models featured continuous upgrades, better driveability, and more power from the twin. But in 1961 the Prinz 4 model took NSU to a much larger market. It featured modern 3-box sedan styling, though it retained the twin drivetrain from the earlier models. The Prinz 1000 model rectified the motivation issues, introducing a new air-cooled 1000cc inline-4. This package was then further developed into a sporting model; the TT. Named after the famous ‘Tourist Trophy’ races of the 1960s, a bigger motor with more power was met with larger wheels and tires and revised styling. Like the BMW 700, these NSU TTs and the subsequent TTS model formed the basis of their respective companies post-War racing efforts, and are still fan-favorites in vintage racing today. But in the U.S., though all NSU models are rare, the TT and TTS are especially so. That’s what makes it such a treat to see an example like this one for sale today:

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1967 BMW Glas 3000 V8

Two names appear in this post that aren’t nearly as widely recognized as they should be. The first is Andreas Glas, the proprietor of Hans Glas GmbH. In the 1960s, this company briefly moved away from its bonds as constructor of sewing machines and licensed Goggomobils to produce some seriously pretty coupes; the 1300GT and 1700GT were the first and better known, but the 2600 and 3000V8 were no less striking. That’s because of the second name involved in this post; Pietro Frua.

Frua isn’t nearly as well known as the other great Italian designers of the 1960s, but he had a unique style all his own. Well before Gandini and Giugiaro capitalized on the angular wedge era of automotive design, Frua’s low, long and flat lines stood sharply apart from the rounded arches that dominated Pininfarina, Ghia and Vignale. Glas used the designs, along with the pioneering use of timing belts, to offer a slightly different vision of German transportation. It was more emotive, more flowing and, frankly, more pretty than just about anything else in period from the major manufacturers. Indeed, many compared Frua’s work on the 2600 to the Maserati Sebring – exotic company, indeed, and fitting given that the designer went on to work on several of the Trident’s designs.

But Hans Glas GmbH was bought out outright by BMW, mostly for the procurement of the Dingolfing plant and engineering crew. Before BMW closed the chapter, though, they updated a few of the Glas designs with new Munich power, stuck some BMW badges on them and Viola! A new catalog of cars! This 1967 BMW Glas 3000 V8 is an example of the seldom seen period of BMW history:

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1967 Porsche 912 Soft-window Targa

Honestly, I don’t really like to feature modified Porsches all that often. Some are really attractive and well executed, but the reality is that from a distance it’s always hard to truly gauge them and there is so much subjectivity built into modified cars in general that the market can be extremely narrow. Then there are the asking prices, which in many cases tend to be…let’s just say they’re very optimistic.

That bit of preamble leads me to the modified Porsche we see here: originally a 1967 Porsche 912 Soft-window Targa, but now sporting a 3.2 liter flat-six. It is intended to mirror the ethos of the outlaw and R-Gruppe 911s popular in California and in that regard it serves as an interesting example. I also find it a very interesting use of a 912 Soft-window Targa platform, something which in itself possesses a good deal of quirkiness and which rarely serves this purpose. And that’s why I’m featuring it: among the many modified Porsche 911s and 912s I see this one stands apart quite a bit. It still won’t be for everyone, but there is something very cool about this car that I could see really attracting a lot of attention and conversation.

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Year: 1967
Model: 912 Targa
Engine: 3.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: not listed
Price: Reserve Auction

This is a 911 hotrod (or “Outlaw” or “R Gruppe”) made from a 1967 912. It was built by TLG Porsche of N. Hollywood, CA. It was built to imagine what a Soft Window Targa (SWT) R Gruppe 911 would have been. It was an expensive build at the time and built to a high standard of quality. The car started as a stripped 1967 SWT tub. Steel ’73 911 fenders, RS flares and bumpers, RS torsion bars, 930 brakes, and a 915 tranny were added. The wheels are 15″ 7’s and 8’s. A new 3.2 block was built to 285 HP using a mild cam, bigger valves, and a Haltech engine management system. An RS oil cooler was added in the front wheel well. The easily torqued SWT tub was stiffened using a full roll cage that isn’t too visible. It has a heater and a radio.

When I bought this car in 2012, it was running very rough. But without the Haltech software or expertise to tune it, we just couldn’t get it to run properly. So we replaced the EMS with a new PMO carb set. The transmission was also rebuilt. It is now the best shifting 915 I’ve driven. New GTS Classics seats were added, as well as new Schroth Profi II 6-point harnesses. Recently, a MSD 6A ignition unit was added.

The paint is still very nice with only some minor imperfections. The targa top and back window are believed to be original and all in very good shape.

You can’t help but smile when you drive this car. It is stiffer than a coupe. It is a different kind of sleeper that will frustrate the car ahead of or beside you.

Message for more high resolution photos.

Here is a recent cold start video. https://youtu.be/oJGkUmJEesQ Note for some reason, the car shows up as more red than orange in the video. The photos do a better job showing the real color.

We don’t see many short-wheelbase 911/912 with a widened rear like this one, but it makes for a neat design. It’s a bit more squat and rounded looking than the typical 911 of this period. It reminds me a little of the 964 in that regard. The Soft-window Targa completes the aesthetic and this is about as unique a Porsche as you’re likely to see. The strangeness of the SWT rounds out this car’s personality well. I got a bit of a chuckle out of the seller’s comment that the added roll cage “isn’t too visible.” I mean, I’m not really sure how you’d miss it! I suppose from a distance outside the car the point stands, but close up and certainly inside it’s pretty apparent. It doesn’t bother me at all, but I did think it was funny.

Naturally, assuming a buyer’s particular desire for a build like this, you’ll want to give it a full mechanical appraisal. It sounds like the current owner has a decent knowledge of the build and its current operation, but he wasn’t the owner that instigated the original work so there may be issues unknown to this point, or just general points of troubleshooting that it’d be worthwhile to know. If the power is as advertised I imagine it’s a hell of a lot of fun to drive and the added stiffness of the roll cage probably much appreciated. And really that’s just what you’re after with a car like this. Get in and enjoy the drive!


Golf Blue 1967 Porsche 911

Not to be confused with the perhaps much more well known color of Gulf Blue, here we have a Golf Blue 1967 Porsche 911. Gulf Blue (code 328) is the color of racing, Golf Blue (code 6603) is…well I don’t know what Golf Blue as a color represents, but on early 911s it was perhaps the best of the blues and we even see it show up as a PTS option now and then on modern 911s. I would guess Golf Blue is the more rare of the two as well given that it was only available for a couple of years very early in the 911’s life. So we don’t see one often and when we do we must take notice.

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Year: 1967
Model: 911
Engine: 2.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 120 mi
Price: $89,500 Buy It Now

Up for sale,
1967 Porsche 911 Short wheel base in its beautiful color combination golf blue with black interior.
Fitting with matching numbers engine and gearbox.
Wooden steering wheel, Fuchs wheels…
Straight rust free body with no accident.
The cars has been professionally repainted 5 years ago.
New floor pans and new carpet.
Strong Engine recently serviced, no leaks.
Drives perfectly.
Beautiful and great quality driver comes with tool kit, jack, spare tire and blue plate.
Great opportunity !
more infos and photos upon request.

We ship worldwide

The seller has provided us with a decent number of pictures to evaluate that lovely Golf Blue exterior. The interior, however, remains mostly a mystery. The interior pictures don’t tell us much, nor show us much. What we can see looks fine and we can tell things aren’t entirely original, otherwise I don’t know. The mileage is a similar mystery. It certainly doesn’t have a mere 120 miles on it and there’s no word of a substantial rebuild or restoration that would suggest this is the mileage since completion. So at the moment it’s more or less a random number.

These issues represent the basic situation with this 911. We don’t know a lot, nor are we provided with much to verify its originality and history. So there’s a good bit of work to be done by prospective buyers. That said, the asking price really isn’t that bad. That assumes original colors and matching numbers as the ad suggests, but at least we know that the seller isn’t trying to get things too out of hand. Depending on how much documentation actually exists the price probably can even come down a bit and in the end someone should end up with a great and rare early Porsche color on a nice short-wheelbase 911.


1967 Porsche 912 Soft-window Targa

I wouldn’t say it’s all that easy to tell from the pictures, but this appears to be a pretty nice looking and very interesting Porsche 912. Of particular interest is that it is one of the early Targas with the removable rear window, otherwise known as the Soft-window Targa. There aren’t a lot of these because Porsche only kept the design around for a few years before introducing the glass window with which we’re all quite familiar and which became the mainstay of the design until the 993. Of course, contrary to my claim of it being “interesting” the glass window replaced the soft window mostly because buyers preferred it. That does make them rare though and as a window into one of Porsche’s engineering ideas they do make for a nice piece of history.

This particular example is a Black 1967 Porsche 912 Soft-window Targa, located in New York, with Red interior and 70,400 miles on it. The owner claims this color combination is the only one of its kind on this model. I don’t know if that can be verified with certainty, but I feel pretty assured of its rarity regardless of whether it’s the only one.

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Year: 1967
Model: 912 Targa
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 70,400 mi
Price: $71,999 Buy It Now

Personal circumstances are forcing me to sell my beloved 1967 Porsche 912 soft window Targa, black on red. 100% matching numbers and color codes, confirmed by certificate of authenticity. Both cosmetically and mechanically, the car has been well-maintained during my ownership in order to keep the car in top running condition.

Excellent mechanical condition with original engine and original smooth shifting manual optional 5-speed gearbox. Solid undercarriage and a very straight body. A great investment that is an absolute pleasure to drive while it continues to appreciate.

In total, Porsche produced nearly 30,000 912 coupe units versus only 2500 912 Targas, of which only about 200 soft-windows remain in the registry. This car is the only original black on red 1967 Targa known to exist. (According to the Oct. 1967 Christophorus magazine, only 3% of the 912 production run was black, making any originally black Targa extremely rare, even more so a first year Targa). The 1967, first year Targas with the short wheelbase, green gauges, no side-markers, no smog pump, batwing horn, chrome bumperettes, etc. remain the most elegant and desirable.

70,XXX original miles, confirmed by continuous service records. Never hit or damaged.
Desirable 5 speed transmission and 5 gauge dash. Original dated ventilated chrome wheels, with dated spare (all 2-67). All body panels are original.

High quality, glass out repaint in the original black. The body panels were stripped down to the metal and hand dollied. The remaining undercoating was prepped and sprayed with a catalyzed undercoating product not only on the bottom of the car, but also on the interior floor pan and rear seat area. The entire body was coated with epoxy primer and hand blocked prior to painting, then wet sanded and polished. The entire hood, bumper and headlight area was then professionally covered with Xpel film so there are no rock chips ($1050). The paint has a beautiful, deep gloss shine, and all the brightwork is in good shape.

The body rubber and seals were replaced upon re-assembly.

The car has always been stored indoors and with a high quality custom made cover (Covercraft), which I will include in the sale.

The motor, transmission, and other mechanicals are strong and ready for years of enjoyment by the next owner. The car starts, runs, shifts, brakes, etc. without issue. A stack of receipts and records are included in the sale.

Here is a partial list of new parts/improvements: New soft window, new soft window boot cover, Targa top refinished in correct German Vinyl ($710), new weather stripping all around (over $1500), new screws, gas filler flap & cap, new interior mirror, new Coco Mats, new matching black Porsche center caps. (original center caps also included in sale), custom-made Covercraft cover, custom made velour velcro removable dash cover (to protect the dash on hot days), custom Car Jacket for winter storage, new mounted halide fire extinguisher, new OEM Hella fog lights ($620), new Pirelli tires, new (mechanical) fuel pump, new WEVO shifter, gas tank cleaned, re-sealed and repainted in correct grey, carbs rebuilt and tuned, etc. etc. etc.

The car won Best Porsche at the 2014 Scarsdale Concours (second oldest concours on the East Coast). Personally would not call it a concours car (it is an excellent condition driver) but the judges went for the rarity, great color combo, and highly original presentation.

I can assist in shipping anywhere in the Continental U.S.

We’ve seen some 912s sell for pretty high prices lately when presented in excellent condition and in rare colors so I’ll be pretty curious if this one sells. The price certainly is high for a 912, but it’s not the highest price I’ve seen and the soft-window tends to command a premium. While black never seems like it should be a rare color, as I mentioned in an earlier post this week it doesn’t seem all that common on long-hood Porsches. Combined with the Red interior we certainly have something that should garner plenty of interest.

Again, the pictures aren’t terribly helpful here, but this 912 does look in nice condition all around. It’s said to have its original engine and transmission and that the mileage is fully documented. It’s been repainted though retains all of its original panels. The seats look like they’ve probably been redone, but that isn’t stated. The seller also has provided a list of recently replaced/refurbished items. Given the thorough documentation and originality this Targa should fetch a pretty good price. $72K is a lot for a 912 though so we’ll have to see if it can reach this price.