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1969 Mercedes-Benz 220D

The Mercedes-Benz W114/115 walked so the W123 could run. Maybe not, but you know what I mean. The chassis marked a way forward into real mass production with almost 2,000,000 units built compared to just 620,000 of the previous W110. You had both automatic and manual transmissions paired with handfuls of engine choices over the nine-year production run and that laid the groundwork for one of the most legendary cars in history, the W123.

Today, these are often overlooked as the W123 is a far more livable car in almost every way, but that doesn’t mean they should be totally written off in terms of owning one. Yes, they are slow and you probably aren’t going to be regularly using one in today’s traffic. Still, these are immensely satisfying in a simple way a 1960s Mercedes-Benz product can offer.

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2000Tuesday: 1969 BMW 2002ti turbocharged

Update 11/20/18: Blast from the past! I wrote this custom turbocharged drag racing BMW 2002 back in the Summer of 2014. It failed to sell on eBay but apparently did change hands, and the current owner has relisted it with basically the same photos and information as the original listing. The reserve auction has yet to get a bid at the $5,500 opening bid. It’s a long road ahead to get this one back in shape, but it’s still a pretty neat car!

I know what you’re thinking. “Carter”, you’re saying, “you spent a little too much time around the high test this weekend. This thing is a wreck”. And you know what? You’re right. This car is a wreck. Yet I’m still mystified by it, like a Siren’s call – there is just something about period race cars that I find very, very cool. So if you’ll indulge me a bit let’s look at this turbocharged 2002ti from 1969. Perhaps not the most likely car you’d consider for the form of motorsport it ended up in, this car was modified in the early 1970s by Holger Tapp. Mr. Tapp built his own turbocharged setup, running a KKK turbo through the twin Weber carbs. Then Mr. Tapp went racing – drag racing – with this 2002. The period picture reveals the car appeared to originally be a orange and wear some awesome BBS magnesium race wheels. Some of that original color can still be seen on the unmounted and damage chin spoiler. According to some light research I found, Holger Tapp was actually quite successful with the car, according to a competitor winning quite often. It also appears that at some point he built a second, more wildly flared car that picked up the BBS wheels – indeed, in one photo the plate “HU AV 303” this car wears can be seen on that car. The rest of the history appears to be pretty fuzzy; however, if you brush up on your German, Holger Tapp is still in business today doing much the same thing:

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1969 Porsche 911E Coupe

Here we have a Signal Green 1969 Porsche 911E Coupe located in Tennessee. Like Viper Green, Signal Green is one of the historic Porsche colors that we see pop up fairly regularly as a paint-to-sample option on modern Porsches. There actually are a couple different versions of it that have been produced over the years and for those choosing Signal Green for their PTS 911 it is worthwhile knowing their differences. However, those differences won’t really be of concern to us here since this is the original version and while we do see Signal Green as a PTS option often we do not see the early cars in the color nearly as frequently. So this is a rare treat and from the outside you can really see what all the fuss is about!

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1969 Porsche 912 Coupe

It feels like forever since I posted a 912 and that’s too bad because I like these a lot. However, they don’t always make as much sense as they once did – as the inexpensive alternative to a long-hood 911 – and frankly I don’t see nice ones all that often. Or, at least, it’s become extremely rare to see those that fulfill both obligations: they look good and they aren’t priced insanely. I think this one does manage to do that even if it still is more expensive than where we were a few years ago. It is cheaper than most of its 911 counterparts though so at least that’s good.

This is a Polo Red 1969 Porsche 912 Coupe, located in California, with black leatherette interior and 67,570 miles on it. Those familiar with the 911/912 from this era will know that 1969 signals the first year of the longer-wheelbase for both models. Since the 912 would be put out of production the following year, except for a one-year return in 1976 with impact bumpers, this is the only model year you can get a long-wheelbase long-hood 912. That makes them a little unique and I think this one looks quite nice!

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1969 Porsche 911E Coupe

I got a good chuckle out of the opening to this ad. “Not bad!” That doesn’t seem far off from saying, “Doesn’t suck!”, but I guess we can at least appreciate the level of honesty. I don’t know that I’d say this Champagne Yellow 1969 Porsche 911E Coupe comes with a bit of risk – I think you’d probably have a sense of what you’re getting yourself into – but it does clearly need some work. It’s not in bad shape though. It’s driver quality, that’s for sure, but relative to a lot of 911E Coupes we see the price does actually appear to account for that quality.

1969 was the first year for the 911E, which sat between the entry-level 911T and the top-of-the-line 911S. The E shared a few features with the S and mostly represented a slightly less sporting version of those highly-sought after 911s. Hydro-pneumatic struts replaced the torsion bars up front and like the S the E had ventilated brake discs. It also shared its mechanically fuel injected engine, though in a lower tuned state: 140 hp vs 170 hp. Still it represented a nice step up from the entry-level T. 1969 also was the year Porsche lengthened the wheel base for all 911 and 912 models. So there are a decent number of first year aspects to this 911 and the color is fairly uncommon.

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