1969 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3

Earlier this week I looked at a 1972 280SE 4.5 for an asking price of around $25,000. I explained that for my money, I’m probably skipping the 4.5 and finding a decent 300SEL 6.3. Well lo and behold, a 1969 6.3 in Colorado just happened to pop up for sale bid on eBay. It’s no means as nice as the 280SE 4.5, but this monster W109 is a little more special than the standard 6.3.

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Year: 1969
Model: 300SEL 6.3
Engine: 6.3 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 119,135 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

This is a carefully restored car head-to-toe, but it’s also a 47 year-old car. Runs great and I kept this car up hoping to keep it for a lifetime—but the mechanics are very specialized on a car like this, so please make sure that you know what you’re getting into.

For sale is a 1969 Mercedes that I bought this car in 2008 and restored, hoping to keep it forever. Have moved the family from Denver to San Francisco—my loss is your gain. This is a beautiful car, having had a full strip-down & repaint, all new leather interior, carpet and killer custom installation of a stereo and woofer system—installed in a way that doesn’t cut into the door panels or take away from the car’s originality.

Mechanically, this car has been almost entirely redone. The engine went out almost immediately after I bought it, so I found another one that was represented as being freshly rebuilt and then stored for some time. It’s not a “matching” engine and chassis but it’s a legitimate 6.3 motor that’s in fantastic shape. We couldn’t verify how many miles but it was represented as being basically new, and it has been very strong. To make sure the car would run as well as it could, I put on as many new and rebuilt parts as I could, many sourced from Star Motors in Albany. These rebuilt parts include:

Wholly rebuilt mechanical fuel pump;
Updated electronic ignition system;
New updated A/C compressor;
All new rubber and valves for the air suspension.

Every year I’d do something new. For example, these cars also tend to have a quirk with the rear axle that makes a jitter, and we replaced and repacked all of that as well as new tires, etc. Another example: the back seats did not come stock with shoulder-mounted seatbelts in that year. I wanted shoulder mounts for my children and had those installed. All of the base work (motor, paint, suspension) done in 2008 to 2010 so there’s been some wear since then, but the car is in good shape. Keep in mind that this is a 47 year old car so has various things with it—this isn’t showroom—but it’s very nice. Some warts include scratches on the paint that aren’t visible in the pictures, etc.

The car is in Colorado, I’m in California. A friend has the car in Denver and can show it to anyone that’s interested.

Mileage: the odometer shows 119,135. It’s a 5 digit ODO so my assumption is that it is 119,135 total. When I bought the car in 2008, the odometer was 18,161, so I put less than 1,000 miles on the rebuilt mechanics and paint. I averaged a very little 150 miles per year, usually an occasionally Sunday outing.

All mechanical work was done by Mark Yoakum of German Motors in Lakewood. The repaint was done by Applewood Auto Body in Golden, and the custom stereo installation was done by Car Toys in Denver.

Car is being offered as-is.

Good luck with your bidding, and thank you for your consideration.

After trying to wrap my head around the seller calling this car “carefully restored”, something still seemed off to me. The absence of headrests on the front seats threw up some flags and it wasn’t until I noticed the lack of the corner markers as well as the missing two light housings around the license plate that I realized this isn’t a North American spec car.  Other than the high risk of whiplash if you are ever in an accident with this thing, it also means you got the 9:1 compression M100 engine instead of the 8:1 that the North American cars got. You also got a different injection pump because the North American pumps had a double solenoid to accommodate the problems caused by US pollution standards. How much extra power does this translate to? I have no idea. Mercedes-Benz said these cars have around 300 horsepower and the torque is a whopping 434 lb.ft which was incredible for a four door sedan in 1969. Ultimately it wasn’t important to the company how much power the M100 produced and buyers didn’t seem to care about the exact figures either. This car also has what you could call a “sport” steering wheel that may look familiar from the 300SEL AMG 6.8. On a sour note, those hastily mounted center speakers look ridiculous and to add insult to injury I think they are mounted uneven.

I’m curious to see where this car ends up at auctions end. It’s not an original unmolested 6.3 and has almost 120,000 miles as well. If I had to guess, the $20,000 mark might happen but the lack of concrete information on the car will probably scare away any casual bidders. Ideally, you’d want to give this seller a call and discuss it in length because he is either unaware of everything going on with this car or just didn’t bother to say anything.

– Andrew

1969 Porsche 911S Coupe

Sand Beige is one of those Porsche colors that I can never really decide how I feel about it. Like quite a few of Porsche’s vintage colors I know I don’t care much for it on a modern 911, but on the long-hood 911 there is something about it that looks right. The chrome accents presumably play a large role here, but I think the taller shape of the car itself plays a role as well. That said, I wouldn’t call it one of my favorites by any stretch, but I can see the appeal. Here, on this 1969 Porsche 911S with 90,115 miles on it, I think it looks pretty good! It’s an unusual color, but not garish, and I could totally see where it might fit right into the landscape of the mountains and deserts of the southwest U.S. with their myriad variations of red, orange, and brown scenery.

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Year: 1969
Model: 911S
Engine: 2.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 90,115 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

This is a matching number 1969 Porsche 911S that has undergone a comprehensive mechanical and cosmetic restoration spanning two years. As per the Certificate of authenticity, the car is finished in sand beige, paint code 6807, with tan leatherette. Here are some of the highlights: -Body: Car disassembled, paint stripped, repaired or replaced with factory parts as necessary. Replacement lenses and lights. -Engine: Dismantled, cleaned, machined. Built from the crankshaft up using Porsche factory parts, J&E 9.8:1 pistons. Mechanical fuel injection, stacks, butterflies refurbished. SSI heat exchangers. All surfaces, brackets dry stripped and powder coated, plated, new hardware throughout. Every hose, line, cable has been replaced throughout the car. -Transmission: Replaced all synchros, 1st and 3rd gears. Replaced all shift bushings, removed and repaired/rebuilt pedal box assembly. -Bright work/trim: Chrome components removed and refinished, all “S” trim replaced, window, hood and door seals replaced, front and rear window trim replaced, side window frames and glass original. -Interior: Replacement Porsche dashboard, all switches, bezels, knobs replaced. Upholstery, carpet, sound deadening and door pockets new from Autos International. Extensive parts list for the restoration has been retained and will be included in the sale along with the original purchase order dated 5/14/69 and current COA from PCNA verifying original colors as well as original engine and transmission. Car is located in CT. Contact Scott @ thethirdgarage.com 203-219-0113.

This particular 911S recently has come out of restoration and is reported to have only its test mileage on the rebuilt engine. The general condition looks about as good as we’d expect and everything is said to have been restored to its original specifications. We aren’t shown the CoA to verify that claim, but hopefully it is on hand for prospective buyers. We don’t get a full picture of them, but it looks like this 911S comes with a set of houndstooth sport seats up front. Those are some of the best seats on a 911 and if it’s how the car was originally ordered, then they certainly make for a great addition here, especially because they help break up and provide contrast between the tan interior and Sand Beige exterior. Altogether it’s an attractive car and while Sand Beige won’t attract the kind of notice one of Porsche’s pastels would, it does have its fans. Bidding currently sits on the reasonable end for a restored 911S at $138,100, but the reserve remains unmet so we’ll have to see if bidding can rise high enough for this to sell.

-Rob

Ossi Blue 1969 Porsche 912 Targa

I have somewhat dueling interests in this Ossi Blue 1969 Porsche 912 Targa. I’m hoping we can return to some sanity in the 912 market; to find those examples that remain reflective of the nice values for which the 912 previously had been known. In their day these were great cars to drive capable of even rivaling their more prestigious bigger brother, the 911. Early reports actually suggested they were better handling given their more balanced weight distribution. Among modern machinery a 912 isn’t likely to knock your socks off, but their no-frills light weight still should be capable of providing hands-on joy. My other interest is in how the 912 market is about to shake out and whether we are suddenly going to see more interesting examples come up for auction. The reason? Last weekend this Bahama Yellow 912 sold for over $114K. It was a somewhat stunning sale.

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Year: 1969
Model: 912 Targa
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 85,000 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

Hello and thank you for viewing my auction I’m selling my 1969 Porsche 912 Targa rust free restored in its original color ossi blue with upgraded tan ricardo racing seats it is powered by its original motor engine code 4095164 1600cc 86k miles that was rebuilt 2years ago dual carburetors K&n filters runs and handles great with no problems at all upgraded 4wheel power disk brakes it is a 4speed manual transmission that shifts smooth also fresh tune up 500miles ago very nice exterior and interior very straight body all the way around could use headlight rings re chromed also have original car jack and tools and owners manual and original maintenance record book form 1969 it is a very nice driver gets thumbs up and looks wherever you go so bid with confidence for your chance to own a true piece of european history please do not bid if your are not planning to buy serious inquires only thanks hate to sell but making room in collection ….. Buyer is responsible for shipping vehicle after purchase $500 nonrefundable deposit after auction ends Vehicle is being sold as is

Perhaps each of my dueling interests could work out here? This 912 seems far from pristine and should come in at a fairly reasonable value. If its documentation can verify that it is indeed matching numbers and wearing its original color, even if not original paint, then perhaps it could make a fine candidate for restoration and a return to its full glory. The engine recently has been rebuilt and there are enough miles on it that additional miles will not be a worry. Meaning: this 912 strikes me as a very pretty example that could be enjoyed and slowly refreshed over time. There’s a good bit of work needed, but we’ve certainly come across others in rougher shape.

Much of this will depend on the final selling price of this auction, but with bidding only sitting at $20,100 (granted with reserve unmet) the price may not be bad and there could be plenty of room for growth in its value. Obviously, I do not expect every nice 912 to start selling in the six figures, but if the market is going to move up then it might be a nice time to pounce.

-Rob

1969 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3

You might of heard the story of the Colorado man who had a little affinity for Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3s. (You can read the story here if not.) I understand where this man was coming from because if you really like something, go get four more of them. In his case, the M100 powered W109 just happened to do it for him and I don’t blame him one bit. Now that all five of these 6.3s have been saved and rejuvenated, one of them is up for adoption. Unfortunately, though, the adoption fee is quite steep.

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Roll the Dice? 1969 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3

Every time I see a car that is usually expensive, selling for a price that is inexplicably inexpensive, the gears in my head start turning. Could I buy this one on the cheap, fix it up and perhaps not lose money on it? Better yet – could I buy it, not do a thing, let it sit and probably not lose money on it? Thank goodness I physically can’t fit another vehicle in my garages and driveway because when I see cars like today’s, those damn gears start moving.

The W109 300SEL 6.3 has quickly become a collector car that everyone in the Mercedes circles are rushing to snag up. Prices have been going up at an alarming rate thanks to folks like Jay Leno proclaiming his love for it.  I understand where he’s coming from because the 6.3, in my opinion, is one of the finest sedans Mercedes has ever made. It’s also generally considered one of the first “super sedans” – the prototype for not only later AMG models, but cars like the M5. Sticking the M100 V8 into the handsome W109 body and building it to a standard of above average durability and reliability made this car a winner the day it left the factory. The only problem was all the greatness is that it costs a lot of money upfront and even more to maintain at a reasonable level. This is where some solid math skills and judging your mechanical ability come into play when deciding whether to take the plunge on a project like this 1969 6.3 up for bid in Eastern, Pennsylvania.

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1969 Porsche 911E Soft-window Targa – 1 of 12

There are some colors that if you showed me the swatch for it I would never consider it on a car. Then when I actually see it on a car I’m blown away. This color, which I’m fairly sure is Lindgrün and they’ve called Golden Lime Green, fits that bill perfectly. This isn’t the first 911 I’ve seen in this color, but every one I’ve come across has blown me away even though the color itself I would never think I’d enjoy. It’s still probably not for everyone, but I really like it here. And there’s more to this 911E than just the color. It’s one of the rare Soft-window Targas built for the ’69 MY, making it one of the few to possess the longer wheelbase that Porsche introduced for the 911 in 1969. While Porsche had begun soft-window production in 1967 it quickly was replaced by the hard window with which we’re all very familiar. The design is pretty quirky and provides a number of variations of enjoying your open-top driving. By 1969 very few soft windows were being produced and it was now an option rather than a distinct model. This makes coming up with firm production numbers difficult. The seller states that this is 1 of 12 911E in this configuration, a number that appears in an article of Road & Track though I’m not exactly sure from where the number originally was sourced. I’ve seen other numbers quoted in auctions, but all are close to this so we can at least know it’s a rare machine.

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1969 Porsche 911S Coupe

Excellence Magazine ran a recent article on the 1969 911S as possibly the best of the early long-hood 911s. There wasn’t really an extensive argument for that claim, but rather it served as a reasonable introduction to the 911 upon which the article was intended to focus. Regardless of whether we feel the ’69 model year was the best, it was important as it was the year Porsche extended the wheelbase across the entire 911 line bringing to these cars greater dynamic stability and, at least to my eye, better looks. As tends to happen, I then came across a nice looking 911S and figured the fates must have aligned for me to feature it. So here we have a Burgundy 1969 Porsche 911S Coupe, located in New York, with a Tan interior and wonderful houndstooth inserts in the seats. It has undergone a full restoration though everything is said to be in its original colors and spec (I assume the steering wheel is not original).

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1969 Mercedes-Benz L408 G Auxiliary Fire Van

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During my searches around the internet for cool cars, every once in awhile I run across an ex-utility vehicle that catches my eye. This is one of those vehicles. A 1969 Mercedes-Benz L408 G Auxiliary Fire Van. Originally commissioned for Fire Department of Heide in Northern Germany, this van has all the pros of owning a fire vehicle without all the cons of owning a fire truck — most notably finding a place to park it. So let’s take a deeper look at this cool old van up for sale in Santa Barbara, California.

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1969 Volkswagen Beetle

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This 1969 Volkswagen Beetle for sale in California is one of those cars from my youth. For the first few years of my life, my father drove a 1967 Beetle in this same shade of Java Green. It wasn’t in particularly good shape or all that exciting, but it was certainly more reliable than the Fiat 131 2-door that shared the garage at the time. That was a car which drove my parents into the arms of reliable Hondas for almost two decades. The 1967 Beetle which my father drove was one of the last classic Beetles, albeit upgraded with a 12 volt electrical system and larger 1.5 liter engine along with safety items such as reversing lamps and sealed beam headlights. The following year would transform the Beetle closer to its final form from the 1970s era. For 1968, there were many improvements, such as an electronic fuel gauge, ventilation system and improved shifter, along with new safety features such as larger bumpers and integrated front seat head restraints. This 1968 Beetle for sale in California is coming off a fresh restoration.

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1969 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3

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There is a reason why Jay Leno calls the W109 6.3 his favorite Mercedes-Benz. It’s a classic Mercedes design both inside and out then finished off with the M100 6.3 liter V8 that still holds it own with modern cars. It’s what a Mercedes-Benz should be. Don’t get me wrong, I love the new super AMG cars that have 650 horsepower and can drive themselves down the road, but you can get that from any brand now. In 1969, this was the car if you wanted a European super sedan. Not to mention you paid for it too at over $14,000, which was only a few thousand less than a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. But the Silver Shadow didn’t compare to the 6.3 in terms of power, build quality and reliability. That’s why this car still has a huge following and even higher demand to this day. So let’s check out this 1969 for sale in Massachusetts.

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