1969 Opel GT 1900

Opel is one of those brands that has flirted with the US market for years, but never gained a strong foothold. One of their bright spots was in the late 1960s with the introduction of the Opel GT. Introduced in 1968, this diminutive sports coupe was sold through the Buick dealer network. It was an interesting collaboration of countries, with the body being built in France by Brissonneau & Lotz and its design originating from two Americans working out of Opel’s headquarters in Rüsselsheim. This was a halo car for Opel and a successful one at that. Over the course of it’s production run that ended in 1973, over 100,000 examples had been sold, with around 70% of those offloaded to the US market.

Dubbed a “baby Corvette” in certain circles, these GTs are a fun and affordable way into classic German car ownership. There’s a lot of basket case examples out there on the market if you are handy with a wrench, but dig a little deeper, and there are gems to be had like this 1969 GT for sale in Texas.

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Year: 1969
Model: GT 1900
Engine: 1.9 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 56,367 miles
Price: No reserve auction

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1969 Opel GT 1900

– All original interior retained

– Top of the line 1900 series GT

– Believed to be 59,367 actual miles

– Imported from Germany for Buick

Aesthetic Inspection Report:

Quality Grade: 3+ Preserved

Exterior Grade: 2- Well maintained
Paint: 2 – Very nice red paint.
Body Panels: 2 – Nice gaps. Very straight panels
Glass: 2 – Appears to be very nice original glass.
Lights: 3 – Most lights look to be in great original condition.
Wheels: 3 – Great looking aftermarket alloys.
Tires: 2 – Sumitomo 205 / 60 / r13 with 90% tread left.
Chrome / Trim: 2 – Very good chrome.
Weatherstrip: 2 – Recently replaced.
Convertible / T-Tops: N/A

Interior Grade: 3+ Well Preserved
Dash: 2 – Great dash.
Cluster: 3 – Cluster is nice. A little yellowing.
Seats: 3 – Great original looking seats, with a blemish or two.
Doors: 2 – Great original appearing panels.
Ceiling: 2 – Just great!
Floor: 3 – Showing a minimum of wear.

Mechanical Grade: 3 Preserved
Engine Bay: 3 – Original. Shows some of it’s age.
Transmission: 3 – Shows road use, no visible leaks.
Differential: 3 – Shows road use. No visible leaks.
Brakes: 3 – Solid no visible leaks.
Suspension Mech: 3 – Light surface rusting. Still straight.

Structural Grade: 3+ Well Preserved
Frame: 3 – Some surface rusting.
Floor Pans: 3 – Very solid.
Suspension Metal: 3 – Some surface rust, still solid.
Cabin Structure (Windshield and Door Pillars): 2 – As new.

Given their relative obscurity towards a generation of new collectors, prices have stayed reasonable for these sports cars. This Opel GT is one of the better ones I’ve seen all year, with bidding interest quite strong as a result. With the reserve met, I’d suspect somewhere around $15,000 to $17,000 would probably be enough to take this beauty home.

-Paul

1969 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3

We take the sport sedan for granted these days, as there are plenty of four-doors on the market that give purpose built sports cars a run for their money. One of the first sedans to offer a bit of fire in an otherwise staid package was the Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3. Unlike the present day, the S class was an uncommon luxury car choice for buyers in the US in the 1960s, one for real connoisseurs who appreciated the craftsmanship and advanced engineering that went into these cars. The 300SEL 6.3 came about when Mercedes engineer Erich Waxenberger decided to have a bit of fun and stuff the 6.3 liter V8 from the 600 limousine under the hood of the 300SEL. This was a tried and true formula employed by the Big Three automakers: stuff a big engine!

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Amazingly capable by today’s standards, the 6.3 was out of this world when it was introduced in 1968. Road & Track famously took a 6.3 to the drag strip and found the car immensely capable. In fact, the subtitle of the car read “Merely The Greatest Sedan in the World.” While most owners would refrain from such brash behavior at the drag strip, just the fact that this car could show up and give others a run for their money was impressive. This 6.3 for sale in California looks sublime in Dark Olive, giving it an understated air that would throw anyone off who witnessed the wrath of its sheer power.

Year: 1969
Model: 300SEL 6.3
Engine: 6.3 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 143,000 mi
Price: $27,900

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Dark Olive(291)/Bamboo Leather(249)
Factory sunroof. Correct AC.
The 999th 6.3 constructed.
Handbooks including service booklet filled with service stamps.
Delivered new 1-28-69 from European Motors in San Francisco.
Single owner CA car.
Original black/yellow CA license plates.
Aftermarket radio. Correct power antenna.
Factory data card.
Later series cruise control (inop)

Just re-commissioned by MercedesHeritage.com. Serviced, inspected, fuel injection pump reconditioned by Pacific Fuel Injection, valve adjustment. Radiator out and cleaned and fluids and filters taken care of. Steam cleaned,throttle linkage bushings done.
Rear brake calipers/discs and master cylinder and front/rear shocks replaced 3,500 miles ago.
Hood/fender/door/trunk hinge bolts never disturbed!
Bumpers never re-chromed and retain their original 158 white-grey undersides.
Original date coded trunk seal.
Original hood spring rubber buffers.
Superb shutlines and panel fit. Careful cosmetic preparation resulted in excellent paint depth and gloss.
Above average brightwork. Bumpers dimpled where we removed overrides.
98% original Bamboo interior. Perfect original door panels and dash pad.
Excellent wood. Perfect headliner.
Excellent shift quality. Suspension behaves correctly with negligible bleed-down.

Mercedes Data:

Engine: 100981-12-001032
Transmission: 000938
291- Paint, Dark Olive
249- Interior Trim, Bamboo Leather
401- Single seats
410- electric sliding roof
461- Instrument, in English
491- U.S. Version
503- Outside rearview mirror, on the left
519- Becker radio
524- Paintcoat preservation
531- Automatic antenna
598- Heat-insulating glass
641- White-wall tires
669- Mode of packing VE IV
306- Air conditioner
Front right and left axle- 488
Rear axle- 1027
Steering box- 553

A turn-key single owner CA 6.3 in one of the best color/trim combinations and fitted with a factory sunroof.

Call Roy Spencer @ 650-343-7980 for more details.

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The 6.3 has been steadily increasing in value over the years, as the buzz from the 500E/E500 and subsequent AMG models has had people looking for the nub when it comes to the final word in Mercedes-Benz performance. A restored 6.3 like this will run you somewhere in the $25,000 to $35,000 range, with exceptional, concours examples stretching close to $40,000. So this car is priced just about right. When you consider how few of these were built and how revered they are, it seems like a bit of a bargain, considering the value of other rare, vintage Mercedes-Benzes.

-Paul

Theme Week: 1969 Mercedes-Benz 600

When someone uses the phrase “the best,” you tend to take it with a grain of salt, right? We’ve featured a lot of cars on GCFSB this week that might come close to living up to that phrase, but for me, there will always be one car in history that is head and shoulders above the rest: the Mercedes-Benz 600.

The 600 was designed as an prestige vehicle for heads of state and VIPs that would offer little compromise in a money no object package. Unveiled in 1963 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, this car cost a hair over $20,000, making it the most expensive new car on the market. This new car packed a new engine, the M100, 6.3 liter V8 with 300 horsepower and 434 lb ft of torque, enough to launch this behemoth at a rapid pace and cover a quarter mile in 17.2 seconds, faster than some small sports cars of the period. Whether you opted for the short wheelbase (SWB) model you see here or the longer Pullman variant, passengers were treated to a high level of luxury, with beautiful wood veneers throughout, rear curtains, an available rear compartment divider and a choice of leather or this car’s plush velour.

This 600 SWB for sale north of Stuttgart looks the business in dark blue over gray cloth.

1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 on JamesList

Two rear curtains, console bar with freezer. The mechanicals and hydraulics are fully functional, interior is in excellent condition. Recent service. Vehicle was completely repainted in the original color. No non-standard modifications.

A 600 SWB in good condition that has been used as intended will run you around $70,000 to $100,000, with examples that are near concours or with exceptional provenance pulling into the $100,000 to $150,000 range. This car is in good shape and sorted, but it is a bit of a hard sell at close to $200,000 with almost 100,000 miles and a repaint. Perhaps the market is a bit different in Europe right now, but with an economic crisis upon them, I tend to doubt it.

If I was part of the 1% and needed a car in which to be drive, this would be my ultimate choice for transportation. It’s not a logical choice and it would certainly be more cantankerous to maintain than a modern day machine. It would be worth it, though, to see people stop and stare at this car’s sheer presence. So big was this car that it was nicknamed the Grosser Mercedes, or “larger” Mercedes. Is it any wonder, then, that this car was popular with dictators the world over?

The 600 was a legend in its time, but a lot of real life legends selected this limousine for their personal transport. This particular 600 SWB featured in the following clip from Mercedes-Benz was owned by Elvis Presley.

-Paul

Restored ’69 BMW 2002 with an M20 6 Cylinder!

This car really strikes a chord with me. It has a striking period pose with subtle but tasteful upgrades that make me like to think this is exactly what I’d love to have in a BMW 2002.

1969 BMW 2002 for sale with M20 6 cylinder conversion

Many opponents of the M20 conversion state that it upsets the balance of the car, but everyone who has one says it just takes a bit more on the loud pedal to balance the car with oversteer. And with this setup from a 1989 donor car, it should behave amazingly well even as a daily driver.

And I really dig the upgraded interior and audio treatment. The kind of setup I used to read about in car audio mags in high school!

from the seller:

1969 BMW 2002 with a M20 6 cylinder engine out of a 1989 BMW 325i (E30). One of the cleanest, straightest, best performing BMW 2002’s around. Gets thumbs up everywhere the car is driven. Motor is strong, the sound of the engine/exhaust is AMAZING and the car rolls solid and straight.

The ground up restoration was completed in 2008 by a true BMW enthusiast with no corners cut. Since the rebuild, the car has been driven 15,700 miles without a problem. Speaks to the quality/reliability of the build.

Really this car totally does it for me. About the only thing I’d take issue with is the wheels, which look great but seem to modern for what is otherwise a smooth period-correct operator. A set of Minilites, BBS, or even Ti rims would fit a bit better if I was a buyer.

Bidding is currently at $17k+ with reserve not met. With a few days to go, how high will it go?

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One Owner 1969 Porsche 912

What’s originality worth these days?  In the collector car world, there are few topics that are more polarizing than this one.  Some feel that pristine rotisserie restorations are the only cars that should command top dollar, others feel as though an original car, even with its flaws, should command the top dollar.  As far as I’m concerned, an original car with minor flaws, is worth more than a pristine restored car all day long.  Whatever your reasons are on either side of the argument, I’m a firm believer that a car is only original once, and that clean examples should be preserved in their original state.

This one owner 1969 Porsche 912 for sale in San Diego, CA, is a prime example of a car that should be left the way it is.  With only 38,000 original miles, this car is a rare gem the likes of which you may never see again.  Overlooked by Porsche collectors for years, the 912 was considered the entry level car in the Porsche lineup, as it was lower in price, and had the less desirable 4-cylinder plant.  In recent years, the 912 is starting to gain popularity with collectors making cars like this a great entry in to collector Porsches.

One Owner 1969 Porsche 912 on thesamba.com

 

1969 Porsche 912
VIN #129022149
ENGINE #4095191
Burgundy Red Color #6808
38,000 ORIGINAL MILES! Make no mistake this mileage is correct
Matching numbers throughout
1 Owner – Air Force Pilot
No rust ever car
Original invoice from dealer included
Owners Manual/Maintenance book/Full Tool Kit/Original Spare/Tire Jack/Original keys including glove box
Fuchs 15×6″ alloy wheels
$12k Major service just completed, perfect mechanical condition
**NOTE the license plate and frame are not from this car and not included with the sale
The 1969 912 is the last year of the early 912 and the only year 912 with a long wheel base body. Many people consider this year 912 to be the most collectible and valuable. The long wheel base cars handle higher speeds better than their earlier counterparts. Fuel efficiency of the 4 cylinder engine is in the 30 mile per gallon on the highway, almost double the 18 MPG of the same year 911 so you can drive this car on long road trips while using little fuel.
This particular car was originally purchased by Joseph W. on May 7th 1969 at Autohaus of Fairborn Ohio. It was originally optioned with a 5 speed transmission, chrome wheels, bumper guards, rear tow hook, antenna & loudspeaker. Total price for the car was $5852 and a $100 trade in allowance was given for Josephs 1960 Volkswagen Beetle. This transaction was recoded on the original dealer sales invoice which is included with the car, a very rare document to find with this old of a car. Another important document is the original maintenance booklet. This document lists the original selling dealer, the first buyer, and the Vin/Engine numbers. All cars were given a tool kit however a large majority of cars today are missing this item. This car has it original 100% complete tool kit. The car even has its original Porsche key fob, door/ignition key & glove box key. Joseph was an Air Force Pilot who was stationed outside of the USA for long periods of time, the car always remained in the US and was seldom driven which is why the car has such low miles today. Today the car has an amazingly low original 38,000 miles on it.
At some point the battery died in the car and it was put in storage. It sat unused in an enclosed garage for many years and was finally put up for sale. We acquired the car in a non running state and did all the service work needed to properly bring the car back on the road again. A comprehensive $12,000 service was completed and now the car runs like new. Everything from tires, to full brake job, to all new shift bushings to complete engine reseal & tune up was performed. It starts right up, idles perfectly, shifts smoothly, and drives down the road as smooth as can be. The body of this car has never driven in snow or rain, it has no rust issues and never has had any rust repair – this is a rare an important trait to have on a high quality vintage Porsche.
If you are looking for a no nonsense, matching number, high quality, no rust, no issues 912 then this is the car for you.

This is the perfect condition for a car in my opinion.  It strikes the perfect balance between usability, and condition.  With older paint, and interior, it’s not so pristine that I’d be afraid to drive it, yet it’s nice enough that I wouldn’t be afraid to enter it in show.

The pricing on cars like these is tough, as opinions vary on what a #1 car is vs. a #2 and so on.  This car is priced right slightly above as a #2 car, which I feel is reasonable considering the originality, documentation, and the fact that it’s seen less than 900 miles/year throughout its life.  That being said, I’d be more of a buyer at $34,000-$35,000.

Whatever your position on the value of originality, we can all agree that low mileage original examples like this are few and far between.

-Brian

1969 Opel Kadett B Rallye

Not a whole of description on this Opel, but it looks like a neat little car. The Opel Kadett Rallye featured a 1.9 liter engine and a bit over 100 horsepower. Not really scorching performance, but with the manual transmission I’m sure spirited driving is possible.

This car features the extra rally lights, head work, new paint, clutch, shocks, brakes, bushings.

Judging from the nearly identical Kadett in the background it looks like the seller has found a niche in restoring these to daily driver status. The paint scheme is very time specific and can be a bit hard to get used to for those not really into the green/brown/yellow color.

65,000 miles on the car and bidding is up at $2,500 with the reserve not met. Perfect for the Opel fan that wants more room than the GT provides.

1969 Opel Kadett Rallye on eBay

~Evan

1969 Mercedes-Benz 250CE 5 speed

The W114 and W115 are probably one of the more overlooked Mercedes-Benzes out there. The coupe version, however, retained the restrained gracefulness of the coupes from the Three Pointed Star of that era. This particular example, a 250CE with a 5 speed manual is certainly a rarity, so much so that even a self-processed Mercedes fan such as myself wasn’t aware of its existence.

The seller states:

This is a rare, 5-speed manual trans 250CE European import. This car has been restored to an unbeleivable standard and has been featured in The Star magazine. The mileage is 101000KM, approx 63K miles. Stunning paint and color combo. Everything works, the car drives as you would expect from this level of restoration. We have service receipts back to 1995 that include a new complete stainless steel exhaust, new Bilsteins all around and many little bits and pieces that indicate the owners took pride in maintaining this MB to a very high standard. A comparable “S” class coupe of the era in this condition would be at least twice the price of this CE.

The obvious attraction with this W114 coupe for me is, obviously the 5 speed manual transmission and the reliable M114 inline six. The obvious detraction is the price. I have never seen a W114 or W115 with an asking price of over $30,000, let alone over $40,000. Even considering the restoration and provenance, it just seems a bridge too far. Who knows, though. There may be a collector or museum out there who is looking for something along these exact lines and they’ll consider it a reasonable buy.

-Paul

1969 Volkswagen VW Short Bus

This sort of fits into the SUV theme week.
This bus looks like it has been languishing in a junkyard or perhaps it is an extra from the set of Lost. Some clever person decided to shorten up this bus, but it looks like they never really finished their project. I’m sure there is some non-PC joke in here somewhere about the person who thought this was a good idea and this being a “short bus”. It looks a bit of a mess. There is some interesting iron in the background of some of the photos.
The seller says it hasn’t been driven and with a wheelbase like this perhaps that is the safest thing. $3500 to give yourself a new nightmare. If you really were to take this on, why not go nuts and mid mount a BMW V12 engine.

1969 VW Short Bus on AutoTrader Classics.

~Evan