Continuing on the Swede Week theme, here’s an instantly recognizable treat that is unfortunately seldom seen today. Like Volvo’s P1800, SAAB’s Sonnet lineup attempted to add some sport to the company’s brochures with exotic Italian looks and an odd combination of DNA. Although the above Sonnet’s lines are familiar to most Euro-centric automotive enthusiasts, this was actually the third version of the car, which had emerged from a ultra-low-production roadster into a similar and striking Coupe design in the late 1960s. 1970s saw a full exterior redesign but it remained very much a unique look, with a long, low hood punctuated by a Kammback tail. Power had developed in the second series cars from the original two-stroke inline-three to a Ford-developed V4 borrowed from the European-market Taunus. The result was 65 horsepower, which doesn’t sound like a lot – and wasn’t. 0-60 was an uninspired 13-second affair, but hey – just look at it! Who cares how fast you were going, most would mistake this for some oddball Maserati or Alfa Romeo were it not for the badges.
These cars are quite rare – far less were produced than the E30 M3, for example – and as a result hold reasonably strong value today. This ’71 sure looks nice!
I find myself very captivated by this color. This is a Metallic Green 1971 Porsche 911T Coupe, located in California, with Black leatherette interior and 55,592 miles on it. It is said to have been freshly restored and certainly looks it.
But back to this color that has so drawn my attention. Metallic Green is both pretty descriptive though also, relative to many other Porsche colors, completely generic. I usually am somewhat ambivalent to metallic greens in general. They’re fine colors, but they don’t tend to wow me the way some of Porsche’s non-metallic greens are capable of doing. Dark metallic greens – along with dark metallic blues – especially fit that profile. I like them and I understand their appeal, but usually am left thinking, “That’s nice.” This is very different and I suspect there is some effect of the lighting and photography at play. Perhaps this is as dead gorgeous as this color can get and given that it’s outdoors you may never replicate the look. But I love it.
This particular color only was available from 1970-1971. There may be other similar greens in the Porsche catalog. It reminds me quite a bit of Kermit, the 1979 911SC that was painted Scirocco Viper Green. Perhaps this was the precursor to that color. As I see it here this Metallic Green possesses just the right balance. It finds a sweet spot between light and dark with the metallic sparkle amplifying everything and holding it together. I’m sure I’ve come across it previously, but if I did it didn’t look this good.
One notable omission from the EAG Ultimate BMW garage I wrote up last Monday was an E9. The E9 represented one of BMW Motorsports first production endeavors in the 3.0CSL. But beyond that, it also one of the prettiest cars BMW and their pals at Karmann Coachworks ever produced in my opinion. The elegant pillar-less design married with impossibly slender A and C pillars to create an elegant, sweeping greenhouse over the low, angular lines of the main body. Recently my wife asked me if there were any attractive cars made in the 1970s, and the E9 was my immediate retort. They were more muscular and yet elegant than the earlier and somewhat awkward 2000CS they were based upon. It’s just right.
Now, today’s example isn’t the mega-desirable 3.0CSL. It’s not even a 3.0, but the earlier 2800CS. It’s also undergone quite a few changes into a bit of a resto-mod. But for me, the look is bang-on and this is one of the better looking E9s I’ve seen recently. It was certainly worth a further look:
The Mercedes-Benz 600 falls into the category of a cars that I totally love, but have zero interest in owning. Maybe if I won the Powerball for 2.2 billion I could swing buying one and the maintenance on it, but even then it might be pushing it. I’ve gone in pretty deep about what it is like to own a 600 and I honestly think it is cheaper in the long run to bring home triplets from the hospital vs. bringing home a 600. At least there is a chance the babies can take care of you when you are old while the needs of a 600 never stop.
Naturally, that brings me to check out this 1971 up for sale in California. It doesn’t have a famous owner or an interesting story (that I could find) nor does it have any crazy options that makes it stand out. It is a straight-forward 600 in average condition. The best part about it? The price is pretty attractive considering what these usually are listed for.
Around five years ago the values of the W113 Mercedes-Benz Padoga spiked pretty hard and kept climbing year after year. I totally get it because these roadsters are as classic as it gets and will never go out of style. The price for a really nice 280SL hovers around that $100,000 mark and can reach almost $260,000 for a perfect example while the lesser 230SL and 250SL can be had for a much more reasonable $50,000 if you so chose. This leads me to today’s car, a 1970 280SL up for sale in New Hampshire. This Pagoda is equipped not only with the rare factory air conditioning, but a 4-speed manual transmission. While all that is nice, why I really wanted to look at this 280SL is the price. No, it is not extremely high, but actually quite the opposite.
I won’t proclaim this as the greatest 911 in the world or anything of that sort, but this 1971 Porsche 911S Targa does check a lot of the boxes for what we might look for in an early 911 when not looking for absolutely pristine collector-quality condition. It is coming out of long-term ownership as the current owner has had it since 1974 and it is in mostly original condition. It is numbers matching per the CoA and has had one repaint in its original color of Gold Metallic. The interior is mostly original with only the carpets having been replaced and shows a nice looking set of sport seats. The color itself is an uncommon one and certainly has its fans. Overall everything looks in very good shape and the level of originality here appears quite good. Oh, and of course it is the highly desirable 911S.
It doesn’t pop off the page the way some early 911s do, but it definitely shows as one of the better and probably more original examples we see.
Normally most of the Mercedes-Benz W108/W109 cars I look are at the M100-powered 6.3s and for good reason, they are really cool cars and the market on them is as hot as it has even been for them. Luckily for most of us, if you want a W108 or W109 and don’t want to pay a minimum of $35,000 just to have a seat at the table, you have some options. Today, we have one of those options. This 1971 280SE for sale in California is painted in the rare Arabian Grey and believe or not, has nearly 150,000 miles on it.
Among 911s that really pop off the page this Gold Metallic 1971 Porsche 911T Targa really stands out. It won’t grab you because of what model it is; this is the entry-level 911 of its day and the Targa itself doesn’t really draw the eyes as much as the longhood Coupe. But that Gold Metallic paint attracts your eyes and doesn’t let go. I’ve seen this color a few times not looking at its best and the difference in appeal is substantial. So it’ll probably require effort to keep it looking this good, but I’m guessing any new owner will have no problem putting in the elbow grease to keep this early 911 looking great.
I suppose this could serve as a nice complement to the Irish Green 911T I featured last week. In many ways this Burgundy 1971 Porsche 911T Targa is similar, though its open roof does provide a significant departure from that Coupe. For Targa fans this could make for a nice alternative. I’ve been seeing a decent number of the 911T come up in interesting colors and good condition. Given its entry-level nature that shouldn’t surprise us in some ways as we always see them more often than the higher-market E and S, but entry-level cars aren’t always preserved as well so it is still nice to continue coming across nice examples. I think this one checks all of those boxes. The Burgundy exterior isn’t too common and while it won’t excite or attract attention the way some of the pastels would, it is a very pretty color and shows quite well with the chrome accents of the long-hood 911 and the Targa roll hoop. For attractive open-top motoring, we could certainly do far worse.
Model: 911T Targa
Engine: 2.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 119,000 mi
Price: Reserve Auction
CPR is offering this very delightful 1971 Porsche 911T. It was originally purchased in California and has been retained in the original owner’s family up until just a few years ago, and retains its original California blue license plates. This T is numbers matching with color exterior and interior to the factory certificate of authenticity. The exterior has received just one repaint years ago and is in very nice condition today. The car’s gaps are beautiful The engine is recently overhauled and is in excellent running order. The car drivers incredibly tight and is an all around great driver quality example that can be driven and enjoyed worry free, while still more than nice enough to take to shows.
The car is for sale locally at out dealership, we reserve the right to end the auction at any time for any reason. For questions or to inquire about our local price, feel free to call us at (760)723-8900
For a 911 that makes no mention of being restored this 911T looks in pretty nice shape. We know it has been repainted. Whether the interior has also been redone at some point in its past is not stated. Either way, both exterior and interior look in very nice shape. No cracks, no tears, barely a scuff. It looks clean and correct. The engine recently received attention and it’s said to drive well. We aren’t provided with or told much about its documentation, but it is said to be numbers matching and showing its original colors. I assume that means the CoA is included. In many ways this is about what I’ve come to expect from many a 911T up for sale.
Bidding is a little low at the moment at $40,099 with not too much time remaining on this auction. That may be because of a lack of available documentation, or perhaps this T just isn’t receiving much attention. I still wouldn’t expect a high price and a trip over to CPR’s website shows an asking price that I don’t think we’ll hit. So buyers will have to exercise some patience, but in the end this looks like a really nice early Targa and should make for a great driver.
A couple weeks ago I featured a 1965 Porsche 911 that sported a wonderful Irish Green exterior. Given that it was such an early model the price was understandably very high. In this case, its value was being driven more by its early date than by its color and as such it wouldn’t really make for the ideal option for someone whose priority was to find an early 911 in such a color. The car we see here, however, an Irish Green 1971 Porsche 911T Coupe, should fit that bill much better. Here the color will be just as likely to drive the value upward as most other aspects, and given that it’s the entry-level 911T there really isn’t any reason to expect its value to get out of hand. All together it could make for a very nice option for those with a desire for Irish Green.
Engine: 2.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 85,269 mi
Price: Reserve Auction
1971 PORSCHE 911 T ORIGINAL MILE CAR AND 2 OWNERS.
1971 911 T Irish Green on Tan
This 3 owner car was Purchase in 2016 from the Original family of the car. Car has won multiple Concours and shows very well. With Documents from going back to the first owner. COA proven car.
2.2 Liter 125 HP serial number 6117122
5 speed 901 gear dog leg transmission
documented original miles
All manuals and books
All matching numbers
Antenna left w/ loud speaker and noise suppression
Certificate of Authenticity
Correct Blaupunkt radio
Correct Bosch CD ignition
High end restoration
Koni shock absorbers
Two family ownership since new
Original service log
Serial number: 9111101708
Tons of service history with paperwork
Transmission number: 118438
Wheel well moldings
We get a decent numbers of pictures in this ad and this 911T has been photographed well. It really looks great inside and out. The quality of its restoration appears to have been top notch. I can’t say that Irish Green is a particular favorite of mine among Porsche’s colors from this era, but I’m very attracted to this one. It has the right color combination for my tastes and the details all look good. It would have been great to get some additional pictures of it outside so that we could gauge its looks under natural lighting, but I don’t exactly expect it to suddenly look like a dog so that is of minor concern. Adding to its potential, this 911T is said to be documented all the way back to the original owner.
Bidding currently sits at a pretty reasonable $52,100 with reserve unmet. I’ll be interested to see how high this goes and whether the reserve ultimately can be met, but as I mentioned above for a non-sunroof 911T I don’t expect things to get too out of hand. I certainly would not expect $100K, but I’m curious whether it can reach something around $80K.