With only 1,672 produced now some 45 years ago, your odds of coming across a 2002 Turbo today are fairly unlikely. Yet over the past few years I’ve taken a look at a steady stream of the legendary hot E10. While the M5 is often credited with being the first real ‘super sedan’, a decade before that model launched BMW’s fledgling Motorsports division breathed heavily on the diminutive 2-door sedan, creating a pint-sized sports car killer. I covered what made it so special back in 2017:
1974 BMW 2002 Turbo
The third 2002 we’ve looked at in three weeks, this is one that definitely ticks the right boxes as the collector car left out of the EAG Legends collection. But what will it take to buy today?
Here we have a Bitter Chocolate 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe. It has a Cork leather interior and what look to be Gold accents for the Carrera script. It’s stated to have 81,519 miles on it, though the seller notes that the mileage cannot be verified and thus they are selling it as “true mileage unknown.” In truth I thought that was a different Carrera; one I had featured more than three years ago on offer from the same seller. I was curious why it had not sold in all that time and figured I’d check in on it again. Lo and behold it’s a different car that just so happens to be the same model, the same model year, and in a nearly identical color configuration.
Bitter Chocolate is not going to win any awards for most favorite Porsche color, but it does show surprisingly well on these early Carreras. It’s a color that fits the period and the gold accents really stand out. I wish this one had the color-matched gold wheels as that previous Carrera did, but that’s something you probably could change if you so desired. Overall, for a vintage 911 that doesn’t tend to be the most popular, in the right colors these Carreras do attract a good bit of attention.
Sold and headed to Germany. Amount undisclosed. Good luck, Charles!
Here we have a Jade Green 1974 Porsche 911 Coupe. Anyone familiar with these 911s will recognize immediately that this one is not original. In fact, it’s quite far from it. Jade Green is purported to be its original color though, which is nice!
So what do we have? First, it’s undergone a Turbo-look conversion (I feel like this is becoming a theme of the cars I feature). The conversion, performed in 1987, utilized steel 930 rear flares and rockers, along with the usual addition of the 930 front and rear spoilers. The engine is now a 3.0 liter flat-6 from an early 911SC mated to a 915 5-speed transmission. Current mileage on the engine is believed to be around 20K miles post rebuild. The interior is a bit more standard for this car though the seats now come from a ’87 3.2 Carrera and have houndstooth inserts. They look pretty great. Otherwise, it sounds like other than the radio and speakers the interior is pretty much original.
Obviously it is the appearance here that is going to attract notice and I think from the outside the combination of that very bright Jade Green exterior with the wide body of the 930 really makes for a head turner.
A few weeks ago I looked at a nice 1982 Mercedes-Benz 240D that sold for a really fair $7,500. I confessed my admiration for the W123 and all that it can do, as well as what it can’t. Today, I came across a very interesting W115 240D up for bid in Portland, Oregon that deserved a closer look. I think the W115 in general gets overlooked at times because it isn’t the W123 but that doesn’t it isn’t a great car on its own. At first glance on this 1974, everything looked great with major recondition on both the exterior and interior. It wasn’t until I saw the photos under the hood and read the description of this car to see that this really wasn’t a 240D. At least not anymore. Let me explain.
Update 9/25/18: Price on this clean Audi Fox has been dropped from $10,000 in July to $7,000 today.
For such an important vehicle, there’s very little fanfare that surrounds the Audi B1. Badged the 80 in Europe and the Fox in the United States, Audi’s small front-drive sedan was a complete transformation for the brand which was emerging from the reshuffling of DKW and Auto Union. Mercedes-Benz had a hand in bringing 4-stroke engine technology to Auto Union in the 1950s and early 1960s, and but freed of their reigns, the Audi engineers produced an all-new motor for the clean-sheet B1. It was the EA827, and it (and the B1) would go on to be the basis for basically every Audi/Volkswagen product since 1972. The 80 was the first to launch, but quickly the 80’s platform would be used to produce the first Volkswagen Dasher (née Passat) and, engine turned transversely, then the Audi 50. The 50 was then the basis for the Golf and Scirocco, and the all-new Volkswagen lineup was complete. So while most internet comments will sometimes dismiss modern Audis as little more than re-badged VWs, you can now remind them that historically it was the opposite. The 80’s traditional longitudinal engine layout ended up being convenient a few years later to help spawn the might Quattro, too.
Motor Trend (and notable automotive historian Karl Ludvigsen) called the 80 the “best new affordable small sedan in the world” in May 1973. Horsepower was modest from the 1.5 liter version of the EA827 at only 75, but then the weight was quite modest, too – curb weight of the sunroof-equipped model was still under 1,900 lbs and fully laden the 80 weighed less than an empty B2 4000CS quattro. Capable of over 30 mpg, the Fox sold surprisingly well in the gas-crunch era as a result – Audi sold 142,511 of them here. While that number sounds modest by today’s standards, consider for a moment that Audi sold only 123,764 of the Fox’s successor, the 4000, in total.
Yet today, finding an Audi Fox seems like something of a minor miracle – never mind when it’s in great condition!
I don’t get to feature these 911s a lot. That is partly due to there not being a ton of them around these days, but also those few that I do see never seem quite right. They’re either not in great condition or simply priced much too high, and while high prices aren’t typically something to dissuade me from writing up an air-cooled Porsche I usually end up passing them by. They just sit in a funny place in the market.
This one doesn’t seem to possess those issues, though even here where the price is at least somewhat reasonable I think it makes for a pretty tough sell. Here we have a Grand Prix White 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa with Midnight leatherette interior and a reported 68,124 miles on it. These U.S market 2.7-liter Carreras must be distinguished from their much more expensive European counterparts, which shared their MFI engine with the 1973 Carrera RS. Those 911s were basically a Carrera RS Touring with impact bumpers. These 911s are not quite that. However, that lack of a shared pedigree means prices are far lower and while their collector potential also is a good bit lower, pricing is at least such that they can make for a worthwhile consideration for those who desire a ’70s 911.
Kit cars don’t get much love on these pages. Well, to be fair, they don’t get much love, period. But kits cars do offer something; exotic(ish) looks on a pedestrian budget. And strangely enough, some kit car and limited-manufacture cars have begun to be considered collectable in their own right. So when I came across two unique Volkswagen-based bits, I thought “why not?”
So today we have two very limited production examples of fiberglass laid over a VW chassis. Which is the winner? Let’s start with the Bradley GT II:
I’ve been showing a bunch of very expensive 911s lately so I figured why not one more. I’ve had my eye on this 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe for a while now. It’s a pretty special car. It’s a unique and very pretty color combination with a leather-to-sample interior that was originally purchased by the Prince of Bahrain! So if you’re feeling a little extra regal around the holidays then this may be the Porsche for you.
When it comes to Porsche’s early pastels I’m not sure any color is more paradigmatic of the genre than Lime Green. Perhaps Pastel Blue, but even that very bright color takes a back seat to the intensity of Lime Green. Put Lime Green on an early Carrera Targa with duck tail rear spoiler and you get a car that just makes me chuckle. Every aspect of it seems hellbent on drawing as much attention as possible. And I have no doubt that’s exactly what it does.
This particular example looks fantastic: a Lime Green 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa, located in New Jersey, with Cinnamon leatherette interior and 74,237 miles on it. Unlike some ads where we wonder how the car really looks this seller pretty much shows us everything. Paint readings even are provided. That shows some confidence in this 911’s quality and it’s certainly not a bad way to sell a car.
The love for the unloved. Almost every Porsche 911 model is popular among enthusiasts. Sure the models enjoy varying degrees of appeal as we consider simple measures of subjectivity relating to taste and levels of sophistication. However, there is one particular exception; a model range that largely goes ignored and remains mostly unloved by any other than those who own one. Here is just such a beast, yet this particular example has been shown a ton of love and sits in nearly pristine unrestored condition.
The 1974-1977 911, typically called the mid-year 911, suffered from numerous reliability issues and sapped power as Porsche adapted to changing emissions regulations. That these were also the first 911 to wear the new impact bumpers wasn’t helping as the new aesthetic seemed so much less clean. The cars suffered, the owners suffered, Porsche suffered. Right up until the release of the 911SC when the new 3.0 liter flat-six proved to have solved the power and reliability issues. The impact bumpers remained. That left the mid-year 911 as a footnote between models and one that many would hope they could forget.
But not everyone forgot about these cars, like this Lime Green 1974 Porsche 911 located in San Francisco. We are told that it is unrestored and entirely original inside and out with the exception of the radio and the wheels. The paint, the interior, the drivetrain: all said to be original. Among rare 911s, this one is a rare find indeed.