1976 Mercedes-Benz 240D

The W123 Mercedes-Benz gets a lot of credit for solidifying the reputation of the brand in the 1970s and 1980s as a maker of indestructible vehicles. But it’s predecessor, the W115, gets a little bit overshadowed in the process. Those familiar with the breed, however, revere them. Nicknamed the “Strich Acht” or “stroke eight,” this range of sedans and coupes was built from 1968 through the end of 1976, overlapping W123 production a bit. Available with a range of four and six cylinder petrol engines as well as the OM617 inline five cylinder diesel towards the end of production, these Benzes proved rather popular, with just under two million manufactured. This final year 1976 240D for sale in California is a very low mileage original and would be an excellent choice for someone looking for a classic they can use regularly.

Year: 1976
Model: 240D
Engine: 2.4 liter inline-4 diesel
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 39,372 mi
Price: Reserve auction (asking price $17,900)

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903 Medium Blue/Blue MB tex
4-spd manual gearbox, no AC, Manual windows.
Full handbooks, data cards.
Fully documented mileage.

Purchased new by George Tillson on 4/30/76 and sold to second owner in CA in 2006 showing 25k miles.

An amazing survivor. Spotless fully original interior. Perfect dash pad. Spectacular original carpets and package panel.
Original MB Coco mats.
Perfect headliner and visors.
Cigarette lighter never used.
Factory decals still on seat tracks.
Spare original keys.
Spotless door jambs.
Becker Europa Radio.
Spotless trunk area w/original unused spare tire and tools. Perfect trunk floor. Original date coded trunk seal. Tool roll.
Fully original paint except hood.
Hood, door, fender and deck lid bolts never disturbed.
Superb external brightwork. Ziebarted when new hence zero rust.

A joy to drive with excellent power and no steering freeplay.
We made an effortless drive from Los Angeles to SF area after pickup.
Just serviced and new belts, new front brakes, new pinion seal and shift bushings.

A potential MBCA National class winner in un-restored condition.

Call Roy Spencer @ 650-343-7980 with any questions. Global shipping gladly arranged.

Sold new in 1976, this is a part of the last batch of W115s sold here in the US. These Mercedes have stayed relatively affordable throughout the years, acting as a nice starting point for folks to get into the classic Mercedes-Benz hobby. Closing in on $20,000, this is lofty territory for a W115 diesel, especially when it isn’t the upmarket 300D with the five cylinder diesel. I’m not quite sure the market is at that point yet for these cars, but if any example was going to bring that kind of cash, it would be this one. The only thing holding this particular car back for some might be the manual transmission. But then, for economically minded buyers, it might be a bonus. I’d suspect somewhere around $13,000 to $15,000 might be a more realistic price point for this 240D.

The following is a video from Mercedes-Benz regarding the W115 series and its evolution:

-Paul

1976 Porsche 912E

From 1965-1969 the 912 served as Porsche’s entry-level model. It essentially was the little brother to the 911 and sold well up until Porsche chose to discontinue its production ahead of the release of the 914. But in 1976 the 912 returned for a one year run, filling in for the discontinued 914 before the debut of the 924. Released as the 912E, the little brother was back: buyers could now get classic 911 styling, but with a 2.0 liter flat-4 and a lower price. The car featured here is a very pretty Desert Beige (more on the color below) 1976 912E located in California.

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Year: 1976
Model: 912E
Engine: 2.0 liter flat-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 103,735 mi
Price: Reserve Auction (Buy It Now $23,500)

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Chequered Flag International is pleased to offer this 1976 Porsche 912E in Desert Biege (code 516) with Tan interior. 103,735 miles. Sold new by Mesa Porsche in California on 6/29/76. Superb rust free body with excellent paint (which is correct but looks more like a pale yellow than beige). Very nice interior – front seats redone but the rest is original and incredible – uncracked dash, great door panels, roof liner & carpets. Steering wheel has just been professionally covered in leather. Fantastic mechanically and totally stock – smog equipment was removed and saved in a box (goes with the car). No A/C to clutter things up. Very strong engine – great gearbox & syncros. Nice clutch, steering & brakes. Drives like one with 30/40k – really. Comes with its original handbook / warranty book & a smattering of records. This is a very good 912E – rare enough in any condition but hardly ever seen in this incredibly well preserved state. Drive it or collect it – you can’t go wrong! Inspections encouraged. All sales AS-IS. Sales tax & license fees due if delivered in California.

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The color: Desert Beige always leaned more towards the yellow end of the scale than the brown, but this car almost looks too yellow and reminds me more of the Talbot Yellow offered on these cars. Pictures can always be deceiving, but that’s something I’d want to have checked out. Otherwise, it was the color combination that immediately drew me to this car. I love the contrasting yellow exterior with tan interior and the interior itself looks almost flawless. Low- to mid-$20,000 is reasonable for a 912 in very good condition, but this car’s higher mileage may detract from that slightly. But to be honest, I chose this car to feature in part because of the mileage. At 100K miles, this car should still have plenty of life, but a potential buyer can drive it without concern over hurting the car’s value through added mileage. This could be a good chance at purchasing a classic Porsche for a reasonable price that will provide a few years of motoring enjoyment without any feelings of guilt every time the car comes out of the garage.

-Rob

1976 BMW 2002 Turbo Widebody

As it goes with art and film, creating a tribute to the original doesn’t always go over well in the automotive world. Everyone values originality, but sometimes the budget dictates otherwise. Take the BMW 2002 Turbo. This was a rare piece in its day, but had a profound impact on the brand before the advent of the mainstream BMW M car. To buy one today would require one to pony up a good deal more than what a normal 2002 would cost, provided you could source one. But, what about creating your own?

I’ve come across a few 2002 Turbo recreations, some better than others, but I think this particular 2002 Turbo clone for sale in Michigan takes the cake. The 2002 Turbo was a wild enough concept to begin with that the arresting shade of Porsche Signal Green seems ideally suited to this car’s demeanor.

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Year: 1976
Model: 2002 Turbo Widebody
Engine: 2.0 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 100,0000 mi
Price: Reserve auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1976 BMW 2002 Turbo Widebody on eBay

VIN: 2375783
Before I begin I would encourage all serious buyers to contact me directly at: 517-425-0129. Although this is a 7 day auction I reserve the right to end auction early as car is for sale locally.

You are looking at probably one of the more thorough 2002 custom builds out there. This 1976 BMW 2002 combines a beautiful and aggressive appearance, and backs it up with well-done drivetrain/mechanicals front to rear. Definitely an eye catching color in Porsche Signal Green (as seen on GT3 RS), sharp interior combo of black and suede, and of course the turbocharged motor. Recently finished build, just attended its first showing at EuroHangar 2013 and was voted one of the top 15 cars in a field of almost 400. Overall we’ve been very pleased with the response to the car and it’s certainly the only one you’ll find in this desirable combination. Description as follows:

Interior:
* Professionally built custom themed interior: Black and suede + green stitching / accents throughout
* Vintage Recaro Sport Seats
* Turbo embroidered headrests
* Custom console with VDO gauges
* VDO electronic tach and speedo
* Aluminum pedals
* Momo steering wheel
* Momo shift knob
* Very nice salt and pepper custom carpet, courtesy of “Esty”
* New headliner
* Interior completely sound deadened with Dynamat

Exterior:
* Base coat/clear coat finish in Porsche 911 GT3 signal green
* All new weather strip throughout
* Factory OEM turbo fascia and flares
* Fiberglass Euro style rear bumper
* Custom graphics inspired by BMW’s original 2002 Turbo graphics
* OEM turbo trunk spoiler
* Flush fit Euro side markers
* Rear taillights upgraded to LED

Mechanical:
* BMW M42 engine + turbo/intercooler
* Aluminum radiator with electric fan
* 5 speed trans with short shift linkage
* 3.90 limited slip rear diff
* Wilwood big brake kit (front)
* Rear drums converted to disc-brakes
* Bilstein shocks
* H&R performance lowering springs
* Front and rear strut braces
* Front and rear sway bars
* Battery relocated to trunk
* Factory turbo stub axles
* Custom 2″ exhaust with rear center exit
* BBS RS 15×8.5 15×9.0 wheels, professionally built to our custom specs (polished lips, all new hardware, gloss black PC barrels, gorgeous charcoal gray PC faces/waffles, etc… no expense spared)
* Hancook RS3 high-performance tires, 225/45/15 all the way around

Please take the time to review all the pics. Don’t hesitate to call with further questions: 517-425-0129. I also have contact with a reasonable shipping company and would be glad to assist. Vehicle offered by Rare Rides, a licensed MI dealer.

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We featured an original 2002 Turbo for sale at $51,000 back in February. Good originals or restored 2002 Turbos today are fetching in the $50,000 to $70,000. Given the build quality of this example, I’d suspect the seller is looking for a figure somewhere around that mark.

It’s not an original, but I have to say this is one of my favorite 2002s I’ve ever come across. Everything from the M42 turbo engine to the BBS wheels set this car apart. This car almost looks like Magnus Walker of restomod Porsche 911 fame could have laid his hands on it. Having an original 2002 Turbo would be awesome, but you might always have that fear of devaluing it in the back of your mind. A modern take on a classic vehicle may be the way to go, as you can enjoy the looks and performance without the preservation issues.

-Paul

1976 Volkswagen Westfalia Camper

Camping isn’t my bag. Much like skiing, I view it as a big schlep. I gave it a shot once out in Arizona a few years back and, well, I haven’t been back for more. Maybe it’s the urbanite in me, but packing up a bunch of your belongings and getting back to nature isn’t my thing. I can see where the escape appeal comes in, though. Having the right tool for the job certainly makes said holiday a little bit easier. Like this 1976 Volkswagen Westfalia Camper. We’ve featured a lot of Vanagon Westfalias here on GCFSB, such as this 1991 Volkswagen Vanagon Syncro Westfalia from last week, but the T2 Transporter based Campers are a bit harder to source in good nick, given that a lot of them were driven by peaceniks and potheads who didn’t have vehicle preservation at the top of their agenda. But this particular Camper has weathered the years well. Rarely is a collector vehicle so very usable.

Year: 1976
Model: Westfalia Camper
Engine: 2.0 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 15,555 miles
Price: $19,995

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You are viewing a great 1976 Westfalia Campmobile, original, a beautiful survivor that looks great and drives great. This is a highly sought after make, model and color combination Westfalia Camper. Buy It Now or put your best offer in, these sell quick. This Westy is freshened up, not restored. Free shipping in the Continental US and Hawaii, or port to port transport from LA to select UK/European ports with Buy It Now.

Mechanically….It is very tight and solid, and is ready to cruise and camp. It is powered by A GD code 2.0 liter just tuned motor. New wires and gas lines. The manual transmission shifts properly through all gears. Electrical system is in good working order. Exterior lighting including headlamps, turn signals, tail lights, are working properly.

Exterior…….This Westy is eye catching. It was just repainted in its original Marino Yellow (L20A). All the fixed/stationary windows and exterior fixtures were removed before paint and replaced with new or good condition originals. There is a new front windsheild seal, rear side window seals and back window seal. There are new side markers, mirrors and antenna. There is a new canvas in the poptop and new poptop seal. The body is nice and straight. The floor and underside are solid.

Interior is nice as you can see in the pictures. Door panels are original, new seat stand mats and new front seat upholstery with original vinyl. There are four seat belts – two lap/shoulder belts for front bucket seats and two lap belts for the rear bench seat. The front passenger seat swivels to face the rear. Passenger compartment has original upholstery on rear bench and original carpet.

Campmobile equipment includes:

Rear bench
seat converting to double bed with locker below.
Rear deck mattress.

Swivel seat
Clothes closet with vanity mirror
Ceiling
cabinet
Linen closet
12 volt fluorescent ceiling lamp
110-125 volt AC
electrical hook-up receptacle
Double outlets, master switch and circuit
breaker
Louvered windows
Cabinet with stainless steel sink.
12 volt
water pump
7 gallon water tank
City water hook up
Pop-up roof
Luggage rack
Double bunk inside pop-up roof

If you are interested in owning this vehicle, you must act quickly. This is not a regular auction with a set time frame. This “Buy It Now/Best Offer” auction can be ended at any time if buyer hits “Buy It Now” or submits an acceptable offer. Do not wait to make an offer until the last day or hours, or you may miss out on this nice Westy.

All in all, this is a nice driving, nice looking Bus. Take a look at all the pics. Please do not make an offer if you do not intend to buy. If you are making an offer and need shipping to be included, please state that in the terms of the offer. Otherwise it will be assumed that you are handling the shipment of the vehicle yourself.

Early T1 Transporters are bringing a mint these days, so if you are shopping on a budget, the T2, or Kombi as it is known in some markets, is a great compromise that gives up little in appeal. I wouldn’t necessarily call this particular Camper original, as it has had a repaint and some freshening around the edges, but it has stayed honest to its origins. The asking price of just under $20,000 is a bit on the high side for one of these. In comparison to a T3 Westy, however, it’s a bargain even if you are giving up a little bit of modernity in the process.

-Paul

1976 Mercedes-Benz 230

The W114 and W115 sedans and coupes ushered in a new era at Mercedes-Benz. With its all new chassis, gone was the rear swing axle, replaced by a semi-trailing arm rear suspension. Also new was the OM617 5 cylinder diesel engine. These were sturdy cars, but as with many vehicles of the period, the US market models eventually suffered as the 1970s hit, with the introduction of new safety requirements. Like other Mercedes of the period, the W114, like this final year 230 featured here, became saddled with heavy, ill-proportioned crash bumpers. Even still, these are desirable classics that are surprisingly modern enough to be used on a regular basis. This final year 230 sedan for sale in Michigan is an original, low mileage car.

1976 Mercedes-Benz 230 on eBay

1976 Mercedes-Benz 230. All original paint. All original interior. Super low original miles car. Factory power moonroof, super nice in every way! West Palm Beach, FL car. Low original 52,000 mile car. This is the real deal. One original owner most of it’s life. This 230 was titled only twice, once in 1976 and once again in 2004. The original factory paint is still intact. The original interior is still intact. The driveline and all other major components are still original and intact. The factory power moonroof still works flawlessly, as does the clock and all other options. The drivability and feel of this car is impressive! I have the original radio as well. This is a truly amazing find. What a rare low mileage, untouched Mercedes-Benz. The underside of this Mercedes is just as clean as the top! SUPERB!! No disappointments! Always garaged and well maintained. This car needs nothing. What a machine!

The color of this car certainly screams the seventies, but it really looks the business if you are going for that retro look. Park this down in the East Village or drive down 9th Street in Park Slope and watch the hipsters go wild. Overlooked for many years, the W114 and W115 are witnessing a bit of a resurgence in popularity, especially with some individuals converting the diesel engined variants to run on biofuel. The asking price of this car, even considering its originality, is a few grand too dear. The best late model W114 might bring around $9,000 to $12,000. With a price like this, we are reaching into territory reserved for clean W115 coupes.

-Paul

1976 Porsche 914 2.0

We’ve featured a great many 911s, 944s and 928s here on GCFSB. One Porsche that hasn’t gotten much love is the 914. A joint venture between Volkswagen and Porsche, this sports car was born out of Volkswagen’s desire for a halo vehicle and Porsche’s desire to expand their lineup and find a replacement for the four cylinder version of the 911, the 912. In 1968, the prototype 914 was presented and the car went on sale as a 1969 model. Offered with both a horizontally opposed four or six cylinder engine, both variants were badged as Porsches in the US market, with the four cylinder cars badged as a Volkswagen-Porsche in Europe.

This 1976 version for sale in Georgia is the final year of the 914, and by this time, crash bumpers and a 2.0 liter four cylinder engine were part of the package.

1976 Porsche 914 2.0 on eBay

1976 Porsche 914 anacona blue collector quality. We are very happy to offer this collector quality 1976 Porsche 914 2.0 with only 53,000 original miles. As you all know the 914 are rapidly appreciating in value, following the 356 and earlier 911 models to rooftop values as everyone seems to appreciate these high quality build, last of the air cooled Porsches. Personally, knowing that the 914-6 models are now out of reach, I give the Limited Edition 914-4s followed by the 1976 models the highest collector values. The 1976 models in particular are very valuable because they were the last of the breed, the fewest produced of all of the four cylinders, and had all of the factory improvements developed over the years. No 1976 model was ever made in 1976, the last built in 12/15.

This is a November production car, with options of tinted glass and center seat cushion. This particular 914 certainly qualifies as one of the most collectible and if kept in its current original condition, will skyrocket in value in the next years. One of the best 914 colors ever painted (ancona blue L97b) and with only 53,000 miles, this car well shows those low miles with impeccable interior and body, totally original engine compartment, and immaculate front and rear trunks. In addition, the spare tire is the factory original having never hit the ground, the tool kit is complete, the owners manual and cover in the glove box, has all four original keys, and comes with the original factory window sticker and a file with the original maintenance receipts. The fussy owners actually kept the three sets of points, distributor cap, condenser, and rotor sets they changed over the years!

The body is as original as one could want, never rusted, never wrecked and with at least 95% of the original finish. The car had stick on side molding and negative side stripes installed early on (that I personally removed) and because of their years of installation, one can see slight etching of the original finish. However it is not bad and the paint is in such nice condition and shines so beautifully that it should NEVER be painted upon! The only other problem with this car (If you would call it a problem) is that it was rustproofed when new. This probably preserved all of the original paint under the wheelwells and floor boards and with some intense steam cleaning one could actually re expose this factory fresh finish!

This 914 drives as well as ANY 914 four cylinder I have ever driven, (as you all know I have driven literally thousands and well remember how they drove when brand new!) and our shop has thoroughly serviced the car so you can drive it home with confidence if you so choose. I like this car so much that I would consider it a very worthy 914 collectors car, it is that nice. I have my own black ’76 2.0 in our small showroom, and this one would certainly rival it. As usual I have a reserve on this car, but it is very small as I really what someone who will appreciate this car to get it for a bargain price. You will not be disappointed!

A typical late model 914 2.0 will fetch anywhere from $14,000 into the low $20,000 range. Given the low mileage and original condition, I’d wager to say this 914 might bring somewhere in the low $20,000 range. Anything over that starts reaching into mint 911SC and 3.2 territory and then you’ll find yourself saying “I coulda had a 911.” Still, given the pleasant color and condition, this car presents well and given Volkswagen’s recent drive to purchase an over 50% stake in Porsche, reminds us how intertwined the histories of these two manufacturers are.

-Paul

Matching pair of BMWs to make you an instant enthusiast, 635csi & 530i

This seller out in Washington State has listed on Seattle’s Craigslist a pair of classic BMWs that look like they belong together. While nearly a decade spans these two cars you almost get the sense that splitting them up would be like separating out two kitties from the same litter. With both cars finished in a great navy color.


The elder brother is a 1976 530i with 105,000 miles. The car features authentic Hardy and Beck 3 piece 16″ rims and some suspension parts, springs and swaybars from Alpina. It has a complimentary blue leather interior. Judging by the sheepskins on the front seats there is probably some hidden wear, but the rears look to be in great shape.
The seller mentions that the car has had an exhaust header added and an older high end audio system. The intake manifold has also been polished for a somewhat odd look since it stands out on an otherwise fairly subdued car. It doesn’t look bad, just different. The car’s automatic will keep interest a little lower I’m afraid. It is interesting to see the rear mount fog light on the U.S. bumper. The ask price is $6,950.

The other car from the seller is this matching 1985 635csi with 122,000 miles. Unfortunate also saddled with the autobox. The seller says the car runs perfect and it comes with new wheels and tires. The ask here is $5,950. It is unclear if the Beamer vanity plate will also be made available to a new owner.

The ads don’t tell a whole lot about various condition issues so you’ll want to do a bit more digging, but the cars look clean. I suspect that a deal could be had if you bought these both. Sitting them next to each other in your garage will look pretty classy.

1985 BMW 635csi

1976 BMW 530i

~Evan

1976 BMW 2002 Laguna Seca painted custom

This car falls in the same line as that polarizing M5 powered 635CSi I posted a little while back. Purists will not like this, but really some of the mods made here make this a more functional and enjoyable driver’s car and the styling and paint give it a bit of flare that turns heads of the more casual auto observer.

The most obvious thing about this car is the paint. The seller lists this as being the now some what traditional BMW Laguna Seca blue, although in these photos it looks a bit darker blue than the OEM color. (possibly just a lighting or camera artifact) Either way it looks pretty snazzy. The body has other eye catching features like the fender flares front air dam with extra lower lip and an OEM turbo 2002 trunk spoiler. A Euro rear bumper is also bolted on. The car has had the chrome trim replaced for black which compliments the black pin striping and the black honey comb 15 inch Enkeis.

Momo and Recaro items spruce up the interior, complete with modern ICE.

Mechanically the car is listed as having exactly 100,000 miles with recent head gasket, new front brakes, 5 speed transmission and a limited slip rear differential.You might want to double check on that mileage figure and see how close to 100k it actually is or if that is just a guess on the seller’s part.

I like the looks of this one. It is currently is just under $13,000 with several bids and the reserve not met.

1976 BMW 2002 Laguna Seca painted custom on eBay.

~Evan

1976 Porsche 911 3.0 Carrera Euro spec

Somewhat unique Porsche here, a Euro 911 3.0 liter Carrera. The average car fan won’t distinguish this from other similar era 911 vehichles, but the Porscheophile will take note of the Euro bumpers and the Carrera 3.0 badge on the trunk. Car comes with Bosch CIS fuel injection and a limited slip diff for better drivability.

101,000 miles show this car was enjoyed. The previous owner was a Porsche mechanic. The seller lists a ton of replaced and rebuilt parts and judging from the fact the photos are taken in a Porsche junkyard I bet I know where many of those parts came from.

This is a nice looking ride with the polished Fuchs alloys setting off the red paint. The $35,000 ask price is probably playing up the rarity of this car a bit much, but hopefully there is some wiggle room in there from the seller.

~Evan

Clean 1976 BMW 2002

Found this beautiful little 2002 on eBay today.  It’s extremely clean original with just 116k miles.  The ad seems to suggest that it’s all-original, from engine/tranny to interior and exterior.  If true, the exterior is amazing for its age.  The paint made me think it was a respray at first glance, but the more I look, I think it might just be really well taken care of.  There are some little issues such as a bare trunk and some upholstery work needed, but those details seem minor in how clean the rest of the car is.  With a Buy-It-Now of $7500, It’s on the higher end of 2002 prices, but well under our $10k budget week limit.  In my opinion, worth it for the originality and condition.  Now just find some Euro bumpers…