1980 Porsche 930

An eye-catching 930 always attracts my attention and this car certainly fits that bill. Combining the classic 911 body style with wider rear fenders and a preposterous whale tail, the 930 has an elegant aggressiveness that many of us here at GCFSB enjoy immensely. Take that shape and throw a color like Cobalt Blue onto it and you definitely have an attention-getting car. This is not a 930 that will fly under the radar, but rather an example that will stand out even in a crowd of fast Porsches. This 1980 Porsche 930 Coupe located in California was originally an European car that was imported into the US in 1985. While Porsche had withdrawn the 930 from the US market in 1980, it thankfully remained for sale in Europe, which provided a chance for interested buyers to import this fantastic sports car across the pond.

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Year: 1980
Model: 930 Coupe
Engine: 3.3 liter flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 65,680 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

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I am helping a customer sell his 1980 930 Turbo as he is in failing health. We are a German Auto Repair center, We are not a car dealer, we are Porsche enthusiasts. Check us out on line, European Motorsports, Vista, Ca. We have been servicing the owner Terry’s Porsche’s (He has 3) for over 2 years since he first moved here from Minnesota. This car has Minnesota tags that expired last year. Terry is the second owner & purchased the car from the original owner in Europe & shipped it here in July 1985 with 44,000km on the odometer as documented in the Customs paperwork. It has been through EPA , DOT & Customs compliance & have the original paperwork . The car can not be registered here in California without going through California state compliance. The speedometer / odometer was replaced then & restated @ zero miles when it brought into the USA, it now is showing 38340 miles. Air Conditioning was installed just after landing in the USA. In 1988 the turbo was upgraded to a K27 along with 911SC cams & Andial waste gate & adjustable boost, also Andial intercooler. The car has been well serviced & maintained and runs great. The car just had a major service including a valve adjustment in the last 50 miles. It has no oil leaks. Car has been mostly a garage queen for the last 10 years but runs strong like a Porsche 930 turbo should. In 2005 the car was professionally repainted with Glasurit paint to the original factory code. (304-9-3, Colbalt Blue) The paint job is show condition, no expense was spared. I have all the service records starting from July 1985 along with pictures of the repaint in progress. The interior is in near perfect condition with dark blue leather including the beautiful dash (leather & stitching is perfect with no stretch marks or sun damage) In the late 1980s a B&B dual outlet exhaust was installed, it has since then been converted back to single outlet due to noise. The rear valance still has the cutout on the right side for future use of a dual exhaust. The car is very fast, I am afriad to run it in third gear flat out, it’s just too fast. A new brake master cylinder was recently installed. The tires are brand new, the brake pads are 50% or better remaining ant the rotors are not worn or cracked. As documented in the records the car has only been driven about 1000 miles in the last 8 years. Excellence Magazine is listing 930 prices from 40K to 75K. This car is an exceptional example of a rare Euro version 930. Chassis# 93A0070240. The car is being listed elsewhere for sale & I reserve the right to end the auction early. The car can be seen at European Motorsports during normal business hours. Call Joe @ (760)599 9307

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The general market for these cars has seen a fairly large uptick in recent years so opportunities to grab one at reasonable cost (assuming we aren’t already past that point) are surely fading fast. This car comes with a couple quirks of which any serious buyer will need to be aware given the potential collector nature of any 930. As the seller notes, the odometer was reset when it was imported so the listed figure of 38,840 is lower than the actual figure. With that said, at less than 70K total miles the mileage is still quite reasonable. I’d also like to see more pictures of the interior. If it shows in the condition the seller describes, then there is no problem, but it’s an odd omission from the ad for the car. Lastly, the cars comes with a couple modifications, none of which seem major, but they still may detract slightly from the overall value of the car. The Guards Red 1984 Porsche 930 I featured a couple of weeks ago was also a Euro car and sold for $43,188. I’d expect this car to come in a little below that because while it has fewer total miles than the 1984 it also doesn’t appear to be in quite as pristine condition. This is nonetheless a very striking car and with current bidding at $18,988 (with reserve still on) it might still be had at a decent price.

-Rob

A Tale of Two Caddies, 1/2: 1980 VW Caddy

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As I discussed the ins and outs of acquiring your first drivers license with one of my athletes this morning, I was unexpectedly overpowered by fond memories of my first car: a 1981 VW Rabbit Pickup. The smells, sounds, and feel of packing my 6’4 frame into the tiniest of trucks all rushed back. I loved that truck, and was truly crushed when my dad decided we could no longer put any more money into it. Luckily it went to a great VW collector from the midwest who ventured to the Pacific Northwest every so often to visit friends and find some rust-free chassis to play with. Diesel versions are beginning to pull some serious money as their insane gas mileage and imminent utility find resurgent appreciation in the face of scarcity, but gas versions seem to be one of the few German cars from the 80s that can still be had for crazy cheap. Today’s has covered an insanely low 42k miles and it shows. Completely straight with a fresh coat of Mexico Beige, as perfectly subtle as the little truck itself.

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Year: 1980
Model: Rabbit Pickup
Engine: 1.6 liter gasoline inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 42,000 mi
Price: No reserve auction

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Welcome eBayers! Thanks for checking out my ad. First of all I want to point out that this is a NO RESERVE AUCTION and the starting bid is a penny. Someone is going to own this truck after the weeks run. With that said please realize that any bid could be the last and the last bidder owns the truck. Any questions or inspections need to be answered before the end of the auction.

Okay, with that out of the way let me describe this truck to you folks. This is a 1980 VW Pickup with a 4 cylinder gas, fuel injected engine. These were also known as a Rabbit Truck because of the obvious similarities. This is really a clean and nice rust free little pickup. I was told that the miles are actual, but can’t vouch for a 33 year old rig with a 5 digit odometer so you be the judge. I am selling the truck as EXEMPT MILES.

The paint is fresh and done in the striking and factory shade of Mexico Beige. Funny thing about beige cars. They always seem to be well cared for. Maybe because they were like the ugly Charlie Brown Christmas tree or something. People felt sorry for them so they made sure and change the oil?? Just a thought. Anyway for the most part this car is no exception. It looks great, and runs great too. The engine starts easily with no hesitation or smoke. It does not drip oil or run warm on hot days either. The transmission is smooth and all the syncros are smooth and nice. The clutch is strong and chatter free. The tires are almost new. The brakes stop straight and true. The shocks and struts are all good and the Volkswagen drives straight down the road without any wondering.

The interior is where this little truck could use some love. It is all cosmetic, and wouldn’t be as bad if the rest of the truck was not so nice. I almost took it to my guy and let him go to town, but thought maybe I would leave it for the next guy or gal and let them put a few personal touches in there. The seats are ok but a little tired like the carpet. The door panels need some clips and the radio is vintage and not in the good way. The speakers are trash. The dash is cracked and covered in fuzz the headliner is non-existent, not that there was much to them anyway.

All of the gages work properly though, and the heat and fan and wipers and headlights. There is a small bullseye in the windshield and the passenger wing window is plexiglass. One of the lenses of the rear lights is cracked, but still works. The windshield washer bottle is broken from age.

This truck is a keeper though. The kind of vehicle that you give a name too and keep forever. Hopefully this little pound pooch finds a good home for a good long time. Its new owner will get a dependable little worker-mobile with lots of life and style too. This VW has all of the vintage appeal and legendary reliability that people want and it is not going to break anybody’s pocketbook either.

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I will own another one of these some day. They are too much fun and surprisingly useful, if a little cramped on the inside. It is becoming harder to find nice examples, but this low-mileage sweetheart in Portlandia would be a great buy. Despite hot bidding, the price is still extremely reasonable and will probably stay that way. While the diesels are cool, the ease of engine swaps in these is tempting; you could go TDI or hot minitruck if you pleased, as we’ll see in the second installment of this Tale of Two Caddies…

-NR

1980 Porsche 911SC Weissach Edition

I’ve written about a few 911SCs here at GCFSB recently that were typically very well maintained, original, and very pretty. The SC was the first 911 I had any experience with so those models tend to be the examples that immediately draw my attention. This time I’ll go with one that’s a little bit more unique though not quite in perfect condition. Here we have a 1980 Porsche 911SC Weissach Edition located in Toronto. There were 408 Weissach Edition cars produced for the US market in 1980 as a testament to Porsche’s Motorsport team housed in Weissach, Germany. These cars featured either a Metallic Black or Platinum Metallic (like the one featured here) exterior to go along with a Doric Grey leather interior fitted with Burgundy carpeting. Other touches included a front chin spoiler, whale tail, and Platium-painted Fuchs. As of its last update, the Weissach registry shows 61 surviving cars.

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Year: 1980
Model: 911SC Weissach Edition
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: ~100,000 mi
Price: Reserve Auction (Buy It Now $27,500)

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You are bidding on a 1980 Porsche 911 SC Weissach Edition. For those of you who are not familiar, the 1980 Weissach Edition was a limited run of 406 cars built to honor the Porsche Research and Development center located in Weissach Germany. This car was only sold the US and they came in just 2 exclusive exterior colors, Platinum Metallic or Black Metallic, 203 of each colour. They both featured indentical inteiors of Doric Gray Full leather, rust carpets and piping and sport seats. On the exterior they featured a 930 style rear spoiler, front chin spoiler, 15×6 and 15×7 rear forged Fuchs alloys painted in platinum metallic. Most came with a sunroof. This car is one of three known sunroof delete cars in this limited edition. According to the 911 Weissach Registry, only 70 or so of these cars are known to survive.

Very good condition for a 33 year old car. Original paint and interior. Drives really well. Serviced and maintained by Hunter Motorsports, a specialist in air cooled Porsches. Last serviced in May 2013. Receipts for all work performed over the past two years, including new brakes, new igition rotor and cables, new oil transfer tubes and sump gaskets. Odometer stuck on 98785 miles shortly after I purchased the vehicle two years ago. Have only put about 2500 miles in the car since. I have purchased the gear wheel to repair the odometer, but not yet installed it. WIll leave that to the new owner. No rust or leaks. All original “survivor” car. Presently has AC compressor removed (they never really work and it’s heavy) and has an after market radio/CD player, but I have the original parts and Blaupunkt radio casstte that will accompany the car. New Falken tires on the original lightweight Fuchs. If I were keeping the car I would recover the front seats and the dash top. A set of after market wheels (Enkei, BBS copies), painted to match and also with Bridgestone new tires are also included in the sale, as is a Porsche certificate of authenticity, the original owners manual and service book, air pump and toolkit. Also have a new OEM front hood to bumper seal or “smile”, that I have yet to fit that will be included with the car.

Please ask any questions before bidding and do not bid unless you intend to buy. Car is being sold “as is where is”.

$1,000 deposit by PayPal or wire transfer within 24 hours of auction closing. Balance due within 3 days of auction closing or on pickup whichever comes first. Cash or cash equivalent only.

Pick up and shipping is purchasers responsibility, however I will assist as much as I can. Originally a US car (Palm Springs, CA and then Fort Worth, TX), so should be no issue re-importing to the US. Car is also listed locally and so I reserve the right to end the auction early.

Information from Porsche Certificate of Authenticity:
VIN – 91A0143472
Production Date – 01/17/1980
Engine # – 6403503
Transmission # – 403370

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While I love black cars, I actually prefer the platinum exterior of these cars rather than the black, in part because it matches so well with that beautiful interior. The interior’s burgundy accents complement the grey leather very well and provide a fairly unique look to counter the more traditional single-color interiors of most cars. And I think it looks fantastic. Because the modifications were entirely aesthetic, a Weissach Edition, though rare, doesn’t tend to add much value to these cars. A really good example that is low mileage and in excellent mechanical condition will fetch a little bit of a premium over a standard 911SC, but a more well-used example such as the one we have here will only see a premium if a particular buyer is really struck by the unique color palette. I don’t intend to suggest that this car has been ragged, on the contrary it looks to be in fine shape and the mileage is reasonable for a car more than 30 years old, but I think the Buy It Now is a bit high as I’d expect this car to sell a bit closer to $20,000. Regardless, this is still a good looking car and with less than a quarter of the original allotment of Weissach Editions surviving, it’s a car that may get a bit more rare with each passing year.

-Rob

1980 Mercedes-Benz 300CD

There are certain things that don’t go together too well. Coors Light and caviar. A weasel at a garden party. A diesel engine in a coupe. Or maybe an oil burning motor isn’t that out of place in what is meant to be a more sporting, personal vehicle. Well, I don’t think anyone would mistake the Mercedes W123 as a car with sporting intentions, even though there were certain tuners who thought differently. But this diesel powered two-door predated attempts in recent years by manufacturers looking to retain power while gaining fuel economy. With only 57,000 original miles, this 300CD for sale in Colorado belies its age.

Year: 1980
Model: 300CD
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-5 diesel
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 57,263 mi
Price: $19,900 Buy It Now

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One Owner 1980 Mercedes-Benz 300CD
57,000 Actual Miles

Located in beautiful Denver, Colorado
Mercedes Dealer Service Records
Original Colorado Title from 1980!

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You’re viewing a rust free 1980 Mercedes-Benz 300CD Diesel with 57,000 actual miles. What an amazing piece of Mercedes history, and such a fine example of what a real low mileage w123 should be like! This is such an amazing Mercedes, you will be very proud to own this 300CD. All history & records with local Denver Startech Mercedes Service Dept. The first owner purchased locally in Denver. The title is the original Colorado printed title from 1980, how many of those could still be around?! You will receive this original CO title, it has been notorized and is free of any liens or backfees.

This has to be one of the finest, lowest mileage 300CD’s available. The original owner spent his winter months in La Jolla, CA so this vehicle has never seen harsh weather or snow on the roads. He uses this CD when in Denver for short trips, and keeps service up to date with Startech & Murray Mercedes dealerships in Denver. The naturally aspirated, non-turbo 300CD has the best fuel economy. The power on this example is very high, you will not be a metal slug in this 300CD. This one is a power plant that gets on the highway with ease, and will cruise at 80mph with ease.

The ride is incredible. The shocks and other suspension components have all been replaced recently, making this CD such a pleasure to drive. The engine idle knob is operable. The motor has a sweet sounding ‘buzz’ as the w123’s should have, there is no loud motor noise or anything out of the ordinary. The automatic transmission is like new. When driving this CD, the gears shift so smoothly, no delays, jerking, or slipping. This is truly an irreplaceable gem. The interior and exterior of this Mercedes are in fantastic condition. The exterior chrome is all like new, there are no dents or dings on any bumpers or trim. The rubber is in great shape, no dry rot or cracked gaskets. All the door seals are as new. The tires are matching Michelins with a lot of tread life remaining. The factory alloy wheels look great. The jackpoints are like new, no rust, no damage, they still look and will operate like new.

The body is free of any dents or damage, there are some rockchips that have been touched up with matching MB paint, very small and unnoticeable. The headlights, fog lights, & taillights are all like new, free of any pitting or cracks. The undercarriage looks like new, free of any rust or damage. There are no leaks, and no issues. The trunk compartment still looks new. The spare tire is new, and comes with all the original tire changing equipment and tools. The interior is incredible. The original Becker radio looks and operates like new. The power antennae is perfect, operates in every position as it should. This CD has real leather upholstery, not like most with MB Tex seating. There are average crinkles on the seat edges, which is expected for being 34 years old. It is original and has been & still is a driver car! Nothing has been reupholstered. The headliner is all tight, and looks like new. The power sunroof opens and closes quickly, there is no delay or hesitation. All the seals are perfect. I could go on and on about how nice this CD is. The carpet still looks new, there are no wear spots or any fading. The carpet is still soft, not brittle. The wood trim looks great, it is very glossy and has 2 or 3 very thin, hairline, cracks which are not even noticeable until you either glance at a certain angle, they still look new when sitting in the car. All the interior trim pieces around the dash, door panels, controls, etc are all just like new still. The steering wheel and column show no wear. The pedals still look new. The A/C in this CD is great! The A/C system has been converted to modern r134 and really blows cold. The A/C controls still look new, there are no chips/flaking/pitting on any buttons. The high and low settings operate flawlessly. The heat also works perfectly.

All of the gauges are operable, this is a true low mileage 300CD, VERY difficult to find with these low, well kept miles. The oil pressure is perfect. The clock works flawlessly. All gauges operate perfectly as you expect. The dash looks great, even with a few hairline splits. These could be repaired, or if you’d like to add a “dash cap”, that is possible. It’s a real, unrestored 33 year old Mercedes that is in incredible shape. You’ll notice from the pictures that the parcel nets on the backside of the seats are still tight and like new, I doubt they’ve ever been used. It has been so well maintained, and drives like a 3 year old Mercedes.

The engine bay looks like new still. The hoses and belts are all recently new to the CD. Fluids are fresh, and everything is 100% with this CD. You can be confident flying to Denver and driving this Mercedes anywhere. We are helping the original owner sell his prize 300CD. We know the market for the 300CD and know what a special and rare opportunity this is for you. Please feel free to submit an offer. If you have any questions, feel free to call me at 512-534-7902 or simply reply thru ebay. Thank you for taking the time to review all 150+ pictures and to read the description. Best of luck on your search!

We featured a clean 1982 300CD which had the later turbocharged diesel engine that sold for $14,995. Granted, it had just over 126,000 miles on the clock, but its condition was similar and that kind of mileage is nothing to sneer at with these durable Benzes. Considering the lower mileage of this CD but the lack of the turbocharged engine, I’d suspect it will probably fetch similar money. But at the current price, it’s a little bit ahead of the market.

-Paul

Shark Week – 1980 BMW 635 CSi FIA Group 2

Edit 2017: Updated advertisements of this car indicate it is a recreation of the original, and still for sale for 190,000 Euros

I spent a solid chunk of my childhood dreaming of cars like this. In fact, I bet if I went through some old notebooks from high school and college, a poorly drawn likeness of just this car would be scrolled in the side margin. As Clarkson would say, this car is pure “strong pornography”. I still feel that all cars should have wide tires, big chin spoilers, wide flares, a roll cage, side exit exhaust, and stripes and sponsor graphics all over them. There are few things to me that look more “right” than the fat-flared race cars that the FIA helped to create. BMW is known for quite a few of them, but the FIA rules created some memorable models from every German marque. Heck, even Opel got in on the action. Touring car racing in the 1970s and 1980s was more stock-based than today’s carbon fiber tube frame bespoke race cars; imagine that there used to be a time when the cars that were racing were actually based on cars that you could buy! Amazing concept, I know.

In the early 1980s, the FIA changed the grouping rules for all race cars, including touring cars, in order to keep them closer to the specification of their market counterparts. Previously the rules had allowed companies to take advantage of loopholes. Slantnose Porsches? That’s because the FIA rules didn’t specify that the headlights had to remain in the stock location. The same went for fender flares and spoilers, and the late 70s saw some impressive displays of aerodynamic tweaks. Before they all went to pasture, though, BMW decided it should go racing with the new E24 chassis to replace the 3.0 CSLs that had raced and won in the European Touring Car Championship. The new 635 CSi Group 2 was born, and while it didn’t appear to be quite as much of a wild child as the “Batmobiles” had been, it wasn’t a slouch by any means. With a reported 300 horsepower, 1100 kg weight, wheels so wide they required additional fender flares to tuck them under the body, the new 635 CSi was a potent contender in the ETCC. However, rules changed in 1982, and more strict regulations of the renamed Group A cars meant the wild flares went away. As with any obsolete race car class, the remaining examples were sold off, to be raced and modified by their privateer owners. Finding an original car outside of the factory is therefore pretty rare and finding a fully restored original spec car is just about impossible, but we stumbled across just one such example in Luxembourg – today’s 1980 Group 2 635 CSi:

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Year: 1980
Model: 635 CSi FIA Group 2
Engine: 3.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: TBA miles
Price: TBA

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BMW 635 Group 2
FIA HTP

Price : Please call

For more details, contact us directly on +352 661 700 777
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I know, the amount of information provided by the seller is overwhelming. Despite this, I did a little digging and this car appears to be a car that was run in 1980 and 1981 by a driver named Dieter Schmid. It seems it was originally run by BMW Italia, then purchased by Mr. Schmid and run independently in the colors it is now presented at the 1981 ETCC Grand Prix of Brno where it finished 6th. Schmid finished 3rd at the ETCC Pergusa race, what appears to be its last official race and also its best result. I was able to find one photo of the car from Brno in 1981, courtesy of Racingsportscars.com. It’s not clear at this time what happened to the car after 1981, but perhaps that information is forthcoming. As it is presented now, the car appears to be completely restored to original or better than original condition.

Now, the value. This is the tricky part. Few of the original Group 2 BMW 635s survive, and most that do were modified at some point. The last one that came up to auction was the much more famous Jim Richards JPS ATCC car, itself modified from the original spec. It was estimated to sell between $180,000 and $200,000, but by all accounts that estimate was high given the condition of the car. With a good restoration and in good running condition, but without serious race provenance, I would guess the value of this car in the $150,000 to $180,000 range, but my guess is the ask price will exceed that. Because they weren’t as successful, the Group 2 635 CSis don’t command the prices of the 3.0 CSL race cars. These cars are now eligible for all sorts of vintage racing series and are loved wherever they show up. Running the original motor won’t be cheap, but then the car itself isn’t particularly cheap, so $50,000 engine and transmission rebuilds probably won’t scare the potential owner away. Although this car appears to be in show condition, I sincerely hope the new owner has the fortitude to drive the car on the track, or at very least do some Goodwood Festival of Speed appearances. We’ll keep an eye on this one and when more information on this Megashark becomes available, we’ll update everyone.

-Carter

1980 Puch 230G Geländewagen Firetruck

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For reasons that shall not be discussed, I was subjected to my first complete episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” this weekend. It displayed the epitome of German brands’ downfall in terms of true cachet with enthusiasts as the once-rare-and-cool Geländewagen rolled through LA, insane supercharged V8 and all. So while I get very excited by weird German firetrucks, these days you do run the risk of people thinking this is Justin Bieber’s newest joke way to wrap his car.

In the end though, screw whoever thinks that. This was an Austrian fire chief’s chosen transport, and it’s so Austrian it has Puch emblems instead of three-pointed stars (Steyr-Puch built the Geländewagens in Austria back then). So, for those that actually care, this fire truck lights all the candles on the obscure scale.

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Year: 1980
Model: 230G Geländewagen
Engine: 2.3 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 86,467 km (~ 53,728 mi)
Price: $17,900

Click for more details: 1980 Mercedes-Benz Gelaendewagen Fire Chief’s Truck on Hemmings

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We are pleased to offer for consideration a 1980 Mercedes/Puch 230G Fire Command Vehicle. Steyr-Puch produced “G-Wagons” for Mercedes-Benz to distribute. This vehicle is labeled with Puch placards because it was a Chief’s vehicle in Austria. It was bought from Germany and imported to the United States for a collector here.

The G series are world renown for their all-terrain durability. They were originally used exclusively as military vehicles before civilian versions were produced in 1979. The “popemobile” used by Pope John Paul II was a 230G. They are incredibly durable and very fun to drive.

The engine for Puch 230G is a 230 cubic inch inline 4 cylinder gasoline fed engine. The 4-speed manual is very smooth to make for comfortable driving. This fire command vehicle was used by a Fire Chief to respond to incidents in Stopfenreuth Austria. “Feuerwehr” translates to “Fire Defense” and “Notruf 122” translates to “Emergency 911.” It does seem weird to dial 122 though.

1980 G Wagons are extremely rare in the United States well before you consider it’s a retired fire apparatus. Please note that the odometer reads in kilometers. The 86,467 kilometers equate to 53,728 miles. Please call or email for more details!

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There’s no need to make a value claim on this. Factoring in the deep sadness of driving the same general car as insane alliterative famewhores, G-Wagens will never be a good value again. But if you’re lucky enough to have never seen an episode of what passes for pop culture these days and you think driving a German firetruck is awesome (because it is), there are worse ways to spend $18k.

-NR

1980 Volkswagen Scirocco

When talking about the Volkswagen Scirocco, most enthusiasts seem to forget the first generation and concentrate on the more angular Mk2 that was designed in-house by Volkswagen. Perhaps that is due in part to it not being the best performing car, or more likely because most succumbed to rust far too early. Despite not being very old, in the “everything must be a straight line” 80s the Giugiaro design quickly looked dated. Age has proven the merit of the design, however, and in my opinion it has matured much more gracefully than the Mk2 and many of the styling clues reappeared in the Corrado. Still, it’s fairly rare to find a clean original Scirocco, and that’s why it’s especially pleasing to see one pop up on the market, like today’s stealthy black 1980:

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Year: 1980
Model: Scirocco
Engine: 1.9 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 88,500 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

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Well maintained and cared for Scirocco Mk1. I’m 2nd owner and have had it 26 years. Always starts and drives amazing. Always garaged, never seen winter. 88k miles. Only occasionally driven the last 10 years. Have had 7 watercooled VWs but never sold this one! I am now up to 6 cars so it’s time to thin out the fleet.

Original paint. Car looks original but with some intelligent enhancements. Car lightened to under 1950lbs (mainly the euro-spec bumpers) but still has the factory A/C. Starts, idles, runs, drives and stops as it should.

Have to drive to fully appreciate; this car is just plain Fun to Drive! The engine is very responsive at any RPM or gear! The CIS injection runs well and very reliable.

Engine / Trans
• 1860cc Techtonics Tuning “Big Bore” kit, 10:1 compression, very torquey
• Head fully ported, cc’d and big valves by Tim Conolly.
• This engine pulls hard from 1200 to 7000 yet is very streetable with excellent drivability.
• Freshened about 10 years ago when head work done. New pistons, rings, belts, clutch, water pump… Probably has 2-3000 on it.
• Intake and exhaust manifolds opened and port-matched to head
• VW Euro-GTI camshaft
• Techtonics Tuning dual-pipe exhaust system
• Audi oversized throttle body
• Later model factory oil baffles added to oil pan and cam cover
• 5 speed transaxle (left over spare part from VWmotorsports rallye team) shifts better than my Miata
• F&S clutch/pressure plate, lightweight flywheel, done same time as head
Suspension, brakes, steering
• Front and rear sway and stress bars
• Ground Control adjustable height coilovers w/Eibach springs. (Can easily re-install the stock springs.)
• Recent Tokico adjustable struts and shocks.
• New (not re-builds) Ate brake calipers, hoses and master cylinder
• Powdercoated period rims w/new Yokohama tires. Alternate choice of Rabbit GTI wheels w/Yokohama tires
Body
• Original factory paint (exc. front fenders)
• Lightweight Euro bumpers and mounts (70lbs lighter!), period Kamei Spoiler (have original too)
• no rust other than a few paint nick/stone chips, always stored for winter, hasn’t seen rain in years.
• Rustproofed when new. I scraped off a lot of it from engine bay but still goop in corners and other places.
Interior
• Original except for upgraded radio and speakers. Original Blaupunkt included
• Gas pedal widened to aid heel-toeing
Also included
• Many spare and additional parts including original parts removed to reduce weight (rear wiper, washer bottles, horns, trim…)
• Folder with parts and maintenance receipts.
Known issues
• Heater fan stopped working couple years ago after winter sleep. Haven’t bothered to inspect since not cold when driven.
• A/C probably needs re-charge. Was serviced 15 years ago but not used lately since fan switch not working to engage it. I have R-12, will look into charging it.
• Lost the little noise clips for the front brake pads so they rattle on bumps.
• Some cracks in the dash.

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The owner of this car has been committed to it for quite some time, and I appreciate not only his dedication keeping it alive, but also a series of tasteful modifications. The engine should be a pretty serious upgrade over the stock unit, and it has some substantial running gear upgrades to deal with the extra power. At a reported 1950 pounds, it is sure to be entertaining on the back roads. The period mesh wheels aren’t my favorite, but certainly look unique on the car. The best addition has to be the great looking Euro-market bumpers. It’s nice to see the owner kept a most, if not all, of the items he removed for lightness, and they’re included in the sale.

I expect this car will probably fetch between $8,000 to $10,000 given what it is, and it may even go higher. That’s an awful lot of money for an old modified Volkswagen, but this is a pretty rare example of such a beautiful car and it’s probably worth it. Given that the less desirable (in my mind) Mk2 models are selling above $10,000 now, it may even be a bit of a deal for a classic design. So, at that price, what do you do with this car? You find your nearest back road and enjoy the ride, that’s what you do! When you’re done wringing its neck on those roads, park it near a window at your local coffee spot, order up an espresso, sit back and soak in what a beautiful design Mr. Giugiaro penned. These cars are sure to continue to appreciate over the next few years.

-Carter

1980 Porsche 928

The Porsche 928 stood the world on its ear when it was launched in 1977. The car’s streamlined design with integrated bumpers, V8 engine and formula which was a mix between sports coupe and luxury car was unlike anything people had come to expect from the engineers from Stuttgart. While it didn’t supersede the 911 as intended, the car lived a relatively long life through several variations on the original design. It has been said there is nothing new under the sun, and with brown metallic colors back in vogue, the clean lines of this 1980 928 could fool those who aren’t petrolheads into thinking that Porsche may have released a new model.

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Year: 1980
Model: 928
Engine: 4.5 liter flat six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 80,580 miles
Price: Reserve auction

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DESCRIPTION

In the late 1970s, Porsche started production of the 928 with a front engine V8 and rear transaxle to provide stable even weight distribution. Production continued with different variations until the 1990s. The 928 was built initially to replace the popular 911, but sales were not as strong, so they continued both models for many years side by side. Designed to be a grand tourer, these 928s are equally at home on the highway as a country back country road or racetrack. Once considered a “unloved” Porsche, the 928 is quickly becoming a unique classic sports car appreciated by those with discerning taste and the boldness to look beyond the 911 model. This fine 928 is finished in Braun Kupfer Diamant (Copper Brown Metallic). The interior is also finished in brown leather. The leather is still soft and supple, without cracks or wear, and the carpets are still thick and plush. The only known interior issues are a missing radio, and some previous lackluster repairs to the dashboard showing their age. Driving this 928 is a treat with good power and tight intuitive steering. Having driven many 928s, this one still feels like a new car the way it goes down the road. The low mileage is evident in the driving manners of this GT car.

COSMETIC CONDITION

Cosmetically we would call the exterior a 8-9 out of 10. The car is not flawless, it has some rock chips, and a few small scratches, but it is straight as can be- which sets this unique 928 apart from lesser examples.

The interior also would be a 8 out of 10. The dashboard was repaired but to a substandard level- and is starting to show its age– nothing a dash cover could not fix. The rest of the interior is in excellent shape and reflects this car’s low mileage. The steering wheel, seats, and even carpet are all in great condition and it is very comfortable! It will however need a new stereo, or we can have that installed at the buyer’s expense if preferred.

Wheels do not have any “curb rash” and the glass is all nice with no chips or cracks. Overall, a really nice example of Porsche’s 928.

* Additional photos and videos available by request. We have a lift so if you are sincerely interested in the car and want further pictures from under we are happy to help out.

MECHANICAL CONDITION

Mechanically the car drives really well. It makes great power throughout the RPM range. The clutch engages smoothly and does not slip. Brakes are very tight and strong and have recently been replaced. Tires are new. The only fault with the car mechanically is the transmission will “snick” going into second gear when cold. Once warm it shifts well, but the shifter itself feels a little loose. Still, this car tracks down the road perfectly straight and smoothly. It feels comfortable and quiet at 20mph or 80mph. Truly a pleasure to drive!

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Later 928s like the S4, GT and GTS are undoubtedly faster and a bit more refined, but I love the purity of the original 928 form, right down to the phone dial wheels. As with a lot of classics, it’s important to buy the best that you can, but that is particularly true with any 928. These are cars that can quickly eat you out of house and home in terms of repair costs. There’s a few items to be dealt with on this car, but nothing to majorly detract from the overall package. Early 928s such as this can range in value between $14,000 and $20,000 for a good one. This one should be able to fetch somewhere between $14,000 and $16,000. This one isn’t a concours quality vehicle, but wears a nice patina that should appeal to an enthusiasts bent on using the car as intended.

-Paul

1980 BMW Alpina Turbo E21 Prototype – REVISIT

The 1980 BMW Alpina Turbo E21 “Prototype” featured last month created a lot of discussion amongst our readers. One of our readers, Mario, emailed us at the end of last month. He has worked in a large BMW dealership in Switzerland for the past 13 years. He spotted this E21 and was skeptical, stating that hew knew Alpina was not in the business of selling prototypes. After some research on his part, he discovered that this car is a US market E21 with original Alpina parts. Attached is the letter that Mario received from the Marketing and Sales department at Alpina. The letter was originally written in Germany, so I have included the original letter along with the English translation:

Bitte entschuldigen Sie die verspätete Antwort, jedoch stehen wir mitten in den Vorbereitungen für den Genfer Auto Salon. Dieser angebliche ALPINA Prototype hat bis auf einige Teile wie Lenkrad, Zusatzinstrumente, Schriftzüge nichts mit ALPINA zu tun. Bei der angegebenen Fg-Nr. handelt es sich um einen BMW 320 US, der nie bei uns im Hause war. ALPINA hat auch nie einen 4 Zylinder Turbo gebaut.

Mit freundlichen Grüssen aus Buchloe
Angelika Jörg-Kane
Marketing/Verkauf
ALPINA Burkard Bovensiepen GmbH + Co. KG

English Translation: We apologize for the late reply, but we are busy preparing for the Geneva Motor Show. This alleged ALPINA Prototype has a few Alpina parts such as the steering wheel, dashboard instruments and lettering. According to the specified VIN, it is a US BMW 320, which has never been in our facility. ALPINA has never built a 4 cylinder turbo.

With friendly greetings from Buchloe,
Angelika Jörg-Kane
Marketing/Sales
ALPINA Burkard Bovensiepen GmbH + Co. KG

1980 BMW Alpina Turbo E21 Prototype – REVISIT

The below post originally appeared on our site February 14, 2013:

Often times we come across the E30 M3s, talk about how collectable they are and how the premium prices are justified due to collectability and so on and so on. So if the E30 M3s are the future collectable from BMW, what does that make this car?  A no brainer, that’s what.

Alpina was founded in 1965, and started life producing typewriters and office equipment. In the mid 1960s, founder Burkard Bovensiepen started a BMW tuning business out of the original Alpina typewriter factory. By the early 70s, Alpina was making a name for itself in competition. The highlight was in 1970, when the team’s cars won the European Touring Car Championship, the German Hillclimb Championship, rally and track racing championships and the prestigious Spa 24 Hours. The rest is tuning history.

Over the years Alpina has softened a bit, focusing more on luxury sedans based on the BMW 7-series, but throughout the 80’s they were experimenting on all BMW platforms, and the results speak for themselves. This stunning E21 prototype is a prime example of the days when Alpina seemd to be turbocharging everything.

Year: 1980
Model: Alpina E21 Prototype
Engine: 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 40,000
Price: $29,900

1980 BMW Alpina Turbo E21 Prototype on Autokennel.com

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Alpina Burkard Bovensiepen GmbH has been working closely with BMW since the early 1970’s producing some of their most memorable racecars. By the late 70s, Alpina became their own manufacturer and no longer sold their cars as BMW Alpinas, but rather just Alpina. They would order raw chassis and engines and build their own vehicles, many of which were then sold through the BMW dealership network. Forty years later, they are still producing some of the best-engineered versions of BMWs and sill reselling them through BMW dealerships worldwide.

This very unique prototype is very typical Alpina. In the late 70s, as BMW was determining what engine to put in their new 320/E21 chassis to give it more performance, they once again enlisted the engineers of Alpina to produce a Turbo variant.  They were provided 3 blank E21 bodies with 3 of the 4-cylinder 2.0-liter motors. Several of Alpina’s top engineers were enlisted for this project.

What is so unique is that the head engineer of this particular example was able to purchase the car once it was complete since BMW ended up pulling the plug on the project and going with the 2.3 liter 6-cylinder. The engineer was lucky enough to access BMW’s parts bins in order to install the “Hi-Lux” package on this example. This package included front and rear fog lights, European headlamps with washers, power windows, power mirrors, power locks, glove box flashlight, under hood and trunk lights, electric sunroof, and even the map light rear view mirror from the E23 program. Once the car was complete, being that the engineer was an American, he imported the car to his home in Colorado and federalized the car. Also (since the German engineers would have no part of it), he installed a correct Behr A/C system with an upgraded compressor. The final result was a very comfortable and fast sport coupe that could hold its own on the Autobahn. He used this car for fun weekend events and stored it during much of the winter. He sold the car a couple of years ago to a local BMW/Porsche enthusiast.

However, just before selling the car, the original owner went through the whole car and did a nice restoration. This included taking the car completely down to a bare body. The suspension was redone with new Bilsteins, front and rear bushings, rear suspension arms, and new brakes (discs and rotors) all the way around. Also a top end rebuild was performed on the engine.

After purchasing the car in 2011, the recent owner put the finishing touches on the car. He spent over $6,000 restoring the interior of the car. The factory sport seats were recovered in vinyl. A new headliner and carpet kit was also installed. Also, he completely restored the original dash including the rare Alpina gauge cluster. Finally, he redid the door panels and center console. The only flaw is the small plastic trim near the gauge cluster has a few cracks in it. It isn’t that noticeable, but unfortunately, the part is NLA. We are still on the hunt for a good used one. Recently, a major service was performed on the car including a valve adjustment, alignment, and oil service. This Alpina is ready to be enjoyed.

The build on this car was typically BMW contract prototype budget. No expense was spared and nearly every component on this car was improved upon.

Modifications include the following:

  • Recaro sport seats
  • Electric Sunroof
  • Alpina body stripes
  • 3:64 Limited slip differential
  • Leather 3-spoke steering wheel
  • Rajay oil fed turbo
  • 2.3L Bottom End Engine that’s been Stroked
  • BMW 323 Suspension
  • All Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Bilstein Shocks
  • Minor Porting
  • Minor Head Work
  • Battery relocated to the trunk

I love these “affordable collectibles.” These cars are not only fun to drive and easy to live with even on a daily-driver basis, but being so rare, they have a huge upside in collectible value in the long run. Included with this vehicle are much of the original build information as well as the factory tool kit.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Paul at 714-335-4911 or paul@autokennel.com

Note:

This vehicle is sold “as-is” with no warranty, written or implied. In some cases, the vehicle does have the remaining factory warranty still in place and will be described above if that is the case. All taxes and fees are the responsibility of the buyer and are not included in the listed price. All vehicle sales will require a $55 document fee. The vehicle listed is described to the best of our ability. We are not responsible for errors in our description of options or any other details. The above-mentioned vehicle is used and can be expected to show some wear and tear. It is not a brand new vehicle. We do our best to accurately describe the vehicle. We do welcome all local pre-purchase inspections on vehicles in order to verify condition.

A car like this is close to impossible to put a pricetag on due to the shear rarity of it. Regardless of what E21 values are, and Alpina values are, a well documented, one of two prototype should command a premium, as it can only appreciate as the years pass. All factors considered, this car is priced well for the BMW enthusiast market and if you ask me, is a far better collector choice than an E30 M3. That’s not to say that I’d love to have both sitting side by side in my garage.

-Brian

1980 BMW M1

The M1 was a curious car for BMW; it was unlike anything the company had ever manufactured and we haven’t seen a modern day equivalent since. To this day, it is known as one of the rarest BMW models, yet its influence throughout the lineup can be seen right up to this day. This was the car that kickstarted BMW’s Motorsport division into the mainstream, as the M88 inline six lived on in such cars as the E24 M6 and M635CSi and E28 M5. It’s uncommon to see an M1 in the wild, in fact, the only one I’ve ever seen was at the BMW Zentrum in Munich. This particular example for sale in London is originally a California car and one of the last ones off the production line.

Year: 1980
Model: M1
Engine: 3.5 liter inline six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 30,000
Price: POA

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1981 BMW M1, One of only 453 cars produced (399 Road Specification), Chassis No. 4301154

The M1 was the first car unveiled by the independent BMW Motorsport division; the M1 represented a radical departure for the famed German marque. Designed to do battle with Porsche in FIA’s Group 4 category, the mid-engine BMW supercar was developed in tandem with Lamborghini, designed by influential Italian stylist Giorgetto Giugiaro and constructed by Baur in Stuttgart. An extremely capable and well-rounded sports car, the BMW featured a Marchese-built tube-frame chassis, fiberglass construction, large vented disc brakes, a five-speed ZF transaxle and fully independent suspension as well as luxury amenities such as air-conditioning and power windows. At the heart of the state-of-the-art supercar was BMW’s magnificent M88 engine, which featured chain-driven camshafts, four valves- per-cylinder, dry-sump lubrication, steel tube headers and advanced Bosch Kugelfischer timed mechanical fuel injection. Boasting 0–60 times of 5.6 seconds and a top speed in excess of 160 mph, the car was one of the fastest production sports cars of its era. BMW Motorsport initially contracted Lamborghini to assemble the cars with engines produced and shipped from Germany. However, severe financial troubles at Lamborghini forced BMW to terminate their agreement with the Italian supercar maker. Thus, the production examples of the E26 M1 were partially assembled at Ital Design in Turin using fiberglass bodywork supplied by T.I.R and tubular space frames supplied by Marchesi. Final assembly was then conducted at the Baur coachworks in Stuttgart, Germany, then each M1 was then given a final inspection at the BMW Motorsport facility in Munich before handover to the new owners.

Our M1 is one of the last of 399 road specification examples to be built, supplied new by Hardy & Beck of Berkeley, California in April 1981. Having spent the vast majority of its years in the hands of two California collectors, this extremely rare and low mileage BMW supercar is one of the finest surviving examples to offered for sale in recent years. The previous owner from Chicago, Illinois, a known collector with a stable of exotic sports and racing cars, has always maintained a passion for M-series BMWs and was struck by this M1’s ideal appearance and well-preserved original condition. Over the years, the car has been kept in excellent order and, as recently as May 2012, was entrusted to an official BMW service agent, for a maintenance inspection and general check-over.

Commissioned to be built in white with black leather interior with checked fabric inserts; this M1 remains in excellent original condition throughout and, unlike many examples, shows no sign of modification or altercations. With the odometer displayed just over 30,000 miles, a figure that is commensurate with its outstanding presentation. Offered for sale with a tool roll, recent service records, our M1 are impressively presented and ready to be enjoyed by its next lucky owner.

One of the most exclusive post-war BMWs, the M1 maintains an important place in the marque’s history and has already begun to attract the attention of discerning collectors. Like the legendary Porsche 2.7 Carrera RS and BMW 3.0 CSL, the M1 was a limited-production homologation special that served as a showcase for the latest advances in sports car design and engineering. Considering its rarity, mechanical sophistication and historical importance, the M1 is a fascinating modern classic that should hold great appeal for collectors with an appreciation for ground breaking sports cars. A superb example in every respect, this exceptional BMW supercar would make an exciting addition to a collection of great classic cars.

Part of our final sales preparation the M1 will be fully serviced with new MOT completed by authorized BMW service centre.

They always say, if you have to ask how much it is, you can’t afford it, but it would have been nice if the seller would have disclosed the offer price for this rare BMW. At the moment, a good M1 can range in between $250,000 to around $350,000. There are a lot of other cars in that price range that could outperform it, but owning the only mid-engined BMW production vehicle as a certain cache about it. This was genesis for BMW Motorsport, a tuning arm that has created undoubtedly some of the most fearsome performance vehicles to emerge from Germany.

-Paul