1981 Porsche 911SC Coupe

This is a very pretty 911SC. It’s hard to tell that from the pictures, but it’s a Light Blue Metallic exterior over a Cork interior and that combination always produces excellent results. Here, parked in front of an idyllic farm setting, it reminds us of the joy of carving a section of backroads with little traffic and great scenery. For someone who lives in a city it’s an enticing combination. We’ve seen quite a few 911SC Coupes hit the market in the past six months or so and this one is priced a good bit higher than most of those. However, it has only had two owners and is said to be in entirely original condition with nothing more than some minor touch-up paint here and there. If those points can be verified, then that higher price may be warranted.

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Year: 1981
Model: 911SC
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 62,000 mi
Price: $52,900

Factory built with Light Blue Metallic paint, Special full leather interior (Cork), Option Group J17 (16″ Forged Alloy Fuchs wheels, Front Spoiler, Bosch Fog Lights, Stereo prep w/ 4 speakers/antenna), Automatic speed control, and Electric sliding sunroof.
Delivered new to L&W Porsche in Bernardsville, NJ in December 1980, and it’s first owner in April, 1981. Dealer serviced, until traded with 57k. miles in November, 2002. The second owner purchased it in December of 2002, and continued to officiously service it at a local Porsche Specialty shop in his area.
Updated with Hydraulic Tensioners, Air Box Pop-off valve, Rotary Scroll A/C compressor, updated fans, Clutch kit & syncros. Everything performs as it should…Most recent service includes New brake calipers all around, brake lines, and pads. New oil supply hoses, and sunroof cables, Spring of 2016.

Original Bill of Sale, Second owner Bill of Sale, Factory original window sticker, Complete service books, and records.
Very fine original condition, showing just lite touch up with our Q-Nix paint gauge. Interior is 100%, and quite remarkably original. Lovingly Lexoiled since new!

As stated, these pictures aren’t the greatest for truly grasping the current quality of the paint. Everything is a little too bright and none of these are high-res. Perhaps better pictures would be available on request, but if we are dealing with a 911 with original paint it’d be good to have a nice look at it to see its condition. At this asking price, the condition needs to be quite good. I don’t see much to make me doubt it is in good shape, but again certainty is better than guessing. The interior pictures aren’t of a better quality, but it is usually easier to get a sense of things and here things look good. There is little evident wear to the seats, the dash appears crack free and in nice shape, and the entirety looks very clean and – other than the radio – correct.

All in all this looks like a lovingly cared for 911 and with only two owners of record we can hope its history will be easily traceable. The available documentation hints that it should be. Even given those points I’m not sure a SC with more than 60K miles with fetch more than $50K, but this is one of the better looking I recall coming across in recent months. Bring the price down into the mid-40s and I think interest certainly will rise.


1981 Porsche 930

Enthusiasts never like it when manufacturers remove cars from our market, especially when said car is still being produced in other markets. Frustrations are elevated even further when the car is a higher performance model, as is typically the case. It was precisely this scenario in which Porsche’s US customers found themselves mired in the early-’80s when the 930 was no longer being produced for the US market. At the time, Porsche did not want to commit the money to meet stricter emissions requirements so the model was pulled. It was only in 1986 that it returned. On the bright side, since the 930 still was being produced it was not impossible for US customers to find a way to get one. And, of course, in later years importation also represented an opportuntiy. We have just such an example here with this Black 1981 Porsche 930, located in California, with 49,794 miles on it.

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Year: 1981
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 49,794 mi
Price: $109,000 Buy It Now





– INVOICE DATE 11/08/1980



– $30,000.00 INVESTED IN 2015 / 2016








Like with many RoW cars we come across for sale in the US there isn’t a lot here to tell us about this 930’s importation: when it occurred, by whom, and under what circumstances. That Porsche fans might desire to bring the 930 to our shores during its hiatus makes plenty of sense, but it’s still nice to know its history. Especially given that the fairly low mileage likely renders this 930 bound for someone’s collection. The general condition of the one we see here appears quite good because even though we don’t have a ton of pictures to go by there’s little wear to speak of on almost any aspect of the car. The paint looks in nice shape all around and the interior is clean with crisp, well conditioned, seating. The radio appears to be the only non-original item.

While perhaps of less importance to the collector, these RoW versions do hold particular appeal for US buyers as they had higher horsepower than our emissions-restricted models. The difference isn’t significant, but, hey, more is more right? However, I have not seen that potentially greater appeal work its way to the market in any significant way as the RoW models tend to see similar prices as those from the US. That assumes similar levels of documentation though. If the necessary documentation is available for this 930 then the price asked here isn’t too bad, though given the glut of 930s we’ve seen lately it does make for a tougher sell. Outside of an ’89 there are lots of 930s from the ’80s to be had for under $100K so you’d have to really desire this one (or a RoW model in general) to begin to stretch above six figures. Still, this is a very good looking example so I imagine it will attract a bit of interest.


1981 Mercedes-Benz 500SE

6If you wanted a V8-powered, short wheelbase W126 in America, you had one option: the 380SE. Unfortunately, the 3.8 liter M116 V8 under the hood was a bit of a dud. Thirsty and somewhat underwhelming, it was eventually phased out in 1985. From then on, US-based customers had to buy a long wheelbase 420 or 560 SEL to get a V8 in their S-class. The Europeans, however, got the 500SE, which combined the more impressive 5.0 liter M117 V8 with the shorter and (in my opinion) more attractive chassis. But it was never officially offered over here. Nonetheless, some of them made it to these shores via the gray market. Presumably that’s how this one ended up in Michigan.

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1981 Mercedes-Benz 380SLC

Last week I took a look at Kermit’s convertible – a early production run R107 450SL that was all green. Today’s 1981 380SLC represents the end of the run – but not for the 107 chassis in its entirety. As Mercedes-Benz moved to the new W126 chassis, it moved the big, personal coupe from the SLC to the SEC in 1982 and 1981 was the last year of C107 production. By the end of the run, there had been some changes to the lineup. Gone was the 4.5 liter M117, replaced by the smaller displacement M116 3.8 liter V8. With a single-row timing chain which proved problematic and low compression generating only 155 horsepower, they might just be the least desirable Mercedes-Benz V8. The later U.S. cars also enjoyed the added weight both physically and visually of the DOT-mandated 5 m.p.h. safety bumpers. It was as if Kurt Vonnegut’s Harrison Bergeron were playing out with automotive subjects. But there are a few reasons to like this SLC. Like the early 450SL I covered a bit over a week ago, today’s 380SLC comes to market looking like it could be Kermit’s personal luxury sports coupe:

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1981 Mercedes-Benz 280S


Believe it or not, at the beginning of W126 Mercedes-Benz S-class production, you could still spec one of these luxury sedans with a carbureted engine. Built from the beginning of production up to the 1985 facelift, a little over 42,000 280S models with the M110 inline-6 were manufactured, none of which were sold new in the US market. This 280S for sale in Aachen, Germany has yet to break the 30,000 mile mark and comes equipped with features not commonly seen in US spec W126s, such as cloth interior, rear crank windows and a 4-speed manual gearbox. With prices trending upward on all W126 variants, an extremely well-preserved example is a tempting proposition, no matter how base level the spec might be.

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1981 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet

For a decade the Mercedes-Benz R107 SL held a monopoly on topless motoring in Germany. Granted, the Beetle Convertible ran alongside the R107, but honestly they were no where near the same product and certainly didn’t appeal to the same clientele. The company narrowed the gap in 1980 though; Beetle Convertible production ended and a new topless VW came onto the market in the Golf Cabriolet. Modern engines and driving dynamics made the Cabriolet a much more appealing affordable option to those who wished to have some fun in the sun, and though Porsche and BMW would join the topless crew a few years later it still seems that the R107 and the Cabriolet personified the ends of the market and both were extremely popular in their own right. While the Mercedes-Benz has been gaining traction as a collector-status car, the Cabriolet has been slower to be appreciated by enthusiasts but a mint condition original model in European trim is certain to raise some eyebrows as it drops its top:

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1981 Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup

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After Friday’s wallet-busting Rabbit Pickup, we have a sweet little diesel model that doesn’t have quite the top-to-bottom shine as the low beige caddy but is looking to pack quite the value. Pretty much everything under the hood has been redone with top-notch parts from OEM supplier The Parts Place, so you can bet this little pickup is going to run for many decades to come. The value comes in because there’s still work to be done on the interior and running gear, but those are things you can do over time, improve, and customize in much simpler ways than the motor. The reserve is still on the auction and bidding is hot, but it’s looking like this is going to be a right-priced economy truck with tons of potential.

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1981 Porsche 911SC Coupe

We are in what I perceive to be a pretty good time for purchasing some air-cooled 911s. It’s not the best time, since prices are still higher than what they were a few years ago, but with values having either reached a plateau or taken a step back over the past six months we can now look around with less urgency and fear of missing out on quality examples. And all things considered some of the prices aren’t too bad. Outside of a 911 Turbo, these early cars aren’t going to blow you away from a performance perspective relative to many modern machines, but for enjoying backroads they still provide plenty of punch and a sense of oneness between car and driver that is tough to find once cars become shrouded in technology. As usual, for the best values we must turn to the 911SC and the one we see here appears to be in excellent driver condition and comes in a pretty subtle, but very pretty exterior color: a Light Blue Metallic (Hellblau) 1981 Porsche 911SC Coupe, located in Florida, with 122,000 miles on it.

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1981 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia

I always wonder what people get out of selling advertising space on their cars, a topic Jalopnik provided a point/counterpoint to yesterday. If you really don’t give a damn about the appearance of your car, I guess it’s essentially free money. Company vehicles can be cool – I’m thinking old bakery delivery panel vans – but sometimes some dude just had to offer up his vehicle as a promotional platform. Something like that happened here to this 1981 Westy for Montana’s MOJO 92.5. Considering the recent trend of consolidating small radio stations into conglomerates whose names make me distinctly NOT love radio, I’m guessing Montana just lost one more station beloved by roofers and garbage men. I sure hope the window decals can come off easily, as well as the tiny logos swimming around in the black trimline.

Beyond the glaring weirdness of being a rolling billboard, it’s a pretty nice early Vanagon. GoWesty wheels are the most tasteful choice on the vehicle, which has such anachronisms as a “ceiling mounted DVD player!” Not exactly my type of van camping, but could be a plus if you like road trips but your preferred parenting method is screen hypnosis. The new interior looks well done if overly Halloweeny, but you’re not going to get away from that in this van. The houndstooth is nice and the appliances and cabinets all look outstanding. With a Lamborghini Orange paint job, is this pumpkin worth $23k?

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1981 Volkswagen Scirocco

Spotting of any first generation Scirocco is cause for celebration these days. Styled by the legendary Giugiaro, the front drive, watercooled sport coupe brought Volkswagen into a new market, ostensibly replacing the Karmann Ghia. While underneath the slinky 2-door body was relatively pedestrian underpinnings of the Mk.1 Golf/Rabbit, the styling of the Italian giant brought a level of prestige to the budget economy range. Some 42 years after it originally launched, the short and squat Scirocco still looks unique and different, a perfect combination of curves and angles that makes me smile every time one crosses my path:

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