Category: German

A Beautiful Farewell to Fins – 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5

Sold – $89,500 (plus fees) While the overall design of a car can typically mature beyond ten production years without becoming too outdated, styling requires a far more delicate and deliberate approach. When Mercedes-Benz began exploring the replacement of their Ponton sedans in the mid-fifties, the style of tailfins was still chic. A bit behind…

Silver San Francisco Special – 2003 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Auctioning Now

Sold – $30,250 (plus fees) Also coinciding with the 911’s 996-generation model refresh of 2002, was a new variant debut: the Carrera 4S. It was a revisitation of the original concept that launched during the previous 993 era. As such, the 996 C4S was similarily upgraded: wider Turbo bodywork, all-wheel drive, special wheels, upgraded brakes,…

Sublime Super Carrera – 1981 Porsche 911SC on Auction Now!

(For sale, if interested please contact us) Wheeled out by Porsche in 1978, the new 911SC brought the until-then exclusively European 3.0-liter Carrera engine to the entirety of the market. After four years of issues with the magnesium 2.7-liter cases, the “new” three-liter unit ushered in a favorably resurgent sentiment toward Porsche reliability. Aside from…

The Durable Diesel – 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300D Turbo

Sold – $8,200 (plus fees) It was a common practice among all German manufacturers before the millennium to over-engineer vehicle equipment. Nearly every marquee from Deutschland has at least one, sometimes several, models that hold a reputation for being capable of seemingly improbable endurance. And seated highly among the foremost prominent of that list would…

Universally Capable – 2004 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U500

Sold – $195,000 (plus fees) Germany’s automotive climate after World War 2 was one of slow recovery and desperation. Materials were scarce to come by, so companies found great difficulty in new car production. Moreover, utility trucks or vehicles that had not been destroyed during the war were now in exceedingly short supply. Mercedes-Benz had…

Flashbacks to ‘68 – Almost Entirely Original 1968 Porsche 911T On Auction Now!

Sold – $85,000 (plus fees) Given its long production life and venerable performance reputation, little needs to be said about Porsche’s 911. First produced in 1964, up until 1968 there were relatively few changes instituted that drastically differed from the initial idea. However, in 1969, the chassis was lengthened by 57mm (2.24 inches), which has…

A Light but Powerful Partnership – LS3-Powered 1988 BMW 320i Touring w/ 6-Speed

Sold – $20,250 (plus fees) Long before the onslaught of modern SUVs, CUVs, and minivans, the wagon reigned supreme. Elongated bodies were motivated by slow, but torque-torrential powerplants responsible for transporting families and their things around the states in comfort. As the wagon began to slip into popular obsolescence during the nineties, fewer and fewer…

Quarter-Century Kept Carrera – 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe Auctioning Now

Sold – $46,000 (Plus fees) Porsche’s venerable 911, through its first entire evolutionary stint, underwent advancements for twenty-five years. Near the conclusion of this development, the 3.2-liter Carrera variant was introduced. It was a beautiful blend of old and new with a purely analog operation and a technologically potent powerplant that was nigh indestructible thanks…

The Bonhomie Bug! – 1964 Volkswagen Beetle Has Arrived for Auction

(Sold) Indisputably the most iconic automobile worldwide, Volkswagen’s Beetle has a starry reputation for its reliability and charismatic aesthetics. By strictly adhering to its original design, Volkswagen successfully embedded it as a counterculture icon and kept model-year prices competitive. Although the exterior design was relatively unaltered throughout its lengthy production run, many mechanical advances kept…

Gear Up Before Camping Season With This 1989 Volkswagen Vanagon Syncro Westfalia

Sold – $23,500 (Plus fees) Entering into its third generation in 1979, Volkswagen’s cheeky classic, the Vanagon, received many convenience and mechanical advances to prepare it for life in the eighties. As originally designed, a rear-mounted, air-cooled motor initially continued to provide power but in 1983 was supplanted with a water-cooled flat-four engine. Aside from…

Rebellious Youth – 1959 BMW R60 On Auction Now

Sold – $7,200 (Plus fees) Basking in the spotlight’s warmth during its grand debut at the Brussels Motor Show in 1955 was BMW’s newest mid-range motorcycle, the R60. Along with its siblings, the R60 premiered to the world as an auspicious torchbearer to its prosperous predecessors. An entirely redesigned frame augmented considerable improvements to driveline…

Super Luxury From the Sixties – 1965 Mercedes-Benz 600 on Auction Now!

(If interested please contact) Unbeknownst to Mercedes-Benz in 1963, the release of their new, ultra-exclusive 600 models would ultimately herald the discontinuation of that extreme-level of luxury for the company many years later in 1981. The 600 was introduced to maintain a long-running precedent of meticulous attention to minute details, which to this day is…

The Black Plate Beemer – 1965 BMW R50/2 For Sale on BaT Now

Sold – $9,100 (Plus Fees) Known around the world for their durable construction and mechanical longevity, BMW’s R50 models first established the reputation that modern BMW Motorrad is built upon. Over 100,000 units were constructed – in varying designation – throughout the R50’s nineteen-year production life. Although primitive by contemporary standards, their design – much…

Touring in the Targa – 1969 Porsche 911T Targa On Auction

Sold – $45,500 (Plus Fees) Originally conceived as the alternative to building a cabriolet model, the 911 Targa’s unique open-air experience can quickly become besotting to both drivers and passengers. Add to that the exhilarating aural experience of an air-cooled flat-six motor with the charming, high-quality construction of Porsche’s legacy car, and it is easy…

Dial 9-1-1! – 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe At Auction Now

Sold – $49,250 (Plus Fees) The 964 generation of 911 is a big deal in the Porsche world. For twenty-five years, Porsche made and directly built upon the original 911 platform first available in 1964 but that almost all changed in 1989. At the time of unveiling, much of their stalwart subscription to the sixties…

Final Year of the Fixed-Roof SL – 1981 Mercedes-Benz 380SLC

Sold – $12,500 (Plus Fees) Designed in 1968 and launched in 1971 to replace the original SL’s W113 platform, the R/C107 chassis took the best aspects of the previous model and adapted them to the seventies. A powerful engine, low-slung ride height, sophisticated styling, and convertible roof were all characteristics chosen from the SL model…

The Low-Mileage M3 – 2011 BMW M3 Auction is Live

Sold – $32,000 (Plus Fees) BMW’s Motorsport division has won many accolades for its engine designs and near-flawless execution of vehicle enhancement without exuberant excess. While concocting the fourth generation M3 coupe (E92), BMW’s M Masterminds seemingly took their work home with them to make sure it came out of the oven perfectly. A new…

Special Edition SL On Sale Now – 1995 Mercedes-Benz SL500 US 500 Edition

Sold – $45,069 (Plus Fees) The fourth generation Mercedes SL (R129) was shown with much aplomb to the world in 1989 and not without sound reasoning. The SL was not only a torchbearer to their entire sports car heritage but was now bristling with new technology and mechanical engineering to tackle the nineties. Standard features…

The RennSport Revivalist – 2005 Porsche 911 GT3 on Auction Now

Sold – $61,000 (Plus Fees) When the GT3 was released to American markets, it effectively silenced the multitudes that bemoaned the transition to the 996 generation. Complaints about the lack of robust, purposeful engineering that standard Carrera models received could not be said about the track-focused, race-ready GT3 variant as its entire drivetrain was effectively…