Prime Example – 1966 Mercedes-Benz 250SE Coupe

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Introduced in 1965, the W108 added modern styling to the already advanced underpinnings of Mercedes-Benz luxury automobiles. The base 250S was carbureted, but the middle range 250SE added Bosch mechanical fuel injection to the 2.5-liter single overhead camshaft M129 straight-six to give 150 brake horsepower. Independent suspension at all four corners also gave pleasing handling characteristics, and Mercedes of course brought its noted material … [Read more...]

Outstanding Outlaw – 1965 Porsche 356 SC

1965 Porsche 356 SC

By 1964, the 356 had been in production for sixteen years and the age of the 911 was on the horizon. But the 356, the car to which Porsche owed everything, went out with a bang in the 356C and SC (with a 95 horsepower engine) of ’64 and ’65. In typical Porsche fashion, the changes were subtle but they added up. They included deeper seats for more improved headroom, standard armrests, tweaks to the suspension,  disc brakes on all four wheels … [Read more...]

Racecar Fit for a Prinz – 1967 NSU 1200 TT

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In 1961, NSU introduced the Prinz IV. It was very much inspired by the Chevrolet Corvair and featured an air-cooled, two-cylinder, 30 horsepower motor. After a couple of years the engine had become a four-cylinder unit and by 1965 NSU aimed to attract driving enthusiasts with the more performance-oriented 1000 TT. In 1967, the 1,197 cc NSU 1200 TT . US-spec versions of the car had to make due with a single carburetor, but European cars got two. … [Read more...]

Original 5-Speed – 1972 BMW 2002 tii

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It's not uncommon to see old 2002's, which came standard with a 4-speed gearbox, retrofitted with a 5-speed from later E21 3 Series Bimmers. It's a relatively straightforward modification that really improves the car, but at one time BMW themselves offered a ZF 5-speed as an optional extra in the 2002 tii. Very few examples were so equipped, and it's entirely possible that there are more E21 5-speed 2002's out there than ZF ones. … [Read more...]

Ouch – 1958 Mercedes-Benz 190SL

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Have you ever driven a classic Mercedes-Benz? Have you ever hit a deer? Have you ever hit a deer while driving a classic Mercedes-Benz? Apparently, one person has, resulting in the pretty depressing-looking disfigurement on the front of this poor 190SL. Deer damage isn't the only problem, either, as there is rust in the fenders and rockers as well as the many telltale signs of a car that's been sitting for a long time. The seller reports that the … [Read more...]

Nazi Wheels – 1938 Maybach SW38 Pullman

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Long before we saw Rick Ross rolling in a Maybach (seven decades before, to be more accurate), the German firm was already famous for its super-expensive and opulent luxury motorcars. One of their grandest offerings of all was the SW38, introduced in 1936 and the last new Maybach before the outbreak of the Second World War. Available with 3.5, 3.8 or 4.2-liter straight-sixes and either as a sedan or a cabriolet, the SW38 was said to be able to … [Read more...]

Paul Newman’s Porsche – 1974 Porsche 911S

1974 Porsche 911S Race Car

Paul Newman needs no introduction here or anywhere, but what some might not know is just how late in life he was bitten by the racing bug, which of course turned into a pretty spectacular motorsports career. He was already in his 40s when he first did the Bob Bondurant school in preparation for the 1969 movie Winning, and it wasn't until 1972 that he really got involved, running SCCA races in a Lotus. It was a slippery slope from there, though, … [Read more...]

Sunroofs are Sexy – 1964 Porsche 356C

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By 1964, the 356 had been in production for sixteen years and the age of the 911 was on the horizon. But the 356, the car to which Porsche owed everything, went out with a bang in the 356C of '64 and '65. In typical Porsche fashion, the changes were subtle but they added up. They included deeper seats for more improved headroom, standard armrests, tweaks to the suspension,  disc brakes on all four wheels and a revised wheel and hubcap design … [Read more...]

Seductive in Silver – 1958 Porsche 356A Cabriolet

1958 Porsche 356 A Cabriolet

Porsche introduced the 356A at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1955, and in typical Porsche fashion it sported subtle but significant improvements over its predecessor, the most significant being the new 1,582 cc motor. With the A, Porsche saw a big increase in production, and over 20,000 examples were sold before it was replaced by the further improved 356B in late 1959. Like almost anything by Porsche, these cars are highly prized and usually … [Read more...]

Dominance – 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder

1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder

Perhaps no other race car claims the outright success that is boasted by Porsche’s 917/30, a purpose-built spyder that dominated its only season of competition and went on to set a still respectable closed-course speed record. Rooted in roughly four years of development of similar racing spyders, the 917/30’s beginnings initially arose from two goals. With a new American retail relationship between Porsche and Audi forming in 1969, VW of … [Read more...]