Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupes All Over the Arizona Map

1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe, Lot 284 at RM Auctions Phoenix, sold for $544,500, including premium

A full-bore restoration project, an all-out bidder’s war and a nicely restored car blow the Gullwing market around like desert sand

Chassis number: 4500049
Engine number: 4500052

The prices for 300SL Gullwings were all over the map in Arizona this year, and the money paid for four very different cars ranged from $1,375,000 to $544,500, quite a gap even for Gullwings; the price paid for Read More

1913 Adler 1.3-Liter Kleinwagen

Provided you can acclimate yourself to the leisurely pace of this type of very small, very old car, the motoring can be delightful

Frankfurt-based Adler was a bicycle manufacturer in the nineteenth century, turning later to the production of motorcycles, cars and the typewriters with which the Adler name is most commonly associated today. A highly respected firm in its native Germany, Adler was already manufacturing automobile components for others when it introduced its first motor car—a Renault-influenced, Read More

1967 Volkswagen 21-Window Samba Bus

As readily recognizable as the immortal Volkswagen Beetle itself, the VW Type 2 and its derivatives enjoyed an even longer period in production than their progenitor. The original was conceived in the late 1940s by a Dutch Volkswagen agent, Den Pon, who drew up plans for a van based on the Beetle floorpan and running gear.

Known as the Volkswagen Type 2 (the Beetle being Type 1), the result of Pon’s efforts arrived in 1950 and almost immediately proliferated into Read More

1975 BMW 3.0 CSL “Batmobile”

In 1968, BMW launched the 2500 saloon, and it was this car that gave birth to a string of elegant coupes that peaked with the CSL “Batmobile.”

The first such model was the 2800CS, and with independent suspension, taut chassis and a 170-horsepower engine, it was an attractive candidate for circuit racing. While the factory did not take the CS to the track at first, renowned performance tuning company Alpina—among others, including Schnitzer—did.

The first major victory came Read More

1963 Porsche Diesel Standard Model 217 Tractor

Granted, rallies and track days are pretty much out of the question, but you can still have a field day with a Porsche-Diesel—literally

Dr. Ferdinand Porsche’s wide-ranging interests in all things mechanical—and practical—led him to include designs for farm tractors in his project portfolio beginning in the 1930s.

As with all things from Dr. Porsche’s fertile creativity, the tractors owed little to convention and much to efficiency and imagination. The earliest Porsche tractor designs were modular, Read More

1972-73 Porsche 917 Interserie Spyder

Steve McQueen was “The Man” for a generation, and racing through the night in a blue 917 became the holy grail of many fevered imaginations

Over three tumultuous seasons of World Championship endurance racing, Porsche’s 4.5-liter—and later 4.9 and 5.0-liter—917s fought a no-holds-barred battle with Fiat-Ferrari and their 5-liter, V12 Ferrari 512s. The Porsches proved dominant, and their 917K coupes played a major role in securing for the Stuttgart marque a hat trick of World Championship Read More

1962 Porsche 356B 1600 Cabriolet

While the $85,880 price realized at Bonham seemed fair for a driver-quality 356B cabriolet, it was “all the money” for a non-original car

One of the all-time great sports cars, the 356 was the work of Ferry Porsche, who based it on the Volkswagen designed by his father. Like the immortal ‘Beetle,’ the 356 employed a platform-type chassis with rear-mounted air-cooled engine and all-independent torsion bar suspension. Introduced in 1948, the Porsche 356 set a Read More

2002 & 2003 BMW Z8

{vsig}2010-9_2526{/vsig}The Z8 was a break from tradition that BMW had not attempted in many years, perhaps even since the M1. It was more than a heavily modified production car; it was an entirely new roadster, based on the Henrik Fisker-designed Z07 concept and paying homage to the Count Albrecht Goertz-designed 507 of the 1950s with side vents and such retro touches as a banjo-type steering wheel. Just like the 507, the Z8 was an exclusive and limited-production sports car, of Read More

1996 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe

Based on the all-wheel-drive 911 Turbo, the Turbo S was the most exotic and powerful Porsche production car offered for sale in North America.

Externally, it was distinguished from the Turbo by its unique bodywork featuring Aerokit II front and rear spoilers, left and right rear side panel air ducts, and additional light-level front air inlets. For enhanced performance, the Turbo’s standard 3.6 liter, twin-turbocharged, air cooled, flat six-cylinder increased from 400 to 424 horsepower for the Turbo S, the Read More

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300c Station Wagon by Binz

In 1956, Mrs. Caroline Foulke enjoyed a tri-city life with homes in Paris, New York, and Palm Beach, Florida, and that year, she walked into the New York City Mercedes-Benz dealership with a most unusual request-a new station wagon. While this is a commonplace order today, no such car was available in the Mercedes-Benz lineup in the 1950s. This was far from a standard model; however, Mercedes-Benz dealerships in the 1950s were eager to please. After some clever research, a Read More

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