1951 Porsche 356 Split-Window Coupe

This car is fitted with the rare 1,500-cc engine, when most were 1,100 cc to 1,300 cc. I don’t know if it’s the actual engine from new, but it is correct

During the Second World War, Ferdinand “Ferry” Porsche and a handful of his faithful employees started work on development number 356 in their workshops in the town of Gmünd in Kärnten, Austria. The first design drawings were completed on July 17, Read More

1961 Messerschmitt KR 200 Microcar

The plastic dome permits excellent visibility, but hot, sunny weather turns it into a sauna

The roots of the Messerschmitt “Kabinenroller” (cab scooter) go back to post-WWII when Fritz Fend designed a car that wheelchair-bound vets returning from WWII could drive. Two major features made the design work for disabled people: The canopy swung open from the side, which allowed an individual to roll up next to the car and transfer out Read More

1963 Porsche 356 Carrera 2 Cabriolet

The Carrera was intended for high-speed touring, a fast, exclusive car built for hops from Paris to Monaco with a wife or lover-your choice

The evocative “Carrera” name first graced the flanks of a Porsche in 1955. Applied to a 356A powered by a slightly less ferocious version of the racing 550 Spyder’s 1.5-liter, twin-overhead-camshaft, roller-bearing engine, it had been adopted to capitalize on Porsche’s victories in the Carrera PanAmericana in 1952 Read More

1980 BMW M1 Coupe

This was an extraordinary result, greater than the next highest street M1 sale on record by nearly 50%

A proposed Group 5 “Silhouette Formula” for production-based cars triggered the M1 program in the mid-1970s, a mid-engined concept car designed in-house at BMW by Paul Bracq providing the basis. Ex-racing driver Jochen Neerpasch was responsible for initiating this ambitious project, whose aims included taking on rival Porsche in the World Sports Car Championship Read More

1964 Volkswagen Type 2 Microbus Deluxe

VW won the hearts of collectors. The best first-generation Ford Econoline would be hard pressed to bring $10k, even with $5k in pennies in the back

The Type 2, as its name suggests, was the second variant of the VW Beetle (Type 1), using the same running gear, and was introduced in 1950. Multiple types, as well as “specials,” were always offered, ranging from panel van to camper and even fire engine. Read More

1937 BMW 328 Cabriolet

I’d call it heavy and ungraceful, but not ugly. As if a Bavarian housewife had muscled in on the turf of a Brazilian lingerie model

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BMW began life as an aero engine manufacturer in WWI (check out the propeller on the badge) and branched into heavy trucks and motorcycles in the early 1920s.

The company’s first car was the diminutive 1929 Dixi, based on the English Austin 7, but BMW Read More

2001 BMW Z8 Roadster

One of the most incredible modern sports cars to ever be built, the Z8 was destined to become a future classic after its debut in the James Bond film “The World is Not Enough.” The concept project was given to Henrik Fisker, who in 1997 was the head of BMW’s U.S. design studio in Newbury Park, California, under the direction of Chris Bangle.

Interestingly, this car takes its design cues from the iconic 1950s BMW 507, which was styled by Read More

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster

In many ways, the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster was an improvement over its Gullwing predecessors. The multi-tube chassis was redesigned with lower sills and conventionally hinged doors for easier entry and exit. Roll-up windows overcame one of the Gullwing’s greatest drawbacks-inadequate interior ventilation-and the seats were given a three-position backrest rake adjustment.
Beyond providing more accessible power, the rear suspension used the revised low-pivot swing axle design with a camber compensator spring for a better ride and to help overcome Read More

1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Speedster

This price is good news for anyone who wants to enjoy a very special
example of the most bulletproof 911

With the introduction of the 911 Speedster, Porsche revived a charismatic model from its past, the name previously applied to that most stylish of the many Type 356 variants. Based on the 911 Turbo Cabriolet, though normally aspirated, the 3.2-liter Speedster was launched immediately prior to the introduction of the new Read More

1959 Volkswagen 1200 2-Door Sedan

The pool of original cars continues to shrink, thanks to fires, floods, rust, and kids with a hankering to build a sand rail

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The Volkswagen Beetle sedan inspired unusual loyalty and enthusiasm based on its practicality, reliability, adaptability, and affordability. Originally conceived by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche in the earliest days of his consulting engineering company, it was shopped to various German manufacturers in the early 1930s, but it wasn’t until Read More