The 300SE has always been a cult car, and it’s a great choice for a true open four-seater for classic events
The Mercedes-Benz’s S-class cabriolet of the late-1960s wore the same timelessly elegant coachwork that debuted in 1959 on the 220SE, and as befitted a top-of-the-range luxury model, came equipped with automatic transmission, air conditioning, electric windows, and stereo radio as standard features.
The 300SE employed a version of Mercedes-Benz’s single-overhead-cam, seven-bearing inline Read More
Porsche’s all-out racing machines were always mid-engined, dating back to the 550 Spyder of the 1950s. After much racing success with this configuration, Porsche management decided in the late 1960s that its future high-performance road cars would also be mid-engined, due to the inherently better weight distribution.
With this theory in mind, Porsche began development of the 914 with partners Volkswagen and Karmann. The plan was that each firm would share in the production of the Porsche-designed car, Read More
When you restore one of these, you want to make sure you have found all the holes in the body.
There are better cars, and there are better boats, but there is no better way to draw a crowd than with an Amphicar.
Designed by Hans Trippel and built in Germany, the Amphicar was a recreational vehicle aimed squarely at the American leisure market. It was a concept devoid Read More
Its appeal is simple to understand: A turnkey entry into most every exciting historic race and rally, including the Monte Carlo Historic Rally, the Tour Auto in France, the Tour of Spain, and the Rallye des Alpes
This ex-works car was one of 14 built in 1963, according to specifications for its export to Sweden, where it was used in the Swedish Rally Championship. It ran in the June 1963 “Midnight Sun” Read More
Pagoda SL values have been appreciating, and top examples continue to stretch the upper limit of the price envelope
The last of a popular and extremely successful line that began with the 230SL of 1963, the Mercedes-Benz 280SL was introduced in 1967. Its overhead-camshaft, six-cylinder engine was entirely new, with horsepower of the fuel-injected unit stated at 180. Otherwise, the 280SL remained mechanically virtually identical to the 1967-1968 250SL, with independent suspension Read More
A Turbo Cabriolet is almost a poseur among hard-core Porsche folk, a car to be seen in rather than a car to drive fast in
In series production from 1975, the 911 Turbo married a KKK turbocharger to the 3.0-liter engine, a combination that delivered a stunning 260 hp and a top speed of 153 mph in road trim. The Turbo’s characteristic flared wheel arches and “tea tray” rear spoiler, introduced on Read More
This one, as they say in real estate, had “great bones” and just a little mechanical sorting over the winter should make it a nice summer cruiser
The 190SL was born from the rich tradition of excellence and distinction so firmly adhered to by Mercedes-Benz. After the success of the powerful 300SL series, Mercedes executives and designers decided it would be advantageous to introduce a smaller, lower-priced example. The 300SL’s “little brother” Read More
Restoring a 540K is not for the faint of heart. The chrome bill alone on these cars can run close to $50,000
Mercedes-Benz introduced the 500K in 1934. The “K” designation stood for Kompressor, German for supercharger. With power increasing from 100 hp to 160 hp when the supercharger engaged, the cars were among the fastest grand touring cars of the time.
Although similar in many respects, the new-for-1936 540K Read More
Fair money for a car that can’t be restored economically in today’s market
Porsche is famous for the careful development of its machines, so it is no surprise that the 1965 356C, the last of the 356 series, is a highly sophisticated automobile. By this time, any shortcomings in the design and execution of the 356 had years to be identified, analyzed and eliminated. It has been written that the warranty costs Read More
From any angle and at any speed, it is the perfect picture of what a modern sports prototype should look like
After its 1994 Le Mans victory with a decade-old design, Porsche needed a new long-term strategy for its international sports car competition. Enter the 911 GT1.
Keeping to the spirit of the regulations, Porsche used an existing 911 road car, the type 993, for the body shell. It was stiffened Read More