German Classic Cars

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Captive Import: 1972 Mercury Capri

The Capri was offered by Mercury as a “sport compact” between 1970 and 1978. It was a captive import from Ford of Europe which had no direct counterpart on the U.S. Ford side of the FOMOCO family. It was… more»

Lightweight Edition: 1983 Porsche 911 SC

This 1983 Porsche 911 SC is a European-market example that the seller describes as being a “lightweight.” Now, when you call a performance car a “lightweight,” it tends to signal to enthusiasts that the vehicle in question was commissioned… more»

Rotary Racer: 1966 NSU Spider

While we generally find old cars interesting, there are some that stand out for packing in far more novel features than anyone may have expected. The NSU Spider is a terrific example of this, as it was a groundbreaking… more»

Chassis Number 1: 1985 NAMCO Pony Super

I live near a golf course and utilize the public roadways that bisect it regularly. The other day, I noticed that the greenskeepers were all out in force as the entire course, fairways, greens, driving range, etc. are getting… more»

Triple Matching Numbers: 1954 BMW R51/3

When it comes to vintage bikes, BMWs have been more than keeping up price-wise. It’s clearly getting harder to buy into this space if you’re dead-set on buying a turnkey motorcycle, but projects are still accessible – for now…. more»

Estate Sale: 2 VW Bugatti Type 35 Replicas

It’s not often you get the chance to buy a Bugatti, and even rarer to be able to buy two. However, these are the replica VW chassis versions, so, unfortunately, won’t ever be commanding huge prices. But for simple… more»

Ex-Parts Car Project: 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 V8 Coupe

It doesn’t exactly fill you with a lot of confidence when someone describes a car as a Barn Find and an ex-parts car. However, it seems like although it was a parts car, very few parts were actually removed… more»

Low-Mile, High-Price: 1975 Porsche 911 S Coupe

Can someone please find me a time machine? I want to go back to about 20 years ago, buy up all the Porsche 911s in the world, and sit on them for a few years. If I did this,… more»

Fintail with Sunroof! 1962 Mercedes-Benz 220SE

Even before Mercedes-Benz excellence included super-sedans with monster engines and techno-wizardry like heated door handles and electronic back scratchers, the company produced highly capable upscale sedans with advanced technology. Factory fuel injection punctuates the key difference between this 1962… more»

Restoration Candidate? 1973 VW Karmann Ghia Coupe

In 1965 when I was ten, my dad bought his first new car: a Ruby Red ’65 VW Beetle. I remember tagging along with him to the small VW dealership in town one Saturday. As Dad was “negotiating” with… more»

Rare 1959 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Low Light Convertible

Sometimes many hands make the best cars: the Karmann Ghia was based on the Volkswagen Beetle platform, its body was designed by Carrozzeria Ghia, and it was constructed by German coachbuilder, Karmann. From 1955 to about 1960 the cars… more»

Running Project: 1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL

If you hadn’t noticed, the R107 market is one of the better-stocked ponds in the collector segment. As we’ve discussed before, the bottom end is pretty cheap and the upper end sees some fairly strong prices. The safest bet… more»

Custom Boatwagon: 1960 Hydrodyne Car

Is it a car? Is it a boat? Is it something in between? Well, you’re right on all counts, basically, if you decide that you can’t live without this unusual creation that involves taking a perfectly happy Hydrodyne boat… more»

A Little Thing: 1973 VW Thing Shorty

If somebody pointed at this unusual-looking two-seater and said, “What is THAT Thing,?” well, they’d be halfway right. It’s a 1973 Volkswagen Thing that’s had a major “midsection reduction” and is now officially a Shorty. Just when you thought… more»

Wants New Home: 1970 Volkswagen Single Cab

While the Volkswagen is known in collector circles as one of the simplest vehicles ever made, the language used by VW enthusiasts to describe the myriad iterations of VW is complicated. Type 1 generally refers to the Beetle, Ghia,… more»

Quonset Hut Find: Mercedes-Benz 300TD Wagon

I love cars hidden in quonset huts. The cozy confines, the durable structure, the hidden nature of it all – a rural property with one of these situated on it is on my list of top ten things to… more»