German Barn Finds

Nicely Modified: 1976 BMW 2002

The owner of this 1976 BMW 2002 says that it is not perfect, but that it is a really good, driver-quality car. It certainly presents quite nicely and has some very sensible mechanical upgrades that should ensure that it… more»

Euro Turbo: 1987 Merkur XR4Ti

For a car that had the potential to be a market success, circumstances contrived to see the Merkur XR4Ti actually wind up being something of a failure. This was a shame, as the potential was certainly there, but a… more»

The Poor Man’s Corvette: 1970 Opel GT

The Opel GT was, in its day, quite popular, particularly in Europe. Legendary 1982 world rally champion Walter Röhrl and Opel racing legend Volker Strycek love theirs, and you can have this one, if you place your bid here… more»

Stretched Imagination: 1953 Porsche 356 Limousine

Over the years people have made some “interesting” choices when they have embarked upon the idea of building a stretched limousine, but I’d be willing to bet that not many people have considered a classic Porsche 356 as the… more»

Barn Find Benz: 1938 Mercedes Benz 170V

This 1938 Mercedes-Benz 170 is for sale by Gullwing Motor Cars, which has a reputation for selling interesting classics in any condition. Gullwing is located in Astoria, New York, where this Mercedes, and many other amazing cars are for… more»

Cheap Kit Car: 1956 Porsche Speedster

Here’s the thing about kit cars: they look awesome when they’re done, and you may even end up with a decent performance car that costs a pittance compared to the real thing. Of course, that’s only possible if you… more»

23 Years Owned: 1988 VW GTI 16V

In general, the second generation of Volkswagen’s U.S. lineup has all but disappeared from U.S. roads. They’re not showing up in junkyards, either, and the hot versions of the standard Golf and Jetta – the GTI and GLI –… more»

Engine Still Turns: 1974 Porsche 914

This 1974 Porsche 914 is an intriguing project, equipped with the larger 2.0L engine that supposedly still turns over. You can see here in the lead photo showing its dusty, faded paint that it was once yellow, a desirable… more»

Not A Flipper: 1972 Porsche 911

One of the aspects of the car hobby I feel like is a dying art form is an owner that holds onto a car for a decade or more, slowly bringing it back to a respectable driver condition. This… more»

Original Paint: 1962 Porsche 356 Super

Having spent the majority of its life with one family, this Porsche 356 Super is an unrestored find that has 85,000 original miles. Mechanically solid, and ready to drive, this classic and desirable Porsche is a sharp looker minus… more»

No Reserve Land Shark: 1986 BMW 635CSI

BMW’s E24-chassis 6-Series remains one of the better choices still available for reasonable money if a German hobby car is on your list. The 635CSI often gets overlooked next to the glorious M6 of the same generation, but the… more»

Euro-Spec Manual: 1982 Mercedes 280SL

A few days ago, a junkyard owner who knew I liked old-school German cars mentioned to me he had a Mercedes come in that was too clean to scrap. In my mind, I had already worked it out to… more»

Tubbs & Crockett Approved: 1984 Mercedes 500SEC

Can you imagine a more perfect place for this Koenig-modified, widebody-converted Mercedes-Benz 500SEC than Miami? I couldn’t believe it when I saw the location on eBay. This example is made even more unique by being a genuine gray market… more»

Engine Swap Candidate: 1969 BMW 2002

Despite being a massive project, this 1969 BMW 2002 is a desirable round taillight car equipped with factory air conditioning. And really, once you get past the part about it needing an engine dropped in, there’s not much here… more»

40 Years Stored: 1961 Mercedes 190SL

Someone may end up with an excellent restoration project depending on where the final bid falls on this 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL. Owned by the seller’s father for many years, it sat in the garage awaiting a restoration that never… more»

Mid-Engine Targa: 1974 Porsche 914

While it’s not impossible to discover a genuine barn find, finding a long-hidden car that remains in exceptional condition with low miles and great colors is a tall order. That’s pretty much what the seller of this 1974 Porsche… more»