German Barn Finds

Estate Sale Rarities: BMW 323i Turbo & 2000CS Coupe

Generally speaking, my jets have cooled a bit in terms of my love for all-things BMW. You might say I’ve over-indexed on the brand in my own collection of project cars, hence why you’ll see some changes in my… more»

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Diesel-Powered Survivor: 1982 Volkswagen Rabbit LS

Though most front-wheel-drive economy cars from the late 1970s and early 1980s were rather lackluster, that’s certainly not the case with Volkswagen’s first Rabbit, the MK1. Many people flock to the GTI model, which was arguably the world’s first… more»

No Reserve Camper: 1973 Volkswagen Westfalia

No reserve is a risky proposition when listing a vehicle for sale, but it seems like Westfalia campers will always do well regardless of the listing type. This is a clean 1973 model that’a a mixture of extremely well… more»

Sweet Split Window! 1964 Volkswagen Camper

Volkswagen vans continue to be very popular and definitely fit into the current retro-cool trend. When combined with the demand for campers and RV’s, you have a recipe for strong sales. This 1964 VW camper can be found here… more»

55k Mile Euro Model: 1982 Mercedes-Benz 280CE

European market specification cars are generally more desirable across the board, thanks to more powerful engines, less restrictive emissions equipment, and cosmetic details that allow the original design to shine through before the safety nerds at the NHTSA got… more»

Needs Nothing: 1988 Mercedes-Benz 560 SL

It is as good as it gets! A Mercedes-Benz 560 SL was a true top dog entry in the personal luxury segment back in 1988, and as a testament to M-B’s quality and engineering, this 32-year-old example still is…. more»

Baby E30 M3: 1990 BMW 320is

The E30-chassis BMW 320is is one of the more interesting footnotes (or chapters) of the fabled platform, offered only in Italy and Portugal as a means of building a true sports sedan that also effectively beat a taxing structure… more»

Found in the Forest: 1967 Volkswagen Westfalia

This 1967 Volkswagen Bus Westfalia Camper is a pleasingly intact original example, supposedly found hiding in the Oregon forest by the seller who then proceeded to nurture it back to running and driving condition without going thru with a… more»

The Other German Car: 1957 Borgward Isabella

If you were looking for a project and had your heart set on one of German origin, the typical prospects would be an Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, or Volkswagen. But if you went down the path less traveled, you could… more»

Air Jordan’s S-Class: 1996 Mercedes-Benz S600

Celebrity owned vehicles has been used as a means to move inventory seemingly as long as used car dealers have existed, but some examples justifiably command a higher price than others. This 1996 Mercedes-Benz S600 coupe was owned by… more»

Weekend Fun! 1962 Volkswagen Glitterbug

Remember the dune buggy craze of the 1960s? If you do, you’re bound to also remember the Meyers Manx. They were complete fiberglass dune buggies based on a shortened VW Beetle frame. The Glitterbug was similar in nature but… more»

Red Carpet: 1980 Porsche 911 SC Weissach Edition

This 1980 Porsche 911 is a rare Weissach Edition, believed to be one of just 400 examples made, and one of 200 to wear black metallic paint. This is a unique opportunity to get into a desirable air-cooled model… more»

Rare Sport Package: 1980 BMW 320is

This stunning 1980 BMW 320is is actually my personal car and it’s being sold to make room for another purchase. This BMW came from the factory with the rare and desirable “S” package. This car has been well cared… more»

Rare Color: Togo Brown 1964 Porsche 356C

OK, so hardly a barn find but very worthy of review none the less. Last week, we covered this 1971 Porsche 911T, the 911 having been introduced in 1964 and still going strong today. The 911 is such a… more»

Garage Find: 1990 BMW E30 M3

The BMW E30 generation M3 has been making a lot of noise in the news lately, with several ultra-low mileage examples fetching well into the six figures at auction. Having one or two go for this kind of money… more»

Unrestored Wagon: 1979 Mercedes-Benz 300TD

Does anybody remember that TV commercial from 10 or so years ago where at the beginning the actor says: “Opulence, I has it.” It’s probably more fitting when this car was new in 1979 than today, but that’s the… more»