This early 1956 Mercedes 190SL has been parked in southern Maine since 1969. It is in need of a complete restoration, but these early cars are becoming very sought after. While it is missing its original engine, the rare small lens tail lights, and is in need of lots of metal work, bidding has already exceeded $25k. Have a look at it here on eBay. Read more »
Most people picture rusty old Fords when they hear the term “rat rod”, but the owner of this 1958 Messerschmitt KR201 had a different vision. They took this beat-up micro car and installed a 244cc engine from a Honda Elite scooter. Then they “spruced up” the interior and did nothing at all to the exterior. It may not be to everyone’s liking, but the eBay listing is worth a look if for nothing more than a laugh. Read more »
The boys over at Gullwing Motor Cars are good at digging up rare finds, but normally their prices are a little rich for our blood. This 1955 Mercedes 190SL might be priced a little high, but we still want it badly. Black plates, hard top, and a V8! Take a look at their listing here on Hemmings with an asking price of $26,500. Read more »
Opel is a German company that has been building cars for a long time. GM runs the show so the only new Opels we see on these shores today are rebadged as Buicks. Back in the sixties and seventies you could actually buy an Opel branded car though. Their most popular offering was the GT which some have dubbed the “baby Corvette”, but they also built a few other models. If you have a thing for these cars, there is a whole slew of them listed for sale in Riverside, California. Thanks goes to reader P. Trout for the submission. Read more »
UPDATE: Turns out that this is one is actually a Roadster!
This could be your chance to pick up a 356 convertible project on the cheap. This one was seized by the IRS after the owner failed to pay their taxes. The only problem is that most of the car is missing, including the engine. The auction will be held in Kuna, Idaho on Thursday with a minimum bid of $6,000. It would take a lot to bring it back to original, so it might be a good candidate for an outlaw build? Read more »
Early split-window Volkswagen Microbuses have become highly sought after, which has driven their value up significantly. It has gotten to the point that even ones needing total restorations are selling for more then what they cost new. This 1959 VW Deluxe 15 window has been parked in this field for who knows how long and is being offered here on the Samba for $2,600. Read more »
What’s really in a name? In the automotive world, the badge a car wears can completely change its image. Take this beautifully styled Karmann Ghia, which isn’t all that much different than a Porsche, but isn’t nearly as valuable. Sure there are differences, but are they worth such a huge jump in value? This running and driving estate find is being offered here on the Samba with an asking price of $3,400.
Here is a pair of 912s that have seen better days. Their kind was often neglected and discarded because they were never esteemed as highly as their big brother, the 911. They had the looks, but they were lacking two cylinders. The character that made the 911 an icon was still present though and collectors are starting to take notice. Both of these particular cars require full restorations, but which would you pick? The grey ’68 is fairly complete and will start. The red ’66 is missing most everything including its floors, but it was one of the first ever built. Take a closer look here on TheSamba where the seller is asking $5k and $3k respectively. Read more »
If you’ve ever wanted an Audi motorcycle, this might be the closest you’re ever going to get. Long ago a group of German manufacturers, including Audi, DKW, Horch, and Wanderer, merged together to form Auto Union. If you look closely at emblem on the side of the tank, the four rings of Audi’s current logo should be familiar. Read more »
This 1970 BMW 2002 was recently pulled from long term storage and it’s looking a little rough around the edges. It appears to be solid, but is going to need lots of work. Given that its a base 2002, it could make for a great vintage racer or even a Bavarian rat rod. It can be found here on eBay with bidding still under $1k. Read more »