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1955 Porsche Speedster 1600 Super Found in Boulder

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1955 Porsche Speedster 1600 Super

  Spotted in Boulder, Colorado is a 1955 Porsche Speedster 1600 Super for $239,500 USD.   This Pre-A body car #80379 comes with a 356C engine with NPR1720 “C” Cam  and Zenith Cams.  The engine has only 4500 miles since its rebuild and leak down test shows under 2% on all cylinders.  The seller states it has an updated 741 transaxle with late synchros.  Outer body shell is pretty solid with forged welds at rear of fender to door. Complete Shell appears collision free with all original panels. Lumpy paint prep on a 40 year old “Earl Sheib” orange/red paint. New top, original decos

1968 Fiat 850 Convertible Found in Pacific Beach

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1968 Fiat 850 Convertible

  Spotted in Pacific Beach, California is a 1968 Fiat 850 Convertible for $5,700 USD.   I often come across these in a variety of conditions but rarely one that is in this condition.  The seller states this car is in original condition and has been a Father and Son Restoration Project for many years.   It is 100% complete with a very rare hard top.   The color is green with black interior

1990 BMW E30 S3 2.7L Original AC Schnitzer Touring Wagon

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1990 BMW E30 S3 2.7L Original AC Schnitzer Touring Wagon

  Spotted in Netherlands is a 1990 BMW E30 S3 2.7L Original AC Schnitzer Touring Wagon for sale for €24,500 ( $27,634).   As a fan of AC Schnitzer cars, I am very excited to find this car.  Not often do you find an original AC Schnitzer build still intact after all these years.  It has the correct front strut bar with AC sticker on the center bar.  The cam cover is difficult to find and quite expensive.   This is a 2.7 Liter engine upgrade by AC Schnitzer

1973 Mercedes 450SLC Mercedillac Found in Hollywood

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1973 Mercedes 450SLC Mercedillac

  Spotted in Hollywood is a 1973 Mercedes 450SLC Mercedillac for $3,000 USD.  I have taken picture of this well known car in the Hollywood Hills before.  Someone went to alot of trouble to make this one off car.  According to the owner , it has been used in music videos, Playboy TV and is affectionately called the “Mercedillac.”  It runs… barely. The engine is essentially solid and a new fuel pump was just installed, but it needs work. As does the suspension and possibly drive shaft. The driver’s side door needs an exterior handle. The interior is, well, idiosyncratic. There is rust in the floorboards.  You can drive it away, but I wouldn’t go far.  So it’s a bit of a project, to be honest.  But the body is clean, and remarkable. Yes, those are the genuine fins of a genuine 1959 Cadillac. And yes, that is a genuine Mercedes Benz 450SL. Have you seen this car in LA?

1993 Mercedes 500GE: Stainless Steel Brake Line Upgrade

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Mercedes 500GE: Stainless Steel Brake Line Upgrade

  I am in the process of planning my 1993 Mercedes 500GE restoration.  The 500GE has been a lot of fun to own and it is time to see what can be done to improve the braking system.  It has disc brakes up front but still has drum brakes in the rear.  I researched the idea of upgrading to disc brakes but it seems to be a very involved upgrade.   Unfortunately, I do not have access to mechanics with G Wagon expertise especially with this model that never officially came to the USA.   I have had the brakes flushed when I got the car just to establish a base line for my future maintenance work.   My  next task is to purchase stainless steel brake lines to see if that will help with pedal feel.   Its been brought to my attention that the correct brake line kit for the 500GE is the same as the G320 so I will start gathering the parts I need.  According to the diagram , the brake kit will include lines number 14 and number 35.  It is also recommended that I replace the differential hose which is another number 35 line.  

1963 Ferrari V12 250 Engine and Transmission Found in California

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1963 Ferrari V12 250 Engine and Transmission

  Spotted in Costa Mesa, California is a 1963 Ferrari V12 250 Engine and Transmission for $125,000 USD.  The seller states this was taken out of a Ferrari 212 over 10 years ago.   The Engine shows the numbers 3495 , 100/62E , and 128/F.  The Transmission is numbered 539 65748 and 506E  55719.   Another section shows 507-E.  Can anyone shed some light on these numbers?   Price $125,000 USD