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1979 Porsche 911SC Targa

Up for sale is one of our own, my ’79 911sc Targa. I purchased this 911 two years ago and it has proven to be a fun, reliable driver since. The car wears its original Grand Prix white color however it has been resprayed at some point in time. There isn’t any rust on the car and the paint shows some wear (pictured). The interior is in fantastic shape. The seats, dashboard, carpets and Targa top are all in great shape with no rips or tears. A previous owner installed a Pioneer sound system with dual Alpine amplifiers and Blaupunkt speakers. The system sounds great even though it looks a bit too modern for my taste. Further specs are below.

3.0 Liter flat 6 with Bosch cis fuel injection

126k miles

Carrera chain tensioners

Turbo valve covers and cooling fan

Pop-off valve

Upgraded A/C system that actually blows cold

Records back to 1988

Recent service including oil/filter change, new plugs, new distributor cap/rotor, new air filter, new belts. The motor drips a bit if it has been sitting.

915 5 speed gear box shifts well into all gears and only grinds into third (as all 915s do) when shifted too quickly.

6×15″ & 7×15″ ATS Cookie Cutter alloy wheels with 205 60r15 Michelin MXV4 tires on the front and 215 60r15 Michelin MXV4 tires on the back. The tires have good life in them still.

Asking $30k or best offer. Feel free to email with questions or to arrange a time to drive it.

 

Shark-nosed Coupe: 1978 BMW 633CSi

Found here on eBay is a very original 1978 BMW 633csi. This shark-nose 6er wears its original Schwarz black on Veloursrot red color combination. The car was repainted in the last five years and the paint looks good. Inside the front and rear seats have been recently recovered and they are in like-new condition.

The 3.2liter straight six starts easily and runs great. There is a small oil drip that only shows itself after the car has been sitting for about a week. Other than that, everything is dry underneath. Recent engine work includes a tune up, oil and filter change, new air filter and new  belts.  On a recent trip to The Vintage BMW show outside Asheville, NC the car ran flawlessly and was a blast to take through the twisty mountain roads. Sixteen inch basket weave BMW wheels are shod with brand new tires and B&G lowering springs have been added to a new set of Bilstein shock absorbers. The original springs are included with the sale in case the next owner would like to put it back to the stock ride height.

Inside, all of the heater, blower fan, Alpine stereo, front power windows and gauges function as they should short of the odometer. The previous owner claims that the car has roughly 75-100k on it, which is consistent with the wear present. The passenger side rear window works well however the driver’s side window does not. The sunroof works using the manual crank in the trunk but the electric switch has gone out. The headliner is a bit tired and the dashboard is cracked which is common for e24’s.

Georgia is a no-title State for cars 1981 and older. The previous owner lost the original title for this BMW and Georgia does not issue new titles for old cars. Instead, a VIN check was processed by the police department that came back clear and the tag issued on that. The car will be sold on a bill of sale only. For states requiring title for registration I will provide a tag receipt, letter from the State of Georgia and Bill of Sale.

This is a great first generation 6 series grand tourer that loves eating up mile after mile with ease.

Feel free to email with questions or to arrange a time to see the car.

New Like ’72: Time warp 1972 Porsche 914

Found here on eBay is my very original 1972 Porsche 914.  I’ve been the caretaker of 914 #4722909726 for the last 10 years and we’ve been through our fair share of mountain roads and road trips. 914 09726 started life in Lander, Wyoming and then headed east to Dallas, Texas. I became its proud owner in 2007 and brought it to Athens, Georgia. The 914 still wears its original Light Ivory (L80E) paint that shows a nice patina. The original Pedrini wheels are shod with Bridgestone Potenza tires that have lots of life in them. The original black interior is in phenomenal shape considering the 44 years that it has seen.

 

When I bought the car it still wore its original fuel injection that will accompany the sale. I replaced it with a pair of Weber 40 IDF carburetors soon after for a bit more power. These carbs breathe into a 1.7l block that has been built out to 2.0l specs. 94mm pistons mated with 2.0l heads and a mild cam make this Type IV motor scream. The original heat exchanges are still present so it has perfectly functioning heat. At the back a new Bursch muffler lets everything exhale nicely.

 

914 09726 has recently benefited from an engine out service and reseal.  New piston rings, jug rings, pushrod tube seals, main seals and valve cover gaskets were installed. The valves have just been adjusted and fresh oil and filter added. This motor starts easily and pulls strongly. Triple digits on the highway are reached in a breeze yet it will still get 30mpg when driven conservatively.

 

The original tail shift 901 gearbox has been swapped for the newer, more precise side-shift unit. It shifts well into all five gears plus reverse and the clutch has plenty of life in it.

 

Rust can be a killer on these old Porsches. Due to its western origins this 914 shows very little car cancer. The floors, suspension mounts, rocker, and bottom of the firewall are all solid and don’t show any signs of rust. The beloved “hell-hole” underneath the battery tray has a 2.5” hole on the inner portion but the frame and engine support are all sound without rust. 914 09726 was originally fitted with dealer installed air conditioning. It has since been removed and the hole underneath the spare tire where the condenser resided has been patched.

 

The 356 and 911 craze of the last few years has put these cars out of reach for most enthusiasts. The 914 represent the last of the affordable  air-cooled Porsches. The mid-engine layout makes these cars handle like they’re on rails and its VW roots make it efficient and easy to work on. Feel free to email with questions or to arrange a time to come see 914 09726.

Rare for Over Here: 1984 Volkswagen Transporter DOKA Pickup

Found here on eBay is a 1984 Volkswagen Double Cab Transporter. This Doka started life in Europe but was brought over by a previous owner to roam the roads of the Southeast. The Doka has recently been repainted in its original Brilliant Orange color. The paint shines very well and there is zero rust anywhere on the truck. The bed, fold down inners and lower ¼ sections have all been sprayed with bed liner to guard against stone chips.  The 1.9l Wasserboxer runs well and breathes through an original Solex carburetor. The exhaust will need replacing as it has a couple holes however it does not leak oil or coolant. The 4-speed manual transmission shifts smoothly into all gears.

Inside, things are in nice shape for a utilitarian truck. The original front seats have a couple of cracks as does the rear bench. The floors, rubber mats and door cards are all in good shape.  The Doka shows 86k kilometers (still metric) though the odometer may have rolled once putting the mileage more likely at 111k miles.

Up top, a custom Yakima roof rack will give you plenty of room to stash anything needed for a weekend camping trip leaving the bed open for bikes, boats, etc. The Doka is sitting on 17” five star alloy wheels with 215/50 tires that have plenty of life left in them.

Load up this rare piece of German iron and hit the road for your next adventure.

The Transporter has a clear Georgia title and is located in Athens, GA. Feel free to email with questions.

Autobahn Cruiser: 2002 BMW 540it Sport Wagon

Found here on Craigslist is a very well sorted 2002 BMW 540it Sport Wagon. The 4.4liter V8 and upgraded brakes, suspension and wheels make this E39 a true Autobahn scorcher. The Sport Wagon started life in Southern California before moving east to Texas, Florida and finally to Georgia. This BMW has never seen a single salted road or harsh winter in the 140k miles that it has traveled. An extensive service history and AutoCheck Vehicle History Report are available. Here is a list of upgrades and service that have been performed.

Upgrades:

Dinan M60 Intake Manifold

VAC Motorsports Underdrive pulley set

M5 Front bumper kit

Euro Headlight lenses

OE BMW Roof Spoiler

Shadow line door mouldings

HID White Angel Eyes

Harmann Pg2 19” 2 piece wheels

Cooper RS3 245/35r19 front, 265/35r19 rear tires with good tread

BC Racing fully adjustable coil over front suspension

Bilstien Sport rear shocks

AC Schnitzer Exhaust

Magnaflow resonator

Black Alcantera headliner

BMW E38 7-series heated sport seats

Maintenance: (most service done since 2012)

New timing chain guides and tensioners (performed in 2015)

New Valve cover gaskets

New Oil Pan gasket

New Water pump

New Thermostat

New Expansion tank

Camshaft position sensors

New Drivebelts

8 NGK OEM sparkplugs

New Rear wheel bearings

Rebuilt OEM rear air suspension + compressor

Asking $7400. Feel free to email with questions or to arrange a time to check it out. The car is in Athens, GA. Clear title in hand.

California Cruising: 1968 Karmann Ghia Coupe

Found here on The Samba is a cherry 1968 Karmann Ghia. The car wears its original Velour Red color on a nicely restored black interior. The previous owner repainted the car and it shines nicely. The nose is amazingly straight and free of damage, which is pretty rare for an old Ghia. Underneath the heater channels, rockers and floor pans are all solid. The 1600 Dual Port motor runs great and starts easily while the transmission shifts smoothly into all four gears plus reverse. Inside the front seats have been freshly restored with new covers and padding. The dashboard and top pad are new and all of the lights and gauges function as they should. New speakers and a new Vintage Sound stereo sound great. The headliner and all of the glass are in great shape. New H4 headlights keep things bright out front and new 15 inch steel wheels and Bridgestone tires are ready to be driven. All this Ghia needs is a new owner to hop in and start cruising. Asking $13,000 obo. Feel free to email with questions or to set up a time to check it out.

1975 Time Warp Porsche 914

Found here on The Samba is a very original 1975 Porsche 914 1.8.  This 914 was originally sold in Pensacola, Florida and has spent its life in the Sunshine State and Georgia. The car still wears its original Laguna Blue color (paint code L50C) although it has had one respray. The 914 features rare white vinyl seats, center bolster and door cards, which offset the blue nicely. The stitching at the center of the rear bolster has pulled slightly and there is a ¼” rip on the upper passenger door card. Other than that, the interior is in great shape. The original grey carpet makes a nice contrast and shows very little wear. The factory Blaupunkt AM/FM radio is present and works although it is slow to turn on. All of the gauges and lights function as they should. The mileage is 112,131. I have a stack of records dating back to the cars’ delivery in August 1975 including the original window sticker from Bill Campbell Porsche + Audi in Pensacola.

The original 1.8 liter Type IV motor is present and retains its Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection. The 1.8 pulls nicely and cruises at highway speeds with ease. The side-shift Type 901 5-speed transmission shifts in all gears and the four-wheel disc brakes stop well with no brake fade. Period correct German ATS five-spoke 15” wheels are wrapped with Bridgestone Potenza G019 Grid 195/65R15 tires that have very few miles on them. Originally an A/C equipped car, the condenser is still mounted in the front trunk however the rest of the system has been removed.

The shock towers and floorboards are in great shape. Rust present is a silver dollar-sized area of surface rust on the passenger side rear fender, slight surface rust in the rear trunk (no holes) and a hole at the base of the passenger side firewall.This 914 runs and drives great and is perfect for a spring trip to the mountains or your favorite section of twisty road.

The car has a clear title and is in Athens, Georgia. Feel free to email with questions. $11,500 obo.

Stylish baguette getter: 1961 Renault Dauphine

Up for sale here on Craigslist is super rare 1961 Renault Dauphine. The Dauphine was France’s answer to the VW Beetle in the 50’s and 60’s. An 845cc rear mounted water-cooled engine is mated to a three speed floor-shifted transmission and delivers a whopping 27 horsepower. Never designed to cruise the interstates, the Dauphine is much more at home in-town and is an awfully stylish way to get to the bakery or cafe. Recent work includes a machined head and head gasket, new water pump, new fuel pump, cleaned and coated fuel tank, new fuel lines and filter, new brake shoes on all wheels, new wheel cylinders, new brake lines and a carburetor rebuild. The Renault runs, drives and stops. The body is in good shape although the paint shows some wear. The headliner, passenger seat and rear bench are in good shape but there is some tearing in the driver’s seat. The frame and rockers are all sound. The floor boards have surface rust but the only holes are on the passenger side (see pictures). Clear title. $3500 or best offer.

Feel free to email with questions or to set up a time to check it out. The Renault is in Athens.

Lancia Fulva Looking: 1967 Datsun SSS 1600 Wagon

Found here on Nissan Forum is a very clean ’67 Datsun 411 Wagon.

The original white paint shows a nice patina that still shines. The red vinyl seats have been recovered and offer good support. The rest of the interior is original and in very nice condition. The 1600 Fairlady four fires up and runs nicely through twin side-draft carbs. The column shifted automatic transmission shifts well in all gears. The car is badged as an SSS however I haven’t been able to find proof of a factory SSS wagon having been produced. The larger engine is present so this may be more appropriately called a 411 1600 wagon. The car has received a recent tune up and is ready to be driven. Asking $9500 or best offer. Feel free to email with questions. The car is in Athens, GA with a clear title.

The Ultimate Weekend Warrior: 1989 VW Vanagon Carat

Found here on The Samba is an ’89 VW Vanagon Carat Edition. The Carats are some of the most desirable of the non-poptop Vanagons. Westfalia built backwards facing foldable jump seats, pop-up table, extra lighting, cup holders and a full size Z bed set these apart from traditional Vanagon L and GL models. 1989 was the second year of the last iteration of the Vanagon line. Updates include a lowered ride height, smaller steering wheel and factory body kit with ground effects.

The 2.1 liter wasser-boxer flat four runs great and has roughly 45k miles on a top-end rebuild. This bus has the three speed automatic gear box that shifts smoothly in all gears. Recent work includes front brake rotors and pads, rear brake drums and shoes and a new master cylinder. A new fuel pump and filter were installed in June and new tires were installed in April. The previous owner repainted the original Bordeaux Red Pearl a shade lighter. The paint shines and looks good. There is a roughly four inch dent at the rear of the sliding door but no scratches (see pictures). The interior is in good shape with only slight wear and a couple holes in the base of the driver’s seat (see pictures).

The bus has 227,157 miles on it however the odometer reads 83,897. The original tripometer stopped working so the speedometer which houses both the trip and odometer was replaced. The original unit is included with the sale. The fuel gauge stopped working (a common Vanagon problem) so you just have to keep track of the mileage between fill ups. There is no rust above or below on this bus.

It has a clear Georgia title and is in Athens, GA. Feel free to email with questions or to arrange a time to view and drive it. Asking $7500.