Porsche 914-6 1970 California Barn find

Porsche 914-6 1970, sold new at Niello Porsche in Sacrament, this incredible car was driven for just over ten years by its first owner, last tagged in 1981 it was taken off the road due to a problem with the carburetors, stored in a dry barn until 2008 it was sold upon the passing of its owner. With 21k =recorder mileage, which is believed to be correct it was subjected to a repaint, carb build and new pistons and cylinders

Porsche 911 1968 2nd owner since 1970, California Black Plate VIN 11835404 matching numbers SOLD

This is a superb example of Porsche’s one year only 1968 911 coupe, the 68 was the last year of the short wheelbase, first year of the magnesium engine case and also first year of the black instrument dials.

The car on offer is a two owner California car, the second owner bought the 911 in 1970 in Calabasas, California and retained it until our recent purchase, it shows the local fire department sticker still in the rear window from 1970. Finished in superb Tangerine much of the original paint is retained, it os totally rust free, the floor pans are still orange!  Complete with its books in their original wallet and factory supplied keyring this car is in exceptional condition, complete with Porsche Certificate of Authenticity confirming the correct engine and transmission the recorded mileage of 89,000 miles is believed correct from new.

Jaguar XKE V12 1974 Sold

 

Final iteration of Jaguars iconic XKE, this 5.3 liter V12 Automatic is an original California car, its been with its last owner for approximately 25 years, we pulled it out of his garage last year and spent some time awakening it from its 10 year slumber, we rebuilt the brake calipers, replaced the brake hoses, front brake rotors, front shock absorbers, all of the rear suspension silentblock  mounts, all filters, oil, ATF fluid, radiator flush with new coolant. The AC works, the motor shows splendid oil pressure and it drives well.

A matching numbers rust and accident free V12 XKE

Ferrari Testarossa 1986 Monospecchio

The ultimate investment Testarossa, could there be any better?…a highly sought after ‘flying mirror’ model finished in Blu Serra, one of apparently only 41 cars made in this color, the interior is finished in ‘Crema’ Conolly hide
On 2nd October 1984 at ‘The Lido’ in Paris, Ferrari unveiled its latest twelve-cylinder flagship- to applause from both customers and the automotive world,  a replacement for the lovely but ageing Berlinetta Boxer 512 the Testarossa featured an all new cutting edge shape, the styling team led by Leonardo Fioravanti, a famed Aerodynamicist and leading light at Design house Pinninfarina
This car 65307, was delivered in 1986 by the Ferrari dealer in nearby Walnut Creek, California.
One of less than 300 Single Mirror cars built for the North American Market, it’s believed that only 41 cars in the entire Testarossa production run were painted in Blu Serra
featuring an updated differential unit, rebuilt suspension, a Tubi exhaust which sounds incredible, rare 16″ wheels in place of the TRX metric alloys, (tire choices are a breeze) An exhaustive service less than 350 miles ago a massive history file and original Scheddoni fitted luggage make this monospeccio a  true “Blue Chip” investment 

 

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Porsche 911 America Roadster 1992 SOLD

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Porsche America Roadster 3,366 miles from new

In 1952 the fledgling Porsche company already had its eyes set on what would become its biggest marked, that of North America and sticking to Dr. Porsches ethos of an efficient and fast two seater they produced a no nonsense sportier dubbed the ‘America Roadster’ of which just 25 examples were manufactured and all but one sold in the US market. Considered the predecessor to the iconic Speedster tells you just how important this model was.
Fast forward forty years to 1992, Porsche had built a legend in the 911 originally designed by Ferdinand ‘Butzi’ Porsche in 1964, by the early 90s, in what’s today considered the final iteration of the classic body shell the 964 had evolved into a thoroughly modern car with all of the expected creature comforts and safety equipment expected in the modern world.

To celebrate the initial run of 25 cars from forty years earlier Porsche reintroduced the name for a short run of 964 models, producing in the process a limited run of 250 of the 964 ‘America Roadsters.’ Utilizing a Turbo wide body convertible it was equipped with such features as special 17” Cup wheels, turbo brakes and suspension, a rear seat delete making it a strictly two seater and a fully electric convertible top. Keeping the lines clean and roadster like the rear spoiler was that of the Carrera 2 and 4, a speed activated electric unit housed in the engine lid rather than the fixed whale tail of the turbo. Powered by the normally aspirated flat six the America Roadster was rated at 228hp

 

 

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The car on offer

This 1992 964 America Roadster could likely be the lowest mileage model left in existence, at just 3366 miles from new, it’s a one owner car originally bought in North Carolina,  moving to the Bay Area of San Francisco when its owner relocated their business here.
Finished in solid black (Schwart) with Tan Leather Ruffled interior, the Tiiptronic appointed car is further rare in that its one of only 41 cars though to have been equipped with what was in the 964, Porsche’s first completely new automatic transmission.
Condition is  best described as ‘showroom’ and it would be hard to imagine anything else having covered such a low mileage, although it has never seen rain or inclement weather  while cosseted in the owners garage in the city of San Francisco.
After a large service with all maintenance issues taken care of by Porsche of Walnut Creek, California, the Porsche is as you would expect ‘on the button’ for the new owner
Our 964 America Roadster is featured on  Petrolicious.com
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Ferrari 308 GTB Carburetor 1978 SOLD

A fantastic opportunity to build either a track/racing 308 GTB or simply to build your dream 308 GTB concours car.  This Ferrari was sold new December of 1978, it is a California car that has been stripped and off the road for many, many years. The body shell is simply superb, the panel gaps are consistent and the car shows no evidence of accident damage or rust. All parts are boxed and ready for restoration, missing so far are the rear wheels and both seats!

 

 

 

 

 

Mercedes Benz 300SE Coupe 1966 Detroit Motor Show “Salon Car”

 

Completed in September 1965, this 300SE Coupe was built specially as the ‘exhibition car’  for the Detroit Motor show of January 1966 , the data card carries the Mercedes Benz code “997” denoting “Stand Wagen” (In English Exhibition Car)  Whilst the 300SE models themselves were considered  hand-built, the exhibition cars  received meticulous attention to detail, after all, they were the flagship cars for the company, as the engine compartments were highly detailed with many chromed and polished parts, the valve cover, instead of the customary bare aluminum finish was finished in semi gloss black to highlight the bright details

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……It’s rumored that this car enjoyed celebrity status and was owned by none other than the late, great John Wayne, and whilst we have been unable to substantiate this, the belief is there, researching the history a previous owner describes that the car was bought from a John Wayne sale in the early 1980’s, supporting this rumor are the many stickers and VIP passes to membership of the prestigious Balboa Bay Club of Newport Beach, California- for many years the hang out of such stars as Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, James Cagney and of course the Duke himself, not only was he a member but he was also one of the clubs governors, the last sticker dated 1979 corresponds to the year in which he lost his life to cancer.

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The 300SE models, produced over a period of seven years were the top of the line cars from the Unterturkheim Automaker and featured the fuel-injected M189 power plant from the illustrious Gullwing, coupled with the Air Suspension of the 500 and 600 Limousine-the chosen mount of emperors and dictators worldwide! The 300SE had a heritage and price to suit at nearly twice the cost of its closest W111 sibling, it was a car reserved for the elite of its day and the darling of celebrities, directors and the nobility.  With some 3200 models built in both Coupe and Cabriolet form its also one of the rarer cars from the Benz stable and as such prices are certain to rise.
   Our car comes with all of its factory documentation, the steel data card- known as the Credents plate is still attached to its card folder-unused, The toolkit and even the hangtags for the factory optioned Koolmeister AC system are present and beautifully preserved. The options include a passenger head rest and tinted glass. A look under the hood sees Mercedes typical “show car” attention to detail with the the motor having a semi-gloss-black painted valve cover, polished inlet manifold and chromed bolts & fittings throughout

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This unique car has led a very pampered life, remaining largely original and totally unrestored from new, all of the factory supplied documentation is there of course, from manuals to paper instructions, to maps, to hang tags, but being a show car the first owners name is cryptically missing from any of the MB supplied paperwork. There is little doubt that Mercedes Benz would have given preference to celebrity buyers when it came to special cars, so whether or not the 1966 Detroit Motor Show car was the mount of America’s favorite Western hero remains to be seen…………

Engine Compartment Post Restoration

 

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Interior Post Restoration including new leather, headliner and carpets

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1995 Ferrari 355 Spyder 6 Speed SOLD

 

1995 Ferrari F355 Spyder in Swatters Blue with Tan leather interior, with 6 speed manual transmission. The first series of the 355 used the OBD1 system and was noticeably faster than the later cars. We are sure that 355’s are set to rise following the Testarossas and the 308-328 series of cars. Having recently benefitted from an Engine out belt service and with just 18k recorded miles this 355 represents a sound investment

McLaren M10A

An early production McLaren “High Wing” model the M10A was produced for the F5000 racing series and featured a cigar tube shaped monocoque based on McLaren’s excellent M7A Formula 1 car, whilst designed by the McLaren team based at Colnbrook, Middlesex, the customer cars for sale to privateers were constructed by the Trojan factory in Croydon, south London.

This M10A was the mount of George Eaton, the youngest son of the famous Eaton family of Canada. Eaton had ordered two McLarens for the 69 season, this M10A for the F5000 series and an M12 in which he would campaign the Canadian-American or Can Am challenge.  Hit by delay after delay in delivery, the engineless M10 would finally make its way across the Atlantic to Canada by way of New York and with only weeks to spare before the start of the racing season. The story goes that it almost didn’t make it, held up again, this time by Customs officials at the border, the season was very much in doubt, but a tenacious Eaton soldiered on and campaign it he did, although it turned out to be a bitter sweet F5000 debut, DNF’s and crashes littered the season but the highlight was a well deserved win at Trois Rivers circuit in Canada.

To read the story of George Eaton’s adventures in the 1969 F5000 Championships and the Can Am series there is an excellent book entitled “Five Minutes to Green” by the famous  Canadian sports journalist Frank Orr.

History of the M10

The M10s became highly successful in both A and later B guise winning the vast majority of races in the US, British and European F5000 series, the works M10B’s were driven nose to tail by Peter Gethin and Howden Ganley around the 1.8 mile Castle Coombe circuit in southern England breaking the lap record in a blistering 56.6 seconds,  a record whichy still holds to this day. Like Gethin and Ganley, Eaton would go on to drive Formula 1 for the BRM team in England.

We found this M10A in a sleepy little place called Sunol, it had been owned by an Ex F5000 club racer who’d bought the car in 1976 and had kept it in his garage in pieces ever since, one of those “when I get around to” projects, that’s the smiling chap in the top right picture, Mr. Jim Jensen, an ex-Peterbuilt truck designer and privateer racer, Jim’s owned and driven a plethora of great racing cars back to the late 1960s. When we bought the “10” it had no chassis plate and no identification, it was whilst pouring over photographs of the 1969 season that it was noticed that Eaton’s car was unusual in that its ignition coil was mounted on the Roll hoop, this we were to discover was because Ryan Falconer of Falconer Engineering had been commissioned to build a one-off Fuel Injection system employing a Mercedes 500 Bosch Fuel Injection pump and an inlet manifold of his own design, fitting required cutting the body tub just aft of the drivers head to clear the required drive belts, hence the coil was mounted on the hoop, apparently the Eaton team were friends with Carol Shelby and this work was performed at his shop in Southern California. Like pulling a thread on a cotton sweater the coil mounting was a clue that led to other pointers proving the cars identity, such as damage sustained during a race at Sonoma’s Infineon Raceway which left part of the front left monocoque cut and repaired,  excellent help from both Howden Ganley and Jerry Entin and the trail led all the way back to George Eaton who kindly signed both the steering wheel and my copy of “Five Minutes To Green”

This car has been sold and is currently in New Zealand

Mercedes 250SE Cabriolet 1967 SOLD

This 1967 Mercedes Benz 250SE Cabriolet, finished in its correct color of Sand Beige, a California car that has benefitted from a recent full leather interior, new bushings, shock absorbers and a brake servo, its a very nice car for the coming summer days, the soft top is superb and it drives better than it looks

2006 Maserati Gran Sport *SOLD*

Truly a future classic – this quintessential design by Italian styling house Giugiaro is a timeless classic, this undiscovered gem is certain to become a staple of any collection. Produced for only two years, the Gran Sport is the pinnacle of the Cambio Corsa model line. The equivalent of the Scuderia to the F430, the Gran Sport took the design to its ultimate conclusion. Featuring Ferrari’s 4.3L V8 powerplant, shared by the F430, mated to the F1 driveline. Styling is timeless, the elegant soft lines are as current today as they were on the model’s introduction in 2005. This example is a 3 owner Los Angeles car from new, having covered only 47,181 miles. Finished in Grigio Touring with Nero full leather interior, the paint and interior show as a car with half the miles. Mechanically excellent, she runs and drives beautifully, also having just benefitted from a new set of Pirelli boots, she’s indeed ready for her new owner. Included are original books, air compressor, Becker stereo literature and three sets of keys. Options include:

Heated Memory Seats
Carbon Fiber Steering Wheel
Carbon Fiber center console
Full leather
Leather headliner
Infotainment Becker Stereo
19″ Polished Alloy Wheels
Red brake calipers
Maserati Shields on fenders
Xenon lights

1970 Porsche 911E Coupe SOLD

The below taken from the article by the Petrolicious team

The Ideal Early 911

Dubbed “The Secret Weapon from Zuffenhausen,” the 1970 Porsche 911E was the quickest model in their product offering at the time. Ironically, the E was introduced as the successor for the 911L as a “luxury” model with a new 2.2 liter engine, and intended to be a more usable option positioned between the 911T and 911S (Touring and Sport, respectively). Ventilated brake disks coupled with aluminum calipers and the first iteration of the longer wheelbase provide honest driving feedback, supporting the popular notion that the E boasts superior road holding to its sister T and S models. By replacing the Weber carbs with Bosch mechanical fuel injection the 911 “Einspritzung”, German for injection, delivers 158 BHP and is most thoroughly enjoyed in the low range where the torque band is plentiful.

What’s so special about this 911?

This particular Porsche has an eccentric connection to the porn industry. Yes, porn. James Mitchell of the infamous Mitchell brothers, treated himself to this very 911 on December 24th, 1969 from Carlsen Porsche in the San Francisco Bay Area. His purchase was likely due to the highly successful opening of the Mitchell Brothers O’Farrell Theatre, a dual purpose film studio and adult cinema built in a former Pontiac dealership, it had opened on July 4th 1969, one wonders if Mitchell paid for the ‘E” with one dollar bills! Considered pioneers of adult entertainment, the Mitchell brothers most famous production was “Behind the Green Door”, a film which went on exhibition at the Cannes Film Festival and impressively grossed $25 million on a $65,000 budget. The movie turned its lead actress, Marilyn Chambers, into a controversial overnight star as pornography was a steep contrast to her previous gig as the cover model for Procter & Gamble’s wholesome “Ivory Soap”  household brand. The making of “Behind the Green Door” was the plot and focus of the 90’s movie “Rated X”, where Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez portrayed the Mitchell Bros.

Some critics argue the Mitchell brothers brought an artistic and storytelling element to their rather linear discipline because their filmmaking heralded the arrival of “Porn Chic.” Controversial figures, but also highly social, the Mitchell brothers held court in San Francisco with a compendium of stars and political figures, among them ex-mayor Willie Brown, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas author Hunter S. Thompson, Aerosmith, and former Black Panther Huey “Doc” Newton.

In the later part of 1970 the ‘E” was sold and a local newspaper profiled the second owner’s purchase experience with Mitchell, noting the car was collecting dust on a soundstage in South San Francisco when he came to scope out his potential purchase, Legend has it the car may have been featured in a production of the Mitchell brothers. The 911 had spent about a year and 4,000 miles with the porn tycoon before being purchased by Jay Milligan, a Mountain View City Administrator who kept the car for the next fourteen years ( you can see Jay in some of the pictures from the 70’s in the listing)  Quite the career change one might say. In the article written about Jay’s experience, he mentions noticing the Porsche had some injuries from customs agents who had inspected the car for drugs at the Mexican border, alluding to some of the adventures this car might have had. When Jay purchased the car he found notes from Mitchell’s secretary in the glove box reminding him of warrants for his arrest, along with various police inquiries. This was the transition of the Swinging Sixties to the seventies after all.

A Sympathetic Nuts-and-Bolts Restoration by  Exact 10

This is vehicle 244 of only 677 Karmann bodied Coupes out of a total 2,904 911E’s manufactured in 1970, and has spent its entire life on the West Coast. Fitted with the comfort package, the car includes features such as the alloy front brake package of the 911S, velour carpeting, leather steering wheel and alloy rocker trims. This car, part of Porsche’s first generation of long wheelbase 911s, is a numbers-matching 2.2-liter model that comes with full documentation (including a Porsche Heritage Certificate), the original tool kit, jack, owner’s manual, and wallet. Outside, the car still sports its original 14-inch Fuchs alloy wheels in their factory anodized finish and with original weights. The front tires and spare are all Michelin XAS and are believed to be the tires on which this car was originally supplied.

Given the car’s superb, rust-free condition prior to restoration, the team at Exact 10 Motors in Pleasanton, California aimed to keep the car as original as possible. Before any work was done, the entire car was dismantled and cleaned thoroughly including the floor pans which were scrubbed from underneath to show their original color. As a testament to wonders of Nevada’s dry air, many of this car’s fittings retain their factory plating.

The underpinnings have of course been entirely refreshed, and with meticulous attention to detail: all bolts and fittings have been zinc or cadmium plated; the hoses replaced; all bearings and rubber bushings have been replaced, the suspension components have been powder coated. The optioned hydropneumatic struts have since been upgraded to improve handling, which has been a common modification to E’s since new.

With no history or evidence of accidents, the underside retains its original factory finish and the floor pans are dent-free and still sport the Porsche protective “shutz” (shield). The exterior was stripped and repainted in its correct hue of Tangerine, or “Blut Orange.” The body trim, chrome, glass, rubber, lights, and the original Hirschmann antenna are all in excellent condition, with every component being refurbished as necessary. The US-spec “sugar scoop” headlamps were updated with new European style H1s.

The interior, which remains almost entirely original, was completely disassembled for detailing, with each piece brought back to showroom condition. The carpet and dealer-fitted coconut overmats, which had faded over the years, are immaculate after being re-dyed to the original black. Other interior pieces include a new headliner and dash top, the period correct Blaupunkt radio, however, still plays through the original in-dash speakers.

Photographer here by Gil Folkes, all pics are available for framing, please contact us should you require some wall art!

Featured in two online magazines checkout the articles here on Petrolicious in the USA
http://www.petrolicious.com/a-naughty-1970-911e-in-looks-and-heritage-is-for-sale

And here on Classic Driver in Europe
http://www.classicdriver.com/en/article/cars/69-porsche-911-has-naughty-little-secret

You can check out photos of the complete restoration process here.

Unused Toolkit, Jack, Original Service Book,  Manual & Wallet

1970 Ferrari Daytona Spyder SOLD

1978 Ferrari 308 GTS *SOLD*

1978 Ferrari 308 GTS. At just 17,156 miles and finished in Argento Nurburgring with Black leather and Blue carpets, this 308 is one of the very early production GTS models.
Truly our tip as the next thing to rise dramatically in price, its the last of the Enzo era Ferraris that are still reasonably priced, it has all of the right ingredients, styled by Pininfarina, hand built and produced in small numbers, the early carburettored 308s will lead the market, especially with fiberglass cars commanding over 100k. This example is super original,  a California blue plate car retaining its proper 14” Cromadoras, Coir overmats, unused spare, all books, tools and spare fuse pack. The paintwork suffers from spider cracking under the lacquer, a common fault on Ferrari paint of the period,  however originality is the guide here.  Having just had nearly $20k spent on a full belt service, new Koni shocks, suspension bushings and a carb rebuild (with all documentation) this car is ready to enjoy.

1971 Alfa Romeo Spyder *SOLD*

Benefitting from a complete rotisserie restoration in 1998 this 1971 “Cam Tail” Alfa Romeo Spyder is without doubt the best of its kind we’ve ever seen, a comprehensive mechanical rebuild with an updated limited slip differential, detailed suspension and faultless driving manners make this car a must buy. SOLD

1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe *SOLD*

Original paint, 37k mile car in a super rare color, Granite Green, with Gray/green leather interior, cruise control, AC and original window sticker

1997 Porsche 993 Cabriolet Tiptronic *SOLD*

Porsche 993 Cabriolet 1997, 68k Miles From New, Tiptronic, Finished in Arctic Silver with Red Leather interior and Black Soft Top.

Benefitting from Original Paint, Full Porsche Service History including recent Oil and Brake fluid change by Stead Porsche of Walnut Creek, California this is a Fine Example of Porsche’s Last Air-Cooled 911 $34995

1972 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS *SOLD*

Ghibli 4.9 SS Automatic Coupe, A Rare and Lovely 4.9 Liter Example of Maserati’s Classic Ghibi. Having Benefitted from a Recent Restoration with Fresh Paint in the Original Color, Detailed Engine Bay and Superb Interior, this is a Locally Delivered Car with Some 31K Recorded Miles, it Comes Complete with Books, Brochures, Jack and Tool Roll. This Low Mileage Italian Thoroughbred Continues To Climb in Value offering Superb Investment Potential

1973 Porsche 911T Targa *SOLD*

1973 1/2 CIS Targa, 56k miles, California car, Rust Free

1973 Porsche 911T Coupe *SOLD*

Blue/ Black