1953 Mercedes 170Va
1955 VW Type 1
2008 GT3 Cup - Stunning!
1972 Porsche 911S
Manufactured from 1936 to 1955, the Mercedes W136 chassis was an immense commercial success. From 1936 to 1942, over 75,000 units were produced of the 4 cylinder 170V series sedans. Then, damage during WWII stopped production completely and it did not resume until July 1947. Output was meager at first with only 1,045 sedans made that year. Mercedes continued to ramp up output and when production finally halted in 1955, another 83,000 units had been produced!
The W136 chassis came in a number of different varieties including the 170V, 170Va, and 170Vb. Each was the successor of the previous only due to slight variations in design. No sweeping changes were really ever made to the W136’s. There was also the 170D which incorporated a diesel engine. Engines were initially 1.7L side valve 4 cylinder with an output of 37hp. This design ran from 1936-1950. Then, Mercedes enlarged the engine to 1.8L with claimed power of approximately 40hp.
#853 is a strange blend of the 1952 170Va and the 1953 170Vb. Mercedes finished production of the 170Va in 1952, but this car’s original build plate shows it as a 1953...but also a 170Va!! We are uncertain if it was a “hold-over” for the final few Va’s being produced or was just in process when 1953 hit. Either way, the car is a 1953...NOT a 1952.
A true time capsule, this 170Va has ALL ORGINAL paint, all original interior, original engine, original transmission, etc. Everything on the car works including its Semaphores, lights, interior lights, gauges, and the wind-up clock with mother of pearl wind key!! The car was initially owned by a lady in Switzerland, but was shipped to California after 1973 or 1974. Although undocumented at this point, the story is that she drove it a while in California, but then put it in storage for years until her death. It was then purchased by a broker who sold it to a collector in Ohio in 2016. With only 53,400 KM (33,180 miles), it is one of only a handful in the United States.
This 1972 Porsche 911S is 100% original except for one outside respray in its original light yellow. The paint was a glass-out job at an excellent level and was performed over 20 years ago.
The interior is 100% original, but the seats were in need of "restuffing" just to make them as supportive as they were in 1972. We did NOT recover the seats, only had them restuffed. The original factory KONI shocks/struts were sent to Koni and were restored to 100% original.
The car runs and drives superbly and has been completely serviced including: the tank removed and recoated, all fuel lines replaced where needed, all fluids replaced, brake system serviced and one rear caliper replaced.
The 72s were the only year with the outisde oil fill flap and are very collectible today. This particular unit is very nimble, very fast, and is in stunning condition.
In 1933, Adolf Hitler gave the order to Ferdinand Porsche to develop a Volkswagen (literally, "people's car" in German). Hitler required a basic vehicle capable of transporting two adults and three children at 100 km/h (62 mph). Initially called the Porsche Type 60 by Ferdinand Porsche, the car was later known as the Volkswagen Type 1, but became more commonly known as “The Beetle” after World War II. Per Porsche’s genius, the car was designed to be as simple as possible mechanically, so that there was less to go wrong and production costs were minimized; the first engines were air-cooled 25 hp (19 kW) 995 cc units that incorporated a built-in oil cooler and a flat-4 configuration. Suspension design used compact torsion bars instead of coil or leaf springs to save weight.
The VW factory had only produced a handful of cars by the start of World War II in 1939. Once hostilities started, the Bug’s design was used in military applications. The Bug’s life really began in 1945 when the first 1,785 production Beetles were made. By 1946, the VW factory was producing 1,000 cars a month. Starting in 1954, Volkswagen increased engine displacement from 1,131 cc to 1,192 cc, redesigned the crankshaft, and increased power from 25 bhp to a claimed 36 bhp. Also, the split rear window was closed to one window.
This 1955 Oval window, #874106, was part of VW’s CKD (complete knock down) program. These were full cars broken down into kits then shipped into other countries to avoid import duties and allow country-specific factories to produce and assemble VW Cars. This unit was one of only 12,587 CKD VWs produced in Belgium in 1955 (VW Germany produced over 280,000 units that year!) and is 100% ORGINAL!!! Paint, panels, engine, transmission, interior, ALL ORIGINAL! In Belgium, semaphores were illegal so note the Belgium-specific side markers. Other Belgium-specific parts include: special Securit glass, riveted two part rims, unit number stamping in trunk, Belgium-specific rear reflectors, no jack clamp, no chassis number stamping in boot, and Belgium-specific paint code tag in boot.
This car is extraordinary for sure!! Try finding a 100% original VW Bug in the world!
Porsche started a single-marque race series in 1986 with the introduction of the 944 Cup races. Highly successful, things then evolved into the Turbo Cup Series using a race version of the 944 Turbo. Then, in 1990, Porsche changed its chassis-focus from the 944 to the 911. It introduced Carrera Cup cars based on the then-new 964 variant. This evolved into 993-based 3.8 Cups in 1994 and then 996-based GT3 Cups in 1998. Throughout these years, all of the cars offered by Porsche were certainly factory race machines, but they ALL were extremely street-based in terms of their technology and design.
Then, in 2005, Porsche introduced the 997-derived GT3 Cup. For the first time, this was a REAL race machine as opposed to a developed street car. Where the 996 GT3 Cup was nearly 70% street parts, the 997 Cup was literally 10%-15% street-based, at best. The bodywork included carbon fiber doors, aluminum hood, carbon fiber engine lid, carbon fiber rear spoiler, carbon fiber rear bumper, and Cup-only front bumper and splitter.
The interior was stripped and included a welded, integrated roll cage with side impact bars. A full fire system was standard. The stock dash frame was still there, but was cut down to only its needed components. A full Motec dash was installed from the factory with a center panel full of needed switches and knobs. A single race seat with 6 point harness was standard. The gearbox was a new fully sequential 6 speed unit which used on-the-floor clutchless up-shifting and driver/manual clutch-synchronized downshifting. The steering wheel now integrated Motec controls and was completely removable.
An air-jack system and centerlock rims were standard. A newly designed fuel cell with integrated reserve system was now also offered for nearly $13,500 more. The engine remained the normally aspirated water-cooled 3.6L race unit which produced 440hp, but the car only weighed 2,550 pounds! 0-60 times were now only approximately 2 seconds!
#114 is an incredibly original GT3 Cup with ALL original bodywork!!! It was only raced approximately 4 times total in 2008/2009 and was the Recaro show car (see pictures) for the IMSA series.
With known history since new, it has literally ZERO damage ever and has THE nicest chassis I've ever encountered (barring a brand new car). It's ORIGINAL and stil FACTORY sealed engine only has 35 TOTAL hours on it!!! This is NOT a PMNA rebuilt engine, but the ORIGINAL and untouched engine from new. Remember, when Porsche builds the original engine, its top engine builders are assigned to the Cup program. Original engines are MUCH more durable than rebuilds and have a life easily into the low 100-110 hour range.
The gearbox is also the original unit, but was just refreshed and has ZERO hours on it!! Completely serviced with all fluids changed, nearly new brake rotors/pads, brand new front/rear stub axles, new wheel bearings, with a full fuel cell and Moton adjustable suspension, corner balanced, and aligned, this GT3 Cup is lterally ready to go straight to competition.
You might find a cheaper car, but with Cup Cars, you either PAY NOW or PAY LATER! This one is a NO EXCUSE and NO STORIES CAR!!!! (I will provide a single day of coaching at the local track for whomever purchases this car! That's how much confidence I have in it.)