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1965 MERCEDES 230 SL (W113) PAGODA /€39700


The Mercedes-Benz Pagoda (codename: W113)  was designed by French designer Paul Bracq and produced between 1963 and 1971.

Pagode succeeds the legendary Mercedes-Benz 300 SL and Mercedes-Benz 190 SL after the presentation of the 230 SL at the 1963 Geneva International Motor Show.

The range was summarized in three types of cubic capacity

  • The 230 SL
  • The 250 SL
  • The 280 SL

True success, of the 48,912 Mercedes-Benz Pagoda built, 34,215 were exported outside Germany, including 19,440 (or 40% of production) in the United States.

The silhouette of the Mercedes-Benz Pagoda has not changed during the eight years of production. Some apparent details nevertheless allow to differentiate them:

Among the standard equipment on the 230 SL

  • 14-inch wheels (only first series).
  • Disc brakes at the front; Drum brakes at the rear.
  • Chrome rearview mirror.
  • Handle on the driver’s door (removed in November 1963 with the appearance of large armrests).
  • Hood with metal hubcap (on the first models).
  • Chromed window lifter cranks then assorted to the upholstery in November 1965.
  • Inclined position of the spare wheel in the trunk on the left side.
  • Wheel covers in 2 parts (chrome collar).
  • Tank of 65 liters and 82 liters from November 1965.
  • ZF 5 speed gearbox available as an option from August 1966.

Produced from March 1963 to January 1967, 19,831 copies (11,726 vehicles went abroad, 4,752 in the United States).

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The Ad that caught our attention is therefore this Mercedes 230 SL 1965 convertible pagoda with manual gearbox. 

The main problem of these cars being corrosion, this one is exempt from it according to its salesman. 
However, a revision of the mechanics and braking system is to be expected. The leather seats need a very slight pigmentation to restore its charm while maintaining its patina.

It is sold with its soft top, hard-top and a French “carte grise de collection”.

In short, a very nice car, very affordable that needs some care before taking the road in all serenity, a very nice opportunity to get an icon !

Its price: 39 700 €

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1991 MAZDA RX7 convertible (TYPE FC3S) / €9900


The RX-7 is a rotary engine (consisting of two rotors giving it the distinction of having a small displacement while having a certain power) produced by the Japanese manufacturer Mazda. It is a model of car that will evolve over time and several versions of it will emerge. Thus will successively be born the SA22C, the FB3S, then the FC3S, and finally the FD3S.

The second-generation Mazda RX-7 (FC3S) was produced from 1986 to 1991. It is also known as the Mazda Savanna RX-7. The 13B engine was taken over for the atmospheric models of this car, and the turbocharged models had the 13B turbo (or 13BT), more powerful than the 13B. 

This car has a remarkable balance thanks to its relatively light engine, making a car very popular in the drifting discipline, as the model that will succeed. 

The FC3S is a car that, for its time, was relatively well equipped. It is a car that was relatively little commercialized in France, and even in Europe.

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The ad that caught our attention is this Mazda RX7 F2 Turbo, red convertible with black leather interior released in 1991. 

In perfect condition, it totals only 45 000 Km. 

From the collection of a former director from Mazda Switzerland. 

It is equipped with the rotary engine, bi-turbo of 2.6L, 200ch. 

Ready to hit the road with peace of mind thanks to this powerful and versatile rotary engine and a really reasonable fuel consumption of 8 to 10 liters, for a 200 horsepower sports car.

Its price: € 9 900

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1966 ALPINE A108 Convertible / €88000


Presented at the Paris Show of 1957, the one that should have been called, in Alpine logic, A109 due to the sharing of mechanical components of the Dauphine (type R1090 and following) is an evolution of the A106. Indeed, if the body of the coach is kept, the engine of the 4 CV is replaced by that of the Dauphine Gordini. It will be produced from 1958 to 1965.

In 1960, the convertible and coupe 2 + 2 adopt a frame-beam. 
It is formed of a beam (hence its name) having at each end a cradle that supports the engine (rear) and the steering bodies (front). This geometry will be used until the last model A610.

The A108 plays an important role in the history of Alpine because it is in this form that will be born the berlinette. At the 1960 Tour de France, Jean Rédélé took on two berlinettes A108 (the series model will also be called the  “Tour de France” berlinette  until 1969).

The berlinette stands as the closed version of the cabriolet, however the front with lighthouses is new. Produced from autumn 1960, she supplanted the coach and prepared the place for the newcomer: the A110.

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The Ad that caught our attention is this rare and beautiful Alpine A108 convertible first registered in 1966

It has undergone a quality restoration with the hull (stripped and repainted) and the chassis (sandblasted and repainted) separated.

The upholstery is new as the hood and carpets made by a professional from the originals.

The wiring harness has been completely redone. 

All undercarriages have been sandblasted, repainted and refurbished

All the mechanics have been dismantled and restored.

The car has traveled about 3000 Km since the end of this total restoration very documented with many bills and photos of the work done.

A rare vehicle ready to hit the road in all serenity for its new owner, restored in the rules of art, rare for sale, much less known than the A110 but deserves our attention.

Its price: 88 000 €

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From the Tokyo show in 1961, Datsun really started producing sports cars.

The first was the Fairlady SP310 which is reminiscent of the MGB. 

Technically, this model was not revolutionary because it takes the essentials of the mechanical components of the Bluebird sedan with the only singularity is a three-seater (two front seats and a third placed transversely at the rear). 

The SP310 has an honest commercial career thanks to its success in competition in the United States. It was produced to 7000 copies, driven by a four-cylinder of 1500 cc developing 71 horses.  

In 1967, Datsun decided to officially enter motorsport in North America. The conquest of this market was a necessity and relatively easier to approach than the European market where many English and Italian brands offered similar models. 

In 1965, the engine capacity was increased to 1600 cc which allowed to win 19 horses. This model was named SP311, had a synchro box and front disc brakes.

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The Ad that caught our attention is this very nice convertible Datsun Fairlady Roadster 1600cc / 95hp with a 4 speeds manual gearbox put into circulation in June 1968 and displaying 119 000 km 

It is sold with a french “carte grise de collection” and a ” contrôle technique” valid from 01/02/2019

The car is completely rust free as well at the 
body level , chassis and chrome which are in superb condition

Among the recent expenses, paint, sprayhood, dashboard, tank, radiator, coil and cables, spark plugs, 2 front tires, brake master cylinder, clutch transmitter and receiver, front brake hoses were changed, the car has has been restarted but still requires some work.

Are expected, the exhaust system, interior finishes (buttons, warning lights, door seal), it lacks the logo “datsun” on the hood and on the left front fender. 

The car will also need a new starter as well as a new battery which justifies the relatively attractive price. The owner provides the workshop manual of the vehicle, the most important being corrosion on these models, this is a great opportunity to acquire a very nice model at a very reasonable price, ideal for a handyman!

Its price: 12 000 €

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1993 AUSTIN MINI “Arc de Triomphe” CONVERTIBLE / €16500


In 1959, the oil crisis raged and British Motor Corporation (BMC) then asked its Longbridge design office to design a small, economical automobile. 

The choice was made to position the engine at the front, graft the gearbox below it to promote the livability offered to passengers. The success of the Mini will be global and its sports career worthy of the most prestigious GT. 

At the end of the 80s, the director of the ROVER concession of the 17th arrondissement of Paris, near the Arc de Triomphe, Mr ANTOUN, decided to build a small version of the Mini for the French market, which he was then the first dealer.

After validation of the project by ROVER France and ROVER UK, the model called “Arc de Triomphe” will be presented at the world of the car of Paris in 1994 where he will meet with a warm welcome. 
The convertible will then be available on the entire Mini range optional on new vehicles or on request for vehicles up to 6 months old. 

The transformation will then be carried out only in the Aubervilliers workshops and will consist of the manufacture and installation of specific reinforcements on the floors, the front fenders as well as the sills. The original cabin is kept and receives a manual or electric hood (option). 

The marketing of this confidential series will cease in 1999 with the discontinuation of the production of the Mini range.

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The model presented is an authentic ROVER Mini “Arc de Triomphe” of 1993 in its original burgundy color and its interior in gray leatherette in good original condition. 

It is still in a state close to new. 

Using the hood is easy and its tightness conforms to the standards of the model. 

The 4 wheels MINILITE in 12 ” are in good condition.

Equipped with the 1000 cm3, the mechanics works perfectly with few kilometers (only 45526 km !) used for leisure, always safe, but very reliable and able to make long journeys (Strasbourg-Chartres) without any difficulty. 
Ideal for everyday urban use or for the beach thanks to its 4 seats and its reliability.

Produced in a very confidential way, the real Mini “Arc de Triomphe” are now very rare on the collection market which explains a rating much higher than the rest of the range. Guaranteed collector and change of scenery guaranteed …

Its price: 16 500 €

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The peugeot 306 was produced to nearly 3 million copies from 1993 to 2002 (1997 to 2002 for the station wagon and 1994 to 2002 for the convertible and sedan).

The Peugeot 306 Cabriolet was presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in autumn 1993 and marketed from March 1994 to 2002. Its design is due to the famous Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina.

Traditional convertible with soft canvas roof, with a separate hood and therefore a luggage compartment with a fixed and relatively large volume for a vehicle of this type, it is the latest produced by Peugeot, which will be oriented then to the Coupé Cabriolet formulas. A large majority of the models were assembled in the Pininfarina factories in Cambiano, in the suburbs of Turin.

The 306 cabriolet was awarded the title of the most beautiful convertible of the year in 1994 and at the Geneva Motor Show in 1998 the price of the cabriolet of the year.

On 31 August 1998, the 50,000 th  copy was assembled in Turin.

The options available were:

  • hard top, (12 000 FRF) making the 306 convertible more pleasant for the winter.
  • electric hood,
  • ABS,
  • air conditioner,
  • alloy wheels,
  • leather upholstery,
  • capote blue, red, or green on the restylées versions (option not paying).

Some options were fitted in series on the 2-liter engines. Phase 3 was equipped with ABS as standard.

Outside of France, there are special versions such as  platinum (Germany) or  Switzerland  (Switzerland) equipped with heated leather seats and headlamps as standard, air conditioning is also standard. These versions are only available with the 2.0 16V 135hp engine, however some rare models exist in 1.8 16V.

The 306 series Roland Garros was offered on all 306 models (sedan, station wagon, convertible) until 2000 and 2002 for the convertible and the station wagon. 

The Roland Garros special series has an improved equipment, it has an electric sunroof, a white semi-leather interior with car color fabric medallions, as well as red safety belts reminiscent of the colors of the car. the clay of Roland Garros on phases 1 & 2. The aluminum wheels are standard. 

Phase 3 will adopt a leather beige & green signed Roland Garros, belts matching the saddlery (beige), a leather sport steering wheel with 3 branches. On the cabriolet, the hood is electric.

The colors are Green Roland Garros M0RP at the beginning then Green Grand Slam M0QL from June 1995 until 2002.

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The Ad that caught our attention is this Peugeot 306 convertible Roland Garros put into circulation in June 1995 with168 500 km.  

The vehicle is in good general condition according to its owner despite some defects with age. 

All the electric works, hood, window … the distribution was made at 162900km. The 4 tires are new, rear window bezel in good condition no leak. 

Interior is in good condition with no tear. Exhaust system is new.
A youngtimer already collector and certainly one of the most beautiful designs of Pininfarina. 

It is sold with a valid “contrôle technique” dating from January 2019 but will be done again for the sale.

Its price: € 5900

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