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BMW 3200 CS, Honda Accord Aerodeck 2.0 Si, Lincoln Zephyr: Mercedes’ Marketplace Madness

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Welcome back to Mercedes’ Marketplace Madness! As you know, I love picking up dirt-cheap cars, motorcycles, and campers, then telling you lovely readers about the dumb things that I do with them. I’m always looking for the next deal, but most of the time, I’m left empty-handed. At the same time, I love building a list of cars, trucks, and motorcycles that I would buy if I had the money.

Mercedes’ Marketplace Madness turns the long lists of vehicles I’d love to buy into something for you all to enjoy. Some of them are cheap and some of them are not. Some of the vehicles I find are purely window shopping for everyone other than a collector like Beau or Myron.

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This week’s theme is what I’m calling “Import Fever.” A number of today’s vehicles came from other countries and would make sweet end-of-summer rides. Some of them are sadly a bit expensive, but still fun to look at. One of these vehicles might be something you’d buy only if you’re running a fever, but we’ll see.

Here’s what I’m looking at this week!

1950 Fiat 500 Topolino – $17,500

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The seller of this vintage Fiat says they bought it while in Italy then imported into America when they came home from their tour. What you’re looking at here is what Italy considered its people’s car, and it has some history. Read about it here from our friends at the Lane Motor Museum:

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Fiat began in 1899 when the Societa Aninima Fabbrica Italiana di Automobili – Torino was formed and has been building cars for over 100 years. Many consider the most famous Fiat to be the 500 “Topolino” (topolino translates to “little mouse”, a term of endearment the Italian people gave the small 500A). Launched in 1936, the new “baby” Fiat was the smallest mass-produced car of its time. With two seats, a 13bhp 569cc engine and a 6½ foot wheelbase, it was designed to bring motoring to the masses. It was a great success, and the initial version remained in production until 1948, with over 122,000 being produced. Although the Fiat 500 body style has changed over the years, Fiat produced a “Fiat 500″ well into the 1990s.

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The Fiat 500 Topolino Model C launched in 1949 and featured the same engine, but a restyled body. This little mouse is said to run and drive fine, but the starter could use a rebuild and the car needs a new battery. It’s $17,500 from the seller in Silverdale, WA with 33,283 miles.

1962 Hillman Husky – $8,400

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Here’s a handsome little utility vehicle for what seems to be a reasonable price. The Hillman Husky is a wagon based on the Hillman Minx. Notable features include a rear door that swings open rather than opens up like a hatch. It also has sliding side windows.

In 1857 Josiah Turner and James Starley formed the Coventry Sewing Machine Company. They would join forces with William Hillman, changed its name to the Coventry Machinists Company, and began making bicycles. The pair made wire-spoke wheels and used them to make the lightweight Ariel bicycle. The Ariel was a penny-farthing design. The company continued to build bicycles for years (and merged with a number of companies) until 1898, when the company began experimenting with motorized vehicles. In 1907 William Hillman and Breton Louis Coatalen founded Hillman-Coatalen to build cars. Coatalen left the company for Sunbeam in 1909 and a year later, the company was renamed to Hillman Motor Car Company. The company would later fall under the control of Rootes Group, then later Chrysler and Peugeot. The name was last used in 1976.

This Hillman Husky Series II was reupholstered and repainted at some point in its past. This appears to be holding up well, save for the beginnings of rust in places. Power comes from a 1,390cc straight-four making 51 HP. The engine, which is noted to have an oil leak, gets power to the rear wheels through a manual transmission. It’s $8,400 from the seller in Clarence, New York with 50,000 miles.

1960 Buick Invicta Estate Wagon – $25,300

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The Buick Invicta was a new model for 1959, replacing the Century as Buick’s fullsize performance car. The Invicta is known for its ostentatious fins which run from the grille up front to most of the way to the rear, where another set of fins take over. If you haven’t heard of the Invicta before, it’s because the model was short-lived, lasting until 1963 before being replaced.

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The Invicta was available as a two-door convertible, two-door hardtop, four-door hardtop, and a station wagon. Today’s example is one of those wagons. It’s believed to have an older repaint and will need touching up as surface rust is beginning to peek through.

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Under the hood is a 401 cubic inch V8, rated at 325 HP and 445 lb-ft torque. That reaches the rear wheels through a two-speed automatic. The engine seems to need something done to it as starting the vehicle requires several pumps of the gas pedal and the engine has some slight smoke on startup. New parts include fuel pump, aluminum radiator, and electric fan.

Overall, the vehicle looks to be in decent shape. It’s $25,300 from the seller on Hemmings with 98,898 miles.

1987 Honda Accord Aerodeck 2.0 Si – Make Offer

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Debuting in 1985 as part of the third-generation Accord, Honda proclaimed that the Accord Aerodeck was “the vehicle which transcends the hatchback.”

This car was another experiment of Honda, specifically of designers Masato Nakano and Yusuke Saito, who would later join Akio Koike in drawing up the ASIMO robot. The experiment was to create a shooting brake that was more upscale than a regular Accord and was sort of a wagon and a hatchback at the same time. The idea was to attract the kind of young professional who might buy an E30 BMW.

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Functionally, this is a car similar to one you could buy here, from the lovely Victoria Scott:

It was a Europe/Asia/Australia only version (so basically, everyone but the US, of course) of the third generation Accord, and is functionally very similar to the ones sold in the US. It has a four speed automatic mated to a B20A motor (non-VTEC, completely unrelated to the B series VTEC motors in the later Integra). It does 0-60 in Yes, and the quarter mile at Good God Merging With A Short Ramp Just Became So Much Harder.

The Aerodeck for sale today is up for grabs on the Goonet Exchange in Chiba, Japan. Power comes from a 2.0-liter four making 143 HP and 128 lb-ft torque, reaching the front wheels through a five-speed manual. There are 126,765 miles on the odometer and the seller is asking for offers rather than stating a price.

2014 Ducati Monster 696 – $4,650

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To call the Ducati Monster an influential motorcycle would be an understatement. The naked style and exposed trellis frame have inspired many other motorcycles over the years. To me, the original is still pretty captivating and one day I’d love to own one. Here’s what Ducati says about the Monster’s development:

Since its first appearance at the “International Motorcycle Fair” in Cologne in 1992, the Monster has stood out for its character, originality and innovation. Strange, essential, rebellious and outside the box: it didn’t take long for this concept to become a true icon, capable of setting trends and generating a new market segment.

To become a masterpiece of visual minimalism, all superfluous aspects were abandoned: “All you need is: a seat, tank, engine, two wheels and handlebar,” explains Miguel Galluzzi, designer of the Monster. Elements previously considered purely functional (engine block, frame, etc.) have been elevated to the state of “functional form”, simply because they are displayed.

One of the most imitated bikes of all time, the Monster has generated entire legions of imitators, even though imitation always remains the highest form of admiration after all.

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The Monster 696 went on sale in 2008 and became the first Monster to sell over 10,000 units in one year. Its 696cc engine also had the highest power output per cc of any Ducati air-cooled engine at the time.

That engine is a 90-degree V-twin making 80 HP and 50 lb-ft torque. This one is said to be in good shape with a low 7,207 miles on the odometer. It’s $4,650 from the seller in Sacramento, California and the seller is willing to throw in a helmet, jacket, and gloves if you want them.

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1939 Lincoln Zephyr – $38,074 (Starting Bid)

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The 1930s were a wonderful time for vehicle aesthetics. Streamlined design was hitting everything from cars to locomotives. Art Deco design, gorgeous metalwork, and graceful curves were in. One of the greats to come out of this era was the Lincoln Zephyr. As the MotorCities National Heritage Area writes, the Zephyr was inspired by the Briggs Manufacturing 1934 Scarab Tjaarda prototype. Ford President Edsel Ford joined forces with Briggs’ John Tjaarda and Ford designers Eugene Turenne Gregorie and Bob Koto to create the Zephyr.

The car was a leap forward in design from its curved side windows to the headlights, which were molded into the fenders. It also sported a low-raked windscreen and integrated fenders while boasting options like an electric clock and Louis Vuitton luggage. The Zephyr launched in 1935 for the 1936 model year and competed with the Cadillac LaSalle line as well as the Packard one-twenty. Its other competitor was the also revolutionary Chrysler Airflow, but found success where the Airflow did not.

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This 1939 Zephyr made its way to Antwerp, Belgium, where it sat in running condition in the private collection of a museum for years. The car was restored at some point in its life and since it has been stored for years, that restoration is still holding up. The auction house believes some reconditioning will be required if this vehicle will be driven.

Power comes from a 267 cubic inch V12 making 110 HP and is sent through a four-speed manual transmission. It’s up for grabs for a starting bid of $38,074 at the Bernaerts Auctioneers: Classic Cars A Belgian Hidden Collection in Belgium. Bidding begins September 5.

1964 BMW 3200 CS – $96,716

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Here’s a classic BMW famous for its Bertone styling. Built as the successor to the 503, the 3200 CS would also be one of the first applications of what would become known as the Hofmeister kink. From BMW:

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Although the BMW 3200 CS was based on the engineering of the outgoing 503, it turned its back comprehensively on its predecessor’s bulky dimensions, which evoked memories of sports cars from the pre-war era. The first BMW to bear the initials CS had a far lighter and airier feel to it, its roof sitting high atop large windows that projected a self-assured aura. There were no B-pillars to disrupt the car’s profile, and at the rear the C-pillars sported the famous “Hofmeister kink” that was to become a signature feature of all BMWs. It was also the first model to come with circular rear lights, a detail that lived on until 1973 in the 02 Series launched in 1966.

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In September 1961, the new BMW 3200 CS was exhibited at the Frankfurt Motor Show, although it was somewhat overshadowed by the eagerly anticipated BMW 1500 “New Class” model. As with any car that dared to be different at the time, some observers deemed it too plain, yet it was this very paring-down that made the newcomer so elegant.

Its price tag of 30,000 marks meant that it cost the same as a small house and placed it firmly in the luxury segment, where it locked horns with the world’s best. Not only was it one of motoring’s most exclusive gems, it was one of the rarest too, with no more than around 600 examples built up to 1965.

As BMW notes up there, these are quite rare. The handcrafted bodies made their way from Italy to Munich by train, where they would be finished out. Power comes from a 3,168cc V8 making 158 HP and it’s backed by a manual transmission.

This example is an older restoration wearing 20,748 miles on its odometer. Features include leather, power windows, and a power sunroof. It’s the equivalent of $96,716 at Movendi in Germany.

2019 Ford EcoSport 4×6 – $16,500

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This is the first and perhaps maybe the only time you’ll ever see the Ford EcoSport on a Mercedes’ Marketplace Madness. First, I will confirm that this car is pronounced like “EchoSport.” I asked a Ford representative about that and they confirmed it’s true.

It was originally developed by the Ford Brazil Development Center, going on sale in 2003. The first EcoSport shares its bones with the European Ford Fiesta and the European Ford Fusion. In Brazil, the compact crossover was a hot-selling vehicle.

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We got the second-generation EcoSport, which started production in 2012 before reaching American shores in the 2018 model year. Sadly, the crossover didn’t wow reviewers thanks to complaints of slow acceleration, middling fuel economy, and unimpressive cabin. Normally, a car like this one wouldn’t be Madness fodder.

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However, take a look at this EcoSport. That’s right, it has six wheels! Before you ask, it’s not six-wheel-drive, but it does net a bigger trunk thanks to the extra length. This EcoSport is also a high trim level Platinum with all-wheel-drive, so it has that going for it. Sadly, the seller doesn’t say who did the stretch or why, but it’s certainly something different.

It’s $16,500 from the seller in Ubly, Michigan with 42,575 miles.

1966 Citroën HY – $34,308

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This van is expensive, but at the same time it looks like no other van on the road. The seller suggests using it for your business, but honestly, I’d so rock this van as a vintage motorcycle hauler. Here’s some information from the Lane Motor Museum:

The H-Van was simple to maintain, cheap to run, and durable, enabling the French to have their goods to market after WWII. Its distinctive corrugated sheet metal bodywork was sturdy and light, and the 2-liter engine was virtually indestructible. The van was roomy and offered ample access – one sliding door on the side and a back door which opened in three parts. The back entrance was designed with two doors on the bottom that opened to the sides and one door on the top that opened upward. This allowed for transporting cargo that was longer than the van. The front seat is positioned high to allow excellent outward vision. It has a load capacity of 3,500 pounds.

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Read that? 3,500 pounds! Ok, there is a catch. Power comes from a 1.9-liter four making just 50 HP and backed by a three-speed manual. That, in turn, is good for a top speed of 50 mph. So the front-wheel-drive van can carry a good payload nowhere near a highway. It’s $34,308 from the seller in Bavaria.

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Scott Ross
Scott Ross
9 months ago

The Ducati rider either got in trouble or has a kid on the way. Either way I would want to see service records. If valves have not been adjusted walk away

Stephen Sykes
Stephen Sykes
9 months ago
Reply to  Scott Ross

nah, valves and belts on a 2v ducati are not a big deal to do yourself or pay a reputable indy to handle. this version of the engine in particular is easier to work on than older versions since they added locking pins for the cams making it all but impossible to screw up a belt change. Source: I have the slightly larger monster 796. I bought a used head from the same model off ebay for about $50 to practice on before I did the valves on my actual bike.

George Millwood
George Millwood
9 months ago

Love that BMW, just gorgeous.

Theotherotter
Theotherotter
9 months ago

Mercedes, I don’t know how you could share that Zephyr without also sharing this:

https://live.bernaerts.eu/lots/view/4-AFFD05/1975-chevrolet-corvette-convertible-harry-mann-prototype

Hangover Grenade
Hangover Grenade
9 months ago
Reply to  Theotherotter

Man that thing is hideous. Thanks for sharing!

Michael Beranek
Michael Beranek
9 months ago

Regarding the short-lived Invicta, it has been represented for all these decades as the center shield in the Buick emblem. The tri-shield was introduced in 1959 along with the new model lineup: Electra, Invicta, and LeSabre. And even though Buick has recently reimagined the logo, the center white shield for the Invicta is still there.

Geoff Buchholz
Geoff Buchholz
9 months ago

Mercy, you outdid your usual high standards with this week’s list. They’re nearly all bangers … though I was secretly hoping the “Lincoln Zephyr” in the headline was the 2010-era model based on the Fusion just to bring us back down to Earth.

If Beau handed ME his bidder’s paddle with this field, I’d have a hard time choosing between the Invicta wagon (so much PRESENCE), the elegant BMW, the HY and the Aerodeck (which I’d forgotten was a thing before I discovered Victoria Scott).

Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
9 months ago

$34k for that van? They’re freebasing so much coke I’m surprised they can still use the internet.

Jonee Eisen
Jonee Eisen
9 months ago

It’s getting hard to find one that hasn’t been turned into a food truck. And they’ve always been rare in the States. It’s not as crack pipe a price as you think it is.

Cheap Bastard
Cheap Bastard
9 months ago

“Before you ask, it’s not six-wheel-drive, but it does net a bigger trunk thanks to the extra length. This EcoSport is also a high trim level Platinum with all-wheel-drive, so it has that going for it.”

Something quite literally doesn’t add up here…

Michael Beranek
Michael Beranek
9 months ago
Reply to  Cheap Bastard

It WAS all wheel drive. Now it’s 66.667% wheel drive?

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
9 months ago

Well some nice cars but prices 10x what i would pay. 6 wheel mini van aint nothing. The Citroen pretty much looks like a US SPEC bread van but made with corrugated aluminum instead of rolled steel. I have driven the us version with both 1 seat with a jumper and no seats. We want our employees moving.

Cuzn Ed
Cuzn Ed
9 months ago
Reply to  Mr Sarcastic

I don’t want to besmirch you, Dave Jensen – we haven’t even met, after all, your username notwithstanding. But you don’t appear to have a soul. My recommendation is that you get that checked out.
It’s worth noting that i don’t actually believe souls are a thing. Still, though. Of all the souls that don’t exist, yours seems to not-exist the hardest. <wink>

Vetatur Fumare
Vetatur Fumare
9 months ago
Reply to  Cuzn Ed

Amazing how many people don’t get the Citroën HY and still come here. Not that it’s required, it just confuses me.

Slow Joe Crow
Slow Joe Crow
9 months ago

The Hillman and the Buick make an interesting contrast.
The BMW is nice but the E9 3.0CS is prettier.
The H van gets bonus points because it hasn’t been converted to a food truck. Mercedes’ idea of a motorcycle hauler is good or make a parts runner for your Citroën shop like Bill Lonseth in Portland
Of the bunch today the Aerodeck appeals the most

Nic Periton
Nic Periton
9 months ago

I love that the Hillman Husky and the Buick Invicta are essentially the same car. The only difference being that one of them was based on a Monte Carlo winning platform.

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
9 months ago
Reply to  Nic Periton

If the Invicta replaced the Century did they switch back? I seem to remember my parents having a Buick Century Wagon in the 70s.

Tim Cougar
Tim Cougar
9 months ago
Reply to  Mr Sarcastic

Buick revived the Century name in 1973 for their midsize model.

Torque
Torque
9 months ago

3/4 rear view of that BMW reminds me of a Corvair
And the Ford seller doesn’t disclose the most bonkers (non-factory), feature of the vehicle!?!

RootWyrm
RootWyrm
9 months ago

2019 Ford EcoSport 4×6 – $16,500

Not even if that was what they were paying me to take it to the crusher.
Which is more than such an abomination of bad engineering deserves. And I’m talking about BEFORE the idiotic conversion. Fucking oil soaked timing belt coupled to an oil soaked belt-driven oil pump…

1960 Buick Invicta Estate Wagon – $25,300

This car is peak boomer who knows what they got.
At $25k it’d need to be a pristine example needing nothing other than a new set of tires or brake shoes. Showing rust and paint failure, plus they can’t figure out how to fix a simple carb issue?
That puts it firmly into fair condition, which has a valuation of $4,700. Tops.

1939 Lincoln Zephyr – $38,074 (Starting Bid)

This is a museum runner, which means your ‘reconditioning’ is likely going to be your typical age related soft parts. Tires and belts, maybe brakes.
And this is the hot-to-trot coupe with the V12. Museum grade restoration including running and driving, you’re talking at minimum good condition and more likely excellent. That puts the pricetag between $56k and $97k. Any number under $56k is a steal if this is your pre-war jam.

SlowCarFast
SlowCarFast
9 months ago

Darn! That Zephyr has blind spots the size of a semi trailer! Couldn’t they afford to make the rear windows a little bit larger? No? Okay then.

Michael Beranek
Michael Beranek
9 months ago
Reply to  SlowCarFast

Such ideas were not even on the radar back then. It was most important to create that proper look for the owner’s profile in the back seat.

IanGTCS
IanGTCS
9 months ago

Anyone else think that Ecosport pictures was grabbed from google earth where stuff didn’t quite line up between pictures at first?

Geoff Buchholz
Geoff Buchholz
9 months ago
Reply to  IanGTCS

I came here to say this — or a panorama shot gone wrong.

Cerberus
Cerberus
9 months ago

That Buick sounds totally normal, so I wonder if whoever wrote the ad is unfamiliar with old carbed cars or if there is really a problem and they’re downplaying the starting difficulty. I would fully expect that big old carbed engine to need a few pumps of fuel to start and the smoke could be, well, from the fuel that got pumped in to start it. Of course, maybe there really is something going on there, it just doesn’t seem clear to me. Great car, though, with some real life utility and that you’re unlikely to see at a show.

I am in love with that Zephyr and that starting price seems reasonable to me, especially for a coupe, though I’m not sure what the market value is. But I don’t need an ancient V12 Art Deco beauty that . . . no, I don’t need that. Shit, I might need that . . . nope, nope, I’m good. I don’t need it.

The Ecosport . . . that’s way too much time and money to spend on making a POS into a weird, even worse POS. So seldom is it that the people with the skills and resources to build stuff are the people who have the good ideas of what to do with it.

SlowCarFast
SlowCarFast
9 months ago
Reply to  Cerberus

They do have a Corvair, so I think they should know about a normal amount of smoke. I know what you’re saying, though. It is a cryptic description of the problem.

Cerberus
Cerberus
9 months ago
Reply to  SlowCarFast

I agree, but the way it’s worded it’s almost like it’s someone else writing the copy who might not know anything, but I could be reading too much into it. Either way, it seems expensive, but I like it.

Frankencamry
Frankencamry
9 months ago

So, with the EcoSport being AWD, that would make the third axle a tag axle, unless they got particularly zany with the build. I want to know what its payload max is, and if there are airbag kits for it.

It’s already nuts, it might as well be incredibly useful to boot. If we’re looking at 2500lb axles, that thing can carry a full ton pallet no problem.

Chronometric
Chronometric
9 months ago

I really really want that BMW. But for that kind of money I can get a decent E9 coupe or the nicest Bavaria on the planet and a 2002tii.

Alan Christensen
Alan Christensen
9 months ago

Eight-year-old me was blown away by the 1960 Buicks.

Taco Shackleford
Taco Shackleford
9 months ago

Uncle Topolino!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xeVcJ2FVgo

Different front ends, but I’d take just about any Topolino, including the new one with rope doors and shower.

Frankencamry
Frankencamry
9 months ago

Gotta disagree with you. I love the first gen. The second gen is just so meh in comparison.

If I’m getting a charming little antique, it needs to deliver on the charm.

Icouldntfindaclevername
Icouldntfindaclevername
9 months ago

Ford to Sema builder, hey we need to get more people into the EcoSport. Build us something.
Sema builder, what’s our budget?
Ford, $20k
Builder, OK
20 weeks later
Builder, what do you think
Ford, we canceled it

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MATTinMKE
MATTinMKE
9 months ago

“Ford, we canceled it”

Good call on Ford’s part.

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