PCH, By The Time I Get To Arizona Edition: NSU, Glas, Triumph, or Benz?

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Welcome to Project Car Hell, where you choose your eternity by selecting the project that's the coolest... and the most hellish! You say picking one of two choices hurts your brain? Fine! We'll give you four choices today!


Randy over at Bring A Trailer thought I might actually want to buy one of these fine automobiles- and he's right, of course- but I thought I would share them with you, my Hell Project-seeking friends, because there will be peace in the Middle East before I'm willing to drag one of these heaps a thousand miles back to my place I believe in sharing such a great opportunity with everyone. Let's check 'em out!

Who wouldn't love a nice original Mercedes-Benz Ponton? This 1959 190D isn't quite exactly nice, what with the fiberglass-patched floors and generally battered condition, but it starts and drives. In fact, given how long your typical Mercedes-Benz diesel engine lasts, you could probably hop right in and drive it to Tierra Del Fuego. Just hope you don't encounter any stop signs on your journey, because the brakes need some work. A thousand bucks takes it away.

1959 was a great year for cars, especially British cars. Forget about that boringly reliable Benz and get yourself this far frumpier sportier 1959 Triumph TR10! It's Arizona-style rust-free and lacks only a few impossible-to-find bits and pieces. $1,200 or best offer!

Any schmoe can drive an old BMW, but it takes a very special shmoe to drive a Glas! This 1966 Glas GT is one of the last non-BMW-badged Glas cars made, which means you'll be drawing from a deep well of Goggomobil heritage when you tow drive it. Three grand, and totally worth it!

Do you ever get the sense that RX-2 drivers are laughing at you and all that foolish reciprocating mass in your engine? Sure you do! That's why you need to put them in their place with a real Wankel-powered machine: this 1968 NSU RO80! It sort of runs, and the "rust issues have been patched," so how hard could it be? Buy this car and every day will be the first day of the rest of your life sentence invigorating restoration project. Would you believe $2,000 OBO? It's true!

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Raphael Orlove

Ater spotting not one, not two, but three RO 80s here in Berlin, I know that my choice is clear.