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Mercedes-Benz W201 190E 23-16 Vorserie | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Barn find | Mercedes-Benz W201 2.3-16 Vorserie (pre-series)

Flag GermanyWhich old car enthusiast has never dreamed of a barn find? How would it be to open the gate to an old garage and finding something long forgotten? Just imagine seeing the dust of decades dancing in the early morning light and inhaling the dry air.

Well the days of finding a classic car by chance are over, because most garages and barns have been treasure hunted already and are empty now. Today treasure hunting is more of a virtual game, as we are trying to find beautiful bargains that only had one caring owner, super low mileage and a full service history with all the dealer stamps in the right places. On top of that, a folder containing all the invoices is more than welcome and considered the icing on the cake.

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Volkswagen Käfer Cabrio | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Volkswagen Käfer Cabrio | Fasten your seat belts!

Flag GermanyMy friend Gerd and his wife Claudia started the drop-top season rather late this year. After collecting the Volkswagen Beetle convertible from storage and giving it a good wash, we decided to quickly snap a few pictures before officially starting the season.

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Volkswagen T2b Emotions | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Volkswagen T2b | Emotions

Flag GermanyThe title says it all. This post is about emotions. The Volkswagen T2b pictured here sparks many of them, quite literally. These vehicles are just so positively sympathetic, you couldn’t force the smile off your face – even if you wanted to. Not smiling isn’t an option due to friendly feelings, friendly people and friendly encounters. Slowly (as they are) but surely, the classic  VW campers creep into your heart. You just want to pet them, as the sign in the opening pictures suggests 🙂

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Peugeot 504 Golden Brown | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Sleeping Beauties | Golden Brown

Frequent readers know that most posts here at Drive-by Snapshots feature multiple pictures of a certain subject, most often accompanied by a little story. However, my archives are brimming with those lonely single pictures. Until recently I wasn’t really sure how to post them without boring you. A post containing one picture just isn’t really going to cut it. Last week, a good friend of mine had a great idea and suggested that I could group them for posts. While digging through the archives, I actually found many pictures that have something in common: a matching background, color or theme. Today, Drive-by Snapshots presents: three sleeping beauties – golden brown.

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BMW Motorcycle Sculpture Berlin | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2009)

Ford 20M Coupé | A golden helmet and a matching car

Flag GermanyFound this a couple of years ago in Berlin, in front of the MeilenWerk. The place is now called Classic Remise. The BMW K100 motorcycle sculpture itself is worth taking a closer look. Just by chance, a matching Ford 20M Coupé was parked right next to it. Speaking of interesting contrasts…

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DeTomas Pantera | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2007)

DeTomaso Pantera | Close to perfection

Flag GermanyThe DeTomaso Pantera is a car that will always have a special place in my heart. I fell in love with this elegant but somewhat brute supercar when living in the US. Our neighbor had a yellow Pantera with a stroked liter V8 engine, based on a Ford FE Marine(!) block. Visiting the 2007 Jim Clark Revival, I found the Perfect Pantera. It just has the perfect stance and is equipped with a beautiful set off multi-piece BBS wheels. The body has been tastefully modified, retaining the clean lines of the original design – albeit accentuated perfectly.

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Volkswagen Beetle Pick-up | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2011)

Volkswagen Käfer Pickup

Flag GermanyWhile hunting for a project car, I found this excellently crafted Volkswagen Beetle Pickup. The vehicle belongs to the Hagenauer body & paint shop in Würzburg. The split rear windows are a nice touch, but the rear bumper and lights leave something to be desired. They could have created something that suits the overall appearance of the Beetle Pick-up better. But that’s complaining at a high level 😉

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Borgward B611 | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2009)

Borgward B611 | Long extinct – but not forgotten

Flag GermanyBorgward produced quite a few technically interesting vehicles in the 1950’s but was forced into bankruptcy in 1961. The Borgward B 611 I found in Bremen represents a company that unfortunately is long extinct. However, the brand is still loyally supported by enthusiasts from the (e.g.) Borgward IG and the Borgward Club Bremen. The van featured here looks like it was properly restored at one stage and painted in period-correct colors. Sun visors have been popular accessories back then, available in various sizes and colors.

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BMW 850i Z850 | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

BMW 850i | Something unusual

Flag GermanySometimes you walk around a corner without expecting anything unusual. And… bam! There it was, sitting in the middle of the Nürburgring paddock at a VLN race weekend. Most people actually walked by without noticing that there was something wrong with it different and unusual about it. The base was clearly identifiable as a BMW 850i. It looked like somebody had a couple of leftover Z8 parts in the workshop and grafted them onto the E31 body. The craftsmanship and execution are excellent, but the style is, as always, a matter of taste… 

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Skoda S100L | Stanced Sunday Sundae

Flag GermanyA hot Sunday in early summer 2010 with a thunderstorm looming at the horizon. I was craving a sundae while driving on the speed limited part of the A6 in my 190E. I stopped at the McDonald’s in Sinsheim, right across the famous Museum. Seems like it was a good idea to stop just there, because upon entering the parking lot I discovered something unique: A pair of Škoda S100L – lowered to the ground, done up nicely in the (then new) rat style, complete with roof racks and odd luggage. Owned and driven by a group of friendly Czech guys. I inquired about their whereabouts… and they told me they are on the way back from a Škoda meeting in the Netherlands! Four people in each car – but to my huge amazement, they didn’t send sparks flying when they rejoind the Autobahn. I drove in convoy with them for a while and had a huge smile on my face. Seeing other peoples reactions was hilarious 🙂

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Volkswagen T3 Nürburgring | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2011)

Porsche powered VW T3 | Triple the fun

Flag GermanyPutting up a tent in the paddock at the Nürburgring at a VLN racing weekend isn’t really an option. Instead, you might want to have something more solid. Rain is a common weather occurrence at the ‘ring, after all. And while driving in the Eifel mountains isn’t really much fun in an asthmatic vehicle, you might as well bolt a few extra ponies into the engine bay – just as this gentlemen did. Having fun on the way to the track, enjoy the weekend there and have fun on the run home. That’s not only double the fun, but triple. Volkswagen T3 + Porsche 911 engine + proper brakes and suspension = 🙂

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Volkswagen 412 Variant | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2010)

Volkswagen 412 Variant | The Ugly Duckling

Flag GermanyHans Christian Andersen wrote a fairy tale called ‘The Ugly Duckling’. The story revolves around a little bird that suffers abuse from the other birds, until eventually maturing into a beautiful swan. Looking at the Volkswagen 412 Variant I found in Karlsruhe a couple of years ago, you can see a similar story. A vehicle that was considered ugly by most people and received a lot of bad comments right from the start.

However, the end of the story differs dramatically from the fairy tale version. In real life the story doesn’t have a happy end. Even now, almost 40 years later, nobody would ever confuse it with a beautiful swan. But hey… it does have a brightly colored 76 sticker. 😉

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Vita Popcorn | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2009)

Vita Popcorn

Flag Germany2009 wasn’t such a good year for funfairs. With the financial crisis hitting the economy hard in 2008, many people didn’t have a lot of money to spend on rides, hot dogs, popcorn, etc. This and the chilly bloody cold temperatures during the Karlsruher Mess’ gave us the rare opportunity of taking some nighttime funfair pictures, without having to worry about a crowd. Most of the pictures turned out to be awesome – but lonely and sad at the same time. Proof, that an economic crisis takes the fun out of a funfair.

This post is dedicated to the beautifully lit Vita Popcorn® themed stall. A homely, warm glow that really stood out from the more colorful neon lights surrounding it.

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Ford GT40 | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2011)

Ford GT | A rare beauty at the Nürburgring

Flag GermanyFirst seen from a distance across the road. Later on up close in the paddock area. Did I like the Ford GT? You bet! Would have never thought it could look great in silver with grey stripes…

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Renault 16 TS | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2010)

Renault 16 TS | Add elf oil and it runs like a Le Mans legend!

Flag GermanyAdvertising is sometimes… weird. Create a new version version of a Renault 16 called TS, add a Le Mans racecar sticker to the rear window and a set of extra headlights. Et voilá – you have a sporty version of a rather sedate family car with plenty of roll in corners. Don’t forget to add elf oil and wear fancy sneakers – for that extra sporty pedal feel 😉

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BMW 635CSI E24 | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2010)

BMW 635 CSI | The Shark

Flag GermanyWhile browsing the MeilenWerk in Düsseldorf with a friend in 2010, we found this pristine shark nose BMW 635 CSI.

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Porsche 911 SC Targa | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Porsche 911 Targa | Found on the way home

Flag GermanyOn the way home yesterday, I drove past an industrial estate near Würzburg and found a beautifully restored Porsche 911 SC Targa with the roof open. Outside. Mind you, it was just barely over 0° Celsius and cloudy…

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BMW Z4 VLN racecar in the mist | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2013)

BMW Z4 VLN | Natural photo effect filter

Flag GermanyNürburgring, April 26 2013. It rains and the strong wind is bloody cold. Time for a hot shower! But wait… the local weather provides one of the natural photo effect filters it is so well known for: fog. Fortunately there is a nice opportunity for a couple of pictures. The BMW Z4 VLN racecar sits in the fading light, sporting a nice reflection on the wet ground. All it needs now is a bumper sticker… I’d rather be racing.

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Chrysler Newport Royal 2-door Hardtop Coupé | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Chrysler Newport Royal scares cyclists in Berlin

Flag GermanyRRROOAARRR! That sort of mean V8 growl is not what you usually expect to hear when seeing a classic Berlin double-decker bus. There is a mean beast rare car hiding behind the bus, scaring the cyclists. The light turns green, the cyclists make a run for cover and the beast… spins the tires due to lack of grip caused by the summer rain in July 2012. Finding a suitable parking spot might not be easy with a vehicle that has such a long name: 1972 Chrysler Newport Royal 2-Door Hardtop Coupé.

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Nissan Skyline GT-R 34 Yellow Drifter | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2010)

Nissan Skyline GT-R34 Drifter in Karlsruhe

Flag GermanyThe first week after a long winter treated us to sunshine and quite agreeable temperatures in April 2010. While driving home, I found this yellow Nissan Skyline R34 drifter parked on a side road with a for sale sign on the dashboard. When I downloaded the files weeks later, I discovered something I never noticed when taking the pictures. The McDonalds billboard in the background says: We bring enjoyment to roll. Quite fitting, I suppose 😉

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