Porsche was never in the habit of making bad automobiles. Quirky, temperamental, and a bit crashy, sure. But even in their most drug-addled states in the ‘70s, the least deserving of the Porsche namesake was 10 times better than most anything on the road at that given moment. Case in point—this Porsche 911 that was left to rot in a project state can be made to run rings around whatever you’re driving. But is it worth it?
This 1976 Porsche 911 S started life as, well, a Porsche 911 S. Some time between 1976 and the present, the car was taken apart for various ill-fitting mods, sold, and re-purchased as a project car, after which it became too daunting of a task for the current owner to handle, so the car is up on the block yet again, in an almost finished state, save for all of the bits that actually make it run. Those are in a box somewhere, and all the parts are totally there. Probably.
In any case, the fact that a non-targa vintage 911 S shell with all the associated components can be sold for less than $20,000 is a godsend for anyone with some time, some space, and a halfway decent set of tools.
It might not be a numbers-matching, low-mileage example, but it’s rust free, has a lot of pretty damn desirable bits, and is the right shape and size to start off anyone’s vintage car collection.
Here’s an excerpt from the description:
I simply don’t want to see it sit forever and not be appreciated for more than just “I own a 911. But I can’t drive it”... There is way too much to list. In total there is well over $20K invested. When finished it’ll easily be a $40k car. I put it at about 75% done. Keep in mind it is a project, there are odds and ends that need finishing. There are little tedious details that will need attention. Also the engine is totally dismantled and will need to be built. I have all the engine parts, all are in good condition and totally usable. This is a CIS injection car and the system is included. Transmission is the 915 and will need to be gone through, it pops out of third under hard acceleration (like a lot of them do). It comes with factory Carrera seats that need to be redone and there is a Momo hub installed/included, you’ll need to provide the steering wheel.
Whether it’s worth it depends on your level of comfort with a project that may take a while at the very least. If you’re fine with something that will gift you with an event every time you turn the key, then this 911 is worth getting and fixing up. Obviously a pre-purchase chassis inspection is needed, as well as a good cataloging of the parts included, as vintage Porsche parts are worth more than their weight in gold.
If I wasn’t suffering from a case of chronic cashlessness, I’d be all over this like Magnus Walker on, well, this. Someone, anyone, please get this and make it the cheapo Porsche that you’ve always dreamed of having.