As you have have read on these pages, my daily driver 1995 M3 bit the dust a few weeks ago. In a perfect world, I would have stored it and gotten to refreshing the headgasket in a few years when values started to rise; unfortunately, that ain’t my world. This 1978 Porsche 930 here on eBay has been out of commission for a while, but with prices on the rise, the seller likely saw the stars align with all signs pointing to “sell.”
Of course, it helps if you clearly own a dismantling business specializing in Porsches. Ironically, the buyer of my blown-headgasket M3 is the son of my mechanic, with endless space and tools to get the job done at his leisure. The seller contends this is a very simple project, which it may well be – but no details are offered as to how this 930 ended up at a dismantlers and why the engine was removed in the first place.
My guess is this Porsche represents the remains of a stalled project. The body doesn’t appear to be damaged, or perhaps this salvage yard in Sun Valley, CA already had the bodywork done years ago and is now certain they don’t want to invest any further in it. The engine does look complete and it is numbers matching, but this isn’t exactly a Corolla. Maintenance history and other details are essential, even if it is a total project.
That said, the interior looks to be in great shape. That’s half the battle on any restoration, so the fact that all signs point to this 930 being a genuine 31,179 mile example is encouraging. With the prices these cars have been fetching, the asking price of $56,995 doesn’t seem unreasonable – if you can do the work yourself. If not, I’d say to just plan on buying it as car that you can enjoy now and that will likely still be worth more than you invested in another 10 years.