Pick a Porsche: Porsche 911T Projects

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The high priced craze for Porsches has cooled some, but perhaps sellers don’t yet appreciate that fact. There are plenty of project cars for sale with lofty expectations. This 911T is listed here on eBay where it has been bid up over $15,000 with three days to go and reserve not met. It looks OK from this side but the other side has a bit missing. It has sat for many years and does not run. The floors are solid with minor surface rust. This Porsche was apparently damaged in an accident, the damaged quarter panel removed and the project abandoned.

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The quarter panel was removed for an unknown reason, but apparently due to an accident. Is the substructure straight? The tire appears very close to the body. The seller didn’t provide a picture of the right side so there’s no view of panel fit and there’s no clue to how straight the body is. There is also no picture of the rear to get any idea of suspension damage. It would be interesting to know how badly this car is really damaged,

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Also listed on eBay is this rusty green 1972 P911T. Bidding is over $22,000 with 6 days left and no reserve. The seller says the rust is not a as bad as it looks and that it was parked years ago. The floor pans look OK.

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I guess we need to define “not as bad as it looks”.  If it’s this rusty here, how bad is it likely to be in other places? What would it take to repair just the rust visible here?

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Look at the beautiful interior of this 911T listed on eBay. Bidding is at $6,300 with no reserve and 8 days left. You could add a steering wheel and enjoy hours of pretending to drive your Porsche.

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You’ll need to add a few bits beside the steering wheel, including engine and suspension, to get the full experience though. You’d also have to repair the serious collision damage to the right front. Do any of these look like a viable project? There have been several nice examples sold recently for about $60,000, like this 1973 sold on eBay. It had spent much of it’s life on a showroom floor and was restored. Another 911T Coupe sold on eBay  for $55,000. If you can buy a nice 911T for $60,000 or less, do any of these projects make sense? Or are they just parts cars? Could they be completed, including purchase price, for less than $60,000?

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  1. jumpinjimmy

    fools all

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  2. Bob Hess

    Maroon car worth the effort. Rear sheet metal early control arms bend easily but are also easy to find and replace. Green car is yard art. With that much rust around the torsion bar tube your are looking at a huge repair in time and money. If you have ever done a 930 rear suspension into an early car you know what I talking about.

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    • David F David Frank Staff

      Thank you Bob. It’s great to have readers like you with real depth of knowledge and experience and who are willing to share their knowledge with other readers.

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  3. Jeffro

    Apparently, people have not learned to say “NO” to drugs. These people see more than I do

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  4. angliagt

    I wonder why Porsche isn’t reproducing body shells?
    IF they could make,& sell one for a semi – reasonable price,I’d
    think that there’d be a big market for them.

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    • Dolphin Dolphin Staff

      With the cost of a vintage 911 in top condition, someone could buy a brand new 911 for the same money.

      Hey, maybe that’s why Porsche isn’t making repro body shells!
      I wonder…..could that be the reason Ferdinand Piech nixed the idea?

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  5. Mark Mederski

    Nutz.

    Why not buy a nicely done car to start with? Rarely is it cheaper to buy a rusted / not running hulk and restore it (unless it’s an early Shelby) This car and 90,000 to 110,000 for a resto will yield a $70,000 to $90,000 car, tops. And with the rapid uptick in prices lately, a little flattening or depression in values is likely.

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  6. Rustytech

    Give me the Cat!

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  7. stillrunners

    This stuff was at an estate sale….the parts were advertised…..but got lucky on the last day of the sale…. no one new what they were……

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    • hhaleblian

      What a score!

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  8. Bob Hess

    Porsche has never done anything cheap so building reproduction bodies would probably not produce a lot of interest. Besides, all the cars these days are deemed “collector”cars. Cheaper to rebuild an old one. In 1993 we contracted out to finish a ’73 S that was being converted to Turbo look and suspension. Metal work and paint already done on shell and parts. In ’93 money and a reasonable hourly rate, it cost the customer $43,000 in parts and labor to finish up that car. Don’t know what he’d already spent to get it to where we took over but it wasn’t cheap. Buy ’em already in one piece.

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