1970 Porsche 911: Island Rescue

1970 Porsche 911

When I visited Maui a few years back, I made a habit of snapping pictures of every abandoned car or forlorn project I could find. You’d be surprised at how many treasures were sitting listlessly in driveways, half-covered with a tarp and vegetation overtaking any exposed surfaces. Of course, when you factor in the difficulty and expense associated with getting parts or finding a specialist shop on an island to repair a car like this 1970 Porsche 911 here on eBay, it’s not surprising that many of the laid-up cars I saw were European makes. Though bidding is low on this 911 at only $565, that number will likely go up – despite the fact it resides on the Hawaiian island of Kailua and shipping will absolutely factor into the final purchase price. From what I can see, this 911 has a fair amount of rust, typical for tropical communities and an extended outdoor stay. There’s no mention of matching numbers or the missing front bumper, so ask lots of questions if you’re considering this Hawaiian Porsche project.


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  1. Mark in Medford

    There are at least two citys in Hawaii named Kailua. One on the big island and one on Oahu. The shipping cost would be a little differerent depending where.

  2. Rancho Bella

    it amazes me how little regard someone had for this car. It would serve them right if offers don’t even get close.

    • chase

      sold for $11,400

  3. jim s

    you could get a shipping discount because it is lightweight! bidding is for parts and a good title i thing. interesting find.

  4. Horse Radish

    Wouldn’t it be just as expensive to get this car off the island as it would be to get parts or a parts car there ?

    If the seller checked with locals or advertised there he was probably disappointed with the offers and is trying his luck on the world wide web.

    Unfortunately that does not make the car any better or more valuable…..

  5. Dolphin Member

    Not enough information to go on, but the pictures say the body needs lots of metalwork and you will be lucky if the engine turns.

    The wide eyed optimism of some sellers amazes me: “This cars interior seems be nearly complete and unaltered”. WRONG. The interior has been seriously altered by sitting and baking in the sun for a few decades. Nobody is going to pay way too much for this car, then way too much to have the metalwork, drivetrain, and the many little things restored, and then want to even sit in that interior, let alone drive any distance.

    Needs everything. I predict it will sell for way more than it should.

  6. Trickie Dickie Member

    No No No No and NO !!! I have been to Hawaii a lot. No matter the make you do not want a car from the islands that has been outside this long. Locals would call this a “MauiCar”. which translates to Untouchable. It would bring NO money locally. It would cost to haul it away. Isn’t it amazing what is beginning to show up for sale, and at stupid high prices!! P.T. Barnum was right.

  7. kenzo

    the price is up to 3500 already. yikes

  8. Bobsmyuncle

    I’d love to trace the recent onslaught of 911s into the future to see just how many of these disasters actually get restored. I bet many of them make it to market in a few years after multiple estimates and/or failed restorations bring the owners to reality.

  9. Dan h

    Don’t ever,ever,EVER buy a car from Hawaii.

    Otherwise, Hawaii No-Ka-Oi!!

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