1974 Porsche 911: Not From Cali

1974 Porsche 911

Before you get excited by this 911’s location, look closely at the details: it’s in California, but it bears a Maine registration – and the signs of many brutal New England winters. Listed here on eBay with the bidding fairly active but the reserve unmet, this ’74 911 is quite rusty. Despite this, it does have an original engine, transmission, and the remnants of its original paint, a very cool shade called Desert Beige. Cars like this always leave me conflicted – they look just complete enough that I can envision how gorgeous it would be if restored, but knowing it will fetch some crazy price just leaves me cold. Such a great color combo – let’s hope within the next few years, it ends up looking like it never left the West Coast.


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  1. SoCal Car Guy

    Parts car at best.

  2. Chas

    Either you are a much more skilled body man than I have ever met, or you have never dealt with the actual restoration of a rusty car, and are far more enthusiastic than realistic.
    This car cannot be properly restored for anywhere near its market value, and is therefore probably forever relegated to a parts car status, or someone will be very, very upside down on the investment value of this particular project.
    I appreciate your optimism with many of the cars featured on the site, but so many are either too far gone to be realistically saved, or will be gently persuaded into rusty driver status.
    I would really like to see a slightly higher level of projects being featured on these pages, even if the asking prices rise somewhat. I am not talking about expensive pristine cars, but rather projects that are truly worth saving and dropping the purchase price on.
    I don’t believe that many (if any) of the followers on this list would ever actually purchase this car (or several others featured) at these prices with this much rust to deal with.
    Just my two cents worth.

  3. sir mike

    is that rust or is something growing on the guage bezels?? some parts car at best..like the pumpkin in the boot..

  4. RockabillyJay

    This is the guy I bought my 911 from..and mine was almost as bad! Depending on what you want to do this may be a good start. If you can weld, want an outlaw and have lots of time and money…

  5. Gary Fogg

    The guy from Maine says run away !!

  6. Dave at OldSchool Restorations

    I’m with CHAS on this one ……….
    rust is a 4 letter word spelled $$$$

    By the way, Jesse, I’m back, and tonight, I will post a response that you asked for, regarding the Lotus 7 Clone from a couple days ago.

  7. Fogline

    But you don’t have to worry about smogging it in CA. HA!

  8. dj

    Not much holding it together except for rust.

  9. Dolphin Member

    Possible scenarios:

    1) California guy buys old rusty 911 cheap out of Maine and gets it shipped to CA “to fix up”. He sees the car up close, decides not to throw good money after bad, and lists it on Ebay to make a few bucks.

    2) California guy buys old rusty 911 cheap out of Maine and gets it shipped to CA to sell and make a few bucks.

  10. Pete

    Jack up the VIN plate and drive a California car under it.

    • grant

      Why? A California car will have its own VIN plate…

  11. Rich

    Weld up the structural stuff, find a matching colour engine cover, park it up at a classic Porsche meeting, sit back and listen to the comments.

  12. skloon

    It’s part of the Porsche bubble, the rust bubble- unless you need the engine/gearbox I don’t see much valuable here- as to fixing the body you will be looking a long time for solid steel to weld to

  13. GreaserMatt

    What did they did to the hood???

  14. Jeff Staff

    Sold for over $8K…

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