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9k Miles? 1972 Porsche 911 Targa

Ambition and determination are two very strong traits when it comes to restoring a car. Although they are admirable, they can get you into trouble, like with this ’72 Porsche 911 Targa. Having possibly only covered 9,000 miles in its lifetime, this Porsche has certainly seen much better days. Despite the rough body, a second 1973 body is included in the sale. The 2.7l flat 6 is dismantled and appears fairly complete. This advanced project is offered for the Buy-it-now price of $16,700. Check out this project here on eBay out of Grantville, Pennsylvania.

Displayed like an exploded diagram, the 2.7l does not appear heavily corroded as one may expect from an extremely rusty car. It is not specified, but I guess it is implied that this is the original numbers matching engine. The seller has expressed that all wear items should be replaced and that new jugs and pistons are likely needed. There is a 901 5 speed included, but it is not visible in the auction photos.

Since this is a Targa top car, the interior looks to be in pretty rough condition. In fact, I would say you are going to need everything for the interior. Seats, door panels, hardware, dash, gauges, steering wheel, carpet, etc. Looking beyond the steering wheel, you can see the fine Fred Flintstone manual brake system. One positive about this Porsche is that it was originally an A/C equipped car. Sadly, the compressor and other items are missing, but the Blower motor and Evaporator are still in place, and possibly a few other items.

Although the seller described what the original 1972 body would need, I think it would have been clearer to declare what doesn’t need to be repaired. The seller suggests using the 1973 body and grafting over the parts from the 1972 shell. I think that starts to muddy the waters a bit if this is a numbers matching car with “9,000 miles”. Even if you transferred parts from the 1972 body to the 1973 body, you would still be left with very little in regards to a running/driving car.

So the other part of this equation is this 1973 body, which is no cream puff. Sadly this 1973 fell subject to a fire, so there may be some other issues with this body. Also, there are quite a few dents, and wavy panels, which seem indicative of a fire. On top of that, the nose of this body has been replaced, which the work looks fairly low quality. There is a visible rivet, and it looks like someone tried to weld the panel to a thin rusted area where the welds blew out. The driver quarter skin has been replaced on this car, but no matter how you cut it, this body needs a lot of work too. I am sure there is someone out there with enough determination to make something of this machine, but I think this project may be better suited for parts.  Would you revive or part out this Porsche?


  1. Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

    Having read the former article (“Singer Porsche”) this would best be sent there unless the new owner of this sad collection of rusted parts is very, very talented and patient…

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    • Frank D

      Rust repair is expensive to fix. I say he would past on this vehicle.

  2. Howard A Member

    Another example of how could someone drive a fantastic car like this through the Delaware slop? To be clear, they never say it’s original 9,000 miles, and by the looks of it, it endured more than one harsh winter. Pretty amazing, of all the choices of vehicles to drive in winter, someone drove this. I wonder what they hit in front down low like that?

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    • William

      Our son tells of a college prof he had that drove a brand new 911 through midwestern winters. When asked why, he just shrugged and said it was a gift from his wealthy parents, said all of his family drove expensive cars all winter long. You would think if someone is smart enough to become that rich, they would have a little common sense. For the value of the car, you could buy a very nice more common car for winter driving, to preserve the value of the expensive one. He asked him that question. His response was that anyone in his family would not be seen in anything but a high end car, said it was a matter of “pride”. To me, that speaks volumes about a certain subset of the populations mindset. In fairness to the spoiled rich kid, he did say being rear engine, it was great in the snow.

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  3. bobhess bobhess Member

    Probably rear ended someone sliding on ice on the many snow days it was driven in picking up rust worms. Bit rough for the money.

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  4. Fahrvergnugen Fahrvergnugen Member

    9,000 miles? That is one tall cliff to fall from, right into the briny…

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  5. Steve R


    Steve R

  6. e5563

    1972 had one-year-only feature – the exterior oil filler on right rear fender as seen in one of the pics. Notwithstanding all of the other issues (and the fact that the car is apparently sold), a knowledgeable owner wouldn’t want to use the 1973 body and forego that unique feature.

  7. Steve

    Lightweight model? Half of it is missing!

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    Definitely an air cooled model——

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  9. EPO3

    No matter how pissed I get at the way the previous owners disrespected this 911 the new owner will do wright on this classic

  10. Steve Clinton

    $9000.00? ahahahaha!

    • Steve Clinton

      Sold for $16,700.00. Double AHAHAHAHAHA!!

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      • Steve R

        It did not sell for $16,700. Look at their completed listing, they took an offer. They could have taken a little, or a lot off, only the two parties involved in the transaction will know the actual sale price.

        Steve R

      • Steveo

        Relisted for $15,700 or offer

  11. Bill McCoskey Bill McCoskey Member

    Either a buyer has made a huge mistake, or there were a few shill bids going on. I was thinking I’d seen this car before, and yep, when I looked up an online dictionary, under the words “Porsche parts car”, I saw this very car!

    The seller suggests the base of the windshield panel on the extra body shell has a dent where something fell on it. B.S. — that’s not just a dent, that’s “compression” damage from a major side collision. Judging from the poorly repaired right front inner fender and floor areas, as well as the bottom section of the right door post, this body was hit hard on the right side door post area. I’m sure a windshield will not fit without many hours of body straightening. I’m speculating here, but I think the donor body came as a result of a botched major accident repair attempt, that ended up being parts out.

    Seller also indicates the extra body shell was in a fire. The “dents” in the rear 1/4 are not collision dents, but are from high heat. Those areas with fire damage will never be right. The body was primed to make it look better, but the metal was not prepped before painting [still has remnants of the glued-in carpet underlayment, etc.] That whole body will require stripping, and hundreds of hours of work

    The seller states he has an auto repair business. How could he possibly NOT know about these problems?

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  12. Frank

    Sorry I find it impossible that this vehicle only had 9000 miles on it. Tell me was driven all winter crashed one winter in the Northeast and then put away wet.
    The second “such a deal” body was in a fire. Do we know what fire generates? yes, high temperatures, changing the molecular structure of the metal.

  13. Daniel Gavin

    OMG……another bucket of junk with a BS story to go with it.
    Wake up and smell the roses………..or pass that bottle of Jack to dull the pain.

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