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Backyard Find? 1969 Porsche 911 T

This 1969 Porsche 911T looks like it’s been sitting in someone’s backyard for a few decades, or perhaps a small salvage yard, following a nose hit that took out the front fenders, headlamps, and bumper. Of course, what was once a disposable sports car is no longer, and a specimen like this that actually still runs and hasn’t collapsed into a pile of rust is still worthy of restoration in the eyes of air-cooled enthusiasts. The 911 is available as part of a two-car deal, as the seller also has a rough 912 shell with glass and not much else. The 911T is listed here on eBay for $19,500 or best offer, and located in Georgia.

The structure of the 911T still looks to be fairly sound, despite obviously suffering from a big enough whack to render the front fenders useless. The Fuchs alloy wheels are a nice bonus and look like a complete set, so perhaps they’ve been there since new. The hood that’s been bolted on for safekeeping is at least an appropriate replacement for the one that got lost in the accident, but is obviously far from showroom fresh. All glass appears to be sound, and the side mirror remains affixed. In looking at the damage a bit more closely, it may not have been an accident that took off the nose panels – perhaps this is a stalled restoration and the original pieces have gone missing.

The interior is largely complete, but it will still need sorting out. The door panels look like they’ve gotten wet at one point, and who knows if the seats are original (yes, I’m wishfully thinking it left the factory with sport seats.) The radio does appear to be original, however. The gauge cluster looks intact, but it also appears to have rust around the outside rings of the gauges themselves; combined with the stained door panels and peeling trim, one has to wonder if it got seriously wet inside the cabin. The seller includes photos of the floors, which aren’t the worst we’ve seen, but still show plenty of rust-through with daylight pouring through from above.

Engine-wise, no word on whether this is the numbers matching mill, but I’m seriously impressed it still runs. Combined with the clean title, it seems very likely that this 911T will be put back on the road in some form, provided all of the surface rust we see along the body hasn’t gone deeper than skin-deep. Even then, as a complete car, it still would likely be restored – but one has to wonder if the inclusion of the 912 shell is because a previous owner determined the 911T is too rusty to save – and that the missing fenders were removed to be installed on the more solid project. Either way, it’s a decent deal in today’s market, and the seller may even be open to taking a little less.


  1. bobhess bobhess Member

    Car’s rough but I agree there is something to left to work on. Wheels were probably part of the package that included the power windows. There was something else along with that but I don’t recall what it was.

  2. Benjy58

    Looks like a flood car that someone pulled the nose off for something else.

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  3. bobhess bobhess Member

    If that’s the original engine and it runs it isn’t a flood car. Early 911s can get to look that way without the aid of a flood. They rivaled the 240Zs in that department.

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  4. Ronald Daily

    no thank you!!!!!!

  5. Ralph

    We will start the bidding at $275,000……

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  6. Martin Horrocks

    Sold. So probably not a bad deal at that!

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