Desirable Options: 72K Mile 1966 Porsche 911

This 1966 Porsche 911 is a claimed barn find that certainly emerged appearing to be in better condition than most air-cooled projects do. Interestingly, this is one of the few cars that didn’t get a color change to red at some point in its life; in fact, it left the factory wearing red paint and was apparently changed to a version of the OEM Irish Green color. The 911 does come with an engine on a pallet and some desirable factory options. Find it here on Facebook Marketplace for $57,995 in New Hampshire.

I can’t get over the fact that this car was red and lost that finish in favor of green! That almost never happens, especially considering how many 911s were changed to red paint by some corner used car lot in the 1980s. It’s amazing how these went from being tired old sports cars to timeless investment pieces that get restored back to new condition almost 100 percent of the time. Personally, I’ve always loved this color on air-cooled 911s, so I’d leave it the way it is.

Although we don’t get any insights into the condition of the floors or body panels in general, it’s encouraging to see what appear to be solid rockers, at least on the driver’s side. Of course, these observations are pretty much useless until you have the 911 in the air. The completeness of the engine and transmission is encouraging, however, as it looks like it may have been removed and set aside by a previous owner for a proper servicing before being forgotten; it’s also possible the seller yanked the drivetrain for closer inspection before putting it up for sale.

The seller correctly points out that one of the more attractive features of the 911 is the OEM options it’s fitted with. This includes the wood-rimmed steering wheel and the wood inlays on the dash. Not only are these upgrades hard to find, but they are near impossible to obtain in serviceable condition like this car has. The 911 reportedly has just 72,000 miles on the clock, so between the options the potentially low miles, this one is absolutely worth restoring – even more so if the engine turns out to be numbers-matching.


  1. bobhess bobhess Member

    Agree this car needs a full restoration for historical reasons if nothing else but not at the present asking price. At this stage the paint will have to be completely stripped off the body to overcome the age of the original paint and the poor quality of the repaint. That’s going to cost the same as the purchase price and doesn’t even address the engine unknowns, interior refurbish, etc.

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  2. Harvey Member

    $58,000 for a car with the engine and transmission sitting next to it on a pallet??I sure would not be a buyer at that price.

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  3. wuzjeepnowsaab

    lol, @Harvey that’s cheap money for a long hood with no rust (if it’s a no rust) 911 if that engine is matching to the car and I don’t doubt that it is. Even with the respray. The mechanic I used when I had my 67 would remove the engine/transmission to do large items since it was pretty easy to drop the whole thing so that’s not really a flag for me.

    The only flag for me is that it’s being listed by a “classic car” dealer who maybe saw something that kept them from taking on the resto.

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