Dusty Sportomatic: 1969 Porsche 911T

As the 911 bubble continues to stabilize, the truly good and special cars are the ones that will continue to shine. Even a rare Sportomatic – the precursor to Tiptronic – can find favor with bidders, as this dusty Irish Green example here on eBay reveals. Of course, this one is super dry and nearly rust-free and sports some period modifications that just push the curb appeal factor over the top. Bidding is over $35K with the reserve unmet. 

The 911 was purchased twenty years ago by the seller’s friend and has been off the road ever since. It was last registered in 1991 and sports some wicked old-school Idaho license plates. The 911 is still located in Boise, so perhaps Jesse and Josh can give this one a closer look for any interested buyers. The paint presents well with some areas of fade, and it has an aftermarket air dam / bumper affixed with the original assembly included.

As noted in the top photo, this 911 sports some tasty aftermarket mufflers that may look a little too aggressive for some, but I dig it. The interior has also been tuned up with some period Recaro seats, though the purists will want to find original buckets. Surprisingly, the steering wheel remains stock, and that’s an item I’d swap out for a period three-spoke wheel if I were to keep the slightly modified theme going. The original Blaupunkt radio remains in the dash and the Coco mats are perfect for this car, but need repair / replacing.

The 2.0L flat-six doesn’t currently run, and the seller notes that the “…rebuilt carbs are off and boxed up,” so perhaps some level of restoration has been attempted. 911s are interesting cars on the pricing scale now, but original examples like this, still bearing some clues as to its previous caretakers, are the ones rising to the top. The period modifications and preserved condition will see this Sportomatic gets lots of love on eBay, and hopefully continue to be preserved in its current state by future owners.

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Comments

  1. Had Two

    Thanks to the seller for the “reported not documented” odometer reading.
    Likely 145k (or more) and run pretty hard before being parked.

    A respray green methinks.

    Still, a very nice find as it looks to be solid, and al there!

  2. Sanity Factor

    Sportomatic was a garbage boat anchor…T means budget 911…non running…save the car build it right though…lose the semi auto junk outta it…learn to use a clutch like god intended…

    • Mountainewoodie

      lol.spot on!

      But while the T was the LESS expensive of the model hierarchy, I can state unequivocally that you can have just as much fun with a T as an S but at a more leisurely and less lower end torque pace.

      To me any value this example would have would be in its originality…..and as the demographic that values these age…..a slushbox might be useful to those arthritic hands.

      But not to me.

  3. ccrvtt

    May be a respray but could be close to an original color. And I like it – very preppie. And I like the slotted disc wheels better than the Fuchs mags so popular in that era.

    Agree with the transmission swap and although it’s a T model it’s the classic shape. Great find.

  4. Lawyer George

    $35K bid now-unbelievable. Again my bid is a bit low at $5K!

  5. SRyan

    First Porsche I ever drove. Hard to get used to letting go of shifter after shifting.
    Great driving and handling.

  6. Jubjub

    Looks pretty good. Agree with the color, wheels and manual swap. I miss the days when these could be had for reasonable money.

  7. Wolfgang Gullich

    I still can’t fathom why collectors want the Sportomatic. In college, I had the VW version of this transmission in my ’69 Beetle Automatic Stick Shift… Same trans with one less gear. It’s prone to failures at several places. It was a great idea gone horribly wrong. Somehow finding another autostick calls to me from the darkness though…

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