Good Handling Basketcase: 1972 Porsche 911

1972 Porsche 911

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The days of the affordable classic 911 are long gone. So, unless you have inherited a bunch of money or are very friendly with your banker, a project may be your only option. The upfront cost will be lower and you can space out the payments as long as you like. The total will most likely be higher, but you will have the satisfaction knowing that you saved an iconic sports car. Well, that’s the hope anyway. This big project is locate in Allentown, Pennsylvania and is listed here on eBay where the bidding is up to $7,600.

Rust Holes

You’d better be good with a welder because there’s rust. It’s not as bad as some Porsche projects we have seen lately though. You’ll want to make sure everything is solid though so you can take advantage of the handling improvements made by the factory in ’72. With the engine in the back, these cars had a tendency to spin in high speed corners. So to help negate the over steer, Porsche moved the oil tank to the area right in front of the rear wheel. That moved the weight forward and apparently helped a lot.

Assembly Required

When I first looked at the photos of this poor Porsche, I assumed it had already been stripped of all its valuable bits. Well, it has been stripped, but the majority of the parts are included in the sale. Not only did this car handle better than previous versions, but it had more power thanks to a little more displacement. The tranny was also improved, so this is good one to get if you want something pre-emissions. It’s going to be a big jigsaw puzzle though…

Junk In Trunk

This car’s original color scheme was Aubergine over black leather. You can see a little preview of what it could look like on the rear quarter. Purple and yellow are my least favorite car colors, but I think this thing would look stunning after a full restoration. The journey will be a hard fought one, but in the end you will have a classic sports car that should handle as good as it looks!

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  1. DolphinMember

    These kinds of rusty Porsche sales make me wonder how many Porsche fans these perforated cars get sold and then resold to before someone decides to just part it out and sell the body cheap to a shop that can restore the body properly, or sell it for scrap.

    I hear there are shops in Eastern Europe that can take on jobs like this and make a go of it based on the high prices that early 911s bring and the cheap cost of skilled labor.

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  2. Rando

    Dynacorn needs to make replacement bodies for these! LOL

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  3. Pat

    Well worth to restore as its a rare one year only built “Ölklappen” model. It will rise.
    I prefer these LWB models over the SWB and the 1972 is the coolest of them all.
    One can turn these into very well performing/handling sports cars. Bummer this costs a fortune these days. I own a unrestored 1970 T since 10 years and my estimate for bringing it back has nearly doubled since I calculated it first in 2006. :-( Might be better to just let it go the way it is …… I’m still undecided.

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    • Ted

      Thanks for the comments Pat! Would love to keep this to restore down the road, but as with many projects, this one is just taking up too much space in the garage. Can you explain more about the “Olklappen” moniker? Just a german word for the oil cooler? :)

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