Long Hood Project: 1969 Porsche 911

It’s still slightly bonkers to me how much a project-grade long-hood Porsche 911 goes for, but it’s clear at this point it’s not likely to change anytime soon. This 1969 Porsche 911 is offered up as a solid project car that comes without an interior and scattered rust underneath, and while it does have a drivetrain, there’s no Certificate of Authenticity to confirm whether its numbers matching. It’s clear this 911 has been through the wringer, with multiple layers of paint, a cracked aftermarket front bumper, and obviously, not in running condition. It’s listed here on eBay with a Buy-It-Now of $22,800 and the option to make a best offer.

The listing claims the original color of the 911 was “Light Ivory”, so despite the layers of likely cheap resprays performed, there’s a chance the 911 remains close to its original color scheme. Still, if you want to this car right, it needs to be stripped down and repainted, and there’s plenty of other blemishes to address along the way. It’s always nice to see Fuchs alloy wheels on a vintage air-cooled Porsche – the look just works – but why does the nose section sit so high? The same goes for the rear wheels – the 911 just doesn’t seem settled, which is unusual considering the drivetrain hasn’t been gutted (usually an instant trigger for the lifted look when all that weight is removed.) Not so here.

The interior is where it starts to sink in that this 911 was either previously a parts car or an unfinished project that sat out in the Texas sun for some time. The dash is absolutely destroyed, and the missing door panels, carpets, seats, and likely numerous other bits tells me this was either a long-forgotten parts car, left in the barn when prices for an older 911 were quite low, or it’s a junkyard find, the kind of vehicle that’s been ravaged for parts and left for dead, again, because this was at one time just another used car. The interior will require the sourcing of numerous, fairly pricey components, and the dash will have to be extricated and replaced.

There’s plenty of missing bodywork too, like the rear center taillight garnish and the lenses themselves, along with the rear bumpers. Given the rest of the car, it’s actually a bit surprising that the engine is still present. You can see some of the rust referenced in the listing in the bottom right of the photo, where that lip would meet the missing center trim panel. The original engine bay stickers are missing, likely painted over, or just lost and forgotten. The good news? The transmission is also present, as is most of the glass. The floors don’t look bad, and they’re certainly solid enough that the pedal box hasn’t fallen out. And, the seller is open to reasonable offers – would you attempt to strike a deal for this 911 at a lower price?

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Comments

  1. bobhess bobhess Member

    Not sure I’d want anything to do with this car at any price. I’m sure someone will buy it but the the ground up costs to fix this one is going to be eye watering. The front and rear torsion bars are installed completely out of specs. The angle of the front control arms tells me that until the torsion bars are installed properly you will not be able to use the adjusters to get the proper ride height and alignment.

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  2. Ralph

    No, still too many decent ones out there.
    This is a parts car. One with a very limited number of decent useable parts.
    People are nuts.

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  3. Bill Member

    Dumb question. What makes this a long hood? Are all 911’s long hoods? Asking for a friend

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    • PDXBryan

      Tell your “friend” that Long hood = small bumpers = pre 1974. Since you don’t know all the lingo, I take that to mean you’ve been busy with more important things and have a life ;^)

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      • Bill Member

        Lol. I enjoy barn finds. I love cars. And thought I knew a lot. Until I started reading the comments. You guys have incredible knowledge. Thanks.

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      • Phil

        The “long hood” is a front trunk lid that bends down to the indicator lights. In ’75, the safety bumpers took up some of that front trunk panel length.

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  4. Steve R

    Dennis Collins is selling it. He does a good job of finding interesting cars and documenting what he comes across on his YouTube channel.

    Steve R

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  5. Daniel Gavin

    This is a POS that only has a life left as a parts car. I’m amazed at the balls people have listing this crap……do they really think people are that F’in stupid?

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    • RBCJr

      Yes

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  6. MCH

    The Emperor has NO CLOTHES!

    I like old Porsches – but prices make no sense at all.

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