Luck Of The Irish? ’65 911 And ’68 912


As I’ve made it known before, I can be swayed by rare paint colors as a reason to invest in a car. But I’m afraid I have to draw the line at entries like this 1965 Porsche 911 here on eBay and its equally-rough sibling, a 1968 912, also on eBay. They may both have originally been painted in the desirable shade of Irish Green from the factory, but little remains to remind you of how special it once was. The 911 bears the scars of significant accident damage and the pine needles in the storage compartment tell you it has likely been sitting in the far corners of a scrapyard for many years. That is, until the P-car bubble convinced the yard owner to throw it on eBay. Bidding is up to $2,550 with the reserve unmet. Thanks to Barn Finds reader Olaf E. for alerting us to this massive project.


You might think in looking at this ’68 912 that it’s the better car, and I suppose when the bar is this low, it could be. But it also does not have any floors, nor does it have an engine and that extra special paint is likely the only thing holding it together. Thankfully, it hasn’t been snap-oversteered into a tree unlike the garden-sculpture 911 above, but it’s a long way from being complete. I know the Porsche fanatics go nuts for pop-out windows on the early cars, so this 912 at least has that going for it. At least you can buy it now for $2,500 without the silliness of a reserve like the 911 listing. Do any of you like Irish Green paint so much as to drag one of these sorry projects home? You have my sympathy if you do.


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  1. Jeff Staff

    Looks like somone just grabbed the 912 for the buy-it-now. Welcome to crazy land, folks!

    • dj

      Jeff, you got that right.

  2. skloon

    I can’t wait till people start auctioning rust stains that 911s left behind

    • dj

      Oh here I got one. Ebay listing Porsche 356 Oil Spot I have a oil spot/slick left behind by a 356. It has some rust along with trans fluid. It was once the show car for Porsche in America. I have a pic to prove it. Bid accordingly. Buyer is responsible for removal. LOL

  3. Rick

    Sick! (and not the good meaning of the word)

  4. David Frank David Member

    On one hand, it’s buyer beware and good luck, but what will these cars be turned into? (You can’t say restored) The end product may look nice, but the next buyer will have no idea what he is buying and it’s quite possible the car will not even be safe to drive. You don’t think a before picture will be included when it’s next sold, do you?

  5. Myron Vernis

    The 911 is pretty much in my backyard if someone, uhh, never mind.

  6. SoCal Car Guy

    Tulip mania (look it up on wikipedia)

    • Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

      Thanks for the education! Seriously!

  7. Aaron B.

    The 911 should read “Was once Godzilla’s chew toy until he got tired of it, it then sat for most of it’s life in a salt water pond next to a missile test range. Most of what’s left is original.”

  8. Another Bob

    Just buy a Corvair and put a few bucks in the suspension, seating and tires. This Porsche stuff is so 2000s.

  9. Woodie Man

    Those Webasto heaters can really light you up

  10. don

    the 65 is bid up to 2500 bucks and reserve not met, I’m missing something here! why?

  11. Dolphin Member

    A ’65 911 is a very rare car, but with all due respect to Porsche as a carmaker, I think they tripped over their own feet in giving this bunch of twisted sheet metal a Certificate of Authenticity.

    Authentic what?

  12. Puhnto

    Seriously? You’d have to PAY me that much to take them!

  13. Rick

    I had to ask my brother the same thing since he was a Porsche collector. He brought up a very good point. Legal or not, the hulk does have both VIN tags and he has the title….. so if you’re “restoring” a car that doesn’t have those…… you now pay for the VIN and title, the rest goes to the scrapyard.

  14. Bobsmyuncle

    Quite certain the 912 is not Irish Green.

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