No Reserve Slant Nose: 1978 Porsche 911

Porsche’s slantnose 911 came in a few different varieties, with a scant few leaving as factory converted models, and numerous others being modified by owners using private body shops. The devil is in the details, as certain conversions are worth more based on the quality of the parts used, as it was a fairly short window in time when the aftermarket stepped up to manufacture what Porsche did in limited quantities with only the most well-heeled buyers. This 911 is one of the privateer conversions that features genuine all-steel fenders to create the slant nose look. Find it here on eBay with no reserve and bidding to just over $25,000.

The 911 is made extra special for leaving the factory as a Targa-roofed widebody model, of which only a small number were ever made. The wide, Turbo-style rear fenders were a factory option and a costly one at that. Finding a naturally aspirated 911 with the wider rear haunches takes diligent searching, and these cars generally command a significant price advantage over models without the Turbo-look fenders. Match those up with the slant nose front end and you have a very desirable Porsche, even if the nose conversion wasn’t performed by the factory. The seller notes he started to work on the 911 but didn’t quite finish; the original gas tank was removed for cleaning and boiling but has since gone missing.

The 911 is originally from Nevada and remains in nearly rust-free condition. The seller’s description seems to assure us that any rust is superficial in nature, and given it’s lived in Nevada and Georgia, it’s lived in places with a small likelihood of salt being spread on the roads. Even so, the seller notes a prolonged illness has kept in the garage during the bulk of his ownership, which began in 2005. The 911 does come with records going back to the 1990s, so hopefully, a paper trail showing mechanical upkeep can be sourced. The steering wheel is a desirable OEM upgrade, and along with the slant nose conversion, is among the only other custom touches.

Other than that, the seller points out the 911 has Turbo tie rods and shift linkage bushings, which is a common sense upgrade for wear-and-tear items. The engine bay is bone stock as far as I can tell, but the 911 is not running. The seller doesn’t elaborate if that’s solely due to the missing gas tank, or some other mechanical fault. The seller notes the commonly troublesome heat exchangers are “…about to turn to dust,” and that the original fenders are missing, so you’re out of luck if you were hoping for a quick swap. The replacement pieces are made by American InterContinental Racing, which still produces upgraded fenders for $1,000 a pop. A very cool car and seriously tempting at no reserve.


  1. bobhess bobhess Member

    Too bad they took the AC out. Keep it at the present bid and it might be worth it.

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    The factory slantnose (and every aftermarket variation I’ve seen) has fully-concealed headlights (kinda like a 944) but for this one, someone grafted 928-style headlights. A very interesting look for sure! I like it. I’m not a Porsche expert but I don’t think the M491 “turbo look” wide body was available as a factory option until 1984. This whole car has been re-bodied. Well, maybe not the doors!

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  3. Sonny Paine

    How do you lose a gastank?

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    • Cj

      I have the same question. How DO you lose a gas tank?

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    • Fryd

      Maybe because you give it in a shop for proof and rebuild, then you have your health problem keeping you far from the shop and when you come back, the shop has disappeared?

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  4. Skorzeny

    To me, as a Targa, it is NOT desirable. And the 928 style headlamps on a 911? No…

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  5. Phil

    More and better pics on the e-bay listing. I wanted to see how it looks with the lights popped up. Someone asked how you lose a gastank. Probably either they sent it out to be cleaned and didn’t retrieve, or it was too corroded to repair. Just speculation on that though.

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    • Stan Marks

      Phil, the eBay pics show the light up & down.

      Nice ride. But it could be a money pit. You want the most $$$$$ out of your ride? How about selling it in driving condition?

      I’m waiting to see how many negative comments are made here, about the rear tail. Remember, to each his/her own.

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      • Cj

        As far as my own goes, I hate that whale tail!

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  6. Rich

    Another tough call. A decent engine rebuild can easily surpass 10K for this. A pretty car but can’t help but wonder about the other “unknowns” this may require to become a reliable machine again. May be prudent to be on the lookout for a more complete, and running example…

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  7. PairsNPaint

    Remember a lot of these slant-nose cross-model conversions, especially the ones done by b+b.

    Personally I think this one with the 928 headlights is beautiful. Since it’s not really “factory” to begin with, pull the non-turbo engine and do a Chevy LS swap.

    I’d love to have this one in my garage, but alas, I’m afraid it’d stay there

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  8. bobhess bobhess Member

    There are better looking spoilers available for the Turbo look body. This one would be necessary if the turbo was on the engine as the intercooler was in the spoiler. I think the 928 lights look good. Takes the flat nose look out of the front end.

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