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No Sunroof Coupe: 1977 Porsche 911

If you ever question how much money you’re spending on a project, just remember that there’s a world in which numerous bidders are lining up to spend close to $30,000 on a vehicle with no engine and missing rear seats. This 1977 Porsche 911 certainly has a few things going for it that are driving interest up, not the least of which is the fact that every air-cooled 911 (whether it has an engine or not) comes with a high price of entry these days. This  1977 911 here on eBay is a no-sunroof coupe that wears a desirable shade of paint called Ice Green Metallic, and bidding is at $27,200 with no reserve.

The seller has a variety of Porsche and Land Rover parts for sale in other listings, so the background of the photos gives a sense of the type of projects he’s into. The listing also makes mention of another air-cooled 911 he had for sale that has found a new home already, and he indicates this car was an Oregon barn find he moved to his own barn a while back. In addition to the deleted sunroof, the 911 also comes with crank windows, so there’s not much to mess with inside once the drivetrain is back in. The seller confirms he has not found rust anywhere on this example, which is rolling on its original Fuchs wheels.

The butterscotch dash and black carpeting makes for a nice contrast, and while the driver’s bucket is in good shape, the seller notes that the front seats don’t match – so whatever is under the sheepskin cover isn’t the same as the driver’s seat. That’s the least of your concerns, however, as it relates to putting this 911 back together. The seller discloses there are a few cracks in the dash, and knowing how perfection-obsessed most 911 restorers are, I’m sure that will be swapped out. Overall, there’s not much to mess with inside this ’77, which could be driving some of the bidder interest here.

Now, the drivetrain: the seller has some options, so it’s not a total uphill climb in terms of putting this car back together. It will come with a disassembled 2.7L engine that isn’t described as numbers-matching, along with a 1977 915 gearbox. Now, the seller also discloses that he has a “….complete , disassembled 3.0 L 911SC engine, as well as a built 3.2L case race prepped with 100mm cylinders to build a 3.3L engine out of,” and will further deliver this as a turnkey and running example if desired. Obviously, that’s a different conversation altogether, but give credit to the seller for offering buyers some options for how much of a project they want to take on. Which path would you take for putting this 911 back on the road?


  1. Avatar photo z1rider

    911 prices continue to amaze me. And to think that back in the early 1980’s, 5-8 year old 912’s could be had all day long for $2500 and similar year 911’s for well under $5000.

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    • Avatar photo James

      I was buying Triumphs, Nortons and BSAs all day for $50 back in the 80’s when I was a kid. Glad I kept them.

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  2. Avatar photo Martin Horrocks

    This is good value. I’d go full fat 3.2 with a retro S/T look, as light as possible.

    There is no point in looking back to past times, better to look for opportunities to add value. There are many in case of 911 if you use common sense.

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    • Avatar photo z1rider

      Good point, and it did dawn on me later that if this is a solid rust free body, then the price does seem reasonable. So many 911’s in the U.S. get snapped up by German buyers looking what are very scarce over there, rust free bodyshells.

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