Passionate Owner Wanted: 1969 Porsche 911

It happens from time-to-time. A person will own a classic car that is their pride and joy, and for one reason or another, the fire in the belly, the passion that fuels their love for their prized and desirable vehicle, simply withers and dies. That is the story behind this 1969 Porsche 911. It has been in the owner’s possession for many years, but a minor mechanical malady saw the car parked in his garage. The owner’s passion for the Porsche has died, so he is looking for someone with that same quality who would love to return the car to active service once again. If that sounds like it could be you, then you will find the 911 located in Holland, Michigan, and listed for sale here on eBay. Bidding has reached $35,300 in what is a No Reserve listing.

It appears that the Porsche has undergone a color change at some point in its life because according to the included Certificate of Authenticity, it rolled off the production line in April of 1969 finished in the much darker shade of Slate Grey. The paint itself doesn’t look to be too bad, with no obvious major flaws or dings. As far as rust issues are concerned, it seems to be limited to a single spot on the passenger side A-Pillar. It is in the spot where the door limiting strap attaches to the pillar, and it definitely looks to be like a fairly easy repair job. The beautiful Fuchs wheels look to be in good order, with the same being true for the trim, chrome, and the tinted glass.

Powering the Porsche is the numbers-matching 1,191cc flat-six engine, producing 110hp. The car is fitted with a 5-speed manual transmission, which the owner believes, but can’t positively confirm, might be a factory rebuilt unit. Now we come to the crux of just why this 911 has found itself laid-up for the past 5-years. The engine developed an oil leak from somewhere in the region of the oil cooler. The owner is unsure whether the issue is with the cooler itself, or with one of the hoses or fittings. The upshot is that it now drips oil onto the heat exchanger on the passenger side of the engine, producing some smoke and an oily smell. He chose to park the vehicle before any damage could be done, but simply lost the passion and desire to address the problem. Having said that, he has been firing the engine up a few times a year to keep things working. While he believes that it could do with some work to the carburetors and would benefit from a tune-up, it does still run okay. If that is all that is required, then returning the Porsche to active service could potentially be an easy and relatively inexpensive process. During its time in his care, the Porsche has been treated to new synchros in the transmission, a stainless steel heat exchanger, turbo valve covers, hydraulic tensioners, and an MSD ignition system. The owner is also including the Certificate of Authenticity, along with a comprehensive set of service records.

The interior of the 911 presents to about the sort of standard that you might expect from a car that has been owned by a passionate enthusiast. The upholstery on the seats looks to be in good condition, while the dash is close to flawless. The only upgrade that has been performed is the fitting of a radio/CD player. The headliner is new, and there is a new carpet set included in the sale. Flaws are relatively minor, with some repairable wear showing on the leather-clad wheel, and some minor wear on the door trims around the window cranks. Both could easily be rectified, and with the new carpet fitted, the interior should present quite nicely once again.

I always find it quite sad when I come across a classic car where the owner has lost the sort of passion that helps to define the ownership experience. That is the case here, but some consolation can be gained from the fact that this owner has come to recognize this, and has decided to part with the car before it has had the chance to deteriorate beyond the point of no return. It would seem that it is not going to take a lot of time, effort, or money to return the 911 to a daily-driver state, which is a really positive thing. Classics like this simply don’t deserve to be locked away in garages. Porsche designed the 911 to be driven and enjoyed, and hopefully, that time will come again for this one very soon. It just needs a new owner with the right level of passion.

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Comments

  1. Ken Jennings

    So what s the final number to purchase this and get it on the road? Any ideas?

  2. UK Paul 🇬🇧

    This would be a 2.2, they didn’t do a 1.2.
    If early 1969 it might even be a 2.0.

    Nice car, will make stronger money.

  3. UK Paul 🇬🇧

    This would be a 2.2, they didn’t do a 1.2.
    If early 1969 it might even be a 2.0.

    Nice car, will make stronger money.

    Like 1
  4. H5mind

    I like the delicate simplicity of the early 911’s, but for a great daily driver or weekend toy I’d still opt for the later 3.0 from 1978-1984. Better everything including galvanized body.

    Like 4
  5. UK Paul 🇬🇧

    I really want a 964 project. Cannot easily afford a good one and would enjoy rebuilding to mint.
    I hope one day ..

    Like 1
  6. bobhess bobhess Member

    As I remember the oil cooler bolts to the engine case with two round seals under it. Pretty common to have old seals leak due to heat

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  7. Big Len

    I agree bobhess, cooler seals a common problem.

  8. Chas H

    There are actually 3 seals, 2 for oil flow through the cooler and the 3rd for the large oil line from the oil tank. I concur about them leaking. An old car like this likely leaks other places.

    Like 4
  9. Scuderia

    Slate Grey, such a classy color. Solid deal if it manages to stay under $40K not too likely though.

    Like 1
  10. Richard Ranch

    Owned one, loved it. This one’s a beauty for 50 years old. Someone’s getting a deal with today’s crazy prices if it stays sound $40k. A fifty year old air cooled motor is inevitably going to leak. It’s been leaking for at least forty years.

  11. Gaspumpchas

    up to 39 large!!! Good luck and stay safe!!!
    Cheers
    GPC

  12. Haig L Haleblian

    I know the owner. Straight shooter, knowledgeable, and at one time a big Porsche collector. This car wasn’t sold, it was stolen. Shoulda coulda woulda.

    Like 1
  13. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    SOLD for $40,009.

    Like 2
  14. Scuderia

    Covid-19 pricing. Has to be some good to come of all this. Well bought plenty of $$ left over to do whatever is needed and not be in the hole.

  15. bobhess bobhess Member

    Chas H.. right you are. I really should not type until I’ve had the second cup of coffee. I probably don’t count so hot that early either.

  16. Alan Brase

    Just about bet the leak is from the oil thermostat O-ring. Top front of the engine. Gotta drop the rear of the engine down a little to get access to it. Easy fix. Many of them leak there.

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