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Ran When Parked: 1971 Porsche 911

This 1971 Porsche 911 remains in respectable condition despite spending the last few decades under layers of thick blankets. According to the seller, the longtime second owner acquired the 911 in 1972, not long after it was sold new. Curiously, in that time, the original color of Bahia Red was changed to what you see here, a very period shade known as Sepia Brown. Now, I cannot claim to dislike the swap, as my barn find 1980 BMW 320 wears a slightly deeper shade with the same name. However, an air-cooled 911 never looks bad in red, making the change an odd choice. Find the 911 here on eBay with bids to $37K.

The body appears to be in excellent condition, and the paint is holding up well. Door shut lines look good while the engine lid seems a tad askew. The Fuchs alloy wheels are a great look and pair nicely with the “new” color, and all chrome is said to be in very good condition. The repaint was mostly thorough, hitting the door jambs and under the engine lid, but the original paint is still visible in the trunk underneath the carpeting. As far as why it was repainted, perhaps that first owner found red paint on a 911 attracted too much unwanted attention, and that this very 70s shade of brown would help him blend in.

Regardless, the 911 has clearly been looked after cosmetically-speaking, and the seller has pulled the carpets out to show how solid the floors are. No photos of the front bucket seats or the carpet are included, so hopefully they remain in good condition. The rear seats look fairly mint, although I can’t see anyone ever spending much time back there. Aftermarket and period-correct speaker enclosures sit on the rear parcel shelf, and it looks as if an aftermarket radio has been installed. The seller notes this 911 came equipped with factory-installed air conditioning.

The 911 has been in storage for the last 15 years, but according to the seller, it was stored correctly with the gas tanks drained, wheels removed, and 911 stored up on blocks. Batteries were removed and fuel was drained as well. The 911 was in running condition when it was parked, but it is being sold as a non-runner right now – by the description, the seller doesn’t want to get involved in re-starting a long slumbering 911. Even with its extended period of dormancy, the engine bay looks quite clean, just like the rest of the car. Repaint aside, this is an intriguing 911 with just under 76,000 original miles.


  1. Classic Steel

    This looks clean and kudos to storing a car-by drainage of fuel and removing battery along with getting it off the ground .

    This Porsche is so much better looking and really useable to take a trip than the hostage rear end rusted older one listed in my book.

    The brown paint is different but not disliked . I could own own this style of Porsche!

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  2. sparkster

    I’m guessing this was once a red Porsche ?

    • Chen Lee

      It says so in the article… “BAHIA RED”.

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  3. Gaspumpchas

    37 large for a non runner..I must be missing something here. To me the chocolate paint job does nothing for me but it is different. Good luck to the new owner.

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  4. Scott

    I owned a 1964 356SC that was changed from Red to Sepia Brown. I was not sure why the original owner did that. Then I found a picture of him in front of the car in his brown pants and next to his brown camper. Ah, the 70s! Unlike this one, every square inch was color changed even under the dash.

  5. JudoJohn

    Yes, I agree, especially about the color. It also has that humongous dealer-installed A/C compressor. I bet this wouldn’t be too hard to get running, though. It will probably go for $60k or more.

  6. Jaker76

    $37,100 not running and reserve not met? I am with lots of others why repaint that back then when not very old this brown??? I had a mercedes 1976 240D this color and it worked but can’t imagine painting a 911 brown when factory paint was red!!! May be an easy start but may not be and no pics of interior! I think I need some of what seller is smoking!

  7. Del

    Yup. Too many people have too much money to spend.

  8. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    Auction ended with Reserve Not Met at $43,900.

    How much more could it have been worth?

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