Recaro Seats: 1968 Porsche 911

For an air-cooled 911 that’s described as a survivor, bidding seems light at the moment and likely no where near the reserve price. It’s hard to see why, as this long-hood 911 has a lot going for it, from its colors to its original options features, like Fuchs wheels, driving lamps, and Recaro bucket seats. Throw in the original paint and numbers-matching drivetrain and you have a car that seemingly checks all the boxes. According to the seller, the floorpans are solid and the 911 is supported by various paperwork documenting its originality and maintenance history. Find it here on eBay where bidding is just over $40K with the reserve unmet.

Of course, the bidding could spike in the final hours, but I also wonder if the color is dissuading some enthusiasts from bidding. I just went through this with a car I sold, which wore a very period-correct shade of paint but may have played a role in the disappointing result. It seems, more and more, collectors just want the red / black / white / silver assortment of colors, or at least nothing that challenges them too much. Regardless, I’m surprised not to see more frenzied bidding for an original paint, long-hood example, regardless of how offensive the color may be to sensitive pallets.

As if the list of superlatives couldn’t get any longer, the seller mentions that this is a European market example, which means it’s likely that this 911 wears less restrictive emissions equipment than U.S.-spec examples. The Recaro buckets are just awesome, and look like a slightly updated take on the original Speedster seats. The steering wheel shows some wear-and-tear, but that’s the worst of the cosmetic flaws inside. The woodgrained dash appears to be in decent shape, and the upholstery and carpets reveal no major flaws. In addition to the features mentioned above, this is just a wonderful example for the obvious care and attention it’s received since new.

The CoA is included, which reveals the 911 arrived in the U.S. through South Florida following its importation to the U.S. Another shot of the dash does show some cracks, and there’s the errant wire hanging down by the pedal box. Still, these are very minor complaints for such an original example, and the seller notes some deferred maintenance has already been addressed, including: rebuilt carbs, new fuel lines, and the brakes have been gone through. Unless there’s a major flaw I’m missing, there’s a lot to like about this survivor-grade 911 that comes with some very desirable factory options.

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Comments

  1. Michael Keil

    Sorry barely worth 4K. Needs a lot of work including repainting. Just because it’s a “survivor” doesn’t mean it’s worth something And I am not buying the 47K miles on the odometer. With the car in the current condition it has been driven. It must have rolled over at least once, maybe twice. Bid at $56K. Wow. Somebody really wants an old Porsche.

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    • Steve R

      Saying a car like this is barely worth $4,000 is beyond ridiculous.

      I don’t have great love for these cars, they aren’t my thing, however, they have built up a loyal following for a reason. The “hatred” often exhibited on this site for the marquee is more about social commentary than the cars themselves. It’s easy for someone sitting on the sidelines to pick apart anything expensive they don’t like, they seem to forget, or have never learned, it’s none of their business how other people spend their money.

      Steve R

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  2. alphasud Member

    I don’t think the color of a 911 hurts it that much. It used to but the trend today is the more unique the color the more attention people have to it. My first 911 was oak green and I thought it was a nice color. I used to shy from the tans and browns but I have grown to appreciate and would rather the car have the original paint or color over a color change.

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  3. bobhess bobhess Member

    Steve R, alphasud, you have a great way with words. Well said. I think ignorance is bliss to some folks who have never even driven a Porsche. We’ve owned 16 Porsches over the years, some basic transportation, some hanger queens, some race cars, but all great drivers and a load of fun. Maybe some of these folks need to go target the bulldog on the old Mack trucks or something to get their minds off all the cars they don’t like.

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  4. T

    Wow…..this is getting heated.

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    • John

      I think QT is just showing his true colors. He apparently inherited his wealth through no effort of his own and cares little about anyone but himself, like his role model in DC.

      Like 3
  5. Cman

    Go watch the opening scenes of 1970’s LeMans movie with McQueen driving and then tell me it’s not a nice car.
    Fools.

    https://rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/mo11/monterey/lots/r105-1970-porsche-911s-steve-mcqueen-le-mans-movie-car/192212

    Like 5
  6. Euromoto

    Beg to differ, Jeff. Irish green is a highly-sought-after original color in the Porsche world.

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    • schooner

      My 912 was Irish over tan, a really nice combo.

  7. Tony Townsend

    I had an identical green 911 (no letter) from 1974 to 1975. Wonderful car that I traded for a 1975 Honda Civic CVCC 5-speed. One of those life decisions…

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  8. Katahdin

    Palates or palettes, but surely not pallets.

  9. Richard

    My 911 was that color and I sold it for $4500 in 1984. Wow, was I stupid.

    It had stock Recaro seats too

  10. Chuck F 55chevy

    Speaking of stupid, I sold a 55 Chevy to buy a 1982 Porsche 911 with 160k mi for $8000 back in the late 90s, I got it from California, sold a year later for $8500, wanted something different to play with (the stupid part). Went through a 64 Impala SS convertible, a 68 Camaro convertible, traded vert for a 78 Vette, traded Vette for a 954rr Honda bike. Hmm can’t remember what was next, but now have around 15 or 20 projects and parts cars, college does eventually pay off. Oh, sold a Porsche 928 recently, bought a 914, and have a yard art 944 with an automatic, poor thing.

  11. Richard

    Haha! You win. That’s a whole lot of mistakes. You could’ve had a museum by now.

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  12. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    Made it to $65,100.68 without meeting Reserve.

  13. Stan Marks

    McQueen’s ’70 sold for $1,375,000 in ‘2011. No comparison.

    You guys should stop bickering, here, & be a little nicer.
    Everyone has their own opinion. No judgments here, please..

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    • PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

      REAL people with REAL opinions should be considered. Trolls that come here to just stir the pot are the ones that need to go away.

      I really hope that the moderators here take action and help preserve this fine place.

      Like 1

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