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Same Owner for 55 Years! 1965 Porsche 911












I was about 10 or so in the mid-1960’s when I saw my first Porsche 911 up close. It stopped me in my tracks and looked just like this one: a racy red with a black interior. I knew it looked similar in shape to my dad’s new red VW Beetle, but it obviously wasn’t a Beetle. We’ve only featured two of these legendary 1965 Porsche 911 coupes here on Barn Finds over the years, and this one’s a dandy. The seller, Kamins Motorcars, claims this Porsche was owned since 1968. I’m assuming that was the second owner who obviously took very good care of this car during those 55 years and was well organized to boot (the Porsche comes with extensive maintenance records, invoices, and receipts which are organized by year!). Currently in Houston, Texas, this well-preserved 1965 Porsche 911 is for sale here on eBay. As of this writing, 26 bids had been placed with the highest offer sitting at $50,100, which doesn’t meet the seller’s reserved. There is also a Buy It Now price shown of $89,000.

The seller shares that the Porsche has been certified and has the Classic Technical Certificate to prove it.  The supplied photos tell the story of the condition of this 58-year-old Porsche that has obviously been garage kept and pampered. The body looks very good and straight and the Ruby Red paint is shiny and shows well (it has had one repaint). The chrome, stainless, trim and glass all look good as well. It’s a looker, for sure.

What a classy interior. Black with just the right amount of contrasting wood trim on the instrument panel and a Nardi Torino wood steering wheel. The black leather front bucket seat bottoms are a little wavy, but there are no rips or tears to be seen, and the carpet and door panels are in good order. The 911 is technically a 2+2, and the black leather rear “seat” looks near perfect (and made for very small riders). The seller says it has a Blaupunkt radio and that he “believes all lights-signals-horn-wipers- gauges all work as they should.” You’d think the seller would check those basic things out before putting a pricey classic like this up for sale.

The rear hatch shows a clean and tidy engine compartment with the 911’s 2.0 Liter 6 cylinder engine that’s paired to a 5-speed manual shift transmission. 90,274 miles show on the odometer and the seller shares that “the car starts easily – drives well and is a blast to drive!”  In the April 1965 issue of Car and Driver Magazine, there’s a great road test article entitled “1965 Porsche 911 Test: The Stuff Legends Are Made Of.”  The magazine gushed over the new 911 writing, “No contest. This is the Porsche to end all Porsches – or, rather, to start a whole new generation of Porsches. What Porsche has wrought in the 911 is a worthy replacement for all the models that preceded it. Race breeding and engineering refinement ooze from the 911’s every pore. The 911 is a superior car in every respect…the stuff legends are made of.”


  1. bobhess bobhess Member

    Pretty much an original example of Porsche history that extends to this day. What really started in the very early ’50s, Porsche, along with a lot of other cars from the USA, Europe, and eventually Japan are still here. Lot to be said for historical automotive history.

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  2. Ben Parkhurst

    Have early 911 prices come down this far now? This looks to be a solid #3 car which, if one would want a #1 car, could be restored for quite a bit less than the sale price of other #1short nosed 911s?

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  3. Peter Wolfe

    What is the engine number? My 65 was 901252.

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  4. James

    what am I not seeing? This should have been snapped up by now. $20k undervalued from what I’ve been seeing.

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  5. Editor_Reid Member

    Agree. Looks way underpriced.

    Reid Trummel
    Editor, ESSES Magazine
    Early 911S Registry

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  6. Jack Quantrill

    Wut? In family for 55 years and selling.? Owner should have been buried in this car!

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  7. JMB#7

    3 hours remaining and still only $55,100. I don’t understand either? I would have expected it to sell at the buy it now price?

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  8. Frank Barrett Member

    Seems to be a bargain, but look underneath first. Two-screw front air vents indicate front fenders may have been replaced (early cars used four screws). Shouldn’t this car have buttons atop the dash? Non-original air cleaners and window winders. Seats have been redone. The non-adjustable front strut mounts look right. Nothing earth-shakingly wrong here.

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  9. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    Ended at $55,100, Reserve Not Met.

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  10. James

    Worth considerably more than final bid. Expect to see on BAT in a month or two.

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  11. JudoJohn

    Looks to have been resprayed. I’m not a 911 expert, but I know the ’67 had 2 6 volt batteries in the trunk. I only saw one. Maybe that was a later change?

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