Signature Edition: 1976 Porsche 911

These days, the world of 911 ownership is a tricky one: if it’s a tired example or one of the less desirable models, restomodding isn’t out of the question. But given how valuable seemingly every model has become, it’s hard to justify any outcome other than restoring one that needs it back to stock condition. This 1976 Porsche 911 is one of 200 “Signature Editions” that featured Ferry Porsche’s signature baked into the steering wheel. Despite the limited production numbers, the seller notes several modifications, including wider rear fenders, a 3.2 Carrera engine, and Fuchs-inspired 17 inch wheels. Find it here on eBay with bidding at $28,000 and a Buy-It-Now of $36,500.

What’s amazing about this particular car is it has an almost-twin despite being part of such a small batch of vehicles. A few years ago, another Signature Edition was for sale, also with a widened rear end and color-matched Fuchs wheels – but in a size smaller. You can see the post here from 2018, where the car even has just a few thousand fewer miles than this example, along with the OEM rear metal fenders to complete the Turbo-look conversion. You could easily see just upgrading the wheels and driving the doors off of it for a few years to connect this car to that one, but then you see the interior – and, of course, the VIN – and realize they are two different cars.

Still, you have to admit, those are pretty crazy odds for two cars in a 200-car batch both had the Turbo body conversion done. The modifications done to the 2018 raise the same questions here in 2021: do these alterations ultimately hurt the bottom line on a collectible car like this? It’s hard to say, because a few years ago, a fake signature on a steering wheel wouldn’t have made much of a difference to the second or third owner of this air-cooled 911 from an era that typically wasn’t preferred among collectors. Of course, that was before every generation of the 911 became a collector’s item, so now you might second-guess a decision to modify the bodywork on a 1-of-200 example.

Then, there’s the engine swap. So, this is absolutely a better engine that what preceded it, but it’s not the original, numbers-matching unit, which is sort of essential now for getting top-dollar for an air-cooled 911. As the seller points out, he built this car for himself, so he’s OK with the modifications – and the rest of us should be, too, since they’re all functional improvements. The bodywork was completed long before the current owner took the keys, and the engine swap has 70,000 miles with a 1986 915 transmission and 3.2 oil tank. Lots of other recent maintenance is detailed in the listing, and it also a no-sunroof, crank-window car – making it even simpler and lighter than typical. What value do you place on a signature?

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  1. bobhess bobhess Member

    Don’t have an opinion on the price but do like the modifications on this car. Before the purists go nuts on the car, over the 22 years we drove and played with Porsches we knew very few owners who didn’t do any modifications to their cars. Our last big restoration/modification was turning a bland ’73 coupe into a 930 Turbo, engine, suspension, interior, etc. for the original owner. He also bought our custom built ’74 914 and the two cars are still sitting side by side in his garage to this day. Modification happens on fun to drive cars.

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  2. alphasud Member

    I don’t think the asking price is unreasonable. From the pictures the car looks real nice. Since Singer started the backdating trend people are taking later cars and turning them into early long hood cars. Those cars are bringing good money. The way I look at this one is you are taking a 76 which had the most undesirable engine at one point and replacing it with one of the best engines of the classic series. You can now enjoy a classic 911 without worry of pulling head studs or dealing with CIS issues. And you have added a good amount of power over the 2.7 as well.

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  3. Johnny Gibson

    I could live with the mods, the monthly repayments well that is a different matter. Nice looking car.

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  4. Michael n.

    Back in the late 80s early 90s I help my younger brother bye 914 which blew up the same day 1.8 and we got him another one 2.0Good car but he crashed it so we went out found a 1974 914/6 for $7500 OMG In Santa Monica I made him promise if he goes to sell it just sell it to me one day I came home and the car was gone So much for loyalty I had a 1968 911 S went to Beach boys racing in Santa Monica California they build a slant nose Out of it for me fast little car

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  5. Holt Callaway

    This is coming to NC! Epic road trip to snatch and grab. The new owner will get lots of smiles and miles out of it as displayed if I have to guess.

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