Unrestored Cabriolet: 1984 Porsche 911

While we love unrestored cars, there can occasionally be some modest deflation to your elation caused by the fact that not every original car is still in pristine shape. In fact, many of us are willing to live with a few defects if it means the car has never been altered from factory condition. This 1984 Porsche 911 Cabriolet is clearly a special car, as it presents like new with just 30,620 original miles. The bidders clearly agree as it’s currently up to $62,600 here on eBay with the reserve unmet. The 911 resides in Carmel, California.

Truth be told, I’m a little surprised by the bid price right now, and that it’s not enough to clear the reserve. True, it’s a low-mileage air-cooled, and that generally spells big money. But it’s a convertible, and the interior condition is good but not pristine. It is certainly a car that deserves a strong offer, but to see the reserve still unmet at that number suggests the seller is looking for more on account of the undisturbed condition and somewhat unrepeatable low mileage. Will that be enough to get a bidder, who would really rather have a hardtop coupe or who feels the creases in the leather are a detraction, to step up and bid $65,000 on a convertible 911 as opposed to holding out for a cheaper offering? Well, it depends on how much of an emphasis you place on originality.

Here’s the photo that gets me: this is the original top and presumably, the original back glass. It’s unbelievably clean. Of the few convertibles I’ve owned, the rear window almost always perishes, so it seems likely that this 911 was parked indoors whenever it was not in use. Of course, you expect the paint to be near-flawless and the interior to be pristine, but convertible tops are often replaced after just a few years of regular outdoor use. This one looks like it just rolled off of the dealer lot in terms of how clean it still is. The listing indicates this is a genuine, one-owner car, that retains all of its factory equipment and accessories – and there’s little reason to doubt that based on the condition shown here.

Plus, you can’t fault the color combination of Grand Prix White with black leather, a black top, and color-matched black Fuchs wheels. While I personally would never bid crazy money on a drop-top, I can certainly see this 911 checking a few high school fantasy boxes of enthusiasts who pictured themselves driving a 911 just like this along the Pacific Coast Highway. Nostalgia is a heck of a drug and one that makes many of us do irrational things are it relates to the cars we buy. This 911 could be stirring some long-dormant memories, or it could simply look like a sound investment as a low-mileage air-cooled 911 that has seemingly never been messed with. Either way, expect to see the price tag go higher before this one is done.


  1. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    There are 91 bids on this car already, most of them by the same bidder who keeps outbidding himself by several hundred dollars each time.
    This looks very strange and might be shill bidding.
    Could there be any other logical reason for this?

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    • Randy

      It’s at $78,400 right now and has NOT hit the reserve. The bidder is trying the ol’ slow creep-up bid to see if he can hit the reserve without throwing in a real high bid and then get a big surprise when he finds out just how high the reserve is set.

      I’m surprised that $78k would not get it.

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    • Connecticut mark

      You can not outbid yourself, someone has to be be bidding to push you or them. You can bid 1000.00 dollars but if other person bids 20.00 dollars , your bid is 21.00 .

      • Randy

        What you describe is correct if there is no reserve. On eBay if there is a reserve and your max bid is below that you can throw in another bid. If your next bid is still below the reserve it will list that bid as the highest received. You can continue to ‘walk’ the bid up until the reserve is met’

        I have never bid here, so what you describe may be BF’s policy, but I can’t imagine them ‘locking’ you out of placing another higher bid in order to reach the reserve.

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  3. George Birth

    In all probability some one has put a new top on this one. That would boost the value.

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    • Randy

      The ad states: “with the original black top”.

  4. Phipps

    The back isnt glass so id be surprised if that hasnt been replaced atleast once

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