Anyone familiar with Hooniverse should know that any mention of Porsche is greeted with an equal share of cheers and jeers. Some people think it is the ultimate in Precision German Engineering, while other call it a German Phallic Symbol. Either way, there is no ignoring the iconic nameplate. Well, the dealer I have been highlighting all weekend, Beverly Hills Car Club, has a few that are price rather reasonably. If you have been paying attention, that usually means they are either in ruins, or will need a great deal of work. There are others that will prove you wrong…
This is a 1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet, and I really don’t know why the dealer is even trying to sell it. To me, it’s too far gone to bring back to life unless I’m ignorant about the 356 line. According to the dealer:
1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet, chassis # 150960, engine # 62826, that needs to be restored.
So, what’s wrong with this car? It had no interior, no floorboards, no straight body panels (except for the replacement deck lid), no instruments, and on and on and on… really, nothing at all of any value. But wait, this is where it gets interesting. The asking price for this Porsche as you see it is $32,500! WHAT? Are you kidding? Over 30 Grand for what is most likely the worlds rustiest Porsche… See the listing here, and tell me what you think.
Everyone is a big fan of the Porsche 911, with classic styling, ergonomic interior (well, close to ergonomic), beautiful build quality, and very expensive to maintain. Well, look at this car, and take in all the beauty that the 911 models all seem to have, and throw in a set of those beautiful Fuchs wheels. It is not a 911 though. It is a 1966 Porsche 912 and according to the dealer:
1966 Porsche 912 with chassis #451112 and engine #745427. This vehicle comes in white with black interior and boasts a sought after 3 gauge panel. It is an early SWB and an original solid black plate California car that is mechanically sound.
Yes there is work needed, from a respray, to some repair to the interior, but it is not a basket case by any stretch. Unlike an actual 911, the asking price for this car is a reasonable $9,750. See the listing here.
During the mid 70s, Porsche produced some of the best 911 models ever, including the 911 S, the 911 Carrera, and the awesome 930 Turbo. Posche managed to blend the classic 911 looks with the new federally mandated bumper and lighting standards that were in effect during this time period. Here is an example of that styling from this period, with a set of Fuchs, a whale tail emulating the 930 turbo, and the full width tail lamp in the rear. However, this isn’t a 930 (too narrow), nor is it a 911 Carrera. It’s not even a 911 at all. This is a one year only 1976 Porsche 912E. According to the dealer:
1976 Porsche 912E with chassis# 9126001466. This car comes in silver with black interior and is equipped with manual transmission. 912E’s were only produced for one year. This vehicle is an original California car and the motor turns freely by hand.
It really doesn’t look half bad, with an engine rebuild, new carpets, and some trim work, you could have a (fake) 911, for Hyundai money. Asking $8,950. See the listing here.
OK, so we’ve seen some 912s that look a lot like 911s, so what about an actual 911. Here is a 1969 Porsche 911E Targa finished is a shade of what I can only call 70s electric green. It is a great looking 911 Targa, that will only need a small bit of refreshing. There seems to be an aftermarket driving light that is damaged, and the interior seems to need just a bit of love, but that’s about it. According to the dealer:
1969 Porsche 911E Targa with matching numbers: chassis# 119210560 and engine# 6291490. This vehicle comes in green with black interior and is equipped with 5 speed manual transmission. It has just come from Arizona and is mechanically sound.
You will have that glorious air-cooled six behind you, but the price is a bit more that the 912s, at $32,500. See the listing here, and tell me what you think…