It’s not difficult for me to imagine a car as a family member. Both my E30 and E36 have beared witness to significant events in my life, and in my mind, they were as much as part of those moments as the people involved. That’s why I can appreciate the way the seller describes this clean 1974 Porsche 911 that is for sale in Iowa. A barn find of sorts, the car has been stored following the owner’s passing, and his daughter is winding down a small collection of European cars, including this driver-quality 911 that is originally from California. The seller’s father brought it to the Midwest in the late 70s and used it as a grand tourer, and I’m sure shuttled the family on many Sunday afternoon drives.
The car was formerly Ice Green, but now wears white paint that is presented as being amateur-level quality. There are a few rust spots bubbling, and the ignition currently has no spark, coupled with a few engine oil leaks. The seller has disclosed all of these issues, hence the realistic asking price of offers above $5,000. Although the engine is not original to the car, it is the more desirable 2.7 CIS pre-thermal reactor variety. The interior is still in very nice shape, with minimal wear-and-tear aside from a seam beginning to separate on the driver’s seat. This car sits in the sweet spot of being a restorable investment or just a few repairs away from a suitable weekend driver – either way, it’s ready for the next owner to make memories of their own.
Engine: 2.7 liter flat-six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: True mileage unknown
Price: Accepting offer over $5,000
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1974 Porsche 911
A horse barn in central Iowa has been home to the 911 for over 35 years. The last car in a small collection of a Mercedes/Porsche enthusiast Joel, who sadly passed away in 2005. His daughter Judy is now moving to the city and so the Porsche must go to it’s next owner.
Originally a California car when new, Joel bought this 911 and brought it home to Iowa around 1977. In the years following it has been a summer tourer in the Midwest and has always been a family friend. It has a clean Iowa title and is currently registered.
The car deserves a full restoration but at the same time is very solid and could easily be a driver/project with just a little work. The car was a running driving example as late as last year but now has no ignition spark and a some engine oil leaks that need attention. The body is solid and was originally Ice Green. It was amateur repainted 15-20 years ago to White. It has some minor nose rust and a few areas of bubbled paint but for a car of this age it is very impressive. The Cork colored interior is very well preserved with a crack free dash, and besides the split in the driver seat could be cleaned up to a very high level. It’s a standard 911 with a 5 speed and mileage is unknown although it has been over 100k at least once It does have the period correct and more desirable 1974 2.7 CIS pre-thermal reactor engine but it is not claimed to be original to the car. Everything mechanical seems to work fine and it even has some oversized polished Porsche wheels that are in good condition. This 911 is just dying for some enthusiast attention and with basket case rust bucket parts cars being offered at insane prices this Porsche will be a great buy for someone that needs a good solid start to a Porsche project.
The market for 911s is hot, and like any car that prompts ambitious sellers to clean out their garages and storage units in hopes of cashing in, few cars are actually as honest and as straight as this 1974. It has been looked after and stored carefully, and now a new owner will need to step in and continue the legacy of preservation while using the car as its longtime owner intended.
You can contact the seller at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone (641) 891-3571