1972 Porsche 911S Coupe

Well this is interesting. Typically when I see a 911 like this one I assume it’s some variant of a backdated 911SC or 3.2 Carrera. The value of most long-hood 911s is such that modifying an original car would be as useful as setting money on fire and much less efficient. But this is a bona fide 1972 Porsche 911S. So not only are we looking at a modified early 911, but it’s an S. Add to that the uniqueness of the ’72 911 with its one-year-only external oil filler and this is a pretty rare find.

From what the current owner has been able to gather it sounds like the conversion of this 911 happened long enough ago that investment potential wasn’t really of much concern. So modifications could be carried out with fewer worries. On the flipside it also means we don’t really know a lot about how this 911S arrived at the state in which it currently sits. That’s a little bit of a problem, but from the owner’s comments while we may not know how it got here we do know it drives very well. It also looks pretty great!

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1972 Porsche 911T Coupe

So this seems…kinda reasonable. I don’t get to say that often about a long-hood 911, but this Dolomite Grey Metallic 1972 Porsche 911T Coupe sits with an asking price of just under $50K. I can’t say we’re blessed with a wealth of information about it, for instance the mileage isn’t stated at all, but it presents well, looks in good condition inside and out, and is said to run well. A PPI should clarify questions about its mechanical condition. The color isn’t original – it’s said to originally have been red – but I’m not sure that should surprise anyone given the price. All things considered this could be a nice chance at getting into a vintage 911 for a good bit less than we normally see. I think it’s certainly worth further investigation.

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1972 Porsche 911T Coupe

Aubergine! Otherwise known as Eggplant. Aubergine is one of my all time favorite Porsche colors. It was available briefly in the early ’70s and that’s it. In part, I love it because it’s very pretty, but I also love it because it’s a color we so rarely see on any car. Purple simply isn’t a common car color. There are very good reasons for that as most shades of purple really don’t work well on cars unless you choose a very dark metallic hue, in which case under anything other than direct lighting it will look black.

Aubergine transcends those problems and finds the right balance between showing off the color, i.e. it doesn’t just look black, while also remaining subdued enough that you don’t feel like it’s a circus car. The pictures here do a nice job of conveying the way it looks under different lighting and this particular example, a 1972 Porsche 911T Coupe, looks in good condition with paint that shows pretty well. I don’t see Aubergine 911s all that often, but I’m always glad when I do.

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1972 Porsche 911S Coupe

I’ve got a couple more yellow 911s I’d like to feature. This one in particular possesses a strong resemblance to the Summer Yellow 3.2 Carrera featured Wednesday. This 1972 Porsche 911S Coupe would not be the same color (Limonengelb), but it’s still quite similar. We aren’t told the color code of this one, but I suspect it is either Lemon Yellow/Canary Yellow (Zitronengelb) or Light Yellow (Hellgelb). Two very similar colors and very difficult to distinguish in the shade. Both are very attractive as evidenced by this 911S.

It feels like forever since I’ve featured an early 911S and this is a particularly nice example for me to return to them with. It’s been fully restored and looks immaculate right now. It shows a black interior containing sports seats with houndstooth inserts. It doesn’t get much better than that for the seats and they complement the exterior yellow very well. Original mileage is unknown, but the listing states the current mileage as 500, which I assume is the number of miles traveled since it was restored.

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Aubergine 1972 Porsche 911T Coupe

Almost every Friday when I was in my early 20s, living in Atlanta, a group of friends and I would go to dinner at a Chinese restaurant. There were a decent number to choose from in the neighborhood and all quite good so we had some nice options. At the time, I was vegetarian and I briefly decided to order the same dish each week. This was in part because I really liked the dish and also in part because I wanted to try each restaurant’s variation. That dish: eggplant with garlic sauce. I loved it.

I have chosen this entirely non-car-related diversion as my introduction to this 911. I still love eggplant with garlic sauce and do order it now and then. More to the point, I also love the color, which here adorns this 1972 Porsche 911T Coupe located in San Francisco. Aubergine, meaning, of course, ‘Eggplant’, is one of my favorite early Porsche colors and it’s always a joy to see it. Unlike other early pastels that I like so much, Aubergine is a little darker, but its purple hues remain fairly bright and vibrant. It’s not quite a pastel, but it is still very, very, pretty.

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1972 Mercedes-Benz 600

Sometimes cars and people just go together. Cars can mimic someones personality and mannerisms, both good and bad. So when it comes to matching up the legendary Mercedes-Benz 600, a car known as one of the most technologically advanced and complex cars ever, to someone who isn’t an entertainer or a dictator, who wants to own one of these? Enter Dr. Forrest Bird. You’ve probably never heard of that name before, just as I haven’t, but he is responsible for pioneering mechanical ventilators for people with acute and chronic heart and lung afflictions. In layman’s terms, he made the iron lung obsolete and helped millions of people over the years. Not only that, he was a certified pilot by the age of 16, served in WWII and assisted in the Korean and Vietnam wars, took his technology company public on the NASDAQ, opened up a museum, earned a M.D., Ph.D., Sc.D., D.S., started a charter school and just to top it all off, was awarded medals by not one, but two acting United States Presidents. Suddenly the problems of owning a 600 don’t seem so large.

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1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Hearse

Continuing this weeks theme of strange builds from coachwork companies, I present to you none other than a 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE. This W116 comes to us from the hills of Italy with the first ever “mayoral guarantee” I’ve seen attached to a description for a car listing. I can only assume a guarantee from a mayor of an Italian village is basically worth as much as the Sistine Chapel itself. Of course, as with any other custom conversion, this hearse has a bunch of odd things about it and me wondering if anyone ever actually buys these things. So let me try to break everything down before my mind wonders to the next crazy creation.

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Year: 1972
Model: 280SE Hearse
Engine: 3.0 inline-5 cylinder
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: Unknown
Price: Auction

 

I am advertising this to the mayor of my village in Italy, where i have a Holiday Home.. The vehicle is in Italy at the moment and if anybody is interested

Can be viewed at location. Sounds daunting however you can get a flight to Pescara from £31, each leg and takes only a little over an hour. I live in Devon, it would take longer and more expensive if one is coming from London. Do the math!
I have seen the car once when a local neighbour died and it looks very posh and the Mayor guarantee in perfect working order. I would vouch for his word because he is a honest respectable person, who supported me 100% when I bought my farm there and I trust he as my neighbour would never stir me wrong.

As to delivery or pick up. I imagine who view the car would want to drive it back but if one don’t have the time, I offer the service for delivery, providing travel expenses are met.

I personally vouch for the integrity of the car and if one buy’s and feel it does not meet the expected stander, it doesn’t have to take it. But I am sure it would meet your needs for whatever purpose.

Also arriving in Pescara Airport, you can get a train to Vasto in less then an hour where pick up can be arranged. There is a local B&B for 20 Euro’s per night.

I hope this clarifies better and please do not hesitate to contact me for further questions.

Thanks for considering.

I’m really surprised to see this is a very early 1972, the first year for the W116, that was probably taken straight to the coach builder for the conversion. It’s as bare-bones a model as I’ve ever seen, with manual everything along with no radio and no air conditioning. What is even more surprising is that if you are wondering why the straight-six M110 engine looks a little odd it’s because it has been tossed away for none other than the legendary OM617. This looks to be the OM617.910 or OM617.912 because it is the non-turbo model from probably a W115 or W123 300D. It isn’t getting you or the deceased anywhere fast but of course it is robust as granite. This is a little odd in my eyes, but I guess they didn’t mind a little soot on the coffin every now and then. Also, I should mention that this W116 has the wheels from the W126 which I’m not a huge fan of as I much prefer a clean set of the 14 inch Bundts.

I honestly don’t know who buys cars like these. I guess if you wanted a wagon you could strip out all the cabin rollers and giant a bit of storage space but a W123 wagon would serve you just as well. The car looks presentable on the outside but the interior has seen better days with heavy wear in some spots. I don’t know if  anyone is lining up to bid on this W116 for 5,000 GBP ($6,435), but who knows how much that mayoral tax guarantee is worth, maybe it could be worth someone’s while.

– Andrew

Viper Green 1972 Porsche 911S Coupe

Rare pastel color? Check. Long-hood air-cooled 911? Check. One-year-only external oil filler? Check. Top market 911S? Check. Very high price tag? Sadly…check.

Here we have a Viper Green 1972 Porsche 911S Coupe, located in Massachusetts, with black interior and a reported 70K original miles. Other than possessing a more interesting interior and/or a set of sport seats this 911 has just about everything you’ll probably want. And it looks fantastic!

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Year: 1972
Model: 911S
Engine: 2.4 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 70,000 mi
Price: $188,500 Buy It Now

Extremely Rare and unique opportunity to own this clean 1972 Porsche 911s in mint condition. The car has a matching numbers 6-cyl. 2341cc/190hp motor with a 5 speed manual 915/12 transmission. All original and meticulously well kept, has been stored in an indoor climate-controlled garage. Fully documented with a Porsche certificate of authenticity, this car has just over 70,000 original miles. Its finished in the original colors of a rare Viper Green with black interior. This car is 1 of 6 known to exist in the color combination. Price is firm and please no solicitations for consignment. For further information regarding this vehicle, please call (617) 680-9308.

The seller states this is 1 of 6 existent in this color combination. I’m assuming by the text that means existent now and not originally existent, but I could be wrong about that. I’m also not sure if it’s verified, but regardless of how many there are there certainly will not be many.

The original Viper Green – as opposed to the later metallic version – is simply stunning. It’s about as vibrant and alluring a shade of green as I can imagine with perhaps the modern version of Signal Green being its only competition. We sometimes speak of the neglect of green cars on the market – in many cases they don’t tend to sell as well as we might think – but Porsche’s pastel greens are clearly an exception, with early Viper Green a quite obvious exception. I think we can see why. The paint looks great here. It’s probably not perfect, but it presents quite well. It is also said to be fully documented, though we are not provided any evidence of that in the ad. Obviously at this price the level of documentation will be very important, as will the question of whether it’s a respray. If it’s documented and original paint, then the price is probably pretty fair. Even resprayed it may come close. I just know that I love the look of it!

-Rob

1972 Porsche 911R Tribute

We feature a good number of these 911 tributes and backdates. Whether they are tributes to the original Carrera RS, to the 1967 911R like the one we see here, or just built by someone who prefers long-hood design, many of the basic principles and ideals behind them are pretty similar. And they can be very difficult to value. We wanted to take a look at this one precisely to help us gauge that value. This 911 is up for auction with no reserve so it should show us what the market thinks of these cars. Or at least what it thinks of this one. While the proverbial devil is in the details with any of these builds this one strikes me as falling within a middle ground and I think that makes it particularly useful for trying to understand value. It doesn’t appear to be the most well executed or thorough build, but you can see that a good deal of work has gone in to building this 911R tribute and there are a lot of nice touches presented throughout. Bidding right now sits at $50K.

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Year: 1972
Model: 911T
Engine: 2.4 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 0 mi
Price: Auction

NO RESERVE AUCTION – THE WINNER WILL GET THIS BEUTIFUL

PORSCHE 911R TRIBUTE – WEIGHTS UNDER 2000 LBS * 100+ PICTURES *

COMES WITH CLEAN TITLE, BILL OF SALE, AND ORIGINAL WINDOW STICKER

FOR THIS 911R RECREATION THE 1972 911 T US MODEL WAS SELECTED BECAUSE IS THE MODEL YEAR THAT IS INSPIRED WITH 911R AND ONLY YEAR THAT HAS OIL FILLER/TANK ON THE RIGHT SIDE WHICH IS A TRADE MARK OF ORIGINAL 911R.

THE CAR :

* MATCHING NUMBERS – ORIGINAL DEALER WINDOW STICKER

* RUNNING 2.4 LITERS ORIGINAL ENGINE – PARTIALLY RESEALED

* RACING CHAIN TENSSIONERS

* WEBER CARBURETORS – REBUILT

* ORIGINAL 5 SPEED TRANSMISSION – SHIFTS GOOD

* GOOD CLUTCH

* FRONT AND REAR FACTORY SWAY BARS

* NEW BRAKES with SSI braided lines

* NEW KONI “CLASSIC” SHOCKS ALL AROUND

* NEW TURBO STEERING TIE RODS

* STRAIT BODY WITH ZERO RUST – NEVER IN ACCIDENT

* NEW BARE METAL GRAN PRIX WHITE SINGLE STAGE PAINT JOB ( FOR ORIGINALITY AND WEIGHT SAVING)

* THE ORIGINAL FACTORY UNDERBODY COATING WAS LEFT ON THE BODY FOR AUTHENTICITY REASON -BUT CAN BE REMOVED FOR FUTHER WEIGHT SAVING

* NO BODY FILLER ON THE CAR

* NEW PIRELI PERFORMANCE TIRES

* ALL SEALS ARE NEW

…AND MUCH MORE…

THE 911R PARTS:

* R- STYLE INTAKE MANIFOLDS RAIN SHIELDS WITH PORSCHE SCRIPT

* R-EXHAUST SYSTEM

* LIGHTWEIGHT ENGINE MOUNT

* 110 LITERS CUSTOM GAS TANK WITH R FUEL FILLER CAP MADE FROM ORIGINAL PORSCHE GAS TANK MADE IN GERMANY

* CUSTOMIZED ORIGINAL OIL TANK WITH ENGINE OIL 911R FILLER CAP

* R GOLD LOOK ENGINE DETAILS

* R – FRONT STRUT BRACE

* FIBERGLASS: DOORS, FRONT AND REAR FENDERS, TRUNK HOOD AND ENGINE LID

* R -STYLE ENGINE LID GRILLE WITH REIN SHIELDS

* LIGHTWEIGHT: FRONT WINDSHIELD, DOOR WINDOWS, REAR SIDE WINDOWS, REAR WINDSHIELD

* R- STYLE DOOR WENTS

* R – TAILLIGHTS, FRONT TURN SIGNALS AND FRONT MARKERS

* R- STEERING WHEEL WITH HORN BUTTON

* R-LEATHER STRAPS FOR DOOR WINDOWS

* RED DOOR POOLS

* R-LIGHTWEIGHT COMPOSIT DOOR HANDLES

* LIGHTWEIGHT DASH PAD

* LIGHTWEIGHT HOOD AND ENGINE LID HINGES

* WOODEN SHIFT KNOB

* LIGHTWEIGHT RED HEADLINER

* R- STYLE NEW SEATS AND RED RACING SEATBELTS

* LIGHTWEIGHT PARTIAL CARPET – REMOVABLE – ( THE REST OF CARPET COMES WITH THE CAR )

* R – RED ALL BODY DECALS

EVERYTHING ON THIS CAR IS DONE PROPERLY IN ATTENTION TO SMALLEST DETAILS

This recreation on arguably the most important 911 is dedicated to Porsche 911 air cooled legacy, and is a result of my forty five year long addiction to this icon of all sports cars, and decades of experience in customizing and restoring vintage Porsche cars.

One of the difficulties in making a 911R tribute look good is that it’s supposed to be a pretty spartan build. The 911R is as no frills as a road-going Porsche from this period gets and the interior of this tribute certainly shows that. It is one of, if not the, lightest road-going 911s so removing items is just as important as what is added. This one is said to weigh under 2,000 pounds so on paper it sounds like they’ve put in the right sort of work. The’ve used lightweight glass all around and fiberglass panels for a good bit of the body. The exterior too has plenty of details and here looks pretty good. Generally, this R tribute looks the part.

The biggest question, and I’d think the biggest determining factor in value, will be the engine. Does it have the power and character of the original? Can that character be replicated? Honestly, I don’t know though I imagine some of the best shops could do a good job. Is that what we’re getting here? The details are sparse so it’s hard to say, but it doesn’t sound like the engine is much altered from standard. Certainly not enough to reach an R spec.

As I said above, I think this build falls into a middle ground. There are some nice details inside and out; it looks like a faithful attempt at replicating the look of the R. I don’t think they’ve gone all out, but that may be ok given that the cost for builder and buyer will remain much lower. With only 20 examples of the 911R in existence it certainly makes sense for builders to come up with a tribute. An original is cost prohibitive for just about everyone. Not so for a tribute. The question now is where this auction ends.

Thanks to our reader Jordan for the spot!

-Rob

1972 Porsche 911T Coupe

We’ve featured quite a few modified 911s that have been backdated. Given the general disdain many feel for the federally-mandated impact bumpers it’s unsurprising that quite a few also would choose to marry the more modern mechanical equipment of a later 911 with the early long-hood style. Singer perhaps has made the most of this transformation offering bespoke 964-based 911s that can reach a half-million dollar price when all is said and done. Much more rare is the build that does the reverse. So I figured why not feature one of those specimens?

This 911 originally began life as a 1972 911T, but it’s been given a new life through steel fender flares from the 930, a lovely shade of light blue paint somewhat reminiscent of Gulf Blue, and that later front, here as a short-hood with RS bumpers. The appearance certainly is more aggressive than any 911T, but it’s that change from long to short hood that seems most interesting. The look is subtly different from that of a modified later 911 and it is in those details that I think the more interesting facets might lie.

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Year: 1972
Model: 911T
Engine: 2.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 7,079 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

Luxury Motorcars is very excited to be offering this extra special 1972 Porsche 911 for sale, this car has been tastefully modified from original to give it a more aggressive look and feel. The body has steel 930 fender flares in both the front and rear, a short hood conversion with RS style bumpers, louvered engine cover, and custom paint with 2 piece BBS wheels. The engine is a 2.0L deep rib block with 2.4 cylinders and 2.7 cylinder heads. It runs an upgraded cooling system supplied by Elephant Racing. The interior has custom leather seats with 5 point harnesses, RS style door panels, and a Zuffenhausen steering wheel. The way this engine makes power is absolutely amazing, it feels like its constantly inspiring you to work your way through the revs before you change gear. Everything about this Porsche enlivens the senses, if you love to drive there nothing will make you want to miss your exit on the commute home more.

I’m not sure about everything here. The short hood doesn’t seem to fit right. Either that or it has been left a little unlatched. My hope is that is the case. The rest of the build looks in good shape. The interior is fairly basic and minimalist. A pair of seats, a rollbar, and a nice steering wheel mostly complete the package. It looks good, but I don’t think we’d say a ton was invested in it. I’m also not sold on the wheels. They are a nice set of BBS wheels, I’m just not sure I like the look. That’s an easy change though so probably not of great significance. But I do like the car. It appears to be a nice effort and while certainly not over the top, a basic build does have appeal.

I suppose the big question is where the price might end up. We’ve seen really well executed backdated 911s sell for pretty high prices – prices that definitely are higher than many original Carreras. But what about when your starting point is a typically more expensive ’72 911? Bidding here certainly suggests that the demand isn’t quite the same (sitting right now at $40,100). It’s somewhat on par with what we see with “RS style” builds that forego the long-hood conversion. But I’m curious where this will go. Not everything is perfect and the overall details don’t scream “bespoke” or anything of that nature. I do think there’s something interesting here though and we’ll have to see where bidding ultimately lands.

-Rob