Frankenstein 1972 Porsche 911E Targa/911SC/3.2 Carrera – REVISIT


The 1972 Porsche 911E with a 911SC exterior and 3.2 Carrera heart is back up for auction after failing to meet its reserve the last time around. Bidding of the original auction stopped at $27,400 and this auction already sits at $30,000 so we are slowing moving up. As some noted in the comments, this car could make for an excellent foray into the world of air-cooled 911s without having to spend an insane amount of money. And it should make for some great driving!

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The below post originally appeared on our site October 6, 2015:

1972 Porsche 911T Targa

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve gone through a run of interesting colors on the Porsche 911, or at least they’ve been interesting to me. We had a week of blues and a week of greens. Now we turn to…purple? Here we have a Royal Purple, also known as Lilac, 1972 Porsche 911T Targa, located in Ohio, with Tan interior and 72K miles on it. Unlike the blues and greens I don’t suspect that I’ll come across a large number of purple 911s for this week, but with this one we have an extremely rare example in, if my mind serves me correctly, one of the few non-metallic purple shades we will ever come across.

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1972 Porsche 911E Sunroof Coupe

I have been reading over the past months how the market for long-hood Porsche 911s has begun to stagnate as buyers shift away from these early examples in favor of, predominantly, various iterations of the 911 Turbo. Those statements correlate well with where I’ve seen various auctions as bidding and asking prices appear to have reached a plateau with only the most exceptional and rare examples commanding any significant premium. While none of these early cars can be classified as inexpensive there at least now is an opportunity to exercise patience without concern that your patience might result in paying a much higher price down the road. Another possible advantage may reside with exactly a car like the one we see here, the 911E. As the mid-tier model of the 911 the E provided meaningful upgrades to interior comforts and engine performance over the entry-level 911T, including the use of mechanical fuel injection similar to that of the top-tier 911S, but without the significant increase in value we see with 911S. This particular example also comes in a very unique, and period-correct, color combination: a Gold Metallic 1972 Porsche 911E with Brown leatherette interior. Of the various years of long-hood production, many consider the 1972 to be the best given its unique use of an external oil filler. The purpose was to provide the car with better balance, but after one year it was moved back to its original location after confusion arose distinguishing it from the gas tank. We can hope current owners will suffer no such disorientation and then will be left with one of the more unique 911 models.

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Frankenstein 1972 Porsche 911E Targa/911SC/3.2 Carrera

As the title of this post should make clear we’re going to need to ask a lot of questions about this Porsche 911. In general, its appeal will be limited as almost any car of this sort will be. It’s not original, nor will it ever have any collector value, and our most pressing question will remain, “Why?” That aside I do think there is some appeal here and for the right price this could make for a pretty fun 911 that melds a variety of classic models into what hopefully is a coherent whole. Let’s start with what we have here: this 911 began as a 1972 Porsche 911E Targa, which, for reasons that are unclear, was rebodied as a 1978 911SC. The current owner does not why, but seems quite confident this change was not due to an accident or any other nefarious conditions. Maybe whomever owned it at the time preferred the redesigned look, we don’t know. Added to this new body was the engine and transmission from a 1986 3.2 Carrera. So that’s our frankenstein 911 we see here. It has the lightness of the long-hood 911, wrapped in the skin of the impact-bumper-equipped 911SC, all surrounding the more modern heart of the 3.2 Carrera. In total, given the aesthetic similarities between the 911SC and 3.2 Carrera, what we end up with is basically a lightened 3.2 Carrera, and if everything is properly sorted that in itself is not a bad proposition at all!

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1972 Volvo P1800ES

Just two scant years ago, Volvo killed off it’s C30 hatchback. It wasn’t a huge seller, but this car offered unique styling and competent performance in a tidy, near luxury package. It was also a flattering throwback to this car we see here, the P1800ES. The P1800ES didn’t have a long production span, but it made an impact on an otherwise staid lineup at the time, save for the P1800 coupe that it was based on. This example for sale in New York has the desirable 4-speed manual gearbox and benefitted from a bare metal respray. On Minilite style wheels, this is one attractive shooting brake.

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Motorsports Monday: 1972 Porsche 911 RSR Tribute

This past weekend was the Goodwood Festival of Speed; if you missed it once again, or have no idea what I’m talking about but are reading this, it’s something you desperately need to examine in your motoring life. There are historic races held around the world, and there are motoring events held around the world, so one more held on some rich dude’s driveway shouldn’t be a big deal, right? Wrong, it’s perhaps the single most unique and impressive automotive event in the world. The FoS reunites classic race cars often with their original drivers, driven in anger up the 1 mile hill of Lord March’s drive. It’s tougher than it would seem to be, and since it’s inception it’s attracted every major automobile manufacturer and gathered some of the most impressive machines ever made. From the first race cars to modern Formula One racers, the Festival of Speed is a celebration of all things automotive. For example, this past weekend, Mazda was the featured marque – but they also had gathered 7 of the 8 Mercedes-Benz 300SLRs ever built, and had Sir Stirling Moss, Hans Herrmann, Jochen Mass, Sir Jackie Stewart, and many other notable champions driving four of them up the hill. That was one of many priceless convoys parading by motorsports enthusiasts; it’s simply the largest collection of the most significant race cars ever made in the world coupled with the historic champions that drove them. Why talk about this in this tribute listing? Well, look closely at the lower portion of the door, and you’ll see that the builder of this 1972 Porsche 911 – which tribute’s Hurley Haywood’s Brumos-sponsored 1973 Sebring RSR – went so far as to include the Goodwood FoS number sticker from when the car appeared:

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1972 Mercedes-Benz 350SLC

Amidst all the craze for late model R107 SL Roadsters, the Mercedes-Benz SLC has still remained a relatively obscure model for collectors. This was the only coupe Mercedes would produce based on roadster underpinnings, with exception of the wild SL65 Black Series from a few years past. The SL65, however, had the retractable hardtop replaced by a fixed roof, where the 1972 350SLC you see here, along with subsequent models, had an extended wheelbase and rear seat. This particular 350SLC represents the very beginning for the C107 coupe, having been delivered new in France replete with the slim bumpers and attractive euro headlamps.

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1972 Porsche 911S Targa

Finding value on the air-cooled 911 market is always a somewhat relative proposition and has been increasingly difficult to come across. It is also something with which you will rarely see me lead-off a post when the car in question is a long-hood 911S. Even when only in fair condition these cars command quite a lot of money; a pristine example can easily exceed $200K. The question here, and which I’ll discuss more below, is whether the current owners of this 911S have found themselves a nice value. Here we have an Irish Green 1972 Porsche 911S Targa, located in Texas, with 74,111 miles on it. You may recall that last week we featured another ’72 Targa, that one being a Bahia Red 911T. The distinguishing characteristic of these ’72 911s is the external oil filler and, while possibly entirely anecdotal, I have noticed quite a few examples from that model year coming up for auction. They certainly seem more prevalent than other long-hood model years. As the early-911 market accelerated and then possibly cooled some it has been these rarer variants that have continued to command the most money and as such sellers continue to try to make the most of the market.

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1972 Porsche 911T Targa

I feel somewhat remiss in never featuring one of the long-hood Targas during convertible week last week. While not really a true convertible they were the only open-top option for the 911 during that time period. For full effect you’d want the Soft-window Targa, but frankly the hard-window Targa is a much better looking car and still provides much of the open feel that makes any convertible so prized in the first place. So I’ll try to fill that gap with this Bahia Red 1972 Porsche 911T Targa, located in Florida, with a reported 53,294 miles on it. This Targa sat for a while and was given a basic refreshing of much of the mechanical components prior to being put up for sale, but the paint and interior are original to the car. Because this is a 1972 MY 911 that makes it an oil flapper, meaning it was fitted with an external oil filler located on the rear quarter panel. Porsche had hoped to improve weight distribution by moving the oil reservoir inside the wheelbase, but ultimately reverted to the original design one year later out of concern for people who mistook it for the gas tank and added fuel to their oil. Regardless, the 1972 cars are the only ones to possess this unique feature.

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1972 Opel Manta Rallye

I have a secret automotive fetish. I’d day fetish is a really strong word, but I’m not sure how else to describe it, because admitting it makes me feel a bit dirty. I actually like the third generation early 1970s Chevrolet Nova. Now, I realize that admitting the problem is the first step towards rectifying the issue, but there’s this nagging feeling in the back of my mind that it won’t go away. I’m not even sure why, but some of those late 60s/early 70s GM muscle cars just look…well, cool to me. The GTO Judge, the Chevelle SS, the Nova SS – they just look right in a weird and slightly disturbing way. So to redeem myself, instead of owning one of them, I’d probably sport for a much more rare scaled down model from their European cousin, Opel. Just as the Opel GT was a 3/4 scale Corvette, Opel had a mini muscle car too in the Manta, and U.S. customers had the option of the Manta Rallye that kicked thing up a notch:

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