1976 Porsche 911S – Safari

Let’s get weird. I’ll admit, when I see a 911 my first thought has never been, “Alright, now how do we get that off road?” Granted we are nearing three decades since Porsche began offering all-wheel drive on the 911 so I suppose off-roading isn’t that far-fetched a pursuit. But still. The 911 we see here, a 1976 Porsche 911S converted to what the sellers have called ‘Safari’ configuration, doesn’t even have all-wheel drive yet here it is looking fully ready to trek through the savannas of Africa in search of the nearest lion.

Of course, the impetus for a build like this probably didn’t stem from some desire to go on safari in a 911, but rather from Porsche’s own rally exploits in the 911. Those exploits began early in the 911’s life and while rallying hasn’t really been Porsche’s forte they were quite competitive in those early years. I also understand the desire to have a 911 that stands well apart from the crowd. Not all racing is road racing and not all enjoyable driving must occur on smooth roads. For those looking for a 911 to take them to more obscure destinations an off-roader might be just the ticket.

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1976 Volkswagen Scirocco with 23,000 Miles

One of our favorite colors over here at GCFSB is Viper Green. Though it’s made a resurgence on recent PTS Porsche 911s, for me it really works the best on the clean lines of 1970s models. But few remember that there were actually two Viper Greens in the 1970s. There was the popular pastel tone most associate with the name, but Volkswagen also launched its Scirocco in the 1970s with a metallic version of the color. Code L96N was ‘Viper Green Metallic’, and it looks equally lovely here on this Type 53 Scirocco as it would when equipped as a Paint To Sample on a 911SC Targa.

But there’s much more to love besides just a color here. If Viper Green Metallic wasn’t rare enough to see on a infrequently seen first generation Scirocco, this particular one is a low mileage survivor with the color-matched Tartan green interior and appears in nearly original condition:

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1976 Porsche 911S Targa

For a color that never seems very common on the roads I do seem to come across a lot of yellow 911s. I like yellow as a car color so that works for me! It’s been available in various forms throughout the 911’s existence and that’s why we tend to see them fairly frequently. Among the respective models they remain pretty rare, but along the entire range we see them often enough. This one, a Talbot Yellow 1976 Porsche 911S Targa with 93,044 miles on it, definitely fits that bill and given the lack of love the mid-year 911s tend to receive it may even end up coming in at a pretty good value. That yellow exterior is contrasted with a Cinnamon interior and it has the cookie-cutter wheels rather than Fuchs.

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1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera

It feels like it’s been a long time since I posted an early 930. Like many early editions of a model there is a rawness to them not replicated by later versions whose evolutionary changes sought to smooth the rough edges. There are a few currently up for sale, but I’ve featured them previously. Meaning they aren’t selling. That might tell us something about the current market for these Porsches and helps explain why more of them are not coming up for sale. But this is the first I’ve seen of this one.

According to the CoA this is a Platinum Metallic 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera with Cinnamon interior and optional sport seats. It now sits with just 35,770 miles on it. The color combination, especially with the contrasting painted Fuchs wheels, really looks outstanding and the overall condition is promising. Given its age it looks to have been very well cared for.

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1976 Mercedes-Benz 450SL

One of my favorite configurations of cars is ‘business on the outside, party on the inside’. A reverse mullet of sorts. What I mean is, a car that has a standard appearance on the exterior, usually a subdued color, but a totally bright and wild interior. Usually you can just peak inside the windows to see something happening in there and it is all the more interesting once you finally get a full look inside. Today’s car, a 1976 Mercedes-Benz 450SL up for sale in California, is exactly that.

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Motorsports Monday: 1976 Porsche 911 Carrera/DP935

The last few cars I’ve written up have involved a little detective work. To be honest, it’s something I really enjoy about writing for the site. And generally what we learn is that you can’t always take a seller at face value. No surprise there, right?

But that doesn’t mean that the car in question isn’t neat in its own right. Today is a great example of that. We have a racing 911. It’s air-cooled and it has many wings – associations that nod towards the late 1970s and early 1980s, when the 935 program was Porsche’s cutting-edge race technology. And it’s in one of the more iconic liveries of the period – the pastel green of Vaillant sponsorship associated with the Kremer brothers.

Is all as it would seem?

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1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera

We’ve shown a couple of interesting green coupes so far this week and I’d like to add another to the mix. Strictly on color this Emerald Green Metallic 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera looks similar to the Mercedes-AMG GT R Andrew posted yesterday. The similarities mostly stop there, though there is a certain spiritual kinship between the 930 and most any AMG machine. The performance of either can be brutal – in the most positive sense of the term! – with dynamics that require your full attention any time you want to accelerate or brake hard. The technology helping direct the power of course differs markedly as do the levels of refinement. But if you want something you’ve got to grab by the scruff of the neck and then hold on for dear life I’d imagine either one of these could provide those thrills. So if this sort of green is your color, then here’s another option. And it’ll probably even be cheaper! It’s not often I get to say that about any 930, let alone a ’76.

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1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera

This 1976 Porsche 930 strikes me as nearly the antithesis to the Riviera Blue GT4 I featured over the weekend. Whereas the GT4 showcases a wealth of modern technology wrapped in a vibrant hue bringing excitement and vitality to your drive, this 930 brings with it darkness and all of the potentially tricky dynamics of an early 911 Turbo. If you are a fan of the aggressive black visage that certain cars are capable of possessing, then this 930 should suit you in spades. It’s likely fast, loud, and raucous in ways that only older cars can be and certainly will lack the scalpel like precision of an instrument like the GT4. And while the GT4 will turn a lot of heads because of its grace and beauty, this 930 should do the same through the sheer force of its presence. You shan’t look away, for fear of being bitten.

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1976 Porsche 911S Coupe

Ice Green Metallic is one of those Porsche colors that we feature almost any time it comes up. It’s pretty rare; not one of those colors we see so infrequently that we don’t know what it is, but rare enough that one doesn’t come along very often. When we do see one it’s immediately recognizable. I sometimes wonder if for a rare color that recognizability is as important as the rarity of the color itself. It does help that it’s very pretty when in good condition. Here we see that great color draped over a 1976 Porsche 911S Coupe, located in Atlanta, with 91,618 miles on it.

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Year: 1976
Model: 911S
Engine: 2.7 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 91,618 mi
Price: Auction

This is probably the most fun driving Porsche I’ve ever owned. Its pretty original, updated Momo wheel, exahust, etc. Restored the body down to metal before painting it back to original Ice Green Metallic, which is pretty amazing. Original cookie cutter wheels have been refinished and powder coated black. It also has new bilsteins on it and has been lowered to more of a “euro” height, I think the stance is perfect now.

Let me know if you have any questions, just downsizing / simplifying.
On May-20-17 at 06:18:56 PDT, seller added the following information:
Had a few questions…Yes the engine is matching, also have 3″ binder of receipts and records going back to early 80’s, the headliner is also new and added photo of that.

Pretty much anyone familiar with a 911 will notice that this one is not entirely original. Mostly that lack of originality is in the interior since only the painted wheels stand out on the exterior. I do love that this 911S has the cookie-cutter wheels. I do not like that they’ve been painted black. Most of the non-original interior items are of the type that could easily be converted back to original should a new owner so desire so we probably can’t fault them too much. While we aren’t provided with the necessary documentation to support the claim, Ice Green Metallic is said to be this 911’s original color though. This one has been repainted and the paint looks in nice shape.

With all of that said, ultimately I don’t think perfect originality is what buyers necessarily would be going for with this 911 anyway. It’s a long way from collector appeal so if the modifications suit your aesthetic sensibilities, then it’s all to the better. Really, the most important attribute to investigate will be service history, a PPI, and some test time behind the wheel. If its maintenance is good and everything feels right, then that puts us on the right road. Bidding is even quite reasonable at $26,100. There are a few days remaining so we’ll see how much higher that goes, but there is no reserve so at the moment someone will be walking away with a pretty nice value for a mid-70s 911S.

-Rob

1976 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Targa

Time to return to one of my favorite conundrums: the Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0. Never made available for the U.S. market and produced in fairly small numbers worldwide, the Carrera 3.0 followed on the heels of the European Carrera 2.7 MFI. That car has amassed a decent following and commands strong value because of its close relationship to the 911 Carrera RS Touring. The Carrera 3.0, which lacks the 2.7 liter engine of the RS, has failed to achieve such regard. Its own engine possesses some cachet through its relationship to the iconic 930 Turbo, but I think most are just as likely to associate it with the later 911SC. Granted, a Carrera 3.0 isn’t exactly cheap, but relative to its predecessors it comes in at quite the value. The example here is restored and has higher mileage but in its current condition it looks quite good.

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Year: 1976
Model: 911 Carrera 3.0
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 166,961 km (~ 103,745 mi)
Price: €90,000 (~ $95,783)

1976 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Targa – Restored 2008/2011

Highly collectable car one of the 1123 – Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Targa ever made!

Porsche Certificate of Authenticity – included

Restored and always serviced by a Porsche Specialist – with detailed invoices to proof.

All factory panels.

All factory welding Points.

All the panels without filler.

Impressive history file. Detailed invoices.

This car was first deliver in March 1976 in Germany.

Imported to Portugal in 1981

The Last Owner made some modifications that can be easily deleted:

Front Bumper of the Carrera 3.2 – personal taste question

Installation of 3 points security belts in the rear seats – In order to carry the kids in fully security.

Top Collector item.

90.000€

While this is somewhat anecdotal, prices for the Coupe versus the Targa Carrera 3.0 seem to show significant differences. The Targa naturally being the lower priced. That fact, along with this Targa’s current European location, will make it a tougher sell for US buyers, but we shouldn’t allow that to distract us from how wonderful these cars can be. The 2.7 gets all the accolades, but as its logical evolution the 3.0 warrants equal favor. And hell I love a Targa so I certainly have little problem with it.

This one isn’t entirely original as the seller has noted. I’m guessing it lost its whale tail at some point during its life and while I prefer the non-whale-tail look of any 911 Targa, I think buyers would probably prefer it were present here. Otherwise, it’s a lovely 911 and the performance should be quite enjoyable. Documentation is said to be thorough. With an asking price around $95K it’s not exactly cheap and while it might just be wishful thinking on my part at some point these have to take off like their predecessors, right?

-Rob