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.


1969 Porsche 911S Coupe

Sand Beige is one of those Porsche colors that I can never really decide how I feel about it. Like quite a few of Porsche’s vintage colors I know I don’t care much for it on a modern 911, but on the long-hood 911 there is something about it that looks right. The chrome accents presumably play a large role here, but I think the taller shape of the car itself plays a role as well. That said, I wouldn’t call it one of my favorites by any stretch, but I can see the appeal. Here, on this 1969 Porsche 911S with 90,115 miles on it, I think it looks pretty good! It’s an unusual color, but not garish, and I could totally see where it might fit right into the landscape of the mountains and deserts of the southwest U.S. with their myriad variations of red, orange, and brown scenery.

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Year: 1969
Model: 911S
Engine: 2.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 90,115 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

This is a matching number 1969 Porsche 911S that has undergone a comprehensive mechanical and cosmetic restoration spanning two years. As per the Certificate of authenticity, the car is finished in sand beige, paint code 6807, with tan leatherette. Here are some of the highlights: -Body: Car disassembled, paint stripped, repaired or replaced with factory parts as necessary. Replacement lenses and lights. -Engine: Dismantled, cleaned, machined. Built from the crankshaft up using Porsche factory parts, J&E 9.8:1 pistons. Mechanical fuel injection, stacks, butterflies refurbished. SSI heat exchangers. All surfaces, brackets dry stripped and powder coated, plated, new hardware throughout. Every hose, line, cable has been replaced throughout the car. -Transmission: Replaced all synchros, 1st and 3rd gears. Replaced all shift bushings, removed and repaired/rebuilt pedal box assembly. -Bright work/trim: Chrome components removed and refinished, all “S” trim replaced, window, hood and door seals replaced, front and rear window trim replaced, side window frames and glass original. -Interior: Replacement Porsche dashboard, all switches, bezels, knobs replaced. Upholstery, carpet, sound deadening and door pockets new from Autos International. Extensive parts list for the restoration has been retained and will be included in the sale along with the original purchase order dated 5/14/69 and current COA from PCNA verifying original colors as well as original engine and transmission. Car is located in CT. Contact Scott @ thethirdgarage.com 203-219-0113.

This particular 911S recently has come out of restoration and is reported to have only its test mileage on the rebuilt engine. The general condition looks about as good as we’d expect and everything is said to have been restored to its original specifications. We aren’t shown the CoA to verify that claim, but hopefully it is on hand for prospective buyers. We don’t get a full picture of them, but it looks like this 911S comes with a set of houndstooth sport seats up front. Those are some of the best seats on a 911 and if it’s how the car was originally ordered, then they certainly make for a great addition here, especially because they help break up and provide contrast between the tan interior and Sand Beige exterior. Altogether it’s an attractive car and while Sand Beige won’t attract the kind of notice one of Porsche’s pastels would, it does have its fans. Bidding currently sits on the reasonable end for a restored 911S at $138,100, but the reserve remains unmet so we’ll have to see if bidding can rise high enough for this to sell.


1977 Porsche 911S Targa

I’ve found myself featuring more and more of the mid-year 911. I still don’t feature them all that often relative to other model years, but I used to never feature any model other than the Carrera so there is some progress. In part, I think this is due to more interesting examples being made available. I suspect that has occurred because, while these are still some of the cheaper models in the air-cooled 911 range, we’ve actually seen a few nice examples sell for values that at the time I found surprising. It’s still rare that it happens, but some of the neglect has waned. This all brings us to the car here: a Burgundy Metallic 1977 Porsche 911S Targa with Cork leather interior and 168,074 miles on it. That’s a lot of miles (though not necessarily for the age), but given that it’s been fully restored I’m not sure that mileage should be overly concerning. It will affect value though.

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Theseus’ Flat-six: 1974 Porsche 911S

The ship wherein Theseus and the youth of Athens returned from Crete had thirty oars, and was preserved by the Athenians down even to the time of Demetrius Phalereus, for they took away the old planks as they decayed, putting in new and stronger timber in their places, in so much that this ship became a standing example among the philosophers, for the logical question of things that grow; one side holding that the ship remained the same, and the other contending that it was not the same.

The best part of 2,000 years ago, the Greek philosopher Plutarch questioned at what point an object began to lose its “originality”. You’ve heard the story many times, probably as the hyperbolic ‘Washington’s Axe’ parable. But though it’s been two millennia since Athenian thought led the world, the question remains applicable today.

Take this Porsche 911S, for example.

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Pastel Blue 1972 Porsche 911S Targa

Earlier in the week I featured a Burgundy 911S Coupe that looked really nice and within that post I discussed the potential relative value of a long-hood 911 in that color versus one of the pastels Porsche produced during that time. Here we have just such a pastel: a Pastel Blue 1972 Porsche 911S Targa, located in California, with Tan interior and a well traveled 135K miles on it. Hopefully it can provide us a nice glimpse into these relative values. It’s also stunningly beautiful. I’ve said before that when these sorts of blues are contrasted with a tan interior they make for one of my favorite color combinations throughout the Porsche catalog. Naturally, this one is no different and I particularly enjoy the combination on a Targa where we can see the interplay of the colors to a greater degree. It’s simply a wonderful and highly desirable combination, and that this is a 911S just takes the entire package to another level.

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1969 Porsche 911S Coupe

Excellence Magazine ran a recent article on the 1969 911S as possibly the best of the early long-hood 911s. There wasn’t really an extensive argument for that claim, but rather it served as a reasonable introduction to the 911 upon which the article was intended to focus. Regardless of whether we feel the ’69 model year was the best, it was important as it was the year Porsche extended the wheelbase across the entire 911 line bringing to these cars greater dynamic stability and, at least to my eye, better looks. As tends to happen, I then came across a nice looking 911S and figured the fates must have aligned for me to feature it. So here we have a Burgundy 1969 Porsche 911S Coupe, located in New York, with a Tan interior and wonderful houndstooth inserts in the seats. It has undergone a full restoration though everything is said to be in its original colors and spec (I assume the steering wheel is not original).

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1969 Porsche 911S Targa

I feel like it’s been a while since I featured a long-hood 911 that was in original condition. Though not as aggressive and eye-catching as many of the modified and backdated 911s that we come across there still remains strong appeal to these early models. That is especially true of a 911S in a nice color. Of course, it is the very high values that these cars command which has encouraged so many owners of more recent models to backdate them in order to reproduce the original design aesthetic. Though the backdated models typically feature improved refinement and more modern mechanicals sometimes there’s just no substitute for the real thing. For the 1969 MY Porsche increased the wheelbase throughout the 911 range helping to provide a little more stability to the rear-engine rear-wheel design. Some buyers prefer the original short-wheelbase dynamics (and many collectors do), but I think many consider the change an improvement. Purely from an aesthetic standpoint the longer wheelbase creates a little better balance as the eye stretches a little more down the entire length of the car. Regardless of which side of that aisle you choose, it is the long-hood design itself that remains of paramount interest. The example we see here shows one of the better Porsche colors of this vintage: a Signal Yellow 1969 Porsche 911S Targa, located in Colorado, with a reported 39,060 miles on it (though the seller’s phrasing casts some doubt here and suggests the odometer may have rolled over).

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1976 Porsche 911S Targa

I’m always a little wary of posting cars when the seller gets certain major pieces of information wrong – obviously a lot of issues are raised – but I think here barring that inaccuracy everything else with this 911 looks in good order and given that it’s a no reserve auction, buyers who put in the necessary legwork can know they have a legit shot at the car. The major error: the seller lists this as a 911SC, which it clearly is not based upon, well, everything. Here we have an Emerald Green Metallic 1976 Porsche 911S Targa, located in Oregon, with Cinnamon partial leather interior and 54,953 miles on it. This is a really nice color combination as the Emerald Green exterior – which reminds me of a toned down version of Viper Green – contrasts really well with the Cinnamon interior. And it is on these cars where I really enjoy the Targa. The roll hoop stands out really well and that little bit of openness allows the interior and exterior colors to show against one another to great effect. While I don’t expect it to remain there, with current bidding around $30K this 911S may even be had for pretty reasonable value.

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1977 Porsche 911S Coupe

This one might be a little too close to my own preferences with regard to color, but I hope others find this 911 as great looking as I do. Here we have a Minerva Blue Metallic 1977 Porsche 911S Coupe, located in New York, with a Cork interior and 46,394 miles on it. This combines two of my favorites. Minerva Blue is a wonderful shade of blue as we’ve seen before and Cork is easily my favorite among the various tan interior options Porsche has made available. Combined they work fantastically well together. Outside of those colors things get a little more tricky. A ’77 911 finds few favorites and those that do look for these models typically have their eye on their lower values. The price here extends us outside of that sort of search. Still it’s a beautiful looking example that sits with pretty low miles.

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1973 Porsche 911S Targa

While I’ve always enjoyed the seat inserts we find in some vintage Porsches, over the years I’ve found myself becoming increasingly enamored with them. That Porsche has brought some of them back in recent years (even if just for special edition models) has been particularly delightful. While the tartan inserts that we many times see are surely somewhat more divisive, houndstooth and pepita inserts, as we see in this modified 1973 Porsche 911S Targa, find much greater favor. And for good reason as they provide such a wonderful contrast and appearance to the interior, but while remaining quite subtle. The interior of this 911S has been restored, though it sounds like it was the original combination. The same is true of the Oxford Blue exterior. It is at that point that originality begins to stop. The engine in this 911S is now a built 2.7 liter with mechanical fuel injection, a la the Carrera RS. That’s given this 911 a healthy boost in power, up to a reported 206 hp at the wheels. While that non-original engine will keep the price down somewhat, it should make for a really nice performer.

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