1976 Porsche 912E

An enduring myth in the car world is the old lady. You know, the car whose current owner – and ideally this is long-term ownership – is an older woman who has only used the car sparingly for shopping trips and other weekly tasks. These cars will be low mileage and have been very well maintained. Many times they are also well documented. The car will have seen almost no inclement weather during her ownership. To be clear, this is not myth in the since that such cars don’t exist – they most certainly do – and seeking them out can lead to some truly good bargains and fantastic cars. Why bring this up here? Because it’s exactly the case we have with this 1976 Porsche 912E located in Oregon. All of the basic typologies are present: 33 years of ownership, driven lightly on the weekends, excellent cosmetic condition, a huge stack of receipts. Perhaps even better? It’s a no reserve auction and bidding remains quite reasonable.

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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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1976 Porsche 912E

I’m fairly certain that the very first Porsche 912 I featured here at GCFSB was one of the single-year 912E. In the three years since then, I’ve never featured it again. That is in part because the long-hood models are simply much better looking, but also they’ve tended to make more sense when their values are compared with those of their long-hood 911 brethren. Because mid-year 911s haven’t shown nearly the same high values the 912E doesn’t attract our notice quite as much. However, the long-hood 912 has begun to rise enough that they no longer seem like the wonderful values they once did. Perhaps the 912E can begin to make a little more sense. In that regard, I’m curious to have a look at where one might sell. We come across them pretty rarely, and frankly most of them are in pretty bad shape. But the one we see here, a Sepia Brown 1976 Porsche 912E with Tan interior, looks in pretty good shape. It needs work, as the seller readily admits, but the overall condition appears quite sound and perhaps the value it shows will begin to bring these into greater favor.

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1976 BMW 2002 eta swap

I’m not sure what it is, but lately I’ve fallen out of love a bit with most BMWs from the last 15 years or so. I think a lot of it is the continual business travel abroad that I do, always seeing and riding in interesting Italian, French and miscellaneous machines that we can’t buy new here in the US market. In my drive to be different, I usually buy my clothes outside of the US, but sadly, I can not do this with cars. What to do then? Create something yourself, such as this 1976 BMW 2002 with the 2.7 liter inline-6 eta engine swapped in for sale in California. It’s rather interesting that someone decided to swap in the longer stroke economy engine, as it’s not the usual go-to engine for a 2002 swap. But the overall package is quite pleasing.

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1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera

I’ve been waiting for this 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera to come back around and am happy it finally has. This 930 was listed at the same time (and by the same seller) as the Ice Green Metallic 930 I featured a month ago and I chose to feature that one since, well, it’s Ice Green Metallic and that’s such a wonderful color. But I’ve had this Grand Prix White example on my mind ever since. The condition is excellent and it looks to be well documented, but what really draws my attention are the specially ordered RSR 8- and 9-inch wheels. That extra width really helps fill in the wheel wells and gives this 930 some additional presence. Other than changing the headlights out for the much better looking H4 units this 930 also has retained its originality. There’s certainly a lot of positives surrounding this early Turbo, but whether it will reach this sort of price may be another matter.

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1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera

This is one of my favorite cars to come across: an Ice Green Metallic 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera. I realize that’s really specific, but the combination of the 3.0 liter 911 Turbo with this color really works for me and it always grabs my attention immediately. For my tastes this one is also helped by its Cinnamon interior, which has just enough darkness to it to provide the right contrast to that light green exterior. I even like the somewhat quirky and, in this application, subtle “Turbo” graphics that run the length of the car. I can’t really vouch for the seller’s claim that it is the single-most beautiful early Turbo to exist, but it would certainly rank highly.

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1976 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0

One of the things I enjoy most about Porsches – beyond their brilliant mechanical abilities – is the possibilities available to buyers. Porsche is happy to provide its customers with just about any color combination or pattern, along with a host of options, through Porsche Exclusive. Granted, there typically is significant cost to those options, but as someone principally eyeing the second-hand market all of that variability keeps things interesting. One of my favorite options has been seat inserts. In some cases these are fairly standard solid colors that provide contrast with the rest of the interior. But Porsche has also offered other choices. My favorite is houndstooth, which we mostly see on early 911s, though it was revived most recently on the 50th Anniversary 911. That interior is spectacular. For those who desire something even more eye-catching, Porsche has also offered a variety of tartan seat inserts. If memory serves, I’ve only seen these on Porsches from the ’70s. They certainly won’t appeal to everyone and I’ll admit some of them don’t work, but in a few cases they look great and provide for an interior that has a lot more going on than the standard monochrome we typically see. The example we see here came with just such an interior: a Black 1976 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0, located in Texas, with around 94,000 miles on it.

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1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera

Last week I featured a Guards Red 1976 Porsche 930 that probably would have made for an interesting option if the price was right. Unfortunately, the current asking price is not right. Here we have another example, but this one appears to lack the flaws of that Guards Red 930 and as such it likely stands a much better chance of reaching its high asking price. When I came across this 930 I was immediately struck because I could swear I had seen it before, but couldn’t immediately place it. The pictures obviously have been heavily edited with regard to shading and lighting, but there’s a pretty good reason for that: the collection from which this 930 hails was featured in Excellence Magazine’s December 2015 issue and the pictures from that shoot used these same lighting changes. That was the aspect of these pictures that immediately recalled this 930 to mind and I am sure the seller hopes that buyers will recognize the car as being related to those in that article given the praise that was heaped upon the restoration work carried out on those early 930s. As far as I can tell this isn’t one of the three 930s featured in the Excellence article, or at least if it is one of them then the interior has been changed since those cars each had tartan fabric seat inserts. I’m not sure if those seat inserts were original, but I really hope they haven’t been removed because they looked fantastic and provided for a much more interesting interior.

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1976 Porsche 930

When I come across them I will almost always choose to feature a 1976 Porsche 930. They are one of the earliest examples of what has become an iconic model – the 911 Turbo – and their simplified and pared down nature relative to later examples brings with them a purity that many others fail to match. But they can be difficult, which the example here, a Guards Red 1976 Porsche 930 located in North Carolina, demonstrates quite well. As some of the earliest examples of the 911 Turbo these cars tend to be quite valuable, as we’d expect. But especially in the current market, where 911 prices have begun to retreat somewhat for all but the very best examples, there tends to be a disconnect between asking prices and where we’d actually expect a 930 to sell. We’ll get to the problematic parts, let’s start with the good. Generally speaking, inside and out this 930 looks very ncie. The Guards Red paint shows well and the interior looks crisp throughout. In addition, other than the steering wheel the interior appears to retain all of its original parts. I would guess the interior has been refreshed at some point during this 930’s life, though the seller makes no mention of that so perhaps it’s wholly original. All in all, for a 40-year-old Porsche with more than 100K miles on it the condition is good and while we’d likely classify it as driver-quality rather than concours it definitely has a lot going for it.

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1976 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Targa – No Reserve

I’ve shown a coupe examples of the Carrera 3.0 over the past months and given the fairly high price tags typically attached to these models, you can imagine my surprise when I came across this 1976 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Targa on auction with no reserve. Suffice it to say a $100K price tag would not be surprising, though we must keep in mind that the Targa of these models always falls into a much different category. Even though the Targa is quite a bit more rare than the Coupe – Targa production in each of the model’s two years was around half that of the Coupe – it remains the less desirable of the two so prices should be lower. Where this one ends up, we’ll just have to see.

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