1968 Porsche 911S Coupe Barn find

In the early 60’s the 356 was nearing the end of its life, and was starting to be considered antiquated. Enter the 911, Porsche had developed a totally new GT car that was the higher evolution of the 356, but did everything just a tick better. With more interior room, better handling, and more power the 911 took Porsche to the next level. In the ‘60’s the highest evolution of the 911, was the 911S. In 1968, the 911S was not available to the US market, making these cars very rare on our shores.

This barn find for sale in San Francisco, CA is an example of an all original ’68 short wheel base 911S, and a rough one at that.

1968 Porsche 911S Coupe Barnfind on pelicanparts.com

Rare numbers matching 1968 Porsche 911S Coupe. A true California barn find hidden away for many years. A rare Euro only model and 1 of only 227 produced. A California car, since early 1970’s. Original Burgundy Red color. Odometer showing 80,170 kilometers. Original 2.0 liter 911S engine number . Very rare original Sportomatic transmission. The value of the short wheelbase 911S is rising rapidly. $24,995 obo.

No one can deny that barn finds are cool, it’s any car guys dream to be the one that exhumes a piece of automotive history from some old timer’s garage that is just the way it was when it was tucked away decades ago. I for one fantasize about it every time I’m on a road trip in the country. The more you watch the market, the more popular these types of cars are becoming, but where’s the line between barn find, and lost relic? To me the quintessential barn find has 3 major elements, originality, collectability, and preservation. While original, and collectable this car lacks the one element that I would consider to be the most important in a barn find; preservation.

The market for these early Porsches is certainly strong, as these cars are very desirable, with a full concourse ready ’68 911S commanding as much as $92K. That being said, any Porsche 911, especially early models are expensive to restore, since parts are so rare. So where does a car like this fit in to the market? At $24,995, this is a purchase that would have to be made as a labor of love. This car is priced far too strong considering that a restoration on a car like this could spiral out of control very quickly, and could far exceed the $92K high market value.

While few things are cooler than a barn find, but in this case I would say that it’s best to consider a sound, more complete car.

-Brian

 

Post for the Daytona 500, 1977 Porsche 911S

As well as being Valentine’s Day it is also the Daytona 500. While I thought about posting that ran in the 1985 24 hours of Daytona, on eBay for $685,000, instead I found this Porsche 911 for sale in Daytona Florida and the kicker is if you watch the video in the auction showing off the car, you can hear the NASCAR boys practicing for the 500 at the track in the background. (How’s that for relevant tie-in?) Listen at the start of this video:

The rust free 111,985 mile car has that funky copper paint, but looks to be in need of a respray. That copper color sometimes strikes me as ok, other times it looks kind of ugly. The car has a 5-speed that the seller states shifts well and an engine in good shape, that leaks a touch of oil.

This one needs a bit of work, but it is very nice to see such an honest seller that lays out all the minor imperfections instead of trying to hide them. The little things that could be fixed don’t appear to be highly urgent so one could enjoy the car while fixing it up. This looks like it would make a great around town and weekend driver just as it sits.
$5,500 no reserve opening bid.

450 photos of the car can be seen here.

~Evan