1970 Porsche 911T Targa

Today and tomorrow I’ve got a couple cars to post that are quite a bit less pristine than what I typically like to feature. Both will need some work, but each provides a nice base with which to begin that work. And, more importantly, both are interesting enough that there should be a desire from some to return them to their full glory.

I’ll begin with this one: a Signal Orange 1970 Porsche 911T Targa, located in California, with 126,868 miles on it. This one is all about the color as it’s one of the best on an early 911. That it’s a 911T in need of work also should mean that the selling price falls very much on the reasonable side of the spectrum. At least, it should. Will it?

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Double Take: Albert Blue 1970 Porsche 911T – Coupe or Targa?

Update 12/24/2017 – The price of the Targa has dropped $10,000 to $89,995.

Believe it or not it’s been a few months since I featured a long-hood 911. I guess there haven’t been many lately to really grab my attention. So why not double up with two? Albert Blue is a really nice non-metallic blue that was available on these early 911s and as it happens there are two available right now, both from the same model year and same 911 model. But one is a Coupe and the other a Targa. So if you like the color, now you just have to pick your body style!

Let’s start with the Coupe: a 1970 Porsche 911T Coupe, located in Alabama, with 69,814 miles on it. It’s been fully restored, is numbers matching, and looks great.

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Signal Yellow 1973 Porsche 911T Coupe

I imagine if someone were to search these pages for my favorite Porsche color you’d find a number of times I called different ones my favorite. Some of that might be in regard to a particular model and how certain colors look better than others, but mostly it’s simply that I like a lot of these very much! Here is another one, but it’s one I forget about because I come across it so rarely. Signal Yellow: when in good condition the color simply is stunning. The subtle orange hues serve to suppress the brightness of the yellow just enough that it isn’t blinding all while retaining the color’s vibrancy. Combined with the various black and chrome trim pieces of a long-hood 911 only accentuates the best aspects of the color all the more. It’s great.

Here we see Signal Yellow on a really nice looking restored 1973 Porsche 911T Coupe, located in southern California, with a reported 90,000 miles on it.

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Year: 1973
Model: 911T
Engine: 2.4 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 90,000 mi
Price: $130,000

Now available from CPR Classic is this lovely 1973 911T painted in its factory original Signal Yellow over a black with hounds tooth interior. The car is a completely numbers matching example that retains all of its original panels and original undercoating.

The paint is in excellent condition, and the cars bright work is in very nice shape as well. The interior is in lovely shape with as new carpet, headliner and dash. The sport seats that are currently installed are aftermarket, however we have the correct standard seats with hounds tooth inserts as well if the buyer prefers.

Mechanically the car is outstanding. The car drives incredibly tight and corners well. Underneath, all bushings look fresh and undamaged, and the car also has upgraded ride height adjustable rear spring plates.

The matching numbers engine is recently overhauled and runs outstanding. Cosmetically the engine is superb with correct plating throughout.

This 911 is the perfect example for someone who wants a very high quality car that can be shown, but one that can still be driven and enjoyed with out worrying about your occasional rock chip.

A fantastic example all around in a great color combination, Don’t miss this 911T.

Information on the car prior to our acquisition:

Two Owner – Numbers Matching 1973 911T – Mechanical Fuel Injection. COA from Porsche included.

The car was stored for approximately 25 years in a garage before restoration started. California Car with 74k miles when brought out of storage in Pleasanton CA. No Rust Ever! All panels and floors are original and not repaired. This is the original color, signal yellow. All wheels, instruments, seats, engine, transmission, are all original.

The body was stripped to bare metal, and repainted original signal yellow. Paint and undercoating on the belly pan, in the engine compartment and under hood is still original.

There is a new fuel tank and sport muffler, H4 Headlights. This was a 4 year project with great attention to detail. It still has the original California Blue Plate license plates.

Work performed over 2016-17:

New Bilsteins all around

New Pirelli CN36 Tires (approximately 1000 miles on them today)

Alignment when tires were installed by Gran Prix Tires, Costa Mesa, CA.

New Sport Seats with leather trim and hounds tooth inserts were added in 12/2016 (Made in Torino, Italy).

Completely updated/upgraded Becker Europa II Period Correct Radio w/Blue tooth and hands free installed

2.4 top end rebuild, updated Carrera Chain Tensioners, S Cams

New rubber where needed (Entry trim surrounds, etc.)

Wheels Re-Anodized to factory specs

New front interior air fan motor

Glass on all dash gauges cleaned

Photos of the car in bare metal before paint are available.

For more information please call our sales department at (760) 723-8900.

Complete gallery available http://cprclassic.com/porsche911/2272/

Adding to the great look of this 911T’s Signal Yellow exterior are a pair of sport seats with hounds tooth inserts in the interior. These are not the original seats and it sounds like the original seats were of the standard variety rather than sport seats, but man do these look good. The original seats (with inserts) are said to be available though should the buyer prefer them. I think I’d inquire about getting both sets. That way you get these great looking sport seats, but also have the originals in case you – or a later owner – ever wanted to return the car closer to its original condition.

Everything here looks in spectacular condition. The steering wheel isn’t original either, but it looks great and fits the overall aesthetic of this 911 well. All of these wonderful qualities mean the asking price is very high. At $130K we’re at the top of the market for an entry-level 911. Will this rare and desirable color combination along with the excellent condition of this particular car be enough to reach that level? We’ll have to see.

-Rob

1971 Porsche 911T Targa

I suppose this could serve as a nice complement to the Irish Green 911T I featured last week. In many ways this Burgundy 1971 Porsche 911T Targa is similar, though its open roof does provide a significant departure from that Coupe. For Targa fans this could make for a nice alternative. I’ve been seeing a decent number of the 911T come up in interesting colors and good condition. Given its entry-level nature that shouldn’t surprise us in some ways as we always see them more often than the higher-market E and S, but entry-level cars aren’t always preserved as well so it is still nice to continue coming across nice examples. I think this one checks all of those boxes. The Burgundy exterior isn’t too common and while it won’t excite or attract attention the way some of the pastels would, it is a very pretty color and shows quite well with the chrome accents of the long-hood 911 and the Targa roll hoop. For attractive open-top motoring, we could certainly do far worse.

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Year: 1971
Model: 911T Targa
Engine: 2.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 119,000 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

CPR is offering this very delightful 1971 Porsche 911T. It was originally purchased in California and has been retained in the original owner’s family up until just a few years ago, and retains its original California blue license plates. This T is numbers matching with color exterior and interior to the factory certificate of authenticity. The exterior has received just one repaint years ago and is in very nice condition today. The car’s gaps are beautiful The engine is recently overhauled and is in excellent running order. The car drivers incredibly tight and is an all around great driver quality example that can be driven and enjoyed worry free, while still more than nice enough to take to shows.

The car is for sale locally at out dealership, we reserve the right to end the auction at any time for any reason. For questions or to inquire about our local price, feel free to call us at (760)723-8900

For a 911 that makes no mention of being restored this 911T looks in pretty nice shape. We know it has been repainted. Whether the interior has also been redone at some point in its past is not stated. Either way, both exterior and interior look in very nice shape. No cracks, no tears, barely a scuff. It looks clean and correct. The engine recently received attention and it’s said to drive well. We aren’t provided with or told much about its documentation, but it is said to be numbers matching and showing its original colors. I assume that means the CoA is included. In many ways this is about what I’ve come to expect from many a 911T up for sale.

Bidding is a little low at the moment at $40,099 with not too much time remaining on this auction. That may be because of a lack of available documentation, or perhaps this T just isn’t receiving much attention. I still wouldn’t expect a high price and a trip over to CPR’s website shows an asking price that I don’t think we’ll hit. So buyers will have to exercise some patience, but in the end this looks like a really nice early Targa and should make for a great driver.

-Rob

1971 Porsche 911T Coupe

A couple weeks ago I featured a 1965 Porsche 911 that sported a wonderful Irish Green exterior. Given that it was such an early model the price was understandably very high. In this case, its value was being driven more by its early date than by its color and as such it wouldn’t really make for the ideal option for someone whose priority was to find an early 911 in such a color. The car we see here, however, an Irish Green 1971 Porsche 911T Coupe, should fit that bill much better. Here the color will be just as likely to drive the value upward as most other aspects, and given that it’s the entry-level 911T there really isn’t any reason to expect its value to get out of hand. All together it could make for a very nice option for those with a desire for Irish Green.

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Year: 1971
Model: 911T
Engine: 2.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 85,269 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

1971 PORSCHE 911 T ORIGINAL MILE CAR AND 2 OWNERS.

1971 911 T Irish Green on Tan
This 3 owner car was Purchase in 2016 from the Original family of the car. Car has won multiple Concours and shows very well. With Documents from going back to the first owner. COA proven car.

2.2 Liter 125 HP serial number 6117122
5 speed 901 gear dog leg transmission
documented original miles
911S gauges
All manuals and books
All matching numbers
Antenna left w/ loud speaker and noise suppression
Beige/Tan leatherette
Certificate of Authenticity
Correct Blaupunkt radio
Correct Bosch CD ignition
High end restoration
Irish Green
Jack
Koni shock absorbers
Two family ownership since new
Original service log
Pirelli tires
Refinished Fuchs
Serial number: 9111101708
Stabilizer bars
Tinted glass
Tons of service history with paperwork
Tool Kit
Transmission number: 118438
U.S. equipment
Wheel well moldings

We get a decent numbers of pictures in this ad and this 911T has been photographed well. It really looks great inside and out. The quality of its restoration appears to have been top notch. I can’t say that Irish Green is a particular favorite of mine among Porsche’s colors from this era, but I’m very attracted to this one. It has the right color combination for my tastes and the details all look good. It would have been great to get some additional pictures of it outside so that we could gauge its looks under natural lighting, but I don’t exactly expect it to suddenly look like a dog so that is of minor concern. Adding to its potential, this 911T is said to be documented all the way back to the original owner.

Bidding currently sits at a pretty reasonable $52,100 with reserve unmet. I’ll be interested to see how high this goes and whether the reserve ultimately can be met, but as I mentioned above for a non-sunroof 911T I don’t expect things to get too out of hand. I certainly would not expect $100K, but I’m curious whether it can reach something around $80K.

-Rob

1969 Porsche 911T – Carrera RS Tribute

There is something to be said for simplicity; for not being over the top. This is especially the case when the car you are attempting to pay homage to is itself intended to prioritize a certain level of simplicity (though with a heavy dose of mechanical sophistication). Over the top certainly has its place. Just take a look at one of Singer’s builds, they are over the top in about the best possible way. Everything works together though and the total is worth all of that effort. This car, originally a 1969 Porsche 911T that is now built as a tribute to the venerable 1973 911 Carrera RS, is not over the top. The interior especially is spartan, it is simple. It is befitting of the RS to which it pays tribute. That’s why I like it. It really looks great!

And because it’s orange…I also like it because it’s orange.

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Year: 1969
Model: 911T
Engine: 2.7 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 800 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

Up for sale is my 1973 2.7 RS Lightweight tribute. This is a real long hood built on a 1969 tub. This is a fresh/new build that is in immaculate condition. Car has about 800 miles since full restoration that was done in an effort to balance practicality while holding true to the spirit and aesthetic of one of the most iconic 911s of all time. Below is a summary of the build:

Engine

7R Magnesium case

46 IDA Weber Carbs w/ K&N Filters and Hats
Twin Plug set up with Electromotive electronic ignition
Ported heads
JE 10.5:1 90mm pistons
Nikasil replated Mahle cylinders
DC40 Mod-S Cams
ARP head studs and rod bolts/nuts
Balanced crankshaft, clutch and flywheel
Headers with Leistritz muffler
Front mounted oil cooler
Transmission

Fresh 915

Resurfaced flywheel
Sachs Power Clutch
Brakes/Suspension

930 Brakes
930 Steering rack
930 Suspension
Wheels

15×7 & 15×8 genuine Fuchs w/ new tires
Interior

New RS Door panels
Prototipo Steering Wheel
Appbiz RS Lightweight carpeting
Black headliner
Radio Delete
Other

New Bosch battery
Just changed oil this week Brad Penn 20-50 High Zinc
Steel rear flares
H4 headlights
Beautiful dash and all gauges function

Overall, car is stunning, drives phenomenally and certainly sounds the part with the current exhaust set up.

***I may consider trading up on 2005-06 Ford GT.

That this tribute is based off of an original long-wheelbase long-hood 911 serves it well. It began its life in a similar configuration to the RS so there’s less to change in certain regards. It is still rare for us to come across builds utilizing these models though, mostly because they typically make for a more expensive starting point. But the work that was put in looks well done. The exterior looks really nice and befitting of an RS. As I noted, the interior is simple and straightforward, but possesses the right attributes. Unnecessary items were removed leaving a pair of seats, a steering wheel, and a shifter. Those are all useful.

The engine characteristics will be the deciding factor in how well this 911 can replicate the magic of the RS. It has the look, but does it have the feel? We aren’t told from what model year the engine was sourced, but we know it’s a 2.7 liter based off of the 7R magnesium case, which from my reading is the right place to start. The ad provides further details on the engine build. The suspension and braking have been sourced from the 930. On paper it sounds like a good package. The drive will reveal how it’s come together.

All in all this seems like a nice version of one of these builds that in appearance has stuck with a fairly basic plan. I like it and hopefully others will as well. Bidding sits currently at $50,100 and we’ll see where things eventually end.

-Rob

1973 Porsche 911T Coupe

I like black cars. I even happen to own one. They aren’t necessarily my favorite color of car, but they do possess an allure that other colors can’t match when the conditions are right. Rarer colors are, no doubt, more interesting, but interesting does not always mean better and rarer definitely doesn’t always mean better. There are plenty of colors that are rare for a reason. But what about when black itself seemingly is rare? Well then we might have something that becomes a little more interesting.

I don’t know what the production numbers are for the various colors available on the long-hood 911, but anecdotally a black one is rare. I just don’t see them very often. Maybe that’s a product of what is available now rather than what was originally available, but on the current market that comes to about the same thing. And because I don’t see them often they do attract extra notice from me when I do see one. So that helps explain my interest in this Black on Black 1973 Porsche 911T Coupe, located in California, with a reported 53K miles on it.

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Year: 1973
Model: 911T
Engine: 2.4 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 53,000 mi
Price: $80,900 Buy It Now

The Certificate of authenticity can confirm that this matching numbers 1973 Porsche 911T MFI Black on Black,
is highly optioned with Sport seats, electric sunroof, S-Trim, stabilizer bars F/R, forged alloy wheels and comfort equipment, option group G03 which it is the AC.
She is in a current good condition, rust free car, straight body, original floors, unrestored interior and the engine has been rebuilt 3 or 4 years ago according to the previous owner.
strong driver she runs and drives fast and very well, great gearbox with no issue.
The paint is nice from 10 feet but it will probably need a good paint job to bring this rare highly optioned 1973 1/2 911 T to the next level.
Or it can be driven as it is.
The Ac compressor has been deleted and it is missing, after market radio.
Come with tool kit, jack, spare tire, owners manual, and a copy of each titles of each owners who owned it. (3 owners) no service records and no service book.
Great opportunity.

More infos upon request.

The first thing I’ll get to is the asking price. Even if I don’t see a black one very often just about any 911T is going to struggle to sell for $80K when the condition is classified only as “good.” That is especially the case when it’s been repainted as this one has and when that repaint itself is only said to be in decent shape. I’m also not sure why one of the grill driving lights isn’t aligned correctly. And the AC compressor is missing. And there are no records. So those are the negatives and they aren’t minor.

Otherwise, this isn’t a bad looking example and it’s got some nice options, especially the sports seats with what I believe are velour inserts. Those by themselves are pretty great and they are said to be original. Even the paint does show pretty well. For the most part it could make for a nice driver option, it just isn’t going to do that at this price. I suspect it’s value is much closer to $60K than $80K, but once we get the price in line I think it could make some sense. For those, like me, who are fans of black cars and black 911s especially this could make for a nice chance at a driver-quality example of one of these uncommon machines.

-Rob

Conda Green 1971 Porsche 911T Karmann Coupe with 1,354 miles

A couple weeks back I featured a Conda Green 911E Coupe that was higher mileage but presented well and appeared to have a well documented history. Here we have another early 911 in that great Conda Green exterior, but the rest of it is in stark contrast to my previous feature. First, the mileage is incredibly low: a reported 1,354 miles. Second, other than the CoA we are provided no other documentation or information about this 911’s history. Finally, we see no pictures of the interior so that portion of the car remains a mystery. It looks really good, but from there we’ll need to start digging.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Conda Green 1971 Porsche 911T Karmann Coupe on eBay

Year: 1971
Model: 911T
Engine: 2.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 1,354 mi
Price: $94,999 Buy It Now

Beautiful, rare and classic 1971 Porsche 911T Karmann Coupe in mint condition.

Conda Green color

1354 miles

Car comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Detlev von Platen, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America. Picture is attached.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions. Thanks!

Shipping will be the responsibility of the buyer. Anyone interested in seeing the car in person, please message me.

Obviously priority 1 here is to try and verify the mileage. If this is the true mileage and that can be verified, then we’re looking at a seriously rare early 911. The second question involves the engine. The ad makes no mention of this, but even though the seller has chosen not to show any pictures of the interior he has chosen to show us a picture of a sticker. That’s odd. Except that sticker is an engine labeled 2.5. Is the engine in this 911 a 2.5 liter, rather than the standard 2.2? And, if so, is it in fact the original engine that has been built to this 2.5 specification, or is this a non-original engine? Perhaps if it is rebuilt then that would explain the low mileage. This mileage figure could be the mileage since the build. We’ve certainly seen sellers list mileage in this way in the past.

These points, along with any other history and documentation we can discover, will have a serious impact on the selling price of this 911T. The asking price as listed is very high. If everything were exactly as stated, i.e. true and verifiable mileage and original condition throughout, then even that high price probably would be attainable given the added feature of the rare color. In fact, it could even sell higher than this. Right now we don’t know, but such an opportunity as this one surely requires further investigation.

-Rob

1972 Porsche 911R Tribute

We feature a good number of these 911 tributes and backdates. Whether they are tributes to the original Carrera RS, to the 1967 911R like the one we see here, or just built by someone who prefers long-hood design, many of the basic principles and ideals behind them are pretty similar. And they can be very difficult to value. We wanted to take a look at this one precisely to help us gauge that value. This 911 is up for auction with no reserve so it should show us what the market thinks of these cars. Or at least what it thinks of this one. While the proverbial devil is in the details with any of these builds this one strikes me as falling within a middle ground and I think that makes it particularly useful for trying to understand value. It doesn’t appear to be the most well executed or thorough build, but you can see that a good deal of work has gone in to building this 911R tribute and there are a lot of nice touches presented throughout. Bidding right now sits at $50K.

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Year: 1972
Model: 911T
Engine: 2.4 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 0 mi
Price: Auction

NO RESERVE AUCTION – THE WINNER WILL GET THIS BEUTIFUL

PORSCHE 911R TRIBUTE – WEIGHTS UNDER 2000 LBS * 100+ PICTURES *

COMES WITH CLEAN TITLE, BILL OF SALE, AND ORIGINAL WINDOW STICKER

FOR THIS 911R RECREATION THE 1972 911 T US MODEL WAS SELECTED BECAUSE IS THE MODEL YEAR THAT IS INSPIRED WITH 911R AND ONLY YEAR THAT HAS OIL FILLER/TANK ON THE RIGHT SIDE WHICH IS A TRADE MARK OF ORIGINAL 911R.

THE CAR :

* MATCHING NUMBERS – ORIGINAL DEALER WINDOW STICKER

* RUNNING 2.4 LITERS ORIGINAL ENGINE – PARTIALLY RESEALED

* RACING CHAIN TENSSIONERS

* WEBER CARBURETORS – REBUILT

* ORIGINAL 5 SPEED TRANSMISSION – SHIFTS GOOD

* GOOD CLUTCH

* FRONT AND REAR FACTORY SWAY BARS

* NEW BRAKES with SSI braided lines

* NEW KONI “CLASSIC” SHOCKS ALL AROUND

* NEW TURBO STEERING TIE RODS

* STRAIT BODY WITH ZERO RUST – NEVER IN ACCIDENT

* NEW BARE METAL GRAN PRIX WHITE SINGLE STAGE PAINT JOB ( FOR ORIGINALITY AND WEIGHT SAVING)

* THE ORIGINAL FACTORY UNDERBODY COATING WAS LEFT ON THE BODY FOR AUTHENTICITY REASON -BUT CAN BE REMOVED FOR FUTHER WEIGHT SAVING

* NO BODY FILLER ON THE CAR

* NEW PIRELI PERFORMANCE TIRES

* ALL SEALS ARE NEW

…AND MUCH MORE…

THE 911R PARTS:

* R- STYLE INTAKE MANIFOLDS RAIN SHIELDS WITH PORSCHE SCRIPT

* R-EXHAUST SYSTEM

* LIGHTWEIGHT ENGINE MOUNT

* 110 LITERS CUSTOM GAS TANK WITH R FUEL FILLER CAP MADE FROM ORIGINAL PORSCHE GAS TANK MADE IN GERMANY

* CUSTOMIZED ORIGINAL OIL TANK WITH ENGINE OIL 911R FILLER CAP

* R GOLD LOOK ENGINE DETAILS

* R – FRONT STRUT BRACE

* FIBERGLASS: DOORS, FRONT AND REAR FENDERS, TRUNK HOOD AND ENGINE LID

* R -STYLE ENGINE LID GRILLE WITH REIN SHIELDS

* LIGHTWEIGHT: FRONT WINDSHIELD, DOOR WINDOWS, REAR SIDE WINDOWS, REAR WINDSHIELD

* R- STYLE DOOR WENTS

* R – TAILLIGHTS, FRONT TURN SIGNALS AND FRONT MARKERS

* R- STEERING WHEEL WITH HORN BUTTON

* R-LEATHER STRAPS FOR DOOR WINDOWS

* RED DOOR POOLS

* R-LIGHTWEIGHT COMPOSIT DOOR HANDLES

* LIGHTWEIGHT DASH PAD

* LIGHTWEIGHT HOOD AND ENGINE LID HINGES

* WOODEN SHIFT KNOB

* LIGHTWEIGHT RED HEADLINER

* R- STYLE NEW SEATS AND RED RACING SEATBELTS

* LIGHTWEIGHT PARTIAL CARPET – REMOVABLE – ( THE REST OF CARPET COMES WITH THE CAR )

* R – RED ALL BODY DECALS

EVERYTHING ON THIS CAR IS DONE PROPERLY IN ATTENTION TO SMALLEST DETAILS

This recreation on arguably the most important 911 is dedicated to Porsche 911 air cooled legacy, and is a result of my forty five year long addiction to this icon of all sports cars, and decades of experience in customizing and restoring vintage Porsche cars.

One of the difficulties in making a 911R tribute look good is that it’s supposed to be a pretty spartan build. The 911R is as no frills as a road-going Porsche from this period gets and the interior of this tribute certainly shows that. It is one of, if not the, lightest road-going 911s so removing items is just as important as what is added. This one is said to weigh under 2,000 pounds so on paper it sounds like they’ve put in the right sort of work. The’ve used lightweight glass all around and fiberglass panels for a good bit of the body. The exterior too has plenty of details and here looks pretty good. Generally, this R tribute looks the part.

The biggest question, and I’d think the biggest determining factor in value, will be the engine. Does it have the power and character of the original? Can that character be replicated? Honestly, I don’t know though I imagine some of the best shops could do a good job. Is that what we’re getting here? The details are sparse so it’s hard to say, but it doesn’t sound like the engine is much altered from standard. Certainly not enough to reach an R spec.

As I said above, I think this build falls into a middle ground. There are some nice details inside and out; it looks like a faithful attempt at replicating the look of the R. I don’t think they’ve gone all out, but that may be ok given that the cost for builder and buyer will remain much lower. With only 20 examples of the 911R in existence it certainly makes sense for builders to come up with a tribute. An original is cost prohibitive for just about everyone. Not so for a tribute. The question now is where this auction ends.

Thanks to our reader Jordan for the spot!

-Rob

1972 Porsche 911T Coupe

We’ve featured quite a few modified 911s that have been backdated. Given the general disdain many feel for the federally-mandated impact bumpers it’s unsurprising that quite a few also would choose to marry the more modern mechanical equipment of a later 911 with the early long-hood style. Singer perhaps has made the most of this transformation offering bespoke 964-based 911s that can reach a half-million dollar price when all is said and done. Much more rare is the build that does the reverse. So I figured why not feature one of those specimens?

This 911 originally began life as a 1972 911T, but it’s been given a new life through steel fender flares from the 930, a lovely shade of light blue paint somewhat reminiscent of Gulf Blue, and that later front, here as a short-hood with RS bumpers. The appearance certainly is more aggressive than any 911T, but it’s that change from long to short hood that seems most interesting. The look is subtly different from that of a modified later 911 and it is in those details that I think the more interesting facets might lie.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1972 Porsche 911T Coupe on eBay

Year: 1972
Model: 911T
Engine: 2.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 7,079 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

Luxury Motorcars is very excited to be offering this extra special 1972 Porsche 911 for sale, this car has been tastefully modified from original to give it a more aggressive look and feel. The body has steel 930 fender flares in both the front and rear, a short hood conversion with RS style bumpers, louvered engine cover, and custom paint with 2 piece BBS wheels. The engine is a 2.0L deep rib block with 2.4 cylinders and 2.7 cylinder heads. It runs an upgraded cooling system supplied by Elephant Racing. The interior has custom leather seats with 5 point harnesses, RS style door panels, and a Zuffenhausen steering wheel. The way this engine makes power is absolutely amazing, it feels like its constantly inspiring you to work your way through the revs before you change gear. Everything about this Porsche enlivens the senses, if you love to drive there nothing will make you want to miss your exit on the commute home more.

I’m not sure about everything here. The short hood doesn’t seem to fit right. Either that or it has been left a little unlatched. My hope is that is the case. The rest of the build looks in good shape. The interior is fairly basic and minimalist. A pair of seats, a rollbar, and a nice steering wheel mostly complete the package. It looks good, but I don’t think we’d say a ton was invested in it. I’m also not sold on the wheels. They are a nice set of BBS wheels, I’m just not sure I like the look. That’s an easy change though so probably not of great significance. But I do like the car. It appears to be a nice effort and while certainly not over the top, a basic build does have appeal.

I suppose the big question is where the price might end up. We’ve seen really well executed backdated 911s sell for pretty high prices – prices that definitely are higher than many original Carreras. But what about when your starting point is a typically more expensive ’72 911? Bidding here certainly suggests that the demand isn’t quite the same (sitting right now at $40,100). It’s somewhat on par with what we see with “RS style” builds that forego the long-hood conversion. But I’m curious where this will go. Not everything is perfect and the overall details don’t scream “bespoke” or anything of that nature. I do think there’s something interesting here though and we’ll have to see where bidding ultimately lands.

-Rob