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Wed Apr 25, 2012, 08:02 PM

omg my $1400 porsche is RARE

I like this.

I found out my 83 is a *transitional* porsche.

turbo 4
924 front bumper.
924 back wind0w
911 engine
one of VERY FEW that carried no back end badge and only had the porsche name on the spoiler with no other marks...they couldn't decide to call it a 924 or a 944 so they just didnt badge it at all.

Think I have a car worth restoring

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Reply omg my $1400 porsche is RARE (Original post)
backwoodsbob Apr 2012 OP
trof Apr 2012 #1
backwoodsbob Apr 2012 #3
trof Apr 2012 #27
madinmaryland Apr 2012 #2
backwoodsbob Apr 2012 #4
REP Apr 2012 #5
backwoodsbob Apr 2012 #6
REP Apr 2012 #10
BTennyson Apr 2012 #23
Tesha Apr 2012 #7
backwoodsbob Apr 2012 #9
mikeytherat Apr 2012 #17
kwassa Apr 2012 #8
Gold Metal Flake Apr 2012 #11
backwoodsbob Apr 2012 #12
russspeakeasy Apr 2012 #13
Tesha Apr 2012 #18
Kaleva Apr 2012 #14
guitar man Apr 2012 #15
Electric Monk Apr 2012 #16
yellowcanine Apr 2012 #19
HopeHoops Apr 2012 #20
bluedigger Apr 2012 #21
HopeHoops Apr 2012 #22
bluedigger Apr 2012 #25
HopeHoops Apr 2012 #28
hifiguy Apr 2012 #24
Blue_Tires Apr 2012 #26

Response to backwoodsbob (Original post)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 08:04 PM

1. Photo?

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Response to trof (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 08:08 PM

3. ok

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Response to backwoodsbob (Reply #3)

Thu Apr 26, 2012, 06:39 PM

27. Cool. You got that for $1400? Wow.

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Response to backwoodsbob (Original post)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 08:07 PM

2. Can't that be determined by the VIN?

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Response to madinmaryland (Reply #2)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 08:13 PM

4. it HAS been confirmed

I just didnt know when I bought it and he obviously didn't know what he was selling

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Response to backwoodsbob (Original post)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 08:24 PM

5. Cool!

Even though if it weren't rare, I'd think it'd be worth restoring to at least running condition (if it isn't already) but I like fast cars Congrats!

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Response to REP (Reply #5)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 08:29 PM

6. running? lol

I bought it for 1400..turned the key...and drove it 1000 miles it's first week

It screams fast and the engine is tight...no oil burning and no leaks.

Drive train is tight.

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Response to backwoodsbob (Reply #6)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 09:13 PM

10. That is awesome

I got my Z in '07 ... I just turned 14,000 on it last week. And it's my daily driver.

But those miles were fast!

Again, congrats on your terrific deal. I hate you a little

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Response to backwoodsbob (Reply #6)

Thu Apr 26, 2012, 01:36 PM

23. Too bad

 

that you couldn't show the same exuberance to the dog you gave up.

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Response to Tesha (Reply #7)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 08:47 PM

9. you are right

was told the turbo was 911.

Turbo 4 is 944

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Response to Tesha (Reply #7)

Thu Apr 26, 2012, 06:02 AM

17. And the 911s are true rear-engine.

mikey_the_ratt

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Response to backwoodsbob (Original post)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 08:46 PM

8. Cars are rare because, well, ....... they didn't sell well when they were new.

Something I encountered 30 years ago as an auto adjuster for an insurance company, establishing comparative values.

There was this Jensen Healey .

Rare doesn't mean valuable, necessarily.

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Response to backwoodsbob (Original post)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 09:59 PM

11. Is there an online description?

Or maybe something on Wiki?

I don't care how much it's worth, I just want to know stuff about cars. Anyways, how do you like it?

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Response to Gold Metal Flake (Reply #11)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 10:18 PM

12. love it..drives like it is on rails

0 to 60 it is a dog...60 to 130 it screams

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Response to backwoodsbob (Reply #12)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 11:31 PM

13. I know the feeling, I had a 1988 924s

Fourth and fifth were the screamers. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd were pretty boring.

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Response to backwoodsbob (Original post)

Thu Apr 26, 2012, 12:32 AM

14. Good for you! My $2k porch is common and there's nothing special about it

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Response to backwoodsbob (Original post)

Thu Apr 26, 2012, 12:37 AM

15. Throw it back on the grill

Another 2 minutes per side should do the trick

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Response to backwoodsbob (Original post)

Thu Apr 26, 2012, 12:41 AM

16. Is it a FrankenPorsche?

http://forums.rennlist.com/rennforums/911-forum/667447-at-what-point-does-a-porsche-become-a-frankenporsche-2.html
Thanks for the kind word about my car. I often refer to it as a kind of Frankenstein, but I don't mean any disrespect to the car with the term. It's a 1972 tub with 1986 Turbo brakes, a 1977 magnesium transaxle and a 1995 engine. The suspension has a few 935-inspired pieces but also a lot of chop-and-fab inventiveness that can't be categorized with a model year.

.....

Well, it used to be a '73.

But that's a long story that involves a very unlucky turn.

It's like grandpa's hammer, where the head's been replaced a few times, and the handle's been replaced a few times -- but it's still granspa's hammer.

I've had the same gas filler flap since 1999.

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Response to backwoodsbob (Original post)

Thu Apr 26, 2012, 10:10 AM

19. That's a real good price for a vintage car which can be driven. But think twice before restoring.

Rare does not mean collectible. Collectible is determined more by demand than rarity. For example 55-57 Chevys are not rare but they are very collectible. The same is true for the first generation Mustangs (64-73). A big part of the reason for this is that these cars were very popular when new and many collectors had them for a first car or wished that they had them for a first car. In the case of the 55-57 Chevys the availability of a "hotrod" small block
replacement engine, the 327, made these cars even more popular early on.

The person who does a correct restoration may have a hard time getting their money out of it even if it is very collectible.

If truly collectible it may be easier to sell unrestored because some collectors prefer unrestored or want to restore it themselves. Also the value of many vintage cars is pretty much in the toilet right now which may partly explain why you were able to get such a good deal. I would talk to someone who restores cars for a living to assess better what you truly have and what the value is restored vs unrestored. You can also look at Ebay prices although Hemmings is probably much better.

On the other hand if the intent is to restore it to enjoy it (the best reason for owning or restoring any collectible, imo), it may be a good move. The good thing is by having something which can be driven, you can enjoy it now and take some time to decide about whether you want to restore it or not. And getting any roadworthy car for $1400 is a good deal - the fact that it is a Porsche makes it even more so.

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Response to backwoodsbob (Original post)

Thu Apr 26, 2012, 10:23 AM

20. Turn it into a hearse.

 



Okay, okay. That's a Jag, but still.

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Response to HopeHoops (Reply #20)

Thu Apr 26, 2012, 10:32 AM

21. Whoever did that?

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Response to bluedigger (Reply #21)

Thu Apr 26, 2012, 12:34 PM

22. It's from "Harold & Maude". They only made one and it was destroyed in the final scene.

 

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Response to HopeHoops (Reply #22)

Thu Apr 26, 2012, 02:10 PM

25. Well, I guess that was for the best...

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Response to bluedigger (Reply #25)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 07:48 AM

28. Do you have any idea how much that thing would be worth if they'd used a double instead?

 

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Response to backwoodsbob (Original post)

Thu Apr 26, 2012, 01:58 PM

24. I think you have a 944 there.

At least in fact if not in "badge." Sounds like a very cool, collectable car, one well worth restoring. Unusual Porsches always command a premium. A buddy of mine bought a limited-edition Boxter Spyder last summer; I obesrved that it is not only a very cool car but also a decent investment.

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Response to backwoodsbob (Original post)

Thu Apr 26, 2012, 06:28 PM

26. "Rare" doesn't always mean "will demand a high price on the collector's market"

but if you love the car go right ahead...

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