Remember when you used to build models of cars when you were a kid? It's just like that, except replace the smell of glue with oil and multiply the level of effort by about 10,000x.
Recently there have been some tiny hints that the 911 market may be cooling ever so slightly. The final selling price of this "911" that's currently just a shell and boxes of parts will be a good indicator of where the current bubble is.
The seller says that this 1971 911 has been in storage (in pieces) since 1987. Apart from a seemingly organized disassembly, the only work that was completed stripping the body and coating it with primer to prevent rust.
All of the major pieces seem to be accounted for from the thorough photos provided, but it does make our head hurt a bit just taking it all in. Especially when you see boxes labeled "911 Valve Springs" next to "911 Misc. Parts."
We're no strangers to getting in over our heads on projects, but the level of engine disassembly makes us question what exactly the plan was. Especially when combined with the stripped + primed body that still needs some metal work in the floor. Restoration OCD?
The interior looks neat and mainly there, but that's the least of your worries here. The suspension and brakes look to be somewhat still attached but that's likely just to make the shell somewhat more mobile.
We've seen some incomplete rust heaps going for over $20,000 lately so the current $16,000 bidding for this "kit" is comparatively reasonable, but we're not quite sure who could buy it. Unless you're buying this as an oversized Revell model to build over the next few years, we don't know how this makes sense.
If you're going to spend the time and money rebuilding this motor, we don't see a lot of benefit to keeping it stock and ending up with 125 HP just to maintain matching numbers. At the same time though it would be a shame to drop a replacement 3.0 in there after the seller has kept this engine waiting (in pieces) for 30 years.
If you've got an empty garage looking for a tenant, and about 10,000 man hours to spare this 911 in Louisville, Kentucky could be just what you're looking for.
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