This 1969 Porsche 912 has been for sale off and on for a bit and is back on eBay with no reserve and low-ish bidding with three days left. The description leaves plenty of room for questions, and the photos show both promise and warning signs.
We have a 1969 912 in the Moto Roster garage so we're not un-interested parties when it comes to what's going on in the market. With only 72,000 miles and the original motor we're surprised that bidding is only at $15,000 given what other 912's have been going for lately. It could be that real-life buyers have been turned off by what lurks beneath the surface, or perhaps the P car bubble is finally deflating and the 912's are the first to feel it.
This car has been off the road for 35 years and currently finds itself in Indiana after last being on the road in New York. Claimed to have been in running condition when it was put away, we're immediately interested in the condition of the engine and the floors.
Knowing that this car lived in New York, and that there aren't any photos of the floors, we have to assume that they will need some attention. The one thing that gives us some hope is the fact that the shot of the gas tank / front trunk looks extremely clean and the battery box looks to be in similarly good condition.
Outside the paint is sufficiently shabby, but all of the chrome seems to be in place along with original glass. There are some signs of a long-ago respray and we're interested in the subtle chrome "bumper bars" between the factory bumper pads. The rear one makes us think that this little Porsche lived in the big city.
Inside things look neater than normal with a minimally cracked dash and an aftermarket gauge cluster mounted underneath the ashtray. Out back, two minor things give us hope for the condition of this car: the fact that the engine rain tray is still in place, and that the shocks on the decklid are still capable of supporting it.
Even though replacing the floors would be no small expense, the big question is that of the motor. Even if it did run when it was put away, one would have to ask why it sat for so long. Maybe life just happened and the car was out of sight and out of mind, or maybe it needed a rebuild and the weight of the required work kept it in storage until now.
Even if you were able to get this car for the $15,000 that it's currently on offer for, you could possibly have $10,000 into an engine rebuild and another $5,000 in metal work for the floors. If you put that much into it you'd probably spend at least another 5 to 10 on paint and interior refreshing and suddenly you're into a $40,000 car that's too nice to drive.
OR, maybe you could get lucky here -- maybe the motor needs fresh oil and some rebuilt carbs and a fuel system flush. Maybe the floors are good (or good enough). We're thinking that since this car has been for sale for so long, there probably are demons lurking and that it isn't a story-worthy find but we’d love to be wrong. Any readers in Indianapolis want to check it out and report back?
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