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forward-dated 911 SC: back to the future

The road ahead is deserted, its twisting Tarmac totally bereft of traffic. A thick wall of trees lines the roadside, their density willing us to keep moving our 991 towards the setting sun.

A look in the rear-view mirror reveals much the same story behind us. The highway is empty, save for two hazy yellow lights in the far distance. However, as the minutes tick by, those lights become more prominent. Glancing briefly at the road ahead, my eyes return to the 991’s rear-view mirror, fixated on those yellow lights coming quickly towards us. There’s a red hue visible between them now. A bonnet. A roof. A windscreen. It’s a car.

The rate at which this car is closing in on us is astonishing. It surges up the stretch of road behind us, revealing more detail with each passing second as its features become ever larger in our mirrors. A 964, I think to myself, catching its chunky front PU with integrated side lights. Then, roaring up behind us, the 964 pulls out and shoots past, gliding back in line and charging up the road ahead. Now the confusion sets in: replete with one-piece bumper, full-width rear reflector with clear ‘Porsche’ script, a distinctive tea tray spoiler and wheels with the lip and profile of Cup-spec alloys, the visual cues give this car away as a 964 3.3 Turbo. However, the mechanical howl of that flat six as it shot past certainly wasn’t akin to the noise of a 911 with an exhaust turbocharger bolted on. So, what on earth has just overtaken us on this rural stretch of Swedish asphalt?

Luckily, we don’t have to wait too long to find out. Not 20 minutes later we pull into a gas station and there, sitting by the pumps in front, is our mystery Porsche 911, being fuelled by its joint owner, Andreas. Originally a 1982 SC, the car was converted to a 964-look of sorts before Andreas and co-owner Lennart bought the car, though closer inspection of that one-piece Strosek front PU shows it to be more 944 than 911. We’re also told the rear bumper mimics that of a 3.0 RS. A peek inside reveals the car’s true age, its Pasha interior an obvious giveaway. Not that this car is trying to hide anything: Andreas and Lennart have even left the ‘SC’ lettering on the car’s decklid.

In our contemporary world where backdating a 911 is all the rage, the idea of a forward-dated 911 makes for an odd concept, but one which, in a bygone era, was a popular conversion. Due to the large spectrum of interchangeable parts on air-cooled 911s, many found favour with the idea of swapping a few panels to make an older model look just like one which had only just rolled off the production line at Zuffenhausen. Much like backdating, how convincing the car looked depended largely on how far you were willing to go, or how much you were willing to spend. So what of the car we’ve caught up with?

Andreas tells me he and Lennart bought the car in its current guise, complete with ‘teardrop’ wing mirrors commonly found on later 964s. “We found favour with how different it was compared to other SCs, and especially liked how it drove,” Andreas tells me as he replaces the fuel hose and tightens the 911’s filler cap. So did Andreas and Lennart ever consider converting the car back to standard, or backdating it – as is currently in vogue – to a longhood, pre-impact bumper 911? “No, because a lot of work had gone into converting it to 964 spec. For example, the rear reflector on a 964 sits at a slightly different angle to the G-series cars, so getting this to fit required the previous owner to make some modifications to the rear wings. We believe this is part of the history of the car and shouldn’t be changed,” comes Andreas’ reply.

For the full feature on forward-dated 911s, including a how-to guide from specialists, pick up your copy of Total 911 issue 171 in shops now. You can also order your copy here for delivery to your door anywhere in the world, or download to an Apple or Android device of your choice. 

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Our Favorite Porsches On Ebay: Volume 111

We’ve been compiling some amazing Porsche models on eBay for nearly three years now, and we’ve seen some pretty astonishing cars pop up now and again. This week we’re focusing solely on some of our favorite rare paint and beautiful Porsche paint colors, including some paint to sample shades. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed our curated look at the Porsche market. Keep in mind, some of these Porsches could be great collection investments, while others might prove to do more financial harm than good.

INTERESTED IN HAVING YOUR PORSCHE FEATURED HERE?

Every other week, we feature 5 of our favorite Porsches on eBay. That post is sent out to our mailing list of more than 17,000 Porsche owners and fans and is seen by 10s of thousands of other readers who visit our site directly. If you’re selling a Porsche on eBay and would like to see it featured here, just shoot us an email with the details and we’ll be back in touch. Otherwise, feel free to check out all the other eBay listings we have on our Porsches for sale pages.

1. Paint To Sample Grey Black 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach For Sale

It goes without saying that a 918 Spyder is an incredibly cool car, and worthy of adding to your collection if you can swing it. The fact that this particular model was fitted with both the Weissach performance package as well as a gorgeously subdued special order paint color makes this an incredibly rare car, and one that could outstrip values of many other cars like it. Usually, when people order a paint to sample shade, they choose something flashy and bright. Resale on something like that will be impacted, as many supercar owners prefer their ostentatious car to be painted a more subtle color. No, it won’t blend in to the crowd, but it’ll certainly be less eye searing.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

2. Meteor Grey Metallic 2010 Porsche Cayenne Transsyberia For Sale


Meteor Grey isn’t a terribly rare color, but this color way was certainly one of the lower optioned ones for the Transsyberia, and I vastly prefer it to the orange-over-black examples. The Transsyberia is a perfectly acceptable way to buy a Cayenne, especially if you’re going to at least do a little fire-road two-tracking in it. Take this beastly Porsche for a few over-the-river-and-through-the-woods adventures, you won’t regret it.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

3. Ice Green Metallic 1976 Porsche 911S

There is something intoxicating about an early narrow-body impact bumper car with chrome/polished trim and Ice Green paint. I’ve seen a few of these in my life, and they always take my breath away. It’s such an attractive color in person, especially in direct sunlight, and it works so well on the narrow flanks of this 1976 model. This car has been treated to what looks like a full restoration in recent years, including a full engine overhaul, and fresh brakes, tires, windshield, and rubber trim. If all of the receipts prove that to be true, this car’s $60,000 buy-it-now listing seems almost fair.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

4. Paint To Sample Tahoe Blue Metallic 1991 Porsche 911 Turbo For Sale

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5. Special Order Petrol Blue 1978 Porsche 911 SC Targa For Sale

This car is stated to be all original, with only 78,000 miles on the odometer, having been garaged since new. This SC features rare paint, sport seats, and an opening top, making it a great weekend cruiser. This looks to have been well cared for, and is probably an absolute hoot to drive. Take it for a spin on a local fast road with the top out, and you’ll fall in love instantly. Besides, that gorgeous deep blue paint is worth the cost of entry in and of itself.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay

 
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Porsche 911 3.0l – Melbourne Outlaw

Oui, les australiens ne sont pas que des fous furieux, au volant de monstrueux muscle car, gavés par des V8 compressés qui développent des puissances à 4 chiffres capables de faire fondre un train de gommes plus rapidement qu’il m’en a fallu pour écrire cette phrase ! Non, ce sont aussi des fous furieux fans […]

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Feels Familiar: A Turbocharged 911SC Made for Mulholland

Derek Whitacre and I seem to have similar priorities. Not all fun performance cars need to be set up for the track. Give up a little bit of spring rate, retain a bit of carpet, and suddenly the usability factor goes way, way up. That’s not to say Mr. Whitacre’s 1982 911SC is a mild or modest machine. This Porsche was built to attack Mulholland Drive. With 420 horsepower on tap, and a whopping 460 lb-ft of torque at the wheels, it’s more than capable of powering itself into the hills at extraordinary speeds. To Marcus Vandenburg, host of Roads Untraveled, this car is a slightly unpredictable anachronism. It is the oldest 911 he’s ever driven, and one of the oldest cars of any type he’s driven in a while. To someone used to modern performance cars, this monster is sure to be something of a shock.

Some of you might remember this car from a Smoking Tire video where Matt Farah drove it in the rain (and found someone in a ditch due to the poor weather). Unlike Mr. Farah, Marcus was blessed with good weather. A good thing, because Derek’s 420 horsepower « 82 ME109 » is not a viceless, modern machine. Take a good look at that plate, too. It’s brown because the car shoots fire, and the plate has suffered.

A Messerschmitt was likeliest to kill a pilot on the ground due to its narrow, fragile undercarriage. This 911 is probably most dangerous while doing what it is meant to do- drive at speed. Like any classic 911 this is a Porsche that requires a deft hand, understanding of its weight distribution, and a hearty dose of respect to get the most out of it. Derek has run the car from California to Mexico, raced hillclimbs, and driven road rallies. To him, this Porsche is entirely about fun.

As Marcus says, there are a lot of nasty, negative things about Los Angeles. Derek Whitacre’s 1982 911SC, and Porsches like it, are not among them.

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Our Favorite Porsches on eBay: Volume 94

 

We’ve been compiling some amazing Porsche models on eBay for over two years now, and we’ve seen some pretty astonishing cars pop up now and again. Keep in mind, some of these Porsches could be great collection investments, while others might prove to do more financial harm than good.

Interested in Having Your Porsche Featured Here

Every other week, we feature 5 of our favorite Porsches on eBay. That post is sent out to our mailing list of more than 17,000 Porsche owners and fans and is seen by 10s of thousands of other readers who visit our site directly. If you’re selling a Porsche on eBay and would like to see it featured here, just shoot us an email with the details and we’ll be back in touch. Otherwise, feel free to check out all the other eBay listings we have on our Porsches for sale pages.

1. 1983 Porsche 911 SC For Sale

Porsche 911 SC for sale

A friend of ours sent us a link to this listing and we’ve been watching it ever since. There’s nothing out-of-the-ordinary about it (other than it’s exterior color of Pewter Metallic). In fact, it even has higher than average miles (183k+). What we like about it is its potential as a donor for a Leh Keen (or similar) Safari conversion. You’ll be reworking the paint and the motor during your build project so condition of both is not super important. Instead, what you have is a very straight, rust free 911 that could turn into a great build. Thanks for the tip, Brian!

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

2. 2005 Porsche 911 Carrera For Sale

We’re not usually fans of new models the first year they are introduced, but this 2005 911 Carrera is an exception. Not only does it look fantastic with its GT3 body parts sourced directly from Porsche, the seller has added a number of other nice upgrades (both cosmetic and performance related). If that weren’t enough, the seller plans to install a a new clutch kit and a Direct Oil Feed (DOF) IMS bearing lubrication system prior to the new owner taking delivery.

check out the full listing on eBay.

3. 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo For Sale

Ever since we started Project 944 GTS here on FLATSIXES.com I’ve become more and more interested in the 944 series as a whole. I think if we ever got serious about one, and were to pull the trigger on a purchase, it would have to be a 951 or 944 Turbo. This particular example is a 944 Turbo S. One of only 1875 built. Said to have had an engine rebuild in 2001, the Porsche comes with receipts totaling more than $26,000 documenting the build. In addition, the current owner has invested more than $4,000 in the last year alone including timing belt, water pump, ac compressor and more. The paint appears to need a little work, but mechanically, this appears to be a great 951 and then some.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

4. 2011 Porsche Panamera Turbo For Sale

We need to replace our daily-driver sedan. Right now it’s a 2003 Mercedes E500 that just turned 90,000 miles. We’ve owned it since 2005 and don’t really like the idea of getting rid of it, but we’ve been keeping it at the beach for the past 6-years and the wear on it from the salt is starting to show. Having driven a number of different Panameras over the years we really like the Turbo. Not only is their plenty of space for our needs, but these Porsches are true rocket ships and perform well beyond what you would expect for such a large sedan. Let depreciation be your friend and you just might find a good bargain.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

5. 1974 Porsche 914 Creamsicle For Sale

We’re big fans of the 1974 Porsche 914 Limited Editions or Can-Am cars. 1000 of them were produced, 500 in black and yellow (known as the bumblebee) and the other 500 were painted in ivory and red (known as the Creamsicle). This particular 914 is one of the latter. The seller doesn’t give a huge amount of information about this particular 914, but what does stand out is the possibility of an odometer discrepancy. While that’s definitely a potential issue if you’re thinking long-term collectibility, it’s also an opportunity. Assuming this 914 checks out, we would recommend using the odometer issue as a bargaining chip and seeing what type of pricing you can get.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

Interested in Having Your Porsche Featured Here

Every other week, we feature 5 of our favorite Porsches on eBay. That post is sent out to our mailing list of more than 17,000 Porsche owners and fans and is seen by 10s of thousands of other readers who visit our site directly. If you’re selling a Porsche on eBay and would like to see it featured here, just shoot us an email with the details and we’ll be back in touch. Otherwise, feel free to check out all the other eBay listings we have on our Porsches for sale pages.

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