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Our Favorite Porsches On Ebay: Volume 113

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 on subsets of Porsche enthusiasm with a tribute, a safari car, an art car, an outlaw, and a ‘Sports Purpose’ build. 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.

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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. 2002 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Safari

I saw this Safari’d watercooled Porsche floating around Los Angeles when I was down there for Luft V. This is pretty cool, if you ask me. The olive green satin color is painted on, not a wrap. And the car has been legitimately lifted a full two inches over factory. A roof rack, a light bar, and some rally flaps have this thing looking properly off-road ready. Is it worth more than twice what a regular 996 is going for right now? Maybe. That’s still a bargain in the Porsche world, and it’s way cheaper than a G-body Safari goes for these days. If you’re so inclined, you could probably replicate this for a lot less, to be honest.

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

2. 2002 Porsche 911 Turbo ‘Splatter’ Art Car

This is one wild-looking 996 Turbo that people won’t soon forget having seen. While the exterior color is just a simple wrap job, it’s a good looking color mash up, and gives the car an exciting visual aesthetic. Moreover, this Porsche has been modified up to over 700 horsepower. It’s got a pair of Garrett GT358R turbos, a double stacked intercooler setup, custom headers, custom muffler, and way more to get that figure. If you want to go fast, and look really fast in the process, this is the right 996 for you.

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

3. 1970 Porsche 914/6 Outlaw

914s are a ton of fun to drive, even with minuscule power outputs. They’re extremely well balanced and provide an experience unmatched by anything else sold in the early 70s. Throw in a 260-horsepower modified 3-liter from a 911 SC, and you’ve got a powerhouse convergence of lightweight, power, and balance. Because it’s so light, this Porsche ‘Teener has a similar power-to-weight ratio as a brand new GT3 RS, which is never a bad thing. Given the choice, I’d have this 914 for a track outing than any 911. What about you?

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

4. 1985 Porsche 911 Cabriolet Carrera RSR Tribute

After all these years of being a self-avowed Porsche fanatic, I’ve never seen anything quite like this so-called RSR Tribute, but I instantly love it. Everything below the beltline screams RSR, with huge flares, giant wheels, and an almost 934-esque look. Above the door handles, however, the drop-top and flag mirrors scream ’80s so hard it hurts. It’s incredible, and you’ll probably never see another one like it.

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

5. 1975 Porsche 911 S ‘Sports Purpose’ 3.0L-swap

Perhaps my personal favorite of the five listed here, this 1975 Porsche 911 has received a big power and reliability bump from a 3-liter Carrera engine swap, which allegedly received a recent rebuild. It’s also had a limited slip differential and a custom exhaust. So not only does this car have a ton of performance, but it’s also significantly lighter than the Carrera from whence the engine came. Toss on some SC flares, a Carrera tail, and some lightweight two-piece wheels, and you’ve got a nice little track runner.

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

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What Would You Pay For This Porsche ‘Yard Find’?

The idea of a « Barn Find » is all the rage. Especially when it comes to Porsche 356s. How many can actually be left? As has been said before, « the barn find/yard find Porsche is more and more rare every year. The joy is the hunt and the hunt becomes more difficult with each unit unearthed« . To add to the mystique of the barn/yard find, Porsches being sold with « original dirt » are inexplicably bringing top dollar these days at auction (remember this 912 that sold in February for huge money in Paris). If dust and dirt drive up the price of a barn find, then leaf litter and other detritus are sure to do the same for this Porsche « Yard Find ». At least that’s what one lucky soul is hoping.

Porsche 356 found in yard north carolina

According to the post we read, this person recently purchased a piece of land somewhere in North Carolina and on it found the 1963 Porsche 356 you see above, or at least the shell of a ’63 956. The original post doesn’t give any details other than a single picture and a serial number (212358). At this point it’s unknown if it’s just the chassis (most likely) or if there’s a transmission and engine hiding somewhere in there? We’ve reached out to the lucky new owner, but haven’t heard back as of this posting.

Too Rusty to be worth Anything?

Similar, but more complete, 356 that sold recently on BaT
Not in today’s market. Despite what you might think, that tub is worth something to someone, somewhere. The question is how much? Will it be used for just the VIN number (that’s been done) or will someone find use in some of that sheet metal (some of it looks to be in surprisingly good condition)? A ’62 356 B « project » car – that was definitely more complete (I’m using that world loosely), as it too had no tranny or engine, but did include some glass, what appears to be a front axle and a few other misc parts – recently sold on BaT for just over $4200. As the old saw goes, « there’s an ass for every seat ».

What do you think, will someone part with their hard earned cash for this Porsche Yard Find and if so, how much?

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Time warp Targa

There’s a Porsche marketing poster, released at the time of the 996 Carrera 4S Cabriolet launch in 2002, which says ‘Every hour a Porsche spends parked: you cannot get that time back.’ It’s a wonderful piece of marketing that should perhaps make a comeback, given the propensity today among buyers to acquire a 911 and then park it in the hope of making a buck some day in the distant future.

However, historically speaking, the concept of a Porsche being left motionless for a prolonged period of time isn’t unheard of, though more often than not this was due to financial burden, not investment. The 911 wasn’t as valuable a sports car as today’s markets would have you believe, and so if a used example developed a major problem, this could easily signal the end of its working life, the expense to fix it often impractical or even uneconomical for its owner.

Anguished to sell the car on, owners simply garaged their pride and joy in the hope of one day fixing or restoring the 911 back to its former glory. Sometimes this played out as fairytale, other times it didn’t, the car lost and forgotten about for years – decades, even – until one day being rediscovered by a family member or otherwise. These cars are called barn finds.

Let’s face it, we all love a genuine barn find story. Famous for the chronicles physically etched in their coachwork, they are a time warp, a total motoring preserve of a bygone era. Bedecked in patina, these are the cars that undeniably peak the interest of an enthusiast over a car that’s been completely restored. The car has a story to tell, and we want to hear about it.

David Gooding of leading auction house Gooding & Co exemplifies this, telling us in issue 156, “People prefer more genuine human stories with a car that has much more meaning to it – that’s why a barn find is the most pure classic you can have.” As classic 911 values have increased in recent years, so has the rate at which these barn find cars are being unearthed, each story seemingly more enchanting than the last. The tale of the barn find in front of you, however, is frankly the stuff of legend…

To read the full article, be sure to pick up your copy of Total 911 issue 157 now. You can order your copy here or download from Apple Newsstand or Google Play

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Barn Find Porsche 917-024 “Le Mans” Movie Car Set for Auction

Today, on this otherwise redundant and mundane Monday morning, we have the intriguing story of the barn find, restoration and coming sale of Porsche 917-024, the actual vehicle used in the filming of the iconic car enthusiast’s cult classic race movie “Le Mans” with Steve McQueen. It is set to hit the auction block this August with Gooding & Company in Pebble Beach, and as we all know, anything with the “King of Cool’s” name attached to it adds a multiplying factor of many times it’s value to it’s final price. Expectations of this famous car’s sale are projected to hit in the neighborhood of an astounding, yet not surprising, $20 million. The accompanying barn find story of how it had dropped off the radar for 23 years… … is hard to grasp today, but we have to look back to a period of time when the vehicle was once considered almost worthless by the 1972/1973 race season since 5 liter engines had been banned, relegating it as virtually useless after the 1970 filming of the movie. After all, there was no vintage racing scene back then for it to participate in, so what good was an old war horse that had no place […]

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More Porsche 959 Related Stories

Since we were on the subject of a Porsche 959 just 2 days ago and our previous 959 features didn’t appear in “Related Posts”, how about we refer you to a few that we have previously covered that may be of interest: –Porsche 959 Factory Photographs Under Production : –Bruce Canepa Offers Porsche 959 Upgrades : –Rebuild Project of a 959 :  

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