Saturday, December 7, 2013

15k: Big Bird: 1978 Porsche 911 Cabriolet Supercharged

The following article is written by DT commenter slowcarSLOW-MPGlol Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but deception is just cruel. The seller lists this 1978 911 as a “1989 Yellowbird clone.” However, the only people who care that it's a Yellowbird "clone" will immediately recognize how dissimilar it is from a Yellowbird. Find this supercharged 1978 Porsche 911 Cabriolet (posting as a 1989) for $13,400 in Bellingham, WA via

1978 was the first year of the 911 SC, with its much-loved 3.0 liter flat-six making 180 horsepower through the 915 dogleg gearbox. The seller states this was originally a Targa, in the same way Kim Kardashian’s body originally had less plastic components than a Nissan Versa interior.

This example also has a Paxton supercharger and “loud” stainless steel exhaust. A supercharged SC makes for decent car, but not a Yellowbird clone by a long shot. Here's why: It’s an SC with the 3.0, not the Carrera with the 3.2, it doesn't have twin turbos, its bodywork and wheels are wrong, it’s a cabriolet, and it lacks the drastic weight savings of the original. It has a similar color and that’s about it. Still, with brand-name parts like Borla and Fuchs and a price below the going rate for clean SCs, this isn’t a bad car. Just a bad clone.

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Big thanks to slowcarSLOW-MPGlol to sending in this tip (and a few others to come in the next day or two) complete with a functioning story to surround the images!   

1 comment:

  1. The yellowbird clone assertion by the seller strikes me as (possibly) the most audacious display of pompous disdain for a target audience ever. Almost like "Here's a 911 of some ilk, so everyone line up to throw money at it! Although the term has zero bearing on this particular car, I am going to type 'yellowbird' in the description! Throw more money at it, lest you run off the cliff while purchasing some other unexceptional 911 instead! Yellowbird-see? I said it again! It's yellow!" Oh, people.

    Probably fun ride, tho. But if it somehow ever crosses my path and has a "YELOBRD" vanity plate, I swear to god, I'm ripping that $#!t off.


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