Wednesday, August 20, 2014

15k: Wail Tale: 1977 Porsche 911

This next feature comes as a cool looking Porsche 911 with a perplexing description and marginally horrible photos.  The seller starts off describing it as a '77 911 SC 930 with 2.7 liter engine, which is sort of like calling yourself a can call yourself whatever you want, but each is mutually exclusive.  Find this 1977 Porsche 911 offered for $15,500 in Cincinnati, OH via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

The year that the original Star Wars movie hit the big screen was a complicated year for well-to-do buyers who arrived at a Porsche dealer showroom. A young Mark Hamill could buy a previous model year (but new) mid-engine 914, a new to the market front-engine 924, a classic rear-engined 911 or put a down payment on a front-engine 928. It was the last year for the 2.7 liter 911S, and the next year it was replaced with the 3.0 liter SC, but you could have also selected the giant whale tail equipped 930 Turbo if you really wanted to end up backwards in a ditch sooner rather than later.

A look under the giant coffee table sized rear hood shows a 2.7 liter flat-6 from the 911S, which should be good for 165 (160 in the California version) horsepower.  This was also the year of the dreaded thermal reactors that could make the 2.7 liter engine explode like it had been hit with a bulls-eye shot from a proton torpedo.

Unfortunately the condition of this 911 is just about impossible to understand from the combination of poor photographs and seats covered in dark sheepskin.

See a cheaper way to drive a whale tail equipped 911?


  1. Cheaper whale-tail equipped 911, er, 912: This $8k 912E, this $500 whale tale. And a few extra for a good bath. It's been on the market for months - maybe the air-cooled Porsche market isn't as strong as they say.

    As for the above 2.7, $15k isn't bad considering its recent engine rebuild. Hard to tell without underside pictures though.

  2. Fleetwood T. BroughamAugust 21, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    So, if we're trying to sort this out, what it likely is, is a 1977 911 or 911S with either 150hp or 173hp. What it is likely NOT, is a 911 SC nor 930. IF it's a 911SC, it is NOT a 1977 model year car, and it has had the incredibly rare "engine downsize--50hp reduction" operation performed at some point. Is that accurate?

  3. This comment has been removed by the author.

    1. I watched a TV program the other night where they repeatedly referred to the engine as being an "inline V8" Had a body off restoration on a uni-body as well.

    2. I'll have some of whatever they're smoking


Commenting Commandments:
I. Thou Shalt Not write anything your mother would not appreciate reading.
II. Thou Shalt Not post as anonymous unless you are posting from mobile and have technical issues. Use name/url when posting and pick something Urazmus B Jokin, Ben Dover. Sir Edmund Hillary Clint don't matter. Just pick a nom de plume and stick with it.
III. Honor thy own links by using <a href ="http://www.linkgoeshere"> description of your link </a>
IV. Remember the formatting tricks <i>italics</i> and <b> bold </b>
V. Thou Shalt Not commit spam.
VI. To embed images: use [image src="" width="400px"/]. Limit images to no wider than 400 pixels in width. No more than one image per comment please.