Saturday, June 4, 2016

Chevy V8 Powered: 1974 Porsche 911 Targa

 The Porsche 911 market stands (not alone) on a pedestal of speculation, but occasionally a branch falls off the tree, or is low enough for the average man to grab hold...but don't expect lower priced 911 to be ready for the next Luftgekühlt.  This one might not even make it to the nearest 7-11 -- it's gonna need some work.  Find this 1974 Porsche 911 Targa offered for $13,000 in Inland Empire Los Angeles, CA via craigslist.  Tip from FuelTruck.

It is often difficult to tell what year a classic Porsche 911 was built in because fenders, hoods, and other parts are bolted and un-bolted to the basic chassis like automotive Legos.  This car might have a VIN tag from 1974, but who knows where the other parts are from.

Under the rear whale tail is a small block Chevy V8 with aluminum heads and an "up graded carburetor.  The rest of the build remains a secret to be discovered on the new owner's wedding night.

Custom aluminum parts cover this 911 and it was rebuilt from the ground up and then crashed at some point in time -- but the price is tempting.

See a cheaper 911 that isn't a total rust bucket?


  1. The price may be tempting, but the car is not. The "build" appears to be a product of questionable decision-making. Nice way to increase the chances of snap oversteer. The reason this car is so "cheap" is because, with the modifications and condition, it's no longer a Porsche for purists or collectors. May as well be a fiberglass replica for all they care.

    At half the price of this $13K mess, I'd call yesterday's 1995 E36 M3 a much smarter buy. Use the other have for upgrades and repairs.

    1. sorry, other "half", not "have"

  2. Actually that idea of putting in a recent Chevy engine into the first series water cooled 911 makes a lot of sense, especially to an owner with a car needing a $20K engine rebuild common with these cars due to the faulty intermediate bearing.

    1. Common means regularly. The percentage of IMS failures are estimated at less then 5%.
      Not as terrible, but sort of like saying that Pintos were gas cans waiting to blow up all the time.

  3. Salvage title is just the cherry on top!


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