The tale of two Porsche 911 SC.
If this seems like a rant then maybe it is and I apologise!
The 911 SC was the car that I started my Porsche business, ‘way back when’ it was the 911 I headed for, travelling all over the Country trying to buy decent examples with some profit left in them to keep me going. It wasn’t always a success then but now, over 20 years later, the conditions vary even more dramatically.
Yet the 911 SC, for some while in the shadow of more modern 911 has become rather desirable and rightly so. This is a lightweight 911, and a good one feels taught, fun, willing and agile. Its finding a good one that is the secret.
My mission as always is to sort out the diamonds form the dogs and here are two rather different tales.
Part of the value is in the story. We like to know the ‘story’, and usually classic Porsche have had some great adventures, it all adds to the interest. Of course it doesn’t change the car itself, but definitely is a major part of the car. In the same way that if King Arthur sat at the kitchen table its much more interesting and worth significantly more than if I had sat there.
But with a classic Porsche the story also gives you and me the extra confidence that someone has looked after their car. Someone has enjoyed it, and that means you (the buyer) might too.
Now the guards red 1979 911 SC in this picture illustrates what I mean. The chap bought it from me in 2010, drove home to Germany with it and turned up again last Monday whilst on holiday in Cornwall, bringing with him pictures of his car, the tales of his ownership and clearly having fun with his 911. That’s what we want to see. We like to know the story behind a Porsche and here we are, two years later confident that the owner of this 911 SC won’t have found some nasty secret. It means that we can enjoy our relationship with our customer. He promotes the ‘brand’ and us. Win win.
Back to the plot.
The contrast is one I have just gone to visit. Nearly 30 year old , this Porsche 911 seems to tick all the boxes from what I can ascertain on the phone; low mileage and with the last owner for most of its life. All those things are appealing and valuable to me when I sell. It too had a nice story. This same owner for most of its life. It’s exactly what I love to find and then offer to you, the buyer. I was full of anticipation and had my cheque book ready.
However that’s where it all went Pete Tong. And that’s where a bit of expertise can save you.
The 911 in question …looked lovely in the pictures and I anticipated that with a bit of a clean up, a few small things to ‘sort’ we would have a valuable 911. That’s what we often must do, buy something in basically good condition and sell it in a better condition. A little effort and investment and it ought to be ‘there’. A bit like this one that we sold last year.
When I got closer I could see that much of the paint was reacting to something underneath, Ive seen it before, it looks just like corrosion, it’s a form of reaction under the top paintwork surface, and in itself not so terrible, remove the old paint and repaint that panel, fine.
Looking closer still, and that when you start to realise how much you know, I could see the left front wing had been replaced, the right rear wing too and whilst I am at it, the left rear wing as well. None of this was mentioned to me or ‘known’ by the current long term owner who said he had the car from nearly new. In fact it was less than 10 months old when his name appeared as the new keeper.
At this point I was ready to walk away, I didn’t need to know more or dig further, and I advise that should you find you find yourself in the same spot just walk away. Out of pure curiosity I poked about a bit more and there were other things that didn’t add up at all. In fact it is so strange that I cannot be certain what on earth has happened to this 911.
There was evidence of various suspension components on the front having been replaced, however this was a very low mileage car, then I noticed that the structure of the body and the way it is put together wasn’t the way that Porsche built them, the welds were different, the amount of paint was different. My best guess is that its been converted from left hand to right drive which is a major undertaking, and has at the same time or at a later time had a bit of ‘off roading’ too. Possibly having suffered more than one moderate accident.
But the owner admits to nothing of the sort and yet he has owned it from about 8 months old. For goodness sake, registered in the August, the second owner from the middle of the next year, and within 8 months its had the bulkhead cut out, a new dash welded in, three corners repaired and repainted…..and then a new buyer found? It’s a hell of a lot of activity in a short time. Not one for me and not one for you. This is a 911 that is waiting for the unsuspecting or unskilled.
Thats why if I wanted to buy a piano I would go to a piano dealer, or at the worst, educate myself on the subtleties of choosing a good piano. This is admittedly one of the oddest 911 I have come across, and now, a month or so after the event I expect someone has bought this 911 knowing nothing. It’s sad, a Porsche like this can spoil someones dream, it contaminates my market and thats why I offer a buyers guide for these Porsche, it’s called 911 secrets and you can get it on this site.
Driving away from this 911 left me thinking, the car is pretty, probably low mileage (but you couldn’t guarantee it) and is of a rare model.
Is this important?
It could work fine, look fine and provide good fun. It ought be bought at a price that reflects it’s condition and provenance. But I cant sell it because each of my cars is my best advert. A rolling advert that countless people will see, friends, enthusiasts and even the people that service and repair. All of them build a picture of the car and the seller and that so very valuable. Those folk will often pass my name on and business flows in.
So what of this scenario?
The chances are this little 911 will be sold to someone that doesn’t know what they have bought and irrespective of what they pay, high or low, if you feel you’ve been had it’s not good.
Is this a rare occurrence?
We see more 911 than you will, and every month something unpleasant like this will crop up.
The message here, know what you are buying, or buy from an expert. It’s worth getting it right, you are safer, your risk is reduced, you are more likely to enjoy your dream.
Enjoy your dreams employ expertise, mine or someone else’s.