If you are a reader of the “Bring-a-Trailer watch” thread, you already know that I just bought this car, but I thought I’d start a thread to document my experience with this car.
Here is the link to the auction on Bring-a-Trailer:
I woke up Thursday with no real intention of buying a car that day. But I did. I have been watching various backdated and cloned versions of 911RS and 911RSR type cars on BaT and on various websites. This particular car caught my eye because although it wasn’t an RS clone, it was a genuine 911s from 1977 which had steel flares and a nicely started interior. Seemed like less than half way to an RS clone with some interesting bits. I thought if I could buy it low enough, it could be a fun project to take to a full RSR clone or maybe just drive as is.
The car was built as an outlaw hot rod without consideration for originality and clone-ness. So many people stayed away. A non original engine also concerned some bidders.
As the auction came towards the close, it looked like I might actually get it under $40k. That was my cutoff. In the end I was high bidder at $41k. Kinda shocked myself but feel like I got a good deal. Plans to be further discussed....
My lovely wife was cheering me on as the auction ended. I told her my plans would start with:
* headliner replacement
* clear headlight lenses
* ducktail and new rear decklid (paint)
* Carrera Side script
* possible pepito (houndstooth) seat inserts.
Over time as I drive it and if I enjoy it, I would put on new exhaust, clean up the engine and maybe go with a full conversion to an RS front bumper and maybe rear bumper. I could even go so far as to have it painted in green or tangerine. However, those things are probably unlikely. If I did, though, I could be all in on this car and far less than what most of the backdated RS clones are selling for these days.
For now, I’m just going to enjoy it. My next post will update you on the process of getting the car in my hands from Connecticut to California. Then I will update you on the process of getting the car recertified in California and passing omissions testing, given that it is a post 1975 car and will have to pass smog testing. Although the engine has been swapped, it is a newer engine and larger displacement, both of which are allowable by California law.