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1975 Porsche Carrera Coupe for sale: VIN #9115400364 or # 364 out of a total of 395 produced. I am asking $72,500.00.
Any of the sarcasm that you will be reading is meant to be humorous and not insulting. I apologize if anyone should take offense. I am just not a fan of concours as I want a car to drive well and to thrill me.
Let me get past the major negatives first to save you time if you are looking for a Concour, Garage Queen that has never been driven as a Porsche should, including in the rain (gasp!) or at a race track ( gasp again!) then move on.
However, you should look to the end as you will find few cars which have been so thoroughly prepared for 37 more years of driving enjoyment.
The Certificate of Authenticity lists this car as having the exterior paint of Bitter Chocolate Brown and having a Cinnamon Leatherette interior. If the pictures that you are looking at appear to be a brown exterior and tan interior, then you are more color blind than my departed father. It has been repainted twice. I am looking for a buyer, like me, who doesn’t mind a car that’s built to look and perform better than new. If I don’t find that buyer, then this is the look that I prefer and I can enjoy it. This is my 2nd 1975 Carrera Coupe and the other was also Bitter Chocolate, so I know from experience about the many negative comments about the paint color. But I also had a 1984 Carrera Coupe painted Grand Prix white with black interior and blue wheels. I have owned over 100 Porsches and that 1984 Carrera had the most positive comments of any that I ever owned. It was attributable to the color combination. I know my way around cars in general and Porsches in particular. However, it was years before I or anyone else saw signs that the right rear quarter panel had been previously damaged. I chose to restore the Weenie and found the damage in the right rear when it was stripped of paint.
When I bought the Weenie, it had the incorrect dash as you can see. This dash has the larger center vent from a later car but works well as a flow through ventilation. The SSIs allow ample heat into the passenger compartment.
Now I give you the good points.
I purchased this car in late August of 2001 off EBay. It was painted a gorgeous dark Green color with tan interior. It had lived its whole live in San Diego, CA.
I rebuilt the original numbers-matching engine when I first bought the car, using J & E piston in the stock cylinders and SSIs (2 in and 1 out.) 2.7s are notorious for being Porsche’s worst engine. But, they have a lot of pep and throttle response. I started to DE the car extensively as well as ran many autocrosses. It was the car to beat in the Zone 3 autocrosses. It finished 2nd at the Hershey parade in P7 against the more powerful and much lighter early cars. It routinely ran with the FTD cars.
The only suspension mods that were made were larger torsion bars and new bushings. The ’75 Carrera came with the larger sway bars. I even left the original shocks as it handled better than any 911 that I had either owned or ever driven. I ditched the 6 & 7 by 16 chrome Fuchs alloys and put a set of 7 & 8 Fuchs alloys with Yoko A038 track tires at its first DE at Barber Motorsports Park. It immediately became known as the Green Weenie.
In 2009, I began to disassemble the Weenie for restoration. It was my intention to restore it as I would want it and I succeeded. I figured that I would keep the car forever if I could not find the right buyer. When we started removing the old paint, we discovered that the body was free of rust but not of previous damage. You can see how rust free it was from the photos. As mentioned earlier, the right rear quarter was damaged previously. There were no other signs of damage. The Porsche factory had started rust proofing the chassis and floor pans in 1975. Their solidity is evidenced in the photos. The usual rust zones in the front fenders, headlight buckets, cowl, front pan, rear quarters behind the rear windows, rockers at the jack points, etc. were free of the ravages of the “tinworm.” Remember its previous home was San Diego California..
If you are seeking a car with a “coffee and cars” quality and not Concour level of preparation then you may be the right candidate to be the next owner of #364. If you seek a car which is painted in a period correct iconic racing color combination, then you are right for ownership of this rare bird. That was my intention. If I find the right buyer looking for the same, then all is well. The level of restoration is not just skin deep. The Weenie looks as good on the underside as it does on the topside.
Body: The photos will show that the body was totally stripped and repainted by David Turner, famous around here and in the Southeast street rod circuit. His cars have won many a trophy. He chose to use the damaged quarter panel. The original Carreras have slightly larger flares than the SC and later cars. We left the floors and pans as they had withstood the ravages of time.
Pans: As you can see the interior and engine compartment were painted in Carrera White. The pans were painted to mimic the way the car would have looked when it rolled off the assembly line, only better. The rockers were shiny steel as you can see from the pictures. I use the stock jack points to lift the car.
Engine: I have had the engine rebuilt again. The case was split and sent to Ollie’s in Arizona. It was decked and line bored. We used Timeserts, Raceware studs Etc. Only the “good stuff” was used. Please see the photos. The engine has “break in miles” only. I can provide documentation of its rebuild.
Oil cooling: As heat is the devil to any air cooled 911, especially a 2.7 liter I have changed to a front mounted cooler with 2 fans to cool everything off. As many parts of America and of Europe don’t require A/C, I intentionally left air conditioning off as it is ineffective in the hot and muggy south anyway. If you have to have A/C, the aftermarket offers complete kits which are claimed to provide cold air.
Wheels & tires: The period correct Fuchs alloys are clad with Hankook Ventus R-S3 tires which offer great grip and make a great compromise tire. The tires are 225/45by15 which are also not period correct. This tire size is readily available and offers quicker acceleration as well as smooth rollout. Coker Tire located here in Chattanooga Tennessee offers a staggered setup but will not offer performance of these tires. Remember, I set out to create a driver’s car, not a Concour queen.
Transmission: I had the 915 gearbox rebuilt by the best, again with “break in” miles only. The pressure plate is lightweight aluminum.
Suspension: Many of the parts that you see are new. I replaced the shocks with new Bilsteins. The torsion bars are 22 front and 27 rear. All bushings, etc. were replaced with new. I have left tow hooks installed.
Brakes: The stock aluminum front brakes are rebuilt with new hardware, bearings and rotors. The rears are from a 3.2 Carrera which are slightly larger and are similarly rebuilt.
Interior: The seats, carpet, door panels, “S” steering wheel are all new. There is a mat liner to keep down road noise. I did not put a radio in. Stereos are a personal preference and I leave that choice to its future owner.