story and photos by pablo deferrari
This is the sort of thing that gives them character, collecting evidence of time with each mile. But these are not neglected cars mind you, I service our 993 and 944S and make sure that nothing is overlooked; everything works as it should, and they even get P21S every 3 months. This is contrary to the subject I am about to present here though, it’s a different sort of patina we’re about to witness.
"we don't give two shits where we park..."
At this price point, lots of interesting things begin to unfold. We see the battered, neglected, abused sort of car that nobody wants, the eyesore. Perhaps one with a pathetic story of deferred mechanical upkeep, bad paint or lack of it, interiors that got too much sun and not enough lotion, junk to some. Well, I look at differently.
"I began looking for older Porsches under $3K..."
There are those of us who love Porsches to death, know its history and can spot a genuine ’72 911 by its oil fill flap on the right rear but don’t have loads of cash for one. I speak from experience; it’s what inspired me to write this story in the first place. Armed with this motivation, I began looking for older Porsches under $3K and have seen lots of examples with lots of issues, no surprise there.
During the search, ya gotta know what to look for, what it would cost to repair, be well versed about the specific model in question, what makes this year or that special, what desirable qualities it possesses, things to avoid, and the like. Mine began with 928’s…yea; I know what you’re thinking, stay with me.
"the pascha interior gave me such a boner..."
Without any service history, save for the clutch hydraulic hose that burst costing the owner $800 or so dollars and prompting him to accept that he was in over his head, I was looking at doing at best a timing belt job along with the ancillaries just to make the engine that much more reliable…never mind the motor mounts, bad first/second gear synchros in the gearbox (Porsche later used Borg Warner synchros from ’86 on to help alleviate this problem), and the classic twin disc clutch chatter that spelled abuse.
About the only positive thing in the drive train were the brakes…they looked new and of OEM quality, not enough to make an offer close to the asking price though.
This OB was not the sort of candidate for preservation I was after. So with an owner refusing to budge on the price, I walked away sad knowing that she’ll end up in the hands of someone who can give a toss about her place in history, idiosyncrasies, or how to properly look after her. So goes the nature of cheap Porsche’s I suppose because as enticing as it may be, there is no such thing.