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'87 Carrera purchase advice-- undercarriage damage and rust

Hey everyone, first time poster.

I am evaluating my first air cooled Porsche, and am trying to determine if rust and damage on the undercarriage should make me walk away.

It is a California car that has spent time in Utah (potential salt) with 73K miles. Windows out paint job, new leather seats and dash, drives very well. Seller is asking $48K. Below are pics of the undercarriage showing a lot of rust and some damage to the 'crash bar' up front, including the driver's side tow point. The bottom of the fuel tank is also scraped up with quite a bit of surface rust. How worried should I be about this? I am having a PPI done tomorrow, and will have special attention paid to these area and the rockers, but the rule of thumb I have been told is that rust is a huge red flag for '80s P-cars.

Thanks for your take and any other advice would be greatly appreciated too!



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That rust is minor easily corrected, 48k for an 87 seems a bit high in this market seems around 40 is more like it. Depending on the car.
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Minor..... Just meant the car was a bit too low.....
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Thank you guys, for the insights and advice!
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Just curious...Did the ppi come up with any additional rust issues?
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No body rust; surface rust on exhaust, heater box and some underbody bolts.
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To be expected i guess...good luck going forward..
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Its interesting that the car had a windows out repaint at that low of mileage. Was the color changed?
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Seller reports same-color repaint was to address sun damage.
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The 'crash bar' did its job. It's a sacrificial part. The protective cage over the condenser is inexpensively replaced.
Nothing to be concerned about in what you've shared, but pics of the pan under the bar and rocker area and other rust-vulnerable spots need looking at. 911s from 77 on were galvanized and resisant to rust but not invulnerable.
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Looks like most questions are answered....good luck with the purchase
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As others have said the rust on the parts showing is nothing. You could remove those parts, clean and paint them in an afternoon. They did exactly what they were supposed to do.

$48k for a G50 car with 73k miles might be a decent deal.

It all depends...

Is it a coupe, cab or Targa?
What color is it? Is that the original color?
How good a job was the new paint job?
Is there any history on the car, recent and past service paperwork?
Is it stock or modified?
What are the rest of the cosmetics like?
Interior?
Did you get any leak down or compression numbers from the PPI?
How do you think the valve guides are? Any history of oil consumption?

There are more questions too.

I am not sure how anyone can say whether its a good deal or not without knowing most if not all of that info? Seriously the price variance between a coupe, cab and targa is pretty significant.
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