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Feeler for car price

Hope it is not wrong to ask for this type of advice here. I am looking for advice on what is a fair price to ask for my '79 911SC. I want to get rid of the car and all tools, etc. that belong with it quickly because I just moved to New York and come to CA seldom, but I am hoping not to take an enormous hit either. All input is highly appreciated.

Here is the description of the car:

1979 Porsche 911SC, coupe
Price: $8,000 OBO ????
Miles: 15,000 on rebuilt engine; 292,000 on car.

This is a car with fresh, high-performance suspension and a strong, recently rebuilt, higher compression engine. The transmission will need some work to be good; the exterior is poor due to an accident. I am a former mechanic and have owned this car for over 10 years – hence, I have replaced more items than I can mention, basically everything that wasn’t perfect was replaced up until the accident. The car was essentially cherished and countless things were replaced until I slid the car into a guard-rail about three-four years ago. I moved to New York and need to sell the car and preferably unload all other Porsche related equipment and things. I will be back in California October 13-17 and will be able to show the car then - if you are interested then lets please arrange a time to meet. Sorry I couldn't provide better pictures, I had someone take them for me because I am currently in New York.

Description:
Forest green exterior. Tan interior. Recently rebuilt engine. Fully reworked suspension with a high-performance setup described below. The car has been in an accident; it slid sideways into a guard rail. The damage is only on the exterior – the door opens and everything works. Car used to have A/C; I removed it, all components are available. The transmission shifts poorly into second gear. The stereo and rear package tray are missing due to a break-in. Smog checks were never a problem, either before or after the rebuild (even with the cat bypassed).

Suspension:
22 mm front torsion bars (Sway-away)
600# coil-overs in the rear. Rebel Racing conversion.
28 mm rear torsion bars are available (Sway-a-way)
Bilstein Sport shocks all around.
22 mm Weltmeister rear swaybar, 22 mm front through-body swaybar
Turbo tie-tods
Elephant racing spring plate bushings
Elephant racing A-arm bushings
Monoball trailing arm spherical bushings
Monoball spherical camber plates

Transmission:
Stromski shift coupler
All shift bushings brand new
Power clutch

Engine:
Complete engine rebuild about 1 to 2 years ago, 10,000 to 15,000 miles on new engine. 9.8 to 1 compression, nikasil cylinders.
B&B front mounted oil cooler
Carrera chain tensioners
Pop-off valve
Catalytic converter bypass pipe (converter is available)

Interior:
930S steering wheel
Intact leather dash (has been replaced with an OEM leather dash)
Corbeau FX-1 Pro & FX1 seats – seats are lowered for a perfect position and the driver’s seat is centered on the steering wheel.
Momo leather shift knob

Wheels/Tires:
7x16 front
9.5x17 rear (Lindsey Fuchs)
Brand new Dunlop Direzza Z1 Star Spec tires all around. Front: 225/50-16; Rear: 255/45-17

Other replaced items:
All wheel bearings
suspension bushings
rubber block on top of steering rack
bushings in steering
clutch (replaced with power clutch)
rebuilt axles
rebuilt steering rack
Most of the rubber seals, several plastic parts, ….
too many other things to mention or remember

Also included with the car:
Full set of factor manuals in great condition.
Longacre camber gauge
Longacre toe plates
Porsche alignment wrenches
Other Porsche tools
Factory Feeler gauge and spare blades for valve timing adjustment
Corner balance scales (lever and mechanical scale type)
Spare valve gasket kits
Spare oil filters
Plenty of other goodies









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Wow, sorry for your loss...

That's a beautiful color combination - forest green with the cork interior. I'm a novice but will ad a few comments from my limited knowledge from being in the market (and buying an '82 SC) early last year.

The current SC market (bottomed out) plus fairly extensive accident damage and paint + a transmission rebuild points to a part out to minimize your loss. I think you'll actually make more money that way - if you have the time to deal with the time involved - disassembly, advertising, packing, mailing, etc..

If the frame was not tweaked too bad a Cellette rack trip might cost $1,500.00 or so, and a fender, door, QP repair and/or replacement with used parts, another $2 - 3k. A biggie is paint, so I'd guess at least $5k for a decent shot of paint - and that's with you doing some prep work. 915 rebuild, at least $1k, but could be much more. I'd say you'd be looking at least $10k just to have it as a presentable driver (I'm probably too low on the repair costs), and who's paying $20k+ for a 300k mile SC??

If you properly stored it and have receipts of the rebuild, the engine should bring decent money ($3-4k??). The core 915 around $700.00 or so, and you have many interesting parts (Fuchs, 930 steering wheel, seats, cork interior, suspension, etc.) that should sell quickly.

Actually, the $8k price seems almost fair if the engine really is in great shape, but in this economy, (nice SC's can be had for $12k or so, heck a nice '72 T popped up for sale here for $12k!!) it's hard to say. At around $6k I'd say it should sell very quick, $7k seems very reasonable, and a fairly quick sale.

I sure hate to see all of these SC's being parted, maybe a body shop with 911 experience and some reasonably priced labor could "save" it. You might post the same question on the marketplace forum as well.
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Fix it and you can sell it whole for $8K
Part it and you can get a bit more for it.
But, if you just want it gone, $5K-$6K will get it out the door.
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What a bummer, that is a pretty cool car.
You could make good money parting that but I would fix that car and keep driving.
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Thanks a lot for the comments.

I do get a bit teary when thinking of selling it.

I did not plan to sell it at all - I just did the coil-over conversion and put in the seats, which is a dumb thing to do immediately prior to selling a car; but the move to New York is forcing me to do this.

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Well...
we have some great body guys (with reasonable prices) here in the NY/NJ metro area, if theres any chances of lugging it back east

otherwise sorry for your loss, my SC is similar to yours with the mods (only red).
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$8000 seems high.


I've been watching a similar car locally. It's a 1980 SC with a nice rebuilt engine and good mechanicals but with very tired paint and some rust spots near the windows and sunroof (easier to fix than your car). It's been for sale for $8k for a long time.

What's wrong with the transmission?

I think you'd be better off parting it out.
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Does anyone know what the body work would cost to fix the guards rail damage?

SC911- posting a few of the daylight photos you sent here.

I am more asking out of curiousity - since my wife has made verboten for
me to buy an Porsche's that would need some work- and I need to stay married.


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Fix it and you can sell it whole for $8K
Part it and you can get a bit more for it.
But, if you just want it gone, $5K-$6K will get it out the door.
I'd guess those numbers are about right; possibly another 10%.

Porsche people do not like to buy high mileage 911s, even when there are documented major component rebuilds.
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IS the car still availible.
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Don't know what happened to that car, but I could get that fixed for a grand and to perfection. Just had the door portion of that damage done for 400 painted black (which is easy to match, but shows any flaws).
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Is the porsche still for sale? I am located in California and interested in the car.
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