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    Lightbulb W: 1973 911t

    I am looking to buy an unmolested, honest 1973 Porsche 911T Coupe. A perfect car for me would be:

    Drivable, roadworthy condition (no barn find or basket case)
    Little/no rust
    Unmolested (no steel flares, slant nose conversion, V8 transplant, etc). That said, any reversible mods or incorrect parts are totally fine – and to be expected for a 40+ year old car.
    No Concourse material. Would I like to show off my car at next years’ concours d’elegance? Sure, but I won’t raid my kids’ college funds for this.

    Why 1973? That’s the year I was born, and this is how I ‘sold’ the idea to my wife to adopt a longhood Porsche… I’d consider both CIS and MFI.

    A little bit about myself: I used to own a wonderful 1973.5T Targa in original condition. Not a show queen by any means, but a very presentable driver in stunning gemini blue metallic (look for my older posts with pictures of the car). Owned it for a few years and then got so busy with work and two little girls at home that I decided to sell it. Oh boy am I regretting this now.

    So, here I am, attempting to make up for my mistake and getting back behind the wheel of a Longhood. Curious to see where the market is these days.
    Currently in between Porsches. Sold my 73.5T Targa, now suffering from serious withdrawal symptoms. Attending Rennsport Reunion VI didn't really help getting over it.

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    I had first dibs on this gemini T Coupe a few weeks ago. Seller was super nice, he responded to my WTB ad over on the Bird.

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    I wasn't quite ready to make an offer on the fly as it hat a couple rust issues (front fenders, door), so wasn't sure what was lurking underneath. It sold within 48 hours. Should've pulled the trigger - hindsight is 20-20, I know...
    Currently in between Porsches. Sold my 73.5T Targa, now suffering from serious withdrawal symptoms. Attending Rennsport Reunion VI didn't really help getting over it.

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    OK, after 1,000+ views of my post I want to share another story from my hunt for a longhood:

    Private seller responds to my WTB post (last winter) and offers a 73.5T Coupe that he bought 10 years ago and that has been sitting amongst his collection of 356s ever since. We exchange a bunch of emails and he openly points out areas that need attention, which I appreciated. All in all, sounded like a manageable project, nothing major. Moving along, I make him a reasonable offer based on Hagerty and taking into account what needs to get done to bring this car back on the road (i.e make it a #4 driver). We exchange a few more friendly emails, then he tells me he changed his mind and is now planning to wash and polish the car once the snow is gone and list it on ebay. Fast forward 6 months, the car never popped up for sale anywhere, and eventually he stopped responding to my follow-up emails. I am scratching my head why anyone would simply stop responding to an ongoing email convo after spending so much time sharing details with a potential buyer?

    This is the car (originally tangerine, now resell red, later seats). Hope the seller doesn't mind me posting a couple pics.

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    Currently in between Porsches. Sold my 73.5T Targa, now suffering from serious withdrawal symptoms. Attending Rennsport Reunion VI didn't really help getting over it.

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    May I ask about the actual pricing levels of the offers you received?

    here in germany, they go still nuts with even #4 condition cars. 60K for cars with needed invest of sure 40K to make it presentable and a min of 10K to get them a safe drive.....?????

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    How about this one 73.5 CIS??[ATTACH=CONFIG]497730[/ATTACH
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    Quote Originally Posted by bob lee View Post
    How about this one 73.5 CIS??[ATTACH=CONFIG]497730[/ATTACH
    Thanks Bob, PM sent.
    Currently in between Porsches. Sold my 73.5T Targa, now suffering from serious withdrawal symptoms. Attending Rennsport Reunion VI didn't really help getting over it.

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    OK, almost reaching 2k views at the time of writing this post, here's another story for your enjoyment:

    Seller reached out to me a couple months ago, says he knows of a 73.5T Coupe, numbers matching, gemini blue. Says he sold the car years ago without the engine and trans. Car is available again and he still has the motor and trans although they need to be gone through. He's been told the car is still complete except for the seats. Car is in the Northwest and engine/trans are in North Carolina.

    We exchange a bunch of emails. Seller, owner of an independent Porsche shop in NC, is straightforward and provides a lot of details about the car and the engine + trans and its condition, and shares a ballpark figure for what the current seller asks for the roller (high but not outrageous). We exchange a bunch more emails, and again... eventually he simply stops responding. Crickets.

    Bottom line, another case of scratching my head. Why would anyone engage in a long email convo, share a ton of details and then go MIA?

    Here's a pic for you to enjoy (hope seller doesn't mind me sharing):
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    Currently in between Porsches. Sold my 73.5T Targa, now suffering from serious withdrawal symptoms. Attending Rennsport Reunion VI didn't really help getting over it.

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    Why not place a call to him...if he has an independent shop he likely has a phone. He may not be seeing your emails for some reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac73s View Post
    Why not place a call to him...if he has an independent shop he likely has a phone. He may not be seeing your emails for some reason.
    Ha, interesting thought to use a phone for placing a call. So retro!
    </sarcasm>
    Sure enough I tried calling, left VM but didn't get any response. Complete radio silence. Moving on...
    Currently in between Porsches. Sold my 73.5T Targa, now suffering from serious withdrawal symptoms. Attending Rennsport Reunion VI didn't really help getting over it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kp.sfo View Post
    We exchange a bunch more emails, and again... eventually he simply stops responding. Crickets.

    Bottom line, another case of scratching my head. Why would anyone engage in a long email convo, share a ton of details and then go MIA?
    Just a guess, but I suspect that the sellers get tired of the incessant email questions. Most shop-owning sellers have better things to do the spend time on a long, drawn-out email question spree. At least 98% of the time those types of buyers don't follow through anyway. Sellers then bail on that one, and look for a buyer that isn't so time-intensive.

    If you find a possible car that interests you, may I suggest that once you get the basics nailed down, don't try to do it all via email or phone unless you are willing to move quickly and take a chonace on it. If you need to know all the details in advance, arrange to go see the car in person, or send an agent to see it for you. Seller will at least know you are serious...
    - Arne

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