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Tim Odell March 31, 2016 Showdown 18 Comments

While almost any car in this condition would’ve been reduced to Chinese refrigerators by now, the ultra-rusty shells of cars like today’s contenders theoretically hold some value.

Assuming you wanted to “bring them back”, the ’65 Mustang Fastback, a “real A-code car” creeps into the low , restored shape. A ’67 911s comes in , per Hagerty. The Mustang looks in a notch better shape and would obviously be easier to rebuild from less costly donor or reproduction parts. Still, it’s not hard to imagine the sum of $80/hr bodywork needed approaching either of those figures or, say, the .

So…what then? Aside from a few desiccated interior bits and a rear axle on the Ford, there’s nothing of value they could donate. Maybe there’s some hope for a beater-grade rebuild incorporating My First Sheetmetal® grade body work and whatever parts could be scrounged and swapped? comes to mind. The Porsche’s got a low enough opening price for that to make sense, but we can assume the reserve’s in the same prohibitively expensive territory as the Mustang’s $4k Buy It Now. Need we point out the cornucopia of better-than-beater grade classic cruisers available for less than that very starting point?

So…aside from running away laughing and/or screaming, what would you do with either of these? Which would you start with?

Oh, by the way: not title for either. Mustang seller refuses to give out full VIN, but that’s probably not because the car’s stolen.

  • CruisinTime

    All set to buy the Mustang,but they are keeping the hood,with its wonderful fake hi rise.

  • BigRedCaveTroll

    I was about to say they might be worth purchasing for their VINs and titles until I read the last paragraph. If I was a restorer I might buy them for the VINs (although not for 4k) and then scrap the shell and start with fresh aftermarket repro metal. The Porsche probably isn’t even worth it except as a labor of love.

    • The person offering the Mustang has offered the perfectly reasonable explanation of “cant give out complete #” which in no way sounds super-sketchy.

      I, for one, certainly don’t interpret this to mean “You can buy this, do a data plate swap, and there will be no online record of its history as part of a gutted, rusted shell. Hint, hint.” Nope. Perish the very thought.

      • BigRedCaveTroll

        In that case, straight to the crushers with them.

  • engineerd

    The Porsche seller says they can get a title for extra cost. Depending on what that is, it might be worth it rather than having to negotiate state government beaurocracy on your own.

    The only way these make sense as restoration objects is if you’re good with sheetmetal and body repairs. Otherwise, as Tim said, you’re not going to make any money after paying a body shop to make it all pretty.

    Therefore, I’d take the Porsche and join the PCA then show up to the PCA car corral at concours events like Amelia Island or Concours d’elegance of America and drop it off right in the middle. Just for the comedic value. Does that make me an asshole? Probably. Maybe I do belong in PCA.

    • Be sure to put an early 356 powertrain in it first.

      • PowerTryp

        Yes, I’d like one slow with an extra large side of rust, hold the respect.

      • engineerd

        Or a Chevy 350.

        • Maymar

          Flat six out of a wrecked Subaru Tribeca. Bonus points if you graft on the grille.

          • dead_elvis, inc.

            Anything to tweak the purists as much as possible. The worst Subaru grille ever definitely fits that bill.

      • karonetwentyc

        Then again, a 914 motor may possibly be more apoplexy-inducing.

      • kogashiwa

        Or convert to electric.

  • HuntRhymesWith

    Rusty slammington worked great because of the e28’s boxy shape. I’d be interested to see more rat-rodded 911s or Mustangs, but it might be complicated and time/cost prohibitive.

    • engineerd

      Like this?

      • HuntRhymesWith

        Is that a 911 body dropped on a lowered truck frame? That’s awesome and I want to see it autocross.

      • dukeisduke

        Put that out in the middle of a PCA meet. I can see Porsche owners spontaneously combusting.

        • dead_elvis, inc.


  • dukeisduke

    I saw a once-green 911 advertised awhile back (maybe on the Hemmings Daily blog?) that was much rustier, and disassembled. I don’t remember the price, but I don’t think it was in insane territory.



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