Last week we described how we ended up buying a 1975 Porsche 911 S Sportomatic offered for sale at the Hershey Swap Meet – while sitting at our desk in Portland, Oregon.
In a “Love or Hate It” ‘70s Bahama Yellow (called Desert Beige by Porsche that year) it was described as having 47,187 original miles, a/c and its original cloth interior. Asking price was $47,900.
Within thirty minutes after being sent the seller’s phone number by an SCMer at the meet, the car was mine at near the asking price.
While several friends who were at Hershey looked at and liked the car, there was no time for a proper pre-purchase inspection. It was the exact car I was looking for, and fairly priced. Fifty-year-old sports cars are not like loaves of bread in a supermarket, with many to choose from. As others were interested in the car, I didn’t hesitate and pulled the trigger.
Four days later the car was loaded onto a carrier leaving the RM Sotheby’s auction and headed west.
Now I needed a plan.
I am not Porsche fluent, so I turned to my good friend (and like me a former GM of Ron Tonkin Ferrari) Matt Crandall at Avant-Garde Collection.
Matt provided guidance and advice. As a top-rated seller on BaT (911r), and having just opened a facility in Scottsdale, his hands were full, and he couldn’t prep the 911 for the SCM 1000. But he could guide me.
We decided to have the car dropped at his facility in Portland. He wanted to inspect the car and have it cleaned by the dry-ice process. Following that, SCM Editor-in-Chief Jeff Sabatini and I dropped by Avant-Garde and we, along with Matt, thought the car looked straight and had good bones.
The next stage was sending the car to Al Blanchard at A&P Specialities in Portland for a true PPI (that’s Post Purchase Inspection – I never seem to get one done before I buy a car).
With the car came the original owner’s manual indicating that it was sold new by Holbert Porsche in PA. The last service stamp was from July 2009.
The cleaning revealed a very straight and nearly-rust free car. Al thought the car had potential to be a good driver.
So, he proceeded with the inspection. I knew in just a few days he would verify that it needed nothing, the oil would be changed and I would be off enjoying the Pacific Northwest’s fantastic two-lane roads.
Next week: “About those head studs…”
And if anyone has more information on the history of SCM’s 911, please reach out to me at [email protected] or post your comments on this blog.