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Old 10-09-2019, 09:35 AM
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Thanks again all, I really appreciate the perspective.

10 years ago I didn't have $10k to buy one. Today I don't have $50k.

It's tough to feel like I'm always going to be chasing the market.
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You think that's sad, forty-five years ago I didn't have the $2000 to buy Rowzie's Carrera GT Speedster.
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Thanks again all, I really appreciate the perspective.

10 years ago I didn't have $10k to buy one. Today I don't have $50k.

It's tough to feel like I'm always going to be chasing the market.
Want to hear about all the $15k 964s I didn't buy?
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Old 10-09-2019, 03:40 PM
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If i was trying to get into a 911 today, I would look at the early 2000's cars...less expensive to get in to and still great 911's...though i have limited experience driving them...not the same as going back down memory lane, but your kids will one day thank you for keeping their college fund in the market...
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Old 10-09-2019, 06:29 PM
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As someone that went through this recently and found a good deal on a 77 Targa I'll share some food for thought:

40K is a very decent budget trying to get into one of these.

Most things can be fixed if you are mechanically inclined. I have never rebuilt an engine other than my first top end rebuild on my 914 2 years ago. With that said I sold the 914 to buy my 77 that had been converted to a 912E (914 engine). I pulled the engine and trans(923) and dropped in an 82 3.0 SC engine and trans(915). The engine to my knowledge has not been rebuilt, but runs decent with good numbers, which leads to another good point...

Find a car with a strong engine - either a recent rebuild with documentation - even that does not guarantee anything unless the builder is well known - OR an engine with good numbers (leak down). My engine had very good leak down numbers so I rolled the dice and it worked out.

Some are skeptical of BAT, but I feel like its ok. I really like the comments as I feel others (experts) point out things that I wouldn't see. The caveat is you should really go and see it in person/drive it. PPI's are valuable and you may want to have one done. I have seen some recent 911s sell on BAT that could be bought on the sellers name alone without ever seeing the car in person nor having a PPI done. They have only ever sold decent running cars so they could be trusted from history.

Don't fall under the purist mentality. I would just as quickly buy a backdated SC, a midyear with a 3.0 or 3.2 installed, a 912E/912 with a 6 in it. Some very good deals on BAT were missed because people care about matching numbers and originality. Sure driving an all original car is nice and maybe you can try to win some concourse crap, but why do we drive these cars to begin with? For me I was always attracted to the look. I will tell you, from experience, that any 4 cylinder powered 911/912 will never be as fun as a flat 6.

Sorry through all this I forgot you wanted a Carrera 2 so disregard any other the older model talk. 84-89 are also great cars. They have the very decent 3.2 and I would have put that in my car had one been available and my budget just a tad higher. A good running 3.2 is anywhere from 12 - 16 depending so take that into consideration. That does not mean rebuilt which will cost upwards of that. Also don't be afraid of the trans rebuild. If my trans ever goes out I will probably just buy another 3k one off Pelican and roll the dice.

Good luck on the hunt and let us know how it goes.
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Old 10-10-2019, 12:58 AM
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It’s a Targa and it’s red but well within your budget

Enjoy the hunt.

https://www.pca.org/node/331637
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Old 10-10-2019, 09:49 AM
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Itís a Targa and itís red but well within your budget

Enjoy the hunt.

https://www.pca.org/node/331637
Ha, if I wanted a red Targa I would have a handful of cars to choose from already!

Thanks for sharing.
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