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This river-find Porsche 911 restoration is the definition of project insanity

If before and after photos of a restoration are a favorite of yours, then gird yourself for a wild transformation. Recently gaining traction on the Porsche specialty forum Rennlist, this river-find 993 project is a particular brand of crazy I just have to respect. You'd have to be a madman to have the sheer ambition to take it on.


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Insane? Maybe, but I admire his commitment!

New Driver

Great story, keep us updated! On the subject of similarly insane restoration projects, I am curious to see how the rebuild of the fire-damaged Monaco F40 is going, and also I'd like to know whether the Jon Hunt Miura SV that caught fire in London back in 2014 has ever been restored... both insane restoration projects but given the value of these cars, probably financially doable.

Intermediate Driver

Wow!  I owned a 993 Porsche for a short time and the one thing that most impressed me about the car was how difficult it was to service and repair.  Even a very straight and well maintained 993 is a challenge to the home mechanic.  The other thing about most German cars is the expense of restoring them.  People who restore German cars know that you can easily put far more money into them than you will ever sell them for.


Finally, in today's finicky market, the slightest flaw in the CarFax will cause the Greek Chorus on Bring A Trailer to howl in alarm.  I have an E 30 with an accident on the CarFax that will hurt the value when I sell.  This car may be very hard to sell.


But then again, the thing that makes the car restoration/collecting world so much fun is guys like this.  Good Luck with this challenging project.

Intermediate Driver

What is he actually saving? Possibly the floor pan and some plastic bits? Everything else will need replacing or serious reconditioning. Makes as much sense as getting a Porsche parts catalogue and building one from scratch. Actually, that might be a better idea.

Advanced Driver

Reminds me of an insurance company client I had long ago that insisted that I write a repair estimate on every car, even ones that were obvious total losses. On a car in similar condition to this one I simply wrote "remove wheel covers, install on new car." 

Intermediate Driver

This possibly is the most ambitious resto project I have ever seen a hobbyist take on.  What an awesome and insane mission.


Check out some of the Rare Mopar projects some of the guys are doing. Some starting with nothing but a firewall !!! Insanity
New Driver

What a challenge to say the least! I must have the same DNA that this guy has. I restored a 1966 911 in about 1974. Bought it from Bob Hindson in Kansas City. the engine had been overhauled but otherwise rusted holes in the body setting outside with a tarp over it. It was a challenge but nothing like this 911 from the river! I can't wait to see it coming along and maybe if I live long enough I will see the new Porsche 911!  Herb Jenkins

Pit Crew

NO THANK YOU! You know how much time and money will this thing take to restore? You are definitely losing money if you resell and all the cute compliments from all the cars & coffee groupies won't pay the bills. 

Pit Crew

Now, let me see...that car's gonna have a salvaged title, right?

Intermediate Driver

only if there was an accident claim, this looks more like a theft claim
Intermediate Driver

Given the 993 Turbos always sell over $100K peaking at $400K.... rebuilding this one might be a money maker.
Intermediate Driver

It's below junk. They must be after the vin, which won't make the build legit.
Intermediate Driver

How do you say "SALVAGE" in Italian DMV-speak?
Intermediate Driver

Indeed, the last of the air-cooled 911s.
Pit Crew

This is the wonderful thing about building, customizing or restoring can do whatever the hell you want any way you want. Total freedom to go in any direction and total freedom to ignore petty criticism. Chill.