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When It’s Too Far Gone

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There’s no written rule for when to scrap a car. Maybe your noggin’ noodles if:

  • The cost of maintenance is too high?
  • Rust chewing holes faster than termites?
  • Accident damage greater than the value of the car?

Maybe the car just sucks and is worn out. But when you are talking about a collectible, specifically Porsche, it always seems to have value. Man, if I had twenty to fifty thousands dollars for every questionable 911 or scrap heap 356 I passed on buying years ago, well then, I’d have today’s market value of those cars and feel pretty darn good about my purchases. My point is, shells of 356s and 911s are getting rebuilt or completely restored because they keep increasing in value. 914s, 928s and 944s are right behind them.

We got this 1980 928 as part of a two for one deal that included the ’84 928S going through restoration. It’s a train wreck, doesn’t run, has giant holes in the rockers and the interior is shot. And that’s just what we could see. So what do you do with it? Well, we happen to have a clean ’81 that is missing glass, interior and other bits. Project amalgamation activate!

But when we are done, do we scrap the 928 shell? Sell the aluminum and plastic panels? Or just let it sit in the yard to become someone’s restoration project 20 years from now. Maybe ours. All I know, is they’re not making any more of them and the one place the shell doesn’t deserve to go is the crusher.

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