Six Air-Cooled Porsches for Under $20,000


Yes, it is still possible to get a classic air-cooled Porsche for under $20,000. Air Brigade takes a look at four 911’s and two 914’s to see what you buy for that price.


The survey for this article used ebay as the resource to see what is on the market in this price. Cars identified included basket cases to worn drivers to nice drivers if you opt for a Porsche 914 instead of a classic Porsche 911.


Let’s start at the low end and see what you buy as you climb up the price ladder to the $20,000 mark.


1973 Porsche 914 1.7 liter - $8,800



The pictures don’t look too bad, but seeing as it has a minuscule description noting that it needs cosmetic work raises a few red flags. Porsche 914’s are notorious rust magnets. Have a recognized Porsche 914 mechanic look at this one.

Seller ebay description and link:

Runs well, needs cosmetic repair.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1973-Porsche-914/323915764522?hash=item4b6ae2532a:g:7rUAAOSwEfJddysz


1976 Porsche 911 Targa Project - $13,000



This is a true project that requires you to source an engine and transmission as this is a roller, but the seller claims it is rust-free.

Seller ebay description and link:

I bought this 1976 Porsche Targa S2 body with a clear title as a project to restore and decided to head elsewhere. This car doesn't include the motor or transmission. However, this roller e-brakes works and steer perfectly. There are some indication of rust and no accident history. This auction is for what's in the photos. OEM fuch rims :16x6(front) and 16x7 (rear).

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1976-Porsche-911/254359062724?hash=item3b38fb48c4:g:j2cAAOSwX65dTvSZ


1971 Porsche 911 with Blue Tweed Seat Inserts - $14,500



This one includes the engine and transmission but the engine requires a complete rebuild according to the seller. This one does require rust repair and various other body repairs.

Seller ebay description and link:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1971-Porsche-911-blue-tweed-cloth-inserts/392424628392?hash=item5b5e54a0a8:g:BmsAAOSwtG1de5tw