Two really different types of cars here, and I could "switch" with little side effects short of costing a couple thousand bucks. I thought it was an interesting dilemma so I would post it up. I have my 912 that I paid $4000 for. With all the parts and restoration work, once completed I believe the parts/car would fetch almost $10k. I have some really nice parts for it and it'd be a great car, including with new interior etc. There's nothing screaming wrong with this car and I love it- Good: -It actually has decent paint and a straight body, with little rust compared with most cars its age -Smog exempt, which is cheaper -Cheap to register/insure -Very simple -The back quarter panel windows and front corner windows open -Pretty rare, rare color -New interior (once I'm done working on it) -Inconspicuous -Quiet -I get props from people, mostly middle-aged or older people -Lightweight - ultra simple so it's a bit lighter than newer cars -Parts are hard to find, but sometimes surprisingly cheap Bad: -I get props from mostly middle-aged or older people -Shorter wheel base, making the car less stable, especially with an engine swap -Non-galvanized steel, so if driven in rain or god forbid snow, it would rust quickly -Less than optimal heating -No air conditioning -To make more power I would have to swap the motor. I have a 3.0 motor that'd be a great swap -The motor swap would change the balance of the car from a near-mid engine to a true rear-engine Porsche with a lot of weight in the rear, which has its pluses and minuses Enter this: This is what $10,000-$12,000 can buy you in the 80s 911 world (if buying a newer 911 is indeed moving on up). It's a regular 1980 911 with a freshened motor and a profesionally done steel widebody kit with newer (965, aka 1991 911 Turbo) fender flares, rear bumper and front bumper with lights. Since it's painted black, it's actually a clone of the Porsche Turbo from BAD BOYS, if you've seen that movie. I test drove it. Good: -The body work is great, paint is mostly good -No rust, and it won't rust because the chassis is galvanized steel -Good motor, with upgrades runs excellent -Bunch of suspension upgrades -The AC seems to work, heater surely works well -Has the 3.0L motor with valuable upgrades, it would be really reliable and pretty fuel efficient -I'd get props from younger people, but more attention from police and unwanteds/vandalism Bad: -Old faded purple tint -Big 80s stereo (good one though) -Wrong wheels (I wouldn't do chrome and they're too narrow, so I'd need tires too) -Smog is due once every 2 years. The current exhaust would automatically fail. Other components may require replacing or luck to pass. -The cost to switch over would be a couple thousand bucks -Interior is neglected, I'd want to replace the seats and probably carpet -I'd have to sell my 912 after finishing stuff (aka own 3 cars at the same time and borrow a bunch of money, yikes), and it'd be a lot of work / time to sell the 1968. -I probably won't LOSE money on this car in the long run, but it might be harder to sell than my other car. With the right wheels and some work, it'd look a lot like this car: It sounded something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_L0vuizTr5U&feature=related Horsepower is about 200-220 compared with my 90 (my car's also about 700 lbs lighter though), and I have the same motor sitting in my garage if I wanted to swap it. It's not a TON of work, but it's a project.