Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: St. Petersburg Florida
As far as the yellow car in Clearwater (which Randy and I went and inspected about a month ago). We bought the engine and transmission from the current owner. AS far as my impressions and memories of the car:
1. The basic body seemed sound - but the guy cut out a section of the floor under the driver's seat. However, given that it is "hidden" I think repairing it would not be too big an issue. The windshield, quarter glass pieces, doors, front bonnet, roof panel, and unibody structure seems in good repair. So from a body perspective the car would probably be useful as a source for a basic body swap. HOWEVER, the rear hatch has been modified considerably. Look at the pictures and you can see that it is no longer an OEM rear hatch. Likewise the front bumper has been modified and the rear bumper was damaged. I do not recall checking the door glass and door components, so I don't know if all the door elements are present. Al the interior pieces were piled up inside the car in a heap and we did not sort through it. The car was very dirty.
2. The guy was intending to put another engine in the car and chopped out the main frame cross-bracing under the front of the engine. That would need to be repaired if you wanted to use the frame with a standard 910 engine.
3. The suspension components are incomplete. As I remember the front was complete including the hubs. The rears did not have hubs. There were no brake components on the car, but the owner said he could retrieve them.
The car will require a dolly or trailer to move. It cannot roll as the rear has no hubs and the car has no wheels. My understanding is that the current owner lifted it up on a trailer using a fork lift in order to transport it to its current location. The owner was pretty accurate in describing the car to us, so I would think asking him specific questions about what is and isn't on the car will get an honest answer. I think the car as is is worth maybe $2k or so to someone who could use the parts. Transport will not be cheap or uncomplicated. Unless you want a yellow car you also have to factor in painting. I really did not look at the current quality of the paint, but obviously that will also have a cost consequence for anyone who purchases it as a parts car.
1989 Turbo Esprit