1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

More questions. Always more questions. We know the basics about this 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe and by that I mean we can see what it is and we know the mileage. But the seller has provided little else in the way of description so we are otherwise left in the dark. In many cases I’d move on from such a 911, especially with such a high asking price, but there is something about this color combination I find so incredibly striking that I had to have a closer look. A Carrera with a blue exterior over a white/linen interior isn’t something incredibly rare so either the lighting is enhancing everything here or this is a paint-to-sample blue that is working beautifully with that very light-colored interior. This is where the lack of description from the seller really lets us down, but at least on the surface I do like what I see here.

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Year: 1988
Model: 911 Carrera
Engine: 3.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 55,000 mi
Price: $74,995

1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe
Stock #: 1988178
Exterior Color: Blue-Metallic
Interior Color: White
Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
Engine: H6 3.2L
Title Condition: Clear

Going through the various metallic blues available in 1988 that appear similar to this one – Marine, Nautic, Baltic – none of them quite seems right. All possess the same oceanic character and when contrasted by a light interior they remind us of a stormy sea. It’s a really great combination. But which is it? Marine and Nautic both seem too dark while Baltic Blue seems too light. Again the lighting could be altering the look enough here that it is in fact one of those colors, but I’m not sure. My best guess is Baltic Blue. Only the seller can provide us an answer.

I’ve spent a bunch of time talking about the color here and that’s because I think it’s an important consideration. If you’re looking for a G50 Carrera the color matters. That’s especially the case if this does happen to be PTS and given the $75K asking price it’s possible it is. Mystery color aside, obviously the other very important consideration is its condition and care throughout its life. It looks in very good shape and that’s a positive for its mechanical condition, but ultimately we don’t know anything. A PPI is a good idea on any older Porsche and hopefully the seller does have some documentation on hand that prospective buyers can peruse and have their questions answered.

It isn’t remotely uncommon for us to come across 911s like this one with very little information provided by the seller. It’s always frustrating no matter how often it occurs and that is even more so when the asking price is near top market. It raises red flags. That said if this color combination is as interesting to you as it is to me, then it may at least be worth a call to the seller to inquire about its various attributes and some understanding of what level of documentation is available. If nothing more is available, then it’d be best to move on, but perhaps there’s plenty available and it simply hasn’t been provided here. With a little legwork you might find yourself with a beautiful classic 911.

-Rob

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13 Comments

  1. Buy at your own risk from that seller. Very poor reputation as documented on Renn list and Pelican.

  2. Via google searching it’s PTS, Nautical Blau Metallic. FYI, venetian blue was 1988 and Baltic 1989.

  3. wow…love that blue, i have 2 nautical blue code 929 500 w126 cars

  4. Question, isn’t trying to find an color code/name for a PTS color a bit of a needle in a haystack endeavor? While I get that Porsche will PTS from their past color palettes won’t they also Paint To Sample from an actual client’s “sample”?!
    You hear possibly apocryphal stories of matching shoe color, lipstick color, other car colors. If so, why try so hard to match it to a once “stock” color instead of just enjoying it’s rare combination?

  5. Is the interior Linen? Almost looks Champagne in some of the pics.

  6. @Fstntq on this generation of 911 it shouldn’t be hard to find the name because the sticker is usually still inside the front bonnet. The problem is a number of sellers don’t know that.

  7. It looks like linen but for sure it’s not champagne. Champagne has more brown in it.

  8. @John, follow up question. If Porsche does a truly one off color, i.e., first time, do they give it a number and include it on the sticker, and offer it as a color for future clients?

  9. I dont think its linen. My 89 25 th anniv car is linen. This has more beige in it

  10. @Fstntq Sorry to say I don’t know for sure the answer to your question. But, if we are talking this gen of 911 I think it would have a sticker with a name at least.

    @ Son of stig. I thought “89 anniv cars interiors were called silk grey.

  11. your right….my bad…

  12. Do not buy a Yugo from these guys… I drove 12 hours each way with my trailer to purchase a 911. Most falsely advertised car I have ever come across. Drove home with an empty trailer.

  13. I’ve only ever seen the sticker give the paint name on a PTS car if it’s a recognized color, meaning either one of Porsche’s own colors or one from another manufacturer. I haven’t seen one that’s totally random. That doesn’t mean Porsche hasn’t done it, I just haven’t seen it.

    Regarding the interior, it definitely looks more beige than Linen possesses, but I’m not sure quite what it is. It looks like the 997 Cream White exterior.

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