1988 Porsche 930 Coupe

I’m going to take a short break from my value shopping to present a 930 that I like quite a bit. It is not a good value. It is, however, a color combination I like a lot and don’t see that often.

Here we have a Marine Blue Metallic 1988 Porsche 930 Coupe, located in Kentucky, with what I believe is a Linen leather interior and 53,285 miles on it. The ad is very short on the details and while I don’t mind a concise ad a 50K mile 930 isn’t really a candidate for such a lack. So there’s legwork to be done on the part of any interested buyer, but it’s a really attractive car.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 Porsche 930 Coupe on eBay

Year: 1988
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 53,285 mi
Price: $125,000 Buy It Now

This is a beautiful 1988 Porsche 930 Turbo. Low mileage at 53,285. Runs and drives great. Exterior is a rare marine blau metallic. Interior shows normal wear for its age. This is a very special car and will not last long!

Every time I see a Linen interior I wonder if it’s a complete pain to keep clean. Some of the photos here kind of show the sort of thing that would worry me! Generally speaking this interior looks quite good and in good shape. There don’t appear to be any major problems like tears, scuffs, or cracks in the dash. It looks very clean. But a light colored interior like this will show dirt and imperfections much more than darker colors, even much more than tan, and here we see the evidence of that. Given how close up the pictures appear to be I don’t think it’s the sort of thing we’d get too upset about. It’s just a difficult color to keep clean.

From what we see of the exterior everything looks in fine shape. We don’t have enough pictures to judge accurately, but what we see is fine. Otherwise, we know nothing. {insert GoT reference} And that’s where the problems lie with this asking price. It could be that it’s fully documented and serviced and closer inspection will show that the interior and exterior condition is as good as it seems. If that’s the case, then perhaps $125K could make sense if you absolutely desired the color. But probably not. Not for an ’88.

We encounter this situation frequently with the 930. An ’89 is extremely desirable because it’s the only year these came with a 5-speed manual. It also happens to be the final year of this icon’s production. So high prices can be supported. But you can find plenty of ’86-’88 930s for below $100K so it takes the perfect combination of options, very low mileage, and documentation for prices above $100K to make sense. I think the mileage is too high for that to happen here and we have no idea about the documentation. I really like the color though!

-Rob

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6 Comments

  1. @Rob as a point of reference..assuming the car is exactly as represented…I was just at an auction where an 97 930 came up..with half the mileage of this one…classic Blk/Blk….it hammered for 125k
    the car was in top shape, one owner fully serviced…..
    so I supposed the unique color combo of this car is where the interest would lie…
    should be a six figure car…ding 10-15k for the mileage???

  2. The exterior is quite fetching on this one. The interior… not so much.

    There’s a 38k miles ’86 930 in Guards red on BaT right now. Auction ends in four days.
    https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1986-porsche-911-turbo-13/

  3. Hey Rob,

    Is there anyway to get in touch with you by email/phone?

  4. oopps sausage fingers…meant to say 87
    as an aside at the same auction a 94 928GTS manual Midnight Blue-Grey sold for 95k it had apprx 30k on the odo IIRC

  5. Mitchell, you can email me through germancarsforsaleblog@gmail.com.

  6. The 38k mile ’86 930 on BaT went RNM at $85K.

    Plenty of chatter. Hardly any real interest. I think these sellers are gonna be sitting on good, but not great, examples for at least 6-8 months, and the whole time will have to wonder if the market is REALLY going soft.

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