1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

The Targa has had a peculiar history. Somewhat unloved among 911s, its original development derived from Porsche’s sense that constricting safety regulations eventually would render the convertible obsolete. Those concerns never quite materialized, but Porsche still has continued to produce the Targa, even if there have been various times during which it was not available or, as was the case with the 993, was altered significantly before being shelved entirely. But the Targa recently has been revived and I applaud Porsche for returning it to its original design (I really didn’t like the 993 version). The model remains less loved than its Coupe and Cabriolet counterparts, yet still provides an interesting compromise between the two, and for that I hope it continues to be produced! The example we see here comes from near the end of the most prominent model run: a 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa, located in Washington state, with 120,000 miles on it.

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1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

If the car we see here is any indication, then we appear to have reached a point where short-hood naturally-aspirated air-cooled 911s are all trading for similar values. Among driver-quality cars there certainly is a standard rise in value as we move from the 911SC to the 993 but the gap between these two models has closed considerably. This is great news for some buyers because it enables a more expansive search among models, but the downside is that a “cheap” 911 no longer appears to exist. Overall, it’s surely a testament to the desirability of the air-cooled cars more generally. Here we have a Grand Prix White 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located around Houston, with 71,500 miles on it and an asking price of $37,500. The 993 was first shown in 1993 and carried over a refined version of the 964’s 3.6 liter flat-six mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. As the last of the air-cooled 911s the model always has been extremely popular and looks to forever remain the most powerful and refined air-cooled option Porsche will release.

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1993 Porsche 928GTS

We are approaching two decades since the last 928 rolled off the Porsche assembly line, a span of time not much longer than the duration of the model’s run. From 1978 to 1995 the 928 served as Porsche’s flagship Grand Tourer and early on it was assumed to be the car that would remain the flagship vehicle of the marque altogether. The success of the 911 obviously changed that, but the 928 still lives on as Porsche’s only, and last (at least to now), front-engined V8 coupe. These cars possessed a uniqueness for the brand that has always set them apart with timeless styling that showed only incremental changes during the 17 years of its existence. As the last model variant the 928GTS featured a 5.4 liter V8 producing 350 hp surrounded by a sleek and lithe body that promised to transport you in a great deal of style at a great deal of speed. The example we see here is an automatic-transmission 1993 Porsche 928GTS, located in Colorado Springs, with just 44,000 miles on it.

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1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Speedster – RHD

Even though there are always certain cars we feature frequently and always have an eye out for here at GCFSB, we still come across examples that can stun us for a variety of reasons. Such is the case here with a rarely seen Silver 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Speedster with a fantastic Velvet Red interior and only 29,032 miles on it. This is a UK Speedster so it is one of only 139 right-hand drive 911 Speedsters produced, adding an extra touch of rarity to an already special car. The 911 Speedster, of course, was Porsche’s homage to the original 356 Speedster, a stripped-down, no frills, two-seater, intended for enthusiasts who desired a weekend racer, but without going to a full-on track car. The lower windscreen was removable and the folding top wasn’t really intended for use while driving. While those sporting intentions probably never manifested to a significant degree in Porsche’s remakes of the Speedster the basic design elements and stylistic cues were still present. Even today the Speedster remains a testament to Porsche’s history and one of the most loved designs the marque has produced.

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1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe

For reasons I’m not sure I understand myself, I was slow to accept the 964 and failed to give it its due worth and appreciation. That at least holds true for the Carrera as I’ve always found the 964 Turbo to be fantastic. It really wasn’t until recent years after seeing a few of them on the road that my appreciation for them has gained, presumably since I enjoy the design much more than any of the current models. And like with many cars, though not all, I find them much more attractive in the flesh rather than in pictures. Anyway, here we have a higher mileage example: a Grand Prix White 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe, located in Delaware, with 145,000 miles on it. I see a Grand Prix White 964 in my neighborhood fairly frequently and it looks fantastic! So while I typically do not care for these cars in white, I must defer to those experiences rather than what here looks somewhat bland.

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1982 Porsche 911SC

There are times when I forget that part of the success of the 911 comes not only through it’s excellent performance but also because it has almost always provided that performance with a high level of refinement. It is a hallmark of the marque itself, as evidenced by its forays into halo-car territory with the 959, Carrera GT, and the new 918 Spyder. None of these were stripped-out racers like the F40. This digression was sparked by the car we see here, an otherwise standard 911SC that happens to be in a stunning shade that showcases the refined nature of the 911. There are 911s that are brash, like yesterday’s 930 Slantnose, and then there are 911s that appear almost serene in comparison. Of course, the performance is still there, but it’s packaged entirely differently. Here we have a (possibly) Rosewood Metallic 1982 Porsche 911SC, located in Nashville, with 65,325 miles on it. It is, in a word, beautiful.

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1989 Porsche 930 Slantnose Coupe

The poster car: we all had them on our wall when growing up. Rarely subtle, these were cars that stunned you visually and were almost always very fast. At least, that was my wall. The most common poster in the ’80s was probably the Countach, which still today looks insane. The Countach, however, was insane. Porsche’s road-going version of Countach excessiveness was the 930 Slantnose, but because it was based off of the very streetable 911 it lacked much of the insanity of the Countach. The appearance of the 930 itself was hardly subtle and in the guise of the Slantnose all hints of subtlety went out the window. Unsurprisingly, given the iconic nature of the 911’s front end, not everyone is a fan of the Slantnose, but their rarity makes them quite highly prized by collectors. The example here is a Guards Red 1989 Porsche 930 Slantnose Coupe, located in California, with Tan interior and only 28,115 miles.

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2001 Porsche 911 Turbo

Finding value in the 911 range is always a difficult proposition. Finding a value that also brings with it excellent performance can be darn near impossible. As with most things in life, there is always an exception. The 996TT has been that exception for a while now and even as values for an air-cooled 911 continue to rise, these little loved water-cooled models pretty much stay the same. With more than 400 hp on tap these are very fast cars that will deliver you to your destination with a dose of style and also ferocity and while the all-wheel drive setup provides security against the 911’s tail-wagging nature these cars are still capable of biting back against inattentive drivers. There really are few performance options for the cost of a 996TT on the market these days. The example here is a Black 2001 Porsche 911 Turbo, located in Massachusetts, with 55,908 miles on it.

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1987 Porsche 911 Turbo

I really enjoy seeing some of the closer, detail, shots of the 930. The car is instantly recognizable as a 911 and the details then provide us those subtle clues that hint at this being something more than a standard 911. The wider rear arches stretching over the rear wheels. Those distinctive lines of the spoiler that guide air into the intercooler and help differentiate this from the basic whale tail. Just the general slightly muscled and aggressive overall look, which lets everyone know that this is a car that requires respect from its driver but that it also remains a usable and streetable machine. The car we have here is a one-owner Guards Red 1987 Porsche 911 Turbo, located in Miami, with only 34,000 miles on it. The seller does not appear to possess much background or documentation of the car’s history, but from what we can see the care the car has received was considerable.

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1984 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

In 1984, when the 911 Carrera debuted, you might forgive the layman for not realizing a new model had come. By all appearance, it didn’t seem like anything had changed, though a careful observer would note the now integrated fog lights. A very careful observer might also notice that the rear decklid was adorned with a Carrera badge. Porsche had resurrected the Carrera name for this new model, a change that has continued through today as every subsequent naturally-aspirated 911 has worn that same badge. The most significant change to the car also lay under that badge: the new higher compression 3.2 liter flat-six that brought with it both increased performance and also increased economy. The 911 Carrera would be the last of the classic 911 design and as such has been a favorite of many Porsche enthusiasts. They aren’t typically the great value that they once were and excellent examples tend to be snapped up quickly, both points serving as testimony to how enjoyable these great 911s remain even today. The car featured here is a 1984 Grand Prix White Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located in Santa Barbara, with just 40,979 miles on it.

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