1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

As the air-cooled 911 market has accelerated it has been nice to see some of the nicer driver-quality cars come up for auction and the example here fits that description quite well. Here we another car in Guards Red, though this time a 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa located in Atlanta. The mileage isn’t too high at 111,500 and this one stands apart from the rest with some very sexy HRE deep dish wheels and custom seat inserts that I’m sure will be a very love/hate addition to this car. Needless to say this is not a Targa that will be prized by collectors, but that means it should be obtainable for a better value. With an engine that should have plenty of life left in it that’s the sort of driver-quality Carrera that we’re looking for!

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1979 Porsche 911SC

For years now the decision facing any buyer interested in experiencing the joy of an air-cooled 911, without breaking the bank, came down to choosing between the 911SC and the 3.2 Carrera. Each model offers a similar experience with the 3.2 priced slightly higher, as we would expect. Overall, however, there were few major differences and both could be had at a good value. As the market for the 3.2 Carrera shifts upward, those decisions may now be made much easier if, and it’s a big if, the market for the 911SC remains a much more reasonable value. At the very least I expect prices for the 911SC to lag slightly behind and there should still be good values remaining for driver-quality examples such as this Guards Red 1979 Porsche 911SC, located in Massachusetts, that has seen 88,497 miles. The question anyone in the market for one must grapple with is how long can you wait? The time to get one may be now.

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1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

There is something to be said for a great interior in any car, but especially in a convertible. With the top down and the sun shining every little detail tends to stand out not only for the world to see but even for you as the driver. The interior is what we see and feel and it is what connects us to the car and provides immediate sensory feedback. A terrible interior can make a great car seem boring, and a great interior livens up even pedestrian models. Thus, it should come as little surprise that I really love the interior on this 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet. Other than the steering wheel, I have always loved the layout and look of the classic 911 interior and when presented in this shade of Tobacco leather I find that everything fits together perfectly, especially on a car in a shade of dark blue like the Marina Blue we see here. The contrast works to make the car seem more alive and driving more enjoyable. As we continue our slog through the variants of the 3.2 Carrera, this Cabriolet with 106K miles provides us another look at this escalating market and the current demand for driver-quality examples.

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1986 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

We have featured a few 3.2 Carreras for sale lately as the market for these cars rises and owners look to capitalize on interest in the car. Here we have another example that will provide us with an interesting look at where Carreras in various states of condition and mileage are selling. Given some of the sales we’ve seen, this particular Carrera might even be a pretty good value. This Guards Red 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa, for sale in California, comes in the rare combination of red on red and sits at just shy of 80K miles. We’ve seen in the past few weeks this 1989 Carrera Coupe with 57K miles sell for $45,000 and this 1986 Carrera Coupe with 162K miles recently sold for $27,000. So, where might Targa values lie relative to these coupes?

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1973 Porsche 911T

Opportunities for finding a pre-1974 911 for any sort of reasonable amount of money are few and far between and typically requires that we stretch our definition of reasonable to a certain degree. But, when considering 40+ year-old performance icons these sorts of facts shouldn’t surprise us. The model that does still fall well short of a six-figure price tag is the 911T, Porsche’s entry-level 911 produced from 1968-1973. This no frills version of the 911 featured a 2.0 liter flat-six that produced 110 hp when first introduced and served as the gateway to 911 ownership. By the 1973 model year, displacement had increased to 2.4 liters with an appreciable bump in hp as well (140 hp). The T remained throughout its life the most basic model available and, in a sense, was the last time a truly entry-level 911 was produced. The example feature here is an unrestored Leaf Green 1973 Porsche 911T, located in New York.

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1967 Porsche 911S Coupe

In its earliest years Porsche offered a variety of trim levels to suit a wider array of buyers. The 911T, E, and S each fit within their own performance window and provided buyers more opportunities to get into the 911 that most appropriately fit their performance needs and budget. For the 1967 model year Porsche introduced the 911S. With 160 hp, along with revised chassis and braking, the 911S offered captivating performance for its time and began to establish the 911 as an iconic sports car. The example featured here has recently undergone a full restoration: a Sand Beige 1967 Porsche 911S Coupe, located in California.

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1978 Porsche 930

While the Porsche 930 remained relatively the same for its entire 13-year model run, its most significant change came shortly after its release. The initial development to produce a turbocharged version of the 911 used the 3.0 liter flat-six from the Carrera RS 3.0 mated to a 4-speed manual transmission. With nearly 260 hp and quite a bit of turbo lag these were seriously demanding cars to drive, but that did not stop Porsche from quickly deciding to increase displacement and add an air-to-air intercooler. Power was now at 300 hp and even with the whale tale drivers were in a constant battle to keep the rear of the car in line. Porsche now had a 911 with supercar performance, that required an equal level of attention, but that elevated the brand and created the legacy of the 911 Turbo we have all become so familiar with today. The car we see featured here comes from the first year of the revised engine: a Sienna Brown Metallic 1978 Porsche 930, located in Colorado, with 67,365 miles on it.

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1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

We see a pattern like this from time to time: the market for a particular car heats us and then every owner (or so it seems) of a well-maintained example throws their car up for auction to capitalize on said market. The basic idea makes a lot of sense, especially for someone who may have been holding onto a car for a decent chunk of time. With the 911 we’ve seen this happen a few times with particular rare variants, but right now it appears that any low-mileage 3.2 Carrera is the hot car to have. We featured a low-mileage 1987 Carrera Coupe a few days back that sold almost instantly and here we have another low-mileage Carrera, though rather than a Coupe this one is a Targa. Here is a Guards Red 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa, located in Alabama, with a light gray (perhaps Linen?) interior and a mere 34,400 miles on the clock.

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1976 Porsche 911S Coupe

The used-car market can be funny sometimes. Certain models, for any number of reasons, end up under appreciated and sell for significantly less value than similar models. And in this case we aren’t talking about a comparison of rare models to base models, but rather a short stretch of model years. Here we have an Ice Green Metallic 1976 Porsche 911S Coupe, located in North Carolina, with 122,486 miles. With an asking price of $37,000 it is being offered for significantly less money than a pre-1974 911 and, given the rapid appreciation of the 911SC and 3.2 Carrera, less than the cost of most any classic 911. To be fair, there are reasons for this lack of love: these models were the first to feature the impact bumpers, the engines were somewhat hampered by emissions equipment, and early models tended to have engine issues. Yet, this remains an air-cooled 911 in a truly fantastic color that is both period correct and very rare, and given the mileage and apparent care we should feel confident the engine is stout. While the market may not love the variants of the 1974-1977 911 that does not mean they aren’t still good cars worthy of our attention.

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1986 Porsche 911 Carrera

Here is our counter to yesterday’s low mileage no reserve Carrera: a 1986 Grand Prix White Porsche 911 Carrera, located in California, which has seen 162,000 miles. We’ve seen the rapid escalation of the air-cooled 911 market, but my interest here is on the effect that rise has had on higher mileage, less pristine vehicles. Can those still be had a reasonable value or have they too shot through the roof?

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