1994 Porsche 968

Front-engined Porsches seem to have their own following, especially when it comes to the various 4-cylinder models produced throughout the ’80s and early ’90s. Beginning in 1976 with the 924, these sports coupes replaced the 914 as Porsche’s entry-level model and remained in the lineup for nearly 2 decades under the guise of the 944 and then the 968. In its naturally aspirated trim, a 968 like the one featured here housed a 3.0 liter inline-4 delivering 236 hp to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission. Capable performers, due to their reasonable weight and excellent balance, these 4-cylinder Porsches have remained of interest to enthusiasts everywhere as a track car or even as an alternative to the 911. The car we have here is a low-mileage Guards Red 1994 Porsche 968 located in Illinois.

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1991 Porsche 911 Turbo

Among iconic 911s, the 930 and early 964 Turbo stand together and for many of us who grew up in the ’80s the brash style and aggressive dynamics these cars possessed are the attributes that remain most identifiable for the Porsche marque itself. While the 964 Turbo is stylistically differentiated from the 930, the two models shared the same engine. The 3.3 liter turbo-charged flat-six of the 964 was refined and more powerful than that of the 930, but it remained a tried-and-true unit well known for delivering its power with ferocity, not subtlety. Unlike the more highly regarded 993 Turbo, the 964 was rear wheel drive only, a fact that, in itself, should keep these cars in high demand on the collector market for years to come. While the later 3.6 Turbo and Turbo S should remain the true kings, the 3.3 liter Turbo is no slouch. The car we have featured here, located just outside of Atlanta, is a Black 1991 Porsche 911 Turbo with Cashmere leather interior, an outstanding combination coveted by many.

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1965 Porsche 356SC Coupe

We previously featured a modified 1967 Porsche 911 Sunroof Coupe that was built in this vein and like that car this definitely won’t appeal to everyone, but in their own way each of these are fantastic. The car featured here is a 1965 Porsche 356SC Coupe that has had extensive work to make it into a vintage hill-climb racer along with some visual modification to give it a hot rod/outlaw sort of look. Though modified, this 356 retains its original engine and transmission, and comes with the CoA for each, though both have been rebuilt by Vic Skirmants for improved performance. A car nearing 50 years of age that is in good condition is difficult enough to find, one that also possesses unique and well-documented modifications such as this one is a rare bird indeed.

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1968 Porsche 912

For those who may be less interested in collectability (though a good 912 may still enjoy collector status) and more interested in having a vintage Porsche to drive on weekends, the 912 still offers a great deal of value relative to many 911s. Intended as Porsche’s entry-level vehicle, the 912 shared the same basic body design and mechanical lay-out of the 911, but rather than the 911’s standard flat-six engine the 912 used a flat-four, initially as a 1.6 liter unit and late displacement was bumped to 2.0 liters. In its early years the 912 sold very well and even provided better handling balance than the 911 due to its lower weight at the rear. These were, in every way, cars intended to provide Porsche’s customers with an experience akin to that of their top-of-the-line sports car, but at a fraction of the cost. Today those same cost savings remain and owners can still appreciate what a ’60s rear-engined Porsche was all about. The example we have featured here is a numbers-matching Sand Beige 1968 Porsche 912 located in Indiana.

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1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S

In purely aesthetic terms, the 993 C2S is a fantastically pretty car. Where it might lack a little bit of aggressiveness relative to some of its classic brethren, it more than makes up for that with graceful lines and delicate curves. As the ultimate expression (at least stylistically) of the air-cooled 911 the 993 C2S will forever remain a Porsche favorite. With nearly 300 hp being delivered to the rear wheels via a 6-speed transmission, the Carrera S offers ample performance and provides its drivers with miles of engaged and exhilarating motoring. The car we have featured here is a Wimbledon Green Metallic 1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S with Cashmere leather interior, located in New York.

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1973 Porsche 914 2.0L

In the Porsche world the 914 has become, I don’t want to say forgotten but, a bit of an afterthought. The 914 served as the replacement to the 912 as Porsche’s entry-level automobile and like the 912 it primarily came with a flat-four engine delivering power to the rear wheels via a 5-speed manual transmission. However, that is where their similarities would end. While the 912 was basically a 911 with a smaller engine, the 914 was an entirely different design altogether: a 2-seater mid-engine Targa. While Porsche eventually ceased production of the 914 in order to make way for the 924 (an entry-level coupe that went in an entirely different direction), the 914 was well regarded, and sold well, due to its simplicity and balance. During the first few years of production, the 914 was also available with the 2.0 liter flat-six of the 911T, but due to poor sales that model was discontinued prior to the 1973 model year. Its replacement was the car we have featured here: a 1973 Porsche 914 with a 2.0 liter flat-four, rather than the standard model’s 1.7 liter engine.

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1982 Porsche 911SC Targa

Continuing in the vein of yesterday’s post of a no-reserve, driver-quality, 911 Carrera, here we have a 1982 Porsche 911SC Targa also on auction with no reserve, though with around half the mileage of yesterday’s car. The 3.2 Carrera showed incremental changes from the 911SC in regard to everything other than the engine and even the engine differences are small enough relative to modern cars to render them less significant when looking for a classic 911. Choosing between the two models, in many ways, comes down to finding a well-maintained example in the color and style of your preference. This Guards Red Targa offers plenty of aesthetic differences relative to yesterday’s Meteor Grey Carrera, but should still come at a reasonable value and provide for ample driving thrills with the added benefit of open-top motoring.

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1986 Porsche 911 Carrera

For buyers looking to get into their first 911 the choice still comes down to the cars of the late ’70s and the ’80s: either the 911SC or the 3.2 Carrera. Even as the market for an air-cooled 911 accelerates these remain reasonable bargains, especially if your goal is to own a driver quality example, rather than a collector. With either model performance is capable and promises miles of smile-inducing motoring all within the classic 911 design. The example featured here fits these parameters well: a Meteor Grey 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera located in Michigan. The mileage is high (nearly 160K) and it’s the model year prior to Porsche’s switch to the G50 5-speed manual. For a collector those facts can be problematic, but for someone looking for a driver, they may be minor.

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2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0

As the 997’s model run slowly wound down Porsche released a variety of special models that showcased both its history and also its engineering and racing prowess. One of those cars is the car we see here: a 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0. The GT3 RS went through a constant evolution during the life of the 997, debuting with the 3.6 liter flat-six found in the standard Carrera and GT3, then enlarged to 3.8 liters with modified suspension, and finally the 4.0 liter 500 hp flat-six of the car we see here that featured further modifications to the body and suspension in an effort to reduce weight and improve overall performance. Needless to say, these were serious cars designed to showcase the limits Porsche could push the 997 chassis, without being a full-on race car. Only 600 were produced and with a price approaching $200K they weren’t cheap. But as a final send-off for the 997 the GT3 RS 4.0 was a fantastic display!

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1970 Porsche 911T Coupe

Porsche is well known for its long and storied road-racing history. That history defines the marque and in many ways serves as its guide. But there is a portion of their racing history that also includes forays into rally racing, most notably their entry in the Paris-Dakar Rally with the 953. While certainly a small part of their overall racing heritage, rallying provided another means for Porsche to display its racing prowess during the manufacturer’s early days, even if road racing ultimately would remain its primary venue. The car we have featured here found inspiration in some of those early rally cars: a 1970 Porsche 911T Coupe with a few exterior modifications to give it a distinctive, rally-esque, look.

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