1971 Porsche 911E

During various periods, and especially with the modern cars, Porsche has offered two basic trim levels of the 911: the base and the S. There were then a wide variety of ways to configure each trim level, but that was the standard starting point. For a couple of years early on, however, there was one additional trim level – the E. First introduced in 1969, the E occupied a middle spot in the lineup between the entry-level Touring and the top of the range Super, offering both improved performance through its mechanically fuel-injected engine and improved ride quality through upgraded suspension and interior trim. Essentially, the E was the luxury model, while the S was the sport model. But after 1973 the 911E was no more. Values for these models on the current market tend to follow their position in the lineup with the E showing much better value than the T, though both lag well behind the highly sought after S. The car featured here is a Light Ivory 1971 Porsche 911E Coupe, located in New York, with 83,479 miles.

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1968 Porsche 912 Coupe

For a brief period, the Porsche 912 enjoyed quite a bit of success. Released in 1965 and serving as Porsche’s entry-level model the 912 was essentially a 911 with a more basic drivetrain. With its inherently better balance relative to its more advanced sibling, the 912 sold very well upon initially being made available before Porsche decided it would be discontinued so as to make way for the mid-engined 914. Other than a brief reappearance in 1976, the 912 only enjoyed a 5 year model run from 1965 to 1969 and, like many entry-level vehicles nearly 50 years later, they remain relatively rare, especially with low mileage. The car featured here, a 1968 Porsche 912 Coupe, located in Florida, is enshrouded in questions, but with only 12,000 miles and on offer for no reserve it could end up as quite an interesting buy.

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1998 Porsche Boxster

With the revival of the roadster in the early 1990’s Porsche decided it was finally time to introduce a new model, something the marque had not done since the ’70s. Rather than design another GT to replace the outgoing 928 and 968, Porsche went with a mid-engined entry-level roadster that would appeal to a wider demographic than the more hard-edged 911. With a 2.5 liter flat-6 and 5-speed manual directing their energies to the rear wheels the Boxster was generally very well received and sold like mad. While admittedly the early Boxster was a bit soft and a bit slow, flaws Porsche would correct a few years later with the Boxster S, it still served its basic purpose of broadening the Porsche audience. The car featured here comes from the first generation: an Arctic Silver 1998 Porsche Boxster, located in Florida, with 56,950 miles.

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1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

A cabriolet parked next to the ocean. If you were trying to sell a Baltic Blue 911 Cabriolet, you could certainly come up with a worse place to photograph it. Idyllic settings are what make open-top motoring so appealing. With the top down even a hot summer day feels a lot cooler as you watch the scenery rush by and enjoy the ocean air. This Baltic Blue 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located in Tampa, Florida, comes in with 63,621 miles. While the 3.2 Carrera is no longer the bargain it once was, many of the examples outside of the rare 20K-mileage-and-less range have yet to appreciate to quite the same degree. However, those days are surely numbered so anyone who had hopes of owning one of the last classic 911s will need to act soon.

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Double Take: 1993 Porsche 911 RS America – Collector or Racer?

The RS America is another example of a car Porsche produced as a means of satisfying enthusiast desires for production cars that were unavailable on the US market. In this case, the highly sought after car was the 964 Carrera RS, a completely revised, track-focused, version of the standard Carrera 2 that was both lighter and also more powerful than its production brethren. The RS America was never intended to fully mirror the Carrera RS in its extreme nature, but rather sought a less aggressive but nonetheless still enthusiast-oriented package featuring a stripped interior, sport suspension, and much fewer options. Today, their rarity makes them prized commodities on the 964 market as the two listings below should make clear. Here we have two examples of a Guards Red 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RS America that fall in fairly different parts of the market. One is a higher mileage RSA that has seen some track time, while the other is a pristine, low-mileage example, with a stratospheric asking price. We’ll begin with the tracked car.

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1986 Porsche 911 Carrera – M491

To provide some satisfaction to its customers who hoped to own a 911 Turbo during the years when the Turbo was not for sale on the US market, Porsche offered the M491 package. Sometimes called the “Turbo-look” 911 these cars were essentially a 930 minus the forced induction. While that’s no small difference, it did mean that prospective buyers had the option of buying a standard 3.2 Carrera with the upgraded braking and suspension of the Turbo, along with its wider rear and tea-tray spoiler. Derided by some, over time the M491-package 911 has become a hot commodity amongst many enthusiasts for its greater dynamic capabilities, paired with the lowered maintenance concerns and running costs of the naturally aspirated engine. The example here is a modified M491-packaged 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera that perhaps has hoped to make up some of the performance differences brought on by the lack of the 930’s engine.

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1985 Porsche 930

There is something mighty sinister about an all-black 911 Turbo under any guise, but especially a black 930. It was already a very aggressive car from the start and with the darkness smoothing out those curves to go along with the black Fuchs and massive tail a black 930 takes on the appearance of something quite menacing. I guess it’s what Darth Vader would drive. That the engine provides for a similar level of menace simply completes the package. The car featured here is a Euro 1985 Porsche 930, located in Florida, with only 37,000 miles on the clock. That this is an imported European 930 doesn’t really mean much in terms of performance, but since the 930 wasn’t available in the US market in 1985 then importation would be the only way to get one to these shores.

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1968 Porsche 911 Sunroof Coupe

Time for something a little different. With the air-cooled market appreciating the way it has, we’ve seen numerous lower mileage and original 911s come up for auction and it’s been great to get a sense of the variety of well-maintained cars still out there. Here we have something that goes in a very different direction, but is still fantastic in its own right. This car began its life as a Sand Beige 1968 Porsche 911 Sunroof Coupe. Its transformation has included a respray in Slate Gray and it has been fitted with 911R lighting in the rear and rally lighting in the front. The exterior is completed with a set of fantastic Mini Lite wheels. Underneath the metal lies a 3.0 liter CIS engine, adjustable suspension, and a lightened interior fitted with a roll-bar and sport seats. The car was built in the vein of the hot-rod R Gruppe Porsches and while 911s like these will never appeal to everyone, it’s still great to see the sorts of interesting modified 911s that have been built over the years.

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1985 Porsche 911 Carrera

Value buys for a 3.2 Carrera are becoming harder and harder to come by and for those who have long harbored a desire to get into one of these cars for the first time certain compromises may need to be made. The 3.2 Carrera was produced from 1984-1989 and as a general rule earlier is better for those looking to save some money. There is typically a distinct difference between prices for the last three years of production versus the first three years as it was 1987 that the G50 5-speed transmission was first utilized in these cars. That said, there are still plenty of good cars available and if they are mechanically sound at purchase, then they can easily provide many years of additional driving pleasure. Such should be the case with this 97K mile 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera, located in Pennsylvania, which comes in the unique combination of blue on blue.

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1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Cabriolet

It happens every time. I’m struck by a particular car and, in this case, made a point about how I almost never came across a Guards Red 964 and how much I enjoyed that color on that car. Lo and behold within a couple of days I come across another Guards Red 964. The universe is funny. But I digress, here we have a beautiful Guards Red 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Cabriolet, located in California, with Cashmere leather interior and 45,579 miles on it. The 964 has quickly become an excellent value amongst 911s, not so much because prices for one have fallen, but rather that the market for a 964 hasn’t escalated at quite the same degree as a 3.2 Carrera or even 911SC. At least not yet. So, as we enter the warmer months, what better way to enjoy a weekend of motoring than at the wheel of a fantastic drop-top 911.

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