1997 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

Certain cars have the ability to attract our attention more than others with a presentation that invites us to explore them more fully. In some cases those cars end up being fairly standard while others possess extra details that make them more interesting, more appealing, or both. Such is the case with the car featured here: a Glacier White 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in Illinois. Generally, I am not a huge fan of white cars, but the lines of the 993 seem to work very well with that color and we don’t see a lot of them. Added to that are some interesting options – sunroof delete, sport suspension, limited-slip, aero kit (which I know is very love/hate) – that take this from your everyday 993 to a 993 that stands apart both in appearance and in performance. Cars like these will never appeal to everyone, but it’s still nice to come across factory-optioned variants of what were already great cars.

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1966 Porsche 911 Sunroof Coupe

The 911, for good reason, has developed a reputation as a difficult car to drive. Much of this has to do with the rear-engine layout and subsequent dynamic imbalances from the resulting rearward weight distribution. In its early years, these effects were actually more pronounced due to the 911’s shorter wheelbase. A shorter wheel base produces greater agility and provides for easier right-to-left transitions, but in a car with its weight shifted towards the rear those nimble qualities can quickly get out of hand. For the 1969 model year Porsche sought to improve the 911’s overall stability by lengthening the wheelbase, making the short wheelbase cars somewhat of a historical footnote. The car we have featured here comes from those first few years of 911 production: a long-time garaged 1966 Porsche 911 Sunroof Coupe with a mere 14,620 miles on it, located in Oregon. It doesn’t wear its original shade of Light Ivory paint, but still looks very sharp here in Red.

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1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S

If yesterday’s low-mileage and high-dollar 993 Turbo was out of your price bracket or simply not the sort of Porsche that you are in the market for, then perhaps the car featured here will be more appropriate. An Ocean Blue 1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S with Cashmere leather interior, located in New York. With its wider rear and stiffer suspension the C2S delivers nearly perfect contours to go along with 282 hp driving the rear wheels. While not as effortlessly powerful as the Turbo, the C2S still provides its owners plenty of power and, outside of the unobtainable Carrera RS, represented the best of the naturally-aspirated road-going 993s.

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1996 Porsche 911 Turbo

Now and then we come across cars that seem destined to set the market for the value of a particular car and we may be looking at just that scenario with the car featured here. This one-owner Midnight Blue 1996 Porsche 911 Turbo, located in Florida, with Grey/Midnight Blue leather interior has a mere 3,800 miles on the clock. The 993 in general has been a beloved car since introduction and that rings even more true for the 993 Turbo. Twin-turbocharged, 6-speed manual, perfect lines, the first 911 Turbo to utilize Porsche’s all-wheel-drive system and the last of the air-cooled Turbos, these had it all. To top it off, the value of these cars has been on an ever-increasing ascension that hardly seems like it will slow down anytime soon.

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1984 Porsche 911 Carrera – M491

The Porsche 930 is a favorite of ours here at GCFSB. It helped to shape and define the legacy of the 911 during a time when the future of the model was uncertain. Unfortunately, while it was produced from 1975-1989, there was a period in which it was unavailable in the US. From 1980 until its reintroduction in 1986, the 930 was absent from the US lineup and buyers only had the standard 3.2 Carrera as an option. In 1984, however, Porsche made available the M491 option package. The M491 package was a wide-body 3.2 Carrera with suspension and braking sourced from the 930, but it retained the naturally aspirated 3.2 liter flat-six of the standard 911. So, less powerful than a 930, but with improved cornering and braking relative to a 3.2 Carrera, along with the added benefit of being less of a potential maintenance headache. Typically very well regarded and we don’t come across them too often, but we have one here: a Black on Black 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera with the M491 package, located in Ohio.

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1965 Porsche 356C Coupe

The Porsche 356 entered its final year of production just as the Porsche 911 was becoming known to the world and in their respective designs we can see the ways in which Porsche evolved one car so as to transition to the other. Today, many of the rarer 356 variants fetch prices at auction well into six-figure territory, but even a standard Coupe is prized amongst Porsche and vintage-automobile enthusiasts alike. The car we have featured here comes from the final year of 356 production: a Black on Black 1965 Porsche 356C Coupe that has spent its entire life in the easy climate of California.

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2003 Porsche 911 GT2

While the 911 Turbo doesn’t garner many complaints, there is one that does come up: since the 993 it has only been available with all-wheel drive. Some feel that all-wheel drive lacks the purity of rear-wheel drive and for others it is simply a matter of the additional weight brought on by all-wheel drive. Thankfully, Porsche provided a solution: the GT2. The formula for the GT2 was somewhat simple: more power, less weight. Shedding the all-wheel-drive system in favor of rear-wheel drive took care of much of the weight savings, while also providing a dynamic balance that more closely resembled the ferocity of the earlier 911 Turbos. Improved suspension, chassis, and braking provided the necessary means to keep the car in line and in the end buyers had the ultimate 911. With the introduction of the GT3 for 996, the GT2 was no longer the center of Porsche’s homologation efforts, but it nonetheless remained a track-focused variant of the 911 Turbo. Which brings us to the car featured here: a Black 2003 Porsche 911 GT2, located in Texas. With more than 26K miles, the mileage isn’t low for a car like this, but it’s hardly a high mileage vehicle either.

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1993 Porsche 928 GTS Coupe

It has been nearly 40 years since Porsche first brought the 928 into the world and almost 20 years since the last one rolled off the line. It began life with a 4.5 liter V8 producing 219 hp and saw gradual increases in displacement and power before finally reaching the 5.4 liter 345 hp producing V8 of the 928 GTS. Cosmetically, the 928 saw a similar level of gradual evolution retaining the same basic design and appearance, but in a more refined package. From inception to final production these were what a proper GT should be: a car combining luxury and comfort with performance that was effortless yet unstrained. The example we have featured here is a paint-to-sample Silver 1993 Porsche 928 GTS Coupe with 5-speed manual transmission, located in California. This particular 928 also holds a place in Porsche media history, which should provide its owner with a nice bit of trivia.

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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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