2001 BMW M Roadster

The roadster formula is fairly straightforward: take a small 2-seater, strip away most of the unnecessary items, add an engine, and go. In many cases these were minimalist sports cars designed to keep their drivers as closely connected to every sensation of driving as possible and most made do with smaller engines, relying upon the car’s light weight to enable capable acceleration. Some, however, went a different route retaining the light weight chassis but strapping in a larger, more powerful, motor. The AC Cobra desired by Carroll Shelby was one of the first and most notable examples and ever since enthusiasts have clamored for cars that continue in the tradition of the small car with a powerful engine. The car featured here follows that lead: a Steel Gray Metallic 2001 BMW M Roadster located in Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC. With reasonably low miles and the highly desirable S54 engine this particular Roadster is sure to offer plenty of spirited top-down motoring with a healthy dose of horsepower.

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1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

We’ve seen the ways in which a rare exterior color can influence the market for a classic 911 and though we don’t across this as often we do see similar circumstances with a rare interior color. In many ways, that makes sense because as the owner it is the interior that is most apparent and provides us as drivers with our interface with the car. An interesting interior serves to inspire the feelings created within us on any drive, but a boring interior can make even some exciting cars feel more pedestrian. This all brings us to the car featured here: a Guards Red 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa with just over 34K miles on the clock and a really nice Linen leather interior.

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1979 Porsche 911 Turbo

Amidst all of the wild excess of the Slantnose, which we’ve featured extensively of late, remains the heart of the beast: the Porsche 930. No matter how often we profile much more rare variants the original car invariably draws us back and we remember why many of those variants sprouted up in the first place. The 930 was a great car that combined style and performance and while the standard car is not as wild looking as the Slantnose it’s not exactly a Beige Camry either. The widened rear arches and that massive spoiler will stand out at any car show and the dynamic capabilities of the car still require a diligent driver. The particular example featured here is a RoW 1979 Porsche 911 Turbo located in Indiana with 51,561 miles.

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1973 Porsche 911E

I’m not going to belabor the point on this one, but rather simply would like to bring this auction to the attention of anyone who might be interested. Here we have an Ivory 1973 Porsche 911E Coupe with Green leather interior on auction with no reserve, which is something we rarely see with long-hood 911s these days. The provided pictures tell us little, but the seller claims to have more detailed photos that can be made available to prospective buyers. The car isn’t completely original as the engine has been built to 2.7 liter specifications and it’s had RS flares added, but otherwise the condition is reportedly good and it’s surely quite fun to drive.

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2010 Porsche 911 GT3

For 911 buyers who want extra power, but without going the route of forced induction, the 911 GT3 (and its sibling the GT3 RS) makes for a fantastic alternative. Always considered more track-focused than the 911 Turbo, the GT3, through a combination of added lightness and added power, attempts to extract every ounce of ability from the 911’s already excellent chassis without going for a full track-focused setup. Performance with civility. While the GT3 only first debuted in 1999 as part of the 996 lineup, Porsche has long offered variants of this sort and they are consistently excellent and as equally revered. The car we have featured here is a Guards Red 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 located in San Francisco, which delivers its 435 hp to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission.

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1961 Porsche 356B Roadster

When it comes to open-top motoring, it can be very difficult to beat a vintage sports car. Driving any convertible already brings you closer to the pure feel of driving: the wind, the noise, the immediacy of everything around you. When a vintage car is your chosen vehicle for such an excursion then that sense of immediacy becomes all the more palpable. Porsche’s paradigmatic expression of such a car came in the guise of the 356 Speedster, which remains one of the most valuable and coveted of the marque’s many cars. Production of the Speedster ceased in 1958, to be replaced by the Convertible D model and eventually the 356 Roadster. While mechanically similar to the Speedster, the Roadster featured wind-up windows, a slightly taller windscreen, and cushier bucket seats. Basically, a more comfortable version of the Speedster. Still, the essence of the car was retained and these remain highly sought after versions of the 356. The example featured here is a Silver 1961 Porsche 356B Roadster with Red interior located in Texas.

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1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

As those of us in the Midwest and the East Coast slowly begin to extract ourselves from this abysmal winter, a car with an open top becomes mighty appealing. But since Spring is sometimes not warm enough for full open-top cruising then something like a Targa might be more appropriate. As Porsche recently has returned the Targa to its original form I do wonder what effect that might have on the market for earlier targa cars. This Velvet Red Metallic 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa takes us back to that original Targa design and features a 3.2 liter flat-six mated to the G50 5-speed transmission.

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1997 Porsche 911 Carrera

The 993 is for many a favorite. Stylistically, it shows the culmination of 30 years of subtle changes and tweaks, because while it no longer wore the classic 911 body it undeniably clung to those roots. The proportions were just right, the weight remained reasonably low and the engine provided the unmistakable clatter that could only be produced by an air-cooled engine. As the last of the air-cooled 911s, the 993 is an icon of an icon. The car featured here is a Black on Black 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in Oregon, with 6-speed manual transmission and a light 30,300 miles.

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1994 Porsche 911 Turbo S Flatnose

Upon initial release of the 964 Turbo, Porsche had yet to fully develop a turbocharged version of the 964’s standard 3.6 liter flat-six and thus chose to retain the 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-six from the 930. By 1993, however, a turbocharged 3.6 liter flat-six was ready. With 360 hp being delivered to the rear wheels, these cars provided effortless acceleration and spine-tingling excitement packaged in a neat and beautiful design. But what if some buyers might want a little bit more? Enter the 3.6 Turbo S: a 385 hp rear-wheel-drive monster and one of the most sought after 911s in Porsche’s storied history. Less than 100 examples of the 3.6 Turbo S were produced through the Porsche Exclusive program and buyers had the choice of the standard wide-body Turbo design or they could choose a 968-derived Flatnose. The Slantnose was a popular option on the 930 throughout much of the ’80s and we come across them fairly frequently. The 3.6 Turbo S is another beast entirely. Few exist and they rarely come up for sale, but here we have one. A stunning Guards Red 1994 Porsche 911 3.6 Turbo S Flatnose with Champagne leather interior, located in Cleveland, that has seen a very reasonable 36,300 miles.

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1991 Porsche 911 Turbo

Given the longevity of the classic 911 it seems somewhat odd how quickly both the 964 and also the 993 departed from the scene. The combined life span of the two models failed even to reach a decade. For the 964 especially, that relatively short time on the market has seemed to hold down prices as buyers clamor to own the last of the air-cooled 911s, the 993. The 964 Turbo, however, holds its own stake in the “last of the breed” marketplace, being the last rear-wheel-drive 911 Turbo produced (excluding, of course, the ultra-rare GT2). First released in 1990, the 964 retained the 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-six of the 930, but with power output raised to 315 hp and delivered to the rear wheels via a 5-speed manual transmission. The car featured here is an Amazon Green Metallic 1991 Porsche 911 Turbo, located in Colorado, that has seen just north of 80K miles.

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