1989 Porsche 930 Coupe

Through the Porsche 930’s nearly fifteen years of production it saw a number of incremental changes but few with enough significance that we separate out those years from the rest. However, there were two such events. First there was the move from the original 3.0 liter turbocharged flat-six to the 3.3 liter flat-six that would power the 911 Turbo even through much of the 964’s life, a span of around fifteen years itself. That increase in displacement also brought with it the introduction of an air-to-air intercooler and revised rear spoiler. The second major change was the utilization of a 5-speed manual transmission made available only in 1989, the final model year of 930 production. While 911 Turbo values in general have continued to climb, it is the cars that exist on either side of these boundaries that command the most attention and, thus, the most money. Here our focus is on that final model year equipped with the 5-speed manual. For many this is the 930 to have not just because of the more stout transmission and extra gearing, but it is the most refined of the breed benefiting from numerous years of upgrades to enhance its drivability. Also, it is the last Turbo surrounded by the classic 911 design as the 964 would debut later that same year with all-new styling. The example here is a Forest Green Metallic 1989 Porsche 930 Coupe, located in Montreal, with 38,094 miles on it.

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1993 Porsche 911 RS America – REVISIT

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We’ve featured this 1993 Porsche 911 RS America a couple of times and it remains the highest mileage example we’ve come across. It has seemingly been for sale forever. Why feature it again? Because in every instance I can recall it has been listed only with a Buy It Now price, at which it failed to sell, and here it FINALLY has been listed as a reserve auction. It’s possible, in fact likely, that the reserve here is similar to its usual BIN price, but the market has made clear that this isn’t an $80K 911. With this reserve auction I hope we can get a sense of where the market values this car. There’s plenty of time remaining and for now bidding sits at $32,655. So, where will bidding end?

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1968 Porsche 912 Soft-window Targa

Porsche’s soft-window Targa is one of those engineering feats that is a mix of the sublime and the ridiculous. It is a brilliant solution to a problem that never really arose, but with its removable rear window and fixed roll hoop it looks…strange. I think Porsche’s engineers realized this as the design only existed for three model years, and during production of the Soft-window Targa a fixed hard window was an available option. Even so, with safety standards failing to render the convertible obsolete it would still take 15 years before Porsche actually produced a Cabriolet version of the 911 so in that regard the Soft-window Targa seems well ahead of its time. There is definitely a lot going on with these. Design aesthetics aside, its short production run for either the 911 or 912 makes the Soft-window Targa a rare and interesting commodity among vintage Porsches and one that surely attracts plenty of questions and gazes within any collection. They are a part of Porsche history and as such always warrant considerable attention. The example we have here is a Light Ivory 1968 Porsche 912 Soft-window Targa located in Ohio.

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1989 Porsche 911 Speedster

One of the aspects I enjoy most about writing about cars is coming across those I’ve never seen before, especially when it’s a model that I otherwise come across quite frequently. Enter the Porsche 911 Speedster. We’ve featured many examples of the 911 Speedster, and we come across many more, but they broadly fall into the same class. They are low mileage, appear in excellent condition, and either Guards Red, Black, or Grand Prix White. For all intents and purposes they are excellent cars with a great deal of value on the current market. But after awhile they all blend together. So when we happened to come across this Baltic Blue 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster with Silk Grey interior I was delighted to see an example I had never seen before. The 911 Speedster has been a collectible from the moment it was released so examples appearing in one of the more rare colors or options will attract significant notice.

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2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0

Any ultimate 911 will be highly coveted. But when that ultimate 911 was never expected to be produced and happens to be a version that followed upon multiple variants of the model, then we really begin to step into rarefied air. For its homologation purposes Porsche released its first GT3 RS as part of the 996 model line. Those cars were never available in the US market so when it was announced that the 997 GT3 RS would make it to our shores, there was much rejoicing. But Porsche was restless and the 997 GT3 RS would see not one, not two, but three separate versions showcasing increasing displacement and further lightening. These began life with a 415 hp 3.6 liter flat-six, which two years later was replaced with a 3.8 liter flat-six producing 450 hp. It was assumed that would be the end and yet very late in the 997’s model life whispers began about one more version: a 4.0 liter flat-six pushing 500 hp. The numbers seem impossible. 500 hp from a relatively small package all directed to the rear wheels and all without the benefit of forced induction. This is truly engineering excellence.

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1997 Porsche 911 Carrera 2S

Narrow body versus wide body. Porsche has been pretty good about making both available, especially on their modern cars now that the popularity of each has been well established. The narrow body evokes agility and lightness while the wide body commands respect and hints at the prodigious power and ability of the machine. First found on racing 911s and then made commonplace by the 911 Turbo the wider rear of those cars was more of a necessity manifested by the nature of a high-power rear-engine rear-drive car. With time it became available on non-turbocharged 911s as part of the Turbo-look package before finally becoming a staple of certain models in general. For me the wide-body reached its peak beauty with the 993. That doesn’t mean it’s my favorite, but I do find these to be the best looking of any wide-body Carrera I’ve come across. First available under the guise of the Carrera 4S, that wider curvier rear fills out the 993’s shape and brings perfection to the design. For the final two model years Porsche then made available the Carrera 2S, giving buyers the option of that wider body but while retaining the standard rear-drive layout. Produced in relatively small numbers they’ve proven quite popular on the second-hand market and look sure to continue that success over the coming years. The example we see here is an Ocean Blue Metallic 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera 2S, located in Quebec, with 17,983 miles on it.

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1974 Porsche 911S Targa

Even though I’m very familiar with it I still find it somewhat jarring to look at the market for a 1974 Porsche 911S versus a 1973 911S. The reasons are all fairly clear: the new design with impact bumpers remains less appealing to many collectors and the engine suffers from too many restrictions necessary to meet the more stringent emissions requirements of the day. With time I can’t help but wonder how much that gap will close. A recent article on the 911 market has suggested that as collectors become increasingly likely to have been born after the introduction of the impact bumpers then the first issue will become less of a hurdle for these cars to overcome and we could then see those values rise. Obviously, that may never be borne out and the engine will always be what it is. But we do frequently hear from owners of the mid-year 911 that when maintained properly they can make for excellent machines just as any 911 does. And at the moment some of them can come at quite a discount. The example we see here is a Bitter Chocolate 1974 Porsche 911S Targa, located in Sacramento, with 146,604 miles on it and on offer with no reserve.

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1995 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet

This car doesn’t exist. Or I should say, this model doesn’t exist, since the car clearly does. Porsche never officially produced a 911 Turbo Cabriolet for either the 964 or the 993 models and while such minor inconveniences as non-existence rarely dissuade certain well-heeled Porsche enthusiasts from asking the factory to make one anyway, this car has not come about through those means. Rather this one came about through many hours of labor and a thorough dip into the Porsche parts bin by an owner who simply wanted to improve his 911. Earlier this week Carter presented another take on how someone might arrive at a 993 Turbo Cabriolet and while that car’s development appears to have been somewhat, shall we say, unfocused, this build seems well thought out and carried out with a good deal of care. For starters, it began life as a 1995 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet, which makes for much better starting material than a 1977 911S Targa. Add in a 993 Turbo engine, widened rear bodywork, upgraded suspension, Turbo brakes, wheels, and sport seats and you have something fairly comparable to how we’d have expected a 993 Turbo Cabriolet to look and perform had Porsche chosen to produce one. With more than 124K miles on the clock this isn’t a garage queen only shown at special events, but rather an enthusiast’s dream made reality that is frequently enjoyed.

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1968 Porsche 912

Red Porsches have become fairly ubiquitous on the second-hand market due primarily to their popularity in the ’80s and, to a lesser extent, the ’90s, but that popularity has not always been the case. And judging by their lack of prevalence among newer models, we may see their presence gradually wane over time. Among the earliest models they remain somewhat rare, yet they can be incredibly striking. Such is the case with the car here, a Polo Red 1968 Porsche 912, located in Indiana, with a reported 88,800 miles on it. I remain a huge fan of the 912 in general. These were the simpler, 4-cylinder, entry-level counterparts to the 911 that eventually were phased out when Porsche introduced the 911T as its lowest-cost offering. For a long time now the 912 has made for an excellent alternative to the 911 for those seeking a vintage driver for lower cost, but who still desired that 911 shape. That said, as prices for good models increase they do become a more difficult proposition. We’re still at a point where the best examples of the 912 only begin to reach the prices of a decent 911T, so we are not yet dealing with equal levels of condition, but given more time we may see an increased convergence of the market for these two entry-level Porsches.

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1979 Porsche 911SC Targa

Ah, the Porsche 911SC Targa, the car my father owned when I was a kid and my first experience in a Porsche of any type. Those early experiences have made these a long-time favorite of mine even if other models now capture my attention more or elicit greater excitement. But for that basic 911 experience this is still the model to which I frequently return and I always enjoy coming across interesting examples. The one we see here fits that bill well: a Petrol Blue Metallic 1979 Porsche 911SC Targa, located in Alabama, with 65,095 miles on it. My own first car, though not a Porsche, was of a similar color to this Targa and it’s always been a part of the color spectrum I’ve enjoyed. As a metallic shade these colors show particularly well under direct light and I think the images here bear that out. With pretty low mileage for its age this looks to be an excellent 911SC and one that should turn some heads any time it finds its way onto the streets.

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