1973 Porsche 914 2.0L

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

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

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

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

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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1961 Porsche 356B Super 90 Coupe

1961 Porsche 356B Super 90 Coupe

Vintage cars will never appeal to everyone, but for those who yearn for the styling or the relatively minimalist nature of a vintage automobile there can be no substitute. For Porsche enthusiasts that almost always means finding a 356. One of the aspects I appreciate most about the 356 is the way in which it provides such a clear lineage to the 911 that we see today. The basic shape and underlying architecture of the 911 can be seen even in these cars produced more than 50 years ago and that is a rare trait amongst vintage cars. For the most thorough display of those design elements prospective buyers need look no further than a 356 Coupe like the one seen here. A fully-restored 1961 Porsche 356B Super 90 Coupe located in California.

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1989 Porsche 911 Speedster

1989 Porsche 911 Speedster

As the market for an air-cooled 911 continues to propel itself along the number of rare 1980’s variants we see coming up for sale appears to be increasing as well. Recently, we’ve seen a fairly large number of Slantnose 930s for sale and while there have been fewer we have also come across a number of Speedsters. There is a certain irony to all of this given that in most regards the 911SC and 3.2 Carrera of the ’80s represent some of the best values in the 911 line. The Slantnose and the Speedster, however, do not as most will easily sell for six figures. Here we have a Guards Red 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster with Black interior located in New York.

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2001 BMW M Roadster

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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