1993 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6

This one will take some sussing out. Let’s start with what seems definite: here we have a Slate Grey Metallic 1993 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 with just under 40K kilometers on it (~25K miles). It has a couple of nice options from Porsche Exclusive including a two-tone black and grey interior with sport seats and rootwood accents. While the rootwood doesn’t necessarily fit the performance character of the Turbo 3.6, this is one of the few instances where I do think it provides a nice contrast and looks pretty good. They didn’t overdo it and that is most definitely to this 911’s benefit. All around this is a gorgeous looking example and the more I come across it the more I enjoy Slate Grey (whether metallic or not) on the 964. Now for the big question: the seller, which is a pretty well regarded classic car dealer in England, has listed it as one of the very few examples of the Turbo S that Porsche produced. But is it?

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1994 Porsche 911 Speedster

In the pantheon of very striking cars this Ferrari Yellow 1994 Porsche 911 Speedster has to rank pretty high. It doesn’t have the wild looks of the Italian counterparts from which it got its color, but it is nonetheless an eye-catching machine that I doubt would go unnoticed for long on any street. Furthermore, we really don’t see many Speedsters in these sorts of colors. They tend to be much more subdued. Some may look at this Speedster and think there is good reason for those typically subdued hues, but if you’re going to go for a rare car, then why not go all the way? As a potential part of any collection this Speedster should garner a good bit of attention.

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1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Leichtbau

We naturally have a certain predilection toward rare cars here at GCFSB even if most of the cars, especially those made by Porsche, remain well beyond the means of those of us frequenting these pages. But that doesn’t make them any less cool to see. The model we see here, a 1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Lightweight, was one I did not even know existed. The ad description is long, but it does a good job of providing the genesis and details of the build for the 964 C4 Lightweight. To summarize: the interior was completely stripped of everything that wasn’t essential, race seats and roll bar were added, and the weight savings were completed with aluminum front and rear deck lids and plexiglass side windows. Altogether 770 lbs were removed from the car, making it lighter than its rear-drive brother the Carrera RS. Mechanically, these were fit with an AWD system derived from the 953 Paris-Dakar rally car with controls to adjust the differential bias front to rear and left to right. A single-plate clutch, light flywheel, and shorter gear ratio would help deliver the power, and power itself was up to 265 hp in standard form (the example we see here is said to have an uprated version of the engine producing 300 hp). The 964 C4 Lightweight was in almost every way a racer designed simply to meet the demands of some enthusiastic collectors. What is perhaps the best part: from the outside the C4 Lightweight looks like a 964 with a whale tail and lowered suspension. There’s very little to suggest everything at play here. It’s wonderful!

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1993 Porsche 911 RS America

It’s been a while since I featured a RS America so I thought it might be a decent time to take a look at one once again. As a somewhat pared down and lightened version of the standard Carrera 2, Porsche intended the RS America to fill the void in our market due to our lack of the 964 Carrera RS. It was never intended to be the full RS, but with less weight, sport suspension, and few available options they still provided a nice alternative for the 911 buyer seeking a more no-frills performance coupe. Even better, the RS America was the cheapest 911 available at the time. That fact alone means they could have made a good deal of sense at the time of their release, but on the current market the RS America tends to be a much tougher sell due to the premium attached to them. At least, for anyone other than a collector. For collectors they can make good sense. But, with the exception of the very best examples, the market for them has more or less plateaued after seeing a sharp increase more than a year ago. As some of the more rare air cooled 911s have started to again appreciate we may see the RS America do the same. The example we see here is a Black 1993 Porsche 911 RS America, located in Florida, with 64,976 miles and which came ordered with all four available options.

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1985 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe – M491

Last week I featured a couple of very high-priced Carreras and today we’ll look at another, though this time one that should be pushing demand more significantly than the other two standard cars, we’ll have to see whether it actually does. Here we have a Guards Red 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in California, with about 20K miles on it. Of import to us here: it has the M491 option package on it, typically known as the Turbo look. While garnered the Turbo-look due to its use of the wider rear of the 930, along with the whale tail, the M491 package wasn’t just for looks. It also included the braking and suspension of the Turbo to go with that wider rear. These were a 930 with a naturally aspirated 3.2 liter flat-six. For some the package still seemed a bit of a fake intended for those who simply wanted to look the part. Others, however, viewed it as a performance improvement, even if power remained unchanged, but with the lower stress and lower running costs of the reliable 3.2 liter engine. Regardless of which camp you might find yourself, the M491-equipped Carreras remain popular; for some their desirability has even increased as the more reliable nature of the engine stands out even more now that we’re 30 years down the road. With popularity comes higher prices and if the prices of last week’s Carreras are any indication an M491 model should stretch pretty high. The difficulty will come when those prices being to eclipse those for a 930. In such cases you probably wouldn’t be dealing with a similar level of car, but it would still bring about plenty of questions over which car one might prefer.

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Motorsports Monday: 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

It’s been a little while since I’ve done a Motorsports Monday post and given my propensity for writing about the 911, that’s a little strange. Porsche itself has a long and storied racing history and the 911 in particular sort of exists in a class of its own. And Porsche has provided numerous models intended for racing and to meet homologation requirements over the years, though in many cases those models never made it to our shores. It seems natural then for those interested in doing a little racing to take what they had access to and build the racer they so desired. Still, cars like the one we see here, a 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe built to be a class G club racer, are becoming exceedingly more rare as the ravages of time slowly break them down and as the air-cooled market makes it seem foolish to extensively modify any air-cooled 911 that remains in nice condition. That is especially true of the 993, but man do these look good when given a few track focused modifications. I could easily be accused of thinking the 993 is too pretty, that it’s lost some of its aggressive edge, but its racing pedigree is easily revealed and in narrow-body form the 993 combines a sense of purpose with a lithe body.

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1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 – REVISIT

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The Polar Silver 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 we featured back in October is up for sale again, this time as a reserve auction. It appears it has also moved from a private seller to a dealer, which has provided us the benefit of much better pictures than we had with the original ad and those pictures show us that this 911 appears to have been well cared for. While not high mileage this Turbo 3.6 does have a few more miles on it than most that we come across so we’ll have to see where bidding ultimately finishes.

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1979 Porsche 911SC Targa

I started this week with a couple 3.2 Carreras that were very very expensive as I wanted to get a sense what was going on with that market. Now I’m going to return to something much more reasonable and what really, by comparison, kind of seems like a no brainer if one were choosing between the car we see here and one of those Carreras. Here we have a 1979 Porsche 911SC Targa, located in California, with 127,532 miles on it. The colors are listed only as Gray over Brown, but exactly what Gray this is and whether the colors are original to the car I’m not sure. Some precision in that regard would be helpful, but overall we’re going for value here so that might be less important to some. I mean, if you like the color, then you like the color whether it’s original or not. Given what was available at the time it could be Diamond Silver Metallic (or even just Silver Metallic) though it appears to have a touch of brown in it. That may just be a trick of the locale. Regardless, it looks in very good condition inside and out and while we aren’t offered much in the description we do get a large numbers of photos to help us judge the state of this 911. The 911SC has long been a favorite of many 911 enthusiasts and can make for a great entry into the world of 911s in general.

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1988 Porsche 930 Coupe

So who wants to take a risk? Or if not a risk, then simply put in the work to understand this Porsche 930’s history. As I’ve said previously, when we encounter cars that seem undervalued then we must ask a lot of questions. That is especially so when we are dealing with cars that aren’t exactly flying under the radar and the 930 certainly fits that bill. But with an asking price of $77,950 this Black Pearl Metallic 1988 Porsche 930 Coupe definitely seems like it is on offer for a pretty reasonable price and given the sharp rise in values we’ve seen for these Turbos that price brings with it a host of concerns. But the mileage is very reasonable and it looks in very good shape. Honestly, if it wasn’t for the low price I would have few questions about this car and the color combination (more on that below) isn’t one we see very often on a 911. Perhaps I’m being too cynical and this is just a nice value?

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Frankenstein 1972 Porsche 911E Targa/911SC/3.2 Carrera – REVISIT

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The 1972 Porsche 911E with a 911SC exterior and 3.2 Carrera heart is back up for auction after failing to meet its reserve the last time around. Bidding of the original auction stopped at $27,400 and this auction already sits at $30,000 so we are slowing moving up. As some noted in the comments, this car could make for an excellent foray into the world of air-cooled 911s without having to spend an insane amount of money. And it should make for some great driving!

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The below post originally appeared on our site October 6, 2015: