1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

I have a couple of 3.2 Carreras to feature today, both of which are interesting in their own way and in very good condition. The bidding for each also happens to be at nearly the same price, though I expect we will see that change as each auction moves toward its conclusion. First will be this really pretty and rare Venetian Blue over Linen 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa, located in Iowa, with only 25,700 miles on it. For the most part, the 3.2 Carrera has avoided what can best be termed “insanity pricing,” i.e asking prices that are way above market. Typically, we see this phenomenon with the 993, especially the Turbo, but also with a few other rare models (there’s someone trying to sell a 911 Speedster for more than $800K, if anyone’s interested). This Carrera is beginning to step into that territory, though it isn’t quite there. We certainly cannot begrudge sellers too much for hoping to capitalize on an escalating market, especially with very low-mileage examples, but there does come a point where buyers who may have had interest will begin to look elsewhere. Still this is a fantastic looking Carrera Targa and one that I am sure will garner significant interest.

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2000 BMW M Roadster

I’ll just come right out with it: I really don’t like the styling of the Z3. Never have and presumably at this point never will. And it isn’t even something specific, but rather the entire package. So, back in the late ’90s, when BMW announced they would be releasing the Z3-based M Roadster and M Coupe I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect nor whether I’d like it. I did. The M Coupe is a wonderful design in its own ridiculous looking way and the M Roadster seems to fix whatever styling problems I had with the Z3. It’s funny how more power and a better suspension can work its magic, right? They are still peculiar looking cars with odd proportions, but those curvier and more muscular looking lines fill out the body nicely and bring the entire package together. Some designs were just meant to be pushed to their extreme and the Z3 clearly seems like one of those. With better styling also comes better performance and even the early models with their lower-power S52 engine still pack a nice punch. This striking example is a Dakar Yellow 2000 BMW M Roadster, located in California, with just 20,446 miles on it.

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1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa Commemorative Edition

To celebrate the production of the 250,000th 911, Porsche, as they are wont to do, released a special edition 3.2 Carrera to commemorate this milestone. Appropriately these were referred to as the Commemorative Edition (also sometimes referred to as the Jubilee Edition). Produced for the 1988 model year, the Commemorative Edition 911 featured special interior and exterior paint and leather in the form of a Diamond Blue Metallic exterior and Silver Blue Metallic interior. The standard Fuchs were painted to match the exterior color and buyers also got Ferry Porsche’s named in script on the headrests. In most other regards these were similar to other Carreras of the period, but for those with a particular fondness for these colors the Commemorative Edition at least allowed those 911s to be slightly distinguished from the rest. The example we see here is a 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa Commemorative Edition, located in California, with around 118,000 miles on it.

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2015 Porsche 911 Targa 4S

I don’t feature very many modern 911s and especially not the 991. On those occasions when I have written about them those cars tended to fall into one of two categories: either a motorsport special like the GT2/GT3/GT3RS or the 996TT, which we write about fairly frequently due to the massive amount of performance value those machines possess. Given the high number of newer 911s we come across to feature one of the standard cars requires that it possess a variety of attributes to help it stand out. I think this one does just that. First, I’m just happy this model even exists because it is a Targa and I am fan of the Targa in general. That said, I am a fan of the original design, which Porsche went away from beginning with the 993 and it is only with the 991 that the design has been returned to its original form. Second, this Targa has both the 7-speed manual transmission and also the S Powerkit, raising power from 400hp to 430hp. Last, it was finished with a nice combination of options and a color scheme that set it apart. What we end up with is this: a Dark Blue Metallic 2015 Porsche 911 Targa 4S, located in Houston, with contrasting Black and Garnet Red interior, 7-speed manual transmission, and the Carrera S Powerkit all with just 1,574 miles on it.

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2005 Porsche Carrera GT

We rarely feature the Carrera GT here at GCFSB since generally speaking cars like this exist beyond the purview of our site. Even in the world of high-dollar air-cooled 911s the Carrera GT is somewhat of a different breed. A quick perusal of our archives reveals that we’ve only featured one previous example and that was nearly three years ago. So why not take a look once again? Here we have a GT Silver Metallic 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, located in Missouri, with Dark Grey leather interior and 1,765 miles on it. As an all new model, the Carrera GT clearly stood apart from the rest of the Porsche portfolio, but it drew upon enough cues that any knowledgeable observer immediately would know from which brand it had come. Its 5.7 liter V10 mounted amidship produces the greatest sound of any car I’ve encountered on the road. It doesn’t thunder, it doesn’t roar, rather it shrieks and the speed with which the revs climb adds to the ferocity of that engine note. The design is both elegant and purposeful and to my eye has aged quite well over its first decade of existence. The Carrera GT remains a rarely seen beauty though one whose impact has hardly waned with the passage of time.

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1977 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera – REVISIT

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The beautiful Ice Green Metallic 1977 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera we featured in early June is back up for sale, this time rather than a reserve auction it comes simply with a Buy It Now price of $119,500. Given the need for an engine rebuild that’s a tough ask, but cloaked in one of the absolute best colors from its period there’s definitely potential here.

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1968 Porsche 911T Coupe

Here we have a Bahama Yellow 1968 Porsche 911T Coupe, located in New York, with 92,401 miles on it. I always find a 911T in an excellent color to make for an interesting auction to watch, especially when the car in question appears in good shape but isn’t a concours-quality restoration. These auctions provide us a nice sense of the current market. Added to that, we do enjoy seeing these rare colors with some patina to them, showing the effects of many years of use though also reflective of the care required to keep a car of this vintage looking sharp. As the last year of the short-wheelbase models this one also gives us a glimpse at the most advanced version of the original layout and specifications.

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1979 Porsche 930

While the comparison rarely makes sense in reality, as we continue to see prices for early 911 Turbos escalate I always wonder how often they are viewed relative to a modern Turbo, which even in their most basic form exceed $150K. A new 911 Turbo clearly will have much more power, be much more refined, more luxurious, and come with a wide array of comforts and conveniences that an older Turbo will not. Add to that the basic psychology surrounding purchasing a new versus a second-hand car and, as stated, the comparison begins to make less and less sense. We’re generally dealing with very different buyers, shopping with a very different purpose. Still, I can’t imagine there aren’t some buyers who might consider, even if only briefly, whether new or old is the best option. So, what about character? Are the many rough edges of an older Turbo, those rough edges that made these cars unique even amongst the rivals of their period and which have been largely covered over in the new Turbos, worth the potential headaches and inconveniences that will come with a high-strung vintage vehicle such as this? It is these rough edges that give many cars their personality and make clear to any driver exactly the sort of machine he or she is piloting. Of course, we can ask this of almost any car, but when a second-hand car begins to easily slip into six-figure pricing, they become a much tougher sell for those actually desiring to drive the darn things. There’s too much potential value tied to keeping these cars in the best possible condition. That tends to put us with the choice of a new Turbo, whose value will plummet but which can be driven without much of that concern, or an older Turbo which could increase in value but may have to spend its life locked away in a garage in order to insure that value.…

1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe

There is a 964 I frequently see around my neighborhood and each time I come across it I come to appreciate the design more and more. They are rarely seen cars around these parts so this is one of the few I have the opportunity to see on the road. The 964 has a presence about it that I do not feel from other 911s. The classic 911 that preceded it, and I should be clear that I love the classic 911, shows its age to a certain degree and its slightly less muscular form doesn’t captivate the senses quite as well. On the other side, the 993 almost is too elegant. When you see one it looks expensive even today. There was a point where I considered the 964 to be neither here nor there; it had moved on from the classic design, but it had not yet taken on the sleek and curvy nature of the 993. I still see the 964 as existing in that intermediate space, but I have now begun to appreciate the way in which it strikes a balance between the earlier and later designs. What once I saw as flaws, now appear as significant features. The 964 we see here, a Grey 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe located in Florida with 86,500 miles on it, reflects that sense of presence very well.

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2012 Volkswagen Golf R

Since its debut the Golf R has been a car I’ve had an awareness of and thought was pretty interesting, but I did not really give it too much more thought than that. Basically, they were too expensive. But that all changed after I featured one back in May and now as I come across them on the second-hand market they draw my attention much more fervently and I even wonder whether, when the time comes, this may be the car to look for when replacing my wife’s car. At nearly $40K when new the Golf R can be a tough sell. Even though you get 256 hp and all-wheel drive there are a lot of options at $40k and just about any hatchback, especially if it’s the 2-door model, is going to be looked at with a wayward eye. The entire equation changes once these hit the second-hand market as depreciation does a number on them quite quickly and with $10K lopped off the sticker price the Golf R becomes a significantly more attractive option. Here we have a 4-door model, a Black on Black 2012 Volkswagen Golf R, located in Pennsylvania, with 6-speed manual transmission and 10,200 miles on it.

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