1997 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

Not everyone likes a flashy car, but I think even those of us who prefer to enjoy our winding roads in less noticeable fashion can still appreciate the vibrancy created by a sports car draped in a pastel color. And perhaps it is precisely that flash that explains why this Blue Turquoise 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet only has 9,471 miles on it. Either way Porsche has consistently made a habit of making its cars available in these sorts of colors and they will always attract a good deal of notice, both on the streets and at cars & coffee as well as on the second-hand market. For second-hand cars the issue as always is just how much is such a color worth and I think this auction attempts to stretch those bounds to test their limits. I love seeing these cars come up for auction: they’re bright and interesting and easily stand apart from the myriad others on the market. They bring a splash of joy to the droves of silver, black, and white we come across so regularly.

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1977 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera – No Reserve

I present this car with a little bit of hesitation almost purely from the fact that it’s so rare to find a no reserve auction for a model whose values have shot up so tremendously over the past year and typically when one does come around there are a lot of questions we must ask. I do feel confident that this car is what it purports to be, it is simply in need of good deal of TLC. And we should be clear that purely from a dollar standpoint this won’t be a cheap buy by any means – bidding is already at $50,100 – but in a relative sense given the market for an early Turbo there may be good value to be had. Here we have a Platinum Diamond Metallic 1977 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera, located in California, with Tan interior and 53,000 miles on it.

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1979 Porsche 930

I’m always curious about incongruities and the juxtaposition of color and purpose that we find with this Moonstone 1979 Porsche 930 presents just such an interesting case study. The 911 Turbo has always been a diabolical machine full of hard edges and the ability to bite the head off of inattentive drivers who fail to respect the potent mix of turbo lag, prodigious power, and a rearward weight distribution. Meanwhile, Moonstone may be one of the softest colors I’ve seen, full of lightness and a sense of ease that would be well at home on a Beetle or a Fiat 500. Here we have a happy color on a menacing machine and it creates a contrast that is hard to describe in its intent, but which draws you in and allows the eye to linger over those hard edges. The contrast is completed with a Brown leather interior that firmly roots this 930 in its late-70s period and while the overall color palette probably wouldn’t be my choice it does stand as one of the more interesting 930s that we’ve come across.

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1973 Porsche 911T Coupe

Dalmation Blue over a Tan interior. I can’t say I have ever come across this shade of blue on the Porsche 911, but man does it look good and the contast of the interior really sets everything apart to make for a really nice looking and inviting driving environment! I always have been a fan of blue on the long-hood 911, with Gemini Blue perhaps being my favorite. But that is a metallic shade and here we get a really vibrant shade of blue that is non-metallic and it really works well. This car, a 1973 Porsche 911T Coupe, comes from near the very end of long-hood production so you get about as refined and performance-oriented a vintage 911 as you can find, or at least as performance oriented as the entry-level 911T can be found. I say it’s nearly the end because during the 1973MY Porsche switched the 911T produced for the US market from mechanical fuel injection to the Bosch continuous fuel injection that would remain the standard up to the release of the 3.2 Carrera. This 911T appears to be a MFI equipped car from that earlier half of 1973 prior to the change.

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1989 Ruf RCT Evo Conversion

For a few decades now Ruf Automobile GmbH has provided Porsche owners unsatisfied with the marque’s standard offerings the opportunity to have something that is quite a bit more special. In some cases, those builds look like entirely original designs where we might fail to recognize the original chassis upon which it was based, but most of Ruf’s work is easily identifiable and the untrained eye may not even realize these are any different from a standard Porsche. There has always been a serious sleeper factor to a Ruf build and it is that dedication to maintaining the refined nature of any Porsche that I think has made Ruf such a serious manufacturer and sustained its success. The example here, a 1989 Ruf RCT Evo, I think falls into that latter category of build that, for the most part, differs only subtly from the 911 from which it sprang. Under the exterior, however, lies a much more potent beast: 425 hp directed through a 6-speed manual transmission and delivered, in this case, only to the rear wheels makes for serious performance and an attention-holding driving experience. That’s a good 45 hp even above the 3.6 Turbo S! A Ruf build always has been a complete work enhancing each aspect of the car’s performance so, naturally, upgrades to braking and suspension are included to help keep that extra power under control. There are a few details of this RCT Evo that I would change: it doesn’t possess the interesting rear light treatment we see on some RCTs, the rain rails are still present, and Mint Green, though one of the special 964 colors, has never been my favorite. Those are minor niggles (well, other than the Mint Green exterior) and entirely aesthetic so we can rest assured the performance remains top notch.…

1982 Porsche 911SC Coupe

I want to get back to basics here with what looks to me like a very nice, well maintained, Grand Prix White 1982 Porsche 911SC Coupe with Tan interior. The ideal here is for a 911 that won’t come at too steep a price and can be thoroughly enjoyed for its classic design and earlier driving experience connecting car and driver to a winding road. That it might also maintain its value over the coming years is an added bonus, but ultimately we aren’t looking for the ideal collector car here. As with many cars of this type the mileage is on the higher end, in this case 125K, but if it has been treated to a proper service history then it should remain in good stead and in possession of plenty of continued longevity.

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1977 Porsche 911S Coupe – REVISIT

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The eye-catching Polar Blue 1977 Porsche 911S Coupe we featured last month is up for another reserve auction. Bidding last time ended at $33,100 so we’ll have to see if this time around bidding can move high enough to reach its reserve. We’ve begun to see values for these early-911s rise somewhat and with such a nice color as this 911S should garner plenty of attention.

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1988 Porsche 930 Cabriolet

I will end this week in a manner similar to how I began it: the Porsche 930. This time we’ll have our eye on a Turbo Cabriolet rather than Coupe, but like the Forest Green Metallic 930 from Monday this one also comes in a unique dark, though non-metallic, shade. The original buyer of this 930 appears to have borrowed from the Mercedes paint studio selecting Azuritblau for the exterior to go along with a dark blue interior. It seems rare to come across a shade like this that is non-metallic so for those with a strong dislike for metallic paint in general this seems like a nice opportunity. And as we begin to slip into the Fall driving season there are few betters options than a Cabriolet. Given the few model years Porsche even produced an air-cooled Turbo Cabriolet that makes this one particularly rare to come across and it’s definitely a looker. Here we have a Azuritblau 1988 Porsche 930 Cabriolet, located in Atlanta, with only 25,764 miles on it.

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1977 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Targa

I mentioned last week in my feature of a beautiful Baltic Blue Porsche 911 Speedster that one of the joys of writing about cars is coming across a car that I’m familiar with, but in a build that I have not seen. The other version of that joy comes through something akin to the car we see here, a Yellow over Black 1977 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Targa, where I am somewhat unfamiliar with the car itself. The Carrera 3.0 built from 1976-1977 (which was not available for the US market) is a car I have passing familiarity with as we come across them now and then. They are pretty rare and with values not quite as white-hot as their predecessor, the Carrera 2.7 MFI, I have a sense that collectors may be holding them for now until more notice is taken of them. The Carrera 2.7 MFI has garnered tremendous appeal of late due to its use of the 2.7 liter flat-six found in the ’73 Carrera RS. The Carrera 3.0 also utilizes the engine from a hallowed Porsche name, this time a naturally-aspirated version of the 3.0 liter from the Porsche 930, but even with 930 values accelerating rapidly upward they remain far from Carrera RS territory. As such the upward rise in Carrera 3.0 values has been slower than with the Carrera 2.7 MFI. However, it is very rare to come across a Targa from either the Carrera 2.7 MFI or 3.0 and the ad here suggests there are a few special details to further enhance this Carrera’s rarity.

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1960 Porsche 356B 1600 Super Roadster

Beauty is impossible to quantify and always difficult to rationalize. This car I find particularly beautiful. I have long enjoyed the Porsche 356 Roadster and we come across them from time to time, but there is something about this one that really grabs me. Much of this is down to the contrast of the Bali Blue exterior over the Red leather interior, a combination that I cannot recall coming across (nor was it original to this 356) but which works extremely well. The 356 Roadster was the successor to the highly sought after 356 Speedster, or to be more accurate it was the successor to the Convertible D, which was the successor to the 356 Speedster. It retains in spirit its Speedster roots, but adds a few creature comforts to help suit its purpose as a vehicle capable of everyday use though still somewhat spartan throughout. As a vintage open-top cruiser there are few cars whose style I enjoy more than the 356 Roadster and this one is an incredibly striking example of the model. Here we have a Bali Blue 1960 Porsche 356B 1600 Super Roadster with Red leather interior, located in Houston.

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