1979 Porsche 911SC Coupe – less than 10,000 miles

Here we have another 911 coming from the value range of 911 models, but this 911 will be no value. This one-owner Black Metallic 1979 Porsche 911SC, located in Michigan with Saddle Tan leather interior, sits with a mere 9,158 miles on it. That makes it the lowest mileage 911SC I have come across and certainly one of the lowest mileage in existence. I’ll admit I find it quite strange that such a car would have come this far having covered so few miles, but here we are. This isn’t a Carrera RS or some other uber rare 911, nor was the iconic stature of the 911 secure during the time of the SC’s production. Regardless of how we got here this is a time capsule and it looks in the sort of shape we would expect from a car with such low mileage. It also happens to come in a more rare Black Metallic exterior rather than the standard Black.

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1985 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

For the second of my value-911 posts I will move on to the model that followed upon the success of the 911SC. There is little that separates the 3.2 Carrera aesthetically from its predecessor, so for those in love with the design of the G-Series 911 in general either model makes for an excellent option. As the model name implies, the fundamental distinguishing characteristic of these 911s is their 3.2 liter flat-six as an upgrade over the 3.0 liter engine of the SC. Both engines are fantastically reliable when maintained properly and though their overall character may show small differences these two models stand shoulder to shoulder on nearly every 911 enthusiast’s list of cars to own. With the 3.2 Carrera available from 1984-1989, I have purposely chosen an example from the years prior to 1987 as the change to the G50 5-speed transmission for that model year has garnered the later models quite a bit more attention and as such prices can rise dramatically relative to their earlier peers. The particular example we see here, a Guards Red 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa located in California with 42K miles on it, will come at a premium due to its low mileage, but it seemed too nice to pass up and ultimately, even with the higher initial cost, it should stand an excellent chance of maintaining, or even gaining, in value over the course of its ownership.

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1979 Porsche 911SC Coupe

It feels like it’s been a while since I featured a 911 residing closer to the value end of the spectrum so I hope to remedy that with a couple posts for the end of this week. There do still exist wonderful, beautiful, and exciting alternatives that can bring joy to any motoring enthusiast. Sure, prices have risen across the board and, if we’re all honest, you’re not going to get a 911 Turbo for this sort of money – though we shouldn’t forget that the 996TT can be had for very reasonable cost – so performance by modern standards will be good but not the sort of thing to blow you away. Ultimate performance is somewhat beside the point though. Performance almost always will reside in the most modern machines enhanced by constant technological improvements. But the joy of driving, outside of a track, has never been purely about performance. It is into that arena that classic cars begin to make sense and our understanding of value begins to shift. You could find any number of new cars for a similar price as where I’d expect this 911 to sell. Some of them may even out perform this 911, most will surely provide higher levels of refinement and luxury, and many will be more reliable. But few, if any, will provide the kind of feel that connects driver to machine, the sound of the air-cooled engine clattering away behind your head, or the more ephemeral qualities that come with driving a machine with significant automotive history. An air-cooled 911 is rarely cheap, but it has value that most modern cars fail to approach.

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Ridiculously Low Mileage 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

We’re going to step into some deeper, and uncharted, waters with this car. The Carrera 4S, and its slimmer sibling the Carrera S, have shown nice increases in value lately as presumably collectors begin to snatch up what they feel will be the most likely examples to show significant long-term appreciation. The example we see here, a Speed Yellow 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, located in Massachusetts, with a mere 2,330 miles on it, is sure to sit near the top of the pile for any of these cars. The Turbo and RS will always stand within their own sphere of the market, but for what is otherwise a fairly standard car, mileage and color have a significant impact on value and this one has those in spades. The downside, of course, is that you can’t drive it. As in, almost never. That surely will turn some people off, but I would feel pretty confident that the owner of a 911 like this probably can afford something to put to proper use.

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1996 Porsche 911 Turbo

There are a variety of ways to make a car attract more notice, or in some cases we may even think of this making the car more enjoyable for the owner. Outside of modifications, which push stronger into the realm of subjectivity, we are dealing primarily with the color palette selected by the original purchaser and thankfully Porsche has long provided an ample array of options to suit every need in this regard, from the outlandish to the subtle. So how do you spice up the character of a car outfitted in a popular and attractive exterior color, but one that shall always remain subtle and, to some, uninspiring? You step into the interior. White over Red is a popular combination on many cars as the intensity of the Red benefits strongly from the extreme lightness of the White exterior. I mean, if you’re going for an interior color that stands out you really want it to stand out, right? This one stands out. This is really Red; the seller refers to it as Lip Stick Red and that’s more or less what we have with this paint-to-sample interior. Naturally such shades will not work for everyone, but it’s undoubtedly captivating and should help this 1996 Porsche 911 Turbo, located in British Columbia, stand apart from the rest of the collector market.

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1989 Porsche 930 Cabriolet – Originally Owned by Wayne Gretzky

Attention Canadians and/or hockey fans! Here we have a fairly special car: a Linen Grey Porsche 930 Cabriolet, located in Kansas, said to have been originally purchased by the great Wayne Gretzky. Other than a picture of the signed sun visor, which is a pretty cool touch on such a car, the seller hasn’t provided evidence of the necessary documentation to support Gretzky’s ownership, but that documentation is said to be available to those making serious inquiries. The Gretzky ownership aside there is much to like about this Porsche anyway. It is a relatively low mileage example (currently 43,915 miles) from the only year the 930 came equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission and those points alone should garner plenty of attention. And while a former hockey great isn’t the sort of famous owner that might make many people take notice within the car world it’s still a excellent conversation piece added to what should already be a dynamite performer.

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1971 Porsche 911T Targa

It’s been a week of mostly high-performance, and usually very expensive, 911 Turbos for me and while there’s certainly nothing wrong with that I’m now going to move towards the more relaxed end of the spectrum (though still staying in the deeper waters of 911 value). I’ve made known my fondness for the early 911 Targa and the one we see here is really grabbing me. Here we have what appears to be a lovingly cared for Albert Blue 1971 Porsche 911T Targa, located in California, with 67,600 miles on it. For ultimate performance you obviously want the 911S, but relative to modern cars no early 911, with the exclusion of the RS and such, are going to blow you away though with their much lighter weight they all still perform relatively well and it’s nigh impossible to match that vintage feel with a modern machine. No early 911 in good shape is inexpensive (and certainly not this one), but the same is true of a current 911 so maybe these are best viewed as collectible alternatives.

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1985 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe – M491

We have featured a decent number of M491-equipped 911s and as the air-cooled market has continued its upward trend we have seen more and more of them pop up for sale. The M491 option package was conceived as a way to provide 911 customers in the US market a performance option that resembled the 930, but retained the standard Carrera’s naturally-aspirated 3.2 liter flat-six. That option package, in appropriate fashion, was dubbed the “Turbo Look” package. It was first made available in 1984 during the 930’s six-year hiatus from the US market and continued to be available, though was selected in far fewer numbers, even once the Turbo returned in 1986. The package included the Turbo’s front and rear spoilers along with its wider rear, complete with 930 suspension, braking, and wheels. Even without the extra power of the Turbo the M491 package was popular among enthusiasts for its superior handling and braking and many of these 911s saw a good deal of track time. It is only in recent years that their collectability has been recognized, but due to their performance focus even fewer of these already rare examples remain in excellent condition. For any prospective 911 owner desiring the appearance, handling, and braking of the Turbo, but without the highly-strung and maintenance intensive turbocharged engine the Turbo-Look Carrera makes for an attractive option. The example we see here comes from the second year of the package’s availability: a Nugget Brown Metallic 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in Los Angeles, with Champagne leather interior and 92,863 miles on it.

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1995 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe

The release of the Carrera 4 was somewhat of a watershed moment for Porsche as it moved its iconic 911 in a new direction, allowing it to garner wider appeal yet without engendering any serious compromises to its performance. While any all-wheel drive system is going to be heavier the Carrera 4 was not simply a dumbed-down version of the 911 intended for boulevard cruisers. With lessons learned from the 959 supercar Porsche’s all-wheel drive system was to provide some mastery over the 911’s difficult dynamics. It would be easier to drive fast for many drivers and for some may be even faster than its rear-drive counterpart, depending on conditions. Even though there is some rally pedigree in the distant past of the early 911s Porsche probably wasn’t intending for the Carrera 4 to suddenly take on the Audi Quattro, but that is not something that should diminish how we approach the Carrera 4 itself. It was to be an all-conditions barn burner providing on the road benefits to its drivers equally at low speeds and high. First released in 1989 for the 964, the all-wheel drive system saw a number of refinements for the 993 intended to reduce the weight penalty of the all-wheel drive system while also improving its dynamic improvements over the 911’s standard rear-wheel drive. While not nearly as highly sought after as the Turbo-bodied Carrera 4S a 993 Carrera 4 remains an attractive option for buyers desiring one of the last of the air-cooled models and want to experience a healthy dose of Porsche’s technological acumen at the same time. Here we have one such example: an Aventurine Green Metallic 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe, located in Brooklyn, with a Red leather interior and 52,801 miles on it.

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