1989 Porsche 930 Cabriolet

Yesterday we looked at a beautiful early Turbo Carrera and today we will venture to the other end of the 930 timeline for one of the last Turbos produced. Here we have a Velvet Red Metallic 1989 Porsche 930 Cabriolet, located in Miami, with Red interior and just 36,783 miles on it. As this ad indicates, and which any seller of an ’89 930 surely will let you know, this was the only model year the 930 came equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission. That makes them extremely attractive to collectors as performance has consistently been a key factor in differentiating the value between various 911 models, with a one-year-only version of a performance model naturally garnering serious demand. For the 911 enthusiast these cars possess a somewhat different appeal as the final year of such an iconic model. They aren’t necessarily the best performing 930s on the market as increasing weight would hold them back relative to their earlier peers, but they do represent the most refined version of the breed, an attribute enhanced by that extra gear. All in all, there are a variety of reasons to find joy in the final year of the 930 and for the driver hoping to have a Turbo Cabriolet this also would be the last model produced in large numbers among the air-cooled 911s.

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1992 Porsche 911 Turbo S Leichtbau

Like the 930 before it, the 964 Turbo would end its run having used two different engines. The first, a refined version of the 930’s 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-six, was used out of necessity while Porsche completed development of a turbocharged version of the standard 3.6 liter engine that debuted with the 964 more generally. The second engine, then, was that 3.6 liter, which came on board for the ’93 and ’94 model years. After nearly 15 years of use, inspiring the dreams of many, and helping establish the 911 as one of the world’s preeminent sports coupes the turbocharged 3.3 was to be put to bed. But Porsche, a company which takes a particular delight in final year send-offs, wasn’t quite done with it yet. Enter the 1992 Porsche 911 3.3 Turbo S Leichtbau (Lightweight). As the name would suggest the 3.3 Turbo S was taken in a slightly different direction from other Turbos and provides a nice contrast with the later 3.6 Turbo S, the apex of 964 performance and luxury. This is more in the vein of the GT2: a lightened, track-oriented, rear-drive Turbo that would debut a few years later for the 993. The GT2 perhaps is a more extreme example, but as we can see here the 3.3 Turbo S was not intended to provide a high degree of refined cruising and this specific example even has a more extensive roll cage than other versions I’ve come across (as rare as that may be). All told 86 examples were produced making these one of the rarest 911s and another of the exquisite 964 variants.

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1977 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera

I have really taken a liking to these early Turbos over the years. There is no one specific reason why I prefer them over the later versions of the 930, or even most of the later 911 Turbos, but it is the coming together of a variety of factors that really gets to me. Some of it comes down to appearance as the early cars, with the whale tail, appear somewhat sleaker, ever though their dimensions are the same as the later cars. They ARE lighter as the 930 gradually increased in mass during its long production run, with the early versions coming in around 300 fewer pounds than the final year 930. Add to that their historical place within the 911’s lineage and you get a really nice combination. The market has responded similarly as the first two model years (and the first year especially) have shown significant increases in value only rivaled by the final year 930, which was the only year to feature a 5-speed transmission rather than what had been the standard 4-speed. In a rare, period specific color, such as the Ice Green Metallic we see here (also known as Silver Green Diamond Metallic) these are catapulted into another dimension entirely showcasing both beauty and history in one package. That brings us to this: a 1977 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera, located in California, with 141,285 miles on it.

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Double Take: 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS – How Do You Like Your Orange?

I am going to turn my attention now to a personal favorite: the 997 GT3 RS. These are the models that followed in the footsteps of the hallowed Carrera RS and they’ve continued a tradition since the 964 of keeping the RS moniker alive with each new 911 model. It also appears that the 997 will be the last GT3 RS to come equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission rather than PDK. There were a few different variants produced for the 997 with ever-increasing displacements that culminated with the 500 hp 4.0 liter flat-six of the RS 4.0. The examples we will look at come from the first generation, featuring a 415 hp 3.6 liter flat-six delivering power to the rear wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission. The GT3 RS has become the ultimate expression of track-focused aggression within the 911 portfolio and as such they can be equipped with a wide-variety of performance options from the Porsche parts bin, including a roll cage where a standard 911 would have its rear seats. Neither of the two we’re going to look at here has been pushed to that end of the spectrum, but even in standard form any RS is an extremely capable machine that will run with most of the best cars produced today. The focus here is Orange, but rather than go with the full-orange GT3 RS we are going to look at two different versions making use of Orange as the accent color for the wheels and other trim. Track cars, whether they are used as such or not, by their nature are meant to stand out and show wonderfully in bright accent colors. We will start with this Black over Orange example, located in South Carolina, with just under 10K miles on the clock:

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1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 – REVISIT

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The Polar Silver 911 Turbo 3.6 we featured back in March is up for sale another reserve auction. Bidding sits at $175,500, which is right around where it was bid to on its last reserve auction. The reserve remains unmet so we’ll have to see if either the seller will lower his reserve or if another buyer is willing to pony up to steep asking price being sought here.

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1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

When you really feel the need to stand out it’s difficult to find a better way than with a pastel-colored sports car. Of course, there are a wide array of hyper and supercars that will fit that need, which can add an even wilder appearance to that brightly colored exterior. They also come with a very steep price tag. What is the budget-minded shopper to do? Well how about this Riviera Blue 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in Miami. The mileage isn’t terribly high when we consider that this 911 is 20 years old, but at 117K miles it’s certainly lead a fruitful life thus far and comes in on the higher end of where we typically see a 993. Riviera Blue is perhaps the most iconic of the 993 colors even if it only made an appearance during the first year of their production, after having been made available for the first time in 1994 for the out-going 964. At the very least it’s a color that I first and foremost identify with the 993.

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1967 Porsche 912

The 912 had a fairly short run as Porsche’s entry-level coupe. Though it had a lot of early success and seemed well liked, its appeal seems to have waned rather quickly and after a short 5 year production run it was replaced by the 914 as Porsche’s cheapest offering. It did reappear for one year as Porsche transitioned from the 914 to the 924, but it is that first run that was most interesting. Perhaps the 912 simply was too similar to the 911, a trait that now stands as one of its best features, and as Porsche released the 911T the writing on the wall was clear, the 912 would be replaced. Nearly identical in appearance to the 911, the 912 used a 1.6 liter flat-four derived from what had been standard in the 356. This smaller and lighter engine had the effect of creating a more balanced chassis relative to the 911 and early 912s were reputed to handle better than their more expensive sibling. On the short-wheelbase models produced from 1965-1968 those dynamic differences were at their most pronounced. In 1969 Porsche decided that with the release of the 914 and 911T that production of the 912 would no longer be viable and the model was discontinued. Here we have what looks like a very nice example of one of the short-wheelbase models: a Bahama Yellow 1967 Porsche 912 Coupe, located in Oregon, with 58,516 miles on it.

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1973 Porsche 911T

With an entry-level car comes entry-level performance and appearance, two things that many people might seek to change. On a performance coupe like the 911 such desires become even more understandable and it’s easy to find a wide variety of builds with just such an objective in mind. Many of the high-end builds have used the 964 chassis and running gear as the foundation for designing a car with vintage 911 looks, but modern 911 performance. Yet, we also see builds work in the other direction, taking one of the early 911s as its foundation and then fitting the engine, transmission, and suspension from a later model in order to complete the package. Such builds are somewhat more rare given the very high value attached to an original long-hood 911, but when no longer in original condition perhaps it begins to make more sense. Here is one such build: a Silver Metallic 1973 Porsche 911T, located in Georgia, with a rare 3.1 liter flat-six from an early 911SC mated to a 915 5-speed transmission. The body has been fitted with RS flares to give it a more aggressive look and the interior has received minor revisions in the guise of the early 911 outlaw builds.

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1975 Mercedes-Benz 280C

There is a certain timeless quality to the design of a vintage Mercedes that few marques are capable of replicating. Many of those models offered some of the highest levels of luxury and refinement on the market during their time and through their technological innovations they performed like much more modern vehicles on the road. The W114 sometimes gets lost in the MB catalog, but as the first post-war Mercedes built on an all-new chassis they remain important cars from their period. Between the W114 and, its counter-part, the W115 these cars offered a wide variety of engine choices, whether petrol or diesel, in either a sedan or coupe body. The 1975 Mercedes Benz 280C we see here, located in North Carolina, came with a 2.8 liter inline-six mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission and is reputed to be one of the most original condition examples of its kind available in the US.

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1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe – REVISIT

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The paint-to-sample Nautical Blue 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe we featured in mid-April is back up for another reserve auction. This time there is no Buy It Now price listed, but it is likely safe to say that the reserve will not have come down far, if at all, from that original BIN of $67,500. That’s likely too high, but we will have to see just how high the bidding, which currently sits at $44,600, will get this time.

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