1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

This is my second potentially “market setting” 3.2 Carrera and this one, as should be immediately clear from the specifics of the car and the asking price, epitomizes that term. Here we have a Venetian Blue Metallic 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe with a special order light grey interior and a mere 8,900 miles on it. And all of this loveliness could be yours for just $157,500. How did we get here? I’m not really sure and I have no idea where we go from here (though I’d be shocked if things went up). The car itself: it’s a nice combination and the condition looks good, though this is a color that is done a disservice being photographed indoors. It needs to be in the sunlight where that Venetian Blue exterior can show off its vibrancy and where the lightness of the interior makes a lot more sense. It is otherwise a fairly standard 3.2 Carrera that I presume has spent its life in a garage. Like in most such cases that is too bad as this 911 hasn’t been truly enjoyed, but we are used to such things around here. My curiosity is piqued by the asking price and along with yesterday’s Targa these aren’t entirely outliers. I’ve seen others with very high price tags and at least this one, though it is by far the highest price tag I have seen, has a collection of attributes that combined can warrant a significant premium. Something is going on with the market for these Carreras and we need to see where it settles.

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1984 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

The next couple of days I have two 911s that we might best classify as potentially market setting. While the market for non-turbocharged air-cooled 911s has gradually been increasing over the past year or so, some of the asking prices I am seeing recently signal a precipitous rise. Yet, I cannot recall actually seeing any recent huge sales to suggest that these prices are in line with the market. Perhaps these cars are well ahead of the market, or perhaps they are a harbinger of things to come, but I hope to keep my eye on them and get a sense of where we are. The first of the two is this very low mileage Platinum Metallic 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa with Light Tan interior located in New York. As this is a reserve auction it should at least give us a shot to see where bidding will take this price and at its current bid of $56,999 (though this is a single bid) it is already commanding pretty strong value for an ’84 Carrera Targa. How much higher might it go?

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1976 Porsche 911S backdate

We’ve seen cars like this before. An impact-bumper Porsche 911 that has been backdated to the look of a long-hood 911, but all the while retaining its higher output engine. These 911s come in all sorts of builds, but I think this one stands out for two reasons. First, I find it incredibly striking. The Slate Grey paint looks wonderful and works well on the widened rear. It also works really well with the red accents that are eye-catching, but do not overpower the overall look, especially of the interior. The second factor in this car’s favor is that it lacks the typical six-figure price tag we see with many such builds. One of the most common criticisms of these cars is that the sellers simply are asking way too much money. Not only does this one not have a six-figure price, but the reserve on this auction has already been met so it looks like it will be going to a new home. It still isn’t cheap – bidding currently sits at $60,300 – but at least the market is having a chance to establish the value rather than an overly ambitious seller.

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1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4

There was a lot going on in 1989 for Porsche and its 911. The model itself was simultaneously celebrating its 25th anniversary while also being whisked off into the sunset. That anniversary was commemorated in typical Porsche fashion with a special edition of the 3.2 Carrera. 1989 also saw the 930 finally get fitted with a 5-speed transmission and the Speedster made its return after a 30 year hiatus. In the midst of these movements, Porsche was set to introduce an all-new 911 showcasing its first major redesign in over 15 years, and to even more shifting, they would not only introduce a new design, but an all-new 911 model: the all-wheel drive Carrera 4. I’ve always found this to be a particularly bold and somewhat curious strategy, especially considering that the standard rear-drive Carrera 2 would not debut at the same time. Perhaps it was to save space for the outgoing 3.2 Carrera rather than bringing on its immediate successor. Either way, the 964 was born and though it lead a somewhat short life and itself would be completely redesigned in 1995 it feels as if momentum is now working in its favor and 911 enthusiasts are beginning to appreciate this model to a much greater degree. I count myself amongst that group. The example we have here comes from that introductory year: a Guards Red 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4, located in Miami, with 130,800 miles on it.

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1966 Porsche 912

For quite some time now the Porsche 912 has served as the go-to option of the budget-minded Porsche enthusiast – or at least for those who remain attached to the hallmark of rear-engine and rear-drive coupes. Of course, given that the 912 was Porsche’s entry-level model it was natural that it should continue to serve such a function even after its production had ceased. With an appearance nearly identical to that of the 911, the 912 offered the same aesthetics but with sacrifices to performance. With time as the long-hood 911 became more desirable and more highly valued and as modern machinery dwarfed the performance possibilities of even a vintage 911, the performance differences between the 911 and 912 probably didn’t seem hugely significant, especially for those who might have been looking at a 911T. That made the 912 a great option for vintage motoring on a budget. We are beginning to move away from those days. With the air-cooled 911 line becoming increasingly valuable the 912 too has seen its values rise and it has become difficult to find quality examples for budget prices. I guess eventually most good things do end. A 912 still comes in at a pretty good discount over many long-hood 911s, just not as much as they used to be. The example we see here is a short-wheel-base model that looks in very good condition and sits with a very desirable Slate Grey exterior.

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2001 BMW M Coupe

The BMW M Coupe is a perennial favorite of ours here at GCFSB and for good reason! It follows a tried and true formula to produce an enthusiast’s dream: take a small car, in this case a roadster with the addition of a fixed roof, throw a wonderful engine in the front, and mate that to a manual transmission delivering power through the rear wheels. The results were tremendous. The original M Coupe always has possessed something more. It’s shape – typically referred to as a shooting brake, though lovingly also called a clown shoe – gave it an additional character that produced a delightful synergy between the car’s performance and its appearance. It’s never really been considered pretty, it’s almost over-the-top muscular and bulging, but it has a purposeful aggressive look that is no-nonsense and, dare I say, energetic. There is just no mistaking the purpose of the M Coupe and they truly are wonderful examples for enthusiasts to enjoy. With the additional power of the S54 engine they have become incredibly desirable. Here we have just such a beast: a Black over Tan 2001 BMW M Coupe, located in Chicago, with 67,652 miles on it.

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1972 Porsche 911T Targa

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve gone through a run of interesting colors on the Porsche 911, or at least they’ve been interesting to me. We had a week of blues and a week of greens. Now we turn to…purple? Here we have a Royal Purple, also known as Lilac, 1972 Porsche 911T Targa, located in Ohio, with Tan interior and 72K miles on it. Unlike the blues and greens I don’t suspect that I’ll come across a large number of purple 911s for this week, but with this one we have an extremely rare example in, if my mind serves me correctly, one of the few non-metallic purple shades we will ever come across.

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Tuner Tuesday: 1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2

Properly speaking I’m not sure if we’d normally count this Ruby Red 1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 as a “tuner,” but given that these were the hot Porsche of their day it fits the bill as well as most anything else. While a 356 may not get your blood going the way a RUF built 930 might, they will always hold a place in my heart and with the 4-cam Carrera engine these are more of a racer than many of Porsche’s later builds. They are small, light, and relatively simple machines fitted with the best mechanical additions Porsche could muster. Add to that their rarity and you end up with one of the most valuable Porsches on the market and easily the most valuable examples of the 356. The example we see here appears in exquisite condition, but sounds as if the original 1.6 liter 4-cam flat-four is no longer with the car. In its place, we find a 2.0 liter flat-four from a Carrera 2 GT producing a reported 160 hp. For a car as basic as the 356 that is the sort of motivation that will get you moving in no time at all!

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1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera

It isn’t too often that I come across an old Porsche priced at $160K and think the price doesn’t seem too bad. As with any car of that sort the question of “why?” becomes paramount as we try to understand the reason for the seemingly reasonable price and whether the car truly is worth taking on the risk. Here we have a 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera where we find ourselves in just that quandary. Such is the world we are in with these early air-cooled Turbos. The issues with this one are in one part clear and in one part unclear. The clarity lies in the color: both the exterior and interior colors have been changed. The original colors were Copper Brown Metallic over Black and its current colors are Sahara Beige over Brown. Why the colors were changed is left unsaid and may be unknown as it seems those changes took place with a previous owner, rather than the current long-term owner of the car. It could be as simple as changing to a more desirable palette since brown metallic fell out of favor pretty quickly once we left the ’70s. Still, that’s our first piece of uncertainty. The rest of the uncertainty is more standard as the car recently has come out of long-term storage and that in itself can cause its own set of troubles. Its recent service records will help in that regard, but interested buyers still will want a thorough evaluation to be sure of this 930’s present condition.

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1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S

For a car as rare as the 993 Turbo S we do seem to be coming across a decent number of them right now. The one we see here certainly qualifies as one of the more interesting color palettes and even at the insane prices we see for these it should attract a good deal of interest. Here we have a Cobalt Blue Metallic 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S, located in Washington, with Midnight Blue leather interior and yellow accents with 17,917 miles on it. The blue on blue look is something I have grown accustomed to seeing on the 911. I’m far less accustom to the yellow accents we see in this interior, which certainly make a bold statement and help break up an otherwise monochromatic appearance to the car as a whole. I’m not sure what sparked the choice of yellow – perhaps it is as simple as matching the brake calipers of the Turbo S – and I’m equally as unsure of what I think about it. Thankfully the use of yellow was fairly restrained. I have no reservations about the exterior color choice: Cobalt Blue simply is fantastic and here on a Turbo S it looks both aggressive and alluring. With 424 hp the Turbo S are fantastically quick cars that bring with them a high level of refinement and luxury. While perhaps lacking some of the insanity of the 964 Turbo S, especially the lightened 3.3 liter version, there is little to find at fault with the 993 and the overall shape is about as good as it gets. This is the final evolution of the air-cooled 911 design and when I look at that shape I quickly understand the disappointment felt by 911 enthusiasts upon the release of the 996.

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