Convertible Week: 1983 Porsche 911SC Cabriolet

As we begin to close out Convertible Week here at GCFSB, let’s take a look at an example from the very first year of the 911 Cabriolet. Porsche had experimented with an open-top 911 far earlier with the release of the Soft-window Targa. Those models allowed for both an open top and open rear window while integrating a fixed rollhoop. I’ve never thought the design looked right and, I guess unsurprisingly, the Soft-window Targa eventually gave way to the hard-window Targa with which we are all very familiar. For a number of years that was it. Due to their concerns over safety regulations rendering the full convertible obsolete, Porsche never committed to making a true Cabriolet until the 911SC was ending its model run, more than 15 years after they first introduced the Soft-window Targa. That makes those first Cabriolets somewhat special as not only were they the first 911 Cabriolet to be produced, but they also happen to be the only year they were produced as a 911SC. That second point holds less weight with most people, but for someone who might have a preference for the SC over the 3.2 Carrera, options for open-top motoring dwindle quite quickly. The example we see here, an Indischrot 1983 Porsche 911SC Cabriolet, located in California, with 45,205 miles on it appears aimed at the collector crowd (at least based on how it’s been priced), though for someone who might want to spend a bit of time driving their Cabriolet there is enough mileage here to retain much of the long-term value even with some additional mileage each year.

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Convertible Week: 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

If the color of this 911 looks familiar to you, it should! We certainly do not come across Cassis Red very often, but it was only a couple weeks back that we featured a reader ride presented in this very same color combination of Cassis Red over Burgundy. That 911 was a Targa, so if you are someone who desires a fuller openness to your cockpit, then perhaps this 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located in Connecticut, with 43,773 miles on it will suit your purposes a little better. This could be simply a function of the lighting and photography, but the richness of the Cassis Red paint on this Cabriolet looks a little more pronounced than on other examples I’ve come across. It appears just that extra degree more striking. I’m certain that when cruising the boulevard with the top down that this would be a head-turning and crowd-pleasing 911. It may attract some attention, but beautiful things usually do.

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1978 Porsche 911SC Coupe

Yesterday we took a look at a 1989 MY 3.2 Carrera, the last of the classic 911s, and today we will turn the clock back a little bit further to take a look at the first year of the 911SC. As discussed in yesterday’s post, 1978 and 1989 bookend an important period for the 911 and Porsche in general and, just as importantly for our purposes here, all of the cars from this period remain in high demand though also can be found for decent value. That value becomes especially noticeable when looking at the 911SC. The SC came along following a slightly rough patch for the 911 as the mid-year cars, which had followed upon the very well regarded 2.4 liter long-hood models (as well as the legendary Carrera RS), appeared to be a significant step backward for the marque. Hampered by restrictive emissions equipment dulling engine power and fitted with impact bumpers that took some time to adapt to, the mid-year 911 has struggled to capture the hearts of Porsche fans for quite a while now. There are always exceptions, of course, and the cars did get better as we moved toward 1978 and the release of the 911SC, but that release still marked a turning point and escape from the wilderness. Fitted with a near bullet proof 3.0 liter flat-six the SC now brought the 911’s performance and reliability back to where enthusiasts expected it and the gradual evolution of the design had begun to win over more and more fans. Here we have a nice first-year example: a Black 1978 Porsche 911SC Coupe, located in California, with 103,900 miles on it.

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1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

1989 was a big year for Porsche and the 911. It saw the return of the Speedster as a special variant based off of the 3.2 Carrera. The 930, which was entering its final year after almost 15 years of production, would finally see a 5-speed manual transmission mated to its 3.3 liter turbocharged engine. And most significantly: it was a year of change. The classic 911, which under the guise of the 911SC and 3.2 Carrera, had restored life to, and insured the future of, the 911 and was to be fully redesigned with the release of the 964. Porsche even released the very first of this new model as an all-new variant: the Carrera 4 – the first road-going 911 equipped with all-wheel drive, an idea we first saw on the 959. 1989 thus served as a beginning and an end. This was the beginning of the modern 911, which has continually pushed the boundaries of performance and luxury, but it was also the end of a very important era for the marque itself. Porsche was moving into the future on surer footing and much of that is thanks to the success of the outgoing 911. Here we look at a nice example from that final production year: a Grand Prix White Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in Louisiana, with 65, 124 miles on it.

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1984 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe – Revisit

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As promised, I’m revisiting the ’84 Carrera Coupe from a couple weeks ago. For those who missed it the first time around, the original auction for this 911 had been bid up to nearly $70K. That price was shocking and not long before the auction ended many of the highest bids, which I assume were false bids, were removed. Hopefully this time we can get a true sense of where this car might be valued as it remains an excellent example of an early 3.2 Carrera.

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2008 Porsche Boxster S

Orange! I share this seller’s exuberance over the color of this 2008 Porsche Boxster S, located in Texas. This is one of the 500 (half of which were the standard Boxster and half the Boxster S) limited edition Boxsters produced in 2008 whose primary attribute was this not-so-subtle Orange exterior. The appearance of these limited edition Boxsters drew its cues from one of my 911 favorites: the Orange over Black 997 GT3 RS. Unfortunately, unlike the GT3 RS this Boxster is not a lightened and more powerful racing version of the standard car. Underneath that paint sits the same 3.4 liter flat-6 found in the regular Boxster S all mated to, in this case, a 6-speed manual transmission. There are a number of details here and there to separate these editions from the rest of the Boxster lineup, including a sportier exhaust, but really it is the Orange paint that is tasked with carrying much of the weight here. And, frankly, that’s ok with me. The 2008 Boxster S is already a pretty fine performing car combining superb balance and a nimble chassis with enough power to propel you along at speeds that quickly become very illegal. We’re quickly approaching two decades since Porsche introduced these roadsters as their new entry-level model and given where things started these cars have definitely come a long way.

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2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Ah, the GT3 RS. Push a road-going 911 towards its logical conclusion in terms of power and lightness and this is more or less what you get. And here we have one of the later versions with its 3.8 liter flat-6 delivering 450 hp to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission. Ever since they were first introduced for the 996 I have always loved these and they follow in a long line of RS variants that have consistently been some of the most sought after 911s Porsche has produced. While previous RS variants focused largely on the combination of power and lightness, the GT3 RS began to add significant aerodynamic aids to help deliver all that power effectively and keep the car glued to the road through even the quickest turns. The RS has long been a way for Porsche to provide its customers with a car that pushes road car limits while also meeting the homologation requirements that have enabled the marque to continue its long history of racing success. Of course, those cars we see thundering down the Mulsanne straight at Le Mans differ markedly from any road car Porsche produces, but that’s why the RS has always been so coveted. It strives for similar racing ideals, while retaining the comforts and conveniences that have always made the 911 such a wonderful road car.

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1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

We might look at this dark blue metallic 3.2 Carrera and think that it’s a standard color that we would come across fairly often. After all, Porsche did offer a variety of shades of blue, canvassing most of the spectrum, during the 3.2 Carrera’s production run, and these days dark blue is a pretty common color to come across from any marque. Yet, I sit here trying to think of the last time I actually came across a classic 911 in a color like this. This particular blue happens to be paint-to-sample so by definition it is a little more rare, but even among the standard colors offered at the time there do not seem to be a lot of these early 911s in this sort of color. All of this to say that I really like this one. There are things I would change: I could do without the yellow lens on the fog lights and I always prefer a whale tail on a Carrera Coupe – and since this has the front spoiler already the tail would balance things out nicely. In a perfect world I’d prefer a different interior shade as well. Still, this is a striking exterior color that is eye catching without being flashy and, as always, a reminder of the excellent variety Porsche has long made available for buyers desiring a particular color that might sit slightly outside the norm.

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1984 Porsche 944

As frequent readers will be well aware, I typically write about the 911 and as such I write about a lot of pretty high-priced machines. In the 911 world value is very much a relative term and many buyers can be quickly priced out. Thus, when I dip my toes into the value side of the Porsche pool I am constantly amazed at the amount of car you can get. Porsche’s fleet of front-engined rear-drive sport coupes, ranging from the 4-cylinder 924 to the V8-powered 928, can provide some of the best values in the marque while also delivering plenty of exciting driving in an elegant design. Here we’ll look at a very low mileage Black 1984 Porsche 944, located in New Jersey. Having borrowed much of its styling from the 924 Carrera GT, the 944 effectively was the more muscular version of Porsche’s entry-level 924 retaining much of the basic shape along with a 4-cylinder engine, though in this case that engine would be a Porsche designed 2.5 liter inline-4. The result was an excellently well-balanced car that was both more refined and more powerful than its less muscular sibling. It should be no surprise then that these enjoyed quite a bit of popularity in their day.

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1990 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

We have many fans of the 964 around here and it is certainly a nice time to be a fan of these cars. As values of the 3.2 Carrera have risen, the value of a standard 964 has remained fairly constant. Granted, many of the model variants like the RS America, the wide-body Carrera 4, and especially the 3.6 Turbo and Turbo S, have shown tremendous increases in value, but for a basic Carrera 2 or early Carrera 4 there’s a lot of good car to be had for the money. The 964 itself was a hallmark for Porsche as it represented the first significant redesign of what had become an icon of automobile design. Still, there is no mistaking that the new design was anything other than a 911 as all of the basic cues were retained. As the days continue to get warmer then why not enjoy some open-top motoring in a 964: here we have a Stone Grey Metallic 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located in Arizona, with Grey leather interior and 85,000 miles on it.

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