1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe – RS Clone

I’m going to cut to the chase with this one: on appearance this is a wonderful looking Porsche 911. The Carrera RS from any model always attracts significant attention and obviously the version produced as part of the 993 model would be no different. The question with which we must grapple here is just how much is that fantastic appearance worth? The reason we must ask that is because here that is more or less all we get as the mechanical components of this 993 remain that of a standard Carrera Coupe. There’s no 300 hp 3.8 liter flat-six in the rear and the weight savings probably aren’t up to the full Carrera RS standard, though we should note that the interior modifications should result in some weight loss relative to other 993 coupes. With an asking price of $100,900 the cost of this Speed Yellow 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, outfitted as a Carrera RS, is nearly twice that of a standard Carrera of this vintage. Is it worth it?

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Double Take: Porsche 993 Carrera Cabriolet

I can’t remember the last time I wrote about the Porsche 993 Cabriolet, assuming I ever have, so here I have two of them. Of all of the air-cooled models the 993 Cabriolet is the one I see most frequently on the streets today. This simply may be a coincidence of where I live, and after all they are the youngest of the air-cooled 911s on the road, but I still see the Cabriolet quite a bit more frequently than the 993 Coupe. All of that is to say that these remain quite popular and given the elegant shape of the 993 design it shouldn’t be too surprising that these open-top versions continue to grace our streets. The two we will look at here both come in excellent and rarely seen colors and each presents with pretty low mileage. These are cars likely destined for collectors, but that shouldn’t stymie our appreciation of them. We will begin with this Amaranth Violet 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet, located in Missouri, with Black interior and 22,736 miles on it.

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1994 Porsche 968

Porsche’s front-engined sports coupes always have remained somewhat on the sideline and received short shrift from many enthusiasts. Some of that surely is due to their disappearance from the market two decades ago and the continued presence and success of the 911 of course does nothing to help in this regard either. On the second-hand market the 928 commands decent respect, especially a manual-transmission GTS, but Porsche’s 4-cylinder models haven’t yet been shown as much love. On the one hand, that’s a shame since examples like this 1994 Porsche 968 for sale in New Orleans feature some of the best dynamic handling traits in the Porsche stable. These cars were blessed with impeccable balance and as the culmination of the 4-cylinder line the 968 offers the best of what Porsche made available in this design. On the other hand, the market’s relative lack of care for these means that prices remain much lower than those of a similar vintage 911 and enable Porsche enthusiasts who do find great joy from these machines to get into good examples for reasonable cost.

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1973 Porsche 911T Coupe

Porsche’s various “signal” colors have always been some of my favorites. But there are two that stand apart most notably: Signal Yellow and Signal Orange. While Signal Green and, the very short-lived, Signal Red also possess their own dynamic qualities it is the Yellow and Orange variants that I find most captivating. In part this is due to the subtle variations in the shade that we see with those two colors, whereas Signal Red and Green are, well, really Red and Green. Thus, you can imagine my excitement to come across this Signal Yellow 1973 Porsche 911T Coupe, located in California, with what is believed to be a mere 37,500 documented miles on it. This 911 comes from near the very end of the F-series long-hood model’s existence, making this a 1973.5 model since Porsche transitioned to the Bosch Continuous Injection System in the middle of the model year.

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1994 Mercedes-Benz E500

Mercedes Benz and aggression don’t always go hand-in-hand. Nor should they. However, those familiar with the marque are well aware that we should never take that to mean they don’t produce performance machines. The big luxury performance sedan has its province in the German automotive industry in general and the model we see here was born through the collaboration of two of its heavyweights. Built at Porsche’s Zuffenhausen factory the Mercedes-Benz 500E (later dubbed the E500) remains one of the best super sleepers of the automotive world. Unlike many of its brethren, and especially the larger Mercs, the 500E did come with a fair bit of aggressive styling though always within the refined confines of the Mercedes design. The particular example we see here from near the end of the model run, a 1994 Mercedes-Benz E500, has enhanced that aggressive stance through the addition of a set of AMG wheels, which look fantastic. At just under 100K miles, this one has pretty reasonable mileage to boot.

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1964 Porsche 356C Coupe

At times I am almost disappointed when I come across what is an otherwise very nice vintage Porsche that is not in one of the vintage colors. We come across many of these colors so rarely that I guess it feels like a missed opportunity. There are no such problems here as this 1964 Porsche 356C Coupe, located in Colorado, comes in the always alluring shade of Irish Green. Irish Green was made available during the mid-’60s and -’70s and while you still can get it as a special order color it has for the most part disappeared. This seems to be the case with many shades of Green, presumably as automakers move towards metallic paints for these sorts of colors. But these non-metallic greens have a great brightness to them, which is made all the better on the 356 by its stretching into the interior to cover the gauge and radio surrounds. It really creates a nice contrast with the color of the carpets and seats, even if tan tends to work somewhat better than the black interior we see here. Still it’s a wonderful vintage color on a wonderful vintage Porsche.

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2003 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

Generally speaking when it comes to Porsche’s 996 our focus falls predominantly on the 996 Turbo. For a wide variety of reasons the 996 remains an unloved example from the Porsche stable, but the value to be found from the 996TT is too hard for almost anyone to pass up. We’re going to take a look at a different model from the range today, one that provides a lot of similarities to the Turbo itself, though obviously lacking a little bit in power: a Meridian Metallic 2003 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S located in California with 20,180 miles on it. Relative to most of its naturally-aspirated siblings the Carrera 4S provides significant advantages and, coming from near the end of the 996 model run, alleviates some of the reliability concerns that plagued the early 3.4 liter flat-six with which the model debuted. This particular example also comes with a few interesting options out of the Porsche Exclusive catalog that help it stand apart. From the outside most won’t be able to distinguish it from a standard C4S in Silver, but once we step inside the differences become more apparent. It’s been equipped with a full Cinnamon leather interior complete with leather-wrapped rollbar in the rear (I think I would just go ahead and remove the rear seats though since even the most nimble Cirque du soleil performer will find entry rather difficult). To complement those sporting pretensions this C4S also came with the powerkit, raising power to 345 hp, with both the sport suspension and a Brembo big brake package helping to keep everything under control. All together it’s a nice list of optional extras and aftermarket add-ons that help take this 996 to the next level and make the most of its performance value.

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1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S

We’ve all seen the insanity of the Porsche 993 Turbo market. As air-cooled 911s in general have steadily appreciated in value, the most powerful of the last of the air-cooled models has lead the way with precipitous gains seemingly defying all reason. Naturally, the more rare the model the more extreme those value increases have been and with buyers now showing little hesitation to ask for $200K+ for a standard Turbo it is no wonder that Turbo S owners would seek to capitalize on the madness with even steeper asking prices. That brings us to the example here, a Black and Tan 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S, located in Florida, with just 9,208 miles on it and an asking price over half a million dollars. There is no doubt that these will stand beside the 993 Carrera RS and GT2 as the most sought-after models, with the GT2 leading the way by a substantial margin. While power increases weren’t substantial for the US market (424 hp vs 408 hp for the standard Turbo) the relative scarcity of the model and the cachet of saying you have the baddest air-cooled 911 around garner these cars significant appreciation. They also marked a slight change in the ethos of the model itself that has continued up to today. Unlike the 964 Turbo S, which was lightened and austere in its fittings, the 993 Turbo S retained the luxurious offerings that have been a hallmark of the 911 Turbo since its inception. It was to be the most refined and powerful road-going 911. Of course, with the release of the GT2 Porsche insured that its customers had both options available to them and sent the air-cooled 911 out in the best ways possible.

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1989 Porsche 930 Slantnose Coupe

Say you want a certain level of audacity in your driving machine, but not too much. You’d like to retain a measure of apparent civility. What are you to do? Well, here’s one possible option: a Silver Metallic 1989 Porsche 930 Slantnose Coupe with a scant 17,800 miles on it. There really aren’t many cars with a more audacious appearance than a 930 Slantnose, at least when viewed through the lens of ’80s excess. Hood vents? Check. Side grills? Check. Enormous spoiler? Check. Crazy performance? Check. These pretty much have it all, which should be no surprise given where that slantnose shape was derived. The 935 always was insane. Yet this one sits in a very understated, but still appealing, Silver Metallic paint that tries its best to subdue the rest of the car. Completely obscuring those lines isn’t possible, but attention is surely diverted, even if only a little.

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1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe – REVISIT

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The Cassis Red over Burgundy 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe we featured in late June has come around for another reserve auction so we’ll see if this very attractive color scheme can find itself a new owner. The previous auction received quite a bit of attention, but bidding ended short of the reserve at $36,402. With this auction currently sitting at $32,099 we may be in store for another missed sale.

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