1985 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe – M491

Last week I featured a couple of very high-priced Carreras and today we’ll look at another, though this time one that should be pushing demand more significantly than the other two standard cars, we’ll have to see whether it actually does. Here we have a Guards Red 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in California, with about 20K miles on it. Of import to us here: it has the M491 option package on it, typically known as the Turbo look. While garnered the Turbo-look due to its use of the wider rear of the 930, along with the whale tail, the M491 package wasn’t just for looks. It also included the braking and suspension of the Turbo to go with that wider rear. These were a 930 with a naturally aspirated 3.2 liter flat-six. For some the package still seemed a bit of a fake intended for those who simply wanted to look the part. Others, however, viewed it as a performance improvement, even if power remained unchanged, but with the lower stress and lower running costs of the reliable 3.2 liter engine. Regardless of which camp you might find yourself, the M491-equipped Carreras remain popular; for some their desirability has even increased as the more reliable nature of the engine stands out even more now that we’re 30 years down the road. With popularity comes higher prices and if the prices of last week’s Carreras are any indication an M491 model should stretch pretty high. The difficulty will come when those prices being to eclipse those for a 930. In such cases you probably wouldn’t be dealing with a similar level of car, but it would still bring about plenty of questions over which car one might prefer.

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Motorsports Monday: 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

It’s been a little while since I’ve done a Motorsports Monday post and given my propensity for writing about the 911, that’s a little strange. Porsche itself has a long and storied racing history and the 911 in particular sort of exists in a class of its own. And Porsche has provided numerous models intended for racing and to meet homologation requirements over the years, though in many cases those models never made it to our shores. It seems natural then for those interested in doing a little racing to take what they had access to and build the racer they so desired. Still, cars like the one we see here, a 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe built to be a class G club racer, are becoming exceedingly more rare as the ravages of time slowly break them down and as the air-cooled market makes it seem foolish to extensively modify any air-cooled 911 that remains in nice condition. That is especially true of the 993, but man do these look good when given a few track focused modifications. I could easily be accused of thinking the 993 is too pretty, that it’s lost some of its aggressive edge, but its racing pedigree is easily revealed and in narrow-body form the 993 combines a sense of purpose with a lithe body.

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1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 – REVISIT


The Polar Silver 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 we featured back in October is up for sale again, this time as a reserve auction. It appears it has also moved from a private seller to a dealer, which has provided us the benefit of much better pictures than we had with the original ad and those pictures show us that this 911 appears to have been well cared for. While not high mileage this Turbo 3.6 does have a few more miles on it than most that we come across so we’ll have to see where bidding ultimately finishes.

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1979 Porsche 911SC Targa

I started this week with a couple 3.2 Carreras that were very very expensive as I wanted to get a sense what was going on with that market. Now I’m going to return to something much more reasonable and what really, by comparison, kind of seems like a no brainer if one were choosing between the car we see here and one of those Carreras. Here we have a 1979 Porsche 911SC Targa, located in California, with 127,532 miles on it. The colors are listed only as Gray over Brown, but exactly what Gray this is and whether the colors are original to the car I’m not sure. Some precision in that regard would be helpful, but overall we’re going for value here so that might be less important to some. I mean, if you like the color, then you like the color whether it’s original or not. Given what was available at the time it could be Diamond Silver Metallic (or even just Silver Metallic) though it appears to have a touch of brown in it. That may just be a trick of the locale. Regardless, it looks in very good condition inside and out and while we aren’t offered much in the description we do get a large numbers of photos to help us judge the state of this 911. The 911SC has long been a favorite of many 911 enthusiasts and can make for a great entry into the world of 911s in general.

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1988 Porsche 930 Coupe

So who wants to take a risk? Or if not a risk, then simply put in the work to understand this Porsche 930’s history. As I’ve said previously, when we encounter cars that seem undervalued then we must ask a lot of questions. That is especially so when we are dealing with cars that aren’t exactly flying under the radar and the 930 certainly fits that bill. But with an asking price of $77,950 this Black Pearl Metallic 1988 Porsche 930 Coupe definitely seems like it is on offer for a pretty reasonable price and given the sharp rise in values we’ve seen for these Turbos that price brings with it a host of concerns. But the mileage is very reasonable and it looks in very good shape. Honestly, if it wasn’t for the low price I would have few questions about this car and the color combination (more on that below) isn’t one we see very often on a 911. Perhaps I’m being too cynical and this is just a nice value?

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Frankenstein 1972 Porsche 911E Targa/911SC/3.2 Carrera – REVISIT


The 1972 Porsche 911E with a 911SC exterior and 3.2 Carrera heart is back up for auction after failing to meet its reserve the last time around. Bidding of the original auction stopped at $27,400 and this auction already sits at $30,000 so we are slowing moving up. As some noted in the comments, this car could make for an excellent foray into the world of air-cooled 911s without having to spend an insane amount of money. And it should make for some great driving!

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1975 Porsche 911S 25th Anniversary Edition

By now, Porsche has become pretty well known for producing commemorative edition models to celebrate a variety of milestones. Mostly they are differentiated by unique interior and exterior combinations and built in pretty low production numbers. The one we see here, a 1975 Porsche 911S 25th Anniversary Edition is, I believe, the first commemorative edition Porsche produced, and it’s the first time I’ve come across one. First, we must distinguish this from the 25th Anniversary 911, which was produced in 1989 as a means to commemorate 25 years of 911 production. Those were available as a Coupe, Targa, or Cabriolet, and came with either a Satin Black Metallic or, more commonly, Silver Metallic exterior and Silk Grey leather interior, along with a host of interior upgrades. The model we have here, on the other hand, was to commemorate 25 years of Porsche production in general. 1063 were produced as either Coupe or Targa and each came with a Diamond Silver Metallic exterior and Blue tweed interior. Mechanically there were no changes from the standard 911 as they featured a 2.7 liter flat-six delivering 165 hp through a 5-speed manual transmission.

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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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