1986 Porsche 930 Coupe

Many of us here have a strong appreciation for the 911. That isn’t a surprise, though the rising costs of even the most basic models have tended to dull some of our affections to a degree. The 911 Turbo, however, hasn’t really suffered any of that dulling effect even as values have climbed precipitously. The refrain is more one of missed opportunities at owning a car we dreamed about as a kid. We are well past the days when an air-cooled Turbo can be had relatively inexpensively, thus requiring difficult choices for those who must balance costs with their desires. For those who are searching the best option for finding reasonable cost (remember, we’re talking about air-cooled Turbos, so no 996TT) is to find a well maintained 1986 930. These still won’t be cheap, as like the rest of the air-cooled lineup values have gone up from where they were just a year or two ago, but an ’86 still looks like the best best, at least in the US market. Bringing us to the car seen here: a Grand Prix White 1986 Porsche 930 Coupe, located in Texas, with 63K miles on it and on auction with no reserve.

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1974 Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera – Brumos Racing MFI Conversion

This one is fun. Not that the other cars we feature aren’t fun, but there’s a little more going on with this 911 to provoke levels of interest that may rise above the norm. What do you do when you build the follow-up to a fantastic car, but have decided not to ship that new model to one of your important markets? Well, for Porsche it meant making use of your racing prowess, and team associations, to undertake a conversion that would transform a standard car into something far greater. Following upon the success of the 1973 911 Carrera RS, Porsche continued to produce a mechanically similar version of that car for the 1974 model year that differed only from its predecessor in its redesigned impact bumpers. However, the US market never was intended to receive that car, but rather received a Carrera that used the standard 2.7 liter engine found in the 911 and 911S produced at that time. The two models are generally distinguished by their injection with the European version known as the 911 2.7 Carrera MFI for its use of the Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection of the ’73 Carrera RS and the US model referred to as the 2.7 Carrera CIS utilizing the Bosch Continuous Injection System that Porsche used on the 911 up until the introduction of the 3.2 Carrera in 1984. All of which brings us to the car we see here. It appears that an early example of the 2.7 Carrera CIS was sent to Peter Gregg of Brumos Racing where they converted the engine to the MFI set-up used in the European Carrera. Presumably later in its life, the interior and suspension of the car also received attention to leave us with this: a vintage 911 both lightened and lowered that possesses one of the most iconic 911 engines Porsche produced during that period.…

1972 Porsche 911S Targa

Finding value on the air-cooled 911 market is always a somewhat relative proposition and has been increasingly difficult to come across. It is also something with which you will rarely see me lead-off a post when the car in question is a long-hood 911S. Even when only in fair condition these cars command quite a lot of money; a pristine example can easily exceed $200K. The question here, and which I’ll discuss more below, is whether the current owners of this 911S have found themselves a nice value. Here we have an Irish Green 1972 Porsche 911S Targa, located in Texas, with 74,111 miles on it. You may recall that last week we featured another ’72 Targa, that one being a Bahia Red 911T. The distinguishing characteristic of these ’72 911s is the external oil filler and, while possibly entirely anecdotal, I have noticed quite a few examples from that model year coming up for auction. They certainly seem more prevalent than other long-hood model years. As the early-911 market accelerated and then possibly cooled some it has been these rarer variants that have continued to command the most money and as such sellers continue to try to make the most of the market.

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1981 Porsche 930 Coupe

We feature the Porsche 930 with a fair degree of regularity here at GCFSB as it remains a long-time favorite of a few of the writers (and it’s a particular favorite of mine). Thus we naturally gravitate toward these extremely capable machines both for their prodigious performance and also their aggressively ’80s style. Yet even given the frequency with which we come across these there are still a few that make me take notice more than might be the case with most 930s. I’ve come to realize that an example in the color palette we see here will almost always be one that grabs me. Here we have a paint-to-sample Rosewood Metallic 1981 Porsche 930 Coupe, located in California, with 71,575 miles on it. Rosewood Metallic was available for the 1981 MY 911 so we may need some confirmation that it is indeed the paint-to-sample color that is indicated by the CoA, but even if Rosewood is not the correct color, this remains a visually striking Porsche in an excellent period-correct configuration.

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1996 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe – Sonderwunsch

Porsche’s Sonderwunsch Programm – now known as Porsche Exclusive – provides customers with a wide array of options to make their car just that extra bit more special. The most well known vehicle to pass through their doors probably was the original Slantnose 930, which took the excessive performance of the 911 Turbo and gave it a front-end to match. Then there are even rarer, but less obviously special ordered, examples like the 993 Speedster, commissioned by Jerry Seinfeld, but most commonly cars ordered through the Sonderwunsch Programm showcase one consistent feature: color. There is, of course, a (significant) cost associated with making such choices and we always enjoy coming across these cars with their unique color combinations, especially in the interior where we are more likely to see greater diversity among the various trim pieces, carpets, and seats. Occasionally these Special Wishes cars are tame with only an external color choice that most may not even realize was specially ordered. In other cases they can be downright wild – for better or worse. The one we see here, a 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in Alabama, appears to have found a nice middle ground with plenty of details that set it apart from any standard 911, but without going crazy. The color combination may not be to everyone’s liking, but I would assume that would have more to do with individual color preferences rather than the particular choices made here. I think the choices made here were fantastic:

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1996 Porsche 911 Turbo

This has inadvertently become “Red 911 Week” for me here at GCFSB. While I do enjoy a bright Red 911 my interest lies in a few other areas with the car we see here. Most notably this 993TT provides a nice market contrast to the 996TT featured on Tuesday. It is simply amazing to compare the relative value of these two Turbos and there are very good reasons for the differences that probably are not necessary to regurgitate here. We know what’s driving 993 values. I am also interested in the value of this particular 993TT as the bidding has brought the price up fairly high and it isn’t too often that we see these low-mileage examples come up for an auction; typically they are listed with a sky-high asking price, making it difficult for us to get an accurate gauge on real world values. So this one will be one to keep an eye on: a Guards Red 1996 Porsche 911 Turbo, located in Florida, with Beige interior and 23,805 miles on it.

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1972 Porsche 911T Targa

I feel somewhat remiss in never featuring one of the long-hood Targas during convertible week last week. While not really a true convertible they were the only open-top option for the 911 during that time period. For full effect you’d want the Soft-window Targa, but frankly the hard-window Targa is a much better looking car and still provides much of the open feel that makes any convertible so prized in the first place. So I’ll try to fill that gap with this Bahia Red 1972 Porsche 911T Targa, located in Florida, with a reported 53,294 miles on it. This Targa sat for a while and was given a basic refreshing of much of the mechanical components prior to being put up for sale, but the paint and interior are original to the car. Because this is a 1972 MY 911 that makes it an oil flapper, meaning it was fitted with an external oil filler located on the rear quarter panel. Porsche had hoped to improve weight distribution by moving the oil reservoir inside the wheelbase, but ultimately reverted to the original design one year later out of concern for people who mistook it for the gas tank and added fuel to their oil. Regardless, the 1972 cars are the only ones to possess this unique feature.

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2001 Porsche 911 Turbo

It’s time to take a moment to visit one of the enduring performance values in not only the Porsche market, but in the second-hand market in general. Just about any 911 Turbo is a hallowed performance machine that can compete with a wide variety of high-dollar supercars, yet still provide a refined driving environment for the owner seeking a relaxed cruise. That refinement wasn’t always the case with the Turbo, but Porsche’s goal has always been to showcase both sides of its engineering acumen with these cars and ever since the 993TT it has excelled in that department. Of all of the extant models the 996TT remains the least loved. The first to have a water-cooled engine combined with a somewhat wonky appearance will do that, but the performance has never really been the issue. So while the model itself loses out on the market, buyers win. Here we have a Guards Red 2001 Porsche 911 Turbo, located in Texas, with a pretty reasonable 35,924 miles on it and a 6-speed manual transmission.

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1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

We cover a lot of low mileage collectibles here on GCFSB, a point that rings especially true with a car like the 911, and we especially enjoy when those low-mileage beauties come in a unique color or represent a unique variant of that model. That said, high mileage cars can at times be equally as interesting. Sure, you have to take extra care when assessing the car’s condition, but a high-mileage car that has been well cared for can actually be in better mechanical shape than a low-mileage car whose owner neglected it. A lack of use isn’t terribly good for anything. Then there is history. Cars with higher mileage have stories (the good kind) and memories attached to them and while those memories will always remain with the owner who experienced them, there is an extra joy that comes with coming across a car that has already brought its previous owners a great deal of joy. That is, after all, what being a car enthusiast is about. All of this is somewhat of an aside, because I do not know whether this particular Carrera comes with any interesting history as the ad does not go into such detail. But it’s a 911 with some miles on it and from what we see here it looks good. The rest will require discussion with the seller. The one point that this car should possess similar to pretty much every high-mileage car is value. As miles go up, prices comes down – no surprise there. If you’re looking for a driver-quality classic 911 then perhaps this Granite Green Metallic 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in California, with 161,000 miles on it will suit your needs.

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Convertible Week: 1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A 1500 Continental Cabriolet – Revisit

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The very rare and very head-turning 1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A 1500 Continental Cabriolet that we featured back in October has come back up for sale again as a reserve auction. This car was featured in a recent issue of Excellence Magazine so perhaps the seller hopes to capitalize upon that exposure in the search for a new owner of this lovely machine. This is, without question, the most striking 356 we’ve ever come across as well as a unique piece of Porsche history.

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The below post originally appeared on our site October 31, 2014: