2015 Porsche 911 Targa 4S

I don’t feature very many modern 911s and especially not the 991. On those occasions when I have written about them those cars tended to fall into one of two categories: either a motorsport special like the GT2/GT3/GT3RS or the 996TT, which we write about fairly frequently due to the massive amount of performance value those machines possess. Given the high number of newer 911s we come across to feature one of the standard cars requires that it possess a variety of attributes to help it stand out. I think this one does just that. First, I’m just happy this model even exists because it is a Targa and I am fan of the Targa in general. That said, I am a fan of the original design, which Porsche went away from beginning with the 993 and it is only with the 991 that the design has been returned to its original form. Second, this Targa has both the 7-speed manual transmission and also the S Powerkit, raising power from 400hp to 430hp. Last, it was finished with a nice combination of options and a color scheme that set it apart. What we end up with is this: a Dark Blue Metallic 2015 Porsche 911 Targa 4S, located in Houston, with contrasting Black and Garnet Red interior, 7-speed manual transmission, and the Carrera S Powerkit all with just 1,574 miles on it.

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2005 Porsche Carrera GT

We rarely feature the Carrera GT here at GCFSB since generally speaking cars like this exist beyond the purview of our site. Even in the world of high-dollar air-cooled 911s the Carrera GT is somewhat of a different breed. A quick perusal of our archives reveals that we’ve only featured one previous example and that was nearly three years ago. So why not take a look once again? Here we have a GT Silver Metallic 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, located in Missouri, with Dark Grey leather interior and 1,765 miles on it. As an all new model, the Carrera GT clearly stood apart from the rest of the Porsche portfolio, but it drew upon enough cues that any knowledgeable observer immediately would know from which brand it had come. Its 5.7 liter V10 mounted amidship produces the greatest sound of any car I’ve encountered on the road. It doesn’t thunder, it doesn’t roar, rather it shrieks and the speed with which the revs climb adds to the ferocity of that engine note. The design is both elegant and purposeful and to my eye has aged quite well over its first decade of existence. The Carrera GT remains a rarely seen beauty though one whose impact has hardly waned with the passage of time.

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1977 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera – REVISIT

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The beautiful Ice Green Metallic 1977 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera we featured in early June is back up for sale, this time rather than a reserve auction it comes simply with a Buy It Now price of $119,500. Given the need for an engine rebuild that’s a tough ask, but cloaked in one of the absolute best colors from its period there’s definitely potential here.

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1968 Porsche 911T Coupe

Here we have a Bahama Yellow 1968 Porsche 911T Coupe, located in New York, with 92,401 miles on it. I always find a 911T in an excellent color to make for an interesting auction to watch, especially when the car in question appears in good shape but isn’t a concours-quality restoration. These auctions provide us a nice sense of the current market. Added to that, we do enjoy seeing these rare colors with some patina to them, showing the effects of many years of use though also reflective of the care required to keep a car of this vintage looking sharp. As the last year of the short-wheelbase models this one also gives us a glimpse at the most advanced version of the original layout and specifications.

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1979 Porsche 930

While the comparison rarely makes sense in reality, as we continue to see prices for early 911 Turbos escalate I always wonder how often they are viewed relative to a modern Turbo, which even in their most basic form exceed $150K. A new 911 Turbo clearly will have much more power, be much more refined, more luxurious, and come with a wide array of comforts and conveniences that an older Turbo will not. Add to that the basic psychology surrounding purchasing a new versus a second-hand car and, as stated, the comparison begins to make less and less sense. We’re generally dealing with very different buyers, shopping with a very different purpose. Still, I can’t imagine there aren’t some buyers who might consider, even if only briefly, whether new or old is the best option. So, what about character? Are the many rough edges of an older Turbo, those rough edges that made these cars unique even amongst the rivals of their period and which have been largely covered over in the new Turbos, worth the potential headaches and inconveniences that will come with a high-strung vintage vehicle such as this? It is these rough edges that give many cars their personality and make clear to any driver exactly the sort of machine he or she is piloting. Of course, we can ask this of almost any car, but when a second-hand car begins to easily slip into six-figure pricing, they become a much tougher sell for those actually desiring to drive the darn things. There’s too much potential value tied to keeping these cars in the best possible condition. That tends to put us with the choice of a new Turbo, whose value will plummet but which can be driven without much of that concern, or an older Turbo which could increase in value but may have to spend its life locked away in a garage in order to insure that value.…

1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe

There is a 964 I frequently see around my neighborhood and each time I come across it I come to appreciate the design more and more. They are rarely seen cars around these parts so this is one of the few I have the opportunity to see on the road. The 964 has a presence about it that I do not feel from other 911s. The classic 911 that preceded it, and I should be clear that I love the classic 911, shows its age to a certain degree and its slightly less muscular form doesn’t captivate the senses quite as well. On the other side, the 993 almost is too elegant. When you see one it looks expensive even today. There was a point where I considered the 964 to be neither here nor there; it had moved on from the classic design, but it had not yet taken on the sleek and curvy nature of the 993. I still see the 964 as existing in that intermediate space, but I have now begun to appreciate the way in which it strikes a balance between the earlier and later designs. What once I saw as flaws, now appear as significant features. The 964 we see here, a Grey 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe located in Florida with 86,500 miles on it, reflects that sense of presence very well.

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2012 Volkswagen Golf R

Since its debut the Golf R has been a car I’ve had an awareness of and thought was pretty interesting, but I did not really give it too much more thought than that. Basically, they were too expensive. But that all changed after I featured one back in May and now as I come across them on the second-hand market they draw my attention much more fervently and I even wonder whether, when the time comes, this may be the car to look for when replacing my wife’s car. At nearly $40K when new the Golf R can be a tough sell. Even though you get 256 hp and all-wheel drive there are a lot of options at $40k and just about any hatchback, especially if it’s the 2-door model, is going to be looked at with a wayward eye. The entire equation changes once these hit the second-hand market as depreciation does a number on them quite quickly and with $10K lopped off the sticker price the Golf R becomes a significantly more attractive option. Here we have a 4-door model, a Black on Black 2012 Volkswagen Golf R, located in Pennsylvania, with 6-speed manual transmission and 10,200 miles on it.

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2008 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

I am contractually obligated to feature this car. Like anyone I have my personal favorites and while it is always difficult to narrow that list to a single vehicle, when taking in all considerations this is the car. I featured a couple different variations of the orange GT3 RS color scheme a few weeks back, though on those Orange served as the accent color rather than the primary color. Paul also recently featured one of his favorites, a Porsche Green GT3 RS with an extremely high price tag. So here is mine: an Orange over Black 2008 Porsche 911 GT3 RS. I have the model car and it has many times served as my desktop wallpaper, which I suppose is the modern day version of the bedroom poster. It’s brazen, it’s fast, it was, at its time, the ultimate version of a road-going naturally-aspirated 911 available to buy. There have been many words spilled regarding Porsche’s choice to do away with the full manual transmission for the 991 GT3 RS, but suffice it to say from my perspective it may be a long while before this car is replaced as my favorite.

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1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS

I will finish off my look back at the early Carreras by turning my attention to the original; the first 911 to don the Carrera name: the 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS. Porsche first introduced the Carrera as part of the 356 lineup with a 4-cam engine dubbed the 356 Carrera GT. These served Porsche well and lead to quite a bit of racing success for the 356 in a wide variety of venues ranging from long-dstance road races to rallying. When Porsche sought to produce a homologation model for its 911 racing program they reached back to resurrect the Carrera name. While almost all 911s since 1984 have been dubbed Carrera, in these early years it was only for the truly special editions that the name was used. The first one also happens to be the most significant. The Carrera RS we see here no longer sits in its original form, but remains true to the model. Around twenty years into its life this Carrera RS Touring was sent to Ruf Automobiles for a full restoration and at that time was converted to a RS Lightweight. Since that time it has covered fewer than 5K miles and looks excellent in its contrasting Light Yellow over Green paint.

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1969 Porsche 911E Targa – REVISIT

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The very pretty Ossi Blue 1969 Porsche 911E Targa, which has been fitted with the engine from a 3.2 Carrera and which we featured at the end of March, is back up for sale this time as a reserve auction. Since it failed to sale with a BIN price of $74,500, this auction should give us some sense of the value of this somewhat unique 911E.

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The below post originally appeared on our site April 13, 2015: