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Week In Review

Welcome to Week in Review, where we’ll take a look at some of the vehicles featured on GCFSB over the last couple of weeks:

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Convertible Week: 1995 Porsche 993 C4 Cabriolet

Timeless doesn’t begin to describe the looks of the 911 no matter the generation and this 993 is certainly no exception. In the Porsche lineup, the 993 is the sweet spot as far as I’m concerned. The 993 is the highest evolution of the air-cooled cars and the 3.6 liter boxer six pushed the C4 to 60 in 5.7 seconds (5.2 for the C2) and topped out at 168 mph. Not too bad for a six cylinder. The 993 was the last car before the “ugly years” as I like to call them, when Porsche gave the 911 one of the worst face lifts it had ever had. Which ever generation you prefer, this low mileage 993 C4 for sale in Springfield, Missouri is a cool nice weather cruiser.

Year: 1995
Model: 993 C4 Cabriolet
Engine: 3.6 liter flat six
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 33,000 mi
Price: $56,900 Buy It Now

1995 Porsche 993 C4 Cabriolet on eBay

 1995 993 “C4″ Cabriolet. Raven black with Porsche black leather. Awesome hand picked example with some super trick options! Only 33K sunny day miles. Shines like black marble. Equipment includes:

3.6 liter 270 bhp motor with hydraulic self adjusting valve lifters
Dual knock sensors
Resonant induction system
Dual exahaust
Vented disc brakes with ABS
Limited slip differential with ABD front and rear stabilizer bars
18″ Technology alloy wheels
Power top and headlight washers
Power steering
Filtered A/C system
Central locking
Alarm system
Full power drivers seat with partial power passenger seat
Metal door sill with crest
Aluminum shifter and brake handle with carbon fiber inlays
Head restraint with Porsche crest
AM/FM CD with Hi Fi sound system speakers
European lowering springs
Gemballa Turbo S aero kit with front integrated spoiler
Vented side skirts and rear spoiler with integrated third brake light and chrome exhaust tips

Wow, what a cool looking car! Corners and looks like a slot car! So much fun it ought to be against the law! Just serviced and passed a 100 point PPI inspection. Just in time for the sun to come out. Buy it! You’ll love it. Money isn’t worth anything unless you spend it. Will trade.

This is a beautiful low mileage car with great mods. Gemballa is one of my favorite Porsche tuners, even though their stuff tends to be on the wild side. That said, I’m not sure where the $56K price tag is coming from. With a top dollar retail value of $45K, I don’t see where the other $10K is coming from. The modifications could add about $5K, but all in all I feel this is a $47,000 car all day long. With less than two days left on the auction, I’ll be curious to see if anyone bites.

-Brian

7k Mile 2002 Porsche 996 Turbo With Gads of Upgrades

People with money do silly things.  Things like buying a $130k Porsche 996 turbo, spend even more money upgrading it and then they let it sit.  Only puling out of the garage to wash, wax, and tuck it back into the garage.  I am not sure today’s cars are going to have the collectivity of the autos of yore.  It would be tragic to assume they will only to find that the same sense of sentimentality may not exist in 30 years.  Think of all that time behind the wheel that was lost for the fear of getting a ding, scratch, or heaven forbid racking up some miles on your “precious.”

On the flip side it sure is nice when one of these hits the market.

2002 Porsche 996 Turbo:

From the seller –

“2002 PORSCHE 911 TURBO COUPE GEMBALLA

SPEED YELLOW EXTERIOR

BLACK INTERIOR

ONLY 7K MILES

THIS CAR WAS OWNED BY OUR OWNER

JUST HAD 4 BRAND NEW MICHELIN TIRES AND 30K SERVICE BY LOCAL PORSCHE DEALER INCLUDING NEW BELTS, HOSES AND PLUGS

CARFAX CERTIFIED ONE OWNER NO ACCIDENTS NO DAMAGE.”

The 996 cars are my least favorite of the 911 series.  With that I think the Turbo cars are terribly undervalued.  If you are not into attention seeking maneuvers this may not work for you.  Speed Yellow is a very striking hue and with the wheels, wing, and other styling bits the look verges on being over the top.

But the car itself looks to be as new and the $75k buy it now gets you a great deal of performance for the fraction of a comparable new one.  Bidding currently sits at $42k, the reserve has yet to be met

~Aaron.

2001 BBi Autosport Porsche 996 911 Twin Turbo

I can see this car falling into the hands of someone with more money than brains resulting in a fairly unhappy ending.
What we have is a twin turbo 996 that has a 3.8 liter engine and rear drive conversion full of speed parts. Mahle pistons, Carrillo rods, new turbos, wastegates, exhaust, and more. On race fuel the seller states the car puts out 1200 horsepower. That is a fairly ridiculous number, but the seller has a certificate from the legendary Texas Mile showing the car crossed the line at a few ticks over 212 MPH, last fall. Even with the low 3150 lb weight thanks to things like a carbon Gemballa hood, that top speed shows the car is packing some serious punch in the engine compartment.

55,000 miles on the clock with $79,500 buy it now. It is unclear when the engine work was completed. It would be nice to know how many miles are on the engine since the work was done.

There are plenty of automotive ways to get your self in a heap of trouble for less, but not too many that can get you into trouble at over 200 MPH for this price.

~Evan

A few nice custom 930 Porsches, sublime or ridiculous

****UPDATE**** 9/14/09
It was brought to our attention by a reader that the yellow widebody Porsche listed below has some discrepancies with VIN #s and seller legitimacy. If you see this Porsche listed proceed with care.

There is something about a 930 Porsche that just feels right. Nice proportions, fine performance, and fewer/simpler electronic gizmos than more modern 911s. They have that great Porsche sound. Really a work horse and driver’s car for the 80s Porsche enthusiast. I put 930 Porsche’s in that category of car that offers a pure driving experience in a package that begs to get out on the road rain or shine. Not quite the same as the new GT3 your neighbor owns that will never see its true potential as it only gets out of the garage on the trip to the golf course and even then only on cloudless days.

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Prices seem very solid and stable for good 930s. This shows positively on how collectors view these models. $15k should get you an almost daily driver worthy Porsche, that you can enjoy most of the year (year round down south), and that you could probably sell in a few years for what you paid. The $25k ask for this Gemballa in need of work seems a bit high, particularly when for a tick over $20k and a Strosek bodied 1986 sold at $20k. 1977 Porsche 930 slantnose1986 Porsche 930 Strosek

eBay is notorious for making it hard to sell damaged cars for decent prices. An auction format is supposed to show true market value, but I rarely see auctions for damaged cars like this, that have a seller’s reserve actually complete successfully. On the other hand someone else is out there asking .

1985 Porsche 930 Turbo Widebody

1985 Porsche 930 Turbo Widebody1

Along the lines of the Flachbau or slantnose, you have to admire a car company that offered the option to the customer to completely alter the appearance of their car straight from the factory. This one with a widebody kit is bid up to $15k and it sure is wide. I hope the spindles are strong enough to take such a wide stance, with 50k on the clock I’d say things are ok. From the seller:

1985 PORSCHE TURBO 935 GAMBELLA [sic] SLANT NOSE , CARBON FIBER WING, KINISES WHEELS, MICHELIN PILOTS, KOKELN TURBO, KOKELN INTERCOOLER, 500 HP, CUSTOM YELLOW INTERIOR, THE WIDEST , COOLEST , TURBO I’VE EVER SEEN, FAST!! SHOW WINNER!!

Do you have other examples of German models that offered such dramatic bodystyle changes as factory options? BMW should have provided an option to de-Bangleify the E65 7 series.

1978 Porsche Kremer Turbo 3.5L

1978 Porsche 930 Turbo

And finally at the uber high end of the spectrum is this listing at $99,500 from Windsor Specialty Auto Sales in California. The car is also listed in Hemmings. From the seller:

This 1978 Porsche Turbo started as an early 3.3L, made its way to DP Motorsports where it received a body, and to Kremer for some minor modifications and badging. Because this is an early car, it
is likely to be one of the first to get the Kremer/DP Motorsports “treatment”. The car has extensive modifications (see below) by S-Car-Racing that raise output to about 550 HP. It is being
offered as a track or show car.

The seller states they will ad more photos, I hope they do, I’d love to peek at the engine. I’m sure photos can be furnished for you serious buyers out there.

~Evan

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