I’m not sure if I can do justice to this car. While not the ultimate version of the 964 Turbo, nor the ultimate air-cooled 911 Turbo, the 1992 Porsche 911 Turbo S Leichtbau remains for me the best. It is the final iteration of Porsche’s turbocharged 3.3 liter flat-six that had been in use since 1978 powering these machines to heights most other automakers scarcely would have envisioned. This is a car that probably never should have existed since Porsche likely had intended for the 964 Turbo to debut with a turbocharged version of the 3.6 liter engine found in other iterations of the model. But the development of that engine took time and the early years of the 964 saw the continued usage of the engine from the 930. When it finally became time to retire its use, Porsche gave the 3.3 a wonderful send-off in the guise of the Turbo S: a lightened, more powerful, version of the standard 964 Turbo that remains one of the lowest production models in the Porsche portfolio. I featured one a couple months ago that we surely wouldn’t call subtle, but whose exterior did come in a somewhat subdued Silver. The one we see here, painted in stunning Electric Blue Metallic, possesses no such subtlety and will be on auction as part of Silverstone Auctions’ Salon Privé 2015 on September 4 in Oxfordshire, England.
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Earlier this month, I wrote up a 1988 944 Turbo S in Silver Rose with a scant 7,000 miles covered since new. As with all Porsches, the “S” models have enjoyed a long history of being…well, “Super”. But it took a fair amount of discipline, vision and means to buy an example new and project that it was going to be a collector in the future; especially considering that in 1988 the market on collector Porsches was very, very different. It has only been very recently that watercooled examples have started to appreciate, and even then not all examples have trended upwards. Even with that Turbo model, factoring in inflation the seller would actually be losing money having held onto and not driven that example more than 250 miles a year. How about something more strange – a car that isn’t really considered a collector by many? A great example is today’s 924S – long forlorn by the Porsche community, a greater appreciation for them is only now growing. So what would you pay for an example that has only covered a even more outrageous 125 miles each year since new?
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Porsche 924S on eBay
Time for another Wednesday Wheels Roundup! This time around I found some wheels I don’t remember previously seeing; and not just one set, but two sets of RW Macho wheels. One set is for Porsches 944 fitment, and the other is for BMW fitment. I also spotted a cool set of Rial wheels in Mercedes/Audi fitment, along with a rare set of Zender multi piece wheels. Lastly, there’s a not often seen set of of third generation BBS RA wheels in 4×100. They’re great looking wheels for 2nd and 3rd generation Volkswagen products and mimic the VR6 wheels offered on the Jetta GLX VR6. What’s your favorite?
CLICK FOR DETAILS: Rial 15×7 5×112 Wheels on eBay
We’re quite familiar with the Porsche 930 here at GCFSB. Dating back to the mid-70s these iconic performance coupes set a high bar for their combination of performance and refinement, even if their handling could be difficult to master. They are much loved cars and we feature them frequently when we come across nice examples. Even so they can begin to blend together as the majority we come across vary little in their interior and exterior colors. That doesn’t necessarily make them less desirable, but they do fail to stick in our memories. The example we see here, an Oak Green Metallic 1980 Porsche 930 located in Oregon, should be an exception. With its Oak Green exterior complemented by a Green leather interior this 930 stands well apart from most others, and even if its exterior shade whispers to you rather than shouting it is sure to draw plenty of attention. 1980 was the first year Porsche had withdrawn the 930 from the US market forcing fans to continue their lives without such a beast. If you were ever one who wiled away many an evening wondering, “what if?” then this could be your chance to rekindle that ’80s magic.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1980 Porsche 930 on eBay
I have suddenly become very enamored of dark grey cars, especially when they come in a metallic shade. There frequently has been a BMW 135i parked outside my place that I would guess is Space Gray Metallic and with its similarly colored wheels it looks fantastic in almost any light. And that is where my preference lies with these cars: darker grey, metallic, and dark wheels. I don’t prefer the contrast of a silver wheel with these colors. As such, I find this Slate Grey Metallic 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe, to be particularly stunning. I really enjoy this color on the 964 in general and with the black Cup wheels, which I assume simply have been painted, the exterior look is brought into definite focus. Contrast that exterior with a striking Burgundy interior and you have a really great combination!