An enduring myth in the car world is the old lady. You know, the car whose current owner – and ideally this is long-term ownership – is an older woman who has only used the car sparingly for shopping trips and other weekly tasks. These cars will be low mileage and have been very well maintained. Many times they are also well documented. The car will have seen almost no inclement weather during her ownership. To be clear, this is not myth in the since that such cars don’t exist – they most certainly do – and seeking them out can lead to some truly good bargains and fantastic cars. Why bring this up here? Because it’s exactly the case we have with this 1976 Porsche 912E located in Oregon. All of the basic typologies are present: 33 years of ownership, driven lightly on the weekends, excellent cosmetic condition, a huge stack of receipts. Perhaps even better? It’s a no reserve auction and bidding remains quite reasonable.
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On the surface this may look as if I’ve come across another regular 911, very similar to yesterday’s 3.2 Carrera. And in some ways that’s true. The colors are the same and they’re a pretty common combination for these ’80s 911s. There also aren’t any exclusive options or other rarely seen items that would attract notice. This one is all about condition and mileage. With a mere 18K miles on the clock this Guards Red 1983 Porsche 911SC Cabriolet certainly qualifies as one of the lower mileage examples we’ve seen and looks like it’s been well cared for as well. While the 911SC typically doesn’t excite quite as much as its successors the 911SC Cabriolet is somewhat of an exception. This was the first year a Cabriolet was produced as part of the 911 line ending a nearly 20-year absence of Cabriolets from the Porsche lineup dating back to the 356. As the first 911 Cabriolet and only year they were available for the 911SC these 911s are a little extra special and tend to attract greater notice.
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Many times in our search for interesting and rare cars to feature we pass over the regular cars; cars that are in good shape and would make for great options for many prospective buyers, but that don’t immediately jump off the page. Or, at least, I find myself doing that. The negative side of this, of course, is that these are the cars that typically come with the most reasonable prices, a point that is particularly true with the 911 where any sense of exclusivity quickly raises the bar on value. I think this 911 fits within that ‘regular car’ category and while we can never be totally assured of such the hope is that it will also come at a decent price. Here we have a Guards Red 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in Oregon, with 98,750 miles on it.
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From seemingly the moment it released the Cayman Porsche was criticized for holding it back so as not to outclass the 911. As we often heard, the Cayman’s inherently better balanced mid-engine layout should easily be able to outperform Porsche’s icon, if only Porsche would truly unleash it and give it a proper engine. Regardless of this criticism, the Cayman has been widely praised; it followed in the long footsteps of Porsche’s racing history providing excellent performance and refinement in the same package. With the release of the Cayman R criticism was abated. With the new Cayman GT4 we have a glimpse of what the Cayman truly can be. Here we have an example of the former, a Speed Yellow 2012 Porsche Cayman R, located in Texas, with 12,726 miles on it. The Cayman R didn’t really add much in the horsepower department – gaining only 10 hp over the standard Cayman S – but when combined with its lighter weight – some 120 fewer pounds than the Cayman S – the results began to take shape. Marry extra power and lighter weight with more performance-oriented suspension tuning and the Cayman R stood apart from its mid-engined siblings and finally bit at the heels of the 911. Was the R akin to the 911 GT3 RS in its track focus? Not quite, but it pointed in that direction and gave many critics what they had clamored for.
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I don’t know that this 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe is a 1 of 1, as the seller hints, but given the rare color combination and a rare option or two we’re certainly looking at a 911 whose owner isn’t likely to see another one coming the other way. The colors return us to my current fascination with purple 911s and this one, Amethyst Pearl, is one of the better options along that spectrum. It’s not as dark as Aubergine, but also not as bright, i.e. flashy, as Amaranth Violet so it walks that fine line that I think a color like purple really needs to walk. It’s beautiful and interesting. The white leather interior is sort of like a punch in the face. While I don’t normally associate white with brightness when considering the color palette, it definitely comes across that way here. I don’t know that it works, at least not for me, but the contrast is interesting and is certain to provide an avenue for discussion. We definitely can’t call it monotone!