I’m going to do something a little unusual here; follow a path I have not normally taken. Here we have a 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe. There isn’t a lot that is special about it. It’s the base Carrera, not an S or GTS. As far as I can tell there aren’t any unique options; it hasn’t been owned by a celebrity; the color combination, which I do like and you do have to pay extra to get, is part of the standard offerings currently available from Porsche. Basically, you could configure a 911 like this one fairly easily on your own and there likely are quite a few out there that are similar to it.
This is pretty much a standard base 911 that’s still pretty new and I don’t usually bother to post those cars. If we get into the details it does have a few miles on it for its age (29,833) and we certainly can’t ignore that. But I wanted to post it because 1) I like the color combination a lot and 2) sometimes it is nice to look at a base 911 that does not stretch well above six figures and probably won’t ever leave a garage unless the weather is absolutely perfect. Also, while you could configure your own, those miles and it being kind of standard means you get a discount and can enjoy your 911 with fewer worries. That’s not so bad!
Like the Volkswagen Cabrio, the 944S2 Cabriolet isn’t a car that gets a lot of press on these pages. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have the makings of a classic. Like the Cabrio, it sold in small numbers in the tight times of the early 1990s; Porsche claims it sold only 2,386 in the United States. And it has a potent power plant in the revised 3.0 16V inline-4; pushing 207 horsepower and 208 lb.ft of torque, it was nearly as potent as the first generation Turbo without the inherent lag or accompanying bills. Yet it shared the same perfect weight balance with the rear-mounted transaxle, Turbo brakes and larger roll bars along with the integrated Turbo-look nose and tail. The S2 also received the new “Design 90” wheels that helped to bring it in line with late 928S4 and 964 models.
However, the 944S2 Cabriolet has always been overshadowed. First, for the sporting drivers out there, most will be seeking the clean lines of the S2 Coupe. Then there is always the more popular 911 Cabriolet, but it’s real competition is the later 968 Cabriolet. With more power, revised looks and a 6-speed manual, those late 968s are by most accounts the ones to get. But to me, that means that a clean 944S2 is a better value while offering you most of the experience of the VarioCam. Let’s consider this beautiful LM3U Velvet Red Metallic example:
1989 was a pretty important year for Porsche. It served as both beginning and end. As the final production year of the 3.2 Carrera (and the 930) it marked the end of the classic 911. With that end came a new beginning with the almost entirely newly designed 964. Its looks still showed a clear relationship with the 911s that preceded it, but it was reportedly 85% new and its rounder lines were a clear evolution of the design. Its underpinnings were decidedly more modern and refined as well. It was an important year.
Porsche had done something a little strange though. When it debuted the 964 it chose to be doubly bold by making the model release an entirely new model altogether: the Carrera 4. So for all intents and purposes 1990 was the year things really got rolling. The Carrera 2, possessing the traditional rear-drive 911 layout, finally made its debut in Coupe, Targa, and Cabriolet form. Unless you really have a desire for all-wheel drive in a 911, or would like to use your Porsche for winter duty, the Carrera 2 probably is the 964 you should be seeking. The Turbo is great as well, though much more expensive.
So here’s a nice example from an early model year: a Forest Green Metallic 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe, located in Miami, with Tan interior and 101,162 miles on it.
If you’re interested in how the 928 market has changed over the last few years this example might offer some useful insight. But let’s get to that later.
This is a Horizon Blue Metallic 1993 Porsche 928 GTS, located in Florida, with Blue Topaz leather interior, the automatic transmission, and 56,995 miles on it. This is a very attractive shade of light blue that shows well on the 928 and certainly stands apart from the many silver and black examples we’ve seen. The interior makes the car a little monochrome overall, but it’s a bright blue that stands out even more than the exterior. I’m not sure I’d consider this the ideal color combination, but it certainly is an interesting one. In a sea of uninteresting cars, this 928 definitely will attract notice. It also looks to be in really nice shape. And, of course, it’s a GTS!
A black 911 isn’t always going to be the thing to draw our attention. After all, we see black 911s all the time. But when the color is covering one of the best looking 911s, then I think we have something. Here we have a 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera S, located in Brooklyn, with a reported 68,000 miles on it. The black exterior is contrasted with a beige interior. For some, and that includes me, that light and dark juxtaposition between exterior and interior is just about perfect. For others it doesn’t work. If you happen to be one of those in the former camp, then I think this one deserves a look. Like with any C2S the price is pretty high, but you are getting one of the best naturally-aspirated air-cooled 911s Porsche produced and certainly one of the most attractive overall designs.
It shouldn’t take you long to recognize that this is a fairly limited production 911. It’s right there in its name, “Exclusive,” though you also could just look at the darn thing. A Golden Yellow Metallic Porsche isn’t exactly commonplace. Add in the Black center-locking wheels with Golden Yellow accents, loads of carbon trim, and Turbo Aerokit and you know you’re looking at something special. This is all before we even open the doors and step into the interior.
And, oh yeah, it has 607 horsepower. That’s 27 hp more than the already pretty high-powered 911 Turbo S.
I came across this 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive and figured I’d add it to our list of very high-priced and limited production 911s I’ve posted lately. If you want one only 500 will be produced. I don’t know how many currently are on the ground, but I have only seen one other for sale. It was not Gold. While I expect we’ll see a few more of these pop up just as we have with the various GT 911s I don’t know if we’ll see quite as many. Markup, of course, is substantial, though not GT2 RS high.
I think this will be the first 944 I have posted, which is kind of weird. Any time I find myself looking at a model I don’t typically write about the first thing I do is search through our archives just to make sure we didn’t already feature it. And then a funny thing happened. I was reading through a few of Carter’s old posts on the 944 and how the model never really has commanded the attention of enthusiasts the way the 911 and 928 have. Whether we think of the 944 during its actual production or on the present secondary market they aren’t the Porsches people dream about. They never were a poster car. Suddenly I found myself nodding my head. He might as well have been explaining my own thoughts to me.
I write about the 911 a lot and the 928 somewhat frequently. Those are the cars that attract my notice; they are the Porsches that linger in my mind; I notice them on the road. The 944? Not so much. I typically pass them by. Even if I see one on the road today I might only give it a second glance if it’s in very nice shape. So how did we end up here with this Alpine White 1987 Porsche 944 Turbo appearing as one of my posts? Pretty much for exactly the reason just mentioned: it looks really good and comes in a pretty eye-catching color combination. Bright red interiors were quite the thing in the ’80s and it doesn’t get much brighter than Can-can Red. Contrasted with Alpine White it really stands out!
996 GT3 prices do seem to be going up. It was inevitable given how highly regarded these 911s are among the Porsche lineup even when we factor in that many still don’t like the styling. More modern GT3s will bring with them higher levels of performance, but the 996 is no slouch and its rawness relative to the newer models continues to garner them high praise. And even with higher prices they remain some of the few you can find under six figures.
The one we see here, a Guards Red 2005 Porsche 911 GT3 located in New York with only 21,164 miles on it, is one of the more interesting examples I’ve seen. Guards Red doesn’t seem especially common on any 996, let alone a GT3, and the details in the interior with deviated stitching and red gauge faces provide some nice contrast. I’m not a fan of the black wheels, but otherwise I really like the way everything comes together on this one.
Lately, I’ve been looking at a lot of modern 911s and others with supercar performance, but let’s take a moment to turn the clock back to the 911’s early years. Here we have a fully restored Aga Blue 1965 Porsche 911, located in South Carolina, with a reported 78,901 miles on it. Aga Blue is not a color I can recall seeing previously. It’s a dark, non-metallic, shade of blue only available during the mid-60s. I’ve never seen it chosen as a paint-to-sample option either. It reminds me a lot of Albert Blue and that is a color I’ve seen come around again on PTS 911s. That doesn’t necessarily tell us much about Aga Blue and its desirability I’m just always curious about which colors we tend to see reappear throughout the Porsche catalog. It is entirely possible Porsche simply has not made it available since its original release.
Enough of that: whether still available or not this is a very attractive early 911 and it looks well restored. It apparently spent quite a long time in storage though given the amount of original panels, glass, and other equipment still with the car it doesn’t appear it suffered too much during those years. That’s good because it has left us with a very fine-looking example of where the iconic 911 began.
The Carrera GT might be my favorite Porsche that I almost never feature. But I guess hypercars are like that. There isn’t much difference between all of the various Carrera GTs we see and there are always a few available. So it’s only the very interesting and special examples that attract my notice enough to post one. This one is proclaimed to be “the highest known invoiced Carrera GT sold new in the States” and that obviously attracted my attention. It’s also pretty eye catching, as just about any Carrera GT might be, so looking it over I felt like it was worth bringing to everyone else’s attention as well. I don’t know that any significant percentage of our readers might really be thinking of pursuing a Carrera GT, but even if it only serves as a nice break to the day – a moment to pause and look at something both beautiful and ferocious – then that’s good enough.