1986 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet – M491

Americans are somewhat used to performance cars not being available on our own shores even though they might be available elsewhere. In many cases there are no alternatives and we must simply live with this fact. Sometimes, however, the manufacturers make available a car that strives to fill this void. Such is the case with the car we see here, a 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located in Florida, equipped with the M491 package. Referred to as the Turbo-look or Widebody Carrera these combined the standard 3.2 Carrera engine with the body, suspension, and braking of the 911 Turbo and offered buyers a 911 with some performance and appearance upgrades during a time when the Porsche 930 was unavailable within our market. Like most any other widebody Carrera, these were some of the best looking of the standard cars produced and have become quite sought after by enthusiasts and collectors alike.

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1960 Porsche 356B Roadster

I think we’re all pretty familiar with the 356 Speedster, one of the most iconic of the vintage Porsches, as well as one of the most valuable. It was one of Porsche’s first forays into providing a car to its clients that combined everyday drivability with weekend racer utility. The Speedster eventually was phased out as demand waned, but even after its departure not everyone wanted the full cabriolet with its modest rear seating and extra luxuries. Enter the 356 Convertible D: if the Speedster was the no-frills weekend racer, the Convertible D simply added the frills back in. Still a two-seater, but now with a standard non-removable windscreen, the top was a bit more functional and the interior provided the sort of comforts more suited to cruising than racing. This was still a Porsche so it came with the same pedigree and ability, but it was no longer stripped of creature comforts. Released in 1959 the Convertible D was then renamed the 356 Roadster in 1960, but otherwise remained mostly unchanged. By 1963 the Roadster was gone altogether. The example we see here comes from that initial year these took on the Roadster moniker: a Silver 1960 Porsche 356B Roadster with Red interior located in Miami Beach.

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1990 Porsche 928GT

Since joining forces with the guys over at flüssig magazine, I’ve learned so much about the Porsche 928 and hopefully you, the reader, have as well. They are a fantastic resource for all things related to the front-engined, water-cooled sports cars from Stuttgart. One 928 which continues to intrigue me is this car we see here for sale in Texas: the 928GT. The GT was offered for only three years, from 1989 to 1991. This was essentially the more sporting of the 928 range, available only with a 5-speed manual gearbox and a bit more horsepower out of the 5.0 liter V8. If the GTS is getting a bit rich for your blood, it might be time to check out a 928 of this variety.

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1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

I think I have said this before, though perhaps not, but one of the best aspects of the surge in air-cooled 911 values has been the sheer number of unique, interesting, or just downright beautiful examples we have begun to come across through auctions. We all have our personal favorites amongst the very rare and, sometimes, very fast 911s that have been produced during the marque’s existence, but it is the variety of standard Carreras that is most compelling and keeps many of us coming back day after day to see what we will chance upon next. This all brings us to the car we see here: a Marine Blue Metallic over Linen interior 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa, located in New York, with 53,000 miles on it. As I mentioned previously, the Targa tends to be the least valuable of the 3.2 Carrera models and for those who enjoy the design it offers a great chance of appreciating and owning one of these fantastic machines for a little less of an outlay than a comparable Coupe or Cabriolet.

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1993 Porsche 911 RS America

Few models in the 911 range epitomize the sharp increase in value we’ve seen with air-cooled 911s better than the RS America. While the asking price for many of these cars has tended to far eclipse those actual values, we are still seeing these trade for quite a bit more than just a year or two ago. The RS America always traded at a premium relative to other non-Turbo 964 variants for the simple fact of its rarity and sporting nature, but for a time it was rare to see one priced above $60K or $70K. Now, it has become almost as rare to find one priced below $100K! So while the RS America may have begun its life as a less expensive alternative to the Carrera 2 it is now a far more expensive proposition. The example we see here is a rare Polar Silver Metallic 1993 Porsche 911 RS America, located in Oregon, with 57,934 miles equipped with 3 of the 4 available options: air-conditioning, limited-slip, and radio.

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1987 Porsche 930 Coupe

Let’s return to a GCFSB favorite: not just a Porsche 930, but a triple-black 930. Some 930s are beautiful machines that combine eye-catching color schemes with the fantastic pronounced curves of the classic 911 silhouette. A triple-black 930, however, is not something we might call beautiful, but it certainly can be eye catching. The 930’s nefarious reputation for being a difficult car to drive is only enhanced by the darkness its form takes on when draped in black. These have the look of a serious machine that must be taken seriously. They example here, a 1987 Porsche 930, is pretty low mileage with only 30,920 miles on the clock and located in the dry southwest enclave of Phoenix, Arizona.

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Tuner Tuesday: 1979 Porsche 930 Andial/Ruf

For all of the crazy tuner modified cars of the 1980s, there were very few that came out the other side looking better than what the factory produced. However, I think two tuners consistently managed to outperform what came directly from the manufacturer. Alpina is one; the subtle spoilers, large but somehow fitting stripes and perfect wheels always make those models modified by the exclusive tuner really stand out. The second for me is Ruf; it’s simply amazing what just a set of Ruf Speedline wheels can do. It is literally as if the 930 shape was made specifically to match those wheels – not the other way around. You can add in the other Ruf bits, ducts and pieces and really make a masterpiece; but the wheels almost make the car special all by themselves. Of course, if you happen to have a bunch of other period-awesome modifications from top companies, that doesn’t hurt either:

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1979 Porsche 911SC Coupe

We don’t see many brown cars these days. That’s probably for good reason since they typically are not the prettiest things on the road, with most variants of brown made now usually coming in a shade akin to sand or desert or a variation thereof. But we almost certainly never see a car like this one: a Tobacco 1979 Porsche 911SC, located in Calgary, with Tan velour seats and 62,050 miles on it. My assumption is that the velour are seat covers rather than the originals because I’m not familiar with velour being a standard option for the 911, though I could certainly be mistaken on that. Regardless, almost everything about this 911 is period correct and looks in excellent shape. I wrote last week about the importance of the 3.2 Carrera and here, in this 911SC, we have the other candidate for the 911’s savior. This car comes from the 2nd year of 911SC production with a 3.0 liter flat-six producing 180 hp and delivering its power to the rear wheels via a 5-speed manual transmission.

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1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

I always wonder about the Targa. I have a sense of why it was never as successful as its Coupe and Cabriolet counterparts, yet I still consider it an interesting design and strictly on appearance I find it quite a bit more appealing than the Cabriolet. The full open-top motoring experience of the Cabriolet obviously provides something the Targa cannot. At the same time it does provide a compromise experience between the other two models. Perhaps there simply are not enough buyers interested in that compromise, though Porsche’s reintroduction of the model, after a few failed attempts at modifying the concept beginning with the 993, suggest some demand remains. For me though, the best looking of the Targa models came as the 3.2 Carrera. All of the proportions seem correct and in certain shades, like this Stone Grey Metallic 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa, the lines are, dare I say, striking.

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1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A 1500 Continental Cabriolet

I can’t even imagine the heads that would turn back in 1955 when this car rolled down the street. Now, I wasn’t alive in 1955 so perhaps I’m mistaken, but a bright orange convertible must have been a very rare sight. I know I haven’t seen many, if any, come across auctions of any marque, let alone a Porsche 356. Porsche has never shied away from producing cars in bright colors so that fact shouldn’t surprise me, yet here I am pretty surprised by this car. And before we wonder, this is the original color: a paint-to-sample Orange that Porsche specially had formulated to suit the original buyer’s desire. What better car to showcase on Halloween! This 1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A 1500 Continental Cabriolet is one of the most highly sought after models in the Porsche portfolio. While the 356 Cabriolet was produced for many years, those branded as the Continental Cabriolet were only produced for the 1955MY in the American market before Ford claimed naming rights to the Continental. While that may be a somewhat esoteric distinction, it is nonetheless a marker that separates these cars from other Cabriolets produced during this period. As a vintage piece of Porsche history this has it all!

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