1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe Restomod

Backdating an air-cooled 911 to resemble one of its much-beloved long-hood brethren has become quite popular and it’s always a joy to see the various ways in which builders choose to pick and choose from the 911 parts bin in order to create these special cars. The nature of the 911 market means these are never an inexpensive proposition as sourcing the car from which to create the build can itself set you back quite a bit. When done well a builder can affect quite a transformation and produce a car the details of which force us to pause over every angle to get a sense of just how everything has been put together. The car we see here, a 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe backdated to resemble a RSR, certainly is not perfect, but it possesses the vintage look of an early 911 combined with the softer curves of the more modern designs and has just enough detail without coming across as over the top.

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Art and the Automobile: Porsche Racing

I can’t really speak to how the younger generation fills their mind with automotive images today, but when I was a kid those images came through the exceedingly rare sightings on the street and the posters that I had on my wall. So as we continue our artwork theme for the holiday season, today we’ll take a look at some art reflecting Porsche’s racing history, with specific attention to Le Mans but with a few other interesting pieces added in. Racing has served as a centerpiece of Porsche’s branding almost since the beginning and its success in road racing has been integral to the success of the marque itself. And there is no stronger testament to a car’s combination of reliability and performance than a Le Mans victory.

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1989 Porsche 930 Slantnose Coupe – REVISIT

The 1989 Porsche 930 Slantnose Coupe we featured in early October is back up for sale with a $10K reduction in its price, now listed at $189,999.99. The Slantnose 911s do not appeal to everyone, but as a symbol of ’80s flair and excess they are rarely topped. Even with significant collector appeal it will be interesting to see if the market for one of these has reached these heights.

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2005 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet

I imagine at some point people will wake up to the enormous performance value of the 996TT, but it seems we are not there yet. From its inception, the 911 Turbo always has been a diabolical car, difficult in its dynamics and threatening to send inattentive drivers into snap oversteer. As time wore on and the power produced from the 911’s turbocharged flat-six increased Porsche introduced twin-turbochargers, which helped reduce lag, and fitted the Turbo with an all-wheel drive system to help deliver power in a more controlled manner. Still, there remained sufficient power to overwhelm some and excite many. With more than 400 hp the 996 Turbo continued along the trajectory established by its predecessors, but now, because of its water-cooled engine and redesigned body, the love from many enthusiasts has been held at bay, leaving us with a performance bargain. The example seen here is a Black 2005 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, located in Georgia, with only 15,345 miles on it. The Turbo S was available only in 2005 as basically a 996 Turbo fitted with the X50 Power Package and ceramic brakes. For a performance value these are near impossible to beat.

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1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

Lost amidst the rising costs of the entire air-cooled 911 lineup are the cars that still represent an interesting value. Granted, how we conceive of that value certainly has shifted. There simply are very few, if any, $15K 911s out there that are ready to hop in and drive. But an important factor within the 911’s history has been the stoutness of its engines meaning higher mileage examples like the one we see here are still viable for ownership even as they haven’t shown quite the jump in value relative to their lower-mileage brethren. When the 911 comes in an interesting color then all the better, though our value discussion again shifts as rare colors always command a premium. The car featured here is a Granite Green Metallic 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in Alabama, with a complementary Grey Green leather interior and 142,441 miles on it. As it was only available from 1987-1988, this is a color I can’t ever recall coming across and it provides a nice alternative for those interested in one of the darker shades available for the 911, but who also want something that will stand apart and remain a talking point in any parking lot.

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1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster

I sometimes forget just how much variety there was within the 964 model run. It’s almost as if there never existed a standard car, and given that the 964 debuted with the completely new Carrera 4 we might be forgiven for thinking the standard Carrera 2 was, in fact, a special edition itself! Here we another within the wide range of 964s: a Midnight Blue Metallic 1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster, located in Pennsylvania, with only 21,500 miles on it. Aesthetically the America Roadster best distinguishes itself from the rest of the 964 Cabriolet lineup through attention to the rear, which has taken on the flared fenders of the 964 Turbo. Since Porsche never produced a Cabriolet version of the 964 Turbo the America Roadster was as close as buyers could get. Powered by the same 3.6 liter flat-six as the standard 964 Cabriolet, the America Roadster was enhanced by the use of the Turbo’s suspension and braking. All told, only 250 were built making these one of the more rare 964 variants.

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1981 Porsche 924 Weissach Commemorative Edition

It seems that Porsche has always been at the cutting edge of “special editions”. In fact, one could argue that the entire idea of the Porsche was really just a special edition Volkswagen. But by the late 1970s, race victories and a growing reputation as the go-to sports car meant that the marketing gurus at Porsche were working overtime. There was the Sebring ’78 edition 924; it looked an awful lot on paper like it was a normal 924, and that’s because effectively it was just a cosmetic package with some ’70s spectacular stripes. There was also a Martini Edition car, that similarly was simply a set of stripes and a unique interior on an otherwise normal 924. There was a further Limited Edition in 1978 for those that had missed out on the Martini cars in 1976-1977 and just couldn’t wait until 1979 for the ’78 Sebring Edition. Confused? Not to worry, because after a short gap in 1980, Porsche introduced another special “Weissach Commemorative Edition” alongside similar 911 and 928 models. While this, too, was primarily an appearance package, there were some small changes. For example, as with the Martini cars the Weissach got a unique interior; brown and cream seats with a brown dashboard. But there were 924 Turbo details that were included as well – the ATS-made alloy wheels from the drum brake Turbo appeared, along with the rear spoiler. The wheels were slightly different than the all-silver Turbo wheels two, as they appeared two-tone machined with black inserts. Painted a platinum metallic color and “limited” to only 400 production models for the U.S., it at least sounded more special than the standard 924 until you realize that Porsche only sold a total of around 2,100 924s (including the Weissachs) in the U.S. in 1981. As with other older 924s, they’re rare to find and not as prized as the 928 and 911 Weissach models:

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1983 Porsche 911SC Coupe

Typically, a post featuring a 1983 911SC will highlight its melding of classic design, reliability and performance with the reasonable value that these 911s tend to command. As the last year of 911SC production the 1983MY tends to be an especially good candidate for such illustrations. This post will not feature sure a car. Rather, here we have an immaculate Guards Red 1983 Porsche 911SC Coupe, located in Southern California, with only 36,770 miles and a fairly high asking price. While the market for the 3.2 Carrera has accelerated across the board over the past year, values for the SC have increased at a much more gradual pace. We have, however, seen some excellent examples command higher values, while the higher-mileage, less-pristine, examples have held steady on the lower end on the scale.

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1974 Porsche 911 Coupe

It has been a week of very expensive Porsches from me so let’s move to the other end of the 911 spectrum to have a look at one of the unloved: a Bahama Blue 1974 Porsche 911 Coupe, located in Houston, with a blue/black interior and a stated 23,983 miles on it. If I’m honest, a 1974 911 is about as unloved as a 911 can get due to its marriage of a relatively poor performing and unreliable engine with the newly introduced impact bumpers. These are likely only to be outdone by an early 996, and the 996 would still have a substantial performance advantage in its favor. Clearly, these should not be looked at for their collectability, even if they remain some of the cheapest air-cooled 911s on the market. Rather they should be viewed as a potential chance to own an early 911 and the various pluses that go along with any vintage automobile, but without having to break the bank.

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1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A Speedster

We’ve shown quite a few 911 Speedsters over the past few months, either in the guise of the 3.2 Carrera or the 964 Carrera 2, but I cannot recall the last time we featured the original, the car those 911s were intended to recreate in spirit: the 356 Speedster. Here we have one of those rare examples: an Aquamarine Metallic 1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A Speedster. Released in 1954 the first Speedsters were quite a success, though the overall run would be short-lived as interest waned and the Speedster was replaced in 1958 with the Convertible D, followed by the 356 Roadster. With a spartan interior, minimalist top, and removable windscreen the Speedster was intended to appeal to weekend racers and those who wanted a no-frills, lower-cost, Porsche and during those initial years that’s exactly what it did, especially in the sunny environs of California. The short life the model lived has made the 356 Speedster a highly sought after collectible with the earliest examples being particularly noteworthy. Because we come across them so rarely they are almost always worth our attention.

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