1987 Porsche 930 Slantnose

This car provides a nice contrast with yesterday’s Ruf BTR. While the Ruf wasn’t completely original, and thus a bit less expensive than we might expect, it still provides captivating performance that any standard 930 would struggle to replicate. It also was quite a bit cheaper than the car we see here. Each illustrates the unique variety available in the ’80s when it seemed as if automotive excess was really beginning to hit its stride. The Slantnose, derived from the Porsche 935 racer, was offered as a factory option for the 930 through Porsche’s Sonderwunsch Programm beginning in 1981. They have developed a very love/hate following among current enthusiasts, but their strength on the market seems fairly secure. As the 930 in general continues to rise in value, these rare variants lead the way commanding significant premiums over the standard model.

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1986 Ruf BTR II

In the world of Porsche tuners, Ruf may be the name that is most hallowed. The company made its name long ago by taking cars with already excellent performance and turning everything up, in some cases way up. While they have begun to branch out their early work began with the 911 and here we have the model that began the madness: the Ruf BTR. Using Porsche’s already prodigiously powered 930, Ruf bored the engine to raise displacement to 3.4 liters and then raised the turbo pressure to increase output to 374 hp. But these were never intended to be cars simply producing more power. The braking and suspension setups were improved, aerodynamic aids fitted, and the interior outfitted to meet a customer’s specifications. All together you had a car instantly recognizable as a 911, but with enough visual cues to make clear it was not any old model. These were special. The example here is a 1986 Ruf BTR II, located in Ohio, with 67,200 miles on it.


Wednesday Wheels Roundup

I have another few rare sets of wheels to check out this week, starting with some polarizing but cool Brabus wheels. They’re pricey but quite a way to set your Mercedes-Benz apart. There’s also a set of BBS RX wheels which remind me of some of the great designs gone by since BBS switched hands. This week I found another set of Rial wheels, this time slightly different with a large offset. There’s also a rare set of Volkswagen Votex wheels. And if you’re feeling ridiculously rich and have an early 911 that you want to have a race look, there’s a set of ultra-rich magnesium Minilites that is priced around the cost of most cars I look at. Enjoy!

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1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster

High mileage examples of collectible models represent their own particular breed on the car market, and that’s especially the case when looking at a quickly growing market with relatively high prices. We’ve seen the market for 964 variants accelerate at a rate greater than that of many other 911 models and here we have another of those low-production models that seems destined to have a strong impact on the market. The difference here, though, is that this car has nearly 140K miles on it. Here we have a Silver 1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster, located in North Carolina. Known elsewhere as the Carrera 2 Cabriolet Turbo Look, the America Roadster dispensed with certain luxuries while taking on the appearance and braking of the 911 Turbo, for which a Cabriolet was not available on the 964.

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Motorsports Monday: 1965 Porsche 911

For some time, old race cars were near throw-away items. Vintage racing has changed that and given new life to old steeds to the point that some vintage race cars are actually more valuable than their road-worthy counterparts. This is especially true when you’re talking about very rare cars or cars with historic wins – but in some cases, provenance doesn’t matter quite as much when the market is red hot. One red-hot market right now is the early Porsche 911 market with cars tripling in value over the past year and a half. Couple a short wheel base ’65 911 with one of the most historic races linked to the Porsche name – Sebring – and you’ve got one desirable package:

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2001 Porsche 911 Turbo

We don’t come across very many examples of the 996TT with extremely low mileage. While few we see are ever high mileage most show at least 30K miles or have been significantly modified. I assume the low-mileage examples are being held by speculators planning to wait a bit longer to see if the 996 market shows an uptick, but here we have a seller who has decided the time is right to try to sell. With just 5,700 miles this Guards Red 2001 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe, located in Florida, appears to have led a low-stress and pampered life and should provide an opportunity to own a 996TT that is almost like new.

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1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GT

At first glance, you might mistake this Porsche for a 944, but it is in fact an early Group 4 homologation special for Le Mans. The 924 Carrera GT was one of the first glimpses as to the performance potential of Porsche’s new front-engined, four-cylinder wonder. The folks at flüssig magazine gave us a nice retrospective last year with regards to the development of competition 924s that would go on to influence the 944. With 210 horsepower on tap, the 924 Carrera GT was a considerable step up in performance from any 924 that had previously been seen. Only 406 examples were produced, making this wide hipped 924 quite the rarity. This example for sale in New York is certainly going to get fans of the early water-cooled models excited.

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Motorsports Monday: 1988 Porsche 944S Firehawk

If you were a sports car racing enthusiast in the 1980s, Group C might have been the top of the heap but there was some great action in the Firehawk support series. Here was a category of cars you could actually go buy, in very close to their original specification. Looking back, they are the cars we often write up today – BMW M3s, Volkswagen GTis and Corrados competing against everything from Camaros and Firebirds to Honda CRXs and even the occasional Peugot 505. The names that raced the cars were just as famous – and some are still active. Jack Baldwin, for example, ran Camaros back then and I believe it getting ready for another run at the Pirelli World Challenge with his Porsche Cayman S in 2015. Names like Scott Sharp, Randy Pobst, Dorsey Schroder, Andy Pilgrim and even Paul Newman weren’t uncommon sights in 1988. But there were other notable race names from the 1980s; BMW fans would recognize David Hobbs, Ray Korman and TC Klein, for example, and for Porsche fans Dave White combined forces with Bob Akin. Both had extensive race history with Porsche, and they took some Porsche 944s with the paint still wet to Sebring in 1988:

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1992 Porsche 911 Turbo

The Porsche 964 Turbo is identified by a lot of 911 purists as the last of the real 911 Turbos. When the 993 based Turbo arrived, all-wheel drive entered the equation and a bit of the challenge (or threat, depending on who you talk to) was taken out of the driving experience. The 964 Turbo isn’t a car you’d expect to find in a particularly feminine color. But that’s just what we have here with this 3.6 Turbo for sale in the UK painted in the striking shade of Rubystone. This is one of the 1990s Porsche colors I’ve always loved. Question is, are you male readers out there comfortable enough in your masculinity to be seen in a sports car like this?

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