1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

We all have our personal favorites and this car is just about as close as it gets for me. A triple black 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe with whale tail. Whether this actually is my personal favorite probably depends on what day of the week it is since I’ll almost always tell you that I prefer black and tan over triple black. Then I come across a car like this one and my mind changes. The rest, however, is just how I’d want it: black exterior, black Fuchs, whale tail, and the last year of the 3.2 Carrera. The things that dreams are made of. When I think of the 911 this is the car that comes to my mind first; it relates most closely to my own first experience of the 911 in the flesh and was the dominant example during my youth when such images were permanently seared into my brain. Add to that the low mileage and the excellent condition of the interior and exterior and we have a sure winner.

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Motorsports Monday: 2006 Porsche 911 Carrera Koni Challenge

Looking for a budget track ride? There are plenty of options out there for you, but in terms of sheer performance for value the Porsche 911 in 996/997 guise is still quite hard to beat. Especially when talking about the 997, the refinement Porsche had managed to build into the chassis is simply remarkable; 911s have a reputation as widow-makers, but the reality is that the 996 and 997 are very well balanced, easy to drive fast cars. They’re also long-lived when properly maintained and offer a driving experience that few sports cars match. They’re just good cars for the track – and quite fast. But are you really going to drop $90,000 plus modifications to alter a brand new 991 to be a track car? Not likely – a much better bet would be to check out some used examples, such as this perfectly liveried 997 from the 2006 Koni Challenge:

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1994 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe

When Porsche debuted the 964, the first major redesign of the 911 since 1974, it chose for this significant event a somewhat bold strategy. It not only released a completely redesigned 911, but a completely redesigned 911 model that previously had not existed and was sure to raise a few eyebrows: the 911 Carrera 4. With its standard power steering, ABS, and electronically-extended rear spoiler the release of the Carrera 4 was intended to foreshadow the future of the 911. There would be little looking back. Technological innovations aside, perhaps the best part of this Carrera 4 is the look. Produced only in the final year of 964 production, the wider rear fenders have garnered it the “Turbo Look” moniker and those curves certainly do the job of creating a sexier overall shape on the already smoothed lines of the 964. While future models would offer additional variations, 964 buyers who sought that wider shape were limited to the Carrera 4 Widebody and the more expensive, though wonderful, 911 Turbo. This all brings us to the example here: a Black on Black 1994 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe, located in Texas, with 89,695 miles on it.

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1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

The Targa has had a peculiar history. Somewhat unloved among 911s, its original development derived from Porsche’s sense that constricting safety regulations eventually would render the convertible obsolete. Those concerns never quite materialized, but Porsche still has continued to produce the Targa, even if there have been various times during which it was not available or, as was the case with the 993, was altered significantly before being shelved entirely. But the Targa recently has been revived and I applaud Porsche for returning it to its original design (I really didn’t like the 993 version). The model remains less loved than its Coupe and Cabriolet counterparts, yet still provides an interesting compromise between the two, and for that I hope it continues to be produced! The example we see here comes from near the end of the most prominent model run: a 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa, located in Washington state, with 120,000 miles on it.

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1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

If the car we see here is any indication, then we appear to have reached a point where short-hood naturally-aspirated air-cooled 911s are all trading for similar values. Among driver-quality cars there certainly is a standard rise in value as we move from the 911SC to the 993 but the gap between these two models has closed considerably. This is great news for some buyers because it enables a more expansive search among models, but the downside is that a “cheap” 911 no longer appears to exist. Overall, it’s surely a testament to the desirability of the air-cooled cars more generally. Here we have a Grand Prix White 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located around Houston, with 71,500 miles on it and an asking price of $37,500. The 993 was first shown in 1993 and carried over a refined version of the 964’s 3.6 liter flat-six mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. As the last of the air-cooled 911s the model always has been extremely popular and looks to forever remain the most powerful and refined air-cooled option Porsche will release.

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1970 Porsche 914/6 GT

There’s always those cars out there I fail to give a second look, but having been involved with GCFSB for some time now, it’s opened my eyes to a whole new world of classics. Case in point, the Porsche 914. What began as a VW/Porsche joint venture was initially looked down upon a bit by the 911 drivers of the world. Now the car has become a bit of a newly discovered darling of the collector set, given the market’s penchant for anything air-cooled out of Stuttgart. Most 914s you come across are the four-cylinder variants, but there was a six cylinder variant on offer in the form of the 914/6. This particular 914/6 for sale in Florida was built to Brumos Racing specifications, with factory steel flared fenders accentuating those Fuchs wheels shod with Goodyear F1s.

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1993 Porsche 928GTS

We are approaching two decades since the last 928 rolled off the Porsche assembly line, a span of time not much longer than the duration of the model’s run. From 1978 to 1995 the 928 served as Porsche’s flagship Grand Tourer and early on it was assumed to be the car that would remain the flagship vehicle of the marque altogether. The success of the 911 obviously changed that, but the 928 still lives on as Porsche’s only, and last (at least to now), front-engined V8 coupe. These cars possessed a uniqueness for the brand that has always set them apart with timeless styling that showed only incremental changes during the 17 years of its existence. As the last model variant the 928GTS featured a 5.4 liter V8 producing 350 hp surrounded by a sleek and lithe body that promised to transport you in a great deal of style at a great deal of speed. The example we see here is an automatic-transmission 1993 Porsche 928GTS, located in Colorado Springs, with just 44,000 miles on it.

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Wednesday Wheels Roundup

Time for another Wednesday Wheels roundup – but this time, I’m looking at some great steering wheels I found. Check out the rare Volkswagen Petri model – or the equally rare Personal Audi Sport wheel. Then there are a brace of Momo Mercedes-Benz wheels including a neat original AMG wheel, and why not throw in a Ruf wheel for giggles even if it costs more than some cars? What’s your favorite?

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1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Speedster – RHD

Even though there are always certain cars we feature frequently and always have an eye out for here at GCFSB, we still come across examples that can stun us for a variety of reasons. Such is the case here with a rarely seen Silver 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Speedster with a fantastic Velvet Red interior and only 29,032 miles on it. This is a UK Speedster so it is one of only 139 right-hand drive 911 Speedsters produced, adding an extra touch of rarity to an already special car. The 911 Speedster, of course, was Porsche’s homage to the original 356 Speedster, a stripped-down, no frills, two-seater, intended for enthusiasts who desired a weekend racer, but without going to a full-on track car. The lower windscreen was removable and the folding top wasn’t really intended for use while driving. While those sporting intentions probably never manifested to a significant degree in Porsche’s remakes of the Speedster the basic design elements and stylistic cues were still present. Even today the Speedster remains a testament to Porsche’s history and one of the most loved designs the marque has produced.

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1987 Porsche 944S

Pablo from flüssig magazine is back once again to take a look at this clean, lower mileage 1987 Porsche 944S for sale in Pennsylvania.

It began with mild curiosity.

My then-future wife already knew of my close-minded, air-cooled superiority complex, but didn’t understand why I thought her 944S didn’t figure into my Porsche passion…then she took me for a ride. I was hooked. This car made me a believer; in fact, it was this very car that would inspire me to start a magazine called flüssig ten years later.

What was it about this little car that nudged, no shoved, me into the world of early water-cooled Porsches? The smoothness. This is a character trait my beloved 911 didn’t possess. In fact, that air-cooled fossil is very much like me; rough, uncouth, noisy…a little bit dangerous, a little bit friendly, but generally behaving like an oaf—a sophisticated oaf.

The S was the exact opposite. Its character mimicked that of my wife, Diane. Well mannered, svelte, elegant. Perfectly bulged hips, thin at the waist, and strong enough to shove you back when provoked. No wonder I was attracted to both.

Now, before we get too far ahead of ourselves, I want to point out the historical significance of this car.

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