1968 Porsche 911L Coupe

As Porsche began to expand the range of its 911 offerings it released, for one year only, the 911L. That year was 1968. The L, naturally, stood for Luxury and marked these models as similar to the S in its trim and other fittings, but with the standard 130 hp engine found in the previous 911. It would be further differentiated by the introduction of the 911T, Porsche’s entry-level 911, which utilized a 110 hp engine and featured fewer of the creature comforts found in the L and S models. But one year later the L was gone, replaced by the mid-level 911E. That makes the L a bit of a rarity, though their values have never really took off any more so than other 911s of this vintage, and certainly not to the degree of the S. Still, like the E, these offer upgrades over the entry-level T without having to pay the sky-high prices for a S. Buyers looking for driver-quality examples could certainly find worse alternatives. The example featured here, a 1968 Porsche 911L Coupe with 105,572 miles, originally came in a special order Dark Green Metallic, but now sits in what appears to be Grand Prix White.

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1967 Porsche 911S Soft-window Targa

Last week we featured a 912 Soft-window Targa that sat on the value-end of the scale for these peculiar models, even if that particular example was priced a bit high. Now we are going to move almost entirely to the other end of the spectrum. The Soft-window Targa was not only made for the 912, but also was available on the 911, including the top-of-the-range and highly sought after 911S. In this case we’re just stacking rarity on rarity with a rare color of a rare variant of a rare model. It should come as no surprise then that this car is priced at nearly $200K, 5 times the high price for last week’s 912. But this post isn’t about finding an interesting value, but rather about coming across one of the most interesting 911s made in the late ’60s. Here we have a Gulf Blue 1967 Porsche 911S Soft-window Targa that comes in at just under 125K miles and also sports an interesting classic rally pedigree.

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Motorsports Monday: 1990 Porsche 944S2 Firehawk – REVISIT

The 1990 Porsche 944S2 Firehawk series car that I wrote up back in early August is back on eBay, having failed to sell its first time around. The price has been lowered $2,000 this time, but it remains pricey by 944S2 and track car standards at $23,100. That amount does buy you a solid race car platform with an interesting history with the look of a Turbo Cup car, but I’d guess it’s still a bit too expensive for most people’s blood. If it could be had in the mid to high teens I’d think there would be more interested parties.

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1995 Porsche 968 Cabriolet – REVISIT

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The late production Porsche 968 Cabriolet we featured in mid August is back up for sale, having no takers last time around. Ever wanted to own the ultimate expression of the front-engine, four cylinder Porsche? Here’s your chance. Let our resident guru and fellow 968 Cabriolet owner, Pablo, walk you through the finer points.

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1997 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

It’s a weekend of black 911s for me and I have no problem with that. While they can sometimes seem generic, or even boring, there are few things I enjoy more than seeing a freshly cleaned, well-maintained, black sports car. Other colors are certainly more exciting, but I find few to match the seeming depth and beauty. Maintaining that appearance is a pain, but it’s definitely worth it. Here we have an example that could certainly pass as generic, but when you pause to take everything in you really begin to see the depth of the 993’s fantastic curves. With 69,067 miles this 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe is the ideal sort of candidate for someone looking to own a 993, but without concern over increased mileage spoiling the car’s value.

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1987 Porsche 930 Slantnose

A Black Slantnose 930: the poster boy of ’80s flamboyance and excess. There are a lot of things I love about these cars. Derived from the Porsche 935 racer, the Slantnose came along as an option for the 930 coupe. Gone were the iconic front headlamps so familiar to fans of the 911, replaced by a sloping front end with pop-up lights. While the shape might be aerodynamically sensible, porschephiles remain divided on the Slantnose’s appeal, but it is undeniable that the unique shape is one that can be taken in for quite some time. A 930 itself would rarely be a car for those who are faint of heart and a Slantnose 930 turns the attention-getting dial well upward. The particular example featured here comes from the 1987 model year and sits with just 38,800 miles.

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1984 Porsche 911 Carrera

When looking for a value within the 911 range the best place to start is usually a higher mileage 1983 911SC or a 1984 3.2 Carrera just like the one we have here. While few, if any, 911s are what we’d consider “cheap” these days, those two years still possess an excellent combination of price, style, and performance without attracting too much attention from collectors. For many the 1984 3.2 Carrera may be the preferred choice given the improved engine, but each has its merits and both are sure to please their future owners. Here we have a Grand Prix White 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in Atlanta, with 143,748 miles on it in addition to some nice options including sport seats and a set of color-matched Fuchs. On many colors of the 911 I can do without the color-matched Fuchs wheels, but on Grand Prix White I find it particularly eye-catching.

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1977 Porsche 911S Coupe

Low mileage, but less desirable, models of the 911 always find themselves in an interesting place on the Porsche market. Generally, such cars are unloved because of engine issues or styling issues, or in the case with the car here: both. Here we have a 1977 Porsche 911S Coupe, located in Los Angeles, with just 43,000 miles on it. As the first models with the redesigned body with impact bumpers, the 1974-1977 911 was always going to struggle relative to its predecessors, but it’s the engine issues that really plagued these cars, dissuading potential buyers and holding down values. After all, the 911SC and 3.2 Carrera that immediately followed, each of which shares very similar styling to a ’77 911S, is well loved amongst 911 fans. But those models both have stout engines that easily reach into the six figures. A ’77 911S can be a very good car though, if all of the appropriate steps are taken ahead of time.

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Wednesday Wheels Roundup: Ruf/Speedline Edition

Are there better looking wheels than the 5-spokes made by Speedline in the mid late 80s to early 90s? I’m not sure there are; the proportions are perfect, the finishes were awesome – they just suited the cars really well. They were the counterpoint to the BBS wheels and were also popular on the track. A few decades on, they’re now worth more than just about any wheels from the period – more even than the fan-favorite BBS RS. But if you have a Porsche and you want the ultimate period wheel, Speedlines are the way to go in my opinion. Here’s a selection of a few different versions of the Ruf wheels; from the original “Yellowbird” wheels through the more recent BTR and CTR wheels, along with some great Alessios and some Kenesis Supercups. Enjoy!

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1968 Porsche 912 Soft-window Targa

The peculiarity of the Soft-window Targa provides us a window into the way innovative designs and attempts to adapt can end up as short diversions that ultimately fail. Very few of these cars were ever made and fewer still exist today. Out of some concern for the continued viability of the convertible because of increasingly stringent safety regulations, Porsche engineered some Targa versions of the 911 and 912 with an attached roll-hoop and folding rear window, hence “soft-window”. With its combination of folding rear window and removable top these cars provided multiple ways to enjoy one’s open-top drive, yet it was always going to be more fussy to deal with than either a hard-window Targa or a Cabriolet. After a few years of production, the Targa was reverted exclusively to the hard-window version and the Soft-window exists as sort of an interesting anomaly. Ultimately, it seems these soft-windows showcase some of the difficulty the Targa has enjoyed more generally. Still, they were an interesting attempt at a solution to potential problems, even if those problems never materialized to the degree Porsche expected. The example we have here is a 1968 Porsche 912 Soft-window Targa, located in California, with 109,125 miles on it.

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