1987 Porsche 911 Carrera

Every now and then I’ll come across a Porsche painted in a hue which I had no idea was offered. I had seen Riviera Blue on a few 911s before, but after the folks at flüssig magazine posted a picture of a Riviera Blue 928GTS, I was yet again stumped. I had never seen a 928 in this hue. It was surely unique, but I’m not sure it really fit the nature of this grand touring machine. This 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera in Cassis Red, however, is another story. You don’t see them in this color all too often, and with the burgundy leather, it really looks rich. This example for sale in Texas has covered just over 50,000 miles and is the first model year to have the desirable G50 gearbox.

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1993 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6

It isn’t very often that I come across a 911 that somewhat confuses me, but with this car I spent a considerable amount of time trying to make sure I understood exactly what model it is and while I think I know, I’m still not entirely sure. Part of my uncertainty simply has to do with the possibility that this is a European variant of which I’m not entirely aware, but let’s cut to the chase: here we have a Black Metallic 1993 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6, located in Paris, with 38,526 miles on it. My confusion comes from the options/modifications on this particular car. You see, it looks like a Turbo S ‘Package’ car, one of the rarest of the very rare 911 Turbos to be produced. Except, as far as I know, the Package car was only produced for the US market and the Turbo S was only produced in 1994. Presumably, then, this is a factory-modified Turbo 3.6 complete with the sport exhaust, Speedline wheels, and rear air intake of the Turbo S (along with a considerable bump in power). If that, indeed, is the case, then this probably isn’t as valuable as an actual Turbo S, but it may just be more rare. Either way, it is absolutely beautiful!

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1990 Porsche 944S2 Cabriolet

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In light of the bidding frenzy on the extremely low mileage Porsche 944 Turbo we featured earlier in the week, I had the urge to seek out another 944 to feature, although this time a little less common of a model. The 944 Cabriolet was sold for two years in the US, with less than 2,500 sold here. It came late in the lifecycle of the 944, equipped in this market solely with the 2.5 liter 16-valve engine. This has been a model relegated to relative obscurity, even amongst P-car fanatics. The weather outside might suggest differently for some of us, but it’s a great time to start thinking about that drop top and get a jump on your summer motoring plans. This 944 Cabriolet for sale in Florida has covered almost 100,000 miles but appears in good shape.

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1967 Porsche 911S Coupe

By now, we are all familiar with discussion of the somewhat atypical handling traits of the 911. As a rear-engined rear-wheel drive sports car it remains a peculiar design, though one that has been enormously successful. Early in its life those traits were magnified by the 911’s shorter wheelbase. In 1969 the entire 911 range (along with the 912) received a 57mm increase in its wheelbase. The overall length of the cars was carried over from previous years, but the rear wheels were moved further towards the rear of the car, providing better handling balance and mitigating some of the 911’s skittish, tail-happy nature. This would be of particular importance to Porsche’s highest performing model, the 911S. With its lighter weight and increased power the S gave Porsche customers the ultimate expression of these rear-engined cars, but further increased the need for attentiveness while piloting them. Of course, their short-lived nature makes the short-wheelbase models somewhat of an anomaly among the range and therefore quite valuable. The example here is a restored Light Ivory 1967 Porsche 911S Coupe, located in Houston.

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1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI Coupe

$1.4 million. That was the selling price of a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Lightweight at last year’s Amelia Island auctions and it sparked quite a clamor within the Porsche market for anyone seeking to own one of these great machines. Or course, not every Carrera RS will ever see that sort of price; the Carrera RS Lightweight is probably the most sought after of what is already a highly sought after car so some of the high price comes down to those combinations of rarity. But the price of every Carrera RS went up following that auction. That rise also brought with it a concurrent rise in the price of the car we see here: a 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI Coupe, located in Illinois. Mechanically, these cars were essentially a 1973 Carrera RS Touring, but they were now surrounded by the redesigned body with impact bumpers that debuted in 1974. The resulting car possessed Carrera RS levels of performance, just with a slightly different look. For those on the market today, the Carrera 2.7 MFI provides an alternative: Carrera RS performance and highly collectible, but with a significantly lower cost of entry.

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Tuner Tuesday: 1996 Porsche 911 Turbo

It is not hugely surprising that the RWB 993 was a bit polarizing; understandable given the now near cult-status of the 993 and the extreme crafting of the body. Today I have a different modified 993 to look at; this time, instead of a Carrera 2 we’re looking at a 911 Turbo that has been externally modified to look like a Ruf but it’s no poser with a claimed 659 rear wheel horsepower. Is this sacrilegious too, or are the modifications just right here?

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1974 Porsche 911S – Lightweight Outlaw

We’ve featured a few cars of similar intent to the one we see here and they are always difficult to gauge, but one of the persistent criticisms of those cars, especially considering the asking price many sellers seek, is that most of them have retained their stock drivetrain. Given the 911 market, there are cogent reasons for those build decisions as cosmetic details can be reverted to their stock configuration, whereas a car without its engine will never be wholly original again. One solution is to use a 911 with a relatively unloved drivetrain and replace it with something more desirable. This build followed that route utilizing a 1974 911S as its foundation and replacing its 2.7 liter flat-six with the 3.6 liter engine from a 993. Transmission, braking, and suspension received similar upgrades and the interior has been stripped and rebuilt with only the essentials leaving a spartan environment that appears bare but well sorted. With a reported 2550 lb weight this is sure to be screamer and for the well-heeled might make for a very interesting track car.

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1986 Porsche 944 Turbo

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We’re always on the lookout for low mileage classics here at GCFSB, but it’s rather special when you find vintage motors with under 10,000 miles on the clock. These types of cars can be a window into the past, reminding restorers how these cars were made in the first place or taking collectors back in time to when they first saw a particular machine on the showroom floor. This 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo for sale in Texas is just such an example. With just under 10,000 miles on the odometer, it looks as if it just rolled off the production line in Stuttgart. The idea of turbocharging had been around for some time, but this was the first car that produced the same amount of power with or without a catalyst. Forged pistons, a ceramic port liner and Brembo four piston calipers and ABS came standard. With a 0-60 time of 5.9 seconds, this was a very quick sports car in its day.

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1983 Porsche 911SC Targa

This is not déjà vu. Last week we featured this Guards Red 911SC Targa mostly to highlight an available option for those looking for a good quality driver and/or their first opportunity to try out a 911 without breaking the bank. The car we see here, an India Red 1983 Porsche 911SC Targa with 85,667 miles on it, falls into a similar category. The 1983 911SC generally is a good bet for those looking for value as it’s the last year prior to the introduction of the 3.2 Carrera, which tends to command a slight premium, so you get the most 911SC for your buck. This one is also helped by having my personal favorite interior: Cork Leather.

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Motorsports Monday: 1963 Porsche TM Special

Entering the world of historic racing in general is not something that can be terribly easily achieved, but when you start talking about historic Porsches the dollar signs start increasing rapidly. To race a historic 956 or 962, for example, one reputable Porsche shop quoted me on the order of $5,000 – $6,000 an hour once you factor in crew, tires, brakes, race fuel and rebuilds. That, of course, doesn’t include the purchase price of the car which can easily exceed a million dollars – even for a non-winning chassis. Okay, so not everyone races Group C cars, but even 911s, 912s and 914-6s can be expensive to run competitively – and are increasingly expensive to purchase. One way to step a bit outside of the normal Porsche mold, then, is to look for the many privateer special race cars that were built in the 1960s, such as this DKW/Porsche hybrid “TM Special”:

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