I came very close to buying this car, but having just announced the formation of MotoringBlogs and a change in eventual career, it’s really not the right time. And it’s killing me. My much younger 18 year old self is going kick my own ass for this, but I need to hold off just a little longer — especially in this economy.
Enough crying because someone else needs to snag this great deal. I spotted this 1990 Porsche Carrera 2 on 6SpeedOnline and immediately went to work on my research.
quote from seller’s post:
This is a very clean example of an early Porsche C2! It has been owned by the same individual since 1996.
The car has roughly 130k miles on it but the newer motor/clutch/fly-wheel have roughly 35k miles!
The car has been lowered with H&R lowering springs
It has a Weltmeister chip
Racing Dynamics front strut brace
Custom crossover exhaust
New steering rack and tie-rod ends
Brakes were replaced recently and are in great shape!
New sunroof cables
New hood shocks
Comes with service records and was well cared for and maintained!
Comes with Speedware Harness bar and belts (belts are expired)
Comes with Bike rack as well
OVERALL, this is an exceptional car for its age! It has been well cared for and it shows. If you are looking for a good driver, a track car or a car to turn into a racer car, you can’t beat this one for the price!
I want to send a big thank you to Dan at SpeedWare Motorsports in Redmond, Washington. They are handling the sale of this car for one of their customers. He is a class act and has proven to be very fast in answering all my questions, not to mention he is obviously an enthusiast himself.…
The gap between average-to-good condition 944 Turbo’s and pristine-and-maintained examples is about a mile wide. I’ve listed the prior a few times, but once in a while, one of the latter comes out from hiding. And judging from the seller’s $15k asking, it appears he knows what he has.
1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S For Sale on Craigslist SF:
quote from seller’s Craigslist posting:
This is one of the cleanest 944’s I could find. The car is Alpine white with black leather interior. I am the third owner. I bought it from the mechanic of the original owner. The car was purchased at Carlsen Porsche in Palo Alto. The car has only 74k miles on it. The mechanic who I bought it from kept it in impecable condition. You can find many other cars for a lot cheaper but you will end up spending the money on them over time. This car is ready to drive and you will not need to worry about issues. I have the certificate of authenticity from Porsche. Options listed as: cruise control, leather seats, electric sliding roof, cd player with radio, amplifier system, emissions control – California, special model 944 turbo. production date 6/10/1988 MSRP $46224.00
The Turbo is a fast car anyway, but the S ups the ante with a bigger turbo, bigger brakes, standard limited slip differential, and market exclusivity. And I’m a sucker for white on black.
I’m a product of the 80’s, so sue me if the styling doesn’t fit everyone’s palette. I think this thing is rad! Check out this 1982 Porsche modified by DP Motorsports with 935 slant nose, aero package, and turbo modifications, listed for sale on Pelican Parts For Sale Forum:
quote from seller’s post on Pelican Parts:
It is based on a 1982, ROW 911 Turbo (930) (Belgium), was originally built for Mario Andretti, and was owned by (baseball/gambling legend) Pete Rose when he and Mario were co-owners in a race team. (Have the original loan papers, etc).
I bought it about 4 years ago in San Diego, where it was sitting for most of the previous 20 years. I’ve put nearly 40 thousand miles on it in 4 years, and done a few track days with it as well.
I ended up replacing all the brakes, bearings, hoses, etc., etc over the last few years. I’ve also put in a light-weight clutch and fly wheel, RUF-vavled Biltein shocks, and stiffer torsion bars.
It’s got just under 80,000 miles on it, but had a COMPLETE, $25,000 engine rebuild at Weissach about 500 miles ago (last month) due to an overboost problem that caused some minor detonation in 3 of the 6 cylinders. it’s still in the break-in period.
The car is now putting out just under 500 HP at .8 bar.
The list goes on and on… and all work was performed by Weissach Performance here in Vancouver. The car has been meticulously maintained over the past 4 years that I’ve owned it, with no expense spared.
It has 2 Sparco Milano seats in it, but the original Sport Seats (non-powered) and rails come with it.
The original wheel fans come with it. 2 years ago I had the BBS wheels refinished and the wheel fan attachment points properly helicoiled.
Sure you can find 928S4’s with 5 speeds and even the occasional GT and GTS (with serious markups to match!) But when was the last time you saw a reasonable mileage 928S4 in black on black with a 5 speed? Especially at only $16k! Check out the is 1984 Porsche 928S4 For Sale on Autotrader in Missoula, Montana:
quote from seller’s Autotrader listing:
1987 Porsche 928S4. Black/black. 5.0 litre V8. Rare 5 speed manual trans. Speedline 18″ wheels (wheels retail for $1500 each) w/ Dunlop SP tires. A/C is 134a and blows cold. Leather. Power locks/windows/seats. Custom sound: plays CDs, mp3s and has iPod connectivity, Alpine head unit, Genesis amps, MB Quart speakers, Rockford Fosgate subs, all custom installed. Momo wheel. Sunroof. Tinted windows. Car cover. Four stock 16″ wheels. RMB. Always garaged. All around excellent condition for a 1987 original Porsche. No accidents. Very clean.
Another car that my Dad and I have a weakness for. After all, this was supposed to be the successor to the 911 when first penned in the mid 70’s. While it obviously didn’t end up being the replacement, it still demonstrates the forward thinking and engineering prowess of Porsche to design a car in the 70’s that continued to sell from 1977 to 1993. There isn’t anything quite like it and in person it still draws me in like a magnet.
Naturally the Porsche 928 should be regarded like a used e32 7 series BMW: More features equals more to break. But when service history is documented and a PPI checks out, and you’ve always wanted one, well, time to negotiate with the wife again!
The Porsche 964 has been a dream car of mine since high school. This Carrera 4 factory widebody is a rare specimen and the seller states it’s in concours condition. This car was a precursor to the 993 Carrera 4S, carrying the Turbo’s suspension, wheels, brakes, and most importantly, widebody fenders from the factory.
Check out this 1994 Porsche 911 Widebody on eBay:
quote from seller’s listing on eBay:
Pristine example of “last of the 911″ classic body shape. Highly collectible, appreciating in value Porsche features a polar silver exterior and black leather interior. 1 of 238 factory wide body, all wheel drive Porsche with turbo brakes and suspension. Very well documented stock example with Fab Speed exhaust, cold air intake box, strut tower brace and K&N Filter. Professionally installed high end Alpine stereo/CD system. Overall condition is a 9.5+. New 17” Bridgestone Potenza tires with stock “Cup” wheels. Extensive records including major services. Open to any inspection or PPI by certified Porsche mechanic. I am a PCA member and Porsche collector/enthusiast. Willing to assist buyer in shipping vehicle, if required. Option codes include XD4, 437, 438, 494, 650, 891, 935, 980. Original MSRP $84,000.
Buy-it-now shows $40k, which feels a bit on the high side (but just a bit). On the other hand, good luck finding another one for sale!
I featured a couple of BMW‘s models that are worth keeping an eye on for good value, but how about some Porsches.
Ask any air cooled 911 owner what the best value in the range is, and 9 times out of 10, they’ll tell you to consider the Porsche 911SC from 78-83. Visually, it’s nearly identical to the later Carrera which commands quite a bit more cash, yet still retains a modern-classic look with body details that dates back to 74. And it’s no slouch with around 180hp. I’ve had the pleasure of driving my good friend Paul’s 1980 911sc on numerous occasions.
Here are a couple I spotted surfing Craigslist that caught my eye.
1980 Porsche 911sc Sweet Condition. Red Rocket! – $18900 (Boise, 85k miles)
1979 Porsche 911sc – $16500 (Eugene, 97k miles)
Early Porsche Boxster
Watch the reviews and it’s obvious the Boxster is a classic already. With prices well under $20k for well equipped models, they’re a serious consideration if you’re in the market for a sporty drop top.
2000 Porsche Boxster with only 46k miles – $16500 (Seattle)
1999 Porsche Boxster – $17000 (Beaverton, Oregon, 38k miles)
I had started a Porsche Boxster S FAQ at my old blog, but it’s still worth referencing for any early Boxster purchase. My buddy Paul tells me working on these cars is a PITA, but damn, it’s hard not deny the appeal and versatility of these cars.
As with any car I’d seriously consider buying, I’d do a Pre-Purchase Inspection and CarFax history report to begin the background check. But for under $20k you have your choice of either a classic 911 or a modern-classic Boxster to fulfill the Porsche fantasy.
We’ll start with dessert first, a 1983 Porsche 944 modified by Callaway Turbo Systems. The ad states it’s one of 20 examples ever made. At $80k listed, I have no idea if this is a good deal or pipe dream, but it sure is cool!
quote from seller’s CL ad:
This Porsche is one of only 20 ever built. 5 of these Porches are at the Porche museum in Stutgart, Germany. This vehicle has had a complete inspection, new brakes and rotors, multiple mechanical upgrades on 7/28/08. It is extremely fast and street legal, but could be raced under historic ranking since it has a full rollbar. All gauges work. I have performance specifications from Callaway Turbo Systems if desired. Best offer will be considered.
Like the look but a little outside your budget? Check out this mint 1984 Porsche 944 with 38k miles!
quote from CraigsList ad:
1984 Porsche 944.
38,200 miles. 5-speed. All stock and original except stereo.
PS, A/C, power windows & mirrors. Everything is in perfect working order. Clean carfax.
Rare dark “Kopenhagen” blue exterior. Immaculate black leather interior.
Newer tires, shocks, and struts. All manuals and complete maintenance records. Synthetics used regularly.
Timing and counter-rotating shaft belts replaced.
The car drives tight and strong.
In addition to being a very affordable and low miles Porsche, this looks like a nice investment opportunity as well. Excellence Magazine’s 944 Market Update in the April 08 issues indicates that an excellent condition 1984 Porsche 944 is worth $8k. In addition, the rare color and low miles would probably qualify for their additional 10% consideration, making this car look like good value at full asking. Their past analysis indicates the car was worth a low of $5k in 2005 and has been steadily increasing since.
Hmmm, Spokane is only three and half hours away…
This car is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but for those who grew up in the Miami Vice era reading VW & Porsche will know what makes this car a standout. This auction recently ended with no sale at $20k, and a buy-it-now of $48k.
1988 Porsche Strosek 911 Turbo For Sale on eBayMotors
quote from seller’s eBay listing:
This great Turbo sets itself apart from all of the others due to it’s Strosek body kit, white gauge faces and Racing Dynamics wheels. A very striking look indeed!!
This car isn’t perfect, but this combination of original Strosek and Racing Dynamics aftermarket pieces are difficult to source today. $50k seems pretty high for a car with 60k miles, pitted bodywork, and stained interior. But this car could really serve as a childhood fantasy car project to rebuild or enjoy.
What a great looking, totally original, and super low miles car! This example has only 27k miles and did not sell at $17k:
1986 Porsche 944 Turbo For Sale by owner on eBay
Quote from sellers auction:
The color of this Porsche is a Titamium Metallic with black leather interior. The photos show it to have a bronze tint to it, but it doesn’t. As you can see it is in Excellent condition. I just had all the services done to it and completely gone through. Everything works. The AC blows hard and cold. The paint Excellent with just a few stone chips in the front. No accidents not even a door ding. I have the books and keys. Please give me a call if you have any questions.
I love the color combo of dark gray on black leather. And that leather looks brand new, even on the steering wheel. But if it didn’t sell for $17k, how much more is it worth? Leave a comment with your opinion.
The Porsche 944 Turbo, known internally at Porsche and amongst enthusiasts as the 951, is a performance bargain. Stunning examples can be had for the same kind of money as a well looked after BMW e36 M3’s. But suddenly I’m seeing prices lower than I’ve seen the past few years. Naturally it’s re-sparked my interest.
I have been a fan of the design and potential of the 944 series since high school. Stunning looks and genuinely German details combine with a perfectly balanced platform, 200+ hp, and final performance numbers that nearly rivaled even the mighty 911 Turbo of it’s day. Someone remind me again why I haven’t owned one of these?
For starters, they’re not exactly plentiful with only about 15,000 examples sold in the U.S. (though this could be good for U.S. investors willing to export as only 10,000 more were sold worldwide.) Couple that with the generous aftermarket offerings and the amazing potential for these cars to easily exceed 300whp with bolt on upgrades, and you may be hard pressed to find a well cared for example in the neighborhood. The easy numbers and low entry price have resulted in many cars falling into the hands of owners who weren’t prepared for the total price of ownership. And the market reflects it with a range of asking prices going as low as $6000ish for well used examples with high miles, to beyond $15k for low mileage and even more rare ‘S’ models with 247hp, upgraded suspension and other rarities standard. But somewhere in between lies a serious performance, racing pedigree’d, prestige bargain.
For what it’s worth, Excellence has updated values for the 944 Turbo in their April 2008 issue: 1986 models range from $7892 for a so-so car, to $12k for an excellent car. The last model year, 1989, as $11k – $16.9k.…