We are always on the lookout for good performance value and as the writer who primarily features the Porsche 911 that isn’t always easy. At least pretty much all 911s provide nice performance, if not nice value! The go to for those looking has long been the 996TT, which for a while represented absolutely silly performance for the price. If you found one with the X50 package you could get supercar levels of performance for around $40K.
Those times have changed. The cat eventually was out of the bag and I guess enough people took notice that prices began to rise. With the air-cooled market rising as well that moved more buyers toward the later water-cooled models. Things haven’t exactly gotten out of hand, but with enough low-mileage examples available it’s pretty common to now see those X50-equipped models priced above $60K. Still good value, but there are other options not far away.
Nonetheless, the search continues and here’s one that comes with a good price: a Seal Grey Metallic 2002 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe, located in Arizona, with 6-speed manual transmission and 99,522 miles on it.
I wouldn’t necessarily have considered a white 911 GT3 to be one that would appeal much to me, but here I am with my second consecutive feature (third consecutive if we count the 996 GT3 RS). Of course, given unlimited options I doubt white is what I’d go for myself, but still I do think it’s a color that looks quite good on these cars. White and black are similar in the sense that both colors can look great when kept very clean. Allow them to dirty and, well, they just look unkempt and uncared for. So a clean one is nice to see. On the GT3 white gives it that wolf in sheep’s clothing look. I’ll admit that I do like the look better on the 997 than the 996, but still the one we see here, a 2005 Porsche 911 GT3 with just 24,100 miles on it, looks good.
I think we can all appreciate a nice Porsche 930. They don’t even have to be especially rare or uniquely optioned. We want one that’s clean and well cared for because it is that combination of iconic 911 design and attention-grabbing performance that provides the allure. These cars can suit just about any car enthusiast.
I think the one we see here, a Garnet Red Metallic 1985 Porsche 930 with Cork interior, should fit the bill quite well. There aren’t any particularly unique aspects of it that would draw our attention, but the whole package comes together to bring us one that looks just right.
This is another of Porsche’s many available colors that I’ve never seen before. It’s called Pastel Beige, which I’m pretty sure is an oxymoron.
Marketing person #1: We’re struggling to sell some of these beige colored cars, what should we do?
Marketing person #2: Our pastel colors seem to be very popular, maybe produce additional…
Marketing person #1: Say no more.
The name aside, it’s actually a strangely attractive color that works well on the lines of the 3.2 Carrera. It reminds me a lot of Ivory and Chiffon White, both of which had been available on earlier 911s. Pastel Beige is certainly a color within that range. Paired with a Grey Beige interior, which in the pictures looks much more of a brown than grey, we end up with a natural combination and it kind of works. Pastel or not this isn’t an exciting color, but it is a pretty one and, of course, of almost equal importance it’s quite rare. Here it adorns a 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in California, with just 16,045 miles on it.
This 1976 Porsche 930 strikes me as nearly the antithesis to the Riviera Blue GT4 I featured over the weekend. Whereas the GT4 showcases a wealth of modern technology wrapped in a vibrant hue bringing excitement and vitality to your drive, this 930 brings with it darkness and all of the potentially tricky dynamics of an early 911 Turbo. If you are a fan of the aggressive black visage that certain cars are capable of possessing, then this 930 should suit you in spades. It’s likely fast, loud, and raucous in ways that only older cars can be and certainly will lack the scalpel like precision of an instrument like the GT4. And while the GT4 will turn a lot of heads because of its grace and beauty, this 930 should do the same through the sheer force of its presence. You shan’t look away, for fear of being bitten.
Let’s get the not-so-subtle elephant in the room out of the way – this car isn’t, and probably never will be, a collector example of a 944 Turbo. Heck, perhaps the 944 Turbo will never be appreciated on a more grand scale, either, though I personally find that one pretty baffling.
Okay, can we move on?
Let’s say that instead of just hoping that some day your car will be worth a mint, or indeed even caring what other people think about your vehicular choices, you just want have a car which looks good and is enjoyable to drive. Let’s not forget, this advice is coming from someone with somewhat polarizing vehicle choices…so, take the advice with a grain of salt, but I’m going to persist in my argument that the 944 Turbo is the car for you. A true David of the 1980s, the 944 Turbo was the understated and unassuming Goliath slayer, turned down by the factory so as not to have its performance overshadow the 911 range. Being faster than a 911 is pretty much verboten in Germany and especially in Stuttgart, but nearly everyone that experienced a 944 Turbo in the 1980s came away with the impression that in every statistical (and in some non-statistical ways) it was a better car than the Carrera.
But, as one of our astute readership noted, certain cars – the Audi Quattro, the BMW M3 and M5, and of course the 911 range – were the cars of certain groups of individuals dreams. The 944 Turbo really wasn’t. There weren’t many people that hung 944 Turbo posters on their walls, because there was always something from Porsche that was a little bit more special – the 928 was more futuristic, the 911 was more comforting as a predictable classic and “Turbo” was synonymous with only one Porsche in history.…
Do you want to turn some heads? And I mean really turn heads? Not just, “oh there’s a cool car” and then move on, but the stop and stare sort of attention. Yes? Good, keep reading. Here we have a paint-to-sample Riviera Blue 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4. Porsche has long been known for its pastels and Riviera Blue follows in that tradition. It’s not the only bright vibrant blue Porsche has offered, but it has quickly become one of the most iconic. First debuted on the 993 I’ve always thought that was the model it looked best on. Later 911s wearing the color have looked good, but never as good as the 993. This Cayman GT4 might just top it. I’ve loved the GT4 since I first saw one and this one is just stunning! Like it or not – and I can’t imagine someone buying Riviera Blue and hating attention – everyone is going to take notice.
At $125K, the price of all of this wonderfulness is very high. You can easily find a GT4 for $15K, even $20K, less than this one. It is practically new and looks flawless so you’re getting the right sort of car for your money. It’s just a lot of money.
Let’s continue with yesterday’s theme and look at another 911 that originated outside of our shores. Here we have a Japanese market Forest Green Metallic 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe, located in California, with Black interior and a very low 32,200 kilometers on it. Of additional import this Carrera 2 does not have a sunroof. The seller has listed it as a sunroof delete – and I’ve followed suit – but properly speaking I think we’d say this 911 didn’t have the sunroof selected as an option, rather than deleted. It gets us to the same point though.
We’ve seen a few of these Japanese market 964s come up lately – I’ve even featured one – and they certainly make for a nice departure from the US versions. This particular example looks fantastic!
Model: 911 Carrera 2
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 32,200 km (19,900 mi)
Price: $119,990 Buy It Now
1990 Porsche 911/964 Carrera 2 Coupe
Euro/Rest of World Edition
Sunroof Delete/Manual Trans/LSD
ENG# 62L07426 (M64/01)
TRN# 1L03261 (G50/03)
19,900 Original Miles (32,200 kilometers)
Forest Green Metallic (L22E) on Black Partial Leather/LT
5-speed G50 Manual Transmission with LSD
Clean and Clear Montana Title
1-Owner from New
Imported by the Famous Mitsuwa Motors of Japan
Porsche Certificate of Authenticity
The Porsche 964 market has caught the attention of collectors and enthusiasts. It was really the beginning of the modern version of the 911. Some of the most significant changes in the 911’s history began with this model. Torsion bar suspension was replaced with an adjustable coil-over setup. Power steering was added. The A/C system was updated and much more effective.
Here’s another 1979 Porsche 911SC, this time a Targa, and you’ll notice it’s a good bit different from yesterday’s example! For one, it’s from Europe (or, at least, the European market since they’re all from Europe). For the most part the differences between Euro market classic 911s and their American counterparts aren’t all that significant. So it usually is not a huge deal to find one and we don’t really see too much difference in value. We hear various anecdotes about better handling and performance due to revised suspension and varying weight, and while they certainly may be true those changes are more subtle. You’ll probably notice them, but it’s not like the Carrera RS vs RS America.
There are some aesthetic differences though that can make these an attractive alternative. For one, there’s a greater prevalence of cloth seat inserts, which I love. They provide contrast as well as a very period-correct look and feel. Add in the wind-up windows of this SC and you’ve nearly left the world or technology behind.
Model: 911SC Targa
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 44,430 mi
Price: Reserve Auction
1979 Porsche 911 SC Targa
Same owner since 1985
European market spec 911SC (lighter weight and more torque)
Fitted with euro market seats and wheels
One of 3,607 targa Porsche 911s made for 1979
Black metallic exterior and cork cloth/vinyl interior
Remarkable exterior paint that has a slight purple violet tint that is similar to the viola-metallic paint from 1993 Jahre 911’s
3.0L aluminum flat six-cylinder engine producing 195 ft/lbs with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection
Five-speed manual transmission
Power brakes, heated sideview mirrors, removable Targa top and “Whale Tail” rear wing
New paint, brakes, Sony sound system and Bridgestone tires
MotoeXotica Classic Cars is proud to offer a Teutonic favorite, a 1979 Porsche 911 SC Targa that has had the same owner for the past 32 years.
I didn’t know exactly what to call this 911. I’ve sort of gone with how the seller has termed it as a 911SC Hot Rod, which I guess is accurate, but it’s also a backdated build since it now sports a long hood in place of the standard SC impact bumpers. Though unlike a lot of backdated SCs the goal here wasn’t to replicate the RS or RSR. So this one sort of stands separated from many of the rest and I actually appreciate that diverence.
With all of that out of the way, it looks phenomenal! There’s a great mix of subtlety and flash here that comes together really well. It also appears to be very well done in all regards. We come across a lot of these builds and they come in a variety of levels of execution. From what we can see here, this is one of the better ones.
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 47,500 mi
Price: Reserve Auction
1979 911sc coupe hot rod build details
NOS Front latch panel to backdate
Getty Front fenders
Getty Front bumper
Getty Quarter Panels
OEM Front horn grilles
Reproduction turn signal housings
Euro H4 headlights
Factory hood latch (upper and lower)
Helion Full Carbon Fiber Roof
Getty rear decklid
Mini duck tail spoiler
New Polished aluminum decklid grille
New Porsche “911” gold emblem
New “Porsche” script gold emblem
Getty Rear Bumper, heavily modified to accept factory chrome bumpers
New Chrome rear bumpers (modified and chopped)
Helion Composite 911r taillight housings molded in body
Factory door handles drilled and rechromed
New Factory keys and locks installed
all new factory rubber seals installed
Factory Pop Out rear windows installed
all hardward has been professionally Zinc Plated by Tru6
Rennline front ventilation kit delete
Helion Composite Steering cover
Helion Composite Smugglers lid
Rennline Battery relocation kit
Odysessy 925 battery
Glass out bare metal Glasurit Pepper white Paint job
New Factory front RSR Coilovers
New Factory rear RSR Coilovers
New Eibach 250# front springs
New Eibach 300# rear srings
Tarret Engineering 935 front suspension
Tarret Engineering thru body front 20mm sway bar
Tarret Engineering Rear 22mm sway bar
Tarret Engineering 935 rear spring plates
Rennline front Mono Ball Strut Mount
RSR Rear bracing welded shock towers
RSR Rear spring plate bacing welded in
996T front brake kit with stainless lines
996T rear brake kit with stainless lines
New Turbo 23mm Master Cylinder installed
Rennline rear Mono Ball swing arm bushings
Rennline 3pt front strut brace
Factory fuchs custom gold
Toyo Ra1 tires 215/50 and 225/45
Factory Lugs professionally plated by Tru6
Numbers Matching 79 Big Port 3.0 rebuilt
Custom Jenvey Individual Throttle Body kit installed
AEM Standalone Engine Management
Custom built wiring harness
Bosch Ignition Coils
Clewett crank trigger wheel
Clewett Aluminum Crank Pulley
Clewett Hall Effect sensor and bracket
Custom made throttle body air horns and filters
New Bosch 044 fuel pump
Earls Fuel lines and fittings
Earls Fuel Filter
Aeromotive Fuel pressure regulator
EB Motorsports RSR Engine Shroud
EB Motorsports RSR Engine Tin set
Fan, shroud, cross bar, engine mounts all powdercoated
Wevo Blue Engine mounts
Update Valeo 3 wire alternator
Becker RSR Stainless Headers
M&K GT3 muffler
Oil Tank professionally cleaned and painted with new sender installed
Rennline Stainless Alternator strap
Engine Compartment has been completely welded shut, body worked, and painted body color
New Factory engine compartment seals installed
Custom Leather sound pad
Patrick motorsports RSR Aluminum Flywheel
RSR Aluminum Pressure Plate
New Sachs clutch disc
New pilot bearing
New Throw Out Bearing
915 trans was completely rebuilt by Jerrys Auto
Hardware all Zinc Plated
Wevo Blue Trans mounts installed
Wevo 915 shift assembly installed
Wevo Percision Shift Coupler
Brey Krause Stainless Harness Bar
custom REPA 3′ harnesses
GTS Kevlar Front Seats covered in Red Leather outers and Leather Basket weave centers
GTS custom made rear parcel shelf with red leather / basket weave
GTS rear seat bottoms in red leather / basket weave
Custom Made door panels in Red Leather Basket Weave
Custom made Kick panels covered in red leather
black leather door straps
GT Racing aluminum door handles
GT Racing aluminum door pull surround
Rennline Aluminum Carpet thresholds
Rennline Aluminum door sills
German Oatmeal square weave carpet custom kit
Rennline Aluminum Passenger Floor Board
Rennline Aluminum Drivers Floor Board
Rennline Aluminum Pedal set
Rennline Aluminum Trans coupler cover
Rennline Aluminum Dash Delete
Factory Backdated glove box door
Rennline Aluminum one piece lower dash wrapped in black leather
New German Headliner
Nardi Steering wheels with leather Porsche horn button
Pedal Box has been fully rebuilt and powdercoated
Rennline Gauge Rings
TOTAL WEIGHT WITH ¾ TANK OF FUEL IS 2088 POUNDS!!!!