I’m going to turn my attention to another modified 911, though this time one that has moved in an entirely different direction than the RSR backdate featured earlier this week. This 911 also should come with a much more reasonable price tag. At least, that is the hope and should be the case barring some extremely aggressive bidding on this auction. There’s kind of a lot to review here so let’s get to it: here we have a 911 that began its life as a 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe fitted with the M491 Turbo-look package. It is very well traveled having covered a reported 236,211 miles over its life. At some point (we can probably assume recently, but the seller does not say when) the Turbo-look moniker became more than just appearance as the engine and transmission from a 930 were fitted. Again, we don’t have precise details on the engine; there is some suggestion that it is actually the engine from a 3.3 liter 964 Turbo, but again we lack some clarity. Given the mileage I assume this 911 has also been painted and the interior refreshed (or perhaps redone altogether). I’m not sure about the name of this exterior color, but it looks quite good. The interior I’d guess is Cork and it too looks in really nice shape. There are a host of other small aesthetic changes to both the exterior and interior, but other than the wheels, which I don’t care much for, most of these additions are minor and could be changed without issue should someone so desire. Those are the details, and the questions all come down to the engine, transmission, and body.
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In general I like to reserve the Motorsports Monday posts for actual track-flavored cars, but occasionally one comes along that is worth a look even if it’s more of a poseur than pole position. Of course calling any original Quattro a poseur isn’t particularly fair. Out of the box these cars were effectively Group A race cars with some luxury goods fit to them. But the owner of this particular Quattro took the next step in their “restoration” of this 1984 car, modifying the boxflared wonder to look like its fire-spitting WRC brethren. Does it pull it off?
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As much as we enjoy featuring very rare and amazing 911s we’re also always on the lookout for the much more pervasive and inexpensive examples that are in driver-quality condition. Yet, we still hope those too can be of the interesting sort with the added bonus that far more readers can aspire to own them even if they never really qualify as inexpensive. As usual that sort of search brings us to the ’80s where the 911SC and early examples of the 3.2 Carrera still dominate the landscape of interesting, relatively inexpensive, and fun air-cooled 911s on the market. This Ruby Red 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe may make for just such an option.
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The 1984 Audi 4000S quattro is a bit of a unique beast. Though it appeared for all intents and purposes identical to the 4000S Limited Edition from the same year, underneath the two shared little in common. Indeed, when you lifted the covers much more of the quattro model was shared with its bigger brother, the exotic Quattro – the so called “Ur-Quattro” by fans. Herein lies part of where things get confusing in Audi history, since the actual development mules for the boxflared rally wonder utilized the 4000 (née 80). You could make a pretty convincing argument that the small sedan was the original, but that’s neither here or there at this point and is generally semantics (though, it’s occasionally nice to splash the waters of reality on enthusiast’s ill-informed fires of unshakable belief). Whoever was technically first, there’s no denying that the 4000/80 model brought the idea of permanent all-wheel drive to a much more affordable market of rally-bred enthusiasts who eagerly snapped up the roughly 4,500 examples of the first year model. Radical looking changes came for the 1985 model year with a thorough refresh, and there are those who love both generations with equal aplomb. Admittedly, I’m a fan of the post 85 models, sometimes referred to the as the “sloped grill” cars. But you don’t have to go far to find fans of the more square ’84 model. One reader of ours tasked me with the goal a few years back of keeping an eye out for a clean ’84. Easy, right? Not so fast…
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We’ll step back from the dizzying heights of the Carrera RS to have a look at a more standard Carrera. That shared name is important as it helps link the performance pedigree of each model, even if each truly represents rather different performance standards. While the Carrera RS resurrected the Carrera name, that name would quickly disappear once again, found only on the limited production Carrera 2.7 and 3.0, which shared a similar ethos to the original RS. For the base 911 we were back to the 911 and 911S, both of which suffered from emissions restrictions. It would not be until 1984 that we would see the Carrera name once again, and this time Porsche had no intention of utilizing it for a single special model and then retiring it. The Carrera would be the standard moniker as it has remained to this day. About the car here: this is a Platinum Metallic 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet with Burgundy leather interior and just under 85K miles on it. This would be the first year of the 3.2 Carrera Cabriolet and only the second year of 911 Cabriolet production in general. For those looking for an early 911 Cabriolet there aren’t very many earlier than the 3.2 Carrera.