Feature Listing: 1989 Porsche 930 Cabriolet

Feature Listing: 1989 Porsche 930 Cabriolet

At the end of my post yesterday of a Carrera Targa Supersport I mentioned that the asking price was such that you could pretty easily find yourself an actual Porsche 930 in very nice condition for less money. Lo and behold we just so happened to receive this 930 for a feature and I think it does a pretty good job of demonstrating what I discussed with the Targa Supersport. I fully admit it’s an apples to oranges comparison (different market, different model, different mileage, etc.), it just struck me as nice and timely.

Anyway, let’s get to it:

Here we have a Grand Prix White 1989 Porsche 930 Cabriolet with 64,500 miles on it. An ’89 930 always gets our attention. As the only year the 930 came equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission these are incredibly desirable and when one is in good condition it’s always worth further investigation. This one even has a very subtle and unique attribute: Porsche script cloth seat inserts. The first I’ve seen!

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Porsche 930 Cabriolet at Auto Kennel

Year: 1989
Model: 911 Turbo Cabriolet
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 64,500 mi
Price: $124,990

1989 Porsche 930 911 Turbo Cabriolet
G50/50 5-Speed Gearbox/Limited Slip Diff.

1 of 600 Built for North America

Past PCA President Owner

1-Owner for 23-Years
Stock #0827

VIN: WP0EB0938KS070124

ENG# 68K00178 (930/68)

Numbers Matching

64,500 Original Miles

Grand Prix White on Blue Leather & Porsche Cloth with Dark Blue Top
5-speed G50/50 Manual Transmission
Clean and Clear Arizona Title
No Accidents/Mostly Original Paint
2-Southwest Owners from New
Past PCA President Owned
Clean AutoCheck Background Report
Porsche Certificate of Authenticity (COA)
Offered at $124,990
More and more enthusiasts are beginning to see not only what wonderful cars the 930s are to drive, but also how important they are to the history of the 911.

1989 BMW M3 Convertible

1989 BMW M3 Convertible

Update 8/22/2017 – Asking price on this M3 Convertible has dropped to $99,995.

I bet more than a few of you think I have it out for the E30. And, true enough, it’s not a chassis that gets nearly the press on this site that it does on others. Perhaps it is the culture which has emerged around the Cult of E30, maybe it’s just jealousy at the plethora of options and availability of parts that are both none existent in the E30 world.

Most likely, it’s because I like to be a little bit different than the crowd, and truth told that’s a hard thing to do in the E30 world.

But I have the potential solution for my problem right here.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 BMW M3 Convertible on eBay

1989 Porsche 930 Cabriolet with 1,313 miles

1989 Porsche 930 Cabriolet with 1,313 miles

Ah, the price you pay for low mileage. I come across a lot of cars with seemingly outrageous price tags. Most are good for a chuckle and then I move on to the next car. Some are just confusing. Others make me pause and wonder. Those are usually the cars actually possessing a reason for that high price. In every case, however, they are something to check out just to figure out what is going on. The situation with this car, a 1989 Porsche 930 Cabriolet with a mere 1,313 miles on the clock, is a straightforward confluence of features. Ultra-low mileage, final-year of the 930, and the only year the 930 came equipped with a 5-speed transmission. It even comes in a nice color, though not one that is especially rare. The question is not whether a high price is warranted, but rather how high a price. Perhaps here we’ll find out.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Porsche 930 Cabriolet on eBay

Year: 1989
Model: 911 Turbo Cabriolet
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 1,313 mi
Price: $329,930 Buy It Now

ULTRA LOW MILES

COLLECTOR / INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY

CALL FOR DETAILS

As we’ve all become aware, the air-cooled 911 market is not what it used to be. However, there has been some evidence that very rare and/or low-mileage examples have been spared from the market’s recession. But even those cars aren’t hitting insane prices so I do wonder whether this one will have a shot. So about this one. Let’s assume the appropriate documentation exists to validate the mileage and other aspects of its history. Without that the price has no chance. Last year this car was bid to $275K when on auction at Mecum Monterey. That’s still a good bit away from this asking price and with the market cooling I don’t know if we can expect more.…

1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

Our perusal of classifieds takes on a variety of forms, or at least for me it does. Most of the time it is simply a search with no target: let’s see what’s out there. Other times I might narrow that search to a particular model, sometimes even a particular year. I’m always looking for the more interesting examples, especially by color. Every now and then I search for what I want. That’s what got me to this 911: a Black 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe with Linen leather interior and 127,500 miles on it.

Craig recently wrote of his own Mercedes acquisition, which stemmed from searching classifieds for our site. That won’t be the case for me. I’m not planning to buy another car that I’ll barely drive and will be parked on the street. But I’m always on the lookout just to dream a little and to have an eye on the market. I won’t say this 911 is perfect – because I’m not even sure what the perfect 911 would be – but it hits almost all the right notes and for those back road weekend drives I think it’d do very nicely!

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe at Chequered Flag

Year: 1989
Model: 911 Carrera
Engine: 3.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 127,500 mi
Price: $53,500

Chequered Flag International is pleased to offer this 1989 Porsche 911 G50 Coupe in Black with Silk Grey leather interior. 127,50 miles with clean CARFAX. Delivered in Washington state and taken to Texas around ’94 to present. Nicely equipped with: Power Sport Seats, Limited Slip Diff, Short Shifter and Sport Suspension. Very good straight body with mostly original paint (blend on hood and the front left fender and rear left quarter panel).

1989 Porsche 930 Coupe

1989 Porsche 930 Coupe

Here’s another high-mileage Porsche that looks in excellent condition. Except this time, rather than a standard 911 we have a final-year Porsche 930. It’s had two owners, both in California, and it sounds like the first owner is responsible for most of these miles. We don’t hear much about its maintenance or storage – we are shown a stack of records and it is said to be documented from the beginning – but regardless of the specific details of how it has been cared for we can see that it has been cared for quite well. As an opportunity for a 930 with the one-year-only 5-speed manual this one should come in at a pretty nice value.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Porsche 930 Coupe on eBay

Year: 1989
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 167,600 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

One of 637 produced, the 1989 turbo is the last of the 930 series and only year with the 5 speed manual. This particular car, s/n 202 was sold new at Hoehn Porsche in San Diego to Paula; Paula drove the car regularly and based on my conversation with her it never let her down. The 2nd owner, Uncle Turbo owned the car for a number of years, but kept the mileage to a minimum; it resided north of Los Angeles with it’s second and final owner.

The car is ordered properly as Guards Red over black partial leather. Sport seats with power adjustments, short shift kit, and limited slip differential. The original vin stickers are on the doors, hood, and both fenders, matching of course. Engine is matching numbers to the COA as well.

This particular car drives nicely, handles well, and shifts properly. The car has about 167,600 miles (mostly from the original owner).

Craig finally buys a 300SE, but it’s not all plain sailing …

Craig finally buys a 300SE, but it’s not all plain sailing …

As readers will know, I’ve been on the lookout for a 300SE for a while now. In fact, one of the first cars I wrote up for GCFSB was a 300SE, which should tell you something. After a couple of false starts, I finally have a W126 I can call my own.

I found it on Craigslist while looking for cars to write up for the site. It stood out because it was in exactly the spec I’d been looking for. It was a 1989, a Gen II car with the more modern looking leather seats and updated exterior side cladding. It was in a great color combination, nautical blue over mushroom cream leather. And, unusually for a 1989 six cylinder, it was equipped with a passenger side airbag and upgraded Bose sound system, options that are more commonly found on the V8s. It also had only 116k miles on it, and was priced fairly. Unfortunately, it was located in Austin, TX, while I’m in Washington, DC.

After a lengthy back and forth with the seller, apparently an enthusiast who assured me it was in excellent running condition, I decided to buy it sight unseen and have it shipped to me. After a couple of weeks of delays on the shipping company’s end (I went with the cheapest option, and it showed), the car finally arrived. At first I was thrilled. It looked great.

But my excitement soon turned to disappointment as the hauler tried unload it. The car wouldn’t start. To be more precise, the car would start with a puff of black smoke out the back and die immediately. It did eventually start on the fourth or fifth try. It then ran rough for a minute or two, like it was misfiring, then smoothed out. My heart sank.

We eventually got it off the transporter and I gingerly began driving it, uncertain what the problem was.…

1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

I suppose I could have put this in Carter’s “What We’re Watching” post since there isn’t a lot of time left in this auction, but I like Carrera Targas too much and this one is pretty nice looking. Plus, the reserve on the auction is unmet so there may still be more options to get it even if this auction ends in a couple days. Regardless, here we have a Slate Grey Metallic 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa, located in Oregon, with Linen leather interior and 66,756 miles on it. As I’ve said, Slate Grey always is one of those colors that I feel like I should say is boring – I mean, it’s grey and grey is by definition dull – but it isn’t boring. It’s beautiful in a stormy way and I think it looks really good here contrasted with the Linen interior. I can’t imagine Linen is easy to keep clean in an open-top 911, but when clean it looks pretty great. Covering the lines of this final year 3.2 Carrera Targa we end up with an attractive overall package and the end of the classic 911 line.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa on eBay

Year: 1989
Model: 911 Carrera Targa
Engine: 3.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 66,756 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

SUPER RARE 911 CARRERA TARGA
★★★ WITH ONLY 66,756 ACTUAL MILES ★★★
AND DOCUMENTED WITH SERVICE HISTORY SINCE DAY ONE

“1’FAMILY OWNED”
1989 PORSCHE 911 3.2 CARRERA TARGA SPORTS CAR
Powered With a 3.2 Liter Flat-Six Bosch Motronic Fuel Injection Air-Cooled Engine
With 200 HP And Mated With a Getrag G-50 Hydraulic Operation Manual Transmission

⭐ STANDARD EQUIPMENT INCLUDES ⭐
Sport Steering Wheel With Elevated Hub
Power Windows & Locks
Cruise Control
High Output Air Conditioner
Climate Control Air & Heat
Automatic Speed Control
Remote Controlled Outside Rear View Mirrors W/Electric Defrosted
Factory BLAUPUNKT AM/FM Radio/Cassette player
Two 6 x 9 Door Original Speakers And Rear 6 x 9 Speakers
Electric Rear Window Defogger Two Stage
Deep Cut Pile Carpeting
Original Porsche Logo Floor Mats
Leather Sport Dash
Transistorized Tachometer – Trip Mileage Odometer – Quartz Clock – Fuel Consumption Indicator
Front Reclining Sport Leather Seats & Rear Fold Up Seats
Powered Front Seats W/Lumbar Support
Manual 3 Point Front Seat Belts & Manual 2 Point Rear Seat Belts
Electric Windshield Wipers With Intermittent Wipe Cycle,
High Intensity Windscreen Washer
Asymmetric/Halogen Headlamps
Front Fog Lamps
Higher Amperage Battery
Locking (Limited Slip) Differential
Oil Cooer With Fan
Sport Shock Absorbers And Stabilizers
Removable Targa Top
Radial Ply Tires
Rack And Pinion Steering
Transistorized Breaker-less Ignition
Four-Wheel Independent Torsion Bars Suspension With Stabilizer Bars
Front And Rear Four-wheel Vented Disc Brakes Power Assisted
Has The Original And Factory 16” FUCHS Porsche Wheels
With Front 205/55R16 HANKOOK VENTUS S1 NOBLE 2 Tires And 225/50R16 KUMHO ECSTA RSX Rear Tires
Original Spare Tire And Red Wheel

EXTREMELY RARE AND DESIRED COLOR COMBINATION!

1989 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 manual

1989 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 manual

I’m a purist at heart. I like older cars that have survived into the present while remaining practically bone stock and unmodified. But I also realize that there are many different ways to love and appreciate cars, and the stance scene – with its lowered ride heights, deep dish rims and negative camber –  is just another of them. So even though I don’t quite understand it, or find it all that appealing, I respect the craft, and the obsession that goes into creating these cars. This modified 190E caught my eye on the Benzworld classified forum. It’s riding low, but not too low, and while the wheels really don’t quite fit, they are at least very handsome. And with an “Avantgarde” interior taken from a European spec car, the inside on this one’s a bit of a treat too.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 on Benzworld

1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe

1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe

Second 964 in a row for me and this one is a little bit more unique. Given my discussion yesterday of the relative aesthetic merits of the 964 Coupe vs Targa it also makes for a fitting contrast. Like the Carmine Red 930 I featured last week, this 964 comes in one of the red variants that Porsche generally made available. Velvet Red Metallic is not nearly as subtle a contrast as Carmine Red, but it makes for a very nice color that is not quite Burgundy but also not one of the bright reds like Guards Red. The seller states that it’s paint to sample, but that isn’t correct. Regardless, it’s rare and looks great here contrasted with the Tan interior. This 964 comes from the first year of the model’s production, meaning not only was it the all new 911 design, but was also the first-year Carrera 4 that Porsche chose for the 964 debut. At a little under 100K miles it’s a sharp-looking 911.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe on eBay

Year: 1989
Model: 911 Carrera 4
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 97,000 mi
Price: $42,000 Buy It Now

In 1989 the Carrera 4 was the most technically sophisticated 911 ever to enter serious production. This C4 Runs, Drives, and Performs Flawlessly, and is a blast to drive.
Shifts into all 5 gears well, and pulls hard our of each shift. No Smoking or funny noises coming from the engine. This is a California Car so no rust, corrosion anywhere. Does have typical 964 oil leaks, nothing major.

Paint and Exterior are in beautiful condition.

With the use of the new stout platform, a redesigned suspension and the marriage of four-wheel drive coupled to the new 3.6-liter flat six, Porsche had achieved the ultimate 911, the “C4”.

1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe with 10,604 Miles

1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe with 10,604 Miles

Somewhat needless to say, but we don’t see a 964 like this very often at all. Obviously ultra-low-mileage 911s are rare. However, we do come across them with some regularity and, of course, among the limited-production models very low miles is almost the norm. But a fairly standard 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe? I haven’t seen it. I almost wonder how a 964 like this came about. I suspect it was bought with the intention of being part of a collection as the first Carrera 4 model Porsche produced. As a piece of Porsche engineering history it certainly will hold appeal in that regard and here it sits now in original condition as a time capsule from that era. For the very thorough collector it should make for a nice addition.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe on eBay

Year: 1989
Model: 911 Carrera 4
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 10,604 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

1989 Porsche Carrera 4

10,604 actual miles from new !!!

European delivery car purchased from Holbert Motor Cars Warrington, Pa, 18976 on 5/15/89.

Original sales receipt and delivery documentation.

Recently service and safety check performed at Paul Miller Porsche 7/29/15 at 10,375 miles.

All original vehicle in time capsule condition.

Runs and drives exceptional great and all power options in working order.

Original exterior paint in show quality condition.

Palomino leather is soft and in showroom condition.

You will be extremely hard pressed to find a nicer and more original example.

Over 80+ photos below.

Located in Central New Jersey 07753.

Contact Dean at 848-459-7776.

With a car like this, our interest lies in current condition and its level of documentation. The condition looks great. The paint is in fine shape with no apparent scrapes, nicks, or blemishes visible in the pictures.…

BMW 635CSi Face-off: High mileage US-Spec vs. Low mileage Euro

BMW 635CSi Face-off: High mileage US-Spec vs. Low mileage Euro

With its sharply raked front fascia, long hood and tapering rear end, the E24 6-series is arguably one of the most beautiful BMWs ever made. The grand tourer first arrived in the US in 1977 as the 630, powered by a 3.0 liter M30 engine that produced a not-terribly-impressive 176 hp. While a series of improvements and changes to the lineup would improve things little by little – the 630 was replaced by the 633 in 1978, then the 635 in 1985, and an M6 would arrive in 1987 – the American models would remain saddled with performance-sapping emissions equipment and engines with lower compression ratios than their European counterparts. It wasn’t the end of the world: the E24 was not really about out-and-out performance anyway. Instead, it was for loping across vast stretches of road in comfort and style while conspicuously showing off your wealth. The US-spec 635CSi appeared 1985, bringing with it the 3.4 liter version of the M30 engine and Motronic engine management. Still underpowered in comparison with its European cousin, it was at least significantly torquier than the 633 it replaced. And the performance gap would close almost entirely by 1987 when power output on US-models was bumped to 208 hp. For today’s post, I’ve selected two lovely looking examples of the 635. Both wear Bronzitbeige Metallic paint and come equipped with manual gearboxes. One is a high-milage US-spec example, the other is a low-mileage Euro-spec car with a significant price premium attached.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 BMW 635CSi on Hemmings.com

1989 Porsche 944 Turbo with 36,000 Miles

1989 Porsche 944 Turbo with 36,000 Miles

Where does the 944 Turbo lie in the collector market? That’s a fantastic question. For such a limited model produced over a relatively short span of time, there’s an amazing array of models and changes that occurred over the run that alter the car’s perception, the car’s performance, and – most importantly – the car’s value.

Starting in 1985, the “951” took the idea which had been pioneer with the 924 Turbo and Carrera GT/GTS/GTR and brought it to a much larger audience in a much easier to digest package. Every successive model year saw some changes, from the addition of anti-lock braking in 1987 to the upgraded “S” package in 1988, replete with Cup-inspired Koni suspension and turned-up engine performance for near 250 horsepower. This package carried over, largely unchanged minus the deletion of the S designation, for the entire 1989 model year in the U.S.. Of course, the power, performance and package of the 944 Turbo immediately brings it into comparison with the other two revolutionary small displacement sports cars of the time; the BMW M3 and the Audi Quattro. Each had their own unique character, each has their heavily devoted, mind-can’t-be-changed-that-they-were-the-best-ever fact sheets, and each has their flaws. So how to they stack up in the market today?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Porsche 944 Turbo on eBay

1989 Mercedes-Benz 300SE

1989 Mercedes-Benz 300SE


Time for another of my wistful W126 posts. Although it’s generally seen as less desirable than the V-8 powered 420SEL and the 560SEL, I think the short wheelbase 300SE remains the hidden gem in the W126 lineup (though not for much longer if I keep posting them, I guess.) It’s not quick off the line, but that’s sort of besides the point. These are for cruising along on the interstate at 70MPH in quiet comfort, and a six cylinder model will do that just as well as a V8 while returning slightly better gas mileage (maybe 20MPG on the highway, if babied). There’s nothing quite like the way these feel. When the door shuts with a satisfying thunk like only a 1980s Mercedes door can, and you slide yourself into the helm and stare down the long hood to see the three pointed star at the end, you feel richer than your true bank balance suggests. It’s quite intoxicating.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Mercedes-Benz 300SE on eBay

The Porsche 911 Cabriolet – An Air-Cooled Chronology

The Porsche 911 Cabriolet – An Air-Cooled Chronology

I don’t know what exactly has lead to my decision to feature Porsche’s various air-cooled Cabriolets. I suppose it was a confluence of circumstances. During one unseasonably warm February weekend, I found myself sitting outside enjoying a beverage and the warm sunshine. As one does. A very pretty 3.2 Carrera Cabriolet drove by. The condition looked very good and it was one of those subtle but interesting color combinations. The exterior was some shade of metallic grey and it had a nicely contrasting green interior. Perhaps the exterior was Granite Green Metallic; I’m not really sure, but it was nice looking. It was a perfect afternoon for enjoying such a car.

Then I started coming across some interesting 911 Cabriolets for sale. After a couple of them I wondered if I could find one from each air-cooled model. I was successful and a post was born. I’ll say from the outset these aren’t from the value part of the 911 spectrum; interesting enough they are all priced within a few thousand dollars of one another. None is inexpensive, but all look in very good shape and promise enjoyable drop-top motoring. We’ll look at them chronologically starting with the first 911 Cabriolet Porsche produced: this Guards Red 1983 Porsche 911SC Cabriolet, located in Illinois, with just 19,016 miles on it.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1983 Porsche 911SC Cabriolet on Excellence Magazine

Year: 1983
Model: 911SC Cabriolet
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 19,016 mi
Price: $69,000

19,016 miles; 1 family ownership; Last year of the 911 SC; First year of the 911 Cabriolet (only 5337 made); Numbers-matching collector car; Guards Red original paint; Meter confirms factory specifications; Full black leather interior; Black leather sport seats; Heated & tinted windshield; Blaupunkt Monterey AM/FM/Cassette radio; Factory alarm
Black top – excellent; rear window – perfect; 16” Fuchs alloys – excellent; Yokohama tires; 3.0 liter engine; 180 hp, 5-speed 915 trans; All tools, air pump, jack, etc.; All books, manuals, touch-up paint, etc.; Window sticker & original dealer paperwork; No winters, no rain, no bad roads; 19,016 mile time capsule; No modifications since new.

Sonderwunsch 1989 Porsche 930 Cabriolet

Sonderwunsch 1989 Porsche 930 Cabriolet

I’ve come upon this one a little late as there isn’t a lot of time left in this auction, but it’s a wild and interesting enough 930 that it’s worth our time. Porsche’s Sonderwunsch (“Special Wishes”) program provides customers with a wide array of features from which they can build themselves a very unique car. In most cases buyers keep things rather sane and choose a specific color for either the exterior or interior, or they select a couple of interesting interior details. Every now and then a customer goes further…quite a bit further. From the outside this 1989 Porsche 930 Cabriolet shows a few obvious touches with the side strakes and revised front air dam similar to what we see on the Slantnose. When we step into the interior that is when the customization really takes off. Just take a look:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Sonderwunsch 1989 Porsche 930 Cabriolet on eBay

Year: 1989
Model: 911 Turbo Cabriolet
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 27,000 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

This stunning 1989 Porsche 930 Turbo Cabriolet is one of just a handful of Sonderwunsch Porsche 930 Turbo Cabriolets produced in that model year, and presents beautifully in black with a green custom leather interior. Sonderwunsch translates to special wishes, and serves as Porsche’s in-house customization program that builds bespoke automobiles at the request of the owner. Their range of available services is all inclusive—drivetrain, suspension, exterior or interior—and nothing falls outside the scope of their capability and quality standard.

This 930 Turbo has been factory customized with the following features: custom body work consisting of rear-fender air intakes with horizontal strakes, a special-order (leather-to-sample) green full-leather interior, a center console with extra gauges, leather dash, and additional under-dash glove boxes.

This car has been babied all it’s life.