The collector market has been in love with air-cooled Porsches for some time now. Make the car an air-cooled 911 Turbo and prices can really start to escalate. Thus, as the last model of the air-cooled 911 Turbo the 993 Turbo tends to be held in especially high regard. The 993 Turbo utilized a refined version of the 3.6 liter flat-six found in the 964 Carrera and strapped on twin turbochargers that raised power to more than 400 hp. It was also the first 911 Turbo to utilize all-wheel drive. Though the Carrera 4 had debuted with the introduction of the 964, Porsche chose to refrain from using that system for the 964 Turbo. Even with the added weight of the all-wheel drive system the 993 Turbo still tends to be quicker than the 964. These were Porsche’s final expression of their turbo-charged air-cooled boxer engine, which brings us to the car featured here: a Polar Silver 1996 Porsche 911 Turbo located in Florida.
Paul and I were talking this past weekend about how there may be no other car more indicative of wild ’80s styling than a 930 Slantnose Cabriolet. The flared wheel arches, pop-up headlights, massive tail, side grills, and all of this on a cabriolet. The very shape of the car screams 1980s. Top it all off with the driving dynamics of a 930 and these cars had it all! And what do you know, after that discussion one came up for sale. The car featured here, a Grand Prix White 1988 Porsche 930 Slantnose Cabriolet puts all of that on vivid display. A car like this helped defined childhood wonder for those of us who grew up in this period and is certain to have graced more than one bedroom wall poster. With just over 41K miles this factory Slantnose shows very little wear and is certain to provide someone with a nice investment opportunity.
The more I write about these cars, the more they have grown on me. Like many, I was never a huge fan of the body design of the 996, but I have gradually come to admire these cars over time. I will never like the headlights, but the rest of the shape bothers me far less than it once did and for any buyer’s performance dollars the 996TT is seriously tough to beat. I especially like a black 996TT, like the one featured here: a Black on Black 2002 Porsche 911 Turbo that clocks in with a mere 6,200 miles. While a standard 996TT is hardly a slouch, this one has had some engine work that’s sure to make what was already a quick car, even quicker still. Thankfully, the car retains its stock appearance, something that anyone shopping for a 996TT knows, sadly, is not always the case.
In 1975, Porsche released its first production turbo-charged 911 and the world was changed forever. Well, perhaps it wasn’t that dramatic. The 930, as it was also known, remained in production worldwide until 1989, though US production ceased from 1980 to 1986 due to emissions regulations. Aesthetically it remained largely unchanged throughout its model run. The greatest change came in 1978 when displacement was increased from 3.0 liters to 3.3 liters, and then in its final model year the car was switched to the 5-speed G50 transmission (all previous years utilized a 4-speed manual transmission). For many Porschephiles, the 930 remains a hallowed car; the first car that really began to set our hearts afire through its aggressive styling and brutal wars with the laws of physics. Quite simply it is fantastic! The example featured here has undergone two major transformations from its original nature as a 1976 Porsche 930: first, the original 3.0 liter turbocharged flat-6 has been replaced with the 3.3 liter motor of the post-1978 930. Second, at some point this was converted to a Slantnose, a factory option that was unavailable during this car’s original production year.
Following upon the success of the 930, Porsche introduced the 964 Turbo in 1990 and in many ways stuck with what had worked in its previous cars. The 964 Turbo used largely the same 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6 of the 930, though with increased output raising hp up to 315. The car remained rear-wheel drive even though Porsche had begun to introduce all-wheel drive with the Carrera 4 upon introduction of the 964 in 1989. The 930 was the car that began to create the 911’s mystique as a car to be approached with a certain wariness and a healthy respect. The 964 would continue that tradition and complemented it with arguably more contoured styling. While the true rear-wheel-drive beast would lay a few years away with the introduction of the 3.6 liter Turbo and Turbo S models, the 3.3 liter Turbo remains nonetheless a car to be taken very seriously. The example featured here is a Black on Black 1991 Porsche 911 Turbo located in Indiana.
Back in December I stated that I hoped to feature a few more examples of the 996TT, in part because of my own interest in the market for them and in part because they remain somewhat under appreciated. Then the holidays happened, other work got in the way, and for a while I simply didn’t come across a car that I found particularly interesting. But now I have. The car featured here, located in Las Vegas, is a 2003 Speed Yellow Porsche 911 Turbo with the factory X50 package. At 13,588 the mileage is reasonably low, it hasn’t been ridiculously modified, and did I mention that it’s Speed Yellow? A standard 996TT was always a quick car and these days one can be had at pretty reasonable cost. Add the X50 package and you’re into supercar territory without the supercar pricetag.
The Porsche 930 has always been a personal favorite as it was the performance variant predominantly available during my youth. The performance and aesthetics both held a certain wildness that few cars could replicate without us moving well into supercar territory. At some point, it’d be fantastic to own one, but prices on these cars are on the rise, especially for an example that remains in good condition. The car featured here looks to be one of the lowest mileage I’ve come across and appears nearly pristine inside and out. Here we have a 1988 Porsche 930 located in Florida that has seen a scant 4042 miles and comes in what I’m guessing is Marine Blue, though the seller lists it simply as “Blue”. Either way, it’s a fantastic color that stands apart from the standard colors while providing the subtlety some owners might desire.
While it would likely be too much to say that the Porsche 930 created the 911’s image as a high performance car that required an equally high degree of skill, there’s little doubt that the 930 helped cement that legacy and propel the model forward. These cars were intended to raise the bar for Porsche performance into supercar territory and for the most part it was a success. Beginning with the 1978 model year, Porsche increased displacement from 3.0 liters to 3.3 liters and added an intercooler in order to bring power up to 300 hp. With the addition of the larger whale tail on the Turbo the car’s looks were aggressive enough to suit its performance. The car featured here is an excellent looking 1978 Porsche 930 that comes in the rare combination of a Bamboo Beige exterior over a Cork leather interior. While it has just under 55,000 miles it’s seen a fully rebuilt engine along with the refreshing of most other components.
As many are aware, Porsche values have gone a bit crazy over the past few years, especially for classic 911s but also for many variants of the 964 and 993. Pretty much any air-cooled example remains a strong investment, assuming the owner has shown it proper care over its life. There is, however, still value to be had with the 911 as I have featured with a couple examples of the 996TT. If you all will indulge me a bit my aim is to gain a better understanding of the market for these cars so I hope to feature a few more. The negatives of the 996 relative to its predecessors are well known and I won’t rehearse them here, though given that many of those negatives are largely subjective, many buyers may find that the 996 makes for an amazing car. All of which brings us to the car featured here, an Orient Red 2001 Porsche 911 Turbo located in Indianapolis.
The 911 has long had a reputation as a savage car that will snap the head off of any unsuspecting driver. With its brazen disregard for the laws of physics, these were cars that could surprise you in unpleasant ways and the 911 owes a large part of this reputation to the 930. As the first factory turbocharged model to be released, the 930 raised the performance bar for street-going Porsches and, even with their wider rear tires relative to the standard car, a 930 was always one dose of throttle away from wagging its tail. Beginning with the 993 Porsche began to equip all 911 Turbos with all-wheel drive and, with the exception of the GT2, turbocharged 911s have remained that way ever since. While its tail wagging characteristics are dulled somewhat these cars will always possess enough power to make any drive very interesting. So as we begin to wind down 4WD week here at GCFSB we come to the car featured here: a 2003 Porsche 911 Turbo, located in Chicago, with a little over 31K miles on the clock.
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.6 liter twin-turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 31,503 mi
2003 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe
Black Exterior over Black Leather Interior
SPORT TECHNO WHEELS! ALUMINUM TRIM!
**ONLY 31K MILES! HEATED SEATS**
FACTORY OPTIONS INCLUDE:
18″ Sport Techno Wheels (Originally $1,810)
Aluminum Instrument Dials (Originally $885)
Stainless Steel Exhaust Pipes (Originally $765)
Heated Front Seats (Originally $410)
Embroidered Floor Mats (Originally $425)
Wheel Caps with Colored Crests (Originally $175)
3.6 Liter TwinTurbo 6 Cylinder Engine
-415 lb/ft of Torque-
6-Speed Manual Transmission
All Wheel Drive
18″ Alloy Wheels
Automatic Rear Spoiler
Power Adjustable Front Seats
Bose Premium Brand Stereo
Automatic Climate Control
Heated Front Seats
ONLY 31K Miles!