1991 Porsche 911 Turbo

Among iconic 911s, the 930 and early 964 Turbo stand together and for many of us who grew up in the ’80s the brash style and aggressive dynamics these cars possessed are the attributes that remain most identifiable for the Porsche marque itself. While the 964 Turbo is stylistically differentiated from the 930, the two models shared the same engine. The 3.3 liter turbo-charged flat-six of the 964 was refined and more powerful than that of the 930, but it remained a tried-and-true unit well known for delivering its power with ferocity, not subtlety. Unlike the more highly regarded 993 Turbo, the 964 was rear wheel drive only, a fact that, in itself, should keep these cars in high demand on the collector market for years to come. While the later 3.6 Turbo and Turbo S should remain the true kings, the 3.3 liter Turbo is no slouch. The car we have featured here, located just outside of Atlanta, is a Black 1991 Porsche 911 Turbo with Cashmere leather interior, an outstanding combination coveted by many.

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Motorsport Monday: 034 Motorsports GTI RS

Being a fan of older Audis – and owning one – I’ve followed with much excitement the development of a small California-based tuning firm called 034 Motorsports. 034 – a reference to the 5-cylinder Audi motor part numbers – has taken a niche community and turned it into a flowering business. Initially starting with turbo modifications to the older 5 cylinder cars, the folks that make up the brain trust at 034 created some legendary Audis – most notable, the 1,000 horsepower turbocharged 80 quattro. But the reality is that these now 25 year old cars make up a very small percentage of the tuning market, so 034 turned to the much more popular A4 and Volkswagen GTi crowds, creating two stunning cars in the process. Less spectacular but stunningly effective was the A4 Time Attack car which went through several different engine configurations; but much more notable and impressive is what 034 attempted next; mid-mounting a V6 turbo into a 2001 GTi. The results are nothing short of stunning:

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1979 Porsche 911 Turbo

Amidst all of the wild excess of the Slantnose, which we’ve featured extensively of late, remains the heart of the beast: the Porsche 930. No matter how often we profile much more rare variants the original car invariably draws us back and we remember why many of those variants sprouted up in the first place. The 930 was a great car that combined style and performance and while the standard car is not as wild looking as the Slantnose it’s not exactly a Beige Camry either. The widened rear arches and that massive spoiler will stand out at any car show and the dynamic capabilities of the car still require a diligent driver. The particular example featured here is a RoW 1979 Porsche 911 Turbo located in Indiana with 51,561 miles.

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1991 Porsche 911 Turbo

Given the longevity of the classic 911 it seems somewhat odd how quickly both the 964 and also the 993 departed from the scene. The combined life span of the two models failed even to reach a decade. For the 964 especially, that relatively short time on the market has seemed to hold down prices as buyers clamor to own the last of the air-cooled 911s, the 993. The 964 Turbo, however, holds its own stake in the “last of the breed” marketplace, being the last rear-wheel-drive 911 Turbo produced (excluding, of course, the ultra-rare GT2). First released in 1990, the 964 retained the 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-six of the 930, but with power output raised to 315 hp and delivered to the rear wheels via a 5-speed manual transmission. The car featured here is an Amazon Green Metallic 1991 Porsche 911 Turbo, located in Colorado, that has seen just north of 80K miles.

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1988 Porsche 930 Slantnose Cabriolet – Ruf parts

It might be hard to tell, but I actually have a strong preference for the Slantnose Coupe over the Slantnose Cabriolet. The cabriolets, however, tend to pop up for sale more often and as a result those are what we feature. Though perhaps it should be said, there isn’t unanimous agreement amongst those of us here at GCFSB with regard to Cabriolet vs. Coupe. But I digress, here we have another 1988 Porsche 930 Slantnose Cabriolet. This car is distinguished from the Grand Prix White Slantnose featured previously in that it comes with a few additions out of the Ruf parts bin. Most significant of those additions is the Ruf 5-speed-manual transmission, an upgrade that is sure to please buyers interested in driving this car, though I’m not sure whether it will appeal to collectors. Regardless, this is a very low mileage 930 with both aesthetic and mechanical additions that set it apart from most others.

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1977 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera

In what has become my own mini theme-week, we have come across another rare color 911, though with this car that color rarity is enhanced by it being a Turbo Carrera rather than a standard Carrera. Here we have an Ice Green 1977 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera with Tan interior and a very reasonable 60,632 miles, located in Florida. 1977 was the final year Porsche utilized a 3.0 liter turbocharged flat-six in the 930 and it is also one of the few years in which US cars were badged as a Turbo Carrera, rather than simply as a Turbo. Another minor difference is the whale tail, which was standard on 3.0 liter Turbos rather than what became the Tea Tray on the 3.3 liter Turbos with an air-to-air intercooler. So while these cars are down on power relative to the majority of 930s we come across they do possess their own uniqueness that separates them from the rest of the pack. The particular car here is further separated by the beautiful Ice Green exterior. It’s a fantastic metallic shade that contrasts well with the Black Fuchs wheels and one that we do not come across all that often.

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1996 Porsche 911 Turbo

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.

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1988 Porsche 930 Slantnose Cabriolet

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.

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2002 Porsche 911 Turbo

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.

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1976 Porsche 930

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.

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