Last week I featured a Glacier Blue 911SC that the seller mentioned as being akin to a lighter shade of Gulf Blue. Well here we have the real thing: a Gulf Blue 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS located in California. The Gulf colors have long been synonymous with racing figuring most prominently at Le Mans on Ford’s GT40 as well as Porsche’s own 917. Since those early days the Gulf livery has found its way onto a wide variety of road cars and on a modern Porsche there’s really no better option than to have Gulf Blue covering the lines of the GT3 RS. This isn’t as shout-at-you vibrant as Lava Orange or Ultraviolet, but for its link to so many historically great race cars it certainly should stand as one of the best options on these ultimate 911s. My only quibble: the wheels should be orange!
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On the verge of three years ago I took a look at a neat 911 Carrera RSR tribute. Rather than take the typical path of copying the IROC cars, the builder of this particular car chose the “Mary Stuart” Martini Racing example to clone. The car was named because the wrap around rear duck-tail spoiler reminded some of the high collars which were the vogue during Mary, Queen of Scots’ reign. With its unique tail offsetting those iconic colors, it is certainly an attention getter. However, the seller has now attempted to shift this car more or less continually since 2013 – first at an asking price of $165,000, then dropping in 2014 to $135,000, and now back up to $165,000 presumably to try to capitalize on the current 911 market. It is without a doubt a neat build and unique execution, so even though it’s unlikely to trade this time around again I thought it was worth another look:
The below post originally appeared on our site September 9, 2013:
I think I’ve made it pretty clear that I think Martini Racing colors are just awesome. Some people insist everything looks better in “Gulf Blue”, but for me, it’s those Martini stripes that made some of the best looking race cars (and in a very few cases, even improved road cars). Case in point is today’s example; perhaps one of the strangest downforce attempts of the 1970s on a Porsche – the Mary Stuart tailed Martini Racing RSR. While a neat design in some ways, it certainly looks odd from other angles. Today’s 1971 911 is a recreation of the original, but you can’t deny that it looks fantastic in the proper Martini Racing colors of the 1973 RSR:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1971 911 RSR Martini Racing replica on Ebay
I’ve talked before on these pages about a 911’s presence when seen in traffic. It’s a difficult concept to articulate, but I think we all understand the idea: you see a car approaching in the distance with little more than the headlights and front end to hint at what it is and some cars stand out more so than others. The 964 and 993 both do this for me in ways that current 911s, and even the classic 911, fail to do. Each model does it in a different way, but it’s apparent none the less. My attention is grabbed immediately and my appreciation for those great cars increases all the more. For whatever reason I don’t see 993 Coupes very often; my area seems to have more Cabriolets. Alas. Anyway, unlike many models I really like lighter colors on the 993. The lighter shades help accentuate the 911’s graceful curves and while they don’t make for as aggressive an appearance they certainly are beautiful. The example here is no different: a Pastel Yellow 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in California, with Cashmere Beige leather interior and 32,483 miles on it.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe on eBay
Transporting the ’70s into the late-80s sometimes results in something a little disjointed. Even only a decade on items that were once loved now no longer are seen in that same light. The 911 we see here may fit into just such a category. Here we have a Cognac Brown Metallic 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located in Oregon, with Cashmere leather interior and 68,400 miles on it. Porsche has offered a variety of shades of brown for their cars throughout most of the marque’s existence, but we tend to see them most frequently in the late-70s to early-80s. Those seem to be the years when such natural tones predominated. In recent years, I’ve begun to notice some of these colors making a resurgence, especially among the darker shades, but still a lighter metallic brown like the one we see here remains pretty uncommon on the roads these days. To be honest these aren’t the most dynamic of colors but in the right light they do look good. And, of course, for those that are a fan the lack of love usually results in a lower cost of entry.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet on eBay
I’ve been going through a lot of 911 Turbos lately – not that there’s anything wrong with that – so let’s move on to something valued a little more on the attainable side of the spectrum. This also rekindles my search for interesting 964s, something that was sparked by again seeing the lovely Carrera 4 that typically roams the streets of my neighbornood. Here we have a Venetian Blue Metallic 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe, located in California, with a White leather interior and 148,051 miles on it. Venetian Blue is a great color that we’ve seen a few times on the 3.2 Carrera and this would be the first I’ve seen of it on a 964. In part, that’s because it wasn’t available, which would make this a paint-to-sample option. We don’t have verification of the originality of that paint here so I think that may be one of the first chores prospective buyers will have to embark upon, but in most other ways this early example of the 964 looks in very nice shape and the seller has provided us with a good deal of pictures to assess that condition.