I will continue my pursuit of reasonable value 911s with another 3.2 Carrera and, in this case, one of the prettiest color combinations that we come across throughout the model range. We have seen a couple of Cassis Red Carreras, including a Targa offered for sale by one of our readers, and with every one we come across I remain struck by the color. Certainly, this isn’t as aggressive or eye-catching as other colors in the range, but it conveys a subtle beauty and variability that really encourages us to linger over the car’s lines. Like with many of the lighter metallic hues, none of the lines are hidden, rather the curves stand out reflecting different aspects in shade and sun. With this being a Carrera Coupe we also now have featured an example from the entire range: 930, Targa, Cabriolet, and Coupe. Like the last couple of Cassis Red examples we have seen this one comes with a Burgundy interior, which works very well with the Cassis Red exterior. So here we have a Cassis Red over Burgundy 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in Tennessee, with 85K miles on it.
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This past weekend was the Goodwood Festival of Speed; if you missed it once again, or have no idea what I’m talking about but are reading this, it’s something you desperately need to examine in your motoring life. There are historic races held around the world, and there are motoring events held around the world, so one more held on some rich dude’s driveway shouldn’t be a big deal, right? Wrong, it’s perhaps the single most unique and impressive automotive event in the world. The FoS reunites classic race cars often with their original drivers, driven in anger up the 1 mile hill of Lord March’s drive. It’s tougher than it would seem to be, and since it’s inception it’s attracted every major automobile manufacturer and gathered some of the most impressive machines ever made. From the first race cars to modern Formula One racers, the Festival of Speed is a celebration of all things automotive. For example, this past weekend, Mazda was the featured marque – but they also had gathered 7 of the 8 Mercedes-Benz 300SLRs ever built, and had Sir Stirling Moss, Hans Herrmann, Jochen Mass, Sir Jackie Stewart, and many other notable champions driving four of them up the hill. That was one of many priceless convoys parading by motorsports enthusiasts; it’s simply the largest collection of the most significant race cars ever made in the world coupled with the historic champions that drove them. Why talk about this in this tribute listing? Well, look closely at the lower portion of the door, and you’ll see that the builder of this 1972 Porsche 911 – which tribute’s Hurley Haywood’s Brumos-sponsored 1973 Sebring RSR – went so far as to include the Goodwood FoS number sticker from when the car appeared:
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Earlier this week we had a look at a Carrera 4 Widebody, otherwise known as the Turbo-look Coupe, and today we will turn our attention to the other Turbo-look variant produced for the 964 range, the America Roadster. Both examples were produced in fairly small numbers, but unlike the Carrera 4 Widebody, which held true to its Turbo-look moniker, the America Roadster would never be confused for a Turbo Cabriolet since one was never officially offered for the 964. The America Roadster, along with the widebody Speedster, were the only options for those who preferred the wider rear styling, but also wanted the ability to enjoy some top-down motoring. Frankly, it’s kind of peculiar that Porsche produced multiple turbo-bodied variants sans roof without also offering a Turbo Cabriolet, but perhaps they hoped to maintain the performance image of the Turbo and felt the Cabriolet hindered that image. Nevermind that they produced a 930 Cabriolet. Porsche’s business decisions aside, rare 964s tend to attract a good bit of attention and while the America Roadster probably attracts the least attention of the rare models they remain something to keep our eye on. Also, like the Carrera 4 Widebody they are a really pretty design! Here we have a Guards Red over Tan 1993 Porsche 911 America Roadster, located in Florida, with 44,350 miles on it.
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We frequently speak about the value to be found in the 996 range, and the 996TT specifically, but sometimes lost within the low prices of the 996TT and the seemingly ever-escalating prices of any air-cooled Turbo sits the 997. With a few of the 996’s design flaws remedied, which had turned off many long-time 911 fans, the 997 provides extremely capable performance in a more elegant and refined package. Sure, prices aren’t at 996 levels – the asking price here is nearly double that of a decent 996TT – but they aren’t astronomical either and surely represent excellent value given their performance capabilities. We are talking about 480 hp directed to all four wheels, sub-4 second runs to 60 mph, and a top speed that isn’t too far shy of 200 mph. They are fast and for the extra money over a 996TT you are getting a better looking 911 and 65 additional horses to propel you as far past legal speeds as you dare go. The example we see here also happens to be Orange: a paint-to-sample 2007 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe, located in New York, with 43,500 miles on it.
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Owners of a mid-year 911 will almost always tell you that their reputation is highly exaggerated. To be fair, no one should know better than the owner of a particular model, though no one has a greater vested interest either. In these cases reality likely lies in the middle and an emphasis on a particular car’s maintenance history becomes imperative. But at the end of the day the mid-year 911 remains a classic Porsche, and though the company went through significant adjustments attempting to accommodate changing emissions and safety requirements and these 911s were developed during a time when the long-term viability of the model seriously was in question, we cannot simply dismiss an entire segment, especially once we begin to adjust expectations relative to value. These are not the best performing 911s, that is the reality, and their style definitely rankled when first released due to the divergence from the smoother lines of the long-hood models. However, sitting here 40 years later the style is classic 911. The impact bumpers long have been accepted and are found on some of the most desirable models Porsche produced. The performance still lags compared to its brethren, but many classic 911s will only feel brisk relative to modern machines. So maybe they aren’t so bad and the price is surely right. This brings us to the example seen here: a Lime Green 1974 Porsche 911 Coupe, located in California, with 57,147 miles on it.