The Porsche 930 is a favorite of ours here at GCFSB. It helped to shape and define the legacy of the 911 during a time when the future of the model was uncertain. Unfortunately, while it was produced from 1975-1989, there was a period in which it was unavailable in the US. From 1980 until its reintroduction in 1986, the 930 was absent from the US lineup and buyers only had the standard 3.2 Carrera as an option. In 1984, however, Porsche made available the M491 option package. The M491 package was a wide-body 3.2 Carrera with suspension and braking sourced from the 930, but it retained the naturally aspirated 3.2 liter flat-six of the standard 911. So, less powerful than a 930, but with improved cornering and braking relative to a 3.2 Carrera, along with the added benefit of being less of a potential maintenance headache. Typically very well regarded and we don’t come across them too often, but we have one here: a Black on Black 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera with the M491 package, located in Ohio.
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Buying a used race car is always a bit of a mixed bag; if you build it yourself, you know what you’ve got and what you’ve done but it’s more expensive. Buy someone else’s project, though, and you can spend years trying to undo what they’ve “done”. But if you find just the right car to buy, you can get a serious performance bargain – top shelf quality at a house-brand price. Today’s 911 may just be this exact case; a staple of the racing community, long before “Miata” was the answer to every question automotive, if you wanted to go racing you bought a 911, such as this 1986 Carrera:
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One of my favorite modifications is factory sport suspension. I can’t tell you why, other than I’m slightly obsessed with OEM+ configurations. In addition to the 993 being my preferred 911 generation, combining this platform with the factory M030 suspension seems like a win-win to me. Not to mention the fantastic color combination and sensible upgrades (though I will never understand why everyone is so eager to throw away the amber turn signals). Factor in the low-mileage and it’s hard to find something wrong with this pretty ’95.
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These final-year air-cooled turbos are where it’s at in performance, looks, and modern-day classic status. I love the understated nature of my neighbor’s all-black 993 Turbo, but his chrome turbo twists aren’t quite as attractive as these flat ones. The color and wheels will probably not be the deciding factor in the price here – with just over 31k miles, this is an epic example of a car that grows in desirability (and price) every year.
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In purely aesthetic terms, the 993 C2S is a fantastically pretty car. Where it might lack a little bit of aggressiveness relative to some of its classic brethren, it more than makes up for that with graceful lines and delicate curves. As the ultimate expression (at least stylistically) of the air-cooled 911 the 993 C2S will forever remain a Porsche favorite. With nearly 300 hp being delivered to the rear wheels via a 6-speed transmission, the Carrera S offers ample performance and provides its drivers with miles of engaged and exhilarating motoring. The car we have featured here is a Wimbledon Green Metallic 1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S with Cashmere leather interior, located in New York.