1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

The Targa has had a peculiar history. Somewhat unloved among 911s, its original development derived from Porsche’s sense that constricting safety regulations eventually would render the convertible obsolete. Those concerns never quite materialized, but Porsche still has continued to produce the Targa, even if there have been various times during which it was not available or, as was the case with the 993, was altered significantly before being shelved entirely. But the Targa recently has been revived and I applaud Porsche for returning it to its original design (I really didn’t like the 993 version). The model remains less loved than its Coupe and Cabriolet counterparts, yet still provides an interesting compromise between the two, and for that I hope it continues to be produced! The example we see here comes from near the end of the most prominent model run: a 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa, located in Washington state, with 120,000 miles on it.

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1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

If the car we see here is any indication, then we appear to have reached a point where short-hood naturally-aspirated air-cooled 911s are all trading for similar values. Among driver-quality cars there certainly is a standard rise in value as we move from the 911SC to the 993 but the gap between these two models has closed considerably. This is great news for some buyers because it enables a more expansive search among models, but the downside is that a “cheap” 911 no longer appears to exist. Overall, it’s surely a testament to the desirability of the air-cooled cars more generally. Here we have a Grand Prix White 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located around Houston, with 71,500 miles on it and an asking price of $37,500. The 993 was first shown in 1993 and carried over a refined version of the 964’s 3.6 liter flat-six mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. As the last of the air-cooled 911s the model always has been extremely popular and looks to forever remain the most powerful and refined air-cooled option Porsche will release.

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2012 Porsche 911 Turbo

Porsche is thankfully one of those car companies that still lets you customize your ride beyond what one normally finds in the dealer brochure…provided you come with the checkbook handy. For years, Porsche has offered a “paint to sample” option for buyers who are perhaps a bit bored with the colors in the back of the dealer brochure. This has led to a multitude of interesting liveries over the years, including the second to last 928GTS produced, in a questionable shade of Pearlglanz Metallic over purple interior trimmings. Thankfully, some of these special combinations are less offensive than others. Such is the case with this 2012 Porsche 911 Turbo painted in Gulf Blue with a subtle Espresso Brown leather interior.

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Motorsports Monday: 2005 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

The fall from grace of the 996 has resulted in some stunning deals on pretty incredible cars. They’re not without their problems; the 996 isn’t the most attractive Porsche produced and there are known engine issues to combat. But if you’re looking for an inexpensive track weapon with and impressive amount of speed, it’s pretty hard to best the 996 package. While you can get a very nice example of a GT3 – Porsche’s then pinnacle of dual-purpose street and track package – for around $50,000 and drive it to the track, if you’re willing to spend just a bit more you can look at leaping into another level of performance with the “Cup” car. Stripped down and stiffened up, these factory racers are simply stunning with their speed and were cutting edge less than a decade ago, yet today you can find an excellent example like this 2005 model for less than $80,000 – only a third of what a new one would cost you.

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1986 Porsche 911 Turbo DP 935 – REVISIT

After failing to meet reserve last time it was auctioned in August, you have another opportunity to turn the boost up to “11” on this 1986 911 Turbo DP935. The modifications and look can be a bit polarizing but this one has been updated nicely and it’s too garish in the realm of heavily modified 1980s cars. Last time there were two bids that hit $95,000 – this time, the seller opened the bidding at $95,000 with the reserve still on. I don’t expect it to sell at this amount this time around either – these DP cars take a special kind of buyer and some of the updates have unfortunately taken away some of the originality. What would you pay for this turbocharged wonder?

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1984 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

In 1984, when the 911 Carrera debuted, you might forgive the layman for not realizing a new model had come. By all appearance, it didn’t seem like anything had changed, though a careful observer would note the now integrated fog lights. A very careful observer might also notice that the rear decklid was adorned with a Carrera badge. Porsche had resurrected the Carrera name for this new model, a change that has continued through today as every subsequent naturally-aspirated 911 has worn that same badge. The most significant change to the car also lay under that badge: the new higher compression 3.2 liter flat-six that brought with it both increased performance and also increased economy. The 911 Carrera would be the last of the classic 911 design and as such has been a favorite of many Porsche enthusiasts. They aren’t typically the great value that they once were and excellent examples tend to be snapped up quickly, both points serving as testimony to how enjoyable these great 911s remain even today. The car featured here is a 1984 Grand Prix White Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located in Santa Barbara, with just 40,979 miles on it.

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1977 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0

In the car world ‘Carrera’ has become synonymous with the 911 and the excellent sporting prowess of these cars. While for modern 911s it also has become a somewhat standard moniker attached to them, in the early days it represented something special; it represented a 911 for which racers would clamor. Perhaps the last of those ‘special’ Carreras was the Carrera 3.0, which enjoyed a brief two year run from 1976-1977. Using a naturally aspirated version of the 3.0 flat-six found in the 930, the Carrera 3.0 followed in the footsteps of the Carreras that preceded it, though with time these had shifted gradually towards the luxury end of the scale. As with previous 911s of this vintage the Carrera 3.0 never was offered in the US market due to our emissions requirements so an imported Euro model was the only way these special 911s could be enjoyed on our shores. The particular example we have here is a 1977 Signal Orange Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0, located in Miami, with a stated 28,500 miles on it.

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1997 Porsche 911 Targa

Often forgotten, the 993 based Porsche 911 Targa was an interesting study in trying to move a segment forward. With a huge glass panel roof that slid inside the vehicle, the profile was changed a bit. Gone was the distinctive rounded rear side windows and a wide B pillar functioning as a roll bar. Also standard were two piece 17″ wheels to differentiate this car from the standard Carrera. For 911 sun worshippers that maybe don’t want to go the whole hog with the cabriolet, this Targa for sale in New York is a good middle ground.

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1995 Porsche 911 Carrera

In case you missed the 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera with six figure mileage last week, here’s your shot at another 1995 911 Carrera, in a more colorful hue with less miles. This 993 for sale in Baltimore features a special order Iris Blue, which just pops, accentuating its soft curves nicely. The days of the affordable air-cooled 911 may be coming to a close fairly quickly, but that doesn’t change the fact that these cars are some of the most practical classic sports cars out there.

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1994 Porsche 911 RS America

As collectors scamper to snap up every rare variant of the air-cooled 911, prices simply continue to increase for almost any car, but especially those with elevated sporting pretensions. Such is the case with the model we see here, the 911 RS America. The RSA was Porsche’s response to the desires of its customers who wanted a 964 Carrera RS and while the RSA isn’t quite the stripped-out track-focused car that the Carrera RS was, it still provided buyers with a lightened alternative to the standard Carrera 2 along with sport seats and sport suspension. The RS America was produced in ’93 and ’94 and the example here comes from that second year of production. Options were limited on these cars, but this one has had the optional A/C fitted.

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