Tuner Tuesday: 1998 Porsche 911 Carrera 2S Andial 3.8 – REVISIT

Speculation is a wonderful and horrible thing. We speculate all of the time about how much cars are worth; partially we’re helped by a fair amount of experience in writing similar cars up, but at the end of the day cars are only worth what the market will support. And, in the case of today’s quite rare Andial-motored 993 Carrera 2S, I correctly postulated that the market wasn’t ready to support a $228,500 asking price. Unsurprisingly the car is back up for sale four months later – and perhaps equally unsurprisingly at the same asking price. There’s no doubt that this is a special car but it’s fairly far ahead of the market right now. It’s lovely, though – so at least we can enjoy some 993 eye candy to close out the year!

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2006 Porsche 911 Carrera S w/ X51 package

I can’t remember the last time I wrote up a 997, and like with the 996TT, which I have written about frequently, the 997 provides us with a nice value comparison for those interested in a 911, but for whom performance might trump long term value. As we will see with the car here, since these cars already have passed through their significant depreciation from new they can be had for reasonable cost while retaining some of that cost for any future sale. For those who can’t get past the 996’s styling a car like this one, a Black 2006 Porsche 911 Carrera S with the X51 performance package and just 28,500 miles might be just the sort of thing to look for. Added to the power increase of the Carrera S over the standard Carrera, the X51 package raises horsepower to 381 and torque to 306 lb-ft appearing to push the limits of just how much Porsche can extract from the car’s 3.8 liter flat-six while remaining fairly comfortable and without reverting to forced induction.

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1974 Porsche 911 Targa

November was, unofficially, Targa month here at GCFSB and we featured just about every air-cooled variant of the Targa Porsche produced. Here is one of the earlier variants that we didn’t feature: a Gemini Blue Metallic 1974 Porsche 911 Targa, located in California, with a reported 41,400 miles on it. We did feature a European Targa from 1976 during the November Targa explosion, but the ’74 models garner a little more interest on the market and this one is Gemini Blue, one of my personal favorites within the Porsche paint spectrum. 1974 was a year of significant change for the 911 and while typically unloved they are ever-so-slowly beginning to gain some appreciation, whether as a simple function of time (and thus increased rarity) or perhaps as the first 911 to take on the new design. Still, with a couple exceptions, the mid-year 911s remain a long way off the value of their predecessors.

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1984 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

I don’t tend to post a lot of modified 911s, in part because usually we come across plenty of interesting and original examples to showcase, but mostly because they can be notoriously difficult to evaluate from afar (and some are downright terrible). Those that I do feature tend to fall into the realm of the restomod, but from time to time I come across something that piques my interest too much to pass by. Here we have a 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa that had fallen into a somewhat poor state, but has now been restored and rebuilt though without concern for returning the car entirely to its original condition. The drivetrain remains more or less how it came from the factory, but the aesthetics have been changed quite a bit, and overall it looks very good. Typically, restorations like this focus on the long-hood design, but it’s interesting to see how a similar ethos can be carried over and applied to a 3.2 Carrera all the while retaining much of the original look.

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1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 – owned by Ferdinand Porsche’s daughter

From time to time we come across cars with an interesting ownership history, usually something owned by a famous athlete or actor, or the occasional car owned by a highly-regarded builder or racing driver. This car here, however, a 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4, painted in a very subtle Silver Purple Metallic, takes all of that to a different level. This particular 964 was the car built for Dr. Ferdinand Porsche’s daughter, Louise Piëch, which gives it a cool factor that is difficult to surpass. Of course, some buyers care little for these sorts of details, and as such this probably isn’t the car for them, but at least it provides other interesting details like a rarely seen exterior color and unique interior trim. All of these things combine to make this Carrera 4 a car that clearly is set apart from the pack.

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1997 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe

Most any wide-bodied Carrera is going to be immensely popular among Porsche enthusiasts and it only takes a few brief looks to see exactly why. Whether it is the full-blown RSR or simply an aesthetic difference like the car we see here, the enhanced shape of the stretched wider rear gets the heart racing. And of course it is the racing utility of that wider rear that makes these so desirable. For the last of the air-cooled 911s there were two naturally-aspirated Carreras, along with the 993 Turbo, to choose from for those who sought that wider rear body: the Carrera S and the Carrera 4S. The basic difference between the two models obviously lies in the number of drive wheels doing the work for each. For my money, the Carrera S is the one to have. Lighter and more faithful to the rear-drive design that lay at the heart of the 911 experience they are the ultimate expression of the air-cooled design. The example here is an Ocean Blue Metallic, 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe, located in Chicago, with 39,790 miles on it.

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1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe Restomod

Backdating an air-cooled 911 to resemble one of its much-beloved long-hood brethren has become quite popular and it’s always a joy to see the various ways in which builders choose to pick and choose from the 911 parts bin in order to create these special cars. The nature of the 911 market means these are never an inexpensive proposition as sourcing the car from which to create the build can itself set you back quite a bit. When done well a builder can affect quite a transformation and produce a car the details of which force us to pause over every angle to get a sense of just how everything has been put together. The car we see here, a 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe backdated to resemble a RSR, certainly is not perfect, but it possesses the vintage look of an early 911 combined with the softer curves of the more modern designs and has just enough detail without coming across as over the top.

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1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

Lost amidst the rising costs of the entire air-cooled 911 lineup are the cars that still represent an interesting value. Granted, how we conceive of that value certainly has shifted. There simply are very few, if any, $15K 911s out there that are ready to hop in and drive. But an important factor within the 911’s history has been the stoutness of its engines meaning higher mileage examples like the one we see here are still viable for ownership even as they haven’t shown quite the jump in value relative to their lower-mileage brethren. When the 911 comes in an interesting color then all the better, though our value discussion again shifts as rare colors always command a premium. The car featured here is a Granite Green Metallic 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in Alabama, with a complementary Grey Green leather interior and 142,441 miles on it. As it was only available from 1987-1988, this is a color I can’t ever recall coming across and it provides a nice alternative for those interested in one of the darker shades available for the 911, but who also want something that will stand apart and remain a talking point in any parking lot.

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1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster

I sometimes forget just how much variety there was within the 964 model run. It’s almost as if there never existed a standard car, and given that the 964 debuted with the completely new Carrera 4 we might be forgiven for thinking the standard Carrera 2 was, in fact, a special edition itself! Here we another within the wide range of 964s: a Midnight Blue Metallic 1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster, located in Pennsylvania, with only 21,500 miles on it. Aesthetically the America Roadster best distinguishes itself from the rest of the 964 Cabriolet lineup through attention to the rear, which has taken on the flared fenders of the 964 Turbo. Since Porsche never produced a Cabriolet version of the 964 Turbo the America Roadster was as close as buyers could get. Powered by the same 3.6 liter flat-six as the standard 964 Cabriolet, the America Roadster was enhanced by the use of the Turbo’s suspension and braking. All told, only 250 were built making these one of the more rare 964 variants.

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1974 Porsche 911 Coupe

It has been a week of very expensive Porsches from me so let’s move to the other end of the 911 spectrum to have a look at one of the unloved: a Bahama Blue 1974 Porsche 911 Coupe, located in Houston, with a blue/black interior and a stated 23,983 miles on it. If I’m honest, a 1974 911 is about as unloved as a 911 can get due to its marriage of a relatively poor performing and unreliable engine with the newly introduced impact bumpers. These are likely only to be outdone by an early 996, and the 996 would still have a substantial performance advantage in its favor. Clearly, these should not be looked at for their collectability, even if they remain some of the cheapest air-cooled 911s on the market. Rather they should be viewed as a potential chance to own an early 911 and the various pluses that go along with any vintage automobile, but without having to break the bank.

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