1992 Porsche 911 Carrera Cup

The ad below does a good job of explaining the intention behind the Carrera Cup model so I’ll get right to the present example. Purchased as a collector, this pristine Carrera Cup has spent its life in California and at no point has it visited a track. I don’t want to say it’s flawless because few cars are, but this is probably as close as we’ll get. This leaves me torn. Opportunities for coming across a 20 year old track car that is in nearly new condition are obviously quite rare, especially when only 45 of such cars were built in the first place. Yet, these were cars specifically built to be raced. As such, this car has never had a chance to fulfill its single-minded purpose in life. So here we are: a beautiful and rare 964 that is both lighter and more powerful than the Carrera 2 on which it was based. It needs a home (and maybe just one track day).

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Year: 1992
Model: 911 Carrera Cup
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 773 mi
Price: Call for price

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera Cup at Canepa Design

VIN: WP0AB2967NS420576

Only 773 miles
One of 45 produced
In 1992, Porsche introduced two Carrera lightweight cars for the US market. One was the RS America, a performance oriented lower cost alternative to the regular Carrera 2, that was 76 pounds lighter than the base Carrera 2. 701 of these cars were sold in North America from 1992-1994. The second car was bit more special.

A total of 45 Carrera Cup USA editions were imported into the United States in 1992 exclusively to complete in a national race series. That series never materialized and Porsche decided to sell these 45 cars directly to consumers. Certainly not a low cost alternative, the Carrera Cup cars commanded a 20% premium over the base Carrera 2 Coupe, coming in at $78,340.

By the time the decision had been made to sell the Cup cars to the public, Andial had already transformed 25 of the cars into full race-spec. Although they had never been driven, the cars had to be “reconverted” back to street form by Andial and Porsche NA. This is one of the 25 “reconverted” Andial race cars. The only remaining elements of the conversion are 2 tubes left from the roll cage on each side of the engine compartment; remnants of the roll cage weld pads inside the car; and stiffer steering coupler links. The car received a special dash plaque with its VIN and separate Andial race-spec sub-serial number. This car is number three of the 25.

This is a Porsche that was slated to be a racecar from the outset. At 2760 lbs, the Carrera Cup USA is 271 lbs lighter that the standard Carrera 2. The engine is rated at 280hp, a 34 hp increase. The wheels on the car are the racing magnesium editions that save 23.3 lbs over the aluminum wheels. The suspension is firmer and 2″ lower than the Carrera 2. In fact, no system on the car was overlooked to produce as much performance as the 964 chassis could deliver.

Sold new through Newport Auto Center in California, this Carrera Cup USA has been a California car ever since. Kept as a collector car since day one it has only accumulated 773 miles since its purchase, and has been kept in immaculate cosmetic and mechanical condition.

Major differences from the standard Carrera 2:

Engine:
Increased horsepower and torque
Race type engine mounts

Drivetrain:
Varialble ratio limited slip differential
Sport Flywheel
Short shifter
Steel synchronizer rings in transmission

Body/Equipment:
Manual mirrors left and right
Various reinforcement chassis welds
Package shelf (no rear seats)
Hood is made of aluminum with no gas struts
Body cavity wax, undercoating and sound deadening components have been eliminated
No air conditioner
RS America-type door panels with pull strap for door opener
36 ampere hour battery
Master electrical cutoff in trunk
Partial electric seats
No sunroof
Racing electrical charging system

Suspension and Brakes:
Suspension has stiffer Carrera RS springs and shocks
Braking system has different calibrations
Manual steering
Adjustable stabilizer bars

Spares:

1 Roundel
1 Carpet covered package tray
1 Under tray 964-119-029-04
1 Engine cover 964-119-014-03
1 Engine cover 964-119-015-03
1 Engine cover 964-119-012-03
1 Engine cover 964-119-013-03
1 Floor mat set 000-044-801-41-5FV
1 Door sill trim 964-559-293-01-01C
1 Cover strip 964-559-295-01-01C
6 Plastic Grommets 999 702 160 40
1 Screw 900-143-149-07
6 Clip 999-591-916-40
1 license plate bracket.

Contact Canepa Design on (831) 430-9940

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We’ve seen a Carrera Cup listed anywhere from $75,000 to $160,000 so pegging the likely cost of this one is a little difficult. Given the condition of this car we can expect it to be at the higher end of that scale, possibly even exceeding it. At this point, this car will remain forever a collector; a museum piece witnessing to a racing series that never was and the closest thing to a 964 RS ever sold in the US. In a way that’s sad, but I suppose having every one of these raced until they died would be sad too.

-Rob

Tuner Tuesday – 1986 Porsche 911 Turbo DP 935

In the world of tuners of the 1980s, there were bonkers cars like the Treser Quattro Roadster we featured last week, and then there were the seriously bonkers cars. What separated them was a level of taste, power and money. Design Performance Motorsport, better known as DP Motorsport, was one of the home of some of the most outrageous street cars available in the 1980s. Starting with their racing connections at Kremer and Porsche, they helped to develop the bodywork for the 935 silhouette cars with their radical slant noses – an interpretation of the rules that took advantage of a lack of specification for where the headlights needed to be located. This resulted in not only a more aerodynamic nose on the car, but one that was capable of generating downforce – something that the 935 took full advantage of.

DP saw the opportunity to bring this loophole to the public roads, and did so with the DP935. Not only looking the part, the modified motors pumped out a then astonishing 400 horsepower and the ridiculously wide rubber helped transfer that to the road. The ridiculous looks were accompanied by some ridiculous pricing, and as a result not many were made. However, a few did make it to the U.S. and somehow escaped all of the government seizures of drug-cartel car collections. Today’s example is one of the DP935 Series 2, intended for the U.S. and missing the signature 935 front bumper with integrated headlights, instead adopting a more factory slantnose look:

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Year: 1986
Model: DP935
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 27,500 mi
Price: $109,500

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 Porsche 911 Turbo DP935 at RPM Sports Cars

Black/black, 27,500 mi, very rare US version 935 DP stage II street model based on a 1986 US model 911 Turbo, twin plug 412 HP Deman Motorsport engine with dyno sheet, K29 turbo, rare 5-speed, brand new Zuffenhaus 17-inch “Fuchs” wheels powder coated black, Bilstein coilover suspension with Brembo GTP brakes, fuel cell, DP intercooler, oil cooler and race exhaust, DP seats, white gauges and piping, RUF steering wheel, special center console, fresh major service with engine and transmission reseal by Rennsport/Mike Callas, immaculate condition, $109,500

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An interesting counterpoint to the understated Rufs, the DP 935s don’t seem to hold the same value. As DP 935s go, however, this car is about as understated as they come. While some may prefer the wild stripes and massive nose that accompanied most of the DP cars, this all black model looks great without them and flies low on the radar. The 17” wheel upgrade is tastefully done even for black wheels, and fills out the fenders more than the crazy 15” stock that originally came on these cars. Those original 15”x11” wheels are neat to look at, but try buying tires for them now! Going to 17” opens up some good tire options and are more practical, as well as giving the car a slightly less clownish appearance.

The Deman motor is welcome addition as they’re well known for building solid products, and although out of place the Ruf steering wheel looks nice. As a DP935 build then, this car has lost a lot of its originality but makes up for it with some tasteful resto-modifiction. It is neat that it was originally a 930, since some of the DP cars were built on a regular 911 chassis. The price point is sure high, but in comparison to the Ruf motored car at $100,000, this may seem like a better deal. Still, it’s possible to get into a very clean 930 for half of this amount, and my feeling is that the rarity and appeal of the DP935 build isn’t strong enough to justify the higher price tag, even if it does look pretty menacing.

-Carter

1981 Porsche 911SC

Introduced in 1978, the SC would cement the legacy of the 911 and ensure that Porsche continued to produce this rear-engined rear-drive sports car. Upon release it featured a 3.0 liter flat-6 engine with Bosch fuel injection producing 180 hp that was mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. While European models would eventually see power output raised to 204 hp by the 1981 model year, US models remained at 180 hp (the difference due in large part to the higher compression ratio of the European engines). The SC, along with its successor the 3.2 Carrera, remains a great opportunity for one’s first foray into the Porsche 911 market. These cars come with stout engines, the classic 911 body, and, at least for now, reasonable prices.

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Year: 1981
Model: 911SC
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 50,378 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1981 Porsche 911SC on EBay

For more than a quarter of a century, Hunting Ridge Motors and Mark Starr have built a reputation as one of the country’s premier new and pre-owned luxury and exotic automobile dealers. It began in 1980 when Mark began importing Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Ferrari and race cars from all over Europe, and has now expanded to include many other makes such as Land Rover, BMW, and Audi.

A proud and well respected member of the Lotus community, Hunting Ridge Motors has become one of the most respected performance car dealerships in the Northeast. The organization’s reputation for providing quality vehicles and top- notch service is the reason why Hunting Ridge Motors continues to be at the forefront of the automotive enthusiast and collectors market.

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1981 Porsche 911SC finished in Black with Black leather seats. Driven 50k miles since new. The 911SC has proven to be one of the most reliable of all the 911 Series. Finding one as clean and as original as this one is next to impossible. The weak spot on the SC Era cars was the head studs. Back in 2003 at 38,250 miles, a well respected Marque specialist completely rebuilt the engine at a cost of over $10,000.00 and addressed that issue during the engine’s complete and total rebuild. Prior to that, the car had been sitting idle for over seven years. The seats have never been sprayed and almost all of the body retains it’s original paint from the factory. Besides some stone chips from normal driving, the paint remains in beautiful condition. The car comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, all it’s tools and packaging, original spare tire air compressor, all books, keys, original window sticker and service history. Original equipment includes an electric sliding sun roof, Black headliner, Cruise Control, Option Package J17, original five spoke Fuchs alloys, air conditioning, front and rear factory spoilers, power windows and mirrors and much more. It has also been fitted with a leather wrapped sport steering wheel and CD player. Considering this is a 32 year old Porsche, I’d say it’s in remarkable original condition. It has just been serviced and the air conditioning system has been updated and works well. It is realistically priced. All serious inquires and offers should be directed to Mark Starr @ 914 217-4817.

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Whale tail? Check. Black paint? Check. Black Fuchs wheels? Check. Classic 911 styling? Check. Were I in the market for my first 911 this car would fit the bill pretty well. While other exterior colors might look better in pictures (most notably a red SC with black wheels), for me there’s little better than a clean black 911 when seen in the flesh. This car’s paint looks to be in excellent condition and the interior looks to have been well maintained. Having already had an engine rebuild that addressed the head studs this example should run well for many more miles. Bidding is currently at $18,100 with reserve still on and I’d expect an SC like this to sell somewhere in the mid-$20,000 range. Frankly, that sort of price would be fantastic as a way to get one’s first taste of what the 911 is all about.

-Rob

2011 Porsche 911 GT3RS 4.0

It’s not a secret that the next Porsche 911 GT3 will be equipped exclusively with Porsche’s PDK dual-clutch gearbox. While the PDK is more efficient and faster than a normal manual transmission, the purists have already been voicing their discontent. First, it was the disappearance of the air-cooled engine. Then came the introduction of an SUV wearing the Porsche badge. And now, no more three pedal option in what is arguably the ultimate 911? What is the world coming to?

The swansong for the 997 was the car we see here, the 911 GT3RS 4.0. This 911 borrowed the engine from the track ready GT3R and RSR, which bumped horsepower in this version to 500. This is the largfest capacity, naturally aspirated flat six that has ever seen duty in a Porsche. The hood, front fenders and seats are crafted from carbon fiber. Plexiglass replaced the regular glass in the rear windows for further weight savings, except for US market vehicles were this material is not compliant with regulations. Only 600 of these cars were made at the end of the production run, assuring instant classic status. This one for sale in Southern California has traveled under 10,000 miles and offers a unique opportunity to experience where 50 years of constant development and evolution will take you.

Year: 2011
Model: 911 GT3RS 4.0
Engine: 4.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 8,500 mi
Price: $250,000

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2011 Porsche 911 GT3RS 4.0 on Rennlist

My Dear Friends,

I no longer have the time to drive this beauty…feels kind of blasphemous talking wildly like that haha. Can’t even count the compliments and nods from toddlers to grandmothers for this unicorn. But I would rather sell and see it go to a loving owner then sit in my garage. The only change I’ve made to it is tinting the windows as I can’t stand being a goldfish (dark enough to keep the heat and light out but still light enough to see the roll bars and silhouette of the driver Family and friends have tried to persuade me to hold onto it or allow one of them to make monthly payments (bahaha) but I feel this is the right decision. Maybe I will slap myself when this beast is no longer in my possession. Some of us prefer and appreciate the feel of driving a manual transmission while others enjoy the technological advances of PDK. Not to say that one is better than the other but that there is clearly a passionate following for each. I don’t think I need to tell you that this girl can dance. I’ll just say that I felt like the Korean world breakdancing champion at a middle school slow dance when moving on the highway. Only 600 produced. Creme de la creme. Truly last of a dying breed. May she bring you as much happiness and joy as she brought me. No no no…my wife (!!!) has nothing to do with it.

Options:

Carrera White

Leather Interior in Black/Red

Seats Full Leather/Alcantara Red Inserts

Lightweight Lithium-Ion Battery

Wheels Painted Black

PCCB – Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes

Front Axle Lifting System

Fire Extinguisher

Cupholders

Bluetooth Phone Interface

Sport Chrono Package

Floor Mats in Interior Color

Steering Wheel in Smooth Black Leather

Universal Audio Interface

Adaptive Sport Seats w/Memory

Foot Rest in Aluminum

RS 4.0 Logo in Red on Rear Lid

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One wonders if the GT3RS 4.0 will be viewed in similar light to the air-cooled 993 that preceded it, that is, as sort of a last of its breed kind of vehicle. How many more companies will phase manual transmissions out of not just sports cars but vehicles overall remains to be seen. You can’t deny that technology has closed the gap and there’s no real performance or economy benefit to having a manual gearbox, but there still is a certain continent that still likes to row their own, including yours truly. As such, a car like this GT3RS 4.0 will always have that lust factor behind it.

-Paul

1993 Porsche 911 RS America

Back in the days before Porsche fully realized they could charge their prospective customers more for offering a pared down, track ready version of their cars, they cooked up a version of the 964 for the U.S. market to appease the lack of U.S. bound RS models. While the RS America lacked some of the cool racing bred details of the European market 964 Carrera RS, Porsche at least offered it to the market at the lowest price point of the market range. Since you had to option in most of the comfort features that buyers want in these cars, a fair amount of prospective buyers passed on the RS America went instead to its more portly and well appointed brethren. Still, as the lightest of the 911s out of the box, these became a favorite amongst Porsche Club racers and weekend auto crossers, who typically modified them to the nines. That’s why it’s so rare to find an unmolested example such as today’s Guards Red 1993 :

Year: 1993
Model: 911 RS America
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 67,000 mi
Price: $79,000 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 Porsche 911 RS America on eBay

Guards Red on Black, 5-speed, #438/701, AC, Sunroof, Limited Slip, complete service and maintenance history, 67k miles, collector condition. It is very rare to find one of these cars that is still completely stock/as delivered from manufacturer. The body and paint on this car is in near perfect condition, it has almost no flaws. All the paint is 100% original with exception of the front bumper cover and has never been damaged. All the factory RS America badges and decals are still on the car.

The interior is also pristine and 100% original and correct with the exception of the new Infinity Speakers. No bolster wear and no smoking. Mechanically it is 100% stock and original. The only modification is the installation of H&R Euro ROW ride height springs, which came stock on all of these cars delivered outside of the U.S. Everything in and on the car works perfectly as it should, even the A/C blows cold, which is uncommon on older Porsches. All original owners manuals, booklets, original keys, tool kit, and RS America supplements.

This is a very good collector Porsche. Just over 700 ever made, many of which were turned into track cars.

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For a while in the late 90s, these cars could be had on the cheap. I new a man who went through a string of them, and they always were $25,000 – $35,000 cars. Like the E30 M3, those days appear to be long gone and the RS America – despite its bargain roots – now commands the strongest money this side of a Turbo in the 964 lineup. This holds especially true for pristine examples like this one. Perhaps the market has finally corrected Porsche’s original pricing error in a very German touch.

Finding a stock example such as this really is a treat. As the seller notes, most have been modified for track use and few seem to be in original specification, never mind pristine condition. Unmodified except for Euro-market springs, this is a re-optioned car with A/C and sunroof, both desirable options for the owner long-term, though they soften the hard-edged true nature of the RS. That leads me to my main complaint of the RS America – like most Porsches in the 1990s, it just never really felt special enough compared to what I knew was available across the pond. Though I admit Midnight Blue is my favorite on these cars, this Guards Red example looks so excellent it might be enough to change my mind. The spoiler, stance and wheels give the RS America the look that suits the car well, but I’m still left scratching my head, wondering if the RS America is really an $80,000 car today.

-Carter

1989 Porsche 930 RUF BTR

For 40 years now, Ruf Automobile GmbH have been taking a bare Porsche chassis and turning what was already a fairly serious performance car into a performance monster. Ruf cars, quite simply, are icons of Porsche performance. Based off of the 3.3 liter 930, which Porsche first introduced in 1978, the BTR came along in 1983 with an additional 74 hp on tap. Once the 930 was reintroduced to the US market in 1986, we too had our shot at owning a BTR. Which brings us to the car featured here: a 1989 Porsche 930 RUF BTR.

First things first: this isn’t a factory built RUF BTR. This is a 1989 Porsche 930 whose engine has been converted to the 3.4 liter specs of the BTR. So we aren’t dealing with the full bare chassis build that made the Ruf name synonymous with Porsche performance. This car was delivered as a 1989 930 and then worked over to produce the converted example you see here. However, at 374 hp, conversion or not, these were seriously quick cars in their day (and are no slouches now) and offered a nice 102 hp boost over the standard 930.

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Year: 1989
Model: 930 RUF BTR
Engine: 3.4 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 52,914 mi
Price: $100,000 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Porsche 930 RUF BTR on eBay

This is a 1989 RUF BTR. VIN# WP0JB0933KS050278. If you are a collector, this car needs little description. If you are not familiar with RUF Porsches, RUF, has been the “AMG” to Porsche for many years. Most well heeled American business people purchased US Turbo Porsches for two reasons. 1. It was the best way to get a lease and 2. Porsche was making a war on grey market cars. This car was sent to Gary Borman of Exclusive Motorcars in Upper Montclair, New Jersey to be completely converted. Exclusive was the Ruf place in the USA at that time. If you had one that was the only place to go. It was sent there direct from the Porsche dealer in VA where it was originally purchased. The only parts on this car are Ruf parts, period! This car was originally done to have twin turbos fitted later (the Yellow Bird motor). The fuel system and injection were all prepared for this. The motor has the BTR tag. Only European cars for Europe got a Ruf VIN. In America the original VIN was used or else the car was reclassified and then federalized all over again (crash testing.)

Black on a tan interior with Sport Seats. The interior on this car looks excellent. The sport seats in particular are in great condition. This is a very rare car. It is tough to find a Ruf, even tougher to find a 1989 Ruf BTR. Please look at the photo of the authentic Ruf BTR tag on the motor. This car also has electronic injection! This car was done from new for the original owner on the original financing.

The original owner (an older gentleman) bought the car in Virginia, where he lived untill he died (1992). Later the family sold the car and it went to Houston and the car lived there until it came back to New York, ALMOST 6 years ago. I have been asked, “How fast will it go?” Who cares? I do not know. I did not buy this car to race it. I bought this car because of how rare it is. I have only driven it a few hundred miles over the course of time that I have owned it. Most of the time the car has spent under cover in my garage or in our showroom.

If you are into Corvettes or Camaros, this car will have little value to you. If you are a true connoisseur of 1ST Generation Porsche Turbo cars, and RUF Automobiles, then we do not need debate that this is a serious collector car.

I would prefer to answer any questions on the phone during business. (EASTERN TIME) Call 1-800-WHEEL99. After hours call 631-974-4386. Ask for Joseph Scarallo SR. The car was just fully serviced. synthetic oil and oil , fuel and air filters. At the same time four brand new Toyo R1R tires were installed. These are comparable to Micheline Pilot Cups. This maintenance and tire installation was done 25 miles ago ($1,550.00). Please remember, this car is only going up in value. There is no debate on that. A new GT2 is $250,000.00 plus! Whatever this car can be bought for now is less than next year, I promise. So, why wait? P.S. just recently an ’89 Ruf Slantnose that was advertised for $299,000.00 in Ohio was sold. Do not know exactly what they got, but it was in that neighborhood.

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While I understand the value of provenance, the market for Ruf conversions always seems odd to me. We previously profiled this 1989 Ruf BTR 3 Slantnose that was being offered for the princely sum of $299,000 (which is the car the seller mentions at the end of the ad above, the sale of which he’s clearly trying to capitalize upon). That car’s high price came through a confluence of attributes: the rarity of a RUF built car, the rarity of a 930 Slantnose, and the car’s low mileage. The Ruf BTR featured here lacks those attributes and as such won’t come close to the Slantnose’s price. With a Buy It Now of $100,000 it is, quite frankly, pretty over-priced for the territory in which these cars typically sell. With that out of the way, I offer as another comparison the low mileage 1989 930 Turbo with a fantastic burgundy leather interior that I profiled earlier this week. That car has a Buy It Now price of $92,500, which seems a little high, but not outrageous. As far as the current market for these cars goes, that 930 Turbo should fetch a higher price (possibly up to $20K higher) than this Ruf BTR conversion. Such is the market for collectors. For my money? I think I’d have the Ruf.

-Rob

1989 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet

As the last of the classically-styled 911 models, I’ve always had a particular fondness for the late-80s 911s more than any other iteration. Known also as the 930, the Turbo version of these cars was introduced in 1975 as the first turbo-charged version of the 911 and featured a 3.0 liter flat-6 that produced 256 bhp. Enlarged to 3.3 liters in 1978 and fitted with an intercooler, engine output was raised to 300 bhp, which resulted in a very quick car that, due to being rear-engined and suffering from turbo lag, was somewhat at odds with the laws of physics.

After briefly being removed from the US lineup due to emission regulations, the 930 returned in 1986 with a slightly lower output 3.3 liter engine (282hp) and for 1989, the last year of this model’s production, it received a 5-speed manual transmission. In addition, Porsche’s Sonderwunsch (“Special Wishes”) Program allowed 911 buyers to customize their car in a variety of ways, most famously through the availability of a flatnose version of the 930. But sometimes an owner simply wanted to upgrade the interior, which brings us to the car featured here today. This 1989 911 Turbo Cabriolet, located in Texas, with just under 21,000 miles has had its interior specially fitted almost entirely in burgundy leather.

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Year: 1989
Model: 911 Turbo Cabriolet
Engine: 3.3 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 20,900 mi
Price: $92,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet on eBay

Diamond blue metallic/Burgundy, 20,900 mi, factory “Special Wishes” leather interior options, limited slip, supple leather, heated seat-left, short shifter, steering wheel with raised hub, velour luggage compartment, fresh service with new tires, $102,999 MSRP, immaculate condition.

Factory “Special Wishes” Options

Special leather enclosed speakers
Special leather center console with additional instruments
Light rootwood dashboard
Leather instrument rings
Leather door lock rosette and knobs
Leather ignition lock rosette
Leather control knobs (4)
Leather glove box knob
Leather turn signal/wiper switch
Leather fresh air vents side dash
Leather heat/vent control knobs
Leather shift lever cover
Leather shift lever knob
Lighted make-up mirror, right sunvisor
Belt line leather- burgundy

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I’ll just come right out with it: I love the interior. Burgundy is easily my favorite color for a leather interior and I wish it was available more frequently. The original buyer of this car clearly felt the same since it appears that anything that could be covered in burgundy leather, has been covered in burgundy leather. For some, it might be a bit too monochrome, but I think it’s gorgeous. I’m not sure I’ll ever appreciate the dissymmetry of the whale tail on a cabriolet (I love a whale tail on the coupe), but regardless, it’s still an eye-catching car. The asking price, however, is at the top of the scale for a 911 of this vintage and while it is low mileage, quite unique, and the Sonderwunsch options were very expensive, I think it would take a very particular buyer for it to sell at $92,500. Without the “Special Wishes” options a car like this probably goes for around $70,000. So at $90,000+ we’re looking at a pretty high premium, no matter how beautiful the leather.

-Rob

Motorsport Monday – 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR replica

In the 1970s, Porsche was on a racing high. It seemed wherever they went and whatever they produced, they won. The focus on motorsport and development through racing lead to some notable production based racers and crossover technology. In 1973 Porsche released the legendary 911 Carrera RS, a homologated race car that could be road registered. Through 1974 it received many upgrades that made it more competitive as a race car, but ultimately the factory saw an opportunity to take even the hard-edged RS to the next level. Thus was born the 911 Carrera RSR, the Rennest of the RennSport models. Running 917 wheels and brakes with lightened panels resulting in a sub-2,000lb curb weight and a 3.0 flat six pushing 330 horsepower, these cars were formidable racers that competed against tube frame F1 engined cars – and won. Highly sought after but with less than 60 produced, finding one to buy is both a pricey and difficult proposition. However, many of the pieces are available to make a recreation, just as today’s example is:

Year: 1974
Model: 911 Carrera RSR
Engine: 3.8 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: N/A mi
Price: $150,000

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR replica on Race-Cars.com

Description
Ground Up-Scratch built from a 1974 coupe,no expense spared to build this new,classic and fast RSR.Over $190k invested.Only 25 race hours on the car.Build sheet and extensive photos available.
Performance Data
• Weight: 2035 lbs
Engine
• Engine Builder: Porsche
• Manufacturer: Porsche
• Type: 911 RSR
• Displacement: 3.8L
• Horsepower: 402
• Torque: 279
• Heads: Camfer
• Connecting Rods: Carrillo RSR
• Pistons: 3.8 Supercup
• Camshaft: Ultra Race Cams
• Clutch: RSR
• Pressure Plate: RSR
• Flywheel: RSR
• Total Time: 10 race hours
Fuel System
• Fuel Cell
• Manufacturer: ATL
• Age: new
• Capacity: 17g
Oil/Water System
• Oil Cooler: 935
Transmission
• Manfacturer: Porsche
• Type: G50
• Gears: 6
• Shifter: Hargett
• Trans Cooler: 935
Rear End
• Differential: Torque Diff
Body
• Construction: steel/fiberglass
• Condition: excellent
Chassis
• Front Suspension: 935 RSR strut monoball billet
• Rear Suspension: 930 set up
• Shocks: JRZ 1231 3 way
• Wheels: Penta/BBS 917 11.3×16 14×16
• Tires: Hoosier
Spares
• $10k of spares

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Looking at those rear wheels should qualify as a religious experience. It’s a stark reminder that this was a time when there were no computers to control wheelspin, slip angles, and brake lockup. Determined to prove to the world that a 30/70 weight bias would work, Porsche put massive flares which just barely contained those nearly square wheels and a giant rear spoiler – the origin of the loved 80s “Whale Tail” spoiler that would adorn so many Turbos. This car has been faithfully re-created where necessary and important, but upgraded in all of the right areas – the G50 transmission is a great addition, and who wouldn’t need 20 percent more power and modern rubber to keep it planted? Read through most advertisements and run across the phrase “no expense spared” and they’re usually suspect, but in this case it’s hard not to believe. The car looks amazingly good and shockingly clean for a race car – check out that engine bay! I even love that they used a correct 1974 chassis as a basis, since many replicas use an easier to obtain newer car retrofitted with earlier panels.

At $150,000, this isn’t a car for everyone. It won’t be as fast as newer Cup Cars around a track. It won’t be easy to drive. It won’t even be cheap to run. However, this is very much the case of you couldn’t build it for the sale price. You could run $50,000 building the proper engine alone! What appeals to me about a car like this, though, is that it has a presence about it that the newer cars just can’t replicate. Pull up anywhere with this and you’re guaranteed to have a crowd. Then, take a moment to consider what it would cost to own a real one; the last that came up for sale was Emerson Fittipaldi’s IROC racer in the $800,000 range. In 2012, the 2.1 turbo RSR “Baby” sold for $3.25 Million. And the reality is, at that price would you really even want to drive (never mind race) one of those irreplaceable cars? Not likely. This then, is the way to have your cake and eat it too – look like a million bucks, have a million thrills, and don’t be (too) afraid to write it all off. To me, that’s a deal – now, anyone know what organs I can live without that would generate $150,000?

-Carter

1996 Porsche 993 Turbo

For many, the Porsche 993 is the pinnacle of the 911 line. As the last of the air-cooled 911s, it is held in heightened regard by many Porsche enthusiasts. No less important, the styling miscues of the 996 have prompted many potential buyers to bypass those models for the more classically styled 993 (and to a lesser degree the 964). This, of course, has meant that 993 prices have shot up (as an aside, for those who are fans of the 996 styling, there’s great value to be had there). A 993 RS or GT2, assuming you come across one, will set you back a few hundred grand. As for the Turbo, this particular listing might show us where values for these cars currently stand. This 1996 993 Turbo, located in California, has seen less than 21K miles and from all appearances looks very clean.

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Year: 1996
Model: 993 Turbo
Engine: 3.6 liter twin-turbo flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 21,000 mi
Price: Reserve auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1996 Porsche 993 Turbo on eBay

Up for Auction is a 1996 model Porsche 993 (911) Turbo
Mileage is Documented please see Carfax and Car History reports
Original Paint
No collision or accidents
None Smoker
Stereo Code is on hand
Just completed emissions so Readiness Status is ACTIVE
Bnew Tires front and rear
No dents, no curb damage and no water stains
Complete service history all maintenance was done by Porsche dealers
Complete with 2 remote fob keys, tools, jack, manuals,and service records
Title is on hand and good to go
I can facilitate SHIPPING OR TRUCKING ——-> DOMESTIC OR INTERNATIONAL,
Please email me for more questions or pictures request etc…

Or Call +1-949-351-4491 Pacific Time

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Some 993s I’ve come across seem to leap off the screen; they are stunning cars whose photo albums can be like a black hole for my time. This isn’t one of them. Don’t get me wrong, this is a pretty car, but the pictures simply don’t convey the character of the car in the manner in which other 993s have. Obviously, that doesn’t mean the car is crap, it just doesn’t pop. And for a car that the seller is hoping to sell for 6 figures I could do with a bit more description. Regardless, this appears to be a well maintained car and should fetch a pretty high price. Speaking of which, the seller has set the opening bid at $100,000. That’s starting around the price I’d expect a car such as this to sell for so I’m not sure whether this will get many takers. 993 prices have gotten a bit crazy though, so given this car’s low mileage, I could be wrong.

-Rob

1998 Porsche 911 Turbo Ruf Conversion – Revisit

If you felt that the 1998 Porsche 911 Turbo Ruf Conversion we featured last month was too pricey, it remains available and the seller has now lowered the car’s price $6,000 to $68,888. There were a lot of people interested in looking this car when we originally posted it, and now it’s a little more attainable. Sure seems like a pretty good deal for a lot of car!

-Carter

1998 Porsche 911 Turbo Ruf Conversion – REVISIT

The below post originally appeared on our site July 22, 2013:

Last week, we reviewed a beautiful white 1998 993 Twin Turbo converted to Ruf Turbo R specifications. They say lightning never strikes twice, but Ruf has never been one to listen to convention or limitations. Surely the most elite of the German tuners, Ruf automobiles demand a premium over their already expensive Porsche cousins. However, there is a difference in the market between a car with an original Ruf build certificate and one that has been converted by the owner. This example looks cracking in silver, and like the white car is not an original Ruf car but a converted example.

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Year: 1998
Model: 911 Turbo (993)
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6 Twin Turbo
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 75,704 miles
Price: $68,888 Buy it Now

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1998 Porsche 993 Twin Turbo Ruf, rare Ruf conversion with rear-wheel drive. Twin-turbo 3.6 motor, 6-speed manual transmission. Absolutely stunning! Over $60,000 invested, including –

Fresh 3.6 twin turbo w performance tuning
Rear-wheel drive conversion
Ruf front & rear bumpers (originals, not replicas)
Ruf 19″ wheels in Hypersilver
Ruf sport leather steering wheel (new)
Ruf gear shift (new)
Ruf floor mats
Ruf badging
Turbo “S” exhaust tips
Turbo “S” rear wing
Sports hardback seats
Muffler delete
Billstein PSS9 adjustable coilover suspension
Strut tower brace in carbon fiber
Upgraded sound system

We have receipts for the engine work done (over $30,000)

Condition –

Recent PPI done last month by Powertech in NJ (see attached report)
Perfect compression and no leaks
Excellent concours condition
Accident free
All books and manuals
Exterior is free of any scratches or rock chips
Runs and drives great
Driver seat has wear as expected (see pics)
Everything works as expected
Cold air conditioning
Clean Autocheck
Wheels are free of any curbing
Tires have over 50% tread

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We specialize in pre-loved air-cooled Porsches. We ship world wide. We offer financing. We have a 100% feedback score for outstanding customer service. Serious inquiries call 2013100048.

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While a “normal” 993 Twin Turbo will set you back around $60,000 to $70,000, the white lighting we showed last week was asking $110,000 despite not being an original Ruf. That’s a serious amount of “extra” over the standard car – so much so, that you could nearly buy two! However, the most valuable aspect of the Ruf cars is, and has always been, the motors they have developed. Unlike the white car, this silver example does not appear to have the valuable motor swap, but does sport the same suspension and body kit, along with a grab to the Porsche parts bag for the Turbo S rear wing. In comparison to the white car, then, this car is more of a replica without the motor.

For $35,000 dollars less, I feel like I could live with a few less horsepower, especially without the benefit of the all wheel drive saving me when I dipped a little too far into the loud pedal. Additionally, I think the silver flies (literally) a little lower on the radar, and I can’t express enough how glad I am that those beautiful Ruf alloys aren’t black. Sure, it has more miles on the clock, but it looks to be in just about perfect condition and without the more expensive motor, it’ll set you back less at the next servicing. To me, this is a slightly better value than the white car, with a price closer to the high end of the standard 993 TT market but with some nice looking upgrades. Without either being actual Ruf cars, I’d drive the silver one comfortable in both the fact that I had a fantastic looking, exceptionally fast car and $35,000 in the bank to help pay the bills.

-Carter