1987 Porsche 911 Carrera

For years I’ve had the Porsche Carrera 3.2 on the back of my mind. Ever since driving a 1984 hardtop when I was on my learner’s permit back in high school, I’ve been hung up on these things. It’s like your first love; for some reason, you never forget it. There’s no shortage of low mileage 3.2 coupes, targas and cabriolets out there, but prices are strong. In most cases, you’re looking at $25,000 on up. Every now and then, I see one being driven around the urban jungle. True, they look beat up cosmetically, but it’s a testament to the durability of older Porsches. Not only are they high performance machines, but they can handle the traffic and weather that East coast cities can throw at them, sometimes twenty and thirty years on. This particular 3.2 for sale is particularly tempting for me, as it is for sale right in my backyard and has had a series of hardcore enthusiasts own it. With some attractive performance upgrades and a full mechanical rebuild at 160,000 miles, this car is making the right noises.

1987 Porsche 911 Carrera on eBay

Welcome to my 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera. The 3.2 Carrera represents one of the greatest Porsches ever made. From 1984 to 1989, this 911 represented the peak of 911 evolution and stands today as a great blend between the classic and modern 911. I am not a car dealer, I am an individual selling my own personal car. I’ve been active on ebay for twelve years, with a perfect 100% feedback record. I intend to keep it that way. I will disclose to you here absolutely everything I know about this fantastic car. Test drives are welcome, just let me know when you’d like to come over. Professional inspection at one of the area Porsche shops is also welcome, contact me for details if you are interested. Please note that all test drives and inspections must be completed by the end of the auction; this is a no-reserve auction, and when it’s over, the high bidder wins.

The first thing I will say, is please do not write this one off due to the mileage. There are plenty of all original one-owner Carreras out there with only 80k or 100k miles or so on them. Those cars are great – if you’re looking for a saggy worn out car that will cost you thousands to refresh, or if you just want a car that looks nice in your driveway. If you want a real drivers car, one that has been impeccably maintained, and one that has had a full mechanical rebuild, is tight and crisp, and is ready for many more years of reliable service, then keep reading:

This car has a documented provenance of Porsche enthusiast ownership here in the Washington, DC area. I have owned this spectacular 1987 Carrera for 7 years now, since 2005. I purchased it from Bill Hagy, a manager/owner of RPM Performance, a local Porsche specialist. Just before he decided to sell the car, Bill rebuilt the engine, rebuilt the transmission, rebuilt the suspension with all new rubber bushings and shock absorbers, and rebuilt all four brake calipers. It had essentially a mechanical “total makeover”, returning it to like-new mechanical condition. It literally drives and runs like new! There is no smoke at cold start-up. There is no oil leaks or drips, none whatsoever! The entire underside of the engine is bone dry. Good luck finding another air-cooled 911 with a tight dry engine. You only get this with a high quality rebuild! Bill used this car for years as his daily driver before retiring, and selling the car to me. Prior to Bill’s ownership, this car was owned by Marvin Jennings. Marvin is the current Technical Chair of the DC Region Porsche Club. He knows his Porsches! As you can see, this is not some mystery beater car from a shady dealer. This is a mechanically excellent enthusiast owned car, with no excuses. A thick folder full of many years of service records and receipts is included with the car.

Please scroll down and take a look at the photos. I have tried to photograph the vehicle from every possible angle. As you can see the paint is spectacular, and looks great in the sun. There is not a single dent or ding or scratch anywhere on the body, not one! The front end has 3M clear bra applied to keep rock chips away and keep it looking perfect. The drivers door handle has the usual scuffs from rings and keys, and there is a chip in the clear coat right next to the handle. It’s very minor and is not noticeable unless you’re looking for it. The wheels and tires are excellent. Recent Toyo T1R tires with lots of tread life remaining. The wheels all look great, no dents, no curb rash, no damage at all. One of the rear hub caps is missing, as you can see. They are inexpensive and readily available if you want to replace it. There is an aftermarket oil cooler scoop on the front bumper, passenger side. It is a popular aftermarket item for these Carreras, as it directs more cooling air into the oil-cooler. The scoop is painted to match the body so it looks almost factory. There is a marker light that goes in place of that scoop, should your state inspection require it to be present. Yes, the original marker light and mounting hardware are included with the car. On the front of the car, you will notice that it is equipped with the factory black rubber “chin spoiler”, a nice factory upgrade. The 911’s suspension is of a fully adjustable design. The ride height has been set to Euro ride height, which is just a hair lower than US ride height. Most people think the tall US ride height looks funny, and leaves large gaps in the wheel wells, while the Euro ride height looks more sporting. The suspension has Bilstein Sport shock absorbers. The tie rod ends have been upgraded with 911 turbo tie rod ends. The side mirrors on this car have been upgraded. I had the local Porsche specialist swap the black square shaped Carrera mirrors for the more curvy and attractive Porsche 993 “aero” mirrors. It is all Genuine Porsche parts, and the power mirror functions all work perfectly. I think it looks way better than the older “flag” style of mirrors.

Mechanically, this car is excellent. Not just “good”, or “okay”, but excellent. As I mentioned earlier, the engine, transmission, suspension, and brakes all had a complete rebuild at 160k miles in 2004. The car has only driven about 40k miles since then, so it still drives like new! Before you decide on that garage queen with only 90k original miles, please please go test drive it. Then come test drive mine. I know that other one will feel clunky, saggy, and worn-out in comparison. The engine has received all the factory recommended updates including the newer cylinder head temperature sensor, 911 turbo valve covers, and 911 turbo engine mounts. It has been run exclusively on Brad Penn and Redline brand high ZDDP oils. The gearbox oil has been changed annually, with Redline synthetic. The valves have been adjusted annually. All other filters have been changed annually. There is no “Made in China” or no-name brand service parts on this car. You know all the usual high quality German and European car parts suppliers, Mahle, Mann, Zimmerman, Brembo, Bosch, etc. The battery is an Optima Red Top. The catalytic converter was replaced in 2009, and will easily pass the strictest of state emissions tests.

The front brakes have been upgraded to the aluminum four-piston Brembo’s you see on later model 911’s. This particular upgrade came from VCI, and cost nearly $2000. It uses Porsche 964 calipers and 951 rotors. All Genuine Porsche parts! No weird one-off or strange parts to track down, it’s all proper Porsche parts. I had VCI media blast and powdercoat the calipers in the original gloss black. They rebuilt them with Genuine Brembo seals and pistons. One of the biggest complaints about the 3.2 Carrera is that its brakes were not upgraded significantly over the previous model, despite adding significant horsepower. You won’t have that complaint, because you’ve got Porsche 4-piston Brembos and huge 951 turbo rotors now! As an added bonus, the 964 brake pads and 951 brake rotors actually cost less than the original 3.2 Carrera service parts. Better performance, lower service cost, all Genuine Porsche parts.

The interior of this car is two tone, with cream colored carpets and door panels, and black seats and trim. The interior is in fair condition, no glaring defects or severely worn-out stuff. Unlike the mechanicals, the interior has not been updated or refreshed in any way, so it’s starting to show its age. The top of the dashboard has a thin crack, as do most cars of this age. The passenger’s knee pad has a dime sized tear in it. The drivers seat has one or two seams that are just barely starting to open up at the corners. It’s been that way since I bought it though, and hasn’t gotten any worse, so I’ve left it alone. The sunroof does not open. It does not leak either, so I’ve left it alone. The CD stereo was high end for 2001, but is dated by today’s standards, and it recently stopped working. There’s a CD trapped inside, a bonus for you if you can figure out how to retrieve it! 🙂 The air conditioning is disconnected and does not work. These cars have over 40 feet of ac hoses and dozens of o-rings, and the whole system is an old R12 design and needs to be replaced with modern R134a components to have good cold ac. Anyone who is selling one of these cars and says “maybe it needs to be recharged?” is either clueless or is trying to deceive you. There are several aftermarket ac kits designed specifically for the 911, take a look at Rennaire, Griffiths, and IceAC. No matter whose 911 you buy, if it’s older than 1990, you’ll need to replace the hoses, condensers, and compressor from one of those three suppliers. It’s a common upgrade and very straightforward bolt-on install, and now you know.

While it might need a good detail and have mismatched front seats (I don’t believe they came from the factory this way), I am drawn to this car because it appears to be mechanically sound from the extensive description. The upgrades, rebuild and lowered stance make it even more appealing. This would be the kind of classic that I could envision using on a regular basis. Now, to convince myself to keep holding on to that R53 in the garage and not go for a test drive in this thing…..

-Paul

400 horsepower matte black 1979 Porsche 930

This Porsche caught my eye because of its stovepipe black finish. It gives us an opportunity to ask our readers about their opinions on this trend. Some love this look others think it is better sticking on the stove than on vehicles.

The matte look has seen a surge in popularity lately. Once reserved for the rat rod crowd, now we have manufacturers offering matte finishes direct from the factory, take BMW’s “frozen” paint jobs. I’m not sure it really belongs on a car like this Porsche, but this car still has the original black paint underneath the matte black wrap. Since this is a wrap an owner with a change of heart could peel off the wrap.

The car has some other things going for it, including a rebuild with upgraded parts on the engine that yield a claimed 400 ponies. The seller mentions upgrades to the turbo, intercooler, brakes, and exhaust, but doesn’t get too specific into manufacturer part numbers. 20″ staggered HRE rims are also on the car. The car has 13k on the rebuild, but actual mileage on the car is not listed. Depending how the car has been treated 13k miles may mean rebuild time again, more details are needed. The five point harness, and some other clues suggest possible track time.

The seller is asking $48,000, which he stands no chance of getting with such minimal details. Even with some more details that shed positive light on the car that ask is pretty high for a 79 930.

There is a beautiful Guards Red 930 Turbo for sale right now with much more history and detail, 50k miles and an ask of several thousand less. So perhaps some reader’s wish to do some digging on this unreflective black one and give a proper valuation.

400 horsepower matte black 1979 Porsche 930

~Evan

Big Bird: 600 HP 1996 Porshce 993 For Sale With No Reserve

There are gobs of built Porsche 911’s out there, some are done well and others… not so much.  This Big Bird is one of the nicest builds I have seen in some time.  600 hp and no stone left unturned.  Buy the buyer’s estimation they have $300k into her and it is up for auction at no reserve.

1996 Porsche 993 Twin Turbo Twin Plug:

From the seller –

“Selling my ultra custom 1996 Porsche twin turbo-twin plug 3.8 liter powerhouse with over 600HP… aka BIG BIRD.

This is an amazing car and hope you enjoy reading about it as much as I have enjoyed driving her.  She was last on display at the Legends of the Autobahn meet in Monterey California summer 2011. See the PCA spotlight video below with PCA president Manny Alban featuring the car.

Where do I start? The motor is probably the most fascinating part of the car and is a crowd pleaser. The car was designed and engineered by S-CARGO racing in San Rafael,CA.   They are one of the top Porsche air cooled specialists in the west coast. Known for building unbelievable air cooled Porsches. Twin plug conversions along with custom fabrication and design are their forte. Thank you Rob and Mark and the entire S-Cargo staff for putting in the hard work and building this masterpiece. The car was built so that it would be reliable enough for daily driving and simple enough for another Porsche shop to work on if needed.

Now more about the car. It started out as a completely stock 1996 Porsche C4S.  So much has been changed, upgraded and modified that the car is far from stock. The car was meant to be a dream car build and everything done first class with open check book.

Over 300k has been invested in this beauty with records and documentation of build. The motor is a completely rebuilt twin turbo 3.8 with twin plug (12 spark) conversion. It has 2 plugs firing per cylinder. Essential to achieve optimum power for high performance engines. Since high compression ratios are used, twin-ignition allows all of the power benefit to be gained from the increase. Twin-plug equipped 911 and 930′s run much crisper and cleaner with lower cylinder head temperatures and improved throttle response. Plus, a twin-plug 911 is much less prone to plug fouling with today’s fuel.

Besides the damage to one’s bank account, there isn’t one drawback to installing this system and enjoying the benefits in throttle response, power and great drivability that twin-ignition adds to any 911. Quite a difference!. In some cases, it is a necessity to realize the maximum gains from a complete set of engine modifications.

Over 100k alone was spent on the motor build and modifying it not including the cost of the initial motor (about 30k). The turbos were replaced with massive Garrett GT30 custom polished turbos.  The ECU was programmed by Protomotive.   The heads were port and polished. GT3 oil pump was added and an additional oil cooler was added in front bumper for extra cooling.

The transmission was dissembled and upgraded with Guards GT4060 limited slip differential, and viscous coupling, high performance clutch and completely resealed.   The real beauty of this build is the specialized fabrication and fitment of the parts. The heater box, headers, and exhaust were all carefully crafted for this car. Even small details like the turbo inlet tubes made of plastic were replaced with custom fabricated aluminum lines for reliability and performance.  All of the work is beautifully done and very expensive but well worth it.  She is a rolling work of art and people love to see and hear it run.

She is not hard to miss. The speed yellow paint is gleaming bright. All bodywork done by UACC in Burlingame,CA. The body was professionally refinished in its factory color Speed Yellow and rain gutters have been shaved just like the real Yellowbird RUF Porsche.  Paint job and custom body cost over 20k.  The RUF body kit(not obtainable any more) was carefully fit to the body. Recaro A8 seat backs and roll bar were color matched and installed.  Immediately upon completion it was sent to S-Cargo racing for its transformation.”

So much to like about this car.  It is one thing to built a spare no expense car but to do it in such a way that blends with the overall purpose of the car is truly extraordinary.  It’s all here, motor, paint and body, interior, brakes, clutch, transmission were all addressed.  This is important because if there were a weak spot the 600HP motor would find it.

The best part is this 993 is offered at no reserve.  Current bidding sits at $73k with a few days to go.  I think a final bid in the $85k area would be appropriate and fair for all parties involved.  It takes a great deal of courage to sell a car such as this with no reserve, kudos to the seller on building such a fine 993.

~Aaron.

2007 Porsche Targa 4S Offered by EuroWerkz

In 1999, Porsche revamped the 911 with the new 996 model. This new model was the biggest departure yet from the original 911 formula. Gone was the air-cooled flat six engine, in its place a water-cooled flat six developed to meet noise and emissions standards. In addition, the headlights were transformed into a more ovoid shape with integrated signal and fog lamps. Derided to this day by hardcore Porschephiles, they have never escaped from the shadow of the almighty 993, the last of the air-cooled Porsches. Resale values have reflected this sentiment.

The 996 lasted for six short years in various iterations, replaced by the 997. While the 997 was still water-cooled, it went a long way to address the quality, appearance and performance issues that die hard Porsche enthusiasts had been banging on about since the demise of the 993. One of the more overlooked examples of the 911 these days is the Targa. Originally, Targas had a removable roof panel with a folding rear convertible section. The folding rear top eventually gave way to a fixed glass window. For 1996, Porsche changed the Targa formula by introducing a sliding glass roof panel that would slide inward parallel to the rear window.

Here is a 997 Targa 4S on offer from EuroWerkz LC in Pleasantville, Iowa. This particular model features Porsche’s all-wheel drive and 380 horsepower from a 3.8 liter engine.

2007 Porsche 911 Targa 4S for sale at EuroWerkz

The Gentlemans GT! A very nice and very rare combination of 911 here. This is low mileage, southern, one owner Porsche 911 4S Targa that is equipped right and has some nice modifications to make it a great combination of style and function. Finshed in Beautiful Jet Black over optional Sand Beige Extended leather. The car is equipped with all the right and desirable 911S options including Bose sound, Chrono plus, Navigation, power seats, and optional thicker sports steering wheel.

The car has aftermarket Champion Porsche lowering springs, beautiful Champion Porsche 19″ motorsports wheels with colored crests and is wearing the Porsche approved Michelin PS2 Super Sport N1 tires, clear corner lenses, and GT2 side rocker flares for a really aggressive look. For some extra go the car has the complete $8000 Fabspeed 911S power kit including headers, mufflers, cats, and exhaust with the cold air kit and special custom software. It sounds great and will rock your world at the tickle of the pedal. It’s a very nice car in superior conditon with an agressive presense. We love it and know you will to. Offered at $69,900.

I’m a big fan of these Targas. While they are a tad heavier than a standard Carerra, the roofline and rear window styling is a neat departure from the usual 911 silhouette. This particular Targa has some nice modifications from Champion Porsche that are subtle yet aggressive at the same time. For those seeking a 911 with a little bit of an edge, and would like to enjoy open air motoring with the practicality of a roof, your ride has arrived.

-Paul

Reader Ride: Guards Red 1982 Porsche 911SC

Update 2.13.2012:The owner reports this car is now sold. Congrats on the sale! -dc

You can buy a worn out SC all day long.  Bad paint, worn interior, and a shot motor.  Something like that could run you about $13k.  You would have a 20 footer that would smoke like a refinery, but hey you saved a few bucks.

Or, you can spend a little more and have something like this…

1982 Porsche 911SC:

From the seller –

“1982 Porsche 911 SC Sunroof Coupe, Guards Red, Black leather

Approx. 97,000 miles, (replacement speedo installed, I have broken one)

Southern car, only one season in New England garaged, never driven in bad weather.

I believe I am 3 or 4th owner.

Have records back to 1990 or so, all indexed in a spreadsheet.

Car was a Euro Delivery, driven for 3-4 years in Belgium, have all records for Euro service.

Orig. owner’s manual with services performed in Belgium

Improvements include:

Top end rebuild 10,000 miles ago

Carrera chain tensioner upgrade, head studs

SSI stainless header, heater boxes

Pop off Valve

Momo Steering wheel

Fuchs 16″ with Black petals

Lowered to Euro ride height

New Yokahama S Drives

Updated AC compressor

Respray approx. 8-10 years ago, looks like a glass out job. Paint 8/10, nice 10 footer.

Full leather interior redone 10 years ago, in excellent condition, including headliner, new dash top.

New fuel pump

New clutch cable

Replaced heater hoses with Aircraft Scat silicone

I looked for a 911 for a year; probably saw 10-12 cars before this one.

Previous owner was Porsche guys, owned 5-6 before this one, drove it sparingly for 7 years.

I purchased in the Fall of 2010.”

Rebuild, re-spray, and newer interior would be reason enough to consider this SC.  Records, recent maintenance, and a knowledgeable owner is just icing on the cake.  As mentioned above you can always find something cheaper and dump a bunch of your own money into it.  Or, you can find a car that has been loved and just drive it.  $18.5k is no bargain but a good value if you are looking for a turn key SC.

Best of luck to the seller.

~Aaron.

1991 Porsche 911 Turbo

Searching for the 993 Turbo posted earlier, I happened upon this slightly-older Black Beauty. While the 993 may be the pinnacle of the classic (smaller) 911 shape, it’s no secret my tastes lie more firmly in the 80s. Thus, the 964 body style of the 911 gets me going a little more than the 993, and this 1991 Turbo is no exception. With some fine engine work and just 54k miles, this murdered-out 911 is something special. My garage is full up on black Germans for the moment, so it’s up to someone else to decide if this 450hp beast is really worth its $50k asking price.

1991 Porsche 911 Turbo for sale


From the seller:

Sinister? You bet, and that was before Porsche laid down the black-on-black scheme. Wide body 911’s are the best looking kind, and Turbo power reinforces the look. This example has only 53,000 miles, is clean in and out, and has some very nice and tasteful mods. It’s still a 911 Turbo, but it goes to 11!
911 Turbos are excellent cars on their own. They’re more comfortable, better equipped, safer and more complete vehicles than the 930. Antilock brakes, dual airbags, real live climate control, power steering and other amenities propelled the 965 (this generation Turbo’s model desination) into the 1990’s supercar elite.
These cars also respond really well with some minor tweaks. For more grip, the front and rear struts were replaced with adjustable JIC Cross pieces, and the wheels were repainted in black for an even more sinister look! New Michelin Pilot Sport Cup rubber is at all four corners, and the brake calipers were powdercoated red while everything was apart. This car sticks, and it corners like a slot car!
Power is easy to come by in a turbo car, but safe power is another matter. That requires effort and money, and both went into this car. For more spark to quell detonation, the heads were sent out and machined to accept twin spark plugs per cylinder. While they were out, Ollie’s in California did a full valve job and trued the head gasket surfaces. A full Electromotive XDi setup replaces the distributor with coil packs and a magnetic crank trigger, allowing the new JE Pistons to run their 10:1 compression with ease. More power comes courtesy of the fully mapped Blitz dual solenoid boost controller and TiAl 46mm wastegate. Air now flows through Porsche Motorsport silicone intercooler and turbo hoses. Three hours of dyno tuning put down more than 380whp!
Thousands of dollars in service costs are documented back to the original owner, with minor issues resulting in service visits. The warm up regulator was replaced with a digital unit, the A/C saw constant servicing (it IS a black-on-black Texas car) and a new heavy duty clutch puts the power down. Much of this work was done at Sports Car Repair, Inc. in Houston, with the motor rebuild less than 500 miles ago!

I might prefer some different wheels, and the fat airbag wheel is incongruous on a car this lithe and quick, but these are nitpicks. It’s a great-looking and well-taken care of 911 Turbo whose styling, and 50% price, suit me more than the 993.

-NR

1986 Ruf BTR Porsche 911 Slantnose for sale

Seeing the RUF CTR2 in a Road & Track high-speed shootout in middle school ushered in a new era in my car appreciation – the tuner era. Now much more commonplace, I had never before seen the fantastic excesses of speed possible when aftermarket engineers set their sights on improving the best of the best. Ridiculous power is ubiquitous these days, but while many tuners have eschewed clean aero add-ons for the automotive equivalent of gaudy triple-E silicon implants, Alois Ruf has stayed classy through over three decades of Porsche tuning. Clean proprietary wheels are often the only exterior modification as Ruf lets his engine work do the talking. In the mid-80s, Ruf took the poster-star Slantnose 930 911 and worked his magic, ending up with 374 turbo-charged horses ready to lay waste to the all comers.

1986 Porsche 911 Ruf BTR Slantnose for sale on eBay

Not a lot of info on the listing, but three numbers seem the most important:

100 – The total number of Ruf BTRs produced
12,748 – The obscenely low mileage
123,900 – The asking price

It’s a shame this car has only traveled 13k miles, because I’m sure it’s a blast. It’s tough to judge the market for a car like this, but even with the low mileage and rarity, it seems priced a bit high. That said, the seller seems ready to wait to get their price, so more power to them in passing on this most rare of 911s.

-NR

1983 Porsche 911 SC RS Look Offered by EuroWerkz

A question posed by many budding car enthusiasts is which Porsche 911 is the best to buy for those new to the marque? As a 911 enthusiast who is still gunning to own one, I’ve always maintained the 1978-83 Super Carrera, or SC, is the one to put your money on. In the late seventies, Porsche was out to seek complete reliability, and the SC introduced the 3.0 liter version of the venerable flat six engine with Bosch K Jetronic fuel injection. Good for 180 hp in US trim, the SC also marked a change to a diecast aluminum engine block from the magnesium block used in 911 models from 1968 through 1977.

The funny thing about the SC is that it outsold the 928, which was developed to succeed the 911. It was during the reign of the SC that Porsche decided to continue on with the 911 program. It also marked the return of the first cabriolet Porsche since the 356 with the 1983 911 SC Cabriolet.

Here is a late model SC on offer from EuroWerkz LC in Pleasantville, Iowa.

1983 Porsche 911 SC RS Look for sale at EuroWerkz

An extremely nice low mileage 2 owner example. First owner had it for 23 years, second owner did a mechanical freshening and cosmetic up date to RS look including RS valance,duck tail, and graphics. New 7 and 8 inch wheels with new Michelins. New optima battery and 3M clear bra all around. The car is a beautiful 911 that runs 100% in every area. Window sticker,Books and history since new. Recently detailed including a professional color sand that made this car really stand out. Ready to enjoy and it’s a blast to drive! Call or e-mail for the details on any of our inventory. We speak car!

This Porsche is SUPER nice!

I’ve driven a few SCs and I have to say, for a vintage sports car, they are a fairly forgiving drive. They are also a great introduction as to what the 911 experience is all about. The clatter of the flat six, manual steering and no electronic aides to get in the way. Some maintain the 3.2 was better, but the SC is more affordable while offering up the nearly bulletproof 3.0 liter engine.

This example offered by EuroWerkz is a nice tribute to the classic RS look with the advantage of being based on the Super Carerra. The seller is asking $24,900, which is about right for a 911 of this vintage and condition. A few good things to look out for when buying an SC is to see if it has been updated with stainless steel heat exchangers for more power and reliability, as well as tensioner and pop off valve upgrades.

Having covered only 44,000 miles in its lifetime, this is one 911 with a lot of life left in it.

-Paul

Please note this is a sponsored listing. We welcome EuroWerkz as our latest sponsor and are proud to feature their inventory on the site. Please contact me directly with any questions about sponsored listings. Thanks for looking! -dc

1989 Porsche 911 ClubSport – Update

The seller of this 1989 Porsche 911 Club Sport contacted us recently to update us on the status of his vehicle. While he charged a speciality dealer with selling it, there was no interest at the asking price of $129,900.

The seller is having the car returned to the collection and has asked us at GCFSB to update our original ad, as the price has been reduced to $97,500. Still a princely sum for a 1989 911, but consider this is one of the rarest and all time great 911’s.

Update 10.26.2011: This car has sold.

Dan: Pleasure to meet you. I’ve enjoyed reading your website/blog for several years and have added your motorcycle blogs to my everyday reading list, as well.

On May 31 of this year, I was traveling on business and checked into the hotel late that evening. I couldn’t sleep so I popped open my laptop and decided to troll my favorite automotive websites. When I hit your GCFS blog, I was stunned. Somebody was selling a 911 Clubsport just like mine! Then it dawned on me… the featured car WAS mine. While it was cool to see the Clubsport featured, Paul’s commentary struck a chord. It reminded me why I had originally purchased the car. Well done, Paul.

So why this email? I’d like to update your readers on the car before I list it elsewhere. The car is on its way home to NM. Frankly, the dealer charged with selling the car overpriced it from the get go. Yes, the car is the first of seven 1989 US cars produced. Yes, it’s in excellent shape with only 14,761 miles on it. And yes, more Porsche enthusiasts have started giving the 911 Clubsport its due, with some pundits (911 and Porsche News and Georg Karcher) calling it the “RS of the 1980’s” and one of the ten best Porsches ever (as a rennsport fan, I don’t have a street car on my personal Porsche “top ten” list). However, we live in strange economic times and, while an ’89 Clubsport with less than 5,000 miles sold for close to $140,000 in 2007, it would take the absolute best, never-driven, concours Clubsport to get close to that high water mark today.

The car is for sale. I’m asking $97,500 for it… a lot of money, I know, but a far cry from the previous asking price of $129,900. The reason behind the sale is simple. I miss the track and have an old racing Porsche in my sights. While the Clubsport would be perfect for track day usage, it’s too nice to convert into a real race car. Time for it to move to a new custodian.

Thanks for the help. Keep up the good work.

Best regards,

Michael Schafer

To recap, here is a description of the vehicle:

1989 911 Club Sport Grand Prix White/Grey 14,761 Miles

Grand Prix White
Grey cloth inserts/leather
14,761 original miles
1 of 7 in the United States
Factory Lightweight (2558 lbs)
NO a/c, NO power seats/windows
Lightweight carpeting in the passenger compartment and trunk
Special 3.2 Liter rated at 231 Horsepower
G 50 hydraulic clutch
M 637 with full delete package
100% original paint
All books and records
Collector owned since new
Original rims refurbished (NOT SHOWN)

If interested, please contact the seller here: jmschafer@mindspring.com

-Paul

1989 Porsche 911 Club Sport with 14k miles

I sincerely hope that down the road I may own a place with a small garage where I can keep two vehicles. I have no intention of letting go of my R53 MINI Cooper S anytime soon, but I think a 911 would be a good option to keep the MINI company. When that time comes, I’d probably be eyeing a 993 or a more affordable 964. However, the absolute last word, at least for me, when it comes to the 911 can be summed up in two words: Club Sport.

The following car is one of only 7 that were sold new here in the United States in 1989. The M637 Club Sport package adhered to the less is more mantra. Much of the luxury items found in a normal 911 were deleted such as power windows, air conditioning (with the exception of two examples), rear seat, sound insulation, fog lights….well, you get the point. Most wore the Grand Prix White hue and all included a blueprinted 3.2 liter engine with more horsepower.

The following example is low mileage and has proper pedigree. These Club Sports don’t come up for sale very often, so all 911 fans should take note.

1989 Porsche 911 Club Sport

The seller states:

Grand Prix White, Grey cloth inserts/leather. 14,761 original miles. 1 of 7 in the United States. Factory Lightweight (2558 lbs), NO a/c, NO power seats/windows. Lightweight carpeting in the passenger compartment and trunk. Special 3.2 Liter rated at 231 horsepower. G50 hydraulic clutch, M637 with full delete package. 100% original paint. All books and records. Collector owned since new. Original rims refurbished (NOT SHOWN). Blue Chip investment. Asking $129,900

While $129,000 for a 1989 Porsche may make some folks eyes bulge, if I had the money, I would snap this car up in a heartbeat. It fits all the criteria I look for in a car: rarity, simplicity, driving pleasure and best of all, it’s German.

-Paul