No-reserve 1974 Porsche 911 for sale in honor of our “barn find”

My best friend lives in Washington now, having departed California about a year ago to return to our childhood home. His parents still live there, and we have long dreamed of commandeering their underused German treasures: a 1987 VW Westfalia, and the S-ified version subject of today’s 1974 Porsche 911. The Westy is in pretty good shape, but unfortunately the white 911S has been woefully neglected in the garage, its 30k-mile rebuild going unappreciated and the body wilting with rust. It has now been bequeathed to said friend though, and as funds allow, a rejuvenation is planned.

The mid-year 911s are not as desirable as the 69-73s with their crash bumpers and impending emissions-choking equipment, though the latter was thankfully postponed until the 1975 model year. Porsche integrated the bumpers better than most, and the new 2.7L flat-6 put out 150hp normally and 173hp in S trim – enabling the 2300 lb car to be quick even by today’s standards (GTI quick, mind you- not 911 quick). So, these ’74s may not be the ultimate collector’s wet dream, but they’re good enough for me, having pulled me from my Audis and BMWs and leaving me chomping at the bit for my first 911 experience. Today from eBay we have a beautifully clean, 60k mile 911, and I’m getting excited.

The seller has written some nice history and details, but it’s best summed up by this:

This early edition 2.7-liter Porsche 911, unencumbered by power-sapping emissions systems, featuring a rust free pan and a most striking color combination, must be one of the best values to be found in the vintage Porsche marketplace today.

The no-reserve auction is just over $10k at time of writing with a week left. I’m not experienced enough with the sensitive subject of vintage 911 pricing to make a true estimate, but the price could go up quite a bit and I’d still consider this a fun and relatively inexpensive entry into the car, the myth, the legend that is 911.

I’m ready to visit home and start wrenching.

-NR

1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster

I’m a sucker for cars that have an interesting color combination or rare collection of options. Porsche had some unique colors back in the late 1980s and 1990s, partly due to the fact that Harm Laagay returned to Porsche from BMW in 1989, after completing the Z1 project. This 911 America Roadster was a limited run model with 250 produced. It has the cabriolet body with the 911 Turbo’s flared rear fenders. The car also adopted the brakes and suspension from the 911 Turbo but retains the Carerra’s 247 horsepower engine.

The seller states:

This is a 1992 America Roadster in Raspberry red on Raspberry red (himbeerrot metallic) 1 of only 4 ever built according to Porsche North America.

History of the car:

First owner was a wealthy Western Canadian Businessman, now retired. He traded the car in on new Porsche turbo and the dealership wholesaled it out – purchased by a Canadian broker who deals in air cooled, limited editions Porsche – good reputation.

Second owner who I bought the car from; Canadian retired Banker from Japan. He is a Classic Porsche enthusiast and very knowledgeable about Porsche. According to him the Porsche has always been garaged/kept warm, never seen snow, virtually not seen rain.

Original owner confirmed it was factory ordered, custom matching interior including back seats (found in many euro cars, but very unusual in American cars, which usually have cheaper rear seat delete.
Original owner reports post ordering and upon its arrival he agreed to allow Porsche North America to use the car on the auto show circuit.

Allers Autosport has serviced the car this year and last. Frank (an inductee into Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame) was formerly mechanic at MCL motors (Vancover Porsche Dealer) but for years has operated his own very small shop focusing on the aircooled Porsche (has no website) operates among aircooled 911’s crowd.

5/08 orig. owner replaced cab top cables, pulleys, gears, transmission $2847
5/08 orig. owner maintenance ck, oil service and new battery $560
8/08 custom audio install (alpine headset with i-pod dock, boston/pioneer speakers), sorry but original speakers, cd, radio….all were bad.
12/08 orig. owner full engine ck/mechanical ck (air filter, plugs, heat exchanger gasket $842
1/09 orig. owner, replaced DME relay and servicing $410
3/09: oil service and replaced front hood struts $323
3/10 mechanical ck/ck plugs/ck brakes, oil service and replaced distributor caps & rotors $875
4/09 broker replaced cab top (pacific auto trim ) $1995
4/09 broker had alloy wheels refinished $672
7/09 new tires ( z rated, 17’s stock sizes)

Mechanically the car is Perfect! Everything works and does not drip any oil! This Porsche has 66,000 miles and the odometer reads in KMS at 110,000kms. If someone buys it in the US I will Pay to have the Speedo converted to US MPH at Palto Alto Speedometer.

Interior/Exterior:
-Side panels, doors, turbo flares excellent. There are no dings/door marks/scratches. Same goes for door sills.
-Bumpers excellent (both resprayed last year for stone chips-front, scratches-rear)
-Hood / rear deck excellent. Overall excellent except for 2 small stone chips under front headlight which I inherited with car. The paint is in overall excellent condition
-Interior carpet is good to excellent.
-Door panels both carpet & leather – excellent
-Wheels newly refinished 17″ cups ( from the turbo model) excellent, no scuffs

-The seats are Porsche sports. Passenger seat is excellent, drivers seat is excellent but side bolster-entry side has approx 2″ wear mark).
-Shift boot/leather surround excellent
-Full leather dash (both upper/lower) excellent
-Brake lever, has small scar, approx 1/4″
-Rear seats/belts excellent
-Top new last yr., excellent
-Visors, excellent
-Steering wheel, excellent

The buy it now price of $39,500 is a tad higher than Kelley Blue Book’s appraisal, but about right for what NADA is quoting. The color may not be to some folks’ taste, but the car is well documented and in good condition, along with having a reasonable amount of mileage for the year. The Porsche 911 is renowned for it’s strong resale value in comparison to other Porsches. Even though 964 models aren’t the most valued, the rarity of the America Roadster is surely to add to this car’s lure in the future.

-Paul

1987 930 Turbo w/ 2002 993 Body & 2006 engine

An interesting combo here that looks pretty good. The price isn’t cheap, but this machine clearly was built up to a fine standard.

A Protomotive tuned 2006 twin turbo 3.8 is dropped into the 1987 930 chassis and then draped in a 993 look widebody kit.

The seller is claiming 850 horsepower and 0-60 in under 3 seconds with a 210 MPH top speed. I’m sure this thing is fast, but I don’t know about 200 MPH fast.

The transmission has thankfully been uprated to handle the power.

Monster 19″x 14″ rear wheels with  355/20/19 rubber fill out the wheel arches.

$75,000 ask price. Despite all the work that has gone into this car I suspect that this price won’t be reached, you Porsche guys might have a better sense on the value of such a “hybrid.” Questionable vanity license plate not included.

~Evan

1976 Porsche 911 3.0 Carrera Euro spec

Somewhat unique Porsche here, a Euro 911 3.0 liter Carrera. The average car fan won’t distinguish this from other similar era 911 vehichles, but the Porscheophile will take note of the Euro bumpers and the Carrera 3.0 badge on the trunk. Car comes with Bosch CIS fuel injection and a limited slip diff for better drivability.

101,000 miles show this car was enjoyed. The previous owner was a Porsche mechanic. The seller lists a ton of replaced and rebuilt parts and judging from the fact the photos are taken in a Porsche junkyard I bet I know where many of those parts came from.

This is a nice looking ride with the polished Fuchs alloys setting off the red paint. The $35,000 ask price is probably playing up the rarity of this car a bit much, but hopefully there is some wiggle room in there from the seller.

~Evan

1991 Porsche 911 Turbo

Another week, another 964 series 911 Turbo, it seems. 1990 saw the introduction of the 964, and one year later, the Turbo bowed with a 3.3 liter engine producing 315 horsepower. The 964 Turbo models are, much like the rest of the 964 range, steadily increasing in value and gaining the attention of collectors. Here’s a fairly clean, early example with late model Porsche wheels.

The seller states:

Here is a sweet 1991 Turbo 911. This rare car is in great shape inside, outside, and mechanically. It has Turquoise Metallic (59) paint and a grey interior. Body and paint are in great shape with the usual paint chips around the wheel flares. The engine number is 61M00854 and transmission number is 2M00855. I have the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity for this car. It is fast and drives like it should, like a race car.

The thing that stands out in the ad is the fact that the car comes with Porsche’s Certificate of Authenticity, important to any collector. The reserve isn’t met at $25,000, but it would be safe to say this car would make it well into the $30k range if an interested buyer exists. Besides the 911 3.2 from the 1980s, I have to say the 964 is perhaps my favorite 911 of them all.

Here’s a clip from the PBS show Motor Week highlighting the 1992 Turbo, essentially the same vehicle:

-Paul

1989 Porsche 911 Speedster

From 1984 through 1989, Porsche manufactured what was, to many, the pinnacle of the 911 production run, the 3.2 In January 1989, production of the low volume Speedster commenced, ending six short months later with a total of just over 2,000 produced. Featuring a low slung windshield and hard tonneau cover, the Speedster was meant to evoke the 356 models of yore. Here is a widebody example with exceptionally low mileage.

The seller states:

This the rarest of the rare: A black wide body Carrera Speedster. It is very low mileage at 17,572. The paint is all original. This is a lightweight no A/C car. This car is untouched other than oil changes. This is powered by the super reliable Carrera 3.2 Motronic engine. It has its original 5 speed G50 gearbox shifting smoothly and flawlessly. Other than a lightly scraped wheel, the car is cosmetically beautiful.

$65,000 is about average for what clean, low mileage Speedsters are going for these days. I’ve seen some as high as $100,000, some as low as $40,000. With Targa, Coupe and Cabriolet prices holding steady, it’s no surprise that the rarest version of them all commands such respect in the marketplace.

-Paul

1991 Porsche 911 Turbo, rare color

The spectrum of colors that has appeared on the Porsche 911 over the years is vast, to say the least. Here we have an oddball color, Rubystone Red, on a rather butch looking 964 Turbo. While not completely original, the upgrades have been tasteful, as the description illustrates.

The seller states:

You are viewing an extremely rare Porsche 911 turbo. This 965 is finished in Rubystone Red (looks purple in most light or even magenta) and is one of as few as perhaps 2 made in this color of the 674 brought to the usa for 1991! This car has been owned by the same person for 12+ years. It had just 19,497 miles when the previous owner bought it in March of 1998. The Rubystone Red paint appears to be original and all of the panels are original to the car and still have their VIN# stickers, etc. in their proper locations. The previous owner had a 1994 turbo 3.6 s engine installed in the car several years ago and then had the local independent Porsche specialst shop go through the motor and make some modifications. If you are still reading this then you probably know how rare the 3.6 Turbo S cars are and what an impressive engine this is! Porsche built just 155 option code x88 turbo 3.6 s engines! It was conservatively rated at 385 hp according to flachbau.com. Most of these engines were installed in the flat nose cars, but a customer could special order one for installation in a regular ’94 turbo as well. Here are some other details about this rare Porsche:

• M64/50 S TURBO 3.6 S ENGINE OPTION CODE X88
• REBUILT FOR $21K 12K MILES AGO BY AN EXPERT PORSCHE SHOP
• TWIN PLUG CYLINDER HEADS
• PORTED CYLINDER HEADS TO 38mm (PLENUM MATCHED AT 38mm)
• GT2 EVO CAMS
• ALIGN BORED CASES
• MICRO POLISHED CRANK
• ALL NEW BEARINGS, ROD BOLTS, HEAD STUDS, ETC.
• B&B STAINLESS STEEL EXHAUST
• REBUILT 5 SPEED TRANSMISSION
• UP-DATED CLUTCH RELEASE ARM
• FUEL ENRICHMENT SYSTEM
• NEW COMPLETE 3.6 TURBO FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM ($3K!)
• REAL 18 INCH SPEEDLINE TURBO 3.6 3 PIECE WHEELS! (WORTH A SMALL FORTUNE BY THEMSELVES!)
• SUPPLE LEATHER INTERIOR WITH PURPLE PIPING
• FACTORY AC
• FACTORY SUNROOF
• AM-FM CD (NICE AFTERMARKET UNIT)
• COIL OVER ADJUSTABLE SUSPENSION
• LOWERED TO EUROPEAN RIDE HEIGHT

The 964 is only beginning to appreciate in value, as it has always been kind of the stepchild between the 3.2 models and the last air cooled 993 versions. For a car with tasteful modifications that has been preserved well with tasteful modifications, the asking price seems almost a bargain.

-Paul

German marques well represented in Watkins Glen.

Having just returned from my annual “business trip” to the Glenora Wine Cellars, formerly Zippo, U.S. Vintage Grand Prix and Racing Festival in Watkins Glen New York I thought it would be appropriate to give you a taste of some of the German metal out on display. In the next couple of days I’ll put up some posts of several of the German street and race cars that I came across for sale while cruising the garage and paddock. Over the course of the weekend I saw all the major marques we cover, except one, represented racing on the track and though there wasn’t one racing, an Opel GT was prowling the car corral. If you ever find yourself near the Fingerlakes region of New York early in September put this event on your calendar. It continues to be one of the largest vintage racing events in the country seeing between 400 and 500 of the finest and funkiest vintage and modern classic racers zooming around the birth place of road racing in America. Here is a  small look at a few of the German machines:

The fast included:

1. a legendary 2000 Audi R8 that turned the fastest time of all competitors with ease.
2. a pair of BMW CSL racers looking and sounding fantastic.
3. a pair of serious M powered Formula cars.
4. a new 2011 Mercedes SLS, parked next to an equally fast Ferrari 599, I overheard someone say both cars were for sale.
5. Speaking of fast and Ferrari, the Audi S4 pictured in this photo can be seen leading a Ferrari 355 challenge. When the rains came Sunday the Audi took control garnering a second place overall in its class race. Despite a fogged windshield, due to non functioning defroster, the Audi left the Ferrari far behind in a roar of turbo whine and quattro powered rain plumes.
6-7.Audi wasn’t the only German with a quest to beat up on Ferrari, note the badge on the rear of this mean sounding Mercedes 190E 2.3-16V. Unfortunately for this Merc it finished back in the pack unceremoniously being out driven by the likes of a 4 door Peugeot 505.

The funny included:
8-9. Some of the amusing Porsche badges on the Pirate Racing team.
10.a Mercedes 190E M sport.
11. a BMW 323i with a bumper sticker describing how it feels being out on the track.

The pretty included:

12. a nice looking BMW E28 M5
13. a cherry 500E with some contemporary German pals.

The doesn’t fit in any category:
14. a Vixen 21 BMW powered motorhome. These are extremely rare, 100 MPH RVs. Around 500 total were built and I suspect that combining the words high-speed and motorhome has resulted in far fewer surviving today. Ironically Jalopnik posted a picture of one just yesterday in a post about “Automotive Unicorns”. This one looked every bit like it came straight out of the movie Blade Runner. Very cool.

License Plates:
15-18.

~Evan

1992 Porsche 911 Turbo in the 964 Hunt

I struggled with the 964 scavenger hunt to be honest, but this in turn taught me an invaluable lesson on the challenge of finding that just right Porsche.  Perhaps owing to its longevity and continuous shape, the 911 is pretty much the ubiquitous sports car, and even for the relatively-educated model years and changes can blend together.  I love Porsches, but being more of a BMW/VW guy, I’ll bashfully admit that sometimes I’ve lumped them together as “another 911.”

Late-model, black on black RWD 964s are apparently not just “another 911.”  So this became an exciting scavenger hunt for me.  The closest example I could find was a Turbo, which probably puts it in the “too much money” category, but it’s still worth a good look because this is a beautiful car.  Low-mileage and pure early-90s Zuffenhausen sex, this is one of the best of the breed.

1992 Porsche 911 Turbo for sale on SF Craigslist

If Evan’s Lightweight 3.3 Turbo can go for ~$64k American, $48,800 for this immaculate 911 Turbo seems fairly reasonable.  The interior is impeccable and the exterior looks flawless, a black-on-black beauty.  It’s no bargain, but it’s not just another 911 either.

-NR

1990 Porsche 911 Carerra 4

Here’s an early, but relatively low mileage example of the 964 chassis 911, which is becoming more of a collectors item as time passes. This example has also undergone a recent comprehensive service, which, no doubt, is of great value to potential buyers.

1990 Porsche 911 Carerra 4

The seller states:

This 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 is in excellent cosmetic and mechanical condition. It is a 2-Owner Carfax Certified vehicle with zero accident history. It has always been a local car and was recently brought to us and needed some attention. Our expert 30 year Porsche Mechanics have compltety gone through this car and brought everything it needed up to date. We have adjusted the vavles, replaced the plugs and caps, rotors, brakes, air filters, replaced all belts, replaced the chain cover seals, replaced the battery and cleaned and degreased the motor. The electronics have been sorted and are in excellent working order and the front fender was repainted due to a large dent it obtained while in storage. In addition we have the former owners file on this car that contains mostly dealer service records over the years.

$20k is about spot on for values of 964 Carreras. I personally would prefer the two wheel drive version but for those living in colder climates, it could be a bonus.

-Paul