1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster

1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster

There’s good and bad to monotone. On some cars it looks good and everything works together well, while on others a little more contrast is probably welcome. Wherever you might fall on the color contrast continuum, I will say that these monotone examples – other than the fairly popular triple black combination – typically rely upon rare and interesting colors and in that regard they are almost always worth investigating further. Generally these combinations aren’t purely monotone as there tends to be some contrast with either a slightly lighter or darker interior to help break things up just a little, but overall the colors are close enough. The example we have here falls squarely within this realm and I imagine the question of whether it works will be quite subjective. Here we have a Wimbledon Green Metallic 1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster, located in New Jersey, with a matching Wimbledon Green leather interior. Big tennis fan I guess?

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1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Targa

1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Targa

I’ve been seeing dealers here and there with higher priced 964s of late, but try as they might to push the market upward for these cars it doesn’t really seem like it’s happening. At least not at the pace the higher prices would suggest. In the eyes of many (and I include myself in this crowd) the 964 has come around. Somewhat unloved during its production the 964 occupies an awkward space between the much-loved classic 911 that served Porsche for so long and the wonderfully beautiful 993 the represents the apex of air-cooled 911 design. For a while that awkward spot shaded my view of the model, but I have sense turned 180 seeing it not as a problematic spot in the lineup, but as a blessing. In its design, the 964 remains more firmly attached to its predecessors than to its successor and in that regard serves as a welcome evolution of the classic 911 design. As I’ve remarked before, seen on the roads now they possess a presence that I didn’t feel in earlier years and a presence greater than that of the 993. Day or night when a 964 approaches me I know what it is as that iconic 911 shape comes into better view. The one we see here brings a brightness to that shape with its Guards Red exterior and contrasts it with a Black interior. At just 52,174 miles this 1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Targa should have a long life left ahead of it.

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1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe 3.8 liter

1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe 3.8 liter

I don’t feature all that many modified 911s, preferring to focus on mostly original examples, and when I do they tend to fall into one of two categories: Motorsports Mondays posts where the modifications have taken an obvious focus on track preparation, or backdated 911s attempting to marry the aesthetics of the long-hood 911 with more modern mechanicals. In both cases, the nature of the car and the modifications is quite explicit and obvious; these would not be mistaken for an unmodified 911. What we don’t see often are cars like this one, a 1989 Porsche Carrera 4 Coupe that from the outside might look like any other Carrera 4 Coupe of its day. That generally means we’re looking at more subtle modifications or, as is the case here, almost entirely internal. The most significant change here is to the engine which has been built out to 3.8 liters. That work was done twenty years ago and the engine has since seen a rebuild at 67K miles. We also get Turbo brakes and an upgraded suspension with the focus of much of the work being on bringing this 964 to “RS” spec. The interior is mostly some aesthetic add-ons I could do without, but all of that is easily reversible or further modified to suit your needs. In the end we have a nice looking Carrera 4 Coupe that packs an additional performance punch.

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Mint Green 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Targa – REVISIT

Mint Green 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Targa – REVISIT

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It’s been a while since we’ve seen this Mint Green 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Targa and since we have featured it before it is technically a revisit. But it’s moved on from its previous seller and been given a cosmetic refresh. I’m not sure if it’s the refresh that’s doing all of the work here or if it’s simply better photography, but the Mint Green exterior certainly looks much better than when Paul originally featured it. It’s one of his favorite Porsche colors and since we’ve been going through most of the rare greens Porsche offered it seemed worthwhile to check back in. According to the previous auction it sold for $62,100 so the asking price here represents a substantial increase. When it sold the air-cooled market was doing pretty well, but it has since backed off. Even if the 964 hasn’t suffered in that regard quite as much as the 911SC and 3.2 Carrera I think this will be a tough sell. There’s said to be only two of them so it’s definitely rare, and they’ve taken care of most of the maintenance items that would have concerned buyers the first time around. We’ll have to see where bidding takes it, but I don’t think that will be to $93K.

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1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe

1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe

I’ve been having better luck coming across classic 911s for much more reasonable cost of entry lately, but what about once we move past those years? Do we find the same with the 964 and 993? That seems more of a mixed bag – though perhaps it’s not mixed at all with regard to the 993 as they remain fairly expensive – but this 964 does seem quite reasonable. Even better it’s up for auction with no reserve. Here we have a Guards Red 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe, located in Illinois, with Black leather interior and 113,045 miles on it. When Porsche debuted its fully redesigned 911 as the 964 with it they debuted a new model: the all-wheel drive Carrera 4. Following in the footsteps of the all-wheel drive 959, the new Carrera 4 provided more dynamically stable driving for the rear-biased 911. Purely in terms of performance and driver engagement I’m not sure it’d be the preferred avenue, but as Porsche has always prided itself on its blend of performance and refinement the all-wheel drive setup was a logical progression in the 911’s life.

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Irish Green 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 – REVISIT

Irish Green 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 – REVISIT

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The Irish Green 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 remains up for sale with the asking price holding steady at $225K. Given its rare paint-to-sample exterior color and its relatively reasonable pricing I’m actually surprised someone hasn’t snapped this one up. The mileage certainly is higher than many other examples of the Turbo 3.6 we come across, but the Irish Green paint makes it one of the most unique options available. Perhaps some other detail in its history is holding it back?

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Feature Listing: 1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster

Feature Listing: 1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster

Have you been living under a rock? Then here’s a news story – Porsche 911s are pretty hot in the marketplace right now. Consider yourself updated! For the rest of us, this is pretty old news. And by pretty old, I mean they’ve always been very expensive. Take this 1992 Porsche America Roadster, for example. In 1992, you’d have to plunk down $88,000 just for the base price. Most owners left dealers the best part of further $10,000 lighter. That translates to $151,000 or more today, and if you pop over to your Porsche configuration tool it won’t take you long to realize that amount buys you a lot of convertible Porsche today; you’re only about $20,000 away from the base price on the Turbo. Yet underneath the bulging exterior of the America Roadster was a standard horizontally-opposed 3.6 liter with no forced induction producing 247 horsepower. If you’re counting, that’s a little less than half what the new Turbo offers you.

So what did the America Roadster offer, then? Well, you got the look of a Turbo and limitless sky. You also got the brakes, suspension and wheels from the Turbo to help fill out those wide arches. But to really differentiate the model, Porsche decided to release only 250 of them to the public. That makes them about four times more rare than the already quite-infrequently seen Speedster model, and therefore pretty desirable in the collectable 964 spectrum today. Exclusivity of any special model 911 certainly makes them quite special and helps to separate collector examples from those who just pop down to the dealers to buy an off-the-shelf 911 Turbo:

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1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Clubsport

1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Clubsport

Last week I featured a 993 Carrera RS with the Clubsport package and this week we’ll look at its predecessor a 964 Carrera RS, similarly equipped as a Clubsport, a.k.a. the Carrera RS NGT M003 as designated by the option code for the model. Of the air-cooled RS models Porsche produced the version for the 964 remains, for me, the best looking. Not necessarily the best, but best looking. It finds a better balance between aggressive and understated looks relative to its peers all packaged within a design that quite clearly makes known its classic 911 roots. The 993 certainly takes a variety of areas of performance to better heights and for pure historical significance and rawness the original ’73 Carrera RS is hard to top. But the 964 works for me and should provide a road-going experience that meets most every demand I could concoct. The Guards Red example we see here is located in the Netherlands and sits with a shade under 42K miles on the clock.

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1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Cabriolet

1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Cabriolet

I guess I couldn’t stay aware from pretty and interesting 911s for very long – not that there’s anything wrong with that. While I sit inside awaiting our 48 hours of rain to cease why not take in the oceanic feel of this Cobalt Blue Metallic 1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Cabriolet. Last week I featured an Amethyst 964 fitted with a white leather interior and in that case the interior didn’t really work for me. The contrast seemed too strong – though some commenters did enjoy it so there was appeal. Here we have a similar white leather interior, with similar black accents to that Amethyst Carrera, and I think the combination works extremely well. The contrast seems just right and the overall feel that these colors project fits the ethos of a Cabriolet to good effect. It certainly does not hurt that Cobalt Blue is such a stunning exterior color.

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Amethyst Pearl 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe

Amethyst Pearl 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe

I don’t know that this 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe is a 1 of 1, as the seller hints, but given the rare color combination and a rare option or two we’re certainly looking at a 911 whose owner isn’t likely to see another one coming the other way. The colors return us to my current fascination with purple 911s and this one, Amethyst Pearl, is one of the better options along that spectrum. It’s not as dark as Aubergine, but also not as bright, i.e. flashy, as Amaranth Violet so it walks that fine line that I think a color like purple really needs to walk. It’s beautiful and interesting. The white leather interior is sort of like a punch in the face. While I don’t normally associate white with brightness when considering the color palette, it definitely comes across that way here. I don’t know that it works, at least not for me, but the contrast is interesting and is certain to provide an avenue for discussion. We definitely can’t call it monotone!

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1994 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Wide Body

1994 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Wide Body

While I don’t want to stretch my hyperbole too far, this car is changing everything I’ve thought about the 964. There are a variety of colors that would work on this 1994 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Wide Body, but I love the classic combination of Black and Tan so this one works particularly well for me. But it’s the non-standard attributes of this 911 that are really setting it apart. We are familiar with the Speedline wheels on the Turbo 3.6 and Turbo S and they are such a great looking wheel on any 964. Here they aren’t the originals for this car, but still provide that same great look. As great as those wheels are it is the whale tail that is drawing my eye the most. Normally a wide-body 911 would be fitted with the tail from the Turbo, as was standard on the M491 cars from the ’80s, but this one has what I assume is the tail from the 911 RS America. The seller makes no mention of the tail and even remarks that the spoiler functions properly, which I assume would normally be a reference to the electronic rear spoiler that is now absent. Regardless of all that I think it looks spectacular in this application and I strongly prefer it to the standard Turbo tail. I’ve always preferred the whale tail over the tea tray so this is not a new revelation for me, but having never seen one on a wide body 964 this is life affirming.

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1991 Porsche 911 Turbo

1991 Porsche 911 Turbo

As I’ve been finding and writing about a good number of 930s and 993 Turbos I’ve been meaning to come back around to the 3.3 liter 964 Turbo to check in on where the market stands and just generally appreciate these cars. My desire came to a head after I happened across one in the city a couple weeks ago. It stood out more than I would have expected, especially given how common a 911 Turbo is on our streets. But this was different – I nearly walked into traffic. Granted, I’m more drawn to these than your average person wandering the streets, but still the sound and look immediately made clear to me that I needed to pay attention. So here we have one. Guards Red certainly isn’t a hugely unique color, but it’s still a good one and this particular one does come with a more unique interior than what I’m accustom to seeing. Grey wouldn’t be everyone’s choice, but it’s still nice to have some variation among the many Red/Black examples we see. This Guards Red 1991 Porsche 911 Turbo, located in Utah, sits with 39,523 miles on it and though the color in the pictures seems somewhat off it still presents very well and promises to turn quite a few heads.

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Irish Green 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6

Irish Green 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6

I could have sworn I had seen this car and featured it previously, but it seems like that isn’t the case. I am certain I’ve seen it for sale though (or at least another very similar 911, but how many of these could there be?). Regardless, here we are now and of the various Turbo 3.6 we’ve seen this one stands well apart from all of the rest. That is almost entirely due to its paint-to-sample Irish Green exterior. Green cars aren’t always favorites among many, but Irish Green has long been an exception and when a particularly desirable model shows up wearing it, then we take notice. Last month we featured an Irish Green Carrera Club Sport that was said to be the only one in its color. That Carrera sold for $330K, which makes this Irish Green 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 seem like a relative performance bargain. Of course, at lot more goes into these prices than simply performance, but for fans of the color these two make for two extremely attractive – if high priced – options. Maybe the buyer of the Club Sport will have space left over in the garage for another addition.

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Feature Listing: 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Cabriolet

Feature Listing: 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Cabriolet

Having just returned from a much needed trip to the coast, seeing this Cabriolet come our way seems like perfect timing. What better way to enjoy the sights, smell, and feel of that ocean environment than through some open-top motoring? The 964 Cabriolet is a rarer sight to behold than some other models, especially among the more modern water-cooled 911s where the Cabriolet appears to have become increasingly popular. Though I see them come around for sale fairly often I almost never see one on the roads. Some of that, of course, is due to their age as seeing a 964 of any variety on the road is a rare treat. But still the Cabriolet is fleeting. As I believe I’ve mentioned previously, when looking for some open-top fun, why sacrifice motoring pleasure just because the roof has been removed? There are plenty of enjoyable options among the truly wonderful machines Porsche has produced. The example here comes to us from Encore Motors: a Triple Black 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Cabriolet with 58,800 miles and a rare rear seat delete option.

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1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe – REVISIT

1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe – REVISIT

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The very pretty Diamond Blue Metallic 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe we featured in early June remains up for auction. The seller has added a $34K BIN price to help entice buyers and provide clarity on what sort of price he’s seeking. Previous auctions have fallen a few grand short of that number though so we’ll have to see where this ends. With more than 155K miles this 964 has lead a pretty good life thus far and still presents well, but buyers will have to make sure they’re fully versed on its maintenance to understand any costs that may arise in the near future.

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