1967 Porsche 911S Coupe

1967 Porsche 911S Coupe

In its earliest years Porsche offered a variety of trim levels to suit a wider array of buyers. The 911T, E, and S each fit within their own performance window and provided buyers more opportunities to get into the 911 that most appropriately fit their performance needs and budget. For the 1967 model year Porsche introduced the 911S. With 160 hp, along with revised chassis and braking, the 911S offered captivating performance for its time and began to establish the 911 as an iconic sports car. The example featured here has recently undergone a full restoration: a Sand Beige 1967 Porsche 911S Coupe, located in California.

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1978 Porsche 930

1978 Porsche 930

While the Porsche 930 remained relatively the same for its entire 13-year model run, its most significant change came shortly after its release. The initial development to produce a turbocharged version of the 911 used the 3.0 liter flat-six from the Carrera RS 3.0 mated to a 4-speed manual transmission. With nearly 260 hp and quite a bit of turbo lag these were seriously demanding cars to drive, but that did not stop Porsche from quickly deciding to increase displacement and add an air-to-air intercooler. Power was now at 300 hp and even with the whale tale drivers were in a constant battle to keep the rear of the car in line. Porsche now had a 911 with supercar performance, that required an equal level of attention, but that elevated the brand and created the legacy of the 911 Turbo we have all become so familiar with today. The car we see featured here comes from the first year of the revised engine: a Sienna Brown Metallic 1978 Porsche 930, located in Colorado, with 67,365 miles on it.

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1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

We see a pattern like this from time to time: the market for a particular car heats us and then every owner (or so it seems) of a well-maintained example throws their car up for auction to capitalize on said market. The basic idea makes a lot of sense, especially for someone who may have been holding onto a car for a decent chunk of time. With the 911 we’ve seen this happen a few times with particular rare variants, but right now it appears that any low-mileage 3.2 Carrera is the hot car to have. We featured a low-mileage 1987 Carrera Coupe a few days back that sold almost instantly and here we have another low-mileage Carrera, though rather than a Coupe this one is a Targa. Here is a Guards Red 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa, located in Alabama, with a light gray (perhaps Linen?) interior and a mere 34,400 miles on the clock.

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1976 Porsche 911S Coupe

1976 Porsche 911S Coupe

The used-car market can be funny sometimes. Certain models, for any number of reasons, end up under appreciated and sell for significantly less value than similar models. And in this case we aren’t talking about a comparison of rare models to base models, but rather a short stretch of model years. Here we have an Ice Green Metallic 1976 Porsche 911S Coupe, located in North Carolina, with 122,486 miles. With an asking price of $37,000 it is being offered for significantly less money than a pre-1974 911 and, given the rapid appreciation of the 911SC and 3.2 Carrera, less than the cost of most any classic 911. To be fair, there are reasons for this lack of love: these models were the first to feature the impact bumpers, the engines were somewhat hampered by emissions equipment, and early models tended to have engine issues. Yet, this remains an air-cooled 911 in a truly fantastic color that is both period correct and very rare, and given the mileage and apparent care we should feel confident the engine is stout. While the market may not love the variants of the 1974-1977 911 that does not mean they aren’t still good cars worthy of our attention.

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1986 Porsche 911 Carrera

1986 Porsche 911 Carrera

Here is our counter to yesterday’s low mileage no reserve Carrera: a 1986 Grand Prix White Porsche 911 Carrera, located in California, which has seen 162,000 miles. We’ve seen the rapid escalation of the air-cooled 911 market, but my interest here is on the effect that rise has had on higher mileage, less pristine vehicles. Can those still be had a reasonable value or have they too shot through the roof?

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1987 Porsche 911 Carrera – No reserve

1987 Porsche 911 Carrera – No reserve

For awhile now we here at GCFSB have extolled the virtues of the 911SC and the 3.2 Carrera as excellent choices for a buyer looking for a relative bargain on the air-cooled 911 market. Those days appear to be mostly behind us, especially with regard to low-mileage pristine examples. There are still some values available to buyers who simply want a driver-quality car, but even if those have not increased in value to the same degree as a pristine car, prices still have moved upwards. Today and tomorrow we’ll have a couple of examples at either end of the mileage spectrum. So how high might things go? Well, the car featured here, a Guards Red 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera with 38,677 miles on auction with no reserve may provide us a nice gauge.

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1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

We are all on the hunt for interesting cars that possess some combination of performance, rarity, or a great color combination, AND that can be had at good value. Among air-cooled 911s the latter part of that search has become nigh impossible, especially when looking at cars that retain their full originality. Searching for value then becomes a matter of negotiating priorities: mileage, modifications, maintenance history, et cetera. The car we see here, a 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, fits squarely within these categories. It has some modifications to the suspension and exhaust, along with a couple of other changes for aesthetic purposes, and while nearly 90K miles isn’t high mileage for a 20-year-old car it is high enough to dissuade some collectors. All considered, though, this could make an excellent driver and for anyone looking to have an air-cooled 911 to drive it’s tough to beat a 993!

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1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

As I made my way home yesterday evening I couldn’t help but notice the number of drivers basking in the waning sunlight, taking advantage of an open air cockpit. We are smack in the heart of convertible season so why not enjoy some top-door motoring in classic style! This 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located in New York, would be an excellent car to have out on any evening fully appreciating the sound of the 3.2 liter air-cooled flat-six engine behind your ears.

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1986 Porsche 911 Turbo

1986 Porsche 911 Turbo

1986: For most it may have been just like any other year, but for Porsche fans it was special because it was in that year that the 911 Turbo returned to our shores after an absence of six years (it was also the first year of 959 sales, but that’s a topic for a separate post). Beginning in 1980, Porsche pulled its flagship 911 from the American market because of emissions regulations and their plan for the 928 to succeed the 911 as the marque’s premiere car. Once it became clear that the 911 would, in fact, remain supreme, the necessary money was allocated to produce a turbocharged engine that would meet our emissions standards and the 930 was back! While it was slightly down on power relative to its European counterpart, it still remained more than capable of wagging its tail. The car we have featured here comes to us from that first year of return: a 1986 Meteor Gray Porsche 911 Turbo, located in New York, with Bordeaux leather interior and 77,675 miles.

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1957 Porsche 356A Speedster

1957 Porsche 356A Speedster

While many of us deride the American car market for what it deems verboten to us, we have to remember that years ago, it was this very same market that helped shape some of the model lineups of post-war German automotive manufacturers. Such was the case with this car, the Porsche Speedster. Egged on by importer Max Hoffman, Porsche decided that a more basic, lower cost model would appeal to this market. The Speedster was quite successful by Porsche sales standards. Curiously, this more basic model has become one of the most prized models of the entire 356 range. This 1957 example for sale in California has been fully restored was formerly owned by actor Michael Parks.

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1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS

1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS

Ask a gaggle of Porsche enthusiasts what they would consider the most iconic production Porsche and you’ll likely get a small variety of answers. But one of those possibilities is almost certainly a version of the car seen here, the 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS. Built to satisfy homologation requirements so that Porsche could compete in Group 4 racing, the Carrera RS was an instant success, more than tripling the necessary 500 model production run. Offered in both Lightweight and Touring trim, the RS combined increased engine output with lower weight and improved aerodynamics to push the performance envelope and provide its owners with the ultimate road-going Porsche of the day. The example we see here is a fully restored 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring that has received engine work from Kremer Racing to increase displacement from the standard 2.7 liters to a full 3.0 liter flat-6. The Kremer brothers were a well established Porsche racing team who went on to win the 1979 24 Hrs of Le Mans at the wheel of their Kremer Porsche 935.

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1975 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

1975 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

I typically don’t like to feature modified Porsches and try to focus on original cars, especially when it comes to the air-cooled 911. I’m making an exception in this case for a couple of reasons: first, the modifications here are not extensive, everything is tasteful and keeping within the spirit of the car. Second, the seller appears to have a very good knowledge, and detailed inventory, of all recent work done to the car and possesses most of the original parts should a buyer desire to return the car to its original state. Last, the 1974-1977 Carrera is not nearly as desirable, at least at the moment, as the rest of the air-cooled 911 model range so this is not the sort of car where collector status need be of much concern. Here we have a 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe in Black with Gold script/accents, located in California, with a little over 147K miles. In 1974 Porsche modified the original design of the 911 in order to meet more stringent impact requirements and also raised displacement from 2.4 liters to 2.7 liters. That lay-out remained mostly unchanged for the 1975 model year and then in 1976 displacement again was increased to 3.0 liters. This would then lead us into the era of the 911SC and the establishment of the 911 as a Porsche icon.

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1971 Porsche 911T

1971 Porsche 911T

For any buyer hoping to own a long-hood 911 for the lowest cost there are two primary options (excluding the option of buying a car in serious need of restoration). The first is to forgo the plan of getting a 911 at all and find an excellent 912 instead. Same basic design and layout, but with a flat-4 rather than a flat-6. The other option is to spend a bit more money and find a well maintained 911T. The 911T effectively became Porsche’s entry-level model once 912 production was ceased and both models offered similar levels of performance and refinement, especially when viewed through the lens of a modern automobile. For the 1970 and 1971 model years the 911 featured a 2.2 liter flat-6 engine delivering power to the rear wheels via a standard 4-speed or optional 5-speed manual transmission. The example featured here in a very period-correct Olive Green is a 1971 Porsche 911 T, located in Miami, with the more desirable 5-speed manual transmission.

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1996 Porsche 911 C4S

1996 Porsche 911 C4S

I should probably just admit it to myself: I drive a black car, it blends in fairly well with everything else, but I am a sucker for certain colors, especially certain bright colors, and always find myself taking a 2nd or 3rd look at the listing for a car painted in a hue that we would never refer to as subtle. C’est la vie. Here we have a low-mileage Arena Red 1996 Porsche 911 C4S that is located in Colorado. The C4S made its debut with the 993 and featured lowered suspension, Turbo brakes, and the wider rear bodywork of the Turbo, all packaged around Porsche’s all-wheel-drive system. For buyers who wished to forgo the high-stressed forced induction of the 993 Turbo, the 993 C4S offered an alternative that was dynamically similar though in naturally-aspirated form. While certainly not as highly regarded as a 993 Turbo on the current market, the C4S still holds its own and is sure to command excellent value over the years to come.

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