1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

Complain about not finding enough interesting 911 Coupes and suddenly you start finding a few interesting 911 Coupes. Funny how that works. This particular Coupe won’t be of interest to those hoping for originality or something to add to a collection, but it is nonetheless an interesting option that should provide excellent possibilities for driving on both road and track. It is primarily the execution and attention to detail that I find most striking about this example. The exterior also presents quite well, something that is not always the case with track cars. A 911 like this takes us back to the model’s roots and serves as a reminder that while Porsche has become very much a luxury brand and the 911 itself remains one of the best luxury sports coupes on the market, much of the marque’s history lies in racing and it is always nice to see well executed examples from caring owners. Here we have a Granite Green Metallic 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in British Columbia, with around 118K kilometers on it (~73,300 miles).

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1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera

Last week I featured a Guards Red 1976 Porsche 930 that probably would have made for an interesting option if the price was right. Unfortunately, the current asking price is not right. Here we have another example, but this one appears to lack the flaws of that Guards Red 930 and as such it likely stands a much better chance of reaching its high asking price. When I came across this 930 I was immediately struck because I could swear I had seen it before, but couldn’t immediately place it. The pictures obviously have been heavily edited with regard to shading and lighting, but there’s a pretty good reason for that: the collection from which this 930 hails was featured in Excellence Magazine’s December 2015 issue and the pictures from that shoot used these same lighting changes. That was the aspect of these pictures that immediately recalled this 930 to mind and I am sure the seller hopes that buyers will recognize the car as being related to those in that article given the praise that was heaped upon the restoration work carried out on those early 930s. As far as I can tell this isn’t one of the three 930s featured in the Excellence article, or at least if it is one of them then the interior has been changed since those cars each had tartan fabric seat inserts. I’m not sure if those seat inserts were original, but I really hope they haven’t been removed because they looked fantastic and provided for a much more interesting interior.

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1966 Porsche 912

I think if I searched my posts for my favorite color combination I’d find a lot of candidates for best and quite a few I’ve labeled as my favorite. Here we have another: a Slate Grey 1966 Porsche 912 with Red interior. It’s simply a wonderful combination of colors with both the exterior and interior each possessing their own distinct qualities, which combine to great effect. These seem the ideal complement to one another and I think those who really enjoy a bright red interior (as I do) will agree that the combination works incredibly well. The mileage is slightly uncertain, but given that the odometer appears to have rolled over I’m assuming it is above 100K miles and I have listed it as such here. Those fantastic colors surround what appears to be a lovingly cared for and restored driver-quality 912 that should provide for an excellent, cheaper, alternative to an early 911 blessed with nearly identical body lines, but with a flat-four rather than the 911’s flat-six.

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1988 Porsche 930 Cabriolet Slantnose

I’m going to take a break from “regular” Porsches to go to the full length of excess, at least with regard to road cars. Here we have a 1988 Porsche 930 Cabriolet with the factory Slantnose option and a mere 9,100 miles on it. By itself it’s nearly a preposterous looking car and while stunning it’s not likely to be a car most would call beautiful. Add to that already rare and interesting design a specially ordered Midnight Blue leather interior with contrasting Red piping along with a burled wood dash and you have a car that’s full of contradictions. It’s both sophisticated and garish. Powerful and dynamically befuddling, but capable of relaxed top-down cruising with the wind in your hair and sun on your face. There are few cars in Porsche’s history more polarizing than a 930 Slantnose, with the Cabriolet raising that bar even further. But they are extremely rare and desirable nonetheless and near impossible to find in this condition.

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1994 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe

I mentioned in yesterday’s post the relative difficulty in finding interesting 911 Coupes and that difficulty becomes even more pronounced when looking at the 964. We don’t see a lot of 964s in general compared with other models and a good Coupe is even more rare. The one we see here, a Guards Red 1994 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe with Tan leather interior, I think is well worth our consideration. 1994 marked the end of the 964’s run as we began to see the much-heralded debut of the 993. As we’ve mentioned before when discussing the 964, they led a tumultuous existence, never really beloved by 911 fans and to my mind in a constant state of flux; there’s such a wide diversity of models that it almost seems as if Porsche was restless. Perhaps that was in response to the 964’s muted reception, perhaps there were engineering factors, as we know with the 964 Turbo. Regardless of what went on while the 964 was new, the model has seen somewhat of a resurgence in recent years and excellent examples have begun to garner a good deal more appeal. We witnessed this last week when Seinfeld’s Polar Silver ’94 Turbo S Flatnose sold for over $1M. Those are exceedingly rare and special machines, but such numbers do speak to the increasing popularity of the model and even the standard cars are seeing greater values. This one should stretch just how far the market is willing to go.

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1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

Another interesting Porsche 911 Targa. That’s certainly ok by me, but there’s been a continual nagging thought running through my head: why so many Targas? Or at least, why so many interesting Targas relative to Coupes? I don’t have a good answer for that. Targas typically show the lowest values, which could help explain why we see them on eBay more frequently than Coupes, but I do wonder if there is something more to it than that. Could owners have ordered Targas in a wider variety of colors and that’s why they are attracting my attention? That would seem strange, but maybe. Or perhaps Coupes were driven much more often thus making the lower mileage examples that tend to attract our notice more rare. I’m really not sure, but I do find it curious. There are certainly excellent air-cooled Carrera Coupes out there, especially for the 993 where this phenomenon does not seem to exist – though we should remember that the Targa was fundamentally changed for the 993 so we are dealing with something else entirely there. For whatever reason, I seem to come across a good Targa much more frequently. The one we see here is just such an example: a Venetian Blue 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa, located in California, with Linen leather interior and 64,650 miles on it.

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1959 Volkswagen Type 2 Single Cab

Pickups come in all shapes and sizes, from heavy duty brawler to car-based cruiser. The Volkswagen Type 2 falls somewhere in between, a definite workhorse but geared more towards light duty. While Volkswagen still sells plenty of commercial vehicles, we haven’t been privy to any in the US market since the early 1970s, thanks to your friendly government and a little thing called trade wars. This restored 1959 Type 2 Single Cab for sale in California comes from a time well before that legislation and looks absolutely amazing in metallic green sitting on mag wheels. Rarely do these VW trucks catch my attention, but this one has.

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1976 Porsche 930

When I come across them I will almost always choose to feature a 1976 Porsche 930. They are one of the earliest examples of what has become an iconic model – the 911 Turbo – and their simplified and pared down nature relative to later examples brings with them a purity that many others fail to match. But they can be difficult, which the example here, a Guards Red 1976 Porsche 930 located in North Carolina, demonstrates quite well. As some of the earliest examples of the 911 Turbo these cars tend to be quite valuable, as we’d expect. But especially in the current market, where 911 prices have begun to retreat somewhat for all but the very best examples, there tends to be a disconnect between asking prices and where we’d actually expect a 930 to sell. We’ll get to the problematic parts, let’s start with the good. Generally speaking, inside and out this 930 looks very ncie. The Guards Red paint shows well and the interior looks crisp throughout. In addition, other than the steering wheel the interior appears to retain all of its original parts. I would guess the interior has been refreshed at some point during this 930’s life, though the seller makes no mention of that so perhaps it’s wholly original. All in all, for a 40-year-old Porsche with more than 100K miles on it the condition is good and while we’d likely classify it as driver-quality rather than concours it definitely has a lot going for it.

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1980 Porsche 911SC Targa

Back to reality. After a slew of very high-dollar Porsches we’ll come back down to earth to return again to a perennial favorite the 911SC, and what has been a consistent feature of late in the reasonable value camp with a 911SC Targa. The great thing about Porsche is that even though we have stepped away from their supercars and vintage racers, it doesn’t mean that we’ve completely dissociated ourselves from the roots of those machines. While we certainly won’t see much shared DNA between a 911SC and the 918 Spyder there is still shared heritage and we certainly would find links between the early 356 and 911s within even a basic 911SC like the one we see here. And compared with many of the previous examples this one even comes in a really nice color. Here we have a Petrol Blue Metallic 1980 Porsche 911SC Targa, located in Maryland, with 81,345 miles on it.

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The Seinfeld Collection – Amelia Island 2016

As the final of my dream car posts we’ll settle in to the Amelia Island auctions for a group of exquisite Porsches and some of the most expensive available. Rather than stunning and rare color combinations these Porsches attract our notice through their historical relevance and, for many of them, their longevity. By now most are aware of Jerry Seinfeld’s love of Porsches; it’s been a long documented affair ever since the comedian became known across the world. He has decided to sell quite a few of them – 18 cars in all, 16 of those being Porsches – at Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island Auctions on March 11. None of the cars are inexpensive – the lowest priced likely being his 1960 Volkswagen Beetle – and many of them will stretch well into seven figures. For fans of Porsches it’s a very interesting time as many of Seinfeld’s cars are near impossible to find in this condition, with some of them near impossible to find at all. I have chosen a few examples to show here that particularly caught my eye. I won’t go through the details of each car since those details are extensive and well chronicled on the auction listing for each. Click through to read about each car’s history and also to view the rest of the Seinfeld lineup at Amelia Island:

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