1968 Porsche 911 Sunroof Coupe

1968 Porsche 911 Sunroof Coupe

There are times when I feel like we feature quite a few auctions of a pre-1974 911 and I forget how truly rare it is to come across a quality example of these cars. Still here we are on back-to-back weeks featuring a 1968 Porsche 911 Sunroof Coupe, though this time in a lovely Irish Green exterior over Tan interior. The car featured here was originally a Sportomatic, Porsche’s early attempt at producing a clutchless manual, but the owner asked his dealer to convert it to the full manual transmission. There are some details to work out with regard to the work done on the car – perhaps specifically the statement of a “new interior” – but overall we have a good looking early 911 that has spent its days in California and sits with very reasonable mileage given the year.

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1986 Porsche 911 Turbo

1986 Porsche 911 Turbo

This car provides a nice juxtaposition with the 2005 911 Turbo S I featured a few days back. That car represents the value side of the performance Porsche spectrum, while this car fits squarely on the investment side. I suppose the difficult decision comes for those buyers whose interests lie in having a 911 to spend a decent amount of time driving, rather than saving as an investment. In that regard, a low-mileage 930 wouldn’t be the ideal choice as a driver, but these days even a 930 with a decent numbers of miles will command a cost similar to a 996TT. There’s still something about these cars, especially in their design, that draws my eye more than the modern equivalents and while a 930 won’t outperform a 996TT it still commands a great deal of respect on any road.

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1968 Porsche 911 Sunroof Coupe

1968 Porsche 911 Sunroof Coupe

Sometimes auctions on early Porsches seem to have almost as many questions as answers. The car we see here is a Steel Blue 1968 Porsche 911 Sunroof Coupe, located in Vermont, with just under 70K miles. For the 1968 model year Porsche produced 3 variants of the 911: the T, L, and S. It was also the last year of the short-wheel-base 911 as Porsche increased the wheelbase for the 1969 model year in an attempt to control some of the 911’s tail-happy and skittish nature. So which variant is this particular car? That hasn’t been made clear by the seller, but according to the VIN (and the VIN decoders I’ve come across on the internet) this should be a 911S. If any of our readers can provide some clarity here, please don’t hesitate to comment. The values of these early variants tend to vary significantly by model so a precise determination will be key in this case. Otherwise, what we have is a SWB 911 that has been in the hands of its current owner since 1990, who has faithfully attempted to restore the car over time, though there is a degree to which this restoration has been done a bit piecemeal.

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1987 Porsche 911 Turbo Slantnose

1987 Porsche 911 Turbo Slantnose

We all have our Holy Grail; that one car that epitomizes everything we’re looking for or love about a particular car. For me, this car is about as close as I have found. A Black 1987 Porsche 911 Turbo Slantnose, located in New York, with Linen leather interior and 77,906 miles. What would I change? For starters a 1989 with the 5-speed manual rather than this car’s 4-speed would be nice. Also, while I enjoy the Linen interior on certain 911s, I’m not a fan of it on this. The menace conveyed by this car begs for a black leather interior though I’d also be quite happy with one of the darker tan shades Porsche has made available over the years. The Slantnose is a very love it or hate it design in particular, but I love it and it fits the general sense of excess of the 930 quite well.

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1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S

1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S

I’ve made clear throughout these pages my general love for the classic 911 and there are a variety of reasons for that love. But from a perspective of pure understated aesthetic beauty the 993 Carrera S quickly moves to the top of the list. With all of the corners of the classic design smoothed over the 993 in general has less of a wild look to it. Add to that the wider rear of the Carrera S and cover the whole thing in a deeply lustrous black paint and you have what many might consider the apex of 911 design. These cars were no slouch when it came to performance either with nearly 300 hp delivered to the rear wheels via a standard 6-speed manual transmission. They never possessed the sheer terror-inducing capabilities of the 930, but as a more refined 911 the 993 checks all of the boxes. The example featured here is a Black on Black 1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S, located in New York state, with 73,088 miles on it.

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1985 Porsche 930

1985 Porsche 930

For a few brief years (or perhaps an eternity depending upon your perspective), the 911 Turbo was not offered in the US market because of Porsche’s hesitance to meet the US’s more stringent emission requirements. Most of the rest of the world still had the 930 though, some of those have made their way to our shores and we seem to increasingly come across them for sale. For the most part, RoW cars show few differences from what was offered in the US once they returned here. Notable exceptions are the rear bumperettes, which are narrower on RoW cars, and the front headlamps. I always find the US headlamp surrounds to give those cars a little bit of a melancholy look, versus the happier, upbeat, appearance of the RoW cars (if you’ll pardon the anthropomorphizing). All of this brings us to the car featured here: an India Red 1985 Porsche 930, located in Phoenix, that has seen 48,000 miles.

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1981 Porsche 911SC

1981 Porsche 911SC

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Yesterday, I passed a new 911 in a metallic sky blue I hadn’t seen before. It was so bright it caught me off guard, and looked a little out of place. On the 911SC however, it is perfectly offset by the black trim, especially when complimented by black Fuchs like this example. As 911s follow the rest of the automobile (and human?) race in getting larger and fatter with each progressive generation, it makes me want to reach back further and further when I think about owning a 911. The SC may look like a drug dealer’s car to some, but I love the “Tea Tray” spoiler and black fender guard. While today’s 911s are insanely fast and relatively safe compared to their ancestors, the stories and possibility of pendulum-action oversteer gives me that butterfly nervous-excited feeling.

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1979 Porsche 911SC Targa

1979 Porsche 911SC Targa

Let’s continue with a little bit of a summer theme and look at another option in the world of open-air 911s. Here we have a Silver 1979 Porsche 911SC Targa, located in Conway, South Carolina (near Myrtle Beach), with just 41,504 miles on it. For a beach car (at least in an area that can get quite hot during the summer) a Targa seems like a pretty worthwhile choice as it provides the option of open-air cruising year round, but with the ability to have a semi-hardtop during the hottest months. Granted, you’d want a well working A/C in such a car, which is an area where many of these cars struggle, but it’s still another option for someone who is less interested in the full convertible experience. This particular 911 has seen only a few thousand miles over the past two decades so it’d be good to give it a thorough inspection, but there is sure to be quite a lot of life left in it.

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1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

It’s summertime and even though here in the Mid-Atlantic our weather isn’t always ideal for top-down motoring there are still many parts of the country where such joys can most easily be experienced this time of year. In that vein, here we have a very nice Guards Red 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located in California, with 138,589 miles on it. Coming in the second-to-last year of classic 911 production this Cabriolet will show the peak refinement these cars achieved including possessing the highly-desirable G50 transmission (a fact this seller seems almost too aware of given how often it is mentioned in the ad).

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1969 Porsche 911E

1969 Porsche 911E

The 911E is a particular favorite of mine for its balance between the entry-level 911T and the top-of-the-line 911S. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean to denigrate the 911S, but prices for almost any example are through the roof and you may even reach six figures for cars in only fair condition. While a 911E is no cheap alternative, generally they can be had for quite a bit less cash than a S, but still provide many of the attributes and amenities that distinguish these cars from their entry-level counterparts. The example we have featured here is a restored 1969 Polo Red Porsche 911E located in Atlanta. The seller notes that the mileage cannot be verified but that he suspects the odometer to have rolled over, putting it at 168,650 miles. 1969 was the first year of production of the 911E, which mated a fuel-injected 2.0 liter flat-six to a 5-speed manual transmission delivering 140 hp to the rear wheels, all supported by Porsche’s hydro-pneumatic suspension.

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1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe

1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe

The 964 brought with it numerous changes and innovations and marked the end of the classic 911. The Carrera 4 was first introduced, the body underwent its fist significant redesign in 15 years, and the general feel of the car took on a new level of refinement with such items as ABS, power steering, and climate control all available. There was one other technical innovation: Porsche introduced its Tiptronic transmission as an available option on the 911. While these days almost every manufacturer offers an automatic that allows some freedom to select the gears, back in 1991 this was a rare bird that would further serve to expand the Porsche audience. Though, we should note, Porsche themselves had begun offering a similar sort of system, the Sportomatic, way back in the late ’60s, well before anyone else seemed to even consider such a thing. These sorts of transmissions were the wave of the future and, love them or hate them, Porsche was at the forefront of this technology. Here we have a Tiptronic-equipped Cobalt Blue 1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 with 39,970 miles.

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1967 Porsche 911 Soft-Window Targa

1967 Porsche 911 Soft-Window Targa

The soft-window Targa is one of those cars that we rarely come across, but when we do they are always something to marvel at. Introduced in 1967, the soft-window Targa is basically a convertible with a fixed roll hoop, built primarily because Porsche felt uncertain about the sustained viability of convertibles on the market due to increasingly stringent crash regulations. The Targa we are all most familiar with, featuring a standard rear glass window was also made available beginning in 1968, leaving the soft-window targas as a bit of a short-lived anomaly. The example featured here is a great looking Irish Green 1967 Porsche 911 Soft-Window Targa, located in North Carolina. It was restored more than two decades ago and recently has received a full refresh to bring back its beauty.

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1989 Porsche 911 Speedster

1989 Porsche 911 Speedster

I tend to go back and forth about whether I prefer the look of the 3.2 Carrera Speedster or that of the 964-based Carrera 2 Speedster, but there is something about the particular car featured here that really catches my eye in ways that others have not. Either Speedster is, of course, intended to harken back to the original 356 Speedster and to a degree the narrow-bodied Carrera 2 seems to come closer to the mark in that regard. There were a small number of narrow-bodied 3.2 Carrera Speedsters made, but they are so few that I can’t recall coming across one. Getting to the car here, as the market for the 3.2 Carrera has intensified I’ve been curious about the effect that would have on the rare variants of these models. The Speedster has always been very expensive so we may wonder how much more value they may show in the near term, but if this seller can even approach this asking price, then it would appear that the Speedster market has increased quite a bit as well. Here we have a gorgeous Grand Prix White 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster with red leather interior, located in Monterey, showing 22,300 miles.

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1986 Porsche 911 Carrera

1986 Porsche 911 Carrera

In 1987 Porsche introduced a new transmission for the 911 to replace the outgoing 915 5-speed that had been in use for the previous 15 years. The G50 5-speed was a welcome introduction providing increased durability and improved shifting and has consistently been a strong selling point for the later 3.2 Carrera models. This change has also had the effect of slightly suppressing the value of the earlier models, making a 1986 3.2 Carrera an interesting proposition for those in search of driver-quality cars and don’t mind the slightly lesser transmission. The 911 featured here fits into that sphere of driver-quality ’86 Carreras. This Guards Red Coupe, located in Miami, with 137,750 miles should be obtainable at a reasonable discount relative to many other examples we see on the current market.

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