1997 Porsche 911 Carrera

1997 Porsche 911 Carrera

The 993 is for many a favorite. Stylistically, it shows the culmination of 30 years of subtle changes and tweaks, because while it no longer wore the classic 911 body it undeniably clung to those roots. The proportions were just right, the weight remained reasonably low and the engine provided the unmistakable clatter that could only be produced by an air-cooled engine. As the last of the air-cooled 911s, the 993 is an icon of an icon. The car featured here is a Black on Black 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in Oregon, with 6-speed manual transmission and a light 30,300 miles.

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1991 Porsche 911 Turbo

1991 Porsche 911 Turbo

Given the longevity of the classic 911 it seems somewhat odd how quickly both the 964 and also the 993 departed from the scene. The combined life span of the two models failed even to reach a decade. For the 964 especially, that relatively short time on the market has seemed to hold down prices as buyers clamor to own the last of the air-cooled 911s, the 993. The 964 Turbo, however, holds its own stake in the “last of the breed” marketplace, being the last rear-wheel-drive 911 Turbo produced (excluding, of course, the ultra-rare GT2). First released in 1990, the 964 retained the 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-six of the 930, but with power output raised to 315 hp and delivered to the rear wheels via a 5-speed manual transmission. The car featured here is an Amazon Green Metallic 1991 Porsche 911 Turbo, located in Colorado, that has seen just north of 80K miles.

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1977 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera

1977 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera

In what has become my own mini theme-week, we have come across another rare color 911, though with this car that color rarity is enhanced by it being a Turbo Carrera rather than a standard Carrera. Here we have an Ice Green 1977 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera with Tan interior and a very reasonable 60,632 miles, located in Florida. 1977 was the final year Porsche utilized a 3.0 liter turbocharged flat-six in the 930 and it is also one of the few years in which US cars were badged as a Turbo Carrera, rather than simply as a Turbo. Another minor difference is the whale tail, which was standard on 3.0 liter Turbos rather than what became the Tea Tray on the 3.3 liter Turbos with an air-to-air intercooler. So while these cars are down on power relative to the majority of 930s we come across they do possess their own uniqueness that separates them from the rest of the pack. The particular car here is further separated by the beautiful Ice Green exterior. It’s a fantastic metallic shade that contrasts well with the Black Fuchs wheels and one that we do not come across all that often.

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1972 Porsche 911T

1972 Porsche 911T

Rob is our resident Porsche nut here at GCFSB, but I had to save one 911 for myself this week. Growing up, my father had a picture of a green 911 set in a very pastoral setting hung on his office wall. I’d always admire that picture when I’d visit his work, his workspace peppered with various other petrolhead paraphernalia that made his colleagues offices look a bit bland. When I set eyes on this 1972 911T for sale in Minnesota, I instantly thought of that picture that hung in his office, which now happens to be his iPhone wallpaper. Some things never change, then. The 1972 911 is a curious year, as the oil tank was moved within the car’s wheelbase in an effort to improve handling. Thus, a 1972 911 can be easily distinguished by it’s oil filler door directly aft of the passenger door. This would last for one year, as it was reported many service stations were putting petrol in the oil tank.

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1995 Porsche 911 Race Car

1995 Porsche 911 Race Car

Race-prepped cars exist within their own market and are notoriously difficult to correctly evaluate and price. Much of this difficulty arises from the simple fact that many racers have specific preferences or builds in mind and it might be rare to come across a car that checks enough boxes to make the purchase worthwhile, at least at a cost that also makes sense to the seller. From a simple market perspective, in the case of vintage racers, there are usually a few transactions or other benchmarks upon which reasonable decision making can be based, but for a newer model such as this 1995 Porsche 911 there may be few relevant comparables. The 993 racer featured here falls in the middle ground of the race-prepped spectrum. While it has upgraded suspension and a fully race-prepped interior, it has retained its stock motor, though shorter gear ratios have been implemented to improve acceleration.

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1996 Porsche 911 Turbo

1996 Porsche 911 Turbo

The collector market has been in love with air-cooled Porsches for some time now. Make the car an air-cooled 911 Turbo and prices can really start to escalate. Thus, as the last model of the air-cooled 911 Turbo the 993 Turbo tends to be held in especially high regard. The 993 Turbo utilized a refined version of the 3.6 liter flat-six found in the 964 Carrera and strapped on twin turbochargers that raised power to more than 400 hp. It was also the first 911 Turbo to utilize all-wheel drive. Though the Carrera 4 had debuted with the introduction of the 964, Porsche chose to refrain from using that system for the 964 Turbo. Even with the added weight of the all-wheel drive system the 993 Turbo still tends to be quicker than the 964. These were Porsche’s final expression of their turbo-charged air-cooled boxer engine, which brings us to the car featured here: a Polar Silver 1996 Porsche 911 Turbo located in Florida.

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1970 Porsche 911T

1970 Porsche 911T

Throughout these pages, I have extolled the virtues of Porsche’s 912 for its simplicity married to the classic 911 design. Here we have the car that effectively became the replacement for the 912 as Porsche’s entry-level rear-engined sports car, following the cessation of 912 production in 1969. While a 911T does not come at quite the cost savings of the 912 it nonetheless offers the most reasonable cost for anyone who must have a vintage long-hood 911 and values seem destined to appreciate at a steady rate that easily eclipses the 912. The 911T was first introduced as the entry-level 911 in 1967 featuring a 2.0 liter flat-six engine delivering 110 hp to the rear wheels through a standard 4-speed or optional 5-speed manual transmission. In 1970 engine displacement was increased to 2.2 liters with an appreciable rise in power to 125 hp. With only 2240 pounds to propel, performance of the 911T is capable, if not brisk, but still provides the driving dynamics and characteristics so highly desired by Porsche enthusiasts. The example featured here, a restored Slate Gray 1970 Porsche 911T with 5-speed manual transmission, comes to us from our friends at EuroWerkz.

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Double Take: Rare color Porsche 911SC

Double Take: Rare color Porsche 911SC

Porsche has long offered a wide variety of colors to suit the palettes of its buyers and from time to time we come across these cars for sale. Late last week I wrote up a Talbot Yellow 911SC with a relatively high price that I figured was in large part due to the color choice. Talbot Yellow has that nice combination of being both rare and also eye-catching. Since writing up that car, we’ve come across two more examples in rare colors so this seemed like as good a time as any to take a look at what the market might bear for 911s that come in colors other than the standard Red, Black, and Silver. The first one is a restored 1980 Porsche 911SC in a very period-correct choice of Cashmere Beige.

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1994 Porsche 911 Speedster

1994 Porsche 911 Speedster

The Speedster is one of those iconic Porsches held in consistently high regard by many fans of the marque and which Porsche has released periodically as a means to celebrate its history and to provide its buyers with a chance at experiencing that history. While the original Speedster was intended as a budget weekend-racer, subsequent versions have tended to come at a premium relative to its standard counterparts. For the 1994 release, Porsche based the Speedster off of the 964 body and even offered a clubsport version to further solidify the relationship the car shared with the original 356. With less than 1000 total 964 Speedsters built, and almost half of those coming to the US, these remain pretty rare cars and tend to be bought up by collectors. The example featured here is a 1994 Porsche 911 Speedster in Guards Red over Black. With less than 6K miles on the clock this Speedster presents in nearly like-new condition both inside and out; the seats hardly look like they’ve been sat in!

To me, the 964 Speedster is a more aesthetically pleasing version relative to the 1989 Speedster, which derived its looks largely from the 930. The curves of the 964 body simply fit the lines of the Speedster very well and offer an appearance that is more akin to that of the 356.

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1980 Porsche 911SC

1980 Porsche 911SC

This particular car intrigues me so I’ll get right to it. Here we have a 1980 Porsche 911SC with a little under 60K miles. The intriguing part to me, though, is the color: Talbot Yellow over Brown. We simply do not come across many of these cars. I’m always a fan of bright colors on particular cars, even though for my own car I almost always choose black. My personal contradictions aside, there is a particular allure to such a popping color and while not every owner enjoys the lack of subtlety these cars provide there are few that would deny that these cars represent something a little more special than what we get from most of the popular color options. Talbot Yellow over Brown is definitely a period-correct choice and sure to please many enthusiasts looking for a 911SC that stands apart from the crowd.

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1964 Porsche 356C Sunroof Coupe

1964 Porsche 356C Sunroof Coupe

I wrote last week about the price of nostalgia and while that post was concerned primarily with the cost of a 911 from the 1980s, we can begin to appreciate our nostalgic yearnings quite a bit more if we rewind further. The 356 takes us back to Porsche’s roots and that very fact imbues these cars with a spirit that no other model could replicate. Vintage cars such as these are, in a way, history lessons; displays of an ideal that, especially in the case of the 356, have lead to years of development and continued success. The specific example featured here is a restored, numbers matching, 1964 Porsche 356C Sunroof Coupe. By modern standards, the lines of the 356 seem almost pudgy, but underneath those curves lies a light and graceful machine.

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1989 Porsche 911 Speedster

1989 Porsche 911 Speedster

I suppose it is a testament to the current Porsche market that it seems like we are more frequently coming across attempted sales of the 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster. Harking back to the original 356 Speedster, these featured the mechanicals of the 3.2 Carrera but added a raked, removable, windscreen and removed the rear seats in favor of a hard tonneau cover. As an homage to a weekend racer, these were always destined to be collectors and, like most, the example featured here has predominantly spent its life in a garage as it shows only 8,639 miles on the clock and appears nearly spotless inside and out.

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1962 Porsche 356B Carrera 2/2000 GS Four Cam

1962 Porsche 356B Carrera 2/2000 GS Four Cam

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Carrera. The name has graced thousands of Porsche models throughout history, derived from the name of the famous Mexican race, La Carrera Panamericana. The Carrera name appeared on some 356 models with the four cam motor, referred to as the Fuhrmann engine, after the engineer who designed it, Dr. Ernst Fuhrmann. The engine could be thought of as the 911 Turbo of its day, since it cost nearly double that of a Super 90 with the pushrod engine. Originally designed for competition, the four cam didn’t sell in large numbers and as a result, it has become amongst the most valuable of the 356 range. This 356B Carrera is for sale at Canepa out in California. Originally sold to a dealer in Italy, it spent a fair amount of years in The Porsche Museum of Japan collection before coming to the US for a restoration.

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1987 Porsche 911 Carrera

1987 Porsche 911 Carrera

The price of nostalgia. The question comes up fairly frequently: why pay so much for an older car when newer cars offer much better performance and, in some cases, cost less money? It’s a fair question, especially for a marque who takes so much pride in its racing pedigree. If we set aside collector cars, bought principally as an investment, and focus on cars intended to be driven frequently the answer to such a question becomes rather murky. For many buyers it simply comes down to nostalgia; these were cars of their youth or perhaps a buyer even owned one previously and wants to relive that experience. Those feelings are then compounded by the yearning for a car from before the period when electronics took over, safety regulations went overboard and cars simply got bigger. Whatever the reason, it’s clear that these are decisions made with the heart rather than the mind, and that does have a price. This all brings us to the car featured here: a Guards Red 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera with Tan interior. While the 3.2 Carrera remains relatively inexpensive for a 911, prices continue to rise and we’re even approaching the point where a high mileage example such as the one featured here can no longer be had for less than $20K. Such is the price of nostalgia.

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1993 Porsche 911 RS America

1993 Porsche 911 RS America

Porsche has always striven to maintain its racing pedigree by providing factory cars for enthusiasts who desire to live the life of a weekend racer. In some cases those cars were produced so as to meet homologation standards, but in others, like with the 964 RS America, the cars were produced at the behest of a customer base that demanded something more than the standard car. While mechanically quite similar to a base 964 Carrera, its stripped interior and host of deleted items allowed the RS America to come in at under 3000 lbs and provide Porsche’s customers with a base for taking their car to the track. The car featured here, a White 1993 Porsche 911 RS America located in Florida, was originally a fully-optioned car, but has subsequently had the A/C and radio deleted. This car also features an interior fully outfitted for racing and front and rear spoilers from the RSR and Carrera RS respectively.

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