1993 Porsche Carrera RS

The beginning of a new year is a great thing for car enthusiasts, as it means another year of tasty vehicles we can get our hands on that were never imported to the United States because of the No Fun Club (aka the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency). It will be another two years before this 1993 Porsche Carrera RS will be eligible for important to the US under the 25 year rule, but that date will be here before we know it. In the meantime, I’ll keep ogling at the Mint Green paintwork, my favorite of all 964 hues. The Carrera RS was a European market only 964, a lightweight special deemed a bit too hard edged for the US market. Nevertheless, 45 examples of a model similar to the Carrera RS were imported by Porsche for use in a proposed Porsche Carrera Cup series that never happened due to lack of sponsorship.

These 45 cars were sold without any advertisement, as Porsche was readying another lightweight model for the US market, the 911 RS America. Weighing in at just under 3,000 pounds, these 964s had a bit of weight saving features with just enough niceties included to appeal to the American motorist. However, for those who want the purest of 964 experiences, only a Carrera RS like this one for sale in France will do.

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1996 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

Here we have a 993 poised along the same trajectory as this Venetian Blue 3.2 Carrera, which we featured last month. Both come in very pretty, and rare, exterior colors and sit with very low mileage. Each also comes with a very high price tag. I have a particular affinity for the example here, a Turquoise Metallic 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe located in Arizona, because it’s a very similar color to my first car, of which I have many fond memories (and no it was not a 993). I’ve come across a lot of 993s with few miles and high price tags, and even seen some bid to very high prices, but this is one of the few I’ve seen that is a Carrera 2. Will even these base models begin to stretch into six-figure territory?

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1996 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

On Saturday we featured a very nice Black Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Wide Body and the car we see here is more or less the evolution of that machine. While the 993 Carrera 4S is not quite as rare as the Wide Body 964 it does possess a couple advantages for those purely in pursuit of their driving pleasure. First, and this is entirely subjective, I think it is better looking. I have always found the wider rear on the 993 to be a perfect complement to the curvier 993 body, whereas on the 964 I actually prefer the narrow body over the wide body. Your mileage may vary. The second advantage is less subjective. The 964 Wide Body was for appearances only, while the Carrera 4S returned to the full Turbo-look of the M491 package and added the suspension and braking of the Turbo. So you’re getting a little more than just the wider rear. From a collector standpoint the 993 seems a little more valuable these days and as the last of the air-cooled 911s it may remain so, but both should do well. The example we see here is a Grand Prix White 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, located in Arizona, with a nicely contrasted Cashmere/Black interior and 80,320 miles on it.

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1994 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Targa

I became somewhat irrationally excited when I came across this Porsche 911. I say my excitement was irrational simply because this is just a standard 911 in a pretty standard (even if quite popular) color. But I’m a fan of the Targa and we don’t come across all that many for the 964. Targas tend to be a little bit unloved and, as was discussed with Saturday’s Carrera 4 Wide Body, the 964 generally wasn’t well loved when it was on the market. So maybe there aren’t a lot of 964 Targas out there. Regardless, I was happy to come across this one and, better yet, it comes from the last year of 964 production, which also makes this the last year of the original Targa design for the air-cooled models. The 993 Targa was a different design altogether, one that I don’t care much for, and it is only with the 991 that Porsche has returned to its original design. For fans of the original Targa this is as modern as an air-cooled example will get. Here we have a Guards Red 1994 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Targa, located in Chicago, with Black leather interior and 79,313 miles on it.

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Feature Listing: 1994 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Wide Body

Sometimes writing about a standard 964 almost seems boring. Porsche produced so many rare variants of the model over its short 5-year run that to focus on the base cars almost seems a waste (it isn’t a waste, but you know what I’m saying). Naturally, then, I’ll continue with one of those rare variants, even if this model somewhat blurs the line between rare and standard. After all, the 964 debuted as a Carrera 4, a bold move by Porsche, so there is a way in which the Carrera 4 stands as the predominant model in the range. However, during the final model year Porsche chose to up the ante on the Carrera 4 by releasing a Wide Body version – the rest of the world already had the 30th Anniversary Edition Carrera 4 Turbo-look in 1993, but these were unavailable in the US market. Due to cost considerations the 964 Turbo-look is just that, a Turbo look. Unlike the M491 package for the 3.2 Carrera, the 964 lacked the suspension and braking of the Turbo and simply made due with the wider body. For some, that’s probably sufficient as the wider rear on the 911 has long been enjoyed by many and on the 964 it certainly makes a pronounced statement. Still it’d have been great if had the Turbo suspension as well as the speculated 3.8 liter engine. Alas. There weren’t a ton of these produced for the US market in 1994, and only a little over 1,300 total from ’93-’94 worldwide, making them pretty rare as 911s go. The example we see here is a pretty low-mileage Black on Black 1994 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Wide Body with 39,300 miles on it.

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1972 Porsche 911E Sunroof Coupe – REVISIT


The Gold Metallic 1972 Porsche 911E Sunroof Coupe we featured at the end of October is back up for sale this time with a $127,995 Buy It Now price. When we featured it, bidding on the reserve auction reached a little above $100K so the asking price here may be a bit optimistic, but we’ll have to see if anyone can work out a deal for this 911 that is quite clearly from the ’70s.

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1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet – M491

I’ve had my eye on the market for the 3.2 Carrera of late after coming across a slew of them with very high prices. We’re seeing similar movements, though with more actual sales, with the market for the Porsche 930 as well. The car we see here, a Silver Metallic 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet with the M491 (Turbo-look) option package and 109,300 miles, walks a line between both of these worlds, but right now is avoiding the very high asking prices of those others. The pricing phenomenon with the 3.2 Carrera seems down primarily to some very-low-mileage examples coming up for sale, which obviously won’t really have much bearing on this one. We should keep in mind though that as an ’87 MY Carrera this M491-equipped 911 also has the G50 5-speed transmission and we don’t see quite as many of these around. These factors all combine to make this a pretty desirable 911 and if the condition is as the seller describes it should have plenty of life left in it.

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1993 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe

This is not a 911 RS America. I make that clear only because when I first came upon this car I originally mistook it for a RS America and wanted to have a closer look. I was confused by the color, which is not one of the standard colors of the RS America. In fact, this color itself is fairly rare among 964s in general. The specific color isn’t stated, though it is said to be the car’s original color, and I would hazard a guess that it’s Oak Green Metallic. The lack of hi-res pictures don’t help in this regard. So why does it look like a RS America? Because it’s had a couple modifications – the suspension has been lowered and it’s sporting the whale tail of the RS America. When the seller says the car looks like a RS America, I agree. At least with regard to the exterior. Since I’ve always liked the basic look of the RS America and I also enjoy these darker shades of metallic green this 964 really drew me in and overall the condition looks quite good. The 964 itself continues to grow on me and I think right now their values sit in a pretty nice spot for those who desire an air-cooled 911 that possesses a mix of the modern and the classic.

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1983 Porsche 911SC Cabriolet

We’re experiencing some uncommon December warmth here in the Mid-Atlantic (and hopefully elsewhere as well) so why not reinvigorate our senses with a Cabriolet. Here we have a Slate Blue Metallic 1983 Porsche 911SC Cabriolet, located in California, with 116,526 miles on it. 1983 was the first year a true convertible was offered for the 911, a point that is somewhat surprising given Porsche’s penchant for producing sports cars featuring some form of open-top motoring. While the Soft-window Targa provided a nearly identical airiness it’s very limited production run – only produced from 1967 to 1969 – tends to set them apart from the rest of the 911s leaving us with only the standard Targa, with which we are very familiar. Granted, for a sports cars the lack of a Cabriolet isn’t necessarily a significant negative, but beginning with the 356 Porsche had demonstrated an ability to craft quality sports cars that were excellent performers even without a roof. Perhaps they felt the 911 was a different animal; perhaps they were concerned about increasingly stringent safety requirements – these had lead to their production of the Soft-window Targa in the first place. Whatever the reason the 911 was around nearly twenty years before a Cabriolet was produced and since that time they’ve always been with us.

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1986 Porsche 930 Coupe

Let’s check in on the 930 market, or at least near the top end of the 930 market. The example we see here is a Black 1986 Porsche 930 Coupe, located in Florida, with a Cancan Red leather interior and only 5,938 miles on it. The interior and mileage both point to this as a collector-quality 930 that likely has spent most of its life waiting for just such a moment when it can be put up for sale. Given its asking price, we probably should not expect that situation to change. Collector status aside, 1986 was the first year Porsche returned the 930 to our shores and though emissions requirements still brought about some power losses relative to its European brethren the 930 would have been welcomed wholeheartedly back into the Porsche stable. The menacing rear-drive rear-engine coupe was finally back with us and drivers were once again required to devote full attention to their actions when piloting these wonderful, though touchy, machines.

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