1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

Final model years have their own particular appeal, perhaps garnering an extra dose of nostalgic reverence over the earlier model years, and as such with all else being equal almost always command the most value. Of the years during which the Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera was produced it is the final three model years that capture the most attention, given Porsche’s introduction of the G50 5-speed manual transmission in 1987, but cars from the model’s final year, 1989, continue that trend of showing slightly elevated values compared with the rest. 1989 itself marked a significant turning point for the 911 as it would finally see a significant reworking of the exterior design it had possessed since 1974. Furthermore, that design transition came after the success of the 911SC and 3.2 Carrera had cemented the 911’s place in the Porsche lineup. The time had finally come to retire an icon – or at least give an icon a significant facelift. For fans of the classic 911 style that makes 911s from the 1989MY highly prized as the final rendition we would see and the most refined of the breed. The example we have here is a very pretty Velvet Red Metallic 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa, located in Cleveland, with a Burgundy interior and 87,950 miles on it.

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1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Club Sport – REVISIT


It’s back. The 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Club Sport we featured in August is still up for sale and the asking price has come down some though not significantly (the starting bid on this no reserve auction is set at $85,000). The Club Sport commands tremendous value, but this particular example has seen so many modifications that it is almost a Club Sport in name only. We must wonder whether the owner would be far better suited returning the car as close to stock form as possible. Will this auction find any interested parties for what is a very special model?

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The below post originally appeared on our site August 17, 2015:

1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S

Here’s a rare thing: these days the only thing more rare than a limited-production air-cooled 911 is a limited-production air-cooled 911 with a decent number of miles on it. And that’s exactly what we have here with this Black on Black 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S, located in Northern Virginia, that has seen 105,280 miles over the course of its life. While I’m sure we have all suspected such cars to exist we almost never come across them and for this to be the last and most valuable of the air-cooled Turbos (excepting, of course, the 993 GT2) I’m shocked to see it. It’s fantastic though! The current owner of this car, who has had it since 2001, certainly appears to have gotten the most out of this purpose-built machine. With the market for air-cooled Turbos in the midst of a precipitous climb where might potential buyers value this example with such high mileage? Hopefully this auction will shed some light.

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1994 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Widebody

I’m going to begin this post somewhat counter-intuitively: of the various 911s Porsche has produced the 964 is the only model where I prefer the style of the narrow-bodied car over the widebody. I find the proportions of the narrow-body 964 to be excellently balanced and while a wider rear does give it a more aggressive stance I actually find the narrow-body to look more purposeful, in the sense of more poised and dynamic. With that said, I don’t dislike the widebody 964, in fact they can be fantastic looking variants, and their relative rarity makes them a valuable commodity and consistently of interest to those in search of a good 964. While the Carrera 4 itself served as the debut model for the 964 when it was released in 1989 it was not until the final model year, 1994, that Porsche added those wider rear fenders. These were, in a sense, a prelude to the Carrera 4S and Carrera 2S made available for the first time for the 993 and the 964 C4 Widebody most definitely is a special car. As with most special cars, prices are not cheap, but rare models have shown quite well on the market and stand a good chance of continuing on those lines. Here we have what looks like a very well cared for 1994 Porsche 911 Carrera 4, located in Washington, with 81,800 miles on it.

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1997 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

Not everyone likes a flashy car, but I think even those of us who prefer to enjoy our winding roads in less noticeable fashion can still appreciate the vibrancy created by a sports car draped in a pastel color. And perhaps it is precisely that flash that explains why this Blue Turquoise 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet only has 9,471 miles on it. Either way Porsche has consistently made a habit of making its cars available in these sorts of colors and they will always attract a good deal of notice, both on the streets and at cars & coffee as well as on the second-hand market. For second-hand cars the issue as always is just how much is such a color worth and I think this auction attempts to stretch those bounds to test their limits. I love seeing these cars come up for auction: they’re bright and interesting and easily stand apart from the myriad others on the market. They bring a splash of joy to the droves of silver, black, and white we come across so regularly.

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1977 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera – No Reserve

I present this car with a little bit of hesitation almost purely from the fact that it’s so rare to find a no reserve auction for a model whose values have shot up so tremendously over the past year and typically when one does come around there are a lot of questions we must ask. I do feel confident that this car is what it purports to be, it is simply in need of good deal of TLC. And we should be clear that purely from a dollar standpoint this won’t be a cheap buy by any means – bidding is already at $50,100 – but in a relative sense given the market for an early Turbo there may be good value to be had. Here we have a Platinum Diamond Metallic 1977 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera, located in California, with Tan interior and 53,000 miles on it.

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1979 Porsche 930

I’m always curious about incongruities and the juxtaposition of color and purpose that we find with this Moonstone 1979 Porsche 930 presents just such an interesting case study. The 911 Turbo has always been a diabolical machine full of hard edges and the ability to bite the head off of inattentive drivers who fail to respect the potent mix of turbo lag, prodigious power, and a rearward weight distribution. Meanwhile, Moonstone may be one of the softest colors I’ve seen, full of lightness and a sense of ease that would be well at home on a Beetle or a Fiat 500. Here we have a happy color on a menacing machine and it creates a contrast that is hard to describe in its intent, but which draws you in and allows the eye to linger over those hard edges. The contrast is completed with a Brown leather interior that firmly roots this 930 in its late-70s period and while the overall color palette probably wouldn’t be my choice it does stand as one of the more interesting 930s that we’ve come across.

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1973 Porsche 911T Coupe

Dalmation Blue over a Tan interior. I can’t say I have ever come across this shade of blue on the Porsche 911, but man does it look good and the contast of the interior really sets everything apart to make for a really nice looking and inviting driving environment! I always have been a fan of blue on the long-hood 911, with Gemini Blue perhaps being my favorite. But that is a metallic shade and here we get a really vibrant shade of blue that is non-metallic and it really works well. This car, a 1973 Porsche 911T Coupe, comes from near the very end of long-hood production so you get about as refined and performance-oriented a vintage 911 as you can find, or at least as performance oriented as the entry-level 911T can be found. I say it’s nearly the end because during the 1973MY Porsche switched the 911T produced for the US market from mechanical fuel injection to the Bosch continuous fuel injection that would remain the standard up to the release of the 3.2 Carrera. This 911T appears to be a MFI equipped car from that earlier half of 1973 prior to the change.

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1989 Ruf RCT Evo Conversion

For a few decades now Ruf Automobile GmbH has provided Porsche owners unsatisfied with the marque’s standard offerings the opportunity to have something that is quite a bit more special. In some cases, those builds look like entirely original designs where we might fail to recognize the original chassis upon which it was based, but most of Ruf’s work is easily identifiable and the untrained eye may not even realize these are any different from a standard Porsche. There has always been a serious sleeper factor to a Ruf build and it is that dedication to maintaining the refined nature of any Porsche that I think has made Ruf such a serious manufacturer and sustained its success. The example here, a 1989 Ruf RCT Evo, I think falls into that latter category of build that, for the most part, differs only subtly from the 911 from which it sprang. Under the exterior, however, lies a much more potent beast: 425 hp directed through a 6-speed manual transmission and delivered, in this case, only to the rear wheels makes for serious performance and an attention-holding driving experience. That’s a good 45 hp even above the 3.6 Turbo S! A Ruf build always has been a complete work enhancing each aspect of the car’s performance so, naturally, upgrades to braking and suspension are included to help keep that extra power under control. There are a few details of this RCT Evo that I would change: it doesn’t possess the interesting rear light treatment we see on some RCTs, the rain rails are still present, and Mint Green, though one of the special 964 colors, has never been my favorite. Those are minor niggles (well, other than the Mint Green exterior) and entirely aesthetic so we can rest assured the performance remains top notch.…

1982 Porsche 911SC Coupe

I want to get back to basics here with what looks to me like a very nice, well maintained, Grand Prix White 1982 Porsche 911SC Coupe with Tan interior. The ideal here is for a 911 that won’t come at too steep a price and can be thoroughly enjoyed for its classic design and earlier driving experience connecting car and driver to a winding road. That it might also maintain its value over the coming years is an added bonus, but ultimately we aren’t looking for the ideal collector car here. As with many cars of this type the mileage is on the higher end, in this case 125K, but if it has been treated to a proper service history then it should remain in good stead and in possession of plenty of continued longevity.

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