Double Take: Porsche 993 Carrera Cabriolet

I can’t remember the last time I wrote about the Porsche 993 Cabriolet, assuming I ever have, so here I have two of them. Of all of the air-cooled models the 993 Cabriolet is the one I see most frequently on the streets today. This simply may be a coincidence of where I live, and after all they are the youngest of the air-cooled 911s on the road, but I still see the Cabriolet quite a bit more frequently than the 993 Coupe. All of that is to say that these remain quite popular and given the elegant shape of the 993 design it shouldn’t be too surprising that these open-top versions continue to grace our streets. The two we will look at here both come in excellent and rarely seen colors and each presents with pretty low mileage. These are cars likely destined for collectors, but that shouldn’t stymie our appreciation of them. We will begin with this Amaranth Violet 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet, located in Missouri, with Black interior and 22,736 miles on it.

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1977 Volkswagen Beetle

While I was wandering through Autostadt in Wolfsburg, Germany last month, perhaps one of the most significant cars I came across in the ZeitHaus was the golden Beetle that sat amongst the other exhibits. This was the millionth example produced. It’s rather remarkable that just ten short years after the end of World War II, Volkswagen would produce this many examples of the “people’s car.” In the late 1970s, production would wind down in Germany, with the last Beetle rolling off the line at the Emden plant in 1978. Production would continue on until 2003 in Puebla, Mexico, ending a magnificent chapter in automotive history. This 1977 Beetle for sale in Georgia represents the last year of US sales for the Beetle sedan. With under 10,000 miles on the odometer, this is one for the serious VW collector.

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1973 Porsche 911T Coupe

Porsche’s various “signal” colors have always been some of my favorites. But there are two that stand apart most notably: Signal Yellow and Signal Orange. While Signal Green and, the very short-lived, Signal Red also possess their own dynamic qualities it is the Yellow and Orange variants that I find most captivating. In part this is due to the subtle variations in the shade that we see with those two colors, whereas Signal Red and Green are, well, really Red and Green. Thus, you can imagine my excitement to come across this Signal Yellow 1973 Porsche 911T Coupe, located in California, with what is believed to be a mere 37,500 documented miles on it. This 911 comes from near the very end of the F-series long-hood model’s existence, making this a 1973.5 model since Porsche transitioned to the Bosch Continuous Injection System in the middle of the model year.

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Tuner Tuesday: 1968 Volkswagen Beetle

For all the Alpinas, AMGs and Andials we might feature, there is one German cars that has remained a favorite of automotive customizers for years: the original Volkswagen Beetle. There’s an infinite amount of ways you can go with Beetle modifications, from dune buggy to dragsters. One popular modification is the Cal Look, consisting of a lowered suspension, aftermarket wheels and sometimes removal of the bumpers. This freshly restored 1968 Beetle for sale in Arizona has shades of that style, but retains the original bumpers. Wearing a bold shade, it looks great sitting on Empi style wheels.

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1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S

We’ve all seen the insanity of the Porsche 993 Turbo market. As air-cooled 911s in general have steadily appreciated in value, the most powerful of the last of the air-cooled models has lead the way with precipitous gains seemingly defying all reason. Naturally, the more rare the model the more extreme those value increases have been and with buyers now showing little hesitation to ask for $200K+ for a standard Turbo it is no wonder that Turbo S owners would seek to capitalize on the madness with even steeper asking prices. That brings us to the example here, a Black and Tan 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S, located in Florida, with just 9,208 miles on it and an asking price over half a million dollars. There is no doubt that these will stand beside the 993 Carrera RS and GT2 as the most sought-after models, with the GT2 leading the way by a substantial margin. While power increases weren’t substantial for the US market (424 hp vs 408 hp for the standard Turbo) the relative scarcity of the model and the cachet of saying you have the baddest air-cooled 911 around garner these cars significant appreciation. They also marked a slight change in the ethos of the model itself that has continued up to today. Unlike the 964 Turbo S, which was lightened and austere in its fittings, the 993 Turbo S retained the luxurious offerings that have been a hallmark of the 911 Turbo since its inception. It was to be the most refined and powerful road-going 911. Of course, with the release of the GT2 Porsche insured that its customers had both options available to them and sent the air-cooled 911 out in the best ways possible.

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1989 Porsche 930 Slantnose Coupe

Say you want a certain level of audacity in your driving machine, but not too much. You’d like to retain a measure of apparent civility. What are you to do? Well, here’s one possible option: a Silver Metallic 1989 Porsche 930 Slantnose Coupe with a scant 17,800 miles on it. There really aren’t many cars with a more audacious appearance than a 930 Slantnose, at least when viewed through the lens of ’80s excess. Hood vents? Check. Side grills? Check. Enormous spoiler? Check. Crazy performance? Check. These pretty much have it all, which should be no surprise given where that slantnose shape was derived. The 935 always was insane. Yet this one sits in a very understated, but still appealing, Silver Metallic paint that tries its best to subdue the rest of the car. Completely obscuring those lines isn’t possible, but attention is surely diverted, even if only a little.

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1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe – REVISIT

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The Cassis Red over Burgundy 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe we featured in late June has come around for another reserve auction so we’ll see if this very attractive color scheme can find itself a new owner. The previous auction received quite a bit of attention, but bidding ended short of the reserve at $36,402. With this auction currently sitting at $32,099 we may be in store for another missed sale.

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The below post originally appeared on our site June 29, 2015:

1975 Porsche 930

The current 911 Turbo is a pretty luxurious car. Fast as just about anything, but still quite luxurious and refined. The same goes for pretty much any 911 and most modern cars in general now come with a standard of luxury that far outstrips their classic counterparts. In that regard, it is unsurprising that many classic performance cars are so prized today. They aren’t prized so much for their performance since nearly any modern machine easily will outperform them, but rather for their feel and connectedness between driver and machine. In many ways it’s a nostalgic longing for simplicity, but there is a fair bit of truth to the disconnection created by the technological sophistication found in any modern car. Nostalgia can make a classic car VERY expensive. For our perusal here is just such a car: a 1975 Porsche 930. MY 1975 marked the debut of the turbocharged 911 and even though they stood as the top-of-the-line 911 of their day, relative to today’s machines they remain an austere and simple performance machine. Only 260 hp, but also only around 2600 lbs to move around. For those looking for the purest and most original expression of the iconic 911 Turbo these are the place to start.

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1980 Porsche 911SC Coupe

We always love coming across 911s in a rare color here at GCFSB and especially when that rare color comes on a classic 911 in one of the period-correct choices from the ’70s and early-’80s. Yes, we also feature plenty of black 911s, but those have their own appeal and there also happen to be a lot of them. The example we see here can almost be taken as an inside out 911, making use of a popular interior color but utilizing it on the outside. For prospective buyers who are particularly fond of the natural colors Porsche offered during this period this Cashmere Beige 1980 Porsche 911SC, located in California, with Tan interior could make for a very attractive option that should also come at a fairly reasonable price.

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1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

There has been much rending of garments and many lamentations over 911s whose owners have refused to use them as intended. Engineers have surely weeped. Ultra-low-mileage vehicles that have rarely seen the open road exist in their own reality and given the stratospheric asking prices we see for many of them it can be difficult to argue against the rationale of such investments. At the other end of the spectrum exist a wide variety of vehicles that have lead a full and eventful life, having been put through their paces by owner after owner. Higher-use cars come in all sorts of condition and in many cases make clear the desire for a low-mileage example, especially for a car like an air-cooled 911 for which the market remains quite strong. Of course, the ideal is to find a higher-mileage example that has been pampered in a manner similar to that of a collector; a car that has been used as intended, but also has been maintained to a standard that would be held by those same engineers that built the thing in the first place. Perhaps here we have just such a car. This Grand Prix White 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in Miami, with Burgundy leather interior sits with 124K miles, but still presents in a manner reflective of a good deal of care.

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