1974 Porsche 911S Targa

Even though I’m very familiar with it I still find it somewhat jarring to look at the market for a 1974 Porsche 911S versus a 1973 911S. The reasons are all fairly clear: the new design with impact bumpers remains less appealing to many collectors and the engine suffers from too many restrictions necessary to meet the more stringent emissions requirements of the day. With time I can’t help but wonder how much that gap will close. A recent article on the 911 market has suggested that as collectors become increasingly likely to have been born after the introduction of the impact bumpers then the first issue will become less of a hurdle for these cars to overcome and we could then see those values rise. Obviously, that may never be borne out and the engine will always be what it is. But we do frequently hear from owners of the mid-year 911 that when maintained properly they can make for excellent machines just as any 911 does. And at the moment some of them can come at quite a discount. The example we see here is a Bitter Chocolate 1974 Porsche 911S Targa, located in Sacramento, with 146,604 miles on it and on offer with no reserve.

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1995 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet

This car doesn’t exist. Or I should say, this model doesn’t exist, since the car clearly does. Porsche never officially produced a 911 Turbo Cabriolet for either the 964 or the 993 models and while such minor inconveniences as non-existence rarely dissuade certain well-heeled Porsche enthusiasts from asking the factory to make one anyway, this car has not come about through those means. Rather this one came about through many hours of labor and a thorough dip into the Porsche parts bin by an owner who simply wanted to improve his 911. Earlier this week Carter presented another take on how someone might arrive at a 993 Turbo Cabriolet and while that car’s development appears to have been somewhat, shall we say, unfocused, this build seems well thought out and carried out with a good deal of care. For starters, it began life as a 1995 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet, which makes for much better starting material than a 1977 911S Targa. Add in a 993 Turbo engine, widened rear bodywork, upgraded suspension, Turbo brakes, wheels, and sport seats and you have something fairly comparable to how we’d have expected a 993 Turbo Cabriolet to look and perform had Porsche chosen to produce one. With more than 124K miles on the clock this isn’t a garage queen only shown at special events, but rather an enthusiast’s dream made reality that is frequently enjoyed.

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1968 Porsche 912

Red Porsches have become fairly ubiquitous on the second-hand market due primarily to their popularity in the ’80s and, to a lesser extent, the ’90s, but that popularity has not always been the case. And judging by their lack of prevalence among newer models, we may see their presence gradually wane over time. Among the earliest models they remain somewhat rare, yet they can be incredibly striking. Such is the case with the car here, a Polo Red 1968 Porsche 912, located in Indiana, with a reported 88,800 miles on it. I remain a huge fan of the 912 in general. These were the simpler, 4-cylinder, entry-level counterparts to the 911 that eventually were phased out when Porsche introduced the 911T as its lowest-cost offering. For a long time now the 912 has made for an excellent alternative to the 911 for those seeking a vintage driver for lower cost, but who still desired that 911 shape. That said, as prices for good models increase they do become a more difficult proposition. We’re still at a point where the best examples of the 912 only begin to reach the prices of a decent 911T, so we are not yet dealing with equal levels of condition, but given more time we may see an increased convergence of the market for these two entry-level Porsches.

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1979 Porsche 911SC Targa

Ah, the Porsche 911SC Targa, the car my father owned when I was a kid and my first experience in a Porsche of any type. Those early experiences have made these a long-time favorite of mine even if other models now capture my attention more or elicit greater excitement. But for that basic 911 experience this is still the model to which I frequently return and I always enjoy coming across interesting examples. The one we see here fits that bill well: a Petrol Blue Metallic 1979 Porsche 911SC Targa, located in Alabama, with 65,095 miles on it. My own first car, though not a Porsche, was of a similar color to this Targa and it’s always been a part of the color spectrum I’ve enjoyed. As a metallic shade these colors show particularly well under direct light and I think the images here bear that out. With pretty low mileage for its age this looks to be an excellent 911SC and one that should turn some heads any time it finds its way onto the streets.

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1996 Porsche 911 Turbo

Here’s a rare thing: could it be that with this car we’ve stumbled upon a Porsche 993 Turbo that is priced reasonably? These days when I encounter a 993TT with an asking price below $160K I immediately wonder what is wrong with it. And I asked the same question about this example as well, yet nothing stands out. In addition, this is a paint-to-sample 993TT so it is sure to be of the more rare variety. As always, asking prices aren’t necessarily reflective of selling prices, but there have been examples of the 993TT selling a decent bit above the asking price here. Some of those are ultra-low mileage, but all-in-all this one feels like a reasonable ask. It isn’t cheap, or being undervalued, but it does seem reasonable and may even represent a nice value long term given where the Turbo market appears headed. A thorough investigation to insure there truly is nothing wrong with it surely is warranted, but from what we see here it presents very well.

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1992 Porsche 911 Turbo S Leichtbau

I’m not sure if I can do justice to this car. While not the ultimate version of the 964 Turbo, nor the ultimate air-cooled 911 Turbo, the 1992 Porsche 911 Turbo S Leichtbau remains for me the best. It is the final iteration of Porsche’s turbocharged 3.3 liter flat-six that had been in use since 1978 powering these machines to heights most other automakers scarcely would have envisioned. This is a car that probably never should have existed since Porsche likely had intended for the 964 Turbo to debut with a turbocharged version of the 3.6 liter engine found in other iterations of the model. But the development of that engine took time and the early years of the 964 saw the continued usage of the engine from the 930. When it finally became time to retire its use, Porsche gave the 3.3 a wonderful send-off in the guise of the Turbo S: a lightened, more powerful, version of the standard 964 Turbo that remains one of the lowest production models in the Porsche portfolio. I featured one a couple months ago that we surely wouldn’t call subtle, but whose exterior did come in a somewhat subdued Silver. The one we see here, painted in stunning Electric Blue Metallic, possesses no such subtlety and will be on auction as part of Silverstone Auctions’ Salon Privé 2015 on September 4 in Oxfordshire, England.

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1980 Porsche 930

We’re quite familiar with the Porsche 930 here at GCFSB. Dating back to the mid-70s these iconic performance coupes set a high bar for their combination of performance and refinement, even if their handling could be difficult to master. They are much loved cars and we feature them frequently when we come across nice examples. Even so they can begin to blend together as the majority we come across vary little in their interior and exterior colors. That doesn’t necessarily make them less desirable, but they do fail to stick in our memories. The example we see here, an Oak Green Metallic 1980 Porsche 930 located in Oregon, should be an exception. With its Oak Green exterior complemented by a Green leather interior this 930 stands well apart from most others, and even if its exterior shade whispers to you rather than shouting it is sure to draw plenty of attention. 1980 was the first year Porsche had withdrawn the 930 from the US market forcing fans to continue their lives without such a beast. If you were ever one who wiled away many an evening wondering, “what if?” then this could be your chance to rekindle that ’80s magic.

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1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe

I have suddenly become very enamored of dark grey cars, especially when they come in a metallic shade. There frequently has been a BMW 135i parked outside my place that I would guess is Space Gray Metallic and with its similarly colored wheels it looks fantastic in almost any light. And that is where my preference lies with these cars: darker grey, metallic, and dark wheels. I don’t prefer the contrast of a silver wheel with these colors. As such, I find this Slate Grey Metallic 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe, to be particularly stunning. I really enjoy this color on the 964 in general and with the black Cup wheels, which I assume simply have been painted, the exterior look is brought into definite focus. Contrast that exterior with a striking Burgundy interior and you have a really great combination!

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1985 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

While they aren’t the exceptional values they used to be the market has settled down enough that we can still find good examples of the Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera for pretty reasonable prices. And I think it’s safe to say that there are still quite a few of us out there who hope to still have opportunities for owning and driving these great machines. The 1987 and later model years show higher overall values since that was when Porsche first fitted the 911 with the more stout G50 5-speed manual transmission, but the earlier cars still provide excellent motoring and reliability for on average about $5K less given comparable condition. The example here, a Garnet Red 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe with contrasting Beige and Brown interior, comes from the earlier period of the 3.2 Carrera but looks in just the sort of shape we’d hope for when searching for a nice classic 911.

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1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 Coupe – REVISIT


The Bitter Chocolate over Gold 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 Coupe we featured back in early July is back up for sale, this time as a no reserve auction. With the starting bid set at $77,000 this is priced higher than where the previous reserve auction we featured ultimately finished ($71,100), but the price isn’t too far off so I imagine there will be interest here. While the market for the US-spec Carrera 2.7 is not nearly as white hot as that for the Euro Carrera 2.7 MFI, these cars still are performing quite well and might be one of the examples that continues to increase in value as the market takes further notice of the mid-year 911.

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