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

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

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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

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

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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1969 Porsche 911S

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I remember years ago my father recanting the story about how he almost bought a used Porsche 911T in the early 1970s, only for his better sense to kick in and find something a bit less expensive. Enter, then, the Fiat 124 Spider and the eternal nagging of what might have been. Frequently I consider what a great investment a car like this would have been, if it were kept in the family all these years. Then again, considering a car like this as an investment would have missed the point at the time, as we would have used it as intended. Sure to satisfy that sports car hunger, this 1969 911S for sale in New York has benefitted form a bare metal respray and a sympathetic restoration.

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1970 Porsche 911T Coupe

While perusing used car listings there will always be certain cars that immediately grab your attention strictly on appearance alone. It’s a car or style that you weren’t looking for, but nonetheless your attention is held. Such was the case with this car, a 1970 Porsche 911T Coupe in a fantastic shade of Burgundy. Originally released in 1968, the 911T served as the entry-level 911. For the 1970 model year the 911 saw an across the board bump in displacement to a 2.2 liter flat-6 engine, which in the 911T produced 125 hp. While that power was delivered via a 4-speed manual as standard, the 5-speed manual of the 911E and 911S was available as an option on the T, and while the car featured here is short on information, we do know that it comes with the optional 5-speed manual transmission. While the T is not nearly as sought after as its more advanced siblings, especially the S, it still provides the same classic style and performance characteristics that 911 enthusiasts have come to cherish.

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1991 Porsche 911 Turbo

While Porsche introduced all-wheel drive on the Carrera in 1989, it wouldn’t be until the 993 generation a few years later that Turbo 911 with all four wheels being driven would work its way into the lineup. Thus, in 1991, the rear-drive Turbo would have its last shout in the form of the 964. The first 964 Turbos, introduced in 1990, had an evolution of the 3.3 liter engine from the 930. It wouldn’t be until early 1993 when the 3.6 Turbo would arrive on the scene, of which less than half of the amount were produced in comparison to the 3.3 version. This early 3.3 Turbo is on offer in Texas, the perfect place to live out your Cannonball Run fantasy.

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1982 Porsche 911SC Targa

The Porsche 911SC is often referred to as the perfect 911 for the beginner. Following on to the oft forgotten 911 2.7, the SC had a hearty 3.0 liter flat-6 as motivation and was the first 911 to include a cabriolet variant. Now that the new 991 series Targa has debuted with its classic roll hoop design, this is an optimal time to pick up a classic Targa like this low mileage SC version for sale in Massachusetts.

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1973 Porsche 911E Targa

I am not usually a big fan of the Targa, but now and then certain examples do attract my attention more than others. Such is the case with this Signal Orange 1973 Porsche 911E Targa located in California. I have always enjoyed the contrast of Orange and Black on any car and there’s just something about the interplay of the Targa’s fixed rollhoop and slightly open interior with the Orange exterior that makes this car a bit more attractive to me relative to other Targa cars. For those who may not fully enjoy the aesthetics of a convertible, the Targa provides a distinctive form of open-top motoring that also (mostly) preserves the original lines of the car.

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