1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

We see a pattern like this from time to time: the market for a particular car heats us and then every owner (or so it seems) of a well-maintained example throws their car up for auction to capitalize on said market. The basic idea makes a lot of sense, especially for someone who may have been holding onto a car for a decent chunk of time. With the 911 we’ve seen this happen a few times with particular rare variants, but right now it appears that any low-mileage 3.2 Carrera is the hot car to have. We featured a low-mileage 1987 Carrera Coupe a few days back that sold almost instantly and here we have another low-mileage Carrera, though rather than a Coupe this one is a Targa. Here is a Guards Red 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa, located in Alabama, with a light gray (perhaps Linen?) interior and a mere 34,400 miles on the clock.

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1976 Porsche 911S Coupe

The used-car market can be funny sometimes. Certain models, for any number of reasons, end up under appreciated and sell for significantly less value than similar models. And in this case we aren’t talking about a comparison of rare models to base models, but rather a short stretch of model years. Here we have an Ice Green Metallic 1976 Porsche 911S Coupe, located in North Carolina, with 122,486 miles. With an asking price of $37,000 it is being offered for significantly less money than a pre-1974 911 and, given the rapid appreciation of the 911SC and 3.2 Carrera, less than the cost of most any classic 911. To be fair, there are reasons for this lack of love: these models were the first to feature the impact bumpers, the engines were somewhat hampered by emissions equipment, and early models tended to have engine issues. Yet, this remains an air-cooled 911 in a truly fantastic color that is both period correct and very rare, and given the mileage and apparent care we should feel confident the engine is stout. While the market may not love the variants of the 1974-1977 911 that does not mean they aren’t still good cars worthy of our attention.

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1986 Porsche 911 Carrera

Here is our counter to yesterday’s low mileage no reserve Carrera: a 1986 Grand Prix White Porsche 911 Carrera, located in California, which has seen 162,000 miles. We’ve seen the rapid escalation of the air-cooled 911 market, but my interest here is on the effect that rise has had on higher mileage, less pristine vehicles. Can those still be had a reasonable value or have they too shot through the roof?

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1987 Porsche 911 Carrera – No reserve

For awhile now we here at GCFSB have extolled the virtues of the 911SC and the 3.2 Carrera as excellent choices for a buyer looking for a relative bargain on the air-cooled 911 market. Those days appear to be mostly behind us, especially with regard to low-mileage pristine examples. There are still some values available to buyers who simply want a driver-quality car, but even if those have not increased in value to the same degree as a pristine car, prices still have moved upwards. Today and tomorrow we’ll have a couple of examples at either end of the mileage spectrum. So how high might things go? Well, the car featured here, a Guards Red 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera with 38,677 miles on auction with no reserve may provide us a nice gauge.

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1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

We are all on the hunt for interesting cars that possess some combination of performance, rarity, or a great color combination, AND that can be had at good value. Among air-cooled 911s the latter part of that search has become nigh impossible, especially when looking at cars that retain their full originality. Searching for value then becomes a matter of negotiating priorities: mileage, modifications, maintenance history, et cetera. The car we see here, a 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, fits squarely within these categories. It has some modifications to the suspension and exhaust, along with a couple of other changes for aesthetic purposes, and while nearly 90K miles isn’t high mileage for a 20-year-old car it is high enough to dissuade some collectors. All considered, though, this could make an excellent driver and for anyone looking to have an air-cooled 911 to drive it’s tough to beat a 993!

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1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

As I made my way home yesterday evening I couldn’t help but notice the number of drivers basking in the waning sunlight, taking advantage of an open air cockpit. We are smack in the heart of convertible season so why not enjoy some top-door motoring in classic style! This 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located in New York, would be an excellent car to have out on any evening fully appreciating the sound of the 3.2 liter air-cooled flat-six engine behind your ears.

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1986 Porsche 911 Turbo

1986: For most it may have been just like any other year, but for Porsche fans it was special because it was in that year that the 911 Turbo returned to our shores after an absence of six years (it was also the first year of 959 sales, but that’s a topic for a separate post). Beginning in 1980, Porsche pulled its flagship 911 from the American market because of emissions regulations and their plan for the 928 to succeed the 911 as the marque’s premiere car. Once it became clear that the 911 would, in fact, remain supreme, the necessary money was allocated to produce a turbocharged engine that would meet our emissions standards and the 930 was back! While it was slightly down on power relative to its European counterpart, it still remained more than capable of wagging its tail. The car we have featured here comes to us from that first year of return: a 1986 Meteor Gray Porsche 911 Turbo, located in New York, with Bordeaux leather interior and 77,675 miles.

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1957 Porsche 356A Speedster

While many of us deride the American car market for what it deems verboten to us, we have to remember that years ago, it was this very same market that helped shape some of the model lineups of post-war German automotive manufacturers. Such was the case with this car, the Porsche Speedster. Egged on by importer Max Hoffman, Porsche decided that a more basic, lower cost model would appeal to this market. The Speedster was quite successful by Porsche sales standards. Curiously, this more basic model has become one of the most prized models of the entire 356 range. This 1957 example for sale in California has been fully restored was formerly owned by actor Michael Parks.

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1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS

Ask a gaggle of Porsche enthusiasts what they would consider the most iconic production Porsche and you’ll likely get a small variety of answers. But one of those possibilities is almost certainly a version of the car seen here, the 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS. Built to satisfy homologation requirements so that Porsche could compete in Group 4 racing, the Carrera RS was an instant success, more than tripling the necessary 500 model production run. Offered in both Lightweight and Touring trim, the RS combined increased engine output with lower weight and improved aerodynamics to push the performance envelope and provide its owners with the ultimate road-going Porsche of the day. The example we see here is a fully restored 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring that has received engine work from Kremer Racing to increase displacement from the standard 2.7 liters to a full 3.0 liter flat-6. The Kremer brothers were a well established Porsche racing team who went on to win the 1979 24 Hrs of Le Mans at the wheel of their Kremer Porsche 935.

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