1990 Porsche 944S2 Cabriolet

Like the Volkswagen Cabrio, the 944S2 Cabriolet isn’t a car that gets a lot of press on these pages. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have the makings of a classic. Like the Cabrio, it sold in small numbers in the tight times of the early 1990s; Porsche claims it sold only 2,386 in the United States. And it has a potent power plant in the revised 3.0 16V inline-4; pushing 207 horsepower and 208 lb.ft of torque, it was nearly as potent as the first generation Turbo without the inherent lag or accompanying bills. Yet it shared the same perfect weight balance with the rear-mounted transaxle, Turbo brakes and larger roll bars along with the integrated Turbo-look nose and tail. The S2 also received the new “Design 90” wheels that helped to bring it in line with late 928S4 and 964 models.

However, the 944S2 Cabriolet has always been overshadowed. First, for the sporting drivers out there, most will be seeking the clean lines of the S2 Coupe. Then there is always the more popular 911 Cabriolet, but it’s real competition is the later 968 Cabriolet. With more power, revised looks and a 6-speed manual, those late 968s are by most accounts the ones to get. But to me, that means that a clean 944S2 is a better value while offering you most of the experience of the VarioCam. Let’s consider this beautiful LM3U Velvet Red Metallic example:

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2017 Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet

At the beginning of this year I looked at one of the most exclusive and expensive cabriolets on the market with the 2017 Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet. Mercedes produced 300 of these cars and just 75 of them came to North America. To pay for that exclusivity, you had to pony up around $350,0000. Needless to say they all did sell, but now six months later if you want one, it might be a little difficult seeing as there are just that 75 of them out there and maybe even less because of exporters. Today, I found one in West Hollywood of all places with just 182 miles on it. The price? Well, that $350,000 MSRP isn’t going to cut it anyway. Not even close.

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2017 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet

Anyone who has made their way over to the Porsche configurator knows there are a seemingly endless number of possible model permutations to choose from. I don’t know what the actual number is and don’t feel like counting (are we at 22 now?), but the one we see here, the Carrera GTS Cabriolet, seems one of the less frequently selected configurations. I don’t know how many there are, but I can’t recall seeing one very often. I’m also a little surprised it isn’t a Carrera 4 GTS, I guess because I expect Cabriolet drivers to be more likely to opt for an all-wheel drive 911. But I’m glad it’s only rear drive. To make it perfect I’d prefer the manual, but I’m not going to quibble much over the presence of PDK. It is after all a Cabriolet.

I have featured the Carrera GTS a few times and like them quite a bit. As the highest performance of the standard 911’s the GTS makes for a compelling package for those who don’t mind allowing Porsche to configure all of the sporting options for them. With PDK they can rip through 60 mph in almost 3.0 seconds. Should you find yourself on a lonely road, 150 mph comes up in under 20 seconds. I don’t know that you’d want the top down at that point, or at least not without wearing a hat.

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Riviera Blue 1994 Porsche 968 Cabriolet 6-speed Manual

I don’t feature the 968 all that often. I do, however, tend to feature just about anything I come across in Riviera Blue. I simply can’t turn away from them. Here we have a 1994 Porsche 968 Cabriolet painted in that bright blue. This one also has the very desirable 6-speed manual transmission. Riviera Blue often is associated with the 993 and we rarely think much of it when it comes to other Porsches. But this 968 shows the color off almost as well and even if its sporting pretensions are not quite elevated to the same level as the last of the air-cooled 911s, I’m sure this one will have no trouble attracting attention in a crowd of Porsche enthusiasts. It looks in very good condition and the mileage even is pretty reasonable when we consider it is nearly 25 years old.

The 928 gets the vast majority of the love when it comes to Porsche’s front-engined machines and there’s very good reason for that. The 968 provides its own unique appeal and definitely creates quite an ardor among its fans. And relative to a ’90s 928 prices tend to be much more attainable.

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1989 Porsche 930 Cabriolet

There is something wonderful about the excesses of certain ’80s automobiles. I assume at the time this was all taken quite seriously, but looking back now it is always good for a laugh. Now, that doesn’t mean I don’t like these cars. In fact, I like them quite a lot, but driving a convertible with a massive spoiler supporting its huge rear surely can’t elicit feelings of seriousness. It’s not as head-turning as a Slantnose, but still these 930s are ridiculous in the best possible ways. The only thing that can make these better is when its excesseses are turned up even more. If you’re going to punt subtlety, then why not go all the way?

This Porsche does just that. Here we have a Slate Grey Metallic 1989 Porsche 930 Cabriolet, located in San Diego, with a special order Lobster Red interior and a whole host of additions by the tuning mavens at RUF. The RUF bits are mostly of the cosmetic variety so there isn’t much in the way of additional performance to be had here, but the 930 does just fine as standard and those cosmetic enhancements help this 930 stand apart a little more. As if it needed much help. I love it!

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Oak Green Metallic 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

I don’t come across a lot of what I would consider reasonably priced 993s. As the last of the air-cooled 911s the 993 always has been pretty highly prized and it seems like prices never really dipped into the reasonable territory of most of its predecessors or its successor. Well, especially its successor. This one, however, doesn’t seem priced too badly. With an asking price of $48K it’s not inexpensive by any means, but relative to a lot of other air-cooled options these days that’s not too bad.

Here we have a paint-to-sample Oak Green Metallic 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located in Boise, with a Classic Grey leather interior and 93,310 miles on it. To make it just that little bit more special it is also equipped with a set of the very desirable hard-back sport seats.

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2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet

This 911 absolutely screams “Beach!” to me. Of course, with 580 hp coming from its 3.8 liter twin-turbocharged flat-six this Turbo S will scream just about anywhere. But all of that power isn’t really what attracted me. The 911 Turbo S is Porsche’s ultimate luxury performance machine and in Cabriolet form it certainly slants further to the luxury tourer side than a Coupe would. The power always will be there lurking beneath your right foot in case you ever need it, but for those who want all of that power and fewer amenities Porsche offers the GT2. That’s not what this 911 is about.

And it is in that regard that I think this Turbo S was put together quite well. There’s a nice attention to detail in this build and for those looking to cruise and be seen I don’t know that you’d find a better option from Porsche. This is a Miami Blue 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, located in Houston, with Chalk over Graphite Blue interior and 8,760 miles on it. With over 8K miles and barely a year old its previous owner certainly seems to have enjoyed it!

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1986 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

I almost feel like I’ve taken a hiatus from classic 911s of late. So I shall return to them with this Guards Red 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located in Massachusetts, with 46,900 miles on it. We see Guards Red pretty frequently on the 3.2 Carrera, less so on the 964, and then even less on the 993. After that? It almost seems to disappear. We do occasionally see red Porsches still today, especially as a PTS option, but it’s certainly a color that seems much less in style than it once did.

Here in the District we’ve been mired in an interminable cloud of rain with plenty of lightning and wind thrown in for good measure. It has been the sort of rain that doesn’t even allow for the barest hint of the sun’s existence. It has me dreaming of the days when blue sky and bright sunshine will return and that has me thinking about Cabriolets again. In the meantime all we can do is plan and wait and try to stay dry.

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2008 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet

With asking prices continuing to move upward for the 996TT – though we probably should note that judging from a few auction outcomes the selling prices may not be moving up quite so much – I have been on the search for certain 997TT models. While prices certainly aren’t as low as what we used to see from the 996 the 997 is beginning to represent pretty good performance value, especially given how much performance you get.

Truth be told, this particular example wasn’t really what I was looking for, but I’m glad that I found it. Once I saw it, it was near impossible to pass by. This is a Viper Green Metallic 2008 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet with 6-speed manual transmission. It’s fitted with an interesting Cocoa leather interior and sport seats. This version of Viper Green comes from the late 70’s after Porsche had modified the original non-metallic color. It’s a bit lighter in shade and a bit brighter with the typical metallic sparkle. It makes for an attractive light green and the juxtaposition of light and dark in the interior gives the whole thing a rather earthy feel. Generally when we see Viper Green as a PTS option this is not the version we see, but rather the original version. That makes this 997TT a little extra unique.

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1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

This is a first. I’ve never seen a 911 like this. The colors, I mean. The typical pairing for a yellow exterior is a black interior. The contrast works well as the two colors accent each other. The combination here is one that most probably would not consider. Here we have a Summer Yellow 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet with Mahogany leather interior and 59,003 miles on it.

I have not heard of Summer Yellow. After some searching my guess is that this is Limonengelb (code: M1A), which only was available in ’87 and ’88 for the 911 and 924. Limonen translates to Lime. Generally when we think of limes we think of green, not yellow. Perhaps that’s why it’s called Summer Yellow. Either way it’s a very happy looking color! It might be better suited on a Beetle than a 911, but it’s a bright happy yellow 911 nonetheless. Do I like the pairing with Mahogany? That I’m not sure about. It certainly seems quite earthy and I’d be interested to see it in person. That this is a Cabriolet, i.e. the top also is Mahogany, really is playing up the contrast between these two colors. Ultimately, I think I’d prefer this combination on a Coupe, where the yellow canvases the entire exterior, rather than a Cabriolet. It should be a very rare combination though.

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