2012 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS

Rare color or undesirable color? It is a question that presents itself pretty much any time I come across a Porsche in one of the many less common colors Porsche has produced. Of course, in some cases a color may be undesirable during its period of production and then become more desirable years later as preferences shift. Yellows and greens kind of come in and out of favor in this way, likewise the many variants of brown from the late-70s and early-80s suffer under a reversal in popularity.

In the case of the car here, an Ipanema Blue Metallic 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS, located in Washington, we may have one of those situations. Available in the final years of 997 production, we see very few 911s painted in this color. Anecdotally it isn’t difficult to find stories of buyers getting nice discounts to take them off of a dealer’s hands after sitting on the lot for too long. Though a standard color offering its rarity does seem related to its desirability, or lack thereof. We haven’t moved far from its original production date so I’m not sure enough time will have passed for preferences to have changed. However, Ipanema Blue isn’t too far removed from a variety of lighter blues Porsche produced in the ’80s and those cars don’t seem to elicit much derision. So is it a color that might become more desirable or one that, like quite a few colors over the years, will fade away to be forgotten?

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2011 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS

Buried underneath all of my posts of brightly-colored Porsches exists a seeming enigma: my undying love of black cars. I don’t care if some think they’re boring; heck, my wife thinks they’re boring! Nothing will make me stop in my tracks more quickly than a well cared for black sports coupe. Sure, show me something in a wild color and I’ll definitely stop and look, but I don’t know if I’ll really lust after it. I can’t explain these reactions. This is just how it is.

Which brings me to this car: a 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS, located in Chicago, with 22,413 miles on it. We can’t really call this completely blacked out since the interior is tan, but with the black GTS wheels and a beautiful looking black exterior it really looks phenomenal. As a 911 for cruising somewhat unnoticed it would make for a fantastic choice. Oh, and it has a 6-speed manual transmission, something that is not easy to find on these 911s. I’m in love.

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Brewster Green 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS

I don’t think I have featured one of the new 718 Cayman/Boxsters yet. They’re still fairly new so that’s probably not too surprising, but I see them all the time. And I have posted a couple of the new turbocharged 911s so I can’t put all of this down to newness. Maybe those I’ve seen haven’t seemed special enough? I think this one might be special enough.

This is a paint-to-sample Brewster Green 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS. It has the 7-speed PDK transmission and Carmine Red stitching in the interior. While the car itself is excellent, mostly this is about the color. To my knowledge, with one exception Brewster Green has never been a production color available from Porsche, but has been available as a paint-to-sample option for a while. The one production exception was the extremely limited edition 2013 911 Club Coupe. So when we’re talking about rare Porsche colors Brewster Green is very rare. It’s one of a handful of non-metallic greens Porsche has produced. It’s similar in appearance to the more well known Irish Green and British Racing Green, though not quite the same as either one. Brewster is a darker and deeper shade of green. In shade you might think it black, but in the sun its green shines forth and is unmistakable.

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1994 Porsche 928 GTS – 5-speed

I said previously that I’d try to pay a little more attention to the Porsche 928 so that’s what I’m trying to do. In truth I’ve featured this 928 before so technically this is a revisit. However, I wanted to shine a brighter light on it than the standard “hey look this one’s back up for sale.” It’s been nearly a year since I featured it and that’s usually long enough to revisit something in depth, but mostly this comes down to price and my own love for the color.

This is a Slate Grey Metallic 1994 Porsche 928 GTS, located in Texas, with Grey interior, 82,500 miles on it, and the 5-speed manual transmission. I know grey is supposed to be a boring color and I don’t think I’d call Slate Grey exciting, but I do love it as an exterior color. It just looks really good. There’s not much more to it than that. Regarding the price change: when I first featured this 928 it was priced at just under $130K. Manual or not that’s a lot of money, especially for a 928 with almost 90K miles on it. The price now has been slashed substantially to a much more reasonable $82,500. I think we can work with that.

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2016 BMW M4 GTS

Walk into a dealership, spend far too long with someone you would never willingly sit with, fork over a seeming obscene amount of money and you’re guaranteed of one thing; your new car is “new” until the moment you sit in it. Drive out of the dealer valet area, and suddenly the value of your car plummets. At least, that’s the predominant theory. And in most cases, that is a rule which works. But there are certain cars where depreciation isn’t really part of the equation. If you were lucky enough to buy one of these special cars, your used example may actually be worth more than a brand new one. Huh?

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1994 Porsche 928GTS

Has it really come to this? It has been a little while since I’ve taken serious notice of the 928 market, but I still would not have expected to see these sorts of prices. Granted these remain fantastic Grand Tourers and with the ’94 and ’95 model years you’re getting the most advanced version Porsche produced, and the last true GT Porsche has produced. The styling is timeless and only showed a gradual evolution over the model’s nearly two decades of existence culminating in the graceful curves of the GTS we see here. They’re beautiful and wonderful performers and the market appears to have really taken notice. This Grand Prix White 1994 Porsche 928GTS, located in Missouri, sits with only 16,129 miles on it and is said to be the only white GTS produced with a Tan interior. I can’t verify the veracity of that claim, but we do come across a Tan interior pretty rarely with these so even if there is more than one the overall numbers are sure to be low.

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2010 Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia

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The Porsche Cayenne is always a sore subject when brought up. Often the primary transportation of upper-middle class housewives such as Carmela Soprano and alike, the Porsche purist cringes when one drives by. But in 2010, Porsche decided to add a little flair to it’s normally mundane and mall cruising SUV to honor their victories in the Transsyberian Rallies. What we got was a truly off-road capable vehicle. This 2010 Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia located in Central Illinois can have you ready to tackle the woods in your Porsche — if you don’t mind the color orange.

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Feature Listing: 2009 Porsche Cayenne GTS

I like to think of this website as a preservation center for those who still enjoy changing their own gears. While the manual gearbox is disappearing from manufacturer spec sheets faster than a pack of smokes at an AA meeting, there are still a few cars out there you can have with a third pedal. Porsche is a good place to look, although the PDK Transmission is becoming the favored transmission of choice. However, there were some Cayennes you could spec with manual gearbox, such as this 2009 Cayenne GTS for sale from our friends at Euro Automotion. This black beast is rare and presents in like-new condition with just under 10,000 miles on the clock.

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2009 Porsche Cayenne GTS

If you’ve read this website long enough, you’ll know I don’t like SUVs. My reasons for this disdain are numerous, from people who would never use them off-road to the fact that many have aesthetics which would make a prison execution chamber look sleek. If I’m going to be forced at gunpoint to own one, it better be damn well interesting. Enter this 2009 Porsche Cayenne GTS. Sure, on the outside it doesn’t look any much different than your usual heavy beast derived from the Volkswagen Touareg, but what’s that protruding from the center console? A manual gearbox?! Yes, this is one of the very rare Cayenne GTSs to come so equipped in 2009. Apparently just over 30 of these three-pedal off-roaders were sold in 2009, this lower mileage one for sale in New Hampshire being one of them.

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1993 Porsche 928 GTS

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A few weeks ago I featured a beautiful 1981 928 Strosek  that looked very similar to this 928, however it had a wild mid-80’s body kit and was a very in-your-face version of the 928. For those that are looking to stand out in a more subtle manner, there’s this 1993 928 GTS. Upon first inspection you’d say “it looks just like any other 928”, and you’d be right. However, once you open the drivers door, you’ll see why you’d be the only kid at the Porsche meets with a car like this.

Set aside the relative rarity of a 1993 928 GTS, even set aside the rarity of the manual gearbox, this car takes it to a whole other level with its color combination, that is likely 1 of 1. Sure we can talk numbers on this car all day, front engine V8 with 345 bhp, 0-60 mph in a tick under 6 seconds, but the real beauty of the GT car is the look.

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Year: 1993
Model: 928 GTS
Engine: 5.4 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 72,574 miles
Price: $42,500 Buy It Now

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Rare 1993 5 Speed Manual
Only 1 of 2 Built in Horizon Blue Metallic
Only 1 Ever Built w/ Sport Seats and Factory Installed Bilstein Shocks
Low miles – 72,574

All of this in what many consider one of the classiest colors a 928 was ever clothed in. Combine the Horizon Blue Metallic Exterior with the Rich Blue Interior and the Color Combination is Stunning. The photos say it all (*1). I’ve included several pics from different surroundings to highlight the car’s natural beauty.

This is one of two ’93 GTS I currently own. Both are for sale as we are moving overseas. The other car is supercharged, an automatic transmission with regular seats. It is set up for the track and is scary fast. Guess which one I drive. Put simply, a GTS with Sport Seats combined with the 5 Speed Manual transmission is the pinnacle of 928s. This car is more fun to drive than any car I have ever driven. No matter how bad a day, this car always brings a smile to my face. The Sport Seats are incredibly comfortable and no matter how aggressive the drive, you never feel like you’re sliding about in the driver’s seat.

I am the 3rd owner of the car and I purchased it in December of 2006 (*2) when the car had 43,050 miles on it. With the exception of RMB, high flow cats and after market radio the car is 100% stock. Returning the car to stock, with the exception of the radio, is negotiable. Both belly pans are still in place. The volume control on the radio works but not like new. The stereo sounds great and operates as it should otherwise. All mechanical, electrical, controls, guages (including the tire pressure monitors) and instrument panels work correctly.

The exterior of this car scores about 9.5. The paint is original and in excellent condition. The only faults preventing it from being a 10 include the inevitable rock chips in the nose and one very small ding in the passenger door that could easily be worked out by a ding and paint man. The ding did not damage the paint but at the right angle (or wrong!) the 1/4″ – 1/2″ ding is visible from about 6′ away. There is about 1/4″ rock chip in front of the sunroof and 3 very faint scratches that cannot be seen except from a couple of feet away. One scratch is on the front left wheel well and 2 are together on the hood near the windshield. All of these are very faint and cannot be seen except upon very close inspection. There is about a 1/4″ mar in the finish on the wing which was there when I bought the car. It looks like a blister in the clear coat and does not go thru the paint.

The interior probably scores about a 9. There is one 1″ scuff on one of the rear seats. Aside from stress lines in the leather there are no tears, cracks or flaws on the rest of the interior including the pod. The dye is wearing thin in a few areas that can be seen in the pictures of the car. Primarily in the drivers seat bolster, the leather cover on the stick and the brake release. The vinyl in the car is in excellent condition and the carpet is in good condition. All tools including the air compressor are in place.

The original wheels are in excellent condition. The tires are Dunlop Direzza with 255/40/R17 in back and 235/45/R17s in front. The tires have 12,600 miles on them and have plenty of tread. In August, 2011 when the car had 70,994 miles the timing belt, water pump, oil cooler and oil sending unit were replaced. At the same time the a/c compressor, expansion valve, receiver/dryer and heater valve were replaced. Many records prior to my ownership and all records since I bought the car are available. All of the maintenance was performed by a local shop and all parts were obtained thru 928sRus. This car was the dream car of my youth and since buying it there has never been any deferred maintenance. It has been kept in excellent operating condition as it was when I acquired the car.
Please let me know if you have any questions and good luck bidding. This is one you don’t want to get away!

Note: The other GTS I mentioned will be listed in a few days. Both of these cars are listed locally and if sold locally will be removed from bidding on eBay.

*1 – The exterior finish and interior pics of the leather seats are accurate. For some reason, the camera makes the carpet look like they have a hint of purple. This is definitely not the case. When I first looked at pictures of the car in December of ’06 the interior pics initially threw me as I DID NOT want a purple interior. When I saw the car in person I was delighted with the actual colors. Everyone who has seen the car in person raves over the interior/exterior color combination.

*2 – The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Department  incorrectly showed the mileage as being 73,346 when the previous owner  moved to New Jersey in March of 2004. See below for notarized statement  from previous owner stating the correct miles along with service  documents before and after the move proving the correct mileage.

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The 928 has always been a favorite of mine and so have wild color combinations, so as far as I’m concerned, this is the pinnacle of the 928 GTS. While this is a great, rare color combination for the GTS, I’m not 100% convinced that justifies the asking price. These cars are valued at around $42,000 as clean show/driver condition and on this car I’m just not seeing it. Given the condition and with bonus points for rarity, this car should be in the $38,000 to $39,000 ballpark. However, if someone must have it, $4,000 isn’t a bad premium to pay for such a nice car.

-Brian