As cars get more and more technologically advanced each year, there’s one thing that seems to have some staying power. The hubcap.
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We might as well strive for completeness, right? We’ve had a run of Targas around these parts lately and while I know we haven’t shown every variant of the classic 911 Targa I feel pretty certain we will have now covered the major bases of the model with the one we have here: a M491-equipped Guards Red 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa, located in San Francisco, with 46,530 miles on it. This, of course, shares more than just a passing resemblance with the 930 Targa featured on Thursday. First made available in 1984 for the 911 Coupe, and in 1985 for the Cabriolet and Targa, the M491 package included the wider rear, whale tail, suspension, and braking of the 930 garnering them the Turbo-look moniker. As with many 911 variants, the Targa had the smallest production numbers, with production of all models gradually reducing after the 930 had been reintroduced to the US market. That makes examples equipped with the highly desirable G50 5-speed transmission quite a bit more rare than those with the 915 and as such we should expect an additional premium over the premium the M491 cars tend to attract in general.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa on eBay
While those of us in the Eastern US deal with below average temperatures (or insane amounts of snow) it’s nice to day dream of taking out an open-topped car and enjoying the sun and the wind as you dive from corner to corner. Porsche’s most bare-bones expression of that ideal has come in the guise of the Speedster and here we have the last of the air-cooled models produced: a paint-to-sample Silver Metallic 1994 Porsche 911 Speedster, at Champion Porsche in Florida, with just 18,802 miles on it. While the 911-based iterations of the Speedster were never as bare bones as the original 356 Speedster, they still took a departure from their more refined and well-equipped Cabriolet brethren, lacking rear seats and possessing a removable windscreen, lighter front seats, and door pulls. Unlike its predecessor the 3.2 Carrera based 911 Speedster, the majority of Speedsters produced for the 964 were modeled off of the Carrera 2 body rather than the wider Turbo-look. Opinions will vary with regard to which is the better looking version, but the narrow-body 964 Speedster certainly strikes a closer resemblance to the original.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 Porsche 911 Speedster at Champion Porsche
Maybe you’re lucky, and it’s sunny and warm where you’re reading this. Or, perhaps you’re stuck under a rock – or in the case of Buffalo, several feet of snow. But like it or not, winter is upon us a bit early this year, and if you are in Buffalo you probably need some sort of snow-cat to get to the local store. Hopefully, that’s not the case for most of you but I wondered what sort of all-wheel drive car you could get on a $10,000 budget. As it turns out, you might be able to get a little more than you expected – so here’s a few offerings from the different manufacturers, starting with the folks that started it all:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Audi A4 3.0 quattro on eBay
We’ve shown quite a few Targas lately, but all of those have been of the regular variety, which we come across pretty frequently even if there has been an apparent uptick in auctions for them of late. However, we haven’t featured one of these in quite a while, one of the rarest Targa variants around: a 1988 Porsche 930 Targa. For much of its life the 930 existed only in Coupe form, but in 1987 Porsche chose to make available both of its open-top 911 configurations, the Cabriolet and Targa, for its flagship turbocharged 911. Like with the standard 911 the Turbo Cabriolet was very popular, while the Targa found appeal as well if on a much smaller scale. With Targa production by far the lowest of the three models, and the model only available for three years, the Turbo Targa remains an extremely rare sight and I would suspect they would be highly prized by those with a preference for the design. The example we have featured here has a scant 9,777 miles making it not only a rare model, but one of the lowest-mileage 930s we’ve come across, regardless of which variant it might be. This would only be eclipsed by a 1989MY example for collector rarity and desirability.