I had my eye on a few of the larger auctions during the past few weeks and noticed an interesting trend that seemed especially prevalent among higher-end Porsches: they were almost all selling for a good bit below the auction house’s estimates. Granted those estimates may have been off, but in a few cases the selling prices were definitely lower than I would have expected. Early 930s were the most common in that regard so we’ll definitely have to keep an eye on where those are as we go forward. At the Gooding and Co. auction this trend wasn’t limited to Porsches as it seemed nearly everything was selling below their estimates, which itself could suggest a general financial tightening. The one possible exception was the 993. Not every 993 sold reached the high estimates of the auction houses – though a few certainly did – but many of them were showing much better than their counterparts from throughout the air-cooled 911 line. All is this is to say that it appears the 993 is still going strong. The one we see here is exactly the sort that could follow that trend of maintaining strong values – even though, if we’re honest, the asking price here is too high. Here we have a Black 1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S, located in California, with the factory aerokit and just 19,714 miles on it.
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Following yesterday’s feature let’s continue with the 911SC, though rather than a special edition trying to draw the eyes of the collector market let’s look at one that should be squarely positioned in the sites of those seeking a driver-quality air-cooled 911. The 911SC is still one of the better values for classic 911s and the one we see here looks fantastic: a Wine Red Metallic 1982 Porsche 911SC Coupe, located in California, with around 142K miles on it.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1982 Porsche 911SC Coupe on eBay
Porsche has a way of pushing the boundaries of taste when it comes to their special edition models. In some ways, I can understand this. For the most part, many of Porsche’s special edition or commemorative edition models are distinguished solely by their cosmetic differences – typically in the guise of special exterior colors and unique interior combinations – relative to standard 911s. But in many cases the interior choices seem very much outside the norm, or at least of limited desirability. Boundaries do need to be pushed in order to stand out, but for a marque with such a long and storied history I half expect something a little more classic. I’m not sure there is any better example than the 911SC Weissach Edition. These models were produced in limited numbers (408 in total) to celebrate Porsche’s Motorsports team fittingly located in Weissach, Germany. Exterior color choices were both excellent and eye-catching: Platinum Metallic or Black Metallic with each sporting Platinum Metallic painted Fuchs wheels. The interior was equally eye-catching: Doric Grey with Burgundy carpeting. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike the Weissach Edition interior, after all I love a bright red interior, but I do think it might take some getting used to. Either way, it is a unique looking 911 and like any special edition there aren’t many of them around. The one seen here is said to be a Platinum Metallic example and sits with 139K miles on it.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1980 Porsche 911SC Weissach Edition on Excellence Magazine
Over the weekend I took advantage of some frankly great streaming video from the IMSA Racing application to view some of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. And the action was thrilling, with several classes being decided not in the last hour, but in the last minutes. Of particular interest to me was the GTLM category, where Porsche had been going round after round with team Corvette over the past few years. And while they weren’t challenging for the overall victory, it gave me pause to consider Porsche’s contribution to racing. You see, Porsche has recorded 22 overall victories at Daytona, but what’s perhaps more impressive is the claimed 77 class victories they’ve claimed. It wasn’t to be this year, but one of the 991 RSRs did make it to the podium. Fitting, then, that we should look at one of the more impressive and expensive variants of the 911 RSR; the 993 Cup 3.8. Only 30 of these racing variants were produced; less even than the road-going 3.8 Carrera RS with which it shared its name. Lightened, widened and with something like 400 horsepower coming from the race-prepared motor, these are still seriously potent track weapons today some 20 years later:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Cup 3.8 RSR on Race Cars Direct
Every now and then among the browns and reds and blacks of the late-70s we come across something a little brighter. A flower amidst a field of earth. These colors are not necessarily a rare thing for Porsche itself, who has always provided a variety of pastels and other brighter hues for its owners – not to mention the possibilities available via paint-to-sample – but they are still very much outnumbered by many of the standard colors. And while we see yellow 911s with some frequency, it is very rare that we come across a yellow 930. Why we might find fewer turbos in this sort of color relative to the standard 911, I’m not sure, but it seems to be the case. Here we have just such a beast: a Talbot Yellow 1979 Porsche 930, located in Missouri, with 63,166 miles on it. It would be six more years following this model year until Porsche enthusiasts had the option of purchasing a 930 again, making the 1979 models quite appealing on today’s market.