Coupe Week: 1979 Porsche 911SC Coupe

Rare-color 911s at times seem to exist in their own world, a reality that has become especially prevalent as the air-cooled-911 market has grown substantially. The questions with which one must always grapple are “how much do I really care about color and how much am I willing to pay for it?” And of course there is also the matter of the long-term gamble betting on far elevated values down the road. This all brings us to the car we see here: a Light Green (Lindgrün) Metallic 1979 Porsche 911SC Coupe, located in the Netherlands, with contrasting Beige leather interior and 125,975 km on the clock (78,277 miles). This is a really lovely color combination only available for a couple of years at the end of the ’70s so it certainly qualifies as rare, but with an asking price around $70K the seller definitely is looking to capitalize on that rarity.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1979 Porsche 911SC Coupe on Ruyl Classics

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1970 Porsche 911S

I am not old enough to know what sort of excitement the 911S brought on when it was first released. With horsepower ranging from 160 to 190 and only around 2300 lbs to move the 911S remains a good performer even by modern standards, but nearly 50 years ago I can imagine that this sort of performance, especially in a relatively small package, would have come as quite the revelation to the motoring world. For those seeking the ultimate performance Porsche the 911S followed the tried and true method of combining more power with fewer luxuries. Following its redesign in 1974 it would be quite a while before the S returned as a top of the line performer, which has made these early models some of the most highly desirable throughout the 911 range with excellent examples approaching $200K. The car we see here is a restored Silver Metallic 1970 Porsche 911S with a reported 74,915 miles on it.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1970 Porsche 911S on eBay

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Coupe Week: 1989 Porsche 944

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The 944 is one of those sports cars that is prime for engine swaps, as Carter exhibited yesterday with the 944 he found with an LS3 slotted under the hood. With one of the best balanced chassis to come out of the eighties, the 944 has become a darling of the track day set and of spirited motorists alike. With exception of the Turbo models, most of the range has stayed relatively affordable, even if it is a low mileage minter that you might stumble upon. This 1989 944 for sale in Pennsylvania has covered just over 50,000 miles. There’s not much of a description from the seller, but it appears there are some records accompanying it and it looks like a minter from the pictures.

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Coupe Week: 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera

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As we begin our coupe week here at GCFSB we’ll start on the Porsche side with one of the examples that still falls into a spot on the market that is accessible to a wide range of buyers. The 3.2 Carrera isn’t the exceptional value it once was, but typically an earlier model, i.e. pre-G50 transmission, like this Indischrot 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera, located in Arizona, will still provide good bang for your buck and can serve as an excellent introduction to the 911 in general. With more than 163K miles this 911 certainly appears to have lead a full life, but if the mechanicals have been shown proper care during that time then it should still be capable of providing many more miles of excellent motoring.

Click for details: 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera on eBay

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Motorsports Monday: Ex-Joest 1978 Porsche 935

Even though they don’t generally get the big headlines, arguably the Porsche 934 and 935 were the most important car in developing the racing history and reputation of Porsche. While the 356 and early 911s were certainly notable, it was in the mid-1970s with the introduction of turbocharged 911 in 935 form that Porsche developed a sizable following of independents who raced the all-conquering Turbos. In turn, it was these race successes that convinced enthusiasts that the Porsche 930 was THE car to have. The 935 was, in many ways, a development of the earlier 934. Wide flares coupled with wheels and brakes from the prototype category 917 and 936 gave a purposeful and classic look. While the roofline and doors remained effectively the same as the production cars, few other details matched what you could buy at the dealer. One of the biggest developments was the aerodynamic “Slantnose” developed with help from Kremer; it would become the signature look for not only the 935s but also the most expensive versions of the 930 in the 1980s. The 935 also helped breach the gap in between the 917 program and the start of the 956/962; while the 936s were the direct transference between the two, it would be the 935 that would carry the Porsche flag around the world. Amongst the notable wins for the 935 were around 150 international victories including all-out victory at Le Mans in 1979 and multiple wins at both Sebring and Daytona. All of the top-tier racers of the day drove them, and top teams that still race today cut their teeth on the 935, such as todays example run by Reinhold Joest:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1978 Porsche 935 Kremer K1 on racecarsdirect

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Coupe Week Motorsports Monday: 1987 Porsche 944 LS3

There’s something that is inherently appealing to me about the idea of a aluminum V8 engine swapped into a Porsche 944. Sure, you could argue that just buying a 928 would scratch that particular itch, and in many ways you’d be right. But say you want extra power and cheaper operating costs? These are things that the Porsche 928 doesn’t particularly excel at, coupled with the more complicated and fragile electronics of the 944’s big brother. The smaller, lighter 944 then seems to be a natural choice; with near perfect weight distribution and bits that swap in easily from the higher-horsepower Turbo model, you can have a track-ready sleeper for about the same price as a decently sorted 928 – but choose the right engine, and you’ll have much more motivation at your call. In the case of this 1987 944, that choice would be the all-aluminum 6.2 liter V8 from the new Corvette – the LS3, rated at 430 horsepower and 424 lb.ft. of torque right out of the box:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Porsche 944 LS3 on eBay

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1986 Porsche 930 Coupe

Last week we showed a car very similar to this one, which perhaps was not quite in the condition I would have hoped. I was curious about the low bidding and, as these things typically go, there may have been good reasons for that low bidding. So we’ll try again with another Guards Red 1986 Porsche 930 Coupe, this one located in Connecticut. Like the other car this one too features Tan leather seating, which is easily my favorite look on a Guards Red 911. The contrast is simply wonderful and I have a strong preference for these over the more common all-Black interior. With sports seats and only 44,583 miles on it there’s certainly a lot to like about this particular 930 and it presents very well both inside and out. Even though we feature them quite regularly I still enjoy coming across these and am consistently struck by the way the well-appointed interior tends to belie the aggressive stance of the exterior. There is a monster lurking here that provides ample rewards to focused drivers.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 Porsche 930 Coupe on eBay

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1978 Porsche 928

Captain Clean (aka Andy McCulley) from flüssig magazine is back with an early Porsche 928 5-speed manual in a rather unique color.

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Here we have a beautiful Cashmere on Cork (beige on beige) 1978 Porsche 928 with a 5-speed manual. I’d love to meet the person who walked into a Porsche dealer back in 1978, saw a nice red or black 928 and said “I like that car, I’ll take a beige one.” Joking aside, I have to say that I love the color on this nice example. It exemplifies the trends of the late ‘70’s. In fact, the only thing missing is a nice set of pascha seats and door inserts.

This particular car appears to be a pretty decent example. I have noticed a few imperfections that are not unordinary on a 37 year-old car. There appears to be at least one crack in the dashboard, there is some leather shrinkage on the front seats, the carpet has seen better days, the wheels seem to need refinishing, the gasket surrounding the lock on the rear hatch doesn’t appear to be a factory original piece, the anodizing on the rear window trim has mostly worn off, the illustrations on the window switches have worn off, and the jump post cover is missing. In addition, there appear to be covers of some sort on the interior door pulls and armrests/door card container covers. While this may seem like a long list, these are pretty minor imperfections given the age of the car. The door vents don’t match the center air vents, but you’ll find this on many ’78s. Earlier builds had door vents similar to the center vent. This is evident in the 1978 owner’s manual and brochures. A switchover occurred in mid production to the “later” style door vents seen on this example and much later these “early” center vents were phased out and replaced with “later” style vents that would match the door vent design seen here.

Click for details: 1978 Porsche 928 on eBay

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The RUF BTR we recently featured is still up for auction, this time with the starting bid placed in more reasonable territory at $69,900. As noted below there are details needing some attention, particularly with regard to the engine, but as this seller continues to seek out a buyer, and the price perhaps creeps ever lower, an interested party willing to put the time in may come away with a fantastic performance machine. It’ll never have the value of a fully stock RUF built BTR, but it should still be capable of providing its owner a significant amount joy.


The below post originally appeared on our site January 23, 2015:

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10K Friday Practical Performance Edition: R32 v. S4 v. 330xi v. E500 Estate v. Cayenne Turbo

Edit: Thanks to several readers for pointing out several details that prove this Cayenne is a Turbo, but not a Turbo S. Only 450 horsepower, then!

It’s been a few weeks since my last 10K Friday entry, and I wanted to get something together for the impending snow New England is once again expecting. To remind us of the terms of the comparison, I’m looking for themed cars around $10,000 (give or take, we’ll see later). I try to generally find the newest cars possible, figuring that for many these will be a daily driver. In this case, I was looking for performance all-wheel drive cars that offered year round practicality with a touch of sport. So lining up the best I could find from Volkswagen, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Porsche gives us an interesting amount of diversity for your hard-earned dollars. Today we have two sedans, a hatchback, a wagon and a S.U.V. to contemplated; which is the winner?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2008 Volkswagen R32 on eBay

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