1989 Porsche 911 ClubSport – Update

The seller of this 1989 Porsche 911 Club Sport contacted us recently to update us on the status of his vehicle. While he charged a speciality dealer with selling it, there was no interest at the asking price of $129,900.

The seller is having the car returned to the collection and has asked us at GCFSB to update our original ad, as the price has been reduced to $97,500. Still a princely sum for a 1989 911, but consider this is one of the rarest and all time great 911’s.

Update 10.26.2011: This car has sold.

Dan: Pleasure to meet you. I’ve enjoyed reading your website/blog for several years and have added your motorcycle blogs to my everyday reading list, as well.

On May 31 of this year, I was traveling on business and checked into the hotel late that evening. I couldn’t sleep so I popped open my laptop and decided to troll my favorite automotive websites. When I hit your GCFS blog, I was stunned. Somebody was selling a 911 Clubsport just like mine! Then it dawned on me… the featured car WAS mine. While it was cool to see the Clubsport featured, Paul’s commentary struck a chord. It reminded me why I had originally purchased the car. Well done, Paul.

So why this email? I’d like to update your readers on the car before I list it elsewhere. The car is on its way home to NM. Frankly, the dealer charged with selling the car overpriced it from the get go. Yes, the car is the first of seven 1989 US cars produced. Yes, it’s in excellent shape with only 14,761 miles on it. And yes, more Porsche enthusiasts have started giving the 911 Clubsport its due, with some pundits (911 and Porsche News and Georg Karcher) calling it the “RS of the 1980’s” and one of the ten best Porsches ever (as a rennsport fan, I don’t have a street car on my personal Porsche “top ten” list).

1987 Porsche 944 Turbo with 25k miles

The Porsche 944 is no stranger to GCFSB, with its superb balanced chassis mixed with everyday practicality. The turbocharged version is an entirely different proposition altogether, offering 911 levels of performance for much less cost nowadays. Here is a clean, low mileage example for sale that has been modified a bit to give it a performance edge, but all the original parts are included.

1986 Porsche 944 Turbo with 25k miles on eBay

I have built an enthusiast website, www.vintageandsportscar.com and I’ve built a comprehensive page for this car in the portfolio section, as well as a few others that I have. Also there is a youtube video that you can link to.
The turbocharged version of the Porsche 944 was introduced to the press in January 1985 at St. Paul de Vence in the South of France. It was immediately hailed as one of the best cars Porsche had ever produced. It offered the same performance as the classic 911 Carrera, but with greater efficiency, comfort and less noise. It was also far more balanced and could achieve faster lap times as the handling was so predictable. In period road tests professional drivers were able to lap up to 2 sec faster in a 944 Turbo than in the 930 Turbo. With less experienced drivers the gap would be greater as the 930 was much more of a handful than the well balanced and predictable 944 Turbo

Porsche did their usual thorough job testing the 944 Turbo on the race track with several very popular one-make racing series in North America and Europe. Unique to the Porsche commitment to motorsport as development tool, they raced the 944 Turbo for a full year before introducing the model to the public.

Race testing at the 24 hour “Longest Day” of Nelson Ledges in Ohio led to new Aluminium rear suspension arms and a modification to the cylinder block casing which was made 1mm thicker, and a revised sump with more fins for air cooling.

1998 Porsche 911 993 C2S with 6,900 miles

This is sort of an odd choice of a car to moth ball as a collector, but someone thinks it is worth a lot of money. This Carrera has hardly been broken in. Collectability selling points, outside of the low miles, include this being a last year of the 993, the C2S being one of less seen 993 models, its nicely optioned, has a 5 speed, and the appealing silver paint.

The last year point is made more significant as it marked the end of air cooled engines. To some very serious Porsche purists the change over was an affront to 911 heritage. One of the big concerns was that the switch would eliminate the uniquely identifiable Porsche sound. If you have had a chance to be near air and watercooled 911s next to each other you can tell that something perhaps seems missing from the water cooled engine sound. That said, to the casual observer (listener) Porsche exhaust engineers did a respectable job mimicking the old sound and it is easily identified as Porsche.

If you read all that with your eyes rolling or shaking your fist yelling blasphemy then maybe this air cooled Porsche is for you.

The seller doesn’t add much to the description other than saying it is as new, even comes with the original sticker.

I’m not the Porsche aficionado around here, but to me the $73,900 ask price is pretty high. Maybe it isn’t too far out of the park though as sellers of low mile 993 Turbo models can be seen adding 10% to 15% premium on top of that to prices. Its up to a buyer to decide if holding out for an equally low mileage Turbo adds 10% to 15% more excitement. Perhaps a better question is does the price premium of the S designation make this that much more valuable/enjoyable over a standard Carrera.…

1983 Porsche 944

Front engined Porsches have always played second fiddle to the legendary 911. When I say front engined Porsche, I am focusing on the 924, 944 and 928 models, not the more recent Volkswagen Touareg-in-drag or the Panamera, which, as Jeremy Clarkson so eloquently stated, “looks like an Austin Maxi.” The 968, or the later iteration of the 944 is probably my favorite of the bunch, but I’ve always had a soft spot for the 944. Here’s a low mileage, honest, one owner example for sale at a very reasonable price outside of Philadelphia.

1983 Porsche 944 on Craigslist Philadelphia

The seller states:

Selling my antique porshe 944.car in very good shape,has all original.Its a 4 cyl 2,5L engine,5 speed transmission, 40000 original miles.Was driving only in sunny days and always garage kept it.New tires,brakes and fresh oil change.Only one original owner,never had accident or any paint job-all original.I asking $7000 or best offer.

With the owner willing to negotiate on price, this Porsche represents quite the value in its present condition and is a great way to test the waters into Porsche ownership without losing your shirt. Cars like these make me rethink my purchase decision on the Cooper S and if I had the extra cash and space, a 944 like this would help scratch my long time itch of wanting to own a Porsche.

-Paul…

1989 Porsche 911 Club Sport with 14k miles

I sincerely hope that down the road I may own a place with a small garage where I can keep two vehicles. I have no intention of letting go of my R53 MINI Cooper S anytime soon, but I think a 911 would be a good option to keep the MINI company. When that time comes, I’d probably be eyeing a 993 or a more affordable 964. However, the absolute last word, at least for me, when it comes to the 911 can be summed up in two words: Club Sport.

The following car is one of only 7 that were sold new here in the United States in 1989. The M637 Club Sport package adhered to the less is more mantra. Much of the luxury items found in a normal 911 were deleted such as power windows, air conditioning (with the exception of two examples), rear seat, sound insulation, fog lights….well, you get the point. Most wore the Grand Prix White hue and all included a blueprinted 3.2 liter engine with more horsepower.

The following example is low mileage and has proper pedigree. These Club Sports don’t come up for sale very often, so all 911 fans should take note.

1989 Porsche 911 Club Sport

The seller states:

Grand Prix White, Grey cloth inserts/leather. 14,761 original miles. 1 of 7 in the United States. Factory Lightweight (2558 lbs), NO a/c, NO power seats/windows. Lightweight carpeting in the passenger compartment and trunk. Special 3.2 Liter rated at 231 horsepower. G50 hydraulic clutch, M637 with full delete package. 100% original paint. All books and records. Collector owned since new. Original rims refurbished (NOT SHOWN). Blue Chip investment. Asking $129,900

While $129,000 for a 1989 Porsche may make some folks eyes bulge, if I had the money, I would snap this car up in a heartbeat.…

1992 Porsche 911 Turbo S2

Of all the 911 generations that have come and gone, the 964 is probably my favorite, blending the classic profile with some nice smoothing out touches such as modern bumpers and updated wheels. This is an interesting 964 version, and rare. There were only 20 Turbo S models with the higher horsepower 3.3 liter turbo flat six and this is one of them. Interesting then, that someone decided to modify such a rare car with a later, factory slant nose conversion.

The seller states:

1992 Porsche 911 Turbo S2
One of only twenty produced!
Guards Red over Black Leather
Professionally Converted Steel Slant (Flat) Nose!
Only 24K miles!
VIN: WPOAA2963NS480101

Vehicle Specification:
Porsche 964 Model Turbo S2
-Originally a $10,065 Option!

3.3 Liter Turbocharged Flat-6 ..conservatively rated.. at 322 Horsepower
5 Speed Manual Transmission
18.. Artec Chrome Wheels with BF Goodrich Comp T/A Tires
Black Leather with Red Piping
Partial Power Sport Seats
Power Sunroof
AM/FM CD Player
Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
Fog Lamps
Rear Wiper with Rear Defrost

Professional Flat Nose Conversion
Updated to 1994 X85 Turbo S spec body
-Flip-up headlamps (from Porsche 968)
-Air intake on quarter panels

Vehicle History:
Truly Excellent Condition Throughout, both Mechanically and Cosmetically. Freshly Serviced in May 2011 at Midwest Eurosport, including:
-Valve Adjustment
-Oil and Filter
-Spark Plugs
-Transmission and Limited Slip Differential Serviced

Clean vehicle history reports
-Carfax Guaranteed
-AutoCheck Guaranteed
Documented Porsche History confirming authenticity

As rare as this 911 is, the modifications just don’t do it for me. The 18″ wheels jack the stance up way too much and the front end conversion is questionable. While the price is certainly in line with similar 911 Turbos of the vintage, and the mileage is good, this car is a classic example of messing with perfection.…

My Kinda Porsche: 1979 930 Turbo

It’s taken me a while to really get into Porsches. I know that’s weird, especially for someone with an overall massive penchant for all Teutonic autos, but it just took me a while. Maybe it was my preference for the boxy shapes of 80s VWs, BMWs, and Audis, or perhaps it was the general association of the 911 as the go-to cliche sports car. Whatever the sickness was, I’ve been cured. I think the 964 cured me, and now I’m developing a healthy desire for nearly all generations. Still, the ubiquity of the Ultimate Sports Car can make it easy to zone out when perusing eBay’s Porsche section. Today’s cream-colored 930 Turbo jumped off the page at me, hitting all the right Porsche buttons for me.

The seller’s description:

Car Condition
Complete re-built engine and clutch by a certified Porsche mechanic, all doc’s available. Cross drilled 4-wheel disc brakes. 16″ forged Porsche wheels. 3.3 Liter 6-Cylinder Turbo engine. New Recaro black leather seats. Non-smoker. A Sports Car through and through with no gimmicks and no gadgets.

Exterior
Gorgeous overall condition. Body, Paint, Wheels, everything is in fantastic condition. Absolutely no rust anywhere on this vehicle and definitely a garage queen.

Interior
Gorgeous new Recaro black leather seats, all the power accessories work, including a CD player. The A/C is Ice Cold and the Heater works just as well..

Engine and Transmission
You turn the key and the vehicle comes to life almost immediately, give it a little gas feel the new clutch engage and the new re-built motor purr with no problems at all. Throughout all the gears this vehicle exhibits absolutely no problems, plenty of power and the race inspired brakes will not disappoint you either. This is a driving experience you will not forget.

1987 Porsche 959

The Porsche 959 was one of the most legendary vehicles from the 1980s, if not the past century. Born out of the homologation rules of Group B rallying, the 959 enjoyed a four year production run and paved the way for future all wheel drive 911 models. The 959 was also steeped in controversy, as many folks tried, unsuccessfully to import them to the U.S., including Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Canepa Design eventually developed a modification package that included a reworked turbo, engine management system and exhaust, allowing the 959 to be road legal.

There is no telling whether this particular 959 is one of those U.S. legal examples, but these come up for sale too seldom, making it worth the feature.

The seller states:

1987 Porsche 959 supercar.

This is a rare one owner collectible, imported directly from Germany 1988 and kept in a private collection till now.

All service up to 5600 miles done by Stuttgurt Porsche factory, and it has only 7,800 miles. The paint still looks new and the interior is like a new car condition, a beatiful black leather.

This car comes with all books and tools from factory. Once it was over $1 million and it could go back sometime ……..it certainly a rare jewelry for a real Porsche enthusiast to own.

In total, there were 337 959s ever built, and prices reflect their rarity, accordingly. They are still relatively young in terms of a classic car and values seem to be all over the map. Originally costing $225,000 when new, Bonhams sold one for $204,000 back in 2004, and reports have it that Jerry Seinfeld had bought one for $700,000. The asking price of $375,000 seems to be right around the midpoint of the few I spotted for sale online recently.…

1986 Porsche 928

We haven’t featured a good, clean 928 in a while, so here you go. I have to admit, I was a bigger fan of the later 928s with their smoother styling, but with a 5 speed manual and a classy color combination, this earlier 928 is rather attractive to me. Incidentally, this 928 features the later 5.0 liter V8, debuting in 1985.

1986 Porsche 928s
5 speed Manual- very rare- Not many manual transmission 928’s around!!
8 cylinder 4C 32 valve motor.

exterior color: Blue
interior color: blue with cream/white leather seats
very special and stand out color combination!

Options:
6 way power seats
aftermarket cd player, detachable face.
included is the stock radio(not in car)
4 sets of keys
original porsche wheel locks(black) *not on car

Maintenance: All service up to date
Brand New tires- all 4- Continental Extreme Contact DW 225-50R 16

Condition: As you can see from all the pictures this car is in great condition, cosmetically and mechanically. This car as always been a weekend car, this is obvious from the small amount of miles it has!!

928s usually seem to fall into two categories, either pristine or ones that are clapped out. This example obviously falls into the former category. After witnessing a colleague go through hell who bought a 928 that was run hard and put up wet, well, you don’t want to take a chance on cars with a questionable history and certainly not when it’s one of these.

-Paul…

1993 Porsche 968 Cabriolet

With everyone pouring over ridiculous Cayennes and Panameras these days (yeah, I just went there), we all forget about the simpler times at Porsche. This was a lineup filled with 911s and magnificently balanced front engined GTs. Here’s a really clean, two owner 968 cabriolet. And thankfully, it has three pedals.

The seller states:

Very nice 2 owner car. Only 60K miles, 6 speed, new clutch, Service are up to date, power top in excellent condition, Silver blue with gray leather and blue top.CD , Cold AC, climate control, Runs and drives excellent. Clean title, no dings and dents, carfax certified. Non smoker. Good tires. Good brakes.

I could think of a lot worse ways to spend $14,900. This car got me thinking that I could have had a Porsche for the price of my Cooper S. Granted, my Cooper S is newer and has less miles. Nevertheless, with 60,000 miles and a robust 3.0 liter four, this Porsche would be a solid investment and a lot of fun for someone in a more temperate climate. They are one of those early to mid 90s German classics that are becoming a rare sight on the roads today.

-Paul…