1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E

It’s no secret that classic Mercedes-Benzes can be some of the most durable used car buys out there. But how about their higher performance offerings? Surely the minute you start tinkering around you’ll compromise reliability, right? Well, tell that to this 1992 500E closing in on 200,000 miles. This is a two-owner vehicle and with a binder full of records, it should go a long way towards addressing inquiries.

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Year: 1992
Model: 500E
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 192,839 miles
Price: $16,688 Buy It Now

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1992 Mercedes 500E in beautiful overall condition. Extremely well maintained 2 owner car. We purchased it from the original owner approximately 3 years ago. He leased it new and bought out the lease, drove it to California and had it out there for a period of time while he was living there and then brought it back to the east coast. There has been a lot of scheduled and routine maintenance done over its life to keep it performing as it should. All maintenance records are included with the car.

The interior and exterior are in excellent condition, no rust scratches, dents, tears, rips, etc. Headliner, leather, mats, and dashboard are perfect. Garaged over its whole lifetime and it shows. All synthetic fluids in the car, either Amsoil or Mobil 1 its whole life. The rear suspension hydraulics were also replaced by the previous owner. The original which have Dunlop Direzza Tires on them, and are in very good shape. A/C and heat work perfectly. Also had full handmade stainless exhaust fabricated from the Cat back by Borla East in NJ, Amazing quality craftsmanship all hand fabricated. I have all the records in a binder, and all the typical weak points of this model have been addressed. The wiring harness has been replaced as was the timing chains, guides, the transmission refurbished, front and rear shocks with original, radiator, rear hydraulic balls for suspension, transmission and motor mounts, shifter bushings, valve cover gaskets, etc, etc.

If you have any questions or would like to arrange to see the car in person please email me or call me at 914-906-9233, Thanks, Brett. Please do not bid if you have no intensions of following thorough with the deal I have no time for games.

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We feature a lot of low mileage beauties here on GCFSB, but it’s nice to stumble across a well worn example of one of our favorites. The one thing that caught my attention was the records binder. For every car that I’ve owned, I’ve kept a similar one to track all maintenance and expenses. It’s a really simple routine that makes your car much more attractive come resale time. Cosmetically, this car looks good and with the mechanical items addressed, it should allay some fears. I like this car for the simple fact that someone could buy it for much less than your typical garage queen and not be afraid to have their fun with it. In terms of value, somewhere between $8,500 and $12,000 would probably get the job done here.

-Paul

1990 Porsche 944S2 Cabriolet

The Porsche 944 Cabriolet is a bit of an orphan in the Porsche lineup, but like many forgotten cars, it has its merits. It’s not a super rare car, but less than 6,000 were produced during its short lifespan, so it’s not that common, either. With collaboration from American Sunroof Corporation (ASC), this car showed up late in the 944’s production run. With the appearance of the redesigned 968 in 1992, the 944 Cabriolet was quickly forgotten. Now those who are looking for a vintage Porsche Cabriolet without the 911 price, these drop tops are a good alternative. This one for sale in New York has just under 45,000 miles on the clock and includes some tasteful updates.

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Year: 1990
Model: 944S2 Cabriolet
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 44,589 miles
Price: $21,000 Buy It Now

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Porsche 944 S2 Cabriolet maintained regardless of cost! This car is almost perfect and NOT your average S2 944. She has been cared for regardless of cost by Porsche and has important but subtle upgrades including the M30 front and rear sway bars, which are impossible to get. Gorgeous new wheels and Michelin Pilot Sport tires. Upgraded sound system with blue tooth and iPod connector. She has a hugely expensive Xenon headlight conversion which transforms night vision and driving. This is not a garage queen but a true driver from my personal collection, everything works as it should.

She has new OEM shocks and springs, all new bushings, belts all done, AC converted and all gassed up. New brake pads and rotors, wheel bearing checked and all good. The leather interior has zero tears and is soft and well looked after. There is a small rip in the convertible top which could be fixed, I never have because it doesn’t leak. All the rubbers and seals are as they should be and there is no wind noise coming through. This is one of, if not the best S2 on the market and will give her new owner years and years of fun reliable driving as these cars (good ones) are bullet proof.

Year: 1990

Transmission: Manual

Interior: Blue

Body: 2 Door Coupe/Cabriolet

Dealer Location: Southampton

Mileage: 44,589

Engine: 3L Naturally Aspirated Straight 4

Fuel Type: Gasoline

Exterior: White/ Blue Hood

Seating: 4 People

Vehicle Weight: 2954 LBS

Fuel Tank Capacity: 21.1 Gallons

0-60: 7 Seconds

Top Speed: 149 MPH

Gear box: 5 Speed

**(I advise and welcome any inspection of all vehicles (631)-353-3555)**

I like a lot of what the owner did in terms of modifications, but the wheels aren’t particularly to my taste. A lot of times older cars look a little weird with larger, more modern wheels. I think these could stand to be about one inch smaller to help proportions. The price of this one is a little on the high side. Cabriolets will fetch a little bit more than their hardtop counterparts, but you can typically find a good 944 Cabriolet in the range of $14,000 to $20,000. The 944, in all varieties, is still one of those sports car bargains. With people waking up to the merits of these cars, such as famed 911 enthusiast Magnus Walker, values may begin to take off over the next few years.

-Paul

1997 Porsche 911 Targa

The 911 Cabriolet, like the one we featured yesterday, is a popular choice for those seeking a little bit of an edge to their open air motoring. Since 1983, Porsche has been offering up this variant to sun chasers, but one open air 911 has been with us even longer. That model is the Targa. Introduced early on in the 911’s history, the original model had a roll hoop with a removable hard roof over the driver and front passenger and a folding soft top rear section. This gave way to a fixed, wraparound glass rear window a few years down the road.

With the introduction of the 993, Porsche changed the Targa formula a bit and introduced a sliding glass roof panel that disappeared inside the cabin, lending a bit more structural rigidity to the package. Some buyers viewed it as a big sunroof, others saw it as an improvement in all-weather versatility over the outgoing Targa model. Not a lot of these 993 Targas were sold, as most favored either the Coupe or Cabriolet instead of this in between model. This Targa for sale in Alexandria, Virginia caught my eye, due in large part to the replica Porsche Cup wheels.

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Year: 1997
Model: 911 Targa
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 52,469 miles
Price: $49,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1997 Porsche 911 Targa on Rennlist

Hey Everybody –

Up for sale is a 6 speed 993 Targa.

Mileage – 52,5xx

Color: Arctic Silver – Simply the easiest color to keep looking good and the most stealth color to reduce one’s contact with the “authorities.”

Targa’s come with the delicious glass top and they come with the Varioram intake system which means more horsepower than a regular C2!!

Options/Aftermarket:
JRZ shocks/struts and a set of TRG sway bars keep this car glued to the road. (The new owner will get the OEM shocks and sway bars.)
18″ – 3 piece aluminum rims (Porsche Cup replica 8×8.5 & 18×10) w/ new Bridgestone speed rated radials.
Porsche Cup air intake/K&N filter
B&B stainless steel mufflers
B&M short throw shifter
The interior is the upgraded leather with the Porsche crest in the headrests. The dashboard looks new as does the entire cockpit of this awesome car.

But don’t take my word for it,there was a pre-sales inspection that validates that the car is in great shape. Compression leak down #’s are consistent with a very strong motor. Adult driven, never tracked and clear title in hand.

Full Disclosure: Rock chip repair on hood by previous owner. Not perfectly done (are any of them perfectly done?) The guy at the paint shop said to leave it alone. He said it would be like refinishing an antique table, it would hurt the value. I’d be asking a lot more for the car if the paint was perfect – it’s not – it’s original and the car is 16 years old.

I had this car valued by the Porsche Club of America in 2009 for insurances purposes and that’s how I set the asking price. Car handles like a UFO on steroids and I hate to sell it, but the cash goes to pay for the kids college.

Last thing – please don’t hammer me for the dirty floor mats – they are clean now!

I never paid much attention to the Targa variant of the 993, probably because I’m not a fan of Panoramic sunroofs. I like sunroofs, but my MINI Cooper S (R53 variant) has the aforementioned variety and I could do without the fixed rear glass panel. It just makes the car heat up more in the summer months. I’m not sure if the sliding roof is worth the extra weight over a regular 911 with a sunroof, but it does lend to a more airy cabin. Targas of all generations can languish a bit behind Coupes and Cabriolets, but when it comes to the 993, prices for these variants are about on par with other models. For Targas that have about 75,000 miles and under, the sweet spot is around the low $40,000 range to the best glancing $50,000.

-Paul

1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

The red Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet. Short of the Corvette in some circles, is there any car out there that embodies the mid-life crisis dream? Or, for that matter, a dream for just about any age group? I have a 1:18 scale model of this exact 1988 Carrera 3.2 Cabriolet sitting on my desk, right down to the same color. I use it as a daily reminder that someday, as a result of all this toil, I will achieve the 911 dream. This 911 Cabriolet comes to us from our reader that brought the Ruf Slantnose Cabriolet to our attention. In Guards Red, it is just about how I’d order up my classic 911.

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Year: 1988
Model: 911 Carrera Cabriolet
Engine: 3.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 90,100 miles
Price: $29,500 Buy It Now

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This Porsche will exceed your expectations. Loads of service history, stamps in book up to 51,000 miles, log documents that show from 51,000 miles to 90,000 every time the previous owner filled the car up and serviced it he put dates, miles and what he did. Rear wind deflector, rear shelf mat, floor mats, new wheels and tires including new lugs and center caps, (I have a nice set of black center fuchs if you prefer the back) newer top, exceptionally clean in and out, 2-owner, all service history, all manuals with pouch, tools jack and most importantly all original paint! (see photos for paint meter readings) 4.0mm-5.3mm. SUPER NICE! $29,500.

Looking over these pictures, it’s hard to believe this car is closing in on 100,000 miles. This is one mint 3.2 Carrera. Normally a late model 3.2 Cabriolet with this kind of mileage would bring a few thousand dollars less, but with two previous owners and a comprehensive service history, I’d say this one is priced rather realistic. As we’ve seen, the market for the 3.2 Carrera is not going down. Most of us don’t get into the car hobby for investment reasons, but a classic 911 is a great way to spend your money on something you can enjoy everyday. Consider it a different kind of investment “vehicle.”

-Paul

1986 Porsche 911 Carrera Turbo

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Though I’ve always maintained a healthy respect for Porsches, it wasn’t until recently that I began to feel the nagging lust clearly espoused by a significant portion of German car fans. Perhaps it’s the 993 Turbo that shares my garage – its coolness has oozed into my life even through its ever-present cover. While the 993 is obviously the zenith of air-cooled Porscheness, I find myself more drawn the 930 and 964. And thus, I think I have found the Porsche for me in this 1986 911 Turbo, featuring the intercooled 3.3 liter boxer. Having covered less than 100k miles with a recent overhaul/reseal, this widebodied 911 bridges the gap between classic and more modern 911 looks with Turbo Twists and unique blacked-out lower valences. With so many variations available through generations of similar 911s, it’s hard to determine which is “the one.” For me, I think this is the one.

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Year: 1986
Model: 911 Carrera Turbo
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat 6-cylinder
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 95,800
Price: Reserve still on at $18,100

Click for details: 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera Turbo for sale on eBay

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1986 Porsche 911 Turbo (930) Guards red exterior with black leather interior. This Porsche is in excellent condition and has been very meticulously maintained. Owned by last owner for the last 10 years with complete service records and upgrade receipts. Car runs great and is very fast!!!! Complete engine overhaul and reseal completed at 87,000miles by Automotive Techniques in Novi, Michigan.

Performance upgrades completed by last owner:

-K-27 high performance turbo charger
-B&B high performance headers and exhaust system
-1 bar boost spring
-Turbo twist wheels
-Weltmeister short shift kit
-“Turbo” car mats
-Aluminum clutch, brake, and gas pedals
-Leather shifter knob
-6-disc CD changer

This vehicle has not been tracked and has been pampered it whole life. Schedule your test drive or a PPI today. Service records available on request.

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I like the modest upgrades and apparent care and love bestowed on this beautiful 911. When I finally have a barn to fill instead of a garage, something like this will be top on my list. Prices have been climbing on these, so it seems that even at twice its current bid it would be a good buy. If it stays anywhere near $30k, it’s a steal.

-NR

1990 RUF BTR 3 Slantnose Cabriolet

The 1980s were a grand time for automotive outlandishness. Cars like the Lamborghini LM002 and Ferrari Testarossa visually thrilled while technologies such as turbocharging and fuel-injection became en vogue. Through it all, there was one constant: the Porsche 911. This perennial sports car evolved into its own in the 1980s, culminating with some wild variations towards the end of the decade. One variation came by way of Option Code M505, more commonly known as the “Flachbau,” or Slantnose in English.

During this era, tuning firms were working their magic with all sorts of vehicles. One of the most famous and widely respected tuning firms to turn a wrench on a Porsche is Ruf Automobil GmbH. What began from a small garage in the 1940s turned into a manufacturer of high performance Porsches beginning in the late 1970s. Alois Ruf Jr. began by servicing and restoring cars out of his father’s garage and would go on to create his first tuned Porsche, a 930 with an enlarged motor. In the late 1980s, Ruf cemented his company’s reputation with the CTR, affectionately known as the Yellowbird. This was a wicked 911 with 469 horsepower on tap, capable of reaching 60mph from a standstill in well under four seconds and do the standing quarter mile in 11.9 seconds at 126 mph. It comes as no surprise, then, that this beast held a track record at the Nurburgring for several years.

This RUF Slantnose Cabriolet is a bit more tame than the CTR but nevertheless an important vehicle in this tuner’s history. It comes with a slew of upgrades over the standard 930 Turbo, such as the 6-speed manual gearbox. With only 1,400 original miles, it is pretty much a time machine back to the era of air-cooled performance.

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Year: 1990
Model: RUF BTR 3 Slantnose Cabriolet
Engine: 3.4 liter turbocharged flat six
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 1,400 miles
Price: $299,000

EMAIL FOR DETAILS: euauex@icloud.com

This a RUF FACTORY BUILT 1990 Slantnose RUF BTR 3 cabriolet. Only 1,400 miles on it. Original factory window sticker price in 1990 was $249,000. It is the only one ever built like this, highly collectable and VERY RARE. $299,000 USD

RUF BTR lll 3.4L Engine
RUF 4 Pipe Exhaust System,
RUF Short Shift, Limited Slip Differential 40%, 17″
RUF Centers painted to match body color Wheels with original Dunlop tires and RUF centre caps,
RUF Logo LARGE Brembo calipers.
RUF, Two piece Rotors
RUF Stabilizer,
RUF Comfort Suspension,
RUF Front Spoiler with Oil Cooler,
RUF Instrumentation,
Ruf exterior badges,
RUF Sport mirrors,
RUF adjustable booster ,
RUF 6-Speed hydraulic operated clutch system,
RUF Leather steering wheel with raised
hub, Full Leather Interior,
RUF Inspired Recaro Electric Seats and
Electric Power Top.

Motronic System $10,000 Upgrade

RUF BTR lll start with the engine, which had the original partially finned cylinder barrels replaced by ones with air-cooling fins around their complete diameter. The bore was increased giving a new displacement of 3.4 L from the original 3.3 L. Ruf added unique Mahle Pistons and connecting rods and 935 type camshafts.

The turbo was replaced by a larger KKK K27 unit, and a larger free flowing intercooler was added. boost and 425hp with 1 bar. RUF added an adjustable boost control in the cockpit. The intake manifold was replaced, as was the exhaust. The first BTR engines used Bosch K Jetronic (CIS), but later engines called BTR III, used Bosch Motronic, and had 408hp up from the 374hp of the CIS engines. The Ruf Motronic system was the first digital engine management system to be available on a street Porsche 911 Turbo and had a dual injectors per cylinder, custom injector blocks and fuel rails derived from the 962 race car. Motronic was a $10,000 option on a BTR, but standard on the CTR.

A larger oil cooler was installed in a RUF front spoiler, moving it from the inside passenger fender. RUF modified Porsche G50 transmissions to take the increased demands of the BTR’s prodigious torque lowered and the suspension was stiffened. RUF single piece forged rims sized 9×17 and 10×17 ran on Dunlop Denloc tires. RUF offered a complete set of gauges including a 350km/hr speedometer, 1.5bar boost gauge, and Tachometer with the red line turned to near vertical.

Top speed was 300km/hr for the narrow body car and 280km/hr for the Turbo body. Acceleration to 60mph was in less than 5 seconds; by reaching 62mph in 4.6 seconds a 3.4 Liter Turbo-Ruf became the fastest accelerating production car ever tested by Auto Motor und Sport. It reached 100mph in only 9.5 seconds. RUF had matched, or even bettered, the performance figures for Porsche’s own Group B Le Mans car!

It’s easy to go out and drop $300,000 on any number of new supercars these days, but to do it on a vintage tuned Porsche is not the most common way of going about it. These RUF Porsches are more than your average tuner vehicle. These cars are about taking a 911 and making it better; turning it up to 11 in order to lay the smackdown on anything that might challenge it. For anyone interested in this impressive Porsche, they can contact the seller directly at euauex@icloud.com

-Paul

1980 Porsche 928

The Porsche 928 stood the world on its ear when it was launched in 1977. The car’s streamlined design with integrated bumpers, V8 engine and formula which was a mix between sports coupe and luxury car was unlike anything people had come to expect from the engineers from Stuttgart. While it didn’t supersede the 911 as intended, the car lived a relatively long life through several variations on the original design. It has been said there is nothing new under the sun, and with brown metallic colors back in vogue, the clean lines of this 1980 928 could fool those who aren’t petrolheads into thinking that Porsche may have released a new model.

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Year: 1980
Model: 928
Engine: 4.5 liter flat six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 80,580 miles
Price: Reserve auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1980 Porsche 928 on eBay

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DESCRIPTION

In the late 1970s, Porsche started production of the 928 with a front engine V8 and rear transaxle to provide stable even weight distribution. Production continued with different variations until the 1990s. The 928 was built initially to replace the popular 911, but sales were not as strong, so they continued both models for many years side by side. Designed to be a grand tourer, these 928s are equally at home on the highway as a country back country road or racetrack. Once considered a “unloved” Porsche, the 928 is quickly becoming a unique classic sports car appreciated by those with discerning taste and the boldness to look beyond the 911 model. This fine 928 is finished in Braun Kupfer Diamant (Copper Brown Metallic). The interior is also finished in brown leather. The leather is still soft and supple, without cracks or wear, and the carpets are still thick and plush. The only known interior issues are a missing radio, and some previous lackluster repairs to the dashboard showing their age. Driving this 928 is a treat with good power and tight intuitive steering. Having driven many 928s, this one still feels like a new car the way it goes down the road. The low mileage is evident in the driving manners of this GT car.

COSMETIC CONDITION

Cosmetically we would call the exterior a 8-9 out of 10. The car is not flawless, it has some rock chips, and a few small scratches, but it is straight as can be- which sets this unique 928 apart from lesser examples.

The interior also would be a 8 out of 10. The dashboard was repaired but to a substandard level- and is starting to show its age– nothing a dash cover could not fix. The rest of the interior is in excellent shape and reflects this car’s low mileage. The steering wheel, seats, and even carpet are all in great condition and it is very comfortable! It will however need a new stereo, or we can have that installed at the buyer’s expense if preferred.

Wheels do not have any “curb rash” and the glass is all nice with no chips or cracks. Overall, a really nice example of Porsche’s 928.

* Additional photos and videos available by request. We have a lift so if you are sincerely interested in the car and want further pictures from under we are happy to help out.

MECHANICAL CONDITION

Mechanically the car drives really well. It makes great power throughout the RPM range. The clutch engages smoothly and does not slip. Brakes are very tight and strong and have recently been replaced. Tires are new. The only fault with the car mechanically is the transmission will “snick” going into second gear when cold. Once warm it shifts well, but the shifter itself feels a little loose. Still, this car tracks down the road perfectly straight and smoothly. It feels comfortable and quiet at 20mph or 80mph. Truly a pleasure to drive!

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Later 928s like the S4, GT and GTS are undoubtedly faster and a bit more refined, but I love the purity of the original 928 form, right down to the phone dial wheels. As with a lot of classics, it’s important to buy the best that you can, but that is particularly true with any 928. These are cars that can quickly eat you out of house and home in terms of repair costs. There’s a few items to be dealt with on this car, but nothing to majorly detract from the overall package. Early 928s such as this can range in value between $14,000 and $20,000 for a good one. This one should be able to fetch somewhere between $14,000 and $16,000. This one isn’t a concours quality vehicle, but wears a nice patina that should appeal to an enthusiasts bent on using the car as intended.

-Paul

1994 Porsche 911 Speedster – REVISIT

The 911 Speedster is one of those fleeting models in the Porsche lineup, appearing from time to time in limited numbers. Only 936 of the 964 Speedsters were produced, with the majority coming to the US. We featured this particular Speedster for sale on Long Island last September. It was last listed for sale at $89,900 and since then has traveled a little over 200 more miles.

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Year: 1994
Model: 911 Speedster
Engine: 3.6 liter flat six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 23,885 miles
Price: $109,000 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 Porsche 911 Speedster on eBay

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Unique and extremely rare Porsche Speedster in Concours condition and a must have to complete any collection. With only 23,602 miles from new, this Porsche is one of only 427 shipped to the United States. Immediately recognizable and a real head turner with the iconic bathtub styling. The Factory sport seats were replaced with a more comfortable RS seat as well as the ugraded radio and speakers.This is the final edition of the drop head air cooled 964 models and a must have.The 964 edition is significantly more performance oriented with a larger 3.6 liter Engine (247hp) Larger Wheels and Tires, Better Brakes (ABS) and a higher top speed of 162 mph. This car is equipped with a 5 Speed Manual Transmission, Color Coded 17″ wheels, AM/FM CD Player, Black soft top (in near perfect condition), Automatic Rear Spoiler, Driver Airbag, Power Windows and Locks, Cockpit Tonneau Cover and Complete Books and Keys. The Dunlop tires are brand new. It has a clean Carfax with no accident history.

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Of all the 911 Speedsters, I like the 964 the best, especially in comparison to the recent 997 series model. The tonneau cover on the 2011 model seemed a bit too elevated, giving it a hump backed look. With any rare Porsche, 964 Speedsters are not cheap. Current auctions and sales seem to have these cars pegged around the $75,000 to $100,000, with a few breaking into six figure territory if they have special provenance or options. Back in 2009, Jerry Seinfeld’s specially optioned 964 Speedster sold at the Barrett Jackson auction for a shade over $101,200 including the buyer’s premium.

The last time we featured this car for sale, it had been on the market for some time. Personally, I feel the seats and aftermarket radio detract a bit from the purity of this car, which leads me to believe getting top dollar for this one may be a bit difficult.

-Paul

1984 Porsche 944 with 7,500 Miles

Unlike a lot of my car enthusiast friends, I like the Porsche 944. It always surprises me when I show people a picture of one or point one out on the street, I get the usual lukewarm reaction. Maybe the 911 is so ingrained in peoples’ minds as what a proper Porsche should be that they forget about these capable sports coupes. Whatever the case may be, these cars represent a decent value in comparison to their stable mates. This early 944 is another one of those low mileage garage queens, with just 7,500 miles on the odometer.

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Year: 1984
Model: 944
Engine: 2.5 liter inline four
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 7,500 miles
Price: $25,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1984 Porsche 944 on eBay

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1984 Porsche 944

7,500 Miles

All Original

2.5 liter 4 cylinder engine

5 speed manual transmission

Factory sunroof

Leather interior

A stunning original example!

COLLECTOR QUALITY!

Available for inspection by appointment (stored in Auburn, Indiana). Clear Indiana title states “actual” miles.

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No doubt this is one of the earliest, lowest mileage 944s I’ve come across, but does that make it a $25,000 car? Probably not. At the most, the seller might be lucky to get $16,000 or $17,000. There are plenty of other later 944s and 968s out there with higher, but not unreasonable mileage that you wouldn’t feel guilty about spoiling. Unless you owned a museum or simply had to have a showroom original, this car doesn’t make a lot of sense. But it is nice to come across these preserved examples of the classics we love, as it brings back memories for some.

-Paul

1993 Porsche 911 RS America

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In these days of streets crowded with Porsche SUVs and “sedans,” it’s crazy to think that 20 years ago Porsche was barely selling 4,000 cars in the US. With the four-doors doing all the breadwinning, Porsche gets to make it rain with seemingly endless variations of the 911. In 1992-3, however, they were just trying to figure out how to stay afloat. A large part of the magic surrounding Porsche as an auto manufacturer is their ability to stick to what they do best regardless of how much naysaying surrounds them.

The 1993 911 RS America is a perfect example of this. In the face of impending doom, they released a stripped 911 ready to race. And unlike modern-day special editions, this one actually cost $10,000 less than a standard Carrera! Only 300 were made and, though rare, many were properly used on the track. Today’s example appears to be one that has spent most of its miles on circuits, the seller specifying that it “can be registered for street use” and its possession of aftermarket wheels and a huge double-tiered wing. History of use aside, this RS gets major bonus points for being the FIRST ONE EVER PRODUCED. That’s right: serial number 001.

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Year: 1993
Model: 911 RS America
Engine: 3.8l flat-6, 300 rwhp
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 30,600
Price: $135,000

Click for details: 1993 Porsche 911 RS America #001 for sale on eBay

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1993 Porsche RS America – #001

Production date 2/12/1992

First RS America ever produced – Serial #001

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Currently about 30,600 miles

Car can be legally registered for street use. Many original parts except seats, including suspension, fuel tank, and original wing. Fresh 3.8 and has near 300hp rear wheel horsepower. Dyno sheet is available. Car is great. Two noted exceptions – front right wheel arch has small ding and rear bumper probably needs replacing due to exhaust leak which damaged part of the bumper cover.

Grand Prix White
All black interior
Limited Slip only (no sunroof or A/C)

Very nice original Factory paint

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The owner’s modification and track use of such a historical car is brazen and – I think – awesome. They were made to race and he bought it to race, so hats off to that. I’m sure there are many Porschephiles out there pulling their hair out though, imagining what this car could go for with no track miles or modifications. Well, this owner makes the way of the honey badger and does not care one bit. He’s still looking to get $135k for it, no small change for a 20 year-old stripper. Car, I mean. I’m sure the right collector could put it back together factory-new and drool over “001” all day, but it seems like a more appropriate use would be to go flog the hell out of it in front of admiring eyes at your next local Porsche track day.

-NR