Somewhat unique Porsche here, a Euro 911 3.0 liter Carrera. The average car fan won’t distinguish this from other similar era 911 vehichles, but the Porscheophile will take note of the Euro bumpers and the Carrera 3.0 badge on the trunk. Car comes with Bosch CIS fuel injection and a limited slip diff for better drivability.
101,000 miles show this car was enjoyed. The previous owner was a Porsche mechanic. The seller lists a ton of replaced and rebuilt parts and judging from the fact the photos are taken in a Porsche junkyard I bet I know where many of those parts came from.
This is a nice looking ride with the polished Fuchs alloys setting off the red paint. The $35,000 ask price is probably playing up the rarity of this car a bit much, but hopefully there is some wiggle room in there from the seller.
Another week, another 964 series 911 Turbo, it seems. 1990 saw the introduction of the 964, and one year later, the Turbo bowed with a 3.3 liter engine producing 315 horsepower. The 964 Turbo models are, much like the rest of the 964 range, steadily increasing in value and gaining the attention of collectors. Here’s a fairly clean, early example with late model Porsche wheels.
The seller states:
Here is a sweet 1991 Turbo 911. This rare car is in great shape inside, outside, and mechanically. It has Turquoise Metallic (59) paint and a grey interior. Body and paint are in great shape with the usual paint chips around the wheel flares. The engine number is 61M00854 and transmission number is 2M00855. I have the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity for this car. It is fast and drives like it should, like a race car.
The thing that stands out in the ad is the fact that the car comes with Porsche’s Certificate of Authenticity, important to any collector. The reserve isn’t met at $25,000, but it would be safe to say this car would make it well into the $30k range if an interested buyer exists. Besides the 911 3.2 from the 1980s, I have to say the 964 is perhaps my favorite 911 of them all.
Here’s a clip from the PBS show Motor Week highlighting the 1992 Turbo, essentially the same vehicle:
From 1984 through 1989, Porsche manufactured what was, to many, the pinnacle of the 911 production run, the 3.2 In January 1989, production of the low volume Speedster commenced, ending six short months later with a total of just over 2,000 produced. Featuring a low slung windshield and hard tonneau cover, the Speedster was meant to evoke the 356 models of yore. Here is a widebody example with exceptionally low mileage.
The seller states:
This the rarest of the rare: A black wide body Carrera Speedster. It is very low mileage at 17,572. The paint is all original. This is a lightweight no A/C car. This car is untouched other than oil changes. This is powered by the super reliable Carrera 3.2 Motronic engine. It has its original 5 speed G50 gearbox shifting smoothly and flawlessly. Other than a lightly scraped wheel, the car is cosmetically beautiful.
$65,000 is about average for what clean, low mileage Speedsters are going for these days. I’ve seen some as high as $100,000, some as low as $40,000. With Targa, Coupe and Cabriolet prices holding steady, it’s no surprise that the rarest version of them all commands such respect in the marketplace.
The spectrum of colors that has appeared on the Porsche 911 over the years is vast, to say the least. Here we have an oddball color, Rubystone Red, on a rather butch looking 964 Turbo. While not completely original, the upgrades have been tasteful, as the description illustrates.
The seller states:
You are viewing an extremely rare Porsche 911 turbo. This 965 is finished in Rubystone Red (looks purple in most light or even magenta) and is one of as few as perhaps 2 made in this color of the 674 brought to the usa for 1991! This car has been owned by the same person for 12+ years. It had just 19,497 miles when the previous owner bought it in March of 1998. The Rubystone Red paint appears to be original and all of the panels are original to the car and still have their VIN# stickers, etc. in their proper locations. The previous owner had a 1994 turbo 3.6 s engine installed in the car several years ago and then had the local independent Porsche specialst shop go through the motor and make some modifications. If you are still reading this then you probably know how rare the 3.6 Turbo S cars are and what an impressive engine this is! Porsche built just 155 option code x88 turbo 3.6 s engines! It was conservatively rated at 385 hp according to flachbau.com. Most of these engines were installed in the flat nose cars, but a customer could special order one for installation in a regular ’94 turbo as well. Here are some other details about this rare Porsche:
• M64/50 S TURBO 3.6 S ENGINE OPTION CODE X88
• REBUILT FOR $21K 12K MILES AGO BY AN EXPERT PORSCHE SHOP
• TWIN PLUG CYLINDER HEADS
• PORTED CYLINDER HEADS TO 38mm (PLENUM MATCHED AT 38mm)
• GT2 EVO CAMS
• ALIGN BORED CASES
• MICRO POLISHED CRANK
• ALL NEW BEARINGS, ROD BOLTS, HEAD STUDS, ETC.
• B&B STAINLESS STEEL EXHAUST
• REBUILT 5 SPEED TRANSMISSION
• UP-DATED CLUTCH RELEASE ARM
• FUEL ENRICHMENT SYSTEM
• NEW COMPLETE 3.6 TURBO FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM ($3K!)
• REAL 18 INCH SPEEDLINE TURBO 3.6 3 PIECE WHEELS! (WORTH A SMALL FORTUNE BY THEMSELVES!)
• SUPPLE LEATHER INTERIOR WITH PURPLE PIPING
• FACTORY AC
• FACTORY SUNROOF
• AM-FM CD (NICE AFTERMARKET UNIT)
• COIL OVER ADJUSTABLE SUSPENSION
• LOWERED TO EUROPEAN RIDE HEIGHT
The 964 is only beginning to appreciate in value, as it has always been kind of the stepchild between the 3.2 models and the last air cooled 993 versions. For a car with tasteful modifications that has been preserved well with tasteful modifications, the asking price seems almost a bargain.
Here we have three of the race cars that appeared for sale over at the Watkins Glen vintage festival. Perfect for the weekend wrencher to get sorted out over the winter and go racing next season.
Up first is a 1970 914. This car has been raced for 20 years and the owner says it comes with Porsche Club of America log books. The seller also says the car has been competitive, but I’m not sure that means a whole lot when the advertisement also says that it comes without an engine. Fiberglass body works make the car light. 911 suspension setup will keep it on the road. If you have an extra Porsche engine you aren’t sure what to do with here you go.
Next up I came across an interesting 944 Turbo that ran in the Escort race series driven by Dereck Bell and Bill Adam. It is a genuine Rothmans sponsored car and claimed as one of only 12 factory built, lightweight, racers for the series. The car is still on the Porsche MSO which is kind of neat and comes with documented history. Owner says the car has been stored for 7+ years, but has new brakes and an engine rebuild. So it sounds like a little sorting and this car is ready to go. Would make quick street/track car.
Then there is this Devin D that, while not German, does come loaded with a Porsche 356 1600 engine and a VW gearbox. Supposedly owned and raced by a Gulf Oil Racing Team mechanic in the 1960s. This one clearly looks like it needs some serious work, but it is a pretty simple proposition if the body work is all there. Devin’s are cool American built racers that will give a new owner a very unique ride. In my opinion these are much nicer than a modern Cobra kit car.
More to come from Watkins Glen in the following days.
With just under 4,000 produced for 1990, the Porsche 944 S2 cabriolet is one of those classics you don’t see every day. Finding low mileage ones without the automatic transmission is even more difficult. Here we have a clean example that fits both of the above criteria. The S2 model also had the biggest production four cylinder engine of its time, at 3.0 liters. With the manual transmission, this was good for 0-60mph runs in the low six second range.
The seller states:
Nicest S2 convertible available!! No dents or dings, smoke-free, no fading, blue leather interior, all original, 3.0 liter 4 cylinder, new convertible top, stereo does not work.
If this car checks out on Carfax and is mechanically sound, it could be a fairly economical way into open air Porsche motoring. Having driven an earlier non-S2 944, I can attest that it was not a slow car, but one that wasn’t a hair raiser. Even though it isn’t an iconic 911 and has a broken radio (and who needs it) you surely would be the only one on the block with a 944 cabriolet.
We don’t really post vehicles like this, because really if you can’t hear the growl of a finely tuned piece of German craftsmanship or smell the fumes, what’s the point right?
Well loyal reader Bob pointed this out to me and I was bored tonight so here it is for you folks who want a German Prius.
$15,000 gets you a plug in Porsche with 92,000 miles on the body. Here are the details from the seller:
144 volt system
Azure Dynamics/Solectria AC24 3-Phase AC Motor and DMOC445 Controller
Zivan NG3 onboard charger
Iota DLS-45 DC/DC converter
New batteries as of August 2009 (US Battery US8VGC)
Highway driveable electric conversion. This is the AC VoltsPorsche kit from ElectroAutomotive (www.electroauto.com). The AC motor/controller allows for custom settings of the controller and regenerative braking to increase range and save wear and tear on the brakes. Extras include Custom wheels, CD stereo, Aluminum seat adjuster handles, Custom steering wheel, Rebuilt VDO clock, Fog lights, European style front turn signals, All rear lights are super-bright LEDs, Oil/Alternator light displays controller status, Controller also drives tachometer, Upgraded brakes with BMW320i calipers.
For more information see: http://www.evalbum.com/2615
I struggled with the 964 scavenger hunt to be honest, but this in turn taught me an invaluable lesson on the challenge of finding that just right Porsche. Perhaps owing to its longevity and continuous shape, the 911 is pretty much the ubiquitous sports car, and even for the relatively-educated model years and changes can blend together. I love Porsches, but being more of a BMW/VW guy, I’ll bashfully admit that sometimes I’ve lumped them together as “another 911.”
Late-model, black on black RWD 964s are apparently not just “another 911.” So this became an exciting scavenger hunt for me. The closest example I could find was a Turbo, which probably puts it in the “too much money” category, but it’s still worth a good look because this is a beautiful car. Low-mileage and pure early-90s Zuffenhausen sex, this is one of the best of the breed.
If Evan’s Lightweight 3.3 Turbo can go for ~$64k American, $48,800 for this immaculate 911 Turbo seems fairly reasonable. The interior is impeccable and the exterior looks flawless, a black-on-black beauty. It’s no bargain, but it’s not just another 911 either.
Here’s an early, but relatively low mileage example of the 964 chassis 911, which is becoming more of a collectors item as time passes. This example has also undergone a recent comprehensive service, which, no doubt, is of great value to potential buyers.
This 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 is in excellent cosmetic and mechanical condition. It is a 2-Owner Carfax Certified vehicle with zero accident history. It has always been a local car and was recently brought to us and needed some attention. Our expert 30 year Porsche Mechanics have compltety gone through this car and brought everything it needed up to date. We have adjusted the vavles, replaced the plugs and caps, rotors, brakes, air filters, replaced all belts, replaced the chain cover seals, replaced the battery and cleaned and degreased the motor. The electronics have been sorted and are in excellent working order and the front fender was repainted due to a large dent it obtained while in storage. In addition we have the former owners file on this car that contains mostly dealer service records over the years.
$20k is about spot on for values of 964 Carreras. I personally would prefer the two wheel drive version but for those living in colder climates, it could be a bonus.
You are going to see several Porsche 964s this week as we all went out on a scavenger hunt for a reader/client request and I thought these would be worthy of posting.
My pick for this challenge hails from the United Kingdom. If money was no option you obviously go with the best you can afford. This 1991 964 isn’t the best money can buy, but at a £31,850 ask price it is getting up there. The car holds a resale value well as despite being in the U.K. it is left hand drive. This particular model is a lightweight version ready for track day with a cage, suspension work, and harnesses. It is a 3.3 turbo with 3.8 RS look body.
The vehicle appears to show some use, (is that rust around the engine compartment?), but the seller does not give mileage.
The seller, http://www.seanlockyear.co.uk, looks to specialize in some unique Porsches so I would bet it has been well sorted. There are plenty of cheaper 964s out there, but I like that the seller describes this one as “Hang on it’ll be a wild ride!” I concur.
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