1995 Porsche 968 with 8,200 Miles

At the beginning of the 1990s, pretty much everyone was stepping away from twin-cam inline-4s. While they had been the rage in the 80s and “DOHC” was nearly as popular as Miami Vice, buyers demanded more power and refinement. Sure, you could make 200 horsepower from a high-strung four-pot; but making it tractable for daily driving, passing emissions, and reliable? That was another ball-game. As a result, most major manufacturers went to larger displacement 6- or 8-cylinder motors in their small performance cars.

Everyone, that is, except for Porsche.

Porsche dialed in the 944S2 a bit more with updated 928-inspired looks and a new ‘VarioCam’ adjustable valve timing on the 3-liter inline-4. Now with 237 horsepower and an impressive 225 lb.ft of torque, it roamed the sports car elite field like a small dinosaur. Porsche added another speed to the mix, but since this was a relatively expensive 4-banger coupe based on a twenty year old design, they didn’t sell particularly well. A total of 2,234 Coupes were imported between 1992 and 1995; the last year was the worst seller, with a scant 259 making the journey. This particular last-year example may just be the best one left in the country:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Porsche 968 on eBay

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2013 BMW M3 Individual

Hardly out of production, journalists and enthusiasts alike are already calling the last of the naturally aspirated M3s a classic in the making. Some have even gone so far as to call the E9x M3 the best M product BMW has produced. Certainly it was a screamer, with butch good looks to back up the impressive power chops on tap from the S65 V8. As always, I’m drawn to the more unusual colors offered through BMW’s Individual program and today’s example is a pretty interesting one. Apparently, dissatisfied with the yellow-toned options from BMW’s own color catalogue, the buyer of this particular M3 asked BMW to head to the Black Forest and it came back with Speed Yellow from Zuffenhausen. A vibrant tone more piercing than Dakar but not as orange as Atacama, does this E92 light up your sky?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2013 BMW M3 Individual on Denver Craigslist

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Tuner Tuesday Mega Tuner Showdown: Dinan v. AMG v. Treser v. Alpina v. Ruf

I’m always a fan of the showdown posts; no surprise, since I think I’m the only one who does them here! While it’s nice to highlight one car at a time, I’m just a fan of the opportunity costs; considering what my money could go towards otherwise. Plus, though we see comparisons of new cars in magazines and online fora, it’s not often that we have comparos including nearly 40 year old cars. While I usually highlight this type of comparison in my 10K Friday posts, today is a bit different and I believe the first time I have a showdown on Tuner Tuesday. I’ve rounded up a quintet of neat cars that are all modified from stock by some of the most famous tuners of the 1980s; which is the winner?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1983 Audi Quattro on eBay

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Motorsport Monday: 2004 Porsche 911 GT3

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Last week on Motorsport Monday I wrote up a 1995 BMW M3 that was ready to hit the track; for under $20,000, it sure was a track weapon on a budget. But if your budget is a little bit higher, the natural choice for the German car fan is to look towards Porsches, and Porsche’s out-of-the-box race car, the GT3. We’ve written up a few GT3s of various generations in the past few months, but the screaming deal in 911s right now are the first to hit U.S. shores, the 2004 models. Today’s model was a streetable GT3 that has been modeled after the more expensive, complicated and pricey to run Cup models, and like last week’s M3 looks ready to willing to hit the track in the proper Speed Yellow:

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Year: 2004
Model: 996 GT3
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 13,300 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Porsche GT3 on eBay

2004 GT3
13,300
2750lbs.

Factory Speed Yellow.Very Clean, Professionally prepped by DAWES Motorsports. Many upgrades to GT3 Cup Specs. PCA Logbook. California car built by GMG Racing and DAWES Motorsports. Only 12900 miles. Never hit or damaged. Ultra clean. 2:05s at Watkins Glen and 1:17s at Summit Point.
Special software for left foot braking etc. very well sorted and quick car. Will take Porsche street car trades 72/72 or 87-98 911’s
Tim Holt 610-692-7100 for ANY questions

GMG exact Porsche Motorsports replica cage with additional bars from A pillars thru firewall to both shock towers and NASCAR door bars.
JRZ Shocks, rebuilt. 1000lb and 1200lb springs with tenders
2 Sets CCW Monoblock 18×9.5 and 18×12 wheels
Extra Long wheel studs
GT3 Cup/RSR race clutch with lightweight flywheel
New axles 2 races ago
SCCA PCA mast cutoff switch, battery relocated to passenger footwell with legal tray and tiedown
DAWES Motorsports fully rebuilt differential for extreme race lockup
DAWES Motorsport rear Aux. oil cooler and thermo fan
Race headers with crosspipe cat and muffler delete (much wt. saving)
GT3 RS Crank Pulley
MOMO Cup Pro steering wheel release
GT3 RS Crank Pulley
MOMO Cup pro steering wheel release
GT3 Cup front splitter and CUP vented front bumper with screens
BREMBO floating front rotors and all stainless brake lines
FVD rear ram air diffuser and airbox mod
Solid motor mounts
Cup Car shifter cables
Cup car brake cooling ducts
DAWES Motorsports FULL chassis set up, wheelbase mods and CW
Carbon Fiber rear deck lid and Cup car spoiler with 2 sets of uprights
Cup car lightweight doors
Rear Lexan window
Porsche Motorsports rear mirrors
Full monoball Suspension (Porsche Motorsports/GMG Parts)
997 GT3 Cup car F/R adjustable control arms
Cup Car/Motorsport F/R swaybars
TRG Mono ball F/R camber plates/solid rear upper control arms
TRG Front swaybar spherical links/Tarrett toe arms F/R
997 Cup rear rotors
Litronic headlights
10lb on Board fire system with engine bay/Frt and driver nozzle

9-26-13 **All new fluids/Pagid RS 14 pads and 2 sets of Pirelli slicks 3 Sets of Hoosier R6′ DOT tires

Car is ready to go. Call Tim Holt 610-405-2911 or 610-692-7100 for any and all information. Just aligned and set up for Summit

Like most of the cars we have featured in Motorsport Monday, add up the build sheet and you’ll quickly see that the price of this car is much less than just what it would cost to build. Even the three sets of Hoosiers alone would set you back the best part of $5,000 in tires shipped and mounted. Dawes and GMG both have great records for building these cars; get this to the track and it won’t be long before you’re flying. For less than a third of the price of a new Cup car, this car would offer 90% plus of the thrills without the overhead and operating expense. The 996 might not be the prettiest 911 ever made, but it’s probably the best bang for the buck in the esteemed 911 world right now.

-Carter

Well Sorted Porsche 993 For Sale

It has been a year and a half since I sold my E39 M5.  It just does not make sense for me to have a car since I always seem to have several around I can drive.  The problem is none of them could be considered “enthusiast” vehicles by any means.  Frankly I am surprised I have held out as long as I have.

While it makes no sense whatsoever I have been having sinful thoughts about Porsche 993’s.  Maybe I will just get one for the summer.  Hopefully by the fall I will have come to my senses and I can go back to driving worn XC90’s and spunky MINI Coopers?  The problem is I don’t have the time to restore one, I need something turn key and ready to go.

A little something like this…

1995 Porsche 993:

Here is a great description from the seller –

“I figure I’m going to have to write this if I intend to sell the car, so here goes: Speed Yellow 993 C2. Never been smoked in, never been in an accident, never been in snow, and has VERY rarely seen rain. I shipped it in from California, where it was religiously maintained at High Performance House (650.364.6234). I have most records since new. It’s immaculate. Without getting into specifics, it pulls very hard, stops very well, and handles great.

Definitive “reluctant sale.” I don’t have to sell the car, and I’m finding that it’s killing me to write this. Porsche guys talk about buying cars that are “fully sorted” – this car is definitely that. Only thing it could use is a center taillight piece. I have the Autocheck (which is clear) and the VIN if you’re interested in doing a Carfax (which is clear) instead. The car has been maintained by Taylor Chapman (of Chapman Auto Works – 703.467.9130) since its arrival in Virginia. I would think that either shop would vouch for the condition 993 in a heartbeat.

Here’s the list.

Car (OEM):

1995 Porsche 911 (993) Carrera Coupe

Speed Yellow (almost perfect – couple of tiny nicks in the clear bra and one on the rear fender – see photos)

Black Interior (perfect and immaculate. No sun warping, genuinely rare condition)

Six-speed manual (shifts smooth)

Limited Slip Differential

Sport steering wheel (v.rare)

Sunroof

Carbon Fiber/Aluminum shifter/e-brake package (v.rare)

Motor Sound Package

111,2xx miles

Suspension/Brakes:

“Big Red” twin-turbo brakes

Pagid Orange brake pads

Motul SuperBlue fluid

Goodridge Stainless Steel brake lines

Functional front brake ducts

H&R coil-over suspension (springs, shocks) (Less than 500 miles ago)

H&R sway bars (Less than 500 miles ago)

993 Carrera RS endlinks

Polyurethane sway bar mounts

Elephant Racing fully-heim jointed/spherical bearing suspension (very streetable, shockingly)

Aligned/corner balanced to Carrera RS Clubsport specification. Handles brilliantly.

993 Carrera RS Steering rack bracket added

993 Carrera RS strut tower brace

Engine/Transmission:

Weltmeister short shifter/brass Carrera RS bushings

993 Carrera RS engine mounts

993 Carrera RS clutch

993 Carrera RS flywheel

Redline synthetic gearbox oil

Fabspeed dual SS high-flow catalytic converters (Less than 500 miles ago)

GIAC Chip programmed by Steve Weiner

Interior:

Recaro Pole Position seats (as in 993 RS), leather/alcantara, aluminum mounts

Mounting points for 5-point harnesses installed, will include harnesses separately if desired

New OE battery installed; Optima Yellow Top new in box (Less than 500 miles ago)

Brushed aluminum interior door handles installed

Wheels/Tires:

Custom-made Forgeline wheels, 18×8, 18×10 (Less than 500 miles ago)

Flat black interior powdercoat

Gloss black lip powdercoat

Titanium fastening hardware

Nitto INVO, 235/40R18, 275/35R18 (Less than 500 miles ago)

Body:

993 Carrera RS Clubsport rear bumper (OEM)

993 Carrera RS Clubsport front lip/taco holders (Duraflex) (Less than 500 miles ago)

993 Carrera RS Clubsport rear wing (Duraflex, with OEM seal) (Less than 500 miles ago)

993 Carrera RS Clubsport side skirts – custom fitment by Piper Motorsport

Parts professionally painted to match by Mr. Spoiler in Manassas, VA

3M Clear Bra

Paint Correction, detailed (Less than 300 miles ago)

Recent Maintenance:

Sunroof seal replaced (preventative, less than 100 miles ago).

Excellent leakdown/compression – pulls very hard (Less than 500 miles ago)

Valve cover gasket job just done – car does not leak a drop (Less than 500 miles ago)

Oil change just done (Mobil 1 synth) (Less than 500 miles ago)

Professionally serviced by Taylor Chapman – no $ spared.

New slave cylinder (Less than 500 miles ago)

New O2 sensors (Less than 500 miles ago)

Complete tune up including new Beru spark plug wires, Bosch plugs, distributor caps/rotors (Less than 2,000 miles ago)

DME Relay replaced (Less than 2,000 miles ago)

Catalytic converters replaced

ICV cleaned

Could Use:

A new taillight center bit (see small chip in photos)

Price: $37,500.”

Sure yellow would not be my first choice and I would want to go with the stock deck lid but other than that there is so much right with this car.  The brake upgrade, exhaust, spotless interior, and wheels compliment this very nice 993.  The asking price of $37.5k is not out of the realm of possibility either and I am sure $35k would get it sold quickly.

This 993 looks like a car that costs twice as much and has the performance to back it up.  Here is to hoping it finds a good home.

~Aaron.