I’m going to segue for just a moment to a pop culture phenomena – Keeping Up With The Kardashians. You see, you can sit around all you’d like and say that it’s horrible television – or indeed, that television in and of itself is horrible. You can say it’s exploitation or reverse exploitation. You can say that Kris and Caitruce are atrocious parents. Yet, one thing is for certain; there is money associated with the name and the program, and people apparently really want to watch and partake in them. They want to smell and look like the Kardashians, they want to know about their love and sex lives, they want to see fat Rob going out in public. In short, people want to see the train wreck in progress, and the Kardashians are brilliantly cashing in all the way. Like it or not, Kim Kardashian has repeatedly been the highest paid reality star in the world and makes not just millions, but tens of millions of dollars for her exploits. Clearly, they’re doing something right – or so horribly wrong, people can’t help but bear witness.
Enter Strosek. Strosek has a reputation. That reputation is for creating…well, monstrosities out of seemingly innocent and well meaning Porsches. And yet, they’re not alone. There is Rinspeed, who similarly custom-destroy cars on a regular basis. Then there were other crazy tuners, such as Konig, who tried to turn everything into a Ferrari Testarossa…badly. But Strosek had a unique talent for really creating horribly ugly versions of desirable cars. Yet, they must be doing something right – first off, people actually went to Strosek and bought the cars. Yes, I know that’s amazing, but not only that – they paid Strosek a lot of money to build them. And here we are, talking about them over two decades on.…
Like the 930 before it, the 964 Turbo would end its run having used two different engines. The first, a refined version of the 930’s 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-six, was used out of necessity while Porsche completed development of a turbocharged version of the standard 3.6 liter engine that debuted with the 964 more generally. The second engine, then, was that 3.6 liter, which came on board for the ’93 and ’94 model years. After nearly 15 years of use, inspiring the dreams of many, and helping establish the 911 as one of the world’s preeminent sports coupes the turbocharged 3.3 was to be put to bed. But Porsche, a company which takes a particular delight in final year send-offs, wasn’t quite done with it yet. Enter the 1992 Porsche 911 3.3 Turbo S Leichtbau (Lightweight). As the name would suggest the 3.3 Turbo S was taken in a slightly different direction from other Turbos and provides a nice contrast with the later 3.6 Turbo S, the apex of 964 performance and luxury. This is more in the vein of the GT2: a lightened, track-oriented, rear-drive Turbo that would debut a few years later for the 993. The GT2 perhaps is a more extreme example, but as we can see here the 3.3 Turbo S was not intended to provide a high degree of refined cruising and this specific example even has a more extensive roll cage than other versions I’ve come across (as rare as that may be). All told 86 examples were produced making these one of the rarest 911s and another of the exquisite 964 variants.
Rare cars in rare colors are a perennial favorite of ours here at GCFSB. These cars can cause a bit of consternation since, especially in the case of a rare Porsche, they frequently arrive having traveled very few miles, but ultimately the variety of options and interesting aesthetics win us over almost every time. We featured a rare 993 Turbo S a couple weeks back and here we have another of these beautiful and high-powered air-cooled Turbos. Here we have a very pretty Ocean Jade Metallic 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S with Grey leather interior that is believed to be the only such combination produced for the Turbo S and is set to be auctioned at The Amelia Island auctions on March 13. Like many such cars the mileage is low, in this case a little over 15K miles, and it is in absolutely stunning condition.
I have spent much of this week focusing on the 993, a 911 that I don’t feature quite as often as many other models even though it has very wide appeal and in many cases significant collector interest. For the most part I have been trying to find examples that fit that collector objective most obviously and I will end the week with one of the more special variants produced: the 993 Turbo S. Like any 911 model with a ‘S’ appended to its name the 993 Turbo S was a more powerful version of the standard Turbo. However, unlike some other S variants it didn’t feature a more spartan interior, presumably because Porsche also was producing the 993 GT2 in order to satisfy those seeking both more power and also lighter weight. Other distinguishing features were the rear-fender vents (as we saw with the 964 3.6 Turbo S), redesigned rear wing, and yellow brake calipers in place of the Turbo’s standard red calipers. With only 182 produced for the 1997MY the Turbo S is definitely a rare car and the one we see here in the always captivating Speed Yellow with only 5,489 miles is likely one of the lowest mileage and, for me, best looking out there.
The Holy Grail. Indiana Jones found it and lost it; Arthur and his knights were thwarted by the French and arrested by British police. It is the thing we all search for, but is a constantly shifting and elusive form. For automotive enthusiasts there are numerous possibilities, but for fans of the 911 Turbo this is the model about which most will speak. The 964 Turbo could never be pinned down. Because a turbocharged version of the M64 initially wasn’t ready the earliest cars used the 3.3 liter flat-six from the 930. Then in 1992, as a final send-off for that 3.3 liter engine, a Turbo S was produced prior to the introduction of the proper 3.6 liter Turbo. But even this would not be the last model, because in 1994 Porsche took all of the remaining 964 Turbo chassis, some 93 cars, and created the 3.6 liter Turbo S. Most of those were also optioned as a Flatnose, but there were two variants that remain some of the rarest 911 models ever produced. The Japanese market received 10 examples, all painted Polar Silver Metallic, fitted with the 935-derived Slantnose, made popular on the 930, rather than the 968-derived Flatnose of the Turbo S cars. And then there is the model we see here: only offered in the US market there were 17 ‘Package’ cars, which had all of the standard Turbo S options EXCEPT the Flatnose. The front end was mostly akin to any other 964 Turbo. 17 were produced, 10 in Black, 2 with Black over Cashmere leather, 1 of those was an exhibition vehicle. All of which leaves this car as a 1 of 1.
It’s been a little while since I featured a 996TT so now seems as good a time as ever to see how the market stands for these performance bargains. The example featured here is an Arctic Silver 2005 Porsche 911 Turbo S, located in California, with 16,483 miles on it. 2005 was both the last year of the 996 and also the first year of the 997. Because the 997 Turbo would not be released immediately Porsche continued production of the 996 Turbo and for its final year of 996 production introduced the Turbo S. From a power standpoint the Turbo S essentially was the previously offered 996 Turbo plus the X50 power package. Add ceramic brakes and interior upgrades and you have the Turbo S. While Silver will never be my favorite color it has become pretty desirable among Porsche fans over the last decade and at the very least should allow you to cruise without attracting too much attention.
Last week, we reviewed a beautiful white 1998 993 Twin Turbo converted to Ruf Turbo R specifications. They say lightning never strikes twice, but Ruf has never been one to listen to convention or limitations. Surely the most elite of the German tuners, Ruf automobiles demand a premium over their already expensive Porsche cousins. However, there is a difference in the market between a car with an original Ruf build certificate and one that has been converted by the owner. This example looks cracking in silver, and like the white car is not an original Ruf car but a converted example.
Year: 1998 Model: 911 Turbo (993) Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6 Twin Turbo Transmission: 6-speed manual Mileage: 75,704 miles Price: $74,888 Buy it Now
1998 Porsche 993 Twin Turbo Ruf, rare Ruf conversion with rear-wheel drive. Twin-turbo 3.6 motor, 6-speed manual transmission. Absolutely stunning! Over $60,000 invested, including –
Fresh 3.6 twin turbo w performance tuning
Rear-wheel drive conversion
Ruf front & rear bumpers (originals, not replicas)
Ruf 19″ wheels in Hypersilver
Ruf sport leather steering wheel (new)
Ruf gear shift (new)
Ruf floor mats
Turbo “S” exhaust tips
Turbo “S” rear wing
Sports hardback seats
Billstein PSS9 adjustable coilover suspension
Strut tower brace in carbon fiber
Upgraded sound system
We have receipts for the engine work done (over $30,000)
Recent PPI done last month by Powertech in NJ (see attached report)
Perfect compression and no leaks
Excellent concours condition
All books and manuals
Exterior is free of any scratches or rock chips
Runs and drives great
Driver seat has wear as expected (see pics)
Everything works as expected
Cold air conditioning
Wheels are free of any curbing
Tires have over 50% tread
Even though you’ll always get the “why didn’t you buy a 911” look from people, I’ve always been a fan of the Porsche 944 as a stand alone entity. Sure, it isn’t quite as iconic as its rear-engined sibling, but this was one of the best handling cars to hit the pavement and they are a relative bargain on the used market today. The Turbo S debuted in 1988 with the M44/52 engine with 250 horsepower, Koni adjustable shock absorbers, harder bushings and larger diameter anti-roll bars. Larger front brakes from the 928S4 were also fitted and ABS was standard. This Turbo S for sale in Georgia has 67,000 miles on the clock and comes equipped with what could best be described as a very ’80s themed interior.
1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S Silver Rose Edition (1 of 339). Absolutely beautiful, garage kept, meticulously maintained 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S Silver Rose Edition with 67K original miles. One meticulous owner with documentation including original window sticker, stamped factory maintenance book, all keys, and scores an 80 on AutoCheck (normal score range 24-50). Could be considered extremely close to a “10” interior, exterior, and mechanically. One minor ding in the front valence and minor sand blasting of rocker panel behind front wheels and and ahead of rear wheels on both sides of car (see pictures). Everything functions as it should including A/C, Heat, Sunroof, etc. She was just serviced and completely gone through by Technica Motorsports in Atlanta. Belts, Rollers, Tensioner, Water Pump, Oil and filter change, Transaxle fluid change, Hood Shocks, H4 Headlight upgrade with 55/100w bulbs, etc. No paintwork or damage history, factory paint is untouched, please see detailed Paint Meter results.
Car will come with either Polished Club Sport Wheels or Refinished Club Sport Wheels, buyer’s choice, either set is perfect with new tires in proper factory sizing (225/50-16 and 245/45-16).
Porsche upped the 944 ante in 1988 with this car, the Turbo S. This version included the M44/52 engine with 250 horsepower, the added power resulting from the use of a modified turbo and revised engine mapping. Extensive suspension modifications came in the way of Koni adjustable shock absorbers, harder bushings and larger diameter hollowed out anti-roll bars. Larger front brakes from the 928S4 along with ABS was included in the package, as well. The following year, the “S” designation was dropped, as the normal 944 Turbo was now made standard with the Turbo S engine. This Turbo S for sale in Ohio has 35,000 miles and has had a good bit of maintenance and other items tended to in the past two years.
1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S – Guards Red over Light Frey Partial Leather. Excellent condition. Recent full service including water pump and timing belt. Heavily optioned car with the rare factory Turbo S option. Original option list as listed on the Certificate of Authenticity:
Special Chassis Rigidly Tuned
Limited Slip Differential
Protective Side Moldings
Rear Window Wiper
Full Power Seats – L/R
HiFi Sound Package w/Speakers
Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS)
Electric Sliding Sunroof
Split Fold Down Rear Back Rest
AM/FM Radio with CD Player
944 Turbo ‘S’
Partial Leather Seats Front
All books, both keys and fobs, dash cover, Porsche car cover, and original factory radio are included. Recent service includes the following:
— August 2012: New tires mounted and balanced, wheels refinished. Bridgestone Potenza 205/55-16 and 225/50-16
— February 2012: K&N Air Filter, ECU chip set, Distributor cap, and rotor, Cat bypass down pipe, DME relay modified, intake manifold gaskets, OEM factory motor mounts, waste gate shim kit, high performance spark plugs, PFC front brake pads, front brake lines, all fluids changed, and more.
Porsches of this era are some of my favorites, and I thought I knew of most of the special models. Like the 3.6 Turbo S of the era. But this interesting slant isn’t one that I was familiar with. It’s not the usual slant-nose with pop-up lights, but more like a 928/968 style that is exposed and raises up when lit. Frankly it looks a bit aftermarket, but it was actually a rare factory option referred to as Flachbau. Apparently there were less than 100 made for the entire world, and only about 40 came to the U.S.
Check out this very rare , offered by Manhattan Motor Cars
quote from seller’s auction:
One of a very limited series of the last hand built 911 Porsches (76 total worldwide production), it is only befitting that this rarely seen model is here in New York City.
The auction is a little thin on information, but as the $150,000 opening bid suggests, only serious inquires need apply. With only 17k miles, this car is looking to be in fantastic shape and should fit into a collection very nicely.
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