1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S

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.

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1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S

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.

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1994 Porsche 911 Turbo S ‘Package Car’

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.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo S ‘Package Car’ at Sloan Cars

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2005 Porsche 911 Turbo S

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.

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1998 Porsche 911 Turbo Ruf Conversion

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.

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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

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 911 Turbo Ruf Conversion on eBay

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
Ruf badging
Turbo “S” exhaust tips
Turbo “S” rear wing
Sports hardback seats
Muffler delete
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)

Condition –

Recent PPI done last month by Powertech in NJ (see attached report)
Perfect compression and no leaks
Excellent concours condition
Accident free
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
Clean Autocheck
Wheels are free of any curbing
Tires have over 50% tread

About us –

We specialize in pre-loved air-cooled Porsches. We ship world wide. We offer financing. We have a 100% feedback score for outstanding customer service. Serious inquiries call 2013100048.

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While a “normal” 993 Twin Turbo will set you back around $60,000 to $70,000, the white lighting we showed last week was asking $110,000 despite not being an original Ruf. That’s a serious amount of “extra” over the standard car – so much so, that you could nearly buy two! However, the most valuable aspect of the Ruf cars is, and has always been, the motors they have developed. Unlike the white car, this silver example does not appear to have the valuable motor swap, but does sport the same suspension and body kit, along with a grab to the Porsche parts bag for the Turbo S rear wing. In comparison to the white car, then, this car is more of a replica without the motor.

For $35,000 dollars less, I feel like I could live with a few less horsepower, especially without the benefit of the all wheel drive saving me when I dipped a little too far into the loud pedal. Additionally, I think the silver flies (literally) a little lower on the radar, and I can’t express enough how glad I am that those beautiful Ruf alloys aren’t black. Sure, it has more miles on the clock, but it looks to be in just about perfect condition and without the more expensive motor, it’ll set you back less at the next servicing. To me, this is a slightly better value than the white car, with a price closer to the high end of the standard 993 TT market but with some nice looking upgrades. Without either being actual Ruf cars, I’d drive the silver one comfortable in both the fact that I had a fantastic looking, exceptionally fast car and $35,000 in the bank to help pay the bills.

-Carter

1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S

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 on eBay

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). I am a long time PCA member and have owned a 356B, 911’s, 928S4, 930’s, 944 Turbos, and a 996 GT2. I am a connoisseur of unique automobiles and I personally buy and sell 5-10 cars per year (hence the dealer’s license). I fully disclose every known detail about my cars so that there are never any surprises. I have exported several automobiles and I will gladly assist overseas buyers.

The last 944 Turbo S we featured had 35,000 miles and sold for $21,000. With almost double the mileage, can this car bring $20,000? Maybe $17,000 to $18,000 would be more realistic. But there might be someone out there looking for the best 944 they can find, and given that this car was owned by a Porsche enthusiast and PCA member certainly has its merits. Personally, this color combination isn’t my favorite, but the 944 is one of those bucket list cars for me. A Turbo S in this kind of condition would certainly be high on my shopping list when the time came.

-Paul

1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S

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 on eBay

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
Headlight Washers
Protective Side Moldings
Rear Window Wiper
Full Power Seats – L/R
Cruise Control
HiFi Sound Package w/Speakers
Amplifier System
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. Total bill $7956.26. With upgrades the car put down 270hp to the rear wheels on the dyno.

— October 2011: New front hood struts, upper radiator hose, coolant/water pump connector, O-ring, coolant flush, brake fluid flush.

— December 2010: PFC rear brake pads, brake fluid flush, oil and filter change, new front brake rotors.

— June 2010: Water pump, timing belt, counter balance belt, timing roller bearing and idler bearing, counter balance roller and idler bearing, thermostat kit, upper and lower radiator hose, brake master cylinder, brake fluid flush, reman Bosch starter, oil and filter change, coolant flush, power steering fluid flush, r-12 freon, new spark plugs, and more – total bill $3543.31.

As you can see this car has been meticulously maintained and serviced with all the major and minor services done and some good upgrades performed for performance while keeping the car original. A very clean car with all original paint, no damage or accident history, and great service history.

While this is a nice example of a Turbo S, the price is out of line with current 944 values. True, this car has some upgrades and a decent amount of money was invested in maintenance, but that doesn’t change the fact that realistically, this is a $15,000 car, give or take. The Turbo S is a rare piece, with 718 examples sold in the US. For those who think the standard 944 is a bit soft and want something harder edged, the Turbo S certainly fits the bill.

-Paul

1994 Porsche 911 Turbo S “Flachbau” For Sale on eBay

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

Porsche 911 Turbo S Flachbau For Sale

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.

Read up on this very interesting model at flachbau.com

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1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S For Sale in White on Black

The gap between average-to-good condition 944 Turbo’s and pristine-and-maintained examples is about a mile wide. I’ve listed the prior a few times, but once in a while, one of the latter comes out from hiding. And judging from the seller’s $15k asking, it appears he knows what he has.

1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S For Sale on Craigslist SF:

quote from seller’s Craigslist posting:

This is one of the cleanest 944’s I could find. The car is Alpine white with black leather interior. I am the third owner. I bought it from the mechanic of the original owner. The car was purchased at Carlsen Porsche in Palo Alto. The car has only 74k miles on it. The mechanic who I bought it from kept it in impecable condition. You can find many other cars for a lot cheaper but you will end up spending the money on them over time. This car is ready to drive and you will not need to worry about issues. I have the certificate of authenticity from Porsche. Options listed as: cruise control, leather seats, electric sliding roof, cd player with radio, amplifier system, emissions control – California, special model 944 turbo. production date 6/10/1988 MSRP $46224.00

The Turbo is a fast car anyway, but the S ups the ante with a bigger turbo, bigger brakes, standard limited slip differential, and market exclusivity. And I’m a sucker for white on black.

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