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1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe


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There is a loose connection between this post and yesterday’s 1981 Porsche 930. The connection isn’t really between the cars and owners, but more in my sense of the value each might represent as capable driver-quality Porsches. Thankfully, there appear to be far fewer questions with this 911 than with yesterday’s 930 and while the 930 certainly possesses a ferocity and allure that is tough to match for a standard Carrera, a good classic 911 always has appeal. Perhaps even better, the reserve on this auction has already been met so we now proceed without worrying that the seller has set an overly optimistic reserve.

Here we have a Guards Red 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in North Carolina, with black interior and 121,985 miles on it. The pictures aren’t hi-res so we don’t get a perfect sense of its condition, but still it shows pretty well and appears to have been well cared for.

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Year: 1988
Model: 911 Carrera
Engine: 3.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 121,985 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

Regrettably I must sell my 1988 Porsche Carrera G50 coupe. It is bone stock, unmodified and original/unrestored . I have owned it for ten years. No dash cracks, few flaws all rubber soft and pliable. It appears to have been indoors since new. Paint is original but for the whaletail. All items Porsche I have are included in the sale,see pics. It is a wonderful car I feel privileged to have owned it. Pre purchase inspections on my turf are welcome and recommended. Call ,text or email for more info. Norm 863 443 2030

Though this 911 is stated to be “unmodified and original/unrestored” that obviously is a slight fudging of things since the whale tail is not its original tail. Or, at the very least, it isn’t in original condition. The one on the car now looks to be all one piece so I am assuming it is not the original repainted red. We are shown a picture of a presumed original unpainted whale tail that comes with the car. So there are no major issues there other than the fact that there is no front spoiler, which I would think should be fitted. The original floor mats also look to be present though not currently in the car. If everything else is indeed original, and verification that this is the original paint would be worthwhile, then this looks to be a nicely maintained Carrera that is mostly in original condition.

Bidding sits now right at $35K and as noted above the reserve has been met. Assuming the obvious caveats of a PPI confirming its mechanical soundness, that is not a bad price for a ’88 Carrera Coupe of this mileage. The seller seems to have priced it reasonably and it should make for a solid option for many years to come. We’ll see where bidding ultimately ends but I don’t expect it to rise too much more.



  1. fstntq
    fstntq May 3, 2017

    I’d say a VERY out of the gate for a poorly pictured ad. What I can see does look very nice, save the reported 10 year ownership period with nary a receipt in sight. Not sure why the nice Fuchs are shown off the car along with all of the rugs and floor mats. If you’re going there, why not also show pic of each of the wheel hubs/brakes/struts?! The “spare” rear spoiler is a “tea tray” style vs a “whale tail” so also not original to the car.

    I’d keep an eye on the Ebay auction for a rare “rear spoiler delete” optioned M491 optioned wide body cab here.

  2. fstntq
    fstntq May 3, 2017

    Doh, the M491 I linked to is a clone. Never mind!

  3. Rob
    Rob May 4, 2017

    Ah, good catch on the tea tray. I totally missed that. So all of the spoilers are non original. I’m not sure what the situation with the wheels is either. Whether that’s an additional set or whether it’s just a picture of them off the car.

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