Options can make or break a Porsche. I looked at a new 718 Cayman GT4 a few weeks ago that literally had no options but was marked up $15,000 over sticker from a private seller. Surprise, surprise, the car is still for sale, but now only $10,000 over MSRP. Add in tax and some other bogus fees, and I’m willing to bet that the seller of that car is right at break-even point if he wants to get out of the car. I’m not surprised; people who buy expensive special cars want their cake and to eat it too. Paying over MSPR for a car with zero options while there are plenty of new other cars sitting at dealers offered for sticker isn’t something that is likely to happen.
However, on to today’s car and a slightly older 2008 911 Carrera S. On the outside, looks like a pretty standard example in Carrara White with 19″ Carrera Sport wheels. However, open the doors and things really get interesting. And expensive.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2008 Porsche 911 Carrera S on eBay
Model: 911 Carrera S
Engine: 3.8 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Location: Costa Mesa, California
Price: $59,995 Buy It Now
911 Carrera S
Special Leather Cocoa
ENGINE3.8L HO DOHC 24v 6-Cyl Engine
A special-order Cocoa brown leather cabin with the rare sport bucket seats. These were “only” a $3,125 option when new, but as the years go on, they are proving to be much more valuable. Strange thing is, there aren’t a ton of more options on top of the seats. Other than Bose audio and the sport exhaust, that is about it. I would assume that that this one was spec’d by an enthusiast given the sport seats and exhaust, but not much else. Personally, I love it. I want it. Problem is, the price.
$60,000 is a lot. A similar comp sold recently for about $10,000 less, but yes, without the seats. Does the math make sense here? Maybe. If you are hunting for a special 997.1 with the sport seats optioned from new, you don’t have many other choices, if any. I think this dealer is fully aware of that as well. Problem is, $60,000 will get you into a bunch of 997.2 cars. So basically it all comes down to have bad you want those carbon buckets? If you do, go for it. If they don’t do anything for you, then obviously this is a crazy price.