Today we have two of my favorite things when checking out cars for sale: paint-to-sample color and really high miles. I wouldn’t have guessed it would be a 2008 Porsche 911 Carrera, but here we are. The car is finished in some sort of paint-to-sample blue that I don’t know, but I do the miles are over 250,000. The selling dealer claims it is an original-owner car with all the miles added by that owner, and is now up for sale in Massachusetts. It surely isn’t the most perfect example ever given the miles, but for a cheap enough price, maybe worth the buy-in?
Month: December 2021
The rage in the 1980s was cutting the roof off of perfectly good cars, from the S-Class Mercedes-Benz to the E24 BMW. Not escaping this fate were sports cars as well, with Treser making a convertible Quattro. Carelli Designs gave it a go, as well – they were commissioned to create a run of convertible 928s between 1980 and 1981, one of which I looked at a few years ago:
A total of 8 cars were produced by Carelli Designs in Costa Mesa, California, but the project never progressed past the initial design phase. Carelli actually put a lot of effort into making the cars work well as convertibles, and they cost a staggering $80,000 in 1981. Today’s car, though, doesn’t appear to be one of them. Instead, this car is claimed to be one that was developed following Al Holbert’s pre-production speed run in a 928 S4. Holbert took a mostly stock 928 to an impressive 171 mph, which Porsche claimed made it the world’s fastest catalyst-equipped car. According to the selling dealer of the car we’re looking at today, this convertible was specially-ordered to commemorate that achievement – maybe.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1981 Porsche 928 Convertible on eBay
How crazy is the 911 market these days? Well, I’m reluctant to compare to tulips in 1600s Holland, but it also feels like it’s not far off. It seems like these days you can take pretty much any 911, do pretty much whatever you want to it, and end assured that someone will likely pay a mint for it. Want to turn your car into a “Safari” urban warrior? Someone will bid. Have a basketcase wreck? Someone will bid. In the middle lay a tremendous amount of very valuable 911s, some of which are completely stock, and some of which are more like today’s car.
Although the lead may look like a European-style 930, this is in fact a ’77 Coupe that started life as a plain Jane 911. It’s since been given Turbo-style bodywork, European lighting, 16″ Fuchs, a 3.0-liter flat-six, and some pretty cool Tartan inserts on its Cork leather seats. What does this all add up to? You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to expect a hefty price tag: