1988 Porsche 930 Targa

We’ve shown quite a few Targas lately, but all of those have been of the regular variety, which we come across pretty frequently even if there has been an apparent uptick in auctions for them of late. However, we haven’t featured one of these in quite a while, one of the rarest Targa variants around: a 1988 Porsche 930 Targa. For much of its life the 930 existed only in Coupe form, but in 1987 Porsche chose to make available both of its open-top 911 configurations, the Cabriolet and Targa, for its flagship turbocharged 911. Like with the standard 911 the Turbo Cabriolet was very popular, while the Targa found appeal as well if on a much smaller scale. With Targa production by far the lowest of the three models, and the model only available for three years, the Turbo Targa remains an extremely rare sight and I would suspect they would be highly prized by those with a preference for the design. The example we have featured here has a scant 9,777 miles making it not only a rare model, but one of the lowest-mileage 930s we’ve come across, regardless of which variant it might be. This would only be eclipsed by a 1989MY example for collector rarity and desirability.

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1996 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

Scrolling through ads the other day my eyes began to glaze over. Car after car in either silver or white, with the occasional specimen in black to change things up. Even as a huge fan of black cars I can admit that they easily can fail to stand out when interspersed within a constant flow of silver and white machines. Suddenly: Speed Yellow. My attention was grabbed and with my eyes opened once again I knew I could continue and make it through the day. That’s what cars like this, which are otherwise completely standard, can do for me. They are a beacon of light within a sea of boredom. Now, sure, we feature plenty of silver and white cars, some of which really are fantastic, but there are plenty of times when I’m reminded of just how many of those cars exist and at those times they always fail to catch my eye. But this one did: a Speed Yellow 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in Oregon, with 39,901 miles on it.

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1987 Porsche 911 Turbo Slantnose – REVISIT

The 930 Slantnose we featured back in July is back on offer. Even though it originally failed to sale it has been relisted with a slightly higher price of $99,990.00, a peculiarity that makes some sense given the market for these cars over the past few months, though it’s still somewhat strange.

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The below post originally appeared on our site July 5, 2014:

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1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa – One Owner

I’m not sure if it’s the onset of winter or just a seller’s market, but it seems we have been coming across a lot of Targas for sale lately. Even better, they have been a bunch of very nice examples either in interesting colors or low mileage, or both. This one is neither of those things, but it’s still very pretty and has the distinction of being a one-owner car that has seen fairly reasonable mileage over its 25+ years of existence. I suppose it is also fitting that I return to the classic 911 Targa as a follow-up to yesterday’s redesigned 993 Targa. Porsche first introduced the Targa in 1967, with both soft-window and fixed-window versions eventually available, and while it would take a year or two off here and there the Targa has remained a staple of the 911 lineup for much of the car’s existence, even after the release of the 911 Cabriolet. The design remains somewhat a peculiarity of Porsche itself as very few other automakers have ever bothered with producing a Targa, with even fewer continuing to produce them today. These owe their initial existence to Porsche’s constant forward-thinking engineering and their continued existence to Porsche’s commitment to providing its customers with offerings intended to suit nearly every desire. With the original Targa design returning to the 911 lineup we may even begin to see the air-cooled models garner increased interest as nostalgia weighs on the current market. So as we turn back to that classic design, here we have a “one-owner” Guards Red 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa, located in Washington state, with 120,000 miles on it.

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1996 Porsche 911 Targa

Recently, I’ve featured a few Targas, mostly 3.2 Carreras, and remarked about the change in Targa design that Porsche instituted for the 993. The Targa design of the 993 was not a short lived experiment as both the 996 and 997 followed suit, but now that Porsche has returned to the original design with their most recent release as part of the 991 lineup the redesigned Targa is left as somewhat of an aberration. Introduced in 1996, the new Targa did away with the roll hoop and removeable top, replaced with a fully-glassed canopy with a sliding panel to provide a degree of open-air motoring. Viewed from the side, the removal of the roll hoop meant the new design looked much more akin to the 993 Coupe than previous iterations, which even I, as a fan of the classic Targa design, admit look much more dated than the coupes. The car featured here comes from the first year of the new Targa production: an Iris Blue Metallic 1996 Porsche 911 Targa, located in Brooklyn, with 48,212 miles on it.

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Double Take: 964 Turbos – 3.3 vs 3.6

The 930 remains my favorite of the 911 Turbos, but that doesn’t mean I do not appreciate the greatness of its successor based off of the 964. And unlike the 930, which spent most of its life utilizing a 4-speed manual, the 964 came straight out of the box with the 5-speed transmission only available in the final year of 930 production. However, because initially the 964 carried over the 3.3 liter turbocharged engine from the 930, which was later replaced with a turbocharged 3.6 liter engine, there are a couple different options to choose from when on the market for a 964 Turbo. Though as we shall see here they fall within dramatically different cost scales. Here we will look at the two most common variants: the standard 3.3 liter 964 Turbo produced from 1990-1992 and the 911 Turbo 3.6 produced from 1993-1994. Each of these also came in a small-production Turbo S form, which remain some of the most sought after 911s on the market.

We’ll start with this 1991 Porsche 911 Turbo, located in Brooklyn, with just 28,140 miles on it:

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1993 Porsche 911 RS America

Last week we featured a pretty rare Polar Silver Metallic RS America that had a few modifications, which will probably hold down its final selling price, but it nonetheless remains a car that we will not come across very often. Now we are going to take that level of rarity up a notch. Here we have a Fly Yellow 1993 Porsche 911 RS America, located in Maryland, with 45,000 miles on it. Unlike the Polar Silver example this RS America retains its originality and looks pristine throughout. Those who have been reading here for a while will know that I love most any bright-colored 911 and that I am particularly fond of those in yellow. So when I came across this one I instantly knew it had to be shared. This is indeed a special car.

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1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

I get a little irrationally giddy when a ’89 Carrera pops up on auction with no reserve. Granted, the seller in the example here set the starting bid high enough to functionally serve as a de facto reserve, but still it is always nice to have a chance to see how the values for these cars play out without wondering whether a sky high reserve will impede a sale. The value of a G50-equipped Carrera has risen substantially over the past year and while we’ve seen those numbers plateau slightly over the past couple months, we are still at a point where everyone wants to capitalize upon a good market. That tends to leave driver-quality cars in a precarious position where it is difficult to determine the proper value. These are either undervalued due to a lower investment status or overvalued as prices for the whole range shoot up. But if a well-maintained example can be found, as this Guards Red 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe appears to be, then a wider range of buyer should be satisfied.

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1976 Porsche 911 Targa

This particular car may appeal more to any European readers we have than those in the US, but perhaps there’s someone out there who’s interested in importing a European 911. Here we have a Guards Red 1976 Porsche 911 Targa located in Portugal. In 1976 we were still quite a few years away from Porsche releasing a 911 Cabriolet so these early targas were the best available option for open-top motoring. Given the amount of coastline in Portugal we can understand the desire of an owner seeking a fuller experience on any drive. This 911 also has the distinction of being one of the few 4-speed-manual equipped 911s I can recall coming across, even if that’s a distinction serving more as a peculiarity than as a desirable feature, along with, as the seller notes, a few “improvements” including a 3.2 Carrera front bumper and a nice set of 16″ Fuchs.

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1982 Porsche 911SC

For me the 911SC still sits squarely within the driver, rather than collector, market for 911s. That is not to suggest they cannot make for good investments, they surely can, but they still present some of the few examples that can be had at a reasonable value and they share enough similarities with the somewhat more desirable 3.2 Carrera to restrain their growth. But this is good news as it means hopeful buyers might still find a 911 in good mechanical condition from which they can get years of motoring enjoyment without too significant an expenditure. While a 911SC will never be a supercar by modern standards, with 180 hp (in US-spec) and less than 2700 pounds to move around there is still sufficient power to make any section of back roads a joy to drive, all the while possessing the analog feel of an ’80s performance car. Here we have a Silver over Black 1982 Porsche 911SC, located in New York, with 61,098 miles on it.

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