Anytime I feature one of Porsche’s early 3.0 liter 930s I mention that 1976 was their first year and as such tend to be the most valuable. But in the back of my mind I know that’s only partially true. 1976 was the first year the 930 came to the US market, but it was not the first year of production overall. A relatively small number, 284 in total, were produced for various markets in 1975. It should go without saying that it is very rare for us to see one come up for sale. Even more rare is to see one come up for sale that already has been imported into the US. That’s exactly what we have here:
A fully restored Salmon Metallic 1975 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera with an “interior to sample” stated to be in Linen that sits with 67,440 kilometers on the clock. As if this were not enough rarity, this also is one of just 31 right-hand drive examples and was originally delivered to Hong Kong. I don’t know that having a RHD 930 is necessarily the thing you need on US roads, but it does add an extra cool factor to just about any imported car.
When searching for value among 911s I typically turn to the usual suspects of the 996 or, when I want to turn the clock back a bit, the 911SC. Where I rarely look is the 997 and I think that’s probably been a mistake. Naturally prices will tend to be a little higher for one relative to its earlier peers, but you are getting more car for that money. And while some buyers might still prefer a 911SC or 3.2 Carrera for the simple fact that they come from the 911’s air-cooled years, many are happy to have a modern Porsche with all of the refinement (and extra performance!) that comes with it.
Here we have one that’s fairly standard as 911s go, but which does come in a nice specification and should come in at a fairly good price: a Black 2006 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe, located in Northern Virginia, with Camel leather interior, a 6-speed manual transmission, and a fairly reasonable 54,400 miles on it.
This is no backdated 3.2 Carrera. It’s not an RS tribute or any other of the many modified 911s we see that attempt to replicate this car. It isn’t even an RS Touring. This is the real deal. The Holy Grail for many Porsche enthusiasts: a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Lightweight.
We aren’t told much about it and a few of the interior pieces are not original, but it is otherwise a very nice example in the color combination of Tangerine over Black. The mileage too appears to be very low showing only 18,158 kilometers. Anyone interested will need to do a lot of homework to fill in all of the details, but what a car these are.
Here we have a Jade Green 1974 Porsche 911 Coupe. Anyone familiar with these 911s will recognize immediately that this one is not original. In fact, it’s quite far from it. Jade Green is purported to be its original color though, which is nice!
So what do we have? First, it’s undergone a Turbo-look conversion (I feel like this is becoming a theme of the cars I feature). The conversion, performed in 1987, utilized steel 930 rear flares and rockers, along with the usual addition of the 930 front and rear spoilers. The engine is now a 3.0 liter flat-6 from an early 911SC mated to a 915 5-speed transmission. Current mileage on the engine is believed to be around 20K miles post rebuild. The interior is a bit more standard for this car though the seats now come from a ’87 3.2 Carrera and have houndstooth inserts. They look pretty great. Otherwise, it sounds like other than the radio and speakers the interior is pretty much original.
Obviously it is the appearance here that is going to attract notice and I think from the outside the combination of that very bright Jade Green exterior with the wide body of the 930 really makes for a head turner.
I feature a lot of Porsches and generally feel I have a pretty good handle on the various 911 models and editions that have been produced. At one point or another I have featured pretty much all of them. There are exceptions, there are always exceptions. Here is one that I did not know existed: a 1976 Porsche 911S Signature Edition. To be honest, I don’t know exactly what the Signature Edition is supposed to commemorate. Or perhaps it isn’t supposed to commemorate anything given that I can’t find anything out about it. It is called the Signature Edition because each of the 200 examples produced has Ferry Porsche’s signature on the steering wheel. Maybe one day he just felt like signing a steering wheel and, behold, the Signature Edition was born.
The details that set apart the Signature Edition aren’t limited to a steering wheel. You got a special Platinum Metallic exterior with color-matched cookie cutter wheels. But the interior is where these 911s really stand out. It’s a tan leatherette with black dash along with tweed seat inserts and door panels. Even that signed wheel was a contrasting tan and black (and also very ugly). With its mix of beiges and browns the Signature Edition is perhaps the most ’70s version of an car I can imagine. I won’t call it a pretty car by any means, but let’s call it period correct. That sounds better.
If you’ve been reading these pages long enough you’ll know that I love a bright red interior. You might also recall that for me a white exterior is a color for which I have a very love/hate relationship. I think it can work incredibly well on some cars and look incredibly boring on others. In both cases, what I like about these colors comes down to contrast. It is not the individual color itself that I enjoy, but rather the way in which it complements other colors. I can think of few better examples of this than the presentation of this Grand Prix White 1988 Porsche 930 Coupe with Lipstick Red interior and just 26,842 miles on it.
The interior is about as bright as they come on a Porsche. Contrasted with the Grand Prix White exterior it stands out in sharp focus. It’s ostentatious, but because the exterior is white I don’t find it garish. It brings some excitement to the car in a way that the much more standard black interior simply could not do and it enhances that white exterior. Overall, this is really nice looking 930 whose color combination is quite befitting of the car’s dynamic capabilities.
Update 11/13/18: This 912 Soft-window Targa sold for $50,217.99.
I began my post on a recent 993 Turbo S by stating, “this is everything.” In a very different way my reaction to this Golden Green 1967 Porsche 912 Soft-window Targa is similar. For pure lust the Turbo S certainly wins the day, but some of the allure of that car was in the details and that is where the overlap lies with this 912. There is enough here to pore over that interested parties could spend hours simply looking through these pictures.
We’ll begin with the color. Golden Green is not a color I’ve seen before. It only was available for a couple years in the ’60s and generally isn’t one that we come across among the many PTS 911s that have been produced since. It is sort of in the vein of Lindgrün (also called Chartreuse) that was produced in the ’70s though Golden Green doesn’t look as bright to me. As the name suggests it possesses a yellow/gold hue to its non-metallic green. That golden hue allows it to change kind of dramatically from sun to shade. The pictures here do a pretty good job of capturing that transformation. This is said to be the only Soft-window Targa produced in 1967 in this color with only 4 others made in 1968. So it’s very rare. I don’t know how many Coupes might also exist, but as I said this is the first I have seen it so I’m guessing there aren’t many.
The other part of this is the Soft-window Targa itself, Porsche’s answer to what they thought would be the death of the open-roofed car. Such tragedies never befell the car industry and the soft rear window eventually was replaced with the glass rear with which we’re all very familiar on 911 Targas even to this day. But the SWT is an interesting design and interesting engineering answer to a potential problem. They make for great historical models and given their short production run are quite rare in themselves. So there’s a good bit going on here and the seller has provided quite a few pictures to document this Targa’s condition. Add to all of that it is up for auction without reserve.
The second-hand car market for almost-new Porsches is kind of amusing to me these days. On the one hand, you have the various GT cars – the GT3, GT3 RS, and GT2 RS. All of those have been selling for above MSRP and in the case of the GT2 RS the markup is high enough that you easily could buy yourself a second nearly-new 911 instead. They are amazing cars and prices will come down, but still.
On the other hand, you have pretty much every other Porsche on the market, which, like most any other car, goes through a decent bit of depreciation almost immediately. For instance, there is this Graphite Blue 2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4S, located in Texas, with Graphite Blue/Chalk leather interior. In truth, this one probably isn’t even a particularly good deal, but it is one that I like quite a bit. The Graphite Blue exterior is a fantastic color, I really like the interior contrast, it has the 7-speed manual transmission, and it’s a Targa. There’s a lot to like about this 911.
To be clear, I am in no way perplexed by these phenomena; I just find it amusing.
Oh my lord this is everything. Here we have an Arctic Silver Metallic 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S, located in New York, with Boxster Red interior and a mere 2,544 miles on it. Do I wish the exterior were something other than silver? Maybe, yes. However, Arctic Silver is a pretty nice variant of the color and the contrast it presents with the Boxster Red interior works so incredibly well that I almost don’t mind it’s a silver car. On the 993 Turbo S the color works quite well anyway.
There were only 345 examples of the Turbo S built in total and they provide the best combination Porsche could offer at the time in terms of performance and luxury. 430 hp was propelled to all four wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission. Larger disc brakes with the now well known yellow calipers provided restraint for those extra horses and the revised Aerokit helped keep the wheels planted. They are exquisite looking cars and, of course, the last of the air-cooled 911 Turbos. Naturally, that makes them quite highly sought after.
I’m going to say from the outset that I really like this Guards Red 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa. I wouldn’t say there is much that’s terribly special about it, but its overall look is really grabbing me. A bright red 3.2 Carrera Targa that is presented well simply falls right into my wheelhouse for everything I love about the 911. I love the classic 911 design, I’ve always liked the versatility and appearance of the Targa, and the ’85 fits into a nice window with regard to value. And it is that last point that brings me to the one thing I don’t like about it: the price. It is possible that given the condition and low mileage that this Targa isn’t priced too badly, but I’m not so sure about that. Though even if it is too highly priced it still foretells a movement of these early Carreras into pricing that simply seems beyond what I’d want to spend for one. Oh well. Let’s take a look at it though because as I said I love the car itself.