One Owner 1969 Porsche 912

What’s originality worth these days?  In the collector car world, there are few topics that are more polarizing than this one.  Some feel that pristine rotisserie restorations are the only cars that should command top dollar, others feel as though an original car, even with its flaws, should command the top dollar.  As far as I’m concerned, an original car with minor flaws, is worth more than a pristine restored car all day long.  Whatever your reasons are on either side of the argument, I’m a firm believer that a car is only original once, and that clean examples should be preserved in their original state.

This one owner 1969 Porsche 912 for sale in San Diego, CA, is a prime example of a car that should be left the way it is.  With only 38,000 original miles, this car is a rare gem the likes of which you may never see again.  Overlooked by Porsche collectors for years, the 912 was considered the entry level car in the Porsche lineup, as it was lower in price, and had the less desirable 4-cylinder plant.  In recent years, the 912 is starting to gain popularity with collectors making cars like this a great entry in to collector Porsches.

One Owner 1969 Porsche 912 on thesamba.com

 

1969 Porsche 912
VIN #129022149
ENGINE #4095191
Burgundy Red Color #6808
38,000 ORIGINAL MILES! Make no mistake this mileage is correct
Matching numbers throughout
1 Owner – Air Force Pilot
No rust ever car
Original invoice from dealer included
Owners Manual/Maintenance book/Full Tool Kit/Original Spare/Tire Jack/Original keys including glove box
Fuchs 15×6″ alloy wheels
$12k Major service just completed, perfect mechanical condition
**NOTE the license plate and frame are not from this car and not included with the sale
The 1969 912 is the last year of the early 912 and the only year 912 with a long wheel base body. Many people consider this year 912 to be the most collectible and valuable. The long wheel base cars handle higher speeds better than their earlier counterparts. Fuel efficiency of the 4 cylinder engine is in the 30 mile per gallon on the highway, almost double the 18 MPG of the same year 911 so you can drive this car on long road trips while using little fuel.
This particular car was originally purchased by Joseph W. on May 7th 1969 at Autohaus of Fairborn Ohio. It was originally optioned with a 5 speed transmission, chrome wheels, bumper guards, rear tow hook, antenna & loudspeaker. Total price for the car was $5852 and a $100 trade in allowance was given for Josephs 1960 Volkswagen Beetle. This transaction was recoded on the original dealer sales invoice which is included with the car, a very rare document to find with this old of a car. Another important document is the original maintenance booklet. This document lists the original selling dealer, the first buyer, and the Vin/Engine numbers. All cars were given a tool kit however a large majority of cars today are missing this item. This car has it original 100% complete tool kit. The car even has its original Porsche key fob, door/ignition key & glove box key. Joseph was an Air Force Pilot who was stationed outside of the USA for long periods of time, the car always remained in the US and was seldom driven which is why the car has such low miles today. Today the car has an amazingly low original 38,000 miles on it.
At some point the battery died in the car and it was put in storage. It sat unused in an enclosed garage for many years and was finally put up for sale. We acquired the car in a non running state and did all the service work needed to properly bring the car back on the road again. A comprehensive $12,000 service was completed and now the car runs like new. Everything from tires, to full brake job, to all new shift bushings to complete engine reseal & tune up was performed. It starts right up, idles perfectly, shifts smoothly, and drives down the road as smooth as can be. The body of this car has never driven in snow or rain, it has no rust issues and never has had any rust repair – this is a rare an important trait to have on a high quality vintage Porsche.
If you are looking for a no nonsense, matching number, high quality, no rust, no issues 912 then this is the car for you.

This is the perfect condition for a car in my opinion.  It strikes the perfect balance between usability, and condition.  With older paint, and interior, it’s not so pristine that I’d be afraid to drive it, yet it’s nice enough that I wouldn’t be afraid to enter it in show.

The pricing on cars like these is tough, as opinions vary on what a #1 car is vs. a #2 and so on.  This car is priced right slightly above as a #2 car, which I feel is reasonable considering the originality, documentation, and the fact that it’s seen less than 900 miles/year throughout its life.  That being said, I’d be more of a buyer at $34,000-$35,000.

Whatever your position on the value of originality, we can all agree that low mileage original examples like this are few and far between.

-Brian

Dakar Winning 953 Off Road Rally Tribute Car

In 1984, Porsche modified a version of the 911 for the sole purpose of competing in the 1984 Paris to Dakar Rally. This car was known as the 953.  While it was quickly replaced in 1985 by the infamous 959, it won overall in its maiden Dakar outing with Rene Metge and Dominique Lemoyne at the wheel. With a modified off road suspension, and powered by a 300bhp boxer 6, this car served as the test bed for Porsche’s four-wheel drive system that would later be used on the 959.

This implacably detailed tribute car for sale in Bristol, Tennessee is as close as anyone will get to owning one of these legendary cars. The owner spared no expense in transforming this 1989 911 in to a spot on replica of the original 953.

Dakar Winning 953 Off Road Rally Tribute Car on eBay

 

You asked for it. You got it. You wanted an all-wheel-drive Rothmans Rally Car and here it is.  You may remember July of 2010 when another 2-wheel drive 1980 Rothmans Rally Car sold to GoPro for upwards of $70,000 here on eBay.  Although that car was stunning in everyway the last owner knew it needed something more.  The previous owner searched the country high and low for the perfect donor and finally found an accident free, perfectly maintained, weekend driver, pilot owned, all original with every factory option 1989 1/2 Porsche 964 C4.

Meet AWD Paris……
She is an absolutely stunning freshly completed Porsche 911 Paris, Alger, Dakar Winning 953 Off Road Rally Tribute Car that has been painstakingly built over the past year from the previous order.  The previous owner spent thousands and thousands of hours building her.  She was built as a tribute to the winning Porsche 953 raced from Paris to Dakar in 1984 Piloted by Rene Metge and Dominique Lemoyne.  Paris originally started life as a 1989 1/2 Porsche 964 Carrera 4 in PERFECT condition.  She is perfectly street legal and was plated and titled in Illinois.

From my understanding there were only three (3) of these factory cars, two (2) owned by Porsche and one in private hands.  Although this is a reproduction, most observers will swear this is the real deal…

here is a link to a short video of the car in action

The pictures of this car speak volumes to the target audience.  The picture of the car in a living room setting shows exactly where something like this should live.  This is a car for a truly hardcore (and wealthy) Porsche enthusiast, paging Mr. Seinfeld.  What is the value of something like this?

The big question is, what is it worth? Since the 953 was a race only car, the closest thing I could equate this to, is a 959, and those are worth north of $300k, however this is just a highly modified ’89 911, which is only worth $20k. Looking at the parts and amount of fabrication it takes to make a car like this, you could not build this for the $80K asking price, so I guess the question can only be answered by the buyer, as to what it’s worth to them.

Whatever its value, this car is 100% cool, and would make a great addition to any living room.

-Brian

1990 Porsche 944 Cabriolet

The last 944 we featured sold almost as fast as I posted it. No surprise, given that car’s pedigree and price. Enthusiasts seem to be waking up to the fact that the 944 is a great way of easing into the realm of Porsche ownership. One of our readers, Paul, mentioned he was on the hunt for a red 944 Cabriolet and coincidentally, I stumbled across one this evening. This is possibly one of the lowest mileage examples you’ll ever find. I was always a bigger fan of the hardtop, but this cabriolet in red with a pristine black leather interior and the all important 5-speed manual gearbox is a stunning example of a uncommon al fresco Porsche motoring.

1990 Porsche 944 Cabriolet on AutoTrader

If you’re looking for a time-machine 944 Cab to drive and enjoy, this is your car. I am the second owner and it’s my fourth 944. I’ve only owned the car for a short time – the original owner had it until the end of February 2012. There’s no such thing as a perfect used car (run screaming from anyone who says their used car is perfect), but this car looks and performs just as one would expect of a lovingly owned 22 year old Porsche with 12k miles. The body is straight as a pin, the paint looks fantastic, the CarFax and AutoCheck are clean, and I can find no evidence of paintwork.

I just performed a timing belt service on the car and installed a new Porsche battery, the Dunlop tires have so few miles that they still have the factory paint in the tread grooves. It’s bone stock – no mods. Cosmetically, it has a handful of tiny chips, there’s some light scuffing at the bottom of the front bumper cover, and some stitching on the passenger seat has unraveled in the place it always does on 944s. A couple of the wheels have some light curb rash on the lip. The top looks and functions just as it should. I love the car, but bought it on a whim (how often do you get the chance to buy a 12k mile 944?). The problem is I also have a 1988 Carrera 3.2, a Rover, and a 2011 Z4 competing for garage space and I can’t be a proper steward for all of them at once. I have the manuals, records of the major services, a gaggle of keys, boot cover, wheel lock key, a Porsche indoor cover, and both the top wrenches. I’m happy to email the AutoCheck, CarFax, and records of the major services on request. Title is clean, lien free, and in-hand.

The owner has provided quite a comprehensive review of his car. Anyone who points out something as small as minor curb rash is certainly paying full time and attention to the details. Hagerty is listing values of good to excellent 944 Cabriolets from $17,000 to $26,000. It’s rare that any 944 commands over $20,000 these days, but this is no ordinary 944. If the owner is willing to deal and a bit could be knocked off the asking price, this could be a practical classic worth having.

-Paul

1987 Porsche 944S

The affordable Porsche. It’s been the topic of much discussion around automotive enthusiast circles for years. And who wouldn’t want to own a one of the famous sports cars from Stuttgart? But which one to buy as your starter car? While the 911 seems tempting, the 944 is the true bargain of the bunch. With a balanced chassis, robust four cylinder engine and wide fendered eighties good looks, it’s an attractive buy for beginners to the marque. For 1987 Porsche introduced the 944S, with a 2.5 liter, 16 valve four cylinder engine with 188 horsepower. This 944S in Texas is looking sharp in red and truly belies its age and mileage.

1987 Porsche 944S on eBay

Simply unique and pristine one of a kind 1987 Porsche 944 S. Finished off in Porsche’s beautiful Guards red with no fading, the exterior is flawless with no dings, scratches or imperfections of any kind. The interior is near new as well, the seats are light beige, with no wear. Bolsters have no cracking and carpets and leather are free of dirt and stains. Dashboard is like new with no cracking. This 994 S is not only the car you dreamed of back in the day, but a fun and fuel efficient car for today. Featuring a smooth shifting 5-speed. Manual transmission it runs through the gears strongly with no hesitation or shimmy of any kind.

This is a 2-Owner local Texas car. Fortunately, the prior owners kept the car so pristine since day one, we have a stack of chronological order service documentation totaling $25,000.00 in just recommended Porsche scheduled maintenance. This car is like new! Tight-driving suspension, firm Porsche sport seats and all the books, records and extra keys to make this car a complete original.

There’s plenty of lower mileage 944s available out there these days, but I’d wager to say that with almost 100,000 miles on the clock, a 25 year old car that looks this good is going to send positive vibes to potential buyers. Some of the best 944s out there, whether Turbos, 16 valves or base models have been hovering around the $15k mark these days, with your average, well kept examples selling within the $10,000 to $13,000 range. At a shade under $8,000, with two owners and a full service history, this is a good way to get into what was once described by Car and Driver as the “Best Handling Production Car in America.”

-Paul

1992 Porsche 911 Carrera Cup

The 964 chassis Porsche 911 Carrera RS America was Stuttgart’s answer for those who wanted a lightweight special stateside. Based on the Carerra 2 and using the same engine, gearbox and brakes, this car featured a partially stripped down interior featuring flat door panels and removal of the rear seats. Outside, a whale tail spoiler and sport suspension rounded out the package. Not to be confused with the hardcore Carerra RS available elsewhere, the RS still had a warm reception by enthusiasts seeking something a bit more driver oriented.

However, one could “technically” get something similar to a Carerra RS in the US if they wanted. The Carrera Cup you see here was the product of a stillborn race series that never gained sponsorship, the Carrera Cup. Porsche had produced 45 cars for the series. Instead of crushing them or offering them in another country, they were put on sale in US dealers but not advertised. These cars had a seam welded chassis, aluminum hood, thinner glass and the M64/03 engine. Approximate weight shed over a standard Carrera 2 was 200 pounds. Rarely seen these days, this particular Carrera Cup for sale in New York has never modified for racing, has never seen track time and appears as is when it arrived in the port.

1992 Porsche 911 Carrera Cup on Hemmings Motor News

Grand Prix White with Black leather interior and Black carpeting, Two-owners from new, 5,000 original miles, 5-speed manual gearbox. This Carrera Cup car is one of only forty-five cars built for the U.S. Carrera Cup Race Series. Unlike the European Carrera Cup Race Series, the USA series never came to fruition. Based on a European Carrera RS, these cars came with the following changes from normal production:

Aluminum hood with aluminum strut brace, Deletion of body cavity wax and sound deadening components (except floor pad and roof), Sport Flywheel, Steel synchronizer rings in gearbox, Revised spring rates and struts, Recalibrated brake systems rates, Manual steering, Master electrical kill switch in front trunk, Partial electric seats, Rear seat delete (package shelf only), No sunroof, air conditioning or power mirrors, Racing electrical charging system, 36 amp hour battery, Racing engine mounts, Adjustable sway bars, Seam welding (extra stiffness of body shell), 3.6Liter engine rated at 256 h.p.

The car offered for sale is the most desired example being a Port Series Car which was never converted by Andial and then re-converted back to street trim and thus 100% as originally delivered by the Porsche Factory. This Carrera Cup is complete with original window sticker, Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, all paperwork from Porsche to all buyers who purchased the cars, original Carrera Cup Plaque never applied to car and all service records. This is one of the most unmolested and original non-converted U.S. Carrera Cup Cars in the USA. Completely street legal with no paintwork, accident damage or modifications, this Carrera Cup has never been tracked and remains in 100% impeccable, original, pampered, pristine condition. It is complete with all books, tools and spare. This is a chance to own a piece of Porsche history. $159,000

This car poses quite the conundrum: at $160,000, would anyone take this museum quality Carrera Cup and use it on track days? Only the super rich could contemplate such an idea. But with so few made, I’m not sure I could bring myself to put the kind of wear and tear on this car that comes with competition, even if I had the resources. It would almost certainly be better to find a clean RS America, save a ton of money in the process and have a bit more comfort when hitting the streets. Still, lightweight Porsches are a passion of mine, and I’m captivated by this car. It seems a sin to use this on the track, but maybe in a few years time, when this qualifies for vintage racing, it could be a fun toy to take out every now and then and remember the qualities that cemented the name Porsche in the hearts of enthusiasts.

-Paul

1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

The last air-cooled 911, known internally as the 993, is revered amongst the Porsche faithful. This generation had its run while the sun was setting on the front engined Porsche 968 and 928 and the mid-engined Boxster was being introduced. A variety of improvements were made over the previous generation, the 964, most notably a new look, accentuated by headlights slanted at a steeper angle for better aerodynamics and a sleeker rear end. Underneath was a new multi-arm suspension in the rear. Along with a wider track, handling was greatly improved. The 3.6 liter flat six cylinder engine now produced 270 horsepower and was mated to either a 6-speed manual or 4-speed Tiptronic transmission.

Just in time for summer, our reader Joshua forwarded us his Aventurine Green 993 Cabriolet for sale via a broker in the San Francisco Bay Area.

1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

I am the second owner and have all records from new. Just before putting the car up for sale the brakes – genuine Porsche pads and rotors – have been replaced front and rear as well as the steering rack. A lightweight flywheel and new clutch were installed about 10k ago, along with rebuilt top end and new pistons and cylinders (due to oil loss from bad valve guides). 60k service items taken care of at time of motor work. About 15k on new Bilstein shocks and euro Porsche sport springs and sway bars. Car is well cared for, with attention to detail, such as worn carpet replaced and recent engine lid shocks. Top shows some wear, but is water tight.

The 993 is one of the most highly prized 911s these days, no doubt in part to the lukewarm reception its successor, the 996, received upon its arrival in 1998. Like the BMW M Roadster we featured last week, this color combination may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but the deep blue green accented by red leather does it for me. I find that most manufacturers these days lack imagination and nerve to offer much of anything outside of the usual silver, black and white. This two owner 911 is presented well, has reasonable mileage and had attention paid in the servicing department. A 993 Cabrio in good nick with 50,000 to 75,000 miles can pull anywhere from the high $20,000 range and reach close to $40,000, give or take. With two owners and 56,000 miles, the asking price of $33,900 seems to be right in the sweet spot of reasonable offers. Like earlier 911s such as the SC and 3.2, I’d say a 993 like this is a good way to get into a future classic that may have a shot at seeing meaningful appreciation.

-Paul

1984 Porsche 911 Targa

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been on the hunt for a good Porsche 911 SC or 3.2. It’s been a desire of mine for many years to own one. I’m not sure I’ll pull the trigger soon, but this tidy Ziegelrot Metallic 3.2 Targa for sale in Memphis has my radar up. I’m a bigger fan of the coupe than the Targa, but this unique shade of red, low mileage and good presentation has gotten my attention. This particular year is the first year for the 3.2, considered by many to be the ultimate expression of the original 911.

1984 Porsche 911 Targa on eBay

Very clean 84 model Carrera targa in rarely seen Kiln Red or “Ziegelrotmetallic”. Low miles at approximately 65,000 and no collision history. Car has always been garaged and although it has been driven – exterior is very good with only normal road usage. Books and tools as well as some service records. This is the first year of the 3.2 liter Carrera and these are one of the very best air cooled 911s ever produced – car runs wonderfully. Interior is very good as well with the only upgrade being the radio. These models are very strong running examples that followed the legendary 3 liter SC cars and have become one of the more favored air-cooled Porsches of modern times. Engine, transmission, clutch and brakes are all solid and there are no known issues. Car is also for sale locally and I reserve the right to end the listing at any time.

While the seller states there are no known issues, a little bit of color on the service history and any recent maintenance is always a good rule of thumb with a car of this caliber. With all things being equal, this car has a lot of life left in it. The one thing that detracts for me here is that this is a 1984 model, and it wasn’t until 1987 that the 911 benefitted from the improved Getrag G50 5-speed gearbox, which had better synchronizers than the 915 5-speed carried over from the 911 SC. The seller has priced this car attractively, though, as 3.2 Targas with lower mileage in good condition tend to run anywhere in the $18,000 to $24,000 range, give or take. I really like this car, and if it was closer, I would almost certainly contact the seller and have a go.

-Paul

1983 Porsche 911 SC

The Porsche 911 is used by many as a yardstick by a majority of car enthusiasts. If you’ve owned one at one time or another, no matter the vintage, you’ve joined the ranks of the elite petrol heads. There are those out there who view the rear engine design as inherently compromised, but I’ve never been one of them. I’ve always wanted a 911 ever since I first drove one, a 1984 3.2 Coupe, when I was 16 years old. While there are many models and generations to choose from, I have my sights set on the SC, or Super Carrera of 1978-1983. These are among some of the most durable 911s built and split the middle between the convenience of modern 911s and the classic look and feel of the earlier examples of the breed. This coupe for sale in Maryland has a scant 55,000 miles on the clock and a full service history.

1983 Porsche 911 SC on Cars.com

1983 Porsche 911 SC, Platinum Silver over Cocoa interior. Amazing condition, all service history and books included. Save thousands and buy pre-owned! CarFax, no accidents, gorgeous color combo, in amazing condition. Priced below market value for a quick sale. Great service history and very well maintained.

This 911 is very honest. Along with an E24 M6, a car like this has me rethinking whether or not I’ll keep the R53 Cooper S much longer. I’m somewhat torn on the color of this example. While I tend to prefer more sublime hues, I’d prefer a more bold shade of red or black on 911. I have a hunch that $25,000 is just a tad bit rich for this car. If this was the one year only SC Cabriolet, I’d say we were on the mark, but given this is the hardtop, I’d say $18,000 to $20,000 is closer to we should expect for a 911 of this vintage.

-Paul

Uber Clean 1990 Porsche 944 S2 For Sale

I have not been shy about my feelings on the Porsche 944 S2 cars.  You get the the looks and darn near the performance of the turbo cars without many of the headaches.  There are fewer of these running around than their turbo counterparts, even fewer with low miles.

1990 Porsche 944 S2:

Form the seller –

“Thank you for looking at this 944 s2 , always garaged and in perfect running order. This 1990 PORSCHE 944 S2 has had only one owner, that has done all the proper maintenance to keep it in perfect original condition. This  car has only 51962 original miles as the auto check report shows, has an excellent score for the age and condition.The interior is in original condition with no scuffing or tears to the  leather, the interior of this car as you can see in the photos is in awesome condition, aswell the exterior.  Everything on this car works the way it did when new ,  This car has all original manuals,tools and equipment that came with the car,the radio has been changed in order to be able to use mp3 players but i still have the original one as you can see. It recently had all the AC overhaul it has new springs and shocks, belts  and everything that has needed doing mechanically has been done. The body is straight with no rust.”

One owner, check.  Low miles, check.  Immaculate condition, CHECK!  All labels, the tool kit, the interior, paint, and engine compartment are darn near perfect.  That interior, let’s call it linen in color is really hard to keep clean and it looks flawless.  There is just a great deal to like here.

Even better it is available with no reserve, this S2 will sell.  The eBay community must be excited as well, thus far there have been 41 bids with a current bid at $12,350.  This is a $14-14.5k car all day long, I will be curious to see if potential buyers feel the same way.

~Aaron.

1978 Porsche 924 D-Production Clone For Sale

The word clone is a tricky concept.  Done too well and you may as well buy the original, done poorly and it can be a total disaster.  From the pictures I fear this may be the latter, but it takes guts to take on a project such as this with a 924.

1978 Porsche 924 D-Production Clone:

From the seller –

“This light weight 1978 Porsche 924 came from the factory with no sunroof and no power windows and somewhere along the line a fiberglass Al Holbert DP look kit was installed consisting of fiberglass: front fenders, rear flares, and a very aggressive and unique ‘shovel nose’ front spoiler.  The suspension and brakes are from a 944 and provide the five lug conversion which enables real 7&8 x 15″ Fuchs to be mounted and fill up the wide flares.  Rear hatch and spoiler are also from a 944.  The motor has a more aggressive cam and flows into a Ansa free flowing exhaust.  The interior is very nice with excellent condition carpeting, fabric ‘Porsche’ script 944 seats, dash cap, and stereo with a MP3/iPod cord in the glove box.  This is a running and driving 924 but the throwout bearing in the clutch is starting to make some noise and the A/C will need atleast a charge.  No signs of any collision or rust thru issues, there is some minor paint bubbling around the windshield.  While the body is very sound and the body kit was very well done, the paint is a 10 footer – at best.

One very cool looking 924… and with the prices of the 911, 912, and even the 914 skyrocketing upwards, this unique and cheap to buy/maintain Porsche definately offers value with style.  The Fuchs and tires on this 924 alone are worth about a $1,200 – 1,500.00… this whole Porsche can be purchased for not much more than that!”

The seller is correct, this is a 10 footer, maybe a 20 footer at best.  The paint is no good, you can see the oxidation in the pictures.  The suspension, while from a 944, is not set up correctly and has a bit of a monster truck look to it.  I won’t get into the egregious overuse of of emblems, there is no excuse for that.

But what lies underneath is not all that bad.  The interior is clean, the Fuchs are a nice option, and if the body work is solid this could be a decent driver with a reasonable re-spray.  The question then becomes, at $2k or so is this a worthy investment?

I use the term investment loosely as that and 924 are not synonymous.  But you could do much worse in this price range.

<Note: This in fact a D-Production Clone, tip of the hat to Carter J for the clarification>

~Aaron.