Here’s something a little different for Tuner Tuesday! Last July and September respectively I wrote up two terribly expensive and terribly tuned 911 convertibles. The first was a Strosek 911 Turbo S Speedster back in July, and the second was a 1977 911 Targa that was converted into a 993-bodied turbo cabriolet that was simply marvelous if you believed the interior. In a not particularly surprising development, both are back up for sale having had no takers the first time around. The question I pose to our readers is which is a better (or worse?) deal? I’ve put my original posts below starting with the 1977 and I wasn’t particularly complimentary to either, but let me know in the comments which is really “what not to wear”?
The below post originally appeared on our site September 1, 2015:
I’m going to segue for just a moment to a pop culture phenomena – Keeping Up With The Kardashians. You see, you can sit around all you’d like and say that it’s horrible television – or indeed, that television in and of itself is horrible. You can say it’s exploitation or reverse exploitation. You can say that Kris and Caitruce are atrocious parents. Yet, one thing is for certain; there is money associated with the name and the program, and people apparently really want to watch and partake in them. They want to smell and look like the Kardashians, they want to know about their love and sex lives, they want to see fat Rob going out in public. In short, people want to see the train wreck in progress, and the Kardashians are brilliantly cashing in all the way. Like it or not, Kim Kardashian has repeatedly been the highest paid reality star in the world and makes not just millions, but tens of millions of dollars for her exploits. Clearly, they’re doing something right – or so horribly wrong, people can’t help but bear witness.
Enter Strosek. Strosek has a reputation. That reputation is for creating…well, monstrosities out of seemingly innocent and well meaning Porsches. And yet, they’re not alone. There is Rinspeed, who similarly custom-destroy cars on a regular basis. Then there were other crazy tuners, such as Konig, who tried to turn everything into a Ferrari Testarossa…badly. But Strosek had a unique talent for really creating horribly ugly versions of desirable cars. Yet, they must be doing something right – first off, people actually went to Strosek and bought the cars. Yes, I know that’s amazing, but not only that – they paid Strosek a lot of money to build them. And here we are, talking about them over two decades on. They made an impact, and like a train derailing at high speed, we are helpless but to watch the carnage that ensues from the moment the paperwork is signed until something like this custom widebody Speedster emerges from their works:
If the BMW E30 market has been crazy over the past few years in terms of appreciation, it’s really nothing compared to the Porsche 911 market. From cars that were worth between $50,000 to $75,000 not many years ago, suddenly we see early 911s worth triple or four times that amount. Make that car a special model, such as a 73 RS, and you’re looking at a top value around $800,000 and climbing; around $650,000 more than it would set you back only 7 years ago. This has resulted in many other models of the 911 being pulled up, and one of the more recent special models that has continued to have a strong market following is the Speedster model. However, does that increased value get boosted or negated when you look at a modified version of the original – a car like this Strosek wide body version of the 1994 Speedster:
The name Speedster is one of the most mythical nameplates to grace a Porsche. It appeared recently as a limited run 997 model and has since graced two other 911 variants and the 356 a half century ago. I’m a big fan of the 964 in general, particularly the Speedster variant. Noted Porsche tuner Strosek decided to have a go at modifying this rare vehicle and the results are, well, subjective to say the least. This Martime Blue Strosek Speedster for sale in Florida has a little over 12,000 miles on the clock and provides a window back to the mid 1990s era of tuning.
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This is 1994 Porsche Speedster Strosek by Factory Strosek. This is not an imitation!
Started life as a 1994 Factory Porsche Speedster
The factory color is maritime blue with the maritime blue accent interior.
Only 12,800 miles.
Clear Bra on nose and many areas and edges to protect the car.
Strosek Floor Mats
All owners manuals, all keys, complete car.
No accidents! Clean title!
Many more photos available!
Is a modded 964 Speedster worth more than a bone stock factory version? Even though Stroksek is a known commodity, Speedsters of all kinds bring big dollars. Many enthusiasts will agree that mods like this don’t help the vehicle’s cause. Regardless, there’s a market for everything. Whether this Strosek will meet its reserve and ecplise stock 964 Speedster values will leave this as an interesting auction to watch.
The 928 is certainly one of the most unique GT cars from the 80’s. Some love the looks, others…not so much. Well, if you hate the 928, you may want to turn away now, because this Strosek Version 3 928 is certainly not for everyone.
In 1984 Vittorio Strosek broke off from German tuner Koenig and built his own vision on the Porsche’s flagship 928. One of the first aftermarket tuners for the 928 Strosek filled a niche in the market with his wild designs. Along with the body kits, which are totally ’80s Strosek also offered tuning packages for the 928 so it had the grunt to match the looks. Strosek offered 2 levels of tuning, a mild 310bhp cam and cylinder head upgrade for the reserved, and a 405bhp twin turbo version for the all out speed junkies.
While not clear how complete (or extreme) the Strosek conversion is on this barely used 928, one thing is for sure if you played Atari in your teens, this car is right up your alley.
Up for sale 1981 Porsche 928 With only 47,000 Miles and CLEAN TITLE this vehicle has a body kit from STROSEK DHAUS AUTO SPORT. For more info please call (267) 664-1856
This car is certainly not for the faint of heart, but if you’re a fan of ’80s tuning it is exactly what the doctor ordered. This car looks like it came out of a collection, as the conversion is clean and complete right down to the OZ futura wheels. Strosek used the OZ wheels circa 1987, which leads me to believe that’s when the Version 3 treatment was done.
We’ve run in to this before several times. What is something like this worth? Strosek certainly wasn’t a household name like AMG or Gemballa, but they are rare none the less. A bone stock 928 of this age with only 47,000 miles should fetch in the $12,000 ballpark. If you add in the rarity and the modifications, this car should fetch somewhere around $17,000. If it’s a twin turbo car, upwards of $20,000. The fact that it is not priced leads me to believe that the asking price is top dollar.
I see a good deal of 928s for sale, there are two reasons for this. One, Porsche made them for nearly two decades and two, because I look for Audi S4s so every time I search for S4 I come across Audis and Porsches. Because there are so many in the market picking one up is not very hard. $10k will get you a plenty nice one. Just remember that, while they looked fairly similar over that long run, the options changed over the years. Flavors of engines included 4.5, 4.7, 5.0, and 5.4, liter V8s.
Transmissions could be had in 3 and 4 speed auto or 5 speed manual.
A early 80s twenty thousand dollar 928 would normally have even fewer miles on it then the 46,000 on this machine. This one has reason to be an exception. It appears to have a super clean body kit, custom interior work, and performance engine tuning including cams and headers. Not to mention the seller says he’ll throw in $15,000 worth of extra goodies like a GPS nav, to tune up, detailing and more. Seems reasonable to me.
If 46,000 miles is a bit too high for you why not make an offer on this 1,484 mile 1978. Offered at $35,000 (reserve not met), this can only be for a collector. Great interior and even has the original window sticker. Knowing that every time you drove the car you’d be decreasing its value is tough. Just keeping the car garage bound when this 911 beater should be out roaming the back country is sad. As the slogan, picked up from another car club, goes, Garages Kill. Letting a car sit is not good for it and once parts start to deteriorate and have to be replaced you’ve lost the originality and not been able to enjoy driving the car, lose-lose. On the other hand it is nice to be able to show such an original vehicle.
Finally just to mix it up a bit this is the car that Hurley Hawyood used during the run to the Trans-Am Championship. The early Audi Quattro racers were pretty much bad ass in every form of racing they entered, hill climb, rally, trans am, etc. This one comes several years after the monster 600 horse power Group B Quattro S1, but clearly shares the blood lines and technology. The unique turbo charged inline 5 in this vehicle likely isn’t as powerful as the Group B car, but should certainly be bumping out over 500 ponies at full boost. The price is on request, probably somewhere north of a few dozen well used A4s. This would make a great SVRA or SCCA entry. For now it sits as a show piece at a casino.
I wasn’t able to confirm this from the dealer, but someone tells me this car may have just sold after being for sale for over a year at $450,000.
It was brought to our attention by a reader that the yellow widebody Porsche listed below has some discrepancies with VIN #s and seller legitimacy. If you see this Porsche listed proceed with care.
There is something about a 930 Porsche that just feels right. Nice proportions, fine performance, and fewer/simpler electronic gizmos than more modern 911s. They have that great Porsche sound. Really a work horse and driver’s car for the 80s Porsche enthusiast. I put 930 Porsche’s in that category of car that offers a pure driving experience in a package that begs to get out on the road rain or shine. Not quite the same as the new GT3 your neighbor owns that will never see its true potential as it only gets out of the garage on the trip to the golf course and even then only on cloudless days.
Prices seem very solid and stable for good 930s. This shows positively on how collectors view these models. $15k should get you an almost daily driver worthy Porsche, that you can enjoy most of the year (year round down south), and that you could probably sell in a few years for what you paid. The $25k ask for this Gemballa in need of work seems a bit high, particularly when for a tick over $20k and a Strosek bodied 1986 sold at $20k.
eBay is notorious for making it hard to sell damaged cars for decent prices. An auction format is supposed to show true market value, but I rarely see auctions for damaged cars like this, that have a seller’s reserve actually complete successfully. On the other hand someone else is out there asking .
Along the lines of the Flachbau or slantnose, you have to admire a car company that offered the option to the customer to completely alter the appearance of their car straight from the factory. This one with a widebody kit is bid up to $15k and it sure is wide. I hope the spindles are strong enough to take such a wide stance, with 50k on the clock I’d say things are ok. From the seller:
And finally at the uber high end of the spectrum is this listing at $99,500 from Windsor Specialty Auto Sales in California. The car is also listed in Hemmings. From the seller:
This 1978 Porsche Turbo started as an early 3.3L, made its way to DP Motorsports where it received a body, and to Kremer for some minor modifications and badging. Because this is an early car, it
is likely to be one of the first to get the Kremer/DP Motorsports “treatment”. The car has extensive modifications (see below) by S-Car-Racing that raise output to about 550 HP. It is being
offered as a track or show car.
The seller states they will ad more photos, I hope they do, I’d love to peek at the engine. I’m sure photos can be furnished for you serious buyers out there.
This car is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but for those who grew up in the Miami Vice era reading VW & Porsche will know what makes this car a standout. This auction recently ended with no sale at $20k, and a buy-it-now of $48k.
This great Turbo sets itself apart from all of the others due to it’s Strosek body kit, white gauge faces and Racing Dynamics wheels. A very striking look indeed!!
This car isn’t perfect, but this combination of original Strosek and Racing Dynamics aftermarket pieces are difficult to source today. $50k seems pretty high for a car with 60k miles, pitted bodywork, and stained interior. But this car could really serve as a childhood fantasy car project to rebuild or enjoy.
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