It feels like it has been a while since I’ve written about the 964 Turbo so now seems as good a time as ever to remedy that. I’ve featured quite a few examples of the 930, my personal favorite of the 911 Turbos, but as the 930’s heir the 964 Turbo provides a very familiar recipe for driving enjoyment packaged in a more modern and refined machine. Utilizing the same basic setup as the 1989 930, a 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6 mated to the G50 5-speed manual transmission, the 964 actually can provide the opportunity for experiencing much of the greatness of that final 930 model year, but for less cost. The cost will not likely be significantly less, but with the ’89 930 attracting significant attention on the collector market while the Turbo 3.6 garners most of the attention among 964 fans, the standard 964 Turbo sits in a nice middle position where we can’t quite say it is being ignored but it does fly under the radar just that little bit. How that will continue to play out over time remains to be seen, but right now it is not a bad car to pursue for those in search of the menacing performance that only a single-turbo rear-drive 911 can provide. The example we see here, a Guards Red 1992 Porsche 911 Turbo, located in Miami, shows with very reasonable mileage for its age and generally presents quite well.
Vintage Porsches are some of the most collectable cars out there on the market these days, but for those looking to kick up the collector quotient, there are plenty of options. Chief among these options are colors. Porsche is known for its color palette and perhaps the heyday of this was the 1990s, in the twilight of the air-cooled 911 era. One of the most affordable ways into the air-cooled 911 game is to opt for the Targa version. The 964 Targa still had the classic removable roof panel before Porsche switched to a powered glass roof for the 993 Targa. This 1992 Targa is reportedly one of two Mint Green examples in the world. The color might look very 1950s, but I pine for the days of the imaginative hues carmakers used to offer.
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The Silver 1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster we featured back in January is up for sale again. The price has been reduced from $95,000 to $89,000, but I still feel that’s going to be too high given that the interior is not in the best shape. However, like many of the 964 variants, the America Roadster has seen a serious increase in value over the past year so it’s always possible that someone decides to take the chance that this can be returned to beauty and offer a nice return at some point in the future.
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The below post originally appeared on our site January 20, 2015:
It goes without saying that we’re one of many sites that looks towards online auctions for what’s for sale daily. Indeed, prior to coming on board at GCFSB I pursued many of them every day and night to see what was out there. However, one of the things that drew me in to being a follower of this particular site was that the cars were cars that I could afford. Sure, from time to time the other sites run a bargain car or an affordable project, but largely it seems that the featured cars are firmly out of the grasp of someone with modest means. That’s not to take anything away from their concentration; I’m sure that amongst the devoted fans of other sites are plenty of well-heeled individuals, and similarly I’m sure that we’ve got some followers with much, much deeper pockets than I’ll ever have. Nevertheless, there is something that’s appealing about a quality car that can be had at a bargain, and looking at 1980s and early 1990s German cars affords us that opportunity, both literally and figuratively. The other aspect that I love is that coming of age, these cars were the cutting edge of technology – the cars that I read about in magazines but never dreamed I could possibly buy. One of my favorites then was the seeming underdog; the Audi S4. True, out of the box it was down on power to the M5 and 500E, but it was the most modern of the trio, and being the only turbocharged option there was a world of potential in the motor. It was, after all, the monster motor that had powered the legendary Group B cars in the 1980s and the IMSA cars into the 1990s. Couple that potential with a stout all-wheel drive system and a refined interior along with a sedate but handsome exterior, and you have one of the truly great sleepers:
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We paid tribute to the W124 Mercees-Benz E-class on Monday. It’s hard to believe it has been three decades since this car was unveiled, as you still see plenty of these cars roaming the roads. A lot of the W124s I run across are run down and seem to be on their last legs, but like the W123 that preceded it, they go from strength to strength. This 300CE coupe for sale in Louisiana is a well preserved example with under 50,000 miles on the clock, making this quite an appealing modern classic.