1983 Porsche 930 Cabriolet

The 930 has always possessed its own ’80s flare that few other cars can eclipse. Make that 930 a Cabriolet, cloak it in metallic paint and give it a nearly white interior and now we’re really talking ’80s. Lately we haven’t seen nearly as many 930 Cabriolets come up for sale relative to the Coupe so when we do come across one it always grabs our attention. The case is no different with this eye-catching Platinum Metallic 1983 Porsche 930 Cabriolet, located in Colorado, with Parchment leather interior and 87,898 miles. Like a few of the recent 930s we’ve featured here at GCFSB this one is a RoW 930 as the 930 was unavailable in the US market during this time.

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1986 Porsche 911 Turbo

This car provides a nice juxtaposition with the 2005 911 Turbo S I featured a few days back. That car represents the value side of the performance Porsche spectrum, while this car fits squarely on the investment side. I suppose the difficult decision comes for those buyers whose interests lie in having a 911 to spend a decent amount of time driving, rather than saving as an investment. In that regard, a low-mileage 930 wouldn’t be the ideal choice as a driver, but these days even a 930 with a decent numbers of miles will command a cost similar to a 996TT. There’s still something about these cars, especially in their design, that draws my eye more than the modern equivalents and while a 930 won’t outperform a 996TT it still commands a great deal of respect on any road.

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1988 Porsche 930 Slantnose Cabriolet – REVISIT

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The 1988 Porsche 930 Slantnose Cabriolet featuring some additions from the Ruf parts bin is back up for sale. Interestingly, it now features a higher starting bid than the original auction that garnered zero bids. Values for the 930 have escalated quite a bit since we featured this car, but whether they’ve increased enough to meet the high price this seller is seeking remains to be seen.

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2005 Porsche 911 Turbo S

It’s been a little while since I featured a 996TT so now seems as good a time as ever to see how the market stands for these performance bargains. The example featured here is an Arctic Silver 2005 Porsche 911 Turbo S, located in California, with 16,483 miles on it. 2005 was both the last year of the 996 and also the first year of the 997. Because the 997 Turbo would not be released immediately Porsche continued production of the 996 Turbo and for its final year of 996 production introduced the Turbo S. From a power standpoint the Turbo S essentially was the previously offered 996 Turbo plus the X50 power package. Add ceramic brakes and interior upgrades and you have the Turbo S. While Silver will never be my favorite color it has become pretty desirable among Porsche fans over the last decade and at the very least should allow you to cruise without attracting too much attention.

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1987 Porsche 911 Turbo Slantnose

We all have our Holy Grail; that one car that epitomizes everything we’re looking for or love about a particular car. For me, this car is about as close as I have found. A Black 1987 Porsche 911 Turbo Slantnose, located in New York, with Linen leather interior and 77,906 miles. What would I change? For starters a 1989 with the 5-speed manual rather than this car’s 4-speed would be nice. Also, while I enjoy the Linen interior on certain 911s, I’m not a fan of it on this. The menace conveyed by this car begs for a black leather interior though I’d also be quite happy with one of the darker tan shades Porsche has made available over the years. The Slantnose is a very love it or hate it design in particular, but I love it and it fits the general sense of excess of the 930 quite well.

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1985 Porsche 930

For a few brief years (or perhaps an eternity depending upon your perspective), the 911 Turbo was not offered in the US market because of Porsche’s hesitance to meet the US’s more stringent emission requirements. Most of the rest of the world still had the 930 though, some of those have made their way to our shores and we seem to increasingly come across them for sale. For the most part, RoW cars show few differences from what was offered in the US once they returned here. Notable exceptions are the rear bumperettes, which are narrower on RoW cars, and the front headlamps. I always find the US headlamp surrounds to give those cars a little bit of a melancholy look, versus the happier, upbeat, appearance of the RoW cars (if you’ll pardon the anthropomorphizing). All of this brings us to the car featured here: an India Red 1985 Porsche 930, located in Phoenix, that has seen 48,000 miles.

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1985 Porsche 930

There is something mighty sinister about an all-black 911 Turbo under any guise, but especially a black 930. It was already a very aggressive car from the start and with the darkness smoothing out those curves to go along with the black Fuchs and massive tail a black 930 takes on the appearance of something quite menacing. I guess it’s what Darth Vader would drive. That the engine provides for a similar level of menace simply completes the package. The car featured here is a Euro 1985 Porsche 930, located in Florida, with only 37,000 miles on the clock. That this is an imported European 930 doesn’t really mean much in terms of performance, but since the 930 wasn’t available in the US market in 1985 then importation would be the only way to get one to these shores.

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1978 Porsche 930

Most iconic Porsches were only around for a short time, dazzling enthusiasts for a couple of years and then retired. The 930 is the exception. This is in part because it was precisely the model’s longevity that played such a large role in its development of iconic status. Regardless the 930 has captivated the minds of Porschephiles for decades and helped create the legacy of this rear-engine rear-drive sports car. There were few major changes made during its production run, but the most significant came in 1978 when displacement was increased to 3.3 liters and an air-to-air intercooler was integrated into the rear spoiler. As far as values go, any early 930 holds a strong place on the collector market, but for the most part the 3.3-liter turbos are valued similarly to the earlier cars with only 3.0 liters. All are very valuable. Which brings us to the car featured here, a paint-to-sample 1978 Porsche 930, located in Houston, with a mere 44,445 miles.

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1978 Porsche 930

While the Porsche 930 remained relatively the same for its entire 13-year model run, its most significant change came shortly after its release. The initial development to produce a turbocharged version of the 911 used the 3.0 liter flat-six from the Carrera RS 3.0 mated to a 4-speed manual transmission. With nearly 260 hp and quite a bit of turbo lag these were seriously demanding cars to drive, but that did not stop Porsche from quickly deciding to increase displacement and add an air-to-air intercooler. Power was now at 300 hp and even with the whale tale drivers were in a constant battle to keep the rear of the car in line. Porsche now had a 911 with supercar performance, that required an equal level of attention, but that elevated the brand and created the legacy of the 911 Turbo we have all become so familiar with today. The car we see featured here comes from the first year of the revised engine: a Sienna Brown Metallic 1978 Porsche 930, located in Colorado, with 67,365 miles on it.

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1986 Porsche 911 Turbo

1986: For most it may have been just like any other year, but for Porsche fans it was special because it was in that year that the 911 Turbo returned to our shores after an absence of six years (it was also the first year of 959 sales, but that’s a topic for a separate post). Beginning in 1980, Porsche pulled its flagship 911 from the American market because of emissions regulations and their plan for the 928 to succeed the 911 as the marque’s premiere car. Once it became clear that the 911 would, in fact, remain supreme, the necessary money was allocated to produce a turbocharged engine that would meet our emissions standards and the 930 was back! While it was slightly down on power relative to its European counterpart, it still remained more than capable of wagging its tail. The car we have featured here comes to us from that first year of return: a 1986 Meteor Gray Porsche 911 Turbo, located in New York, with Bordeaux leather interior and 77,675 miles.

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