1991 Porsche 911 Turbo

Searching for the 993 Turbo posted earlier, I happened upon this slightly-older Black Beauty. While the 993 may be the pinnacle of the classic (smaller) 911 shape, it’s no secret my tastes lie more firmly in the 80s. Thus, the 964 body style of the 911 gets me going a little more than the 993, and this 1991 Turbo is no exception. With some fine engine work and just 54k miles, this murdered-out 911 is something special. My garage is full up on black Germans for the moment, so it’s up to someone else to decide if this 450hp beast is really worth its $50k asking price.

1991 Porsche 911 Turbo for sale


From the seller:

Sinister? You bet, and that was before Porsche laid down the black-on-black scheme. Wide body 911’s are the best looking kind, and Turbo power reinforces the look. This example has only 53,000 miles, is clean in and out, and has some very nice and tasteful mods. It’s still a 911 Turbo, but it goes to 11!
911 Turbos are excellent cars on their own. They’re more comfortable, better equipped, safer and more complete vehicles than the 930. Antilock brakes, dual airbags, real live climate control, power steering and other amenities propelled the 965 (this generation Turbo’s model desination) into the 1990’s supercar elite.
These cars also respond really well with some minor tweaks. For more grip, the front and rear struts were replaced with adjustable JIC Cross pieces, and the wheels were repainted in black for an even more sinister look! New Michelin Pilot Sport Cup rubber is at all four corners, and the brake calipers were powdercoated red while everything was apart. This car sticks, and it corners like a slot car!
Power is easy to come by in a turbo car, but safe power is another matter. That requires effort and money, and both went into this car. For more spark to quell detonation, the heads were sent out and machined to accept twin spark plugs per cylinder. While they were out, Ollie’s in California did a full valve job and trued the head gasket surfaces. A full Electromotive XDi setup replaces the distributor with coil packs and a magnetic crank trigger, allowing the new JE Pistons to run their 10:1 compression with ease. More power comes courtesy of the fully mapped Blitz dual solenoid boost controller and TiAl 46mm wastegate. Air now flows through Porsche Motorsport silicone intercooler and turbo hoses. Three hours of dyno tuning put down more than 380whp!
Thousands of dollars in service costs are documented back to the original owner, with minor issues resulting in service visits. The warm up regulator was replaced with a digital unit, the A/C saw constant servicing (it IS a black-on-black Texas car) and a new heavy duty clutch puts the power down. Much of this work was done at Sports Car Repair, Inc. in Houston, with the motor rebuild less than 500 miles ago!

I might prefer some different wheels, and the fat airbag wheel is incongruous on a car this lithe and quick, but these are nitpicks. It’s a great-looking and well-taken care of 911 Turbo whose styling, and 50% price, suit me more than the 993.

-NR

1986 Ruf BTR Porsche 911 Slantnose for sale

Seeing the RUF CTR2 in a Road & Track high-speed shootout in middle school ushered in a new era in my car appreciation – the tuner era. Now much more commonplace, I had never before seen the fantastic excesses of speed possible when aftermarket engineers set their sights on improving the best of the best. Ridiculous power is ubiquitous these days, but while many tuners have eschewed clean aero add-ons for the automotive equivalent of gaudy triple-E silicon implants, Alois Ruf has stayed classy through over three decades of Porsche tuning. Clean proprietary wheels are often the only exterior modification as Ruf lets his engine work do the talking. In the mid-80s, Ruf took the poster-star Slantnose 930 911 and worked his magic, ending up with 374 turbo-charged horses ready to lay waste to the all comers.

1986 Porsche 911 Ruf BTR Slantnose for sale on eBay

Not a lot of info on the listing, but three numbers seem the most important:

100 – The total number of Ruf BTRs produced
12,748 – The obscenely low mileage
123,900 – The asking price

It’s a shame this car has only traveled 13k miles, because I’m sure it’s a blast. It’s tough to judge the market for a car like this, but even with the low mileage and rarity, it seems priced a bit high. That said, the seller seems ready to wait to get their price, so more power to them in passing on this most rare of 911s.

-NR

1983 Porsche 911 SC RS Look Offered by EuroWerkz

A question posed by many budding car enthusiasts is which Porsche 911 is the best to buy for those new to the marque? As a 911 enthusiast who is still gunning to own one, I’ve always maintained the 1978-83 Super Carrera, or SC, is the one to put your money on. In the late seventies, Porsche was out to seek complete reliability, and the SC introduced the 3.0 liter version of the venerable flat six engine with Bosch K Jetronic fuel injection. Good for 180 hp in US trim, the SC also marked a change to a diecast aluminum engine block from the magnesium block used in 911 models from 1968 through 1977.

The funny thing about the SC is that it outsold the 928, which was developed to succeed the 911. It was during the reign of the SC that Porsche decided to continue on with the 911 program. It also marked the return of the first cabriolet Porsche since the 356 with the 1983 911 SC Cabriolet.

Here is a late model SC on offer from EuroWerkz LC in Pleasantville, Iowa.

1983 Porsche 911 SC RS Look for sale at EuroWerkz

An extremely nice low mileage 2 owner example. First owner had it for 23 years, second owner did a mechanical freshening and cosmetic up date to RS look including RS valance,duck tail, and graphics. New 7 and 8 inch wheels with new Michelins. New optima battery and 3M clear bra all around. The car is a beautiful 911 that runs 100% in every area. Window sticker,Books and history since new. Recently detailed including a professional color sand that made this car really stand out. Ready to enjoy and it’s a blast to drive! Call or e-mail for the details on any of our inventory. We speak car!

This Porsche is SUPER nice!

I’ve driven a few SCs and I have to say, for a vintage sports car, they are a fairly forgiving drive. They are also a great introduction as to what the 911 experience is all about. The clatter of the flat six, manual steering and no electronic aides to get in the way. Some maintain the 3.2 was better, but the SC is more affordable while offering up the nearly bulletproof 3.0 liter engine.

This example offered by EuroWerkz is a nice tribute to the classic RS look with the advantage of being based on the Super Carerra. The seller is asking $24,900, which is about right for a 911 of this vintage and condition. A few good things to look out for when buying an SC is to see if it has been updated with stainless steel heat exchangers for more power and reliability, as well as tensioner and pop off valve upgrades.

Having covered only 44,000 miles in its lifetime, this is one 911 with a lot of life left in it.

-Paul

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1989 Porsche 911 ClubSport – Update

The seller of this 1989 Porsche 911 Club Sport contacted us recently to update us on the status of his vehicle. While he charged a speciality dealer with selling it, there was no interest at the asking price of $129,900.

The seller is having the car returned to the collection and has asked us at GCFSB to update our original ad, as the price has been reduced to $97,500. Still a princely sum for a 1989 911, but consider this is one of the rarest and all time great 911’s.

Update 10.26.2011: This car has sold.

Dan: Pleasure to meet you. I’ve enjoyed reading your website/blog for several years and have added your motorcycle blogs to my everyday reading list, as well.

On May 31 of this year, I was traveling on business and checked into the hotel late that evening. I couldn’t sleep so I popped open my laptop and decided to troll my favorite automotive websites. When I hit your GCFS blog, I was stunned. Somebody was selling a 911 Clubsport just like mine! Then it dawned on me… the featured car WAS mine. While it was cool to see the Clubsport featured, Paul’s commentary struck a chord. It reminded me why I had originally purchased the car. Well done, Paul.

So why this email? I’d like to update your readers on the car before I list it elsewhere. The car is on its way home to NM. Frankly, the dealer charged with selling the car overpriced it from the get go. Yes, the car is the first of seven 1989 US cars produced. Yes, it’s in excellent shape with only 14,761 miles on it. And yes, more Porsche enthusiasts have started giving the 911 Clubsport its due, with some pundits (911 and Porsche News and Georg Karcher) calling it the “RS of the 1980’s” and one of the ten best Porsches ever (as a rennsport fan, I don’t have a street car on my personal Porsche “top ten” list). However, we live in strange economic times and, while an ’89 Clubsport with less than 5,000 miles sold for close to $140,000 in 2007, it would take the absolute best, never-driven, concours Clubsport to get close to that high water mark today.

The car is for sale. I’m asking $97,500 for it… a lot of money, I know, but a far cry from the previous asking price of $129,900. The reason behind the sale is simple. I miss the track and have an old racing Porsche in my sights. While the Clubsport would be perfect for track day usage, it’s too nice to convert into a real race car. Time for it to move to a new custodian.

Thanks for the help. Keep up the good work.

Best regards,

Michael Schafer

To recap, here is a description of the vehicle:

1989 911 Club Sport Grand Prix White/Grey 14,761 Miles

Grand Prix White
Grey cloth inserts/leather
14,761 original miles
1 of 7 in the United States
Factory Lightweight (2558 lbs)
NO a/c, NO power seats/windows
Lightweight carpeting in the passenger compartment and trunk
Special 3.2 Liter rated at 231 Horsepower
G 50 hydraulic clutch
M 637 with full delete package
100% original paint
All books and records
Collector owned since new
Original rims refurbished (NOT SHOWN)

If interested, please contact the seller here: jmschafer@mindspring.com

-Paul

1989 Porsche 911 Club Sport with 14k miles

I sincerely hope that down the road I may own a place with a small garage where I can keep two vehicles. I have no intention of letting go of my R53 MINI Cooper S anytime soon, but I think a 911 would be a good option to keep the MINI company. When that time comes, I’d probably be eyeing a 993 or a more affordable 964. However, the absolute last word, at least for me, when it comes to the 911 can be summed up in two words: Club Sport.

The following car is one of only 7 that were sold new here in the United States in 1989. The M637 Club Sport package adhered to the less is more mantra. Much of the luxury items found in a normal 911 were deleted such as power windows, air conditioning (with the exception of two examples), rear seat, sound insulation, fog lights….well, you get the point. Most wore the Grand Prix White hue and all included a blueprinted 3.2 liter engine with more horsepower.

The following example is low mileage and has proper pedigree. These Club Sports don’t come up for sale very often, so all 911 fans should take note.

1989 Porsche 911 Club Sport

The seller states:

Grand Prix White, Grey cloth inserts/leather. 14,761 original miles. 1 of 7 in the United States. Factory Lightweight (2558 lbs), NO a/c, NO power seats/windows. Lightweight carpeting in the passenger compartment and trunk. Special 3.2 Liter rated at 231 horsepower. G50 hydraulic clutch, M637 with full delete package. 100% original paint. All books and records. Collector owned since new. Original rims refurbished (NOT SHOWN). Blue Chip investment. Asking $129,900

While $129,000 for a 1989 Porsche may make some folks eyes bulge, if I had the money, I would snap this car up in a heartbeat. It fits all the criteria I look for in a car: rarity, simplicity, driving pleasure and best of all, it’s German.

-Paul

No-reserve 1974 Porsche 911 for sale in honor of our “barn find”

My best friend lives in Washington now, having departed California about a year ago to return to our childhood home. His parents still live there, and we have long dreamed of commandeering their underused German treasures: a 1987 VW Westfalia, and the S-ified version subject of today’s 1974 Porsche 911. The Westy is in pretty good shape, but unfortunately the white 911S has been woefully neglected in the garage, its 30k-mile rebuild going unappreciated and the body wilting with rust. It has now been bequeathed to said friend though, and as funds allow, a rejuvenation is planned.

The mid-year 911s are not as desirable as the 69-73s with their crash bumpers and impending emissions-choking equipment, though the latter was thankfully postponed until the 1975 model year. Porsche integrated the bumpers better than most, and the new 2.7L flat-6 put out 150hp normally and 173hp in S trim – enabling the 2300 lb car to be quick even by today’s standards (GTI quick, mind you- not 911 quick). So, these ’74s may not be the ultimate collector’s wet dream, but they’re good enough for me, having pulled me from my Audis and BMWs and leaving me chomping at the bit for my first 911 experience. Today from eBay we have a beautifully clean, 60k mile 911, and I’m getting excited.

The seller has written some nice history and details, but it’s best summed up by this:

This early edition 2.7-liter Porsche 911, unencumbered by power-sapping emissions systems, featuring a rust free pan and a most striking color combination, must be one of the best values to be found in the vintage Porsche marketplace today.

The no-reserve auction is just over $10k at time of writing with a week left. I’m not experienced enough with the sensitive subject of vintage 911 pricing to make a true estimate, but the price could go up quite a bit and I’d still consider this a fun and relatively inexpensive entry into the car, the myth, the legend that is 911.

I’m ready to visit home and start wrenching.

-NR

1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster

I’m a sucker for cars that have an interesting color combination or rare collection of options. Porsche had some unique colors back in the late 1980s and 1990s, partly due to the fact that Harm Laagay returned to Porsche from BMW in 1989, after completing the Z1 project. This 911 America Roadster was a limited run model with 250 produced. It has the cabriolet body with the 911 Turbo’s flared rear fenders. The car also adopted the brakes and suspension from the 911 Turbo but retains the Carerra’s 247 horsepower engine.

The seller states:

This is a 1992 America Roadster in Raspberry red on Raspberry red (himbeerrot metallic) 1 of only 4 ever built according to Porsche North America.

History of the car:

First owner was a wealthy Western Canadian Businessman, now retired. He traded the car in on new Porsche turbo and the dealership wholesaled it out – purchased by a Canadian broker who deals in air cooled, limited editions Porsche – good reputation.

Second owner who I bought the car from; Canadian retired Banker from Japan. He is a Classic Porsche enthusiast and very knowledgeable about Porsche. According to him the Porsche has always been garaged/kept warm, never seen snow, virtually not seen rain.

Original owner confirmed it was factory ordered, custom matching interior including back seats (found in many euro cars, but very unusual in American cars, which usually have cheaper rear seat delete.
Original owner reports post ordering and upon its arrival he agreed to allow Porsche North America to use the car on the auto show circuit.

Allers Autosport has serviced the car this year and last. Frank (an inductee into Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame) was formerly mechanic at MCL motors (Vancover Porsche Dealer) but for years has operated his own very small shop focusing on the aircooled Porsche (has no website) operates among aircooled 911’s crowd.

5/08 orig. owner replaced cab top cables, pulleys, gears, transmission $2847
5/08 orig. owner maintenance ck, oil service and new battery $560
8/08 custom audio install (alpine headset with i-pod dock, boston/pioneer speakers), sorry but original speakers, cd, radio….all were bad.
12/08 orig. owner full engine ck/mechanical ck (air filter, plugs, heat exchanger gasket $842
1/09 orig. owner, replaced DME relay and servicing $410
3/09: oil service and replaced front hood struts $323
3/10 mechanical ck/ck plugs/ck brakes, oil service and replaced distributor caps & rotors $875
4/09 broker replaced cab top (pacific auto trim ) $1995
4/09 broker had alloy wheels refinished $672
7/09 new tires ( z rated, 17’s stock sizes)

Mechanically the car is Perfect! Everything works and does not drip any oil! This Porsche has 66,000 miles and the odometer reads in KMS at 110,000kms. If someone buys it in the US I will Pay to have the Speedo converted to US MPH at Palto Alto Speedometer.

Interior/Exterior:
-Side panels, doors, turbo flares excellent. There are no dings/door marks/scratches. Same goes for door sills.
-Bumpers excellent (both resprayed last year for stone chips-front, scratches-rear)
-Hood / rear deck excellent. Overall excellent except for 2 small stone chips under front headlight which I inherited with car. The paint is in overall excellent condition
-Interior carpet is good to excellent.
-Door panels both carpet & leather – excellent
-Wheels newly refinished 17″ cups ( from the turbo model) excellent, no scuffs

-The seats are Porsche sports. Passenger seat is excellent, drivers seat is excellent but side bolster-entry side has approx 2″ wear mark).
-Shift boot/leather surround excellent
-Full leather dash (both upper/lower) excellent
-Brake lever, has small scar, approx 1/4″
-Rear seats/belts excellent
-Top new last yr., excellent
-Visors, excellent
-Steering wheel, excellent

The buy it now price of $39,500 is a tad higher than Kelley Blue Book’s appraisal, but about right for what NADA is quoting. The color may not be to some folks’ taste, but the car is well documented and in good condition, along with having a reasonable amount of mileage for the year. The Porsche 911 is renowned for it’s strong resale value in comparison to other Porsches. Even though 964 models aren’t the most valued, the rarity of the America Roadster is surely to add to this car’s lure in the future.

-Paul

1987 930 Turbo w/ 2002 993 Body & 2006 engine

An interesting combo here that looks pretty good. The price isn’t cheap, but this machine clearly was built up to a fine standard.

A Protomotive tuned 2006 twin turbo 3.8 is dropped into the 1987 930 chassis and then draped in a 993 look widebody kit.

The seller is claiming 850 horsepower and 0-60 in under 3 seconds with a 210 MPH top speed. I’m sure this thing is fast, but I don’t know about 200 MPH fast.

The transmission has thankfully been uprated to handle the power.

Monster 19″x 14″ rear wheels with  355/20/19 rubber fill out the wheel arches.

$75,000 ask price. Despite all the work that has gone into this car I suspect that this price won’t be reached, you Porsche guys might have a better sense on the value of such a “hybrid.” Questionable vanity license plate not included.

~Evan

1976 Porsche 911 3.0 Carrera Euro spec

Somewhat unique Porsche here, a Euro 911 3.0 liter Carrera. The average car fan won’t distinguish this from other similar era 911 vehichles, but the Porscheophile will take note of the Euro bumpers and the Carrera 3.0 badge on the trunk. Car comes with Bosch CIS fuel injection and a limited slip diff for better drivability.

101,000 miles show this car was enjoyed. The previous owner was a Porsche mechanic. The seller lists a ton of replaced and rebuilt parts and judging from the fact the photos are taken in a Porsche junkyard I bet I know where many of those parts came from.

This is a nice looking ride with the polished Fuchs alloys setting off the red paint. The $35,000 ask price is probably playing up the rarity of this car a bit much, but hopefully there is some wiggle room in there from the seller.

~Evan

1991 Porsche 911 Turbo

Another week, another 964 series 911 Turbo, it seems. 1990 saw the introduction of the 964, and one year later, the Turbo bowed with a 3.3 liter engine producing 315 horsepower. The 964 Turbo models are, much like the rest of the 964 range, steadily increasing in value and gaining the attention of collectors. Here’s a fairly clean, early example with late model Porsche wheels.

The seller states:

Here is a sweet 1991 Turbo 911. This rare car is in great shape inside, outside, and mechanically. It has Turquoise Metallic (59) paint and a grey interior. Body and paint are in great shape with the usual paint chips around the wheel flares. The engine number is 61M00854 and transmission number is 2M00855. I have the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity for this car. It is fast and drives like it should, like a race car.

The thing that stands out in the ad is the fact that the car comes with Porsche’s Certificate of Authenticity, important to any collector. The reserve isn’t met at $25,000, but it would be safe to say this car would make it well into the $30k range if an interested buyer exists. Besides the 911 3.2 from the 1980s, I have to say the 964 is perhaps my favorite 911 of them all.

Here’s a clip from the PBS show Motor Week highlighting the 1992 Turbo, essentially the same vehicle:

-Paul