1979 Porsche 930

Let’s try this again: the Porsche 930 we posted on Thursday sold right around the time our post went up, so perhaps this one will remain on auction slightly longer. Here we have a Sahara Diamond Metallic 1979 Porsche 930, located in Maryland, with only 30,813 miles (the seller’s statement that the color is Kunstharzlack is incorrect – that just means the paint is a synthetic enamel). A rare and period-correct color such as this one does not come around too often and with such low mileage there is sure to be a lot of attention paid to this particular car.

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1978 Porsche 930

What happened to Guards Red? I know the color still exists, though I think the shade has changed slightly over the years, but I cannot remember the last time I actually saw a red 911 on the road. We have come across, and featured, quite a few Guards Red 911s here at GCFSB as it seems to have been a very popular choice in the ’80s. It is rare, however, that we have featured a modern 911, especially one of the water-cooled models, in Guards Red. It isn’t a subtle shade so I understand why some buyers might hesitate, but it isn’t Signal Orange or Viper Green either. I guess I just find this curious since I see a variety of red cars every day. I bring this up only because I really enjoy the color combination we see here. A Guards Red 1978 Porsche 930 with Tan leather interior. On the exterior, Guards Red contrasts so well with the black trim and wheels of the 930, but then the lighter Tan interior provides a more open, airy, feel that really looks great. This particular 930, located in Idaho, has just under 70K miles and is on auction with no reserve.

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1983 Porsche 911SC Sunroof Coupe

I was hoping to feature a few Porsches this week that represented nice value, but when I saw this one I just couldn’t pass it by. Here we have a Ruby Red Metallic 1983 Porsche 911SC, located in Massachusetts, with Burgundy leather interior (a fantastic color combination) and only 32,380 miles. The SC was the 911 model that really cemented the legacy of this iconic sports car and insured Porsche would continue to produce it to this day. By modern standards the performance from the 3.0 liter flat-6 isn’t going to knock your socks off, but the classic 911 design has aged rather gracefully and these cars still provide the feel and connectedness that so many drivers crave.

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1986 Porsche 911 Turbo

Every time I see one of these cars I remember why I love them. By appearance the 930 is very clearly a car from the ’80s and it should make no apologies for that fact. Every angle provides an interesting perspective that showcases the 911’s iconic shape. Add on an interesting exterior color, such as the White Gold Metallic of the car seen here, and you can linger over its curves for quite some time. This 1986 Porsche 911 Turbo appears to have had a peculiar beginning to its life (more on that below), but after that it seems to have been a well-driven 930, which had an engine rebuild at just over 100K miles performed by Andial.

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1989 Porsche 911 Carrera

There has been a decent bit of discussion lately concerning the current prices for air-cooled 911s and whether they’re being over valued. Much of that discussion has been concerned with a variety of rare variants that have seen very high prices. We might then wonder about the standard 3.2 Carrera and whether those prices too have shot up. The short answer is yes. The car featured here should provide us with a reasonable barometer of the current market for a classic 911 from the ’80s. Here we have a Black on Black 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera, located in New York, which has seen 57,000 miles. The value of this particular 911 should be buoyed by a couple of factors: 1) it comes from the final year of classic 911 production so it will be as refined as these cars get, including possessing the very desirable G50 5-speed manual transmission and 2) it has the factory sport seats.

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1997 Porsche 911 Carrera

White is a color in vogue these days. From Audi A8s to Volkswagen GTIs, it seems to be the color of choice, whether on the auto show display or the dealer forecourt. You could almost be mistaken that this 911, one of the last of the air-cooled examples, could be a present day model in the Porsche lineup. Amazingly this sports car is nudging ever closer to twenty years of age. For sale in New York, this 993 Carrera is an overdose of white, with color matched Turbo Twist wheels complimented by a low 57,000 miles on the clock.

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1987 Porsche 911 Carrera

For a buyer thinking about his first Porsche we still come back to the 3.2 Carrera and 911SC as the ideal models from which to choose. Both still represent good value since driver-quality examples in very good condition can still be found without too much trouble and each gives an interested buyer a chance to experience the mystique of the air-cooled Porsches that are so prized by enthusiasts and collectors alike. Among the standard cars, the most desirable tend to come from the final three years of 3.2 Carrera production as it is those cars that came with the upgraded G50 5-speed manual transmission. The car we have featured here is just such a car: a 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera, located in Michigan, with just under 84K miles that is on auction with no reserve.

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1976 Porsche 914

Porsche fans can be, at times, a curious lot. No matter what new model the company unveils, those into the marque will always judge it against the almighty 911. The Cayenne SUV has been their sales savior, the Panamera sedan has been deemed ugly and the Boxster is for those who can’t afford a real Porsche. We’ve heard all the stereotypes. Back in the 1970s, Porsche devised an entry level car with the help of Volkswagen in the form of the mid-engined 914. Powered by a flat-4, these were badged both as VWs and Porsches, and later on exclusively as Porsches. This 914 in astoundingly original condition is for sale in Florida and a perfect runabout for soaking up that state’s rays.

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1997 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

Certain cars have the ability to attract our attention more than others with a presentation that invites us to explore them more fully. In some cases those cars end up being fairly standard while others possess extra details that make them more interesting, more appealing, or both. Such is the case with the car featured here: a Glacier White 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in Illinois. Generally, I am not a huge fan of white cars, but the lines of the 993 seem to work very well with that color and we don’t see a lot of them. Added to that are some interesting options – sunroof delete, sport suspension, limited-slip, aero kit (which I know is very love/hate) – that take this from your everyday 993 to a 993 that stands apart both in appearance and in performance. Cars like these will never appeal to everyone, but it’s still nice to come across factory-optioned variants of what were already great cars.

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1966 Porsche 911 Sunroof Coupe

The 911, for good reason, has developed a reputation as a difficult car to drive. Much of this has to do with the rear-engine layout and subsequent dynamic imbalances from the resulting rearward weight distribution. In its early years, these effects were actually more pronounced due to the 911’s shorter wheelbase. A shorter wheel base produces greater agility and provides for easier right-to-left transitions, but in a car with its weight shifted towards the rear those nimble qualities can quickly get out of hand. For the 1969 model year Porsche sought to improve the 911’s overall stability by lengthening the wheelbase, making the short wheelbase cars somewhat of a historical footnote. The car we have featured here comes from those first few years of 911 production: a long-time garaged 1966 Porsche 911 Sunroof Coupe with a mere 14,620 miles on it, located in Oregon. It doesn’t wear its original shade of Light Ivory paint, but still looks very sharp here in Red.

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