I’m going to step back from the world of ultimate performance 911s to bask in the beauty of a vintage Porsche. While there certainly existed performance variants of the 356 back in its day, by modern standards performance is very much beside the point when having a look at one of these cars. They’re very lightweight – I was struck by just how small a 911T appeared relative to the cars around it when I encountered one on the street this past weekend – and there is very little separating driver from machine to dull communication between them, but fewer than 100 horses is just that and modern suspension engineering is another world entirely. Yet, when I see a 356, which I think has only happened twice that I can remember, I’m just as struck by how different they look and how elegant they can be. Many vintage automobiles possess a similar stature and it is the nostalgia for these designs that drives many to seek them out. The example here isn’t entirely original – it’s engine is a period correct unit from the 912 – but it comes in an extremely subtle, but still very pretty, Dolphin Grey and comes from very near the end of 356 production. Here we have a 1964 Porsche 356C SC Karmann Coupe, located in California, with what sounds like around 120K miles on it (the seller assumes the odometer has turned over, but doesn’t have verification).
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There are always a few cars that I come across that immediately I know I will have to feature. As long as the basics of the car check out there’s typically enough to make it worthwhile and I begin to shift schedules and see where we can slot it in. This is just such a car: a Viper Green Metallic 1980 Porsche 911SC Targa, located in Massachusetts, with around 93K miles on it. As should be apparent, the allure here lies almost entirely in the color. I love a 911SC Targa in good shape and feature many of them, but I also pass by many of them. Viper Green does not get passed by. It’s such a rarely seen color on any 911 and a desirable color. Those familiar with the color will notice that this metallic variant differs quite a bit from the slightly darker, non-metallic, Viper Green that was available in the early ’70s. Both variants have points in their favor, but I prefer a metallic green so tend to lean toward this shade. I have commented before how I think green 911s tend to be under-appreciated. There is a caveat to that statement: it is typically the darker metallic greens that drift along unnoticed by many. Viper Green, and most any other pastel green Porsche has offered, rarely suffers such a fate and I don’t expect this 911SC to be any different. As the seller notes, this is by no means a conservative color, but what better way to have your classic 911 anyway?
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This makes for a few days in a row of very expensive 911s, but I wanted to throw this one out there as another alternative to yesterday’s GT3 RS 4.0 for those shopping in these high-priced waters. The asking price here is another step up from the RS and a Turbo S is aimed directly at collectors, but just as the GT3 RS 4.0 looks like the last manual GT3 RS, the 993 Turbo S stands as the last air-cooled Turbo. While these days the Turbo S seems an almost ubiquitous part of the 911 lineup, this was not always the case and the early examples of these models have been very highly prized. Whether in the guise of the extremely rare variants of the 964 Turbo or the still rare 993 Turbo we see here, the Turbo S raised Porsche’s ethos of performance and luxury to the nth degree. For the 993 the combination of twin-turbocharging and all-wheel drive also raised the bar for usability. The rear-drive monster was now somewhat tamed, or put more charitably the Turbo was now more exploitable for the everyday driver. Here we have the classic combination of Black and Tan on a 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S, located in Cleveland, with just 9,307 miles on it. While not as absolutely eye-catching as some other examples we’ve featured, there is a classic look to this black Turbo that certainly will strike broad appeal.
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Some cars manage to stop me dead in my tracks. That can be for a couple of reasons. Most commonly it occurs with something amazing that you simply can’t pass by. But other times I pause out of confusion. This 911 is a little bit of both. At first glance with just a thumbnail and the brief description this seemed like any other black 911 Carrera, except it had a $265K price tag. My first impression was that this was just another extremely ambitious seller that threw a car on eBay hoping to attract some attention. So I wanted to see what was so special to even bother with this kind of price. Now I see. The subheading reveals to us everything we need to know: this is a Club Sport and as such the high price is very much warranted. The last Club Sport I featured was so heavily modified that its designation as a Club Sport model was no longer of huge significance. The example here looks to be a full 180 degree turn as it sits in completely original condition and with very low miles. With only 28 sold in the US these are about as rare as they come for a 911 Carrera and in typical Porsche Club Sport fashion they bring serious performance pretensions a la the RS models that both preceded and followed them. Naturally we almost never see them, but when we do we stop.
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Following upon the heels of Tuesday’s Grand Prix White 930, here we have another 911 showing really nicely in that same color. This time that exterior is combined with a very nice Burgundy interior, a combination that always works well and the situation is no different here. The 911 Cabriolet had only been around for four years when this one was produced and this would be the first year one was produced with the G50 5-speed transmission. Of course, that sort of first-year status isn’t going to elevate its price relative to examples from the following two model years, but for fans of an open-top 911 there really weren’t a lot built in the classic design. With its nice color combination and what sounds like a pretty thorough history, though not completely documented history, this 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located in Scottsdale, shows a lot of promise. The price is high, as we’ve come to expect from these Carreras, so we’ll have to see where this one goes.