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1966 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 34

I don’t spend a lot of time talking about air-cooled models on these pages, and that’s a huge gap in Volkswagen’s history. It’s also not so long ago that VW continued to crank out brand new Beetles alongside their water-cooled replacements. The proliferation paved the way not only for the water-cooled replacement models I tend to favor, but some pretty awesome air-cooled examples, too.

Of those my favorite certainly must be the Type 34. I dissected Volkswagen’s first attempt to move upscale in an article on The Truth About Cars last year:

Volkswagen’s Other Karmann Ghia: the Type 34

Basically, like the Phaeton, the Type 34 was a sales failure. It was too expensive – costing about 50% more than a normal Type 14 Ghia. But that didn’t mean it wasn’t a very good looking failure. While the underpinnings were shared with its less exotic 1500 cousins, the upscale Karmann Ghia was aimed squarely at making peasants feel like landed gentry and certainly looked the part. Sweeping character lines ran the length of the car, giving it its signature “razor” nickname. Added to the upscale look in terms of desirability today is rarity. Never imported to the United States, the Type 34 only achieved about 42,500 units – less than 10% of the total number of the more popular and familiar Type 14 Karmann Ghia. But we’re lucky to find one today in Michigan:

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1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S

Oh my lord this is everything. Here we have an Arctic Silver Metallic 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S, located in New York, with Boxster Red interior and a mere 2,544 miles on it. Do I wish the exterior were something other than silver? Maybe, yes. However, Arctic Silver is a pretty nice variant of the color and the contrast it presents with the Boxster Red interior works so incredibly well that I almost don’t mind it’s a silver car. On the 993 Turbo S the color works quite well anyway.

There were only 345 examples of the Turbo S built in total and they provide the best combination Porsche could offer at the time in terms of performance and luxury. 430 hp was propelled to all four wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission. Larger disc brakes with the now well known yellow calipers provided restraint for those extra horses and the revised Aerokit helped keep the wheels planted. They are exquisite looking cars and, of course, the last of the air-cooled 911 Turbos. Naturally, that makes them quite highly sought after.

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1985 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

I’m going to say from the outset that I really like this Guards Red 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa. I wouldn’t say there is much that’s terribly special about it, but its overall look is really grabbing me. A bright red 3.2 Carrera Targa that is presented well simply falls right into my wheelhouse for everything I love about the 911. I love the classic 911 design, I’ve always liked the versatility and appearance of the Targa, and the ’85 fits into a nice window with regard to value. And it is that last point that brings me to the one thing I don’t like about it: the price. It is possible that given the condition and low mileage that this Targa isn’t priced too badly, but I’m not so sure about that. Though even if it is too highly priced it still foretells a movement of these early Carreras into pricing that simply seems beyond what I’d want to spend for one. Oh well. Let’s take a look at it though because as I said I love the car itself.

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1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera

The former seller of this car has informed us that the listing is not legitimate. A good reminder to always do your homework before bidding!

I don’t typically like to do this – feature two identical models back to back – but I thought this might make for an interesting data point and comparison with the Light Yellow 930 I featured on Wednesday. And let’s be honest this is a very attractive 930 in its own right so it’s worth our attention.

So here we have an Emerald Green Metallic 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera, located in New York, with Cinnamon leather interior and 49,000 miles on it. I actually featured this car around this same time last year and while the pictures are the same I don’t think it actually is in the hands of the same seller. It now is up for auction and the reserve has been met so it should be passing on to a new owner. The curious part of me wonders for how much it will sell. The rest of me just loves the color!

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1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera

I feature yellow Porsches frequently enough that you might begin to think they were a common color. They aren’t, though there have been periods of time in which we did see them more frequently. In the early years of the 911 they were pretty rare and that brings us to this car: a Light Yellow 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera, located in California, fitted with a Cinnamon leather interior with tartan inserts. Speaking to its rarity this is said to be 1 of only 52 930s produced in Light Yellow in the first two model years, i.e. prior to displacement being increased to 3.3 liters, and of those 52 this is the only one to feature tartan seat inserts. It’s a unique and interesting combination that really speaks to the period in which this 930 was built. Seat inserts have come back into fashion to some degree on the 911, but very few match the tartan inserts we saw in the ’70s. Boring these are not.

Oh and do I need to mention that this 930 comes from perhaps the most desirable model year? Yeah, this one is worth a serious look.

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