1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe

The 964 brought with it numerous changes and innovations and marked the end of the classic 911. The Carrera 4 was first introduced, the body underwent its fist significant redesign in 15 years, and the general feel of the car took on a new level of refinement with such items as ABS, power steering, and climate control all available. There was one other technical innovation: Porsche introduced its Tiptronic transmission as an available option on the 911. While these days almost every manufacturer offers an automatic that allows some freedom to select the gears, back in 1991 this was a rare bird that would further serve to expand the Porsche audience. Though, we should note, Porsche themselves had begun offering a similar sort of system, the Sportomatic, way back in the late ’60s, well before anyone else seemed to even consider such a thing. These sorts of transmissions were the wave of the future and, love them or hate them, Porsche was at the forefront of this technology. Here we have a Tiptronic-equipped Cobalt Blue 1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 with 39,970 miles.

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1967 Porsche 911 Soft-Window Targa

The soft-window Targa is one of those cars that we rarely come across, but when we do they are always something to marvel at. Introduced in 1967, the soft-window Targa is basically a convertible with a fixed roll hoop, built primarily because Porsche felt uncertain about the sustained viability of convertibles on the market due to increasingly stringent crash regulations. The Targa we are all most familiar with, featuring a standard rear glass window was also made available beginning in 1968, leaving the soft-window targas as a bit of a short-lived anomaly. The example featured here is a great looking Irish Green 1967 Porsche 911 Soft-Window Targa, located in North Carolina. It was restored more than two decades ago and recently has received a full refresh to bring back its beauty.

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1989 Porsche 911 Speedster

I tend to go back and forth about whether I prefer the look of the 3.2 Carrera Speedster or that of the 964-based Carrera 2 Speedster, but there is something about the particular car featured here that really catches my eye in ways that others have not. Either Speedster is, of course, intended to harken back to the original 356 Speedster and to a degree the narrow-bodied Carrera 2 seems to come closer to the mark in that regard. There were a small number of narrow-bodied 3.2 Carrera Speedsters made, but they are so few that I can’t recall coming across one. Getting to the car here, as the market for the 3.2 Carrera has intensified I’ve been curious about the effect that would have on the rare variants of these models. The Speedster has always been very expensive so we may wonder how much more value they may show in the near term, but if this seller can even approach this asking price, then it would appear that the Speedster market has increased quite a bit as well. Here we have a gorgeous Grand Prix White 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster with red leather interior, located in Monterey, showing 22,300 miles.

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1986 Porsche 911 Carrera

In 1987 Porsche introduced a new transmission for the 911 to replace the outgoing 915 5-speed that had been in use for the previous 15 years. The G50 5-speed was a welcome introduction providing increased durability and improved shifting and has consistently been a strong selling point for the later 3.2 Carrera models. This change has also had the effect of slightly suppressing the value of the earlier models, making a 1986 3.2 Carrera an interesting proposition for those in search of driver-quality cars and don’t mind the slightly lesser transmission. The 911 featured here fits into that sphere of driver-quality ’86 Carreras. This Guards Red Coupe, located in Miami, with 137,750 miles should be obtainable at a reasonable discount relative to many other examples we see on the current market.

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1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 4

For a car that hasn’t changed much over fifty years, the 964 series Carrera 4 was a quantum leap in terms of 911 development. Now available with all-wheel drive, the integrated bumpers, new alloys and upgraded climate control brought this sports car up to levels of comfort sought by buyers in the new decade. This Carrera 4 for sale in Oregon looks sharp in Baltic Blue, one of the more restrained tones in what would be a period of diverse and exciting color options for Porsche.

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1971 Porsche 911E

During various periods, and especially with the modern cars, Porsche has offered two basic trim levels of the 911: the base and the S. There were then a wide variety of ways to configure each trim level, but that was the standard starting point. For a couple of years early on, however, there was one additional trim level – the E. First introduced in 1969, the E occupied a middle spot in the lineup between the entry-level Touring and the top of the range Super, offering both improved performance through its mechanically fuel-injected engine and improved ride quality through upgraded suspension and interior trim. Essentially, the E was the luxury model, while the S was the sport model. But after 1973 the 911E was no more. Values for these models on the current market tend to follow their position in the lineup with the E showing much better value than the T, though both lag well behind the highly sought after S. The car featured here is a Light Ivory 1971 Porsche 911E Coupe, located in New York, with 83,479 miles.

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1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

A cabriolet parked next to the ocean. If you were trying to sell a Baltic Blue 911 Cabriolet, you could certainly come up with a worse place to photograph it. Idyllic settings are what make open-top motoring so appealing. With the top down even a hot summer day feels a lot cooler as you watch the scenery rush by and enjoy the ocean air. This Baltic Blue 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located in Tampa, Florida, comes in with 63,621 miles. While the 3.2 Carrera is no longer the bargain it once was, many of the examples outside of the rare 20K-mileage-and-less range have yet to appreciate to quite the same degree. However, those days are surely numbered so anyone who had hopes of owning one of the last classic 911s will need to act soon.

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Double Take: 1993 Porsche 911 RS America – Collector or Racer?

The RS America is another example of a car Porsche produced as a means of satisfying enthusiast desires for production cars that were unavailable on the US market. In this case, the highly sought after car was the 964 Carrera RS, a completely revised, track-focused, version of the standard Carrera 2 that was both lighter and also more powerful than its production brethren. The RS America was never intended to fully mirror the Carrera RS in its extreme nature, but rather sought a less aggressive but nonetheless still enthusiast-oriented package featuring a stripped interior, sport suspension, and much fewer options. Today, their rarity makes them prized commodities on the 964 market as the two listings below should make clear. Here we have two examples of a Guards Red 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RS America that fall in fairly different parts of the market. One is a higher mileage RSA that has seen some track time, while the other is a pristine, low-mileage example, with a stratospheric asking price. We’ll begin with the tracked car.

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1986 Porsche 911 Carrera – M491

To provide some satisfaction to its customers who hoped to own a 911 Turbo during the years when the Turbo was not for sale on the US market, Porsche offered the M491 package. Sometimes called the “Turbo-look” 911 these cars were essentially a 930 minus the forced induction. While that’s no small difference, it did mean that prospective buyers had the option of buying a standard 3.2 Carrera with the upgraded braking and suspension of the Turbo, along with its wider rear and tea-tray spoiler. Derided by some, over time the M491-package 911 has become a hot commodity amongst many enthusiasts for its greater dynamic capabilities, paired with the lowered maintenance concerns and running costs of the naturally aspirated engine. The example here is a modified M491-packaged 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera that perhaps has hoped to make up some of the performance differences brought on by the lack of the 930’s engine.

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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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