1995 Porsche 911

A few weeks ago I took a look at a 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S that had one of the more severe cases of “sticker shock” I’ve ever seen. Nearly $600,000 is what you needed to pony up to drive home with that car and as crazy as that price sounds, and it is crazy, that is still without a doubt a car that is worth hundreds of thousands. Just probably not $600,000. That got me thinking, what could you get for a faction of the price but not the fraction of the experience? Well, I think you know where I’m going with this.

This is a 1995 Carrera 2 is also finished in white, although Pearl White, not Glacier White. It has the Turbo Twist wheels that everyone loves and just 52,000 miles. Is it a Turbo S? Of course not. Could you still have a ton of fun in it and save $526,000? I think I could manage that.

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1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S

To many, there is no higher predator on the Porsche 911 food chain than the 1997 Turbo S. It was everything all packed into a single car. Only 182 examples made it to the US and they were all very expensive as you might of guessed. Most had a sticker price of over $150,000 in 1997, which in 2019 money is north of $240,000. After your tax and all that good stuff, you are out the door at nearly a quarter of a million dollars. That was more than a Ferrari F355 Berlinetta at the time, but its apples and oranges and you can see where values for both of these cars are at today. This example up for sale in Ohio is finished in Glacier White over Cashmere Beige leather interior and has just 7,700 miles on the odometer. The price? This or a two-bedroom apartment in Manhattan’s Upper East Side?

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1996 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Tiptronic

A little over a month ago I checked out a 964 Porsche 911 C2 in a great spec until you noticed it was equipped with the Tiptronic transmission. Nothing really wrong with that, but I felt like it shouldn’t be priced on the same level as the 5-speed cars given the what recent 964s are selling for. Would I kick it out of my garage? Of course not. Would it be my choice all dollars being equal? Of course not.

Building on that, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the next generation 911 with the old slushbox, the 993. The transmission was exactly the same, a ZF box with four forward gears, as opposed to the standard 6-speed you get with the manual cars. Even worse, the Tiptronic was 55 pounds heavier. Even worse than that, it sucked up the power big time. A 0-60 time in a C2 with the 6-speed was around 5.3 seconds while the same car with the Tiptronic box was 6.2 seconds. Yes, not great. However, this 1996 C2 painted in the lovely Guards Red could be cheap enough for you to consider it, right?

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Tuner Tuesday: 1987 Porsche 930 Coupe

Modified cars from the 1980s enjoy are and interesting exercise in dichotomy. Take AMG, for example – add the flares, wide wheels, hunkered down suspension and turned up engine to a W126 and the asking price increases from a standard model by a factor of ten. What is strange about the AMG model, though, is that enthusiasts of the Affalterbach company accept licensed installers as proper original builds. Such is not the case when it comes to tuners like Alpina, Hartge and Ruf; generally speaking, in those cases the only “true” original examples came from the manufacturer’s facilities in Germany. In these cases, examples that are properly sorted and original can be worth double, triple or even quadruple what an identically modified car from a licensed installer in the U.S. would be worth. On top of that, AMG continues to be a bit of an aberration in the tuner realm since most other period modified examples of Porsches, BMWs, and Audis are worth less than a pristine stock example. It’s a bit of a head scratcher, since generally speaking, companies such as Alpina and Ruf put out equally good looking products when compared to AMG, and properly modified were just as luxurious and just as fast. Nevertheless, a tastefully modified example like this period Ruf-modified 1987 Porsche 930 just doesn’t seem to draw the same attention as a AMG 560SEC Widebody 6.0 would, for example. Let’s take a look at what a reported $75,000 in mods got you in the late 1980s:

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1972 Volkswagen Type 2 Tandem Axle Flatbed



Custom conversions can either go really well, or really poorly. Most of the time it is really poorly. But not today. What started life as a Volkswagen Type 2 factory single cab dropside pick-up is now a flatbed hauler with an extra axle thrown on there for good measure. Now before you get excited about that extra axle, it’s only along for the ride as it looks like only the second axle is functional. Once I started digging into the (sparse) information on this T2,  it was built and used to be a working car hauler — save for one big problem. So let’s check out this once Californian T2 that now resides in the Netherlands.

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Motorsports Monday: 1972 Porsche 911 RSR Tribute

This past weekend was the Goodwood Festival of Speed; if you missed it once again, or have no idea what I’m talking about but are reading this, it’s something you desperately need to examine in your motoring life. There are historic races held around the world, and there are motoring events held around the world, so one more held on some rich dude’s driveway shouldn’t be a big deal, right? Wrong, it’s perhaps the single most unique and impressive automotive event in the world. The FoS reunites classic race cars often with their original drivers, driven in anger up the 1 mile hill of Lord March’s drive. It’s tougher than it would seem to be, and since it’s inception it’s attracted every major automobile manufacturer and gathered some of the most impressive machines ever made. From the first race cars to modern Formula One racers, the Festival of Speed is a celebration of all things automotive. For example, this past weekend, Mazda was the featured marque – but they also had gathered 7 of the 8 Mercedes-Benz 300SLRs ever built, and had Sir Stirling Moss, Hans Herrmann, Jochen Mass, Sir Jackie Stewart, and many other notable champions driving four of them up the hill. That was one of many priceless convoys parading by motorsports enthusiasts; it’s simply the largest collection of the most significant race cars ever made in the world coupled with the historic champions that drove them. Why talk about this in this tribute listing? Well, look closely at the lower portion of the door, and you’ll see that the builder of this 1972 Porsche 911 – which tribute’s Hurley Haywood’s Brumos-sponsored 1973 Sebring RSR – went so far as to include the Goodwood FoS number sticker from when the car appeared:

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1982 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia

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As I continue my search for a van to support adventures without breaking the bank, it’s fun to happen upon examples like today’s which have good bones and a little work to be done, all at a reasonable price. This van was acquired by a VW tech from an older guy who had bit off more than he could chew, and now it has a rebuilt engine and restored running gear. The Westfalia interior pieces will need work to be fully installed and operating, but on a clean van like this from a seller that sounds like he’s expecting something along the lines of $10k, it’s a heck of a deal.

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Tuner Tuesday: 1979 Porsche 930 Andial/Ruf

For all of the crazy tuner modified cars of the 1980s, there were very few that came out the other side looking better than what the factory produced. However, I think two tuners consistently managed to outperform what came directly from the manufacturer. Alpina is one; the subtle spoilers, large but somehow fitting stripes and perfect wheels always make those models modified by the exclusive tuner really stand out. The second for me is Ruf; it’s simply amazing what just a set of Ruf Speedline wheels can do. It is literally as if the 930 shape was made specifically to match those wheels – not the other way around. You can add in the other Ruf bits, ducts and pieces and really make a masterpiece; but the wheels almost make the car special all by themselves. Of course, if you happen to have a bunch of other period-awesome modifications from top companies, that doesn’t hurt either:

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Ur-Ur-Ur-Quattro: 1958 Auto-Union/DKW Munga

Nearly 4 years ago, Paul wrote up a 1957 Auto Union Munga, rare to see at all in the U.S. and with some practical updates. In fact, it wasn’t really a Munga at all anymore; the body had been taken off and mounted onto a 1968 Beetle chassis complete with the 1600 flat-4. Now listed as a 1958 model and missing the centercaps, it appears this very same vehicle is back up for sale. What does the title of this feature mean? Well, for those in the know, the genesis of the Ur-Quattro started with a bunch of Audi models that were outpaced on a test drive through some snowy roads by a military-spec Volkswagen Iltis. So, the Iltis was really the Ur-Ur-Quattro – but in fact, the Iltis itself was heavily based upon the earlier Munga from the 1950s. That’s right rally faithful, your precious Quattro was an antique long before it was a trend-setter! Okay, so it’s an over simplification, but it is still neat to track the history of these cars and where the designs came from:

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Wehrmacht or Mad Max? 1940 Kubelwagen Replica v. 1974 VW Thing


Military machines are always a bit of interest to some, and the ones that draw the most attention in the German car scene are without a doubt the 1930s and 1940s German military vehicles. Key in German troop movement were the Kubelwagen and Schwimmewagen, two versitle and simple vehicles that were mass produced but few survived the destruction of the war in good shape. Consequently, interest in them has spawned recreations. Today we have a bit of an interesting face off then, between a replica Kublewagen and a military-inspired Thing that looks straight from the set of Mad Max. Let’s start with the Kubelwagen:


Year: 1940
Model: Kubelwagen
Engine: 1.3 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 132 mi
Price: $44,900 Buy It Now

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Excellent reproduction of the famous German WWII jeep designed by Dr. Porsche and built by VW. This Kubelwagen features Intermeccanica in-house designed and built tubular steel perimeter tube chassis and has a Canadian made one-piece composite body. Build in 2006 with only new parts at Intermeccanica and been in a private collection since then, only done 00132 km !!!

Issued with a Intermeccanica VIN, therefor less than 17 digits.

All 5 tyres are Vredestein SnowPlus 15 inch tyres and are as good as new. There are no damages and the interior is spotless. The engine and transmission work perfectly, the vehicle has front brake disks and rear drum brakes.

Orignal design with front “suicide” doors
Fold down windshield
Original inspired soft top with fully articulated tube steel frame
Original inspired side curtains with padded storage bag
Orignal inspired dash panel with reverse running VDO speedometer
Safety door locks
High luster ISO polyester gel
Color matched powder coated metal interior and exterior trim
All stainless steel body hardware
Front bucket seats to original design with adjustable headrest
Built in retractable seat belt system
Cast alloy original style 3 spoke steering wheel
High efficiency heating and defrosting, incorporating 3 speed booster fan

Prices at Intermeccanica start at $ 34500 for a rolling kit and turn key vehicles start at $ 43200. Only a handfull of these Kubels were ever produced, original WWII Kubelwagens fetch well over $ 70.000

Please understand you bid to own this vehicle.

It is currently located in our workshop in the Netherlands, we can ship and deliver worldwide. Ocean freight by RORO ferry to the East Coast US will be around $ 950 and takes about 3 weeks.

The vehicle will come with Manufacturer Statement of Origin by Intermeccanica.

If bought for use in Europe then we can supply a German Brief and Schein for $ 2500 extra.

Built by Intermeccanica, this is a fairly true to the original replica of a Kubelwagen. It looks neat adorned in Desert colors, and certainly looks fresh and relatively new. If you want an interesting alternative to the VW Thing or to really set yourself apart at a Volkswagen meet, this car can do it in strides. The downside is that it’s quite expensive; at $45,000 plus shipping, it’s pushing classic VW Bus prices. Is it a better value than those Bus examples? I guess it depends on what king of message you’re trying to send and if you really want to take a different path than most. Speaking of different paths…:


“Different” is a pretty good way to start to describe this Thing. At first, I thought “Wow, that’s horrible”; but the more I looked at it, the more I thought that this example was pretty interesting. So the “stance” crowd isn’t your thing – no problem, you don’t have to roll with this so low, because it has an adjustable air suspension. While air suspensions have a reputation for being for looks only, they are actually a pretty good solution to several problems – crank up the ride height and you’ve got ground clearance galore. This thing further benefits from some modern water-cooled flat four action in the form of a Subaru Legacy 2.5 liter powerplant – a healthy increase in power over the original:


Year: 1974
Model: Thing
Engine: 2.5 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 30,000 mi
Price: $17,500 Buy It Now

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1974 Volkswagen Thing that lived its life in Arizona and Nevada. This Car is fast and runs great. It was built to its current form about a year and a half ago and it has had about 7000 miles put on it since then. I’m not sure how many miles the car had originally but it was in really good shape. The engine is a normally aspirated 2.5 liter 4 cylinder from a 2006 Subaru legacy with 37,000 miles on it .This car rides great and the air suspension allows the car to go from 0-8″ of ground clearance. The nice thing about air suspension is that you can raise it up to get into bad areas and lower it down to cruise. I have taken this car on a couple long road trips and it does great. The car averages about 27 MPG. It is quite roomy inside and can fit a 6′ 5″ person with good leg and head room. I will now list the features and components below.


-All new tires with 3000 miles on them

– Brakes redone with all new wheel cylinders and Shoes

– Freeway Flier IRS transmission

– Kennedy stage III clutch and pressure plate

– 220 HP fuel injected 2.5 Subaru Boxer engine

– Out Front Motorsports tuned Stinger standalone engine management and wiring harness

– Aluminum radiator with dual aluminum blade fans

– Adjustable front suspension beam

– Type 1 spindles and arms

– Air Kewld air shocks in front and Slam specialties airbags in the rear

– Dual Viar 480C air compressors

– 7 gallon air tank

– (8) 3/8 SMC Gold air valves (4 wheel independent control)


– Custom tubular roof rack with oak slats and stainless steel hardware

– Custom safari adjustable dual windshields with laminated safety glass

– Custom rubbed out paint job

– Custom Canvas rear tonneau cover with twist fasteners

– Custom dash parcel tray with rope weave bottom

– Custom seat frames with woven rope faces

– Seat belts

– Stock Vw thing speedo and Autometer gauges

– Genuine Russian headlight blackout covers with HID headlights

– Custom bumpers front and rear (lightweight but made to look heavy and menacing)

– Military LED tail lights

The body and floorpans are in really good shape and the car runs great.

Video of the build






With a claimed 220 horsepower, that Subaru mill must be a turbo unit, because the normally aspirated version was only rated in the 170hp range. Either way it’s a great motor and while this isn’t built for speed, the additional power and refinement of the Subaru unit sure adds some driving comfort on the highway. That comfort, however, is not matched by the interior, which is stripped to bare bones – though one would never say that the Thing was luxuriously equipped. While this car isn’t for everyone – or even for most – it may be just the thing if you really want some attention at your local Cars and Coffee meet or if you’re really into the VW scene.

Which is a better deal? Well, these are both pretty specialized vehicles, and I think which is a better deal really depends on what you’re hoping to do with them. I think you could make some light modifications to the Thing to make it a little less extreme and have a pretty neat occasional vehicle; but if you really want the real WW2 experience, you’d have to get into the Intermecannica replica because it’s much less expensive than what a real Kubel would set you back.

Which is your weapon of choice?