1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe

To me, the Porsche 964 was that perfect blend between the old school Porsche feel but modern enough amenities where you could drive it everyday and not feel like you were giving up everything. By the time the 964 rolled around in the early 1990s, you had basically all your power accessories, a half-decent air conditioning system, and an airbag steering wheel for when you bounce the car off a tree. On the other end, you still had the classic flat-six that has been around for ages by now, though it was bumped up to 3.6 liters, and the looks are still unmistakable as a Porsche. Because of this, among other reasons, 964s values have shot way up in the past 10 years or so. Long gone is finding a half decent Carrera 2 for $33,000, as those are suddenly $60,000. Rare color and low miles? Tack another $20,000 on to the price. This 1992 up for sale in Miami is no exception.

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2012 Porsche 911 Carrera

Oh yellow, how will you make us feel today?

This 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera is wearing Racing Yellow, not to be confused with Speed Yellow, which is very clearly a different shade. Racing Yellow has a little lighter hue and a little more “pop” than what you are used to seeing. While some might not mind this color, I have to warn you the choice of interior leather probably isn’t what you are expecting. It seems to be why this example seems a little less expensive than the current market rate, so let’s peek inside and let me explain.

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1997 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe

Always do your research and read. That is one of the most important aspects of buying a used car, along with asking enough questions to cover all your bases. Even if everything seems okay at first, keep reading and asking questions. Otherwise, one might end up in a situation like today with this 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera S.

This car checks all the boxes on the surface. It’s a C2S in Guards Red with 18″ Turbo Twist wheels and just under 40,000 miles. There’s no surprise that means there is also a big price tag. But there is one big problem that shouldn’t be overlooked here: the title.

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1996 Porsche 911 Carrera

I’m not exactly breaking any news here, but we are 25-years deep and then some on the 993 Porsche 911 chassis and it is aging extremely well. All the way from the base Carrera 2 up to the Turbo S and GT models, the models are desired and are probably going to stay that way. Naturally any starting point when dipping your toe in the 993 world is the Carrera 2 as it offers all the purity of the rear-wheel drive air-cooled 911 without spending over $100,000. This example up for sale in North Carolina is exactly that.

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1999 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

Earlier this week I came across a Porsche Cayman S finished in the wonderful Forest Green Metallic. As much as I wanted to jump all over it, a bunch of things added up that probably had me passing on it. As luck would have it, a really early 996 happen to pop up for sale in upstate New York that of course had me taking a closer look. It is your typical 1999 Carrera 2 with the “fried egg” headlights, orange taillights, and maybe not the most opulent interior ever. Still, the value you can get from a 996.1 is there, so why not make the best of it with one in a good color combo?

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1999 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

Two decades in, is it finally time for the 996 Porsche 911? Personally, I think so. Our negative feelings on things generally seem to wane over time, and after 20 years, that seems to be the case for the 996.1. Are we looking at 964 and 993 levels of appreciation? Of course not. But I do think that these will slowly become less of a black sheep of the 911 family and more of just an entry-level into the 911 family.

Today’s car, a 1999 up for sale Nebraska, looks most certainly to be one the prime examples to snatch up. It’s classic Arctic Silver Metallic over a Boxster Red special leather interior, and just to top it all off, it has just 29,000 miles. This one will be a fight.

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2006 Porsche 911 Carrera

The 997.1 Porsche 911 is probably my favorite “budget” 911. I wish I could put “budget” in size 82 font quotation marks given we are talking Porsche here, but in the grand scheme of things where a new base 992 C2 is $100,000, your buck doesn’t go very far these days. Now you are probably saying, “What about the 996?” And yes, you are right. But given the very small price difference between the 996 and 997.1, I think it is the perfect sweet spot of having a modern 911 without spending over $50,000 just to get a seat at the table. Today’s 997 has my favorite Lobster Fork wheels and isn’t a boring color. There’s only one problem though – the transmission.

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1989 Porsche 911 Carrera

The 1989 model year was the final year of the torsion-bar 911, and only 1,156 US-market Carrera coupes were made. If that number seems low, it is because the 1989 was a split model year, as the 964s were also sold as 1989 models. Given that the 911 basically looked the same from 1974 to 1989, I can’t imagine it was a fun job trying to sell these 1989 911s when new when totally new 964s were sitting in the showroom. Now some 30 years later, most seek these out for the G50 gearbox and special options like the sport seats. They bring a slight premium over the older 911s with the 915 gearboxes, but at the end of the day its all about condition, mileage, and options. This example caught my eye up for sale in Idaho is finished in classic Carrera White with matching Fuchs and blue interior. A fairly nice spec on its own. Mileage? Just under 121,000. So a potential nice driver-quality 911 for a decent price, right? Not so fast.

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2017 Porsche 911 Carrera

Miami Blue is an “all-in” color. Good luck trying to be low key in it. It screams “blue” and does so without looking like you just picked the brightest blue from the vinyl wrap place that just opened up two weeks ago at the abandoned gas station. As the years go on, more and more Porsches are coming in Miami Blue from the factory, including the Macan, so its not like you’ll be on your own out there. So while the exterior color is fine, what about inside the car? Just go with the standard black leather, right? Not so fast on this 2017 911 C2 up for sale in New York.

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2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S

You know why we are here. If there is a Porsche in a rare or interesting color, I’m taking a peek. Even better if color on the inside is just as cool as the outside. You can probably see where I’m going with today’s car, a 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S up for sale in Ohio. This example is finished in Radium Green, a color first debuted way back on the 356. As cool as this color is, not exactly something that would appear on the option sheet for a new car. Understanding that, I figured this has to be a paint-to-sample car given it is a historical color. Surprisingly, this is the much more expensive option than having Porsche spray the car for $7,500.

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