My Kinda Porsche: 1979 930 Turbo

It’s taken me a while to really get into Porsches. I know that’s weird, especially for someone with an overall massive penchant for all Teutonic autos, but it just took me a while. Maybe it was my preference for the boxy shapes of 80s VWs, BMWs, and Audis, or perhaps it was the general association of the 911 as the go-to cliche sports car. Whatever the sickness was, I’ve been cured. I think the 964 cured me, and now I’m developing a healthy desire for nearly all generations. Still, the ubiquity of the Ultimate Sports Car can make it easy to zone out when perusing eBay’s Porsche section. Today’s cream-colored 930 Turbo jumped off the page at me, hitting all the right Porsche buttons for me.

The seller’s description:

Car Condition
Complete re-built engine and clutch by a certified Porsche mechanic, all doc’s available. Cross drilled 4-wheel disc brakes. 16″ forged Porsche wheels. 3.3 Liter 6-Cylinder Turbo engine. New Recaro black leather seats. Non-smoker. A Sports Car through and through with no gimmicks and no gadgets.

Exterior
Gorgeous overall condition. Body, Paint, Wheels, everything is in fantastic condition. Absolutely no rust anywhere on this vehicle and definitely a garage queen.

Interior
Gorgeous new Recaro black leather seats, all the power accessories work, including a CD player. The A/C is Ice Cold and the Heater works just as well..

Engine and Transmission
You turn the key and the vehicle comes to life almost immediately, give it a little gas feel the new clutch engage and the new re-built motor purr with no problems at all. Throughout all the gears this vehicle exhibits absolutely no problems, plenty of power and the race inspired brakes will not disappoint you either. This is a driving experience you will not forget. This is a fast car.

Misc.
Sacrifice – $60,000.00 plus has been invested in this vehicle. If you are looking for a good looking, great running, no issues fun car, this is it.

Fat fenders. Whale tail. Turbo lag. German car in white on black Fuchs. I’m sold. Bids starting at $20k with reserve on. If this is truly a hassle-free 3.3 Turbo, I think it can easily double that starting bid. With early 911 iterations a little too classic, and anything past the 964 a little too modern, the 930 strikes the happy medium for me with classic shape, scary speed, and the kind of dirty aggression that could only arise from the late 70s.

-NR

1976 Porsche 911 3.0 Carrera Euro spec

Somewhat unique Porsche here, a Euro 911 3.0 liter Carrera. The average car fan won’t distinguish this from other similar era 911 vehichles, but the Porscheophile will take note of the Euro bumpers and the Carrera 3.0 badge on the trunk. Car comes with Bosch CIS fuel injection and a limited slip diff for better drivability.

101,000 miles show this car was enjoyed. The previous owner was a Porsche mechanic. The seller lists a ton of replaced and rebuilt parts and judging from the fact the photos are taken in a Porsche junkyard I bet I know where many of those parts came from.

This is a nice looking ride with the polished Fuchs alloys setting off the red paint. The $35,000 ask price is probably playing up the rarity of this car a bit much, but hopefully there is some wiggle room in there from the seller.

~Evan

Mid-Year Madness – 1974 911 Carrera

It’s been said recently that the mid-year 911s (1974-77) will be the next generation of Porsche’s venerable air-cooled masterpiece to really take off in value.  By the look of things this very attractive 1974 Carrera is leading the charge!

1974 Porsche 911 Carrera For Sale

Model year 1974 rang in many changes for the 911, some well-received, some not so much.  The so-called “impact bumper” made its first appearance that year, replacing the more delicate chrome bumpers worn by all previous 911s.  Conformity with US crash impact standards required the beefier bumpers, but Porsche master stylist Tony Lapine designed an elegant and attractive solution.  Out back, engine capacity was increased from 2.4l to 2.7l in three levels of tune – base 911 with 150bhp and 173lbs/ft torque, 911S (175bhp/174 lbs/ft) and Carrera (210bhp).  Unfortunately for Americans the Carrera powerplant (from the famous 1973 Carrera RS) was still not approved for US emissions standards so US Carreras sported the “S” engine.

The car on auction is a “Carrera” albeit with some tasty upgrades, most notably the very desirable sports seats.  The transmission is the usual 5-speed, with lower ratios.  This may be good or bad, depending on your proposed use for the car.  Maybe not so great for highway cruising, but nice around town and at the track with added low-end grunt.  This car looks great in Grand Prix White with the buerzel (ducktail) spoiler and Ruf-style front valance.  The only thing I’m not feeling is the wheels – they need black centers pronto.

Seller reports he is a long-term (15 years) owner of the car, and that various upgrades have been performed.  The most important of these addresses the infamous “camchain tensioner” issue.  While the standard upgrade is to change to “Carrera” (i.e. 1984 model year) tensioners, the seller states that the tensioners have been “rebuilt”… further querying required on this.  Also, what’s up with the speaker enclosure on the back deck combined with radio delete??

Mid-year 911s have long been the poor relations in the collector Porsche family.  While “longhoods” (1964-73.5) and especially short-wheelbase (1964-68) cars have skyrocketed in value of late, the 1974-77 models have lagged.  Whether the reason was their (marginally) poorer performance, slightly increased weight, impact-bumper styling, or poor engine reliablity (especially on 1975-77 “thermal reactor” cars) the middies just haven’t taken off in value.  Recent trends, however, seem to indicate that this may change.  As longhood values grow out of reach for many, the relatively lightweight middies with their narrow-body vintage appeal are becoming more and more attractive, and this demand will drive prices upwards.  The particular car on auction certainly seems to bear out this trend.

-Dallas

Porsche 911 Carrera Club Sport For Sale on 6SpeedOnline.com

The link love continues tonight with another rare sighting: A 1988 Porsche 911 Club Sport. One of only 28 officially imported to the U.S. and sporting the excellent Gulf Blue paint. Check it out on 6SpeedOnline.com for best offer over $60k:

1988 Porsche Carrera Club Sport For Sale in Gulf Blue

quote from seller’s listing:

Many of you have seen photos of my Club Sport. Business opportunities lead me to very reluctantly sell this car. When selling cars that I’ve owned in the past I’ve been guilty of saying, “I’ll find another one”. I cannot make that statement with this car.

The 1987-1989 Club Sport is arguably the most-rare, lightweight production 911 that Porsche has ever produced. It took me over two years to find this one. Not only is this Club Sport rare from a production standpoint, this is a “Sonder-Wunsch” or Special Wishes 911. The rarest of the rare, one of the 28 North American Carrera Club Sports painted by the factory in Gulf Blue. Believed to be the only Club Sport worldwide painted this color. The car was built with Chrome rather than black window trim and a Burgundy pinstripe velour interior. It is a car that is all original including the paintwork with extensive paperwork back to 8,000 miles.

Granted that’s a lot of cash for a Carrera of that vintage, but again I agree with the comments that this car isn’t going down in value anytime soon. I think it would make for an excellent collector car as well, and would be so awesome on back roads this time of year!

dc

1990 Porsche C2, 1988 BMW e28 M5, 1989 e30 M3 S50

Speed-linking the posts today because I’m swamped at work! Here we go:

1990 Porsche Carrera 2 on Portland Craigslist for $13k. This is a suspiciously low asking even with the bad clutch, oil leaks, respray, mileage, and low a/c. Then again, it will cost several thousand to correct all those issues. Is this just a case of a realistic seller? I didn’t they existed!

1990 Porsche Carrera 2 For Sale in Portland, Oregon1990 Porsche Carrera 2 For Sale in Portland, Oregon1990 Porsche Carrera 2 For Sale in Portland, Oregon

quote from seller’s Portland Craigslist posting:

I’m selling my 1990 Porsche 911 C2 Coupe, 5 speed manual. guards red paint, black interior in good shape, 113,000 miles, original non smoker California car, clean carfax, aero mirrors, cup 1 wheels (replicas), dual exhaust, keyless remote door locks, new alternator, new alternator fan and belts, new starter, new battery, Alpine stereo, new paint, some records, no accident history. Starts up and runs great, no smoke at startup.
Needs new clutch, drips oil a drop or two, tires at about 50%, sunroof works strong, but needs some TLC, center of rear bumper cover has 6″ round spider web in the paint, AC needs a recharge.
$13000 OBO

This next one is for Jim! A super low miles BMW e28 M5 for sale in Ohio. Enthusiast Auto is well known for their large stock of e30 M3’s and now they have this M5 with under 6k original miles for $46,990!

1988 BMW e28 M5 For Sale Super Low Miles in Ohio1988 BMW e28 M5 For Sale Super Low Miles in Ohio1988 BMW e28 M5 For Sale Super Low Miles in Ohio

quote from Roadfly listing:

Schwarz Black over Natural Tan Leather
ONLY 5,125 Actual 1-Owner Miles!
It is a Garage Queen with Zero Scratches, Marks or Imperfections!
This car is in Concours Condition and is the Best Preserved, Lowest Mileage US-Production E28 M5 known to exist.
All History + Documentation! Nearly Perfect Example!
The car has been stored in a heated garage its entire life.

Finally we have this 89 e30 M3 with the S50 6 cylinder conversion. This one has a bunch of Dinan and aftermarket parts in addition to the swap.

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quote from eBay listing:

  • Dinan 3.0 liter S50 Conversion built by our Dinan Service Center in 2007 at The Gourmet Garage in Lexington, SC
  • Featured at 2007 BMW homecoming at the BMW plant in Greer,SC
  • Stage 3 Dinan Engine : Euro Air Mass, Stage 3 Dinan Chip, Dinan Fuel Pressure regulator, Strut tower brace,Dinan Badge
  • Lightweight 16lb flywheel,Stage 2 Competition Clutch, Short shifter conversion
  • The Cold Air Intake , Exhaust , Catalytic Converter , and wiring integration were custom fabricated in our shop.
  • New Bilsteins front and rear, New front control arms, E36 M3 quick ratio rack and pinion
  • BMW 3 piece 17″ wheels, were disassembled machined and powder coated by Alloy Wheel Specialists
  • Yokohama Parada Assymetrical tires 215/40ZR17
  • New leather installed on front Sport Seats
  • Hand painted “M” color pinstripes
  • Professionally repainted , wet sanded by hand , buffed and polished
  • AC converted to R134a
  • Speedometer rebuilt and set to 0 when Conversion was completed and sold to last owner in 2007
  • Current mileage shown reflects mileage since conversion 9,908 (Not actual miles on Body)
  • Dinan chip allows no speed limiter

I love doing this blog, but my full-time job and part-time clients are keeping me very busy. Anyone out there feel like co-authoring the blog with me?

dc

2001 Porsche Carrera Cabrio – Too Cheap to be True?

While surfing Boxster adverts on Craigslist, something interesting crossed the radar: A 2001 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabrio w/ 46k miles and an asking of $16.5k:

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quote from seller’s Craigslist posting:

2001 Porsche Carrera Convertible,6Speed,turbo wheels,46k miles,everything works,all power,great running shape,must sell moving

And in case you’ve forgotten, the 996 Cabrio has 315hp and sounds a lot like this:

So why the skeptism? 996’s of any variation start in the high teens, and those have at least twice the mileage of this car. But heaven forbid this is the real deal… well I just can’t believe it is, but it’s fun to imagine.

dc