In a recent post on the Carrera 3.0 I wondered a bit about the relative values of those 911s compared to their predecessor the Carrera 2.7 MFI. There are large differences in those values mostly due to the shared engine of the 2.7 liter and the very highly sought after 911 Carrera RS. Here we have the lesser sibling of those cars. The pedigree isn’t the same as this Carrera lacks that magical RS engine, but it shares similar looks and that lack of pedigree brings with it a substantially lower price. The one we have here is an attractive combination of Grand Prix White over Cinnamon and sits with fewer than 50K miles.
Model: 911 Carrera
Engine: 2.7 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 49,198 mi
Price: $65,000 Buy It Now
For sale is a 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera sunroof coupe. This is a numbers matching car per the Porsche COA. The mileage is 49,198. It is car #67 of 395. The car has had 3 owners and the current owner has had it for the last 9 years. The paint is the original Grand Prix white and the interior is the original cinnamon leatherette. The paint and body are in very nice condition. The interior is in excellent condition. The rims are the original 7 & 8 inch Fuchs with new tires all around. The brake calipers were recently rebuilt and work great. The engine runs strong and the trans shifts very smooth. This is a great running and handling car and could be driven anywhere. It was recently serviced and is ready to go. This is a very nice example of a very rare car for a discerning collector, investor or enthusiast.
For its age and reported originality this is a very nice looking Carrera. It hasn’t seen a lot of miles and looks to have been well cared for during its life. We are told that the paint and the leatherette seating is original to the car and verifying those claims, especially with regard to the paint, would be priority #1. It also possesses its original wheels and they do look great. Altogether, while there are a few non-original items seen here the major stuff sounds like it is original.
That said, we are simply relying on the word of the seller here so a bit of digging and a conversation will be necessary to begin validating the apparent condition, but if everything checks out then I think this would make a very worthwhile addition to someone’s stable. We’ve seen prices for these Carreras approach six figures for really fine examples and I don’t think this one is in that sort of condition, but it hasn’t been priced as such either. At $65K the asking price at least makes for a very workable starting point and some may even be content to jump right in. There’s certainly validation to be done, but this one could be worth that additional legwork.
We’re approaching the winter auction season when we’ll see a few of the bigger auctions take place and I always find it interesting to take a look at some of the cars crossing the auction blocks during this part of the year. In some cases these auctions will set the stage for market shifts that we’ll see over the course of the coming year, and in almost all cases we’re likely to see cars that we see almost nowhere else. Such as the example here: a Jade Green 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa with Cinnamon interior and 58,949 miles on it. This is said to be the last ’74 Carrera Targa produced for the U.S. market, coming in at no. 246 of 246, and it will be up for auction Saturday January 14 at Mecum Auctions in Kissimmee, FL.
Generally, I try to stay away from regurgitating material. However, once in a while a special car that makes me look back comes along, and today’s 911 Carrera RS Clubsport replica was certainly worthy of such devotion of time. The build was exhaustive and utilized factory parts throughout. The result? Stunning, to say the least! But, of course, since I originally wrote this car up nearly 3 years to the day ago, the air-cooled market has both soared, and for most models, gently cooled. The cars that remain at the top have been extraordinary examples such as the ultra-limited RS, turbo and truly special examples of the early and late air-cooled cars.
Where does a tribute car factor into this? Well, that’s tough to judge. That the car didn’t sell at its original $145,000 asking price is somewhat telling. However, three years on the car is now valued by the same seller at double the original asking price – now, $285,000. Before you punch your computer screen and throw insults vicariously through your keyboard, let’s put that into perspective. The last factory RS Clubsport we looked at stickered nearly $100,000 more than this car. Another, closer visually to the look of this car equipped with the spoilers and Speedline wheels, was asking nearly $300,000 more than this tribute. Still, it’s going to take just the right person who likes the looks but doesn’t care about the authenticity to stomach the mortgage payment for this ’95.
The below post originally appeared on our site December 3, 2013:
A couple weeks ago I wrote a sort of ode to purple as an exterior color in regard to an Aubergine 911T. Here we have another purple 911 and while Amaranth Violet doesn’t quite possess the same elegance and beauty as Aubergine it is probably an even more rare choice among the models of any marque. Like Aubergine, this color doesn’t hide its purple, in fact it’s even more upfront about it and wouldn’t be mistaken for any other color. For some that in itself might be an issue, but it kind of works on the 993 in a way that I think it would not on earlier 911s. Regardless, owners of these cars are likely to very rarely, if ever, come across another one. We certainly can’t decry its uniqueness. Here we have an Amaranth Violet 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located in Texas, with 81,088 miles on it.
On the verge of three years ago I took a look at a neat 911 Carrera RSR tribute. Rather than take the typical path of copying the IROC cars, the builder of this particular car chose the “Mary Stuart” Martini Racing example to clone. The car was named because the wrap around rear duck-tail spoiler reminded some of the high collars which were the vogue during Mary, Queen of Scots’ reign. With its unique tail offsetting those iconic colors, it is certainly an attention getter. However, the seller has now attempted to shift this car more or less continually since 2013 – first at an asking price of $165,000, then dropping in 2014 to $135,000, and now back up to $165,000 presumably to try to capitalize on the current 911 market. It is without a doubt a neat build and unique execution, so even though it’s unlikely to trade this time around again I thought it was worth another look:
The below post originally appeared on our site September 9, 2013:
I think I’ve made it pretty clear that I think Martini Racing colors are just awesome. Some people insist everything looks better in “Gulf Blue”, but for me, it’s those Martini stripes that made some of the best looking race cars (and in a very few cases, even improved road cars). Case in point is today’s example; perhaps one of the strangest downforce attempts of the 1970s on a Porsche – the Mary Stuart tailed Martini Racing RSR. While a neat design in some ways, it certainly looks odd from other angles. Today’s 1971 911 is a recreation of the original, but you can’t deny that it looks fantastic in the proper Martini Racing colors of the 1973 RSR:
I’ve talked before on these pages about a 911’s presence when seen in traffic. It’s a difficult concept to articulate, but I think we all understand the idea: you see a car approaching in the distance with little more than the headlights and front end to hint at what it is and some cars stand out more so than others. The 964 and 993 both do this for me in ways that current 911s, and even the classic 911, fail to do. Each model does it in a different way, but it’s apparent none the less. My attention is grabbed immediately and my appreciation for those great cars increases all the more. For whatever reason I don’t see 993 Coupes very often; my area seems to have more Cabriolets. Alas. Anyway, unlike many models I really like lighter colors on the 993. The lighter shades help accentuate the 911’s graceful curves and while they don’t make for as aggressive an appearance they certainly are beautiful. The example here is no different: a Pastel Yellow 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in California, with Cashmere Beige leather interior and 32,483 miles on it.
Those who have been reading these pages for a while will know that pastel blues make up some of my favorites colors on the 911. Porsche has made such colors available since the 911’s earliest days and while the name may change the basic look is the same. For the 993 that means Riviera Blue. While Riviera Blue may be most properly found on something like the RS or GT2 – you know, a model where standing out is about more than just the color – it still works wonderfully on the basic Carrera and brings a good deal of flash to the 993’s graceful curves. It has always been a highly sought-after color on this model so when I come across one I always like to bring it to other’s attention. The one we see here is one of the few I’ve come across with something other than a Black interior. Here we have a Riviera Blue 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in Miami, with a dark blue leather interior and 87,232 miles on it.
I’ve featured just about every 911 model at one point or another and I’m fairly certain this particular model I’ve featured only one other time. We simply do not come across the 2.7-liter Carrera Targa very often, certainly much less frequently than the Carrera Coupe of the same vintage, so when we come across one it’s almost always worth stopping in to take a look. This one possesses added interest in that it comes in a rare Salmon Metallic exterior and retains much of its originality. The Carrera was the top-of-the-line model for ’74, distinguished from the base 911 most significantly by a higher horsepower engine (175 hp v. 150 hp) and from the 911S by its Carrera graphics – deleted on this Targa – ducktail rear spoiler and wider rear fenders. While all of the mid-year 911s have suffered reduced values relative to most of their long-hood predecessors, the Carreras have reached values that can exceed those of the 911T and in some cases even the 911E. They’re a far cry from their European brothers, which were basically an impact-bumpered Carrera RS Touring, but still attract plenty of notice. The one we have here was first owned by former Portland Trailblazer Sidney Wicks: a Salmon Metallic 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa, located in Oregon, with Cinnamon interior and 92,500 miles on it.
Another interesting Porsche 911 Targa. That’s certainly ok by me, but there’s been a continual nagging thought running through my head: why so many Targas? Or at least, why so many interesting Targas relative to Coupes? I don’t have a good answer for that. Targas typically show the lowest values, which could help explain why we see them on eBay more frequently than Coupes, but I do wonder if there is something more to it than that. Could owners have ordered Targas in a wider variety of colors and that’s why they are attracting my attention? That would seem strange, but maybe. Or perhaps Coupes were driven much more often thus making the lower mileage examples that tend to attract our notice more rare. I’m really not sure, but I do find it curious. There are certainly excellent air-cooled Carrera Coupes out there, especially for the 993 where this phenomenon does not seem to exist – though we should remember that the Targa was fundamentally changed for the 993 so we are dealing with something else entirely there. For whatever reason, I seem to come across a good Targa much more frequently. The one we see here is just such an example: a Venetian Blue 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa, located in California, with Linen leather interior and 64,650 miles on it.
The number of Porsche 911 variants can be baffling. Just the other day, Rob and I were joking back and forth that at one point a few years ago, Porsche offered no less than 20 variations of the 911 model to the public. Not to be outdone, the current lineup has added one more and created a nice drinking game of “How many current 911 models could you name?” Add in the racing variants, and things get even more convoluted. Porsche’s top of the heap racing model has always varied, but when it came to the 996 Porsche went full-bore with the 911 GT3 Cup program and created a potent race car for pros and well-to-do amateurs as well. Indeed, the GT3 Cup program was the model for many customer-based race programs that exist in Audi, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Ferrari and the like today. But the lineage of the GT3 gets confusing, too. Launched in 1998, it was effectively a replacement for the 993 Carrera Cup model. Called the GT3 Cup, it was a stripped out factory built race car with a turned up motor and some trick suspension and wheels, along with a little added aero tweaks that would be the basis for the later road going model named after it – the 911 GT3. Confused? Well, in 1999 Porsche dropped the “Cup” from the name and added “R” to make race models distinct from road going models. Now, that’s easier. Then, they brought the GT3 Cup model back in 2000 with some mild performance upgrades. But things really started to get messy in 2001, when the company launched the GT3 RS model – not to be confused with the GT3 RS road going model, which wasn’t launched until 2003. Still with me? Well, then in 2004 they needed to differentiate the road and race GT3 RS, so with some more upgrades was launched the GT3 RSR. On the way from Cup to RSR, Porsche added more downforce, wider flares and more vents, along with more power and even wider tires. The 2001 RS model struck a balance between the Cup and RSR, with wider rear track and flared front fenders, but without the massive venting and sequential gearbox of the later model: