944 S3 – 1993 and 1994 Porsche 968s

Another week, another set of watercooled, front engined, 4-cylinder, non-turbo Porsche coupes. This time, though, it’s the cream of the crop; the highly regarded 968 Coupe. While recently I’ve covered several944 S and S2s, the 968 remains pretty firmly the most desirable of the non-turbo models by most enthusiasts. For good reason, too – it’s a good looking, relatively cheap to maintain Porsche that’s a great driver and combines the awesome look of the 928 and 944 turbo into one package. What’s not to like? Well, in some cases, the pricetag; we’ve featured a few lower mile examples and the asking prices seem to be quite high. The first example is a good illustration of this:

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Deja-2: 1989 and 1991 Porsche 944 S2s, plus a 1987 944S for good measure!

As Yogi Berra famously said, it’s deja-vu all over again. If you missed the opportunity to jump in with the two 944 S2s I wrote up last week, you’ve got another opportunity this week, plus one for good luck. Again today we’ve got two of the S2s, in Graphite and Glacier Blue, and a golden 87 944S 16V as well. Perhaps one of these will strike your fancy? Let’s start with the newest:

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1986 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup

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Porsche has a long, storied history when it comes to motorsports. Many privateers have enjoyed the fruits of the engineers in Stuttgart but the company has been know to produce limited runs of specialized track cars based off production vehicles. Case in point the 944 Turbo Cup. Fewer than 200 of these special 944s were produced and were pressed into competition both in North America and Europe in a variety of Cup race series. Noted race driver and former head of Porsche Motorsports Al Holbert imported seven of these to the US. Included in the Cup package was deletion of the sunroof, insulation and rust protection. Larger brakes, stiffened suspension and magnesium wheels complimented the added power made possible via a modified turbo unit. This Cup for sale in New York is a rare opportunity for those racing purists out there.

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Year: 1986
Model: 944 Turbo Cup
Engine: 2.5 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 18,710 mi
Price: $140,000 Buy It Now

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The Porsche 944 Turbo Cup car is a race car that has an extremely significant factory race history and is one of Porsches most desirable vehicles. This car is nothing short of extraordinary having a turbocharged inline 4 cylinder engine, 4 wheel ventilated disc brakes, recaro racing seats and a roll cage. In late 1985 Porsche developed the 944 turbo cup car to provide amateur enthusiasts with a cost effective entry into motorsports. Although the cup cars were essentially standard production 944 turbos that were more lively and well suited for track use, the factory built competition machines were equipped with a magnesium oil sump, a smaller generator, stiffer suspension, reinforced gearbox, wider tires and modified engine components including a revised turbocharger. In addition, the 944 Turbo cup cars were fitted with an eight-point roll cage, manual windows and, for weight saving measures, were stripped of many interior components.

According to the Porsche certificate of authenticity, this 944 turbo was originally finished in Guards Red with black leatherette upholstery and equipped as a turbo cup model with US equipment, Pirelli tires and a limited-slip differential. After delivery to a race car driver Robert Bogan, the Porsche participated in the SCCA SSGT, SCCA Pro Playboy/ World Challenge, IMSA Firestone Firehawk Challenge, and won the 12 hour season finale two years in a row 1992-1993. In about 1995 it was restored back to 1986 CS Turbo specifications. There is not a lot of information to be found on these 1986 cars as they were built specifically to compete with the corvette in world challenge. Most of the parts of this car were limited production and evolved into production parts for the “TURBO CUP”. When it was converted into a Firehawk car it was powered by a 3.0L 16 valve engine, ABS breaking system, and the 1990 TURBO CUP suspension and breaks. Our own version of the “Super Seven” 944 S2 Porsche has specially built to combat GM and the Pontiac teams. It had an extremely successful racing history as a Firehawk car. A list of drivers who drove this car was: Hawkins, David Murry, Boris Said, John O’steen, Terry Earwood, Nick Ham, Shawn Hendricks and Manuel Reuiter. 1994 was its last season of Firehawk as a backup car to lead the car which was now a 968. The 944, still finishing in the top five of most races.

Eventually, this Turbo Cup was sold to renowned Porsche enthusiast Lloyd Hawkins and completely restored, with the intention of returning the car to its original factory delivered specifications. This 944 Turbo Cup was acquired by Matthew Drendel in 2008 as an integral part of the four cylinder turbocharged Porsche progression. The 944 presents beautifully and, following preparation, would be an ideal candidate for spirited track use. GPC Cars go through a rigorous 150 point inspection. We strongly advice inspection of any vehicle before purchase. We have attempted to describe this vehicle in the best way we can. NO WARRANTIES OFFERED OR IMPLIED. VIN# WP0ZZZ95ZGN154076

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With the 944 coming into its own in the eyes of collectors, this can only mean good things for rare versions such as this Cup. But for most, the idea of a $140,000 944 is beyond a stretch. One example sold at auction in 2012 for $79,200 and Sloan Cars has one on offer with less miles at $95,000. Given this, at this car’s current ask, it probably won’t generate much bidding action.

-Paul

Double Take: Black or Blue? 1992 and 1993 Porsche 968s

While most of front-engined Porsche enthusiasts flock towards the 944 Turbo as the model of choice, the non-turbo models remain a solid value amongst German performance cars. While they were arguably underpowered compared to their competition of the day, the 944 S2 and 968 are dependable and their excellent handling more than makes up for any horsepower deficiency. They’ve also aged much more gracefully than any of the Japanese cars did (save perhaps the FD RX7) and the ultimate expression of these cars – the 968 – returned in some regards towards the simple and clean design of the original 924 and 928 models versus the chunky, aggressive 944 Turbo and S2. Today clean examples of 968s have popped up on Ebay and remind us how great this design is – let’s start with the beautiful midnight blue example:

Year: 1993
Model: 968
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 124,000 mi
Price: $ 14,000 Buy It Now

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1993 Porsche 968

Midnight Blue Metallic paint with gray interior. Run fast and pulls hard through all gears. No smoke at all. Recent Colorado emissions test. Clear title in my name.

Two owners since 1999, records since then.

Recent work done by Porsche expert Dart Auto:

-New drive belt
-New balance shaft seals
-New crankshaft seal
-New timing belt
-New camshaft seal
-New timing belt rollers and tensioner
-New balance shaft belt
-New A/C drier and valve
-New A/C compressor
-New water pump
-New valve cover gasket
-New A/C belt tensioner
-New DME relay
-New Hall sensor
-New VarioCam gasket and ring
-New OEM antenna
-New Lloyds mats
-Oil change and filter 2 months ago
-Recent alternator
-Recent battery
-Recent brake rotors and pads

New tires (less than 3000 miles on them). Factory option 17″ Cup wheels with colored crests have some curbing.

Recent paint work by Porsche experts Apex Auto Body:

-Bare metal respray of hood from rock chips and pitting
-Bare metal respray of left fender from clear coat failing and flaking off
-Respray of front clip from rock chips
-New weatherstripping on rockers and fenders
-New 968 badge on back
-Complete polish

Car has ProMax chip installed. Clean title in my name.

Dash lights have been upgraded and are nice and bright at night.

Will include owners manual, tool kit, Porsche compressor, original keys, wheel locks.

Interior is very clean. Non-smoker, no bolster wear, two small tears in the dash defrost vents.

Drive this car anywhere in the country. The only thing that may slow you down is the weather!

With a significant amount of recent mechanical work and corrected paintwork, this is one of the best to get. The 6 speed coupled to the 3.0 makes for a fun ride that is surprisingly different from the Turbo models, but very enjoyable all the same. I love this color combination and pricing seems right on. I’m a little surprised that while the car was in the shop they didn’t fix the curb rash on the desirable Cup wheels, but that could be pretty easily remedied. Overall, this has to be pretty close to the best setup on these cars in my opinion – Blue over grey with cup wheels. Rather have something a bit darker?

Black over black is probably my personal least favorite color combination on Porsches, but this one is in remarkable shape and looks great. The wheels are from a Boxster I believe but look nice, though not as fitting as the Cup wheels:

Year: 1992
Model: 968
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 114,000 mi
Price: $13,700 Buy It Now

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This 1992 black-on-black Porsche 968 coupe feels well balanced and sturdy with plenty of power. It excellerates through all 6 gears and is a joy to drive! The suspension is responsive and the brakes are firm with a smooth clutch. This vehicle roars as the RPM’s climb! As the pictures evidence, the body and undercarriage are in good condition. This 968 is ready to go! No cracks in the dash and no tears in the leather. If interested in this rare, powerful Porsche 968, call Curtis at 832-671-8408.

This and other European collectibles can be viewed at jpfrazier.com There will be an additional $298.50 assessed to each sale for dealer doc fees.

This car is offered with a few less miles and a few hundred dollars less than the blue car, but in all honesty the lack of detailed mechanical work offered makes the blue car the one to buy if it were me even if I didn’t prefer the color combination. Despite that, either of these cars is priced right in the sweet spot for 968s – yes, you can find a fixer-upper cheaper than either of these cars, but do you really want to get into a wreck of a Porsche? If you’re smart, you buy a clean one and pay a bit extra, and both of these cars fit that bill perfectly.

-Carter

1992 Porsche 968

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We haven’t featured many water-cooled front engined Porsches lately, and that’s a shame because they’re one of the best deals going in classic German motoring. For under $15,000, you can still get into a pretty pristine 968 or just about any 944 Turbo of your choice. They offer excellent handling, reasonable practicality in both space and economy, and are one of the cheapest Porsches to run. While many flock to the Turbo hoping to boost them to insane power levels, were it my choice I’d rather get into their equally powerful (out of the box) stablemates; the 944 S2 or 968. With the largest (post WW2) production-based 4 cylinder mill fitted in the front, these cars are like fast, rwd GTis that look a whole lot better. The speed isn’t the rush of the Turbo models, but more of a train that builds and never ebbs until you hit redline, and it’s an addictive trip up the tach. Sound great? Sure does. Take a look, then, at this beautiful 1992 968 on Ebay today:

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Year: 1992
Model: 968
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 142,322 mi
Price: $12,995 Buy It Now

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New Porsche trade. Fresh PA inspection. Car is very clean and everything works. A true classic. Please call for complete details.

The first Porsche I got to drive was a 968 and I loved it.That model was a tiptronic, but the second 968 I drove was a 6-speed. Around Lime Rock Park in Connecticut, the 968 I drove (with suspension modifications but running a stock motor) absolutely ate up M3s of all three (then) generations – E30, E36 and E46. It drove much like an E30 with more power. The balance – if anything – was better than the E30, and the overall experience was quite memorable. Little detail is offered on this car, but it looks spectacular in classic dark blue over tan leather, and the Cup wheels are some of my favorites on this model. Wishes? Well, I wish I had enough money to go get it, because at $13,000 this car sure seems like a steal, especially considering what kind of E30 M3 that would get you. It’s hard to believe that we’re only a few years away from these cars being eligible for “antique” or “classic” registrations, and they sure would make a great occasional car to liven up your weekend on a budget.

-Carter

Wednesday Wheels – Super Stars from Porsche

If you thought last week’s BBS post was a bit of a basket case, today we’re going to look at another popular style of wheel – this time, 5 spoke wheels that are always popular on Porsches. I’ve picked some of the most popular styles that have adorned several different generations so hopefully there is something you like here. Let’s start out with a great set of “Sport Classic” Fuchs replicas:

Year: 2005-2011
Model: Sport Classic (Fuchs)
Diameter: 19″
Width: 8.5″ front, 11.5″ rear
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 130
Offset: ET 55 front, ET 50 rear
Condition: New Take-offs
Tires: Included Michelin Pilot Sport N2 235-35-19 front, 305-30-19 rear
Price: $6,499 Buy It Now

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NEW Porsche 911 997 FUCHS Sport Classic Wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport N2 Tires
Porsche # 997.362.157.56 & 997.362.163.56
Stock # 1000814

987 Boxster, Boxster- S [01/2005 – 12/2011]
987C Cayman, Cayman- S [01/2006 – 12/2011]
997 Carrera, Carrera-S, Carrera4/4S, Targa, Turbo, Turbo-S, GT2, GT3 [01/2005 – 12/2011]

These are simply beautiful.

Set of Porsche 19″ Sport Classic Wheel & Tires Package

Porsche Part numbers

99736215756 8.5x 19 ET55

99736216356 11.5x 19 ET50

This is a brand new set from the dealer, with brand new Michelin Pilot Sport N2 tires (235/35/19 – 305/30/19).

Originally made for the Porsche Sport Classic, these new age Fuchs are available for your 2005-2010 Turbo and wide-body

(Carrera 4S, Targa 4S, Carrera 4, and Targa 4)

Wheel sensors installed, Balanced and ready to go!

Narrow body sets are available, same listing though so just bid and let us know you need a narrow body set.

The Sport Classics are one of the best looking OEM wheels Porsche has put on their newer cars; as a throwback they’re a fantastic update of the original, but also look modern and aggressive, pulling the evergreen “911” into the current century. Like all Porsche wheels they’re pricey, but this set comes with centercaps and tires – something often missing from Porsche wheels for sale, as we’ll see. Still too rich or new for your blood? How about this set of OEM BBS-made 911 Carrera wheels?

Year: 2005-2011
Model: Carrera III
Diameter: 18″
Width: 8″ front, 10″ rear
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 130
Offset: ET 57 front, ET 58 rear
Condition: Refinished
Tires: Included Continental ContiSport Contact 235-40-18 front, 265-35-18 rear
Price: $2,400 Buy It Now

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or auction is a set of Original, OEM, Factory, Geninue 18″ Porsche 911-997/996 Carrera III wheel, Tire and Porsche OEM Black Crest Center Cap set. The auction is for Wheels, tires and Porsche OEM Black Logo Center Caps. These set of wheels and Tires are in Pristine condition with no chips or ware. There is no structural damage such as bends, cracks, curb rust or scratches. The wheels are straight and round. The wheels comes with original Black Logo Center Caps. The wheels will fit Porsche,911/997, 911/996 and 911/993 NARROW BODY Vehicles. This wheels and Tires will Also fit WIDE BOBY 997, 996, 993, 944, 928 WIDE BODY and other porsche models. This Wheel is very nice when mounted on your Porsche and very rear to find especially one that comes with Continental Sport Contact Tires. Wheels and Tires are in prinstine shape and condition.

Please Note: Wheel has been refinished to a Brand New Condition!!!!

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Wheels and Tires Details:

Front Wheel: Part #: 997-362-136-00 Size: 8Jx 18 Offset: 57 Front Tire Size: 235/40/18 Continental Sport Contact 2 Speed Rating 91Y. Tire Tread Remaining: 90%.

Rear Wheel: Part #: 997-362-140-01 Size: 10Jx 18 Offset: 58 Rear Tire Size : 265/35/18 Continental ContiSport Contact Speed Rating 101Y. Tire Tread Re maining: 90%

The Front Tires has 90% of Tread Remaining and the Rear Tires has 90% Tread Remaining.

The Porsche dealership retails the total cost of these wheels, Tires and the Center Caps is $5705.12 plus tax. This is a nice opportunity to dress up your Porsche at a reasonable cost.

Please note that the wheel and tire will be ship in each individual box to safeguard against damage.

Please read my feedback and bid this item with full confidence.

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These are a great looking, simple wheel that is well built by BBS. I really thought these freshened up the 911 design when they debuted and made it look modern but also lighter. With included (and expensive) tires and centercaps, as Porsche wheels go these are a deal. Still a bit too pricey for you, but you’d like something from the same generation? How about these Carrera 4S “Twists”?

Year: 2005-2011
Model: Turbo Twist Hollow Spoke
Diameter: 18″
Width: 8″ front, 11″ rear
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 130
Offset: ET 50 front, ET 40 rear
Condition: Used
Tires: Not Included
Price: $650 Buy It Now

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SET OF 4 PORSCHE 911 991 996 997 C2S C4S TURBO WHEELS STAGGERED. CENTERCAPS ARE INCLUDED. PART NUMBERS ARE LISTED ABOVE SO MAKE TO SURE TO CHECK THESE ARE THE ONES YOU WANT. WHEELS ARE IN GREAT SHAPE WITH A FEW MINOR BLEMISHES AS PICTURED. SHIPPED FEDEX GROUND. NO INTERNATIONAL. ALASKA, HAWAII, OR P.O. BOX SHIPPING. ALL ITEMS SOLD AS-IS WITH NO RETURNS ACCEPTED. ANY QUESTIONS JUST ASK, THANKS

Talk about a stellar deal; with centercaps included these 18″ wheels with light use are only $650. As Porsche wheels go, that’s basically giving them away. These would ideally suit a 996 or 997 widebody, with an aggressive stance and clean look. Were you looking for something a bit older? How about this set of 993-era “Cup” wheels, brand new in box from Porsche:

Year: 1989-1994
Model: Turbo Cup
Diameter: 17″
Width: 7″ front, 9″ rear
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 130
Offset: ET 55
Condition: Used
Tires: Not Included
Price: $4,995 Buy It Now

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Up for sale is an extremely rare set of factory Porsche OEM Turbo Cup wheels, for a Porsche 911 Turbo ( 965 ) . These are brand new, in the box, never been mounted.

See specs below:

FRONT WHEELS:

Part # 965.362.124.01
Size – 17×7
Offset – 55 mm

REAR WHEELS:

Part # 965.362.128.00
Size – 17×9
Offset – 55mm

While I love the originality of these wheels and this design on the 964s, I have to say I really liked the Speedline-made multi-piece Turbo 3.6 wheels a lot more. Despite this, if you’re in the restoration market for a 965, these might just be the wheels for you. In typical Porsche wheel fashion, there are no tires or centercaps and they’re very expensive. Are you like me and prefer the look of the Speedlines? Have an older 930? How about these Ruf Speedlines then?

Year: 1986
Model: Ruf Speedline
Diameter: 17″
Width: 9″ front, 10″ rear
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 130
Offset: not specified
Condition: Used
Tires: Included Michelin Pilot Sport 235-45-17 front, 255-40-17 rear
Price: $4,599.99 Buy It Now

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Original Porsche 911 930 1986 RUF Turbo wheels rims set w/ tires 17″ inch. (9×17) & (10×17) **RARE**

White face w/ polished lip

Up for sale is a set of Factory original RUF wheels.
These wheels pictured here have survived the test of time.
Still in factory original shape with no damage or repairs.

Like New.

In excellent condition.

Tires:

235/45 ZR 17

255/40 ZR17

Factory date stamped 1986

Inventory #: JH69610

Don’t miss this set, they will bring value to your concourse car.

The Ruf Speedlines are one of the best period-correct modifications you can do to a 911 or 930, or even a 944 Turbo. They’re not cheap, but boy are they good looking wheels. They’re absolutely one of my favorites and I like the inclusion of both tires and centercaps here, though I’d prefer “Ruf” caps to make it correct. Still not your cup of tea but in the right time period? How about some original Fuchs?

Year: 1977-1989
Model: Porsche Fuchs
Diameter: 15″
Width: 7″ front, 8″ rear
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 130
Offset: ET 41 front, ET 42 rear
Condition: Refinished
Tires: Not Included
Price: $3,500 Buy It Now

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PORSCHE 911 930 FACTORY FUCHS- RESTORED

THIS SET WAS REMOVED FROM A 1977 PORSCHE 930 TURBO – THEY ARE STRAIGHT WITH NO RASH OR ANY MAJOR DAMAGE TO THEM. THE LIPS HAVE BEEN POLISHED AND CENTER REFINISHED IN SATIN BLACK.

PART NUMBERS

FRONTS 15XJ7 – 911361020 – OFFSET 41 – AS1062

REARS 15XJ8 911361020 – OFFSET 42 – AS1062

More pictures of this item are available at:

SOUTHFLORIDADISMANTLER DOT COM

The original, and still the classic, loved design. Pricey, but good taste costs, right? I just wish for the asking price they would include the center caps.

Which are your favorite, and what would you like to see?

-Carter

Motorsport Mondays: 2007 Porsche 997 Cup – Championship Winning Car

It’s been a while since we’ve featured a race prepared car here on GCFSB, and what better way to motivate us to do so than Motorsport Mondays? This 997 Cup was built by Belgian race outfit GPR and won the 24 Hours of Zolder in 2007. Imported to the US in 2008, the car had a break until appearing in a few events last year.

Year: 2007
Model: 997 Cup
Engine: 3.8 liter flat six
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: N/A
Price: $80,000

2007 Porsche 997 Cup on Rennlist

Porsche 997 “Cup” multiple race winning car. The car was number #56 below. It was the winner of multiple races in 07 including the 24 hours of Zolder. The Belgium race shop GPR Racing built it to from the ground up from a bare GT3 shell using all 997 Cup parts. The only difference from a stock Cup car is a slightly different cage design.

Around 2008, it was imported to the US. Since then it has been in the hands of the ex Farnbacher Loles race team at Goldcrest Motorsports. Last year, it had one SCCA Race at Road Atlanta and one NASA race there. Goldcrest states that there is no evidence of any previous accident damage. Goldcrest has fully maintained the car including full time trackside support. Partial work in 2012 includes:

gearbox rebuild
New clutch
Jew JRZ RS Pro’s
Radios, GPS, Shift Light
Wing, hood, new harnesses
Race suspension setup

Here is a link to GPR which built the car: http://www.gprpinoracing.com/pages/fr/contact/contact.php

It was only run in 2007 and then retired by GPR. After being imported to the U.S. in 2008, it was not run again on the track until 2012 where it ran two races and three open track weekends.

Competition vehicles can be harder to value than street vehicles, but victories on the track are one good way of honing in on a price. The handful of 997 Cup cars I’ve seen for sale have ranged between $100,000 to $130,000, so at $80,000, this 997 Cup could be a bit of a bargain for someone in the market for a track day car with known race success.

The following is an in car video of this 997 Cup in action at Road Atlanta:

-Paul

1992 Porsche 911 Carrera Cup

The 964 chassis Porsche 911 Carrera RS America was Stuttgart’s answer for those who wanted a lightweight special stateside. Based on the Carerra 2 and using the same engine, gearbox and brakes, this car featured a partially stripped down interior featuring flat door panels and removal of the rear seats. Outside, a whale tail spoiler and sport suspension rounded out the package. Not to be confused with the hardcore Carerra RS available elsewhere, the RS still had a warm reception by enthusiasts seeking something a bit more driver oriented.

However, one could “technically” get something similar to a Carerra RS in the US if they wanted. The Carrera Cup you see here was the product of a stillborn race series that never gained sponsorship, the Carrera Cup. Porsche had produced 45 cars for the series. Instead of crushing them or offering them in another country, they were put on sale in US dealers but not advertised. These cars had a seam welded chassis, aluminum hood, thinner glass and the M64/03 engine. Approximate weight shed over a standard Carrera 2 was 200 pounds. Rarely seen these days, this particular Carrera Cup for sale in New York has never modified for racing, has never seen track time and appears as is when it arrived in the port.

1992 Porsche 911 Carrera Cup on Hemmings Motor News

Grand Prix White with Black leather interior and Black carpeting, Two-owners from new, 5,000 original miles, 5-speed manual gearbox. This Carrera Cup car is one of only forty-five cars built for the U.S. Carrera Cup Race Series. Unlike the European Carrera Cup Race Series, the USA series never came to fruition. Based on a European Carrera RS, these cars came with the following changes from normal production:

Aluminum hood with aluminum strut brace, Deletion of body cavity wax and sound deadening components (except floor pad and roof), Sport Flywheel, Steel synchronizer rings in gearbox, Revised spring rates and struts, Recalibrated brake systems rates, Manual steering, Master electrical kill switch in front trunk, Partial electric seats, Rear seat delete (package shelf only), No sunroof, air conditioning or power mirrors, Racing electrical charging system, 36 amp hour battery, Racing engine mounts, Adjustable sway bars, Seam welding (extra stiffness of body shell), 3.6Liter engine rated at 256 h.p.

The car offered for sale is the most desired example being a Port Series Car which was never converted by Andial and then re-converted back to street trim and thus 100% as originally delivered by the Porsche Factory. This Carrera Cup is complete with original window sticker, Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, all paperwork from Porsche to all buyers who purchased the cars, original Carrera Cup Plaque never applied to car and all service records. This is one of the most unmolested and original non-converted U.S. Carrera Cup Cars in the USA. Completely street legal with no paintwork, accident damage or modifications, this Carrera Cup has never been tracked and remains in 100% impeccable, original, pampered, pristine condition. It is complete with all books, tools and spare. This is a chance to own a piece of Porsche history. $159,000

This car poses quite the conundrum: at $160,000, would anyone take this museum quality Carrera Cup and use it on track days? Only the super rich could contemplate such an idea. But with so few made, I’m not sure I could bring myself to put the kind of wear and tear on this car that comes with competition, even if I had the resources. It would almost certainly be better to find a clean RS America, save a ton of money in the process and have a bit more comfort when hitting the streets. Still, lightweight Porsches are a passion of mine, and I’m captivated by this car. It seems a sin to use this on the track, but maybe in a few years time, when this qualifies for vintage racing, it could be a fun toy to take out every now and then and remember the qualities that cemented the name Porsche in the hearts of enthusiasts.

-Paul

1988 Porsche 944 Rothmans Turbo Cup

From the very beginning, “Porsche” and “motorsport” are two words that have lived in harmony. From LeMans to the Paris Dakar Rally, there are few venues the sports cars from Stuttgart have not competed in. Oftentimes, race series will crop up around one specific vehicle, such is the case with our feature car, one of 192 factory built race cars for the Rothmans Turbo Cup Series, run from 1988 through 1990. This particular vehicle was last raced in October of 1990 in Canada and has been restored to pre-race condition.

1988 Porsche 944 Rothmans Turbo Cup

An outstanding example of one of the 192 factory-built race cars created for the Rothmans Turbo Cup series in 1988. The series was conducted in Germany, England, Canada, France, Australia and South Africa in 1988 through 1990. This particular car was one of 32 brought into Canada for their series and was driven by Ron Fellows in the 1990 season and by Ted Powell in the 1988 and 1989 seasons. Ron Fellows frequently took the car from the back of the pack at the start (as a result of being unavailable to qualify the car) to a leading position when the checkered flag dropped. Except for taking the photos in this listing, the car has not been driven on the street or track since its last race (Moosehead Grand Prix of Halifax – October 7, 1990) and has been meticulously restored to pre-race condition over the past 15 years.

This is a rare car with a significant race history, making it very suitable and highly desirable for vintage racing or show events. This sale provides an opportunity to own an important part of racing history. An extensive “spares package” is available but is not included in this listing for the car. If you have an interest in the spares we will consider negotiating a combination deal but make that intention clear in an email message.

The VIN # is WP0ZZZ95ZJN165096 and the odometer shows 10,038 kilometers (6,235 miles). Please note that the VIN number does not conform to standard passenger car format and is therefore not recognized in eBay’s system. Photos of the VIN number plate are included under the photo links at the bottom of the listing.

The Customs Receipt (from Canada into the US) includes the notation “This car meets US EPA & US DOT Specifications.”

Also known as the Weissach Racing Turbos, these cars were designed to look identical to the street version of the 944 Turbo with the exception of the specially-designed white magnesium racing wheels (which were the only wheels allowed for the Rothmans Porsche Turbo Cup series).

In an effort to keep all of the cars in the Rothmans Turbo Cup series “on a level playing field” the engines were sealed at several locations with safety wire and lead seals having “Turbo Cup” embossed into them. The engine was “freshened” during the restoration process and then new “Turbo Cup Seals” were put in place using an original embossing tool that was borrowed from a collector… thus the original seals appear to still be in place on this engine. Click this link to view the seals at the cam tower, balance shaft and oil pan. These cars sold for $100,000 Canadian, without any spares, back in 1998.

Included in the vehicle sale are:

§ Vehicle Log Book for the Rothmans Porsche Turbo Cup series sanctioned by the Canadian Automobile Sport Club (CASC).
§ Title Certificate signed by original owner but never transferred (buyer will in effect be the second owner).
§ Workshop Manual for Car #35.
§ Poster for Series featuring Car #35 in green paint and Fuji Sponsorship as raced in 1988-1989 seasons.
§ Rothmans Porsche Monitor (RPM) for July 1990 featuring Car #35 with Ron Fellows at the wheel.
§ Rothmans Porsche Monitor (RPM) for October 1990 featuring a photo of Car #35 with Ron Fellows leading Richard Spenard for the checkered flag at Vancouver. There is also a photo from earlier in the race with Car #35/Ron Fellows second in of a five-car pack.
§ Copy of Final Adjusted Standings and Earnings for 1990 Season.
§ Copy of Season Summary for 1990.
§ Copy of FAX sent to competitors dated 8/25/1987.
§ Copy of FAX from Canadian Pragmatics Ltd dated competitors dated 12/28/1990.

The following list represents the factory modifications to the standard car:

1. Magnesium racing wheels
2. Magnesium intake manifold
3. Magnesium oil pan
4. 928S4 brakes
5. Racing brake pads
6. Brake cooling kit
7. Strut tower brace bar over engine
8. Fiberglass hood/engine cover with race locks
9. Exterior power kill switch
10. Interior power kill switch
11. Larger high-output turbo unit
12. Larger sway bars, rear adjustable
13. High performance engine electronics
14. Surakrit safety windshield
15. Safety roll cage
16. Recaro racing seat
17. Driver racing harness
18. Lightweight side mirrors
19. Special Bilstein front struts
20. Special rear shocks with extra springs
21. Strengthened rear torsion bars
22. Heavy duty racing clutch
23. Quick ratio steering
24. Higher degree limited slip axle
25. Strengthened differential and axle gears
26. Strengthened transmission gears
27. Close-ratio 5th gear
28. Transmission oil cooler
29. ABS brakes
30. Stiffened main chassis
31. Strengthened strut towers
32. Hard rubber suspension mounts
33. Lightweight battery
34. Single engine cooling radiator
35. Underbody drag reduction panels
36. Lightweight noise insulation
37. Delete –Power steering
38. Delete –Fender liners
39. Delete –Radio, speakers
40. Delete –Headlight washers
41. Delete –Air conditioning
42. Delete –Power windows
43. Delete –Rear wiper
44. Delete –Engine shield
45. Delete –Undercoating
46. Delete –Sunroof
47. Delete –Power seat
48. Delete –Leather interior
49. Delete –Rear trunk release
50. Delete –Power mirrors
51. Delete –Door storage pockets
52. Delete –Cassette storage

A large inventory of spare parts is available for separate purchase, all of them being Porsche-supplied for the series. If you are interested in vintage racing, the spares package will prove invaluable and a very wise investment at an approximate cost of $20,000. The spares will not be sold separately unless the buyer of the car has no interest. If interested in the spares as well as the car please indicate this option in an eBay email message so that a combined sale price might be negotiated. The spares package consists of:

§ 4 Magnesium racing wheels, 8”
§ 4 Magnesium racing wheels, 9”
§ Stainless steel exhaust (turbo-back)
§ Pin-removable muffler to meet track noise restrictions
§ Factory-supplied Recaro driver race seat with distinctive suede shoulder patches
§ Ron Fellows’ preferred Recaro race seat
§ Two spare transmissions as modified for the Turbo Cup Series.
§ Magnesium oil pan
§ Turbo waste gate
§ Extension coupling for torque tube
§ Spring set, progressively-wound
§ Original steering wheel (as issued)
§ Fuel rail for injection
§ Five center caps for spec wheels
§ Left quarter-panel window
§ Three wheel bearings
§ Oil pickup with primary strainer
§ Torsion bar set (two bars)
§ Quick Lock hood pin with insert
§ Approximately 30 pairs of brake pads (seated)
§ Steering shaft
§ Two top strut mounts
§ Coil
§ Strut/spring perch adjuster
§ Three Lucas fuel injectors
§ Please note that the above parts are not for sale separate from the vehicle unless the vehicle is already sold.

The asking price of $89,000 is certainly outside of the range of normal 944s of any vintage, but it reflects how much extra development is involved with factory racecars. Factory lightweight Porsches have never been produced en masse and this 944 is no exception to the rule. From the magnesium wheels to the integrated roll cage, a lot of effort went into manufacturing these vehicles. Given that the 944 is already regarded as one of the best handling modern classics money can buy, the factory prepped race version must be as close to chassis nirvana as us mere mortals can get.

-Paul