Future or Now? 1998 993 Carrera 4S v. 2007 997 Turbo

This past weekend I caught a bit of the Mecum Auction action, and I was pretty stunned to see a fairly new 993 Turbo in Arena Red come across the auction block. Generally, when newer metal comes across the block at these auctions, the commentators break to commercial sponsors and don’t really pay attention. But the 911 market is such that this particular 993 – which wasn’t perfect, mind you – hammered for around $170,000 not including fees. The surge in air-cooled prices is amazing, and it seems that there’s a scramble to buy what good examples are left while they’re still affordable. Two cars were sent our way by readers last week that got me thinking more about this; one was the 993 Carrera 4S that you see here from our reader John, and a 2005 996 Turbo S in Signal Green – reportedly 1 of 1 – from our reader Michael. I’ve talked before about how the 996 Turbo is a screaming performance deal right now, and this one-off Turbo S wasn’t too far from the price of the 993 Carrera 4S offered here.

Obviously, despite being very similar cars in many respects the two have very different markets. Those in the 993 market are looking for a rapidly appreciating classic; a well proportioned, ultimate development of the air-cooled days of Porsche when limited production numbers, over engineering and sublime driving experiences ruled the day. Those in the 996 market are looking for the most performance they can buy, and a twin-turbo, all-wheel drive 911 is truly a car that now can be used all year long while lighting your hair on fire every time you hit the loud pedal. Unfortunately, that Signal Green example disappeared before I could get this article up; what I found to replace it might even be more astounding – a 997 Turbo Sport Chrono with less than 40,000 miles on the clock. Nearly a decade separates these two cars and there’s a substantial performance gap as well; which would you choose?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S on eBay

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Tuner Tuesday: 1986 Porsche 911 Turbo DP 935

Ah, the DP 935. It’s a car that in the world of Porsche generates both enthusiasm and enthusiastic hatred of the modifications. There’s no denying that they were one of the more spectacular modified Porsches in the 1980s, though, and while Duran Duran seems to be playing in my head everytime I see one, I nevertheless love to find them. We last looked at a blacked-out and modified 1986 DP 935 almost exactly a year ago. Today’s model, like the all-black model from last year, is not 100% correct or the full-crazy European-spec slantnose, but the U.S. spec toned down package that retained the original bumpers. Also like that car, this example has non-original wheels and an engine rebuild/refresh. Is it the one to buy?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 Porsche 911 Turbo DP 935 on eBay

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10K Friday Poor-sche Edition: 928S4 v. 944 v. 944 Turbo v. 924 v. 944 S2 v. Boxster v. Boxster S

“Poor Man’s Porsche”; while it’s a moniker usually attached to the 924 series, the reality is these days it applies to everything outside of the 911. The surge in 911 prices has been so great, that it has also pulled other lesser alternatives to the 911 up as well – try to get into a clean 912 and you’ll be surprised by the price. Even the lowly, forgotten 914 is in the mid teens for a really clean example of a flat-4 model up towards $100,000 for original 914-6 models. So does this mean you need 6-figures to be a true Porsche enthusiast? I don’t believe that’s the case – I think there are a plethora of great options at or around $10,000, so I’ve lined up an assortment. Which do you think is most worthy of wearing the crest of Stuttgart?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 Porsche 928S4 on eBay

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Tuner Tuesday: 1986 Porsche 911 Rinspeed R69

Oh, the 1980s. Full of crazy creations, custom calamities and questionable creativity. If you wanted a crazy tuner car back then, there were plenty of options from mild to wild; some of them we’ve covered, such as the DP slantnose cars and the Koenig widebody 560SEC Mercedes-Benz. But if one company has consistently gone above and beyond, it would have to be Rinspeed. Afterall, they did made a 911 turbo truck that changed color and roofline and was encrusted in jewels. That takes a really special mind – one that most would argue should probably be in a straight jacket. Nevertheless, there’s always a market for the crazy Rinspeed creations, and one of their less extreme models has come up for sale. Based upon a 911 but borrowing water-cooled bits for a unique look, check out the Rinspeed R69:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 Porsche 911 Rinspeed R69 on classic driver

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Tuner Tuesday: 1987 Ruf BTR Lightweight

While there are a plethora of Porsche 930s sporting Ruf details, when you get into the real Ruf vehicles you have crested a very high mountain of performance. Rufs emerged in the 1980s as the ultimate giant killers; cars whose performance exceeded the expectations of everyone in the motoring press and every stock vehicle they came across. Put simply, there were just no cars that were faster; even Porsche’s legendary 959 was bullied by the equally revered Ruf CTR Yellowbird in a high-speed test when they were new. They were, and remain, the most expensive and most highly sought modified Porsches available. Add to that the specialized lightweight versions of the already exclusive Rufs, and you’ve got something truly special and unique:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Ruf BTR on eBay

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Tuner Tuesday: 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 “RS”

So you want a classic 1960s/1970s Porsche 911. Well, it’s not a great time to jump on the bandwagon. We’ve watched prices on these early 911s jump to unprecedented levels – values on models such as the 1973 Carrera RS have tripled in the past year, where now Hagerty Insurance values a top condition example at $800,000. So, sufficed to say you won’t be getting one anytime soon; and even if you could afford it, then what? Would you feel comfortable taking your million dollar Porsche for a stroll with all those Camry “drivers” more intent on the latest recipe on NPR than signaling to change the three lanes over the to exit they just missed? Don’t worry, they’ll back up to take it. So, what’s an enthusiast to do? Well, many have been inspired by the model of Singer; backdating modern cars to look like older and more valuable examples. As a side bonus, you get improved performance and luxuries that the early cars just didn’t have – items that honestly make the drive more enjoyable. A few weeks ago, I saw a Singer-inspired car at Lime Rock Park that just looked awesome – an updated RS that was dependable and, more importantly, a car that could be driven and enjoyed on a reasonable budget. Today, there’s a similar example for sale on Ebay:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 “RS” on eBay

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Motorsport Monday: 1971 Porsche 911S-Spec FIA Race Car

Newer 911s not your thing? For a long time in the 1990s and even into the 2000s, it was very popular to modernize older 911s with updated bodywork, wings and giant motors to make them more effective machines. More recently, though, we’ve seen a return to the original roots of the car; simplified, wingless designs with more narrow bodies, built in the style of the original cars. To me, they’re much more attractive versions of the 911, expressing the very pretty original silhouette; purposeful, compact, and aggressive. They’re even more neat when they’re in spectacular colors, and today’s 1971 is a shining example of just that:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1971 Porsche 911S on Albion Motorcars

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2007 Porsche Cayman

Recently we’ve had some posts focusing on how much Porsche you could get for a small amount of money ; and while those recent posts have focused on older models, for some people that want a special car that can also function as a daily driver looking at older cars is not a reality. Luckily for those people, there are options that offer both reliability, practicality and a lower entry price into a special car. Such is the case with today’s 2007 Cayman, which looks splendid in classic Midnight Blue Metallic over tan leather:

Year: 2007
Model: Cayman
Engine: 2.7 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 61,000 mi
Price: $ 23,800 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2007 Porsche Cayman on eBay

2007 PORSCHE CAYMAN COUPE!!

MIDNIGHT BLUE METALLIC ON SAND BEIGE LEATHER INTERIOR!!

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION!! REAR POWER SPOILER!!

TIP-TRONIC!! HEATED SEATS!! 245 HORSEPOWER!!

FACTORY SPORT 18″ ALLOY WHEELS!! NEWER REAR TIRES!!

AMAZING PRICE ON AN AMAZING VEHICLE!!

SUPER SPORTY!! GREAT COLOR COMBO!!

PURCHASE WITH CONFIDENCE FROM “iMotors”!!

CALL SALES @ 630-904-9300 TODAY!!

The distinction that separates a true sport luxury vehicle from a basic sport vehicle is the merging of true sport performance without compromising the refinement and class of a luxury vehicle. This vehicle is the essence of luxury, style, execution and performance.

THIS CAYMAN IS IN GOOD CONDITION INSIDE AND OUT FOR ITS YEAR AND MILEAGE. IT HAS ALL THE BELLS AND WHISTLES THAT COME STANDARD WITH THIS 2007 CAYMAN COUPE. BELOW IS A LIST OF SOME OF THE OPTIONS THIS VEHICLE IS EQUIPPED WITH:

ALL BOOKS & MANUALS

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

HEATED SEATS

AUTOMATIC CLIMATE CONTROL

MIDNIGHT BLUE ON SAND BEIGE LEATHER

POWER WINDOWS/LOCKS/MIRRORS

HEATED SEATS

FOG LIGHTS

REAR POWER SPOILER

AM/FM/CD PLAYER

CRUISE CONTROL

FACTORY 18-INCH SPORT ALLOY WHEELS

KEYLESS ENTRY

DUAL AIRBAGS

CLIMATE CONTROL

PRIVACY GLASS

2.7L H6 245 HORSEPOWER ENGINE!

NEWER REAR TIRES!

ORIGINAL MSRP $50K!

DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS VERY NICE 2007 PORSCHE CAYMAN COUPE! THIS IS A MUST SEE MUST DRIVE VEHICLE! CALL SALES @ 630-904-9300 TO BE THE PROUD OWNER OF THIS BEAUTY TODAY!!!

THE CONDITION OF THIS VEHICLE IS CONSISTENT WITH ITS AGE AND MILEAGE; IT IS IN VERY NICE SHAPE INSIDE AND OUT AND IS FULLY DETAILED AND STORED IN OUR INDOOR TEMPERATURE-SENSITIVE FACILITY. KEEP IN MIND THAT OUR VEHICLES ARE PRE-OWNED AND ARE NOT BRAND NEW, AND AS SUCH THEY MAY REFLECT WEAR AND TEAR IN CONSISTENCE WITH AGE. WE TRY OUR BEST TO DESCRIBE THE VEHICLES AND THEIR OPTIONS, BUT SOMETIMES WE MAY MAKE AN ERROR; SO IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS PLEASE GIVE US A CALL TO VERIFY ANY INFORMATION AS FAR AS OPTIONS OR CONDITION OF VEHICLE BEFORE PLACING YOUR BID. WE ARE VERY FORTHCOMING IN THIS REGARD BECAUSE OUR CUSTOMERS DESERVE THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF QUALITY!!!

If you have any questions about this or any of our other auctions please feel free to contact us via e-mail at imotorsusa@gmail.com or you can call us at 630-904-9300. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you.

Sure, the tiptronic probably isn’t what most enthusiasts would specify, but it’s a fine transmission that works as a daily driver without issue. Further, while most enthusiasts would probably prefer getting a “S” model, this entry level Cayman is closer to the original spirit of the line – low weight and low power giving you a fun drive. This particular model seems well equipped with fog lights, 18″ sport wheels and I really love the color combination. There is a pleasant simplicity in the Cayman that is missing from most modern Porsches, and I think the entry level Cayman captures even more of that simplicity. Still, with close to 250hp on tap, it’s no slouch and would give most 1980s and 1990s sports cars a solid run for their money. As a budget entry level Porsche, the bang for the buck on this particular model seems to be pretty good!

-Carter

Purple Haze: 1991 Porsche 911 Turbo

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When I first saw this 965, my first thought was that I had seen it’s long lost brother before, and indeed, I had – late last year Paul wrote up a super-low mile Porsche 968 with the same color combination. The question for many (including me) was why anyone would have originally selected these shades post 1974, but as one person pointed out, if you want bland go buy a Camry. This 965 is anything BUT bland, with it’s purple on purple hue, flashy polished HRE wheels and (gulp) 739 rear wheel horsepower. Think you’d driven something faster? Unless it starts with “Boeing”, that’s not likely. Take a look then at this monster 911 Turbo:

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Year: 1991
Model: 911 Turbo (965)
Engine: 3.8 liter twin-turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 109,000 mi
Price: $59,995 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1991 Porsche 911 Turbo on eBay

You are bidding on a factory 1991 Porsche 964 Turbo, under 10,000 miles on Mode Inc/Bob Holcombe 3.8 litre twin turbo, twin plug engine, (109k on body) new $10,000 5 speed G52 trans, Sachs Hydro Boost clutch (ultra soft pedal), giant 14 inch Brembo brakes, EFI engine management, Bilstein coil-over suspension, $8,000 HRE 18 inch wheels.. She runs and drives excellent, very dependable, and fast!! on street tires I get wheel spin to nearly 100 mph.. not for the faint of heart.. This is a factory custom ordered Amethyst Metallic over Magenta full Leather interior Turbo, was told it is 1 of 5? easily $100,000 in upgrades invested into this car, motor build alone was $40,000, plus $100,000 original purchase price.. includes a binder 2 inches thick with all receipts.. car made dyno proven 739 horsepower to the rear wheels, on race fuel.. 631 rwhp on 93 octane pump gas.. dyno sheets included.. carfax certified car, no accidents.. AC is cold, Heat is hot, power windows, power moonroof, power seats, wipers, lights, everything works as intended.. this incredible Porsche Turbo is spotless, no scratches, no dents, no door dings, interior is also spotless as well, seats show excellent, no dash cracks.. very rare stunning color, when was the last time you saw a factory metallic purple 964 Turbo driving down the street.. one of the fastest, rarest, aircooled Turbo’s in the country.. Pictures speak louder than words..

Email or call Alan with questions or offers 602-997-6778

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Well, there you go. If you want a modded to the extreme 911 Turbo, it doesn’t get much better than this in the air cooled era. While most of the modifications are very desirable, I can’t help but feel that the very pricey HRE wheels look out of place on this car. Were it mine and I still wanted some polish on those wheels, I’d probably select something like the Speedline-inspired RHs linked below:

Like many of the modded cars we feature (especially of the Porsche variety), the modifications alone are worth at least the asking price in original dollars. This obviously won’t be a daily driver for anyone, but at least with some miles on the body and engine the new owner won’t be afraid to drive it, unlike that investment-grade 968 Paul wrote up. For $60,000, the price doesn’t seem as outrageous as the color combination and it appears well maintained. It also appears this is an expensive car to run, so the entry price will only be the beginning, but you’d be in rarefied air – both in power and color selection. Feeling bold?

-Carter