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Update 1/7/19: This Silver Anniversary 911 Coupe has dropped from $64,500 ask in 2018 to $59,500 today.
It feels like it’s been a good while since I’ve come across a nice one of these. This is a 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe Silver Anniversary Edition, which Porsche released as part of the sendoff to the 3.2 Carrera and as a commemoration of the 25th anniversary of 911 production. They were fairly limited production with only 500 total produced (300 Coupes and 200 Cabriolets). There was a time when I’d see these for sale somewhat frequently, but those days are long gone. This particular one looks exceptional.
The Silver Anniversary Edition was available in two exterior colors: Silver Metallic, which we see here, and Satin Black Metallic. Wheels were painted to match the exterior color, but the interior colors were the same. Of the two colors Silver Metallic was much more common with 240 of the 300 Coupes produced in silver. So this one isn’t quite as rare as it could be, but still very rare nonetheless.
Like many of Porsche’s special additions the Silver Anniversary Edition Carrera, released to celebrate 25 years of 911 production, featured a host of cosmetic changes intended to set it apart from other Carreras of its day, but there wasn’t really anything in the performance realm to complement those aesthetic changes. As such, values for the special editions have tended to be higher than for standard models, but not significantly higher. I’m curious whether that will remain the case as the 911 market slows down. With only the best examples commanding premiums will the special editions remain in that category? The one here should tell us something as it appears in fantastic condition. Here we have a Silver Metallic 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe Silver Anniversary Edition, located in New Jersey, with 50,942 miles on it. This one comes in the lighter of the two available colors – the other being Satin Black Metallic – to contrast with the Silk Grey interior.
This will be a bit of a quick hitter since we just featured a Silver Anniversary Carrera earlier this week. This time we have the other color option that was available on these cars, Silver Metallic. Unlike the previous example, this car comes with the original equipment necessary to return the car to original condition, which is always a nice selling point for cars such as these that are ultimately destined to become collector cars. With nearly 122K miles on the clock this example has certainly lead a fruitful life, but with a long maintenance history included prospective buyers should get a good sense of the current state of the car.
For a car maker one of the perks of sustained success for a particular model comes in the guise of special or commemorative editions. These editions tend to garner additional sales from those who are fans of the car while also, even if this has less impact on the marque’s finances itself, holding greater long-term appeal on the used-car market. Porsche in general is a big fan of special editions and given the 911’s longevity and success it is then no surprise that quite a few have been produced over the long life of this sports car. So, as the end of the 3.2 Carrera coincided with the 25th anniversary of the 911 it was natural to produce a special edition as a send off for the model that had brought Porsche so much success. And, of course, it helped move some of the last remaining stock. Win-win! While most of the ‘specialness’ of these cars comes solely through cosmetic changes, these editions do tend to show better value on the current market so collectors seek them out. The example here is a Satin Black Metallic Silver Anniversary 911 (the other available color being Silver Metallic), located in California, which has seen 66,236 miles.
Porsche has always enjoyed providing its customers with special edition models that celebrate some aspect of the marque’s heritage. Such is the case with this 1989 Porsche 911 25th Anniversary Edition (also called the Silver Anniversary Edition) in Silver Metallic. The 25th anniversary of the 911 fell just prior to Porsche’s extensive redesign of the model that would mark the end of the classic 911 body. What better time to release a limited edition anniversary model? These cars were mechanically similar to a standard 3.2 Carrera, featuring a 3.2 liter flat-six engine producing 215 hp mated to the G50 5-speed transmission. The 25th Anniversary Edition featured a host of leather interior upgrades as well as body-colored Fuchs wheels and front and rear spoilers. Though the upgrades are simply cosmetic the 25th Anniversary models have been valued slightly higher by most collectors and with time should continue to see rising values.