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Mart Fresh: 2.0-liter 914 track-day special, sub-$10k 928, or manual Cayenne V6?

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Photos by the sellers

A popular PCA member benefit is The Mart, the club’s classifieds section online and in each issue of Porsche Panorama. Mart Fresh is a bi-weekly column in which PCA media staff pick what they think are the "freshest" Porsches currently available, and then attempt to explain their reasoning. Only PCA members and Test Drive program participants have access to seller contact information. Always invest in a pre-purchase inspection for any Porsche you may consider, as seller descriptions and pictures don’t always tell the full story.

2012 Porsche Cayenne - $33,500 (price lowered since publish date)

I’m a sucker for cars that are unexpectedly equipped with manual transmissions. Think 928 GTS, fast wagons, or even a Cayenne SUV — much like the 2012 Cayenne manual I’ve picked for this installment of Mart Fresh. Though I wasn’t the biggest fan of the taillights when the second-gen Cayenne came out, they’ve since grown on me, and the rest of this particular vehicle in dark blue looks stunning — especially with the 19” Turbo wheels. The interiors of these cars are luxurious with enough utility to throw a bike (or dog) in the hatch for weekend jaunts to hiking trails. This one seems to have been taken care of well, with the brake rotors and pads replaced, calipers refurbished, documentation of service history, and a nice Burl Wood interior trim upgrade in 2017. The 3.6-liter 300-horsepower V6 means it’s able to get out of its own way, and, as a VW-based engine, doesn’t suffer the same, expensive problems that can afflict the V8 models. For $34,950, it’s likely not the cheapest 2012 Cayenne out there, but it is one of the (extremely) few manual Cayennes sold in the US. – Damon Lowney, Digital Media Coordinator, Porsche Club of America

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1974 Porsche 914 2.0 - $25,000

The mid-$20k range seems to be the spot for me when perusing the Mart. My choice this week has a lot going for it: limited-edition classic Porsche, original owner, low mileage, and engine and suspension by a renowned Porsche shop. As a track toy, it has relatively modern race seats and harnesses, but personally I’d set it up with period-correct race seats and belts or simply put the original seats and belts back in. The polished Fuchs look great. Having records on hand will give the buyer confidence, though a pre-purchase inspection is still in order. Clean 914s are hard to come by and their prices keep going up, so for the price of an average new car, you could be driving this classic Porsche that will continue to appreciate as you enjoy it. – Vu Nguyen, Executive Director, Porsche Club of America

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1986 Porsche 928 - $7,300

Just $7,300 for a 928 in great colors with what appears to be a recent belt service. How could you go wrong here? Probably best not to answer that. These are after all complex, maintenance-intensive cars that can easily swallow the asking price in one shop bill. Still, this has the look of a well looked after car with what I assume from the description is up-to-date service. Best to check that timing belt and water pump were among the items just done. At 122,000 miles, the V8 has plenty of life left and the build quality is such that it probably resembles a car with half the miles that it shows. Assuming a clean PPI and no terrible dash cracks or accident history, this could be a lot of car for the money. – Rob Sass, Editor in Chief and Director of Content, Porsche Panorama and

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