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Five more Porsches to buy right now

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Article by Rob Sass
Photos courtesy Porsche

The Porsche market post-Pebble Beach continues to be arguably the most active and interesting in the collector car world. Stability and a return to more of a buyer’s market has been the watchword since we last looked at it in July. Here are five more Porsches that you might consider putting in your garage sooner rather than later: 

1990-91 944 S2 Cabriolet

Above: 1990 Porsche 944 S2 cabriolet.

The transaxle cars have seen a considerable rise in interest over the last several years with 968 and 944 Turbo and 944 S2 coupes generating the most demand. Seemingly lost in the shuffle is the very pretty (and quite scarce) 944 cabriolet. In keeping with the market’s general snubbing of open, post-356 Porsches, the 944 S2 cabriolet trades at a significant discount over the coupe. The end of the summer driving season means you might be able to cut an especially sweet deal on a 944 S2 cab. 

986 Boxster

Above: 2002 Porsche Boxster S.

The Boxster is old enough to drink legally—it appeared in 1996 as a 1997 model. If that doesn’t make you feel old, it should. The point is, early Boxsters are among the last of the analog Porsches, and their simplicity and tossability is delightful. While it’s not likely that huge appreciation is in the cards anytime soon, it seems unlikely that low-mileage well cared for cars are going to be $9,000 to $10,000 forever. As with any M96 engine, attend to the intermediate shaft bearing if for no other reason, peace of mind.  

1969-71 911T

Above: 1969 Porsche 911T.

The long-hood 911 market has cooled down of late. The nicest 1967-73 911S models were regularly bumping $300,000 and great 911Ts were occasionally exceeding $125,000. Those days seem to be over for now, nice driver-quality 911Ts can be had in the $45,000 to $50,000 range if you look hard enough. Although the T, E and S lineup continued through the end of the 1973 model year, we’re partial to the carbureted cars for their simplicity, they’re the best deal in the long-hood 911 market at the moment, and who knows how long the current lull will last? 

1990-94 964 Cabriolet

Above: 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera cabriolet.

Everything we just said about the 944 cabriolet applies to the 964 cab as well. Younger Porsche collectors just don’t seem to care about the open versions of their favorite cars. Lately, we’ve been seeing some particularly good deals on 964 cabriolets. Like 944 cabs built after 1990, the 964 lacks the small back seat of the coupe, to the extent that it matters to you. Again, with winter approaching during a quiet period in the collector car market, it might be a good time to jump on a 964 cab.

2004 996 GT3

Above: 2004 Porsche 911 GT3.

The sight of a nice 2004 GT3 for sale in The Mart a few weeks ago for under $60,000 made us realize that the time to buy a 996 GT3 is right now. They’re rare, powered by a Hans Mezger designed engine with no IMS bearing issues, and they’re very special cars that ushered in the modern, water-cooled GT series. Carp about the looks if you like, but we’ll remind you that nobody makes fun of the headlights on a GT1. The 2004 GT3 has significant appreciation potential.  

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