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Mart Fresh: Porsche Cayenne GTS, 944, or ... 959?!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Photos by the sellers except where noted

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.

1987 Porsche 959

Alright, so here’s a crazy one: 1987 Porsche 959 for sale for $1.25 million. A good number of rare Porsches are listed for sale on a fairly regular basis in The Mart, but 959s just don’t turn up very often. Fewer than 300 were ever made, and they were never officially brought to the US, so any one found on these shores was procured by an owner who really wanted a 959. With 444 horsepower, height-adjustable suspension from inside the cockpit, all-wheel drive, twin turbos, tire pressure monitors that can detect cracks in the wheels — must I go on? — this was the pinnacle of automotive technology in the eighties and still impresses today. So, if you’ve got a spare couple million, why not check this legendary Porsche out? – Damon Lowney, Digital Media Coordinator, Porsche Club of America

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2008 Porsche Cayenne GTS

I’ve chosen a Cayenne GTS before, but I can’t ignore this particular one. I especially can’t ignore its asking price of $23,500. In addition to the great price, this one has relatively low mileage and still has a Porsche warranty until January 2018. The Cayenne GTS is very well appointed, including a sporty leather interior, with Alcantara, red brake calipers, heated seats, heated steering wheel, 3-spoke multifunctional steering wheel, Bose sound, navigation, power heated folding mirrors, etc. I am a huge fan of how the GTS trim really transforms the look of the Cayenne. To use a cliché, it looks like a Cayenne “on steroids.” But don’t think the GTS is only a cosmetic upgrade. Under the hood there are more ponies than the standard S and it also has a sport exhaust that any enthusiasts will love. Please buy this so that I don’t have to figure out how to sell my 2006 Cayenne S Titanium so that I can buy this one! – Vu Nguyen, Executive Director, Porsche Club of America

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1983 Porsche 944

Decent early 944s for under $5,000 should be a thing of the past, but they keep turning up. This one has under 80,000 miles on it and it appears to have 7 and 8 X 15" Fuchs that by themselves are worth nearly 60% of the $3,700 asking price. The unknowns here are significant. No mention of the last timing belt or clutch. The photography leaves something to be desired--it's hard to tell if it's the lighting or if the driver's side door and rear quarter are off by a few shades (which would raise some issues requiring further investigation) and the interior is a big question mark. But assuming it's original paint with a modest patina, (the valance scrape is  an easy fix) and a decent interior, this could be a good deal on any early manual rack 944. – Rob Sass, Editor in Chief and Director of Content, Porsche Panorama and

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