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Mart Fresh: Front-engined four-cylinder fun, or a six-cylinder Cayman GTS?

Monday, January 22, 2018

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.

2016 Porsche Cayman GTS - $68,000

GTS = Got To Save for this one!

Modern Porsche GTS models have always been presented as relative bargains for customers who don't want range-topping cars, such as Turbo and GT variants, yet who would otherwise spend their money optioning up an S model. The Cayman GTS, for example, came standard with 15 more horsepower, revised front and rear fascias, 20-inch wheels, sport exhaust system, Bi-Xenon headlights, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), and more. If you tried to option a Cayman S to the same level, you'd spend more money, and some GTS equipment is not available on an S. I love a Cayman in white and the Garnet Red interior just adds a level of distinction in an otherwise black/gray/tan interior world. This one is coupled with PDK, which is the ultimate tool for the track and allows you to share the Porsche driving experience with anyone. This low-mileage, well-optioned example is hard to pass up. Save over $24,000 from the original list price. I would be curious to know whether its factory warranty is still active or not. Either way, be sure to ask for maintenance records. – Vu Nguyen, Executive Director, Porsche Club of America

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1988 Porsche 924S - $9,500

I’m a sucker for pretty much any front-engined, four-cylinder Porsche, particularly the earliest and latest 944s and the 924S. This one appeals to me because it looks well sorted, and if a pre-purchase inspection checks out, something I could just get in and drive without worry. The 1988 model is the 924S to have due to an extra 10 horsepower (160 hp) over the previous model year. And this one in particular would display well at your local PCA car show or Cars & Coffee event due to the clean exterior and interior, plus owners manuals, tool kit, air pump, and more extra goodies that came with the car when new. To sum it up, at $9,500 and 42,000 miles, this represents a good value for a car that’ll last for many thousands of miles with normal upkeep — though it’s nice enough that, if I were the new owner, I’d probably keep it off the track. – Damon Lowney, Digital Media Coordinator, Porsche Club of America

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1983 Porsche 944 - $5,850

PCA is fresh from Scottsdale, where we put on a valuation seminar with Hagerty Insurance and RM Sotheby’s. One of the cars that we called out as a solid “buy” was the first year (1983) 944. We like the purity of the car and it’s the only year without power steering, which makes the car slightly less tactile. This one appears to be in nice shape (although note to the seller, most buyers want to know the miles) and it has the coveted 7 and 8” Fuchs alloys that are at this point worth almost half the asking price of the car. Assuming it has a recent timing belt and the clutch isn’t on its last legs, this could be a very solid buy at under $6,000. – Rob Sass, Editor in Chief and Director of Content, Porsche Panorama and

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