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Mart Fresh: Will you take your pick from the naturally aspirated, water-cooled edition?

Tuesday, May 8, 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.

1991 Porsche 944 S2 - $18,500

Along with the 968, the 944 S2 is probably my favorite of the four-cylinder transaxle Porsches. Not that I don’t love the excitement of the 944 Turbo, it was maybe the closest that a four-cylinder Porsche was allowed to come to snatching the crown from the 911, but there’s just something about a massive 3.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder that is incredibly appealing. With gobs of torque throughout the rev range, there’s plenty of urge whenever you want it. Like the massive OHV straight-eights of the 1920s-1930s, we’ll never see the likes of this wonderful engine again. With just 64,000 miles, books, records, and all stock, down to the period Blaupunkt Reno cassette radio, this car’s asking price of $18,500 seems more than fair, even if it needs an immediate timing belt/tensioner/pad service (no mention of the age of the timing belt in the ad). – Rob Sass, Editor in Chief and Director of Content, Porsche Panorama and

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2007 Porsche 911 GT3 - $80,000 (Car is no longer available)

Are you a track junkie? Perhaps you want all the attention at a cars and coffee get-together. Or maybe you just plain want the one of the coolest iterations of the 911 ever made. The 2007 911 GT3 is definitely an enthusiast’s pick. As you can tell, this car is all business, don’t expect the most comfy ride, a slew of cup holders, or reclining seats. That said, for trips under an hour, most will enjoy it. The die-hards like me wouldn’t mind driving it across the country. The description would lead me to believe that this car has had a good, active life. The key to buying this car is having it checked out thoroughly to make sure that it was properly maintained up to now and checking for the amount (if any) of major over revs. Nothing looks nicer than a black Porsche, but it also is one of the toughest colors to maintain. Good news about the Xpel protection it has. Did I mention it is advertised for $80k? Wow…if this one checks out, it won’t last long. – Vu Nguyen, Executive Director, Porsche Club of America

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2009 Porsche Cayman - $24,000

Porsche released the Cayman in 2007, one model year after the Cayman S. The reason? Perhaps Porsche wanted to put its best foot forward when it released the coupe version of the convertible Boxster, but I would argue that the base model was just as good. Fast forward to 2009 and the new 9A1 flat sixes did away with a design incorporating an intermediate shaft (IMS). The 2.9-liter in the 2009 Cayman was a bit more reliable and a sweetheart, pumping out a buttery smooth 265 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. It sounded great and had the same great overall balance as the S model — some might even say more so. This example has been driven a good amount with 74,000 miles, but if the owner stayed on top of maintenance and a pre-purchase inspection checks out, $24,000 is a reasonable price, perhaps with room for negotiation. A quick skim of The Mart shows there aren’t too many below $25,000. – Damon Lowney, Digital Media Coordinator, Porsche Club of America

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