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Mart Fresh: Ready to run or running project?

Tuesday, June 12, 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.


1965 Porsche 356 - $65,356

With all the recent Porsche 70th Anniversary celebrations, I couldn’t help but notice how people react when they see a 356 for the first time. No matter how young or old or how well versed they are in Porsche talk, a 356 just simply warms peoples hearts. A red 356 coupe is about iconic as it gets. The 1965 model is probably the best iteration to be used on modern roads. It has good power, handling, and most importantly confidence-inspiring disc brakes. At $65k, this example is quite affordable for a numbers-matching car and with a rebuilt motor. It is especially important to have the car inspected by a 356 expert to make sure there is no rust, mechanical, and/or previous repair issues. The luggage rack is a nice touch, as well. – Vu Nguyen, Executive Director, Porsche Club of America

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1973 Porsche 914 2.0 - $6,000

I’ve always been a fan of the Porsche 914 and have gotten rides in a flat-six conversion and one with a flat-four that was heavily modified for autocross, but it was only recently that I drove a nearly stock 1974 model with a 1.8-liter engine bored out to around 2.0 liters. My thoughts in one word: impressive. It was fluid yet solid in a way that I’ve only experienced driving other Porsches, and also fun to drive at the requisite slow speeds. Lack of power didn’t really hinder my enjoyment. This 1973 model looks to be in well-used condition, but if it’s running well like the seller says and has only surface rust (I’m highly suspicious of any 914 that is claimed to have minor rust issues), then the $6,000 price looks pretty good. The seller claims he is motivated, so there’s probably some wiggle room on the price. This is one of those cases where extreme caution should be exercised to be sure you don’t go down any rabbit holes, but it could be the perfect running project car for those who have some space to work on it or a garage. My recommendation would be to check it out, test drive it, and give it a thorough pre-purchase inspection to be sure rust hasn’t invaded the rocker panels and the “Hell Hole,” as is so often the case with 914s. But if it’s in fixable condition and you’re willing to do at least some of the restoration work yourself, then this could be a fun way to get into 914s on the cheap. – Damon Lowney, Digital Media Coordinator, Porsche Club of America

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1990 Porsche Carrera 4 Cabriolet - $38,000

We’ve been saying this for quite some time: An open 911 is one of the few remaining bargains left in the air-cooled world. They lack some of the torsional rigidity of a coupe, but if you’re not going to track the car, and a nice summer driver is what you’re looking for, this is a pretty good deal. It’s a manual, not a Tiptronic, which is a common option for 964 cabriolets. While we might quibble with the all-wheel-drive on a cab that isn’t likely to see any winter use, at the end of the day, this is a seemingly well-kept 964 in nice colors with well under 100,000 miles on it with a very reasonable asking price of just $38,000. In Germany, the asking price would be around 20,000 higher in euros. As long as the complicated and expensive-to-fix AWD system is in good condition, it’s tough to see how you could go wrong here. – Rob Sass, Editor in Chief and Director of Content, Porsche Panorama and PCA.org

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