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Mart Fresh: Long hood, short hood, or 4x4 workhorse?

Tuesday, October 9, 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.

1971 Porsche 911E - $85,000

Car collecting is headed in the direction of art and antique collecting, where the object that is altered the least is worth the most. Lately, we’ve seen preservation-class unrestored cars sell for several multiples of what a well-restored example of the same car might be expected to bring. So, it’s truly surprising to see this original ’71 911E in a fantastic color advertised for well under $100,000. The ad is a little bit ambiguous, but the reference to the car’s patina certainly seems to suggest that most if not all of the paint is original on this 58,000-mile car. If that’s the case, and we’re looking at a largely original car, this seems like a really good deal on a very pretty car that undoubtedly has an interesting history. — Rob Sass, Editor in Chief and Director of Content, Porsche Panorama and

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2011 Porsche Cayenne S - $24,500

SUV ownership doesn’t have to be boring. We know the Cayenne is class-leading in terms of performance, but here is an example in a rather unique color. Yes, yellow might be polarizing, but Porsches in rare colors have always been and will continue to be special. Add the 400-hp V8 engine, eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters, and a plethora of options, and this Cayenne looks to be one heck of a deal for $24,500. A longtime PCA member owner also adds to piece of mind. That said, be sure to ask for maintenance records, and I would still recommend a PPI. — Vu Nguyen, Executive Director, Porsche Club of America

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1987 Porsche 911 Carrera - $37,500

If you’re in the market for an air-cooled 911, there are so many options it can be daunting to choose where to start the search. An easy rule of thumb is buy the latest model in the best condition that you can afford. If you’re leaning toward a 911 (not a 964, a 993, etc.), then it would have to be a 1987-89 G-body 911 Carrera. Why? It has the G50 manual transmission, which this writer feels is superior in operation to the previous 915 gearbox. The 217-horsepower 3.2-liter flat-six is near bulletproof if well maintained, and this example, with 132,000 miles still should have plenty of life left. — Damon Lowney, Digital Media Coordinator, Porsche Club of America

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