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Mart Fresh: Vintage 911 SC, 'classic' 986 Boxster S, or analog 981 Cayman?

Tuesday, October 23, 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.

1979 Porsche 911 SC Targa - $33,000

It’s with a fair amount of reluctance that I throw this one out there for the whole crowd to see, but a review of my finances and garage space has sadly ruled this one out. I have a giant soft spot for early 911 SCs that still retain the bright trim that was common on the 2.7-liter cars, and the ATS “cookie cutter” wheels in silver look great as well and enhance the car’s vintage look. And while I generally prefer coupes to Targas, the stainless steel targa bar on this one looks spectacular along with the aforementioned cookies and bright trim.  The eyeball of the car, combined with a generally tidy look and a pre-winter bargain price of $33,000, makes this SC just about irresistible. I’m frankly surprised that the ad is still up, as it’s probably the best deal on an air-cooled 911 in The Mart at the moment. — Rob Sass, Editor in Chief and Director of Content, Porsche Panorama and

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2002 Porsche Boxster S - $7,250

At first glance, this Boxster S ad checks all the right boxes for me: price, preventive maintenance (IMS bearing retrofit), and recent major services performed (clutch and flywheel replaced). Those three items alone makes this car worth checking out if you’re in the market for a Porsche under ten grand, and for those who experience colder climates and plan to drive the car regularly, the hardtop would be a great addition. Located in Northern California, the car likely has seen no snow, either. If the car passes a pre-purchase inspection and the waterpump still has time left, then it should last many thousands of miles before needing any major work. That gives you time to enjoy the mid-engined platform that helped spur Porsche’s sports cars into the modern era. — Damon Lowney, Digital Media Coordinator, Porsche Club of America

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2014 Porsche Cayman - $34,000

The perfect balance

One of my all time favorite cars is the base 2.7-liter 981 Cayman. Sure, there are more powerful models to consider, but paired with a six-speed manual, x73 suspension (sport suspension with normal dampers), and sport exhaust, I dare you to find a car that will bring a bigger smile to your face when you drive it. The purity of this car is refreshing. The white finish just simply adds to the theme, as do the handsome wheels. This example looks to have been well kept, and I’d make exactly the same modifications on it if I were starting from scratch. It is a suitable car for a daily commute and even better for a weekend track session. And look at the price: Is there a better deal than this in this price range? I guess one could buy a $40k Civic Type R… No disrespect, but I’ll stick with a Porsche. — Vu Nguyen, Executive Director, Porsche Club of America

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