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Mart Fresh: Which of these Porsches is your non-911 cure to 992 madness?

Tuesday, December 4, 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.

2015 Porsche Macan S - $38,750

Hook, line, and sinker

Last week I took my 2006 Cayenne S in for the recent fuel pump flange recall service. While they kept the Cayenne, they gave me a 2018 Macan as a loaner. Being a base model, I didn’t expect too much other than getting me from point A to B. Within the first five miles, I realized that I greatly under estimated how nice of a vehicle they provided me. The base engine was plenty peppy, the steel coiled suspension was a nice balance of comfort and sportiness, and the PDK transmission was seamless. So after living with it for two days, I can see one in my future. Which bring us to this week’s pick. I would imagine that this 2015 S, with more power and options, the fun factor just escalates. A warranty through May 2020 provides piece of mind for all the high tech wizardry it contains. The color combo and $38,750 asking price are very appealing. — Vu Nguyen, Executive Director, Porsche Club of America

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1990 Porsche 944 S2 Cabriolet - $17,000

Post-356 cabriolets haven’t gotten a ton of love lately from Porschephiles, especially younger ones. But, I’ve always had a soft spot for 944 S2 Cabriolets. I like the Speedster-esque look of the top when it’s up, and when push comes to shove, I’d have a hard time choosing between the insane torque of the S2 and outright power of a Turbo. I think that I might just prefer the former over the latter. This car appears to be triple black, (more on that in a second), which isn’t terribly common, and it has well under 100,000 miles on it and all records. Now for the gentle chiding to the seller: Interior photos please. I’m assuming from what I can see from the seat backs that it’s a black interior. In any event, assuming the car is as nice as it appears from the two photos, $17,000 seems like an eminently fair asking price. — Rob Sass, Editor in Chief and Director of Content, Porsche Panorama and

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1970 Porsche 914-6 - $46,000

After the introduction of the new 911 this week and the media storm that followed, we understand if you don’t want to see another one of Porsche’s iconic rear-engined sports cars. That’s one reason why this 914-6 appealed to me; the other two are its price and the enlarged 2.6-liter flat-six sitting between the driver and the rear axle — the seller claims the work was performed by famed Stoddard Porsche circa 1973. This is purported to be a real 914-6, not a conversion, and it has received other modifications over the years that promise to make it a spicier drive than when it rolled off the assembly line. We like that several PCA members have owned the car, and that the seller has a detailed spec sheet and more photos available upon request. Though he claims no rust, we’d still bring along a 914 expert or take it to a shop to perform a pre-purchase inspection and be sure the rust-prone body matches the quality of the rest of the car. — Damon Lowney, Digital Media Coordinator, Porsche Club of America

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