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Mart Fresh: Flashy forty-four or sleeper sports car?

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

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.

2002 Porsche 911 Carrera - $20,500

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You already know I’m a 996 fan. Well here is one that seems to have what all 996 shoppers should be looking for: no accidents, new intermediate shaft (IMS) bearing, rear main seal (RMS), and air-oil separator (AOS), sport exhaust, recent brake job, and recent service. Photos show it was kept in a (parking) garage. Some may be reluctant to buy it since it resides across the border in Canada. That said, you can import a car from Canada into the US fairly easily. A quick Google search will explain how. Yes, it will be a bit more complicated than buying stateside, but at the asking price I think it might be worthwhile. For those in Canada, I think this an even better deal. A PPI is a must and records are definitely welcome. — Vu Nguyen, Executive Director, Porsche Club of America

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2004 Porsche 911 GT3 - $77,900


It’s tough to go wrong with any of the 996 Mezger triplets (Turbo, GT2, and GT3), but I have a soft spot for the one narrow body among them, the GT3. Whenever I’m asked about which Porsche under $100,000 I’d pick for sheer enjoyment, invariably I answer 996 GT3. It really has everything going for it — a bulletproof engine with a racing pedigree, light weight, a genuine analog feel to the controls, and it’s daily drivable if your noise-vibration-harshness (NVH) threshold isn’t too high. Dare I say it, the 996 GT3 is the Carrera RS 2.7 of water-cooled cars. This one has less than 40,000 miles and the one issue with any Mezger 996/997 has been addressed: the bonded coolant pipe junctions have been pinned to avoid a catastrophic failure.  At $77,900, it’s not bargain-priced, rather the asking price is pretty much spot-on in today’s market. I can pretty much guarantee that it will seem very well-bought a few years from now when it’s a six-figure car and the owner has had the long-term pleasure of driving one of the all-time great 911s. — Rob Sass, Editor in Chief and Director of Content, Porsche Panorama and

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1983 Porsche 944 - $6,500

In an effort to give some love to sellers whose classified ads have gradually migrated down the list, I came across this beautiful, low-mileage 1983 944 offered for $6,500 after a recent price reduction. The seller claims the paint is original as is the interior, which is notable for what looks to be an uncracked dashboard and heavily bolstered sport seats. Of course, the 1983 model is the only one the US got that was only offered with a manual steering rack, part of the car’s allure. Even better: The new owner of this 944 won’t have to worry about a $2,000+ water-pump, timing-belt, and balance-shaft-belt service (be sure to check receipts for proof of the work) for several years — making this a Porsche you can buy and immediately hit the road, as long as a pre-purchase inspection finds no major issues. Oh, and while those period-correct Epsilon wheels look great to my eyes (though I’d repaint them in a more neutral color), it’ll be easy to find a set of OEM wheels if needed. — Damon Lowney, Digital Media Coordinator, Porsche Club of America

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