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Mart Fresh: Bargain flat-six Porsches or a nice flat-four 912?

Tuesday, July 23, 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 and guest contributors 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.

2009 Porsche 911 Carrera - $37,500

So what’s the catch?

A low-mileage Speed Yellow over black 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera (997.2) for $37,500?!?!? That’s a smoking deal. This ’09 has a six-speed manual transmission and the expensive, optional PCCB ceramic brakes. The ad does indicate and accident repair, and this does affect value, but if repaired correctly, it still is an amazing deal (Ed.: Perhaps with a bit of room to negotiate). If you plan to purchase it, be sure to have a Porsche expert perform a pre-purchase inspection. A properly repaired car can provide years of faithful service at a lower price. So if you’re like me and don’t mind a little blemish on a car’s history, you’ve got a great deal here to take advantage of. — Vu Nguyen, Executive Director, Porsche Club of America

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1967 Porsche 912 - $35,500

This little Aga Blue 1967 912 is really talking to me — possibly because several years ago I had the chance to buy it for $11,000 and passed! My life is littered with these kinds of wise (cough) financial decisions, but even at $35,000 it's my pick this week. This is on par with a #3 Hagerty Price Guide value, give or take, and these have been pretty steady, so I believe a further upturn is still possible. The 912 has earned a lot of respect over the past few years, no longer looked as the weak-kneed and penniless alternative to the mighty 911. This is an extremely well-balanced car, and performance would still be better than the 356C it sorta-kinda replaced. It's no joke they call these the "356D" in some circles. I love Aga Blue, I love steel wheels and hubcaps, and while I still think it would look better with a stock Porsche wheel, the Nardi is a nice touch. Find a factory radio, and drive the car into the sunset. Lovely car, I'd love to have it. — Brad Phillips, Business Development, Hagerty

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1998 Porsche Boxster - $6,000

Anyone who knows me knows that I am incapable of passing up a bargain car no matter what it is. While we all know that the cheapest Porsches often wind up quickly becoming the most expensive ones, this car doesn't have the look of a money pit. Yes, it has some minor needs, one would expect that at this price, but none are deal breakers. The silver paint and Metropole Blue leather interior (what one can see of it anyway) look fine, and it's a nice color combination. At this price, there is more than enough room to address the car's needs and do the IMS bearing. A pre-purchase inspection is always advised, but the chance to buy a 986 Boxster with under 60,000 miles for this money doesn't come along terribly often. — Rob Sass, Editor in Chief and Director of Content, Porsche Panorama and

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1988 911 Carrera - $42,500

Though my eye tends to wander below the $20,000 mark when I’m looking for cars I think I’d have a chance of owning in the near future, every once in awhile one comes up that’s hard to ignore due to condition and an extremely reasonable price. Here is a 1988 911 Carrera, in my opinion one of the best years for the model because it has the G50 transmission, a much easier gearbox to shift if you plan on driving in anger. This car’s G50 was rebuilt and it had a recent engine-out service, including a new clutch, starter, and oil and fuel lines. Though it has a not-unsubstantial 125,000 miles, if the car is as well maintained as the owner claims, the work done to it should ensure relatively trouble-free motoring for quite a long time. The late-model G-body Carreras are some of the best air-cooled 911s to drive, and I love how the owner still has the original spare tire, tool kit, jack, and air pump. Ask for the car’s records and get a pre-purchase inspection. If the car checks out, buy it! — Damon Lowney, Digital Media Coordinator, Porsche Club of America

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