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Mart Fresh: Would you take one of these bright or unique color Porsches?

Tuesday, August 6, 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.

1987 Porsche 911 Turbo - $95,000

As the owner of a Guards Red ’87 Carrera 3.2, picking this car screams “the grass is always greener.” I love my crisp, fast-enough-to-be-enjoyable Carrera. But a big part of me always wants to have…more. More in the case of this Turbo means a lot more. Behind the wheel I’d see that boost gauge in the tach, and feel the extra thrust of that wicked 3.3-liter turbocharged widow maker when it all spools up. Stopping is also no problem with the grip of those big, racing-derived brakes. On a normal 911, I like the simple rear end without the tail. But on a Turbo, it’s supposed to be there. HAS to be there. I’d spread out a paper map of the California deserts on it, then launch into the distance like Buzz Aldrin strapped to a Saturn rocket. I don’t care what it costs, it’s only got 47,500 miles on it. It’s barely broken in, the paint looks shiny, and it’s got a PPI already done. Just go buy it. And then contact me so I can drive it, please. — Brad Phillips, Business Development, Hagerty

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1992 Porsche 968 - $18,500

It's not often that I choose the very first car to pop up in The Mart, but this one is flat-out irresistible. An unusual color combination, six-speed manual, recent belt service, it checks all of the 968 boxes. And it's priced under $20,000. As always, a pre-purchase inspection is advisable, and if everything checks out, it's tough to see how you could lose with this one. — Rob Sass, Editor in Chief and Director of Content, Porsche Panorama and

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2018 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS - $133,900

It’s not just because of the name

But you have to admit the paint-to-sample color of the GTS, Voodoo Blue, would add to the ownership experience for me. In addition to that, who wouldn’t love a 3,500-mile, rare PTS 911 GTS? I’ve had the opportunity to spend some time behind the wheel of a similarly equipped 911 at the Porsche Sport Driving School and it delivered the perfect balance of power, agility, and rear-engine dynamics. This GTS is spec’d with many must haves for me: seven-speed manual, sport exhaust, sport chrono, and 18-way sport seats. Personally I love the graphics the owner added, evoking the 2012 911 GT3 RS 4.0. Get a PPI and go out and drive! — Vu Nguyen, Executive Director, Porsche Club of America

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2018 Porsche 718 Cayman S - $62,750

At Porsche Parade in Boca Raton last month, I had the chance to drive four laps in two 718 Cayman GTSs on a small race course at Palm Beach International Raceway. It was about the size of an autocross, and as I’m an avid autocrosser, I was immediately comfortable trying to extract performance from Porsche’s mid-engined sports car. Though this is an S, it has most of the performance options that are standard on a GTS and is a comparable car. In a few words, a car like this 718 Cayman S, with a skilled driver, will absolutely dominate at an autocross with unflappable handling and tons of torque low in the rev range. The engine, to my ears, sounds great and is paired well with the six-speed manual. And my time at PBI has me wondering if I can purchase a 718 like this one in a couple years, after depreciation sets in a bit more. But if you’re in the position to buy one now, do it — you can’t go wrong with this wonderful car! — Damon Lowney, Digital Media Coordinator, Porsche Club of America

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