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Mart Fresh: A cheap Porsche Cayenne in a sea of cheap 911s

Tuesday, December 10, 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.

1970 Porsche 911S Targa - $19,500

Okay, here is my potential lapse in judgement for the week, this 1970 911S Targa advertised at $19,500. I love the thought of resurrecting another early 911, so let’s go through the math here. The Hagerty guide says a #4 Targa S should run you about $81k, and that basically means a car with obvious imperfections — a daily driver-condition car without any major missing parts. So, could we get this one to that level for $60k? Let’s see. It will never be a numbers-matching car again, and to put it right you’ll need to undo all that dollar store Gemballa bodywork, which means body panels and a passable paint job. Interior wise you’ll need seats and I’m not sure what else; the photos are pretty dark. To partially finance the restoration, you could sell the wheels, seats, and the salvageable parts of the body kit. There’s nothing wrong with running a nice ’73 911T engine, and since the original motor is long gone, you can keep it in budget by using this one for a while. All in all, I think this would be a satisfying project if you are keen to source some used parts and do as much as you could yourself. And if the seller will wheel and deal a little, all the better! — Brad Phillips, Business Development, Hagerty

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2005 Porsche 911 Carrera - $22,000


Anyone who knows me well knows that I have a tough time passing up a bargain, and that I’ve been known to sometimes relax a firmly held belief or two in the face of a really good deal. And so it is with this two-pedal 997.1.  One doesn’t often see a 997 anywhere near this price point, which would typically indicate a story like a dirty Carfax, or worse. Although the seller’s description is sparse, there doesn’t seem to be anything alarming here, other than the fact that it’s a pre-PDK Tiptronic autobox car in a fairly sedate color. The miles aren’t even crazy high, and the right preventative maintenance has been done. An added bonus is the fact that it’s an early 2005 with a serviceable intermediate shaft (IMS) bearing, and this has been done along with a water pump. If you can live with the Tippy, this car represents an insane amount of value for the price of a new Chevy Sonic. As always, get a pre-purchase inspection before pulling the trigger, but for someone who spends a lot of time someplace like the Capital Beltway or I-405, this might be a perfect 911. — Rob Sass, Editor in Chief and Director of Content, Porsche Panorama and

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2002 Porsche 911 Carrera - $20,000

Searching for a loving owner: Re-home a 996

I don’t like to take advantage of folks’ difficult situations for my own benefit, but sometimes an opportunity may arise where it helps both parties. Check out this ’02 996, which has the factory aero kit. I just love the looks of the 996 aero kit, as it completely transforms a typically mild-mannered 996 body into something more aggressive. The 996 recently entered into Porsche Classic’s portfolio, so be assured that you’ll start seeing more of these cars in upcoming Porsche promos. Once the rest of the world realizes these cars are quite the bargain and offer amazing bang for the buck, demand will drive up prices.
At this asking price it’s quite the bargain. Especially when you consider the new IMS bearing, rear main seal, clutch, waterpump and tires. Mileage is reasonable and the car comes with maintenance records. I can’t imagine this deal will last very long. As always, arrange for a PPI.
If you can find room in your life, here is your chance to bring home a Porsche and keep it from living a harsh life of dirt driveways and dirt roads. — Vu Nguyen, Executive Director, Porsche Club of America

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2005 Porsche Cayenne S - $9,400

Partly because the other three Mart Fresh picks are 911s and also because I have an economy car and sports car in my stable, I’m imagining what my next vehicle realistically would be. The natural choices would be a sports utility vehicle or a pick-up truck, and Porsche doesn’t make the latter. So the first-generation Cayenne S, then, could be the way to go. This one is in a nice shade of Basalt Black Metallic and has a low asking price, though the fairly high mileage helps to explain that. I am happy to see is that the Cardan shaft and plastic coolant pipes in the V of the engine have been replaced, two of the more concerning problem areas on a Cayenne S. One of the benefits of the first-generation Cayenne compared to later models is that it is truly off-road ready, if you’re into that sort of thing, complete with a transfer case and low-range gearing. — Damon Lowney, Digital Media Coordinator, Porsche Club of America

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