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Mart Fresh: Which Porsche is best for the next decade?

Tuesday, December 31, 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.


1965 Porsche 356 - $65,000

Oh how I want this one so bad: a 356 Outlaw exactly the way I’d build one. I’d even daily drive it — no kidding! Love the color combo of Slate Grey over black/red interior. A recent restoration with a rebuilt '64 356 C motor, transmission, brakes, and new gas tank and wiring makes this ride ready to roll. For people who may have been priced out of the 356 market just a few years ago, it’s great to see prices coming down a bit. There is hope for me to be able to own one in the future. It comes with a Certificate of Authenticity (COA), and another bonus: The seller is a well-respected PCA Club Racing volunteer. As always, have a 356 expert perform a pre-purchase inspection so you know what you’re getting into. Though this might have been recently restored, classics almost always need something, and you don’t want to have any surprises down the road. To the buyer, please reach out to me in 10 years if you want to sell it. My kids should be out of college by then! — Vu Nguyen, Executive Director, Porsche Club of America

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1978 Porsche 928 - $17,500

During the 1970s and 1980s, most front-engined two-door coupes with a big front-mounted V8 sending power to the rear wheels were American muscle cars, unabashedly simple in design and execution. For model year 1978 Porsche took the formula and turned it on its head, creating its most technologically advanced road car to date: the 928. Equipped with a 230-horsepower 4.5-liter V8, this first-year model is claimed to be the 1,147th 928 made, and as such it should offer a pure expression of what the car was originally intended to be, a sporty grand tourer. Though later 928s got faster, they lost a bit of the light, sporty feeling of the earlier cars and became ever more complicated and heavier. This pearl white 928 appears to be in good working order for a car of its age and mileage. We especially like the pasha patterned seats, reminding occupants exactly which decade it came from. When looking at any 928, be sure to get a pre-purchase inspection and ask for records, as one in poor condition can empty bank accounts quickly — these cars are not cheap to repair or maintain. — Damon Lowney, Digital Media Coordinator, Porsche Club of America

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1965 Porsche 912 - $70,000

This is the time of year I clean out my closets, join a gym, and make promises to myself for the new year. Those never work, so this year I have added a rousing cheer of “I will simplify my life!” into the mix. In the general scheme of things, this ’65 912 is about as spartan as they come — the three gauges give you a center tachometer, a KM/H speedometer, and the combo gauge at the left gives you oil temperature and the fuel level. I love the seats with the houndstooth inserts, and the painted dash and wheel complement the whole thing really nicely. Sure, it’s about $60k more than what you used to be able to buy a 912 for, but that’s not part of my equation today. Just climb in, revel in the efficiency of function over form, and get at least one New Year’s resolution in the “success” column. A really beautiful little car here to enjoy. — Brad Phillips, Business Development, Hagerty

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2004 Porsche 911 GT3 - $80,000

Mart Fresh picks generally fall into a few distinct categories — cars that we’re drawn to because they’re conspicuous bargains, and cars that we just flat out love and want. And while this car is priced appropriately, it falls squarely into the latter category. The 996 GT3 is perhaps one of the most underrated Porsches in the market at the moment. As a pure, unfiltered, visceral driving experience, it might just be the finest water-cooled 911 yet built and possibly ever. It’s the ’73 Carrera RS 2.7 of modern 911s, one of the last analog Porsches. And with an empty weight of a hair under 3,000 pounds, a sweet and bulletproof “Mezger” flat-six engine, incredibly tactile hydraulic steering, and relatively low-key looks (not to mention one model year only U.S. availability), it’s difficult to imagine that these will be sub-six-figure cars for much longer. $80,000 for a car with less than 18,000 miles seems like a spot-on ask. Only the fact that it’s a more sedate black rather than the Speed Yellow that people seem to love might hold the car back. Not with me though. What a great way to usher in the new year. — Rob Sass, Editor in Chief and Director of Content, Porsche Panorama and PCA.org

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