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Our Favorite Porsches For Sale This Week: Volume 139

We’ve been compiling some amazing Porsche models on the internet for over five years now, and we’ve seen some pretty astonishing examples pop up now and again. This week we’re looking to soak up the sun. For that reason, we’re featuring convertibles! Hopefully you’ve enjoyed our « curated » look at the Porsche market. Keep in mind, some of these Porsches could be great collection investments, while others might prove to do more financial harm than good.

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1. Porsche 550 Spyder Replica For Sale

A poorly built 550 Spyder replica can be hell on wheels, but a properly assembled example can be among the most rewarding experiences ever. This particular 550 Spyder built by Seduction Motorsports in Arizona is one of the good ones. With a proper tube frame chassis, rather than a Beetle pan kit, this is nice and stiff, and responds well to your driving inputs. With a well-built Subaru 2.5-liter, this little monster rips way faster than an original 1950s Spyder would. I’m not particularly partial to the Martini stripes, but they are applied in vinyl and can easily be removed. With red quilted leather inside and a nice white exterior, this would look quite nice on the street. Give me a leather helmet and some aviator goggles. It’s time to rip.

For more pictures, pricing, and information, check out the full listing on eBay

2. 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder For Sale

With the announcement of a new Boxster Spyder, I’m reminded of my personal favorite open-top Porsche, the 987 Boxster Spyder. While it’s not as powerful or as fast as the new 4-liter powered monster, this thing is nimble and light and fun as all hell. This one has PCM and air conditioning and power seats, so it’s not quite the spec I would personally want, but the red wheels and gauges look really good. If you want one of the last pure Porsche driving experiences, grab this one while you can.

For more pictures, pricing, and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

3. 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet For Sale

Speaking of wheels in bold colors, if you’re going to be a bear you may as well be a grizzly. This bright yellow Carrera cab has bright yellow color-matched wheels (though the center caps should be color matched as well) and a chocolate brown convertible top. It’s not the color way I would have chosen from the factory in 1987, but I’m damn glad someone did. This is a wild selection of colors, and I am absolutely ecstatic that it exists. There is no beauty without some strangeness.

For more pictures, pricing, and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

4. 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder For Sale

When it comes to open top Porsches, it’s hard to argue that the 918 Spyder isn’t the ultimate. With incredible speed, power for days, excellent hybrid fuel economy (if you don’t wail on it), and striking good looks, the 918 Spyder is the pinnacle of Porsche engineering in 2015. It’s hard to believe that this car has already been out of production for a few years, but time flies when you’re having fun. The seller of this car didn’t treat it right. With only 3000 miles on the odometer, it clearly deserves to be bought by someone who is actually going to drive it. Given the opportunity, I’d double the mileage in a week. Is it worth a mil and a half? I’m not sure it is, but if you agree with the asking price, go for it!

For more pictures, pricing, and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

5. 1990 Porsche 911 Convertible For Sale

This is an interesting project, as it has been fitted with turbo flares for that big widebody look. The owner wanted to build an America Roadster replica, so this car was pulled and widened. It’s a good look, if slightly unorthodox. Personally, I love the little rock chips dotting the wider fenders, it’s proof of life. Proof that this car was driven. According to the listing, this car has already had everything done to it that it needs for proper reliable motoring in comfort. If you’re looking for the kind of 964 that nobody else has, with a unique look, check out this America Roadster tribute.

For more pictures, pricing, and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

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Walter Röhrl Honored By the FIA Hall of Fame

 

Röhrl’s affiliation with Porsche began with a handful of races in 1981—including the San Remo Rally, in which he used a 911.

Few have risen to such prominence in rallying to become a near-household name like Röhrl, who began his rally career fifty years ago. Within three years of amateur rallying, he became a factory driver with Opel. His career launched then and there, and throughout the seventies and eighties, he went on to drive just about anything under the sun. With wins at Le Mans, Pikes Peak, and most WRC stages, he’s a unique driver with the versatility and mechanical sympathy to climb to such levels in the most dangerous decades of motorsport. This is why the 6’6″ German ace, though never having competed in Formula 1, is one of the few rally drivers/non-F1 champions to have the privilege of being inducted into the Motorsport Hall of Fame.

Röhrl won the Monte Carlo Rally four times in total, driving four different marques, and was world rally champion twice.

Has affiliation with Porsche started in 1981, when he entered the German Rally Championship in a 924, the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a 944 LM, and the San Remo Rally in a 911. Even when leaving his fourth decade,the time at which most retire from racing, Röhrl remained involved in motorsports—mainly through development.

Röhrl, one of the few who could drift the Carrera GT confidently, helped in the development in all of Porsche’s flagships for the last thirty years.

With his touch and sensitivity, he helped develop the 964’s four-wheel drive system, as well as Porsche’s greatest flagships including the Porsche 959, Carrera GT and 918 Spyder. Years of bold but methodical driving helped make these machines the masterpieces they were, and for that alone, Röhrl deserves to stand among the best.

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Porsche’s Top Five Secret Prototypes

Few people get a sense of how groundbreaking Porsche’s cars are, as they so often blend into the background in a chic location. Nonetheless, the thought and innovation present in every one of their varied designs make Porsche a special marque. Even more so—some of their incredible cars didn’t quite make the cut, and here are a few of those special machines never released to the public.

The selected cars here might not have been palatable enough for a broad audience, hence their inclusion on this list. One of these cars is the 984, a lightweight machine designed between 1984 and 1987 to « achieve dynamic driving characteristics through low driving resistances instead of high engine power. » Its 1,940-pound weight allowed for a 150-horsepower motor to provide all the propulsion necessary, but, not surprisingly, this spartan sports car never saw production.

Next on the list could’ve been considered an eyesore by some, but its potential for open-air jaunts through the mountains can’t be ignored. The 2002 Cayenne Cabrio sported an open top, a targa-style rollbar, and two different rears plastered onto one car. Certainly an uncommon mixture of elements, but a design exercise years ahead of its time.

The 1987 Speedster Clubsport was equally willing to shun convention. Inspired by the single-seater Speedster of the 1950s, this beauty could’ve been a small-batch car for the discerning enthusiast looking for a more visceral experience. No windscreen and a very small driving compartment would make the heart pump a bit faster, wouldn’t it?

The Porsche Panamericana was a study completed in just a few months. Obviously, this highly stylized car was a break from the standard proportions of the Porsche lineup, and by using a bevy of flowing lines and rounded shapes, it laid the foundation for the 993 and the 996 generations. Additionally, the Panamericana’s roof set the stage for the forthcoming targa tops in the 1990s.

The last of these prototypes was the 918 Spyder Rolling chassis. Shown to a small batch of journalists back in 2011, this monster set the stage for what is arguably Porsche’s most technologically sophisticated sports car.

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Porsche’s Top 5 Fastest Road-Legal Cars

Porsche’s fastest five production cars span over three decades.

When a car as fearsome and fast as the latest 911 Turbo S is bringing up the rear, you know you’re in for a spectacular list of supercars. Though each these five were approached in different ways, in different times, with distinct aims, but the through-line with all these is their outrageous speed.

The 991 Turbo S is one of the fastest off the line, with a 0-60 time of just 2.9 seconds. Thanks to the immense torque offered at low revs and a sophisticated four-wheel drive system to take full advantage of the turbo motor’s thrust. At high speeds, the slippery shape and relentless shove get the car up to an incredible 205 miles an hour.

In fourth place: the Carrera GT. The mellifluous howl of the V10 is instantly recognized by any Porschephile. Limited by its layout, it’s not the quickest from a stop, but its 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds is still awe-inspiring stuff in today’s age of launch control. Its LMP-based motor shoves the screaming exotic to a top speed of 207 miles an hour.

Third place is given to the oldest member of the group. The tech-heavy 1987 959 S was a revelation in so many ways, and its remarkable top speed, as achieved on the Autobahn, of 210 miles an hour can be attributed to its slinky shape and the shove of the 2.8-liter, twin-turbo six. For a car more than thirty years old, it’s remarkable how well it stands among the current crop—a testament to its quality and innovation.

The second-place sitter will come as no surprise to Porsche fans. The 991 GT2 RS sports 700 horsepower, driven through a PDK gearbox, which allows it to streak to 60 in just 2.8 seconds—quite remarkable for a machine which drives only the rear wheels. That thrust pushes through the drag caused by the car’s massive wings and onto a top speed of 211 miles an hour. If it wasn’t the current ‘Ring lap record holder for production cars, its straightline speed alone would still render it exceptional.

The title of quickest factory car to ever leave a Porsche showroom goes to the grand daddy: the 918 Spyder. World-class aerodynamics a snarling, hybrid-assisted V8, and four-wheel drive allow the Spyder to sprint to a drama-free 60 miles an hour in 2.6 seconds. The monstrous 887 horsepower and 4WD layout drives it all the way to an unbelievable 214 miles an hour.

For the company’s mid-tier cruiser to be within such close range of their flagship hypercars speaks to the level of design brilliance and commitment to speed that defines every model which rolls off a Porsche showroom floor.

Though separated by a chasm of technology, intent, and price, these two baddies challenge one another for the title of fastest production Porsche, depending on your definition.

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Top 5 des prototypes Porsche

Dans l’immense collection de voitures Porsche, certains prototypes et études ont rarement ou jamais été présentés publiquement auparavant. Porsche nous dévoile le Top 5 propose d’une sélection des prototypes les plus intéressants. #5 – Porsche 984 de 1984 à 1987De 1984 à 1987, les ingénieurs ont travaillé sur un prototype de concept de véhicule futuriste …

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