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Magnus Walker’s latest Outlaw Porsche: reverential 964

It’s been some year for the Porsche brand. Not only have we seen a plethora of exhilarating new releases including the 991.2 GT3 RS and all-new 992, we’ve also been treated to glorious revivals of traditional models including the 911 Speedster and legendary Moby Dick. Hell, we even witnessed an air-cooled 993 Turbo roll right off the production line all over again!

It’s certainly no coincidence that these special cars are proving strong on the nostalgia front: 2018 has marked 70 years of Porsche, and Zuffenhausen has been keen to celebrate the milestone with its customers. We too wanted to pay homage to Porsche’s special 70th year of existence as, simply put, without the sustained presence of Zuffenhausen there’d be no car in your garage, and no magazine in front of you right now. We wouldn’t even have a job!

To do that though, we needed to look outside of Werk II, because although the 911s mentioned above all have one or two key design elements evoking the company’s rich history, we wanted to find a car – a single car – which best offers a design paying the ultimate homage to Porsche’s entire lifespan, from 1948 right through to today.

We soon found the perfect 911. Residing in Downtown Los Angeles, this special 964 became a passion project to deliver something truly unique, the heritage behind its modifications timely, the finished article truly timeless. The owner? One Magnus Walker.

You’ll already know the Urban Outlaw is no stranger to Total 911’s pages, having been a former ‘Living the Legend’ columnist and guest editor of our own 100th special issue. Magnus’ modified cars have garnered a keen worldwide following for their streetable, sports purpose style, and by his own admission, this 964 build is his most comprehensive yet.

“As you know, my goal is to have one of every Porsche model, including every generation of 911” Magnus says as he pulls open the sliding door to his sprawling garage in DTLA, the morning sunshine illuminating the dozen or so cars currently sitting in his collection. “I’d already built short wheelbase cars like my 67 SRT, long wheelbase cars like ‘277’ [originally a ’71T], the ’78 SC which was my first G-series build, so the 964 was a natural progression of what comes next. It wasn’t like I was looking for one, but it came at the right time and at the right price.”

Magnus acquired the 1990 964 Carrera 2 back in 2015 from a friend who’d scored a stash of cars from up north. Previously it had been used as a track day car by a hobbyist racer and gone off the circuit backwards, so it was at best a basket case when it finally rocked up with Magnus in DTLA.

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Rare Porsche 911 Cabriolets

Porsche isn’t one to miss a good marketing opportunity. Throughout the 54 years of 911 production, in which over a million examples of this iconic sports car have rolled out of Zuffenhausen, the company has bestowed worldwide customers with a whole host of special editions to celebrate anniversaries, milestones and notable racing achievements.

The latest addition is Motorsport’s new 935, a track-only car based mechanically on the 991 GT2 RS but styled on the revered Moby Dick of 1978. More interestingly though, there’s also a new Speedster. However, the fact it’s being built to commemorate 70 years of Porsche isn’t particularly significant, and neither is the numbered production run of just 1,948 examples. No, it’s a special-edition, open-topped Porsche.

Think about it, most special-edition Porsche 911s are Coupes. From the 930 S to the 991 Turbo S Exclusive Edition, via the 993 GT2, 996 Anniversary and 997 Sport Classic, these limited cars, often built on a numbered production run, are tin-top. There appears no specific reason for this: all body styles hail from the same production line at Werk II, and it’s not like an open-topped 911 is unpopular – in fact, widespread endearment to both the Cabriolet and Targa is such that Porsche has kept both models running concurrently since 1983. And while it’s true 911 Coupes will always enjoy a certain cache over their open-topped stablemates, what’s not to like about a special-edition Cabriolet?

To find out we’ve come to Long Beach in southern California to sample two stellar open-topped examples of rare Porsche in the 3.2 Commemorative Cabriolet and 964 America Roadster. Owned by serial Porsche owner and Total 911 subscriber Bruce Brown, these cars are used as they were intended, cruising the boulevards and carving through the inland canyons, roof down, revelling under the year-round Californian sunshine.

The cars arrive at the beach just after us, pulling off the highway and driving onto a slipway down to the Pacific Ocean, the 964’s almost V8-like thrum a striking note against the 3.2 Carrera’s more agricultural resonance. Bruce, in the 3.2, and his friend Simon Birch, piloting the 964, kill the cars and jump out, which gives us a chance to absorb both 911s as they cool off in the brisk sea wind.

First, the Commemorative 3.2. Built to honour 250,000 911s having been built, it’s sometimes referred to as the 25th Anniversary – this at a time before Porsche thought of the 30, 40 and 50 Jahre Anniversary models in the ensuing years. The 3.2 Commemorative Edition was available in either Coupe, Cabriolet or Targa body styles.

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Our Favorite Porsches On Ebay This Week: Volume 125

We’ve been compiling some amazing Porsche models on eBay for a few years now, and we’ve seen some pretty astonishing examples pop up now and again. This week we’re focusing on some of the more budget friendly aircooled alternatives. This time we’re feeling the need for speed, so we’ve picked out a few Porsche racing cars that are track (or two track) ready. 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.

INTERESTED IN HAVING YOUR PORSCHE FEATURED HERE?

Every other week, we feature 5 of our favorite Porsches on eBay. That post is sent out to our mailing list of more than 17,000 Porsche owners and fans and is seen by 10s of thousands of other readers who visit our site directly. If you’re selling a Porsche on eBay and would like to see it featured here, just shoot us an email with the details and we’ll be back in touch. Otherwise, feel free to check out all the other eBay listings we have on our Porsches for sale pages.

1. 1995 Porsche 968 Turbo Ex-Daytona 24 Race Car For Sale

I have a soft spot for Porsche’s front-engine watercooled cars, and this is the absolute pinnacle of that series of Porsche sports cars. The 968 was the ultimate extension of the chassis as a road going vehicle, and then a few of them received turbochargers for racing. This particular car was built at the tail end of the 1990s for a run at the Daytona 24. It’s a privateer racer, but appears to have been seriously well built and looks the absolute business. They claim about 500 horsepower on conservative levels of boost, and with a build like this I wouldn’t doubt those numbers. If you’re looking for a great racer that you couldn’t replicate for five times the asking price, this one is for you.

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

2. 1989 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup For Sale

Slightly less powerful than the 968, but with more of that classic transaxle car look, and more factory-built race car pedigree, is the 944 Turbo Cup. This was built for a customer in Europe to race, and spent much of its career in the BeNeLux region doing endurance and sprint racing at famous race courses. The 944 Turbo Cup was shipped over to participate at Rennsport Reunion, and is now in California ready for you to give it another chapter of racing.

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

3. 1974 Porsche 911 RSR Brumos Replica For Sale

It doesn’t get much more iconic in the American Porsche scene than a red, white, and blue Brumos livery on an old 911 racer. This is a replica, but built to similar standards as the car Brumos raced at Daytona in the early 1970s. If you want a sorted race car that doesn’t have the provenance and history (so you won’t be as afraid to drive it hard), this is your car. Check it out.

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

4. 1979 Porsche 911 Safari Rally-Style For Sale

This Porsche 911 SC has been a track racer for decades, but the current owner has decided to trade in the car’s lightweight alloys and racing slicks for a set of rally tires on KPZ-style steel wheels. This beast has been raised up quite a bit, but retains much of the stuff that made it a great track car in order to make it great off road. It’s a strange look, but I have to admit that I love it a lot, and would jump at the opportunity to hoon it off road for a while.

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

5. 1992 Porsche 911 RS Cup Car For Sale

And finally, the holy grail of 964 track performance. This Porsche was built in-period by Andial for a racing series that never came to fruition. It’s claimed to have been driven under 1300 miles since it left the factory, though likely a lot of those miles were on track. If you’re looking for a collectible aircooled that almost nobody else will have, this is a good place to start. With only 25 built, an interesting backstory, and an Andial connection, this is a rare bird that will only continue to be talked about.

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

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Porsche 911 Cabriolets: G-series v 964 v 993

Yorkshire dry-stone walls have a very useful application that was never intended by the original builders several centuries ago. In addition to providing the unique signature style that is the Yorkshire landscape while also containing livestock over the centuries, they also make a superb surface to echo back the bark of an air-cooled 911 engine. Combine that with the final days of a long, hot summer and a trio of Cabriolet 911s – all with the hoods folded as they truly should be – and we have the perfect recipe for a great day’s driving and a chance to investigate the appeal of the open-top 911 experience. Will we enjoy a day in the sunshine, or will the bumpy Yorkshire lanes highlight the compromise of 911 body stiffness?

Heading out of the market town of Malton, I’m at the rear of the convoy in the 993 Cabriolet. The air is filled with the bass burble of air-cooled exhaust tones at low RPM, the whiff of that unique 911 aroma of hot oil and burned hydrocarbons from the two cars ahead spilling over into the interior, the sun providing a warmth on my face that is still pleasant so late in the summer. Good times.

Turning left down some of our favourite B-roads, the sunshine dapples the tree-lined road ahead… it’s time to increase the pace. We’re staying away from the vast, open moorland of the North Yorkshire Moors today, instead staying on the lower ground of the Vale of York and the twisting, turning B-roads that keep hands and feet busy as the road snakes between those ancient dry-stone walls. The three cars span an eight-year period of 911 evolution, from the torsion bars and impact bumpers of 1989, through the transformation of 1990 with power assistance and coil springs, to the final development of the air-cooled Porsche 911 in the 993.

Without a doubt everyone will have a personal favourite. Indeed, as we gather the cars together for photographs, the debate commences even before photographer Alistair has rigged his first flash head. The most visually arresting is the 1989 Super Sport in Guards red. For me this car is the epitome of that period of Porsche sales. The hedonistic period when excess was encouraged and every businessman and city trader in the City of London had to have a giant Motorola brick phone, expensive Italian shoes and matching briefcase, plus a Guards red Porsche 911. For the full-on effect it had to be the Turbo body, Fuchs alloys and the whaletail spoiler. And if you really wished to be publicly on display through the city streets, then the Cabriolet ensured that you shared your cellphone conversation with everyone around you as you discussed the day’s share trading at the traffic lights.

So how does the drive compare almost 30 years later? We hand over the keys to the 993 that we arrived in and swap to the cream seats of the Super Sport. Instantly I’m missing the powered steering as we shuffle back and forth to leave the photo location, the non-standard steering wheel not helping with its smaller diameter, though once rolling along the country lanes it’s much less of an issue. The road is initially bumpy, and several things become apparent. Firstly there is indeed that flex and shake from around the windscreen area that I recall from previous drives. Secondly, despite there only being a few years between the registration dates, the 1989 car does feel as though it’s from a much older generation of Porsche.

That’s not to say it’s a bad car – far from it. And as the road smooths out and widens we’re able to enjoy the bark of the 3.2 engine and use the echo board of Yorkshire’s dry-stone walls to enjoy some rather delightful pops and crackles on the downshifts. Through the avenue of trees we return to our location, and I swap into the black 964.

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Our Favorite Porsches On Ebay This Week: Volume 124

We’ve been compiling some amazing Porsche models on eBay for three years now, and we’ve seen some pretty astonishing examples pop up now and again. This week we’re focusing on some of the more budget friendly aircooled alternatives. With winter upon us, it’s time to hook yourself up with a new project car and spend some cold nights under a Porsche. 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.

INTERESTED IN HAVING YOUR PORSCHE FEATURED HERE?

Every other week, we feature 5 of our favorite Porsches on eBay. That post is sent out to our mailing list of more than 17,000 Porsche owners and fans and is seen by 10s of thousands of other readers who visit our site directly. If you’re selling a Porsche on eBay and would like to see it featured here, just shoot us an email with the details and we’ll be back in touch. Otherwise, feel free to check out all the other eBay listings we have on our Porsches for sale pages.

1. 1976 Porsche 911S For Sale

I’m not normally one to advise people to purchase mid-year narrow-body 911s, but when they’re painted in beautiful and rare colors and are decently priced it’s hard to disagree that they have their place in the enthusiast community. I love ice green metallic paint, and this car has clearly had a lot of work done to keep it looking and running nice. The engine has been rebuilt recently, which assuages any worries about head stud issues. The exhaust has been replaced with a stainless steel heat exchanger system, which deletes the thermal reactor problems these cars suffered from as new. And it’s got a heavy duty oil cooler for good measure. It’s been converted to carburetors, however, which means it’s not going to pass an emissions check any time soon. And if I bought this, those Boxster wheels would be the first things to go. A good set of cookie cutters would be choice.

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

2. 1968 Porsche 912 For Sale

Oh boy, where do we start with this one. If you’re confident in your abilities to do bodywork, this could be a great project car for you. This 912 has allegedly received an engine rebuild and the transmission was checked internally in recent service receipts. That bodes well for the mechanical condition of this car. But that 80s-tastic widebody, quarter panel vents, and rocker covers just all have to be chucked in the trash. Find a nice correct decklid, redo the chrome on the sugar scoop headlight surrounds, and replace the fender flares with correct narrow bodywork and you’re golden. Luckily the interior appears to be pretty nice, too.

With a stated reserve price of $20,000, this 912 will need probably at least another ten to fifteen in body work. Is it worth that when it’s done? Maybe.

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

3. 1975 Porsche 914 For Sale

This 914 is a bit rough around the edges, and certainly needs some help to get back to good again, but if you’re willing to put in the elbow grease, it’ll reward you with awesome handling. This car is stated to have a bit of rust in the trunk, which means it has a bit of rust in other places, too. The engine is said to run, but the seller has not made any attempt to drive the car. With luck, you could perhaps drive the car home after a quick once-over. If you have access to a welder and a heaping helping of patience, this charcoal briquette could one day be polished into a diamond. Luckily, its cheap.

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

4. 1991 Porsche 911 Cabriolet For Sale

Unlike the others listed thus far, this 911 Cabriolet doesn’t appear to need much of anything. It’s also priced accordingly. 964s have exploded in value lately, and don’t show any signs of stopping. This tiptronic Cabriolet might be one of the last examples under the $40,000 threshold however. If you are looking for a project, you could easily source a manual transmission and perform the swap yourself. It’s a great platform for enthusiasts and weekend warriors, but that tiptronic is definitely not worth dealing with.

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

5. 1969 Porsche 912 Outlaw For Sale

This 912 has already had all of the heavy lifting done. With a 2.4-liter swap, this is probably the easiest and least expensive way to experience long-nose 911 driving pleasure. The work appears to be well done, and the parts used are certainly quality, in addition to being aesthetically pleasing. This is a simple and well done outlaw that could be your new canyon carving masterpiece. It’s a very interesting piece of aircooled that will instantly earn you a lot of street cred with the Luftgekuhlt clan for a good bit less than most of them have paid in recent years.

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

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