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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.

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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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Slammed Porsche 964 Carrera 4 – Les russes en ont marre !

Quand je suis tombé sur cette Porsche 964 Carrera 4 simplement posée et chaussée, j’ai compris que les russes avaient eux aussi des problèmes avec ceux qui modifient leurs caisses. Non, ils ne se doivent pas se coltiner nos talibans de l’origine, au contraire, chez eux, ils modifient quasiment toutes les bagnoles, mais apparemment, ils […]

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forward-dated 911 SC: back to the future

The road ahead is deserted, its twisting Tarmac totally bereft of traffic. A thick wall of trees lines the roadside, their density willing us to keep moving our 991 towards the setting sun.

A look in the rear-view mirror reveals much the same story behind us. The highway is empty, save for two hazy yellow lights in the far distance. However, as the minutes tick by, those lights become more prominent. Glancing briefly at the road ahead, my eyes return to the 991’s rear-view mirror, fixated on those yellow lights coming quickly towards us. There’s a red hue visible between them now. A bonnet. A roof. A windscreen. It’s a car.

The rate at which this car is closing in on us is astonishing. It surges up the stretch of road behind us, revealing more detail with each passing second as its features become ever larger in our mirrors. A 964, I think to myself, catching its chunky front PU with integrated side lights. Then, roaring up behind us, the 964 pulls out and shoots past, gliding back in line and charging up the road ahead. Now the confusion sets in: replete with one-piece bumper, full-width rear reflector with clear ‘Porsche’ script, a distinctive tea tray spoiler and wheels with the lip and profile of Cup-spec alloys, the visual cues give this car away as a 964 3.3 Turbo. However, the mechanical howl of that flat six as it shot past certainly wasn’t akin to the noise of a 911 with an exhaust turbocharger bolted on. So, what on earth has just overtaken us on this rural stretch of Swedish asphalt?

Luckily, we don’t have to wait too long to find out. Not 20 minutes later we pull into a gas station and there, sitting by the pumps in front, is our mystery Porsche 911, being fuelled by its joint owner, Andreas. Originally a 1982 SC, the car was converted to a 964-look of sorts before Andreas and co-owner Lennart bought the car, though closer inspection of that one-piece Strosek front PU shows it to be more 944 than 911. We’re also told the rear bumper mimics that of a 3.0 RS. A peek inside reveals the car’s true age, its Pasha interior an obvious giveaway. Not that this car is trying to hide anything: Andreas and Lennart have even left the ‘SC’ lettering on the car’s decklid.

In our contemporary world where backdating a 911 is all the rage, the idea of a forward-dated 911 makes for an odd concept, but one which, in a bygone era, was a popular conversion. Due to the large spectrum of interchangeable parts on air-cooled 911s, many found favour with the idea of swapping a few panels to make an older model look just like one which had only just rolled off the production line at Zuffenhausen. Much like backdating, how convincing the car looked depended largely on how far you were willing to go, or how much you were willing to spend. So what of the car we’ve caught up with?

Andreas tells me he and Lennart bought the car in its current guise, complete with ‘teardrop’ wing mirrors commonly found on later 964s. “We found favour with how different it was compared to other SCs, and especially liked how it drove,” Andreas tells me as he replaces the fuel hose and tightens the 911’s filler cap. So did Andreas and Lennart ever consider converting the car back to standard, or backdating it – as is currently in vogue – to a longhood, pre-impact bumper 911? “No, because a lot of work had gone into converting it to 964 spec. For example, the rear reflector on a 964 sits at a slightly different angle to the G-series cars, so getting this to fit required the previous owner to make some modifications to the rear wings. We believe this is part of the history of the car and shouldn’t be changed,” comes Andreas’ reply.

For the full feature on forward-dated 911s, including a how-to guide from specialists, pick up your copy of Total 911 issue 171 in shops now. You can also order your copy here for delivery to your door anywhere in the world, or download to an Apple or Android device of your choice. 

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Porsche 911 3.0l SC Backdating – Signée MCG Propulsion !

La Porsche 911 3.0l SC n’est pas foncièrement la plus cotée de toute. Et ça tombe bien, car du coup, on a beaucoup moins de scrupules à lui faire faire un tour dans le passé… Un Backdating dans les règles de l’art. Un voyage dans le temps qui, au contraire de ce que beaucoup peuvent […]

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