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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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Porsche Index: 997 Carrera GTS

Porsche is hardly shy when it comes to celebrating the 911, and it certainly knows how to tempt buyers with something extra special, but how to celebrate the demise of one of the most respected generations of all? The answer was the GTS, and even the quickest perusal of the spec sheet reveals an enticing confection.

Tempting enough, in fact, for a manual Coupe with low mileage to set you back in the region of £70,000 today according to Greig Daly from RPM Technik and RSJ’s Darren Street. To put that in perspective the Coupe cost £77,000 at its 2010 launch and, really, prices only ever dipped as low as £50,000 back in 2013.

Based on the wider-hipped shell of the Carrera 4S, Porsche added a Sport Design front apron with a black-painted lower edge that extended to the sills and rear bumper. 19-inch RS Spyder centre-lock wheels were standard, while low-key GTS logos completed a look that was both subtle and effective. The same could be said of the cabin, the ambience managing to be both tasteful and clearly a notch up on the standard Carrera – an effect that was entirely fitting for a special 997. Black instrument faces and stainless-steel sill trims looked terrific, the rear seats had gone, saving 5kg, and just about every surface had seen the liberal application of Alcantara.

There was plenty of standard equipment, too, including climate control, Sound Package Plus and the PCM system, although naturally there was scope to enrich this further if your pockets were deep enough. It looked and felt superb, but what of the mechanical specification? Well, it was suitably impressive, thanks to the adoption of the Powerkit that boosted the output of the 3.8-litre flat six to 408hp. That arrived at a deeply sonorous 7,300rpm and was backed by 420Nm of torque, the same as the Carrera S but spread across a wider rev range.

Transmission options were the familiar six-speed manual or seven-speed PDK (an extra £2,500), the latter gaining a launch-control function if Sport Chrono Package Plus had been specified. A manual Coupe despatched the 0-60mph sprint in 4.6 seconds – it was swifter still with PDK – and the electronics called time at 190mph. Porsche didn’t stop there, specifying the GTS with Porsche Stability Management (PSM) and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), with a firmer, lower, limited-slip differential-equipped PASM Sports set-up optional. Beefier brakes featured larger, thicker discs, while anyone planning track use could delve deeper into the options list and their bank account for (largely unnecessary) PCCB carbon ceramic items. Oh yes, and you could have all of the above as a Cabriolet if you preferred.

The only major change arrived in July 2011 when the four-wheel drive C4 version was added to the mix, the electronically controlled system featuring Porsche Traction Management that apportioned torque via a multi-plate clutch, and included a limited-slip differential at the rear. Aside from an additional 60kg and a red reflector between the rear lights that told onlookers you’d chosen your GTS with all-weather abilities it was the same as the C2, just a little pricier, with Coupe and Cabriolet costing £83,145 and £90,024 respectively.

For our comprehensive buyer’s guide on the 997 Carrera GTS, pick up your copy of Total 911 issue 164 available here. Alternatively, you can subscribe to the world’s only magazine dedicated to the Porsche 911, with every issue delivered direct to your door.

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Report: Porsche Is Planning Two-Door and Cabriolet Mission E Variants

Porsche Mission E Concept

Last week we got some good news from Porsche out of the Geneva Motor Show, and now we’re hearing some more. Thanks to this report from Car & Driver in which they spoke with Porsche’s head of EV development, Stefan Weckbach, we now know where Porsche is aiming the future of theirs electric offerings. This conversation seems to confirm a few things:

  1. Porsche will not be building a taller battery electric SUV [at least not in the near future],
  2. Porsche is working on a coupe/convertible version of Mission E, and
  3. There will most likely be less expensive rear-wheel driven variants of the Porsche EV as well.

While the Mission E Cross Turismo previewed a battery electric crossover scheduled to launch within 12 months, Weckbach confirms that a taller EV SUV will not work on the current Mission E platform, because the so-called J1 Platform will not adapt well with high-floor vehicles. If you’re looking for a tall two-box sport ute with EV power from Porsche, you’ll have to settle for the Cross Turismo for now. Porsche is co-developing another EV platform, this one called Premium Platform Electric (PPE), with Audi, and it may spawn an electric sport ute. While Porsche developed J1 and Audi developed their C-BEV platform independently, the next generation EVs will share a common PPE platform. PPE is said to be flexible enough to spawn low- and high-riding models in multiple size categories. This second-gen Porsche EV will not be ready for consumption until at least 2021, at the earliest, however.

The Near Future

In the near future, however, we can look forward to potential Mission E coupe and cabriolet models, as Weckbach said during an auto show roundtable interview, « If you talk about two-door cars or convertibles, the [Mission E] platform will be ready for that. » The nearly-production-ready J1 platform seems to be modular enough to craft at least a handful of models from. Porsche has been building some exciting SUVs and sedans lately, but we’re excited to see that they are at least looking into a potential new sports car platform. There hasn’t been a truly new Porsche sports car since the 918 Spyder!

Rear-Wheel Driver Mission E?

Furthermore, for enthusiasts of great driving experiences, Porsche is working on developing a rear-wheel drive version of the Mission E platform. The currently shown sedan and Cross Turismo models have both been equipped with motors front and rear to give Mission E a quick-accelerating all-wheel-drive launch, competing directly with Tesla’s dual-motor models. With permanent-magnet style motors, Porsche says the Mission E will have reliable and repeatable stellar acceleration and sustained high-speed running. To make a more dynamically responsive and lighter-weight car, they’ll be removing the front motor for RWD applications (Hopefully a sports coupe and cabriolet, eh?). Of course, this comes at a cost to acceleration times and regenerative braking, because the second motor up front surely adds more power and stronger kinetic energy regeneration. “We try in the Mission E to regenerate as much power as possible, but we need to have the car stable,” said Weckbach.

Porsche has been working on electric and hybrid sports car applications for over a decade, and we hope that the time for a sporty rear-drive EV coupe is at hand. If Porsche wants to keep up with their Tesla target, they need to get cracking and move that sucker to market ASAP!

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