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Hillclimb Monster : Porsche 911 GT3 R 4.0… C’est sérieux là !

Ouais bon, d’habitude, on vous sort des engins dignes d’un épisode de Goldorak ! Des extensions dans tous les sens, des ailerons de partout, des swaps de boucher – charcutier, des culs qui se tortillent, des flammes sorties des enfers… Là, c’est du sérieux. Une Porsche 911 GT3 R 4.0 l qui finalement, rassemble un […]

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Cars to buy in 2019

The winter road salt is beginning to recede, and the days are getting longer and warmer. Summer is on its way, and with it, the promise of another season of driving excellence at the wheel of your favourite Porsche 911. But which 911? If you’re thinking of a change to your stable or have your eye on something new for 2019, then look no further than Total 911’s annual and ever-popular ‘cars to buy’ guide to help steer you in the right direction.

There remain bargains to be had when comparing 911s with other models in the same price point, while many other models still represent guaranteed investment-grade quality, providing you’re prepared to play the long game. There’s also a host of 911s ready and willing to provide you with oodles of fun – more fun than any amount of cash in the bank can offer. So wether you’re looking for road or track-based frolics, a great value 911 or a decent investment proposition, we’ve got the answers readily compiled for you over the next 12 pages.

And don’t just take our word for it. Once again we’ve sought the opinions of experts from around the industry, those who work within the Porsche marketplace on a daily basis, and whom in the ensuing years have seen values of cars peak and dive, and trends come and go, building a healthy resistance against market naivety as a result – and their knowledge and insight is hereby being passed exclusively to you. We’ve asked more specialists than ever, our panel this year offering wisdom from a combined 101-years of experience selling fine Porsche. As a result, no other resource will offer such a compelling insight as to what 911 models you should be focussing on for 2019.

This year, to reflect the breadth of 911s on offer, we’ve split the experts’ choices into three categories: best value, long term investment, and outright fun, all of which provide compelling options for a variety of budgets. It makes for a tantalising read: have your wallets at the ready as we present the 911s to buy for 2019…

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991.2 G2 RS Clubsport unveiled

Porsche might have chosen LA to reveal its new 992 series Carrera, but the 991 isn’t going down quietly, having one last hurrah in the form of the GT2 RS Clubsport. A track-only 200 limited-run special, the GT2 RS Clubsport takes the already mighty GT2 RS and strips it for the track, with a single Recaro bucket seat with a six-point harness, instrumentation from the GT3 R racer, an air jack system with three lifts and plumbed in fire extinguisher system. The fuel tank has been enlarged, the Clubsport coming with a 115 litre FT3 safety fuel cell which is filled through the bonnet.

That bonnet, like the engine cover is made of carbon fibre, these fitted in place on the Clubsport with quick release hatches for easy access at track. Above the driver’s seat there’s an escape hatch in the carbon fibre roof, in accordance with FIA regulations. Under that removable engine cover is the same 3.8-litre turbocharged flat-six as the road car, situated on rigid mounts.

Porsche is quoting the power at 700hp, though that’s likely to be conservative, it easier to simply quote the road car’s figure than re-homologate the numbers for the Clubsport. The 100 cell cat and new centre-exiting exhaust is certain to have liberated more power from the already ludicrous output of the GT2 RS.

Visually the Clubsport gains an even more aggressive look, with larger air intakes at the front a larger rear wing situated higher than its road relative and rides on Clubsport specific adjustable suspension with 3-way racing dampers, reinforced tie-rods ball joints throughout. The one-piece lightweight alloy wheels of 10.5J x 18 front and 12.5J x 18 rear wheels feature a single centre-lock nut.

The interior is pure race car, with the single Recaro bucket seat, welded-in cage, a Cosworth ICD with integrated data logger, a lap trigger and Porsche Track Precision Race App and a Sport Chrono Clock. The boost gauge is given a ‘vintage’ finish, while the carbon fibre steering wheel is removable, the centre console featuring an emergency cut off and map switches to adjust the ABS, ESC, TC and switch between different tyre circumferences. Air conditioning is retained in the otherwise stripped interior.

Braking is taken care of by six-piston monobloc racing callipers on the front axle grabbing 390mm diameter steel brake discs, the rear having a four-piston monobloc racing calliper and 380mm discs. Two separate brake circuits feature for the front and rear axles allowing the driver to adjust the brake balance as required.

The 7-speed PDK transmission is retained, it featuring a dual mass flywheel with internal pressurised oil lubrication and a limited-slip differential optimised for racing. Despite the fitment of a cage the Clubsport drops in weight, Porsche quoting a kerbweight of 1,390kg.

Eligible to run at selected race meetings or club motor sport, Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars said: “For the upcoming years, our customers will not only race the GT2 RS Clubsport on track days but also at international motor racing events. We are currently holding very productive talks with the race organiser SRO”.

Just 200 will be built, it likely that if you’ve not already secured an allocation then you’ll not be able to have one, even if you have the €405,000 (before local VAT) Porsche is asking for it. Deliveries start from May 2019, so if you want to win any club races in your current machinery then you’d better get busy before the GT2 RS Clubsport arrives….

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Our Favorite Porsches On Ebay: Volume 117

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 a grab bag of Porsche models from over the years, including track prepped examples, project cars, and tuner models. 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. 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Rauh Welt Widebody For Sale

It’s not often that an RWB widebody car comes up for sale, though as more continue to be built it will gradually become a more frequent event. There are still only a few hundred of these worldwide, so if you’re looking to own one, it’s best to just buy as they become available. This is a very good looking car, and would perhaps work quite well as a track toy or canyon carver. Building on Porsche’s propensity to build racing cars with tacked on widebody kits, this is a believable facsimile to something Porsche could have built in the early 1990s alternative universe. Plus it has a super rare Porsche Design by MOMO steering wheel. I like it, but I sure can’t afford it.

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

2. 1976 Porsche 912E For Sale

This appears to be a quite clean and original example of a driver-grade 912E. I own a 912E in honestly quite poor condition by comparison, and I will say that I love the driving experience. While you still have the 911 handling prowess that Porsche is known for, the car weighs in total a couple hundred pounds less than a contemporary 911, giving it a quite neutral balance. The 912E is quite low on power compared to a 911, but that simply means you are forced to be more involved in the driving process. You have to wring the car’s neck for all it’s worth. That, to me, is part of the car’s charm. It still needs a bit of work, but if you think that you can enjoy that experience, buy this car.

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

3. 2001 Porsche 911 Turbo EvoMS GT700 For Sale

This is one wild 996 with a ton of performance upgrades. The listing claims that the upgrades were performed about 25,000 miles ago, and have proven quite reliable. Visually, the car has been fitted with GT2 body components and a Martini-style livery package over the top of the original black paint. The 19″ HRE wheels are a little too big for my tastes, but it’s not difficult to find wheels for a 996 Turbo. Personally, I’d swap them out for a set of 18″ wheels, because they fit the fenders a little better.

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

4. 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Cabriolet For Sale

Is there anything better than a nice top-down drive on a summer evening? Sure, a top-down drive on a summer evening in a Porsche 911! The 993 design has always struck me as a bit awkward, but the narrowbody cabriolets really look slick. This silver car with a black interior is quite unassuming, and will make you look fresh as summer fades into autumn. Pick one up now, because the drop-top 911 prices are still reasonable, while coupes have exploded!

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

5. 1987 Porsche 924S Track Car For Sale

This 924S started life as a mostly unappreciated narrowbody 2.5-liter 944 lesser-than. They’re a bit rare and a whole lot of fun to drive, featuring a lightweight chassis, analog controls, and lots of balance thanks to a transaxle chassis. This particular chassis has been given a light fender flare treatment, a full roll cage, race interior, and most crucially, a 3-liter twin-cam engine from a later 944 S2. I can only imagine how much fun a 924S would be with a big bump in power as that would provide. The 3-liter twin-cam is an incredible engine in the 944 S2, so in a lighter chassis, it must be a riot. This appears to be a quite well assembled car, with very few corners cut. With a good inspection, this could be your next track machine!

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

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.

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Our Favorite Porsches On Ebay: Volume 112

We’ve been compiling some amazing Porsche models on eBay for nearly three years now, and we’ve seen some pretty astonishing cars pop up now and again. This week we’re focusing solely on 911 racing car tributes and clones. Some clones are very well done and can be quite valuable, and others less so. 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. 1973 Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS Tribute

There is surprisingly little information available in the listing of this Porsche. This 2.7 RS clone was built by the geniuses at Kelly Moss Road & Race, so you can rest assured that quality components were employed. The fact that it’s sitting in a Porsche dealership instead of a specialty shop means the salesman is unlikely to know much about it beyond what’s in the file, so be prepared for that discussion if you do call on it. The car started life as a 1973 911E, so they didn’t need to hack apart the front for a backdate, which is a serious positive on a build like this. The green/black combo is a great look for this Porsche, and the $180K price tag, while a lot, is only a fraction of the real thing.

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

2. 1976 Porsche 911 RSR Backdate Recreation

Dick Barbour Performance churned out this lovely wide-fendered RSR motorsport-look 911 from a 1976 911. That is crucial, because they say the mid-year cars are lighter for a project like this. They’re also significantly less desirable, making them the perfect starting point. With all of the backdate sheetmetal done, and a bunch of lightweight components to make it even quicker, Barbour popped a 1985-spec 3.2-liter engine in the back, slapped its ass, and it bucked and kicked its way out of the shop. It’s a wild ride that even has air conditioning. It’s got way too much interior to be a proper RSR, however.

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

3. 1973 Porsche 911 RSR Tribute

This car is very similar to the one above it. Similar color, same 3.2-liter engine, similar theme, etc. The only real difference is that this one is built on a real 1973 long-hood 911. That difference is what makes up the fifty-thousand dollar difference between them. Also, the Dick Barbour car is more RSR-influenced, while this one features several real RS and RSR components. It’s a more faithful recreation, I suppose.

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

4. 1984 Porsche 911 935 Tribute

Porsche’s 935 silhouette racer was certainly a terror on the race track, but very few have ever seen time on the street. Given this car’s huge fenders, sloping nose, giant airdam, and Martini livery, it probably looks the business sitting in traffic on the highway. While they were traditionally turbocharged in motorsport, this one features a fire-breathing 400 horsepower naturally aspirated 3.4-liter engine. This car does have a full cage, fire suppression system, and is eligible to race in a number of series. I’d probably still try to register it for weekend driving, because I’m nutty.

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

5. 1982 Porsche 911 Backdate RS Tribute

Nearly seventy thousand dollars for an early 1980s SC would seem like an exorbitant amount, but considering this one looks like a proper million-dollar-Carrera, and has an early 993 engine sitting in between the rear fenders, that might actually be a fair price. If you’re looking for a vintage look with modern driving dynamics, this might be the car you need.

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

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.

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