I’m not one to perpetuate the rumor that the M28 V8 in the Porsche 928 isn’t a good motor…because it was for 1978 a phenomenal piece of technology. Think of what was in the average American car in 1978…or even what was in the Corvette — some lump of carburetted iron that barely pushed 150 horsepower to the pavement with 1950s technology, and here was this overhead cam equipped alloy block that pushed out 219 horsepower in North American neutered spec. Despite this…I find myself compelled to feature this next car because it has an engine upgrade that will make it faster and more efficient…and the asking price is good. Find this 1979 Porsche 928 with LT1 swap offered for $5000 in Hacienda Heights, CA via craigslist.
The Cayman was a fixed roof variant of the 2nd generation Boxster, released by Porsche for the 2006 model year. While older Boxsters have been cheap for decades, the Cayman had managed to keep its price high as sales volumes were low and the prestige was high(er than a Boxster) …but how far the mighty have fallen. To about 25% of their original MSRP to be exact. Find this 2007 Porsche Cayman offered for $16,850 in Summerlin, NV via craigslist.
If you’ve never driven a Porsche 914, you owe it to yourself to find one and give it a spin. They are furiously agile cars and you feel connected to the road in a “my butt is only 4 inches above this roaring pavement” at 60 mph like nothing you can find in the showrooms today. The only downside is that they are pretty lackluster in acceleration with the stock flat-4…but you can find them with a Chevy V8 shoved where it shouldn’t be. Find this 1970 Porsche 914 with V8 offered for $10,000 in Fremont, CA via craigslist.
I was going to call it 70s green over grey…but Inari Silver with Onyx Metallic just seems more fancy. And fancy is what you’d expect from a turbocharged Porsche with a NACA duct on the hood…but the Porsche 924 Turbo isn’t an expensive car when crossing the auction block nowadays, particularly in comparison to the 911 or anything with more initials behind its badge. Find this 1980 Porsche 924 Turbo bidding for $1,500 in Twinsburg, OH via Pcarmarket.com (which is not a urologists car marketplace like I first assumed…it is for Porsche people).
The 1980s were known as a time for Wall Street decadence, the end of the Cold War, birth of the internet, and (most importantly) the resurgence of performance in the automotive world after the dark ages of the 70s fuel crisis. This next car might have been born in the middle of the malaise era, […]
I’ve been a fan of the transaxle equipped front-engine Porsches before someone gave me a derelict 928 for free…but that was a long time ago and you shouldn’t consider that an example of where values for these cars are headed. The 924 was certainly a cheaper car when new compared to a 928, but today […]
This next car is tempting. Really tempting. It looks the part of the $100k sports car, but costs less than a used Kia from your local dealer…what gives? Two things — first it IS a 996 with 147k miles on the clock and second it is a 996. However, it has de-fried egg headlights, updated […]
You don’t have to be an expert in the automotive market to see how cheap used Boxsters have become — it probably has something to do with Porsche stamped them out like boxes of number 2 pencils headed to your local dollar mart. Various interweb sources claim something like 160,000 of the 986 designated convertibles […]
The 914 was meant to slot into Porsche’s showrooms below the premium 911 but to also fill the top of VW/Audi’s lineup with a Volkswagen badge. But the suits at Porsche didn’t want to risk having the VW nameplate tarnish its image and convinced VW to allow it to sell all 914’s exclusively through its […]
I’ve mentioned the phenomenon of the carbage collector before…but I’ll give a refresh for the new kids in the class. If you’ve ever wondered why certain cars seem to collect on your neighbors lawn like they are in a captive breeding program, it’s because of the market dynamics for when parts availability is sketchy, used […]