Back in 2009, the guys at MotorTrend called the Porsche Panamera a big, fast, and comfortable; a genuine four passenger Gran Turismo capable of loafing across continents in giant 130 mph bounds, leaving you relaxed and refreshed at the end of the day at the wheel. But that what you would expect from a $90,000 German Luxury sedan with a 4.8 liter direct injected V8 pushing out 400 horsepower into a 7-speed PDK dual clutch flappy paddle thing. Zero to 60 in 5ish seconds…and all the way to 177 miles-per-hour top speed is impressive until you see the REALLY impressive statistic…$70k in 10 years. Now that’s what I call unintended accelerated depreciation. Find this 2010 Porsche Panamera S offered for $21,980 via CarGurus.com. Tip from Jeff.
This next feature comes as a seller submission from Bill who told us that it is time to sell his “beloved Frankenstein.” He also describes it as a “1972 Porsche 914 with a small block Chevy wedged behind the seats…embarrassingly wide Carol Shelby Anaconda wheels, polarizing hand-laid fiberglass flares, Singer-esq interior.” The exterior is a bit rough, but the interior is better executed than expected and the wheels (Carrol Shelby Anaconda) have a nice vintage racer Minilite look to them. Find this 1972 Porsche 914 V8 offered for $7,200 buy-it-now or make-offer in Los Angeles, CA via eBay.
The Porsche 944 was another chapter in the watercooled front engine Porsche sport coupe saga that started in the late 1970s with the 928…but the 944 is in essence a beefed up replacement for the 924. The 944 is actually one of the better cars of the 924/944/968 extended family to pick up from a cost/drivability/fun perspective and the color on this next one is magnificent. The interior is torn up and the ride height appears to be modified, but otherwise it looks like a decent car for the asking price. Find this 1986 Porsche 944 offered for $5,600 in Berkeley, CA via craigslist.
Each time I find another cheap 996 generation Porsche 911, I wonder; how much longer can the 996 be the redheaded (orange headed? orange eyed?) stepchild of the classic 911 lineup. It wasn’t a bad car when it was released — it was faster and more capable and sold way better than the outgoing 993, which has now been elevated to deity status in the pantheon of Porsche. So what gives? Are the fried egg headlights really that bad? Is the IMS a death sentence…it seems to have been fixed on this one. Or are these currently a good buy? Find this 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera offered for $16,950 in Thousand Oaks, CA via craigslist.
This next car comes as a seller submission from TC who describes his Porsche 951 as a “very nice car”. Wait, what is a 951? The 951 is the Porsche internal designation for the turbocharged version of the 944. Porsche took the front-engine transaxle equipped successor to the 924 and boosted it to 220 horsepower…but that doesn’t matter for todays 951, because it has a Chevrolet LS1 V8 borrowed from a Pontiac GTO squeezed into the engine bay. Find this 1987 Porsche 944 offered for $22,000 in Tampa, FL on Pro-Touring.com.
There is a cricket living in my home office right now. Okay, it is not a home office, it is the garage, and I assume it is a cricket, but it is certainly some hemimetabolous insect that is part of the suborder caelifera (aka the grasshopper). He is quiet during the day, but in the evening when I’m enjoying a libation and drafting some witty words for DT, that little stridulating bastard starts rubbing his legs together to find a mate. It is loud. Screeching. I’m ready to leave my garage office and do business from the inside of a Toyota Prius…no…even better, I would live inside this next car if it would guarantee me a few moments of silence from the 65-75 decibels of Previa-esq supercharger scream that has been pounding my ears for the past week. Find this 1993 Porsche 968 offered for $14,500 in New Jersey via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
This next car is a 2001 Porsche Boxster offered for $2000…so something has to be grenaded in the expensive Porsche 2.5 liter flat-6 engine. That is not good…so you’ll need to fix that…but those Porsche parts are “oh so expensive”…perhaps a Fiero Iron Duke 4-banger or a Buick 3800 supercharged V6 would fit out back? What do you guys think — what should repower this porked Porsche? Find this 2001 Porsche Boxster offered for $2000 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist.
It wasn’t that long ago that 80s Porsche 911s were selling for something in the $10k-15k range in okay condition. It wasn’t that they were under priced…it was simply that there were a bunch of them sold…343,134 aircooled 911s from the first 4 generations (1963-1997) to be exact, and they were expensive to maintain/keep. But about a decade ago something clicked in the mind of buyers and prices have skyrocketed from affordable to silly. What is strange is that the watercooled front-engine 924/944/968 lineup (that put money in Porsche’s wallet so the business could continue to make 911s) didn’t get as much love from this Porsche appreciation frenzy…but that’s okay, because I still want to own one and I don’t want (or need) to raid the kids’ college fund to do so. Find this 1983 Porsche 944 offered for $9500 in Long Beach, CA via craigslist.
This next car comes as a tip from Cory who writes: rare Fiberfab kit car- is that an oxymoron? Is it possible for a kit car to be rare? But the bigger question is…is this a kit car? The seller seems to think it isn’t a kit car and assures us that this is one of two factory built Fiberfab Aztecas with a factory ID tag…but I can’t find any reference to the Azteca on Fiberfabs website…but they do mention a Aztec GT convertible…so I’m not sure what this is…other than being really cool and needing some finishing to get it going. Find this 1966 Fiberfab Azteca offered for $8500 in Reinholds, PA via craigslist.
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.