I have to admit that I’ve had a soft spot for the front-engine water cooled Porsches from the 70s/80s/90s for a while…or maybe that’s a soft spot in my head…I dunno. What I do know is that my head would enjoy the California sunshine when I’m cruising around in one of the prettiest cars ever to come from Stuttgart and of the 2248 convertibles that were imported into North America between 1992 and 1995, this isn’t a bad way to go. Find this 1994 Porsche 968 Cabrio offered for $18500 in Newport, RI via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
With the basic, non-special, rough-running, daily-driven, mid-80s Porsche 911 going for something North of $35k it is just about silly to even consider buying a classic 911 unless you’ve got extra money sitting around…which could be the case if you’ve recently sold any number of other classic cars that have seen ludicrous appreciation in the past few years. However, if you are a working man, a sensible collector, or someone who enjoys rummaging through a thrift store more than an antique store…then a 944 Turbo is for you. Find this 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo 951 offered for $14,000 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
I don’t like to be rude and condescending…okay, I take that back. I don’t mind being rude, and sometimes condescension is the correct tone when dealing with certain people…but what I meant to say is, I don’t like being mean, or at least unnecessarily mean. So when I point out that the seller of this next car is offering it as a Porsche 928 when it is clearly a Porsche 944, it is not to be mean, it is simply that I don’t understand how you could make that gross of an error in the advertisement for your vehicle. Maybe the seller was pointing out that very little separates a 944 with V8 from the 928…but the redeeming factor here, however, is the price — most V8 swapped Porsches (944s…928s..924s..911s etc) are offered for eye wateringly high asking prices, this one isn’t bad at all. Find this 1986 Porsche 944 with LT1 V8 offered for $8,500 in Springdale, AR via facemistake markingplace.
The Porsche 914 has seen significant price appreciation in the past few years, for reasons that I don’t understand or care to go into at this juncture, but to see a 2.0 liter powered 914 for less than $10k is a good deal, even if it does have a crazy paint job and a big green wing. Or maybe it is $10k because it has a crazy paint job and a big green wing…and has been sitting in a garage for a while, I dunno. Find this 1972 Porsche 914 offered for $10,000 in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist.
I secretly want this next car. Well, not secretly, because I just shared it with you guys, but I do want to replace the late model German sports machine in my driveway with another late model German machine, but will be downgrading from 5 seats to 4. Will everyone assume I’m going through a mid-life crisis…sure, but who cares? I’ll be driving one of the worlds premier sports car and it cost less than a well optioned Nissan Versa. Find this 1999 Porsche Carrera 4 offered for $18,500 in Concord, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
The 986 generation Porsche Boxster was released in 1997 as a low end offering to fill the gap left by the obsolescence of Porsche 968 (the last of the 924/944/928/968 cars) and it was immediately in the crosshairs. Could this mid-engine roadster upstage the unflappable Porsche 911? Would Porsche let it have the power that it never gave to the 914 and have something with its engine ahead of the rear axle that could dethrone the mighty rear engine 911? The answer is, of course, no Porsche never gave the Boxster power or tires to beat the 911 around a racetrack, but the handling and feel of the Boxster is something magical and this next example might be the basic 2.5 liter 201 horsepower version, but it has only 25k miles on the odo and is offered for pennies on the dollar. Find this 1999 Porsche Boxster offered for $10,000 in New Canaan, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
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.