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.
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).