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How Rare Is A Porsche 911 SC?

By   August 11, 2016

Porsche 911 SC

Porsche 911 SC

For quite some time the Porsche 911 SC had been the most affordable option in a 911. That is no longer the case with the 996 now taking its place and early 997 values are also falling quickly.

Prices of all air-cooled Porsches have risen over the past few years. The cost for an example in good condition will set you back about $28,400 with excellent examples run about $44,200. Top of the line concours quality SCs go for about $62,000.

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5 Cheapest Ferraris

By   July 26, 2016

5 Cheap Ferraris

5 Affordable Ferraris

Many of us dream of owning a Ferrari. More than just about any other manufacture a car with the prancing horse lets others know that you have made it. The problem is most of us don’t have at least $200,000 to spend on a car. Is it possible to get into a car from the Italian sports car maker for an affordable price? Is there such a thing as a cheap Ferrari?

The answer is yes, yes there is. However there is a bit of a catch, which we will talk about later. Before we get into the negatives, let’s look at 5 of the more affordable Ferrari options on the used market that won’t cost you about the same as a house (depending on where you live).

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Is The Porsche 997 The 993 Of The Water-Cooled 911s?

By   April 15, 2015

Porsche 997

Porsche 911 (997)

Of modern Porsches the 993 variation of the 911 is probably the most valuable (outside of special models or the supercars like the Carrera GT). With it being the last generation of the air-cooled cars their values continue to rise.

Unfortunately, with values of 993s already heading north they are quickly beginning to get out of reach for most buyers. So, what other options look like they could potentially be a good investment in a Porsche?

Click past the jump (or scroll down if you came directly to the full article) the find out why the 997 may be a future collectible.

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10 Porsches To Buy Now, Before They Are Out Of Reach: Part 8 – Porsche 968

By   July 18, 2013

Porsche 968

Porsche 968

This is part eight of a ten part series about 10 Porsches that are currently within a reasonable budget, but that may become very valuable in the future. In part one we covered the Porsche 911 SC, in part two we covered the 911 Carrera 3.2, in part three we covered the 911 (993), in part four we covered the 911 (964), in part five we covered the 912, in part six we covered the 914 and in part seven we covered the 928. In this post we will cover the Porsche 968.

Below is the list of Porsches that will be covered in other posts. Please note that the order of the Porsches in the below list is the order that they will be covered, but not necessarily the order of what is more likely to become valuable.

  1. Porsche 911 SC
  2. Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2
  3. Porsche 911 (993)
  4. Porsche 911 (964)
  5. Porsche 912
  6. Porsche 914
  7. Porsche 928
  8. Porsche 968
  9. Porsche 944
  10. Porsche 924

The Porsche 968 is probably the best front engined four-cylinder production car that Porsche has ever made. The car was originally going to be the 944 S3, but the German car maker decided that it was different enough that it needed its own model. The car’s production was short lived with it only being produced from 1992 – 1995 to make way for the Boxster.

While the car was supposedly 80% new, it looked a lot like the 944 except for the front which looked more like a cross between a 911 and a 928. The 968 did have some important technology that was introduced including VarioCam. This allowed for the updated 3.0-liter engine from the 944 S2 to put out more power when pushed thanks to the variable valve timing. The normally aspirated version of the car put out a strong 236 horsepower.

The regular 968 is a great performing car and there was also a light weight Club Sport version available as well as a couple of very rare turbo versions (just a handful of Turbo S and Turbo RS models were every produced). The model was also offered in a convertible version to allow for great open aired driving. The interior is very similar to the later 944 models, which also added to the thinking of many that the car was basically a revamped 944.

The Porsche 968 is a desirable car that is actually fairly rare because of the cars limited production. Worldwide there were only about 12,500 cars produced from 1992-1995. Of this less than 5,000 made it to North America.

Because of the cars relative rarity and good performance expect to pay between $10,000 – $20,000 (we’ve even seen some asking as much as $50,000, but that is for an incredibly low mileage model) for a good car depending on the year and condition. These cars are more complex to work on than the earlier 944s, so a well maintained car is a must. Also, look for a car that has the manual transmission as it will likely be worth more than cars with the Tiptronic transmission. As with any used Porsche make sure to get a Pre-Purchase Inspection to make sure you are buying a good car.

With the fact that there are a relatively low number of cars and that prices appear to have evened out we think the 968 is one to watch. While its front engine design will keep some collectors away from it, as more and more people get used to a Porsche that offers SUVs and Sedans, these cars will be more appreciated. Look for prices to start to rise slowly over the next few years and if enough people start to look to buy them they will start raising sharply.

No matter if the Porsche 968 goes up in value or not, you will be buying arguably the best front-engined four cylinder car ever made by the company (and if you go mainly by performance, the best four-cylinder car that Porsche has ever made).

Let us know what you think of the Porsche 968 in the comments below.

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10 Porsches To Buy Now, Before They Are Out Of Reach: Part 5 – Porsche 912

By   June 18, 2013

Porsche 912

Porsche 912

This is part five of a ten part series about 10 Porsches that are currently within a reasonable budget, but that may become very valuable in the future. In part one we covered the Porsche 911 SC, in part two we covered the 911 Carrera 3.2, in part three we covered the 911 (993) and then in part four we covered the 911 (964). This post will cover the Porsche 912.

Below is the list of Porsche that will be covered in other posts. Please note that the order of the Porsches in the below list is the order that they will be covered, but not necessarily the order of what is more likely to become valuable.

  1. Porsche 911 SC
  2. Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2
  3. Porsche 911 (993)
  4. Porsche 911 (964)
  5. Porsche 912
  6. Porsche 914
  7. Porsche 928
  8. Porsche 968
  9. Porsche 944
  10. Porsche 924

The values of early 911s have started to become out of reach for most people and they are likely to continue to go up in value. But what if you love that classic styling but just can’t afford the price of admission? You have an option in the Porsche 912.

The 912 offers the great body styling and a similar interior as the early 911. It does this at the cost of performance. Instead of a flat-6 you get a flat-four that was basically a carry over from the 356. Because of this it doesn’t offer quite the performance of its big brother. That isn’t to say that it is slow by the standards of its day.

Because it still has an air-cooled flat-four you still get a great sounding engine. In part thanks to the sound of the engine you will feel like the car is faster than it actually is.

With a 912 many people will think you own a 911. So, prepare to have to correct a lot of uneducated folks at the gas station.

When looking to buy a Porsche 912 be sure to check for rust. Unlike later Porsches the 912 never received any real rust protection, so they are very prone to rust. When looking at a car check in the wheel wells and around the battery tray to see if there is any rust. If you find rust (especially rust that isn’t just surface rust) think long and hard before considering purchasing the car as you may be looking at a lot of work to get the car right.

When looking for a car look for one that is well maintained and in good condition. Because the car is very similar to the 911 expect for parts to cost about the same as an early 911. As with any used Porsche a pre-purchase inspection is a must.

For a good 912 expect to pay between $25,000-$35,000. The price will vary depending on condition, mileage and year. In recent years values of the 912 have increased though they haven’t shot through the roof yet. As early 911s become more valuable expect for more people to look at the Porsche 912 as an option. Once this happens the prices should take off pretty quickly. We think this is likely to happen over the next ten years, so you may want to move faster instead of waiting too long.

Just remember, no matter if the car goes up in value or not you will be able to enjoy a great car that will give you that special feeling whenever you drive it.