1966 Porsche 912 Project

The Porsche 912 is a beautiful factory mashup of a 356 and a 911. Think of it as an improved 356, and entry level 911, or the ultimate beetle. For what the car magazine’s thought of them at the time, check out this Car & Driver comparison of the 912 against the 911 models in 1969. However you look at it, the 912 is a special car.

Here is a solid-looking 912 project in Oklahoma for $8500 (or $10,200 with engine). Rust looks minimal but reconstruction looks significant. Still, could be a solid deal.

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2010 Porsche GT3

The 997.2 GT3 (2010-2012) is the last of the Le Mans-winning, GT1- derived Mezger-engined GT Porsches and the final manual-transmission GT car until Porsche came to their senses and resurrected the manual gearbox for the 991.2. It is a beautiful, classic Porsche that is both an instant classic and a solid future investment.

(Brief aside: for an interesting comparison of the first three GT3s, check this out.)

This low-mileage (14,xxx mi), one-owner 2010 GT3 is in the proper Motorsport white with the all-important slicktop. At $117,575, it is priced well for a coddled weekend driver that apparently has seen no track time (shame).

2008 BMW M3 Sedan – Manual Slicktop

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Here is a rare sight: a manual, slicktop E90 M3 for sale with modest mileage and the lighter-weight, better-handling 18″ wheels. Yum.

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As BMW fanbois know, with the E90 (sedan) / E92 (coupe) / E93 (cabriolet), BMW dropped the legendary inline-6 engine for a somewhat scandalous 4 liter V8 motor. Was BMW going Detroit? Not really – the V8 was lighter than the previous 3.2 liter inline 6 from the E46 M3, produced 400 hp, and sounded like an Italian exotic when it revved.

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Besides weak low-end torque (very un-American) and weak rod bearings, it is a marvelous engine, as is the rest of the car. With the E9x generation BMW came back to their senses and offered a sedan again (available in the 1990s E36 generation, but dropped for the E46), and it is certainly the most practical package for making an M3 part of your daily routine.

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This particular M3 is a one-owner California car with 61,000 miles and is listed on Bring-a-Trailer. Wearing “Sparkling Graphite Metallic” paint over a black leather interior, this M3 is really an excellent spec: no sunroof! 6-speed manual! sensible 18″ wheels! No ridiculous BMW front-grill stripes! Buy Now!

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2016 Porsche 911 GTS

Porsche’s 991 generation of the 911 was a quantum leap forward in many ways but it also moved the Carrera closer to grand tourer than sports car.

To rectify that in the non-GT cars, Porsche offered the GTS, which is the closest you can get to a GT3 in a Carrera model. Incidentally, since the 991.1 GT3 was only available with a dual-clutch automatic (aka PDK), the GTS was the closest you could get to a GT3 with a manual transmission.

This 2016 GTS is finished in rare Agate grey and is special because it was ordered special with lightness and performance in mind. The owner spec’d ceramic brakes (a $8500 option), manual gearbox (7-speed), and most importantly – a slicktop roof, and avoided most of the heavy luxury options. Sold new with an MSRP of over $130,000, the original owner is selling it with 6800 miles and an asking price of $120,000.

1978 Porsche 911 SC Slicktop

Ah, the Porsche 911 SC (ie Super Carrera).

This 1978-1983 generation of Carreras bridged the gap between the doldrums of the magnesium -case 1974-77 impact-bumper cars

and the sometimes tasteless exuberance of the 1980s.

The SC has long been a great entry point for air-cooled Porsche ownership due to their overall reliability and general affordability. Porsche began galvanizing the bodies with the SC, so rust is rarely a problem. And the 3.0 liter flat-six engine is solid and makes decent power (180-200, depending on year). Like all air-cooled Porsches, prices are rising, but deals are still out there.

One particularly enticing SC is just popped up on Bring a Trailer – This 1978 SC is a super-rare slicktop and finished in classic guards red over black interior.

With relatively low mileage (75,000), a long term owner (25 years), and a stack of records, this SC looks like a great driver. Slicktop SCs rarely surface, so this is one to take seriously and will likely be a great investment down the road.

Rubystone 1992 Porsche 911 RS

The beauty and technical awesomeness of the 964 911 RS is well documented, so we won’t belabor the point that this slicktop boysenberry-colored 911 RS should be snapped up immediately.

At $345,000 for this Japanese import (but left hand drive) with 55,000 miles, it seems a bit pricey for the mileage, but the color and condition make up for that. Plus, with mileage, you won’t feel guilty driving it.

1990 Porsche 911 ROW slicktop

This beautiful 964 Carrera slicktop is a “rest if world” (ROW) car that made it stateside after it aged into the 25-year exemption.

It wears stone grey metallic paint over burgundy interior, which is a fairly unusual combo. Best of all, obviously, is it’s pure, elegant slicktop. The seller describes it as better than an RS America. Maybe so.

With only 45k KM on the odometer, the seller is asking $89,000, which is currently living in Southern California. Could be the perfect car for Rennsport 2018 in Monterey.