Over the past decade, vintage Porsches (and even brand-new Porsches) have been swept up in the collector car market bubble and prices of old — not even rare — Porsches have been given a considerable lift.
Throughout the years, though, Turbo models have always been the most revered of the lineup, and they tend to command higher price tags than the non-turbos. But what about now, now that all Porsches, except for the Cayenne, come with a turbo? Will that flood the forced-induction Porsche market and devalue the iconic turbos of old? Not necessarily.
Porsche values work in eras: the pre-911 era, the air-cooled era, the last of the truly analog cars from the ’90s, etc. We’re now in the turbos-for-all era (trademark pending), which might actually make the pre-TFA turbos more desirable because they’re now even more special. By that logic, you should be shopping for pre-TFA turbo Porsches regardless of if you’re an aspiring collector or you just want one in your garage for weekend drives. Here are five worth taking a look at.
1987 Porsche 911 930 Turbo
What we like: This beautiful Guards Red 930 has incredibly low miles, so you can bet the current bid ($5,000) won’t last long. It would be an absolute dream to have as an investment.
From the seller: This 1987 Porsche 930 Turbo 3.3-liter 282 horsepower, four-speed manual transmission is finished in Guards Red with black trim, and has supple leather seats and a power roof. There are 57,550 original miles.
Location: Houston, Texas
1986 Porsche 944 Turbo
What we like: The 944 tends to get overshadowed by the 911, but it’s the 944 that has near-perfect weight balance and incredibly natural handling. This particular example has few modest upgrades for extra kick, but nothing that couldn’t be easily returned to stock.
From the seller: A clean history report which indicates just three owners prove it’s been loved since day one. The Turbo’s special front fascia carries large fog lamps and extra cooling ducts, but no scuffs or cracks from steep driveways. Fit and finish are excellent and even the black rubber trim like the rear spoiler and weather stripping is smooth and supple.
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
1986 Porsche 944 Turbo
What we like: Yes, another 944. It’s because the 944 is such an underrated car that one in showroom condition like this particular Turbo model can be picked up for the price of a new compact economy car. Which is why it’s a solid bet to only increase in value once the classic car market catches on to how great these were.
From the seller: Zermatt Silver exterior with black interior, five-speed manual transmission, excellent service history.
Location: Springfield, Missouri
2002 Porsche 911 GT2
What we like: Porsche founded its GT division in the ’90s to help bring its race cars to the road. The 911 GT2 was the first project. The GT2 is already considered a collector car, and this one is in mint condition with mind-blowingly low miles, so don’t expect the closing bid to sell for anywhere near the already high opening bid.
From the seller: This 2002 Porsche 911 GT2 is finished in Arctic Silver over Black and is one of 303 U.S.-spec cars built between 2002 and 2005. This unmodified example has 24,356 miles and retains factory paint and body panels as verified with a paint meter and accident-free Carfax/AutoCheck history reports.
Location: Spring, Texas
1979 Porsche 930 Turbo
What we like: Forget that this is even a Turbo. This 930 is perfection on four wheels.
From the seller: This 1979 Porsche 930 Turbo shows 35K miles and is a three-owner example finished in Light Blue Metallic over Brown leather. The car spent the last 30 years with the same owner and is equipped with sport seats, limited-slip differential, an aftermarket stereo and steering wheel.
Location: Emeryville, California
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