In the fall of 1964, Chevrolet introduced the second-generation Corvair in direct competition with the Ford Mustang. While the Mustang seemed to take all the air out of the room for a small, sporty American car, independent thinkers in the know realized the two competing products couldn’t be more different.
The Mustang was great looking, to be sure. But underneath the shiny sheet metal were mundane Ford Falcon mechanicals. The perimeter frame, solid rear Read More
Styling for the “Slantnose” 911 Turbo came from the legendary Porsche 935 race car. This factory option was executed on the raw body shell, allowing Porsche’s anti-corrosion warranty to be retained. Included in the price of $23,244 were sloped front fenders, retractable headlamps and air vents to ensure efficient cooling for the brakes and engine. Mechanicals, including the 3.3-liter engine and 4-speed transmission, are identical to regular production Turbos of the era.
Finished in Nougat Brown Metallic with a Mahogany Read More
There’s nothing more fun than buying, driving and enjoying a bargain sports car. Today, in our red-hot collector car market, most hope — and perhaps pray — that our purchases will continue to appreciate. Yet the prospect of price appreciation someday is different than a bargain today. The 911SC is that rarity which represents a great value in today’s market.
The 911SC saved Porsche from a botched response to U.S. emission controls imposed in 1974. Intended to be the rear-engine Read More
Conceived in the early 1980s as a 4-wheel-drive Group B competitor, the Porsche 959 was first displayed in concept car form at the 1983 Frankfurt Motor Show. Despite the subsequent abandonment of Group B, the 959 entered limited production in 1987 as a machine that successfully adapted state-of-the art racing technology for road use.
At the car’s heart was a unique, 2,849-cc version of the classic, 6-cylinder, air-cooled boxer engine equipped with water-cooled, double-overhead-camshaft, 4-valve cylinder heads. Developed for the Read More
On the way up, every buy is a good buy, because mistakes are papered over as the market rises. On the way down, every buy is a bad buy
The only constant in the market is change. While our vintage Porsche market has enjoyed an upward curve for the past several years, it may not continue. The key to success is to understand the rules of the market and how to play Read More
Stories abound that McQueen did everything he could to use the car as it was intended, and in that way, I imagine he had great fun with it
In 1976, Porsche unveiled what was to be the first production 911 Turbo, known internally as a 930 and externally as the Turbo Carrera. Their success in recent racing had been achieved with turbocharged engines, and for the first time, Porsche applied Read More
The market has doubled and in some cases doubled again, and when this happens, a readjustment is on the way
You can see it in the classified ads: This is a wild time. I can remember issues of Hemmings that didn’t have a single 356 Speedster for sale, yet today, several appear. I have never seen so many Carrera RS and open 356 cars for sale in the European press. Sale records Read More
When the slogan says there is no substitute, it means there is no substitute outside the family
You can’t understand the Porsche gestalt without driving the cars. Looking at pictures and reading stories is a great way to prepare yourself, but true enlightenment only comes to those who drink the Kool-Aid.
As my way of celebrating SCM’s 20th anniversary, here’s my list of 20 cars that will speak to Read More
Ferry Porsche considered Speedsters silly cars, but Europeans love them and have been buying them for a decade
What is it about the Speedster that has caused prices to rise to unheard-of levels? While other 356s and Porsches in general continue on a solid upward trend, Speedsters seem to be on a tear. What’s so special about these cars, and has the same magic spread to the 1989 and 1994 reprise of Read More
How anxious is the seller to sell? Is he emotional, ready to bail out? How anxious is the buyer? Has he just missed a similar car?
Various Porsche talk boards are buzzing with complaints about the usefulness of price guides for early 911S cars (1967-73). About how the prices are too low, the guides are silly, and the magazines that publish them are stupid. I’d like to say hang on just a Read More