1973 Porsche Carrera RS Touring

This Porsche 2.7-liter Carrera RS, a left-hand “Touring” model delivered in Light Ivory, was supplied new to private owner Bernard Dulcy, who had previously raced Renault Dauphines and Alpines from 1961 to 1966. With his regular co-driver Jean-Francois Bagarry, the French privateers drove their new Porsche in a number of road events, including the 1975 and 1977 Monte Carlo Rallies (3rd in group in 1975), the Acropolis four times from 1975 to ’79 (1st in group in 1975), the 1975-76 Read More

1973 Porsche Carrera RS Touring

The most distressing point is that the whereabouts of any original parts from chassis 1316 do not appear to be known

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Porsche revived the Carrera name for its top-of-the-range 911 in 1972-73. Designated Carrera RS (Rennsport), the newcomer was intended as a limited-edition “homologation special” to enable the factory to enter Group 4 competition in the Special GT class, with a minimum build requirement of 500. However, the demand for Read More

The Time-Traveling Investor

To earn 8% over 30 years, that $12,000 “concours” Speedster from 1977 would have to bring $224,000 in 2008

What if you could go back 30 years and buy any Porsche you’d like? What a way to make a killing. With what we know now, we’d know exactly what to buy and hold for today’s great market. Right?

Noted below is every 356, 912, and 911 Porsche for sale from the September Read More

Ten Rules for Porsche Flippers

Never fix anything. A true flippopath will risk his newly acquired bounty and even his life to make a flip

Last month, this column offered ten rules for Porsche collectors, people who are much better at buying than at selling, and who plan to keep their cars forever. Or at least until another one they “have to have” comes along and they run out of garage space.

This month, we have advice Read More

Grokking the Porsche Collector’s Gestalt

Buy what you like and you can’t do that well unless you buy what makes you happy. It’s a blend of emotion and rational thought

Not everyone can make it as a successful Porsche collector. It takes a blend of emotion, knowledge, and temperament to put together the right cars at the right time to end up with something special.

Like most things in life that really matter-a great marriage, a Read More

Keeper or Flipper?

Ever notice the guy at your cousin’s wedding, endlessly scrolling through his Blackberry during the service?

Are you a collector or flipper? I find it makes all the difference to your enjoyment of the hobby to understand who you are and what you are doing. To see how you rate, take this little test. Don’t worry about the outcome, as both collectors and flippers can live happily ever after.

Check your Read More

A Costly 911 Dream

Don’t let a shop bill you for the time it takes them to gain experience on a complex set of pressed-steel stampings

We got plenty of mail on McKeel Hagerty’s 1967 911S restoration story (December, p. 58), including this letter from Pete Zimmermann, longtime SCMer and author of The Used 911 Story. He writes:

I had to scratch my head when I read about the $150,000 restoration of a 1967 911S. I Read More

Decoding Early 911 Values

Contrary to myth, 1965-68 SWB cars are not rare, with 44,943 units made-that’s 40% of production from 1965 to 1973

This chart of 911 data has never been seen before. This is because the Porsche records are a mess, there are several massive typographical errors in the published data, and no one had taken the time to put all the conflicting data together over the past 25 years and try a “best Read More

Putting a Price ($152,007) on Memories

This 911 wasn’t one of the good ones. It was purchased, along with a 1966 912 donor car-and a speedboat-for $1,000

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Sometimes precious things have rather inauspicious beginnings. As you admire Porsches at various events, never forget that they can represent much more than just someone “writing the check.” There are often stories of great intrigue or astounding luck involved with special cars. At times, lots of hard and often Read More

1968 Porsche 911S Coupe

Cost-no-object restorations rarely make sense on production cars, even exciting ones in hot markets, like an early 911S

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Within two years of the original 911’s launch, Porsche introduced a new model that would satisfy even the most demanding drivers. The new S offered the same vault-like body and chassis, well-appointed 2+2 interior, and 2-liter flat 6, but there were a host of details that set the new car apart, a Read More