What Makes a 356 Worth $176,000?

This B Cab had tools, a Carrera horn ring, Hirschmann antenna, Blaupunkt radio, headrests, and its original engine

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Hot on the heels of the recent Monterey auction results, I received an email, which asked the following question:

“I just saw that nice black 1962 356B Cabriolet sell at Gooding in Monterey for $176,000 and I need your advice. I have a nice car very similar to that one, and although Read More

1965 Porsche 911 Coupe

In the late 1950s, Porsche began working on what would be a new model to entirely replace the 356. The styling was based on a set of guidelines prepared by Ferry Porsche and developed by his son, “Butzi.” The new Porsche was intended to be an evolutionary design and continue in the established Porsche tradition (Dean Batchelor from the Illustrated Porsche Buyer’s Guide).

The new Porsche 911 was designed in a remarkably short time. Its unveiling took place at the Read More

1965 Porsche 911 Coupe

What’s so special about the original 235 911s? Not much, and most of it is bad. But they are different and that was enough

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In the late 1950s, Porsche began working on what would be a new model to entirely replace the 356. The styling was based on a set of guidelines prepared by Ferry Porsche and developed by his son, “Butzi.” The new Porsche was intended to be an Read More

Living the 356 Dream

One of the best things is just banging around local roads and pretty scenery with a few 356s running along with you

The Gathering of the Faithful. That’s what they used to call the annual meeting of 356 owners 30 years ago. Everyone got together, looked at each other’s cars, swapped tall tales, and generally just hung out. The title of the event was meaningful, because in the old days, you had Read More

Best Investments? Dial 911

Low-mileage cars are a funny part of the hobby; you can’t use your new toy or you drive away its distinction

All 911s were not created equal, and they are not treated equally by vintage car buyers. Each move in the market favors certain models, making superstars out of some and leaving others behind. Herewith we present the top five gainers in the vintage 911 world, with an eye toward which might Read More

1974 Porsche 914 2.0 Roadster

The 914 changed the rules. For starters, you paid extra for chrome bumpers and vinyl-covered roof sections. Excuse me?

Porsche introduced the 914 at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1969, and it became available in the U.S. in the spring of 1970. Priced at just under $3,500 (for the 4-cylinder car), an extra $200 bought the “appearance group” option that included chrome bumpers as well as an aluminum-trimmed vinyl covering for the Read More

Hands-on Happiness

There are three basic ways to invest in an older Porsche, each with pluses and minuses (Part III: Defining the Collectible Porsche)

In the June issue, I examined some individual Porsche models and outlined what factors set them apart as either collectible or rather ordinary. Last month, I discussed those factors in-depth, with respect to rarity, firsts and lasts, and race history.

In this, the final installment of this series, we Read More

1960 Porsche 356B Super Roadster

When Porsche introduced the improved 356B in 1960, the Speedster was succeeded by the Roadster. This was a change in name, even though both cars, and the interim Convertible D in between, remained at the bottom of the Porsche price schedule.

In addition to the new name, the 356B delivered meaningful changes to the chassis, body, engine, and transmission. Larger Alfin brake drums were standard, there was a new transmission and shift lever design, and the 356B bodies had raised Read More

Either Rare or Well Done Will Do

Rarity can matter, but a rare Porsche is not automatically collectible, just as some high-volume models are valuable (Part II: Defining the Collectible Porsche)

Last month in Part I, we examined why some Porsche values accelerate like an early 911S, while others lag behind like a 924 with a bad head gasket. Except for a few celebrity connections-such as Speedsters driven in the movies by the likes of Paul Newman and Steve Read More

You Gotta Know When to Hold ’em.

One good way to judge when a car becomes collectible is to simply note when its value rises above the original purchase price

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Part I: Defining the Collectible Porsche

Why do some Porsches accelerate quickly in value, while others languish? We can all agree that pedestrian models, such as the 924, will never be worth big money. But how do we identify the interesting Porsche variants that will appreciate modestly, Read More

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