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

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

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

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

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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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 McQueen-probable values can be established by answers to some basic questions.

There are two value patterns of interest to car collectors. One, the “strong value” pattern, shows a price that rises Read More

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