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A Tale Of Two Classic Porsches

Hey Cool Car Fans,

I often get requests from clients to help them find a good deal on a specific classic car and I’ll usually start out by searching through the dealer auctions.   Recently, I was cruising through the auction and I spotted a couple of Porsche 356’s from the early 1960’s that I decided to showcase here and write an article about.

One of the reasons why I selected these two vehicles is because of the incredible disparity in price between the two vehicles.  I wanted to use this article to illustrate the fact that no two vehicles are ever the same, especially when it comes to classic cars.  Much like a piece of a artwork the beauty is in eye of the beholder and what has gone into the creation of the vehicle.  Many factors come into play from vehicle restoration, make, model, year, original miles, overall condition, who did the restoration, color, popularity, scarcity, etc.

First I spotted this 1962 Porsche 356B that was yellow and black with about 100,000 miles on the vehicle.   The description of the vehicle didn’t really say much about it though.  This vehicle was being priced around $72,000 with auction fees and shipping.  Here’s what they had to say about it, but let’s get some more research on this year and model as well.

The Listing: “WOW New 356B Original Rust free pans, new paint excellent interior Super 90 Spec Engine, Sport Exhaust, Carrera Tail panel & much more. Some details still awaiting completion but wanted to get these stunning pictures out there.

Porsche 356 History

“The 356 was created by Ferdinand “Ferry” Porsche (son of Ferdinand Porsche, founder of the German company), who founded the Austrian company with his sister, Louise. Like its cousin, the Volkswagen Beetle (which Ferdinand Porsche Sr. had designed), the 356 is a four-cylinder, air-cooled, rear-engine, rear-wheel drive car with unitized pan and body construction. The chassis was a completely new design as was the 356’s body which was designed by Porsche employee Erwin Komenda, while certain mechanical components including the engine case and some suspension components were based on and initially sourced from Volkswagen.” – Source: Wikipedia

One of the reasons why the 356 is popular is because it was originally created by the son of Ferdinand Porsche and it’s a cool body style.  In addition, it’s an extremely popular Porsche model and is claimed to be the world’s largest classic Porsche club of all the models.  They also are popular for rally and racing car events as well.  What about the 1962 though compared to the 1960?  Actually, there were not huge changes in these vehicles from 1960 to 1962 since the biggest changes to the 356 actually occurred in 1959.

“In late 1959 significant styling and technical refinements gave rise to the 356 B (a T5 body type). The mid-1962 356 B model was changed to the T6 body type (twin engine lid grilles, an external fuel filler in the right front wing/fender and a larger rear window in the coupé). The Porsche factory did not call attention to these quite visible changes with a different model designation.” – Wikipedia

The second vehicle I spotted was a 1960 Porsche 356B convertible, which I’ve put some photos in this article of as well.  This vehicle was a complete restoration with an asking price of around $189,000 with auction fees. The first 1962 Porsche that looked like a pretty sweet ride was being listed at around $72,000 and this one was being listed at around $189,000.  That’s a big spread in price.

Why the massive difference in price for a Porsche convertible compared to a coupe that was originally built within two years of the other one?  Let’s look at how this one was listed and described compared to the other one because this vehicle is a complete restoration and you can see the difference between the two vehicles.

The Listing: “1960 Porsche 356 B Super 90 Convertible Signal Red Tan Leather Interior 1600cc Super 904-Speed Vin/Serial: 87746 Full Restoration in 2014 500 Miles Since Restoration Rust Free Body Rebuilt Drivetrain Solex P114 Carburetors New Clutch New Brakes and Suspension 12-Volt System Leather Trimmed Seats Leather Trimmed Door Panels Leather Trimmed Dash Detailed Undercarriage New Seals and Weather Stripping Constant refinement has always been the watchword at Porsche but the new-for-1960 356B represented a marked leap forward in both mechanical and cosmetic features. Most notably the traditional dropped nose and slanting headlight covers gave way to a raised front bumper and fenders and more upright headlights. The T5 body style also introduced such new details as opening front quarter windows except on the Draus-bodied Roadster so named to appeal to the fast-growing American market. Famed photojournalist Jesse Alexander described the 356Bs new T5-series body as a rather drastic face lift that will come as a shock to Porsche owners all over the world but today it is symbolic of Porsche excellence. This superb Drauz-bodied 1960 Porsche 356B T5 Roadster is presented fresh from a three-year no-expense-spared nut-and-bolt restoration completed in 2014. After being stripped to bare metal the rust-free body was finished to high standards of fit and finish and expertly painted in Porsche Signal Red. In addition to all new seals weather stripping and exterior trim it features excellent glass chrome and canvas top Concours-standard detailing including the undercarriage and a crisp clean Tan interior with leather-trimmed seats door panels and dash pad square weave carpets and fully functioning controls and instrumentation. The restoration included rebuilding a Super 90 1600cc flat-4 engine with Solex P114 carburetors. The transmission was also rebuilt and a new clutch installed; the completed driveline now has approximately 400 miles of use. All steering linkage brake system and suspension components have been restored or replaced and the electrical system upgraded to 12 volts. This marvelous collector-grade 356B Roadster is offered with the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity.”

I think these two vehicles really illustrate why there can be such a difference in price for the same type of classic cars.  In the words of Donald Trump, the next time you contact me about a classic car you can see how the difference between cars can be “huge”.


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2001 Porsche 911 Turbo Custom – Consignment (Off Market)

Porsche1Hey Cool Car Fans,

A good client and friend of mine owns this 2001 Porsche 911 Turbo that he customized and asked me to help him sell recently.  I get requests like this quite often, but I don’t always post them here on, but I wanted to put this one on my website because it’s a really cool car.  If you’ve never driven a 911 it’s a really fast and fun car to drive and this one in particular has some very unique attributes that I’ll explain in detail here in this article.

Year: 2001
Stock #:JB686639c
VIN #:WP0AB29921S686639
Trans:6 Speed
Vehicle Type: CoupePorsche7
Drive Train:AWD
Engine:3.6L V6 DOHC 24V TURBO

Porsche5Porsche is a fantastic brand of automobile, one of my favorites since I love the German engineering, but many times people will overlook them because they are concerned about the cost of repairs and not being familiar with the brand compared to other sports cars.  There are many repair shops in most parts of the country that specialize in german vehicles, like BMW, Audi, Mercedes Benz and Porsche, so you don’t have to go to the dealership to get work done on the vehicle.

For example, I had a client with an older Porsche Targa one time that had some oil leaks.  He took it to the dealership and they wanted $12,000 to do the repair, which was absurd.  I took it to a local shop in Denver that I knew about and we were able to get the oil leaks taken care of with a warranty on the work for about $2,800. Many people would have paid that dealership the $12,000 and then told their friends how expensive it was to own an older Porsche Targa or they wouldn’t have fixed the oil leaks.

Porsche3I also suggest to Porsche owners that they consider joining a local car club, like the Porsche Club of America for example at only $46 a year.  It has been around for over 50 years with over 100,000 other Porsche Members and it’s a fantastic resource for Porsche owners and enthusiasts to get more involved with the brand and meet other Porsche owners in their area.

Below are some of the options that you will find on this 2001 Porsche 911 turbo, if you’re interested in purchasing it for your collection or as a replacement for your current vehicle.  In addition to these options, my client also did some additional work to the vehicle that I will talk about below this chart.

2001 Porsche 911 Turbo Vehicle Options
  • Air Conditioning
  • Extra Keys
  • Power Windows
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Fog Lights
  • Rear Defroster
  • AM/FM
  • Front Side Airbag
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Heated Seats
  • Satellite Radio
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Steering Wheel Mounted Controls
  • Aux Audio Jack
  • Leather Seats
  • Sun Roof
  • Bluetooth
  • MP3 CD Player
  • Tachometer
  • Bucket Seats
  • Navigation
  • Tilt Wheel
  • Cassette
  • Owners Manual
  • Tinted Windows
  • CD
  • Passenger Airbag
  • Tow Package
  • Cruise Control
  • Power Locks
  • Traction Control
  • Driver Airbag
  • Power Mirrors
  • Xenon Headlights
  • Driver Multi-Adjustable Power Seat
  • Power Seats

Porsche6Here’s some additional information about the custom features of this 2001 Porsche 911 Turbo that the owner sent to me that I’m putting in this article:

By Design Automotive:  Re-built and upgraded Tial Alpha 1668 turbo’s. Garrett/Tial WG kit. 5 bar fuel reg. GIAC 97 octane custom ECU tune. Dyno’d at 534hp. Forged inlet pipe. 12 lb Flywheel. BR series coil over’s eight and rebound adjustable. BR series coilovers with height and rebound adjust ability.

Storm Performance Stage II water methanol kit. Porsche 997 Conversion. Porsche 991 Carrera white full body repaint. Xenon front tail lamps and rear tail lamps. Porsche 997 GT2 aero kit. Roderick 19″ staggered Porsche8wheels black. Kenwood DNX690HD Info-Nav unit with Bluetooth, DVD. Steaming, Digital radio for Android & Apple. J. L Audio Slash v2 Series 300/4v2.4-channel car amplifier 75 watts RMS x 4.

If you’re interested in getting more information about this vehicle and to find out if it’s still available, just send me an email or give me a phone call.  You can schedule an appointment to check it out, but I will need 24 hours to notify the owner.

Price: $49,995 – (OFF MARKET)

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John Boyd

Auto Consultant – John Boyd: The Cool Car Guy

John is an auto consultant with his license at a car dealership in Denver, Colorado. He can help you save time and money on any make or model, new or used, lease or purchase – nationwide! Call or email John about your next vehicle! or Twitter @coolcarguy

1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Targa Consignment – SOLD

Hey Cool Car Fans,

Last week I got a phone call from a client who asked me to help him sell his 1990 Porsche 911 sports car. When he showed up I couldn’t believe how good of shape it was in for the year of the vehicle. It only has 65,800 miles and it’s the Targa with the great top that is easy to pop off for driving on sunny days.

I asked him how long he had owned the vehicle and it turned out that his wife and him had purchased the vehicle in 2004, but discovered that they didn’t drive it that much. In fact, they bought the vehicle with 63,575 miles on it, so they only drove it around 2,300 miles for the past six years! Talk about a rare find and this is a classic looking car with the black on black color scheme. These vehicles are really hard to find, especially with good miles on them.

Today, I had a call from someone who is looking for one, so I told him I would put some additional photos and details up here at to check out. I had hoped to put them up sooner, but I’ve been slammed today and this week.

The Porsche 911 Carrerra 4 Targa had an original MSRP of $70,900. Here are some of the specifications on this vehicle, along with some additional photos for my visitors to check out. It has a super clean interior and looks and drives great.

Standard Engine: 3.6L 247 hp I6
Horsepower: 247
Torque (lb-ft): 228

5-Speed Manual Overdrive

City (mpg) 15
Highway (mpg) 24

Details: “The 911 is Porsche’s iconic rear-engine sports car, produced today in coupe and cabriolet versions that was updated for 2009. The 911 first went into production as the 1964 911 Carrera, Porsche’s first six-cylinder model and a replacement for the legendary Porsche 356. For 2004, a 40th Anniversary edition was offered and the Turbo Cabriolet and the Carrera 4S Cabriolet were added, marking the first time since 1989 that a Turbo Cabriolet was offered.

The 2005 Carrera and Carrera S debuted the next generation of 911, an evolution of the original 911 silhouette, with a return to oval headlights with separate turn indicators. The Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S returned for 2006, followed by the 911 Turbo and GT3 for 2007.” – MSNAutos

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John Boyd

Auto Consultant – John Boyd: The Cool Car Guy

John is an auto consultant with his license at a car dealership in Denver, Colorado. He can help you save time and money on any make or model, new or used, lease or purchase – nationwide! Call or email John about your next vehicle! or Twitter @coolcarguy

Cool Car Guy – Cool Car Shot – 2000 Porsche 911 Carrera Gemballa 996

Hey Cool Car Fans,

Check this one out!

2000 Porsche 911
Here are some cool photos of a 2000 Porsche 911 Carrera with Gemballa 996 modifications that one of my clients recently consigned with me to find a buyer. It’s currently being offered for $65,000 with the $20,000 in modifications that have been done to enhance its cool factor. This is the only vehicle of its kind in the State of Colorado.

2000 Porsche 911 - 2

One of a kind…you really have to see this one to believe it!

Aerodynamics: Turbo-look Gemballa GTR Conversion: 996 fender extension front & rear in a update Turbo Design with metal extension and metal rear wheel house modification.

Gemballa Rocker panel/996GTR with integrated air intakes R/L finished in metal. Gemballa 996 rear fender air intakes in metal R/L. Gemballa 996 front spoiler lip. Gemballa 18″ 3pc. Cup Design wheel set 8.5×18 & 11×18 with 225/40ZR18&285/30ZR18.

Engine Tuning: Stainless steel free flow muffler R/L with Gemballa front & rear protection plate.

All work has full documentation.

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Detailed Ext and Int Excellent Trim No Known Accidents No Known Body Work
Glossy Paint No Visible Scratches No Visible Dents Original Paint
No Visible Rust Excellent Windshield

Exterior Notes
ORIGINAL FACTORY EQUIPMENT – Rear fog light, Integrated front fog lights, Tinted glass w/graduated tint windshield, Full pwr top w/automatic latching/unlatching, Pwr/heated color-keyed mirrors, Color-keyed door handles, Speed-dependent extendable rear spoiler w/integrated third brake light.

AC Climate Control Power Locks Power Mirrors
Power Steering Power Windows Tilt Cruise
Clock Tachometer Dual Power Seats Heated Exterior Driver Mirror
Dual Heated Exterior Mirrors Rear Spoiler

2000 Porsche 911 - 5

ORIGINAL FACTORY EQUIPMENT – 2 + 2 Seating, Individually folding rear seat backs, Luggage compartment covered w/grey needle fleece, Automatic climate control w/dust/odor filter, Instrumentation-inc: analog & digital speedometer, analog tachometer, digital odometer/trip odometer, Infra-red interior guard, Pwr windows w/one-touch up/down, anti-jam feature, Windshield antenna w/signal amplifier, Integrated central locking/alarm/immobilizer system w/remote entry, Storage compartment behind rear seats, 2-stage rear window defroster, Cassette storage shelf, Ignition key w/integrated remote control device, Cruise control, Leather covered 4-spoke tilt steering wheel.

Side Airbags Anti-Lock Brakes Security System Keyless Entry
2 Keyless Remotes Rear Defroster Fog Lights

Safety Notes
ORIGINAL FACTORY EQUIPMENT – 3-point inertia-reel seatbelts for all seating positions, Front/rear crumple zones, Brake pad wear indicators, Door mounted side-impact airbags.

Service Records Non-Smoker Original Manuals All Keys
No Known Problems Original Sticker Dealer Inspected

AM/FM Cassette CD Changer

4-Wheel Disc Brakes Gasoline Fuel

2000 Porsche 911 - 4

Mechanical Notes
ORIGINAL FACTORY EQUIPMENT – VarioCam variable valve timing system, Pwr 4-wheel ventilated/perforated disc brakes w/4-piston light alloy calipers, 3.4L DOHC water-cooled aluminum horizontally-opposed 6-cyl engine, Fully integrated elect ignition/fuel injection systems, MacPherson strut front suspension w/aluminum alloy lower control arms, Dual 3-way catalytic converters, 120 amp alternator, 4-wheel anti-lock braking system, Aluminum alloy multi-link LSA rear axle w/toe correction characteristics, Force-sensitive pwr rack & pinion steering, Rear wheel drive, 6-speed manual transmission w/hydraulic clutch, Front/rear stabilizer bars, 16.9 gallon fuel tank, Aerodynamic drag-reducing under-carriage cover.

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John BoydAuto Agent – John Boyd “The Cool Car Guy”
John is an auto agent with JFR & Associates in Denver, Colorado. He can help you save time and money on any make or model, new or used, lease or purchase – nationwide! Call or email John about your next vehicle!