G50 Droptop: 1988 Porsche 911 Cabriolet – $35,500

May 2020 | Classifinds, Sports Car Saturday

Convertible sports cars usually receive the short end of the stick when it comes to assigning values across a particular model lineup, and Porsche’s classic 911 is no different. This sharp 1988 Porsche 911 here on Craigslist in Syosett, New York (Long Island) is listed for under $40,000 despite appearing quite clean and having relatively few cosmetic and mechanical issues to sort out.   Checking the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller actually has the 911 priced right in line with current market assessments, as a “Good” condition convertible 911 lists for $36,000, falling all the way to $21,000 for a “Fair” condition example.  If you are serious about living the 911 drop-top life, start the conversation by emailing the seller and when you do please remember to mention you saw their listing featured here on GuysWithRides.com.

The 3.2-liter Porsche 911 Carrera has been an iconic car practically since birth, meshing classic air-cooled 911 looks with performance that can still keep pace with modern traffic. While the turbocharged 930 was still the model that made most enthusiasts weak in the knees (out of excitement or fear, depending on your impression of the Widow Maker), the everyday 911 was an incredibly easy car to live with. One of the most important changes affecting the car’s livability was the change to the G50 manual transmission, which was introduced in 1987 with better synchromesh qualities to deliver much improved shifting engagement.

This 1988 911 convertible should have the better gearbox while retaining the classic air-cooled six-cylinder mill, which was also beefed up beginning in 1987 with additional horsepower – rising to 214, with torque gaining ten foot-pounds to 195. The seller notes that the 911 has just over 103,000 miles, and has incurred some bruises along the way, noting prior paintwork and a convertible roof that doesn’t latch properly. The seller doesn’t outline any specific maintenance histories or mechanical issues beyond the faulty top, but fixing old convertible roofs can add up quickly – ask me how I know. The 911 is located on Long Island at present but shown wearing Florida plates, so it’s likely been a second or third car for the owner.  Good luck with the purchase if you decide to snatch up this relatively affordable air-cooled. 

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Its sad to say this but I am selling my Porsche,
it has been serviced regularly, kept in the garage & drives
like it should.
Its needs some TLC – the roof doesn’t
close properly, there was some paint work done..once that is done
the car will be perfect for the discerning buyer…
At the moment it is located for viewing in Long Island..
Its the buyers responsibility for pickup but will assist with shipping if needed.
No Time Wasters or Low Balls
Thank You!

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