Nice Price Or Crack PipeIs this used car a good deal? You decide!  

The Rolling Stones famously sang, you can't always get what you want, and what Porsche originally wanted was to call their six-cylinder car the 901. Peugeot but a stop to that, and hence we gained the venerated 911. We'll have to see if the price of today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe 911 has you singing that Stones' song to its seller.

Take a look at that car up there. Now take a look at yesterday's Dodge Diplomat. Now the Porsche, now the Dodge. Porsche, Dodge. Porsche-Dodge-Porsche-Dodge-Porsche-Dodge-Porsche-Dodge-Porsche-Dodge... Okay, here's what's interesting; that Porsche's design goes all the way back to 1964 - earlier if you consider its two-plus years of development - and it still looks ages younger than grandpa D, even though it's only a year fresher.

Of course looks aren't everything - it's money that talks, and at less than two grand, that Diplomat looked pretty good to 63% of you.

Do you remember back when you were a kid in school? Do you also remember that after about the first week you invariably forgot your locker combination meaning you had to carry all your books in a backpack? Inevitably you would be late to class one day, and would be peeling through the halls to get to third period in time to avoid that tardy slip when, upon making that last corner, the added weight of the backpack would spin you, not handily into class, but instead twirling into the girls' bathroom. Yep, that's pretty much what driving older editions of Porsche's 911 can be like.


This 1988 911 Carrera is described by its seller as virtually flawless and one of the nicest cabs out there. Featuring a desirable black and tan color combination - just like my favorite libation - it also sports the tea tray whale tail, perhaps the most iconic rear spoiler since the Superbird's.

This Carrera also sports but 72,000 miles on the clock. That's kind of Goldilocks territory, not too many to be worn out, and not too few to be shriveled up from lack of use. Adding to the appeal, there are Fuchs with black-paired centers that look totally '80s, and of course the car's a convertible so you trade structural integrity and some handling acumen for wind in your hair when you want it.


This year was powered by what is likely the most robust edition of Porsche's venerable air-cooled flat six. These cars have 3.2-litres of piston pounding displacement and that added up to 207-bhp here in the U.S.. Gearbox duties are performed by a Getrag G50 5-speed. The ad notes that the car rolls on new Michelins, which represent a chunk of change in their own right. Maintenance records for the car are limited according the seller but it does have an old CarFax that apparently gives it the thumbs up.

Porsche owners are a different breed and in fact the seller of this one let's his… let's say displeasure with lessor individuals, come through in the ad. He'd rather sell the car to someone who has previously owned a representative of the marque as they will know how to comport themselves when interacting. He claims he's very busy and hence has no time to waste on tire kickers, low ballers, no-ballers, dreamers, schemers, or ring-tailed lemurs. He is also neither desperate nor a fool, so don't test him.


Oh, did I mention that he has only owned the car for a couple of months? That Porsche Koolaid is some powerful stuff.

In case you haven't noticed, asking prices for air-cooled Porsches are on the rise, hell even 914s are going for about three times what they did only about five years ago! The price for this clean machine is a not insubstantial $39,995 or almost what the car went for when new (list price of a cabrio in '88 as about $36K to start).


What do you think about this Porsche for that price, is that a good deal? Or, is this a 911 not worth calling?

You decide!


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