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In the Garage: 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera
THE CAR AND ITS OWNER
1989 Porsche 911 Carrera cabriolet Silver Anniversary Edition owned by Ray McCutcheon
WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING
“In 1989, to commemorate the 25th year of the 911 series, Porsche manufactured a limited edition of the 911 -- making 240 coupes and 160 cabriolets -- of which only 40 cabriolets were black,” McCutcheon says. “This car is one of the 40 cabriolets. These cars came with specially ordered ‘silk gray’ full leather interior, turbo body, factory-installed ‘whale tail,’ center console, carpeted trunk, and electric power top and windows.”
HOW LONG HE’S OWNED IT
WHERE HE FOUND IT
“I found the car at an exotic automotive car dealer in Southern California while I was living in LA,” he says.
“The body, engine and transmission are original and the car has 135,000 miles on it,” McCutcheon says. “The original owner took very good care of it despite it being a daily driver. It has been slightly modified to include a Momo steering wheel and gear shifter, Pro Series four-point racing seatbelts and bar, lowered suspension, Rennline racing pedals and fire extinguisher.”
TIPS FOR OWNERS
“If you find a car in good condition and it has a good maintenance history, the overall cost of maintenance is not overwhelming,” McCutcheon advises. “You also need to find a qualified and experienced Porsche mechanic to work on it. It is an unusual car and has a lot of peculiarities that only a Porsche mechanic will recognize and be able to address.”
McCutcheon estimates the value between $30,000 and $55,000.
THE BOTTOM LINE
“The way it handles around a curve and holds the road makes it a pleasure to drive,” he says. “The engineering that goes into these cars -- that allows them to perform as they do -- is astounding. My son, Kyle, who is now 18, loves this car and someday I hope to hand it down to him so he can continue enjoying it as I have.”