THE CAR AND ITS OWNER
1986 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa owned by Adam Gross
WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING
After Porsche switched its iconic 911 sports cars to new water-cooled rear engines in 1999, it didn’t take long for dedicated Porschephiles to boost their allegiance to the air-cooled models sold over the prior three dozen years. Today, the words “air-cooled” are often critical to a Porsche’s collectability and the Carreras of 1984 to 1989 are considered among the most interesting, drivable and affordable of the bunch. “It's an accessible, reliable, fast ‘exotic’ car that has all of the sights, sounds and smells that anyone could want,” Gross says of his Targa, a model with a removable hardtop. “There’s been a seismic shift on who is buying these cars and why. Obviously, air-cooled 911s have always been popular, but in the past few years, the internet has increased accessibility on the worldwide stage as buyers scour the U.S. for clean examples to take home.”
HOW LONG HE’S OWNED IT
WHERE HE FOUND IT
It was advertised on the internet by a St. Petersburg, Florida owner.
“It's not a show car,” Gross says. “It's a driver that presents itself well, especially from five feet. It's very original, with the exception of some paint, and it looks like the spoiler and wider Fuchs wheels were added at a later time. It's not one of these super-expensive, 10,000-mile cars that you keep socked away in a climate-controlled garage and never drive. I love looking at it and don't feel guilty about driving it.”
TIPS FOR OWNERS
“Make sure you get a good ‘PPI’ (pre-purchase inspection),” he advises. “Join a local car club which, in addition to meeting new friends, leads to more information. The more information you have, the better the experience.”
Gross estimates that his Targa could be worth somewhere north of $35,000. The NADA Guides values this model in perfect condition as high as $55,300.
THE BOTTOM LINE
“I was four years old when my dad brought home a 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet with BBS wheels,” Gross says. “He owned that car for 18 years. It was that Porsche which got me into cars. Who wouldn't want something that can hold and/or exceed its current value over the next five to ten years on something you might only drive a day or two a week just to have fun? Living the dream, baby.”