Among the cars you can buy today with some chance of a modest upside are turbocharged Porsches from the 1980s. The company’s iconic bruiser, the 930, has been enjoying a steady uptick in values perhaps driven by the salivating for original, air-cooled 911s that has occurred since the introduction of the liquid-cooled 996. This 1989 Porsche 930 here on eBay will be a pricey project but perhaps offers a legit shot at meaningful ROI.
This particular 930 is a late-production model, which could make it more or less desirable depending on which features you might be searching for in a 930. Unfortunately, one of the most desirable aspects of a later 911 is the inclusion of the G50 gearbox, which offered a much more pleasant shifting experience compared to earlier cars. The seller says it has gone missing while this rough 930 has been off the road, so you’ll have to factor a replacement into the total cost.
As you may have noticed above, the intercooler has also been removed but is included. The interior clearly shows signs of having been previously “enjoyed” by a driver who preferred modifications over keeping the 930 stock and as the factory intended it. Aftermarket seats, a cheap Momo steering wheel and likely other deviations all point to a lifestyle that today’s P-Car purists would consider downright sacrilegious.
The 930 does not run, and it clearly has a host of cosmetic issues. The seller claims it still retains a clean title and hasn’t been in any major accidents, but for a car like this, the emphasis on knowing as much about its history before purchase is essential. Whether you plan to keep it for long-term enjoyment or flip it for a quick buck, the colorfulness of its past will definitely factor into the ownership experience.