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Rare Commemorative Edition: 1988 Porsche 911 Targa

The G-body Porsche 911 is the model era that, in many ways, made the valuable air-cooled 911 a mainstay in the collector car hobby. The 356 certainly blew up in a big way a few years back, but the Carrera of the 1980s is the model that appeals to a far broader swath of collectors looking for a vintage car with a somewhat modern feel. The 1988 Porsche 911 Targa shown here on eBay is a limited-production, 1-of-875 Commemorative Editions created to celebrate the production of the 250,000th 911.

The seller’s car is made rarer still for having a targa roof, with various sources online claiming that only 80 examples of the Commemorative Edition with the removable panel were made. The package was purely cosmetic in nature, getting buyers a special Diamond Blue Metallic paint job, color-matched Fuchs wheels, front and rear spoilers, and headrests emblazoned with the signature of Ferdinand Porsche. The seller notes that their car has a tick under 90,000 miles.

The interior has been modified with a three-spoke, OEM-style steering wheel, and while it does detract from the original nature of the car, it likely feels much better in your hands than the original. The special edition 911s of the 1980s tend to be far more exclusive, like the 930 or the Speedster models, along with offerings limited to overseas customers. To get into a limited production G-body 911 for under $100,000 isn’t exactly easy these days, and recent sales of similar cars have seen the hammer fall in the upper 80s.

What’s amazing is how much this market has matured in recent years. A near-identical car to this one was a no sale at under $30,000 in 2019! That’s a while ago, I realize, but it’s not exactly ancient. The seller has a reputation for finding special air-cooled cars, and this one appears to be more of the same – but I suspect he wants to see a number north of $80,000 before he’ll let it go.

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