Tempting Porsches #1

I’ve primarily been checking Craigslist.com for used Porsches online. Time has prevented me from looking too seriously for a car at this point, but I’m trying to at least get an idea of what’s out there. I’ve seen a fair number of decent cars, but aside from Boxsters and Cayennes, screaming deals have been a bit elusive.

I have been watching a few cars go down in price the last couple of weeks. Here are a couple that are a bit on the tempting side.

Temptation #1: 1999 Porsche 911 Cabriolet
I’ve seen a couple of decent deals on 911 Cabriolets. I know it’s the end of “the season” for convertibles, but I really don’t get the notion that convertibles have a season. I drove a Mustang convertible for a little over a year and enjoyed it all winter long. The rain didn’t really make that much difference to me. I stayed dry while in the car and got wet when I got out of the car (it’s Oregon after all).

This car has dropped about $5000 over the last month of looking to $23,450. It has lots of options, only about 60,000 miles, and seems to be in great condition. Other than it being white, I’m not a big white car fan, it’d be a great car to drive. The convertible would be a blast. Plus it has heated seats, so maybe I can talk my wife into it more easily.

Temptation #2: 1984 Porsche 928 SE
When I mentioned to my wife “Hey hon, how about a 928?”, her response was “You going to look for a new wife too?”. This car is only $5900, down for $8000 when I first started seeing it on Craigslist. It looks like it has some decent upgrades and was even seen on the Rockford Files and Simon and Simon.

I’m not sure why this is tempting to me. 928s are getting a little long in the tooth. But I’ve always liked them and kind of wanted one. Even though my wife says they look like a Gremlin.


  1. hi is that porsche 928 SE yours? if it is..is the VIN #WP0ZZZ92ZJS841486 and the engine number is M2841 81J 00925SP ?

  2. No, the 928 SE isn’t mine. It’s one I’ve seen online here and there and was kind of interested in it because of the TV history. I thought it’d be fun to own. I haven’t been out to look at it yet, but if I make it out to see it, I’ll check the numbers. How did you come by the VIN and engine number? You have history with the car?

  3. no lets say im just a hardcore car enthusiast my friends make fun of me for knowing alot bout cars: technology, history, racing, etc. etc. anyways sorry i just realize its SE and not GTE. that was the vin # to a GTE and there is only one of a kind GTE in this world.

  4. I’ve been in the hunt for a 968 cab

  5. I know where a really sweet 928 is the guy has it for sale and would probably let it go pretty cheap, in great shape, silver nice wheels and tires.

  6. I’d love to buy a 928. Where’s it at?

  7. Amboy Washington, I will try and get a number for you.

  8. I’d much rather go for temptation #1

  9. I’m not sure shelby… #1 is a beatiful car but if you have the time, money and ambition the 928 could blow it out of the water no questions asked.

    Suprising enough white cars appear cleaner next to or compared a black car… believe me i’ve owned both

    If it weren’t for the possibility of ruining the interior i’d have no problem driving around with the top down in the pouring rain just to be able to ride around in a whip like that… no doubt!

  10. Don’t get me wrong but in my opinion it has to be a 911. I have been looking into buying a Porsche for quite a while now and I just don’t think I would wnat to go for anything else. Yes, the Boxter looks similar and is less expensive but if I spend the money it has to be a 911!

  11. The 911 is definitely the best sports car made. If you have a chance to buy one or ride in one, it is definitely worth it.

  12. so how’s that search for the 928 coming along?

  13. that 911 Cabriolet looks pretty sweet

  14. I love cars but the Porsche 911 is my dream car! In black please!

  15. I love option #1. Even if option #2 could outrun it if properly tuned, I would think the 911 would still be a lot more fun to drive. The 928 looks seriously dated and the color is drab, but the 911 gets your heart started before you even get in it. Add to it the fact that it’s a convertible… yeah, definitely #1.

  16. Christina G. says

    Convertibles are in season anytime of year in California!

  17. How do you like the 928? I personally have a 944 and love it. these aren’t the most appealing cars, compared to newer porsches, but they are still porsches and a blast to drive

    • I don’t have a 928, although I’d love to have one. It’s on my list to own some day, even if it’s only for a weekend while my wife is out of town since she hates the 928.

  18. Galen Wood says

    I only wish the prices on other cars would go down – I’m suprised this economy hasn’t made people sell cars cheaply yet. But I guess it does make it easier to get really nice cars.

  19. I don’t think that the high end car market is going to fall to hard. Because it isn’t really the big sallaried guys that are hurting dramatically. Sure some have been let go and pays may have been docked, but the high end car companies are looking for people with deep pockets, and deep pockets keep you out of the fall for a little bit longer than the “working” man. So unfortunatly for those of us enthusiasts who work our hands to the bone for what we already have, i don’t see things getting to pretty for us

  20. Don Brake says

    I absolutely LOVE Porsche’s, even though I’ve never had the luxury of owning or driving one. Not yet anyway. 😉

  21. wendy wallach says

    I would pick temptation #1, that is if I actually had any money and a credit rating and could actually make a payment and…

    God, I need to win that car!

    madamerkf at aol dot com

  22. I’d have to support temptation #1 for the sheer fact that its a convertible and I’m of the school that a true sports car should always have the option to drop the top and let your hair flow.

  23. White, One of my favorite colors…and a cab to beat…if only i could 🙁

  24. John Kraichely says

    The 928 S was the first exotic sports car that I fell in love with. When I was a teenager and young adult this was the car I dreamed of owning. This would be a cool car to have now to drive on weekends.

  25. Stephen says

    I have always loved the 928, while my brother is a 911 fan

  26. The 911 Cabrio is nice although white would be far down
    the list on color choices. I’ve always been a fan of the 928
    but an S4 would be the starting point. Obviously a GTS would
    be my goal but they’re few and far between.

  27. tdankodt says



  29. Never get white anything…especially if you have kids. lol

  30. I take offense with your wife and the Gremlin comment. My first car was a 1976 Gremlin (I was a poor college student).

  31. make the cabrio black and the 928 a S4 or a GTS
    and we’re in business

  32. I want one of these!

  33. brienne burd says

    911- a great car for Hawaii where I live . As a poor college student I use craigs list for everything.

  34. Great cars!

  35. Jennifer M says

    I might side with your wife on the gremlin appearance on #2, but temptation #1 on the other hand, I’d love to own.

  36. 928 is a great deal.

  37. 928 was quite a car in it’s time;still is.

  38. The 911 is sweet, but for that price I would invest in the 928 and use the extra money to “trick my ride.”

  39. The 1999 Porsche 911 Cabriolet White Convertible is a winning combination, particularly duriing the summer heat here in AZ.

  40. 911 GT3 black with Orange rims and accents…….UNBEATABLE

  41. Bob, I lived in AZ and the weather was FANTASTIC, but I’m follically challenged and I would need a hat if I was to put down the top.

  42. The 1999 Porsche 911 Cabriolet is one of the most beautiful cars ever built

  43. Phil Schneider says

    I guess I need brush up on my 928 history since
    I never heard of a SE. Grey market?

  44. tracy davis says

    The 1999 Porsche 911 Cabriolet is one of the most beautiful cars ever built

  45. Well it’s that season again! So did you pick the 1999 Porsche 911 Cabriolet? It is definitely Tempation #1, lol I hope your wife went for it and your cruising in it. You mentioned Craigslist…are you looking outside of your area? Sometimes you might find something in another state. It might require a drive but the price may be well worth it! Good luck!

    • @Deo – I did end up with a 1999 Porsche 911 Cabriolet, just not a white one. I’m constantly looking outside my area, but my efforts have been mostly on ebay and cars.com. Love to find a deal on a 911 Turbo or early 930.

  46. ScoutSoldier says

    I use my Boxster as a daily driver, and have to admit that I love having the convertible throughout the year. Even though Germany has some cold winter days, I still drive with the top down sometimes. Nothing beats a Porsche+convertible combination!

  47. Of course the 1999 Porsche 911 Cabriolet is temptation #1. It just cannot be beat, I mean look at it.

  48. Wait! I almost forgot, my money will not be able to even skyrocket and touch the price of that tempting porshe.

  49. Which car did you end up with …. the 911 or 928?

  50. I think that comparing these two Porsches are like comparing apples and organges. Or, more like apples and prunes! The 911 Cab is certainly my first choice!

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