Modified 1989 911 Carrera Coupe

This Carrera did well a few months ago, but in a flat market, how did she do yesterday?

Like most modified earlier 911s, custom Carrera 3.2 prices are driven by the displacement of the engine, quality of parts, and who built the car. And this 1989 911 Coupe has most of what bidders want, as evident by the price paid, even after achieving a solid result in November of last year.

Refinished in Tan, the exterior of this Carrera 3.2 has been backdated with a lengthened hood and features custom bumpers, custom decklid grille, bullet-style side mirrors, louvered rear quarter windows, and LED headlights with black trim rings. It rides on Black 17” Fuchs-style wheels with Bilstein front struts, adjustable rear coilovers, and 996 Turbo calipers with cross-drilled rotors.

On the inside, the seats and door panels have been re-trimmed in Red leather with Houndstooth inserts on the seats. Additional equipment includes a 917-style wood shift knob, radio blanking plate, and Rennline floorboards.

Powering this backdate is a rebuilt 3.6-liter out of a 964 with an auxiliary oil cooler along with custom fabricated headers, heater boxes, and a Fabspeed Motorsport muffler. Work performed since the seller’s purchase includes repainting the bumpers, as well as replacing the oil line clamps and accessory belts.

This modified 911 last sold in November of 2023 at a final bid of $133,000. Back then, that was a pretty strong sale against an average price for modified Carreras of just below $100k. This time around, it sold at a final bid of $157,000, even stronger considering the average hasn’t changed since then. Well sold even when you add the cost of the subsequent work.

Two things that go hand-in-hand? Porsche and watches. Every Porschephile I know is also a watch nerd. And like Porsches, watches can be enjoyed at all price points. 

On a recent visit to Pittsburgh, SML subscriber Allan S. tossed me his new Sheffield Allsport watch. Sheffield Watches is a reboot of an old dive watch brand founded in New York in the ‘50s that was synonymous with producing low-price point, quality watches. The weight of the stainless steel case felt robust, as did the feel of the screw-down crown and unidirectional bezel—definitely quality. As for price point, the Sheffield diver punches way above its weight at $108. You can’t buy more watch for the money, period. 

And that’s what Sheffield Watches’ founder Jay Turkbas set out to accomplish, reviving the brand's ethos and creating a watch synonymous with quality, technology, and affordability. Taking inspiration from his original Sheffield watch from the ’70s and his 30-plus years of experience in product development and innovation, he knocked it out of the park with a durable watch capable of exploring the depths of the ocean one day and cars & coffee the next. And all at a price point equivalent to the $13 the watch originally cost back then. Take a moment to give Sheffield Watches a look. I know you’ll be just as impressed as I am.

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