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Peter Anderson | Oct, 08 2012 | 1 Comment

If you're a fan of air-cooled Porsches - and there are many who believe that if it isn't air-cooled, it isn't one of Weissach's finest - then you're in luck.

Ebay has three, almost-mint air-cooled 993s for sale. The remarkable thing about them is that all have less than 4500 miles (7290km) on their odometers.

A 1996 example, a C2, is the purist's choice, a rear-wheel drive base model in startling turquoise metallic.

The six-speed 3.6 litre boxer has just over 6000km on the clock and bids in excess of US$40,000.

The turquoise may not be to your taste, so the next one off the rank is a C2S with a wide Turbo bodyshell, whale-tail and finished in 'Vesuvius' a metallic purple that will ensure heads turn.

The asking price is a mere $96,900 with just 6770km under its wheels.

If you're after something a bit more sober, a silver C2S might be just the ticket. The asking price is a stiff $84,500, but you get a six-speed, 17-inch Cup wheels plus a few tidy extras and a mere 4876km on the clock.

But wait there's more... an Ebay find from May, Neil Armstrong's old Corvette, is back in the news.

The decidedly scruffy 1967 427ci 290kW V8 with a four speed transmission, reached a staggering $250,000 on the auction site before disappearing without the reserve being met.

Car collector blog Hemmings News has found it and it turns out that the owner of the once-blue 'Vette has chosen to preserve rather than restore the old coupe.

Armstrong only had the car a year before it was sold to a fellow NASA employee when he switched to a 1968 Corvette Convertible. The second owner held on to it for 44 years before current owner Joe Crosby picked it up.

Crosby, a Florida-based restorer of Corvettes who passed on buying the same car in 1979 because he was too busy, needed no persuading the second time around.

He found the car was mostly original apart from some dodgy flares on the front wheel arches. The original hoses were flaky but the car was in otherwise reasonable condition.

Crosby was going to restore the car, but was talked out of it by preservationist Eric Gill.

“Preservation is the cutting edge in the hobby right now,” Gill said.

“The term is deceptive because some people think it just means sitting on the car, but we’re actually developing protocols for retaining the history of a car, as opposed to wiping away all that history in a restoration.

"A historically significant car is only as interesting as the people who gave it that history.”

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