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Porsche: Classic and performance range review

Porsche: Classic and performance range review Classic and Performance Car
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There are few car manufacturers in existence today which can claim to match the illustrious status of Porsche. Admired for perfecting engineering concepts which others couldn't, and respected as one of the most dominant brands in motorsport, the Stuttgart-based marque have produced a string of wonderfully capable machinery for both road and track.
 
Founded by Ferdinand Porsche, the company which bears his name originally operated as an automotive consultancy firm, most famously commissioned to design the Volkswagen Beetle. Post-World War 2, Ferdinand's son Ferry steered the firm towards creating cars of its own. The culmination of his work was the 356, which became the first car Porsche sold to the public.
 
It was Porsche's persistence with the 356's (and indeed, the Beetle’s before it) horizontally-opposed, rear-mounted and air-cooled engines which has resulted in what is now considered one of the most successful and iconic performance cars of all time: the 911.
 
Buying a classic Porsche
 
Today, the significance of the 356 to Porsche's history is reflected in values. Coupes and Roadsters cost upwards of £60,000, but the most desirable Speedsters, introduced in 1954, command prices beyond £350,000. 
 
One year before the Speedster's debut came the 550 Spyder. The stunningly beautiful road-legal racer is one of the most valuable Porsches of all, with a 1955 example selling at auction for €2.74million in early 2016. Its successor, the equally stunning (and even more successful results-wise) 718 achieves similarly incredible values.
 
The Porsche 911, however, is the model which truly cemented the company's place among the automotive elite. The most valuable among collectors is the Carrera 2.7 RS. Produced to satisfy Group 5 homologation rules in 1972, two variants, a refined Touring spec and the stripped-out Lightweight, were sold to the public. Both achieve prices of comfortably beyond £500,000 today, with the rarer Lightweight edging very close to seven figures. Special examples of both the 964 and 993 also sell for as much as £300,000, though less exclusive Carrera models of each start from a much more palatable £30,000 or so.
 
The 959 was originally designed to compete in Group B racing, but after the category's demise it became known as a car which has arguably set the blueprint for all subsequent supercars to this day. Considered one of the most technologically advanced road cars ever produced on its 1986 release, it featured adaptive four-wheel drive, twin-turbocharging and a suspension system which featured adjustable ride height and damping. With a 195mph top speed, it was the fastest production car in the world. Approximately 330 were built, and today examples fetch as much as £700,000 at auction.
 
Buying a modern Porsche
 
Porsche ownership needn't be expensive, however, even if flat six power is a must. The Boxster may have switched to a turbocharged four for 2016, but earlier iterations offer a gorgeous naturally aspirated soundtrack and sublime mid-engined balance. Late nineties 986 versions are available for less than £5,000. The solid-roofed Cayman followed with the second generation of Boxster, and a solid example can be had for less than £15,000. 
 
Most affordable of all the Porches remains the 924. The front-engined, rear-wheel drive chassis was lauded in period, though the VW-derived four cylinder engines were criticised for lacking performance and character. Though values are beginning to climb, it's still possible to find sellers asking for around £3,000. The closely-related 944 is marginally more expensive, and was developed into something considerably faster as the years went on.
 
In 1998, the 996-generation 911 signalled the end of air-cooled Porsches. While many collectors consider these to be less desirable as a result, the good news is that 996 values remain fairly low. High-mileage Carrera and Carrera S models available for around £10,000, while even those which have covered fewer than 10,000 miles cost barely more than £30,000.
 
The most valuable of the common era are the 'hypercar' Porsches: the Carrera GT and the 918 Spyder. The former was a result of a stillborn Le Mans prototype development, and features a 5.7-litre V10 producing 612bhp. The 918 is powered by one of the most advanced powertrains fitted to any performance car. A 4.6-litre V8 is supplemented by a hybrid system to deliver a system output of 874bhp. At the hands of Marc Lieb, the 918 achieved a staggering Nurburgring Nordschleife lap time of 6min 57sec. Production ceased in 2015 once 918 units were built. Values for the Carrera GT stand at £400,000 and beyond, while the 918 rarely changes hands for less than £1,000,000.
 
Summary
 
It's recommended when buying any used car to examine several before committing, but for high performance cars like the 911 this becomes even more important.
 
Thought Porsche have refined the handling of the 911 over the decades, the rear-engined layout is still famous for catching out the less experienced drivers. It's very important, therefore, to search for any evidence of crash damage, particularly around the rear of the car.
 
Circa-2000 Porsche flat sixes, fitted to both the Boxster and the 996, are known for potentially terminal engine faults. The intermediate shaft bearing has a reputation for failure, and results in severe damage to the engine's valve timing and other internals. It's difficult to gauge which cars are most likely to fail, but extended service intervals are a likely cause. Search for the most regularly-maintained examples to reduce the risk. As with most Porsches, it's well worth tracking down an independent specialist to examine any potential purchase before you buy. 

Words: Alex Ingram
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Last updated: 9th May 2016
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  • Porsche 911

    £85,000 £85,000

    Bluetooth, Climate Control, Colour SatNav, Full Leather, Powered Folding Mirrors, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Xenon Headlamps, Alarm, Anti-Theft System, Central Locking, Immobiliser, Keyless Entry, Locking Wheel Nuts, Remote Alarm, Remote Central Locking, Tracker Fitted, Alcantara Leather, Colour Coded Interior, Electric Seats, Front Centre Armrest, Head Restraints, Heated Seats, Height Adjustable Seat, Lumbar Adjustment, Sports Seats, Adjustable Steering Column, Cruise Control, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Parking Sensors, Power Steering, Stability Control, Trip Computer, ABS, Air Bag, Brake Assist, Auto Lighting, Colour Coded Body, Front Fog Lamps, Headlamp Jetwash, Metallic Paintwork, Premium Cloth soft top, Rear Spoiler, Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Power Hood, Bose, CD Player, MP3 Player, Radio, Stereo, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, 2 Keys, Complete Book Pack, Paddle Shift Gear Change, UK Specification, UK Supplied, Air Conditioning, Comms Pack, iPod Connectivity, Quick-Clear S This Vehicle is available to view at any one of our RAC Approved branches. For more information and to arrange a test drive please contact the Bishops Stortford branch on 01279 656000 or alternatively Kings Langley on 01923 270000. Part exchange welcome, Finance available regardless of your credit rating, all our cars are Hpi checked and are supplied with upto 3 years RAC Platinum Warranty and RAC GAP Insurance Available, www.totallytradedirect.co.uk

    • Mileage: 19000 mi
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  • 1987 Porsche 959 Canepa Gen I

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    1987 Porsche 959 Komfort VIN: WP0ZZZ95ZHS900125 The 125th of 292 examples built, this stunning 959 Komfort was completed December 18, 1987, and sold to well-known Japanese enthusiast Yoshiho Matsuda, joining his impressive Porsche Museum in Hakone. In 1999, this example was purchased by collector and vintage racer Jamie Mazzotta of Newport Coast, California with only 890km (553 miles.) 00125 was imported to the United States for Mazzotta by Canepa Design on September 30th 1999, and was stored in the Foreign Trade Zone until the car's Show or Display exemption was granted on March 2, 2001. Once arriving at the Canepa facility the work began to federalize and update the 959. The engine system was spec'd to meet Federal and California emissions requirements. This included eliminating the stock sequential turbo system and installing an all-new twin turbo system, including Garrett ball-bearing turbos, re-designed wastegate, upgraded fuel system, complete new stainless steel exhaust system with dual catalytics, EGR, sequential engine management system with ADL, F1 technology engine wiring harness, high output ignition system, upgraded alternator charge system and battery module, air pump

    • Year: 1987
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  • 1998 Porsche Boxster

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    Philip Raby Porsche Porsche Sales and Service This 1998 Porsche Boxster is a real collector’s item, with just 39,000 miles on the clock and two owners from new, the second having owned the car since it was just two years old. The Porsche is finished in eye-catching Speed Yellow with Turbo-look 17-inch alloy wheels, and is in excellent condition. The interior features full Metropole Blue leather, which extends to the door panels and dashboard, which was a rare option on early Boxsters, and the seats are finished in sumptuous Ruffled leather. Another desirable option is full climate control. The car also has a wind deflector and rear storage bin. The Boxster has a well-documented service history. It was treated to a £1000 service in 2016, including new catalytic converters. This year, the car has had a similar amount spend on it, including new air-conditioning condensors (the system now blows icy cold), new water pump, new antiroll bar links and replacement brake fluid, plus a service. Good early Porsche Boxsters are becoming rare and sought-after, which is why we are delighted to have this lovely example in stock. Copyright © [YEAR] Philip Raby Limited

    • Year: 1998
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  • Porsche 912

    £56,995 £56,995

    The Porsche 911 was launched to wide acclaim in 1963 to replace the original aging 356 series. With its new 2.0 flat 6 engine and sleek distinctive design, it was much faster and more technically advanced than the car it replaced, but it was also considerably more expensive. Concerned that the considerable price increase over of the 356 would cost the company sales, Porsche decided to introduce a new 4 cylinder variant called the 912. Essentially this was a 911 fitted with the engine from the outgoing 356 and in standard form, a more basic specification to bring pricing closer to the outgoing 356. Although it’s the 911 that has become an icon, it was the 912 when launched in 1965 that was the sales success for Porsche, it outsold the 911 by some margin particularly in the American market. With their short wheel base (SWB) these early 911s were renowned for their tricky handling on the limit, but the 912 with a lighter and smaller 4 cylinder engine fitted, was much more nimble and confidence inspiring. Ironically, fast forward over 50 years and its these quirky SWB cars that are highly revered with Porsche enthusiasts and collectors today. Manufacturing of the SWB cars continued unt

    • Year: 1968
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  • PORSCHE 911

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    SOLD TO THE UNITED STATES Brand Porsche Type 911 T 2.7 Color Blue Interior Blue Year of build 1971 Price SOLD This impressive Porsche is sold to a customer in the United States. Please contact us if you are interested in buying or selling a rare/unique automobile. MORE INFORMATION For more information or an appointment, please call Rutger Houtkamp+31625098150 or send an e-mail to Rutger@Houtkamp.nl . Please do not hesitate to contact us by phone during evenings or in the weekend. The Houtkamp Collection is centrally located near Amsterdam and only 10 minutes from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Please contact us directly or fill in the form to receive more information on this specific car Your Name (required) Your Email (required) Your phone number Subject Your Message The information provided on this website has been compiled by The Houtkamp Collection with the utmost care. The information contained within this advert is provided ‘as-is’, without warranties as to its accuracy whether expressed or implied and is intended for informational purposes only. The Houtkamp Collection is not liable for any errors or mistakes.

    • Year: 1971
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  • PORSCHE 911 “SERIES 0”

    €310,000(£278,194) €310,000(£278,194)

    AN EXTRAORDINARY UNRESTORED EXAMPLE WITH 62,030 MILES SINCE 1965, EVERYTHING IS STILL AS IT LEFT THE FACTORY 52 YEARS AGO Brand Porsche Type 911 “Series 0” Color Hell Elfenbein (6604) Interior Black “Pepita” Year of build 1965 Price € 310.000,- 1965 PORSCHE 911 Unrestored, completely in original condition and fully documented 1 of 1st. 280 Porsche 911’s built. A very sought after classic car these days A car which could fit in the Porsche factory museum Just 62.030 miles since 1965 The 911is so-called because it is the 911th design project since Porsche opened its doors in 1931—is also the first all-Porsche Porsche. The 356 was the first car to carry the Porsche name, although when it was con­ceived in 1948 it was little more than a souped-up, special-bodied version of an earlier Porsche design, the Volkswagen. The 911, while true to the 356’s basic configuration, is an entirely new and different car. The engine is again air-cooled, again hung out behind the rear axle, but it’s a single-overhead-cam six-cylinder where the 356 was a pushrod four-cylinder (and the Carrera a four-cam four-cylinder). The new body is far more handsome and the work of old Professor Porsche’s grandson, Fe

    • Year: 1965
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  • Porsche Cayenne "GTS" 4.8 tip

    £23,000 £23,000

    (59 - 2009) 408bhp 78,000 miles Meteor grey with black leather 4.8 litre v8 engine 4 wheel drive 6 speed tiptronic gearchange Climate control Porsche Stability Management (PSM) Active suspension (PASM) PDCC (dynamic chassis control) Ride height control Satellite Navigation (PCM 3) Bose & Bluetooth & Ipod & Aux & Usb Cruise control Multifunction steering wheel Heated memory seats Panoramic roof Porsche Sports Exhaust (PSE) Front and rear parking sensors Litronic headlights 21 inch wheels

    • Mileage: 78000 mi
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  • Porsche 911 "2S" 3.8 tip

    £35,000 £35,000

    (57 - 2007) 355bhp 41,000 miles Midnight blue with black leather 3.8 litre "S" model 2 wheel drive 5 speed tiptronic gearchange Climate control Porsche Stability Management (PSM) Active suspension (PASM) Satellite Navigation (PCM 2) Telephone module Sound plus 6 cd changer Heated seats Cruise control Multifunction steering wheel Rear parking sensors Litronic headlights 19 inch wheels

    • Mileage: 41000 mi
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    £41,995 £41,995

    Porsche Panamera Platinum Edition, 5,300 Miles from newBasalt Black / Colour Cream Leather, Piano Black Wood Finish,Electric Glass Sunroof, 20'' Diamond Cut Turbo Alloy Wheels,Sat Nav, BOSE Sound System, Porsche Telephone System, etc.Full Porsche Service History from new, This car is Immaculate inside out!!

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    £34,850 £34,850

    Variant name:Roadster S ,Derivative:S ,Variant: 3.4 S 2dr PDK Leven Car Company Present This Stunning Porsche Boxster 3.4 S 2dr PDK finished in Platinum Silver Metallic Paint with Red Top and Carrera Red Leather Extended Interior. Contact Us for Further Information or an HDD Video, Tailored Finance Packages Available on Request.

    • Year: 2012
    • Mileage: 35548 mi
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    £18,995 £18,995

    arctic silver metallic, metropol blue leather interior, heated seats, xenon lights, headlight wash, 19 inch Carrera s alloys, on board digital computer, sat. nav. Porsche stability management, previously sold and maintained by strasse - full service history

    • Year: 2006
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