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Porsche: Classic and performance range review

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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 BOXSTER 986 2.5 1998

    £4,500 £4,500

    • Mileage: 121000 mi
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  • Porsche 911

    £89,995 £89,995

    Variant name:GT3 ,Derivative:997 ,Variant: GT3 3.6 997 Clubsport Finished in Carrara white with black Clubsport interior OPTIONAL FEATURES FITTED TO THIS CAR Clubsport package to include Lightweight bucket Carbon Fibre sports seats, 6 point safety harness for driver, fire extinguisher and rear roll cage. Sport Chrono plus PCM satellite navigation Telephone module Carbon Fibre door entry guards Tyre pressure monitoring Cruise control Guards red seat belts Sound pack plus Top tint windscreen Auto dimming, interior and exterior mirrors 19” alloy wheels in Gloss black with bespoke Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tyres Alcon performance front brake discs Rain sensor Bi Xenon headlights Total Armourfend stone chip protection Centre console in exterior colour Porsche colour wheel centre crests Tracking system STANDARD FEATURES Red brake calipers Climate control Porsche active stability management [PASM] Alcantara headlining, gear knob and handbrake lever Extended leather stitched to doors and dash This stunning Porsche 911 GT3 997 is offered in pristine condition and has been cherished since the day it was new. The car has covered only 23400 miles and has a complete Porsche main dealer service history with clear rev check. We sold this car to one of our clients in 2015 who has a small collection and upon sale we sent it to Porsche for a major service, the car has since been sat in our showroom on charge and has not been driven since. One of the best available. The GT3 997 natural aspirated 3.6L one of the most focused road going cars using race technology born through Porsche motorsport. This exemplary example delivers the unmistakable connection, feel and driving experience associated with the manual transmission, no longer available in the 991 GT3, a true future classic and rare to find in this condition.

    • Year: 2007
    • Mileage: 23400 mi
    For sale
  • 1967 Porsche 911S

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    This first-year, matching numbers 911S electric sunroof example was completed on September 29th, 1966, during the second production month, and finally left the Zuffenhausen-based Porsche factory on October 3rd that same year. The Irish Green 911S was built for its home-market, where the Mannheim-based Islinger Porsche agency delivered it to the first owner, ex-racing driver, Mr. Wilhelm Sebastian of Weinheim, Germany. Sebastian had made a name for himself when he co-drove a Mercedes-Benz SSKL with Rudolf Caracciola to win the 1931 Mille Miglia road race. He was a factory Grand Prix driver for Auto Union in 1934, and later a mechanic for Tazio Nuvolari. How long the Irish Green 911S remained Mr. Sebastian remains unknown, but the cars Kardex reflect that Islinger Porsche serviced the car up until November 1967. The Porsche eventually made its way to the US, where it is believed to have resided in California with one owner for about 25 years. This 1967 911 'S' is fitted with a Becker Europa AM/FM Radio that was converted to digital with a hidden IPod jack, trimmed in '6606' Irish Green over a smart, brown Leatherette interior, with Houndstooth cloth inserts; and shod with Yokohama ti

    • Year: 1967
    For sale
  • Porsche Cayenne Reserved

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    Porsche Cayenne S presented in Titanium metallic comes with a full Porsche service history from new and the following specification; Electric sunroof, BOSE sound system, satellite navigation, parrot bluetooth phone kit, electric seats with lumbar support, keyless entry and go, soft closure tailgate, xenon headlights, front and rear parking sensors, aluminium roof rails, cruise control and electronic climate control. Part exchange welcome. We are a respected Porsche specialist with full Porsche workshop facilities. Viewings welcome by appointment only. Body: 4x4 Transmission: Automatic Mileage: 84,500 Fuel Type: Petrol Registered: 2006 (06) Doors: 5 Engine Size: 4.5 Finished in: Titanium metallic

    • Year: 2006
    • Mileage: 84500 mi
    For sale
  • 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S 991

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    20" Carrera Classic Alloys, Porsche Communication Management (PCM) Including Navigation Audio Interface, Sport Chrono Package, Sports Exhaust System, PASM Sport Suspension (20mm Lower), Adaptive Sport Seats Plus (18-Way Electric) With Memory, Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), Seat Heating, Seat Ventilation, BOSE Surround Sound System, Front & Rear ParkAssist, Telephone Module, Online Services, HomeLink, Porsche Crest Embossed On Head Restraints, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Electric Folding Exterior Mirrors, Automatically Dimming Interior & Exterior Mirrors, Sport Chrono Stop Clock Instrument Dial In White, Windscreen With Grey Top Tint, Tyre Pressure Monitoring (TPM), PDK Transmission, Instrument Dials In White, 5mm Wheel Spacers, Floor Mats. 1 Owner, UK Supplied, Exceptional Example!

    • Mileage: 12150 mi
    For sale
  • 2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo

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    20" 911 Turbo II Alloys, Sport Chrono Package, Electric Sliding/Tilting Glass Sunroof, Front & Rear ParkAssist System, Carbon Interior Package, Illuminated Carbon Door Sill Guards, Carbon Heated Multi-Function Steering Wheel, Telephone Module With Cordless Handset, Privacy Glass, Black/Cream Two-Tone Leather, Soft Close Doors, Lane Change Assist (LCA), Monochrome Black Exterior Pack, Porsche Crest Embossed On Front & Rear Headrests, Universal Audio Interface, Rear Wiper, Digital Radio (DAB), Rear Side Airbags, HomeLink, Rear 5 mm Wheel Spacers, Wheel Centres, Floor Mats, 1 Owner From New, UK Supplied, Stunning Example! Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), Bose Surround Sound System, Heated Seats, Preparation for Illuminated Door Sills, Porsche Communication Management (PCM), Adaptive Air Suspension Including Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Porsche Traction Management (PTM), Active All-Wheel Drive, Powerfold Mirrors, LED Daytime Running Lights, Rain Sensors, Automatic Climate Control, Alcantara Roof Lining, Tyre Pressure Monitoring, Porsche Traction Management, Ultrasonic Parking Sensors.

    • Mileage: 11395 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche Cayman R

    £47,900 £47,900

    When we heard this little beauty was up for grabs we instinctively knew we had to move quickly. Cayman R’s with the right specification are always good news and we are confident this example will tick all the boxes for a Manual preferred buyer.

    • Year: 2012
    • Mileage: 22925 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche 365 Outlaw 'Poco Bastardo'

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    Poco Bastardo 356 Outlaw We are delighted to offer this beautifully built 356 `Outlaw Coupe` for sale. The concept of the car is based on the Porsche 356s that have competed successfully in the Carrera Panamericana, a highly dangerous road race across Mexico. Porsche first named its Performance 356 `Carrera` after the event and Poco Bastardo is a nick name used to describe the 356 for its giant slaying capabilities against more powerful machinery over the years in this race. This car has been beautifully built by 356 specialists PR services for its obsessive owner and captures the spirit of these road racers perfectly, whilst featuring some modern upgrades to make it more usable and reliable today. The original car a 356 `B` T6 was manufactured in March 1962 and delivered to Competition Motors, Hollywood in the USA. It stayed in America until February 2000 when it was imported to Holland. Once in Holland, it was completely stripped to an empty bare metal shell, professionally restored and painted in black cellulose finish. The Dutch owner then parked the car in his barn to concentrate on others in his collection. Here it stayed until March 2011 when spotted by the present owner. Tr

    • Year: 1962
    For sale
  • Porsche Cayman

    £31,990 £31,990

    Variant name:24V S PDK ,Derivative:987 FL (GEN II) ,Variant: S 3.4 Gen2 PDK Sport Crono Plus Sat-Nav Finished In Basalt Black Metallic With Black Leather Interior, First Registered 14/04/2011, Only 27000 Miles From New With Full Porsche Main Dealer Service History, PDK Gearbox, PCM With Sat-Nav And Bluetooth Phone Prep, Sport Chrono Plus, Automatic Climate Control, 19" Carrera Classic Alloys, CD/Radio With Sound Package Plus and Multimedia Interface, Heated Seats, PSM (Traction Control), Multi-Function Steering Wheel, Rear Park Assist, Onboard Computer, Front And Rear Fog Lamps, Power Assisted Steering, ABS, Electric Windows, Electric Door Mirrors, Remote Central Locking, Factory Alarm/Immobiliser, HPi Checked, 12 Months Warranty.

    • Year: 2011
    • Mileage: 27000 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche Cayman 2.7 pdk

    £40,000 £40,000

    (14 - 2014) 265bhp 18,000 miles Agate grey with black leather 2.7 litre model 2 wheel drive 7 speed pdk gearbox Air conditioning Porsche Stability Management (PSM) Satellite Navigation (PCM 3) Bluetooth Aux & Usb Jukebox & DAB Sound plus Paddle-shift steering wheel Cruise control Heated seats Rear wiper Front parking sensors Rear parking sensors Litronic headlights 20 inch wheels

    • Mileage: 18000 mi
    For sale
  • Gen 2 Cayman 3.4S

    £28,995 £28,995

    987 Cayman 3.4S Generation 2 DFI Engine. First registered 10/04/2009 09-registration. A 2 owner vehicle supplied new by Porsche Centre Guildford (Original Bill of Sale supplied with the vehicle). And a car we know well having supplied it to the previous owner.

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 27000 mi
    For sale
  • 997 C2 Manual

    £34,995 £34,995

    997 C2 3.6 6 speed manual Coupe (Generation II / DFI Engine). First registered 29/10/2008 58 registration (2009 model year by chassis). Finished in Aqua Blue metallic with full Ocean Blue leather interior.

    • Year: 2008
    • Mileage: 63000 mi
    For sale
  • Boxster Spyder

    £45,995 £45,995

    Boxster Spyder 6 speed manual transmission. First registered 28/05/2010 10-registration. Finished in Carrara White with Black Lightweight Carbon backed bucket seats. A car we know particularly well having supplied it twice.

    • Year: 2010
    • Mileage: 15000 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche Boxster 24V S PDK

    £38,950 £38,950

    Body: Convertible Transmission: Semi-Automatic Mileage: 40,000 Fuel Type: Petrol Registered: 2014 (14) Doors: 2 Engine Size: 3.4 Finished in: BASALT BLACK METALLIC 20" alloys

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 40000 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche 911 997 TARGA 4S

    £41,950 £41,950

    Body: Coupe Transmission: Manual Mileage: 40,000 Fuel Type: Petrol Registered: 2009 (09) Doors: 2 Engine Size: 3.8 Finished in: BLACK WITH BLACK LEATHER INTERIOR 19" alloys Full Service History Air Conditioning Bose sound Satellite Navigation System

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 40000 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche Boxster Reserved

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    Porsche Boxster S presented in Meteor Grey comes with a full Porsche and specialist history and the following specification; Black leather interior, heated sports seats, three spoke leather steering wheel, automatic climate control, Porsche Communication Module (PCM) with navigation and telephone module, six disc CD changer, Bose sound, painted seat backs, top tint on windscreen, wind deflector, Bi-Xenon headlights, rear park assist, electric heated mirrors, roll over hoops in Silver and 19" Sport Design alloy wheels. Part exchange welcome, competitive finance available. We are a respected Porsche specialist with full Porsche workshop facilities. Viewings welcome by appointment only. Body: Convertible Transmission: Manual Mileage: 56,500 Fuel Type: Petrol Registered: 2007 (07) Doors: 2 Engine Size: 3.4 Finished in: Meteor Grey Metallic

    • Year: 2007
    • Mileage: 56500 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche 911 Reserved

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    Porsche 911 Carrera 2 S presented in Carrara White comes with a full Porsche history and the following specification; Black leather interior, heated sports seats, three spoke leather PDK steering wheel, instrument dials in white, automatic climate control, Porsche Command Module (PCM3) with navigation and bluetooth connectivity, Bose sound, cruise control, sports exhaust, Sport Chrono Plus, Porsche Active Stability Management (PASM), automatic dimming mirrors, electric heated mirrors, Xenon headlights and 19" Carrera Classics. Part exchange welcome, competitive finance available. We are a respected Porsche specialist with full Porsche workshop facilities. Viewings welcome by appointment only. Body: Coupe Transmission: Automatic Mileage: 49,500 Fuel Type: Petrol Registered: 2010 (10) Doors: 2 Engine Size: 3.8 Finished in: Carrara White

    • Year: 2010
    • Mileage: 49500 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche 911 CARRERA 2 S PDK LOW MILEAGE

    £41,990 £41,990

    It is a pleasure to offer this Porsche 911 997 C2S Convertible for sale. This early PDK car is presented in meteor grey metallic with the perfect contrast of black leather upholstery and black hood.This immaculate car comes with 19" Carrera alloys, multi function carbon steering wheel, sports exhaust, sports suspension and electric heated seats as optional extras on this already well specified model. With only 42000 miles and a superb service history this car offers excellent value for money. £41,990 Add to Shortlist Remove from Shortlist Enquire Online Call us today +44 1580 714597

    • Year: 2009
    For sale
  • Porsche 911 GT3 ON SALE NOW

    £139,995 £139,995

    Porsche 991 GT3 presented in Jet black comes with the following options from new; Heated seats, adaptive sports seats plus, Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB), lifting system front axle, sound package plus, sport chrono package plus including Porsche track precision app and preparation for laptrigger, telephone module, carbon interior package, centre console in carbon, Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with navigation and privacy glass. Standard equipment includes; Black leather and alcantara interior, three spoke sports wheel trimmed in alcantara, climate control, GT3 kick plates, automatic Bi-Xenon headlights, rain sensor, electric heated mirrors, switchable sports exhaust, navtrack vehicle tracker and 20" GT3 alloy wheels. Part exchange welcome, competitive finance available. We are a respected Porsche specialist with full Porsche workshop facilities. Body: Coupe Transmission: Automatic Mileage: 2,350 Fuel Type: Petrol Registered: 2014 (64) Doors: 2 Engine Size: 3.8 Finished in: Jet Black Metallic

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 2350 mi
    For sale
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