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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 356a Speedster

    $71,800(£53,821.28) $71,800(£53,821.28)

    This is a restored 1956 Porsche 356A Speedster. This car has been completely restored to the highest level. Car was stripped down and repainted in its original color Speedster White (3051). All Chrome has been redone, full new correct interior, all new rubber seals. Correct matching numbers to this car, 1600 normal motor has been completely rebuilt, transmission is rebuilt, all new brakes, front end refurbished. This is an opportunity to own a fully restored classic speedster.

    • Year: 1956
    • Mileage: 5838 mi
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  • Porsche Cayman

    £43,900 £43,900

    Variant name:Coupe S ,Derivative:S ,Variant: 3.4 S 2dr PDK 20 inch Carrera Classic Alloys Sports Exhaust Sports Chrono Package Plus Satellite Navigation Bluetooth FPSH Stunning Colour Combination John Holland Winner of Dealer's Dealer of the Year at the National Car Dealer Awards 2014/15 is delighted to offer for sale this outstanding Porsche Cayman 3.4S PDK. Finished in Anthracite Brown with complimenting Black Leather Upholstery and Chrome Effect Interior Inlays. This stunning example comes with a huge specification to include, 20" Upgraded Diamond Faced Carrera Classic Alloy Wheels with Red Brake Calipers, Extended Touch Screen Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, Audio Streaming and ipod Connection, Three Spoke Leather Sport Design Steering Wheel with Paddle Shift ,Heated Electric Seat, Sports Exhaust, Sports Chrono Package Plus, Dual Climate Control, Auto Lights, Xenon Headlights, LED Daytime Running lights. Also benefiting from a full Porsche service history completed on the 24/05/16 at 11904 miles at Porsche Centre Wolverhampton. Supplied with 2 keys and all its original owners manuals and wallet. John Holland has been established for over 40 years supplying a premium level of service in the sale of sports, prestige and collectors cars. We have a team of experienced buyers who hand pick our cars from all parts of the uk so you can buy with confidence all vehicles are HPI Clear and prepared to the highest standard, full dealer facilities available call the sales team for further information.

    • Mileage: 12214 mi
    • Engine size: 3400
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  • Porsche Boxster

    £79,900 £79,900

    Variant name:Roadster Spyder ,Derivative:Spyder ,Variant: 3.8 Spyder Stunning Big Spec PCM Nav, Rev Cam DAB BOSE Sound Carbon Interior John Holland Winner of Dealer's Dealer of the Year at the National Car Dealer Awards 2014/15 is delighted to offer for sale this beautiful 1 owner as new Porsche Boxster Spyder. With the benefit of a excellent upgraded specification it is without question the best value of its kind on sale in the UK today. Presented in Guards Red with Black Leather and Alcantara Carbon Bucket Seats with Guards Red Contrast Stitch and Carbon Fibre Interior Inlays. Specification includes PCM Satellite Navigation, Telephone Module Bluetooth with Audio Streaming, BOSE Sound System, DAB Radio, Online Services, Light Design Package, Carbon Interior Package, 20 " Spyder Alloys Pained in Satin, Black Bi Xenon Headlights including Porsche Dynamic Lighting System, 2 Zone Automatic Climate Control, Heated Seats, Cruise Control, Wind Deflector, 64 Litre Fuel Tank, Door Opening Loops in Exterior Colour, Centre Console Trim in Carbon, Guards Red Seat Belts, Smoked Taillights, Fuel Cap in Aluminium. Supplied with 2 keys and all original owners manuals and wallet. John Holland Sales has been established for over 40 years supplying a premium level of service in the sale of sports, prestige and collectors cars. We have a team of experienced buyers who hand pick our cars from all parts of the uk so you can buy with confidence all vehicles are HPI Clear and prepared to the highest standard, full dealer facilities available call the sales team for further information.

    • Mileage: 318 mi
    • Engine size: 3800
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  • Porsche Macan

    £76,995 £76,995

    Variant name:S Diesel , Porsche Macan S Diesel. Specification includes the following. AGATE GREY METALLIC PAINT. BLACK LEATHER PACKAGE. 19 INCH MACAN TURBO ALLOY WHEELS. PANORAMIC ROOF SYSTEM. BI XENO LIGHTING WITH PORSCHE DYMANIC LIGHT SYSTEM (PDLS). PORSCHE ACTIVE SUSPENSION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (PASM). AUTO DIMMING MIRRORS INCLUDING RAIN SENSOR. 75 LITRE FUEL TANK. 14 WAY COMFORT MEMEORY SEATS WITH DRIVE AND PASSENGER MEMORY FUNCTION. HEATED FRONT SEATS. CRUISE CONTROL. PORSCHE COMMUNICATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM WITH NAVIGATION MODULE. BOSE SURROUND SOUND SYSTEM. USB INTERFACE. ONLINE SERVICES. MOBILE PHONE PREPARATION. 18 INCH COLLAPSIBLE SPARE WHEEL. BRUSHED ALUMINIUM PACKAGE INTERIOR. PARK ASSIST FRONT AND REAR WITH REVERSE CAMERA. 2 YEAR PORSCHE WARRANTY WITH ROADSIDE ASSIST PACKAGE. Porsche Centre Dublin 01 2353375.

    • Mileage: 44204 mi
    • Engine size: 3000
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  • Porsche Cayman Reserved

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    Porsche Cayman S presented in Cobalt Blue comes with a full Porsche history and the following specification; Black leather interior, three spoke multi-function leather steering wheel, instrument dials in white, heated seats with electrical adjustment, automatic climate control, Porsche Communication Module (PCM2) with navigation and telephone module, CD changer, Sport Chrono Pack Plus, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Porsche Stability Management (PSM), rear park assist, electric heated mirrors, Bi-Xenon headlights and 18" five spoke alloy wheels. Part exchange welcome, competitive finance available. We are a respected Porsche specialist with Full Porsche workshop facilities. Body: Coupe Transmission: Automatic Mileage: 31,000 Fuel Type: Petrol Registered: 2007 (57) Doors: 2 Engine Size: 3.4 Finished in: Cobalt Blue

    • Year: 2007
    • Mileage: 31000 mi
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  • 1973 Porsche 911T

    £43,875 £43,875

    This 1973 Porsche 911T Targa is a wonderful matching numbers car that's been under the same ownership for the last 30 years. Black with tan interior. It's a very original driver that's very presentable. It has 144k miles and is in great shape overall. Mechanically very strong. An excellent buy for only $67,500

    • Year: 1973
    • Mileage: 144 mi
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  • Porsche 911 Gen 2 Coupe rare Manual

    £35,995 £35,995

    Seal Grey Stunning Sand Hide Spec Includes: Touch Screen Sat Nav Phone Heated Seats PASM Parkassist Autodim Mirrors. A superb Full Porsche main Dealer Serviced car with very low mileage. Sensibly Priced. Please read details of our sales and warr [ Click for more pictures ]

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 29000 mi
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  • Porsche 911 997 Gen 2 PDK Coupe

    £36,995 £36,995

    Black Black Hide Spec Includes: Sport Chrono Plus Touch Screen Sat Nav Phone Parkassist Heated Seats. A superb full main dealer serviced car with the Gen 2 engine that does not have the issues of the Gen 1 Cars. Sensibly priced. Please read det [ Click for more pictures ]

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 45000 mi
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  • 1995 Porsche 911 Porsche 993 Coupe Rare and Collectable Example Great Investment Opportunity with a Fantastic History

    £39,900 £39,900

    John Holland Winner of Dealer's Dealer of the Year at the National Car Dealer Awards 2014/15 is delighted to offer for sale this beautifully presented Porsche 993 3.6 Coupe. Finished its the best colour combination on the market today of Guards Red with complimenting Grey Leather Upholstery. Porsche 993 is the company's internal name for the version of the Porsche 911 model manufactured and sold between late 1993 and early 1998, replacing the 964. Its discontinuation marked the end of air-cooled Porsches, with the 993 being not just the last air-cooled 911, but also the last of the hand built 911s. The 993 generation of the 911 is often referred to as the best and most desirable of the 911 series, not only because of its beauty, but also because its performance is very good, even by modern standards, and the 993 was "the last complete 'modern classic'"; "the 993 was and forever will be that last fresh breath of air that Porsche gave the world; elegance and muscle all in one package. This particular example has without doubt been loved over the last 9 years by its former keeper and comes with 2 keys and all its original owners manuals and a detailed history file with invoices and do

    • Year: 1995
    • Mileage: 92410 mi
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  • PORSCHE BOXSTER 24V S PDK 2013

    £44,970 £44,970

    UKI (Sudbury) Limited are proud to offer this phenomenal 2013/63 Porsche Boxster S for sale presented in Agate Grey with two tone leather combination of Agate Grey and Pebble Grey. A stunning convertible sports car which has been exceptionally well looked after by its two previous owners. This is an incredible sports car with amazing performance yet can also be very economical when running in normal drive mode. This Boxster has been maintained to a very high standard with no expense spared, it has had its first service at Porsche centre Chester on 05-11-15 at 16833 miles and has also been fitted with four brand new Bridgestone Potenza tyres.;;This Boxster S has got an enormous specification with an optional extras list totalling to GBP 20,000.00. These options consist of - Sport chrono package plus, Porsche communication management (PCM) including navigation, Porsche doppelkupplung (dual clutch transmission PDK) including auto start/stop, 20" Carrera classic alloy wheels, Sports exhaust system, Porsche active suspension management (PASM), Porsche torque vectoring (PTV) with mechanically locking rear differential, Bose surround sound system, Park assist front and rear, Agate grey metallic paint, Telephone module for PCM, Two zone climate control, Bi-Xenon headlights including Porsche dynamic light system (PDLS), Sport design steering wheel with paddles, Roll-over bars in aluminium look, Heated front seats, Electrically folding door mirrors, Wind deflector, Power steering plus, Wheel hub covers with Porsche badge in colour, Top tint windscreen, Interior light package, Servotronic, Two tone colour interior, Personalised floor mats with leather edging, Adaptive sports seats plus with 18 way electrical adjustment and drivers memory package, Automatically dimming interior and exterior mirrors with integrated rain sensor, Porsche crest embossed in headrests, Centre storage compartment lid embossed with Boxster S logo, Automatic headlights.;;All of our vehicles come with the remainder of their manufacturers warranty (where applicable) and are HPI clear, they also come with an M.O.T with no advisories (where applicable) and a standard 3 month warranty with options to upgrade to 3 years, we also have trained valets who are experienced in applying the market leading Williams F1 Ceramic paint protection which we can offer at discounted rates to all of our customers.

    • Mileage: 24980 mi
    • Engine size: 3.436
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  • PORSCHE 911 MK 997 CARRERA 2 PDK 2010

    £41,950 £41,950

    Basalt Black metallic with Black leather.;Only 26000 mls from new with full Porsche main dealer service history.;Excellent spec includes the following:;PDK 7spd Auto transmission ,PCM inc Extended Navigation module,19in Sport Design alloys with coloured crested centres,Sport Chrono PackagePlus,Dynamic Cornering lights,Bose Sound system,Telephone module with Bluetooth,Climate control,Three spoke smooth leather multi-function s/wheel,Park Assist, Heated Sports seats with Porsche embossed headrests,Universal Audio interface and Tracker.

    • Mileage: 26000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.614
    For sale
  • PORSCHE BOXSTER 3.4 24V S 2006

    £16,950 £16,950

    Arctic Silver with Cocoa leather and Brown power hood.;Only 47000 mls with full Porsche main dealer service history;Excellent spec includes the following options:;PCM Sat Nav,19in Carrera alloys in Anthracite with coloured crested centres,Bose surround sound system,Sports shift,Heated seats,Park Assist,CDC-4 6 disc CD autochanger and Three spoke smooth leather s/wheel.;Standard equipment includes:;Air con,Traction control,Electric windows/mirrors,Red Brake calipers and all usual refinements of this model.

    • Mileage: 47000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.387
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  • PORSCHE BOXSTER 24V S 2005

    £14,950 £14,950

    Basalt Black metallic with Black leather and Black power hood.;Only 46000mls from new with full service history.;Fantastic spec includes the following options:;Tiptronic S gearbox ),19in Carrera S alloys with coloured crested centres,,Bose Surround system,PCM Sat Nav with telephone module,Fully electric heated seats with driver's memory,Three spoke multi function s/wheel,CDC-4 6 disc CD Autochanger,Climate control,Headlamp washers,Wind deflector with storage box,Floor mats with leather edging and Tracker.;A beautiful low mileage example with an excellent specification.;Sold with all original books/manuals,two sets of keys,HPI report and 3m mechanical breakdown warranty.;

    • Mileage: 46000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.179
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  • Porsche 911

    £36,995 £36,995

    Variant name:CARRERA 4 TIPTRONIC S ,Derivative:997 ,Variant: Carrera 4S 3.8 997 Cabriolet Tiptronic Finished in GT silver metallic with full black leather interior, extended leather stitched to doors and dash OPTIONAL FEATURES FITTED TO THIS CAR BOSE premium sound system PCM satellite navigation CD changer Tiptronic automatic transmission Colour wheel centre crests Special order metallic paint finish Rear park assist Heated seats Wind deflector Top tint windscreen Porsche floor mats STANDARD FEATURES 19” Carrera S alloy wheels Electric black hood Bi Xenon headlights Porsche stability management (PASM) Red brake calipers Extended leather Information centre Climate control Our stunning 4 wheel drive 997 Cabriolet is presented in excellent condition and has covered 35000 miles. Car comes complete with a full service history.

    • Mileage: 35000 mi
    • Engine size: 3824
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  • 1961 PORSCHE 356B 1600S SINGLE GRILLE ROADSTER

    £141,375 £141,375

    --Silver with Blue leather interior and Grey German square weave carpeting edges Blue with Blue cloth convertible top, Fully Restored, 4-speed. The 356B Roadster is often considered the later, more usable, more powerful and to some more beautiful 356 Speedster/Convertible D. This 356B Super was a resident of California and owned by a 356 Registry member for many, many years. It was restored circa 2009-2010 and has accumulated approximately 3,500 miles since. During the restoration, the engine received a 1750 cc big bore kit as well as Weber carburetor upgrade and stainless steel sport exhaust muffler. The electrical system has been converted to 12 volt electrical system. The front brakes have been converted to discs without a change of wheel appearance and the front suspension has been uprated with a larger front sway bar. A bespoke AM/FM/CD tuner has been installed below dash and can be removed at any point to return to the stock appearance. Structurally this 356B is excellent (always has been) and all panel gaps are superb. We had had the pleasure of using this 356 Roadster on the 2015 Colorado Grand where it performed flawlessly and provided hours or driving pleasure. Recently s

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 3500 mi
    For sale
  • 1973 PORSCHE 911T 2.4 LITER SUNROOF COUPE

    £90,675 £90,675

    --Gold Metallic with Black interior and Black/Grey German square weave carpeting, Fully and comprehensively restored, 3-Owners from new, Matching #’s, Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, 2.4 liter CIS injected engine, 5 speed manual, Immaculate in every way! Factory options include: Forger Alloy Wheel 6x15, Chrome Fender Strip, Appearance Group, Retractable Antenna Left, Tinted Glass All Around, Electric Sliding Sunroof. The pre-1974 911 is an icon of the motoring world. Their values have appreciated in recent years. It has become increasingly hard to find exceptional examples in both condition and provenance. The 1973 models with 2.4 Liter engine (MFI or CSI) continue to be the model sought by both enthusiasts and collectors alike, due to its added power, performance and later “915’ 5-speed gearbox. To have a sunroof as well is just gravy. This 911T is just such an example. According to its Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and accompanying original factory window sticker, this US delivery 911T is still in its original colors, matching numbers and complete with its original factory options. This 1973 Porsche 911T was purchased new via Bob Hagestad Porsche-Audi of Denver, Colora

    • Year: 1973
    • Mileage: 2016 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche Boxster 2.7 Manual

    £34,995 £34,995

    Presented in stunning Sapphire blue, trimmed with black leather. Options include 20" Carrera S alloys in Satin, heated seats, hard back sports seats, embossed headrests, Bluetooth, cruise control, front and rear park assist, air conditioning and trip computer. Cridfords Ltd Independent Porsche Specialists since 1987, full service history, 12 months warranty. Ask us about the Cridfords Care package including an additional 12 months warranty and Williams F1 ceramic coating paint protection for only £995.00.

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 5000 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche 911 Gen II 3.6 Carrera 2 Coupe PDK

    £41,995 £41,995

    Presented in Basalt black, trimmed with stunning full black and grey two tone leather. Options include PCM touch screen satellite navigation, 19" Carrera S II alloys, sport Chrono package plus, Sport Design steering wheel in black leather, heated seats, rear park assist, Porsche sound pack, Xenon lights, Porsche stability management, automatic air conditioning/climate control and trip computer. Cridfords Ltd Independent Porsche Specialists since 1987, full service history, 12 months warranty. Ask us about the Cridfords Care package including an additional 12 months warranty and Williams F1 ceramic coating paint protection for only £995.00

    • Year: 2010
    • Mileage: 37000 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche Boxster 3.4S PDK

    £39,995 £39,995

    Presented in Basalt black, trimmed with full black leather extended to the doors and dash. Options include 20" Sport Techno alloys, sport Chrono package, heated seats, BOSE sound system, Porsche stability management, air conditioning and trip computer. Cridfords Ltd Independent Porsche Specialists since 1987, full service history, 12 months warranty. Ask us about the Cridfords Care package including an additional 12 months warranty and Williams F1 ceramic coating paint protection for only £995.00.

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 20000 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche Macan 3.0 Diesel PDK

    £47,995 £47,995

    A superb Macan S presented in Jet black metallic, trimmed with black leather. This well equipped Macan has PCM satellite navigation, 20" RS alloys, Panoramic sunroof, Porsche active suspension management (PASM), BOSE sound system, LED main headlights inc. Bi-Xenon and PDLS plus, rain sensitive wipers, self dimming mirrors, interior brushed aluminium trim, heated seats, electric tow bar, privacy glass, black exterior package, dual zone climate control, power lift tailgate, 14-way comfort memory package (driver and passenger memory inc. steering column and mirrors), lane change assist, folding wing mirrors and tyre pressure monitoring. Cridfords Ltd Independent Porsche Specialists since 1987, full service history, supplied with the balance of Porsche manufacturers warranty (14 months). Ask us about the Cridfords Care package including an additional 12 months warranty and Williams F1 ceramic coating paint protection for only £995.00.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 25000 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche 991 50th Anniversary

    £106,900 £106,900

    JZM are delighted to offer this highly specified and immaculate 991 50th Anniversary with fantastic factory options list which we feel will only make the decision that little bit easier. This 991 has been through our rigorous inspection process with flying colours and will allow the next owner to really enjoy Porsche motoring with the peace of mind you would expect from JZM

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 9650 mi
    For sale
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