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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

    £175,990 £175,990

    Used condition, Franchise approved,

    • Mileage: 7631 mi
    • Engine size: 3996
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    £175,990 £175,990
    Porsche Leeds
  • Porsche 911

    £19,995 £19,995

    *** AWARDED BEST CUSTOMER CARE 2017 *** Stunning Seal Grey 997 with Black Leather. Only Two Owners from New (last owner 8 years!) Excellent Pedigree with Full Porsche Main Dealer Service History. PCM Navigation, Rear Wiper, Porsche Mats, Litronic (Xenons), Tyre Monitor, Ice Cold A/C (just had regas and two new condensors), Two New Front Coil Spings (genuine), Just had major service by us (genuine parts), Continental N1's all round, 2 Keys, Nearly New Discs, Alcantara Roof Lining, will have 12 Months MOT before sale. Car is excellent condition, runs and drives beautifully. Call us to discuss delivery anywhere in the UK on this car. AUTOGLYM LIFESHINE DEALER - Ask About having this product applied to your new car. Have a look at our testimonials on our website to read more about us and the services we can offer our clients. Video walk around of this car available. 'Like' our page on Facebook for stock updates. This vehicle is HPI Checked. WarrantyWise Warranties Available for 6,12,24 or 36 Months. UK Nationwide Delivery Available. Finance Specialist - We have over 20 lenders available for all circumstances and will beat your banks quote. CarFinance247 and Zuto Applications are considered but are subject to an admin fee - WHY NOT USE US? - WE WILL BEAT THEIR FINANCE FIGURES! FINANCE & DRIVE AWAY ON THE DAY. Nice Part Exchanges Considered. View our website - WWW.GEORGEKINGSLEY.CO.UK - Prestige & Performance Specialist - AWARD WINNING DEALER - BEST CUSTOMER CARE 2017 - Al

    • Mileage: 118294 mi
    • Engine size: 3824
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    £19,995 £19,995
  • Porsche 911

    £28,500 £28,500

    Exclusive Program Factory Order Porsche 911 Carrera 4S (996 Generation 2) Coupe Manual finished in Basalt Black metallic with Hardback Sports Seats in Black Leather, 6-speed manual gearbox, Porsche Navigation (PCM 2.0), Bose Surround System, Xenon headlights, Porsche Exclusive Aluminium Dials, Gear knob, Handbrake lever, Centre Console, Air Vents and Driver Console Surround. Just 50,200 miles from new with a full Porsche/Specialist service history including invoices. Last serviced and inspected by Porsche Specialist at 49,041 miles. The 911 Carrera 4S has also had the rear main seal (RMS) replaced when the clutch and clutch master cylinder was changed at 41,542 miles. A tracker is fitted with all accompanying paperwork. The Pirelli P Zero tyre treads are 5/6mm, front and rear respectively. MOT June 2019, HPI clear and 6 months warranty included. "You learn something new about it on every journey, and by working with it you evolve new, subtle techniques for gaining the most from it. It rides extremely well, displaying the kind of suppleness only a structurally stiff chassis can provide, soaking up the worst that UK roads can throw at it and never being knocked off its stride. Grip levels are impressively high too, and with all that weight on the rear tyres traction never becomes an issue." EVO Magazine, 2006 The wide red reflector that runs across the whole of the wide rear end of the Turbo-bodied Porsche 911 Carrera 4S is iconic and instantly recognisable as a nod to the earlier air cooled 911s. Background The Carrera 4S model was first introduced in 2002, as part of the mid life upgrade which also included an engine upgrade to a 3.6 litre unit and revised front end with new headlight design. The C4S shares the wide-body of the Turbo as well as the brakes and suspension. The cost of the upgrade from Carrera 4 to Carrera 4S was £2610 in the UK. Production of the Carrera 4S ceased in 2004, along with most other 996 generation 911 models, excluding the GT3, GT2 and Turbo S. The Carrera 4S transformed the ‘good’ Carrera 4 into a truly great car. It added choice upgrades from the Turbo and a key styling cue from previous 911 models - that red stripe across the rear. The Turbo wide body never looked so good. The all-wheel drive system sends between 5% - 40% of torque forward depending on traction and power applied, so it is mostly rear wheel drive. The aluminium Turbo 5-spoke alloy wheels suit the rest of the car down to a tee. Crucially, the Carrera 4S shares the 911 Turbo suspension and 13-inch vented, cross- drilled steel disc brakes, which takes handling up a notch. Today, it seems that the 996 is starting to be recognised among collectors, the GT2, GT3 and Turbo are highly sought, as are cars like this Carrera 4S. Exterior Our hand selected Porsche 911 Carrera 4S looks stunning in its metallic coat of Basalt Black, an optional colour for the car. The striking silver Turbo 5-spoke alloy wheels are the perfect contrast to the deep and glossy paintwork. The paintwork condition is excellent, with no blemishes on any panel. The Carrera 4S has been waxed with Autoglym High Definition Wax by us, which will help protect the paintwork and repel surface contaminants. All the trim has a perfect finish, as do the front and rear lights, which are free from any damage or moisture buildup. The windows drop as they should when you open the door. The engine and boot struts also operate as they should. Interior The Black leather Hardback Sports seats and rest of the interior leathers are in excellent condition and provide a perfect pairing to the Basalt Black metallic bodywork. There are no marks or signs of wear to any of the trim, panels or switchgear, with the leather retaining a wholly fresh appearance throughout. The sleek aesthetic is topped-off with features like the Porsche Exclusive Aluminium centre console, centre air vents, dials, dial surround, handbrake lever and gearknob, which also has a coloured Porsche crest and is in superb condition. Equipment All the key options are fitted to our 911 Carrera 4S, including the Porsche Communication Management System with Navigation, Bose Surround System, Xenon headlights, Rear window wiper, Electrically adjusted Hardback Sports seats and the Porsche Exclusive aluminium centre console, air vents, gearknob, handbrake lever, driver dials and dial surround. Standard items include the 18-inch ’5-Spoke’ Turbo design alloy wheels, Carrera 4S inscribed sill covers, Stainless steel dual exhaust tips, retractable rear spoiler, Automatic climate control, Graduated green tinted windscreen glass, 6 CD multi changer, Electric windows, Headlight washers, dual cup holders, Remote central locking, Trip computer, PSM Traction Control, ABS, Locking wheel bolts, Locking glovebox, Spare Wheel, Alarm and Immobiliser. All equipment fitted to our 911 Carrera 4S works perfectly, so the car is exactly as it left the factory in 2003. The Porsche Xenon headlights offer exceptional brightness even in challenging conditions. Engine and Transmission Our 911 Carrera 4S is equipped with the 3.6 litre flat six engine. The Carrera 4S engine provides an extra 15bhp of power (taking output to 315bhp) and an additional 15 lb·ft of torque (increasing 273 lb·ft). The four valves per cylinder and inclusion of Variocam Plus (as opposed to Variocam on the earlier 996) improved power delivery through the rpm range. The axle load distribution of 40:60 ensures high directional stability and superb road behaviour. The all-wheel drive system is biased towards the rear; the system sends between 5% - 40% of torque forward depending on traction and power applied. The engine starts cleanly when cold or hot, there is no smoke whatsoever either at startup or when driving. There are no unusual sounds or rattles when the engine is running. With its compact design and low weight, the 6 speed manual gearbox is a simple, direct way to tap into the power of the 911 Carrera 4S. The manual transmission system provides short gearshift travel and precise lever movement, giving you the highest possible level of accessibility with the minimum of fuss. Wheels, Tyres and Brakes Our 911 Carrera 4S comes fitted with the 18 inch ’5-Spoke’ Turbo design alloy wheels, which are totally unmarked, free of kerbing damage and corrosion. The Turbo brakes are phenomenal, cross drilled and vented discs front and rear. The front and rear brake discs and pads have plenty of life left in them, showing no lip on the edges. The tyres are matching Pirelli P Zero items with 5-6mm of tread on the front and rear. History File Our Porsche 911 Carrera 4S has a full Porsche and Specialist Dealer service history with evidence of all work carried out shown in the original service booklet and accompanying invoices. The last service was completed at 49k miles and it was a minor service which included Oil filter, Pollen filter and a Brake Fluid change. The next service is due in around 9,000 miles. The most recent brake fluid change was at 49k, the most recent spark plugs and auxiliary belt change was at 45k miles. The 911 Carrera 4S has had the rear main seal (RMS) was replaced when the clutch and clutch master cylinder were changed at 41k miles. The car comes complete with the service booklet, supporting invoices of work carried out, original owners manual pack, tracker paperwork and three keys (including the grey valet/service key). 6 month nationwide warranty and June 2019 MOT is included. More pictures of our Porsche 911 Carrera 4S are available on our dealer site M R Sportscars. Full Porsche Factory Build Sheet with all standard and optional extras plus service history record available to download on our site too.

    • Year: 2003
    • Mileage: 50180 mi
    • Engine size: 3.6
    For sale
    £28,500 £28,500
    M R Sportscars
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    M R Sportscars
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  • Porsche 911

    £24,995 £24,995

    19'' Carrera S Alloys, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Bi-Xenon lights, Three Spoke Sports Steering Wheel in Leather, Parking Sensors, Painted Calipers, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, Computer, Satellite Navigation, CD Player, Heated Seats, Traction Control, Rear Spoiler, Rear Wash/wipe, Climate Control, Multiple Airbags, Anti-Theft System, Remote Central Locking, Full service history Finished in Basalt Black with Black Leather, Full Service History, 19'' Carrera S Alloys, Heated Seats, Porsche Active Suspension Management, Satellite Navigation, Rear Parking Sensors, Bi-Xenon Headlights, Three Spoke Sports Steering Wheel in Leather, Painted Calipers, CD Players, Automatic Climate Control, Rear Spoiler, Traction Control, Computer, Rear Wiper, Electric Windows and Mirrors, 6 Month Warranty Included.

    • Mileage: 69000 mi
    • Engine size: 3824
    For sale
    £24,995 £24,995
  • Porsche Boxster

    £36,990 £36,990

    Variant name:24V S PDK ,Derivative:981 ,Variant: 2014 14 Porsche Boxster S 3.4 24V PDK New to our stunning range of prestige sports and performance vehicles in Basalt Black Metallic the 2014 14 Porsche Boxster S 3.4 24V PDK completed 38,023 miles. You can rest assured the Boxster S has been meticulously maintained and cared for by the original loving owners. When ordered brand new from the supplying Porsche dealership the original owners opted to include a selection of the most highly desirable extras to the cost of £13,093. This plethora of optional upgrades includes; Sport Chrono Package (in comb. with PCM), Porsche Communication Management (PCM) including Navigation, Porsche Doppelkupplung (dual clutch transmission PDK) incl. auto Start/Stop function, Sports exhaust system, 20'' Carrera S wheels, BOSE Surround Sound-System, Park Assist Front and Rear, Metallic Paint, Wheels painted in Platinum, Mobile phone preparation with Bluetooth interface, Sport Design Steering Wheel, Heated Front Seats, Electrically folding exterior mirrors, Wind Deflector, Top Tint Windscreen, Floor mats in colour matching interior trim and Basalt Black metallic. All of our cars are subject to meticulous care and preparation by our skilled technicians and bodywork experts to guarantee peace of mind. To request a personalised presentation, arrange a test drive or to simply ask for additional info, then call 01642 813 376 or speak to us on Live Chat today.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 38023 mi
    • Engine size: 3.4
    For sale
    £36,990 £36,990
  • Porsche Cayman

    £46,990 £46,990

    Variant name:718 Coupe ,Variant: 2.0 2dr PDK Porsche Centre Cardiff are proud to present this beautiful Porsche 718 Cayman PDK finished in White with Black Leather seats. This car has a lovely specification with a lovely mileage and is a 1 owner car supplied by ourselves. This car is fitted with 20” Carrera S Alloys, Heated Seats, Cruise Control, Electrically Folding Exterior Mirrors, Park Assist Front and Rear, Heated Multi function Steering Wheel, Leather Package, Power Steering Plus, Smoking Package, 64 Litre Fuel Tank and PCM – Porsche Communication Management, coupled with Bluetooth hands free phone operation. This 718 Cayman has undergone its full Porsche Approved Used preparation including a 111 point check and 4 wheel laser alignment. It is supplied with 2 keys and its original owner’s handbook and manual. Here at Porsche Centre Cardiff we pride ourselves on our commitment to our customers ensuring that needs and requirements are fulfilled to the highest standard and this is reflected in our glowing customer feedback. We have a dedicated used car buyer at Porsche Cardiff who actively sources the best examples of used Porsche in the UK. All of our vehicles are HPI Clear and are prepared to the highest standards by our fully Porsche trained technicians. As with all of our Porsche Approved vehicles this 718 Cayman will be supplied with the balance of a 3 year Porsche Manufacturer warranty including Porsche European Breakdown Assistance. To arrange a viewing, test drive or if you would like more information about this Porsche 718 Cayman please call us today on 02920 350 911. We are able to organise nationwide delivery and can provide you with a personalised video presentation so that you can see the excellent condition that this 718 Cayman is presented in. We also offer tailored finance packages and our experienced sales team are on hand to offer the best price for your part exchange.

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 2883 mi
    • Engine size: 2
    For sale
    £46,990 £46,990