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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 Boxster 2002

    £4,000 £4,000

    Drives superb, new MOT, Private plate, Approx, 110k mls, poss PX with BMW 645 / mercedes SL500 .

    • Engine size: 2687
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  • Independent Porsche specialists for over 30 years

    £67,995 £67,995

    Presented in Jet black metallic, trimmed with black leather to the doors and dash. This low mileage example is equipped with PCM satellite navigation, 20" Carrera Classic alloys, Porsche switch-able sports exhaust, front and rear park assist, Bluetooth phone module, Sport design steering wheel, heated seats, cruise control, folding mirrors, rear wiper, embossed headrests, ISOFIX mounts in rear, automatic Xenon lights, Porsche active suspension management (PASM), automatic air conditioning/climate control and trip computer. Cridfords Ltd Independent Porsche Specialists since 1987, full service history and 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. Finance available and part exchange welcome.

    • Mileage: 17555 mi
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  • Independent Porsche specialists for over 30 years

    £39,995 £39,995

    Presented in Agate grey, trimmed with black leather. This flat six Cayman S PDK is offered for sale equipped with PCM satellite navigation, 19" Boxster S alloys, air conditioning and trip computer. Cridfords Ltd Independent Porsche Specialists since 1987, full service history, 12 months warranty with a purchase price claim limit. Ask us about the Cridfords Care package including an additional 12 months retail value claim limit warranty and Williams F1 ceramic coating paint protection for only £995.00. Part exchange and finance available.

    • Mileage: 36300 mi
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  • Independent Porsche specialists for over 30 years

    £43,995 £43,995

    A low mileage flat 6 Cayman S PDK in Speed yellow, trimmed with black leather. Options include PCM satellite navigation, 19" Boxster S alloys in Satin Platinum, Porsche switch-able sports exhaust, heated seats, Porsche active suspension management (PASM), sports seats plus, Sport Design steering wheel (with paddle shifters), air conditioning and trip computer. Cridfords Ltd Independent Porsche Specialists since 1987, full service history, 12 months warranty with a purchase price claim limit. Ask us about the Cridfords Care package including an additional 12 months retail value claim limit warranty and Williams F1 ceramic coating paint protection for only £995.00. Part exchange and finance available.

    • Mileage: 13780 mi
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  • 1965 Porsche 356 SC Cabriolet

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    1965 Porsche 356SC Cabriolet VIN:161471 As the last 356 model built before the introduction of the 911, the 356C had benefitted from 17 years of continuous improvements to the same platform. This final year version of the 356 has the highest output 95 hp SC specification engine and the amazing ATE disc brakes all round. By the time most cars have hit 52 years of age they have either been fully restored or forgotten about in a scrap yard. This car has taken a third route. By walking a very fine line its whole life this car remains in very good and extremely presentable order, and yet at the same time retains its originality. The Kardex and COA confirm that 161471 was supplied new through Highland Motors Inc. of Spartanburg, South Carolina. It was sold to Arthur Tilley of Rural Hall, North Carolina. Tilley obviously cherished the car during his 25 years and 44,000 miles of ownership. Starting in 1990, all the subsequent owners would continue this tradition and treated this car as the time capsule collectable it is. In fact, one of those owners owned it twice over the years. Only another gentle 12,700 miles would be added over the past 27 years. Here you have the opportunity to purcha

    • Year: 1965
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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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  • 1988 Porsche 959 Sport

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    1988 Porsche 959S VIN: WP0ZZZ95ZJS905021 Finished at the Porsche factory on October 4th, 1988 this car was originally contracted to American businessman, George Gillett of Florida. As with all the 29 US bound 959S this example was not authorized for import by the DOT after a failed attempt to import them as track cars. It would be kept in France during its first years. 5021 was purchased by a Mr. Gabel of Berlin, Germany in 2008 at 1,430 miles. Gabel would eventually sell the car, now with 2,141 miles, through the German dealer, E. Theisen, to Fawaz Al-Hasawi, a Kuwaiti businessman. Al-Hasawi had an exceptional collection of cars housed in London, England and moved the car there in July of 2014. In February of 2015 Al-Hasawi sold a large part of that collection in a historic sale referred by the press as the 'Aladdin's Cave of Classic Cars'. All 27 cars, which included the 959's period competitors the Ferrrari 288 GTO and F40, would move from London to their new owner John Collins who runs the Ferrari specialist Talacrest, in Ascot, Berkshire, England. Not being a Porsche specialist, in July of 2015 Collins would pass the car to DK Engineering, who are more familiar with the 959. T

    • Year: 1988
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  • Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera Sport Targa

    £39,995 £39,995

    The 3.2-litre powerplant fires up at first turn of the key, and idles up to temperature perfectly. On the road this example feels mechanically sound, tight and responsive, with good power delivery. The five-speed G50 gearbox remains feeling smooth and precise to operate, changing through the gears with ease. Since 2006 this example has been maintained solely by Chris Turner Porsche specialists.

    • Year: 1989
    • Mileage: 120565 mi
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  • 991 GT3

    £125,900 £125,900

    Features 991 GT3 First Registered During November 2014 Originally Supplied By Porsche Centre Cambridge Porsche Warranty Until November 2018 Carrara White Black Leather With Alcantara Front Axle Lift Sports Chrono Package Plus Porsche Track App Carbon Folding Buckets PCM Navigation Module PCM Telephone Module Sound Package Plus Tyre Pressure Monitoring Air Conditioning Bi-Xenon Lighting System 20” GT3 Alloy Wheel Wheels Painted Black Carbon Door Sill Guards Centre console Trim In Carbon Automatically Dimming Interior and Exterior Mirrors Rear Axle Steering Steering Column With Mechanical Height and Reach Adjustment PASM Electronic Damper Control PADM Dynamic Engine Mounts. Registered: 2014 (64) Owners: 3 Miles: 9,977 Colour: Carrara White Interior: Black Leather/Alcantara BHP: 475 Print Details Enquire Part Exchange

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  • Porsche 911 2.0 Coupé Bordeaux '68

    €75,950(£66,790.43) €75,950(£66,790.43)

    Lowered price from €95.000 - > €75.950 The Porsche 911 (pronounced as Nine Eleven or German: Neunelfer) is the flagship of the current lineup of Porsche. It is a two-door grand tourer made by Porsche AG of Stuttgart, Germany. It has a distinctive design, rear-engined and with independent rear suspension, an evolution of the swing axle on the Porsche 356. Since its introduction in 1963, it has undergone continuous development, though the basic concept has remained little changed. The engine was air-cooled until the introduction of the Type 996 in 1998. Throughout its lifetime, the 911 has been modified by private teams and by the factory itself for racing, rallying and other forms of automotive competition. It is among the most successful competition cars ever. In the mid-1970s, naturally aspirated 911 Carrera RSRs won major world championship sports car races such as Targa Florio, Daytona, Sebring and Nürburgring, even against prototypes. The 911-derived 935 turbo also won the coveted 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1979. In the 1999 international poll for the award of Car of the Century, the 911 came fifth. It is one of two in the top five that had remained continuously in production (the

    • Year: 1968
    • Mileage: 74564 mi
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  • 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

    $59,000(£46,527.40) $59,000(£46,527.40)

    Chequered Flag International is pleased to offer this 1996 Porsche 993 Tiptronic Coupe in Polar Silver with Black interior. 48,890 miles. Clean Carfax with one local Bakersfield California owner, elderly now gave it to the granddaughter to sell. Very few miles in the last five years but always serviced at the local Porsche dealer. Perfect body with excellent original paint with only a few tiny marks. All stickers in place including option code sticker under the hood. Fantastic interior with no issues. Mechanically excellent and a delight to drive. No smoke on start up, lots of power, great trans shift. Windows, seats, A/C and sunroof are all working as they should. Comes with its books, warranty book has its option code sticker and service entries up to 48k, records since 1998, keys, window sticker, tools, jack and spare. Inspections encouraged. All sales AS-IS. Sales tax and license fees due if delivered in California. Visit Chequered Flag International online at chequeredflag.com to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us at 310-827-8665 today to schedule your test drive.

    • Year: 1996
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  • Porsche 911 Turbo 930 Flatnose

    £125,000 £125,000

    About this Porsche 911 Turbo 930 Flatnose Porsche offered a "Flatnose" or "Slantnose" 930 (Flachbau) under the Special Order Program (Sonderwunschprogramm) beginning in 1981. An otherwise normal 930 with a 935-style Slantnose instead of the normal 911 front end, each unit was handcrafted by re-modelling the front wings, bumpers and bonnet. So few were built that the Slantnose units often commanded a premium price; an initial premium of up to 60 per cent (highly individualised cars even more) over the standard price was not uncommon. We understand that 948 units were built. For the 1985 Model Year, Porsche re-introduced the 930 to the Japanese and U.S. markets and in 1986 with an emission-controlled engine producing 282 Horsepower. At the same time Porsche introduced Targa and Cabriolet variants, both of which proved popular. Our example Cabriolet in gleaming Black (A1V9) was initially imported by University Porsche, Audi Washington DC and supplied to the market by Champion Porsche Pompano Beach, Florida on 24th February 1989. By September that year this 930 had been imported to the UK. Acquired by its last keeper from Rivervale Porsche of Hove in November 1995 with less than 20,000

    • Mileage: 42000 mi
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  • 1963 Porsche 356B Super 90

    $92,500(£72,945.50) $92,500(£72,945.50)

    Chequered Flag International is pleased to offer this 1963 Porsche 356 B Super 90 by Karmann in its original Heron Grey (6207) with Black leatherette interior. California Black Plate car from new with the same owner for the last 40 years. Matching numbers engine (806480) - see Kardex below. Current title (CA pink slip) issued in 1978. Absolutely superb rust and accident free body and underside. Very nice paint with no dings or scratches. Interior is very good throughout - nice seats, dash, door panels, rubber mats and carpets, excellent roof liner. Mechanically excellent. The super 90 is a significantly better performing car than the normal or S with 30 extra horsepower which gives it SC power and makes it quite a rare car. Runs and drives exceedingly well. Great gearbox, clutch, steering and brakes. There aren't many great original 356's around and this is one of the best we've had in 20 years! Comes with its original date coded spare (inbound), jack, tools, data card and handbook. Inspections encouraged. All sales AS-Is. Sales tax and license fees due if delivered in California. Visit Chequered Flag International online at chequeredflag.com to see more pictures of this vehicle or

    • Year: 1963
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  • PORSCHE 911 MK 996 CARRERA 2 CONVERTIBLE 2001

    £16,450 £16,450

    WE CAN BEAT 99% OF ANY FINANCE PACKAGE YOU HAVE BEEN OFFERED PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE www.autosolutionsofhampshire.co.uk. JUST FIND YOUR VEHICLE OF INTEREST AND CLICK THE APPLY ICON FOR AN EASY QUICK DECISION OR CALL US ON 01252 318417 TO APPLY. SEE WEBSITE FOR TERMS and CONDITIONS ;;AUTO SOLUTIONS OF HAMPSHIRE ARE DELIGHTED TO OFFER THIS STUNNING PORSCHE 911 CARRERA 2 CONVERTIBLE ,THIS CAR IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION INSIDE AND OUT AND DRIVES SUPERB, FULL SERVICE HISTORY WITH 16 STAMPS FROM NEW WITH MAINLY PORSCHE AND PORSCHE SPECIALISTS SERVICES WITH INVOICES. COMES WITH HARD TOP ROOF AND PRIVATE PLATE.;TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR SALE ON GARD X PAINT AND INTERIOR PROTECTION WITH CUSTOMER CARE PACK RRP GBP 399+ OUR PRICE GBP 199! PLEASE SEE GARD X WEB SITE FOR MORE DETAILS https://www.gardx.co.uk/gardx-protect-0; INCLUDES 3 MONTHS RAC WARRANTY AND CAN BE EXTENDED AT BUYERS CHOICE, HPI CLEAR, FINANCE FOR ALL CIRCUMSTANCES ARRANGED, DEBIT/CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED, COME AND VISIT US AT OUR FRIENDLY FAMILY RUN SHOWROOM TODAY. MAIN ROAD LOCATION ON A325 FARNBOROUGH ROAD. OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK!. ;;ALL VEHICLES ARE SUBJECT TO A GBP 149 ADMINISTRATION FEE PLEASE SEE THE ABOUT US SECTION ON OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS;;PLEASE CALL BEFORE VIEWING AS THIS CAR IS NOT ALWAYS ON SITE 01252 318471

    • Mileage: 81000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.6
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  • Porsche Boxster

    £5,495 £5,495

    Climate Control, Full Leather, Power Hood, Cruise Control, Low Mileage, Excellent Condition, Anti-Theft System, Alloy wheels, Full service history 2000 W Porsche 986 Boxster 2.7 Finished in Arena Red Metallic with full Grey leather interior. Only 86,000 miles by 3 owners with full service history 15 x services and a 1 year MOT. Excellent specification including full leather , Electric seat , Climate control , Cruise control , Multi airbags , Electric windows and mirrors , Remote central locking with alarm , CD player , Alloy wheels, Power hood. This car is in excellent condition throughout and drives superb , Any inspection welcome.01372 278 539 - 07940 007 067www.candccarsales.co.uk

    • Mileage: 86000 mi
    • Engine size: 2700
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  • Porsche 911

    £25,990 £25,990

    Variant name:[996] Carrera 4 Cabriolet S ,Derivative:S ,Variant: 2dr S Tiptronic S, Wide Body, Hard Top, 18 Inch Turbo Alloys, Red Calipers, PCM Navigation, GSM Telephone, Heated Electric Front Seats, Rear Park Assist, Climate Control Multi award-winning prestige car dealership John Holland is delighted to offer for sale this sale this beautiful Porsche 911 996 Carrera 4S Tiptronic Cabriolet. Sporting a lovely specification and presented in outstanding condition this highly desirable Porsche has all the attributes the discerning purchaser should be looking for. Finished in Basalt Black Metallic with Black Hood and complimented with Full Black Sports Leather Upholstery. Specification includes Hard Top, 18" Turbo Alloy Wheels with Red Calipers, PCM Navigation, GSM Telephone, Electric Front Seats with Drivers Memory, Heated Seats, Rear Park Assist, Climate Control, 3 Spoke Leather Steering Wheel, Trip computer plus much more. Also Benefiting from a Great Service History completed by 911 SBO Ltd on 23/06/06 at 24371 Miles and again on 01/07/09 at 39275 Miles, Porschtek on 11/08/11 at 48840 Miles, MB Services on 16/01/13 at 52610 Miles and finally by ourselves on 29/02/16 at 64079 Miles and recently on 20/06/17 at 65681 Miles. Supplied with 2 keys all original owners manuals. 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.

    • Year: 2004
    • Mileage: 65712 mi
    • Engine size: 3.6
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