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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 356a Speedster

    $73,500(£56,830.20) $73,500(£56,830.20)

    This is a restored 1956 Porsche 356A Speedster. This US delivery 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, new soft top, all new rubber seals. This car 1600 normal motor has completely rebuilt and transmission is rebuilt.

    • Year: 1956
    • Mileage: 5838 mi
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  • Porsche 911

    £49,900 £49,900

    Variant name:[996] Turbo Coupe Turbo ,Derivative:Turbo ,Variant: Coupe Factory X50 Pack Turbo Manual A Rare Example with a Fantastic History a True Collectors Example Multi award-winning prestige car dealership John Holland is delighted to offer for sale this beautiful and now becoming very collectable Porsche 996 Turbo Factory X Pack Upgraded Turbo Manual Coupe. Finished in the best colour combination on the market today of Basalt Black with complimenting Black Leather Upholstery Black Alcantara Headlining and White Dials. Specification includes, Satellite Navigation, BOSE Sound System Electric Sunroof, 18" Turbo Alloys with Red Calipers, Electric Seats, Rear Wiper, Stainless Steel Turbo Entry Guards. Also benefiting from a fantastic service history completed on the 21/03/05 at 13451 miles, 18/10/05 at 23566 miles, 08/08/06 at 35836 miles at Porsche Centre Chester, 19/10/07 at 43188 miles, 26/08/10 at 48943 miles. 19/12/11 at 53394 miles at Loe Bank Porsche Specialists Bury, 30/01/13 at 55749 miles at Strasse Porsche Specialist, 28/06/14 at 60255 miles 21/06/16 at 63857 miles at Porsche Centre Cambridge and again by ourselves at 64886 miles and at that point a new clutch fitted. 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.

    • Year: 2004
    • Mileage: 64986 mi
    • Engine size: 3.6
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  • Porsche Cayman

    £25,900 £25,900

    Variant name:Coupe S ,Derivative:S ,Variant: 3.4 S 2dr PDK, Stunning Example with Full Service History, Carbon Interior Pack, Navigation, Bluetooth, Sports Chrono, BOSE, 19s, Heated Seats and much more. Multi award-winning prestige car dealership John Holland is excited to offer this stunning Gen 2 Porsche Cayman S PDK finished in Basalt Black Metallic with Black leather and Full Carbon Interior Trim Package. The specification on this car includes PCM Navigation, Telephone Module with Bluetooth, Sports Chrono Package Plus, 19inch Sport Design Wheels finished in Black, Bi-Xenon headlights with dynamic cornering lights, BOSE surround sound system with CD storage, Rear Park Assist, Heated Seats, Door Entry Guards in Carbon, Carbon Centre Console, Seat Belts In Guards Red, Universal Audio Interface, Sports Design Steering Wheel, Sports Seats, Coloured Wheels Centres and much more. The car has a Full Service History done at Leeds Porsche on 01/06/11 at 19825miles , 11/06/13 at 37258miles, 04/06/15 at 52766miles and by ourselves on 17/05/17 at 63755miles. 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

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 63761 mi
    • Engine size: 3.4
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  • Porsche 356B T6 Coupé Super 90 '63

    €79,950(£69,316.65) €79,950(£69,316.65)

    Lowered price from €89.950 -> €79.950 The Porsche 356 is an automobile which was produced by German company Porsche from 1948 to 1965. It was the company's first production automobile. The 356 was a lightweight and nimble-handling rear-engine rear-wheel-drive 2-door sports car available in hardtop coupe and open configurations. Design innovations continued during the years of manufacture, contributing to its motorsports success and popularity. Production started in 1948 at Gmünd, Austria, where approximately 50 cars were built. In 1950 the factory relocated to Zuffenhausen, Germany, and general production of the 356 continued until April 1965, well after the replacement model 911 made its autumn 1963 debut. The 356 was created by Ferdinand "Ferry" Porsche (son of Dr. Ing. Ferdinand Porsche, founder of the company). Like its cousin, the Volkswagen Beetle (which Ferdinand Porsche Senior had designed), the 356 was a four-cylinder, air-cooled, rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive car utilizing unitized pan and body construction. While the 356's body was an original design by Porsche employee Erwin Komenda, its mechanicals (including engine case and suspension components)were based on and init

    • Year: 1963
    • Mileage: 651 mi
    For sale
  • 981 Boxster Spyder

    £75,900 £75,900

    Features Originally Supplied By Porsche centre Chester First Registered During October 2015 (65/15) 1 Owner from New Racing Yellow Black Extended Leather / Alcantara With Deviating Yellow Stitching 6 Speed Manual Transmission PCM3 Telephone Module (Bluetooth Connectivity) Sport Chrono Package Plus Sound Package Plus DAB Digital Radio Reception Universal Multimedia Interface Adaptive Electric Sports Seats 18-Way Heated Seats Boxster Spyder Alloy Wheels Full Colour Porsche Crest Wheel Centres Dynamic Engine Mounts PADM Automatic Anti-Dazzle Interior Mirror Integrated Rain Sensor Cruise Control Tyre Pressure Monitoring System Air Conditioning Bi-Xenon Plus Dynamic Cornering Lights (In Black) Wind Deflector Reversing Camera Sports Chassis – 20mm Without PASM Switchable Sports Exhaust PSE With Sports Tailpipes Steering Wheel & Short Shifter In Alcantara Roll Over Bar In Exterior Colour Centre Console & Door Panel Trims In Exterior Colour Decorative Dashboard Trim In Exterior Colour. Registered: 2015 (65) Owners: 1 Miles: 10,500 Colour: Racing Yellow Interior: Black Leather Yellow Stitch BHP: 369 Print Details Enquire Part Exchange

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  • 997 Gen II GT3 Club Sport

    £116,900 £116,900

    Features Gen II 997 GT3 Club Sport First Registered In January 2010 Full OPC Service History Guards Red Black Nomex Club Sport Interior Front-Axle lift Function Carrera GT Bucket Seats PCM 3 Telephone Module PCM 3 Navigation Module Sport Chrono Package Plus 19” GT3 Centre Lock Alloy Wheels Homelink ( Garage Door Opener ) Air Conditioning Xenon Lighting System CD Compartment Cruise Control on board computer PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) PSM Porsche Stability Management Seat Belts in Guards Red Sound System upgrade Tire Pressure Monitoring Top Tinted Windscreen Universal Audio Interface VTS Tracking System. Registered: 2010 (59) Owners: 6 Miles: 17,960 Colour: Guards Red Interior: Club Sport Trim BHP: 435 Print Details Enquire Part Exchange

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  • 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4

    £59,995 £59,995

    This stunning 964 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 has covered just 68000 miles and comes to us with an impressive service history. The 911 has been owned for the past six years by a collector based in both Switzerland and Holland. The car was collected by us from a storage depot in Amsterdam and driven back to our North Yorkshire premises faultlessly. This top class car was supplied new by Lancaster Garages Ltd on the 1st August 1989 and sold to a private owner based in West Sussex. In 1992 the Porsche was sold to its second keeper, business owners based in Littlemore, Oxford who kept the car for eight years. In 2000 the car was sold to its third owner, also in Oxfordshire who owned the car for ten years before it changed hands for the fourth time in 21 years to its recent owner overseas. The Porsche comes with its original manuals, leather wallet and service booklet containing fourteen stamps. The supplying dealer serviced the car at 2315 miles, Porsche distributors Malaya of Billinghurst serviced at 7123 miles and Rivervale Porsche serviced the car at 12852 miles in 1991. In 1992 Dick Lovett serviced at 18495 miles and AFN Reading, official Porsche Centre serviced the car at 20,822. The ne

    • Year: 1989
    • Mileage: 57000 mi
    For sale
  • Independent Porsche specialists for over 30 years

    £39,995 £39,995

    Finished in stunning Lime Gold, trimmed with special order extended black leather interior stitched in Lime Gold with colour keyed air vents. Bespoke body features include colour keyed air intakes, rear apron, mirror trims and vehicle keys. The list of options that took this cars list price to over £65,000 is as follows; PCM satellite navigation with Bluetooth, 20" Sport Techno alloys, Porsche switchable sports exhaust, Porsche active suspension management (PASM), 14 way fully electric heated sports seats plus, cruise control, Bose sound system, Xenon lights with PDLS, front and rear park assist with reverse camera, sport Chrono package plus, heated multi function steering wheel, wind deflector, Servotronic steering, interior light package, electric folding door mirrors. One owner from new. The original cost price of this special vehicle was over £ 65,000 now available with under 4,000 miles on it for £ 39,995. 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 p

    • Mileage: 3850 mi
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  • 2011 PORSCHE CAYMAN S

    $52,500(£40,593) $52,500(£40,593)

    --Black with Carrera Red leather interior and Black carpeting, 17,000 miles from new, 3.4 Liter Flat 6-cylinder-320HP, Rare 6 Speed manual transmission. Options include: Differential Lock, 6 Speed manual Transmission, 19” Boxster Spyder Wheels, Sport Chrono Package Plus, Design Package, Convenience Package, Bi-Xenon Headlights, Leather Package in Black, Adjustable Heated Seats, Infotainment Package with BOSE Surround Sound System and Acoustic package, Rear center console painted in exterior color. Powered by a 3.4 liter flat 6-cylinder engine producing 320 HP, the Cayman S will reach 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and has an estimated top speed of 172 mph. This Cayman S (designation 987.2) with its mid engine layout allows for superb handling characteristics. This coupled with its manual gearbox makes for a truly excellent all around true sports car. This Cayman S has been extremely well maintained and owned by Porsche enthusiasts since new. It has recently been traded in on a Lotus, yes, I said a Lotus! It is complete with all of its original books, tools and keys. Video walk-around and road test: https://youtu.be/NuFooGZwNPw

    • Year: 2011
    • Mileage: 17000 mi
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  • Porsche Boxster

    £35,900 £35,900

    Variant name:Roadster S ,Derivative:S ,Variant: 3.4 S 2dr PDK, Full Porsche Service History, PCM Navigation, Telephone Module, 20inch Wheels, Sports Chrono Package, PASM, Sound Package Plus, Sports Design Steering Wheel, Rear Park Assist. Multi award-winning prestige car dealership John Holland is excited to offer this stunning Porsche Boxster 3.4 S PDK, Finished in a truly beautiful colour combination Basalt Black metallic with Luxor Beige and Silver Trim Finisher. The Specification on this vehicle includes PCM Navigation, Telephone Module, 20inch Carrera S Wheels, Sports Chrono Package, Porsche Active Suspension Management, 2 Zone Climate Control, Sound Package Plus, Sports Design Steering Wheel, Rear Park Assist, Heated Seats, Wind Deflector, Wheel Centres in Colour and much more. This car also benefits from a full Porsche Service History done at Porsche Centre Hatfield on 30/12/14 at 10410miles and at Porsche Silverstone on 22/09/16 at 19902miles. 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

    • Year: 2012
    • Mileage: 21750 mi
    • Engine size: 3.4
    For sale
  • Porsche Cayenne ON SALE NOW

    £31,995 £31,995

    ONE owner Porsche Cayenne V6D presented in Dark Blue Metallic comes with a full Porsche history and the following specification; black leather, electric seats, multi-function heated steering wheel, dual zone climate control, Porsche Communication Module (PCM3) with navigation, bluetooth phone connectivity, cruise control, park assist with reverse camera, automatic lights with rain sensor, panoramic glass roof, privacy glass and 18" 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: SUV Transmission: Automatic Mileage: 50,000 Fuel Type: Diesel Registered: 2013 (13) Doors: 5 Engine Size: 3.0 Finished in: Dark Blue Metallic

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 50000 mi
    For sale
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