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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 Macan

    £47,990 £47,990

    Used condition, Franchise approved,

    • Mileage: 24000 mi
    • Engine size: 2967
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  • Porsche Boxster

    £37,990 £37,990

    +++FREE NATIONAL DELIVERY+++Part Exchange Welcome - Finance Available on Request - Subject to Status + Company Directors' Packages Available - All Vehicle Professionally Valeted and Ready for Collection- Porsche Boxster 2.7 981 PDK Automatic registered March 2015 (15) finished in Black with Full Black Leather interior.

    • Mileage: 16600 mi
    • Engine size: 2706
    For sale
  • Porsche 911 (993) Carrera RS

    £349,995 £349,995

    It is with great pleasure that we can offer this beautiful Porsche 911 (993) Carrera RS right hand drive to the market in the UK for the first time. One of just 1,014 911 “993” Carrera RS built, with only approximately 120 factory right hand drive – it is a very rare car indeed! First registered in May 1996 this car was supplied new in New Zealand by the main Porsche dealer, “Giltrap Prestige”, in Auckland and it has remained in New Zealand since – up until now! To this point, the car has had just 3 private keepers from new with the last owner (a New Zealand based Optometrist) purchasing the car in 1999 at just over 14,000 miles (22,700 kms) from Giltrap Prestige. He used the car for the following 3 years as his daily transport, covering a further 12,500 miles (20,000 kms) and entrusting the maintenance to Giltrap Prestige during this time. This took the total mileage to 26,045 miles (41,907 kms) in May 2002. Subsequently the car was stored away by the owner and used only sparingly in his leisure time, he only covered a further 6,700 miles in the car in his remaining 14 ½ years of ownership! Finally parting with the car at the end of 2016, he exchanged it for a McLaren in New Zealand, which is also a brand represented by the Giltrap Group. Upon this exchange we agreed to purchase the car following an inspection by the Giltrap Group Porsche dealership in Auckland and some subsequent remedial work. The car then shipped back to us in the UK!!

    • Year: 1996
    • Mileage: 32000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.8
    For sale
  • Porsche 911

    £144,995 £144,995

    Variant name:Coupe ,Derivative:GT2 ,Variant: (996) GT2 We have the pleasure of offering this stunning left hand drive Porsche 911 (996) GT2 for sale from our UK stock. Supplied new in 2002 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to a leading industrialist this car stood virtually unused until he decided to bring it with him to the United Kingdom. It became fully UK registered in 2005 with the first MOT showing the car had covered just 299 miles at this time. Soon after its registration in the UK it was sold to a London based solicitor who has owned the car ever since and used it sparingly as evidenced by the current low mileage of under 10,000. Accompanying the car is a good history file evidencing the eight services that have been completed on it. The history is also added to by numerous invoices from Porsche dealers (showing some very comprehensive maintenance), and specialist companies that have assisted in the maintenance and storage of the vehicle. All of this is substantiated by a comprehensive selection of MOT certificates showing the gradual increase and progression of the mileage.

    • Year: 2002
    • Mileage: 9850 mi
    • Engine size: 3.6
    For sale
  • Porsche 911

    £144,995 £144,995

    Variant name:Coupe ,Derivative:Carrera GT3 ,Variant: (996) GT3 RS We are delighted to be able to offer this wonderful 911 (996) GT3 RS for sale, finished in classic Porsche Carrara White with Red Decals and wheels. Supplied new by Porsche Centre Exeter in December 2003 (the original sales invoice is present in the file) this car has clearly been cherished throughout its life and particularly by its last owner who has had the car since 2007. The maintenance record is extensive, both with a stamped up service book and also pages of invoices evidencing the extensive work that has been completed to leave this car in the wonderful condition we find it in today.

    • Year: 2003
    • Mileage: 36350 mi
    • Engine size: 3.6
    For sale
  • Porsche Cayenne

    £55,995 £55,995

    Variant: 4.8 V8 GTS Tiptronic We are pleased to offer for sale this lovely condition and very low mileage Porsche Cayenne GTS with a 4.8 V8 engine. Finished in White with a Black Leather & Alcantara Interior it looks great teamed with its gloss black wheels & privacy glass. The Pioneer ''Apple CarPlay'' system has also been professionally installed to give great integration with your iPhone and works very well, arguable a more user friendly system than the Porsche PCM and certainly with more available functions. This car was supplied new by ourselves in September 2015 and it has been kept in immaculate condition but its one private keeper.

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 2950 mi
    • Engine size: 4.5
    For sale
  • Porsche 911 (996) GT2

    £129,995 £129,995

    We are delighted to offer this fantastic example of the 911 (996) GT2, built in 2002. The 996 GT2 was really the last of the 911 type that went without the majority of driver aids - it simply came with ABS, no traction control, no four wheel drive and a very impressive 462bhp - this combination has earnt it the nickname by some of

    • Year: 2002
    • Mileage: 32000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.6
    For sale
  • Porsche 911

    £68,495 £68,495

    Variant name:Coupe 4wd ,Derivative:Carrera 4 ,Variant: (996) Turbo Coupe We are delighted to have taken into our stock this stunning low mileage 911 (996) Turbo Coupe with the all important six speed manual transmission - this must surely be one of the finest examples available today. Supplied new in November 2003 by Porsche Centre Guildford this car has had four keepers in total who have maintained it beautifully throughout. During its just over 18,000 miles this car has 12 service stamps (& a further 6 brake fluid stamps) in it's service book, backed up by numerous (not all, but most!) invoices and also ten old MOT certificates evidencing the mileage. It is testament to the car and its maintenance that none of these MOT tests show so much as a advisory note on the certificate. A 911 (996) turbo manual of this quality does not come along that often and this model is widely regarded as one that will appreciate over time, buy the best now and it will be a safe investment and also still a massively capable and enjoyable car to own and drive.

    • Year: 2003
    • Mileage: 18750 mi
    • Engine size: 3.6
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  • Porsche Panamera

    £59,995 £59,995

    Variant name:Saloon 4wd ,Derivative:GTS ,Variant: GTS 4.8 V8 PDK We are pleased to offer this stunning Panamera GTS for sale, finished in Dark Blue Metallic with a contrasting interior in Platinum Grey Leather it looks fantastic - and makes a nice change from the normal Porsche interior of black!!! This is an immaculate condition one owner (Porsche Cars GB) vehicle and and also remains VAT qualifying should that be of use to you.

    • Year: 2012
    • Mileage: 12500 mi
    • Engine size: 4.8
    For sale
  • Porsche Cayman

    £18,495 £18,495

    Variant name:Coupe ,Derivative:S ,Variant: Coupe 3.4 S We are pleased to offer for sale this very clean and tidy example of the wonderful Porsche Cayman S - especially wonderful with the manual transmission! Finished in Arctic Silver with a complementing Stone Grey interior it looks very smart indeed.

    • Year: 2006
    • Mileage: 48600 mi
    • Engine size: 3.4
    For sale
  • Porsche Boxster

    £9,495 £9,495

    Variant name:Convertible ,Variant: Convertible 2.7 Metallic Arctic Silver, 2 owners, Blue Full leather interior, 2 seats, We are pleased to offer this very attractive Porsche Boxster to the market just in time for the summer! Finished in Arctic Silver with a contrasting Blue soft top (inc. heated rear screen!) and also a matching Metropole Blue Interior it looks very stylish indeed. Supplied new by Porsche Centre West London in August 2004 it was very well specified from the factory with the following items fitted: 18'' Sport Design Alloys; Sound Package; Wind Deflector; Top Tinted Windscreen; Electronic Air Conditioning / Climate Control; Rear Parking Aids; On Board Computer; CD Autochanger; Porsche CDR-23 CD Radio; Aluminium Coloured Instrument Dials; Gear Lever & Handbrake Lever in Aluminium. This Boxster has had just three owners in total with the last two actually being the same family whom we know well, they have owned this lovely example since 2007. Maintenance has been continuous with the service book stamped accordingly to reflect the nine services it has undergone, the last of which at just under 73,000 miles. Sitting on correct, and excellent condition, Pirelli P-Zero tyres all around we have also just had all four of the road wheels professionally refinished to return them to as new condition, they are complemented with Porsche coloured crest wheel centres. This car is a joy to drive and will surely be a pleasure for the next owner to enjoy for years to come.

    • Year: 2004
    • Mileage: 74000 mi
    • Engine size: 2.7
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  • Porsche 911

    £74,950 £74,950

    Variant name:Convertible 4wd ,Derivative:S ,Variant: (996) Turbo S Convertible Tiptronic We are delighted to have taken into our stock this stunning low mileage 911 (996) Turbo S Convertible with a automatic Tiptronic gearbox - a great example of this car finished in Basalt black. Originally supplied new from Porsche centre West London, During its 30000 miles this car has main dealer stamps at Porsche centres and professional specialist centres.

    • Year: 2005
    • Mileage: 30000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.6
    For sale
  • Porsche 911 Targa 1982

    POA POA

    *** THIS CAR HAS BEEN SOLD *** Please contact us if you were interested in this car. Our inventory is constantly changing and we will have similar examples of this model becoming available soon. ----------------------------- Porsche 911 1982 ORIGINAL Holland Police delivered one of few VERY RARE Top Condition

    • Year: 1982
    For sale
  • Porsche 911 S Targa 1975

    POA POA

    SOLD/VERKAUFT/VENDU/VERKOCHT Porsche 911 Targa 1975 smallbody, drivers car 1975 Porsche 911 S Targa with original ‘smallbody’. Interior and exterior are in a nice condition. The red paint, brown interior etc are nice. The 2687 CC 173 HP boxer engine is in a good condition. Drives good. When you are looking for a nice Porsche 911 Targa for driving, this one is certainly interesting. Car has USA title and document import duties for every EU country are paid by us. Documentation is complete for registration in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importduties. We can help with transport. Trading in, buying and consignment possible.

    • Year: 1975
    For sale
  • Porsche 928 S Coupe 1987

    POA POA

    Porsche 928 S Coupe version V8 1987 in very good condition 1987 Porsche 928 S Coupe. Both the body and interior are in a very beautiful condition. Paint in the colour champagne metallic and the optional full leather brown interior. This german sportscar was specially built. The aluminium water cooled 4664 CC V8 engine was built in the front of the car and the automatic gearbox was above the rear axle. This for better weight division. The car has electric adjustable seats, electric windows and sunroof. So a very beautiful, very luxurious and excellent driving Porsche 928. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1987
    For sale
  • Porsche Panamera D 3.0 V6 Tiptronic

    POA POA

    Finance Example Deposit Balance Fees Total Payable Term Fixed Rate Representative APR 1st Payment Monthly Payment Final Payment HP £3,990 £35,910 £199* £45,801 48 3.85% 7.91% £867 £867 £1,066 PCP £3,990 £35,910 £1* £48,167 48 4.09% 7.9% £581 £581 £16,298 Residual backed products are available on this vehicle upon application. Please call to discuss your requirements *Fees are already accounted for within the payments displayed and are also included within the total amount payable. Finance available subject to status. Indemnities may be required. Other finance offers may be available but cannot be used in conjunction with this offer. We work with a number of carefully selected credit providers who may be able to offer you finance for your purchase. We are only able to offer finance products from these providers. Postal Address: Crown Way, Rushden, Northamptonshire NN10 6BS This is a fantastic opportunity to purchase a prestige saloon that encompasses luxury comfort with sports car handling and superb fuel economy. This particular example is the 2015 Model Year Face-Lifted Panamera with increased performance to 300bhp. It has been fully prepared for sale by our award winning Porsche

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 36750 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche Cayman 2.9 PDK Gen II

    POA POA

    Finance Example Deposit Balance Fees Total Payable Term Fixed Rate Representative APR 1st Payment Monthly Payment Final Payment HP £2,290 £20,610 £199* £26,304 48 3.68% 7.92% £496 £496 £695 Residual backed products are available on this vehicle upon application. Please call to discuss your requirements *Fees are already accounted for within the payments displayed and are also included within the total amount payable. Finance available subject to status. Indemnities may be required. Other finance offers may be available but cannot be used in conjunction with this offer. We work with a number of carefully selected credit providers who may be able to offer you finance for your purchase. We are only able to offer finance products from these providers. Postal Address: Crown Way, Rushden, Northamptonshire NN10 6BS The Cayman is possibly the most well-balanced car that Porsche produce, with its mid-mounted engine and rear wheel drive giving it unbeatable agility. This particular car is offered in Basalt Black and has some great optional extras over and above the standard, so proves excellent value for money. This car has been fully prepared for sale by our award winning Porsche factory tr

    • Year: 2010
    • Mileage: 43600 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche 911 3.6 Carrera 2 Coupe Tiptronic

    POA POA

    Finance Example Deposit Balance Fees Total Payable Term Fixed Rate Representative APR 1st Payment Monthly Payment Final Payment HP £5,290 £47,610 £199* £60,717 48 3.91% 7.91% £1,151 £1,151 £1,350 Residual backed products are available on this vehicle upon application. Please call to discuss your requirements *Fees are already accounted for within the payments displayed and are also included within the total amount payable. Finance available subject to status. Indemnities may be required. Other finance offers may be available but cannot be used in conjunction with this offer. We work with a number of carefully selected credit providers who may be able to offer you finance for your purchase. We are only able to offer finance products from these providers. Postal Address: Crown Way, Rushden, Northamptonshire NN10 6BS Launched in 1989, the 964 was a big step forward for Porsche from its predecessor, the 3.2 Carrera but still maintained the stylish classic 911 shape. Powered by a 3.6 flat-6 naturally aspirated air cooled engine producing 250bhp and impressive performance figures of 0-60mph in only 5.5 seconds. Black Leather Part Electric Seats 16" Alloy Wheels Electric Windows Central L

    • Year: 1991
    • Mileage: 32000 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche 911 Coupe 1997

    POA POA

    SOLD / VERKAUFT / VENDU / VERKOCHT Porsche 911 996 coupe dark blue beige leather 121.000 km 1997 Porsche 911 996 coupe. The dark blue paint is in very good condition and combines very well with the beige interior. The 3387 cc 6 cyl 300 hp engine runs very good in combination with the automatic gearbox with Tiptronic. The car has leather interior, automatic gearbox, electric adjustable seats, climate control, navigation and sliding/tilting roof. A very beautiful car, technically very well maintained and very luxurious so a pleasure to drive. Car has european title and mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1997
    For sale
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