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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

    $73,800(£60,316.74) $73,800(£60,316.74)

    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. This car 1600 normal motor has been completely rebuilt, transmission is rebuilt, all new brakes, front end refurbished. This is a rare opportunity to own a fully restored classic speedster.

    • Year: 1956
    • Mileage: 5838 mi
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  • PORSCHE BOXSTER 3.4 987 S Convertible PDK 2dr Petrol Auto 2009 58000 Silver

    £21,995 £21,995

    AN IMMACULATE PORSCHE BOXSTER S 3.4 GEN 2 PDK WITH FULL PORSCHE SERVICE HISTORY, JUST 2 OWNERS FROM NEW AND A GOOD SPEC.;;Upgrades/ Spec Includes: Platinum Silver Metallic Paintwork, Ocean Blue Heated Leather Upgrade Sports Seats With Porsche Crest In Headrest, Part Electric Seats, PCM 3 Touch Screen Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth Handsfree, AUX/ iPod Connectivity, PDK Dual Clutch Gearbox, Leather Steering Wheel With Paddle Shift, Wind Deflector, Trip Computer, Cupholders, Blue Roof, 18" Twin 5 Spoke Alloy wheels, Last serviced @ 54158 Miles. ;;SPEAK TO US ABOUT OUR FLEXIBLE LOW RATE FINANCE OPTIONS!;;;

    • Mileage: 58000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.436
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  • PORSCHE BOXSTER 986 3.2 S 2001

    £5,995 £5,995

    Presented in Polar Silver metallic with Metropol Leather interior and hood. This car comes with a full, and comprehensive, service history and an MOT until January 2018!!! ;;Specification includes the following;;;18" Sport Design Alloys ;Electric Windows;Headlamp Washers;Porsche Stability Management system (PSM);Drivers Memory Seat;Wind Deflector;Xenon Headlights;On Board Computer;Colour Coded Roll Bar;Alluminium Gear Lever/Handbrake trim;Climatic Air Conditioning;Power Steering;Remote Locking;8 Way Electric Seats;Trip Computer;CD Stereo;Electric Roof;Airbags;Bose CD Stereo + Multichanger;Paddle Shift;2 x Keys;;Service History details are as follows;;;2003 2212mls Main Dealer;2004 4330mls Main Dealer;2005 14730mls Main Dealer;2006 24682mls Main Dealer;2007 29687mls Main Dealer;2008 36463mls Main Dealer;2009 46227mls Main Dealer;2011 59493mls Porsche Specialist;2012 66675mls Porsche Specialist;2014 77323mls Porsche Specialist;2016 80693mls Porsche Specialist;;Services have been undertaken over and above the 2yr/20000 mile schedule!!!!!;;HPI and VOSA checked;;This is a great opportunity to purchase, a well maintained, fast appreciating, premium convertible, at a fantastic price.;;Part exchange and finance facilities available.;;All major credit/debit cards accepted.;;Please contact us to arrange a viewing.

    • Mileage: 83000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.179
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  • Porsche Cayman

    £31,993 £31,993

    Bluetooth, Radio, Service history ***All vehicles come with a minimum of 6 months RAC warranty, 12 months breakdown and home start**** RED, We are delighted to present for sale this immaculate Cayman 981 painted in a stunning Guards red and comes with a full Porsche service history (Porsche centre Sutton Colfield) and comes with a year extended Porsche warranty. The cars features include 20 inch Carrera alloy's, LED Daylight running lights, Xenon headlights, Sports tailpipe, Adjustable sports steering wheel, Electrically adjustable spoiler, Black leather/suede sport seats, Bluetooth, CD, AUX, Radio, Air con and Electric folding mirrors. Category 1 alarm and immobiliser. ***This car is HPI clear, we accept credit and debit card payments, we can organise competitive finance for you and will would be happy to take your current vehicle as part exchange. Indoor viewing area. Nationwide delivery available. All vehicles are subject to a £80 admin fee. VIEWING BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. ***(V33 HAS NOT INCLUDED), £31,993, If somebody replies with the e-mail address leontommy6gmail.com, please disregard and inform us directly, as they are not associated to our business.

    • Mileage: 22000 mi
    • Engine size: 2700
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  • Porsche Cayman

    £15,000 £15,000

    Variant name:24V ,Derivative:2.7 987 2dr ,Variant: 24V Silver, AA INSPECTED PLUS AA 3 MONTH WARRANTY, 5+ owners, 2 seats, Specification Includes, 19'' Alloy Wheels, Digital Climate Control, Full Grey Leather Interior, Cd Stereo System, 5 Speed Manual Gearbox. Value Financing Options Available, Fixed Prices., £15,000 p/x welcome

    • Year: 2007
    • Mileage: 74770 mi
    • Engine size: 2.7
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  • Porsche Macan

    £141,696 £141,696

    Variant: Turbo Porsche Centre Dublin presents this 2017 (unregistered) Porsche Macan Turbo. Finished in Volcano Grey, this Macan Turbo features the Turbo Interior Package, Torque Vectoring, Bose Sound System, Satellite Navigation, Connect Plus, Carbon Interior Package, Sport Chrono and a host of other features. To arrange a viewing for this vehicle please contact Sales on 01 235 3375.

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 25 mi
    • Engine size: 3.6
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  • PORSCHE BOXSTER 981 3.4 S PDK 17000miles FPSH Porsche Warranty March 18 Stunning Boxster 2012

    £34,995 £34,995

    Finished in Metallic Platinum Silver with Only 17,000 miles and a Full Porsche Main Dealer Service History and last Serviced in March 2016, Porsche Extended Warranty until 18th March 2018, Leather Seats, Electric Memory Seats, Heated Seats, Computer, Sports Chrono Pack, Bluetooth, Climate Air Conditioning, PDK Gearbox, Porsche Active Suspension Management PASM, Dynamic Engine Mounts, Rear Parking Sensors, Electric Windows, Power Roof, Electric Mirrors, Dials in Silver, CD, 20" Carrera Alloys with Colour Crested Centres and Pirelli Pzero N Rated Tyres All Round, Auto Lights. Absolutely Stunning Original Condition For Fantastic Boster S PDK with Balance of Porsche Extended Warranty until March 2018. UK Supplied with Full Book Pack and Spare Key.

    • Mileage: 17000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.436
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  • Porsche Cayenne

    £42,993 £42,993

    Bluetooth, Cruise Control, Privacy Glass, Alloy wheels, Service history ***All vehicles come with a minimum of 6 months RAC warranty, 12 months breakdown and home start**** BLACK, We are delighted to present to you this stunning Cayenne S painted in a glorious Deep pearl black and comes with a full Porsche service history. The cars huge spec includes 21 Inch alloy wheels, Sport chrono package, Panoramic roof, DAB Radio, Bose speaker system, Black leather interior with extended leather dashboard, Auto open/close tailgate, Xenon headlights, Privacy glass, Front and rear sensors, LED Daylight running lights, Multi functional electrically adjustable steering wheel, Gear change paddles, Aliminium package, Sat nav, Bluetooth, CD, AUX, DVD, Rear cam, Cruise control, Duel zone air con, Tyre pressure monitoring, Electrically adjustable seats with memory and Front heated seats. Category 1 alarm and immobiliser. ***This car is HPI clear, we accept credit and debit card payments, we can organise competitive finance for you and will would be happy to take your current vehicle as part exchange. Indoor viewing area. Nationwide delivery available. All vehicles are subject to a £80 admin fee. VIEWING BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. ***(99 SE NOT INCLUDED), £42,993, If somebody replies with the e-mail address leontommy6gmail.com, please disregard and inform us directly, as they are not associated to our business.

    • Mileage: 35000 mi
    • Engine size: 3000
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  • Porsche 911

    £62,995 £62,995

    Variant name:CARRERA PDK ,Derivative:CARRERA PDK ,Variant: 3.4 CARRERA CABRIOLET PDK 2013 '13' reg with 30,311 miles. Carrera White with Black Leather, Sports Chrono Package, PDK Double Clutch Gearbox with Paddle Shift, Sports Exhaust, 20' Carrera S Wheels in Satin PLatinuim, Park Assist Front and Rear, Mobile Phone Preparation, Sport Design Steering Wheel, Heated Seats, Sports Seats, Cruise Control, Power Steering Plus, Porsche Crested Wheel Centres. Beautiful Condition and Full Porsche Service History.

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 30331 mi
    • Engine size: 3.4
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  • Porsche Cayenne

    £56,950 £56,950

    Variant name:S E-HYBRID TIPTRONIC ,Derivative:958 (E2) ,Variant: S E-HYBRID TIPTRONIC 2015 ( 15 ) Finished in Carmine Red with Black Full Leather Interior - Upgrades Include - Porsche Com. Managem. (PCM) w. Navi Module, Mobile Phone Preparation, Comfort Memory Package (14-Way), Alloy Wheels - 21-inch SportEdition Wheel, Privacy Glass, BOSE Surround Sound System, Seat Heating (Front and Rear), Steering Wheel Heating, Comfort Lighting Package, Stainless Steel Skid Plates (Front and Rear) - Standard Features Include - 2-Zone Climate Control, 7in Colour Touchscreen, Cruise Control, Upholstery - Partial Leather Seats, Comfort Seats with 8 - Way Electric Adjustment, Tyre Pressure Monitoring (TPM), CDR Audio System, Anti-theft alarm system with ultrasonic Anti-Theft Alarm System with Ultrasonic Interior Surveillance, 5 seats.

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 17358 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • Porsche Cayenne

    £71,995 £71,995

    Variant: 3.0 Diesel Porsche Centre Dublin presents this 2014 Porsche Cayenne 3.0 Diesel. Featuring Satellite Navigation, upgraded alloy wheels, Sunroof, Porsche Active Suspension Management and a host of other features, this vehicle is supplied with a 2 year unlimited mileage Porsche Warranty. To arrange a viewing or to book a test drive please contact Sales on 01 235 3375.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 56500 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • Porsche Boxster

    £14,995 £14,995

    2002 PORSCHE BOXSTER 3.2S...Lapis Blue Metallic with Metropole Blue leather, 3.2i S engine with 6-speed manual gearbox, Equipped with PAS, ABS, On board computer, E/windows, E/mirrors, Air conditioning/Climate control, Full leather package, Hard backed sports seats, E/seats, 3 spoke leather sports steering wheel, Silver instrument dials, Silver painted centre console, Porsche sound package with 6 CD player, BOSE surround sound speaker package, Boxster S door entry guards, Metropole Blue power hood with glass rear heated screen, Wind deflector including bag, Silver painted roll hoops, Remote central locking, Alarm/Immobilizer, Multi airbags, 3rd brake light, Clear lenses, Twin sports tailpipes, 18” Turbo alloys, Porsche crested wheel centre caps, Red brake callipers, Originally supplied by AFN Porsche of Guildford, Complete with all owners handbooks etc, Full Porsche service history, Just 13,000 miles from new ! A stunning Boxster S with a fabulous specification and unique mileage, Previously supplied by ourselveses.

    • Year: 2002
    • Mileage: 13000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.2
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  • Porsche 911

    £94,995 £94,995

    Variant name:[991] Carrera Coupe ,Variant: 2dr PDK Porsche 911 2dr PDK Automatically dimming mirrors with integrated rain sensor BOSE® Surround Sound-System Cruise control Electric slide/tilt glass sunroof Floor mats Heated multifunction steering wheel LED main headlights in black including Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS+) Park Assist (front and rear) Porsche Crest embossed on headrests Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) Privacy glass (rear side windows and rear window) Seat heating Smoking package Sport Chrono Package including mode switch Sport Design exterior mirror lower trims painted in Black (high-gloss) Sport Design exterior mirrors Sports exhaust system Sports seats Plus (4-way, electric) Steering code model designation rear painted Tinted taillights Wheel centres with full-colour Porsche Crest Wheels painted in Black (high-gloss) 20-inch Carrera Sport wheels

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 15 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • Porsche Boxster

    £63,995 £63,995

    Variant name:Roadster S ,Derivative:S ,Variant: 2.5 S 2dr PDK Porsche Boxster 2.5 S 2dr PDK BOSE® surround sound-system Connect Plus Cruise control Digital radio Electrically folding exterior mirrors including courtesy lighting Leather package Light design package Navigation Module for Porsche Communication Management (PCM) Park Assist (front and rear) Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) Porsche Crest embossed on headrests Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) Roll-over bars painted in exterior colour Seat heating Speed limit display Sport Chrono Package including mode switch Sports exhaust system (incl. sports tailpipes in black) Two-zone automatic climate control Wheel centres with full-colour Porsche Crest Wheels painted in Black (high-gloss) 20-inch Carrera S wheels

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 15 mi
    • Engine size: 2.5
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  • Porsche Cayenne

    £113,995 £113,995

    Variant name:Estate Turbo ,Derivative:Turbo ,Variant: Turbo 5dr Tiptronic S Porsche Cayenne Turbo 5dr Tiptronic S Adaptive cruise control with Porsche Active Safe (PAS) Connect Plus Deletion of model designation - Steering Number Extended monochrome black exterior package (high-gloss) LED headlights incl. Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS +) Monochrome black exterior package (high-gloss) Panoramic roof system Park Assist (front and rear) with Surround View Piano Black interior package Porsche Crest embossed on head restraints (front and rear) Porsche Entry & Drive Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) Power steering Plus Preparation Rear Seat Entertainment in conjunction with Connect / Connect Plus Privacy glazing Roof rails in aluminium with black finish including drip rails Roof spoiler separation edge painted Seat ventilation (front) Soft close doors Speed limit indicator Sport Chrono Package Sport Design package with side skirts Sports exhaust system incl. Sports tail pipes in black TPM valve in Black Wheel centres with full-colour Porsche Crest 18-way Adaptive sports seats incl. comfort memory package 21-inch Cayenne Sport Edition wheels painted black (high-gloss) with wheel arch extensions 4-zone climate control 8-speed Tiptronic S inclusive Auto Start Stop function

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 15 mi
    • Engine size: 4.8
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